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twylyght

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  1. If you have voluntary partnerships, that awesome. Have at it all day, every day. If you have a system that works and is providing results. Perfect. I have a vested interest in flipping the school paradigm myself. The particular charter I'm following has some radically different approaches than the traditional classroom paradigm with its own pretty severely impressive results. My thought is that when other districts see how much better this paradigm is when field tested, the ball is completely in their court to adopt said model. All this charter can do is expand its operations as word gets out about how much farther ahead its students are showing. The plan is not to perfect this system and then go to government to legislate more taxes away from its citizens for this system's continued success. The plan is to provide a better alternative for people to freely choose.
  2. The answer is in your response. Your presumption and utter arrogance that what is good for you and your child is good for everyone and must thereby be applied accordingly. Someone like myself? I have enough conviction in my own ideas that I don't have to make them mandatory for everyone else. I am also not compelled to believe that what is right for me and my child should be forced on anyone else. I also believe that people should be free to make their own mistakes while not being exempt from the consequences of said mistakes. But hey.... the "greater good" shtick never in the history of man never turned out bad, right?
  3. It would seem that people having a choice scares the utter shite out of you
  4. Can't stress the bolded part enough. Most people have zero clue as to how much difference this makes when it comes to adding to debt and adding to assets. Beyond this, I would go with what @CRA mentioned in that people can look at how they manage their own personal lives and then look at how government grossly mismanages what they take in taxes and borrowed funds. How anyone can claim to advocate for fiscal responsibility (especially Tea Party republicans got elected on this platform) and think the federal government is remotely approaching that since the 50s is beyond me. As soon as people have a means of wrapping their head around their own expenses, they can easily see how the psychopaths in DC are stealing from everyone they can on a daily basis.
  5. From what I've read the next gen Ryzen chip is doing a balancing act of compressing nano-architecture (down to as low as 7nm) with power consumption. Prior chip sets that went that low had lower lifespans due to how they were difficult to power manage and cooling was such a huge factor. Hopefully, the separate IO die can offset a lot of that voltage consumption to protect the vastly more compact Infinity Fabric die. If I'm reading the tea leaves right, the expectation is that coding that isn't specific to ARM can overcome the latency woes through brute force/divide & conquer. This might afford some time to bring the rest of the ARM coding community to expand their collective canvases. Personally, I'd like to see more coding built out for the 3D XPoint tech to make the PC generational leap away from today's MB architecture base designs, but that may be a 16-bit to 32-bit to 64-bit timeline for getting it to market. If AMD can deliver on the lower voltage with better heat management for these chip sets, then the added cores and Infinity Fabric threading could show some serious market competition for Intel at the desktop level machines (especially for their respective price points). If they don't, then you'll see a ton of people lauding the new chip set for a year or two and then complaining about how they bombed out following complete failure (some after trying to overclock, some with poor die-cooling systems).
  6. I have zero clue as to what you're talking about.... but sure, whatever?
  7. Most Americans think 3MI was our Chernobyl, so the lexicon is already violently skewed to "no clue". The closest thing to Chernobyl happened in Japan and that's still miles from any comparison.
  8. In my opinion, what was exceptionally well done was the dichotomy of the political class and the regular people of the USSR in how they approached their respective crises? The regular people went above and beyond to sacrifice tremendously when needed for the good of their fellow man. They generally ducked their heads to avoid contact with the political class, clapped dutifully when prompted and generally held them in contempt in private company (unless you were a miner). The political class? Their crisis was preventing the outside world from knowing their failings at the expense of everyone but themselves. People would do well to understand just how much of this permeates how the political class regards anyone when it comes to human nature. It seems to underpin how human civilizations naturally emerge with these common threads.
  9. Fantastic series finished up last night. Were it up to me, this would be required viewing for everyone.
  10. Sad that this series isn't getting more attention. I could see something like this replaying in present-day China.
  11. If your beef is reverting the characters back to these monolithic entities that never deviate from their core natures, then sure, I get that. I was merely offering what was likely the rationale in the showrunners' minds when they conjured the scene. Cobbled together and rushed? Absolutely. I saw it more as an exercise of the nihilism for how the Starks fare in this world where no good deed goes unpunished. Sansa and Yara make sense if you look at their motivations from a stance of ambition (for Sansa) and blind loyalty (Yara as an iron born). I would argue that Greyworm was badly handled in that he was completely apolitical until this point. The show could have spent more time on divided loyalties between Jon and Dany and how his past relationship with Missandei had changed him to make this transition more palatable. The noblemen laughing off Sam's idea for democracy was a very GoT'ish thing to do, but felt wedged in as an awkward nod to that effect. For me, I can fill in the blanks with my own narrative without stepping on what was presented on the screen easier than most in this thread. I get those that wanted those blanks filled in on the screen. I'm not as invested in the show, so I didn't care so much.
  12. Whoever did this really did their homework. I knew almost nothing about the miners in this event. I knew more about the firemen (and those accounts were pretty damn gruesome). This series is really capturing in a stunning way just how so much of the USSR operated with respect to the body politik and the people it oversaw to outline the severe disconnect between the two. I would hope that public education would include this series as supplemental education to help make history come alive for students. Too much of history has become some detached recollection of events without delving into the why and how things went down the way they did. This would help take a lot of the MMQB mindset out of how history is presented these days.
  13. Probably already answered, but my .02 The Night's Watch sole purpose now is for a kind of "get out of jail" for political refugees that have all manner enemies and allies where a death penalty or royal appointment would be problematic for the establishment. Tormund got word of Jon's arrival. He had already been beyond the wall but came back for Jon to have him live with the free folk beyond the wall.. "the truth north". The Aegon secret remained with Arya, Sansa, Tyrion, Brann and Sam. Some because they knew of Jon's wishes. Some because of an interest in maintaining power. Some for expediency. Yes, it would have cut the legs out from underneath anyone else's claim, but Tyrion wisely saw that the unsullied (who had a firm grip on the nuts of the city) wouldn't recognize a prior claim. They only knew allegiance to the one that gained them their freedom. The same for the iron born. These two factions (along with the magically remaining Dothraki) would have been enough to plunge the continent into another long and protracted war. The fastest way to peace and reconciliation was through how Tyrion laid it out. It's not a Scooby-Doo or Mega-Happy ending, but it ins't the worst thing about how this series ended either. I'm off to catch the remaining two shows of Chernobyl.
  14. So far, the series is going a good job of capturing the mentality of the state administration's mindset and how it affected the people. It also captures a very real look at some of the outright heroic spirit of the people as so many stepped up. I fully expect that will continue to show as they recount the hundreds of people that came out to help with the cleanup effort.
  15. History is not going to be kind to this movie
  16. I have yet to see the first episode, but I have it in my DVR at the ready when I get the time. The things I've read and documentaries I've seen tell some amazingly compelling stories about unbelievable acts of heroism for many first responders that went back into danger knowing full well it was going to cost them. Compared to Chernobyl full blown meltdown, 3MI wasn't even a burp.
  17. If the trailers for Far from Home are any indication, all of Spidey's friends got dusted. The chances of that are ridiculous if the dusting of Infinity war was supposed to be random. When I watched the film, everything that was splashed up on the screen wasn't really there to service a story, but some means of wedging in something that someone thought was cool. The rest of it was a poor dressing to garner some hackneyed excuse to staple it on. The more I think on it, the more it plays out like a sixth grader's collage of their favorite comic book panels. No rhyme or reason... just something cool to look at
  18. Another issue that zero people have talked about is how most of the people that are brought back would actually die as "5-years later Earth" doesn't have the resources at the ready to support them through a time of transition to bring our infrastructure back up to speed. Spidey's classmates? All the same age as him 5 years after the fact. That's an amazing coincidence. Return the soulstone? Do we get our sacrifice back? Aether? Fun with Dick and Jane, I suppose. Tessaract? Loki's gotta get that TV special for Disney's new platform! Mind stone? How are we fitting that back into the scepter with no one noticing? Hail Hydra. Lift the hammer. Stock inspirational speech. All women superheroes to a posterboard pose for the battle. Everybody knows to walk through the magical circles of light to join the end battle without question. Stock shots of utterly gratuitous cameos for the purpose of slapping poo up on the screen to say we did it. Bust up consistencies in shared history to lead to inexplicable continuities for future events... because.... magic! But we can't bring Gamora and Widow back because.... rules! But it's okay: we have old/new Gamora where Quill romance/fun will have to be rebuilt (I have more faith in Gunn making this actually work). Return primary villain to some dude with an undefined motivation for the purposes of having fight scenes. Nah... the important thing is everybody's character get's to say "hi!" in one movie. fug that. Give me another round of Infinity War before we're treated to another round of this tripe. The reality is that GoT hit all of the beats way better in its last two episodes than Endgame could deliver.
  19. In the standard of what Marvel has put out, they could have done a lot better. They didn't. For me, the 22 movie saga didn't go out with a bang. It went out as some extended fan service movie that felt like it was trying too hard.
  20. Benjen should have been turned before, but the Children saved him (if but for a time). It seemed he had come through a few tight spots as a "not wight/not living" person that appeared so randomly through the show. It seems it would be an interesting bookend for the series for him to open the first episode as a man and end it as the new NK for the cycle to begin anew (as this has been referenced to be a cycle). My thought was that the existing NK was previously a Targaryn and that is why he was fireproof. My biggest fear for the remaining episodes is making sure every character gets their major moment to neatly wrap up their storylines. The killing of the NK in the middle of the final season is a really nice touch in my opinion. I'd love a completely blindsided ending like Gendry being the last man standing and taking the throne.
  21. Did we get a definitive on the fate of Benjen Stark? Did we actually witness him biting it or was it a shot of him riding into a throng of wights? If it's the latter, then there's the opening of him being the new NK over the next 1000 years.
  22. The quote I gave you wasn't enough. You want me to go back and edit every single post I've ever laid out to assuage your ego? I re-posted the apology that you keep asking for. If you don't like it, tough poo. You're never getting an I'm sorry without the context. Good night Sanjay
  23. I have nothing for you. You are absolutely intent on making something that I said something that it clearly isn't. You're intent on trying to re-write well-established literature on the way to do it. The answer is exactly as it is meant to be. We all get that it hurts your feelings. The truth doesn't care about your feelings. You either can't understand what I said, or you refuse to accept what I stated repeatedly and without ambiguity. Either way, it will be there if and when you decide to catch up.
  24. You also called me a racist, a nazi, a paleo libertarian, and a misogynist... I'm giving credence to what you call me because..... why?
  25. So much of this movie was about trying too hard. The time travel was all kinds of wrong once they altered past timelines.... I get the whole back to the starting swap points, but it would contradict their existing present once things changed in their current past timelines. Just... ugh. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure remains one of the better ones out there to properly do those kinds of stories I was bothered by a lot of these as I was watching: https://www.thisisinsider.com/avengers-endgame-unanswered-questions-2019-4
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