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76  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: PA1: Pacific Universal Background Check Act of 2015 on: April 26, 2016, 12:13:58 am
I support this in full. The economic argument is a wholly unconvincing smokescreen.
77  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Is Trump still Hitler? on: April 25, 2016, 08:24:39 pm
Trump is not Hitler. But if he was, he still would be.

He never was.

That comparison is ridiculous. Hitler was a war criminal and mass murderer. TRUMP is a smart guy, who is just not politically correct.

Hitler was neither of those things in 1932, either. We know already Trump openly aspires to commit war crimes (I mean, he literally does)...
78  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Harris Wofford's incredible (love) story on: April 25, 2016, 08:20:04 pm
...so he's telling us he was walking along a beach and realized "Oh! I'm gay!" at 81? I don't buy it.
79  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Today (April 25) is the midpoint between Iowa and the Convention on: April 25, 2016, 01:59:20 pm
And tomorrow night we will likely have some certainty of who wins the conventions. I would now guess that both Clinton and Trump have reduced their chances of losing the nominations of their Parties to actuarial risk -- basically, beware of stray lightning bolts.

Nah. trump can win every bound delegate up for grabs tomorrow and still be under 50% of the total. His chances for victory in Indiana are diminishing rapidly, and after that the media will be back to saying his campaign is collapsing instead of Cruz's -- the May states are all pretty favorable for us except WV.

This is pure nonsense. Every Indiana poll shows Trump ahead by a larger margin than previously thought and he is on course to pull of a clean sweep tomorrow which will only boost his chances further. Whence does such a conclusion come?
80  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion: Trudeau II on: April 25, 2016, 01:21:08 pm
The least Trudeau could do, if he is so intent on acting like an American progressive's dream leader, is advance high speed rail in the Quebec-Windsor corridor. That is one thing of which I would highly approve.
81  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Great Brazil Topic on: April 25, 2016, 01:18:18 pm
The idea of polling-- surveying, really-- the legislature strikes me as rather novel, at least from an American context.

Even if Dilma is considering new elections, there still isn't a mechanism under which they could be held, right?
82  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Great Brazil Topic on: April 25, 2016, 12:00:02 am
Do you think Serra might try to run again? He and Geraldo are well past their expiration dates, even if they are both pretty good, but they clearly both want the job.
PSDB-SP is in civil war between Alckmin and Serra factions. Then Serra is supporting Temer believing that he can jump to PMDB to get presidential nomination. Alckmin is in fear of having a powerful PMDB to oppose him in São Paulo politics.
But a surprise can happen as Henrique Meirelles (PSD) is now the favourite to be Minister of Treasury. He met Temer along Romero Jucá (eternal Government Leader in Senate and acting President of PMDB) and former minister Gilberto Kassab (PSD). He asked full control of economic policy to accept.

So Aecio's out, then? What about Aecio, anyway? Is he clean?
83  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: 20th Pacific Legislative Council on: April 24, 2016, 11:58:24 pm
I believe that the bill's re-introduction shall not be necessary.

Furthermore, seeing as the other members of the Council have made their preferences clear I shall not waste this chamber's time and thus withdraw my candidacy. I hereby second Lumine's nomination as speakers.

As such, Lumine von Reuental is hereby declared Speaker of the Legislative Council by unanimous consent.
84  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: 20th Pacific Legislative Council on: April 24, 2016, 11:17:36 pm
Very well. Members have 24 hours to nominate candidates for Speaker. I nominate... myself. Tongue
85  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion: Trudeau II on: April 21, 2016, 10:39:08 pm

He's turning into a parody of an American liberal's dream leader.
86  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Great Brazil Topic on: April 20, 2016, 11:43:35 pm
Do you think Serra might try to run again? He and Geraldo are well past their expiration dates, even if they are both pretty good, but they clearly both want the job.
87  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Overall, is Southeast Asia more culturally similar to China or India? on: April 20, 2016, 10:54:53 pm
At the least, Thai and Khmer culture is fundamentally Indian in derivation. The language is deeply reliant on a Sanskrit and Pali lexicon. Sure there are more Chinese living in the region but they tend to either remain distinct or assimilate. Their cultural impact remains relatively limited.
88  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: "Oriental Republic of Uruguay" and other weird official state names on: April 20, 2016, 10:51:30 pm
Do people what to change Sri Lanka's long name? I know they've been trying to amend the constitution buy I could never find any reference to an official name change. I would thought it would have been on the table.
89  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Treasury Sec. to announce Harriet Tubman will replace Jackson on the $20 bill on: April 20, 2016, 08:52:40 pm
Time for another edition of... Breitbart Speaks!

"The only woman who deserves it to be on the $20 bill is Sasha Grey."

I had to Google that... and I'm both horrified and confused.
90  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Canada joins the USA as 10 new states and 3 territories on: April 20, 2016, 10:26:18 am
American federalism is, by international standards, rather generous. It is at the least looser than the federalism found in Canada. Considering the US has no official language, they'd be able to continue pushing French at home, but it's doubtful whether they would be able to insist upon national bilingualism as currently exists in Canada and special treatment more genrrally.

I also wonder if the former Canadian provinces would be able to retain their healthcare system through some interstate compact. I could see VT, MA, and other Pacific and NE states signing on eventually.
91  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: RIP Porn on: April 20, 2016, 10:16:47 am
Well there are some freedom parts of the bill: "women as objects and commodities for the viewer's use." It also says pornography "equates violence toward women and children with sex and pain with pleasure, which increases the demand for sex trafficking, prostitution, child sexual abuse images, and child pornography."

Yeah, that's actually surprisingly good. Kudos, Utah.

The prude brood strikes back! Cheesy Freedom move.
92  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: NC: Gay waitress tipped by customers with Bible verse calling for her death on: April 20, 2016, 10:15:01 am
Seriously, how did they know she was gay?
93  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Europe-Middle East-Africa Refugee Crisis General Thread on: April 19, 2016, 09:13:50 pm
As for Eritrea, the solution is simple, elegant, and represents a triumph over the divisive designs of European colonialism. Defying the historical imperative and creating a false narrative of superiority (as is necessary for Eritrean nationhood to be internally consistent) as at the heart of why the country is today and shall continue to be a totalitarian garrison state for the foreseeable future. Only when they come to terms with their relationship with their southern neighbor will a better alternative be plausible; but such an acceptance would in itself render a separate Eritrean identity redundant...

94  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Europe-Middle East-Africa Refugee Crisis General Thread on: April 19, 2016, 09:06:28 pm
Someone tell me why it is imperative for refugees to go to Germany or Sweden rather than stay in war-free Turkey, Jordan, or Morocco?

Or go to equally war-free Hungary, Poland, Saudiarabia and the US?

As far as Turkey and Jordan goes it is obvious that they are receiving more people than can be handled in a good way. It is hardly surprising that people prefer to not be in a limbo. It is obviously much easier to handle a set amount of refugees if they are spread over a bigger receiving population, no matter if we are talking about the local or global scale.

...but why send them to Sweden, and give them full benefits, when the EU, if they they are feeling charitable, can help pitch in to help frontline countries bear the costs. The idea should be that their displacement is ultimately temporary. Once the conflict ends they should return to their native countries.
95  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: How conservative megadonors built a shadow GOP that weakened the official party on: April 19, 2016, 09:00:48 pm
For starters, ALEC needs to be centralized within the RNC. The party does need to be strengthened to prevent the rise of "activist" kooks and loons. Other ideas to strengthen the party:

-Create a central membership and charge annual dues. 30 million paying $10 will raise $300 million a year. $30 and a few more and you get $1 billion a year, etc. This will increase the party's clout in the financing game, the RNC by comparison raised just $105 million in 2015.
-Support campaign finance reform (esp. w/r/t outside contributions) to limit influence of donors
-Limit the amount of outside contributions primary candidates can accept and more generally money that can be spent in primaries
-Require French-style nominations by elected officials for primary and presidential candidates
-Give the RNC power to disqualify primary candidates in "extraordinary" situations
-Host midterm party conventions to boost turnout and raise the party's profile
-Have super-delegates account for 30-50% of all delegates to the presidential nominating convention
96  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: I can no longer support Hillary Clinton in good conscience on: April 19, 2016, 08:45:11 pm
This actually makes me like her more. Linguistic evolution is cool.

Explain how this phrase makes sense in the context she was using it.

Language doesn't have to "make sense." Everyone who understands English and is familiar with that expression knows what Clinton meant by that.

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The argument of logic falls apart when you consider the fact that both these phrases are idioms. In English, along with other languages, idioms are not required to follow logic, and to point out the lack of logic in one idiom and not all idioms is…illogical. Take the expression “head over heels,” which makes far less sense than the expression “heels over head” when you think about the physics of a somersault. It turns out “heels over head” entered English around 1400, over 250 years before “head over heels,” however, the “logical” version of this idiom has not been in popular usage since the late Victorian era.

There are "rules" in the English language that make no sense and no one really follows, the best examples being the ones that are based on the idea that English needs to operate exactly like Latin even though it's not even a related language (this is where the idea that splitting infinitives and ending a sentence with a preposition are "wrong" come from, since they can't be done in Latin), but this statement defies all grammar and logic.

Why must you be so terrible! This is the kind of nonsense for which I cannot stand!
97  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Atlasian Journal on: April 19, 2016, 08:20:27 pm
Since when were elections scheduled in NYC and LA?
98  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: 20th Pacific Legislative Council on: April 19, 2016, 08:19:50 pm
Could you edit that for style, please?
99  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion: Trudeau II on: April 19, 2016, 10:56:38 am

PC can't afford to upset the Ontario Landowners Association. They are the reason John Tory lost his by-election and they are quite powerful in rural Eastern Ontario.

Such a thing exists? Sounds like a 19th century throwback.
100  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Sixty Minutes Australia on: April 19, 2016, 08:40:45 am
Whatever it takes to imprison/off more journalist.

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