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  1. Great news: "insurance for everybody"! http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN15005C Does he mean the US is finally going to get the universal health care every civilised nation should provide its citizens? I wonder what form such a bill would take to be politically palatable. It's not going to happen of course but imagine if it did. Donald Trump completing what FDR and LBJ left undone. He could get on Mount Rushmore yet!
  2. How does it "cheapen the brand"? If we had a 14 team league, would that not "cheapen the brand" due to diminishing the quality in the top flight? And which 14 clubs do you propose being involved? How would they be selected and what would the system of promotion and relegation be between divisions, if any? We need one which, unlike the previous one, doesn't involve clubs going bust as soon as they are relegated.
  3. Leeds normally hover around 10k in number of season ticket holders. Last season I think there were a few more, next season I imagine a few less. Broadly I suppose they will correlate with actual attendances so once you get the data for three or four clubs you can probably reasonably extrapolate to the rest.
  4. You do understand that it isn't illegal to have a cr8p password but it is illegal to hack emails?
  5. No, the Bulls owners need to be held accountable for the demise of the Bulls. The RFL have gone way beyond what they probably should have in helping them out in their various incarnations. At some stage the accountability has to lie with the people running the club. The sainted Richard Lewis had a policy that the RFL would be wise to stick to - and to their credit have done: the players are the stars of the game, not the administrators. That's why he was deliberately low-profile. We'd gone through years where everyone demanded to know what the thoughts of the man in charge of the RFL were. Maurice Lindsay was one of the five most famous people involved in the game. That's not why people follow sport. The RFL should be low profile and discrete and make occasional statements on governance and crises such as the one afflicting the Bulls. They shouldn't be out there stating - and the lazy Rugby League press shouldn't be constantly demanding - their views on everything in the game.
  6. Can you quantify or corroborate any of that? Because it reads like most posts on the topic of the RFL which take the governing body out of the context of the sport, the sport's history and what the sport can realistically be. Who are they making an "enemy" of, these people who bring the "serious money into the game"? How do you know they "add little to the commercial side"? How is that being measured? Of course the game needs "serious money"; but people need to recognise that Rugby League is a moderate-sized, regional sport. The RFL is not failing because we remain what we always have been in that respect and that the battle for attention and corporate money remains difficult because of it. What does "pretend to be something it wasn't" mean? What are they pretending to be now that they weren't 20 years ago?
  7. There isn't conclusive evidence about the numbers who didn't vote this time because they lacked the ID required to (typically these laws are drawn so that the poorest and minority or urban populations - i.e. Democratic voters - don't have the right paperwork). It was North Carolina (again) which did it all too blatantly so their law was struck down - ( http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-north-carolina-voter-id-law-20160902-story.html ). In Wisconsin supposedly 300,000 people lacked the required ID under the new laws introduced by the Republican legislature - but that is unsubstantiated and how those voters would have voted if they had is unknowable. Trump won the state by 27,000 votes. Regardless, voter suppression is a clear and widely-used tactic of the modern Republican party. It's unclear what difference it made to the result this year but it once again makes laughable that claim we saw on here last week - seemingly with a straight face - that the Republicans "don't define people by skin tone"
  8. A depressing review of the failings of whatever propaganda Obama put out to support the ACA. Many who have benefited from it don't know they have benefited. And large majorities of Americans support the key provisions of the law whilst a small majority, just about, don't support it when it is called 'Obamacare'. It's a reflection of a paradox - most Americans have, broadly, quite centrist/liberal views, pretty much in line - and sometimes to the left of - official Democrat policy. Focus group the Republican platform and it gets a very rocky reception. Yet all three branches of elected federal government are represented by the latter. In large part that's because the Dems have allowed themselves to be defined as coastal elitists but there's also an inability to adequately sell what they are trying to do. And there remains, bizarrely, a tried and failed assumption that the Republican party is better at running the economy. Regardless, now the GOP fully controls the levers of government it is a recipe for terrible overreach which I anticipate will unwind adversely in the 2018 mid-terms. It's still unlikely the Senate or House will flip given the lay of the land but as an early forecast I'll suggest that Claire McCaskill, Joe Donnelly and Jon Tester all secure re-election in 2018.
  9. There is quite a bit hanging on Trump's political instincts. To the degree that he tries to keep in line with what the American people generally want then the poorer instincts of the GOP can be stymied. Tax cuts skewed to the rich and for corporations and abolishing Obamacare will be an interesting test - although he does face a disorganised formal opposition incapable of getting its messages across and a free run from a press that gets distracted by every tweet.
  10. I'd like to see a decent defence of the practice of taking essentially unlimited campaign contributions from businesses and individuals, and then coincidentally voting down the line in favour of laws which benefit those same businesses and individuals.Likewise they don't fear voter reprisals because they have chosen their own voters and created districts just strong enough to be perpetually safe for them to be re-elected. Corrupt in spirit but not in law (except when they are too blatant in the way they pack black voters into certain districts.) These aren't Republican issues per se as both parties can use these flaws in American democracy to their advantage. Shockingly it happens to be the Republican party which most often does the most egregious things. Perhaps it's because they don't believe in the benefits of a working government in the first place.
  11. Changes made unannounced in late night sessions by lawmakers who don't care/fear any electoral consequences. A Republican strategy straight from their North Carolina playbook. We can expect plenty of this sort of stuff in coming months. I look forward to the views of the Republican supporters who post on this thread; American politics is so legally corrupted that we are often left with only the integrity of the legislators and Presidential vetoes to ensure really bad things don't just get voted through. Those defences may be weaker than ever after January 20th.
  12. Good that he steered it back onto Rugby League but I wish he hadn't mentioned union. We are a proud, independent sport in our own right, we shouldn't constantly, publicly define ourselves in comparison to another game, however inferior and loathsome it may or may not be/have been.
  13. By the way I'm not saying you can't get a decent atmosphere at either of those stadia. I don't really know about Salford yet but I know you can at the McAlpine (I'm never going to really call it anything else) - and not just on days like those epic Leeds-Bradford cup semis in the late 90s. Even tight fought league games can be good if there's approaching 10k there. Conversely Headingley can be a deadly quiet place at times even with decent numbers in. New Craven Park though is a really good call. Hopefully things don't change following relegation. I don't know if it's just because Leeds always seem to end up in trouble there but even with the golf stand it was generally one of the most atmospheric away games over the past decade or so in my experience, alongside Warrington and, of course, Cas.
  14. So the OP started out by asking for "old school" and atmosphere. And has ended up with the A J Bell and the John Smiths Stadiums in the shortlist of three? OK...
  15. The Daily Mail newspaper is a vile publication specialising in racism, scaremongering and often misleading if not outright fake news. The website is a bit different with a lot of different content most of which is clickbait - sensationalist for sure and something I avoid clicking on except by mistake, but not entirely the same agenda. As for how they should know to include the RL world cup in their calendar, it's a bit chicken and egg. I assume they don't have a dedicated rugby league correspondent any more? If they did I imagine the starting point for this would be an email to them and other sports correspondents asking for things worthy of inclusion. Absent that the RFL can send all the press releases they like; if there is no-one there who is going to read them it is all rather futile. A proper newspaper would look at the, say, ten biggest sports in the country and make sure everything is included.