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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Updates on Voting Rights bills and lawsuits in 2016 (Updated: August 2nd) on: Today at 04:40:17 am

This looks great, but I don't understand why they have to close existing polling places. This might create confusion among long-time voters who are used to the old system. Why can't they keep both in place?
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Renting and staffing precincts is a major cost of elections.
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The CrabCake Bureau of Funny Post Archival on: Today at 04:26:04 am
Bill Clinton's multi-million dollar donations to the Clinton Foundation allowed him to gain disproportionate access to Hillary Clinton, with reports of them being in the same room as each other on multiple occasions during each fiscal year of her tenure as secretary of state.  Their wanton, pay-for-play corruption knows no bounds.  #lockherup
Yet there is a kernel of truth there. If he weren't still useful to her, I wonder if they'd still be married to each other today.
3  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Good news! on: August 24, 2016, 09:12:05 pm
Sometimes physical books are handier and sometimes they are not. When you are reading material that you need to be able to readily go back and forth between pages, the book is far more useful than the ebook. For textbooks, if you think you'll want to keep it as a reference, the physical book is handier as etextbooks are usually rentals rather than purchases.
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / MOVED: The Clinton Foundation...get it right on: August 24, 2016, 05:30:42 pm
This topic has been moved to 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.

http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=244262.0
5  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What does the red mean? on: August 24, 2016, 10:53:28 am
Brig is the type of ship to which he was assigned, and Chippewa was its name. Back in those days the initialism USS standing in for United States Ship was used only for ships of the line, tho you'll see it used in references today. The full formal name of the ship was the United States Brig Chippewa.
6  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / MOVED: Assange outs gay men in Saudi Arabia, also personal info of rape/abuse victims on: August 24, 2016, 10:31:35 am
This topic has been moved to International General Discussion.

http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=244214.0
7  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Do Prisons Without Air-Conditioning Constitute 'Cruel and Unusual Punishment'? on: August 23, 2016, 10:57:28 pm
The existence of prisons is a testament to this failure of humanity's ability to self-correct. They're a necessary evil, but they should never, ever be mistaken for a positive good, and alternatives should be sought whenever possible.

And yet you say concerning the death penalty:
Never in any circumstance.

For truly incorrigible criminals, the death penalty is theoretically a potential solution, tho in practice, one that is unlikely to be widely applied.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: insult the previous poster ....badly on: August 23, 2016, 10:49:27 pm
You don't really think Clinton can win Utah, do you?
9  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Your favorite state in the Southeast on: August 23, 2016, 10:46:53 pm
North Carolina is Best Carolina.
Only in the same way that North Korea is Best Korea.

South Carolina is obviously my favorite.
10  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Tim Berners-Lee on: August 23, 2016, 10:43:52 pm
Is he in the news or something?  Last I checked he retired twenty years ago and spent his time since then tinkering with new formats and definition languages or writing letters to the editors of standards committee journals.

It was upon seeing to the recent poll featuring internet billionaires like Bezos, Page, Brin etc and realising that the most important figure of the Web never sacrificed the principle of the creation for profit.

Actually, the fact that the HTML "standard" was publicly available was essential to its adoption.  There were already existing proprietary standards available to create document webs.  But precisely because they were proprietary, they failed to catch on.  If CERN or Berners-Lee had tried to cash in on HTML, they'd never have seen the level of adoption needed to make it viable financially.
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama's Greatest Accomplishment on: August 23, 2016, 10:24:53 pm
So that explains why that couple at my church got into egg farming.
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: If Clinton wins and the Dems regain the House and the Senate... on: August 23, 2016, 10:23:13 pm
Since the Alexandria retrocession was made conditional on Virginia's acceptance, the constitutionality of unilateral retrocession is uncertain.  Indeed, the constitutionality of the Virginia retrocession is uncertain. In the only case relating to it - Phillips v. Payne, 92 U.S. 105 (1875) - the Court ruled that one of Virginia or the United States would have to bring a case, not a person who wanted to not pay Virginia taxes.  That said, at this point, failure to bring a case concerning the Alexandria retrocession in a timely manner would likely lead to it being declined by the court.
13  General Discussion / History / MOVED: Would there have been an Iraq War if John McCain was president in 2001? on: August 23, 2016, 10:03:37 pm
This topic has been moved to Alternative History.

http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=243910.0
14  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Which Airport? Los Angeles area on: August 23, 2016, 07:23:26 am
I'm currently planning on using LAX next summer as it has direct flights to ATL. Flight availability trumps all other factors.
15  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Why do the riots all use AK instead of M-16? on: August 23, 2016, 07:11:28 am
The AK series of guns with their banana-shaped clips are fairly iconic in their look, as for example on the Flag of Mozambique. Plus, they can be obtained more cheaply, which was lik also a factor.
16  General Discussion / Constitution and Law / Re: 2nd Amendment applies to non-1790's weapons on: August 22, 2016, 10:46:16 pm
So the citizens have the right to have the same munitions as the US army does, Muon2?

That's not the way I read the passages from that time. I see those American writers describing a militia of the people in the same way I see Mao's strategy for his early army, one consisting of large numbers of lightly armed irregulars that could deflect and if necessary bring to a halt the army of a central government.

But lightly armed irregulars could not defeat today's army, as was the case then. So if the rational is the ability to defeat, then the type of arms is a moving target, akin to what is deemed "cruel and unusual." 

As I pointed out earlier, it wasn't lightly armed irregulars who beat the British Army during the Great American Tax Revolt, tho I agree the mythology built up in the U.S. over the years would lead one to think that. While the Rebels did depend upon a significant amount of irregular support, it was the Continental Army, infused with French artillery that made possible the victory at Saratoga, and don't forget the necessity of the support of both the French Army and Navy for the victory at Yorktown to have happened.

Yet it seems that the mythology was already in place as Madison was writing his Federalist articles.

For better or worse, it was an era given to mythologizing,  And it is a myth with a kernel of truth as without popular support, the Revolution would have failed. The Southern strategy the British pursued might have worked had they been able to avoid alienating the non-Tories and push them into the Rebel camp.
17  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: How worried are you about Trump turning it around? on: August 22, 2016, 10:37:12 pm
I'm going to love bumping this thread come Election Day when America is Made Great Again, from the biased premise to all of the red avatars thinking their candidate is invincible.

I am not worried at all that Trump will turn it around. I am looking forward to when he does.

A more traditional Republican would have had a decent chance of beating Hillary in the general election, but the same factors that propelled him to success in the primaries play against him now and he hasn't been able to pivot.  Mere campaigning will not avail Trump now.  He needs an October surprise top have any chance at all.
18  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Johnson may qualify for secret service protection soon on: August 22, 2016, 10:25:50 pm
What exactly does this requirement mean:

Quote
  • Be seeking the nomination of a qualified party

Probably that he's seeking (or has) the nomination of a party on sufficient ballots to win.
19  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Clinton Campaign Announces Fall TV Ad Buy on: August 22, 2016, 10:15:37 pm
I would say that NV and NH are a waste, but both have critical Senate and House races, so I guess it makes sense to defend them. Shame about AZ and GA, but I guess they're focused on just winning right now, and not running up the margin.

There is plenty of time left. If after the first debate Trump tanks even more then they can move in and flood the airwaves for a month.

If Trump tanks further, Clinton should shift her focus to the Congressional battlegrounds rather than the Presidential ones.  The GOP ain't going to be intimidated by the size of her EV victory into playing nice with her.  If they did, they'd be primaried and they know it.
20  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: If Clinton wins and the Dems regain the House and the Senate... on: August 22, 2016, 07:54:17 pm
Couldn't congress just pass a law stating that the three DC EV's must go to the winner of the national vote?
DC is a signatory to the NPVIC.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone IV - Hungover on: August 22, 2016, 07:05:54 am
Got the order today from my boss to "fix" the accounting for one of our products to "up" the sales of this product (on paper).

I don't like the fact of false accounting at ALL, but he also got pressure from his regional supervisor to increase the "sales" of this certain product.

Hmmmm ...

I go looking for another job if I were you.  Even if you don't get caught, a business that is rigging the books typically doesn't last long.

Unlikely. The cheat is extremely effective and the revision is totally unlikely to find it in the books. And it's only for one product out of thousands.
That you know of. Plus, while you may be applying a subtle cheat, others may not, especially if a subtle cheat is unable to provide the level of improvement being demanded of them. Furthermore, there's the danger that some of the other mid-level managers than your boss are encouraged by this negative example to cook the books for their own reasons.
22  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: PA: CEPEX: Junk poll has Trump +5 on: August 21, 2016, 11:27:37 pm
This guy for one.
23  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: If Clinton wins and Dems regain the House and the Senate... on: August 21, 2016, 11:15:51 pm
The 23rd amendment complicates granting DC statehood. Puerto Rico has never unambiguously come out in favor of statehood and until it can get its finances back in order,they'd be crazy to accept that.

Angry Republicans could contest such a move, but in reality the Constitution doesn't say that DC has to be the size it is. They can shrink it down to just the White House/Congress and other important federal buildings and then turn the rest into a state the same way they would any other territory. In the end it would be something that Congress/Pres alone could do.

I don't understand why Democrats are not pushing this. First, it's wrong to deny them representation, and second, it would give Democrats 2 (virtually) permanent Senators and 1 Rep. Even if just for partisan purposes it would be highly beneficial to both the party and the citizens of DC. I can tell you for sure that DC citizens not having true representation is not exactly a well-liked virtue of living in the district.

that's an odd situation. the most natural division would be the Potomac. but then if one reduces the DC to a square km or two, they'd still have 3 EVs under the 23rd Amend. People would largely scream bloody murder for granting that to someplace less than a 10th the population of Wyoming (and not just Republicans).

And that's exactly why I said the amendment complicates the DC statehood issue. We might get some extra impetus for a change if DC's population keeps growing. The 23rd calls for DC to get the smaller of the EVs of the least populous State and what it would get if it were a State. If DC grows big enuf to get 4 EVs but is limited to 3, it would tend to raise the visibility of the issue. If the Weldon Center projections hold, that might happen by the 2050 census given the relative population growth of the district and of the country as a whole.
24  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: If Clinton wins and Dems regain the House and the Senate... on: August 21, 2016, 02:54:11 pm
The 23rd amendment complicates granting DC statehood. Puerto Rico has never unambiguously come out in favor of statehood and until it can get its finances back in order,they'd be crazy to accept that.
25  General Discussion / Constitution and Law / Re: 2nd Amendment applies to non-1790's weapons on: August 21, 2016, 02:26:23 pm
So the citizens have the right to have the same munitions as the US army does, Muon2?

That's not the way I read the passages from that time. I see those American writers describing a militia of the people in the same way I see Mao's strategy for his early army, one consisting of large numbers of lightly armed irregulars that could deflect and if necessary bring to a halt the army of a central government.

But lightly armed irregulars could not defeat today's army, as was the case then. So if the rational is the ability to defeat, then the type of arms is a moving target, akin to what is deemed "cruel and unusual." 

As I pointed out earlier, it wasn't lightly armed irregulars who beat the British Army during the Great American Tax Revolt, tho I agree the mythology built up in the U.S. over the years would lead one to think that. While the Rebels did depend upon a significant amount of irregular support, it was the Continental Army, infused with French artillery that made possible the victory at Saratoga, and don't forget the necessity of the support of both the French Army and Navy for the victory at Yorktown to have happened.
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