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But yeah, hiring a black staff member once blacks were voting in much greater numbers---thanks to a voting rights bill that Thurmond (now a Republican) also opposed with equal passion---makes up for all of that. Give me a break.
There's nothing immoral or anything contrary to western civilization to be found in imposing our civilization on other civilizations. We've done so in the very recent past, and could do so in Iraq.
Unless, that is, you want to equate Thurmond's latterday hiring policies with LBJ's work on civil rights
Is your suggestion of a reaction anything more than holding hands and singing Kumbaya?
Probably not? Have you read anything about these guys? They are about as hard core as you can get. Unless your idea of "dealing with them" is agreeing to a mass conversion of the US to Islam, there is nothing for them to talk about.
Nah. Opens with Mance and John, works through everything else, then closes with Stannis, and MAYBE an epilogue of the granite organ. (That last may actually open/prologue next season, which would work fine, I think.)
Check again. I did.
I have been saying for a long time that the best analog to Iraq is Yugoslavia -- a "Nation" of people who really don't like each other, and who don't want to be in the same nation, held together by a dictator. The dictator gets removed, and the long knives come out. Literally.
The end result in Yugoslavia was that it was not possible to hold the country together. I don't know how you hold Iraq together, either. The big problem here seems to be that while Yugoslavia had what might be called an 18th or 19th century perspective, Iraq (and the Middle East) seems somewhat more medieval -- i.e., they have lot longer trek to modernity ahead of them. And I don't think that kind of growth can be imposed. Perhaps the best we can do is to contain it, and to target the worst aspects of the Islamo-Fascist movements that threaten us.
Oh well, at least they don't have too many nukes, yet. We got through the Cold War. We can get through this.
It wasn't so unbelievable to me in the book
On a far more significant subject, I'm thinking that tonight's GoT finale opens at the Twins and good ol' Walder Frey....
Nah. Opens with Mance and John
The Obama administration is contacting hundreds of thousands of people with subsidized health insurance to resolve questions about their eligibility, as consumer advocates express concern that many will be required to repay some or all of the subsidies.
Of the eight million people who signed up for private health plans through insurance exchanges under the new health care law, two million reported personal information that differed from data in government records, according to federal officials and Serco, the company hired to resolve such inconsistencies.
The government is asking consumers for additional documents to verify their income, citizenship, immigration status and Social Security numbers, as well as any health coverage that they may have from employers. People who do not provide the information risk losing their subsidized coverage and may have to repay subsidies next April.
You know nothing, Jason Epstein,
If they're holding off on (re)introducing that character until the story intersects with the path of several others that we are following, I think that's a mistake ... but, then again, I think they've made several in the telling ...
By the way, RIP, Mag the Mighty
Yeah, I've read this in a number of threads. I guess I can't figure out why anyone cares.
Also, can someone explain to me WTF they are doing with the Mountain? Because that #### made no sense at all.
There's still a long, long endgame on HBOs end here, but so far it's been four ten-run innings in a row success-wise. Thing could fail next year like a concrete boat and still be a success.
Eh, I'd like to think that given the chance to absorb and improve upon GRRM's base, I'd somehow manage not to make the misogyny worse ...
The ship she's on is going to Braavos, where the captain is from.
I'm happy to announce that I'm above it.
The end result in Yugoslavia was that it was not possible to hold the country together.
Isn't it part of the Robert Strong storyline?
Then he's kind of an idiot.
Then he's kind of an idiot. "Where are you going?" "Home, to Braavos." Then she shows him the iron coin, he gives her a cabin, and the ship leaves.
But not Hawaii 5-0, right?
At least Hawaii 5-0 had a ####### point to it
I approve of last night's episode pretty much in full. It was obviously too much to bring the Stoneheart story line into things at the end of S4. I doubt they'll skip it entirely in S5 - I've seen some argument that it's a fantasy trope too far, but that's not convincing to me. I do like that they cleaned up the aimless wanderings of Brienne and Pod significantly, and that merged that aimless wandering bit into the aimless wandering of the Hound/Arya.
I strongly disagree about the Tyrion/Tywin exchange.
I strongly disagree about the Tyrion/Tywin exchange. Tywin had to go, for the same reason Ned Stark had to go. He was a powerful figure capable of putting order to the chaos in the south, and if that happens then the south can rally to the north "too soon." My only quibble with the show's depiction of that exchange last night was that it left out entirely Tyrion's real motivation. In the books, as Jaime says goodbye, he squares up one final Lannister debt/lie; Tyrion's first wife, whom Jaime found on a farm to deflower the young Imp, and whom he eventually married, was a whore who his father had raped by Lannister men and then killed, rather than have his son marry a commoner. Jaime reveals at the end that she was not a whore at all, but the same farm girl Tyrion had initially been led to believe. *That* is what drove him over the edge.
This is the biggest reader/non-reader fight on the tubes right now. The thing is, so far, not even the books so far have Tyrion giving a crap about looking for Tysha. I also think that Shae reaching for a knife against an unarmed Tyrion - plus all the crap he listed to his father - gives him enough to go over the edge. It's not a GREAT choice to edit out, but there's only so much you can put in, and for an adaptation, I'm not minding it being left out. I find the Cersei/Jaime reconciliation being put in to be more bizarre.
Wait, what?!? I'm not watching the TV shows, but they really left out Jaime's confession that Tysha (the farmgirl) was exactly what teenaged Tyrion thought she was; a girl (the first and only one) who genuinely loved and cared about him? That moment, and Tywin's brutalization of her, were probably the two most important and formative experiences of Tyrion's entire freaking life. WTF man...
From a show-runner perspective, it makes complete sense. There are dozens of book characters who get whittled down and combined into a single more central character for the series, and that's both good for TV, and honestly, good for the story in general. The elimination of date to "Coldhands" from the Bran arc has been nothing but good news. (They replaced that entire twaddle with the brief interaction of Bran with the Crows at Caster's Keep, and that's a win narratively.) The dropping of the "Hound" that Brienne fights (because he stole Clegane's helm) for an actual fight with the Hound. That is much tighter and better told. I like that the series is acting as the editor that Martin never quite had after book two. And I understand the combination of Tysha/Shae in those terms. And this also allowed Tyrion to leave Jaime on brotherly terms, rather than against his entire family (as in the books.)
I don't find the lack of attempt to find Tysha a compelling argument, though. Up until being put in a box and put on a boat he's believed she was a whore hired by Jaime to make him a man. He hasn't had much chance to try to find her, and there's no reason to believe a common farm girl around the Rock would have survived the wars anyway.
It wasn't meant to be as compelling as simply a description, I suppose. Again, I don't think it's a GOOD choice, just not a bad one either; and to non-readers, it's moot and just not really necessary, so was abandoned to this point.
Yeah, but Tyrion's experience with Tysha (and Jaime's subsequent revelation) were immensely important in shaping Tyrion the character and how he interacted with the world and why he made the decisions he made.
The experience with Tysha is still there, so that part of this point isn't applicable. The revelation is the only thing that was removed.
Income inequality is destabilizing and "responsible for the divisions in the country," CEO and chairman of Goldman Sachs Lloyd Blankfein said on "CBS This Morning" Tuesday.
"The divisions could get wider," Blankfein said. "If you can't legislate, you can't deal with problems. [If] you can't deal with problems, you can't drive growth and you can't drive the success of the country. It's a very big issue and something that has to be dealt with."
GABRIEL ZUCMAN is a 27-year-old French economist who decided to solve a puzzle: Why do international balance sheets each year show more liabilities than assets, as if the world is in debt to itself?
Over the last couple of decades, the few international economists who have addressed this question have offered a simple explanation: tax evasion. Money that, say, leaves the United States for an offshore tax shelter is recorded as a liability here, but it is listed nowhere as an asset — its mission, after all, is disappearance. But until now the economists lacked hard numbers to confirm their suspicions. By analyzing data released in recent years by central banks in Switzerland and Luxembourg on foreigners’ bank holdings, then extrapolating to other tax havens, Mr. Zucman has put creditable numbers on tax evasion, showing that it’s rampant — and a major driver of wealth inequality.
Mr. Zucman estimates — conservatively, in his view — that $7.6 trillion — 8 percent of the world’s personal financial wealth — is stashed in tax havens. If all of this illegally hidden money were properly recorded and taxed, global tax revenues would grow by more than $200 billion a year, he believes. And these numbers do not include much larger corporate tax avoidance, which usually follows the letter but hardly the spirit of the law. According to Mr. Zucman’s calculations, 20 percent of all corporate profits in the United States are shifted offshore, and tax avoidance deprives the government of a third of corporate tax revenues. Corporate tax avoidance has become so widespread that from the late 1980s until now, the effective corporate tax rate in the United States has dropped from 30 percent to 15 percent, Mr. Zucman found, even though the tax rate hasn’t changed....
Yet another large American medical company apparently is looking to buy a foreign rival and move its headquarters overseas to take advantage of lower taxes. And the losers would be the Treasury, American workers and the U.S. economy.
The resulting furor spurred Democrats in Congress to seek a new law to make tax inversions more difficult, but it has little chance of passing amid Republican opposition.
The trick is to get the super rich to spend more.
* Unless there is a plan on the GOP side to deal with the issue**,
What results do you mean?
That tax policy has no consequences.
(CNN) -- Abu Usama appears to be in his late 20s. With a neat ginger beard and a rifle slung over his shoulder, he addresses fellow Muslims back in Germany from his new home in northern Syria.
In a 9-minute video released by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), he explains that he took his name from Osama bin Laden, because "he hit the head of injustice, and he is the one who terrorized [the West] as they terrorized us. Since they did not stop doing this, we will treat them in kind."
He asks his audience: "Are you happy with your life in Germany? Going to the nightclubs and having female friends?" according to a translation of the video by SITE Intelligence.
Abu Usama then appeals for Muslims to join the struggle led by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. Addressing al Baghdadi, he says: "The entire world is against you, because you are inviting to establish the Islamic State. Therefore, we love you and we stand beside you."
ISIS's ambitions are focused on creating an "emirate" in the parts of Syria and Iraq it now controls, as the first step toward the greater goal of a wider Islamic caliphate. But any U.S. military action to support the Iraqi government could change that. If it chose to, ISIS could unleash a tide of young men with "clean" passports, fighting or bomb-making skills and unshakeable belief on their home countries.
In his video, Abu Usama said it was the Americans who were the terrorists.
How do you have a clean passport after you've enlisted in a Jihadi army? Shouldn't these people all be on some kind of "arrest on sight" list?
I kind of think Iran is the West's "natural ally" (to get psuedo-Bismarkian) in the region. We should probably apologize formally for the 1953 Coup d'Etat and work on normalizing relations.
Or maybe we should have just let the Russians take over Afganistan and Iran back in the 80s. Putin, lil' help here?
The only problem with this mythologized history is that the CIA's role in Mossadeq's demise was largely inconsequential. In the end, the 1953 coup was very much an Iranian affair. ...
By 1953, Iran's economy was in free-fall. Without its oil wealth and facing mounting budget deficits, the Mossadeq government was increasingly incapable of meeting its payroll. Iran could not get around the British embargo, and efforts to operate an oil-less economy proved doomed as the government relied on petroleum sales to cover much of its budget. Mossadeq responded to the crisis by behaving in an increasingly autocratic manner. A principled politician who revered the rule of law, Mossadeq now contrived referendums, rigged elections, and sought control of the armed forces, long a prerogative of the Iranian monarchy. Suddenly the champion of constitutional rule turned into a populist rabble-rouser rebelling against the traditions of his state.
Iran's escalating economic crisis began to fracture the National Front, less a party than a coalition of like-minded organizations. The fact that it accordingly never developed its own dedicated and disciplined cadre that could remain steadfast under political stress was part of what undid Mossadeq. The Front's middle-class elements, concerned about their declining financial fortunes, began to abandon him. The intelligentsia and the professional class were increasingly wary of the prime minister's autocratic tendencies and looked for alternative leadership. The armed forces, which had stayed quiet despite Mossadeq's periodic purges of the senior officer corps, now grew vocal and began to participate in political intrigues. The clerisy, long suspicious of secular politicians and their modernizing tendency, subtly shifted its allegiances to the monarchy. And here it is worth underscoring the fact that the clerical estate—despite the Islamic Republic's current position on the so-called CIA coup—played a critical role in Mossadeq's downfall. ...
It's important to note that for all the talk of a coup, the reality is that it was Mossadeq who broke the law. The shah had the constitutional authority to dismiss his prime minister—refusing to step down in contravention of the monarch's orders was an illegal act. ...
The coup that would be subject to so much historical controversy was not so much an American conspiracy as a reassertion of Iran's traditional classes alarmed about the radicalization of national politics. The street that Mossadeq had relied on rebelled against him. Many chroniclers of these events refuse to acknowledge that the shah was at the time a popular figure and the monarchy a trusted institution. Army officers, landowners, mullahs, and average citizens alike had confidence in the monarchy and were fearful that its absence would pave the way for the dreaded Communists.
In the ensuing decades, Kermit Roosevelt and other CIA alumni would embellish their role in toppling Mossadeq, but the U.S. government's after-action assessment was much more modest. The CIA itself noted that it was the shah's departure that turned the tide against Mossadeq. "The flight of the Shah brought home to the populace in a dramatic way how far Mossadeq had gone and galvanized the people into irate pro-Shah force," a CIA cable read. Similarly, the U.S. embassy reported that "not only members of Mossadeq regime but also pro-Shah supporters were amazed at latter's comparatively speedy and easy initial victory which was achieved with high degree of spontaneity." Eisenhower, who as supreme commander of Allied forces during World War II knew something about covert operations, dismissed Roosevelt's narrative as "more like a dime store novel than historical fact."
This is the conservative answer, if the GOP would realize they're supposed to be conservatives, not corporate shills.
I imagine at least some of the Iraqi army that deserted their postswould be amenable to join, and I doubt any of them are on a watch list.
The notion that Iran is our "natural ally" has been bandied about for decades. As long as the mullahs remain in charge, however, it's not going to happen.
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