• Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 05:36 PM
    But "having the Swampublican get their vote in the 2nd or 3rd round" is exactly what eliminates the so-called "spoiler effect". And when you combine that with the fact that as a result (as you yourself acknowledge) "the Swampublicans will feel free to act more liberal ", then you have set yourself up for a double-whammy - the Republican party will become that much more insulated from reaction, and at the same time the "spoiler effect" will have been eliminated as a possible corrective ... For whatever they might (or might not) be worth, my thoughts on the subject of voting and any of various voting schemes are offered solely arguendo. Presently, the matter is moot. Regardless of what schemes for representation might be engineered, neither republics nor democracies (nor any mixture of the two) are even remotely viable or maintainable at the scale of a third of a billion people - or even at the scale of the more populous states. Democracy in particular scales especially poorly (I suspect that even a scale measured in the hundreds would be too large for democracy to avoid significant dysfunction).
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 04:58 PM
    None at all - because California also eliminates the spoiler effect. They just use a different method to do it (by allowing only two candidates in the general).
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 04:51 PM
    Fixed. Sadly, this is one of the few things about which Ron Paul is wrong. Liberty is like the weather. Everyone talks about it, but ...
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 04:18 PM
    LMAO ... as if Polquin gave a damn about anyone but Rs & Ds being "disenfranchised" before rank voting was used ... But if you lose the spoiler effect, what do you gain? Cui bono? Without the ability to produce the spoiler effect, the participation of third-party and non-party candidates (and the enablement of their supporters to express support) can be effectively nullified. It may well destroy or seriously degrade one of the only useful things there is about voting. I have argued elsewhere that voting is not an effective means of changing anything. Voting does not cause change - rather, it is the result of change (if any). At best, voting is like a windsock - but in that capacity, it can still be a somewhat useful thing. Voting won't change the direction of the wind, but it may at least tell you when and in what direction the wind is changing.
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  • DamianTV's Avatar
    Today, 02:20 AM
    Because People are not people, not legally anyway, ONLY Corporations are People. Thus, only Corporations have Rights.
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  • enhanced_deficit's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:30 PM
    China just reported 'ugly' industrial output and retail sales growth that missed expectations China on Friday reported industrial output and retail sales growth for the month of November that missed expectations, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics. The world's second-largest economy has begun to show signs of slowing down amid a bitter trade dispute with the U.S. Huileng Tan
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  • enhanced_deficit's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:27 PM
    Chinese companies are threatening to punish employees caught using Apple products Hong Kong (CNN Business)The detention of a top Huawei executive is prompting some Chinese companies and business groups to call for workers to boycott products from US companies like Apple, prompting fears of a wider backlash. Several organizations across China have issued notices urging staff members to show their support for Huawei, threatening punishment against anyone caught with Apple (AAPL) products or even offering subsidies to buy Chinese smartphones. "The US aims to contain China's rise ... I believe we Chinese people should stand united and support our national products," the Nanchong Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai said in a statement this week, warning any members who bought Apple products would be "banned." The crisis began after news emerged that Meng Wanzhou, Huawei's chief financial officer and the daughter of the company's founder, was detained in Vancouver on December 1. She could face extradition to the United States, provoking fury in Chinese state media. https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/11/business/huawei-apple-china-tech-us/index.html
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  • enhanced_deficit's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:51 PM
    What will be fallout from US Senate declaring that MAGA's son-in-law's ally dictator was responsible for torturing/dismembring/killing of WaPo journalist? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SbwaTouWf4 This is shaping up to be a stunning rebuke of and major setback for GOP-Adelson/Jarvanka wing of Iran/Syria/Yemen wars neocons (often advertized as "America First" / MAGA wing) that is already in dire shape following Cohen's sentencing and other wheels falling off.
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  • enhanced_deficit's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:36 PM
    Why such overly emotional outbursts in a discussion ... was just a comment in response to refreshing compassion diplayed for plight of brown foreign Christian women (who are not even US residents like Khashugi) by a supporter of MAGA. You posted this in Politics section, what else to do you expect if one is not to give opinion on possible political options to help persecuted , suffering brown Christians in 3rd world countries, Palestine, South America etc. This was not really meant to highlight hypocrisy or would have pointed out that MAGA's political slave masters/ foreign neocon lobbies funding many US politocians had been also accused of supporting and creating groups like ISIS that have brought tremendous sufffering for Christian women of many races.
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  • enhanced_deficit's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:22 PM
    Jeffrey Epstein’s plea deal is a travesty. But we can still find justice By David Von Drehle December 12, 2018 02:30 AM
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  • enhanced_deficit's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:04 PM
    On top of forced marriages, they also seem to still allow a man to marry multiple wives at a time which seems to be human rights abuse. Some of persecuted minorities are able to seek asylum in western countries but lately migration fatigue has been making it harder for US/Europe to allow persecuted religious minorities from other countries. It's encouraging to see this topic brought up here , lately MAGA crowd has been downplaying plight of brown Christians from 3rd world countries, Palestine, Haiti etc and not so willing to offer them asylum. Yesterday NBC news played video of a preganant Christian woman with a young baby in extremely bad condition in dirty camp set outside US border in MX as she was told she'll have to wait months if she ever gets interviewed for her asylum case. There were some minorities from Bangladesh among other Christian migrants waiting outside border.
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  • enhanced_deficit's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:45 PM
    Trump was at August 2015 meeting about hush money payments, source says By Kara Scannell, Erica Orden and Marshall Cohen, CNN 7:37 PM ET, Thu December 13, 2018
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  • enhanced_deficit's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:42 PM
    I dunno, slippery slope and they could next vote to end $30 Billion taxpayers donation being sent to our other closest ally Israel also. Do we really want that? Let's be careful what we cheer and what we wish for. Dangerous momentum of liberty. Related 11/20/2018 Trump Says U.S. To Stand By Saudi Arabia Even If MBS Ordered Khashoggi Murder
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  • enhanced_deficit's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:33 PM
    Pelosi loves this country. Next team Pelosi-MAGA probably would be joining forces to increase big gummit spending and raise debt ceiling to the sky. Go big or go home.
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  • enhanced_deficit's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:29 PM
    Also troubling is the fact that "Drain the Swamp" campaign was supposed to be a MAGA thing; MAGA and his widely respected team members were not supposed to be subjects of such an operation. DTS is being turned on its head. I'm all for ending corruption in politics but this seems bit too ironic and even drastic.
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  • enhanced_deficit's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:05 PM
    Hopefully fears are exaggerated and democracy will be allowed to continue its course bypassing the swamp lands. But risks are increasing & GOP-Adelson wing's future is starting to look bit bleak. Respected neoconservative and Democrats funding billionaire turned MAGA top funder Adelson is probably not kicking himslef yet for investing so much money in MAGA's election. But if his term is cut short and net return for Adelson investment is only US embassy move in Israel and MAGA's couple of half-hearted bombing strikes in Syria, were all those millions of dollars spent on MAGA's election worth it for Sheldon "US should drop Atom Bomb on Iran" Adelson? "The Michael Cohen Bribery Scandal Is Now a Trump Bribery Scandal" Trump Inauguration Spending Under Criminal Investigation by Federal Prosecutors Probe looking into whether committee misspent funds and top donors gave money in exchange for access to the administration
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  • enhanced_deficit's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:52 PM
    Multiple troubling news in past coupe of days. GOP-Adelson wing's chapter about to close? Breaking on Drudge: WSJ: FEDS INVESTIGATE TRUMP INAUGURATION
    20 replies | 735 view(s)
  • DamianTV's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:17 PM
    And nothing will change. Google makes money by selling its data to the govt, and govt loves not having to go thru that pesky thing called a Constitutional Right. This is the new story of your enslavement.
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  • enhanced_deficit's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:14 PM
    Even critics are starting to concede that this is not a wimpy "tax and spend" regime but rather a bold 'borrow and spend' regime. Tax cuts were huge win, coming middle class tax cuts should be even bigger. Although debt purists would be whining as usual.
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  • enhanced_deficit's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:09 PM
    On a related note, for some reason Sacha Baron Cohen never interviewed Jeffrey Epstein or Alan Dershowitz or any of war lobbies neocons. Is it because they would not make good TV? From Drudge: Consent For Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘Who Is America?’ Was Fraud, Roy Moore Claims by Dominic Patten December 12, 2018
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:59 PM
    LMAO @ "something else" ... ... He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance ... Instead of sniveling, Ventry should be profoundly grateful that those whose substance he eats out are such pushovers nowadays. Once upon a time ...
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    Yesterday, 12:51 PM
    This is shaping up to be a stunning rebuke of and major setback for GOP-Adelson/Jarvanka wing of Iran/Syria/Yemen wars neocons (usually advertized as MAGA) that is already in dire shape following Cohen's sentencing and other wheels falling off. Jared Kushner advised Saudi prince on how to 'weather' Khashoggi slaying, report says William Cummings, USA TODAY Published Dec. 9, 2018 Senators are considering multiple pieces of legislation to formally rebuke Saudi Arabia for the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Momentum is building for a resolution that would call the Saudi crown prince "complicit" in the killing. (Dec. 6) AP
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  • enhanced_deficit's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:44 PM
    AD , a respected left-winger and probably be a neocon, is not officially part of GOP-Adelson wing (that is advertized as a right wing/MAGA outfit) but is often their advocate in media: Alan Dershowitz defends Dan Gertler, the Israeli criminal billionaire who has looted the DR Congo US Politics James North on December 11, 2018 23 Comments Alan Dershowitz (Photo: Sun Sentinel)
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:41 PM
    So according to McConnell, toothless and inconsequential finger-wagging is a "responsible alternative" to ending participation in mass slaughter ... I wish I could believe in Hell so that I could believe McConnell would burn there one day.
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    Yesterday, 12:39 PM
    No comment from ME Peace officer Kushner yet: Airbnb is preventing Palestinian hosts from listing their homes in the occupied West Bank US Politics Yumna Patel on December 11, 2018 9 Comments Mondoweiss has learned that Airbnb is currently preventing Palestinian hosts from listing their homes in the occupied West Bank. When attempting to list a property for rent in a Palestinian city in the West Bank, users are denied by the website, and given a message saying “country code is invalid.” Mondoweiss attempted to post a listing in the West Bank cities of Bethlehem, Ramallah, and Nablus, and received the same notification.
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  • enhanced_deficit's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:33 PM
    Elsewhere read chatter about another option, something like him giving up his crazy America First ideas and becoming a regular streamlined Prez to fully embeace deep stage policies, wars in Syria/Yemen and other neocons policies abroad and at home and the whole thing goes away.
    16 replies | 248 view(s)
  • enhanced_deficit's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:23 PM
    From WE: Michael Cohen's sentencing could make it harder for Nancy Pelosi and Democrats to stave off impeachment by Philip Klein | December 12, 2018 03:00 PM
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:22 PM
    :confused: And ... ? Money is fungible - which means that in each of the cases you mention, the whole family IS "on welfare" (unless you want to claim that Junior is entirely self-supporting, or that household spending by Mom and/or Dad is completely unaffected in any way by Grannie's SS check). EDIT: What's more, if both of the conditions you identify apply to the same family, then that family is "on welfare" twice - but for purposes of assessing the percentage of families "on welfare", it only gets counted once ...
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  • enhanced_deficit's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:16 PM
    Well all are details out so are based mostly on media reports, so suffice it to say that let's wait till all the facts have come out and confirmed by relaiable sources.
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  • enhanced_deficit's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:13 PM
    Don't think it is to avoid press's nosy questions about his attorney/fixer Cohen being given 3 years prison term. Could it be he's still honoring and mourning GW Bush? Trump cancels G20 Press to mourn GW Bush
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