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  • 804 - The Last of the Starks

    I felt so fucking bad for Brienne. Jaime basically threw rocks at her and told her to go away, like Arya did to Nymeria in season 1.

    I think he is 100% going back to "take care" of Cersei, by saving her from herself and/or saving everyone else from her. It probably would have made Brienne feel better if he had just told her that he has to go try to stop Cersei, especially if that's actually what he's doing.
    I agree that Jaime is going back to stop Cersei. How I read the scene is he doesn't fully explain his plans to Brienne because he knows that she undoubtedly will go with him to help him and he's trying to keep her safe by withholding information even though he knows its breaking her heart. 

    Question is does she go after him anyway?
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  • Avengers Endgame - Full Spoiler discussion

    To respond to Jim and A Ron's question about the lanky kid that shows up in the end, he's the kid Tony Stark meets in the middle of Iron Man 3.
  • U.S. Politics Vol. 7: A Dream of 2020

    Let's give it up for our man, Brian Kolfage, everybody.
  • Naomi Osaka US Open Finals Match

    aki said:
    Not to hijack the thread, but I wanted to add something from a different perspective.

    My dad was Japanese, and my mom from Guatemala.    Japan is a very homogeneous country where diversity isn't necessarily embraced or celebrated (at least not well) by most.   I was born in Guatemala, and got education in both countries  (went to elementary school in both countries, junior high school in Guatemala, and high school in Japan).  Although I have a Japanese name, and I am half Japanese, no matter how well I spoke the language, or how well I understood the language I was seen as an outsider.  In fact, the better I spoke the language and acted "Japanese", the harsher people would evaluate me, finding the smallest thing to call me out and claim "of course you wouldn't understand this, you're not Japanese."   My dad's family being usually the harshest of critics.

    A lot of people still expect people other than themselves to behave in broad stereotypical ways, and although you may think "how is that different than most other places?", my experience has been that on the whole, people here in the United States have been more accepting and open minded.   Sure, not every person I've met her has the same level of acceptance or being open minded, but overall that has been my experience (sadly Guatemala isn't much better than Japan either when it comes to racism, sexism, homosexuality, religion).

    Sorry, I'll finally get to my point.  Naomi Osaka's father is Haitian and her mother is Japanese.  Naomi was raised in the United States.  Some of the most interesting reactions I've seen on social media (comments on twitter/youtube) from Japanese people are celebrating her win as one of their own.   Hopefully in some small way this could help people of Japan help become more inclusive and change their perceptions on what it means to be Japanese, or at the very least learn to appreciate people of different backgrounds.

    PS.   Sadly the comments I also saw on the videos of her winning included a lot of "I can't believe Americans are booing a Japanese beating them!   Americans are the worst."   I suppose most of us make those statements when we see a group of people do one thing without context and assume every one of "those people" are a certain way :/. I wish I could go spend all day committing on clarifying that people weren't booing the fact that a Japanese people won, but...
    You didn't hijack it. You actually touched on an excellent point as to why Naomi winning is important and a culturally significant thing beyond her being the first Japanese to win a Grand Slam.  It's something I too hope pushes the discussion in Japan on inclusion.

    There's also another key thing about Naomi, but it probably won't come to the forefront until a couple years from now, and it's the issue of Japan forcing dual citizens to choose one citizenship after 22 years of age. If she remains a top player and maintains her popularity I wonder if it brings a broader discussion on if what Japan is doing is best for it's citizens. Maybe Japan gives Naomi an exception and that discussion goes nowhere, but it's interesting to think about. 
  • US Politics Vol. 6: A Song of Fire and Fury - The Winds of Midterms

    Trump isn't satisfied with ruining America, he's now threatening to ruin Canada too...

    Trump warns he could cause the ‘ruination’ of Canada

    Why in the hell is our President trying to ruin other countries when he still hasn't even finished ruining the American people first?