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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian by-elections, 2014 on: Today at 10:03:42 pm
François Paradis (CAQ) 10110 votes (46.79%) (+4.30)
Janet Jones (PLQ) 7014 votes (32.46%) (-2.47)
Alexandre Bégin (PQ) 1788 votes (8.28%) (-8.33)
Yv Bonnier Viger (QS) 1654 votes (7.66%) (+1.51)
Adrien Pouliot (Conservative) 503 votes (2.33%) (+1.54)
Alex Tyrrell (Green) 238 votes (1.10%)
François Thériault (Option Nationale) 168 votes (0.78%) (+0.06)
Maxime Lapointe (Independent) 60 votes (0.28%)
Daniel Lachance (Parti unité nationale) 30 votes (0.14%) (-0.17)
Grégoire Bonneau-Fortier (Independentist Party) 27 votes (0.12%)
Guy Boivin (Autonomist Team) 13 votes (0.06%)
2  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: October 19, 2014, 10:07:00 pm
What an embarrassing statement from Cormann.

Is that really surprising? The only thing the Abbott government is competent in, is bullying.

And even then, really obvious bullying that leaves them further down in the polls.

They didn't lead a poll since early April.
3  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: October 19, 2014, 09:30:04 pm
What an embarrassing statement from Cormann.

Is that really surprising? The only thing the Abbott government is competent in, is bullying.
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Alabama treats inmates like Victorian debtors at best, stray animals at worst on: October 18, 2014, 11:00:09 pm
It's where the concept of personal responsabilities fails. If that happens, well, the county will pay the fees, no issue.

It's shouldn't be the county. In case of gross negligeance, it should be the police chief and the elected commissionner private money. That way, they will care about doing there properly, because, if they don't, they'll go bankrupt.
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your walkscore? on: October 18, 2014, 12:11:13 am
63, surprisingly.
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you think the letter on the left side of this "Krone" page is racist ? on: October 18, 2014, 12:07:24 am
Did some country did some nuclear tests in that area in the past?
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Arizona gay marriage ban struck down on: October 17, 2014, 11:39:25 pm
When you exclude pending appeals (that will inevitably fail), areas where the overturn has occurred but is pending (FL & WY), and states in districts where the bans have been ruled unconstitutional but the states have not yet been forced to recognize it (SC, KS, MT), there are only 10 states left to fall, which comprise barely 15% of the US population.



Imagine that. Roll Eyes

Damn, MO, hurry up so we can have contiguous coast-to-coast SSM coverage!

Since Ohio is the biggest state with no appeal yet, it's good to explain why.

The Ohio court, seeing than the Michigan case was already in front of the circuit court, decided to wait the verdict of the circuit court before doing anything else about it.
8  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: US AG put a stop to investigation that could have lead to recovery of dead IDF on: October 17, 2014, 11:31:03 pm
The loyalty of the US government is towards Americans, not Likud, dead0man.
9  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Catholic church opens up - a little bit - to gay couples on: October 17, 2014, 11:05:40 pm
Cardinal Burke, one of the main opponents to the report, which is Chief Justice of Vatican Supreme Court is apparently being moved to the position of patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, which is a ceremonial and powerless office.
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Polls on Same-Sex Marriage State Laws on: October 16, 2014, 10:44:30 pm
What is the cause for the extremely-long delay with Michigan? The Supreme Court has quickly dispensed with appeals that are nothing but delaying tactics with a weak case, as with Indiana and Wisconsin.

Michigan/Ohio/Kentucky/Tennessee cases were grouped and are at the 4th circuit court. The hearings were done in August, decision expected in October or November.
11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Brazil Election - 5 October 2014 on: October 16, 2014, 10:37:10 pm
The Economist endorsed Aécio Neves. No surprises.

In the USA, The Economist has already endorsed republican and democratic candidates. In the UK, The Economist has already endorsed conservative and labour candidates. In Italy, The Economist has already been against Berlusconi. Outside these three countries, this newspaper had always endorsed the candidates of the Right.

They endorsed Labor in 2013 in Australia.
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: EP elections 2014 - Results Thread on: October 16, 2014, 06:07:02 am
Apparently, the Farage-Grillo (EFDD) group in European Parliament will be dissolved as the Latvian MEP (Green and Farmers) defected to EPP, leaving them short of one country (they need 7).
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: In Defense of Obama on: October 14, 2014, 09:14:46 pm
I am Mexican-American, guero.

I'm not responding to your post because it is gibberish.

I didn't say "you" specifically in my post because assumed you were probably Mexican-American. What Russell Simmons said is reflected in polling data about social issues, and some economic issues. It seems empirically correct to me, as well.

But how Russell Simmons is qualified for sociological analysis?
14  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: election-atlas.ca on: October 14, 2014, 08:44:20 pm
I don't think shapefiles exist of the Newfoundland polls.

Interesting to see the CHP won a poll in Macleod. Ever thought of using purple for them?

Also, what's up with the poll boundaries in Fort McMurray not matching the streets at all?

Since it's a pretty new city, I suspect than the poll were drew before the streets were drew.
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Catalan Independence Referendum (with FREE constitutional crisis!) on: October 14, 2014, 04:11:43 pm
I see than Rajoy is proudly embrasing the Franco's heritage of his party.
16  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Islamic State vs. The World (except Canada) on: October 14, 2014, 01:37:19 am
So why doesn't Turkey want to help this Kurd village?

You could equally ask why doesn't the US or the UK or France want to help this Kurd village?  If it's going to take ground forces to save it, then why is it Turkey's responsibility alone to take care of it?


People ask about Turkey because it's very near of their border.
17  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of fighting in hockey on: October 14, 2014, 01:16:54 am
I support a very gradual phase-out, over one decade or two.
18  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Islamic State vs. The World (except Canada) on: October 14, 2014, 01:12:16 am
So why doesn't Turkey want to help this Kurd village?

They are afraid of their own Muslims (which are strong Erdogan voters, too).

More likely because they dislike their own Kurds (who certainly don't vote for Erdogan).

I suspect than Erdogan prefer dealing with Kurds rather than with IS, through.
19  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Islamic State vs. The World (except Canada) on: October 14, 2014, 12:47:43 am
So why doesn't Turkey want to help this Kurd village?

They are afraid of their own Muslims (which are strong Erdogan voters, too).
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of "once a year" Native American activists on: October 12, 2014, 11:31:27 pm
What about Knights of Columbus?
21  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: What are the saftey Nazis going after this week? on: October 12, 2014, 11:25:37 pm
Do we have any Atlasians who are so deranged as to want the banning of swings? I bet we have one.

That's not the school board which is deranged. It's the laywers and the judges. If some kid get injuried while using the swing, they will have to pay hundreds of thousantds or perhaps even millions in damage.
You can get hurt doing anything. Every single action has an underlying danger. How can a child falling off a swing be able to win damages when the only parties involved are the child and the swing, an inanimate object. It's not like a person developing cancer through illegal chemical dumping-IE the actions of another individual. Can we sue over lightening strikes now?

One can argue than it's the fault of the school board. You shouldn't get injuried while using a swing. Either it's the kid who did an error (he did something he wasn't supposed to do), either it's the school board (the swing was unsafe, the surroundings were unsafe...).

And, even if they are wrongly sued, they still have to pay a lawyer and the like. Ever heard of "compensation culture" and "tort reform"?
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Gamergate on: October 12, 2014, 11:00:25 pm
At the same time, that disaster is going since August, and lots of people got involved in it for not really related reason.

A attacks B. The words used offend C and D. D answers by attacking A, offending E in the process (not hard to do, considering there was already tensions in the video game area).

There is plenty of people on both sides, much having nothing to do with the initial problem, but still fighting that battle because there is someone they hate or who offended them on the other side.

It's silly, it looks like one of those Middle Ages wars nobody had a clue why they fought or fought because the other side allied with their nemesis.
23  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: What do you make of Leon Panetta's comments on Barack Obama's leadership? on: October 12, 2014, 10:21:10 pm
It's nice to have people like Panetta legitimize my existing opinion, but he doesn't really change anything. It's very clear Obama isn't the best decision-maker when it comes to foreign policy.

Indeed. So much better than Mr. "Let's destroy our relation with US because they don't approve Keystone".
24  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: And now...Alaska on: October 12, 2014, 05:58:46 pm
Any comment from our dear Sarah?
25  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: France General Discussion II: Living under Marxism on: October 12, 2014, 05:57:09 pm
In other news, Dupont-Aignan "gaullist" cult party "Debout la République" (Arise the Republic) renamed itself "Debout la France" (Arise the France).
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