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  2. It all depends on the meaning of "the seed is strong" and who in the Red Keep knew about the thing and who thought what about it. Varys, Cersei, Jon Arryn, Stannis .... they could have all come to different conclusions. But it does not answer the question why Robin Arryn was to be fostered elsewhere. That was kind of the reason for Lysa's acting.
  3. I thought Salic law barred women entirely, i.e. The son of a daughter could not inherit. Take the Hundred Years' War: Philip IV of France has three sons: Louis X, Philip V and Charles IV, and a daughter Isabella, the She-Wolf of France. Charles IV dies in 1328 without issue, ending the direct Capet line. Edward III, son of Isabella, claims the right to rule France as her son. However, the French refuse and uphold the rights of Philip VI, a cousin of Isabella's through Philip IV's brother Charles of Valois. The Avignon papacy decreed that Salic Law bars female line succession in 1340.
  4. Ok, I know this has been said on these threads on multiple occasions, but this is not how I remember it. From what I recall, he was reportedly going to out undocumented students at the Berkeley protest - and this is what I find when I google it. I don't see anything on him ousting a trans student like he did in Wisconsin. This doesn't matter to the argument - I suppose we could argue which is more deplorable but they're both disgusting - just wondering if anyone can confirm this for me?
  5. Also, it will be interesting to see how Heat fans react. I listen to a sports show based out of Miami (Le Batard) and they give off the impression that they'd be cool with Wade signing anywhere except with the Cavs. There's still a lot of bad blood between those two franchises' fan bases.
  6. Yeah... and I'm liking it... To me, it's a lot like a self-aware Star Trek show... almost like what Tom Servo and Crow would say if they were regulars on ST:TNG
  7. I don't think it is "becoming Disney" as much as it is lurching from one bullet point to another of all the marks and story-points they need to hit without taking care to tie it all together. A lot of this series felt it was more about what was "cool" rather than what would make sense. The lack of motivation or common sense from the characters has been a niggling issue for me since Season 5. I think it stood out more this year because they genuinely feel like they are rushing to tie everything up. It also feels like this was the year they finally gave up on hoping a new book would come out so they could ground themselves more. IDK, I still like watching the show but it was very hard to ignore the cracks.
  8. Yeah I'm seeing that now too. I guess a lot can change in a day. I think this also means that Wade won't be going back to Miami other then to sign a 1 day contract to retire as a member of the Heat. That aside, what do you think a mostly washed Wade adds to the Cavs? I know SG is a position of need, but IDK what Wade gives the team, especially without IT.
  9. Damn. Now I have to actually read up on Charlemagne to rejig my humour algorithm.
  10. https://twitter.com/wojespn/status/912790082343587840 Inevitable.
  11. While I agree with those who say that S3 should not return to the "Inside Elliot's head" again... I am optimistic about this season... I love a show where you have to lean in and pay attention... and IMO, this is the best non-pay network show since Breaking Bad...
  12. And @Rhom, My best guess is they want to cast a wide net on the cheap when the players are young and hope that creates some degree of loyalty if and when one of their younger prospects becomes a super star.
  13. The most interesting thing for Stannis is that the gods actually do answer. We see the freezing mists vanish, and when we next see Stannis's army, the snows have melted and they have no problem marching onward. But Stannis was asking for the wrong thing. Sacrificing his daughter destroyed his army's morale. Their morale was actually his biggest problem, not the mists. All of the sellswords desert, and hundreds of other men, and those who fight on are clearly dispirited. It's almost like the gods were trolling him.
  14. Well, that's a good question. Will have to look this one up, but I'm tentatively thinking "never." For that matter, even any Lannister/Baratheon bastards (i.e., not legitimate offspring) would be meaningful data points. Let me get back on this, unless somebody beats me to it.
  15. I guess GRRM... doesn't like brown eyes? They don't show up often in his characters.
  16. Depends on if anyone thought L=J, hope no one thought E+L=J because my grey matter is almost white.
  17. Under salic law a woman can inherit directly if no male heirs are there. Under cognatic male primogeniture the son of a daughter can inherit. concerning the Stark name: I don't know. Westeros is odd in many regards, especially when it comes to name conventions. (rarely family names purely based by location, more like the location as a further specification, e.g. Lannisters of Lannisport. They are not the of Lannisport.) Also surnames were only introduced in the medieval ages. I'm not sure about that but in any case Bran could also adopt his nephew.
  18. LOL, all I was doing was pointing out the comedic effect of your phrasing - as well as poking fun at your apparent reference to yourself in the third person. I haven't really followed your argument, and have no interest in participating in it. First, it's not me throwing her into the situation, it's the program. And this is about as low-pressure as you can get - working as a TA and running recitation sections on Friday - which is designed as such for phd candidates to gain some experience. Second, I believe the supervising professor is supposed to observe the TA, albeit only once during the semester (and I think this policy is laxly observed, especially if there's no problems reported; I only TA'd for one semester but the guy I worked for did not observe. Then again, I also had a lot of teaching experience beforehand). She did have the cohort I mentioned observe her once last year, but like I said she has resisted my offers to observe. I agree that this is important, but I can't and won't force it on her. The university I'm at does require all TAs to go to a day-long training session. And to be fair to my program, they've set up multiple sessions and mentors (which I'm trying to be here) for the TAs to prepare and receive advice. (Plus you also have to take an entire course to be eligible to teach your own class.) But again, I think you're right that we could do more, and I found the "workshops" during that training day vapid and a waste of my time. Anyway, my query here wasn't so much about this colleague's difficulties in public speaking as it was that she feels she is not being afforded the respect she needs in the classroom due to her gender (and, to a lesser extent, her age). This clearly seems to be the main reason she has yet to gain the necessary confidence. That's why I posted it here, because I believe there's some posters that may be able to speak to this far better than I can. That being said, thanks for your suggestions @Iskaral Pust, it's much appreciated!
  19. Huh? Some of your responses have. been strange, but this one doesn't even make sense. "The Kingsguard are just seven people In total": Did you read the definition I provided in my post? Do you know what a definition is? Where, in the definition I provided or in any satisfactory definition of the term "institution," does it say that any organization having less than 8 people can't qualify? If, say, a city council has nine members, then it can be an institution. If it has only 6 members, however, it doesn't qualify. This is rampant nonsense. The concepts of honor and tradition are extremely important in Westeros. The assertion that the knights of the Kingsguard are merely good knights flies in the face of logic, history, and common sense. Besides, the fact that the Lord Commander is part of the Small Council can't just be waved aside. This one fact argues strongly against your position. Or perhaps you want to argue that the council isn't an institution, or changes from being to not being and institution, based on its current size. Meryn Trant was killed, and this didn't overturn Westeros. Therefore, the Kingsguard is not an institution. Or perhaps you want to say that Trant's death didn't overturn Westeros, and therefore the organization that guards the king isn't really important. Sheesh, your grade in logic must have been lower than the scores that the lords of the Reach received in history and mathematics. Of course, your post misses the most important point I was making: The utterly creepy nature of the Cersei's court would turn off just about anyone who has any sense of Westerosi traditions. This creepiness includes, Qyburn, the Black Guards, incest, the elevation to high office of a man/thing that confessed to the rape and murder of a princess, etc. Anyone, including the lords of the Reach, coming into the throne room would almost certainly have had the feeling they were entering the Westerosi equivalent of Frankenstein's Lab or The House of Dracula.
  20. There's a whole bunch just from the Targaryens alone. For example: Queen Rhaena Targaryen, daughter of Aenys I Aegon III's three daughters Daella and Rhae Targaryen, sisters of Maester Aemon and Aegon V
  21. I wonder if Daenerys might be too obvious of an answer, as others have said here. Still, I agree that she is the most likely option if we presume that Maggy meant another queen when she said: "'til comes another younger, more beautiful to cast you down and take all you hold dear." She never specified a queen, after all, merely implied due to Cersei's question. Otherwise, it could refer to any attractive character (not necessarily a queen), which could be Sansa or Arya (who might grow into an attractive woman in time), or it could even refer to a different kind of beauty, such as inner beauty. I know some people have suggested Brienne as a possibility, who can be said to be the poster girl for "beauty is on the inside" considering she's supposed to be considered ugly by Westerosi standards. Heck, it could even refer to a beautiful male if we take away the queen aspect. Ultimately, though, it probably does refer to Daenerys. I do not think she will directly cast Cersei down, though. It'll all be a byproduct of Cersei's own poor life choices. I seriously don't think that Cersei is "end game" by any means. The Night King battle will encompass pretty much everyone's attention to the point where Cersei will likely just see everything even resembling support melt away from her and towards Jon and Daenerys's side. I suspect that even the Golden Company will switch sides once they realise what is coming for them. The goal is that Cersei will be left with nothing in the end. I personally don't think Daenerys will ever be Queen of Westeros nor will Jon be King. I don't see that being a genuine end for any character since I question whether a unified Westeros will be possible or, if it is, whether it will go on as it did before. The Others will likely change everything and society will have to rebuild after. As others have said, I doubt there will be any more dragons. I foresee all three of them dying out with the Walkers, rather than there being more. Due to the destructive nature of dragons, being the nuclear bombs to the Walkers' nuclear winter, in order to restore balance I think both need to be neutralised.
  22. Nice point. Protesting something should make people uncomfortable. The hope is that it makes them receptive and starts a conversation about why one is doing the protest.
  23. No, he very definitely was a knight. Are you mixing up the Mountain (Gregor) and his brother the Hound (Sandor)? Gregor's knighthood (and Sandor's lack of one) is pretty central to his brother's arc, and to the series' examination of knighthood vs. chivalry.
  24. Great points throughout. And the above? I wouldn't say it won't end well for the NW but rather that it will end very badly indeed for the mutineers.
  25. I wish someone would take the genre one step further and actually make a space opera.
  26. And Hoster laid the seeds for a war, or at the very least two succession crises. As I said earlier: Nice going.
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