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    U.S. Politics: Moscow Mitch

    It's also antisemitic (it's a dual loyalty slur), but I assume his supporters won't let themselves see his antisemitism.
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    UK Politics: It's Life Pfeffel but not as we know it

    That doesn't actually answer my question, seems a bit delusional and hasn't been updated since April, so I don't think you can assume this is the position of your current government.
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    UK Politics: It's Life Pfeffel but not as we know it

    Thank you for that. So it seems that no deal brexit leads to violence no matter how it exactly plays out. I've been wondering about that. It's seemed to me from what I've read that the hardline brexiters either aren't considering or don't care about what may happen in NI as a result of all of this, or maybe they consider it an acceptable casualty which is pretty callous.
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    UK Politics: It's Life Pfeffel but not as we know it

    Does anyone here have any good analysis (or links to) about what happen in terms of Northern Ireland and the Good Friday agreement if no deal Brexit happens? I've searched for information, but much seems to be about the backstop and that seems unlikely to happen as it would require passing May's deal, and other information has contradicted each other, been clearly biased or behind paywalls my local library doesn't have access to online.
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    US Politics: Culture Club

    Cummings is chair of the House Oversight Committee and of course Trump is racist.
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    A Brooklyn State of Mind

    Brooklyn is pretty big, I think where you should look probably depends on where the wedding is and what subway lines are nearby.
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    What should be done... about climate change

    I think a lot more trees could be planted all over, in cities, outside cities and so on. Also if battery technology was better it could make renewable energy much more efficient and could probably eliminate much of back up coal power plant requirements that exist now to keep grids functional, it would also make electric cars more attractive. I think in terms of transportation, you need to keep the disabled population in mind, a lot of public transportation is inaccessible for many disabled people, some issues can be fixed (like NYC could put elevators in every subway station and keep them in good repair, which would make it much more accessible for some people), but some disabled people, like people who because of their disability cannot function in loud places or extreme temperatures or cannot stand for very long (and many of these places have no seating available, especially when crowded, of course more seating could be put in, but that doesn't necessarily fix anything as especially younger people with hidden disabilities often have trouble getting people to move so they can sit, and not everyone can advocate for themselves) or walk very far. One thing I don't think I've seen mentioned yet is encouraging much more population density, mass transit works much better in dense areas, it's much easier to live without a car in a dense city with good public transit than in a suburb. It also leaves more land free for forests and farming.
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    Workable Socialism

    That we as a society make a choice to allow people to be homeless is indeed gross and I don't defend people buying property as investment and letting it sit unoccupied most of the time. Surely massively fining people who have vacant property and using that for low income housing could help the situation a bit. I don't knew what the stats are in terms of vacant housing and homelessness, but according to HUD there are only available subsidized/affordable housing for 30% of the extremely low income group (based on median area income). But the scarcity of public housing doesn't account for horrendous conditions that exist in much of public housing, like major repairs (broken toilets etc) that don't get made, fire hazards and major pest infestations. I understand in some countries that the government owns a lot of housing and manages it much better than the US, but unless the government starts renting to middle class people and not just poor people I cannot see that kind of decent management happening here.
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    Workable Socialism

    I'm going to guess that no one here has spent much time in the projects and seen what kind of condition they're in or knows anything about how long the waiting lists for subsidized housing is in the US.
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    Workable Socialism

    In addition the USHMM link @Lykos provided, here's what [url=https://www.yadvashem.org/holocaust/about/end-of-war-aftermath/liberation.html?WT.mc_id=wiki#narrative_info/]Yad Vashem[/url] has about this and for an overview here's a [url=https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sh'erit_ha-Pletah]Wikipedia[/url] page about survivors in DP camps after the war.
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    Workable Socialism

    I hope that was sarcastic because it's not true at all. For just the Jews, many lived for years after the war in "displaced persons" camps at the sites of former concentration camps. Almost no countries were allowing any significant amount of Holocaust refugee immigration. Many people who did try to go home (and let's be honest, who wants to live with the people who just tried to genocide you and had previously persecuted you for more than a millennia) found their homes occupied by others, all of their belongings having been stolen by the Nazis and their collaborators. There were several post WWII pograms in Poland when Jews tried to return home. The result was that many Holocaust survivors tried to immigrate illegally to what was then mandate Palestine, when they were caught they ended up in refugee camps on Cyprus, ending up in Israel after it declared independence.
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    US Politics: RIP EHK FYVM GOP

    Medicare is very expensive if someone doesn't have a supplement or isn't dual eligible, 20% adds up quickly if there are any surgeries or hospital stays; the drug plans are pretty terrible; it doesn't cover birth control like IUDs, implants etc and there are millions of non-elderly disabled adults on it so that can be a problem. These are all problems that can be fixed and it's still better than probably most private insurance. I don't think Medicaid is a good way to bring in a public option, Medicaid is quite restrictive and most doctors don't accept it so it can be difficult to find care, obviously it's better than no insurance, but a lot of private insurance probably is better. Of course Medicaid could be fixed, but it will be harder. Also Medicaid is state administered and I think it would be better for the public option to be federal.
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    Workable Socialism

    Like lost causers, tankies always manage to come spread their apologia when their topic is discussed.
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    Workable Socialism

    That's not socialism, that's a strong welfare state, which is something that works very well. I think they meant holodomor which was a man-made famine (by the USSR and Stalin) which caused millions of deaths in the Ukraine, many people consider it a genocide.
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    Workable Socialism

    Generally socialists define socialism as the workers (the people) owning the means of production. Strong laissez-faire capitalists often define socialism as a planned economy (command). I would be more inclined to go with the first definition, which means that the Nordic model is not socialism, it's social democracy, which is I'm pretty sure what most of them would say and seems to be a very workable model as a sort of compromise between communism and laissez-faire. I don't know if socialism (by the first definition) works on a large scale, historical examples of communism are pretty terrible, but democratic socialism hasn't been tried much (it hasn't worked so well in Venezuela, but I don't think we should apply one country universally). It can work well on a small scale (kibbutzim for example).
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    Didn't the author make Rachel/Trent canon? Though I agree Rachel/Ivy would have been much better.
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    US Politics: 40 Acres and Barack Obama

    I really want to know why Biden thinks that a racist, southern, segregationist senator would have called him, a white man, boy? And why it means anything that they didn't, because not being called boy has nothing to do with whether those "civil" segregationists would call a black man boy (and I guess that yes they did).
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    US Politics: Reaching the Tipping Point

    They're certainly not equal to the worst historical examples, but the migrant detention camps near the US-Mexico border easily meet the definition of a concentration camp: "a place where large numbers of people, especially political prisoners or members of persecuted minorities, are deliberately imprisoned in a relatively small area with inadequate facilities", Obama also having them does not in any way make it ok. This isn't the first time the United States has had concentration camps and I'm sure it will not be the last.
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    US Politics: Reaching the Tipping Point

    Do you really think there would be a push for a wall without Trump? Even when Republicans had both houses they wouldn't agree to fund a wall; I don't think that would really be part of an immigration compromise, which I doubt could happen anyway considering only one political party is willing to compromise in general.
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    There are some good takedowns of it in goodreads, also some really gross defenses of it like: it wasn't rape it was rough sex, she deserved to be beaten, it's really historically accurate and so on.
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    I tried to read those after hearing so many people gush about them and they're definitely not feminist at all and I found it all pretty terrible. Do you have a link to this rant?
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    I really want to see this but have to wait until it ends up on some streaming service I subscribe to. I always seem to be waiting for FX shows lately.
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    Have people given up all hope?

    Well most of the names are the same, so I suppose that makes it like bad fan fiction. I read that period as a likely miscarriage. And I agree she's going to go fire and blood on Essos.
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    What the fuck did I just watch?

    I think there are too many non main three trilogies Star Wars movies now, so I'm kind of hoping they'll break the Star Wars universe and Disney will stop making them for a decade or two.
  25. I think that would make it worse. I just can't even imagine what would be said to defend the decisions of what's been done this season or really at all since they passed the books.