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  1. September 2016 Reads

    Finished The Winter War. It's not actually bad (the hamsters in the freezer were a nice touch), but between the lack of resolution, the melodramatic-and-mostly-irrelevant title, and Teir's determination to write the most bourgeois piece of fiction ever, it's not particularly good either. Next up is Homeland, by R.A. Salvatore. Yes, I know. I'm simply trying to broaden my knowledge of candyfloss fantasy beyond Terry Brooks.
  2. need help with my Fantasy series and setting

    Hmmm..... How about Charlemagne is an extraterrestrial, who has an elite guard of three dolphins and three narwhals. Charlemagne is stuck in a love heptagon with these critters, and no-one can figure out what to do. Then one day, the Templars summon Charlemagne to help fight castrati Samurai (who are also secretly vampires who turn everyone they meet into strips of bacon). Charlemagne gets turned into bacon half-way through, thereby complicating the romantic subplot between himself and one of the narwhals, but thanks to the timely intervention of Christopher Paolini and his band of literary pirates, the Templars are able to fix things in time. The book ends with the last castrati Samurai shaking his fist at everyone, and yelling that he'd have got away with it if it weren't for those meddling kids.
  3. need help with my Fantasy series and setting

    Actually, a true story: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/10860676/The-woman-who-lived-in-sin-with-a-dolphin.html
  4. need help with my Fantasy series and setting

    If Christopher Paolini sues someone else for plagiarism, does the world end?
  5. Wise Man's Fear XI

    Based off this: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/lionsgate-wins-rights-fantasy-book-828557 He's sold more than ten million books, and is second only to Martin in modern epic fantasy sales. That likely means he's got a pretty healthy income from royalties, never mind the sale of rights.
  6. US elections 2016 - "Go ahead, throw your vote away"

    Not sure 1968 is a particularly good analogy, given that Wallace voters likely had Nixon (rather than Humphrey) as their second choice, and were in any case conveniently located in one part of the country. As it was, that Humphrey came as close as he did, after that convention, was a minor miracle for the Democrats.
  7. need help with my Fantasy series and setting

  8. need help with my Fantasy series and setting

    At least he's got the forum right this time, though he still hasn't figured out the writers' thread yet.
  9. U.S. Elections 2016 - Polls in mirror appear closer than they are

    Those in the US Jewish community who have tended to back Republicans in the past are running for the hills: http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-gops-jewish-donors-are-abandoning-trump/
  10. U.S. Elections 2016 - Polls in mirror appear closer than they are

    The Supreme Court is literally the most important thing at stake in 2016.
  11. U.S. Elections 2016 - Polls in mirror appear closer than they are

    Bill tacked Right after 1994 for the sake of political survival (he'd been similarly burnt in 1980 as Governor of Arkansas). 1992-1994 involved gun control, tax increases for the rich, and DADT (a compromise, but better than went before). It also involved a (failed) attempt at universal healthcare. I've always had the impression that Bill wanted to run a more left-wing Administration than he did - it's just the prevailing winds came from the Right. This time, the prevailing winds are blowing from the Left.
  12. U.S. Elections 2016 - Polls in mirror appear closer than they are

    Given that 40% of Americans would not vote for an atheist even if that person was a well-qualified person from their party, it would actually be an interesting if morally repugnant* strategy to put Trump's religion in play (not from Hillary directly, or from anyone tied to her, but if there was another way of getting it on the table...). *I'm an atheist myself.
  13. U.S. Elections 2016 - Polls in mirror appear closer than they are

    They don't lean Democratic as such. Rather, US Muslims now vote Democratic by margins comparable to blacks: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/22/muslims-america-views-presidential-candidates-donald-trump-ted-cruz 89% of them voted for Barack Obama in 2008. http://www.gvhlive.com/gvh-daily/2016/3/18/z11wv6q3tl1vt63lwiy0vycne8j1lo By contrast 72% voted for George W. Bush over Al Gore in 2000, so this is a very recent phenomenon. US Jews have always voted Democratic (the last Republican to win the Jewish vote was Calvin Coolidge in 1924, when the opposition vote was split by a socialist third party). Catholics traditionally voted Democratic too, but are now largely evenly split. Protestants (unless they're black) vote Republican.
  14. U.S. Elections 2016 - Polls in mirror appear closer than they are

    I think it's more that objecting to people entering the country based entirely on a religious test comes across as a betrayal of US national identity (E Pluribus Unum; Give me your tired, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free....). That's not to say that the US politics hasn't always had a nativist element - but how is Trump's stance on Muslims any different from nineteenth century hostility to Catholics? (Also, lets note that up until 2000, US Muslims leaned Republican. The US Right had no problem with them then...).