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  1. Rebooting it on a second rate pg13 network does not spark joy.
  2. I am shocked to find out that senate Republicans did exactly what they said they would and didn't pass the debt limit. Probably part of their master plan to something something https://amp-cnn-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2021/09/27/politics/senate-debt-limit-shutdown-vote/index.html?amp_gsa=1&amp_js_v=a6&usqp=mq331AQIKAGwASCAAgM%3D#amp_tf=From %1%24s&aoh=16327929523166&csi=0&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&ampshare=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnn.com%2F2021%2F09%2F27%2Fpolitics%2Fsenate-debt-limit-shutdown-vote%2Findex.html
  3. Think you're misinterpreting what I'm complaining about. The complaint is not 'it ended with the apocalypse' - as you say, that would be a ridiculous complaint on its surface. The issue is with inserting those points that 'deny stable interpretation' as he put it above. I don't really care that the narrative is suspended. What is bothersome is that many of those things were inserted and will have literally no actual resolution, by design. Not because it is a serialized story, but because they were explicitly put in to convey meaning and not have anything to pay off later. Here's an example. The 'head on a pole behind you' screed. Do you know what that means? What it's supposed to mean? Per Bakker, it was just a cool phrase that he came up with because he saw the reflection of a head in a window at a coffee shop. There will be nothing more about that. There is nothing there. Or, per Bakker above, it was a deliberate insertion to convey meaning that was never intended to exist. Regardless of whether or not people think it was a dead end or not, I think it's not a good thing to deliberately put things in to a book with the knowledge you will never intentionally resolve them - but still hint at some future existence. I think there's a difference between the reader never getting a clear idea of what's going on (but there still being some actual knowledge behind the scenes), and the author deliberately putting things in when they themselves have no idea what's going on.
  4. Thats correct. Its not conventions of the genre he is subverting - its conventions of basic storytelling, anywhere. And it isn't subversive to plant hints and imply depth and not have any. Its very easy to put in things that don't go anywhere. The master of this kind of teasing was a short story I read back in middle school where a person on a train was listening to two lawyers talk about how these guys got away with murder - or almost did. The ending is of course that the tellers got off the train before he heard the climax. The whole point of that story was to lead you to that suffering. If that was bakkers intent, well, I suspect he did well in that regard.
  5. It would affect elections. Or more accurately the mobilization of support during elections. K, you can go back to calling ty a lying lair then
  6. And their report indicated that there was likely a whole lot of things that they thought were bad. I didn't say it had anything to do with moving legislation. My hypothesis is that this is more ammunition to make the people protesting the kind of legislation that Arizona is going to introduce to suppress more votes look more extreme, and make the legislators look less so. Those Nazis were always going to Nazi. The trick is to make the third of the population that doesn't really want to protest about people going to gas ovens be slightly more comfortable with whatever the Nazis are doing. Another way to say it is that they are okay with some random voter saying 'hey, that sounds fishy'. But they don't want that random voter to say 'that sounds SUPER bad' and actually having them, ya know, vote, or care.
  7. I think that they look much more credible than originally thought to be. And that's enough. They just need to not be on the side of Alex Jones crazy. It's not just about Trumpists. It's about regular people being able to convince themselves that what Trumpists are doing is probably okay and not get too outraged at the shitty thing. The point isn't to convince the hardcore Nazis after all. The point is to make it palatable enough to convince the more apathetic people to continue to not care.
  8. Tiger Woods probably would have been a worse player if he didn't have his dad starting him out so fucking early. Venus and Serena William's dad routinely had them called racial slurs to get them used to it. Depends a lot on the sport and the background, I think, on what you're willing to deal with. I think if we trained men like we've trained women routinely in some of these things we would see people who are absolutely superhuman by comparison to what we're seeing now, and the reason we don't is because we routinely are happy to commit atrocities to women that we would never accept on men, and women have been largely ignored when they've talked about said atrocities. Also, in gymnastics you basically have one shot to do something. Most sports aren't like that - you have play after play after play, and some of them you can be great on and others you can be kind of fine on, and that's okay. To be clear, that's not really accurate either - Men's gymnastic folks are often absurdly swole (especially if they specialize on rings). Depends on the sport or discipline, really. The notion that you have to do stupid things to get your body exactly right isn't just about gymnastics - boxing and wrestling often have stupid cut weights (especially wrestling), weightlifting competitions do similar things. I think it very much depends on the culture of being judged. The closer you are to having every single thing about you evaluated for perfection, the more likely it is that you're going to have this high degree of scrutiny on you and a level of performance on every little thing that is not the same as in other disciplines.
  9. I don't think that's reasonable as a human being, but to each their own. Mostly, when an author says "I'm going to troll you" I think it's kind of reasonable to say 'that's a dick move'. When a whole lot of the reason people enjoyed a story turns out to be a very large troll job with no payoff ever intended, only implied, that is a dick move too. I'm not saying you can't enjoy it in spite of that, or for some people because of it, but I don't think the trolling or the dick move are particularly up for debate, any more than debating whether being pranked on Punk'd means that you got pranked on Punk'd. It's a weird anti-tautology to insist otherwise.
  10. I don't think that it demonstrates their lack of credibility - point of fact, their finding results similar to the 'official' results likely makes them more credible in most people's eyes. It's not about convincing. It's about giving them more of a security blanket to jerk off into.
  11. In gymnastics the athletes are often deprived of very basic things like food (to stay at certain weight/body type levels) and actual medical care. Ballet is the same too for that matter. The ones who can't deal with this are quickly drummed out and/or break. And this only gets worse at higher levels, not better. And that is absolutely the common view of how to get world-class gymnasts. That level of sacrifice and abuse is exactly the sort of thing that enabled Nassar and others to abuse for years and years - because they got results. So yeah, I don't see it as particularly different either.
  12. We can debate the efficacy, but the actual action isn't really up for debate, right? Unless you're interested in debating it epistemologically or something.
  13. Again, this is less about meanings and more about actual story points and manipulation of them. To me this is somewhat like debating whether or not GRRM deliberately put in something that implied Jon's parentage. We know that this is the case. It's not something to be debated. Now, imagine he put those things in and then...never answered it. And never intended to answer it. That's not just the thesis, that's the actual stated goal of RSB.
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