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I read the news today (oh boy) - Current world events
8 February 2020
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I would need to look more into it, but it sounds like an interesting idea. In any case, I think voting districts should definitely be independent from any partisan control. 

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While random districts is better than what we've currently got, i think the best solution is to just abolish the electoral college entirely and make every vote count.

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This is for congress. E.C would have no impact. GG

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^^^Completely agree. Gerrymandering is ridiculous and everything would be so much fairer if the districts were randomized and untouched by the greasy hands of politicians moving lines around specifically to encapsulate their target demographic and exclude other groups that may prove a threat to their election. 

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Unrelated to congress but yes let’s abolish the Electoral College because all six of the people in Montana have a greater influence on the vote than anyone in my state

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In political news that will interest maybe the Brits if that but you other non-British or Irish users should also know because yay world politics.

Ireland had a weird general election on Saturday. With 151 of the 160 seats available for TDs (our MPs) now taken, the republican party Sinn Féin has managed to show the middle finger to both our two 'regular' leading parties Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael. They were running 42 candidates and managed to get 37 seats (so far), bloody incredible odds. To get a majority government they would have needed 80 candidates so they're nowhere near that and will have to be propped up by either one of the two big boys, FF or FG or the smaller parties (People Before Profit, Green, Labour, Social Democrats and a good chunk of Independents). 

 

Problem is SF don't really want to join-up with FF or FG. FF had originally said they will not go into government with SF but since Sunday have expressed interest in partnering up. FG has said they might go into government with SF. 

 

My main assumption and what I'm gathering from online commentary is they voted SF because FF and FG have practically ran the country for the entirety of its history either as the majority government or in a coalition with another party. We're experiencing both a health and housing crisis at the moment, which our country has always been a shamble when it comes to health but FF started the housing crisis by selling off social housing and not building more housing when the country was rolling joyfully in billions of euro and FG have exacerbated the problem by still not building social housing even though the country is on steadier feet now than it was when FF were thrown out of government. However, all you have to do is simply look at Northern Ireland to see what a crap party SF are but hey I guess we'll have to learn from our own mistakes won't we?

We'll just ignore the fact that both past and current members of Sinn Féin probably/most definitely know where bodies of murdered victims of the IRA are buried but refuse to tell their grieving families or the fact that their beloved IRA tortured a man to death in 2007, long after the Good Friday Agreement or that members of SF literally have to pledge an oath that they will listen to their "high counsel" when they join the party. Hmmmmm I wonder who is on this counsel. Also, one of the reelected SF TDs, David Cullinane said in his reelection speech "Up the Republic, up the 'RA, Tiocfaidh ár lá" (IRA catchphrase for 'Our day will come'). Ah yes, I too love organisations who killed approximately 1800 people over 25 years, including circa 600 civilians. Up the 'RA indeed.

 

I am not a fan of either FF or FG. I've said before that FF is one of the most corrupt shower of c---s to ever come out of a 'rich' western country, FG roll over and do nothing bar ride on the success of bringing in abortions and same-sex marriage which would have passed anyways no matter what party was reigning but I hate SF with a passion. Literal scum of the earth and I cannot understand how people (it's mostly young people who voted them in) would think that with their very dubious history, they would be in any way good for the country (particularly with our relations with the UK at this perilous time).

I look forward to hearing about reunification referendums in the new few weeks/months. I don't want the country to be reunited because NI is a limp fish, socially and economically-repressed mess of a country and I want to thank GB for paying for that drain but Lord knows the loons on this side of the border will be cheering for "26+6=1" and playing 'Come Out You Black and Tans', while making jokey IRA memes (whoever did Gerry Adams brand management is incredible, they turned him from a 'terrorist' to 'granddad Gerry' in a few years, very impressive spin doctoring going on there).

 

In slightly more historically impressive news, this could mean we will get our first ever female Taoiseach (our Prime Minister) in the form of SF's leader Mary-Lou McDonald. I was hoping I would be the first one but I don't know if I could juggle being both the first Irish astronaut and the first female Taoiseach a-hard-days-night-paul-10.

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10 February 2020
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^ Wait , I thought it was HoleyScruff 2020 time in the USA! You taking my candidates away from me? a-hard-days-night-george-10

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I will happily do POTUS first, AG <3 . I will be the most overly-qualified Taoiseach Ireland will ever have and I'm sure during my 8 years that NASA will let me practice at their training facilities. Two birds, one stone and all that. 

My forged birth certs for 2020 are coming along nicely, I got them from the same guy who did Obama's, he's a real pro!

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https://www.washingtonpost.com.....story.html

Sadly, Andrew Yang has dropped out of the presidential elections. I really like Yang because he's young, libertarian, and wants to hand out free money. Fortunately, we still have Bernie but he's almost 80 years old and recently had a heart attack, which means that he has a good chance of dying in office.

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Sad to hear about Yang dropping out. He's a great, honest guy, and his policy proposals are always interesting, forward-thinking and innovative. I don't think 2020 is his time, though - he'll be back at some point in the future.

Great night for us Bernard Brethren, I'm just hoping Klobuchar and Buttigieg both stay in the race long enough so that their support doesn't go to the other before Bernie has enough delegates to get a good shot at the nomination. 

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Queen guitarist Brian May was provoked into briefly taking an Australian reporter's phone after the reporter repeatedly refused to stop filming him.

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Queen guitarist Brian May was provoked into briefly taking an Australian reporter's phone after the reporter repeatedly refused to stop filming him.

  

I'd have had no issue if he had slapped the reporter who should have stopped being an arse and complied when asked to quit filming. Sadly the TV company got what they wanted out of it. 

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As part of a Government Cabinet reshuffle by Boris Johnson today, his Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Finance Minister, #2 position in the hierarchy of government positions, Sajid Javid has resigned following a power-grab by No. 10. He was told to sack all his political advisers and agree to a level of No. 10 oversight of Treasury decisions there has never been. It was an attempt to leave him in office but powerless. Javid told him, not necessarily in these terms, to feck off and walked.

So, we know the new Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, just nine months ago a junior minister, now sitting in the second most powerful seat in Government, has no power at all and is a glove puppet with the hand of Boris firmly in place.

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Ron Nasty said
As part of a Government Cabinet reshuffle by Boris Johnson today, his Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Finance Minister, #2 position in the hierarchy of government positions, Sajid Javid has resigned following a power-grab by No. 10. He was told to sack all his political advisers and agree to a level of No. 10 oversight of Treasury decisions there has never been. It was an attempt to leave him in office but powerless. Javid told him, not necessarily in these terms, to feck off and walked.

So, we know the new Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, just nine months ago a junior minister, now sitting in the second most powerful seat in Government, has no power at all and is a glove puppet with the hand of Boris firmly in place.

  

It sounds like Boris has gotten rid of anyone who had previously spoken out against him or something he disliked (one minister who's gone having previously said no deal would be abysmal for Northern Ireland - obviously need someone in who will say no deal is brilliant and we all be much richer and freer). Maybe I'm wrong, I've lost caring. I think it will be similar to Trump where everything Boris does is utterly brilliant, anything contrary to what he thinks or is doing is fake, and anyone who dares challenge or speaks out will be met with attempts to silence or ban.

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In sporting news, Fallon Sherrock is the first woman to play in the PDC Darts Premier League (having been the first woman to win matches at the World Championships) and she has drawn with Glen Durrant 6-6.

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