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  2. DMC

    US Politics: Don't Panic - Organize

    Venture around other threads. Was just at a gathering in which I had to explain to way too many people why I don't want to be a father.
  3. Maltaran

    Eurovision 2019

    Just been looking at the scores on the ESC website. Netherlands was the only song to get points from every country.
  4. Jace, Basilissa

    US Politics: Don't Panic - Organize

    Why are you so cold and distant? Don't you see the boy just wants your love!?! Dammit, DMC, be a father for once in your life!!!
  5. DMC

    US Politics: Don't Panic - Organize

    Why are you linking 2018 poll for the general election to argue a point about the 2020 Democratic primary electorate?
  6. Runaway Penguin

    Unpopular Opinion: Support Daenerys

    The enlightened monarchs did not have dragons. They have armies of commoners led by lesser nobility and armed with a weapon that did not require lifetime of training to be effective. Armies that can be garrisoned everywhere in the realm to squash any notions of uprising. They were resting firmly on the shoulders of nouveau riche - nobles and commoners who got rich by trade and manufacturing, and they rested firmly on cities. Even in her most idealized state of actually being a good wise ruler Dany would have nothing of this, in fact her reign of terror would be extremely centered aroun d where her dragon is at the moment. But "dragon plants no trees".
  7. Tyrion1991

    This is all Jon’s fault

    Yes WoT has a large cast of female characters and in terms that of “power level” most of them by a few books in are (absurdly in some cases) more powerful than Dany with Drogon. By the final book Egwene could probably nuke a city instantly and the rest could just take their time. The issue for me was how RJ chose to focus on the small scale stuff for most of their story. In the early books they are tagging along with Rand on his adventure. Then there’s the plot with the Weather flute. Then there’s them sneaking around in the circus. Some of these are quite characterful moments. All the wrangling as Egwene becomes amyrilin. But they aren’t particularly cool. It’s very late in the story that Egwene has to fight against the Seanchan, or Elayne for her throne and IMO we had to wait for the Last Battle before they were given room to seriously cut loose. Compare that to Perrin and Rands storylines which are very much large scale epic fantasy with lots of cool moments throughout. The same could be said with Daenerys. Even though for most of the series she is significantly weaker than any of the female characters in WoT her story is always depicted as being important and she has lots of cool moments throughout. This is partly due to RJ rigorously wanting the girls to follow their oaths as Aes Sedai to not kill, but at the same time putting them in situations where they couldn’t (or were prevented with the Gollum) from using their powers. You don’t have, as you do in Rands/Perrins storyline, excuses to fight armies of Darkspawn or smack down the Seanchan. I found this to be annoying since it felt like he knew they were overpowered a few books in. Oh I don’t mind the bitchiness. Nynaeve is one of the favourite characters. I mean honestly chills when she tricks Lan by dropping him on the wrong side of the Borderlands and raises the whole country
  8. IamMe90

    NBA Playoffs 2019 - Kawhi So Serious?!

    That was so pathetic. I'm not sure if there's some weird curse with me watching the Blazers, because literally every time I've watched a Portland game, Dame has been straight trash. Like, I had to look up his stats when I read discussion online about him being better than Kyrie because he's been so bad every time I've watched. Tonight was another one of those nights. He was quite frankly, terrible and has been for this series for the most part. This was pretty similar to the NOP series last year where they just double-triple teamed Dame the whole time during their sweep, except like, the team around him was played better this time around - it just wasn't enough to mitigate his garbage play this time.
  9. Tijgy

    Eurovision 2019

    Just like poor Sergey in 2016. He will always be my virtual winner of 2016.
  10. Sheiraseastar23

    Who's hyped for Episode 6 for unintended reasons?

    The only worse thing then show apologists at this point, are Dany apologists.
  11. Darth Richard II

    US Politics: Don't Panic - Organize

    Uh, I don’t think you know what biggest voting bloc means...
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  13. JagLover

    Mourning Dany

    That's a fair point, the knowledge that most of her family were killed based on a lie, is likely to have shaped her response.
  14. Skeletor

    Who's hyped for Episode 6 for unintended reasons?

    There nothing funny how this show didn't set up dany turn right a nd cersei not dying by arya. things is made tv dany way more likable then book dany.
  15. Impmk2

    Aussie Thread: Democracy Sausage

    I have a feeling there was some herding going on. As I said a few days ago the polls were so consistent and close together. They were looking at each others polling and weighting them so they weren't the outlier. And as Pax said, outside of Queensland all the polling was inside the margin of error. There's the other factor, polls don't pick up late movement. I would've thought that'd be towards Labor given they seemed to have the momentum, but that might just be my bubble. And things do seem to have swung back towards them over the course of today (Libs are looking at only just scraping a majority, looked much more comfortable this morning), I assume that's based on the prepolls, which would fit that hypothesis.
  16. SFDanny

    Why didn't Lyanna write to Eddard?

    I think it is for a very simple reason - they already know. Lyanna has told Ned and likely her father and her other brothers of her objection to the marriage to Robert. The marriage pact was approved anyway. All of Lyanna's brothers are at Harrenhal and they likely know her feelings toward Rhaegar, and at least the older still object because Rickard has given the Stark word she will marry Robert. There is also likely a group of Stark servants and guards who are with Lyanna when she disappears with Rhaegar "at swordpoint" as Dany puts it. So, what would a letter tell Lord Stark, Brandon, or Ned that they do not already know? When Brandon rides into the Red Keep he doesn't yell out for his sister's return. He yells out for Rhaegar to come out and die. Why? Not because he believes Lyanna is held against her will, but because he believes Rhaegar has violated Rickard's rights as a High Lord to make a marriage pact with whomever he wishes.
  17. JagLover

    GoT and Feminism: What Happens Now?

    I think next episode will tell us more. I hope to see a coldly rational Dany who did what she did as a warning to anyone else who might challenge her. She will most probably be killed off by one of the Starks, but it being a rational decision (shaped by strong emotion) makes a far more satisfying conclusion to her arc than suddenly going insane because Jon didn't want to get it on. Just as at the end of ADWD she is embracing who she was all along.
  18. Bran Stark I can’t do justice to this character, but I can make a start for someone else to. Protection of Children: Bran protects his younger brother, he tries to protect his people when he serves as lord in Winterfell, but he is too young and incapable to actually achieve either task. Very quickly in the story, Bran’s own protectors are reduced to only other children. His only adult defender, Hodor, was mentally damaged and prevented from ever developing out of the mind of a child. (Ironically by Bran himself) As with so many other protectors in ASOIAF, he gives physical defense, but cannot provide healthy adult skills. Harm to Children: Bran also suffers the single biggest “trauma cycle” incident in the series, when the literal memories and trauma of millions of people are placed on his shoulders. The imagery of a prior generation of children pushing their damage onto the next is openly blatant in Bran’s story with the children of the forest. Blood Raven only gives him enough skills to prevent this trauma from driving him insane. He himself oversees this massive damage to Bran, which although he probably is aware is a great evil, also knows is critical to saving the entire world. Lack of Healthy Survival Skills: Bran thus was taught no healthy coping skills and has no means of developing normally. When Bran’s two primary protectors, Hodor and Summer, are killed, Bran himself dies as a person. Summer’s name symbolised hope, just as Sansa’s summer silks did. His hope lost, Bran loses himself completely in the terrible fate he knows he has no choice but to endure. The girl who loves him and who he loves departs, knowing that she can never get through to him or help him any longer. She enters symbolic widowhood. Only Bran’s innate goodness and the underlying foundation of love and moral upbringing his family provided keep him afloat in his dark ocean of inner torment.
  19. Lord of Rhinos

    US Politics: Don't Panic - Organize

    It's from the CNN exit polls of the 2018 midterm elections that were linked in the editorial: Exit Polls. 35% of voters were white males. 39% of those males voted Democrat (13.65% of voters overall). 11% of voters were black. 90% of them voted Democrat (9.90% of the electorate), Overall 60% of voters who cast a ballot for Democrats were white. Black women may be great at voting for Democrats but there isn't that many of them.
  20. Johan Wehtje

    [Spoilers] Episode 805 Discussion

    Over at AV Club Micheal Walsh in MailBag of Thrones expresses my frustrations perfectly:
  21. Rose of Red Lake

    This is all Jon’s fault

    Jon didnt burn a million people alive. Dany would be scapegoating, something psychopaths do. But sure lets believe whatever she says to feel better about her war crimes.
  22. Jeor

    Aussie Thread: Democracy Sausage

    This is purely speculation, but I would assume the broader electorate sort of already "knows" that Labor are going to tax the rich more (or give them fewer tax cuts) and spend more on health and education. It presents Labor with quite the conundrum - do they give more detail (resulting in scaring some people but hopefully soothing others) or do they stay general? Well, it's not so much that they got it wrong on the numbers, which as you've pointed out were close (49/51 was the one I'd seen the most often) but that they got it wrong over a long period of time. For six months we've been hearing that Labor is slightly ahead and that was repeated over and over again, which compounds the error. Even if the published difference was only slight, in the past six months we haven't heard a pollster or political commentary that took a Coalition win as a serious possibility.
  23. Beardy the Wildling

    Who's hyped for Episode 6 for unintended reasons?

    I remember one showpologist, Megarova, I think her name was? Had a massive argument with me about how I was 'missing the point' on season 7, that everything would be proven to be a master stroke of genius writing. Ignore the 'Inside the Circlejerk' videos, they were just misdirection. Of course, now she's disappeared off the face of the earth and apparently deleted all her comments. Turns out that if she'd have just watched the 'inside the episode' videos, all her half-baked, desperate honeypots would be shot down in second, but she kinda forgot those existed. I mean jeez, on an already bad show, Inside the Episode just serves to ruin any potential clever excuse these remaining poor, deluded souls have. If there was ever a case for 'Death of the Author', it'd be D&D. Fan interpretations of their 'work' exceed their own rationale by far.
  24. JagLover

    This is all Jon’s fault

    I think this is rather unfair. I imagine one reason that the WOT is being picked up for as a TV show is half the characters are female, most with very distinctive personalities, set in a world where the original sin was that of man not of woman. Most of the female characters are not concerned with political power because they have none. Where a female character (Elayne) does have such a claim she fights for her throne. The only criticism I would have from that perspective is that the bitching dial often gets turned up to 11.
  25. Paxter

    Aussie Thread: Democracy Sausage

    Did the pollsters get it so wrong? The Coalition will either be in minority or a slim majority - that’s not completely incongruent with the polls showing 50-50 or 49-51, as they have in recent weeks. Plus the poll showing Morrison as preferred PM was very, very accurate! Perhaps that poll result needs to be factored in to the general two-party preferred...
  26. "1. Why didn't Jon pet the damn dog." Ghost is not a "damn dog", he's a magnificent Direwolf
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