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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Judge strikes down DC's ban on handguns outside home on: Today at 11:18:51 am
lol America.
2  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Top 25 animated shows on: Today at 08:46:06 am
No King of the Hill?

It's #13.

Interesting list. Missing a few, in my opinion.
3  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion 1.5: The Countdown Begins on: Today at 08:40:23 am
My newest project is mapping religion by 2013 riding. It wqill be a long time before I can discuss with maps, but here's an interesting preliminary result.

The most Pentecostal riding in the country is Coast of Bays-Central, Notre Dame, with 19% of the riding identifying as Pentecostal!

Newfoundland had a public Pentecostal School Board at one point, I believe.
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Redistribution of Federal Electoral Districts 2012 on: Today at 08:34:38 am
To be fair, Clarington's wards don't even have names.
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What percentage of your posts are topics started? on: July 28, 2014, 09:54:55 am
1.8%
6  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Which Canadian province is most socially conservative? on: July 28, 2014, 07:01:20 am
^

Interesting maps, good find.

Unrelated...but why does Quebec want more private investment in healthcare?  They seem like the most liberal of the provinces so this one baffles me. 

Quebec has a bit of a libertarian streak on some issues. I suppose a lack of a strong provincial NDP in the province has meant that there is no one in the province promoting universal health care all the time. Universal health care is the NDP's baby, after all.
7  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Poll: Capitalism dying? on: July 27, 2014, 09:54:44 pm
Well, the inherent desire for humans to trade things will never die. The sooner we socialists realise that, the better we can mold our policies to best regulate that desire.
8  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Which Canadian province is most socially conservative? on: July 27, 2014, 09:25:22 pm
Here are some maps to help:

http://votecompass.com/results/ca-2011/marijuana/
http://votecompass.com/results/ca-2011/abortion/
http://votecompass.com/results/ca-2011/gay-marriage/
http://votecompass.com/results/ca-2011/euthanasia/

Judging by those maps, the most socially conservative part of Canada is southern rural Manitoba. Rural Alberta and rural Saskatchewan are both very socially conservative too, but the urban areas are not. Even though Saskatoon and Regina are small cities, they are not especially socially conservative.

Interestingly, those maps also show NB and PEI are fairly socially conservative, as is Newfoundland.
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Ontario redistribution - my 170 seat proposal on: July 27, 2014, 09:18:08 pm
How does one draw ridings?

That's such a vague question, could you be more specific?

I mean, is there like a Canadian version of DRA?

Oh, no. We have geosearch, but you got to do the maths and maps by hand. It also hasn't been working lately.
10  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The burning pronunciation question on: July 25, 2014, 07:09:56 am
aitch / zed / zero
11  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Which is more liberal: Alberta or Colorado? on: July 25, 2014, 07:04:48 am
Well, Atlantic Canada did give Bush better numbers than Alberta when they did those US Presidential election polls.

I do know there are no abortion clinics in PEI, and didn't NB just close down their only clinic? They are also the 2 worst provinces for the NDP.
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Ontario redistribution - my 170 seat proposal on: July 25, 2014, 07:00:16 am
How does one draw ridings?

That's such a vague question, could you be more specific?
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your dream job? on: July 24, 2014, 11:26:31 am
President of a polling firm, probably the one I work for now.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever had a job that paid less than promised? on: July 24, 2014, 07:06:03 am
Sort of? I play the bagpipes, and I've often played for events at my church. Obviously any service I give to the church is donated, but I'll also occasionally do paid gigs there for weddings and funerals. Playing at a Remembrance Day ceremony is something I see as a service to the congregation; playing at one person's funeral is a service to an individual party.

Anyway, I was asked by the minister to play at the funeral of one of our more active members. I didn't push the point on a dollar amount, which was my fault, but I just assumed they would pay me a little less than market rate. With our old minister, this stuff was just kind of assumed.

Anyway, I played at the funeral and all I got was an awkward handshake. I take the bulk of the blame, but to this day I still feel taken advantage of by the minister who set this up for me. He should know that pipers usually expect to be paid. I mean, funerals often pay upwards of $200.00. Maintaining the instrument, buying and laundering my uniform, paying for lessons, and getting from here to there costs money. I really didn't like that it was assumed I'd just do this for free. Hell, my grandma even paid me a little something to play at my grandpa's funeral against my wishes, just because she understood the value of having a piper.

So that's my story. Tongue

Do you ever do curling events?
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Ontario redistribution - my 170 seat proposal on: July 23, 2014, 09:04:24 pm
So in other words, there isn't really a possibility to pack rich Tories into a riding without serious gerrymandering.

To be fair, my map did inadvertently split up any would-be Tory regions. I suppose you could make a fair map that has a Tory district somewhere in that area.
16  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Ontario municipal elections, (October 27, 2014) - Master thread on: July 23, 2014, 03:16:11 pm
A good idea not to lecture Hash about French politics Wink

Anyways, as absurd as the idea of Ford New Democrats is, think about who the kinds of people are who voted for both Rob Anders and Naheed Nenshi in Calgary.
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Ontario municipal elections, (October 27, 2014) - Master thread on: July 23, 2014, 01:01:25 pm
Luckily, Ford's support comes from the demographics least likely to vote. However, I do anticipate a very high turnout in general.
18  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: When will we see effort to address unaffordable dental care? on: July 23, 2014, 07:45:47 am
Indeed, dental is not covered by our universal health care system either. I don't know about other provinces though.
19  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Which is more liberal: Alberta or Colorado? on: July 22, 2014, 09:59:27 pm

I'm not buying that study. Southern Alberta more left wing than the North? Calgary more left wing than Edmonton. Yeah, ok.
20  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Which is more liberal: Alberta or Colorado? on: July 22, 2014, 08:35:22 pm
Alberta does seem quite similar to Colorado in many ways.  I think both are left/libertarian on social issues.  Doesn't Calgary have a Muslim mayor?


Interesting that most Albertans support the death penalty.  Do you think it has majority support in other provinces?

Yes, Calgary has Muslim mayor.  A pretty awesome one at that.
21  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Your favorite kind of pie on: July 22, 2014, 12:36:21 pm
Does "pie" mean cake in German?
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Polls on Same-Sex Marriage State Laws on: July 22, 2014, 12:35:16 pm
Keep your version of 'God's law' for your own denomination and congregation, thank yoy; the Crusades ended centuries ago.

''My version''? There's really only one way to interpret this:

''Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.'' - Leviticus 18:22

This law may be from the Old Testament, but it still applies today because it is a moral law, as opposed to a ceremonial law (such as the prohibition on eating pork, for example).


If you interpret it literally, it means don't have vaginal sex with a man.
23  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Your favorite kind of pie on: July 22, 2014, 09:35:24 am
Do Americans not eat mincemeat?

My favourite is cherry, but I have a soft spot for anything with rhubarb. Except rhubarb alone would be weird.

Also, I love the lemon part of lemon meringue, but I can do with out the actual meringue.
24  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Which is more liberal: Alberta or Colorado? on: July 22, 2014, 08:25:22 am
Alberta is more like Montana, but with large cities. Colorado proved its liberalness by legalizing pot. Do you think Alberta will even be close to the first province to do so?
25  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Which is more liberal: New York State or Ontario? on: July 22, 2014, 08:23:55 am
There is definitely an argument to suggest that NYC is more liberal than Toronto, especially post-amalgamation Toronto.
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