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51  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian federal election - 2015 on: January 22, 2015, 03:29:29 pm
Next nominations meetings aren't until Saturday:

-In Abitibi—Témiscamingue, QC (MaxQue territory) the BQ will be nominating journalist Yvon Moreau. The NDP has already nominated its MP, Christine Moore and the Liberals have nominated executive director Claude Thibault.

My riding is Abitibi-Baie James-Nunavik-Eeyou, not Abitibi-Témiscamingue.

Where do you get all these dates?
52  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ukraine Crisis on: January 22, 2015, 12:26:16 am
The Junta? I'd like to see the evidence of military leadership in that new government.

They're opposed to Putin, the Second Coming of Our Lord, so, they are evil.
53  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Spanish general election, 2015 on: January 21, 2015, 01:11:09 am
Is José Maria Aznar an asset or an hindrance?
54  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion 1.5: The Countdown Begins on: January 20, 2015, 05:55:25 pm
Stephen Harper begins to ban charities opposed to his ideas.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/dying-with-dignity-loses-charitable-status-after-political-activity-probe-1.2919706

How many years before we become a Christian Turkey?

Speaking as an accountant, your assessment is completely wrong.

Here's a quick rundown:

1) The interpretation bulletin which guides the audits was released in the Chretien administration and is based on legislation and case law from even earlier.
2) Charities are notoriously bad at their accounting and staying within CRA guidelines.
3) Dying with Dignity themselves admit that they overspent on political activities!

Frankly, the fact that only two charities have had their status revoked is a minor miracle and hardly indicative of a Harper-Tory conspiracy.



I'll believe you when a conservative charity loses its status too.
55  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion 1.5: The Countdown Begins on: January 20, 2015, 05:24:47 pm
Canada is about to have its 2nd gay Premier. Wade McLaughlin was the only candidate to run for leader of the Liberals, so he will become Premier in February.

In which province?

Whoops. PEI.

Oh. Then it's Wade MacLaughlan, not McLaughlin.
56  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion 1.5: The Countdown Begins on: January 20, 2015, 05:21:46 pm
Stephen Harper begins to ban charities opposed to his ideas.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/dying-with-dignity-loses-charitable-status-after-political-activity-probe-1.2919706

How many years before we become a Christian Turkey?
57  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion 1.5: The Countdown Begins on: January 20, 2015, 05:16:24 pm
Canada is about to have its 2nd gay Premier. Wade McLaughlin was the only candidate to run for leader of the Liberals, so he will become Premier in February.

In which province?
58  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Elections where the winning party lost the popular vote. on: January 20, 2015, 02:55:12 pm
In Canada and its provinces it's almost always the latter case. Quebec is quite prone to it because of English-speaking areas, which are very Liberal.
59  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian by-elections, 2015 on: January 19, 2015, 07:20:03 pm
Wikipedia says the Richelieu by-election is January 25, but I can't seem to find any sources on this. Am I right to assume that it hasn't actually been called yet? Does anyone know?


No, the 25th is the Liberal investiture convention. PLQ does that wierdly, there is even lenghtly profiles of every candidate on PLQ website. The candidates are Sylvain Dupuis, mayor of Saint-Ours, Benoît Théroux, financial security and insurance adviser and Nancy Sheridan, business consultant.

Thanks; I assume it hasn't been called then?

Not than I'm aware.
60  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian by-elections, 2015 on: January 19, 2015, 02:42:39 pm
Wikipedia says the Richelieu by-election is January 25, but I can't seem to find any sources on this. Am I right to assume that it hasn't actually been called yet? Does anyone know?


No, the 25th is the Liberal investiture convention. PLQ does that wierdly, there is even lenghtly profiles of every candidate on PLQ website. The candidates are Sylvain Dupuis, mayor of Saint-Ours, Benoît Théroux, financial security and insurance adviser and Nancy Sheridan, business consultant.
61  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Which Prime Minister changed UK more in your opinion on: January 17, 2015, 07:55:20 pm
Prime Minister using her majorities to deeply change things vs. Prime Minister wasting his majorities doing nothing, because he was a corporate lackey.
62  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Dieudonne M'bala M'bala arrested for voicing support for Kosher market gunman on: January 16, 2015, 02:17:48 pm
Yeah, as much as I hate Dieudonné, I have to admit his post is too nonsensical to qualify as an apology of terrorism. He'll probably be acquitted (if he's even indicted). Still, I'm glad he got locked up for a while, to teach him a little lesson.

And yeah, I support a zero-tolerance policy for those who outright express support for terrorism. It's time to fight back.

The last thing anyone should want after the Charlie Hebdo attacks is for violent force to be able to "teach a little lesson" when it comes to what is acceptable speech.

What's next? Asking the government to grant money to allow ISIS to have broadcasts in USA? This is a war and people recruiting for the enemy should be detained.
63  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: German city to house asylum seekers in former KZ barracks ? on: January 16, 2015, 12:27:25 pm
There needs to be increasing pressure on the lazy Eastern European (and some Western) countries, which do virtually nothing to house asylum seekers.

Another option is for countries like Germany and Sweden to limit the amount of asylum seekers, so that they can actually provide housing for the people that they receive.

Well, not everyone is Danish (do I need to restate their reputation as the Western country doing the less for immigrants?).
64  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion 1.5: The Countdown Begins on: January 15, 2015, 03:06:38 pm
The federal budget, planned for February has been postponed to April due to unstable oil prices.

Target closes all its stores in Canada, 17600 people are losing their jobs.

I really think Harper should have gone for an election last year, since October or November, it's a long, long, long list of economical bad news.
65  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian by-elections, 2015 on: January 15, 2015, 01:32:00 pm
If he thinks there was something illegal about that, maybe send them to the OPP?

He probably don't think it's illegal, but it can be damaging. It's not because it's legal than it's moral or looks good.
66  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Dieudonne M'bala M'bala arrested for voicing support for Kosher market gunman on: January 15, 2015, 01:29:35 pm
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30811401

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His is one of dozens of cases opened by authorities in a crackdown on condoning or threatening terrorism.

Justice Minister Christiane Taubira said words of hatred and contempt had to be fought with the "utmost vigour".

Some fast-track custodial sentences have already been handed down under anti-terror legislation passed last November

A man of 22 was jailed on Tuesday for a year for posting a video mocking one of the three murdered policemen
A drunk driver was given four years in prison after making threats against the police who arrested him
Three men in their twenties were jailed in Toulouse for condoning terrorism
A man of 20 was jailed in Orleans for shouting "long live the Kalash[(nikov]" at police in a shopping centre


Good news!
Depending on the details I can understand the latter two, but how could you possibly consider it appropriate to jail someone for mocking a dead police officer or imprison someone for four years for mocking a police officer?

"Je me sens Charlie Coulibally", to be exact, which is very difficult to construct as any sort of meaningful statement. It's utterly ridiculous that in France you now can expect to be dragged in front of a judge for posting things like this on Facebook, of all places.

No and it's because of such laissez-faire by authorities in past than terrorists can recruit and indoctrinate. Zero tolerance to terrorist praising.
67  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Dieudonne M'bala M'bala arrested for voicing support for Kosher market gunman on: January 14, 2015, 11:34:45 pm
Free speech!*

*some restrictions apply, not applicable to non-white people.

Indeed, what a terrible behaviour by non-white Justice Minister.
68  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian federal election - 2015 on: January 14, 2015, 03:54:55 pm
Gordo? Would be an interesting pick, but I've heard that his expense accounts at the London High Commission were a little large for him to be so quickly welcomed.  He would make a good Tory Candidate among the more affluent voters of the riding, though it is important to note that while the Shaunessey voters take up a lot of space, the vast majority of voters in the riding are in apartments and multi-unit dwellings, and are much less amenable to the Tories then they were to the BC Liberals

That being said, Campbell is of amorphous politics federally.  Whether he voted for Joyce Murray or Deborah Meredith is purposely unknown. He's a technocrat above all things. Among his acts as premier was to more-or-less prohibit federal political activity among BC Liberal MLAs, staff, and officials after some of the Martinites working for the government got out of hand.

Could he end off pulling a reverse "David Emerson"?
69  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 on: January 14, 2015, 04:33:16 am
Mark Pack is a LibDem. Apparently LibDems diversified and now do misleading line charts, instead of sticking only to misleading bar charts.
70  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Gallup 65 country poll: "Would you fight for your country in case of war ?" on: January 13, 2015, 07:00:50 pm
Yup, junk poll. For many people, it would depend on circumstances. Nonetheless, I'm surprised to see Canada so low. Good, I guess?

Canada always had a strong anti-militarist streak in some areas and the unpopularity of Afghanistan War probably doesn't help.
71  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 on: January 13, 2015, 05:45:14 pm
When would Gordon ever have been a "winnable target for Ed Miliband"?

Because the Lib Dems collapsed and Malcolm Bruce is retiring. Labour were second in the seat in 2005 and were just a bit behind the SNP in 2010.

Sorry, Afleitch, but that's anti-Labour hackery and you know it.

It's not hackery to point out that Labour could have targeted Gordon! It only needs an 8% swing which isn't much more than they would need to take Cambridge from the Lib Dems. I'm not saying it was number 1 on their target list, but it's not entirely an un-winnable seat for them demographically speaking.

They never ever won Gordon or any past riding covering the area, nor they ever won it in Scottish Parliament. And it's likely Salmond will win that riding in a landslide anyways, no matter who Labour ran.
72  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Mayor Kasim Reed (D-Atlanta) under fire for firing anti-gay fire chief on: January 13, 2015, 04:49:30 pm
Good. Unauthorised use of his office for proselytism. If you want to convert people, do that on your off-time, not while you're being paid to work.
73  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 on: January 13, 2015, 04:45:48 pm
When would Gordon ever have been a "winnable target for Ed Miliband"?

Because the Lib Dems collapsed and Malcolm Bruce is retiring. Labour were second in the seat in 2005 and were just a bit behind the SNP in 2010.

Sorry, Afleitch, but that's anti-Labour hackery and you know it.
74  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian federal election - 2015 on: January 13, 2015, 03:44:38 pm
Another Winnipeg Conservative MP won't be running in the next election
Joy Smith is calling it quits


http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/Joy-Smith-leaving-federal-politics-288403021.html?cx_navSource=d-top-story


Good riddance. She was one of the most extreme social conservative and was waging a war or pornography, without much success.
75  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: French terror attacks on: January 13, 2015, 05:18:12 am
Haha, excellent. Cheesy I really hope Wednesday's issue sells well, and allows the paper a fresh start. They were on the verge of bankruptcy when the attack happened. It would be a nice f**k you to terrorists if they actually ended up resurrecting it (though obviously it will never be the same without Charb and Cabu Cry).

Won't do them any good financially, I think they announced than all profits from that one would go to the families of the victims.

Also heard on the radio they won't print 1 million as planned but 3 millions due to huge demand and be translated in 16 languages. Usually they print 50000.
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