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51  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Victorian State Parliamentary Election - 29 November 2014 on: November 29, 2014, 06:12:59 pm
So, the Greens have claimed Melbourne yet their lead with 52% counted is only 1.2% - is this all a bit premature?

ABC uncalled it. It's now "in doubt GRN ahead".

The 8 uncalled seats are in two categories, "in doubt" and "likely".

In doubt: Bentleigh (ALP), Frankston (ALP), Melbourne (GRN), Prahran (LIB).
Likely: Carrum (ALP), Morwell (NAT), Ripon (LIB), South Barwon (LIB)
52  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Victorian State Parliamentary Election - 29 November 2014 on: November 29, 2014, 07:49:25 am
Of th 713 votes cast, we had less than 40 as valid below the line Tongue

How is that possible!?

I assumed than the 670 others were above the line.
53  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Victorian State Parliamentary Election - 29 November 2014 on: November 29, 2014, 07:34:22 am
Family First was replaced by the Sex Party, in their recent forecast. How ironic!
54  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Victorian State Parliamentary Election - 29 November 2014 on: November 29, 2014, 07:15:36 am
The senate is going to be a mess.

ABC currently forecast:

Liberal 14
Labor 13
Green 5
Shooters and Fishers 3
Nationals 2
Family First 1
Country Alliance 1
DLP 1

Surely that is very off?

It'll be interesting because if I am correct in assuming it is the first election where not all boxes had to be marked to count when voting below the line? Which would mean that minor parties may miss out on more but I'm not sure.

Antony Green's blog is saying than, below the line, at least 5 preferences are needed. But, it's was the case in 2010, too.
55  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Victorian State Parliamentary Election - 29 November 2014 on: November 29, 2014, 06:53:16 am
The senate is going to be a mess.

ABC currently forecast:

Liberal 14
Labor 13
Green 5
Shooters and Fishers 3
Nationals 2
Family First 1
Country Alliance 1
DLP 1

Surely that is very off?
56  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Victorian State Parliamentary Election - 29 November 2014 on: November 29, 2014, 06:48:41 am
Oh, I see hifly issue. A gay Labor candidate, a Green candidate adversizing on Grindr and a pro-gay rights Liberal. Would that division cover the gay neighbourhood of Melbourne?
57  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Victorian State Parliamentary Election - 29 November 2014 on: November 29, 2014, 06:19:15 am
An independent will apparently win in Shepparton. Not a great election for Nationals.
58  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Victorian State Parliamentary Election - 29 November 2014 on: November 29, 2014, 06:15:07 am
Quick forecast. Only three seats not called yet (Morwell (NAT-LAB), Prahran (LIB-LAB-GRN??) and Richmond (LAB-GRN)).
59  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 12-year-old Shot Dead by Police on: November 28, 2014, 11:38:17 pm
Well, Reaganfan just has a wide definition of "death penalty".
60  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Finland legalizes gay marriage on: November 28, 2014, 11:24:01 pm
Why was the Centre Party opposed? I'm going to assume they are not like the Centre Party in Sweden much at all then (who would've no doubt supported this.)

It's a party of rural interests, quite conservative on such issues.
61  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: TX Man Tries To Burn Down Mexican Consolate--Anti-Immigration motive suspected on: November 28, 2014, 06:08:06 pm
When will Gohmert defend this patriot killed by Obama police forces?
62  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 12-year-old Shot Dead by Police on: November 28, 2014, 03:56:43 am
That video is insane. The car sped off the road, the policeman jumped out of the car door, and immediately gunned the kid down. WTF. There is absolutely no excuse here. Any danger the cop felt was danger he intentionally put himself in. WTF

He was trained to do such a thing.

Right, Reaganfan, you put the finger on the real issue. Policemen are very badly trained.
63  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion 1.5: The Countdown Begins on: November 27, 2014, 07:04:47 pm

Havign family who lived there, it's not surprising. They probably think than it's a plot against Italo-Canadians, like they did with Gagliano and various Italians in the mafia/collusion/corruption/Charbonneau things.
64  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of naming your child Jesus on: November 26, 2014, 10:05:52 pm
Wierd in English and French, but very acceptable in Spanish (but if I were Spanish, I would choose another name).
65  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Grand jury reaches decision in Ferguson case (Announcement tonight) on: November 26, 2014, 01:10:07 am
You know, black-white relationships isn't the reason why he wasn't indicted.

In Quebec, we had various issues of policemen shooting on people without reason or speeding without reason, crashing into cars and killing people. Guess what? No indictments, even if both the policeman and the victim were very white. Police and prosecutors cover each other. Thankfully, Quebec gets a reform of that next year (well, the reform is done, but there is normal delays, you can't create a new structure the day the bill passes).

Yes, they were. You don't understand how the criminal justice system works in the United States.

I understand well. It's the "police-prosecutor-(sometimes private prisons)" establishment vs. weak people not being able to defend themselves from law abuses. Most black people are part of the latter, but they're not alone in that latter group.
66  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian by-elections, 2014 on: November 25, 2014, 08:26:59 pm
Final results:

Trinity-Bay de Verde
Steve Crocker (Liberal) 3074 votes (65.53%) (+41.60)
Ronald Johnson (Progressive Conservative) 1363 votes (29.06%) (-32.85)
Tolson Rendell (NDP) 254 votes (5.41%) (-8.75)

Humber East
Stelman Flynn (Liberal) 2263 votes (56.13%) (+47.66)
Lary Wells (Progressive Conservative) 1454 votes (36.06%) (-42.19)
Martin Ware (NDP) 315 votes (7.81%) (-5.47)
67  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you rather live in Dallas or Saskatoon? on: November 25, 2014, 03:13:00 am
Dallas.

^^^

and im guessing dallas has a better economy.

Not sure how the economy is in Dallas, but Saskatchewan is experiencing a boom right now, especially Saskatoon.

Interesting, what is driving the boom?

Oil.
68  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is the marital status of your parents? on: November 25, 2014, 02:57:16 am
Americans will always amaze me with marriage.

My parents are together since more than 25 years, but are not married and won't marry.

Oh shut up. The French way is degenerate, a la Hollande. It is disgusting and repulsive.

Married, for 25 years.

I'm not French, I'm Québécois. We Québécois have more class and don't glorify having affairs.
69  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Votes and elections in Switzerland on: November 25, 2014, 02:44:25 am


It would be helpful to provide some kind of explanation or translation.
70  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Grand jury reaches decision in Ferguson case (Announcement tonight) on: November 25, 2014, 02:43:17 am
You know, black-white relationships isn't the reason why he wasn't indicted.

In Quebec, we had various issues of policemen shooting on people without reason or speeding without reason, crashing into cars and killing people. Guess what? No indictments, even if both the policeman and the victim were very white. Police and prosecutors cover each other. Thankfully, Quebec gets a reform of that next year (well, the reform is done, but there is normal delays, you can't create a new structure the day the bill passes).
71  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: House Republican leadership blocks police de-militarization bill on: November 25, 2014, 02:26:36 am

You're not in a position to complain. It's your Boehner who decided that. Blame your party.
72  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion 1.5: The Countdown Begins on: November 25, 2014, 02:15:47 am
^ Wish the dynastic culture returned to my province.
Careful what you ask for... the OLP are in a better position to create such a dynasty than the PCs. Wynne took over McGuinty's torch quite smoothly.

Despite the avatar, RogueBeaver is from Québec.
73  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: MW: November 2014 Althing Elections on: November 25, 2014, 01:42:55 am
Ballot for Most Serene Representatives:
[4] BaconBacon96 (Democratic-Republican Party-CO)
[1] Gass3268 (Labor Party-MB)
[3] GAworth (P.E.A.C.E. Party-SD)
[5] RR1997 (Federalist Party-IA)
[2] Vega (Labor Party-WY)
[ ] Write-In: __________
74  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: the unspoken truth - anybody think many democrats oppose keystone on: November 24, 2014, 01:09:33 am
Or maybe because they oppose every other risk to our environment as well.
People on this forum have repeatedly explained why that isn't true (transporting the crude via rail is more dangerous and would produce greater carbon emissions). I'm against the pipeline for other reasons but people who keep repeating this bad argument against it make me want to support it.

But Keystone wouldn't replace rail! Rail and Keystone have different uses and it wouldn't change a lot about rail transportation to build Keystone.
75  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: favorite U.S. city tournament (semifinals) on: November 24, 2014, 12:47:50 am
Seattle, WA
Washington, DC
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