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  1. A second vote seems more likely than it did a couple of weeks ago, but the devilish thing about Brexit is that it's so hard to see what might happen next. And yes, it's been clear for some time that the hard Brexit supporters want to do just that. They'd rather a no-deal Brexit than one that permits any of their pet EU hates to continue.
  2. I don't see her as a version of Tennant at all, really. There's a good deal more inquisitiveness. The Doctor, in this incarnation, seems to be upbeat, open, curious, and enjoying life. I like her a lot.
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    US Politics: Dead Pimps Need Not Apply

    This is a really key point. The thing to remember about 2020 is that you will have a guy in charge of the Republican party who genuinely will not give a shit about anything but winning in 2020. There's nothing for him in any long-term future of the party. He'll toss that on the fire with pleasure if it gives him one more vote. So long as he gets enough of his current vote to come out, he won't give a damn. It'll be like 2016, but much worse, because he will have his hands on the levers to cheat. It's going to be a new level of ugly. I haven't seen a single person say that. I'd refer you to my last post: I completely understand that it would be unfair to say that O'Rourke's popularity is entirely down to being a white dude. But at the same time, the idea that O'Rourke hasn't benefited, or doesn't benefit, from positive media coverage and positive perceptions because he is a white male goes against everything we know about psychology and politics. Some people have acknowledged that and claim it as an advantage for him. Some just get angry when you say anything that suggests he shouldn't just be handed the nomination right now. But what also cannot be denied is that Sanders couldn't energise enough of the Democrat base to get close to winning the nomination, let alone an election. And that was in a field clear of competition, in a run where he was (to be quite blunt) treated with kid gloves by his opponent, at least publicly, and given a free pass by the media most of the time too. Sanders' run was a net positive for the Dems, I think, because you're right, it did enthuse a new breed of activist in the base. But it did not offer a blueprint for how to win the election.
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    US Politics: Dead Pimps Need Not Apply

    I thought she was 29? Which would make her eligible from 2024?
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    US Politics: Dead Pimps Need Not Apply

    I think that's both over- and under-selling Ocasio-Cortez. She has zero experience as yet, so you may be premature: but I don't see any reason to think she needs a full decade of seasoning, either. I mean, yeah: if racial bias didn't play any part in people getting excited about candidates in the first place. That's kind of a chicken-and-egg question. Is Beto's greater media coverage wholly down to his race, or wholly down to his charisma? Neither is likely to be true, is it? I'm taking it that these aren't supposed to be stats from somewhere, but a way of indicating your impressions from within that bubble? I'm certainly not in it, so I'll take your word for that. [nitpick] You can't 'tacitly' go public. [/nitpick] :p
  6. OK, now that was a better episode even than 'Rosa'. Wonderful choice for Armistice Day, and this time the Doctor and her companions don't get inserted into the scene: they witness it, but that's all. There's a step back at the end, as it should be. And the moment is no less powerful for being unknown rather than famous. I'm not sure that the intent was to necessarily present partition as an unmitigated evil, but it can easily be read that way. The message is very much 'division is bad' and it's hard to present that message with any nuance or qualification in a one-off episode. And we're dealing with history some of those watching would have lived through. So I feel like there's a bravery in the writers deciding to stick to the simple message. The scene with the holographic heads at the end was terrific. The aliens' presence gives us that, and honestly, I don't see how you can do the story without them. The confrontation at the end isn't enough on its own. You could write up some more mundane plotline, but this is Who.
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    US Politics: Dead Pimps Need Not Apply

    I do wonder, to be frank, if a minority who lost would be 'available' or whether they might be 'unelectable'. Hmm. You may be right that Beto has more name recognition, but I've heard as much about Gillum and Abrams as I have about him: so even if he does have more, he isn't on the completely different level you're suggesting and would need him to be for this to be the killer argument. Plus, there's a legitimate question about whether it's easier for someone like him to get that name recognition, you know?
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    Kristallnacht -80 Years Later, How Have We Changed?

    Yeah, and this sort of thing is a pattern. The areas that voted most strongly for Brexit were mostly areas where, again, immigration was fairly low. The fear of immigrants is more poisonous than the experience of living with immigration. And the fear of immigration is created by xenophobes (I wish I could just say 'the right', but I've seen too many supposed anti-EU 'left' voters on Twitter stoking the same fires) and by the media. not by the actual experience of meeting and living alongside immigrants.
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    Kristallnacht -80 Years Later, How Have We Changed?

    Regardless, I think the main point about the 'migrant crisis' is being missed, which is that it had little, if any, actual impact on most voters' lives. If voters in the EU were concerned about it, it was largely because of the media coverage. Which bears on the topic of the thread, because the one common thread I see that laid the ground for Kristallnacht and hasn't changed is that willingness to tell and believe stories that lay the ground for abominable actions against those who are designated as 'not like us'.
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    US Politics: Dead Pimps Need Not Apply

    Now, I may be speaking out of line because I know less about these candidates. But... from this side of the pond, there were three Dem candidates in the mid-terms that appeared to be getting a lot of coverage for doing better than expected largely because of personal appeal to voters. So why am I reading lots about Beto for President and not so much about Gillum or Abrams? And can anyone explain that to me without using the words 'white' or 'male'?
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    US Politics: Dead Pimps Need Not Apply

    This isn't even in the top ten reasons why Bernie shouldn't be the candidate. And that's a long list of reasons.
  12. I can't even get annoyed about this. Corbyn's said as much before, and since he doesn't want to stop Brexit, naturally he has an interest in making out that it is inevitable.
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    Dutch man sues to change his legal age

    [mod] Guys: most of you have been around long enough not to need a periodic reminder. But here's one anyway. Discussion of moderator actions, actual or potential, is always going to be off-topic. Don't speculate about whether or when a thread is going to be locked. Don't discuss whether or why a post was deleted. If you really have a question that just has to be answered, ask a moderator privately. Don't clutter up a thread with it. [/mod]
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    Dutch man sues to change his legal age

    Gender and chromosomes are entirely different things. I'd hope that abject ignorance of the subject at hand should perhaps stop people from commenting. ETA - just to make this clear: the subject of this thread is not, and never will be, the existence of trans persons or the validity of their existence. If you want to express your opinions about the subject at hand, feel free. But we're drawing a line under this comparison here. Further posts about that will be deleted as off-topic.
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    Dutch man sues to change his legal age

    It was, indeed, 'only a matter of time' before someone made this spurious comparison. Age isn't gender, any more than it is height, or weight, or hair colour, or, well, anything except age. Age is its own thing. It changes all the time, but it isn't otherwise mutable or variable in any sense. There are people of different ages, but aging is a universal characteristic.
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