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  1. ROUND SIX ASSIGNMENT Let's look at things from both sides in this round. The Prince of Dorne, Doran Martell, toured the Free Cities in his youth, and when in Norvos met his future wife Mellario. They married and had three children, but apparently Mellario did not like certain Dornish customs, particularly the idea of sending very young children off to other houses to be raised. This is given as the reason why she left Dorne and returned to her native Norvos. However, there was definitely a certain amount of discussion between husband and wife, and Doran seems to have tried to make her happier, but failed. Who really gave up first? Did Doran tell her to hit the round after she said he didn't do enough? Or did Mellario just truly get fed up and called it quits? Choose one or the other and give a reason. Here are your letters for this round. RMCD GBUPK ESTPHE YNHKRVJ Can't forget the bonus! YHYHIGH Hi-ho, hi-ho, it's off to work we go! Please try and get your entries in by Friday, August 6th, by 11:00 pm EDT. You may have noticed I try to be very flexible about the the time! The next round will be Round 7 and, I think, our last, unless you are gluttons for punishment and want more.
  2. ROUND FIVE VOTING Oh dear, oh dear, what can the matter be between Lyanna and Rhaegar, the couple that moved armies across Westeros? 1. Prophesy included sadism? Masochism? Roleplay? Dominatrix kink?!? 2. I hate to say, over your "visions"! 3. Packing immediately, since my roses dried. Kisses. 4. I have this sense of yonder violence. 5. Please, I’m saving myself. Robert’d definitely know. 6. I hate the sound of your voice! 7. Playing is satisfactory. Marriage? Really don't know. 8. ? Another very strong round! Thanks, everyone! I am still hoping we'll get an eighth entry in. Please vote for your top three choices, by Friday, August 6th at 11:00 pm EDT.
  3. ROUND FOUR RESULTS You put down on paper what the three women in Tyrion Lannister's life might say to him when they tell him to hit the road, Tysha, Shae or Sansa. 1. Your Dad’s funding me. Have fallen very in love. - Shae AssHat Ahai 1+1+3+2+2+2+1+1=13 2. You don’t fulfil my hopes for valiant, ideal lover. - Sansa Julia H. 1+1+3+3+3+3+2=16+3=19 3. Eagerly awaiting your ineluctable tragedy. Sincerely. - Sansa Lilac & Gooseberries 1+2+1=4 4. Essos, Tyrion. I'm going. - Tysha Ser Not Appearing 1+1+3+3+1=9 5. “Lady”. Elevated, titled, ladeda! My destiny! - Shae Castellan 1+1+2+2+1+1+1=9 6. Your dad f***s more heartily. Facts vindicate, itty-bitty lion. - Shae RhaenysBee 1+1+3=5 7. Every time I groaned. - Shae Dolorous Gabe 1+1+2+1=5 Standings 1. Castellan 60+9=69 2. AssHat Ahai 50+13=63 3. Julia H. 40+19=59* 4. Dolorous Gabe 35+5=40 5. Lilac & Gooseberries 29+4=33 6. RhaenysBee 27+5=32 7. Ser Not Appearing 9+9=18 8. Howlin' Howland 7 8. a free shadow 6+1=7 10. rocksniffer 1 We had no changes in the ranks this week but they tightened up a bit. Julia H. won the round by using words we can all imagine Sansa used, and AssHat Ahai struck what I considered to be a nicely cynical note from Shae. Ser Not Appearing got his answer about where Tysha may have gone in ahead of others, while Castellan gave another great response from Shae. RhaenysBee and Dolorous Gabe gave responses that were pretty blunt, and Lilac & Gooseberries entry didn't get enough love. Congratulations to everyone for a strong round! As usual, please check the points and the math!
  4. So, in other words, 70% of people over the age of 18 according to the 2019 population. I know those are the parameters because they've been published numerous times. I can't even find out what that number is in Canada, the federal government publishes statistics of those vaccinated who are 12 and older. But using the 2021 population (about 1.7% higher than the 2019 population), and subtracting the population below 19, you get a number just below 30 M. Rounding it up to 30 M, Canada has 83% of the population over the age of 18 vaccinated, which heartens me, because I think the Brits have 80% of the adult population vaccinated with at least one dose. Britain has just started to vaccinate those 12-18, I believe, so it was hard to compare apples to apples. Including those 12+, the number for Canada is 81.04%. I know the federal government goal is to get 90% of the eligible population vaccinated, but that's going to be slow going, if it gets done at all.
  5. I will post tomorrow because I’m missing some people telling me which entry to choose, and am missing a vote. Come on guys!
  6. Authorities in Canada are estimating 90% of the population needs to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity.
  7. I’m watching CNN and they are saying the CDC is reporting 6,300 ‘breakthrough’ infections out of how many fully vaccinated people? 163 M or so? And they are mainly people over the age of 65 with pre-existing conditions, so maybe they (hell, we) need a booster shot six months after their 2nd shot. Of course, I assume they don’t hear about all the cases, but the pandemic in the US is really a pandemic of the unvaccinated now. Same in Canada, where the federal head of public health is saying we are at the start of the 4th wave, with infections more than doubling in two weeks, from 424 to 904 Thursday to Thursday.
  8. Still, do you want to be one of them after you’re fully vaccinated?
  9. I see the NYT is reporting that at least 233 staff members at two San Francisco hospitals have contracted Covid-19, mainly Delta, and all were fully vaccinated.
  10. Not time yet! I went to a friend’s birthday party and drank more wine than I have in two years. I need to sit and drink a couple of tumblers of water now before I go to bed!
  11. Speaking of funding people, Mike Lindell, the pillow guy, says he’s “suspending” his advertising on Fox for the moment. Apparently he’s unhappy that Fox is not accepting ads for some special event he’s running to celebrate the day in August when the SCOTUS votes 9-0 to restore Trump to the presidency.
  12. It’s Thursday already guys, and I still need entries, please!
  13. Los Angeles made money for two reasons, they didn’t have to build a stadium (nor many other facilities, because they had them) and the US has fabulously wealthy companies located in California who sponsored the games. Not too many regions in the world have so many billion and trillion dollar companies in the area that can open up their wallets and donate. Also, a third reason - Mexico hosted the games in 1968 on a shoestring, and the LA organizers studied the cheap techniques used in Mexico City, like using buckets of paint to decorate neighborhoods instead of more costly decoration and, believe it or not, the creative use of cardboard. They even did creative things like using local flowers in bouquets instead of the traditional roses. There have been suggestions that with the droughts in California, cactus plants should be given in the next games….
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