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    That's true, but I would've liked to see more of...

    That's true, but I would've liked to see more of the internal schisms within the Culture, which always seemed a more interesting threat than some bigger, badder aliens. The Idiran War is interesting...
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    Re-read Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice a while...

    Re-read Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice a while back and just finished Ancillary Sword, and I like them both a lot. Much has been made of the way she writes gender, but I found one of the nice things...
  3. No idea about the UK, but over here it's...

    No idea about the UK, but over here it's intercourse and any other comparable act in which the victim is forced or is unable to give consent (because they're sleeping or intoxicated, for example), so...
  4. Oh they're not happy numbers. Taking just the...

    Oh they're not happy numbers. Taking just the question I used as an example, "Forcing a partner to have sex", the fact that even 1% of people said it "Isn't wrong and shouldn't be illegal"...
  5. I dug into the numbers a bit. The headline "27%...

    I dug into the numbers a bit. The headline "27% say rape sometimes acceptable" is a bit misleading as the question was "Some people believe that having sexual intercourse without consent may be...
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    I think I may have started playing through the...

    I think I may have started playing through the entire series again. I just wanted to try some stuff out in the first but am now almost all the way through, and then I started thinking about what I'd...
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    The signs are sort of pointing that way, aren't...

    The signs are sort of pointing that way, aren't they? There have been worse years than 2016 in terms of human suffering, but we really started another tumble towards insanity this year and I doubt...
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    Saw it the other day and quite liked it. It had...

    Saw it the other day and quite liked it. It had some good tense scenes and was beautifully filmed, but it's not the sort of thing that'll stick with me. I agree the main character wasn't much more...
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    Watched Minuscule: La Vallée des Fourmis Perdues...

    Watched Minuscule: La Vallée des Fourmis Perdues today; French animation mixing CG and photography without any dialogue. It's small and sweet with a simple story (a ladybug befriends a group of black...
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    I like the weird spooky bits, so will at least...

    I like the weird spooky bits, so will at least finish the first. The sequels having a different main character actually makes me more interested in reading them.
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    Currently reading Annihiliation by Jeff...

    Currently reading Annihiliation by Jeff Vandermeer, which came warmly recommended to me, and mostly finding it annoying so far. There's the huge plot reliance on hypnotic suggestion as some sort of...
  12. US elections always stretch my capacity for...

    US elections always stretch my capacity for disbelief, but this one sure has been... special. I was convinced the US was insane back when it elected Dubya (and again!), but a narcissist billionaire...
  13. It's not just Trump, the entire US federal...

    It's not just Trump, the entire US federal government just landed in the hands of the republicans and the US is quite keen on not following through on international obligations when it doesn't suit...
  14. My first thought on seeing an all-republican win...

    My first thought on seeing an all-republican win (after a few moments of outright denial) was that there goes every bit of progress made in the last couple of years.
  15. If history is any judge, the US will have the CIA...

    If history is any judge, the US will have the CIA stage a coup (Iran is a relevant example here), sponsor terrorism and destabilisation (Central and South America), or perhaps just have their...
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    I meant in the event of Scotland leaving the UK,...

    I meant in the event of Scotland leaving the UK, not getting to join the EU (say because Spain and/or someone else throws a fit), but getting in the EEA instead. Basically, Scotland could "soft...
  17. Just for a second there I imagined Trump being an...

    Just for a second there I imagined Trump being an SC agent. It seems insane but the Minds have modelled it billions of times! If only...
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    Given how big a deal EU membership seems to be to...

    Given how big a deal EU membership seems to be to the Scottish, does anyone care to speculate how the Scottish parliament would weigh the risk of EU rejection but EEA membership in the case of a...
  19. For risks, in the UK the rate of traffic deaths...

    For risks, in the UK the rate of traffic deaths per passenger distance travelled is 9 times higher for cars compared to buses and almost 7 times compared to trains (motorcycles cause 370 times as...
  20. Heh, local Gothenburg news had a story last night...

    Heh, local Gothenburg news had a story last night about some "vigilantes" beating up "so-called clowns". No mention of bat costumes.

    Some wonderful straight-faced quotes from a police officer:
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  21. Well, Trump hasn't been taking much of a beating...

    Well, Trump hasn't been taking much of a beating for his actual insane policies and even him being an atrociously ill-mannered idiothole only seems to have mattered when he attacked holy cows like...
  22. The scary thing to me is that the fucker is still...

    The scary thing to me is that the fucker is still polling around 43%. With 126 million voters last time and assuming similar turnout, that represents over 54 million people who just don't give a...
  23. Pretty sure the risk that you'll have an accident...

    Pretty sure the risk that you'll have an accident and get injured or injure someone else while driving is a lot greater than being the victim of random violence on public transportation. Hard to find...
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    No one has said anything of the sort, so not sure...

    No one has said anything of the sort, so not sure who you're arguing with there.



    Have Christian societies been less internally violent than others? As far as I can tell, not really. That's not...
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    Societal stability seems to be the biggest...

    Societal stability seems to be the biggest factor, which makes sense, and a functioning legal system is certainly part of that - laws are how we structure basically everything. Sorting out and...
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