Justin Jordan

Justin Jordan

  • Commented on I ain't dead
    There's a substantial difference between 'couldn't win' and 'likely in trouble'. The election as it played out as as close to an actual coin toss as it's possible to guess in national politics. At the time, I was one of...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Nah. It's not obvious Biden can't win, and it wasn't obvious Hillary couldn't win - which even a cursory look at the results would make clear, since the idiot in chief won by 100,000 votes in three keys states. Hillary...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    "As long as it is 2 Senators per state regardless of population, progressive / left wing tickets for the White House will lose the Senate as you will scare too many voters in centre or right wing states." That's certainly...
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    I downloaded LibreOffice this year, and it saves and opens in as far as I can tell every kind of Word file type. It also doesn't have the fucking Ribbon. It's got some issues, but it's generally a big improvement...
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    So some anecdotal stuff: Here in the deep red, I've noticed something, which I cannot remotely prove is representative but I actually hope IS. So the people I know who voted for Trump and I would, outside of that, classify...
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    "C) Getting enough enthusiasm behind Biden to overcome those disadvantages just aint gonna happen. Some of my USAnian contacts are feverishly speculating that Michelle Obama as VP would seal the deal, but I dont buy it, at best it moves...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Amusingly, just last week I said that someone could make some headway by creating something I called Real Republicans, which basically reframed progressive issues in ways rural conservatives would find palatable, and then start co-opting the party at the local...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    It's maybe quibbling, but 'continues to vote for' and 'happy with' aren't the same animal. I've never been happy with literally anyone I ever voted for, because my politics are idiosyncratic compared to the available mainstream US options. But even...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    "I still don't understand why so many people hate Hilary - are you saying it is not "simply" US misogynism?" It isn't. To be clear, yes, general misogyny is a major factor, and misogyny also factors into why and how...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Pennsylvania probably didn't. Hillary performed about as well as (actually usually slightly better - but we're talking round error slight) Obama in almost the counties that went for Obama in 2012. One county, which was right on the edge in...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Not Trump is a heck of a motivator. The idea that people are motivated to vote FOR a candidate/party and that's there's a large pool of independents who swing between parties are largely a relic of the past (and the...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    South central Pennsylvania....
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    I'm in deeeeeeep red county - it went seventy some percent for Trump, and is (literally, from the census)98%+ white people - where we've got 48,000 ish people in an area about the size of Rhode Island. We've got 49...
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    "basic political definitions that go back to ancient Greece." Except Athenian democracy was a representative democracy, albeit a different sort than we use. But I can tell you're the sort to not let me facts get in the way of...
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    Damn it, can I not edit? The google search first page for me is about 70% people commenting on this. But there's articles on the phrase's use. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/27/opinion/aoc-crenshaw-republicans-democracy.html...
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    I mean, it's not just me. https://thebaffler.com/latest/were-a-republic-not-a-democracy-burmila https://mises.org/wire/stop-saying-were-republic-not-democracy...
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    I've never seen the phrase used by a serious person. And I'm from the US myself. I have however seen variations of "Maybe we would be better off without the electoral college." "Well, we're a Republic not a Democracy." With...
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    The point I think Greg is making is that people who say "It's a Republic not a Democracy" are almost always anti democratic assholes, not whether or not the US is a republic. It's like the term virtue signalling -...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    As far as I can tell, you've got a definitional issue, in that you're defining socialism as ONLY socialism, but allowing for a mixed economy and calling it capitalism. Which weights the argument towards the status quo....
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    Nope. You replied to my comment replying to, and quoting, comment 37, where I was talking about whether it was rational for people to have alternate water supplies in a pandemic. You then went on what is at best a...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    Well, no, that's a description, not a plan. Which is meaningful. No one planned capitalism, but you are asking for a plan for the alternative, which is not the same thing. Some systems are more plausible than others, but any...
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    "Let me see if I understand you: are you saying that the whole marketing of bottled water, mostly named after springs that they have no relation to, is not propaganda or marketing, and that they're actually better than approved city...
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    Well, I'd put it that you've never worried about water. Doesn't meant you shouldn't be concerned about what you'd do if it shut down for a few days. This has happened in major US cities on at least two occasions...
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    So circa 2005 I had a (very lucrative) gig rewriting applications for mostly non English as their first language MBA students applying for jobs at high finance places. Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, etc. It didn't require any specific finance knowledge on...
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    It's interesting, in the US, that capitalism and socialism have mutated as terms. There do exist actual socialists, but the vast majority of the time when people talk about socialism, they're not talking about socialism as defined in basically any...
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    "Presumably the people that stocked up on bottled water in case somehow, hospitals being overloaded and ventilators being in short supply caused the water to turn off, " Eh, stocking up on bottled water is not unreasonable. Especially in a...
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