[solved]American questions for British people

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    Re: [solved]American questions for British people

    Post by chrondog on Tue Jul 23, 2013 5:42 pm

    Pete Best wrote:Given a choice I'd rather keep the monarchy and have the House of Lords elected by proportional representation.

    now that's another interesting beast all together

    i'd love to do some deep reading on the powers of the House of Lords
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    Re: [solved]American questions for British people

    Post by yancy on Tue Jul 23, 2013 5:57 pm



    This is the only House of Lords I acknowledge.
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    Re: [solved]American questions for British people

    Post by Duff... on Tue Jul 23, 2013 7:51 pm

    jasperness wrote:i see where you guys are going trying to turn this whole thing on its head, but let's be real here. constitutional monarchy is a concept much more egregious to personal freedom and democratic values than nepotism in a republic. you can say that, in practice, certain American political families have been very successful at gaining power through generations, but to say that is "real power" and being the Queen of England ain't shit is pretty silly. being a Windsor is much more powerful than being a Clinton, in terms of the hereditary power associated with that name. the fact that Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton are by so many accounts, exceptional people, is separate from their name.
    I wanna poz this but I get nostalgic for a good negged Jasper post.
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    Re: [solved]American questions for British people

    Post by ClosetOfExhaustion on Wed Jul 24, 2013 1:57 pm

    i do wonder if jasper's opinion on political nepotism would change if he were a chicagoan.
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    Re: [solved]American questions for British people

    Post by chrondog on Wed Jul 24, 2013 2:33 pm

    i don't see what the fact that large areas of urban poor are susceptible to corruption has to do with the fact that monarchy creates, in theoretical terms, a less politically free society than a nepotistic republic.
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    Post by ClosetOfExhaustion on Wed Jul 24, 2013 3:03 pm

    Alderman Dick Mell retired today, and his daughter was appointed to his position by the Mayor. His daughter also happens to be the sister of Patti Blagojevich, husband of our imprisoned former governor.

    these things happen regularly.

    i suppose all you've said is that political nepotism is better than a constitutional monarchy, not that political nepotism is *also* completely shitty. so you could still feel that way.
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    Re: [solved]American questions for British people

    Post by Bruegel on Fri Jul 26, 2013 4:46 am

    Pete Best wrote:Given a choice I'd rather keep the monarchy and have the House of Lords elected by proportional representation.
    nothing to add to this qft but i just wanted to bump this thread for that HoL picture yancy posted
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    Re: [solved]American questions for British people

    Post by yancy on Fri Jul 26, 2013 11:38 am

    Best part of that photo is the (Gene) Simmons Records logo. Which is, of course, a bag of money with a dollar sign.
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    Re: [solved]American questions for British people

    Post by undo on Fri Jul 26, 2013 4:24 pm

    what is the "UK porn filter"
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    Re: [solved]American questions for British people

    Post by Bruegel on Fri Jul 26, 2013 5:33 pm

    Cameron putting the onus on ISPs to auto block porn. I think they will contact customers who will have to say "don't turn off my porn please" if they want to keep the smut.
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    Re: [solved]American questions for British people

    Post by Bruegel on Fri Jul 26, 2013 5:37 pm

    freaked out the other day when I got an email from change.org and the subject read:

    Dear Matej - Close the Rape Porn Loophole!

    was relieved to discover that it wasn't a specific request for me
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    Post by Pete Best on Sun Jul 28, 2013 9:24 am

    There's a Nudge unit in the Government that looks for things like this. Knowing people are more likely to stick with the default and 'Susan, can you make pornograpy come on my telly?" is embarrassing to ask.

    I don't see it happening in quite the way it has been mentioned, these filters are typically terrible.
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    Re: [solved]American questions for British people

    Post by Bruegel on Sun Jul 28, 2013 9:33 am

    yeah, the ISPs have really got us jumping through hoops to access pirate bay these days

    having to type the word 'proxy' into google must have stumped all but the most savvy of technosleuths
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    Re: [solved]American questions for British people

    Post by Bruegel on Sun Jul 28, 2013 9:35 am

    Bruegel wrote: technosleuths
    not sure if i've already mentioned this but the fat security guard at work told us he was an "aquaflump"

    took us ages to work out that he meant technophobe
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    Re: [solved]American questions for British people

    Post by Nick on Tue Aug 06, 2013 11:15 am

    Hey British YSG - Did any of you check out that David Bowie exhibit? Looks like it is coming to Chicago in September 2014.
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    Post by techno raj on Tue Aug 06, 2013 1:55 pm

    Is this Peter Capaldi guy any good
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    Re: [solved]American questions for British people

    Post by Soma on Tue Aug 06, 2013 4:24 pm

    Oh, he's phenomenal.

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    Post by ClosetOfExhaustion on Tue Aug 06, 2013 4:40 pm

    is there anything canon from the Hartnell episodes of Dr Who (aside from the introduction of the daleks) that i would be missing if i just skipped ahead to the Troughton episodes?

    I'm only 2/3 through season 1 from '63-'64. it looks like there is a Dalek invasion of earth in s2 that might be worth viewing.
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    Re: [solved]American questions for British people

    Post by Pete Best on Wed Aug 07, 2013 2:53 am

    Capaldi is a great actor, maybe the best to get the keys to the TARDIS.

    Dalek Invasion of Earth is great, I haven't watched that many Hartnell episodes as so many are missing having been wiped by the BBC (They needed the tape reels and who'd want to watch the episodes or The Beatles on Top of The Pops right?)

    I went to the David Bowie exhibition and it was fantastic, spent a good three hours at it and so many big and small things that make up who Bowie is there.
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    Re: [solved]American questions for British people

    Post by techno raj on Wed Aug 07, 2013 12:55 pm

    Glad to hear about Capaldi.

    Frankly the seventh series was the worst since the show was rebooted. I don't think Smith was the primary problem, but they definitely didn't need to take another step along the younger/zanier scale that Eccleston -> Tennant -> Smith represented. Glad they went in a different direction and looking forward to seeing what they do next.
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    Re: [solved]American questions for British people

    Post by reuben on Wed Aug 07, 2013 1:15 pm

    Raj I didn't know if your question was serious but I guess I just assumed that you've seen Local Hero and In the Loop.
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    Re: [solved]American questions for British people

    Post by techno raj on Wed Aug 07, 2013 1:29 pm

    I have seen Local Hero and loved it, but it was over 10 years ago and I'd be hard-pressed to claim I distinctly remember the individual performances.

    I have not seen In the Loop. Maybe I'll do a double-feature with that and Lair of the White Worm.
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    Post by reuben on Wed Aug 07, 2013 2:32 pm

    Let's all liveboard The Lair of the White Worm!
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    Re: [solved]American questions for British people

    Post by quip on Wed Aug 07, 2013 5:02 pm

    Are all British happy meal toys as good as this one? https://vine.co/v/hbLa7jXtJhE
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    Re: [solved]American questions for British people

    Post by techno raj on Thu Aug 08, 2013 1:16 am

    reuben wrote:Let's all liveboard The Lair of the White Worm!

    if people here ever want to liveboard a movie... just let me know, I will do that

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