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“Walking Dead” grumble thread: Where is your God now?

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Man, am I glad that doctor was offed at the end of last night’s hour. For 45 minutes I thought the show really was about to go all-in on some hokey story arc in which Father Gabriel acquires providential “second sight” as his vision deteriorates. He put his trust in the Lord and, lo, there was salvation. He stumbled across the house with the antibiotics he needed; he knocked over the piggy bank with the car keys they were looking for; then, in the episode’s most “Use the Force, Luke” moment, he literally closed his eyes and fired a gun at Dr. Carson while he was wrestling with a zombie, miraculously pulling off a perfect headshot to take down the walker. After eight years of wondering where the hell this show is going, we were about to have our answer. A blind prophet named Gabriel was preparing to lead the Grimes gang to the promised land, with nothing but his divinely inspired instinct to lead them. I was blind, but now I see.

Then Carson went for a Savior’s gun, got popped, and poor Gabriel dissolved into sobs, his faith shattered. It was the most atheist moment of Hollywood entertainment I’ve experienced since “A Serious Man.” It was pretty awesome!

The episode had other providential interventions, though. Tara was about to murder Dwight until, wouldn’t you know it, a squad of Saviors came traipsing by and yet somehow didn’t hear the gunshot she had fired at his head just moments before. Then, minutes after Doc Carson’s death seemingly squelched any chance of OBGYN care at the Hilltop, who comes walking through the gate but Siddiq, a man with medical training who never would have found his way to Maggie without Carl showing him some mercy. One doctor exits, another doctor enters. When God closes a door, he opens a window. I’m going on the record now: (1) Maggie’s baby will be named Carl, (2) Gabriel’s mystery illness will end up producing a medical lead on how to counter the zombie plague. That would be a poetic way to justify his belief that God has a plan for him. His infection may claim his life but if the other survivors can learn something from his strange illness, which is debilitating but not (yet) fatal like a zombie bite is, maybe they can figure out a vaccine. His faith would end up giving life, literally, to others. High time the survivors figured *something* out about the plague after eight seasons, no?

I’m not just spitballing here either. Gabriel’s illness is obviously zombie-related:

If you were paying close attention to season eight’s seventh episode, Eugene hinted Gabriel was sick because he covered himself in walker guts to escape the Sanctuary trailer with Negan.

“I don’t see an escape attempt without putting to use the same flawed technique of innards which landed you in your status, quote, ‘piss poor,’ condition,” Eugene told an ailing Gabriel…

“The science we never really know,” [executive producer Denise] Huth said. “It makes sense. It’s interesting, I always loved back in that episode, back in 805, where Negan says to him [Gabriel], when they’re starting to do it [cover themselves in walker guts], ‘Haven’t any of your people ever gotten sick doing this?’ That was certainly an indication that Negan has seen that happen.”

It seems to be common knowledge among survivors that mere contact with zombie guts can — but doesn’t always — make you sick, and not fatally so. (If it always made you sick, Negan would be going blind too.) That sounds a lot like … how inoculations work. Some people have reactions to vaccines as antibodies in their system increase but most gain immunity from the disease being vaccinated against. What if zombie guts work the same way? We’ll know for sure if Gabriel gets bit in a later episode and doesn’t die. I’m already looking forward to the episode where they figure this out, everyone spends the next 45 minutes rolling around in walker offal, and then Rick emotes for awhile that “Coral” could have been saved if only they’d realized this sooner.

Relatedly, a question: How stupid is Negan that he’s only understanding now, years into the zombie plague, that walker blood can be used as a biological weapon? He was so pleased with himself at the end of last night’s show, having put two and two together and realized that if stuff from inside the bodies of the dead gets inside your body, it can have bad effects — a lesson that the average five-year-old would have grasped the first time he watched someone die from a bite. As noted above, Negan already knew when he and Gabriel covered themselves with entrails a few episodes ago that contact with zombie guts can make one sick. So why is it only dawning on him now that blood-dipped projectiles could end up killing members of Rick’s gang even if the wound itself isn’t fatal?

All of that comes on top of the fact that his deputies — Dwight, Simon, now Eugene — keep deceiving him and plotting behind his back and he never seems to find out, despite the culture of terror he’s built inside the Sanctuary. He’s not a bright man.

Anyway. Exit question: How lame were those swamp zombies? They were exceedingly easy to kill and it makes no sense that they were submerged in the first place only to rise as Daryl et al. walked by, notes Vulture. “They’re not the Napping Dead or the Snorkeling Dead or the Please Do Not Disturb Dead.”

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New York Times on latest Scott Pruitt “scandal”: Never mind

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When we were recently discussing the Washington Post’s fervent desires to somehow see EPA administrator Scott Pruitt impeached, I provided a roundup of some of the latest “scandals” which have been run up the flagpole. That list only brought us up to Lunchgate, however, and another one slipped past me. (They come up with scandals over there so quickly that nobody can possibly keep track.) In just the past few days the New York Times turned in some additional crackerjack reporting claiming that Pruitt has been abusing the goodwill of his staff and employing his influence as a cabinet member to land his daughter a spot in the University of Virginia Law School.

While perhaps not technically illegal, that’s still dirty pool. Children of powerful government executives shouldn’t get a leg up and a free pass to prestigious schools at any level while regular citizens sweat it out hoping to land a spot for their own kids. (Right President Obama and Michelle?) We can’t allow Scott Pruitt to use his position as a Cabinet member to gain special perks for his family. This is an outrage! Somebody needs to get to the bottom of this and…

Wait a minute. What’s that you say, New York Times? Nevermind? (Emphasis added)

An article on Saturday about senior staff members at the Environmental Protection Agency who said they frequently felt pressured by Scott Pruitt to help in nonwork matters included an item that erroneously described Mr. Pruitt’s use of his position for personal matters. While a Virginia lawmaker, William Howell, said he wrote a letter of recommendation to the University of Virginia Law School on behalf of Mr. Pruitt’s daughter, McKenna, he actually wrote it while Mr. Pruitt was the attorney general of Oklahoma. After publication of the article, additional research by a legislative aide, Mr. Howell said, showed he had incorrectly stated the date of the letter, which he said was actually written on Nov. 1, 2016, more than three months before Mr. Pruitt was confirmed as E.P.A. administrator, in February 2017. The law school, which had declined to comment for the article because of privacy concerns, issued a statement on Saturday saying Ms. Pruitt had given the school permission to confirm that she had been offered early admission in late November 2016 and that the “application was evaluated according to our usual admissions procedures.”

I see. Pruitt’s daughter had gotten her letter confirming early admission months before Donald Trump was even sworn into office. I would have brought this to all of your attention earlier but it took a while to find it. You see, while the news of the original “scandal” was plastered all over page 1 in the Times, this correction showed up at the bottom of page A-17. It was melded in with a correction to the caption under a photograph from somebody’s funeral. (I’m not even kidding.)

Well, mistakes happen, right? Some day we’ll all look back on this and laugh, I’m sure. It will be hilarious, just like that fun-filled time last summer when the Gray Lady reported that Pruitt had taken a secret meeting with the head of Dow Chemicals. (It was some spot on, incisive reporting except for the fact that they later admitted the meeting never happened.) Or that laugh riot from a couple of months ago when the Times reported that a member of Pruitt’s inner circle had been seen out drinking with the EPA Inspector General. (A story which was absolutely accurate, except for the part about the member of Pruitt’s inner circle being out drinking with the EPA Inspector General.)

Good times all, and we shall no doubt remember them fondly down the road. And besides, who among us hasn’t been tracking the Cabinet official we’re trying to paint as being under a cloud of scandal and suspicion and made the odd mistake over and over and over and over and over again?

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FBI Director Wray Praises Mueller “I Do Not Believe Special Counsel Mueller is on a Witch Hunt” (VIDEO)

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FBI Director Christopher Wray testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday on the IG report’s findings of the Clinton email investigation.

Christopher Wray told Senator Leahy (D-VT) that Robert Mueller’s investigation is ‘not a witch hunt.’

FBI Director Wray once again proves he serves the Deep State swamp rather than the interests of the American people.

FBI Director Christopher Wray held a press conference last Thursday afternoon from the FBI headquarters in DC following the release of the IG report was released.

Wray defended the swamp; he said the IG report “did not find any evidence of political bias or improper considerations actually impacting the investigation under review.”

On Monday, the FBI Director praised Mueller and said the dirty cop is not on a witch hunt.

Truly disgusting.

VIDEO:

We shouldn’t be surprised as Wray defended the corrupt officials in the FBI brass last week in a disgraceful press conference.

Americans are disgusted after reading more anti-Trump text messages from FBI agents.

What a disgrace.
The top officials at the FBI and DOJ hated Donald Trump and his supporters.

The Deep State hacks called Trump supporters: F***ing Idiots, Sad, Pathetic, Retarded.

Chris Wray told reporters there was “no evidence of political bias.”
This is the same FBI that had spies inside the Trump campaign and continued to spy on President-elect Trump after his election and inauguration.
And the FBI spy infiltrating the Trump campaign openly advocated for Hillary Clinton during the election.

According to Wray, there’s no political bias and Mueller is not on a witch hunt despite KGB tactics of breaking down doors and raiding anyone connected to the president without even naming the crime.

Wray needs to go.

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Study: The states with the most psychopaths seem to be blue

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Why on Earth would we talk about a Social Science Research Center study like this? The real question is… how could we not?

Reported at QZ, this new study by Southern Methodist University Professor Ryan Murphy correlated a bunch of data which I can’t make heads or tails of and figured out how psychopathic the residents of every state are. He was looking at the “levels of big five personality traits” (extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness to experience) in each state. These apparently correlate with other traits which identify psychopathic tendencies. To put it mildly, the news was not good for the blue states.

Sometimes, it can feel like there are psychopaths everywhere. If you live in the United States, it’s now possible to move to less psychopathic environs, thanks to new research ranking 48 contiguous states by psychopathy.

Connecticut wins the dubious award of most psychopathic state in the US, followed by California in second, and New Jersey third. New York and Wyoming tie for joint fourth place, followed by Maine. The least psychopathic state is West Virginia, followed by Vermont, Tennessee, North Carolina, and New Mexico…

Earlier research shows that psychopathy is composed of disinhibition, boldness, and meanness, and a forthcoming paper shows that these characteristics can be translated into the big five traits.

I’m still not sure how things like “meanness” and disinhibition translate over to characteristics typical of psychopaths, but then, I only lasted for a few classes in pre-med. It’s still interesting to note that while the five states with the highest psychopath rating were almost entirely blue states in the northeast (plus California), the least psychopathic ones were in red (or at least reddish purple) areas. Who would have guessed that West Virginia would be the best location, particularly if you’ve ever watched the movies based in that region?

Oh, there was one more kicker to the study results. You might have been wondering where the District of Columbia landed. The answer is that it’s not on the list because it rang up a psychopath rating that was off the charts but was disqualified due to mitigating circumstances. (Emphasis added)

Murphy also included the District of Columbia in his research, and found it had a psychopathy level far higher than any other state. But this finding is an outlier, as Murphy notes, as it’s an entirely urban area and cannot be fairly compared with larger, more geographically diverse, US states. That said, as Murphy notes, “The presence of psychopaths in District of Columbia is consistent with the conjecture found in Murphy (2016) that psychopaths are likely to be effective in the political sphere.”

So if you’re looking for the highest concentration of psychopaths in the country, head to Washington, D.C. Apparently they have more of them than you can shake a stick at and the majority are working “in the political sphere.”

C’mon, man. You’re not going to sit there and tell me you’re surprised.

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