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  1. As well he might be. He would have been well advised to face up to that risk under the last US administration. Jeff Sessions is quite bullish about prosecuting him.
  2. He's saving everyone an awful lot of trouble by imprisoning himself.
  3. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-44166810 Ecuador seems to be getting a bit weary of their tiresome house guest in London.
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    Fictional Legal Entities

    Totally irrelevant. If the Court has the correct Individual in front of it, he can call himself anything he wants. It makes no difference. He still has to answer for his offences.
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    Fictional Legal Entities

    The link back to manxman1980's post doesn't seem to work. Here's the FB post in question. Like Declan, I saw the obituary. There is an online site that debunks scams including the 'freeman'/Kate of Gaia stuff which covered TameElf's court appearance, and that reported that he appeared in very frail health at the time of his Court appearance.
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    50mph Limit For Coast Road

    No, like the coast road.
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    50mph Limit For Coast Road

    I'd support making 50 mph the maximum limit permanently. The coast road, like all our major roads, is a rural A road and it has numerous villages and settlements along the way, many bends and hazards and quite poor surfaces in places. It is really unsuitable for high speeds.
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    Fictional Legal Entities

    http://www.three.fm/news/isle-of-man-news/watch-accused-says-identity-a-legal-fiction-in-driving-case/ We seem to have another 'Freeman' on the Island. Perhaps the late Tame Elf left a legacy of followers, or the whole 'Freeman' fallacy is more widespread than I have imagined. Or maybe when they're all out of ideas to excuse their driving offence, some people are prepared to try anything, even if it costs them their credibility.
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    When The Fun Stops...

    Accepting your say so on that, it doesn't necessarily show cause and effect. Gambling and obesity could quite well both have a link to something else. Poverty is the first thing that comes to mind. Take a stroll through any deprived neighbourhood and you find a high street lined with betting shops. I'd find it easier to accept that there is a kind of symbiosis between poverty and gambling, and a link between poverty and obesity.
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    Which were you. Laurel or Yanni?

    Very clearly Laurel on my MacBook when I first heard it, then later when it was played on Radio 4 via Roberts DAB radio, very clearly Yanny. NY Times has a little app with a slider that lets you change which frequencies are filtered and hear both. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/05/16/upshot/audio-clip-yanny-laurel-debate.html
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    In a nutshell, the explanation that requires the fewest assumptions is usually the best.
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    If you mean that something can tend to be discredited simply by describing it is a conspiracy theory, I agree. Probably the best approach is to forget the vocabulary being used, look for the known facts, and in the case of alleged conspiracy theories, apply occams razor with care.
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    Declan, you make a very good point. 'Fakenews' is a case in point. It has been repeated, so frequently and so widely since Trump injected it into the political conversation that now it has come into common use. When he first started using it, with the hand gestures to emphasise it, I just thought he was a clown, and that people wouldn't ever buy that as any kind of considered rebuttal. But repetition has given the word some sort of credibility, so that just reciting it casts a doubt on the authenticity of a piece of news. That isn't to say that the news oughtn't to be challenged, but credible challenges consist of a proper critique, disclosing facts, not the recital of a word that has some resonance for the audience. George Orwell's explanation of Newspeak: "The purpose of Newspeak was not only to provide a medium of expression for the world view and mental habits proper to the devotees of IngSoc but to make all other modes of thought impossible. Its vocabulary was so constructed as to give exact and often very subtle expression to every meaning that a Party member could properly wish to express, while excluding all other meaning and also the possibility of arriving at them by indirect methods. This was done partly by the invention of new words, but chiefly by eliminating undesirable words and stripping such words as remained of unorthodox meanings, and so far as possible of all secondary meaning whatever."
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    Paris knife attack

    I keep telling you, it is affect in that context and not effect. I have no idea where you find the things that you attribute to me above. Certainly not in anything I have written. But as I have observed already, your comprehension of written English is very limited. The correct things for you to do now are: 1. Apologise for expressing the hope that I or my family are killed in a terrorist attack because my opinion differs from yours. 2. Apologise for falsely accusing me of hiding behind a keyboard. 3. Refrain from being making distressing and insulting posts in future.
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    Paris knife attack

    Irrelevent. You accused me of hiding behind my keyboard., when it is the very thing that you do and which I do not. After you wished me and my family dead in a terrorist attack.