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    Iron Islands may have had fleet wiped out but so was everyone elses. The crown was in no position to do anything. All these kingdoms were independent before the Targaryans unified them. Many had unique cultural identities. King's Landing was almost wiped off the map and was no position to enforce rule, without the support of vassals. And why should they have their vassals support, when none had any reason to help the crown? The one vassal Bran had a direct link to, was now indepedent and weaked in any case. They are just going to bend over and take it up the *** because Tyrion gives a little speech ? Earlier seasons alluded to the current power in Kings Landing attempting to make alliances through marriages/etc. End of the series and Bran just takes the throne and eveyrone else shrugs. Bah.
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    Land was the original promise so land should be part of the deal. First for the funding of this project, begin by selling off central park and other urban park spaces. They have the greatest land value of publicly owned land that is currently unoccupied. As urban voters are, no doubt, the ones who most strongly support reparations, I'm sure they won't object. I would also be in favor of using all or some of the revenue generated by those awful express toll lanes, made to exclude the poor. This is really the only way of redeeming these horrible things. Now that we've found some money, it's time to start handing out land. 40 acres isn't going to happen with the current population size, but that doesn't mean there isn't land available. Much of middle America is empty space. Use the money raised via the previously mentioned plan, to purchase land in sparsely populated sections of the US where the dollar goes the furthest. Alaska, Wyoming, Montana, the Dakotas, New Mexico, Idaho, and Nebraska have the lowest population densities. Start buying that land, I'm sure current residents will appreciate the bump in land value and small towns definitely need an influx of new people and economic activity. You're welcome America.
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    None of this should be surprising. To this day, many conservatives still believe Al Gore claimed he invented the internet. The feeble minded do as they are told (by Fox News and other wingnut media sources).
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    So I'm back from Venice and Rome. Simply amazing places. Full of good people, great food, great wine, fantastic history, and at least 1 ugly american. Ah Venice. View from the top of the Spanish Steps in Roma. Grappa - Italian jet fuel. The painted fishermen's houses on the island of Burano (near Venice).
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    He ruined one of the things I used to care about most. I am totally apathetic at this point thanks to his managerial and sexual impotence. **** you Dan!!
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    I've been so busy at work and with my new baby boy that I haven't posted anything about the finale yet. Just about everything has been covered already. To add my general $.02, I had no problem with the plot points at all for the entire season, except I wouldn't have wasted 2 full episodes on the Night King. But I understand they had to do something to wrap up that plot line, so, whatever. That included the finale. What bothered me is that they rushed through the most important plot point in like 45 minutes of the approximately 78 hours of television they created: Danny losing it. And we don't even really know why, except she lost it. Which is unsatisfying. From the time in episode 5 where she goes crazy and burns the city to the time Jon drives a dagger through her heart is about 45 minutes of total TV time. They had 75 hours to set this up, and just didn't. And that part is somewhat maddening. I liked the finale fine. It was an entertaining hour and a half of television. It was extraordinarily well acted, and it was beautifully shot. My hat goes off to Emelia Clarke and Peter Dinklage who I think did tremendous jobs throughout the episode. For Emelia, at least until she was stabbed through the heart. I loved the opening montage of Tyrian, Jon and Davos walking through the devastation. I thought the whole Danny Speech scene was outstanding. It was almost right out of the WWII era Nazi/USSR films, with the big banners, stoic troops, leader making a grand speech. It was extremely well done. I enjoyed the chats between Tyrian and Jon, Jon and Arya, and even the last scene between Jon and Danny. The first 40 minutes and the last Stark goodbye montage were outstanding. However. There are just so many unforced errors due to "lazy" writing. I actually don't like the term "lazy" but I don't know what a better term is. I rally do believe that the writers and show runners worked very hard at this, I just don't think they did a good job connecting the dots on things which they should have been able to connect the dots on. So here's my list of things that made no sense in universe that they could have explained better if they had just taken the extra few episodes HBO was willing to pay for: - How the hell did Greg Worm go from murdering Lanister soldiers to up the steps waiting for the queen before Jon got there? Did he apperate (Harry Potter?) Transport (Star Trek)? Get running lessons from Gendry? This made no sense. It looked like Jon walked straight from their first meeting to see Danny, and Grey Worm was already there, and looked like he had been there a while. Jon really should have bent the knee to Grey at that moment, or at least asked how the hell he got there so quick. It was jarring, and took me out of the moment. - When Jon goes to talk to Tyrian, he has to be disarmed. When he goes to talk to Danny, he is allowed to be armed. Danny is all alone in the throne room, and Tyrian has like 30 unsullied guards around him. Which is AFTER Danny walked away being escorted by about 10 unsullied. I get they needed Danny to be alone for the vision callback and the Jon killing her, but that was just not really believable. She would have had some guards around her. She's had guards around her every moment we had seen her in the episode up until that point. - How in God's name does anybody find out Jon killed Danny? Nobody sees it. Drogon takes her body away. Nobody's there. Jon walks down the stairs, tells the unsullied who might be lurking somewhere Danny wasn't there, and just walks out of the castle. Unless he told somebody, thee are no witnesses except a dragon which flew away. And I don't think Jon is quite stupid enough to TELL Grey Worm that he killed Danny. Maybe he is. I dunno. And if Jon does tell GW he killed Danny, GW kills him on the spot. Or at least tries to. Jon would die eventually because even if he could best GW, the rest of the magically multiplying unsullied would kill him, most likely. (As an aside, I would have LOVED to see a GW vs. Jon 1:1 fight. Regardless, it would have been nice to SEE how Jon gets captured and made prisoner, because that just seems horribly unlikely. None of this makes any sense. Like no sense. There are a million ways to tell this story by just writing it a bit better. - What happens during the 3 seconds of black screen and 4 inches of Tyrian's beard? How did all the characters get to Kings Landing? Why did they come? Who invited them? What was the purpose of the meeting? How are the Unsullied holding the city? Is there really anybody even left in the city to hold? Where did the Dothraki go? None of this makes sense. Literally, that 3 seconds of black screen and 4 inches of beard growth could have been an entire 48-52 minute episode. And could have been extremely compelling. Imagine a scene with Yara finding out Danny burned down Kings Landing. Sansa finding out Jon had been imprisoned by the unsullied for killing Danny. As a side note, I think if Arya wanted to break Jon out, I actually think she could have pulled that off. Which would have been a cool faceless man type of thing. There was a lot of story to tell there, and I wish we were able to spend that time with the characters. - Now we move to the dragon pit meeting. First, the people who attended (From left to right) Sam - representing house Tarley, which doesn't really exist anymore? Or the Maesters, but he's not wearing robes? This is weird. He's there because he's a named character. Unknown Dude. Edmure Tully. Who has been absent since season 6, and captive since season 3 I think? The best part of the entire sequence is Sansa owning him. Arya - faceless man assassin, youngest daughter of the Starks and resident bad ass. But no real political power Bran - This makes sense in that he's the eldest son and theoretically Lord of Winterfell, though he renounced it to Sansa so maybe it doesn't make sense? Sansa - Lady of Winterfell, this does make sense. Ser Brienne of Tarth - if she's there as a body guard to Sansa (and Arya, though there's no need for that) then it makes sense. If she has a vote, this makes no sense. Ser Davos - As an adviser, this makes sense. Gendry - if he's here to take another swing at Arya, great. Otherwise, he was made Lord by a usurper who burned down King's Landing. That's a tough beat for my guy. 2 more Random Dudes Yara - I guess this makes sense. The newly frocked and formerly mentioned Prince of Dorne (The PoD). Which kindof makes sense except that he says nothing. I'll get to that later. Robin Aryn - Lord of the Vale. Who has grown up a bunch since we previously saw him. Lord Royce - If Robin is here, Royce would not be. Another Random dude First of all, this collection of people as the most powerful people in Westeros is a joke. Second, how the hell does Tyrian, who is in shackles, end up running the meeting? Third, Grey Worm just goes along with the plan? After keeping Jon and Tyrian locked up for at least 4 inches of beard growth, the official time measuring stick of the season? Fourth, I don't get what Sansa is playing at. Her brother, the oldest son of Ned Stark, was just made King of the Seven Kingdoms. Bran is a Northern Lord. He is a Stark. Yet the Starks won't "Bend the knee" to the legitimate Lord of Winterfell? That makes absolutely no sense. The North would not so much be "bending the knee" to a southern ruler, as ruling the whole seven kingdoms. The reason is that they want Sansa as Queen of the North to finish her arc. And as a Sansa fan, I get that. But the setup makes no freaking sense. Fifth, as soon as Sansa secedes the union, my expectation would be the PoD to stand up and say, "Unbowed, Unbent, Unborken MFers, we're out of here." And then Yara to say, "We pledged to Queen Danny, who was unjustly murdered, we're out homies." I guess Sam and Edmure would go along with it. I have no idea what the Vale would do, but they have been very tight with Sansa, so they might go that route. Sixth, Bran does not have a better story than anybody. Which is why he was written off the show for an entire season. Arya might have the best story. Maybe even Sansa. Or Tyran. Or Jon. It just made no bleeding sense. The whole thing was really a tough look for my guys the Double D's who wrote and directed this. Really tough. - Bran is King of the Six Kingdoms. Sansa is Queen of the North. What in the name of everything Stark is stopping either one of them from setting Jon free of his bonds to the Night's Watch the moment Grey Worm sets sail for Naath? The answer: Nothing. Except that they wanted to get Jon back to Tormund and the North. Which might be where he wants to be anyway. But the whole setup made no sense. - Brienne being the head of the Kings Guard makes no sense. She pledged to protect Sansa and Arya. There's almost no chance that she doesn't go back to Winterfell with Sansa to be the head of her Queen's Guard. I like the Brienne writing in the book scene, but I just don't think it's realistic that Brienne stays in Kings Landing when Sansa heads north.
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    I'm strapped in and ready to go. It's been too quiet around here, LETS GET SOME DRAMA GOING!
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    Season 2 of Spike Lee's She's Gotta have It dropped on Netflix today. :edit: 5 episodes in, S2 is even more "Spike Lee" than S1.
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    If it has, you wouldn’t know about that it via public outrage. The point isn’t whether this particular kids show has touched on the subject of marriage, the point is it’s not something kids are typically sheltered from. Only gay marriage gets tied in with exposure kids aren’t ready for.
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    There needs to be a good, non-dogmatically sourced reason for a government to enforce a taboo. "Think of the children" is not one in this instance. And TBH, it's not that big of an evolution beyond "Think of the children" being the past justification from shaming/banning gays from other public spaces. Thinking that children need sheltering from the concept of gay marriage, while no such sheltering from the concept of straight marriage is necesarry (or even exists) is wrong. It places/reinforces a taboo on a fundamental part of gay peoples lives, where no taboo is rationally justified. What's more, the fact that this taboo exists justifies the cartoon's normalization of gay marriage as necessary. We need a lot more normalization, especially in third-world crapholes like Alabama.
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    Nice breakdowns. I like that Wyatt focused on that Iowa game where someone opined that he didn't play well, addressed the concept and not the commenter. Iowa's O line is no joke, WE draft outta there, right? And correct me if I'm wrong, but Wirfs? Haven't I been hearing that name mentioned as a top prospect for next year? But yeah, it's hard to watch college play and prognosticate on how it translates in the pros. One thing I keep seeing is that Sweat stays aware of the play, I see him breaking off a block to pop a RB, stagger step on PA to follow the ball, that kind of situational awareness where he isn't just intent on being driven around the play by being too tunnel-vision about the man in front of him. Wyatt makes a good point vis-a-vis the way his play allows teammates to get there, as opposed to the fantasy football tards that only see the individual stats and then want to regale others with their prescience.
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    I meant on defense, but, you are correct. I actually disagree with this. Sweat doesn’t have a lot of refined hand moves and counters, but he is going to overwhelm at times with his length and speed and power. He put Tytus Howard on his butt in the Senior Bowl, and did the same thing to Dalton’s Risner. When you are pancaking high draft picks with power and are also super long and run a 1.5 second 10 yard split and a 4.41 fourty, you’re a lot harder to defend than someone who doesn’t yet have much power, like Brian Burns. I think Sweat collects at least 8 sacks this year and looks good doing it.
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    The article interesting as hell with regards to the work she did for the plaintiffs. She got s good settlement from Dow Chemicals for their dangerous breast implants for instance. A misleading headline and lead.
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    good for him. Alex Smith makes an appearance during the Redskins' third day of OTAs https://www.nbcsports.com/washington/redskins/photos-alex-smith-makes-appearance-during-redskins-third-day-otas
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    I don't have a problem with the article, I have a problem with the Washington Post though. They're constantly writing hit pieces on the Redskins. They only do that because they know we don't really mess with Snyder like that, we just like the team. They never attack any of the other teams like they do the Redskins and I'm kind of ticked off about it because it just feels so familiar.
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    A perfect time to reflect on all of the wonderful memories the last 20 years has brought us!
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    I read the article. And I was sad. And then I think... ... Damn... Jay is by FAR the most successful coach under Snyder terror. And then I'm sad again. Hail.
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    Arnold just shrugged this off like it was nothing.
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    So if Martin starts, does everyone realize that would mean all 5 OL were drafted by the skins, as well as our 3 interior DL and both of our edges? Wow.
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