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Comment Philosophical Depth? (Score 0) 485

I like Star Trek as much as the next guy, and have seen all of the Original Series, The Next Generation, and Deep Space Nine. I'm currently struggling through Voyager, I've dipped my toe into the Animated Series, and I'm going to at least give Enterprise a shot.

But I wouldn't say Star Trek has much actual philosophical depth. Messages typically boil down to things like "Racism is bad" or "Data is a person too" or "Don't lie" or "Don't pick on Barclay" or "Respect other cultures", and that's ignoring the episodes where Kirk and Spock are running from a witch that turns into a giant cat, or where Geordie accidentally stalks a girl he likes, or Troi goes man-crazy, or Sisko and Crew get trapped in a weird board game.

Sure, there's gems like The Devil in the Dark, Family, and For the Uniform, but those are few and far between.

Comment Still?! (Score 1) 398

You mean the demographics haven't undergone a drastic and fundamental shift since the last SV Diversity article from like a month ago?

All those kids we started teaching coding to in the last couple years haven't gone to college yet? Those colleges haven't produced a diverse enough stream of students within the last 6 months? Those students haven't all gotten the 3-5 years of experience to work at Google, Facebook, Apple, etc all within the last several weeks?

Alrighty, you priviliged micro-aggressive misogynistic cis-gendered white males. You've got 3 more weeks to fix all this, or else we'll post another article complaining that the problem still exists >:-(

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In the background of an unexpectedly liberal turn in Court, as seen by conservatives, is the growing power and influence of "the technocrat," by which they mean the dominant economic forces of the 21st century, Hollywood in entertainment, Silicon Valley in tech, Amazon in retailing, and so on.

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Comment Pardoned in 2017? (Score 2, Interesting) 671

The only way home I can think of for Snowden is if someone like Rand Paul ends up as President (not ideal, but there are worse choices):
1) He seems to genuinely care about civil rights (is against the Patriot Act, use of drones, government surveillance etc), and this would be an opportunity to put his money where his mouth is
2) Only a Republican would snub President Obama in such a way

Fat chance of that happening, though.

Comment The Real Thing (Score 5, Insightful) 411

So many other logical characters function as the butt of the joke. They're always the ones who "don't get it", or "lack compassion", or seem "out of touch".

Mr. Nimoy, through Spock, showed how such characters can be more than just socially awkward, how through logic one can derive strong ethics, compassion, and integrity.

A literal inspiration.

"Falling in love makes smoking pot all day look like the ultimate in restraint." -- Dave Sim, author of Cerebrus.