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by Phantasee
2017-09-17 11:10pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: 2017 NFL season
Replies: 10
Views: 2800

Re: 2017 NFL season

Raiders are 2-0 and Lynch is back in full #BEASTMODE.

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by Phantasee
2017-09-17 11:03pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: 2017 Formula 1 season
Replies: 107
Views: 15058

Re: 2017 Formula 1 season

Reading Thanas' comments over the course of the season and even today, blaming Kimi over Seb for that absolute mess Seb caused... :lol:

Glad LH has gotten himself a solid lead this weekend. Looking forward to him ending the season well up on Seb the Shunt.
by Phantasee
2017-03-26 10:49am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: 2017 Formula 1 season
Replies: 107
Views: 15058

Re: 2017 Formula 1 season

As always, I hate Sebastian Vettel. Ferrari confirmed they were definitely sandbagging in FP and they combined a fast car (I'm surprised tbh) with a great strategy (I'm shocked tbh). Mercedes has had it too easy for too long, it'll be good seeing Lewis and the Mercedes boys figure out how to win aga...
by Phantasee
2017-03-23 10:14pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Job hunter’s interview cancelled after she asked about her salary
Replies: 47
Views: 8529

Re: Job hunter’s interview cancelled after she asked about her salary

One thing that occurred to me: how difficult will it be for this woman to get an interview elsewhere, with future employers knowing she went straight to social media and television media about her experience? I'd imagine it would have a chilling effect on her employability. I recall another Canadian...
by Phantasee
2017-03-23 10:05pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: 2017 Formula 1 season
Replies: 107
Views: 15058

Re: 2017 Formula 1 season

The new cars look sexy as hell. Now we just hope that the racing is as good. I'm gonna disagree with you there. I hate all the barge boards and extra aero they stick on. When they streamlined the cars and cleaned up the aero, I thought they finally looked good again. They're just so busy with body ...
by Phantasee
2017-02-24 10:03pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Trudeau abandons pledge to end first-past-the-post.
Replies: 63
Views: 5410

Re: Trudeau abandons pledge to end first-past-the-post.

Harper's conservativism was mostly a matter of presentation rather than policy. He was a ardent practioner of the dictum that you don't actually need to do much policy to make the base happy if you are doing things to piss off your enemies. So most of his right-wing agenda was pretty penny ante stu...
by Phantasee
2017-02-21 06:03pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Trudeau abandons pledge to end first-past-the-post.
Replies: 63
Views: 5410

Re: Trudeau abandons pledge to end first-past-the-post.

Its very disturbing to see the rise of Trumpian politics spreading to Canada, especially given the increasing dissatisfaction with Trudeau and the utter inability of the NDP to ever win an election. Increasing dissatisfaction? They're at or above their election numbers, in recent polls. I think the...
by Phantasee
2017-02-20 01:12am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Trudeau abandons pledge to end first-past-the-post.
Replies: 63
Views: 5410

Re: Trudeau abandons pledge to end first-past-the-post.

You vote against what you dislike by not voting for them. There's no obligation to fill the ballot, from what I understand. Or am I mistaken? I should check. I should vote for Deepak, though. He's always been nice to me, and I forgot I've known him almost as long as Michael. I've been to his home, e...
by Phantasee
2017-02-19 08:45pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Trudeau abandons pledge to end first-past-the-post.
Replies: 63
Views: 5410

Re: Trudeau abandons pledge to end first-past-the-post.

It's related to what probably sunk Hilary Clinton. Nothing offends an electorate like the impression that you've arranged to be their "only viable option" in the backrooms and are asking them to rubber stamp a fait accompli . Entirely agree. We need more Canadian politics threads here. What's going...
by Phantasee
2017-02-19 04:16pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Trudeau abandons pledge to end first-past-the-post.
Replies: 63
Views: 5410

Re: Trudeau abandons pledge to end first-past-the-post.

Unfortunately, the election was called to take advantage of their general disarray, so weird things happened (as so often does in politics when somebody tries to be too clever). This was me in the run up to the election: :banghead: It's related to what probably sunk Hilary Clinton. Nothing offends ...
by Phantasee
2017-02-19 12:36am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Trudeau abandons pledge to end first-past-the-post.
Replies: 63
Views: 5410

Re: Trudeau abandons pledge to end first-past-the-post.

Unfortunately, the election was called to take advantage of their general disarray, so weird things happened (as so often does in politics when somebody tries to be too clever). This was me in the run up to the election: :banghead: It's been funny to mean how much Albertan conservatives are playing...
by Phantasee
2017-02-18 08:48pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Good resources on why shareholders stopped protecting their interests?
Replies: 14
Views: 3538

Re: Good resources on why shareholders stopped protecting their interests?

All of the above, plus how much of the money in the markets (and not just stocks, but real estate etc too) is invested by pension funds and the like? We're talking massive amounts of capital, like AIMCo in Alberta which manages the provincial savings funds, the pension funds, etc. CalPERS, the Ontar...
by Phantasee
2017-02-18 08:24pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Trudeau abandons pledge to end first-past-the-post.
Replies: 63
Views: 5410

Re: Trudeau abandons pledge to end first-past-the-post.

Oh, please don't get me started on the "Leap Manifesto". While I agree with the NDP in some respects, that has to be one of the stupidest plans I've seen from them in awhile. And who was the idiot that came up with the title? "I know, let's take the LEAP from the Chinese "Great Leap Forward" and th...
by Phantasee
2017-02-18 08:21pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Trudeau abandons pledge to end first-past-the-post.
Replies: 63
Views: 5410

Re: Trudeau abandons pledge to end first-past-the-post.

I think we're both partly right. There were a few strands of reasoning that coalesced into the rope that hung us in 2015. The main thing is, people were tired of our shit, and I don't blame them for it. I was too, but was hopeful we could turn it around; still tired of our shit, and less optimistic...
by Phantasee
2017-02-15 11:20pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: The Man in the high castle
Replies: 42
Views: 11631

Re: The Man in the high castle

DUN DUN DUN

Season 3 should be interesting, I expect a focus on John Smith and maybe flashbacks about the initial occupation in the Greater Reich.
by Phantasee
2017-02-15 09:45pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Trudeau abandons pledge to end first-past-the-post.
Replies: 63
Views: 5410

Re: Trudeau abandons pledge to end first-past-the-post.

I know Phant is involved with the Alberta PCs, so I have a slightly different perspective on how that election played out. It wasn't a protest vote based on the idea that the PCs couldn't lose. It was a vote based on how vulnerable the PCs looked and that there was an opportunity to kill the dynast...
by Phantasee
2017-02-14 01:37am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Trudeau abandons pledge to end first-past-the-post.
Replies: 63
Views: 5410

Re: Trudeau abandons pledge to end first-past-the-post.

Except that if it weren't for FPTP they wouldn't have gotten in with a majority, and thus you wouldn't have needed to toss them out in the first place. Or at the very lest the "damage" they could have inflicted would be much less given that they wouldn't have had the majority required to pass every...
by Phantasee
2017-02-13 11:11pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Trudeau abandons pledge to end first-past-the-post.
Replies: 63
Views: 5410

Re: Trudeau abandons pledge to end first-past-the-post.

And speaking of the "godless socialist" NDP, it was FPTP that allowed them to win 62% of the seats in Alberta (the most Conservative province in the country) in the last election despite only having 40% of the vote. If proportional representation were in place I highly doubt they would have won tha...
by Phantasee
2017-02-13 09:15pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Trudeau abandons pledge to end first-past-the-post.
Replies: 63
Views: 5410

Re: Trudeau abandons pledge to end first-past-the-post.

Are you aware that there actually are a ton of countries that use PR and still function well? There are valid reasons to oppose PR but your post sounds like ignorant fearmongering. We'd have seen the atomization of the existing voter coalitions under the existing parties, the reformation of those c...
by Phantasee
2017-02-08 01:47pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Queen Elizabeth 2 Sapphire Jubilee
Replies: 35
Views: 3114

Re: Queen Elizabeth 2 Sapphire Jubilee

Iceland works because it's an island populated by cousins. It's hardly a system that can be exported to a population as diverse as say, Canada, or the Philippines.
by Phantasee
2017-02-08 12:02pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Trudeau abandons pledge to end first-past-the-post.
Replies: 63
Views: 5410

Re: Trudeau abandons pledge to end first-past-the-post.

I, for one, am grateful that Trudeau dumped the terrible idea. We'd have seen the atomization of the existing voter coalitions under the existing parties, the reformation of those coalitions on the other end, in Parliament, and about a decade of wasted time in between as things realigned. We'd also ...
by Phantasee
2017-02-08 11:40am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: The Man in the high castle
Replies: 42
Views: 11631

Re: The Man in the high castle

Thanas wrote:Season 2 was very well written, showing the horrors of both systems.

Also there were a lot of different little things, like the digital recreation of Germania and the evolution of Nazi medals....horrifying yet very stylish.
Digital recreation of what? What about the Nazi medals stood out to you?
by Phantasee
2017-02-05 11:14am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: The Man in the high castle
Replies: 42
Views: 11631

Re: The Man in the high castle

Who's been watching season 2? I'm 5 episodes in to the second season and I find the pacing to be much better than the first, there's no interminable loafing around in Canyon City. Joe Blake is much less wooden, as well. John Smith is becoming my favourite character to watch, as he has to wrestle wit...
by Phantasee
2016-12-29 01:12am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: NFL 2016
Replies: 74
Views: 14609

Re: NFL 2016

I'm still sad about Carr's ankle.