Monday Message Board

It’s time for another Monday Message Board. Post comments on any topic. Civil discussion and no coarse language please. Side discussions and idees fixes to the sandpits, please

156 thoughts on “Monday Message Board

  1. @Hermit

    Say one thing while doing the opposite.

    “We will reduce the greenhouse effect by putting more greenhouse gases into the air.”

    Doublethink! 1984 + 30 = 2014.

  2. @Megan
    On the one hand I have a detailed report from an official observer mission about faults in the Russian electoral process.

    On the other hand I have allegations about the Australian electoral process, with no detailed report of observations, from an anonymous commenter on a blog.

    I don’t know much about the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, but it is an established international organisation with some sort of public recognition. I cannot say the same about you. So it would be wrong to attach equal weight to the observers’ report and your allegations.

  3. @JKUU
    You are absolutely correct to point out that I mistakenly read your comment as coming from Megan and responded to it on that basis. The error was mine and I apologise.

  4. @J-D

    As far as missing votes – see: the Court of Disputed Returns, for government spending – see: just about any government ads since GST, media favouring one party – see: News Ltd.

    When someone says “it’s like…” they are giving an illustrative example, not stating anything as a fact. I didn’t pretend “60%” was anything other than that.

    I would invite people to read the OSCE report (or at least the executive summary, 2 pages) and decide for themselves whether it means what you say it does or not.

  5. @Megan
    Of what is ‘60%’ an illustrative example? It’s an illustrative example of a percentage, but so are 0%, 8%, and 100%. Anybody who knows what a percentage is doesn’t need an illustrative example.

    If you mean that it’s an illustrative example of a mark that I would not accept as a passing grade, you are mistaken.

    Possibly what you meant is that I would not accept that a country qualifies as democratic unless there is nothing in its electoral process that could legitimately be judged a flaw, but if that is what you meant then you’re still mistaken.

    I agree with you that as between the two options of reading the OSCE report and relying on your assertions, people will do better to judge political conditions in Russia by what the OSCE reports.

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