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Talking Dead with Ambrosia: Internment

Warning: Spoiler Alerts
 If you are familiar with the Talking Dead, you know it talks about the episode that just aired, and since I’m posting here as if I’m in that conversation, clearly I will be talking about the episode.

So…in an effort to return to the old format, I’ll just follow along with the show.

Jumping into the Carl and Rick working together discussion, Rick actually asking Carl for legitimate help and giving him an automatic weapon is a huge deal. I think what happened with Carol, regardless of how he feels about it, the whole ‘you can be a farmer but you can’t be just a farmer,’ really hit home. So he’s looking at Carl and thinking, he might be a kid, but he can’t be just a kid. So to let him actually participate in something useful was pretty awesome. Additionally, when he explained to Maggie that he cut Carol loose, he seemed to be questioning his own decision, yet again. Interestingly enough, his being wishy-washy is exactly what made Carol make decisions. I’m still on Team Carol. Yeah, maybe she jumped the gun, but I think the battle that went down in the quarantine-block today shows that she was on the right track.

What do you think Carl would be like now if Lori survived?
I think I have to agree with Chris on this one. If Lori were still around, she would be trying to shelter Carl even more than Rick has been – in all honesty, I think Rick has been trying to keep in sheltered as some sort of tribute to Lori. Look back to when Carl was trying to be like Shane, and he went and did crazy shit like steal Daryl’s gun, got all up in Randall’s face. So now that he’s a little older, puberty is hitting, if Lori was trying to hold him back like a child, he would probably be like, I’m a man, bitch. It’s funny to think about that now, you’ll notice that since Lori’s been dead, there’s been a lot less public outcry of ‘Carl, get in the house.’ Almost like she was the reason he didn’t want to be in the house…

Will Carol hold a grudge/attempt to sabotage the group?
No. Her goal was to protect the group. She’d never deliberately hurt them. A previously discussed theory that she would join up with the governor for whatever reason seems to be null at this point, but maybe she met up with Sam. I’m hoping she’ll come back into play at a time when they need help the most.

Was it a good idea to have such a large community or is a small group safer?
I see both sides to this. Large community means you have more people that you can task with more things. If you have a group of say five, then you either A. can only have 1 person doing certain tasks at certain times, or B. have every one doing one thing at a time. For instance, let’s look at this flu. One person gets it, if you’re a small group, you’re probably all gonna get it anyway. There’s no one who’s not sick that can go get meds. Or, maybe only one or two of you is fine. But that’s only two of you making the run, and three sick people left to take care of each other. You don’t have someone to spare to go reinforce the fence.

Speaking of the fence, I realize nearly everyone is sick or on lockdown, leaving only Maggie (conveniently. I mean, with everyone that died, we’re pretty much back to the original crew again) to be on fence patrol, but before that, or even in spite of that, why wasn’t there a regular clean-up of the fence walkers? I suggested that there should be five-to-ten people who go down there every hour and just clear everything out for say, ten minutes. Clear away whatever you can, thin the herd. Imagine how much less pressure they’d have there.

 If Glen had gotten sick first, would Carol have been able to kill him?
Yes. I think she may have felt even worse about it, but she would have forced herself to do it. There’s a pretty good chance she would have let him die first, but I’m not sure. Similar to Breckin, I thought Glen was a goner.

Leading us to Lizzie, she is going to be pretty bad ass. That was genius, the way she taunted Henry away from Glen, she clearly knows what it takes, and even thought she might have shown some hesitation at some things before, that might be behind her now. Also, I want to mention, I think Carol knew Rick was going to do something when he took her on the run in the last episode. When she was talking to Lizzie, in hindsight, it was definitely a farewell conversation. A lot of people think Rick made up his mind in the moment, maybe when Carol called him out, but I think he already had a plan, and that she knew it.

Who should take Carol’s spot on council, Maggie, Tyrese, or Lizzie?
I actually forgot that Maggie wasn’t on the council. I could have sworn she was. Daryl, Herschel, Glen, Sasha, Carol… was that really it? Sasha was in there, right? I know Michonne sat in, but is she actually part of the council? Anyway, I’m going to say they just leave the position empty.

How will Tyrese react to finding out about Carol, will he be mad at Rick for letting her go or go after her for revenge?
I think he’ll be upset at first. But then, once he accepts she’s not there to take revenge on, he’ll get over it, especially after talking to Michonne about letting go. However, once he sees that people can survive, meaning that Carol’s good intentions were moot, all bets are off. I’m really more anxious to see Daryl’s reaction. Rick’s procrastination at telling him was such a hilarious moment for me.

How will Carol’s absence affect Daryl’s confidence and emotional stability?
He doesn’t need her; he has Michonne. In all seriousness, no, they had each other’s back. Look when they first got to the prison, when Carol went missing, and how distraught and angry he was. He’s going to go off on Rick, and he’s going to go try to find her. Which is really going to put a damper in that Michonne action he’s got.
I really got on board this Micharyl ship.

Could Bob be a spy?
I like the theory that Bob is the Governor’s mole, that does fit. But… Bob was a loner, I don’t think I could see him getting in cahoots with anyone. Who knows?

If everyone was sick and there’s a limited supply of meds, who to save first?
I agree with Herschel, then Caleb. You need the medically trained people to stay healthy, in order to keep the rest of you healthy. Then I’d move on to my warriors, like Glen, Maggie, Sasha. Maybe Carl.

Why was it important for Herschel to shield the kids from killing the dead people?
This is pretty simple, and Adam nailed it. He was just trying to keep a smidgen of innocence for them, and yes, definitely needed to keep the right attitude for the people who hadn’t died yet. Reverse placebo effect.

What is the biggest threat: the weakened population, the megaherd, the governor, or the downed fences?
I think they can handle the herd, and they’re going to work with the fences, but when you throw the downed population and the Governor hovering around, they’re fucked. As far as finding steel… don’t they have a workshop in there? Where do they make the license plates?

Oh, the Guv’nah. The shit is going to hit the fan so hard. I think he’s just spying for now. Has a mole for sure, he has to. Based on the sneak preview, it looks like he still has Martinez and the black guy (seriously, have we ever heard his name or heard him speak?) as his henchmen. I’m still up in the air about the mice being his doing. There’s no other explanation, unless his mole was behind it. But then… we need to know who the mole is.  Anyway… I think he’s coming for Michonne first, Rick second. Michonne just because he’s had a hard-on for her all along, Rick because he bested the shit out of him. I can’t wait for next week!


There Aren’t Enough Rape Victims in SC

Wow. Just… wow.

Let’s try an experiment: If you know someone who was raped, sexually assaulted, or a victim of domestic violence, go ahead and tell them that they’re a distraction. Go ahead, I dare you.

What’s that? You wouldn’t even do this as a dare? I didn’t think so.

However, not everyone feels this way. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R – as if that surprises anyone), vetoed nearly half a million dollars ($453,000 to be exact) that was slated to go toward domestic violence and sexual assault prevention. And she did so by saying that rape and sexual assault prevention programs “distract from” the Department of Health’s mission, because sexual assault victims are “only a small portion” of South Carolinians who need help.

“…we extend our sympathy and encouragement, but nevertheless, it is only a small portion of South Carolina’s chronically ill or abused.”

First off, what? Chronicially ill? I wasn’t made aware that being raped or abused is a disease of which someone can be cured.

Secondly, how will this even be distracting? Appoint the funds, appoint a committee to oversee the funds, and then move on to the next thing. Not only that, but this is a very distinctive part of overall health. So you only want to focus on the chronically ill? What about the woman (or man) who is in the hospital for broken bones repeatedly? So you want to make sure she has health coverage then, but you can’t be bothered to take steps that might prevent her from getting hurt in the first place?

And finally… Is the governor aware that the possibility of rape and assault affect every woman, herself included?  It is therefore both inpossible to quantify the number of women helped by rape crisis centers by the number of actual victims.  Prevention efforts affect and protect all women.

Not to mention, since victims of these crimes already feel lost and isolated, does Haley realize that she’s just belittled them further by making light of their situation? It also shows that she’s ignorant of the facts, since South Carolina’s rate of sexual violence has been higher than the national average for three decades, and is seventh in the country for women killed by men.

According to  South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Executive Director Pamela Jacobs states that the coalition’s 15 sexual assault programs in South Carolina helped over 5,000 victims in 2011 — over half of which were children — and emergency hotline workers answered over 7,000 calls.  SCCADVASA’s programs also provide prevention education to over 50,000 South Carolina students, which helps prevent sexual violence before it occurs. If this veto is not overridden, rape crisis centers will lose 37% of their current state funding.

But again, why are we even surprised by this? Last month Haley rejected a bill that would have offered an optional HPV vaccine to young women – despite having co-sponsored a mandatory vaccine bill while she was a state representative. Lawmakers had an opportunity to override this veto during a special session of the General Assembly, but failed.  The Assembly, which has traditionally overriden the majority of Governor Haley’s vetoes, did not overturn the HPV vaccine veto, but will meet soon with lawmakers who are attempting to overturn these vetoes of the rape crisis center funding and other programs



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