Wednesday Open Thread 

Dr. Strange Needs To Earn A Living, Too

Funny stuff. Also, Cumberbatch’s American accent is on point.

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The Killers.

Tuesday Open Thread 

The Walking Thread: The Day Will Come When You Won't Be (S7, E1)

TWD 7.1

Spoiler warning: for anyone who hasn’t seen this episode, there are major spoilers after the jump. You have been warned.

Well, everyone who complained about how last season’s cliffhanger finale didn’t show us the gory details definitely got their fill with “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be”. And then some. The gut-punch of an episode spares us nothing in portraying Negan’s brutal judgment of Rick and his friends, and those that survived will never be the same, Rick in particular. Not content with the blood he has spilled at the beginning, Negan spends the episode putting Rick and his friends through a series of torments until finally at the end, they and their leader are utterly broken. TWD has broken viewers’ hearts before, but this has to rank among the most devastating episodes yet.
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Monday Open Thread

Jamie Lee Curtis in a still from Halloween

Jamie Lee Curtis in a still from Halloween

Poker, Straight, Two Faced

Here is Jonoathan Rauch, in the New York Times, highlights what is wrong with out politics — justifying lying — so long as it’s done in order to get things done. Here’s a taste:

Often, the only way to get something done is to have separate private and public truths. Behind closed doors, nothing is settled until everything is settled. Until the deal is done, everyone can pretend not to have decided anything. But the moment the conversation becomes public, plausible deniability ceases. Everyone knows I’ve made an offer. Angry interest groups, adversaries in the other party, and even purists in my own party start cutting attack ads and lining up challengers to prevent a deal and defeat me.

In diplomacy, having two faces is similarly indispensable. Until recently, the existence of the United States’ use of drones for targeted killing was classified — not because it was a secret (everyone knew about it, especially the targets) but because public acknowledgment would embarrass key allies. As long as we pretended not to tell, they pretended not to know.

So there you have it. Rationalization is complete and clear. Here’s the link.

The Veins of America


Geologist and Imgur user “Fejetlenfej” has created a map of the United States showing all the rivers running through the country. The result is a unique look at the geology of America. The pink area in the middle is the Mississippi River and the river systems that feed into it.

h/t Daily Mail.

From The Trailer Park - A Cure For Wellness

A man travels to a wellness clinic in the Swiss Alps that holds disturbing secrets. Stars Dane DeHaan, Mia Goth, Jason Isaacs. Directed by Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Ring).