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76  General Discussion / History / Re: Was Joseph Stalin assassinated? on: May 19, 2015, 04:08:55 pm
I'm sure the millions of people who were exterminated due to his actions were delighted by the industrial development.

Considering even Lenin, and his successors as Soviet leaders denounced him as a mad man who was too cruel to lead Russia and the communist party, it's amazing that supposedly sane people will defend his "accomplishments" today.

If economic progress and development requires the mass murder and suffering of millions of people, it isn't worth it. Hitler also improved the economic and industrial standing of his nation at the start of his reign, yet I also think his death was a great service to the world.     
77  General Discussion / History / Re: Was Joseph Stalin assassinated? on: May 19, 2015, 03:22:35 pm
He certainly had a lot of enemies, and very few allies at the end. So he might have been. At any rate, he didn't die a day too early, and if he was assassinated the culprit did the peoples of the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, who suffered under his brutal cruelty, a huge favour.


   
78  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: The downfall of social-democracy on: May 12, 2015, 08:09:14 am
@sen.cranberry : i don"t understand your message. The graph is not based on austrians elections only.

Not the graph, but this:

and here are the years of the best result (green) and worst (red)



The best result for the SPÖ was not in 1982, because like Cranberry said, there was no election in that year. Their best result was in the 1979 election.
The Danish years are wrong too. The correct ones are 1960 and 2011

As are the Swedish, which should be 1968 and 2010.
79  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 (The Official Election Day & Results Thread) on: May 08, 2015, 05:09:04 am
I hope Ashdown eats his hat tomorrow, preferably on live television.

I think many of us are looking forward to it. ^^
80  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 (The Official Election Day & Results Thread) on: May 07, 2015, 09:48:25 pm
Tories have held Carlisle

What!?
81  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 (The Official Election Day & Results Thread) on: May 07, 2015, 07:57:38 pm
You will always have Alberta, dear lefties.

82  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 (The Official Election Day & Results Thread) on: May 07, 2015, 07:28:17 pm
This turned into a surprisingly amusing election night. ^^

83  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 (The Official Election Day & Results Thread) on: May 07, 2015, 06:31:25 pm
Yvette Cooper killed my BBC stream. >: (

84  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 (The Official Election Day & Results Thread) on: May 07, 2015, 04:38:21 pm
Even if the exit poll is wrong, it can't be that wrong. Cameron lives.

It can be that wrong; Oct 1974 is a classic example.

What happened then? I know about 1992, but I haven't heard of Oct 1974 as an exit polling snafu.

I think the exit poll in 1974 showed a Labor majority of 130 or so, and in the end their majority was just 4 seats.

Wasn't that 1964?

Anyway, the BBC poll was quite wrong in 1987 if I'm not mistaken.
85  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 (The Official Election Day & Results Thread) on: May 07, 2015, 04:04:20 pm
The fudge is going on?! That Exit poll! >.<
86  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 (The Official Election Day & Results Thread) on: May 07, 2015, 02:08:21 pm
any turnout informations so far?

There are some rumours that it is as high, or even higher, as five years ago.
We will know nothing for certain until the seats start declaring though. 
87  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 (The Official Election Day & Results Thread) on: May 07, 2015, 01:01:25 pm
A note about rumours after the polls close: be really really careful about believing these, unless they come from a credible source. And even then don't treat as fact. A lot of false rumours get spread around early on election nights; quite why people bother I have no idea, but they do.

It's to keep the surprise effect when a rumour actually turns out to be true, for example the rumour about Portillo losing his seat. ^^ 
88  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: VoteCompass Alberta Provincial Elections 2015 on: May 06, 2015, 07:31:49 am

69% - PC
62% - AP
59% - Lib
58% - NDP
42% - Green
41% - WRP
89  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Nebraska woman sues all gayz on: May 06, 2015, 04:17:10 am
Is it just teh gayz of America, or should I as a Swedish gay be worried? Tongue
90  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 (The Official Campaign Thread) on: May 04, 2015, 08:41:26 am
Swedish News Paper coverage of the British election reaches new levels of absurdity. Aftonbladet exclaims: "Ed Milliband might be a new Thatcher. " *facepalm*

Can we just please ban media from reporting on elections in countries that are not their own?

91  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Bernie Sanders: 'What's Wrong With America Looking More Like Scandinavia?' on: May 04, 2015, 05:42:03 am
The idea that Scandinavia of today is more Socialist than most of Western Europe is both laughable and ignorant. Social Democracy hasn't been a dominating political forece here for three decades.


Let's face it, when most people hear "socialist" they think...


Bernie was just pointing out that it is actually this...

 

Actually it's more like this:

92  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Who do you think will be Prime Minister of UK after the election on Thursday? on: May 03, 2015, 10:15:36 am
Ed M!

With the current polling numbers I just don't see a result were Tories + LibDems + NI Unionists manage to get a majority together, and in that case a Labour led government is the only reasonable outcome. 
93  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Spanish general election, 2015 on: April 30, 2015, 02:27:29 pm
So could someone with knowledge in Spanish and Spanish politics explain this (!WARNING! this election poster might be deemed inappropriate by prude Americans!) to me.

I was browsing information about Ciudadanos when I came across it. What does it say? Is it really a real election poster, or a parody? 
94  General Discussion / History / Re: US and UK politics have mirrored each other since post WWII on: April 30, 2015, 02:13:33 pm
This thread hurts my intelligence on so many levels.
95  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Joe Republic Bureau of Funny Post Archival on: April 22, 2015, 03:08:44 pm
I'm friendly in real life too. When I go mountainbiking, I basically greet every person that comes along. Well, unless there are 100s of people coming along ... Tongue

Is there actually a rude Austrian? When I visited you all were amazing (nothing like the French!).

well, there was that one guy with the mustache…
96  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which group of posters is more insufferable? on: April 21, 2015, 02:38:38 pm
I would substitute Al instead for the Triumverate of Patronizing Know It Alls.

The thing with Al though is that he actually does know it all, in difference to 79% of posters here who just pull s.hit from their rumpelstiltskin, and the times when he is a bit condescending to someone, they have always earned it.   

And, yes! I pulled the 79% figure from my rumpelstiltskin.
97  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Finnish parliamentary election – April 19th 2015 on: April 19, 2015, 01:25:33 pm
With a little more than 50% counted:

24,2% Centre Party
17,1% Social Democrats
16,6% National Coalition Party
16,5% True Finns
  7,5% Left Alliance
  6,7% Greens
  5,0% Swedish People's Party
  3,9% Christian Democrats
98  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should judges be democratically elected? on: April 14, 2015, 11:18:07 am
...no. Of course I gather that some US states also elect coroners as well, which is remarkable.

The idea that the coroners are 'independent' is one of the more blatant fictions that is reproduced constantly in the public sphere. The coroners, like all other institutions in bourgeois society, ultimately serve the class that rules over the rest of us. Confirmation of death, for example, has almost always been used to declare Socialist ideologues and comrades dead. The fact that they sometimes certifies the death of members of the Capitalist ruling-class is part of the theater of bourgeois democracy, whereby the public is given the show of actually getting rid of horrible people like Thatcher, and thereby avoiding longer term or deeper structural changes to the system.

For example if bourgeois establishment coroners hadn't "confirmed" Lenin's death, he could have gone on spreading his message for the coming centuries and we would have already had a global workers' people's republic without false unelected judges imposing the tyranny of free market economics and neoliberal "liberty" upon us!     
99  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should judges be democratically elected? on: April 14, 2015, 07:15:09 am
100  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Denmark Parliamentary Election 2015 on: April 11, 2015, 06:47:31 am
Surely, if Lars Lökke Rasmussen fails to win this time, he'll be gone for real as Venstre leader? Who would be the favoured candidates to succeed him as leader?     
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