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    Do you like Feast and Dance?

    I didn't like Feast the first time around, but it definitely improved on re-read. When Dance came out, it was easy to see where and why it fit into the scheme of things. I did enjoy Dance. It's another one that improves with age. The northern arc, and Theon's, were very well done IMO. I really loved the introduction of Lord Manderly and Davos' chapters.
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    Appropriate Punishment for Catelyn

    Marry her off to Walder Frey. She did commit treason, but kinslaying is a serious crime, so Robb couldn't very well execute her. I know, I know, Lord Walder was on Wife #8, so that wasn't feasible, but Jason Mallister seemed interested in her. Robb could have married her off to him as well. All of this, of course, ignores the fact that the minute she showed up on her way back north, she should have been sent back to Winterfell. That was her place. She should NOT have been given a place in Robb's councils or any other advisory position. She was not a Lady Mormont with the necessary skills and strategic thinking that would have been valuable, and she had no business there. Just my two cents.
  3. Can we nail him to a cross and see if he comes back after three days?
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    Cats: Threading their way into our lives.

    Get some cat mint. Not catnip, cat mint. They love it. It grows wild in my yard and even getting a little on your hands drives them wild. There are a lot of things they can have, but be careful with the houseplants. One of mine had elevated liver enzymes and it was finally traced to her love of apothos ivy. I also had an asparagus fern that she loved. Both plants are now at my office. Spider plants are okay, though.
  5. They eats thousands of ticks a day, and that's huge here in the Lyme disease capital of the world. We need all the help we can get.
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    U.S. Politics: Moscow Mitch

    Way too suspicious. I don't think it was suicide, and I'm not prone to wild flights of tinfoil fancy. Even though a trial would have been better...good riddance. They have more than enough to bring down some very powerful people without him. Some people are too evil to live.
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    Cats: Threading their way into our lives.

    No, it really happened. Thousands of people watched it live. Look up Pittsburgh Hays eagles cat. Generally speaking, bald eagles can't dead lift anything heavier than 10 pounds, so lambs are usually safe. Although their main diet is fish, they will take carrion, which made some experts believe that the cat was already dead when the eagle got it (we can only hope), but we'll never know what happened. Hawks, however, are known to prey on cats and small dogs.
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    u.s. politics: sundowning on the american empire

    Most of us don't spend every waking minute in front of a computer, TV or gaming console. I don't know anyone who does that. We have adult responsibilities and there's no time for that. Maybe it's an age gap. We liked video games, but the world wasn't connected. Player 2 had to be physically present and put the quarter in the slot or ready with the joystick or controller. There was still physical and real social interaction with other human beings. My kids were older when online gaming became a thing. Maybe that's a factor, too. My daughter was 17 or 18 when a boyfriend introduced her to it. We had a PC that was in the dining room and everyone could see what you were doing. They did not get their own laptops till they went to college. Of course we had gaming systems like Sega (which was the height of technology!) then Game Cube, Wii, X Box and Nintendo DS. What you're essentially saying is that it's okay for boys and young men to torture and abuse women in gaming culture and they should just toughen up, and that abuse should be expected because hey, they're women. So you're just justifying the budding psychopaths' unrealistic views of women. As fragile as their egos are, they take silence as encouragement. Toxic masculinity will never be eliminated until other men call them on it. Have you ever done that? Ask yourself why more young girls and women don't game. Part of it is the inherent and rampant misogyny, but another part of it is that most of us don't get off on guns and killing things, even in a non-real environment. As we get older, other things become more important, like raising children. It's kind of hard to play when you barely have time for a shower. I once dated a guy whose 24 year old son lived at home. He was so introverted it was a little scary. He went to work every day, but the minute he got home he went straight to his room and started playing. He would go to virtual parties instead of socializing in real life. No girlfriend--he didn't have the first clue how to go about talking to a woman. I remember thinking that he was a potential mass shooter. Edit: I don't think gaming is the problem any more than D&D or playing Ozzy Osbourne backwards was. But certain personalities gravitate to that world, and I'd be willing to bet that gaming allows them to express violent tendencies and attitudes they already had.
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    u.s. politics: sundowning on the american empire

    As a parent, this is what I see: they're extremely insecure with no social skills, and their skill at games gives them some kind of validation. The isolation only reinforces their real life inability to form normal human relationships, so it's easy for them to blame everyone else for that. They're looking for a peer group they don't have in real life because they're unable to form those relationships in any other way. Gaming is an obsession that feeds into that and they're easy pickings. Now, whether they already possess their hateful views when they begin gaming and the online world or develop them as they become more and more immersed in it I can't say. I suspect they gravitate towards groups and games that already share their views, but I could be wrong. My daughter is a gamer but she's getting out of it. The misogyny and abuse she deals with is insane and I've been quite angry that she was willing to put up with it for so long. All that for a game? It's not worth it. As someone who thought Atari was the coolest thing ever invented, I gotta say I think gaming is stupid and unhealthy. No wonder our kids are lazy, fat and know nothing about real life social skills. The social isolation makes them angry and depressed. The best thing a parent can do is pull the plug and make them get out of the house for fresh air and sunshine.
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    US Politics: Culture Club

    What if the hospital system owns its own insurance company? Then the two entities are one and the same. See: UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) and their fight with Highmark BCBS.
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    Near-miss from a city-killer asteroid this week

    Imagine world history if Moscow got obliterated. If anyone is interested in the subject, I recommend John S. Lewis' A Rain of Iron and Ice. It was published in 1997 but still a good read.
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    Near-miss from a city-killer asteroid this week

    I think you're putting too much faith in SpaceX. They're in this for one reason: to make money. And the metals and minerals in the asteroids are worth a lot. The companies mining those asteroids (you know it's not going to be long till they do) aren't going to take kindly to their investment being vaporized like Alderaan. SpaceX might do it even so--but at a price, and probably a steep one. Who's going to pay it? Also, if you hit it too close to Earth, you risk several smaller impactors instead of just one. Those smaller ones would be far more dangerous than the larger one.
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    Near-miss from a city-killer asteroid this week

    Tunguska was 70 m wide and leveled 2000 square kilometers (772 square miles). It didn't even hit the ground--it was an airburst. Now imagine it impacting 3 hours later. Due to the Earth's rotation, it would have exploded over St. Petersburg. The 20 m diameter Chelyabinsk meteor exploded in February 2013 and injured 1500 people. And no one saw it coming. It's a numbers game. Eventually we're going to get hit. It's just a question of when.
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    Cats: Threading their way into our lives.

    Completely agree! Clean litter boxes are a must. Ideally you need one per cat, plus an extra one, but with one cat you can have just one. (I have 6 litter boxes so everyone has their favorite.) Sometimes you might have to try different litters to see which one they prefer. Most cats aren't that picky, but some are pretty OCD about it. They do seem to prefer unscented litter, which I do buy. I add Arm n Hammer carpet powder to it in the summer, and I have Litter Genies. I have a scratching post that has survived a total of 7 cats over the years. It just met its match in my kitten. He has torn and unraveled the sisal completely off of it.
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    Cats: Threading their way into our lives.

    We have coyotes--cats are a tasty little snack for them., We also have hawks and bald eagles. A few years ago, one of our eagle nests made international news because the adults fed their eaglets a cat on live cam. While I was on vacation a few weeks ago someone's pet cat got hit by a car and died.
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    The appearance of The Others

    Think the Predator shimmering in the trees.
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    Cats: Threading their way into our lives.

    @Yet another Arya ! Good luck and let us know how it goes! Once you're hooked, you're hooked for life. I had no intention of getting a cat...and now I have 5. Cats adjust, even the ones that are used to being outdoors. I took in the "neighborhood cat" last year. She found the couch and won't go near the door now. She adopted us. She had lived in the neighborhood since she was a kitten. Many people tried to bring her inside, but she wanted nothing to do with it, so everyone just took care of her--fed her, put outdoor cat houses on their porches so she would be warm. One woman even had a heated house for her. She adopted us, not the other way around, and now she wants nothing to do with being outside. This is my opinion and is no way intended to be judgmental, but letting them outside isn't really good for them anyway. I know they're natural hunters, but they live much longer and healthier lives if they're kept indoors. It drives me nuts when people in the neighborhood let their unfixed pet cats roam. Before you know it, you're overrun with kittens. Adopting from the shelter means they're spayed/neutered and are up to date on all their shots. And there are so many cats in shelters that giving one of them a home is the kindest thing you could do for them.
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    Cats: Threading their way into our lives.

    Cats don't really need baths because they're incessant and OCD self-groomers. But if you must, baby wipes work just fine. I wouldn't even try to give any of mine a bath--the last time I did (she had gotten out and was covered in fleas), I ended up on antibiotics from a really nasty bite on my finger. You don't need any special skills to own a cat. They're not dogs--they pretty much take care of themselves. You won't forget to feed it because they won't let you forget. And all but the smallest kitten will get out of the way if they see you coming. I would suggest an older cat. They need homes too.
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    U.S. Politics: Pedophilia is Just Acosta Doin' Business

    I like to think ahead and be prepared for all eventualities, no matter how improbable. With the way this is going, I wouldn't put it past him to sic ICE on her.
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    U.S. Politics: Pedophilia is Just Acosta Doin' Business

    She is Minnesota's duly elected representative and I doubt they would stand idly by and allow that. Would the state governor have any recourse in the matter and can they assign her a security detail if Congress won't?
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    1969

    I was born in 1969. My mom says I was supposed to be born on July 20 (the Moon landing), but I came early and was born on June 14. Which, unfortunately, is also Mango Mussolini's birthday. I console myself by thinking it's also Boy George's birthday. At least he's articulate and funny and is a constant reminder of my teenage years in the 80s!
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    Car battery question for the hive mind!

    Check your dimmer switches on all lights. You could be using juice and not even know it.
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    The Plutionian Others

    It depends on how old they were when they were castrated. It wouldn't affect the height of a male castrated after puberty, obviously, although those men would lose muscle and gain fat. And it's based on more than two skeletons--it's a real thing, not merely "reported". But whatever. I have to check out his description of the Unsullied, but there is another example: Strong Belwas.
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    The Plutionian Others

    You mention Athena in connection with Arachne who was, of course, turned into a spider. There is also the legend of Ariadne and Theseus. After saving him with the thread in the Labyrinth, he leaves her to die. She either hangs herself or is rescued by and marries Dionysus (depending on the version). About Varys. Eunuchs who are castrated as young as Varys says he was don't go bald. Ever. There is no testosterone to produce DHT, which shrinks the hair follicles and causes them to fall out, Edit: You also mention Varys' height as 5'8". In reality, eunuchs are huge men, much taller than average. There's a reason for this: boys castrated before puberty have no estradiol to tell the epiphyseal (growth) plates to close and fuse at the proper time, so they just keep growing and growing. (And why girls who start their periods at a younger age are shorter and have shorter legs.) As an example, Farinelli was determined to have been 6'4". Either Martin messed up, or there's more going on with Varys than we know.
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    The Plutionian Others

    So...the Cailleach or Queen of Winter? She is sometimes depicted as a spider.
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