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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French presidential election, April 23rd & May 7th, 2017 on: January 22, 2017, 08:27:51 am
As flawed as I consider the French political system with its semi-presidential system and non-proportional lower house, they're very meticulous when it comes to electing their President with the use of the two-round system in both the general election and in primaries of major parties, as well as the use of (visible) debate clocks to encourage civilized and constructive debate.
2  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Nigel Farage is joining FOX News on: January 21, 2017, 06:52:44 am
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Nigel Farage is joining FOX News

Good. Now Fox off!
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: R. Perry accepted Sec of Energy position without knowing what the Dept. does on: January 19, 2017, 04:36:22 pm
I refuse to believe it's a coincidence that he's been offered the very same department he forgot he wanted to abolish. This is all some dumb joke from the Trumpster.
4  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Pigfvcker Memorial Suppository for UK News: A Departure from EUtopia on: January 15, 2017, 03:17:02 pm
May's going for the hard Brexit, I see.

Could still just be a (misguided) attempt at playing chicken with the EU.
5  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Are you #Ready4Hillary? on: January 14, 2017, 07:11:59 pm
I was ready to die in the war with russia she was planning.

But now you're gonna die in a war with China instead. Feels bad man.
6  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Which European country has a political divide most similar to the US? on: January 14, 2017, 07:06:37 pm
Being the only country in Europe to use FPTP (unless you count Azerbaijan), it has to be the United Kingdom by default.
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Will Trump be impeached? on: January 11, 2017, 11:08:24 am
I can totally see Trump doing the ol' "You can't fire me, I quit!"-routine, if it ever gets that close. His patheticness is really that predictable.
8  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: U.N. Passes Resolution Against Israel Settlements, U.S. Abstains on: December 28, 2016, 02:49:02 pm
It's funny how people are expressing contempt for the UN as if it were responsible for this resolution as some sort of autonomous entity, rather than all the countries in the world that voted for it. But that's propaganda for you.
9  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Kissinger Could Help Broker Deals Between Trump and Putin on: December 27, 2016, 07:44:28 am
What's with all the awesome people getting shat on this year? Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Lena Dunham, now Henry Kissinger? Our best Secretary of State since George Marshall. Next people will be turning on Pope Francis.

Quote from: A Bit of Fry & Laurie
I suppose they'll be saying Hitler was a racist next.
10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Politics and Elections in the Netherlands (GE March 15, 2017) on: December 26, 2016, 10:30:42 am
Honestly David, I have the feeling Wilders will become PM.

Where is he going to find 76 seats?
11  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Truck Crashes into Christmas Market in Berlin- People Dead on: December 23, 2016, 07:12:01 am
Too bad they didn't catch him alive. Of course, were I the leader of UK Labour, that would now be distorted to me actually being a sympathizer.
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Transition Team/Cabinet Thread on: December 19, 2016, 12:24:00 pm
Trump's Israel Ambassador pick is a certified nutcase and conspiracy theorist

It's been speculated this pick will piss off Netanyahu because Friedman is to his right and it will make it harder for Bibi to fend off attacks from the Israeli right.

I heard he's against the two state solution. Good. That'll only accelerate a single, unified Palestine where the Palestinians eventually become a demographic majority.

Which is specifically desirable why, exactly?

Because the "peace process leading to a two-state solution" has from the onset been a newspeak-facade that actually means stalling for time until Israel gets to have its cake and eat it too by making the settlements a permanent fait accompli, while not taking a demographic hit by "generously" granting the Palestinians their own "state" in the form of isolated bantustans the size of cities.
13  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Post-election opinion of 538 on: December 13, 2016, 12:47:36 pm
On one hand, they did get 5 states and a CD wrong, but on the other hand, they were better off than most by hedging their bets and not all-but-guarantee a Clinton victory, which got them a lot of abuse, especially here. In poker, that would be like minimizing a loss after getting a bad hand, which is every bit as much a primary skill to have.
14  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Counties where Johnson cracked 5% on: December 13, 2016, 12:00:10 pm
What? Nothing in New Hampshire?
15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Who is the bigger US ally: UK or Isreal on: December 13, 2016, 10:26:51 am
Britain is the poodle, Israel is the parasite.
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump's chance of retrieving the Internet control from the UN on: December 11, 2016, 12:54:29 pm
The Internet is effectively just computers being connected to each other and ultimately no one outside any given network could ever enforce how it operates. The rest of the world deferring to a U.S. organization like ICANN can be labeled as a courtesy fueled by inertia and pragmatism, which has been naturally and inevitably eroding over time.
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Politics and Elections in the Netherlands (GE March 15, 2017) on: December 07, 2016, 02:02:08 pm
A (mostly) nonpartisan government of technocrats (like one Monti lead in Italy) might possibly provide a solution after the next election, although you have to go back to the 19th century for Dutch examples.
18  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics 2.0 (Presidential runoff re-vote: 4 Dec. 2016) on: December 06, 2016, 05:14:11 pm
I guess many people in the rural areas, ESPECIALLY in the tourism-dominated western states, also re-considered for VdB because of what a Hofer-win would mean to tourism: It could have created a bad image abroad and tourists would have stayed away.

Did Austria's tourism sector get any noticeable hit after the FP entered government in 2000?

not a fair comparison cause of the EU sanctions.

I'm still genuinely curious to know.
19  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Italian Constitutional Referendum, 12/04/2016 on: December 04, 2016, 05:43:35 pm
Brexit, Trump, Renzi gone.  What a 2016 Hat-trick.

One of these things is not like the others, being that governments falling in Italy is like the national sport and all.
20  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics 2.0 (Presidential runoff re-vote: 4 Dec. 2016) on: December 04, 2016, 12:33:39 pm
I guess many people in the rural areas, ESPECIALLY in the tourism-dominated western states, also re-considered for VdB because of what a Hofer-win would mean to tourism: It could have created a bad image abroad and tourists would have stayed away.

Did Austria's tourism sector get any noticeable hit after the FP entered government in 2000?
21  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics 2.0 (Presidential runoff re-vote: 4 Dec. 2016) on: December 04, 2016, 11:49:27 am
So what exactly happened? Why did Hofer lose so badly?

My guesses are:
  • Pushback against/fear of complacency after Brexit and Trump.
  • Relegitimization of the previous run.
22  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Obama/Trump voters on: December 02, 2016, 09:17:16 pm
Anyone able to make an educated guess how many there were?
23  General Discussion / Constitution and Law / Re: State courts and federal constitutionality on: November 30, 2016, 10:30:42 am
Found an answer to my own question in the form of Silverman v. Campbell, in which the South Carolina Supreme Court voided the parts of the state constitution that bar atheists from public office.
24  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Politics and Elections in the Netherlands (GE March 15, 2017) on: November 30, 2016, 07:40:06 am
The latest peilingwijzer:

And here is an online tool to find the theoretical majority coalitions for a given distribution of seats. The (ideological) coherence of these will also be scored closer to the election.

The polls are indeed not looking good in terms of governability.
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump spreads propaganda about millions of "fake voters" - claims he won PV on: November 27, 2016, 06:58:28 pm
Wow, even in victory, his ego can't stop him from being petty. Enjoy your man-child-in-chief, America.
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