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1  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: BREAKING: Hostage situation in French church, Priest beheaded (ISIS) on: Today at 02:03:37 pm
Austria to extradite Pakistani over suspected Paris attack links

A Pakistani man suspected of links to the jihadists who killed 130 people in Paris in November will be extradited to France, an Austrian court spokesman said on Wednesday.

He and an Algerian man came into contact with the Paris attackers in Austria, Austrian newspaper Salzburger Nachrichten reported after the men were arrested in a refugee center in the city of Salzburg last December.

The Algerian man would also be extradited following a ruling by a court in Salzburg, news agency Austria Presse Agentur reported, but no one at that court was available for comment.

French newspaper Le Monde has reported that the two men traveled together from Syria to the Greek island of Leros with the two Iraqi brothers who blew themselves up near the Stade de France national stadium outside Paris on Nov. 13.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-shooting-austria-idUSKCN1071Z6

Also:

2 Syrian refugees (19 years old) have killed a 30-year old in Salzburg, after they tortured and robbed him in his home (they beat the sh*t out of him and dumped him in his bathtub):

http://derstandard.at/2000041905730/Toter-in-Badewanne-in-Salzburg-Zwei-Syrer-gestanden-die-Tat

Both have already confessed to the torture, robbery and killing.
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics 2.0 (Presidential runoff re-vote: 2 Oct. 2016) on: Today at 01:44:47 pm
Austrians are so rich that they can also lose all this time (and money) to unnecessary election

But Heaven forbid they spend that money to help refugees instead!

U serious ?

We spend 1 billion € a year already on those refugees (and all the criminal parasites that come with them). Better ask why the Gulf states or the US are not spending more money on the refugees ...

The election repeat is necessary because the Court ruled so, there's no "spending of money instead".
3  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Can Jill Stein get 10% or more in GE due DNC email leaks? on: Today at 01:21:12 pm
Stein not big on the ballot in Pennsylvania could be big.

PA has a 5.000 signature requirement.

That should be doable.

After all is said and done, Stein likely won't be on the ballot in 5-10 states.
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics 2.0 (Presidential runoff re-vote: 2 Oct. 2016) on: Today at 12:59:53 pm
Oh man, this is getting ridiculous now ...

Constitutional experts have now found a reason why even the runoff re-vote could be contested again in a close election:

http://kurier.at/politik/stichwahl-werden-30-000-waehler-rechtswidrig-ausgeschlossen/212.145.048

Election law says the number of eligible voters has to be the same for the 1st round and the runoff (and even in case of a re-vote because of a tied runoff or a contested election like we have it now).

But here's the "problem":

The first round was held on April 24, the re-vote on Oct. 2 - which is almost half a year later.

During this half year, about 34.000 people died but another 32.000 would have reached age 16 and would therefore be eligible to vote. But they cannot vote, because of the first round cutoff date.

Obviously, the election law is pretty clear - but if the margin is close, who knows ?

Tongue
5  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: BREAKING: 4 terror attacks/bombings/shootings in Southern Germany on: Today at 12:45:26 pm
The Munich killer was officially a right-wing extremist and racist:

http://www.dw.com/de/amokl%C3%A4ufer-von-m%C3%BCnchen-soll-rechtsextremist-gewesen-sein/a-19430335

He was proud that his birthday was the same as Hitler's and that he as a German-Iranian was an "Arian".
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: 2016 PAPOY Creepfest on: July 26, 2016, 02:20:06 pm


left to right: sjkqw, Flo, Snowstalker, me, Adam Griffin, retromike22, IceSpear

Is this in the CNN "Grill" ?
7  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: BREAKING: 4 terror attacks/bombings/shootings in Southern Germany on: July 25, 2016, 01:51:17 pm
German Refugee Policy Under Fire After a Week of Bloodshed

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BERLIN — Four attacks in a week — three of them carried out by asylum seekers — have left Germany on edge and Chancellor Angela Merkel's policies of welcoming refugees under renewed criticism.

The unprecedented bloodshed began July 18, when a 17-year-old from Afghanistan wielding an ax attacked people on a train near Wuerzburg, wounding five people before he was shot to death by police. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility.

On Sunday, a 21-year-old Syrian used a machete to kill a pregnant 45-year-old Polish woman in the southern city of Reutlingen. Authorities said assailant and victim knew each other from working in the same restaurant, and the incident was not related to terrorism.

Also Sunday, a 27-year-old Syrian who was denied asylum detonated a backpack of explosives and shrapnel at the entrance to an outdoor music festival in Ansbach, killing himself and wounding 15 people. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility, and German security officials said a video on the attacker's phone shows him pledging allegiance to the extremists.

The deadliest attack came Friday night in Munich. The German-born, 18-year-old son of Iranian asylum seekers went on a shooting spree and killed nine people. The youth had obsessively researched mass shootings, and authorities said the attack does not appear to be linked to Islamic extremists.

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/07/25/world/europe/ap-eu-germany-merkels-migrant-troubles.html
8  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: BREAKING: 4 terror attacks/bombings/shootings in Southern Germany on: July 25, 2016, 01:43:57 pm
The Ansbach suicide bomber also requested for asylum in Austria, after coming via Bulgaria.

He was rejected by Austrian authorities and moved on to Germany ...

http://derstandard.at/2000041729911/Mindestens-ein-Toter-und-elf-verletzte-bei-Bombenexplosion-in-Bayern
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics 2.0 (Presidential runoff re-vote: 2 Oct. 2016) on: July 25, 2016, 01:24:23 pm
Good article:

http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2016/07/25/austria-freedom-party-populism-lesson-far-right/?printpage=true
10  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: www.electoral-vote.com starts their daily maps on: July 25, 2016, 01:14:50 pm
Mississippi... barely GOP?

North Carolina.. likely Dem. Florida.. tossup.

wut.

It seems they did not take into account the Morning Consult polls.

In this case, MS would be much more GOP-leaning and NC a tossup.
11  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: DWS makes appearance at convention: booed off stage by Florida delegates on: July 25, 2016, 01:04:59 pm
Good to see this vile broad gone and the send-off she deserves.
12  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: CNN/ORC national poll: Trump 48% Clinton 45% on: July 25, 2016, 12:43:55 pm
Not much a surprise ...
13  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / www.electoral-vote.com starts their daily maps on: July 25, 2016, 12:41:17 pm
312 EV - Clinton
197 EV - Trump
  29 EV - Tie

Of course, there's a bit of a lag because most polls were done before the RNC.

http://www.electoral-vote.com

Today in 2012:

332-206 Obama/Romney

http://www.electoral-vote.com/evp2012/Pres/Maps/Jul25.html

Today in 2008:

292-195-51 Obama/McCain/Tie

http://www.electoral-vote.com/evp2008/Pres/Maps/Jul25.html
14  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: BREAKING: Major terror attack/shooting in Munich on: July 25, 2016, 12:11:22 am
Just a year ago you were ridiculing me when I pointed out the coming crime and terror wave because of Merkel's failed welcome policy ...
15  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Hungarian PM Orban endorses Trump on: July 24, 2016, 12:29:59 pm
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Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said today that it would be “best for Europe and Hungary” if Donald Trump wins his bid for the American presidency, adding that he agrees with Trump’s ideas in the field of fighting terrorism, Hungarian news agency MTI reported.

“I never thought that the idea would ever occur to me that he is the better of the open options for Europe and Hungary. I listened to (Trump) and I have to tell you that he made three proposals to stop terrorism. And as a European I myself could not have drawn up better what Europe needs.”

http://bbj.hu/politics/hungarian-pm-orban-endorses-trump_119657
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: West Virginia Flood Relief on: July 24, 2016, 12:21:20 pm
Floodings are a huge pain in the ass, I know how this is:

In 2005, Austria and much of central Europe had a so-called "100-year flooding event". In my district, Zell am See (which is basically a big valley surrounded by huge mountains with a major river in between), there was huge flooding too and both my brother and my sister's apartments were impacted. The lower floor and basement of my brother/his girlfriend was completely destroyed, as well as the basement of my sister (her apartment was thankfully on the upper floors). We needed to get a huge container where we'd throw all the muddy crap into (all the electronic stuff was destroyed). The crappiest part was removing the mud out of the house and basement. And it was summer too and the flies were annoying as sh*t ! But the community pulled together like never seen before, everyone was helping and it was quickly re-built. Also, much better flood-preventing systems were built in the years after that, such as new dams, the rivers were massively widened by excavators and so on ... About 2 years ago, there was another week of massive rainfall and the main rivers (Salzach/Saalach) rose again, but thanks to the new systems the rivers did not break out again like in 2005 ...
17  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Which other language should I learn? on: July 24, 2016, 12:04:11 pm
If someone wants to learn Deutsch and needs some help, please PM me.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: 2016 PAPOY Creepfest on: July 24, 2016, 11:58:49 am
Please, I can top that.





Checkmate.



I win.
19  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: Trump at 42%, Clinton at 41% in CBS Battleground Tracker Poll on: July 24, 2016, 11:29:47 am
Any state specific polls?

That would make no sense in this case.

They polled 11 states and 2000 people.

Even for FL (the biggest state) that would only mean 400 people polled.

For small states such as CO, it would mean only 100 people polled and MoE would be too high.
20  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: Trump at 42%, Clinton at 41% in CBS Battleground Tracker Poll on: July 24, 2016, 11:25:18 am
Not really a surprise that a swing state poll shows a tie now after the RNC ...
21  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: The election will already begin in 2 months on: July 24, 2016, 11:20:44 am
I think the early vote is going to be a huge advantage for Clinton. Remember how well she was able to bank votes against Sanders in the primary. Does anyone think that Trump is going to be able to come up with a good enough organization in two months to combat that?

Clinton will also have an advantage in battleground states with same-day voter reg due to superior organization

Early voting, same-day registration and/or all-mail voting doesn't necessarily mean that the D candidate is always favoured: see CO in 2014 when Udall lost and CO had all these goodies in place. If the political climate is not there, these things do not help either.
22  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: The election will already begin in 2 months on: July 24, 2016, 11:11:25 am
I'm pretty positive that MA doesn't have early voting. I know we have absentee voting but, unless I'm wrong we don't have early voting.

This is a relatively new development.

Gov. Patrick signed the early voting law in 2014, but it will take effect starting with the 2016 General election:

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The early-voting law, signed in 2014 by then-Governor Deval Patrick, requires communities to let residents vote during a 10-day window immediately preceding Election Day during biennial statewide elections. This is the first year Massachusetts will try it out.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/06/20/mass-towns-prepare-for-first-ever-early-voting/4zkP1So4jnAHj1EPWiMFFO/story.html
23  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics 2.0 (Presidential runoff re-vote: 2 Oct. 2016) on: July 24, 2016, 10:53:43 am
I know it's summer and nobody cares about the Presidential race right now, but it's time for a new poll !

The last one is about 1 month old already.
24  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: The election will already begin in 2 months on: July 24, 2016, 03:52:49 am
There seems to be some confusion:

The link I posted above says that MI, KY and SC have early voting.

But the NCSL page says they do not:

http://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/absentee-and-early-voting.aspx

On the other hand, NJ seems to have some sort of early voting.
25  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: The election will already begin in 2 months on: July 24, 2016, 03:42:23 am
OR and WA have all-mail voting, no ?

So, that is some form of early voting too.

I forgot to make that distinction on my map key.

Maybe yellow, for CO/OR/WA.
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