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    The EU Referendum Hokey Cokey

    So... anyone else here going to the anti-Brexit protest on Saturday? I am, although perversely I fear that the more we oppose the will of Theresa May, the more she digs in her heels.
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    The Weather

    Cyclone Idai has caused widespread flooding and killed hundreds of people in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-47609676
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    General Non School Massacre Thread

    I forecast that many people will conjure up statistical bs in years to come to show that New Zealand had a higher risk per capita of dying in a mass shooting in 2019 than the USA (ignoring all the decades previous in this analysis, obvs).
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    The EU Referendum Hokey Cokey

    So far, to sum up the voting: they still don't want May's deal, they still don't want No deal, they still don't want a second referendum, but they do want to keep kicking the can down the road. And on Tuesday May's insisted they should revote on her deal all over again.
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    The EU Referendum Hokey Cokey

    It's all such a bloody mess.
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    The EU Referendum Hokey Cokey

    It's got to the point that some "no deal" Brexiters have recently been lobbying various EU leaders to ask them not to agree to an extension or delay... The ultimate question is whether any EU countries are so pissed off with us that they would refuse the extension, at whatever economic cost to themselves and their neighbours.
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    The Weather

    The Earth's carrying capacity is hardly a certain thing; you can find a ridiculous number of highly divergent opinions on it out there. No need to assume the most catastrophic. Although yes, we should probably have slightly fewer children. And move this debate to another thread.
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    Death Links

    Another life expectancy drop in the UK has been noted, this time by 5 months amongst over-65s: https://www.ft.com/content/dc0d73f8-40d3-11e9-b896-fe36ec32aece Good news if you're a pensions fund exec, I suppose...
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    The Weather

    You're giving climate scientists a bad name there. The kind of catastrophist nonsense you're talking about is almost as fringe as climate change denial.
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    The Weather

    In many sub-saharan african countries, the two biggest economic inputs are still aid and remittances (much of the better educated population going abroad, earning money, and sending a good share of what they earn back to their families). Trade and tourism generally lag a long way behind, and are even more controlled by the wealthy and powerful than aid.
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    The Weather

    Not quite at square one. The reversal has taken us back a certain way, but we're still not as badly off as we were (the number of people in the world who are undernourished has risen from 784 million in 2015 to 821 million in 2017, but between 2005 and 2015 it was falling year on year from 945 million). On the other hand you're right, of course, that conflict also played a role alongside climate change.
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    Films with entirely dead casts

    It would appear that the entire credited cast of Powell and Pressburger's A Matter of Life and Death have also gone to their eternal judgement. https://m.imdb.com/title/tt0038733/
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    The Weather

    Personally, I'm not anticipating mass mortality from climate change very soon. But I think we should note that world hunger is on the rise again, after a long period of having been on the way down, and climate change disrupting harvests is among the reasons cited: http://www.fao.org/state-of-food-security-nutrition/en/ Meanwhile, on the subject of weather, Tornadoes kill at least 23 in Alabama: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-47444663
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    There is not a hope I'll win this contest... for starters, Emperor Ming the Merciless aka Blofeld aka Jesus aka The Three-Eyed Raven is much too spry.
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    Deathlist correctlist 2019

    Rules addendum: tiebreakers If at the end of the year, we have a tie for first place, everyone who gets the first place score should consider themselves an honorary winner, as they won under the rules as given at the time. However, that being said, there should still be a final winner, and I suggest breaking the tie on these criteria: 1) Whichever team had the most hits 2) If unbroken by 1, whichever team was closest in their guess of predicted deaths for the year 3) If unbroken by 1 and 2, whichever team was submitted first. Sound fair?

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