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  2. I'm really loving the latest album from Rise Against. The Violence Miracles
  3. Yeah, it seems stranger by the day. Seeing us play, we have two defensive mids who do not venture far into opposition territory, two-to-three number 10s scrambling across the front line - but well within the limits of the 16-yard box extended to midfield, one number 10 if DCL plays, otherwise Sandro wanders and leaves the box empty, and two fullbacks trying to attack the flanks with no support from a winger. It does my head in at times. We’ll have to see if this can in some way be rectified by Coleman coming back (offering more attacking talent down the right), Lookman getting in (he has flair, if little experience) or someone like Rooney or Klaasen dropped more often. IDK
  4. Well, I think she has a fair shot with Joanna. Let's see how that goes, I wouldn't count her out. I agree that Claudia is well equipped to fight Joanna but of course after this weekend Andrade should be first up.
  5. LOL... right... "Alright, enough of this... let's wrap this sub plot up."
  6. A good leader should have some foresight into future events. If he walked into a war assuming, "Iam the Kings Grandfather and have 60,000 men I can't lose" then that could have been an atrocious error of judgement. It is only because the plot saved this man that he withstood the forces arrayed against him. He himself did very little proactive to win the war. The dominos fell into his hands. I think it does call into question the opinion a lot of characters have of him in the novels. Plus its thematically important because you can't say that Tywin was the perfect Machiavellian Prince. If everything is a game of chance then is ruthlessness a prerequisite for success?
  7. I don't have a problem with anything. I was just pointing out that Rothfuss is not holding a pen to put down. That's it. Nothing more to it. Of course, don't let that stop you from feeling buthurt.
  8. Regarding the use of violence ("punch a nazi" etc) in direct action protest, I don't like it because I think it doesn't achieve the goals being worked towards in most instances, however I recognize that violence can be held in reserve if truly needed. As anyone whose ever watched a documentary of a repressive state knows (let's take the oscar nominated recent Burma vj as an example) if you don't have violence nor arms and the other side is willing and eager to use both you're totally fucked and your nonviolent strategies have no value. however the thing about weapons is this, if you're holding a weapon, you are likely to use it. And people are advocating the metaphoric arming up and "holdin" violence in reserve. So if you're rejecting non violence and saying "I can be violent if needs cause nazis deserve it, but I'll control myself, mmKay" you've primed your brain to use violence same as police do. So while you may think you're reserving violence as a last resort, your brain has primed violence into being the first action, the reflex, it is more ready than you are to engage. By going in metaphorically disarmed with nonviolence ones brain is not primed to sabotage oneself and ones goals. too long didn't read: play with fire and you will get burned.
  9. Personally I have a theory about the Starks and the Others and how they relate; and how that in itself leads to Jaime being TPTWP/AA and how this whole conflict will be solved through democracy - but it's also possible that this story will simply end with everyone dying. Not the whole world, but all the great houses and nobility. I'm going to use the show material for a second but when you think about all the great houses are dead or dying. The Baratheons are gone, the Tyrells are gone, the Starks have no male heir that isn't a bastard/Targaryen or a weirdo warg; the Lannisters are on their last legs and almost gone and the kingdoms are barely being held together through monarchy. Westeros ushers in a democracy with the death of the last dragons and the lords and ladies that ruled over them for thousands of years - we effectively lose all the characters we were invested in for so much time but the world is better off for it.
  10. First sorry for my bad english, but I guess google translator would have been even worse. Building 1000 ships in 6 monthes is impossible for Euron. There are major issues in how you demonstrate it is. Total Iron Islands population It's definitively not 1,5M. At least 3 reasons for that : This number is based on a ratio military forces/total population applied for all the kingdoms. But Ironborn have a so specific way of life which means their ratio is also specific. When most kingdoms get their ressources from trading, cultivating, hunting, Ironborn get theirs mostly by reaving. So their permanent military forces are far greater than in any other realm. Geography: Iron Islands aren't very large, nor able to welcome a great population density. One exception is Harlaw, but even there there is no town, just lord 's castles,villages and small harbours. The previous calculation gives for the North a 4M population, even if there are large empty locations there, it's not realistic that there are not even 3 more times people in a 100 times largest surface. (and there is at least one large town in the North, White Harbour). History : Ironborn suffered 2 great war defeats in the last decades, which has an impact on demography So, my estimation for the population is about 500 000. 2. Ratio new fleet workers/ total population Of course it is very far from 100%:) children, too old people ------> -40% dedicating the entire active population to one single task is impossible. The people need at least to eat so fishermen can't help, most of reavers neither because who would get all the supplies needed then ? So if 10% of the active population can be assigned to the ships building it is already a huge war effort . Euron took power by killing Balon. Maybe many Ironborn accept that and follow him, but certainly not all of them. In the books Harlaw is ruled by Ashas (Yaras) uncle and he isn't Euron's friend... That's leaves us with a maximum of 20000 workers. 3. Drastic increase of building capacity Let's say there were before Euron dreams of its 1000 ships 10 shipyard in the Iron Islands, each buidling 1 ship per month. This seem reasonnable, it allow to maintain a fleet, replacing old or destroyed ships. To proceide the 1000 ships building, they would have to multiply this capacity by nearly 20 . Even if they had enough workers, building those new shipyards would take time, not days but weeks, if not monthes. Shipyards aren't the only issue. Your countless workers could cut countless trees thats true. But you don't build ships with tree trunks (except the masts). So as for the shipyards you have to build sawmills too. Same for smithies (metal parts), weaving workshops, rope factories, …. Being optimistic, I would say you can make your new production capacity operational in a year. But within that year, you would have built no more ships than before. Last point, your comparaison with US Liberty ships in WWII isn't a good one. As your source wrote, the first was built in 230 days. The delay was greatly reduced after by using many prefabricated parts built all over the country, and welding these parts in the main shipyard , instead of riveting them like all other ships were in that time. The result was a great quantity of ships, but very low quality. This can in no case be applied to wooden ships.
  11. I enjoyed it. It didn't feel groundbreaking, but it was fun - I was never bored, except during the extended scenes of klingon speechifying. I don't have a Trek background at all, and don't have a fixed idea of what it should be, which may explain why I liked it. It would have been lovely to have a sci-fi show that's dialogue and idea driven, but there may be room for it to go in that direction later - the first two couple of episodes were always going to be space battle and explosion heavy in order to attract the interest of the widest possible audience. Liked Saru a lot, both in personality and design. And Michelle Yeoh was great - Burnham reminds me strongly of some of my Bioware protagonists. Weird feeling. My mouse finger keeps twitching as I try and select her dialogue options.
  12. KICK or some kind of movement anyway.
  13. No wonder nobody remembers that, considering that they share the screen for a nanosecond and are separated by two guards and she never even looks at his direction. And if that was a problem to film, it explains why Lena used her diva status to put the clause in the contract. Again, that says it all about how serious Game of Thrones truly is. Just imagine how some real-deal showrunner would react to such a request from an actor. I'm constantly surprised that anyone might think that a TV show shaped by actors' personal issues and grudges can be in the same universe with ASOIAF. And of course, thanks for the link.
  14. I was thinking more along the lines of Sansa using the catspaw dagger to slit Littlefinger's throat.
  15. Vargo's ridiculous because of what exactly? Because of lisp? Or because of zorse? And for some reason Locke, whose arc stopped making any sense the moment it departed from Vargo's role in the story, is not ridiculous? His hunt for Bran is... what.. intelligent? He enlists in the Night's Watch and swears an oath which is, you know, for life, and breaking of which is punishable by death - that makes sense to you? That's somehow smarter than Vargo Hoat and his story, which I don't see anything ridiculous about to be honest, unless you mean that his speech problem and/or his mount are ridiculous?
  16. Allow me to take the contrarian stance here - I bloody loved Taboo. Tom Hardy had a BIG part to play in that since he's my favorite actor and his presence can elevate most things he's in IMO - but the it was a good show. Not without it's flaws, mind you - that whole PTSD angle did nothing for me and it's the central ''BUT LOOK HOW SMART WE ARE'' bit of the show. The promise of a despicable protagonist that's hard to root for isn't quite delivered on the way I hoped it would be; but overall it's a pretty great period drama. Sets, atmosphere, cinematography, acting all are ace and it has genuinely great moments.
  17. The CDU have enough MP's that no government can be formed without them. The problem is that no coherent majority government can be formed with them. The most coherent government would be a CDU/FDP minority, on the basis that they still outnumber the parties on the Left, and AFD probably won't vote against them most of the time, but my understanding is that Germany doesn't go in for minority governments.
  18. Haven't watched the latest episode yet but this has been the most consistent season, easily.
  19. Nowhere in the post you quoted is Red Snow using this as an excuse for Pat blowing the deadline for TDoS. What it says is that he should take some time off from work to be with his family. What about this sentiment do yo have a problem with?
  20. Let's see. According to Memory Alpha the Enterprise was launched 2245. It had its first five-year mission under Captain April till about 2250, then under Captain Pike till 2265 when Kirk took over. The Cage takes place in 2254, so yes you are about right, since Discovery is supposed to take place at 2256, then it is just two years after The Cage and Spock should already be on the Enterprise, laughing his ass off at silly flowers. Interestingly enough, Kirk joined Starfleet Acedemy 2252 and remained for five years there, so he could have a cameo as a dashing cadet. Come to think of it, have they made any attempt to justify the different uniform style? We know how uniforms of this era looked like from The Cage and flashbacks in "Shore Leave", what with only somewhat thicker TOS uniforms. Why didn't they just try to modernize those instead of introducing these blue things?
  21. Jon Snow is a terrible character. An Aragorn-like archetype in a world devoid of said archetypes. There are so many interesting characters in the story - flawed, real people like Jaime and Jorah and Tyrion and Sandor and even Ned; but Jon is the one who's essential to the story.
  22. This. There are definitely characters who have special snowflake status (Jon, Dany, Arya), which is annoying. Yes and yes. Personally, the mere idea of tasting your own milk disgusts me, so all those scenes are hard to read (breastmilk fetish might be more common that I realize and that's fine, I just don't want to read about it). And Sansa is a girl who would never be caught with grease running down her chin. I'm sick of reading about Tyrion shaking off the last drops. To be fair about the male/female balance, Cersei did have a memorable pissing scene in Baelor's sept.
  23. I think Jaime was truly loyal to his vows as a Kingsguard and that's what drove him to kill Aerys. It would have been easy to be complacent and take political sides but by forsaking his honor to do the right thing he's the real hero of that day; not Tywin Lannister and his unfettered brutality or Ned Stark and his wielding of honor like a hammer. Arthur Dayne, who's already been mentioned. Aegor Bittsersteel was dedicated to the Blackfyre cause till the very end. I'd love to see/read more about him. Aemon Targaryen, the dragon knight, was another person who truly embodied knightly virtues. To die for a king that despised you for being all that he is not takes true dedication.
  24. wait, so would Transformers buy life insurance or auto insurance?
  25. Feysal - I suspect that "Seven Kingdoms" could be as much a geographic name - e.g. Balkans, as much as a political denominator.
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