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December 05, 2019, 07:25:24 pm
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 on: Today at 07:00:58 pm 
Started by Hindsight is 2020 - Last post by TG
I'm a liberal and i was willing to die for the country you assume i hate, saying you love America more than me is utter bullsh**t.
I'll just assume you were too much of a coward to serve your country.

 32 
 on: Today at 07:00:58 pm 
Started by aaroncd107 - Last post by GeneralMacArthur
The NYT editorial board has published an editorial calling for Buttigieg to open up about his work at McKinsey, and that his refusing to because he hasn't yet been released from his NDA is "not a tenable situation": https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/05/opinion/buttigieg-mckinsey.html

What a terrible opinion from The Failing New York Times.

The only people who are actually worked up that he had a job with McKinsey are concern-trolling Bernie Bros.

Real Americans either don't know what McKinsey is or, if they do, think of it as a highly prestigious consulting firm that isn't nefarious at all.

It's just another six-degrees-of-separation game.
Company X did a bad thing once.
McKinsey did consulting work for Company X, just like it did consulting work for millions of other companies.
Buttigieg worked at McKinsey.

Therefore, Company X is inherently evil, McKinsey is inherently evil by association, Buttigieg is personally responsible for the bad thing Company X did and is therefore evil as well.

The fact that he's legally required to not talk about what he did just lets the Bros make up all sorts of wild speculation that Buttigieg was personally responsible for the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina and the Cambodian Genocide.  Just like what they did with Hillary Clinton's Wall Street speeches, where she was legally required to not disclose them.

Here's what likely actually happened:  Target was trying to improve distribution efficiency but didn't know how, so they hired McKinsey to help them out.  McKinsey put together a team of data wizzes including Buttigieg to run some SQL queries and put together Excel spreadsheets breaking down sales metrics by product relative to certain efficiency metrics by store and quarter, did some optimization analysis, made some graphs in R, and wrote a 200-page PDF with recommended improvements.

This is what consulting firms actually do.  It's not nefarious at all, in fact it's pretty boring.

 33 
 on: Today at 06:58:27 pm 
Started by Filuwaúrdjan - Last post by Filuwaúrdjan
1) Would you agree that internal migration is an understudied driver of electoral movement in the UK? It strikes me that there's a tendency to discuss, say, the student vote, or constituencies in London and the South swinging away from the Tories as though the voters somehow sprang fully-formed into existence, when in the past, these voters might have been padding out Labour majorities in constituencies in the North and Midlands, but now they have moved out to get their degrees and/or pursue employment elsewhere, leaving an older, more conservative cohort more likely to own property in those constituencies?

2) What do you make of the unification of the Polish left and how would you assess its medium-term prospects?

1. The biggest theme in British social geography over the past fifty years or so has been the relentless transformation of everywhere in the country into everywhere else in the country, as a result of the shift from an essentially a regionally-based industrial economy into a thoroughly nationally-orientated service economy. Internal migration is a huge part of this - in all parts of the country you will now find people from all parts of the country, and in the sort of numbers that you did not used to see outside London and to a lesser extent Birmingham. I doubt we have even begun to see the full range of electoral implications of all this (I tend to suspect greater and greater fluidity), but what you mention would be one manifestation, yes.

2. Polish politics is even more of a chaotic cabaret than British politics so it's hard to be certain about this sort of thing, but I think it's essential for the newly unified Left to address the problems the country faces now and to focus on the need to build something, rather than seek to be a vehicle for the politics of resentment. Though I would say that about everywhere, it is particularly necessary in Poland because that other route, the politics of resentment, is not available to any form of Polish Left for historical reasons, and not only those of 1945-89 but more recently as well. Heading down that route would strain hard-won credibility to breaking point and end in yet another political fiasco and electoral meltdown.

 34 
 on: Today at 06:57:48 pm 
Started by Dynamite Shovel - Last post by PETE REALLY SCARES ME
Bolsonaro was the sane choice though, this thread doesn't make sense BRTD.

 35 
 on: Today at 06:57:13 pm 
Started by GeneralMacArthur - Last post by punching violence in the face
Loud and clear. I don't expect things to escalate from here, seeing as I've said my piece.

 36 
 on: Today at 06:57:00 pm 
Started by coolface1572 - Last post by TML
He's a classic example of someone who cares more about special interest donors (most of whom are outside of his district) than his own constituents.

 37 
 on: Today at 06:56:36 pm 
Started by Dynamite Shovel - Last post by Crumpets
I mean, he won Rio, so...

 38 
 on: Today at 06:56:12 pm 
Started by HenryWallaceVP - Last post by Statilius the Epicurean
Booker absolutely could've been the Buttigieg of this election

Maybe if he had came out of the closet

 39 
 on: Today at 06:55:47 pm 
Started by Laki - Last post by MB
Some consider Kurz a right wing populist, but it seems he will govern with the Greens soon.

Isn't this kind of what the m5s platform is in Italy? Populism + Euroscepticism + environmentalism?
it's not as right wing

 40 
 on: Today at 06:55:39 pm 
Started by Skye - Last post by PETE REALLY SCARES ME
Biden is going to keep going down, even with black voters. His opponents understand that they need to dig in further into his black support to knock him out and it's now a couple months before February

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