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  1. In Topic: Canadian Politics

    23 October 2019 - 01:46 PM

    View PostAbyss, on 22 October 2019 - 07:26 PM, said:

    View PostD, on 22 October 2019 - 05:07 PM, said:

    View PostAbyss, on 22 October 2019 - 03:32 PM, said:

    Much is being made of the Greens one gain out East. I think it came down to a local and charismatic candidate capitalising on a history of disregard for that part of Canada, but hey, good for her. It's a good story if nothing else.

    They did also increase their share of the popular vote by quite a bit (over double the last election??) even if it didn't lead to a big difference in number of actual MPs.

    True. A lot of the post election commentary raises how this election was about the environment but the issue kept being lost. The Greens took in a portion of voters who kept that in mind but even so not enough to shift them to more seats.

    As an NB'er my read of the Fredericton seat (and Greens seeing their share of the vote here increase by like 20%) going to Jennica Atwin is mostly a virtue of the fact we've never really toyed with 3rd parties before. The NDP never got off the ground at the federal level, and only ever saw 1 MLA elected at the provincial level. Contrast that with the past election, in which the Peoples Alliance (our homebrewed alt-right) and the Greens each gained 3 seats (leading to a very confusing parliament).... NB is looking for something new. Really all of the Maritimes saw the green share of the vote increase drastically in all 3 provinces.

    A couple years ago, provincially we elected the Green Leader David Coon (in Fredericton btw), and he has proven to be a very competent MLA, party leader, and campaigner. The good will he earned, Jennica's own capacity, and NB'ers general frustration with the two party system here in NB is probably what got her the win.

    The main story coming out of NB in my opinion is the fact that the Saint John-Rothesay riding didn't revert back to blue. It along with the rest of the fundy coast were traditional conservative strongholds that all got flipped in 2015 due to trudeau-mania. The former conservative MPs of the other ridings managed to get their seats back this time round....but not in SJ. That, combined with the share of the vote that went to Liberals, Greens, and NDPs in Saint John-Rothesay makes me think this riding may have fundamentally changed.

    Also interesting is the fact that in the other coastal ridings, 2nd place after the cons was often the greens and not the liberals. A smart move for the greens imo would be to convince David Coon to make the jump to the federal party as either leader or deputy leader, and take 5 or 6 seats here.
  2. In Topic: Canadian Politics

    20 September 2019 - 12:10 PM

    View PostQuickTidal, on 20 September 2019 - 10:31 AM, said:

    View PostD, on 20 September 2019 - 04:13 AM, said:

    View Postrant, on 20 September 2019 - 03:25 AM, said:

    Fine, I'll be the first Canadian to cast his vote. Green. Sam as its been for like 20 years. lets not destroy the world.

    I'm definitely considering switching to Green (away from my usual Rhino vote).

    I was going to vote Green until the whole anti-abortion thing the other week, so even though I'm pissed at the lack of keeping to election promises (election reform to remove FPTP, climate focus no pipeline) I'll drop back and vote Lib again. Beyond anything else, I can't stomach Canada falling into the same alt-right hole as the States if Scheer manages to get in. Ford is bad enough.

    Hmm, I'd not heard about that anti-abortion stuff, that is concerning.

    The conspiracy part of my brain wonders if the Trudeau team put the blackface stuff out themselves as a lowkey way to try and pull some of the racist vote from Mad Max and Scheer lol. It might win some votes here in NB at least...14 candidates at the provincial level abandoned the NDP for the Greens (we have a strong provincial Green leader here).....its not been explicitly stated, but at least some of the motivation for that switch was them recognizing that they wouldn't get votes as NDPers as long as there was a brown man leading the federal party...really disappointing.
  3. In Topic: Canadian Politics

    20 September 2019 - 03:25 AM

    Fine, I'll be the first Canadian to cast his vote. Green. Sam as its been for like 20 years. lets not destroy the world.
  4. In Topic: Game of Thrones: Final Season

    05 May 2019 - 04:27 AM

    View PostQuickTidal, on 03 May 2019 - 12:58 PM, said:

    View PostAzath Vitr (D, on 02 May 2019 - 07:07 AM, said:

    View PostTraveller, on 02 May 2019 - 05:44 AM, said:

    View PostAzath Vitr (D, on 01 May 2019 - 05:52 PM, said:

    'The Long Night is lowest ranked Game Of Thrones episode since Season 5 and second lowest of all time'


    You'd think after Trump, Brexit etc people would realise that 'popular opinion' isn't a good judge of quality.

    The Rotten Tomatoes score is based on the aggregated reviews of established TV and movie critics, not 'popular opinion':

    'The scores don't include just anyone who calls themselves a critic or has a movie blog; Rotten Tomatoes only aggregates critics who have been regularly publishing movie reviews with a reasonably widely read outlet for at least two years, and those critics must be "active," meaning they've published at least one review in the last year. The site also deems a subset of critics to be "top critics" and calculates a separate score that only includes them.'

    Yes, because 200 odd critics (most of whom are glorified fucking bloggers) know what's good for the whole planet taste-wise. Gotcha.

    God I love the internet.
    Only here can contradictory arguments exist simultaneously. Which is it?
    Is Rotten tomatoes an example of the rotten core of reviewers who are out of touch with the masses.................. or is it the perfect example of of "popular opinion"?

    I mean, obviously it is some kind of combination of both. But still.
  5. In Topic: Game of Thrones: Final Season

    05 May 2019 - 03:54 AM

    View PostTiste Simeon, on 30 April 2019 - 05:00 PM, said:

    I don't get why there has to be such a critique? Like, I just don't do it. Is it pulse racing, tension building TV with lots of action and violence? Yep. Love it.

    Does it really matter that Sun Tzu didn't approve of the battle tactics? Not even remotely.

    Some people here tear into just about every film or show they watch and it seems like that's a great way to never enjoy anything again.

    Why assume the flaw is with individuals and not the episode of television (that is fucked).

    Also, I generally like things......until I don't. At which point, I start to pick them apart to better understand why I didn't like them. Why assume that from my dislike of a single episode of television I dislike everything................ever again? Sorry if I'm triggered erryone else. I am a bit tho.

    To answer your actual question above. I guess it doesn't matter that Sun Tzu didn't approve of the tactics, but ya know what? I didn't approve......and for me, that mattered.
    Cuz previously in GoT, tactics mattered.


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