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  1. mormont

    US Politics: A Farewell to Arms

    Mr Smollet's lawyers certainly say so, with some emphasis, and the explanation from the state attorney's office given above sounds very much like 'we don't think we can win in court so we struck a deal'. Not a very good deal, from the state's point of view. So I think we can reasonably conclude that at the very least, the evidence against him was nowhere near as good as the authorities, the media and some commentators were suggesting. IANAL but it seems to me that if all of the things that were alleged a few weeks ago were true, the case would certainly be proceeding.
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    UK Politics: What Goes DUP Must Come Down

    There's no doubt that Theresa May and other senior Tories have from the start approached Brexit with the priority of holding the Tory party together at any cost. Heck, that's the reason we even had a referendum in the first place. Every decision May has made - the timing of the A50 notification, the election, the red lines, the wooing of the DUP, the attempts to renegotiate the backstop, the delays over putting her deal to the Commons, every last decision - has been about the interests of the Tory party, not the country. (Of course some Conservatives will vehemently deny this, but only because they don't distinguish between these two things. This is the type of thinking you get from people who think that memorising Ovid is the ultimate preparation for a leadership role.) If all of this had not been true, I'm pretty certain we would now have an agreed transition deal. That would be at best a mixed blessing from my point of view, but it would have been achievable.
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    US Politics: A Farewell to Arms

    There was a fair bit of discussion in this thread - most of it rather disapproving - when Jussie Smollett was charged with faking an assault on himself. Interesting, then, to note that all charges against him have been dropped.
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    MCUniverse: Cat Scratch Fever edition.

    Set aside the evening and bring snacks. It appears Infinity War will be three hours long.
  5. mormont

    UK Politics: A Third Meaningful Thread

    You know, we give the Tories and Labour pelters for their pathetic performances during this entire shitshow, but we do forget to also give the Lib Dems their share of abuse for their surrender to obscurity at the same time. Lib Dem supporters used to pin their hopes on either policy or personality to make the breakthrough: distinguishing themselves from the major parties by adopting distinctive centre-ground policies or by having a popular leader. Well, they wound up in a situation where they were the only UK-wide party* supporting a view held by at least 48% of the country, while having elected the person they really wanted as leader, who had good favourability ratings with the public. And then they vanished without a trace. Nice job, guys. *the Green party and the Scottish Green party are two different parties. In one of her many luxurious taxpayer-funded homes, presumably. Again, the Queen is never, ever going to publicly intervene in any political matter except if it threatens her family's position as head of state. The country could be literally consumed by riots and that would not change. Her constitutional power is wholly theoretical: it's only preserved by never exercising it under any circumstances. This arrangement allows the UK PM to effectively co-opt the political powers of the head of state as well as the head of the executive, while keeping Liz and her brood comfortable in their privilege. It's pointless, even in jest, to ask when the Queen will step in. The answer is never.
  6. mormont

    UK Politics: A Third Meaningful Thread

    Secondary legislation has been tabled to change the date, but that's apparently a formality.
  7. mormont

    U.S. Politics: Impoverished In Squalor

    So your suggestion is that tactically, Democrats should listen to Trump saying he has been 'completely exonerated', nod, and move on? And while he spends the next two years repeatedly denouncing Democrats for having falsely made up the whole thing, demanding investigations into Democrat collusion with the Russians, insisting that any and every subsequent Democrat charge is 'as phony as the Russia thing, which by the way was COMPLETELY PROVEN to be a Deep State conspiracy against me', what do you suggest the Democrats do then?
  8. mormont

    Captain Marvel Thread 2: Talk to me Goose...

    There's the scene at the Rambeau's house, where Talos is sipping from a fast-food soda when he enters: the shot is identical to the Pulp Fiction shot of Jules drinking the Big Kahuna Burger soda. Then later, when the Kree check the lunchbox and find the Tesseract inside, it's set up to mirror the briefcase scene, with the glowing object inside the case/box illuminating the person's face as it's opened.
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    Captain Marvel Thread 2: Talk to me Goose...

    Never mind the Top Gun references, it was the Pulp Fiction references that cracked me up. :p
  10. mormont

    UK Politics: A Third Meaningful Thread

    This is Geller's MO. He gets exposed as a liar, goes away until things die down, then pops up in connection with something high-profile (world cup etc.) and gets a bunch more media coverage which he attempts to parlay into money, the only thing he is genuinely interested in. Strangely his psychic powers did not reveal to him that his best pal Michael Jackson was abusing children.
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    U.S. Politics: Impoverished In Squalor

    I think you're way overthinking. Trump attacking McCain is just him settling scores. He loves that.
  12. mormont

    Football: Bernaburned

    Even if we could, Mourinho will never take an international job, since he can't blame any defeat on the board not giving him infinite resources.
  13. mormont

    UK Politics: A Third Meaningful Thread

    So, the EU position is now officially that we can have an extension to the 22nd May, if and only if May's deal passes at the third meaningful vote. (Question I've been pondering today: if you ask people to vote on the deal three times because you refuse to accept the answer, in what sense were the first two votes 'meaningful'?)
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    Football: Bernaburned

    We're 3-0 down to Kazakhstan. Anybody know a decent manager who might be interested in the Scotland job?
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    UK Politics: A Third Meaningful Thread

    But do they fear a no-deal Brexit more than a Jeremy Corbyn government? And as I previously noted, if the government collapses, what happens to the Brexit negotiations? Do we crash out anyway? The EU can't grant an extension we didn't ask for, and if the government is brought down, there's nobody left to ask them.
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