I do believe the denial that the NSA has backdoors into Google, Facebook, Microsoft et al. Why bother with backdoors when you can just serve a secret warrant rubber-stamped by a secret judge, letting you demand what you want and threatening refusers with jail time?
When I eat a light 'snack' for dinner, I always feel so self-empowered and in control... and then later that evening when I'm watching tv or a movie... that craving sets in. Pizza? Quesadilla? Cheese and crackers? Chips? All things that are not recommended at anytime (for me) but particularly an hour or three before bed.
Whatever the ending of ASoIaF is going to be, I have serious doubts that it's going involve Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister, or Jon Snow or any of the other fan favorites sitting on the Iron Throne, rulling Westeros as it always was, and everyone can just go back to their murderous plotting and tit-for-tat scheming.
Apparently Orson Scott Card believes that George W. Bush did not lie about WMD in Iraq. I stopped reading the post after that. "I guess the plus side is he's not obsessed with Hillary Clinton" - James Nicoll http://james-nicoll.livejournal.com/4397737...
Even if Robert hadn't asked Ned Stark to be the Hand, I think the Starks would've been doomed anyway. It's not like the Lannisters didn't already hate them. A Lannister probably would've become the Hand. It's likely Robert would've been assassinated anyway. And even if the Lannisters didn't get them, the Targaryens would've been gunning for them.
So is the lesson here that you should buy up Mojave Desert acreage and get ready to transform it to farmland? You better hurry, because when currently fertile areas fail and succumb to drought, the famine and mass migration is really going to put a dint in civilization.
When I read *A Game of Thrones* I was totally shocked when they killed Ned Stark then and there. I had expected Bad Things to happen to him and thought that the Lannisters would get him in the end, but I didn't think he'd get a surprise public execution….