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76  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 89-year-old former Auschwitz guard arrested in Philadelphia on: July 23, 2014, 04:38:21 pm
he probably didn't do anything wrong

I want to hope this is just ignorance, rather than a display of your utterly twisted sense of morality.
77  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Alternate US States on: July 23, 2014, 04:29:52 pm
Now, some more details on New England! Smiley

- Capital: I think Concord (NH's capital IOTL) would be the most sensible choice, being located more centrally in the State.

- Governor: I could see Maggie Hassan with that job. I could easily see a Republican or an Independent occupy the governorship at some earlier point, as has happened in all three States.

- Senators: Partick Leahy (class 1) and Susan Collins (class 2) seem like a fair mix for such a State. Kelly Ayotte and Bernie Sanders are both too radical for that State.

- Representatives: I can't see much of a difference in the seat composition than in OTL. There probably would be a slightly larger western seat covering the bulk of VT, and 2 seats respectively where NH and Maine used to be. Since he wouldn't become Senator, Bernie Sanders would probably still represent his old seat in the House. Thus, the partisan makeup would probably be 4D-1I or 3D-1R-1I, depending on how districts around NH are drawn.
78  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Happy Birthday, Hashemite! on: July 23, 2014, 03:28:48 pm
I've given my wishes through FB already, but happy birthday again, my friend. Wink
79  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Alternate US States on: July 23, 2014, 02:02:26 pm
Well, geez guys, it's been over 4 years since I last updated this! Well, if there is someone who hasn't lost patience yet, I'm glad to announce that this is back! Cheesy I'm determined to cover all the new States that I've created, and I don't know how much time that's gonna take, but we'll get there.

And what's more, I've now found a system that will allow me to cover results for past elections far more easily than I ever could have hoped. So, we're gonna see how these States voted from 1960 to 2012 in each Presidential election, and I'll also try to guess other stuff like congressional or local politics.

So, to cover all this, the best way to go is to start over. Let's begin with...

New England

As I've already said, NE is a merger of the 3 States in the country's northwestern corner (VT, NH and ME). Nowadays, with Vermont being an overwhelmingly democratic State and New Hampshire a tilt-D swing State, the end result ends up very similar to Maine. New England, thus, is a State where Democrats win by a margin roughly 10 percentage points above the national one.

NE Presidential election results, 1960-2012:


NE's political evolution doesn't deserve much commentary, since it reflects the already well-known story of the region. Traditionally a solid Republican State, it experienced a democratic realignment that began with LBJ's 1964 landslide, came to fruition with Clinton's 1992 victory and still showed signs of consolidation in the first decade of the 21st century. Interestingly, Humphrey actually prevailed there in 1968 despite losing both VT and NH, thanks to his excellent performance in Maine (which can be attributed to Ed Muskie's favorite son status). Reagan held extremely solid margins there, and Dubya came surprisingly close in 2000, but since then the gap between the two parties has widened so significantly that the State probably wouldn't be competitive anytime soon. Also to note, third parties generally tend to do well (although not nearly as well as in RL Maine), with Perot garnering over a quarter of the vote in 1992.

Comparison between the net PVI of the old and new States:


Until the 1980s, Maine was actually the most Democratic of the 3 States, and thus NE's margin generally being drawn down by NH and VT. Starting in the 1980s however, the current hierarchy began to consolidate, with NH the most Republican State, VT the most Democratic one, and ME in between. Republican candidates did extremely well in NH in the 1980s, allowing the new State to remain solidly into the Republican column until 1992. Since then however, with NH becoming a swing State and Vermont giving Dems increasingly lopsided victories, the State's margin has moved up, to the point that it is now basically identical to Maine's.
80  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: France General Discussion II: Living under Marxism on: July 23, 2014, 12:16:47 pm
AssNat just voted to adopt the 13 region plan. Wonder how long till the Senate sends it to Flanby for signature.

There's a chance the Senate could stall it (opposition+FG has a majority there) but it will end up passing, depressingly.
81  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Has the forum been better since Inks was demodded? on: July 23, 2014, 12:15:24 pm
Of course! The weight of tyranny has been lifted from our tired shoulders, and we are breathing the fresh air of freedom once again.
82  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever donated money to a politician, political campaign, or PAC? on: July 23, 2014, 12:14:13 pm
No, though I've been a PS member for one year.
83  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Long time, no see. on: July 23, 2014, 06:34:09 am
Remember when Snowstalker promised to change?

So we should judge a poster on the basis of another poster's behavior? Seems totally fair to me.
84  General Discussion / Constitution and Law / Re: Should the Supreme Court be popularly elected? on: July 23, 2014, 06:28:23 am
God no.
85  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: NC-PPP: Hagan expands lead, but Haugh at 8% on: July 23, 2014, 06:16:59 am
Glorious news!
86  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Long time, no see. on: July 23, 2014, 06:10:14 am
I really don't get the hate. Yes, he's been pretty annoying in his previous stay on the forum, but, come on, one of the worst posters? Have I missed when Obamanation, Krazen, Cory, Snowstalker, Outofbox, Adam and countless others were banned? Besides, he's been away for quite some time and has made a promise to change. I think it's fair to leave him the benefit of doubt at least.
87  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Explain the previous poster's user name. on: July 23, 2014, 06:05:40 am
He governs cranberries? Tongue
88  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Favourite latest post by previous poster on: July 23, 2014, 06:03:55 am
Aren't "normal" people the worst? They exist to do manual/office labor and other peon jobs, nothing more. That's their role in life. They aren't capable of doing anything that requires thought or intelligence. They are expendable. They exist solely to breed people who will grow up to be just like them.

I fear for them when automation obsoletes their existence.
I'm surprised you don't want the disabled to be euthanized, none the less that you hate "normal" people.
89  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Overdiagnosis of autism on: July 23, 2014, 05:55:54 am
Aren't "normal" people the worst? They exist to do manual/office labor and other peon jobs, nothing more. That's their role in life. They aren't capable of doing anything that requires thought or intelligence. They are expendable. They exist solely to breed people who will grow up to be just like them.

I fear for them when automation obsoletes their existence.

90  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Overdiagnosis of autism on: July 23, 2014, 05:52:47 am
Yeah, teachers do have a strong influence on these issues here as well. Actually, my first psychological exam (in 1st grade) was conducted on the advice of a teacher. As a result I was labeled a "gifted" child, but no mention of Aspergers (just to illustrate how unknown it was in France until very recently). I can also see how bogus medical certificates can be easily obtained from a family doctor, I think that's the same everywhere... Still, I want to hope that special education is rarely implemented without a valid medical opinion. I'm not even sure if special ed is actually necessary for children with Asperger's (at least I don't think it would have done any good to me, though I know there are much more serious cases of Asperger's than mine). So it seems like there is indeed some popular hype in the US about Asperger's (though again maybe professionals aren't really to blame for this). In France though, we're barely starting to become aware of it, and I've heard several times that it's severely underdiagnosed.
91  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Washington/West Virginia Senators on: July 22, 2014, 04:58:52 pm
92  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Favourite latest post by previous poster on: July 22, 2014, 03:32:10 pm
I thought right wingers hated activist judges?

Anyway, this ruling is obviously a joke. It's not going to stand.
93  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which do you think has a greater likelihood of happening? on: July 22, 2014, 02:38:20 pm
Why would the Dems move right on immigration? A majority of the country agrees with them.
94  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Subsidies through Healthcare.gov may be illegal. on: July 22, 2014, 02:33:14 pm
So two hacks in black robes got together and wrote a sh*t opinion. Who cares?
95  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Overdiagnosis of autism on: July 22, 2014, 02:30:05 pm
I find it pretty shocking that your teachers actually dismissed a professional opinion and just imposed special ed to you because of their gut feelings. Actually, I find it shocking that this is even legally possible - I mean, don't they require some sort of medical certification for this thing. This sort of behavior is absolutely inexcusable and runs counter so many educational principles that it should be considered a serious violation. Once again, this seems to have been a terrible experience and I'm truly sorry for you.

It also means that what happened to you can't be blamed with overdiagnosis of Asperger's since if I understand correctly you were actually never diagnosed as such. It seems that the only qualified neurologist who was involved in this process actually was right all along. Just like the renowned Parisian neuropsychiatrist who diagnosed me with Asperger's was. I'm not claiming that all psychiatrists/psychologists are above all blame (in fact, in France they are blamed for having completely misunderstood autism for decades, with dramatic consequences). Still, I don't think that anyone here has solid grounds to claim that (beyond the media hype that certainly exists) Aspergers is actually overdiagnosed.
96  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Chronically ill patients are allowed to grow their own cannabis in Germany on: July 22, 2014, 01:24:18 pm
Excellent.
97  General Discussion / History / Re: Delaware: middle colony but part of the South? on: July 22, 2014, 01:19:21 pm
Delaware is part of the Northeast.
98  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Happy Birthday Franzl! on: July 22, 2014, 01:15:47 pm
Alles gute zum geburtstag!
99  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Oklahoma's domino has fallen on: July 22, 2014, 11:21:34 am
Nathan's celibacy isn't in any way dictated by religion though.
100  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Benjamin Netanyahu on: July 22, 2014, 09:05:39 am
Haha, try again.
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