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#121 User is offline   Azath Vitr (D'ivers 

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Posted 24 April 2022 - 05:23 PM

View PostMalankazooie, on 24 April 2022 - 05:02 PM, said:

Hey, sup? Also, what's up in France? How are things predicted to go down today?


Macron will probably win... early reports of relatively low turnout seemed concerning, but it's now looking like turnout won't be low.

He's a bit like Bill Clinton (lurching the center left to the right), but with Hillary's likability (if Hillary were better looking and more charismatic, but meaner and more condescending)... and triangulating with the 'culture war' far right.

'No French president has been the object of such intense dislike among significant segments of the population as [...] Macron — [...] his image as an elitist out of touch with the ordinary French people whose pensions and work protections he has threatened in his efforts to make the economy more investor-friendly.

Even Macron enthusiasts wince at what have become known as his "little phrases": dismissive remarks to voters who bemoan their circumstances, or sometimes about less successful people in general.

"Like when he told someone, 'You're searching for a job? Just cross the street and you'll find one,'" [...]

Just how deep that loathing runs will be a critical factor — perhaps even the decisive one[...]

[...] given the choice between a president they find disdainful and a far-right candidate they find detestable, many French voters may just stay home, or even vote for Ms. Le Pen, tipping the scales in a close election.

[...] he little phrases had been "catastrophic" in forging Mr. Macron's image[...]

[...] "It's about the relationship between a disdainful elite and a society that is disdained,"'

Live Updates: Voting Underway as France Chooses Between Macron and Le Pen - The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Marine Le Pen Would Destroy French Democracy (jacobinmag.com)

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Posted 24 April 2022 - 06:40 PM

He has it won, but only 58%

I would say scary plus for the far right on their gains, but don't know the actual numbers of ballots submitted, a lot of people not arsed voting from what I can gather
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Posted 24 April 2022 - 07:12 PM

View PostMacros, on 24 April 2022 - 06:40 PM, said:

He has it won, but only 58%

I would say scary plus for the far right on their gains, but don't know the actual numbers of ballots submitted, a lot of people not arsed voting from what I can gather

I mean, Le Pen had been inching closer every time they've had an election, first the dad and layer the daughter. There is a lot of anti-Muslim sentiment in France (you could argue that the committee secularisation of the country might have something to do with that but I doubt Christians are getting as much hate).

The right wing has always been quick to capitalise on populist hate rhetoric and I worry that Macron, who lets face it is not as exciting or progressive as he may have seemed at one point, is not going to be able to hold off le Pen or whoever steps into her shoes should she not continue...
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Posted 29 April 2022 - 06:33 PM

Macron won't get a 3rd term, so he'll need a charismatic successor

Le Pen wants to convert her popularity into a parliamentary win. Let's see how that goes...
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Posted 28 May 2022 - 12:27 AM

* "All night partying, with karaoke."

- What do you think de peefle's go to was? My guess is I want it All by Queen.

* "Drunken staff getting sick and fighting with each other."

* "Downing street walls stained with red wine."

* "Disrespect towards security and cleaning staff."

* "We seemed to have gotten away with it."
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Posted 28 May 2022 - 08:02 AM

Just another show of fuck you all we don't care, good to see them following party lines (of coke I would assume)
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Posted 30 May 2022 - 04:20 AM

How much longer does duh-peefill hang on?

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Posted 07 July 2022 - 12:18 AM

It's close now, yeah? Buh-bye Boris time?

I like when they have coverage on the news here in America, and they show them gathered in the chamber and they do that grumbling thing to express their displeasure. I always found that to be quintessentially British. It reminds me of: *loudly-clears-throat* "I said good day sir!"
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Posted 07 July 2022 - 09:54 AM

BoJo gonna GoGo?

https://www.news.com...c1e1db0c501eed7

"Boris Johnson to resign as UK Prime Minister
The embattled Conservative leader has finally called it quits after a series of scandals plagued his premiership.

Boris Johnson is set to resign as Prime Minister of the UK.

The embattled Conservative leader has finally called it quits after a series of scandals plagued his premiership, from illegal parties to handing a plum job to a colleague he knew was under investigation for sexual misconduct.

Mr Johnson is expected to formally announce his resignation on Thursday morning (Thursday night AEST)."

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Seriously though, who didn't think it would end like this when he was first circling the sinking May? I don't care if his blood is almost as blue as the Windsors' - which shouldn't be any sort of qualification for high office, FFS - he's a fucking buffoon. He was an amusing buffoon for a while, then he was just a buffoon. Did he achieve anything worthwhile in office?

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Posted 07 July 2022 - 11:57 AM

Yeah he's resigning but he's not really, at least until Autumn. Also the utter bunch of cretins in his government do not inspire the slightest bit of confidence...
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Posted 07 July 2022 - 01:35 PM

I’m having the same problem with American politics. I don’t think Biden could ever really succeed given world problems right now, but he’s not very inspiring or likable. I’ve been racking my brains for a decent dem candidate for 2024, but am really drawing a blank. Michelle Obama is the best that I can think of, but no way would she do it. Gavin Newsom is ok, but I can’t quite see him getting elected. The republicans otoh could rally around Trump or Desantis.
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Posted 07 July 2022 - 01:50 PM

Newsom doesn't have a chance nationally. It would take someone like Pritzker or Fetterman to get the country slightly excited (and Fetterman has yet to win the Senate race).

I think the Democrats need to move away from the Nancy Pelosi poetry as protest model or the Schumer "try to get a purple Democrat to run" model towards Democrats who get stuff done in office, even if it's as "low" as lieutenant governor or Congressional representative.

They're getting beat up because people think the collective does very little. There's some truth to that, even if on the whole it's not true. Changing that perception by building track records of action is way more important than current leadership thinks.
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Posted 07 July 2022 - 02:11 PM

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Newsom doesn't have a chance nationally. It would take someone like Pritzker or Fetterman to get the country slightly excited (and Fetterman has yet to win the Senate race).

I think the Democrats need to move away from the Nancy Pelosi poetry as protest model or the Schumer "try to get a purple Democrat to run" model towards Democrats who get stuff done in office, even if it's as "low" as lieutenant governor or Congressional representative.

They're getting beat up because people think the collective does very little. There's some truth to that, even if on the whole it's not true. Changing that perception by building track records of action is way more important than current leadership thinks.

I guess that is the best strategy, but it frightens me to think of conservatives in control. I have a 10 year old daughter that at this point thinks she might identify as bisexual ffs! I just canít get why the world seems to be leaning conservative after we fought for so many rights. At this point I feel like all Gen X can claim as an accomplishment is the destigmatizing blue hair. Everything else seems to be in jeopardy.
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Posted 07 July 2022 - 04:17 PM

Spit-ballin' some ideas here. More for entertainment value than any serious direction the country should take - A Sinema-Manchin ticket vs Cheney-Kinzinger ticket. That would be a hoot and a holler.
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Posted 07 July 2022 - 04:22 PM

View PostMalankazooie, on 07 July 2022 - 04:17 PM, said:

Spit-ballin' some ideas here. More for entertainment value than any serious direction the country should take - A Sinema-Manchin ticket vs Cheney-Kinzinger ticket. That would be a hoot and a holler.

Ouch. Letís just ask for a Kardashian/Musk ticket.
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Posted 07 July 2022 - 06:01 PM

I'm hoping the likes of AOC and crew become more prominent and start taking ground within the Dems and getting seats in elections etc.

Won't happen of course, ethnic minority and female, already massively targeted... She'd be assassinated (literally or figuratively, take your pick)
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Posted 07 July 2022 - 06:09 PM

Fetterman is almost entirely left wing to the point of being a near radical, yet he's super popular in Pennsylvania because he gets stuff done, has campaigned on multiple levels statewide successfully, and lives like a normal person.

I think he, AOC, Oman, Tlaib, and especially Katie Porter are who can bring the Democrats more wins if empowered, but that's a power struggle with current leadership who have very different visions of just about everything.
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Posted 07 July 2022 - 07:53 PM

View Postamphibian, on 07 July 2022 - 06:09 PM, said:

Fetterman is almost entirely left wing to the point of being a near radical, yet he's super popular in Pennsylvania because he gets stuff done, has campaigned on multiple levels statewide successfully, and lives like a normal person.

I think he, AOC, Oman, Tlaib, and especially Katie Porter are who can bring the Democrats more wins if empowered, but that's a power struggle with current leadership who have very different visions of just about everything.

What we need is to get all of the old white men out of politics so that they are no longer governing those of us that will have to live with their decisions.
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Posted 08 July 2022 - 05:09 AM

Bloody hell, former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe shot while giving a speech. Seems as if there is derangement everywhere. I know he had to step down due to gastrointestinal health issues a few years ago. Didn't know a lot about him. He certaitly didn't seem controversial or anything.
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Posted 12 July 2022 - 11:11 AM

View PostMalankazooie, on 08 July 2022 - 05:09 AM, said:

Bloody hell, former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe shot while giving a speech. Seems as if there is derangement everywhere. I know he had to step down due to gastrointestinal health issues a few years ago. Didn't know a lot about him. He certaitly didn't seem controversial or anything.


I have heard from some folk inside Japan that he had some disturbing views tied into the 'have sex for Shinzo' memes you may see about, including and not limited to right wing nationalism. I can't say further on that point and would defer to people with better than second hand knowledge from tankies, though. Certainly no way to go, though.
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