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21626  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Swiss set to oust foreign criminals on: November 28, 2010, 09:06:08 am
Wallis is now fully counted: 51.8% YES

In Zrich canton, the YES side is leading with about 50.8% and 99% of the votes there are counted.
21627  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Swiss set to oust foreign criminals on: November 28, 2010, 09:00:49 am
13 of the 26 cantons have already finished their counting:

Support for the SVP proposition in %:

66.3% Schwyz
61.3% Uri
60.8% Nidwalden
60.8% Glarus
60.3% Obwalden
59.9% St. Gallen
57.3% Aargau
56.3% Schaffhausen
53.5% Basel-Land
52.6% Graubnden

44.3% Genf
43.4% Basel-Stadt
42.7% Jura

The more moderate counter-proposition by the government has been rejected in all 13 cantons so far.
21628  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Swiss set to oust foreign criminals on: November 28, 2010, 08:02:16 am
Swiss-wide Exit Poll updated to 53% YES. The counter-proposition gets only 47%.
21629  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Swiss set to oust foreign criminals on: November 28, 2010, 07:50:51 am
With 55% of the votes counted in Zrich, "Yes" leads with 58.3%
21630  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Swiss set to oust foreign criminals on: November 28, 2010, 07:38:47 am
On the other hand, the Swiss TV Exit Poll that came out a few min. ago says only 49.9% "Yes" ...
21631  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Swiss set to oust foreign criminals on: November 28, 2010, 07:34:33 am
Tina Turner lives in Switzerland. I wonder if they'll force her out, too?

Did she commit a serious crime ?
21632  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Swiss set to oust foreign criminals on: November 28, 2010, 07:30:11 am
It looks like the Swiss electorate said "Yes" to the measure to throw out the criminal foreigners.

In Zrich, the measure leads by 60-40.

In Glarus, by 61-39.

In Basel-Land by 58-42.

In Aargau by 57-43.

...

The Glarus numbers are already the final results.
21633  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: 2010 Presidential and State Elections in Austria on: November 28, 2010, 03:11:08 am
The new Gallup poll for 24 shows the following:

27%  (-2) SP
24% (+6) FP
24%  (-2) VP
13% (+3) Greens
12%  (-5) Others (incl. BZ)
21634  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: The Official Obama Approval Ratings Thread on: November 28, 2010, 02:49:49 am
Back to the real world:

California (SurveyUSA, Nov. 22): 55% Approve, 43% Disapprove

http://www.surveyusa.com/client/PollTrack.aspx?g=c717d146-99e7-4de8-8217-9fb792fc2fb8

Kansas (SurveyUSA, Nov. 22): 44% Approve, 53% Disapprove

http://www.surveyusa.com/client/PollTrack.aspx?g=c9cb9d95-0451-467c-8613-efb0bf5d4a7e

Oregon (SurveyUSA, Nov. 22): 46% Approve, 51% Disapprove

http://www.surveyusa.com/client/PollTrack.aspx?g=87dabdb7-5435-402e-891e-11b3bf475127

Washington (SurveyUSA, Nov. 22): 50% Approve, 47% Disapprove

http://www.surveyusa.com/client/PollTrack.aspx?g=c34262fe-7152-4e56-be8d-dd7e32b0f6dd
21635  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / US-Somali terrorist arrested in Oregon on: November 27, 2010, 02:53:25 am
(CNN) -- A 19-year-old has been arrested in connection with a plot to detonate a vehicle bomb at an annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon, on Friday evening, the Justice Department announced.

Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Somalia, was arrested on suspicion of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.

Mohamud was arrested by the FBI and Portland Police Bureau after he attempted to detonate what he believed to be an explosives-laden van that was parked near the tree-lighting ceremony in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square, the Justice

Department said in a written statement, but the device was actually inert.

"The threat was very real. Our investigation shows that Mohamud was absolutely committed to carrying out an attack on a very grand scale," said Arthur Balizan, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. "At the same time, I want to reassure the people of this community that, at every turn, we denied him the ability to actually carry out the attack."

The arrest was the culmination of a long-term undercover operation during which Mohamud had been monitored closely for months as his alleged bomb plot developed, the Justice Department said. Officials said the public was never in danger from the device.

The Justice Department said Mohamud met with an undercover FBI operative in July and allegedly told the undercover operative that he had written articles that were published in Jihad Recollections, an online magazine that advocated violent jihad.

"Mohamud also indicated that he wanted to become 'operational,'" the Justice Department said. "Asked what he meant by 'operational,' Mohamud stated that he wanted to put an 'explosion' together, but needed help."

At a meeting in August, the Justice Department said, Mohamud allegedly told undercover FBI operatives he had been thinking of committing violent jihad since the age of 15. According to an affidavit, Mohamud then told the undercover operatives that he had identified a potential target for a bomb: the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square.

According to the affidavit, Mohamud said he was looking for a "huge mass that will ... be attacked in their own element with their families celebrating the holidays." Authorities said Mohamud also said, "... it's in Oregon; and Oregon like you know, nobody ever thinks about it."

If convicted, of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, Mohamud faces a maximum statutory sentence of life in prison and a $250,000 fine.

http://edition.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/11/27/oregon.bomb.plot/
21636  General Politics / Economics / Re: What will the GDP growth rate be for the 4th quarter? on: November 27, 2010, 02:35:50 am
3.0-3.5%
21637  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Predict ... on: November 27, 2010, 02:29:14 am
Bump !

You have about 1 month left.
21638  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: World Cup 2018 and 2022: Site Selection on: November 26, 2010, 02:48:48 pm
Anyway, voted for Spain/Portugal for 2018 and Australia for 2022.
21639  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: World Cup 2018 and 2022: Site Selection on: November 26, 2010, 02:47:19 pm
Are they choosing both at the same time ?

Not at the same exact time. 2018 will be announced first and then I think there is a half hour or so break until 2022 is announced.

Yeah, I meant same day of course ... Tongue

Isn't it normally the case that 1 place is announced this year for lets say 2018 and then we have to wait for another 3 or so years until it is announced for 2022 ?

Why are they choosing 2 of them on one day now ?
21640  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: World Cup 2018 and 2022: Site Selection on: November 26, 2010, 02:43:51 pm
Are they choosing both at the same time ?
21641  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: 2010 Presidential and State Elections in Austria on: November 26, 2010, 02:02:04 pm
After complaining about Austrian integration policy, the Turkish ambassador in Austria is involved in the next scandal:

The magazine "NEWS" reports that the ambassador and the Turkish embassy in Vienna is now interfering in employment policy of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce.

To be more precise:

The Turkish embassy is pushing for Austrians with Kurdish background and who work for the Austrian Chamber of Commerce to be fired from their jobs because they could be PKK terrorists !

http://www.news.at/articles/1047/8/282992/neuer-skandal-tuerkische-botschaft-wirtschaftskammer-druck

I already had a dubious opinion of this dude when the first reports broke, but this proves now that the guy needs to be removed from Austria.
21642  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Swiss set to oust foreign criminals on: November 26, 2010, 10:31:36 am
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I didn't know you were a SVP supporter.

Or better said: Why do you have a SVP poster in your sig that's calling for a "Double-No" in the referendum to introduce "Voting Rights for Foreigners" (which Basel and Bern actually rejected by wide margins in September) ?
21643  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: 2011 State Elections in Germany on: November 26, 2010, 10:18:07 am
More or less static compared to the Allensbach one. What are you comparing it to?

There were some polls in Sept./Oct. that had the CDU at 30-35% and the Greens at 25-30% or more.

http://www.wahlrecht.de/umfragen/landtage/baden-wuerttemberg.htm

The sentiment about S21 also seems to have shifted: There are now as many supporters as there are opponents.
21644  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: 2011 State Elections in Germany on: November 26, 2010, 07:58:33 am
New BW poll by Forschungsgruppe Wahlen/ZDF:

39%  (-5)   CDU
26% (+14) Greens
19%  (-6)   SPD
  5%  (-6)   FDP
  4%  (+1)  Left
  7%  (+2)  Others

Majority for Greens-SPD.

It seems that the Greens have already peaked and the CDU is gaining ground too.
21645  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Mexico Population Census Results released on: November 26, 2010, 05:18:00 am
Like everywhere else, growth slowing quite rapidly..

Only percentage-wise, not numerically.

2000-2010: +14.8 Mio.
1990-2000: +16.2 Mio.
1980-1990: +14.4 Mio.
1970-1980: +18.6 Mio.
1960-1970: +13.3 Mio.
21646  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Mexico Population Census Results released on: November 26, 2010, 02:21:10 am
The biggest state is Mxico with 15.174 Mio. people, followed by the Distrito Federal with 8.873 Mio.

Mxico is up by about 2 Mio. from 2000 and Distrito Federal by about 300.000

http://www.inegi.org.mx/sistemas/TabuladosBasicos/preliminares2010.aspx
21647  General Politics / International General Discussion / Mexico Population Census Results released on: November 26, 2010, 02:06:59 am
The Census Day was June 12 and the results are:

2010 Census: 112.322.757

2000 Census:   97.483.412

Annual growth: +1.43%

http://www.inegi.org.mx/inegi/contenidos/espanol/prensa/comunicados/rpcpyv10.asp
21648  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Who would you vote for ... on: November 26, 2010, 01:47:49 am
Because of this:

http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=128474.0

vs.
21649  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Is there any circumstance where you would you vote for Palin? on: November 26, 2010, 01:22:00 am
Only if the nominated Democrat proves to be more idiotic and bizarre than her (and that is hard to achieve).
21650  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: 2011 Governor's Races in LA, MS, and KY on: November 25, 2010, 03:43:25 pm
LA and KY should be easily won by the incumbents.

Don't know what's going on in MS. Barbour is term limited I guess ?

Who could run there ? Democrats don't seem to have anyone popular there to win.
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