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  1. The EU parliament has rejected the directive for now. It will now have to be revised before it's voted on again.
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    Formula One 2018

    Boullier is out at McLaren. I doubt that that's enough to turn things around.
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    Babylon 5

    Babylon 5 ran on a rather limited budget and was broadcast in NTSC, which wasn't exactly high definition, so the special effects didn't have to be very good. There also was the threat of cancellation and the show lost its lead character after season one, which required major changes to the main story arc. Still, it was a great show.
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    German politics xth attempt

    Schäuble hasn't been a member of the government since last year's elections. He is the speaker (president) of the Bundestag now. Olaf Scholz of the Social Democrats is minister of finance now. Not that it changed anything. So Seehofer is going to stay after all? The Postillion couldn't make this up.
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    German politics xth attempt

    Looks a bit as if Seehofer has overplayed his hand. The party doesn't seem ready to pull out of the coalition yet.
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    Formula One 2018

    These were two interesting weekends. Vettel screwed up both times and still comes out one point ahead of Hamilton. Watching him plow through the field after the start accident in France was quite impressive. The Austrian grand prix saw quite a few DNFs. I wonder what's up there. Maybe the altitude. And everybody was struggling with the tyres. The Ferraris should have been able to win, though. They definitely had the pace. They had the best start, too, but got stuck and lost positions rather than gain. At least not another accident. All six cars with Ferrari engines in the points. Mercedes are still best in qualifying but they have to worry as Ferrari seems to be faster over the race distance. They did a much better job managing their tyres, too. And a good job by Verstappen. On the driver market, the silly season will probably last till the end of the year. If Hamilton wins another title, he'll probably retire. But that won't be clear before the end of the season. So, everybody will postpone signing new contracts as long as possible, particularly Ricciardo.
  7. Looks like it's way too late to stop this. It's a rather complicated matter and if they wanted to convince the public that this is a bad thing they should have started to explain it much earlier. Just telling people that it's bad won't do. Now the thing is in the process off being passed and we have the FIFA world cup, so nobody pays attention anyway. Then everybody will be off for the summer holidays.
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    German politics xth attempt

    Right now there isn't really anybody. Certainly not within her own CDU. Jens Spahn is the consevative wing's hopeful, but it's probably too early for him. If Merkel were to resign for health reasons (no known issues, but let's assume for argument's sake), the party would probably pick von der Leyen, Klöckner, or Kramp-Karrenbauer. All rather weak candidates but Merkel-loyalists. If she resigned because of a power struggle within the party, the successor would have to come from the winning side. Right now that probably would have to be somebody from the CSU. Then of course the CSU could leave the alliance with the CDU and operate nation-wide. Nobody knows what would happen then, mid-term. It wouldn't really change anything immediately. As for the other parties, the most natural way to get Merkel kicked out of office would be the Social Democrats winning the next elections, but that doesn't look likely right now. Right now Merkel's position is fairly strong as she has been elected for the term and the Bundestag would have to elect somebody else to kick her out. As simple vote of no confidence wouldn't do. So she could reshuffle her coalition (CSU out, Greens in) without a vote in parliament. What that would do to her party is another matter, but she has never seemed to care much about that.
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    Formula One 2018

    The official announcement is out. Now Red Bull must find their driver lineup for next year. As for Alonso, after winning at Le Mans he talked of the "triple crown," which is the Monaco GP, Le Mans and Indianapolis. So it seems possible that he leaves F1 for IRL, or splits his time between the two. Renault don't look like they could win a championship any soon (say within the next two years), and apparently McLaren has Indianapolis ambitions. Alonso also seems to have signed up with Toyota to do the full WEC superseason ending with next years Le Mans 24 hours. All of that leaves a departure from F1 more likely than a change of team.
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    German politics xth attempt

    The BBC has some coverage, too. This could be an entertaining summer. There's all sorts of speculation already, like the CSU pulling out of the coalition and the Greens joining instead. Doesn't look like the CDU is ready to kick Merkel out yet, though. There just isn't anybody to replace her.
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    Catalan thread continued

    Well, Rajoy is out. I guess that's good news.
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    ‘The Name of The Rose’ TV Adaptation

    Looks like it's being produced for Sky, which makes me somewhat apprehensive. I'm definitely not going to buy a subscription just for this show.
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    Wheel of Time Discussion (Spoilers)

    Osan'gar tried to balefire Rand but was thwarted by Elza Penfell with Callandor. The Choeden Kal themselves may have been to big and powerful to be destroyed by a single channeller. Or they were just protected by plot armor. Anyway, weren't the forsaken under direct order from Moridin to go after Rand the moment he started to cleanse the source? The female Choeden Kal melted during the cleansing of saidin, which led to the mass suicide of the inhabitants of Tremalking. As for why it melted, that's pretty obvious: because the plot requires it. It's way too powerful a device to let it lie around unused, so if RJ didn't want to use it again it had to be destroyed or lost somehow.
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    Wheel of Time Discussion (Spoilers)

    Just checked the prologue of Lord of Chaos. Demandred definitely doesn't know what happened to Asmodean. So if RJ really ever intended Demandred to be Asmodean's killer he changed it before LoC was published. Makes one wonder about those notes. I guess there is no date on them?
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    Wheel of Time Discussion (Spoilers)

    The great victory is Dumai's Wells and the whole plot that led there. Leaves Rand and the White Tower on hostile terms and weakens Elaida's position in the Tower, so the Shadow can take control.
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    Wheel of Time Discussion (Spoilers)

    The Dark One wants to turn Rand to the Shadow, as that is for some reason the preferable way to win. There seem to be other ways, but Jordan never got the chance to explain that kind of stuff in detail. What one has to keep in mind though is the big picture. Time is circular and there is a recurring sequence of seven ages. So the coming "Last Battle" is the LB only for the current revolution of the Wheel of Time. To score a real victory, the Dark One has to break that sequence and change the world in a profound way. Apparently, winning over the Light's champion is the best strategy to accomplish that.
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    Catalan thread continued

    Well, he isn't really free, just out of jail. The court has ruled that the rebellion charge isn't covered by German law. He could still be extradited on the embezzlement charges.
  18. I could see Bezos spend $1 billion on a show if he thought it's the next Game of Thrones. After listening through the Three Body Problem (first novel only) I don't think it's anywhere near good enough. And spending $1 billion on the rights would indeed be nuts. Unless he had some really big plans in China. But as far as I can see Amazon Video isn't even available in China, probably because of rights and censorship issues.
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    German politics xth attempt

    They sort of tried. The FAZ is the last paper you should expect to be upset by this, though.
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    Catalan thread continued

    According to German news reports, two members of the Catalan police who had accompanied Puigdemon.
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    Catalan thread continued

    The German federal government supports Rajoy. They say Catalonia is not our concern and the courts must decide on the extradition, not the government.
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    Catalan thread continued

    But that's still for a judge to decide. So while Germany is obliged to extradite provided certain criteria are met the courts still decide whether that's the case or not.
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    Catalan thread continued

    It's not quite so simple. Spain has to provide a document stating the nature of the charges. The Germain courts then decide if the stated crimes have their counterpart in German law. Given the political nature of this case I don't think the decision is as straightforward as it's painted in the press, i.e. a mere formality. In the end he probably will be extradited, though.
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    Catalan thread continued

    I guess the courts could take that view but that assumes that the rule of law is intact and justice there is just doing its work. But this case is politically motivated, so there is some reason to doubt the justification of the charges. Charge him with embezzlement because he used public funds for that referendum? I dunno. On the other hand this is a chance for the Spanish justice system to prove its independence and acquit him. I wouldn't bet on it, though. On a side note, somebody on Wikipedia created a really great logo for the European arrest warrant.
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    Catalan thread continued

    This arrest puts the German courts in a rather uncomfortable position. They now have to decide whether or not Puigdemont can be extradited. And that means they have to assess the validity of the charges against him. One has to wonder why Germany took up this task when other countries preferred to look the other way when he was passing through.
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