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4551  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Russian legislative "elections", 2007 on: December 04, 2007, 05:11:54 am
I had heard he was planning on greatly increasing the power of the PM before he left office next year. And isn't he backing some random schmuck for President who'd basically make the perfect puppet? I think we've figured out his little plan.

1. So far Putin hasn't officially backed someone for the presidency. Yesterday, I read somewhere that "United Russia" is planning to endorse a presidential candidate on December 17. In the last weeks and months, most bets were on current PM Zubkov, who was a totally unknown and obscure figure until he was appointed prime minister by Putin a few months ago. With 66 years, Zubkov is also considered to be relatively old (which actually makes it more likely for him to be Putin's stooge/successor... weird country).

2. I think "United Russia" has ruled out any plans to change the consitutiton yesterday... which would include increasing the powers of the PM.

3. Then again, Putin and "United Russia" have often changed their minds or made surprise announcements in the past (such as Putin's announcement that he would run for the Duma as "United Russia's" top candidate). So everything I just wrote could not come true as well.
4552  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Russian legislative "elections", 2007 on: December 03, 2007, 07:02:36 pm
Isn't Iron Vlad going to be a power behind the throne figure, considering he's poised to be Russia's new Prime Minister? And don't they have most of the power, instead of the President? That's what I've heard.

No, the president is the most powerful government position in Russia... by far.

Under Yeltsin, and partially under Putin too, the PM was practically a "hire-and-fire" position. In Yeltsin's final years and months of his presidency he had a new prime minister every two months or so (which also had something to do with the fact that he was looking for a successor, he finally settled with Putin then). In theory, Putin also had the choice of staying prime minister in 2000. He was merely Acting President after Yeltsin's resignation and never obliged to run for president himself in the following elections. But he decided to pick the better job.

So, the question is: If Putin will be Russia's next prime minister, who will he "install" as president and will he be able to control this president from the PM position, which is officially a very weak one. So the question of informal power will play a great role in such scenario.
4553  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Is getting a lapdance from a stripper of another race immoral? on: December 03, 2007, 05:27:36 pm
Yes.
4554  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Sudanese bear naming incident on: December 03, 2007, 08:04:33 am
She's been pardoned by the Sudanese leader.

So good news from Sudan for a change.
4555  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is the individual pictured in the preceding post closer to fascist or communist? on: December 02, 2007, 06:45:05 pm
That's way too easy... fascist of course.


4556  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Russian legislative "elections", 2007 on: December 02, 2007, 05:10:56 pm
The Communists are doing their "own" count.

Good luck with that.
4557  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is the individual pictured in the preceding post closer to fascist or communist? on: December 02, 2007, 11:06:27 am
Communist.


4558  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Russia poll on: December 02, 2007, 10:37:51 am
I predict UR wins with 62% of the vote.

That's quite optimistic...
4559  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Russian legislative "elections", 2007 on: December 02, 2007, 10:35:12 am

Haha.

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President Putin has cast his vote together with his wife Ludmila. The President was quick to vote, while Ludmila Putina took her time. It seemed she really thought a lot about who to vote for.

Well, maybe she was torn between voting for United Russia and Fair Russia. Wink
4560  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Sudanese bear naming incident on: December 02, 2007, 09:12:06 am
I think we should start a religion based on worshipping a teddy bear... like the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

The bear's name is Mohammed Jesus "M.J." Pooh.  M.J. is the daughter of our lord and savior Winnie.
4561  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Is Russia a Fascist State? on: December 02, 2007, 05:10:43 am
No. Same argument some of the previous posters have used. It's "just" an authoritarian state.
4562  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Belgium On the Brink on: December 01, 2007, 04:39:31 pm
Oh boy, can't believe that they're unable to fix this...

Look at the bright side, Germany might be getting larger from a few communities. Wink

Yeah, significantly larger... Tongue
4563  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Belgium On the Brink on: December 01, 2007, 04:10:46 pm
Oh boy, can't believe that they're unable to fix this...
4564  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Russian legislative "elections", 2007 on: December 01, 2007, 03:52:14 pm
There are no districts anymore in this election.

Yes, and the other part of Putin's "election reform" was to turn the 5% threshold into a 7% threshold... which pretty much signed the death warrant for Yabloko and the Union of Rightest Forces.
4565  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Sudanese bear naming incident on: December 01, 2007, 03:05:33 pm
No, because teddy bears are (relatively) trivial and unimportant.

Not for the boy the bear was named after!

(yeah, that's an stupid argument, but it's also a stupid law, so that evens it out)
4566  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Russian legislative "elections", 2007 on: December 01, 2007, 02:31:13 pm
People should vote for Yabloko, not the KPRF. Neither have any chance of winning, but Yabloko is the saner opposition than a bunch of Stalin-lovers.

At the least the commies will win some seats in the Duma... Yabloko will pretty much win nothing.
4567  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Russian legislative "elections", 2007 on: December 01, 2007, 02:26:12 pm
Go communists! Ugh.


Russia: Voting for the least of four evils.
4568  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Sudanese bear naming incident on: December 01, 2007, 02:23:23 pm
This is a great reason why I could care less about Darfur

Get informed on the Darfur situation before making any judgements.
I am rather well-informed.  The bottom line is these people are uncivilized and beyond help, any helping them is a waste of money because I'm sure money insults the prophet.

Have a Christian from Darfur come talk to you - it might change your mind.

Or a non-Arabic Muslim from Darfur for that matter...
4569  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Hong Kong and Macau on: December 01, 2007, 10:23:31 am
They should have held a referendum whether Hong Kong/Macao wants to stay with the UK/Portugal, join with China or become independent... at least in a perfect world.
4570  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Sudanese bear naming incident on: December 01, 2007, 07:58:31 am
One thing I'm wondering - I don't remember if we have any Muslims here, but why can people name their kid Muhammad?  Isn't that MORE blasphemous?  (It would seem so to me).

Apparently, it's acceptable for humans, but not for animals, real or otherwise.

But it's an anthromorphic bear!
4571  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Russia poll on: December 01, 2007, 06:06:00 am
So?
4572  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Ultimate blasphemy poll: The prophet vs. the teddy bear vs. some other guys on: December 01, 2007, 05:16:30 am
Wow, me and DWTL vote the same!
I am missing the point of the poll?  Cause if I mocking Jesus I didn't intend to vote that way

There's no point... except mocking the concept of blasphemy... I believe. Ah, whatever... never mind.

But I'm pretty pissed now that I forgot to include "Jesus the Atlas forumer".
4573  General Politics / Individual Politics / Ultimate blasphemy poll: The prophet vs. the teddy bear vs. some other guys on: November 30, 2007, 07:57:55 pm
So?

4574  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Who Would Be America's Royal Family? on: November 29, 2007, 01:16:20 pm
I thought America already has two royal families.

We only have to arrange a marriage between Chelsea and one of the Bush boys (George P.?) now and in no less then five generations we will be able to breed the KWISATZ HADERACH. Mark my words.
4575  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: President Forever results thread... on: November 29, 2007, 10:52:41 am
Well, at least he won Utah...
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