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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French Communes mapgasm on: July 24, 2014, 08:21:30 pm
This was a little birthday present for Hashemite - I think that the rest of you Francophiles might like it.

2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Homely's new maps thread on: July 24, 2014, 03:41:51 pm
Also shows how the Lake Eire coastline is much more Democratic than the Lake Ontario coastline.

It's remarkable that the transportation geography of the 19th Century has such a strong effect on 21st Century voting patterns. The obstacle presented to trade by Niagara Falls and its diversion through the Erie Canal obviated the need for a major port on Lake Ontario in New York - consequently, there aren't any major US cities located on the lake.

It's amazing how closely clustered the Democratic votes in Ohio and Pennsylvania are, especially in light of the fact they both went Democratic in 2012.

The hydrologic watershed in which that industrial catchment is located is, as you can see, divided almost evenly between the two states. Geography is destiny!

3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Homely's new maps thread on: July 23, 2014, 08:25:44 pm
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French Communes mapgasm on: July 23, 2014, 02:52:27 pm
Six months in the making. It's quite the portrait of France's great crisis of electoral pluralism.



5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French Communes mapgasm on: July 20, 2014, 10:45:13 am
ARE YOU READY
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What musical instruments can you play? on: July 17, 2014, 07:21:12 pm
Trombone, euphonium, tuba. I own a beautiful 1967 Besson euphonium on which I would practice every day if I could. I very nearly decided to go to a conservatory for a music performance degree instead of one in political science, and often regret that I didn't.
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Ask Antonio on: July 16, 2014, 11:54:47 am
How would a political party win your vote in a positive sense other than by appealing to you specifically as a social democrat?
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Ask Antonio on: July 16, 2014, 10:34:32 am
Do you think that ideological politics is on the decline in Europe, or specifically in France and Italy? In particular, what do you understand to be the reasons for the long-term decline of avowedly Socialist parties and candidates?
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Ask Scott on: July 16, 2014, 10:20:47 am
How well has your community recovered from the Sandy Hook tragedy? Did it change people's views about gun ownership or make them, in some way, more religious or politically or socially active? How did coping with that great loss affect your neighbors and their relationships with one another?
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Ask Hashemite on: July 16, 2014, 10:13:07 am
What do you remember from your time spent living in Saudi Arabia? What was your impression of of the culture, the segments of society to which you were exposed, the weather, the geography, the monarchy, the religious milieu?
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What states have you been to? on: July 14, 2014, 09:17:16 pm
You live in Jersey and you've never been to New York? Do you live in Cape May?
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Official Oldiesfreak Map Thread (II) on: July 11, 2014, 06:21:33 pm
He has.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: FC Chess Tournament 5 on: July 09, 2014, 08:32:49 pm
Oh, that's nothing. Remember my epic meltdown vs Bore? Wink

Out of curiosity, Franzl, how would you have played in retrospect? Qc6?
14  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What AP classes/tests have you taken? on: July 09, 2014, 08:47:42 am
Music theory
US government and politics
US history
Language and composition
Spanish
Comparative government and politics
Calculus AB

I very much regretted not taking AP Biology.
15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Do you miss Alvin Greene (D-SC)? on: July 09, 2014, 07:56:38 am
And is also evidence that the average Democratic voter in SC is not competent enough for choosing their Government.

And the average South Carolina Democratic voter is, by any other name...

This statement is also true for most voters in America, regardless or party, race, gender, etc. Voters in Florida, New York, New Jersey, South Carolina etc seem to go out of their way from time to time in making Democracy look bad.

You believe that most Americans are too stupid to choose their government?

"Making Democracy look bad" is a far milder choice of words than "not [being] competent enough to choose [one's] government". The former makes a statement about the voters' decisions, while the latter makes a statement about the voters themselves. 
16  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: FIFA 2014 World Cup - Official Discussion Thread on: July 08, 2014, 06:21:05 pm


And it came.
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Official Oldiesfreak Map Thread (II) on: July 08, 2014, 04:35:50 pm
Sorry, Oldies, I beat you to it.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: FC Chess Tournament 5 on: July 08, 2014, 03:14:59 pm
My homelycooking account was deleted, my new account is under the name aqua-vitae.

And here is the link to my game with Franzl.
19  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Do you miss Alvin Greene (D-SC)? on: July 07, 2014, 10:34:57 am
And is also evidence that the average Democratic voter in SC is not competent enough for choosing their Government.

And the average South Carolina Democratic voter is, by any other name...

20  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Who will win in Connecticut? on: July 07, 2014, 10:25:58 am
I think Foley will, narrowly.

Also, Former State Rep. Jonathan Pelto, a Democrat, is running as a Democrat. If his candidacy catches fire, game over for Malloy.

Pelto is not running as a Democrat. He is petitioning for ballot access as a candidate of his own "Education and Democracy" party, though he would most certainly attract the votes of liberal Democrats in a general election.

Even if Pelto manages to only win 1-2% of the vote, the margin between Foley and Malloy is likely to be tight enough that a third-party Pelto candidacy could significantly improve Foley's odds of winning the election.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Does anyone of you have an ECONOMIST subscription ? on: July 07, 2014, 08:11:06 am
I received a short-term subscription as a gift. Though I appreciate the breadth of its coverage, I don't really care enough about "telecoms in emerging markets" or the like, on which The Economist periodically devotes a 16-page special report, to continue paying for it when the subscription runs out.

Its obits are excellent, by the way, if you're a connoisseur of that sort of thing.
22  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Christie vetoes reduction in permitted size of ammunition magazines on: July 06, 2014, 04:00:11 pm
Of what use are laws? Criminals are just going to break them anyway.

Most laws don't infringe on the RIGHTS of law-abiding citizens because of the wrong actions of a few.

I fully support your right to own as many flintlock muskets as you'd like.
23  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Christie vetoes reduction in permitted size of ammunition magazines on: July 06, 2014, 11:06:46 am
Of what use are laws? Criminals are just going to break them anyway.
24  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Official Oldiesfreak Map Thread (II) on: July 06, 2014, 09:54:53 am
Well done! What demographic maps are you working on?
Probably some related to various Census statistics.

Could you be a little more specific?
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of Federal Elections: Homelycooking, SoFE on: July 05, 2014, 08:44:41 pm
It should be noted, however, that there were no Federalist candidates in the last Presidential election or in the February special senate election, so in those elections many Federalists supported the candidate of the TPP and/or of the Progressive Union, respectively.
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