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Posts on 05/23/17

"One Determined Socialist Lady": Lina Merlin

(Roy Domenico, USA, 05/23/17 11:52 am) In answering JE's question on the criminalization of prostitution in Italy, Eugenio Battaglia (23 May) mentioned some factors that may have pushed for it--democracy and buonismo, the UN a ...

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Buonismo and the End of the (Legal) Italian Brothel

(Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 05/23/17 9:56 am) John Eipper asked about Italy's proscription of legal and regulated prostitution in 1958. It was a result of the arrival of a democracy, "buonismo" (goodism?), one determined s ...

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Trump Would Have Won Anyway

(Timothy Brown, USA, 05/23/17 8:01 am) In response to Brian Blodgett (22 May), yes, in the 2016 four plus-candidate election, Clinton received more votes than any of the other four major candidates. But she didn't win because the Unite ...

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France`s "Parachute" Candidates

(Carmen Negrin, France, 05/23/17 7:43 am) Le Pen and Mélenchon are both "parachuted," as the French say. They are proposing their candidature where they received the most votes in the presidential election, in order to be as ...

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What If France Had an Electoral College?

(Brian Blodgett, USA, 05/23/17 5:14 am) As an American, I did not follow the French elections nearly as much as some Europeans followed the US elections. However, I looked at the votes in France during the first round and the percent ...

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Voter Abstention: Isle of Wight

(John Heelan, UK, 05/23/17 4:27 am) Voter turnout (or its mirror image, voter abstention) often decides the outcome of an election, demonstrating the level of the electorate's interest (or disinterest) in the decision. I have been ...

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Posts on 05/22/17

Marine Le Pen, Parliamentary Candidate

(Carmen Negrin, France, 05/22/17 4:27 pm) We will soon have the "législatives" elections in France, so we will be able to value the real progress of Le Pen, Mélenchon and whoever.  I bet for a result below 24 ...

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A Union of Fifty Independent States?

(David Duggan, USA, 05/22/17 11:00 am) Tim Brown wrote on May 22nd: "The United States [is] named the United States precisely because it was created by independent states coming together and agreeing to give part, but not all, their s ...

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Etymology of Puttanesca Sauce

(Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 05/22/17 10:27 am) John Eipper (5 May) asked about puttanesca sauce. In the good old days when officially state-regulated brothels were lawful, until 20 September 1958, nothing was more mannerly and frie ...

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Remove Trump?

(Cameron Sawyer, Russia, 05/22/17 8:41 am) It seems to me that Istvan Simon (21 May) doesn't seem to understand what I was trying to say in my note of 20 May. I was not indeed saying that Trump should not be removed from office, if t ...

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