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

    You're aware you're comparing an apple with a (hypothetical) orange. That's not a question, by the way, it's a statement. I would note that the behaviour of Democrats during the first Bush presidency demonstrated a great deal more acceptance of his legitimacy than the behaviour of Republicans during either Obama presidency.
  2. Logan-First R Rated Wolverine Movie?

    Whether it bothers you or not, it's a clear example of the film-makers deliberately giving Jackman's Wolverine a central role at the expense of other characters.
  3. Logan-First R Rated Wolverine Movie?

    Yes, but at the same time they literally cut another character (Kitty) out of a leading role in the plot in order to give it to Logan.
  4. Marvel Netflix - Sweet Christmas!

    I'm spitballing here, but I think one of the causes might be that female directors don't get as many jobs. And a good way of addressing that would be to give them some jobs. I'm very serious here, by the way. More jobs means a better CV and more experience, which means a more level playing field and a better chance the next time a female director is up for a job. That then creates an atmosphere where female directors are more common, encouraging more people to employ them and encouraging more women to go into directing. If you've got alternative explanations for the otherwise quite baffling lack of female directors, please put them forward. Don't ascribe it to some mysterious force that we can nevertheless definitely tackle without the distasteful step of giving female directors more jobs.
  5. Marvel Netflix - Sweet Christmas!

    The sad thing is that if the list of directors had all been male, that would have been unremarkable: nobody would have even thought about what genitalia they had or wondered for a second if they were the best for the job. It would have been assumed to be obvious that they were. So long as that's true, complaints about an all-women directorial lineup ring hollow. It's not an 'empty gesture' to give a hand up to talented people suffering from systematic discrimination.
  6. As editor of Private Eye, Hislop has indeed been in court many times over libel actions, though not so much in recent years. Some of those he famously lost... and some of those judgments, of course, famously turned out to be wrong (Robert Maxwell, anyone?) However, the claim that he's the 'most sued man in Britain' is one that is bandied around by people who dislike him, but not substantiated. And no court judgment, win or lose, has suggested that Ian Hislop personally is a liar or untrustworthy, or of inventing conversations in the way that Assange alleges. Hislop stands by his version of that conversation, and has at least as good a claim to being 100% trustworthy as Assange does.
  7. Nap Rooms for University Students - Good Idea?

    If a university were like those other institutions, this would be a fair point. But most aren't. Students either move or travel to the institution for most of the year: they're there for long hours, too. A full-time student spends much more time in their university than a person visiting a shopping centre spends there. Also, those institutions are frequently located in areas which simply don't have places of worship for faiths that might be well represented in the student population but not in the general population of that area. Lack of faith facilities would mean students traveling long distances to worship. And importantly, students face unusual challenges in all areas of their lives, including their faith. That's why many have dedicated University chaplains, or equivalents. I don't think that every university needs to have a prayer room, but I think most do. And I say that as a very firmly atheist person.
  8. US Elections - The white power-suit vs the white-power suit

    Except that whatever his past, Trump is certainly now a politician and he himself alleges that the accusations are politically motivated. Thereby meaning that in this case it is very much a political issue. Not about dissent, strictly speaking (which is why I didn't use the term): but about silencing political opposition, without a doubt. Well... yes, there are. Although I'm not sure what clarity has to do with rarity.
  9. US Elections - The white power-suit vs the white-power suit

    It really doesn't, for most people. Most people don't have the money to do this, and even those that do, often don't have the inclination. For Trump, threats to sue are second nature and actual lawsuits are a common tool he uses to bully and intimidate people, but the record shows that these are often deployed when he knows full well the accusation against him is true. The net result is a man who's using his money to try to bully his way out of sexual assault allegations. That's as clear an example of rape culture as you can ask for.
  10. Let's try to avoid overlap with other threads if possible.
  11. Comics XII: All New, All Twelve

    Sad news: Steve Dillon has passed away.
  12. US Elections - The white power-suit vs the white-power suit

    You're doing the right thing, and in any case the worst case scenario is that your vote cancels his.
  13. The actor playing Mariah would be Alfre Woodard, who in a four decade career in TV and film has won four Emmy awards, a Golden Globe and three Screen Actors' Guild awards (and been an Academy Award nominee). I think that's a pretty good CV. I think Woodard's performance was great, and so do almost all of the critics I've read. I also thought Erik LaRay Harvey did pretty well with weaker material. If you didn't like the performances, well, everyone's entitled to their opinion, even if their opinion is wrong. The suggestion is that there was always resentment from Stryker, Luke just didn't perceive it. Luke was the golden boy, the 'real' son who got everything while Willis got nothing. Over time Luke's father pushed Stryker's mother away, Luke became more successful, and Stryker's resentment grew. The inciting event is a car theft in which both boys are involved but Willis goes to jail while Luke's father persuades the judge to allow Luke to join the Marines instead. When Stryker gets out, he frames Luke to punish him. But even then, Luke comes up smelling of roses, in Stryker's eyes: I mean, he does get superpowers and escape with a beautiful woman, so I can see that. It's not as strong as the comics version where Diamondback and Cage are both in love with Reva, but the show merged two characters to get Diamondback. In the comics, Luke's (legitimate) brother is a different character and the show-Diamondback gets some of his motivations.
  14. US Elections - The white power-suit vs the white-power suit

    It's not particularly relevant or necessary, so yeah, let's end that discussion please.
  15. US Elections - The white power-suit vs the white-power suit

    Thing is, I think he may have actually thought they were funny. Trump doesn't really have much of a sense of humour. Clinton's lines were pretty good: