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|15 hours 13 min ago||I am rooting for France, but||
I am rooting for France, but this is one team I'd be OK with them losing to. Iceland's just an amazing story.
It will not be an easy game, at any rate. Iceland has proven this by now. They are undefeated while having played Portugal, Hungary, Austria and England - one of the toughest roads of any team.
|15 hours 20 min ago||I am amazed. Prior to the||
I am amazed. Prior to the game, I thought Iceland might be able to steal a victory with a dubious penalty goal, or to hang on and win in a penalty shootout. But they just flat-out won this.
|15 hours 50 min ago||I believe games that go to||
I believe games that go to penalties do not actually count as official victories. They are recorded as tie games.
|16 hours 12 min ago||The Euro has been around||
The Euro has been around since 1960. It used to be a lot smaller, though, so it was hard to qualify for it. At first it had four teams, then eight, then 16, and now 24.
That said, England's historically been pretty crappy in knockout games.
|16 hours 22 min ago||I like this announcing crew||
I like this announcing crew overall, but they shouldn't be calling this game. It seems like it's difficult for them to put their national pride aside. This is a pretty amazing underdog performance thus far, and they sound like they're at a funeral.
|17 hours 14 min ago||I like how Iceland's anthem||
I like how Iceland's anthem was really long, and then England's lasted about 20 seconds.
|17 hours 42 min ago||Blue is the color of the||
Blue is the color of the House of Savoy, the former Italian royal family.
The Netherlands wears orange for the same reason; its royal family is the House of Orange.
Australia, I'm not sure about.
|18 hours 8 min ago||I don't know all the details,||
I don't know all the details, but this is a pretty nasty allegation.
|18 hours 14 min ago||Happy with this result.||
Happy with this result. Partly because I was a little tired of Spain winning, but also because of the De Gea thing. I'm not sure he should have been playing.
Buffon, man, what a career he has had.
|18 hours 48 min ago||I would imagine Germany is||
I would imagine Germany is rooting for Spain. Incredibly, Germany has never beaten Italy in an elimination game.
|18 hours 53 min ago||It theoretically should be||
It theoretically should be EUA (États-Unis d'Amérique).
But even French speakers usually just say "les USA."
|18 hours 58 min ago||International sports usually||
International sports usually uses French spellings. So Iceland is ISL (for Islande), Switzerland is SUI (Suisse) and Romania is ROU (Roumanie), among others.
But the USA still gets to be USA.
|19 hours 2 min ago||This France team has, at||
This France team has, at least on paper, a phenomenal midfield and pretty good attackers. But there are major questions defensively. They've managed to avoid giving up a goal in the run of play thus far (they've given up two penalties) but there have been tense moments back there. They may need a huge tournament from Lloris in goal to win it all.
|2 days 10 hours ago||The problem isn't a lack of||
The problem isn't a lack of athleticism. It's a lack of skill.
|2 days 19 hours ago||Wales doesn't have that many||
|2 days 19 hours ago||Weeeelllllll...not to defend||
Hoke is arguing against using bend-but-don't-break.
|2 days 19 hours ago||Are Michigan fans unique||
Not necessarily everyone . . . but I do wish Hoke good luck given his service to our program, not just as a head coach but also as a longtime assistant. Don't forget that he was on the staff of the 1997 team.
|2 days 20 hours ago||You're pulling for these||
You're pulling for these guys?
I didn't think they qualified.
|3 days 16 hours ago||That's his granddaughter,||
That's his granddaughter, Marion Maréchal-Le Pen. She is a politician but not in a leadership role.
The leader of the Front National is Marine Le Pen, daughter of Jean-Marie and aunt to Marion.
|3 days 17 hours ago||The UK is different. It||
The UK is different. It holds referendums now and then. They held one a few years back on whether they should switch to alternative voting (which failed). They held the Scottish one, of course. And as noted, they had held one on EEC membership in the 1970s.
After the Maastricht treaty was signed in 1992, most countries staged referendums, and Britain was planning on doing the same. But after France barely ratified it (51% oui, 49% non), the British government got spooked and abandoned plans for a referendum. They found a legal justification to ratify it only via Parliament, but this was something that stuck in the craw of a lot of British voters, who felt that their own political class no longer respected them.
I think it's fair to Cameron that he finally gave British voters their say, a quarter-century later. He just should have run a better campaign to stay in the EU. What the Remain campaign needed to stress was that there is basically no way Britain will get as good a deal as Switzerland or Norway, because the EU has no alternative but to punish a member state that leaves. It will make an example of Britain, which will end up with a lot of terrible bilateral treaties with the EU.
|3 days 18 hours ago||Well, the fact that half the||
Well, the fact that half the country just voted for this suggests it was a pretty significant issue to a lot of people.
I'm not saying that this was poltically astute on his part, or that the voters necessarily made the right decision, but I think it was fair for the British public to have a vote on EU membership. In 1992, most other countries held referendums on the Maastricht treaty, but Britain did not. The only time British voters were consulted was in the 1970s, when they voted for the EEC, the much less political predecessor of the EU.
|3 days 19 hours ago||Also, London's immigrant||
Also, London's immigrant population is probably more recently arrived. Net immigration to the UK was fairly modest until about the turn of this century, when it really took off.
|3 days 19 hours ago||The EU's 2nd largest||
3rd largest now. France surpassed the UK this morning.
(The two countries have had basically the same size economies for a long time.)
|3 days 20 hours ago||It may have to do something||
It may have to do something like that - although at this point, I don't know how many countries are even that enthusiastic about closer integration. Certainly not too many in the West.
The EU expanded too much, too soon. There was a lot of enthusiasm for it when it was a 12- or 15-country bloc, but adding all those Eastern European countries really changed the dynamic. It made immigration an issue. Open borders is one thing when it's just between countries that are all pretty wealthy, and another when you add a lot of countries that are much poorer. This has also made the euro really untenable, being one currency for countries on such different economic levels.
|3 days 20 hours ago||Yeah, I wouldn't assume the||
Yeah, I wouldn't assume the EU issue is a dealbreaker for Northern Ireland. People there already have the option to choose between British and Irish citizenship, so they can individually be part of the EU if they want.
Scotland may be on its way out, although the SNP may wait for oil prices to go back up before holding another referendum.
|3 days 20 hours ago||The European Union only dates||
The European Union only dates to 1993. Previously there was the European Economic Community, which had much less of a political aspect to it. Basically it was a free trade area among Western European countries. The EEC worked very well, by all indications.
It's the EU - which eliminated border controls, launched a single currency for most nations and forced member states to abide by EU legislation - that's been much more controversial. It also expanded boldly into Eastern European countries that were much poorer and eager to sent emigrants to the West.
In the case of Britain, it wasn't as fully integrated as other countries, retaining its pound and refusing to give up border controls, but it had to accept EU legislative authority all the same, and it had to grant EU citizens the right of free entry.
|3 days 20 hours ago||I respect him for doing that,||
I respect him for doing that, even if it damaged his personal political future.
There is a huge disconnect in Europe between the political classes and much of the electorate. Every mainstream European political party supports the EU. The UK Parliament would never have considered voting to leave on its own. The Conservative party has a larger number of anti-EU members than most mainstream parties, but even its members of Parliament predominantly favored membership (the breakdown is something like 200 pro-EU, 130 anti). The rival Labour party's MPs meanwhile are around 90% pro-EU, as are the Liberal Democrats and Scottish Nationalists.
And yet, the British general public always contained a large number of people opposed to the EU. They haven't had a political outlet for this feeling. This is why we're seeing the rise of all these populist political parties across Europe; the mainstream parties refuse to question the EU status quo.
Obviously, Cameron expected to win the referendum, as he did in Scotland, and it looks like a blunder for him now. But he gave the voters what they'd been asking for a long time. I respect that. I do question whether a simple majority should be enough to pull the UK out, though. Perhaps there should have been a higher threshold? 51.9% voted to leave - is that sufficient?
|3 days 21 hours ago||Where does the blue come||
Where does the blue come from? I thought only Scotland had blue in its flag.
I don't think the UK would change its flag even without Scotland, though. It's too well-known as the "brand" of the country to change it.
|4 days 11 hours ago||Whew - Valentine's off the||
Whew - Valentine's off the board.
|4 days 13 hours ago||Soccer is light years behind||
Is it? Soccer (both in terms of participation and as a spectator sport) is very popular among American children and young adults. Now, MLS itself is behind the other major sports leagues, yes, but many people are fans of the sport without necessarily following MLS.