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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: EP elections 2014 on: Today at 03:44:44 pm
My results:

Group

53% - ALDE
51% - EFD
49% -ECR
40% - S&D
40% - GUE-NGL
38% - EPP
33% - Greens/EFA

(Just comes to prove what I've always known, the EP is mostly pure $hit.

Top candidates:

87% - Anna Zemanova (ALDE) Slovakia
78% - Anna Rosbach (ECR) Denmark
76% - Sara Skyttedal (EPP) Sweden
73% - Tomas Baranovas (ALDE) Lithuania
73% - Janusz Wojciechowski (ECR) Poland

EDIT: I find it amusing that Tender almost agrees as much with the EPP as I do. Tongue
2  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: European Court of Justice overturns data retention directive on: April 08, 2014, 04:30:13 am
News that made my day! Cheesy
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: 2014 Selfie Creepfest/Post a picture of yourself thread on: March 26, 2014, 07:26:34 am
Based on all the gay people I know, Torie is correct in that the rules are different in the gay world. That isn't to say that there aren't monogamous gay couples, just like there are many non-monogamous straight couples, but the norms are markedly different. I base this not only on the gay people I know but from what they told me of the dating scene, etc.

Anecdotal evidence, really Gustaf? Tongue
Maybe the reason is because we monogamous gays don't hang out at Grindr.
My expeirience in the field is that a large majority of open and out gays want a stable monogamous relationship just as much as the next guy.

Anyway, straight or gay, as long as both parts are ok with it, there's no reason to judge people for not being monogamous. If you don't hurt anyone you should of course do what makes you happy. 



You have a very nice smile. Smiley
4  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: The Russian Annexation of Crimea on: March 19, 2014, 08:10:08 pm
Speaking of which, when did Sweden allow openly gay soldiers?

In 1976
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Comedy Goldmine on: March 19, 2014, 07:59:34 pm
She needs to not run in 2016, getting too old and needs to enjoy life.  Wait, Democrats said the same thing about McCain in 2008.

As Democrats, we feel the need to tell John McCain and everyone else how to live their lives. As a libertarian, you should stay out of Hillary Clinton's business.
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Italy 2014: All hail Matteo il Magnifico! on: March 19, 2014, 06:12:28 pm
It's certainly deeply flawed and criticizable on many different respects, but you can't say it's undemocratic, unless you think British FPP is even undemocratic.

I do think FPTP is undemocratic.
7  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: France General Discussion II: Living under Marxism on: March 19, 2014, 05:47:55 pm
Fabius is the most popular? ROFL

Well, foreign affairs is a blessed office. Who dislike a foreign affairs minister?

Well...
8  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: The Russian Annexation of Crimea on: March 19, 2014, 05:40:33 pm
That's such a stock example, and not even true, seeing as we were attacked and wouldn't have interfered otherwise.

But hypothetically, if we hadn't been attacked at all by anyone, would you support military intervention to help the British and the French?
I'll answer your question with a question-would you enlist and fight the fight? Would you storm on to the beach to be greeted by a haze of machine gun fire for France and England?

I'm blind and gay and far too skinny to fight a war, but I suppose I'd be willing to fight the good fight in retrospect.

You're blind?

I'm not sure what being gay has to with not being able to fight in a war though. I've met plenty of able soldiers who're gay. 
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Italy 2014: All hail Matteo il Magnifico! on: March 19, 2014, 04:41:42 pm
I want Italy to get out of the mess it is in right now, and the only way for this to happen is to have a strong, stable left-wing government. It might not be morally right to craft an electoral system based on this need, but it is the only possibility to avoid total disaster. I'm sincerely sorry this is the way thing are, but it is.

Yeah but rigging the system in an undemocratic manner isn't really going to solve the problem.
This system might as well create another Berlosconi undeserved majority, and even if it resulted in the out-come you wish for, no PD-lead government with its current establishment is going to be that stable left-wing government that brings Italy out of its crisis.

As AL says, the only real way to solve the fact that a left-wing alternative can't reach 50%, is for the left to reform itself into a credible political force, not bend the rules so they can rule with-out popular support.   
 
10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: SWEDEN - Super election year 2014 - GUIDE and THREAD on: March 15, 2014, 01:36:45 pm
So to sum up this very long discussion, a centre-right voter from Stockholm Business School doesn't understand why the government is unpopular and a centre-left voter from a place that votes 20 percentage points more left than the country as a whole doesn't think there's anything people find controversial about the Swedish left's policy position... C'mon really. ;P


Anyway I also expect the government to recover somewhat (I would be shocked if they didn't get above 40% in the end) but how much they recover is really a question on wether the government will keep coming with proposal that piss people off (student-grants) and on wether the opposition will go into clown mode this time as well with subway butlers, breast pumps, and banning construction off new malls.     

Also it's not for certain that C and Kd will recover enough even if the Alliance as a whole does so.


 
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is the population of your city/town? on: March 12, 2014, 07:41:58 pm
The city I currently live in, approx. 82 800 (as of 2010)


The town I grew up in 4 658 (as of 2010)

 
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: I'm at a show in a suburb now on: March 12, 2014, 07:30:55 pm
First it's shows. That's the gateway. Before you know it you'll be playing ingress in some suburb, and then it's downhill from there until you have a white picket fence, a soccer mom wife and 2,5 children. 
13  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: I really wonder if Mondale actually carried Minnesota on: March 08, 2014, 06:44:47 pm
Mondale rigged Minnesota in 1984...

This might be the silliest conspiracy theory yet, and I'm including the ones involving aliens.
14  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: SWEDEN - Super election year 2014 - GUIDE and THREAD on: March 07, 2014, 06:42:02 pm
Tayya's analysis is very good. Though I don't agree about people in general being closer to the Social Democrats and just going centre-right because of dislike for Persson/Sahlin/Juholt, that would suggest swing-voters have consistent political values, while the truth is they're about as consistent as jelly.

I'd also like to add that one of the problems the Alliance is currently having is their general arrogance and laziness towards the current electoral winds. Back in '10 there was a real fighting spirit to turn the popular opinion around, this time they just seem to lean back and expect another huge turn-around happening again, just because it did last time. 
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Crimean status referendum: March 16, 2014 on: March 07, 2014, 06:00:52 am
Anyone know what the Russian word for Anschluss is?

16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Draw lazy historical parallels in this thread. on: March 05, 2014, 06:27:45 pm
Opedo was clearly the Jesus Christ of our time, who were unjustly crucified for being to awesome...
17  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: How Democratic is your name? on: March 03, 2014, 06:38:52 pm
Interesting question is how well the presidents match:

Barack - 76,5% D
George - 50,2% D
Bill - 54,7% R
George - 50,2% D

Ronald - 53% R
Jimmy - 53,2% D
Gerald - 52,5% R
Richard - 54% R
Lyndon - 53,9% D
John - 53,3% R
Dwight - 54,4% D

Harry - 50,9% R
Franklin - 53,3% D
Herbert - 53% D
Calvin - 63,2% D

Warren - 51,5% R
Woodrow - 58,5% D
18  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: How Democratic is your name? on: March 03, 2014, 06:14:08 pm
Johan is 60,7% Democratic, only 4188 who're named it though. Tongue
19  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: SWEDEN - Super election year 2014 - GUIDE and THREAD on: March 02, 2014, 06:19:45 pm
So how is Löfven managing his reconversion from unionist to politician ? It strikes me as a bit odd he was for years leader of a large union and in SAP's executive board, I guess you don't have a "charte d'Amiens"... Wink

So far, so good for him. His political inexperience shines through quite a bit at times, but so far it's mostly endeared him to the public as being a genuine guy and not your ordinary career politician who cares more about themselves than serving the people. But it will be interesting to see how he holds up in the pressure of an election campaign.

Haha, no! LO (The Swedish Trade Union Confederation) is basically the right arm of the party. Or SAP is their right arm, I'm not sure which is actually more correct.   
20  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: SWEDEN - Super election year 2014 - GUIDE and THREAD on: March 02, 2014, 06:01:21 pm
You of course never should write anyone off more than 6 months before the election, a lot can happen.

But the situation at the moment is very different from 2010. The government is tiered and out of ideas, the centre-left parties actually have credible and competent leaders, and the right has lost lots of confidence in political areas where they've traditionally had the upper hand, such as schools, defense, and law and order. Nor are the centre-left parties taking victory for granted this time, but actually fight, while the right seem convinced that they can lean back because since there was a huge recovery last time, the same will happen magically this time.    

There'll probably be another "hung parliament", IMO, at least if Sverigedemokraterna get 8-9% or so.

Probably, but with S+Mp+V as the dominating block in the hung parliament.
21  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Ukraine 2014 on: March 02, 2014, 07:52:32 am
Party of Regions had previously announced they were picking a candidate yesterday.

Was his name Vladimir Putin?
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Comedy Goldmine on: March 02, 2014, 06:15:34 am

Being half a race is NOT a half-breed... That would be something like Half-Vulcan or Half-Dalek

Well, we did have a half-Dalek Vice President not long ago. Tongue



Exterminate! EXTERMINATE!! EXTERMINATE!!! 
23  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Breivik on hunger strike: Wants his Playstation 2 replaced with Playstation 3 on: February 24, 2014, 06:33:48 pm
Interesting that the Norway police actually "investigated" the "claims" of this lunatic ...

Everyone is equal for the law. If other prisoners can make complaints that are taken seriously, so should Breivik. Now when that has been investigated, I of course hope they follow my suggested path of action and let him starve.
24  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: SWEDEN - Super election year 2014 - GUIDE and THREAD on: February 20, 2014, 04:32:33 pm
The government has apparently decided that they want to go out with a bang as big as 1994, and  turn as many people as possible against them before the election. But what do I know, giving your voter base and the swing voters the finger at the same time might be a stroke of brilliance I have yet to understand,   
25  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Name an issue where you think the people you agree with are tools on: February 18, 2014, 07:04:14 pm
The banning of Opedo.

I didn't support his banning, but his obnoxious followers holding him up as a saint and martyr, their awful abuse towards the moderators, and their inconsistent and stupid arguments made it crawl and twitch in my entire body almost made me change minds just because their disgraceful behavior.   
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