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  1. Why Tolkien is not coddling his readers, why Tolkien is awesome

    Sixth instalment: (I come dangerously close to agreeing with TrackerNeil, at least partially, here).
  2. US Elections - The white power-suit vs the white-power suit

    Without Florida, Trump needs Romney 2012 + Iowa + Nevada + Ohio + Pennsylvania + two out of the following three - New Hampshire, Colorado, and Wisconsin. As things stand, I can't see Trump doing that if he's also losing Florida.
  3. US Elections - The white power-suit vs the white-power suit

    Oh, and a couple of other things I'd do. Get Donald talking trade, trade, trade. Get Hillary back into the spotlight wherever possible. The more they're talking about her, the less they're throwing stuff at Trump. Hillary isn't liked either, so let's capitalise on that. Get myself a stiff drink. I'll need it.
  4. US Elections - The white power-suit vs the white-power suit

    The guy is putting money into Virginia. Seeing as there's no Senate race or useful down-ticket race that otherwise might encourage it, I really doubt Trump bothers with data. Frankly, if I were running Trump's campaign I'd: Target Iowa, Ohio, Nevada, Florida, and Maine. The numbers have been kind here at least until recently, so there's at least someone out there that is potentially listening. Winning the first four, plus ME-2 gets Trump within striking distance of 270. Push into New Hampshire, Colorado, and Pennsylvania. All unlikely, but more likely than Virginia or Wisconsin, and you only need one of the three. All else can go hang at this point - if we're losing Arizona, Georgia, or Utah, we're losing the election. Piggyback off the ground-game of Republican Senate candidates. This requires mending fences, but it's too late to start new offices from scratch.
  5. Rugby IV - Striking Hookers Are Back In Fashion

    OK, that wasn't pretty (and Australia will be going on about that disallowed try for the rest of time), but we got there in the end. I'll take it.
  6. Rugby IV - Striking Hookers Are Back In Fashion

  7. US Elections - The white power-suit vs the white-power suit

    He's been French-Kissing Trump for ages, and has lost all credibility in the process. Screw him.
  8. A Single Country in the World

    You're missing the point - making English the international language imposes not just a monoculture, but an Anglo-Saxon-centric monoculture. Treating other languages like residual oddities... you're destroying "non-Anglo-Saxon" ways of seeing the world. Again, why not Esperanto? It's easier than English by design, and you're not dealing with rampant cultural imperialism.
  9. A Single Country in the World

    Disputes about EU transfers to Greece are going to look positively tame.
  10. US Elections - The white power-suit vs the white-power suit

    My point is that anyone put off by Sanders (i.e. the stereotypical suburban economically centrist sorts) would more likely than not still hold their noses and vote for him because of who the alternative is. Saying that Sanders would be a disaster because the Republicans would have a line of attack ("he's a communist!") ignores Trump's existing line of attack vis-a-vis Hillary ("she's a corrupt Establishment hack!), and that we're in 2016, not 1972 - you've now got two generations of voters who think that calling someone a communist is something that only happens on black and white television. To be honest, I think a Sanders vs Trump map would look broadly similar to the current one. Bernie does a bit worse in North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, but a bit better in Ohio, Iowa, and the Mountain West.
  11. US Elections - The white power-suit vs the white-power suit

    Sanders would have been fine. Attacking someone for being a loonie is not a viable course of action when you are nominating Donald Trump. The bigger risk is that someone like Bloomberg would have jumped in, and split the anti-Trump vote.
  12. A Single Country in the World

    So we're talking a Single World State, rather than the abolition of the State (as per Marxism) generally? Language, more than anything else, is the true killer here. Simply saying that English is dominant so everyone else ought to use English overlooks several problems: English is the international language of commerce. Commerce does not equal education, culture, or politics (a hundred years ago, the international diplomatic language was French). Language evolves to fit society - you're taking a language that has evolved to suit Anglo-Saxon cultural norms, and trying to impose it on societies which have evolved differently, with all the conceptual problems that arise from that. The English language (because of its history) makes no rational sense grammatically. If you want a rational, standardised language, get everyone learning Esperanto. Or Finnish. It's no worse than getting non-English speakers to learn English. Since we're talking a Single State, with a single currency, there would also have to be permanent financial transfers from the wealthy parts of the world to the poorer parts of the world. Never mind New York subsidising Alabama, or London subsidising Wales, from now on, New York, Alabama, London, and Wales subsidise Africa. Better hope that corruption doesn't become a problem.
  13. US Elections - The white power-suit vs the white-power suit

    Just because his ideology was crazy, doesn't make him a bad person. And even at the ideological level, he had certain ideas that would never fly within the modern Republicans - his attitude on gay rights ("I don't care if they are straight, so long as they shoot straight").
  14. Why Tolkien is not coddling his readers, why Tolkien is awesome

    Not just Orodreth now that I think about it (a doormat if ever there was one), but Finrod Felagund deserves a mention - a wonderful person, who actually cared about these new mortal creatures, but who as ruler of Nargothrond truly put Honour before Sense. The Quest for the Silmaril was blatantly suicidal, and in heading out with Beren, he left his muppet nephew at the mercy of Celegorm and Curufin. Bad men making good rulers - early Ar-Pharazon and Denethor would count, I think, though the former is debatable. Maedhros was probably one of the most effective Elven leaders, and he's certainly a bona fide grey character.
  15. US Elections - The white power-suit vs the white-power suit

    Poll out of Georgia is Trump +2. I think the conventional wisdom there is that undecideds will break for Trump (they're mostly Republicans), but conventional wisdom might go out the window via Gary Johnson.