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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: NYC approves apartment building with separate entrance for poor people on: July 22, 2014, 10:57:37 pm
Wait, so you guys got rich people to subsidize affordable apartments in a brand new building in an expensive neighborhood, and you're still complaining? Of course, I haven't really seen any rational arguments against this, just vague outrage.
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Scott v. The Northeast on: July 19, 2014, 09:04:52 pm
I concur with Oakvale.
3  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: What's the racial distribution of your census tract? on: July 16, 2014, 11:30:48 pm
52% White
34% Asian
6% Hispanic
4% Multiracial
3% Black
1% Other Groups
0% Native American
4  General Politics / International General Discussion / Opinion of Nouri al-Maliki on: July 13, 2014, 12:00:35 pm
5  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Hide yo' wife, hide yo' kids - they kidnappin' errebody! on: July 07, 2014, 12:19:06 am
What is this thread?

Straw0man's condition is getting so severe he's literally talking to himself at this point.
6  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: I think there is a candidate everyone is forgetting on: July 06, 2014, 02:21:47 pm
My guess is that you're all being trolled Tongue

I'm startled by how easy it was.
7  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Map of Evangelicals and Mormons on: July 04, 2014, 03:22:02 pm
The map of top protestant denomination by county is also very informative. The prevalence of Southern Baptists in the Southwest is very interesting. Though obviously Catholics, Mormons, Atheists, and non-Christians make up large majorities in those states, so interpret accordingly.

8  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: OurCampaigns on: July 03, 2014, 09:46:26 pm
That website's horrific layout always kept me away.
9  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The Millennial Generation has produced nothing of note culturally. on: July 03, 2014, 09:39:38 pm
This thread is a good example of why Einzgie/Mint types are not to be taken seriously. It is no coincidence they are our two self-proclaimed fascists.
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Is it easy or hard to live in your county? on: July 03, 2014, 09:37:59 pm
I would have picked the same small set of LA parishes as "most livable."

And yes, one has a higher quality of life in NYC -- with the exception of the Bronx -- than anyplace outside of the gated counties of the South (Forsythe GA, Williamson TN, etc.).

But these sorts of gross county-level comparisons are sort of misleading. Zip codes are a better measure of class stratification than counties are.
One needs not live in a "gated county." I'd much rather live here in leafy East Memphis than some distant, treeless subdivision. I know a little something about quality of life. Paying $2,000+/mo for a 300 sq ft studio doesn't stike me as an "easy" way to get by.

It's "easy" if you make enough money, which plenty of people in Manhattan do.

To some people, quality of life entails more than getting a big house and filling it with junk.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Tulsa vs. Oklahoma City on: July 03, 2014, 07:03:04 pm
Memphis and Badger: http://projects.nytimes.com/census/2010/map

Let's settle this, shall we?
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Washington '14: The Dullest Midterm That You Ever Did See on: July 03, 2014, 01:06:37 pm
Unfortunately, the software crashes whenever I try to add it.  Yellow is 50%.  Intervals of 5 from there.  I'll try to re-do them with the scale added ASAP.

Alcon, did you delete your 2013 maps? Why? Sad
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Pacific Gubernatorial Special Election on: July 01, 2014, 11:01:57 am
1) The Cranberry
2) Devin
3) Xahar
14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Public school blocking acess to political websites on: July 01, 2014, 10:32:09 am
Well at least they have an excuse.  I'm guessing if this was a Texas school blocking gun control websites your responses would have been a bit....less defensive.

Oh snap. Take that, liberals!
15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The conservative case for denser cities on: June 30, 2014, 02:01:47 pm
Lack of new development in desirable neighborhoods is a cause of gentrification in others.
16  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Will there be a Kurd nation in the next 5 years? on: June 26, 2014, 10:41:04 pm
Iraq has already been partitioned. How long it takes for the international community to formally recognize that is anybody's guess.
17  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: ISIS/ISIL make major gains in Iraq on: June 26, 2014, 10:40:34 pm
Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki: Russian jets will turn tide

"I'll be frank and say that we were deluded when we signed the contract [with the US]," Mr Maliki said.

"We should have sought to buy other jet fighters like British, French and Russian to secure the air cover for our forces; if we had air cover we would have averted what had happened," he went on.

He said Iraq was acquiring second-hand jet fighters from Russia and Belarus "that should arrive in Iraq in two or three days".


Iraq has also been receiving support from Iran, with whom its Shia Muslim leaders have close links.

Mr Maliki also confirmed that Syrian forces had carried out air strikes against Islamist militants at a border crossing between Iraq and Syria.

He said Iraq had not requested the strikes but that it "welcomed" them.

"They carry out their strikes and we carry out ours and the final winners are our two countries," he said.

Shia Iraq's alignment with Syria/Iran/Russia seems natural and inevitable.
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: June 2014 Federal Election - President, VP and Regional Senators on: June 22, 2014, 10:17:46 pm
President- Sirnick/Dallasfan
Pacific Senator- Flo
19  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: ISIS/ISIL make major gains in Iraq on: June 18, 2014, 08:30:38 pm
Credit for this mess goes to the United States, due to entering in first place back in 2003.

20  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Urbanizing Suburbs and Towns on: June 17, 2014, 09:20:19 pm
A lot of suburbs around Seattle have growing downtowns. State basically law requires it.

Bellevue is obviously the biggest:

Could you (or anyone else) elaborate?

I'm referring to the Growth Management Act. In addition to regulating new sprawl, it requires existing cities to accomodate a certain amount of growth. Since many are already built out, they have to build denser. In the suburbs (and Seattle, for that matter) it is politically popular for municipalities to focus growth in their "downtowns" and town centers, usually replacing light commercial or light industrial uses with higher density mixed use developments, while preserving existing single family neighborhoods.
21  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Game of Thrones on: June 16, 2014, 12:13:02 am
The effects on this show have gotten really good. It must cost a ton to make.

Oh, and I'm going to miss Tywin. Sad
22  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: ISIS/ISIL make major gains in Iraq on: June 15, 2014, 09:50:59 pm
ISIS claims it has executed 1,700 Iraqi soldiers:

How long before we start using the w-word?
23  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: When does a region have the ability to declare independence? on: June 15, 2014, 09:36:26 pm
Are we talking international recognition? There's obviously a lot of politics behind it all. The US/UK/France are often on the other side of Russia/China, and their veto powers will stop any official UN recognition of border changes. If a country can agree to split and none of the permanent members of the security council object, then a new state can be recognized.

I think there's obviously a lot of hypocrisy behind what each side recognizes. For example, a NATO member has already done something very similar to what Russia did in Crimea, but despite all of our condemnations Turkey is still a part of NATO.

The problem you run into drawing lines along ethnic/linguistic/religious differences is that many areas are mixed. One side of a river might have a 60-40 majority of Ethnicity A, while the other side has a 60-40 majority of Ethnicity B. Does it really make sense to divide that area along ethnic lines? Larger cities in particular are usually very mixed. Are people supposed to just move? Population transfers aren't exactly desirable. And people are always moving inside of a country. The current demographic makeup of a country might not reflect historical boundaries. Brussels is historically Flemish, but now is mostly French.

Unfortunately some regions like Iraq are so unstable and violent that population transfers are going to happen either way, and I think one could make an argument that partition is the least terrible option available.

In some of these countries there are often sparsely populated areas in between two populated parts of a country. If natural resources weren't an issue, I imagine Cyrenaica could split off of Libya fairly nicely. Or to use an example that already happened, splitting Pakistan and Bangladesh seems reasonable enough, given that there was a huge country separating them.

I think a worry people have with splitting African and Asian countries is that once it happens a few times, it will motivate further independence movements and cause wars, genocides, and instability.
24  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: ISIS/ISIL make major gains in Iraq on: June 14, 2014, 03:45:53 pm
Unfortunately, partition seems inevitable.
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Snowstalker v. The Midwest on: June 13, 2014, 10:58:50 pm
I concur.
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