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76  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian federal election - October 19, 2015 (Official Campaign Thread) on: October 08, 2015, 09:56:33 am
    For all of the discussion about the Conservatives and BQ going to the right on the immigration issue, just how much of this is in fact symbolic only.  In real terms, have either party endorsed Canada changing policy and lowering total amounts of immigrants allowed into Canada? IMHO, that would amount to really going to the right on the issue, not the Niquab issue.
77  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German Elections & Politics on: October 07, 2015, 10:38:22 am
   Also, the Others category is up to 9%.  Wonder who predominates in that group.
78  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Europe-Middle East-Africa Refugee Crisis General Thread on: October 05, 2015, 10:43:58 am
    Consider me old-fashioned, but if I were German I'd want to see the German electorate directly involved in deciding how they feel about this transformation of Germany, either through some type of national referendum, or a traditional election in which the parties announce clear policies about what Germany's stance should be.
79  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: France General Discussion II: Living under Marxism on: October 04, 2015, 10:42:34 am
   Isn't the main problem for the French Greens the lack of proportional representation in elections for the National Assembly?  I would think if they had a solid parliamentary base, not dependent on runoff support and deals with other parties, that it would give them a foundation to organize a coherent movement. 
   Greens seems to be pretty stable in getting support in countries which have PR, and not surprisingly fail to win many seats in countries which don't. Canada in two weeks will be the next example of that.
80  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian federal election - October 19, 2015 (Official Campaign Thread) on: October 01, 2015, 04:14:37 pm
   I believe the Alternative vote was introduced in Australia in the 1910'a by a liberal government out of fear that Labour would benefit from the Liberals and Country Party (now Nationals I believe) splitting the center to right-wing vote.
81  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Europe-Middle East-Africa Refugee Crisis General Thread on: October 01, 2015, 04:09:57 pm
   Well, I would think that Swedes who don't like the ethnic transformation of their country would not like a Malmo situation, in that it has a 41 % either immigrant or children of immigrant population according to wikipedia, though a big chunk of them are from other European countries, which might be reassuring to some who would be more opposed to non-European immigration.
82  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics (Oct. 11: Vienna state election) on: October 01, 2015, 01:41:59 pm
   How is the Vienna Gemeinsam campaign going?  I'm thinking the Greens and SPO are irritated at its very existence, as those voters would likely vote for them if it wasn't on the ballot, and it won't win any seats.  Is it trying to appeal to all Vienna voters, or just those of Turkish background?
83  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Europe-Middle East-Africa Refugee Crisis General Thread on: October 01, 2015, 11:59:57 am
   Here's a cheering thought for Swedes concerned about the ethnic transformation of their country.  At some point, if in fact all this immigration leads to poor quality of life, a poorer economy, etc. etc. then immigrants will no longer want to go there.  Of course by that time, it might look like one big Malmo demographically and socially.
84  General Politics / International General Discussion / Migrant crisis on: September 30, 2015, 09:54:01 am
   An intriguing idea from Hungary that likely won't go anywhere but worthy of an honest discussion.  I added the subsidy for poor countries idea.
85  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Europe-Middle East-Africa Refugee Crisis General Thread on: September 30, 2015, 12:44:22 am
   The Hungarian Prime Minister Orban  has a productive suggestion about the migrants.  World-wide quotas, not Europe wide.  I'm sure this will go over really well, and that in the next few days we will see how generous and accepting the world will be to these migrants, leaving Europe in the dust so to speak, as country after country around the world will rush to take in as many as possible. 
   All kidding aside, I would strongly support the idea of wealthier countries helping any poor country that takes migrants with strong financial backing.  I could imagine a broad consensus of European parties and political figures getting behind this.
86  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics (Today: Upper Austria state election) on: September 29, 2015, 04:11:05 pm
   The FPO performance among working class voters was quite impressive.  I think the FPO argument that the political elites are importing a new working class to either replace them or at least partially substitute for them is resonating, whether it be true or not.  The 61-2 margin of FPO over Greens among them is pretty resounding.
87  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Europe-Middle East-Africa Refugee Crisis General Thread on: September 19, 2015, 07:22:51 pm
   Yes, under my scenario money would go to people in refugee camps in Lebanon and Turkey, and maybe some subsidies and bribes and other goodies to host country governments, as they would be retaining people in their countries and thus have extra costs.
88  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Europe-Middle East-Africa Refugee Crisis General Thread on: September 19, 2015, 01:47:17 pm
   I'd love to see Germany make some kind of deal whereby they would pay potential migrants more money to stay wherever they are and not migrate to Europe. The mechanics and logistics of this would of course be difficult, but it would be fascinating to see what would happen.
89  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Italian Elections and Politics, 2015 ed. on: September 18, 2015, 04:41:46 pm
   Would five star win against either the left or the right if it reached the runoff?
90  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Scorpion TV show needs us to help them on: September 18, 2015, 11:02:43 am
    My family and I have just about finished season one of Scorpion.  We like the show, but some episodes they could really use the help of someone who knows about history and politics. In one episode they talk about a former war between Belarus Lavtia and Lithuania taking place in the 1890's when they were all part of the Russian empire.
    Another episode talks about the killing of the congressman from Californians 78th congressional district. Another one had them transferring someone from LA to Ventura and the road they travel is clearly not realistic.  Underpopulated and desert-like.
   I wouldn't mind being a consultant for them if they are interested. I'd charge 200$ a show.
91  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Greece parliamentary election - September 20, 2015 on: September 18, 2015, 10:50:20 am
   One would have to think that so many of the jobs that will go to the migrants in Germany would in many cases have been filled, or could have been filled, by southern or eastern europeans from EU states, such as Greece.  My guess is that the average German would be much more comfortable with someone from there, then the middle east or Africa, once the current honeymoon wears off.
92  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Swiss Elections & Politics (18 October 2015) on: September 18, 2015, 10:43:07 am
   Time for my obligatory immigration related election question.  Have the parties come up with very pronounced stances about taking any migrants?  Not being in the EU gives the Swiss some cover to avoid the issue perhaps? 
93  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Day 12: Austria on: September 17, 2015, 10:48:47 am
   Tender, in terms of the Sudetenland I was referring to the immediate post World War One era, not now, thus from before the ethnic cleansing of the Sudetenland of 1945-1946.
94  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Europe-Middle East-Africa Refugee Crisis General Thread on: September 17, 2015, 10:44:42 am
   Some opponents of the legitimacy of this whole migrant crisis have pointed out that young males dominate the demographics of the migrants.  They argue that if this was a fully legitimate group of refugees, women and children, as well as older people would be much more represented.  OTOH, younger males would be most likely to be dragged into the actual fighting in these countries.
95  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Poland election - October 25 2015 on: September 16, 2015, 11:42:49 am
   In a nutshell, what are the different parties stances on the migrant issue?
96  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Europe-Middle East-Africa Refugee Crisis General Thread on: September 16, 2015, 11:35:17 am
    With Germany mentioning that countries refusing their migrant quotas might see their EU subsidies in jeopardy, that brings up the question of cost benefits of immigration.  In the US the pro high immigration side often talks about how the US benefits economically from high amounts of immigration.  So, if this is true in this case in Europe, those countries refusing to take migrants are foregoing some economic benefits and thus if anything should be economically rewarded by the EU rather than penalized, as they are abstaining from the great demographic bonanza/gold rush that Germany is going to enjoy for generations to come.
97  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Day 12: Austria on: September 15, 2015, 03:53:09 pm
  Right, I was referring to Austria keeping what would roughly match the "language frontier" at the time.  Having the Sudetenland joining the new Austria would be the trickier part, basically adding  a  C shaped chunk of territory onto the top of the new republic.
98  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Europe-Middle East-Africa Refugee Crisis General Thread on: September 15, 2015, 03:49:36 pm
     The support level for Orban's stance is intriguing.  Clearly he is getting support from people who otherwise don't support his regime, if in fact its 80%.  I'd love to see some countries hold referenda on this issue, with a question such as " should our country accept EU mandated quotas, or should we have our own choice on the issue".
99  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Day 12: Austria on: September 15, 2015, 11:04:19 am
   A couple thoughts.  A conserva-green could be  a supporter of the Ecological Democrats in Germany perhaps?  IIRC they once got 3% of the vote in a Bavarian parliamentary election. 
   Concerning Austria, its a shame that it wasn't allowed to keep the northern half of the South Tyrol and at least part of the Sudetenland after world war one.  Merging the southern and western part of the Sudetenland would have created a really funky border, but would have been the just decision, clearly, in terms of ethnic self determination.
    Some of my best memories of trips to Europe are from Austria.  A week spent on the Worthersee when I was 15, visiting the Salzburg area and then Vienna when I was a college student.
I hope to visit in the next few years as well.
100  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Europe-Middle East-Africa Refugee Crisis General Thread on: September 15, 2015, 10:52:50 am
     I think its fascinating how leaders like Fico and Zeman who were elected running from the left, are taking on pro low-immigration policies on this migrant issue.  Its encouraging to see the low immigration side find adherents from the left, not just the right.  In the US I think the last few prominent anti-amnesty, potential low immigration adherents in the Democratic Party, Senators like Byron Dorgan, Nelson from Nebraska and at one point in his career, Harry Reid, are now retired or have changed their ideology. 
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