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  1. US politics: Donny, you're out of your element

    Well, I guess one can have sympathy for Milo's younger self while still despising what he has turned into.
  2. US politics: Donny, you're out of your element

    ... particularly if they're used to concentrate people for purposes of, well, getting rid of...
  3. US politics: Donny, you're out of your element

    Well, if we compare it to Trump's "greatest ever" inauguration attendance, that's a scary riot indeed!
  4. US politics: Donny, you're out of your element

    Thank you, by the way, for expanding on my quickly composed point in far more detail. I appreciated it
  5. UK Politics: Trumpy Cat Trumpy Cat Where Have You Been?

    That's an issue for the small party in coalition governments, usually: you get blamed for the failures of the government far more than the successes, partly because you don't have the prime minister as a leader figure to rally to. In Germany, it's been a similar story for Merkel's coalition partners the last two times around (the SPD had massive losses in '09, and the liberal FDP didn't even get the necessary 5% in '13); and it would probably be the same this time if not for the SPD deciding not to run a current minister as candidate for chancellor, which allows Schulz to run as a de facto opposition candidate. All that being said, it's critical for those smaller parties in a coalition to stick to their core issues. You need to be able to tell the voters that on the core issues you were elected on, you delivered, even if the other issues were decided by your partner. And there, the tuition fees really hurt the Lib Dems (just as the FDP's decision to placate their hotel and pharmacy clientele while allowing surveillance to be expanded made them collapse in '13)
  6. US Politics: Deep State Solution

    And how far was Sandy Hook from a state with lax gun control laws? ...oh, right. There's a proven way to reduce such massacres. Australia did it. But you refuse to consider it.
  7. US Politics: Deep State Solution

    Yes. Second in officially reported rapes. But then, there's various reasons why the numbers in Sweden would be higher than anywhere else, from higer report rates to stricter sexual violence laws (grabbing women by the genitals is classified as rape by Swedish law - so Trump would have to be considered a rapist in Sweden) to every accusation, not conviction, counted in Swedish crime statistics. In other words, by just comparing the official reported rape rates, you're actually comparing apples to oranges.
  8. UK Politics: Trumpy Cat Trumpy Cat Where Have You Been?

    Well, yes. I base this mainly on the referendum being Cameron's attempt to placate the right wing of his party, who would have had far less power in a coalition government. Even if I'm wrong, the result of the referendum would have meant the end of the coalition and new elections immediately instead of continued Tory control, with less of a "hard Brexit" disaster as a result, and possibly an instant reversal if the anti-Brexit parties had gained a majority afterwards.
  9. UK Politics: Trumpy Cat Trumpy Cat Where Have You Been?

    No. I mean tuition fees. Although you have a point on the AV/PR debate, too. The referendum was basically following PR rules. So that's not the point. But AV, coupled with the weakness of the Lib Dems, allowed the Tories to get a majority in '15, which in turn led to the referendum and hence, Brexit. With stronger Lib Dems and/or an election following PR rules and a subsequent second coalition government for Cameron, Brexit wouldn't have happened (except if Cameron had gone for a Tory/UKIP alliance, which I find unlikely - although admittedly not impossible)
  10. UK Politics: Trumpy Cat Trumpy Cat Where Have You Been?

    Don't know about that. I fear his failure to stick to his core campaign promise allowed Brexit to happen (because it gave the Tories the majority). Of course, he couldn't know that would happen, but sadly, his failure indirectly caused a lot of harm.
  11. US Politics: Deep State Solution

    It's no coincidence our closest animal relatives show quite similar behavior.
  12. US Politics: Deep State Solution

    Those far right movements have existed before any such kind of equality was achieved. Or do you think Germany in the 1920es was a particularly egalitarian society? I'm not willing to surrender this issue to them just based on their feelings. Yes, it will lead to less of a fight, but some issues are worth fighting for, and I regard equality (along with liberty) to be the most prominent causes worth this fight.
  13. US Politics: Deep State Solution

    But how, then, do you deal with equivalent qualifications? If there are two very similar applicants for the same job, but the majority member gets that job disproportionately more often over the minority member, your method is applied while still creating unequal results. Why not ask that potential employers prefer the minority candidates (in case of similar enough qualifications, anyway) until some kind of minority representation quota is fulfilled?
  14. US Politics: Deep State Solution

    All the way, of course. Those evil librul media had it coming! They were mean to the orange god emperor, after all... (yes, I've seen Trump supporters refer to him that way. It's so wrong on so many levels I don't even know what to say.)
  15. US Politics: Deep State Solution

    Better not to get complacent though. The gutting of the VRA and the incredibly Republican-favorable map for 2018 lay the groundwork for a takeover - and Trump seems both bold and ignorant enough to try and force issues if he doesn't get reelected (or feels it might be too unlikely)