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  1. IheartIheartTesla

    U.S. Politics; Who Watches the Watchers?

    No I haven't, but nothing will surprise me (to be clear though, the NFL as an organization is garbage, but I don't know enough about the individual teams to know which ones are better than others) Also, hopefully this NK debacle will peel off some voters who were raising Trump's approval. He just doesnt have the patience to do due diligence on anything he undertakes.
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    U.S. Politics; Who Watches the Watchers?

    No thanks to the NFL considering each game to be like a mini-1936 Olympics where (fake) patriotism needs to be on display at a sporting event and dissenters be sent away. I dont watch the Superbowl anyway.. Also I wish cheerleaders would unionize and sue the sh*t out of them.
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    U.S. Politics; Who Watches the Watchers?

    To be perfectly rigorous, the only three appropriate answers are: Yes I would mind No I would not mind Not sure
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    US Politics: Follow the Money!

    It looks like there has been a real shift in the generic ballot towards parity (its only about D+4 right now), and Trump has also gained a bit in his approval ratings. This makes November a little bit more interesting, but I am hopeful some of these trends will reverse themselves by then.
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    U.S. Politics: The Flood Shall Wash Away The Cobbs

    I was going to say that something snarky about Protestants and Catholics, but I was surprised to note that Paul Ryan is also Catholic like Boehner (or maybe I always knew and didn't pay attention).
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    U. S. Politics: A noun, a verb and no collusion.

    Nobel? What for? North Korea hasnt denuclearized from what I can tell.Heck, even the meetings haven't took place I should win the physics Nobel for the grand unified theory of everything that I just started deciding the fonts for.
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    Just Like His Hands - More Small Things To Talk About

    MMR = measles, mumps and rubella, so shouldnt you be covered for rubella?
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    U. S. Politics: A noun, a verb and no collusion.

    Grant was President in Wild, Wild West. Judging by the box office returns of that turkey, you folks may be right that the average American does not actually know who he is.
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    U. S. Politics: A noun, a verb and no collusion.

    The only positive point of seeing such a moron as President is that it has (for me at least) thoroughly smashed the idea of the US as some sort of meritocratic society. I mean, we all knew this of course, but now we have a very concrete example and I am ready to extrapolate this theme into all aspects of the zeitgeist (academia, industry, the arts, government etc...)
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    U. S. Politics: A noun, a verb and no collusion.

    I guess it just makes the primaries a bit of kabuki theater; why even go through the process of asking what the primary voters want when there appears to be a eminently winnable candidate that could be picked by committee? I dont think any party has to have a primary process, and the way "business as usual" is done could be the Democrat's process going forward. It would definitely save everyone a lot of time and effort.
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    U. S. Politics: A noun, a verb and no collusion.

    Right, the problem is (as has probably been pointed out before here) that the generic ballot talks about who people will hypothetically vote for in the future, while special elections tell us who have actually turned out right now. Unfortunately we need to know who will actually turn out in the future, and since it is such a dynamic problem, I am always skeptical of correlations that are made from either of the above data. One thing the result proves for sure, Jeff Flake's open seat is definitely up for grabs (it would be great if the same were true of Ted Cruz's seat, but I suspect we will eke out a victory)
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    U. S. Politics: A noun, a verb and no collusion.

    No discussion of the Arizona 8th? Looks like Lasko won by only 5, which is further bad news for the Republicans (but also points out the limits to which a 'blue wave' can flip seats). Worth noting is that the generic ballot and special elections are telling slightly different stories, so as always we might just average the two things.
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    The Significant Handshake - France on Citizenship

    I am a non-believer and did not use the phrase "so help me God"; it can be omitted on request. The point was moot during my ceremony since we had a somewhat eccentric judge who swore everyone in at once and didnt use that phrase at all. (I also tried making the Vulcan peace sign while I was being sworn in but my wife quickly put a stop to that)
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    The Significant Handshake - France on Citizenship

    If such a fundamental concept (equality of men and women) is at the core of what being a French citizen is, then they should ask the damn question during the interview process (IMHO). I guess the reason I am so annoyed at this decision is two-fold (and I speak as an immigrant myself to the US): First, assimilation in France is sort of a double-edged sword; in my understanding there is this perception (which we can debate) that someone like myself wouldn't be considered truly French if I were to immigrate to France, this would not be true in the US for example. So it is somewhat ironic that requirements for French citizenship require assimilation as a criterion, French society itself is hardly a beacon in this regard (again, in my opinion and I'm happy to be proved wrong). The second reason is more historic, and probably will take too much time to write out here.
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    The Significant Handshake - France on Citizenship

    I think that's because it is a trivial thing. Person in question already passed whatever was required of her to become a citizen. Unless of course the rules stated - must shake hands of official at sign in ceremony to legally become a citizen, in which case I stand corrected. Although I suspect not, as such an open and shut case would not require a court hearing.
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