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76  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Will New Mexico be won with a plurality? on: October 03, 2016, 09:23:56 pm
From what I'm hearing, people there are "re-remembering" him-- which of course won't explain Gen Y support, though.
77  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Clinton makes borderline racist comment about worries of black grandmothers on: October 03, 2016, 11:28:32 am
This isn't racist.

So it is decreed.
78  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Celebrity endorsement megathread on: October 02, 2016, 07:33:38 pm
N—ers can't help but return to the teat of momma welfare! #MAGA #Trump2016 #WPWW
79  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: NYT acquires 1995 Trump tax return; he deducted $916 million in business losses on: October 02, 2016, 07:34:38 am
Well, Atlas just shows how much stupider it is than Trump for the umpteenth time this year. What an embarrassment of a thread.

You really need to stop this act. It's not cute, it's not clever...

This. Anyone still defending this piece of sh**t should be ashamed of themselves.
I'll defend Donald J. Trump this "piece of sh**t" as you called him until the cows come home on this. And Sprout's is right. the ignorance of the tax code on this place is amazing.

Quite frankly, if Trump didn't write off legitimate losses against income, he'd just be plain stupid.

You can argue the equity in these allowances until the cows come home. But to claim that Trump is evil for using net carryover losses, like every businessman does when they have a losing trade, is a stretch.

As the head of a company, Trump has an obligation to his employees and his investors to use the tax code diligently to preserve the value of the asset. Taxes erode equity and are to be mitigated to the maximum extent possible.

As always, the plain ignorance from the majority of red avatars on this forum is just staggering.

These are income taxes, not corporate taxes!
80  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Duterte: Hitler killed millions of Jews, I will kill millions of drug addicts on: October 02, 2016, 12:50:21 am
I would simply stop all government-to-government contacts. US troops should be withdrawn from Mindanao (and everywhere else in the country) within a week or less - whether Philippine government is ready to take over or not. Embassador should be recalled for indefinite consultations, with a junior diplomat left in charge of skeleton staff. Phone calls should be returned by junior officials. US businessmen should be proactively informed that US government will not be able to protect their interests in any way if anything goes wrong. Philippines are of insufficient importance to the US to bother much in this case. If China wants to take over as their main protector, it should be welcome.

And, of course, the fact that Israel still has an embassador in Manila is a sign of how hypocritical that countryīs government is. Had a head of any Muslim or European state said something 1/10th as offensive, they would have been jumping up and down in fake rage. They seem to be pretty damn silent.

The problem is Duterte seems more than willing to let this happen. Willing to bury the South China Sea issue, even. Chinese Ambassador gave a speech, could hardly contain his delight.
81  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: NJ-Stockton University: Clinton+6 on: October 02, 2016, 12:48:07 am
Inshallah the Alabaman Garrett will be defeated. Do you know he voted against the Confederate flag ban, and refused to give money to the RNCC because they supported gay GOP candidates (Tisei)?

Cut off the head of this Copperhead!
82  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Americans take a break from porn to watch debate on: September 30, 2016, 10:45:15 am
Now Americans who watched the debate are being told to watch porn!
83  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Johnson: Lincoln was a third-party candidate in 1860 on: September 29, 2016, 12:42:27 pm
The fact that historians consider this claim worth debating over  should make it obvious that there's no grounds for bashing Johnson for making it.
84  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: BREAKING NEWS!!!! Jill Stein is dumb as a rock on: September 29, 2016, 12:38:14 pm
I feel slightly ill defending Jill Stein, but like Johnson this is being taken out of context. All of the people she mentioned are definitely leaders, she didn't say "world leaders" or "heads of government".

One wonders what's wrong with Marina Silva that she had to name an obscure figure.
85  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Train crash in NJ, at least 3 dead, 100 injured on: September 29, 2016, 10:41:37 am

Looks like it didn't quite break through the wall, but from this view it looks like the train hit it. There's a concession stand pretty much on that exact spot, maybe a bit to the left; if the guy was in it at the time they would have been crushed. Sad


Seems like the stand was at least hit on the side. I see the rolling barriers seem to be down but I doubt it was closed, probably brought down by the force of the impact.
86  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Train crash in NJ, at least 3 dead, 100 injured on: September 29, 2016, 10:33:29 am
At least three people are reported to have been killed and more than 100 injured, many of them critically, after a commuter train crashed into a railway station in the US state of New Jersey.

The train reportedly went through ticket barriers and into the reception area of Hoboken station.

Images show extensive damage to the train carriages and station, with part of the building roof caved in.

People are said to be trapped in the wrecked carriages.

Hoboken is across the Hudson River from New York City. Many commuters use the busy station to travel into Manhattan.


The train is said to have jumped over the 4 foot-high platform and gone through (stone) wall into the waiting room. Know tons and tons of people who go through here daily, including my dad, who says his train was redirected to Penn.
87  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Newsweek (via Maddow) Trump co. did business in Cuba illegally during embargo on: September 29, 2016, 07:17:54 am
Didn't he openly say at the debate that some European companies had offered to do business with him in Cuba and that he refused, even though he'd have had no other option considering it'd have been blatantly illegal? The mere fact he gave it consideration means he was considering breaking the law.
88  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Gary Johnson has an "Aleppo Moment" on: September 29, 2016, 06:51:36 am
If we're going into the recent past, then I'd go with Guy Verhofstadt, maybe? Also maybe Juan Manuel Santos?
89  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Gary Johnson has an "Aleppo Moment" on: September 29, 2016, 06:38:48 am
Yes, I'm trying to wonder what a "proper" answer would have been. Would the President of Estonia count, even if he's non-executive?
90  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Which things in Debate #1 hurt Trump the most? on: September 28, 2016, 01:29:53 am
The point about LaGuardia was perfectly valid. The "third world airport" line was actually coined by Joe Biden.
91  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Giuliani: Hillary "too stupid to be president" on: September 28, 2016, 01:14:41 am
The former New York City mayor made the remark, captured on video and posted to Twitter by Elite Daily writer Alexandra Svokos, in response to a question about Clintonís attack on Trumpís past comments about women.

I went to school with her! Saw this yesterday, didn't realise it'd blown up.
92  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: How big a disaster will a Hillary Clinton presidency be? on: September 26, 2016, 09:02:33 am
A barrage of mediocrity.
93  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Hypothetical: New England, Washington, and Oregon join Canada in 2021. on: September 26, 2016, 08:21:49 am
New England is pretty clearly the better deal-- with a population of 14.7 million, a GDP of $953.995 billion, and a (inferred) GDP per capita of $64,776, New England would boost Canada's economic profile without overwhelming the rest of the country, as opposed to the "Great Lakes-Mississippi basin", which would probably (I can't be bothered to do the sums) drag down its stats, and end up annexing Canada for all intents and purposes, rather than the other way around. To be precise:

Canada   New England   Combined   Change
Population   36,155,487   14,727,584   50,883,071   + 40.7%
GDP (2015)   $1,572.781 billion   $953.995 billion   $2,526.776 billion   + 60.7%
GDP per capita   $43,934.81   $64,776.07   $50,031.16   + 14.6%
Non-white pop. (%)   19.2%   22.3%   20.1%*   + 4.7%

*This figure is a pure guess, as I'm not willing to calculate the exact percentage when there's already barely a 3% difference, although NE would add more blacks and (obviously) Hispanics than are in the rest of Canada put together.

It's worth noting that, at $2.526 trillion, this hypothetical greater Canada would be the sixth largest economy in the world, between France and the UK, and, if Reuters is anything to go by, would now be larger than both, and thus the fifth largest economy, at present exchange rates, following the fall in the Euro and Pound post-UK referendum. Canada-- a great power! Of course, it wouldn't be, since Justin Trudeau can hardly be expected to use his nation's newfound wealth to fund rapid military expansion (and the necessary nuclear programme). So another Germany, another Japan: a major economy with a disproportionately weak military. Then again, his record so far indicates he's not much more likely to use to invest in an inter-city high-speed rail network, either, sadly...
94  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Should Trump champion direct democracy? on: September 24, 2016, 06:11:41 am
It would feed the Louis Napoleon comparison.
95  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: #NeverTrump GOP endorsements LATEST: 57 GOP ambassadors endorse Clinton on: September 23, 2016, 03:58:23 pm
Calling these ambassadors "Republican appointees" is misleading, "GOP ambassadors" is flat-out false. To be fair the article doesn't do a good job explaining this, but the letter is clear:

"The undersigned have each previously served the people of the United States as career diplomats in our nationís Foreign and Civil Services..."

Career FSOs and CSOs are as such nonpartisan. While they are appointed by the President, this is usually on the recommendation of the relevant Foreign/Civil Services Commission, broadly comparable to how senior positions are filled in the armed forces. They are to be contrasted with political appointees, who are chosen from outside the diplomatic services.

Hence none of these ambassadors served as Republicans; their political affiliation, if they had any, would have been a strictly personal and private matter while they were in their respective services. While this is good news for Clinton, it's simply incorrect to claim it is some massive Republican defection.
96  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Celebrity endorsement megathread on: September 23, 2016, 03:40:14 pm
How on God's green earth can you be married to Kanye West and still contemplate voting for Donald Trump?

I can only assume this is a ploy for the ratings/headlines, although I would be totally unsurprised if you told me that Kellyanne Conway had a hand in this, somehow, I'd imagine as a way of diverting media attention from the latest damming revelation about Trump, although experience shows us that wouldn't be too hard.
97  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Colombia General Discussion on: September 23, 2016, 10:19:00 am
As for why this is happening now and not in the past, well, the answer would really require a book or something quite close to it (and also a deeper understanding of the FARC's internal mentality that nobody - myself nor most Colombian analysts - really seem to grasp).

Given what you've already written, it might not be that great a leap if you actually did write a book. Perhaps a dissertation?

But the most trusted institutions are the Church, the Army, and the United States? What a country!
98  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: not IMPORTANT: 1984 Adams County, CO Data Incorrect!!!!!!!! on: September 22, 2016, 02:21:00 pm
I demand a recount. If Mondale had gained the vote here rhen the megacoattails would have reached to California and New York swinging the election. Maybe Mondale can finally take his real office instead of$hillary.

Sadly, Mondale is dead. Sad
99  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Dave's Mock Election 2016 is now open!!! on: September 22, 2016, 02:11:13 pm
Hi - turnout update: so only 265 votes so far.  There have been over 735 active forum members in the last 5 days (nearly 600 in last 24 hrs) but only 265 votes so far. (only 36%).  Lets get those turnout numbers up! (note vote can be private or endorsement, individual preference)


If you don't have an Atlas account, easy setup at:
http://uselectionatlas.org/membusers.php  or

(use the latter if you only have interest in site paid features, use the former if only interested in mock election/endorsements/predictions)


"Enjoy"! Cheesy

Hello Dave,

How is progress on the forum modernization coming along?
100  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Russian legislative election, 18 September 2016 on: September 22, 2016, 09:28:01 am
Yabloko won a seat? That's surprising.

Not really. They won a constituency

Actually, we still do not know even that.

For the results of the 2020 Duma election please enquire at Moscow, Staraya Ploshchad 4. Results will be available in a week or two.

Well, no... Before 2020 there will be presidential elections of 2018 with possible repercussions. And crisis will not go away by 2020, while "Crimea is ours!" - gradually will. Though i expect real changes in 2024, when Presidential and Duma elections will coincide, and Putin (at least - technically) will not be eligible to run...

Why did they even bother putting in term limits when they amended the presidential term? Whom was this meant to appease?

To prevent obvious comparisons with monarchy, which was so typical for Russia most of the time. In addition - Constitution was ratified in much more liberal 90th)))
I'm talking about after 2012, when the term was extended from 4 years to five years.
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