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  1. Comment on If 2008 was a win for social 2012 was a win for biggish data (and political numeracy)…
    on 7 November 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Thank god Obama has won.

    I waited 90 minutes to vote, the longest I have ever waited.

    Anyway, I was going to to be very angry with Nate Silver if he got our hopes up to see us crushed. But I did very much enjoy his posts and analysis, regardless.

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  2. Comment on Dolours Price “fresh interviews” on Adams contradicts Ed Moloney – Sunday Telegraph
    on 23 September 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Obviously, Adams was involved in planning violent campaigns and strategy, if not in 72 than shortly thereafter. The only noteworthy aspect of this is that it directly contradicts Moloney’s claims about the BC tapes.

    Moloney may have had no choice but to lie in a desperate attempt to keep the promises he made to those who agreed to be interviewed, promises (about the tapes not being released until after their deaths) that he could not keep.

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  3. Comment on Was 9/11 Television’s last great exclusive on a truly global event?
    on 18 September 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Pretty hilarious that this thread has degenerated into a ‘themmuns was worse’ slugfest.

    Some things never change.

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  4. Comment on Following Bill Clinton
    on 11 September 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Don’t count out the efforts of the Republican party at voter suppression in key swing states.

    It may just give Romney the election.

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  5. Comment on The day the western world stood still… 11th September 2001
    on 11 September 2012 at 4:41 pm

    ‘Of course no politician dare say that enough is enough.
    11th Anniversary……..17th……..23rd…….42nd…is this how it will always be’

    I just read an article (I think it was the Washington Post) about how many commemorations are toned down and smaller than in the years past. Hopefully it will continue this way except for major anniversaries…

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  6. Comment on The day the western world stood still… 11th September 2001
    on 10 September 2012 at 9:15 pm

    I had just recently moved to the Washington, DC area and was working at a restaurant in Pentagon City (across the highway from the Pentagon). I had been out late the night before and didn’t get out bed until almost noon. As I left my house to go to the the restaurant for my shift I noticed soon the crazy traffic patterns as all roads leading away from the city were jampacked like I have never seen before or since. People in suits were walking on the side of the road, having abandoned their cars or just deciding that walking was faster than driving or waiting for a bus that would never come. The whole city (or at least those white collar folks who work there but live in the suburbs) seemed to be emptying at once. It was like something out of a movie.

    Needless to say, I soon found out what was happening and there was no work that day or the next for me.

    What a bizarre day. A tragic day, but also tragic in that it unleashed the worst ideologues (NeoCons) on the world as it allowed them to attempt to use military power to remake the Middle East. What a lost decade for the USA in so many ways.

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  7. Comment on “…an IRA worth tens of millions of dollars”
    on 6 September 2012 at 8:43 pm

    I dont think this was even on TV here. The only speeches they had on network TV were parts of Elizabeth Warrens and Bill Clintons.

    But what will be on TV everywhere in the next few months is hundreds of millions of dollars of negative advertising from Romney’s endless coffins

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  8. Comment on Was Sunday’s loyalist riot in north Belfast an attempt to ‘regulate by riot’?
    on 6 September 2012 at 8:38 pm

    All parades should be banned for a year. That will teach these neanderthals a lesson

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