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by Octavious
Thu Nov 12, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Armenia, nil points
Replies: 20
Views: 355

Re: Armenia, nil points

It was related to this one, but it's very much in the higher end of estimates I've seen and could well be a load of dingo's kidneys depending on how much of the attacks on civilian targets were propaganda and how many actually happened. We can but hope. As far as I can tell observation from reliable...
by Octavious
Thu Nov 12, 2020 7:52 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Armenia, nil points
Replies: 20
Views: 355

Re: Armenia, nil points

Well, game set and match Azerbaijan. At least it was quick. A masterclass in diplomacy and how to win a war before it has even started. We should all take note.

A damn shame that 30,000 died for the sake of a foregone conclusion.
by Octavious
Wed Nov 11, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Electoral College predictions (among others)
Replies: 65
Views: 1310

Re: Electoral College predictions (among others)

Yeah I get that. I'm more surprised at that all the suites coming now seem so ... unprepared. But maybe they're just waiting. We can be thankful that the autocrat wanna-be currently in the White House, outside his propaganda distribution machine, is quite incompetent. When your narrative only makes...
by Octavious
Tue Nov 10, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Election Night Thread
Replies: 92
Views: 1136

Re: Election Night Thread

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss
by Octavious
Tue Nov 10, 2020 8:39 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Election Night Thread
Replies: 92
Views: 1136

Re: Election Night Thread

Are you saying that you want Biden to adopt Trump's methods and cement them as part of the American system for the foreseeable future?
by Octavious
Mon Nov 09, 2020 10:06 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Election Night Thread
Replies: 92
Views: 1136

Re: Election Night Thread

https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/08/politics/biden-first-day-executive-actions/index.html Biden campaign has prepared executive orders to overturn much of what Trump has done in the last 4 years with his executive orders. Bypassing the Congress is becoming the normal way to govern. So much for checks an...
by Octavious
Mon Nov 09, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Uneasy rests Trumptoad's head that wears a doomed Crown?
Replies: 5
Views: 65

Re: Uneasy rests Trumptoad's head that wears a doomed Crown?

I've heard he has plans to run off with a circus performer called Nellie, who's had an act as the world's largest woman in rural Wisconsin for nearly ten years. Apparently they have strong connections with the old royal capital of Burma.
by Octavious
Sat Nov 07, 2020 10:35 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Election Night Thread
Replies: 92
Views: 1136

Re: Election Night Thread

In practice how strong would a 51-49 or 52-48 majority be? Has American politics reached the stage where people vote along party lines so reliably that even a razor thin majority is pretty solid, or is there scope for a fair few Democrat victories? In the UK Parliament, for example, the Conservative...
by Octavious
Sat Nov 07, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Election Night Thread
Replies: 92
Views: 1136

Re: Election Night Thread

Looking at the Beeb it seems it won't be settled until the 5th of January due to there being run off elections where neither candidate achieved 50% of the vote in their particular race.
by Octavious
Sat Nov 07, 2020 9:31 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Election Night Thread
Replies: 92
Views: 1136

Re: Election Night Thread

The Republicans have recovered some seats in the HoR, but the Democrats still have control. I believe the Senate stands at 48-48 with a few left to be counted.
by Octavious
Sat Nov 07, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Election Night Thread
Replies: 92
Views: 1136

Re: Election Night Thread

It depends upon how many Pence will promise to pardon. All those rats have to worry about crimes that will be investigated under the new administration. Trump and the Republican party have given Biden a road map on how to avoid Congressional approval and oversight. Except for judicial appointments,...
by Octavious
Sat Nov 07, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Election Night Thread
Replies: 92
Views: 1136

Re: Election Night Thread

This one was over a couple of days ago when it became obvious both that the direction of the count was favoring Biden and that there was no appetite from the powers that be to support Trump's legal campaign. The only thing that can save Trump now is if one of the automatic recounts finds a few thous...
by Octavious
Sat Nov 07, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Election Night Thread
Replies: 92
Views: 1136

Re: Election Night Thread

Quite so. Trump was a symptom of the problem, not the problem itself. By his own measure he has probably done a good job, and served the country well. More objectively, he's not started any wars nor broken much that can't be fixed, so as Presidencies go it's no disaster. I dare say that the forces w...
by Octavious
Sat Nov 07, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Cursed are the mink, for they shall imperil the earth.
Replies: 7
Views: 97

Cursed are the mink, for they shall imperil the earth.

So, whilst America has been spending billions of dollars trying to decide whether to elect an angry old duffer or a doddery old fool as their commander in chief, in Europe we have lurched from the unwelcome diversion of a string of Islamist terror attacks back to a new and exciting potential covid d...
by Octavious
Wed Nov 04, 2020 11:31 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Election Night Thread
Replies: 92
Views: 1136

Re: Election Night Thread

Abbreviations are used in the mail I can see how that's useful for the postal service, but less so why anyone else would need to learn them. headers for resumes I had to check what a resume was, but even afterwards I'm unsure why you'd put a state code on a header. and when you want to put MI inste...
by Octavious
Wed Nov 04, 2020 10:45 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Election Night Thread
Replies: 92
Views: 1136

Re: Election Night Thread

Out of curiosity, are all Yanks taught a two letter code for every state at school? And, aside from confusing foreigners, what is the purpose of the code?
by Octavious
Mon Nov 02, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Electoral College predictions (among others)
Replies: 65
Views: 1310

Re: Electoral College predictions (among others)

Your point was not clear, made even less so by apparently describing the chap who has been struggling in the polls for 4 years as somehow not the underdog. That Trump is the underdog in this election is one of the few certainties there is :razz:. Regardless, there are a huge number of reasons for T...
by Octavious
Mon Nov 02, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Electoral College predictions (among others)
Replies: 65
Views: 1310

Re: Electoral College predictions (among others)

Your point was not clear, made even less so by apparently describing the chap who has been struggling in the polls for 4 years as somehow not the underdog. That Trump is the underdog in this election is one of the few certainties there is :razz:. Regardless, there are a huge number of reasons for Tr...
by Octavious
Mon Nov 02, 2020 12:25 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Mattis says he is "dangerous"
Replies: 2
Views: 141

Re: Mattis says he is "dangerous"

The disappointing thing for Americans is they don't have anyone fit to be president on offer from the two major parties. It has been a chronic failure of US democracy.

In terms of being dangerous, all Presidents are dangerous by definition. If your President isn't dangerous he's a figurehead.