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51  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should we worry about Ebola? on: August 09, 2014, 10:33:59 pm
Highly contagious, horrifying disease with no cure or useful treatments with a 60% mortality rate that authorities are finding extreme difficulty in isolating = media sensationalism.

It's not highly contagious, by any strecht of mind. If it was highly contagious, there would have been a 5 or 6 digits death toll.
52  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: RIP Jim Brady on: August 09, 2014, 10:32:28 pm
Considering that there is no statute of limitations on murder and that Brady's injuries sustained from the shooting have been determined to have caused his death, a murder charge is fair.
It's not. Brady lived. He survived for 33 years. A murder means your life was cut short. Brady's life may have been hampered by the wounds he suffered, but at the end of the day the man survived the attack.

Doctors seem to imply he died because he was shot. So, if he had not been shot, he would have lived more time. Perhaps 43 years instead of 33.
53  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Church cancels gay man's funeral on: August 09, 2014, 10:27:55 pm
I'm not sure how we can ban that practice, but, at least, the church should be forced to pay for all costs ther breach of contract caused.

Hell, yeah!  And while we're at it, let's make sure that people who don't belong to the right church are concentrated into re-education camps.  After all, any religion that doesn't agree with what we think is moral and upright isn't really a church at all.  In fact, let's just burn their church down to the ground.  Better yet, why not outlaw all religion and churches altogether?  All they ever do is get in the way of progress.



Huh

MaxQue's post started with "I'm not sure how we can ban that practice...." which sounds like he thinks we should force churches to perform religious ceremonies. I'm not sure he actually thinks that, but that's how I (and presumably Angus) read it.

The issue is "cancelling". If you agreed to hold it, you must hold it or else pay compensation for the trouble caused.
54  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Google 'reveals user' over Gmail child abuse images on: August 08, 2014, 11:28:38 pm
What is supposed to be those pages? The first one shows me a blank map, the second ask me a password.
55  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: James Brady’s death ruled homicide by Virginia medical examiner on: August 08, 2014, 08:00:40 pm

If you attack who fall in coma and dies a few months later, you will be charged for killing him. That's the same thing here, except than it's 33 years later.

Perhaps a limit should be put somewhere, but when and under which rationale? Would families consider that as miscarriage of justice?
56  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: August 08, 2014, 04:05:06 pm
Tried dealing with the finance/awards people at the university. These people are the worst and should be shot. Incompetent domkops.

I will be glad to take a break from this dump in a few months time.

University bureaucracy is always useless. Mine had offices with silly opening hours (9AM to 11AM, Monday to Thusday) and loved to say than it wasn't their job and go to at another university office.
57  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Google 'reveals user' over Gmail child abuse images on: August 08, 2014, 03:56:44 pm
Does privar is really breached? I mean, the volume of emails sent is so big, it would take thousands of employees just to read them all.
58  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Church cancels gay man's funeral on: August 08, 2014, 03:53:47 pm
I'm not sure how we can ban that practice, but, at least, the church should be forced to pay for all costs ther breach of contract caused.
59  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Armenia and Azerbaijan clash in Nagorno-Karabakh on: August 08, 2014, 03:49:19 pm
Well, Nagorno-Karabakh is pretty much in war or something similar, but more tamed since the mid-90's.

So, there is nothing new, nor any religious war or rebellion or anything. It's just two countries fighting over land. Another terrible leftover of USSR boundary drawing.
60  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: BREAKING: American forces bomb ISIS targets in Iraq on: August 08, 2014, 01:46:31 am
I can understand the US "owing" most of it.....I don't agree with it, at all, but I understand the argument.  It seems are allies should share in that "ownage", but I understand why somebody from one of our allies preaching that the US "owns" it wouldn't want to involve themselves.

...and for how long?

Well, Canada refused to go in Iraq, so we aren't an involved ally. As for sharing, countries have to share, sure, but it can be more complicated (do we really need more countries bombing ISIS, especially if they are bad at aiming?). It's surgical strikes and like a true surgery, you don't want 20 surgeons in the patient at the same time.

How long? Excellent question, I have no idea on that one.
61  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Present Israel-Palestine Conflict Thread on: August 08, 2014, 01:06:16 am

Are you really surprised?
62  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: BREAKING: American forces bomb ISIS targets in Iraq on: August 08, 2014, 01:05:35 am
To the "you broke it, you own it" folk, how long do we "own" it?  Is it just the US that "owns" it, or do all the nations that joined in on the ass kicking "own" some of it too?

I would say than the US "owns" it mainly. If the US had declined to invade Iraq, I doubt UK would have gone alone, or any other country.
63  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: California High-Speed Rail Thread on: August 08, 2014, 12:28:30 am
AECOM was named (and raided by authorities) in a corruption inquiry in Quebec.
64  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: BREAKING: American forces bomb ISIS targets in Iraq on: August 08, 2014, 12:05:57 am
I hope this backfires. I really do. We need to learn a lesson. I guarentee that when the bombs begin to fall we are going to nail a hospital or a school, and ISIS's ranks will only continue to swell.

So you'd want Islamists to continue their slaughter of Yezidis, Christians, and so forth just to spite the American foreign policy establishment?
The reason these people are being slaughtered in the first place is because we went into Iraq in the first place.

Small situation.

You break into a store and you break something valuable while being there. The owner asks you to fix what you broke. Following your logic, you should answer "I was not supposed to be in the store, so, I won't fix it".

Same logic here. America broke something. It's their job to clean the mess they did.
65  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: BREAKING: American forces bomb ISIS targets in Iraq on: August 07, 2014, 11:56:01 pm
In addition to airstrikes, we should also act to remove the Maliki regime and put in a moderate regime that won't allow in the Iranian influence that creates groups like ISIS.

Sorry, but, LOL.

Iran is Shia. ISIS is Sunni. Shia and Sunni hate each other. If Iran is favoring anyone, they'll prefer Maliki, a Shia.
66  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Present Israel-Palestine Conflict Thread on: August 04, 2014, 08:04:41 pm
Netanyahu:
1. I will never let a two-state solution happen
2. I will never let Israel become a binational state
3. I will never give up any land west of the Jordan River

http://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-finally-speaks-his-mind/

Netanyahu didn't say any of those things. That article is massively dumb.

He just said that any Palestinian state would have to be demilitarized. He's always said that.

Well, that's totally unacceptable. Would any sane country would accept being demilitatized while it has an hostile country on its border?
67  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Present Israel-Palestine Conflict Thread on: August 04, 2014, 05:21:19 pm
Hamas being wrong doesn't mean than Israel is right.
68  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Study: 'Sovereign citizens' now more threatening to US than Islamic extremists on: August 04, 2014, 02:57:27 am
The "sovereign citizens" are from American culture. To become a "sovereign citizen" one must simply intensify the belief in certain threads of American culture. Then one can have a distorted view of American history and adopt an extremist ideology and a proclivity for violence as one is brainwashed.

No. "Sovereign citizens" isn't an issue only in USA. It is an issue in other countries.
69  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Study: 'Sovereign citizens' now more threatening to US than Islamic extremists on: August 04, 2014, 12:50:41 am
Cool, our people moved up two spots.

You're "Extreme anti-abortion"?
70  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: How the Democratic Party became a tool for Wall-Street on: August 03, 2014, 10:42:38 pm
The conspiracy is not the success of commercial enterprise or the material wealth and intellectual property it generates. The conspiracy is incompetent politicians and ignominious bureaucrats who take the citizens money and make it disappear.

For someone which claims to be a expert on economics, claiming than money "disappears" is very silly. Money can't disappear. It only goes in other hands (in this case, public servants and insurence executives/shareholders).
71  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Present Israel-Palestine Conflict Thread on: August 03, 2014, 10:40:19 pm
Your trolling is low-grade. What's wrong with a Koran?

It's not a Tanakh.
72  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: New Brunswick: September 22, 2014 on: August 03, 2014, 10:36:08 pm
Do you see the NDP being able to capitalize on abortion, perhaps to Grit detriment?

I see it helping the NDP pick up a couple urban seats.

To a point. The NDP is definitely trying to capitalize on it, but I'm getting the sense it doesn't have much traction with older voters. In a province where so many people move away the minute they graduate high school, appealing to younger voters only gets you so far.

In fact the pro-life movement could be stronger in NB than anywhere else in the country, so it may even benefit the Tories.

It seems it will help the Tories in their Anglo, Baptist heartland. How religious is the francophone community? Could you see a strong pro-life or pro-choice stand on the Liberals part make a big difference with the Acadians?

The issue is than Tories don't need help in the Baptist heartland, it's already their strongest area. If they were losing there, abortion can probably save them those seats, but they clearly lost the election.

As for religion and Acadians, I would suppose than no, since they probably have the same brand of nominal catholicism than Quebec has. If we check the abortion question on the Vote Compass, they are right on average in the east (same colour than Central Nova) and a bit pro-life in the west (same colour than West Nova). So, a bit more conservative on abortion, but will that issue be actually relevent with more than some fringe (on both sides)?
73  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: MS-PPP: Sen. Cochran (R) ahead by double-digits, many still undecided on: August 02, 2014, 05:58:17 pm
Just for fun:

If you reset the black vote in this poll to 20% Cochran, 65% Childers, 15% Undecided (which would still be an unbelievably poor showing for Childers if that's what it looks like on Election Day), it becomes 34-34 dead heat with 28% undecided.

This may explain why Childers has gone on the stump for Obamacare. He's trying to bring the black vote back into his column and then hope McDaniel does the rest of the work for him.

I cannot see McDaniel voters casting a ballot for a Democrat.  I just can't.

No, but they can decide to not vote for Cochran either. Nobody is forcing them to make a choice.
74  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion 1.5: The Countdown Begins on: August 02, 2014, 03:17:36 pm
Why? He wouldn't win but we'd at least have a decent candidate. Only realistic targets are regaining 2011 losses, which I'm not terribly optimistic about ATM.

I think it would hurt Tories in Quebec. French media will probably use that to gang up on them.
75  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Should people who oppose gay marriage be banned from this forum? on: August 01, 2014, 01:48:16 am
How surprised. Shua misintreprets things on purpose again, to fit his agenda than social conservatives are discriminated.

They are not. Trolls are.

There is no misrepresentation involved. This poll is a simple enough question. What is your opinion on it?

I obviously voted no. I deeply respect TJ, he is a very insightful poster. We happen to disagree on certain subjects, but he is an huge FF in my book.

That's not the case of everyone.
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