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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Delaware Professor says Otto Warmbier "got what he deserved" in N. Korea on: June 24, 2017, 05:14:01 pm
That's wierd, she seems to be a specialist on breastfeeding (and more exactly the timing of when it stops).
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French Legislative Election 2017 on: June 24, 2017, 04:08:32 pm
Parliamentary groups have been finalised; The UDI-Constructifs group has 38 members. The PC has formed the Democratic and Republican Left group with Martinician, Réunionese, and Guianese deputies.

Is there a reason why MoDem has its own group and not part of REM's group? Also, does anyone know if the EELV deputy joined the Socialist group or is a non-inscrite?

Well, MoDem is its own party, why would they go in the same group? Anyways, I don't think there was ever unique majority group (2002-2012 had UMP and UDF, 1997-2002 had PS, PCF and a PRG-MRC-Green one).
3  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion: Trudeau II on: June 24, 2017, 04:02:02 pm
I love how QS is polling higher among Anglos/Allos than the PQ; twice as high even.  I suppose the PQ is seen as the "separatist party" whereas QS is seen as the "socialist party" despite the two parties being just as committed to sovereignty. 

There is a difference. Soverignty is the goal for PQ, it's a mean to QS (to execute their program).
4  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion 2.0 on: June 24, 2017, 03:55:12 pm
Meanwhile here in SA, Weatherill is taking banks to task, taxing them to pay for roads, bridges, education, and so on. Good move.

Naturally, the banks are now throwing everything to Marshall and the Coalition. Turnbull and Xenophon are saying this will stagnate the economy.

I used to like Nick. I hate him now.

Then, can you answer my years-long astonishment to people liking Xenophon. He seems to be a autoritarian paranoid freek to me.
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election, 2017 - Election Day and Results Thread on: June 22, 2017, 07:33:27 pm
Christian Taliban? Lol

Well, very religious, to the point they refuse to do anything on Sundays.
6  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion: Trudeau II on: June 22, 2017, 07:31:30 pm
Could QS become a serious competitor? That would be great.

They will do as they always do, and gain one more seat (Hochelaga-Maisonneuve to be exact). At this rate, they will get a majority government in ~250 years.

With PQ that low, I would expect Lisée to be in danger in Rosemont, and, if Liberals are to lose, it might be possible in Laurier-Dorion (the fact the MLA was expelled for being a sex creep does help them).
7  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Van hits Muslims coming out of Finsbury Park Mosque in London several casualties on: June 19, 2017, 03:13:20 am
The van was rented in Pontyclun, Wales, so the inquiry is going that way.
8  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Van hits Muslims coming out of Finsbury Park Mosque in London several casualties on: June 19, 2017, 03:09:07 am
Title needs to be amended, only one person dead, and it may not be related to the attack. The van ran into a group of persons helping a old man who fainted at a bus stop, he may have been already dead.
9  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Passing the driver's test on: June 19, 2017, 01:57:41 am
Impossible test?  I hope you're never allowed on the road...

This, holy crap. Not knowing enough basic information about driving to pass a frickin driving test is carelessness. Not learning after two attempts is willful ignorance. It's not rocket science.

Oh, it can be. I know of someone who failed because he failed to walk around the car to check if anything was under it.

When it would be appropriate to do this? This isn't a part of the MN standards.

Happened in Quebec (there is no hard grading sheet, it's left to the appreciation of the examinator).
10  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Passing the driver's test on: June 19, 2017, 01:05:24 am
Impossible test?  I hope you're never allowed on the road...

This, holy crap. Not knowing enough basic information about driving to pass a frickin driving test is carelessness. Not learning after two attempts is willful ignorance. It's not rocket science.

Oh, it can be. I know of someone who failed because he failed to walk around the car to check if anything was under it.
11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French Legislative Election 2017 on: June 19, 2017, 12:46:11 am
I'm surprised there's any genuine enthusiasm for Valls even on this forum. I'd have thought trashy amoral fat cats like jaichind would prefer to take their neoliberalism straight, rather than adulterated with the icky trappings of softcore post-social-democracy.

We do, but we take what we can get (we're fat cats after all).

I doubt you are, unless you prefer dictatorship to democracy due to being more efficient, like him (along other wierd views nobody else here, either from the left or the right, ever approved of).
12  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Van hits Muslims coming out of Finsbury Park Mosque in London several casualties on: June 19, 2017, 12:38:51 am
Indeed, confirmed by mutiple news sources attacker is white and yelled "I'm going to kill all Mulisms".

Another hint it wasn't IS is than there is various bars and nightclubs very close to the mosque. More obvious targets.
13  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Van hits Muslims coming out of Finsbury Park Mosque in London several casualties on: June 19, 2017, 12:26:17 am
Apparently, the imam protected the van driver from the angry crowd until the police arrived.
14  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French Legislative Election 2017 on: June 18, 2017, 10:50:36 pm
He also once, off record, while showing a camera crew round a street market in a diverse part of Evry commented "get me some whites in here" to avoid giving the impression that the town was completely devoid of white people.
Not too diverse then...

Well, Évry is a dump. No wonder everyone who can leave does.
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian by-elections, 2017 (next event: Nanaimo, BC mun. council: July 8) on: June 18, 2017, 10:48:31 pm
The Conservative federal MP, Denis Lebel, will retire this summer.  By-election to come in Lac-Saint-Jean.

http://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/politique/politique-canadienne/201706/18/01-5108772-denis-lebel-tire-sa-reverence.php
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you support Evergreen's permaban? on: June 18, 2017, 05:17:57 pm
No, as the fascist posters weren't permabanned with her.

Another proof the mods are controlled by the Alt-Right.
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French Legislative Election 2017 on: June 18, 2017, 04:14:58 pm
Valls now officially won 50.3-49.7. Turnout only 36.6% in his district.

Yes !!

We have reports than he actually lost but than the mayorship of Corbeil-Essonne tampered with results.

Reports from whom?

The losing candidate AND camera crews (they were very obviously denied entry in the recount room).
18  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French Legislative Election 2017 on: June 18, 2017, 04:11:29 pm
There was a recount, which found around 150 votes for Valls.

FI candidate, or anyone from its campaign, were not allowed to witness the recount, in violation of electoral laws (which allow everyone to attend a count).
19  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French Legislative Election 2017 on: June 18, 2017, 04:05:08 pm
Valls now officially won 50.3-49.7. Turnout only 36.6% in his district.

Yes !!

We have reports than he actually lost but than the mayorship of Corbeil-Essonne tampered with results.
20  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election, 2017 - Election Day and Results Thread on: June 16, 2017, 02:49:57 pm
And, yes, before anyone asks: George was Angela's uncle.

Grandfather, no?
21  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK Liberal Democrats leadership election, 2017 on: June 15, 2017, 01:17:06 am
What method do the Lib Dems use to choose their leader?

The candidates must be MPs. The members of the party are the electorate and they vote by giving preferences to the candidates. At any stage where no candidate has 50% plus one of the votes, the last placed candidate is eliminated with their ballots being transferred to the next numbered continuing candidate. The process is repeated until one candidate reaches the required number of votes to be elected.

So there's no requirement for support among fellow MPs before being put to the party members? Any MP who wants to stand for the leadership can do so carte blanche?

10% of other members of the caucus (so 2) + 200 LD members from at least 20 constituencies.
22  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election, 2017 - Election Day and Results Thread on: June 14, 2017, 11:26:20 pm

Least deprived Labour constituencies in England, including all in the bottom four deciles:
1. Sheffield Hallam
2. Stroud
3. Warwick & Leamington
4. Sefton Central
5. Cambridge
6. Reading East
7. Harrow West
8. Wirral South
9. Leeds North West
10. Warrington South
11. Canterbury
12. Wirral West
13. Penistone & Stocksbridge
14. High Peak
15. Gedling
16. Enfield Southgate
17. York Central
18. Tynemouth
19. City of Durham

Interesting that those are virtually all University, Northern or diverse parts of London consituencies.

Of the two that aren't, Stroud has always had a bit of a hippy/arty reputation, but what explains Gedling?

No clue, it's a wierd seat going by its results.
Labour majorities since 1997:
1997: 3802
2001: 5598
2005: 3811
2010: 1859
2015: 2986
2017: 4694

Seems extremely inelastic.
23  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK Liberal Democrats leadership election, 2017 on: June 14, 2017, 03:54:47 pm
Farron saying being LibDem leader was impossible considering his christian faith.

The fact that statements like this are being tossed around casually and without apparent attention to the implications is deeply disconcerting.

The main issue is than his faith wasn't compatible with gay equality, when social liberalism is one of the main plank of the party. He got attacked over being an "homophobe", pretty much and refused to defend himself.

EDIT: To clarify, his point on gay equality was "We are all sinners".
24  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election, 2017 - Election Day and Results Thread on: June 13, 2017, 01:15:21 am
Honestly, 10% is a really high deviation, and I could see it increasing the chance of an undemocratic outcome quite a bit. I'd say 5% is the maximum that can be tolerated (when I draw districts myself I usually try to stay within 1%). But yeah, most important is keeping the solid levels of representativeness that 650 seats allow, or at least not going backwards.

5% is really hard in UK. They use wards as building blocks, which building 75k constituencies from block ranging from 1000 (rural districts) to 15000 (large cities). Try to make it at 1% deviation with 10000 inhabitants bulding blocks.
25  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Quebec redistricting, 2015 on: June 12, 2017, 06:16:00 pm
So, critics panned the decision to rename a federal riding after the Rocket, so now they're going to try and do it provincially? Looking forward to the new riding of "Céline-Dion" (née L'Assomption) as well.

Wouldn't be allowed by the Toponomy Board, as she is still alive.
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