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Comment: Re:*sips pabst* (Score 3, Insightful) 320

by cheesybagel (#48666551) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

I disagree. Tom Bombadil was rightly cut as it served no practical purpose. I do agree that the second movie was kind of weirdly constructed, and in the last movie the ending seemed to drag on forever and ever. But the ending also drags on forever in the actual book so I cannot fault Jackson for that.

I think the LotR movies were well done. But he just did not have the material to turn the Hobbit from one book to three movies. That was an insane thing to do. He just watered down the plot too much and then had to change the story in stupid was to drag it on more.

If there is ONE book which I think could be done in two or three movies its Dune. The Hobbit? Not really.

Comment: Re:Good luck to him (Score 1) 155

by cheesybagel (#48649479) Attached to: Can Rep. John Culberson Save NASA's Space Exploration Program?

The main issue was Concorde wasn't manufactured by Boeing. But the other issue was the 1970s oil crisis which made a lot of things which used a lot of oil uneconomic. Another casualty was the Wankel engine. Heck even military aircraft no longer use turbojet engines because they consume too much fuel.

Comment: Re: Bewitched? (Score 2) 222

by cheesybagel (#48631043) Attached to: Marissa Mayer's Reinvention of Yahoo! Stumbles

Steve Jobs was brought back because MacOS Classic was a steaming pile of shit and they needed NextSTEP. Once he came on board they came up with the iMac and MacOS X pretty quickly. They also knifed the 3rd party cloning business which meant they had more profits to them. He was a bastard but he knew how to make money.

At that time the company was doing okay. The rest was just icing on the cake.

Comment: Re:Home of the Brave (Score 2, Interesting) 230

by cheesybagel (#48629541) Attached to: "Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

So you think he wouldn't have lost a land battle in China? Why do you think he came back crying like a baby to the US President that they needed to nuke Beijing and Moscow? The whole idea was ludicrous. The Soviet Union had tested their own nuclear weapons before the Korean War started.

I usually prefer calling the Korean War WWIII to put it into proper perspective.

Comment: Re:Why not push toward collapse? (Score 1) 433

by cheesybagel (#48620941) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

You can hardly call the invasion of Iraq a conquest. It was a successful expeditionary incursion but the stated goals by the PNAC for the war were the stabilization of the Persian Gulf oil producing region and the demobilization of the troops stationed in the border since the first Gulf War. The demobilization did happen but the Persian Gulf was not stabilized at all. So in that sense the war failed to meet their objectives.

The PNAC also intended to invade North Korea at the same time but I guess the Afghan war precluded that from happening.

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