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  1. Is David Eddings any good?

    If you're looking for fluffy fun, then it's at least worth a look. Just because it doesn't have depth or grit doesn't make it not worth reading. Borrow it from the library and read a few chapters. It's one of those stories that most people who read fantasy know and can reference. I still love Polgara. I read it again not too long ago and still found it fun, but I admit, I don't know how much of that was nostalgia. I wasn't a big fan of the sequel series (as was said, just the first series revisited)
  2. Alton Sterling shooting.

    You're really going to judge how someone reacts to trauma? I didn't realize there was a guidebook for that and there would be consequences for not following it.
  3. Alton Sterling shooting.

    I thought that was what I was criticizing. I also agree that these incidents should be reviewed in light of what the current rules/procedures/training are currently and not changing expectations based on results. I want there to be consequences instead of just shrugging shoulders and saying, well, they didn't mean to and they just did the best they could. It's unfortunate, but oh well. When I say consequences I am not always talking about convictions or firings or things like that. Consequences can also mean a rigorous review and changes made. The problems we are seeing are precisely because there have been no consequences of any kind. I'm not looking to scape-goat, I am looking for ways to solve a huge problem. And I missed the detail that he was reported showing his gun. I'm wondering why they didn't have back-up in that situation, or why the officer sounded so surprised that they found a gun on him when he was down on the ground.
  4. Alton Sterling shooting.

    That's not at all what I was talking about. I am talking about skills and mind-set to de-escalate a situation before it gets to the point officers feel threatened. This started as a simple confrontation of a man possibly selling illegal goods. The man obviously didn't want to confronted and struggled against it - this is the situation that I imagine happens on a fairly regular basis. In the video, you can hear the was not calm at all when he yelled 'gun'. I realize police have a shitty job and every confrontation holds some level of danger or threat. I don't expect them all to have SWAT level training, but I do expect them to be proficient at controlling a situation to the best of their ability. Like I said, I don't know what happened leading up to this, but I don't have a whole lot of confidence that the police did their best to control the situation before it got to the point of holding a man down at gunpoint. I don't have the confidence to say the police were trained properly to do so, or encouraged by their superiors. I could be entirely wrong here, but that's my perception. I would really love to see/hear what the body cams reveal. They were worn, but conveniently got dislodged, right? They should at the very least show how the initial approach went down. I know that a bad start where police make mistakes from the get-go won't necessarily negate their later actions (shooting) in some cases, but we need to identify what goes wrong and correct it. The more things we can identify as problem areas means the more we can do to improve it.
  5. Alton Sterling shooting.

    I completely disagree that it was a reasonable mistake. I think there were several mistakes that lead to the situation escalating in the first place. I understand that some people who don't want to be arrested will struggle - isn't that pretty much a given that an officer will encounter that quite often? I'd call that a job description. Sure, each encounter will have some level of stress, but it's also something officers need to be trained to handle so this type of thing doesn't happen. I don't know what happened leading up to this, but initial approach, de-escalating the situation, calmly stating the suspect has a gun in his pocket - all of that should have happened and I'm not confident it was. We can hear that the officer reporting the gun was anything but calm. Look, I get it - the man was struggling, he did have a gun on him - yes, this was a stressful situation. I find it hard to believe, however, that it isn't a situation that happens daily and therefore the officers should have a standard response and procedure, and that should not include getting trigger-happy. I don't expect officers to be perfect in all situations, but they should have and use tools that minimizes these situations. By saying, oh yes, it was stressful and I can clearly understand how this happened doesn't help make this better because it relieves the officers of all responsibility. They do have a greater responsibility, so I am in favor of giving them some leeway and benefit of the doubt, but even in cases where the officer is not found to be at reasonable fault, there need to be some type of consequences.
  6. Alton Sterling shooting.

    These are both chilling. It's hard not to be at least a little jaded when hearing these stories. I try not to watch video, but it's hard to avoid sometimes. I did see the Minneapolis one and wow, that one has quite a few factors that humanize it so much more than many of the similar videos we see. (and how fucking sad is it that we have a large bank of similar incidents and videos to compare it to). The woman was shockingly calm as her boyfriend was bleeding next to her. I am amazed she could keep it together so well and fucking good for her. The audio of the cop right afterwards is telling, I think. He sounds panicked and she corrects his statement telling him, 'no, that's not what you told him to do.' Later in the back of the cop car, she breaks down and her very young daughter tells her 'It's ok, I'm here with you.' God damn that video is heartbreaking on a lot of levels. Am I being naive in thinking this might be the video that breaks through to some people who haven't admitted that there is a systemic problem? And another thing about this video is the plight of the cop. He truly sounds distressed in a 'what have I done' type of way. If we're talking about improper training, then he is a victim of the system as well. I don't want to sound like I am defending him because he seems to be completely in the wrong here, but shit. There needs to be a change in the mind-set of how policing is done. (Altherion just replied as I was writing this and I agree - it's us v. them far too much). I don't expect the police to be perfect at all times, but there has to be consequences. I don't even really care about jail time in most cases, just some actual, serious fucking consequences. Take them off the streets, fire them, fine them, revoke their gun rights forever, yes, even jail time in certain cases, but my god, let there be consequences. Fuck.
  7. Nitpick - the prophecy (or whatever it is) is for when Khal Drogo would return. 'When your womb quickens again and you bear a living child' was included in the list of seemingly impossible events.
  8. For me it was Johnny Gosch. He was just older than me and it happened in Iowa, so it hit close to home and I thought about it a lot. I don't actually know if it was as big nationally as it was locally, but I remember his face on the milk carton. He was never found, so there were images of him around pretty consistently for a long time. What I don't remember is how or if my parents talked with me about it. I don't recall any more restrictions placed on me, but us kids always ran around in packs so maybe they felt that was enough? I don't remember being afraid because of it, just sad and wanting a happy ending.
  9. You could interpret most of the prophecy (or whatever it is) to be mostly fulfilled at this point. (Q Martell is the sun that rises and sets, Dothraki Sea is dry, Pyramids are crumbling in the wind, etc) I also think that Dany's last chapter indicates she has had a miscarriage. A miscarriage is not the same as carrying a child to term, but it's an indication that it's possible. I think Dany's infertility is going to turn out not to be a thing.
  10. Major Houses Dying out...

    I assume this is show? I think your definition of bloodline is too narrow. Lannister - Jaime is not Kingsguard anymore (though I don't see him fathering more children at this point, but possible) Martell - the Sand Snakes have Oberyn's blood and appear to have undisputed power at this point, so that line will continue. Not sure who takes it, but it looks like Ellaria is calling the shots, so my guess is Tyene. Greyjoy - Yara likes women, but that doesn't mean she can't get pregnant. Renly was expected to continue the line, same with Yara Stark - The line can continue through the Sansa or Arya, or even Jon. He's got Stark blood, even if it's not Ned's Targ - Dany's fertility, or lack thereof, is only theoretical and not really a thing in the show. Highly likely to reproduce Unless there are cousins we haven't learned about, Baratheon and Tyrell seem to be extinct (show version). In the books, the only house that seems in immediate danger is Baratheon, and possible Targ if you believe Dany is the last hope there and that she is barren. I don't believe either, so I think Targs are fine. Sweet Robin is fragile, but he does have one heir of the Arryn line. The connection goes back a few generations, but it's the same bloodline. I do think one of the overarching themes of the books is that the older generation is being killed off to make room for the younger generation to be the movers and shakers. The board is being reset and no matter what the outcome of the war of the dawn is, Westeros is going to be a very different place.
  11. Margaery and the Trial

    Because they were being lured into a wildfire trap? Some Lannister ships were there as decoys, but most were safely away from the green explody stuff.
  12. Are ravens used exclusively in Westeros?

    If I recall correctly, Bloodraven tells Bran that ravens used to be used to communicate messages because they could talk. They would actually say the message instead of just delivering a note. I think it was because the children and First Men could warg them. My memory is a little dim on the details, but because of that tradition they continued to use ravens. I'm sure that other cultures use a similar method of communication (if they don't have better methods). It's just that they use boring carrier pigeons or similar. I get the impression that ravens are harder to care for than placid pigeons or the like.
  13. Cersei took the throne because she could. It's the only thing she has now and she took it and plans to keep it through sheer, blind pant-shitting terror. Do I think she can keep it? Hell no. I bet she doesn't even think she can keep it, but at least while she reins, she does things on her terms. No one telling her who to marry, no outside forces judging or constraining her. She can probably keep power in King's Landing through brute force and fear, but doubt she has any sway beyond that very small circle of influence.
  14. Was The High Sparrow Really No One Important?

    Ah, I'd forgot there was a High Sparrow = HR contingent. I may be a terrible person, because I'm kind of enjoying some of the more crackpot theories getting heavily damaged through show reveals.
  15. Jaimie finally gonna kill Cersei now?

    I was taken aback by how accepting of 'fate' she was with Myrcella's death, but there was no doubt she grieved. I think with Tommen she was a bit resigned to his fate. When it finally came to pass, she was probably a combination of numb/broken/accepting so that I bought the calm. It's much more scary than blind anger. I don't think Jaime will ever get to the point where he doesn't care about Cersei at all - I think they are too intertwined for him not to love her. that is not the same as refusing to be caught up in her games and be manipulated by her anymore. If Jaime does kill Cersei, I would hope it's partly because he does still love her, or it loses some of it's pathos.