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  2. Guy Kilmore

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    I once heard someone say that Tom Cruise gives the impression that he is an actor playing a Human.
  3. Triskele

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    Gabbard is also a cult member. And for another example of the difference in not just type but in kind between the voting bases, Gabbard is not popular because she's hot the way Palin was.
  4. Nagini's Neville

    Shouldn’t Robb have been betrothed at least?

    I think they mainly betroth girls so young. Boys have more time. Also Robb has two brothers. But yeah in hindsight, maybe it would have been better, if he'd already produced an heir by 15. But why did Ned take Sansa and Arya with him, why did he tell Cersei about the incest?Let's just blame StarK- naivety
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  6. Nagini's Neville

    Why couldn't Robb send a team to retrieve Sansa?

    Could it be that Robb would have perceived it as dishonorable? But they already killed his father...so I guess not? But for some reason I just can't see Robb doing something so "dishonest", even if it goes against the Lannisters. Otherwise wouldn't he have just done it?
  7. DMC

    MLB Postseason: Bat Fight!

    Sucks that's how CC finishes his career. Anyway, this series is over. Go Nats!!!
  8. Paxter

    MLB Postseason: Bat Fight!

    Yanks bullpen has also been pretty dire. Ottavino again couldn’t get an out.
  9. Paxter

    (Spoilers) Mr. Robot final season

    That makes sense. Maybe it’s a new (and unlikely) fsociety of Elliot/Robot/Price/Darlene/Tyrell/Dom teaming up to defeat Deus in the end.
  10. Nagini's Neville

    Gender relations in Westeros

    wow, you said that all perfectly!! I really should have just read you post and agreed, before I tried to to explain my complicated thoughts in my bad english I really don't know enough about the middle ages. Do you really think it wasn't that bad at that time? That never even occurred to me. I feel like George did a lot of research on that subject. If that wasn't the case maybe he just thought it was (usually you also read more about the "sensational cases"), the same thing with the marriage age. We know now that very early marriages weren't even that common. Usually I don't really mind the description of severe violence (even though it's hard for me to read), when I know it reflects the reality (a medieval reality in this case), but than I also think, that the writer should inflict the reality of what it's really like to live with the psychological consequences of severe violence on the reader. There is a lot of sexual violence against women in the series, but we never stay inside a woman's head to find out what life is like for her afterwards. And that upsets me a bit, because the violence then mainly serves the to show how cruel the world is and how evil a villain. It can start to feel voyeuristic, when only ever the violent crime is shown, but never the psychological consequences. We are never really forced to feel the amount empathy that the victim would deserve. A rape becomes a very physical act (we see the victim only from the outside). But in reality the rape itself is not necessarily the problem, the problem is what comes afterwards- and when it comes to that the reader is allowed to walk away again and forget about it. Therefore really only half of the reality gets portrayed. George missed some great opportunities to show this other part of the reality of violence. Dany imo would have been an excellent character for this. In reality she'd likely have experienced some PTSD or other trauma- induced symptoms from the beginning of her marriage with Drogo. With male characters he does that a bit better: Theon, the hound, the broken men come to mind... But in general I think George tried very hard to not be sexist ( create complex multi-layered male and female characters, that's not so common sadly). I don't think he did that on purpose. Writing is hard and I've noticed the same trend with other writers. Would be cool though, if more writers would start to show violence and its consequences in a more complex and realistic way.
  11. Paxter

    Fourth Quarter 2019 Reading

    Haha I’m not sure how I feel about this bromance DRIII. Let me finish the thing first! Half-Blood Prince is a little unusual so far...feels very much like a set-up novel. By contrast the other novels had a lot of rising tension - even Phoenix for all of its angsty flaws was quite gripping.
  12. Okay. So maybe it doesn’t change the math in this game in the least.
  13. Kalbear

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    Tulsi Gabbard went on Fox News and used Project Veritas talking points to back her claims. This is essentially the equivalent of any bullshit artist on Fox News.
  14. Platypus Rex

    Pate in Citadel is not dead yet

    Looks like the Alchemist has had some practice impersonating dead fat people. And now he's about to put Sam to bed.
  15. No. I'm sick of considering Tulsi Gabbard with anything remotely resembling legitimacy. She is a joke, a farce, and most importantly - an annoyance. The Dems will have enough problems with people at the podium blatantly and fragrantly lying once the general election debates happen. There's no reason to start the idiocy early. Yet there she is.
  16. Lizard Queen

    Small unworthy things - as you were

    Yeah, that was something good for sure! No bugs :). -------- So, I found a weird note on my windshield this morning at 7 when I left for work. There is a guy next door that I see sitting on his porch often. Lately I've made very brief small talk with him, including yesterday. Here is the note. I censored his name and phone number out... https://ibb.co/5rRqJw8
  17. Starkess

    Boarders Writing a Novel Part 15

    Not exactly a novel, but I got the signed contract today for my first ever short story sale.
  18. Nagini's Neville

    Gender relations in Westeros

    I guess the problem is that even in a seemingly healthy relationship like Ned's and Cat's, the husband can still "turn on" the wife at any given moment. And even Ned commands Cat to do certain things or forbids her stuff. He has to rule his household. If Cat tells Ned to do something - it's advice. He is in no way ever bound to do want she tells him to. With her that's not the case. When Cat told Ned he had to become the hand of the King and go to KL, it was council. ( he basically already knew he had to, but didn't want to imo) When he told her she had to stay in WF with the boys it was a command. I studied Psychology and if a man did that today to his wife/gf/relative we would call that classic controlling/abusive behavior. the other way around of course as well. It was the same, when Robb became Lord. She had no say in what would become of Jaime even though, her children's lives were at stake. I think if we are going to judge anything at all in this world as abusive, we can only do it by our modern western standards, because if we are trying to determine what would be abusive within world, it would become very tricky and subjective. In Westeros it would probably not be considered rape if it happened to a prostitute, but for me a prostitute is a human-being like Sansa or Brienne and the crime would be just as great.
  19. DanteGabriel

    NFL 2019: After A Quarter, Are They Who We Thought They Were?

    Ye gods, I hadn't considered the possibility of that happening. And the Patriots with their kicker issues...
  20. Lord Varys

    Harrenhal's tourney, then what?

    Sure, but I guess we can take into account that it is not very likely that Rhaegar and Robert - although second cousins - were particularly close. Rhaegar wasn't a people person and wouldn't have spent much time with the kind of person Robert was during his visits at court. Not to mention that Robert spent his formative years as a ward in the Vale and then took over his father's lordship shortly after he had come of age. Little opportunity to establish a meaningful bond of any sort with Rhaegar. Meaning that Rhaegar had likely no clue what exactly Lyanna meant to Robert - might even be that Robert didn't know what she actually meant to him until he realized that he might lose her/was losing her. But I agree that especially the abduction/running away/marriage/breaking of contracts thing was folly. Rhaegar must have known what happened with the scandals caused by his grandparents' marriage as well as the marriage of his great-uncle Duncan. Him not realizing what he might cause there - or worse: him going through with it despite having a pretty good guess how Robert might react - certainly doesn't indicate he was a good politician or a very responsible person in general. Overall, George did a very nice job in giving the Baratheons very belligerent and troublesome character traits in FaB. They are really a self-destructive lot, very suppressed (especially were improper political ambitions are concerned) and completely incapable of letting something go or admit defeat. It is hilarious how closely Rogar and his brothers resemble Robert and his brothers, and how much Rogar has in common with both Robert and Stannis (and how Rogar's brother Borys channels Stannis and Renly's ambitions). Even the women know how to bear a grudge as both Cassandra and especially Maris Baratheon show. As it happens, the only reasons the Targaryens survived the Baratheons for as long as they did is that they had dragons the first 150 years. Those put them in line - afterwards it became increasingly difficult to keep them in line. And one imagines that Aegon V and his immediate predecessors tried to keep them close rather that at arm's length until the Jenny affair. Lyonel, Dunk, and Egg sort of become friends in THK and one assumes that this actually established a pretty strong bond for years to come.
  21. Jace, Basilissa

    NFL 2019: After A Quarter, Are They Who We Thought They Were?

    That's pretty great. And also annoying. I mean it though, I love Patty Mahomes and hope he's okay. But I'm all onboard Jon Gruden and his band of thugs he calls 'Raiders'. ETA: I want the AFC West champion 4 seed Raiders to go into snowy foxborough all those years later. Redemption...
  22. Platypus Rex

    What exactly is the point of Quentyn?

    Well, you don't explain how you deduce that from your quotes, so I must guess. But I have I never understood how people can cite the "all of him was burning" line as proof of instant death, when their position, presumably, is that he lived on for 3 days. Obviously the argument proves too much. To suggest these words allow survival for 3 days, but no more than that, is as arbitrary as arguing it allows survival for 3 hours, but no more than that. Also, I don't see how one who is even remotely familiar with the series can ignore the POV format of the books. Obviously, Barristan THINKS that the dying man is "the Dornish prince", and your Barristan chapter quote reflects that. To me, Quentyn's death is a rather obvious fake out. And while this is certainly easy to miss on first read, or even second read, it is more of a mystery that so many are unable to recognize all the elements of a fake-out, even after they are pointed out.
  23. Eden-Mackenzie

    Why couldn't Robb send a team to retrieve Sansa?

    I think the bolded is the biggest obstacle, it would have been pretty difficult to unobtrusively extract an unknowing Sansa, and if they had made contact and made a plan, Sansa herself would have thrown a wrench into it, like she did with both Ned’s and the Tyrells’ plans. It would have probably been an inadvertent wrench, a la the Tyrells’ plan, because I do think Sansa learned her lesson from her disclosure to Cersei, but it would have been a wrench all the same (I’m not saying Robb would have known this, but it is a justification for why it wasn’t written). Tyrion’s failed attempt is also a good reason not to try, Tyrion’s plan was a good one, and still fell apart at the end. Robb had far fewer resources available to him than Tyrion, which he would have known. And a failed rescue attempt could easily have led to Sansa being executed for treason. @Angel Eyes - I believe at some point (maybe when he’s telling Cat his plan to name Jon his heir?), Robb acknowledges that Arya has been missing since Ned’s beheading, so unless he made the rescue attempt very early in Clash, he would have known it was a single target. We don’t know who his inside King’s Landing source is, but if they knew Arya was missing, they would have also known Sansa was being watched by Cersei. They would have needed a skilled and knowledgeable team, and as others have pointed out, that wasn’t something that existed or was available to Robb.
  24. So the host of Kentucky Sports Radio is Matt Jones. For last season and this one, he has also hosted the ESPN Radio version of Sunday Countdown. Most weeks he does it from Bristol and he has had some hilarious stories that he has shared on KSR during the week. My favorite was a couple weeks ago when he talked about watching the Sunday games in the “war room.” Apparently the room had an informal seniority hierarchy. If someone who has worked there longer wants your seat, you get up and move back. He said he was in there and Berman and Tom Jackson came in and booted Teddy Bruschi out of the front row seat. Jones said that Berman watched all the games and was doing his TV schtik the whole time. If someone was happening on the Oakland game, he’d call out for the whole room “Tha Raidazzzzzzzz” or he would watch a replay and do his “wooop” “boom bam boff” “rumblin stumbling bumblin” just like he was on TV, but with no cameras around. Jones said that it’s not a character he’s playing on TV.
  25. RedEyedGhost

    Trailer Thread VI

    Me too. 4 weeks!
  26. Nagini's Neville

    Gender relations in Westeros

    I love your profile picture I think it's so funny!! Wanted to comment on it before!
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