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76  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Could Gillibrand overcome her Ultra conservative record & authenticity problem on: April 17, 2018, 03:36:59 pm
LOL at the notion that the general public will care about her conservative record in the House. She has been the most anti-Trump Democrat in the Senate and that's all that matters to the Democratic base.

When Al Gore was in the House, he had much more conservative record than Gillibrand. And this is why he never moved up the ladd... oh wait.
77  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: BREAKING: John Mccain hospitalized for intestinal infection on: April 17, 2018, 02:58:39 pm
I don't wish McCain to die nor for him to suffer a prolonged ilness, but I'm not going to jump on the bandwagon of his keyboard canonization here.
78  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Saudi Arabia considering turning Qatar into an island on: April 17, 2018, 02:51:16 pm
Reminds me of what Albert Gore, Sr. proposed during the Korean War:

Quote from: wikipedia
Gore was re-elected to the 79th and to the three succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1945, to January 3, 1953). In 1951, Gore proposed in Congress that "something cataclysmic" be done by U.S. forces to end the Korean War: a radiation belt (created by nuclear weapons) dividing the Korean peninsula permanently into two.[7]
79  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The MB-jfern Jailhouse of Absurd & Ignorant Posts VII on: April 17, 2018, 08:32:47 am
I always feel dirty when I have to say something that would remotely be akin to defending Trump, but his policies regarding Ukraine are no more "Putin friendly" than Obama administration's. We're talking about a serious geopolitical situation here.
80  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of David Duke on: April 17, 2018, 08:29:08 am
A s**t.
81  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The MB-jfern Jailhouse of Absurd & Ignorant Posts VII on: April 17, 2018, 08:24:01 am
Aside of the whole "should/shouldn't intervene" silliness in said thread, he's not really wrong.

Assuming, as some likes to believe (and I myself wouldn't rule such possibility out), Trump wanted to accommodate Russia as much as possible, he can't do it precisely to avoid "I'm a Putin puppet" stigma. In other words, he's got to be "more Catholic than the Pope."

In a way, Putin really f**ked himself with his meddling. Had Hillary won, she would be reasonably pissed for his efforts to sabotage her. Having Trump winning did little for him as well.
82  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: Recent bans on: April 17, 2018, 08:12:30 am
We need this guy as a new mod: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Cicconetti
83  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Kalwejt Foundation for the Promotion of Atlas Hilarity on: April 16, 2018, 04:32:32 pm

All of Japan is actually Chinese!  Problem solved.
84  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Global trove of rare earth metals found in Japan’s deep-sea mud on: April 16, 2018, 03:11:51 pm
or PRC loses one of it's few advantages

A “semi-infinite” supply of rare earth metals used in batteries, electric vehicles, and other green energy technologies has been found in deep-sea mud about 1850 kilometers southeast of Tokyo, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Japanese researchers estimate the roughly 2499-square-kilometer region of seabed holds more than 16 million tons of rare earth oxides, including 780 years’ worth of the global supply of yttrium, 620 years’ worth of europium, 420 years’ worth of terbium, and 730 years’ worth of dysprosium, they write this week in Scientific Reports.

The find could challenge China’s dominance on the rare earths’ world market, but extracting such metals from seabed sludge is expensive and difficult; scientists say it could take up to 5 years to figure out the best method.

85  General Discussion / History / Re: worst general in history on: April 16, 2018, 03:06:26 pm
Regarding Amer, Israeli-Arabs wars are an excellent example of a numerically and frequently technologically superior force (the Arabs) being unable to beat more limited and at many times less equipped enemy due to their own incompetence and the latter's superior skills and tactics. This somewhat reminds of Iraq-Iran War. Iraq was being equipped by almost the entire world and, on paper, had more disciplined army, while Iran lacked more modern arms and its army literally was born out of the revolutionary chaos. Though Iranians failed in their subsequent attempts to invade, it was Iraq that failed epically in what was thought to be an easy task (defeating an isolated neighbour, weakened by the internal turmoil). I'm not sure I'd consider Amer as particularly terrible (certainly not good), more like a good representative of a wider problem.

Arab problems with winning as organized armies is a long subject. I'll just recall my favorite example from the Yom Kippur War. There were many instances Egyptian crews took freshly-delivered brand new Soviet tank and immediately drove to the frontline. They saw the enemy, aimed, fired and guess what happened. The bloody tank gun had been sealed for the transport.

You can easily guess the outcome for the tank and its crew.  
86  General Discussion / History / Re: Best nicknamed Polish ruler on: April 16, 2018, 02:55:32 pm
Also, I've been using names from the English wiki, although I consider some as mistranslated.

Let's see Bolesław the Chaste. In Polish he's known as "Wstydliwy", which is more like "shy", "overmodest", "bashful". I can, however, see why "chaste" would fit too. The idiot took wows of chastity along with his wife.

Sadly, cool nicknames pretty much ended with the Piasts. I only did include Augustus the Strong (referring to his physical straights, not political ones).

Fellow, Atlas Poles, how would you translate "król-nieborak"? (If you're looking for a nice analogy, Michał Korybut Wiśniowiecki was pretty much our Millard Fillmore/Franklin Pierce equivalent).
87  General Discussion / History / Re: Best nicknamed Polish ruler on: April 16, 2018, 02:50:01 pm
The "Elbow-high" just doesn't sound as cool as Łokietek Sad
88  General Discussion / History / Best nicknamed Polish ruler on: April 16, 2018, 01:18:04 pm
89  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Institute of Funny Partial Thread Titles You've Seen on Atlas on: April 16, 2018, 01:02:02 pm
Today at 01:00:03 pm
in Libertarian Party doesn'...
by ERM64man
90  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: Recent bans on: April 16, 2018, 12:36:48 pm
Svensson is a great hero of mine and he said I was a likeable fascist.

I wish Svensson never embraced the troll side.
91  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: Alabama and Mississippi 1928 on: April 16, 2018, 09:14:23 am
Because in 1928 Alabama had more or less free and fair elections (well for whites.) Mississippi (and South Carolina and Georgia) didn't.

South Carolina was particulary (in)famous for their general elections featuring one candidate on the ballot, with just a friction bothering to vote, since it was already decided in Democratic primaries.
92  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Joe Biden: Republicans don't want black folks voting on: April 16, 2018, 09:09:15 am
Oh, sure. Republicans don't want "folks" like Clarence Thomas and Tim Scott voting. Uh-huh. Right.

There's a nice precedent for that. During Jim Crow there always were a handful of Black voters.
93  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Jimmy Carter on: April 16, 2018, 08:25:51 am
I consider him a FF for many reasons, while I don't subscribe to the Democratic revisionism that Carter was somehow an oustanding, yet underrated and unfairly treated President. He did some good things, but overall was an average one.

94  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Joe Biden: Republicans don't want black folks voting on: April 16, 2018, 08:22:17 am
There's a difference between simply hoping for a lower turnout among the demographics that supports the other side, and engaging in a blatant voter suppression. Unfortunately the latter is a serious problem.
95  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Lief Reservoir of Simple Truths and Smart One-Liners on: April 16, 2018, 05:02:32 am
No Trump supporter has any right to extend any sympathy to her or her family after the crap your current leader (who you’ll dump as soon as it’s convenient, just like you did with Dubya) threw at the Bush family.

The Bush’s are saints compared to Trump and his family. They’re saints compared to you and everyone else who still supports this man.

Pretty sure the hundreds of thousands dead across the Middle East as a direct or indirect consequence of George W. Bush's wars would disagree...
96  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: R. Lee Ermey of Full Metal Jacket and Toy Story Fame Dead at 74 on: April 16, 2018, 04:40:16 am
Kubrick allowed him to improvise his lines, something he did very, very rarely. Now, that's something.
97  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone VI: What Is and What Should Never Be on: April 16, 2018, 04:35:08 am
holy sh**t my grandmother has voted for muon2 lol

Wait, which state legislator is he?

I'm not going to say cause that's creepy. But I stumbled upon it by chance and did some cyber-stalking and then texted my bubbe and now I'm shook.

It's never really been a secret, given muon2 himself spoke of his home area. Still, you're right, it'd be against the forum's decorum to just write it.
98  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: CNN: Barbara Bush is in failing health on: April 15, 2018, 04:14:30 pm
Oh no, I hope she recovers. Both older Bushes are FFs.

When people go on hospice care, it's generally because there is no reasonable hope for recovery.
A family friend had to make this decision a few weeks ago and recently passed away. It's never an easy decision, either for the patient or for their family.

She is at a point where she is tired of all the poking and doctors.
There comes a time when you just want to go home and peacefully go. Sad but true.

You’re essentially choosing a peaceful surrender over a painful fight. Been there, it’s a tough moment.

She knows she's got little time left, so why prolonge by undergoing a treatment that is doomed to fail anyway.
99  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: Recent bans on: April 15, 2018, 04:04:47 pm
I really ask myself how someone who is temp-banned immediately creates a new account and makes the same kind of posts and believe nobody's going to take notice. That's truly a special kind of genius.

Kind of reminds me of one Ted Bundy. When he was under arrest in Colorado, he asked a guard which state, in his opinion, would be most likely to execute a serial killer. The answer: Florida.

Soon after Ted escaped from jail and guess where he went.
100  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Bevin: Kids who aren't at school b/c of strike are being sexually assaulted on: April 15, 2018, 10:59:22 am
Republicans are obsessed with sexual assault, and in a very wrong way.
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