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  1. Folks, thank you for the well-meant advice, but please believe me, if there was any possibility of @IDreamofMareep and I attending TitanCon we would 100% be there. See you all tomorrow evening! Myself and my youngest offspring will be arriving at Dublin airport at 19:15 if anyone wants to split a cab? ETA - beg pardon, that's 16:15 not 19:15.
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    Football: Steve the Bruce King of Geordies

    I'm telling you that, self-evidently, this hasn't happened. ETA - put it another way: for whatever reason, Bale has a choice between collecting his money sitting on the bench at Real or collecting his money playing in China. This pay cut to go to Spurs is a hypothetical. It's a bit rough to blame someone for not taking up a hypothetical offer.
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    Football: Steve the Bruce King of Geordies

    This is the sort of thing that's easy to say and sounds true, but isn't. I mean, it's a no-brainer, right? But... there are two enormous 'ifs' in your statement before we even get started. And then there are issues like whether Bale would be a starter, whether even if he did drop his wages the club prefer to spend that elsewhere, whether he'd fit into the manager's tactics, what impact his recruitment would have on other players, the list goes on. And all of it adds up to what we actually have, which is... no teams at the highest level interested in signing Bale. But as noted, Bale's not turning down better footballing offers for this money. This is the only real concrete offer he has, as I understand it.
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    Football: Steve the Bruce King of Geordies

    Where? Which big team is looking for Bale?
  5. You're assuming that people are consistent. There are many voters who will be appalled at antisemitism but lukewarm about Islamophobia, horrified at Corbyn's inaction but forgiving of Johnson's racist bombast.
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    U.S. Politics: Trump of the Will

    And so this US Politics thread ends, as so many do, not with a bang but with a digression into abstract musings that aren't really a discussion of US Politics at all. Time for a new one.
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    U.S. Politics: Trump of the Will

    If you're attempting to recruit Levi-Strauss for the anti-multicultural position, I don't think it's my credentials that are relevant. Levi-Strauss believed that diversity within a culture was the source of all progress, after all. He didn't believe that all cultures were equal, but then that's not what multiculturalism means either: it's just another caricature that those opposed to multiculturalism like to trot out for some easy hits. And it's easily countered. Because if you truly believe, as ummester claims to, that Western culture is the greatest that exists, then multiculturalism can be no threat to it. Other cultures should not be able to challenge or replace it. It's always entertaining to me how those who most loudly insist on how superior Western culture is are so worried about how vulnerable and frail it is. Perhaps because they sense that 'Western culture' is an ill-defined mix of stuff that arose from and still relies on multiculturalism. They see the paradox: they want to make static a thing that has always evolved.
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    U.S. Politics: Trump of the Will

    Those may be the definitions you want to use. They are not what the words mean. Multicultural societies are by definition diverse. They contain within them diversity. That is what those words mean.
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    U.S. Politics: Trump of the Will

    I don't think you know what words mean.
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    U.S. Politics: Trump of the Will

    I agree that anyone who voted for Trump, however they justified it to themselves, was guilty of an act of bigotry and that it was pure folly and self-deception to believe that he was not a bigot from, well, before he started his campaign actually. Let's get that out of the way to begin with. But you understand that the word 'centrist' has a meaning, and is not just a catchall term for 'anyone Bonnot holds in contempt'? No 'centrist' voted for Trump. As you've rightly pointed out, voting for Trump, for any reason, was not a centrist position - by definition.
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    U.S. Politics: Trump of the Will

    Mostly Dem voting states, yes?
  12. mormont

    Bond 25: Hiddleswift Down

    Um... yeah. You missed the 'hopelessly outdated' bit, which was rather the point, but I think the rest of your answer explains why you missed that - you don't think this is hopelessly outdated, because you like it. Yeah, but you're unable to tell me what the character of Bond actually is beyond 'flawed' and 'gets the babes'.
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    Dating - I love the way you swipe

    Ideally, but for a lot of people that makes them feel they've been put on the spot - not as much as attempting a kiss, maybe, but still, they have to risk hurting someone's feelings, and that can be awkward (and risky, if you're a woman alone in an isolated spot). If you want to be direct, do it someplace she will feel comfortable being direct in response.
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    U.S. Politics: Pedophilia is Just Acosta Doin' Business

    [mod] If everyone could lay off the personal stuff, that would be appreciated. [/mod]
  15. mormont

    Bond 25: Hiddleswift Down

    OK. Before we begin, though, what in your opinion are the unique properties of James Bond that do make a Bond movie a Bond movie? Because I'm pretty sure we're going to find that they're all either very surface level motifs, hopelessly outdated male wish-fulfilment or standard spy fodder done to death by other movies. Bond isn't some deep and unique character, really. He's resourceful, determined and possessed of dry humour. Other than that, he has been portrayed very differently by a series of different actors under different directors with different writers. I don't see why the ideas above, which do feature Bond, are inherently less interesting or distinctive than any of the previous Bond films.