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51  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: 2014 Brazil Election on: April 21, 2014, 08:09:16 pm
The only thing I'm seeing here is apologism of a dictature, which usually isn't allowed or tolerated here.
52  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who here has political ambitions? on: April 21, 2014, 06:54:55 pm
Not really. I could envision running for a non-partisan town council seat in a small village (where finding candidates is often complicated) if the circumstrances of my life put me in a position where it's making sense.
53  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: EP elections 2014 on: April 21, 2014, 04:17:03 pm
Quite wierdly, PVV MEP Laurence Strassen is ruuning in South-East England for a fringe eurosception party.
54  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: EP elections 2014 on: April 21, 2014, 03:27:35 pm
Why do so many Americans love Farage? I always thought his Little-Englander anti-immigration schtick was pretty much limited in appeal to Europeans. It seems odd that I see a lot of Yanks who love him. Not criticizing you, just a slightly bemusing trend I've noticed.

http://www.euractiv.com/sections/eu-elections-2014/martin-schulz-launches-european-campaign-paris-301660

Schulz campaign launches which includes a pan-European minimum wage. I'm guessing one tied to local standards of living, otherwise it would be a bit, erm, dramatic.


A weak EU is better for the USA.
55  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: How would ending the War on Drugs happen? on: April 20, 2014, 10:55:04 pm
Don't you know supply and demand? As long people will want drugs, it will be interesting for them to sell drugs.

That's not how supply and demand work. People have limited capital. They utilize capital to maximize returns vs. risk. The cartels sold drugs because they lacked capital for legitimate business endeavors, and legitimate businesses were prohibited from participating in their industry.

Both of those circumstances are changing rapidly. Furthermore, the illegal drug industry has the same immiserizing effects that plague agriculture.

"Drug cartels didn't enter legitimate businesses because they lacked capital." I assure you all that by the time drug dealing organizations developed to the 'cartel' level, they had MORE than enough capital to aggressively enter any legitimate industry they chose (and in fact already owned substantial swaths of private businesses _ that point).

Even by Arrogant Demand's standards, this is one of the stupidest things he's ever posted.

I would like to add than legitimate businesses are having the double role of money laundering and make money. I iwsh to know to which economy faculty AD went, since it's quite bad.
56  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish Independence Referendum - 2014 on: April 20, 2014, 10:40:37 pm
If I was English, I would be a bit happy to see Scotland leaving the UK. Calm down dear Scots. No problem with you, ethnically speaking. Its just that you guys always provide Westminster with Labour members. Politically it'd be an advantage for the Tory.

Long-term, perhaps, but short-term, no.
Cameron is sure to lose in 2015 if Scotland leaves UK. Voters will blame him for that.
57  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: April 2014 At-Large Senate Election on: April 20, 2014, 03:15:28 pm
[2] Adam Griffin of New Brunswick
Labor Party

[1] Alfred F. Jones of Rhode Island
Labor Party

[4] a Person of Maine
The People's Party

[5] Goldwater (Republitarian) of Delaware
Federalist Party

[7] JCL (Johanus Calvinus Libertas) of Indiana
Federalist Party

[3] Lumine von Reuental of Montana
The People's Party

[6] shua of Nunavut
Democratic-Republican Party
58  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: April 20, 2014, 04:24:01 am
Labor may have effectively already lost Macedon by parachuting in an outsider left wing candidate who doesn't have any support in the local branches (90% of local members signed a petition against her and sent it off to the admin. committee) and they're refusing to campaign for her.

The issue isn't than the candidate is left-wing. It's than the left and right factions divide the seats between them and the candidate than the local branch selected belongs is opposed to factions. So, both factions opposed it. It's more a pro-factions/pro-members fight.

Christian Zahra (who has 90% support in local branches) is a right faction member. The seat is assigned to the left faction, which meant the admin committee imposed a left wing candidate on the locals who has no support, and they've made a massive public fuss over it. Thomas is the woman to lose the seat.

I'm aware, but the right-wing faction leaders aren't supporting Zahra either (it would endanger the division pact and I don't think they want someone they can't control as MLA. Even if he is a member of the right faction, his willingness to challenge the decisions of the factions is making him much less interesting for the right faction. Both factions want easily controllable members and Zahra isn't).

The initial issue was left vs. right, but it's not anymore. It's central factions vs. local branches, now. But we agree than this will do a great disservice to Thomas, sure. And, honestly, it's a good thing. Errors like that are the only way to erode the power of the factions.
59  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: April 20, 2014, 04:06:40 am
Labor may have effectively already lost Macedon by parachuting in an outsider left wing candidate who doesn't have any support in the local branches (90% of local members signed a petition against her and sent it off to the admin. committee) and they're refusing to campaign for her.

The issue isn't than the candidate is left-wing. It's than the left and right factions divide the seats between them and the candidate than the local branch selected belongs is opposed to factions. So, both factions opposed it. It's more a pro-factions/pro-members fight.
60  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: People who wear bow ties tend to be... on: April 20, 2014, 02:53:27 am
... wierd.
61  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Man who peed on Alamo outrageously given only 18 months in jail on: April 20, 2014, 02:51:44 am
Community service, an education in Texas history, and apologizing on live-television to the descendants of all those (Texan as well as Mexican) who fought and died at the Alamo would have done a lot more good. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eighth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution

Huh  I'm not following.  How is that 'cruel' and 'unusual'?   

That's clearly unusual. Never a judge did condemn someone to do that.
62  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Official Stanley Cup Playoffs MEGATHREAD! on: April 20, 2014, 02:50:27 am
Uh, Los Angeles won the Stanley Cup literally two years ago? Does Northern California not need one?

Does anybody in California plays hockey, outside of NHL players?
63  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: How would ending the War on Drugs happen? on: April 20, 2014, 02:49:00 am
Since the Nixon years there has been a thing going on with illegal drugs. People being caught with them and locked up. Mexican drug cartel members are being killed.

It's obvious with nearly 50 years the War on Drugs is a lost cause and no one in Washington is willing to admit that. It's obvious for nearly all of the 50 years that the war on drugs has done more bad than good.

But how exactly could this all end? The marijuana legalization (both medical and recreational) reactions seem to make it a popular position among the people. This will end at least part of the war, but how can we finally admit that Drugs have won and the US is fighting a losing battle?

Drugs haven't won. Use/abuse rates are low. The government has lost the war against its own citizens. Slowly but surely the population has realized that the government is playing games with us to satisfy their obsession with social engineering.

It won't take long for the drug war against the cartels to be over. They've already seen the writing on the wall, and they are moving towards owning legitimate business operations, like mines, oil fields, pharmaceuticals, casinos, resorts, etc.

They are still dangerous, but soon they will earn more money from legitimate peaceful business than from peddling drugs.

Don't you know supply and demand? As long people will want drugs, it will be interesting for them to sell drugs.
64  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: April 20, 2014, 02:31:42 am
Last poll having Liberals leading was in June 2013.

However, the Labor has an issue with retiring MLAs. Labor has 8, Coalition has 6.
5 of the retiring Labor MLAs are in marginal seats (Oakleigh, Macedon, Ripon, Essendon and Geelong), the three safe ones being Yuroke, Pascoe Vale and Dandenong. All coalition seats with retiring MLAs are safe or ultra-safe (Bulleen, Kew and Bass for the Liberals, Lowan, Shepparton and Benalla for the Nationals).
65  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Ireland by-elections, 2014 on: April 19, 2014, 11:26:00 pm
Box-by-box tallies for Longford-Westmeath from the 2011 election:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0By9DLhLl2w63QzQ3VkZ3ZFlNSFU

It's the results of the Longford part of Longford-Westmeath.

Go down to page 20.

Thanks.

To summarise again, in Weatmarth, FG won Athlone, Coole and Kilbeggan EAs. They won all the districts in Athlone.
Labour won:
In Coole EA: Taghmon, Raharney and Killucan.
In Kilbeggan EA: Loughnavalley, Castletown, Rochfortbridge, Ballynagore, Dalystown, and Kilbeggan.

Mullingar West and Mullingar East EAs were won by Labour.
FG won:
In Mullingar East: Coralstown, Curraghmore and Mullingar East Urban 1.
In Mullingar West: Rathowen and Belvedere. A tie with Labour in Mullingar West Urban 4.
66  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Ireland by-elections, 2014 on: April 19, 2014, 10:31:13 pm
Box-by-box tallies for Longford-Westmeath from the 2011 election:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0By9DLhLl2w63QzQ3VkZ3ZFlNSFU

It's the results of the Longford part of Longford-Westmeath.
67  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Ireland by-elections, 2014 on: April 19, 2014, 09:53:58 pm
Box-by-box tallies for Longford-Westmeath from the 2011 election:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0By9DLhLl2w63QzQ3VkZ3ZFlNSFU

In short, FG won almost everwhere.
Only exceptions are in Longford EA. More specifically, a tie in Glack with Labour, and Labour wins in Longford Rural and Longford Urban Central.
68  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: More than 100 hate-crime murders linked to single website, report finds on: April 19, 2014, 07:56:27 pm
Hopefully, NSA should monitor that website, hosting dangerous persons, instead of random law-abiding citizens.
69  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Favorite Pizza Chain on: April 19, 2014, 12:15:33 am
I ordered there one time. Never again.

1. Pizza was cold.
2. The delivery man was talking only english (for USA posters, imagine than you order there and the delivery man says you the price of the pizza in Spanish, without being able to say it in English).
3. 12$ pizza. I had only 20$, I gave him 20$ and he fled with it as soon he touched the 20$, without giving me my change money.

Wow. That warrants a complaint, yes.

I did and they said than the next pizza would be free, but I never called back, since I wasn't impressed by the taste (too much pepperoni, not enough cheese). I found a better place later (a local pizzeria at the (huge) slice).

Was this in Montreal or Val-d'Or? If the latter, what kind of place would hire a unilingual Anglo in Val-d'Or?


Anyways, I've only eaten at the first two, and I can't even remember what either are like. If we go with chain pizza, it would be Pizza Pizza, which is probably Canada's largest pizza chain. We normally order from the local place (Pizza Boyz), which means I can just walk over and pick it up instead of having it delivered. It's pretty good there, but some of their non-pizza food is suspect.


In Montreal, obviously. I don't think than an unilingual Anglo would be hired for a public job in Val-d'Or. Still, Montreal was majority French, last time I checked and French is the official language.

I know Pizza Pizza, they are good, we had one in Val-d'Or. The boss was in Rouyn-Noranda, the Val-d'Or manager (whom I know personally) had no support from him, so he resigned to become an high school history teacher and it closed soon after. 
70  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Favorite Pizza Chain on: April 18, 2014, 09:25:52 pm
I ordered there one time. Never again.

1. Pizza was cold.
2. The delivery man was talking only english (for USA posters, imagine than you order there and the delivery man says you the price of the pizza in Spanish, without being able to say it in English).
3. 12$ pizza. I had only 20$, I gave him 20$ and he fled with it as soon he touched the 20$, without giving me my change money.

Wow. That warrants a complaint, yes.

I did and they said than the next pizza would be free, but I never called back, since I wasn't impressed by the taste (too much pepperoni, not enough cheese). I found a better place later (a local pizzeria at the (huge) slice).
71  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Opinion of marijuana edibles on: April 18, 2014, 09:07:41 pm
Neutral.

I'm against them personally, but I'm not a control freak wanting to outlaw everything. If someone like them, well, I have no issue with letting those persons enjoy them.
72  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Favorite Pizza Chain on: April 18, 2014, 08:52:52 pm
Dominos

I ordered there one time. Never again.

1. Pizza was cold.
2. The delivery man was talking only english (for USA posters, imagine than you order there and the delivery man says you the price of the pizza in Spanish, without being able to say it in English).
3. 12$ pizza. I had only 20$, I gave him 20$ and he fled with it as soon he touched the 20$, without giving me my change money.
73  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Favorite Pizza Chain on: April 18, 2014, 05:45:05 pm
Local pizzerias are great, usually.
74  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 7 Million people sign up for insurance plans via state/federal exchanges (!) on: April 18, 2014, 04:35:55 pm
Paul Krugman annihilates the right-wing denial of Obamacare's successes:  http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/18/on-the-liberal-bias-of-facts/

Krugman presents no economic data.

As if you presented any.
75  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French Municipal Elections 2014: Hashemite's Guide and Official Thread on: April 18, 2014, 01:23:16 pm
The elections of the agglomeration presidents is always funny.
This time, it's Lille Métropole (1.1 millions inhabitants, 85 communes).

The incumbent, Martine Aubry (PS), mayor of Lille, seeing she would lose decided to not run and instead endorse the centrist independant candidate, who won (with the votes of the left and centrist independants).

So, Damien Castelain, mayor of Péronne-en-Mélantois (872 inhabitants!) is the new president, at the astonishment of most. It's like the second-smallest commune of it.
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