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11901  General Politics / Economics / Re: Zimbabwe starts $50b notes (enough to buy two loaves of bread) - 231m% inflation on: January 11, 2009, 01:21:58 am
Do you think there is somewhere I could exchange dollars into Zimbabwean currency? It'd be kinda neat to have a $50 billion bill.
11902  General Discussion / Alternative History / Re: US collapse- 6 new countries form on: January 11, 2009, 01:16:12 am
It's kind of silly to assume everything goes by state lines, and even sillier to assume that a congressional district of all things makes the lone exception to that.
11903  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Largest differences between neighboring counties of various characteristics on: January 11, 2009, 01:13:20 am
I was thinking of Hancock-and-Glascock the other day, but couldn't quite tell whether they actually bordered each other or not.

I looked up twelve different county maps of Georgia; eight had them unambiguously bordering, and four (including our own) were unclear either way. None had them unambiguously not bordering. And Wikipedia says that they border each other. So I'm satisfied.

And it would be interesting to know the history of why Glascock County ended up overwhelmingly white while its surroundings are demographically mixed (or overwhelmingly black in the case of Hancock).

It's a small county in a region with extreme racial segregation. My guess would be that it's so small that it happens just by chance to encompass a white area without any black areas.
11904  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Utah congressman sleeps in his office on: January 11, 2009, 01:03:43 am
Wow, that guy is legitimately awesome for that.
11905  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Atlas Awards 2008 - Vote for the Winners on: January 10, 2009, 05:06:03 pm
Who is ghostmonkey

annoying anti-hillary troll from the primaries
11906  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: Name the next three U.S. Presidents on: January 10, 2009, 05:00:50 pm
2016-2024: Rebecca Otto
2024-2032: Mike Fleck
2032-2036: Michael Naso, Jr.
11907  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What brand of cigarettes do you smoke? on: January 10, 2009, 04:24:16 pm
I'll smoke when I drink, but besides that nothing.
11908  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Atlas Awards 2008 - Vote for the Winners on: January 10, 2009, 04:03:30 pm
1. Best Overall Poster of the Year?

- Lunar

2. Funniest Poster of the Year?

- Joe Republic

3. Troll of the Year?

- Vander Blubb

4. Most influential Poster of the Year?

- Sam Spade

5. Most Enthusiastic Poster of the Year?

- Xahar

6. Most Cynical Poster of the Year?

- Boss Tweed

7. Angriest Poster of the Year?

- DWTL

8. Rivalry of the Year?

- J.J. vs. Reality

9. Best newbie?

- Torie

10. Atlas Hall of Fame?

- Lewis

11. Poster who provided the best election analysis this year?

- Lunar

12. Poster with the best alternative timeline?

- Lief

13. Hack of the Year?

- J.J.




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11909  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Democrats 2016 on: January 10, 2009, 03:33:17 pm
Maybe it is because I don't follow Democrat politics as much, but I know of very few young Democrats with bright futures. Republicans have a lot. But Democrats, all of the possible contenders are old already.

Eight years from now the Democrats will have an entirely new batch of possible contenders prepared, I'm sure.
11910  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Would you consider joining a pacifist party? on: January 10, 2009, 03:17:15 pm
I suppose I am somewhat of a moderate pacifist already, in that I oppose war for all reasons except the absolutely neccesary.
11911  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: pepsi... on: January 10, 2009, 05:10:28 am
RC and Moon Pie for me.

^^^^^^
11912  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Democrats 2016 on: January 10, 2009, 05:07:19 am
The buzz will surround Vice President Biden and Secretary Clinton. I'm guessing that others like Senator Warner may run...but who knows. The Democrats nominate people out of hats. In 1976 it was the random Governor of Georgia, then in 1988 it was the random Governor of Massachusetts, then in 1992 it was the random Governor of Arkansas. In 2004, it was just a random U.S. Senator and in 2008, it was a one-term Senator from a non-swing state.


Compared to Republicans:

68: random failed candidate from eight years ago
76: random congressman who had recently randomly became president after randomly being appointed VP
80: random actor / random governor
88: VP of random actor
96: random senator
00: random governor / random son of aforementioned vp of random actor
08: random senator / random failed candidate from eight years before

in other news, the word random starts sounding really weird after you say it in your head over and over like that.
11913  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: American's View of British Politics on: January 09, 2009, 05:15:53 pm
I'd support the Liberal Democrats, followed by Conservatives, most likely.
11914  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: 111th Congress is underway!! on: January 09, 2009, 05:08:52 pm
Anything on committee appointments yet?
11915  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Commeration of KoTBP Act (Amendment at Vote) on: January 09, 2009, 05:05:09 pm
aye
11916  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Resignation on: January 09, 2009, 05:02:57 pm
Sad
11917  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Gerrymandering Game on: January 09, 2009, 03:29:17 pm
Ah, yes, I remember that game. I loved it.
11918  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Incredibly Dark Horses (R) - The Time Capsule on: January 09, 2009, 03:15:08 pm
Santorum
11919  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Colorado <3 Minorities? on: January 08, 2009, 11:39:34 pm
What about women?

They aren't a minority.

They're a political minority.
11920  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: "BeccaM" on: January 08, 2009, 07:20:31 pm
I think some people's desire to be "srs internetz detectives!" has kind of masked the fact that Becca's a decent poster regardless.
Indeed. On a more serious note -- your avatar makes you look fat. Have you considered trading it in for a I-CA avatar or even I-SK?

As I've actually been in Georgia for most of the past month, I suppose I should actually be I-GA, though I don't think that state actually has a slimmer waistline. Tongue
11921  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: "BeccaM" on: January 08, 2009, 05:29:30 pm
I think some people's desire to be "srs internetz detectives!" has kind of masked the fact that Becca's a decent poster regardless.
11922  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: How many of you plan on staying with the forum to participate in 2012 dialogue? on: January 08, 2009, 05:23:24 pm
I see no reason why I wouldn't at least occasionally still check in to the Atlas even years from now, unless it happened to stop existing or something.
11923  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Nixon the Friend on: January 08, 2009, 03:55:50 pm
awesome timeline!
11924  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Colorado <3 Minorities? on: January 08, 2009, 12:37:25 pm
What about women?
11925  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 100 Most Popular U.S. Political Figures on Facebook on: January 08, 2009, 12:02:54 pm
As a certified facebook whore, I'm excited to see a number of politicians I''m currently supporting up there. I also just added Newsom, having missed him before.
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