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This paragraph, taken from this New Yorker article*, is the best summary of the differences between the UK and the US I've seen in a long time.

* http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/04/25/sharon-horgan-the-brutal-romantic-behind-catastrophe
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Im not sure it has to do with public broadcasting system and more with culture differences.

Being that said, there is a trend in USA comedies where there is either a guy that "cant catch a break" or a "friend" who is boderline an abusive psycopath to the main character and yet everybody see this as hilarious
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Just when you think he's hit rock bottom...
Former neighbourhood watch volunteer who was acquitted of murdering unarmed teenager touts firearm as a ‘piece of American history’
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Apparently, the Taliban feels they are too good for McDonald's.

Yes, I know McDonald's and its food but we will never eat it. We don't even consider it as a food. This isn't our food ... We live in the rough, tough mountainous areas and need energy and power to fight against the enemy
McDonald's opened its first restaurant in Pakistan's western city of Quetta, the reputed home of the Taliban's ruling council.
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+Holly A​​​ I'll take your point and respect your stance. I am just sick of vegans taking the moral high ground and wishing bad upon the people that make their own choices, it seems to be a trend. I'm not saying that's what you do but damn, these people contradict peace with hate. I agree that the corporations are cruel and unethical and twisted, but there are 8 billion people in this world. Unfortunately we have to do what it takes to survive and sadly in many ways this means we must mass produce things. I know it is sad and cruel but that is the cycle of nature, it is survival and nature can be very violent. I don't choose McDonalds as my first choice, believe me it makes me feel like crap, but I burn about 4,000 plus calories a day, and well if I'm on a budget and at work, I sometimes have to go to the place that is literally 5 seconds away. It's better than trying to work with an empty stomach. On the alternative side I also like to workout with very high intensity and quite heavy weight, keeps me strong 😊. If I was a vegan I would have to consume soooo much more food than I am physically able to. My blood type is carnivorous, ues we are animals too, but I try to have a balance and like to know the animal lived a long life. Ot sounds terrible, I don't know how to say it in a nice way but in nature animals ARE a food source, I thank my ancestors for surviving throughout the ages with this fact. I can't go buy 8 pounds of kale and eat it all lol. Also the proteins in different foods are absorbed differently, meaning only a certain percentage of the proteins of foods is absorbed, with eggs being the highest almost a 100%. The system we live in is completely fucked yes it is, but how many people truly have the entrepreneurial talents to not work for a corporation? How many jobs would we lose? These corporations also provide a living for many people. Do I care about animals? Yes I do, but not more so than my own human race. The thing is, it's damned if we do, damned if it don't. Such is the sad reality of an overpopulated planet 😞
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I like Bernie Sanders just as much as about 80% of the people in my stream but, at some point, he is going to have win and win big in the remaining states. Hillary Clinton's win in the New York primary gives her 31 more delegates than Bernie Sanders (so far), which effectively wipes out the gains that Bernie got from Hawaii, Alaska, and Idaho collectively (i.e. 3 of the last 7 states he won).
Democratic frontrunner victorious, as Trump sweeps to victory in Republican race, reviving his hopes of winning nomination outright
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I agree with Robyn.  And knowing that, most of the low information voters aren't even paying attention yet ... 
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The newest "crusade" by the Royal Malaysian Police.... poppy seed cakes. Seriously. Are there no other crimes in Malaysia that deserve more police attention?
KUALA LUMPUR: The public are cautioned against consuming cakes topped with or containing poppy seeds.
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If this is the top of the list, Malaysia must indeed be a utopia!/s
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Must be a nice problem for the arms industry to have..
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I think it's time to stick a fork in David Cameron. He seems to be just about done already...
PM sold stake in Blairmore investment fund, which featured in Panama Papers, for £31,500 four months before entering No 10
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+U-Ming Lee it was still the lowest turn up for a vote ever .... Why ? The good folks of this country can't be arsed to vote for a system that threw them overboard 50 years ago 
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I always thought that, except for very specific circumstances, governments cannot stop their citizens from leaving and re-entering the country. I checked and saw it right there in Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Which, of course, Malaysia has not signed...

So, seeing this is a public post, I would like to applaud the Malaysian government on their wisdom of barring people who are critical of the government from travelling out of the country.
EXCLUSIVE: KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians who discredit or ridicule the Government in whatever way can be barred from travelling overseas for three years.
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The lack of dual citizenship is probably a relic from the pre Independence era of making sure it's immigrants are committed to the then Malaya rather than their original homelands.

Now it's just a way to tighten the grip on the people. 
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The front runner in the Philippines presidential elections boasts about Viagra-fuelled affairs, joked about raping a missionary, openly encourages extrajudicial killings, and talks about conducting mass executions if he is elected president.

And you thought Donald Trump was over the top...
Political elite in shock with the outgoing president comparing frontrunner Rodrigo Duterte to Hitler who responds by calling him a ‘son of a whore’
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This worries me...where it is all going to with these senseless and extreme people :(
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The greatest spectator sport

It's now mathematically impossible for Ted Cruz to gather around enough delegates to win the nomination outright. But Ted Cruz really really wants to be the nominee so Ted Cruz will probably do what Ted Cruz does best: fuck shit up.

Although Ted Cruz can't win outright, he can work hard to deny Donald Trump the 1,237 delegates he needs to be the party's nominee. Hell, he could work with Kasich to form the "Grand Alliance to Restore the Constitution" (conservatives aren't known for their aversion to hyperbole) to this effect.

In a contested convention, previously bound delegates become unbound in successive rounds until a definitive nominee is found. At this point, wheeling and dealing becomes the order of the day and candidates compete to make "promises" to delegates to win their support. Trump (and Cruz to some extent) have made their names as "outsiders" and aren't likely to be favoured by delegates.

Of course, if someone other than Trump wins, I could see Trump wailing on about how the nomination was "stolen from him" and run as an independent candidate. If, on the Democrat side, Hillary Clinton takes the nomination, Bernie Sanders could very well see that the right wing vote would be split and decide to run as an independent. Then, we might have progressive independent/Democrat (Sanders) taking on centre right-wing Democrat (Clinton) and two right-wing loons of the fascist (Trump) or Dominionist (Cruz) persuasion.

Now who said politics isn't fun?
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   A 4-ways election would probably be a good thing for the country though. For starters, it would reduce the classic "voting for the lesser evil"  problem… it would force the parties to acknowledge that they need to listen from time to time, and cannot just do whatever they want and shove candidates down the throat of voters… it might even challenge the 2-parties system, and push toward opening up to a form of government focusing on building a majority (because no one has the majority outright) rather than crystallising on disagreements…
   One can always dream!
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Now this is worthy of a reshare. h/t +Richard Durham
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Very clever joke......
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Poor David Cameron simply cannot catch a break. Trying to answer questions about the financial benefits he gained from an offshore trust, he released his tax returns. Now fresh questions are being asked about a £200,000 "gift" from his mum.
Unprecedented release of prime minister’s personal tax details reveal 2011 payments to help him avoid inheritance duties
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And all this going on while he was running around saying 'we're all in this together'. Bollocks.
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I like music of all sorts, but particularly classical music and jazz, and I can be found on the Internet a lot talking about the various things that do interest me - politics (only sometimes!), economics (I'm still learning), science, philosophy - but ultimately enjoying most trading anecdotal stories and "folksy" wisdom just to get a feel of how things are around the world and across the generations. Result of this so far: we are certainly not as different from one another as we think we are!
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