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4551  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Austrian kidnap victim to appear in TV interview on: September 06, 2006, 12:03:55 pm
Your election campaign has to be pretty boring if this now the no. 1 topic. Tongue

But there's a similar Natascha hype here in Germany... probably not as extreme as in Austria, but it's still there.
4552  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: http://www.quiz2d.com/ on: September 06, 2006, 11:22:40 am


You want government out of people's personal lives, but you appear to desire some continued government control over people's economic activities. There is no political party that represents your views. You need a mix of Democratic, Libertarian and possibly Green politicians in office. The ratio between these depends on how high up your dot is on the chart. (The Green Party probably runs the most candidates with your views, but the overall Green Party platform is much more socialistic than you are.)
4553  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Sweden 2006 on: September 06, 2006, 09:44:10 am
So, what will be the impact of the computer-spying scandal involving the Liberal People's Party I heard yesterday about?

http://www.thelocal.se/article.php?ID=4797&date=20060905
4554  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What's the last movie you've seen? on: September 05, 2006, 06:45:12 pm
Miami Vice


I have to admit that I actually enjoyed it... certainly better than I expected, considering that it's just a adaptation of a TV series from the 80ies.

But I do have a weakness for those bleak and morally ambiguous cop thrillers... plus, I like this ultra-realistic documentary-like style with shaken hand-held cameras etc. which has become popular in recent years (despite the fact that many people think that it hurts the eye after a while and causes them headaches Cheesy ).


Btw, judging from the "masterpiece or crap?" debates on the imdb message board this seems to be a pretty polarizing movie.  The same applies to the user rating there:

10 out of 10 - 1832 votes
...
5/10 - 874 votes
4/10 - 626 votes
...
1/10 - 1249 votes


Well, personally I would give it a 7/10 or so.
4555  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Walter Ulbricht v Adolf Hitler on: September 04, 2006, 05:33:34 pm
ROFL, Hitler vs. Stalin would at least involve two characters who are more or less comparable in their evilness... but Walter Ulbricht? *lol*

I already have done that one.  Stalin won convincingly:

http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=38132.0

Well, and it looks like a landslide for Ulbricht so far. Wink


Anyone who has listened to a speech given by Ulbricht (and who has a idea how a Saxon accent sounds) isn't able to take this guy serious anymore. One of the most funny dictators ever. Cheesy
4556  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Walter Ulbricht v Adolf Hitler on: September 04, 2006, 04:05:10 pm
ROFL, Hitler vs. Stalin would at least involve two characters who are more or less comparable in their evilness... but Walter Ulbricht? *lol*
4557  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Swedish political test (In English!) on: September 04, 2006, 08:00:04 am
Something's very very wrong with a test when I'm supposed to be a Christian Democrat.

KD 64
C 53
FP 51
M 49
MP 47
SAP 45
V 43

Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

At least I got the Liberals, followed by the centrists and the SAP.
4558  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Death penalty urged for soldiers accused of murder in Iraq on: September 03, 2006, 04:59:20 am
No/Yes
4559  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German state and local elections, September 2006 on: August 31, 2006, 06:01:37 am
Took this test a while ago. Retook it now... the results haven't change much, but I'm still not sure whether this makes sense. Cheesy

1) SPD / FDP - 56.7% each
2) CDU - 48.3%
3) WASG - 46.7%
4) Left.PDS - 36.7%
5) Greens - 35%


But as Lewis indicated, you probably have to be an in-depth expert of the political and financial situation in Berlin to understand this test. Wink
4560  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: What people apparently want to be called on: August 30, 2006, 09:32:08 am
In the eastern part of Germany, people from Asia or of Asian descent* are often called "Fidschis" or "Fijis", which isn't exactly the most politically correct term you could think of.


*note: I think Vietnamese are still the largest immigrant group in former East Germany... not that we have that many immigrants here.
4561  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Do you believe the Oklahoma City bombing was connected to al-Qaeda? on: August 29, 2006, 12:08:38 pm
Al Qaeda was of course responsible for Oklahoma City... same with the Kennedy assassination and the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger (you didn't think that this really was an accident?). Wink
4562  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which of the following fundamentalist Christian doctrines do you believe? on: August 29, 2006, 10:05:30 am
None of the above/not sure/don't care.
4563  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you support changing the spelling of "human" to "humyn"? on: August 29, 2006, 10:00:02 am
Resolved at the 1997 Maoist International Movement Congress:

"In order to cut back on the psychiatry industry's collections, MIM will now allow the spelling of humyn as the more general and correct or universal form of "human" to be consistent with it's already passed policy on "womyn." This will be to oppose seeing humyns as derived from men. The proletariat bears the more universal truth than the bourgeoisie does and wimmin bear more of the truth than men do."

ROFLMAO
4564  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How would you vote on the following proposals? on: August 29, 2006, 09:25:52 am
Proposal 1
A constitutional amendment to ban state government, local governments, public colleges and universities, community colleges and school districts from discriminating against, or granting preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, economic status, color, ethnicity, ancestry, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.

Abstain.

("Aye", if the provision "or granting preferential treatment" is striked.)



Proposal 2
A bill to ban pregnant women from obtaining induced abortions once the pregnancy is at the point of 24 weeks gestation, except in the case of a threat to the woman's life is she continues the pregnancy.  Violators of this law could be guilty of murder depending on the reasons given for the pregnancy termination.

Nay.

(For the same reasons given by Lewis, strike or modify the second sentence and I'll vote for it.)



Proposal 3
A bill to legalize, for both recreational and medicinal purposes, the use of marijuana, and to adjust the prison sentences of persons guilty of marijuana use or possession accordingly.

Aye.



Proposal 4
A bill to increase the minimum wage to $7.15 per hour, and to have the wage annually indexed to inflation.

Aye.



Proposal 5
A bill to instate special taxes on products deemed morally unacceptable, such as alcohol (exempted for religious or medicinal purposes), tobacco, pornography, and violent video games.

Nay.



Proposal 6
A resolution urging the United States Congress to pass a constitutional amendment that would permit Congress to prohibit the physical desecration of the U.S. flag.

Nay.



Proposal 7
A bill to abolish capital punishment and commute current death sentences to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

Aye.

(I would prefer that a possibility of parole would be included, but this bill would be better than nothing. All in good time... Wink )



Proposal 8
A bill to establish clear penalties for violators of copyright law, including physical pirating of copyrighted music and films, and use of the Internet in acquiring copyrighted songs, movies, television shows, software, and text.  A person who uploads a copy of an album in advance of its official release date would be eligible for a maximum of ten years in prison.

Nay.



Proposal 9
An initiative to ban handguns in your city, with all handguns required to be turned in to the police effective four months from the date the initiative passes.

Aye.



Proposal 10
{Assuming Proposal 3 is not put into place.}  An initiative to make laws against marijuana use and possession the lowest possible priority for local police in law enforcement.

Aye.



Proposal 11
An initiative to require biology textbooks in your school district to have a sticker on the front that states, "Evolution is a theory, not a fact."

Nay.



Proposal 12
An initiative to establish a curfew for those under the age of 18 to not be outside without a parent after 10pm on Sundays-Thursdays and 11pm on Fridays-Saturdays.

Nay.



Proposal 13
An initiative to ban panhandling by the homeless on sidewalks and near traffic.

Nay.



Proposal 14
A proposal to extend current copyrights by another twenty years.

Nay.



Proposal 15
A bill to re-authorize the ban of assault weapons which expired in September 2004.

Aye.



Proposal 16
A bill to abolish the estate tax effective January 2010.

Nay.



Proposal 17
A bill to require a timetable from the executive branch for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.

Aye.



Proposal 18
A motion to censure President Bush for his use of warrantless wiretapping on U.S. citizens.

Aye.
4565  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Seven Days in May on: August 28, 2006, 06:35:50 pm
Clearly, anyone plotting a coup against the duly elected Pesident would not be fit to hold office, and should be prosecuted accordingly.

At the end of the movie, the Joint Chiefs were forced to resign by the president... the official reason given to the public was their ongoing opposition to the treaty (I think at least General Scott was seen publicly criticizing the president's decision to sign the treaty earlier in the movie).

No charges were pressed for the attempted coup, because Pres. Lyman thought that it would hurt the country.
4566  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Seven Days in May on: August 28, 2006, 10:09:20 am
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Days_in_May

I watched this classic movie yesterday on TV. In a scene with President Lyman und General Scott towards the end, Lyman said that Scott should have ran against him in the next election instead of staging a military coup against his administration.

So, what if Scott had really gained the Republican nomination (assuming Jordan was a Adlai Stevenson-type Democrat)... despite the fact that he was forced to resign as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs a under dubious circumstances a few years earlier?

A description of both characters are also given in the Wikipedia article.
4567  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: France shows her weakness once again on: August 27, 2006, 05:26:03 pm
Third, the French government is headed by two sociopaths who hate the United States.  Both the Preisent of France, and its Premier are VERY EVIL, EVIL men who will stop at nothing in their hatred of the United States and their veneration of evil.

Speaking of hatred against certain countries...

And something is wrong with that..how?

*rollseyes*
4568  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: France shows her weakness once again on: August 27, 2006, 04:58:26 pm
Third, the French government is headed by two sociopaths who hate the United States.  Both the Preisent of France, and its Premier are VERY EVIL, EVIL men who will stop at nothing in their hatred of the United States and their veneration of evil.

Speaking of hatred against certain countries...
4569  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German state and local elections, September 2006 on: August 27, 2006, 04:55:04 pm
New Berlin poll (Emnid, 08/27):

SPD 33%
CDU 21%
Left.PDS 16%
Greens 14%
FDP 9%
WASG 3%
4570  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German state and local elections, September 2006 on: August 26, 2006, 09:42:04 am
Two new polls for Mecklenburg are out...


Infratest-dimap, 08/25
SPD 31%
CDU 30%
Left.PDS 23%
FDP 6%
NPD 4%
Greens 3%

Emnid, 08/25
CDU 31%
SPD 28%
Left.PDS 23%
FDP 7%
NPD 4%
Greens 3%
WASG 2%

The SPD takes the lead in a poll the first time since Feburary. Apparently, the FDP has good chances of returning to the state parliament after 12 years of absence. The NPD's chances of winning seats aren't that bad either. Sad  However, the situation of the Greens and the WASG is more or less hopeless.

Btw, do you want to know what seems to be one of the major issues of the Mecklenberg campaign? "Who is going to pay Bush's barbecue???" Cheesy
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is Angela Merkel's homestate and she invited Bush to visit her there back in July. Now, the state government of Mecklenburg is arguing with the federal government who is going to pay the bills for Bush's visit. Wink
4571  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Sweden 2006 on: August 25, 2006, 04:41:02 am
I have a question Wink:

How is the Forsmark reactor incident affecting the campaign? Does it improve the chances of the Green Party? What's the SAP's stance on nuclear energy?
4572  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German state and local elections, September 2006 on: August 24, 2006, 03:34:44 pm
Berlin poll (Infratest-dimap, 08/24):

SPD 32%
CDU 21%
Left.PDS 16%
Greens 16%
FDP 8%
Other parties 7%
4573  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Official Federal Election Booth - Voting Now Open on: August 24, 2006, 01:06:32 pm
Senate

District 1
1) bullmoose88 (ILP - Pennsylvania)
2) Dr. Cynic (SDP - Pennsylvania)
4574  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: President Forever results thread... on: August 24, 2006, 09:22:01 am
Dean/Gephardt are narrowly winning the 2004 election... without having won Ohio or Florida. Wink





Dean
PV: 47%
EV: 275

Bush
PV: 47%
EV: 263
4575  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German state and local elections, September 2006 on: August 24, 2006, 05:45:48 am
New poll for Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (Forsa, 08/23):

CDU 30%
SPD 28%
Left.PDS 24%
FDP 7%
Greens 4%
NPD 4%
Other parties 3%
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