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76  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Previous Poster's Signature Thread on: April 11, 2014, 04:50:04 am
As naive as it may sound, I do absolutely agree with that quote.
77  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How old were you when you could first name all the US Presidents? on: April 11, 2014, 04:47:28 am
OK, now those who could do so before 8 do scare me.
78  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Do women have lower incomes (on average) because of discrimination? on: April 11, 2014, 04:44:38 am
I could honestly care less.

79  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Health Care System Options for the United States on: April 11, 2014, 04:43:03 am
Beveridge, most definitely.
80  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Bhutanese Government on: April 11, 2014, 04:30:05 am
Yeah, thank you very much, that was an extremely interesting read.

Based on this, I'd definitely go for HG, because State-enforced traditionalism (especially of a particular ethnic connotation) is the sort of policy I can never see myself supporting. I can understand the motivations, but the issues Buthanese people face should be addressed in a much more balanced way.
81  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Of the two major US parties, which is hurt more by low turnout? on: April 10, 2014, 03:41:29 pm
Democrats, obviously. Anyone with basic electoral knowledge knows that.
82  General Politics / Economics / Re: US budget deficit down more than 31% in first 6 months of FY2014 on: April 10, 2014, 02:59:33 pm
Terrible news. The teabagger enforced austerity is holding the economy back.
83  General Politics / Economics / Re: The ideal minimum wage of 2014 on: April 10, 2014, 02:55:38 pm
Somewhere between $15 and $20. Of course it can't be directly raised to that level, but it could be systematically raised over the level of inflation for the next 15-20 years until it reaches about $20.
84  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Previous Poster's Signature Thread on: April 10, 2014, 02:41:40 pm
Vile - regardless of the degree of its seriousness. I'm not really outraged at the metaphor in itself, but what really cuts it is that "should". It really reveals something morally sick.
85  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Splitting up Cities on: April 10, 2014, 02:34:13 pm
Yeah, coming from a country where the average municipality has less than 2000 inhabitants, you can imagine that I'm rather sympathetic to the idea of consolidation. Tongue
86  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1972 democrat presidential primary on: April 10, 2014, 02:28:52 pm
I might have supported Muskie tactically (especially with hindsight...), but McGovern was clearly the best candidate.
87  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should SCOTUS justices be elected? on: April 10, 2014, 02:23:44 pm
Electing judges is an awful idea and mandatory retirement ages strike me as discriminatory, so I'm really not sure that there's any feasible option better than the current system.

Why not fixed terms? It's really the only option that makes sense.
88  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Bhutanese Government on: April 10, 2014, 02:20:32 pm
I know basically nothing about it, apart from the fact it's still a monarchy. Could someone familiar with the country enlighten me?
89  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Al Realpolitik Institute of Sulfur Mining & Extraction on: April 10, 2014, 07:26:42 am
Why am I not on this list?

Apparently no one found your posts noteworthy, controversial, or interesting enough.

 I am a fascist, how is that not controversial? LOL

You can call yourself whatever you want, you are still a nonentity.
90  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Italy 2014: All hail Matteo il Magnifico! on: April 10, 2014, 06:34:55 am
Antonio, what if anything do you know about these people as individuals?

Not much, tbh. Moretti and Bonafè are mid-level political figures who are sometimes mentioned in the news, but I can't remember which currents they hail from. The other three I hadn't heard about before.
91  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How old were you when you could first name all the US Presidents? on: April 09, 2014, 02:57:20 pm
What other lists of world leaders can people name? I can name every head of government of South Africa, both prime ministers and presidents. It's a neat party trick. I can also name all the Fifth Republic presidents of France, but that's not difficult.

I can name all 5th Republic Presidents and PMs, all post-WW2 leaders in UK, Germany, Canada, Sweden, and democratic Spain. Italian ones only from 1992 onwards, sadly.
92  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 7 Million people sign up for insurance plans via state/federal exchanges (!) on: April 09, 2014, 01:41:55 pm
*yawn* bullsh*t right-wing spin... who cares? Obamacare is doing what it was designed to do. And what it was designed to do is exactly what America needs.

Antonio, do you know authoritarian this sounds? "Exactly what America needs"... I mean, really?

Really? How so? I really don't get it. I thought the notion that the goal of a government is to provide for its people's needs would be widely accepted across ideological lines, even though we might disagree on what these needs are.
93  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How old were you when you could first name all the US Presidents? on: April 09, 2014, 01:26:59 pm
Around 12 or 13.
94  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Italy 2014: All hail Matteo il Magnifico! on: April 09, 2014, 01:24:21 pm

All the list leaders are women. That's a pretty refreshing sign.
95  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French Municipal Elections 2014: Hashemite's Guide and Official Thread on: April 09, 2014, 01:22:59 pm
Wow, this is brutal. You know something is VERY wrong when a majority of the 93 area is blue.
96  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Previous Poster's Signature Thread on: April 09, 2014, 06:46:33 am
rofl
97  General Discussion / Constitution and Law / Re: Blaine Amendment on: April 09, 2014, 06:05:07 am
Speaking as someone whose secular credentials are pretty well established Tongue, this is an issue I honestly don't really get. If a religious institution is performing a function which the government considers should be subsidized, and does it in manners that the government deems appropriate, there is no reason why they couldn't attract the same public subsidies that are assigned to secular institutions. Of course this also implies that the government mandates strict guidelines in order to avoid funding indoctrination efforts, but this is a matter of political will, not constitutional principles.
98  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 7 Million people sign up for insurance plans via state/federal exchanges (!) on: April 09, 2014, 05:50:47 am


*yawn* bullsh*t right-wing spin... who cares? Obamacare is doing what it was designed to do. And what it was designed to do is exactly what America needs.
99  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Do women have lower incomes (on average) because of discrimination? on: April 09, 2014, 05:46:50 am
Yes (not a complete tool)
100  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: France General Discussion II: Living under Marxism on: April 08, 2014, 07:31:19 pm
If you make them about even you get administrative units with a population like Denmark or Norway and thats a pretty efficient administrative size. From a democratic POV it makes less sense. Thirty would be about right for France IMO.

Well, we have 22 right now, halving them would make the average region more populous than Denmark as a whole. Tongue

Anyway, here's an alternative regions map I once drew, trying to both reduce variation in population and correct a few historical aberrations. That ends up with 20 regions for metropolitan France.


1. Île-de-France
2. Grand Paris
3. Lyonnais


I wasn't entirely sure about a few names, so if some have alternative proposals I'd be glad to hear them. Wink
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