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1  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: It's against the law in Canada to defend yourself in your own home on: Today at 02:21:32 pm
at least we didn't elect a fascist.

I'm sure that will console the defendant's family if he goes to prison or goes broke defending himself.

Seems from the accusations he didn't have weapon permit and/or the weapon was illegal.
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Saskatchewan Party leadership election 2017/8 on: August 16, 2017, 07:33:26 pm
On an uniform swing, it would an NDP gain if the election is less than 59-33 for SP, so, she's probably toast no matter what.
3  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion 2.0 on: August 16, 2017, 05:47:45 pm
The below poster was plastered all over 2 prestigious Melbourne schools yesterday. I cannot believe the Antipodean Resistance haven't all been thrown in jail yet... We beat Nazism in WW2, we will beat them again... If you, fore some bizarre reason, want to see all the other bile they've spewed in the past, google it. Basically, if you aren't a nazi, but especially Jewish, LGBTQI, or an immigrant, there are hate posters they have made against you.

https://scontent-syd2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/20800147_1371648289617916_5314581281000231547_n.jpg?oh=df7033bc7f233de5140add8b0c77ee6a&oe=5A1CE4AB

They probably have friends in the right-wing of the Liberal Party, so weak Turnbull can do nothing.
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: SJW's Take Issue with...the Maryland Flag on: August 14, 2017, 10:14:49 pm
Well, it should be replaced, if only because it's ugly as hell.
Right?

A flag should be simple and easy to draw, in my opinion.
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Norway election, 11th September 2017 on: August 14, 2017, 01:25:08 pm
Ap 76%
SP 72%
MDG 69%
R-SV (tie)
KRF
H
V
FP
6  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion 2.0 on: August 13, 2017, 09:29:34 pm

So, you're a supporter of that racist and disgraceful Constitution?
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: SJW's Take Issue with...the Maryland Flag on: August 13, 2017, 02:12:44 pm
Well, it should be replaced, if only because it's ugly as hell.
8  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Who are the future of the British Conservative Party post-May? on: August 13, 2017, 12:32:24 pm
I'm unsure there'll be a British Conservative party post-May if they lose the next election.

Off course there will be.  There is always a strong element of British society on the political right so they won't disappear and they are not in nearly the dire straits they were around 1997.  The British Tories have never gotten under 30% and three times in the last century gotten less than 35% so unless the Liberal Democrats pick up a lot (which is unlikely) I am pretty sure the Tories win or lose will get at least in the upper 30s at minimum.

Ray is persuaded than Corbyn would declare himself a dictator and kill all Jews.
9  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion: Trudeau II on: August 12, 2017, 02:02:32 pm
Looking through old results, I noticed that the Greens put up great results federally and provincially in Dufferin-Caledon and Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound in the mid 2000's. What was going there? Rural Ontario is not the sort of place where you'd think the Greens would do well.

There is a bit of a hippy scene in this part of the province, (or post-hippy, like organic farming, "artisanal" shops, you know what I mean), even if it's a minority under the surface of typical rural conservatism. Mind you, the way the Greens briefly became the "strategic" progressive party in Bruce-Grey-Owen-Sound was still kind of weird and I don't entirely understand it; the area isn't that green.

A lot of it has to do with the hilly terrain along the Niagara escarpment which is pretty for tourists but not that great for commercial farming: you can see the idea on a topographic map:



Walkerton is in that area, so running on water protection was popular with voters.
10  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: US Embassy employees in Havana possibly attacked by "acoustic device" on: August 10, 2017, 05:23:06 pm
Affected one Canadian Embassy employee too.
11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Saskatchewan Party leadership election 2017/8 on: August 10, 2017, 05:22:16 pm
So who are the potential candidates?

Its a done deal, Brad Wall will be succeeded by Brad Trost - its a perfect fit!

What is the deal with Western Conservatives and bigots? First, the interim leader in Alberta, now Trost.

Roll Eyes

Well, Trost pretty much promised to defund anything gay-related back in March.
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Saskatchewan Party leadership election 2017/8 on: August 10, 2017, 04:52:39 pm
Its a done deal, Brad Wall will be succeeded by Brad Trost - its a perfect fit!

What is the deal with Western Conservatives and bigots? First, the interim leader in Alberta, now Trost.
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Alberta United Conservative Party Leadership Election, 2017 on: August 08, 2017, 05:08:14 pm
Why is he strongly against Jean?

Jean has principles and isn't a bigot, unlike Kenney.
14  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Israel general discussion on: August 06, 2017, 03:33:11 pm
Netanyahu's former CoS flipped and became a key witness for the prosecution in 2 criminal investigations (one of corruption), indictment is inbound. The glorious leader appears determined to refuse to go as the law (not a statute though but it doesn't matter as we are a common law country) requires. His political partners are lukewarm about playing the role of ushering him out, so we might be heading into quite a political and constitutional conundrum (some like myself will also predict some military conflict inbound)

Let's see if an indictment actually happens. I'm still doubtful it will. If it does, he needs to resign. But, until that day (if it ever comes), I still think a lot of this nonsense is unsubstantiated.

Israeli Police are an utter joke when it comes to political corruption and are, imo, much more corrupt than the politicians themselves.



It's pretty obvious that Netanyahu is corrupt to the bone, and there seems to be hard evidence. In fact, it's been obvious for a long time, just like it's obvious that Lieberman is corrupt in even worse ways.

He also tries to ban media critical of him.

If you are referring to Al Jazeera, that's complete B.S. He is not trying to shut them down because of criticism  but because of their sponsorship of terror.

So, the same baseless lie peddled by the real sponsor of terrorism, Saudi Arabia.
15  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Israel general discussion on: August 06, 2017, 02:03:36 pm
Netanyahu's former CoS flipped and became a key witness for the prosecution in 2 criminal investigations (one of corruption), indictment is inbound. The glorious leader appears determined to refuse to go as the law (not a statute though but it doesn't matter as we are a common law country) requires. His political partners are lukewarm about playing the role of ushering him out, so we might be heading into quite a political and constitutional conundrum (some like myself will also predict some military conflict inbound)

Let's see if an indictment actually happens. I'm still doubtful it will. If it does, he needs to resign. But, until that day (if it ever comes), I still think a lot of this nonsense is unsubstantiated.

Israeli Police are an utter joke when it comes to political corruption and are, imo, much more corrupt than the politicians themselves.



It's pretty obvious that Netanyahu is corrupt to the bone, and there seems to be hard evidence. In fact, it's been obvious for a long time, just like it's obvious that Lieberman is corrupt in even worse ways.

He also tries to ban media critical of him.
16  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: NDP Leadership Convention 2017 (2018) on: August 02, 2017, 11:18:39 pm
And within his own constituency, he's tended to do better in rural Timiskaming than in urban Timmins.

Well, that's the general pattern in Northern Ontario and Quebec. "Rural" areas on the left, cities on right.

Or more like: non-reserve rural/small-town "populist", cities "establishment".  A bit like how areas which favoured Reform over PC in the 90s morphed into having outsize Layton-era NDP (and/or undersize Liberal) shares.

What's interesting about Angus's Timiskaming clout is that it'd be like the NDP outperforming *today* in rural Saskatchewan.

Timiskaming is nothing like rural Saskatchewan, through.
17  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: More Conservative Country on: August 02, 2017, 04:51:23 pm
Oddly enough, the US has a food stamp program.  Canada has no such program , we don't even help poor families with school lunches. I don't think Australia has a food stamp program either.

There has to be some kind of aid to the poorest... right?

It's up to every province. The only federal program is unemployment insurance (which is normal, as employment is a federal power, unlike anything else related to poverty).

Yea, that is a odd part of the Canadian health care system. Every 10 years, the 10 premiers and the PM sit down and hash out a new health accord. The feds send the money, but the provinces administer it. Since I only have my Ontario provincial health care card, I wonder what would happen if I had to go to the hospital out of province. Seems like a bit of a bureaucratic nightmare.

Are you kidding? The average Canadian isn't sure if they can go to a hospital outside of their own province?

I can't imagine not knowing that health insurance is available past state lines. I'm not trying to insult you. It seems to me that Canada doesn't have enough public education about its healthcare system.

Well, it's up to every province to decide what they pay or not, relating to other provinces. In case of Qubec, it's a long list of if, but and conditions.

You guys need healthcare reform more than we do!

Well, the Constitution is clear. Healthcare is a provincial power (article 91 (7)). Federal has some powers due to other clauses, but nothing that can force provinces to do a complete reform.

For Quebec, the government pays, but it pays the amount it pays in Quebec. If the service is more expensive in another province, the person has to pay the difference.

For exemple, a GP consultation is 19.90$ in Quebec and 25$ in Alberta, so, Quebec government will pay 19.90$ and the person 5.10$.

You can take a private insurance to cover that.
18  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: NDP Leadership Convention 2017 (2018) on: August 02, 2017, 11:11:16 am
Singh is the only one I can see taking seats off the Liberals. That's enough for him to get my support.

And ironically, Angus is the only one I can see taking seats off the *Conservatives*.

That's interesting, and maybe true on paper, but are there any ridings in particular you can think of? I'm thinking he could have appeal in Tory ridings in Northern Ontario and SW Ontario, and maybe urban Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Maybe some parts in BC.

In general, I think of Angus as having the most "Sanders Republican" reach, i.e. the likeliest to channel a "Tommy Douglas traditionalist" dynamic, or to crack the rural-west firewall even Layton couldn't breach.  That is, unless CPC ridings in the West are simply too far gone at this point.

And within his own constituency, he's tended to do better in rural Timiskaming than in urban Timmins.

Well, that's the general pattern in Northern Ontario and Quebec. "Rural" areas on the left, cities on right.
19  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: More Conservative Country on: August 01, 2017, 11:35:10 am
Oddly enough, the US has a food stamp program.  Canada has no such program , we don't even help poor families with school lunches. I don't think Australia has a food stamp program either.

There has to be some kind of aid to the poorest... right?

It's up to every province. The only federal program is unemployment insurance (which is normal, as employment is a federal power, unlike anything else related to poverty).

Yea, that is a odd part of the Canadian health care system. Every 10 years, the 10 premiers and the PM sit down and hash out a new health accord. The feds send the money, but the provinces administer it. Since I only have my Ontario provincial health care card, I wonder what would happen if I had to go to the hospital out of province. Seems like a bit of a bureaucratic nightmare.

Are you kidding? The average Canadian isn't sure if they can go to a hospital outside of their own province?

I can't imagine not knowing that health insurance is available past state lines. I'm not trying to insult you. It seems to me that Canada doesn't have enough public education about its healthcare system.

Well, it's up to every province to decide what they pay or not, relating to other provinces. In case of Qubec, it's a long list of if, but and conditions.
20  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Airport worker at Nice Airport punches passenger holding baby in the face on: July 30, 2017, 07:06:13 pm
Hopefully both Easyjet and Samsic will be found responsible. Outsourcing shouldn't absolve from responsability.
21  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Alberta United Conservative Party Leadership Election, 2017 on: July 25, 2017, 08:00:12 pm

So, they chose a raging homophobe.
22  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion: Trudeau II on: July 22, 2017, 08:46:52 pm
I don't see Albertans winning there. A mix of Jean far-right ideas and PC corruption.
23  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion: Trudeau II on: July 22, 2017, 08:14:00 pm
Suspiciously high. Kenney and Jean probably cooked up numbers.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Atlas posters who list party as "Other"... on: July 13, 2017, 10:00:40 pm
It's the color of my actual party, the NDP.
25  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: France General Discussion III: Tout doit disparaître on: July 13, 2017, 09:48:08 pm
I'm surprised with NDA's voters. I always thought he and Le Pen were pretty close ideologically.

NDA party is pretty much FN for people not liking/hating Le Pen family, willing to work with the mainstream right-wing parties or finding FN too extreme/unfathomable for them.

Some of those people would never vote FN, under any circumstrances.
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