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826  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: February 05, 2015, 10:42:12 pm
RIP Tone
827  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which term is more Atlas? on: February 05, 2015, 05:13:23 am
Obviously Moderate Hero as True Leftist isn't that uncommon among political forums.

Also both are great terms.
828  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: So I'm back. on: February 05, 2015, 05:10:18 am
Oh dear. Getting released from misson duties due to medical reasons can't be good.

Welcome back though.
829  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you rather your daughter marry Bushie or BRTD? on: February 05, 2015, 12:18:06 am
BRTD may be....odd, but he's surely a better husband than Bushie.
830  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: Your Dad vs. Your Mom. on: February 04, 2015, 04:17:51 pm
Too similar to do. If it did happen though, I expect my dad would win easily as mum's a fair bit more radical.
831  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Bill Shorten on: February 04, 2015, 04:01:44 pm
Bit useless and too 'faceless men-y' for my liking. I suppose he has done a decent job as Opposition Leader, but will that remain post-Abbott?
832  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the pro-Putin left on: February 04, 2015, 04:00:36 pm
Doesn't exist, surely? Apart from maybe Snowstalker who appears more pro-Russia in comparison to the rest of us.

Of course, if it did, HP.
833  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of smoltchanov on: February 04, 2015, 03:47:55 pm
Proof if we ever needed it of the dangers of moderate heroism.
834  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you know how to ski or to snowboard ? on: February 03, 2015, 03:16:48 pm
I've skiied before, but I can't say I'm very good. Not really any snow near me, in any case.
835  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Queensland State Election- January 31, 2015 on: February 02, 2015, 09:18:04 pm
Looks like there might be a supplementary election in Ferny Grove.
836  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who was US President when your oldest grandparent was born? on: February 02, 2015, 06:49:32 pm
First two Rooseveldt, one who could be either of Rooseveldt/Truman. last one Truman.
837  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Four years from today, who will be.....? on: February 02, 2015, 07:30:23 am
...president of the United States? Hillary Clinton
...chancellor of Germany? Hannelore Kraft
...president of France? Nicholas Sarkozy
...prime minister of the UK? Ed Miliband
...prime minister of Australia? Bill Shorten
...prime minister of Canada? Justin Trudeau
838  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: February 02, 2015, 07:29:13 am
I kind of disagree that it will be Bishop.

She's an unmarried, childless woman ... everything said about Gillard would come into play. That doesn't sit well with a lot of the voting base. She also knows that people started digging into Gillard's private life the moment she became PM... it would be the same for Bishop and let's say there's certainly some decent skeletons to find.

I think Bishop is actually content where she is, for the above reasons and others.

My money is on Turnbull PM, Bishop retains Deputy and FA and Morrison gets kicked up to Treasurer.



What sort of skeletons?
My mum mentioned something about screwing over people making abestos claims when she was a lawyer.

That's actually pretty well known. There are some that I personally think are off limits, but the media won't.

Hmm, so how did you get access to this non-publicly known info about Bishop?
With me at least, I know my mother had links to the ALP back in the day (worked for the SDA), which may have helped.
839  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: February 02, 2015, 06:29:43 am
I kind of disagree that it will be Bishop.

She's an unmarried, childless woman ... everything said about Gillard would come into play. That doesn't sit well with a lot of the voting base. She also knows that people started digging into Gillard's private life the moment she became PM... it would be the same for Bishop and let's say there's certainly some decent skeletons to find.

I think Bishop is actually content where she is, for the above reasons and others.

My money is on Turnbull PM, Bishop retains Deputy and FA and Morrison gets kicked up to Treasurer.



What sort of skeletons?
My mum mentioned something about screwing over people making abestos claims when she was a lawyer.
840  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Queensland State Election- January 31, 2015 on: February 02, 2015, 04:17:57 am
Apparently Pauline Hanson is doing very well out of preferences... she's unlikely to pull it out.. thank God.
Yeah the early booths were pretty Hanson friendly IIRC. Still could be too close for comfort.

Although if I'm being honest, her being in Parliament might at least be entertaining. Particularly given Labor can avoid her to get a workable majority.

Gaven also looks interesting, though I have NFI where the booths are.
841  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Gamergate on: January 31, 2015, 11:10:56 pm
HAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAH
842  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Queensland State Election- January 31, 2015 on: January 31, 2015, 11:10:10 pm
Also given the school/uni/etc. holidays factor postals might not be so LNP-leaning as what one might expect. There's also the voter ID factor.
843  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Queensland State Election- January 31, 2015 on: January 31, 2015, 11:07:21 pm
Why do people think Foley's going to win in Maryborough? According to the ABC site, he's coming third.

They seem to think that Foley will do well out of pre-polls and postals and leap-frog Saunders into second. I think it's a long-shot.
Preferences might also save him - there was a large PUP/One Nation vote which Anthony Green thought might push Foley over Saunders and presumably win the seat on Labor's preferences.

That's too hard to call. Whitsunday and Mansfield are 50/50, the others look safe unless something weird happens.
844  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: New South Wales State Election, 2015 on: January 31, 2015, 10:43:15 pm
Admittedly, I am a tad sceptical to make a prediction for NSW just yet, after what happened in QLD. This being said, each state is different, and I can't see Premier Baird and the NSW Coalition losing.

Baird is well-respected and popular, and he may not have the specter of a very unpopular Abbott behind him. In addition to NSW Labor's continuing woes (despite having many more seats than QLD Labor did going into last night's election), it's perfectly reasonable to anticipate a comfortable win for the Coalition. That said, it'll probably not be another 2011-style landslide, but possibly a more solid victory somewhat larger than Carr's in 2001.
Carr didn't win in 2001, his wins were in 1999 and 2003.

I think it'll be tighter than that (at least on the 2PP vote)....I think it'll be a Coalition win eqivalent to Wran's 84 victory.
845  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Queensland State Election- January 31, 2015 on: January 31, 2015, 08:43:32 pm
If the ALP ends up forming government, would they be the smallest opposition to win an election in Australian history?

This is all still very surreal. I'm still pausing to remind myself it actually happened. By far the most extraordinary election result I've ever witnessed in my (short) life.
Afaik it's the smallest opposition full stop (though maybe there was something odd around the turn of the century). So yes most likely.
846  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Which European Green/Hard Left/Handwringing Liberal party is the most pathetic? on: January 31, 2015, 06:10:22 pm
Given how well the SNP is polling in Scotland, it seems surprising that Plaid hasn't caught fire. Then again, maybe Welsh sucessionism isn't that popular of a position....
847  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Queensland State Election- January 31, 2015 on: January 31, 2015, 05:56:41 pm
People more well-versed in Australian politics than I: What are the chances Abbott's head rolls after this? He really is an albatross on their party. Also, who would take his place as PM? Turnbull? Bishop?
He is toast. As for his replacement, probably a three horse race between Turnbull, Bishop or Morrison. Think Bishop is the favourite.
848  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: New South Wales State Election, 2015 on: January 31, 2015, 05:54:00 pm
Heh, Baird won't go close to losing. He isn't an idiot like say Newman or Abbott, and Labor's still a bit on the nose here.
849  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Queensland State Election- January 31, 2015 on: January 31, 2015, 07:55:22 am
"Is he going to be challenged?"

Any answer other than 'No' is politicianese for 'Yes'. She went with "Let's see what he says on Monday."
Yeah, that's one of the most blantant bits of spin I've heard.
850  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: January 31, 2015, 07:46:37 am
https://twitter.com/vanonselenp

Some stunning tweets here.
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