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  1. I haven't played Stellaris in aaaaages but I am really enjoying the new economy/population growth mechanics. You're no longer limited by the 'size' (or number of building tiles) a planet has in terms of growing your population, you're now only limited by housing and employment. I've been building city-planets and then dedicating adjacent planets to agriculture, mining or energy production in order to keep everything functional. Ringworlds should be stupidly useful when I can finally start building them. Speaking of, I bought most of the old DLC on sale and it really fleshes out the mid-game. Plus, I'm looking forward to my dyson spheres, ringworlds and planet-busters when I can finally get the tech, particularly since I can contain them all to a handful of well-defended, highly-populated systems and cut off the rest of the galaxy.
  2. Thoughts on suppression orders? I wonder if they are remotely effective for people sufficiently high-profile that they attract international attention. Australian news mentioning that they can't report on someone's guilty verdict and then mentioning that it's freely available on international sites and on twitter, and then running "George Pell removed from Pope's cabinet" on the next article over seems to defeat any point.
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    The Stannis Plan and why he wrote the Pink Letter.

    This is entirely overstating Jon's importance. Stannis initially offers him Winterfell as an easy way to win over the northern fence-sitters who haven't bent over for Roose. Jon declines. Stannis changes his focus and concludes that without Ned's son by his side, he needs to win his allies via battle. Hence the plan to humiliate Roose by sacking the Dreadfort, then to prove himself the north's saviour by defeating the ironborn, then to take Winterfell and save Ned's girl from Ramsay. He initially wanted Jon and was very insistent about it. Jon was equally insistent in his refusal. Stannis adjusted. That last part is being ignored. After driving out the ironborn and restoring Deepwood to the Glovers, rescuing 'Arya', smashing the Frey and Bolton armies and then conquering Winterfell he won't need Ned's bastard to win over the north, as he would have already proven himself its protector and the protector of the Stark memory.
  4. Those "from the original creators of Fallout and developers of Fallout: New Vegas" screens in the Outer Worlds trailer were pretty hilarious. I hope it's NV-tier great.
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    The Four Battles in TWoW

    Most looking forward to the Battle on the Ice, due to it probably deciding the fate of the North going forward and because will have some relatively unique tactics employed. After that, probably tied on the Battle of Fire and Euron's battle. I think most of the former has been released via different sample chapters and in special book editions, so it's really just the final moments and consequences of letting the Shavepate run Meereen that are in doubt. The latter should be interesting just to see what insane magic Euron uses. The Storm's End battle I think will be fairly ordinary. Mace does something dumb to throw away his numerical strength and JonCon takes advantage and gives Aegon a big PR victory.
  6. Could that third one be an old man Gorst? I'd like to see him again.
  7. Yeah, usually I make frequent use of fast-travel in open world games but I've actually enjoyed wandering the RDR2 map. Best open world made so far, imo. That swamp region near Saint Denis is rife with random events. Incidentally I recently finished chapter 3, and boy...
  8. I've seen carriages on the RDR2 map so I imagine they let you fast travel, just for a fee. Really enjoying it so far. The interactivity with completely random NPCs and stores is really fun.
  9. Nah I don't live in Sydney, sorry. Thanks though.
  10. I think the existing tax concessions are too generous and would remove them over time. People will always want to buy property because they'll want to own their residence and because it's a simple investment that will almost always grow in value so long as Australia's population keeps increasing. I don't see any reason to make it even more appealing with costly tax concessions when other expenses keep rising. I imagine this would lower prices (or stop them from rising so much) but only while the market readjusts to its new normal. I also think, in the debate about loopholes used to avoid tax, real estate is much more pressing than Super.
  11. Finished the Shadow Campaigns series and felt really let down by the events of the 5th book. That said, I'm only let down because I loved nearly everything else about the series. Jane was my only other complaint (nearly ruined my interest in Winter). I started reading the Powder Mage books, the Guns of the Dawn and am looking for other musket-era fantasy as I really loved how this time period was used as a setting.
  12. Jumping in late here, but I really dislike the idea of making super less appealing as an investment for quite a few reasons. The loss of revenue on concessional earnings is $17 billion a year (last I checked) and the amount spent on pensions is about $50 billion. If you need to suffer the former to reduce the latter, so be it. (there's another $17 billion lost on concessional contributions, but almost everyone can take advantage of that, not just the wealthy, and a lot of it is just from the standard 9.5%). The existing cap on non-concessional contributions is $100,000 (provided the total amount is < $1.6 million), after which you're taxed at an even greater rate than normal, which is not an unreasonable amount imo. Super needs to be financially advantageous if you want people to delay gratification and prepare themselves such that they won't be taking a pension. Second reason, if that money isn't being invested into Super, I'm sure most of it ends up in property. The last thing Australia needs is more investment properties. Third, the most common reason I read/hear for people (who aren't borderline retired) avoiding super is a fear that either the tax benefits or preservation age will be tampered with. I'm in my early twenties and contribute a little bit extra than the 9.5%, but would probably go all-in on the concessional $25,000 if I wasn't worried about the rules changing. Incidentally in 2021 it starts increasing and by 2025 it'll be at 12% (it was going to be earlier but the LNP delayed it for some reason). I'm much more in favour of adjusting property taxes. CGT concessions on your PPOR cost $61.5 billion and negative gearing another $5.5 billion. Even a slight adjustment to the former could easily make up for the $17 billion lost on concessional super earnings, would help reduce house prices, and wouldn't make people hesitant to take advantage of a system preparing them for retirement.
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    Is Jon to blame? #NotMyKing

    I mostly agree with everything Jon did in ADWD, but would argue that if you're a stickler for neutrality above all else, he clearly broke it. The initial decision to let the wildlings into the realm was made by Stannis, but Jon was clearly in favour of it and did everything he could to support it (like rewriting the agreement with Tormund in the wildlings' favour) without regard for how the Bolton or Lannister regimes would see it. It didn't stop there, either. He gave Stannis a castle, arms and armour, strategic advice, guides to reach the clansmen, warned him about the Karstark betrayal and helped him establish a loan with the Iron Bank. He hitched his wagon to Stannis in many ways, not just in terms of letting the wildlings through, because Stannis would be of greatest benefit to the Watch and the war against the Others (and, probably, because he wanted some vengeance against the Boltons). I would blame him for none of that, but a more diplomatic Lord Commander wouldn't be contorting himself to help one pretender over another.
  14. All that for a 'moderate' less personally popular than Turnbull to be PM.
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