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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: California Adopts 'Yes Means Yes' Sexual Assault Rule on: September 30, 2014, 11:05:43 pm
This thread is a train wreck what the Christ did nobody else notice Mortimer claiming that spousal rape doesn't exist - by telling a story about how his friend was spousally raped??

Well, it's a good idea of letting him talk, he is doing a good job for justifying the law.
2  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: California Adopts 'Yes Means Yes' Sexual Assault Rule on: September 30, 2014, 10:52:14 pm
Obviously if you agree to a drink and say "NO" you mean "NO"

but if you agree to a drink and you don't say anything, you will come off as being coy, and that's probably your intention unless you're mentally ill or an idiot.

You're the living proof than that law is needed.
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: California Adopts 'Yes Means Yes' Sexual Assault Rule on: September 30, 2014, 10:18:21 pm
"Do you want to come up to my place for a drink?" = "do you want to have sex?"

Everyone knows that because it's been repeated in every piece of media ever.

Anyone who doesn't know that is either a vegetable or being disingenuous.

It often leads to sex, yes, but it doesn't mean consent at all. What's next, going to a bar means consent? Not wearing a lot of clothes means consent?
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: California Adopts 'Yes Means Yes' Sexual Assault Rule on: September 30, 2014, 08:45:53 pm
I don't see the issue with "affirmative consent". It's already the case in many Western countries.

Seriously?  

Man, I'm just not buying it.  I may be an old boring married guy but I wasn't always this way.  I've been laid in a number of "Western Countries."  I do not remember any conversations involving either of us asking the other for permission each step of the way.  This see,s really bizarre.  Is this the kind of conversation that young people have these days during foreplay?  Seriously?  I'm having trouble believing any of this.  It's a little embarrassing to have to paint a picture for you, but I sometimes think we may just have to do it.  Go back to the basics.  You people really ought to get offline once in a while and experience the world.  This sort of thinking isn't healthy.  You may agree with Ernest that all sex is bad sex, or you may agree with Mr. Morden that the nasty sluts had it coming, or you may agree with Leif that legislators legislating the conversation leading up to casual sex is normal and good.  I don't agree with any of those attitudes.  I seriously hope most of you don't either.




Affirmation doesn't mean only "yes". It's more complex and wide than that.
5  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Free Wi Fi service? on: September 30, 2014, 08:10:55 pm
The issue isn't people. It's than companies are allowed to had crucial elements in legalese.

There should be a law forcing them to write a short summary in plain language giving the broad lines.
6  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: California Adopts 'Yes Means Yes' Sexual Assault Rule on: September 30, 2014, 08:08:20 pm
I don't see the issue with "affirmative consent". It's already the case in many Western countries.
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Official Petition to Call a Constitutional Convention on: September 30, 2014, 04:02:52 pm
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8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Jim Traficant passed away Saturday from injuries in tractor accident Tuesday on: September 30, 2014, 12:03:19 am
Better than the vast majority of politicians, let's not kid ourselves.

Well, you have long had a peculiar taste in politicians.
The ironic thing is that Traficant was also virulently anti-hispanic.

What's so ironic about that? Xenophobia and racism is xenophobia and racism.

Snowstalker IS hispanic.
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Sweden election results thread (Sept 14, 2014) on: September 29, 2014, 05:47:51 pm
Hilariously, FI nearly won a precinct in Södermalm (17.7% in Högalid 8 Bergsund N: Social Democrats just pipped them with 18.3%).

They did win this precinct in Malmö.

83%+ for the left/centre-left is impressive. Is that the most leftist precinct in Sweden?

No, that would probably be this one, in another part of Malmö.

Interesting to see S losing to V. Was this trend replicated in other immigrant-heavy SAP strongholds in Malmö and/or Sweden as a whole?

Given than FI won that precinct, I doubt it's immigrant-heavy.

I was talking of the second precinct which he referenced, which is in Rosengard.

But, even there, that is not happening. S won easily. Sure, S lost 9% and V gained 7%, but in raw votes, that's +60 votes and +65 votes (with +153 voters).

Perhaps it means than V is doing very new with the new immigrants, but results of just one precincts are not enough to say that. It might be V being well-organised there, some local effect due to a candidate, some localised influx of non-immigrants somewhere in the precinct...
10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Sweden election results thread (Sept 14, 2014) on: September 29, 2014, 05:33:40 pm
Hilariously, FI nearly won a precinct in Södermalm (17.7% in Högalid 8 Bergsund N: Social Democrats just pipped them with 18.3%).

They did win this precinct in Malmö.

83%+ for the left/centre-left is impressive. Is that the most leftist precinct in Sweden?

No, that would probably be this one, in another part of Malmö.

Interesting to see S losing to V. Was this trend replicated in other immigrant-heavy SAP strongholds in Malmö and/or Sweden as a whole?

Given than FI won that precinct, I doubt it's immigrant-heavy.
11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian by-elections, 2014 on: September 29, 2014, 03:37:55 pm
Withby-Oshawa will be called soon, Harper has until October 25 to call it.
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: PR with combination of party list and personal vote on: September 29, 2014, 02:29:34 pm
Belgium, I think.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How many of your grandparents are alive? on: September 28, 2014, 11:50:13 pm
One, but I also have a great-grandmother alive, too.
14  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: UK General Discussion II on: September 28, 2014, 11:40:01 pm
Another Conservative MP, Mark Reckless, has defected to UKIP.

Alienating your party colleagues and resigning from your job with no guarantee whatsoever that you'll regain it?  There ought to be a word to describe the actions of Mr. Reckless.

http://metro.co.uk/2014/09/27/a-very-reckless-decision-second-tory-mp-defects-to-ukip-4884121/

He's resigned from his seat, he'll have to live with the consequences... Admittedly, I'd likely vote for Mr. Reckless, although here's a concern for myself and other right-wingers:

Will the splitting of the vote between the Tories and UKIP allow Labour, who polled 28.5% in Rochester & Strood in 2010, to win?

It's very possible. Labour held the previous seat (Medway) until 2010, the notionals for Rochester Strood (with 2005 results, after the 2005-2010 redistricting) was 43-42 Con-Lab. So, winnable. Wouldn't be my guess, but that's possible.
15  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: UK General Discussion II on: September 28, 2014, 01:56:34 pm
Does Reckless defection is a reckless move for his career in Westminster?
16  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Islamic State vs. The World (except Canada) on: September 28, 2014, 01:54:06 pm
So is Canada officially not going to join the third Iraq War?

There should a decision taken next week, or perhaps the one after it.
17  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Islamic State vs. The World on: September 27, 2014, 01:47:09 am
Canada is very lucky to have such good neighbors.  You guys should really thank us more Wink

We both know than it's more complicated than that.
Sure, but it's still kind of sad that tiny Denmark (1/7th your population) and Australia (2/3rds) is helping so much more than you guys.

Things are worst than I thought. Obama called some leaders to have their help in Iraq, he sent a letter to Harper. At the security council meeting about IS, Obama was there from Cameron and Abbott and left seconds before Harper started talking. At the NATO meeting in Newport, Harper wasn't invited at the main reception table, unlike the traditionnal European allies.

Harper is putting intense pressure on Obama to accept Keystone and it's pretty much the only subject he talks with Obama. Every time the Canadian government talks about USA, they remember us than they didn't accepted yet Keystone. Even former Canadian Conservative leaders attacked him for damaging Canada-USA relationship over Keystone. He is obsessed by Keystone.

It's a shame, for Canada.
18  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Islamic State vs. The World on: September 27, 2014, 01:20:01 am
Canada is very lucky to have such good neighbors.  You guys should really thank us more Wink

We both know than it's more complicated than that.
Also, current government is a bit annoyed at current government (since Harper is a puppet of oil industry, government isn't pleased at the indecision of your government about Keystone).

I even wonder if Harper did try to use Keystone as a bargaining chip against Iraq involvement.
19  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Science Megathread on: September 27, 2014, 01:08:30 am
Arxiv isn't peer-reviewed, but many of the papers there are preprints of papers that are or will be peer-reviewed in "real" journals.

But here's the paper in question:

http://arxiv.org/abs/1409.1837

There's nothing there suggesting that it's been submitted to a refereed journal.


BUT

The paper is titled "Back-reaction of the Hawking radiation flux on a gravitationally collapsing star II". There is, quite logically, a part I, which will be in the November "issue" of Physics Letters B (Volume 738), which is peer-reviewed.

OK, I didn't see that one.


But, to be fair, that "discovery" will need a lot of cross-examination (which will undoubtely happen once/if she gets published in a peer-reviewed publication).
20  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Science Megathread on: September 27, 2014, 01:03:37 am
Arxiv isn't peer-reviewed, but many of the papers there are preprints of papers that are or will be peer-reviewed in "real" journals.

But here's the paper in question:

http://arxiv.org/abs/1409.1837

There's nothing there suggesting that it's been submitted to a refereed journal.


BUT

The paper is titled "Back-reaction of the Hawking radiation flux on a gravitationally collapsing star II". There is, quite logically, a part I, which will be in the November "issue" of Physics Letters B (Volume 738), which is peer-reviewed.

EDIT: Also, the authors aren't from some dubious Indian/Chinese universities but UNC Chapel Hill and U Toronto.
21  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: BREAKING: American forces bomb ISIS targets in Iraq on: September 27, 2014, 12:15:54 am

The issue in Canada is than this won't go well with his huge program of cuts (Defence is cut, too).
22  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish independence referendum results thread (Sept 18, 2014) on: September 27, 2014, 12:05:46 am
Well in a Scottish context a capital U Unionist has often been used to mean...

To mean..... what? We're not mind readers Tongue

Conservative. The Conservative Party was called for a long time Unionist Party in Scotland. Officially, they are still called Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.
23  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: KS-Sen: Taylor drops out on: September 26, 2014, 02:20:00 am
Let's assume the replacement-lawsuit reaches the KS Supreme Court again in early October and the court then rules that the KS Dem. Party needs to pick a replacement candidate.

Does the KS election law say that the KS Dem. Party can pick any random person as their candidate ?

Or does this person have to be a registered Democrat ?

The best solution would be appointing a hardcore dying Democrat willing to be nominated. Death is an accepted withdrawal reason.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever met someone from Somalia? on: September 26, 2014, 01:13:24 am
No clue. Perhaps I did when I was in Montreal, but I didn't know.

Closest I know and talked with was Egypt.
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your current ignore list? on: September 26, 2014, 01:12:05 am
I thought my list was long, but compared to some here, it's not.

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