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  • Protests Across the America

    The genie is out of the bottle now, it feels to me that the next 4 years is going to see more attacks on democratic processes, with Trump loyalists waging a guerrilla campaign. I hope I’m wrong, but history has lots of examples of exactly this sort of thing happening. Good luck US friends. 
  • Coronavirus / COVID-19

    Dee said:
    Dee said:
    @bizmarkiefader Australia hasn’t been that big on mask wearing (though we’ve had a surge of new cases in Victoria so that state might start pushing it), but we also shut down almost completely pretty early on to flatten the curve. And even though most things have opened back up there are still social distancing rules in place and the borders are still ostensibly closed (anyone coming in to the country and to some states has to quarantine in a hotel for 14 days). 

    We’ve had about 7700 cases and 104 deaths so far. I know we have one tenth of America’s population, but we have a hell of a lot less than one tenth of their cases/deaths. Trump has a massive chunk of 128,000 deaths on his hands. 
    Well, we’ve jumped to about 9500 cases and had another couple of deaths since I wrote this. Victoria has had large daily numbers (for us), but they have also been doing huge sweeps of testing by door knock in some areas, so not surprising. Still makes me nervous even though South Australia hasn’t had a case in a couple of weeks. Our border with Victoria was due to reopen on July 20 but that won’t be happening.

    How are you doing, @Ben? Are you in the locked down area? 
    Hey Dee,
    I'm not, I actually live on the Sunshine coast now, but haven't worked out how to change my location on here. I do have lots of friends still in Melbourne on lock down. On of my friends is 8 months pregnant and has had to do all online anti natal classes, with some talk of the Father not being allowed to stay at the hospital once the baby is born. Up here in queensland though things are slowly getting back to normal, but the floods of grey nomads coming over the border makes me very nervous, especially after the renewed cluster in NSW over the weekend. I'm lucky enough to be able to work from home so I will continue to self isolate too. I feel for you all in the US though, stay safe! 
  • Eating Their Own. And their $$$

    Josh, I totally agree with everything you've just written. One thing that stands out to me massively on this forum is that you can really feel the in group / out group dynamics at play. I write that as someone who's in the out group. The discussion threads are generally good but once they take a turn into a dogpile or shift off topic, it becomes a closed shop. I say this a long term club member and supporter. I'll echo what Josh said  I genuinely want BM to be successful.  I'm a huge fan.  
  • Kit Harrington checked himself into a Wellness retreat

    ken hale said:
    Ben said:
    The massive pile on from critics and "fans" probably hasn't helped either. I hope him and Rose come out stronger from the other side. 
    Boy, I really don't like this take.  Best wishes to the guy, whatever he's going through, but if it's just "hurt feelings from fans who didn't even personally criticize me in their criticism of the show I'm on," then I think he'll be fine.

    That's ok mate, I haven't really liked your takes this season either. I will say though that I work with people who experience mental health issues on a daily basis, One of the factors that can manifest with a mental health issue is a feeling of persecution, and lack of validation. This is what I'm referring to, perhaps I should have made that clearer in my initial post. I don't know Kit obviously, but from a distance it looks as though he's put everything he had into something for the last 10 years, its possibly been a core part of his identity, to have that removed and for someone to see the amount of negative feedback (being tagged into memes etc) is enough to push people over the edge. It doesn't matter how much money you have, it can ruin you. 
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  • 805 - The Bells

    The nitpicking is infuriating. Honestly I think I’m done with this coverage from baldmove on game of thrones. It’s just bumming me out, how the two guys feel about the show is how I feel about them. Good luck everyone with the final episode.