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Thread BBC licence fee to be abolished in 2027 and funding frozen
You're mistinterpreting my point. We've all encountered the bad effects of the death by a thousand cuts the NHS has been suffering since it's beginning; from Aneurin Bevan's resignation in protest at charges to patients for dentistry and spectacles being introduced in 1951 to fund participation in the Korean War, to Neoliberalism beginning the acceleration of decline of the social state in the 80s.. You don't need to explain how neoliberal austerity works to me, it's the main fuel for sleepless nights for me, but the BBC has been set-up to defend a system that directly hurts our social state.
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Thread BBC licence fee to be abolished in 2027 and funding frozen
The BBC have treated me like subhuman scum for years and have always been a tainted organisation—Forget the last decade, manufacturing consent for the Iraq War happened under Labour.. and that's before we even get to the decades of protection of paedophiles. The NHS has saved my life and, as things stand, still would at no cost. People need to stop acting like this is an equivalency for everyone. I know which one I want to fight for, I don't have blinders on.
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Thread BBC licence fee to be abolished in 2027 and funding frozen
43p a day to get called scum over and over for wanting a better world. Fuck off lmao. Zero tears shed for an 'institution' that actively defends and protects VIPaedophiles and platforms Fascists for decades. No more spots for Alan Dershowitz for you lot.
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Thread UK Political Era |OT1| Dis United Kingdom
That’s somewhat true although any gains are sandwiched by apathy and the fringe right-wing protest vote in RefUK but as far as bearing out in actual voting Labour aren’t benefiting from an unprecedented precarious government. Labour have only gained voteshare in 1 of the 5 by-elections to occur in England since 2019 (in a seat they still lost by 20%), the Council elections in May were a blowout whereas the LIb Dems made a slight gain and Greens doubled their councillors. The Lib Dems have now captured 2 'Blu Wall' seats in 6 months. Labour aren't thriving, political apathy is.
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Thread UK Political Era |OT1| Dis United Kingdom
I'm tired, Robbie.. What's hilarious/pathetic about Gale saying this is he was found to have breached the code of conduct by trying to influence a judge in the trial of Charlie Elphicke... he is yet another walking Tory scandal himself. Maybe Johnson will benefit from the mere fact that there isn't a candidate for his replacement that isn't dripping in corruption themselves.
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Thread UK Political Era |OT1| Dis United Kingdom
Moving Right and picking up scraps (this doesn't just apply to this by-election) while the Party coffers empty and the most mobile section of your canvassing support, the young vote, abandons you in droves (Greens were the only other party present in 2019 to increase their vote interestingly) is so far not proving to be a winning strategy. Supporters of Labour's current strategy will bleat on about tactical voting here but there was no agreement, Labour did nothing to signal to voters that they should vote to keep the Tories out. Labour were trying to win: of the candidate and I'm sure in December temperatures. Here's the Progressive Alliance™ rearing it's head again although the stats in Labour's ad are at least accurate to the previous result If there's any better a temperature reading of your own base than losing a seat you've held for 200 years with a losing margin I don't know what is. At the very least, our odds of seeing Johnson resigning publicly disgraced are getting better and better.
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Thread UK Political Era |OT1| Dis United Kingdom
Labour had nearly a quarter of the vote in 2019, nearly a third in 2017, in this constituency. So this place that had a higher vote total for Labour in both GEs under Corbyn than the prior 2 under Miliband and Brown should now be deemed unattainable by Labour in 2021?Being Remain was a pretty big signifier of being, at the very least nominally, Left-leaning until Brexit was confirmed a year ago. but it sounds like we're agreed on this being a hard conservative constituency where those voters are ultimately the kingmakers, and it's a much easier decision to make a protest vote when you know there's less than 2 and a half years at most until the next GE. Not to mention this could tip the scales in favour of removing Johnson now to heal the Party's image long-term.
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Thread UK Political Era |OT1| Dis United Kingdom
Labour were still campaigning for Ben Wood locally on polling day. This sort of constituency isn't won by tactical voting, this is a depressed vote across the board with a very conservative constituency moving to the LibDems. This is a by-election triggered by a scandal of institutional corruption timed with the breaking of a further senior party-wide scandal—fairly unprecedented circumstances preceding an unprecedented result.
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Thread UK Political Era |OT1| Dis United Kingdom
Morgan said that because it's very beneficial to the LibDems to get 'tactical voting' and a 'Progressive Alliance' thriving in the conscious, we've already started seeing it being pushed, a line of thinking that will only benefit the LibDems.it's important to ask why in 2 years the party most Pro-Remain can go from 10% of the vote in an area that voted 60% Leave to having a 5,925 vote majority, and . Why were positioned to capitalise on conservative apathy and outrage? This isn't a new switch either, though the Tories mostly held strong in the Council elections, the incumbent leader of the council, Peter Nutting, lost his seat to a Liberal Democrat.
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Thread Jeremy Corbyn will vote against mandating vaccines for NHS staff & vaccine passports
I've seen the 70,000 number thrown around which is worrying, depending on how many are in patient-facing roles, of course. The truth is we don't know how much of the national total will reconsider their stance during a period of extreme vulnerability. I'm strongly of the view that if we say the people who work with the virus every day don't have to be vaccinated, ; and NHS workers choose where they work, the public doesn't choose how they get healthcare. However, and annecdotally also, my girlfriend works in care where the vaccine is already mandated and () . The position of all the Royal Colleges, all the unions representing NHS staff and studies suggest it doesn't actually increase compliance and I don't know if we're in a position where we can lose even 1, 2, 3 whatever% nationally; a dangerous assumption is that staff who may be lost will be easily replaced. Corbyn's stance is exactly what Keir Starmer's stance was on the 25th of October As you said, risk-balancing and I don't trust this government to balance risk; losing staff to vaccinate the majority who comply is great if we have the structure in place to cover the losses—as always, the timing of absolutely everything is bottom of the barrel awful and we're going to have another terrible winter.
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Thread UK Political Era |OT1| Dis United Kingdom
That Labour blowout is pathetic. -21.6 turnout compared to the -36.3 of the Dec 2nd by-election and it's too late for me to be lookinh at maths on the voteshare lost for Labour compared to 2019 but.. Labour had 12,495 votes (22.1%) there 2 years ago, Lib Dems had 5,643 (10%), Labour are sitting at 9.7% now. Does anyone want to claim that these people backing the LibDems are chasing the and not just conservative voters slapping the Tories hands knowing they can vote them back in in 2024? Many people, Tory and otherwise, are heading towards apathy but if not, people leaving Labour are heading Green or LD and Tories are going LD (or a fringe right-wing place) it is truly hilarious that Starmer has prostrated himself to Capital and the politico-media complex and he still can't get even for a seat that Labour had a comfortable 2nd place lead (+120%) on the Lib Dems in in 2019 despite a downswing in Lab vote and an upswing in LD vote there at the time. The current cynical push of the 'Progressive Alliance™' myth has also seen any high-profile Labour member giving their support to Ben Wood receiving a hail of abuse in the replies for not backing the LDs [despite the clear fact that publicly backing another party is grounds for expulsion]. Still it is absolutely hilarious that a 200 year held Conservative seat is falling to the LibDems. A deeply unserious party and Ed Davey is a comedic figure I want to see more of.. Get the Yellow Hammer out.
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Thread FootyEra 21/22 Season |OT| Things are getting Messi
Just caught up with the Chelsea/Everton highlights and what was Iwobi doing not passing here? Chelsea really hurt by their absences, they don't have the most cutting of edges even when they are at full strength, but to draw at home to whatever that was, the fourth string, Everton team really dents their status as title chasers.
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Thread Jeremy Corbyn will vote against mandating vaccines for NHS staff & vaccine passports
if people disagree with the concept that taking the risk of losing a sizeable portion of NHS staff during a pandemic is really bad that's their own issue to figure out.
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Thread Jeremy Corbyn will vote against mandating vaccines for NHS staff & vaccine passports
Look, I'm open to a data-led example leading the way as far as healthcare workers go (I find it inexplicable that we're in a situation where people who are administering healthcare to the sick and immunocompromised don't trust vaccines but here we are) but we're heading into another rough winter here with the full scale of what Omicron can do not yet known and I don't think it's a risk worth taking . If we were going to mandate the vaccine for healthcare workers it should have been 6 months ago. The words Door, Horse and Bolted come to mind here as always with this government. The government has not offered a solution (because it doesn't have one) if even a small amount of the unvaccinated work force are lost. As far passports go, opposing it is fairly boilerplate stuff in a country that uses legislation like this to exclude the poor and non-white.
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Thread MMA-ERA |OT| Immigrant Mentality
I hate to say it but I'm happy to have TJ back, his fights always deliver. TJ wins it clearly without the knee injury and the cut so I'm fine seeing the split dec. win—Fair to say that could be considered the real Bantamweight title fight as I think both TJ and Cory would beat Aljo and Yan.
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Thread 2020 UEFA European Championship |OT| Get well soon, Christian Eriksen
Good performance, bad performance - they get abuse; obviously it's worse when they lose big games but it's still ever-present. Social media companies don't care because there's no financial or legal repercussions from letting it simmer. It's disgusting.
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Thread 2020 UEFA European Championship |OT| Get well soon, Christian Eriksen
The organisation looked like a shitshow from top to bottom The progression in the tournament coupled with the "Freedom Day is right round the corner, everyone!" stuff made 'over-attendance' in and around Wembley inevitable. Doesn't feel like organisers saw that coming despite every England fan seeing it coming a mile away.
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Thread 2020 UEFA European Championship |OT| Get well soon, Christian Eriksen
Great squad ultimately hindered by an over-cautious manager Weird that people are so trigger happy to call people “arrogant” for rating these players so highly, they’re an incredible bunch
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Thread "If England gets beaten, so will she" - When Football Goes Home
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Thread "If England gets beaten, so will she" - When Football Goes Home
Due to the time this thread was originally posted we locked it due to the tone of the thread on the result and we did not want for people to weaponize this important topic in existing barbs and snipes at each other. Now that things have calmed down, we're opening the thread back up so that people can discuss this important issue unimpeded by spillover from elsewhere. Thank you for your patience.
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Thread 2020 UEFA European Championship |OT| Get well soon, Christian Eriksen
Pre-tournament, I think a lot of people kinda accepted 3 at the back as being acceptable against inferior opposition because they'd just let the narrative seep into their critical thinking; and in the end Southgate himself accepted that playing more than 2 CBs against our Group opponents would just have been a waste and invited unnecessary pressure Now, I think people just struggle to accept our defence is just pretty good and our formation is setup to keep chances created against as low as possible; the best chance Germany and Ukraine had literally came from one of our players playing an opposition player in (Sterling and Walker, respectively). I'm a West Ham fan and there was a run this season where we kept something ridiculous like 6 cleansheets in a row and we were all just waiting for it blow up in our faces because being sloppy is what we've come to expect over years of it, and the same goes for England. The reason why we're so reticent to back ourselves is because we've been beaten down by decades of abject mediocrity.
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Thread 2020 UEFA European Championship |OT| Get well soon, Christian Eriksen
I feel like you should read up on the stories of the actual players and manager rather than thinking in these terms It's past time we dropped the nationalism and supported the multicultural, working class boys playing a sport really well for us and the manager on his anime redemption arc. It's for us more progressive-thinking English people to not let Reactionary, knee-booers try to claim the accomplishments of the team now. It's a team to be genuinely proud of.
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Thread 2020 UEFA European Championship |OT| Get well soon, Christian Eriksen
it's sad because these players be the neutral's favourites. The social media content has been sustaining me and I've genuinely gotten tears in my eyes a couple of times just thinking about Raheem Sterling at odd points in the last couple of weeks. Someone will be trying to option the rights to Southgate's story for a film too, if we win on Sunday.
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Thread 2020 UEFA European Championship |OT| Get well soon, Christian Eriksen
I was getting worried about Denmark.. and then they just didn't come back out after half-time... Weird, honestly. England were too cautious in the second half and Southgate waited too long to make changes, Denmark really should have come at us more, we were looking nervous and over-excited at points in this game and they had the tools to exploit it but looked set to take it to pens after one half.
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Thread 2020 UEFA European Championship |OT| Get well soon, Christian Eriksen
and people will still try to conflate the team with the worst of us after these cunts did all they could to disown the players before the tournament These lads and the manager are amazing, so proud of what they've done and what they represent - this team is ; I've never felt a connection like this with an England team.
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Thread 2020 UEFA European Championship |OT| Get well soon, Christian Eriksen
I realised this morning I had very little nerves because a Semi is the bar for success in my lifetime and we were already there. Anything else is a plus, getting to the Final is incredible and Italy are good side so losing wouldn't be too upsetting.My mellow is unharshable.
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Thread 2020 UEFA European Championship |OT| Get well soon, Christian Eriksen
The worst thing about England is we're such cunts that despite having one of the most likeable squads (and manager) in any tournament ever the neutrals still won't support us. Hard luck last night btw but where was The Granq?
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Thread 2020 UEFA European Championship |OT| Get well soon, Christian Eriksen
Dutch here and all over the place, the people I saw talking up the Dutch team were mostly ignoring who their coach was. The pleas to stop playing 3 CBs were well-publicised. English are much more pessimistic because the Dutch have experienced success more recently and because of the failure of our 'Golden Generation'; when I was a kid, literally every house had multiple flags out during tournaments, these days it's much more a cautious optimism but people were beaten down by the oppressive failure between Euro 96 and World Cup 2018.
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Thread 2020 UEFA European Championship |OT| Get well soon, Christian Eriksen
Ehhhhhh, most Dutch have been very outspoken about their lack of faith in de Boer Also a of optimism got sucked out of England fans with the Scotland performance, and the lacklustre group games overall; people were very worried about the prospect of being dumped out by Germany yet again. I enjoyed the Croatia result despite the narrow margin because it meant we beat them for the second time in a competitive game since being knocked out of the World Cup by them in 2018.
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Thread 2020 UEFA European Championship |OT| Get well soon, Christian Eriksen
Congratulations! The only thing funnier than people assuming Germany would trash England is people then saying Coronaball doesn't care about your pre-existing biases or narratives. The financial gap between the richest of the rich clubs and everyone else is so wide now that other clubs have had to innovate in pragmatic ways at rising to the challenges of facing. The likes of Simeone and Bordalás have shown in Spain how you play against Barca and Real; you don't show up and accept that you're going to get thrashed 5-0. While top clubs can afford to dick around and chuck in ex-players into their first job managing multi-100m squads, other teams are forced to consider their hiring processes and transfer market shrewdness to exceed their expectations e.g.: Brendan Rodgers' Leicester City team of the last couple of years; and this extends to international football and how nations with relatively small player pools can do well in tournaments. Tactical nous, discipline and work rate can beat any team that should win 'on paper'. Saying England got shit teams on their side of the draw is just disrespectful to the quality of the other teams. Denmark showed how good they are despite a tragedy, Czech Republic have a fantastic balanced system and already gave England a decent game, Ukraine did take some blows tonight and put more minutes in their legs but they have some truly class players and Shevchenko has been managing the team for FIVE years already. Andrea Pirlo and Andrés Iniesta aren't lining up for Italy and Spain on Friday. There's absolutely no reason why Switzerland and Belgium can't beat them. Czech Republic didn't go out playing van Basten and Bergkamp and Rijkaard; Šilhavý knew he was going taking on Fraud de Boer mismanaging the project that Ronald Koeman abandoned. losing 1-0 to England in the group means nothing if England were to cross the Czech's again. (Let me tell you as a West Ham fan, The Czechmates are dangerous and well-organised. ) Gareth Southgate in kind knew if he could match Germany's formation, England had every chance of beating Germany man-to-man because of Germany's flawed defence and blunt attack, a better manager than Löw adapts to the situation at the very least during the game. if you didn't learn from the Round of 16 that your pre-conceived notions aren't worth anything [and that includes things that happened in this very tournament's group stage], you didn't watch the games closely enough. Anyway, congratulations to my German friends, Löw is gone and Flick will win the World Cup.
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Thread 2020 UEFA European Championship |OT| Get well soon, Christian Eriksen
Watching the Round of 16 madness supporting a team that hasn't played yet People think going out to Germany, on pens or something, would be the most English thing No, scraping past Germany and then dashing the false hope by losing 2-0 to Sweden would be the most English thing On a more serious note, Portugal and France just showed why you simply cannot afford to just let an entire half go to waste. Southgate cannot allow the first 45 minutes to simply be a 'feeling out' period and feel like going in at half-time with very little created is a good thing. When you see something not working, you have 5 subs, don't be afraid to amend it early.
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Thread 2020 UEFA European Championship |OT| Get well soon, Christian Eriksen
Belgium also lost their most important player 3 minutes into the second half so we can't really blame them for spending the second half protecting the lead. Belgium didn't create chances but the goal changes the context of the task in front of Belgium especially after KdB's injury, why chase 2-0 when you've lost your talismanic playmaker and conceding means you'll struggle to score another? Roberto Martinez made only two subs before stoppage time, and both due to injuries, he clearly doesn't trust the players beyond the first XI to hold the lead. Portugal spent 48 minutes plus added time trailing in this game, and aside from Ruben Dias' header I don't feel like Portugal really created anything completely 'unmissable', this is a tactical failing on the part of Santos. Yes, he can be credited with the second half control but in a knockout game you cannot be content to sacrifice 45 minutes of play and surprised when you don't get the 'deserved' outcome. Santos squeezed so much out of an inferior pool in 2016 and now he doesn't seem to be sure what to do with a much more expansive set of options. He changed up the midfield so much in this tournament and never seemed able to settle on what was best. I feel like that shot from 30 yards in the dying minutes from Bruno Fernandes really exemplified the lack of a link between midfield and attack. Portugal took 14 shots from outside the box and that does not signify a team that knows what to do once it reaches the final third of the pitch and that can undo so many teams.
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Thread 2020 UEFA European Championship |OT| Get well soon, Christian Eriksen
5pm kick off on a Tuesday... at least we won't have a weekend to stew on being knocked out by Germany again Netherlands wouldn't face Germany/England side of that half until the Semis though. I don't know how they not only got drawn an easy group but also won't face another Group Winner until the Semis at the earliest.
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Thread 2020 UEFA European Championship |OT| Get well soon, Christian Eriksen
Same problem with Southgate. Grealish and Saka finally start and they're our brightest attackers after persevering with Foden on the wrong side for the previous 2 games... and don't even get me started on Sancho.Forget that, we're not getting past Germany.
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Thread 2020 UEFA European Championship |OT| Get well soon, Christian Eriksen
First player to win the Golden Boot and get the most assists in the Premier League since the '90s, he's the most talented English forward since Rooney and the best finisher since Shearer. He's class. His problem is a dodgy injury record, jadedness from carrying a subpar Spurs team all season and an England manager that isn't quite sure how to get the best of him.
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Thread 2020 UEFA European Championship |OT| Get well soon, Christian Eriksen
The system is very uninspired and conservative but I still got a big kick out of individual performances tonight. Kanté and Mbappé were class as usual and Pogba and Rabiot really impressed me too, levels above where they're normally at for their clubs.
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Thread 2020 UEFA European Championship |OT| Get well soon, Christian Eriksen
Southgate definitely isn't alone in this but I feel like he over-estimated Croatia. They had flashes of control, like late first half, early second half and Modrić can still play a good ball obviously but he just isn't the dynamic player he was against us 3 years ago and no one else was picking up the slack; they also haven't got a good Mandžukić replacement yet. Late on when players like Modrić were proper bollocksed and they had a few on yellows (), I think that's when you seal the victory bringing on foul-magnet Grealish, Saka maybe... The fact is, this is tournament football, fatigued legs killed us in 2018 and we only used 3 out of 5 substitutes today in the sweltering heat. What harm would bringing Grealish and Bellingham on at 75-80 do? I dunno... I always felt like Czech Republic were the test in this group but it's fantastic to get a calm, composed win in a tournament group game. First ever opening game win at the Euros for England. Feels very non-English.I think we stupidly arrogant and over-confident after Euro 96 all the way until we failed to qualify for Euro 2008, the so-called 'Golden Generation' were perhaps the most talented crop England has ever produced but the squad was always so dysfunctional and ill-prepared that we consistently under-performed. We deserved the label of being overconfident idiots that constantly overperform. I mean, look at England's performances at tournaments from missing Euro 08 to getting knocked out by Iceland in 2016. That period absolutely all previous optimism out of English fans, particularly younger ones that had never seen Italia '90 and have no or little memory of Euro '96. 2018 was such a breath of fresh air because, even though to outsiders it appeared we were just winning games we should, we so frequently in the previous 20 years screwed them up. Honestly, if we scrape every group game this tournament 1-0, with this football, but balance the minutes everyone's getting so the squad is optimally fresh for the knockout rounds, I'll be happy.
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Thread 2020 UEFA European Championship |OT| Get well soon, Christian Eriksen
Fullback selection debacle is such an unnecessary complication. James AWB Aaron Wan-Bissaka should be in this squad for when we need to be solid on the right hand side, simple as. Hopefully the last squad we'll see Trippier and Walker; I was fine seeing them play today as there's clearly an issue with the fitness of Shaw, Chilwell and James but they need to be cycled out of the England set-up. Also, think it's madness that Aaron Cresswell's name never gets mentioned for a call-up, just had his best season for us, can play well in a back 3 and his setpieces are immense.
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Thread UEFA EURO 2020 match in Copenhagen has been suspended after player collapses
The shot of chest compressions being done to Eriksen, even from a distance, was very triggering; if you've seen that being done to someone in front of you before, it's the aspect of medical resuscitation that is almost violent in it's approach.. it's a visceral image and whenever I see it being done for real it sends memories flooding back. My sympathies are with the Danish and Finnish players that experienced this today. Glad the outlook for Christian is better now, it was looking like the worse case scenario for a while there.
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Thread 2020 UEFA European Championship |OT| Get well soon, Christian Eriksen
The question is whether or not they're making a choice that will do themselves more mental strain long term. I don't believe they're in the right frame of mind to be making this call so quickly.
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Thread 2020 UEFA European Championship |OT| Get well soon, Christian Eriksen
Half time arrived at a good time for Wales, they were on the backfoot to the Swiss there. The relationship between Bale and Madrid as a whole is a complicated issue, Real-biased media love to stir the pot and definitely helped to drive a wedge between Bale, the club and the fans. Don't get me wrong, I think Bale's poor efforts to learn Spanish and ingratiate himself into the culture is embarrassing but I don't really blame him for being a bit cheeky () after all the negative press response he has received and, at the end of the day, Bale has done things for Real that would make him an icon at other clubs.
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Thread 2020 UEFA European Championship |OT| Get well soon, Christian Eriksen
Very sporadic minutes over the last 2 years even after the move to Spurs because Mourinho didn't fancy him in tougher games. It was only really toward the end of the season that Ryan Mason was starting him.
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Thread 2020 UEFA European Championship |OT| Better Late Than Never..
Nice to see Italy back in a tournament with a balanced, quality squad; the aging centreback partnership could be an issue though. Likewise, Turkey have brought through a decent generation of talent and look raring to aim for the stars like they did between '96 and 2008.
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Thread MMA-ERA |OT| Immigrant Mentality
It honestly reminded me of Holloway/Volkanovski I in terms of elite gameplan against elite striker, except Max accumulated damage on his leg from Volk's kicks at a much slower rate. Conor has slowly transistioned to an even more pure 'boxing-only' style from his Featherweight days and I'm not shocked once his leg went dead his striking, and more importantly, counter-striking base was nulled he couldn't get away from Dustin's punches-in-bunches style. Conor even said in interview that he ' he was checking the kicks' which is such a red flag for someone so lead leg heavy. I don't care about any speculation about Conor's so-called decline, I think every version of Conor is vulnerable to version of Dustin even if he doesn't necessarily lose. I have no doubt now that had this fight gone on through further rounds it just would have been worse for Conor. Conor needs to sort out the issues with his camp as soon as possible or further defeats await down the road.
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Happy to admit I was wrong about Chandler (although there's definitely something up with Hooker); I always thought he was fairly up and down in Bellator and would probably fall at the UFC hurdle Askren-style Great performance, great finish, great promo, great answers in the press conference
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Caught the card this morning Hard to see Tony go out like that.. Washed or just came back too early, I don't know, but that was abysmal. Just sad. Main event was wild but I expected Figueiredo to still take it in a rematch, thought he was pretty unlucky to take the point-loss given the egregious nutshots, , we've seen over the years. Dern fight was fun too, she's massively improved her striking and weight cuts don't seem to be an issue anymore so clearly has gained a new level of professionalism.
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Coming in with that Dominick Cruz energy and now he's claiming he Dude came in with the same plan he's had to fight everybody else; mocking Romero ended up being a hilarious self-own. I maintain Whittaker's gameplan wasn't without merit despite being caught twice, if Adesanya is gonna lose it's gonna be getting caught in a clinch exit flurry. A big reason the Romero fight was such a poor spectacle was because Adesanya realised that's what Yoel wanted and he doesn't have the explosiveness anymore to engineer his own chances. That's where I assumed Costa would differ against Adesanya due to the fact that he didn't fear getting in tight with a counter-striker like Romero even after being dropped. Costa knows as well as anyone that he doesn't have the tank for 5, especially not against a rangey point-scorer, so it was weird not seeing him pushing, throwing more of his own kicks or, as he loved to remind Adesanya, attempt a takedown to test his jiu jitzzz. I dunno, maybe he thought he couldn't be finished if he wasn't tired early on. He needs to mix up his coaching and work on that gas tank.
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Shit like this would be nipped in the bud early if Dana was gone. I have a lot of nostalgia for the old Wild West of MMA but a lot of it is carny and embarassing and that thread still exists today, Colby being an example. I don't care if UFC/MMA is becoming more mainstream, accessible or homogenous even; it's a lot easier to get people into the sport these days. The amazing womens divisions, for example, has been great for the public image of the sport. I wonder if anyone above him started to regret the decision to give Dana a 7 year contract extension last year when Disney and Co. had to come down on him and force him to stop trying to hold an event on a Native reservation when a global pandemic was kicking off.
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Adesanya and Costa proving you can still have a heated feud without being pieces of shit There are still plenty of people to admire as athletes and people in the sport like Holloway, Volk, Poirier, Usman, Wonderboy, Maia, Adesanya, Whittaker, Ngannou, Miocic, JDS, Shevchenko, Nunes, etc. etc.
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Since the RDA fight, Cowboy has been a good 4~ fights a year guy that would fight fun, if stupid, and get on streaks and make you wonder if he'd finally win the big one ...and then he took that god damned Tony fight The 3 straight KOs is probably the difference between retiring at 40 and retiring at 45. He took a serious beating in a 7 month period fighting Ferguson, Gaethje and McGregor.
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Thread MMA-ERA |OT| Immigrant Mentality
I'm not gonna defend Stipe's eyepoke, two wrongs don't make a right, but DC's left eye was already pretty fucked up before the poke happened. The rules don't bend for karma but DC has eyepoked fight in this trilogy. I mean, a timeout was called in Round 1 of this fight for an eyepoke by DC. Absolutely the correct winner of this fight and I'm happy to see Stipe walk away from the trilogy with the ultimate strategic and moral victory.
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Thread UK Coronavirus Discussion
it's amazing that that Iannucci quote about The Thick Of It being made redundant by reality was said like 18 months before Johnson was even PM... We've really hit the accelerator towards dystopia in the last year. Speaking of, it's a year to the date since Theresa May resigned
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Thread UK Coronavirus Discussion
As someone who hasn't been furloughed and works bank holidays, the last couple of months have come with some very mixed feelings. I'm just thankful I'm part of the shrinking population that has gainful employment... but I see my Steam friendlist with an abundance of activity in recent weeks.
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Thread UK Coronavirus Discussion
and the issue with the easing is, with a lot of people not at work when they socialise they can freely drink so safety goes even further out the window. A friend of mine told me they had to leave a street party yesterday because once people got a couple of drinks deep social distancing just slipped away completely.
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Thread UK Coronavirus Discussion
I see the replies to Piers Morgan on twitter these days. I know what you're saying. Today was fine, a pleasant surprise in his improvement, but when the media is failing to adequately call out failings, for me, the opposition has to be picking up the slack. Twitter is an echo chamber where people can avoid things they don't want to see, it needs to be coming from a mainstream source and the media is not invested in holding the Tories to account.
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Thread UK Coronavirus Discussion
There's nothing wrong with asking for a plan. Making it your entire platform for 'challenging' the government is a big mistake. The opposition so far has been weak in a period when the Tories have never been more vulnerable. I'm cool giving Starmer a settling in period but if this is the taster for what sort of fightback we're getting in the coming years, we are in trouble.
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Thread UK Coronavirus Discussion
I feel like I'm living in an alternate universe. I mean, it's hilarious that we got weeks of "Italy is a shitshow", "Spain is a shitshow", endless news pieces with sombre music in Italian hospitals... Fastforward, we've got worse numbers but everything's just fine in our hospitals? the only person allowed in to film is fucking Grant from EastEnders! and yet the Tories are tone-policing a woman for rightfully challenging them on their bullshit testing numbers. It's maddening.
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Thread UK Coronavirus Discussion
As far as desensitisation goes, it's sort of irrelevant... it's kinda why comments about Boris' illness maybe changing him/giving him new perspective were so odd.. it's like bruh, ... a decade of NHS cuts means they can't handle the sick, a decade of police cuts mean this is a faux-lockdown that people would inevitably exploit. Even if Boris and his government did decide they wanted to make handling this well their defining achievement, it would've been too difficult for people as incompetent as them due to their party's legacy of austerity. This is a national embarrasment so far beyond anything I've ever seen. These people are uncharged criminals and it's written on the face of every minion put on a podium every day to chat bollocks about Keep Calm & Clap On.
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Thread UK Coronavirus Discussion
People out sunning themselves spiked massively here while the PM was in intensive care, which would be especially hilarious for a Tory backwater if it wasn't so fucking sad. Out to the park in the day, clapping & fireworks in the evening - Offset mortgage your pandemic today!
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Thread UK Coronavirus Discussion
This was going to be a test of healthcare systems before anything else. When I saw a report a month ago about Italy having higher ICU capacity than us I knew grim, days were ahead of us. This is going to be a national embarrassment that makes Brexit look like a day in the park.
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Thread FootyEra 20/21 Season |OT| The Marcus Rashford Fan Club
I'm certain as soon as they knew we had United/Liverpool in the Cup they were deadset on not investing in January, they didn't think it would be worth pushing the boat out to continue the Cup run as long as we didn't get an easy draw. Moyes' main weakness is poor use of substitutes and he always seems to come into games against Top 6 sides with an inferiority complex; we looked like we were playing for pens from the first minute. We actually only looked better after we were forced to make changes through injuries. Rather than playing Souček and Yarmolenko out of position, I would have put Yarmo on the right and started Odubeko through the middle. I definitely would have looked at giving Johnson and Fredericks starts; maybe even gone back to a Back 3 with Balbuena, Diop and Alves. Also, pretty sure we'll never see Conor Coventry play. We've put so many minutes in Souček, Rice, Cresswell and Coufal this year and I really hope Ogbonna's injury isn't serious, he's my Hammer of the Year so far.
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Thread FootyEra 20/21 Season |OT| The Marcus Rashford Fan Club
I'm not sure what point you're making here, being team leader in those stats in a doesn't mean anything. United's winrate pretty much doubled after Fernandes signed. Even now, none of these players have been important to United as key players at Liverpool have been over the last 3 years. You could make an argument that Liverpool have been pretty damn lucky to never lose one key component in their common XI prior to this season. Ole rotates players and systems way, more than Klopp has ever done. It's different squads, different management.
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Thread FootyEra 20/21 Season |OT| The Marcus Rashford Fan Club
because none of those players have ever hit a level of consistency that made them like key players in the Liverpool squad. You probably wouldn't have to go back that far, in this very thread even, to find people saying Pogba and Martial are completely useless.
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Thread FootyEra 20/21 Season |OT| The Marcus Rashford Fan Club
I wish nothing but luck to Haller and I expect him to thrive at Ajax. We massively overpaid in a seller's market and tried to jam a square peg into a round hole for 18 months. The board have learned a £25m lesson about their infamously poor transfer 'strategy'; clubs so easily take us for a ride. If we haven't got a well-scouted option already in mind, we need to spend the next 5 months intensively looking for Antonio's successor. In the interim loan someone, give a youth player a chance, play Souček there.. play fucking Diop there.. Anything.. Just don't let this happen again. However, losing Haller and Snograss means our squad is now down to 18 outfield players, we can barely fill the bench with everyone healthy, let alone with injuries or, heaven forbid, a COVID outbreak. A pretty precarious position for a club to be in right now. Get some loans, promote some youth.
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Thread FootyEra 20/21 Season |OT| The Marcus Rashford Fan Club
Hertha Berlin wanted to pay €25m for Xhaka and Arteta wanted him to stay, the clues were there early on. You don't keep a player that tells the fans to 'fuck off' no matter how short your squad is or how talented the player is. This lad gets to stick around but a player like Guendouzi who clearly gave a lot of effort on the pitch, and was the target of much praise from the fans and media last season, needs to go out on-loan because he can't be handled off the pitch? Granit Xhaka is the worst player I've ever seen steal a living at a so-called 'Top 6' club for many years, he hides on the pitch and is only capable of side and backpasses, no inclination to play a pass through the defence or take a shot himself. This typifies a late stage Arsene Wenger signing and the unwillingness or inability for his successors to turf these sorts of players out, root and stem, will see every one of them be a long term failure. Arteta showed the he is tactically astute with smart wins over United, Man City, Chelsea and Liverpoolx2 but the glaring hole is clearly his inability to manage a squad, especially one that is content to be mediocre over many years.
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Thread FootyEra 20/21 Season |OT| The Marcus Rashford Fan Club
Leeds were surprisingly poor tonight Bielsa made that double sub at HT and thought he’d figured us out but apart from that awful header from Rodrigo late on, they did absolutely nothing up our end in the second half. Haller has upped his work rate but his first touch is lacking and he's not getting that luck in the penalty box and Meslier was immense again. Lovely 3 points to kick off the weekend
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Thread FootyEra 20/21 Season |OT| The Marcus Rashford Fan Club
Another tight win against poor opposition but this game, and the previous against Fulham, are the type of fixture we'd drop points in a year ago. Only Spurs have broken 1.0 xG against us (without a pen) since the second game of the season (Arsenal away); in that time, we've played some top teams like Liverpool, City, Leicester and Wolves. Currently, sat fourth in the form table since GW2 - conceding 6 goals in 7 and averaging 2 goals a game. We haven't been this defensively solid since the 'good' days under Big Sam but we also have some exciting attackers leading the line.
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Thread UK Political Era |OT1| Dis United Kingdom
Who exactly do they think is on the other side of this culture war? The BBC comedy department? The TERF-ridden Guardian? Young Leftists/Progressives on Twitter? They've created a war to justify taking over cultural institutions. The farce was a cultural false flag to justify root and branch attacks on people they oppose.
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Thread UK Political Era |OT1| Dis United Kingdom
Ed was mostly great as leader optically. Yes, he's not the most inspiring figure but he was no stranger to exerting himself in public address. He has said he regrets not having a more radical platform in the 2015 manifesto. I may not align with him on all issues but he shares the unifying attitude on the left of a complete hatred of One-Nation Toryism. You can see he's still seething about how the last decade has gone today. I'll always have a soft spot for him.
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Thread DOTA2 |OT| Kyiv Major Jun 2-13 (Event after Major)
Bought 1 bundle and now I'm 5 lvls away from Wind arcana if I'd played the normal amount of Dota I do during the BP I'd have made it to 575 without needing any money beyond the battle pass (leveled up) and the bundles that come with the Steam Sale. I just haven't had the urge to play much this year so I'm glad Agh's Labyrinth came out so good because I've played a ton of that. without the bundles I'd have had to drop like an extra £60 which I definitely wasn't doing so the end of pass bundles have enabled me to get WR at a sixth of the cost.
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Thread DOTA2 |OT| Kyiv Major Jun 2-13 (Event after Major)
So I got my second win at first try in today's session, great. Second game, playing with a noob sniper who kept dying but we were effortlessly carrying him towards the final boss. He disconnects in a previous room and when we get to Aghanim we can't move him to the pressure pad to start the final encounter. We cannot figure out what to do and my two friends leave.. then, I notice Sniper has 1 min left to reconnect and I think 'what if you just have to wait out the DC timer?' He gets the disconnect about 30 seconds later and I start the final boss but my friends have completely disconnected and an easy win goes down the drain So there's your warning, if someone DCs and you're still strong enough to go on, just wait out their timer.
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Thread DOTA2 |OT| Kyiv Major Jun 2-13 (Event after Major)
Any time a controversial subject like this or racism comes up, usually, most top comments in threads are fairly well-reasoned BUT absolutely deplorable comments also get shot up the thread, and God help you if you scroll all the way down into the comment graveyard. Now, whether or not this is co-ordinated brigading or reflective of how much of the Dota community is just trash can be debated but I feel it is the latter.
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Thread DOTA2 |OT| Kyiv Major Jun 2-13 (Event after Major)
Hearing Capitalist take 'Llama was hated by the community' purely at face value and not as an indictment on Dota's fans and the scene has to be a massive teachable moment for him. Stuff like that is also why I had a hard time feeling bad for Slacks in his video; a lot of his takes just expose his naïvety. His "we're gamers, we're bad at this stuff" attitude had me rolling my eyes and 'Both sides are bad' on social issues is a tepid fucking take. No dude, you're just scared that speaking out on important issues will have reddit calling you an SJW cuck because your whole gimmick is 'redditor that gets to go to TI and fuck around'. No need to challenge the status quo when it serves you very well, I guess I much preferred Purge's comments where he was like "I never saw anything happen but it doesn't shock me because the scene was extremely toxic". Anyone that doesn't think Dota has huge problems with inclusivity and toxicity is naïve or willfully ignorant because it doesn't harm them. Basically, if it looks like a boys club and acts like a boys club... it's probably a pretty dodgy place for women to go into.
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Thread DOTA2 |OT| Kyiv Major Jun 2-13 (Event after Major)
I can't remember where I saw it, reddit maybe, but I read a comment that basically said the luxury male personalities get over women is that they get much more time to hone their skills without ridiculous amounts of hate, and that's true for a lot of industries. Basically, if you're not a white guy, you have to be beyond exceptional to make it and even then you might not.
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Thread DOTA2 |OT| Kyiv Major Jun 2-13 (Event after Major)
Gotta be honest, as a whole, I've always been indifferent towards the Dota2 pro scene's casters, analysts and personalities with very few exceptions, and seeing how things like this aren't just perpetrated by indivdials but very clearly enabled by groups just makes me feel incredibly disillusioned. If a relatively mediocre caster can get away with that behaviour for years, what other skeletons does the scene have in the closet? The way the Grant story is told makes it seem like he’s pulled that manoeuvre more than once. Even if many of the individuals have clean hands on actual crimes, the scene has always seemed insular and gatekeepy. For a game of its size, Dota has always had major problems with inclusivity in the scene; if you weren't deemed worthy by the "old guard" you struggled to get anywhere. This post really sums up the scene and the hardcore playerbase for me, which in of itself is a microcosm of any industry that is insular and male-dominated. Also, gotta love how people take Grant's admission of alcoholism at face value [like it's an excuse] but every accusation of abuse gets a metric fuckton of doubt dropped on it. Fuck it all.
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Thread DOTA2 |OT| Kyiv Major Jun 2-13 (Event after Major)
I mean, as a support, I'm pretty good at just doing my job in a vacuum. Even if I think a game is 'unwinnable', I'm not the type to just stop trying and flaming is just useless Having said that, when you're a few minutes in and your carry looks like they're being controlled by a bad AI or they're rushing a terrible item, I just sigh and envision 30 mins of my life going down the drain
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Thread DOTA2 |OT| Kyiv Major Jun 2-13 (Event after Major)
Make that 0-5 I don't know how I find motivation to keep playing when, in the fives games I just lost, it was obvious in the first couple of minutes my carries didn't know what they were doing Everyone on my team seems rusty and the opposition capitalise on every mistake
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Thread UFC 257 |OT| - Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier
The only problem is, I don't believe for a second that Conor will be properly active ever again. If I had to guess, he'll be gone for 8 months and then book a very winnable fight (like he did with Cowboy) for Q4 2021, pick up the W and then talk about 'the King being back' in the post-fight and will ask Dana for a title / title eliminator fight. Hype cycle repeats.
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Thread UFC 257 |OT| - Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier
Exactly. Conor looked like Conor, Dustin beat a good version of Conor. Conor was landing with ease, he won the first round but Dustin just had a great plan; the accumulated leg damage culminated in a fantastic show of boxing ability to finish the fight.
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Thread Lana Del Rey shamelessly uses failed-coup to promote her new album
I don't think she considers it an issue. Her adopted aesthetic has always been nostalgic reactionary. I don't know if it was a 100% LARP or if she actually thinks that era was cool for women, PoCs...
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Thread How On Middle-Earth Did Liv Tyler Get 3rd Billing On The Lord Of The Rings Films?
If I remember correctly, they were keeping Gollum's appearance relatively under wraps until he actually showed up on the big screen in Two Towers. Gollum was a big VFX achievement and the first time a lot of people saw him properly was on a cinema screen.
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Thread After today, is this the end of Trump's Era or the beginning of decades of unrest within the USA ?
The Electoral College votes are about to be certified leaving President-Elect Biden's inauguration as the last superficial step towards a United States fully-controlled by the Democrats. Senior Republicans have been dealt a healthy dose of reality the last 2 months. In the eyes of senior Republicans like McConnell, letting Trump go down would be a justified 'limited hangout', as Nixon would've said, if it means saving the Party for another day. Expect the Republican machine to cede ground to Biden's administration in an attempt to wash their reputation again but make no mistake, the shadow of Fascism is not banished by end of 45's term.
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Thread FootyEra 20/21 Season |OT| Maybe we'll finish this one on time...
It's certainly odd that Robertson gave away that howler against Arsenal and yet he's still the only regular in Liverpool's back 5 to look like his normal self. Something's up with Trent, for sure, and VvD & Gomez look dodgy. Adrian is.. Adrian.
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Thread FootyEra 20/21 Season |OT| Maybe we'll finish this one on time...
I said this right after the 8-2, Barça will have to fall further to never be in a title race. La Liga has a very shallow pool of teams that can possibly win the title. I mean, they most likely would have won last season without the lockdown splitting the season end off; the Champions League Real Madrid came out because they were likely treating the home stretch like a knockout competition mentally. Atleti were unlucky that their 'rebuild' came in a year when both Barça and Real weren't very good although for how much they spend and the wages Simeone is on, I would've expected more title challenges from them since 2014. These legacy issues at Barça won't go away overnight but when you don't have many challengers you're always in with a shot of winning when you still have good quality, even without much coherence.
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Thread FootyEra 20/21 Season |OT| Maybe we'll finish this one on time...
A couple of months ago Chelsea were losing 3-2 to West Ham Tonight, they came back from 3 goals down to draw with West Brom That's the sort of progress that can only be achieved by spending hundreds of millions and having a progressive, youth-focused manager like Frank Lampard
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Thread Cineworld Chain (UK) closing all 128 cinemas. 543 US Regal locations closed until further notice as well
I got priced out of the cinema-going experience a long time ago but this absolutely sucks to hear that this is dropped without warning on thousands of employees. Disgusting.
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Thread FootyEra 20/21 Season |OT| Maybe we'll finish this one on time...
Nawww, Mourinho is like Ramos, a complete cunt professionally but every one loves him off-field. Also, he purposefully cultivates the villainous persona because it deflects attention away from his players. If there weren't perks to being a despised manager/player none of the successful ones would be. was my red pill on him.
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Thread Al Bundy was supposed to be a loser because he worked minimum wage, yet he was able to afford a house and 2 children
If I recall correctly, Mark specifically mentions not having mortgage payments which says to me he could afford it or had help from his family, this is never clarified. Regardless of that, my point was never that Peep Show was unrealistic, just that it works as a time capsule for early 2000s Blair Britain, and Mark's financial security - more or less the set-up for the entire show, as Jeremy's benefactor - wouldn't happen in 2020. People working in the lower rungs in a credit agency don't own property in London without a mortgage, a character with this sort of material wealth would lose all relatability to the sort of cult fandom Peep Show cultivated in it's early season.
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Thread Al Bundy was supposed to be a loser because he worked minimum wage, yet he was able to afford a house and 2 children
Even a more recent show like Peep Show has aged relatively poorly or rather, is a time capsule for pre-2008 Western opulence, because of Mark Corrigan's material wealth. Despite being from an upper middle class family, they are nouveau broke because Mark was 'privately educated until dad's British Aerospace shares went kaput' and he has clearly had to live more frugally into adulthood but despite that, by his late twenties, from a loan manager position at a middling credit company. This is all but unthinkable for the British millennial in 2020 who is most likely trapped in some form of rent slavery. (Even Jeremy is clearly from an at least middle class background and was brought into the lower classes by trauma caused by his father abandoning him) The changing financial situation of Britain is actually covered in the show in the series post-2008, with the long-standing employer of Mark, JLB credit going under, and Mark's continuing frugality, where we even see him abandon owning a mobile phone due to it's costs. Also, one of my favourite scenes in the final series is when a younger character calls out Jeremy for his 'Gen-X slacker bullshit' - he lives his lifestyle out of laziness and attachment to the aesthetic of the struggling artist despite being constantly bailed out financially by Mark and his mother and having no perceptible musical talent.
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Thread Al Bundy was supposed to be a loser because he worked minimum wage, yet he was able to afford a house and 2 children
This is a good question and worth looking into; housing prices in London have absolutely skyrocketed over the past five+ years or so. When the show first came out, they would have been much lower. A 2 bed in Croydon now is like £300,000+ (or £1,000 - 1,500 to rent) and surely far outside a loan manager's grasp to buy (Mark never mentions mortgage payments IIRC). Mark brags about earning 'above the average annual salary' in Series 4 and in Series 6, Sophie's father tries to entice Mark into moving into Nanna's cottage with a £40k salary. We see Mark has the flat from before the show starts and is probably on around £25k-30k at that time in 2003, if I had to guess. [This may need more research]
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Thread Al Bundy was supposed to be a loser because he worked minimum wage, yet he was able to afford a house and 2 children
This sideplot in this episode was like a dream scenario for me as a kid. You, by some technicality, are endowed with a giant piece of real estate that you and a friend can fuck around in. It's also an example of the layered joke-telling that made classic Simpsons so good. It doesn't matter that the factory is rundown and Bart acquired it for nothing and Frank Grimes doesn't knowit, it just adds to Grimes' disillusionment with the situation he's in There's also the meta joke about Homer going to space that flirts with the idea that they've passed the point where they ran out of grounded stories to tell in the show
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Thread FootyEra 20/21 Season |OT| Maybe we'll finish this one on time...
Michail Antonio isn't made out of tissue paper though. if anything it only makes Son or Kane a more attractive pick because Bale improves the team, frees up space for them, but you don't have to take on the risk of holding an injury prone player.
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Thread Why has AEW succeeded where other wrestling companies failed?
I feel like AEW answered the question 'What would happen if WWE didn't treat it's fans with utter contempt and just did sensible, fan-friendly booking and allowed organic talent to push themselves and not get in the way?' AEW isn't for me, personally, but I'm glad North America finally has a promotion that is doing well and makes it's fans happy that doesn't feel like it's going to be 'one step forward, two steps back' like TNA did at it's peak popularity.
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Thread FootyEra 20/21 Season |OT| Maybe we'll finish this one on time...
We barely stayed up and went backwards in the transfer market. We've got a horrible run to start the season to boot. Our season starts at Fulham as far as I'm concerned; anything picked up between now and then is a bonus. A saving grace for us is no fans in the ground. Our fans are ready to right now. We would no doubt only be contributing to the toxic atmosphere if we were in the stadium. Moyes needs to get the players focused on playing well and fitness and hope the board sort themselves out and pick up at least a couple of first team ready players before the transfer window opens. Our fans polled bottom of the pessimism charts in the league this week and it's just reflective of the awful state of the club paired with our shit run of opening fixtures.
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Thread FootyEra 20/21 Season |OT| Maybe we'll finish this one on time...
I don't think the club or the fans can be mad at him for the way the fixtures came out. I don't think many people will fancy us to pick up much in the next 6 games. if we're on 0 points at gameweek 7, yeah, the pressure is gonna be on but that's just how football is nowadays. Unless a really good manager makes themselves available, (and who would want to come to this circus?) we have to get behind the manager and players. Fans were never hyped about Moyes but, right now, the fans are angry solely at the board.
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Thread Conor McGregor detained for alleged attempted sexual assault, indecent exposure in Corsica
Despite his current trashfire arc, I expect Conor to be in better physical and financial shape in the years to come. Tyson was estimated to be worth $400m at his peak only to file for bankruptcy in 2003 after being a reported 23m in debt. The thing is, Conor will be able to get a cheque from UFC or another boxing venture for many years to come. People still stan him and people will pay to see his mouth get shut.Inshallah he gets his hands on Conor again.
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Thread Conor McGregor detained for alleged attempted sexual assault, indecent exposure in Corsica
As someone that's followed Conor since the Cage Warriors days, I always run it over in my mind exactly when this guy lost his fucking mind. He's been completely gone at least 4 years. It's weird to think that cage jump at Bellator was in 2017 and so much dumb shit and heinous shit (or accusations at least) have happened since then. Just complete trash.
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Thread Britain seeks former Australian leader (PM) as post-Brexit trade envoy, despite record of misogyny and homophobia
We aren't shocked that this government, and specifically Matt Hancock, don't care about bringing more bigots on board
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Thread New COD under fire on Twitter for allowing they/them pronouns as performative .
I mean, Elliott Abrams - as just one example, who was during the Iran-Contra scandal, is in the Trump Administration in roles as Special Representative for Venezuela and Iran The Reagan era had massive effects still felt today and never forget he ran , straight-up Fascist rhetoric, which goes without saying.
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Thread JK Rowling's Transphobia now extends to Trans People are Mentally Ill Who Need Therapy not Hormones
We always knew she was a vaguely-concealed transphobe I did not see her going quite so mask-off in this way Twitter needs to take action when it comes to such a big name propagating dangerous misinformation on their platform
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Thread Levar Burton calls out Rooster Teeth for "toxic company culture" against his daughter Mica
I'm a big fan of Geoff, personally. He's always come across very progressive, open-minded and bohemian. Seeing him accept, and cry openly about, the fact that he had become socially out of touch takes a lot, regardless of what RT as a company are doing. I'll always respect people like Geoff.
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Thread Levar Burton calls out Rooster Teeth for "toxic company culture" against his daughter Mica
Joel was liking/RTing terrible stuff for years and, because he's a Day 1 member of the crew and voices a popular character in their flagship show, Rooster Teeth kinda just ignored it. They love to portray themselves as progressives but it's mostly all about public platitudes. I'm glad that some of their staff are at least publicly recognising their failings.
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Thread What do you think about the explosion of healing crystals? Should society be worried about the rise of pseudoscientific alternative medicine?
it's always been around in various forms, some more harmful than others. Before the rise of Anti-Vaxxers, there was homeopathy, etc. etc.
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Thread Most boring-ass "quality" show you've ever suffered through?
Absolutely. Mad Men is like the only universally-loved show that left no impression on me. I watched it during a time in my life where I'd stick with every show until the bitter end but if I was watching it now, I'd almost definitely drop it. I respect the show, I know why people love it, I just suffered for most of my watch through.
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Thread What does "bi-monthly" mean to you?
This seems to just be a distinction between North American English-speakers and the rest of the English-speaking world, if you look at the wiki definition for biweekly it says this. Seeing as America can't get dates right, I'm gonna say the rest of us got this one right.
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Thread Have you accepted that some of your favorite stories will never, ever be completed? (And will probably have fan-fiction endings)
I still have some hope that ASOIAF and Berserk will be completed Vagabond, on the other hand...
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Thread (UK) Labour antisemitism investigation will not be sent to equality commission
I feel you, I've given untold hours and energy to this party on a local level over the last decade and I want to cry. Chatting in IM groups, to work in the opposition campaign is the definition of White people failing upwards - They are so much bigger leeches on society than any benefit fraudster that's ever lived, they are soulless ghouls that just want to sit in these positions and achieve fuck all for years and years. These people are as scary, if not more so, than dyed-in-the-wool Tories; they believe in no other authority than money and control - it is entirely an ideology of the self at all expense to the collective. Anyone that spoke negatively of Corbyn's leadership needs to go and look at themselves in the mirror, he was the only thing keeping this disgraceful shithole party together.
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Thread New WFH Crew - Isn't it Great Not Being Too Exhausted to do Anything at the End of the Day Now?
I never thought I'd feel nostalgic for the month of January Seriously, I'd trade this to go back to normal in a heartbeat.. but I say that as someone that still has to work everyday.
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Thread UK coronavirus discussion. “Stay at home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.”
Absolutely gutted that the weather is picking up and I'm stuck in doors in a pit. Absolutely gutted that I've seen my girlfriend once in the last 2 weeks because she's a care worker. Absolutely gutted that this government has shredded the police force so there's no way of forcing the selfish cunts killing other people out there to stay inside. Bad weekend.
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Thread UK coronavirus discussion. “Stay at home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.”
706 confirmed cases, 96 deaths in the county here and the two nearest hospitals to me have had 20+ deaths each now. I've been fearing for the last couple of weeks that the virus had spread this far out from London - People who commute to London bringing it back and infecting elderly relatives. This place could be decimated of dozens of elderly people if it's in our old peoples' homes.
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Thread Twin Peaks Phillip Jefferies Scene one of the most eerie scenes ever?
I don't think many come to these conclusions on their first watch or a few subsequent watches. When I first saw Twin Peaks in my teens, I didn't get it at all and I struggled through the second season.
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Thread UK coronavirus discussion. “Stay at home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.”
There are new depths for the pit of hatred in my soul for this party. This government has fumbled literally everything, even the softballs, in this crisis. Absolutely unbelievable.
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Thread UK coronavirus discussion. “Stay at home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.”
I hate that every time the NHS comes under strain it's portrayed as an underdog protagonist like that's it's natural state and nothing can be done. Yeah, any person that dedicates their lives to helping the sick is a hero and, I've spoken about this before, I'd never judge anyone for lending support in any form here because unanimously we ain't voting Tory but I hate to see the continuation of a narrative that the NHS's struggles are pre-destined and unavoidable when it's been engineered by a government that thinks we're subhuman.
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Thread MMA-ERA |OT| Immigrant Mentality
DC still running with that Jon's disappointed Dad energy As much it's good for people not to take glee from Jon's fuck-ups, people absolutely should be angry and calling him out for endangering other people's lives . I get the feeling that if Jon doesn't get serious punishments like jail time and Dana not just ignoring everything again, one day we'll be watching documentaries about how one of MMA's greatest natural talents killed himself or someone else.
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Thread UK coronavirus discussion (up: 27 March. Boris Johnson tests positive for Covid-19. Mild symptoms)
Agreed to do pharmacy runs for a few OAPs who live alone and have none / no nearby relatives, and I’ve noticed the age demographic flaunting the rules isn’t kids, it’s old people. All week I’ve seen the elderly in 2s and 3s walking around like nothing’s happening and chatting at normal distances. It’s absolutely mental.
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Thread Shaming people into voting for an "alleged" rapist is disgusting and shows your privilege (and it doesn't bring people to the polls)
I don't think it will matter because in a race between two rapists the incumbent will almost definitely win. The DNC is going to hand Trump his second term and it won't be the fault of people who don't want to vote for a rapist OR those who will hold their nose in an attempt to oust Trump.
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Thread UK coronavirus discussion (up: 25 March briefing. Tests prioritised for NHS workers, 'not available on the internet next week')
Yeah, a lot of this 'support' comes accross as pretty insipid considering how many people have voted Tory over the last decade. I mean, I wouldn't judge anyone here for supporting the NHS in any way they like because we pretty much unanimously vote Labour here but my god, most of these people signalling their support are just doing it for the 'Gram.
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Thread I still can't believe the UK plan is to speedrun it. [UK Coronavirus strategy, see threadmark]
Needs to be sooner. Some people are taking heed but every pub here was packed last weekend and it won't be much different this coming weekend.
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Thread Premier League Postponed until April 4th (At the Earliest)
The global crisis we're facing isn't funny. Your own investment in the outcome of the league is not a reason to argue it shouldn't be suspended nor is it a reason to make a joke out of the league potentially not getting a resolution. Lives and jobs are at risk, joking about it goes beyond banter. Consider this the first and only warning.
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Thread U.S. Soccer says the women's team should be paid less because they just aren't as good as the men's team
Football talent be grown from . Increasing wages at the highest level is nice but the systems for bringing young girls through to the professional level and wages for players at levels needs to massively improve to be sustainable long term and to bring the game closer to parity with the Men's game.
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Thread U.S. Soccer says the women's team should be paid less because they just aren't as good as the men's team
Under-24s making a guaranteed $60k to play in a league that still struggles in quality is a . The point is, the pathway for young boys to becoming professionals has been paved for decades while the women's game still struggles globally.
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Thread U.S. Soccer says the women's team should be paid less because they just aren't as good as the men's team
because club wages in the men's game are obscene, many mens national team players do not take money for international duty.
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Thread U.S. Soccer says the women's team should be paid less because they just aren't as good as the men's team
The model of relying on international appearance fees to survive is extremely flawed. No guaranteed selection, no guaranteed wage, no guaranteed protection and medical help for injuries. Women's club football needs to be better funded to make sure women at all levels can make more than enough to get by. The problems lie in clubs with so much more money than national Football Associations not providing anything above poor facilities, bad wages and terrible medical support structures for their employees that train for them every day and play for them every week. Hot take: USMNT shouldn't make a dime from their national apps.
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Thread FootyEra 19/20 Season |OT| This is the place where we hate/love VAR
Always going to be doubt moving from a lesser league but I think his quality was always there to see and people wondered if he was going to be dragged down by the United curse. People have spoken about Bruno's leadership qualities for a while and he strikes me as one of those players immune to his teammates' shiteness.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
At least we haven't got any potentially world-ending events to worry about in the meantime. We can jus' chill, s'aaaall good.
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Thread Democratic Presidential Primaries & Caucuses |March OT| Super Tuesday Turbo XD Championship Edition & Knuckles (Discussion Guidelines in OP)
You're completely omitting Hunter and Ukraine which is the main point Trump will drive on.
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Thread FootyEra 19/20 Season |OT| This is the place where we hate/love VAR
This was the most encouraging thing on Saturday. We've got 4 pacey attackers who aren't afraid of getting stuck in; it's vital for Moyes' high pressing game. I have no idea why Pellegrini and then Moyes were so reluctant to start Fornals, he oozes class and works his nads off. The only way we stay up is if we keep these boys fit and firing. This lad has so much in him and we need to see more of it
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Thread Boxing | OT | - Making the count
Finally feels like Heavyweight is where it should've been after Fury beat Klitschko, he's beaten Wilder convincingly and is a clear favourite against Joshua. It took a few years and a big coke binge to get there but it happened. I know it's pointless to dream because Wilder will almost definitely invoke the rematch clause and AJ will be fighting Pulev but my wishlist for 2020/21:
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Thread Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury Rematch. Who you got?
What an amazing story. Never thought we'd see him in a ring again after the post-Klitschko coke binge and now he's serenading a Vegas crowd after defeating the scariest KO merchant Heavyweight boxing has seen in decades. One of boxing's greatest comeback stories.
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Thread Have you ever been a moderator of a community?
in the mid-2000s, I was very active on a Star Wars forum while in my early teens. At some point, I decided I was going to pretend to be 30 years old when speaking to other users on MSN and struck up a friendship with the forum owner who eventually made me a mod. I wasn't rumbled until about 2010 when someone discovered my FB but by that point I was completely inactive on the forum.
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Thread Anyone doing the Carnivore diet?
Awful lot of people dismissing this without actually citing any science behind their reasoning. Personally, OP, I don't like the idea of only eating meat. Not just because it could get boring very quickly but because meat doesn't contain all the vitamins and minerals that while aren't a priority but are beneficial that you will find in vegetables, particularly the fats found in an Avocado or the vitamins K and C and antioxidants in Broccoli.This is a weird reason not to do something. I assume Jordan Peterson also uses toothpaste as well, I guess we should stop doing that.
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Thread FootyEra 19/20 Season |OT| This is the place where we hate/love VAR
Mayweather is something of a unicorn in that aspect. He built a career on people wanting to pay to watch his fights so they can see him lose, only he never did. He's believed to have made somewhere between $200m and $300m off of the McGregor fight alone.
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Thread AV Club: Turns out Colin Trevorrow's version of Star Wars: Episode IX was good, actually
No matter who they got there should have been a guiding hand working with all the directors, there should've been communication and collaboration between them.
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Thread AV Club: Turns out Colin Trevorrow's version of Star Wars: Episode IX was good, actually
It's almost like removing a key component from your trilogy without a plan is a bad idea. I remember getting shit on GAF for saying removing him was a terrible call. Literally 2 pages of people quoting me telling me I was an idiot.
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Thread Let's debate, how much stricter should anti-alcohol laws be in the United States?
This is exactly it. Obviously, you will always have people drinking to excess and becoming alcoholics. We need better support systems for people abusing intoxicants. I cannot imagine going through my early drinking capers at 21+. By my early 20s, the novelty of getting blitzed every weekend had already worn off and it was much the same among people my age. I'm glad I could get all that out of my system before I was like.. employed, you know.
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Thread US forces in Iraq under attack from Iranian cruise missiles. [IMPORTANT STAFF POST]
Yes. All this conscription fearmongering/memeing I've seen this week has angered me to no end. There. will. never. be. boots. on. the. ground. Tehran, Iran has a larger population than NYC. Both weigh in at just below people. Imagine trying to take any action against a city of that size without committing multiple war crimes by accident. There are 5 other cities in Iran with populations over 1 million. There are 60 more cities with population between 100 thousand and 1 million. For reference, Albany, NY doesn’t quite have 100 thousand residents. There are 139 OTHER cities in Iran in Albany’s bracket.
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Thread US forces in Iraq under attack from Iranian cruise missiles. [IMPORTANT STAFF POST]
Like I said, Iran is practically uninvadable. Peppering population sites with ballistics is going to make everything Trump has done in his time so far that has hurt the US' global image look like childsplay. Allies are not going to flock to America's side here.
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Thread US forces in Iraq under attack from Iranian cruise missiles. [IMPORTANT STAFF POST]
Exactly. Invading Iran is invading an economy the size of Texas with nearly 3 times the population and more than twice as much area to cover with 10 times the logistical issues. This ignores that this would almost certainly lead to a cascading series of events that would incite massive conflict in the region. Nearly every probable scenario would result in the deaths of millions as a result of the conflict and its secondary impacts. You cannot sell this to America's allies when the resulting conflicts would send hundreds of thousands of refugees to Europe.
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Thread US forces in Iraq under attack from Iranian cruise missiles. [IMPORTANT STAFF POST]
People think a boots on the ground situation in Iran is possible? No.. just no. Go pull out an atlas and take in what Iran is for 10 minutes. It would make the Vietnam War seem quaint, short and clean.
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Thread FootyEra 19/20 Season |OT| This is the place where we hate/love VAR
Not getting carried away by any means but it's amazing how just having a team that works their knackers off for 90 minutes can lift a fanbase; Moyes' teams will always have that regardless of how shite the football is. Also, 2 apps and Fabianski has a pen save and a cleansheet already.
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Thread FootyEra 19/20 Season |OT| This is the place where we hate/love VAR
Well, I already felt that this time Moyes would get more leverage and I suspect that he may wrest a little more control away from Sullivan, and he couldn't have started his second stint with us any better. I don't have any particular issue with appointing Moyes as he has a vision and some semblance of an idea about how to build a stumbling club. Not to get too carried away but, frankly, who do people think would be better who would've come? The appointment of Moyes or Chris Hughton or Danny Cowley is all a bit moot. Nobody is going to be able to thrive under these circumstances. People have viewed it as a regressive, uninspired choice without putting the pieces together that this is a regressive, uninspiring club. The team is listless and without direction because the club is too. There is no culture of success or excellence anywhere at West Ham and that is reflected in everything that happens at the club. Moyes is fine because it doesn't matter who they appoint. It's all about drifting and listless nothingness. It's about hanging on until something better comes along in Summer 2021. We've got a rough run of fixtures over the next couple of months and those 3 points were desperately needed. Hopefully, Moyes gets them working their bollocks off on the training ground over the next 9 days until the game at Sheff United. Back the manager, back the team. Happy New Year, everyone.
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Thread FootyEra 19/20 Season |OT| This is the place where we hate/love VAR
Losing to Leicester's B team... We should have sacked Pellegrini after Newcastle. What is the point in pretending he’s going to get a few results, come back and fix this mess? It’s all over for him. We all know it.
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Thread FootyEra 19/20 Season |OT| This is the place where we hate/love VAR
Looks like Xhaka is 100% gone then. Seeing people giving Arsenal fans shit for this but gotta give Xhaka some blame here. He didn't attempt to heal the rift; there's more nuance to the situation than those fans abusing his family on social media representing ALL Arsenal fans. I think he convinced himself every Arsenal fan hates him but most match-going fans aren't the sort to get on Instagram at full time and give him and his family shit on there. I don't think singling out an individual and booing them is right, especially when the whole team is shite, but Xhaka has consistently performed below expectations since he signed for the club. Emmanuel Eboue got booed, had a little cry and then became a bit of a cult hero to Arsenal fans despite being clearly lacking in ability because he put so much effort in.
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Thread FootyEra 19/20 Season |OT| This is the place where we hate/love VAR
Been waiting to say it but.. Son's persona of being a nice guy is about a real as United's title chances. The Gomes injury tears were put on. He's a cunt, which is why he fits in with players like Alli and Kane. Don't @ me.
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Thread JK Rowling supports TERF who was fired for being transphobic
To anyone wanting to give Hamill the BOTD here, this is how some felt about Rowling until her TERF support became more explicit while others have known she was dodgy for literal years. Mark isn't an idiot, he can click on why JK Rowling is trending and see it's not for good reason. Right now, JK Rowling is the 4th Worldwide trend on twitter.
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Thread JK Rowling supports TERF who was fired for being transphobic
You know when you've hated something for years, decades even, and have never quite been able to express why and then someone comes along and drops a mini-thesis that hits every fucking nail on the head possible...?
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Thread MMA-ERA |OT| Immigrant Mentality
I think this was great for Usman doubters to see him out-strike/out-wrestle the Champ and then come into this fight and get a fifth round finish after a frantic striking match where he maintained an excellent pace and finished his opponent under pressure. Top class.
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Thread MMA-ERA |OT| Immigrant Mentality
When the president of the company is the same man who arranged the meeting between Colby and the fascist whose views he espouses he will never be appropriately punished for his comments. The only thing Colby hates is not being noticed. Sandbag him; don't retweet stories about him, don't upvote reddit thread about him, don't watch YT videos concerning him.
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Thread UK General Election 12th December 2019 |OT1| Hindsight is 20/19 (Tory majority confirmed)
We don't forget The Coalition. We don't forget tuition fees. We don't forget austerity. We don't forget shooting first in unco-operating with Labour. We don't forget misleading election material in swing seats. We don't forget si Gotta feel like a prat if you voted LD in one of those seats seeing the bloodbath nationally and Swinson going.
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Thread UK General Election 12th December 2019 |OT1| Hindsight is 20/19 (Tory majority confirmed)
My Tory prick MP increased his share here Con vs voting to other parties Really inspires us to get out and vote when all non-Tory voters know even if we pooled our votes together we still wouldn't win here
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Thread UK General Election 2019 | Polls Open Today 7am - 10pm | GET OUT AND VOTE
Just dragged my Dad to the polling station.. He's a lifelong Labour voter but he's extremely disillusioned with politics and we're in a safe Tory seat, a lot of Labour voters around here feel like that about GEs and prefer to come out for local elections. it'll have no effect on the final outcome here or nationally but if everyone did what I did, it would make a big difference.
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Thread UK General Election 12th December 2019 |OT1| Hindsight is 20/19 (exits point to Tory majority
So Swinson may well be heading towards getting Clegg'd That's what? 3 of the last 3 leaders who have . (5 for 5 on their leaders resigning in this century on very sour terms.) and that's disregarding helping to inflict austerity on us, disregarding tuition fees, I don't ever want to hear about this fucking party ever again. In a just world, the Liberal Democrats have 0 seats.
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Thread FootyEra 19/20 Season |OT| This is the place where we hate/love VAR
Fabianksi would’ve just papered over the cracks with his usual amazing performances. Pellegrini has all his own staff, we’ve never given a manager this much freedom and he’s still screwing it up. Southampton have looked improved since the 9-0. I expect us to lose and the manager to be gone.
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Thread FootyEra 19/20 Season |OT| This is the place where we hate/love VAR
Manager could’ve had a bit more financial support (1 or 2 more signings) but the way we look directionless is 100% on him. All ITKs say players want more information. Haller looks like Arnautović before Moyes came in; cannot be fucked and always got his head down. Rumours are the Southampton game will be his last without 3 points.
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Thread FootyEra 19/20 Season |OT| This is the place where we hate/love VAR
Bilić-level shambles right now, we were the best team for ages and capitulated. Pellegrini shouldn’t get these easier games coming up, to be honest, he hasn’t earned them. I was in the ‘Don’t know what we do with him’ camp and now I’ve slid into the ‘This is the end’ one.
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Thread Andy Ruiz vs. Anthony Joshua 2 |OT| We come for the rematch, we stay for the tacos. (Starts early at 3:45PM ET)
Re-opens the avenue to fight the elite of the Elite , a terrific bargaining position. I can see Eddie Hearn's hard-on from here.
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Thread Andy Ruiz vs. Anthony Joshua 2 |OT| We come for the rematch, we stay for the tacos. (Starts early at 3:45PM ET)
Yup. Exactly how the first fight should've gone. Crossing over the Atlantic was a block for the lad, clearly. He's still gonna get outclassed by Fury/Wilder. Well done, Andy Ruiz. Fantastic story and a great guy.
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Thread FootyEra 19/20 Season |OT| This is the place where we hate/love VAR
I feel like Bayern are the only mid to long-term underperforming European elite where I don't hear people criticising the players much Feels like things have been on a slow decline in terms of character since Schweini left and Lahm retired
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Thread FootyEra 19/20 Season |OT| This is the place where we hate/love VAR
Everton might not thank me but.. get the contract out. put it on the table. let him sign it, let him write whatever numbers he wants to put on there.. given what he's done since he's come in and let him sign the contract and go Big Dunc’s at the wheel, man, he's doing his thing. Everton are back!
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Thread FootyEra 19/20 Season |OT| This is the place where we hate/love VAR
if they can spend 50m on players like Sigurdsson, they can afford to drive a truck of solid gold bars up to Poch's house to sort them out. My question is, why the fuck wouldn't anyone with manager problems right now do this for Poch?
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Thread DOTA2 |OT| Snapfire bakes cookies
I don't really like RNG elements in MOBAs, crits and the river runes is about as far as I like it to go so a bunch of random drops being in the jungle is gonna be hard to adjust to, especially as the concept of jungling has been dead in Dota for a while Feels like the next TI Grand Final will be decided on one of those really strong Neutral items
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Thread DOTA2 |OT| Snapfire bakes cookies
As a Support, Cookie Grandma is kinda meh.. like, I think she’s quite strong but her abilities don’t have the best synergy (the cookie ability is very situational) and she feels half-baked.. ha I kinda dreamed she’d have 5 abilities and her D would be like Torbjörn’s armour drops in Overwatch, except it’d be a droppable cookie to buff teammates.. I dunno
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Thread DOTA2 |OT| Snapfire bakes cookies
As someone that only really has the time/energy for Turbo, I think the Level 30 change is a buff to all heroes with +% XP talents, especially early ones, I mean I don't know how hard it is to get to 30 yet but stuff like the +30%XP gain on Dazzle at Lvl 10 is what I'm beelining for.
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Thread FootyEra 19/20 Season |OT| This is the place where we hate/love VAR
Hot take: even if Poch took the United job he'd be a failure because of how terrible the setup is. The whole club needs fixing from top to bottom. Ed Woodward probably won't be replaced until successive finishes out of the Champions League tanks the value of the club so much that the Glazers have no choice.
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Thread Rachel Riley facing calls to be sacked over edited Jeremy Corbyn image (UK)
Pinning it all on the leader doesn't make any sense especially when there has been a clear effort to actually do something about it. A UK party cancel it's investigations into antisemitism and Islamophobia.. and it wasn't Labour. Perhaps we should be looking at the wider issues of anti-semitism among the political class and wider society, rather than using it as a tactic to score points during General Election campaigning
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Thread Rachel Riley facing calls to be sacked over edited Jeremy Corbyn image (UK)
They're so scared of Corbyn She's done if she loses the Countdown gig.. look at what happened to Vorderman's career.
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Thread FootyEra 19/20 Season |OT| This is the place where we hate/love VAR
and when no one bites, Jose fails to deliver a Top 4 finish, becomes unhinged and half the squad leaves.. what then?
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Thread FootyEra 19/20 Season |OT| This is the place where we hate/love VAR
I meant who they were playing next but Big Sam to Spurs would complete my life.
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Jumped before he was pushed, I think. Let down by the players and the board.
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Thread FootyEra 19/20 Season |OT| This is the place where we hate/love VAR
It’s amazing how despite being letdown by his national team most of his career, Messi still flies back to Argentina with 100% of his A game for them
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Thread Alan Moore's Opinions on Comic Books/Comic Book Movies is....certaintly intresting
People not wanting to relinquish their grip on reassuring childhood activities is not exclusive to comic books. I don't blame people for being that way either.