“The takes are already rolling in on Confederate, a forthcoming HBO series from the showrunners of Game of Thrones, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss — but all you really need to know is that this show sounds stupid as hell. Game of Thrones, based on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels, is massively popular and this season’s premiere boasted the show’s highest ratings ever, so it was inevitable that HBO would greenlight whatever Benioff and Weiss wanted to make next. But Confederate is not the move. The premise? What if the South won the Civil War and… slavery still existed?! This is white nonsense. HBO announced Confederate today and provided the following description: ‘CONFEDERATE chronicles the events leading to the Third American Civil War. The series takes place in an alternate timeline, where the southern states have successfully seceded from the Union, giving rise to a nation in which slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern institution. The story follows a broad swath of characters on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Demilitarized Zone  —  freedom fighters, slave hunters, politicians, abolitionists, journalists, the executives of a slave-holding conglomerate and the families of people in their thrall.'”

Source: Ira Madison III. “The ‘Game of Thrones’ Creators’ Next Show Sounds Stupid as Hell.” The Daily Beast. July 19, 2017. http://www.thedailybeast.com/the-game-of-thrones-creators-next-show-sounds-stupid-as-hell

the Wat Prachetupon (Wat Pho) temple in Bangkok. 

There are many temples located throughout Bangkok and SE Asia as a whole. Yesterday, I made my first visit to Wat Prachetupon (Wat Pho) in Bangkok.

This temple was incredible. I’ve never seen anything like it. Amongst many things, I saw one of the biggest indoor statutes of Buddha and even a couple of black Buddhas (his original color). The temple was absolutely breathtaking. Here are some pics below:

“Tens of thousands of people who took out private loans to pay for college but have not been able to keep up payments may get their debts wiped away because critical paperwork is missing.The troubled loans, which total at least $5 billion, are at the center of a protracted legal dispute between the student borrowers and a group of creditors who have aggressively pursued them in court after they fell behind on payments. Judges have already dismissed dozens of lawsuits against former students, essentially wiping out their debt, because documents proving who owns the loans are missing. A review of court records by The New York Times shows that many other collection cases are deeply flawed, with incomplete ownership records and mass-produced documentation.”


Source:: Stacey Cowley and Jessica Silver-Greenberg. “As Paperwork Goes Missing, Private Student Loan Debts May Be Wiped Away.” The New York Times. July 17, 2017.