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#1 Re: The Garden » US Politics Thread » 20 hours ago

It’s Biden’s to lose. Whether that’s good or bad depends on how progressive you want to go.

#2 Re: The Sunset Strip » HBO's A Game of Thrones » 3 days ago

I enjoyed it. I think in this "fanboy" era, people are so quick to look for something to complain about in their entertainment that they're sucking the joy out of it for themselves. If you get so invested in something, whether it's a movie or book or tv series, that you can't enjoy it anymore because of the grievances you have with the creator's visions, that's on you.

Could some of GoT been better this season? Maybe. I couldn't do better, personally.

Were some questions left unanswered? Yes. Maybe that's by design. Spinoffs, prequels, sequels all might need some mystery to remain.

#3 Re: The Sunset Strip » HBO's A Game of Thrones » 2 weeks ago

slashsfro wrote:
Randall Flagg wrote:
esoterica wrote:

Is this a joke?

I laughed out loud at this

Yeah, the episodes have been a slog to get through for me.  In between the bad writing and the extended run times,  it's a chore to get through most of this season.

I don’t know, I thought it was pretty well done. Maybe my standards are low? Did you all think it was bad?

#4 Re: The Garden » US Politics Thread » 2 weeks ago

buzzsaw wrote:
mitchejw wrote:

yup...these people who thing they're above any type of accountability need to be burned at the stake.

Then you'll have to burn them all on both sides of the aisle, which I am all for.  Mitch finally said something I can agree with, even though it isn't at all what he thought he was saying.

It's rich vs. poor, really. Lawmakers are all rich politicians. The class divide is where's it's at.

#5 Re: The Garden » US Politics Thread » 2 weeks ago

Buzz, I'm not quoting your post because it's a page or so back, but I totally agree with most of what you say about healthcare. It's screwed up. I don't have an answer. I do know that I think the cost of health care, drugs, rooms, even getting an education that gets you into the industry is incredibly overpriced and rising at astonishing rates. Why? I wish I knew.

I don't have a suggested plan. Universal healthcare? Sounds good. Who pays? We all do with higher taxes. I don't think dismantling what we have without giving the people who rely on it something else is wise. COBRA is laughingly expensive, and that's what many of my friends have had to do before the ACA.

You clearly have a much more intimate look at this topic with a deeper knowledge. I can only speak to what my dozens of laid off friends and family members have gone through. It's been shitty and as you say probably will remain so.

#6 Re: The Garden » US Politics Thread » 2 weeks ago

I agree it hurt people. How badly and how many I’m sure we wouldn’t agree on. Now, can’t you agree a great number of people were saved because they could get insurance and also that this continual degradation by Trump and the GOP of the ACA without a plan to take its place is not a real solution?

#7 Re: The Sunset Strip » HBO's A Game of Thrones » 2 weeks ago

I loved tonight’s episode. incredibly well-written.

#8 Re: The Garden » US Politics Thread » 2 weeks ago

Here’s Trump not affecting cost of health care again.

#9 Re: The Sunset Strip » HBO's A Game of Thrones » 3 weeks ago

Randall Flagg wrote: … dium=web2x

Seriously check that out.  I didn't pick up any of this detail and story cause it was so dark.  You probably didn't either. Fantastic scene that completely improves my opinion of the episode.

Oh my ... that's great. I love it, but it irritates me. I don't understand why they made it so damn dark. Well, I "understand," but it makes no sense. This clears up several things.

--I didn't know how the Night King fell off his dragon.
--I didn't know how badly Rhaegal was hurt. He took some massive gashes to the back.
--I didn't know what had fallen before the Night King. It was part of Viserion's face.

Some of those shots are pretty incredible cinematography. It's a shame we didn't get to experience it in the moment.

Good find, Flagg. You can bet your ass I'm watching this week's episode with zero lights on.

#10 Re: The Garden » US Politics Thread » 3 weeks ago

buzzsaw wrote:

Wait, wait.  Healthcare premiums are up as a result of Trump?  That's an interesting take.

He and the GOP are continually eroding it, you know that.

There’s a whole website that tracks it. … ne-the-aca

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