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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you allow Hillary Clinton to baptize your kids? on: August 12, 2017, 11:39:12 am
I don't have kids, and even if I did, I would not baptize them unless my partner insisted upon it, but I wish Hillary well if she chooses to become a minister, and would have no issue with her officiating the ceremonies.
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is ideology a factor when you vote in Opinion of [...] polls? on: August 12, 2017, 11:36:58 am
No, not unless the ideology is of the sort that expressing it would be outside the TOS, or something along those lines.
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Rank Trump 1-45 (Aug. 2017) on: August 10, 2017, 07:29:49 am
It is too early to rank really, but I fear by the time he is done, he might be at the bottom, unless he changes his ways. I prefer not to dwell on that, but it is a concern of mine. That is what happens when you have a reckless and cruel narcissist in the White House.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: When did you start being interested in politics? on: August 09, 2017, 05:18:27 pm
Around age 5. I remember this event as if it happened yesterday. I was watching the election returns with my parents in the 1956 General Election, and asked why Eisenhower was smiling about his victory, when per what my parents told me, it was a done deal before the election that he would trounce Stevenson (no I don't remember my parents using the exact word "trounce"). Why smile about something you already knew was going to happen, was what was in my five year old brain. You only smile for unexpected pleasant surprises, or at least good outcomes that are in substantial doubt,  was my thinking. Yeah, by age five I had already decided that I wanted to be a lawyer. I really enjoyed arguing with my mother about everything - herself a very litigious and opinionated and political lady. Smiley
5  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: A thought I had on: August 08, 2017, 06:55:45 pm
No one seems to object to kobidobidog returning intermittently to comment on bestiality and public nudity. ("People against the zoo are the thieves in the temple."; "We live in a nude universe. People need to accept that."; "Defiled religions and Islam wants the nude form to be illegal.")

No, that poster was in the crosshairs, mostly being viewed, at least by myself, as a spam poster. You don't pound the drum incessantly about such a weird and way out there issue, that almost no sane person would agree with, and nothing else, without running the risk of falling into that category.
6  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should the US cease all diplomatic relations with Venezuela? on: August 06, 2017, 02:20:00 pm
What would this accomplish exactly?
7  General Politics / Individual Politics / MOVED: Reagan fires striking Air Traffic Control Workers 36 years ago on today's date on: August 06, 2017, 02:03:28 pm
This topic has been moved to U.S. General Discussion.

http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=270159.0
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is it hard to be a Republican on Atlas? on: August 01, 2017, 10:11:57 am
I think I was more popular when I was a Pub than am I now as a Dem. I mean, Grumps once used to like me. I would like to think the quality of the posts has more to do with one's reputation, than any party label, or ideological perspective if not way out there.
9  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: early look at gerrymanders in 2020 on: July 31, 2017, 03:45:03 pm
In NY, under the new constitutional provisions, the votes of both parties are necessary to draw a map, and certain guidelines (kind of vague), are supposed to be followed. So any gerrymander would need to be a bipartisan one, and if the parties cannot agree, it goes to the courts. So the Pubs are slated to lose a seat upstate, but might gain it back if a Pub seat is drawn in south Brooklyn.
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Is there any former POTUS, living or dead, who wouldn't be appalled by Trump? on: July 30, 2017, 09:22:40 am
Just Andy Jackson maybe.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who is your ideological twin? on: July 30, 2017, 09:11:07 am
No such person could possibly exist, but a bunch of posters are in the ballpark.
Who is in said ballpark?

The odd thing, is that I think I largely agree with the content of posts of posters that vary a fair bit across the ideological spectrum. I am usually in agreement with Grumps (no, not his support of Trump obviously), Muon2, Brittain33 and Pit for example. Part of that might be because I swing right and left depending on the issue. I don't allow ideology to get in the way. I am into data based pragmatism, or at least try to be. What I am hostile to is populism in general. It tends to be typically mindless and not data based.
12  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: City of Hudson's weighed voting system under scrutiny on: July 29, 2017, 10:59:14 am
One may recall that it was a study of Hudson governance by a group of Hosftra law students that piqued Torie's interest in weighted voting. The Hofstra students were part of a seminar taught by Professor Ashira Pelman Ostrow. Now Ostrow has penned an article in the Florida Law Review.

ONE PERSON, ONE WEIGHTED VOTE (PDF)

The article gives short shrift to the seminal problem with weighted voting, which is inequality in voting power. But yes, as the article briefly notes, if both proportionality in voting strength to population and voting power can be met within the 10% constraint, then yes, at least for districts that have multiple sub jurisdictions, which the districts track, I agree that weighted voting is legal. Hudson does not meet either test. It has no sub jurisdictions, and unless one assumes that the two alderpersons from each ward elected at the same time, vote randomly vis a vis each other, it does not meet the equality in voting power test either. Failing to meet the first test causes a loss of the major policy reason for weighted voting. Failing to meet the second test is almost certainly fatal. Inequality in voting power, means inequality in representation, when it comes to the power to influence legislative outcomes.
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Does the constant focus on healthcare bug you? on: July 28, 2017, 07:23:53 pm
No, it is an important issue, and for the case of some, life and death. So given that the status quo is flawed (and slowly going downhill), keep the focus on.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Your reported and deleted posts? on: July 28, 2017, 07:20:45 pm
45/1, with the one a "test" by Inks about something, as opposed to a real penalty point. He didn't ask my permission first, but whatever. It's probably good to have lost my virginity.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who is your ideological twin? on: July 28, 2017, 07:18:45 pm
No such person could possibly exist, but a bunch of posters are in the ballpark.
16  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: IQ Scores on: July 28, 2017, 10:49:54 am
How much does your IQ go down when one gets old I wonder (assuming you don't yet suffer from dementia)?
17  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: John McCain apology thread on: July 28, 2017, 08:20:31 am
Given the sad Pub performance on this, and the way Obamacare was passed in the first instance, this is a good reminder that for very important social safety net legislation, it is far better to try to craft something with substantial bipartisan consensus. Neither party has tried very hard to move in that direction. It is all about demonizing the other party. And a lot of folks are being hurt in the process.

A corollary to this, is that crafting legislation of this complexity that fits into the reconciliation loophole to avoid a filibuster, usually means bad legislation. The Dems when they passed Obamacare, knew it had technical problems, but to fix them, would not comport with the reconciliation rules, after their numbers dropped to 59 Senators.

One day perhaps, it will dawn on folks, that all must be insured, with premiums subsidized on a means tested basis, out of the general treasury, and not by forcing some to pay too much, to subsidize others. And the whole system needs to move to an HMO system to boot, to disincentive over treatment, and to do things, like say, handling some problems over the phone, rather than having to actually see a doctor (that is the way HMO's do it now, but outside of that system, the financial incentive is to force patients to drag their butts down to the doctors office, and then wait for often irritatingly long periods, to get seen). Sad!

And yes, yet again, force drug companies to charge the same for drugs to US consumers, as they do when their sell to rich foreign governments, with a single payer system (and thus have monopsony buying power). I am continually amazed why that fix is not discussed in the public square, other than by me. Very, very sad! Boo! Sad

Anyway, if I were still a Pub, and a Senator, I would  have voted no on all of this garbage from day one. What the Pubs have come up with is ludicrous.
18  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: can you just UNBAN LIBERTAS on: July 17, 2017, 03:22:36 pm
Dear AAD,

Please stop trying to dump your s***posters here.  

Thanks,
Malcolm

Torie was trying to do that last week to us........thxbutnothx.

I said I wished I could dump it (the thread, not the poster) on AAD (it was meant as a joke, but perhaps that was too subtle for some to fathom). I was not trying to dump it there.  The verbs wish and try have different meanings old man. Who knew?  Smiley
19  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: Why was this post deleted instead of edited? on: July 17, 2017, 12:38:17 pm
Different Moderators have different approaches. I've found that with the posts I have to address from time to time, some users actually re-edit their posts after I edit it just to put in what I took out, so I just delete it altogether. Or perhaps the mod thought deleting it might encourage you to not swear as often. You'll just have to PM the mods in question and ask them directly.

A poster that re-edits a post after a Mod redacts it, to put what was deleted back in, is going way, way over the line, and my reaction would be to put that poster up on the Moderation Board for discussion. In other words, folks, don't do that, or you might be put on "the list!"  Tongue
20  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: Why was this post deleted instead of edited? on: July 17, 2017, 12:34:28 pm
My modus operandi is to typically edit posts to excise whatever the problem is in a post that otherwise has some useful content within the TOS, but doing it that way is more labor intensive, and there is no requirement that a Mod do that in lieu of deleting the whole post.

What I typically do that is very labor intensive, is cull down posts that copy and paste too much text, and precipitate a potential copyright violation issue. There is no requirement that Mods do that either, rather than delete the whole post, and I expect many Mods would delete the whole post.
21  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: If NYC were its own state, what would be its territory? on: July 13, 2017, 10:56:52 am

Antonio's map (1984 data):



To that I would add Bergen, Hudson, and Passaic counties from NJ. But then I would split it into two states - one consisting of the 4 LI counties and one for everything else. In 2010 they each would have had a population of between 7.5 M and 7.6 M. That's only 22-23% above 1/50th of the US population. That seems reasonable for redrawn states.

 

Please tell me why the balance of NYS after being shorn of its current money centers, would be economically viable. Or is the idea to create another West Virginia in the NE quadrant of the country?
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How old were your grandparents when you were born? on: July 11, 2017, 01:57:42 pm
66, 67, 71, and 77.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What's your favorite place? on: July 11, 2017, 01:47:01 pm
A certain city that in the 1790 census, was the third largest in NY state, and lost being made the capital of the state back when by one vote in the state legislature. Anyone want to guess what city that might be?  Tongue
24  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / MOVED: US Congress with 10,000+ House districts on: July 10, 2017, 02:52:12 pm
This topic has been moved to Political Geography & Demographics.

http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=268009.0
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Fremont Voting Booth : July 2017 special election on: July 09, 2017, 05:21:45 am
FOR SENATE (CLASS II)
[1] 1184AZ of Washington
Liberal Democracy Party - Federalist Party
[2] etr906 (Alpha) of Minnesota
Independent - Labor Party
[   ] Write-in :
BALLOT MEASURE 1
Text : [The proposed Impeachment of Federal Officeholders Amendment to the Constitution of the Republic of Atlasia may be read here.]
Question : Shall the proposed Impeachment of Federal Officeholders Amendment to the Constitution of the Republic of Atlasia be ratified?
YES
[   ] NO
[   ] ABSTAIN
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