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76  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Cats or dogs? on: June 28, 2014, 06:58:37 am
I grew up on a Kennel. Take a guess. Wink

77  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: 2014 Selfie Creepfest/Post a picture of yourself thread on: June 28, 2014, 06:51:18 am
Vitter's getting old

Yeah, I hear he's already in granny diapers.
78  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Only rich folks go to Congress on: June 28, 2014, 06:46:54 am
Cant a craftsman, union leader, nurse, farmer, social worker or public administrator be accomplished and intelligent? Some of you seem to equal intelligence to financial success.

Hear, hear!

Anyway I think one of the reasons for this problem has to do with the party structure and culture in the US comapred to most other Western countries. 

If you run for parliament in Sweden or Denmark, you run for your party and your campaign is financed by your party. You don't really put in any money yourself in your campaign.

In the US, sure you run for your party in a way, but mostly you run as an individual candidate. You can get some party funding for your campaign in the main election, but mostly it's your own responsibility to raise the money, and in primaries you don't get any party funds. Raising money is obviously more easy in case you are well off or know lots of people that are.   

So to change this you propably need to change the entire political culture of the US, which would be quite the challange. Getting superpacks and unlimited money spending on campaigns out of the way would obviously be a start though.

Interstlingly enough, propbably as a result of this, there seems to be no other place in any democracy were politicians are so obsessed with trying to appear as regular Joes and just one of the guys.   
79  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Guys on: June 28, 2014, 06:29:03 am
I will always love you too.

Uww, you love another man! Gay!
This will not help you when you try to get elected as a Democrat in Kentucky.
80  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: SWEDEN - September 14, 2014 - GUIDE and THREAD on: June 28, 2014, 05:58:18 am
New polls! Novus and Ipsos this time:


S: 32,1% (-0,3%)
V: 6,7% (-1,6%)
MP: 11,3% (+1,2)

M: 21,2% (-3,1%)
C: 5,6% (+1,7%)
FP: 6,8% (+0,8%)
KD: 4,4% (+0,2%)

SD: 8,3 (+0,6%)
FI: 2,9% (+0,8%)


S: 31,1% (-0,2%)
V: 7,4% (-1,3%)
MP: 11,3% (+1,1)

M: 20,5% (-2,1%)
C: 5,6% (+1,3%)
FP: 6,3% (+0,5%)
KD: 3,3% (-1,2%)

SD: 9,6 (+1,8%)
FI: 3,7% (-0,2%)

Trends from the last polls holding true in this one as well. V is clearly feeling FI's succes the hardest. (Unsurprisingly)
81  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of The Mikado on: June 27, 2014, 02:53:00 am
My favourite Gilbert and Sullivan opera!
82  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What 2014 elections are you emotionally investing yourself in? on: June 26, 2014, 04:46:26 pm
Swedish General Election and Lund City Council election. 
83  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of eric82oslo? on: June 26, 2014, 04:38:28 pm
He's a bit naive at times, but is a nice guy that contributes quite nicely to the international election board from time to time. 
84  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Kim Jung Un threatens war over an upcoming James Franco and Seth Rogen movie. on: June 26, 2014, 08:57:06 am
The North Korean regime is a cancer in the heart of Northeast Asia that must be ripped out- even if it costs Seoul in the process.

Why that's very bravely of you.

Indeed, most people would be to chicken to sacrifice even one single innocent person for the greater good, but Beet is bold and would sacrifice 10 000 000 innocent lives if that's what it takes, heck he'd probably even dare the double.
85  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who has better eating habits? on: June 26, 2014, 08:41:08 am
Suárez seem to have good taste. Italian food is the best.
86  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Italy 2014: Out of the World Cup, but life goes on.... on: June 26, 2014, 08:20:17 am
So Grillo supporters are like Pirate Party supporters. Tongue
87  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Five and a half years from now. on: June 22, 2014, 05:56:58 pm
I'll be in my late twenties, hopefully having gotten a good start to my legal career either in the civil service or some smaller private firm. Preferably I'm in a stable relationship and on my way to start a family. But who really knows, sometimes you have to wait and see were life takes you.

I'll be 24 and probably married.

Probably married at 24...

Are you mormon?

88  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Worst human being in "American" Politics? on: June 16, 2014, 08:25:30 pm
Alexander Hamilton.

Kyle Mercado of Bakersfield CA, TROLL? or the real one?

What the hell are you grumbling about

Of course the real one.

Grumps, I think Maxwell might be too new to know about the infamous Kyle Mercado of Bakersfield.

Though if this questioned had been about Atlasian politics, Mr Hamilton, who used to be the Francis Undrwood character of this forum, would probably win the contest by a landslide. 
89  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Am I a liberal Republican or a conservative Democrat? on: June 16, 2014, 08:03:11 pm
Yeah, if you are intending to run for office you'd probably be better of in the Democratic corner, simply because of electoral prospects. With those set of views you'd unfortunately not win a Republican primary. (Well maybe in Maine, but even there it'd be sort of hard)
90  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: SWEDEN - September 14, 2014 - GUIDE and THREAD on: June 15, 2014, 08:22:22 am
I do usually view Demoskop as a good pollster, they were quite close in their last poll in 2010. Sometimes they seem to get some strange out-liner results though.

Sifo has historically been the most reliable, although they were probably the pollster that underestimated SD the most in 2010.

91  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: SWEDEN - September 14, 2014 - GUIDE and THREAD on: June 15, 2014, 03:45:58 am
Sifo's June Poll is out. Which is the first good poll done mostly after the EP election. (I do not personally view either YouGov or United Minds as good)

S: 29,4% (-1,5%)
V: 6,4% (-0,9%)
MP: 13,0% (+2,7)

M: 21,1% (-2,0%)
C: 5,5% (+0,5%)
FP: 6,8% (-0,2%)
KD: 3,5% (+/-)

SD: 9,0 (+0,2%)
FI: 3,4% (+0,5%)

I think looking at this poll, and the polls Tayya posted, and the EP election results we can make a few conclusions:

1)The dynamic between the parties on the left is changing.
2) The Moderates are in big BIG trouble.
3) The Centre Party has (at least for now) stopped its bleeding, and is slowly recovering.
4) The Sweden Democrats will do a very good election and I will have to suffer my bobo friends anti-racist rants in social media for months.


92  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Great Nordic Thread on: June 14, 2014, 09:04:52 am
Alex Stubb has been elected NCP leader and will be new prime minister.

Is he a native Finnish or Swedish speaker? Wikipedia seemed a bit unclear on the subject. 
93  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: why do poors typically have a lot of kids? on: June 09, 2014, 02:39:54 pm
It's condescending questions like these that makes people think of Massachusetts liberals as elitist.

Maybe they just like children. Poor people are thinking feeling creatures as well.
94  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Would Barry Goldwater be part of the Tea Party today? on: June 09, 2014, 02:16:41 pm

Oh Berry, if you only knew how right you were.
95  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you display campaign yard signs? on: June 09, 2014, 11:06:19 am
No, thankfully that is not a thing in Sweden. We were pins with the party symbols on our jackets/bags instead.
96  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: EP elections 2014 - Results Thread on: June 08, 2014, 07:10:16 am
Really, all this backroom talk is nuts - bring on the direct popular vote for President and transform the Commission into some kind of Senate that we are directly electing as well.

You seem to be under the illusion that the Union is some sort of democratic project. Backroom talk is the foundation on which its existence stands on. The Parliament is only there to give some sort democratic credentials and not actually wield any real power, and considering what sorts of results we get in those elections, it's not something that anyone sane actually wants to change. Commissioner Le Pen, that'd be one for the history books.

Also, the commission is the executive branch of the EU, so it would be strange to make that the Senate. Council of Minister would be the the more obvious parallel I think. 
97  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Will DC ever get representation in the House? on: June 06, 2014, 11:28:40 am
Yes, when Maryland stop being obnoxious and allow them to join them.
98  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: SWEDEN - September 14, 2014 - GUIDE and THREAD on: June 06, 2014, 08:23:36 am
Not a bad proposal, there are a few things I'm uncertain about though. 

I doubt SAP would agree to give the Greens that much power in the Social Affairs Ministry. I'd put Carin Jämtin on Minister of Social Affairs, and make Karin Svensson Smith Minister of Energy & Infrastructure. (That's more of the Greens' area anyway)

And I think your guess for FI on the culture portfolio was better. Having a minister of anti-racism just feels off. I can't help but to think that SD would gain every time the  title showed up on television. I'd find another post for Wallner instead. Minister of Cuteness and Good Looks or whatever.   
99  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: SWEDEN - September 14, 2014 - GUIDE and THREAD on: June 06, 2014, 05:39:53 am
Mathematically, FI would gain 2 cabinet posts. But who would they have other than Schyman? And where?

Also interesting, on those numbers the Greens would be entitled to 6 posts. (assuming 22 ministers in total) Do you dare to take a shot on what such an government would look like?
I also have a hard time thinking of a realistic place to put another FI minister except on equality. 
100  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: SWEDEN - September 14, 2014 - GUIDE and THREAD on: June 06, 2014, 03:53:39 am
Chilling poll numbers from Demoskop today.

M - 18,5%
C - 5,3%
FP - 5,7%
KD - 4,8%

S - 29,1%
V - 8,1%
MP - 13,0%

SD - 10,0%
FI - 4,4%   

The trends from the EP election seems to show up here. The Moderates are doing terribly, C and KD slightly gaining to above 4%. Sweden Democrats, the Greens, and Feminists are doing strong. The Social Democrats surprisingly weak.

S+MP+FI government anyone?   

Wouldn't that actually work better than S+Mp+V?

It might very well. Though the highest bet is still a S+MP minority government. That's what would work most smoothly. Though it's fun to entertain the thought of a government with FI in them.

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