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26  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: 2016 Republican Nomination Poll - May 2015 on: May 14, 2015, 10:33:05 am
I voted Jeb Bush before that Iraq War story came out, but in the next poll I will likely vote Scott Walker or John Kasich (if he runs). 
27  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: WI-Sen: Feingold running on: May 14, 2015, 10:30:07 am
28  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: When will Democrats win back the House? on: May 14, 2015, 10:26:18 am
When Republicans win back the White House. 
29  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Microsoft to Release Lineup of Planned Windows 10 Variants on: May 14, 2015, 10:15:48 am
Microsoft releases lineup of planned Windows 10 editions

Originally published May 13, 2015 at 11:42 am
Updated May 13, 2015 at 9:58 pm

By Matt Day
Seattle Times technology reporter

Windows 10 will be released with at least six different variants, with features tailored for businesses, personal users and mobile devices, Microsoft said Wednesday.

The new version of Microsoft’s operating system, expected to be released in a staggered fashion beginning this summer, is designed to give people a similar experience whether they’re using a desktop computer, smartphone or any device in between. The Redmond company has made a similar pitch to software developers, saying Windows 10 will allow them to write the code underlying an application once and be able to convert the program to laptop and smartphone variants with minimal extra effort.

But that doesn’t mean the software will be exactly the same for all users.

Windows 10 will come in Home, Mobile, and Pro editions tailored for individual users, and Enterprise, Mobile Enterprise  and Education versions for businesses and educational institutions, Microsoft marketing executive Tony Prophet said in a blog post. Customized enterprise versions of the software are planned for industry devices like cash registers and ATMs (along with a mobile-focused variant), as well as a stripped down “internet of things” edition for small devices.
30  General Politics / Individual Politics / Keystone XL Pipeline on: May 14, 2015, 10:05:00 am
Considering that the Obama administration has approved drilling in the Arctic over the protests of their environmentalist supporters, it's a fair question to ask. 
31  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: If you could visit two Southeast Asian countries, which two would you choose? on: May 13, 2015, 04:10:27 pm
Definitely Vietnam, but I was torn between Cambodia and Thailand. 
32  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: Predict the year that the GOP wins the White House again on: May 13, 2015, 04:05:17 pm
2024 -once Hillary Clinton wins the presidency next year, you can expect her to hang on for two consecutive terms.
33  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Summer 2015 Weather Outlook on: May 13, 2015, 04:01:55 pm
What does the Rain Departs mean for Western Oklahoma and Western Texas?  Does that mean the heavy rain those areas have now will begin to subside?  What about for temperatures in those areas?

"Into the start of June, showers and storms will improve the drought conditions across northern and northwestern Texas, but the region could dry out again as rain falls mainly west of these areas during midsummer."

"Overall, the southern Plains and lower to mid-Mississippi Valley will see fewer 90- and 100-degree F days than in recent years."

34  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Summer 2015 Weather Outlook on: May 13, 2015, 08:50:00 am

Remember to click the image for the link to the article. 
35  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian federal election - 2015 on: May 13, 2015, 06:22:20 am
Could what happened in Israel happen in Canada (and the UK) as well?  
Ontario key to breaking Liberal-Conservative deadlock
2 federal parties in holding pattern nationally; 3-way race with NDP in British Columbia


Given the recent election outcome in the UK, would anyone like to reconsider their answers to this question?  Could the polls be as wrong in Canada as they were in the UK?
36  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: Which state would be more likely to go Republican? on: March 29, 2015, 04:41:59 pm
Illinois -if Chicago deteriorates to Detroit-like levels.   
37  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: US and Iran Closing in On a Nuclear Deal on: March 29, 2015, 04:39:59 pm
just 2-3 pages? Is that a good sign or a bad sign?  Probably just shows they're finishing it at the last minute so might as well hand in something even if it doesn't meet all the requirements set by the professor.

At least it's something, which is more than I expected to come right now.

The final comprehensive agreement (if it happens, which seems likely) is in June -this is simply an outline with some specific numbers for the United States and Iran to take back home for domestic reasons.  
38  General Politics / International General Discussion / US and Iran Closing in On a Nuclear Deal on: March 28, 2015, 12:07:29 pm
Iran and powers close in on 2-3 page nuclear deal, success uncertain

World | Sat Mar 28, 2015 11:44am EDT

(Reuters) - Iran and major powers are close to agreeing on a two- or three-page accord with specific numbers as the basis of a resolution of a 12-year standoff over Tehran's nuclear ambitions, officials have told Reuters.

As the French and German foreign ministers arrived in Switzerland on Saturday to join talks between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Western and Iranian officials familiar with the negotiations cautioned that they could still fail.

Kerry and Zarif have been in Lausanne for days to try to reach an outline agreement by a self-imposed deadline of March 31 between Iran on the one hand and the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China on the other.

"The sides are very, very close to the final step and it could be signed or agreed and announced verbally," a senior Iranian official familiar with the talks told Reuters on condition of anonymity. Other officials echoed the remarks while warning that several crucial issues were still being hotly debated.
39  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Why does Clinton need to chose a male running mate? on: March 26, 2015, 11:10:31 pm
For much the same reason Barack Obama was well-advised to pick a white male running-mate in 2008.  This country simply isn't ready yet for an all-minority and/or all-women ticket.  At least not with our current demographics.  Perhaps in another generation or two.  
40  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Saudi Arabia and GCC allies bombing Yemen on: March 26, 2015, 06:46:48 pm
The ten countries in the Saudi-led coalition are:
Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates

Oman being a notable exception, especially considering it's right next door...  

41  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 on: March 26, 2015, 06:37:42 pm
Can we presume there's been no budget bounce or what?

There clearly was, at least according to this poll:

Conservatives enjoy biggest poll lead since 2010: Party enjoys three point advantage of 36 per cent in the wake of the budget

PUBLISHED: 18:21 EST, 22 March 2015 | UPDATED: 06:24 EST, 23 March 2015

The Conservatives have gained their most substantial poll lead since 2010 in the wake of the Budget, according to one poll.

The latest Opinium survey for the Observer put the Tories up three points to 36 per cent, with Labour down two to 33, Ukip on 14, the Lib Dems on 7 and the Greens on 6.

David Cameron and George Osborne have a considerable lead on handling the economy, preferred by 42 per cent of voters, compared with the 21 per cent who back Ed Miliband and Ed Balls.

Opinium's Adam Drummond said: 'It certainly looks like George Osborne's Budget and the positive Press reaction have given the Conservatives a boost.

'More impressively – for a man who was memorably booed at the Paralympics – George Osborne appears to have achieved a remarkable turnaround in public opinion.

'This is no doubt helped by the fact that more voters think the economy is doing well than at any point in our tracking for this parliament.' Mr Drummond added: 'Along with David Cameron's strong approval ratings the economy, and by extension George Osborne's handling of it, is overwhelmingly the Tories' strongest asset going into the election.'

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42  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Female VP Choices for Hillary? on: March 25, 2015, 10:28:51 pm
Hilda Solis would make an excellent choice, I would think, as a Latina and former Labor Secretary:

43  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Could Rand Paul win the Texas Primary? on: March 24, 2015, 11:54:08 pm
Possibly, but with Ted Cruz now clearly in the race, who knows what will happen?  Conventional wisdom here on Atlas regard him as a gadfly who will make little to no impression in the GOP primaries and caucuses (perhaps not even winning Texas) , but as history has shown, they have been wrong before.  He could make enough of an impact to split the Tea Party vote with Rand Paul (and Scott Walker, potentially) to enable Jeb Bush to take the nomination.    
44  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Will Cruz Win Any Primaries or Cauci on: March 24, 2015, 11:44:55 pm
You are aware that 'caucus' is an English adaptation of the Algonquian word cau'-cau'-as'u (loosely meaning 'counsel' or 'advise'), right?  
45  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Could Hillary lose in '16, then win in '20? on: March 24, 2015, 05:42:44 pm
(...) if she loses in '16, I think she's really done.


46  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: US threatened Germany into not giving asylum to Snowden on: March 24, 2015, 05:40:01 pm
As is demonstrated so often, being an "ally" of the United States requires total obedience.

Is that why Turkey is no longer an ally after denying us the use of its bases in preparation for the invasion of Iraq? 
47  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: How would you replace/fix ObamaCare? on: March 24, 2015, 05:01:23 pm
-federalize Medicaid (thus stripping states of that responsibility)
-have one national insurance exchange instead of states having their own
-strengthen the cost-savings aspects of Obamacare
48  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Science Megathread on: March 23, 2015, 09:37:22 pm
World's largest asteroid impact zone believed uncovered by ANU researchers in central Australia

By Clarissa Thorpe
Updated about 3 hours ago

Australian scientists have uncovered what is believed to be the largest asteroid impact zone ever found on Earth, in central Australia.

A team lead by Dr Andrew Glikson from the Australian National University (ANU) said two ancient craters found in central Australia were believed to have been caused by one meteorite that broke in two.

"They appear to be two large structures, with each of them approximately 200 kilometres," Dr Glikson said.

"So together, jointly they would form a 400 kilometre structure which is the biggest we know of anywhere in the world.

"The consequences are that it could have caused a large mass extinction event at the time, but we still don't know the age of this asteroid impact and we are still working on it."

The material at both impact sites appears to be identical which has led researchers to believe they are from the same meteorite.

Over millions of years the obvious craters have disappeared, but geothermal research drilling revealed the secret history hidden under an area including South Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory.

"The next step will be more research, hopefully deep crust seismic traverses," Dr Glikson said.

"Under the Cooper Basin and Warburton Basin we don't have that information, and our seismic information covers up to five kilometres and some other data such as seismic tomography and magnetic data.

"The mantle underneath has been up-domed which is a very promising indication of a major event."

This is the area in question:

49  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: MD-Sen: Edwards vs. Van Hollen on: March 21, 2015, 01:31:03 pm
What does SJW and NOI stand for? 
50  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Spring 2015 Outlook from NOAA on: March 21, 2015, 01:24:22 pm
Given its heavy snowpack, New England could see some spring flooding:

Not minding an average temp. spring here in KS. What I'm looking forward to is severe weather. SPC already issued a day 4 outlook for Tuesday, which doesn't happen often.

According to Accuweather's 2015 Spring Outlook released last month, you may well get your wish.
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