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    Elizabeth Warren Pres. Candidacy.....

    Wow, now THIS is powerful! ‘Written by men’: AOC, Elizabeth Warren rip ‘Game of Thrones’ ending Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Elizabeth Warren complained about the ending of “Game of Thrones” in a video posted online Tuesday. The two politicians railed against the male-centric plot and the portrayal of “emotional” women in the resolution of the epic HBO drama. “I feel like we were getting so close to having this ending with just women running the world,” Ocasio-Cortez said about the final season. “And then the last two episodes, it’s like, ‘Oh, they’re too emotional.’ It’s like, ugh, this was written by men!” Warren, who was a huge fan of the dragon-riding Daenerys Targaryen, said she switched allegiances to Sansa Stark, who fell short of achieving the ultimate goal. “Sansa, who already is Queen of the North, thank you very much, she walks away saying ‘I’ll still be Queen of the North,'” Warren mused. “C’mon Sansa! Go for the big one.” In the show’s finale, Bran Stark — a crippled boy who sees into the future — became the ruler of the six kingdoms. Daenerys Targaryen went mad and Arya Stark sailed into the unknown. Ocasio-Cortez ended the segment by joking that HBO needed some “feminist analysis.”
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    72 hour Memorial day marathon neutered to 1 day?

    Yeah or Maitresse shown twice in a row.
  3. Yeah, they used the 2014 restoration.
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    SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY , NATURE & HISTORY In Superintelligence, a state-of-the-art book on the dangers of machine intelligence, Nick Bostrom reminds us that horses “became obsolete” roughly one hundred years ago. Horses are, of course, not obsolete in natural or metaphysical terms. But what Bostrom means – and he is right in this – is that (literal) horsepower has no structural value in fossil-fuel economies. Between 1920 and 1950, horses lost a status they had held in human societies since prehistoric times. Virtually overnight, they went from being a system-powering necessity to a class-signaling luxury. Cars displaced horses, which is to say, machines displaced living beings. From Leningrad to Los Angeles, the shift was signaled by a catastrophic fall in horse populations. “In the United States,” Bostrom reports, “there were about 26 million horses in 1915. By the early 1950s, 2 million remained.” The fate of horses in the twentieth century, warns Bostrom, might well prefigure the fate of humans in the twenty-first. It is entirely conceivable, he argues in Superintelligence, that “biological humans” (as he calls us) might soon be “outclassed” by machine intelligences, as horses were outpaced by cars. Bostrom seems not to know it, but this is the exact intuition that inspired The Glass Bees, a 1957 novel by one of Germany’s most formidable right-wing intellectuals, Ernst Jünger. Throughout this futurist tour de force, Jünger’s narrator – a disgraced cavalry officer, and, by the novel’s end, a tech consultant – broods over the disappearance of horses. For Jünger, the disappearance of horses in late-industrial society is emblematic of a new era (we could call it the “Machinocene”) when machine systems outmaneuver and displace natural beings. Jünger reasons that this machine-driven march of obsolescence will not halt at the horses. It will inevitably reach us. If we can trust Jünger’s intuition, then the much-hyped Anthropocene is a misnomer. It cannot be right to use the Greek word for humankind (anthropos) to name an age in which machines seem poised to threaten humans “in the way of whales and horses” (as Jünger puts it). The Glass Bees is a vivid conjuration of a near-future , a vaguely steam-punk Machinocene, in which Jünger anticipates several of Bostrom’s worries with uncanny precision. Take the insectoids that give Jünger’s novel its title, a swarm of “glass bees” that move (but do not live) in a garden behind the manor house (once a monastery) owned by a tech-industrialist named Giacomo Zapparoni. Jünger’s narrator realizes that a single glass bee could extract more nectar in one day than a swarm of real bees could in one year. This is the “tangible utility” of glass bees. But their menace lies in their utility. For he then notices that Zapparoni’s bees, unlike those of natural hives, “ruthlessly sucked out the flowers and ravished them.” For Jünger, the glass bees represent what Bostrom calls the optimization power of machines. Glass bees disrupt life in a garden precisely because they optimize bees’ nectar-sucking function. Wherever Zapparoni’s robots hive, “a failure of crops, and ultimately a desert,” Jünger predicts, are sure to follow.
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    Iran tensions escalate

    "Cold-Blooded Reptilian Psychopath" sounds like the name of a Japanese noise band.
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    the dick van dyke show

    The implication is you're racist against Obama or something.
  7. I don't think his first language is English. His question is about the ratio/ formatting, I think.
  8. Yeah, I agree with you. His "humor" really just falls flat to me. I don't particularly care for him and usually just mute him when he introduces. I'm glad that Malone hosts the Imports now. I much prefer her to Ben.
  9. They are in Mandarin for me sometimes and English at other times. Weird.
  10. Gershwin fan

    The Triumph of Donald Trump

    "Iron ore has made the Reich strong. Butter and dripping have, at most, made the people fat".
  11. Gershwin fan

    Elizabeth Warren Pres. Candidacy.....

    I know what you mean and agree that the other candidates like Biden encapsulate that but what Warren supports will not be supported by the majority of voters in the EC at least.
  12. Watership Down is listed as a TCM Import.|1484406&name=Watership-Down
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    Elizabeth Warren Pres. Candidacy.....

    A "policy portfolio" doesn't mean squat if it can't be implemented or won't succeed.
  14. Yeah but if you're on a movie website you should at least be discussing movies every once in a while. Going years without even discussing movies at all is odd to say the least.
  15. They should ban the people who ONLY ever post over there and never discuss movies.

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