Similar thing in UK. The right wing press will smear the leaders of parties that are not the Conservatives over their ex-girlfriends, the design of their kitchen and even questioning the patriotism of their parents. Nicola Sturgeon earned a "Most Dangerous Woman in the Country" headline in the Daily Mail (just the English edition, they all have Scottish editions with slightly different content because, well, money) despite the fact that she is not even a candidate in the upcoming General Election.
Of the more than 100 million eligible citizens in the US, is the best candidate for President another Bush or Clinton? Really???
Well, living in another country I have no oar in this, but don't dynasties have a genetic component? Hillary is a Clinton by marriage but all the Bush's have shared genes.
Also off topic, I'm reminded of the fact that some people don't approve of green traffic lights and their local council requires a significant budget to replace them. Maybe they should try bluer shades of green since blue would be an acceptable colour to the local populace.
For the record, we are not a Democracy...
Amen. And for the record, nor is the UK where I live.
...we are a Republic...
No, I'd say that both USA and UK have become Oligarchies in the last 30 years.
...ruled by laws that make all if equal
Are you going for a +5 Funny mod, because I laughed.
there are a lot of native English speakers, a ton more who know it very well as a second language with a good degree of proficiency
In my experience many Europeans who have it as a second language use it more adeptly than alleged native speakers. On first hearing a Swede on TeamSpeak, I was convinced he was English because there wasn't a hint of accent.
Wasn't it the Greeks that called them planets? Or near enough as makes no difference.
There are people who stand in UK elections on similar platforms but they are never of one of the two main parties that form governments.
I guess the US situation will be the same.
People that have actually lived through an event like that tend to react slightly differently than those who haven't.
Perhaps it depends on the people. Terrorist bombings in London were not uncommon in the early 1990s and there were also a lot of bomb scares around the same time. I was in Victoria station in February 1991 when a bomb exploded. A strange experience, I had my back to the blast and the force of the shockwave, even some 40 meters away, was remarkable. Anyway, a few months later I got stuck in a bank during my lunch hour because a bomb scare caused the police to close Fleet Street while I was in it. Thing is these types of scares always turned out to be false alarms, they never caught one before the fact, so I was nothing but irritated about the fact that a policeman wouldn't let me leave the bank until the all clear had been called. I would have been quite relaxed to walk back along Fleet Street despite this bomb scare.
You never know.
A moat can house sharks with frickin' lasers. Nothing medieval about that.
Well, aside from the fact that about half the US electorate are going to hate whoever wins the election; there is a large number of people outside the US that wish ill on the US president irrespective of which party he* represents. Some of them might even know his name.
* yeah, like it's ever going to be otherwise
This is slashdot; how are we supposed to know what GF stands for?
I'd also heard, that much like the rotating ballerina silhouette where you can change your perception of the direction of rotation, it is possible to change your perception of the colours in that photo. I couldn't do it though, stays white and gold.
Actually, New Scotland Yard is the HQ of the Metropolitan Police in London and this disaster was only for Police Scotland.
Police Scotland is the recently formed amalgamation of the four or five police forces that Scotland had into a single force. The merger was to unify various systems, presumably so that something like this could affect the whole of Scotland rather than just one part.
Well, realms of arxiv paper today, it will permeate through to tabloid editors tomorrow... ok, in 2 to 3 years.
I predict the Daily Mail headline will be "Armageddon Threat From Immigrant Star".