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51  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Catalan Independence Referendum (with FREE constitutional crisis!) on: October 14, 2014, 04:11:43 pm
I see than Rajoy is proudly embrasing the Franco's heritage of his party.
52  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Islamic State vs. The World (except Canada) on: October 14, 2014, 01:37:19 am
So why doesn't Turkey want to help this Kurd village?

You could equally ask why doesn't the US or the UK or France want to help this Kurd village?  If it's going to take ground forces to save it, then why is it Turkey's responsibility alone to take care of it?


People ask about Turkey because it's very near of their border.
53  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of fighting in hockey on: October 14, 2014, 01:16:54 am
I support a very gradual phase-out, over one decade or two.
54  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Islamic State vs. The World (except Canada) on: October 14, 2014, 01:12:16 am
So why doesn't Turkey want to help this Kurd village?

They are afraid of their own Muslims (which are strong Erdogan voters, too).

More likely because they dislike their own Kurds (who certainly don't vote for Erdogan).

I suspect than Erdogan prefer dealing with Kurds rather than with IS, through.
55  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Islamic State vs. The World (except Canada) on: October 14, 2014, 12:47:43 am
So why doesn't Turkey want to help this Kurd village?

They are afraid of their own Muslims (which are strong Erdogan voters, too).
56  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of "once a year" Native American activists on: October 12, 2014, 11:31:27 pm
What about Knights of Columbus?
57  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: What are the saftey Nazis going after this week? on: October 12, 2014, 11:25:37 pm
Do we have any Atlasians who are so deranged as to want the banning of swings? I bet we have one.

That's not the school board which is deranged. It's the laywers and the judges. If some kid get injuried while using the swing, they will have to pay hundreds of thousantds or perhaps even millions in damage.
You can get hurt doing anything. Every single action has an underlying danger. How can a child falling off a swing be able to win damages when the only parties involved are the child and the swing, an inanimate object. It's not like a person developing cancer through illegal chemical dumping-IE the actions of another individual. Can we sue over lightening strikes now?

One can argue than it's the fault of the school board. You shouldn't get injuried while using a swing. Either it's the kid who did an error (he did something he wasn't supposed to do), either it's the school board (the swing was unsafe, the surroundings were unsafe...).

And, even if they are wrongly sued, they still have to pay a lawyer and the like. Ever heard of "compensation culture" and "tort reform"?
58  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Gamergate on: October 12, 2014, 11:00:25 pm
At the same time, that disaster is going since August, and lots of people got involved in it for not really related reason.

A attacks B. The words used offend C and D. D answers by attacking A, offending E in the process (not hard to do, considering there was already tensions in the video game area).

There is plenty of people on both sides, much having nothing to do with the initial problem, but still fighting that battle because there is someone they hate or who offended them on the other side.

It's silly, it looks like one of those Middle Ages wars nobody had a clue why they fought or fought because the other side allied with their nemesis.
59  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: What do you make of Leon Panetta's comments on Barack Obama's leadership? on: October 12, 2014, 10:21:10 pm
It's nice to have people like Panetta legitimize my existing opinion, but he doesn't really change anything. It's very clear Obama isn't the best decision-maker when it comes to foreign policy.

Indeed. So much better than Mr. "Let's destroy our relation with US because they don't approve Keystone".
60  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: And now...Alaska on: October 12, 2014, 05:58:46 pm
Any comment from our dear Sarah?
61  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: France General Discussion II: Living under Marxism on: October 12, 2014, 05:57:09 pm
In other news, Dupont-Aignan "gaullist" cult party "Debout la République" (Arise the Republic) renamed itself "Debout la France" (Arise the France).
62  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: What are the saftey Nazis going after this week? on: October 11, 2014, 07:40:17 pm
Do we have any Atlasians who are so deranged as to want the banning of swings? I bet we have one.

That's not the school board which is deranged. It's the laywers and the judges. If some kid get injuried while using the swing, they will have to pay hundreds of thousantds or perhaps even millions in damage.
63  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Congressman Don Young (R-AK) threatens to murder his opponent on: October 06, 2014, 10:24:12 pm
The local prosecutor isn't doing his job. That guy should be prosecuted for death threats very quickly.
64  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: SCOTUS rejects all SSM petitions on: October 06, 2014, 04:56:15 pm
Wasn't there one court that upheld a SMM ban? Or did that get that get overturned by a higher court?

Yes (it think it was Louisiana), but that was appealed to the Circuit Court, which didn't ruled yet on it.
65  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Brazil Election - 5 October 2014 on: October 06, 2014, 02:43:52 am
Looks like Dilma will face a tough runoff ...

Not so sure. It seems than most voters swinging between and Silva and Neves finally picked Neves. The remaining Silva voters are more likely to prefer Dilma to Neves.
66  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Brazil Election - 5 October 2014 on: October 06, 2014, 02:07:33 am
A near 6% of invalid votes and 4% of blank votes add up to just less than 10% spoiled ballots : a whole hell of a lot ! Is it always similar in brazilian elections ? Why is that ?

Mandatory voting is probably a big cause.
67  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: White mother sues sperm bank for reparations for her black child on: October 04, 2014, 05:51:46 pm
If the court has any common sense, this case will be dismissed, citing lack of responsibility by sperm banks to catalog and sell gametes.

That doesn't make any sense.

Burden of proof is on the plaintiff. What legal duty does a sperm bank owe to the clients, beyond delivering human sperm? The sperm donor is not under any obligation to provide DNA to the court for testing. The integrity of the product is unenforceable; therefore, I'd argue that the sperm bank has no legal duty to deliver anything other than viable human sperm.

It would depend on the contract (if they deliver sperm or "sperm from the chosen entry of the catalogue"). Non-criminal lawsuits aren't based on "beyond reasonable doubt", but on "preponderance of the proof" and the kid being black gives an huge preponderance to the plaintiff.
68  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: White mother sues sperm bank for reparations for her black child on: October 04, 2014, 05:49:09 pm
How is it even legal to ask for sperm from a particular racial group? That's clearly discrimination.

You know, it works with huge catalogs with long list of characteristics about the donor.

Per se, the legal issue isn't than the kid is black. It's than she picked someone in the catalogue and got the sperm from someone else (the kid being black is clear proof they did an error).
69  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: HockeyDude!: Cultural Learnings Of USA For Make Better Great State of New Jersey on: October 04, 2014, 01:24:59 am
This image is hilarious!



LMAO! Could you imagine the driver's reaction when someone comes to him bitching about the Free Wifi being slow? 

Pestering a person operating a large moving vehicle with dozens of passengers about WiFi seems like a needlessly dangerous thing to do. What could the driver do about it anyway? Pull the bus over and fix it himself?

In the Quebec long-distance bus, they say the same, and people actually did during a trip. The driver had just forgot to put the switch (next to him) to on. So, he solved the issue.
70  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Islamic State vs. The World (except Canada) on: October 03, 2014, 03:55:44 pm
I suppose we can change the title. Canada will go (if all goes well).

Canada will send 600 soldiers and 6 planes. Sure, it still has to pass Parliament (debate and vote is scheduled for Monday) and they would be ready to act in Iraq in three weeks.

All opposition parties are against, but Conservatives have a majority.
71  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Reza Aslan absolutely destroys CNN and Bill Maher on Muslim violence on: October 03, 2014, 12:54:16 am
Well, I stand by my theory.

The Crusades. Around 1300 years after the beginning of Christianism.
Now. Around 1300 years after the beginning of Islam.

This is the Muslim Crusades.

This argument is always interesting to me, because it always sounds like an attempt to dismiss the violence as a necessary part of the cycle, just because 800 years ago Christianity was pretty violent. Is your implication that every religion has to go through a Crusade-like period?

I won't go so far as to say that Islam is necessarily violent. But the reality is, it doesn't matter what Christianity (or any other religion) did 800 years ago. If Christians were still calling for holy wars now, it would be just as fair to criticize them for preaching violence. But this is the 21st century, and they aren't.

I don't dismiss it and remember than Muslims fought back during Crusades. We must fight back when attacked, but violence in itself won't stop extremism. Arabic World must go through an "Enlightment" period. Religion must be fought by Knowledge.
72  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Reza Aslan absolutely destroys CNN and Bill Maher on Muslim violence on: October 03, 2014, 12:23:11 am
Well, I stand by my theory.

The Crusades. Around 1300 years after the beginning of Christianism.
Now. Around 1300 years after the beginning of Islam.

This is the Muslim Crusades.
73  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: October 02, 2014, 03:34:52 am
Tasmania could introduce extremely draconian smoking laws...

I don't smoke myself, and wouldn't personally (don't mind the smell, but don't want heart attacks or bad teeth) but this is clearly a recipe for disaster...

Restricting access to tobacco is a bad idea in my opinion, considering it will just create another black & grey market alike, could result in more people turning to illicit drugs, and opens up the scary avenue for restricting/banning alcohol and fast food. While tobacco is VERY different to say, a bucket of fried chicken or a pint of beer, in that there's second-hand smoke, it still seems absurd to deny adults the right to buy and use tobacco.

That's an article from 2012!
74  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: California Adopts 'Yes Means Yes' Sexual Assault Rule on: September 30, 2014, 11:05:43 pm
This thread is a train wreck what the Christ did nobody else notice Mortimer claiming that spousal rape doesn't exist - by telling a story about how his friend was spousally raped??

Well, it's a good idea of letting him talk, he is doing a good job for justifying the law.
75  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: California Adopts 'Yes Means Yes' Sexual Assault Rule on: September 30, 2014, 10:52:14 pm
Obviously if you agree to a drink and say "NO" you mean "NO"

but if you agree to a drink and you don't say anything, you will come off as being coy, and that's probably your intention unless you're mentally ill or an idiot.

You're the living proof than that law is needed.
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