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Ser Scot A Ellison

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    US Politics - All He Wants for Christmas Was His Two Dead Sheep

    Matt Shea should be expelled from the Washington State Legislature. He should be investigated for his activities and if warranted he should be tried for any crimes he committed.
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    Scott Lynch's Thorn of Emberlain is Completed

    Thank you. That’s better than nothing.
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    Space Launches, Landings, and Destinations - SpaceX Thread #3

    I saw the contrails from this launch this morning while walking my dog.
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    Scott Lynch's Thorn of Emberlain is Completed

    I've done some googling to see if there is any news on the manuscript that Lynch turned in earlier this year and I've found nothing. I'm hoping someone else's google foo is better than mine. Anyone have news?
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    US Politics - All He Wants for Christmas Was His Two Dead Sheep

    Okay, but how does "education" help if the people "educated" don't buy into the "education" they are receiving? That's part of the problem we are running into today. People who went through schools that taught them that the world is a globe moving around the Sun orbiting our Galactic center of mass are now claiming that they've been lied to and that the world is flat and the sun is a tiny disk a couple of hundred miles in the air. If you allow those who are educated but just don't agree with what they've been taught to vote how did the education help? To be clear I absolutely don't think we should bar anyone from voting I'm just trying to figure out how your plan works if everyone is still allowed to vote? What do you mean by saying "Perhaps it's time we stopped letting people play with information for stupid reasons"? What, specifically, are you proposing?
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    US Politics - All He Wants for Christmas Was His Two Dead Sheep

    I've heard many people bemoan the ignorance of the masses who vote. And I must assume one of the pitfalls you note is barring people from voting based upon knowledge which has been frequently abused in many different contexts.
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    US Politics - All He Wants for Christmas Was His Two Dead Sheep

    Here's the problem. How is knowing more stuff helpful if you are dismissed by the people you are trying to help because of the manner in which your knowledge is presented (as Ormond so interestingly pointed out above)? Are you going to compel people to do what you tell them to do based upon your knowledge?
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    US Politics - All He Wants for Christmas Was His Two Dead Sheep

    If you can solve that problem you've hit it out of the ball park. Both my parents are Trump supporters. My mother will still call me to see what I think about things. I think she thinks I'm talking down to her when I explain that, yes, Constitutionally the House can call what ever it want "high crimes and misdemenors" so long as it can muster a 2/3's majority to vote in favor of such. She wants to talk about the lies told about Trump but never wants to talk about Trump's lies. It is the danger of being in an information bubble. But I think the bubble applies to all of us. I was very surprised by the outcome of the UK election. My perception was that Labour should have won easily and that Boris Johnson was despised. I was clear inside my own information bubble. We should all strive to avoid that kind of disconnect with reality.
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    US Politics - All He Wants for Christmas Was His Two Dead Sheep

    What you are describing is Solipsism. The Earth is a globe regardless of beliefs otherwise. Vaccines work to reduce the spread of disease regardless of beliefs otherwise.
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    UK Politics: And Brexit came swirling down

    Interesting BBC article on former PM Blair's criticism of Corbyn's leadership in the lead up to this election: https://www.bbc.com/news/election-2019-50829352 From the article:
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    How did you pick your screen name?

    I like Greenville (even if it feels like “enemy territory” during football season).
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    How did you pick your screen name?

    I should have suggested you hook up with the Columbia Gem and Mineral society year’s ago. Even after moving to Greenville we help with the pre-Thanksgiving Rock show out at Jamil Temple.
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    UK Politics: And Brexit came swirling down

    I simultaneously admire and fear political groups who value their beliefs over winning elections. I admire them for sticking to their beliefs. I fear what they are willing to do to further those beliefs when the general population isn’t going their way.
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    UK Politics: And Brexit came swirling down

    Do you think Labour should move toward the center?
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    UK Politics: And Brexit came swirling down

    Hmmm... I always wonder how far the ideologically committed are willing to go to get what they want? At what point is democracy outmoded in their view because it doesn't produce the desired results. We see that with Republicans suppressing votes in the US. Ideology (or supporting Trump) matters more to them than giving people a voice in how their government is lead. Could the same become true for the die hard's in Labour?
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    UK Politics: Who Pays the Andyman?

    A close friend of mine claims that people forget that Capitalism is “amoral”. We bring what moral beliefs we carry with us into that system. The real mistake for both proponents and opponents of Capitalism is to claim that it is a moral system unto itself. For Proponents because they devalue human life and human happiness in favor of pure profit as though such could ever be a truly moral position. For Opponents because they attempt to claim the former are all who advocate for Capitalism ignoring those who do bring other moral principles to such a belief.
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    How did you pick your screen name?

    Wonderfully ominous and evocative.
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    1917 film (spoilers)

    Yes. Early in the film Tommen says to his compatriot that his brother looks like him. They do sort of favor each other.
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    UK Politics: Who Pays the Andyman?

    Is Marxist style socialism the only alternative to aggressive corporate captialism? Or are there other socialist/capitalist hybrid alternatives?
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    UK Politics: Who Pays the Andyman?

    Why is the wider Labour Party allowing the “Momentum Group” to continue to hold control when they just suffered the worst defeat they’ve had since 1983? What leverage does this group now have to hold on to their control?
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    UK Politics: Who Pays the Andyman?

    If that isn’t the norm after a defeat why is Labour allowing him to do this?
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    UK Politics: Who Pays the Andyman?

    Why? Any particular reason?
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    UK Politics: Who Pays the Andyman?

    I'm surprised to learn that the Tories won a majority in Parliament. From discussions hear and what I say on my social media feeds it seemed that Brexit was disfavored and that the Tories were on the outs. Was this more a rejection of Corbyn than a reaffirmation of the earlier Brexit vote?
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    1917 film (spoilers)

    He really did. The contrast between the beauty of the countryside and the horror of the First World War hellscape is striking.
  25. I would never be “rich enough” to do that. Never.
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