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Comment: Re:I believe Kate (Score 1) 640

Of course, you'd really need to watch the film to make a judgement, and I don't propose to pollute my eyeballs with a single photon of it.

You do realize that in that stance, you're not being any different from the Christian or any other brand of Fundamentalists, who condemn movies or other artwork sight unseen? I don't plan on seeing it either, but I also don't plan on publishing an opinion about it, one way or another.

Comment: Re:Mulgrew is an airhead (Score 1) 640

They actually do. They try to make it somewhat scientific, and try to stretch in the same direction continuously. Warp plasma conduits do not magically do different things in different episodes; and when they do, it's usually reasonable to assume they do these things in addition to or because of a property of warp plasma conduits already established. There's a lot of stretching and head scratch, but not a lot of "oh hell no, this is retarded" going on.

Deflectors and Transporters however do seem to be the Magic McGuffins of the week quite frequently though.

Comment: Re:The writers were ineffectual (Score 1) 640

Actually, I think the low point was the final episode. The idea of the Borg, a massive hive mind responsible for the destruction of hundreds of civilizations, being defeated by one fucking human woman by infecting them with some virus? What complete and utter BS. Nobody in any of the other civilizations had that idea?

You do have to remember that the overriding principle of EVERY Star Trek series, from TOS to Enterprise, is that outside of the featured ship's crew, Everyone whether in StarFleet, or the Alien of the Week, is a blithering parochial, stubborn, idiot.

Comment: Re:Mulgrew is an airhead (Score 1) 640

It doesn't really affect the "Best Star Trek Captain" discussions (I always answer with the *vision* the creators had for the character not how it was acted)...but Kate Mulgrew is kind of a ditz

In interviews (like in The Captains film: ) she was clearly just doing Trek purely as a 'gig' for a paycheck...she had no personal connection to science or space whatsoever and did not see her role as a way to educate herself or broaden her horizons to improve her acting

to her it was all just "technobabble" which angers me to no end as a person who advocates for women in science...but it's her life and career so I'm not judging her choices necessarily...i just think it's unprofessional and lazy...her performance in Orange is the New Black is equally as bad, IMHO...very perfunctory

Mulgrew read the ***narration*** of the whole could she do that and not know the film as about the earth being the *actual* center of the universe?

answer is in the subject line

Mulgrew is pretty spot on in her assessement of Trek. For the most part the story is ENTIRELY Trekbabble which is used either to justify some dubious plotline or to fill up some script time. And if you're going to crucify her for doing Trek simply for a paycheck, then you might as well string up Brent Spiner (who would state repeatedly that he was not a fan of the show), Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, and Alec Guiness along with her. From my book she and all these others did exactly what was expected of them, put out an acting performance. The fact that someone like Spiner did so despite his general distaste for the genre, makes me respect him that much more than some slatherly worshipping actor geek.

When you are in the acting field, unless you've such high and mighty stature, that people are constantly breaking down your door to offer you gigs, you take the work that's offered, because that's how you pay the bills. For the most part, science fiction is the curse of death to an actors career, but you take the jobs when and where they are offered.

We need to remember that these people ARE actors. They are not authorities in science, politics, or any other field. Exception: Avery Brooks is a Rutgers Art Professor with tenure, he's probably more educated than most Trek actors put together. Unlike most actors, his degrees are the real thing.

Comment: Re:Mirror image (Score 1) 640

No. The Muslims tried to conquer Europe for 1000 years. They conquered much of the Roman Empire by 700AD and managed to completely wipe out Byzantium by 1100AD.

That's what the original Crusade was a response to: a distress call from what was left of Byzantium.

Bullocks. Did you know that one of the last major invasions of Byzantium was FROM a Crusade? The reason they went there? Was it idolatry?, Did they see Satan in Constantinople? No, the reason was that they needed ships from Venice to make the sea voyage to the Holy Land and the Venetians demanded the destruction of their major Mediterranean trading rival as payment. Those two lions in front of St. Peter's Basillica? That's where they came from. When the Byzantine Empire fell to the sultan who conquered it, the only thing remaining of the once great Empire, was the city with an overweight bureaucracy that had lost most of it's meaning, and a small strip of land outside it.

Comment: Re:Mirror image (Score 1) 640

Muslims claim both worship the same invisible bearded man in the sky and that peace is their highest value.

FTFY. I get the feeling a lot of Christians would be offended at the suggestion.

So would the Muslims. One tenet that both Jews and Muslims agree on, is that God is not something that you chop into three parts. He is Supreme and Indivisible.

Comment: Re:Mirror image (Score 1) 640

It has to be said though, Mohammed got started early. Married Aisha at 7, pregnant by age 9. Must have ejaculated insider her pretty much the first time she had her period. In the literal sense of the word he was a paedophile, a lover of children, who from historical accounts treated her fairly well, showed her affection and love and got a boner who he saw her naked pre-pubescent body.

He kept slaves, he waged wars, he was illiterate and a general douchbag in many ways. That wouldn't be such a problem if the book he dictated wasn't supposed to be the literal word of god, or if he lifestyle wasn't held up as an example of the best way to live to keep god happy. It's more of a problem than, say, the Bible which is acknowledged to be written by third parties or Jesus who generally behaved quite well.

As I recall, Mary was told by Gabriel that she would be "visited" by the Lord and would bear his child, not asked to volunteer, simply told it was going to happen. Now mind you, much like Zeus's many casual affairs, she wasn't being given a choice in the matter, and that Joseph actually seemed to care enough about her to try to deal with it quietly. By Hebrew law, Mary would have been stoned to death for having sexual relations (and becoming pregnant) out of childbirth. It takes a personal visitation by God's angels to change his mind, being essentially told. "Marry the Girl.". And don't get me started about the Old Testament. Polygamy is pretty rampant. Both Job and Solomon were said to have many wives, Solomon himself, about a hundred or so. Most people forget that the books of the Bible were written in a very different cultural and moral standard, and Christians tend to whitewash them, reading them in the context of their own particular parochial values, depending on which sect of Christianity they belong to.

Comment: Re:Not the first time this has happened (Score 1) 640

Thanks for informing me of this. I used to enjoy his Ben Stein's Money show on occasion some years back, but I have now lost all respect for the man whatsoever.

Oh it goes much deeper. People tended to forget that before his acting career Stein was a speech writer for Nixon and is as right wing religious and political fundamentalist as they come. He has "moderated" atheist/religious debates that clearly showed his bias as he tries to rig the debates.

Wasn't he also one of Nixon's "Plumbers"?

Comment: Re:Not the first time this has happened (Score 1) 640

The thing that struck me most was how Wesley had trouble getting a slot in the Academy despite being a Wunderkind. In a "post scarcity" world, they should have made more spots for recruits like that. Anyone interested in Starfleet should have been accommodated. Built more ships. Added a new wing to the Academy. Whatever.

The real surprise was that someone like Barclay made it at all. But then again, Trek producers never believed that logic or universe consistency should stand in the way of the latest idiotic story idea. Such as anti-matter being used as a "school project Besides the Federation didn't really live in a post scarcity world. You couldn't just shovel a lot of dirt into a replicator and come out with dilithium. And where did all that anti-matter used to fuel starships come from anyway? The only way to make anti-matter is to convert Energy into equal parts positive matter and anti-matter. Pretty much atomic power in reverse. So yes, the Federation would fight wars and even scrap it's precious Prime Directive (which for some strange reason seems only to apply to Starfleet officers) when it came to getting mineral rights on a strategic world like Capella Four.

Comment: Re:Fine.. (Score 1) 312

by Shadowmist (#46748859) Attached to: Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

I'm not as worried about the Nuclear waste as I am about Nuclear missiles. It would be easy to launch a series nuclear missile from the moon that could detonate over the western globe producing en EMP. They would essentially have a 12 hour window (probably more) every day to launch such an attack. I wonder what kind of counter measures we'd have against something like that.

It's statements like this that make me laugh at the appalling ignorance of the sci fi crowd. You don't have to launch the stupid thing from the moon. An Earthbound rocket could do the same. Although one rocket couldn't do it buy itself. A global EMP is not a trivial thing to set off. It really would take a massive nuclear eschange. And suppose you did such a thing? Do you think that there is anywhere on the Earth or the Moon that you could escape the consequence of the total collapse of Industrial civilization? What are you going to eat or breathe on the Moon when the supply ships stop coming?

Of course any day, the Sun might just unleash a massive coronal discharge that's actually aimed at the right spot at the right time and make all of this discussion, rather moot when it blows out every transformer on the planet. The Earth was last hit by such a discharge in the 1859 (look up "Solar storm of 1859" in Wikipedia for the curious) There weren't any transformers around to blow at that time however but it was one heck of a light show. It did blow out a lot of telegraph systems, even some of the operator keys were sparking. The real tragedy is that there are ways to protect ourselves, but it's going to take a lot of global coordination, communication, and cooperation than I'm seeing now.

Comment: Re:What a bunch of hooye, total garbage (Score 1) 91

by Shadowmist (#46629337) Attached to: Book Review: Money: The Unauthorized Biography

Government handouts are not production. Government does not produce wealth, production does. Government handouts (according to some rather famous studies) cost about $2 in production for every $1 in handouts. If you want to ruin the economy, that's the way to go. Just ask Greece and Spain for example.

We're not Greece, our situation isn't Greece, and Greece's problems don't point to a solution for any other country on the planet. Treating this country as if it were Greece would be a sure sign to ruin. .

American workers have grown in productivity with advances in technology, but their share of the wealth that they produce through their labor has been declining steadily since the early 70's. The problem has never been with the lack of wealth but it's distribution..

Comment: Re:Download (Score 1) 243

IP law needs to be obliterated and rewritten. This "150 years plus the heat death of the universe, and I control everything about it and all derivative works forever" shit has got to stop. Mandatory copyright licensing with FRAND pricing schedules and a 15 year tern would be a good first step. And if the content creators want to take their ball and go home then fine... they won't be missed. Others will innovate in their place.

It's not going to happen. no one will ever willingly turn off a money spigot. If anything you're going to see more micropayments being pushed on us. And with the number of content providers dwindling on a yearly basis, you're not going to have competition to drive down price either.

The test of intelligent tinkering is to save all the parts. -- Aldo Leopold