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19th Aug '16 8:17:48 PM Josef5678
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** To insure that ''only'' black voters were disenfranchised, these tests were coupled with the trope-naming GrandfatherClause - if your grandfather was eligible to vote, so are you, regardless of whether you can pass the literacy test.

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** To insure ensure that ''only'' black voters were disenfranchised, these tests were coupled with the trope-naming GrandfatherClause - if your grandfather was eligible to vote, so are you, regardless of whether you can pass the literacy test.
19th Aug '16 12:57:43 PM ironballs16
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** To insure that ''only'' black voters were disenfranchised, these tests were coupled with the trope-naming GrandfatherClause - if your grandfather was eligible to vote, so are you, regardless of whether you can pass the literacy test.
19th Aug '16 12:48:30 PM ironballs16
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** As do sex slavery rings. In theory, the foreign prostitutes only have to pay back the money the pimps invested on their transport and they'll get their papers back to move as they wish. They even get 50% or more of the money they collect "performing." But then they just have to pay for food, shelter and "[[BlatantLies protection]]" with that same money, and the original debt always has interest...

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** As do sex slavery rings. In theory, the foreign prostitutes only have to pay back the money the pimps invested on their transport and they'll get their papers back to move as they wish. They even get 50% or more of the money they collect "performing." But then they just have to pay for food, shelter and "[[BlatantLies "[[ShameIfSomethingHappened protection]]" with that same money, and the original debt always has interest...
15th Aug '16 7:33:28 PM TheNerfGuy
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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons 3.5e'': In the supplement "''Fiendish Codex II: Tyrants of the Nine Hells''", the [[LawfulEvil devils]] will often do this to damned souls who successfully argue their cases. A damned soul can make a case if they use one or both of the following defenses: forced to sign a DealWithTheDevil, or they did not receive the promised benefits from a [[DealWithTheDevil Pact Certain]]. It is possible to win on merit, but if they do, they're not out of the woods yet; the devils trying to keep the defendant's soul ''will'' bring up unrelated charges of evil or law and, if their score on either value is 9 or higher, the damned soul will be condemned anyway. Cue lots of [[EvilLaugh diabolical laughter]].
10th Aug '16 6:37:32 AM ShinyCottonCandy
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* [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement While opinions of her policies are beyond the scope of this wiki]], some view this as hitting UsefulNotes/HillaryClinton twice. Her husband was extremely popular in office as a fairly conservative Democrat, so in 2008 she ran her campaign with a sense that she would govern in a manner similar to her husband. Unfortunately, the Democratic Party has moved to the left and the nomination went to UsefulNotes/BarackObama. Eight years later, having spent time as Secretary of State and becoming something of TheDragon to Obama she effectively ran as an extension of Obama's legacy...however, the Democratic base had now shifted to the Left of him as well. While she won the nomination to run for president, this was only after an intensely heated Primary against Senator BernieSanders.

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* [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement While opinions of her policies are beyond the scope of this wiki]], some view this as hitting UsefulNotes/HillaryClinton twice. Her husband was extremely popular in office as a fairly conservative Democrat, so in 2008 she ran her campaign with a sense that she would govern in a manner similar to her husband. Unfortunately, the Democratic Party has moved to the left and the nomination went to UsefulNotes/BarackObama. Eight years later, having spent time as Secretary of State and becoming something of TheDragon to Obama she effectively ran as an extension of Obama's legacy...however, the Democratic base had now shifted to the Left of him as well. While she won the nomination to run for president, this was only after an intensely heated Primary against Senator BernieSanders.Bernie Sanders.
27th Jul '16 7:31:53 PM Josef5678
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* In ''[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/aulnoy/1892/fairgoldilocks.html Fair Goldilocks]]'', the princess tries to put off a wooer with {{Impossible Task}}s.
** As did Princess Kaguya from the Japanese folktale ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tale_of_the_Bamboo_Cutter The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter.]]''

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* %%* In ''[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/aulnoy/1892/fairgoldilocks.html Fair Goldilocks]]'', the princess tries to put off a wooer with {{Impossible Task}}s.
** %%** As did Princess Kaguya from the Japanese folktale ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tale_of_the_Bamboo_Cutter The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter.]]''



* This tended to be done in football games in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels before the events of ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals''

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* %%* This tended to be done in football games in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels before the events of ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals''



* [[http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2000-11-05/ This]] ''{{ComicStrip/Dilbert}}'' comic.

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* %%* [[http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2000-11-05/ This]] ''{{ComicStrip/Dilbert}}'' comic.
27th Jul '16 7:30:58 PM Josef5678
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* ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''. Vader makes a "deal" with Lando that, if Lando turns Han over to TheEmpire, then the Empire will leave Cloud City alone. Vader then turns Han over to Boba Fett and tells Lando that Leia and Chewie will have to remain prisoners on Cloud City. Then Vader decides that he's taking Leia and Chewie with him and threatens to leave a garrison if Lando keeps complaining. It's also suggested that Vader is going to leave a garrison anyway. When Lando calls him on it, Vader threatens him: "I am altering the deal. Pray I do not alter it any further!"

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* ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''. ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** In ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'',
Vader makes a "deal" with Lando that, if Lando turns Han over to TheEmpire, then the Empire will leave Cloud City alone. Vader then turns Han over to Boba Fett and tells Lando that Leia and Chewie will have to remain prisoners on Cloud City. Then Vader decides that he's taking Leia and Chewie with him and threatens to leave a garrison if Lando keeps complaining. It's also suggested that Vader is going to leave a garrison anyway. When Lando calls him on it, Vader threatens him: "I am altering the deal. Pray I do not alter it any further!"



* First inverted, then played straight in ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', with the mid-game rule change that [[spoiler:two tributes can share victory, provided that they are from the same district]], which is then revoked at the last possible moment. This backfires, though, as [[spoiler:Katniss and Peeta will have no part in this chain-jerking and threaten to kill themselves, leaving the Games with ''no'' victor.]] This forces the gamemakers to go back on going back.

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* First inverted, then played straight ''Literature/TheHungerGames'':
** Zig-zagged
in ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', the original book, with the mid-game rule change that [[spoiler:two tributes can share victory, provided that they are from the same district]], which is then revoked at the last possible moment. This backfires, though, as [[spoiler:Katniss and Peeta will have no part in this chain-jerking and threaten to kill themselves, leaving the Games with ''no'' victor.]] This forces the gamemakers to go back on going back.



* In the various ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series and films, the [[AlienNonInterferenceClause Prime Directive]] is the ultimate in moveable goalposts. [[FrequentlyBrokenUnbreakableVow When, where and how it is applied is completely variable]], and even Starfleet and the Federation government, which are the ones imposing it, are highly-prone to treating it as anything from an inviolable law with a specific set of conditions to an abstract moral ideal that is more of a guideline than a rule. In general, its applicability is entirely driven by RuleOfDrama on an episode-by-episode basis.

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
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In the various ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series and films, the [[AlienNonInterferenceClause Prime Directive]] is the ultimate in moveable goalposts. [[FrequentlyBrokenUnbreakableVow When, where and how it is applied is completely variable]], and even Starfleet and the Federation government, which are the ones imposing it, are highly-prone to treating it as anything from an inviolable law with a specific set of conditions to an abstract moral ideal that is more of a guideline than a rule. In general, its applicability is entirely driven by RuleOfDrama on an episode-by-episode basis.



* In Literature/TheBible, this is how Jacob ended up with two wives. Laban had two daughters, and Jacob fell in love with the younger one, Rachel. The father agreed to let Jacob marry her if he worked on Laban's land for seven years. Jacob obliged. At the end of his agreement, Laban snuck the elder daughter, Leah, into bed with Jacob in the dark of night, and in the morning claimed that he couldn't possibly let the younger daughter marry before the elder. He gave Rachel to Jacob shortly after in exchange for another seven years' labor (bet the daughters were really grateful to dear old dad for this set-up), so Jacob continued working. He ended up walking off with almost half of Laban's possessions at the end of twenty years.
** It's worth noting that Laban was Jacob's uncle. Yes, the man was enough of a greedy {{Jerkass}} to swindle his own nephew out of seven years of labor. As for the twenty years bit, after Jacob had worked for 14 years for his wives, he stayed with Laban as a contractor for six years, wherein Jacob would not be paid any cash, but they would divide the flock between them according to certain features on the sheep (whatever sheep had a certain feature would go to Jacob). Again, Laban tried to swindle Jacob by interfering with his ability to breed sheep that would bear the features that would go to him as his payment. This ends up backfiring.

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* In Literature/TheBible, this Literature/TheBible:
** This
is how Jacob ended up with two wives. Laban had two daughters, and Jacob fell in love with the younger one, Rachel. The father agreed to let Jacob marry her if he worked on Laban's land for seven years. Jacob obliged. At the end of his agreement, Laban snuck the elder daughter, Leah, into bed with Jacob in the dark of night, and in the morning claimed that he couldn't possibly let the younger daughter marry before the elder. He gave Rachel to Jacob shortly after in exchange for another seven years' labor (bet the daughters were really grateful to dear old dad for this set-up), so Jacob continued working. He ended up walking off with almost half of Laban's possessions at the end of twenty years.
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years.[[note]]It's worth noting that Laban was Jacob's uncle. Yes, the man was enough of a greedy {{Jerkass}} to swindle his own nephew out of seven years of labor. As for the twenty years bit, after Jacob had worked for 14 years for his wives, he stayed with Laban as a contractor for six years, wherein Jacob would not be paid any cash, but they would divide the flock between them according to certain features on the sheep (whatever sheep had a certain feature would go to Jacob). Again, Laban tried to swindle Jacob by interfering with his ability to breed sheep that would bear the features that would go to him as his payment. This ends up backfiring.[[/note]]



* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarepants'' episode "I'm Your Biggest Fanatic" [=SpongeBob=] is trying to get into the Jellyspotters, but their leader Kevin keeps stringing him along with increasingly difficult tasks, at which [=SpongeBob=] succeeds with ease. When they finally come up with something sufficiently impossible, it winds up in Kevin being HoistByHisOwnPetard as the fake "queen jellyfish" he creates attracts a real king jellyfish, and [=SpongeBob=] saves the day, revealing Kevin as a complete loser. When Kevin ''still'' tries to deny [=SpongeBob=] entry, the other Jellyspotters get fed up and take Kevin's crown (which was actually part of his head) and give it to [=SpongeBob=].

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':
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In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarepants'' episode "I'm Your Biggest Fanatic" [=SpongeBob=] is trying to get into the Jellyspotters, but their leader Kevin keeps stringing him along with increasingly difficult tasks, at which [=SpongeBob=] succeeds with ease. When they finally come up with something sufficiently impossible, it winds up in Kevin being HoistByHisOwnPetard as the fake "queen jellyfish" he creates attracts a real king jellyfish, and [=SpongeBob=] saves the day, revealing Kevin as a complete loser. When Kevin ''still'' tries to deny [=SpongeBob=] entry, the other Jellyspotters get fed up and take Kevin's crown (which was actually part of his head) and give it to [=SpongeBob=].



* In WesternAnimation/SouthPark's spoof of ''Literature/GreatExpectations'', Pip insists that his love interest ''does'' have a heart, handing her a baby bunny and saying that [[TemptingFate no one with a heart could break a baby bunny's neck]]. Cue obvious NeckSnap, and Pip keeps insisting that "No one with a heart could break the neck of 2/3/4/5 (etc.) baby bunnies!". [[UpToEleven He brings out 26 baby bunnies before she simply gets bored]], and claims ''that'' as proof that she has a heart.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
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In WesternAnimation/SouthPark's a spoof of ''Literature/GreatExpectations'', Pip insists that his love interest ''does'' have a heart, handing her a baby bunny and saying that [[TemptingFate no one with a heart could break a baby bunny's neck]]. Cue obvious NeckSnap, and Pip keeps insisting that "No one with a heart could break the neck of 2/3/4/5 (etc.) baby bunnies!". [[UpToEleven He brings out 26 baby bunnies before she simply gets bored]], and claims ''that'' as proof that she has a heart.
27th Jul '16 7:22:24 PM Josef5678
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* DonQuixote:

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* DonQuixote: ''Literature/DonQuixote'':



* In the comic strip ''{{Peanuts}}'' by Charles M. Schulz, Lucy repeatedly fools Charlie Brown by snatching away the football he is about to kick. This captures the feeling of this trope in a single instant, distilled down to its essence.

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* In the comic strip ''{{Peanuts}}'' ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' by Charles M. Schulz, Lucy repeatedly fools Charlie Brown by snatching away the football he is about to kick. This captures the feeling of this trope in a single instant, distilled down to its essence.



** For example, they will insist that the NIST simulation of the [[ConspiracyTheories 9/11 World Trade center collapse]] is incorrect because it doesn't show ''exactly'' what happened. Never mind that the rest of their reasoning holds up, or that precisely simulating the millions or billions of pieces of furniture and fittings and individual components of the building would be impossible on any computer known to man, even if they somehow knew their exact locations.

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** For example, they will insist that the NIST simulation of the [[ConspiracyTheories [[UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories 9/11 World Trade center collapse]] is incorrect because it doesn't show ''exactly'' what happened. Never mind that the rest of their reasoning holds up, or that precisely simulating the millions or billions of pieces of furniture and fittings and individual components of the building would be impossible on any computer known to man, even if they somehow knew their exact locations.



* [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement While opinions of her policies are beyond the scope of this wiki]], some view this as hitting UsefulNotes/HillaryClinton twice. Her husband was extremely popular in office as a fairly conservative Democrat, so in 2008 she ran her campaign with a sense that she would govern in a manner similar to her husband. Unfortunately, the Democratic Party has moved to the left and the nomination went to BarackObama. Eight years later, having spent time as Secretary of State and becoming something of TheDragon to Obama she effectively ran as an extension of Obama's legacy...however, the Democratic base had now shifted to the Left of him as well. While she won the nomination to run for president, this was only after an intensely heated Primary against Senator BernieSanders.

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* [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement While opinions of her policies are beyond the scope of this wiki]], some view this as hitting UsefulNotes/HillaryClinton twice. Her husband was extremely popular in office as a fairly conservative Democrat, so in 2008 she ran her campaign with a sense that she would govern in a manner similar to her husband. Unfortunately, the Democratic Party has moved to the left and the nomination went to BarackObama.UsefulNotes/BarackObama. Eight years later, having spent time as Secretary of State and becoming something of TheDragon to Obama she effectively ran as an extension of Obama's legacy...however, the Democratic base had now shifted to the Left of him as well. While she won the nomination to run for president, this was only after an intensely heated Primary against Senator BernieSanders.
27th Jul '16 6:58:17 PM Josef5678
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** PlayedForDrama

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* The "blackmail" variant was used on ''TheOffice'', when Phyllis made increasing demands of Angela to keep her silence about the latter's affair.

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* The "blackmail" variant was used on ''TheOffice'', ''Series/TheOfficeUS'', when Phyllis made increasing demands of Angela to keep her silence about the latter's affair.



* The Song ''Sixteen tons'', describing the life of a miner. ''Sixteen tons, and what do you get / another day older and deeper in debt / St. Peter, don't you call me, 'cause I can't go / I owe my soul to the company store''.

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* The Song ''Sixteen tons'', "Sixteen Tons", describing the life of a miner. ''Sixteen tons, and what do you get / another day older and deeper in debt / St. Peter, don't you call me, 'cause I can't go / I owe my soul to the company store''.



* A mutual version happened in ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40K'' with a Tau world under attack from Hive Fleet Gorgon, noted for being small (relatively speaking, Tyranids can unleash billions of organisms in a single wave) but highly adaptive. The Tau guns kept it at bay for a while, before the Tyranids came up with refractive chitin that cancelled out the guns. Then the Tau holed up behind thick undergrowth which entangled the Tyranids, allowing the Kroot to engage them in melee. The next wave was smaller and more agile, the one after made specifically to kill Kroot, [[FragileSpeedster but in both cases made more vulnerable to masss plasma fire.]] When the Tyranids became nearly immune to plasma weapons, the Tau [[RockBeatsLaser went back to solid munitions used by Kroot.]] And so on and so forth. In the end, the fleet was pushed back from the planet as the need to adapt made it deploy less synapse creatures ([[KeystoneArmy) making it vulnerable to suicidal decapitation strikes), and destroyed by combined Tau and Imperial fleets, whose wildly different weapons it couldn't adapt to fast enough.

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* A mutual version happened in ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40K'' with a Tau world under attack from Hive Fleet Gorgon, noted for being small (relatively speaking, Tyranids can unleash billions of organisms in a single wave) but highly adaptive. The Tau guns kept it at bay for a while, before the Tyranids came up with refractive chitin that cancelled out the guns. Then the Tau holed up behind thick undergrowth which entangled the Tyranids, allowing the Kroot to engage them in melee. The next wave was smaller and more agile, the one after made specifically to kill Kroot, [[FragileSpeedster but in both cases made more vulnerable to masss mass plasma fire.]] When the Tyranids became nearly immune to plasma weapons, the Tau [[RockBeatsLaser went back to solid munitions used by Kroot.]] And so on and so forth. In the end, the fleet was pushed back from the planet as the need to adapt made it deploy less synapse creatures ([[KeystoneArmy) ([[KeystoneArmy making it vulnerable to suicidal decapitation strikes), strikes]]), and destroyed by combined Tau and Imperial fleets, whose wildly different weapons it couldn't adapt to fast enough.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "A Clockwork Origin," Dr. Banjo insists that Prof. Farnsworth provide a "missing link" between humans and prehistoric apes. With each link the professor provides, Dr. Banjo demands a link between that link and the prehistoric ape. This continues for a long time until the professor can no longer provide a link.
** Then Farnsworth declares that he going to go find "Missing Missing Link"... and ''does''! However, when The Prof. triumphantly dumps it in front of the scientific committee, Banjo uses it to support his own theory, leading to this rather [[{{Memes/Futurama}} meme-tastic]] quote from Farnsworth:

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "A Clockwork Origin," Dr. Banjo insists that Prof. Farnsworth provide a "missing link" between humans and prehistoric apes. With each link the professor provides, Dr. Banjo demands a link between that link and the prehistoric ape. This continues for a long time until the professor can no longer provide a link.
** Then
link. Farnsworth then declares that he he's going to go find "Missing Missing Link"... and ''does''! However, when The Prof. triumphantly dumps it in front of the scientific committee, Banjo uses it to support his own theory, leading to this rather [[{{Memes/Futurama}} meme-tastic]] quote from Farnsworth:



* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' had a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpE_xMRiCLE sketch]] playing with the famous moment from ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' mentioned above. In the sketch, Vader keeps adding ridiculous elements to the deal ("Furthermore I wish you to wear this dress and bonnet!" "Here is a unicycle, you are to ride it wherever you go" "Also you are to wear these clown shoes and refer to yourself as 'Mary'") whenever Lando says "[[TemptingFate This deal's getting worse all the time!]]". It only stops when Lando figures out what's happening and says, "This deal... [[TaughtByExperience is very fair and I'm happy to be a part of it]]."

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* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' had a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpE_xMRiCLE sketch]] playing with the famous moment from ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' mentioned above.''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''. In the sketch, Vader keeps adding ridiculous elements to the deal ("Furthermore I wish you to wear this dress and bonnet!" "Here is a unicycle, you are to ride it wherever you go" "Also you are to wear these clown shoes and refer to yourself as 'Mary'") whenever Lando says "[[TemptingFate This deal's getting worse all the time!]]". It only stops when Lando figures out what's happening and says, "This deal... [[TaughtByExperience is very fair and I'm happy to be a part of it]]."



** The "missing link" argument by Creationists as noted in the Futurama example goes like this: There are no transitional fossils found between distinct species, often just talking about the link between man and apes. When a link is found, they demand the links between the two, or state the creature doesn't count as half of one creature and half another. When the limits of the fossil records are reached (only a tiny fraction of animals are preserved), the creationists claim victory.

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** The "missing link" argument by Creationists as noted in the Futurama ''Futurama'' example goes like this: There are no transitional fossils found between distinct species, often just talking about the link between man and apes. When a link is found, they demand the links between the two, or state the creature doesn't count as half of one creature and half another. When the limits of the fossil records are reached (only a tiny fraction of animals are preserved), the creationists claim victory.



* This is also a known tactic of many parents to get their children motivated without actually having to cough up a reward when the goal is achieved. Tends to stop working after a few times, as the kids start assuming that TheCakeIsALie.
** "Moving the goal posts" is one of the more insidious forms of invisible or unrecognized [[AbusiveParents child abuse]]: studies have shown that children with parents (especially overly-perfectionist ones) and peers who keep doing this often suffer from serious trust issues and paranoia for the rest of their lives.

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* This is also a known tactic of many parents to get their children motivated without actually having to cough up a reward when the goal is achieved. Tends to stop working after a few times, as the kids start assuming that TheCakeIsALie.
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TheCakeIsALie. Because of this, moving the goal posts" posts is one of the more insidious forms of invisible or unrecognized [[AbusiveParents child abuse]]: studies have shown that children with parents (especially overly-perfectionist ones) and peers who keep doing this often suffer from serious trust issues and paranoia for the rest of their lives.



* [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement While opinions of her policies are beyond the scope of this wiki]], some view this as hitting Hillary Clinton twice. Her husband was extremely popular in office as a fairly conservative Democrat, so in 2008 she ran her campaign with a sense that she would govern in a manner similar to her husband. Unfortunately, the Democratic Party has moved to the left and the nomination went to BarackObama. Eight years later, having spent time as Secretary of State and becoming something of TheDragon to Obama she effectively ran as an extension of Obama's legacy...however, the Democratic base had now shifted to the Left of him as well. While, as of this writing, she's considered almost certain to get the nomination, this was only after an intensely heated Primary against Senator BernieSanders.

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* [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement While opinions of her policies are beyond the scope of this wiki]], some view this as hitting Hillary Clinton UsefulNotes/HillaryClinton twice. Her husband was extremely popular in office as a fairly conservative Democrat, so in 2008 she ran her campaign with a sense that she would govern in a manner similar to her husband. Unfortunately, the Democratic Party has moved to the left and the nomination went to BarackObama. Eight years later, having spent time as Secretary of State and becoming something of TheDragon to Obama she effectively ran as an extension of Obama's legacy...however, the Democratic base had now shifted to the Left of him as well. While, as of this writing, she's considered almost certain to get While she won the nomination, nomination to run for president, this was only after an intensely heated Primary against Senator BernieSanders.
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* In Creator/TaylorAnderson's ''Literature/{{Destroyermen}}'', the Empire of New Britain has a long-standing practice of "obligations" applying to women purchased from the Holy Dominion (or to women fleeing the Dominion requesting passage). Ideally, the women work off the cost of the transportation by doing anything requested (surprisingly, non-sexual but involving manual labor) until the obligation is worked off, and the woman is free to marry an Imperial citizen (she herself cannot become a citizen, but her children can). Unfortunately, over the centuries, this has caused all women (both free and those under obligations) to be treated as second-class citizens and gave enormous power to the Honourable New Britain Company that holds these obligations. The titular destroyermen quickly pointed out the obvious LoopholeAbuse - a holder of an obligation may simply move his obligated women from one island to another, constantly increasing their obligations by the cost of the journey (see similar examples in the RealLife section below). Once it's revealed how widespread this practice is, the whole obligation system is abolished.

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* In Creator/TaylorAnderson's ''Literature/{{Destroyermen}}'', the Empire of New Britain has a long-standing practice of "obligations" applying to women purchased from the Holy Dominion (or to women fleeing the Dominion requesting passage). Ideally, the women work off the cost of the transportation by doing anything requested (surprisingly, non-sexual but involving manual labor) until the obligation is worked off, and the woman is free to marry an Imperial citizen (she herself cannot become a citizen, but her children can). Unfortunately, over the centuries, this has caused all women (both free and those under obligations) to be treated as second-class citizens and gave enormous power to the Honourable New Britain Company that holds these obligations. The titular destroyermen quickly pointed out the obvious LoopholeAbuse - a holder of an obligation may simply move his obligated women from one island to another, constantly increasing their obligations by the cost of the journey (see similar examples in the RealLife section below). Once it's revealed how widespread this practice is, the whole obligation system is abolished. It also helped that the Company executives were selling out the Empire to the Dominion.
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