David Selig

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  1. Were Mao and Stalin Actually Socialists? (No True Scotsman)

    How exactly was the Soviet system under Stalin a "dictatorship of the proletariat"? It was ruled by the party leaders who certainly weren't members of the proletariat in any sense.
  2. Were Mao and Stalin Actually Socialists? (No True Scotsman)

    I don't know enough about the China situation, but the Soviet economy under Stalin wasn't what I'd call socialist. The state owned the means of production by the average Joe had zero control over them whatsoever. The workers were exploited worse than in almost any capitalist economy - they couldn't leave their job position without the permission of authorities, they couldn't change the city where the lived, for many years they were even sent to the GULAG if they were late for work several times. And the agricultural workers at state owned farms had it even worse, they were basically starving for large portions of Stalin's rule and were forced to work for a pittance.
  3. Sansa knew about Jeynes faith

    The OP is probably confused because of the TV series where owning brothels is LF's main source of fame by far and main economic activity.
  4. Rothfuss XII: The Doors of Twitch

    Not all of them are sockpuppets. I know a guy who used to post there regularly and actually likes Stanek's books. He even convinced a publisher in my country to translate and publish one of Stanek's masterpieces and then was shocked when it was a total flop on the market.
  5. Why is Jon Snow the favourite Stark (usually)?

    Simple. A lot of readers have terrible taste.
  6. Sports novels.

    The Breaks of the Game by David Halberstam is a must if you are interested in the NBA. It's really in-depth look at how the league worked in the late 70s and early 80s.
  7. Was GRRM influenced by Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series?

    Hey, guys, look at this, I found the ultimate proof in A Feast for Crows: Blatant plagiarism.
  8. Was GRRM influenced by Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series?

    Now you are really grasping at straws.
  9. Was GRRM influenced by Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series?

    You do realise kids can read more than one book, right? Just because you give one book to your daughter with only male characters doesn't mean much. You can buy her 10 books with female male characters next. Or better, get her a library card and let her choose herself or buy her the books she picks. Also your Ray example is a bit silly. The last movie where Luke was the main character came out more than 30 years ago. Of course modern kids don't care much for him and are likely to prefer the main character from the recent movie.
  10. Was GRRM influenced by Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series?

    I really doubt modern girls will be negatively affected in any way from reading the Hobbit and won't be able to enjoy it. Yeah, there are no female characters. So what? It's a short book about a small cast who aren't even humans. And it's not like there aren't numerous children and YA adult books aimed at girls mostly, they currently dominate the market. I am a guy and I never had a problem with reading books with mostly or exclusively female characters or relating to such characters.
  11. Why are books getting longer?

    The reason in the case of books is very obvious - computers and their text editing software. It's just much easier to write, edit, prepare for printing, etc. longer books. And in the case of ebooks large page count is no problem at all in terms of convenience of reading. Again the reason is obvious - now it's very easy to binge watch a whole season in a weekend and a 5 season series in two weeks with all the streaming/DVD options, and there are also a million recap sites if you have missed an episode or two and want to see what happened. Back in the early days of TV that wasn't the case. "Today, TV shows have become one continuous story which spans 50+ episodes over many years" is a massive exaggeration anyway. There are still plenty of shows with episodic format which do mostly Mystery of the Week/Monster of the Week plots and plenty of sitcoms with static plots.
  12. Was GRRM influenced by Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series?

    There are similarities, but calling it "borderline plagiarism" is a massive stretch.
  13. Tennis Volume 6

    I am so happy for Federer. This makes up for all these painful losses against Nadal in 2008-2010. His backhand was remarkably stable throughout the match, this is the first time in a Slam match against Nadal when Nadal's tactics of pressuring Federer's backhand with heavy topspin didn't work. And Federer played the big points remarkably well in the fifth. His strategy was great throughout, he stayed aggressive, he mixed up his game constantly he never allowed Nadal to get into his preferred rhythm of predictable backcourt side to side rallies. And the serve of course was crucial.
  14. The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold

    The part in bold is incorrect. Bujold had some the main events of Barrayar sketched out before she wrote most of the other books which came out earlier but the novel definitely wasn't written that early. Here's an interview where she talks in detail about why the internal chronology of the series is such a mess: http://www.tor.com/2009/04/20/interview-with-lois-mcmaster-bujold-about-writing-the-vorkosigan-saga/
  15. NBA 2016-2017 LeBron vs Durant ( and his little helpers)

    Why the hell not? Losing one game on a blown last second call away to their biggest rival doesn't change my mind. The Warriors dominated most of the game even though Curry sucked. Durant makes them much more dangerous in the playoffs and less reliant on Curry having a good shooting day. Their defense has been great after the first two weeks or so. Their average margin of victory is much higher than last season even adjusting for strength of schedule.