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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 89-year-old former Auschwitz guard arrested in Philadelphia on: July 23, 2014, 08:54:27 pm
Thank goodness he can now Rest in Peace. Only God will be his judge, not the reactionaries and zionists!

I did't know the BNP had an Oxford College branch.m

I doubt he would be welcomed by them. He is of persian ethnicity, I think.
2  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Present Israel-Palestine Conflict Thread on: July 23, 2014, 03:41:56 pm
France's Jews Flee As Rioters Burn Paris Shops, Attack Synagogue

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France's politicians and community leaders have criticised the "intolerable" violence against Paris' Jewish community, after a pro-Palestinian rally led to the vandalizing and looting of Jewish businesses and the burning of cars.

It is the third time in a week where pro-Palestinian activists have clashed with the city's Jewish residents. On Sunday, locals reported chats of "Gas the Jews" and "Kill the Jews", as rioters attacked businesses in the Sarcelles district, known as "little Jerusalem".

Manuel Valls, France's prime minister said: “What happened in Sarcelles is intolerable. An attack on a synagogue and on a kosher shop is simply anti-Semitism. Nothing in France can justify this violence.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/07/22/france-jewish-shops-riot_n_5608612.html

One must take care in calling such things "understandable".

Again, this is Paris' cités. Policemen kill one of them, they burn police cars and riot for weeks. The issue is that this place is totally out of control and the government isn't interested to solve it at all, so we have outbursts like that every few years.
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever donated money to a politician, political campaign, or PAC? on: July 22, 2014, 11:07:36 pm
Yearly NDP membership fee + convention participation fee in 2013 (wierdly, it's considered as a donation and it's tax-deductible).
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: If California were to spilt, who would be the governor in each state? on: July 22, 2014, 10:34:21 pm
Silicon Valley
Governor: Jerry Brown
Senators: Jackie Speier and Kamala Harris

West California
Governor: Antonio Villaraigosa
Senators: Barbara Boxer and John Chiang

North California
Governor: Kevin Johnson
Senators: Doris Matsui and John Garamendi

South California
Governor: Darrell Issa
Senators: Loretta Sanchez and Duncan Hunter

Central California
Governor: Ashley Swearengin
Senators:  Devin Nune and Tom McClintock

Jefferson
Governor: Brian Dahle
Senators: Doug LaMalfa and Jim Nielsen



Feinstein would lose or retire (and Silicon Valley, I suppose?)?
5  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Present Israel-Palestine Conflict Thread on: July 22, 2014, 10:24:07 pm
The former director of the American Jewish Congress has offered his take in Politico, though I doubt Ray Goldfield, dead0man and others will like what he has to say.

Surely he is one of those "self-hating Jews".
6  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: NYC approves apartment building with separate entrance for poor people on: July 22, 2014, 10:22:08 pm
The issue is than the street doesn't belong to its inhabitants, but to the city. It's a public space.

Look, as a mayor, I would have no issue with a street doing that, but I would force them to buy the street and they would stop receiving on street services (no garbage collection, for example, as dump trucks aren't allowed to enter private property).
7  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Do you see Jon Voight speaking at the 2016 Republican convention? on: July 22, 2014, 09:40:19 pm
I suppose they could bring back the empty chair.
8  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Mosul's Christian community extinguished after 1,600 years, thanks to ISIS on: July 22, 2014, 09:17:00 pm
Baghdad shouldn't have been bombed, Riyadh should have.

Thanks, I would really enjoy being a dead corpse right now.

Well, most likely, you would have left before.
9  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Mosul's Christian community extinguished after 1,600 years, thanks to ISIS on: July 22, 2014, 08:55:57 pm
All of that because Bush bombed the bad city.

Baghdad shouldn't have been bombed, Riyadh should have.
10  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Oklahoma man arrested for "loving on kids" in Kenya on: July 22, 2014, 08:37:03 pm
I take issues with "struggling with homosexuality and child pornography".

As if those things are comparable!
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: how do you get paid? on: July 22, 2014, 08:35:34 pm
You can't make them depose it at the credit union?

In Quebec, every company can do that (sure, the main credit union is bigger than the banks, which helps).
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Mr. Pollo on: July 22, 2014, 03:35:43 pm
Pollo means chicken in Spanish.
Chicken is a good description of him. Makes noise, pointlessly, without thinking.
13  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Chronically ill patients are allowed to grow their own cannabis in Germany on: July 22, 2014, 03:02:40 pm
It was the system around here in Canada, but the Conservative abolished it to move to a commercial product (well, it was supposed to do so in April, but courts put an hold on the move while they hear the case).
14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Subsidies through Healthcare.gov may be illegal. on: July 22, 2014, 03:00:12 pm
Well yes, there is now a circuit split but the 4th circuit one is unlikely to change position whereas there's likely to be an en banc review in the DC circuit. That, in my view, will likely lead to a reversal and no split. Stay tuned.

What's an "en banc review"? A review with more judges than 3?
15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Subsidies through Healthcare.gov may be illegal. on: July 22, 2014, 02:54:37 pm
Or may not.

Canadian news are insisting on "American courts are inconstitent, two courts ruled in different ways". Not really special from them, through, they'll never pass an occasion to bash US judiciary or health care.
16  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election 2015 on: July 22, 2014, 02:51:03 pm
There is really people liking Chukka Ummana? I mean, he sounds like a right-wing version of Tony Blair.
17  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Is this the typical Fox News viewer's perception of organized labor? on: July 21, 2014, 10:43:09 pm
No. A Soviet flag should be in the background.

Shouldn't that be the Quran, now?
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Long time, no see. on: July 21, 2014, 04:55:37 pm
Oh I remember you!
You used to post loads of photos of yourself everywhere.

How surprising than the thing you remember about him is being being a young man posting pictures of himself....
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever been to a KZ (concentration camp) ? on: July 21, 2014, 04:22:56 pm
No, we thankfully didn't have such in Canada. My region has an internment camp for the Austro-Hungarians during WWI, through, but it's was a much better place.

I don't think I could handle visiting a concentration camp.
20  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Present Israel-Palestine Conflict Thread on: July 20, 2014, 10:52:59 pm
Depends on the synagogue in question of course. I'm sure there's many Reform ones that aren't comfortable with many of Israel's actions, but there are many others that are pretty Likudnik in their outlook, and protesting one of those isn't anti-Semitic. The Israeli embassy obviously is a more relevant thing to protest, but unless you live in the capital of the city that's not an option.

It's kind of like protesting a church that's quite outspoken against homosexuality and gay marriage. That's fair game. Protesting just some random church without even looking up their position on gay marriage on the other hand would be dumb.

Molotov cocktails have been thrown at synagogues. This is no longer a protest, this is the opening stage of a pogrom.

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2014/07/20/propalestinian_youth_attack_two_synagogues_in_paris_suburbs.html

"The opening stage of a pogrom" is excessive rhetoric, but, indeed, that's concerning, like was the success of the French "humorist" Dieudonné, whose "shows" are hours of anti-semitic ramblings.

Those events are not proving than there will be pogroms, soon. It's proving than French integration model is a momumental failure (who would have thought than dumping poor immigrants in suburbs consisting of acres of badly maintained concrete towers, poor transportation links,no role models and community leaders consisting of gang leaders and shady religious extremists was a bad idea?). Rioting is common there, they only need a reason.

The anti-semitic leaders needs to be prosecuted under the fullest exted of the law and clear actions taken by government to bring back the "cités" into the first world (the poorest black neighbourhood of the USA is in better shape than the "cités").
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Ray Goldfield on: July 20, 2014, 09:51:24 pm
Like deadman, one of the Netanyahu spokespersons.
22  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Present Israel-Palestine Conflict Thread on: July 20, 2014, 07:51:20 pm
Are some people not aware of the fairly severe persecution of Jewish people across Europe from groups of Muslim fundamentalists? As Jewish people fled Sweden's third city the city Mayor stated that they should make Israel behave better if they wanted to be able to live safely in the city. Just to give an example of what I suspect Ray was alluding to.

I don't think it's entirely fair to say that it's just Muslim fundamentalists. There's a resurgent far-right wing in Europe that has been very happy to take advantage of this anger against Israel to do what they always do.

Through, they don't only hate Jews. They hate anybody who isn't a White Christian Heterosexual person from their country.
23  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Present Israel-Palestine Conflict Thread on: July 20, 2014, 07:03:53 pm
Are some people not aware of the fairly severe persecution of Jewish people across Europe from groups of Muslim fundamentalists? As Jewish people fled Sweden's third city the city Mayor stated that they should make Israel behave better if they wanted to be able to live safely in the city. Just to give an example of what I suspect Ray was alluding to.

Well, I remember similar warnings given to Americans in Europe at the beginning of Irak War. It's constant in history than countries with unpopular foreign policies is having an effect on the life of people linked to them in other countries.

It's sad and distasteful, but we have to live with it. This is a war between two "countries" and, as usual, it spils over to people for those countires in other countries. During Falklands War, I'm pretty than British people and Argentine people were hating each other, even if living in different countries.

It's a terrible side effect, but it's inevitable. And all is worsened by the fact than it's a religious war, let's be honest. Extreme Muslims (Hamas and the other terrorist groups) vs. Extreme Jews (settlers, religious right and theocrats).

I would also argue than the real losers aren't Palestine or Israel, they are the moderates Jews and Muslims, who only want to live in peace in their home, villages and cities.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Ask Del Tachi! on: July 19, 2014, 10:46:33 pm
How are race relations where you live?

Very swell if I do say so myself. 

Mississippi is very well integrated along racial and socioeconomic lines, and I am particularly grateful for that.  Growing up going to Mississippi public schools in a college town made my childhood extremely diverse, and that's actually something that I think I would have been cheated-out of if I had grown up in suburban Chicago or Denver.

Moreover, I now go to Mississippi State University which has the highest percentage of African-American students of any SEC school, and we have historically and consistently led the way in awarding Blacks ag and engineering degrees. 

So in other words, race relations are better in Mississippi than in Colorado or Illinois?  That's something I'd definitely have to see for myself...

I read that as "There is more Black people in Mississippi than in suburban Chicago or Denver."
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obamacare enrollees having trouble finding specialists on: July 19, 2014, 06:29:12 pm
Healthcare insurance market wouldn't be free, no matter what Washington do.

There isn't enough healthcare insurance providers to create a true free market. It's an oligarchy, which will plot and to secret deals with each other to ramp up the prices.
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