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1  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Explain Ukrainian politics to me on: March 28, 2017, 04:23:50 pm
Western Ukraine is fiscally conservative
Eastern Ukraine is socially conservative

It's not true. Both parts are socially conservative and fiscally liberal, as another countries of former USSR. Main differences are preferences in foreign politics (Western - EU, East - Russia), religion (Western - Ukrainian Orthodox, Greek-Catholic, Uniats, Eastern - Russian Orthodox), language (Ukranian for the West, Russian for the east) and more widely - cultural differences.

It's an inside joke, someone answered that to that very question years ago.
2  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Dijsselbloem says south europeans spend all their money in booze and women. on: March 21, 2017, 10:08:41 pm
The President of the Eurogroup is in trouble today after suggesting that south European countries spent all their money in booze and women and then ask for financial aid:

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"As a Social Democrat, I consider solidarity an extremely important value. But we also have obligations. You can not spend all the money on women and alcohol and then ask for help "

These comments have been criticized even within his own European party, the PES, who, like others, are demanding his resignation. Mr Dijsselbloem, on the other hand, is refusing to apologize and stand by his comments.

The catastrophic result of the PvdA may have been too much for him....

Well, they surely have more fun in their life than this sad, angry person.
3  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Pigfvcker Memorial Suppository for UK News: A Departure from EUtopia on: March 21, 2017, 01:41:40 am
Martin McGuinness, former Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland and former SF leader, died.
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Northern Ireland Assembly Elections: May 2017? on: March 21, 2017, 01:36:26 am
Ìn what may delay or affect government formation, Martin McGuinness, Deputy First Minister and SF leader until 2 months ago, died.
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Spanish elections and politics on: March 20, 2017, 01:41:31 am
Good to see when crypto-PP Diaz is polling badly.
6  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Paris: Muslim terrorist killed at airport, after stealing gun & injuring police on: March 19, 2017, 02:24:39 am
Disgusting. Glad nobody innocent was hurt.

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Police sources said the same man was also involved in the incident at Stains, north of the French capital, in which a policeman was shot and injured during a road check.
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So, you think that policeman wasn't innocent?
7  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Bulgarian Parliamentary Election, 26 March 2017 on: March 17, 2017, 03:16:42 pm
I've got something called ДРОМ, not really clear on what that is, but I suspect it's tiny.

Haha, ДРОМ/DROM is one of the Roma parties - specifically the party of the Kalderash subgroup, which, for whatever reasons, tends to generate most of the Roma crime in Bulgaria and Romania. Earlier they used to align themselves to DPS, but got a better deal with GERB. However, after the DROM leader got indicted for embezzlement, GERB kicked them out, so they are running alone this time. No real chance of getting anywhere near 4%, but they might win a few precincts in the Roma ghettoеs. Who was your second choice?

1. DROM
2. DOST (really, no, I hate Erdogan with a passion)
3. WHO - Bulgarian Left and Green Party
4. DPS
5. Movement for Radical Change "Bulgarian Spring"
6. New Republic
7. Yes, Bulgaria (which would probably be my vote).
8  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Bulgarian Parliamentary Election, 26 March 2017 on: March 17, 2017, 02:02:35 am
I've got something called ДРОМ, not really clear on what that is, but I suspect it's tiny.
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish independence referendum 2017? on: March 17, 2017, 01:19:03 am
Ah, May wants to lock hp everyone in her sinking Brexit ship.
10  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Great Nordic Thread on: March 14, 2017, 01:51:56 pm
Rooting for Jussi!

So, rooting for an homophobic racist?
11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Conservative Party of Canada Leadership Race Megathread-May 27th 2017 on: March 13, 2017, 03:33:22 pm
Radio-Canada is reporting on Quebec farmers becoming party members to save supply management in reaction to Bernier's policy. Scheer and Blaney have attended dairy farmers meetings.

Seems to be in the regions of Quebec City, Chaudière-Applaches, Estrie, and Montérégie. Estimation from various camps is over 2.000 farmers will have joined.

http://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1020973/la-mobilisation-des-agriculteurs-quebecois-coutera-t-elle-la-victoire-a-maxime-bernier

The party has 5,500 members in the province. And from the Montreal Gazette
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Half of Quebec’s 78 federal ridings currently have fewer than 50 Conservative members. In Gaspé riding there are five members.

I'm cautious on the influence of people who are not interested in a party who join to vote against someone. Maybe they are very motivated. Something to watch for when analyzing the results by riding. They should vote for someone unexpected, say Trost, so their vote is noticeable and stand out. I had heard the farmers union in Chaudière-Appalaches was trying to campaign against Bernier but it would be more effective if they are spread out in regions with low membership.
  

Shows the length a monopoly cartel will go to to maintain it's privilege.  These dairy farmers are a  dead weight loss.

Well, they are right. Australia broke that system and now milk is 30 to 50 cents more expensive.
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Spanish elections and politics on: March 12, 2017, 01:51:02 pm
That's true Rogier, although Spanish polls aren't very reliable. But the point i was stretching is that there is no alternative, at the moment, to Mr. Rajoy. Trying to block him could be counterproductive. Remember the 2016 election.

This hole Murcia scandal is what has stained the relations between the PP and C's. The C's wants the current President ousted and a new PP president sworn in or new elections. All of this because of the PP money schemes. If an election is held again in Murcia, polls show there would be a repetition of the 2015 election results.

Do you know who is going to run for the PSOE leadership, apart from Susana Diaz? Is she the favourite?
Pedro Sanchéz, former PSOE leader, and Patxi Lopéz, former president of the Basque Country. At the moment polls are favouring Sanchéz and Lopéz. Susana Diaz is polling in third place, perhaps because she is delaying and delaying her announcement.

But i wouldn't read to much the polls. In 2014 Sanchéz was behind, but close, to Eduardo Madina and he end up winning by more 12 points. It will be an interesting race to watch as two moderate PSOE leaders face Sanchéz who wants an approximation with Podemos.

Moderate? Diaz would be in PP if she was living elsewhere than Andalusia.
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: 11th March 2017, West Australia state Election on: March 11, 2017, 05:38:49 am
My final seat prediction: (+- 2-3)
LAB: 36
L/NP: 23


I'm pretty sure there is no L/N coalition in WA.
They are. The liberals and Nationals together has a majority of 7, while the Liberals have a majority of 0.

I'm aware they are in a coalition right now, but there is no reason to think it will hold past the election, unlike in the rest of Australia.
14  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: 11th March 2017, West Australia state Election on: March 11, 2017, 05:30:08 am
My final seat prediction: (+- 2-3)
LAB: 36
L/NP: 23


I'm pretty sure there is no L/N coalition in WA.
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: NDP Leadership Convention 2017 (2018) on: March 01, 2017, 04:13:01 pm
I'm not Canadian and it's difficult to imagine the circumstances under which I would vote NDP, but I rather liked Ashton during the last leadership race; seems she's the only repeat candidate, which is odd after having such a large and seemingly talented field last time around.

Topp: Was Chief of Staff of Alberta Premier, left in December to "put his family back together", said he would never again run for leadership.
Cullen: Bad timing (his twins are 6), but might run in later races.
Nash: Lost her seat
Dewar: Lost his seat
Singh: Failed to be elected in 2015.
Chisholm: Lost his seat
Saganash: Is leaving politics at the end of this term.
16  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Next countries to legalize Gay Marriage? (after Colombia) on: March 01, 2017, 01:54:09 am
Still no Austria. Still no Germany. Merkel sure loves these refugees more than gay people. Still no Israel either; despite the Likud government's hasbara on Tel Aviv as gay destination they aren't willing to walk the walk. Very disappointing. This is not a trivial issue.

What's the issue?
Religious Christians (OVP)
Religious Christians (CDU)
Orthodox Jews (pretty all parties in power right now but Likud)
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Hong Kong Chief Executive election, 2017 on: February 26, 2017, 07:18:26 pm
Why being politically correct and call them the "Establishment" bloc, instead of the Dictatorship bloc?
18  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Pigfvcker Memorial Suppository for UK News: A Departure from EUtopia on: February 26, 2017, 06:56:16 pm
Gerald Kaufman, Father of the House and MP since 1970 (Labour) sadly died.
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone V: Born Under A Bad Sign on: February 23, 2017, 01:04:40 am
ugh the History department have cut back the modules they're offering next term (cause ya know, at this point humanities students just fund the science building) so I've got a very slim pick of modules if they don't give me my first options

Can we trade managers with you? The Science building at my former university is from the 30's and is leaking a lot and falling apart (there is fences around the outside walls to protect people from things falling).
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: February 2017 Federal Election on: February 19, 2017, 04:49:38 pm
PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT OF ATLASIA

[2] dfwlibertylover/Goldwater
Federalist Party

[3] Maxwell/smilo
Vermont Communist Party/Harambe is a Free Gorilla Party

[1] NeverAgain/Southern Gothic
Labor Party

[4] Winfield/Poirot
Independent

[  ] Write-in:______________________________
-__________________

[  ] None of the above

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES - NINE SEATS


[3] 1184AZ of Washington
Labor Party

[1] Cashew of California
Labor Party

[8] Enduro of Pennsylvania
Federalist Party

[7] lwp2004 of Connecticut
United Alternative

[2] North Carolina Yankee of North Carolina
Federalist Party

[5] OneJ_ of Mississippi
Labor Party

[4] Peebs of North Carolina
Labor Party

[9] Potus2036 of West Virginia
Federalist Party

[11] SecureAmerica/Heisenberg of New Mexico
Federalist Party

[6] simossad of Minnesota
Labor Party

[10] tedbessell of California
Federalist Party
21  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Chris Christie in running to be next Seton Hall Univ. president on: February 19, 2017, 12:34:32 am
Fitting.

A Governor letting people die for political gain and an university letting people die because it doesn't care abour fire safety.
22  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion: Trudeau II on: February 18, 2017, 06:13:24 am
The former NDP, then BQ MP for Jonquière, Claude Patry is now a regional leader for a far-right organisation called "La Meute" (The Wolf-Pack).
23  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Rioting in France! on: February 18, 2017, 05:18:03 am
Meh, government deserves the rioting, after all it was caused by a person being raped by policemen.
It's usually not the government that's the main victim of such riots. It is ordinary people who own a shop, drive a car or happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

I am aware, it was trolling. Through, I still think government is partly responsible. I would also add there is not many shops or people driving there randomly, it's slums that makes Ferguson look wealthy and well-integrated and that everyone carefully never get close.
24  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Rioting in France! on: February 16, 2017, 11:33:21 pm
Meh, government deserves the rioting, after all it was caused by a person being raped by policemen. There is issues with French policemen since years, yet government did nothing.

It's even illegal to tape or photograph a policeman in France.
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: TSA agents busted smuggling 20 tons of coke on: February 16, 2017, 06:26:42 am
Still, from experience, TSA employees are much more friendly and helpful than their Canadian equivalent (and less paranoid).
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