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WTF and what is the point![edit]

it say so in the article, likely to have our national identifiers inclusive of all the uk ie inlcuding northern ireland, which GB did not - scotland, wales, england encompssing the land mass of great britain not ncluding northern ireland. n.ireland is a thorny issue with brexit, the unionist feeling shafted and all with hard borders and custom unions seperating the ni from the rest of the uk by more than just sea. seems a pretty futile gesture, but making a show it like this does say hands off without having to say anything.

or you know, read the article. AMassiveGay (talk) 20:46, 6 July 2021 (UTC)

England lost! Ha![edit]

Long live Italy 🇮🇹! — Unsigned, by: 1.136.111.197 / talk

I was at work during the match and after it finished. One of my European co-workers was very gleefully chanting "Forza Italia" after the match so yeah, that stung a little. Still, the result pisses off all of our football yobs, so I guess every cloud really does have a silver lining. --RWRW (talk) 00:05, 12 July 2021 (UTC)
we lost the match and tournament sure, but we did better than we have than at any time since 1966. Can we consider that really a loss? AMassiveGay (talk) 16:13, 12 July 2021 (UTC)

About the Cuban protests[edit]

A few hours ago I added a WIGO mentioning the protests taking place in Cuba. Problem is, user @Euromec also added this WIGO on the WIGOCV. Personally, I think it should be in the WIGO World as the protesters are also demanding things that are even more important than vaccines, but I'd like to see what Euromec and the rest of the community thinks before taking any action. GeeJayK (talk) 14:55, 12 July 2021 (UTC)

probably wigo imho. in the scheme of things, i dont think it matters a great deal. AMassiveGay (talk) 16:15, 12 July 2021 (UTC)
@GeeJayK @AMassiveGay I would be happy if you wish to delete mine, as I only heard about this morning. However, it would be important that there should be a reference to the current pandemic as this has fuelled the protests especially since much of the problem has been a lack of hard currency through a lack of tourists. Euromec (talk) 20:18, 12 July 2021 (UTC)

calling the pm a liar[edit]

you cant call other MPs a liar in the commons. since forever. its a non story. AMassiveGay (talk) 18:16, 22 July 2021 (UTC)

its not like the commons isnt a tirade of playground insults as it is. AMassiveGay (talk) 18:21, 22 July 2021 (UTC)
I thought the rule was to be very vague about your claims of other PMs? Someone comes in with a red face, disheveled appearance, reeking of gin and all you can say is the person was "tired and emotional", that sort of thing. CorUsar (argue) 18:26, 22 July 2021 (UTC)
if insinuation is too obvious it probably wont fly. unparliamentary language AMassiveGay (talk) 18:32, 22 July 2021 (UTC)
also, the MP in question was not suspended. they were ejected from the house. AMassiveGay (talk) 18:38, 22 July 2021 (UTC)
That's funny. One of my favorite books of all time is Patters of Democracy, by the Yale professor and former president of the American Political Science Association Arend LijphartWikipedia. Lijphart argues that there are two democratic models: the consensus democracy and the majoritarian democracy (yes, some sort of mobocracy). He adds that "the majoritarian model of democracy is exclusive, competitive, and adversarial, whereas the consensus model is characterized by inclusiveness, bargaining, and compromise". Wanna know what's the other name he gives to the majoritarian model? He calls it "The Westminster Model of Democracy". I would think that something as aggressive as calling the PM a liar would be far more common in UK. GeeJayK (talk) 18:55, 22 July 2021 (UTC)
its because of it adversarial nature that you cant. you need some standards of civility or its just a free for all. the speaker in this instance is kind of a referee, and its at their discretion. as is mentioned in the above link, johnson got called a liar by mp before with no action taken. different speaker though. AMassiveGay (talk) 19:01, 22 July 2021 (UTC)
and misleading parliament is actually quite a serious charge. you cant just throw around accusations of lying AMassiveGay (talk) 19:03, 22 July 2021 (UTC)
even if they are in fact a liar liar pants on fire like johnson AMassiveGay (talk) 19:14, 22 July 2021 (UTC)

Florida-man contraption[edit]

Never thought I'd see this thing implemented in real life since reading about it in Soviet magazine from 80s. Not sure if the idea originated there or was taken from elsewhere. Arisano (talk) 17:32, 26 July 2021 (UTC)

Naomi Osaka upset in third-round Olympic stunner[edit]

Osaka lost to Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-4.