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  2. DanteGabriel

    NBA 2019 - Now the Joy in My World is in Zion

    It's good to extend the benefit of doubt to regulars when they go off the rails. Like when you wax optimistic about Andrew Wiggins, I think there must have been too much lye in your lutefisk.
  3. Angel Eyes

    Order of deaths to come.

    Shaggydog's only got a head to be resurrected.
  4. Krishtotter

    Remorseful Jaime, Unrepentant Dany

    The Meerenese nobles whom she crucified and gave to her dragons, without giving them a trial, simply because they belonged to a slave-holding class. Much like the Bolsheviks did after the Russian Revolution with the aristocracy and nobility - extra judicial slaughter, no respect for human dignity, judged everyone belonging by birth to a certain political class as guilty of the crimes of the Tsardom. You may laugh but many, many people have been won over by idealistic and charismatic sociopaths in real life, from Robespierre to Stalin.
  5. Kajjo

    Samwell Tarly stole the spotlight.

    True. Agreed. Daenaerys showed the signs of madness all way long, as did Viserys. They are both extremely fixated on the crown and their stupid birthright. Cersei is a power-hungy bitch ready to kill for her interests. You might call this jokingly evil. She is not really cruel, but callous. Where is Cersei aroused by torturing? Cersei is not sasdistic, she just revels in revenge, e.g. with Ellaria or the shame-nun. I can understand both reactions. These are sane actions. Who would not enjoy killing the murderer of the own child? Almost everyone.
  6. MinscS2

    Remorseful Jaime, Unrepentant Dany

    I must've missed something. Who are these nobles you're talking about? Surely you're not insinuating that Dany had Randall and Dickon killed only because they where having doubts about her or because they where born into lordships?
  7. Larger than Average Finger

    Sansa's desire to be Queen

    It feels to me that while she started with some idealized view of what a queen was, at this point what she really wants is to be rewarded for all that she has endured. To her I think that reward is to get into a place where other people don't get to make decisions that deeply affect her.
  8. This isn't really true. There are still plenty of right wingers to this day that cite Clinton's sexual conduct as a touchstone moment in the debasing of the presidency, as if plenty of his predecessors didn't do close to the exact same thing.
  9. Kajjo

    dany

    True. Seeing Tyrion as a questionable hand is completely justified and a sane reaction. Hm, well, Daenerys is certainly a complex and difficult character. She is a prime example for "good intentions are the opposite of good deeds". She is almost bipolar in her reactions, from wanting to free and help people vs. cruelty and torture without the slightest remorse. Daenerys is depicted as on the border between sane and mad -- "mad" in the sense of callousness, cruelty and acceptance of mass killings. Sometimes I think the "mad king" shines up in her actions, then again she is reasonable and interested in people's well-being. Very difficult, and maybe that is exactly what madness is all about.
  10. Buckwheat

    TTTNE 475 - for the Honour of Greyskull!

    I was in both Rome and Venice. Venice is stinky. For a few decades, it was horrible. I don't think I have seen a good Slovene movie from between 1975 and 2005. But in recent years, there have been some good new ones. My favourites are still the old classics, though, some of them black and white. If somebody asked me for a recommendation, I would recommend them to see Dolina miru (Valley of Peace), Ne joči, Peter (Don't Cry, Peter), To so gadi (Vipers? Not sure how to translate this title, I know there is a subtitled English version somewhere), Moj ata, socialistični kulak (My Dad, the Socialist Kulak), or Vesna - depending on what they like. Those are all ... before 1970 I guess? Old anyway. Maybe Gadi and Socialist are newer than that, but not much. What about Hungarian film industry? Have you seen the movie A Good Year (it has Russell Crowe in it)? It has some funny scenes that illustrate how the French see the Brits.
  11. Kajjo

    Aren't Sansa & Tryion still legally married?

    I agree. "Legal" is not really an argument in Westeros. They told us Sansa could marry Ramsay Bolton because the marriage to Tyrion was never consummated.
  12. Lady Winter Rose

    Episode 2 preview

    When is episode 2 coming? On Easter or next Sunday?
  13. People working closer to home would work, but it's basically impossible: we'd have to make drastic changes to society as a whole to enforce this. I think the idea of the higher gas prices is to nudge people towards electric cars. It's not just Tesla anymore; there will be a bunch of decent ones from various manufacturers coming out in the next couple of years and they'll be only marginally more expensive than their gasoline counterparts. The current set still costs too much, but once the next generation comes out, the price of gas would make a meaningful impact on the total cost of operation for a car. Of course, the drawback of this (and the reason carbon taxes as a whole aren't used much) is that everyone who uses cars must spare some extra resources towards this -- whether one chooses to buy an electric car or not, more will still be spent on transportation than before the tax. In most places, the poorest can't afford this so there needs to be a subsidy, but that screws over the people just above the threshold and this can cause unrest (e.g. the yellow vest protests in France).
  14. Larger than Average Finger

    [Poll] How would you rate episode 801?

    I gave it 8. I thought it was a tiny bit rushed, and given their ability to vary the length of the show, they could have added perhaps 2 or 3 more minutes. Very minor complaint though, it was a good episode
  15. Damon_Tor

    Rickon is destined to be new Lord of Winterfell

    I think the problem is that Winter is a doomsday weapon set on a "Deadman's Switch". It's not deliberately triggered by the Children of the Forest, it's set to activate if certain conditions are not met. The "There must always be a Stark in Winterfell" clause of the treaty is a part of that. The Winter detects Starks via their above-average psychic intercompatibility with their own Greenseer network. The Children and/or Bloodraven sent the Direwolves, presumably because they don't want the Winter to come any more than humans do, and the Direwolves seem to be able to create psychic connections despite interference. This is why Summer can "feel" Ghost even when Ghost is beyond the wall, even though Jon himself cannot while the wall separates them. Bran contacts Jon with the wall between them, but explicitly uses the connection between Summer and Ghost to do so. If the Direwolves can connect to each other despite the wall, maybe they can connect despite the Null effect of the Hoare bloodline as well. So think of the Direwolves like a signal booster. And maybe that plan even worked, and delayed the advance of Winter for a while, right up until the last Starks and their Wolves were forced to flee Winterfell. It's a complicated hypothesis. In short: The Grey King of the Iron Islands carried a unique psychic talent that interfered with other forms of magic, protecting himself and perhaps those very near him from psychic meddling as long as he wasn't unconscious (sleep is fine, a coma/NDE is not. Drowning seems to do the trick). The Seastone Chair magnifies this power, and expands it to the entire island chain. Notably, Lonely Light is outside its radius, which is why magic persists there. This is why the the Ironborn, alone among the first men, did not convert to the worship of the Weirwoods, as mythologized in the story of Ygg the Demon Tree. The only religion that could take root there is that of the Drowned God, one that notably requires it's members to undergo a near-death experience, a condition that disables the Null effect and allows for psychic contact. Harrenhal was designed to be a massive Seastone Chair, one that could cover the entire world in the Null effect, canceling out all magic and driving creatures that rely on magic to extinction. Aegon suddenly realizing he had to take over Westeros on the day Harren took up residence within the castle is not a coincidence. The date dragons stopped being able to breed closely aligns with the date that House Lothston took possession of Harrenhal, and the date Daenery's dragons were born closely aligns with the period of time during which the last Whent is driven from Harrenhal. Presumably Harrenhal's effective radius is reduced due to damage caused by Aegon's dragonfire. This is why Asshai is still capable of producing magic even during Lothston/Whent residence within the castle, and why Daenerys was being taken to Asshai to hatch her dragons.
  16. Lollygag

    Aren't Sansa & Tryion still legally married?

    You said Sansa only follows the Seven and if there's anything in the show about this, I've missed it, so I assumed you were referring to the books.
  17. Krishtotter

    Remorseful Jaime, Unrepentant Dany

    As I said on a different thread, even Cersei won the Tarlys and other Westerosi lords over to her cause by playing upon their fears of foreign conquest and whipping up their patriotism. She utilises soft machiavellian power, as well as brutality, where the circumstances demand it. There was a clear attempt at convincing oratory and reasoned argumentation in that court scene last season where the Reach lords all attended, and she appealed for them to join with her against the Targareyn conqueror who feeds noblemen from Essos to her dragons. But all Dany ever does, in contrast, is declare she is the Queen and demand that others show her both deference and obeisance. She never justifies the reasons 'why' they ought to serve her or appeals to them as free-thinking individuals in their own right, by persuasive arguments. If you don't bend the knee, then your condemned to being burned alive. Her character is not that dissimilar now to Cersei and, indeed, arguably is starting to become the more disturbing and scary of the two, for instance by explicitly threatening Sansa - "dragons eat whatever they like", "if she can't respect me" - the 'sister' of her lover. I'm beginning to think that Cersei had a point when she made that propaganda appeal, Army of the Dead on the March notwithstanding. Cersei is cruel, sadistic and a tyrant of low cunning and guile. But Dany is becoming something even more frightening, precisely because she is arrogantly convinced of her own irreproachable rightness and the inherent wrongness of anyone who questions her. Cersei is the devil you know - a machiavellian queen who makes little effort to hide the fact that her tactics are brutal and self-serving. Dany, however, cloaks her reprehensible crimes behind a veneer of righteous indignation and moral superiority. Cersei is akin to the ruler of a mafia state or thuggish military junta, whereas Dany is akin to idealistic monsters like Stalin, Robespierre, Mao and Pol Pot, who use lofty visions of a nebulous greater good and twisted, inverted moral idealism to justify their abuse of power. If Cersei is a criminal thug writ large, Dany is a terrifying ideologue. Cersei delights in getting "vengeance" upon people, primarily, who have harmed either her or her children, or whom she perceives as threatening to do so - Ellaria had poisoned her beloved daughter, so Cersei poisons her daughter; Sister Unella had tormented and beaten Cersei to get her to confess, so Cersei tortures Sister Unella with the Mountain etc. Dany, by contrast, burns alive nobles in Essos and Westeros for simply having doubts about her or for belonging to a certain political class by birth, in addition to the petty Cersei-style revenge for Drogo's death.
  18. Ferrum Aeternum

    Video Games: Devils Die Twice

    It's a good game, bordering on great in certain areas. It caught a lot of flak over the years for what it isn't (KOTOR 3, the next revolution in MMOs), versus what it actually is. It's a game that does a lot of small things extremely well, and to this day it's still the only MMO I've played that has any sort of compelling story to drive the action.
  19. Tywin et al.

    US Politics: It’s Not A Crime If Your Feelings Got Hurt

    For now. When it becomes abundantly clear that Trump needs to pardon himself and his family at the state level, Republicans will find a way to make it so. It is known.
  20. Kajjo

    Sansa's desire to be Queen

    I agree. Sansa wanted to be queen for the reputation, the amenities, the nice dresses, the little princes and princesses... quite naive, dumb young girl dreams. Well, Cersei wants it for the power, the would really prefer queen regent over queen consort quite a lot. However, Margaery probably wants it for richness, prestige, status. Margaery is not power-fixated, but feels fine with gaining access to whatever she wants by careful manipulation on the side of the king. Well, she wants to win the game of thrones because she understood now how the game is played. She understood intrigue, tricks, and the play for power. I don't think she is really greedy for power in itself. Maybe one driving force is to never be subjected again to someone else's power plays.
  21. Tywin et al.

    NBA 2019 - Now the Joy in My World is in Zion

    Must be a Canadian thing. I’m guessing the syrup made his fingers stick on the wrong keys.
  22. Tywin et al.

    Video Games: Devils Die Twice

    I honestly don’t think I have any experience with dodge/attack style games. I’m just looking for more open world options though. I know I’ll get Spiderman at some point, and probably Witcher 3 too, but I’m not sure what else to try. I only own four games at this point. Speaking of which, I’ve got a random question. Do you guys play one game at a time until you beat it and then move to the next, or do you play several at the same time, not including sports games like Madden and FIFA?
  23. Soylent Brown

    UK Politics: The Edge of Destruction

    It would be nice if they did, but not acting because others aren't either is a pretty shitty way to go about things.
  24. Kajjo

    Cersei's "everything that you hold dear"

    Cersei hates Tyrion since his birth caused their mother to die. She hates him to be a small monster killing their mother. That is very clear in the show and in a weird way it makes sense. Her mother dying when Cersei was a very young girl is traumatic and she projected it all on Tyrion. Later Tyrion killed their father Tywin and Cersei hates him for that, too. I wouldn't say she hates Jamie, but he disappointed her und in her crude way of thinking, the deceived her and committed treason by leaving her King's Landing und leaving her and the unborn child. Jamie decided not to be on her side anymore. Well, Cersei cares about Cersei. And yes, power is important for her. Formerly, her children were very important to her, too. At least in the show she really cares for them. Yep. That's it in a nutshell. Funny thought, Cersei having a dwarf herself and Tyrion raising it. Funny, but not impossible. I like the idea. "Cripples, bastards and broken things..." is the quote you were looking for, the title of S1E4 and a quote of Tyrion.
  25. Krishtotter

    [Spoilers] E801 Discussion

    Even Cersei won the Tarlys and other Westerosi lords over to her cause by playing upon their fears of foreign conquest and whipping up their patriotism. She utilises soft machiavellian power, as well as brutality. There was a clear attempt at convincing oratory and reasoned argumentation in that court scene last season where the Reach lords all attended, and she appealed for them to join with her against the Targareyn conqueror who feeds noblemen from Essos to her dragons. But all Dany ever does, in contrast, is declare she is the Queen and demand that others show her both deference and obeisance. She never justifies the reasons 'why' they ought to serve her or appeals to them as free-thinking individuals in their own right, by persuasive arguments. If you don't bend the knee, then your condemned to being burned alive. Her character is not that dissimilar now to Cersei and, indeed, arguably is starting to become more disturbing and scary, for instance by explicitly threatening Sansa - "dragons eat whatever they like", "if she can't respect me" - the 'sister' of her lover. I'm beginning to think that Cersei had a point when she made that propaganda appeal, Army of the Dead on the March notwithstanding. Cersei is cruel, sadistic and a tyrant of low cunning and guile. But Dany is becoming something even more frightening, precisely because she is arrogantly convinced of her own irreproachable rightness and the inherent wrongness of anyone who questions her. Cersei is the devil you know - a machiavellian queen who makes little effort to hide the fact that her tactics are brutal and self-serving. Dany, however, cloaks her reprehensible crimes behind a veneer of righteous indignation and moral superiority.
  26. Ser Scot A Ellison

    US Politics: It’s Not A Crime If Your Feelings Got Hurt

    Kidnapping is a State not a Federal Crime. The President lacks the power to pardon people who commit State crimes.
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