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  1. U.S. Politics

    It's like you're so close to seeing the point . . .
  2. U.S. Politics

    Your table there doesn't prove the point you think it does. I don't think anyone is arguing anything other than that the north's economy was spurred on by the Civil War while the south's was destroyed by it. But that isn't the same as your claim, which is that the north 'forcibly removed most industry'. That's not an accurate interpretation.
  3. U.S. Politics

    Do you have a source for the claim that 'forcibly removing most industry' from the South is the primary reason for wealth disparities north and south of the Mason-Dixon line? Because to be honest, it looks distinctly dubious.
  4. Pre-match thread

    I'm so glad I probably won't be watching it.
  5. The Tim Sherwood Thread

    A game that was followed by Sherwood blubbing on television while being interviewed afterwards.
  6. U.S. Politics

    I didn't know that information was in the public domain. Get me the statistics on the statues statutes' status, stat.
  7. U.S. Politics

    I've heard that at least one southern state is making one, but I don't know the statues statutes' status.
  8. U.S. Politics

    Why do we need to decide what to do with every statue in the world? Or decide on a line in the sand? Why not just deal with them on a case by case basis? We don't need to create an Iron Rule of Statues.
  9. U.S. Politics

    You could achieve exactly the same education, and considerably more thoroughly, just by talking to them, or by giving them a book, or by watching educational TV shows. The primary function of statues is not education. Against the extremely minor and easily-replaced benefit you get from discussing issues raised by a statue on the rare occasion you come across one, is the feeling that many people have that it's pretty uncool to celebrate people who fought to keep their ancestors in chains. Some of those people actually live in South Carolina, rather than holidaying there.
  10. U.S. Politics

    Statues are political. It is a political act to put up a statue, and it is a political act to pull one down. People who think they are making a good point by saying, 'but what about Boudica / George Washington / whoever eh?' are in fact missing the point completely. The reason nobody is talking about pulling those statues down is because nobody wants to pull those statues down, and nobody wants to pull those statues down either because the figures they depict have reached a point of hegemonic acceptance (Washington, Churchill) or their politics are irrelevant to ours today (Boudica). Maybe in the future people will want to destroy statues of Washington. Maybe they'll think he was a word removed, the way I think Robert E Lee was a word removed. They can have their own arguments, in the future. We are arguing about statues of Confederate generals and politicians, right now. Let's have that argument.
  11. U.S. Politics

    I'll second that.
  12. Philippines

    Duterte continues to govern in exactly the same way. On Monday night, the bloodiest night of violence so far left 32 dead, many more injured and hundreds in custody: 'Police in the Philippines have killed 32 people in a series of raids near Manila, in the bloodiest night yet of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. Supt Romeo Caramat said 67 police operations in various parts of Bulacan, a province north of the capital, had left 32 “drug personalities” dead and more than 100 others in custody. “We have conducted ‘one-time, big-time’ operations in the past. So far, the number of casualties and deaths, this is the highest,” Caramat said at a news conference to publicise the raids.' [. . .] 'Duterte praised the operation in Bulacan, which took place from Monday night until Tuesday afternoon, and urged police to kill dozens of drug suspects every day. “The ones who died recently in Bulacan, 32, in a massive raid, that was good,” Duterte said in a speech to an anti-crime organisation that has backed the drugs war. “If we could kill another 32 every day, then maybe we can reduce what ails this country.” [. . .] Duterte was elected president last year on a quick-fix, populist platform of wiping out crime and pledging to put drug pushers in funeral parlours, not prisons. He has said he is “happy to slaughter”millions of of drug users and dismissed the deaths of children as “collateral damage”. The former prosecutor said he used to personally kill criminals when he was mayor of the southern city Davao and once threw a suspect out of a helicopter.' https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/16/philippines-police-bloodiest-night-duterte-war-drugs He has now gone a step further, and advocated killing human rights observers within the country: 'Human Rights Watch has denounced a call by Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte for police to shoot rights activists who get in the way of his bloody drug war. [. . .] Speaking following the bloodiest night of his one-year tenure in high office, Duterte said he would investigate human rights defenders criticising him, or order officers to kill them. “One of these days, you human rights groups, I will also investigate you. That’s the truth. For conspiracy,” Duterte said. “If they are obstructing justice, you shoot them,” he said. “So they can really see the kind of human rights.”' https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/17/human-rights-watch-philippines-president-duterte-threat The man truly is a monster.
  13. U.S. Politics

    Seems like the opposite of what natural selection would select for under the circumstances.
  14. The Film Thread

    God that was so shit.