State of the Discussion

CK MacLeod
+ Mr. McKenzie - there's no timer til the next break for a commercial, so no point at all in selectively quoting a text that's right [. . .]
CK MacLeod
+ A framed map depicting the 2016 popular vote distribution, which roughly replicated the current US population distribution by density if you color-coded low density in [. . .]
bob
+ Wade you raise a lot of good points pointing to the frequent political dynamic of not only both the R's and D's, but pols everywhere [. . .]
Wade McKenzie
+ Quinnipiac finds: “By a 54 – 38 percent margin, American voters want the Democratic Party to win control of the U.S. House of Representatives. This [. . .]
Wade McKenzie
+ they have no choice or interest-calculus other than to continue as they have been until someone or -thing compels them to stop.Yes--and we've yet to [. . .]
Wade McKenzie
+ It occurs to me that, in my preceding comment, I said that the Democrats "lost the Senate to boot" in last year's election. I'd like [. . .]
CK MacLeod
+ Or there's a sunk costs syndrome going on as well. They gave in to what became the Tea Party, beginning at latest with the failure [. . .]
Wade McKenzie
+ Bob, I really can't help but marvel at the stated assumption of your comment: namely, that the Republican control of the Presidency and Congress is [. . .]
bob
+ P Ryan's first assessment of the AHCA's chances of passage, something like "this is our only shot" seems to express a greater anxiety that they [. . .]
bob

For what its worth, the Guardian has a long read on Accelerationism that's covers a lot territory.

bob
+ Wade, your last paragraph is crucial to your argument. Certainly it expresses economically the source of the weight of a country's foreign policy, and [. . .]
+ Not sure where you got the idea that I ever wrote “[President Trump] doesn’t know what he’s doing!!!!!!" - bob's idea for a possible rallying [. . .]
Wade McKenzie
+ The conversation that you and Bob were having at the time that I wrote my comment had everything to do with the recent missile strike [. . .]
+ The depiction of Obama's actions and omissions in 2013, and of the criticisms made, is far more complicated than the notion that his decision against [. . .]
bob
+ Yes you and many of us have been alarmed for some time, and said so many times, and with considerable force and insight. What [. . .]
Wade McKenzie
+ President Obama articulated a doctrine of sorts regarding U.S. policy vis a vis the Syrian civil war, which more or less stated that the U.S. [. . .]
+ I'been in a state of alarm ever since he started winning R primaries, for a time allayed (mis-allayed?) by my mistaken trust in the remnant [. . .]
bob
+ As usual, JG writes a well written thoughtful piece that helps one to better understand events. Since Trump incomprehensively provided Assad with a atta [. . .]
CK MacLeod
+ I think you and I see the main thrust or main problem with Nexon's argument diametrically differently. I think it's easy to place all four [. . .]
Kolohe
+ I'm not sure if the prism Nexon is using here works. Not the least reason is it's tough for me to put Ike, Reagan [. . .]
bob
+ I misquoted you with my "We strip away..." What I meant to refer to was your "So the business of cognitive science will be [. . .]
CK MacLeod
+ Nagarjuna's reasoning is correct, based on his presumptions. ...if “we strip away the non-essential” fully, we are left with nothing. Or, more precisely, we are left [. . .]
bob
+ Perhaps my Buddhst buddies' long version can be condensed to a stanza.Augmenting the Dalai Lama's famous (poorly paraphrased as)"if science contradicts anything Buddhism teaches we'll [. . .]
CK MacLeod
+ You could take the position - and on reflection it would be a quite arguable position, if not necessarily a practical assumption to guide research [. . .]