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    Match Day 9: Brazil v Costa Rica; Nigeria v Iceland; Serbia v Switzerland

    Switzerland slowly clawing into the game.
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    Match Day 9: Brazil v Costa Rica; Nigeria v Iceland; Serbia v Switzerland

    Yes. But for that they need to win against Croatia. For which, see my first point.
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    Match Day 9: Brazil v Costa Rica; Nigeria v Iceland; Serbia v Switzerland

    Considering how good Croatia is right now - yes, it probably is. Even more concerningly, it means Argentina can still qualify on their own, just by winning against Nigeria.
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    WC2018: which game to watch? (No spoilers!)

    France-Peru was probably the most beautiful game today. But I'd encourage everybody wo watch Argentina-Croatia instead as it was far more exciting, although also physical to the point of senseless brutality.
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    Match Day 8: Denmark v Australia; France v Peru; Argentina v Croatia

    You're not alone. Not at all...
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    Match Day 8: Denmark v Australia; France v Peru; Argentina v Croatia

    Ra ki tic. Don't cry for Messi, Argentina...
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    Match Day 8: Denmark v Australia; France v Peru; Argentina v Croatia

    wow. Just wow.
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    Match Day 7: Portugal v Morocco; Uruguay v Saudi Arabia; Iran v Spain

    I'm a bit disappointed by our performance so far. Kudos to Iran for their solid defense though. ¡Vamos!
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    US Politics: Sit Up Straight and Show Some Respect

    Yep. The dirty secret about the Nazis marking passports of Jews with star symbols was that this wasn't done to keep German Jews from emigrating. It was done at the request of the Swiss government who wanted to be able to reject Jewish refugees at the border because "the boat was full". (Note, also, that that rhetoric was revived on the right both in Switzerland and Germany during the refugee crisis.)
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    US Politics: Sit Up Straight and Show Some Respect

    @chiKanery et al. I'll get at your question from a slightly indirect angle. Back in 2004, I was in high school, and a member of the school's theater group. Our teacher had decided we'd perform a play about the fate of children in Auschwitz (yes, quite the heavy stuff...). While I had tenuously supported NATO's war in Afghanistan, I was happy Schröder had kept us out of Iraq, a war whose stated purpose made no sense to me even back as a teenager. A week before our first performance, news of the torture at Abu Ghraib broke. Before our first performance, our teacher reminded us that what we showed was important, particularly considering what was going on in Iraq. I thought she was a bit hyperbolic, if essentially right in her criticism of Abu Ghraib. I have kept that opinion for over a decade, even in the face of what we now know about Guantanamo, about the justifications of the Iraq war and its ramifications: Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo were horrible places, but they nevertheless weren't the places of annihilation of entire peoples, and while they were terrible, they at least happened in a context of war and terrorism. They were utterly wrong. They were evil. But while they weren't justifiable, they were at the same time understandable, at least to some degree. This, though, is worse than 2004. These children did nobody any harm. They had no choice in the travel they committed. And there's no US war against Mexico, no Latin-American terrorist organisations hell-bent on destroying the USA. On top of tht, they are children. It's still not on the level of the crimes of the Nazis. But it's a significant step up from the evils the US have committed in the 21st century so far.
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    Dating: to play the part of the one who doesn't wait

    Yes, I do. Which is why I'm even more hesitant than usual (and i'm rather shy) in pursuing anything.
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    Dating: to play the part of the one who doesn't wait

    So, what's the proper protocol around asking out salespeople? A store near my place as a new employee. I like her smile an want to get to know her better. OTOH, I don't want to be customer creep #5341. So, how to proceed? Other advice is also appreciated. My dating game has been kind of dead for a decade or so, what with being in a 9-year relationship and not really interested in the whole thing for another year after.
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    Mental Wellbeing Thread

    Welcome, Depression, old friend. I had almost forgot about you. Nice to see you stop by. ... Sadly, I don't have any space for you in my life right now. So if you would be so kind, would you leave now, please? ... Thought so. Well then, you know the place. Hope it's to your liking.
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