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15201  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Best ways to reduce the deficit? on: July 17, 2010, 12:52:11 pm
70% top tax rate?  Well, that's one good way to finalize the destruction of Detroit when Ford decides to relocate its world HQ out of Dearborn.

Should also make real estate cheaper in Manhattan as financial services companies relocate to London and Tokyo.

I guess Hollywood would largely relocate to Vancouver.

There's no need to allow them to relocate, of course.

I can see it now.  Stephen Harper speaking at one of the closed Ambassador Bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario.  "Mr. Obama, tear down this wall!"
15202  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should copyright laws be abolished? on: July 17, 2010, 11:30:13 am
Copyright is useful, but the terms are way too long.  At a minimum we should shorten copyright terms by 20 years by returning to the minimums under the Berne Convention (lifetime + 50 years or for corporate works 75 years).  Frankly, I'd favor a flat 50 year copyright term.
15203  Election Archive / 2010 Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: GA-Rasmussen jumps in as well, says Handel and Deal tied in GOP Primary on: July 16, 2010, 10:07:31 pm
It seems the Bill Clinton endorsement isn´t helping Baker:

Roy Barnes: 59%
Thurbert Baker: 16%
Dubose Porter: 5%
David Poythress: 5%
Some Other Candidate: 3%
Not Sure: 12%


It isn't something that's getting any airplay, so likely only hardcore political junkies are aware of the endorsement.
15204  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Lowest Average You Ever Got? on: July 16, 2010, 01:09:11 pm
I really liked my system in high school.  It was quite clear cut:

90%+ was an A
80-89% was a B
70-79% was a C
60-69% was a D
59% and below was an F/no credit.

WIth the GPA, it's also pretty standard

3.5-4.0=A Average
2.5-3.4=B Average
1.5-2.4=C Average
0.5-1.4=D Average
>0.5=You're trying to fail and you can't even succeed at that.

So before everybody blabs on about their lowest scores... keep in mind that grading scales are hardly uniform.  So rather than just proudly boasting... explain the context of that score first.

Thank you.

I had a rather unusual grade scale at the high school I attended.

A = 95+
B+ = 90-94
B = 85-89
C+ = 80-84
C = 75-79
D = 70-74
E = 60-69
F = 59-

E and F were both failing grades, but with an E, you could try and make up the class during summer school, and have the E not show up on your record, whereas with an F, it stayed on the record even if you did summer school and passed the course then.

A = 6.0
B+ = 5.0
B = 4.0
C+ = 3.0
C = 2.0
D = 1.0
E and F = 0.0

There were three tracks, vocational, college-prep and an in-between track.  In-between courses got a 2.0 bonus to the GPA, college-prep courses got a 4.0 bonus and AP courses got a 6.0 bonus.  I ended up with a GPA of just under 10, and it would have been higher had I not taken band, as despite getting A's in it all four years, they only got me 8.0 for each course.

I would have been valedictorian if I'd only taken study hall instead of band. (I had 5½ more credits than I needed to graduate.)

Needless to say, I'm not fond of all the aspects of that system, but I do like that grade of E they had.
15205  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Best ways to reduce the deficit? on: July 16, 2010, 12:48:07 pm
70% top tax rate?  Well, that's one good way to finalize the destruction of Detroit when Ford decides to relocate its world HQ out of Dearborn.

Should also make real estate cheaper in Manhattan as financial services companies relocate to London and Tokyo.

I guess Hollywood would largely relocate to Vancouver.
15206  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: July 15, 2010, 09:10:31 pm
True Federalist
South Carolina
Greene Party
15207  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: Will DC Ever go Republican? on: July 15, 2010, 08:56:18 pm
It's not going to happen without a major realignment of the parties, and I see no sign that one is going to happen anytime soon.
15208  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should state extradition laws exclude things that are not crimes in that state? on: July 15, 2010, 08:26:55 pm
As a default rule I would say that they should exclude such crimes.  However, if a state chooses to either unilaterally or bilaterally extradite for offenses that would not be offenses in that state it would be fine.

For example, I imagine that Florida would likely be willing to extradite someone back to Georgia for failure to pay state income tax, despite having no income tax of its own under the general principle that tax evasion is a crime.

Or for another example, if pot were legalized in the Golden State, California might agree to extradite persons charged with smoking pot in Arizona in exchange for Arizona agreeing to extradite persons charged with violating California's pollution laws.
15209  Election Archive / 2010 Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: GA: Mason-Dixon: Barnes tied with Oxendine, leads other Republicans by wide margins on: July 15, 2010, 06:56:03 pm
Barnes has too much baggage that Republicans will be  able to use against him. Once the Republicans starts comparing Barnes and Obama, it will be over.

They don't need to compare Barnes to Obama, running clips from Barnes' own whiny primary ads should do the trick.  While his ads will likely enable him to avoid a primary runoff, in a Republican-leaning state such as Georgia they will hurt him in November.
15210  Election Archive / 2010 Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: GA: Mason-Dixon: Barnes tied with Oxendine, leads other Republicans by wide margins on: July 15, 2010, 06:28:30 pm
Not too surprising.  I don''t know about other markets, but Barnes has been saturating Augusta's TV stations with his ads for weeks now.  Baker has run some ads, but I have yet to see any ad for any of the Republican candidates.  Once the Republican candidate starts running ads for the general election, I'd expect his numbers to go up once undecided voters know who he or she is.
15211  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Alvin Greene's Plan to Create Jobs on: July 15, 2010, 06:18:27 pm
Also, where and when can I buy these figures? I mean, surely they'll be made now.


The Charleston RiverDogs (a single A minor league team affiliated with the New York Yankees) will give out statues of the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate at this Saturday's game.  I imagine some should show on eBay Saturday evening.
15212  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: BREAKING: The Illuminati are trying to start World War III! on: July 15, 2010, 04:57:43 pm
I didn't get the memo...........

We have you email as texasgurl@dontmesswithmeorIwillkillyou.com 

Is that still accurate?  Wink

Only at certain times of the month.
15213  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which of the following should be deferred from donating blood? on: July 14, 2010, 09:18:24 pm
The jail restriction is also a reaction to abuses concerning "voluntary" blood donations made by prisoners that date back to before HIV was an issue.
15214  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the Preceding Poster's Signature Thread VII on: July 14, 2010, 05:20:27 pm
I didn't know Lake Havasu was so urban.
15215  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: TPTTAA matrix on: July 14, 2010, 04:59:43 pm

Your scored 1 on Moral Order and -2.5 on Moral Rules.

The following categories best match your score (multiple responses are possible):

   1. System: Conservatism
   2. Ideology: Capital Republicanism
   3. Party: Republican Party
   4. Presidents: Gerald Ford
   5. 04' Election: John Kerry
   6. 08' Election: John McCain

Of the 621,708 respondents (11,345 on Facebook):

   1. 6% are close to you.
   2. 12% are more conservative.
   3. 15% are more liberal.
   4. 57% are more socialist.
   5. 10% are more authoritarian.

15216  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Peace Caucus on: July 14, 2010, 04:41:21 pm
Not withstanding my vote against the Ludlow Amendment, I'd be willing to join this caucus.  My opposition was based on the fact that I see holding a referendum after war has already been declared by the Senate to be unworkable and unwise.
15217  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: like-a-fishhook Ludlow Amendment Tracker on: July 14, 2010, 03:53:40 pm
I could support requiring a supermajority vote in the Senate to declare war, or even requiring a referendum be passed before war is declared, but this amendment, with its idiotic "oops, nevermind" policy is silly.  Does anyone think that whoever the Senate declares war against would agree to a return to the status antebellum without any diplomacy whatsoever?
15218  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Southeast Ratifacation: Ludlow Amendment on: July 14, 2010, 03:45:21 pm
15219  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should horse racing be banned? on: July 14, 2010, 03:25:50 pm
The major problem with horse racing is not the welfare of the horses, but its utter dependence upon gambling revenues, something that no other major sport has.  (Altho boxing and MMA are often held at gambling venues, one can hold matches other places and it is debatable whether boxing should be considered a major sport anymore.)  So dependent are they, that as gambling on horse races has declined, race tracks have lobbied to become racinos, with additional methods of gambling that are independent of racing.
15220  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Comedy Goldmine Begins: Rand Paul's Last Dance with Mary Jane on: July 14, 2010, 12:56:13 pm
Click for context.

Another argument for progressive taxation.
15221  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Tippecanoe and Webster Too (A Whiggish history of the United States 1839- ) on: July 14, 2010, 12:39:47 pm
Foreign affairs would receive less attention in this timeline than in our timeline.  In our timeline Daniel Webster had devoted considerable attention to resolving border issues with the United Kingdom that caused him to remain as Secretary of State long after the rest of the cabinet had resigned rather than put up with John Tyler.  This had resulted in the Webster–Ashburton Treaty of 1842.

In contrast, this timeline's Secretary of State, John Bell, would spend relatively little energy on foreign affairs.  He'd have rather been Secretary of War (as he was in our timeline) but that post had instead gone to Lott Warren of Georgia.  So Bell left foreign affairs largely in the hands of the diplomats, who were in no particular hurry to resolve that dispute and instead focused his interests on the creation of a single unified department to handle various interior matters as had been proposed from time since the start of Washington's administration.

Oddly enough, the State and Foreign Affairs Act of 1842 would do much to professionalize United States diplomacy despite Bell's disinterest in foreign affairs. For the first time, ministers (i.e. ambassadors) and some consuls would receive a salary in exchange for no longer being able to conduct private business at the same time as they represented the United States abroad.  (Consuls in less important ports and cities where a full-time diplomatic presence was not needed would continue as before, with their only remittance for serving the United States being the receipt of fees for certain diplomatic services.) This reform would not take place until 1856 in our timeline.  With the Department of Foreign Affairs formed out of the Department of State, the State department received various functions such as the Public Land Office that had been in the Treasury department and the Indian Affairs Office of the War department that in our timeline would be consolidated into the Department of the Interior in 1849.

Thomas Williams of Connecticut would be confirmed as the first Secretary of Foreign Affairs.  With someone at last actively managing diplomacy in Washington, the British Foreign Secretary, the Earl of Aberdeen at last sent the Baron Ashburton to Washington some nine months later than in our timeline to negotiate the boundary disputes and other concerns that affected Anglo-American relations.  The resulting Williams-Ashburton treaty of 1843 is similar to our timeline's Webster-Ashbuton treaty of 1842, with the most significant border differences being that border of Maine was settled in accordance with the 1831 arbitration decision of the King of the Netherlands, resulting in Maine getting some territory that in our timeline is part of Quebec, whereas the Northwest Angle of the Wisconsin Territory (part of modern Minnesota) was ceded to Brittan.  Another difference was that treaty also settled the Oregon border as per the 1846 Oregon Treaty of our timeline.

This would leave only the Texas Question as an external issue that would have a significant impact on the 1844 elections.
15222  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Nathan Bedford Forrest on: July 13, 2010, 11:26:08 pm
Contrary to what we learn at our public schools, the klan actual restored order in Tennessee for the years following the Civil War. It wasn't until later that they targeted blacks. Most people on this forum don't even know that the reason Tennessee is called the volunteer state is because after the war, people would volunteer to keep the state in order with the law. Those volunteers became the Klan.

When you display ignorance such as this, it is no wonder that no one takes you seriously.  A simple google would easily have let you avoid putting your foot in your mouth again.  Tennessee is known as the Volunteer State because of the large number of volunteer soldiers from Tennessee that fought in the War of 1812.
15223  General Discussion / History / Re: Who was more responsible for the end of the Cold War and the Soviet collapse? on: July 13, 2010, 10:00:19 pm
Reagan baby.

Mr. Gorbachev, if you desire peace, tear down this wall!!! I'll tell you what that's comparable to the sermon on the mount and was the best speech in presidential history until Bush landed on the aircraft carrier.

And clearly Gorbachev did that solely because Reagan told him to. Roll Eyes
15224  General Discussion / History / Re: Do you find the historical myth that there was little Atheism... on: July 13, 2010, 09:58:32 pm
I split off the libertarian/Christian topics into a separate thread You can only be a libertarian if you are a Christian and moved it to the Religion & Philosophy board.
15225  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: A to Z of Atlas on: July 13, 2010, 06:39:59 pm
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