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17 minutes ago, I Am A Swede said:

I'm always thrilled when corrupt regimes try to intervene in elections and fail miserably, like they did in Turkey now.

In March, the opposition candidate won the mayoral election in Istanbul, but president Erdogan's party AKP contested the result and a court ordered that the election had to be re-taken. Now the opposition candidate won again, and increased his winning margin from 13,000 votes to 775,000 votes!  :lol:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-48739256

 

Take that Erdogan!  :raspberry:

 

Yeah, that was a nice bit of good news.

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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.

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This is the type of navel-gazing and attempts to cling onto power and shut others down that has helped lead to so many horrible moments in recent years.

 

 

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This is just so sad. The people who are trying to help are being turned away because of course hurting these children is a feature not a bug.  Someone who matters needs to call a national day of protest ASAP, even if all people do is stay home that day.  We should be bringing the country to a stop until these kids are out of the camps.

 

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There's a new poll out about younger people, especially women, being less supportive of the lgbt community, for the second year in a row. 

 

It's by GLAAD, an organization I have little to no respect for and which has been tone deaf for a very long time, but I don't have a hard time believing the results. Beyond the increase in tension over transgender issues, we're also living in an era where bigotry and hatred are encouraged in all corners, and people are more and more happy to fall into line with extreme views. 

 

This is also another example of why I think, as I've always thought, that the whole "when old geezers die off young people will make everything a paradise" concept is bullshit. 

 

https://people.com/human-interest/lgbtq-acceptance-rates-drop-glaad-report/

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2 hours ago, DRW50 said:

There's a new poll out about younger people, especially women, being less supportive of the lgbt community, for the second year in a row. 

 

It's by GLAAD, an organization I have little to no respect for and which has been tone deaf for a very long time, but I don't have a hard time believing the results. Beyond the increase in tension over transgender issues, we're also living in an era where bigotry and hatred are encouraged in all corners, and people are more and more happy to fall into line with extreme views. 

 

This is also another example of why I think, as I've always thought, that the whole "when old geezers die off young people will make everything a paradise" concept is bullshit. 

 

https://people.com/human-interest/lgbtq-acceptance-rates-drop-glaad-report/

I'm with you, especially because people have been saying this for over 50 years now. Sadly, as I get older it seems clearer to me that while power is bound to shift, injustice is not going to be eradicated any time soon.

 

 I'm surprised about the poll you mention though. I do always think of young people as more open and accepting on the LGBT front. It seems like there are more parents open to raising children with less rigid gender identities than when I was a kid.  But what do I know? I'm don't know many teenagers and I'm living in a strange little corner of the world.

 

 

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^ I'm starting to feel like we are in the Soviet Union. I get that things aren't as bad as that, but the corruption, lies and denial of reality is off the charts.

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14 minutes ago, Juliajms said:

^ I'm starting to feel like we are in the Soviet Union. I get that things aren't as bad as that, but the corruption, lies and denial of reality is off the charts.

 

He'd already been indicted (and re-elected despite it) on charges that he and his wife were misappropriating funds for school tuition and vacays but I guess once the 411 about the five 'side pieces'  came to light, his wife likely decided that she'd had enough.  The question is, have his constituents finally had enough?

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22 minutes ago, Juliajms said:

^ I'm starting to feel like we are in the Soviet Union. I get that things aren't as bad as that, but the corruption, lies and denial of reality is off the charts.

 

Sadly I don't think you're alone. It feels like this is the situation all over the world. I hardly watch the news anymore because they're so depressing. :(

I'd rather live in a little bubble now and then just to keep my sanity and retain some hope for the future..... :ph34r:

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At least some people are trying to take a stand.

 

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47 minutes ago, DramatistDreamer said:

At least some people are trying to take a stand.

 

Yes! This is a good start. If they get fired I hope every one who can will donate to help them. We need leaders now who will try to get people motivated to oppose what is happening to these children. I don't even have any good ideas on who could do it, but I'm hoping someone will rise to the occasion.

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7 hours ago, DramatistDreamer said:

 

He'd already been indicted (and re-elected despite it) on charges that he and his wife were misappropriating funds for school tuition and vacays but I guess once the 411 about the five 'side pieces'  came to light, his wife likely decided that she'd had enough.  The question is, have his constituents finally had enough?

 

If he isn't forced out from a conviction he'd likely have to go from a primary. That's the second most Republican district in California and his father represented the district for decades. He also hates all the right people, to the point of bragging about taking photos with dead bodies while in the military. 

 

I'm seeing a lot of anger from the left about Democrats in Congress not being upset enough about Carroll's sexual assault accusations. The sad truth is nothing changes with her accusations, and if anything it just makes Trump even more popular with certain members of the public. And many of those who are upset support a man who wrote about how women fantasize about being raped, so clearly they aren't that bothered. They just want to be pandered to so they can feel morally righteous. Well, tough [!@#$%^&*]. 

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