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1  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Clinton welfare reforms? on: Today at 08:22:09 am
Pretty much everything that Moynihan (no defender of the old programme!) warned about at the time has come to pass.
2  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should underage male (non-medical) circumcision be banned? on: Today at 08:16:19 am
This is one of those subjects that should never be discussed on the internet.

It's nice to be right.
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Why did the Liberal Democrats collapse? on: August 26, 2016, 01:14:31 pm
All of the above really in whatever combination. Plus their senior figures made the critical error of looking smug. If we're looking at what turned a severe drop in support into outright collapse then that might even be the main thing. Voters are not always terribly rational and if you present a face that seems to almost beg for a metaphorical punch they seem to be more likely to deliver it.
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK local by-elections, 2016 on: August 25, 2016, 06:07:59 pm
Which marks the end of elected Communist representation in British politics. A small but not unpleasant milestone.
5  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Almost 1,800 People Have Died in Seven Weeks in the Philippines’ War on Drugs on: August 25, 2016, 02:23:03 pm
Yeah the election there was the most depressing genuine election I can remember anywhere for quite a while... urgh.
6  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should underage male (non-medical) circumcision be banned? on: August 25, 2016, 02:21:30 pm
This is one of those subjects that should never be discussed on the internet.
7  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Labour Party (UK) Leadership Election, 2016 on: August 25, 2016, 10:34:12 am
No one really knows for sure what's going on; the selectorate is not known and there's no reason to assume that different parts of it will move in the same direction. Which is problematic in terms of attempting to survey it in any form (are you talking to the right people? etc). There hasn't been a single published poll since the very start of the process and even if there was one there would be inevitable question marks (given the above issue) as to accuracy. There have been straws in the wind but they can be argued in different directions (and have).
8  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: BREAKING: Farage to Share Platform with Trump Tonight on: August 24, 2016, 01:56:47 pm
Peak 2016

Dear United States,

Please feel free to keep Nigel.

Yours truly

^^^
9  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Assange outs gay men in Saudi Arabia, also personal info of rape/abuse victims on: August 24, 2016, 10:36:48 am
I don't think we should be particularly shocked that Assange is not particularly bothered about breaching the privacy of rape victims.
10  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Magnitude 6.2 earthquake has hit central Italy on: August 24, 2016, 10:18:43 am
The magnitude is similar to the 2009 earthquake in L'Aquila,we can only hope that the casualty count will be nowhere near as high.

Fair chance it will be given the area it struck. Fyck.
11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Labour Party (UK) Leadership Election, 2016 on: August 24, 2016, 10:16:36 am

Or has he?

All aboard the clown car etc.
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Labour Party (UK) Leadership Election, 2016 on: August 23, 2016, 06:31:24 pm
Ugh. I thought Corbyn was at least above this kind of dishonesty. At this point I'll be heartbroken if he still somehow wins.

Corbyn is a symptom of a wider malaise rather than it's cause. It's amusing but also telling how many people phrase arguments in his favour in the language of an excuse. But you shouldn't be surprised that anyone appealing to a curiously never particularly defined sense of authenticity turns out to be made of plastic. Only the inverse would be surprising.
13  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Pigfvcker Memorial Suppository for UK News: A Departure from EUtopia on: August 23, 2016, 02:09:02 pm
Sir Antony Jay (one of the co-writers of Yes Minister; he was the right-wing one) has died aged 86. Kind of apt that he died on the same day as what I suppose we must call Traingate. Think he would have been amused anyway...
14  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Labour Party (UK) Leadership Election, 2016 on: August 23, 2016, 12:23:41 pm

I for one can think of no other logical explanation.
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Labour Party (UK) Leadership Election, 2016 on: August 23, 2016, 11:09:26 am
This is just beyond embarrassing
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Gawker shutting down on: August 22, 2016, 01:39:57 pm
The main thing here is Gawker wasn't simply a "stupid tabloid". It was an EVIL site. It ruined lives and might've been responsible for at least one suicide.

Gawker wasn't just inane and low-brow, it was a destructive force of evil.

It also needs pointing out (endlessly until it sinks in) that in this very case Gawker tried to use the fundamental economic injustices built into the U.S.A. legal system to its own advantage, but that then things backfired rather dramatically. A pretty clear cut case of someone being hoisted by their own petard, frankly.
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Labour Party (UK) Leadership Election, 2016 on: August 22, 2016, 01:18:17 pm
Members 350,000
Affiliates 168,000
RS 129,000

Change on last time...

Members: +58,000
Affiliates +20,000
RS +17,000

Close to a third of RS applications rejected then.
18  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Communist Party USA on: August 22, 2016, 10:53:38 am
The SI used to be pretty active and did a lot of good work on détente and Israel-Palestine back in the day, having someone important and well-connected like Brandt in charge helped. They've rather faded since (joke leadership, lack of interest from the Europeans leading to dominance by the various dodgy Third World parties) and that weird Progressive (ugh) Alliance thing was, predictably, dead virtually from the start.

I suppose that in a way it was a causality of the end of the Cold War; with the disappearance of Communism the need for a high profile organisation promoting democratic Socialism went as well.
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: August 2016 House of Representative Elections on: August 21, 2016, 07:52:51 pm
1. write in: lol this still going on ahahahahahaha
2. write in: who the fyck are all these people
3. write in: some nasty person wrote some horrid stuff into your criminal code as a joke, you might wanna get that checked out
4. write in: reality or nothing
5. 1184az
6. evergreen
7. Talleyrand
8. clyde1998
9. peebs
10. neveragain
11. write in: I presume Yankee still plays this. Does he still get printouts of fantasy bills from his neighbour? That was the saddest thing I ever heard.
20  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: United Kingdom Referendum on European Union Membership on: August 21, 2016, 06:33:12 pm
Spoke with a Stamford Hill Hasid about the referendum, turnout, and the mood in his neighborhood. Most who did turn out voted remain, and it appears to me that this was mainly because of the ties between communities in the UK and communities in Antwerp. If you want your son or daughter to get married to someone in Antwerp, it's easier if they can live there without much hassle, and if you want to sell something, it's easy if there are few restrictions, etc... But many also didn't vote; a combination of being low-info (the Hasid I talked with, who didn't vote, admitted he didn't know who was the new PM) and not caring about politics in general because G-d rules the world.

Thanks; really informative Smiley
21  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Labour Party (UK) Leadership Election, 2016 on: August 20, 2016, 04:10:10 pm
Sadiq Khan endorses Smith.
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Poster boys for white privilege lie and denigrate Brazil on: August 20, 2016, 12:55:12 pm
Actually these Olympics have had some extremely serious problems (and even as we all type angrily in this thread there's currently an undergoing - and utterly disgraceful - clusterfyck wrt the organisation of the Paralympic aspect) it's just that they've mostly not been that widely reported on, despite the fact that in one instance someone nearly died. But even a basically sucky Games is still excellent television.
23  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Poster boys for white privilege lie and denigrate Brazil on: August 19, 2016, 06:29:22 pm
Message to President Obama: plz drone atlas now, thx.
24  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Gawker shutting down on: August 19, 2016, 06:28:14 pm
If you had been paying any attention at all to this mess then you would know exactly to what I referred.
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Gawker shutting down on: August 19, 2016, 01:59:55 pm
Nobody who's troubled by this is wallowing in pity for Gawker.

See that's not actually true is it? Besides while I agree that there are troubling aspects to what Thiel did, that was equally true of Gawker's actions. They tried to use the fundamental economic inequalities built into the US legal system as well, it's just that it blew up in their faces.
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