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Comment: Re:I Have Plans Now (Score 1) 219

by fnj (#49148549) Attached to: Harrison Ford To Return In Blade Runner Sequel

All the answers to the contrary which you are going to get are wrong, wrong, wrong.

By far the best version is the original theatrical cut. The international release is very slightly better (one minute of "scary violence" is cut from the U.S. release), but either that or the U.S. release will do very nicely. This is the only version with Ford's voiceover, which is absolutely essential to understanding what is going on. It also adds tremendously to the noir feel.

The only way I know for sure to get this version is to get one of the multi-disc sets which include the "1982 theatrical release" (the 5-disc blu-ray set is a slam dunk). You can also get it on cable, but I doubt it is the only version circulating on cable or streaming.

All other versions (rare original workprint, 1986 U.S. broadcast version, 1992 director's cut, 2007 final cut) are CRAP in comparison.

Comment: Standing head (Score 1) 593

by fnj (#49127233) Attached to: Republicans Back Down, FCC To Enforce Net Neutrality Rules

"Republicans Back Down" is what is known in the trade of journalism as a "standing head". It is a newspaper headline, all preset in type, ready to be used for ANY morning's newspaper. That is how predictable Republicans are. They will ALWAYS back down, because it is all Kabuki Theatre. All they can imagine is being obstructionist, with no real agenda whatsoever of their own, and their pre-planned end strategy is to ALWAYS throw up their hands and say "oh, well".

I'll make it plainer. They have all turned into a bunch of PUNKS. Anyone who takes them seriously is a SAP.

Comment: Re:Anyone remember the NSA? (Score 1) 593

by fnj (#49127085) Attached to: Republicans Back Down, FCC To Enforce Net Neutrality Rules

How twisted do you have to be to believe that, to prevent the government from tyranny, you have to try to prevent it from fulfilling its proper function? I ask you seriously. If your government has turned against the people, your society is in deep doo doo, and worrying yourself sick about little details like this is not just silly, it is failing to face the real problem.

Comment: Re:Pesticides for humans (Score 4, Informative) 224

by fnj (#49114513) Attached to: 100 Years of Chemical Weapons

Your recollection does not align with history. DDT was far from the first significant agricultural pesticide.

In the real world, pesticides and specifically insecticides date back thousands of years. Sulfur was burned to produce a noxious gas, and various naturally occurring substances, biological and mineral, were gathered and used. Hydrogen cyanide gas was used to fumigate citrus trees in California in the 1880s. Zyklon A, which was a compound designed to release hydrogen cyanide on the application of heat and water for pesticidal purposes, dates back to before WW1. It was banned after a similar compound was used as a chemical weapon in WW1.

Zyklon-B was a cyanide-based pesticide with an irritant additive to serve as a warning, dating back to the early 1920s. It was used for delousing clothes and controlling pests in ships, warehouses and trains. It was co-opted for more infamous purposes later. One of the inventors was executed in 1946 for knowingly providing the substance to a certain evil state actor.

Organophosphates were used as pesticides, followed shortly by use as nerve "gases".

The longer the title, the less important the job.