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Not seen Dr.Who in decades but get the impression all is not well. Massive drop in viewers and complaints that it lectures the audience and terrible ratings don't encourage me to do so.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: January 23, 2020, 11:37:32 PM »
Reading Dispell Illusion proceeding as expected so far.

or you could try:

The Court of Broken Knives

Maybe we need to sticky a Grimdark list and lists for other catogries as this type of post comes round fairly often.

The most Grimdark of books ever:

Beyond Redemption
Metro 2033

Introductions / Re: Ye Old members of Lore
« on: January 23, 2020, 06:19:56 PM »
@Arry you wisdom and knowledge is missed. I hope you can get back into reading if not sport and find time to enjoy it even if you no longer review and post here.

General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: January 23, 2020, 12:57:19 PM »
Corona virus or at least this iteration of it is not going to reach epidemic status anywhere. The reason it travels is simply that people and goods do. a real world killer is going to have a long incubation period or show mild (say common cold like symptoms) for a couple of weeks then hit you with the real vial payload.

Inky I would be more concerned with looking both ways when crossing the road.

I loved The gutter Prayer which was unlike anything I have ever read in the genre.


General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: January 21, 2020, 12:30:25 AM »
That's not already a law???

Oh good you are shocked?

The second amendment means (subject to certain conditions) you may carry firearms openly or concealed (it varies state to state) pretty much everywhere. You have the fundamental right, not the privilege of being armed in America.

I find the idea of carrying in a park abhorrent and deliberately did not look for any information regarding that in the stats I have been working through as I know I would have read about kids being maimed or killed by negligent discharges and that would have stayed with me.

General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: January 20, 2020, 07:39:35 PM »
Sorry for the double post.


The proposed laws that are making this gun rally potentially volatile are:

 Prohibit the purchase of more than one handgun per month

 Allow local governments to ban guns in parks and public buildings

 Require background checks on all firearms purchases

Within Europe (well possibly not France) these would be the least of your concerns regarding the bureaucracy around owning firearms. These proposed rules do not seem contraversial from our perspective.

I have as many Europeans do have a knee jerk reaction to Americans and guns. The entrenched arguments about gun control and the ideology that seems to separate ownership from responsibility but mostly the struggle to comprehend the allowance of predictable and avoidable deaths. I have tried to look past that and looked into what and why of this is happening.

The 300 hours or so I have wasted in the last year or so have been enlightening, but convinced me that fixing shootings in America is not a political issue but social one and the current social norms of America are reflected nowhere else in the world.

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