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    Aegon II

    Going back to GRRM’s quote about Aragon’s tax policy, I always took that to be a bit tongue in cheek; a sort of “the bloom is off the rose” situation. Aragon is king for ten years, people have to pay taxes, and it becomes a case of “well, what has Aragon done for me lately?” Even a good king can’t please everyone. As for the Greens vs the Blacks, I always had the impression that Rhaenyra was in the right, even if she’s certainly not perfect. Aegon II struck me as the kind of guy who liked the perks of being royalty without the responsibilities. I wonder if he would have been fine with his sister being in charge as long as he got to do whatever he wanted. Also, I know we get several accounts about the nature of Cole’s relationship with Rhaenyra, but what about that guy? As much as the Dance sucked for everyone by the end, I think I feel the sorriest for Aegon III. He loses three brothers, possibly four, his dragon, gets dragged around by his increasingly paranoid mother, who he then sees get eaten by a dragon (in BITES, I’d always thought it was one gulp, but NOPE), and then gets surrounded by adults who ignore him or remind him of his mother’s death. I wonder if he wanted to run away to Winterfell when Cregan Stark left.
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    What Do You Think Cultural Appropriation Is?

    I think this is a very good point, since it shows how insidious and sneaky racism and cultural appropriation can be. There are a lot of phrases that have similar origins, like "what a gyp" or "I've been gypped." I wonder if your boss ever considered that Jewish people live in places other than Israel?
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    What Do You Think Cultural Appropriation Is?

    This is a tricky question, because to go too far one way is ethnic-essentialism, (i.e. everyone can only perform the culture of their genetic makeup) but the other way is obviously the path of racism, colonialism, and exploitation. As far as Halloween costumes go, I think dressing up as a specific character (ie. Moana or Black Panther) is far more acceptable (provided no one does something stupid like blackface makeup) than wearing a Native American headdress. After all, a lot of people who cosplay at anime conventions are dressing up as Japanese characters. And this is an example of white culture being appropriated (when it's clearly more of a problem for non-white cultures), but what about St. Patrick's Day? It's pretty much an excuse to get drunk for a lot of people. And there's the linking of people of Irish descent with drinking (wearing shirts that say, "I'm so drunk I must be Irish").... which... um.. that's bad.
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    Unpopular opinions

    What about characters who are likable AND interesting? (I don't think that's an unpopular opinion, tho.) Unpopular opinion- I have no interest in watching Breaking Bad. And yeah, I think I read or listening to a book-on-tape on Withering Heights and kept laughing at how horrible everyone was.
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    US Politics: Red, Red Whine

    Good question. If only the Bridge of Death scenario applied to those being questioned by Congress. I've been wondering about the perjury issue, too.
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    And now Barnes & Noble faces the Headman's axe

    We had a Waldenbooks in the local mall, and a Borders a few towns over. I'd forgo Amazon for these stores for single book purchases due to shipping costs.
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    And now Barnes & Noble faces the Headman's axe

    We have a Half Price Books in our area, and it does pretty good business. I do hope that Barnes and Noble can be salvaged, since there's just something fun about going into a bookstore. I drop by the local B&N when I can to check out their collectibles, magazines, and yes, the books. I still miss Borders and Waldenbooks.
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    My Buddy CANCER FREE!!!!! Celebrate! and Thank you board!

    Congratulations! Wonderful news!
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    U.S. Politics: Next-ennials vs stamps

    Wait... wouldn't having a Republican-dominated Senate be a reason for these guys to be motivated to vote? Do they not know how that works? Is it too much to have Evangelical leaders make sense? Judging by past history, AYEP. It is.
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    Ha ha! I might have to try out that experiment.
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    This sounds intriguing. I've read fairy-based and vampire/werewolf urban fantasy, but not Atlantis. I'll have to give it a try. I'm actually pretty resistant to the urban fantasy genre as a whole. Not sure exactly why. It could be that I tried out the Anita Blake series years ago and stuck around until (I think) the Harlequin novel. Then I just closed the book one third in and said, "enough." It seems like there's SO MUCH urban fantasy stuff in my local library that I really should jump back in. I tried out Seanan McGuire's Verity Price books. I didn't dislike them, but I found it hard to drum up enthusiasm. Her October Daye books were more to my liking.
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    More Things Star Wars

    Maybe Matt Smith will play a CGI alien with a vaguely bow tie shaped protrusion at the neck...
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    Katrina at 13: A Backwards Timeline

    I've got family roots in New Orleans and some family members still living there. I do remember the worry and heartache when Katrina hit, not to mention the helplessness. One thing I've noticed over the years is the rising home costs in the areas that were not flooded when the levies broke- people with the money buy the old home, knock it down, and squeeze a mini-mansion in the spot.
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    More Things Star Wars

    That's a good point about the tone shift towards the end. I enjoyed the movie overall, but I agree that the script needed another rewrite. For instance, the conflict between Holdo and Poe felt far more contrived to me than the trip to the casino, which seems to be most common complaint.
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    U.S. Politics: A Song Of Mimes And Musicians

    This is an excellent reminder.