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Old 04-20-2019, 06:06 AM
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but anyone that speaks about running for election (which is how you actually get laws passed) get threatened by death threats.
Okay, so that's very interesting if true. I didn't read that in the tumblr post or googled article. Death threats from the government?
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Old 04-20-2019, 09:08 AM
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No, members of the movement.
It does not have ideology coherency, so every times someone pretends to speak for it some people feel betrayed and act out.
Probably just loud mouths, but it was enough to stop any political list to emerge from this
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Old 05-02-2019, 10:23 PM
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The new president is on a march to exterminate Brazil's universities



https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/...0429-0011.html



https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/201...sultPosition=5

At least one (big) university won't be able to open its doors for the second semester if they keep the 30% budget cut.

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Official note of the Florestan Fernandes Academic Center of the Social Sciences course - UFPel

The representatives of the Florestan Fernandes Academic Center, together with the Coordinator of the Social Sciences Course, Patrícia Rodrigues Chaves da Cunha, met in the meeting with the Rector of the Federal University of São Paulo, on May 2, two thousand and nineteen. Pelotas, Pedro Rodrigues Curi Hallal, with the objective of obtaining information about the 30% budget cut in the budget of all federal universities in Brazil announced by the Minister of Education of the Bolsonaro misrule, Abraham Weintraub, last Tuesday, thirty Of april.
The official position of the rectory on the subject is that, if there is no retreat by the government in this measure, UFPel WILL HAVE ITS DOORS CLOSED IN SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR. Regarding the structure of the university, the cuts will reach all categories of outsourced sectors, such as: surveillance, portarias, university restaurant, transport and general services provided to UFPel. Another sector of structure reached by the measure is the supply of electric energy in the institution. We will not have enough money to pay for the electricity bill. Finally, the measure will DIRECTLY reach the research, teaching and extension scholarships, harming its existence.
It is important to point out that the budget cut of R $ 5.7 billion initially would reach only the federal universities of Bahia, Brasilia and Fluminense, and that this cut was a political retaliation for these institutions, which were against the misgovernment Bolsonaro. For legal reasons, specifically that of administrative impropriety, the misrule decided to extend the cut to all federal universities in the amount of 6.9 billion reais.
The rector explains that the UFPel has no budgetary margin for the realization of these cuts and that for this reason, in September, the UFPel will dawn behind closed doors.
It is with great regret that the CAFF communicates and makes public to the entire academic community of UFPel and Pelotan society the reflexes of the measures taken by the education minister and the Bolsonaro misrule. Federal universities are, at their maximum, the home of knowledge and scientific knowledge and beneficial to society as it provides technological, social and cultural advances for all. The position of misrule is very serious because the objective is to promote a real dismantling in free public education.
We ask all and all to mobilize, communicate and combat these measures, understanding the importance of the federal university, showing society as a whole how important and necessary we are in the economic and social development of Brazil.
If Jair Bolsonaro's authoritarian misgovernment makes use of lies to promote and achieve his goals, may we, united, be able to fight him with truths.
Finally, we would like to thank Mr. Rector Pedro Hallal for his willingness to assist us in this delicate moment of Brazilian higher education and to invite the entire community to the Council of Academic Centers and Directories to be held this Saturday, with a single agenda the mobilization of UFPel students.
Translated using Google, so there may be a few grammar mistakes here and there.
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Old 05-03-2019, 01:59 PM
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Makes me wonder if Brazil is about to enter the brain drain stage or if Ballsnero is going to go all Pol Pot.
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Old 05-27-2019, 03:34 PM
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Corbyn looking likely to back a People's Vote on any deal made with the EU.

If Labour makes this their official policy they stand a good chance of coming into power with a majority next GE. They can hope to win back Lib Dem/ Green voters who have left them, even though they may lose the Lexiteers as a result.

Hopefully, Labour and Lib Dem become the two major parties.

In an alternate timeline Milliband has won the 2015 election, the NHS is doing fantastically, and a decent person is Prime Minister, looking to get elected again.

But since Britain cannot have that timeline, people have to make do with Corbyn and don't get me wrong, his purported ideologies are admirable but he comes with a lot of baggage and I really do not look forward to the loads of tosh that the Tory-Murdoch press will come up with under a Corbyn ministry.

But of course, the UK will first have to sort out the mess that Theresa May and all these years of Tory government have created.
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Old 05-27-2019, 08:33 PM
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Corbyn looking likely to back a People's Vote on any deal made with the EU.

If Labour makes this their official policy they stand a good chance of coming into power with a majority next GE. They can hope to win back Lib Dem/ Green voters who have left them, even though they may lose the Lexiteers as a result.

Hopefully, Labour and Lib Dem become the two major parties.

In an alternate timeline Milliband has won the 2015 election, the NHS is doing fantastically, and a decent person is Prime Minister, looking to get elected again.

But since Britain cannot have that timeline, people have to make do with Corbyn and don't get me wrong, his purported ideologies are admirable but he comes with a lot of baggage and I really do not look forward to the loads of tosh that the Tory-Murdoch press will come up with under a Corbyn ministry.

But of course, the UK will first have to sort out the mess that Theresa May and all these years of Tory government have created.
Is he going to push the UK further into the Orwellian hellhole state it's in at a faster or slower rate?
https://metro.co.uk/2019/05/16/momen...meras-9571463/
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Old 05-28-2019, 06:45 AM
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Is he going to push the UK further into the Orwellian hellhole state it's in at a faster or slower rate?
https://metro.co.uk/2019/05/16/momen...meras-9571463/

Whilst pretty disturbing, it is worth noting that the majority of camera surveillance in the UK is from private entities, not the state.

Also, non-Blairite Labour has generally not been authoritarian. In the UK that has more of a domain of Center-Right parties.


Whilst this chart misrepresents the Liberal Democrats(any look at their manifesto will indicate a center left Social Democratic alignment, not a center right alignment), it is somewhat accurate(Right-Left economic, Authoritarian-Libertarian social). I guess that the author only considers "Left" to be Socialism.


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There's... a lot of really dystopian applications of tech building up and I'm worried about it.

https://www.reddit.com/r/Futurology/...hicle_that_is/
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There's... a lot of really dystopian applications of tech building up and I'm worried about it.

https://www.reddit.com/r/Futurology/...hicle_that_is/
Is "suicide drone" the new buzzword for missile?
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Old 06-04-2019, 09:10 PM
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Is "suicide drone" the new buzzword for missile?
It's distinct in that it's much more maneuverable.
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Old 06-05-2019, 08:59 AM
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Ha! Love it.
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Old 06-05-2019, 07:25 PM
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The hell is going on in Australia?
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Old 06-06-2019, 07:20 PM
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Labour has retained control of Peterborough, an area that was 61% Leave, in the recent by election for that seat.


BXP was looking very strong there, and had put all steps forward to possibly win their first seat. (Have a lot of rich donors). This result is a surprise(the seat has never been a Labour seat historically, it’s been a swing seat, and the only previous time Labour won it this century was in 2017).


All in all, the UK is seeing 5-party politics instead of the 3-party system that the country had for most of the last century. Labour’s socialist policies were very popular with younger people in the previous election and up till the age of 44 all age groups were heavily Labour-supportive. 45-54 were evenly divided, 55 onwards heavily Tory.


However, Labour has sat on the fence around Brexit and has thus pissed off a not small chunk of their extremely Remain-leaning base. It remains to be seen whether by the time of the next General Election there has been a solution to the Brexit crisis and how that would affect Labour’s vote share.



Mind you, all of this in a constituency where the previous Labour MP was jailed and expelled from the party for lying about a speeding offence.

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Brazil does it again

https://theintercept.com/2019/06/09/...h-sergio-moro/








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Old 06-17-2019, 08:59 AM
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Old 06-22-2019, 04:29 PM
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/20...ines-shut-down
So they're shutting down their coal plants... They've been shutting down their nuclear plants since Fukushima for some reason...
Why does Germany just want to be 100% reliant on Russian energy? Putin's just going to make Europe his bitch again with another blackout.
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Old 06-23-2019, 12:04 AM
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So they're shutting down their coal plants... They've been shutting down their nuclear plants since Fukushima for some reason...
Why does Germany just want to be 100% reliant on Russian energy? Putin's just going to make Europe his bitch again with another blackout.
Hopefully we continue to make solar and other renewable sources more efficient and we're off both Russian energy and coal before that happens.
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Old 06-24-2019, 11:49 AM
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Labour's back at the top of the polls.

However the UK is currently going through a period that has been unprecedented in British political history- a period where despite having FPTP, it is seeing 4-party politics.


All of these 4 parties are polling in the low 20s. It's actually ridiculously similar to how continental European political systems are, where it's always about multiple parties polling and forming coalitions to form governments.


Instead of being Big Tents, those parties are very explicit in what they are- so it's the People who decide what they want. If they want to see a social democratic Left, they vote for the social democrats.


Those European coalition governments are typically formed out of alliances between social democrats and socialists on the left, and neoliberals and conservatives on the right. In the UK, I could see the same thing happening in the 2020s.


The trend in the UK is definitely about moving away from Big Tent politics. And we see that happen in the two main Big Tent parties as well. Labour is more socialist than it has been in years, and the Tories are more neoliberal Thatcherite than they have been in years. One Nation Torys are rare to see these days, and so are Blairite social democrats in Labour.


And it's all because of Brexit. One of the few positives in my opinion. Now Britain just needs to replace FPTP so that a party that gains 30% of the vote is not guaranteed to win a majority because everyone else polls in the low 20s.
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I was watching the Brexit movie.

As a brit, can you tell me if its accurate?

What caught my attention, in special, was that it has been a sentiment that has slowly grown in a portion of the British population for over 40 years or so.
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Old 06-24-2019, 05:42 PM
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I was watching the Brexit movie.

As a brit, can you tell me if its accurate?

What caught my attention, in special, was that it has been a sentiment that has slowly grown in a portion of the British population for over 40 years or so.
Brexit... Movie...?
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Hey CoD. I've been wondering for awhile now. What the hell is your avatar? It looks sort of like a protoss, but nobody I recognize.
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Old 06-24-2019, 06:35 PM
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I was watching the Brexit movie.

As a brit, can you tell me if its accurate?

What caught my attention, in special, was that it has been a sentiment that has slowly grown in a portion of the British population for over 40 years or so.

I have not seen that movie, so I cannot comment on it.


Regarding Euroscepticism, yes, it is extremely prevalent amongst the Boomer generation. Not so much amongst the few that remain of the WW2 generation, nor the generations that have come after the boomers.


But the Boomers make up a significant part of the electorate.


To add some stuff about how Brexit has been received amongst all sides of the political spectrum, to put it in a nutshell-

Far Left and Alt/Far Right are happy about it for different reasons(the EU has restrictions that would make it difficult for these fringes to seize any power).


The Left and Centre Left are unhappy about it, especially the Centre Left(elements of the Left feel that the EU is inherently a Neoliberal organisation and thus would not be severely upset about a Brexit but on the whole they too would like to Remain and Reform the EU from a socialistic perspective).


The Centre Right are in a perpetual mode of appeasing both the Right and Centrists, and are ending up pleasing neither. They are also pro big business and big business is unhappy about Brexit, and thus, their donors are unhappy as well.


The Right is the most pro Brexit group. But they are constantly pushing a narrative of 'BETRAYAL' and are somehow convinced that advocating for no-deal makes sense.


The Centrists are the most anti Brexit of all, since the Centre is mainly made up of Neoliberals. They would unilaterally cancel the whole thing if they could. However, the Centre is the smallest portion of the electorate. It used to be much larger but voting has become increasingly polarised, such that the young are overwhelmingly Left and the old are overwhelmingly Right. Even the Centre Left and Centre Right are now the minority parts of the two main parties(Labour and Conservative).

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Old 06-24-2019, 08:14 PM
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Honestly I'd be wary of any movie that tries to legitimise the victory of the Leave Campaign, a campaign won on lies as much as it was won narrowly. I do not know if this movie does that, but the main character seems to be from Vote Leave. The now classic '350 million for the NHS!' is just one example.


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Hey CoD. I've been wondering for awhile now. What the hell is your avatar? It looks sort of like a protoss, but nobody I recognize.

It's Mohandar, the Dark Templar prelate from Wings of Liberty. Killed offscreen before Legacy of the Void released in a prelude comic.

Used to pilot a Void Ray.

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