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Messages - CalHab

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General / Re: modern Dredd graphic novels reading order
« on: 14 November, 2018, 08:49:00 am »
The webshop very helpfully gives details of each story in the collections, and you can check which prog they originally appeared in.

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Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 13 November, 2018, 07:53:17 am »
I begs to differs (as the Gronk might say).  I don't know if Adolf had a soft spot for war vets, but his gang certainly didn't like hereditary disabilities (or diseases), and had a program of sterilization and euthanasia in place in a (mass murderous) attempt to homogenize the gene pool.

That does seem the most contentious part of his review. Evans is very much an expert on the subject, though:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_J._Evans

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Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 12 November, 2018, 01:02:37 pm »
, but my interest has been piqued by Robert Evans's Behind The Bastards, which has done deep dives into the complicity of German business in the Nazi's rise, the history of fascism in the USA, and the Koch brothers, as well as very funny potted histories of Leopold III and wacky loons like L Ron Hubbard.

Thanks for that... off down that rabbit hole  :-\

I was momentarily confused there and thought that the author of The Third Reich trilogy and Cambridge Professor of History had brought out some new and unusual-for-him work. But that's Richard Evans.

The guy with the high-pitched laugh from the Red Letter Media videos? That's range.

At the risk of straying into Politics thread territory, I'd recommend Richard Evans' (who, as far as I am aware, has never reviewed a Star Wars film) writings on the David Irving trial as a topical read. Alternatively, if you want a laugh, his review of Boris Johnson's Churchill book is a classic:
https://www.newstatesman.com/books/2014/11/one-man-who-made-history-another-who-seems-just-make-it-boris-churchill

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Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 12 November, 2018, 12:45:00 pm »
, but my interest has been piqued by Robert Evans's Behind The Bastards, which has done deep dives into the complicity of German business in the Nazi's rise, the history of fascism in the USA, and the Koch brothers, as well as very funny potted histories of Leopold III and wacky loons like L Ron Hubbard.

Thanks for that... off down that rabbit hole  :-\

I was momentarily confused there and thought that the author of The Third Reich trilogy and Cambridge Professor of History had brought out some new and unusual-for-him work. But that's Richard Evans.

As you were.

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Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 12 November, 2018, 12:39:52 pm »
There was criticism of the handling of the partition by Mountbatten et al. That hardly seems controversial, unless you're some sort of Niall Ferguson-type revisionist.

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News / Re: New 2000 AD creators blog
« on: 12 November, 2018, 08:31:08 am »
Another excellent article. Sampson's Anderson work, in particular, was always good as I remember.

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Film & TV / Re: Grant Morrison developing The Invisibles for TV
« on: 09 November, 2018, 11:33:53 pm »
Probably Animal Man, but some of his Doom Patrol issues are outstanding.

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News / Re: Dredd - Final Judgement 'Special' Edition
« on: 09 November, 2018, 11:50:37 am »

I assume that's the reason. We're not privy to Rebellion's sales data, and I suspect they know their market a little bit better than we do. A couple of people saying here that Rebellion have lost a sale by not doing a hardcover of a specific trade isn't the same as actual data or the reality of a warehouse full of unsold books.

If there was money in hardbacks, you can be pretty sure they'd be doing more of them.

That’s probably the case, but I reserve the right to be disappointed about it.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 09 November, 2018, 08:38:46 am »
Watching the video of the event, the intern that tried to grab the microphone from the aforementioned reporter has an incredibly aggressive look on her face.  Trying to grab hold of it was an exercise in idiocy that is surpassed only by Sanders' claim that the intern was the victim.

What is also quite disturbing about the whole affair is that the veracity of the video is now being challenged.  An 'official' rebuttal which claims to show the reporters' misdemeanour by reducing the frame rate tries to cast doubt on what is seen in the original version.

So yes, to describe this as 'media manipulation' is probably incredibly accurate.  How much do you want to bet we'll see an escalation of this now that the Democrats control Congress in the states?

I'm eyeing several books on cyberspace and liberation that were written back in the nineties and thinking 'wow, you guys are seriously babes in the wood!'

And now the White House is pushing the doctored video, and a significant amount of the American public believe it.

Throughout our lives, we've been hearing about we in the West have "strong institutions" and "checks and balances" to power. Turns out that its rubbish. A racist demagogue can be elected by a minority and abuse his power and ordinary people will cheer him on. The BBC will cheerfully broadcast fascists and racists unchallenged.

We are in a seriously dangerous place.

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News / Re: Dredd - Final Judgement 'Special' Edition
« on: 08 November, 2018, 09:25:47 am »
Yeah, the Mazeworld one was particularly disappointing.

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Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 08 November, 2018, 09:15:34 am »
McCarthy's sparse style makes that book, in my opinion.

As an aside, I saw a talk by the filmmaker Alex Cox a few years ago and he mentioned that he can no longer enjoy fiction because he sees everything as a script and how he would film it. He specifically mentioned The Road as a book he should have enjoyed, but was too irritated by continuity errors. The example I remember him mentioned was an appearing, disappearing, reappearing shopping cart.

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Other Reviews / Re: Musings on The Small House.
« on: 08 November, 2018, 09:11:56 am »
Yes, the Texas City thing has apparently had zero ramifications on the city.

To be fair, this isn't a new phenomenon. Didn't all the kids of MC1 disappear in an Alan Grant Anderson story, and was completely ignored by everyone else?

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General / Re: Ipad Pro 12.9 for reading Progs..opinions?
« on: 08 November, 2018, 09:06:05 am »
"bizarre quest"?
"quit"?

Asking "have you tried...?" is perfectly reasonable when multiple apps exist for the job. Lighten up, ya silly.

Nothing says 'I have an agenda' like creating a brand new account to accuse someone of having an agenda...  But welcome to the forum all the same topper24hours!

While resurrecting a year old thread. Odd behaviour, indeed.

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Creative Common / Re: mum
« on: 05 November, 2018, 09:33:01 pm »
Great work.

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Off Topic / Re: I'm Sorry, I Haven't a Prog
« on: 05 November, 2018, 08:27:33 am »
The Day the Cursed Earth Stood Still
Attack the Sov Block

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