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51  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)
52  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?
53  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.
54  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).
55  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: February 2017 Federal Election on: February 19, 2017, 04:49:38 pm

[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

[  ] Write-in:______________________________

[  ] None of the above


[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
56  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

A Governor letting people die for political gain and an university letting people die because it doesn't care abour fire safety.
57  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).
58  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.
59  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.
60  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).
61  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: 11th March 2017, West Australia state Election on: February 16, 2017, 05:51:16 am
It's not random, it's the work of Glenn Druery, nicknamed the preference whisperer.

He was in the founders of a small party in NSW in the mid 90's (Outdoor Recreation Party) and engineered deals with other minor parties for preferences flows for the NSW Upper House and managed to have his party win a seat, despite having 0.2% and two other small parties got seats.

Since then, he creates strategies for that in almost all elections around Australia, through his Minor Party Alliance.
62  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Conservative Party of Canada Leadership Race Megathread-May 27th 2017 on: February 16, 2017, 02:00:39 am
Having watched the Halifax debate on YouTube...I think, if I had a vote in this election, I would definitely cast my first-preference vote for Obhrai

His main issue is French. At the Quebec City debate, he read a declaration in "French" (it sounded more like some sounds vaguely sounding French and was incomprehensible).
63  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Freedom Caucus wants to repeal ObamaCare now, replace later on: February 14, 2017, 03:19:35 pm
Again, there is not the votes for that in the Senate.

Democrats + Republicans not supporting repeal now, replace later > 50.
64  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: I smell blood is in the water... on: February 14, 2017, 03:17:51 pm
We recently had the first poll since 2009 saying that the country is moving in the right direction, so I think Atlas is all just wishful thinking from Democrats right now.

For the first time since 2005, 50% say the country is headed in the right direction. Just before the election, only 40% thought so. A big driver of this gain came from independents: Just 29% were satisfied with the country's direction last fall, compared with 50% now.

That poll also had Trump winning the popular vote through most of the campaign, unlike other polls. It's fair to say it has a partisan lean.
65  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion: Trudeau II on: February 11, 2017, 03:46:08 pm
That would be a great chart to stick in instinctive America bashers' faces.

Quite so, although it wold confirm the biases of our instinctive Quebec bashers Tongue

The mosque monitoring and headscarf bans are particularly worrying. How on earth can we claim to be 'progressive' and want to monitor minority religions and tell them what to wear?!

Calling the average Quebecois "progressive" is most likely the mistake.
66  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: BREAKING: Appeals court denies Trump administration request to reinstate ban on: February 09, 2017, 08:08:03 pm
And here's where Trump's tweets and commentary have come to bite him in the arse. Apparently in their view it runs afoul of the Lemon test, and thus, the First Amendment. They're also arguing there's Fifth amendment issues here.

Anyway, the fun money quote:

"The States argue that the Executive Order violates the Establishment and Equal Protection Clauses because it was intended to disfavor Muslims. In support of this argument, the States have offered evidence of numerous statements by the President about his intent to implement a “Muslim ban"as well as evidence they claim suggests that the Executive Order was intended to be that ban, including sections 5(b) and 5(e) of the Order."

Out of interest when was it that SCOTUS ruled that the Equal Protection Clause applies to non-Citizens, since that seems to be necessary to claim that in order to make this case.

Well, while the early parts of the clause refers to citizens, the two last parts says "any person".

Are you trying to argue non-citizens are not persons?
67  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: BREAKING: Appeals court denies Trump administration request to reinstate ban on: February 09, 2017, 07:51:56 pm
The Constitution is extremely clear that the President of the United States has the authority to do these things in the interests of national security.

Period. That isn't debatable. Remember, the Constitution is not an evolving document.

I think it's why they are judges and not you.

They understand law, and you don't. It's simple as that.

Trump is free to ask Congress to pass laws or to start the process for a constituonnal amendment, however.
68  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Gorsuch: Trump's "so-called judge" comment "disheartening" and "demoralizing" on: February 08, 2017, 07:07:37 pm
Would Trump be able to withdraw the nomination?

I suspect that would annoy Congress Republicans pretty much.
69  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion 2.0 on: February 06, 2017, 12:54:47 am
Cory Bernardi is leaving the Liberal Party.

To sit as an independent, to join One Nation, or to start his own political movement?
He'll be creating the Conservative party, or, at least, that's what I have been reading.

EDIT: from what I am seeing, the new party will be called the Australian Conservative Party. This is the logo for that party on Bernadi's site

Any odds of that working?
70  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Saskatchewan provincial election 2015/2016 (more likely in 2016) on: February 01, 2017, 10:57:42 pm
Huh, just noticed that the Sask Liberals actually won a couple of (First Nations bands) polls in Rosthern-Shellbrook. Weird they couldn't replicate that success in any of the other reserves in the province.

Candidate was a local First Nation member.
71  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: How would the Canadian provinces vote in the US elections? on: January 26, 2017, 09:22:53 pm
Wouldn't Ontario be more of a "swing state" due to its large cities and large amount of rural population, also given the fact much of Ontario votes Conservative outside of Toronto?

Ontarian cities vote Liberal, rural areas vote Conservative, the overall winner is determinated by who wins the suburbs of Toronto.

Trump did quite bad in suburbs, so it would have voted Clinton.
72  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion: Trudeau II on: January 26, 2017, 05:27:10 pm
Internal trade deal reached.

Polling: Nanos has E-Day numbers & Forum 42/36/12, Grits +5 in BC, +21 here & +2 in ON.

I somehow doubt a poll which has Lib+2 in Ontario and NDP on 13% in Quebec.
73  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian Provincial Redistribution, 2017 on: January 24, 2017, 12:49:20 pm
Might have to add Nova Scotia, as the court ruled the abolition of the 3 protected Acadian ridings by the previous government was unconstitutionnal.
74  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Politics and Elections in the Netherlands: GE March 15, 2017 on: January 23, 2017, 04:59:33 pm
Is 50plus (the Partys leadership, not the electorate) closer to the Right (anti-EU, EU-sceptical, against Islam, against mass immigration) or the Left (pro-EU, against own country and People, pro mass immigration, loving Islam)?

In other words, despite rhetoric in the election campaign, is it possible to form a government with PVV, VVD, 50plus, CU e.g.?
50Plus would probably be willing to cooperate with the PVV, yes. Their leadership doesn't have any real views, just a hardon for power. They will do whatever is needed to win votes, and a coalition with the PVV may be a successful way to do so as such a government would give freebies to the elderly anyway. However, a coalition including both CU and PVV is very much impossible. The CU are very much anti-Wilders. They were opposed to the inclusion of the PVV in the Rutte-I government and their left-wing views on issues such as immigration, asylum and the environment really don't match the PVV's approach. And, of course, Mark Rutte has -- for now... -- closed the door to cooperation with the PVV too.

Thank you, always astonishing that These hard-core Christians are doing anything to get their culture abolished and destroyed.

Not really, they have more in common with hardcore Muslims than they do with secular atheists.
75  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Fremont Voting Booth: January 2017 Special Election on: January 22, 2017, 09:01:13 pm
ONE (1) Senator to be elected.
[2] Republitarian of Utah
Federalist Party
[1] Siren of Nevada
[   ] Write-in
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