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1  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Hillary does rally with Bernie dressed as the emperor, scowls and nods all day. on: September 29, 2016, 08:56:25 am
It actually looks like Dr. Evil's clothes...

2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Labour Party (UK) Leadership Election, 2016 on: September 19, 2016, 09:37:40 am
Still, we're still better than Canada! Tongue

Indeed you are.
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Labour Party (UK) Leadership Election, 2016 on: September 19, 2016, 05:26:18 am
Isn't this election over already? God damn how long does this party need to crown Corbyn leader for the second time?

No wonder Labour can't keep up with the Tories when you take into account how the two parties handle their leadership elections.
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics 2.0 (Presidential runoff re-vote: 2 Oct. 2016) on: September 05, 2016, 09:06:43 am
Austrian election officials need to take a chill pill, or they will end in a mental facility due to stress - even before the election takes place ... Tongue

Considering the court ruling on the last election it's not really surprising that they are a bit tense. I mean... you don't want to go through a THIRD Hofer vs. Van Der Bellen election now do you???

Well actually, you probably would like to see that, but I'm pretty sure the general public who are not die-hard Austrian politicos don''t share the enthusiasm. Tongue
5  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Danes don't like Trump much on: August 31, 2016, 05:52:51 am
It didn't even take one reply to derail this thread...

Anyway I'd expect similar numbers for all of Scandinavia actually.
6  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: France General Discussion II: Living under Marxism on: August 22, 2016, 12:08:30 pm
So I am assuming (or hoping) that Juppé will defeat Sarkozy in the primary. Would that be somewhat correct assumption?
7  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Why is Gary Johnson polling at 7-16% but Stein is at 1-2%? on: August 22, 2016, 02:10:18 am
Here are three probable causes.

1) Stein is a far-left kook crazy conspiracy theorist

2) Around 80% of people who voted for Bernie is opting for Clinton in the general election. The Bernie or bust crowd is just a small but vocal minority.

3) There are Democratic-leaning swing-voters who don't like Clinton but who wouldn't vote for a crazy guy like Trump either but would be going for Kasich if he was the GOP nominee. Those people are hardly gonna vote for the Trump of the left, but is quite attracted to two moderate sane former Republican governors. 
8  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Norbert Hofer/Donald Trump divide on: August 10, 2016, 02:07:17 pm
Nobody else cares. Literally.

Tender doesn't care that we only care about Austrian politics when there is an election. He will make us care 24/7! Tongue
9  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Norbert Hofer/Donald Trump divide on: August 10, 2016, 01:41:58 pm
* The difference could also be that Trump comes across as insane and a bully, while Hofer comes across as likeable and folksy.

Personally I'm convinced it is this.
10  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Hillary to Police: Don't Endorse Me on: August 07, 2016, 04:12:20 pm
Good. Police uUnions are disgusting and should be crushed whenever and wherever possible.

Guys, I fixed this for you.
11  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Bold predictions on: August 01, 2016, 03:58:39 pm
Clinton wins both AZ and GA.
12  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Expert: Russia (or someone else) could hack voting machines in Nov. on: July 28, 2016, 11:07:22 am
This is why electric voting is dumb $hit.
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Labour Party (UK) Leadership Election, 2016 on: July 19, 2016, 04:28:53 pm
Welsh parochialism FTW! Cheesy

Indeed. We (by which I mean 'the Welsh') want our Party back, lol.

If Smith beats Corbyn thanks to Welsh voters, England should really thank the heavens that at least you don't want to leave! Wink

If Owen Smith loses to Jeremy Corbyn, but wins among Welsh Labour members, will Leanne Wood demand an independence referendum for Wales? Tongue
14  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: What's more important: democracy, or liberalism/secularism? on: July 16, 2016, 07:41:40 am
Democracy, but democracy cannot exist without a minimum degree of liberalism.

This.

EDIT: I'd add that democracy is one of the core liberal values so it also hard to see it work the other way around.  It cannot really be a liberal state if it doesn't embrace some form of at least minimal democracy.
15  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Winter is Coming (GoT is back) on: July 13, 2016, 12:51:22 pm
You know what pisses me off the most? It's not how exploitive, self-indulgent and immature-while-pretending-to-be-mature the show can be. There are plenty of sh*tty shows that are like that. What I hate about this show is that, despite all these flaws, it still manages to be an excellent show in other ways. Still makes me care about all the characters in it, want to see the good prevail and the evil be destroyed. I wish I wasn't so invested in Arya, Sansa, Jon, Bran, Meera, Olenna, Tyrion, Varys and Asha. I wish I wasn't so invested in seeing Cersei and Littlefinger get their comeuppance. But I am, and that means I'll keep watching this f**king show and have to keep put up with all the filth it throws at us.

Yes, I realize that I'm just whining here.

Are you talking about Game of Thrones or what following politics are like for you? Tongue
16  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Rate David Cameron's premiership on: July 13, 2016, 11:49:38 am
Of course at the moment everyone is a bit upset with him. Right-wing remainers are upset he called the referendum and thus caused brexit, right-wing brexit supporters are of course mad he wasnt a brexit supporter and left-wingers are upset with him on principle.

I do suspect that with a bit of time he will come to be viewed quite favorably though, once the brexit issue settles down and the lefties get a new tory PM who will be "the worst most evil prime minister ever, even worse than Thatcher" to get their act up about. 

 
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Labour Party (UK) Leadership Election, 2016 on: July 12, 2016, 12:50:53 pm
Silence for a while now. Does that mean that ITS HAPPENING or just that someone has confiscated the phones?

When Al is asking the questions and not providing the answer when it comes to British politics you know stuff are completely off the rails and upside down.   
18  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Pigfvcker Memorial Suppository for UK News: A Departure from EUtopia on: June 27, 2016, 03:44:41 am
Hard to believe that a Brexit result, at least in the immediate, would cause more chaos among Labour than the Tories... Oh well, hopefully Labour sorts out their issues quickly and leaves time for Tories to jump at each other's throats in the next few months.

You shouldn't be too hopeful. If there is one thing political history shows us, it's that the left is far much more prone to fight among themselves than the center-right is. 

Not in this country - the Tories have couped (or attempted to) far more leaders than Labour. With Labour it rarely goes beyond the handful of whiney backbenchers.

Oh right, I must have dreamed that whole thing about the Gaitskell-wing fighting the Bevan-wing for more than a decade, or the gang of four breaking away and starting their whole new party, and so on... Yeah Labour has basically never fought internally for long periods of time causing them to loose out on power for several successiv terms. Roll Eyes

With the exception of the 90's and the Conservative divide over Europe, Labour has been far more divided and fixated on fighting among themselves than the Tories. Sure the Tories might have had more coups, but after they're done with them they quite quickly unite again. In Labour on the other hand they seen to hold their grudges for decades.

Similarly I expect the Tories to fight for a bit up until Boris is elected, after which he gives Theresa May and a few other remainers senior positions in the cabinet and the party quickly unite and move on with politics as usual, whereas Labour might be headed for a long civil war between their Corbynite left-wing grassroots and their Blairite MP:s.     
19  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Pigfvcker Memorial Suppository for UK News: A Departure from EUtopia on: June 27, 2016, 02:48:03 am
Hard to believe that a Brexit result, at least in the immediate, would cause more chaos among Labour than the Tories... Oh well, hopefully Labour sorts out their issues quickly and leaves time for Tories to jump at each other's throats in the next few months.

You shouldn't be too hopeful. If there is one thing political history shows us, it's that the left is far much more prone to fight among themselves than the center-right is. 
20  General Discussion / History / Re: Have Millenials have it the worst of living generations? on: June 22, 2016, 01:10:43 am
It is whiny threads like these that make me sympathize with grumpy old men who think youths are spoiled and lazy. 
21  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Should this be Trump's strategy? on: June 20, 2016, 04:29:30 am
So you think Trump's strategy should be becoming Bernie Sanders? Tongue
22  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should the UK leave the EU? on: June 10, 2016, 02:19:44 am
No, as an ardent Euroskeptic I believe it is of utmost importance to keep Britain in the EU to weaken it from the inside. Britain's membership might be the only thing saving the union from turning into some sort of terrible United States of Europe. 
23  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Are you surprised Bernie Sanders lost San Francisco? on: June 09, 2016, 03:17:04 am
Hillary Clinton's strongest demographics throughout the campaign were:

-minorities
-rich Democrats
-gays

Knowing that how the hell would she not win San Francisco?

^ What this guy said ^

I mean really, Sanders supporters really need to get a grip on reality.

24  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: How do vaccine's cause autism? on: June 07, 2016, 10:36:05 am
25  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics 2.0 (Presidential Election: April 24 & May 22) on: May 22, 2016, 12:54:09 pm
What is the theory or explanation for why a VdeB does so much better with postal ballots?

I can't speak to Austria in particular, but postal ballots in general are usually dominated by "vulnerable" sections of society. i.e. people who work long, strange hours, ailing people, immigrants, disabled people, ect. These are the people who can't get to the polls to vote on election day and these types of demographics tend to vote for the more left-wing candidate.

Maybe in America. In Europe they tend to be well-off citizens living abroad, people with high education, and the sort off people who think they're too important to actually go and que at the polling-place at election day. In Sweden for example the Moderates and the Greens are the primary beneficiaries of postal ballots while the Social Democrats tend to fare dreadfully in them. 
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