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  1. Zorral

    US Politics: Paradise Lost

    The fact is that now prices globally for petroleum are set by three -- only three! -- individuals, as OPEC has lost control: Saudi; Putin; the orange nazi. This bodes very ill for the entire world. France cannot evade it by sucking up to Saudi (though due to very long history, particularly with the Ottomans starting in the days of King Francis -- who also didn't, because of his alliances, send any help to besieged Vienna -- France is the most islamicized European nation). https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2018-11-18/bin-salman-trump-and-putin-control-the-oil-price-now
  2. I still haven't finished it. And now Last Kingdom's here -- and so is the third season of Billions on dvd (Billions's unfettered greed for power and expansion and to own it all, back stabbings, betrayals, superstitions and crazy religions magics magicians dueling, rival kingdoms performance motivation therapists, counselors, technologies and dueling, rival corps and government departments makes got's look naive and benign. Still loving Narcos: Mexico. Except for the women's clothes, particularly the shoes. The longer the series goes on the more they left the days of Reagan behind, fashion-wise, wearing things we haven't seen until the mid later 2000's. Also I always wonder how and from where they got all the period cars -- that they got perfectly right!
  3. It's hilarious -- when I booted up this AM, even before checking e-mail and such, though not before I checked the weather forecasts, I went to Netflix to see if 'it' -- i.e. 'New Episodes' was there, and yes! Though I can't start watching yet. Gotta work.
  4. I wanna know from where and how the production got all those perfectly dated automobiles -- while they totally screwed the pooch more than once with the women's clothes -- and again, and always, particularly the shoes. This is the age of Reagan you idiots! Those 6 inch heels are post 2005 (and by now have long lost the top 'o the line fashion cachet, just like big pushed up breasts have ). There are other bits too, that are historically incorrect (haven't finished watching yet, so there may be even more).
  5. It was good! Two women were kidnapped, one much earlier than the other. They both achieve, for the moment, happy conclusions, of the sort that one would not expect but made sense. Vikings, priests, battles and swords -- and champions of course. Omigawd, it's tomorrow that season 3 goes up??????? I haven't finished Narcos yet, or season three of Billions (one of my current and probably going to be an all time favorite). And it's Thanksgiving. Well, there's no law I must use up the happy-making entertainment all at once, no siree bhob -- lots of what I really do like to look forward to, instead of just making do because what I really like isn't happening.
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    US Politics: Paradise Lost

    His moment passed. Long ago.
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    US Politics: Paradise Lost

    Yah, I too read this, but what was most interesting and seeming to me at least, more interesting in terms of voter analysis, was this comment in response to the piece: The comment should also have included age. It's time for the white, mostly male, geriatricacy ruling their comfy, lucrative protectorates to be over. Time for fresher, younger, more energetic minds to start dealing with the disasters with which they and their children are facing. The old white people's Dem club of Schumer, Pelosi and Biden can't -- won't! --cut it. But we can see that they don't get it. Biden's pr team is busy showing off his adopted rescue dog. How much louder can he shout that he intends to go for the 2020 nomination? It's just disgusting how he believes he's entitled to just take the momentum that younger, poorer candidates created, and think it is his?
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    What Do You Think Cultural Appropriation Is?

    Well, in my case, not knowing what to think about this -- one thing I do know I don't think is what you said.
  9. I'm binging Narcos: Mexico with great satisfaction. Up into episode 7.
  10. They cut out stuff as well that had to do with explanation of why the Bruce killed Comyn and so on, to the detriment of the film, if I understand correctly. But one can see the clumsy cgi and editing around / over Pine's nudity too, and it's quite a bit in terms of screen time. I would say it was gratuitous nudity too, though the first bit wouldn't have been -- but that becomes gratuitous via their clumsy editing. Feh. In any case, again, a tale such as that of the Bruce needs the arc of a full series. A film simply can't cope with it any way that's meaningful.
  11. Not exactly. What got retouched, because that was all anybody was talking about -- and evidently were very excited about -- was the then extended view of Chris Pine's full frontal nudity. Now it's barely there, so to speak.
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    What Do You Think Cultural Appropriation Is?

    I have no idea what any of this is about -- https://www.thedailybeast.com/white-instagram-influencers-latest-bid-for-clout-pretending-to-be-black?
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    Trailer Thread V

    Looks good. Though maybe not as delightfully bonkers as previous seasons? But then 'library' is central, it looks like, so who can't love that?
  14. Well, even the trailer told you it was really bad and not in an entertaining way . . . . Even as starved as I feel for medieval action adventure with horses and swords, I couldn't watch this. At all! Britannia is another one of those, which is so very bad, one can only be puzzled that anyone bothered at all with the making of the thing. (Well, getting paid, I suppose? And one can just forget to include working on such stinker in the resume.)
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    US Politics: Paradise Lost

    Whattttt???? in the frackin' world???????????? Ya, yah, yeah, it's a fatal personal flaw but it's taken all these years to understand there are really a lot of really nutzo people in the world.b Nutzo people with waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much vacant time.
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    Kratom

    There is a large variety of medical marijuana products that help with a whole spectrum of pain. These don't get you high, they don't make you dependent, they don't screw up your liver or other parts of your body. The downside to legal medical marijuana are 3 -- 1) it's a real pita to get certified to buy it from a legal dispensary; 2) there may be no legal dispensary conveniently located -- or even a physician conveniently located to certify a patient to be licensed to use and buy, because one needs to be certified by a physician in order to register (and that being a government web site is also a real pita); 3) it's really expensive. That latter is ridiculous since so many legal weed farmers have mostly gone bankrupt now that weed is so cheap due to so many going into the business in the states where growing and recreational weed are legal. IOW, where this is legal and available, it's a license for everyone involved from the physicians certified to certify / license the patients, companies who raise the right sorts of plants for medical, the companies (which may be the same) that manufacture the products; and the dispensaries (which may be the same company too) that dispenses. The state makes huge profits from this. OTOH, it really works for a very large number of people. It's also very class-income biased. There's a dispensary on a strip here that has been for longer than a century where the homeless, druggies, alkies, petty criminals and generally poor people have hung out and hustled. Those people are still there, but the people walking into the dispensaries are so clearly not any of them, but guys from the high tech and financial industries, well-off elderly patients and so on. However, the upside is seeing these elderly people who had been using Big Pharma for their pain conditions, who have dumped that for one or more of these MJ products, and how lively, alert and happy they are. Those other drugs were screwing their cognition and so on. These products also seem to have somewhat of mood alteration capacity for some patients at least, which is great for people prone to loneliness and depression, they say. So if one's state has legal medical mj, it might be worth looking into. One can find online the information one needs, including finding certified physicians in your locality. Maybe states themselves want kratom classified due to it cutting into their profits from medical mj? I wouldn't put anything past state governments looking for revenue. Though they could make even more revenue one might think if they made it legal in their states. Though the states still have to deal with the feds' classifying cannibis / thc as a schedule 1 substance. Feh.
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    ‘Outlaw King’: Robert The Bruce Scottish Epic

    https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/culture/film/what-outlaw-king-gets-wrong-according-to-a-historian-1-4829285
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    US Politics: Paradise Lost

    Krugman sure has that right: 'fake noose' is anything that isn't yassah massa. The worst is that other regimes are using this too, as in Egypt. Any criticism of the ruling junta or government is now being called fake news, shut down and the reporters jailed. It doesn't even have to be a news site and the writers don't need to be journalists. Anybody who gets more than a certain number of followers is labeled a news site, shut down and the owner of the site / twitter feed etc., jailed.
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    Bernard Cornwell - warlord chronicles and beyond

    Because none of these sorts of matters are part of films such as Outlaw King, Outlaw King is without effect and affect, and don't touch the viewer in mind or emotion. Hack and whack alone are just not enough to make us care. That Cornwell dared to give an installment book in Saxon Stories in which for most of it Uhtred and some of his friends are enslaved, nearly die, and some of them do die in terrible ways, as unpleasant to read -- and watch -- as this is, makes a character, makes a man, makes us care, and makes us think.
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    US Politics: Dead Pimps Need Not Apply

    During our history the power relationship between House and Senate has changed more than once, as has the power relationship among all four of the branches of the federal government, but most blatantly among the executive, the House and the Senate. For example, during Jackson's reign, the real power was in the presidency -- there's a reason Jackson was depicted so frequently wearing a crown. Under LBJ's reign the power was in the Senate. The idea of checks and balances was to hopefully prevent all the branches be controlled by a single party or individual. Changing this always comes up with the party that feels it's been shut out of power by their opponents -- and those who have the power trying to change things to shut out tools for their opposition to challenge them. Changing things has always comes back to bite the changers' asses.
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    Bernard Cornwell - warlord chronicles and beyond

    The extended scene in which Derfel and Arthur are in face-to-face conflict over the matters of friendship and loyalty, oath and honor, in the events of Tristan and Iseult and Mark in Enemy of God -- this is what makes these Cornwell series of the Saxon Stories and the Warlord Chronicles so much more than movies ever are -- maybe can be? These are real conflicts, and both of these men have also fallen short of their own convictions in these matters when it came to their own convenience too, and they both know it. This is real conflict, and not manufactured conflict, and inevitable conflict, both for kingdoms and rulers and within the individual hearts of the characters. And then there's the sly delight that Cornwell takes in making these named saints such as Derfel so different in their presentation during the years they live than in their dead saint biographies. I, for one, enjoy this very much.
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    US Politics: Dead Pimps Need Not Apply

    Why not reform the existing system, get serious about ridding ourselves of gerrymandering, voter suppression and voter oppression? It would be less disruptive and more likely to have a better functioning system that is more honest, than creating a whole new system for the klepto autocratic oligarchies to corrupt and manipulate. I have a great deal of terror of allowing a whole nuclear arsenal go to a single state that used to be part of Texas that is still run by the same people.
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    Upcoming TV Series of 2018 - Your most anticipated shows

    For you! Kris Holden-Reid has a part (as a viking) this mid-season. As he's one of my all-time favorite actors to watch, ever since The Tudors and Lost Girl, I may have to watch anyway.
  24. Zorral

    Upcoming TV Series of 2018 - Your most anticipated shows

    Thanks for putting this up. I'll definitely give it a try.
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    Bernard Cornwell - warlord chronicles and beyond

    Finished the latest, #11, War of the Wolf, in the Saxon Stories. Have just about finished the second, The Enemy of God, of the Warlord Chronicles. Woo, is this a gleeful evisceration of the Arthurian legends and myths or what? Woo! The glee with which Cornwell goes after all these well-known characters -- even Merlin, even though the protagonist-narrator is so fond of him -- is rather infectious too. I wonder why I hadn't read them before, when I've read, or at least attempted to read, as in the Copperhead books, all Cornwell's other books? Honestly, I have no idea. Probably I thought I already had read them, when it was another writer's series about Arthur that employs a lot of the same tropes, including Mithras, etc.?
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