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The big one is coming, Elizabeth. - Rubin

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It's been quite a while since I last posted anything (appears to have been August 12th) to this journal. Though, it's not because I haven't thought of things to post. I jot down notes of ideas nearly everyday - however they're not very organized - often just a couple of words or a website. Posting the notes might be fine for a journal that only I would read, but since others may read it, I prefer it to be more organized. If nothing else, as is, no one but me could make heads or tails of them.

Rather than attempt to make one huge post, I'm going to try to organize a few of these past notes enough to post one every few days. So first up is what will hopefully be the first in a series of random notes/thoughts...

Rubin's Random Thought of the Day:

Why is it that left-wingers have multiple places to go (Canada, Cuba, and China - just to name a few 'C's) to if conservatives take over, yet there is no country in the world more free for conservatives to go to if the left takes over?


In other news:
kittykatya gives Rodney no respect.


Doctor Who in the US news (from Outpost Gallifrey)
TBI Buyers' Briefing, a weekly information service sent to over 6,000 worldwide TV executives, this morning features a news item: "BBC scout gets feet under US table: Dr Who US sale being finalised". Among the various items mentioned in the report, which is mostly about the move of BBC Worldwide executive Paul Telegdy from London to the US, is an impending sale of the new series to this, the largest television market for the new show. "One really exciting franchise on both sides of the Atlantic that audiences know and love is Dr Who," Telegdy is quoted as saying in the report. It mentions that he is talking to an "interested party" and is confident it will be sold to a US network in the near future. "We're discussing the ratings potential of the show," he explains. He is likely referring to a cable network, not to one of the over-air broadcast networks.
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From:kittykatya
Date:October 6th, 2004 04:00 pm (UTC)
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Just hadn't gotten around to posting yet; need to catch up with Janet Leigh as well.
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From:rubinpdf
Date:October 7th, 2004 11:43 am (UTC)
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I know - I just needed to use "no respect" in combination with Rodney Dangerfield... and since you hadn't post about his death yet, you worked well for the set up.
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From:desfido
Date:October 7th, 2004 07:34 am (UTC)
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Well, compared to you, I know I'm a left-winger (even though, in reality, not so much - I'm just a winger, not for either side, just generally extreme in my views :). But of those, assuming I was to leave the country, Canada is the only one I'd think that anyone would actually go to. There *are* places which would be at least as acceptable to conservatives as the places that you think "left-wingers" would find acceptable - for example, China is fairly open, economically. If you think it's implausible that a conservative would want to go there, why is it plausible for a left-winger to want to go there? Things that both would probably value are denigrated there; though there may be some aspects that some may approve of, overall, I doubt most would consider the trade offs acceptable. But for countries that *are* fairly conservative friendly, how about Australia? I can't think of any policies that are really conservative-abhorrent that they've done recently that our current legislative/executive combo hasn't also done an equivalent of, so if Australia's not acceptable in case of a "left wing" take over, why it acceptable to stay here?
I think that in general, trying to pretend that the US is really all that great at supporting the values you claim to have is ludicrous, if you think that no other country supports them at least as well. In fact, I think a strong argument could be made that, say, Turkey, supports the values you claim to have at least as well as the US does. Note that I don't think Turkey supports those values particularly well, just that the US doesn't seem to either.
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From:cxi162
Date:October 7th, 2004 08:21 am (UTC)
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Australia has banned guns, crime has increased. Enough said.
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From:rubinpdf
Date:October 7th, 2004 12:02 pm (UTC)
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I was going to say that. Though, I was also going to point out that Australia has rolled out street corner surveillance cameras similar to those of Great Britain as well.
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From:rubinpdf
Date:October 7th, 2004 01:13 pm (UTC)
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I think that in general, trying to pretend that the US is really all that great at supporting the values you claim to have is ludicrous...

I said no other country in the world is as free as the U.S., not that it is perfect. I have no intention to move to another country. My point was that apparently there are plenty of countries the left wishes they could move (particularly if they don't get their way), but you rarely hear conservatives say they plan on moving.

I chose Cuba for my list because during the Elian Gonzales saga, the left continually aggrandized it - Cuba was the home of full employment, free health care, and free [re]education for all... Little Elian would have much greater opportunities there than if he were to linger here in the unfair United States.

As to China, I was being facetious. It was another country that began with a 'C' and is nearly as free as the Utopia known as Cuba.

I assume it is quite obvious why I selected Canada for the list. It most frequently finishes the sentence, "If [insert Republican candidate] wins, I'll move to __________."
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From:jazzfish
Date:October 8th, 2004 05:08 am (UTC)
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I understand that Albania is the sort of tax-free, regulation-free paradise you're looking for.
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