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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: France 2017: Results Thread on: April 24, 2017, 08:31:37 am
Strache (FP) congratulated Le Pen, but also said she'll fail to win the runoff because there will be a conspiracy against her by all the other parties and candidates and the media.

You just reposted the anti-Austria rule...
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election, June 8th 2017 on: April 23, 2017, 03:33:11 pm
Tories getting close to 50% with ICM online CON 48 +2 LAB 26 +1 LD 10 -1 UKIP 8=

Another beautiful poll for our beautiful Prime Minister!
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: April 2017 House Election on: April 21, 2017, 04:33:26 pm

[  ] Clyde1998 of Massachusetts
Labor Party

[ 1] Dereich of Colorado

[  ] drewmike87 of Wisconsin
Labor Party

[3 ] Leinad of Georgia
Federalist Party

[2] North Carolina Yankee of North Carolina
Federalist Party

[  ] OneJ_ of Mississippi
Labor Party

[  ] Peebs of North Carolina
Labor Party

[ 4] Pessimistic Antineutrino of New Jersey
Federalist Party

[  ] Santander of Alabama
Atlas Conservative Party

[  ] simossad of Minnesota
Labor Party

[  ] Write-in:______________________________

[  ] None of the above
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Fremont Voting Booth: April 2017 Elections on: April 21, 2017, 04:32:29 pm
ONE (1) to be elected.
[   ] LongLiveRock of Colorado
Liberal Democracy Party - Labor Party
[1] TedBessell of California
Free Soil Party - Federalist Party
[   ] Write-in:
FIVE (5) to be elected.
[   ] Anthony1691 of California
Unaffiliated - Labor Party
[   ] Dr_Novella of California
Ecosocialist Party - Labor Party
[   ] evergreen of Washington
Ecosocialist Party - Uncultured Marxist Party of Atlasia
[2] RFayette of California
Unaffiliated - Atlas Conservative Party
[   ] Roy Barnes 2010 of Washington
Democratic Alliance - Labor Party
[ 3] Tirnam of California
Liberal Democracy Party - Labor Party
[ 1  ] Write-in: Simfan34
5  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Is GA-06 gerrymandered? on: April 20, 2017, 07:36:04 am
Tom Perez said the other day that the problem for the Dems in GA-06 was that it was gerrymandered. Was he right, or is he just seeking excuses?

6  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Rahm Emanuel wants to require acceptance letters for high school graduation on: April 17, 2017, 03:54:11 pm
It's hard to understand where he's coming from. A student without a college offer or enlisting in the military will be forbidden from receiving their high school diploma, therefore making them virtually unemployable? Even if they've met all other criteria for graduation? Does he want to create-- or at least enlarge-- a indefinitely marginalized underclass?

I can't even imagine a wonk as detached from reality as is humanly possible coming up with such a illogical idea. The immediate impact would be a dramatic reduction in already-abysmal graduation rates, or an explosion in students enrolling in community colleges only to immediately drop out. Even if you wanted to force, rather than encourage, people into higher education, the way to do that would be to make it mandatory, not prevent people from graduating from high school.

This doesn't particularly come across as a "right-wing" or "left-wing" idea-- it's just a baffling one.
7  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Turkey referendum, 2017 on: April 16, 2017, 02:08:58 pm

To be honest, all this ordeal proves to me is that Western Europe is, culturally and socially, just a much worse fit than countries like the US or Canada for the assimilation of immigrants.

Are you saying our societies are structurally designed to not be able to integrate/assimilate immigrants, compared to the US or Canada? Rather than the evident historical and geographical factors at work here?

Multiculturalism vs. Integration.
8  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: New York City mayoral election, 2017 thread on: April 14, 2017, 02:05:22 pm
This is depressing.
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Turkey referendum, 2017 on: April 12, 2017, 11:24:05 am
15% of Peoples Democratic Party (HDP) voters to say yes

Kurds for Erdogan!

Not an insubstantial demographic - there are quite a lot of conservative Kurds (heck, Turkey's Kurdish population is exploding dramatically, so they really need those votes).

I understand that there is a Kurdish Hezbollah? Most Kurds are rural and generally poorer and less educated than other Turks, so it follows that some of them would be conservative, at least more naturally than them being feminist pro-LGBT left-wingers (which is what most of them do vote for).
10  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Which of these monarchies will still exist in 2050? on: April 10, 2017, 11:22:53 am
I don't think many leaders (Kims aside) will do a Bakassa and self-style themselves as monarchs anymore. Most modern dictators these days are too technocratic for that sort of stuff. I mean even Gadaffi didn't try that!

I suppose the hard thing about predicting this is it is very dependent on the volatile actions of individuals. After all, if it wasn't for Prince Dipendra going Columbine on his family, the Nepalese monarchy would probably be muddling along in power by now.

Agreed. Although there'd be an issue of what happens once he became King. Would he have made Vajiralongkorn look like a paragon of virtue... and the latest I've heard of him is that he was seen doing some late-night tandem parachuting with a minor concubine at Don Mueang Airport-- in the nude.

All of them. It`s quite reliable institute. Though I have doubts about unstable African continent, Togo and Lesotho, for example.

Indeed, I am very concerned about the Togolese monarchy's prospects.
11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish independence referendum 2017? on: April 10, 2017, 07:42:45 am
Sky has a poll of 2,000 Scottish voters about their opinion on various politicians:

Theresa May: good 48%, bad 47% (+1 lol)
Jeremy Corbyn: good 16%, bad 77% (-61 but I thought Jezza was supposed to win back Scotland)
Nicola Sturgeon: good 42%, bad 54% (-12 lol)
Kezia Dugdale: good 36%, bad 50% (-14)
Ruth Davidson: good 53%, bad 36% (+17)


May has real incentive to govern as the leader of a national party.
12  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: UK General Discussion Thread: mayy lmao on: April 04, 2017, 02:54:31 pm
This latest Gibraltar kerfuffle seems to show that the UK media has gone overboard with the hysterical instapunditry. The outrage from even the most vociferous US outlet is far outstripped by that coming from any Guardian editorial. There has to be some happy medium between dismissing any mildly inconvenient fact as "project fear" and all but actively rooting for a Hiberno-Hispano-Scottish-Argentine coalition to dismember the country while forcing the rump to keep red passports. This is important, because the former tendency could do some real damage-- eg by preventing a deal from being struck because of the EU's honestly fair request for the UK to settle its pension contributions and bills.
13  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Autogolpe in Venezuela: The Last Vestige of Democracy Ends on: April 04, 2017, 11:22:41 am
There's a high risk, I think, of seeing a DRC-style glissement, with the Supreme Court being as compliant as it is. Elections would be postponed until convenient.
14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Juncker threatens US with supporting secession movements on: March 31, 2017, 04:51:29 pm
Trump should take Junker seriously and respond by having Tillerson and others make a formal diplomatic protest. Of course, he knows nothing about diplomacy, so he probably just tweet about it, but this is a pretty serious breach of diplomatic norms and we'd be perfectly justified in responding to it as such.
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Ohio '18: Renacci In on: March 31, 2017, 10:12:46 am
Who's Kasich's candidate?
16  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Running mate for Michael Bloomberg? (and thoughts about a campaign) on: March 28, 2017, 09:33:01 pm
17  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Bloomberg slams liberal "culture of censorship" in Ivy League on: March 28, 2017, 10:14:14 am
Why have we bumped this thread? But since we have, I'd hazard that DFB wouldn't be as strident as he was three years ago.
18  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump Scandals Make His Voters Like Him More on: March 25, 2017, 02:35:42 pm
I think Jeff Stein of Vox said it best that Trump voters don't care about his scandals, but if they found out he wants tax cuts for the rich they'd crucify him.

That is blessedly wishful thinking.
19  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Hong Kong Chief Executive election, 2017 on: March 23, 2017, 06:57:27 am
Hmm. I know Li has gotten into hot water with Beijing over political commentary before.
20  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Report: FBI links Trump team to communication with Russians on: March 22, 2017, 07:28:08 pm
Also: Preet Bharara needs to be Special Prosecutor/Special Counsel (I believe there's been a change in the law that removes the provision for the appointment of Special Prosecutors but still).
21  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Report: FBI links Trump team to communication with Russians on: March 22, 2017, 07:13:26 pm
God willing, this may all be over a lot sooner than we all expected. Not betting on it, but as they say, Inshallah.
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: If you were President, how would you handle N. Korea? on: March 22, 2017, 07:03:34 pm
We must leave the DPRK alone. We have killed enough Koreans. They have every right to nukes as any other nation. We don't get to police the world like this. We shouldn't even be in South Korea & Japan.

Didn't know so many socialists were in favor of nuclear proliferation

I think s/he sees North Korean nuclear proliferation as a lesser evil than American imperialism, which actually helped create North Korea in the first place. While this is a wrong perspective, in my opinion, I can respect it at least. We should do everything possible to limit the spread of nuclear weapons and other extremely dangerous forms of weaponry, but this should be pursued through international organizations and multilateral means. Not through American hegemony and threats of warfare, the result of which would be death for innumerable Koreans.

Where are you getting your history from-- Rodong Sinmun? It was the Soviets who invaded Korea, setting up a Communist regime, and then, despite what the DPRK's books may claim, Kim Il-Sung who invaded the South. "American hegemony", in both 1951 and 2017, is the only reason the entire peninsula isn't ruled from Pyongyang (if not necessarily by the Kims).
23  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: AP: Manafort had a $10 million annual contract to benefit Putin government on: March 22, 2017, 06:57:09 pm
Spicer had the gall to say Manafort played "a limited role" in the campaign, by implication casting him off as indefensible. This surely must be tired by now, but just how low is the regard in which these people hold Americans, to think they might ever buy this? That Trump's campaign chairman was a minor figure in the campaign he was chairing? How does one even begin to respond to a claim like that?
24  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: BREAKING: John McCain calls for a select committee on Russia on: March 22, 2017, 06:47:34 pm
Viva, John McCain, Viva! Smiley
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: BREAKING: Trump claims Obama wire tapped Trump Tower. on: March 22, 2017, 06:45:32 pm

Did we catch Feinstein saying Trump would "soon" be resigning the other day? This, after her briefing with Comey that left her and Grassley looking "grim-faced" and "shaken"?
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