"It is easy to confuse what is with what ought to be, especially when what is has worked out in your favor."
- Tyrion Lannister

"Lannister. Baratheon. Stark. Tyrell. They're all just spokes on a wheel. This one's on top, then that's ones on top and on and on it spins, crushing those on the ground. I'm not going to stop the wheel. I'm going to break the wheel."

- Daenerys Targaryen

"The Lord of Light wants his enemies burned. The Drowned God wants them drowned. Why are all the gods such vicious cunts? Where's the God of Tits and Wine?"

- Tyrion Lannister

"The common people pray for rain, healthy children, and a summer that never ends. It is no matter to them if the high lords play their game of thrones, so long as they are left in peace. They never are."

- Jorah Mormont

"These bad people are what I'm good at. Out talking them. Out thinking them."

- Tyrion Lannister

"What happened? I think fundamentals were trumped by mechanics and, to a lesser extent, by demographics."

- Michael Barone

"If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to."
- Dorothy Parker

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Full employment, civil war on the left

Baker on full employment and the Democratic Platform

Vox weenies on Corbyn

Peter Frase on the center-left:
a moribund but still institutionally powerful neoliberal order that uses its accumulated power to compensate for its complete lack of compelling answers to contemporary political questions.
 Corey Robin on the Clinton forces:
The Clinton forces want nothing more than to make all of American politics—not just in this election but for the foreseeable future—into a battle between a racist, ethno-nationalist right and a multicultural, neoliberal center. Our job is to make politics into a struggle between a multicultural neoliberal center and a multicultural, multiracial socialist left.

Monday, June 27, 2016

The Youth are wise and right! You refused the call. Lady Mormont speaks harshly and truly.

The youth voted overwhelmingly for Bernie Sanders. They voted for Remain. After a pause in the discussion at the meeting of the victors over Ramsey Bolton, young Lady Mormont speaks up for Jon Snow:

"Your son was butchered at the Red Wedding, Lord Manderly, but you refused the call.

You swore allegiance to House Stark, Lord Glover, but in their hour of greatest need you refused the call.

And you, Lord Cerwyn, your father was skinned alive by Ramsey Bolton. Still, you refused the call.

But House Mormont remembers. The North remembers! We know no king but the King in the North whose name is Stark! I don't care if he's a bastard. Ned Stark's blood runs through his veins. He's my King from this day until his last day!"

"Winter is here." Game of Thrones Season 6 finale

Game of Thrones is probably my favorite TV show ever. The Ringer has a good discussion of the Season 6 finale.



Tyrion becomes Hand of the Queen as the Targaryen forces sail towards Westeros including Yara Greyjoy's fleet, the Unsullied, the Dothraki, and three dragons. Daenerys's advisers include Missandei, Grey Worm, Varys the Spider and Theon Greyjoy. Jorah Mormont is off looking for a cure to Stonescale (I would like to see him reunited with Lyanna Mormont). Daario Naharis and the Second Sons have stayed behind in Meereen.

Varys has brokered an alliance with the Dornish and Lady Olenna Tyrell (and also the Reach with Randall Tarly?).

Cersei is Queen and holder of the Iron Throne, along with Jaime, Bronn, Qyburn, and Gregor Clegane. The Sparrows and Faith Militant are gone. So is Kevan Lannister.

But the Freys are gone also, following the traitorous and disloyal Boltons into oblivion. Will Edmure Tully - now freed - and Riverrun rejoin the Starks? What about Sandor Clegane and the Brotherhood without Banners? Where is Melisandre the Red Priestess heading?

Jon Snow holds the North. Advisers include Sansa, Ser Davos, Tormund, Brienne, Podrick Payne, Lyanna Mormont and the other leaders of the Houses of the North. The Knights of the Vale and a dissatisfied Petyr Baelish. Bran Stark and Meera Reed head south past the Wall. (They know the Night King is heading south as Winter has arrived.) Samwell Tarly is studying at the Citadel. Dolorous Edd is leading the Nights Watch at Castle Black. Uncle Benjen/Coldhands is beyond the Wall.

Both Jon Snow and Sansa Stark know and like Tyrion Lannister, Hand to the Queen.

What will Euron Greyjoy do? Where will Arya head to next?