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3176  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: 2014 Brazil Election on: August 02, 2014, 02:51:16 pm
The fact that Le Corbusier had as much effect on urban planning as he did was a tragedy for us all. The man who proposed the Plan Voisin deserved to be thrown in prison for it, not followed:

3177  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Present Israel-Palestine Conflict Thread on: August 02, 2014, 02:45:31 pm
Funny that the Western media has pasted the capture of one of their guys as the top story while burying the continued mass civilian casualties under it.

Funny that certain people to overlook how 1,700 people have died in Syria in the past week. Like many murders in this country, killings of the dispossessed only seem to arouse their attention when "privileged" groups are doing the killing.
3178  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: 2014 Brazil Election on: August 02, 2014, 02:39:19 pm
Also Levy Fidelix and Eymael are still running? LOL.
3179  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: 2014 Brazil Election on: August 02, 2014, 02:35:05 pm
Dilma's lead down to 4 points in a run-off scenario.

Glorious news.
3180  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Iowa Dems reject absentee and internet voting for 2016 caucuses on: August 02, 2014, 02:21:35 pm
Wasn't the New Mexico (Arizona?) Democratic primary in 2000 conducted online?
3181  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Present Israel-Palestine Conflict Thread on: August 02, 2014, 01:33:10 pm
What's the big deal? He's a POW.

I'll admit I don't get the point of this Gaza campaign anymore. They have the Iron Dome to protect them from the rockets, what's the utility of attacking Gaza, then? It only harms their standing further. Although I doubt it would change anyone's mind.
3182  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: California High-Speed Rail Thread on: August 02, 2014, 01:23:34 pm
I suppose you hate highways, too? And it is a strange assertion to claim only two high speed rail lines in the world are profitable, considering that the German ICE network regularly posts a profit, as does Korea's KTX, Japan's Shinkansen (overall), France's TGV... most of them, actually. So that's baseless.

It is utterly ludicrous when you you consider we pay upwards of $100 billion in gas taxes, tolls, and other fees each year to maintain roads, on top of $50 billion in state and local taxes, $10 billion to the Federal Highway Trust, and up to $20 billion to make up for the shortfall after all that. Meanwhile we give $3 billion to the FAA, and $8 billion for cruise ships, not to mention the billions we pour into airports. Compare that to the $1.5 billion the government spends on Amtrak per year. It's peanuts. If NIMBYs and ideologically deranged people get out of the way and allow the CAHSR to build its network along a logical route and in a reasonable timeframe there shouldn't be a problem.

I fear smallmindedness will win the day once again, however. Which seems to be the trend in this country these days.
3183  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What would be your ideal solution to the Israel/Palestine issue? on: August 02, 2014, 12:46:16 pm
Thanks for starting the thread- I've been wondering about this amidst all the bluster, that people rarely seem to have an end goal in mind.

A one-state solution will not work simply because one side (I will hazard it would be the Palestinians) would harass the other until they were removed from the picture one way or another. No one has wanted a "secular and democratic socialist" Palestine except for maybe George Habash, and he's dead. The thinking behind the one-state solution gave us Iraq. I don't think the world needs more Iraqs. Or, as in MOPs proposal, more Lebanons.

I do agree with Mikado that I really just don't see Palestine working in its current form, and the slightly grating thing is that the whole "Palestinian" identity as we currently know it is a fairly arbitrary concept more or less the product of the League-drawn borders. Before you just had a bunch of Levantine farmers, whose elite mainly looked to Pan-Syrian nationalism. Whereas the Jews have been a discrete group for just about forever. So you're lead to feel that one group has a greater intrinsic attachment to the land than the other, which is fairly tenuous, I'll admit, considering the Palestinians have been in Palestine for just about forever themselves.

My preferred solution would be for one group to simply leave the place. Maybe the Palestinians could relocate to Syria or the Sinai (maybe Israel should have kept it for that purpose). Or perhaps the Israelis could all relocate to the US (except for the weird Russian Nazis and their ilk). For the reasons stated above I'm inclined to say it should be the Palestinians.

Both sides seem intent on claiming the whole territory for their own (again, the Palestinians more so than the Israelis) so I'm challenged to see how, even if Israel was to evacuate the settlements, even if they were to give Palestine the territories bounded by the Green Line, etc, how said Palestinian state would somehow drop the revanchism.

It's funny, how I like to tell people I maintain a concerted apathy towards the whole issue but I very clearly have a rather... uncompromising position.
3184  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: California High-Speed Rail Thread on: August 02, 2014, 12:13:16 pm
George Will once wrote a surprisingly brainless article suggesting high speed rail was an attempt to hoist collectivism upon America. Somehow we've managed to avoid the dangers of buses, planes, subways and trains until now.
3185  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Conservatives OUTRAGED as communism infiltrates Chipotle on: August 02, 2014, 12:10:05 pm
A bit rich coming from a company that... well, a capitalist enterprise of any sort in general, no?
3186  General Politics / Economics / Argentina defaults (again) on: August 02, 2014, 12:08:31 pm
Here we go again:

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The International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) on Friday declared Argentina in default, which could trigger payments worth up to $1 billion on credit default swaps.

ISDA's 15-member determinations committee decided that a "failure to pay" event has occurred on the contracts on July 30, the day Argentina missed a coupon payment on some of its restructured foreign-law bonds.

And they seem to be using Russian-style media tactics:

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Argentina may be in default, but you might not know it if you lived in Buenos Aires.

Speaking to the nation in a televised news conference on Thursday, Axel Kicillof, Argentina’s economy minister, called it “atomic nonsense,” to say that the country had entered into a default.

The cabinet chief, Jorge Capitanich, said that the decision by the ratings agency Standard & Poor’s to put Argentina in a so-called selective default was “an absurd lie” that undermined the country’s attempt to restructure its debt after it defaulted on tens of billions of bonds in 2001.

This was the country’s political machine in overdrive after last-ditch mediated talks to avert a default broke down in New York. Argentina has been battling a group of hedge funds — so-called holdouts — who sued the country for a full payment of $1.5 billion on bonds that Argentina defaulted on in 2001.
3187  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Which version of "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" is better? on: August 01, 2014, 05:20:28 pm
Tears for Fears (normal). I don't even like the Lorde version.
3188  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Parental Strictness and Political Affiliation on: August 01, 2014, 04:28:28 pm
My parents have always been quite firm. So I suppose being a Republican makes sense when viewed through that lens.
3189  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Turkish Prime Minister: Israel Has ‘Surpassed What Hitler Did To Them’ on: August 01, 2014, 04:14:27 pm
Think he's an FF if you like, but implying that this particular remark is a Freedom Statement or an in any way reasonable, accurate, or acceptable one is absolute nonsense.

Are you Jewish by any chance?

I'm confused, lean ban.
3190  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Open Your Heart Polling: The Government Overhaul on: August 01, 2014, 03:23:16 pm
Interesting result.
3191  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Political Tracker (At-Large Senate Special, covering all eight candidates) on: August 01, 2014, 03:18:54 pm
Brilliant!
3192  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: July 2014 Federal Special Election - At-Large Senate on: August 01, 2014, 03:10:27 pm
AT-LARGE SENATE (1 vacancy to fill)

[6] Dr. Cynic of Pennsylvania
Labor Party

[7] JCL (Johanus Calvinus Libertas) of Indiana
Federalist Party

[2] Matt from VT of Vermont
The People's Party

[5] Mechaman of Indiana
Bad Party

[3] Poirot of New York
Independent

[1] Spiral of Missouri
Democratic-Republican Party

[4] WrathoftheGods of Kansas
Independent
3193  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Petition for a 2 week moratorium on banning petitions on: August 01, 2014, 07:52:48 am
I suggested banning Guntaker. He is no longer with us.
3194  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Turkish Prime Minister: Israel Has ‘Surpassed What Hitler Did To Them’ on: August 01, 2014, 07:35:44 am
This is a silly thing to say, and the fact Lief likes it is even sillier.
3195  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Poll: Communist China? on: August 01, 2014, 07:33:33 am
No, the PRC is corporatist.

How so, and in what sense- the contemporary sense or the "original" one?
3196  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Can women be firemen or mailmen? on: August 01, 2014, 07:30:22 am
LOL
3197  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Clash of Kings, an ASOIAF Game (Gameplay - 300 AL (2) - The Winds of Winter) on: August 01, 2014, 07:26:24 am
There is Mya Baratheon, as well.
3198  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Should people who oppose gay marriage be banned from this forum? on: August 01, 2014, 07:18:22 am
No...?
3199  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Weird dreams you've had involving politicians on: July 29, 2014, 02:44:50 pm
-I had a dream where I was anxiously watching election results stream in from Philadelphia. I was worried because Ed Milliband was only getting 19% of the vote against an unlabeled blue bar that was massive in comparison to his red bar. I woke up very worried and was immediately embarrassed/confused.

This certainly is bad news for Ed Miliband.
3200  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: 2014 Selfie Creepfest/Post a picture of yourself thread on: July 29, 2014, 02:39:19 pm
The hair on my head is shorter and the hair on my face is longer now.



The emotionless expression combined with the grey wall makes this look like a mugshot.
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