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  2. A Horse Named Stranger

    UK Politics: A Partly Political Broadcast

    So after last night, is Johnson's new car smell already starting to dissipate?
  3. Jace, Basilissa

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    Took the et wordiums right out of my quid mouthius.
  4. sologdin

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    that CNBC article concerns economic data only, and makes ceteris paribus assumptions. trump is by contrast sui generis.
  5. This is going to be litty.
  6. Very much looking forward to this.
  7. JNR

    Heresy 227 and the Great Turtle

    I think it'll depend on whether he can wrap it in two more books. I think he knows the same thing. If he gets TWOW out the door next year, and there's only one more book, I suspect he can finish ASOIAF. But if he needs an eighth novel, that will pretty much shut the door on all hope IMO. No, but depending on how good/bad the books were, I might be happier. It's such a shame seeing such outstandingly good setup and development in the novels shunted off to his psychological back burner in favor of crappy HBO prequels that, at best, will make him some money he doesn't need... leading in time to the series going completely unfinished, and his promises to the book fans all being broken.
  8. JNR

    Heresy 227 and the Great Turtle

    There's not much improvement. Jordan, just like GRRM, originally conceived of his work as a trilogy and it was marketed and sold on that basis. Then it got completely out of his control, leading to post-trilogy books that (to be honest) bored his audience, much as AFFC bored most of us. ADWD, though better, isn't up to the first three. One key difference is that Jordan did write according to a plan, meaning that each book had the intended contents and ended as planned. GRRM isn't at all good at this, leading to books like ADWD in which the ending is arbitrarily decided based on total length (not what has happened). Entire chapters he had meant for ADWD were instead postponed until the next book. I think Tolkien did quite a good job. His books are tightly written and never feature such extended sequences of near-total irrelevance as we get in the last two ASOIAF books. (This is why LOTR is not even as long as ASOS... Tolkien was efficient.) What distinguishes GRRM's POV technique for me is that he is so meticulous about continuity. Characters only ever know what they should know at that point in time, they get things wrong in ways that match their natures, and the prose style also subtly changes to reflect their personalities (eg Bran chapters are written more simplistically than Tyrion chapters). GRRM always keeps careful track of who knows what and that information guides everything they say and do. Tolkien didn't bother with any of this -- if he said a thing happened in any given chapter, featuring any given characters, it was just true, and the reader could confidently assume it was true. It really doesn't matter in LOTR who said what and there is no effort to adjust the prose to suit the POV, either.
  9. Simon Steele

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    Super fucked up on so many levels. One that stands out to me is that this wife of a diplomat accidentally killed a kid, and her first thought is to flee the country and hide in the U.S. The law does not apply to the rich and powerful. I then read that one of the more accurate politics analytic firms predicts Trump will handily retake the White House.
  10. Gertrude

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    I had heard of the incident in Britain, I had just not heard of the brilliant "surprise" press conference planned by the orange one. I just ... fuck him so much. I've heard a couple of pundits wondering why the dem candidates haven't been hammering on Trump in the debates and I am wondering why they want them to. To me it seems like a waste of time when there's really no point of disagreement. The only people paying attention to the primaries are likely going to be plugged in and know exactly why Trump is fucking horrible and hope he's gone soon anyway (fingers crossed). What advantage does slamming Trump give any of these candidates right now? Is cheap theater and hammering an easy point convincing at this stage? When there are 12 people still on stage shouldn't you be pounding substance rather than outrage?
  11. Arch-MaesterPhilip

    MLB Postseason: Bat Fight!

    Cole looked mortal last night and they did nothing with the chances they had. Voit or slightly injured Stanton could be doing more with the opportunities than Encarnacion.
  12. Tywin et al.

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

    This trade reeks of desperation.
  13. Karneol

    International Thread 3

    Mein Beileid. As someone who had WW2 history with a bunch of Nazis I can feel your pain. But back to topic https://edition-m.cnn.com/2019/10/16/middleeast/erdogan-ceasefire-turkey-syria-sanctions-intl-hnk/index.html Erdogan doesn't care about sanctions and the world community oppose him. I have thea gut feeling this will help turkey as much as Maduros fucks about sanctions helped Venezuela.
  14. sologdin

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    he does need a single issue to define him now do we need a puerile nickname for him, like a children's book?
  15. A Horse Named Stranger

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    WRT to Harry Dunn's parents. A few things. First the obligatory snipe: I am surprised that after three years of Trumpism, Americans are still able to understand the concept of shame and feel it. I thought that was the one benefit of having it in the Oval Office. Second I am really surprised/shocked, that sometime in the WH PR department must have thought of that as a good idea, and nobody in there thought, yeah maybe not. Maybe they've succesfully managed to forget about such outdated concepts as shame. WRT the Tax Returns. Obviously nothing surprising in there. We all knew they would be bad and very likely contain criminal acts. Which brings me back to my initial snipe, does it matter? For a normal person under normal circumstances it would be with the Orange one? But on the other hand, maybe there's really the happy end we are looking for to be had. The entire Trump Klan ending impoverished and the Orange one in jail.
  16. IheartIheartTesla

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    "Tax fraud" is an easy to encapsulate, single issue that Trump should be hammered on. Combined with the sham tax bill that was passed this should be part of the strategy of whoever the candidate is.. I dont think impeachment is a magic bullet anymore, but he does need a single issue to define him now.
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  18. sologdin

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    I'm shocked, shocked round up the usual suspects, assuming that they're not already in prison. this is lovely, though--to have the engineer hoist with his own petard:
  19. Which Tyler

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    I'm shocked, shocked I tells you. Who could ever have thought tat Trump's Tax returns would show inconsistencies and almost certain illegalities?
  20. Martell Spy

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    Never-Before-Seen Trump Tax Documents Show Major Inconsistencies The president’s businesses made themselves appear more profitable to lenders and less profitable to tax officials. One expert calls the differing numbers “versions of fraud.” https://www.propublica.org/article/trump-inc-podcast-never-before-seen-trump-tax-documents-show-major-inconsistencies
  21. Mystical

    Is the hound Sansa's 'new direwolf'?

    No need to look for other examples. There is a difference between the Hound and the others you mentioned. The Hound was her protector and also trying to be somewhat of a teacher by opening her eyes to the brutality of reality. I've always seen the un-kiss as her coping mechanism to downplay the actual trauma when he attacked her. She romanticized their encounter as a survival technique rather than keep the memory of what actually happened. Otherwise her faith in the goodness of anyone would be completely shattered. That even this guys, who has all the issues in the world but who protected her, helped her...is just the same as everyone else (aka the people who hurt her).
  22. Garett Hornwood

    Shouldn’t Robb have been betrothed at least?

    Just want to chime in with this thought. At the beginning of the books, everyone acknowledges that it's been a long summer already and the North being the North they know winter is coming and it's probably going to be long one. Why attempt to make a betrothal when it's possible that Robb or his betroth might not survive what is going to be a winter that will at be at least be 3 years long but probably longer? My assumption is that in Ned's mind after the coming winter, he and a 18 to 20-something year old Robb would have done a circuit around the North to check how everyone fared like a responsible Stark of Winterfell on the surface but subtly for Robb to see eligible noblewomen as well as to be seen as "the Heir" who needs to marry.
  23. Angel Eyes

    Shouldn’t Robb have been betrothed at least?

    And so it was in 276 AC, when Brandon and Catelyn were betrothed, before Aerys went completely ax-crazy.
  24. Fragile Bird

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    I just read the NYT story. My God, what’s scumbag Trump is.
  25. That would have been hilarious to see it play out all season. It's one of their signature it happens offscreen until they say it things. Tyrion said Dany wouldn't do him in the finale, then he talked Jon (the lucky bastard who got to do her), into murdering her. TYRION I know you love her. I love her, too. Not as successfully as you. But I believed in her with all my heart. Love is more powerful than reason. We all know that. Look at my brother. So in one blow, they lauded Tyrion and Jon, who murdered her, as great lovers of Dany, and justified Jaime throwing his life away on someone evil as love, too. Littlefinger used the word love unchallenged, too. Then his victim, Sansa, who they horribly robbed of her own love story, thanked him for sex trafficking her. So many nasty messages on the show, they even ruined the word love. To quote Inigo Montoya, "You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means." (Oh and they didn't even let Dany remember Drogo, even though it's part of the story that she still loves him and they will meet again. She's not a person to them, so why bother.)
  26. Corvinus

    DCEU: Killer Clowns from Gotham City

    I don't know, I mostly quit seeing Phoenix while watching and saw the character he was playing. Even the little things he did, like just sitting on his couch in his pajamas had me buying into it. Which is more than I can say about DeNiro in his role; he was just DeNiro.
  27. I don't know anything about Feige's workflow process, but I hope he has people working for him that he trusts completely; because between this and the Star Wars movie he's involved with, I don't see how he'd have the bandwidth to ensure quality control on everything.
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