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76  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Sword of Damocles - (Sign Up/Rules/Commentary Thread) on: February 07, 2017, 05:06:31 pm
I REALLY enjoyed this game...but I don't think it's viable to continue as is. I don't think the necessary continuity and player involvement is still there after this huge hiatus. If we DO skip ahead or resume the game I'd suggest that we first throw open the door and see who is interested in playing.

Yeah, it was an ambitious project and it worked reasonably well, but I would tend to agree. On other hand, players like you and Kalwejt put a lot of effort and research into this.

Tentatively I don't mind hosting more of these games, but I've discovered it's much easier for me to go with a time period we know than creating one. If we end this game I wouldn't mind hosting one in a different time period if people are interested.

I'd leap at the opportunity to join your next game if you host another.
77  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Sword of Damocles - (Sign Up/Rules/Commentary Thread) on: February 07, 2017, 03:14:15 pm
I REALLY enjoyed this game...but I don't think it's viable to continue as is. I don't think the necessary continuity and player involvement is still there after this huge hiatus. If we DO skip ahead or resume the game I'd suggest that we first throw open the door and see who is interested in playing.
78  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Iron Throne, the V ASOIAF Game (Sign Up - Rules Thread) (Turn Open) on: February 05, 2017, 11:50:46 pm
I've always disliked the Greyjoys in these games and thought they are essentially traps for aspiring players. Once you get the role you realize you have no potential allies (because nobody SERIOUSLY wants to allow the realm to split up), too few military resources to have a critical impact on the war, but a strong enough navy to make invasion highly unlikely. Garlan is the only one who came close to a significant impact and that's because that game was pre-Wot5k and independence wasn't the only option.

Yeah, whole time I played I thought. "It don't really matter who I side with, they gonna back stab me anyways." Was banking on the Targaryan deciding I wasn't worth the trouble of retaking.

Yeah my thinking was "trusting a Greyjoy seems really foolish" and that's show prejudice lol

Paid off for Viserys and would have made a great asset. I disagree though Dereich, the importance of naval powers cannot be underestimated. They can only be challenged by one of the other real navies and therefore you rule the best form of travel in the game.

Sure, but travel for what? The Greyjoys don't have the manpower to seriously stand against any of the other Lords Paramount on Westerosi soil. Using the Iron Fleet to raid is well and good in the short-term but it does no good in securing allies or Ironborn independence. Choosing the Greyjoys gives a great and rare resource in a navy...but that's really ALL it gives you. The Tyrells, Essosi, and Stannis also have navies with the added benefit of significant land resources or allies as well.
79  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Iron Throne, the V ASOIAF Game (Sign Up - Rules Thread) (Turn Open) on: February 05, 2017, 11:15:51 pm
I've always disliked the Greyjoys in these games and thought they are essentially traps for aspiring players. Once you get the role you realize you have no potential allies (because nobody SERIOUSLY wants to allow the realm to split up), too few military resources to have a critical impact on the war, but a strong enough navy to make invasion highly unlikely. Garlan is the only one who came close to a significant impact and that's because that game was pre-Wot5k and independence wasn't the only option.
80  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Iron Throne, the V ASOIAF Game (Sign Up - Rules Thread) (Turn Open) on: February 05, 2017, 09:28:03 pm
RIP that person. They will be missed unless they won't.
81  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Iron Throne, the V ASOIAF Game (Sign Up - Rules Thread) (Turn Open) on: February 03, 2017, 11:45:23 pm
I'm certainly fine with it in the future. But for today I'm happy for the extension.
82  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Iron Throne, the V ASOIAF Game (Sign Up - Rules Thread) (Turn Open) on: February 03, 2017, 09:06:13 pm
Thirded, though I can finish fast if need be.
83  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Is Neil Gorsuch more like Alito, Scalia, Or Kennedy? on: February 03, 2017, 01:08:31 pm
So Gorsuch isn't a Roy Moore type?


Nobody is a Roy Moore type. It is frankly difficult to mangle constitutional interpretation like he did.

No clue until the hearings.

Don't count on it. They are advised that it is better to say nothing than say anything that could be remotely interpreted as negative. The hearings are only relevant if they don't follow that advice.

Anyway, whether or not he actually IS, Gorsuch's tribute to legislative supremacy during his nomination speech was a tribute to Scalia and his viewpoint. Until he starts writing opinions I'm inclined to say he'll be closer to Scalia.
84  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should the US pass a 20% tariff on Mexico? on: January 28, 2017, 10:47:54 am
There are few things to which I could possibly be more opposed.
85  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Iron Throne, the V ASOIAF Game (Sign Up - Rules Thread) (Turn Open) on: January 27, 2017, 09:39:51 pm
It may be delayed a couple of hours... hearing of John Hurt's death forced me to watch some of his scenes as Caligula.

But dice rolls are done, three of you ended up dying.

THREE?

My honest guess is that Edmure Tully, Walder Frey, and Khal Drogo ended up dying.
86  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: SCOTUS-Watch: Trump to announce pick next week on: January 25, 2017, 10:05:16 pm
Gorsuch is right-wing nutjob and I'm not sure what would make anyone think otherwise.  If anything he'd shift the court to the right.

Are you implying that Gorsuch is to the right of Scalia? Huh

Are you implying that's impossible or even difficult? Sure, Scalia was right wing on many things, but he consistently advocated a view touting the legislature's supremacy over the courts in the making of policy. While I don't know Gorsuch's views, there are plenty of right wing jurists who want the Court to take a much more activist role in advancing conservative policies than Scalia did. The Supreme Court emphatically does not operate on the exact same left-right axis that other branches do. A judge whose personal views are less right wing could have a view of the constitution that leads them to even more radical decisions.
87  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: County Annexation Game IV on: January 25, 2017, 09:59:13 pm
Colorado:
Logan, Sedgwick, Phillips

Nebraska:

Cheyenne, Deuel, Chase, Dundy, Hayes, Hitchcock, Frontier, Red Willow


And with that I'm done. If you would please fill in my circle, my Deseret is complete.
88  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What's worse: Partisan or nonpartisan elections for state high court judges? on: January 25, 2017, 03:30:39 pm
The problem is the elections themselves.

There is no such thing as an unelected judge. The only question is whether campaigning is open and directed towards the people or if it is in private to unelected cronies of the governor.
89  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: County Annexation Game IV on: January 24, 2017, 11:47:44 am
I'd vote that it stays, maybe rationalized a little bit and filled out.
90  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: IF Merkel is "forced out" soon... then what? on: January 24, 2017, 03:51:37 am
I don't think any other world leader would be have the gravitas, will, or importance to fill that role if Merkel was forced out unless the incoming French president really pushed for it. But it's not like there's a rule somewhere that there needs to be a "leader of the free world." Maybe we'd see institutional figures, like the head of the IMF or the new UN Secretary General, become the recognized mouthpieces of the global international order. If the US and Europe withdraw from their international responsibilities it'll be those institutions which have the most global impact anyway. 

The one thing I can say for sure is that Trudeau will NOT be The Guy; Canada has has done its best to make itself completely irrelevant on the international stage and Trudeau doesn't seem like he'd be willing to spend the time, money, and blood necessary to be seen as a first among equals in ANYTHING.
91  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: County Annexation Game IV on: January 22, 2017, 01:45:47 pm
Nevada:
Pershing
Churchill
Mineral
Lyon
Storey

Colorado:
Mineral

Idaho:
Franklin
Bear Lake

Nebraska:
Dundy

You do not border Dundy County, Nebraska.

Sorry, I meant Kimball
92  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: County Annexation Game IV on: January 22, 2017, 01:08:25 pm
Nevada:
Pershing
Churchill
Mineral
Lyon
Storey

Colorado:
Mineral

Idaho:
Franklin
Bear Lake

Nebraska:
Dundy
93  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: January 21, 2017, 03:26:34 am
Dereich
Independent
Colorado
94  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: 2018 Florida Governor....a few Questions... on: January 21, 2017, 01:24:41 am
I spoke with a partner in his firm who doesn't think he'll run, but he's certainly shown signs that he intends to do so. I'm just going to assume that he'll run until he definitively rules himself out.
95  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Sword of Damocles (Gameplay Thread) (Early 1930) on: January 20, 2017, 07:50:07 pm
The Japanese Government would like to make it clear that we take our friendship with the Chinese people and our sacred duty to serve the interests of and protect the Asian people very seriously. Because of this, we treat the news that while we attempt to resolve the Chinese conflict and aid the legitimate government, other nations are giving aid to the communist rebels as entirely unacceptable.

The Empire of Japan will consider any trade with Chinese communist rebels to be a hostile act.

Any ships, regardless of identification, found attempting to trade in rebel held ports will be signaled to turn back. Should they continue, they will be seized or shot down.
96  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: County Annexation Game IV on: January 20, 2017, 01:25:57 am
Arizona:
Graham
Greenlee

New Mexico:
Sandoval

Wyoming:
Unita
Laramie

Colorado:
Weld
Morgan
97  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Anyone watching the DNC Chair debate? on: January 18, 2017, 08:53:00 pm
When I look at these candidates, I can only think of two words: Michael Steele

When I look at your posts, I can only think of two words: partisan hack.
98  General Discussion / Constitution and Law / Re: Military Intervention Amendment on: January 18, 2017, 06:46:08 pm
Its never a good idea to overly tie the government's hand at foreign policy, especially in ways that every potential enemy would know about and could exploit. Plus, situations can develop very quickly in such a way as to make seeking congressional approval, which would require them to set aside time for the question or to come back into session and then set aside time for the issue, several days of debate and then possibly backroom trading and negotiating to get approval. In the first six weeks of the Rwandan genocide 800,000 people were killed. In a situation like that, adding I'd guess a minimum of a week on before even starting intervention could mean hundreds of thousands of lives.

Section one is ambiguous; do both requirements need to be fulfilled or only one? You might think its obvious but its something government lawyers would notice and exploit to its fullest. Is that 4/5ths of the Senate, the traditional foreign policy chamber? 4/5ths of the House? A joint session? What exactly constitutes a military intervention? Would the raid on Osama Bin Laden's Pakistani hideout itself constitute a separate intervention? How about the US providing mostly logistical support to another country as they intervene, such as with the French intervention in Mali a few years ago? And as for "any multilateral organization" you're just setting up an easy opportunity for the US to form some shell like the "US-Tuvalu civic association" or something to agree to any intervention the government wants.

As for section two, the use of the word "should" will lead the government to rightly say "these are just guidelines and are non-binding." Individual words in the constitution are given great weight and are all treated as being used intentionally by their framers. Again the specifics are ambiguous, but that's not your fault; its hard to encapsulate bright lines when reality is so diverse. Let's assume Russian hackers use cyberattacks to shut down US banks. Is that a "direct attack"? How about if China launched an invasion of Taiwan. We don't even have formal relations with them; would it count as an attack on an ally? Almost anything could be called a "humanitarian disaster": Bush could have argued he was intervening in Iraq in 2003 to stop suppression of Iraqi Kurds and there would be no authority to say he was definitively wrong. He could have also called the Iraqi government mass murderers; technically true. And I'm just not sure what "last resort" means. As I've pointed out in other threads, technically after Pearl Harbor war wasn't the "last resort" since we might have been able to avoid it had we ended the embargo and run with our tails between our legs.
99  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Palestinian unity government announced on: January 18, 2017, 06:16:22 pm
By that standard I suppose Germany was carved up in 1945 with the loss of the Netherlands, Belgium, Northern France, and Denmark.

Its pre-1938 territory ended up in four (now three) different countries.

If you want to strain the Germany-Israel/Palestine analogy, I guess the formerly German-majority territories that are now part of Poland, Russia and Denmark(?) could be compared to the settlements close to Israel's border.
100  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Palestinian unity government announced on: January 18, 2017, 12:31:49 pm
Again, the conventional wisdom is to carve up the only plural democracy with respect for fundamental human rights and give the Palestinians a self-governing state. Recipe for terror, war, and even more regional instability. Maybe Islamic Jihad will be pacified by giving up the settlements!

"Carve up" is a pretty disingenuous term to use when referring to a region like the West Bank with very different people conquered in battle and ruled without the consent of the governed or full civil rights for the majority population. By that standard I suppose Germany was carved up in 1945 with the loss of the Netherlands, Belgium, Northern France, and Denmark.

And of course Islamic Jihad is never going to be appeased but that isn't the question is it? But if the basic right of self determination isn't enough, a successful two state solution is still the correct answer for security as well. What exactly do you expect the Palestinians to do when they continue to live without fundamental rights and a government seemingly unable to achieve anything through negotiations? The islamists are the only groups offering some kind of hope and vision for the future. Successful initiatives by the PLO should always be applauded as the best hope as they offer the only viable alternative to radical Islam. And far from more instability, a working solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict might actually allow the trade and middle class development that lead to long term peace. Very few people will fight a war they don't have to fight.
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