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26  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Should the U.S. join the Commonwealth of Nations? on: May 24, 2015, 01:48:08 pm
Massachusetts (and Maine) are welcome. Maybe Virginia (and West Virginia and Kentucky) too. Colonies and their cut-offs that have no need to stay in the United States of America, but instead should take their rightful place in the Commonwealth of Nations.

Hawai'i also possible.
27  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Eurovision Song Contest 2015 on: May 23, 2015, 06:16:40 pm
Looks like not having a semi is a huge huge killer. Australia still made top 5, yay, but of all the other six the best result was Spain with a measly 10 points for a fantastic song.

0 for Germany and Austria, the first 0 points for any song since 2003, and for it to be two in one go, is pretty crazy as well.

I'd be absolutely shocked if the same system is used next year.
28  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Eurovision Song Contest 2015 on: May 23, 2015, 04:13:20 pm
Australia was flawless and has done us proud no matter the result.

My top 5 on the night, in no particular order:

Belgium, Italy, Georgia, Australia, and Russia.

Sweden's song was great, staging awesome, but... he isn't a good singer.
29  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Muslims on refugee boat throw Christians overboard for being non-Muslims on: April 23, 2015, 06:48:39 am
I meant in the particular context of boat arrivals from Islamic countries being an intense, vitriolic, and extremely unedifying national debate, but true enough.
30  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Muslims on refugee boat throw Christians overboard for being non-Muslims on: April 22, 2015, 09:27:08 am
Welcome to this debate, Europeans. It never gets solved. We've been at it for 15 years now.
31  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Message to you on: April 02, 2015, 08:11:17 am
I'm pretty funny tbh
32  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Germanwings A320 crashes in France on: March 27, 2015, 11:08:07 am
I wasn't going to say anything, but I actually did know someone on board. We weren't particularly close - facebook friends, but haven't seen each other for about 4 years.

Obviously the whole thing is horrible, but I'm just as uncomfortable with the public griefgasm.
33  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: RIP Lee Kuan Yew on: March 22, 2015, 11:09:58 pm
'The good and necessary fascist'
34  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Natalia Kills on: March 20, 2015, 11:22:35 pm
Horrible nobody.

Is New Zealand TV also aired in Australia?

Generally, no. Some on pay TV and maybe one or two series a year on FTA.
35  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Egypt plans new capital in the desert (population: 7 million+) on: March 17, 2015, 05:39:29 am
Cairo just can't keep growing, so... not the worst idea ever.
36  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Eurovision Song Contest 2015 on: March 17, 2015, 12:18:45 am
I really like them:

Iceland
Belarus
Russia
Australia
Estonia
Sweden
Georgia
Belgium

I like them well enough, but not crazy for them:

Cyprus
Netherlands
Moldova
Serbia
Spain
Austria
Macedonia
Poland
Latvia
Azerbaijan
Norway
Slovenia

No idea what I think:

United Kingdom
Ireland
Germany
Denmark
Israel
Albania
Czech Republic

I don't like them:

France
Hungary
Romania
Armenia
Switzerland
Italy
Malta
Greece

Just bad:

San Marino
Lithuania
Portugal

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Montenegro hasn't revealed their song for whatever reason.

Sweden and Italy are the hot faves to win, and I get why. Italy does nothing for me, although good on them for singing in Italian I guess. Sweden is just bizarre but in a really good way. Australia and Estonia are considered the next most likely, which is making me a bit happy because I have a sneaky suspicion that our song will do very well with the juries. Slovenia, Norway, Finland, and Azerbaijan are the possible-but-improbables, and I think at least Finland can be actively discounted. Yes, they'll get some public support because good for them giving it a go, but not enough to win, and nothing from the juries.

Portugal is the longest odds, and it is pretty bloody terrible so fair enough,
37  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Eurovision Song Contest 2015 on: March 16, 2015, 03:46:42 am
Well, we have a song...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7MwzRBEY_M

Not a fan of the vocal gymnastics, but otherwise I think I like it well enough - certainly glad not to be embarrassed by it, anyway.
38  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: ISIS demolish ancient city of Nimrud on: March 13, 2015, 08:44:11 pm
As genuinely sad as all this is... the genocide of whole peoples ind of affects me more. Not to be too SJW but I've found the concern levels about this being higher than the tens of thousands murdered more than a little off-putting.
39  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: March 09, 2015, 10:59:56 am
Or just polling in general any time other than within 3 days of an election. And even then...
40  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who is the highest ranking political figure(s) that you have shaken hands with? on: March 07, 2015, 09:59:16 am
Malcolm Fraser
41  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: February 28, 2015, 06:02:46 am
Helen Clark has had her hand up for aaaages and she's probably do a better job.
42  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Iggy Azalea on: February 21, 2015, 07:54:38 pm
HP, and using her Australianess as a promotional tool but then rapping in a bizarre attempt to emulate inner city african american rappers is very crummy.
43  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: February 17, 2015, 10:20:18 pm
Abbott: Because we gave you $1bn after the tsunami, you shouldn't carry out the death sentence on two Australian drug smugglers.

also...

Abbott: Yes, frozen berries have given 15+ people Hep A, but food security doesn't need to be improved from imported fresh products because I have a responsibility to the health of the wallets of Australians.

Ho-leee-feck.
44  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: February 13, 2015, 09:41:00 am
The Ruddock thing is stuuuuupid beyond belief. He was the only thing Abbott had going for him in the parliament.
45  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Australia to participate in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest on: February 12, 2015, 06:18:27 am
Calm down. We won't win.

Oh shush to the haters.

Yes. We. Will.
46  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: February 08, 2015, 06:38:24 pm
As expected, although if we assume cbinet solidarity (and we shouldn't, at least not unanimously) then the backbench has a majority against him. He's toast, it's just a case of whether it's burnt toast for the Libs or if they can scrape it off a bit.
47  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: February 06, 2015, 12:45:34 am
Statement from Bishop

Quote
I agreed with the Prime Minister that due to Cabinet solidarity and my position as deputy there should be support for the current leadership in the spill motion.

Well, that's an emphatic endorsement isn't it?

"I am telling literally everyone who has the ability to turf him to turf him, but he has put words in my mouth so in public I need to be a loyal deputy. Which is why for the next three days I have laryngitis and will stay at home to call text my collegues to ensure they do not support the current leadership."
48  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: February 05, 2015, 10:46:07 pm
Pyne is vacillating to make sure Turnbull and Bishop don't just go ahead without his boy Scotty.

It's done.
49  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: February 05, 2015, 09:17:27 pm
I hope you're right Smiley
50  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: February 05, 2015, 08:32:44 pm
As long as Ricky "I told you he'd be good" muir gets back in, I'm alright with that Smiley

But I think things have simmered down for now. Turnbull won't challenge until he has the numbers, and he doesn't have the numbers. But one more tiny slip up from Abbott, and he's gone.
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