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  1. https://edition.cnn.com/2020/07/21/politics/joe-biden-black-voters/index.html Joe Biden's advantage over Trump with Black voters is currently smaller than Hillary Clinton's was (CNN)The death of George Floyd and subsequent protests reshaped the presidential race. It brought race relations, racism and police brutality to the forefront. In that time, former Vice President Joe Biden's advantage over President Donald Trump expanded from about six points to closer to 10 points. Interestingly, however, Trump continues to do something perhaps unexpectedly among Black voters: Hold his own against Biden relative to many people's expectations. There have been over 10 national live interview polls since the protests began for which I could assess Black voter sentiment in the presidential race. Altogether, we're looking at well more than 1,000 interviews. Biden leads in those polls by an 83% to 8%, or 75-point, margin. That, of course, is a huge advantage for Biden, but it also represents a small improvement for Trump since 2016. Hillary Clinton was ahead of Trump by a 79-point margin among Black registered voters in the pre-election polls taken right before the 2016 election, as compiled by the New York Times' Nate Cohn. Biden, for what it's worth, is equaling Clinton's 83% in those polls. Trump's picking up a lot of the vote that went to third-party candidates.
  2. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/21/opinion/should-we-cancel-aristotle.html Should We Cancel Aristotle? He defended slavery and opposed the notion of human equality. But he is not our enemy. By Agnes Callard Ms. Callard is a philosopher and professor. The Greek philosopher Aristotle did not merely condone slavery, he defended it; he did not merely defend it, but defended it as beneficial to the slave. His view was that some people are, by nature, unable to pursue their own good, and best suited to be “living tools” for use by other people: “The slave is a part of the master, a living but separated part of his bodily frame.” Aristotle’s anti-liberalism does not stop there. He believed that women were incapable of authoritative decision making. And he decreed that manual laborers, despite being neither slaves nor women, were nonetheless prohibited from citizenship or education in his ideal city. Of course Aristotle is not alone: Kant and Hume made racist comments, Frege made anti-Semitic ones, and Wittgenstein was bracingly upfront about his sexism. Should readers set aside or ignore such remarks, focusing attention on valuable ideas to be found elsewhere in their work? This pick-and-choose strategy may work in the case of Kant, Hume, Frege and Wittgenstein, on the grounds that their core philosophical contributions are unrelated to their prejudices, but I do not think it applies so well to Aristotle: His inegalitarianism runs deep.
  3. I agree with it entirely. All citizens of all genders should be expected to care and protect our society. If a woman can fight and defend her nation then why shouldn't she? Plato, Republic: "A man and a woman who have a physician's mind (psyche) have the same nature." Plato, Republic: "If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things.”
  4. I loathe this one so much. My irritating aunt and uncle watch it and are always trying to shove it down my throat. They get so offended too that I don't watch it and don't want to discuss it. Dude, not everyone likes the same things. Quit trying to shove this down my throat.
  5. Moontide's pretty good. Only English language film Gabin ever made.
  6. My grandma had a French provincial rotary phone that was very nice. It was basically a candlestick style with a curly chord. I think it was early 60s but intended to look much older.
  7. George Will has been anti-Trump since Trump announced he was running. I'm not aure why you would even expect him to be pro-Trump. His actual supporters will only become more and more fervent despite certain Republican politicians fighting against him.
  8. The Phantom Carriage Next: cannibal movie
  9. I vaguely recall having seen Object of Obscure Desire on TCM before but maybe it was another Bunuel film?
  10. The doors aren't? A loaded question.
  11. Dennis Farina did a good segment on Unsolved Mysteries on why De Salvo probably wasn't the killer. Basically he wasn't even really competent and the cops pinned it on him and he went along. Keep in mind that the victims greatly varied in age and MO which is extremely unlikely for a serial killer (most serial killers have preferred types and murder methods).
  12. I just rewatched this one on the Criterion channel with the commentary. Great film all around. What really makes Zaroff a bastard is trying to kill Rainsfeld at the end. Rainsfeld won even by your crooked rules. Just accept defeat.
  13. I'm rereading Plato's Laws. I am on Book III so far and love the parts criticizing alcohol. Alcoholism is a scourge on society.
  14. I saw Soleil O on the Criterion channel a few days ago. Boring as Hell and almost put me to sleep. Has that faux-Godard style in it too that was common during leftist movies of that period. Definitely not for me.
  15. Dude, why is it always "democrats this" and "democrats that." I dislike a few of them too but we should just be happy there is a vaccine being developed.
  16. I've noticed that on TV and in documentaries, the women's breasts are censored but the transgender's implants are usually not,
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