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Politics as Blood Sport

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Postby Slade » Fri Dec 05, 2008 8:58 pm

During the U.S. election, several Boarders decried the fact that there are only two power-wielding parties in Washington. And several Boarders are Libertarians.

What's going on north of the border is a mind-boggling example of the pitfalls that yawn in a multi-party system. In the middle of an economic crisis, there is now a political crisis that has frozen the government. Consider this lay of the chessboard.

Harper is trying to govern as if he has a majority.

He doesn't.

To get a majority in this country, you must win over Quebec.

Here's the latest opinion polling:

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/s ... hub=Canada

Here's what the polling found when respondents in various regions were asked who was to blame for the current political situation:

The Conservatives are to blame:

Canada-wide: 45 per cent
Quebec: 63 per cent
Ontario: 42 per cent
West: 31 per cent

The three Opposition parties are to blame:

Canada-wide: 40 per cent
Quebec: 22 per cent
Ontario: 43 per cent
West: 52 per cent


So what's the next intelligent move on the chessboard? I'm interested to see how Americans would play it.

Your move.

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Postby Mbwun » Sat Dec 06, 2008 5:37 pm

I found it rather amusing that, in the controversial, out-of-focus, video of Stephane Dion that was sent to the GG, the books on the shelves behind him were in focus, and the one that was most clearly seen was a book called Hot Air.

I wonder if he's actually read the book, or whether someone put it there intentionally as some kind of statement? Maybe a conspiracy is afoot within the ranks of the Liberal Party.

I don't know how successful the coalition government Canada had almost a century ago was, but, considering the infighting that inevitable erupts within the ranks of a political party these days, I couldn't see any kind of coalition between three parties holding together for ... what was it they were proposing ... 18 months? ... Never happen.

All in all, I think the GG made the right decision.
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Postby e_taylor » Sat Dec 06, 2008 11:48 pm

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Postby Slade » Sun Dec 07, 2008 2:25 am

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Postby PohlSE » Tue Jun 30, 2009 11:27 am

Raasnio,

It's been about a year since either of us mentioned global warming and the evidence against this junk science continues to grow...


Did you read the EPA report that our new "open and honest" White House suppressed so it wouldn't interfere with the new "tax-em-till-they-bleed" global warming bill?





A couple of the more embarrassing parts for the politicians who still want to use global warming as a political tool; global temperatures have declined for 11 years and will continue to do so, and that research from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Climate Change Science Program (now known as Global Change Research Program) should not be trusted at face value.

There is a lot more in the full report but those are my favorites.


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Postby EZ Rhino » Tue Jun 30, 2009 3:37 pm

I like you PohlSE so cut it out!!
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Postby i.am.sladist » Mon Jun 14, 2010 11:37 pm

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Postby Mbwun » Sat Jun 26, 2010 9:54 pm

You know, the next time they hold one of these G20 Summits, wouldn't it be a better idea to hold it on a cruise ship out in the middle of the ocean somewhere? It could be accompanied by a nuclear submarine, and an aircraft carrier, and if anything unauthorized tries to get anywhere near the ship, just torpedo it, or blow it out of the sky.
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Postby Slade » Sat Jul 10, 2010 10:14 pm

John le Carre is the undisputed master of the Cold War spy novel. Here's his take on the recent spy swap:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/ju ... n-le-carre
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Postby EZ Rhino » Sat May 07, 2011 4:34 am

I've never quite understood how a person can have so much of their personality invested in symbols. For example, americans who go ballistic whenever an american flag is burned in protest. Well, I just read a quote in one of the fark.com threads that articulates just what my feelings are with people who are way too emotional over a piece of cloth:

"This is what happens when you base your entire identity around a symbol instead of what that symbol represents."

What makes me think about these things is that every now and then, I wonder at how much more human beings could do with the lives they're given. So much suffering in the world. *sigh*
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Postby Mbwun » Tue Jul 26, 2011 2:47 pm

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Postby dreab trawets » Tue Jul 26, 2011 11:18 pm

“After my head has been chopped off, will I still be able to hear, at least for a moment , the sound of my own blood gushing from my neck? That would be the best pleasure to end all pleasure. “
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