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Comment Re:They tell you upfront it isn't going to be good (Score 1) 128

That was indeed one of the best (if not the best) TOS episode. Very powerful, very well written, and I also remember how I saw it the first time, I did actually notice the difference in their faces but couldn't imagine that this was the reason for their mutual hunt, it was so silly, pointless and insane.

Still is.

Comment Re:They tell you upfront it isn't going to be good (Score 1) 128

The cynic in me would say that TNG tried to be PC, but failed miserably at it by using stereotypes to be PC. The women got the "empathy" positions (medicine and counselor), the blacks the dangerous and menial ones (engineering and security) and the android was the science guy.

Plus Wesley Crusher, the Jar-Jar of the Star Trek universe.

Comment Re: Misdemeanor? (Score 1) 206

It is not. At least I sure as fuck hope it isn't.

It also wasn't a sudden thing back then. If you look at the history of Europe in the first half of the 20th century, you will notice that a lot of countries descended into dictatorships after an attempt at democracy, and so did Austria. Hitler didn't remove a democratic government in Austria when he took over, he ousted another fascist dictatorship.

What happened here was a slow process. What you observe now in the US was pretty much what was going down in continental Europe in the late 1920s and early 1930s, where "loyal party members" voted openly to eliminate any doubt of their loyalty. Eventually it became customary to do so. And from there it was only a small step to being suspicious if you dared to vote secretly. After all, what do you have to hide?

It certainly is not going to cause a problem at this election. And not with the next. But this has never led to more democracy, only to less.

Comment Re: Misdemeanor? (Score 4, Insightful) 206

It did. 1938 in Austria. The outcome is very well known.

When it is allowed to vote publicly (and taking a picture of your marked ballot pretty much means this), it's very easy to scare people into voting publicly lest it would be assumed that they vote "wrongly". Because there's no reason to vote in secrecy if you vote how you "should".

Don't go there. Just don't.

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