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1  About this Site / The Atlas / Farewell on: February 12, 2017, 12:38:36 pm
Well, that is it. It has been a fun dozen years. But, at this point, continued presence here is intolerable: it is inconsistent with the minimal feeling of self-respect. It has become an acceptable practice here to glorify murderers and murder: that is "an opinion". Responding to that is "unacceptable personal attack". Enough is enough.

Won't see any of you again.
2  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Rank the Russian Governments in the past 300 years on: February 12, 2017, 12:31:53 pm
Really hoping your seventy seventh suicide attempt is successful.
I reported this comment, not because of personal animosity but because I know there are several posters on Atlas who actually did attempt suicide and cannot handle such comments. As far as I know I have refrained from reporting any of your comments after you made that one thread in The Atlas, because while I dislike you I do appreciate your respect for posters' freedom of speech, but I think this comment crosses the line. I would have reported it if any other poster had said this. This type of comment should not become acceptable on Atlas.

Notably, you did not think approving of killing my ancestors was worth reporting. But, then, you always like it when Jews get killed.
3  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Rank the Russian Governments in the past 300 years on: February 12, 2017, 11:00:51 am
There was a Russian Republic?

When? Like, the 24 hours between the dissolution of the USSR and the declaration of the Russian Federation?

-The 8 months between the dissolution of the Empire and the October Revolution.

It was not called that.
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: India Assembly elections 2017- UP,Punjab,Uttarakhand,Manipur,Goa,HP,Gujarat on: February 11, 2017, 09:03:31 am
This not-counting-for-a-month business is strange indeed. I can understand why they do in the national elections, but the state-level elections, which are, indeed, conducted on a single day, should be counted immediately.

This is a rule change ECI put in around 8 year ago where all assembly elections held at around the same time are considered on election.  So vote count are delayed until all states are done voting and even exit polls are not allowed to be published until all states are done voting.  The logic is early count results or exit poll results could affect voting in other states.  I do not buy it but several parties in the past claimed they were injured by this dynamic. 

I know. But doing it this way also affects the results. And voting on different days also affects the results. Everything does.
5  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump drops bid to renegotiate NAFTA on: February 11, 2017, 09:00:02 am
Sad! Let's get a anti-free trade leftist into office 2020!

You really want to screw the workers, don't you?
6  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Andrew Cuomo's path to the presidency in 2020 on: February 11, 2017, 12:42:43 am
The potential corruption ...

I mean, given all the real corruption of the next four years, a talk of "potential corruption" would sound facetious.
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump drops bid to renegotiate NAFTA on: February 11, 2017, 12:09:24 am
Seems like Trump has given up on his entire legislative agenda at this point. Obama has already signed numerous bills into law at this point in his presidency, including the stimulus and the Lily Ledbetter law.

No, stimulus was only passed on Feb. 17th. But, yeah, on Feb. 11th Obama already signed his 3rd bill. Stimulus was his 4th. What is the legislative pipeline now?
8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump drops bid to renegotiate NAFTA on: February 10, 2017, 10:54:38 pm
Yeah, I'm pretty sure this is more "take him seriously but not literally lol" stuff. It's been very clear for a while that Trump can easily be persuaded in one direction or another on the nitty gritty, and that different parts of the government will have very different agendas, but on Trump's actual famous promises (build a wall/Muslim ban/out of TPP...and renegotiate NAFTA), Trump has so far consistently at least put up an image of trying, irrespective of the realism of those promises. An attempt to renegotiate NAFTA will be made.

Yeah, sure. I hope our negotiators spend the next 4 years discussing the menu for the lunch break during the Jan. 2020 meeings of the working group for tangerine size restrictions.

We have given up.
9  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Rank the Russian Governments in the past 300 years on: February 10, 2017, 10:50:47 pm
Gosh, what the hell are you ranking? Degree of cannibalism?
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump drops bid to renegotiate NAFTA on: February 10, 2017, 10:35:13 pm

Maybe rabid protectionism isn't in our future.

It is.
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: US investigators corroborate and confirm some aspects of the Russia dossier on: February 10, 2017, 07:26:51 pm
those investigators are playing with their future.

The only advice that I can give them is to sleep with their passports, have a suitcase packed, and keep reasonably close to an international airport. 

Where would they go? Snowden's only option was Russia, and they can't go there.

To Germany Smiley
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump drops bid to renegotiate NAFTA on: February 10, 2017, 07:18:17 pm
He gives up on this he can't win Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania again.

Well, not giving it up will, if he is very lucky, and goes about it in a smart way, create around zero jobs in those states. The (net) number is much more likely to be significantly negative, though.

In any case, I fully expect him to go for it. I am certain people of the wonderful states of Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania will love the results: irrespective of where they wind up living as a consequence.
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Would a Trump impeachment be dangerous? on: February 10, 2017, 07:15:01 pm
I think the "Trump=Pence" crowd are losing sight of the point that Trump is clearly an unbalanced man who has no understanding of government and also has a cult-like following with millions of Americans.

While I hate Trump, you have to admit that he cobbled a coalition of 46% of Americans to vote him despite a MOUNTAIN of issues. Pence is not that "talented" if you can put it like that. And I think putting Pence in the WH would probably reduce the empowerment of the Trumpkins

You don't think Pence is unbalanced?

I do not think we have any reasons to think so, at least for the moment. He is, of course, a guy with views that I find highly objectionable, and his morals are illustrated by him going on the ticket with Trump. But there is no reason to believe he is insane.
14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump drops bid to renegotiate NAFTA on: February 10, 2017, 06:32:47 pm
I would not rush to an optimistic conclusion. He will try.

In any case, Mexico has no incentives to negotiate a worse treaty. Trump is not forever. Mexico´s geographic location and the logic of trade are.
15  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Marine Le Pen will not allow French citizens to hold any additional citizenship on: February 10, 2017, 05:40:54 pm
I hate to say it, but I find ag's prickliness endearing.

This is deeply offensive to me.
16  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Marine Le Pen will not allow French citizens to hold any additional citizenship on: February 10, 2017, 05:20:32 pm
David B is much more realistic here than neurotic ag.

When somebody like you approves of something, you know it has to be wrong Smiley
17  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Marine Le Pen will not allow French citizens to hold any additional citizenship on: February 10, 2017, 05:18:52 pm
If anything, I would argue nation states destroy cultures through their homogenising effect. Israel is a prime example, especially in its early years.

^^^^^^^

DavidB, what's your opinion on Yiddish?

He needs it vi a lokh in kop.
18  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Marine Le Pen will not allow French citizens to hold any additional citizenship on: February 10, 2017, 03:45:14 pm
Ag is obviously the more ridiculous one here (but that's expected whenever ag starts writing about Jewish identity), but it also has to be said...

You know full well, I am not ridiculous. Just offensive Smiley
19  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: US Congressman: Macedonia "not a country" on: February 10, 2017, 03:42:36 pm
A lot of countries have laws like this but they are basically unenforceable I think. If you have Israeli and French citizenship, you just use two passports and don't bring it up to the French government?

Actually, if a country wants to enforce it, it enforces. Not perfectly, of course (which law is perfectly enforceable?) but it is doable. If you are caught, you can lose your citizenship - and with troublesome consequences for your past. So, citizens of countries in which such laws are typically enforced tend to follow them.

But I think both of us are in a wrong thread Smiley
20  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: US Congressman: Macedonia "not a country" on: February 10, 2017, 02:48:15 pm
WTF ?

What's next ?

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Atlas posters: Austria "not a country"

Huh

They'll support your absorption by Germany of course.

Better partition between Italy, Hungary and Slovenia.

Voralberg should go to Switzerland.

I would still give it to Italy: for the sake of Liechtenstein!
21  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Pigfvcker Memorial Suppository for UK News: A Departure from EUtopia on: February 10, 2017, 02:45:23 pm
If they oust him, I do not think he has many incentives to rejoin the Conservative backbench. Hopefully, he opts for the LD Smiley

The normal thing to do would be for him to stand down as an MP and go to the Lords as a crossbencher.  You might hope that the Lib Dems would win the ensuing Buckingham by-election, but I emphasise the word "hope".

It would be kind of hilarious if he decided to stay on as an MP and join an opposition party though.  (The track record of Labour MPs for Buckingham isn't brilliant, mind.)  File under "not going to happen".

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In any case, once the Conservatives nominate another Speaker from their numbers, they will be down to 328. Ok, there are two UUP and 1 UKIP MPs as well. But we are starting to get into an interesting area Smiley

It's usually done so that the Speaker and three Deputy Speakers, none of whom vote, are two MPs from the governing party and two not, so that the choice of Speaker doesn't have a partisan effect.

Sure, but the deputy speakers would not change, only the speaker would, and Bercow had been a Tory. So, no matter what happens it would be one Tory less.

There has not been a recent precedent on ousting a speaker: so hard to say what a "normal" thing would be Smiley
22  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German Elections & Politics on: February 10, 2017, 11:16:35 am
There is another obvious reason for Left being more common as a source for AfD votes in the East: there are not too many Left voters in the West to begin with. Except in the Saarland and the city-states they are nearly invisible in the West.

It is (the few Western exceptions notwithstanding) a socially conservative populist illiberal Eastern party.
23  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Marine Le Pen will not allow French citizens to hold any additional citizenship on: February 10, 2017, 10:57:13 am
Unfortunate.

You can still use that Russian passport of yours. How much did it cost?
The going price is usually your soul, but I didn't have one to give. President Putin took pity on me and gave it to me in exchange for 10 years of Internet labor.

Happy to hear you do have profitably sold your soul beforehand. How much did it go for?
24  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Marine Le Pen will not allow French citizens to hold any additional citizenship on: February 10, 2017, 10:55:38 am
You know full well in your heart that you have betrayed your people.


Why is our resident "Jews-for-Haman" supporter lighting the sky? Is he signalling to the fascist invaders where to bomb?
25  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Marine Le Pen will not allow French citizens to hold any additional citizenship on: February 10, 2017, 10:51:13 am
Unfortunate.

You can still use that Russian passport of yours. How much did it cost?
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