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    It's pointless we're doomed, thoroughly doomed, utterly doomed

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  1. At the cost of Luke's life! If Finn had succeeded in disabling the weapon - even minor damage that would only take a few minutes to fix - they'd have had time to escape without Luke having to sacrifice himself as a distraction. An experienced Jedi would probably have been more use to the Resistance than one ex-stormtrooper.
  2. Only 1% of the population is female; the birth rate is so low that any group or individual who wants a private planet for their own can just pick one, if they have access to a ship.
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    US Politics: The Accountability Problem

    I'm not suggesting the people living in poor neighbourhoods should be going after higher paid jobs! The idea is reducing inequality, with higher minimum wages and better welfare and public services funded by taxing higher incomes more.
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    US Politics: The Accountability Problem

    Gentrification is the conversion of affordable housing stock to unaffordable housing stock. How can you recognise that lack of affordable housing stock is a problem without objecting to the process that brings it about? A better way to make a neighbourhood nicer and safer would be to increase the incomes of the current residents, rather than pushing them out and replacing them with people who are already well-off.
  5. You can have a 50% increase; I think that's quite generous
  6. I think that was probably more of a joke than setup for a sequel.
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    Mieville made me feel empty

    Magic desalination plants (seems plausible for a society capable of creating the Remade), eating a lot of fish, and piracy!
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    US Politics: Out in the Cold

    A poll tax? So Bezos pays $10/month and people below the poverty line pay $10/month? Hell no. Even if it's a percentage of the bill rather than a flat fee, it's still grossly regressive, since the poor have to spend a much higher percentage of their income on electricity than the rich. Climate change needs to be addressed urgently, but that's not the way to do it.
  9. That's not so bad! Gives you something to look forward to
  10. Permanent circumstances, or circumstances that could conceivably change for the better at some point in the future?
  11. Indeed. Not bad, but I think last week's would have been a better finale - just end it a few seconds later with Eleanor taking Michael's place. This ending was more sad than cliffhangery, and aside from that element, it felt more like the first episode of a season than the last.
  12. Arrrgh! One of the local multiplexes was demolished due to earthquake damage a couple of years ago, and is only just starting the long rebuild process now. The other one has just closed because it doesn't meet earthquake safety standards, and there's no information on when it's likely to reopen. That leaves quite limited options for seeing movies
  13. That's the point; they want to see how people score without the unintended consequences. It's the scientific method - do you get the same outcome if you repeat an experiment? Or was the first one just a fluke? My guess is the new four are the most awful people the demons could come up with while staying within the letter of the Judge's requirements, but will end up getting redeemed anyway.
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    A question to capitalists; how much should we fear AI?

    We need to talk about it long before it gets to the point of "virtually all". Just 25% unemployment would be worse than the Great Depression. Yes, that's what makes a Universal Basic Income a viable option. But our entire economic system needs to be fundamentally transformed along with it. I think you're severely overestimating how much shepherding will be needed. Also, automation doesn't create more space or raw materials; there's a limit to how much stuff ordinary people will be able to fit in their apartments. And more consumption means more energy demand, pollution, and waste to dispose of.