WA Delegate (non-executive): The United Mangrove Archipelago of Ransium (elected )
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Regional Power: Extremely High
Today's World Census Report
The Fattest Citizens in Forest
World Census takers tracked the sale of Cheetos and Twinkies to ascertain which nations most enjoyed the "kind bud."
As a region, Forest is ranked 11,695th in the world for Fattest Citizens.
|1.||The Burning Trash Fire of Lord Dominator||Corporate Police State||“Fire Solves All Things”|
|2.||The Northern Marshes of Drasnia||Anarchy||“A nation of merchants, spies, and merchants who spy.”|
|3.||The AI See You of Candlewhisper Archive||Anarchy||“You Got Issues”|
|4.||The Hotdog-craving birb of Seagull||Corporate Police State||“Ack? Ack!”|
|5.||The Dictatorship of Theennerla Island||Corporate Police State||“You Can't Stop Progress”|
|6.||The Queendom of Thorvel||Conservative Democracy||“In the name of God, On guard !”|
|7.||The Social Darwinist Imperium of The Ascendant Hive||Iron Fist Consumerists||“What Crota began, I complete. My will... conquers all!”|
|8.||The Total Lack of Hue Manatee||Civil Rights Lovefest||“I'm sorry you feel that way”|
|9.||The Transhuman Hive of Turbeaux||Civil Rights Lovefest||“Not only does God play dice, the dice are loaded.”|
|10.||The Borderlands of Taurgur||Iron Fist Consumerists||“Minnai gwannava...”|
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- : The Violet of Jeffenburg arrived from Balder.
- : Haaparanta ceased to exist.
- : Draikos ceased to exist.
- : The Free Land of A Forest arrived from Lazarus.
- : The Free Land of A Forest ceased to exist.
- : The Commonwealth of Medusa Cascade arrived from The Rejected Realms.
- : The Great People And Nation of Jonre arrived from Balder.
- : Rippardine ceased to exist.
- : Maenea ceased to exist.
Forest Regional Message Board
You misunderstand me. When I said, "let's rewind to 2016", what I meant was "let's remember that one other time the Democrats chose someone that did not work out for them and helped to defeat them". Admittedly, this is jumping the gun because of hindsight, but Biden is in the same boat as Clinton because of being the "safe" candidate.
I'll be happy to relive those last three years. :P
Looking through each of the 13 keys, it seems that most of them allow for a degree of subjectivity, especially Nos. 12 and 13, which are whether the incumbent and the challenger, respectively, are charismatic. And in the guy's judgment, Trump is "not charismatic" because he only appeals to a relatively small base, but that because Biden is compassionate, he is therefore "charismatic." I would actually argue the opposite: Trump is obviously the one who can schmooze and cloud the issue and argue from ignorance and emotion, whereas Biden is decidedly not charismatic. He doesn't suck you in and sooth you with his honeyed tongue, he's just kind of there, for more people.
So I mean, by his determination, he gets to seven "false" keys that indicate a Biden win, but only six "true" keys for a Trump win. But by his own system, if you just reinterpret that Trump is charismatic and Biden is not, for instance, then the scores reverse. And as Lichtman himself says, there are additional forces at work outside of his 13 Keys.
I have to say, I don't put much stock into this method. I agree with him that polls are only a snapshot, but having an alternative system by which you decide as a true/false statement whether someone is "charismatic" or whether they "achieve a significant success in international affairs" is decidedly less than scientific, I would say, even if refreshing and different.
Also, just a note about Harris' Senate voting record: she's the fourth or fifth most liberal senator. For those who want her to be Bernie Sanders, there is plenty to contrast, but for anyone on the Republican or conservative-leaning independent side, she's so far to the left that she fell off the stage. The idea that Harris is a "moderate" is not quite accurate, based on her voting record, unless everyone to the right of Warren and Bernie is moderate-to-conservative by default.
Admittedly, voting records of members of Congress is not the best yardstick in highly polarized times, because there is little fluidity or elasticity in how they vote. Yet, being in the top 10 out of 100 senators for ideologically liberal votes "does not a moderate make," I would argue.
Perhaps for different reasons, but I agree with you 100%. I would love to relive three months or three days of the old life, prior to the pandemic and economic downturn and everything else going wrong in society. When you look at 2017, 2018, and 2019 in relation to 2020, there is no question that things have significantly declined in the last year. As weird as things were becoming, there was MUCH more of the ability to retreat into regular life prior to the pandemic. Now, everything is morose and hard and filled with fear and anxiety and uncertainty.
(Not that 2017-19 was the dreamtime, by any means! In fact, I'd argue that it was worse than any other three-year period in the wake of World War II for the United States, but compared with what has happened so far in 2020, I'd love to relive those days and soak up every good thing, every easy day, every moment of normalcy and calm. Alas, we can only go forward, and who knows on to what.)
Yeah that's the problem really. A new batch of voters come along who weren't around to learn from the previous generation's mistakes so end up making the same mistakes again. Hopefully we've got another decade or so before we have to suffer through that again.
I believe that this individual was a European making the assumption that the US is a far-right country (disturbingly not too far from the truth), so Biden is too liberal and Harris is "far-left."
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