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« Reply #1830 on: August 30, 2019, 11:22:22 PM »
Dave Karpf performing the necessary social service of repeatedly dunking on Bret Stephens is the internet content I never knew I desperately needed.

I think one of the things it's done is really pull the pants down on just the absolutely ridiculous notion that gets passed around that either the modern generation or progressives are somehow quicker to be offended than past generations/more conservative people.

I was just recently reading about the life of Lenny Bruce and basically he's someone whose entirely life was derailed by the fact that the populace at large used to be so offended by words or ideas that they didn't like that they would literally throw you in jail if you violated their norms. George Carlin, in the most famous stand-up comedy routine of all time, talked about how there were words that people found so offensive that they would literally ban them from being said on-air.

Modern day progressives ask that you take people's feelings into consideration or they may protest you or organize a boycott against you, past generations demanded you adhere to obscenity or blasphemy laws or they'd sentence you to prison.

Very well observed.

FYI, Stephens has gone and doubled down with a thinly veiled op-ed and is getting dunked on all around yet again for his approach and methods, and Karpf hasn't even yet had a chance to join the fray.
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« Reply #1830 on: August 30, 2019, 11:22:22 PM »

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« Reply #1831 on: September 03, 2019, 07:10:50 PM »

You know, between what's going on in the US and what's going on in the UK, Canada is sort of bizarrely situated as, along with Germany and France, one of the only stable, successful Western democracies right now. And with Angela Merkel potentially stepping down soon and domestic German politics looking messy, Canada could legitimately be positioned to effectively be on the vanguard for alliances like NATO in the years to come.
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« Reply #1832 on: September 04, 2019, 04:27:08 AM »
Last night in the UK parliament was just absolutely insane.

You had a Conservative party member literally walk across the floor to defect from the government to one of the opposition parties. (which ended the government's majority)

You had the new Prime Minister defeated in his FIRST vote in the house.

You had the Prime Minister being shown up as a complete charlatan and political lightweight who has absolutely no clue what he's doing other than using big words to try and show he's intelligent and gets incredibly easily rattled under the smallest amount of pressure.

You had the speaker of the house lazing on the front benches like some kind of entitled teenager waiting for his nanny to bring him his supper in bed.

You had the government deselect and remove the whip from the 21 members of the Conservative Party who voted against it further eroding its own majority as they can now vote how they please (but can't stand as Conservative party members in future elections).

It was absolutely mad.
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« Reply #1833 on: September 04, 2019, 10:11:12 AM »
I don't know exactly what's happening, but it sure seems popcorn-worthy.

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« Reply #1834 on: September 04, 2019, 10:12:36 AM »
I don't think anyone really knows what's happening at all any more.

Some of the best TV I've seen in years though
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« Reply #1835 on: September 05, 2019, 09:11:13 AM »
A limited series podcast I'd recommend:  The Shrink Next Door.  It's a true story told in 8 episodes that I think is better listened to without first knowing what it's about.

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« Reply #1836 on: September 05, 2019, 02:12:22 PM »
I had troubles getting into it at first, but the further it goes, it's such a crazy story.

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« Reply #1837 on: September 09, 2019, 08:42:33 PM »
Ive just sat and watched the UK parliament on TV for 4 hours until 1.37am in the morning and it may have been one of the most incredible, fascinating things Ive seen.

The new Prime Minister who for some reason is desperate to leave the EU without a deal has had 6 votes since being installed as PM. He has lost all 6.

A law has been passed forcing him to request an extension to the withdrawal process. He has said he will not honour that law.

He has tried to call an election which would shut down parliament thus allowing the UK to slide out with no deal. This has been rejected twice.

He has lost a vote requiring him to publish papers relating to the planning for what may happen if no deal is reached. Leaks suggest massive economic and societal damage so the government has kept them secret.

And now he has just used a mechanism - prorogation- to shut down parliament for the longest time it will have been shut down in decades. (And is being accused of lying to the Queen for his reasons for doing so, which leaked communications suggest to be true and have also been required to be published by a vote of the house)

And to top it all the (allegedly impartial) speaker of the house gave a speech condemning all of these actions.

Incredible stuff.
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« Reply #1838 on: September 09, 2019, 08:43:59 PM »
Its not gone down well with the opposition parties

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« Reply #1839 on: September 09, 2019, 08:52:33 PM »

(Couple of videos on that thread)
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« Reply #1839 on: September 09, 2019, 08:52:33 PM »