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Colm Buckley
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I look forward to this moment, every week.

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Oh, Canada...

So, consider these:

* A Republican Congress doesn't have the political will to impeach Trump
* However, by 2018 he is sufficiently mired and unpopular that the Democrats regain majorities in the House and Senate. Not big majorities, but enough to regain committee chairmanships and the like.
* The various investigations conclude in early 2019 and reveal massive corruption and collusion on the part of the Trump/Pence campaign.
* Enough GOP Senators are convinced that impeachment and conviction are guaranteed. Trump and Pence resign.

I don't think any of these, individually, are colossally unlikely (although the combination might be).

The result is that the 46th President of the United States would be Nancy Pelosi.

'Tis a consummation devoutly to be wish'd.

(Yes, I know they'd probably arrange for Pence to resign first, and someone equally horrible but not immediately tainted to become VP and hence President, but still, it's nice to dream...)

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This week's episode of American Gods was startlingly beautiful, and an absolute tour de force by Emily Browning. Extremely well-done detail and material which was a bit thin in the book. Laura suddenly became a real person with real, complex motivations. Very impressive.

Do not, under any circumstances, put the Pope in my bedroom!

I'm still laughing.


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Laurie is spot on, as usual. This is a book to be mocked, sure - but it's also to be recognized as evil and condemned as such.

My, oh my, The Handmaid's Tale is just superb. Episode 6 was much more political than most of the previous ones, and has taken Serena Joy's character in a very different (and much more interesting) direction versus the book.

I was also absolutely struck by the sheer "cinematographic" quality of this week's episode; the use of deep colour reminded me of nothing so much as Greenaway's The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover from a few decades back.

It's not perfect; its structure as a TV show makes it a little too "episodic" for my taste, with each week's installment ending on an overly-dramatic note.

But overall, it's just excellent. Some of the best TV I've ever seen.

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Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.
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