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  1. But the problem is Dany was the broke person, all she had was Dragonstone and her host. Plus, technically Jon was in charge in the North, and Westeros is traditional, so the dude pays for dinner. She was dumb for invading Westeros during Winter, she should've gone to take Volantis and linked up with Red Priests.
  2. Yeah, loved the grail scene. Also, Glover looks a lot better clean shaven, even as a villain he was cool. That Pycelle beard makes him haggard and petty imo.
  3. I agree, IIRC, the Hound looked into the fire at Beric's insistence and saw a vision of the NK crossing.
  4. Well, its like when you car pool, the passenger pays for the gas. Dany had the larger army and the dragon glass, so she was the "car owner" and Sansa had to pay for food (i.e. gas). Also, Dany burned the food because D&D made the dragon appear after the calvary so Jaime can do that surprised Pikachu face after he said " we can hold them off". The delay caused her to be late in deploying the flanking fire maneuver as the Dothraki had already crashed into Lannister lines. Thus she had to burn the things behind the Lannister Spearmen to disrupt their ability to retreat or scare them into breaking, as attacking the line directly would cause friendly fire casualties.
  5. @Altherion Another thing is that she paid into both social programs. So it's not hypocrisy as some imply, she was only taking back what she paid in.
  6. Not if you're discreet. It's a free market, and every employee at the top of their game does it. It's a simple reality, if you accumulate heavy obligations but serve at someone else's discretion, you're already courting crisis. The moment you realize this, the less bleak your life will be as more disciplined choices could be made. You need to read between the lines. The moment he started reassuring you repeatedly of company viability (most likely without offering any verifiable proof), it was already over and all his promises were no longer reliable. Moreover, the health insurance provider is a third party, so querying them directly to gleam some info on the status of your company policy is always a good idea when things are in doubt. You might not get a response, or they might not be allowed to say, but chances are it might be revealed to you that the premiums have stop being paid. It was blind trust that ruined you, so in the future, spend more time discreetly asking around. I understand you are at peak anger right now, and this thread probably feels like rubbing salt into old wounds- I knew it was going to be contentious- and I'm very grateful for your willingness to share your personal experiences to further the discussion. I strongly believe that your particular skill set is valuable in our digitalizing wold, and that with a bit of creativity, a lot of ambition and calm rationality, you may be a successful business owner in a few years, and you'll have all you ever wanted. Just understand that you have the opportunity to go from servant to master, something few have ever had in history no matter how talented they were.
  7. Spot on. Really wanted to see Asshai and Marwyn.
  8. Only if you go to Venezuela first to enjoy the Maduro diet.
  9. Thanks for telling. I am unfamiliar with the French welfare system except for the usual stereotypes and criticisms floating around the news. Now given your confidence in what you have, I will look into it over the weekend, along with the rest of the WID website. It'll be a lot of fun. I enjoy diverse opinions.
  10. The thing about life is that you can only trust what you have in your hands. You all knew you could be fired or laid off at anytime, yet many of your colleagues perhaps thought they could have kids because of that job, take on settle down mortgages, or perhaps live as if those checks were guaranteed annuities. And then everyone was caught unprepared and severely indebted when the meltdown came. The key is to look for your next job as soon as you were hired. Once there is a beginning , the end is already guaranteed and hovers over you like the sword of damocles. Always monitor the job market and keep your resume polished, and contacts ready. Recruiters are unsentimental and don't like people with career breaks, but they love to poach the currently employed. When the first signs of instability shows, immediately charge forth to get offers. The first to the life boat survives, he who lingers drowns with the crowd.
  11. My sympathies to your friend and his family. If your employer had violated the employment contract while you and your colleagues were still working, then that is a grave wrong on his part. The trade I support is based on honest adherence to terms. Either he openly renegotiates or closes the company immediately, if he tried to hold it by unilaterally revoking part of your pay package, then that is deceptive and wrong. It is unfortunate, but the most common deal is that you can quit anytime, and he can lay people off when needed. He has no obligation to keep everyone afloat. Let's say you were a star employee in a middle of a critical project and you get a dream offer from somebody else, you'll likely take it regardless of the interests of your current company. And it would be your prerogative. Would you have rather he never existed and you be unemployed for all those months and years he employed you? I acknowledge the hardships of your friends, but no force or legal power was ever deployed against their right to life or property, unlike in many cases of redistribution we have seen in the previous century.
  12. Well, I do own it, and from an economic point of view, it's true. And those of the Left need to own the massive failure of the Soviet model, and its corresponding human cost. Why not? She seemed just a regular middle class kid before she got hammered by Bolsheviks, and then she found the will to write a 1069 page novel (my copy) counterargument. If anything, it has caused me to be weary of buying the Left narrative as is.
  13. I think what she meant is that those at the top are like force multipliers that allow those at the bottom to have more than they could by their own two hands. Moreover, Ayn Rand and her family themselves were subject to serious dehumanization under the Bolshevik revolutionary government. They lost their self made pharmacy business (her father was born poor but climbed through hard work/got educated despite suffering from antisemitic Czarist admission restrictions), became refugees and later returned to bleak (including starvation) conditions, she also then got purged out of university for being middle class, as well as enduring endless propaganda. Lastly, her parents died at siege of Leningrad because she failed in her quest to get them visas. So she has a point. And we ought to respect/consider the views of people who have suffered what we could not even imagine. Moreover she doesn't give a free pass to anybody with money and power. A lot of the villains in Atlas Shrugged are corrupt business titans who are kept afloat by lobbying, bailouts and subsidies. I don't buy all of her thinking, and the big difference between me and Rand is that I'm all for voluntary charity as something that should be zealously pursued. Especially the low overhead grassroots community type.
  14. Then deep down you know what Rand says is true. You're probably generous to your employees, which is fine. Many small to medium size business can have a family dynamic. But know that there is a Pyramid of Ability, and your clerks and receptionists cannot do what you do, and can be replaced. Likewise, if your business collapses, you lose everything, while you're employees will just find new jobs. I've even read an article (many years ago, so I only remember the outline) where a business tanked because they lost a big client (they had lopsided customer balance) and his employees (who were like friends to him) callously jumped ship the next day after and started asking to buy company assets to start their own agency.
  15. Not just capital that could be risked, but also specialist skills, innovative knowledge, and profound vision.
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