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  • So there is a rumor circulating in Kolonia town that George received more votes--about 7 votes more--from the re-vote. If that were to be confirmed by tomorrow (Monday), then, the FSM Senators-elect can begin jockeying for the positions. We'll see.
  • Don't worry; no cool-aid here. But isn't it a matter of law (I am not a lawyer except fundamentals of business laws) that if there was no underlying crime (collusion with Russia), then, there is no basis for obstruction? If I am wrong with my view…
    in "I'm F**ked." Comment by marc April 20
  • So he's a foul-mouthed person; a fighter; a counter-puncher. He expects people he appoints to do their job including taking positions to promote his agenda/programs that he was elected for. So, it's understandable that when he is disappointed by h…
    in "I'm F**ked." Comment by marc April 20
  • Of all the things written in the 400+ pages of Muller's report, you have chosen to highlight "I'm f**ked". What is your point? Does it have legal implications? Or you don't like it because it shows the foul language of a common man who has become…
    in "I'm F**ked." Comment by marc April 19
  • My feeling is that if Kosrae did not become President, then, the decision reflects pure politics without regard to the spirit of the gentlemen's agreement; and lack of the spirit in taking actions that would preserve the FSM union. I think that bot…
  • I think it's Kosrae's turn. The so-called "gentlemen's agreement" calls for the presidency to rotate among all the four FSM states. The agreement does not say anything about whether one is young or old; a veteran of the FSM national government or…
  • So, first thing first: It's my understanding that there will be a "re-vote" for Kosrae State this week. The re-vote will be limited to Pohnpei Kosraeans since the allegations against the last election was that the ballots ran out; so many Kosraean…
  • Reaper, you've summarized it pretty well; so I don't have more to say except this: did you notice how Kerry quickly shut down, or changed the subject of, discussion when Rep. Massie start to ask a science-based question?: The two then began to disc…
  • The points that I got from their discussion are these: 1. Kerry admitted that his statement regarding uneducated advisers of Trump was wrong. He did not know; and was just making those kinds of negative statements. 2. His understanding of science i…
  • In light of the interesting recent going back and forth, allow me to post a report on the going back and forth regarding the climate change below for your entertainment and information: Interesting exchange as published on 4/11/19: Former Secretar…
  • GND's proponents are talking about 12 years for the world before its demise. Actually, it's 11 years and 8 months according to the GND. But that is wrong; there is no basis for 12 years projection. The 12 years was presumed because 2030 was the t…
  • visafree, please explain what you mean by "Totally not true and misinformed". It would help with the discussion; and your view could be understood better.
  • Reaper, thanks for the additional information. I was wondering if the US were to implement the proposed GND as it, what about the rest of the world? From all the discussions in here as well as in TV and other US media, this GND as proposed by her …
  • Sarem Chuuk, please provide some links to what believe are "reputable source" of information regarding GND. It was reported that there was document released by the AOC's office about the GND. I am still trying to figure out whether this proposed G…
  • Paclands, I asked the question because when the GND proposal came out a couple of months ago, a couple of proposals stood out. They talked about: 1) eliminating all planes which could lead to the closing of the US-based international airports suc…
  • I think GND is a "Micronesian Concern" because it can create a transportation link problem--no more United Airlines-- between Micronesia and the US mainland. I could be wrong but that is why the issue is raised in this Forum; so that other people i…
    in Forum Comment by marc April 2
  • Paclands, I am asking the question because I would like to know how people coming to the US mainland are going to travel there. Those of us from Guam, CNMI, A. Samoa, Hawaii, Palau, FSM, Marshall Islands and all the other countries--can we fly to t…
  • microspring2014, what sort of timeline is expected either by the FSM Constitution or FSM election laws or by state laws? I am sure the 3 other states are anxiously waiting for the re-vote; so that negotiations can begin regarding the key FSM Nation…
  • So what is the latest on Kosrae's 4-year seat election? Is it a recount or a revote or is it somehow settled yet one way or another? May somebody in the know provide an update. Thanks.
  • I think he'll make it if he were to run for the FSM Congress's 4-year seat. He will get his voters back plus many of Panuelo's voters since they are in good terms.
  • z, sorry I misunderstood something you posted. I thought you were saying #2 was Christian. So I was just saying for us not to leave that in the air since it is not yet really clear who is #2.
  • The so-called gentlemen's agreement envisions the Presidency to rotate among all the states--not just the state with the most number of congressmen.
  • z, if you're not 100% sure about the identify of #2, please make it clear that you are speculating. No matter how you and others may feel about him, he is still the President with many friends and relatives probably reading these posts. Pull the c…
  • noname, I agree. So let's wait for the "winner" and the "loser" after the Kosrae's recount as per the FSM Constitution and election laws. That way, whatever is the outcome will be constitutionally sound; and that the winner and the loser can move …
  • z, you're right but since the election of the FSM President happens once every 4 years, I think this is an opportune time to look at the details of the FSM Constitution and election laws when it comes to the election of the 4-year candidates. Actua…
  • The differences between the votes for Aren and George is 10. So it's reported that Aren had already asked for a recount. If the recount causes change in the winning candidate, then, we'll have an interesting scenario at the national political stag…
  • So now it's reported that Aren Palik is asking for a recount. What if the recount gives him the majority votes? In that case, I think the current Speaker will become President; Panuelo becomes Vice; and Urusumal becomes the new Speaker. If not, t…
  • On a different matter and for what it's worth: So 6,775 + 6,716 =13,491 votes; differences: 59. 10% = 1,349. 1%=134.9. 1/2%=67.45. difference=59 which is less than half of one percent. It can trigger a recount but if it's not requested, then, it…
  • microspring2014, thanks. This is a good teaching moment for those of us not versed with legal matters particularly constitutional matters. In regards to the issue of "standing", what if an "agent" of Christian such as his campaign manager were to …
  • microspring2014, thanks for your clarification. Me too, either Christian or Panuelo would be fine with me. But I feel that we need to look out to ensure that laws and the constitution are adhered to--to the letters. If not, then, laws and the con…
  • Microspring2014, where it says "one-half of one percent or less"--does it apply in this case? 59/13,491 is .00437. My thinking and my calculation maybe wrong but I am just wondering. Let some math person do the calculation; so we can see if the 5…
  • Saka, I kind of agree with you--just so peace can be maintained, etc. On the other hand, the difference is only 57 votes out of over 13,000 plus that were casted. Wouldn't it be fair for his voters/supporters to just ask for a recount; not to redo…
  • What is this about rumors of possible "recount"--given that some margins are rather small? Microspring2014, what does FSM law say about the "recount" at the national election level? Is it clear or is this based on each state's decision or by the c…
  • Now I see what both of you are saying. Yes, of course, I've always known that George is highly qualified. But I was thinking that a Chuukese president might be able to dissuade the "pro-independence" group from causing more disharmony in the fede…
  • What is wrong if Chuuk gets the FSM Presidency? The current Speaker who is likely target of this discussion has all the qualifications: former Chuuk State Governor, Speaker, and has good legal education/training background. I think based on these …
  • klevo, thanks. Very much appreciated.
  • FM, yes, yes, you're question points to my confusion as well my admission that I don't understand what is going on in Chuuk. Here we are at about 5 days to the national election--which is an opportunity for the campaigners to show support either pr…
  • Saka, thanks. I guess I was thinking that the topic of independence from the FSM is such a serious issue that it would be one of the major planks in somebody political platform. It's probably there, somewhere; it's just not manifesting itself the …
  • coconuts, since I had already closed my FB account a while back, I cannot find out what you are saying. Could you please help--from your Facebook discussions or gossips--who are running for Chuuk's FSM Congressional seats; and who are pro- and who …
  • "Bring home the bacon" is one of the phrases as used by US Congressmen/women and Senators--saying how they are successful in getting funds to their states. I think more "bacon" should be provided to the States--after all the states are the ones tha…
  • z, I am hoping for an orderly process and political actions that are constitutional and makes sense. I am saying that if the pro-independence candidates were elected, they could propose legislations that would address the present needs of Chuukese-…
  • While I am not a Chuuk voter, I am a Micronesian from Pohnpei; and many of my friends are Chuukese. It's not trolling; it's a legitimate question because this topic has been discussed in this Forum for many months; with thousands of posts; under di…
  • Who knows! If all the candidates as supported by the "independence faction" were to win some seats in the new FSM Congress, it will be a good indication that the Chuuk general population is really ready and serious about moving on--to be independent…
  • FM, I don't speak for last94 so I'm sure he'll reply to your question soon. Talking about "immediate" issues, I think the outcome of the upcoming national election--on March 5--could have a great impact on the future direction of Chuuk. If the ind…
  • I think the "vote" should wait until after 2023--so that Chuukese leaders can see if there is any improvement that address their concerns from whatever are being negotiated between the FSM and the US leading to 2023. In the meantime, the FSM collec…
  • So here are more details regarding "other funding sources" that the Administration is aiming to tap right away to build the wall while waiting for the lawsuits to go thru the process: $2.5 Billion from the Pentagon's drug interdiction program; $600…
  • The US Supreme Court has the final say. Whatever it decides will trump (yes, pun intended) everything that the lower courts had decided.
  • So it's reported that Shumer, Obama, Hillary Clinton in 2006 supported the "Secure Fence Act of 2006" authorizing 700 miles of fencing at the borders. As of 2015, all that fence has been completed. As for whether Mexico is paying for it or not, it…
  • Some of the possible funding sources, according to officials, include the following: Treasury Funds; military construction funds (such as those earmarked for Iraq, Afganistan, etc.), drug interdiction funds in South American countries; from reprogra…
  • So my take is that Trump actually beat Pelosi and her efforts to stop him. She had said he will only get $1 for the wall; and in the end he got over a billion. He approved the federal budget which prevented another shutdown; and then, also invoked…