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Nonoka

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  1. At this point this is actually more of a myth though. I don't post too often in the political section, but it really should be pointed out that the problem of far-right populism has, as unfortunate as it is, become much much more complex than this. As an example, in Germany the far-right AfD became the second-strongest party in a couple of regional elections this year, but what really rocked the boat was when statistics came out showing who voted whom. Because, unlike what is often claimed, there were big amounts of supporters from pretty much any economic status, age and gender - women, people with high-income jobs, even parts of the migrant community. In addition, the far-right was the most popular party among young people below 30. It's a similar demographic with the Front National voters in France, and the Bolsonaro supporters last year IIRC. Can not speak for Spain or other countries outside of Europe that face this situation, but those results do indicate that populism is spreading far beyond its original target demography (which was the poor, middle-aged white male). As long as the rest of society and political parties don't recognize this, there will be no effective 'fighting' against this trend.
  2. The fire is largely put out now and the structure is safe. Definitely not burning to the ground, as the thread title implies...thankfully!! https://edition.cnn.com/world/live-news/notre-dame-fire/h_b65ed0ae7b1533f801dd7c989212497a
  3. Certainly not the end, but this is definitely going to have, beside the immense physical damage, a psychological impact on many in Paris and beyond as it obviously has such a landmark meaning. To see such a symbolic and visible building now charred and partly in ruins for several years is a tough thing to swallow for sure. It's good to hear nobody gut hurt, though!
  4. Looks like most of the roof including the large spire has already collapsed...This is going to take years and years to reconstruct it all.
  5. Just heard about it as well. That loos like a horrible fire! Hope they can put it out as quick as possible, but looks like there's going to be a huge damage already... Hope they could evacuate everyone.
  6. Well, that‘s a first. Can you explain how leaving a 28 state organization (and structuring xenophobic arguments around it) is opening itself up to the world? Britain is suddenly going to strike groundbreaking partnerships and befriend new nations now that they laid off their chains, or what? Are they going to conquer India again?
  7. The first time I heard the news about the cold spell in the US, I just knew this moron would use it to advance his claims against climate change. And voilá! So predictable, really.
  8. I'd be up for that! I think there are actually quite a lot of Berliners in this forum
  9. Well, if he really wants to take a page out of THAT book then he just needs to go back one chapter to the "Reichstagsbrand"...and there you have some inspiration. Although I really hope this is not the direction the country is heading to...but I agree with karbatal, it's not beyond the realms of possibility....
  10. Has this been posted here yet? You guys have to wach it, it's BRILLIANT!
  11. It's 10 minutes from where I live...been there several times the last couple of weeks. Quite shocked right now! Germany has been rather spared from attacks like these so far, but obviously it was always a matter of time before something worse would happen here too. So sad.
  12. Wow. These are some shitty news to wake up to! That guy will flop so much as a president. Oh well...at least people will hopefully come to realize he's as imcompetent as it can get and half of his promises will never become reality.
  13. This is brilliant! I'm sorry I have nothing substantial to contribute in this thread, but this one got me in tears too
  14. Yes it most likely was. So far there has been no confirmed evidence that points towards an Islamist terrorist attack. Doesn't make it any less horrible though.
  15. I'm not sure this is a good thing at all. As much as a ruthless dictator Erdogan is, doesn't he enjoy support from huge chunks of Turkey's population? I really doubt if this coup works out everyone is just going to accept it and move on... I'm all for having dictators like him removed from power but I really really doubt a state coup is a good idea
  16. Oh ffs. This year really is the WORST. Seems like it's now down to every other week that a tragic event majorly shakes up the world. I so hope it will finally stop
  17. Ugh. You know unfortunately that's the one major disadvantage of democracy - everyone, really everyone, has the right to vote, including the ignorant and uninformed. Looking at what the different demographic groups voted for, this doesn't seem to be much of a different situation here. I feel especially sad for the young generation who unfortunately have been stripped from several opportunities the EU provides. As an EU civilian myself I highly value the chance of being able to freely work and travel in so many nations. There definitely are lots of flaws to the system but privileges like these do make me feel glad after all to be part of it. I deeply hope this won't cause a domino effect and provide an incentive for other nations to discuss leaving too. I do think the EU is in need of a re-adjustment, much more transparency is necessary right now to regain the faith in them which many civilians have lost. But I don't think that more and more nations leaving would be a solution to anything, it'll just make the whole system collapse at some point which will only result in total chaos.
  18. Ok when I first heard the news about 20 dead I was already shocked, but now with those numbers I honestly have a sick feeling in the stomach right now. And looks like it's ISIS-related again. No words. Not sure if this has been asked before, but do we know of any members besides MHCL (and yes thank god he's safe) who live in the Orlando area? Don't really know what to say. Just lost for words, like back when the Brussels and Paris attacks happened. As others have pointed out though, unlike the European attacks this one now would have happened much less likely if it wasn't for these loose gun laws. I really wonder how many shootings the US will have to endure until the NRA and all parts of the public wake up.
  19. Cars are dangerous too. Thousands of innocent victims due to reckless drivers each year. So I guess we might as well ban car commercials too? Oh and while we're at it why not ban commercials for food too? Many people are dying because of obesity and overeating!
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