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Film & TV / Re: The Witcher Netflix Series
« on: 19 March, 2019, 09:29:12 pm »
So, you want them to cast elves and dwarves?

Film & TV / Re: The Witcher Netflix Series
« on: 18 March, 2019, 02:58:24 pm »
My wife has a saying: "Don't borrow trouble."

I suppose my point is that I don't see why the inclusion of black Nilgaardians automatically invokes "modern race politics".

Film & TV / Re: The Witcher Netflix Series
« on: 16 March, 2019, 04:06:15 pm »
Why does having black Nilgaardians ruin the allegory, though?  I mean: they could be green-skinned and you could still have the allegory of Big Empire subsumes smaller states.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 16 March, 2019, 04:00:51 pm »
FS - take my arguments against UK MPs and the UK government and simply apply them to MEPs and the European Parliament. If I type them out again, some people may actually burst.

I would like my tax bill to be voluntary - once more, to avoid unnecessary bursting I won't go through it again.

At this point it's tempting to believe that you're just a wind-up merchant.  You first make an argument that somehow democracy isn't being followed ("If democracy is good enough for choosing our national rulers, why is it not good enough for choosing ... our European rulers?"), then when I point out that it is, actually, you follow up with a completely unconnected comment about your general negative feelings towards the concept of democracy.

You're trying to have your cake (where's my democracy?) and eat it (I've always hated democracy) too.  It's a great way to spin out an argument, but it's a shit way to make sense.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 15 March, 2019, 09:13:27 pm »
If democracy is good enough for choosing our national rulers, why is it not good enough for choosing (and holding to account) our European rulers?

MEPs are already democratically elected.  Direct democracy (i.e. referendums) isn't used to decide day to day policy because it can be demonstrated that the populace are non-expert in matters of economic longevity and therefore don't actually vote in their own best interests.

The question "What would you like your tax bill to look like?" might be met with lots of joyous "Zero!" responses.  Then the trash piles up, the roads fall apart and crime runs rampant on un-policed streets full of a dispirited youth with no social services to fall back on for support.  And people complain, because after all: they paid their taxes .... oops.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 15 March, 2019, 08:13:55 pm »
Weird conversation I overheard (somewhere):

Conspiracy theorist: these military drills are probably a nefarious government scheme to put down the populace because ... something something ... Brexit.

Person armed with facts: it's just a standard scheduled military drill and nothing to do with Brexit.

Conspiracy theorist: yeah, but the timing, yeah?  Probably there's a link to Brexit.

Person armed with facts: Nope. No connection whatsoever.

Conspiracy theorist: yeah, sure - but it's Europe, innit?  They're conspiring to set Britain on fire!

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 14 March, 2019, 09:35:11 pm »

Film & TV / Re: The Witcher Netflix Series
« on: 14 March, 2019, 09:20:23 pm »
Well, the USSR replaced the leaders of subsumed ethnic (e.g. Kazakhstan) nations with their own ethnically Russian leaders.   So, there's already a racial element to the allegory.

As with a black Hermione, it might be interesting to fathom the author's thoughts.

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 10 March, 2019, 04:41:54 pm »
He'll be after extra wages for his post-mortal role in Rogue One as well.

Film & TV / Re: The Witcher Netflix Series
« on: 09 March, 2019, 06:21:46 pm »
Why should non-white writers and artists be needed in order to include non-white characters in a piece of fiction?  I've read two of the Witcher books, and really enjoyed them.  There's a picture of Gerald on the cover that has him as pale skinned with white hair, but I don't recall much else in the books that dictates skin tone.  Analogy with European history surely doesn't preclude changes of skin tone in other renderings of the work.  Why does changing the skin tone of the Nilgaardians "bring a racial element to the narrative"?

I'm at a loss as to why this choice is even controversial, unless people have an axe to grind?

Film & TV / Re: Leaving Neverland
« on: 07 March, 2019, 07:23:29 pm »
So I watched Margin Call the other day.  One of the main actors (although it's an ensemble piece) is Kevin Spacey (currently charged with sexual assault).

So, my brain is good at compartmentalization: so if anyone mentions Kevin Spacey, one of the things I think is "Oh - his career is in tatters due to his being charged with sexual assault".

But when I was watching Margin Call - it's a well produced and well acted movie.  So, because Spacey is a good actor, I stop thinking of him as Kevin Spacey and start thinking of him as Sam Rogers.  Sam is doing some morally questionable things with money, but he's not been charged with sexual assault.

So, I guess what I'm saying is, however abhorrent someone's actions might be, it doesn't also follow that their work is not ... good.  Or worthwhile, even.  Does your toe tap to Billie Jean?

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 07 March, 2019, 04:59:03 pm »
In the US at the moment, most police officers are allowed to shoot someone if they feel threatened.  They don't have to justify it much beyond that.  All they need to feel threatened, often, is to meet a black person.  So then they kill them.  And legally, that's all just fine.

Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 07 March, 2019, 01:20:20 am »
I was chatting with a therapy student about this topic and they suggested existential crisis therapy as something to look into.  Assuming this is our one go around the mulberry bush, and given that we don't control many aspects of life, then what is it we do have control over, and what do we want to do with that?

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