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    [–] Elon Musk says Tesla owners could make up to $30,000 a year turning their cars into 'robotaxis' TeddysBigStick 1 points ago in Futurology

    I think it is fair to say that Musk has proven himself to be deeply unreliable when talking about three things; time, money, and governments. This plan involves all three so I would take it with a mine's worth of salt.

    [–] Elon Musk says Tesla owners could make up to $30,000 a year turning their cars into 'robotaxis' TeddysBigStick 1 points ago in Futurology

    The interior is going to get beat to hell, even if you get good passengers, just through the increased usage and how much people are going to get in and out. Now, Tesla does tend to use cheap materials in their cars but I would not be surprised if they upcharge the hell out of it.

    [–] [SPOILERS] Daenerys not making sense for 2 mins straight. This is too much. TeddysBigStick 1 points ago in gameofthrones

    You and I have different definitions of good if you think torturing people is included in it. There is a difference between burning someone at the stake and a beheading. Just because she thinks what she is doing is just doesn't mean it is. One of her major issues as a person is that she believes that being her enemy justifies anything being done to them.

    [–] [SPOILERS] Daenerys not making sense for 2 mins straight. This is too much. TeddysBigStick 2 points ago in gameofthrones

    It is basically house Gardener Part II. Whoever gets the strongest backer is the new great house. Unfortunately for Randyl, he picked the wrong monarch. I think part of the issue is the show vs book depiction of Cersei. One of the reasons ollena is so much better at the game in the books is that she is willing to rule through people, while Cersei's narcisim requires her to be the named person.

    [–] [SPOILERS] Daenerys not making sense for 2 mins straight. This is too much. TeddysBigStick 2 points ago in gameofthrones

    They do but someone who marries into a house is not able to inherit it. As far as I know, House Tyrell is dead in the show because they cut out the older Tyrell brothers. I don't think it is established what happens when a Great House dies.

    [–] [SPOILERS] Daenerys not making sense for 2 mins straight. This is too much. TeddysBigStick 1 points ago in gameofthrones

    Fair enough. I guess there could be a cousin sitting off screen to satisfy the inheritance system. It is probably just a result of the show writing out most of the Tyrell sons.

    [–] (Spoilers Main) Dany can't touch the Iron Throne because Snow is already on it... TeddysBigStick 18 points ago in asoiaf

    Aegon exists to drive Dany crazy (and possibly Mad with a big M) and make her initially hostile as hell to Jon being Aegon or whatever his real name is.

    [–] [SPOILERS] Daenerys not making sense for 2 mins straight. This is too much. TeddysBigStick 1 points ago in gameofthrones

    Did they betray the Tyrell's? Olenna had no claim to any of the houses authority and not legitimate basis to be giving anyone orders.

    [–] House panel moves to hold former White House official in contempt after he obeys Trump administration’s instruction not to testify TeddysBigStick 3 points ago in law

    I get what you are saying and I do agree. I guess I was just letting Trump's catchphrase impact my description, which is hardly a good thing in any instance. You are correct that it is a tug of war but the system is designed so that a sufficiently motivated and unified. A veto proof majority is a powerful thing.

    [–] [SPOILERS] Daenerys not making sense for 2 mins straight. This is too much. TeddysBigStick 15 points ago in gameofthrones

    Stannis got shit for it. The fact he was doing messed up stuff under the influence of Mel was one of the main points. For the writers thing, a lot of it just is about how different he is in the show vs books. Most of the Mannis people are coming from the books, where one of his defining moments was that he rejected her burnings and went to save the day against the Wildings because he realized it was the right thing to do. That also ties into the fact that it is just about impossible for Shireen to happen like it did in the show. Maybe he will still end up burning her but it won't be before that battle. The logistics just do not work with the fact he left her behind at the wall. Personally, I think Mel is going to murder her to bring Jon back. Only death can pay for life. It will probably have the support of Lady Baratheon, which is what is going to break the Stannis.

    [–] [SPOILERS] Daenerys not making sense for 2 mins straight. This is too much. TeddysBigStick 16 points ago in gameofthrones

    Her very first action as leader was to burn someone at the stake. She has since followed that up throughout her story, most notable when she crucified all those people.

    [–] House panel moves to hold former White House official in contempt after he obeys Trump administration’s instruction not to testify TeddysBigStick 18 points ago in law

    The job of the executive branch is to carry out the orders given to it in the form of laws. It is the job of Congress to monitor the executive and, if they decide it is required, fire members of the executive or pass new laws giving it new orders. How would they effectively carry that out if the executive can refuse to turn over information that may implicate them in incompetence or malfeasance? Congress is the first branch of government for a reason. I think the Nixon tapes cases are a rather good illustration of why their investigative powers much be extremely broad and contain the coercive powers necessary.

    [–] House panel moves to hold former White House official in contempt after he obeys Trump administration’s instruction not to testify TeddysBigStick 37 points ago in law

    It has not been used since the 30s but Congress does have the authority to jail people for up to the duration of each Congress at a time and the their decisions to do so are largely unreviewable.

    [–] TIL The Roman Catholic Church fully accepted the theory of evolution back in 1950. They accept it provided that Christians believe that God created all things and that the individual soul is a direct creation by God and not the product of purely material forces. TeddysBigStick 13 points ago in todayilearned

    The Galileo affair is a much more complicated thing than is commonly thought. The main reason he was arrested was because his book publicly insulted the pope, not over the scientific theories within it. I am not going to argue that the Vatican was some bastion of free speech at the time but it wasn't some cackling villain in a big hat declaring science evil. There is also the fact that there were a bunch of problems with Galileo's theory that were apparent at the time and it was only later that it could be corrected to make the math work.

    [–] [SPOILERS] Daenerys not making sense for 2 mins straight. This is too much. TeddysBigStick 2 points ago in gameofthrones

    Don't get me wrong, much of the smart stuff that comes from Dany has its origins with J Bear but him being the mentorship father figure is not exactly the healthiest things for Dany compared to what Jeor would do if she somehow found herself as a cocky young member of the NW.

    [–] [SPOILERS] Daenerys not making sense for 2 mins straight. This is too much. TeddysBigStick 1 points ago in gameofthrones

    Because she is still the complete and absolute idiot that is Cersei Lannister and Varys will cease to have a need to keep propping her up once Aegon goes to take King's Landing. Her job is to be the feared and despised but not particularly bright monster that Aegon will slay and for that be loved. That is part of what sets the stage for Dany to go all Fire and Blood. The great Targ restoration that she has been talking about the entire time will have already happened but it isn't her that gets crowned and cheered.

    [–] [SPOILERS] Daenerys not making sense for 2 mins straight. This is too much. TeddysBigStick 1 points ago in gameofthrones

    It is if they want to have a scene where she tried to murder him with fire and he doesn't die like people are talking about. But ya, if they want to have Jon not be a true dragon and her be super special then it is not a continuity error.

    [–] Tolkien estate disavows forthcoming film starring Nicholas Hoult - Lord of the Rings author’s estate declares it did not ‘approve of, authorise or participate in the making of’ new biopic TeddysBigStick 1 points ago in books

    I don't believe in the full death of an author but they are also fallible human beings and do not always consciously realize everything they put into their work. To continue to use Tolkien as an example, LoTR is a very Catholic novel. He himself realized this but only after the fact of writing it but before it was published and fully edited. Would the interpretation be any less true if he didn't and it was someone else who realized it?

    [–] [SPOILERS] Daenerys not making sense for 2 mins straight. This is too much. TeddysBigStick 2 points ago in gameofthrones

    What makes Dany complex is that she does all these evil things like torture, including in the show, but she completely believes herself to be justified by the greater good and entitled to absolute power to carry that out. The question is whether she will transition from hero with massive flaws to well intentioned villain. As an aside, I would recommend the book Wages of Destruction about the supposed good things that Hitler did for Germany. It is an academic work that won all the awards the year it came out that does an outstanding job of taking apart many of the myths that have taken hold about Nazi governance.

    [–] Tolkien estate disavows forthcoming film starring Nicholas Hoult - Lord of the Rings author’s estate declares it did not ‘approve of, authorise or participate in the making of’ new biopic TeddysBigStick 5 points ago in books

    and it gave him trouble until the end of his life. He was never able to reconcile the origins and nature of them with his own Catholic faith and the cosmology of his world. That is why there are so many possible backstories about them and none was ever decided as correct.

    [–] [SPOILERS] Daenerys not making sense for 2 mins straight. This is too much. TeddysBigStick 4 points ago in gameofthrones

    I think there is a potential for her to go full villainous in the books. Cersei seems like she is shortly going to be taken out as a player in the books and that leaves open the job of Mad Queen. Dany has already performed true evil in the form of torturing those children and seems primed to blow if she shows up and Aegon is beloved and everyone hates her and her posse of the worst and most hated people in the world. Look at what she has. There are the parasitic horse dudes that do nothing but rape and pillage. Brainwashed slave soldiers that kill babies. She is going to pick up some Iron Born and everyone hates them for good reason. Jorah had to flee execution for slaving in a society that rightly considers that taboo. Tyrion is a kinslayer and seems intent on living up to all the bad parts of his reputation. Then you have all the stories about all of the gruesome pubic torture she herself has done. She is going to be hated and it is going to drive her up the wall because she viewes herself as the champion of the people. Now, they could easily have a redeption arc after but a self righteous villain is still a villain.

    [–] [SPOILERS] Daenerys not making sense for 2 mins straight. This is too much. TeddysBigStick 3 points ago in gameofthrones

    They could easily retcon that by having Jon say something about how he really wasn't burned but Aemon forced him to wrap it anyway since they didn't really do his plot line in the books about rehab. I suspect they were still planning to follow the books at that point and Dany is not fire proof in them. They could also use that to throw gas on Dany's jealously fire by having her realize that he was mentored by a wise and good family member while she got Viserys. Works with the parallel of how he got Jeor while she was stuck with Jorah.

    [–] [SPOILERS] Daenerys not making sense for 2 mins straight. This is too much. TeddysBigStick 31 points ago in gameofthrones

    Is it really a heel turn? She has been torturing people to death since season one. It is one of her defining characteristics. The difference is that now she is surrounded by characters that we care about instead of foreigners that we are inclined to believe deserve awful deaths.