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  1. Yeah it's getting silly. Every second character has their own sex subplot and its drowning out the rest of the show. I really enjoy Pope John Paul III. A cold, detached Pope who thinks passion is the enemy of the Church because of his messed up childhood, whose insecurities and feelings of inadequacy make him desperate to stamp his authority on the Papacy. I wish they spent more time on him and his development, like they did with Lenny in the Young Pope. Not bloody Esther having to fuck that deformed guy to pay her rent.
  2. He only makes that pronouncement after events have moved beyond him. Jon Arryn's dead, Renly is calling himself king and the Lannisters have summoned him back to King's Landing to be imprisoned swear fealty to Joffrey. He knows how it looks, which is why he sought Jon Arryn's help in the first place and why he acknowledges to Davos that good men will fight for Joffrey in error. But by ACOK it's too late, it's become a contest of arms.
  3. I think they do. It's one less front on which to wage the culture war. The amount of people I speak to that rail against the Greens, the ALP, the supposedly ever-growing number of arsonists and whoever else other than the people responsible is larger than I would've expected. If the LNP starts implementing Greens/ALP or adjacent policies they've lost that edge. Many probably were. In previous years there's almost been a majority of fires that were deliberately lit or suspicious in nature, with the bulk of the rest being man-made but accidental (like due to trains, tools, campfires, kids, etc.). The discussion should be about the severity of the bushfires in future and our ability to respond given we'll never be able to prevent them beginning, which is all going to be about the effects of climate change and the cost of inaction, but the LNP and their rags don't want to talk about that.
  4. He was carried in the election by a bootlicking media that allowed him to do and contribute nothing other than fire off a few slogans and repeat lies over and over for 6 months, and I'm sure he thought he could do the same to coast his way through the bushfires. His whole attitude re: Hawaii, climate change and the federal response is him thinking he doesn't actually need to do anything, just stay on-message in a few press releases and have his handlers do the rest.
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    Video Games: Gears of Borderlands

    Yeah, isometric game with a very heavy dialogue and skill check focus. All/any combat occurs through the dialogue trees. Your skills and 'Thoughts' (like perks) change how you act and react to everything you get involved in, and they vary from vanilla things like reaction speed, empathy and logic to some very weird paranormal things. It's very entertaining. You start the game as an absolute mess with no idea how to solve the case and stumble around the city trying to piece things together. The city itself is some sort of weird fictional early 1900s eastern European city following an overthrown monarchy and attempted Communist revolution.
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    Video Games: Gears of Borderlands

    Disco Elysium is very disco. Would recommend.
  7. Finished it today, had four thoughts: 1) I think Bayaz is definitely the Weaver. He seems very taken with the industrialisation of the Union and all its innovation and progress and I suspect he wants a Union where the professional classes hold the power that the nobility currently hold. I remember in the initial trilogy he seemed to accept the established order of things, part of which was needing the nobility to do the leading, but in the new world they're less necessary and growing more obstructive. He can probably exert more control over a newer, more capitalist regime through Valint and Balk than he can the current Open Council, as well. 2) I'm interested in what's happened with Khalul, Zacharus and Cawneil. Khalul's realm has gone to shit, Bayaz has some sort of deal going with him (if he didn't obliquely mean he's dead), and now there's some sort of dispute with Zacharus and Cawneil that involves them being stuck in the past and blind to the future. Are they mad he used the Seed? That he unleashed Ferro on the world? Does he have some sort of truce/agreement with Khalul they can't accept? 3) Selest (Savine's investor rival) seems physically similar to Judge. I believe there are a few descriptions of Selest's elaborate red hair and Judge's crazy red hair, the jewels they wear, and they're both small and pale. Not sure if that's worth anything. 4) I think Isern refers to Rikke as an owl at some stage, or being as mad as an owl.
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    DCEU: Killer Clowns from Gotham City

    I think he could work in a specific, one-off confrontation with some version of Batman, but not as a recurring villain and not as an organised crime boss.
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    DCEU: Killer Clowns from Gotham City

    I suspect the movie being critical toward the media might explain some of the beatup. It helped turn Arthur into the Joker by 1) not caring about him or the problems of people like him until he lashed out, 2) politicising his murders and turning him into a symbol to boost ratings, 3) repeatedly humiliating him for being a weird failure before he had done anything to deserve it. It convinced him that the only way to feel better about himself was to lash out, and made him angry enough to do it. So that, poor mental health funding and a general lack of empathy from others were all on blast.
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    DCEU: Killer Clowns from Gotham City

    I loved Joker, everything about it. Without spoiling anything, I think my favourite scene was the bathroom dance. Arthur was such a strange character with weird childlike and sometimes effeminate mannerisms but it really worked well. I hope the DC Black idea takes off and more movies like this are made rather than a relentless tide of more capeshit.
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    Video Games: Keanu Re3ves Is Breathtaking

    Had an interesting series of events in CK2. At the start of it I was playing as Duke Gerald of Normandy, vassal to Charlemagne. Charlemagne was (at that point) ruling all of Francia and Saxony, but was having a tough time handling the endless Saxon rebellions. Matters were only exacerbated when the Danes invaded, so I decided that Duke Gerald should assist Charlemagne in defeating them. Over the course of the war I captured a Danish chieftain, who I had executed when he proved too poor to pay his own ransom and no one else wanted to do it. Charlemagne won the war and that was that, or so I thought. Fast forward several decades and I am now playing as Duke Gerald's grandson, Armand, who has only recently become the King of England. I am notified that the Danes are preparing an invasion and I have a year to prepare. Easy enough, I think. Only, King Armand's brother, Duke Tybalt of Normandy and some other provinces in Franace, throws his considerable weight behind a rebellious faction which triggers a civil war. I scramble to defeat the rebels in England while my brother Tybalt squats in Normandy with his sizeable army. Eventually, after pacifying the English lords, King Armand sails across the Channel and defeats his brother. The civil war ends and I throw the lot of them in prison. Meanwhile, the Danes have invaded, and a force significantly larger than my now-depleted army is sitting in Essex besieging my capital. It is at this point I notice who is leading them - the grandson of the petty tribal chief Duke Gerald had executed decades ago. He has somehow become King of Denmark in the ensuing years just as Armand has become King of England. Noting this, my King crosses the Channel once again, ready for round 2 in this inter-generational saga. Alongside him is his treasonous brother, freed from prison and appointed as commander due to his huge marshal score. Given I am outnumbered, I am taking all the help I can get. The English and Danish armies engage in Essex, the former attacking from the north to fight on more favourable ground. Despite the numbers it looks like the English will edge out the Danes, due to the feudal warriors being better than the tribal Danes. But just as I start to feel confident, King Armand, commanding the centre, finds himself duelling an enemy commander and given the choice to engage or flee. I choose to engage and King Armand is cut down, slain by the enemy commander. Despite this, the English go on to triumph over the Danes, who are routed from the battlefield and forced to flee England. The crown passes to the King's 19 y/o son and heir, Gerald II. Not being a warrior, the new King gives command of the English armies to good old Uncle Tybalt, who follows the Danes back to Normandy and routs them a second time. The war ends shortly after. Duke Tybalt goes on to become King Gerald's most loyal vassal and the hammer with which the young King bludgeons his rebellious Anglo-Saxon rebels to death with for years to come. Years later, the King of Denmark dies under suspicious circumstances, no one ever discovering who the real culprit* was. King Gerald becomes known as the Just and manages to unite most of the remaining English provinces under his banner, also marrying the powerful Irish Chieftess of Mumu who had managed to expand over more than half of the island. All's well that ends well.
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    Aussie Thread: Democracy Sausage

    Yes, but I said it's the broader economic agenda I think was irrelevant, not every aspect of it. Anything other than franking credits and subsidised coal mining wouldn't have severely tanked the ALP's elderly and Queensland votes, imo.
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    Aussie Thread: Democracy Sausage

    I don't think the broader economic agenda had anything to do with it. Old people want everyone else to keep funding their shit and so they swung massively towards the LNP, and the same for rural Queensland voters and their mining jobs. This election was won on undeserving people wanting to keep their unearned free shit at the expense of everyone else.
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    Aussie Thread: Democracy Sausage

    I have a premonition of three years of zero policy proposals, with Morrison and Albo trying to out-bloke each other.