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  1. Ser Knight Somerville

    Screw the banks

    Advice from the State of New Jersey Department of Banking & Insurance, the state regulator. http://www.state.nj.us/dobi/division_consumers/finance/consumeralert_servicecharge.htm
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    Careerchat II

    Suggest that your CV reference state something along the lines of "Translated Chapters x,y, z in [name of publication] to expedite the work for the primary translator." Retain any proof of your efforts in the event a potential client or employer asks for additional details.
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    US Politics: Follow the Money!

    >>>" Klan targets were bootleggers, wife-beaters, and immoral movies. "<<< As well as blacks, Roman Catholics and Jews. Conveniently omitted the primary targets. My mother once told me she remembered seeing the hooded Klan march in the Memorial Day Parade in Bayonne, New Jersey around the mid-1920s when she was a little girl of about 7. Scared the heck out of her and probably most of the other kids.
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    Why do those "smart speaker" thingies exist?

    She said to me: "I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that. I'm not Hal and we're not in space."
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    U.S. Politics: The Flood Shall Wash Away The Cobbs

    Interesting question. Without researching, this is how I would answer: Double jeopardy attaches when a defendant is tried for a crime by the judiciary, and in the case of more serious crimes with the right to demand a jury trial. Therefore, I opine that it is not double jeopardy, and an official removed from office by the impeachment process would be susceptible to indictment by a grand jury and trial before judge and jury. That said, with precedent of any sort lacking in the USA, I would expect the question to be decided by the US Supreme Court after indictment but before trial.
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    Lurk ---> post. Great! Welcome!
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    HBO Confirms 2019 for Final Season

    If the reports of April next year as the commencement of the final season are correct, about 40% of the wait has already elapsed. So it's getting closer by the day . . . Less than a year to go.
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    Old Worldcons

    Lots of information about fandom, cons, etc. on that growing site.
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    US Politics: Free Trade, Freer Trade, and Nuclear War

    Maybe. If Trump pardons Cohen then Cohen can be called to testify as a prosecution witness in a criminal case against Trump or anyone else related to the charges for which he was pardoned. If Cohen then refuses to testify he can be jailed by the judge for contempt of court until such time as he agrees to testify.
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    HBO Confirms 2019 for Final Season

    I suspected that you would be interested. There are no other bids for Worldcon 2020 which will be voted upon by the members of this year's Worldcon in San Jose, California in August. I'll vote in favor. Given that NZ is so far unopposed it is a virtual certainty that it will be approved for 2020. See you there in 2020 I hope.
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    Two dogs here. Jeffrey, a Treeing Walker Coonhound, is 12 years old and I adopted him from a person who rescued him in Georgia (USA) about 6 years ago. A local rescue group here in New Jersey arranged the transportation. Jeffrey's favoring ASOIAF quote is: "A bear there was, a bear, a bear! all black and brown, and covered with hair. The bear! The bear!" There are black bears in my neighborhood and when Jeffrey scents one he desperately wants to hunt it. Takes considerable effort to hold on to his leash. Only happens a few times a year, fortunately. The other dog I adopted a few months ago, "Muffet" about 2 years old, American English Coonhound a/k/a Redtick Coonhound. She has similar reactions to the scent of an animal, not sure what type, but I suspect that it is the fox that lives in the woods behind my house.
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    HBO Confirms 2019 for Final Season

    You will likely be able to discuss the final outcome with GRRM in 2020. https://nzin2020.nz/
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    Benioff and Weiss to Create New Star Wars Series

    These appeared to still be speculation based, perhaps relying on expertise of those within the industry as to what is feasible.
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    Benioff and Weiss to Create New Star Wars Series

    Not simply entirely possible, I would say highly likely. There are many very recent news articles over the last day or so that consistently agree that D&D will not have any further involvement with Confederate.
  15. In many ways, yes it was. For those with the necessary accessory equipment could even send photos of oneself or other material by means of "slow scan television". Because of bandwidth restrictions to the width of a voice transmission on the long distance bands it took 30 seconds or so to send a photo. On the ultrahigh frequency local bands fast scan TV was permitted so could send live video. There are also amateur radio space satellites that have been launched starting in the 1960's, somewhat analogous to comsats used for some modern data or voice transmission. The International Space Station has an amateur data repeater on board and occasionally some of the astronauts with amateur radio licenses will use voice to talk to other amateurs.
  16. Before the Internet and social media, in 1968 at age 18 I earned my Amateur Radio license. That hobby allowed me to contact by two-way radio and converse with amateur radio operators throughout the world. Were the Internet to disappear I certainly would increase my hours devoted to my amateur radio avocation and return to reading much more than I have in the last decade.
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    HBO Confirms 2019 for Final Season

    According to this video on Comcast (Xfinity) this morning, the eighth and final season will commence airing in April, 2019. https://my.xfinity.com/video/maisie-williams-accidentally-revealed-the-date-for-game-of-thrones-season-8-and-it-s-still-for-ev-errr-away/1147070531696/Comcast/Top_Video_Clips?cid=featuredtv_sf_Williams&tab=TV
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    What are good cons in the NYC area? (NYCC has no ASOIAF programming!)

    There have been some trivia contests at bars/restaurants in which some BWB members participated. There is a GOT Meetup Group also: https://www.meetup.com/New-York-Game-of-Thrones-Meetup/ and a fantasy meetup that has had some GOT themed events: https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Area-Friends-of-Tolkien-Fantasy/ A few BWB informal gatherings, especially when a member from out of town mentions here or on Facebook that they will be visiting the city.
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    What are good cons in the NYC area? (NYCC has no ASOIAF programming!)

    Depends on how "NYC area" is defined. Philcon is a very good general con (dates back to the 1930's), and takes place in November in Cherry Hill, NJ, a short NJ Transit train ride from Philadelphia Penn Station so relatively easy to get to from NYC Penn Station. There was some ASOIAF/GOT programming at it last month, but being a general con it does not focus on any single interest. https://philcon.org/ Coming up in February is Boskone in Boston at which several of the BWB often attend. I'm planning on being there, it is a good general con and may well have some ASOIAF/GOT programing. http://www.boskone.org/ Note that these cons are volunteer organized and operated, and the programming depends on interested fans getting involved and proposing panels or other activities to the con committee. Boston is an easy Amtrak train ride from NYC.
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    Worldcon San Jose, California: August 16-20, 2018

    Tuesday through Tuesday at the San Jose Marriott, though the con rate for the first two nights was sold out, so wound up using Marriott guest rewards points for those first two.
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    Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience European Tour

    I attended the concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Thoroughly enjoyed it. There was a BWB offer for good general seating at a discount for that one, guess there is not the same for this tour?
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    Night King appreciation thread

    Children of the Forest. Legend has it that the COTF created with magic the "Others" a/k/a White Walkers including the Night's King to help repel the First Men who were beginning to occupy their land.
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    Blue Flame of Viserion.

    Perhaps the blue emission is a mechanism by which the ice structure of the wall is lowered to or very close to absolute zero (0 degrees Kelvin) which renders the ice so brittle that it collapses under its own weight, rather than melting as with fire. The Night's King somehow through the powers instilled at his creation utilizes the dragon as a means of directing the power.
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    DUBLIN 2019: An Irish Worldcon August 15-19 2019

    I plan to attend both. Worked great for Loncon 3 followed by Eurocon Dublin and this will as well!!! :-)
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    Worldcon San Jose, California: August 16-20, 2018

    Plan to attend!!