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Comment Re:Compare Uhura, Chekhov, and Sulu to Stormtroope (Score 1) 359

According to Wookipedia, You've got your clone troopers, (clones of Jango Fett), you've got your Imperial Stormtroopers (described as "the ultimate evolution of clone troopers") , and you've got your First Order Stormtroopers.

Imperial Stormtroopers were originally clone troopers, but their accelerated aging process caused their physical skills and abilities to deteriorate so they were replaced by non-clone volunteers and conscripts.

First Order Stormtroopers composed the army of the junta that arose out of the fallen empire, and were comprised of individuals taken from their parents at birth.

Long story short, it depends on where you are in the storyline as to the level of diversity in the Stormtrooper ranks.

Comment Compare Uhura, Chekhov, and Sulu to Stormtroopers (Score 1) 359

I can't - the Stormtroopers are all wearing helmets, so I can't tell their gender/ethnicity. But I'm sure Lucas put a representative sample of humanity in there. I bet he even has some transgendered Stormtroopers and you won't find that in Star Trek no siree. Man, that George Lucas thought of everything!

Comment Re:Congratulations! (Score 4, Interesting) 107

I watched the live stream on this newfangled internet thingy and I must say, I felt a little bit of the old excitement I experienced as a kid when watching the Apollo missions on our old black & white TV back in the day. Sticking that landing (on a friggin drone ship fer Chrissakes) for the second time in a row is one heckuva feat of engineering,

Tell you what, those SpaceX kids are welcome on my lawn anytime.

Comment Re:"the NIH has refused to fund it." (Score 1) 242

I'm not trying to form a moral equivalence between the two.

Then why are you bemoaning the lack of left-wing "outrage" on the matter? If I could point you to some left-wing outrage on the chimera research funding moratorium, would you feel better? Here you go:

https://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2015/11/researchers-urge-lifting-of-nih-funding-restrictions-on-chimeric.html

Perhaps the lefties are holding their outrage until they see if the NIH will resume funding in this area...it is after all a moratorium while the NIH "considers a possible policy revision in this area."

You wouldn't want any outrage until an actual policy has been made, would you? Where's the fun in that?

Of course, I might also ask why you have a need for some sort of counterbalancing outrage from "the left" to begin with. Perhaps you should just relax and stop getting worked up over things that haven't even been decided yet.

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