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Voltaire last won the day on April 20

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  1. Since we had the incredibly long delay this morning and afternoon to download/watch the show, I'd put myself in a no Game of Thrones spoiler bubble for many hours and just waited patiently for it to finally appear. The delay though threw off our viewing schedule and by the time we finally got it, my wife had things to do, and so she didn't watch all day. Anyway, my wife couldn't take it and so she went and read about the episode on a Chinese social network site. What she found got her so worked up and pissed off that she's refusing to watch the episode at all. As for me, I just want George to finish his books. My expectations for the show have been low since I'm a fan of the book story much more and I dislike how two second rate HBO hacks deliberately hijacked/ignored/weakened various aspects of the story and re-wrote them to make them dumber: Dorne plot, the Sansa/Littlefinger storyline, and the Brotherhood without Banners and a dozen smaller things. I also don't like but am more willing to forgive some of the character storylines that were cut out an merged for, I presume, brevity or budgetary reasons. The sets, the actors, the animators, the music, the costumes, the directing were all first rate, but the writing went south when they changed, then got beyond George's work. Moving beyond George is George's fault. But ignoring what George wrote in favor of replacing it third rate BS was uncalled for. They had some successes in Season one.... here's some cool Cersei/Robert, Cersei/Joffrey, Cersei/Jamie stuff we'd not seen before. They put the moondoor in the floor rather than the wall, which was much cooler and an improvement on George. Then they got carried away and just started scrapping things.
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    How do you reconcile your views vs your actions?

    I've never had any strong opinions on abortion. For a while, I just agreed with the last person I talked to until I realized both sides made sense. Now personally, I couldn't handle the emotional trauma if a chick wanted to scrape my kid (or a daughter my grandkid). I would rage and seethe at maximum potency. To me, a woman that's undergone an abortion previously is a massive turn-off. I've no interest in them at all. Of course, I know that I'm wired differently than you guys, when i was dating a girl, my mind was testing to see if I wanted to marry this woman far more than it was about just focking her. I'm not wasiting my time, I'll go find another finger in need of a ring. As for society at large though... like i said... pretty much neutral. TBBOM gave the best argument in that you don't want these selfish, irresposnible women depending on the government to raise horrible, unwanted kids. Between that and thinking of abortion not as "baby killing" so much as "voluntary liberal genocide" makes it easier to accept the pro-choice position. Killing babies... no, no. Liberal genocide? I must say, that has a nice ring to it. Sux's avatar is "have your liberal spayed or neutered" and I second the motion.
  3. There are only two good things about 90s music .... 1990 and 1991. Really, by the time I'd left for China in 2001, new music was in a statistical tie for last place on the "Things in the US That I'd Miss the Most" list with hijcaked planes crashing into buildings. I imagine I now hate SJWs more than both of those now though (punch in nose > cancer). I couldn't tell you anything about 2000s or 2010s music, the 90s ruined music so badly that I ignored new music and now that I have to go out of my way to listen to some, that 90s inspired ban has never been lifted.
  4. After all this time, I finally found a version for download. It's not from ettv, the guy I always use, but somebody named Lokioddin which comes with Hindi subtitles. Never heard of him but he's got the "trusted" stamp. Pretty good speed, if things keep up at this pace, I may be able to start watching in an hour or so.
  5. Dammit, still not available for download .... not reading this thread or anything else, just in here to double check that it was aired today.
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    Explain Sudoku to me

    It's a logic puzzle. You use the digits 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 and 9 to fill in each line and box without overlapping. If my column of numbers already has a 4 in it, that's the only four in that column and every other number in the column is a non-4. YOu'll frequently get in a spot where 'hmm one of these numbers is either a 3 , another is a 6, another is a 7'.... dunno which is which... stuck... and then you go around looking for which ones you CAN guess and hope that domino effect opens something else up somewhere else.
  7. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/homeland-security-flying-migrants-out-of-texas-to-locations-throughout-u-s-florida-san-diego/ Flights are happening. Here they come... look for migrants in a sanctuary city near you.
  8. He'd fought off the dragon and rescued the princess but then only found out later that the King didn't like the princess which is why he'd given her to the dragon in the first place. The king was pissed off at him so he left the scene. So then he'd wanted to live happily ever but he had to come back because the King was trying to return the princess to the dragon again.
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    When I'd posted that, I'd not realized there was an election going on in Australia nor do I even now know the issues going on there. Based on my millimeter deep surface knowledge, I presume I'd be glad with the result of the Conservatives winning. No I don't know. I only know one thing about Australian politics and that is that they are always changing leaders all the time. Also, sadly, you know even less about a great video game called Grand Theft Auto. It's highly recommended for lowbrow entertainment,. It's a violent and hilarious. Anyway, in the game world, there are various references to a fictional war the US fought against Australia so to my mind that's what "we won Australia" meant. I'd not realized there had been an election. It could have been a rugby match or one of those America's Cup boat races, but no, no, to me "winning Australia" invokes memories of fake driving around Liberty City or Vice City or San Andreas doing crazy sh*t and listening to fake people on fake talk radio discussing the fake war against Australia. It hadn't occurred to me there had been an election and the party I probably would have supported won.
  10. Untrue. He didn't step down after the vote. He'd offered to negotiate Brexit; it would have been something he'd greatly enjoyed, he'd go to work with a smile on his face every day. He stepped down when it became clear that the Tories had no intention of letting UKIP negotiate the departure. What would you have him do? Who could blame him? His life's work was done except for the cleanup, they didn't want him cleaning up, there was nothing more for him to do. Then the Tories deliberatly sabotaged focked up the negotiation, and so he's back, if he's lucky only for a few months, until Brexit goes through. They can re-negotiate on his terms or, if that doesn't come to pass, just take a hard Brexit. Either would work for him, Or, more likely as I suspect, they'll just stay in the EU and keep kicking the can down the road indefinitely. He'll likely have to stick around until the actual end this time.
  11. I think it's pretty hilarious that Nigel Farage formed a new political party a couple of weeks ago and it's already polling at 35% which is more than both the Tories and Labor combined. Anyway, I'd stumbled across this today, I'd never seen it before so I presume you guys haven't either. This is the speech Farage gave in 2016 during the first session of the European Parliament conducted after the Brexit vote. For those of you like me who take pleasure in rewatching videos of Hillary fans in grief the day after the 2016 election, this is the European version.
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    You’ve been listening to Grand Theft Auto radio stations too much.
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    My new favorite saying at work

    Where is the fock off for making me watch that emoji? I guess this one will have to do:
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    Batwoman trailer. Cringe level 10/10

    Isn’t the point of releasing a trailer to make a movie so compelling that you that you feel a great urge to see it?
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    So I'm laying on a Gurney Right Now

    Glad things are in the clear for you.