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  1. karaddin

    Star Trek Thread: Set Picard to Stun (spoilers)

    Current music is to Trek era as classical music is to the present. So it better be good music at least.
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    US Politics: What goes up, must come down!

    Watching this debate and Biden's answer about covid-19 was barely coherent and the part about insisting that the US would tell China it needs to be in their country and involved was... Not reassuring. The earlier part about ebola might have just been exaggerating the scale, but that later part with that tone doesn't have a good interpretation.
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    US Politics: What goes up, must come down!

    It's not even just the wealth part of the equation either, I think it explains a large part of the disconnect on health care. If you believe that someone's illness is a punishment from God then treating their illness is interfering with His will etc. They know that doesn't play well though so stick to the cost argument You and me both
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    US Politics: What goes up, must come down!

    Oh yeah the other piece of the puzzle is prosperity Christianity. Birdie - I assume your Catholic belief is at least within the same ballpark as my parents and the particular strain of Christian just doesn't compute from that Catholic viewpoint, but there are a large slice of evangelicals who very much believe that your current state on Earth is decreed by God as punishment or reward for your inherent evil or virtue. If you're virtuous then you'd be rich, if you lose your job then you must be sinning. When you overlap that view with racism you get some extra awful ideas.
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    US Politics: What goes up, must come down!

    Double post but I'm also going to throw the myth of American exceptionalism in as well. That does some really weird things to how many Americans assess things. If other countries have it and America doesn't, then it must be bad because America would have it if it was good. That one strikes across the ideological spectrum.
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    US Politics: What goes up, must come down!

    The US is just so big that there are tens of millions that I care about who are, to put it simply, outvoted by 1) Those who value their white supremacy more highly than their economic well being 2) Those who value their economic well being more than opposing white supremacy and fascism, and the well being of the poor 3) The many systemic flaws in the voting system that greatly inflate the value of some votes over others It's like billionaires, the number of people in question exceed our brains ability to handle them like smaller numbers. The people I am talking about extending compassion to are an entirely separate set of people to the ones you are talking about because there are so many people in their country it can wholly contain both with a whole bunch of people not in either category on top of that.
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    Star Trek Thread: Set Picard to Stun (spoilers)

    I really don't think "this character is projecting her rage" is particularly complicated, but I'm good at making myself see what I want to see. And I'd rather see an enjoyable show.
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    US Politics: What goes up, must come down!

    Just wanted to make clear that I'm not saying the rest of the world should be doing anything, just have compassion for the poor people in America that have never voted for the Republicans, are absolutely fucked by the current state of affairs and may be voting Bernie in the primary because they want change. A huge number of them are people of colour, there are probably more poor black Americans than there are Australians or Canadians and they do not deserve to be blamed for Trump any more than non Americans. A lot of them aren't voting Bernie anyway though - they have low expectations of their fellow Americans and want to get rid of the corrupt fascist as much as anyone.
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    US Politics: What goes up, must come down!

    @Rippounet I didn't want to call anyone out, but I was surprised by one non American in this iteration of the thread, so I just wanted to make the general point that there are a lot of really poor Americans. @Jace, Basilissa I don't love Bernie even though I am much more aligned with his policies than the average Dem. I didn't want him to run and I thought it was a divisive move after how 2016 turned out. I don't think he can win, but then I've never had confidence that any Dem was going to have a chance in this election. But here we are, he seems likely to win the nomination because the opposition to him within the party couldn't get their shit together and now I'm just hoping for the best, if he's going to be the nominee then stop running attacks on him that will actually help lose the general. None of these attacks are going to claw it back as long as all the other candidates remain in the race, so if they really want a different nominee then work together and put their personal ambition on hold. If Biden hasn't crushed SC enough to rebound he should drop. Amy too. I like Warren and her performance against Bloomberg in the debate was promising, but I'm still scared of how she'll perform against Trumps approach of pure insult. Pick her or Buttigieg, and I really dislike him, and throw it all behind them. If Sanders still wins after that then none of them were going to do better than him in the general. Bloomberg isn't going to put anything above himself so he won't drop regardless but he's not beating Trump either so not worth entertaining as the candidate.
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    Star Trek Thread: Set Picard to Stun (spoilers)

    Well they are a research ship experimenting at the edge of biology where the line between physics and biology blurs, it stands to reason the scientists would be proficient in the relevant areas. This could well be part of why they chose the story they're telling in S1 - if it's a story that interests PatStew, and it certainly seems that it is, he may have pushed for it to be the late redemption after an earlier failure. I'm really hoping we're going to get this now. The focus on the characters before they went through the wormhole felt like a "thats the end of this extended prologue, these characters will be the main focus from now". Hopefully. @Werthead I'd never connected DS9 and the Balkans, that really does fit. Jace the trailer was all of 5 minutes of screen time and a very minor part of the story. It might not be abject poverty but it's clear that she didn't retire to quite the level of comfort that Picard did. I also think after the most recent episode that we're supposed to take her bitterness towards him as only partially fair - that losing her job made her confront how she failed her family/son and she unfairly bundles that up with her anger at Picard. It came across like it was entirely true because he also blames himself. Characterisation, not plot holes.
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    LGBTQ+ 6 -- It's a Rainbow of Flavors

    @HelenaExMachina you are correct on that, thanks. It's another small thing that doing right can make a difference. If nothing else it acts as a signal that you're trying to be supportive - a lot of well meaning people will still say "transgendered" but I've never seen a transphobe that uses "transgender" properly. So doing it right is a positive signifier, but doing it wrong isn't a negative one.
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    US Politics: What goes up, must come down!

    The real bullshit, and I'm sure you know this, is that a country as wealthy as the US has as many people living in severe poverty as it does. I'm actually kinda surprised at seeing people even resistant to the idea that there may be a lot of people left behind by the economy. Last I looked even though the job numbers had recovered since the GFC there was a large shift towards minimum wage in a lot of the new jobs which represented a large cut to the middle class. As an Australian I very much feel like conditions are better here for the employed even when the numbers suggest a better economy in the US. Our unemployment benefit is a different story though. I didn't really get how bad low paying jobs in the US were until I lived there, with my ex getting paid basically minimum wage working in a bank and my work at a software company was paid less than half what I got for comparable work here. And that still left us better off than an awful lot of people. I do understand the concern that too many Americans won't vote for Sanders, but that just indicates that a lot of [mostly white] Americans would rather vote for a fascist who largely maintains the corrupt economic status quo than risk actual change. It doesn't mean that there aren't a lot of other Americans who have it bad and desperately want that change.
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    LGBTQ+ 6 -- It's a Rainbow of Flavors

    Yeah if that were me then asking why I didn't stick with the feminine version of my old name would hurt me - delineating a point of difference way well be part of the point and it's nicer when that's just accepted rather than interrogated. As for what may be supportive, it might seem small but zero hesitation before using the right pronouns and name are really quite massive. Especially when you first say hello, that's the part I still dread with family I don't see often even 7 years on.
  14. The right could be in the middle of a weekend at Donald's and they'd still not have a single shred of shame about attacking Bernie over his health
  15. Oh the business schools. I somehow missed that part in your previous post. Yeah, lol. They bring in the money that pays my salary, but their shiny new building that was built over my first office with a very expensive staircase while IT continues across the road in a converted box warehouse really demonstrates how the University values the two departments. I'm not going to defend them, churn indeed.
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