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  1. Canada apparently statistically has the highest turnover rate and lack of partisan "reliability" in electoral seats of any country in the world today whose legislative body uses an FPTP system (including the US, even though they lack a parliamentary cabinet responsibility aspect to their national legislature - they still elect their individual lawmakers by mostly the same system). As I recall a columnist in the Edmonton Journal (one of the two main periodicals of my home city) opine during the 1993 General Election (when I was in High School, just less than a year before my 18th birthday; the last election where I was ineligible to vote) "in Canadian politics, there are NO safe seats!"
  2. I'm not sure how quite to respond to the bimetallism question. Having lived all my life (like I'm sure everyone else posting here) using fiat currency and having no strong knowledge or background in hard economics (unlike @Zach, who hasn't posted for awhile), I don't feel confident or informed enough without some explanation that's better than what Wikipedia offers.
  3. I don't want this to sound vindictive - that's not how I feel at all - but I had felt from the start the election simulators should have remained paramount priority and had no real enthusiasm for a "Be President" game - I just said nothing to avoid being a "killjoy." All-in-all, I feel, even beyond my own personal biases on the issue, but in practical terms as well, that Anthony has made the best choice.
  4. In honour of March 28, a date without significant meaning in most countries, but with the legislature (and, more importantly, the local CPC party apparatus) in the Autonomous Area of Tibet in the People's Republic of China has declared "Freedom of the Serfs Day," after the date of the PRC takeover of Tibet on March 28, 1959, and the fleeing into exile of the 14th Dalai Llama and his original government (apparently airlifted out by the CIA), here's the question. In a region of the world where there has NEVER been a representative, democratic, constitutional form of government, guaranteed civil rights, or a meaningful, popular election as we know it in the First World on it's soil or territory EVER - which form of government has been better for Tibet - a Buddhist theocracy with all powers vested in the Llamas and most land owned by a feudal nobility and about 90% of the population in a form of serfdom (karmic debt or hereditary debt were terms in use in the day), which included barbaric, "medieval" punishments for various crimes, or the smotheringly oppressive, bureaucratic, surveillance-state, top-down centralized system of an Autonomous Area of the PRC, but with more modern sensibilities and moves to modernize the region? Strangely, a big debate exists about this issue, especially about those who have a definite opinion on the legitimate government and desired future of Tibet (which apparently includes many Westerners).
  5. That is true. But I have my doubts that Sinn Fein could realistically win, or even be a threat, in hard Protestant Loyalist constituencies in Northern Ireland. Traditionally, changes in the Government of Northern Ireland in Stormont have happened due to shifts in seats held between Sinn Fein, the SDLP, the Worker's Party of Ireland, and the "Independent Nationalists," in the hard Catholic Republican seats, shifts in seats held between the Ulster Unionists, the Democratic Unionists, and the various small Unionist parties and "Independent Unionists," in hard Protestant Loyalist constituencies, and the fortunes of the Alliance Party and other "non-sectarian parties." There is almost no electoral movement between the Catholic Republican party-held seats collectively and the Protestant Loyal held-seats collectively, and shifting between these two informal "blocs."
  6. Here's a good challenge. Playing as both in an effective "hotseat" game, try to dominate Scotland with the SNP AND Wales with Plaid Cymru in the same election...
  7. Well, I'm sure a front group for the Knights of Columbus will find a far less biased sample group than all the other polling firms active today...
  8. This particular statement is part of the issue I find in a lot of your arguments. First, the viewpoint herein is predicated upon the "limited Government" established by a very different group of "people of America," all of whom are now long dead and they were, in their day, a minority of the permanent residents of the newly-founded United States - you'd likely have found a VERY different on Government and the Constitution, even in the day, if the range of suffrage were the same back then as it is today. Second, the majority of voters in the US from 1932 onward have elected Governments, both Democratic and Republican, constantly, who have campaigned on, and then proceeded to enact spending and legislation of the type you constantly complain about and effectively say is OBJECTIVELY wrong and MUST be stopped, despite your viewpoint having receded to a very small minority (at least in the extreme form you hold), which very much shows that, by action at the ballot box, for 85 year, not just a brief knee-jerk zeitgeist period, the "people of America" of today and recent decades have, themselves, established a very different "nature of Government" which they are, more or less, happy with at least the basic and possibilities of, with a fair degree of mixed obligatory griping, but such griping about government exists in all countries (except maybe North Korea...).
  9. These are @servo75's contribution, for those who've chosen to block him. This is not a direct commentary on them from myself at this point.
  10. It could be that, like many forums, "archived" threads, while available for browsing, do not count for displayed, current forum statistics. That's my best guess...
  11. First of all, I can't answer because a response is required to all three lists as currently set-up. Secondly, you forgot Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, the US Virgin Islands, the District of Columbia, and US citizens living abroad long-term...
  12. My delegation's internal organizing committee needs a few more hours to organize our proposals for presentation.
  13. But I've been on these forums since 2007, which says something for @vcczar and @jvikings1, who've been members for notably shorter a period each.
  14. By the Vatican, on the recommendation of other local and regional bishops. The Roman Catholic Church is very hierarchical.
  15. @Reagan04 I noticed your local former Archbishop passed away. Without bringing up ideological differences, in due respect, I offer my condolences.