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Jan
26
comment Why do they refer to Palestine as a country?
Diplomatic recognition by many countries is basically all it has going for it to make it a country though. It lacks almost every marker of an independent state. It has no defined borders, it lacks meaningful sovereignty over any territory, it has no armed forces, no currency, no postal system, no customs and immigration, no passports, is not a "state" member of the U.N., etc.
Jan
25
comment Why do they refer to Palestine as a country?
All the West Wing quotes refer to it as a historical geographical area or a possible future state, never as an existing country, except for one character who I think is himself Palestinian, which would be quite expected
Jan
25
comment Why do they refer to Palestine as a country?
Exactly what I said in my comment: 'rarely "Palestine", except when they are explicitly talking about the possibility of a future state'
Jan
25
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Jan
25
comment Why do they refer to Palestine as a country?
Perhaps, but it is probably an inaccuracy on the show's part and a fairly glaring one, unless they are saying that politicians may talk like that when the media can not hear them. Distinctions like that are HUGE in politics
Jan
25
comment Why do they refer to Palestine as a country?
True, but U.S. politicians never refer to it as "Palestine". This would be cause strenuous objections by Israel if it were to occur. It is a very important verbal distinction. I think the show may have just missed this or perhaps they are positing an alternate in-show reality
Jan
25
comment Why do they refer to Palestine as a country?
I just did this Google search: palestine -palestinian site:npr.org . It did not turn up anything except references to the geographic area long ago
Jan
25
comment Why do they refer to Palestine as a country?
Not American politicians or the newscasters themselves. Maybe some of the people they interview
Jan
25
comment Why do they refer to Palestine as a country?
Just about any time they use the word "Palestine" in the show, which is quite a bit. Real American politicians may say "Palestinian" but rarely "Palestine", except when they are explicitly talking about the possibility of a future state. In the show they use it in the sense of "Israel wants this but 'Palestine' wants that". Sorry I can't think of exact quotes. If there is a searchable script somewhere, it would be easy to find examples.
Jan
25
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Oct
23
comment Year on Linda McFly's sweatshirt
People commonly get sweatshirts, etc that say "Class of ..." a year that is 4 years into the future, because that is the year when they will eventually graduate.
Oct
23
asked Year on Linda McFly's sweatshirt
Sep
7
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Aug
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Aug
26
comment Why didn't they keep the brakes on when revving the Delorean to 88mph?
@sharptooth the speedometer would work even if the car was being pushed
Aug
26
comment Why didn't Doc and Marty buy “petrol” in 1885?
@Paulster2, umm... did you actually see the movie? :)
Aug
26
comment Why didn't Doc and Marty buy “petrol” in 1885?
They had the flat desert for the accelaration
Aug
26
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Aug
26
comment Why didn't Doc and Marty buy “petrol” in 1885?
So? They could have bought the same product, only in a bottle, intended for other uses.