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1  General Politics / Individual Politics / Rank the parties w/ national legislative representation: Australia on: Today at 09:46:53 am
Liberals
Nationals
Labor
Greens
Katter's Australian Party
Palmer United
Motoring Enthusiast
Liberal Democratic
Family First
Democratic Labour Party

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1. Greens
2. Labor
3. Liberal Democratic
4. Motoring Enthusiast
5. Palmer United
6. Liberals
7. Nationals
8. Katter's Australian Party
9. Democratic Labour Party
10. Family First

2  General Politics / Individual Politics / Rank the parties w/ national legislative representation: Greece on: Today at 09:34:58 am
So the following:

New Democracy
SYRIZA
PASOK
Independent Greeks
Golden Dawn
DIMAR
Communist

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1. SYRIZA
2. DIMAR
3. Communist
4. PASOK
5. New Democracy
6. Independent Greeks
719825826424. Golden Dawn
3  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: The best Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in the past 50 years? on: Today at 09:02:25 am
Wilson. The rest are all pretty bad.
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Westminster Parliamentary By-Election : Clacton (date to be announced) on: August 29, 2014, 02:12:44 pm
It would appear that Labour held the seat from 1997-2005 for two main reasons: 1. 9.2% Referendum Party share in 1997 (surely close to being the highest in the country), 2. Lib Dem voters fleeing to Labour in droves; the Lib Dem vote in 2005 was half of what it was in 1992.
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Westminster Parliamentary By-Election : Clacton (date to be announced) on: August 28, 2014, 06:57:56 am
Hm, there are more than a few other Tory MPs with UKIP sympathies, and they would not be amused by those plans.
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Westminster Parliamentary By-Election : Clacton (date to be announced) on: August 28, 2014, 06:21:20 am
Ah, already heard the ignorant "Labour will win if anyone votes UKIP" line. That was swifter than usual.
7  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Westminster Parliamentary By-Election : Clacton (date to be announced) on: August 28, 2014, 06:15:11 am
As much as I despise his politics, props to him for having the balls to immediately re-contest his seat. 
8  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / David Chase spills the beans on The Sopranos ending on: August 27, 2014, 04:35:57 pm
http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/08/27/david-chase-finally-reveals-tonys-fate-on-the-sopranos/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ew%2Fhollywoodinsider+(Entertainment+Weekly%2FEW.com's%3A+Hollywood+Insider)
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish Independence Referendum - 2014 on: August 26, 2014, 06:33:45 am
That's another tactical error by Better Together - ignoring that a solid third or so of the Scottish population have supported independence since the early 80s and implying that the idea was fringe until 2007. The break-up of the union isn't anymore solely Salmond's campaign/idea than the preservation of the union is Darling's.
10  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Pancakes? on: August 24, 2014, 06:05:30 am
Not used to the US-style ones. Our pancakes are either made in the frying pan (usually on Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Day) and have quite a different taste and texture, or they are 'Scotch pancakes' (essentially smaller and somewhat sweeter versions of US-style pancakes) which are toasted or eaten cold.
11  General Politics / Individual Politics / 1997 UK General Election on: August 19, 2014, 08:35:32 am
Three days.

Labour, despite my disapproval of the 'New Labour' project.
12  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Battle of the New Atheists on: August 19, 2014, 05:33:34 am
Leaving Daniel Dennett off this list is akin to leaving James Garfield off the assassinated U.S. Presidents list. He may be more obscure and lower key than the others, but he's still one of them.

My ranking:

1. Dennett
2. Hitchens
3. Dawkins
4. Harris

13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Former Sen. James Jeffords (I-VT) dead at 80 on: August 18, 2014, 02:22:57 pm
Scarily enough I was literally just seconds ago thinking about how different the Republican Party used to be.

14  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: When did you first hear of.... on: August 18, 2014, 01:27:56 pm

David Cameron: When he was elected Tory leader in 2005. I recall some talk of him being the 'underdog' and that Davis had been expected to win.

Ed Miliband: Probably first heard the name in 2008. Didn't see or hear him until 2009 at the earliest.

Tony Blair: When my dad and uncle were moaning about some chap by the name of Tony Blair...that was probably around 2001 or so.

Gordon Brown: When I asked a teacher of mine who would be the next Prime Minister. She replied "I hope it's Gordon Brown." That was probably 2002ish.

Ken Livingstone: 2007/2008 maybe?

Nick Clegg: 2008

Boris Johnson: 2008

Kevin Rudd: 2008

John Howard: I saw him paying tribute to Steve Irwin in 2006. Didn't learn his name until 2008 while reading Wikipedia.

Julia Gillard: When she ousted Rudd in 2010.

Tony Abbott: 2009

Stephen Harper: 2008

Justin Trudeau: 2011?

Francois Hollande: 2012

Nicolas Sarkozy: 2008, when some guy was impersonating him in a prank call to Sarah Palin.

Angela Merkel: 2009, when she was re-elected.

Vladimir Putin: 2008
15  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: U.S. Presidential Election, 2008 Runoff on: August 18, 2014, 01:14:47 pm
Nader, both then and now (this despite the fact that I was a huge Obama hack in '08).
16  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Jeb Bush speaks out against medical marijuana legalization on: August 16, 2014, 04:34:19 pm
It says a lot when Jeb Bush is the most reasonable and moderate Republican candidate on offer; this of course being an example of how he's neither.
17  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: U.S. Presidential Election, 2000 on: August 16, 2014, 06:57:46 am
1. Nader
2. Hagelin
3. Gore
4. Browne
5. Bush
6. Buchanan
7. Phillips
18  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Best Democratic Almost-President: 19TH CENTURY EDITION on: August 16, 2014, 06:55:51 am
Bryan, which says a lot about the others.
19  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: U.S. Presidential Election, 2004 on: August 16, 2014, 06:54:58 am
1. Cobb
2. Nader
3. Kerry
4. Badnarik
5. Bush
6. Peroutka
20  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: U.S. Presidential Election, 1996 on: August 16, 2014, 06:53:34 am
1. Nader
2. Hagelin
3. Perot
4. Browne
5. Clinton
6. Dole
7. Phillips
21  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: When did you first hear of.... on: August 16, 2014, 06:48:57 am
Obama: Early 2008
Clinton: 2002, when she was the answer to a question on Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
Biden: When I bought President Forever in mid-2008
Bush: Invasion of Iraq
Cheney: See Biden
Romney: When a teacher of mine told us the story of his dog on his car roof (probably April-May 2008)
Giuliani: See Cheney
Paul: See Giuliani
Palin: August 2008
Gingrich: See Paul
22  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: What happened to Al Gore in West Virginia in 2000 (and to the Democrats since?) on: August 14, 2014, 06:48:52 am
The cultural war of the past ~20 years has done for the Democrats in states such as this; a European social democratic party would come closer to victory here.
23  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Threat from Hillary's Left on: August 14, 2014, 06:45:55 am
Never mind Hillary; there should be a threat to the Democratic Party as a whole from the left.
24  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election 2015 on: August 10, 2014, 09:15:16 am
Just a thought - how hilarious would the results in Liverpool be if Labour were led by Burnham and the Tories by Boris next year?
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: I met Boris today. on: August 09, 2014, 07:41:29 pm
When's he going to challenge Cameron?
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