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  1. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1 discussion in ~tv

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    Daenerys and Jon It was referenced by Ser Davos and Varys when they were on the castle walls looking down at Jon and Daenerys as a means to solidify their alliance and hopefully quell the...

    Daenerys and Jon

    It was referenced by Ser Davos and Varys when they were on the castle walls looking down at Jon and Daenerys as a means to solidify their alliance and hopefully quell the Northerners mistrust of Daenerys. It would also do wonders for peace in the realm as you would have united two of the most powerful Great Houses in the same way Robert Baratheon and Ned Stark discussed early on in the show

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  2. Comment on Mayor Pete Buttigieg's 2020 Presidential Announcement Speech in ~news

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    As a resident of Texas, I would certainly have to agree with @Alyaza Beto losing to Texas by a mere 2 points was monumental. He took Cruz down to the wire in a state that went to Trump by nine...

    As a resident of Texas, I would certainly have to agree with @Alyaza

    Beto losing to Texas by a mere 2 points was monumental. He took Cruz down to the wire in a state that went to Trump by nine points, re-elected Greg Abbott as governor by 13 points(Abbott initially defeated Wendy Davis by a whopping 20 points in 2014 so Dems actually had a stronger showing in 2018), hasn't had a Democrat hold any major state wide office in 20 years, and Democrats hold less than half of the states US House Reps, Texas Senate, and Texas House of Reps seats along with not having elected a Democratic Senator since Bob Krueger left in 1993.

    To say Beto faced an uphill climb is an understatement and it would've been a monumental upset if he had managed to pull it off. The fact that he made it as close as he did should be a point in his favor rather than used against him. Even if Ted Cruz is the most disliked Senator, Texans, by and large, are stubborn. We embrace our states heritage and individualism but that also means change is slow. But Beto very nearly pulled it off

    The signs, however, are encouraging. He won all the major population centers, almost overwhelmingly so, (Dallas, Harris, Travis, and Bexar Counties with a narrow win in Tarrant Co) and most of the border counties.

    There's too much of Texas that's still mired in the "Old South" way of thinking and life. Beto's message just wasn't going to resonate with much of rural Texas where "God, Guns, and Football" still reign supreme

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  3. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1 discussion in ~tv

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    I agree. I think Bronn will hide his true intentions under the guise of Tyrions offer but I don't believe he'd have it in him to kill either one of them for money. Not for Cersei. Especially...

    I agree. I think Bronn will hide his true intentions under the guise of Tyrions offer but I don't believe he'd have it in him to kill either one of them for money. Not for Cersei. Especially because I think Bronn is smart enough to know that Cersei sent Bronn hoping he'd die in the process.

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  4. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1 discussion in ~tv

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    I was so engrossed in the episode that Jaime being the "old friend" had never occurred to me until someone mentioned it after the fact. Bran will, no doubt, be supremely forgiving, knowing that...

    I was so engrossed in the episode that Jaime being the "old friend" had never occurred to me until someone mentioned it after the fact. Bran will, no doubt, be supremely forgiving, knowing that Jaime doing what he did paved the way for Bran to become the Three Eyed Raven.

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  5. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1 discussion in ~tv

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    I'm not sure how "correct" the line of succession is. Mostly, I don't want to tell you anything incorrect or give false info. I generally understood it that Jon would have the stronger claim being...

    I'm not sure how "correct" the line of succession is. Mostly, I don't want to tell you anything incorrect or give false info. I generally understood it that Jon would have the stronger claim being technically the next in line through the Crown Prince but for the most part, in Westeros, the male heir in the line of succession will almost always take precedence over a female even if the female is technically next in line. Look no further than Winterfell. Sansa, as a true born Stark, has a stronger claim to Winterfell than Jon but the Northern Lords made him King in the North. Partially because of his character but also because he's a son of Ned Stark, or so they believed.

    As far as Jon and Dany......I doubt Jon will have any interest in pursuing the Iron Throne. The North, and Winterfell, is where he wants to be. I think he'd take it if it meant saving Winterfell and his family but that's the only scenario I could foresee him having any interest in it. Which further reinforces why he should be the one sitting on the Throne. The truth will be a shock to Jon and I'm almost certain he'll tell Sam and Bran to keep the truth a secret, that revealing it would only threaten the alliance he's worked to build.

    Dany will not take it well. The Iron Throne has been her goal the entirety of the show, especially once Viserys was killed off. I think she'll initially see it as a plot to usurp her but will come around. Bran will probably tell her something that only she could possibly know so that she'll be able to trust what he says. I'm glad that Jon knows the truth now but I wish that the truth had been revealed in a public setting. Somewhere where everyone would've seen Jons reaction so that they'll be able to see how shocked he was. His reputation, just like Ned, is that he doesn't have a dishonest bone in his body. I think they'd see his reaction as genuine and not part of a plot. That's where a marriage alliance saves the day. Dany would've married someone anyway, marrying the true heir, an honorable man, and someone the North trusts and respects would go a long way towards fostering peace.

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  6. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1 discussion in ~tv

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    Cersei sending Bronn after Jaime/Tyrion is smart on her part but I don't think it'll work. Even if Bronn were a sellsword in the purest form, Jaime and Tyrion are too smart and know Bronn too well...
    1. Cersei sending Bronn after Jaime/Tyrion is smart on her part but I don't think it'll work. Even if Bronn were a sellsword in the purest form, Jaime and Tyrion are too smart and know Bronn too well to think Bronn would travel North for any reason other than at Cersei's command. But I don't think Bronn is so devoted to money that he would actually kill Jaime and Tyrion for it as I do think he has a soft spot for them. I also think Bronn is smart enough to realize that Cersei has ordered him on a suicide mission.

    2. I'm a fan of Lyanna Mormont but if she, and the other Northern Lords like Glover, expected Jon NOT to give up his crown if it meant securing the armies the North needs, they were even more short sighted than I thought they'd be. I knew they'd be stubborn but damn. They know the threat they face and they know Jon would do anything to save the North, including bending the knee to Daenerys. I get they don't like Daenerys because she is a Targaryen but she's brought dragons, dragonglass, and men to fight, things the North desperately needs if its going to survive the war against the Army of the Dead. They placed their faith in Jon to lead them, that means having faith that he's making the right choice.

    3. I didn't think they'd reveal Jons parentage to him in the first episode. I figured it'd be a bit later. The North is already upset that he brought Daenerys there and that he bent the knee to her, I can only imagine how it's going to go once they learn the truth, if they live that long.

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  7. Comment on The drought is over: Tiger Woods wins 2019 Masters, his first major championship since 2008 in ~sports

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    Too often we see athletes be too proud and stubborn to hang it up when they should. When age, health, and effectiveness have eroded too much of their ability away to let them compete the way they...

    Too often we see athletes be too proud and stubborn to hang it up when they should. When age, health, and effectiveness have eroded too much of their ability away to let them compete the way they once did.

    I thought Tiger might be reaching that stage. Its not his age that's the problem, although, at 43, he was fast approaching Nicklaus record age for oldest Masters winner. He just seemed like he could never get, and stay, healthy. Every time it looked like he was on the path to a comeback, it seemed like that back of his would flare up.

    I'm glad I was wrong. It looks like Tiger is back, fully, and we'll get to see his greatness again

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  8. Comment on Star Wars Episode IX Teaser Trailer in ~movies

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    I won't say I'm super hyped but as someone who DIDN'T hate TLJ, I'm still on board the hype train nonetheless. JJ will probably play it safe but I'm hoping we get a solid resolution. And, more...

    I won't say I'm super hyped but as someone who DIDN'T hate TLJ, I'm still on board the hype train nonetheless.

    JJ will probably play it safe but I'm hoping we get a solid resolution.

    And, more than anything, they do right by Carrie Fisher

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Shuffle your entire music library, then tell me about the first five tracks that come up. in ~music

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    Heathens- twenty one pilots Mass Effect 3 Sountrack; Leaving Earth- Clint Mansell Rogue One Soundtrack; Master Switch- Michael Giacchino Really Slow Motion- Dominus Mirrors Edge Soundtrack;...
    1. Heathens- twenty one pilots

    2. Mass Effect 3 Sountrack; Leaving Earth- Clint Mansell

    3. Rogue One Soundtrack; Master Switch- Michael Giacchino

    4. Really Slow Motion- Dominus

    5. Mirrors Edge Soundtrack; Pirandello Kruger- Solar Fields

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  10. Comment on I'm a Paramedic, Please Stop Asking Me About the Worst Thing I've Ever Seen in ~health

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    To an extent, you're not wrong. Empathy certainly makes it hurt more when you see/hear something tragic. But we need it to keep us focused. Lose too much of your emotion and empathy and each...

    To an extent, you're not wrong. Empathy certainly makes it hurt more when you see/hear something tragic. But we need it to keep us focused. Lose too much of your emotion and empathy and each patient/caller isn't getting your absolute best because you're simply not emotionally invested. Your patients and callers can tell when you don't care and they don't respond as well to you in that situation

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  11. Comment on I'm a Paramedic, Please Stop Asking Me About the Worst Thing I've Ever Seen in ~health

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    This article speaks to me. My mother is a paramedic and my stepdad was a volunteer firefighter. My father is a police officer. I worked as an EMT and then transitioned into 911 Dispatch. My...

    This article speaks to me.

    My mother is a paramedic and my stepdad was a volunteer firefighter. My father is a police officer. I worked as an EMT and then transitioned into 911 Dispatch. My brother is a firefighter/EMT for a neighboring city and the same one my dad works for. Public service is a family tradition, at this point.

    Being a first responder is exhilarating, rewarding, and a total beat down. Mentally, physically, and emotionally. The feeling of getting a pulse back or someone waking up, knowing you made a difference, knowing you kept them alive long enough for the doctor to his job.

    But it's draining. Especially in the US. I don't know how BC or other places around the world do it but in the US, EMS is divided between Private ambulance services and city services, like fire departments. Private EMS sucks to work for. You're typically a glorified taxi, shuttling patients from nursing home to doctor appointment or dialysis for 10 bucks an hour. Every company is different but for the company I worked for, shifts were 8hrs, 12hrs, 15hrs, or 24hrs long. We worked out of run down buildings that were barely up to code, shitty air conditioning, which sucks balls in Texas during the summer. Our ambulances were barely in working order, regularly breaking down, AC not working etc....the first ambulance I worked on had an electrical short in the back end that kept the lights in the back from ever working. So you couldn't see the ambulance from behind unless the lights in the cab were on. My shift was a 15 hr, from 4am-7pm. But it was never 15 hrs. It was almost always 16 or 17. See, dispatch had a mandate that calls couldn't hold. If you had available trucks, you sent them regardless of what time they were supposed to be off. So instead of heading at 7pm so I could go home and get a decent night sleep, I'm getting dispatched to another call, not getting off until 8pm or 9pm, By the time I'm getting home, it's 10pm. So I'm getting MAAAYBE 5 hours of sleep before having to get up and do it all over again.

    The breaking point, at least for that shift, was when I fell asleep at the wheel while transporting a patient. At least I think I fell asleep. It was one of those moments where you were driving and went from Point A to Point B but had zero recollection of how you got there. We didn't crash or anything but it was a wake up call.

    I immediately sent an email to the lady who did truck shifts and assignments and told her that, unless Dispatch was mandated not to send us on late calls, I wanted off that shift. That I had inadvertently endangered the lives of my patient, my partner, and myself because I wasn't getting enough sleep. And if she didn't reassign me, I was going to the owner of the company to lodge a complaint against her, dispatch, and our supervisors who didn't make any effort to address the concerns. I certainly wasn't the only one they fucked over on a consistent basis. It was company wide. But I couldn't do it anymore. I loved the work but I refused to work that shift anymore. I wasn't going to endanger my partners or patients because the company was prioritizing profit over patients.

    And the thing is, the work environment is in addition to the things you see. Someone taking their last breaths. The sad, slow decline of an Alzheimers patient that you've known for awhile....where, once, they knew your name, asked you how you were doing, and eventually, no longer recognize you, can't tell you anything about themselves. Until one day you show up and their room is empty.

    Now, as a 911 dispatcher, I hear it differently than I saw it. Now I hear a wife screaming and crying as her husband of 30 years collapsed and isn't breathing. On one hand, you're angry because it's like "get your shit together and maybe we can save him" but at the same time, you do this long enough, and you just know this woman is going to burying her husband. A young mother is panicked and crying because her 2 year old just fell off the couch and hit their head on a tile floor. I literally just answered a call about someone brandishing a gun to a bunch of kids because apparently someone had stolen from them and the kids looked suspicious......Didn't actually see them doing anything. They just looked like they might.

    You'd be surprised how racist your neighbors are. I can't tell you how many calls we take, that we HAVE to send on, that boil down to a black man walking down the street or sitting in his car. It's insane.

    I once had a lady call in asking how old her kids needed to be so she could drop them off at the fire department and not get in trouble for it. She straight up wanted to abandon her kids.

    I remember watching one of my partners, someone who has been dispatching for 20 years, break down and cry her eyes out over an 8 year old girl that drowned. My partner tried to give CPR instructions but the person on the phone wouldn't listen.....then I watched the police officer who responded, a military veteran and 20 year officer, cry his eyes out over a little girl he couldn't save, that from what I could tell, and what the responders told me, no one was going to save. It wasn't water that killed the girl. I mean, yea, she drowned, but neglect was the primary problem. She drowned at a party. Over two dozen parents and other kids running around but no one paid enough attention to see this girl go under the water.

    Anyone who works as a first responder has stories like this. Stuff we'd rather forget but we can't. And we know we shouldn't. We need these stories. It keeps us grounded. It keeps us focused It reminds us that not every call will have a happy ending but we do everything we can because we'd want the same for our loved ones.

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  12. Comment on Should harder games have "Easy modes"? in ~games

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    I'd have to agree with Papaya.......when the difficulty is a product of game design, when the game designed to be difficult, I think it should remain so. I play games to relax, to veg out, to get...

    I'd have to agree with Papaya.......when the difficulty is a product of game design, when the game designed to be difficult, I think it should remain so. I play games to relax, to veg out, to get transported to a different world for awhile. I don't play them because they're hard or I want a challenge. My job is hard enough. It's why I've never played any of the Dark Souls games, don't Mythic raid in WoW or ever beat a Halo game on Legendary difficulty. I'm playing the game to enjoy it, not get frustrated through numerous death and restarts. I played Mass Effect and Dragon Age on the easiest difficulty because the story is what I wanted. Same for the Halo games and WoW.

    That being said, I don't begrudge those who play games for their difficulty either. It's their preference. That's what they like to do.

    Now, a game that's artificially difficult? That can frustrate me. Destiny 1 and 2, for example, had a lot of difficulty that was artificial. Enemies that were bullet sponges, even when the player was as powerful as the game would allow. Raid mechanics that required near perfect precision that you would only find with a dedicated raid team, and incredibly difficult for a PUG.

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  13. Comment on The DOJ Antitrust Division Just Warned the Academy About Blocking Netflix From the Oscars in ~movies

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    You make a fair point. However, I would argue that people have argued in favor of Netflix's movies for two reasons. First, the vast majority of TV movies were low budget, low quality affairs....

    You make a fair point.

    However, I would argue that people have argued in favor of Netflix's movies for two reasons.

    First, the vast majority of TV movies were low budget, low quality affairs. Using this list, https://www.rottentomatoes.com/top/bestofrt/top_100_television_movies/, from RottenTomatoes(take it for what you will), not even half of "Television movies" have the "Fresh" rating. Of those that are considered "Fresh", only 6 were made before the year 2000. Quite simply, TV movies being quality, or at least critically acclaimed, entertainment is a relatively new phenomenon compared to that of theatrical film.

    Even the HBO films you referred to, https://www.businessinsider.com/best-hbo-original-movies-all-time-critics-2018-5, only 13 were made prior to 2000.

    Now here comes Netflix providing an ever growing, and near constant, source of movies and entertainment right to the television. Along with Hulu and Amazon, HBO Go, etc. Much of it rivaling the studios in quality. They're bypassing and supplanting the studios to a greater level than ever before and I think Spielberg is rebelling against it, to an extent.

    Now I fully acknowledge these websites and their reviews being entirely subjective as all art and it's critique, ultimately, is.

    Secondly, it feels like a form of gatekeeping on Spielbergs, and others who think like him, behalf. I have to wonder why Spielberg feels the need to draw a line between a theatrical film and a TV one. I suppose that my "Old Man Yelling At Cloud" comment was derived from this. The only major difference between the two is the delivery method. And streaming is the future. They may very well shut down theaters entirely. Even if theatrical films are made with the big screen in mind and TV/Streaming Service movies made for home viewing, why should that detract from the individual quality of the film itself? Schindlers List is one of the greatest films of all time no matter how it's viewed. Star Wars doesn't stop being epic because I watch it on a 60" TV instead of a film screen. Absolutely, the theater can enhance the experience. Seeing Titanic on the big screen gave you a true sense of the majesty of the ship but it didn't change the quality of the movie. The Battle of Helm's Deep was truly epic at the theater but just as good at home, especially with the Extended Editions we didn't originally see in the theater. The vast majority of the movies I've ever seen, I didn't see until they were on VHS/DVD/Blu Ray and now 4K. To be honest, the only films that I would say absolutely deserved to be seen on the big screen were the big budget 3D films like Avatar, as home theater systems are woefully inadequate to match that experience.

    So I guess I feel like Spielberg is saying, in a nice way, that streaming service and TV movies are fine as long as they keep to their lane. They can be just as good as any cinematic film but they won't be recognized as such simply because of the delivery method. That streaming service and TV movies won't be recognized simply because that's just the way things ought to be.

    I don't know....maybe I'm just reading too much in Spielbergs words. I work nights and it's been a long, quiet night. My mind is finding ways to keep active

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  14. Comment on The DOJ Antitrust Division Just Warned the Academy About Blocking Netflix From the Oscars in ~movies

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    I generally like Spielbergs films, even that stinker Ready Player One, but he's wrong here. It should not matter HOW a film is distributed. It should not matter whether it gets a theatrical...

    I generally like Spielbergs films, even that stinker Ready Player One, but he's wrong here.

    It should not matter HOW a film is distributed. It should not matter whether it gets a theatrical release. The quality of the movie/film will speak for itself.

    This is Spielberg being the Old Man Yelling at the Cloud.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on Oh No! The Depressing Truth About the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory Workers in ~books

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    I have to wonder if the difference is that, by the time of the Korean War, the US Army had integrated and abolished discrimination based on race while the Royal Air Corp might've been less...

    I have to wonder if the difference is that, by the time of the Korean War, the US Army had integrated and abolished discrimination based on race while the Royal Air Corp might've been less integrated during Dahl's service? If I remember correctly, the British military was considerably more integrated than the US military, at the same time, although whites still held the vast majority of officer and command positions.

  16. Comment on Oh No! The Depressing Truth About the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory Workers in ~books

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    I'm glad I'm not crazy. I read and reread the article, feeling like something was off about it. Felt like the author had a hate boner for Roald Dahl and this article appeared to be little more...

    I'm glad I'm not crazy. I read and reread the article, feeling like something was off about it. Felt like the author had a hate boner for Roald Dahl and this article appeared to be little more than a hit piece.

    "Despite what Felicity Dahl implied, Roald Dahl never considered...."

    This part was what really started to send me in that direction.....how the author could completely dismiss what Dahl's widow said is beyond me. She'd likely know the ins and outs of Dahl's plan far better than the author would've and even if she said that simply to cover up Dahl's racism, it still isn't right to go on record that Dahl's wife had no idea what her own husband planned. She was there. Maybe she didn't have input on the writing itself but she was there. The author wasn't.

    But then author cites no sources and only links his own analysis. Just struck me as the author wanting to drum up some clicks for this article and his own analysis.

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  17. Comment on In team sports to what extent does how good a teammate someone is factor into an assessment of their greatness? in ~sports

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    I"m not very familiar with basketball but there are some examples to be found in baseball. For me, a player being a good teammate is important but is only a piece of the puzzle. Barry Bonds is...

    I"m not very familiar with basketball but there are some examples to be found in baseball.

    For me, a player being a good teammate is important but is only a piece of the puzzle.

    Barry Bonds is considered to be one of, if not the greatest hitter of all time, PED use notwithstanding. But during his playing career, he was notoriously standoffish towards both his teammates and the media.

    https://abcnews.go.com/Sports/barry-bonds-escalated-standoffish-attitude-mlb-career/story?id=42549035

    This article does a good job of explaining how Bonds was during his playing days but the short of it was that he didn't appreciate how, early in his career, he had to carry a Pirates team with his own performance. Eventually, he grew to resent that and he built up a shell around himself. When he was with the Giants, his teammates tried to break that shell down so Bonds tried to be more friendly and personable but Bonds had grown so accustomed to his way that his hitting suffered. For whatever reason, Nice Bonds couldn't hit the broad side of a barn.. Baseball is an incredibly mental game and success or failure often predicated on how well a player can or can't stick to his "process". Bonds teammates eventually told him that they wanted the old Bonds back so that he would start hitting again. Bonds reverted to his old self, got his edge back, and immediately started hitting the cover off the ball again.

    Alex Rodriguez was also considered to be a bad teammate, at times at least, over the course of his career but in a different way than Bonds was. A-Rod was more full of himself and narcissistic. For example, during Game 4 the 2007 World Series, A-Rod and his agent Scott Boras announced that A-Rod was opting out of his massive contract. While A-Rod was within his contractual rights to do so, the move was roundly criticized as an attempt by A-Rod to distract attention from the World Series, particularly as the Yankees rival, the Red Sox, were well on their way to a possible sweep of the World Series. Such announcements, traditionally, were made after the conclusion of the Series, so as not to take attention away from baseballs premier event.

    Despite their general attitudes and behavior, however, both players were considered to be too good to be replaced. The Yankees had, publicly, stated that, while they were willing to work an extension with A-Rod to keep him in the Bronx, they would not resign him if he opted out of his deal. They did anyway because A-Rod was just that good at the time. And the rumor was, A-Rod would consider signing with the Red Sox. The Yankees couldn't allow A-Rod to go to their hated rival fresh off another World Series win.

    At least in these examples, the players were poor teammates(Bonds being a loner who wanted little to do with his teammates, A-Rod being the quintessential "Me First" teammate) but elite performers and as such, teams were willing to put up with their behavior in exchange for that performance.

    For me, it doesn't take away from how good a player is or was. Ultimately, their job is NOT to be a good teammate. That's a bonus. It's certainly preferred. Mariano Rivera was the first unanimous selection to the Hall of Fame, mostly due to his performance as a pitcher but also because he was so well known as a likable and friendly teammate who also treated the media nicely.

    But a players first priority is to perform to the best of their ability. To win games. It doesn't matter what sport we're talking about, no fan will ever say "Well they lost again but they're all such great teammates so it's ok". And no player will ever say "Hey we're 0-16 but we're all good buddies so no big deal".

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  18. Comment on Tipping thoughts? in ~life

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    I detest tipping. I have nothing against food service workers but I have flat refused my entire life to work as a waiter/delivery driver where my wages were dependent on the kindness of a complete...

    I detest tipping. I have nothing against food service workers but I have flat refused my entire life to work as a waiter/delivery driver where my wages were dependent on the kindness of a complete stranger. I know you actually can make decent cash doing it but I don't have the personality for it and I, quite frankly, don't agree with the practice.

    Charge me more so you can pay your workers a fair wage. Don't put their ability to buy food, pay rent, etc solely on the customer, especially since so many customers can be royal assholes about it.

    That being said, much as I don't agree with the act of tipping itself, I don't short change my servers/delivery drivers even if the service is bad. I tip minimum 20% or 5 dollars if 20% is less than that regardless of the quality of service and/or food. If the service is good or better, the tip goes up depending on just how good it was. But they're getting a decent tip off me no matter what.

    But overall, I hate the practice. It's too easy to abuse. I'd rather pay more for my meal so they can make a good paycheck.

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  19. Comment on This Week in Election Night, 2020 in ~news

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    I can see why it's might be considered an issue. By the time we're casting our ballots for the 2020 Presidential Election, we'll have had four years of a president who is a white man who made...

    I can see why it's might be considered an issue. By the time we're casting our ballots for the 2020 Presidential Election, we'll have had four years of a president who is a white man who made little secret of his disdain for women, minorities, and the poor. The Democrats are likely wanting to put someone forward that is the complete opposite, both in policy and looks.

    Throwing Sanders(who isn't the most popular candidate among minorities), O'Rourke(who is relatively inexperienced on the national level), and Biden(Arguably not progressive enough) into the mix means they're just putting up more of the same when options like Warren, Harris, and Buttigieg exist.

    I firmly believe, perhaps wrongly, that the upcoming election will not be decided by policy but simply whether you like Trump or not. Similar to how the 2016 election mostly boiled down to "Do you like Hillary Clinton? If yes, vote Clinton, if no, vote Trump". Their stances didn't matter so much as their reputations did.

    So putting forth candidates who are the polar opposite to Trump, in looks(woman? PoC?), policy(just how progressive are they?), and demeanor(Can they go toe to toe with the Twitterer in Chief?) is likely the Democrats play.

    In a perfect world, absolutely, I agree, that race/sex/orientation shouldn't matter. That their ideas, how they can work with those who don't share their ideas and visions to achieve goals that benefit all Americans, but that's not the country we live in.

    We have plenty of people who will not vote for a gay candidate, regardless of their ideas, because the very existence of the gay community is an affront to their beliefs. We have plenty of people who will not vote for a woman and/or minority candidate even if they had the absolutely best plans simply because they're still stuck in the 1950s. And that says nothing of what would happen if a transgender candidate stepped up to be a serious contender.

    The only way to break through some of those closed minds is to slap them in the face with the reality that white Christian men are not the only ones capable of running this country. That a Muslim woman, or a Latina from the Bronx, a gay man or woman or transgender person can rise up and be just as capable of a leader as any rich business man. The result, hopefully, is that the next generation of children and voters see people who look like them at the highest offices. A little Muslim girl may see Rep Ilhan Omar holding her own and think "I can do that too". A young Dreamer may see AOC sparring with Fox News and realize that they're being fought for by people who know their struggle. A gay man might see Mayor Buttigieg and realize there's still hope for him in this country. It's the only kind of "trickle down economics" that may work.

    Sorry that got a little preachy.

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