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  1. Agreed. My favourite part was the it was absolutely hilarious
  2. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

    I didn't resist for very long... great start of season!
  3. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

    It starts again on December 1st!
  4. Super Mario Odyssey

    New Donk City is absolutely amazing. I got 277 on the rope (world record yesterday was 55,555, that is crazy!). That is not the toughest minigame I found in the city though, I gave up on the second one, which is And I was filled with joy yesterday
  5. Super Mario Odyssey

    I'm loving the game. I had an initial worry with the controls/the way it moved, but after setting the camera sensibility to high everything clicked into place So far it's not very challenging but great fun, so I have nothing to complain. I have about 160 moons, and my next kingdom is New Donk city. Looking forward to going there tonight!!
  6. Catalonia

    All the members of the Catalan government, except the four in Brussels, are now in prison.
  7. Catalonia

    What we call Spain today was established after the war which ended in 1714. It is true that about a hundred years before that the Aragon crown and the one in Castilla married their descendants, but Aragon+Catalonia were still a separate region with their own courts, etc. There were succession issues afterwards, and those led to the succession war which ended on 1714. I'm not an expert on the topic though, wikipedia has articles on it if anyone is interested:–14) They are indeed, ever since a woman lost an eye because of them (and which happened again on Oct 1st) I agree with that. The reaction of the Spanish government is only causing more people to be willing to separate. Thank you The Catalan president and some of the Catalan ministers are in Brussels, and they held a conference an hour and a half ago. They went there to escalate things down, and to avoid police violence in the streets and undesirable situations for the public workers. It seems like they will stay there until the situation normalises, to denounce that judges are very political and they will participate in the election imposed by the spanish government on the 21st of December. So things will probably be calm for a while, thankfully. The spanish government has already said though, if on December independence wins again, the will just intervene again and impose all this process again...
  8. Catalonia

    To be honest, I don't think we'll get much international recognition now, if any. I hope I'm wrong, but I can't see it happening. I agree that the other EU countries will back Spain. With the mentality of the spanish government it is impossible that they allow any independence, as they don't want to break the unity of Spain under any circumstances. Other territories might ask for that as well then, true, like the Basque Country. And it would mean the end of the political party in power in Spain when that happened. I agree that this is a huge issue for Spain, but it needs to be addressed as it is too big. If they had done things correctly, say, five years ago, we wouldn't be in this situation now, and I don't think people would be talking about independence. And from the Catalan side, yes, a phased independence is the option which had more strength I believe. It will/would be a long and complicated process. Rajoy, the Spanish prime minister has ceased all the Catalan government (as the article 155 is now approved and in action), and said he's holding autonomic elections in Catalonia on the 21st of December. Let's see how events unfold. --- Let me stress once more why I think Catalonia needed to declare independence now. A few months ago, a poll revealed that 80% of the Catalan population wanted a referendum to decide about independence. We already knew that about a 50% wanted independence, and that a considerable percentage (20-30%) only considered the option if it was in agreement with Spain. Rajoy had said that he was open to talk about anything except about a possible referendum for independence, or anything related. So, from the Catalan point of view it seemed that this was the only way to be heard and taken into consideration, either nationally within Spain or internationally. --- And let me just share two more facts about Catalonia. First, the national day in Catalonia is the 11th of September, and we remember the defeat of 1714. Second, the national Catalan anthem is about defending the land against an enemy. And indeed, that enemy is the spanish army, in the context of a succession war between Spain and France in the early 1600s. With this I just mean: you cannot expect the region to comply to policies against its people, given all the past history, the dictatorship and how some things are too similar to that period. You need to embrace the diversity within your country, and act accordingly. As I said above in this post, I'm almost certain that we would not be in this situation if things had been done differently in the last few years.
  9. Catalonia

    Yes, I do think this is just to show they're serious. Since this is a power move, I would say that so far nothing will happen. We have to wait and see. But yes, with every process like this, whatever you do some people will not be satisfied.
  10. Catalonia

    We do not have army. Currency and everything else needs to be sorted out, I'm not exactly sure how much the Catalan government has prepared. This would be a long process. And you're right, international recognition is needed. But Spain will take over in a few hours, the Senate just voted to intervene Catalonia, so I don't know what will happen. Probably none of the above. They would have taken over no matter what. As I see it, this declaration of independence is just an attempt to resist the spanish intervention. Let me add, I'm not happy. I'm extremely worried. With the way Spain has handled this independence movement, there were two alternatives: inaction and submission, or what they've done. This should have been resolved between political leaders, talking. But it was not possible. Let's see what happens now.
  11. Catalonia

    The Catalan Parliament just declared independence.
  12. Catalonia

    I would still want independence, yes. If we were to be independent and recognised, I don't think we could be a part of the EU, at least for some time. You are right. But seeing how the EU is right now, I honestly think that would be for the best. I know this would mean big economic difficulties, but I strongly believe that something needs to change. I don't think this is the main line of thought of the people who want independence, let me remark that. Most want to stay in the EU, and thus are asking for mediation, to find a solution to the issue. But all this would be part of the discussion in favour or against independence, which we haven't been able to have.
  13. Catalonia

    Thanks for that article, it was a nice read. Having a right wing party in Spain controlling the spanish media also helps the other countries to give more biased information I believe, even if for Spain is not biased enough. It is militia enforcement, and Catalonia is starting to be an occupied region. Hearing the spanish senate today, it's going to get much worse in a few hours. I am Catalan, yes. I'm very disappointed in the EU. A few weeks ago they were condemning what happened in Turkey, but when it's happening within their borders they go silent and do nothing. Juncker has said that they don't want an EU of small regions, but of large countries. And Spain is somewhat powerful within the EU still, so I believe they don't want to discredit its leader. As I see it, the EU is hanging from a thin thread right now. The talk about dividing Europe in two, fast and slow Europe, with two different currencies is gaining more strength. I also think that the EU is now starting to worry because the extreme right is gaining power in Europe, and discovering that in Spain it has been there all along would be traumatic. I want independence. I want the Catalan Republic. I have wanted it for many years, as I don't feel spanish. However, I believe that right now independence is needed, to be able to negotiate from a more powerful position. We cannot accept and subjugate to the spanish repression. There is too many people asking for independence, this has to be addressed. A proper voting needs to happen, proper yes and no arguments must be on the table. Also, it looks like unless there is proper action, nothing happens internationally. And with every movement the stock market in Spain goes up or down accordingly. We need to get things moving, we cannot wait indefinitely. And seeing how the spanish government is showing its true extreme right face, I don't see many alternatives. Ideally, I would like the EU to mediate to solve this conflict. To hold a proper referendum. I think the EU should be formed of many small regions, not countries. With decentralisation and proper common politics. With a shared retirement scheme. With many different currencies. With many different cultures and many different languages. Now in Catalonia we have our government, the Spanish government and the EU. I don't want the middle one. Alternatively, I'd be happy if Catalonia enters in the EFTA, and so does the UK. But this is dreaming too far away. When the spanish government occupies Catalonia in a few hours, the people will not be happy. The streets are already filled with people. The media and the police won't comply to Spain. I'm extremely worried, as Spain's government couldn't have handled this worse. I'm afraid that there will be blood again this weekend, and more than on October 1st.
  14. Catalonia

    Yes, that is true. That's why participation percentage was very important. If you were to have a referendum and enough people voted so that the result doesn't change even if the rest of the people vote 'no' (or assuming 80% participation or similar, which would be more realistic), then that would be enough. This was not exactly the case but, as I said, I don't think that the result can be entirely trusted, as the police was involved. I think that what is clear is that a lot of people voted 'yes', but we can't know for sure yet if that is a majority of people. I think that the way the Catalan parliament is distributed now is relevant: 72 parliamentarians for independence 36 parliamentarians against independence 27 parliamentarians which are undecided/mixed (keep in mind that in Spain each vote does not count the same, it depends on where you live. So, 72 parliamentarians for independence were 48% of the votes) This was a year and a half ago.
  15. Catalonia

    It's a very difficult time, indeed. As I see it, the whole process has been handled very badly. However, the independence issue has been there for many years now, and if the Parliament has a majority pro-independence, that is not something you can ignore. I understand why none of the two big political parties in Spain want to be responsible for holding a normal referendum, as the possibility of independence winning now is very real. But I also understand that after all this time, and seeing what has happened in the last 30 years, the minority (in this case, Catalonia) has to start acting at some point. Today the voting in the senate and in the Catalan parliament are taking place. It's going to be a long day. Let me give some more information: The main party in Catalonia (it was then called CiU) started shifting towards independence around 2011, with the first big demonstration for independence that I mentioned. So, indeed, that party moved in part out of political interest. And we also have to keep in mind that the economic crisis was hurting the country badly at that time, so the economic reason was very strong for them as well. Let me make another side note: Catalonia is a rich region within Spain. It contributes about 20% of the total spanish economy, and there is a net flux of money that goes from Catalonia to Spain and doesn't come back. Yes, there has to be a contribution from the richest parts of a country towards the poorest ones, but in Spain that is at the cost of having less and worse infrastructures in the rich region than in the other regions of the country, less opportunities for the students, etc. Corruption also plays a role here. However, economy it's not the only reason, as I started explaining in the first post. The right wing government in Spain has always in some degree threatened the Catalan culture. Spain is also very centralised in Madrid. The infrastructures, like trains, are highly prioritised to go through the capital, even if it's less beneficial economically, for commerce and for the transport of people. And there are many other examples, like moving water from one region to another at the cost of losing biodiversity, etc. It also needs to be said that the parties asking for independence have been gaining more and more votes ever since 1978 gradually. So it didn't jump all of a sudden on 2011, even though it was an important turning point. I know for a fact that the economic reason is getting less and less important as each day goes. And we only need to look at the recent events to understand that. The repression for the voting and the threats the Spanish government are doing are making people remember what kind of country Spain can be. A few weeks ago they arrested for two days some members of the Catalan government. A week and a half ago they imprisoned the two heads of the civil societies that organise the demonstrations for independence. They have threatened that the actual Catalan president could end up like the previous one who declared independence, who was put in jail for two years, then escaped, the nazis caught him, brought him back to the dictator Franco and he was executed. For the 1st of October, Spain sent three quarters of the total spanish army police to Catalonia, about 10,000 policemen. They were the ones in the violent images on Oct 1st, and they are all still in Catalonia. The streets of at least Barcelona (and I have seen this with my own eyes) are tense now, as all this police is there. And they have been causing disorder as well, hitting random citizens because they are pro-independence, causing disorder in bars, etc. And I believe this is a not very well known fact, but in Catalonia rubber bullets were prohibited a few years ago when a woman lost an eye to them. Another eye was lost on the 1st of October because of them. And then we have declarations like this one: I was there, and I can say: violence was not proportional. A video of a spanish policemen leaked where he speaks to a chief over the phone, saying they can't act, there's too much people. He gets ordered to do so, and then they start marching towards a voting school to break in. Many schools were damaged. Firemen did indeed try to stop them. There are videos that show that. But everyone did so in a pacific way, not with violent resistance. It needs to be said as well that the Catalan police closed more voting stations than the spanish one (as they were ordered to do so from the spanish courts) and without violence, and they are still being prosecuted for not acting correctly. And there is something else that needs to be understood here: when the police left to go to Catalonia, some people on Spain were cheering on them chanting: 'go get them!'. The government and the king of Spain back that up as well, so this attitude is understood. We also have to consider that they are now living in not very good conditions, some in the Tweety ship, some in the usual barracks of the spanish army police, but all of them in very crowded and not in the best conditions places. A last comment: some demonstrations and reunions for dialog between Catalonia and Spain or for the right to hold a normal referendum have been stopped by the spanish government in some parts of Spain. However, the extreme-right, fascist demonstrations are allowed, and they tend to involve more violence. In Valencia, the region just south of Catalonia in Spain, a extreme right group attacked the people doing a legal demonstration for independence. The Spanish police does not act in those cases. And there are more fascist demonstrations programmed for the next days.