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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics (Sept. 27 - Upper Austria state election) on: September 02, 2015, 11:46:33 am
FP 163
VP 160
NEOS 83
SP -136
Grne -160
ANDAS -245

How much of an issue is the abortion thing really? Will the left truly make it a lot easier/cheaper? That would probably decide whether I'd vote for NEOS or VP.

The abortion issue is not a real issue in Vienna. The question is in the "election booth" on a regular basis because it's a social issue.

The question asks: "Should the city of Vienna provide abortions in hospitals, covered by social security ?"

Austria is one of the few countries in which abortion is not covered by social security carriers and women who want to perform an abortion have to pay it themselves (usually between 400-1000). This is mostly because of the VP, who does not consider abortion a "sickness" and therefore abortions are exempt from being covered by the social security system. Outside Vienna and the capital cities, only a handful of hospitals perform abortions.

wahlkabine.at offers the parties positions on the issue:

SP, Greens, NEOS and Wien Anders are in favour of abortions being covered
VP, FP are against

(question 17)

http://wahlkabine.at/ltw2015wien/standpunkte

To your question:

Which means indeed, the Left would make it easier and more widely available to have an abortion, and with the higher availability it would also be cheaper. Or they would simply draft a law that it's covered by the SocSecuritySystem.
2  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Europe-Middle East-Africa Refugee Crisis General Thread on: September 02, 2015, 08:53:09 am
See, sh*t like this is why Europe should aggressive attempt to resettle refugees from Turkey and Jordan, so that they aren't forced to literally go through the tundra to receive asylum.

Why should only we do that ?

It was the US that stirred up the hornets nests in AfPak, Iraq, Syria and Libya and brought misery and despair to people's lives there so that they had to flee.

What about Nobel Peace Prize winner Obama ordering charter planes to Turkey/Jordan/Lebanon and pick up the millions of refugees there and resettle them in the US ?
3  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Europe-Middle East-Africa Refugee Crisis General Thread on: September 02, 2015, 08:44:30 am
There's also another route:

Syrians fleeing war find new route to Europe via the Arctic Circle

They tried the shores of Libya, the islands of Greece, and the plains of the Balkans. Now it has emerged that Syrians fleeing civil war have found another route to the safety of Europe: the Arctic Circle.

Dozens of Syrians have trekked to the far north of Russia this year in an unlikely bid to reach a little-known Arctic border crossing with Norway. Up to 20 Syrians a month are then crossing into the tiny Norwegian town of Kirkenes, which lies around 2,500 miles north of Damascus, and where the average daily temperature hovers just below freezing.

The town is the northernmost point of the Iron Curtain Trail, a cycle path that traces the boundary between western and eastern Europe during the cold war.

Its a relatively new thing it started maybe half a year ago, said superintendent Thomas Pettersen, the only policeman on duty in Kirkenes police station on Saturday.

You can say that maybe about five to 20 people try it a month. There have been a couple of people who have tried by bicycle. The rest are being driven over in Russian cars. Its very easy for them to cross they can just sit in a Russian car, and come into Norway. And its legal.

According to Sr-Varanger Avis, a local newspaper, 133 asylum-seekers have used this method in 2015, most of whom are Syrians.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/29/syrian-refugees-europe-arctic-circle-russia-norway
4  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Europe-Middle East-Africa Refugee Crisis General Thread on: September 02, 2015, 08:37:55 am
A young migrant boy tries to argue with Hungarian police about opening the gates to the railway station:

5  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Europe-Middle East-Africa Refugee Crisis General Thread on: September 02, 2015, 08:29:42 am
The situation in Eastern Austria is now relatively calm, with Hungary blocking the railway stations in Budapest.

Some migrants are taking trains outside of Budapest, but not more than 100 arrived in Vienna yesterday.

Most are now coming over the "green border" in Burgenland via cars and trucks (from smugglers) and then are directly taken to camps where they are registered, taken care of and where they can file for asylum. That's about 200-400 per day, or 6.000-12.000 per month. Most are travelling on to Germany though ...
6  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: WaPo/ABC poll: Biden now "the most popular" out of Biden/Clinton/Bush/Trump on: September 02, 2015, 07:45:26 am
Also, Trump's favorables among Whites have increased from 42-53 in their July poll to 48-49 now.

Hillary dropped from 41-57 in July to 34-65 now among Whites ...
7  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: WaPo/ABC poll: Biden now "the most popular" out of Biden/Clinton/Bush/Trump on: September 02, 2015, 07:41:12 am
Favorables among All Adults:

46-46 Joe Biden (+/-0)
45-53 Hillary Clinton (-8)
38-55 Jeb Bush (-17)
37-59 Donald Trump (-22)

Favorables among Registered Voters only:

46-49 Joe Biden (-3)
43-56 Hillary Clinton (-13)
40-58 Donald Trump (-18)
38-57 Jeb Bush (-19)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/page/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2015/09/02/National-Politics/Polling/release_407.xml
8  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / WaPo/ABC poll: Biden now "the most popular" out of Biden/Clinton/Bush/Trump on: September 02, 2015, 07:34:02 am




The Post-ABC poll was conducted August 26-30, 2015 among a random national sample of 1,005 adults, interviewed on conventional and cellular phones. The results from the full survey have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. See full question wording and methodology.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2015/09/02/hillary-clintons-image-is-struggling-but-shes-no-donald-trump-or-jeb-bush
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics (Sept. 27 - Upper Austria state election) on: September 02, 2015, 04:07:27 am
The state government of Upper Austria is handing out a free newspaper subscription for any of the ca. 80.000 first time voters in the coming state election. First time voters can choose any Austrian newspaper for 1 month to inform themselves about the election.

The initiative is coming from the Greens, who are in the state government together with the VP.

The initiative was also done ahead of the 2009 election and it was strongly used by young voters.

This could be good news for turnout, which is already high in Upper Austria (82% in 2009).

On the state government page, there's also a voting app for young voters to inform themselves.

http://diepresse.com/home/politik/innenpolitik/4801157/Land-Oberosterreich-bezahlt-Erstwaehlern-ein-Zeitungsabo
10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics (Sept. 27 - Upper Austria state election) on: September 02, 2015, 03:49:03 am
A new Vienna state election poll would be great ...

There has been none for the past 5 weeks and it's possible that the FP has already overtaken the SP there.

I'd like to see a OGM poll, which is usually the best.
11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics (Sept. 27 - Upper Austria state election) on: September 02, 2015, 03:00:05 am
ANDAS 257
Grne 226
SP 117
NEOS 101
FP 9
VP -58

I just wonder what TTIP and gay marriage has to do with a city election.

Well, the questions always ask "Should the Vienna city government work to sway federal politicians to implement gay marriage/implement a referendum on TTIP ?"

The issues of TTIP and gay marriage are often used in any "election cabin" because these are important issues for people.
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics (Sept. 27 - Upper Austria state election) on: September 01, 2015, 02:49:16 pm
This is something that could drag the Vienna-VP below the joke-level of 10% in the state election:

Stenzel defects to FP for Vienna election

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Long time VP politician and district chairwoman for Vienna's first district Ursula Stenzel will stand in the upcoming Vienna elections as an independent candidate with the right-wing party FP party, she announced this morning.

At a joint press conference with FP chairman Heinz-Christian Strache, Stenzel said she was standing on the FP candidates list because she wanted to break the red-green dominance, referring to the Social Democratic Party (SP) and Green Party (Die Grnen).

I do this because I would like to break the red-green dominance in Vienna and because I would like to break and I would like to prevent the red-greens in the Innere Stadt, the first district, the centre of Vienna, she said.

Stenzel, a former TV presenter with the ORF, had not been nominated by the VP to stand in the October city elections, with the party choosing politician Markus Figl in July instead.

Stenzel is still district chairwoman for Vienna's first district and she stressed at the press conference that if elected she would stay as district chairwoman.

Now aligning herself with the FP, Stenzel said that she is a signal for the people of Vienna that the FP is selectable and must be.

Since Stenzel was not nominated by the VP for the election, there had been speculation about whether she would run on her own list.

http://www.thelocal.at/20150901/ursula-stenzel-aligns-with-fpoe-for-vienna-election
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics (Sept. 27 - Upper Austria state election) on: September 01, 2015, 02:40:44 pm
The "election cabin" (Wahlomat/Wahlkabine) is now online for Vienna:

http://wahlkabine.at/app/ltw2015wien

...

My results:



"Andas" is short for "Wien Anders", the left-wing SYRIZA-like platform of KP/Pirates/Real Greens etc.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: ever used a payphone? on: September 01, 2015, 02:23:40 pm
When we were young ...
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Forum update: Are you a virgin? on: September 01, 2015, 02:11:21 pm

Say you.

I say "Stupid answer to Joe's stupid question" ...
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Forum update: Are you a virgin? on: September 01, 2015, 02:07:00 pm

The nail between my legs ... Wink
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Forum update: Are you a virgin? on: September 01, 2015, 02:02:54 pm

LOL, no.

I already nailed a girl, before I joined this Forum ...
18  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Europe-Middle East-Africa Refugee Crisis General Thread on: September 01, 2015, 01:58:17 pm
2.500 migrants slept at the Salzburg rail station last night, the Red Cross provided the help needed:





19  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Europe-Middle East-Africa Refugee Crisis General Thread on: September 01, 2015, 01:48:08 pm
The leader of the FP in Burgenland, who is also responsible for police matters in the state's SP-FP coalition, has ordered the state police to conduct additional border security measures starting in the next days. 150 more police officers should be deployed to the border crossings to check trucks coming in.

The police has refused that order though, saying they are already too strained for that new job because they already pick up hundreds of illegals accross the "green border" each day and have to register them and transport them to the migrant centers ...

http://derstandard.at/2000021592662/Tschuertz-ordnet-Grenzkontrollen-an-Polizei-verweigert-Befehl
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Forum update: Are you a virgin? on: September 01, 2015, 01:41:03 pm
Nah.
21  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Europe-Middle East-Africa Refugee Crisis General Thread on: September 01, 2015, 01:39:29 pm
Interesting statistic:

Of the 3.650 migrants who arrived yesterday in Vienna's railway stations by train from Hungary, only 6 (!) applied for asylum in Vienna.

The other 3.644 or so just waited for trains to Germany, as police just stood by and let them drive on ...
22  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: UT-Dan Jones & Associates: Utah voters don't like Trump, only leads Hillary by 9 on: September 01, 2015, 01:35:55 pm
Yeah, I would also opt to jump into a barrel of acid rather than voting for either Hillary or Trump ...
23  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / UT-Dan Jones & Associates: Utah voters don't like Trump, only leads Hillary by 9 on: September 01, 2015, 01:33:59 pm
... and because so many voters don't like Trump, there's also a huge amount of "other" voters:

38% Trump
29% Clinton
29% Someone else
  3% Undecided

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Utahns also don't want to see Trump capture the GOP nomination in 2016. Nearly half of those surveyed (49%) said they "definitely" do not support the real estate magnate as the GOP nominee, while another 18% say they "probably" would not support him as the Republican standard bearer. Given those numbers, we probably should not expect Trump to visit Utah on a campaign swing any time soon.

If the only choices were Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton or some other candidates, a majority (60%) of Utah Republicans say they would vote for Trump while 28% of GOP voters would opt for another candidate.

http://utahpolicy.com/index.php/features/today-at-utah-policy/6850-
24  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Barack Obama to test survivor skills on Bear Grylls show on: August 31, 2015, 02:38:08 pm
Lolz:



Anyway, Obama can send Putin a postcard of Bear Grylls asking him to kill and gut trout and other animals. I'm sure Putin would welcome that.
25  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Barack Obama to test survivor skills on Bear Grylls show on: August 31, 2015, 02:30:26 pm
This made my day:

US President Barack Obama will trek through the wilderness in Alaska this week with British TV adventurer Bear Grylls, the NBC channel has announced.

He is due to tape an episode of Running Wild with Bear Grylls to observe the effects of climate change on the area, it said.

He is the first president to appear on the show, to be aired later this year.

President Obama is on a three-day tour of Alaska aimed at highlighting the pace of climate change.



It is part of his administration's efforts to build support for new legislation significantly capping carbon dioxide emissions from power plants in the US, as well as raise attention to the ways climate change has damaged Alaska's natural landscape.

Mr Obama follows several other high profile figures, including actresses Kate Winslet and Kate Hudson, who have tested their survival skills on the show.

Bear Grylls - a former British special forces soldier - puts celebrities through their paces in remote forests and mountains across the world, "pushing their minds and bodies to the limit to complete their journeys".

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-34109681
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