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Applied to go back to Switzerland, for a doctoral program.

I think my Australian passport may give me an edge over other British applicants, in that if we do do something stupid re: Brexit, arrangements with Australia will remain unaffected and so shouldn't pose a problem for an academic or work visa.  Since these programs are all 4+ years long, and who knows what idiocy we will see in the meantime.

It's not as good as an EU second nationality would be...but I'll work with what I have.


Hillary Clinton's national lead over Donald Trump continues to narrow. Clinton now leads Trump 48 percent to 44 percent, a decline of 2 points since last week, according to results from the latest NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll.

In a four-way match-up, Clinton leads Trump by just 2 points 42 percent to 40 percent. Libertarian Gary Johnson maintains 11 points, essentially unmoved even after his "Aleppo" campaign gaffe, and Green Party candidate Jill Stein maintains 4 points.


Someone posted this all over my workplace.

I am simultaneously angry and cringing.

What I find most amusing and yet also frustrating about this election is how shockingly many white men can't seem to wrap their minds around the fact that the votes of women and minorities actually matter. Let alone that they matter enough to potentially render white male votes irrelevant.

TBH, it's been the case that since the 1950s, the Democrats have not had at least 50% of the white vote.  And it doesn't seem to have harmed their electoral prospects any.

A multitude of crowbars at extreme velocity.

Speaking of prophecy, it was exactly a year ago today I said Trump would get the nomination.

Is that due to the recent change in law with company liability on such cases, or were they got under the old rules?

BTW, just thought I should mention Tila Tequila, she of minor fame before she had brain damage and started to worship Hitler and worry about the Illuminati, is going to be a keynote speaker at an alt-right conference.

Yes, you've read right: the alt-right is politically compatible with the kind of paranoid, racist nonsense one spews due to literal brain damage.

This pneumonia thing has reignited the Bernie crowd, in the very unlikely event that Clinton pulls out in the next few weeks, what kind of chance do you think Bernie would have of 1) Getting the Transferred nomination and 2) Getting voted in instead of Trump?

I would've thought her VP pick would take precedence in any such situation.  It's what the VP pick is for, after all.

Though Sanders polls better than Clinton against Trump, I suspect the reason Trump's attacks were so focused on Clinton is that Sanders is the weaker candidate when it came to smears, and that they intended to make hay with the socialism/Communism stuff if he did win the nomination.  It'd be the whole Tea Party circa 2010 playbook all over again.  Hashtag "creeping communism".

OK, LMNO, you wanted to know about undecided voters?

Here are some undecided voters.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Academia Ghetto Thread
« on: September 12, 2016, 03:20:20 pm »
Could be Sapolsky, I know you've linked to some of his stuff before.  Can't say for sure though.

I think the thing I need to keep uppermost in my mind when dealing with management is that they need me more than I need them, and that they are cowards.

I had a bracing chat with my own manager when he ambushed me during the training session the previous week.  In fact, I was ambushed twice - first by an unscheduled staff meeting, and then by a follow up meeting.  And because I was in pain (old injury flared up) and because I hadn't had much sleep and because I hate annual training, I was in a filthy mood and basically gave it to him, with both barrels.

He not only flinched, he backpedaled.  It was a truly abject display, and has only increased my contempt for him.  Try and call me out for doing my job in front of everyone, then cravenly apologise and claim you mispoke and no offence was meant in private?  Pathetic.  Keep me in the dark while praising my work to your bosses to make you look good?  Claim my ideas as your own?  Too bad you can't keep your lies straight and remember what you've told me from one week to the next.  I have you.  And if that's not enough, I have a parting gift from a student...a story that would look very bad, no matter what light it was presented in.  He doesn't know that yet, but he doesn't need to.  He's not the only one who can ambush people, only when I do it, I'm going to add significant emotional and mental stress to the surprise, because unlike him I'm a professional.

The department head hopes to use me, which is why he's not putting up a difficult front at the moment.  But I also know he's a coward.  He's a filthy misogynist, a man who verbally attacks and belittles women and raises his voice to students, but wouldn't dare raise his voice to me despite the extreme provocation I have given him in the past.  He'll become angry, petulant, obstinate...but he can't stomach the idea of an assault on someone who might actually pose a physical threat, or at least that's how it seems.  He wants my neutrality, so he can promote his spy to my manager's current position, and he thinks he has it...sadly, I gave ammunition to my manager during our chat regarding this spy, and how no-one actually respects or likes her.  No-one respects or likes him either, so it's hardly an obstacle to the position, but it's something he can use, if he's not a complete moron (jury is still out on that).  I may not be in a position to directly take him down, not surgically, but I'm sure as hell I could make his life a miserable line of investigations and meetings in the meantime.  He's easily stressed...making him flip in front of someone important would end his career easily.

I have to admit, I kinda want them to do something stupid.  I've kept quiet and made sure contingencies are in place, and now I'm pushing back and I'm just wondering how far I can push them, when they will snap and lash out.  I can moderate my own response, to a degree, but I really want to see one of them go off the deep end.  Because then I have no excuse not to bring this whole rotten edifice down.

And when I finally leave I may just do that anyway.  You know, for shits and giggles.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Academia Ghetto Thread
« on: September 12, 2016, 06:03:15 am »
That sounds similar to something I once read, but I can't for the life of me think where....

I think at least half the problem is most of them are under 25, and not at all engaged in politics outside of this election.

Especially when Clinton was responsible for things like denying asylum to Hondurans fleeing the coup.

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