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1  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Opinion of BLM/anti-Trump protesters blocking traffic on: March 19, 2016, 02:19:13 pm
It's morally wrong and counterproductive for their political cause.

If you are a protestor and block major roads you don't just prevent Trump supporters from attending stupid rallies but you are also a douche to the single mother who works two jobs to make ends meet and is in a hurry to go home to her kids.
2  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Who holds the blame for the events in Chicago? on: March 12, 2016, 05:39:17 am
Which group started the attacks? That's the most pressing question.
3  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Utter chaos occuring at cancelled Trump rally in Chicago right now on: March 12, 2016, 04:05:16 am
Will those left-wig protesters ever learn? They do this kind of thing a lot in certain European countries and all it ever does is help the other side.
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Swiss Elections & Politics (18 October 2015) on: February 28, 2016, 03:27:04 pm
Why did people vote against the deportation initiative? Are they tired of the SVP pushing this issue?

 The short answer: The SVP was beaten at their own game.

The usual way immigration issues are debated in Switzerland is as follows: The SVP manages to provoke, exaggerate and create some hysteria. This time around, however, the anti-SVP campaign did just that in the last few weeks of the campaign by focusing their message and, yes, spreading effective misinformation.

To some of you who posted in this thread, please don't take this the wrong way. I appreciate all of your input on Switzerland-related affairs as I don't have a lot of the time to post here but part of that effective spread of misinformation by the no-campaign has become visible in this very thread. The main reason for this, of course, is that foreign journalists don't normally know a lot about Switzerland. I can't blame them. We have a weird political system and just aren't that important on a global level.
The notion, for instance, that foreigners would have been deported for mere speeding has no basis in fact whatsoever. The text of the initiative stated that a person could only be deported if he/she were handed down a verdict by a court. Clearly, speeding tickets and similar negligible offences would not have been dealt with in court. Also, to be deported for something minor a foreigner would have had to commit repeated offences (at least twice). Shortly, the idea that huge numbers of people would have been deported for petty misdemeanour is factually incorrect.

Another reason why the initiative failed, and perhaps the most important one, is that the SVP wanted to establish a mechanism of "automatic deportation". If a foreigner had committed (a) certain offence(s), the judge in question would have had to deport him/her upon handing down a verdict without the option of taking into consideration the defendant's individual situation. So even if a foreigner had spent all of his/her life in Switzerland and lacked ties to his/her country of origin, he/she would have been deported. Many considered this a fundamental change of our legal system and a severe infringement of the separation of powers and therefore opposed the initiative.

Finally, tough deportation laws are going to take effect this year anyway as the majority of Swiss citizens approved a constitutional clause on that front in 2010 and granted parliament a time frame of five years to pass such legislation.
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Swiss Elections & Politics (18 October 2015) on: February 28, 2016, 07:37:24 am
First federal projection by SRF (Swiss Broadcast Corporation):

Deportation initiative: 41% yes, 59% no

Ban on financial speculation with foodstuffs: 40% yes, 60% no

Tax breaks for married couples initiative: 50% yes, 50% no

Construction of a second road tunnel through the Central Swiss Alps: 57% yes, 43% no
6  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Trump wants to 'open up' libel laws so he can sue press on: February 27, 2016, 01:34:18 am
Trump just comes off as a bitter and overly sensitive old man to me. I don't get his appeal and luckily I don't have to. Take his "speech" after the announcement of Christie's endorsement yesterday, for example. He kept rambling about how nasty Rubio was as he was noticeably furious following a disastrous debate performance that shed light to his weaknesses.

What is President Trump going to do when he feels that Putin was mean to him? You can't be president if you are that thin-skinned and blatantly weak.
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: February 2016 Federal Election on: February 21, 2016, 03:12:55 pm
President

Leinad/Cris

Mideast Senate

Write-in: AmIEvenEligibletoVote?CheckmyPostCount
8  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Clinton campaign trying to lower expectations in Nevada with false statistics on: February 12, 2016, 02:16:14 pm
This is not a sign of confidence. Some in the Clinton campaign seem to be panicking.
9  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: WHO won the PBS Democratic debate? on: February 12, 2016, 03:04:38 am
In what pundits have said to be a potentially game-changing turn of events, post-debate analysis reveals that Hillary and Bernie supporters alike claim victory for their respective candidates!
10  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Rubio's gaffe: how bad is it? on: February 07, 2016, 04:46:51 am
The reactions to that gaffe are way overblown. Rubio will come in second in NH and cement his status as the establishment candidate.
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Presidential Press Release: DEEPLY DISTURBING CAMPAIGN TACTICS FROM LEINAD on: January 21, 2016, 12:20:48 pm
Yes, posting other people's PMs without their consent is a bad move.
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Gubernatorial Elections - January 2016 on: January 21, 2016, 07:48:09 am
Write-in: Whoever can finally bring back activity to the region
13  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Europe-Middle East-Africa Refugee Crisis General Thread on: January 19, 2016, 08:35:20 am
As if things couldn't get worse, the reputable German newspaper Die Welt has reported that Christian asylum seekers in Germany are frequent victims to verbal and physical abuse by both Muslim refugees and, which is even more troubling, Muslim guards who work at the camps.
14  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Cologne: Up to 1,000 men of Arab and North African origin sexually assault women on: January 08, 2016, 10:10:19 am
Reports indicate that relevant information regarding the origin of the assailants was initially withheld by police authorities as it was deemed politically problematic. Apparently a large number of aggressors were recent asylum seekers.
Similar cases of sexual assaults committed by what victims have described as clearly foreign individuals were reported in other German cities such as Hamburg and Stuttgart as well as in Zurich, though at a considerably smaller scale.
15  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Cologne: Up to 1,000 men of Arab and North African origin sexually assault women on: January 05, 2016, 05:46:57 am
It does indeed sound too fantastical but the police, the Mayor of Cologne as well as members of te NRW government have all confirmed this.
16  General Politics / International General Discussion / Cologne: Up to 1,000 men of Arab and North African origin sexually assault women on: January 05, 2016, 03:49:58 am
http://www.spiegel.de/panorama/justiz/koeln-nach-uebergriffen-an-silvester-polizei-geht-60-anzeigen-nach-a-1070465.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3384423/German-police-hunt-group-1-000-men-Arab-North-African-origin-sexually-assaulted-numerous-women-threw-fireworks-crowds-Cologne-train-station-New-Year-s-Eve.html

Police: 'A completely new dimension of crime'
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Socialization? on: December 19, 2015, 06:52:31 am
You might as well ask "What's your opinion of breathing?".
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: December 2015 At-large Senate Election on: December 13, 2015, 05:05:08 pm
1. ClarkKent
2. NCYankee
3. Cris
4. JoMCaR
19  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Swiss Elections & Politics (18 October 2015) on: December 10, 2015, 05:06:31 pm


Guy Parmelin is the most moderate of the three SVP candidates and comes across as laid-back and likeable even to political foes so it isn't a huge surprise that he was elected after all. The SVP still has room to grow in the Suisse romande so having a francophone member of government may be a great asset to the party.

A few days before the election took place Parmelin attracted some attention because of his non-existing English skills. When a journalist asked him a question in English Parmelin literally replied "I can English understand mais je préfère répondre en français pour être plus précis".

After all is said and done, the Federal Council now consists of 2 SVP, 2 FDP, 2 SP members and 1 CVP member again. It is remarkable that three of the seven current Federal Councillors come from the French-speaking part of Switzerland while the Italian-speaking Swiss continue to wait for a representative of their own. It used to be widely expected that the longest-serving Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard (CVP) will be replaced by Filippo Lombardi once she steps down. However, it can hardly be expected that yet another non-Swiss German candidate could be elected as long as there are three francophone incumbents - this would render the clear majority of the Swiss population a minority in the federal government, which is unthinkable!
20  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Swiss Elections & Politics (18 October 2015) on: November 20, 2015, 06:36:19 pm
On Sunday the last two run-off elections for the remaining few seats in the Council of States will be held. After that the definite makeup of the new parliament will finally be clear.

As for the executive branch, following the retirement of Mrs. Widmer-Schlumpf (member of the SVP spin-off BDP) the parties of the center ceded their claim to a second seat and vowed to elect a second SVP representative. Therefore, the next Federal Council is going to have 2 SVP, 2 FDP, 1 CVP and 2 SP members again.

Today, after months of conducting a careful selection process and a meeting that took more than five hours, the SVP parliamentary group decided they will put forward three candidacies for the open seat, one from each major part of the country:



From left to right: Thomas Aeschi (36), Norman Gobbi (38) and Guy Parmelin (56).

Each of the three candidates would have been considered outsiders merely a few weeks ago, but their nomination demonstrates the SVP leadership's intention to position the party as a valid political force in all parts of the country and of all generations.

If my visit coincided with a referendum campaign, would it be very noticeable to an outsider?

Only if you're a political geek and speak the local language. Referendum campaigns mostly take place on TV, in the press and on posters.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of people with Front National banners in their signatures on: November 17, 2015, 04:19:56 am
Misguided. Worse, though, in my opinion are the repeated claims that the Paris incidents and countless others "have nothing to do with Islam".
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Well would ya look at that on: November 09, 2015, 04:46:28 am
Yes, it's a bad idea to spend countless hours on "fake elections on a random internet forum" but it's nothing compared to wasting even more time in a chat room gossiping with others and conspiring to come up with weird plans how to be effective trolls as well as generally being nasty to everyone else.

There's really no reason for the cool clique to get on a high horse and scorn the very serious people here.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What happened to TNF? on: November 05, 2015, 03:24:28 pm
An optimistic scenario: He has started to reconsider his views after realizing that adhering to a school of thought which maintains the superiority of North Korea over the capitalist world is a road to nowhere.
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: October 2015 General Election - President, VP and Regional Senators on: October 25, 2015, 03:10:58 pm
President/Vice President:

Cris/homely

Mideast Senate:

JCL
25  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Swiss Elections & Politics (18 October 2015) on: October 18, 2015, 02:08:13 pm
Exit poll results:

SVP: 28%, 65 seats (+11)
SP: 18.6%, 44 (-2)
FDP: 16.4%, 33 (+3)
CVP: 12.6%, 28 (-1)
GP: 7.8%, 10 (-5)
BDP: 4.6%, 8 (-1)
GLP: 4.7%, 6 (-6)
others: 4.4%, 6 (+1)

65 SVP seats + 2 Lega seats + 1 Geneva citizens movement seat  + 33 FDP seats = Rightwing majority

Does this mean SVP are getting their second seat in the federal council?

That's very likely now, yes.

New projection. Same number of seats, but changes in the vote shares:

SVP: 29.5%, 65 seats (+11)
SP: 18.9%, 44 (-2)
FDP: 16.3%, 33 (+3)
CVP: 12.1%, 28 (-1)
GP: 6.9%, 10 (-5)
BDP: 4.1%, 8 (-1)
GLP: 4.6%, 6 (-6)
others: 6 (+1)

http://www.srf.ch/news/wahlen/resultate
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