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1  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Spain General Discussion on: December 17, 2014, 01:16:27 am
Are judges independent enough to be able to stuck down that nonsense?
2  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion 1.5: The Countdown Begins on: December 17, 2014, 12:05:46 am
PC betrayed its voters by allowing Wildrose to access any inch of power. If people wanted Danielle Smith in the Canibet, they would have voted for her.
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian federal election - 2015 on: December 16, 2014, 08:39:21 pm
Seems rather unfair to change the rules as the campaign is starting. They can change for them for the election after this one (whether that's 2016 or 2019), but I think, for 2015, Mario Beaulieu, Jean-François Fortin, and Elizabeth May should all be included along with the top three.

I doubt than Mario Beaulieu would go to the English debate if included.
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Sony hackers threaten 9/11 style attacks on theaters that show "The Interview". on: December 16, 2014, 08:36:48 pm
If that happens, that's too bad, but the West will have to bomb Pyongyang.
5  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama's immigration actions ruled unconstitutional by Penn judge on: December 16, 2014, 08:33:17 pm
A partisan, incompetent judge which would never have been nominated in any other country.

EDIT: To those who don't believe me, check his Wikipedia article. A judge with a very poor reputation, which was removed a few times from his cases by the Appeal Court.

6  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Hostage Crisis in Australia on: December 15, 2014, 01:45:24 am
No doubt Abbott will milk this for all its worth.

Calm down. At least have the decency to wait until it's over.

Because you think Abbott will wait?
7  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: opinion of the following definition of rape on: December 15, 2014, 01:37:45 am
Who said that?

Most likely, considering his previous messages on the subject, Tweed himself.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you wish pknrocket1k would return? on: December 15, 2014, 01:19:34 am
No, we have more than enough Koch clones.
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Describe your energy mix on: December 15, 2014, 01:09:11 am
I'm in Quebec, so, pretty close of 100% of hydro.
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Which states will be "right-to-work" in 2025? on: December 15, 2014, 12:38:57 am
If one side pull the rubber band too much, it will violently snap back at a point. I don't expect that to happen before at least 30-50 years, through.

I just can't believe it hasn't happened already. I think it came really close a few years ago.

The situation is not nearly bad enough for that to happen.
11  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: LEAST Favorite U.S. States Tournament: Round 2 on: December 15, 2014, 12:35:55 am
Was Idaho abolished? It's neither eliminated nor proposed.
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Which states will be "right-to-work" in 2025? on: December 15, 2014, 12:10:19 am
What will happen:
The GOP will gain the Presidency in 2016, so they will pass a national right-to-work legislation after having ended the filibuster rule, and just to make sure this wouldn't be repealed after, they will appoint pro right to work judge to the Supreme Court.

So RIP american unions

How would labor supporters react though? It's hard to see how the "right-to-work" Taliban would go that far without touching off a people's revolution.

Nobody in America cares enough to do a "revolution" over anything. They'd get mad, write some angry comments on the internet, maybe do a protest, then go back to eating McDonalds/watching Honey Boo Boo and will forget about it within a month.

If one side pull the rubber band too much, it will violently snap back at a point. I don't expect that to happen before at least 30-50 years, through.
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: David Koch: "I'm a social liberal" on: December 15, 2014, 12:01:48 am
Random medical fact of the day: Tuberculosis is caused by Koch's bacillus.

Not relevent at all with the subject, but, true, at least, unlike what David Koch is saying.
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: December 2014 At-large Senate Election on: December 14, 2014, 10:55:34 pm
[3] Bacon King of Oceania
The People's Party

[5] Cris of Kansas
Federalist Party

[6] JohanusCalvinusLibertas of Indiana
Federalist Party

[2] Lief of Vermont
Labor Party

[4] Polnut of Massachusetts
The People's Party

[1] SomebodyWhoExists of Quebec
Labor Party
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: IL Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka dies at 70 on: December 14, 2014, 04:52:42 pm
She lost a winnable race to Rod Blagojevich, which she shouldn't have.  She wasn't that well regarded in the mold of lets say Madigan due to rewarding campaign contributors in state contracts.

RIP Topinka, controller was the only office she was was able to hold. While the G O P held Quinn responsible, Dems still dominate Illinois politics.

The ad by Rod Blagojech which showed Topinka alongside George Ryan highlighted that exact point with campaign contributors with state contracts.

In 2006 there was a draining 4-way primary, and a Dem wave in the fall. There was an active Green candidate who could successfully pick up some of the anti-Blago votes, so they couldn't go to Judy either. I don't see how it was winnable given those external factors she couldn't control.
And yet people still insist that Nader cost Gore the election in 2000.  He positioned himself as the default "None of the Above" candidate, and although he probably took more support from Gore, it's not as disproportionate as people think.

If he took more support from Gore, he cost him the election.
Uh, not necessarily.  It depends on how the Nader vote would have split in each state.  I imagine that he probably cost Bush more in the Republican-leaning states/regions.

FTR, one of his campaign slogans was, "Bush and Gore make me want to Ralph."

Blagojevich winning in 2006 was like The Criminal winning in 2014. People blindly voting based off the partisan tide and "to send a message to Bush/Obama" without even considering the terrible people they were voting for.
Who's the criminal?  Alexi Giannoulias was a criminal too, but he lost the Senate race to Mark Kirk in 2010.

Rick Scott.
16  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Thailand court ousts PM Yingluck Shinawatra on: December 13, 2014, 10:24:10 pm
Since Western governments like so much to complain about attacks on press freedom in foreign countries, why are they so mute about that oppressive law?
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Midwest Voting Booth: Protecting People From Explosives Amendment on: December 12, 2014, 05:34:16 pm
18  General Politics / Economics / Re: OPEC keeping the crude flowing, sending prices tumbling below $70/bbl on: December 11, 2014, 10:07:57 pm
It fell below 60$, now.
19  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: By-elections of the 44th Australian Parliament (2013-2016) on: December 09, 2014, 03:07:23 am
In fact the Liberals did much better on the prepolls, oddly. They now have the surprising edge.

It's apparently having a closeness contest with Prahran, VA. 17 votes in Fisher, 25 in Prahran, both for Liberals.
20  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: By-elections of the 44th Australian Parliament (2013-2016) on: December 08, 2014, 09:29:44 pm
So if this result holds, SA Labor gets a majority, yes?

It would give them 24 seats on 47, with another by-election in Davenport in January. A swing of 8.1% would be needed to swing the seat to Labor. I would said it's very unlikely, but the current swing in Fisher is 8.7%...
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Question for Americans re: Health Insurance on: December 08, 2014, 06:16:16 pm
I'm starting a new job in January. In my offer letter it said I had to pay half my health insurance premiums. In my old job, the company paid all of my premiums. This isn't that big a deal since I'm in Canada and company health insurance only covers dental, vision etc.  The extra cost to me is only about $50/mth, which didn't affect my decision to accept the offer.

This got me thinking... Health insurance is a much larger part of Americans' compensation package than it is for other people. The size of your premiums, co pays and deductibles can have a huge affect on your net compensation. In both of my "adult" jobs that I've held, health insurance wasn't discussed at all until I got the offer, unlike salary.

Going through the hiring process in America, when is health insurance discussed? Do companies advertise that they have a good plan in their job postings?

That's generous. Here, in Quebec, in my previous job, the only mention of it was than you had to work for 12 months before being eligible.

Finally, I didn't stayed there a month, since my productivity wasn't good enough for them. Through, the real job wasn't looking at all like the job offering. It was for a chemist/lab technician, but it was more of a physical and menial bad job, in a terrible work atmosphere and leadership with no leadership abitilies.
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Kennesaw, GA votes to ban mosque on: December 08, 2014, 05:10:46 pm
Yet, First Amendment isn't strong enough. It should include automatic impeachment of those municipal councillors. I'm sure than would have made some councillors change their vote, wanting to continue to leech the public treasury with their incompetence.
23  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: MI cops seize man's property, freeze bank accounts - with no charges on: December 08, 2014, 05:03:47 pm
The issue isn't police, they only use powers they can use. The real problem is incompetent judges, who failed to strike out civil forfeiture as unconstituonnal. As often in the USA, judges are not doing enough to protect personal freedom.
24  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: CSU: Immigrants should speak German at home, CDU says LOLwhat ? on: December 08, 2014, 04:40:39 pm
Perhaps it's time for the CDU to begin to run in elections in Bayern.
25  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: By-elections of the 44th Australian Parliament (2013-2016) on: December 08, 2014, 03:59:52 pm
Extraordinary by-election result in Fisher atm. 8% swing towards a long-term incumbent minority government in a seat that hasn't gone Labor in three decades?? That's almost impressive...
An 8% swing is extraordinary?! You guys have some low standards!
Good job still.

A 8% swing towards a four-term government is quite unlikely, even here.
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