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  2. Myrddin

    Sony's Marvel Universe (Spiderman+Venom+Morbius)

    Ha ha ha! You fool! same....
  3. sologdin

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    Tulsi Gabbard dressing like the villain i would think her policy preferences are what matters. some internet person did all of em on political compass, and gabbard's all alone with sanders and the green candidate down in the libertarian/progressive quadrant. seems like she is plausible for sanders' supporters--more plausible than sanders, if it's time for him to hang it up.
  4. Ok Round 8 Deadline is now noon Saturday Bonus round remains Saturday early am (all times BST)
  5. williamjm

    UK Politics: A Partly Political Broadcast

    I saw in some of the coverage that the DUP have said they will vote against, not abstain. If Boris does lose narrowly and is forced into an extension he might feel he is well placed for a general election, since he campaign on delivering a deal as long as he gets a majority. The potential risk for him might be if the deal is unpopular with the leave voters, and they vote for Farage instead.
  6. The Anti-Targ

    UK Politics: A Partly Political Broadcast

    Some speculation that Boris told the DUP it was fine for them to abstain because that would play well for them back home, because Boris is confident he'll get enough rebels and Labour to make up the numbers. What an achievement, getting a harder Brexit than May's deal and getting enough Labour to vote for it. Interestingly if this deal axes the EU labour protections and the Tories end up gutting labour laws, in the medium term will that help Labour get back into govt? One of the main appeals to the masses from labour parties is worker protection laws. But if the UK worker has been (probably unknowingly) leaning on EU labour regulations then that weakens one of the Labour electoral platforms. Playing the long game therefore Labour could campaign on better worker protections than the old EU arrangements. Labour should not fear loss of EU worker protections. A deal probably gives Boris the ability to see out the full term and not have to call a GE, right? There's still the issue of not being able to properly line up all the ducks to get the deal done by 31 Oct though, isn't there?
  7. Zorral

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    O man, you got me where it really hurts! I loathe YA stuff. And comix.
  8. corbon

    George Martin and scale

    Agreed. But the equation is complex and there are more factors than just these. Factors that we do not understand. Well, before Aegon I, there were constant wars. Dragons tended to change the picture. Entropic forces kept things together for a while after the dragons died, but ts apparent now that the 7 kingdoms are tearing apart again, though a strong leader may be able to hold them together a while longer. I think self-interest was a stronger force, to some extent at least, in the civil wars.
  9. Peach King

    Gender relations in Westeros

    They were saying that by today's standards, the legal and institutional power the husband held over the wife rendered their marriages unhealthy (even Ned and Cat, in this case). I don't know if I agree, but it's a fair view. EDIT: And apparently you also think that "mysandry" is something that exists... in that case I'm glad you're bowing out of this thread.
  10. Through the end of the year I'm going to stick to half-assed superficial judgements about the candidates while eschewing all other news. Pete Buttigege looks like something that was grown in a lab with Ben Shapiro, and the two escaped half way through their gestation periods, one to sow havoc throughout the world and the other to check the influence of its evil twin.
  11. corbon

    Gender relations in Westeros

    So a healthy marriage is a failed one? Didn't they? Mine did. I was fortunate to observe them for a long time. One is still going on around 60years, happily (the others have passed on). Some did, some didn't. People are people. Thats one part of the data. But if that is all it tells you then ... well, I can't help you much. The subject is healthy marriages. A divorce is by definition not a healthy marriage. Neither is an abusive one. I can't speak to any individual other than myself, but I'd lay good odds that many who are willing to weigh in on such a subject are not in a successful and healthy marriage. Yes. And yet the only two replies that addressed the question were willing to say that no marriages in Westeros are healthy. Apparently not only do they have the only definition of what a healthy marriage is, they also no what every marriage in westeros is like. Thats actually a reasonable point. Marriage success rates is not equivalent to non-divorce. And no, I do not consider being in an abusive relationship to be a healthy one, in general. But I don't think successful marriage rates have gone up (and do think they are falling). A healthy relationship, a successful marriage, requires some give and take, some sacrifice, and some acceptance of differences. Also some work and effort. None of these things are growing in society. Some of the increase in divorce rates is attributable to people exiting abusive relationships. Some is also attributable to people just not putting in what is required any more because the culture around them is very much more selfish, and teaches them thats a good thing. Mysandry. There is way more of it than there used to be. Not necessarily as much as mysogeny, though thats a lot rarer than it sed to be, but its very absence in your list shows that accidental sexism is alive and well. You don't think its a useful marker for societal changes in the last generation or two? How many can you report on that come closer than current? I do apologise, but I think I'll be bowing out of this thread. Its going to take too much time, for too little value, otherwise. Thank you for remaining polite, though its obvious we have different views on many things.
  12. Ser Hedge

    UK Politics: A Partly Political Broadcast

    If the DUP abstain it could theoretically scrape through in this scenario. Saw that speculation somewhere, but it's only speculation I think.
  13. Gertrude

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    Sorry for the triple post - A small bright spot in the news today, Joni Ernst sucks. Her approval is -4 and showed the biggest slip of all senators from last quarter with a nine point dive. The Dem running against her outperformed her in fundraising last quarter too, so here's hoping!
  14. Darth Richard II

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    Zorral is a YA villain. Got it.
  15. Hard to say from my vantage point (as a newcomer to the country), but from what I can glean a Liberal majority is basically not going to happen. There seems to be enough of a mood for change that they will at least have to govern in coalition. Who does the Bloc usually align with in minority government negotiations? At the same time, I'm not sure the Conservatives can pick up enough seats themselves to force a Scheer premiership.
  16. Ser Hedge

    UK Politics: A Partly Political Broadcast

    I hope it is repeatedly pointed out to these dumbells bells they could at least have voted for May's WA deal contingent on greater involvement in negotiating the future relationship and we could have had a perfect Brino. Instead they torpedoed the deal with no intelligible reasons given and have pushed the Tories to the right and have come closer to a harder Brexit. Dingbats.
  17. Paxter

    (Spoilers) Mr. Robot final season

    Yeah I think there's a strong sense of "tying loose ends" from earlier seasons (e.g. Vera, Susan Jacobs) while still trying to do new and cool things with the final season (e.g. the insane ending to episode 2). One thing I am finding a little jarring though is the cast of characters this season. Obviously we have lost Angela, but there's also nothing from Irving (I assume he's completely dropped off the show) and nearly nothing from Wellick. It's basically just Elliot/Darlene/Price v WhiteRose as things stand.
  18. Gertrude

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    Early reports that Rick Perry will be stepping down soon. Not a lot more than that right now. I mean, I'd get the hell out of there too, but it kind of pisses me off when politicians can avoid trouble by stepping down. Public loses all interest in accountability after that. I am not sure what role he had in all this and I'm not saying he's in deep cause I just don't know, but this is always my first thought. Stepping down is the right move if there's been wrongdoing, but it shouldn't be a get out of jail free card. Personally I hope he's just a useful moron because not everyone can be hopelessly corrupt, can they? The normal amount of corrupt, sure, but law-flouting don't give a fuck corrupted? I'm still an optimist at heart.
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  20. Aldarion

    George Martin and scale

    Maybe, but a lot of seemingly independent aspects of society are in fact closely interdependent. Economic basis of society will affect its administration, and literacy and administration will affect economy. And with seven different cultures close together, Westeros should be constantly fighting civil wars. Even civil wars for the Iron Throne should have had expression of cultural differences: say, Crownlands, Stormlands declare predominantly for the Blacks, North and Riverlands for Greens and so on.
  21. Gertrude

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    I mean, I don't agree with your premise, but the raven hair with a white streak is not doing her any favors in this comparison. (no shade to Tulsi personally because that streak is fabulous)
  22. Lady Dacey

    Gender relations in Westeros

    I don't think we have statistics about the user profile on this forum, but I can answer for myself: I'm married and have son It's a given that people may have different opinions on what constitutes a healthy relationship, right? what? what? I'm really lost. Divorce rates have gone up. This is very, very different than marriage success rates falling. Unless you consider a success to be in still-married in an abusive relationship, for exemple. I'm curious about what you think I missed? I'm no following, sorry. My pic is an exemple of being headed in what direction? I didn't know my pic would speak for society. I'm waiting for you reports on gender equality in all societies, all times, ever!!
  23. corbon

    George Martin and scale

    First, why? Or rather, why, such that we can define? Much of history is a series of accidents fitting together. There is no reason why everything must fit exactly the same in a different universe. Similar, probably but you seem to drive for close to identical. I don't understand why you think things must be evolve so similarly. Second, I don;t think people are the same, everywhere, here, or there. Well, I do - "people are people" is a favourite phrase, second to "people are idiots (I'm a people too)", but there are cultural, societal and racial differences - at the level of large groups at least. For example, Asian cultures tend to be more collective and conformist, european cultures more individualist. Nordic culture more rule-following, southern european culture more rule-defying. That means that things evolved different in our own world in different regions. I don't think we have the depth of westerosi culture nailed down enough to tell what effect it has - heck, Westerois culture varies wildly from region to region anyway! How does the Faith of the Seven impact the local cultures regarding individualism and entrepreneurial spirit? How does it effect the drive to overthrow serfdom? or other economic, societal or cultural enslavements? There are so many more questions that need to be answered before we can say "we should be able to fully understand any differences between Westeros and our world".
  24. Theda Baratheon

    What are things you do for self-care?

    Well I just got all dressed up as a vengeful forest witch for the hell of it and I think that counts as self care
  25. Peach King

    Gender relations in Westeros

    Um if you're talking about high divorce rates, that's a good thing. Our grandparents didn't have happy marriages, they had marriages that they had to make work, because they couldn't get out of them. That more people are getting divorced tells me that people are putting up less and less with forms of abuse, not that the institution of marriage is going down the drain. Frankly your last paragraph is just laughable. You seem like a reactionary.
  26. TrueMetis

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    Were exactly is ~$30,000 for a single parent with one dependent considered middle class? I make about that much and I don't have a kid, I'm doing alright cause government job, but middle class? Nope.
  27. corbon

    Gender relations in Westeros

    How many of you are actually married, and have kids? You think you know what a healthy marriage looks like? Our society certainly struggles with that concept, with the media and academia pushing ever less healthy notions and marriage success rates ever falling. #the wisdom of fools @Lady Dacey, you asked. Certainly not, though you missed a word. And we are headed in the wrong direction. Your profile pic gives a striking example. However current western society has less gender inequality than almost any other human society, now, or ever.
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