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Souriquois

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    Political cartoons

    From my hometown paper today
  2. Hahaha.. hockey and real beer. That's how we roll.
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    Steak or fish

    Haha... yeah I saw Obama making fun of him. Trudeau isn't as funny as Obama, though, or his father. Maybe he will be after he spends more time in office and has to deal with the rest of Parliament, and the public.
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    Steak or fish

    Haha his speech was funny. I'll miss Obama
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    Extremism

    Yeah it can cause fear of learning if you're so scared and believe liberals cozy up to terrorists and that education is a liberal indoctrination camp. That's populism in a nutshell though
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    Extremism

    I agree with this. Except for #3. It's not just Americans. It's happening all over the Western world, and it has been caused by the proliferation of right-wing media and fearmongering about terrorism.
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    Extremism

    Well extremism isn't as strong among liberals yet, but it's possible. And it exists, but I have only seen it in some corners of the Internet. Obama has stated his concerns, with the GOP as off the rails as it is (from extremism), that Democrats don't have anyone with a different worldview challenging blind-spots that they have from dogmas of their political view which could result in, at best, bad policy and at worst, epistemic closure like I had previously mentioned. If you look at my thread "Liberalism is in your genes", failure of both sides to engage with eachother could be looked at as a loss because liberals and conservatives have different brain structures, which could lead to different ways of solving a problem, and if they discussed together, and bounced ideas off of eachother, maybe they would come up with a solution that is superior to both the liberal and conservative view. That's actually the original purpose of politics, and having debates. I don't know, I think here in Canada, we have more left-wing extremism in our politics than the US. Our democratic socialist party is pretty much collapsing right now, a divide between the, I guess, normal left, and the far left. These guys are extremist, they want to shut a whole industry down, the fossil fuel industry, right away. I believe shutting it down is a goal but will have to be tapered off, otherwise people will lose their jobs and there will be backlash. I kind of feel bad for the party leader who just got tossed.
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    Liberalism in your genes?

    Fear can make people more conservative. People with dementia and traumatic brain injuries remember when their brains were working properly and that can be scary and frustrating. Also, being reminded of one's own mortality can make someone support more conservative positions, even if you show an enthusiastic liberal an articke about a fatal car accident, then have them answer political questions, they may end up supporting more conservative positions, so maybe someone in old age close to death and not quite come to terms with it, may be more conservative. Conservatism rose across the world after 9/11, and event that both scared people and reminded them of their mortality. Actually one of the goals of ISIL is to use terrorism to make the Western world turn right, so they see the connection.
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    Extremism

    Yeah I remember Barbara Frum. But not well. And actually there are some conservatives I enjoy reading and it's to expose myself to different views, David Frum is one of them. He is a sane conservative. I love now that he is pointing out that what is happening to the GOP is what he warned was going to happen years ago. David Frum is a proponent of Obamacare and social programs in general. He is for single-payer health care, actually. He believes that conservatives should stop being so adverse to it. He also believes conservatives need to address income inequality, he supports a $15 minumum wage, things like that. He just believes conservatives would be better at doing these things, where liberals would overspend or not be efficient enough and hence the social programs would not be as useful as they could be (so he's not really much different from Canadian conservatives in that regard). I disagree with a lot of stuff he says but he raises good points too, on how to solve problems with a conservative approach. Why did Canada lose him? His sister Laura Frum sits on the Canadian Senate and she is crazy as the birds. She's always on Twitter Tweeting links from the Islamophobic propaganda site CIJ News. I said to her on Twitter that I don't think she's sound of mind enough to be deciding on whether a bill that passes through the House of Commons should be passed into law or not.
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    Extremism

    Hillary does seem right-of-center. As Obama is. You can still be right-wing and progressive, just as you can be left-wing and conservative. They're completely different axes. Take the Political Compass. Left and right are left and right. They are economic policy. Up is conservative and down is liberal. Hillary is probably where Obama is. These are Canadian and US politicans mapped. Stephen Harper was probably the only Conservative PM we had who was right-wing. All of our other Conservative governments were left wing, but conservative... In the upper left hand quadrant of the political compass. Conservatives and liberals in the US have mostly leaned to the right, however.
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    Extremism

    I think the cause of extremism in politics worldwide is a result if epistemic closure. This article deals more with it among conservatives, but it is found among liberals as well: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2010/04/28/books/28conserv.html?referer=&_r=0
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    Liberalism in your genes?

    Many countries have laws against collection of biometric data without permission or a charge. I gave up mine, it's public. I was given good money for it because I have "useful" genetics, I descend directly from the population at Port-Royal so my genetics display the ethnogenesis of French-Canadians. If you descend from the Mayflower people or slaves in plantations in the Carolinas you'll get good money too. But I didn't do it for money, of course, for science. It'd be easy for someone to find out my genotype in this gene that they theorize influences your politics and see I have the liberal gene. It doesn't really bother me. I would personally love to see politicians genotyped (they typed British politicians in the studies). Not against their will, though. It's interesting. The only leaders they have genotypes are Adolf Hitler, Nelson Mandela, and Thomas Jefferson. When they genotyped Ozzy Osbourne they found out he is related to Thomas Jefferson. Nelson Mandela was related to Ramses III. One of my friends is related to Hitler. Interesting stuff.
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    Talking to a syrian refugee.

    They do. Many strict Muslim countries throw liberals in jail. Syria was a pretty liberal country at one time though. Until it descended into war. I bet learning that would make Islam sound more appealing to many American conservatives, who seem to have more in common with people like the Taliban than they wish to admit.
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    Liberalism in your genes?

    Political parties already do that. Not genotype data but they collect data available that could get a hint at how you vote or think politically. In Canada there is a software called C-Vote and it can make connections on how you vote, for example, it figured out how people who own a snowmobile are more likely to vote Conservative. But, a prominent politician used this to suppress votes and went to jail for it. He used the software to robocall people who were calculated to most likely NOT vote Conservative and tell them their polling station has moved. As for candidates, well, I think judging from the behaviour of some politicians now it'd be easy to guess what their genotype is. Well, who carries the GG genotype anyway.
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    Liberalism in your genes?

    I'd agree too. In Canada we have two left-leaning parties, one Liberal and one left-wing populists called the New Democrats and I doubt the party leaders have the same genotype. Although the New Democrat leader before him was not so angry and a very optimistic person. He passed away too young, tragically. And my mother was thinking of voting New Democrat (I think maybe she did, though she's normally conservative but the conservative guy in that election was not well-liked) she thinks the Liberal guy is too naive and it annoys her that he's optimistic all the time (why?). Personality-wise, he's like Obama, and my mother likes him. *shrugs*
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