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  1. And when Smith dismissed child labor as "having happened throughout history" or whatever his words were was absolutely preposterous.
  2. The free market is anything but. Duncan did a reasonable job of showing this but Smith did the libertarian jig and couched his words and shifted the target. Libertarians are bad enough but then he brought anarchism into it. Good fucking grief. You want to see what small government and the free market get you? Check out the Dem. Rep. Congo. Anarchist free market? See: Somalia.
  3. This is how i feel about libertarians: Anybody who would look back on the Robber Baron/Gilded Age and see it as somehow a vindication of unfettered free markets is a fundamentally sick human being.
  4. Of course it is. But that would make a pretty boring thread, wouldn't it?
  5. Does it really matter? I think we can all agree that drowning a limbless man is not very inspiring. However, a limbless man biting the hand of the guy pulling him under and flippering up to the surface is pretty inspiring. Be inspired. I hope that guys name is Bob. I really do.
  6. Your plan should be to have the scraps in your house, not plan on looting. A few large rubbermaid tubs stuffed with food and water and camping supplies particularly water filtration of some sort. Knife and hatchet. Gun if you can. Also, learn how to actually fight. A bad man is gonna break you if you wing Chun him. And don't learn from you tube, if you were serious about that.
  7. Hey, surprise, the perfect character made the perfect moral choice. I bet we were all wondering if she'd torture or not.
  8. I just like to look at Idris Elba. That's one suave bitch.
  9. What if Cumberbatch is what was best? What if they had cast an Indian and it was best for the movie and got dragged through the mud by portraying yet another brown man as a terrorist and labelled racists? I'm not trying to defend them, I just find it an interesting situation. Hell, I never even knew Khan was Indian before reading about the Cumberbatch issue right around when it came out. I just thought Khan was a badass name.
  10. So I had remembered hearing about this back when the movie was opening. The white washing part. I found a couple articles where the casting people, I think, were feeling pressure to NOT have yet another middle eastern/asian dude cast as terrorist/universal threat for fear of being seen as racist. Man, this shit gets confusing sometimes. Curious on how you view the situation under that light. Any different?
  11. Pretty sure the replicator broke down and constructed matter, not light. Raw material was needed. I think replicator could run out. But I think the idea of rations, at least on earth (money wasn't relegated to the past across the federation as far as I know), is incorrect. The world was post scarcity or damn close. Yeah, not really.
  12. It's interesting because Star Trek is post-scarcity, literally post-money, socialist utopia. It was black people kissing white people, female admirals, and sought exploration without violence. I see a beautiful Spring after a short but brutal winter coming.
  13. I disagree with both of you here. When the characters are such perfected beings, the decisions they make are not difficult. Everybody knows which choice Picard will make, the "right" one, as soon as the question is put forth. Sure, the writers might force some angst in there, and they might even be clever in how they work it out, but we all know what's going to happen. He will do the right thing even if it means great sacrifice. Perfect characters don't force the reader or viewer to really feel the torment that truly hard decisions require. Flawed characters do that by their very nature. They get scared, freaked out, greedy, jealous... their choices are colored by their flaws. I like fantasy novels and they are fucking RANK with perfect little heroes who make the correct and proper choice at every turn, who always stand up to bad people, who always stand up to the Army in Black Armor, who always see the mission through to the end, who never falter. Even worse is when they're teenagers. Mary Sue's and all that. EDIT: I had meant to include @Khans quOTE as well but I don't know how to fix that on my phone...
  14. I'm mixed on this. On the one hand I loved that Abrams reset the timeline in the first movie so I didn't have to deal with people being upset about continuity. On the other hand, fuck the speculative fiction aspect. Sort of. I mean the Trek universe is so vibrant and the lore so extraordinarily dense thathe the speculation is done. It's a fully realized reality. Languages, tech, relations, history, drinks, food, cultures, games, all of it. And let's be real. Nobody likes it when the crew rescues whales. Or establishes boring treaties with purple leople. They love it when they fire torpedoes and phasers and shields go down to 10% until the engineer saves the day.
  15. I really liked DS9. It was decent until the Dominion story line kicked off and it got very good. It had an over arching story line that TNG lacked and mostly better characters than Voyager. The DS9 captain was my least favorite of them all and he failed to dissuade me. My wife and I watched it together this past year. We ended up referring to it as Quarks, as in "Wanna watch some Quark?" Or "Let's see what's up in Quarks tonight." It almost felt like that was the real story of the series, Quarks and the Dominion. You'll get it if you watch. I'd watch the new series but it's gonna be on CBS Online or some shit. So, yeah, it's not worth dealing with that. I'm not a huge Trek nerd, my wife is. Despite thay, I have enjoyed the series I've watched. This is how I'd rank em. DS9 TNG (very close 2nd) VOYAGER ORIGINAL