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    Deathlist correctlist 2019

    Sure thing. Next year I think a longer entry period might be among the sensible rule changes that could be made.
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    Oldest Living State Leaders DP

    Yay! A (rare) win. Milos Jakes this time around, please.
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    The EU Referendum Hokey Cokey

    The thing is, the EU couldn't intervene with Spain on behalf of the Catalans, because that was an issue over which Spain had national sovereignty. And any attempt to change the rules so they could intervene would be sure to be vetoed by Spain, among other countries. It's fair to say that the Catalonians have not been treated well, and their democratic wishes have not been respected... but this is an issue with the Madrid gvt, not Brussels.
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    The EU Referendum Hokey Cokey

    Yet another creative solution to Brexit: let Scotland and NI stay in the EU, snd let England and Wales leave https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jan/17/semi-brexit-england-wales-leaving-eu-solution
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    The EU Referendum Hokey Cokey

    Eh. This rather demonstrates that the demographic change is far from the only factor in changing attitudes to Brexit, since the latest poll has Remain beating Leave by a record 56 : 44 per cent. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/brexit-news-latest-support-for-staying-in-eu-hits-highest-level-since-referendum-as-56-per-cent-say-a4041406.html?fbclid=IwAR0xYlTICQI-2JYx-2foDYpaiVQS9JMHaOK8ndbrSq9l5uej2xRKdKOosr0 No wonder that diehard Brexiters fear a second referendum.
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    The EU Referendum Hokey Cokey

    Another referendum, most likely, but it doesn't look like the powers to be are going to opt for it.
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    The EU Referendum Hokey Cokey

    In 15 years time, if you're still on this forum, I hope to make fun of this prediction.
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    The EU Referendum Hokey Cokey

    Even leaving aside quibbles on the "everything is worse" narrative, I'm struggling to see where the EU are to blame for this, rather than, say, the Tories. Other EU countries have not had the same issues we had; the architects of our problems sit in Westminster, rather than in Brussels. And if we leave then try to come back in 15 years, what exactly do we gain? Businesses that depend on frictionless trade with Europe or on hiring European employees would either wither or leave, research and development would take a major hit, the NHS staffing shortages would be further aggravated, and even if that EU of the future wanted us back, it certainly wouldn't be terms as good as we have today.
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    The EU Referendum Hokey Cokey

    Eh. Most processes in life allow you the option to think again. Whether you're buying a house or applying for a job, lodging initial interest does not lock you in to buying or signing up, should the option look less appealing after a closer look. It's been 2.5 years now since the ref, and we've seen just what kind of deal can be struck, learned what a mess this would cause in Ireland, and seen many leading figures who pushed for Brexit run for the hills rather than actually try to deliver it. Time to give the people the option to think again. And the people in general agree; having a people's vote is way ahead of not having one in the polls.
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    Inverse Dead Pool 2019

    Feeling vaguely left out after not picking Channing...
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    The EU Referendum Hokey Cokey

    I'm not going to pretend that I know how any of this is going to go down. Still hopeful for a people's vote; given the quality of the decision making process in Westminster at the moment, they may as well hand the decision back to the people.
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    Death Links

    Back at you, miseryguts :-)
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    The EU Referendum Hokey Cokey

    So May's deal has lost the vote. Now what? Meanwhile, no deal brexiters and remainers have been oddly united in protesting May's deal: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/jan/15/a-terrible-deal-remainers-and-leavers-unite-against-theresa-may-brexit-plan
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    Death Links

    And note that the 49,000 figure is specifically opioid overdoses alone; the total USA overdose death toll last year came to 72,000, nearly half again as many. And according to the UN office on drugs and crime, the USA has the highest drug overdose rate per capita of any country in the world; unsurprising as the total worldwide drug overdose death tally came to 160,000 in 2015. Meaning, most likely, that the 4% of the world's population who live in the USA account for more than 40% of all drug overdose deaths worldwide. Within the USA, the single worst hit state is West Virginia, with an annual mortality of 57.8 drug overdose deaths per 100,000 people per year, or 1 in every 2,000 people dying of an overdose each year. EDIT: It's no surprise, then, that West Virginia has such a low life expectancy; at 75.4 years, it comes in lower than Jamaica, Serbia, or Algeria. Which is not to say the situation is great elsewhere either. The UK has also been setting new drug overdose death records for itself in recent years, with a record 3,744 drug poisoning deaths in England and Wales in 2016, for instance. The worst hit region, the Northeast, has an annual mortality of 7.7 drug misuse deaths per 100,000 people per year. EDIT: Also, if the US are world champions, the UK are EU champions, with the highest rate of drug-related deaths of any EU country, and accounting for 31% of the EU total.
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    The EU Referendum Hokey Cokey

    You could grow a beard for the purpose? ;-)

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