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  2. Joe obviously plagiarized GRRM via his incest with Savine and Orso ala Jamie and Cersei. Kidding
  3. BigFatCoward

    Exercise & Fitness: Summer Bodies (TBD)

    Anyone thinking of dropping £240 on the magic new Nike trainers? I'd be interested to see how they impact on the times of a normal person.
  4. Bayaz is definitely not an overarching planner who is fourty steps ahead of everyone else. He just knows how to use chaos to strengthen the system. When he starts to lose power, he creates a crisis and mostly improvises from there. The fact that he is behind all the events doesn't mean he intends them to happen, but that he is working through them with his magic. He appears to be in total control not in a Palpatine kind of way ("everything that has transpired has done so according to my design") but because he knows even the most unpredictable action taken by one of his pawns can be turned to his advantage. It's also clear from the way he acts in the first trilogy that he's far from entirely rational and calculating; he's also incredibly rash and petty.
  5. Tywin et al.

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    Agreed. Something about him just feels fake, and I have a hard time buying someone who is essentially selling themselves as a perfect human being.
  6. I'm not sure qualifications like that mattered in a pre-Trump world. Plus she does have a decade in the Georgia House, whatever that's worth. OTOH, first and foremost, I'm still allowed to have my own personal standards - and she's very untested facing any type of real press scrutiny. Second, it could create a narrative similar to McCain/Palin, wherein the old experienced candidate chooses a young (*cough* female!) running mate not ready for the job out of desperation. In fact it would invite the right to depict her that way from the get-go, and you know they'll try their damnedest. Weren't most of the first presidents bald? Isn't that why they all wore those wigs? Decorum my ass.
  7. Conflicting Thought

    What shouldn't be done...about climate change

    Maybe the time for protesting without bothering anyone has come to an end. Maybe they see that nobody is taking this seriously enough. And protesting on fridays just doesnt cut it. Some of us are fucking desperate
  8. Conflicting Thought

    What shouldn't be done...about climate change

    You dont see what all the fuss is about?. Maybe you have a severe lack of empathy, and understanding of the what are the problems we face and what are the possible solutions. We have bearing in the outcome, cuz we are the cause, and we have the means to be the solution. Are you american, or european by any chance.
  9. Tywin et al.

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    Does that matter in a post-Trump world? It feels like relying on conventional norms is like fighting with one hand tied behind your back these days. He could be the first bald president!!! Yeah, it’s just like hearing someone say “we’re not talking politics here.” What they’re really saying is “we’re not talking liberal politics here.”
  10. Heartofice

    Watch, Watched, Watching: Hunting Minds

    Felt like an apology to me. Like ‘yeah we know we copied it but at least we were honest’ Didn’t feel like a get out of jail free card.
  11. I think people are giving Bayaz too much credit. He can control some big events, but he isn't a micromanager, and things often go against his wishes. Just looking at the original trilogy, we had Bethod going rogue, Bayaz getting knocked unconscious and nearly killed several times in book 2, and the Gurkish invasion in book 3 which was only held off by the luck of discovering the seed in the HotM a few weeks before the invasion. I am really resistant to any reading of Little Hatred where everything is happening at the direction of Bayaz. That's both unlikely and boring. Also, rereading the Jezal death scene, Sulfur isn't there. Someone posted several pages ago that he was. I don't know if that's meaningful or not. On the whole there isn't a lot to go on wrt that scene. There's virtually no description of Bayaz other than his one line, and that is very ambiguous. Without a doubt it could have been Bayaz, but it just as easily could have been someone else.
  12. Tywin et al.

    UK Politics: A Partly Political Broadcast

    All swans in England belong to the Queen?
  13. Tywin et al.

    Watch, Watched, Watching: Hunting Minds

    That was kind of the point though. They were leaning into it while coming as close as possible to breaking the fourth wall without actually doing so.
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  15. ljkeane

    Rugby: Building up to Japan

    It's not a huge surprise that's Jones' first choice midfield, it's what he was going with in the Six Nations and Slade hasn't really been fit enough for his non selection up to this point to necessarily mean he'd fallen out of favour. Ford's obviously been in better form than Farrell but Farrell's the captain and Jones is clearly a big fan, if it came down to a choice between the two of them it was always going to be Farrell. Other than that I'm a little surprised Wilson's fallen all the way out of the squad, I'd probably have him starting to be honest. Not going with Kruis is a bit of a gamble too, the Australian lineout's been quite good and with Vunipola and Underhill in the back row there's going to be a lot of pressure on the second rows to win lineout ball.
  16. If he was behind it all, then he nearly killed his would be puppet. Kinda risky of him, no?
  17. Thinking back on it I strongly suspect that Bayaz is currently in a far more precarious position than he's claiming to be. Like it's almost certain that he's behind the Breakers (maybe not necessarily the Burners?) but that makes fuck all sense if the Union is as under his control as he makes out. Even without the fact that he had to be absent for most of the book due to being 'detained in the West' I wonder if there's other magical forces moving against him in his own kingdom too.
  18. AncalagonTheBlack

    Upcoming TV Series of 2019/2020 - Your most anticipated shows

    Nicolas Winding Refn Sets ‘Maniac Cop’ Series With HBO & Canal+
  19. Paladin of Ice

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    A big loss for the country.
  20. Simon Steele

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    I was thinking about Warren's issues brought up by other candidates during the debate. I remember when Bernie first ran in 2016, and he began talking about middle class tax increases being necessary to fun better social programs and infrastructure (of course, the lion's share of taxes will not be on the middle class). I remember as a struggling middle class single parent, I didn't like this at all. This time, he's been more precise in his language about it: "Yes, taxes will go up, but that increase for most Americans (not the rich) will translate into massive savings because 1.) you have no premium (which I hear loud an clear, for me and my son, we have 600+ a month in premiums, nearly 25 percent of my check) and 2.) you won't pay extra bills after already paying high premiums. Which again, that translates for me. So I get it, but is this method still a losing strategy? I think it has to be better than not acknowledging it. Warren's great, but I think she needs good answers if she heads into the general elections. Working through difficult answers now is so important.
  21. rotting sea cow

    What exactly is the point of Quentyn?

    Exactly the point, his chapters have little consequence for the plot, but are thematically important. Please read this. https://poorquentyn.tumblr.com/tagged/quentyn-in-adwd/chrono
  22. I wouldn't say so. People still get divorced because of irreconcilable differences.
  23. Philokles

    UK Politics: A Partly Political Broadcast

    Juncker said "If we have a deal we have a deal and there is no need for prolongation.” So if Parliament rejects the deal, he appears to still be open to an extension.
  24. ummester

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    The post Empire US is funny. I wonder if those in Jerusalem laughed at the Roman senate in 200 AD?
  25. ummester

    What shouldn't be done...about climate change

    If human population levels are the problem, then surely climate change is a solution? I don't see what all the fuss is about. Our planet knows how to sustain itself, it's very arrogant of us, a pathetically modern species, to assume we have any bearing on the outcome. You are a child of the universe,no less than the trees and the stars;you have a right to be here.And whether or not it is clear to you,no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Just because we have a right to be here, does not mean the universe will unfold in favor of our existence. To assume otherwise seems kind of religious and somewhat fundamentalist to me.
  26. Winterfell is Burning

    Comics Phase Fourteen

    Of course she is. See the look she gives Scott right after Jean gives her the beer- I don't know how people can be so obtuse to miss that Hickman is all but spelling they're sleeping together (then again, there's probably people in denial even after seeing the living arrangements in this issue). Plus, the Sinister Secret #5 from Powers of X. The reason she doesn't have a room there is because she has her own palace in Krakoa, if she's on the Moon, is to sleep with Scott. https://community.cbr.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=88391&stc=1&d=1571319451
  27. Peadar

    Fourth Quarter 2019 Reading

    I aim to start on The Book of Dust tonight. Other than that, all quiet on the reading front...
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