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  1. argonak

    U.S. Politics: Attaquer son cul orange!

    Breaking up big businesses used to be a Republican thing. Good old Teddy. I wish he was alive today so I could hear what he'd say about Trump.
  2. argonak

    U.S. Politics: Attaquer son cul orange!

    Trump was right about all the winning after all.
  3. argonak

    U.S. Politics: Attaquer son cul orange!

    Yes Conservatives can win for different reasons. Trump in particular won because our system does not reward overall majority an actual. . . majority. I don't have a problem with conservative parties in general. Its totally sensible and reasonable for someone to hold certain opinions that fall into that side of the spectrum. And Major changes to society often need to be slowed to avoid mass disturbances to social fabric and unrest. People suck at handling change, and the main goal of any government (in my opinion) should be overall stability, fairness, and compromise. My problem with the republican party on the other hand is that they are morally and ethically bankrupt and are actively participating in the destruction of our democracy because it helps them win power. They don't argue in a legitimate fashion, they're happy to cheat and change their opinions anytime it benefits them. It is all about winning to the modern republican party and that is destroying the social fabric of our country. An actual conservative party would care about the traditions and structures of our government and be fighting changes to that structure. The republicans have just become fundamentalist authoritarians who want to enrich their billionaire backers and enforce their evangelical doctrines on everyone.
  4. argonak

    U.S. Politics: Attaquer son cul orange!

    Trump won because of electoral college shenanigans, the same way the Republicans hold the outdated institution of the Senate. If we were a functioning democracy instead of dysfunctional one, the Republicans would be a minority party with no control of any part of the federal government. They would also have far fewer states under their influence, because a number of them rely on obscene examples of gerrymandering and even voter suppression.
  5. argonak

    TWOW in July 2020 seems ever more likely

    Every time GRRM talks about WoW, I just end up thinking about Lucy and her football. I gave up on being Charlie Brown a while ago.
  6. argonak

    US Politics: A Mickey Mouse Operation

    So, what does everyone think of this new rumor that Kushner told MBS to go ahead on arresting Khashoggi, and the Turks got it on tape, then used it to push for the syria withdrawal? Four years ago this would have seemed an off the wall conspiracy, but after everything we've been through it sounds plausible. It certainly connects some strange dots. Even the GOP was confused by Trump's syria withdrawal.
  7. argonak

    US Politics: A Mickey Mouse Operation

    That's what I so often find frustrating. The Republicans have learned that if you just stand on a soapbox and scream lies loud enough, media will queue up to listen, and a proportion of the people will fall for your lines because you sound like you believe it. Meanwhile so many democrats rely on actually trying to convince people of their point, and wonder why they're getting ignored.
  8. argonak

    US Politics: A Mickey Mouse Operation

    I don't disagree with your general thought, but it was one time a republican stood up for what was right that stood out for me. That campaign was one of the turning points for my own de-conversion.
  9. argonak

    US Politics: A Mickey Mouse Operation

    There was that one time where McCain defended Obama in front of his own followers. That one always stuck out on me. I think a lot of GOP folks start out with good intentions, but the toxic beliefs that they have to subscribe to simply pull them downwards into a spiral of hate and rage. When you believe that lower taxes = prosperity, but the lower taxes don't bring it, you have to assume you didn't lower them enough. When you believe guns will lower crime, but they don't, you have to bleieve there just aren't enough guns. And so on and on. When your positions are based on beliefs, rather than logical determinations, its very difficult to realize that you're wrong. As a former republican, it wasn't easy breaking out of that brainwashed mindset. Everything they have is designed to feed back and strength the foundation beliefs, because the leadership knows that keeps people locked into the cult. All you have to do is find the one issue people care most about, and you'll keep them in the tent. That's how I see it anyway.
  10. argonak

    US Politics: A Mickey Mouse Operation

    I have no faith in the GOP anymore. You don't get much credit for doing good when its easy. You get credit when its hard. Anyone can be good when its in their own self interest.
  11. argonak

    US Politics: A Mickey Mouse Operation

    Yeah. I've been very frustrated with NPR, they too often let people just come on and spew talking points on the radio without being challenged. Fair journalism is NOT standing by and letting two people argue about whether the sky is blue or green.
  12. argonak

    Why cueing (MSV) is a poor way to teach children to read

    Those are pretty blanket statements. I think its a little unhelpful to paint with such broad brush strokes.
  13. argonak

    US Politics: A Mickey Mouse Operation

    "Republicans would swallow poo if they could figure out a way to make liberals smell their breath." That quote started as a joke, but is starting to look painfully accurate for a portion of "the base." Its quite horrifying to see people advocating literal terrorism publicly.
  14. argonak

    Why cueing (MSV) is a poor way to teach children to read

    Reading starts as a decoding method, but eventually becomes memorization of grouped symbols. I ran into the same thing with morse code when I learned it years ago. initially you have to remember each individual character, but given enough time and practice your brain just memorizes the sound combinations.
  15. Bronn has been gathering men, but the number is less than half a dozen. He's still on the very small scale, just trying to hang on to his hard bitten gains. He's no threat to a Great Lord, and Cersei even thinking he is just show's how small minded she remains. IMO, Bronn was just used as a convenient character to highlight how petty Cersei is, and how even her smallest schemes back fire because she's completely incapable of gaining the loyalty of competent people. Unlike television shows, a feudal lord has to rule with the consent of their vassals or affinity members. Cersei has repeatedly pissed off everyone who ought to be her close supporters, and done everything to destroy the fragile alliance her father built and maintained. If Jamie is really gone, Cersei's support network is going to evaporate. She will be unable to maintain any of her alliances or affinities. I would expect even the Castellan of Casterly rock to start defying her.
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