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  1. Folau has made his already dim employment prospects even less promising after linking the recent NSW fires with same-sex marriage and abortion reforms. Even the PM and Jonesey have abandoned him this time!
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    Cricket 38: Ashes Openers Crash and Burns

    A few other developments ahead of the 'Gabba test: Pucovski, Maddinson and Maxwell have ruled themselves out of consideration for international duties, all citing mental health and a need for time out of the game. It's good to see the Australian cricket media is eating humble pie on this topic after the way they treated Trott in 2013. James Pattinson copped a one-test ban after making homophobic slurs in a domestic match. Glad to see CA taking a hard line on this, hot on the heels of the Gabriel/Root incident. Pakistan actually played pretty well in the tour matches *waits for the inevitable implosion and innings defeat*
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    International Thread 3

    Legally incorrect, sure. But you'd think that Bolivians knew what they were doing when they voted (albeit marginally) not to let him stand again. It's hardly a Brexit scenario.
  4. I dunno. I feel we would be better at combating a giant psychic squid than the coal lobbyists. ETA: Props for the 80s politico knowledge @Ran
  5. Yeah agreed. I think what bothers people is: did the outside source really need to be a giant psychic squid that explodes on teleported arrival to NYC?
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    Cricket 38: Ashes Openers Crash and Burns

    Usman culled from the test squad, with Head reclaiming his place instead of the injured M Marsh. This could be the end of the road for Khawaja if he can’t rediscover his Shield form. Unless of course Marnus’ Ashes brilliance was a fluke.
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    (Spoilers) Mr. Robot final season

    The Vera scenes were really the only decent ones in the ep and even they were a little samey. I think they definitely made too many episodes for this season, particularly with the cast of characters narrowing significantly. On Elliot, I think he has always been pretty harsh, it’s just that previously we thought Robot was the bad guy in there. It’s really been Elliot all along.
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    International Thread 3

    Constitutional reform and a new constitution are not mutually exclusive. The former is a broader concept that could include a full rewrite. My understanding is that the new document would be put to a public vote.
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    International Thread 3

    It may be a moot point anyway as Pinera is signalling con reform. Let's see how that goes.
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    International Thread 3

    Why does Bolivia not need fresh elections? Evo was breaching the term limit and shouldn't be running. RE: Chile, I am aware that the current set-up was agreed to under Pinochet - I just think that economic reform is more pressing than political/constitutional reform. I also think there are plenty of Latin Americans who would much rather be in Chile than any other country on the continent.
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    International Thread 3

    Good to see Evo go in Bolivia, but what they really need now is fresh elections (with no Evo), which doesn't seem to be on the cards. On Chile, I'm not convinced that constitutional reform is the way to go. The post-Pinochet system hasn't served Chile badly on a relative basis and you would certainly rather be Chilean than, say, Argentinian at the moment (ETA: assuming you are not caught up in the police brutality :/). What surprises me is that Pinera even managed to win that last election if the mood in Chile is more towards big government and redistribution. We are almost in need of a Latin American politics thread with everything going on!
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    Cricket 38: Ashes Openers Crash and Burns

    On the subject of tie-breakers, I note that the ICC got rid of the (silly) boundary countback rule for future tournaments. From now on we will just keep playing Super Overs until a winner emerges. I agree that non-tournament matches such as the above do not require a decider. The Australian selectors must be scratching their heads ahead of next week's opening test of the summer. Pretty much every batting hopeful failed in the tour match against Pakistan. I guess it doesn't really matter as 'Gabba test has only one likely winner, but still, it's getting to the point where they will be trying to piece together the shreddings of S Marsh's phone number...
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    (Spoilers) Mr. Robot final season

    A return to form this week with fsociety doing what they do best. The Price scenes were a little dull though and I wish Dom would find her mojo again.
  14. May has unsurprisingly stepped down as Greens leader. Makes sense to me - Canada's Greens should probably take the lead from other Green parties by promoting younger leaders with broader policy agendas.
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