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76  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama blasts Warren on TPP on: May 10, 2015, 10:09:51 am
The worst thing about the TPP is bad for other countries, not us, so it makes sense that most of the American opposition to it would be sort of nonsensical compared to opposition in, say, Japan.

The only people it'll impact adversely (in economic terms at least) are the Chinese. Which I'm not sure we can really call a bad thing. Yes, it honestly won't benefit us all that much, but it will make a substantial impact on other regional economies, which is very much a good thing in both economic and political terms. I'd argue that the main benefit of the TPP is not the direct impact it would have on the American economy but the political consequences of the economic gains made by the other participating countries.

Anyway, good on the President for talking some sense.
77  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Would you rather live in 1930s Japan or present-day Pakistan? on: May 10, 2015, 10:01:22 am
The Japanese were quite fond of Ethiopians before the war, so I'd go with them.
78  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Bill De Blasio on: May 10, 2015, 09:52:13 am
Not as terrible as I had expected... but what has he actually done so far besides clashing with the police? He hasn't gone around wrecking things, no, but there's not I can think of to his credit either. This is perfectly fine for the time being but at some point we will need new policies.

So HP he remains until proven otherwise.

FF. He hasn't been fantastic, but at least he's been better than the last two mayors.

You thought Bloomberg was great... so how does this work out?

Sure, except for workers not being able to afford to live where they always have because some stupid yuppie movies into the neighborhood and drives rents through the roof.

Yes... but new development is that accursed gentrification! Not much one can do, really, short of placing restrictions on where people can live, isn't there?
79  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should the UK keep its nuclear missiles? on: May 10, 2015, 09:48:20 am
Ideally no country should

But barring that...
80  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: South Africa General Discussion on: May 10, 2015, 09:11:13 am
Mmusi Maimane elected as the new DA leader.
81  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Governor Simfan34 - Leave of Absence on: May 08, 2015, 10:27:53 pm
I am taking a LOA for the next week due to... the exams all the college students surely are taking at this time. As a grown man and governor, I don't have any, of course, but all the... young people are and I shall travel the region to see how things are going!

Also, I wanted to make a snippet of an announcement: I pledge to get 15 bills passed in the Legislative assembly and enacted as statute in this term. After I return from my examinations I shall put forth at least 5 to move us towards this goal.

Furthermore, I will get myself fully caught up with my duties as Undersecretary of Justice for Administration and Policy by the end of the weekend following my leave of absence.
82  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Türkisblau for Pacific Senate: Announcement Rally on: May 08, 2015, 10:26:23 pm
Cranberry's commitment to serving our region has been outstanding and any successor of his will need to show that he or she will come anywhere close to that. While I still remain saddened by his departure, I belive Türkisblau's record has proven that he is more than capable of filling those large shoes. With Türkisblau, I feel comfortable that our Region's strong voice in the Senate shall not be diminished. Absolutely endorsed!
83  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: United Nations Secretary-General selection, 2016 on: May 08, 2015, 08:57:42 pm
I've said it before, the Bulgarian UNESCO chief seems like the favourite here.
84  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK Post-Election Analysis on: May 08, 2015, 12:11:34 pm
The senior ministers are all returned!
85  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Congrats, Royalists! on: May 08, 2015, 09:49:10 am
Good. Hate for anything bad to happen.

86  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 (The Official Election Day & Results Thread) on: May 08, 2015, 09:31:51 am
And the Tories have gained St. Ives.

elelelelelelelelelele!
87  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 (The Official Election Day & Results Thread) on: May 08, 2015, 08:47:42 am
Mori: Con 35, Lab 30, UKIP 10, Lib Dems 8, Greens 8 msg4584308

Not good for Labour, but also not the first poll in which we have seen a weirdly high Green share.

Oh yeah, and "Others" are on 9...

Please don't be wrong!

The parliament in this case would be truly hung though, no? Neither Con-Lib or Lab-SNP could muster a majority. What would happen then?

Ah-hah!

Only St. Ives is out. It may not actually come in until 4 PM.

Come on! I've been waiting to see Cornwall go blue for ages and now it's just the tip...
88  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Sam Spade Memorial Good Post Gallery on: May 08, 2015, 08:42:40 am
I actually think that, over the course of the last month, Ed has become damaged goods.

The narrative even within the party seems to have gone from 'He means well and could surprise people' to 'When's his next misstep due?'.

The irony in the events of the last month seems to be that Heywood has scared the PLP so much that it's damaged Ed more than Clacton's damaged Cameron. There's a lot in saying that the Tories expected to lose Clacton.

There's a bit of fear that 2010 wasn't Labour's floor. That it could sink further below what it got. The polls themselves don't show a great deal of CON to LAB switchers. There's an over-reliance on Lib Dem 2010 voters leaking back to Labour where it counts and an over expectation that UKIP won't damage them. What you could find is that in traditionally suburban seats like Bolton West that Labour hold by a gnats wing, the Lib Dem voters who have stayed with them from 1997, could leak disproportionately back to the Conservatives, gifting them the seat from Labour. There is also a problem in Scotland, which while it may be fleeting, currently shows Labour performing as badly (and the SNP performing as well) at Westminster as they are at Holyrood, with voting intentions at 2011 levels. While Labour are maxed out in Scotland, they can't really afford to fall back.
89  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 (The Official Election Day & Results Thread) on: May 08, 2015, 12:23:33 am
-21 for CON/LD
+20 for LAB/SNP

That gaps just keeps widening... Still waiting for the good news for the right.

What the hell is that? UK politics don't work in blocks like that.

Obviously, but A) I was referencing a few pages back where those totals were reported as half that; B) As a very, very sad Lib Dem supporter, I would at least be hoping the non-Scottish seats would be heading to the Tories which is not happening; and C) Despite the shock at the success of the Conservatives tonight (relative to polled expectations), the current coalition is still getting killed rather than holding steady even if they manage to stay in power. Hardly a ringing endorsement.

Why on Earth are you a Lib Dem supporter?
90  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 (The Official Election Day & Results Thread) on: May 07, 2015, 06:01:20 pm
If Britain is divisible, Scotland must be divisible.
91  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 (The Official Election Day & Results Thread) on: May 07, 2015, 05:52:23 pm
The random far-left candidate in Washington & Sunderland West taking a selfie with the returning officer Cheesy

FF

Are you okay?
92  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 (The Official Election Day & Results Thread) on: May 07, 2015, 05:31:19 pm
The random far-left candidate in Washington & Sunderland West taking a selfie with the returning officer Cheesy

Someone arrest him.
93  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 (The Official Election Day & Results Thread) on: May 07, 2015, 05:12:44 pm
Labour sources say Farage ends up third in South Thanet.

They're getting pretty desperate...
94  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 (The Official Election Day & Results Thread) on: May 07, 2015, 05:03:31 pm
I feel a little sick.

Why? Five years from now you may be living in an independent Scotland. Alternatively you may be living in a Scotland where the Tories are doing a Mariano Rajoy on you.

We may need to bring back the Black and Tans.

EDIT: For Scotland, obviously, not Ireland...
95  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 (The Official Election Day & Results Thread) on: May 07, 2015, 04:32:47 pm
I feel a little sick.

...but why?
96  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 (The Official Election Day & Results Thread) on: May 07, 2015, 04:01:43 pm
LET'S MAKE THIS A REALITY!
97  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Al Realpolitik Institute of Sulfur Mining & Extraction on: May 07, 2015, 01:37:25 pm
ITT: a series of posters calling for a newborn baby to have its head cut off.
98  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Congrats, Royalists! on: May 07, 2015, 01:35:21 pm
It's comforting to know that our glorious royal family can still inspire such impotent hatred from the masses.



I like how the French is completely not the same thing as the English.
99  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 (The Official Campaign Thread) on: May 05, 2015, 04:26:42 pm
90% Conservative.

Said I was a "moderate libertarian", though. Huh
100  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 (The Official Campaign Thread) on: May 04, 2015, 05:02:47 pm
If not for the RISE OF THE SNP this would have been an incredibly boring election. It's just been tied the whole time. Even the third parties haven't really moved at all. At least election night should be fun though.

If not for the rise of the SNP it would be boring, because Labour would stand a good chance at getting a majority.
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