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  • #4289

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    I hear Milo Yiannopoulos may be affordable nowadays, seeing as his gravy train as been derailed. He’s been spotted doing dietary-supplement adverts on Alex Jones’s channel.

    I loathe Yiannopoulos and everything he stands for, but he may arguably be a better voice of where conservatism is nowadays than Pat Buchanan.

  • #3917

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    All the best, Chris.

    One of the people in my atheist group had a picnic last year for the ten year anniversary of her initial cancer diagnosis. She has been forecast to live to a ripe age. Modern medicine is an amazing thing.

    (It was a good picnic too.)

    Mary – I have great hopes for your tenure and I look forward to seeing what you come up with. You’ve always been a thoughtful and fearless commentator. I think Chris chose well.

  • #3698

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    The Post was amazing. However, when I say that, I should point out that I am enough of a Meryl Streep fan that I would be saying that even if it were terrible.

    On the subject of things that are terrible: Bright was a movie that exists. Because of it, the world is now measurably a worse place. However, it also provides a fascinating look at the Blue Lives Matter subculture, which is utterly alien to me and which I was fascinated by. It’s so alien that it feels like watching propaganda made by North Koreans.

    It’s not directly related to politics, but I really liked Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri.

  • #2985

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    In my opinion: If the Republican Party in its current incarnation cannot successfully cleanse itself, it must be destroyed. As Chris Ladd has said, the surest way to destroy a party is simply to prevent it from accessing the White House. By passing a law similar to the 1954 law against Communists, this will be achieved.

    However, I will give three caveats to my opinion.

    The first is that there must be space for a party of the moderate Right to exist. A healthy polity does not disenfranchise its opponents, only its enemies, and it knows the difference.

    The second is that I remind you that the 1954 rule is still pretty lax when compared to the sorts of laws we have at home against neo-Nazis. Some may see this as weakness; I see it as the admirable liberality of the American Republic even when dealing with its enemies.

    The third is that no ground must be ceded to threats of violence. If people threaten to rise up in armed revolt if such a law is passed, or threaten to engage in campaigns of terrorism, then this is not a threat which should be surrendered to. The American Republic possessed security forces which have more funding and firepower than the rest of the world combined; I have confidence in their ability to handle it.

  • #2932

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    Let’s not call for the assassination of the President of the American Republic, please.

    (If the FBI are reading this post, hello! My very best wishes to Mr Mueller and I hope the weather is pleasant in Virginia this autumn.)

  • #2931

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    This is excellent news.

    I showed this to my partner, who is a language teacher by trade. Her question, which I pass on here, is: “What language are they being taught in?”

    Apparently, speaking one language at school and a different one at home is a factor that’s known to contribute to a high dropout rate. As such, if education in Spanish is more widespread, it could be contributing to this.

  • #2930

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    This is disgusting, you’re right.

    Apparently the religious-charity sector is more beset by fraud than any other. Something about religion draws them in. My hypothesis is that religious communities’ habits of trusting one another based on “good faith” and being unwilling to say bad things about one another, inadvertently makes them vulnerable to this sort of scum.

  • #2929

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    Welcome, DF! Your background and age is very different from mine (although my grandfather was also an engineer) and so I look forward to learning from you.

    I’ve never been, but Ohio is said to be a very pleasant land.

  • #2928

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    It’s been pointed out that by making financial benefits universal, we also prevent them from becoming socially reviled as “something for poor people.” Many people in the UK and US will refuse to accept aid that they’re entitled to and desperately need, because they’ve been taught that their pride is more important than their childrens’ well-being. Making it universal avoids that.

  • #2875

    EJ
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    This is a great idea. There are so many old plantations which could be converted into museums of slavery quite easily.

  • #2819

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    Washington Post: 52% of all Republicans would be willing to suspend Presidential elections if Trump proposed it.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/08/10/in-a-new-poll-half-of-republicans-say-they-would-support-postponing-the-2020-election-if-trump-proposed-it

    (Am I right in saying that even when America was at war with us and Japan simultaneously, elections still went ahead?)

  • #2814

    EJ
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    If you go down to Virginia today
    You’re in for a big surprise
    If you go down to Virginia today
    You’d better go in disguise

    Because every Fascist
    That ever there was
    Is gathered there
    For certain because
    Today’s the day the alt-Right
    have their picnic

    https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2017/08/03/bickering-galore-precedes-“unite-right”-rally

  • #2011

    EJ
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    Thank you for helping to organise this, Fly! Myself and several of my colleagues will be taking part in the London march.

    “There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere.”
    – Isaac Asimov

  • #1962

    EJ
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    This sounds very interesting. I don’t know that I can contribute to a discussion, since I’m not an economist and since my field isn’t immediately in danger of being automated, but I’d love to hear what people have to say.

  • #1370

    EJ
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    That’s a beautifully Keynesian answer to the extra credit question. Thanks, Creigh.

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