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1  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: Farewell on: February 14, 2017, 10:09:08 am
ag, I ask you re-consider, and if not you are welcome to our more troll free sister forum, Atlas After Dark
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Sam Spade Memorial Good Post Gallery on: February 11, 2017, 12:54:29 pm
As someone noted on AAD, the sentiment makes more sense if you replace "economics" (the subject) with "the economy" (the object of study). As written it makes economics sound a little bit too much like the Tao. "That which can be named is not the true economics."

But isn't the Economy as a notion essentially Taoist anyway?
3  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Marine Le Pen will not allow French citizens to hold any additional citizenship on: February 10, 2017, 04:42:41 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?
4  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: US Congressman: Macedonia "not a country" on: February 10, 2017, 12:38:07 pm
Wow. First Putin and now Greek internet trolls are getting deep into the Republican Party. Very impressive form of entryism this.
5  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The best Science-Fiction universe/story? on: February 08, 2017, 06:08:28 pm
Also

Jack Vance >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> JRR Tolkein or nearly any other fantasy writer.

In a just less snobbish universe Vance would have been considered a potential Nobel laureate and not just sneered at for being a 'genre writer'.
6  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Survey: EU citizens support a Muslim ban on: February 08, 2017, 06:06:43 pm
This is why people's rights should not be put up to public vote. Simples.
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The audacity of decadence on: February 08, 2017, 06:03:27 pm
It's become quite clear now that Obama - along with most of the Democratic Congressional Caucus - are the last conservatives in America.
8  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The best Science-Fiction universe/story? on: February 08, 2017, 06:02:41 pm
Dune is the traditional answer to this but I find all but the original novel unreadable and some of the majority really, really hasn't aged very well (it's strange to think now but in the 60s there was actually a brief period of what we might call 'Hipster Islam', films like Lawrence of Arabia were also part of this trend).

Obviously though the correct answer for greatest Science Fiction novel is The Stars My Destination, from whose protagonist I get my forum name.
9  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Are Irish Americans in New York City fiscally and social conservative? on: January 31, 2017, 03:13:11 pm
lol no
10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French presidential election, April 23rd & May 7th, 2017 on: January 30, 2017, 07:37:22 pm
Macron it seems thinks Molletisme is dead and so it decides the United States Democratic Party is a good model to emulate. Which is deeply odd, for so many reasons...
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump to meet with Theresa May on Friday on: January 22, 2017, 10:49:28 am
It would be interesting to know if anyone has quantified the economic detriment to the UK of not being in the EU comment market, versus the economic benefit to the UK of becoming part of a US common market. It having a clue as to what the data is, as a guess it would seem to me that it might be close to a wash.

Will the UK have any say in the rules of this 'US common market'?
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump to meet with Theresa May on Friday on: January 22, 2017, 10:48:48 am
ag,you missed your calling.  You really should have been a comedian.  Yes, there will be economic pain in the UK, but the idea that they'll be desperate to join the EE (European Empire) as a result is ludicrous.  If nothing else, it'll be easier for any excess labor to come to the US than the EE and I doubt we'll be any tougher on illegal English immigrants than we have been on illegal Irish immigrants in the past.

The real barrier to any deal is that it would probably require the UK to liberalize its pharmaceutical pricing regime, which would vastly increase the costs of the NHS.
13  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Europeans see Trump very negatively on: January 20, 2017, 08:53:45 pm
Ask these same people their thoughts on Muslims and immigrants. You'll get some very hypocritical responses.

Nationalists from Country X don't understand and disapprove of Nationalists from Country Y. Film at 11.

And yet, somehow, they're almost all in love with Putin (aside from the obvious exceptions). Go figure.

Hitler had a bit of the same effect. I think the main reason is that Putin is not merely a Russian nationalist, but more of a white imperialist. He does see himself (and Russia) as the hope of the White cause.  So, though, of course, in his objectives other White people should be subordinate to the Russians, he still gives them a sufficiently elevated position in the New World Order for them to enjoy it. And, of course, financial contribution helps.

Also he's a distant figure who while clearly powerful doesn't have nearly enough power to interfere (in a violent or non-clandestine way) in Western countries power and social structures. Obviously though when Russia is closer, nationalists - even if those who would be pro-Putin if further west - feel less comfortable with him.
14  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Europeans see Trump very negatively on: January 20, 2017, 08:13:44 pm
Ask these same people their thoughts on Muslims and immigrants. You'll get some very hypocritical responses.

Nationalists from Country X don't understand and disapprove of Nationalists from Country Y. Film at 11.
15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Nigel Farage is joining FOX News on: January 20, 2017, 04:20:34 pm
man, we export a lot of garbage

Obviously this is part of the new US-UK Free Trade Agreement
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Favorite Poster: Best of the Best on: January 18, 2017, 02:57:23 pm
Fair enough. I still think that finding T***p "hilarious" constitutes a lapse in moral judgment, but I won't pretend it's the sort of lapse I'm never guilty of.

This is a bleak universe. You take what pleasures you can get.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Favorite Poster: Best of the Best on: January 17, 2017, 04:08:14 pm
He was one of those awful semi-ironic left-wing T***p supporters back in the day.

Really?  I actually don't remember that at all.  IIRC, he was posting very little during primary season, and I don't remember him commenting on Trump.

I remember an IRC chat in which he said that very explicitly (along with, sadly, Gully, whom undoubtedly should have known better). I also note he hasn't denied it.

Me? An ironic Trump supporter? No, I don't think so. I have to admit I found Trump hilarious - and quite frankly despite everything - I still sort of do. But I don't think I ever bought into the delusion that he was a 'joke' candidate (rather, I made one huge error of judgement - thinking that sufficient GOP voters would turn off against Trump so he would lose, what I didn't realize is pretty much all those people had stopped voting GOP a long while ago).

Ftr, like Mikado, once Trump started leading the polls long enough that it was clear that he wasn't a 'flavour of the month' I thought he would win the nomination. Because I tend to trust polls, for my sins. And still do, at least in comparison to CW.
18  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Which European country has a political divide most similar to the US? on: January 11, 2017, 02:13:06 pm
The only semi coherent answer to this is France actually.
19  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Sun Yat Sen on: January 06, 2017, 02:17:10 pm
The Chinese Mazzini.
20  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Sum Up 2016 In 1 Sentence on: December 28, 2016, 11:17:02 pm
What's love got to do with it?
21  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Thomas Sowell retires on: December 27, 2016, 07:25:37 pm
Perfect timing. Just when his ideological worldview is about to be shattered to pieces.
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: College Students Are Ridiculously Infuriating Safe-Space/Mega-thread on: December 27, 2016, 07:12:42 pm
College campuses have always been a breeding ground for left wing nutjobs

Literally none of this is new

Yeah, this thread is just a consistent reminder that today's students are ridiculously unradical. In the 60's students would have considered it a success if they threw their administrators from the building and became a radical self-governed organisation. Today, it is considered a success if the admin promise they will think about introducing gender neutral language in internal memos.

In both cases though, the problem is the admin not fulfilling some ideological norm.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Name something you likely disagree with the preceding poster on on: December 22, 2016, 06:34:45 pm
His preaching skills.
24  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Johnson v Stein on: December 22, 2016, 08:52:22 am
I did this map of Johnson v Stein, I originally planned to put Johnson in Blue and Stein in Green before realizing that there was no state in which Stein outpolled Johnson so switched Johnson to Green because it looks better.

Each shade represents a difference of one percentage point, so I 30%> is where Johnson beat Stein by less than 1PP, 40%> between 1 and 2PP and so on. This shading covers every state, except for New Mexico, which would require an 100% Green shade, I just used the darkest one available, luckily no other state was that colour.

I excluded the six states where Stein was not fully on the ballot - I've put those in Gray

.

Some Comments:
1) Despite some wondering whether Johnson could finish second in DC, he almost finished fourth. This was the closest of all 51 Jurisdictions.
2) The narrow margins in the South are largely down to the weakness of the Third Party vote in general - Mississippi, for instance, was Johnson's worst state
3) The gap between the two in Vermont was 1.04 Percentage Points - Bernie got over 6% in write-ins so it is hard not to imagine that Stein would have beaten Johnson if the write-in option was not available
4) Similarly, in Idaho and Utah and a couple of other states Johnson underperformed because of McMullen.
5) Does anyone have a breakdown of all the write-ins by state?
6) I tried finding all the counties where Stein outperformed Johnson - so far I have all Hawaii counties except Honolulu, Multinomah, OR, all the NYC counties except Staten Island, Sagauche County, CO, Prince George's, MD, The two Native American counties in North Dakota which Hillary won (including Sioux County, ND which was Stein's best county) and a couple of coastal NoCal and SF bay area counties in CA (including SF itself, Santa Cruz, and Alameda). I suspect there might be a couple in the Deep South where the votes for both candidates was miniscule but I haven't checked yet.
25  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Opinion of modern social democratic parties? on: December 21, 2016, 07:53:02 pm
Here's something depressing: the ALP actually is one of the most competent social Democratic parties at the moment.


That's the most depressing thing I read today.
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