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21626  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Euro 2012 Qualifiers on: June 01, 2012, 03:20:16 pm

90th minute: Austria scores the 3:2 with a brilliant goal.
21627  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: 2010 Presidential and State Elections in Austria and onwards ... on: June 01, 2012, 03:19:20 pm
New Vienna poll by Karmasin for "Heute" newspaper:

Direct vote for Mayor:

40% Michael Häupl (SPÖ)
18% H.C. Strache (FPÖ)
  8% Maria Vassilakou (Greens)
  7% Manfred Juraczka (ÖVP)


The poll also says that if Johann Gudenus is the FPÖ-frontrunner instead of Strache, Häupl's percentage drops to 37% (without mentioning what percentage Gudenus would get). Johann Gudenus is the son of the Nazi John Gudenus and a rising star within the Vienna FPÖ. If Strache one day decides to step aside as Austrian FPÖ leader, the young Gudenus would be a good bet for his successor.
21628  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Euro 2012 Qualifiers on: June 01, 2012, 03:06:15 pm
Alaba misses the goal by about 20cm with a volley shot. Would have been a great goal.
21629  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Euro 2012 Qualifiers on: June 01, 2012, 02:55:49 pm
In the 62nd minute now, Austria raises the score to 2:1

(Please no more goals now, so my prediction is correct ... Wink)

F(inks) the Ukraine !

65th minute: Ukraine scores - 2:2 now.
21630  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Euro 2012 Qualifiers on: June 01, 2012, 02:53:56 pm
In the 62nd minute now, Austria raises the score to 2:1

(Please no more goals now, so my prediction is correct ... Wink)
21631  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Euro 2012 Qualifiers on: June 01, 2012, 02:48:24 pm
After 55 minutes, Ukraine scores and it's 1:1
21632  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Reports: Romney giving up on Pennsylvania (?!) on: June 01, 2012, 01:46:19 pm
Evidence is mounting that one traditional battleground state isn't a top target for the Romney campaign: Pennsylvania.

The New York Times reported on Wednesday that the Republican challenger's campaign outlined an array of states where it thinks it can reverse President Obama's victory from four years ago, primarily Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio and Florida. The presentation, the paper reported, also included the names of six other states where Team Romney hopes to steal a win: Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire and Wisconsin.

Not included on the list? The Keystone State, where Obama cruised to a 10-point triumph in 2008.
The article was just the latest indication Pennsylvania isn't a top target for the former Massachusetts governor's campaign, at least not at the general election's onset. At the beginning of May, the state's own GOP chairman, Rob Gleason, said Romney told him personally that he doubted he could win the state. Gleason didn't appear to disagree vehemently.

"I don't think anyone thinks we can carry Pennsylvania, I don't think even Romney thinks we can win Pennsylvania," he told The Allentown Morning Call.

The Romney campaign's initial ad buy, which includes a pair of television spots, also won't air in Pennsylvania (although to be fair, the spots are running in only four states - Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio and Iowa, and he has visited the state twice since locking up the GOP nomination, according to the Hotline candidate schedule tracker).

Understanding why the GOP candidate might be skeptical about Pennsylvania isn't difficult. A Republican presidential nominee hasn't triumphed there since George H.W. Bush in 1988, and, as mentioned, Obama won easily there four years ago despite a heavy investment of time and money from the McCain campaign. The state has more than a million more registered Democrats than Republicans, and an early May poll from Quinnipiac University found the president leading over Romney 47 percent to 39 percent.

When the Romney campaign assesses the electoral map, other states, even traditionally blue ones, could look more appealing. Romney, for instance, grew up in Michigan, where his father served as governor, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's expected victory in his recall election next week might signal the Badger State is poised to turn red in the fall. The two men are also locked in a dead heat in a duo of key Mountain West states, Nevada and Colorado, according to an NBC/Marist poll released Thursday.

Romney's skepticism toward Pennsylvania shouldn't be taken as an indication of weakness in his campaign -- he can still easily reach 270 electoral votes without winning there. In fact, if Romney did beat Obama in Pennsylvania, it's a likely indication that he not only won the presidential election, but he did so in a landslide. But it's an interesting representation of the electoral map's shifting ground, swinging away from predominantly white states like Pennsylvania and toward new battlegrounds in more diverse states like Virginia and Colorado.

21633  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Euro 2012 Qualifiers on: June 01, 2012, 01:41:36 pm
3 minutes into the game, Austria scores the first goal by free kick.
21634  Election Archive / 2012 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / NM-FM3/Project New America (D): Obama by 13 in 3-way with Johnson on: June 01, 2012, 01:17:34 pm
Obama 48%
Romney 35%
Johnson 12%
Und./Other 5%

21635  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Euro 2012 Qualifiers on: June 01, 2012, 01:12:27 pm
Austria vs. Ukraine starts in 20 minutes.

The game is played in Innsbruck, Austria and the weather is sh**tty (very rainy and cold).

This might be good for the Austrian team and therefore I predict a 2:1 win (usually I don't predict the Austrian team to win, because usually our football team suxx).
21636  General Politics / Economics / Unemployment in the Eurozone hits record high on: June 01, 2012, 01:08:24 pm
Eurozone unemployment stays at record 11 percent; Spain, Greece worst off

BRUSSELS — Unemployment across the 17 countries that use the euro stayed at 11 percent in April — the highest level since the single currency was introduced back in 1999, piling further pressure on the region’s leaders to switch from austerity to focus on stimulating growth.

The eurozone’s stagnant economy left 17.4 million people — out of an active population of around 158 million people — without a job. Unemployment rates are also continuing to climb in struggling Spain, Portugal and Greece. The EU’s Eurostat office said 110,000 unemployed were added in April alone. In the U.S. the unemployment rate in April dropped from 8.2 percent the previous month to 8.1 percent.

Menawhile, in recession-hit Spain, unemployment spiked to 24.3 percent, the worst rate in the EU. It was up 0.2 points since March, and 3.6 percentage points compared to last year. Youth unemployment ballooned to a 51.5 percent, up from 45 percent last year.

According to the Eurostat figures for April, Greece is the bloc’s second worst performer after Spain with unemployment creeping further upwards to 21.7 percent in February, the last month for which figures are available. It compares to a rate of 16.1 percent a year earlier. The economy in Greece has been contracting far more than expected late last year, taking employment with it in a downward spiral.

Athens is facing June 17 elections where jobs are a key issue together with the fundamental question of whether the country wants to stay in the currency zone.

Like Greece, Ireland has been forced to rely on an international bailout but its economy returned to growth last year. It is beginning to show in the statistics since overall unemployment fell to 14.2 percent, when it stood at 14.7 only in December.

Unemployment was lowest in Austria, whose economy has been outperforming the European Union average, with 3.9 percent, followed by Luxembourg and the Netherlands with 5.2 percent.

21637  Election Archive / 2012 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / New CA polls by Field & SurveyUSA show Obama far ahead on: June 01, 2012, 12:54:00 pm

48-32 Obama



57-36 Obama

21638  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Euro 2012 Qualifiers on: May 31, 2012, 03:18:12 pm
Nice goal by Andre Schürrle now.

2-0 Germany

Still, Germany is not really convincing today (especially Müller, Kroos and Podolski missed many opportunities), but technically still far better than Israel.
21639  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Euro 2012 Qualifiers on: May 31, 2012, 02:17:02 pm
Just when the (German) audience started to boo their team, Gomez scored.

1-0 Germany.
21640  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Euro 2012 Qualifiers on: May 31, 2012, 02:04:49 pm
A rather boring game so far after 30 minutes.

Germany is technically better than Israel, but the Israel defense is good.
21641  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: clarence's European Vacation on: May 31, 2012, 01:17:51 pm
Yupp, thought you 2 were staying in London a bit longer too.

No Paris ?
21642  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Euro 2012 Qualifiers on: May 31, 2012, 01:14:23 pm
Germany vs. Israel starts in 15 minutes.

I want Israel to win, but probably Germany will win this now that they have the Bayern players.

Prediction: 3-1 Germany
21643  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Music from Sesame Street used to torture Guantanamo prisoners on: May 31, 2012, 11:15:43 am
In 2008, reports surfaced that detainees at Guantanamo Bay had been tortured by songs such as Metallica's "Enter Sandman" and Drowning Pool's "Bodies."

Now, a new documentary from Al Jazeera shows that detainees may also have been subjected to musical torture of a softer variety.

According to the report, prisoners at the U.S. detention camp at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base were forced to wear headphones blasting music from Sesame Street on repeat for hours or days on end.

Christopher Cerf, the award-winning composer of Sesame Street, was stunned to learn how his music was being exploited.

"My first reaction was this just can't possibly be true," he told Al Jazeera. "...Of course I didn't really like the idea that I was helping break down prisoners, but it was much worse when I heard later that they were actually using the music in Guantanamo to actually do deep, long-term interrogations and obviously to inflict enough pain on prisoners so they would talk."

This isn't the first time that music from Sesame Street has been used to break the will of prisoners. In 2003, the U.S. reportedly used the soundtrack to soften up Iraqi POWs.

Sesame Street, an educational children's television series, has been on the air since 1969.

Watch the full report from Al Jazeera in the video above. Below, check out some of the tunes reportedly used at Gitmo.

21644  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your heritage? on: May 31, 2012, 11:03:37 am
I don't think there was ever any foreigner in my family tree.

I'd certainly hope not.

Why that ?

Because Gypsy hunts ain't cool.

You are in the wrong country. There are hardly any Gypsys here (they are in Hungary).

But you are probably suggesting that if some foreigner were coming into the family, there would be hostility towards him/her. I don't think that would happen.
21645  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Federal Appeals Court: DOMA unconstitutional on: May 31, 2012, 10:57:33 am
Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, federal appeals court declares

By Robert Barnes, Updated: Thursday, May 31, 5:32 PM

A federal appeals court panel in Boston declared the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional on Thursday, but said that only the Supreme Court will be able to settle the question of whether the federal government must recognize same-sex marriages from states where such unions are legal.

A unanimous panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit said the act, which was signed by President Clinton and denies federal economic and other benefits for married people from same-sex couples married in states where it is legal, could not be justified under current precedents that protect minorities and other groups from discrimination.

For 150 years, Circuit Judge Michael Boudin wrote, the “desire to maintain tradition would alone have been justification enough for almost any statute . . . . But Supreme Court decisions in the last fifty years call for closer scrutiny of government action touching upon minority group interests and of federal action in areas of traditional state concern.”

The Obama administration had decided not to defend the act, known as DOMA, because it had concluded that the law was unconstitutional. It was a step along the way in Obama’s “evolution” on same-sex unions. In May, the president said publicly that he supported same-sex marriage but that the issue should be left up to the states.

The judicial panel noted that most Americans live in states that have either passed laws or amended their constitutions to express, as DOMA does, that marriage is legal only if it’s between a man and a woman.

“One virtue of federalism is that it permits this diversity of governance based on local choice, but this applies as well to the states that have chosen to legalize same-sex marriage,” Boudin wrote. “Under current Supreme Court authority, Congress’ denial of federal benefits to same-sex couples lawfully married in Massachusetts has not been adequately supported by any permissible federal interest.”

21646  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your heritage? on: May 31, 2012, 10:50:07 am
I don't think there was ever any foreigner in my family tree.

I'd certainly hope not.

Why that ?
21647  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your heritage? on: May 31, 2012, 10:27:42 am
My family is like the Sirius Black family, Austrian through and through.

I don't think there was ever any foreigner in my family tree.
21648  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: What will turnout look like for the WI recall ? on: May 31, 2012, 10:23:32 am
MADISON, WI – The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board is predicting that between 60 and 65 percent of the voting age population – or approximately 2.6 to 2.8 million people – will cast regular and absentee ballots for the Tuesday, June 5 Recall Election.

“Wisconsin has never had a statewide recall election, which makes predicting turnout difficult,” said Kevin Kennedy, director and general counsel of the G.A.B.  “We typically look at history for guidance in predicting turnout. We expect turnout for this election to be much higher than the 49.7 percent turnout in the 2010 General Election for Governor, but not as high as the 69.2 percent turnout in the 2008 General Election for President of the United States.”

Historically, the highest voter turnout in a November gubernatorial election in the last 50 years was 52.4 percent in 1962.  The highest turnout in the past decade was 50.9 percent in 2006. Wisconsin’s 2011 voting age population is 4,352,762 people.  Statistics on past voter turnout and current voter registration are available at http://gab.wi.gov/elections-voting/statistics.

The number of Wisconsin residents who have already requested absentee ballots or voted absentee in the clerk’s office for the recall election continues to climb, said Elections Division Administrator Nat Robinson.

As of noon today, at least 130,391 absentee ballots had been issued by Wisconsin’s local election officials who track them using the Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS), compared to 113,558 by midday Friday, May 25, Robinson said. Clerk’s offices in some larger cities were open for in-person absentee voting over the Memorial Day weekend.

To give that number some context, a total of 68,000 absentee ballots were tracked in SVRS for the May 8 recall primary. Just over one-third of municipalities track absentee ballots in SVRS, including all the state’s large cities.

There were a total of 230,744 absentee ballots cast in the November 2010 General Election for Governor, and a total of 633,610 cast in the November 2008 General Election for President. These numbers include all ballots, not just those tracked in SVRS, and included an extra week of absentee voting.

As many as 75 percent of all absentee ballots are typically cast in the clerk’s office, with the remainder being delivered by mail. The percentage of voters voting via absentee ballot jumped from about 6 percent in 2000, to about 12 percent in 2004, to more than 21 percent in 2008, then dropped to 10 percent in 2010.

In-person absentee voting in the clerk’s office runs through 5 p.m. or the close of business on Friday, June 1, whichever is later. Some clerks are offering extended hours to handle demand. Voters can find their local clerk’s office address and phone number on Voter Public Access: vpa.wi.gov.

The deadline for clerks to receive a request for an absentee ballot by mail is 5 p.m. Thursday, May 31. Voters who request an absentee ballot using a flier they received in the mail should double check the clerk’s mailing address in the event of an error, Kennedy said.

Mailed absentee ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, and must be received by the clerk by 4 p.m. the Friday after the election. All properly-cast absentee ballots will counted, regardless of how close the election is.

21649  Election Archive / 2012 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / NY-Quinnipiac: Obama by 25 on: May 31, 2012, 07:58:46 am
56-31 Obama

21650  Election Archive / 2012 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / OH-Rasmussen: Romney takes small lead on: May 31, 2012, 07:57:16 am
Ohio: Romney 46%, Obama 44%

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