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  1. Voted yesterday. I'm unsure if Labor will get over the line. People are stupid. I feel like it'll be a Trump style win and if that's the case then we deserve every shit thing that will happen as a country.
  2. The US is honestly on another planet. The whole country is unhinged. Between this and QAnon, conspiracies, election fraud claims, Fox News, the whole country is fucked. I feel like they’ve gone up over the edge and there is no saving it. Imagine it being 2022 and legislation regarding interracial marriage or access to birth control is even up for discussion. What the fuck.
  3. Roe v Wade US abortion law to be overturned, leaked court decision suggests https://www.theage.com.au/world/north-america/leaked-us-supreme-court-decision-suggests-majority-set-to-overturn-roe-v-wade-politico-reports-20220503-p5ai2m.html Washington: A leaked initial draft majority opinion suggests the US Supreme Court has voted to overturn the Roe v Wade decision that legalised abortion nationwide, Politico reported. Reuters could not immediately confirm the draft independently. “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the draft opinion, according to Politico on Monday Washington-time. A leak from the Supreme Court is unprecedented. APnone Four of the other Republican-appointed justices – Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett - voted with Alito in the conference held among the justices, the report added. “It is possible there have been some changes since then (Feb 10),“ Politico reporter Josh Gerstein, who broke the story, said on MSNBC late on Monday Washington time. Associate Justice Samuel Alito last year.APnone The draft report leaked to Politico does not say that abortion should be banned nationwide, but instead argues that the Constitution does not prohibit states from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Overturning Roe v Wade would empower several Southern and Midwestern states to impose strict abortion bans - although it would not block states from choosing to allow the procedure. After an initial vote among the justices following the oral argument, one is assigned the majority opinion and writes a draft. It is then circulated among the justices. At times, in between the initial vote and the ruling being released, the vote alignment can change. A ruling is only final when it is published by the court. In a post on Twitter, Neal Katyal, a lawyer who regularly argues before the court, said if the report was accurate it would be “the first major leak from the Supreme Court ever”. Politico said only that it received “a copy of the draft opinion from a person familiar with the court’s proceedings in the Mississippi case along with other details supporting the authenticity of the document.” The landmark Roe v Wade decision almost 50 years ago gave women in the US the right to seek an abortion but it has been disputed and contested many times over the years. Related Article In that time abortion has emerged a central issue in American politics, dividing progressives - which typically supports a woman’s right to choose - from conservatives, which equate the procedure to a crime. Importantly, it has also served as a galvanising issue for religious voters courted by Republicans. In 1973, the Supreme Court handed down the landmark decision that Texas did not have a constitutional right to restrict Norma McCorvey - assigned the court pseudonym Jane Roe- from having an abortion, although the procedure was illegal in the state at the time unless the mother’s life was in danger. Republican governors in several states have sought to reintroduce abortion bans and restrictions - notably Texas, which has sought to ban terminations as soon as foetal activity can be detected. Like many states, it has passed a “trigger law” enforcing its abortion bans if Roe v Wade is officially overturned by the Supreme Court. Related Article If the court does overturn Roe, twenty-six states would ban or severely restrict abortion. A group of Republican senators have been lobbying to introduce a nationwide ban, according to The Washington Post, which reported that the antiabortion group Susan B Anthony List had approached 10 possible presidential candidates including Donald Trump to discuss the possibility. However, a nationwide abortion ban would be difficult to pass, as it would require 60 votes in the Senate, and would be opposed by almost all Democrats and some pro-choice Republicans. President Joe Biden, while a Catholic, is pro-choice and would likely oppose signing such a bill into law. New York Governor Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, said on Twitter that New York will “always guarantee” the right to abortion. “This is an absolutely disgraceful attack on our fundamental right to choose, and we will fight it with everything we’ve got,” Hochul said on Twitter in a reaction to Politico’s report. Reuters, AP, staff writers
  4. It seems to me now that the established car manufacturers are on board with electric to the point they have committed to phasing out petrol/gas, Tesla will not be able to compete. There has been no innovation in the whole time so Tesla’s seem so dated compared to electric models from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Jaguar etc. Musk really has become a caricature of the evil billionaire.
  5. Hopefully this is what finally kills Twitter.
  6. I don’t think it’s surprising at all. He is the next in line so I don’t think there was any question he’d be king. I don’t see what reason he would have to abdicate. Also the monarch can choose a regnal name for their reign. For example Queen Elizabeth’s father was Albert but took the regnal name King Edward VII. I’ve read that it’s speculated Charles might take a regnal name as the first two Charles’ aren’t considered to be good kings. I’m not sure if Camilla can also choose a regnal name though? Also does it really matter if she becomes Queen? Really the only people I could imagine caring are the Diana stans?
  7. What the fuck is going on in the US? The country is insane.
  8. I read an article recently that basically said that QAnon is repackaged "Protocols of the Elders of Zion" with left wing liberals and celebrities included with the Jews.
  9. Yeah that's fair. And no doubt the election dominated the news. But if Trump supporters want to claim that it magically appeared after the election then that's incorrect as the rest of the world was well aware of it.
  10. The vaccine was ready before the election. Australia announced a deal a couple of days before (Australian time) before the US election. To say it was announced after is inaccurate. Facts: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-11-04/two-new-coronavirus-vaccine-deals-50-million-doses-government/12849572
  11. Trump. And even if he doesn’t win legitimately he will take it to the Supreme Court and they will vote in his favour. And if for some way he doesn’t win and Biden is President Elect he will push a conspiracy theory that he was robbed and will encourage his support to revolt. Just look what happened in Michigan with Whitmer. Just imagine that but across the whole country. More violence and polarisation across the country. The US is cooked no matter who wins the election. Both New Zealand and Australia have issued travel warnings for the US.
  12. It’s a shame he has contributed to it. Where is his integrity. Where is his concern when it benefits him. His backflip on nominating a judge for SCOTUS is a perfect example of his hypocrisy. He is right though. The world is watching in horror at what a joke the US has become.
  13. Tucker Carlson is the fucking Joseph Goebbels of the Trump dictatorship. Literally that's what the US has become. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/16/business/media/facebook-instagram-tucker-carlson-virus-posts.html Facebook and Instagram Flag Tucker Carlson Virus Posts The show posted a video on the social media platforms on Tuesday night with the caption “Chinese whistle-blower to Tucker: This virus was made in a lab & I can prove it.” Earlier this week, a report about the virus, co-written by Dr. Yan, was published by two nonprofit organizations, the Rule of Law Society and the Rule of Law Foundation. According to The Daily Beast, both are linked to Steve Bannon, the former adviser to President Trump who was recently charged with fraud. Ministry of Propaganda. Trump will win 2020 and if he doesn't he will create a civil war. Either way the US is fucked.
  14. @Jazzy Jan John Oliver also did a segment on Last Week Tonight which was really good too:
  15. I really think this should've been the first single. One of my all time favorite songs. Would've been an easy number one for any young artist but completely overlooked because she's "Madonna".
  16. It is a great album. A re-release with some bonus tracks would be great. Of course her team don't bother though.
  17. Your arguments are not comparable. I’m not saying transsexualism isn’t real and to my perspective neither is JK Rowling. I completely acknowledge that transgendered people align their gender to the opposite biological/physical sex due to reasons not completely understood by modern science. I completely agree that they should not be discriminated for that either. Stating that transgendered people are transgendered is not discriminatory though. It’s simply stating a fact? Can you elaborate on what a “real” woman is and who “they” is that hates trans women?
  18. In this instance I do agree with JK Rowling. I respect every trans person’s right to live any way that feels authentic and comfortable to them. I’d march with you if you were discriminated against on the basis of being trans. At the same time, my life has been shaped by being female. I do not believe it’s hateful to say so. The idea that women like me, who’ve been empathetic to trans people for decades, feeling kinship because they’re vulnerable in the same way as women - ie, to male violence - ‘hate’ trans people because they think sex is real and has lived consequences - is a nonsense. If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth. Rather than trying to force the concept of male or female on trans people, I feel like we should be acknowledging and accepting them for who they are. Statements such as "trans women are real women" are asinine because it links gender identity to femininity or masculinity. What defines a "real" woman then? What does it mean to be trans? As a trans-female are you only a "woman" if you display feminine traits? Or does it mean that you've had gender reassignment surgery? Neither is a condition by which a person needs to justify the gender pronoun they choose. I struggle to see what the problem is with JK Rowling's position? I genuinely don't know so I would really like to hear from any trans members on the forum to share their views on the topic.
  19. You deserve the shit show that is America. Hilary wasn't perfect. Neither is Bernie or Biden or any other democrat. But this mentality is why you ended up with Trump. You might even be a Trump voter. You might be happy with the way he has lead your country. The rest of the world sees what a joke it is.
  20. Currently: * Crave * God Control * IDSIF * Looking For Mercy * Extreme Occident
  21. I finally clicked with this song recently. Initially I didn't get the love for it but I've had it on repeat the last few weeks.
  22. Honestly I'm speechless that this is where we are. It is a very clear mandate for Brexit though so I no longer have any sympathy for the UK. They clearly made their choice. Let them crash out with a no deal and they can deal with the consequences. I wonder how long until Ireland and Scotland seek independence.
  23. Same @Jazzy Jan. He's "real" and "telling it like it is". Basically he gives them an excuse for their ignorance. "PC gone mad" "Need to go back to traditional values" that's what he represents to people. I never realised how many Australians think Fox News is a legitimate news source. Any time I discuss something negative about Trump I always get people quoting Fox News and how the democrats are lying and a bunch of conspiracy theories about them and Obama. They will choose whatever suits their beliefs and anything that goes against them is considered fake news. Blows my mind. They crazy thing is that in Australia they happily accept things like Medicare and minimum wages and workers rights and public holidays but at the same time support Trump who would strip all of those rights from them.
  24. Is there really any point to this anymore? It's clear the US public will happily make any excuse for Trump. The impeachment is all "fake" and a witch hunt. The Democrats are the real criminals. Get ready for another 4 years of him. I really can't comprehend the world anymore.
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