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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Should people who oppose gay marriage be banned from this forum? on: August 01, 2014, 01:48:16 am
How surprised. Shua misintreprets things on purpose again, to fit his agenda than social conservatives are discriminated.

They are not. Trolls are.

There is no misrepresentation involved. This poll is a simple enough question. What is your opinion on it?

I obviously voted no. I deeply respect TJ, he is a very insightful poster. We happen to disagree on certain subjects, but he is an huge FF in my book.

That's not the case of everyone.
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Should people who oppose gay marriage be banned from this forum? on: July 31, 2014, 11:56:57 pm
How surprised. Shua misintreprets things on purpose again, to fit his agenda than social conservatives are discriminated.

They are not. Trolls are.
3  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Opinion of Hamas on: July 31, 2014, 10:36:07 pm
Violence is only justified if the person you are fighting against will not respond dialogue/non-violent action. I believe the Israelis would respond to dialogue/non-violent action. There's no way to know though because the Palestinians have never tried it.

Are you joking? It was tried in the 90's and worked until those extremists settlers assassinated Rabin.
4  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Petition to Ban Hilfy on: July 31, 2014, 04:33:49 pm
People who state that Iranians are Aryans or who are opposed to gay marriage are Nazis now?  What a farce.

If I were Nym everyone who signed one of these goddamed banning petitions on the basis of such hints and innuendos would themselves be banned on sight for excessive hyperbole. 

As usual, you involve in threads about things you don't understand and give a very embarassing opinion.
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you ever quit a job because your supervisor smoked pot? on: July 30, 2014, 08:08:19 pm
A more interesting question would be if you would denounce him to try taking his place.
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you ever quit a job because your supervisor smoked pot? on: July 30, 2014, 07:44:19 pm
No, unless he is high during work and that it can cause safety issues (manipulating toxical products, driving me...)
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What will Adam FitzGerald do when Ed FitzGerald losses in November? on: July 30, 2014, 07:41:42 pm
Probably blame the national party for not giving him enough money.

This is probably the most likely scenario, if FitzGerald loses he'll blame it on the Democratic Party spending more time/money in states like Georgia and Michigan.

If FitzGerald wins (and that's a pretty big if) then he'll be gloating about how they won even when polls showed FitzGerald down twelve points, and then talk about how this is a good sign for 2016 and that Ohio is a blue state and etc. I think if FitzGerald wins he should be able to gloat for a few days since we're all saying that FitzGerald is going to lose (except for whatever text we can translate from OC's posts).

If FitzGerald somehow wins, Adam can become the Atlas guru of Ohio politics.

Obama and Hagan winning didn't transfrom Josh22 in a guru of North Carolina politics. He still got jokes about "leadership conferences".
8  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canadian Political Parties. on: July 30, 2014, 07:38:16 pm
Parties named after their province are generally right-wing, no?

There are also the Greens, but they only have one seat.

Hashemite has some very good write-ups on his world elections blog.
http://welections.wordpress.com/

Parti Québécois is claiming to be left-wing.
Alberta Party is a centrist party.
So, no. Only true in Saskatchewan and Yukon.
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever seen the ocean or flown in a plane? on: July 29, 2014, 03:33:54 pm
Depends how you define the ocean.
10  General Discussion / Constitution and Law / Re: Satanists use Hobby Lobby decision to ask for exemption from anti-abortion laws on: July 28, 2014, 11:01:30 pm
Satan worship is not a religion. We wouldn't recognize Islamic jihadism, either.
How does one determine what exactly is a religion and what isn't?

We ask to the supreme religious authority of the USA, Marcus Bachmann.
11  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: July 28, 2014, 08:04:31 pm
Labor needs to sort this out and pronto.

Would one of the Australians explain us what happened?
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Arizona execution lasts almost 2 hours on: July 28, 2014, 04:30:47 pm
Well, guess what?

The death penalty states could get together and build a chemical plant to produce those death drugs. It would create jobs, too. But it's easier to complain about Europe and use bad drugs instead.

If those states think than they can't build it because it's "socialism", perhaps they can reach the conclusion than the market is opposed to death penalty and to obey the market, like they usually do on other issues.
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election 2015 on: July 28, 2014, 04:17:30 pm
The Tories on their lowest ever with ComRes tonight at 27%.

Terrible news for Ed Miliband.

But UKIP at 17 and Greens at 7 isn't believable.
14  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election 2015 on: July 28, 2014, 03:42:12 am
Thanks! (As you can se My spellchecker is making fun out off me).

What about a boundary change?! Not even Labour can think that the current system is fair?!

Let's not forget than new boundaries were made for the 2010 election. A new map under current rules wouldn't change much. Labour vote is just better distributed (a Conservative majority is bigger in a safe seat than Labour in its own seats, especially considering how turnout is lower in cities than rural areas. I've also heard people saying than Labour ground game was better in swing ridings. You know, under FPTP, the election isn't really national, it's in the swing seat. It doesn't matter if you win a safe seat by 10k or 15k votes, you must win in swing seats. It's not proportionnal, it's FPTP and expectations aren't the same.
 
Conservatives tried, but it was voted down. Labour said they opposed the reduction in seats (from 650 to 600) and Liberal Democrats weren't liking the proposal map (it was apparently quite bad for them). And there was few other issues (going from a 10% deviation to a 5% one, which caused unlogical seats, because the commission had no leeway) and the insistance of the English commission to not split wards (commission just added whole wards until they had the right number, even if it was linking two random areas, cutting senselessly a city or the horrible "Mersey Bank", which had wards on both sides of the Mersey estuary, even if nobody would consider those areas to be linked and the fact there is no way to cross the river in that area!").

Liberal Democrats and Labour voted to postpone the boundary change. New process will begin in 2015, for new boundaries in 2018.
15  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Ebola Thread on: July 28, 2014, 12:01:34 am
Cleaning with bleach can't hurt, but it won't solve the crisis. It won't protect you while you're wearing them, it will only clean already infected clothes. Bleach is obviously removed beofre them wearing them (if not, they'll get terrible chemical burns and long-term respiratory issues, perhps even chemical poisoning).
16  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Stella Artois on: July 27, 2014, 07:55:37 pm
Americans think it's a fancy beer? lol

They market themselves as such. European, classy, fancy.
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Slovenian Parliamentary Election - 13 July 2014 on: July 26, 2014, 11:16:39 pm
Interesting, no voters going from SD to ZL.

Well, from what I see, it's on a sample of 34 ZL voters. Considering than ZL got 52 189 votes, that's make a margin of error of 17%.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: July 26, 2014, 11:10:31 pm
I leave to go take the bar tomorrow. At this point, I'm so exhausted I am just happy it will be all over on Wednesday night one way or the other.

Do people celebrate taking the bar by going to a bar?
19  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Present Israel-Palestine Conflict Thread on: July 26, 2014, 06:09:21 pm
So where does this "Israel is the only democracy in the region" line come from?  I keep hearing it.  Did Lebanon cease to exist at some point or something?

Freedom House doesn't consider Lebanon a democracy. However Libya and Turkey are in the general region, and are considered democracies.

Freedom House is literally funded by the CIA, in fairness. They also consider our puppet banana republic in Bogota freer than the Bolivarian democracies.

Are you seriously suggesting Ecuador/Venezuela are freer than Colombia?

I would consider Ecuador and Colombia pretty much equal. There is significant issues in Colombia (FARC, far-right paramilitaries, vote rigging in areas controlled by them, President being able to fire any elected mayor for any reason and replace it by whoever he wants...)

I would agree that areas in Colombia that are under FARC control are very not free, which drags the country down, but it seems odd to me to compare a country where governments can be and are sometimes defeated and replaced by democratic means (Colombia) with a country that has a dictator who survived a coup attempt in 2010 and has imprisoned journalists (Ecuador) and say the latter is freer. I guess it can depend on how you count areas that are part of the country on paper but in practice are outside of the government's control.

Dictator is a strong word for Correa. I would personally go for autocrat. Elections are still reasonably fair (Correa isn't losing because he is popular), despite various troubling issues about journalists, free press and human rights.

In Colombia, FARC doesn't control much land anymore (and most of it is empty jungle), I would argue than the far-right paramilitaries are more of an issue.

In short, in Ecuador, the issue is government, in Colombia, that's mostly FARC and far-right militias (but I must stress the unwillingess of the government to tackle the far-right militias). And I don't see how appointing a replacement mayor is democratic.
20  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Present Israel-Palestine Conflict Thread on: July 26, 2014, 05:36:46 pm
So where does this "Israel is the only democracy in the region" line come from?  I keep hearing it.  Did Lebanon cease to exist at some point or something?

Freedom House doesn't consider Lebanon a democracy. However Libya and Turkey are in the general region, and are considered democracies.

Freedom House is literally funded by the CIA, in fairness. They also consider our puppet banana republic in Bogota freer than the Bolivarian democracies.

Are you seriously suggesting Ecuador/Venezuela are freer than Colombia?

I would consider Ecuador and Colombia pretty much equal. There is significant issues in Colombia (FARC, far-right paramilitaries, vote rigging in areas controlled by them, President being able to fire any elected mayor for any reason and replace it by whoever he wants...)
21  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: SSM ban in Dade County, Florida overturned on: July 26, 2014, 12:50:45 am
This won't help the Kentucky Democratic Party at all.

Nor Ed Milibrand.
22  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Oklahoma man arrested for "loving on kids" in Kenya on: July 25, 2014, 10:57:25 pm
This sounds like something from the Super Adventure Club on South Park. Its just soooo creepy and random. How does a 19 year old kid from Oklahoma even afford to go to Kenya?

Missionnary, church-funded trips.
23  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Spatial Skills Test on: July 25, 2014, 05:53:46 pm
18. It's quite difficult.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: job applications on: July 24, 2014, 11:40:35 pm
Paper. You know, the thing that you actually hold in your hand and get off your ass to deliver in person?

In my field, that's not possible.  If it's a small business, random people can't even enter the building, if it's bigger, you'll get to see a receptionist.
25  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ukraine Crisis on: July 24, 2014, 09:55:20 pm
Moreover, it is literally wrong to claim that because Edward Jenner discovered the smallpox vaccine that the United Nations was not responsible for the eradication of the disease.
If the UN didn't exist, the Red Cross would have eventually eradicated it. And even if the UN is effective in this area, is it still efective at its core political purpose?



I'm convinced you have little to no knowledge of the world outside the United States.

You probably have the same knowledge, both biaised. One by the American, sanitized, fact-deforming, biaised mass media, one by the Alternative, selective, fact-deforming, biaised internet media.
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