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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: Today at 05:42:53 pm »
I figure it's always been a long shot to impeach even with strong evidence.  To beat Trump, you need an opponent who convinces as being able to deliver an economic boost (and for Trump to have significantly harmed the economy in some way). 


(Is this a game where we just say random words?)

Off Topic / Re: Life is riddled with a procession of minor impediments
« on: 22 March, 2019, 05:50:36 pm »
In my hometown local (years ago), the local lads would all sit in one corner, and their significant others would sit in another corner.  All the men in one corner, all the women in the other. They wouldn't communicate at all. (I have no idea where all the non hetero-normative folk were, but I can see how it would be difficult to choose a seat.) 

Then some innocent would wander in, start chatting to what seemed like a corner full of single people, at which point a "Are you trying to chat up my chattel?" style barny would ensue.

Humans: what a bunch of Scunthorpes.  (I was observing all of this from my domain behind the bar ... where the non-humans live.)

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 22 March, 2019, 04:03:07 pm »

Film & TV / Re: The Witcher Netflix Series
« on: 20 March, 2019, 06:01:01 pm »
That ultra-Viking dude you linked to recently reminded me of ... [tremble at the approach of] .... the Techno-Viking.

Film & TV / Re: The Witcher Netflix Series
« on: 19 March, 2019, 09:29:12 pm »
So, you want them to cast elves and dwarves?

Film & TV / Re: The Witcher Netflix Series
« on: 18 March, 2019, 02:58:24 pm »
My wife has a saying: "Don't borrow trouble."

I suppose my point is that I don't see why the inclusion of black Nilgaardians automatically invokes "modern race politics".

Film & TV / Re: The Witcher Netflix Series
« on: 16 March, 2019, 04:06:15 pm »
Why does having black Nilgaardians ruin the allegory, though?  I mean: they could be green-skinned and you could still have the allegory of Big Empire subsumes smaller states.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 16 March, 2019, 04:00:51 pm »
FS - take my arguments against UK MPs and the UK government and simply apply them to MEPs and the European Parliament. If I type them out again, some people may actually burst.

I would like my tax bill to be voluntary - once more, to avoid unnecessary bursting I won't go through it again.

At this point it's tempting to believe that you're just a wind-up merchant.  You first make an argument that somehow democracy isn't being followed ("If democracy is good enough for choosing our national rulers, why is it not good enough for choosing ... our European rulers?"), then when I point out that it is, actually, you follow up with a completely unconnected comment about your general negative feelings towards the concept of democracy.

You're trying to have your cake (where's my democracy?) and eat it (I've always hated democracy) too.  It's a great way to spin out an argument, but it's a shit way to make sense.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 15 March, 2019, 09:13:27 pm »
If democracy is good enough for choosing our national rulers, why is it not good enough for choosing (and holding to account) our European rulers?

MEPs are already democratically elected.  Direct democracy (i.e. referendums) isn't used to decide day to day policy because it can be demonstrated that the populace are non-expert in matters of economic longevity and therefore don't actually vote in their own best interests.

The question "What would you like your tax bill to look like?" might be met with lots of joyous "Zero!" responses.  Then the trash piles up, the roads fall apart and crime runs rampant on un-policed streets full of a dispirited youth with no social services to fall back on for support.  And people complain, because after all: they paid their taxes .... oops.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 15 March, 2019, 08:13:55 pm »
Weird conversation I overheard (somewhere):

Conspiracy theorist: these military drills are probably a nefarious government scheme to put down the populace because ... something something ... Brexit.

Person armed with facts: it's just a standard scheduled military drill and nothing to do with Brexit.

Conspiracy theorist: yeah, but the timing, yeah?  Probably there's a link to Brexit.

Person armed with facts: Nope. No connection whatsoever.

Conspiracy theorist: yeah, sure - but it's Europe, innit?  They're conspiring to set Britain on fire!

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 14 March, 2019, 09:35:11 pm »

Film & TV / Re: The Witcher Netflix Series
« on: 14 March, 2019, 09:20:23 pm »
Well, the USSR replaced the leaders of subsumed ethnic (e.g. Kazakhstan) nations with their own ethnically Russian leaders.   So, there's already a racial element to the allegory.

As with a black Hermione, it might be interesting to fathom the author's thoughts.

Music / Re: What's everyone listening to...?
« on: 14 March, 2019, 04:34:27 am »

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 10 March, 2019, 04:41:54 pm »
He'll be after extra wages for his post-mortal role in Rogue One as well.

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