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  1. The only downside to that election news in Turkey is that some are now suggesting that Erdogan will likely move to strip some powers from the new mayor. As Erdogan was formerly the mayor of Istanbul, he likely knows the ins and outs of the position as well as the underbelly as to how to weaken the position.
  2. Expense has to be the reason. If it's going off the NYPL system then other public libraries can kiss this platform bye-bye.
  3. When you want to post a soap topic for discussion but you don't because you just know the trolls are going to want to post in the topic thread.

     

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    2. DramatistDreamer

      DramatistDreamer

      I'm not sure if unsightly avatars and disagreeable posts on a public forum actually merits banishment though.  I don't engage with them. Yeah, it is kind of sad but it's a public forum, there's always going to be some drawbacks.

    3. Vee

      Vee

      It's the overall disruption and the fact that it's an existing known troll derailing discussion after discussion. I think that more than warrants. If it hadn't we wouldn't have been rid of J*NNY to begin with.

    4. AlexElizabeth

      AlexElizabeth

      Yep. Every thread I post in has been derailed by the one troll. If you don't agree with their crazy opinions (which most people don't), get ready for 5 pages of the thread being derailed.

  4. I kid you not, Babis was quoted as claiming that he wants to make the Czech Republic "great again". Sound familiar? While we have children dying on the border and soiling themselves in detention camps with barely no collective action, nothing surprises me about the denial of the American electorate. I can pretty much say I've felt this way since before Trump's election but his election solidified the feeling.
  5. Exactly. You're a rational person, who I've heard has a Birthday today, so Happy Birthday, I hope you enjoy it!🍷
  6. So, does the Trump administration simply plan to terrorize people as a re-election strategy? He issues a threat to launch a strike against Iran, then pulls back at the last minute. Then he issues an order for I.C.E. raids in several cities all over the country, then rescinds the order at the last minute. To paraphrase @Khan, this is all so shameful! I'm still reading this article but thought I'd post before I forget because this seems like a recurring theme so far. I still think that there can't be a clear sense of anything (let alone front-runner status) until the debates begin. Presented without further comment.
  7. On ATWT, Kim Hughes had a talk show but it resembled something more akin to a daytime version of Larry King or Tom Snyder's talk show, i.e. without a studio audience.
  8. The Atlantic provides a deep-dive analysis of what likely happened to Malaysian flight MH370 and even though the conclusion made about the pilot was what I suspected from the beginning, it is nonetheless a chilling account.

     

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    2. DramatistDreamer

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      It does seem very...brief, to say the least.  The one aspect that both men appear to agree on is that Malaysian authorities appear to have been less than forthcoming in the aftermath.

    3. Vee

      Vee

      It just seems emotion based and outraged. The rebuttal is weak.

    4. DramatistDreamer

      DramatistDreamer

      Yeah, I definitely sense some professional rivalry and defensiveness in that rebuttal post.  Even after reading the first piece, it did occur to me that it seems unlikely that we'll ever truly definitively know what went on in the mind of that pilot, we can only really surmise what could he have been thinking of.

  9. For as many missteps as Doumanian was reported to have made during her tenure (and by the way, Robert Townsend would NOT have been one of them, Townsend showed that he was insanely talented during the 1980s), at least she had the sense to promote Murphy to cast member after he had made four appearances on the show as a featured player. So in Doumanian's case (with the hiring of Murphy and Piscopo), I guess even a broken clock can be right twice a day. EDT: I find it more problematic that there wasn't room for both Murphy and Townsend, while there had been room for both Ackroyd and Chevy Chase in previous years. I also think Lorne Michaels stifled Chris Rock's humor on the show but that's a story for another day.
  10. I tend to believe Tommy Davidson. It's well known that SNL had a problematic history with its black talent, especially black comediennes, until Maya Rudolph. Lorne Michaels had nothing to do with Eddie Murphy's being hired to SNL, Lorne Michaels had temporarily left SNL before then. It was Jean Doumanian who hired Eddie Murphy. Of all the players that had been hired during Doumanian's brief tenure, only Joe Piscopo and Eddie Murphy had been kept on, the rest were all fired. As for Spike Lee's disdain of the show, well I can remember a time I wasn't so crazy about Spike. I had often found his portrayal of women in his films to be problematic. In the late 90s when I had just graduated from college and was in my first real job at an arts institution, I saw Spike Lee walking the halls, and in passing I gave him a very pointed side-eye. In fact, I think I cut my eye at him (lol) and I wasn't the only one-- a few other black women at my job did the same thing, LOL. It was interesting to read Firestein pretty much agree with Wayans that rerunning the series aged the series, I think Keenan said that it devalued the series. Firestein very candidly talks about his perception that there was ethnic cleansing occurring at Fox, something we on this board have discussed as a strategy that other networks like UPN and the WB (that later became the CW network) engaged in. I wonder whether anyone tried to get Barry Diller's feedback about what happened BTS at In Living Color. I'm curious as to what his remarks would be on that aspect.
  11. So many Americans seem intent on ignoring the fact that Trump is a predator, a thug and a criminal. Will Ms. Carroll's account be added to the nearly two dozen other women who publicly proclaimed Trump to be a sexual predator, only to be discarded when Trump hurls insults? It's disgusting the level of criminality and scandal that Trump brings with him. It's constant, you can barely catch your breath! Another trash person who has managed to scale political heights despite also having zero regard for women. If they, in the U.K. had any sense at all, they'd dump him.
  12. Meanwhile the kakistocracy known as the Trump administration is deliberately sowing chaos and confusion with provocation and reprisals with Iran, is anybody in West Virginia paying attention to this?
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