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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Australian Territory Elections, 2016 on: Today at 01:42:22 pm
Yet another scandal, and it's quite an awful one involving the treatment of juvenile prisoners, has rocked the party. Giles' comments before he became CM about wishing to ignore Un regulations on prisons and throw them in a big hole mercilessly being dragged up by opposition.

We'll miss them when they've gone.
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Labour Party (UK) Leadership Election, 2016 on: Today at 08:41:50 am
Foster loses his Jerry Springer-esque court case.
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Australian Federal Election- July 2, 2016 on: July 27, 2016, 12:48:12 pm
Tasmania; Vosem, Vosem; Tasmania. I can see that you have not met before.
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Labour Party (UK) Leadership Election, 2016 on: July 26, 2016, 12:23:28 pm
Isn't that more a facet of Australian political culture rather than the electoral system itself (ie Margaret Thatcher would likely have been out by 1981 in Australia).

You make a compelling case for Australian political culture.
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Labour Party (UK) Leadership Election, 2016 on: July 26, 2016, 11:10:25 am
Anyway, the arguments in Foster's case were heard today. Judge seems to have lost the will to live, which is understandable.
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Labour Party (UK) Leadership Election, 2016 on: July 26, 2016, 11:09:28 am
"The membership has forfeited the confidence of the Party's elite and can win it back only by redoubled efforts. Would it not be easier in that case for the Party's elite to dissolve the membership and elect another?"

One issue is that this continually happens anyway: membership of political parties is not stable and a smaller proportion of members (of any party) than you'd think are longterm. Of course the various factions only ever complain about this when it hurts them.
7  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Australian Federal Election- July 2, 2016 on: July 25, 2016, 07:05:34 pm
8  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Australian Federal Election- July 2, 2016 on: July 25, 2016, 06:56:11 pm


9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How masculine/feminine do you rate yourself? on: July 25, 2016, 02:25:01 pm
But they differ don't they. And of course it isn't as though these social norms automatically imply that there's a single scale with masculinity on the one end and femininity on the other. Not at all. There are, for instance, still certain older working class men in Britain who think that getting drunk is pathetic and unmanly. This does not mean that these people believe that getting drunk is feminine.
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How masculine/feminine do you rate yourself? on: July 25, 2016, 11:34:05 am
Whatever can be said of the Kinsey scale it is at least trying to measure something that can theoretically be measured objectively (theoretically because of course how we see ourselves will distort etc) even if maybe it doesn't do the best of jobs. But unless we're talking literally of 'how quickly can you grow a beard', 'what's your jawline' or whatever (which is surely pointless?) 'masculinity' and 'femininity' are largely subjective so...
11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Labour Party (UK) Leadership Election, 2016 on: July 25, 2016, 11:22:01 am
The only way to absolutely guarantee defeat is to assume that it's going to happen.
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Labour Party (UK) Leadership Election, 2016 on: July 24, 2016, 04:48:09 pm
A poll of that sort is basically name recognition and no one knows who Owen Smith is. Most Labour voters are also pretty instinctively loyal to the Leader particularly when in opposition; which, also, is why surveys showing him at negative approval with Labour voters are significant. Of course... against all of that... subsample issues lol.
13  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Wikileaks on: July 23, 2016, 06:50:39 pm
So yeah this happened today:

14  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: BREAKING: Major terror attack/shooting in Munich on: July 23, 2016, 06:27:33 pm
Maybe this should be a lesson to many of us that we shouldn't jump to conclusions when it comes to these attacks.

Yes. I did try to indicate at that (because wasn't it odd the authorities were being so cagey? 'Normally' they aren't) but...
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Australian Federal Election- July 2, 2016 on: July 23, 2016, 06:21:09 pm
16  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Australian Federal Election- July 2, 2016 on: July 23, 2016, 01:49:47 pm
Fyck it, I hate waiting. Any changes will be tiny from this point: starting on proper maps.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How masculine/feminine do you rate yourself? on: July 23, 2016, 10:29:31 am
Well it's certainly a bit... well... weird to put a number on this surely?
18  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: BREAKING: Major terror attack/shooting in Munich on: July 23, 2016, 08:44:24 am
Eh I'm just posting what the news says.
19  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: BREAKING: Major terror attack/shooting in Munich on: July 23, 2016, 07:31:19 am
Huh? Did you misread my post?

No, I wasn't responding to your post but just posting updates not mentioned in thread.
20  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: BREAKING: Major terror attack/shooting in Munich on: July 23, 2016, 06:40:48 am
Seems that he was born in the city and that the fact that this happened on the anniversary of the Utřya massacre was not coincidental. I wonder whether the site of the murders was also deliberate given what used to be there? Yuck.
21  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: BREAKING: Major terror attack/shooting in Munich on: July 22, 2016, 07:38:36 pm
Shooter believed to be an 18yr old of Iranian descent. Long term resident of the city, no police record. Police remain uncertain of motive.
22  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: BREAKING: Major terror attack/shooting in Munich on: July 22, 2016, 06:29:53 pm
Police issue a provisional all-clear: strong indications that just one gunman and that he shot himself.
23  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: BREAKING: Major terror attack/shooting in Munich on: July 22, 2016, 03:13:26 pm
Do we know anything about the perpetrators yet?

Basically nothing. Police are quoted as saying there is no indication that this was Islamist terrorism, but that's all officially. There are plenty of unconfirmed rumours however.
24  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: BREAKING: Major terror attack/shooting in Munich on: July 22, 2016, 02:15:02 pm
Being described officially as terrorism. There are various unconfirmed reports that are more detailed but I'm not reposting them here atm.
25  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: BREAKING: Major terror attack/shooting in Munich on: July 22, 2016, 02:00:14 pm
Anyway the situation is still very, very unclear. Fingers crossed that casualty figures are firmly at the lower end of rumours.
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