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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Most influential year or 12-month period in US history? on: October 08, 2017, 03:40:53 am
It's got to be one of the years in World War II.  America beating the Nazis and saving the world has got to be one of the finest moments for any nation in history.

2  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: What did Trump mean?.... on: October 06, 2017, 02:33:58 pm
Maybe he's trying to play the stock markets, which invariably react to these statements, for the ultimate insider trading for the benefit of himself and his associates.
3  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Why is Theresa May's premiership in such turmoil? on: October 06, 2017, 01:53:50 pm
I have this conspiracy theory that some Tories are deliberately trying to bring down their own government so that it will be Labour, not them, who will be left holding the bag when the consequences of Brexit will fully manifest.
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump plans to declare that Iran nuclear deal is not in the national interest on: October 05, 2017, 04:32:23 pm
Why do these idiots act like there aren't any other parties, including traditional US allies, to this deal?
5  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The most depressing political scene in Europe on: October 05, 2017, 04:26:19 pm
Other - UK.

The Tories are a zombie nightmare that has zero right to govern but cannot be removed. Labour is running on the hope and prayer that the Tories somehow screw up badly enough to initiate yet another election before Corbyn gets too old. The Lib Dems are down for a generation and UKIP still exists.

I also wondered why the UK wasn't an explicit option here, but figure now that it isn't so much depressing as it is a cause for schadenfreude (as least to those outside the country).
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Politics and Elections in the Netherlands: no govt goodnight on: October 05, 2017, 04:18:10 pm
It's the Dutch version of "taco trucks on every corner"!
7  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Catalan Crisis Megathread on: October 02, 2017, 12:30:07 pm
Will the Catalans now have another snap election as a de facto independence referendum?
8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Active Shooter Situation at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on: October 02, 2017, 12:15:10 pm
I dare not even imagine the difference in fallout there would be if the shooter had been Muslim.
9  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Combined 2008/2016 Democratic primary map on: October 01, 2017, 08:17:45 am
Apologies if this had been done already:



Obama/Clinton
Clinton/Clinton
Obama/Sanders
Clinton/Sanders
10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German Federal Election - Sept. 24 - Results Thread on: September 27, 2017, 04:50:05 am
Given the possibility of overhang seats, I somewhat wonder why nobody ever tried that Italian trick of running two formally different parties for each vote, but I'm guessing the Constitutional Court and/or electorate wouldn't take too kindly to such shenanigans.
11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German Federal Election - Sept. 24 - Results Thread on: September 24, 2017, 01:06:42 pm
Please tell me how Jamaica will not be suicide for the Greens.
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Politics and Elections in the Netherlands: no govt goodnight on: September 20, 2017, 05:31:39 pm
"Copayment" is the wrong term to use here; the healthcare issue concerns deductibles.
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Will Jeb ever be president? on: August 06, 2017, 10:43:08 am
I'm going out on a limb here and say that even Hillary has more of a chance to become President now.
14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trumpcare Megathread: Senate enters "Vote-a-Rama" on: July 26, 2017, 04:02:43 pm
Six GOP Senators voted for a bill in 2015 and against the same bill in 2017 with the only difference being that they knew the 2015 bill would be vetoed.

Let's be honest here, Obama also voted against raising the debt ceiling when he was a Senator.
15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: John McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer on: July 20, 2017, 02:25:35 pm
Obama's tweet in support has exactly 140 characters, so he likely put some effort in composing it.
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trumpcare Megathread: Ding Dong! The Bill Is Dead on: July 18, 2017, 05:48:13 pm
Clinton voters: 0/75/26  (yes, that's a zero)

Interesting, that adds up to 101 percent, which could only have been possible if it's exactly 0, 74 and 25 percent and they rounded both halves up. It also likely means they didn't do any weighting.
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election, 2017 - Election Day and Results Thread on: July 18, 2017, 04:47:30 pm
A total of 32,204,124 votes were cast for candidates, of which 14,213,883 (44.1%) went to losers and a further 7,820,794 (24.3%) that went to winners were not necessary for victory, for a combined total of 22,034,677 wasted votes or 68.4%.
18  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Senator McCain has good health insurance, thank goodness! on: July 17, 2017, 12:12:24 pm
There is an interesting parallel here with Ted Kennedy and the adoption of the ACA.
19  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: NASA Denies InfoWars Report Claiming It's Running a Child Slave Colony on Mars on: June 30, 2017, 05:39:37 pm
Is somebody now going to shoot up Mars?
20  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Liberals...do you realize Trump is "winning"? on: June 26, 2017, 02:36:36 pm
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I'm getting increasingly convinced that ReaganfanTrump is a bitter Democrat who is just out to make Trump supporters and other assorted right-wingers look bad.
21  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Puerto Rico status referendum - June 11 on: June 10, 2017, 07:50:31 am
Again with the referendum with more than two options! If you're not going to allow a ranked choice here (which given the various issues is at least understandable), it should be a binary choice, with one option being the status quo. If one option (statehood most likely) wins without a majority, we have the exact same mess as last time!

They originally had it as statehood or status quo but Bureagard and Trump made them change it back.

That is not correct. It was the "status quo" option which was omitted and pushed back in by the Justice Department.
22  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Puerto Rico status referendum - June 11 on: June 10, 2017, 07:11:35 am
Again with the referendum with more than two options! If you're not going to allow a ranked choice here (which given the various issues is at least understandable), it should be a binary choice, with one option being the status quo. If one option (statehood most likely) wins without a majority, we have the exact same mess as last time!
23  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The TrumpCare comes back from the dead (...and lives!) thread on: June 10, 2017, 06:54:50 am

The video in that tweet was uploaded to Twitter itself, but the previous tweet has a link to a website showing the same clip as an embedded YouTube-video, whose page you can get to in various ways.
24  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election, 2017 - Election Day and Results Thread on: June 08, 2017, 08:48:22 pm
Just see it as delayed punishment for the coalition.
25  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election, 2017 - Election Day and Results Thread on: June 08, 2017, 08:37:10 pm
Sky news is saying Tories are doing a bit better than exit poll. A majority is still possible... 324, 326.. maybe 327.

Given the reality of Brexit, this might actually be their worst case scenario in the long term.
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