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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Boston University professor: White Males a "problem population" on: Today at 12:04:37 am

As I think since the beginning of that, no action is needed against her, she is very capable of self-destroying by herself, saving money from the inevitable lawsuit if she was fired.
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: France: Départementales 2015 - March 22/29, 2015 on: May 26, 2015, 11:15:54 pm
Surprisingly, we already have our first départemental by-election.

It's in the canton of Villeneuve-sur-Yonne, in Yonne département, for the male seat. Claude Thion (FN) resigned for personal reasons and his suppléant André Fischer apparently indicated than he don't want to take the seat. So, that means a by-election.

March results:

1st round:
Érika Roset / Claude Thion (FN): 1610 votes (35.02%)
Cyril Boulleaux / Liliane Lavaux (Union of the Left): 1251 votes (27.21%)
Michel der Agobian / Élisabeth Frassetto (Right): 948 votes (20.62%)
Monique Bonnion / Noël Roby (FG-EELV): 576 votes (12.53%)
Nicole Fossey / Gérard Serré (Arise the France/DLF): 212 votes (4.61%)

2nd round:
Érika Roset / Claude Thion (FN): 2267 votes (50.67%)
Cyril Boulleaux / Liliane Lavaux (Union of the Left): 2207 votes (49.33%)

So, should be interesting.
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why is SSM such a big deal? on: May 26, 2015, 12:59:10 am
Nobody cared about gay marriage in the 70's, not even the gay community itself (only the most libertine gays were considering themselves gay at that time and those weren't interested in marriage or union in any ways, because it was a way to normalize them. They still don't, but they are a small minority right now).
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: How can Marxism/Communism ever work in the US?I on: May 25, 2015, 09:41:39 pm
They will wait until income inequality reduces America to the England that Charles Dickens wrote about: a handful of fabulously wealthy individuals surrounded by a huddled mass. And then they will hold an election...

After that, it won't really matter what flavor of communism it is.

No. This is America. That means the street urchins selling flowers and newspapers outside a stately mansion would just say, "I don't want to raise taxes on the people living there. I'm going to live there eventually and then I'd just have to pay more taxes!"

Yeah, how horrible to have people think like that...?

Well, that's not horrible, but that's very naive and delusionnal of them. For every 100 persons thinking like that, one, perhaps two of them will reach it.
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian federal election - 2015 on: May 25, 2015, 09:06:04 pm
Re MH-C-W: if you're projecting from 2011 figures, keep in mind that Jim Hillyer ran his infamous "invisible campaign" across a lot of that turf, which brought the Con vote artificially down...
Jim Hillyer is running in MH-C-W is he not? I agree that this is the model's most outlandish target, but if he is the candidate again in MH-C-W there is no reason to inflate the conservative number there.

Yes, he is and the LaVar Payne, the incumbent retiring Medicine Hat MP refuses to endorse him, citing his poor constituency work.
6  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: MD Gov. Larry Hogan vetoes bills related to criminal justice reform on: May 25, 2015, 05:30:04 am
The only reason I could think of to veto these bills is because you support marijuana prohibition, civil asset forfeiture, and disenfranchising felons.

All of this makes it pretty clear that Larry Hogan is a despicable man.

 Yes, its despicable to try to get drugs out of the street and not  let felons decide elections.  You know, like the vast majority of the world does.

Felons can vote in most countries.
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Could a more charasmatic and better politician with Bernie Sanders' views win? on: May 24, 2015, 04:31:06 am
Sherrod Brown would have a better chance, if that's what you're asking.
Sherrod Brown is not a socialist.

I think the main difference between Brown and Sanders is than one is calling himself a socialist and the other don't.
8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Which journalist would you nominate as a 'dick'. on: May 24, 2015, 04:29:50 am
Obviously, the Hitchens brothers and Piers Morgan. Looking back, HL Mencken as well.

The America's Got Talent guy is a journalist?
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian federal election - 2015 on: May 23, 2015, 06:16:50 pm
Well, unless Notley badly messes up, Linda Duncan is VERY safe.
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Former Second Lady Happy Rockefeller dead at 88. on: May 23, 2015, 03:22:58 pm
Probably the last living Rockefeller Republican.

There's still a few left, including myself.

Don't confuse Rockefeller and Strom Thurmond.
11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Irish Elections and Referendums, 2015 on: May 23, 2015, 05:22:51 am
Looking like a national figure of 60/40 or so. The No campaign has already conceded on RTÉ Radio.

Twitter hashtags are #marref and #marref2015.

In such a case, would No win most rural areas? Only some? I mean, in term of counties/counting areas.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are you a member of a labor union? on: May 21, 2015, 05:08:16 pm
No, I currently work in a family business (where bosses are unionised, but that's due to a detail in Quebec law than all construction workers have to be unionised, even if they are business owners).

When I get a job in chemistry, should be 50/50, tending towards 0 by the end of a normal career through.
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Boston University professor: White Males a "problem population" on: May 21, 2015, 04:23:53 pm
Wow! She should be fired! What do her Democrat defenders say now?

Did she had any?
14  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Northern Ireland: Bakers have no right to free speech on: May 21, 2015, 12:02:06 am
In a way this is good news because it will help advance our cause for Religious Freedom.
Gay Marriage will still remain illegal in Northern Ireland regardless of this ruling so the activists can suck on it.
Doubtful.  Even if the current court case fails,  I don't think it'll be that long before same-sex marriages in Northern Ireland are recognized as marriages instead of as civil partnerships.  I think it's only because, like many unrelated issues, SSM has gotten caught up in Unionist/Nationalist politics that it hasn't happened yet.  It's only a matter of time before same-sex marriages are treated equally under the law in Northern Ireland, as they ought to be.

Doubt it. DUP didn't went over legalisation of homosexuality yet.

There were a few Unionists who voted in favor of recognition and no non-Unionists who voted against it.  It will have to wait until at least the next Northern Ireland Assembly is elected next year and maybe until after the 2021 elections , but I think that as younger Unionists take office, the number of Unionist MLAs supporting full recognition of SSM will only increase.  As it was, the 2013 vote was defeated by only a plurality of the Assembly and not a majority. It would take only a net change of 6 votes from nay to yea (6 full changes, 12 half changes of nay to not voting or not voting to yea, or some combination thereof) to pass recognition. 2016 would be optimistic but not impossible. 2021 looks almost certain.

Doesn't NI require a double majority to pass bills (a majority of Catholic and a majority of Protestant MLAs?)
15  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Northern Ireland: Bakers have no right to free speech on: May 20, 2015, 05:05:25 pm
In a way this is good news because it will help advance our cause for Religious Freedom.
Gay Marriage will still remain illegal in Northern Ireland regardless of this ruling so the activists can suck on it.
Doubtful.  Even if the current court case fails,  I don't think it'll be that long before same-sex marriages in Northern Ireland are recognized as marriages instead of as civil partnerships.  I think it's only because, like many unrelated issues, SSM has gotten caught up in Unionist/Nationalist politics that it hasn't happened yet.  It's only a matter of time before same-sex marriages are treated equally under the law in Northern Ireland, as they ought to be.

Doubt it. DUP didn't went over legalisation of homosexuality yet.
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Texas: Abbott signs law to restrict local fracking regulations on: May 19, 2015, 04:58:06 pm
Again, an infringement of towns' rights by states.
17  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Christian school principal makes racist comments at graduation, blames Satan on: May 17, 2015, 03:19:28 pm
The title of the thread should be changed, it's false and inflammatory.

Oh, you want a trigger warning? "Content may offent religious people"?
18  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK Post-Election Analysis on: May 17, 2015, 02:34:07 pm
If David Milibrand, we would be having a discussion on how Labour choose the wrong brother.

No matter who had won, it would have been the "wrong" brother.
19  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: England local elections, May 2015 on: May 16, 2015, 08:50:14 pm
The Continuity SDP lost their last seat in Bridlington. To UKIP.

Well, "lost". They weren't defending it and I think lost it really during a by-election in late 2014.
20  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Alberta General Election - May 5th, 2015 on: May 15, 2015, 04:33:28 pm

You posted twice the same link, Rogue.
21  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Common Core vs. Academic Standards in Different Countries (Math/Science) on: May 14, 2015, 04:21:52 pm
We had Chinese students at my university (Chemistry), and what all teachers said about the ones in Masters/Doctorate was they are great at knowing theorical concepts by heart and do complex situation, but when they were in the lab and had an issue, they had big trouble finding a solution (especially if it was unusual), because of a lack of creativity and imagination due to the very formal and theorical teaching methods used in China.
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Senate Dems relent on TPP/TPA on: May 14, 2015, 04:09:23 pm
Companies of all nationalities have always been able to sue governments in court as private actors. If there were no enforcement mechanism, then a treaty would be pointless. There is absolutely nothing qualitatively new about this.

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Such “Investor-State Dispute Settlement” accords exist already in more than 3,000 trade agreements across the globe. The United States is party to 51, including the North American Free Trade Agreement.

And all countries should withdraw from those 3000 agreements until those clauses are removed.
23  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian federal election - 2015 on: May 14, 2015, 04:01:44 pm
Thanks Rachel Notley?
24  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: May 13, 2015, 03:27:32 am
What is the actual point of tuition deregulation, besides causing needless suffering to those who pay the fees? Does it save the government money or something?

It's obvious. Keeping working-class scum at their rightful place of slave labour and making sure university is only for the wealthy elites.
25  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK Liberal Democrat leadership election, 2015 on: May 13, 2015, 03:25:55 am
Maybe they should drop the 'Liberal' and become 'The Democrats'. Would allow them to reinvent themselves in more ways.

Let's hope it's not the "New Democrats", we don't want to be associated with them here in Canada.
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