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  1. Survivor 34: "Game Changers" | RIP Dan Kay, Survivor: Gabon

    The first boot I was happy to see. I think Ciera is overhyped. It was fun watching her have an epiphany at tribal council and go to rocks, but other than that I've never enjoyed watching her. I'm sure she's a lovely woman, just not very dynamic IMO and very much a one trick pony. I forgot how much I enjoy watching Malcolm. Dude is charming and capable. So much better than Joey Amazing. The war of wills with Tony and Sandra was kinda epic and I'm sad that it played out so quickly. If one of them had to go, I'm glad it wasn't Sandra. She can stop talking about being the queen already though, that's getting old. I have no idea how she got the guys on board. I wouldn't have said it was in their best interest. Tony just blew himself up with the paranoia. Too bad, he's amusing as hell, but probably exhausting to deal with. I'm hopeful that Varner lasts a little longer this time around. I just love him, useless lump that he is. He hasn't had much camera time yet and if he went early, they'd want to capitalize on it, right? Please? And I'm glad we're getting a swap already. Looks to be a promising season I think.
  2. I lost my cat....inside the apartment

    Oh jeez, poor little guy. Good to hear he's free and feasting like a king! Agree on the kittyproofing. My only worry is that he might find another thing you never thought he could fit into when his old retreats are gone.
  3. US Politics: Lock Him Up!

  4. US Politics: Lock Him Up!

    Exactly this. If an investigation into Trump can't come up with anything solid the first time around, I'm not really interested in continuing to pursue it. It becomes a waste of time, energy and money. I think there's enough smoke to warrant an investigation and I'm willing to let the intel drive it. (i.e not rush it)
  5. I lost my cat....inside the apartment

    Oh yay! I'm so glad to hear this Just keep being awesome, Renly will come around.
  6. US Politics: Everyone's Manipulating Everyone

    It seems that he perhaps wanted it preserved so that it wasn't forgotten about after the election. Or in the worst case scenario, that it would 'disappear'. I imagine it was more about Russia than really about either of the candidates. If I remember correctly, much of this information wasn't aired during the campaign because the administration didn't want to appear to be politicizing the intel.
  7. US Politics: Everyone's Manipulating Everyone

    I'm hearing that the Trump admin has been ordered to preserve all emails relevant to a Russian probe. The interesting thing is that it's now being reported that Obama took steps to spread the intel relevant to Russian meddling and basically hide it away for safekeeping. Thanks Obama! To me it looks like there is a lot of smoke. it's hard to say what exactly was going down, but I'm pretty sure something is up. There are a lot of juicy coincidences and connections, but I'm not sold on it being an involved conspiracy, blackmail, etc. I do think there is something. Most likely he was acting in ignorance or denial of the consequences it could have for him. Who knows what goes through his mind.
  8. US Politics: Everyone's Manipulating Everyone

    I am not knowledgeable about details on this, so can't really address your concerns, but I wanted to comment on this. This is one of those things that sounds good, but is a barely adequate fig leaf. It didn't really work when Obama tried it, and it's not going to work here. I don't know if there is an actual, workable solution to be found here, but I know this is just feel-good bullshit that changes nothing.
  9. US Politics: Everyone's Manipulating Everyone

    Ha, Paul Ryan just refuted the notion that they have only been working on a Health Care plan for a few months. They started over a year ago. Are we supposed to applaud that? I'm pretty damn sure they've been saying repeal and replace for far, far longer than that. As a side note, my very republican father who railed against Obamacare for years as unconstitutional now wants universal health care. So what's changed since then? He retired. Turns out Medicare is pretty cool.
  10. US Politics: Everyone's Manipulating Everyone

    Well, if politicians were truly concerned about voter fraud, they'd be looking at absentee ballots rather than in-person voting. But they don't, so I have to conclude it's more about suppression. Simple.
  11. Arya will become Queen

    We're not going to see eye to eye on this, obviously. But I do want to address a few things. I see Arya as grey, just more grey than you seem to think she is. I clearly said she is teetering and can go either way. Yes, she still has some sort of compass, but it's pretty broken in some important aspects. I concede that I was too quick to call Arya detatched, but I don't concede the argument. Killers can have friends just like misogynists can have sisters, daughters and mothers they love dearly. I don't believe Sansa is assisting or indifferent to Sweet Robin's situation, so it's not comparable to me. I also don't believe Arya's line was a throw away and just because she didn't act on it doesn't make it any less disturbing. I'm not weighing it more than her other acts, but I am weighing it. From my perspective, you're not giving it enough weight. Like I said though, neither of us will persuade the other, but I wanted to clarify a few things. I'm out.
  12. Arya will become Queen

    Arya's first though about killing a woman because she was being inconvenienced is not just an over-reaction, it's disturbing. And yes, Arya is fully capable of fitting in with society - that's what a large part of her training is, blending in. In the Mercy chapter, does Arya actually seem like she is making friends and forming bonds, or does she just go through the motions? In the news when there's a killing, how often do you hear people saying they never suspected, he was such a nice guy. Someone who can kill with such ease and with such little regard or reason is not safe to have loose in society at large. Her thought to kill that woman was not idle coming from her, it wasn't just a stray thought. This is what she has learned under the harsh tutelage of the Hound and from Jaqen being her personal angel of death. I don't believe this is who Arya is forever, but I do believe she is teetering on the edge of a very dark place and will need help to overcome it. And yes, Sansa, Dany and Jon have all had their own host of issues they will need to overcome, but I think Arya has the longest road to walk by a country mile. None of the others have lost their compass as much as Arya. I'd argue that Bran is closest in this regard (slipping in to Hodor) and it's no surprise that these are the youngest characters who have been flailing about on their own for far too long. This is not coming from a place of dislike for Arya, I love her very much and my heart breaks for her. Out of all the characters, I think she is the leading candidate for not getting a 'happy' ending. I hope she, much like the Hound, can just find some peace and I will count that as a win.
  13. Is it evil when Bran wargs into Hodor's mind?

    I agree with what I think the majority are saying. It's a horrible thing to do to someone and morally wrong. As a child without guidance, however, Bran can't process this. His handicap makes this even harder to resist, even though he knows Hodor doesn't like it. I think evil is a strong word and won't take it that far, but it is wrong, wrong, wrong. I don't blame Bran entirely for this, however. He needs guidance here that he's not getting. He does deserve some blame, however, as he knows it's wrong on some level, but he's likely thinking of it on the level of stealing sweets from the kitchen because he knows he doesn't have any ill intent. In an extreme situation of self defense, I'd find it hard to say he was wrong to do so. Kind of like murder. Murder is wrong, but in self-defense it is justifiable. The problem comes in trying to define self-defense. Proactively possessing Hodor in a dangerous situation is a slippery thing and can become too easily normalized.
  14. I lost my cat....inside the apartment

    This is kind of a terrifying story.
  15. I lost my cat....inside the apartment

    You pretty much did what I would have done. He's strong enough right now to bust through sturdy tape, so he's not too weak from thirst or hunger to not be able to help himself. Maybe you could put some sort of cat house near the hole so he has another safe place he can hide in. Maybe some toys or catnip to entice him there? It's obviously gonna take some time and I don't know what to tell you. I know I would be wanting to hover and be worrying every moment, but there's only so much you can do. Good luck! My heart goes out to you and the little guy. The flour was a good touch I wouldn't have thought of.