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  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. Darth Richard II

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    Zorral is a YA villain. Got it.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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)
  11. 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!!
  12. 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".
  13. 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
  14. Chungus

    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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Aldarion

    George Martin and scale

    Yeah. That does appear to be the case. Problem is, we do not have any indication that people of Westeros are much different from people in our world. So where there are differences, there should be some reason for those.
  18. corbon

    George Martin and scale

    Right. What we see is rather limited urbanisation on, say (pulling a number out of the air, based on 'feel'*), 12th century England levels - many middling sized towns rather than fewer big cities. Similarly we appear to see, with a few exceptions, that the administration levels are quite low, more like 12-13th century levels than 15th-16th. Note how Littlefinger runs financial rings around people because administratively westeros is really quite backward. *Feel - Robin Hood feels like he would fit perfectly the north, Crownlands, Riverlands or Stormlands. But not at all anywhere near Kings Landing or Oldtown. I think there is significant more economic 'action' (outside the north at least) than we realise - economically I think Westeros is further ahead than administratively - but we simply don't see it in part because its not any part of GRRMs focus and in part because much of what we do see is territories ravaged by war where the economy has effectively disappeared temporarily. I don't have an issue with their being only a very few large cities, but many small towns. It doesn't have to all work exactly as our world did.
  19. Paxter

    Fourth Quarter 2019 Reading

    All done with the fifth installment of the Harry Potter series. The teenage angst was less tedious than I remembered and the Department of Mysteries ending was fantastic, so I really enjoyed this one in the end. Straight on to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince now, which I've never read before. I'm also about a third the way through The Night Circus, which I'm not vibing so far. Maybe it hasn't helped reading it alongside the charming Potter series, but it really feels lifeless to me.
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  21. felice

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    That doesn't sound like middle class to me. Indeed, I'd say "struggling middle class" is an oxymoron. I'd be very unimpressed by any Democrat wanting to raise taxes on the lowest couple of income brackets!
  22. I'm just saying, if she gets together with Elon Musk and that dude with the eye-patch, I'll be worried.
  23. Maithanet

    Electric Cars - Advise?

    I get that, but a quick look at leasing options are about 10k for 3 years with a Leaf. While that does seem appealing compared to buying it new for 30k, I think I'd rather buy a 3 year old car outright for 14k, since I'm planning on holding onto it for more than 5 years (assuming no major problems). But I understand that any EV with range less than 150 miles is going to be virtually worthless on the resale market within just a few years. Yeah, even then it felt more or less comparable, rather than actually better.
  24. IheartIheartTesla

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    "Trump appointed author of Illuminati books to federal education board" It never ends with this clown.
  25. Zorral

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    Nope. Hillary wore all white suits. So did Tom Wolfe, Somerset Maugham (who spent a lot of time on islands), and The Man in the White Suit, and a whole lot of others have and do, including all the Kardashians. For that matter I have an all white suit. White suits are part of every well appointed wardrobe, especially for hot weather. So, nope. Though ... Hillary is a true villain when it comes to at least one island. Ask the Haitians.
  26. I would like an extra day
  27. Alexis-something-Rose

    Harrenhal's tourney, then what?

    I disagree with this. There's knowing because this person and that person said something or whatever the rumors flying about are. But seeing with your own eyes is a completely different thing. The only high lord who we know was present in King's Landing was Tywin Lannister. We don't know if the other ones visited King's Landing. But these people got to verify the information for themselves at Harrenhal. They got to see not just his appearance but also his behavior.
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