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76  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Politico: 10 Maps That Explain the Next Election on: November 19, 2014, 01:02:31 pm
77  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Great Korea Thread on: November 18, 2014, 09:20:45 pm
What would be preferable for South Korea, if they had a choice: a North Korea publicly seeking reunification on the South's terms, or a North Korean puppet state that remains independent but the South controls behind the scenes?

Option 2, but it would require the intervention of Alien Space Bats for that to happen.

Of what?
78  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Rudy Giuliani vs. Michael Bloomberg vs. Andrew Cuomo on: November 18, 2014, 03:44:49 pm
Bloomie; Giuliani is close, but I don't have the same strong, personal feelings about his mayoralty that I do about Bloomberg's.
79  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The abductions in Nigeria on: November 18, 2014, 03:39:59 pm
The Emir of Kano has called for people to take up arms and defend themselves against Boko Haram, that is, they ought to take matters into their own hands and be armed. This is of course after Boko Haram captured the town of Chibok last week (which is, of course, the hometown of the still-missing schoolgirls), and only retook it with the help of a local militia, which is exactly the sort of thing the he seems to be talking about.

The Emir of Kano is, it should be remembered, Lamido Sanusi, the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (and this guy!) who declared that upwards of $20 billion was missing from the treasury and was promptly sacked. Unsurprisingly, the government has condemned (which is actually somewhat surprising, considering the Emir is not usual a political figure) his call, saying that it would be a "call for anarchy and lawlessness," which doesn't seem terribly different from the state at present. The spokesman claimed that the police were doing their job, which is an incredible claim to make when large swathes of a region are controlled by a militant group and patently absurd when soldiers have literally ran away from the militants they are supposed to be fighting.

Also this should be the general Boko Haram thread- it's far too big a deal to be consigned to a general continent-wide (ick) thread.
80  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Governor Varavour on: November 18, 2014, 03:16:56 pm
Yes, I just thought of that. Sorry about not having shown up- and congrats. Tongue

I have some choices in mind, and I'll see if anyone is interested.
81  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The mess that is the Pacific (and its Constitution) on: November 18, 2014, 03:15:25 pm
I support an annexation of the Midwest.

Dear Governor, this wouldn't be an "annexation of the Midwest ". It would be a merger. Tongue


Nay I say, nay to all of this!

I'm just glad you're saying something!

I'm glad too. What more is there to say? I've been swamped in work for weeks and often barely have had time to eat, not to mention spend extended amounts of time here.  This oughtn't to have happened, however, and I'm sorry that it did. I do agree, however, that we need to look at the underlying systemic issues at work here; I will add that for close to three years now, I think, I have called for there to be four regions, and that would obviously be a step forward.
82  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Christie: end political contribution limits on: November 18, 2014, 10:47:41 am
I'd say it's better having money in the hands of the candidates than in the hands of outside groups. I'd obviously like limits on both (and a complete ban on spending by public sector unions), but if we must have the latter it only makes sense for us to have the former.
83  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Hillary Clinton believes she can expand the '08 map on: November 18, 2014, 10:42:21 am
It's plausible.
84  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: NYC General Discussion - You Hear That Giant Sucking Sound? on: November 18, 2014, 10:39:57 am
Tensions Over Park Behavior as Homelessness Rises in New York City

In Harlem River Park in Manhattan, homeless men can be seen sleeping on benches around the basketball courts and sprawled out on a soccer field by day, then hunkering under an overpass at night.

In Brooklyn, dog owners in Fort Greene Park have had ugly confrontations with homeless people after their dogs woke them up in the early morning when they are allowed off-leash. And in the Bronx, there are so many homeless people in one small park, Devanney Triangle, that the community board and parks department are discussing the removal of all benches.

After a decade in which the number of homeless people on New York City’s streets had fallen by almost 25 percent, this year has seen an uptick in their number: On a single day in January, the population of the so-called street homeless was 3,357, representing an increase of 6 percent from the year before.

Why has there been a reversal... I do wonder. Just last night I saw some homeless inside a bank! I think there are more beggars than there were a year or two ago. Police need to do something. The state of the shelters needs to be looked at.

There also was a good piece in the City Journal calling for reinstitutionalisation, which would obviously help and is something I've supported for a long time. If there are shelters and people are not going to them either they're worse than the streets or the people... are not quite right. Having been to Ethiopia, where you can hardly wave a stick without hitting a beggar, I can say most street homeless in NY do seem to not be well in a way that beggars elsewhere don't.
85  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Cuomo had 'secret pact' with Long Island Republican Senators on: November 18, 2014, 10:28:14 am

basically, the idea is that Cuomo agreed to stay out of the LI Senate races if Senate GOP leader Dean Skelos agreed to do little/nothing to aid Astorino's gubernatorial bid.  (Republican) Nassau County exec Ed Mangano soon got on board and took the bold move of endorsing Cuomo.

this has special significance because 1) the GOP has long dominated the Senate seats on Long Island, more than they "should" (the Nassau GOP machine lost its stranglehold on county gov't in 1999 for example), and 2) a large part of the deal cut between Cuomo and the Working Families party came with the promise from Cuomo to put some muscle into trying to pickup the few senate seats needed to wrest control from the GOP-"Independent Democratic" caucus, and 3) the long GOP-held Senate is the only mechanism of state government that Democrats don't control.

you can draw your own conclusions from there.

Slimy Cuomo wants the Republicans in charge of the State Senate. He can use it as an excuse to keep "Progressive" Mayor Wilhem's agenda  in check in New York City.

Good for him.
86  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Boehner kills internet sales tax bill on: November 18, 2014, 10:25:21 am
Do small businesses conduct more trade online? One would think this would help them at the expense of, say, Amazon.
87  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: IMPORTANT - Midwest Recall on: November 17, 2014, 09:43:14 pm
I'd say something, but what would I know, I'm just an obese black guy.
88  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The mess that is the Pacific (and its Constitution) on: November 17, 2014, 09:42:02 pm
I support an annexation of the Midwest.
89  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Governor Varavour on: November 17, 2014, 09:35:25 pm

Yes. I nominate Bacon King for Pacific Justice. Everything will be returning back to order shortly. I will give a speech shortly, in the comimg days.
90  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: PA: Amendment to the Revised Rules of Order on: November 17, 2014, 09:28:42 pm
91  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The mess that is the Pacific (and its Constitution) on: November 17, 2014, 09:21:17 pm
I've just sworn in under the assumption that the seat that I was elected to via write-ins nearly a month ago was never declared vacant.

I never declared it vacant- it was being kept warm for you. Smiley
92  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The mess that is the Pacific (and its Constitution) on: November 17, 2014, 09:19:34 pm
Why not just slim down Pacific government? Does it need a legal officer? Can't the Governor do what little work is required for that post? Does it need an elected legislature? Historically many regions - including the Pacific if memory serves - had general assembles of all citizens.

Bacon King proposed this to me a while back. Smaller government seems sensible.
93  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Japan Dec 2014 early lower house election on: November 17, 2014, 06:50:19 pm
I suppose Abe is running against the tax here?
94  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Another American has died of Ebola. on: November 17, 2014, 06:47:58 pm
We have a thread for this already, no?
95  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Deeply disturbing (Part Trois) on: November 17, 2014, 06:46:20 pm
Outofbox is not a councilor, not since, what... June?
96  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The mess that is the Pacific (and its Constitution) on: November 17, 2014, 06:44:23 pm
Nay I say, nay to all of this!
97  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Governor Varavour on: November 17, 2014, 06:43:14 pm
I am here!
98  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: November 15, 2014, 05:22:57 pm
There's a fleet of Russian warships off the coast of Queensland ahead of the G20, and while I know I'm playing into various people's hands... I'm offended. Really offended. How dare Russia attempt to put fear into Australian hearts after our (generally idiotic) leaders refuse to roll over on the death of 38 of us after the plane was shot down.

Abbott, you pugilistic SOB, you now have my permission to eschew diplomacy and to shirtfront Putin in a way he won't forget.

The shirt fronting has been delegated to the Koalas:

But Russian ships off of Australia- the hell?
99  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Atlas posters from sub-Saharan Africa? on: November 13, 2014, 01:01:34 am
I'm an "ethnically sub-Saharan African" who has made posts while in sub-Saharan Africa, does that count?
100  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Cultural observations on America on: November 12, 2014, 10:39:50 pm
Michael getting his licence renewed at the DMV was disappointingly fast. The efficiency of bespectacled black women knows no bounds.

Tell me where on earth I can find this mystical efficient DMV you speak of? If there is something people from all across the political spectrum, of all ages, places, sorts, can agree upon, it is on the across-the-board horrendousness of DMVs.

Your criticisms are all pretty much valid, although I'm not sure how pertinent your point about Veterans' Day is, while I think having commercial sales on it are fairly distasteful, are you expecting restaurants to give free meals to veterans year-round? (I don't think they do that in the UK) Or are you making some broader point about treatment of veterans?

That, and the food. I suppose the first question should be "where did you go?". If you were in places like NYC or DC the whole time you have no excuse; I see you were in a Wal-Mart however, which suggests you were not so lucky... in which case I can understand and you have my sympathies.

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