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  1. It's from Instagram, the tweet is just embedding the Instagram post as an image
  2. There's some irony in Russia using equipment it received via lend lease to fight the country that's receiving similar modern international assistance to defend against their invasion.
  3. Ignoring the other parts of the conversation to say it's this right here. If you want your kids to truly internalize that they have bodily autonomy, then you need to demonstrate that to them by respecting it even when they're just being a little shit. Absent actual danger, or a genuine medical issue, if they say they don't want something then you listen to it. There's absolutely no harm done by asking a kid if they can have a hug. The job of parents is teaching kids, this is part of that teaching. I'm going to beg your indulgence here, it's specifically about JK and reactions to her comments not actually the rally/counter protest in NZ. Also I'm not trying to kick that argument off again, merely sharing for amusement.
  4. Just to be clear I wasn't surprised at the terrible ethics of the decision. I wasn't even surprised by the poor utilitarian decision making, just commenting on how self destructive this is long term. All for the "legacy" of a man that will be dead sooner or later.
  5. Yeah taking kids you've just invested almost 6 years into training up and feeding them into the infantry meat grinder is some real "Saturn devouring his son" energy. Even if it worked at this point, it would make a pyrrhic victory seem aspirational.
  6. Sorry I'm still half asleep so this is going to be a terrible explanation but... Watsonian = looking at the writing choices etc from inside the story, things like "the character could never have done anything else given who they have been established as". This perspective works for looking at Joel's decision to kill them all and save Ellie Doylist = looking at the writing choices from the meta story perspective, so in this case knowing the author wanted to create maximum conflict for the player then the cure would have worked even if the science looks a little flimsy from inside the story In an ideal world the author manages to align these perspectives perfectly, the pursuit of this is one of the things that's really bogged Martin down over the last few books, but judging things from one perspective can really hamper enjoyment when the author makes a decision that skews heavily to the other one.
  7. I actually did mean to concede that whether the show did an effective job of communicating the situation is certainly a fair argument, I'm just talking about what I think was meant to be the question at the end - stand-in daughter or humanity. Like many, I'm also viewing it with the context of already knowing the story from the game which is going to colour my interpretation of that scene in the show and Joel's subsequent lie about it. My view is that murdering the Fireflies is subjectively correct, but objectively wrong whereas the lie is wrong from both perspectives
  8. I believe it was intended to be 10 episodes before the first two were merged, which I think was the right call. But I do think it could have used another episode or two in the back half. I honestly don't understand coming at this from the perspective of trying to analyze the science of the "cure". It just doesn't strike me as a conflict point that makes sense to look at with a watsonian lens, if the Fireflies are obviously wrong and chasing a pipe dream then it takes any tension and moral conflict out of it, Joel is clearly in the right to fight and protect Ellie from this deranged group. But if the hope for the cure is real, suddenly you've got that juicy conflict of picking family over the world - a conflict you have Druckmann explicitly talking about in the quotes provided by Ripp, and that they wanted to force players into the non heroic (ie selfish) choice. So from the Doylist perspective it just seems black and white to me. The cure would have worked, Joel might rationalize it away as it wouldn't have but deep down he knows it would have and it doesn't actually matter for his decision, he made the only choice he ever could have made. Arguing over the efficacy of the cure just seems like engaging in exactly the same rationalizing Joel would be doing.
  9. Yeah this one definitely hurts. On top of the other projects mentioned he's also Zeus in the new Percy Jackson series which had also finished filming
  10. I'm not really sure either, but my guess was that corporate America thought it could use the MAGA political movement to get the representatives it wanted in Congress without having to give them anything, but it turned out they didn't want to be controlled... And then really not sure on the second half of the post. If MAGA wins that fight then the US goes full fash, if corporate America wins then you'll have the likes of nestle owning all essential resources. Not sure how that's connected to current SVB stuff though. It would be more relevant to the crypto side of the discussion as that shit is pure toxic capitalism, delivering nothing of value to anyone, merely existing as a scam to siphon money from others.
  11. I think the speed at which they jump to harvesting the fungus from Ellie's brain is just one of those relics of gameplay that you just accept. Yeah it doesn't make much real world sense but it does fit causing the emotional response it does in the game, so I roll with it. I understand why others can't. I think there's a similar thing with the cure - this isn't the real world, they don't have to actually figure out the hard details. The entire point of it is to present Joel with the choice of "Ellie" or "humanity" and see that he doesn't even hesitate for a beat in picking Ellie. The cure not working takes away the impact of this, so for meta story reasons the cure would have worked. They definitely don't make it explicit, but I thought between "I reckon you know why I'm telling you this" "yeah I guess I do" and "this has to have been for something" it's pretty heavily implied what choice she'd make and also that Joel knows it. I thought they also made it quite clear Ellie knows he's lying and Bella did a great job playing the emotions across her face in response.
  12. Yeah I did have a brief moment of "there's a lot more sparsely populated coast line in Australia" while doing that post lol. I don't think it matters, if they effectively scare people with the threat of prison time and the media is complicit they can still do a pretty good job of it.
  13. "Haha, this venison we're eating from the deer David brought back yesterday tastes so different from the venison we had yesterday. What's up with that?" Cue frantic shush motions from the others
  14. I don't know him at all but he did get mentioned in the article
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