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  1. U.S. Elections - Philadelphia edition

    It screws up Trump's path to 270. If Clinton wins Utah (and dear god, that felt strange to type), Clinton can lose Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and all the Romney states, and still win. Alternatively, Clinton can lose Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, and all the Romney states and still win. The more paths to 270 Clinton has, the more headaches for Trump.
  2. U.S. Elections - Philadelphia edition

    I take it you think it needed to accelerate then? To return to the actual election, I'm honestly not panicking about the polls right now. Let's wait for everything to settle, or even some meaningful state polls.
  3. July 2016 Reads

    IMHO, it's a book with all the humanity of Mein Kampf, but with none of the historical curiosity value.
  4. How is it possible that houses in Westeros last for so long?

    Martin prefers drama over logic. Same thing with the 700 foot-high Wall.
  5. U.S. Elections: The Trumph of the Will

    Kaine's fine. You don't need to take risks when you're in front.
  6. U.S. Elections: The Trumph of the Will

    Can I just remind people that those "60 Democrats" in 2009 included both Joe Lieberman and Ben Nelson? (I do blame Harry Reid to some extent. He should have been more aggressive in calling the Republican bluff, and getting them to actually filibuster).
  7. U.S. Elections: The Trumph of the Will

    So.... Kaine or Vilsack? (Preferably not Booker, with his Wall Street baggage).
  8. Is David Eddings any good?

    I've never read Eddings, but I've heard a fair bit about how his worldbuilding operates like a series of stereotypes. (I probably will get around to borrowing Pawn of Prophecy from the library at some point, if only to better understand some of the criticisms made against him. I've got plenty to read first though).
  9. US Elections: My religion Trumps yours

    To be fair to Trump (dear god, that was a hard five words to type), the problem is in large part NATO itself. Say you are US President, and Putin invades Estonia. Are you going to start WWIII on behalf of Estonia? If yes, the world as we know it ends, if not then NATO is inherently worthless. This is different from the actual post-WWII consensus - had the Soviets been invading, say, The Netherlands, WWIII is happening whether you like it or not.
  10. Is "I want to be free" the 5 most beautiful words in the English language?

    Donald Trump lost the election.
  11. Legal systems in fantasy

    It wasn't. Denethor basically disputes Aragorn's right, and IIRC sends him to the Morannon on a suicide mission.
  12. Legal systems in fantasy

    Technically, Aragorn took power via a Gandalf-led coup while the Steward (Faramir) was out of action. Tolkien's drafts have Denethor living, and things getting very complicated. (In theory, the Stewards ruled because the last King of Gondor, EƤrnur, had not returned).
  13. ASOIAF ruined other fiction books for me.

    You should come back and see what can be salvaged. I mean, it's not as if you have multi-year seasons too.
  14. Are Dany haters politically conservative?

    He really isn't. For starters, he derives his "mandate" from Robert Baratheon. A King. Communists don't believe that hereditary aristocrats should care for those beneath them. They don't believe in hereditary aristocrats, full stop.
  15. Are Dany haters politically conservative?

    I'd also point out that with very few exceptions, none of the characters correspond to any viable position on the modern political spectrum. No-one these days advocates for a non-constitutional hereditary monarchy, whereas they accept it as the natural order of things. (Take Ned Stark. His big issue isn't that Joffrey is a bad King. His issue is that Joffrey lacks the right DNA).