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  1. Free Northman Reborn

    International News Thread

    I’m not saying that Tesla is failing. I’m working from the premise that effort spent on Tesla is distracting him from the main goal of colonizing Mars. That effort is worthwhile as long as the long term payoff is going to be big enough to financially give his Mars plans a major boost. But currently Tesla seems to increasingly bog him down just to keep it treading water. Not to mention the stress pushing him off the deep end. In the context of Mars Tesla is starting to not appear worth it.
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    Winter wars of the past?

    Brandon Ice Eyes is the most notable example, I guess. He marched from Winterfell to White Harbor - probably by using sleds on the frozen White Knife - not only in Winter but in a particularly cold Winter, and took the Wolfsden fortress by surprise. So certainly the Northmen have the ability to conduct limited scale warfare in Winter.
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    International News Thread

    I think he should sell his shares in Tesla, cash out the $10 billion dollars or so this would net him, and invest it all in SpaceX. It is Tesla that cops most of the criticism, as it is a public company and has so many vested interests opposing it. At SpaceX, which is a private company in which he owns the majority of shares, he is beholden to no one and it is where his real passion lies. While $10 billion isn’t enough to fully fund his Mars dream, it is enough to build BFR and get Starlink up and running. That will make SpaceX a $100 billion company and truly revolutionize the space industry. Tesla will probably die a slow death once he has left, perhaps settling as a niche firm catering to rich enviro hippies rather than becoming a mass car producer as he currently intends. But that’s not his problem. Tesla was always a means to an end, and his holdings in SpaceX already exceed the value of his Tesla holdings in any case. Tesla could have done a lot of good, but the resistance is just too fierce. It is effort he could spend more productively elsewhere.
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    Tennis Volume 7: Roger That!

    I may have asked this before but have forgotten the answer. Why is Djokovic disliked? He is a great player, works very hard, has a great sense of humour, is always humble in victory, and is a dedicated family man. He has a positive winning record against both Federer and Nadal and might yet overtake at least Nadal in total Grand Slam titles. So why is he less popular amongst many fans?
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    Most Powerful Houses- what evidence?

    One of the six is House Templeton, which is only stated to have a strength in excess of a thousand men (which is still extremely powerful for a Landed Knight). So if they indeed only have somewhere between 1000 and 2000 men they might not even be one of the six most powerful Houses in the Vale. So there might well be Houses outside the six who are more powerful than some of the six. We also know that the North has in excess of 15 Principal Vassal Houses, so if the Vale is of a similar stature, well, the 20k is likely at most half the strength of the Vale, if that.
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    Most Powerful Houses- what evidence?

    Yeah. To me it is a rather simple issue, being unnecessarily complicated by some. The Lords Declarant can raise about 20k men. So what percentage of the Vale’s total strength do they represent? That is the pertinent question.
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    Tennis Volume 7: Roger That!

    Wonder if Djokovic can still catch Nadal’s total Grand Slam titles. 2 years ago I thought he would surpass even Federer’s total, but then Novak went off the rails and Federer came back to win a few more, so I guess that’s no longer possible. But now the Joker seems back in form, so Nadal might be in reach.
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    International News Thread

    Probably not a bad idea. The tweets were clearly over the top, but my take from this is that it is obviously not about PR for him, as this is pretty much the worst way to get good PR. Instead it is quite obvious that he is genuinely upset by the false claims that he wasn’t asked for help and that he didn’t come up with a serious solution. Anyway, I still watch with interest to see how this will play out.
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    International News Thread

    So for those who are still interested, the Musk-Thai Cave War of words has just escalated to a new level today. He seems to be taking this really personally. Especially after the sour looking British diver-dude went out of his way to insult his submarine idea. Never one to bite his tongue, Musk has just taken the argument into new territory. Apart from some personal insults via twitter replies, it appears as if he has now decided to run the submarine through the cave and video the whole thing to demonstrate that it would indeed have worked. At this point I'm just sitting back and watching this play out. This is highly entertaining stuff. Now to find that popcorn emoji if I can...
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    U.S. Politics- SCOTUS 2: The Election Strikes Back

    Haha. Firstly, let’s debunk the premise of the assertion, which is that a political donation to the Republican party in any way requires defense from a moral perspective. It does not. Secondly, Musk is an equal opportunity donor, having donated pretty much a similar amount to Democrats over the years. Thirdly, in both instances the donations are miniscule in the context of his wealth. What is quite a pattern here is that since Musk decided to criticise the media directly, the campaign of sudden negative articles about him has been relentless. Ironically, it is coming just as much from the left wing hipster nutters as it is coming from the fossil fuel/traditional space industry trough feeders on the right. Even Breitbart is getting in on the act. The right wing press has always hated Musk, mostly for his position on fossil fuels and the renewable energy revolution. The irony is that the left wing have now jumped on the bandwagon too, because they suddenly realized that he is not the left wing hippie they thought him to be, but is actually a billionaire industrialist who is willing to be pragmatic in pursuit of his goals. The truth about Musk is that he has one overriding goal. And it is not electric cars or solar energy or tunnel boring or even personal wealth generation for the sake of itself. His overarching goal - and he has openly stated it numerous times - is to establish a self sustaining human civilization on Mars. And all of his other ventures are merely tools to help him achieve that long term goal. Most people associate Musk primarily with Tesla. But Tesla is a side show for him. Tesla is his cash cow, which if he achieves his latest ten year performance target will net him about $200 billion in personal share value and compensation. And he has openly stated that his goal for accumulating personal wealth is to invest it in the colonization of Mars. So fully expect Musk to eventually extract all his Tesla holdings and fund the Mars program with that. But at that point Tesla will have moved electric vehicle technology lightyears ahead, which coincidentally is crucial for a Mars colony where no fossil fuels exist and where the internal combustion engine is useless. It will also have revolutionized solar and battery technology, which again is crucial to a Mars civilization where the generation and storage of solar energy will be fundamental to initial and long term power needs. And then you have the Boring Company digging tunnels, which at first seems rather random, until you realize that initial Mars colonies will be in underground tunnels, until terraforming is achieved in a few centuries. And the advancement of tunnel boring technology will be vital to that. In short, Musk’s goal is clear. And his efforts are entirely consistent with that goal. Moving the world along to a clean energy future and weaning us off fossil fuels are merely nice side benefits of that goal. And in the context of that grand vision, donating a measly $100k dollars to both political parties to help achieve some short term benefits is utterly, completely insignificant, to the point of not even being noteworthy.
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    Was Tywin Lannister a villain?

    Who is this Order of the Green Hand character that one or two people have referenced recently? I hope it’s not another self declared Youtube Westeros “expert” like that Preston Jacobs charlatan.
  12. You don't have a clue what you're talking about I'm afraid. And neither do a few of the other contributors on this thread. What SpaceX has done with the limited resources at their disposal in a decade and a half is astounding.
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    Most Powerful Houses- what evidence?

    They most certainly are, for anyone who is not disputing the direct statement of the Prince of Dorne on Dorne's comparative population to the rest of Westeros.
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    The execution of Janos Slynt was personal and it was not justice.

    As it should. Who wants to read a story about a hero who acts like a robot, putting aside all personal feeings in favour of duty? Would be super boring.
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    Most Powerful Houses- what evidence?

    You cannot on the one hand argue for Dorne possibly having 50k men, and on the other hand argue down the strength of the Vale. Because Doran confirms to us that Dorne has less people than the Vale. So you should rather argue that the 20k is indeed the strength of the 6 Lords Declarant. It supports your Dornish position better than arguing the opposite.