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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: New Brunswick: September 22, 2014 on: August 19, 2014, 11:39:16 pm
Radio-Canada is only having Liberal, PC, NDP. They invited the Green leader last time (and PA leader, who declined), but not this time. They base Green and PA exclusions on their low level in French.
2  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Opinion of the American Media? on: August 19, 2014, 05:48:52 pm
One mile long, but 0.1 inches deep.
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish Independence Referendum - 2014 on: August 19, 2014, 05:47:21 pm
edit by el caudillo: please post in English


Hash is this some joke I didn't get? There has never been a requirement in the ToS to write in English and we have had plenty of posts in German and Spanish + comments/sentences in a multitude of others languages.

I saw the message before the edit and the issue is than it was some jumbled and barely intelligible English.
4  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Top 10 Jokes (Edinburgh Fringe 2014) on: August 19, 2014, 04:05:33 am
Sadly, British comedy continues to do absolutely nothing on me. Or the Fringe organisation just have terrible taste.
5  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: St Louis police murder scandal (PLUS: riots, idiotic press conferences, etc.) on: August 19, 2014, 01:15:44 am
That should change next time, through. Politics in non-partisan small cities is usually than incumbents stay in place until they upset people, because nobody opposes a boring mayor doing nothing special (there is nothing special when not touching touching taxes and filling boringly the few functions it has to fill).

Such level of rioting might annoy people on both sides and I suppose pretty much no one in Ferguson is happy right now.

On another note, last year, they voted unanimously against LGBT discrimination. My impression isn't than the city council is racist, rather they are a bunch of people doing that while working too, than they don't have any special training in managing the city and than they are just overwhelmed by the crisis.
6  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: St Louis police murder scandal (PLUS: riots, idiotic press conferences, etc.) on: August 19, 2014, 01:00:43 am
Let's note than the opponent to the black candidate was a left-wing environmentalist and pro-bicycle advocate. The black councillor, for some reason, seems very implicated with LGBT issues. So, it's not like if black people/left-wingers can't get elected.

He was also the only black candidate in the 3 last years. Other defeated candidates are a bunch of hyper-conservative white candidates or corrupt former councillors (white, too).

We can't complain than the council isn't representative if the issue is than there is no black candidates (there is at least candidates, at a point in the 00's, they elected someone because there was no candidate and he was the only registered write-in candidate!)

Too long, didn't read: The issue in municipal politics isn't race, it's lack of candidates and ideology (which is normal, given the very limited power of a city like Ferguson. Everyone promises repairing roads, keeping taxes low and protecting kids, no matter the party).
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: St Louis police murder scandal (PLUS: riots, idiotic press conferences, etc.) on: August 19, 2014, 12:37:49 am
When are the next elections in this city?

Half of Council in April 2015, the other half in April 2016, the Mayor in April 2017. 3 year terms.

lol April elections. Fck the South, no wonder the entire government down there is white people.

Well, there is the issue than, no matter when is the election, there is a lack of candidates anyways. Of the 7 current members, 3 had no oppostion (the mayor, 1 of 3 in 2013, 1 of 2 in 2012). The black councillor was the one of contested councillors of 2013 and he won 73-26, so issue is probably more lack of candidates than timing.
8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: St Louis police murder scandal (PLUS: riots, idiotic press conferences, etc.) on: August 18, 2014, 11:23:10 pm
Before someone asks, yes, the Mayor was elected in April. He was also the only candidate to the office.
9  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: St Louis police murder scandal (PLUS: riots, idiotic press conferences, etc.) on: August 18, 2014, 11:20:10 pm
When are the next elections in this city?

Half of Council in April 2015, the other half in April 2016, the Mayor in April 2017. 3 year terms.
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Family values Republican state rep. arrested for raping his wife on: August 18, 2014, 11:11:35 pm
I really hate to say this, but is there any evidence that the late wife would not have wanted sex with her husband?  I know young people tend to think us olds have no interest in woohooing or worse, that it is disgusting if we woohoo, but that is a form of ageism.  Certainly, nursing homes would rather not have to deal with people in their care engaging in woohoo, as it creates difficulty for them, so certainly are biased against the practice.  However, if we are going to be so hyper protective as a society as to make it the default that old people can reach the point that they won't be allowed to woohoo with those they were woohooing with, then we should be able to have documents similar to a living will detailing who we want to be able to woohoo with once we are legally unable to give consent.

I don't know US law, but in Canada, the courts repeated many times than "advance consent" or something similar has no stading in law and is completely opposed and incompatible with the idea of continuous consent. The person may remove its consent at any point during the activity. Your idea is pretty much like allowing spousal rape on senile people. We could easily run in issues in case where the person isn't recognising people anymore (it would be like being raped by a stranger for the victim).
11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: 2014 Brazil Election on: August 18, 2014, 09:42:56 pm
How convenient! A candidate dies in shady circumstrances and is replaced by someone polling better. That's fishy.

Except no one powerful really benefits from Silva's rise. In fact, most of Campos' original backers are probably anxious about it.

I think it's more about getting Rouseff out of office, rather than putting Silva in.
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: 2014 Brazil Election on: August 18, 2014, 09:16:48 pm
How convenient! A candidate dies in shady circumstrances and is replaced by someone polling better. That's fishy.
13  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Noam Chomsky on: August 18, 2014, 09:13:15 pm
Would those who consider Chomsky an HP on linguistics care to say why?

The God of Linguistics is of course an FF for founding one of the fields I hold most dear to my heart.

Isn't the father of Linguistics one of the Grimm brothers?
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which is the weirder assumption out of these options? on: August 18, 2014, 08:32:40 pm
Depends on how we define "without politics."

Avoiding all exposure to political news and discussion would be virtually impossible for me unless I locked myself in my apartment without my computer or phone.

Easy, go on vacation to a foreign country without internet.

Most people can't afford it, through.
15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Family values Republican state rep. arrested for raping his wife on: August 18, 2014, 05:29:16 pm
Hopefully, a write-in campaign will be mounted to replace him, or they'll simply vote for the Democrat.

He was retiring at the end of this term anyway.

No. He was reelected in the primary this year.
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Family values Republican state rep. arrested for raping his wife on: August 18, 2014, 04:36:09 pm
Hopefully, a write-in campaign will be mounted to replace him, or they'll simply vote for the Democrat.

Sadly, I suspect most Republicans will prefer to vote for a rapist than for a Democrat.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you remember Alcon/J. J. arguments? on: August 17, 2014, 09:43:46 pm
jfern would have been voted for using ARG website for an argument about statistics, through.

Huh? Not sure what you mean.

And I don't recall jfern ever citing ARG. While they were a notoriously awful poster, the argument in question didn't involve their polls.

The last post you quoted links to their website.
18  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: August 17, 2014, 08:12:45 pm
lol Baird called it 'atonement' more like saving themselves from embarrassment.

Any odds of them being sent in a 4-year long atonement next March?
19  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: St Louis police murder scandal (PLUS: riots, idiotic press conferences, etc.) on: August 17, 2014, 08:10:34 pm
The "support our police" guy looks like Rob Ford.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: August 17, 2014, 05:34:12 pm
I'm very unaware of gender theory, but does "gender-presentation transition" means we should now address you as female?
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Did your mother keep or change her name when she got married? on: August 17, 2014, 05:31:42 pm
They are not married and, thankfully, that's not possible anymore to change names after marriage in Quebec since 1999.

How did they stop that?

It's in fact in 1981, not 1999.
It was during a reform of family law, which gave married women the right to own property(!), among other things. Before the reform, you were taking automatically the name of your husband unless you filled special forms (let's note than in Canada, provinces take care of vital records, including names). They removed that during the reform because they thought it was violating gender equality and violating the principe than names shouldn't change without a good reason, to simplify things for everyone. It wasn't retroactive, through. Some women still decided to do so after that, but it wasn't recognized by any administration and you couldn't get any service under that name. It's pretty much dead, now.

Did the Anglos put up a fuss? Around here not changing your name is seen as a "French thing" to do.

Wait, Maxque, are you saying married women couldn't own property in Quebec until 1981??

Women were waving most of their rights on marriage, then. Well, they could own property, but they needed the authorization of their husband. Under law, a married woman had the same legal relationship to her husband than kids. They had some rights since 1964, but they were still considered inferior to their husband and couldn't do much without the authorization of the husband. It was because the husband was the one with the rights to manage family assets. The wife only had an "advising" role (since 1964).

Ironically, it crippled marriage popularity in the 70's and Quebec never went over it. It's one of the place in the world with the most non-married couples, reaching 50% in some regions of Quebec.

Note than Quebec was pretty much a theocracy until 1960.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you remember Alcon/J. J. arguments? on: August 17, 2014, 05:09:30 pm
jfern would have been voted for using ARG website for an argument about statistics, through.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Did your mother keep or change her name when she got married? on: August 16, 2014, 11:40:45 pm
They are not married and, thankfully, that's not possible anymore to change names after marriage in Quebec since 1999.

How did they stop that?

It's in fact in 1981, not 1999.
It was during a reform of family law, which gave married women the right to own property(!), among other things. Before the reform, you were taking automatically the name of your husband unless you filled special forms (let's note than in Canada, provinces take care of vital records, including names). They removed that during the reform because they thought it was violating gender equality and violating the principe than names shouldn't change without a good reason, to simplify things for everyone. It wasn't retroactive, through. Some women still decided to do so after that, but it wasn't recognized by any administration and you couldn't get any service under that name. It's pretty much dead, now.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Did your mother keep or change her name when she got married? on: August 16, 2014, 09:47:51 pm
They are not married and, thankfully, that's not possible anymore to change names after marriage in Quebec since 1999.
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Polls on Same-Sex Marriage State Laws on: August 16, 2014, 09:21:25 pm
Religion? No -- it is a primal concern about passing down genes, something deep in the irrational subconscious.

The only gays I know or have heard about whose parents have cut off contact with them, have all had deeply religious parents.

The point is than even pro-gay parents are usually upset a bit. Thye know life will be harder, than they won't pass down genes. I doubt any parent ever launched a party while learning their kid was gay.
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