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  1. Alton Sterling shooting.

    The only hope I see for combatting this violence is that bystanders are getting the video evidence out when these atrocities happen. "I was scared" may be an excuse for a civilian to fire in a tense situation given the right circumstances. Gun carrying professional law enforcement can be trained not to jump to pushing a trigger. And the ones who cannot train to subdue their adrenaline response shouldn't be carrying lethal weapons. As it stands, every shooting by a cop who mistakenly thought he saw a threat is giving cover to a shooting by another cop who just happened to feel like hurting someone that day. One can be fixed with better policies, the other is criminal. And both need to be eradicated.
  2. I view voting to be as much about voicing one's view as it is about electing a specific candidate. At the end of the day, majority of the country lives in states that are a lock for one party alien which case, why bother voting at all, if not to send a message. So while voting third party may not have any chance of electing that candidate, if enough voters choose to support a third party over the D or R, the main parties will take notice. It sends a very clear message that you are someone who will take the time to vote, and also that neither of the main candidates earned your support.
  3. [Spoilers] EP601

    Count me in the minority, but I enjoyed the Dornish massacre. Seems to me that it would be foolish to murder Myrcella and then _not_ go though with a full coup. Also, Doran Martel was making an error in keeping his plans so close to the vest. The Dornish are an easily riled people, angry at the Lannisters, and as far as they could see, Doran was just endlessly appeasing the enemy. His killing made all the sense it needed to in my eyes.
  4. US Election: To NY and Beyond

    Lokisnow, Thanks for breaking down how the different kinds of taxes would impact employers vs employees. A 6% tax increase in small business payroll (for the businesses small enough to not provide health insurance already) seems like a large burden, that should only be phased in gradually if such a law were passed. Or perhaps there could be a lower rate for business under the 50- employees threshold?
  5. US Elections: When Murder isn't Murder

    I find the conservative brouhaha over Trump's abortion comments to be laughably hypocritical. Otherwise, where was the prolife outrage when American women were being prosecuted under current laws for obtaining (or being suspected of having done so) self-induced abortions? I remember a few of these cases coming up on national news, and the only outrage I remember hear was from the pro-choice side, aimed at the abortion restrictions that drove many of these women to self-abort. Prosecuting Women for Self-Inducing Abortion: Counterproductive and Lacking Compassion Clearly, at least some prosecutors shared the opinion that women who self-abort should be punished according to the laws. I don't know whether this latest controversy will have an impact on Trump's support or not, but I see this clearly as very much another case of him exchanging the code-speak dog whistle of conservative politics for directly catering to what a certain segment of the Republican electorate believes. This is the party that includes Todd Akin, of the infamous "If it’s legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down,” line of reasoning.
  6. Altherion, that's a good write up and I agree wholeheartedly with your points. I would like to add that the NSA spystate expansion that has happened over the last two administrations occurred beyond the the levels legislated by congress, and that further extensions to such programs would be subject to influence by the presidency. I expect there to be a major difference between establishment and antiestablishment presidencies in regards to how Sanders vs Clinton may view continuation of govt spying on the American people.
  7. I could easily see him doing it for the fame, accomplishment of reaching that office, and the chance to get his name into history books
  8. US elections: The Trumpening

    To respond to the question in the last iteration of this thread, The optimist in me thinks that Trump represents a real shift in the temperament of the Republican electorate. I am heartened by the apparent disavowal of traditional conservative candidates. Compared to the recent trend of ever more fundamentalist candidates winning primaries among Republicans, it strikes me as a great change of political winds that Trump is so nonidealogical. For once, it's not all about gays, abortions, and Church. Something about how fundamentally different Trump seems from other candidates of recent years, combined with his success up to date, makes me think that the party will not be able to prevent his nomination. The pessimist in me is downright terrified of Trump getting the nomination. As much as the consensus wisdom is that he'd be destroyed in a general election, I fear that Trump taps into a real and present anger in the American electorate that is not confined to just the Republican party. And if the Democrats select Hillary as their nominee, as they still seem likely to do, I am truly worried that Trump would be able to tap into enough energy across ideological lines to win. A Hillary vs Trump general reminds me a lot of Kerry v Bush. By all objective and apparent measures, Bush was an awful president. There was talk of an "Anybody But Bush" sentiment among Democrats, as a push to get him out of the White House. But the Dems nominated a middle-of-the-road, dull, noncharismati,safe candidate, and it turned out that "Anybody But Bush" didn't actually work. And if kicking Bush out after all the mess he caused as president didn't work out, then I am worried that "Anybody But Trump" won't be any more effective, without a charismatic alternative to give people something to vote for.
  9. September Reads -Back to school time!

      Thanks for responding with what you liked about the book.  I'd agree that her depictions of Arthur Leander and Miranda were some of my favorite parts of the story.  In fact, that's probably why I enjoyed the middle portion, where it was set primarily in the preapocalyptic world and we get to see these characters grow up through the decades.  Kristen never stood out to me in though, and honestly I struggle to name any of the other characters from the theater troupe/postapocalypse.    You mention the writing and tone as one of the highlights of the book, and I have seen that praised about Station Eleven before.  Language is not something I frequently notice in a narrative (unless it's jarringly bad), so it may just be that one of the better things about this novel is something I'm just not attuned to picking up on.
  10. September Reads -Back to school time!

    I'm almost done with Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel. Picked it up mostly because of Martin's review on it. I wanted to like it,and kind of did in the middle of the book.  The book is very readable and and the characters are enjoyable enough.  But her worldbuilding is so painfully underdone, that I  just could not get over it.     Spoilers about premise/worldbuilding [spoiler]Her premise is that a fast-acting super lethal flu wipes out 99% of earths population within a few days (though wouldn't a 99% lethal disease with an incubation time of 3-4 hours be too virulent to ever spread into a pandemic?). As a result of lack of people coming in to work, the power grids go out, rendering all technology useless.  Apparently solar powered batteries, or self sustaining and self powered pockets of technology, like nuclear subs do not exist, and a general power outage is enough to wipe out technology.  Meanwhile, within 5 years of the collapse, a travelling symphony/Shakespearean acting troupe can form, but 20 years later all economy/industry and technology is still somehow trapped in a pre-industrial state.  I could almost suspend disbelief in this, until she started describing the transition between the collapse and the world as we see it 20 years later, and it seems like the world is overrun by wannabe prophets.  And while this in itself isn't unreasonable, it feels like the author never considered any of the other kind of opportunistic powergrabs that might take place in isolated communities, instead having "the good people trying to survive" or "the cults took over" as the only two possible modes of existence.  [/spoiler] Throughout the book it feels like the author never put more than a cursory thought into how a postapocalyptic world might develop, and instead just went about describing an image of what she wanted to have happen.  Everything feels too simplistic and one-dimensional as a result.     Now I have about 60 pages left, and might as well finish.  But I am disappointed.  I really wanted to like the book, and just cannot see what others see in it.   Next up is the Water Knife, by Paolo Bacigalupi. Windup Girl was one of my favorite recently published scifi reads, so I am looking forward to reading the latest novel by this writer.

    Awesome! PC and I will be there

    Awesome! PC and I will be there

    I vote uptown. If voting is still in the works. Hoboken may bit a bit too much of a treck for me at this time

    Looking forward to it. We'll do our best to make it
  15. If Talissa ends up being actually a Volantene lady... after this episode I can actually get behind that. Now that she and Robb are actually talking to each other rather than the snarking from the earliest episodes, I'm a lot more sold on the two actors' chemistry. The description of the Volantis slave society was a nice touch foreshadowing for book 5.