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  1. Gamergaters Please attempt to claim this isn't objectification

    Except for the fact anime creators give interviews in which they discuss their characters, of course. Notwithstanding the fact that anime characters generally have Japanes names and live in Japan anyway... Like, no offense, but if you were to tell me the characters from Gate: jieitai kanochi nite, kaku tatakaeri, or even Evangelion are NOT Japanese, then you'd be a moron.
  2. French politics: houlala!

    That's what many are hoping for. Macron doesn't seem to be a step in that direction though. But you don't know that, do you? Right here on the ground I find Macron supporters to be just as enthusiastic about their candidate as the others. And because Macron won the first round one can assume they are about as numerous as Le Pen's -as incredible as it is. There's absolutely zero reason to say that. People who voted for Macron in the first round when there were plenty of alternatives have absolutely no reason not to do so in the second round. Every single source I have (whether it be the Mélenchon supporters I know, the polls, the articles and analyses in the media... etc) shows that the threat is that they abstain. Very few of them even consider voting for Le Pen. It's ironic because a lot of attention is focused (in the media as well) on Mélenchon supporters because they "might" vote Le Pen, when any reasonable analysis concludes this is rather unlikely. Meanwhile we know for a fact that about a third of the conservatives who voted for Fillon will vote for Le Pen, and nobody seems to care. Probably because pointing out that xenophobia and nationalism are quite common among "traditional" conservatives might ruffle a few feathers...
  3. French politics: houlala!

    It's a tricky question. I'll daresay few people really want to leave, but many feel the EU is responsible for some of France's woes. Imho Mélenchon's stance on the subject was actually more in line with the dominant feelings: stay within the EU, but make specific demands to help the French economy and welfare state (using the threat of a referendum as leverage). That's what people who are angry at the EU really want: Hollande had promised a negotiation that never happened so many left-wing voters still want someone to give it a try. Problem is, Macron is too neo-liberal to do anything like that, and Le Pen seems too extreme (and too unreliable). Thus people who want to see the EU become less neo-liberal have no candidate to defend that position. Which is why many will abstain, since they want neither neo-liberalism nor nationalism. I dunno how objective I am though. I see first hand what effects the EU treaties are having on higher education. I despise nationalism and xenophobia so I will cast my vote for Macron to prevent Le Pen from reaching power. But if the next five years see things take a turn for the worse (for example, if the next government starts raising tuition fees) I'll probably abstain next time. Slowly but surely, this is how Le Pen is gaining ground. I don't see her winning this time, but unless Macron -and to some extent, the EU- start actually addressing some of the problems that have led to the rise of populism, it will prevail.
  4. Is Revolution The Only Viable Solution?

    The problem is whether the far-right will step down from power once its term is up. And I'm not just talking about authoritarianism, that's a far lesser threat than people make of it. I'm thinking of the subtle ways in which a government can dictate the issues of the day, manage the public debate, and thus present itself as the only solution to the problems it chooses. If you take someone like Le Pen for example, her program has the potential to make the issues she campaigns on worse. She would then have the credibility and legitimacy for reelection. She could stay in power fo decades. The same may be said about many of these right-wing populists. If we could be certain that they just get 4 or 5 years in power, it would be okay-ish I guess. But once in power they redefine the entire political paradigm and may stay there indefinitely.
  5. French politics: houlala!

    Even Breitbart doesn't believe:
  6. 'Ghost in the Shell' Live Action(?) Hollywood Edition

    Finally saw it a few days ago. Exactly what I expected. Excellent visuals overall but the scenario is a complete massacre of the source material. The one redeeming quality of the movie is the way that it reproduces some of the iconic scenes from the manga/movies and keeps the characters relatively faithful to the originals (Batou and his love for dogs was a nice touch imo)... Except for the most important one of course. The actors do a decent job all in all, but it's hard to project excellent characters in a shitty plot.
  7. French politics: houlala!

    I don't think anyone is dismissing the possibility of a Le Pen victory out of hand, but the obstacles she faces are formidable. - Yes, 95% of Le Pen supporters will make it to the polls. But so will the people who voted Macron in the first round. The fact remains that she now needs to convince more people than Macron, which should prove extremely difficult. - People are far less ashamed of saying they vote for Le Pen than they used to be. And pollsters have tried to take that into account anyway, based on past mistakes. - Polls predicting a 60-40 win for Macron take into account the fact that many people will abstain in the second round. That being said, Le Pen is certainly trying her best to convince Mélenchon voters to switch to her. She may end up doing better than the 12% or 9% predicted on that front. Mélenchon and his supporters have a history of opposing the National Front though, so it's doubtful they would massively turn to Le Pen, but she may manage to convince most of them to abstain and thus make the race a much closer thing. I think these are the real stakes of the second round. Le Pen winning is highly unlikely, however you look at it. But many people are throwing a lot of criticism at Macron right now, and this may hurt his numbers. I could see him winning with a much smaller margin than is predicted. The alt-right is heavily mobilized on the internet at least, and I'm starting to see Mélenchon supporters picking up stuff that obviously originates from them. An article on their antics: http://www.lemonde.fr/pixels/article/2017/04/25/sur-internet-l-extreme-droite-anglophone-tente-peniblement-de-s-organiser-pour-nuire-a-macron_5117362_4408996.html Generally speaking, I think the danger of complacency doesn't lie with us, the observers (and voters) but with Macron himself. He has a nice headstart, but he needs to show that he can defend a project rather than merely criticize Le Pen for hers. Right now, I don't think he's doing too well. He should be focusing on explaining why his program is the right choice instead of relying on the anti-fascist sentiment. While the anti-fascist sentiment may prove enough for him to win, it it will also robb him of his legitimacy as president. Of course, asking the man to act presidential may be too much, since he was never the people's candidate in the first place and he has little actual experience of politics. It's hard to believe the French will obediently vote for the candidate supported by the media and the elite... Except that's what many of them did for the first round already.
  8. French politics: houlala!

    The poll I've seen on The Guardian's website expects 50% of Mélenchon supporters to vote for Macron, 12% for Le Pen, and the rest (38%) to abstain. It also takes into account abstention for Fillon supporters (with a 40-30-30 divide, roughly). The expected outcome is still 60-40 for Macron. Edit: actually the latest poll is even better for Macron. 62-9-29 for Mélenchon supporters, and 48-33-19 for Fillon's. So yes, I think the polls all take abstention into account. I believe if they didn't Macron's numbers would be even higher. Of course, abstention could be underestimated, but between 30% and 40% for the people disappointed by the first round sounds about right to me. The National Front is still seen as a neo-fascist party by about 60% of the population (according to a poll I saw on Le Monde's website some weeks ago), so most people should rally behind Macron. And even if abstention turns out to be higher, Macron should still win since he won the first round. For Le Pen to win she would have to attract more of the votes from Mélenchon and Fillon supporters than Macron, which seems incredibly unlikely. I just don't think people will prove that bitter. That being said, I don't see 60-40 as a landslide. Let's bear in mind that Chirac got 82% of the votes when facing Jean-Marie Le Pen in 2002 with about 100% of the left-wing voting for him. Now that was a landslide. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: unless Macron massively screws up in the debates, or a major terrorist attack hits Europe in the next couple of weeks, he should win this easily. I guess there are other scenarios that could hurt him (if he was charged with embezzlement like Fillon), but it's all rather unlikely. I don't want to be overconfident after Trump and Brexit, but I find it hard to see how on earth Le Pen can win this.
  9. French politics: houlala!

    I actually had to google this to check it. British newspapers are making far more of this than French ones. Apparently the same tactic was suggested to Marine Le Pen's father in 2002 but he didn't go for it. I don't think such a move will have an impact on anyone.
  10. How much of a geek is Samwell?

    In our world, Sam would hardly be a geek at all. My guesses are: - reading fiction (obviously) - hanging out at the beach (because he's more of an outdoors man we or he think) - painting OR sculpting (because he's got a creative vibe in him) - photography (I just think he'd love such a hobby)
  11. Is Revolution The Only Viable Solution?

    You're probably right, but you're the one who started this topic, so you're the one who was apparently seeking some sort of communication. Not sure what you expected though tbh. You're the one who wrote: As well as: I don't respect xenophobia, homophobia or racism, but I don't think they necessarily come from a lack of intelligence. Ignorance, prejudice, lack of education perhaps... But these don't actually relate to IQ at all. Nor are they a symptom of mental problems. Others have said it before, but I believe you don't actually like democracy. You seem to think intolerant people are stupid and should not be allowed to vote. The irony being that with such thinking you become the very thing that you pretend to fight. From a logical perspective, as soon as you advocate the disenfranchisement of people who don't agree with you, you're effectively advocating some form of authoritarianism. Given the choice, I'd rather live in a country where the intolerant folk have a choice of winning elections than in a country where some form of arbitrary test determines who gets to vote and who doesn't. That's what democracy is supposed to be. That's what liberalism is supposed to be. What you're trying to defend... I'm not sure what it is exactly, but I see it as yet another form of fascism. In some respects, it may even be closer to genuine fascism than the neo-fascist hatred spouted by the likes of Trump and Le Pen. I could see it all as being funny, but given what's happening in our societies, I think it's just sad. Perhaps you're not totally wrong to think the rights of immigrants and minorities are more important than democracy. But to say that people who don't think a certain way should be deprived of their rights... How is that different from depriving people of rights because of the color of their skin or because of their sexual orientation? I'm tempted to say it's even worse. I for myself will never condone the brave new world you're advocating. I'd rather vote for Trump or Le Pen than anyone suggesting what you're suggesting.
  12. Is Revolution The Only Viable Solution?

    That's my reading of your words.
  13. Is Revolution The Only Viable Solution?

    Eeeeer, no, I believe you're the one assuming that. Throughout the thread you seemed to have been defending the idea that an IQ test or psych evaluation would be a safeguard against what you call "right-wing authoritarianism." Not only do I not make such an assumption, but I'm tempted to say that requiring an IQ test and/or psych evaluation is pretty much right-wing authoritarianism.
  14. Is Revolution The Only Viable Solution?

    Isn't it deliciously ironic to call for restrictions on the right to vote in the name of liberalism, when this is exactly what liberalism stands against? Or am I missing something here?
  15. French politics: houlala!

    That's an op-ed piece written by an obviously biased individual, not actual journalism. She repeats all the usual accusations leveled at Mélenchon (Chavez, Putin... etc) and even adds a few new ones. Mélenchon wasn't exactly subtle in his criticism of German leaders, but this author's case that his attacks on Germany go beyond the realm of economic policies is extraordinarily weak. On the other hand, he did completely assume the fact that he was being extremely harsh toward the economic ideology that Germany was imposing on Europe. That's the whole point of the book he wrote! Of course, it's very unpleasant for everybody (Germans first and foremost) when someone starts attacking "Germany" as a country instead of "German leaders" and it allows people to say it's about more than the economy. But that's bullshit. I can tell you that when French people discuss Europe they don't take the pain to distinguish between German leaders and Germany. So yes, we say that it's "Germany" that squeezed Greece like a lemon and denied Tsipras his democratic legitimacy, it's "Germany" that prevents other countries from modifying European rules and treaties and it's "Germany" that's benefiting from the shitty neo-liberal Europe that we have. I'm aware that it's unpleasant and unfair, but it's also, arguably, fact. And I'm afraid this kind of discourse isn't going to go away any time soon, not with Le Pen being in the second round of our presidential election. On a personal note, the more I learn about Schäuble, the more I want very bad things to happen to him.