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Algernon Moncrieff

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Is Biden the last big entry into the Democratic primaries?

At this point, is there anyone else out there likely to run?
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Thu Apr 25, 2019, 01:36 AM (2 replies)

Brexit: No majority for any options after MPs' votes

Source: BBC

How MPs voted
Confirmatory referendum - For: 268 Against: 295
Customs union - For: 264 Against: 272
Labour's Brexit plan - For: 237 Against: 307
Common Market 2.0 - For: 188 Against: 283
Revoking Article to avoid no deal - For: 184 Against: 293
No-deal exit on 12 April - For: 160 Against: 400
Malthouse Plan B - For: 139 Against: 422
EFTA and EEA membership - For: 65 Against: 377
The proposal which came closest to commanding majority support was a cross-party plan - tabled by former Conservative chancellor Ken Clarke - for the whole of the UK to join a new customs union with the EU to ensure tariff-free trade after the UK's exit.

Its supporters included five Conservative ministers: Mark Field, Stephen Hammond, Margot James, Anne Milton and Rory Stewart.

All Conservative MPs - excluding cabinet ministers - were given a free vote, meaning they were not ordered to vote in a certain way.

Eight Conservatives voted for a referendum to endorse the deal, the proposal which secured the most affirmative votes. Labour controversially whipped its MPs to back the proposal but 10 shadow ministers abstained and Melanie Onn quit her job to vote against.

Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-47728333

Hard Brexit is a domino that could unleash very unintended economic consequences.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Wed Mar 27, 2019, 09:51 PM (8 replies)

Mueller Hot Take 12,000,006

1) Ultimately, this reminds me of Iran Contra. Prosecutors were able (for a time, anyway) to get North, Poindexter, and McFarland -- but could never tie the funneling of money to the Contras to President Regan.

2) I agree that the firing of Comey and the "Russia if you're listening.." campaign speech tend to undercut the report's conclusion, but what do I know?

3) We still don't know what SDNY will conclude.

4) Let's be real: it's a big win for Trump. It will likely give him a popularity boost (we'll know in about a week), and (in the minds of many) it supports his assertion that this has been a witchhunt, This means it is not a good day for America or its Constitution. Trump will now feel emboldened to attack the media and attempt to suppress critics -- especially the late night hosts and SNL. It does not bode well for 2020.

5) Let's also be real: Americans vote their pocketbooks. So far, the Trump tax reforms have been unpopular with average Americans, while at the same time raising the deficit. Meanwhile, there are indicators that a recession is looming.

6) We all need to keep resisting and stay woke. There are other battles, other issues, and other days. Move on to those.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Sun Mar 24, 2019, 04:44 PM (3 replies)

11-foot wall of water: One dam breaks, three counties suffer

Lincoln Journal Star

Earlier, the Niobrara had been running at 5 or 6 feet of gauge height. After it broke through the dam, it measured nearly 17.5 feet. It wasn’t a gradual increase, either.

“It started a really fast rise,” he said. “There was an 11-foot wave that rolled through.”

And in its wake, three Nebraska counties would learn how that much moving water can become immediately destructive and potentially deadly. How it can cause instant pain and long-term suffering. How it can harm not only those in its path, but those living miles away.

First, the wave swept away a section of U.S. 281, a nearby riverside saloon and at least one home, possibly occupied. And it continued downstream, barreling toward the town of Niobrara — and its mouth at the Missouri River — about 40 miles away.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Sun Mar 17, 2019, 11:15 AM (48 replies)

I want to tell all of you exactly why I'm upset Mark Kelly is running for AZ Senate in 2020

I wanted him to run for President!

Mark Kelly-US Senate 2020

Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Tue Feb 12, 2019, 10:12 PM (34 replies)

MSNBC: What is Trump prepared to offer in exchange for a border wall?


Of course, Trump could try a more conventional approach to negotiating, in which he offered something tangible that Democrats want in exchange for what he wants. In fact, some on the right are concerned the president may eventually do exactly that. The New York Times published a quote the other day that stood out for me:

“I’ve always thought it created a danger that he would trade almost anything in order to get the wall – I think that’s still a potential danger,” said Mark Krikorian, the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, a group that argues for less immigration. “I’m still worried about that now.”

From a conservative perspective, those concerns are well grounded. Democrats really don’t want to spend billions of taxpayer dollars on a giant, ineffective border wall, so if Trump were try to come up with an offer designed to entice them, he’d have to propose something that would be (a) enormous; and (b) wildly unpopular among Republicans.

And this got me thinking: what exactly would it take? What would a borderline-desperate president put on the table to sway Democrats?

We offered Wall for Clean DACA in 2017 and he balked. I doubt he has anything else we want.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Sun Jan 13, 2019, 01:50 PM (31 replies)

WaPo: How would you narrow the 2020 Democratic field?

Democratic voters have no shortage of choices as the 2020 presidential primaries draw nearer. More than three dozen politicians, former officials and political outsiders have considered throwing their hats into the ring, with at least 20 likely to commit by the first primary debate in 2019.

They all bring different visions of what the party needs. Is it generational change, a history-making barrier breaker, a centrist with a proven ability to win Trump voters or a military veteran?

But the decision is not up to them. For the voters who will decide, here is a quick guide to help with understanding the choices ahead.

Article includes fun interactive chart
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Tue Jan 8, 2019, 08:49 AM (21 replies)

This $100 Million Noah's Ark Theme Park Is a Boring, Homophobic Mess



Content-wise, this area has massive potential. It shows what the world was like before the flood, which was apparently lots of people vs. dinosaur gladiator battles, human sacrifices, and people getting eaten by sharks.

But, unfortunately, with the exception of three dioramas, all of that is depicted using a bunch of pictures and text on boards stuck to the wall.

IS IT FUN ENOUGH TO CONVERT YOU TO A CREATIONIST BELIEF SYSTEM? No. I can’t imagine it would’ve taken a massive chunk out of their overall budget to make this section a dark ride or a haunted house or something.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Fri Jan 4, 2019, 02:04 AM (13 replies)

The Dollar Store Backlash Has Begun

Citylab via MSN Money

As Lawrence Brown, a community health expert at Baltimore’s Morgan State University, tweeted in response to the ILSR report, dollar stores function as “subprime groceries.” And recently some local governments have started pushing back on these retailers, rejecting development at the neighborhood level or devising ordinances that seek to limit their spread in certain areas.

Such moves can be divisive—detractors point to the dire need such stores are meeting in retail-starved areas. But the rise of dollar stores represents a deeper problem, one rooted in the history of housing segregation. Addressing that issue requires questioning the host of complicated assumptions that have led to the present conditions—and the myriad ways residents in so-called food deserts have responded to them.

The “food desert” paradox

Ashanté Reese, an assistant professor at Spelman College, lives on Atlanta’s Westside, within two miles of a pair of dollar stores. Her zip code was particularly hard hit in the recession, suffering a 50 percent foreclosure rate. Those demographics are now changing, but the residents for a long time included elderly folks and people on fixed incomes—the exact kind of shoppers dollar-store executives have said they are targeting.

There’s also a traditional supermarket, a Kroger, which is where Reese shops. But the one near her house isn’t as nice as the one 15 minutes away, she says. The one in a whiter, more affluent neighborhood regularly advertises grains, nuts, seafood, olives, and wine.

Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Wed Jan 2, 2019, 01:15 PM (63 replies)

4Warned is 4Armed

Here is what is being posted at 4Chan re: Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren has announced a run for the presidency. Now is the time to move.

Go to the New York Times comment sections. Go to Reddit. Go to Twitter. Pose as a concerned Democrat and criticize her for being white. Criticize her for being a woman. Do whatever it takes to further divide the left and prevent them from unifying behind a candidate for 2020.

If we can manufacture another Bernie/Hillary split, they'll get crushed in the general election.

It's the primaries, so I get that there are going to be some frank exchanges of opinion among the DUers. Let's keep in mind that, no matter who we support in the runup to 2020, the ultimate goal is to rid this nation of a corrupt president who threatens our democracy.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Tue Jan 1, 2019, 07:42 PM (17 replies)
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