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Old 03-01-2017, 11:55 AM   #881
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maybe i'm naive, but i'm hoping that those opinions are just the very loud voice of a small hateful minority, and most people are better than that...
I think most Americans thought this too
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mama cass, I'll be joining you in France for two months immediately after the election. Je ne parle pas français. I am fearful of this fact mixed in with a nationalist victory
main thing to remember, contrary to popular belief, is that the French are incredibly polite and take offence when people are not polite in return or in their "customs"... always, always, say "Bonjour" to people, even strangers, when you go into a shop, into a doctor's waiting room, to work colleagues when you greet them in the morning - but only say it once a day to a given person - when i was a young student, i made the mistake of saying "bonjour" every time i crossed someone in the corridor (i was learning French and trying to be friendly lol) and they had to explain that it was enough to say it once a day and not every time you see someone throughout the day haha, and "bonsoir" if it's the evening, and always say "please" and "thank you"... the French like to shake hands, say, in a formal work context, the "bises" is for good friends or friends of friends, definitely not work colleagues until you know them well haha... for instance, i picked up my car from the garage today after a repair and the mechanic came out specially just to say "bonjour" and shake hands... sounds silly, but little things like that definitely help haha
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I think most Americans thought this too
you guys were screwed over by the voting system - the majority of individual voters didn't vote for him
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Toulouse or not Toulouse...

Google translate helps if you're not in immediate conversation. My fear is that I try to think up some French and I start speaking in a much more familiar Spanish.
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Toulouse or not Toulouse...

Google translate helps if you're not in immediate conversation. My fear is that I try to think up some French and I start speaking in a much more familiar Spanish.
if you have Spanish already, i'm sure you will find French really easy to pick up - it's so much easier when you've already learned another language...

the accent in Toulouse is weird though
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I'm not much of a linguist, unfortunately. I should be fluent in Spanish, but I'm barely able to get by.
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you guys were screwed over by the voting system - the majority of individual voters didn't vote for him
And a majority of those who can vote did not vote at all, which is saying they were OK with him being in charge.
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And a majority of those who can vote did not vote at all, which is saying they were OK with him being in charge.
this is a huge huge worry... i haven't seen anything from Susan Sarandon, for example, on the issue, since her interview immediately before the election when she said she couldn't vote for Hilary even though she hated Trump but was sure she would win so didn't need her vote - i wonder how she feels now? i thought it was really irresponsible of her to use her position like that...

my daughter's friends are planning on doing "blank" votes, it's a sort of protest vote here, although it's pretty pointless as they're not even counted - there were plans for blank votes to be counted and taken into account in the voting process in some way but this is not yet the case... she's going to try to persuade them not to because there's no way the extreme right will waste any of their votes, so as many votes as possible are needed to counter theirs... i know a couple of people (socialists) who are planning not to vote, in protest at the current political status quo - i know it's their right, but it makes me so mad to see votes wasted like that, especially in an emergency when you're up against the rise of neofascism... mostly people do vote tactically here though - i'm hoping this will be the case...
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I'm not much of a linguist, unfortunately. I should be fluent in Spanish, but I'm barely able to get by.
aw crap, you will just have to nod and smile a lot then
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Trump said he has a plan to defeat ISIS in 30 days, it's been 40. No feet, no fire... just like everything else.
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Trump said he has a plan to defeat ISIS in 30 days, it's been 40. No feet, no fire... just like everything else.


He didn't say *which* 30 days.

That would be telling the enemy!
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He didn't say *which* 30 days.

That would be telling the enemy!


True, yeah, I'm sure his supporters won't mind if he waits a few years.
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maybe i'm naive, but i'm hoping that those opinions are just the very loud voice of a small hateful minority, and most people are better than that...

I see you're from The Netherlands - do you think Wilders has a serious chance of getting elected? I have Dutch friends here who are pretty sure he hasn't got a chance and they view him very much as an outsider... really hope they're right...
Wilders has no chance because his party would need a majority vote.
Our political system will prevent it from happening.
Would 1/4 of registered voters go for this disgraceful moron? Sure.
He tells enough people what they think they want to hear.
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Good job not taking a dump on the podium last night, Trump! Look how presidential you are now!

What a low fucking bar.

I'm still really curious if Oreg created that Tumblr page himself (which would be super weird) or if someone here did it (which is also kind of super weird).
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I still don't really understand Tumblr and reddit kind of looks like back in the day when everyone still posted on newsgroups.

Man I feel old.
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Yeah, I know Reddit is a mix of scum of the earth and actual cool stuff, and I'd like to explore the cool stuff, but I find it really hard to navigate. Not that I've spent much time on it, but when someone links to a page, it just looks like it's more trouble than it's worth.
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Good job not taking a dump on the podium last night, Trump! Look how presidential you are now!

What a low fucking bar.

I'm still really curious if Oreg created that Tumblr page himself (which would be super weird) or if someone here did it (which is also kind of super weird).
Yep.

And look, Trump was so Presidential with saying that the fallen SEAL is looking down on his wife right now.

Apparently OK with the fact that Trump's administration sent him to his death.
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No no, it wasn't the Trump admin, it was the military! See, they got him killed. Not Trump's fault as commander in chief.
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