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3026  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Chocolate poll on: March 08, 2015, 09:18:00 am
62% of you need to be arrested. Dark chocolate is the only real chocolate. White chocolate is an abomination against God and man.
3027  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Favorite Alcoholic Beverage on: March 08, 2015, 09:16:24 am
3028  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The People's Convention, February and also March 2015 - Foucaulf wins primary. on: March 08, 2015, 09:06:14 am
Now let us support Foucaulf to the last man. As a united Party.
3029  General Politics / Economics / Re: 295.000 jobs created in February, unemployment rate down to 5.5% on: March 08, 2015, 09:04:24 am
Measly manufacturing growth.
3030  General Politics / Economics / Re: Hedge fund manager who predicted 2008 collapse predicts even bigger 2015 collaps on: March 08, 2015, 09:02:21 am
this is the sort of nonsense hedge fund managers spout when they don't have the fear of the guillotine in them

Tell me what what happens when you say this in Uris, okay?
3031  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: University of Calif. Irvine students vote to remove US flag from campus lobby on: March 08, 2015, 08:54:54 am
The Council above them has vetoed the bill.
3032  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Iran: Ali Khamenei Reported To In Critical Condition on: March 08, 2015, 08:41:44 am
Going to need a more detailed source.
3033  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Is Netanyahu destroying a "special relationship" to win an election? on: March 08, 2015, 08:36:35 am
Other than blow up a ship, what has Israel done for America to warrant the term "special relationship"?

Be a democracy. Never mind that there are over a hundred other democracies in the world, some far less flawed, that don't merit the kind of attention that Israel gets.

We should send that aid instead to democracies that actually could use some help, like Ghana.

We don't need your liberal tears, thank you very much.
3034  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Kazakhstan presidential election (type event), 26 April 2015 on: March 08, 2015, 12:02:20 am
Kazakhstan: Early Presidential Vote Designed to Defuse Instability Fears?

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As Kazakhstan heads for a snap presidential election, strongman leader Nursultan Nazarbayev is making no secret of his reasoning for an early vote: he wants to both reinforce support for the government to help it weather an economic downturn and to disarm “nationwide alarm” about the potential threat of “internal discord and external conflicts.”

Nazarbayev’s attention these days is primarily fixated on Kazakhstan’s northern borderlands with Russia, long tipped by scaremongers as a potential target of a Kremlin land grab.

The president and his team are warily watching Ukraine, which is currently grappling with a separatist conflict that officials in Kyiv and the West insist Russia is stoking. The tenuous position Ukraine now finds itself in has filled officials in Astana with a desire to reinforce the loyalties of Kazakhstani citizens living in towns and cities along the country’s meandering 7,000 kilometer border with Russia. In some of these areas, ethnic Russians outnumber Kazakhs. Nationwide, Kazakhs make up two-thirds of the population, Russians a fifth.

Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin has done its part to stoke Kazakhstani concerns by invoking a self-appointed right to intervene in foreign countries in order to protect the interests of Russian speakers abroad. Some Russian politicians have also echoed an idea first proposed by the late writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who contended many areas of northern Kazakhstan should be considered Russian territory.
3035  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Kazakh electoral-type event, 26 April 2015 on: March 07, 2015, 11:59:38 pm
I'd write this off as an electoral-type event, but Nazarbayev suggests he might step down:

http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-kazakh-president-hints-emulate-singapores-lee/2670423.html

We'll see what happens at the party congress on March 11. If they re-nominate him then feel free to move this to IGD.
3036  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Cris and Windjammer Senate tracker (now a more qualitative analysis of activity) on: March 07, 2015, 10:13:38 pm
Perhaps we wouldn't be in this situation at all, had some people not connived to get the Intell fellow elected in the first place, in which case we'd have a full Legislative Council... don't you think?

How could I have known that Intell would do something as stupid as that? Flo, Cranberry, and I agreed that he showed a lot of promise - and he even submitted legislation before his resignation.

Trying to pin this on me is just low.

Who knows. But this is just where we are right now.
3037  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Cris and Windjammer Senate tracker (now a more qualitative analysis of activity) on: March 07, 2015, 07:54:34 pm
Perhaps we wouldn't be in this situation at all, had some people not connived to get the Intell fellow elected in the first place, in which case we'd have a full Legislative Council... don't you think?
3038  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Cris and Windjammer Senate tracker (now a more qualitative analysis of activity) on: March 07, 2015, 07:44:10 pm
I mean it is obvious that Simfan is looking for right-wingers to fill the seat, which is perfectly within his mandate to do, but sooner or later a decision will have to be made.

Well yes, of course I am. A broad definition of right-wing, maybe, but this shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone.
3039  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Cris and Windjammer Senate tracker (now a more qualitative analysis of activity) on: March 07, 2015, 07:39:38 pm
Who recruited Turkisblau, who's trying to revitalize the Pacific, as Flo has done with the IDS? That was me.

I appreciate the appreciation.

Toss someone in that Council seat and I'll give you some credit.

Who are you to tell me what to do? You don't know who I've asked or what I've done.

I mean I can think of at least two candidates who would probably take the job if offered - one of whom is most likely hungry to prove he's a good councilor.

Perhaps, but the people who I've asked- and I don't quite think I'm scraping the bottom of the barrel just quite yet- are either unwilling or declined in favor of other posts.
3040  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Cris and Windjammer Senate tracker (now a more qualitative analysis of activity) on: March 07, 2015, 07:23:39 pm
Who recruited Turkisblau, who's trying to revitalize the Pacific, as Flo has done with the IDS? That was me.

I appreciate the appreciation.

Toss someone in that Council seat and I'll give you some credit.

Who are you to tell me what to do? You don't know who I've asked or what I've done.
3041  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Cris and Windjammer Senate tracker (now a more qualitative analysis of activity) on: March 07, 2015, 05:13:45 pm
Who recruited Turkisblau, who's trying to revitalize the Pacific, as Flo has done with the IDS? That was me.

I appreciate the appreciation.
3042  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Governor Simfan34 - A Victory in Our Fight For Order! on: March 07, 2015, 03:28:51 pm
It would be pretty nice if we could get an appointment soon.

It would. People are being contacted.
3043  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The People's Convention, February and also March 2015 - Foucaulf wins primary. on: March 07, 2015, 03:27:21 pm
[ ] DKrol
[ x ] Foucaulf
3044  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Justice Dept. Preparing to Bring Corruption Charges Up Against Sen. Bob Menendez on: March 06, 2015, 02:34:59 pm
Finally! Taken them long enough.
3045  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Should Constantinople be returned to the Greeks on: March 04, 2015, 02:19:57 pm
Well, technically speaking if Constantinople were to be returned to anyone it would be the "Romans" of the Byzantine Empire, which we call "Greek" but a great many of whom have in actually ended up as Turks. Certainly the many of the Kayserler-i-Rum, who were frequently half-Polish, half-Greek, half-Albanian, and such, would agree with me. Certainly, the million-odd Greeks who "remained" in the Ottoman Empire by its end could not account for all of the Greeks who once populated Anatolia. As there's no record they all went somewhere else, it's apparent they at some point(s) ceased being Greek and became Turkish. To say nothing of the Ottomans in Greece.

So it could be said that "Kostantiniyye" remains in the hands of its rightful owners. But I suspect that Kemalism invalidates much of what I've just said. Either way, no, the city of Istanbul should not be handed over to the Hellenic Republic since I imagine most of its residents would not like to live in said country. In any case I'm glad that I've been given an opportunity to spout my "Turks are Greeks and Greeks are Turks" theory.

While I'm still on my soapbox, can I just ask what the hell is going on with the Turkish letter "C"?  Seeing that as the phonemics of the Turkish alphabet are broadly similar to those of most other Latin alphabets, where did this one flagrant exception come from, and why was it decided that this was a good idea? Even "X", which they don't use, would have been less disingenuous. It may be worse than Kiribati.
3046  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Should Constantinople be returned to the Greeks on: March 04, 2015, 02:09:19 pm
Well, technically speaking if Constantinople were to be returned to anyone it would be the "Romans" of the Byzantine Empire, which we call "Greek" but a great many of whom have in actually ended up as Turks. Certainly the many of the Kayserler-i-Rum, who were frequently half-Polish, half-Greek, half-Albanian, and such, would agree with me. Certainly, the million-odd Greeks who "remained" in the Ottoman Empire by its end could not account for all of the Greeks who once populated Anatolia. As there's no record they all went somewhere else, it's apparent they at some point(s) ceased being Greek and became Turkish. To say nothing of the Ottomans in Greece.

So it could be said that "Kostantiniyye" remains in the hands of its rightful owners. But I suspect that Kemalism invalidates much of what I've just said. Either way, no, the city of Istanbul should not be handed over to the Hellenic Republic since I imagine most of its residents would not like to live in said country.
3047  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is so horrible about the Polls guy? on: March 04, 2015, 12:27:59 pm
Yes, I must say he's never attracted my attention- negative or positive. I don't know what it was that made him so unpopular.
3048  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Ben Carson launches exploratory committee on: March 04, 2015, 12:11:15 pm
Yes, running in Michigan- while toning down the more left-field stuff- could have worked very well for him.
3049  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Ben Carson launches exploratory committee on: March 04, 2015, 11:48:05 am
Any chance he decides not to run, and instead runs for Senate in Maryland?

That would have been a wiser better idea. Or perhaps even Michigan last year.
3050  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Greece General Discussion on: March 04, 2015, 11:44:00 am


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