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1  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Use of the Phrase "American Empire" on: March 26, 2017, 03:38:03 pm
In kindergarten, I remember my teacher proudly explaining that America was NOT an empire because we didn't conquer lands. This I believed until circa early 2003, when people on both the left and right started using the E word, but I choose to hold onto childhood beliefs.

Of course America is not really an Empire. We do not have a great number of peoples under a single sovereign authority, we are one people: the American people. You could make a case for Guam or Puerto Rico, but it's marginal.
2  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What could Bernie do to appeal to minorities in 2020? on: March 26, 2017, 11:05:42 am
He could run against Trump. The idea that minorities somehow rejected Bernie in 2016 is as laughable as the idea that they rejected Hillary in '08, but I suppose the myth will live on.
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: AHCA Whip Count on: March 24, 2017, 09:04:06 am
Incidentally, this article appears at the top of RealClearPolitics' 'Most Read in Last 7 Days' list:

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On the effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, Republicans are similarly steamrolling opposition to the American Health Care Act (AHCA). According to some who were in the room during yesterday’s meeting of the GOP caucus, Trump was effective and they are close to getting the votes needed for passage. I hope he didn’t jinx it, but Trump is already taunting Democrats. As he left the caucus, the president said: “We’re going to have a real winner. There are going to be adjustments, but I think we’ll get the vote on Thursday.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2017/03/22/the-democrats-ditch-is-only-getting-deeper
4  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / RNC paid intel firm for Clinton dirt on: March 24, 2017, 08:55:15 am
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RNC officials and the president and co-founder of Hamilton Trading Group, an ex-CIA officer named Ben Wickham, insisted the payments, which eventually totaled $41,500, had nothing to do with Russia.

Instead, they initially claimed the payments were entirely for an assessment by Hamilton Trading Group of building security concerns at the RNC’s Capitol Hill headquarters.

But RNC officials now acknowledge that most of the cash — $34,100 — went towards intelligence-style reports that sought to prove conflicts of interest between Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State and her family’s foundation.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/rnc-hillary-clinton-intelligence-firm-payments-236436
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: On a scale from 0-10, how independent would you rate yourself ? on: March 24, 2017, 08:37:47 am
I'm very independent. Too independent.
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: 2017 French Presidential Election on: March 24, 2017, 05:21:03 am
The far-right candidate may even have the backing of more than 30 per cent of voters ahead of the presidential elections in late April and May, it has been claimed.
In an article for French newspaper Le Figaro, columnist Ivan Rioufol says the statistics comes from 'hidden surveys'.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4335534/Is-Marine-Le-Pen-actually-miles-ahead-French-polls.html

Somehow I knew the Daily Mail comments would be pro-Le Pen.
7  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: Could Democrats rebound in West Virginia? on: March 23, 2017, 11:33:29 pm
Only if they come up with something that appeals to the people there as much as coal does-- you are trying to run in Michigan when your platform call for he end of the auto industry and its replacement with teleporters.
8  General Discussion / History / Re: The Greatest Empire? on: March 23, 2017, 11:19:22 pm
In 1000 years it will be clearly seen that the British Empire was the world's most significant.

To say that the Roman Empire was more, sorry to say, is Eurocentric. As Storebrought mentioned, Imperial China was at least as impactful as Rome and lasted even longer (albeit in different dynasties). But neither was global in scope.

The Mongol Empire was significant in its destructiveness, as it ended both the Islamic and Chinese golden ages, but that is no measure of greatness.

In 1000 years students will be taught that 1000 years ago, there used to be hundred of languages around the world, and we used to be divided into 200 different countries, and students will wonder at the stupidity of it all. The teacher will tell the students that the language they speak today derived from a small island in northwestern Europe, which spread because of an ancient mercantile empire...
9  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Grover Cleveland vs. Woodrow Wilson on: March 23, 2017, 11:05:18 pm
Wilson is so underrated on the forum. One thing about him, it was under him that the US surpassed GB as the #1 world power. To the extent being #1 is important to US identity as a nation, he is even more significant than Washington, Lincoln or FDR.
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: AHCA Whip Count on: March 23, 2017, 07:08:07 pm
It's quite hilariously ironic that it now seems the REPUBLICANS will be the one to save ObamaCare in the end.

I mean it's not ironic that they'll ratify the Heritage Foundation plan/Romneycare, but in light of how much Trump promised to get rid of it during the campaign, it is funny. Smiley
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: AHCA Whip Count on: March 23, 2017, 07:00:04 pm
The House GOP wanted a vote this week so they could say they repealed Obamacare on the 7th anniversary of its passing. But Obamacare was never secure after March 2010. Besides Court challenges, it was always inevitable that the Republicans would regain control one day. No legislation ever survived in the American political system for the long run without at least bipartisan acquiescence. So ironically, this week may be the week Obamacare passed -- truly passed the American political system, not just Congress. From now on, it's bipartisan. Congrats, Obama!
12  General Politics / International General Discussion / Iran’s Supreme Leader claims gender equality is 'Zionist plot' on: March 23, 2017, 06:35:11 pm
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“Making women a commodity and an object of gratification in the Western world is most likely among Zionist plots aiming to destroy the society,” he said, according to a translation on the Shia Muslim leader’s official website.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/iran-supreme-leader-ayatollah-khamenei-gender-equality-women-zionist-plot-society-role-islamic-a7641041.html
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Is TYT a Fraud? on: March 23, 2017, 04:36:29 pm
Who cares? Without TYT, Jimmy Dore, and Humanist Report, YouTube would be a left-wing desert. Anyone who thinks they can do better, please get behind the camera. Most likely no one. I respect them solely for that reason.
Being a different type of sh**t in a land of sh**t makes them good?

Sure man, with even people like JonTron going AltRight, it's getting to be a frightening world out there on YouTube. Are TYT better than JonTron? Sure, yeah they are. So sue me.
14  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Former russian Duma member turned Putin-critic, Voronenkov, killed in Kiev on: March 23, 2017, 01:26:42 pm
Weren't the assassins of Kim Jong nam taken at the scene too?
15  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Former russian Duma member turned Putin-critic, Voronenkov, killed in Kiev on: March 23, 2017, 12:28:50 pm
Just a few days ago the star witness in a Preet Bharara anti-Putin trial was thrown out of his fourth story window in Russia the day before it was supposed to start.
16  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: After 2020 will the progressive movement be dead on: March 22, 2017, 11:39:26 pm
Liberals and conservatives are always reinventing themselves. It seemed like the conservative movement was dead in 2016 and now they're more powerful than ever.
17  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Oprah on: March 22, 2017, 11:35:02 pm
The difference between her and Trump, is Trump had been outspoken in his political views for decades, consistently, and even flirted with office before. He carried his previous views over to the campaign. Oprah has never really been outspoken about politics so it would seem as if she's just running as a rich celebrity. But whatever.
18  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Hill: Media Matters founder David Brock suffers heart attack on: March 22, 2017, 11:26:37 pm
Hate the guy's politics, but I still hope he recovers.

Yeah, I mean, Dick Cheney is still around. Jeez. Best wishes, dude.
19  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Kentucky Passes 'Blue Lives Matter' Law making it hate crime to attack cops on: March 22, 2017, 11:17:07 pm
If this includes reactive stuff like resisting arrest, then it's your typical heinous Republican law. Otherwise I don't have too much of a problem with it. Once we opened up the unnecessary can of worms that is "hate crimes", it is just going to be applied to any politically protected group. It would be best if we got rid of hate crimes altogether, and just had regular crimes.
20  General Politics / Individual Politics / Which historical era(s) best represents your politics? on: March 22, 2017, 11:12:20 pm
The current era definitely does not represent my political views. The following historical eras are ones most friendly to my politics:

January 22, 1973 - November 4, 1980
From the day Roe v. Wade was handed down until the election of Ronald Reagan, was a good combination of an economically and socially liberal era.

July 16, 1992 - November 8, 1994
From the day Bill Clinton accepted the Democratic nomination/Ross Perot dropped out until the Gingrich Revolution. This period was the culmination of 40 years of Democratic rule.

January 6, 1996 - August 31, 1997
From the end of the government shutdown that ended Gingrich's momentum to the death of Princess Diana represented a hopeful and prosperous time in America's (and world) history.

November 6, 2012 - August 28, 2014
From the day Barack Obama was re-elected until the birth of GamerGate, was a relatively stable period in American history, where there wasn't too much to worry about politically.

June 9, 2016 - November 8, 2016
From the day Clinton effectively won the D primary season until her defeat at the hands of Trump, was a brief period of highs and lows, but mostly it looked like she was winning.
21  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Is TYT a Fraud? on: March 22, 2017, 10:35:28 pm
Who cares? Without TYT, Jimmy Dore, and Humanist Report, YouTube would be a left-wing desert. Anyone who thinks they can do better, please get behind the camera. Most likely no one. I respect them solely for that reason.
22  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: Most pro-Trump ethnic minority? on: March 22, 2017, 01:15:38 am
http://forward.com/news/354129/map-how-donald-trump-swept-orthodox-brooklyn-and-blocked-a-jewish-landslide/
23  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Atlas's Favorite Musician/Band - Round 1C on: March 21, 2017, 06:28:08 pm
What is this, some kind of joke? Where is Grimes?

I haven't heard much from her since losing KY-SEN.
24  General Politics / Economics / Re: What would the short and long term effects be of a US national default? on: March 21, 2017, 03:48:42 pm
If partial default:

Short term- A mild economic downturn, followed by a lot of legal action and butthurt sturm und drang by whichever party was affected, and a lot of scolding David Broder articles.

Long term- Slightly higher interest rates relative to expected return on future US government borrowing.

In the unlikely event of a total default:

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Re: What would the short and long term effects be of a US national default?

Short term: A worldwide economic meltdown that will make the Great Depression look like the credit crunch of 1772.

Long term: Higher interest rates relative to expected return on future US government borrowing.

Obviously markets would plunge and interest would spoke, and there would be large global recession (depression?) but what would be the political and economic effects down the line, domestically and internationally?

You go down the list of the world's countries, ask yourself, 'what would happen if a massive recession hit this country?' and add them all up.

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What would happen to those countries like Japan and China that have large amounts US bonds?


They would lose their US bonds.

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Would the US immediately lose its position as a dominant power?

No.
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: If you were President, how would you handle N. Korea? on: March 21, 2017, 12:16:41 pm
1. Continue to press China hard on the issue.

2. Agree to suspend live fire exercises as long as NK suspends missile tests.

3. Initiate bilateral talks.
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