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  1. Right, the problem is (as has probably been pointed out before here) that the generic ballot talks about who people will hypothetically vote for in the future, while special elections tell us who have actually turned out right now. Unfortunately we need to know who will actually turn out in the future, and since it is such a dynamic problem, I am always skeptical of correlations that are made from either of the above data. One thing the result proves for sure, Jeff Flake's open seat is definitely up for grabs (it would be great if the same were true of Ted Cruz's seat, but I suspect we will eke out a victory)
  2. No discussion of the Arizona 8th? Looks like Lasko won by only 5, which is further bad news for the Republicans (but also points out the limits to which a 'blue wave' can flip seats). Worth noting is that the generic ballot and special elections are telling slightly different stories, so as always we might just average the two things.
  3. I am a non-believer and did not use the phrase "so help me God"; it can be omitted on request. The point was moot during my ceremony since we had a somewhat eccentric judge who swore everyone in at once and didnt use that phrase at all. (I also tried making the Vulcan peace sign while I was being sworn in but my wife quickly put a stop to that)
  4. If such a fundamental concept (equality of men and women) is at the core of what being a French citizen is, then they should ask the damn question during the interview process (IMHO). I guess the reason I am so annoyed at this decision is two-fold (and I speak as an immigrant myself to the US): First, assimilation in France is sort of a double-edged sword; in my understanding there is this perception (which we can debate) that someone like myself wouldn't be considered truly French if I were to immigrate to France, this would not be true in the US for example. So it is somewhat ironic that requirements for French citizenship require assimilation as a criterion, French society itself is hardly a beacon in this regard (again, in my opinion and I'm happy to be proved wrong). The second reason is more historic, and probably will take too much time to write out here.
  5. I think that's because it is a trivial thing. Person in question already passed whatever was required of her to become a citizen. Unless of course the rules stated - must shake hands of official at sign in ceremony to legally become a citizen, in which case I stand corrected. Although I suspect not, as such an open and shut case would not require a court hearing.
  6. So she passes a barrage of tests that demonstrated her assimilation. And then didnt shake someone's hand which iinvalidated those series of tests that were carefully designed to show someone was suitable for French citizenship. I have an idea then for simplifying the process of gaining French citizenship. I call it "The handshake test". It eliminates the need to provide tax returns, proof of employment and residence within the country and all other such laborious procedures. Win-win for everyone.
  7. She was also the answer to a trivia question we were able to get this last Tuesday (name one of two Cabinet members in the current Administration who are ineligible to become President in the unlikely event the line of succession gets to them).
  8. Congratulations on sharing a birthday with one of the great inventors of humankind (born a few generations before you)!
  9. I was pretty agnostic about the pee tape till last week, but now I feel like every story about this Administration is true, even the untrue ones. Still a bit discouraged that Trumps approval ratings are stuck at 40, but most of his supporters have probably tuned out at this point.
  10. Yes, generations are a useless categorization to do any sort of statistics, because the age in each category keeps changing with time, and there is dynamic entry and leaving of people in each of the categories. Age demographics at one snapshot in time are incredibly useful on the other hand. But only for that snapshot in time.
  11. I got confused between Scooter Libby and G Gordon Liddy.........one is a lying scumbag covering up for a President while the other is a lying scumbag covering up for a Vice President.
  12. Star Wars didnt cause 9/11; but its hard to ignore the parallels between an evil empire that oppresses entire populations and has access to weapons of mass destruction (and has used them in the past) and our current world. No wonder the rebels were forced to become terrorists and use violence to achieve their aims. At least the rebels didnt target civilians, did they? Did they?
  13. None of this will matter to Trump's supporters (I swear, his approval numbers defy gravity). Rationalization: at least he didnt ask the mother of his love child to have an abortion. In fact, that is the only thing I can think of that would lower his numbers. Like that extreme pro-life candidate in Iowa or PA that pressured his mistress to have one.
  14. Sorry, Paul Ryan, tax cuts are for working Americans only.
  15. In general corporate research disincentivizes projects that are open ended, super-large in scope that may take multiple years with no tangible results from quarter to quarter, and are complex (for instance, that may involve collaboration across multiple disciplines). In that sense, academic research is a bit more free, and having tenure would definitely help for "pie-in-the-sky" projects. Some of the above comments then make sense, in that there isnt much malice in the way pharmaceutical R&D occurs. Still, they would rather tackle smaller pieces of the problem that can yield tangible results sooner (for instance, drug cocktails that help manage symptoms of diseases) rather than the root cause of the disease itself. Its just the nature of the way business operates, having performance reviews every year and having something to show for it.