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    Tonight's debate

    I think people might be put off because they think you have to "have a reason". Guaranteed, the local board of elections isn't checking your travel itinerary 'Out of Town' is a fine excuse. My old state didn't even bother to ask why - If a registered voter requested a ballot, they sent it.
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    Tonight's debate

    I honestly don't know why more people don't absentee vote. You actually get time to sit down, look at the issues, and even look up more information if you want. it's not such a big deal in things like the Presidential vote where you may have a concrete opinion but there's always local and state ballot initiatives and some of them are quite complex.
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    Help Abolish nuclear weapons

    We start to get very speculative here. Without the arms race, there might not have ever been a space race either. There's some evidence to suggest that because of nuclear weapons, wide scale fights are essentially impossible therefore all conflicts are local. The advantage being that local conflicts create less overall disruption and allow for broad economic progress in the areas not directly fighting. The downside to the fights being local is that there's far less reason to resolve them if everyone NOT involved just keeps on making money. Sort of unintended expression of the tyranny of the majority. The original Star Trek series had a commentary on 'war without suffering' in one of it's episodes in the late 60s that touched on that issue. Proxy wars fought in other countries are easy to continue because the fighting is remote and the suffering invisible to the principle architects. Wars are fought until BOTH sides think they might LOSE. As long as one side thinks isn't losing, the fight continues. One area I think we are in agreement - we definitely don't need as many and arguably don't need any nukes. We went through that phase.
  4. I've done that all my life but I've been told that's selfish and expressing my privilege The infallible Jib will be along shortly to tell me the correct answer.
  5. So following polls is more important than conviction - PERFECT. Thanks for the insight.
  6. Warren was next on my list after Yang dropped out but I'm concerned that a vote for her would be just expressing my privilege, given her position in the polls. Should I be consistent with my beliefs or follow what the pollsters tell me to do and pick the 'most likely to beat Trump'? https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/15/michael-bloomberg-seen-as-most-electable-democrat-in-betting-markets.html
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    Tonight's debate

    I think the vast majority of the electorate really doesn't pay much attention at all until the last few weeks before the election. Just out of curiosity, I did a quick search for the most popular TV shows in America. That stuff always wanders around but within the top 15, the closest thing to a 'news' show is 60 minutes. That's at the root of Carvel's observation - at the end of the day, people vote their 'gut feeling' which tends to be (a) what's happened in the last week and (b) how they're doing with the family and finances. If Bernie gets the nod, it'll come down to Trump saying "Bernie's a Commy!". I personally think his best response is "You're a pussy grabbing liar and crook!". Bernie loses if he wanders around trying to define 'democratic socialist'. The problem is that Bernie's promises DO result in things being taken away, which the other democrats have forced him to define. I've always thought, for example, that "expanding medicare" was better and far more practical than 'medicare for all'. Medicare is for 'old people' - why would a 30-something vote for that? I don't read twitter but I've come to accept that many of my countrymen just can't be bothered to read more than 256 characters at a time and any idea that is more complex than (a) leads to (b) is just going to be 'just too darn confusing'. They CAN do more, but not without motivation. And in a 'stable economy', the motivation just isn't there. BTW: Sent in my ballot go go Absentee! Absolutely worth the $1.50 for the convenience. I'll blow another $3.00 for the general so my misses can vote - she's definitely not going to pay attention before that.
  8. Although I disagree with Olsonist about the requirement to kowtow to Israel to be a neocon - I think you can be a neocon just fine without that - I've never seen any evidence that Libya was anything other than the western powers getting back at a generally secularist leader who'd set himself up as the "Muslim-light' alternative to Europe. And yes, I mean that. Qadaffi downplayed religion in general for a variety of strategic reasons. Iran was helping anti Qaddafi rebels (https://www.ibtimes.com/iran-reaches-out-libyan-rebel-council-306966). In the 2000's, Qaddafi apparently even tried to get help from the Israelis to fight against the rebels that Iran was helping. Same fight as Yamen and Syria and a dozen other conflicts. Shia vs Suni. But ultimately, Qaddafi was a minor player to Israel and they apparently brushed him off. He was actually a semi-useful conduit for arms and weapons to paramilitary groups. He could be paid to send just about anything anywhere and didn't care who the seller or buyer was, as long as he got his percentage. And he paid for that lack of discrimination but that was his business model. Don't ask, don't tell, just ship. He was a much bigger player to Washington and the UK. Not everything is about the Jews. Sometimes, people actually do have their own motivations.
  9. cmilliken

    How Real Politicians Interact

    It's not in mine either Honestly, i find PA to be a reasonably good news feeder from a range of sources. And I like to hear other perspectives. Just ignore the insults. For a while, i was curious to see HOW people argued - what tactics they used. To me, that's one of the aspects that I kind of miss - years ago, there seemed to be wider and more varied tactics and there seemed to be a tiny bit more humor. The rhetoric is pretty predictable..but that also may just be old man glasses. Hey.. GET OFF MY LAWN!
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    How Real Politicians Interact

    I think it's important to acknowledge that many of the posters are actually here TO PROVOKE. They don't want dialog or understanding - they want entertainment and diversion. Those folks have zero interest in 'stop calling each other assholes' - that's LITERALLY why they're here - to call and be called an asshole. That's why I say there are no 'noble savages'. PA is a bare knuckle shit fight where occasionally, a meaningful dialog or might break out, not the other way.
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    Help Abolish nuclear weapons

    It's definitely shifted the theater. Instead of invading and shooting, the strategy is to fund insurgents and try and foment rebellion from within. I was watching an article describing the war between Egypt and Ethopia that's being fought over the Nile dam project basically through proxies. I had no clue it was even going on. One of the big downsides is that it use to be 'more definitive' to 'win'. You beat the other guy to death or submission and started over. Now, these processes take years and even decades to resolve, if ever. Its better than nuclear holocaust - but I'm not sure it's THAT much better if you happen to live in a region that's being contested. It also means places like North Korea exist.. forever? The next big thing is going to be when something like SpaceX's Satellite internet is deployed and it becomes even more difficult to censor communications.
  12. cmilliken

    LOL... Bloomturd to pick hillary as running mate.

    From what I can tell, the current mission of the fed is to protect financial asset prices by injecting massive liquidity into the secondary markets anytime one of the various crony capitalist firms so much as frowns, thereby actually monetizing the moral hazard associated with socializing financial risk across the broader economy. In other words, the fed isn't so much a net anymore, but a trampoline, guaranteeing that the beautiful people aren't inconvenienced by having to deal with actually LOSING money from bad bets. The status quo MUST be maintained. But I'm just spitballing here based on what they've actually been doing, not what they claim.
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    LOL... Bloomturd to pick hillary as running mate.

    I'm sure he meant deficit.
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    LOL... Bloomturd to pick hillary as running mate.

    Seemed early to me too but talking heads gotta talk.
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    LOL... Bloomturd to pick hillary as running mate.

    Doesn't look like Bernie's all too excited to be Bloomberg's running mate so that's pretty unlikely FWIW, the insiders are saying Stacy Abrams has the VP nod sewn up, regardless of candidate. I think it's a bit early for that but she's clearly being groomed for it. She's started going the populist tour to get her name out.