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1  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Cuomo defends Christopher Columbus statue on: September 19, 2017, 10:37:24 am
I don't get the taking down Columbus statues thing. In my mind there's a clear difference between individuals who rebelled and fought against the government of the United States to preserve the institution of slavery and an individual who engaged in slavery as part of a voyage which changed the cause of history, for both good and ill.

A statue of Jefferson Davis is commemorating the Confederacy; a statue of Columbus is commemorating the European discovery and colonisation of the Americas. I don't think the latter is as objectionable as the former, and I don't see how a country birthed by European colonisation like the United States could in good faith apologise for itself.

You don't see why people don't want to commemorate this and events like it?

Colonialism was objectively pretty damn awful. Sure, it gave us the world we have today, and I certainly don't think we should forget about it. But putting up statues of the figures responsible for genocide, slavery, and untold oppressions doesn't seem right.

This is a serious question-- even in the gentlest possible trans-Atlantic contact scenario, how could these epidemics been avoided? Can people be really tasked with "moral responsibility" for processes which they did not understand and could not control? The only possible way to avoid this would've been to somehow quarantine the Americans, without knowing why, until the 19th century.
2  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Johnson/Weld flipped ticket? on: September 19, 2017, 09:06:39 am
I highly doubt Weld could've won the Libertarian nomination-- the snowflakes apparently weren't keen on him, as if they weren't extraordinarily lucky to have two former governors on the ticket.
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: New York City mayoral election, 2017 thread on: September 19, 2017, 06:07:21 am
This election is disappointing. Any questions?
4  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Japan General Discussion on: September 18, 2017, 08:10:27 pm
Japan is the only country in the world (maybe Nepal, I guess) where I would feel obligated to vote for a Communist Party, especially if next election becomes a Koike Vs Abe crapfest (i.e. an right wing cult inner skirmish).

They're agnostic on the issue of the monarchy, for goodness' sake.

If it does become Abe vs Koike vs JIP et al, what are the prospects for constitutional revision?
5  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / A Hawaii Progressive on: September 18, 2017, 07:06:59 pm
I've written about a fictional progressive Democratic governor of Hawaii on the other Atlas and I thought I might post it here. I started last summer, and he's shaped up to be something of the Bernie successor candidate that people are searching for in reality. Obviously (if you know anything about my politics), this guy's politics are very much not my own, but it's been an interesting thought experiment. Here's the lead of a mock Wikipedia article.

Daniel Zobel "Dan" Hulihe‘e (/huləˈɛˈɛ/; born August 17, 1978) is an American entrepreneur, activist, and politician who has been the 8th Governor of Hawaii since December 1, 2014. Prior to his election as governor, he served for two terms as a member of the Hawaii State Senate from 2011 to 2014.

A Honolulu native, Hulihee is a graduate of Stanford University and Yale Law School. In 2001 he founded the location-based social networking mobile software Dodgeball, which was acquired by Google in 2004. Hulihee was Director of New Media for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign and was involved in progressive activism before successfully running for state Senator in 2010; he was re-elected in 2012.

In 2014 Hulihee announced his intention to challenge incumbent Governor Neil Abercrombie for the Democratic nomination. Despite being considered as a long-shot, he successfully triumphed in both the three-way primary with 60% of the vote, and the general election, where he defeated Republican Duke Aiona, former Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii, and independent Mufi Hannemann, former Mayor of Honolulu, with 49.5% of the vote. He is currently Chair of the Democratic Governors Association.

A left-wing progressive, Hulihee has led initiatives to accelerate the transition to renewable energy, establish a state-run single-payer healthcare system, improve the quality of public education, reduce homelessness, strengthen organized labor, and further "social justice and inclusion".

Early life and career
Hulihee was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on August 17, 1978. He is of Native Hawaiian, Filipino, Chinese, and Spanish ancestry. His father, David C. Hulihee, a graduate of Syracuse University and Harvard Business School, is the CEO of Grace Pacific, one of the largest civil construction firms in Hawaii, and Royal Contracting, founded by his father, Edwin S. Hulihee (1919–2015). In 2013, Grace was acquired by conglomerate Alexander & Baldwin for $235 million.[1] According to SEC filings, Hulihee received $91 million in cash and stock for his 38.7% ownership share of the firm.[2] In addition to that of Alexander & Baldwin, David Hulihee is on the boards of First Hawaiian Bank, ʻIolani School, and the Bishop Museum.

His mother, Mercedes Zobel Hulihee (née Zobel), is the daughter of Enrique J. Zobel (1927–2004), a prominent Filipino businessman who was Chairman and CEO of Ayala Corporation, one of the country's largest conglomerates, from 1967 to 1984. Mercedes Zobel met David Hulihee while visiting Hawaii when a student at Wellesley College, they were married in 1977. Zobel and her brother Inigo inherited the shares of their father and the majority of their grand-aunt's, Mercedes Zobel McMicking (1907–2005), shares in Ayala Corporation. In 2015, Forbes estimated the siblings' joint net worth as $870 million; if split evenly Zobel Hulihee would thus be worth $435 million.[3]

Education and business career
Hulihee attended ʻIolani School and then Stanford University, graduating with a Bachelor and Master of Science in Computer Science in 2001. For his graduate thesis at Stanford, Hulihee developed a location-based mobile social networking software that showed users of friends, friends' friends, and interesting events and venues nearby, and in 2002, along with Dennis Crowley and Alex Rainert, it was launched as Dodgeball. In 2004, the startup was acquired by Google for an unspecified sum, although Hulihee's stake was estimated at $30 million. Google hired Hulihee and his partners, but he left after a few months, describing his experience there as "incredibly frustrating". Crowley and Rainert would leave in 2006, and Google discontinued Dodgeball in 2009. He would help launch the similar application Foursquare in 2009, but did not join its management.

Hulihee described his time after leaving Google as "increasingly questioning what I was doing with my life and the beliefs that had guided me so far"; saying that he went from being a "mostly apolitical, sort-of techno-libertarian", to a committed progressive. He then attended Yale Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Journal of Law and Technology, graduating in 2007.

Obama campaign and activism
In 2007, Hulihee joined the Obama campaign as its Director of New Media, and also became its principal digital policy adviser. The New York Observer claimed in 2016 that, following Obama's victory, Hulihee unsuccessfully sought to be appointed as the first Chief Technology Officer of the United States and declined to take a less senior post in the administration, a charge he denied.

Hulihee served as the executive director of the 2009 Netroots Nation conference in Pittsburgh, which was notable for (unsuccessfully) pressuring the Democratic leadership to retain the Affordable Care Act's public option. Hulihee was on record as saying that he would prefer a single-payer system but regarded the public option as superior to the status quo.

Political career
State Senate
In 2010 Hulihee announced he would run for the seat being vacated by retiring Republican Senator Fred Hemmings in the 25th District of the Hawaii State Senate. He won the Democratic primary by a wide margin, having been endorsed by President Obama among others, and was elected to a two-year term in the general election, with 59% of the vote. In the 2012 elections, he was re-elected to a four year term with 67% of the vote against Hemmings, who sought to regain his former seat.
6  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Harris says she'd support a Feinstein re-election bid '100 percent' on: September 18, 2017, 04:19:36 pm
If anything Feinstein is doing the party a disservice by not stepping aside. The Democratic bench is CA is absurdly deep and they're at least a dozen people I can think of who'd be national rising stars had they come from any other state. The shortage of posts is such that they're having to invent them (e.g. LA County Executive).

But if course it's absurd to think Harris would ever back a primary challenge against her own colleague.
7  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Does Trump's gradual lean toward the political Center help him in 2020? on: September 18, 2017, 03:33:17 pm
Trump is not so much leaning towards the center as he is jerking wildly around the political spectrum.  He'll veer right again once the mood strikes him or the right assortment of people have his ear. Nor is it inconceivable that he'd sign anything Schumer and Pelosi sent to his desk come 2019. I would not be surprised-- especially given his record on the issue-- to see Trump sign a single payer bill if the Democrats were ever inclined to pass one. What's more he'd call Ryan a loser while doing so. On the other hand, as the ACHA debacle showed, he'd sign the most right wing legislation if the GOP could pass it. He's seeking wins, regardless of substance, and with as little work as possible. At no time should we read too deeply into a seeming shift.
8  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Kshama Sawant is the one on: September 18, 2017, 03:23:45 pm
She's basically a moderate if you put her in European politics. America's Political discourse has moved so far to the right however.

I'm sure Emmanuel Macron would enjoy being told he'd basically be a Trotskyist in America.
9  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Booker says he hopes to marry Cleo Wade on: September 18, 2017, 03:00:21 pm

Not bad. Not bad at all, and she's black to boot (no Harold Ford Jr problemhere)... that said, I highly recommend she find a job description other than "instagram poet". I'm sure she's an interesting person, considering Booker must be able to attract his pick of women.
Was there a public problem with Harold Ford Jr.'s marriage?

Also, Booker's baldness doesn't make him too attractive. Why did you say that?

Booker is an intelligent, young, up-and-coming Senator. Heck, his baldness could be seen as cool. As for Ford there was an infamous ad in the 2006 Senate election with the sub text that he was cavorting around with white women. That recent biography of Obama (which is gaining dust on my shelf) said he too recognized that being married to a white woman would be a political liability. Given his history I would've almost expected him to settle down with a nice Jewish girl.

Any claims about fitness would be abrogated when faced with Donald Trump, either way.
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Fremont Voting Booth : September 2017 special election on: September 17, 2017, 07:32:31 pm
1. Lumine
2. Siren
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Black Senators on: September 17, 2017, 07:10:28 pm
Winfield, what are you doing?
12  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Why is everyone so obsessed with Steve Bullock? on: September 14, 2017, 09:02:56 pm
Bullock has worked diligently to elevate his profile. First chair of the Democratic Governors' Association, then the Western Governors' Association, and next year the National Governor's Association. Perfect timing.
13  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Booker says he hopes to marry Cleo Wade on: September 14, 2017, 09:00:50 pm

Not bad. Not bad at all, and she's black to boot (no Harold Ford Jr problem here)... that said, I highly recommend she find a job description other than "instagram poet". I'm sure she's an interesting person, considering Booker must be able to attract his pick of women.
14  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Cuomo defends Christopher Columbus statue on: September 06, 2017, 10:43:37 am
The Democrats are determined to lose 2020, aren't they?
15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Senators: Comey began to write exoneration statement before interviewing Clinton on: September 01, 2017, 05:03:42 am
How unprecedented is it that a party controls every branch of government, yet can get absolutely nothing accomplished?

They may yet even get less done by shutting down the government and failing to raise the debt ceiling!
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Milwaukee County Sheriff Clarke Resigns on: September 01, 2017, 04:56:05 am
You have wonder if Trump will pull a Scaramucci on him: make him quit his job but keep him waiting for months for a job only to be out in under two weeks after an uproar.

I like him. We need more minority conservatives.

As a right wing minority, all I have to say is, uh...
17  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Linda Sarsour sets up Harvey relief fund, diverts funds to her PAC on: September 01, 2017, 04:46:16 am
Given the direct link to her tweets it seems reasonable to take the claims as credible; there's enough evidence there to draw your own conclusion. It appears that she's using the banner of "Harvey relief" to fundraise for tangentially related "organizing" in the name of the same causes her group is usually interested in. Calling this "relief" is rather transparently dishonest, using the domain "harveyreliefhouston.org" even more so.
18  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: ARPAIO PARDONED on: August 25, 2017, 07:15:37 pm
Either Trump is trying to keep this under the radar, in which he has chosen perhaps the best possible timing, or is upset that the news, for once, hasn't been about him for an extended period and is trying to get back in the headlines.
19  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Kasich/Hickenlooper 2020 on: August 25, 2017, 04:47:04 pm
I'd vote for them, but I think they'd only gain steam if the Dems nominated a genuinely far-left candidate.
20  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Hurricane Harvey - how will Trump's approval weather the storm? on: August 25, 2017, 02:16:20 pm
60 inches!!! I saw that too.
21  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Hurricane Harvey - how will Trump's approval weather the storm? on: August 25, 2017, 12:46:37 pm
Let's forget about Trump for a moment. The storm has strengthened dramatically in just the past few hours, there's talk it might even make it to a Category 4. According to some experts the threat to refineries is also being underappreciated.

22  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: 2013 Czech Presidential Election on: August 22, 2017, 11:33:39 am
Zeman's presidency has gone about as well as would've been expected. Should've stuck with Schwarzenberg!
23  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump goes full Alt-Right and voids everything he said yesterday on: August 15, 2017, 08:45:04 pm
It is absolutely insane that a President of the United States would try and draw moral equivalence between the men who built this country and those who tried to destroy it.

The one plus in all this is that Trump is making patriotism, true patriotism, fashionable again.
24  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Saudi Arabia General Discussion Thread: Dark Salman Rises on: August 08, 2017, 05:01:32 pm

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's foreign minister called what he said was Qatar's demand for an internationalization of the Muslim hajj pilgrimage a declaration of war against the kingdom, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television said on Sunday, but Qatar said it never made such a call.

"Qatar's demands to internationalize the holy sites is aggressive and a declaration of war against the kingdom," Adel al-Jubeir was quoted saying on Al Arabiya's website.

"We reserve the right to respond to anyone who is working on the internationalization of the holy sites," he said.

Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said no official from his country had made such a call.

"We are tired of responding to false information and stories invented from nothing," Sheikh Mohammed told Al Jazeera TV.

Sounds to me like the Saudis don't want to negotiate...how much longer before they send troops into Qatar?
It sounds like the Saudis just want a fight with Qatar, regardless of what they do.

Picking new fights to distract from the fights they're losing is not a good strategy. Starting a war with Qatar would be like Hitler invading Spain after failing to take Moscow.

Where have I heard that one before?
25  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Nawaz Sharif resigns on: August 08, 2017, 01:38:29 pm
Isn't Khan basically in bed with Islamists at this point?
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