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1  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.
2  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump thanks Putin for expeling 755 US Diplomats on: August 11, 2017, 03:34:40 pm
Imagine how demoralizing this must be.
3  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?
4  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?
5  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Great Brazil Topic on: August 08, 2017, 01:34:38 pm
Hasn't the PSDB been for parliamentarism for decades, and wasn't it tried briefly in the 1960/70s under the military government?
6  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: John McCain apology thread on: August 07, 2017, 09:14:02 am
And yes, yet again, force drug companies to charge the same for drugs to US consumers, as they do when their sell to rich foreign governments, with a single payer system (and thus have monopsony buying power). I am continually amazed why that fix is not discussed in the public square, other than by me. Very, very sad! Boo! Sad

A lot of people talk about this.
7  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Who will be named the world's most powerful person by Forbes magazine? on: July 23, 2017, 04:23:48 pm
The President of the PRC is not a dictator, but the first among near-equals of an oligarchy, a ruling council called the Standing Committee.

The only real answers here would be Putin, Trump or Merkel.

Trudeau is not influential enough, and neither is Macron at this point.

Xi has consolidated power to a degree not seen since Deng if not Mao. If your characterization was ever true it certainly is not now. China has been quick to fill the leadership gap left by Trump with regards to sustainable development and the one belt one road initiative. Forbes clearly enjoys a little sensationalism so imagine the top 20 will look like this:

1. Xi Jinping
2. Angela Merkel
3. Vladimir Putin
4. Donald Trump
5. Emmanuel Macron
6. Narendra Modi
7. Pope Francis
8. Shinzo Abe
9. Bill Gates
10. Janet Yellen
11. Justin Trudeau
12. Jeff Bezos
13. King Salman bin Abdulaziz
14. Mario Draghi
15. Larry Page
16. Jean-Claude Junker
17. Mark Zuckerberg
18. Theresa May
19. Jamie Dimon
20. Jack Ma
8  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Putin says he might be President for life on: July 23, 2017, 03:56:49 pm
It seems pretty clear he was referring to 2018. He probably will run, but is pledging that if he does, he'll be done for good in 2024. Interpret that as you will...
9  General Discussion / Constitution and Law / Re: Can a president pardon himself? on: July 22, 2017, 10:40:45 am
The Washington Post isn't sure.
10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: New York City mayoral election, 2017 thread on: July 17, 2017, 04:05:47 pm
Scott Stringer endorsed Bill de Blasio today, shutting down any rumors of a run.

Far too late even if he wanted to. De Blasio seems set to cruise to victory.
11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: NY GOV-2018 Thread on: July 17, 2017, 04:03:20 pm
Without Hanna, Gibson, or Burgess this is sadly likely to be a snoozefest.
12  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Catholics only: Opinion of the Society of Saint Pius X on: July 17, 2017, 03:49:27 pm
Schismatics, automatic HP. I won't pretend to be an expert on them but while ,I'm all with them in terms of rejecting liturgical wishy-washiness and a "reform of the reform", "good intentions" are not enough in my book to justify de facto rejecting the authority of the Pope and liberally accusing other Catholics of heresy.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Why were there no "non-binary" people at my college? on: July 13, 2017, 09:31:12 pm
Jeez, can't you keep this on one site?
14  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Describe the most absurd "describe an x voter" scenarios you can think of on: July 13, 2017, 09:11:33 pm
I can't find it, but I'm pretty sure Tweed concocted the all-time best of someone who started as an Italian Fascist in the 1920s...
15  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Describe a lifelong democrat trump supporter from DC on: July 13, 2017, 09:07:11 pm
Someone who voted while extremely drunk or under the influence of some narcotic.
Seriously it's comments like this, that make me angry. As a country we should be doing everything we can to avoid this toxic mentality.
16  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Why did the networks take so long to call Wisconsin? on: July 13, 2017, 09:05:41 pm
Trump led in exactly zero polls (at least in the RCP database) there throughout the entire election. I can see why the result would've been treated with caution.
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Fmr. Governor Simfan34 on: July 13, 2017, 01:55:05 pm
Hello, everyone!
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: A radical new plan for Atlasia - Confederation of Atlasia on: July 13, 2017, 01:04:02 pm
Mr President, I didn't mean you particularly.

I also must applaud my friend Winfield for remaining a staunch champion of moral standards and the lessons of the War of Secession.
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: July 12, 2017, 01:42:32 am
Kringla Heimsins

To choose a State, I used my home town's Post code, and it happens that it corresponds to the city of Prescott, Arizona. Frémont, here I come!

20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: A radical new plan for Atlasia - Confederation of Atlasia on: July 12, 2017, 01:39:37 am
We just had a major change and reboot relatively recently, in Atlasian terms. What justifies such a major change yet again, and so soon? From my vantage point the current system seems to be working. I don't see what this would do to improve game play. I cannot but help feel this is yet another manifestation of the secessionist fixation found amongst certain parts of those a "conservative" for "libertarian" persuasion.
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: When did Fremont become such a Democratic bastion? on: July 12, 2017, 01:31:35 am
It's not and it never was.
AAZ lost by 2 votes, that is hardly a blanching.

Well, I don't recall it ever being as Democratic in registration and representation as it is today. Were there any voter registration efforts by Labor?
I recruited Kal in the game and Blair moved here.
Except that I didbn't have the time to recruit other people as it's not a long time I decided to be back in the game.

I miss the days when strategic registration literally destroyed your reputation and ruined your career in Atlasia. That is a genie that Adam took out the bottle and we have never put back since.

Hear, hear. In my day it was a bastion of the Right, whether in The People's Party or the Feds, and I'm sad to see that change...
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump Jr./Russian lawyer meeting: Jr. knew info was part of Russian Gov effort on: July 11, 2017, 03:15:06 pm

Blake Hounshell‏Verified account

Source close to Manafort says he didn't read all the way down the email chain


If this is the best excuse he can come up with, then the emails must be a smoking gun, because otherwise he clearly wouldn't bother trying.
23  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump Jr./Russian lawyer meeting: Jr. knew info was part of Russian Gov effort on: July 11, 2017, 02:55:06 pm
Basically, Trump's best defense is that he was too unimportant for Putin to ever bother with him (unlike Tillerson), and that he was at best someone who only consorted with provincial oligarchs (which is what Trump, sans reality show, essentially is himself). I can't imagine him going for this argument even if it'd save him. That said, it's entirely reasonable to expect that Trump's value in the Kremlin's eyes, boosted by the potentials of his vanity and indecorousness, increased once he started leading in the primaries.

It was with the Agalarovs that Trump partnered for the 2013 Miss Universe pageant, held in Moscow. That's how Goldstone, who arranged the presence of Trump and the contestants in an Emin Agalarov music video, knew Donald Jr. Emin, for his part, knew Veselnitskaya, queen of the regional courtrooms. Before he was elected, Trump's level of communication in Russia was no higher than that of the Moscow Region's elite, several notches below the Kremlin. Aras Agalarov said of Trump in a recent interview with the Russian daily Komsomolskaya Pravda:

"It's one thing when he communicates with me. That's, like, one level. But it's a different matter for him to communicate with the president of the Russian Federation"

It was Rex Tillerson, the current secretary of state, who, as chief executive officer at Exxon Mobil, enjoyed the highest level of access. Trump just wasn't important enough. It's entirely possible that a Kremlin effort to help Trump beat Hillary Clinton reached to lower levels because that's where it was easiest to establish contact with Trump's family. But it's more likely that Veselnitskaya, the tenacious and ambitious lawyer who could pull every string in the Moscow Region, did so to get her pet issue -- the repeal of the Magnitsky Act, which was getting her major client in trouble -- in front of some important Americans. That kind of effort would have been on the right level.
24  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump Jr./Russian lawyer meeting: Jr. knew info was part of Russian Gov effort on: July 11, 2017, 02:45:02 pm
Are you all serious?

"If it's what you say I love it, especially later in the summer." Trump Jr. explicitly was advising Goldstone to drop info closer to the election. Like, what sort of person's reaction to "...s part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump" isn't immediately contacting the FBI?

This stuff is ridiculously incriminating, and he CCed Manafort and Kushner on the whole chain.

Wait, what is this "Crown Prosecutor of Russia" business? Is he referring to the Prosecutor-General, I think it is?
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Fremont Voting Booth : July 2017 special election on: July 09, 2017, 01:59:57 am
2. Yes
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