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  1. Patine

    Total anxiety.

    I don't have the book on hand. It's very near the end of the book, though.
  2. Patine

    Trump North Korea Talks

    Dismissing the North Korea issue as "purely regional" shows you haven't learned the lessons of history. The conflict and consternation between the Kingdoms of Serbia and Montenegro and groups like the Black Hand and Young Serbia vs. the Dual Monarchy of Austria-Hungary over the latter's unilateral annexation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1878 was also viewed as a purely regional dispute for several decades. However, when Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Habsburg Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife Sophie were assassinated by the 19-year-old student Gavrilo Princip, who had ties to both the Black Hand and Young Serbia, and was alleged to have ties to and support from Serbia and Montenegro's governments, on June 28, 1914, this "regional conflict," because of the arrayed interests, alliance, and new leaders of many of the Great Powers of the world at the time, quickly escalated into a conflict that forever changed the way war was fought and war was views and whose very peace settlement laid the foundations and ripe earth for WW2...
  3. Welcome back! I'll dig it up for you as soon as I can.
  4. Is anyone interested at all in trying my Uganda Presidential election 2011 playtest for P4E2008? It's quite well researched and an immersive experience into a little-known struggling democracy. It still lacks endorsers and events but is ready to play. Any takers?
  5. Patine

    Total anxiety.

    Read J.R.R. Tolkien's tract on the "darkest times and how they pass" (I believe it's said verbatim by Gandalf to Merri and Pippen in the "Two Towers" - and it's in the movie version, too). It's based directly on something he told Christopher, his youngest son (now the executor of his father's estate - the highest authority on usage of Tolkien intellectual property at the moment) when WW2 broke out. It's quite well written.
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    I am Sorry,Hillary

    Also, I'm pointing out that the way the EC works forces an artificial two-party system of "forced coalitions" that are NOT true political parties but actually internally hostile and lacking true ideological unity. Can anyone here honestly tell me that, in the way political parties work or are defined in any other country, Trump, Cruz, Paul, Bush, and Kasich would all remotely be members of the same party, or that Clinton, Sanders, and Webb would?
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    I am Sorry,Hillary

    It was loaded, yes. Presidentinsertname clumsily tried such loaded questions with me, constantly, now that I recall. Although, usually when dealing with such questions, I answer outside the two "options" given by the asker and, at time, criticize the structure of the question while I do it. But, I can also understand those who lack the time or patience to do that.
  8. Patine

    I am Sorry,Hillary

    Although I can understand such a feeling at times (@Presidentinsertname and @dindu, among, others, certainly inspired such in me in the past), I do at least have to say that I believe the term 'strawman' in the modern political discourse has become so overused across the board as to have become practically meaningless.
  9. Patine

    I am Sorry,Hillary

    Still, it doesn't change the tenor of his response at all...
  10. Patine

    Congress House Scenario Pack

    I would prefer more comprehensive, developed, and detailed CI scenarios covering the whole nation-wide elections in one go, myself.
  11. Ah, people should just sober up! Although, as a serious note there, alcohol of any sort (except for medicinal, sanitary, automotive, and industrial usages) is a wretched substance. I don't drink myself - I think I may have had 3 or 4 mild wine drinks at weddings in my 28 years since turning 18 (I'm 42, remember). And I DETEST being around drunk people. Alcohol causes more deaths, social havoc, accidents, family breakups, and destroyed lives every year globally than opioids, hallucinogens, cocaine and derivatives like crack, methanphetamines, and all the other "hard drugs" combined, but it's legal outside nations that enforce Sharia and the few "dry communities" left. But rant over on that one.
  12. He's yet another once promising independent-thinking sellout to the Duopoly Machine!
  13. Patine

    Truly dangerous territory

    Personally, I've believed for over a year (and recent interview with Boehner, who believes the same thing, helps confirm this in me) that when Trump joined the Republican Primaries in 2015, he didn't actually intend, or even want to be, President. It was a PR stunt in response to things like "The Apprentice" being off the air, the Miss America and Miss Universe paegents dissasociating with him, and looming lawsuits over fraud concerning Trump College. It seems, however, his showmanship caused him to achieve far greater success than even he, himself, imagined, but his ego and narcissism wouldn't let him back down or slow down. And now, in my belief (and Boehner's) - and there's empirical evidence to back it up in his actions - he's "phoning in" (to use old Hollywood actor parlance) being parlance, especially with his eclectic, almost randomly assembled, and constantly shifting cabinet and other high, executive offices, and his irrational, shifting, and often out-of-touch behaviour.
  14. Patine

    I am Sorry,Hillary

    A snide, dismissive, belittling retort with no real substance or backing. You used to be able to do so much better rhetorically, @Reagan04, even if I still disagreed with most of what you said.
  15. Patine

    I am Sorry,Hillary

    Interestingly enough, Emmanuel Macron won 24% of the vote in the first round of the 2017 Presidential Election in France. I don't think a candidate has ever won an absolute majority in the first round in French Presidential elections since they became popular vote, except maybe DeGaulle. Through some political or cultural mechanism, the French government is not threatened with a violent overthrow by dissatisfied citizens every time they elect a President. I suppose it's more food for thought, realistically, at this point.
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    I am Sorry,Hillary

    See, this is a thing about the EC - another flaw - is that the majority of states in a given General Election are never visited by a Presidential candidate (except maybe a Third Party or Independent one). Also, part of the point I was making to @ThePotatoWalrus when he said abolishing the EC would only STRENGTHEN the two party system, and I mentioned the impetus of the two main parties to stay together, I was referring to the fact that, if the EC were not present, and thus the system of "absolute majority of EV's or it goes to the House" were not in place, and the two main parties held together to avoid a division of their "side of the vote" (a la, 1912), but a popular vote with a second round, like say France were in place, why wouldn't (using the current political camp names as of 2016 - I don't know what they'd they see if they were separate parties) the Trump Movement (Trump), the Republican Establishment (Bush), the Neocons (Graham), the Social Conservatives (Cruz), the Republican Libertarians (Paul), the Moderates (Kasich), the Establishment Democrats (Clinton), the Social Democrats (Sanders), and the Bluedog Democrats (Webb), actually take a gambit of running on their own platforms in a GE when many of them could theoretically win without the divisive, artificial, and animosity-creating Primary system and the need to coalesce just as artificially behind only two major candidates in the GE instead of grudgingly (in many cases - and leaving many voters to stay home) united behind only one Republican and Democrat, who may not truly have strong support from that outright base of support, but has to be given "lip service" as the candidate, even if some people are gagging?
  17. Patine

    I am Sorry,Hillary

    You're not looking at things holistically and in the broader picture. You're just translating the current political situation as is without considering things like the two big parties having no inherent reason to remain artificial, uneasy, and internally-hostile "forced coalitions" of effectively several different parties each to remain together if the EC was abolished, and things bolder candidates with real ideas who are usually marginalized or silenced, effectively, by Duopoly power and things like the EC, coming forward more confidently.
  18. Patine

    Victorian Prime Minister

    Oh, were you going to include Keir Hardie at the very tail end? He only gained 9-13 seats (I think) with his Labour Representative Committee in 1900, and only a handful in the 1890's as leader (or at least a very senior member) of the Scottish Labour <something> Party, but his LRC has, of course, grown to completely eclipse the Liberals as the main viable electoral alternative to the Conservatives in the UK since.
  19. Patine

    Truly dangerous territory

    He's President of the wrong country for his style of leadership.
  20. Patine

    I am Sorry,Hillary

    It's the Electoral College and the rigged political Duopoly that need to go to prevent monstrous, horrid, Trump vs. Clinton General Elections in the first place. The American people deserve better. The American people deserve a REAL choice of candidates and a REAL political dialogue.
  21. Patine

    This Was Unfortunate

    It's no wonder. His Integrity score in the game isn't exactly stellar. The game just reads the stats and puts them through it's algroithms.
  22. Patine

    Slovenia 2018

    Whatever help you can offer would be appreciated. I don't feel being demanding, or taking for granted, of freely offered help on these kind of non-profit, voluntary Internet collaborations something anyone should do.
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    Slovenia 2018

    They just had a parliamentary election in Slovenia. I thought I'd give a whack at it because most of my other projects are stalled for one reason or another at this point. I'll also see if K4E might still have some bit of a future, even if as a gronyard system, given Anthony seems to have no interest to create an MMP electoral system for PMI anytime in the near future. Could @NYrepublican @Conservative Elector 2 or someone else please make me a simple map based on the region map below (the regions are "unofficial" legally speaking, but have significant recognition in the country informally - the problem is, the official level of government right below the nation is the municipality, and I believe there's over 80 of those)? P.S. - To my knowledge, no source mentions or makes any statement, confirmation, or denial of Melania Trump making any endorsements in her native nation... Map - Slovenia.bmp
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    Slovenia 2018

    Yes, the Slovenian National Party. They're even one of the only EU populist parties going so far as to demand a flag change of their own country, among other things.
  25. Patine

    Illinois 2010 Senate

    Well, the joke's on all of us, and I'm not laughing...
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