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  1. My partner over lunch : "well, one might say they (the Nazis) had a radical solution to end antisemitism."
  2. I guess the next step is saying the Nazis were actually fighting against racism.
  3. It's hard to say for certain. There is strong local opposition to the new construction projects and several legal challenges have been started, but it's very difficult to know whether such opposition is representative or not. Officially, 84% of French people are in favor, but a bit of googling tells me this is based on the latest survey by the organizational committee itself. And of course, I would expect the percentage to be considerably lower in Paris, with only people in the hotel & catering sector (and possibly retail) really being in favor. Anecdotically, pretty much everyone I personally know is strongly opposed to the games. People think it's a waste of public money and are worried that the metros will be even more overcrowded than usual. Very few people I know care about the Olympic Games in the first place ; it's football that gets all the love here. However, people also don't care enough to do anything about it, except those who live next to the construction sites.
  4. A similar organization in France was just dismantled. I understand the certificates were sold for between 350€ and 500€. It seems no actual healthcare worker was involved though, only administrative staff (which is bad enough, I suppose). For some reason, I'm not even mad. So a few hundred guys were willing to pay to fake something that is free, got caught, and are now facing humongous fines and possibly jail time for some. And they are also vulnerable to the virus - of course. At this point, that's natural selection at work.
  5. Hera's accent is more pronounced when she gets angry. I'd completely forgotten about the Twi'leks' French accents, and I don't think I ever imagined that this was 100% deliberate and thought-out by Lucas and Filoni. Now I'm wondering whether Twi'leks eat frogs.
  6. Not sure what I feel about these last two episodes I've seen. Going heavy on the cringy sex stuff does feel a bit lazy at times.
  7. I'd say the "branching" actually happened before Loki even arrived. Logically speaking, it would have started happening the moment Sylvie made up her mind, which is why Loki arrived in another timeline. Questions to be answered in season 2. But if I had to guess, the TVA's job is still to eliminate other timelines. Why Kang is upfront about it is what's odd, but for all we know that was mainly a way to tell us that the timeline Loki arrived in is in fact different - he may not even remain there. Maybe this Kang is actually a good guy and only seeks to eliminate timelines that threaten other timelines (because of their Kang), or maybe he pretends to be dead and the statue is in his honor, or maybe he's got even more of an ego than the Kang we met... Anyway... It was a decent little show, but somehow I feel that it could/should have been much better. I think part of me was hoping that Loki would, eh, trick everybody, instead of trying to, uh, improve himself? The show quickly ridiculed Loki's trickster abilities and turned him into a pretty vanilla hero imho. I kinda kept hoping that Hiddelston-Loki would turn out to be the lokiest Loki, tricking at least some bad guys in every episode or so (though not necessarily the bad guy in the finale - what they did there works). The whole thing could/should have been more fun.
  8. The bolded is 200% true. I've heard hilarious figures like 100mn-waiting-time to book an appointment, or 17,000 appointments being booked every minute. The figures are probably exaggerated, but the panic throughout the country is very real.
  9. A bit off-topic no doubt, but I do wonder what kind of "development" you guys have in mind exactly. Was there a model path that could have been taken and wasn't? Key choices that should have been made and weren't? Etc... To put it differently: is there a "success story" you have in mind here, i.e. an American country that managed to develop both democracy and prosperity for its people? I'm genuinely curious.
  10. Damn, I wish I'd used as few words as you did, because that's really what I meant to say. I feel both episodes 1 and 3 set things up for later in the season.
  11. Nah, they were all bark and no bite. I understand exportations to Russia have already resumed. Though the whole thing was a big nothingburger anyway. What French winemakers can't use is the translated term: not Champagne but Shampanskoe. So what this tells us is that Champagne isn't that popular in Russia, and that French producers would have rather competed under the Shampanskoe label. Ha!
  12. This is a topic of interest to me, as someone who experienced Covid symptoms for about three months. And I would gladly put it on general stress/anxiety, but around the end of these three months I had an odd episode when I couldn't get out of bed for 24h, something which only happened to me twice in my entire life. I'm familiar with stress/anxiety and it does not do that to me. I guess "Long Covid" can be: 1) Psychosomatic effects of stress/anxiety. Also, lack of exercise and lack of social contact (because of the lockdowns). 2) An actual "long Covid," i.e. your immune system taking longer to eliminate the disease than average for some reason. The doctor I saw initially said that 6 to 8 weeks was absolutely not uncommon, and on the "Long Covid" group that I briefly belonged to, three months was in fact said to be the "average" length for "Long Covid." 3) Sequelae of Covid, especially for people who were hospitalized and required breathing assistance. And I think one should bear in mind that regardless of the discussion about 1) and 2), the numbers for 3) are well above 20%. Another way to put it is that it's pretty uncontroversial that people hospitalized because of Covid have about a 1 in 4 chance of developing a "Post-Covid" condition (see for instance: https://s3.amazonaws.com/media2.fairhealth.org/whitepaper/asset/A Detailed Study of Patients with Long-Haul COVID--An Analysis of Private Healthcare Claims--A FAIR Health White Paper.pdf ). I think it's pretty intuitive: generally speaking any disease serious enough to send you to a hospital is likely to leave your body with consequences that will take time to fully heal. Anyway, I understand this is all political, but the reality remains that many hundreds of people (possibly millions worldwide) suffer from some form of post-Covid condition. And while it's tempting to dismiss this as unimportant or not worrying because the overall percentages (of populations) are small, that's still on top of people dying. Given the fact that even vaccination does not fully protect from some variants (numbers seem to be between 65% to 90%, yes?), and given the fact that most of the world is still unvaccinated, "Long Covid" means the pandemic will remain a serious issue for the foreseeable future, regardless of whether we feel concerned.
  13. The second episode really rocked.
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