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  1. Ser Scot A Ellison

    Star Trek: Picard

    What bothers me is that the “too dangerous” excuse flies out the window if the people it is “too risky” to save that way would end up dead. In any event seeking logic and consistency from Trek technobabble is a hopeless endeavor.
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    Star Trek: Picard

    I don't know. Scotty stored himself for 75 years. Wasn't Riker's clone stored that way too? Why not build lots and lots of "Pattern buffers" designed to hold people for longer periods of time instead of building lots and lots of ships?.
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    Star Trek: Picard

    Hey,
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    International Thread 4

    Did the Chinese government quarantine whole cities for the SARS outbreak? https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/01/24/798661901/wuhan-coronavirus-101-what-we-do-and-dont-know-about-a-newly-identified-disease
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    US Politics: Show Trials & Tribulations

    Ormond, Ever hear of the fairly famous Judge “Learned Hand”. I always felt like he was destined for the bench based upon his name.
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    US Politics: Show Trials & Tribulations

    He really does. I’ve rarely seen anyone who looks quite as smarmy and self-satisfied as that man.
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    US Politics: Show Trials & Tribulations

    Interesting. In this epistemological construct, does truth exist or if it does exist, does it matter in their point of view?
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    TIAMAT'S WRATH - Book 8 of Expanse (SPOILERS)

    Please see my edit. Knowing that people do something is not the same thing as understanding why people find doing something appealing. Certainty is not why I believe. It has never been.
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    International Thread 4

    It was horrifying. Read, The Great Influenza by John M. Barry. In raw numbers it may have killed more people than any other disease in recorded history (percentages were lower but raw numbers were higher).
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    TIAMAT'S WRATH - Book 8 of Expanse (SPOILERS)

    If I posited my faith providing pure clarity you might have a point. If anything my faith prompts more questions than answers, at least for me. You have a very skewed idea of what it means to be "religious". Are some folks certain to the point of irritability, sure. Do I run into co-religionists who are irritatingly certain about their beliefs and how it directs their lives, sure. But I meet just as many believers struggling with self doubt and conflicting points of faith as I do with overly certain believers. Back in the day I believe a border proposed a two axis grid of theism/atheism. Agnostic theists (who believe God exists but don't claim certainty) and gnostic theists (who claim God exists and claim to be certain about that). Agnostic atheists (who don't believe God exists but don't claim certainty) and gnostic atheists (who claim God does not exist and do claim to be certain about that). I'm an Agnostic Theist on that grid. To circle back to your point, I understand that people like that kind of certainty and gravitate towards it. I do not personally understand why people find such certainty appealing. But that's me.
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    US Politics: Show Trials & Tribulations

    That man has resting asshole face.
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    International Thread 4

    How did the US deal with the 1918 Flu Pandemic? We kept shipping troops to the trenches of WWI spreading the disease to Europe.
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    International Thread 4

    You should both read the Book Underland: A Deep Time Journey by Robert MacFarlane. It has a long chapter discussing the author's exploration of the Paris Catacombs.
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    1917 film (spoilers)

    So, I had the opportunity to see this film at a sneak peek showing last night. It was incredible. A hard film to watch but hard to look away from at the same time. The long tracking shot which gives the appearance that there were no breaks in the film start to finish draws you in. The landscape of the First World War was nightmarish in the extreme. I think the nightmare metaphore is deliberate the way in a dream something idilic can immediately shift into horror and back again. The acting was top rate (I didn’t realize one of the leads was Tommen until I left the theater). Understated with sincere emotional impact as good acting should be. When this film is released take the time to see it.
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    TIAMAT'S WRATH - Book 8 of Expanse (SPOILERS)

    You think I don’t question and never have doubts?
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    US Politics: Show Trials & Tribulations

    Oh, I’ve seen crazy people claiming they can retroactive impeach Obama and make as though he had never been in office.
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    US Politics: Show Trials & Tribulations

    Simon, I think there is a point here. Is the repeated unsuccessful use of impeachment damaging to the process? Or is the repeated symbolic use of impeachment where you know it will not succeed important unto itself. If Presidents were frequently impeached and never removed from office it would certainly turn impeachment into an empty threat. There have been three impeachments in US history, so far, none of them have been successful. Therefore, as it stands, impeachment is still a big deal in its own right even if it isn't successful in removing a President from office. That President will always have an asterix by their name. If we suddenly see impeachment as a purely political tool and it is normal for a House of Representatives controlled by a party different from the President to impeach.
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    US Politics: Show Trials & Tribulations

    Unless mandatory vote is paired with a none of the above option with teeth it is simply requiring the populus to endorse the candidates pre-selected for them without an ability to reject that slate and require a new slate be presented to them. I say that as someone who volunteers as a poll manager. Voting is important enough that it be presented in such a way that people who vote have genuine choice. Not a requirement to pick the least bad option or face legal/criminal sanction.
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    US Politics: Show Trials & Tribulations

    Eh? I like to think of myself as a liberal in the classical sense of the term. With a pragmatic sense of realism. That’s a long way from my formerly libertarian ideals. In my view today pure libertarianism is as unrealistically utopian an ideal as pure Marxist socialism.
  20. My Dad old scifi geek that he is discovered “The Expanse” without consulting me during its first season.
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    Denis Villenueve to direct Dune

    I really hope you are right. However the creation of “Dune: Sisterhood” presumable based on the excremental work of Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert set in Frank Herbert’s creation suggests they might have more pull than they should have.
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    TIAMAT'S WRATH - Book 8 of Expanse (SPOILERS)

    You are missing my point. I understand that people don't necessarily agree with my POV. I'll be honest I don't understand, on a visceral level, why people find folks like Trump and Marco appealing. People so absolutely convinced of the correctness of all their actions generally give me the hebby jeebies.
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    TIAMAT'S WRATH - Book 8 of Expanse (SPOILERS)

    I've known about Trump since the 80's when he started showing up on TV. I've never liked him and I've always found his brash and rude style off putting.
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    US Politics: Show Trials & Tribulations

    In my opinion, if Executive Privilege applies in cases of impeachment and trial for removal from office impeachment is an empty threat. The Congress will be prevented from actually investigating actions of the Executive by claims of Executive Privilege if it applies in this context. That means it is next to impossible to remove a President from office. That cannot be the intended result of the inclusion of the possibility of a President being removed from office. Honestly, we are damaged by the fact that it has never happened since the Constitution was ratified. It creates the impression that it is never supposed to happen. [An aside] Something occurred to me back in November. As the Constitution was originally enacted the Vice-President was supposed to be the person with the second highest vote total in the Electoral College. That was changed after the tumultuous election of 1800 by the 12th amendment ratified in 1804 which allowed a separate election for the Vice-Presidency. Before that change we had a built in "Shadow Government" in a manner similar to the Parliamentary systems of Europe where the opposition party was ready to jump into the Executive's role. Could impeachment have been intended to operate like a vote of No Confidence with a replacement government ready to step into place? Given the original structure it seems likely to me. The concretion of formalized broad umbrella political parties rather than the varying "interest groups" anticipated by the Federalist Papers seems to have rapidly undone the possibility of that sort of a structure. People vote based upon party membership rather than based upon individual assessment of the allegations against the current executive. Just a thought.
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    US Politics: Show Trials & Tribulations

    All we can hope for is that there will be a big enough revelation from the impeachment trial that Republican Senators (who aren’t entirely in bed will Trump) will have a large enough presence to bring the final vote to 2/3s. Any word on whether the Senate will allow witnesses to be called? That would make a difference in my mind, hearing from direct witnesses so Republicans can’t scream “hearsay” about the information presented.
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