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76  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Is Hillary getting overexposed? on: June 24, 2014, 09:39:46 pm
Discuss...
77  General Politics / Economics / Re: Ford opens 88 Chinese dealerships...in one day on: June 24, 2014, 05:39:46 pm
The success rate of the auto manufacturers in China is as follows:

1. Volkswagen
2. Ford
3. GM
4. Japanese carmakers
5. domestics
78  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Thailand court ousts PM Yingluck Shinawatra on: June 23, 2014, 07:48:17 pm
The only way this coup is good news is if it results in a 30 year economic boom in the vein of Suharto '66. Otherwise it's a tragedy.
79  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Which of these countries do you concider 3rd world? on: June 23, 2014, 04:37:52 pm
Chille And Chilie are the only acceptable answers.
80  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What countries have you been too? on: June 22, 2014, 10:23:10 pm
81  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should the US propose annexation with Mexico? on: June 22, 2014, 10:19:27 pm
I wouldn't be opposed to parts of northern Mexico joining the U.S.

The whole thing might be logistically difficult.
82  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should the US propose annexation with Canada? on: June 22, 2014, 10:18:35 pm
I'm in favor of annexing any territories that makes the U.S. more liberal Cheesy
83  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Ebola Thread on: June 22, 2014, 10:07:06 pm
Indeed. I'm surprised at how little coverage this is getting, especially compared to developments in the Middle East. What's the worst that can happen there? ISIS takes over? Who cares? They can always be bombed into oblivion just like the Taliban were.

On the other hand, if ebola goes unchecked in west Africa, who says it can't reach the West? And how, exactly, is it going to be stopped now? We can't rely on overworked, underfunded Medicines Sans Frontieres volunteers to fix this for the world. I'm convinced slow mobilization of Western resources now to fight ebola could be seen as a historic mistake by future generations. I urge everyone to spread awareness of this issue as far and wide as possible, and in the meantime, make a donation to Medicines Sans Frontiers in lieu of a political campaign contribution.
84  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Battle of the East European Countries: Round 3 on: June 22, 2014, 02:51:24 pm
Czech Republic.
85  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should the US drop Pakistan? on: June 22, 2014, 02:50:20 pm
No. We're better off pretending to get along than officially fighting.
86  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should the Washington Redskins change their name? on: June 21, 2014, 01:05:56 pm
They should change it because it's ugly, not because it's offensive (although that, too). I mean "Red skins"? Seriously? At least the Braves was the name for a warrior and the Cherokee was an actual tribe. Red skins doesn't mean anything other than a literal skin color. And "Burgundy and gold" are pretty words, but the colors are hideous. It doesn't look good in fashion, it wouldn't look good in a house or a car, it just doesn't look good, period. The logo as well. If they change the name I hope they get rid of the colors as well.
87  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Japan finally banning child porn on: June 21, 2014, 12:43:01 pm
East Asia is typically treated with an exaggerated paranoid fear (Japan in the 1980s, China today), laughed at (North Korea) or put up as an exhibit for how weird "those people" are (often Japan today). The only consistent factor is that it is constantly Othered.
88  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why is the House Republican Leadership so much younger? on: June 19, 2014, 10:13:52 pm
But how do people who are in Congress only 6-8 get elected to majority leader and whip? You'd think those who have been in for decades would have more time to build up seniority, connections, fundraising, etc. and would have long since gamed the system to favor themselves. Maybe I just transfer the Senate mindset over to the House too much. But it's strange to think that someone elected a couple years ago could be a Congressional leader in 4-6 years.
89  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Why is the House Republican Leadership so much younger? on: June 19, 2014, 10:05:02 pm
Aside from Boehner, that is.

John Boehner - born 1949. (elected to Congress 1990)
Kevin McCarthy - born 1965. (elected to Congress 2006)
Steve Scalise - born 1965. (elected to Congress 2008)
Cathy McMorris Rodgers - born 1969. (elected to Congress 2004)
James Lankford - born 1968. (elected to Congress 2011)

All born 1965-69.

Now the Democratic caucus...

Nancy Pelosi - born 1940. (elected to Congress 1987)
Steny Hoyer - born 1939. (elected to Congress 1981)
James Clyburn - born 1940. (elected to Congress 1992)
Xavier Becerra - born 1958. (elected to Congress 1992)
90  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Sierra Leone suspends trade fairs, closes schools to fight Ebola on: June 18, 2014, 11:25:56 pm
Now officially the deadliest outbreak, ever. And hand sanitizer doesn't do anything to viruses.
91  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Japan finally banning child porn on: June 18, 2014, 11:24:42 pm
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/18/japan-bans-possession-child-abuse-images-excludes-comics-video-games-anime

Skip the article, read the comments.

Or, rather, don't do that. Don't do that. Seriously, seriously don't do that.

It wasn't worse than I was expecting.
92  General Politics / International General Discussion / The Ebola Thread on: June 16, 2014, 09:58:52 pm
Discuss the ongoing ebola outbreak here.

Summary:Previous ebola outbreaks were confined to central Africa, to isolated villages where each case could be traced back to a single source. The villages could then be easily quarantined until the virus was contained.

Here we have it suddenly appear in west Africa, and it has already touched three metropolitan areas - Conakry, Freetown, and Monrovia. "The situation is serious, you can't say it is under control as cases are continuing and it is spreading geographically," Dr Pierre Formenty, a WHO expert who recently returned from Guinea, told a news briefing in Geneva on Wednesday.

Sierra Leone suspended cross-border trade fairs with Guinea and Liberia on Wednesday and closed schools, cinemas and nightclubs in a frontier region in a bid to halt the spread of the Ebola virus.

June 20, 2014: Doctors without Border: Outbreak Out of Control

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: National Emergency

July 22, 2014: Number of cases top 1,000
93  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: ISIS/ISIL make major gains in Iraq on: June 16, 2014, 07:54:42 pm
How likely is it that Obsma can steal Iran from Putin's orbit?

That's pretty much my dream scenario. An epic U.S. realignment towards the Shiite bloc while the Saudis pound sand. It would be the biggest coup since Nixon '72.
94  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: ISIS/ISIL make major gains in Iraq on: June 15, 2014, 09:54:32 pm
So apparently Bashar Assad is pounding ISIL in coordination with the Iraqi government. Who is our friend again? Who is our enemy? Cheesy Smiley Cheesy
95  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ukraine Crisis on: June 14, 2014, 05:37:27 pm
Ukrainian plane shot down killing 49:

http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/14/world/europe/ukraine-crisis/
96  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What U.S. City should be the 2024 Olympic nominee? Round 1 (again) on: June 14, 2014, 02:29:34 am
DC or Chicago. Location-wise, if you want as many Americans as possible to be able to travel to the actual Olympics, these two are the best options. Chicago probably could use it more, provided they want it. SF has techno elitism now, middle class families will be priced out of the Bay Area by 2024. No thanks.
97  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: ISIS/ISIL make major gains in Iraq on: June 14, 2014, 02:21:21 am
The ISIL isn't going to take all of Iraq. A Shiite rump state will remain.
98  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: Will the GOP ever nominate a minority candidate? on: June 14, 2014, 02:15:10 am
I assume Hispanic whites count as "minority" for the purpose of this poll?

Of course... This is about political categories, not census categories
99  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Was Dwight Eisenhower a conservative? on: June 14, 2014, 01:57:22 am
You can always rely on threads formulated as "Was X historical figure X label?" for a lot of pointless time killing.
100  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Will the GOP ever nominate a minority candidate? on: June 14, 2014, 01:50:16 am
Could this happen?
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