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About Maithanet

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  1. Congrats to the Anteaters, first ever NCAA tournament win. They deserved the win, outplayed KState in that second half.
  2. They're playing better, but still a long way from playing well.
  3. I am 100% (14/14) on all games except the 7/10 matchups. There I'm only 1 for 4.
  4. Oklahoma is taking Mississippi out to the woodshed. This is the most lopsided 8/9 game I can remember.
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    U.S. Politics: Impoverished In Squalor

    The biggest known unknown is Brexit. If they crash out with No Deal, that is an immediate economic problem for Britain, and to a lesser extent Europe and the US. Could easily be the kind of turning point needed to tip off a downturn.
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    U.S. Politics: Impoverished In Squalor

    I'm at work. You wanna give me the gist of it?
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    U.S. Politics: Impoverished In Squalor

    It is surprising to me that Trump sees attacking McCain as a winning play. I think this is for him all about loyalty, and McCain showed no loyalty to Trump, and thus must be punished. But I feel like if you were going to attack a Republican to show other Republicans they need to stay in line, attacking Bush would make a lot more sense (or Romney, or even Murkowski). McCain is primarily remembered as a war hero, going after him after he died is just strange. Trump has only gotten the usual ineffectual tut-tuting from concerned Republicans, because they don't want to go to bat for a dead man, but this is exactly the kind of thing that keeps Trumps approval rating at 41% in spite of a growing economy. I've no doubt that a big portion (possibly a majority) of Republicans and Independents don't like seeing this and just wish Trump would stop.
  8. Wow, Auburn blows chance after chance to put the game away. NM gets the ball down 1 with 1 second left, and gets a WIDE OPEN 3, but he rushes it and is way off.
  9. Pretty sleepy start to the tournament. Hopefully the Catamounts can shake things up!
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    UK Politics: A Third Meaningful Thread

    For many months, I was giving May the benefit of the doubt about Brexit negotiations. She was handed a virtually impossible task, and surprising nobody, she's failing at it. But these past few weeks have really demonstrated how comically overmatched she is to the situation. Good luck everybody, we're going to need it.
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    U.S. Politics: Impoverished In Squalor

    Whenever you're talking about any public figures, you're balancing their privacy with the public's right to know and discuss. The Conway's marriage is not important, it is little different than celebrity gossip about JLo and ARod. In contrast, Trump's mental state is in fact really important. If the President of the United States is experiencing mental deterioration, that could have very significant consequences.
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    U.S. Politics: Impoverished In Squalor

    Biden has a LOT of problems that everyone knows are lurking in the background. He voted for the Iraq War. He spoke at Strom Thurmond's funeral. He slutshamed Anita Hill. He's creepy with women generally. Really he's a great candidate for low information voters who just know him as Obama's VP. He was a good VP, he was Obama's liason to Congress, and was effective in that role. But the reasons why he wasn't a strong candidate in 2008 are NOT gone, and the party has moved away from him since then. I don't see how it ends up being Biden. I know he's polling well, but that CNN poll showed his numbers were going down since last year, and I think as people get to know Harris/Beto/Booker/whoever, his support is going to wash away. Each candidate needs to be what the party is looking for right then. Republicans wanted a huge asshole after years of (perceived) eating shit from Obama, and that is why they ended up with Trump, with Cruz runner up. What are Democrats looking for? Electability, someone who fights for liberal values, someone who can bring together the different ideological and social groups of the party, someone who inspires us. That's why I think that Harris is going to win. She is at least OK on all those fronts, whereas Beto, Biden and Sanders all fall short on at least one. But it's quite possible I'm just biased because I like her.
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    U.S. Politics: Impoverished In Squalor

    New CNN Democratic Candidates Poll: Compared to previous CNN polls in December and October, Biden is down slightly, Sanders, Harris and O'Rourke are up, and the rest are mostly just treading water. I'm really surprised Kerry is polling at 4%, are there really people who are nostalgic for a repeat of his underwhelming 2004 campaign? Biden may really be benefiting from a market inefficiency in the Democratic primary. Lots of Democrats are always talking about bringing out the youth vote, and as a result virtually all the candidates are targeting younger voters. Sanders relied on it in 2016. Harris, O'Rourke, Booker and (especially) Buttigieg talk about it regularly. But in a primary, the 50+ crowd is going to make up a large portion (40 or 50%) of the voters. So which candidate is speaking particularly to them? Just Biden. Now, I'm sure you could say that all those candidates want to appeal to every voter, and that's true to some extent, but you can't target everybody. And unless something changes, Biden could end up cleaning up with older voters, while everyone else is scratching and clawing for younger voters that often don't show up for primaries anyway.
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    DCEU: Suicidal Insanity

    "Almost got em" was mostly an excuse plot, just a fun way to show the villains hanging out together. If done well (or even semi-competently) it would at least be very watchable. You would need to have an overarching plot that is advancing along with the stories they're telling, but even that is fairly easy to write. Hell, rather than always trying to adapt famous Batman comics like Killing Joke or Dark Knight Returns, why not just adapt Almost Got Em? I'd totally watch those guys play a card game (although the downgrade from Mark Hamill to Jared Leto would be painful). It wouldn't need to be totally faithful to the show, since the individual stories are mostly irrelevant. The "twist" at the end could be that someone (probably Joker) actually had captured Batman and just had him stashed in the next room. And then of course Batman reveals this is all his plan to get captured for some reason. This movie already sounds better than most of what DC is putting out.
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    Best GRRM Short Stories

    Meathouse Man, Pear shaped Man, and Song for Lya are all quite memorable.