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3026  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Polar Vortex to Debut in Fall 2014 Accuweather Outlook on: August 10, 2014, 05:20:33 pm
Now is this polar vortex just some neologism or is it really happening another year in a row?
3027  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Hillary is an unrestrained warmonger on: August 10, 2014, 03:44:35 pm
Hillary is John McCain!
3028  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: TNF v. Windjammer on: August 10, 2014, 03:43:12 pm
Isn't the Supreme Court forbidden from issuing advisory opinioms, though?
3029  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Clinton-Huntsman? on: August 10, 2014, 01:07:17 pm
No.
3030  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Islamic State terrorists bury 500 Yazidis alive, enslave 300 women on: August 10, 2014, 12:43:20 pm
Yes but what about the murder of Anwar Al Awlaki. Ameri(KKK)ca is the real threat here.

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3031  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Turkish Presidential Election: August 10, 2014 on: August 10, 2014, 12:24:36 pm
Suspiciously just over the line.
3032  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Michael Bloomberg vs. Andrew Cuomo on: August 10, 2014, 12:23:00 pm
Finally, a somewhat difficult choice... but I've gotta go with Bloomie.
3033  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: New York Governor- 2014- Astornio vs Cuomo on: August 10, 2014, 12:20:50 pm
By all means, vote for Teachout!
3034  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Islamic State terrorists bury 500 Yazidis alive, enslave 300 women on: August 10, 2014, 12:08:59 pm
Because they haven't blown up every Shia mosque, Sunni shrine, and Church they've come across. Roll Eyes
3035  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Islamic State terrorists bury 500 Yazidis alive, enslave 300 women on: August 10, 2014, 11:59:51 am
And the obvious conclusion is that if these people have no problem with beheading children, there is nothing beneath them. If that Church in Mosul actually existed, they would have undoubtedly blown it up. There's little I would doubt these people would do.
3036  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Islamic State terrorists bury 500 Yazidis alive, enslave 300 women on: August 10, 2014, 11:50:18 am
I am seeing very extant headless children. Unless you want to tell me they are headless children from elsewhere, I'd say the matter is pretty clear here.
3037  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: meanwhile, in the East on: August 10, 2014, 11:18:46 am
Yeah, I'm just trying to say that these "helicopter carriers" are really just a bunch of light (or in the case of this new one not-so-light) aircraft carriers. I could easily see the Hyugas remaining helicopter carriers but it's not hard to imagine the Izumo-class and this new one operating F-35Bs.

Actually, I only skimmed over the article the first time around and imagined was something along the lines of the San Antonio class. Only later did I realise it was so.. heavy.
3038  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: meanwhile, in the East on: August 10, 2014, 11:02:21 am
The Izumo could also be easily refitted for STOVL operations. It's only around 27,000 tons. The Wasp is, what, 40,000?

The Hyuga class is around 19,000 tons, comparable to the Spanish Prince of Asturias, another carrier.



The two Hyuga-class ships, the two Izumo-class ships, and this new ship will bring the total number of aircraft helicopter carriers in the JMSDF to five. The two Dokdo-class ships in the ROKN could also accommodate VSTOL jets. Don't think that just because an aircraft carrier in our navy has to be 100,000 tons means than anything less cannot be.
3039  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: meanwhile, in the East on: August 10, 2014, 09:24:02 am
Maybe it can accompany the totally-not-an-aircraft-carrier Izumo on excursions.

3040  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Islamic State terrorists bury 500 Yazidis alive, enslave 300 women on: August 10, 2014, 09:18:46 am
There are reports that they have been "systematically beheading" Christian children, many under the age of ten. Supposedly there are pictures, but I'm not going to look for them. The strange thing is that this is only being reported by "Christian" or right-wing news sources, so I'm not sure if that's because it's not actually happening or just apathy due to the fact they are Christians.

EDIT: Well I've seen them anyway and there clearly were headless children, so... yeah. I'm willing to believe it is out of a desire to avoid unsubstantiated rumors but... I mean there aren't that many people going around beheading children, are there? I hope.
3041  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Spiral for At-Large Senate on: August 10, 2014, 08:15:51 am
Are you running in the General Election?
3042  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Texas Megathread on: August 10, 2014, 07:36:13 am
Until I saw that ad I had no idea Abbott was in a wheelchair.
3043  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: If you were a mega-donor... on: August 10, 2014, 07:28:09 am
New York.
3044  General Politics / Economics / Re: Former star economy Ghana faces currency collapse on: August 10, 2014, 07:27:41 am
What's the difference?
3045  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: California High-Speed Rail Thread on: August 10, 2014, 07:23:57 am
I prefer whooshing through the countryside at 220 mph, thank you very much. Tongue
3046  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: New York Governor- 2014- Astornio vs Cuomo on: August 10, 2014, 07:17:43 am
I hope Teachout pulls out a miracle and wins this, then Hawkins and Teachout can combine forces and she would become governor

Cuomo is still on the Working Families Party's line, isn't he?  He could run a strong campaign from there, I feel.

That would be comic. It seems like had this been any other state Cuomo would have fallen behind, but this is New York...
3047  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The People's Party August Convention - Agenda setting and Endorsement requests on: August 10, 2014, 07:07:22 am
Write in: Senator Lumine
3048  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of International Affairs: Airstrikes and Aid in Iraq on: August 09, 2014, 07:59:54 pm
Another point if clarification: We are acting with the support of both the Iraqi government and the Kurdish regional government. As I said, they were consulted before we took action.

Get a formal declaration of war with a stated reason and purpose first.

How can we declare war on a non-state actor?


Letter of Marque and Reprisal

That is not "a formal declaration of war". That is authorising privateers. You want privateers conducting airstrikes?

ISIS is a non-state terrorist actor. How do you properly and with legal authority go after a non-state actor engaging in terrorism? Usually we'd use law enforcement but these guys are using military level weapons against innocent civilians. That's why I brought up the letter of marque and reprisal. 

We, with the permission of the relevant authorities (which has been given), pursue them. We cannot contract out operations like these. You still haven't answered the "formal declaration of war" question. You will note that Congress never declared war on the Barbary Pirates, either. Why are you pursuing this brainless line of reasoning when the Founding Fathers of the United States did not even abide by it? It is an innovation in constitutional interpretation.
3049  General Politics / Economics / Former star economy Ghana faces currency collapse on: August 09, 2014, 06:32:06 pm
A mounting deficit forces Ghana to ask for help

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SPECTATORS of the euro crisis have learned to look for a few defining precursors when trying to decide which peripheral European country was next in line for a bail-out. These usually include slow economic growth, high indebtedness (either private or public) and a wobbly banking system. They may have to tear up those rules when looking at Ghana, which on August 4th asked the IMF for help after its currency, the cedi, fell by a third against the dollar since the start of the year.

Until recently Ghana was something of a model for good governance in Africa, so its fall from grace is a shock. It enjoyed a run of economic growth averaging about 6% a year, and although that moderated to 4.4% last year, growth of 6-9% is expected in the next few years. Private-sector debt remains low and Ghana started this decade with public borrowing of below 40% of GDP. Such seemingly sound fundamentals meant its debut bond issue in 2007 was a huge hit among foreign investors.

But recently Ghana has been living beyond its means. Public debt is rising rapidly and now tops 50% of GDP on official figures. Fitch, a ratings agency, puts it even higher at 62%, taking into account a revaluation of its foreign-denominated debt. The main cause is a yawning fiscal deficit, which stood at 10.1% in 2013 and is forecast by Fitch to remain above 8% in each of the next two years.

This is depressing, considering how well the economy was been doing until recently. My dad just got to Ghana, the slide is horrific, it is now something like 3.70GHS to $1. A bottle of coke is 50 pesewas, which is now 0.14. This is a true tragedy, considering that back five years ago it was approximately 0.93GHS to $1. It slid shortly after redenomination but it was pretty stable until 2011, trading at around 1.40-1.50 to $1.

This happening because the present government has kept on running deficits to an extent not even matched by Nkrumah, much less the prior administration. And it's not as if this is because of massive capital investment, but rather trying to "spread the wealth around" from oil by giving huge raises to government workers- we're talking in terms of doubling and tripling wages- regardless of the fact that the "oil money" hasn't really been coming in. Something like 70% of government expenditure are wages. The result has been to create the massive inflation and trade imbalance that we are now seeing. Another major factor has been the comical array of goods that are imported (liver! vegetable oil! fruit juice! toothpicks!) that could be easily produced domestically, but that's really secondary.

This would not be happening had Atta Mills not died. Not because he would have been any better, but because his party would have been voted out if not for the sympathy vote his death garnered. The government was very crafty in doing that actually- going around the country "thanking" people for their sympathies and support for his funeral and all that- but they've shown none of those wits in actually running the country.
3050  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of International Affairs: Airstrikes and Aid in Iraq on: August 09, 2014, 05:59:21 pm
Special Envoy to meet with ECOWAS health ministers


The Special Envoy of the Secretary of External Affairs to Sub-Saharan Africa, will be travelling to Lome, Togo on Saturday to meet with the health ministers of the member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to discuss methods of containing the outbreak of Ebola in that region and possible avenues of Atlasian and international assistance. The Special Envoy will also meet with officials of the West African Health Organisation (WAHO) over matters concerning the outbreak, its nature, and its spread.

Conditions permitting, the Special Envoy will then travel to Monrovia, Liberia to confer with local officials on the spread of the disease in that country. It is a matter of course that the utmost care and necessary precautions will be taken to ensure the health and well-being of the Special Envoy and his delegation. After these meetings the Special Envoy shall return to Atlasia to present his findings to the Administration and make recommendations on policy in an open brief, which shall be concluded by Wednesday, August 13.
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