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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: By-elections of the 44th Australian Parliament (2013-2016) on: April 17, 2014, 10:59:57 pm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shop,_Distributive_and_Allied_Employees_Association#Criticism
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A comparative analysis of polling data of support for same-sex marriage and membership demographics of the SDA found that the socially conservative positions of the SDA leadership - particularly Joe de Bruyn - are likely to be at odds with the rank-and-file of the union.The lobby group Australian Marriage Equality challenged the SDA to survey its membership before contributing further to the same-sex marriage debate in Australia. To date, the SDA has never sought the views of its membership on the issue.

In response to the union's position on gay rights, SDA members in Brisbane met to organise a grassroots revolt at the quarterly members meeting and raise the issue of same-sex marriage.


But this isn't even a union issue... so why is it important?

Because the leadership still thinks the labor movement hasn't evolved beyond the days of Bob Santamaria and the domination of the old-school Catholic Right... they think they still have the right to dictate national policy issues that have NOTHING to do with their remit.



That's an issue for the ALP not for the unions themselves.
2  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: RIP Gabriel Garcia Marquez on: April 17, 2014, 03:19:13 pm
Sad
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: EP elections 2014 on: April 17, 2014, 03:12:32 pm
As I answered the quiz with the perspective that a) A lot of the supposed 'social issues' are not, I think, EU-wide issues (or at least the EU should not be playing an active role in them*) and b) that the economic and funding questions were too vague, I got some odd answers:

Fiorello PROVERA (Lega Nord) (!): 70% (!!!)
Mara BIOZZOTTO (Lega Nord): 69%
Lara COMI (Il Popolo del Libertá): 67%
Elisabetta GARDINI (Il Popolo del Libertá): 67%

Needless to say these are not my preferences. Hilariously after that it was mostly D66 and Venstre. That's.... more like it.

Also the last three I got were all Tories. Much better. Definitely not a fascist now.

Also:
EFD 50%
ALDE 47%
EPP 45%
Greens/EPA 45%
GUE-NGL 39%
S&D 39%
ECR 32%

Oh, dear.

* (i.e. For the GMOs question I said I was in favour of the EU granting additional rights to restrict the growing of GMOs even though I would generally be against such rights to be enforced on the level of member states)
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: By-elections of the 44th Australian Parliament (2013-2016) on: April 17, 2014, 01:37:21 pm
On this note - and I've been wondering about this: Is the unusually high Greens vote in Australia correlated in any way to the fact that the Unions - and often very conservative unions at that - still have a lot of power over Labor selections?
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: By-elections of the 44th Australian Parliament (2013-2016) on: April 17, 2014, 01:34:34 pm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shop,_Distributive_and_Allied_Employees_Association#Criticism
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A comparative analysis of polling data of support for same-sex marriage and membership demographics of the SDA found that the socially conservative positions of the SDA leadership - particularly Joe de Bruyn - are likely to be at odds with the rank-and-file of the union.The lobby group Australian Marriage Equality challenged the SDA to survey its membership before contributing further to the same-sex marriage debate in Australia. To date, the SDA has never sought the views of its membership on the issue.

In response to the union's position on gay rights, SDA members in Brisbane met to organise a grassroots revolt at the quarterly members meeting and raise the issue of same-sex marriage.


But this isn't even a union issue... so why is it important?
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: By-elections of the 44th Australian Parliament (2013-2016) on: April 16, 2014, 02:16:31 pm
The parties that represent old-style left-wing views do much worse than the modern social democrats almost everywhere in Europe and the West.

What do we mean by 'old-style' here?
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Poll: Is Guntaker actually British? on: April 15, 2014, 06:27:20 pm
Belfast, Northern Ireland

oakvale, gully and gunsmoker can have a big hughughug fest.  Smiley

Belfast isn't Ireland Grumps.

It's important you understand this.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Post something that would annoy the preceding poster. on: April 15, 2014, 08:45:27 am
Ulster really is the best part of Ireland.

That doesn't even come close to annoying me.

For a start, it's blatantly untrue.

As for what would annoy the above poster: the same as the last poster to which I posted: the Truth (whatever that is).
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the previous poster's ideology on: April 14, 2014, 08:25:36 pm
Approaching VSPism
10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: India 2014 on: April 14, 2014, 08:11:37 pm
The whataboutery in this thread is strong.

Yes, only the BJP has a history of using communal violence for political gain. You seem to be very familiar with Indian politics.

The prosecution rests. A+ Whataboutery.

(Oh, and nice putting words in my mouth. I said nothing about the BJP, Modi, The Nehru-Gandhis, Gujarat, Congress or anything of that nature. Please criticize me for the things I say in future. Good protip that).
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Post something that would annoy the preceding poster. on: April 14, 2014, 08:05:49 pm
The truth
12  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ukraine Crisis on: April 14, 2014, 05:54:40 pm
So, no one is talking about the fact that Ukraine seems to be on the verge of civil war now?

Most of us don't speak Ukranian or Russian, so there's not really a whole lot in the way of discussion other than regurgitation of BBC News bulletins, mindless unfalsifiable speculation, or armchair sagery from our suburban homes.

If only there were people in the West who spoke Russian and could transmit such information. Dang.

I didn't know you were a fan of Russia Today, Gustaf.
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: India 2014 on: April 14, 2014, 05:53:41 pm
The whataboutery in this thread is strong.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Post something that would annoy the preceding poster. on: April 14, 2014, 03:17:31 pm
His brother's friend is Tyler Durden.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Does this forum have a tendency to feign outrage over trivial things? on: April 14, 2014, 03:12:58 pm
I was going to give a long post justifying my stated opinions but in reality pkemp has already summed it up. Reading that thread it came across that people thought Nate Silver was demoting himself to 'irrelevancies' like sports rather than 'the high world' of politics, an attitude which I find absurdly pretentious and self-serving. Silver is clearly more interested in sports than political horse-racing and I don't think that's a problem given that what Silver specialized was horse-race analysis of political contests (i.e. treating them like they were Sports). Of course, this forum frequently can't tell the difference.

That thread also had two pbrower posts in it, and that always indicates a bad thread.
16  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Is this the single worst newspaper article of all time? on: April 14, 2014, 02:58:06 pm
the right-on bubble-dwelling witterings of Úna Mullally

Q.E.D.

I saw that today. Instantly thought "Nope, not reading that, no..."

17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Forum turnout poll: Will you/Would you vote in the EP elections next month ? on: April 14, 2014, 02:57:03 pm
I will probably vote although I'm not sure who for. I'm thinking of voting tactically for Brian Hayes even though he's a quasi-thatcherite gobsh**te as that would get him out of the Dáil and spark a by-election which FG would have little chance of winning.
18  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: UK General Discussion on: April 13, 2014, 10:10:02 pm
19  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Nobody is ‘born that way,’ gay historians say on: April 13, 2014, 08:35:23 pm
Left-wing humanities PhDs don't believe that biology influences society.  They have a large stake in that idea because they want to study society and language, instead of biology because they don't know how to study biology.  They have a bunch of dog-eared copies of Foucault books, not microscopes.  So, no surprise that they want to say sexuality is completely a social construction.  Obviously, that's garbage.

It's not only garbage, it's not what the article or the historians it refers to are saying.  What it is saying that historically, even in those cultures that were accepting of same-sex attraction or even in those that embraced it, there was no social construct that was analogous to that of "gay" as it is commonly understood today.

But does that confuse human consciousness with human self-consciousness? One can be, I can assume, a man can have strong homosexual tendencies without being gay.

(Oh, I've done it now. Haven't I?)
20  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Nobody is ‘born that way,’ gay historians say on: April 13, 2014, 07:54:50 pm
Why does it matter where homosexuality 'comes from'?

As it happens there isn't actually a great deal of evidence for the genetic theory - as has often been the case twin studies have shown diminishing returns - but the social construct theory is too daft, vague and handwavey to make much sense. What evidence there is does point the idea of 'sexual orientations' as somewhat dubious but why is it important?
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Does this forum have a tendency to feign outrage over trivial things? on: April 12, 2014, 06:06:49 pm

Now I have little doubt he'll be back (not the first time he left after all) but that's not the point. The thread in question is actually pretty mundane and there's nothing in it that'd even be delugeable. I honestly can't figure out what in it was so horrible he decided to leave.

And then you often have Gully and oakvale proclaiming "OMG worst thread EVER!" (hell Gully did it right after that) to threads that are at worst fairly boring and somewhat hackish.

Ah but be fair BRTD, it was a truly terrible thread.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How many current US Senators can you name? on: April 12, 2014, 05:42:04 pm
37.

Years ago I might have got 50-60 but I've long stopped paying attention. I had forgotten the departure of Larry Craig and Massachusetts left me blank because I knew it was no longer Kerry-Kennedy (Yes, I blanked Warren *shrug*. Had I thought harder I might have gotten 6-7 more, she among them).
23  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: opinion of political correctness on: April 12, 2014, 07:06:10 am
Disappointed this - the canonical work on Political correctness - wasn't posted at the very beginning of this thread.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Favourite latest post by previous poster on: April 10, 2014, 11:24:48 pm
I know basically nothing about it, apart from the fact it's still a monarchy. Could someone familiar with the country enlighten me?

(Disclaimer: I've met and discussed politics with several Bhutanese people, but it was a few years ago now.)

To put it glibly but only slightly misleadingly, what’s good and bad about Bhutan is what’s good and bad about the Central Tibetan Administration, but taken to extremes.

Bhutan is a conservative Buddhist sacerdotal monarchy that for the past five or six years has been undergoing quasi-democratization under Dragon King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck (who until last year was the youngest sovereign monarch in the world and indeed does look a little like an Asian Elvis), according to terms spelled out by the previous Dragon King (who's still alive), Jigme Singye Wangchuck. House Wangchuck presents its political ideology--which is shared by both major political parties, although the current governing party is considered marginally less pro-monarchy than the other, which won the first democratic elections in 2008 and was in power until last year, despite having been founded by somebody who is Jigme Singye's brother-in-law four times over (see below)--as based on the idea of 'Gross National Happiness', which Jigme Singye advanced as an alternative to Gross National Product based on (obviously) much more subjective measurements. A lot of people both in Bhutan and in the West are enamored with the idea of Gross National Happiness to the point where they fail to recognize that it's by its very nature so subjective as to lack any real accountability as a benchmark for specific policy. A lot of people also think it comes across as vaguely Orwellian, which it does for reasons that I’ll get into in the next paragraph, although it must be said that Bhutan is far from the most Orwellian country in Asia right now.

The specific things for which the Bhutanese government has been criticized are its treatment of the Nepalese minority and the fact that it is deliberately stalling Bhutan's industrial and technological development as a means to preserve traditional Bhutanese culture (the logic here, whose validity or lack thereof I won’t comment upon, is that since Bhutanese cultural mores are strongly traditionalist, preserving traditional culture makes most Bhutanese people, at least in the short term, happy and thus causes the Gross National Happiness of Bhutan to increase). Preserving traditional Bhutanese culture is not an inherently bad motivation in and of itself, and it would obviously be a shame if it were to be subsumed into the broader culture of India or China or wherever else, but in the case of the Dragon Kings preserving it also means preserving their own power at the apex of a combined (but bifurcated) religious and political structure that, as politicus alludes to, doesn’t really have room for a significant portion of the population that isn’t Buddhist, ethnic Ngalop or Sharchop, and primarily conversant in a Bodish language. It’s notable that expulsions of and discrimination against Nepalese in Bhutan started getting worse around twenty-five years ago, which is also around when Jigme Singye started solidifying the terms of the current official House Wangchuck ideology. The justification for doing this had to do with the circumstances under which the neighboring kingdom of Sikkim had collapsed in 1975: Nepali Hindus became such a large proportion of the population that they brought down the royal government and forced not only the abolition of the monarchy but an ultimately successful referendum on annexation to India (which, obviously, is majority-Hindu).

It must be said that among the Ngalop and Sharchop, Bodish-language-speaking, Buddhist majority in Bhutan support of House Wangchuck and its policies does appear to be genuine and deep as well as broad, and that Jigme Khesar Namgyel is in general a little more open to the type of development that the international community is traditionally concerned with for poor countries than his father is/was. But it also must be said that for liberals in the West to think that Gross National Happiness and Bhutanese cultural policy sound like entirely nice and unproblematic ideas just because they have a whiff of the ‘exotic Orient’ and the state-enforced traditional Bhutanese culture happens to be aesthetically downright gorgeous is more than a little shallow and ignores very real concerns about what happens when a country that decides to pursue genuinely traditionalist cultural policies has a minority whose traditional culture isn’t the same.

(It should also be noted that Jigme Singye is a polygamist--he's married to all four of the sisters of the founder of the current ruling party (see above)--and that the almost surreally high regard in which he’s held in certain circles obscures the very real achievements of his father and predecessor, Jigme Dorji, who ended slavery and serfdom, introduced mechanized vehicles and central economic planning, built dozens of schools and half a dozen hospitals, had almost two thousand kilometres of roads constructed, and established the first quasi-independent judiciary and advisory National Assembly with the power to impeach the Dragon King, but was unfortunately very sickly and died young while receiving medical treatment in Kenya in 1972.)
25  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What's the last movie you've seen? (2nd thread) on: April 10, 2014, 07:20:51 pm
Woman in the Dunes (1964)

Highly, highly recommended. Even though dated in some aspects (the ending was obvious from miles away). Would make a good companion piece to Knife in the Water

Gorillas in the Mist?

From it's wiki description, nope. Not at all Tongue
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