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1  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Tony Abbott? on: November 15, 2014, 05:17:36 am
A bigoted and mostly incompetent Prime Minister who's eroded everything liberal about the Liberal Party and who I believe will make terrible damage to the Australian centre-right for a generation.   

Tony Abbot is the perfect opposition leader. He's ruthless, opportunistic, and wickedly effective at breaking down and tearing apart his opponents, but terrible at filling the shoes of national leader once he's successfully terminated them.   
By liberal, they mean classically liberal.

Yes... I know. I'm European, so that is always what I mean when I use the word liberal.

So allow me to clarify, Tony Abbott has eroded everything classically liberal about the Liberal party, it now acts as a reactionary Conservative party. There's very little of a night-watchman state in what he's trying to create.   
2  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Sweden Considering Sexism Labels For Video Games on: November 15, 2014, 05:10:52 am
I would just like to note that I didn't vote for this new Socialist regime, and I want no part of the blame for this government's moronic political correctness crusades over the coming four years. 

The gaming industry trade organsation got some money from a funding agency to in some way support gender equality in games. In what way has this got anything to do with the current government, rather than the trade organisation and the case officer at the funding agency?

Case Officer's that get to hand out funding get their directives from somewhere you know, they don't just get to make decisions on who to throw money at based on their own personal views.

As for the Trade Organisation, it is adapting to the political realities of the day. You can compare it to Hollywood adapting the restrictive Hays Code of Censorship back in the day due to the fear of Government mandated film regulations from Washington. Better to act than react so to speak. I doubt the Swedish gaming industry just woke up two weeks ago and had a sudden realization that they should probably rate their games based on sexism, they clearly fear that if they don't look as if they're doing something, they'd be the perfect target for the government to institute some "reform" trying to win back the 3,1% that voted for the Schyman cult.

Who did you vote for SwedishCheese?

The Centre Party
3  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Tony Abbott? on: November 14, 2014, 08:46:53 pm
I take it from the comments in this thread that he is basically the Australian version of George W. Bush.  Or at least that's how the more left-of-center posters here would have you believe.    

No Bush had charm, some sort of likability. He's more like Dick Cheney, with Santorum's social views.   
4  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Tony Abbott? on: November 14, 2014, 08:37:37 pm
A bigoted and mostly incompetent Prime Minister who's eroded everything liberal about the Liberal Party and who I believe will make terrible damage to the Australian centre-right for a generation.   

Tony Abbot is the perfect opposition leader. He's ruthless, opportunistic, and wickedly effective at breaking down and tearing apart his opponents, but terrible at filling the shoes of national leader once he's successfully terminated them.   
5  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Sweden Considering Sexism Labels For Video Games on: November 14, 2014, 08:18:35 pm
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Future video games produced in Sweden could be labelled according to whether or not they promote gender equality, as part of a new project by gaming industry trade organisation Dataspelsbranchen.

Avoiding sexism and gender stereotypes in video games produced in Sweden will become a key goal for the association, which has been given a 272,000 kronor  ($36,672) grant by Sweden's government-funded innovation agency, Vinnova.

read more
http://www.thelocal.se/20141113/sweden-mulls-sexist-game-labels

My opinion on the subject... as long as they don't begin to ban thing, I don't care much, through I would like to see how they define the whole "promote gender equality" before I decide whether this are our neighbours being idiots again or whether this is a good idea.

I would just like to note that I didn't vote for this new Socialist regime, and I want no part of the blame for this government's moronic political correctness crusades over the coming four years. 
6  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: I want good old world back! on: November 14, 2014, 12:16:13 pm
By God, how I cannot stand nostalgic pessimists. If they're just going to keep on growing in numbers I too have a bleak vision of the future.

But sure lets ignore the fact that less people in the world is poor today than ever before. Lets ignore the fact that society today is more open and inclusive of different people than ever in modern history. Why should we take note of the fact that human intelligence and labour has given us improbable scientific and medical development that ensure that most of us will live to near our hundredth birthday, or even beyond. I mean how can we even appreciate these things when kids these days run rampant with their cell phones. Roll Eyes

Sure if you're a gay person who would not have been able to ever experience a fulfilling love-life without being ostracized or even killed by society, a black person being segregated into second-class facilities, a working-class factory worker tolling yourself to death at a factory, a woman with minimal job and career opportunities, or a person with any sort of disability or disease that has been made curable or more bearable by modern medicine and technology, you might be a bit skeptical about the virtues of the past. But at least the past had heart, they had love!

And apparently more people that knew CPR although there are actually no proof to support that claim what so ever.     
 
Do you know what ConnoRhett. With all due respect, if you want a better tomorrow, with more heart and care, GET OFF YOUR LAZY ASS and create it, instead of making everything worse than it already is by unbearable complaining about it.

And thank you for allowing me to let off some steam by ranting a bit. It was well needed after this afternoon. Now please get you $hit together and stop crying like you're bloody John Boehner.

   
 
7  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Big Bad Swedish Politics & News Thread on: November 03, 2014, 07:15:52 pm
Current approval numbers for the party leaders:

Fredrik Reinfeldt (M) - 58%
Stefan Löfvén (S) - 45%
Gustav Fridolin (MP) - 36%
Annie Lööf (C) - 33%
Jan Björklund (FP) - 28%
Göran Hägglund (KD) -28%
Jonas Sjöstedt (V) - 24%
Åsa Romson (MP) - 22%
Jimmie Åkesson (SD) - 17%

(Ipsos)

I'm incredibly pleased with this on so many levels.
Too bad Ipsos is a crap pollster though.
8  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Do you understand French politics? on: November 01, 2014, 06:37:51 am
No (Sane)
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Have there been any Green Party heads-of-state so far ? on: October 30, 2014, 09:31:48 am
I'm almost completely certain there has neither been a Green HoS nor a HoG.
The Green candidate in Finland's last presidential election ended as runner up with 37% of the vote, but that's the closest anyone has come so far... well unless you count Prince Charles, he's technically been a heartbeat away from it for years, but it's not like Old Liz intend to die anytime soon.

I have always wondered about the Royal Families private political views. What proof is there that Charlie likes the Greens though?



Charles: Green
Elizabeth: SDP (pre-continuity)
Philip: Ukip
Harry: Sun reader who doesn't care who runs the country, as long as...

In more seriousness, Wales's public views in this regard include uncontroversial views on sustainability, conservationism, protection of rural England, and his banal dislike of modernist architecture. None of these would rule him out of, or into, any UK political party.

there's a spitting image sketch from the 1987 election about how the royals would vote if they could. quote accurate except Liz is selling vopies of Socialist Worker outside a tube station because it "annoys Mrs Thatcher" (they didn't get on very well and she is reported to have said yhat the Queen is "the kind of person who might vote for the SDP)

I would post it but i'm currently 40,000feet above the north sea...:-)

Here it is!
10  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Big Bad Swedish Politics & News Thread on: October 29, 2014, 04:37:41 pm
How do you feel about joining NATO?  Does this kind of thing push you closer?

According to polls a majority of Swedes are also against joining NATO and they will likely still be so after this event.

First poll on the subject is out (Novus) and it appears to be a complete tie.

Should Sweden join NATO?

37%     YES
36%     NO
27%     DON'T KNOW

So the events did have quite a significant effect on polls. First time support for NATO-membership is leading in a NOVUS poll.


NATO here we come!!! Wink

11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Have there been any Green Party heads-of-state so far ? on: October 26, 2014, 04:24:30 am
I'm almost completely certain there has neither been a Green HoS nor a HoG.
The Green candidate in Finland's last presidential election ended as runner up with 37% of the vote, but that's the closest anyone has come so far... well unless you count Prince Charles, he's technically been a heartbeat away from it for years, but it's not like Old Liz intend to die anytime soon.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How many of your grandparents were alive when you were born? on: October 13, 2014, 12:20:32 pm
Three. My maternal grandfather died when my mum was only 17, so before she even met my dad.
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Sweden election results thread (Sept 14, 2014) on: October 10, 2014, 05:52:37 am
Just out of curiosity, was the Riksbank monetary policy an issue in these elections from the perspective of average voter? Has it been one in the aftermath? Is the new government going forward with the plan to change the mandate?

I think the Riksbank policy in the last few years played a major role in these elections outcome (arguably decisive).

1) No    2) No   3) I don't know, but probably not.


14  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Cousin marriage on: October 08, 2014, 10:40:27 pm
Let them marry! If we're going to limit two persons, who love each other, the right to matrimony we better have damn good reasons for doing so, and since the genetics of it is only a problem if it's double first cousins, or if it happens over several generations, I don't really consider that a strong enough argument in favour of a ban. And the "uwww gross" argument is as ridiculous here as it is when it comes to same-sex or interracial marriages.   
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Sweden election results thread (Sept 14, 2014) on: October 03, 2014, 09:19:09 am
Here it is, the new cabinet in all its glory, meeting for council with the HM the King for the first time:





Is Ardalan Shekarabi just really short, or is it Gabriel Wikström and Alice Bah Kuhnke that are really tall?
16  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Sweden election results thread (Sept 14, 2014) on: October 02, 2014, 10:57:37 am
V abstained too? God, this is gonna be a trainwreck.

Rough translation of what Hans Linde, Left Party group leader and whip, said in the debate preceding the vote:

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Mr Speaker, when centre-right governments have lost elections, and Parliament has held a vote on a new Social Democratic Prime Minister, the Left Party has traditionally voted in favour of their confirmation. We did so in 1982, as well as in 1994. However today the Left Party will lay down their votes and abstain in the vote to confirm the Speaker's proposal for new Prime Minister and I want to take the opportunity to motivate our decision.

During the election campaign our party was clear on the question of government. We wanted to see a Red-Green coalition with the Social Democrats, the Left Party, and the Greens. A Red-Green three party coalition would have meant a stronger government, with greater support in this chamber, but most importantly such a government could for real changed the political course of this country, and mend the foundation of a safer labour market, a feminist society, and a welfare system which you can rely on. Stefan Löfvén had a choice, and still has a choice, to govern to his left, or to his right. We regret that Stefan Löfvén choose, already the day after the election, and with-out any negotiations with us, to shut the door on a Red-Green three party coalition.

<snip>

This means that the Left Party now takes the role of opposition. Naturally we will be prepared to strike agreements with the government on certain issues, BUT we will not become their passive support. We are now prepared to bear the responsibility of being the left-wing alternative in Swedish politics and in the Swedish Parliament.


Sounds like something you'd say, does it not Antonio? ^^
It's not hard to read some heavy criticism of the new administration in between the lines. 
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Sweden election results thread (Sept 14, 2014) on: October 02, 2014, 07:14:07 am
Parliament is in session right now to hold the confirmation vote on the nomination of Löfvén as Prime Minister.

132   YES (S+MP)
049   NO (SD)
154   ABSTAIN (M+C+V+FP+KD)

Stefan Löfvén is (unsurprisingly) confirmed as Prime Minister by parliament.

EDIT: The new government will be presented tomorrow morning together with Löfvén's Government Policy Declaration (think Queen's Speech). 
18  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Sweden election results thread (Sept 14, 2014) on: October 02, 2014, 07:00:42 am
Parliament is in session right now to hold the confirmation vote on the nomination of Löfvén as Prime Minister.
19  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Sweden election results thread (Sept 14, 2014) on: September 30, 2014, 08:30:56 am
They're making want to make high school compulsory for some unfathomable reason.

They're not making anything compulsory as long as there is a thorough majority against it in parliament.
20  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Sweden election results thread (Sept 14, 2014) on: September 30, 2014, 04:36:21 am
That's an SAP voting immigrant area, what is the other one with 50,3% for V + FI?  Students or some alternative lifestyle types?

Students and hipsters.


Somehow I have a hard time wrapping my head around the idea of Malmö hipsters Wink.

Malmö together with Södermalm, is actually the hipster capital of Sweden. Tongue (It actually has the nickname Little Berlin, for this very reason) Although the city is most known (especially in Denmark I might imagine) by its infamous immigrant areas, it also has really well-off upper-crust suburbs, and old town inner-city areas, as well as a heap of hipster neighborhoods, most notoriously Möllevången, but most off the south inner city as well as Kirseberg would fit the description.

 
21  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Sweden election results thread (Sept 14, 2014) on: September 30, 2014, 04:00:55 am
That's an SAP voting immigrant area, what is the other one with 50,3% for V + FI?  Students or some alternative lifestyle types?

Students and hipsters.


Interesting to see S losing to V. Was this trend replicated in other immigrant-heavy SAP strongholds in Malmö and/or Sweden as a whole?

As far as I can tell from looking at a few precincts, it does seen to be somewhat of a national trend. V has been campaigning offensivly in those areas as well, so it's not too surprising.

Söder (SD) is now officially elected as 2nd deputy speaker. The finally tally was 292 blank votes, 52 for Söder.

Why they just did not voted for somebody else? This sounds stupid.


It was, but most of the parties didn't want to break 100-year-old precedent, but still felt the need for  an unnecessary silly protest against SD, you know just so that people doesn't somehow get the idea that they like SD just because they don't want to break precedent. Roll Eyes
22  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Sweden election results thread (Sept 14, 2014) on: September 29, 2014, 03:08:05 pm
Hilariously, FI nearly won a precinct in Södermalm (17.7% in Högalid 8 Bergsund N: Social Democrats just pipped them with 18.3%).

They did win this precinct in Malmö.

83%+ for the left/centre-left is impressive. Is that the most leftist precinct in Sweden?

No, that would probably be this one, in another part of Malmö.
23  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Sweden election results thread (Sept 14, 2014) on: September 29, 2014, 02:54:55 pm
Hilariously, FI nearly won a precinct in Södermalm (17.7% in Högalid 8 Bergsund N: Social Democrats just pipped them with 18.3%).

They did win this precinct in Malmö.
24  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: PR with combination of party list and personal vote on: September 29, 2014, 02:35:26 pm
In Austria you have a party list, but with preferential candidate voting.

In theory, if a candidate who's let's say ranked 50th on the list, starts a preference voting campaign and that candidate receives a ton of votes, then that person will get ranked 1st on the list after the election (unless some other candidate has more preference votes).

This is also how it works in Sweden.
25  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Sweden election results thread (Sept 14, 2014) on: September 27, 2014, 06:57:13 am
SKÅNE
(S+V+MP) vs. (M+C+FP+KD)

2002:




2006:



2010:



2014:



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