Archive for October, 2020


How can the Democrats make the American political system a bit fairer?

October 10th, 2020 by Roger Darlington

Everybody knows that the 2016 presidential election was won by Republican candidate Donald Trump even though the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton won almost three million more votes. The explanation is that the President is not elected directly but chosen by an Electoral College which is biased in favour of the smaller rural states which generally […]

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Which countries suffered the greatest death tolls in the Second World War?

October 8th, 2020 by Roger Darlington

World War Two was the deadliest conflict in history. An estimated 70-85 million people perished. But some countries suffered very much more than others. Precise figures are impossible to determine and new research has revised some previous estimates. For the purpose of this blog posting, I am going to use figures from the Wikipedia page […]

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A review of “The Eight Hundred”, a controversial film on the battle for Shanghai in 1937

October 6th, 2020 by Roger Darlington

For more than seven decades, the American, British and Russian film industries have given us one war movie after another representing the successes of their nations in the Second World War. Now that the Chinese film sector is such a powerhouse, it is understandable that it would want to get in on the act. The […]

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A review of the 1995 classic film “Clueless”

October 2nd, 2020 by Roger Darlington

Although I’m a massive movie fan, I guess that it’s not surprising that I never caught “Clueless”. At the time of its release, I was a father in his late 40s – not exactly the demographic attracted to this witty satire of teenage life in Beverley Hills very loosely based on the Jane Austen novel […]

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How much crazier can the American presidential election become?

October 2nd, 2020 by Roger Darlington

So Donald J Trump has contracted Covid-19. This is hardly surprising given the lack of precautions that he has routinely followed. But what happens now? His symptoms could be mild or even none. But .. If Trump becomes severely ill, he may temporarily transfer power to the vice-president under the 25th Amendment of the US […]

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A review of the film “On The Basis Of Sex”

October 1st, 2020 by Roger Darlington

When veteran US Supreme Court member Ruth Bader Ginsberg died last month aged 87, I quickly accessed and viewed the two films about her released in 2018. First, I saw “RBG”, a fine documentary covering the whole of her life. Then I caught up with “On The Basis Of Sex”, a feature film written by […]

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