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Stannis Eats No Peaches

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  1. Do you believe that they should be opening this weekend then? Our “world-beating” contact tracing app is non-existent, it’s unclear how successful the contact tracing-by-phone system has been (but it’s not looking great) and it’s taken way too long for the local authorities in Leceister to get hold of the data they need. Yes, restaurants and pubs need to open, but we need these measures in place so we can make local lockdown decisions based on actual data. I‘m sure you’re aware that the second wave of Spanish Flu was deadlier than the first, and killed more people than the war.
  2. I love Raiders of the Lost Ark and the Last Crusade, but Temple of Doom sucks and I advise you to skip it. I was shown the 1st and 3rd films as a child but not the 2nd, and when I watched it a few years ago I realised why. Any racism aside (which I’ll freely admit I didn’t notice at the time, but don’t deny its existence), it’s just crap and you don’t need to see it. I can’t speak for the rest of the Star Wars media because I’ve only watched the films. Rogue One and Solo are both decent IMO. Watch Terminator 1 and 2 and then stop.
  3. It is harsh, but necessary I think. Only time will tell if this gesture of reassurance for the Jewish community will be worth the loss of support (and I expect there will be some) from Momentum. Unfortunately this certainly won’t help to resolve the issue of factionalism within Labour.
  4. The footage of the boosters landing is deeply cool and never gets old.
  5. You know that feeling when you turn a statue over after not touching it for years and find whole bunch of racists hiding underneath it?
  6. I’ve been here just over 8 years too now, though I post significantly less than I did. An embarrassing number of my posts were in the book forum in my first 2 years, after which I lost interest. I think it’s amazing how long I’ve been here yet still consider myself a n00b. The recent thread about old boarders, where the old boarders started appearing out of the woodwork was a strong reminder of this, though it was very sweet to read.
  7. The robes worn by Kenobi in the first film are just his desert hermit outfit. They were then retconned into being Jedi robes in the prequels. Why would he hide in exile while wearing Jedi uniform?
  8. This is really charming to read, and makes it pretty clear that you should definitely watch in the order of release if watching for the first time. That way when you get to the prequels you’ve seen the good stuff, and now you can understand how much of a mess they made of it.
  9. The point of the post I was quoting, and apologies if I misunderstood, was that while the statue shouldn’t have been there in the first place, its removal via mob was against the law, and that’s a bad thing in and of itself. I do agree with your second paragraph. I’m honestly pretty surprised about the poll results HoI posted earlier. While I’m disappointed that 33% of the country are apparently cool with a statue of a slaver having a place of honour in a city centre, I do wonder about the 40%. Would their preference have been to tear down the statue via mob justice, or not at all? I certainly would have preferred the statue to be removed in an official manner, but I definitely prefer this way if the alternative would have been to leave it in place. Edit: sorry about the font formatting.
  10. So we mustn’t accept anyone breaking the law, no matter the circumstances? Are you worried about it setting a dangerous precedent? My belief (hope?) is that on this one exceptional occasion we can agree that some very rare things are worth breaking the law over. People protesting against systemic racism disposing of a statue of a slaver is something I’m quite comfortable with. Yes I’m sure we’d have all loved to have seen a democratic process where the residents of Bristol voted on whether to keep the statue, but given that systemic racism still being a thing is the reason why we’ve seen these demonstrations, I don’t blame the protesters for not holding their breath. I get that the objection to this approach is that you can’t really quantify public opinion, so how do we know when an exception can be made? The simple answer is that we can’t, so we won’t know until it happens, which is basically the purpose of a jury as someone mentioned earlier. Obviously though, as we are talking about exceptions, we should always assume that breaking the law is wrong, but not rule out the possibility that it wasn’t. Though I think a fairly big clue would be that the only real objection to the act is that it’s against the law. If nothing else, tearing down this statue has got the country talking about the legacy of slavery and how much of our current wealth was built on it, so yes I would say that it was worth violating the rule of law.
  11. So you would agree then that it’s silly for you to compare a murder to this situation?
  12. Generally destruction of public property is wrong, but if the destruction happens and the general consensus is that it was a good thing, then what’s the issue? In the vast majority of cases, people are rightly against damage and destruction of property by protesters, and such damage should be discouraged and punished if appropriate, just not in this specific case. Statues are by their very nature individual, so you cannot make a blanket rule for them beyond “destroying them is normally bad.” This situation is an exception, but because statues are so individual you can only identify the exceptions to the rule on an ad hoc basis, in my opinion, which is what has happened here.
  13. Of course you can arrest them. It’s technically criminal damage. The only question that matters is is it in the public interest? Do people want them arrested? Would there be a national outcry against the removal of suffragette statues? Yes, presumably. Same for Churchill I imagine, and he was much more morally ambiguous. Has there been a national outcry against the removal of this statue? No not really, aside from Priti Patel. That’s all that matters. Complain about it if you like, you’re perfectly entitled to and you’re not alone, but the fact of the matter is that if the majority of people are OK with this, then it’s OK. It’s just a statue and no one got hurt (that I’m aware of). Even the mayor of Bristol has come out and said that they’ll probably fish it out at some point and stick it in a museum but they’re not in a hurry.
  14. I’ve asked my girlfriend about this (she’s from a different part of England) and she definitely says “fizzy drink”, though she did admit to thinking of “pop” but choosing not to say it, so I don’t know what kind of 4 dimensional chess she’s playing. She wouldn’t be caught dead saying “fizzy pop”. It’s interesting because I had no idea that “pop” was widely used here. I expect it’s both a regional and a generational variation. What the hell is di-loot-ee? It’s definitely squash.
  15. Maybe it’s an accent thing, but “pop” sounds like the weakest term of all. It just sounds childish.
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