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chrisk said:One thing I'll add is that we basically did this to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. She used her nukes.
That comparison would work if you nuked them *after* Japan surrendered. The USA demanded that Japan surrender or face total destruction. Japan refused. They dropped two bombs, and then Truman ordered them to stop to give the Japanese some some time. So Harry Truman CONFIRMED non-Targaryan.
I've been rolling my eyes at a lot of the feminist criticism of the show that seems to attribute generally lazy and dumb writing with deliberately underserving female characters. After all, we are explicitly told that Sansa is smarter than Tyrion, Arya is presented as more heroic than Jon, there are plenty for males like Joffrey and Ramsay who are more emotionally frail and evil than Dany, etc. etc. etc.
But the one thing mentioned in a piece of feedback that got through my layers of male privilege was the observation that the show literally ends with Bronn talking about using Crown money to resurrect the city's sex work industry. That has to be a real gut-punch to anyone who was looking for a 'woke' ending.
I try to skip their political stuff because it just gives me a headache, but they snuck it in at the end of here so I have a few thoughts:
1. There's a lot of valid criticisms of the way Trump communicated throughout this, but blaming him because someone was stupid enough to drink fish tank cleaner is not one of them. They pretty much say as much and explain how what this idiot ingested was not actually the malaria treatment Trump was talking about, but blame Trump anyways.
2. Aron states that "apparently" what what Senators Burr and Loeffler did regarding the sale of their stocks was legal. In reality, using non-public information to profit in such a way is directly prohibited by the STOCK Act. Loeffler has said that all decisions related to her portfolio were made by third parties without her direction or advice (similarly, Diane Feinstein claims that her stocks were dumped through a blind trust). Burr's much more ridiculous defence is that he was acting on publicly available information and somehow not using what he knew from the briefing. So while I wouldn't hold our hope for a prosecution under the current Justice Department, what he did was pretty clearly illegal.
3. The apologism for China is mind-boggling. They arrested medical professionals for raising the alarm (we still don't know their fate) and continued to lie to the world by claiming human-to-human transmission was impossible when they had clear evidence to the contrary. They contained the spread of the virus with draconian measures that I'm pretty sure everyone would be appalled to see Trump even talking about. I really don't get the pivot to "ya, but factory farming is bad too."
The actors getting nominations for Game of Thrones are all talented people, worthy of an award. But none of them (except maybe Christie) were given anything remotely award-worthy to do this season.
If sipping wine and looking moody is "outstanding acting", I should have submitted a video of myself watching the season.
My wishful thinking prediction is that there is no god-like synth race, the "admonition" was just a bad trip, the fate of all biological life in the galaxy is definitely not at stake, and Picard gives everyone a good long lecture about evolving beyond primitive superstitions.
Instead of a big messy space battle they all head back to earth to eat cake and discuss art.