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by Alferd Packer
2019-12-06 12:51pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: The Impeachment of Donald Trump.
Replies: 219
Views: 46571

Re: The Impeachment of Donald Trump.

I thought that Pelosi's just following the Newt Gingrich playbook. They formally adopted the articles of impeachment for Clinton on December 19th, meaning the entire Christmas/New Year's break was spent dwelling on the his malfeasance. The trial didn't start until January 7th.
by Alferd Packer
2019-10-05 09:06pm
Forum: Pure Star Trek
Topic: Star Trek Picard Teaser Trailer
Replies: 81
Views: 21903

Re: Star Trek Picard Teaser Trailer

NYCC trailer:
by Alferd Packer
2019-08-23 10:30am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: On environment: stop fretting, start doing
Replies: 35
Views: 11864

Re: On environment: stop fretting, start doing

I've already done the most impactful thing I can: I've elected not to reproduce. So I guess by not doing, I've done something?
by Alferd Packer
2019-08-23 10:04am
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Matrix 4 confirmed, Keanu Reeves and Carrie Ann Moss returning.
Replies: 14
Views: 5981

Re: Matrix 4 confirmed, Keanu Reeves and Carrie Ann Moss returning.

Also, if Dark Storm had occurred 500-ish years before the current date, the planet's biosphere should be dead. Not dying, not dormant, completely dead. I honestly don't know how you go about fixing that, even if you clear the nanobots from the atmosphere. Hope the Svalbard global seed vault is still...
by Alferd Packer
2019-07-23 01:37pm
Forum: Pure Star Trek
Topic: Star Trek Picard Teaser Trailer
Replies: 81
Views: 21903

Re: Star Trek Picard Teaser Trailer

So, Picard was born in 2305, and this takes place almost 20 years after Nemesis, or around the year 2399. Even accounting for 24th-century magic hyprospray tech, Picard looks good for a man in his mid 90s who may or may not have Irumodic Syndrome.
by Alferd Packer
2019-07-21 06:34am
Forum: Fantasy
Topic: Game Of Thrones: Final Season --SPOILERS!
Replies: 580
Views: 88361

Re: Game Of Thrones: Final Season --SPOILERS!

Well, that pragmatist in me sees it going like this: he finishes TWoW in the next year or so. He begins working in earnest on ADoS, but dies before he can finish it. Whoever is in charge of his estate commissions an author to use what was written and what notes exist to finish the book, and we event...
by Alferd Packer
2019-07-20 04:51pm
Forum: Pure Star Trek
Topic: Star Trek Picard Teaser Trailer
Replies: 81
Views: 21903

Re: Star Trek Picard Teaser Trailer

Full trailer is up.

by Alferd Packer
2019-07-20 08:48am
Forum: Fantasy
Topic: Game Of Thrones: Final Season --SPOILERS!
Replies: 580
Views: 88361

Re: Game Of Thrones: Final Season --SPOILERS!

Regarding George RR Martin, I call BS on the pressure. As it appears the pressure really didn't do anything for him, as he just focused on side stories and prequels. It sounds more like the pressure of a kid who is on the school bus and realizes his assignment is due, and that still isn't enough to...
by Alferd Packer
2019-06-13 08:04am
Forum: Fantasy
Topic: Game Of Thrones: Final Season --SPOILERS!
Replies: 580
Views: 88361

Re: Game Of Thrones: Final Season --SPOILERS!

Eh, plenty of series are ended poorly. If we had had a 10 episode season, and they hadn't dicked around for the first 2 episodes, Dany's heel turn could've gone great. All the required elements are there, we just got them in a sloppy, rushed, hamfisted couple of hours.
by Alferd Packer
2019-06-12 08:58am
Forum: Fantasy
Topic: Game Of Thrones: Final Season --SPOILERS!
Replies: 580
Views: 88361

Re: Game Of Thrones: Final Season --SPOILERS!

Assuming he ever writes the final book (TWoW is reportedly close to done, so we should at least get that). After all, he's already given away the ending in broad strokes--the story's been told. The urgency of having to tell the whole story is gone. And yes, he could have an epiphany that causes him ...
by Alferd Packer
2019-06-04 09:41am
Forum: Science, Logic, And Morality
Topic: Survival of the richest: The wealthy are plotting to leave us behind
Replies: 104
Views: 29788

Re: Survival of the richest: The wealthy are plotting to leave us behind

I mentioned that it is necessary to give an option to end abusive relationships, which is exactly the case of minorities who are not treated with respect or even are oppressed by their communities. However, the commodification of relationships (“market of people”) is not at all limited to, or exclu...
by Alferd Packer
2019-06-03 07:32am
Forum: Fantasy
Topic: Game of Thrones - The next Generation *spoilers*
Replies: 13
Views: 5827

Re: Game of Thrones - The next Generation *spoilers*

In terms of making the reform stick, what I'd hope for is for Bran to actually die young, or rather young enough that at least some of the nobles who sat in on the first election are able to do so again. Having that kind of continuity would help legitimize the notion of an elective monarchy--especia...
by Alferd Packer
2019-06-01 09:54pm
Forum: Science, Logic, And Morality
Topic: Survival of the richest: The wealthy are plotting to leave us behind
Replies: 104
Views: 29788

Re: Survival of the richest: The wealthy are plotting to leave us behind

Also “ability to choose families” sounds like the ability to reject others because you don’t like them. It is exactly what some families in homophobic societies are doing to the LGBT members of their family - rejection, expulsion, isolation. How is expanding this practice beyond the absolute necess...
by Alferd Packer
2019-05-20 10:47am
Forum: Fantasy
Topic: Game Of Thrones: Final Season --SPOILERS!
Replies: 580
Views: 88361

Re: Game Of Thrones: Final Season --SPOILERS!

That was my takeaway as well; he's going to help the Free Folk re-settle their now-empty homeland, and will probably just stay there.
by Alferd Packer
2019-05-14 08:03am
Forum: Fantasy
Topic: Game Of Thrones: Final Season --SPOILERS!
Replies: 580
Views: 88361

Re: Game Of Thrones: Final Season --SPOILERS!

I think with Jon it's less about him being a man and more about him being half Stark Blood, while all other Targeryan royals were products of brother/sister incest. And you could say that Dany's brother was rather insane as well and obviously he was male. In fairness to Dany, her great-grandfather ...
by Alferd Packer
2019-04-24 08:50pm
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Revisiting Balls said Lt. Mike Wong (Salvation War)
Replies: 14
Views: 7422

Re: Revisiting Balls said Lt. Mike Wong (Salvation War)

Because "one size fits all" wasn't a design criteria for huge, hulking demons? :D Nope, that part was actually pretty solid. Being small, quick and unencumbered, they could ambush single demons and easily slip away. Also, any wound not 'instantly lethal' healed within minutes due to the nature of h...
by Alferd Packer
2019-04-22 05:40pm
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Revisiting Balls said Lt. Mike Wong (Salvation War)
Replies: 14
Views: 7422

Re: Revisiting Balls said Lt. Mike Wong (Salvation War)

My ultimate endgame, as I recall such things, was to turn the glistening, naked insurgents into, you know, actual insurgents who went from attacking demon soldiers to indiscriminately butchering the civilians of Hell. Because I thought that would be an interesting avenue to explore. As for why they ...
by Alferd Packer
2019-04-21 08:36pm
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: The Orville: Season 2
Replies: 104
Views: 36542

Re: The Orville: Season 2

While I would consider it one of the weaker episodes of the season, I particularly enjoyed the ending, simply because it proved the crew's optimistic assumptions were wrong. The memory wipe didn't work; the timeline was tangential and therefore nothing that happened had any effect effect on the 'mai...
by Alferd Packer
2019-04-21 08:29pm
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Revisiting Balls said Lt. Mike Wong (Salvation War)
Replies: 14
Views: 7422

Re: Revisiting Balls said Lt. Mike Wong (Salvation War)

I will also offer a mea culpa for contributing--specifically introducing the GLISTENING SPARTAN HOPLITE AND ELEGANT HETERONORMATIVE SAMURAI WHO WERE ALSO ALWAYS NAKED FOR SOME REASON to the narrative. Though, in my defense, what I submitted was significantly edited and revised before it was posted, ...
by Alferd Packer
2019-04-12 01:45pm
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: EP 9 teaser trailer
Replies: 192
Views: 43849

Re: EP 9 teaser trailer

Well, that explains why the internet at large was suddenly more jizz-soaked than usual today.

Also, I wonder where that chunk of the Death Star is? Maybe that's the environmentally devastated Endor moon? Is the Endor Holocaust now official canon!?
by Alferd Packer
2019-03-25 08:29am
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: The Orville: Season 2
Replies: 104
Views: 36542

Re: The Orville: Season 2

I liked how Tim Russ kept slipping back into Tuvok mode. Also, it's interesting what information has survived and what hasn't--presumably, the bulk of social media data was purged at some point, making the information on the phone unique and valuable.
by Alferd Packer
2019-03-19 01:46pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Chris Hemsworth to play Hulk
Replies: 14
Views: 9211

Re: Chris Hemsworth to play Hulk

He was a "raging alcoholic" in part due to being in constant pain past a certain point in his life. The same medical condition that gave him his enormous size also fucked him up in several ways. Like many people with giantism he died of heart failure in his 40's... and he pretty much knew that that...
by Alferd Packer
2019-03-10 07:27pm
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: The Orville: Season 2
Replies: 104
Views: 36542

Re: The Orville: Season 2

I was suspicious that it was his daughter, but he was storing the Macguffin plasma stuff in her body, essentially weaponizing her--and making him no better than the Krill who had tortured them both over the decades.
by Alferd Packer
2019-03-10 07:25pm
Forum: Fantasy
Topic: Game of Thrones Final Season Official Trailer.
Replies: 18
Views: 4593

Re: Game of Thrones Final Season Official Trailer.

While the Reach is in tatters and fighting men gone, Dorne never had it's army touched. Still could have them come up and seige Kings Landing. I guess there is the total redemption and/or circle of life thing for Jammie and have him kill the Mad Queen? I've also suspected as much. It's the perfect ...
by Alferd Packer
2019-03-08 11:00am
Forum: Fantasy
Topic: Game of Thrones Final Season Official Trailer.
Replies: 18
Views: 4593

Re: Game of Thrones Final Season Official Trailer.

I've always thought that Cersei would be kind of a footnote. After the war in the North is resolved, The now super-battle-hardened veterans march south, faceroll the Golden Company and the remaining Lannister armies, siege the capital, and quickly depose Cersei. Or she blows up the Red Keep with her...