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  1. Never got banned, never even got a temporary suspension. Got a few posts deleted, but that is as much as I've crossed lines in the past.
  2. Keep in mind the denizens of this forum are not limited to the USA, and US politics is still to the right of the overton window in large parts of the rest of the world.
  3. Basically (if numbers are still consistent with the last time I checked) the percentage of households (that acknowledge) owning guns has been dropping for years. But the amount of guns the remaining gun-owning households own has been increasing.
  4. Dropping of per capita gun suicides makes sense, considering gun ownership is dropping as well and suicide(by gun) is an impulsive action facilitated by access. This in contrast to mass shootings, which are planned.
  5. I will be at worldcon, no idea how scary I will feel anyone else is when I'm there though.
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    Cast in series

    No idea. Just tore through the second omnibus, read the first one some years ago. It is lovely no-stakes adventure worldbuilding fantasy so far for me.
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    European Parliament Elections 2019

    For the Netherlands that map is likely both correct as misleading at the same time. While the ALDE affiliated parties (our conservative and progressive liberals) got the biggest share of the vote when combined the S&D affiliated party was the biggest one. All of them are pro EU though, as are the greens and Christian Democrats who did well. Populists and hard Eurosceptics didn't do well. And of course our conservative religious faction got a huge fraction of the vote due to low general turnout. Not that is that important in the bigger scheme of things, but it shows there is much more intricacy underneath the simple map painting of largest factions.
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    Eurovision 2019

    Australia is a bit weird, but most of the Mediterranean basin is allowed to enter (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Broadcasting_Union)
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    Amazing Book Deals: The Third

    Aurora Rising (Which was previously published as The Prefect) by Alastair Reynolds is on sale for 0.99 in European markets at least.
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    UK Politics: Awaiting MV3

    The goal of Brexit seems to be to remove the UK from the oversight of EU regulations (such as those against tax avoidance), hell the whole reason Corbyn seems to want Brexit is to be able to nationalize things again without EU regulations intervening. And of course there is the whole sentiment against the European Human Rights Court, which tends to run with the same people who are for leaving the EU. They seem allergic to having judges they can't control point out UK citizens and citizens in the UK actually have rights.
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    UK Politics: Awaiting MV3

    Well, both movements harness deep instincts of xenophobia with a goal of protecting the local elite from oversight.
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    International thread 2

    That is a natural reaction against a history of the wrong groups being blamed, and people are more careful about that now. Or to put it slightly more bluntly, Islam doesn't lead to terrorism and bombing so an attack by groups claiming to represent it should not be used to blame the whole of it; while all white nationalists are actually genocidal by definition, so any attack by some-one self-identifying as it by word or action can be used to blame the whole of it.
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    UK Politics: The Edge of Destruction

    Apparently in the Netherlands we only use d'Hondt for larger elections (19 seats and up) due to these issues. For smaller ones we apparently (wikipedia) use a largest-remainder method. Instant run-off systems haven't been introduced here yet. Likely partly because we are in a weird mix between voting for parties as well as for individuals.
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    Homer, Tolkien, and Truth

    Romans did it, likely one amongst many. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byzantine_beacon_system
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    UK Politics: The Edge of Destruction

    Poor people die younger. That is apparently part of the reason generations can vote more conservative when they get older. eg http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2018/05/poor-people-often-dont-survive-to-become-seniors-who-vote.html