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Home country: Spain
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Brit gone native. Cooperative member. Ecology. Cartography. Programming. Music production.

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It is a very large continental shelf.

(BBC).US Election 2016: Sanders wins Washington, Alaska and Hawaii

Source: BBC

... The biggest prize was Washington state, but Mr Sanders also won in Alaska and Hawaii, boosting his campaign. He took at least 70% of the vote in all three states.

Mr Sanders thanked his supporters and said his "campaign has the momentum", but he still faces a tough task to overhaul Mrs Clinton.

After Saturday's caucuses, she leads Mr Sanders by 1,243 delegates to 975, the Associated Press count shows.

When superdelegates - party officials who can support either candidate - who have so far declared their allegiance are included, Mrs Clinton is ahead by 1,712 to 1,004 in the race to reach 2,383 delegates...

Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2016-35903119

Article title above, but appears on BBC front page thus:

Think like the enemy: The scariest thing about Brussels (Simon Jenkins, the Guardian)

Think like the enemy. Let’s suppose I am an Islamic State terrorist. I don’t do bombs or bullets. I leave the dirty work to the crazies in the basement. My job is what happens next. It is to turn carnage into consequences, body parts into politics. I am a consultant terrorist. I wear a suit, not explosives. A blood-stained concourse is a means to an end. The end is power.

This week I had another success. I converted a squalid psychopathological act into a warrior-evoking, population-terrifying, policy-changing event. I sent a continent into shock. Famous politicians dropped everything to shower me with cliches. Crowned heads deluged me with glorious odium.

I measure my success in column inches and television hours, in ballooning security budgets, butchered liberties, amended laws and – my ultimate goal – Muslim persecuted and recruited to our cause. I deal not in actions but in reactions. I am a manipulator of politics. I work through the idiocies of my supposed enemies...


I find:

At the Guardian:

... While Trump looks on course to end the campaign with the most delegates of any candidate, he may not have the 1,237 required to win the GOP nomination outright. That would force the billionaire to make the case for his presidency in a contested convention where party elites, many of whom who are hostile to his candidacy, could hold sway.

With Trump’s projected delegate count expected to come down to the wire, results such as his loss to Cruz in Utah could, later down the line, prove pivotal...


What are the (R) delegate numbers overall so far,

and how do predicted future numbers trend at this point in time?

What do we think about this?

You mean French-Canadian there, right?

Not quite the same as contemporary French-French, French friends tell me. Canada sounds very cool.

I have only travelled across the Atlantic once, to visit Cuba. Must go again... Something pending. And I want to visit Uruguay, Argentina and Chile. And Canada. As regards the USA, the Cascadian (Salish) region seems most attractive.

I was taught some French in my (free, state-run) English grammar school in the '60s. When I first went to France I found that wasn't much use in the real world. Learned some more with French girlfriends, more time in France. When I came to Spain (and Catalonia) I had no Spanish, nor Catalan, but a basic grasp of French grammar helped me learn Castillian Spanish (and a smattering of Catalan) as I went along, sobre la marcha. I took no classes, but living with a Spanish partner, whose family all spoke first Catalan, then Castillian but who advised me to concentrate on Spanish because that's a much more useful, widely-spoken language, helped.

Of course speaking Spanish has allowed me to integrate myself, and has opened up this culture and the cultures of Latin America to me, filling my head with ideas. I think it helps me to think more clearly, in both languages - having some ability to compare and contrast. So many single-language speakers seem to speak without thinking too much about what they're saying. Straight from unspoken thought to tongue without, often, much reflection. I still have a kind of 'loop' in my head where I sometimes need to think about how to phrase what I need to say in Spanish before saying it, although often now, 30 years later, it's as fluent as my English.

There are many Brit expats living in (with apologies, but we do use this term in this way) English-speaking 'ghettoes' on the Spanish coasts and islands (with whom for a long time I rarely mixed). That looks and sounds a bit pathetic. British TV. Closed minds.

I recommend to all: Learn, learn, teach as much as you can. But preferably not through the use of obligation or force.

Duck and cover just wasn't an excercise for us in the '60s.

But you're right. The Great War of 1914-18 was the real thing all right. My German, French, Italian and other European friends here in Spain say the same. The end of the Old Order, entirely brought about by European elites squabbling amongst themselves, with entire peoples paying the price. All the young men of entire villages and towns gone. Cold wind blowing over empty fields.

Then part 2, 1939-45 following that bad French Treaty (Versailles) and the economic crash and depression caused by those same greedy selfish elites.

My father (British 8th Army despatch rider, Norton 500s, in North Africa, Middle East, Anatolia, Italy) told me, I paraphrase, "We came home from that war we'd won, with that recent experience, being demobilised but still with acces to arms. We said to our elites, this was your fault, again. We really do not want to have to do this ever again. Never again. So we're going to make a deal. We want socialism, this much socialism (education, health, heavy industries...). You will pay taxes, this much in taxes. We remain a capitalist, but mixed, economy. Either you accept this deal or we are going to go full Communist." The deal was, grudgingly no doubt, accepted. It was decided the Empire made no sense, the opposite in fact, and had to go...

We have not been aggressive warmongers since then. But we are certainly ready to defend ourselves and our friends. We sincerely hope our friends will not make that necessary, again.

There should be an independent 'electoral comission'

with the power to fine these networks big money for such behavior - and ultimately with the power to shut them down.

Your democracy, your republic is at stake.

But now more and more we do know.

All candidates who do not emphasise the environmental message need to be expelled from active politics. The alternative is mass (auto-)genocide.

Yes, I see. The motherjones article is clearly intended as a hit-piece.

These are all ideas I recall coming across in the '70s or late '60s, and reflective of social-scientific research quite popular back in the day.

The Sanders quote that comes closest to the above hidden false accusation merely poses what is, imho, an entirely reasonable question (then and now):

How much guilt, nervousness have you imbued in your daughter with regard to sex? If she is 16, 3 years beyond puberty and the time which nature set forth for childbearing, and spent a night out with her boyfriend, what is your reaction? Do you take her to a psychiatrist because she is "maladjusted," or a "prostitute," or are you happy that she has found someone with whom she can share love? Are you concerned about HER happiness, or about your "reputation" in the community?

By the way, such a sense of guilt was imposed on me in my childhood (it was the norm), and I'm a guy. For quite a while the consequences hurt a lot.
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