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51  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Israel general discussion on: August 06, 2017, 02:03:36 pm
Netanyahu's former CoS flipped and became a key witness for the prosecution in 2 criminal investigations (one of corruption), indictment is inbound. The glorious leader appears determined to refuse to go as the law (not a statute though but it doesn't matter as we are a common law country) requires. His political partners are lukewarm about playing the role of ushering him out, so we might be heading into quite a political and constitutional conundrum (some like myself will also predict some military conflict inbound)

Let's see if an indictment actually happens. I'm still doubtful it will. If it does, he needs to resign. But, until that day (if it ever comes), I still think a lot of this nonsense is unsubstantiated.

Israeli Police are an utter joke when it comes to political corruption and are, imo, much more corrupt than the politicians themselves.



It's pretty obvious that Netanyahu is corrupt to the bone, and there seems to be hard evidence. In fact, it's been obvious for a long time, just like it's obvious that Lieberman is corrupt in even worse ways.

He also tries to ban media critical of him.
52  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: NDP Leadership Convention 2017 (2018) on: August 02, 2017, 11:18:39 pm
And within his own constituency, he's tended to do better in rural Timiskaming than in urban Timmins.

Well, that's the general pattern in Northern Ontario and Quebec. "Rural" areas on the left, cities on right.

Or more like: non-reserve rural/small-town "populist", cities "establishment".  A bit like how areas which favoured Reform over PC in the 90s morphed into having outsize Layton-era NDP (and/or undersize Liberal) shares.

What's interesting about Angus's Timiskaming clout is that it'd be like the NDP outperforming *today* in rural Saskatchewan.

Timiskaming is nothing like rural Saskatchewan, through.
53  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: More Conservative Country on: August 02, 2017, 04:51:23 pm
Oddly enough, the US has a food stamp program.  Canada has no such program , we don't even help poor families with school lunches. I don't think Australia has a food stamp program either.

There has to be some kind of aid to the poorest... right?

It's up to every province. The only federal program is unemployment insurance (which is normal, as employment is a federal power, unlike anything else related to poverty).

Yea, that is a odd part of the Canadian health care system. Every 10 years, the 10 premiers and the PM sit down and hash out a new health accord. The feds send the money, but the provinces administer it. Since I only have my Ontario provincial health care card, I wonder what would happen if I had to go to the hospital out of province. Seems like a bit of a bureaucratic nightmare.

Are you kidding? The average Canadian isn't sure if they can go to a hospital outside of their own province?

I can't imagine not knowing that health insurance is available past state lines. I'm not trying to insult you. It seems to me that Canada doesn't have enough public education about its healthcare system.

Well, it's up to every province to decide what they pay or not, relating to other provinces. In case of Qubec, it's a long list of if, but and conditions.

You guys need healthcare reform more than we do!

Well, the Constitution is clear. Healthcare is a provincial power (article 91 (7)). Federal has some powers due to other clauses, but nothing that can force provinces to do a complete reform.

For Quebec, the government pays, but it pays the amount it pays in Quebec. If the service is more expensive in another province, the person has to pay the difference.

For exemple, a GP consultation is 19.90$ in Quebec and 25$ in Alberta, so, Quebec government will pay 19.90$ and the person 5.10$.

You can take a private insurance to cover that.
54  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: NDP Leadership Convention 2017 (2018) on: August 02, 2017, 11:11:16 am
Singh is the only one I can see taking seats off the Liberals. That's enough for him to get my support.

And ironically, Angus is the only one I can see taking seats off the *Conservatives*.

That's interesting, and maybe true on paper, but are there any ridings in particular you can think of? I'm thinking he could have appeal in Tory ridings in Northern Ontario and SW Ontario, and maybe urban Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Maybe some parts in BC.

In general, I think of Angus as having the most "Sanders Republican" reach, i.e. the likeliest to channel a "Tommy Douglas traditionalist" dynamic, or to crack the rural-west firewall even Layton couldn't breach.  That is, unless CPC ridings in the West are simply too far gone at this point.

And within his own constituency, he's tended to do better in rural Timiskaming than in urban Timmins.

Well, that's the general pattern in Northern Ontario and Quebec. "Rural" areas on the left, cities on right.
55  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: More Conservative Country on: August 01, 2017, 11:35:10 am
Oddly enough, the US has a food stamp program.  Canada has no such program , we don't even help poor families with school lunches. I don't think Australia has a food stamp program either.

There has to be some kind of aid to the poorest... right?

It's up to every province. The only federal program is unemployment insurance (which is normal, as employment is a federal power, unlike anything else related to poverty).

Yea, that is a odd part of the Canadian health care system. Every 10 years, the 10 premiers and the PM sit down and hash out a new health accord. The feds send the money, but the provinces administer it. Since I only have my Ontario provincial health care card, I wonder what would happen if I had to go to the hospital out of province. Seems like a bit of a bureaucratic nightmare.

Are you kidding? The average Canadian isn't sure if they can go to a hospital outside of their own province?

I can't imagine not knowing that health insurance is available past state lines. I'm not trying to insult you. It seems to me that Canada doesn't have enough public education about its healthcare system.

Well, it's up to every province to decide what they pay or not, relating to other provinces. In case of Qubec, it's a long list of if, but and conditions.
56  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Airport worker at Nice Airport punches passenger holding baby in the face on: July 30, 2017, 07:06:13 pm
Hopefully both Easyjet and Samsic will be found responsible. Outsourcing shouldn't absolve from responsability.
57  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Alberta United Conservative Party Leadership Election, 2017 on: July 25, 2017, 08:00:12 pm

So, they chose a raging homophobe.
58  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion: Trudeau II on: July 22, 2017, 08:46:52 pm
I don't see Albertans winning there. A mix of Jean far-right ideas and PC corruption.
59  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion: Trudeau II on: July 22, 2017, 08:14:00 pm
Suspiciously high. Kenney and Jean probably cooked up numbers.
60  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Atlas posters who list party as "Other"... on: July 13, 2017, 10:00:40 pm
It's the color of my actual party, the NDP.
61  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: France General Discussion III: Tout doit disparaître on: July 13, 2017, 09:48:08 pm
I'm surprised with NDA's voters. I always thought he and Le Pen were pretty close ideologically.

NDA party is pretty much FN for people not liking/hating Le Pen family, willing to work with the mainstream right-wing parties or finding FN too extreme/unfathomable for them.

Some of those people would never vote FN, under any circumstrances.
62  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: When will Hillary Clinton get her State Dept. portrait? on: July 13, 2017, 09:41:47 pm
This question just popped in my head and I'm wondering when Tillerson will hold the ceremony. Is there usually a set point in time for when each fmr. Sec State gets theirs hung?

No, but it can be long. Rice was only given one in 2014, so 6 years later.

There is still no official Trump pictures either.
63  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian Provincial Redistribution, 2017 on: July 12, 2017, 05:36:02 pm
The Far North Electoral Boundaries Commission has released their preliminary report.



What are the odds that the first MPP from Mushkegowuk will be a white francophone, and not an indigenous person?

Well, it's only 15% indigenous.
64  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: NDP Leadership Convention 2017 (2018) on: July 10, 2017, 05:45:27 pm
So why isn't Singh "catching fire", so to speak? He seems like an obvious front-runner for the NDP leadership, especially since he seems to have the charisma that the other candidates lack.

Well, if someone wants charisma over anything else, they'll vote Trudeau.
65  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Israel general discussion on: July 10, 2017, 03:22:58 am
Good riddance.

Yeah, should help lower antisemitism in Quebec if that weaken the sect (antisemitism is high because of them being used by populist politicians an the perfect example of "foreigners not integrating" and because they end in Quebec news a lot (probably half the time the Jewish faith is mentionned in news here is in relation to them, their abuses, their flights or the fight to rapatriate the Canadian born kids. Doesn't do anything about the other 30% about ultra-oxthodox illegal schools/illegal parking/traditions clashing with gender equality).

I wish it will help the families of the brainwashed to recover their family members.
66  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Israel general discussion on: July 10, 2017, 12:58:04 am
Not sure it's the right thread, but.

The leader of the ultra-orthodox cult Lev Tahor (qualified as dangerous and child abusers by an Israeli court), which was previously living on Quebec and Ontario (they fled to Guatemala, claiming they were persecuted (rather because authorities wanted to prosecute them for beating up kids, denying them education and making them stay in insalubrious conditions), they also make women wear integral veils) drowned during a purification ceremony in a river.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/leader-of-lev-tahor-cult-drowns-in-mexico-report/
67  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Canada apologizes and gives 10 million to someone who killed an American solider on: July 07, 2017, 07:27:07 pm
On that point, the choice was between giving him 10 millions or being condemned by a court (after even more lawyers fees) to pay him a larger amount + lawyer fees. Enough money has been lost on a lawsuit the government would have lost.

The former choice is the best use of the government money.
68  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Next UK General Election thread on: July 06, 2017, 11:52:41 pm
YouGov/The Times (changes from their last pre-election poll):

Lab 46% (+11)
Con 38% (-4)
Lib 6% (-4)
UKIP 4% (-1)
Nats 4% (-1)
Oth 1% (-2)

Doesn't suggest the Nats have collapsed further - but the Greens appear to have.

When polls list it only as Nats, does that just mean SNP & Plaid Cymru? It doesn't include Sinn Fein et al., right?

All posters (but one) do not poll Northern Ireland (and the one who does includes SF in others).
69  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: More Conservative Country on: July 06, 2017, 05:16:03 am
Oddly enough, the US has a food stamp program.  Canada has no such program , we don't even help poor families with school lunches. I don't think Australia has a food stamp program either.

There has to be some kind of aid to the poorest... right?

It's up to every province. The only federal program is unemployment insurance (which is normal, as employment is a federal power, unlike anything else related to poverty).
70  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: #CNNblackmail top twitter trend on twitter on: July 05, 2017, 01:50:55 am
I don't see the issue. He did damage to the brand and could be sued and exposed, they decided not to in exchange for peace. That's the most sensible way going there.

Obviously, no organisation would deny themselves responses in case of a breech of the agreement.
71  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Germany Legalizes Gay Marriage (June 30, 2017) on: July 05, 2017, 12:18:20 am
The Bavarian government under Horst Seehofer is going to file a a constitutional complaint against gay marriage.
So is the AfD, but they aren't even entitled to do so.

Sadly, SDP is too dumb to ask the CDU to choose between SDP and CSU. Would be a wonderful to damage CDU.

Huh no, there's no chance in hell they ever would. CDU and CSU are for all intents and purposes a single party.

I'm aware. It would allow to paint CDU as backwards bigots, through.

I don't think Germans care enough about culture war issues for that to be an effective strategy.

Well, better strategy than being a floormat.
72  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Germany Legalizes Gay Marriage (June 30, 2017) on: July 04, 2017, 08:30:34 pm
The Bavarian government under Horst Seehofer is going to file a a constitutional complaint against gay marriage.
So is the AfD, but they aren't even entitled to do so.

Sadly, SDP is too dumb to ask the CDU to choose between SDP and CSU. Would be a wonderful to damage CDU.

Huh no, there's no chance in hell they ever would. CDU and CSU are for all intents and purposes a single party.

I'm aware. It would allow to paint CDU as backwards bigots, through.
73  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Germany Legalizes Gay Marriage (June 30, 2017) on: July 04, 2017, 05:54:41 pm
The Bavarian government under Horst Seehofer is going to file a a constitutional complaint against gay marriage.
So is the AfD, but they aren't even entitled to do so.

Sadly, SDP is too dumb to ask the CDU to choose between SDP and CSU. Would be a wonderful to damage CDU.
74  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone V: Born Under A Bad Sign on: July 03, 2017, 04:57:29 am
On that subject, one of my university friends in Montreal met a lecturer in a bar in Prague, during the summer between two semesters.
75  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion: Trudeau II on: July 02, 2017, 05:14:10 pm

Not French. GGs alternate between Anglos and Francos, and I suspect there is also a male, male, female, female tradition emerging as well (has been that way since Jeanne Sauve). So, the next GG will likely be a Francophone man. You up for it, RB?

(ETA: The article mentions the French / English tradition, but fails to mention why Trudeau would abandon it, saying only "The belief however is the new governor-general need not be francophone this time". Umm, ok, why?? )

I think it's implied Hadfield would be too big to pass on and than it's gravita will allow him to pass it easily (even francophones people like him). He can also says he cannot wait 15 years to appoint him (next male anglophone), as he would be old.
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