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  1. I think where Marquise really got caught is that trying to tailor for a person who is both busty and plus-size is difficult, if you don't know what you're doing. It's often not just a matter of adjusting tolerances on a standard pattern block, it can be a different pattern block entirely. I swear I heard Christian mention something about a princess seam, but it seems like Marquise didn't quite do a princess seam - there was a side bodice dart and a front bodice dart that created almost a princess seam. An actual princess seam would have been much more flattering on that model because it would have given the close fit without creating all that extra bunching and fabric right at the bust point. Another thing that was contributing to that bunching was that his front bodice darts were really long. For plus size/full bust people, you want those darts to stop farther away from the bust point than you would for a standard size or flatter-chested model. All that being said, Marquise pretty clearly has quite a lot of talent and passion for what he does and I really hope that he gets the kind of mentorship that would teach him what he doesn't know. Also, I think that's the big difference between Brandon encouraging Delvin to stay in his lane and calling Victoria out for being one-note is that making well tailored is a much broader lane. One can make a lot of different shapes that are well-tailored (i.e. flattering in proportion and shape). It seemed like Brandon's big problem with Victoria is that she only knows the one shape (tight, cutouts, hardware for accessories.)
  2. Man, this episode really got me. I grew up with a parent who was extremely depressed and, as a result, was mentally abusive towards me. That person has since gotten treatment and is a completely different person, but the struggle of having been a kid dealing with all of that is 20 years later I'm working on dealing with how to be mad at someone who doesn't exist and how to trust this new version. On that front, I could really understand where Jerry was coming from. Those could have been feelings that he didn't even know were there until Marjorie said the baby looked cold. I also liked the Jill/Tammy storyline. When they're used in the right amount, I find that they're two of my favorite characters. And I loved that Tammy didn't let the issue fester or sit until it became a grudge two episodes later. Plus Jill actually listened. I think that's what saves Jill from being just an asshole with money is that she will listen if somebody says something to her. She might not take it the first time, but she does listen.
  3. And therein lies the problem. That was definitely my concern as well. I don't trust any of these Trump satellite folks further than I can throw the lot of them. I thought Rachel sort of addressed it in her debrief with Lawrence - Parnas's assessment is that talking makes him safer rather than less safe. But especially after Manafort, I only trust these people as far as their stories can be corroborated. What Parnas was saying, specifically about who had to have known about what he was doing, all makes a ton of sense. It's not like the accusation that Barr and Nunes are heavily involved came out of nowhere.
  4. Right there with you. Part of the problem tat they pointed out back in the second half of season 2 was that actions that were once positive were now negative. So when they said that if you had a negative point total, you went to the Bad Place, that seemed like it would be a lot of people and it would just fall into the problem of being the same old system. I feel like their plan almost works, but it should either be that the point threshold for where you go should have some kind of adjustment mechanism, to basically account for the complexity of the world, or the thresholds should have been different. So say -500K to 500K points, you go to purgatory/the Medium Place, above 500K welcome to the Good Place, below -500K, Shawn gets to bring out the penis flattener. Of course there's even a side conversation to be had about a Dante's Inferno-type Bad Place, where your point total if you pass the Bad Place threshold determines how you're tortured. All that being said, I'm SO glad this show is back. I laughed so hard at "Jacksonville Plea Bargain" I actually had to pause the TV.
  5. Oh man was I glad that Joy had Maria Teresa Kumar, Tara Dowdell, and Karrine Jean-Pierre on that panel this morning. I thought Maria Teresa made some particularly salient points about how a lot of the solutions that are being proposed are going to exacerbate the access problems we already have. I'm finishing my last year of graduate school right now and the majority of people I know from my law school aren't really considering buying a house unless they are married and planning to move to the suburbs/exurbs. Student debt and paying for Republican policies is siphoning a huge amount of cash out of our bank accounts. Our economy depends heavily on people spending money. Well, what happens when people have so much money that, as Maria Teresa pointed out, they literally cannot spend it fast enough? The money lies fallow and doesn't go back into the economy. I think all four women did a good job of pointing out that this level of wealth transfer isn't just ethically bad, it's also exacerbating a lot of other problems. One thing I wish they had pushed back on was when Ron Insana mentioned that we need to be redirecting people in the direction of high paying jobs is that a big part of what's happening is the jobs are being clustered in a smaller and smaller number of areas. Yeah we have a shortage of welders, but WHERE do we have a shortage of welders? If we have a shortage of welders in California but there are people who need jobs in West Virginia, that's not as simple as saying "we have more jobs than workers." ETA: to finish out what I meant to say by this point, this also exacerbates the urban/rural divide that's a huge problem in this country. Those jobs are concentrated in a few states. As people leave their hometowns for those cities, the population in those states swells but doesn't correspond to an increase in political power because the Senate has so much power but doesn't account for population size. Not to mention that he was not remotely accounting for cost of living. If that welding job is anywhere near a major city, $100K is a good median income but generally not enough to buy a home or actually begin accumulating wealth. I also wished that, during the portion of the conversation where they were talking about healthcare premiums and how that would affect the economy, someone would have pointed out that employer-sponsored healthcare became widespread as a way of getting around WWII wage controls. (Before that it had existed mostly for higher-danger jobs in rural areas, like logging or mining and there were a few teachers healthcare plans primarily associated with university-owned hospitals.) European nations evolved differently, in part because their economies were wrecked by the war. Our wages are still being affected by a policy put in place because of a war we were fighting 75+ years ago. I do wish Joy had had someone a bit more trained in tax policy on to push back against Insana. For one, when he was talking about conflating Bezos' personal net worth from stock compensation with Amazon's income, I really wanted someone to point out that a) part of the reason Amazon's stock is so high is because of their earning and profits, which is in turn affected by how much Amazon pays in income tax and b) Bezos's compensation package relies heavily on stock options because it is typically taxed at a lower rate than ordinary income.
  6. I agree with all of this. I don't think the real test was about Chidi, Simone, John, and Brent improving at all. I fully agree with the both of you. I kind of think that, in addition to original four being the real experiment, the newbies were the control for the experiment. Because I don't think everyone who gets put in "The Good Place" will automatically improve - it's more that some people are capable of change when prompted and some people aren't capable of change because they choose not to be.
  7. I mean at least he keeps their workdays interesting? I feel like the hidden news of this episode is that Ollie's got some decent pipes on him! I usually don't enjoy musical comedy pieces but this one was fucking amazing. Kudos to HBO for standing behind LWT. I hope HBO's actual non-professionally dancing/singing lawyers found it satisfying too.
  8. Betsy DeVos has a shaky-as-hell record here. She and her family had invested in a company that collects student loan debt. She was required to divest of her interest in that company within 90 days of her confirmation as Secretary of Education, but given the level of corruption in the Trump admin, I would be fully unsurprised if she was still benefitting from this rule change.
  9. You aren't wrong. It's also notable just how much money these voting machine companies spend lobbying Congress and states. That's something I don't think John got deep into and I wish he had. There's probably the "voting machines can't be bad because I won" mentality, but it should not be ignored that there are also lobbyists pushing to make sure that states keep ordering new machines. Replacing the voting machines needed for a given state is way more expensive than replacing the optical scan machines, so I'm sure that's a part of why the continued push for the vote recording machines.
  10. They do. Optical scan machines are SIGNIFICANTLY less dangerous than direct voting machines, though. And they're cheaper and break less often.
  11. McCarthy's speeches remind me of something I apparently did as a baby. I've been told I was slower to learn words, but I had inflection down really early, so I knew how a sentence should sound. So I would speak complete gibberish but I'd pause and inflect in the right places so that it sounded like I was saying something. Kevin "The Place of the Band" McCarthy never actually says anything but he confidently acted like he said something important and that's close enough for most Republican die-hard faithful. On the main segment, I wrote a paper for one of my grad school classes on voting machines and why switching back to paper is necessary. Horrifyingly, machines connecting to the internet wasn't the full extent of the problem. Some of those same machines also had a default password of "abcde" which could not be reset and multiple uncovered USB ports. Those machines could be hacked by the very complicated means of...plugging in a keyboard and pressing ctrl+alt+delete to get into the main OS and then inserting a flash drive with your attack pre-loaded on it. Those machines are used in several swing states. As John would say: "nighty night! Sleep tight!" I am really, really glad that LWT covered this topic, though. Even though I wrote about this, I had never known the reason for the screen slippage was old glue. And it's critically important. We have to trust our elections.
  12. Thank you for bringing this up! If my memory is correct (50/50 shot at best), Christy has now had a teacher who had a drinking problem and a boss who has been abusing stimulants/downers. If I had Christy's history, I'd be worrying about triggers for relapse way more than she seems to be doing. Not to mention that California's bar exam is one of the most difficult in the country. Based on Christy's stats, she is unlikely to pass her first time out. I get that they're going for comedy, but considering how well-known the legal field is for having substance abuse problems, I think that ignoring it makes no sense. Yup yup yup. As someone who has had substance abuse problems, I would think Christy could be quite sympathetic to a defendant who clearly needs help. I also think it would be an interesting conflict to have Christy grapple with how she can help people in a way that might have been useful to her when she was still in the drinking/drug portion of her life but also struggling with trying to figure out who she should be giving those chances to. I mean, it might be harder to turn it into comedy but this is a sitcom about recovering addicts so I think it's doable.
  13. I've always been curious how much independence Rachel's show has from the main NBC News organization. It seems like because Rachel's MO is a little bit more heads-down than some of the other news personalities, she stayed out of NBC's way and NBC stayed out of hers. The way I see it, there's probably two options: (1) NBC didn't interfere with this reporting for the reason you worry about - they're using Rachel's willingness to publicly believe NBC as a credibility builder or (2) their calculus said this was a no-win situation and trying to stop Rachel from talking about it would have just given more credence to Ronan's reporting of interference. Either way, I'm not inclined to be particularly charitable towards NBC management on this issue. My read on her during this interview was that she wanted to believe what NBC was saying, but didn't entirely. Especially when she was talking about the consternation in the building about NBC killing the story. In combination with the accusations in Catch and Kill about Andy Lack having had knowledge of Lauer's behavior as far back as 2014, I wonder if there's some level of her processing what might feel like a failure to see what was going at her own employer.
  14. Ok, maybe it's just me but that scene kind of reminded me of the blind seer from O Brother Where Art Thou. There was something about the vast nothingness on either side with the figure on a handcart on railroad tracks. And I remember that O Brother Where Art Thou was a retelling of The Odyssey. I just can't figure out what about the Odyssey would be significant. Of course it's entirely possible that it's nothing and/or I'm losing my mind, but it just felt too referential to something. Also, Eleanor saying she enjoyed torturing Chidi really got to me. I'm starting to buy into the theory that they're the ones being tested to see if their improvements actually stuck. I both need to know what happens and am very sad this show will be ending.
  15. And the same obelisk was in the season 2 episode where they showed the constant reboots. On the one hand, that could be nothing. On the other hand, this show is so detail-oriented it just seemed notable.
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