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by Gandalf
2017-05-26 04:39am
Forum: Pure Star Trek
Topic: Star Trek discovery triggers alt right
Replies: 26
Views: 390

Re: Star Trek discovery triggers alt right

Q99 wrote:Yea. Enterprise honestly bugged me with how relatively-white it was.


It was a bit like Firefly, set in a universe which is full of Chinese stuff, but seemingly no Asian people.
by Gandalf
2017-05-26 02:13am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Republican candidate 'body-slams' Guardian reporter in Montana
Replies: 15
Views: 661

Re: Republican candidate 'body-slams' Guardian reporter in Montana

He won, and convincingly too.

So there's that.
by Gandalf
2017-05-25 10:24pm
Forum: Pure Star Trek
Topic: Star Trek discovery triggers alt right
Replies: 26
Views: 390

Re: Star Trek discovery triggers alt right

Also going to really suck if Discovery fails and people try to blame racist idiots for its failure rather then it possibly sucking so nobody learns from any possible mistakes like reboot Ghostbusters. The reaction to the Reboot Ghostbusters really poisoned the well- because while it was a flawed mo...
by Gandalf
2017-05-25 07:35pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Fifty years on: Australia's 1967 Referendum
Replies: 0
Views: 122

Fifty years on: Australia's 1967 Referendum

On May 27, 1967, campaigners for Aboriginal rights and status won the most-decisive referendum victory in Australian history. The referendum attracted more than 90% of voters in favour of deleting the two references to Aborigines in Australia’s Constitution. Campaigners for a “Yes” vote successfull...
by Gandalf
2017-05-25 09:27am
Forum: Pure Star Trek
Topic: Star Trek: Discovery - the first trailer
Replies: 52
Views: 1576

Re: Star Trek: Discovery - the first trailer

Technically, the first episode of Enterprise was the first contact between humans and klingons. What I mean is the first time klingons encountered Federation ships after the Earth-Romulan War. The klingons might have ignored the militarily weak humans in favor of more pressing issues at the time at...
by Gandalf
2017-05-25 08:02am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Democrats backing away from gun control
Replies: 39
Views: 1009

Re: Democrats backing away from gun control

Gun-related deaths can be addressed separately from gun ownership. Having a gun is a lot different from actually shooting somebody, which is still illegal under most circumstances. It's really hard to shoot someone without a gun. So if they're not going to control the guns, what policy would they p...
by Gandalf
2017-05-25 07:51am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Democrats backing away from gun control
Replies: 39
Views: 1009

Re: Democrats backing away from gun control

If the Democrats move away from gun control, will they have any new policies for dealing with gun related deaths, or are they just deemed "not popular enough to address?"
by Gandalf
2017-05-25 04:08am
Forum: Pure Star Trek
Topic: Star Trek discovery triggers alt right
Replies: 26
Views: 390

Re: Star Trek discovery triggers alt right

Joun_Lord wrote:Also going to really suck if Discovery fails and people try to blame racist idiots for its failure rather then it possibly sucking so nobody learns from any possible mistakes like reboot Ghostbusters.


Huh?
by Gandalf
2017-05-25 01:05am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Neo Nazi converts to Islam, kills his Neo Nazi friends
Replies: 6
Views: 444

Re: Neo Nazi converts to Islam, kills his Neo Nazi friends

It makes me wonder why they didn't catch the fuck sooner, if he was making terrorist threats on line. It also makes me think that he's probably not so much a serious ideologue, as just a crazy looking for any fringe extremist group to give his sorry life meaning. Unfortunately, lots of people make ...
by Gandalf
2017-05-24 11:31pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Republican candidate 'body-slams' Guardian reporter in Montana
Replies: 15
Views: 661

Re: Republican candidate 'body-slams' Guardian reporter in Montana

Things become more interesting; Apparently the other news team in the room was from Fox, and they've told their side of the story. It agrees with Jacobs. The race to fill Montana's sole seat in the U.S. House of Representatives took a violent turn Wednesday, and a crew from the Fox News Channel, inc...
by Gandalf
2017-05-24 09:50pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Republican candidate 'body-slams' Guardian reporter in Montana
Replies: 15
Views: 661

Republican candidate 'body-slams' Guardian reporter in Montana

The Republican candidate for Montana’s congressional seat slammed a Guardian reporter to the floor on the eve of the state’s special election, breaking his glasses and shouting, “Get the hell out of here.” Ben Jacobs, a Guardian political reporter, was asking Greg Gianforte, a tech millionaire runn...
by Gandalf
2017-05-24 08:21pm
Forum: Pure Star Trek
Topic: Star Trek: Discovery - the first trailer
Replies: 52
Views: 1576

Re: Star Trek: Discovery - the first trailer

Technically, the first episode of Enterprise was the first contact between humans and klingons. What I mean is the first time klingons encountered Federation ships after the Earth-Romulan War. The klingons might have ignored the militarily weak humans in favor of more pressing issues at the time at...
by Gandalf
2017-05-24 08:13pm
Forum: History
Topic: How effective was the New Deal?
Replies: 9
Views: 623

Re: How effective was the New Deal?

Broomstick wrote:I thought the US wasn't a world power until after WWII...?


It actually became a great power towards the end of the nineteenth century, as they had the world's most productive economy, and then defeated Spain in the Spanish-American War. It's a fascinating and terrible period of history.
by Gandalf
2017-05-23 11:50pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Trump Dump: Foreign Policy (Thread I)
Replies: 436
Views: 25253

Re: Trump Dump: Foreign Policy (Thread I)

The Romulan Republic wrote:Someone totally needs to make a gritty cop show or big budget action movie about a heroic Internal Affairs officer. :D

Damn, just typing that makes me want to write it.


The Departed features some heroic IA guys. It's a Scorcese film, so it's way gritty.
by Gandalf
2017-05-21 09:01pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Roger Ailes is dead
Replies: 19
Views: 976

Re: Roger Ailes is dead

Flagg wrote:This couldn't have happened 20 years ago?


Perhaps the sight of President Trump made him feel as though his life's work was complete, and he could just let go.
by Gandalf
2017-05-21 09:00pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Baby dearth: why rich societies like Hong Kong are committing demographic suicide
Replies: 14
Views: 910

Re: Baby dearth: why rich societies like Hong Kong are committing demographic suicide

Actually, I've known a number of women who had their kids in their 20's when then went to school and built a career after the little ones started their own schooling. The downside to this approach is that society penalizes people who start their careers later than 20-25. And that's what I mean by &...
by Gandalf
2017-05-21 07:48am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: 28% of Americans Cannot Afford $10 Emergency
Replies: 46
Views: 1858

Re: 28% of Americans Cannot Afford $10 Emergency

It's amazing what people will throw out. I was just talking to the trash guy (want some free life advice? Befriend the little people. You might be one of us someday) about this yesterday. There was a 4' oscillating fan in good working order and a slightly ripped-up box spring just sitting there. I ...
by Gandalf
2017-05-21 07:44am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Baby dearth: why rich societies like Hong Kong are committing demographic suicide
Replies: 14
Views: 910

Re: Baby dearth: why rich societies like Hong Kong are committing demographic suicide

Children are even seen as a nuisance by some in Northern Europe. As one of my European friends pointed out, many restaurants in Germany will not allow children in but are happy to accommodate pet owners and their dogs! I don't see why this is controversial. There are places for children, and places...
by Gandalf
2017-05-20 09:30pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Trump Dump: Foreign Policy (Thread I)
Replies: 436
Views: 25253

Re: Trump Dump: Foreign Policy (Thread I)

I thought the point of "election vetting" was that it got someone the voters wanted. No more, no less. It's not like Trump didn't have a demonstrable history of running his mouth or anything. Apparently enough of the voting populace was cool with that to either vote for him, or sit home an...
by Gandalf
2017-05-19 01:25am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: 28% of Americans Cannot Afford $10 Emergency
Replies: 46
Views: 1858

Re: 28% of Americans Cannot Afford $10 Emergency

Isn't this the glorious capitalist society for which the US fought the Cold War? Well, its the society for which Republicans fought the Cold War, maybe (or at least Republicans from Reagan onwards). Not all of us view the world in binary options of "Unrestrained capitalism, fuck the poor"...
by Gandalf
2017-05-18 11:05pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: 28% of Americans Cannot Afford $10 Emergency
Replies: 46
Views: 1858

Re: 28% of Americans Cannot Afford $10 Emergency

I would be interested to see what these 28% spend their money on. I am not unsympathetic, but I remember an article a few years ago here where the poor person has an account which charges him shit loads of money just to withdraw. Its still pretty shit, but maybe with a bit of adjustments they might...
by Gandalf
2017-05-18 10:58pm
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Let's talk about the Recent(past year or so) WH40K fluff updates. Spoilers all
Replies: 32
Views: 986

Re: Let's talk about the Recent(past year or so) WH40K fluff updates. Spoilers all

Kojiro wrote:Have you seen the original orks? You've already got big orks!


I'm aiming for one which can punch an Imperial Knight.
by Gandalf
2017-05-18 09:52pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: China Announces Tighter Internet News Rules
Replies: 9
Views: 724

Re: China Announces Tighter Internet News Rules

K. A. Pital wrote:
Gandalf wrote:So any place relating news stories (like here) needs to have state approval to be seen in China?

Wow.

I am not sure one can even implement such rules in practice. Even the Great Firewall can only block so much.


That's what has me so puzzled. Does the government even expect this to work?
by Gandalf
2017-05-18 08:52pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: 28% of Americans Cannot Afford $10 Emergency
Replies: 46
Views: 1858

Re: 28% of Americans Cannot Afford $10 Emergency

Isn't this the glorious capitalist society for which the US fought the Cold War?

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