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1  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: favorite U.S. city tournament (round 2) on: November 19, 2014, 04:06:52 am
New York, NY
Los Angeles, CA
Chicago, IL
Waterbury, CT
Philadelphia, PA
Providence, RI
Garden Grove, CA
San Diego, CA
Manchester, NH
San Jose, CA
Austin, TX
Westminster, CO
Akron, OH
San Francisco, CA
Columbus, OH
Charlotte, NC
Vancouver, WA
Cape Coral, FL
Sioux Falls, SD
Fontana, CA
Seattle, WA
Denver, CO
Washington, DC
Boston, MA
Des Moines, IA
Rochester, NY
Eugene, OR
Ann Arbor, MI
Portland, OR
Las Vegas, NV
Milwaukee, WI
Albuquerque, NM
Allentown, PA
Vallejo, CA
Cary, NC
Long Beach, CA
Alexandria, VA
Escondido, CA
Virginia Beach, VA
Atlanta, GA
Joliet, IL
Omaha, NE
Raleigh, NC
Kent, WA
Hartford, CT
Minneapolis, MN  
Durham, NC
Cleveland, OH
Syracuse, NY
Chandler, AZ
New Orleans, LA
Thornton, CO
Tampa, FL
Honolulu, HI
Aurora, CO
Buffalo, NY
Santa Ana, CA
St Louis, MO
Hampton, VA
Newark, NJ
Greensboro, NC
Bellevue, WA
St Paul, MN
Cincinnati, OH
2  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: House approves Keystone Pipeline....onto the Senate on: November 19, 2014, 03:52:53 am
I've always believed Keystone will not be approved without a) Harper's reelection next year b) GOP WH in '16.

and c) oil prices stopping to drop.
3  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion 1.5: The Countdown Begins on: November 19, 2014, 03:26:25 am
Why no write-ins?  I can understand that in party primaries, but unless it's ludicrously easy to get on the ballot at the last moment, I fail to see why it shouldn't be an option.  Granted, there seldom is a need to count them.

Write-ins pretty much only exist in the USA. But, yes, it's easy to get on the ballot. You have until 19 days before the election to get on the ballot. You must also have 50 or 100 signatures (depends of the population) and a 1000$ deposit (reimbursed if you fill correctly your financial returns and didn't spent more than legally authorized).
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian by-elections, 2014 on: November 18, 2014, 05:30:07 pm
I think a lot of Conservatives in Alberta are upset with the Harper government and are staying home in droves with these by-elections. The Macleod by-election had low turnout too at 20%. 

Maybe out east, but in Alberta I'd attribute to not giving a f[inks]. Hell, I'd seriously debate getting off my butt to vote in a rural Alberta by-election Tongue
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There is some discontent with Harper in rural Alberta. Some think he isn't right-wing enough or not doing doing enough against abortions/homosexuals, but your point probably explain a larger share of abstension.
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever been spanked, beaten or otherwise abused ... on: November 18, 2014, 02:03:31 am
No, but I had a teacher dropping dictionnaries next to the ears of sleeping students.
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who do you support in the raging sexism battle in the Absurdity thread? on: November 18, 2014, 01:50:38 am
Neither. They both sound like caricatures.
7  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian by-elections, 2014 on: November 18, 2014, 01:45:29 am
And Yellowhead

Turnout: 16.06%

Jim Eglinski (Conservative): 7884 votes (62.6%) (-14.4)
Ryan Heinz Maguhn (Liberal): 2518 votes (20.0%) (+17.1)
Eric Rosendahl (NDP): 1203 votes (9.5%) (-3.6)
Dean Williams (Independent): 622 votes (4.9%)
Cory Lystang (Libertarian): 374 votes (3.0%)
8  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Astrological Composition of the 114th Congress on: November 18, 2014, 01:13:38 am
I have the same birthday as Ed Perlmutter and Matt Cartwright.

Lucky you. I have Tom McClintock and, for one more month and half, Phil Gingrey.

So do Tender Branson and Dave Leip, if I remember well.
9  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: favorite U.S. city tournament (round 1) on: November 18, 2014, 01:05:14 am
New York, NY
Los Angeles, CA
Chicago, IL
Waterbury, CT
Philadelphia, PA
Phoenix, AZ
San Antonio, TX
San Diego, CA
Manchester, NH
San Jose, CA
Austin, TX
Westminster, CO
Carlsbad, CA
San Francisco, CA
Columbus, OH
Charlotte, NC
Wilmington, NC
Detroit, MI
Downey, CA
Fargo, ND
Seattle, WA
Denver, CO
Washington, DC
Boston, MA
Peoria, IL
Baltimore, MD
Springfield, IL
Ann Arbor, MI
Portland, OR
Las Vegas, NV
Milwaukee, WI
Albuquerque, NM
Allentown, PA
Vallejo, CA
Athens, GA
Long Beach, CA
Santa Clara, CA
Evansville, IN
Virginia Beach, VA
Atlanta, GA
Surprise, AZ
Omaha, NE
Raleigh, NC
Miami, FL
Hartford, CT
Minneapolis, MN
Simi Valley, CA
Stamford, CT
Wichita, KS
Arlington, TX
New Orleans, LA
Thornton, CO
Tampa, FL
Honolulu, HI
Aurora, CO
Anaheim, CA
Santa Ana, CA
Cedar Rapids, IA
Thousand Oaks, CA
Corpus Christi, TX
Miramar, FL
New Haven, CT
Anchorage, AK
Stockton, CA
Cincinnati, OH
St Paul, MN
Bellevue, WA
Greensboro, NC
Newark, NJ
Hampton, VA
Henderson, NV
Lincoln, NE
Buffalo, NY
Jersey City, NJ
Chula Vista, CA
Fort Wayne, IN
Orlando, FL
Dayton, OH
Chandler, AZ
Syracuse, NY
Norfolk, VA
Durham, NC
Madison, WI
Lakewood, CO
Bridgeport, CT
Winston-Salem, NC
Sunnyvale, CA
Joliet, IL
Kansas City, KS
Reno, NV
Chesapeake, VA
Alexandria, VA
Baton Rouge, LA
Cary, NC
Pomona, CA
Hayward, CA
Fremont, CA
Boise, ID
Springfield, MA
Salinas, CA
Palmdale, CA
Eugene, OR
Rochester, NY
Des Moines, IA
Salem, OR
Fayetteville, NC
Tacoma, WA
Oxnard, CA
Fontana, CA
Sioux Falls, SD
Cape Coral, FL
Vancouver, WA
Ontario, CA
Aurora, IL
Yonkers, NY
Akron, OH
Huntington Beach, CA
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Augusta, GA
Oceanside, CA
Glendale, CA
Garden Grove, CA
Providence, RI
Salt Lake City, UT
Tallahassee, FL
Brownsville, TX
Newport News, VA
Worcester, MA



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10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian by-elections, 2014 on: November 18, 2014, 12:22:20 am
Counting finished in Whitby-Oshawa.

Turnout: 31.76%

Pat Perkins (Conservative): 17033 votes (49.2%) (-9.2)
Celina Caesar-Chavannes (Liberal): 14082 votes (40.7%) (+26.6)
Trish McAuliffe (NDP): 2800 votes (8.1%) (-14.2)
Craig Cameron (Green): 496 votes (1.4%) (-3.5)
John "The Engineer" Turmel (Independent): 107 votes (0.3%)
Josh Borenstein (Independent): 87 votes (0.3%)
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Snow driving... on: November 16, 2014, 10:39:20 pm
Wimps!

I don't think they are wimps. If anything, it's dangerous because of the other drivers which can't drive on ice/snow. It takes practice and they don't have it.
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Romania 2014 - 2/16 November 2014 on: November 16, 2014, 06:14:51 pm
Good, after Ponta attempted to fraud the election in embassies.
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: November 2014 Special At-large Senate Election on: November 16, 2014, 06:12:22 pm
AT-LARGE SENATE (to fill one vacancy)

[1] Bacon King of Oceania
The People's Party

[4] Cris of Kansas
Federalist Party

[3] Poirot of New York
Independent

[5] rpryor03 of New Jersey
National Party

[2] SomebodyWhoExists of Quebec
Labor Party
14  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: British Columbia Municipal Elections 2014 on: November 16, 2014, 04:10:55 am
Robertson wins by a 10084 votes majority. I would call it a relative success for Vision. They won the important races, but not the school board nor the park commission. 83529 for Vision, 73443 for NPA, 16791 for COPE.

Council: Vision 6, NPA 3, Green 1. Ironically, the Vision candidates are ranked 5th to 10th, NPA 2nd to 4th and the Green topped the poll by 6000 votes.

Park Commission: NPA 4, Green 2, Vision 1. Vision topped the poll (not than it helped them)
School board: Vision 4, NPA 4, Green 1. Vision was less than 200 votes away from outright majority.
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: British Columbia Municipal Elections 2014 on: November 16, 2014, 01:06:24 am
With 52/129, Robertson leads by 3000 votes (30400 to 26545), with 6051 votes for COPE.

Council is (with 52/129) NPA (Vision Vancouver) 6, NPA 3, Green 1. The Green candidate is topping the vote by 1500 votes, followed by Affleck and Ball from NPA, 3 Vision, 1 NPA, 3 Vision. The fight for the 10th place is between a Vision and a NPA candidate (20698 to 20041), so roughly 650 votes.
16  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: ESA's Philae spacecraft to land on comet tomorrow on: November 15, 2014, 11:05:03 pm

At the same time, any website publishing that kind of s*** is probably nor worth the time.
17  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: McCain: 55-year old Loretta Lynch "a very outsanding young woman" on: November 15, 2014, 10:47:52 pm
Appears it is time to primary Mccain, who wants Holder's twin to become AG.

How do you figure? Outside of voter ID laws, she seems a lot better than Holder, she is a FF. This pick is probably the best pick he could've made to satisfy the Republicans.

She is not a Tea Partier, hence, she is a socialist. Same for McCain.
18  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: France General Discussion II: Living under Marxism on: November 15, 2014, 12:24:32 am
What's going on with Melonchon and Assassins Creed?

The game depicts Robespierre as an evil dictator, but, for some reason, the far-left in France likes to consider him like an hero.
19  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Sweden Considering Sexism Labels For Video Games on: November 14, 2014, 10:38:14 pm
Current video game rating system is a joke. Adding another layer of it won't do any good.
20  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: House approves Keystone Pipeline....onto the Senate on: November 14, 2014, 03:29:55 pm
Why bothering? Nobody in their right minds will build a pipeline right now.
21  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: English Proficiency Index: Danes are the best non-native English-speakers on: November 14, 2014, 03:22:13 pm
Do you guys learn English English or American English or some third thing?  Is the big piece of metal that covers your engine of you car a hood or a bonnet?  Is the thing out back a boot or a trunk?  When it's dark out, do you grab a flashlight or a torch?  When getting in the box to take you to a different floor is at an elevator or a lift?

It may be like Quebec. The teacher ends up "deciding" (in fact, the region he comes from decide). A British talks British, an American talks American and a Canadian talks "Canadian" (a wierd mix of American and British). All forms are accepted on exams, obviously, so you can write color or colour, whatever you like.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Atlas posters from sub-Saharan Africa? on: November 14, 2014, 06:56:24 am
And, if anything, people able to speak and read English are likely educated and likely to have already traveled out of China, so, it wouldn't have much impact on them.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: First snowfall of the year, boys and girls on: November 13, 2014, 11:15:29 pm
Yes, one week ago.
24  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian by-elections, 2014 on: November 13, 2014, 10:03:14 pm
Sask Party easily winning in Lloydminster. My theory of a Liberal resurgence has fizzled, they are behind the dormant PC Party candidate so far!

With 31/45, it's SP 73, NDP 19, PC 3, Lib 3, Grn 2.
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Weird dreams you've had involving politicians on: November 13, 2014, 03:04:14 am
Back in July I had a nightmare that Thad Cochran became President.

On a funnier note, I once had a dream that Jarl Balgruuf from Skyrim was my state's Governor.

Would probably be an improvement, but I suspect he would dislike the democratic system.
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