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51  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: UK General Discussion II on: October 31, 2014, 06:24:43 pm
I think the referendum will happen, as the Tories I think are likely to 'win' the next General Election. However I don't think the public will vote to exit. Once 'Europe' is personified during the campaign as cheap foreign flights and employment rights, rather than Romanians and bendy vegetables, people will be reluctant to vote to exit.

I expect to see an renenactment of the Scottish referendum. No leads, a bad poll gives Yes winning, Europe promises things, No wins, Europe changes its mind about the promises.
52  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Swedish artist sentenced for 'racist' art on: October 30, 2014, 08:39:42 pm
I don't see why you bother to argue with politicus. She glorify any critizism of Islam.
53  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish Labour leadership election - To be announced on December 13 on: October 30, 2014, 08:18:40 pm
Anas Sarwar, the Deputy leader has resigned during a fundraising dinner.

As deputy leader or as MP?
54  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian by-elections, 2014 on: October 30, 2014, 02:15:48 pm
But, I have to go back to my earlier point. The Liberals and Tories have a lot more in common than the Liberals and NDP.
The two parties have different bases, but policy wise I suspect the differences between the two parties  are smaller than your claim suggests. The socialist/CCF era is over. Don't get me wrong; I wish you were right about the NDP. Even if going far to the left might lose me, at least vote splitting would cease to be solely a problem of the centre-left. But recent NDP provincial governments haven't really done more than implement a stronger version of the social market ideology the Liberals support. And it looks like they'll continue to play that card if it lets them take more of the liberal base. The tories remain the only national party who doesn't share that ideology.

Plus, blue liberals are a minority. Look at second preferences in any national/ontario poll. A majority of voters currently have the Liberals and NDP listed as 1st/2nd preference in some fashion.
Nationally, the solution to all this is electoral reform, not a merger. There needs to be an NDP threat to prevent the Libs from going all Chretien on us. But if the NDP were really further left of the Liberals then they are to the Tories there wouldn't be a major conversation about strategic voting even in FPTP. In the current model there isn't nearly as much animosity between small-L liberals and small-D dippers as there are against Conservative parties. At the end of the day I just want Harper to get stomped in '15 and so do most of these non-partisan progressives. From that perspective you can understand why I want more interparty cooperation.

The difference are starker when Liberals are in power. It's sure than they look similar right now, they oppose the same government and the right-wing swing voters voted for Conservatives last time.
55  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: 2014 Selfie Creepfest/Post a picture of yourself thread on: October 30, 2014, 04:44:27 am
Please. Stop.
I wasn't actually hitting on him. I was just joking.

I mean who doesn't like a nice cheesy pick-up line?

Humorless maplovers.
56  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Tunisian parliamentary (10/26) and presidential (11/23) elections, 2014 on: October 30, 2014, 03:58:46 am
I'm surprised Hoxhaists would agree to a coalition with bourgeoisie parties.
It all depends on what dimension they consider the most important. They were working together in the National Salvation Front, but of course working together in the opposition is easier than working together in the government.

What the the Hoxhaist position on religion?
57  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Turkey being dicks near Cyprus on: October 29, 2014, 04:21:02 pm
3) You are putting too much emphasis on the ideology of the regimes in charge in 1974. National self determination is a basic right and it doesn't matter if the governments involved are fascist, Islamist, liberal or socialist. It has been recognized as a right since the Versailles Treaty and in this context the two parties seeking unification where even two sovereign nation states.

And what about the self-determination of the Turk areas of Cyprus?
58  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: France General Discussion II: Living under Marxism on: October 29, 2014, 06:15:27 am
I don't want to make a parallel, but a book, a background in contradiction with ideas...., it's creepy.
59  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of BRTD on: October 29, 2014, 05:27:10 am
FF, but he was less annoying in the past. He isn't aging well.
60  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Ambulance chaser goes multi-state on: October 29, 2014, 05:19:40 am
Congrats for your higher than average MBE score.
61  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Rival Survival on: October 29, 2014, 05:10:21 am
For some reason, Quebec news reported on this two months ago and again yesterday.
62  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion 1.5: The Countdown Begins on: October 28, 2014, 04:12:06 pm
Big storm in Manitoba NDP.

On Monday, the Ministers for Municipal Governments and for Finances asked to Greg Sellinger, the Premier and NDP leader to resign, since they think than he will be unable to win reelection. Today, the ministers for Health, Economy (and Jobs) and the Attorney General (and Justice) did the same think.

Today, in a press conference, Sellinger refused to do so.
63  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Ontario municipal elections, (October 27, 2014) - Master thread on: October 28, 2014, 02:18:25 am
Calgary is weird, too. A gay progressive Muslim got like 70% of the vote there I think. Issues are different. But with Ford it's more like the absence of issues. A you vs. the elite type of appeal with the working class. Party ID is a factor. PCs have no seats in Toronto but with independent labels many conservative councillors, including Rob Ford who has returned in a landslide, were voted in. But, yes Ford/Wynne voters I really don't understand. Not to mention the polls showing Ford carrying a third of Green voters and a fifth of NDPers. With the high turnout there must have been a lot of these voters.

Nenshi isn't gay.
64  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you rather live in Paris or Tokyo? on: October 28, 2014, 12:41:57 am
Paris, as long I can choose to not live near the West of the city.
65  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Alabama charity rushes to help man truly in need on: October 28, 2014, 12:25:22 am
It's simple. It's an abuse of charity status. They should be stripped of it and heavily fined for tax evasion. Would set an example.
66  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: RNC Chair: Hillary Clinton not really good at politics on: October 28, 2014, 12:23:57 am
Let's not kid ourselves--would Hillary Rodham even have gotten into the Senate, much less SoS? The idea that she's a brilliant politician or that her election would be any sort of victory for women or feminism is a total joke.

No matter what you think the first female HoS is obviously an important symbolic miliestone.

I don't care about symbolism. I care about achievements in office--and I doubt that Hillary will accomplish anything meaningful for women (or anyone other than the ruling elite which will gain from her wars and her dismantling of what remains of the New Deal/Great Society).

Medicare and Medicaid will not last the decade. Long live Obamacare.

Nah, I think you're too pessimistic. She'll be at least an okay president.

And she will be more successful in her life than Reince Priebus ever will.
67  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: U.S. & Britain end Afghanistan missions today (It's finally over) on: October 28, 2014, 12:15:04 am
Well, the answer is that it'll become another safe haven for organized terrorism, but the last few months have shown that most liberals don't care too much about that possibility.

Nothing is possible there unless the government and the population is committed to fight terrorism and they aren't. If there is troops there, we must control the government. I don't see why we should prop some islamist bigots over other islamist bigots.
68  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Brazil Election - 5 October 2014 on: October 27, 2014, 05:04:50 am
According to analysts, the dollar rate could rise up to 10% tomorrow and Ibovespa will probably be stopped by a circuit breaker (after a 10% loss). Let's wait and see how big the nightmare will be.

Tomorrow I'll try to make my election recap, winners/losers, and a quick projection for 2016 and 2018.

Good God! What's Dilma promising that's freaking out investors so much?

They are throwing a fit because their puppet didn't won.
69  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Tunisian parliamentary (10/26) and presidential (11/23) elections, 2014 on: October 27, 2014, 04:58:20 am
Glad to see President Marzouki's party get annihilated. That's what a self proclaimed secularist gets for forming an alliance with the Islamists. It's a shame he didn't lose all his seats though. That's apparently what happened to the other coalition party, the Democratic Forum for Labor and Liberties, unless they became this strange new Democratic Current party.

Democratic Current seems to be the party of Mohamed Abbou, former General Secretary of the Congress for the Republic. Seems to be a boring opposition party, but with quirks. They want to create a federal state uniting the "arab nations freed from dictature". Also, the usual things about being opposed to corruption and for for a state of law. They oppose wide governments, too, they want a clear government and a clear opposition. He seems notable for mostly claiming the same ideas and same program since he entered politics.

All sources are in French, too, which isn't surprising.
70  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: C.Barkley bashes black people that think some black people don't act black enoug on: October 26, 2014, 10:17:42 pm
Sir Charles should stick to basketball analysis.

No, he should stick to his house. He has no business being on TV. Too dumb for that.
71  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Islamic State vs. The World (except Canada) on: October 26, 2014, 05:46:46 pm
It does not seem like the guy was in any way related to ISIS. Apparently he never left Canada and was a drug addict living in a homeless shelter.
I heard he had tried to go to Syria.

No, RCMP said they were wrong and than he wanted to go to Saudi Arabia to study Quran.
72  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: MW: October 2014 Gubernatorial Election on: October 26, 2014, 05:23:30 pm
Ballot for Governor
[1] LeBron FitzGerald (Labor Party-MN)
[ ] Write-In:_____________________
73  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How did you/will you actually vote this year? on: October 25, 2014, 10:06:51 pm
No, since there is only school board elections that year, and both President and school board members are unopposed. Sadly.

Should vote in 2015 (federal), 2017 (municipal and school boards) and 2018 (provincial).
74  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: October 2014 General Election - President and Regional Senators on: October 25, 2014, 09:27:34 pm

[2] Al Sibboleth of West Virginia and Hashemite of Oklahoma
All Atlasia Progressive Rashtriya Janata Dal - Verenigde Gesuiwerde Atlasianer Volksfront

[3] Lumine von Reuental of Utah and SJoyceFla of North Carolina
Federalist Party - The People's Party

[1] Marokai Blue of Iowa and Antonio V of Hawaii
Labor Party

[4] Poirot of New York and Shua of Nunavut
Independent - Democratic-Republican Party

[  ] Write-in:______________________________

[  ] None of the above


[2] Cris of Colorado
Federalist Party

[1] TNF of Montana
Labor Party

[  ] Write-in:______________________________

[  ] None of the above
75  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: By-elections of the 44th Australian Parliament (2013-2016) on: October 25, 2014, 03:27:28 am

I can't say it's good so far for Labor. They are in a close race in Newcastle with an apparently right-wing independent.

EDIT: Should be okay, the two first stations were the most and 3rd Liberals in the seat last time.
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