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Everything Else / Re: 2017 Election
« on: May 31, 2017, 03:13:45 pm »
Which is why the Conservative Party mutates every 30 years to fit whatever ideas are in fashion. In the 1920s they were old school Imperialists, in the 1950s they were Keynsians, the 1980s Thatcherites, the 2010s they're slightly more socially progressive Thatcherites/posher Blairites.

Everything Else / Re: 2017 Election
« on: May 31, 2017, 01:17:46 pm »
Yeah, I'm also making the big assumption that the Tories have a long term plan beyond "be in power forever because we're the Conservatives".

Everything Else / Re: 2017 Election
« on: May 31, 2017, 01:01:33 pm »
Not surprising, seeing as (at least going by their strategy) the Tories have called this election pretty much just so they can lose it.

Everything Else / Re: "Bye, I'm leaving forever" thread
« on: May 30, 2017, 07:02:34 pm »
Gentrifying being exploited

Everything Else / Re: "Bye, I'm leaving forever" thread
« on: May 30, 2017, 04:47:28 pm »
Will take this opportunity to also say I'm going to have to disappear since I'm hitting the road again and potentially WHVing.


Everything Else / Re: The off-topic Topic
« on: May 18, 2017, 04:31:05 am »
I don't mind it. It's cheaper/easier to just pay for royalties for an existing song than to get an in-house musician, and often helps promote small time musicians to a larger audience. Or, if you take Westworld's or Black Mirror's example, helps create a sense of familiarity that is otherwise impossible with an OST.

The problem is that most of the time they're wispy hipster acoustic covers of The Smiths or something.

sup ladym you're rad

Everything Else / Re: The off-topic Topic
« on: May 17, 2017, 11:25:18 pm »
I'm glad at least the rp stuff is still there, we put a lot of work into those.  Don't taunt the dynamite monkey any further into deleting what's left

Hey Inkling I'll send you a picture of a twix bar if you delete this thread

I am insulted.  I'm disgusted that you think I'd be swayed by such a suggestion.

It'd take a picture of at least five twix bars.

well, I'm not made of stone

Everything Else / Re: The off-topic Topic
« on: May 17, 2017, 07:20:23 am »
Hey Inkling I'll send you a picture of a twix bar if you delete this thread

Everything Else / Re: 2016 Election
« on: May 16, 2017, 05:46:36 pm »
Maybe the problem was never Trump, but a political class of Moustache-Twirlingly evil jokers who wouldn't receive a negative consequence for their actions even if society collapses in its entirety because of their generational wealth - who will never take action against this gigantic toddler in the seat of ultimate power because they're all hacks who have FOMO that they'll never have the chance to plunder "big government" into submission ever again.

Or, perhaps, it's the people getting their healthcare stolen who are buttmad whiners that are what's wrong with the world. They're not rolling over and letting themselves get killed in the name of progress so they're just as bad and crying :^]

Everything Else / Re: 2016 Election
« on: May 16, 2017, 12:35:02 am »
Imagine being as weak as a Congress member. Imagine having such a lack of character that you can't kick out this person who is almost certainly either going to get you killed or voted out of office, just because you want to pass/repeal laws on behalf of people who pay you comically tiny kickbacks (these people get lobbied for the low thousands). Laws which, as it is becoming clear, are making their lives unlivable in their own constituencies due to residents screaming at them.

They're so locked into partisanship that they won't even turn on their President (who they never even wanted) to save their own careers. Even 1930s Appeasement lobbyists weren't this pathetic.

Everything Else / Re: Podcasts Emporium & Smoke Shop
« on: May 15, 2017, 08:47:39 pm »
Chapo Trap House. Left-wing political comedy for unemployed Humanaties Graduates. Episode 82 (interview with pisspiggrandad) is incredible, as is their Election Day episode.

Also Northern Lion Super Show, which is technically a twitch stream but the focus is almost never on the game and it devolves into a comedy podcast-style argument with a cast of personalities about whether using paper plates is normal human behaviour. Example.

Everything Else / Re: 2017 Election
« on: May 12, 2017, 11:23:39 pm »
described it as "Veep" on steroids.

More to the point, the issue of nationalisation is mainly about railways. And for me, the comparison is between rail in countries with national/government led railways (i.e. Euroweenies) where the fares are cheap and the services actually work, compared to paying 40 to get to Nottingham from London and not even getting working WiFi (which you have to pay for). Nationalise these incompetent poobrain rail charters into oblivion, I say.

Leading country opinion ATM is "Corbyn is a big nasty red who wants to install gulag trains across the country, better vote for May who is a woman and therefore Thatcher :^)"

Everything Else / Re: The Issues
« on: May 11, 2017, 01:39:46 am »
Strictly regulate them.  It says so right in what you quoted.

Let's get the terminology straight before the UK people take over completely.  When you say elementary you mean elementary school, kindergarten - 5th grade, right? not K-12?

No no no. No burger terminology allowed.

Do you have in mind a set curriculum, not standards to meet?  That's the impression I get.  Could schools do supplemental stuff, go above the standard?  Would this apply to private schools too or could they do their own thing?

Private schools ultimately shouldn't exist. The debate over whether access to education should or shouldn't be determined by parent wealth is a whole other basket of apples, but if the goal is to have every single school up to the same standard then private schools need to be thrown out completely. But as lurk said, the problem in education isn't Professor Xavier's School for Gifted Billionaires, it's poorer public schools that physically cannot function because they have no money, the teachers only care about meeting targets, and the students either don't want to be there or can't learn because of students disrupting lessons because they don't want to be there.

Everything Else / Re: The Issues
« on: May 10, 2017, 12:00:19 pm »
Well, yeah.

I don't know what the system is like in America but in the UK obviously we have a national curriculum up to secondary level. Also I believe there are certain standards universities have to meet but I'm assuming they're a lot more relaxed than they are for secondary schools.

What I'm really saying is to IB or not to IB instead of choosing A Levels.

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