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4551  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Direct popular election of the German president on: August 17, 2009, 08:42:49 am
The inumbent president once said in an interview that he supports the direct election of the president.

The bottomline is that it hasn't sufficient support among CDU and SPD to make the necessary amendment the constitution.
4552  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: To foreigners: In which U.S. state would you like to live? on: August 16, 2009, 02:58:33 pm
Massachusetts (Boston) or California (San Francisco).
4553  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Will healthcare reform pass this year? on: August 16, 2009, 06:09:41 am
What do you mean by "healthcare"? Stop spewing government propaganda immediately! It's a deathcare! Any government plan including a large-scale euthanasia program is actually a deathcare.
4554  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: 2009 State and Federal elections in Germany on: August 16, 2009, 05:15:32 am
A bona fide party called Die Partei (The Party) is campaigning with a satirical program to rebuild the Berlin Wall, turn eastern Germany into a nature reserve and populate it with the nation's pensioners.

Well, not anymore I guess. "The Party" failed to win ballot status in all German states.



According to a new Forsa poll, Schlämmer's party would actually receive 18% if it really stands in the federal elections ...

Not, it wouldn't. It could. The poll didn't asked if you want to vote for the "Horst Schlämmer Party", it asked if you could imagine to vote for the party. It was one of the "voter potential" polls. The CDU would probably get at least 50% in such a poll, because all FDP supporters, a majority of all swing voters and perhaps some of the more conservative SPD supporters would say that they could imagine to vote for the CDU. Doesn't mean that they would ever get such a result in an actual election.

And last but not least, since the poll asked about a non-existing joke party you can't really expect that someone responds in a realistic manner anyway. Wink
4555  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: 2009 State and Federal elections in Germany on: August 13, 2009, 08:38:50 am
Ughhh ! The Nazis strike again:

Extremist NPD party tells black politician, 'go home!'

Germany's far-right NPD party has called for a black Christian Democrat (CDU) politician to go home and urged its members in the eastern state of Thuringia to deliver this message to him personally.



Schall is described as integration specialist for Chancellor Merkel's CDU

Zeca Schall, who is under police protection following the NPD statements reacted defiantly to the threats which were posted on the group's website on Tuesday, saying he considered himself to be a Thuringian.

According to the Christian Democrat's party spokesman for the state, Heiko Senebald, Schall said he would not be cowed by extremist threats and that he would continue to work on the regional election campaign.

The 45-year-old German currently appears in a local poster campaign ahead of state elections on Aug. 30. The NPD referred to Schall as a "ratings-nigger" and said of Schall, who has been in Germany since 1988, that as he was "no longer needed" he should "directly head home to Angola."

CDU members in the eastern state immediately rallied behind Schall, calling the right-wing abuse, "inhuman" and a "violation of human dignity." The party on Wednesday submitted a request for criminal charges to be pressed, saying the NPD's statements were an incitement to racial hatred.

Chair of politics and culture at Berlin's Free University Hajo Funke praised the CDU's direct and rapid response to the verbal abuse but said Thuringia is not doing enough to prevent the spread of right wing ideas.

"They are a latecomer in preventing right wing extremism," he said. "They are one of the least active states in eastern Germany and in Germany as a whole, so it's good that they are finally starting to do something."

According to Senebald, the CDU and Thuringia do enough to combat racism. Calling Thuringia an open and welcoming state, Senebald said the NPD was barely represented in the state and referred to programs aimed at preventing right-wing extremism. These range from the reintegration of former extremists into society as well as helplines for people wishing to leave the groups.

Germany's Office for the Protection of the Constitution said put membership of Thuringia's NPD party at just over 500 in 2008, around 80 less than in 2007. The agency also referred to the party's structure as weakened through political infighting.

The party's statements against Schall are likely to reignite debate over whether the NPD, which is described by Germany's BND domestic intelligence agency as racist, anti-Semitic and revisionist, should be banned. A ban would require a parliamentary majority. The last attempt to achieve a ban failed in 2003.

The NPD currently has around 7,000 members and holds seats in the state parliaments of Saxony and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,4561154,00.html

I'm more interested in getting the members of the NPD to leave the country. And in contrast to them I'm not particularly choosy regarding their destination. The most important thing is that they're somewhere else. So, any suggestions?
4556  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: 2009 State and Federal elections in Germany on: August 13, 2009, 08:28:48 am
The age difference between the models on the SPD and CDU posters is mildly amusing.

That's because the CDU doesn't use models but their cabinet members.
4557  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Was Barack Obama born in the United States? on: August 13, 2009, 08:23:47 am
This whole "birther" movement is merely a conspiracy initiated by the Obama administration. Its goal: Discrediting opponents of the president.
4558  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: 2009 State and Federal elections in Germany on: August 12, 2009, 04:04:20 am
I've never taken a German class in my life, but does that say, "My ass in the pants in the Bundestag"? And, not knowing one way or another, I have to agree with The Mikado: definitely male.

It's a figure of speech. "Keinen Arsch in der Hose haben" (having no ass in the pants) means something like being a coward, having no balls, being a pussy etc.


Anyway, here's Hans-Christian Ströbele's ad. As always he uses a costum-made "non-partisan" poster designed by an artist he knows. This time it contains a picture of Karl Marx. Cheesy

4559  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Was Barack Obama born in the United States? on: August 12, 2009, 03:48:33 am
Obviously he was born and raised in Moscow. Otherwise he wouldn't push for Stalinist medicine so much.
4560  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Was this week Obama's BEST WEEK EVER? on: August 08, 2009, 01:43:19 pm


-Taliban leader is killed in Afghanistan
-The prisoners in North Korea are quickly freed
-Cash for clunkers, an easily understood stimulus program, is working and was extended
-Stock market closed at nearly 9400 (with the NASDAQ like 30 points higher than it was when Obama came into office)
-Today's less bad than expected unemployment numbers
-GOP extremism (through the birther controvery and violent town hall mobs) being exposed

Pretty good way to start off August, all told.

Not to mention that he had his birthday this week... Cheesy
4561  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: 2052 Timeline and onwards on: August 07, 2009, 01:29:09 pm
^^^

Yeah, genetic "improvement" of humans would be a more controversial topic. For instance, how ethical is it to let you grow a third arm? Or gills in addition to lungs? And then there's the "Gattaca" problem: Parents who can afford it make their children mentally and physically stronger and children of parents who can't afford it are falling behind.
4562  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Republicans: Do you wish all Birthers would shut up? on: August 07, 2009, 07:47:55 am
But guys, check out the place of birth. This proves Obama was born in Kenya.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lHgbbM9pu4


Anyway, I think it's a "not my president" kind of thing. They don't want him to be president, so it makes them feel better when they convince themselves that he was ineligible for the office in the first place.
4563  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Race? on: August 07, 2009, 04:22:48 am
Strictly speaking, there's no such thing as "races"... at least as far as humans are concerned.

So I voted "Other". My ethnicity is German though (for the most part).
Right, which is why blacks are not more prone to get sickle cell anemia.

Actually, carrying the sickle-cell gene doesn't make you "black", it probably makes you someone with ancestry from a malaria-stricken area. Since the sickle-cell gene makes you more resistant against malaria, sickle-cell anemia is most prevelant among people who originate from areas where outbreaks of malaria were once common.

Africans from areas where no maleria outbreaks occured are far less likely to get sickle-cell anemia. On the other hand, outbreaks of maleria did occur in other areas of the world than Sub-Saharan Africa and people from that regions could also carry the sickle-cell gene (Arabs or Indians for instance). Historically, it's just so that malaria is/was most common in Sub-Saharan Africa.
4564  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: 2052 Timeline and onwards on: August 07, 2009, 03:50:54 am
2016 : Ahmadinejad killed by American Forces

Were term limits abolished in Iran at some point between '09 and '13 or did the American forces kill former president Ahmadinejad for some reason?

Ahmadinejad abolished term limits in a Chavez like way

It's probably a common misconception (especially after recent protests were put down) that Ahmadinejad has something like absolute power in Iran. Only a few weeks ago he was pressured to fire the man he wanted to become vice president. Ahmadinejad has only as much power as the Supreme Leader grants him. And even the current Supreme Leader served only two terms when he was president in the 1980ies.
4565  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Race? on: August 06, 2009, 06:05:04 pm
Strictly speaking, there's no such thing as "races"... at least as far as humans are concerned.

So I voted "Other". My ethnicity is German though (for the most part).
4566  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: 2052 Timeline and onwards on: August 06, 2009, 03:33:35 pm
2016 : Ahmadinejad killed by American Forces

Were term limits abolished in Iran at some point between '09 and '13 or did the American forces kill former president Ahmadinejad for some reason?
4567  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: I disagree with Hitler, but he is well qualified to be Prime Minister on: August 06, 2009, 04:41:14 am
When Stark compares Sotomayor with Hitler, does this mean that he actually approves of Sotomayor?
4568  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Research 2000 poll: Only 42% of Republicans believe Obama was born in the US on: August 02, 2009, 04:37:51 am
Public Policy Polling didn't believe this number, so they added a birther question to their poll of Virginia, and well...

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I take back my skepticism about R2K poll- only 79 of first 168 respondents to Va. poll think BHO was born in USA! 56 say no and 33 not sure

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tonight's Va. data: 119 think BHO was born in US, 43 no, 50 not sure. Not as bad as daytime calls-maybe ppl who work ignore consp. theories.

http://twitter.com/ppppolls

So then probaby a good majority of McCain voters in Virginia are Birthers then.

Only 39% of Democrats thought that Bush did not know about 9/11 in advance, so probably a good majority of Obama voters were truthers.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/bush_administration/22_believe_bush_knew_about_9_11_attacks_in_advance


Is this supposed to be a "two wrongs make a right" argument?
4569  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: 2009 State and Federal elections in Germany on: August 02, 2009, 03:51:44 am
SPD, FDP, Greens, Left Party, NPD and the Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany (MLPD) will be on the ballot in all 16 German states this year. As always, the CDU is on the ballot in all states except Bavaria, the CSU in Bavaria only. The Pirate Party is running in all states except Saxony.

Political parties which are running in at least half the states of Germany are: the far-right DVU, the Republicans, and the ödp (sort of a conservative version of the Green Party). All remaining parties are on the ballot in less than eight states.
4570  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Research 2000 poll: Only 42% of Republicans believe Obama was born in the US on: August 01, 2009, 04:37:10 am
I guess for people like that it comes down to something like this:

Barack Obama is black. Also, his middle name is "Hussein" and he went to school Indonesia, which means he's an Arab (since Indonesia is an Arab country). And Arabs were responsible for 9/11. So, Barack Obama can't possibly be a real American. He's something different, something un-American, something alien, therefore maybe even something dangerous.
4571  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Research 2000 poll: Only 42% of Republicans believe Obama was born in the US on: July 31, 2009, 06:06:42 pm
And only 47% of Southerners... making it the only region of the U.S. with a number below 85%.

Was this poll manipulated to make Southerners look dumb?
4572  General Discussion / History / Re: Most underrated and overrated U.S. Presidents on: July 31, 2009, 06:00:10 pm
Overrated: Most presidents who are considered to be the greatest ever.

Underrated: Most presidents who are conidered to be the most mediocre ever (except GWB of course Tongue ).
4573  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you remember Republican opebo? on: July 31, 2009, 01:58:01 pm
Yes, I do.
4574  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Should South-Tyrol re-join Austria ? on: July 31, 2009, 01:51:27 pm
Where's the "reunite with the Austrian part of Tyrol to form an independent Tyrolian nation" (double secession) option? Cheesy
4575  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Opinion of Thursday Night Kegger at the White House on: July 31, 2009, 05:18:37 am
Ha, I guess this cop never suspected that he's soon drinking a beer with the president when he arrested that black guy one night. Weird world we live in. With hindsight, arresting Professor Gates has certainly paid off. Wink
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