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  1. Thread: Trump is Toast

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    Re: Trump is Toast

    So, if Trump treated classified documents worse than Clinton, you'll be chanting 'lock him up,' right?
  2. Thread: Mar a Largo

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    Re: Mar a Largo

    Yup. The FBI can come take away all the classified documents I've taken from the White House. O, wait...I don't have any!
  3. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    You don't understand the logic. A democracy can be direct or representative. A republic can be democratic or otherwise. You are trying to make a distinction that I am not making.

    It's getting...
  4. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    You're still doing it. At no point have I said the U.S. is not a republic.

    Whether you call it a representative democracy or a democratic republic, it remains both a democracy and a republic. You...
  5. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    Sorry I can't always give you the attention you crave, but I'm under no obligation to respond to something I did not take issue with.
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    Re: Really bad Joke of the Day

    We, who are about to die laughing, salute you.
  7. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    The Articles didn't work very well, but that's because they made the central government impotent. It couldn't collect taxes or regulate trade between the states, so there wasn't much point in it...
  8. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    As more of the monarchy's powers lapse, it becomes more vestigial. Isn't that better than Charles I?
  9. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    I actually think your system functions as a republic with a vestigial monarchy.
  10. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    Why is that my problem? I regard both your system and ours as forms of liberal democracy.
  11. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    You're not the boss of us!
  12. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    I don't say it's the only difference, but I certainly admire your ability to get rid of a bad leader expeditiously.

    In terms of how the British rule themselves, the difference between your...
  13. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    Now you're pretending I've said things I haven't. I think you know what my point is, but you've avoided addressing it.
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    Re: How ancient sailors sailed west in The Med

    I'm sure all ancient sailing craft were at their best with wind behind the beam, and sailing routes would be designed to give them that as much as possible. My point is that the polar might be...
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    Re: How ancient sailors sailed west in The Med

    The Norwegian boats in the regatta I referred to would have looked something like this:

    http://www.woodenboatfittings.com.au/public/norwegian-03.jpg
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    Re: How ancient sailors sailed west in The Med

    That polar is very comforting, but do we know whether they were able to sail the boat as well as the ancients did? In Inshore Craft of Norway, there is an account of the powers that be introducing...
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    Re: How ancient sailors sailed west in The Med

    Here's a vid of building the boat:

    https://vimeo.com/324645556
  18. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    You conceded that there is more than one kind of republic, but can't imagine that there is more than one kind of democracy. Madison opposed direct democracy, but wanted representative democracy, also...
  19. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    Your house of Commons is democratically elected, the House of Lords is not, and the head of state is hereditary. You briefly had a republic in the 19th century, but couldn't keep it up.
  20. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    Was looking for the post I was going to respond to, but it turns out you've changed it beyond all recognition.

    Here's how Madison defined democracy in Federalist #10:



    This is a form of...
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    Re: Best Beers by State

    That's a bloody horrible list. The author really likes weird stuff in his beer.
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    Re: Some Common Sense from England...

    Shows how little you know about American football. Wide receivers look nothing like linemen.
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    Re: How ancient sailors sailed west in The Med

    What do you mean, that going to windward means an angle within 45 degrees of the wind? Hardly any vessels could do that prior to the 20th century yachts.
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    Re: How ancient sailors sailed west in The Med

    Why do so few archaeologists think square riggers can sail to windward? Do they never talk to sailors?

    Here are the lines of the Kyrenia Ship from about 300 B.C. (bow to port):

    ...
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    Re: January 6th Committee

    He was claiming the election would be stolen long before it happened. He said he would only accept the results if he won. No way was he planning to give up the office if he lost.
  26. Thread: NJ Garvey build

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    Re: NJ Garvey build

    Lookin' good!
  27. Re: Is this true ? Marjorie Taylor Greene 'openly cheated' on her husband of 25 year

    You don't need a subscription, pronouns are free of charge. In any case, I've seen you use them, so why make a fuss?
  28. Re: Is this true ? Marjorie Taylor Greene 'openly cheated' on her husband of 25 year

    Being misgendered is clearly traumatic for you, so please tell us your pronouns.
  29. Re: Jews and non-christians are not part of the conservative movement

    Yup. After all, Jesus wasn't a Christian either. He was a nice Jewish boy from Nazareth.
  30. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    You disagree with James Madison, who had more to do with framing the constitution than anyone else. He called the the party he helped found the Democrat-Republican Party, expressing his hope that we...
  31. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    Variations on the word 'elect' appear 18 times in the constitution. Our founding document may not use the word democracy, but it outlines the democratic process for electing our representatives.
  32. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    Did you forget that you said this?
  33. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    Harrowing.
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    Re: The time has come to hang together

    If you still can't figure it out, I see little chance of you ever figuring it out. I'm done for now.
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    Re: The most vile food

    My cousin absolutely adores durian. To my taste, it's not bad, but not that great. There are plenty of places in Thailand that do not let people eat durian on the premises, because it tends to drive...
  36. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    Comes not long after the vid of them castrating one of the prisoners surfaced. Ukrainian intelligence is saying it was the Wagner Group, without consultation with the Russian state.
  37. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    So, eliminating the property requirement for voting, women's suffrage, allowing African Americans to vote, all that wasn't progress?
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    Re: On statistics and causality

    Laying people end to end sounds like an inhuman punishment. One might say, for example, that if all the lawyers were placed end to end across the floor of the Pacific Ocean, the world would be a...
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    Re: On statistics and causality

    James M. Buchanan imported the 'economic man' caricature into political science. He was quite influential in right-wing circles, even though his theory failed to explain most political behavior. He...
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    Re: On statistics and causality

    I think doing complicated math made them feel like real scientists, even if it relied on dubious assumptions like efficient markets and the over-simplified model of economic man.

    Behavioral...
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    Re: The time has come to hang together

    First, you heap scorn on me for thinking the ACA was a major step forward, then you ask when you have heaped scorn on anyone. You do not have the gift of seeing yourself as others see you.

    As a...
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    Re: The time has come to hang together

    Well, the important thing is to establish that you are the victim. After all, if progressives had some agency, the fact that they keep viewing outcomes as failures would mean that they had failed,...
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    Re: The time has come to hang together

    This is not accurate. I said that many African Americans are conservative. I most certainly did not say they all are.

    The thing is, with Republicans increasingly controlled by people who once...
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    Re: Seattle: today’s afternoon rush is a mess.

    So that's why people seem to be parking on the freeway!
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    Re: The time has come to hang together

    The problem with the progressive wing is that they don't seem to be able to connect with most African American voters. That's why Sanders couldn't beat Clinton or Biden. The Southern strategy allowed...
  46. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    America is the original 'liberal democracy.' Unlike the Roman republic, where the legislature was more like the House of Lords than the House of Commons, we have a democratic republic. Madison, who...
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    Re: On statistics and causality

    Causality, what causality? It's just one damn thing after another. At least that's what Hume said, if memory serves.
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    Re: The most vile food

    Cheese makes me choke. Tastes like rotten milk, which it basically is. But if a mild cheese is cooked enough, I can tolerate it.

    I don't know what tongue tastes like, my gorge rises when I look at...
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    Re: Seattle: today’s afternoon rush is a mess.

    You missed a bet, not calling it a hot mess.
  50. Re: So we are going to get a third political party

    This is not a 3rd party, this is at the very least a 12th party. There never has been a lack of parties to choose from, the problem is what TomF described above. If a minor party has some measure of...
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