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  1. Mass shootings are bad. Duh. There is a systemic problem with gun violence in USA and I don't think any one can say that media has not covered it. But that does not mean that if Diplomats beat random citizens in another country, it is not wrong. If Chinese embassy staff do it in London, it is wrong. If American embassy staff do it in Beijing, it is wrong. If Indian embassy staff do it in Islamabad, it is wrong (and trigger for nuclear war). I don't get why we need to go in the whole Western media, racism, bullshit to defend it? 


    P.S.: Fie on thee for making me defend Western Media on racism. :sick:

  2. 36 minutes ago, Vic Liu said:

    A man was beaten outside the Chinese consulate in UK, big news. 10 men was shot in US, enough is enough, no need to report.

    Are you comparing Chinese embassy staff with deranged people who go on killing spree?

  3. 5 minutes ago, Dragon said:

    One of the polling organizations is predicting that Boris Johnson, the former Prime Minister, has a 94% chance of losing his seat in parliament at the next general election.

  and South Ruislip

    1) That is exactly what I am expecting: Conservative leaders losing even their seats. Labour party getting huge majority.


    2) I would be surprised if Boris Johnson contests the next election. 

  4. 20 minutes ago, Grassmarket said:

    Problem is that apart from Starmer, all the rest of Labour are Marxist loons, so I wouldn’t write off the Tories completely.

    Wow, if Labour manages to lose the next election, they need to seriously introspect. 

  5. 1 hour ago, Monzanator said:

    Ain't they all dead people walking at this stage anyway? Starmer appears to be a less polarising figure than Corbyn so all Labour needs is to lay low and watch Tory implode in the next two years? :p

    And that is why Tories will try and delay the elections. The way they are imploding, it is not just a question of losing government, they could be looking at a historic wipeout in next elections. 

  6. 41 minutes ago, heywoodu said:

    Any blow to Russia is a good blow. I still find it extremely unlikely Putin will go towards the nuclear path, except for possibly a small-scale test in some remote area to show that he has nuclear weapons (which we all already know).

    Are you suggesting that Putin will take a rational approach when facing total humiliation? 

  7. 17 hours ago, phelps said:

    because of her history, because of what she's always said and because her party is the direct descendant of the original Fascist Party created by Mussolini (whose niece is one of the members of the current FdI), despite the many changes of name* they had after WWII (since then, the Fascist party was dissolved and its rebuild with that specific name is still illegal in Italy).


    *nostalgic fans of Mussolini first created a party named Movimento Sociale Italiano (Dec 26th, 1946), which was basically the reborn Partito Fascista under a new name, despite they always denied any direct connection with it and its racist politics (they sold themselves just as a conservative political formation).


    Then, in 1995, they changed name in Alleanza Nazionale...but they were still the same people that until the day before called themselves MSI.


    Alleanza Nazionale finally closed down in 2009 (mainly because of internal fights and esconomical disputes, not because they decided that their ideas were wrong and out of time), but in 2012 the hardcore members of AN decided to build another party with the same target and ideology, named Fratelli d'Italia, which is still the name of the party.


    In any case, the people leading the current FdI are all coming from the days of the old post-fascist parties, their ideas are well known and clear...there's no chance of misunderstanding what they think and what they want.


    Thanks for the reply, once again let me reiterate that I am not suggesting that there is misunderstanding (I simply know nothing of the situation so am in no position to judge) but I want to understand the situation better. For example, what are the points on which these parties are rallying the voters? Which are the biggest red flags in their ideas? 

  8. Speaking of farcical referendums, this week saw Canadian citizens voting in Canada in a referendum asking for a separate state in India. 


    Confused Joe Biden GIF by CBS News


    P.S.: I know that such referendums have taken place in past in different countries and Canadian government has reiterated that it doesn't give any importance to this referendum. 

  9. 19 hours ago, heywoodu said:

    Good moment to point people's attention to the old, original Khmer empire (the one that brought forth stuff like Angkor Wat). Super interesting, Fall of Civilizations podcast has a very nice episode about it and I'm sure others do as well. 

    Seems interesting. Now following the pod and plan to give it a listen soon. 

  10. 2 hours ago, Sindo said:

    What do you exactly mean with national tracker?


    If you remember for 2012 Olympics, we had this mega post at the beginning of the national thread which listed all events of the Olympics. In that we would list whether the nation in question has qualified or in contention for qualifying or out of qualification. Users can tweak the table and give links to individual sports qualification threads or qualification tournaments thread. And so on.... 


    But I do remember it was a pain to create it and maintain it. 

  11. 10 hours ago, MHSN said:

    well I don't think so


    1) after banning Russian athletes for no reason (I mean no sport-related reason) international federations are in no place to blame anybody for mixing sports with politics.

    2) the guy was overweight (intentionally though) during the weight-in to get disqualified "legally", I mean there is no evidence ,  even if everybody knows the real reason but still no rules have been broken.

    3) UWW needs Iran, as simple as that. (specially after losing Russia for nobody knows how long)

    1) Fully agree. 

    2) Smart.

    3) Fully agree. 

  12. 16 hours ago, hckošice said:

    What those pictures/pictograms means exactly ? that bike for example ? :d

    As others have pointed out, the pictures/pictograms are the election symbols that are allocated to the parties. Honestly, it is the biggest asset of any party. For example, I am a supporter of Narendra Modi-led Bhartiya Janata Party (though my support for BJP predates Modi's rise) and there have been times when I didn't even know the name of the candidate till I entered the polling booth as I knew I had to press the button next to BJP's symbol: Lotus.


    There have been various curious things relating to symbols in Indian politics. For example, in 2014, Modi started using Lotus brooch in his public appearances to make the association between Modi and Lotus even more visible. Mayawati, as CM of UP, had erected large statues of elephants everywhere in the state as it was her election symbol. Couple of parties have cycle as their symbol and hence they would hold big cycle rallies. Also, whenever a party splits biggest point of contention between warring factions is who gets the election symbol. 

  13. 12 hours ago, heywoodu said:

    Everything that's electronic can be hacked, so I'm honestly glad we don't use any machines here :d 

    Of course everything that's electronic can be hacked, but there are enough checkmarks, atleast in India, to ensure that such hacking doesn't take place.


    Manufacturer level hacking/foul play is eliminated with help of double randomization: first level which machine is going to be used in which constituency is randomly selected and second level where the position of each candidate in a constituency is also randomized. So, any foul play on the part of manufacturer or at the time of storage/transportation is simply not possible. 


    Now, once the machine reaches the booth and candidates are assigned, machines are tested in presence of all the candidates and can be used only if all give consent that the machine is working properly. After this, machine is kept in strict security. During elections, randomly some units are equiped with VVPAT, where there along with the electronic vote, the voter gets a paper confirmation of the vote and that paper confirmation is also stored in a safe box. No large scale discrepancies have been found while tallying votes from the machine and paper votes till now. 


    Of course there is still always a possibility that there are ways of foul play that I am missing, but at present I, in my capacity as an amateur political enthusiast and electronics engineer, don't think there is any reason to believe that EVMs are not giving correct results. 

  14. Just now, orangeman said:

    Yeah, he did a great job.  So nice to hear after the attacks in other sports (looking at you beach volleyball).  


    I believe it's Matthew Mitcham doing the diving and he's also doing a great job, even though the coverage is still decidedly very lopsided towards England/Scotland.  

    I wasn't talking about the male commentator but the female one. Male commentator is also good but Gill is A LEGEND. 


    P.S. Its possible that we are hearing different set of commentators. 

  15. 43 minutes ago, orangeman said:

    Li put up a good fight, but Pusarla was too strong.  It was nice to listen to a match that involved a Canadian and not hear the broadcaster continually shit on the Canadian all game for once, though.  GG India.  

    Gill Clark, is among the best commentators, across all sports that I watch. 


    Good game by Li but Sindhu's big match temperament was the difference in the end. Now onto Lakshya Sen and Sat-Chi. 

  16. BTW don't see Cricket making it to games. Negligible following in key areas, not much interest from Cricket federations, expensive infrastructure (That is why Cricket has better chance in 2032), no depth and need for 15x8x2 = 240 athletes at the minimum. 


    The positives: Huge and concentrated following in some areas (Indian subcontinent, Caribbean), Quite different to other team sports. 

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