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1  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: Today at 10:25:48 am
Tasmania could introduce extremely draconian smoking laws...

I don't smoke myself, and wouldn't personally (don't mind the smell, but don't want heart attacks or bad teeth) but this is clearly a recipe for disaster...

Restricting access to tobacco is a bad idea in my opinion, considering it will just create another black & grey market alike, could result in more people turning to illicit drugs, and opens up the scary avenue for restricting/banning alcohol and fast food. While tobacco is VERY different to say, a bucket of fried chicken or a pint of beer, in that there's second-hand smoke, it still seems absurd to deny adults the right to buy and use tobacco.

That is a dreadful idea and will never see the light of day. Like, restrictions on where people can smoke but at the end of the day if a person wants to do that to their body and are willing to pay a lot for it - why not? The anti-smoking crusade is kind of disgusting.
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: KY-Mellman Group (D): Grimes-internal has her ahead by 2 on: Today at 10:21:36 am
Doubt it. Doubt it very much.
3  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: September 30, 2014, 10:41:04 pm
Can anyone explain Christopher Pyne's voice?
4  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Anyone else watching Survivor: Blood vs. Water 2? on: September 30, 2014, 10:35:41 pm
Yes.

I live for Survivor, last season was brilliant - Kass vs Trish is one of my favourite Survivor fights of all time because Kass was so delusional. And also, when J'Tia burnt all the rice and they still kept her. Survivor is like the greatest show.
5  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: President Forever Policy Planks on: September 30, 2014, 10:26:29 pm
//Abortion
  • Unrestricted access to abortions. (L)
[ ] Legal abortions in the first two trimesters for the mother's health. (CL)
[ ] Legal abortions in the first trimester for the mother's health. (C)
[ ] No legal abortions, except to save the mother's life or rape. (CR)
[ ] No legal abortions. (R)

//Affirmative Action
[ ] Make all federal agencies follow strict quotas. (L)
[ ] Diversity is a compelling reason for affirmative action. (CL)
  • The benefits of diversity can justify affirmative action. (C)
[ ] Affirmative action programs only in certain cases. (CR)
[ ] Abolish all federal affirmative action programs. (R)

//Balanced Budget
  • A deficit is fine - focus on social programs. (L)
[ ] Military spending is more important than the deficit. (CL)
[ ] Balance lowering the deficit with other priorities. (C)
[ ] A Balanced Budget amendment to eliminate the deficit. (CR)
[ ] Eliminate all national debt as quickly as possible. (R)

//Business Tax
[ ] Significantly increase business taxation. (L)
[ ] Increase business taxation. (CL)
  • Businesses are taxed the right amount. (C)
[ ] Reduce business taxation. (CR)
[ ] Significantly reduce business taxation. (R)

//Campaign Finance Reform
[ ] Elections are rigged for the two parties - we need major reform! (L)
  • We need to significantly reduce corporate donations. (CL)
[ ] We need to put more power into smaller donors' hands. (C)
[ ] The McCain/Feingold bill is sufficient. (CR)
[ ] No campaign finance reform is needed. (R)

//Ecology
  • The environment must be our first national priority. (L)
[ ] Good environmental policies are good economic policies. (CL)
[ ] Balance environmental policies with sound economic policies. (C)
[ ] Economic policies must come before environmental policies. (CR)
[ ] The environment is fine, we don't need to worry about it. (R)

//Education
[ ] No school vouchers, large increase to federal funding. (L)
  • No school vouchers, increase federal funding. (CL)
[ ] Lower-income school vouchers, increase federal funding. (C)
[ ] School vouchers for lower-income students. (CR)
[ ] School vouchers for anyone. (R)

//Free Trade
[ ] We need to erect large tariff barriers to protect all our industries. (L)
[ ] Some industries need to be protected. (CL)
[ ] Open markets should be approached with caution. (C)
  • Most markets should be open. (CR)
[ ] All markets should be open! (R)

//Gun Control
  • Ban all guns! (L)
[ ] Ban certain guns, and require registration/background checks. (CL)
[ ] Guns control is a state issue. (C)
[ ] We should be very wary of gun control. (CR)
[ ] Gun ownership is constitutionally protected - no gun control! (R)

//Same-Sex Marriage
  • Same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. (L)
[ ] Same-sex marriage, even if not in name. (CL)
[ ] Retain marriage as it is, but explore civil unions. (C)
[ ] Marriage is between a man and a woman. (CR)
[ ] Homosexuals need to be treated for their condition. (R)

//Immigration
  • Immigration is great, illegal immigrants granted amnesty. (L)
[ ] Legal immigration is great. (CL)
[ ] Legal immigration is fine, but immigration laws must be obeyed. (C)
[ ] Reduce legal immigration, crack down on illegal immigration. (CR)
[ ] Immigration is destroying the country, stop all immigration now! (R)

//Military Funding
[ ] Drastically cut military funding, establish a Department of Peace. (L)
  • We should decrease military funding. (CL)
[ ] Keep military budget the same, look to be more efficient. (C)
[ ] Increase the military budget, but find ways to be more efficient. (CR)
[ ] We need to significantly increase military funding to meet new threats. (R)

//Military Intervention
[ ] Military intervention is another way of saying 'empire building'. (L)
  • For humanitarian causes or if we are attacked. (CL)
[ ] Only if we are attacked. (C)
[ ] Only if our national interests are threatened. (CR)
[ ] We can and should use our military might to further our own interests. (R)

//Personal Tax
[ ] Increase income tax for everyone. (L)
  • Increase income tax for the rich. (CL)
[ ] Reduce income tax for lower- and middle-class tax brackets. (C)
[ ] Reduce income tax across the board. (CR)
[ ] Reduce income tax for the rich. (R)

//Public Health Care
  • We need a completely public health care system. (L)
[ ] Universal health care, whether public or private. (CL)
[ ] Public health care benefits for the poor and elderly, the rest private. (C)
[ ] Only a few public health care benefits. (CR)
[ ] The health care system should be completely private. (R)

//Renewable Energy
  • Renewable energy all the way! (L)
[ ] We should focus on renewable energy sources. (CL)
[ ] Renewable and non-renewable energy must be equally researched. (R)
[ ] Coal and oil are our main concerns right now. (CR)
[ ] We don't need to worry about renewable energy sources. (R)

//Social Security
  • No to any private investment, dramatically increase funding. (L)
[ ] No to private investment, increase funding. (CL)
[ ] Keep social security as it is. (C)
[ ] Let workers privately invest some of their social security payments. (CR)
[ ] Let workers privately invest all social security payments. (R)

//Terrorism
[ ] We should surrender to the terrorists. (L)
[ ] We need to fight the cause of terrorism, economic and social injustice. (CL)
[ ] Focus on better foreign policy, but use military force if we must. (C)
  • We should not hesitate to use military force against terrorism. (CR)
[ ] Terrorism can only be stopped one way: military force. (R)
6  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: PPP-Louisiana: Jindal & Christie in big trouble, Bush & Huckabee popular on: September 30, 2014, 10:16:10 am
That's poor for all Republicans considering the sample used was a mid-term sample. Not saying Hillary would beat them just that she could more so than Obama could.
7  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: September 23, 2014, 09:37:07 am
If you think carefully, this discussion doesn't have anything to do with Australia at all.

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Everyone, put him on ignore, and unlike me idiotically just now, don't feel tempted to click 'show'.

I finally just did that, I seriously don't understand why this German is so interested in me? Like, seriously?

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Do you all reckon that with NZ pushing for a flag change, Australia might actually soon?
8  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: September 22, 2014, 08:18:17 pm
Well I can't remember back to the 2006 election as I was only 10 and really my memory of 2014 is hazy. However, my problem with the whole process going on now and the fact that this wasn't an election promise and therefore it should be taken to the electorate. Tbh, I've probably got most of the facts wrong however, I still believe that this road should only be built after there is major investment in the rail network which just isn't going to happen.

You literally have no shame. How are you continuing to to say this bullsh**t??

... Dude? What is your problem. I'm 18 years old, I'm doing VCE at the moment, I was born on the 28/08/96, why do you believe I would lie about that? What would I stand to gain? You are such a creep.

You unknowingly made your personal email address public on your account so that everybody could see your Facebook profile which contained your personal info as well as photographs of yourself, your wife and other friends and relatives. This is widely known and was discussed a few months ago, and only after I brought it up did you remove your email address (wisely so) from public view, and then attempted to argue a very strange and nonsensical defense of your alleged character, which nobody believed.

I have absolutely no idea what you "stand to gain" from your actions, because you are not the only middle aged man on this forum, and this forum doesn't have an upper age restriction. But it's really, really weird.

(Posting a random alleged birth date in full only reinforces the case against you).

Wow? Like, yes you saw an email address but did you see the email address contained the name 'Harry' and '96' and the Facebook account was called 'Bruce', now knowing this maybe I helped my dad set up his Facebook account and used one of my many email addresses to do so? ing moron.
9  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: September 22, 2014, 10:37:55 am
Well I can't remember back to the 2006 election as I was only 10 and really my memory of 2014 is hazy. However, my problem with the whole process going on now and the fact that this wasn't an election promise and therefore it should be taken to the electorate. Tbh, I've probably got most of the facts wrong however, I still believe that this road should only be built after there is major investment in the rail network which just isn't going to happen.

You literally have no shame. How are you continuing to to say this bullsh**t??

... Dude? What is your problem. I'm 18 years old, I'm doing VCE at the moment, I was born on the 28/08/96, why do you believe I would lie about that? What would I stand to gain? You are such a creep.
10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Victorian State Parliamentary Election - 29 November 2014 on: September 22, 2014, 04:53:32 am
No matter who wins, we all lose as Napthine and Andrews are among the worst this state has to offer.
11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish independence referendum results thread (Sept 18, 2014) on: September 19, 2014, 02:32:59 am
This is how freedom dies.

This is a prime example of freedom, you absolute dumb .
12  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: PM Series: Question 21 on: September 18, 2014, 07:09:23 am
Agree/ Critical issue
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: CO-Quinnipac: Gardner +8 on: September 18, 2014, 07:06:22 am
...

Either Udall is ed or Quinnipac is ed in the head. I lean towards the later...
14  General Politics / Economics / Re: 2013: Panama has highest level of well-being, Afghanistan & Syria the lowest on: September 16, 2014, 11:44:17 pm
Yes, I'm sure life is better in Mexico than it is in Australia. ..
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: KY Senate Race 2014: Getting lucky in Kentucky on: September 16, 2014, 04:23:29 am
Yeah, that ad is very questionable.
16  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Why the Clinton hype? on: September 15, 2014, 09:40:47 am
Wicked witch of the White House = No thanks.

That may seem funny to you but to many calling her a witch is sexist.
17  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Which show has a higher percentage of good episodes? on: September 15, 2014, 02:44:28 am
Simpsons is an icon of the 20th and 21st Century, no show has reached it's peak and no show ever will. Comparing FG to the Simpsons is ridiculous.
18  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: ME-PPP/MCVAF: Michaud+1 on: September 15, 2014, 02:41:23 am
Cutler is one selfish prick.
19  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: NC-Elon University: Hagan leads by 4% on: September 15, 2014, 01:15:09 am
Hagan is obviously an excellent campaigner because all indicators point to the fact that the Republicans should be winning this.
20  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Why the Clinton hype? on: September 15, 2014, 12:01:39 am
Obama is perceived as a 'weak' President, alternatively, Hillary comes across strong and powerful which is something the Democrats are looking for.
21  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: September 14, 2014, 10:24:07 am
I think the key difference is that the Liberals *are* campaigning on the East West link this time around - so campaign on it without signing contracts weeks out from the election.

Not about to defend Labor, just purely a point about the Liberals, not even about the E/W link itself. If it's a major part of your campaign, let the people vote before you sign off on it.



This is what I'm saying. It's ridiculous to commit billions of dollars for an election pledge before an election.
22  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: September 14, 2014, 09:36:23 am
Well I can't remember back to the 2006 election as I was only 10 and really my memory of 2014 is hazy. However, my problem with the whole process going on now and the fact that this wasn't an election promise and therefore it should be taken to the electorate. Tbh, I've probably got most of the facts wrong however, I still believe that this road should only be built after there is major investment in the rail network which just isn't going to happen.
23  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: If you could move the Florida capital to another city...? on: September 14, 2014, 06:09:23 am
The moon.
24  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: September 14, 2014, 04:50:48 am
The desalination plant at the time it was built made sense - did you forget how low dam levels are? The panic over the Muray-Darling? The thing he has said though is that - if the legal challenge fails Labor will go ahead, if not they will scrap the projects. And if the legal challenge is a success only then will they build it. However, this doesn't have to be like this - the government could wait 2 months, and if they win, then sign the contracts. Also, if the Liberals were so concerned about the bottom line, why are the spending millions of the states money advertising state projects?
25  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Hillary run looking more and more likely on: September 14, 2014, 01:46:48 am
If Hillary does run, she needs to try and win the support of the media who in the past and even recently have been unprecedented cunts towards her.
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