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  1. Zorral

    US Politics: Shutbound & Down

    Aspects of this have come up on this forum now and again: https://www.theguardian.com/news/2019/jan/22/the-new-elites-phoney-crusade-to-save-the-world-without-changing-anything
  2. And in the meantime, this has been wrought by this absolute cluster F*ck: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jan/22/people-dont-want-this-derry-rejects-violence-old-fears-return The only things going on crazier than all this is what's going on in the US.
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    The Magicians - SyFy [SHOW SPOILERS ONLY]

    Renewed already for a 5th season: https://deadline.com/2019/01/the-magicians-renewed-season-5-syfy-1202539377/ Do others find it rather comically puzzling that the SYFY CHANNEL's most successful series is all fantasy and magic, not science fictional at all?
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    US Politics: Shutbound & Down

    One of the inevitable concommitant of lowering the legal age of adulthood is sexual predation upon 16 year olds. Mostly here we tend agree that older people having sex with kids so much younger than they are -- marrying them! -- especially even people not here think marriage to little girls in some Islamic cultures is a shame and a sin! -- is not a production social or civic proposition. I honestly feel that very few 16 year olds are cognitively and emotionally viable for legal adulthood. This is based on so much time spent on campuses of higher education filled with kids doing incredibly stupid self-destructive and destructive to others acts every day. Yes, I know many a legal adult over 21 isn't emotionally or cognitively viably mature enough in judgment and information either, but one must make a declaration somewhere. For example, this 27-year-old fellow shouldn't even be let out of a prison cell, much less allowed to vote: https://www.thedailybeast.com/angry-virgin-christopher-cleary-threatened-to-kill-as-many-girls-as-i-see-near-womens-march?ref=home That's really mature, all right. People like this really shouldn't be voting. Or drinking. Or have access to guns.
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    The Magicians - SyFy [SHOW SPOILERS ONLY]

    Everything is shut down here due to arctic weather and the Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday observance-- I binged finished watching season 3,. Honestly? Have no idea wtf is going on, in terms of story and plot, beyond hmmm maqic went away and has continued to go away in more time lines or something. Don't care though because I'm enthralled with the charactrers -- meaning how the actors are doing it -- in each scene, each episode. I love them! This is far and away the best on screen depiction of fantasy and magic ever. Again, it wouldn't work at all without those actors. The budget surely isn't large because, you know, the syfy channel, etc. But whoever is running this show, shooting this show, decorating this show, dressing this show, writing the lines of this show, like the actors, are exceptional. It's totes nutz of course, but that has become a through line of its beauty. Haven't read the books and I never will read the books, so have no idea whether this is faithful in tone, character, storylines, etc. Don't care ... beyond ... is .... Julia the actual Hero? not one of those crazy guys? Margo, in particular, and all the points that keep being made, for women -- often, with wit and fun -- outstanding.
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    US Politics: Shutbound & Down

    I have met thousands of 16 year olds who I wouldn't trust to clean up after dinner, much less know what the hell is going on politically. Also, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70,, 80 and beyond aged people who I wouldn't trust to make coffee, much less know anything the eff about what's going on in any sector beyond their very own physical selves. Who one and all complain about poor women with children, having cell phones and nice nails, who need money and services. Really? They scream about them not having jobs or something? So how the hell are they supposed to find jobs in this day and age without a phone that connects to the internet? Like the assholes who complain that people beg for a dollar for hot coffee (in this weather!!) . What the hell can anybody get for a dime now? Around here coffee for a dollar doesn't exist, not even at MacDonalds - or how ever it is spelled (I'm so fortunate I've never eaten at a McDonalds and I don't drink coffee).
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    US Politics: Shutbound & Down

    Because it both preserved and inherited the Roman Empire, so was able to just keep truckin'. It's the reason France speaks a latin / Romance language, not a germanic or nordic derived language, and Spain and Portugal speak a latin / Romance language, not an arabic or germanic one, and Italy is the capital of the Roman Catholic Church, which speaks several latin / Romance dialects. Like the Roman Church owned most of Europe until the protestant revolution -- hey! Holy Roman Empire!, it also owned almost all of Latin America too, in one form or another, and continues to do its best to do so still. Latin was the language of administration, even during and after the many germanic and other invasions, and the Church owned it -- along with the administrative and tax gathering systems, and record keeping, all of which came out of the Roman Empire eras. Even the rituals, vocabulary of the Church from architecture to vestments come out the Roman Empire, the first great European organizing force in European history. It had most of the money and most of the land. The Church literally owned in 6th-7th century most of Gaul (why the Norse's favorite targets were churches and monasteries -- go where the money is). The Church started ahead as the heir, with power, money and education during the disintegration of the old Empire. That's how money and power and privilege work -- those who start ahead, stay ahead, or at least on top. It applies to religion as much as to anything else. -- which is why families of Europe's ruling class who were fortunate enough to have more than one son live to maturity, put one of them in the Church, one in the military, and the heir stayed home to administer the estates.
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    US Politics: Shutbound & Down

    What is funny about this wall isn't a wall wall government shut-down bs is this is the same thing Jefferson Davis, Secretary of War and associated Dixicrat assho1es tried to pull off when Franklin Pierce was President. The Gadson Purchase was the last significant manifest destiny land grab -- the borderlands between US territory and Mexico, the Gadson Purchase. The fantasy was to build the essential transcontinental railroad along this southern border -- in order to make it financially and temporally feasible to transport overstock slaves to the California territory until, of course, California came into the US as a free soil state. However, even without a slavery market in California, if the transcontinental ran in the south, the South would have control over the transport of California gold and other products through the territory it controlled, making Charleston an international port city. Never mind that the southerners could never be bothered to invest in carrying trade ships in the first place (or even in railroads either, or canals, earlier -- though some fellows in Mississippi particularly got Europe to invest in the canals they were going to build, but never did, and never paid the debt they'd incurred either), thus were dependent on the north for the transport of cotton to their overseas markets and to bring everything they needed in the south including their slaves' tools and food and clothes, as well as their own carriages and silks and wine and furniture -- not that this stopped them from the constant whine of how they were FORCED into this. The problem with this fantasy railroad scenario of building a transcontinental railroad on the southwestern borderlands? Every competent surveyor and anyone who knew this territory understood that a railroad could not be built there due to geology and the technology for the grade beds of the tracks. There was no water and no wood to power the steam locomotives. Jefferson Davis and his fellow assho!es insisted this was not so, falsified records and suppressed others -- as well as concocting secret deals to keep control of the territory in their own possession, and sell the bonds themselves. The railroad bond market was notably corrupt in any case, and were fundamental to lobbying, bribing and buying Congressional members -- something the television series, Hell on Wheels did an excellent job of showing. Further, the building of this fantasy railroad would demand a huge labor force and the slaveocracy just happened to have an overstock of labor for which it desperately needed a market. This railroad would be built with slave labor and the Mississippi millionaires would get even more millions in credit! And California gold too. Also, while we're at it, lets grab Cuba too, make it a state, whose sugar would provide a huge demand for their overstock slaves, since sugar killed the labor force within ten years, and with Cuba a part of the USA, by the Constitutional abolition of the African slave trade in 1808, it would have to buy the more expensive labor from the Southerners instead of the much less costly Africans. However, this did not change the facts that the current technology wasn't capable of constructing a railroad on vast stretches of these borderlands-- just as many have shown that thr orange nazi's fantasy wallfencebarrier (which incidentally would put billions in the pocketses of the orange nazi's runners, controllers and fellow traitors) can't be built either on vast stretches of this planned borderland route. It took secession to put this ridiculous scheme finally into the grave. As we see throughout history, the South was incapable of doing anything, much less financing and building any kind of railroad anywhere. When, in the 1880's it did become more feasible technologically to build railroads on this border, it wasn't the South who did it. In the meantime the north continued working on the transcontinental across the midwest and the Rockies even during the Civil War (1863-1869). As with so much progressive action, such as cheap land sales of government lands to people desperately looking for a start for their own farm, public education, etc., this kidn of thing was constantly blocked by the Southerners in Congress. With them gone from D.C. progress could take place. (Plus the US got its first national currency too!) Even after all this time I never cease to be astounded by the degree to which the nation's previous history is repeated.
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    US Politics: Shutbound & Down

    On BBC Newshour, a Dem whose name I didn't catch, just said, this so-called deal is no deal because it is no deal, as it leaves everybody where they were already were, particularly the DACA people, is as insulting, disgusting and immoral as it can possibly be. It was a woman, but not Pelosi. She also said that the Dems are finished with him and his shut-down and are going to vote funds to re-open big parts of the government. Favorite sign from the Women's March, which was originally seen at another demo in Austin last year, in Spanish; I know because amiga L sent me a photo she took of it back then:
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    US Politics: Shutbound & Down

    How dare you leave out Bobby Darin's version?????????
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    US Politics: Shutbound & Down

    Don't forget the visibly aging Reagan who was already old -- and ended his regimes while having alzheimer's.
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    The Magicians - SyFy [SHOW SPOILERS ONLY]

    Woo. I haven't finished watching season 3 yet on netflix. Which is grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr8. This one looks very good as well. Margo and Eliot -- I love their dementia more every season. Hmmmmm. Wonder who was meant by "She's the most dangerous . . . " Could it possibly be ... Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hmmmmm?
  13. Ya, ain't it just though! I binged on Grace and Frankie last night -- the eps are short enough -- so I'm about half through it. I laughed many times. Not much tv can get me to do that . . . .
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    US Politics: Shutbound & Down

    According to ye olden days, they were The West, The Ohio River Valley Territory. Which young and old George Washington surveyed and bought into heavily in order to make a fortune in the way that forefathers of the colonial and early Republic did (and where, of course, the young George Washington started the French and Indian Wars). By the earliest Virginia Company landgrants, ALL OF IT, from even norther than what is now New York and all the way to the Pacific, was Virginia. Which is another reason Virginia quoted that IT ALL BELONGS TO US so bow down you assho!es and do as what OUR government says, which was their government until 1860. So Kentucky was cut out of Virginia Territory. Which already, back that far was creating divisions of slave and not slave territory, which is another reason why we are where we are today. History, it tells tales on us all.
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    US Politics: Shutbound & Down

    I disagree here since if Gore had carried Tennessee he may well have been potus.
  16. Derry Girls, Veltigar's find, is written about with high praise here: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/jan/19/derry-girls-the-northern-irish-sitcom-that-captures-teenage-girlhood-no-matter-where-you-live It's particularly good that the writer includes this:
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    US Politics: Shutbound & Down

    If this person saw rugs they were probably Southwest Indian tribal rugs . . . . Same thing of course, since those damned uppity First Peoples refuse to stay locked up on their reservations, object to their water sources and land being polluted by toxic fracking and gasp! even expect to vote!
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    US Politics: Shutbound & Down

    Gore did not carry his home state. That is why he wasn't president (along with some shenanigans in other states, but never mind).
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    US Politics: Shutbound & Down

    They were voted out of office in the midterms. Nor did he carry the city or the state in the presidential year election. He didn't carry it by a yuge margin, in fact. That's how much he's liked here.
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    US Politics: Shutbound & Down

    Yes. Yes, we do. We always have because he has always been the mean, criminal, cheating, bullying, thuggish, extortionate, lying, stupid, sexist, bigoted, racist, corrupt, ignorant, ugly public assho!e in chief he now. It's been reported daily in the NY media since the 1980's at least. Man, that's the power tv has over the country that the rest of the idiots out there bought his fictional tv character as real. And even if it were, the massive proportion of that character was also mean, criminal, cheating, bullying, thuggish, extortionate, lying, stupid, sexist, bigoted, racist, corrupt, ignorant, ugly. He is a clear, present and constant danger to the country and all living things. .https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-obstruction-report-twitter-reaction_us_5c41826de4b0a8dbe16fb1f4
  21. There is nothing wrong with the OP loving GRRM's books. It's really nice to love things, particularly when we are very young, and haven't got the history of sf/f and fiction and literature and history etc. that those of us who have lived a lot longer possess. However, it is important to understand too, that there is nothing original in GOT. I was there when he was planning his GREAT BIG FAT BESTSELLING FANTASY TRILOGY. Yes, that's what he said on the first sfwa / sf/f online community in the days of dial-up, before browsers and online websites. He was researching what readers found most popular in the most popular and successful epic and quest fantasies published. He didn't even pretend to conceal that he was looking in order to extract those elements that other authors had success with and put them ALL in his. He was quite happy talking about it. His history research negligible, particularly to those of us know the stuff. His world-building is awful. There is no point to much of what he included other than that some other fantasy author had done it, including, for just one instance, "Castle Black" from Steven Brust's Taltos cycles, which Steve had been publishing for years already, starting in the early 1980's. Why are there dragons? Because Pern and every other woman at sf/f cons is carrying a stuffed dragon on her head. Because Robin Hobb does dragons and is in her own way as popular as Anne McCaffrey -- and Hobb had the first dwarf character, the Fool whom readers loved, whose first appearance in a 1990's series long before publishing a series that centered him -- and human - animal shifting too -- as have many other fantasy writers long before -- even T.H. White does it in first book of The Once and Future King. A fool is also centered in Guy Gavriel Kaye's immensely popular Tigana (1990). The grimness that is a feature, not a bug, in C.J. Cherryh's and Glenn Cook's novels -- one can go on and on. All these were popular and publishing long before GOT was a glimmer in this sf-horror short fiction writer's eye. He carefully included all the tropes out of LOTR. However, not knowing what to do with all of it when he threw it in, he just kept going and going and getting further and further away from any resolution. Just for starters: What is the point of Winter and the zombies? My own favorite impatient question about the series is: Why doesn't Sam lose weight during his prolonged deprivations and exertions? World building? Characterization? Not much and quite incoherent as well.
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    US Politics: Shutbound & Down

    Doesn't that qualify under criminal acts: incitement to commit murder, for instance? Lock him up! He's a killer!
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    Shows like Discovery of Witches?

    Article / interview with Deborah Harkness in today's NY Times Books section about Discovery of Witches television series, which debuted in the US last night on the Sundance Now - Shudder Channel: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/17/books/deborah-harkness-discovery-of-witches-all-souls-trilogy.html Interesting to me is that the story of Matthew and Diana is essentially finished, though she is drafting novels that feature Matthew. But principally she's now following the story his son, Galloglass, as we saw in the fourth volume, Time's Convert.
  24. This AM Brit commentators have been patiently explaining to US interviewers why nobody wants Theresa May's job, no matter where their chair sits on the political spectrum -- so she stays. For some reason this seems too complicated for US interviewers to grasp.
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    US Politics: Shutbound & Down

    I wish to walk the ground where the Umayyads kicked Visigoth butt. And eat oranges. In the meantime, another migrant caravan out of Central American has formed, but people along the way don't like this one as much as the previous one. But! it is fortunate for the orange nazi's back to the wall government shut-down howls, probably. Keep that there base of ignorant meanies fired up, you betcha!
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