‘Game of Thrones’ Masterful Battle and Shocking Conclusion [RECAP]

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If, like myself, you spent the weekend watching Avengers: Endgame ahead of Sunday’s long-awaited Battle of Winterfell episode of Game of Thrones, you may have come in to Sunday’s installment wondering “How are they going to be able to top THAT?”

While both series were building to massive battles the scales of which we’ve rarely seen, narratively (and at times visually) the two pieces of art have many parallels. Just by nature of their timing, it was inevitable they’d be lumped together in the cultural conversation. With a 22-film build and major-studio money, many would believe it would be impossible for something on the small-screen to come close (even something as routinely ambitious and grand as Thrones).

However, like the soldiers staring down an army of the dead, Game of Thrones beat the odds and delivered.

The super-sized episode featured one of the greatest battle scenes ever filmed for any medium. Yes, there will be people who complain about the lighting or the choppy edits, but the frenetic and disorienting cinematography felt true to the horrors of battle. More importantly, the rhythm of the episode, from visceral action to anxiety-inducing stillness and back, saved the episode from feeling like a wallop over the head.

Recapping a big battle episode of Game of Thrones is tough, because there is so much (sometimes hard to follow) hacking and slashing and screaming. Instead of a literal blow-by-blow, let’s make sure to shoutout some of the strongest parts.

Light It Up
Before the battle begins in earnest, the Red Witch herself, Melisandre, rides up on horseback. In a very cool moment, she lights up the Dothraki warriors’ swords in fire before they charge into battle against the Night King’s army.

It’s one of the coolest (and clearest) visuals of the night. We watch the Dothraki go screaming off into the darkness until all we can make out are the flaming swords lit against the darkness. Then, ominously, we watchthe fires extinguish and the screams turn to chilling silence.

The advancing wight army is some straight-up World War Z stuff, washing over the Unsullied, Wildlings and the other soldiers in waves. There’s a hasty retreat, and then a failure to launch a trench of fire to hold the encroaching dead at bay. Down to the wire, Melisandre repeats an incantation as the wights approach, barely summoning the flames for the trench in time.

A Giant Among Men (and Women)
Unfortunately, the fiery trench isn’t enough. The wights throw themselves onto the flame until enough undead bodies created a pathway for the advancing army. Edd is our first named character whose watch is ended thanks to a sword through the eye.

Inside Winterfell, the battle rages. Young Lynanna Mormont is right in the thick of things when a wight giant comes crashing through, knocking her aside. The pint-sized Northerner gets back up, charges at the giant, but he grabs her in his hand and begins to crush her. He goes to eat her, but in one of the most badass moments in the show’s history, she stabs him in the eye with dragon glass as her final act of heroism.

Quit Dragon My Heart Around
As everyone is up to their knockers in walkers, Jon and Daenerys observe the battle from a nearby cliffside. When it’s clear it’s time for the calvary to get involved, they take off on the backs of dragons.

A winter wind makes it a bumpy ride, and it sets up the weakest part of the episode. It’s a dragon dogfight between the Night King on Viserion, Dany on Drogon and Jon on Rhaegal. The action is nearly impossible to follow and largely lacks any sort of emotional punch or stakes. I often find the CGI stuff the weakest moments on Thrones, and this scene is one of my least favorites ever.

Jon is knocked off his dragon, and Dany manages to knock Night King of his. She attempts to pull the ol’ Dracarys trick on him, but the Night King is immune to fire. He goes to hurl a spear at Drogon, but they fly off before he has the chance to strike, leaving the Night King on the ground with Jon Snow.

The Lord of the North charges his enemy, but in a callback to “Hardhome,” the Night King raises all the fallen on the battlefield and continues on his merry stroll right into Winterfell. Jon immediately begins to get overwhelmed by the undead, but Daenerys returns to at least buy him enough time to get inside.

However, it’s not long before the wights overwhelm even Drogon, and the dragon flies off to shake the undead, leaving Daenerys essentially defenseless. Thankfully, Jorah arrives, so he can die in service to his Khaleesi. R.I.P. Jorah.

(Also, for someone who hasn’t really been in battle this closely, Dany handled herself quite well.)

The Safest Place in Winterfell?
Remember how they decided to put all the non-combatants in the crypt, because it was the “safest” place in Winterfell, and literally everyone was like DUDE, THE GUY’S POWER IS TO RAISE THE DEAD. YOU DON’T WANT TO HANG OUT WITH A BUNCH OF CORPSES WHEN HE COMES A KNOCKIN’.

Turns out, everyone was right. When the Night King raised the dead on the battleground, he also reanimated the dusty old bones of Starks past right in the midst of the folks’ least capable of dealing with them. It was scary, sure, but most of our faves (Sansa, Tyrion, Varys, Gilly, lil’ Sam) were all fine.

When things start looking grim, Sansa and Tyrion share one of the episode’s finest moments together. Fearing certain death and mustering the courage to make their last stand, they hold hands sweetly, and Sansa assures him he was the best of the men she was married off to. Yeah, that’s feint praise indeed, but it’s such a nice moment that cuts through all of Sansa’s steely self-preservation and Tyrion’s drinking and cavorting to showcase both characters’ exceptional depth. I would prefer more scenes like this and less dragon sky fights in the final few episodes.

A StArya Is Born
The real star of the episode is Arya. First, her custom-built dragon glass spear was amazing in action. Like many other fighters, though, she’s quickly overwhelmed by wights and heads inside.

That’s where things get even more frightening. In a scene reminiscent of the Jurassic Park velociraptors in the kitchen, she tries to hide from some wicked wights, eventually making her escape … only to come up against another horde.

Her old friend the Hound was struggling as well. All this fire everywhere is a real trigger for him. Beric uses Arya as inspiration, which gets them both springing into action. They save Arya, though Beric loses his life in the process.

The Hound and Arya run into Melissandre. The Red Witch remembers meeting Arya, and Arya confirms how M’s prophecies about killing a whole mess of folks were spot on. Beric was resurrected all those times up until this moment, because this was his true purpose.

Melissandre reminds Arya how she told her she’d close brown eyes, green eyes and BLUE eyes, before sending her off with some familiar words of encouragement: ““What do we say to the god of death?” Arya lights up before replying “Not today” and running off.

Meanwhile, Theon is off protecting Bran, and he’s doing a pretty amazing job. Dany and Jon are both beset with their own problems, so he’s all that’s standing between the Night King and Bran. As the Night King approaches, Bran gives Theon his great redemption, assuring him he’s a good man. The man formerly known as Reek rushes the Night King with a spear, but is easily dispatched and killed.

With seemingly no defense, the Night King moves to draw his sword. Then, out of actual nowhere, Arya leaps into action! The Night King catches her by the throat, and she drops her Valyrian steel dagger … only, it’s a trick! She catches it in her other hand, stabs the Night King and ends the war.

WHAT THE WHAT?!

It’s the most shocking scene in a series known for its shocking scenes. Is Arya the prince that was promised? How delicious is it that the same dagger used to attempt an assassination on Bran is the very one that saves him (and all of the living). THIS was Arya’s purpose, not merely vengeance. All her trainings has led to this moment, and she crushed it. It can’t always fall to Jon and Dany and the dragons. There will be people who have beef with the twist, but it kept my jaw on the floor until well after the credits rolled.

Special shoutout needs to be given to Melissandre as well. After seemingly toiling away so long with suspicious motivations, she proved herself to be a hero as well. She came through several times in the episode, but once the war was over, she took off her chokes and died out in the snow in her true, elderly form.

What did you think of the episode?

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The Rockets are waging war against NBA officials. Will it really help them beat the Warriors?

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Houston’s investigation pointed blame at veteran NBA officials. But the league knew about this months ago, so now what?

The Rockets somehow managed to pull off their own investigation into the officiating of their 2018 Western Conference Finals matchup against the Golden State Warriors, according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe and Rachel Nichols. What did they find in said investigation? According to Houston’s research — dissecting a full-game version of the NBA’s Last Two Minutes report that they received from the league — there were 81 potential missed calls and non-calls in Game 7 alone.

Houston is trying to make the case that officiating has benefitted the Golden State Warriors in their battles over the past two seasons. Those benefits, the Rockets claim, stole potential points away from their team, points that could have been the difference between losing Game 7 and going to the NBA Finals.

The NBA, despite providing the play-by-play officiating tape for the Rockets to analyze, does not agree with Houston’s math: “As we told the Rockets, we do not agree with their methodology,” Mike Bass, an NBA spokesman, told ESPN on Monday.

The league’s answer makes sense. Houston is trying to claim that calls, non-calls and violations in that fateful Game 7 cost them 18.6 points in a game decided by nine. They’re trying to claim non-calls robbed them of a trip to the NBA Finals. Not an injury to Chris Paul. Not shooting 27 consecutive three-pointers and missing every single one of them. Fouls.

Analytics run supreme when it comes to the Moreyball Rockets. It’s the very fiber of this franchise, from how they identify personnel for the roster to their approach in assessing potential point values to every call or non-call in that playoff series.

But the Rockets may have grossly overestimated their own ability to bring about a swift change. The NBA was made aware of these claims months ago, yet there were eight “landing zone” non-calls on James Harden jump shots in Game 1 on Sunday. Their lobbying may have actually had the opposite effect.

What’s worse is that as a part of Houston’s investigation, the Rockets singled out veteran officials as ones holding back other referees because they are “resisting reform.” It appears the Rockets want the NBA to bend to its will. It doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. And what comes next could be ugly.

Houston literally just called out veteran NBA officials

The three-man officiating crew for Game 1 of Rockets-Warriors featured Zach Zarba, Josh Tiven, and Courtney Kirkland, a seasoned crew with 44 years of experience combined between them. Houston, in its discussions with the NBA, recommended that playoff officials be selected by call accuracy, not by officiating experience.

The Rockets appear to be waging war against the very entity who they claim has robbed them of a shot at an NBA Finals appearance. This story leaked not during the offseason, but in the middle of a series where those very officials be in play.

This is a move that has yielded mixed reactions. Rockets fans believe (and are fed up that) their team has been wronged in their matchups against the Warriors. Steve Kerr believes putting the emphasis on officiating takes away from the beautiful game played between two championship-caliber teams.

But the bottom line is Houston is playing a dangerous game calling out the referees who will now be officiating the remainder of this series with that thought in the back of their mind. If they wanted the benefit of the whistle before, how are they supposed to expect it now?


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Giants GM Dave Gettleman should stop talking

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Don’t let the Daniel Jones pick distract you from the other bad choices the Giants have made.

On April 25, New York Giants general manager David Gettleman made the surprising decision to make the FBS’ 72nd-rated quarterback the sixth overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. That selection has dominated draft talk in the days since — and that might be a good thing for Gettleman, given the rest of his confusing moves this offseason.

Selecting the Duke passer has focused an already powerful lens on the Giants’ front office as Gettleman has tried to spin his way through the selection of a quarterback who advanced stats suggest may not have been a top 20 draft-eligible player at his position. But that increased scrutiny has also diverted attention from the other head-scratching moves that may doom New York into rebuilding purgatory. As such, the team’s been happy to harp on Jones; the front office hasn’t had one single strategy for deflecting criticism for the selection — it’s had all of them.

The Giants have thrown everything they can think of to defend their top pick, which has provided an all-too-public reveal that his former Panthers players were right and Gettleman might just be in over his head. None of these arguments have been particularly compelling and occasionally contradict each other.

In the end, the people Gettleman has been able to sway to his side are:

a) a possibly apocryphal cashier at a bagel place
b) end of list.

The good news is, hey, at least we’re not talking about everything else New York’s screwed up recently, right?

Gettleman justifications for the Jones pick are uneven, lazy, and sometimes weird

When the scrutiny poured in from all angles — even George R.R. Martin got into the action — the general manager just kept digging, hoping the circumference of his problem was small enough to break through to the other side. He won’t, because his reasons for selecting Jones in a year where he could have drafted Dwayne Haskins in the first round, waited for Drew Lock in the second, or traded a Day 2 pick to free Josh Rosen from Arizona have been equal parts disastrous and nonsensical.

Gettleman INSISTS two teams would’ve drafted Jones, despite evidence to the contrary

When critics suggested Jones would have been available with the club’s second selection of the first round, No. 17 overall, Gettleman fired back with the unconfirmable “fact” that two other teams would have snapped up Jones before his pick, which both ESPN and NBC’s Peter King refuted.

Those two teams, ostensibly Washington and Denver, both benefitted immensely from the Giants’ big swing at No. 6. New York’s pass on Haskins helped the Ohio State QB slide to Washington nine spots later. The Broncos, meanwhile, took Drew Lock — a quarterback most rankings slotted higher than Jones — all the way down at No. 42. Both teams earned strong grades for their patience (and, of course, the assist from Gettleman that helped them get there).

Gettleman thinks Eli Manning is still his franchise QB

When the media questioned Jones’ lackluster numbers in college and his pro readiness, Gettleman suggested he could take on a developmental role behind Eli Manning for the next two or three years. When the next logical question became “why would you draft a quarterback who won’t start until 2022 with the sixth overall pick,” the whole exercise became an ouroboros of shame.

Relying on Manning at this point, especially for three more seasons, is quite a leap. While the veteran’s numbers bounced back toward his early career peak in his first year with head coach Pat Shurmur, he’s also 38 years old and will now be throwing to a lineup without Odell Beckham in it.

Gettleman won’t shut up about how much he loves Daniel Jones

Dave Gettleman loves Daniel Jones. It’s a word he uses quite often, typically referring to the three-drive span at the Senior Bowl that, apparently, blew away the competition for the No. 6 overall pick, including a badly needed pass rusher in Josh Allen and a higher-rated quarterback in Haskins.

But that wasn’t the only time he compared his infatuation with the Duke passer to the emotion that can break wars and launch ships:

Geez, guy.

But if there’s one narrative Gettleman needs to drop more than any other, it’s the one he’s been pushing since draft night: that Jones was great in an exhibition game, ergo he will be great in the NFL.

The Senior Bowl game itself isn’t really football, and the list of Senior Bowl MVPs is … eeehhhhhhh

Gettleman has said Jones’ fate as New York’s hyper-scrutinized top pick of 2019 was sealed over the course of 15 minutes at an exhibition game.

That is an acceptable way for your uncle to declare Jones “his guy” from the couch after Sunday dinner. For an NFL GM to say that is completely bonkers. Here’s why.

The January exhibition is a useful tool for scouts and executives to watch some of college football’s top players face off against each other. A full week of practices under the guidance of former NFL coaches allow prospects to acquit themselves against other elite athletes and state their case for a spot in the early rounds of the draft.

And then the actual game starts, and all that goes out the window.

The actual Senior Bowl is played under a set of rules aimed at reducing injury and allowing offensive players to shine. Or, as Charles McDonald put it, the game itself is fake football.

These rules are extremely conducive to strong passing performances, as indicated by the list of quarterbacks who earned Senior Bowl MVP honors the past two decades.

That’s not an especially encouraging list if you’re a Giants fan. The good (?) news is that your team has drafted 40 percent of those guys. The bad news is they traded away the only respectable selection in that bunch (Rivers, though New York made out pretty well in that deal by getting a two-time Super Bowl champion as his replacement).

The average QB rating of the nine MVPs before Jones is 68 — 10 full points lower than Brock Osweiler’s career mark, though Lauletta’s putrid limited-time debut in 2018 (0-5, one interception) drags that number down some. Only three reliable starters have won Senior Bowl MVP this millennium — Rivers, Dak Prescott, and Chad Pennington.

If you dig back further, you get other misses like Cade McNown, Dameyune Craig, Bobby Hoying, and Stan White. This is all to say the Senior Bowl is no indicator of real success, even if you win MVP honors in the process.

And yet, Dave Gettleman only needed three series of Jones’ action to make his draft decision. The Giants proudly tweeted out highlights of their new quarterback’s MVP performance moments after selecting him.

This is probably not something the Giants to which should be admitting so freely. But, then again, it’s not like Jones has a whole bunch of NCAA accomplishments they can point to either.

Jones is only part of Gettleman’s massive rebuilding problem in New York

The upside was this was a valuable smokescreen to distract from the rest of Gettleman’s, uh, questionable decisions. He kicked off the 2019 offseason by allowing safety Landon Collins to leave in free agency with nothing in return but a likely third-round compensatory selection. He doubled-down on that move by shipping Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns in exchange for a package headlined by their first round pick and talented but inconsistent safety Jabrill Peppers.

It was a similar tact to the one he took as Carolina’s GM, where he hemorrhaged talent with no clear path back to contention until the Panthers fired him.

Then came Jones and, 11 picks later, Clemson’s Dexter Lawrence. He’ll fill the hole opened when Damon Harrison was traded to the Lions for a fifth-round pick.

So, in effect, the Giants turned Beckham, Collins, and Harrison — three All-Pro players in New York — into Lawrence, Peppers, and a tiny piece of first-round pick Deandre Baker since that 142nd pick was part of the package that gave the club its third Day 1 selection. That’s a lot of proven talent going out for some good, but not can’t-miss prospects. Dive in to any of the many post-draft grades floating around, and it’s hard to find anyone optimistic about New York’s haul.

If you’re a Giants fan and were able to read that without getting a spontaneous rage nosebleed, I salute you. But we’re not really talking about those moves right now because, again, the Jones pick was a nightmare. Efficient!


Jones was merely the vinaigrette on top of the shit salad that’s been the Gettleman era in New York. The ousted Panthers general manager has been bold in his moves to make the Giants his own team, and while a rebuild was in store no matter what in northern New Jersey, the path the club has chosen leaves plenty of questions about the future.

Gettleman has shucked aside value in order to chase youth and potential, and it’s left a once-formidable roster filled with unproven players and a bevy of hollow excuses to justify what seem like bizarre decisions.

Gettleman seems to understand the only argument that counts is how his team performs on the field in 2019 and beyond. “In three years,” he told Peter King, “we’ll find out how crazy I am.” Based on his year-plus tenure to date, you’ll have to ask him this question somewhere other than New York.


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12:59 PM 4/29/2019 – On The Road To Dictatorship In America: Trump, Trumpism, FBI, and the New Abwehr – by Michael Novakhov – Collected Articles In PDF – Contents – Links to Pages – Updated on 4.29.19 – Post – The Trump Investigations Report – Review Of News And Opinions

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Whitey Bulger’s former warden thinks gangster ‘wanted to die’ – New York Post

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Trump says NRA is ‘under siege by Cuomo’ after New York AG opens investigation into gun group – CNBC

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Search for suspect after 4 bodies found in apartment complex – Fox News

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Trump: ‘People are fleeing New York state’ | TheHill – The Hill

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Who is Khalifa Haftar, whose forces are attacking Tripoli, Libya? – NBC News

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Girl shot in synagogue attack says ‘he was aiming at the kids’ – CNN

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Girl shot in synagogue attack says ‘he was aiming at the kids’  CNN

Noya Dahan was hit in the Poway synagogue shooting in southern California. It was the third time she’s had to flee attacks. She is 8.

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ISIS Releases Video Said to Be of Leader – The New York Times

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Can Congress make Attorney General Barr testify? Here are the rules – NBC News

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Exposed Database Leaks Addresses, Income Info of Millions of Americans – BleepingComputer

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Lis Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Avengers: Endgame, Marcia Brady Measles, Judith Light, Gerrymandering, Hillary Clinton: HOT LINKS

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AUDIOBOOK READING OF THE DAY. Hillary Clinton reads the section of the Mueller Report where Donald Trump says ‘I’m f**ked.’

MEASLES. Marcia Brady is pissed off that anti-vaxxers are using Brady Bunch episode to push their agenda.

INFRASTRUCTURE. Flint, Michigan out of luck in Trump’s infrastructure plan: “There is absolutely no appetite on the part of Trump to do water treatment for place like Flint, because you don’t put your name on a sewage system.”

BUTTIGIEG. Challenging the religious right on their own turf: ‘Mr. Buttigieg’s words suggest that he will spend little effort trying to entice any of the president’s most loyal religious supporters. But by pushing the discussion of homosexuality and marriage toward morality and the Bible, he is opening a door to voters of faith who are turned off by the dominance of the Republican Party’s far right but are not yet convinced they could vote for a Democrat.

LIS SMITH. The woman behind the Pete Buttigieg frenzy: ‘Lis Smith bursts through the doors of a marbled hotel bar in Brooklyn wearing oversized Anna Wintour sunglasses, a faux-fur lined coat and impossibly thin and tall high heels. She’s on her phone talking to another Buttigieg aide. She puts the word f**k through every part of speech the word can be bent into: noun, pronoun, gerund, verb, term of endearment, sobriquet, epithet, honorific.’

SORRY, VANDER PLAATS. Buttigieg, Booker, and Beto have all said no to your Iowa evangelical party. “We keep an open mind to the invitations that we receive,” Buttigieg press secretary Chris Meagher said. “We will be declining this invitation.”

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Kawhi Leonard has no narrative, except as a dynasty ruiner

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He did it once before. An untimely ankle injury prevented him from doing it again. Now, he has a third crack at it.

Before the NBA playoffs began, I listed Kawhi Leonard as the most interesting player among those on the 16 rosters participating. Through one series and one game of the Raptors star’s postseason, Leonard has held up his end of the bargain. He anchored a throttling of the Magic in the first round (after a brief but classic Toronto hiccup in Game 1). In the series premiere against the star-laden Sixers on Saturday, Kawhi had maybe the best game of his life. This is possible even though we’re talking about the 2014 Finals MVP.

What strikes me as most interesting about Kawhi’s story is that it really lacks a story. There’s no narrative here now that he’s spurned the Spurs and remains uncommitted to the Raptors. Kawhi Leonard is adrift in a sea of his own excellence, floating in and out of championship-level basketball without apparent destiny or purpose at play.

We thought Kawhi was wrapped in a narrative back when he won the 2014 Finals MVP: he would be the second coming of Tim Duncan. A hard-working, lead-by-example, elite defender who can drop 30 efficiently too — someone who’d take every snap from Gregg Popovich without cracking, someone reliable and egoless. That didn’t exactly pan out. Kawhi’s body proved unreliable in the end, and his ego (or his uncle, depending on who you read) proved paramount, as he basically sat out last season and asked for a trade.

So much for being the next Tim Duncan.

The Spurs never get emotional and shipped Leonard to the Raptors. The deal frayed Toronto’s feelings, or at least Kyle Lowry’s. Kawhi healed the wound. The Raptors are as good as ever, which is saying something given where Toronto has been the last couple of years. Yet Leonard hasn’t so much has hinted he’ll stick around, no matter how perfect the supporting cast or how committed Toronto is to providing whatever he needs, whether rest or power or anything.

But now the bud of blossoming narrative is poking through Ontario’s frost. It’s that Kawhi is a disruptor of this NBA generation’s dynasties.

Excised from the narrative of the Spurs’ next perfect-for-Pop quiet giant, Leonard’s role in beating the Heat in 2014 takes on this tone. It wasn’t so much a continuation of San Antonio preeminence, but a monkey wrench named Kawhi thrown into Miami’s gears on the eve of three-peat.

After that title, the Heat broke up and the Warriors rose to replace them. By 2017, with Duncan retired and Leonard on his second contract, the Spurs were poised to invite themselves to the standing tea party the Warriors and LeBron’s Cavaliers had organized. San Antonio had won 67 games and led Golden State by 20 in the first game of their highly anticipated West finals match-up. Then, Kawhi landed on Zaza Pachulia’s foot and only played nine total games for the Spurs until he was traded. We don’t know whether Kawhi could have truly disrupted the Warriors’ dynasty then, or whether that Game 1 was a fluke. But it didn’t feel like a fluke at the time.

Now we’re here. There’s a long way before a Raptors vs. Warriors Finals — for both teams. Toronto will have its hands full with the Sixers before all is said and done, no matter how omnipotent Leonard looked in Game 1. The Bucks or Celtics would loom anyways. Plus, the Warriors have their own hands full with the Rockets, who just might have been an untimely injury from disrupting Golden State’s golden age this time last year. There’s a lot at play.

But if you’re searching for a rhyme to put with Kawhi’s reason — if you need a story to tell yourself about what motivates Leonard as he plays with the most intense cool we have in this league — this might be it. Just as he’s turned so many opponents’ possessions on their heads by sticking his hand in the play, he could be wrecking another franchise’s storied run by leaping in.

And heck, maybe he’ll do that and still leave for Los Angeles (wearing Clippers black), or Los Angeles (wearing Lakers gold), or wherever this summer. Such a chaotic sports league needs chaotic actors. Why shouldn’t one of them also be one of the best players?

It fits his style. Let’s see if it fits his narrative, too.


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12:59 PM 4/29/2019 – On The Road To Dictatorship In America: Trump, Trumpism, FBI, and the New Abwehr – by Michael Novakhov – Collected Articles In PDF – Contents – Links to Pages – Updated on 4.29.19 – Post

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Part 1: On The Road To Dictatorship: Trump, Trumpism, FBI, and the New Abwehr

1. trumpinvestigations.blogspot.com-Links – 

On The Road To Dictatorship: Trump, Trumpism, FBI, and the New Abwehr – Web Review

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xEBK30-MbQ1xnSyLhDSVO1sfjx1LGaAU/view?usp=sharing

2. trumpinvestigations.blogspot.com-On The Road To Dictatorship – Summary and Introduction – By Michael Novakhov – Last Update 331 PM 428
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jx01CsI2Gr8QaQq_oqrnbMXNCeBwAccY/view?usp=sharing
3. trumpinvestigations.blogspot.com-945 AM 11152017  Is the FBI capable  Election  2016 Meddling FBI Russia and other players  by Michael
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-IPCykd4acxDnDxDTAzBulWplnCuLbyT/view?usp=sharing
4. trumpinvestigations.blogspot.com-The New Abwehr Hypothesis of The Operation Trump – Outline and Links
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1P_HpFvUP2NfFf65J2cjhV570ipY8iwba/view?usp=sharing
5. trumpinvestigations.blogspot.com-TRUMP INVESTIGATIONS  RECENT POSTS
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cV-G9MQysTKF4O18NcAmfVbOEM7qOGVW/view?usp=sharing
6. trumpinvestigations.blogspot.com-The Operation Trump and The New Abwehr  Recent Tweets  Shared Links – Twitter – Facebook
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Fbw6iDhUENZAgxf1szre2rUyIrX4Mazh/view?usp=sharing
7. trumpinvestigations.blogspot.com-The Manifesto Of The American Socialism
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AwWAD8AZR6GBsFKHzRron58v7lT7W_Mr/view?usp=sharing
8. trumpinvestigations.blogspot.com-Political Criminology – The Outline
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Q_uTpI0noZu01Nv_GyU6b0H8tfWo5jlO/view?usp=sharing



Part 2: The Rebirth of Abwehr and Putin’s Dead Souls

1. trumpinvestigations.org-Current and Selected News Stories  Editorial Article Anthony Weiner was the first
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vi8tYxZmATonT8cbfALRjy5AkntUVL9V/view?usp=sharing
2. trumpinvestigations.org-The Arts Of Hybrid Wars  By Michael Novakhov If this conflict The West Liberal Democracies vs TrumPut…
https://drive.google.com/file/d/113VKSHZU5gFSx7iZ78lSyU7RFqmBIuMB/view?usp=sharing
3. trumpinvestigations.org-The Cyberwars
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1n-UHJC6wASnTfFLlJuPPVT0hq0y0FAS_/view?usp=sharing
4. trumpinvestigations.org-The Rebirth of Abwehr and Putins Dead Souls  by Michael Novakhov  Trump Current and Selected News Art…
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fWICtWN7cDEueirp-T4rpOscD4oiynNU/view?usp=sharing
5. trumpinvestigations.org-Trump is married to the Mob literally figuratively or both
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1TfqoODZzkQXtbNpMA5R7A3bpdMWLGVQU/view?usp=sharing
6. trumpinvestigations.org-Michael Novakhov  My Bullet Points  544 AM 1272017  Peter Strzok  News Review On Strzok: Lets Wait…
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DplbAUvsLth1aFF-gAkMZczEy-zKB4kE/view?usp=sharing

Part 3. Abwehr After WW2

1. globalsecuritynews.org-Abwehr After WW2
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1iKe-hxBpKl1FIwl7HIVI7qHDeneGvtv4/view?usp=sharing
2. globalsecuritynews.org-Abwehr 2 The Skripal Saga and Operation Novichok  MN Separate the wheat from the chaff the GRU from S…
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1d-jgDKqnQ0wFq9tj7OflceP5_wtmO9fb/view?usp=sharing
3. globalsecuritynews.org-Salisbury Poisonings and Sergey Skripal OperaZion Novi Chok Khe-khe  News Review
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VmLqW3Vd9hOpjmktVpR_1GVy8ZcPqU6V/view?usp=sharing
4. globalsecuritynews.org-Abwehr The Demiurge
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1u6cx4eEFuSwr6gV0qPs_KiYEsHli6raA/view?usp=sharing
5. globalsecuritynews.org-Accidents ISIS and The drip drip drip Effect  Page
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cMlUKe4RbS7my-98zobZTnr6cKqQ1uYI/view?usp=sharing
6. globalsecuritynews.org-The German Hypothesis of the Operations Trump and 911
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1B8vGnNRehDjfrAh0xqB-aBv_HzU7X55_/view?usp=sharing

7. globalsecuritynews.org-To The Hilt – July 20 2018  747 AM 7202018  Posts on G  Aspen Security Forum 2018.pdf 


8. globalsecuritynews.org-The Operation Dusseldorf Carnival 1996  2020 I will call him The Demiurge
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lmgHADE03XvAH6I4xvgPrUQyeRylguXe/view?usp=sharing
9. globalsecuritynews.org-1151 AM 892018  Hermeneutic Analysis in Political Criminology and Intelligence Analysis  Links
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1eMHwCjT-6sAx2N6XOZmHTWnNahAa9Ap4/view?usp=sharing
10. globalsecuritynews.org-RUSSLAND-AFFARE Made in Germany
https://drive.google.com/file/d/135Lu8vIduy8oMdyRqVURICREqf5OAtfR/view?usp=sharing
11. globalsecuritynews.org-Recent Posts  644 AM 722018
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VqVMX3DJAH5a7pEFoVLZGQZS3cIK1S9H/view?usp=sharing
12. globalsecuritynews.org-The Demiurge  Links  Reviewed on 7618
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tr0_8_D4Mw5ql7EbjTXPc-_aONGbCjBH/view?usp=sharing
13. globalsecuritynews.org-THE GERMAN HYPOTHESIS OF THE GEOPOLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS AND THEIR DRIVERS IN 2010-2017 NEW RISE OF GER
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OYPmJjh9iXl5uT6P2nzazaa0oowVlNvS/view?usp=sharing
14. globalsecuritynews.org-The Operation Trump  Part 2
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EEdzdQyLMNWCdCq-p47LyVXXJ1KHqtbG/view?usp=sharing


Part 4: FBI: the “Showboats”, the Perfect Robots, the “Sharks”, and much worse
… 

1. fbinewsreview.org-Editorials  103117  The Showboats  By Michael Novakhov
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1p7D73msQR4eUW7wt95-6Jhm8L17D8_BU/view?usp=sharing
2. fbinewsreview.org-LABRAT KNATS and other Writings on the Walls Interpretationsnbspof the recent Message Crimes
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cMa2QSAgA7_luevdS3zD1V-vSReMNb_G/view?usp=sharing
3. fbinewsreview.org-LABRAT KNATS  By Michael Novakhov
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jJIQEsZyDqUgZxFG6Du3y4BxoxTHAt2X/view?usp=sharing
4. fbinewsreview.org-The writing on the wall “LABRAT KNATS! Mene, mene, tekel, upharsin”.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wi_pRJUxtM1sP4DJyFi8TSm3KiXSaUqM/view?usp=sharing
5. fbinewsreview.org-756 AM 1272017  Michael Novakhov  My Bullet Points
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Qcj5EVXGKSVkZ0Cqji_S2ET5P-6oHGFC/view?usp=sharing
6. fbinewsreview.org-FBI as The Perfect Robots  By Michael Novakhov
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ApOI8BibHhbgnzh8o2pFD55eCZOwjhaV/view?usp=sharing
7. fbinewsreview.org-FBI News Review Investigate the FBI to its bone marrow  MN  913 AM 832018  In my as always very humbl…
https://drive.google.com/file/d/17foAsAQ-PD8VSEZTS1tjvoI9UR0gHonU/view?usp=sharing
8. fbinewsreview.org-FBI Increasingly Politicized Under Comey and Muellernbsp BY Bill Gertz  12617 nbspWashington Free Bea
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ghgAIoD1J0WrVeP-1Vlkc30l70FjeTPC/view?usp=sharing
9. fbinewsreview.org-Open Letter To DOJ for Mr Mueller  MN  FBI  Latest and Selected News
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1W1YC_Geq2MKVKPy9n-wfZYeBZfifn0a3/view?usp=sharing
10. fbinewsreview.org-Abwehr After WW2 Operation Novichok Sergei Skripal Go get him The Demiurge delivered him for you
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZmDKe8eYhaQ59E5MLeyKfte-TEr7LEs1/view?usp=sharing
11. fbinewsreview.org-Home Selected Posts Novichok Signatures
https://drive.google.com/file/d/15VU1CQz7fM23v_F5sNaRguCGYbRFZdAb/view?usp=sharing
12. fbinewsreview.org-The Hundred-Eyed Blind Monster  By Michael Novakhov  Topic FBI Surveillance  22518
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1s1y0ZChGNhbt7FtPcUvr62zsiJbPSofh/view?usp=sharing
13. fbinewsreview.org-Feature Article – MN – On the far west side of lower Manhattan – The symbolism or the symbolic messag…
https://drive.google.com/file/d/16PaI3exWGnIpm65G2EaAPdxcAhnmaf_a/view?usp=sharing
14. fbinewsreview.org-Performance Crimes are the crimes of publicity  1139 AM 1202018
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1T-ZqjtEWQs6YSdSpxekc1dDuI3INCECo/view?usp=sharing
15. fbinewsreview.org-320 PM 6252018  Updatenbsp Teacher Arrested For Alleged Sex With The Same Teen Who Sexted With Anthon
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1V3J_0PoXnEzXIwm4hCUgj255tjsIAf1y/view?usp=sharing
16. fbinewsreview.org-SELECTED POSTS WORSE THAN SHARKS  1001 AM 1112018
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1TWJ-QYHXXqhfqRUhuQErv0GRLxCxxzvv/view?usp=sharing
webworldnews.com-Comey The High Priest and Trump The Meddlesome King – by Michael Novakhov
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1upOJOAYcWRPflZ7XNSPeh3EivNWmMszq/view?usp=sharing
webworldtimes.com-THE GERMAN HYPOTHESIS OF THE TRUMP-RUSSIA SCANDAL
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ej_cSQwN2r3O5JHyxH-hWZzHBoZXsiK1/view?usp=sharing
worldwt.com-The World Web Times  worldwtcom – The Road To Dictatorship – Is the FBI capable…
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hhXwJin_yUKsWLz69241-IdrIyF_d31D/view?usp=sharing


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