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  1. I hadn't heard that, but he's now risen in my estimation! :p But seriously - I do admire things about Faile, but her and Perrin as a couple has always been nails on a chalkboard. Sadly Faile gets all the hate for it because PERRIN!, but if Judd wants to improve on how they were presented, I'm all for it.
  2. I was assuming that's exactly what they'll do. Plus, the main casting we have so far is a very small sample. Once you get more people into the mix in the background, it's easier to make Mat blend in better and Rand stick out. I don't think Tam has to be anything at all. Probably don't put him on the darker end of the spectrum, but Kari's outlander status is giving Rand enough cover.
  3. About Moiraine, I saw a post on Reddit where someone was upset that Nyneave and Moiraine were cast too tall. He argued it was important for their characterization to show how so much power resides in such a small package. *eyeroll* I keep remembering the drama when Jaime was originally cast. Oh no! His nose is not straight - he's not pretty enough to be Jaime! You are right - if the actors are good, it will fade. But right now all people have are superficial things to latch onto - and latch onto they do.
  4. Yeah, my first reaction to seeing the headshots was - oh, this is gonna cause some conversations. Actually, my very first thought was looking at the Rand actor and thinking - huh, he doesn't look fair. I wonder how they are gonna make him stick out in Emmon's Field enough. Then once I saw them all, my thought was that Rand was fine, but Matt, possibly Egwene looked too European. (nah, she good) I have only seen the black and white head shots and am judging from that. I prefer good actors above all, but I do actually kind of want to visually see Rand sticking out and then - aha! He looks a lot like these other people, I get it now. It's not a big deal, and I trust the showrunners have put a lot of thought into this though, so it's all good. I agree that Mat seems to be the one who best matches his book description. It's hard to say from just a photo. He's all about his charm and cheek. edit: nm about Mat, I found a photo of Barney Harris that shows his coloring better, maybe. I like that they went this way to punch up the differences in Rand. I would be lying if I didn't also appreciate the fact that they chose to give more of the juicy roles to POC to balance out the trend for fantasy to be European centric. This series already had a lot of built-in space for a diverse cast (say, compared to GoT and LoTR) and I'm glad to see them lean into it.
  5. Gertrude

    u.s. politics: sundowning on the american empire

    Wait ... I thought it was that Rock'n'Roll devil music. I can't keep up.
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    US Politics: Culture Club

    I mean, that's a given, but we're not at that point yet. So go home, Joe, you're drunk.
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    US Politics: Culture Club

    Did Biden just give out a phone number when everyone else was throwing out websites? If not, what the hell is Joe 3030 or whatever?
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    U.S. Politics: Trump of the Will

    I'm not disputing this. I'm just talking about my personal experience to demonstrate my point. edit: to clarify - yes, I think that by supporting Trump and his policies you are supporting his bigotry. However, there was a lot of theorizing before Trump was elected about what his policies would actually be and that he leans dem more than R so it probably won't be so bad or he'll be so incompetent that he won't get anything done. We know better now and the one person I know who doesn't regret his Trump vote I have been re-evaluating what I thought I knew about him.
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    U.S. Politics: Trump of the Will

    Define older. The people I'm talking about are in the high 30s - low 50s range. In my social circle and people I know enough to vouch for personally, I would say there are three Trump voters who all now regret it and one who doesn't. I have never seen anything even resembling a racial slur or prejudice against LGBT or whatever you want to put in that basket. Never once suspected it and would be shocked to find out otherwise. The one who doesn't regret his vote knows Trump is garbage, but that's who the Rs put up and he believed Hillary had to be defeated. Economy is his biggest (only?) voting issue and he's bought into the conservative bullshit. If you're talking older as in 60s and older, I might agree that there is some hidden (or not so hidden) racial resentment. I know some of those people too. It's obviously not a strict divide by age, (as I know both types of all ages) but I'm talking about my personal experience and I know and talk more with the middle age range. The R party doesn't have as large an umbrella as the D party, but it is an umbrella that encompases differing views and priorities.
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    U.S. Politics: Trump of the Will

    That's part of it, but the people I know who liked Trump as a candidate kinda knew he was horrible, but liked the idea of him as a wrecking ball for DC. I know this is anecdotal, but I really don't think people give this aspect enough consideration.
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    U.S. Politics: Trump of the Will

    Fuck, you're probably right. In my personal sphere we're all fed up, but not to the point of rioting or protesting non-stop. Does it have to be at that point, though, for pols to take it into account? The easy way to show our displeasure is by voting (see AOC). What is the point where they take notice? If we start seriously primarying out our established pols, does that do it? And I know you're right that too many people are just comfortable enough to not really care to do shit about it, but that doesn't mean the sentiment is not there. This is why it took me so long to educate myself on politics. I'd get to a point where I'd despair and it overwhelmed me and I avoided it. I'm past that point, but it took me well into my 30s to get there. I mean the despair is still strong, but I don't avoid it anymore.
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    U.S. Politics: Trump of the Will

    OK, so my question was a lay-up, it's obvious they don't care. What I'm trying to understand is do the establishment pols take into account how fed up most people are with status quo? Do they think it's nothing to worry about because lol - pleebs. Do they recognize it but don't really get it, or are they scared of the sentiment?
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    U.S. Politics: Trump of the Will

    A-fucking-men. That's a big reason (I think perhaps the main reason) why Trump was able to win the R nomination and part of why he won the election. He wasn't a politician. I know several people who voted him just so that he would cut through the bullshit in Washington or he would be so blatantly unqualified and self-dealing that DC would HAVE to reassess how things work. I think it was short-sighted and a dangerous game to play, but you can't deny that this is a real response. I even flirted with it briefly before deciding the stakes were way too high. Others didn't make that reassessment. Real question for those in the biz - do politicians know, really know how much they are hated and do they even care?
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    U.S. Politics: Trump of the Will

    No. Fuck that, no.
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    U.S. Politics: Trump of the Will

    Again, this is why people hate politics and politicians. The country I want to live in does not take political calculations into account over holding criminals accountable. I know that's not the country we live in right now, but how are we supposed to get there if we don't act when we can? I totally understand it might be a political miscalculation. I completely get that 4 more years of Trump is unthinkable. This is where I'm drawing my line. Do the god-damn right thing because it's right. If letting Epstein go so he can continue to do what he does would up our odds of taking back the White House, would that be an acceptable trade-off for you?
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