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  2. One of the bigger (not the biggest) talking points during the referendum was that we had to leave the EU to avoid the TTIP with the US. Of course, the EU refused the TTIP anyway, but that doesn't matter; and now the same leavers, who wanted so much to avoid the TTIP want a deal that would be so much worse (for Britain) than the TTIP - and can't see the problem with it. ETA: I will allow, that some may indeed think that, when it comes to negotiating with a body of 327M; a body of 66M holds more than power than a body of 508M. Or possibly even that the Trump administration is both most trustworthy and less ruthless in negotiations than the Obama administration.
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  4. Soylent Brown

    Football: dropping clangers and scoring bangers

    Ryan Giggs is such a fucking cretin.
  5. Bittersweet Distractor

    TTTNE 476 - the ghost of series past

    I’m glad , for me the piano is the easier part with it, singing it is hard!.
  6. Black Crow

    Heresy 227 and the Great Turtle

    1, Actually, this is possible, though certainly not in the way depicted by the Mummers. Remember that book Bran is heavily based on Bran the Blessed/Bendigeidfran. 2. I think this may turn out to be as irrelevant as it so far has been in the book and that whoever his father Jon is a son of Winterfell not of Valyria. 3. Agreed and they too are sons of Winterfell - and Craster To this, I'll add a fourth: 4. The Dragons are as much of a threat as the Others
  7. Lord of Ramonet

    Winged Snake over Winterfell

    Also remember that prince Jacaerys took Vermax to winterfell and the shedragon could have lay a clutch of eggs in there, and after the war, the Targs told Lord Cregan Stark that instead of giving him a Targaryen bride he will have something of more value, and he return verry happy to winterfell, a dragon egg perhaps? This egg could have remained inside the castle thermal system until after the battle when there was this huge fire and king's blood, because I'm pretty sure that Theon must have spilled at list a lil bit of blood. The other thing, as you say, is that Cannibal or Sheepstealer must have been lingering around or even been hibernating in the depths of the castle. I'm more certain of the second one because brann/summer said that it was huge, so a hatchling is kind of unlikely. The final theory, and most boring is that it's just that bloody red comet.
  8. TrueMetis

    Canadian Politics: Revenge of the small minds

    This election cycle is beyond fucked.
  9. Castellan

    Acrophobia 36 - Gone Fishin' - ROUND 7

    1. 3 2. 8 3. 4
  10. Lollygag

    Jaime as the Golden Lion

    I think the reason we know little of Jaime before he was captured was because as a character, there was little to know. He was raised in the shadow of Tywin, led around by Cersei, and overshadowed intellectually by Tyrion. When Jaime lost his hand, he lost everything he was. Which actually wasn't much, character-wise unless you consider being good at sword fights as being sufficient for being a strongly-written character. We're told clearly of the one time that Jaime wasn't just a hand and that was when he chose - on his own - to end Aerys. He was derided for it and went back to being just a hand until losing his hand forced him to begin to become something more. I think that time in Riverrun was probably the first time in Jaime's life where he was alone with his own thoughts for any real period of time and the symbolism of Jaime rising from the depths of Riverrun is that of a rebirth, a breaking from his family that only allowed him to be a hand. ASOS Jaime IV Craven, Jaime thought, as Brienne fought to stifle her moans. Can it be? They took my sword hand. Was that all I was, a sword hand? Gods be good, is it true? Jaime says he keeps refusing Casterly Rock and is getting frustrated by Tywin refusing to listen. The Lannisters nearly lost Casterly Rock when Tytos was a Lord who didn't want to rule. Tywin needs Jaime to accept the responsibility on his own. Ordering him to take it won't be sufficient after Tywin dies of old age and can't cover for Jaime anymore. ASOS Jaime VII "—someone needs to close them again." Jaime stood. "I am tired of having highborn women kicking pails of shit at me, Father. No one ever asked me if I wanted to be Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, but it seems I am. I have a duty—" "You do." Lord Tywin rose as well. "A duty to House Lannister. You are the heir to Casterly Rock. That is where you should be. Tommen should accompany you, as your ward and squire. The Rock is where he'll learn to be a Lannister, and I want him away from his mother. I mean to find a new husband for Cersei. Oberyn Martell perhaps, once I convince Lord Tyrell that the match does not threaten Highgarden. And it is past time you were wed. The Tyrells are now insisting that Margaery be wed to Tommen, but if I were to offer you instead—" "NO!" Jaime had heard all that he could stand. No, more than he could stand. He was sick of it, sick of lords and lies, sick of his father, his sister, sick of the whole bloody business. "No. No. No. No. No. How many times must I say no before you'll hear it? Oberyn Martell? The man's infamous, and not just for poisoning his sword. He has more bastards than Robert, and beds with boys as well. And if you think for one misbegotten moment that I would wed Joffrey's widow . . ." "Lord Tyrell swears the girl's still maiden." "She can die a maiden as far as I'm concerned. I don't want her, and I don't want your Rock!"
  11. Heartofice

    DCEU: Killer Clowns from Gotham City

    Yeah that is an odd critique of the movie. It’s also not in any way accurate as it blindly forgets all the white people who piss Arthur off, of which there are more.
  12. Jeor

    Rugby: Building up to Japan

    I agree with these, with the caveat that I think the mercurial France are capable of pulling off an upset over Wales if the conditions are right. There's no danger of South Africa taking Japan lightly, so I think they'll probably end the hosts' dreams. England and the ABs are easy picks.
  13. Arthur Peres

    Jaime as the Golden Lion

    let's see Let his brothers's wife be gang raped and lied about it, swear a oath to the KG with no intention whatsoever to keep it just to run away from a match his father made, pushed a 8 years old boy from a tower, tried to kill a 9 years old girl just because. of course his is not evil... he does not even need redemption.
  14. Ramsay B.

    MLB Postseason: Bat Fight!

    Fucking Sanchez. Gary might’ve missed about 13 crushable balls tonight. Him and Edwin are lost up there.
  15. Iskaral Pust

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

    Vikings finally played with the brake off and made it look easy. Yes, the Eagles secondary has some problems. But if you have Diggs and Thielen, throw them the ******* ball. Dallas conceding 24 points to that Jets offense was the worst thing about that game until all of the BS penalty calls in the final drive. Perhaps the Cowboys should be grateful if the referees get the attention this time. Seahawks pulled out another chaotic win after spotting the Browns a big lead. It’s entertaining stuff but somehow they’re 5-1 despite being on the edge of disaster in almost every game. Good news: Wilson is throwing great, Lockett has replaced the irreplaceable Baldwin, and this thrown-together rebuilt defense is doing a decent job and could improve as they get more games together. Bad news for Bears: not only is the starting QB one of the weakest in the league, we now see that most teams have back-ups more capable than our starter.
  16. DMC

    MLB Postseason: Bat Fight!

    This game is so long I'm beginning to seriously doubt my commitment to sparkle motion.
  17. Ramsay B.

    MLB Postseason: Bat Fight!

    This game is never ending.
  18. Iskaral Pust

    Exercise & Fitness: Summer Bodies (TBD)

    Return to workouts for me this week, after September was ruined by travel and the common cold (twice). I was in the gym Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Lifting is going pretty well but aerobic stamina is still reduced after those viruses, so I’ve been doing some rowing too after weights to try and build back some cardio stamina. I had low energy and felt reluctant to go each time, but I remembered how it always goes better once I’m there and get started. I’m so glad I had the resolve to get back to it.
  19. Arthur Peres

    What if elia and children survive

    During the Rebellion was made clear that Aerys and Rhaegar had to die, and once they dispose of them who would take the throne? Aegon VI? Viserys III? risk being target by the crazy dynasty again? Robert being crowed was the most logical decision that they could make. Rhaegar running away with Lyanna and abanoning his wife and kids, and letting the realm sink in a civil war is unforgivable. Aerys killing Brandon and Rickard and them asking for Robert and Ned's head when they were the victms is unforgivable.
  20. Lykos

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    Jill Filipovic in The Guardian
  21. Jace, Basilissa

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

    Jared Goff couldn't even orchestrate a 2.1 point fantasy performance. Let alone a comeback.
  22. The Anti-Targ

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

    There is, but too many people are afraid of it and it takes a substantial investment to put it in place for what is likely to only be a transitional solution. That is nuclear fission. But like so much on climate change solutions it's a day late and a dollar short. If nuclear power was progressively implemented globally without a major hiatus things would look a lot less dire, because it would have naturally replaced fossil fuel generation via that evolutionary process you described for other technologies. Australia could have been be all nuke by now and have an extremely low, nearing zero net emissions economy. But nope it's still chugging out large amounts of CO2 with not much reduction in sight in the immediate future. And the funny thing is nucular(TM GW Bush) is a technology the right would get behind so long as you didn't make it about defeating climate change (which is a hoax). But nuclear is now associated with "clean" so the right doesn't like it any more, and it's never been regarded as green, so the left hates it and won't consider it. So no one wants it now.
  23. Martell Spy

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    Well, getting pregnant in the first place is suspicious on rightwing internet sites. It likely means you are not sufficiently dedicated to the capitalist project. Otherwise you'd have in secret aborted that fetus, while meeting everyone project deadline and making every start of shift, all while not being detected by the Jesus freaks.
  24. The Anti-Targ

    Rugby: Building up to Japan

    Effin' a! The professional era has lost something with the death of the classic tour. The only time we see it now is with the B&I Lions. Man I miss the days of the grand slam tours where the ABs played every 5 nations team in the course of a single tour. Has there been a grand slam tour since the 6 nations became a thing? And having international sides playing provincial teams was a great spectacle and big boost for grass roots rugby.
  25. ThinkerX

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

    I have to fall back to my other argument here: the fossil fuel supply situation is critical. Immense effort is spent on masking this, but it remains true all the same. That alone will force a transition to alternative energy. This situation coincides with the dire climate change predictions. The second part of my argument, that NOBODY wants to face up to, is that there is no combination of alternative energy sources (including energy efficiency) that will keep civilization 'as is.' The transition is likely to be....highly unpleasant. The shape that society takes afterwards is almost certain to be alien to our current cultural views.
  26. Proudfeet

    Video Games: Gears of Borderlands

    Also, considering that Steam is basically a near monopoly, you have to resort to aggressive strategies like this to gain a foothold. We'll see just how nice Epic is if/after they gain a sizeable amount of market share.
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