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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics 3.0 - Parliamentary Election: Oct. 15 on: August 19, 2017, 11:30:11 pm
Is theoretically some form of coalition with VP and PILZ thinkable or not?

Theoretically yes, practically no.

I still think that VP-FP is a done deal.
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German Elections & Politics on: August 19, 2017, 03:28:03 pm
Sometimes I get the feeling that relevance and irrelevance are totally unknown concepts to some people.

Yeah, Schulz was talking about a relevant and horrible event and she acted like a total fool ...
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: New Zealand Election 2017 on: August 19, 2017, 03:23:58 pm
A) Kurz is not good looking. And to be honest, the same goes for most politicians labelled as attractive - if a young person of average attractiveness spends all day around middle-aged career politicians they tend to look "attractive" by comparison, even if it's merely because they have a full head of hair or whatever.

The Austrian women disagree (polls show that Kurz does extremely well with the Austrian ladies, young and old):

Sebastian Kurz: Flawless Beautiful Son-in-Law, Grandson in Chief and Hero of the Old Ladies.





And he's popular with the ladies abroad:

4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German Elections & Politics on: August 19, 2017, 03:03:23 pm
The Kern-SP is not the only one with bad campaign optics right now:

In Germany today, Schulz was giving a speech offering his condolences to the Barcelona terror victims, while some SPD-woman in the background was laughing, joking and fooling around (she later apologized for her crappy behaviour).
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics 3.0 - Parliamentary Election: Oct. 15 on: August 19, 2017, 02:38:35 pm
Oh man, how stupid can the SP be ?

After the internal fights (literally) a month ago, then the re-start at the mini-party-convention, then the Silberstein-scandal, then a good ad yesterday and now the next scandal for the SP:

To replace Silberstein as their adviser, they chose the man who last year published a text in which he referred to Norbert Hofer (FP) as a cripple (Hofer uses a stick for walking, after becoming almost paralyzed during a paragliding crash).

The yo-yo campaign for the SP continues: Crash and burn, then re-start, then crash and burn and so on. It seems they want to lose the election.
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which party should I vote for ? on: August 19, 2017, 11:54:16 am
I think I'm going to throw a dice at some point ...
7  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Terror Attack in Turku (Finland) on: August 19, 2017, 08:02:31 am
Unfortunately, knowing the Finnish justice system, a "life sentence" usually means about 13 years in prison, not more.

True.

And not only that: Once he has served his "life sentence" of 13 years or so for killing 2 people and wounding several others, Finland probably cannot even deport the guy back to Morocco - because of the unwillingness of North African countries to take back their people.

So, sadly these host-country abusing killers and rapists from Africa and the Middle-East will always remain a plague for our countries and our taxpayers ... Sad
8  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Terror Attack in Turku (Finland) on: August 19, 2017, 07:40:08 am
The Moroccan suspect had arrived in Finland as an asylum seeker. It seems that he targeted women: both of the dead and eight of the wounded are women. Two men were wounded when they tried to stop his rampage.

Disgusting.

The Finnish police should have killed him instead of wounding him by shooting him in the knee.

Now the Finnish people have to feed the guy through in prison ...

Zero tolerance for people who abuse their host country in such a despicable way.
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics 3.0 - Parliamentary Election: Oct. 15 on: August 19, 2017, 07:30:51 am
Peter Pilz has presented another 2 candidates yesterday:



* Alma Zadic, who came as a refugee from Bosnia in 1994 and lawyer
* Teresa Roscher, (old age) care specialist

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Together with the others, Pilz has now presented 11 candidates (6 of them women):





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The candidates are experts in:

* IT security
* Bio-Chemistry
* Consumer protection
* Refugee integration and business startups
* Animal rights
* Women's and Children's rights
* Old age care
* Lawsuits
* One is a former Green budget and finance speaker
* One is a former Green cultural speaker
* Pilz himself is a fighter against corruption
* Daniela Holzinger (ex-SP) is a vocal CETA/TTIP-critic
10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics 3.0 - Parliamentary Election: Oct. 15 on: August 19, 2017, 04:12:34 am
According to the new ATV poll, Austrian voters surprisingly do not think that the current election campaign is dirty so far:



38% Yes, there's dirty campaigning
55% No
11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics 3.0 - Parliamentary Election: Oct. 15 on: August 19, 2017, 04:03:23 am
Chancellor Kern and the SP are out with a new Obama-style ad called "Austria is successful":

https://www.facebook.com/bundeskanzler.christian.kern/videos/856401857848458

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I also found a recent promotion video from the Kurz-VP ("Open for: ..."):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9S0D0uDv3dE

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The other parties do not have any ads yet.
12  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Terror Attack in Barcelona (Spain) on: August 19, 2017, 12:31:32 am
Interesting timing with that independence referendum on October 1st.

That's probably the last thing Muslim terrorists have in mind during such an attack ...

They mostly do it because the IS caliphate is on the verge of final destruction, so they carry out attacks "at home" (which is where they do not belong in the first place).
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics 3.0 - Parliamentary Election: Oct. 15 on: August 18, 2017, 11:50:41 pm
From the ORF:

The "Whites" made it onto the ballot Austria-wide because of the signatures of 3 ex-Team Stronach MPs in parliament, not because they collected the necessary 2600 signatures from voters.

It remains to be seen if these 3 TS-members are also on their federal list for the election (will be released by the Ministry of the Interior in about 2 weeks), or if their support was just a farewell thing to support a random small party ...
14  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: SurveyUSA: Garcetti leads Trump by 32 in Greater Los Angeles on: August 18, 2017, 01:15:16 pm
Garcetti has a 51-15 approval rating, Trump is at 30-62.
15  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / SurveyUSA: Garcetti leads Trump by 32 in Greater Los Angeles on: August 18, 2017, 01:14:03 pm
59-27-14 Garcetti/Trump/Undecided

http://www.surveyusa.com/client/PollReport.aspx?g=f0c5db66-f9be-4135-948d-8beacea81307

According to SUSA, Los Angeles DMA is LA County, Orange, Ventura and Santa Barbara.

Which voted something like 70-25 for Hillary.
16  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics 3.0 - Parliamentary Election: Oct. 15 on: August 18, 2017, 11:55:44 am
Pretty stunning that the "Whites" made it onto the ballot in all of Austria.

I have never heard of them before. They are not white supremacists, but a pro-democracy movement.



According to their website, they seem to be some transparency initiative which favours a highly democratic "citizen parliament" via tele-voting (Mail, App, Social media etc.), in which every citizen can vote on a parliamentary issue and the result will lead to their MPs being "messengers" of the people in parliament ...

https://dieweissen.at
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics 3.0 - Parliamentary Election: Oct. 15 on: August 18, 2017, 11:08:57 am
neuwal.com has the ballot access chart for the Oct. 15 parliamentary election:



* pending signature validation by the BMI
18  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics 3.0 - Parliamentary Election: Oct. 15 on: August 18, 2017, 11:02:30 am
The 5pm deadline for ballot access has passed.

The Interior Ministry has posted a list of parties that have submitted enough signatures to run Austria-wide and some only statewide.

On the ballot Austria-wide (10 parties)*:

* SP
* VP
* FP
* Greens
* NEOS
* Pilz
* FL
* G!LT
* KP+
* The Whites

Only in some states*:

* SLP (in Vienna and Upper Austria)
* ODP (in Vienna)
* EU Exit Party (in Vienna)
* CP (in Vorarlberg
* Men's Party (in Vorarlberg)
* NBZ (in Vorarlberg)

Vienna and Vorarlberg will have 13 parties on their ballot, 11 in Upper Austria, 10 in other states.

* The Interior Ministry will validate the signatures and officially announce next Thursday which parties have qualified.

BMI Link
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Does the state/country you live in right now ... on: August 18, 2017, 10:00:12 am
Although if you earn enough, you can also buy private insurance here and get even better services via private doctors and better care in hospitals ... (such as not being crowded into a hospital room with 4 to 6 people, but have a single room or 2 patients at most).

On the other hand, the regular single-payer system for all is also pretty good by international quality standards and 99.9% are insured (with the rest, mostly recently arrived immigrants who have not filed for asylum yet, being treated by volunteering doctors).
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Does the state/country you live in right now ... on: August 18, 2017, 09:53:08 am
Yes.
21  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Terror Attack in Turku (Finland) on: August 18, 2017, 09:49:56 am
"A man of foreign background stabbed a woman pushing a stroller in the back. He acted indiscriminately, attacked without warning." --An eyewitness interviewed by the newspaper Ilta-Sanomat

Doesn't really surprise me.

These days, "a man with a foreign background" has about a 80% chance to be the perpetrator of such an act. And a 20% chance that the attacker is a Finn. Despite Finns being 98% of the population.
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Torch-bearing white nationalists march ahead of alt-right rally(Charlottesville) on: August 18, 2017, 09:44:02 am
Schwarzenegger takes on the Nazi scum and Trump:

https://twitter.com/attn/status/898328098529083394
23  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Terror Attack in Turku (Finland) on: August 18, 2017, 09:29:16 am
Police has shot, wounded and apprehended one suspect.

Good.
24  General Politics / International General Discussion / Terror Attack in Turku (Finland) on: August 18, 2017, 09:23:13 am
Some attackers have stabbed random people on the street.

At least 1 dead.

https://kurier.at/chronik/weltchronik/polizei-mehrere-menschen-in-finnland-niedergestochen/281.298.274
25  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics 3.0 - Parliamentary Election: Oct. 15 on: August 18, 2017, 09:07:22 am
New ATV Austria Trend poll (August 9-16, n=700):

32% VP
27% SP
24% FP
  6% NEOS
  5% Greens
  4% Pilz
  2% Others

Historical low for the Remnant-Greens.

Most of the poll was conducted before the SP Silberstein scandal though.

Turnout is projected to be 78-84% in that poll.

https://www.ots.at/presseaussendung/OTS_20170818_OTS0108/atv-oesterreich-trend-erstmalig-liegen-die-neos-vor-den-gruenen

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