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  1. Aaron Fox

    Iraqi protesters burn down Iranian consulate amid ongoing violence

    Welp, that is going to make for some interesting times...
  2. Aaron Fox

    American Electoral Reform

    No, that's when the House of Commons started taking all the power for itself...
  3. Aaron Fox

    Why is political violence seen as undesirable?

    Rome. During Rome's last century as a republic, political violence was so bad that it was normal and that led to the creation of the Roman Empire... and this wouldn't happen again until the Weimar Republic basically fell apart as an entity due to the normality of political violence.
  4. Aaron Fox

    American Electoral Reform

    We're talking within the latter half of the 20th at the earliest here (with it literally in writing earlier this decade if I remember right), with the start of the process beginning during a major budget fight between the House of Lords and House of Commons during the literal turn of the 20th...
  5. Aaron Fox

    American Electoral Reform

    Nope, traditionally Parliament has been at the mercy of the House of Windsor. However, in recent years the House of Commons stripped that power from the House of Windsor.
  6. Aaron Fox

    American Electoral Reform

    No, her original duty is essentially being the person who smacks the other two houses in the head if they get stupid enough that they endanger the state (while the houses have protocols just in case she is the idiot doing that). The other two houses are there because, quite literally, the House...
  7. Aaron Fox

    American Electoral Reform

    You are delusional then. The thing with the House of Windsor is basically only there because it hasn't done anything to get rid of the last vestigates of legitimacy. Right now, the only thing that the Queen can do at this point is literally to watch the Brexit trainwreck happen. The moment she...
  8. Aaron Fox

    American Electoral Reform

    That won't happen in a thousand years because of the balance of power in government. It would also cause the same stupid problem that Britain and Canada (and a handful of others, those two are on the top of my head) have. Eliminate the Senate, power would be only in the cities and the suburban...
  9. Aaron Fox

    American Electoral Reform

    That won't work Lerticus. It's just the same problem as Britain and Canada (among others) by that point.
  10. Aaron Fox

    American Electoral Reform

    Wee little problem with that mate, that assumes that the House of Lords and Monarchy has any real power, which they don't. In order for something to be effective, it has to have real power. The House of Lords and the House of Windsor don't have any real power to speak of thanks to the House of...
  11. Aaron Fox

    American Electoral Reform

    Nope, that would get the states in a right ol' state. The states need to be represented, period. You have to understand that in the grand scheme of things, the US is less a unitary state and more like a more federalized EU (or a Federal EU 1.0 so to speak) at best. We've seen when a fairly...
  12. Aaron Fox

    International EU Internet Sovereignty

    Then see those companies either start lobbying like crazy or pull out. There are tons of money with consumer data mining and that is going to end in one bad way or another...
  13. Aaron Fox

    UK Politics The Brexit thread (or All -not- quiet on the western front)

    @Eliar... no, Black Comedy is only there to lessen the blow. We're going full 'Grimdark' if reality keeps taking my setting notes as a blueprint for reality...
  14. Aaron Fox

    The Trump-Russia Investigation Thread: Mueller Goes Terminator Edition

    That might not be the case, exactly... as what little we believe is happening between Putin and Trump is due to Putin having 'dirt' on Trump. Stein might be in the same boat, but I wouldn't put money on it.
  15. Aaron Fox

    Concerns abouts US nuclear weapons based in Turkey

    Saw this in SB, the thing is that this is a not-news item. Those nukes are still stored in the US base in Turkey, under lock and key, and the PAL locks make sure that even if -somehow- Erdogan tried to take them by force they're no more than expensive paperweights at best, fancy dirty bombs at...
  16. Aaron Fox

    United Nations could run out of money by the end of the month

    Not much, I assume. Then again we're living in a world where memetic hazard induced movements are actually a thing (Anti-Vaxx is one such movement)...
  17. Aaron Fox

    United Nations could run out of money by the end of the month

    Well, it is due to the money situation that we're discussing how it would change/end... but yeah sorry about the derail...
  18. Aaron Fox

    United Nations could run out of money by the end of the month

    Give me a howler when you set it up.
  19. Aaron Fox

    United Nations could run out of money by the end of the month

    In my A New World setting, the UN got killed by a combination of the world being effectively 'on fire' and Russia putting the final nail in the coffin. Quite a few of the organizations survived (with quite a few of the 'blue hats' not going back to their respective nations, including Pakistanis...
  20. Aaron Fox

    United Nations could run out of money by the end of the month

    Let me guess, it died an inglorious death?
  21. Aaron Fox

    Key witness in Botham Jean, Amber Guyger case shot.

    Given that having the wrong set of clothes could get you killed in the US... it's up in the air.
  22. Aaron Fox

    Key witness in Botham Jean, Amber Guyger case shot.

    ... or gang-related... but then again I haven't heard of the case.
  23. Aaron Fox

    Key witness in Botham Jean, Amber Guyger case shot.

    Um, last I've checked, the Daily Beast isn't trustworthy as a source? Any of the trustworthy sources that correlate with this?
  24. Aaron Fox

    The Trump-Russia Investigation Thread: Mueller Goes Terminator Edition

    We really need a sarcasm tag or smilie...
  25. Aaron Fox

    The Trump-Russia Investigation Thread: Mueller Goes Terminator Edition

    That wouldn't fit as it doesn't make sense. Ukraine has everything to lose with doing this so, in the general scheme of things, they would keep their mouths shut. It is more likely that Putin 'suggested' to Trump that Ukraine would help or the current intermediary is Ukrainian...
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