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  2. I have a growing feeling (looking from the outside in) Warren is going to get the nomination. In some ways, she's the compromise candidate - she has some of the progressiveness of Bernie, as a woman she takes some of Harris and Klobuchar's shine, and she is clearly trying to angle for some of the Biden votes as well. Add to all this the fact that she's 70, which is still a fair bit younger than Biden/Sanders, and yet significantly older (and hence more comforting for older voters) than Buttigieg and Yang.
  3. mormont

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    And of course he invited the press. Because he thinks that meeting was a photo op. Yeah, he thinks these people's lives are fodder for the Donald Show.
  4. Have you ever heard WoIaF/GoT speech features escaping into real-world conversation? For example, someone who has read the books and/or seen the TV series, saying "Seven alone know" instead of e.g. "God alone knows.".
  5. Which Tyler

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    So, Trump invites the grieving parents of a boy killed in a hit and run to the White House and offers bland sympathy, before revealing that, SURPRISE, we've also invited your son's killer and she's waiting in the room next door! You can hardly tell that he's a reality television star masquerading as a politician at all, can you?
  6. Rhaenys_Targaryen

    Small Questions v. 10106

    No, that has not been described.
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  8. BigFatCoward

    The SFF All-Time Sale List (vol 2) (updated Dec 2018)

    I assume this means we are never getting the follow up to Strange and Norrell?
  9. zionius

    Small Questions v. 10106

    It seems he's not active now, but you can try to contact him here https://mattdziuban.com/
  10. honeyed chicken

    Pictionary 45: The Last Time I Went Camping

    OK, problem solved - I forgot to hit "send reply" on Sniffer's pic. Already have 4 sentences. I forgot to name a deadline: Friday, October 18, midnight GMT, but if I get all eight sentences sooner, I'll move it up and send the sentences out right then.
  11. honeyed chicken

    Pictionary 45: The Last Time I Went Camping

    Hmmm, let's try that again, then . . .
  12. Mindwalker

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    Another outsider here (but hey, Russia, China, and the Ucraine are happily allowed to interfere, but I don't get just one tiny vote?!). So... half-informed ramblings ahead. I'm about one hour in. Warren under massive attack but doing well and coming across as energetic. Clear, concise, reasonable. Biden hasn't majorly slipped up yet, so that's good for him, I guess. Bernie... if you were 20 years younger... And yes, that's unfair, but it is how it is. It's also unfair that women and black people have a harder time, so stand in line, please. Please step down and prove that those who believe you'd rather endorse another white male than the other leftist-ish opponent who has a chance to win the primaries by asking your followers to endorse Warren! (Yeah, who am I kidding.) Why does he never, ever look into the camera? Harris is clearly going for the women electorate, right from the start when she was quoting, if I didn't misunderstand (American accent, people talking fast), Mary Angelou. Buttigieg crawling into the rich people and corporations' behinds... Ugh. Sorry, you're not THAT cute. Yang has always annoyed me with his lame "... but look, let's be real..." schtick. Plus the term "freedom dividend" is just ridiculous. Klobuchar... go away. Although she did get a nice dig at 45 in ("That's the one moment he told the truth"). Harris is very amicable and into harmony this time around, she applying for the vice presidency? Booker beating the same drum ("we have one shot... I've seen that script before").
  13. Castellan

    Acrophobia 36 - Gone Fishin' - ROUND 8!!

    1. 2 2. 10 3. 7
  14. Darryk

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    As an outsider looking in, I see Bernie as representative of a worldwide movement, and I hope he keeps fighting despite the health issues because I don't see Warren as a replacement, she seems to be playing both sides (the establishment and the progressive wing) and it's not clear whose camp she'll end up in. She's also admitted that she'll be accepting big money donations in the general election.
  15. 3CityApache

    El Camino: The Chariot of Destiny (Spoilers)

    I kinda liked to movie, though I do agree most flashbacks were not entirely necessary, to say the least. I hoped for at least a glimse of what Jesse might be up to in his new life in Alaska, but I guess that was too much to ask for. Shame we didn't get Huell cameo after all.
  16. Jeor

    Rugby: Building up to Japan

    I like the look of these quarters. All of them have favourites, but there's just enough credibility for an upset in each one, although maybe that's stretching things a little for Australia's sake. I think I'm looking forward to the Wales/France (because of unpredictability) and Japan/South Africa (Japan's style vs South Africa) matches the most.
  17. Ser Hedge

    UK Politics: A Partly Political Broadcast

    Btw, the above is assuming he comes back with a deal. If there is no deal in hand, then sadly EU intransigence will be blamed of course and we are back to a few weeks ago. So if the EU are able to humour the Bozo - while of course staying within their red lines - and just allow the Bozo to pretend he got some concessions (even if he didn't) by some fudgy language, then that is not a bad outcome as this ridiculous no deal threat then really falls off the table. After that if Lib-Lab manage to get in a remain vs Bozo deal referendum, great. GE is also fine, it's a referendum of sorts (with first past the post constraints). If this deal passes before of the either two, well, it's theoretically only a withdrawal agreement, there still a chance to influence the future relationship with the EU, so not the end of the world. The worst outcome is easily the current talks breaking down. No one except the craziest leaver should want that.
  18. Jeor

    Cricket 38: Ashes Openers Crash and Burns

    Just after he gave his best Test bowling performance too, when his stock couldn't have been higher. Hah. I feel I'm able to laugh at him though because it's self-inflicted.
  19. Anthony Appleyard

    Danaerys surviving?

    There would be one snag with a dragon at the Wall :: the book Blood and Fire says that when Alysanne wife of King Jaehaerys I visited the Wall, whenever she tried to fly her dragon Silverwing north of the Wall, Silverwing refused, although Silverwing never before this had been known to refuse. If this is caused by magic and is general with all ridden dragons there, it may be part of the magic left there by old events when the first Men arrived.
  20. Ckram

    George Martin and scale

    We know nothing, that's the point.
  21. mormont

    UK Politics: A Partly Political Broadcast

    There has been no first 'Scexit referendum', it was an independence referendum. 'Scexit'? What fresh gibberish is this? What is it with this '-exit' nonsense? It's worse than '-gate'. Now I'm going to leave the room, or 'rexit' as it's becoming known.
  22. Heartofice

    DCEU: Killer Clowns from Gotham City

    Nope. Haven’t seen Birds of Prey and am unlikely to, purely because I haven’t bothered to watch most DC movies after BvS due to them being awful. Joker looked more interesting so checked that out. But if Birds of Prey is some lame ‘women get all empowered by killing men’ movie and that gets celebrated for reasons then yeah I’d have a problem with it. You can acknowledge inequalities whilst still thinking it’s not cool to celebrate vengeful violence or paint groups as victims who’s only answer is murder. But then that movie might well be nothing like that so I can’t comment. Again I haven’t seen anything in the Joker that encourages violence or says anything about race, and anyone who tries to paint it as such deserves rebuke
  23. Anthony Appleyard

    Clothes worn by dragon-riders; "falling off the dragon"

    At flight speed the heat from the dragon's body would be quickly be blown away backwards in the slipstream. I said:- > and his eyes would be exposed to the headwind plus any bits and dust and sand and small insects in it. Which brings up :: are WoIaF /GOTS dragons' eyes naked to the wind like my eyes, or is it like in real-world snakes where the eyes are permanently shut and it sees through a big strong transparent scale that occupies the whole of the lower eyelid?
  24. Teng Ai Hui

    Football: dropping clangers and scoring bangers

    BERHALTER OUT!!!!
  25. It is low standards, both in recruiting and training, however this idea that you can shoot someone to subdue them is ridiculous. First of all, the leg, arm, shoulder, whatever you think is a "less lethal" alternative target are very hard to hit under stress conditions in a dynamic situation. Secondly there are many places in the leg/arm/whatever you think is a better option as a target, which can cause you to bleed out in a minute or less (brachial, radial, femoral, etc, arteries) if struck my common handgun ammunition. It's difficult enough to get police to hit the center mass (the largest aiming area, as well as the most likely to stop a threat), and now you want them to be shooting weapons out of hands, and only cause light wounds so that the threat/suspect/whatever has a chance to "tell his story" after the fact? Over 85%, some studies say over 90%, of all police and law enforcement rounds fired in engagements miss their intended target (this is FBI data, so it's unlikely to be false since it paints the police as incompetent). This is similar to battlefield statistics, typically under combat/stress conditions less than 10% (some say under 1%) of infantry fired weapons hit their target, and they are typically using rifles, which are a shoulder supported weapon and many times more accurate than any handgun typically used by police. I've spent 18 months in combat zones in 2 different countries, and have also shot competitively with and against the US Army marksmanship unit and other highly skilled civilians, and I'm telling you that trying to get police to just "wound" people is a non starter from an accuracy under stress standpoint. The better idea is to change the mentality of those recruiting and training police, and the law enforcement at large in the USA, so that their weapons leave their holsters and car mounts in a far less frequent manner. Much of this can be attributed to having a mindset of both aggression and fear combined. Some of that is warranted - most is not IMO. I also believe that sometimes the media is wrong about LE shootings. The Michael Brown thing was ridiculous, Brown had just pulled a robbery, then attacked the cop, got a hold of his weapon, and shot rounds through the floor of his vehicle. WTF does anything expect to happen when the cop/suspect are in a life and death struggle for the cops weapon, and it's already been shot (twice) at the cop - someone is going to be lit up, one or the other. That said, the last video I saw of the officer shooting the unarmed African American guy in the back, and then claiming he "went for his taser" (Walter Scott shooting), is absolutely insane. Every time I watch it I become more angry. That cop was convicted, and so should he be. Are you an officer in the UK? You should throw that baton in the river, nothing is more useless in a fight than a collapsing baton. They are used for punishment here in North America mostly, it's VERY difficult to find video evidence of the baton making a combative suspect comply, but tons of them being beaten with it after they've already surrendered. Many YT videos regarding this subject. I do understand your sentiment/statement however, LE in the UK take a much different approach, much of that is mindset and training, but some of it is attributable IMO to the threat level. You have far fewer firearm threats out there compared to the USA, and to some extent here in Canada. Canada is odd, as we have very high firearm ownership levels, here in the West it's at least 2 firearms in every 2nd home according to RCMP firearms stats, and there are between 10-20 million firearms in a country with 35 million people. A lot of firearms, yet comparatively few police shootings compared to the USA per capita. IMO that's down to handguns being restricted use, while in the USA they are easier to both gain access to and keep on ones person or in a vehicle. Also perhaps it's mindset and training - here in Calgary of the 1500 or so CPS officers and support, there are nearly 100 officers from the UK and other European countries who have a similar outlook to law enforcement that the UK does. That seeps into the blood chemistry of a department, and has had a positive effect over time. I've never once had a CPS officer draw a weapon on me when I've been pulled over (we own an LC500 and a Nissan GTR, so I get picked off a lot for driving too fast). Every time I've been pulled over in California at our US home, the hands is on their weapon, and sometimes it's drawn at night.
  26. Aldarion

    George Martin and scale

    What do we even know about them? I don't think there is any mention in the books. Found it on Reddit somewhere, confirmed by Googling. It is from a World of Ice and Fire. https://books.google.hr/books?id=hapdAAAAQBAJ&pg=PA204&lpg=PA204&dq="almost+two+leagues+long+from+west+to+east"&source=bl&ots=G2VO7lvt5T&sig=ACfU3U1m4bQm_MXaBzgs6Hk5qrXXJJHwaw&hl=hr&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjWmt2onqDlAhVxw4sKHdS-Cz8Q6AEwAHoECAkQAQ#v=onepage&q="almost two leagues long from west to east"&f=false No, it is not. Also, I do not think Harrenhal was built to resist either White Walkers or Targaryens, so it doesn't even have that excuse. Short answer: I do not know. Long answer: Depends on a lot on factors, but biggest factor is the capacity of whatever access points castle in question has. Castle, to function, has to a) bring in food (and maybe water) as well as other living necessities and b) be maintained. And materials for maintenance also have to be brought in. But I have no way of calculating the latter, and also no way of calculating the former either. So it is Moria. Yes, that would solve a few problems, if we assume there are merely a few tunnels and rooms. Do you think it was inspired by Petra? Maybe. But that means that it cannot serve as a refuge for surrounding population, and extremely difficult access poses question of how it is supplied and maintained (though it is not undoable, assuming accessway is wide enough. Dragonstone's drum tower is supposed to be of a massive size, unless I am misremembering. But I was referring more to the circumstances of its construction. Targaryens escaped doom and landed on, by all accounts, poor and not that large island, yet they managed to maintain - and maybe expand - the army, feed three large dragons, and construct the castle. Each of those would be, by itself, a massive logistical burden. Where did the resources come from? Storm's End's wall is a hundred feet tall and between forty and eighty feet thick. Castle may not be massive in terms of acreage it covers, but it is definitely a massive foritification. Largest walls I could find in the medieval and early Renaissance Europe - those of Dubrovnik - were up to 82 feet tall, but only 20 feet thick, and even that height was not maintained throughout. Constantinople's walls are significantly smaller at 40 feet high and 20 feet thick. Storm's End has a wall whose crossection is 2,4 to 4,9 times those of Dubrovnik at their most massive, and fortress itself is I believe situated in very inaccessible terrain. And that wall size places minimum value on size of fortress - it must be at least 150 feet across, maybe 200. More likely 300 to 500 feet, unless most of the buildings are within the curtain wall or else underground. Although it does get an excuse of being built by Bran the Builder. Winterfell is not the largest castle of Westeros, and I do not remember anything indicating its size was seen as extraordinary. A large castle, to be sure, but I get impression it is more akin to Krak des Chevaleurs in our own world - large, closer to upper end of the scale, but hardly unique in terms of scale. EDIT: I also found this: Dragonstone is undermanned with garrison of 200 (wartime). Storm's End is undermanned with garrison of 300 (wartime). Riverrun is overcrowded with 300. Winterfell has garrison of 200 (peacetime). So Dragonstone may be larger than Riverrun and smaller than Storm's End. Now, in real life, Krak des Chevaliers had a garrison of 2 000 and covered 2,38 ha. But that was military fortress, not feudal castle. Feudal castles in real life had much smaller garrisons. This is what I found on British castles: Conwy Castle: 30 soldiers. Size. Dover Castle: Unknown. Largest in England. Rhuddlan Castle: 36, of which 30 soldiers. Dyserth Castle: 2 soldiers. Devizes Castle: 3, of which 2 soldiers. Now these are mostly peacetime garrisons. But Dyserth castle was of concentric type, and Devizes castle is not exactly small either. Yeah, that is what I noticed as well. Which just reinforces my belief that castles weren't meant to be that big, but rather GRRM screwed up the scale. EDIT: And it is not just castles. Standard war galley apparently has 100 oars per deck. King Robert's Hammer has 400 oars, Lord Tywin has 800 oars.
  27. polishgenius

    DCEU: Killer Clowns from Gotham City

    See there you are straight away trying to dismiss the notion that not all struggle and violence is of equal weight. You fucking hate having to consider that other people might have it harder than you just coz of who you are. But even that's to ignore that the way things are delivered are what people's problem is. Nothing about Birds of Prey so far suggests that anything about it could be seen as mirroring or applying to any specific real-world case, there's no attempt to realism there. Joker is going for a real-world relevant sort of vibe so if it fails at that it's just gonna be different.
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