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by Dark567
Wed Nov 23, 2016 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I have no doubt the GOP would have tried to smear him same as they did Clinton, but I don't think they would have been nearly as successful, especially as he was appealing to many of the same voters that switched to the GOP (compared to 2012) in the general election. Ehhh.. I'm not convinced. I thi...
by Dark567
Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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So, I presume you think Stephanie Meyer is a highly competent author? xD Somewhat? Look, she is definitely not a good writer, but there is definitely a skill in finding untapped niches and exploiting them. Sure there was probably a good amount of luck involved but its not all luck here, she still h...
by Dark567
Mon Nov 21, 2016 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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The Great Hippo wrote:Tyndmyr, I think you're misunderstanding my point? I'm saying Trump's victory demonstrates that the ecosystem he prospered in at Wall Street translates to Washington.
I don't think most people consider Trump's business within the Wall Street metonym.
by Dark567
Sat Nov 19, 2016 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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This is what I mean by Trump not even being a good huckster; if he wasn't born into money, we'd never know his name. He never had to develop skills as a huckster, because being born into a rich family -- one already into real estate -- put him in the pilot seat of a machine designed to insulate him...
by Dark567
Fri Nov 18, 2016 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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Thesh wrote:Now I'm just confused; do you have a point to make or is this being pedantic for the sake of being pedantic?
I am saying what you are proposing for Trump's alternative to investing in real estate, "investing in an index fund" wasn't really an option.
by Dark567
Fri Nov 18, 2016 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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Trump probably has too much money to invest in an index fund without pretty adversely affecting that fund. That's not what I said - I said if you started out investing in an index fund, you'd probably be richer. The point is that staying rich doesn't necessarily imply anything. So index funds weren...
by Dark567
Fri Nov 18, 2016 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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It can be down to luck that you hit it really big in business ala Silicon Valley, but top businessmen with consistent records of getting and staying rich for decades doesn't happen by mere good luck. I think the better aspect to focus on Trump for is the fact that his money is primarily from sellin...
by Dark567
Mon Nov 14, 2016 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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Pulling from the straight up Republican bucket is also helpful, but it's a lot harder. You probably can't reach the evangelicals. Or the tea partiers. Both of those overlapping segments are people who have much less overlap with the Democratic party. You've gotta target other ones. Here's a coupla ...
by Dark567
Wed Nov 09, 2016 1:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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You can still believe what you're doing is right even as you're advocating horrible things. That doesn't make those things not-horrible. What do you want me to do; pretend I'm not disgusted when a Trump supporter tells me we need to murder all Muslims? You want me to smile and shake hands with this...
by Dark567
Tue Nov 08, 2016 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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For the obsessed, you can watch the exit polls in real time here:
http://www.slate.com/votecastr_election ... acker.html
by Dark567
Mon Nov 07, 2016 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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Not that I disagree with you in particular however. I do think Democrats in general are more ashamed to be patriotic than Republicans. But I was listening to the radio today and heard a very major counter-example and felt like sharing it. The Democrats are careful to be patriotic, but not nationali...
by Dark567
Sat Nov 05, 2016 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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How did the FBI become so pro-Trump? That's kind of weird. Usually civil service is pretty pro-establishment, and pretty conservative in the "not wanting any change" sense of the word. Hillary seems like a pretty good candidate for them. Perhaps a bit too left-wing, but she's unlikely to ...
by Dark567
Fri Oct 28, 2016 9:18 pm UTC
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Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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I'd have bailed out the homeowners. Shit, if a homeowner DOES get bailed out somehow, forgiven loans are generally counted as income. So, you get taxed on that. It's not net income for the year if you immediately used the money (from the sale of 15% or 20% or your home to the government) to pay off...
by Dark567
Fri Oct 28, 2016 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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In other news, FBI is reopening investigations against Clinton's email server.

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/10/fbi-reopens-clinton-email-server-investigation-230454
by Dark567
Fri Oct 28, 2016 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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So we should overturn Citizens, and make it so unions, corporations, newspapers, etc can't use their platforms to support a candidate? Where do you draw the lines? I would say individuals should be able to donate to candidates they are able to vote for, and only an individual and their campaign sho...
by Dark567
Fri Oct 28, 2016 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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spending money, in its view, was the same as written or verbal expression
That sounds like money = speech to me?
by Dark567
Fri Oct 28, 2016 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_National_Bank_of_Boston_v._Bellotti If you are referring to a different one, why not say which one you are referring too instead of playing the Supreme Court Case guessing game? All these are Supreme Court justices choosing to interpret the constitution in ways i...
by Dark567
Fri Oct 28, 2016 1:23 pm UTC
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Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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Thesh wrote:https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/McCutcheon_v._FEC
Err sure, that expands on the principal in a tighter 5-4 ruling, but the principle of money=speech goes back further than that.
by Dark567
Fri Oct 28, 2016 1:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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I can't decide if KnightExemplar's claim that conservative judges don't bend the Constitution is a No True Scotsman fallacy or just blatantly ahistorical nonsense. Was Scalia a "conservative judge"? If you say yes, then I'll know it's the nonsense you' re going for. If no, then it's No Tr...
by Dark567
Thu Oct 27, 2016 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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Cruz and Ben Carson seemed to be token candidates who didn't connect to their respective groups. The rest of the bunch were Republicans and also represented their minority group pretty well IMO. No, they didn't connect to people like a Democrat would have, but Bobby Jindal was certainly openly Punj...
by Dark567
Thu Oct 27, 2016 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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Jeb (Bilingual Spanish / English candidate), Rubio (Hispanic), and Cruz (Hispanic), Bobby Jindal (Indian / Punjabi), Carly Fiorina (Female), Ben Carson (African American). Republicans tried diversity for 2016. Its easy to forget because of Trump, but they really did try. The GOP leaders/elders/elit...
by Dark567
Thu Oct 27, 2016 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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The thing is from the RNC perspective even if Trump does win, there will be a hell of post mortem because it's not all that good for them. Sure they have the presidency, but your party just elected someone who has no loyalty to the party and a willing to throw them under the bus as needed. The GOP i...
by Dark567
Thu Oct 27, 2016 8:49 pm UTC
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Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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The question is why didn't the "Autopsy" work in 2016, and what can be done to make it work? I think the more import autopsy for this election will actually be the democrats. Although I do think the Democratic post mortem will be interesting, I don't think any post mortem will be as inter...
by Dark567
Thu Oct 27, 2016 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-10-27/inside-the-trump-bunker-with-12-days-to-go Instead of expanding the electorate, [campaign chairman Steve] Bannon and his team are trying to shrink it. “We have three major voter suppression operations under way,” says a senior official. They’re aimed...
by Dark567
Thu Oct 27, 2016 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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Trump's really not that bad: he's just a horrible person in general who believes every conspiracy theory about Democrats, has horrible communication skills, zero attention span, does not seem to care or have any knowledge about issues that don't affect him personally (or that he perceives to), and ...
by Dark567
Wed Oct 26, 2016 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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Sure, wealth provides educational opportunity, but that's not specific to CS students. Or STEM or biology or whatever. So, it might have a causative relationship with overall educational trends, but it probably doesn't explain major-specific trends. I suspect it is mostly self-selecting happening. ...
by Dark567
Tue Oct 25, 2016 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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So, I scanned my state, MD, on the basis of I'd probably know which organizations are liberal and which are not, but it quickly breaks down. Is google consumer surveys liberal or conservative, for instance? It biases slightly red, looks like. Some, such as Goucher College, appear in the state list,...
by Dark567
Tue Oct 25, 2016 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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Interesting, people who live in areas where the manufacturing jobs have gone away are less likely to support Trump ; not more, and Trump supporters are richer than average, not poorer. To some extent you have to unpack this. Trump voters are richer overall, but they are much more white, who tend to...
by Dark567
Sun Oct 23, 2016 12:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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So my advice for US 3rd parties: Focus on local elections. Then regional ones. You shouldn't even be thinking about national elections before you have a significant influence in several states. Even then start with the house and senate. For the most part, I think they actually do this. Both the Gre...
by Dark567
Tue Oct 18, 2016 2:22 pm UTC
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Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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Maybe that qualifies under "somewhat dumb". I'm still tempted to say it's different kind of dumb than anti-vaxxer, especially if you are just trying to judge what kind of person they are as a regular person, not from the "as a presidential candidate" viewpoint. Right. One of the...
by Dark567
Tue Oct 18, 2016 1:21 am UTC
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Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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ahammel wrote:Hate her for that if you want, but that's how the sausage gets made.
Oh, I'm in complete agreement here, really what she was doing was just being competent. Hell, I even like that her true political positions are those thing.
by Dark567
Mon Oct 17, 2016 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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*shrug* That's not a character flaw thing. A little on the optimistic side, sure, but eh, whatever. It's a dream. I wouldn't worry about that bit. Strikes me as unimportant. It does contradict her public statements. The right has been saying forever that what the Democrats want is simply open up ou...
by Dark567
Mon Oct 17, 2016 7:57 pm UTC
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Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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"My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders, some time in the future with energy that is as green and sustainable as we can get it, powering growth and opportunity for every person in the hemisphere." That's something I am quite happy about, but it comes acr...
by Dark567
Thu Oct 13, 2016 8:28 pm UTC
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Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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It's pretty similar to a modified trolley problem where you can either push a button to kill 1, push a button to kill 5 or not do anything and one of the two outcomes will occur. All of the same moral/immoral arguments would likely apply. And fortunately there's a whole other thread for that over i...
by Dark567
Wed Oct 12, 2016 1:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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Warren Buffet releases tax returns, proves that he pays federal income tax, and claims that he never used the carryover exemption. Which... is obvious. He's fucking Warren Buffet. His business moves don't lose money. You have to lose money to be able to use the exemptions that Trump used... so a re...
by Dark567
Fri Sep 09, 2016 3:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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You also have to consider the vetting process. Sanders or Kasich would have a lot more shit thrown at them if the parties actually thought they stood a chance. The fact is that because they were marginalized candidates they don't have the things that are thrown at them that would cause very negative...
by Dark567
Mon Sep 05, 2016 8:49 pm UTC
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Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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That's a new one, instead of comparing it to Nixonian or George Wallace, they compared him to old school libertarians. I remember the Ronpaul doing morally dubious task of halfassing his repudiating of racists, but I didn't think old school libertarians were that racist. Libertarians in the 20th ce...
by Dark567
Fri Aug 26, 2016 12:55 pm UTC
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Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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One explanation could be that the US has much more international influence. The US may be only 20 times bigger, but they probably have far more than 20 times the influence. But if that's the case, you'd expect most US election spending to be foreign money, and that does not seem to be the case. I t...
by Dark567
Mon Aug 08, 2016 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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On Dutch media, I read about a Evan McMullin who would run as an independent and the media concluded "this will cost Trump votes", as well as that this can be the the little bit that will cost Trump the election, like Gore lost in 2000. Now, two questions: 1) Wouldn't Hillary also lose po...
by Dark567
Tue Aug 02, 2016 2:36 am UTC
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Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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sardia wrote:
As for income inequality, you don't agree with taxing some of the gains from globalization to help out the losers?

The losers are relatively rich (top 20%) and gains tend to be many of the worst off, why the hell would you tax that?

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