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51  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: U.N. Passes Resolution Against Israel Settlements, U.S. Abstains on: December 25, 2016, 02:52:32 am
Lmao @ the lefties here devaluing the A-word more and more by the minute. It's almost as worthless as "racist" nowadays. No one cares anymore. Good job, thank you!

I don't have any problem with the US acting and voting in their own interests, just as every single other nation does.
No smart person ever expects the U.S. (or any country, for that matter) to act altruistically. The point is that Obama's foreign policy of screwing over the U.S.' allies and aiding its enemies is not really in the country's interest at all.
The US is often the only major country in the world that stands up for Israel in the UN General Assembly. Don't even try to act like we haven't supported them. Even in this rare instance, this was an abstention.

Explain how angering an ally, destabilizing the peace process further, and putting defunding the UN on the table a month before the change of Presidents helped anyone.

It's hard to destabilize a process that does not exist.
52  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: U.N. Passes Resolution Against Israel Settlements, U.S. Abstains on: December 24, 2016, 03:17:02 am
Shame to see so many people supporting a racist ideology against Palestinian and Arab people, so deplorable. One day the world will see the Israel settlement for what is, colonialism, and apartheid against people of a different race.

Sigh....here we go again! The Palestinians have been using terror and destruction to attempt to strike fear into Israelis for years.  They have no interest in peace at all.  Indeed, in the 90s, Israel and Palestine were closer to peace than ever before....but a Palestinian assassin had to ruin it by killing Yitzak Rabin, the prime minister of Israel.  The Palestinians hate the Jewish people...but they aren't the racists, people like me are.  Unbelievable....SMH.  Sad

He was killed by an extremist Jew, but why get facts get in the way of rhetoric...
53  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: U.N. Passes Resolution Against Israel Settlements, U.S. Abstains on: December 23, 2016, 08:45:42 pm
They should be evacuated and bombed.
Ask weed man to do it. But only if you like a mushroom cloud in your backyard.

You're aware any threat to throw a nuclear bomb on the West will probably cause the extinction of the Jewish people? West would stop protecting you against Arabs and there would be en explosion in anti-semitic crimes.

We all know than, internatonally, the best for Israel would be a sign a peace deal and then loudly complain about every violation by Palestinians until it fell down. Created a ton of goodwill towards them in the 90's. Confronting the West is going to deal you nowhere.
54  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: U.N. Passes Resolution Against Israel Settlements, U.S. Abstains on: December 23, 2016, 08:31:00 pm
Settlements are an invasion of a foreign country by Israel. Should France start building towns in Belgium?

They should be evacuated and bombed.
55  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: In Portugal, CDS-PP youth wing wants sexual abstinence to be teached at school. on: December 22, 2016, 04:03:49 am
...okay? Would this be abstinence-only or just adding abstinence to a list of other options? Your translation makes it sound like the latter, which doesn't strike me as weird at all, especially in a curriculum where people learn how to use a condom at ten.

Because abstinence isn't a contraception method?

Is not driving a car safety feature?

Where I come from, sex ed classes teach many things that don't fall under the category "contraception method," such as the right to say no to unwanted sexual advances, the physical changes of puberty, and symptoms and treatments for common STDs. The fact that not having sex is an option for the most prudent and/or morally conservative among us seems like a fairly natural outgrowth of the first of these things, does it not?

I agree with not wanting to teach abstinence as the only possibility, and understand not wanting to moralize by teaching it as the most desirable possibility. But why the hell would anybody object to teaching it as a possibility, unless they were just trying to unthinkingly rack up culture war points at all costs? What exactly are people afraid of? Is the concern that Albert Mohler has put a Taboo from Harry Potter on the word "abstinence," such that if you say it in a health class he'll materialize in Portugal and whisk you away to a Baptist summer camp in 2004?

Well, in my sex ed course, years ago, they asked us to name contraception methods, I named abstinence and the nurse explodedm saying it's not valid since, in the heat of the moment, things happen anyways and is inefficient unless you have iron will, which is usually not the case of teenagers.

Then, that nurse said later than everyone tries having sex with both genders and then choose afterwards, so, I wouldn't trust her judgement 100%.
56  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: In Portugal, CDS-PP youth wing wants sexual abstinence to be teached at school. on: December 22, 2016, 02:06:31 am
...okay? Would this be abstinence-only or just adding abstinence to a list of other options? Your translation makes it sound like the latter, which doesn't strike me as weird at all, especially in a curriculum where people learn how to use a condom at ten.

Because abstinence isn't a contraception method?

Is not driving a car safety feature?
57  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Why are parties that call themselves "Centre" almost always actually right wing? on: December 14, 2016, 10:27:55 pm
On the subject, the French Nouveau Centre (New Centre) is now called Les Centristes (The Centrists).
58  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Conservative Party of Canada Leadership Race Megathread-May 27th 2017 on: December 12, 2016, 03:31:23 pm
I was sorta joking about the translator thing, but it was done in 1993, maybe '97 for Manning. To me a bilingual leader is non-negotiable. That's partially why after this debate I decided to switch to Scheer.

Wasn't really an issue because Reform had almost no candidate east of the Ontario. Most of them only got Alliance candidates in 2000.
59  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French presidential election, April 23rd & May 7th, 2017 on: December 11, 2016, 06:31:30 pm
Combined centre-left 44%?! Never.

44? I only see 29.
60  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: NDP Leadership Convention 2017 (2018) on: December 11, 2016, 06:23:36 pm
"Jesus announces run for NDP Leadership"

.... Does he speak French fluently? No? DISQUALIFIED.

Speaking some amount of French is important, that's clear, but to be completely disqualifying or qualifying candidates as Leader based on that sole attribute, even if it is important, is reckless.

Canada is a bilingual country. Do you wish for Quebec independance? That would the result of yout utterly ignorant proposal.
61  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: December 2016 House Election on: December 11, 2016, 05:21:10 pm
[8] 1184AZ (Federalist-FL)
[2] Cashew (Labor-CA)
[10] Enduro (Federalist-PA)
[5] NeverAgain (Labor-VA)
[4] Peebs (Labor-NC)
[7] Republitarian/Goldwater (Federalist-UT)
[12] Santander (Federalist-AL)
[11] Secure America/Heisenberg (Federalist-NM)
[1] Siren (Independent-PR)
[6] Southern Gothic (Labor-LA)
[9] tedbessell (Federalist-CA)
[3] wolfentoad66 (Labor-CA)
62  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Fremont December Senate Election on: December 11, 2016, 05:18:12 pm
[1]LLR (POP-CO)
[2]Potus (FED-CA)
[3]Wulfric (UA-AZ)
63  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: NDP Leadership Convention 2017 (2018) on: December 10, 2016, 09:21:06 pm
Having a bilingual leader in all parties was a most for the 3 last decades, I don't see why that would change (unless we want to give credibility to Anglophones public servants protesting than bilinguism is fascism and discriminatory).

You want to become Canada PM? Take intensive French courses right now.
64  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Beet's switching allegiances from D to R? on: December 10, 2016, 03:52:47 am
Who cares, we will all die from Ebola soon (according to Beet).
65  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: 2017 British Columbia election on: December 09, 2016, 04:01:57 pm
Well, such results are normal with such a loaded question.
66  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Conservative Party of Canada Leadership Race Megathread-May 27th 2017 on: December 08, 2016, 04:48:10 pm
No translators. If the Conservative leader isn't able to debate in French, he shouldn't be invited to French debates.
67  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: NDP Leadership Convention 2017 (2018) on: December 07, 2016, 11:14:49 pm
Ah, Justin Trudeau's puppet.

What are the odds he says to vote Liberal to beat Conservatives in 2019?
68  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone IV - Hungover on: December 06, 2016, 09:49:25 pm
One of my professors decided to be cute with his final. Instead of a 4 hour thing like everyone else, he decided to give us a full week...to write a minimum of 27,000 characters. So now I have 3 days to write 16 pages minimum comparing how a Burkini ban would work in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the equivalent action in the French legal system. While at the same time preparing for three other exams that are all within a week. AND since this is law school 100% of your grade comes from the exam; doing poorly on any of them means doing bad in the class.

Not good!

Making anyone write about the disaster that's the French legal system is bad, even without a task that big.
69  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French presidential election, April 23rd & May 7th, 2017 on: December 06, 2016, 05:19:22 pm
Macron is backed by a wing of the center-right UDI. He is not on the left, why would he run in the socialist primary?

backgrounds like that are usually ....telling.
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Macron was a member of the Socialist Party (PS) from 2006 to 2009. In 2015, during an interview on BFM TV, he said that he wasn't a member of the PS any more.[9] From 2012 to 2014, he was deputy secretary general of the Élysée, a senior role in President Hollande's staff.[8] He was appointed Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Data in the second Valls Cabinet on 26 August 2014, replacing Arnaud Montebourg.

but he made it clear anyway he runs on his own.



He was left-wing, but is clearly signaling a shift to center(-right). Just looks who supports him and what he proposes.
70  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian by-elections, 2016 (next event: Quebec provincial byelections [Dec 5]) on: December 06, 2016, 03:02:18 pm
Arthabaska (turnout: 43.14%)
Éric Lefebvre (CAQ) 11316 votes (43.96%; -1.53)
Luc Dastous (PLQ) 7095 votes (27.56%; -2.65)
Jacques Daigle (PQ) 4318 votes (16.77%; -0.30)
Guy Morin (Conservative) 1210 votes (4.70%; +3.59)
Sarah Beaudoin (QS) 929 votes (3.61%; -1.60)
Alex Tyrrell (Green) 543 votes (2.11%; +1.21)
Émilie Charbonneau (Option Nationale) 160 votes (0.62%)
Christine Lavoie (Independentist Party) 115 votes (0.45%)
Suzanne Cantin (Autonomist Team) 58 votes (0.23%)

Marie-Victorin (turnout: 25.71%)
Catherine Fournier (PQ) 6302 votes (52.49%; +14.32)
Carl Lévesque (QS) 1703 votes (14.19%; +2.63)
Julie Chapdelaine (CAQ) 1699 votes (14.15%; -6.45)
Normand Parisien (PLQ) 1613 votes (13.44%; -12.61)
Vincent Carbonneau (Green) 315 votes (2.62%; +0.30)
Fabien Villemaire (Option Nationale) 109 votes (0.91%; +0.11)
Roch Dumont (Labour) 101 votes (0.84%)
Hoang Nam Nguyen (Conservative) 90 votes (0.75%)
Shirley Cedent (Change Integrity for Our Québec) 30 votes (0.25%)
Florent Portron (Autonomist Team) 22 votes (0.18%; +0.04)
Étienne Turgeon Pelletier (Independentist Party) 21 votes (0.17%)

Saint-Jérôme (turnout: 33.95%)
Marc Bourcier (PQ) 9151 votes (46.25%; +9.44)
Bruno Laroche (CAQ) 7016 votes (35.46%; +3.94)
Naömie Goyette (PLQ) 2092 votes (10.57%; -9.39)
Marcel Gosselin (QS) 867 votes (4.38%; -6.38)
Émilianne Lépine (Green) 407 votes (2.06%)
Olivier Lamanque Galarneau (Option Nationale) 88 votes (0.44%; -0.10)
Sébastien Roy (Conservative) 67 votes (0.34%; -0.07)
Sengtiane Trempe (Independentist Party) 40 votes (0.20%)
Éric Émond (Change Integrity for Our Québec) 34 votes (0.17%)
Louis Chandonnet (Autonomist Team) 23 votes (0.12%)

Verdun (turnout: 29.15%)
Isabelle Melançon (PLQ) 5116 votes (35.61%; -14.98)
Richard Langlais (PQ) 3900 votes (27.15%; +2.78)
Véronique Martineau (QS) 2669 votes (18.58%; +8.93)
Ginette Marotte (CAQ) 1829 votes (12.73%; +0.50)
David Cox (Green) 615 votes (4.28%; +2.18)
Frédéric Dénommé (Option Nationale) 115 votes (0.80%; +0.33)
David Girard (Conservative) 94 votes (0.65%)
Sébastien Poirier (Autonomist Team) 27 votes (0.19%)
71  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics 2.0 (Presidential runoff re-vote: 4 Dec. 2016) on: December 06, 2016, 01:27:51 pm
Official final results, with all postal ballots counted:

53.8% VdB (+3.5%)
46.2% Hofer

Turnout: 74.2% (+1.5%)

http://wahl16.bmi.gv.at
I was at a restaurant a while back, and there was something odd about the waiter's name on the receipt, which caused me to ask what his name was (I can't remember what struck me as odd).

But anyhow he said that his last name was Van Something, and that it was Dutch. He then offered that it had actually been Von Something, but that an ancestor (perhaps his great-grandfather had ended up in the Netherlands after World War II and changed the name, and subsequently immigrated to the United States. He also said it was a family secret that the ancestor had done some bad things during WWII - he didn't provide details, and said it was not a source of family pride.

So I was wondering about Van der Bellen. I found the answer in the Wikipedia.

So my question does his name have any impact on Austrian electoral perceptions? (e.g. that he isn't really Austrian, etc.?)



Netherlands was part of the Hapsburg Empire, at a point.
72  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French presidential election, April 23rd & May 7th, 2017 on: December 06, 2016, 01:25:12 pm
New poll: http://www.ifop.com/media/poll/3576-1-study_file.pdf
Nov 28-Dec 3

Fillon 27.5%, Le Pen 24%, Macron 13.5%, Mélenchon 12.5%, Valls 10%

Fillon 65%, Le Pen 35%
Macron 62%, Le Pen 38%

In other words, if Macron ran in the Socialist primary and he and Valls agreed to back whihc of them won - there is a chance that either Macron or Valls could beat LePen and get into a run-off with Fillon.

Of course it won't happen but its nice to dream.

Are we sure now that Bayrou will not run?

Macron is backed by a wing of the center-right UDI. He is not on the left, why would he run in the socialist primary?
73  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian by-elections, 2016 (next event: Quebec provincial byelections [Dec 5]) on: December 05, 2016, 09:49:07 pm
Verdun called for Liberals.
74  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian by-elections, 2016 (next event: Quebec provincial byelections [Dec 5]) on: December 05, 2016, 09:34:04 pm
Keeping Verdun for the Liberals isn't really a good news, last time they lost it was in 1936.
75  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian by-elections, 2016 (next event: Quebec provincial byelections [Dec 5]) on: December 05, 2016, 09:30:22 pm
In any case, very bad night for Liberals, they are down in all ridings, and sometimes they lose half their share.
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