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    Westworld IX; 03.22.20 Divergence - Westeros.org

    I was initially thinking Delores without Wyatt but I don't see that meshing with the predator stuff. William could fit that, but I don't think would fit the stuff with the kid - and I think the kid is going to be important. The kid is going to be what makes that host turn against Delores.
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    Star Wars The Clone Wars [Spoilers]

    Yeah this is my take too - Maul is in charge of the Pykes at this point and they'll be what leads Ahsoka to Mandalore.
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    Will We Stand The Corona Test of Time? - Covid #7

    Yeah, I'm not going to be wishing for the good health of people who stand up and lead the charge for bringing back tactics and policies that we thought we had buried along with a lot of people that gave their lives to stop them back in the 20th century. My only concern is for the risk that their dying in this manner results in an even worse outcome.
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    Will We Stand The Corona Test of Time? - Covid #7

    If you think that their beloved President dying of (this what their propaganda could easily turn into, not my belief) a virus that was manufactured in China to hurt America can end anywhere that isn't terrible, then you're more optimistic than me. A large slice of them have convinced themselves he's the most Christlike man to have ever lived, they aren't exactly checking in with reality.
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    Will We Stand The Corona Test of Time? - Covid #7

    Yeah my criticism in this case was specifically aimed at the leadership of the PM/Government and their failure to inspire confidence and trust, or eve to communicate a clear message about what they are actually doing. Announcing that only essential businesses will be allowed to continue, but then undermining his own announcement by making a political statement about how "everyone with a job is essential" or whatever it was. Not criticising our health authorities and their handling of things.
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    Will We Stand The Corona Test of Time? - Covid #7

    They also have a young woman as PM who has to be far more competent than most of the men around her to remain in her position, and who is also pretty good at showing and having compassion. She has had a very different response to this crisis than our Australian Evangelical PM has shown to this (and to the bush fires just a few months ago) who very much comes across like the rapture is proceeding as expected.
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    Westworld IX; 03.22.20 Divergence - Westeros.org

    Yeah my assumption coming out of this episode was that "warworld" isn't actually a park, just a plausible alternative they came up with for the simulation. I think the idea with the park is that its massively understaffed at the moment while corporate is still fighting over what to do with it. With no guests around, the rebellious hosts gone (and getting away was their plan, they're not expected to come back), remaining hosts all recalled into cold storage and a skeleton staff guarding the complex they wouldn't feel any need to have perimeter security or anything. I also assumed Stubbs had been there for weeks if not months, and even if the guy hadn't spotted Bernard that act wouldn't have lasted long as he would have been all "where the fuck have you been?"
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    Westworld IX; 03.22.20 Divergence - Westeros.org

    I'm definitely more interested in the Dolores story at the moment and impatient to see where things are going between her and Aaron Paul's character. I'm hoping that he's going to be something like a damaged real person that lets her find some common ground with some humans even as she's fighting those in power. So I was a little frustrated by their absence this episode, but still enjoyed it. Loved her exploit of "the square root of minus 1" to over tax the simulation and crash it, along with the excessive physics calculations with all the extra gunfire and traitor revelations the fake Nazis weren't programmed to cope with. It's reminding me of the good place season 2 and how the status quo reset could have ruined it, but it rushed straight past it onto other stories so it worked. Having Maeve need to break herself out of another park isn't where this needed to go.
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    US Politics: Mad Max Beyond Corona Dome

    Yeah it was quite a while ago and I guess that's the difference - I was expecting major financial damage from the Chinese lock down disrupting supply chains even if the outbreak wasn't this severe. I really hope there is a short time limit on the rally when he's fucking up the response so badly
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    US Politics: Mad Max Beyond Corona Dome

    And you asked me how he could turn a viral pandemic it into a rally around the flag issue. Even with it happening I sure as fuck don't understand how it happened. Now I just have to hope that after rallying around the flag for 8 months, his supporters will be really sick of standing next to a guy that's been humping their flag for 8 months. I continue to think that the only mark against Warren as VP candidate is age, effective and organised administrators is definitely the sort of skills I think are desirable right now.
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    Will We Stand The Corona Test of Time? - Covid #7

    Dödsfall - pronounced something like "derdsfall"? Seems close enough to understand a common ancestry with death, but the fall part makes it sound more eventful. Intesivvärd - intensive ward, ie cases that have gone to ICU seems to have pretty clear linguistic roots Smittad - obviously the infected category by elimination, guessing the linguistic history is not to infection though but "smitted" as in "transmitted"? English has only retained it as the process of passing it on and I'd never stopped to think of how it breaks down like this.
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    Westworld VIII: Forging On

    Just to expand on it, the AI has functionally gamed out the future and has anticipated almost all outcomes. The spikes out from the circle are the events that were not predicted/anticipated, and these divergences are of significant magnitude to threaten the future predicted by the AI. As mentioned earlier in the thread, its very in line with the vision of ASI's (Artificial Super Intelligence) that Nolan explored in Person of Interest. That sufficient processing power with sufficiently advanced logic routines (on a level that the ASI is a living being, but far beyond us), and a sufficiently comprehensive data set would allow the future to be predicted with a high, but not perfect, degree of accuracy.
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    Westworld VIII: Forging On

    Yeah, I'm fine with them bringing up the simulation idea as long as it's to move past it immediately like this. Maeve herself being unsure would be ok, but the audience should know she's in the real world.
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    Muh muh muh means tuh testing - Covid #6

    Not the only one, I'd been home a few weeks already and one of them in particular has very little patience for anything which could be construed as getting ready to go out. This sounds like they executed a hit on his appendix, rather than a surgical removal :p
  15. The half measures and announcements that they'll be implementing currently unspecified measures really don't help people remain calm and measured. Brook said it looks like Gladys and Dan intended to go further but got rolled last night to avoid undermining Morrison.
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    Altered Carbon Season 2: More Cyber, less Punk

    I thought the (going to be vague to avoid spoilers) in the hotel room with the singing was really nicely done. And the shape that leaves on the rest of the story.
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    Muh muh muh means tuh testing - Covid #6

    You could devote your quarantine time to watching the anime One Piece which follows an aspiring young pirates quest to become Kind of the Pirates in the golden age of piracy (on his fictional world). It's currently at 924 episodes long which is probably long enough to last an entire quarantine. I wasn't born the youngest of 6 to be the one stuck having this conversation with my remaining payment. That's what older siblings are for. @HelenaExMachina not really much to add but
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    US Politics: Mad Max Beyond Corona Dome

    I've seen quite a bit of chatter on Twitter today about Biden being completely absent. Has he actually been silent in a way to justify worrying about his health situation? It's definitely not what I'd expect a candidate to do during a crisis.
  19. Getting the strong impression everything is going to be shutdown after tomorrow from the shape of these announcements. I'm scared about the penalties that may be added as incentives being too much and very scared about Dutton being in charge of it, but the actual shut downs themselves I'm on board with. I'm certainly not leaving the house.
  20. Whether we could have or not, we did not lol
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    Star Wars The Clone Wars [Spoilers]

    I'm pretty sure the Ahsoka stuff is going to be important from a character arc point of view, this is her trying to step away from it all and live a quieter life but it's not her which is why she gets drawn back in even when she's not a Jedi. Both in Mandalore and later the rebellion.
  22. I feel like the border closure needed to come with a major lockdown. If you close the borders and at the same time shutdown schools and public gatherings you may be able to contain community transmission. I'm not really understanding the point of the border closure if we aren't taking those measures though. The one thing I took away from a presentation my uni had on last week with some of the academics heavily involved in the response is that while our government may be untrustworthy and not inspiring confidence, our non political public health officials are pretty good. The responses that can be taken without the government orders have been in the right direction.
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    US Politics: Testing, Testing, T... Te.. Testing

    Have either of them been smokers? If that's a difference then I'd put the ex smoker as more likely to fall victim to covid-19. Biden strikes me as someone who would have, but that's not actually based in anything. If talking unrelated to covid-19 then I'd assume you're right yeah.
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    Westworld VIII: Forging On

    I'm also declaring a win on the future being dystopian with respect to employment. Both Theda and I thought back in S1 that the park techs were way too scared of losing their jobs. Its not as openly dystopian as I was picturing, but its certainly not an environment ripe with opportunities if you don't fit neatly into the accepted mould.
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    US Politics: Testing, Testing, T... Te.. Testing

    While I wouldn't normally be talking about this, with the current pandemic and the risk profile for older patients it seems reasonable to ask. What happens if the presumptive nominee dies prior to picking a running mate? Is there a difference in what happens if Sanders has dropped out and released his delegates vs him still being in? Just wondering if that could be another factor in his decision making.
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