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26  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should the House of Representatives be increased in size? on: March 19, 2015, 05:46:02 pm
Yes, if and when we switch to MMP.  And then only upon the passage of the Right to Vote Amendment to prevent any disenfranchising shenanigans for partisan purposes.  
27  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: what are some areas that vote for the same party as they did decades ago on: March 19, 2015, 05:36:22 pm
Maryland still remains true to its Democratic heritage -for the most part. 
28  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Loretta Lynch's confirmation, 2015 on: March 18, 2015, 11:30:57 pm
I would filibuster the vote so that we can keep Eric Holder, the best AG of my lifetime, in office for another two years against his will.

That's the thing I don't understand about Republicans holding up the vote -you'd think they would be so eager to see AG Eric Holder off that, sooner or later, they would confirm Loretta Lynch as his successor.   The longer this goes on, the longer Eric Holder is going to have to stay in the Justice Department.  Is that what they really want?  One wonders....  
29  General Politics / Economics / Federal Reserve Signals Higher Interest Rates are Imminent on: March 18, 2015, 11:16:46 pm
Federal Reserve decision: Fed signals that higher interest rates are coming

By Steven Mufson
March 18, 2015 at 9:22 PM

The Federal Reserve cleared the way Wednesday for raising interest rates for the first time since the financial crisis but said it was in no hurry to act as long as inflation was tame and economic growth moderate.

The Fed dropped from its guidance the closely watched buzzword “patient,” which it has used to describe its approach to raising the federal funds rate — one of the central bank’s main tools for stimulating or slowing the U.S. economy and a key benchmark for other interest rates.

But the central bank’s next move has grown more complicated because of a number of unexpected factors, including dangerously low inflation, an abrupt strengthening of the dollar, and turmoil in the struggling economies of Europe, Japan and emerging markets.

The Fed said it would definitely not act on rates in April and might wait until later in the year. “Just because we removed the word ‘patient’ from the statement does not mean we are going to be impatient,” Fed Chair Janet L. Yellen said in a news conference.
30  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 on: March 18, 2015, 07:21:03 pm
General Election 2015: Ukip could form coalition with Tories and DUP

By Adam Justice | IB Times – 12 hours ago

Nigel Farage, leader of the anti-European Union, UK Independence Party (Ukip) said on 17 March his party could form part of a coalition government with the Conservatives and Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party.

However, he wants guarantees from Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron that a referendum on Britain's European Union membership would be held this year.

Speaking after launching his new book, 'The Purple Revolution, The year that changed everything', Farage talked of how the two smaller parties could co-operate.

"The DUP have got eight seats in Westminster at the moment, they're going to come out with eight, maybe nine, next time round, and there would be some points... we're different parties, but in those circumstances, there would be some points of agreement between us and the DUP, particularly on the referendum and the need to make border controls a really important issue,'' he said.

Farage believes Ukip could contribute over 10 seats to a possible coalition total.

''We're confident we will win a handful and I think we can get it into double figures. That's what I have said, they are the markers I've set. If things go right we can exceed that,'' he added.
31  General Discussion / History / Re: Argue pointlessly with Al about history and so on on: March 17, 2015, 12:02:22 am
Had it not been for the First World War (which was preventable), could the British Empire have survived to this day? 
32  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Iran: Ali Khamenei Reported To In Critical Condition on: March 16, 2015, 11:56:29 pm
He'll do his utmost to live long enough to see the nuclear agreement between the United States and Iran through to the end.  He wants a legacy before he dies -and I am going out on a limb to predict he will want to see the beginnings of a reconciliation between our two countries, starting with this deal. 
33  General Discussion / History / Re: Korean War: Win, lose, or Draw for America? on: March 16, 2015, 11:49:10 pm
I'd say loss, given that the conflict had zero popular support at home for pretty much its entirety, failed to achieve its stated goal of rolling back the communists on the peninsula, and propping up a right-wing dictatorship at the expense of the Korean people.

Is that a fact?


The war was divisive for its time (nothing compared with the Vietnam War, though), but it's not like no one supported it. 
34  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What's plan B for Democrats if.... on: March 16, 2015, 07:53:53 pm
Al Gore is always there just in case Hillary has second thoughts.

35  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: Why isn't Manchin a Republican? on: March 14, 2015, 11:37:02 pm
The last 6 years have wiped out many socially moderate Democrats, unfortunately. If there's ever a Democratic congressional wave, I expect them to make a comeback.

We're not getting those rural/exurban southern districts back.  
36  General Discussion / History / Re: Most Decisive American Victory: Civil War or Pacific War on: March 14, 2015, 11:34:32 pm
The Pacific War was by far more decisive in that it decided once and for all who dominated the Pacific and the world.  By contrast, we are still fighting the Civil War, only this time -instead of on the battlefield- it's in Congress, the courts, and our culture. 
37  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: CO2 Emissions Leveling Off According to the IEA on: March 14, 2015, 11:27:18 pm
And in case people want to read a more accessible version of this article:


38  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Assault Weapons Ban on: March 14, 2015, 11:18:00 pm
Define 'assault weapons'. 
39  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Prospective electoral vote allocation for the next decade on: March 14, 2015, 02:19:27 pm
Why isn't Georgia getting another electoral vote when North Carolina and Virginia are likely to? 
40  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Brussels Sprouts on: March 14, 2015, 02:05:36 pm
When I come to family Thanksgivings, it's the first thing I give to the family dog off my plate....   
41  General Politics / Political Debate / Carbon Tax vs. Cap-and-Trade System on: March 14, 2015, 01:58:44 pm
And to better acquaint yourselves, here are a couple of sites describing them:



42  General Politics / International General Discussion / CO2 Emissions Leveling Off According to the IEA on: March 13, 2015, 11:53:19 pm
And it isn't just because of the recent recession:

Emissions by Makers of Energy Level Off

MARCH 13, 2015

Somebody tapped the brakes.

Carbon dioxide emissions from the world’s energy producers stalled in 2014, the first time in 40 years of measurement that the level did not increase during a period of economic expansion, according to preliminary estimates from the International Energy Agency.

The research suggests that efforts to counteract climate change by reducing carbon emissions and promoting energy efficiency could be working, said Fatih Birol, the agency’s chief economist and incoming executive director. “This is definitely good news,” he said.

Dr. Birol noted that many nations have promoted energy efficiency and low-carbon energy sources like hydroelectric, solar, wind and nuclear power. China, he noted, has worked to reduce carbon emissions as part of an intensive effort to limit environmental damage from economic development. That China appears to be successfully moving down that path, he said, portends well for the deal struck with the United States in November. China committed in that agreement to turning around its growth in carbon emissions by 2030, or earlier if possible, while increasing the share of non-fossil fuels in energy production to 20 percent of its menu.
43  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Daylight Savings on: March 07, 2015, 09:23:11 pm
Here's a nice run-down of its history: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daylight_saving_time_in_the_United_States

The version I am referring to was originally signed into law in 1966, and amended in 2005.  
44  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you support full congressional representation for D.C.? on: March 07, 2015, 09:07:33 pm
Yes, through full retrocession to Maryland, though this is an intriguing alternative:

My compromise:

(1) Treat DC as a state for purposes of House district apportionment. Their US representative(s) would be full voting members.

(2) Treat DC as part of Maryland for purposes of Senate representation. DC residents would vote in Maryland Senate elections and could run in Maryland Senate elections. The senators themselves would be styled as "United States Senator for Maryland and the District of Columbia."

(3) Strip the United States Congress of any authority to vote on or make local laws for the District of Columbia. (i.e. a handgun ban in DC should be decided by its mayor and city council, not by a bunch of people from other parts of the country).
45  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: What is the greatest ally of the United States? on: March 07, 2015, 09:02:25 pm
The mother country, hands down.  Hopefully, in the fullness of time, India will join the roster as the largest democracy allied with the world's oldest democracy.  
46  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: University of Calif. Irvine students vote to remove US flag from campus lobby on: March 06, 2015, 11:10:37 pm
Are they trying to fulfill every negative stereotype conservatives have about liberals? 

Oh, who cares about the stereotypes conservatives have about liberals?  The type of people who completely worship the flag do so because they are conditioned to and told to.  There, I just stereotyped conservatives.  Do you think they care?   

Here's why -at least since the Reagan era, conservatives have succeeded in making the term 'liberal' into an epithet by playing to the many stereotypes engendered since the Vietnam War, to the point that while the general population may be operationally liberal, they shrink from identifying as such.   

Actions like this doesn't help.  It is as if liberals are stating that they are too sophisticated to be openly patriotic.  This elitism and snobbery needs to end.     
47  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: University of Calif. Irvine students vote to remove US flag from campus lobby on: March 06, 2015, 10:32:28 pm
Are they trying to fulfill every negative stereotype conservatives have about liberals? 
48  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: March 05, 2015, 11:55:04 pm
It is long past time I did this, assuming it hasn't happened automatically already:



Frodo was already de-registered from missing elections.

You could have responded directly to me in the second-person tense, you know....

Anyways, good.  I was just making sure.  
49  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you support a military strike to degrade or destroy Iran's nuclear program? on: March 04, 2015, 10:46:49 pm
Only after a strike on Israel.


50  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Let's talk about Polls_PuffPass on: March 04, 2015, 12:57:47 am
Delete this thread.    
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