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News / Re: Leah Moore and John Reppion
« on: Today at 08:41:25 am »
Feck that's rough: hell of a lot of stitches too!  Two sound people by every account, even if they weren't talented Droids and the Magus' family to boot. 

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: Today at 08:33:34 am »
I choose Thunderdome.  Always Thunderdome.

Off Topic / Re: born this day
« on: 19 June, 2018, 10:21:56 pm »
Zoe Saldana, 39.

Interesting what engages the mind at 7:04am...

I, er, had a dream...

Did it involve people on a jungle planet, the Starship Enterprise for some Galactic Guardians?  (didn't recognise the name so had to look her up - turned out I'd seen at least three films she's been in)

I'd be amazed if it's only three!

Prog / Re: Prog 2086 - Bet on Red!
« on: 19 June, 2018, 05:50:24 pm »
Thing is, I’d like to see Frank Miller draw an entire story in that style.

"Some men just want to watch the world burn".

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 19 June, 2018, 03:27:41 pm »
Hold a meeting of the senior staff, ignore Worf, listen to Data, and then get Geordi to modify the main deflector dish?

Ultimately the death penalty demeans everyone involved: it demonstrably has no deterrent role (arguably the opposite), it presents enormous risks of injustice, not to mention the legal expense and the practical difficulties of 'humane' execution, and thus it has no role except as pure state-sanctioned vengeance.  We all love a bit of vengeance as individuals, but societies have to be above it to survive.  A life wasted in prison is no moral walk in the park either, but it stops short of the barbarity of eye-for-an-eye, includes the potential of rehabilitation, and the possibility for wrongful conviction to be overturned.   

And even if there was no other argument against it, the Birmingham 6 and the Guildford 4 would hold the day. 

Prog / Re: Prog 2086 - Bet on Red!
« on: 19 June, 2018, 01:35:35 pm »
I know I'm an army of one here, but... I've grown to adore that Miller Dredd. So very very wrong, but I love it!

As the newly-appointed chair of That Cover's fan club, I demand that you explain why the ridges on the right kneepad are horizontal and those on the left are vertical.  The sleepless nights must end sometime...   

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 19 June, 2018, 01:31:06 pm »
An excellent answer: the death penalty in the UK being a good example of where approval and political legitimacy differ, polls regularly indicating its popularity at over 50%, but parliament refusing to legislate to that effect*. Thank feck. 

However, legitimacy can be conferred (and understood) in many different ways (the examples of 'approved' acts Shark cites have historically been granted legitimacy by tradition and/or religious belief), so I suspect we end up appealing to an absolute morality for an absolute legitimacy.  And seeing as such a thing is elusive (although I do firmly believe it exists as an ideal, and that we are steadily working our way towards it), the legitimacy granted by a well-informed and morally-engaged electorate is a useful guide - unfortunately we don't have one of those either.

*Only finally abolished by the Human Rights Act (1998), which incorporated the European Convention on Human Rights into UK law, my Eurosceptic chums!

Prog / Re: Prog 2086 - Bet on Red!
« on: 19 June, 2018, 11:26:17 am »
Said Frank Millar when he turned in ‘that’ cover.

It mightn't have been quite on the scale of Guernica, but 'that' cover certainly elicits a similar response of raw horror...

Other Reviews / Re: 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 2018
« on: 19 June, 2018, 10:40:20 am »
It's not often I'm lured into double-dipping by multiple covers, but for this I may have no choice. Two absolute corkers.

Other Reviews / Re: 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 2018
« on: 19 June, 2018, 09:51:11 am »
Man I want that cover: fantastic stuff, anyone know who it's by?

Off Topic / Re: born this day
« on: 19 June, 2018, 08:47:29 am »
Zoe Saldana, 39.

Interesting what engages the mind at 7:04am...

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 18 June, 2018, 04:29:00 pm »
Oddly I thought the opposite for certain parts of the JW2:TFK.  I thought parts of the 'haunted gothic mansion' sequences were way ahead of what I was expecting - the way the camera rotates to follow the Indo Raptor down over Maisie's balcony doors, the jump-scare of its face in reflection of the museum case... and the concept of Maisie herself.  I agree, most of it is pure predictable lowest-common-denominator, most of the return-to-the-island bits being a case in point (although I did like a lot of the volcanic effects, and the Brach vanishing into the smoke), but by the time we got to the deliciously indulgent auction, mass breakout and corridor/rooftop chases I was well into it. 

Creative Common / Re: New Alphabet...
« on: 18 June, 2018, 03:22:45 pm »
One might note that a chunk of your numbers are identical in rotation (like our 6 and 9).  Examples: 1, 6 and 8; 2 and 9; 5 and 7.  Might work for barbarians, but for techno-types it could be a bit of a nightmare, especially in zero-G!  You might need an additional symbol/line to indicate orientation.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 18 June, 2018, 11:40:11 am »
Taking away the coercive power of governments does not mean that hospitals or universities will cease to exist or be instantly transformed into predatory death and rapine factories. Oncological knowledge and research will not evaporate...

It seems to me that historically all these things you list have been integrally linked with the rise of the state, and latterly the super-state or international body, simply because of their coercive and redistributive powers.  How will (to pursue the pressing example) advanced medical training and equipment be funded and subsidised? 

Your idea of medical insurance is - without wanting to be rude - laughable.  Specifically, Sharky, neither you nor I could possibly afford private medical insurance that could equate to its tax-subsidised equivalent, unless what you actually mean is a 'medical tax' (here we have a 'health levy'  ::)), in which case we're right back to coercion and wondering what happens to those who don't pay...  We will get sick, we will (hopefully) get horribly old: you can't economically insure against an inevitability.  Modern medicine and its further research is a resource-hungry time-hungry people-hungry project, and it access to it depends on centralised resource redistribution.   

I really can't take on board the reductio ad absurdum argument that wondering about these things is akin to worrying about the sun not rising if the appropriate sacrifice is not performed.

A better EASIER approach would be to campaign, agitate and vote for representatives that will genuinely reform the existing system in its rotten media-strangled entirety, and then not use your tax money to bomb brown people (or feather their own nests).  This depends just as much on the thing we do share: a vision of humanity as basically good and decent, and not prone to donning leather chapes and spiky gimp masks and grabbing what they can as soon as change rears its scary head.

Prog / Re: Prog 2086 - Bet on Red!
« on: 17 June, 2018, 01:58:00 pm »
Well, obviously it’s not meant to be taken literally; it refers to any manufacturers of dairy products.

She's a vampire mutant haemovore, coffins and baths of blood are relevant iconography, she could well be metaphorically emerging from  past perceptions of her nature into unconstrained possibilities etc etc. Rather than literally doing a stomach-crunch in a tub of low-viscosity ribena.

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