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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 18 September, 2015, 11:39:39 AM »
What's more galling is that moderate socialist ideas are rapidly falling by the wayside, and even moderate centrist ideas are under threat. If this Conservative government continues the way it is, the NHS will at best become a service of last resort (i.e. a literal emergency service alone) in areas where no private companies want to work, or where they cannot profit enough. It will elsewhere be a shield brand. Naturally, these private companies will expect the 'actual' NHS to take over when they quit in a hissy fit, and will also be subsidised by taxation, much like the current train system.

What worries me at least equally is when you see Conservatives talking about offloading other services and infrastructure from government. There've already been rumblings about privatising not just new but also existing roads and motorways. Beyond that, lots of talk around education is pretty scary, putting the building blocks in place to free all schools from government, and enabling privatisation there. Conservative education policy is, at best, extremely troubling and hugely misunderstands the world we exist in, but the notion of offloading schools (under the guise of local control, but in reality corporate control) seems like something from a hideous dystopian novel rather than a reality that could conceivably happen.

And ultimately, it all comes down to money—what people believe we have, and what politicians can convince people we should do with it. The Greens are laughed at for their idea of a citizen's income. The idea there is to essentially eradicate the benefits system alongside radically overhauling taxation, and just pay everyone a 'living wage'. Those who earn would obviously enjoy a better quality of life, and once you're some way up the ladder, your living wage would be taxed back out of you.

This is the kind of thing that sends Daily Mail readers into apoplectic fury, because SCROUNGERS and WORKSHY LAYABOUTS. But it's just a simplification of what we have combined with a safety net, and with an eye on the future where it's pretty damn clear there will be far fewer jobs available. Most importantly, it's also a system that has been tried, albeit only on city scales. Under such circumstances, it was usually a success, but also bulldozed out of existence by people on the right. (See also: just building houses for the homeless rather than trying to deal with people without housing in other ways.)

I think my hope with Corbyn is that he makes more people think about the wider situations. He's clearly not nearly as radical as the Greens, but he has a sense of social justice, and his policies on the whole look to be beneficial for the country as a whole. If that means I take a personal hit myself, in order to assist a few people who have far less, so be it. I'd sooner that than end up with an extra few hundred quid at the end of the year, knowing that many millions of people are now worse off and facing even tougher struggles to survive.

I don't think its correct to say Corbyn is less radical than the Greens. He's just a different type of radical.

The difference between Bennites (which is what Corbyn and McDonnell really are deep down) and the Greens is that the former still believes in economic growth. In the best case scenario, they believe their policies will cause the economy to grow, and in the worst case scenario, they'll still ensure that working people get a fairer share.  The greens on the otherhand don't believe in economic growth, believing that mankind's obsession with getting more and more stuff has damaged the planet, and that if we don't learn to live within our means we'll eventually kill the planet.

This philosophical difference has interesting consequences for how they approach the unpopularity of their ideas. The Greens can argue that its people putting their selfish desires above the needs of the planet, but Bennites can't say that because they seek to meet the material needs of the working classes. So instead they fall back on 'false consciousness', the idea that people have been tricked to vote against their own interests.   


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General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills!
« on: 17 September, 2015, 05:03:58 PM »
& they have their own numbering system based on the date
Only there's no obvious distinction in that numbering system. So you have the 'Prog 2003' end-of-year and the 'Prog 2003' weekly barreling towards us in the note-too-distant.

How about Prog 2000 AD for the end of year special (AD denotes date) and Prog 2000 # (# denotes number).

Will

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD Android app - now live!
« on: 15 January, 2015, 11:00:36 AM »
Does it work on the Kindle Fire?

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Film & TV / Re: Godzilla (2014)
« on: 13 May, 2014, 01:55:20 PM »
What are the region codings on those duel Sony releases, PsychoGoatee? Really want them. Despite being a huge fan myself the only BD on my shelf is Godzilla vs. Biollante and vs. King Kong

Yeah I'd llike to know this too if possible

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General / Re: Best one-prog Dredds
« on: 01 April, 2014, 10:02:06 AM »
The Return of Rico is the one that immediately sprang to mind for me.

Was just about to say that. Amazing how many ideas were crammed into it and the impact it continues to have on the script.

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Prog / Re: I'm not enjoying the prog these days - and I know why.
« on: 25 March, 2014, 05:34:40 PM »
Carlos Ezquerra's designwork that Wagner hated so much he quit the series

Got a cite for that? I rather thought Wagner walked away from the entire title when management reneged on a profit-share agreement that had been proposed when he and Mills were setting up the comic.

Cheers

Hun

It's been pretty common knowledge - I remember first reading it in the Judge Dredd: Mega-History book in the mid-nineties. Mills goes into it (with quotes from Wagner) in this blog post - http://patmills.wordpress.com/2012/09/22/dredd-the-lawman-of-the-future/

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Prog / Re: I'm not enjoying the prog these days - and I know why.
« on: 25 March, 2014, 05:14:04 PM »
I also find the idea that only Wagner's Dredd counts to be a bizarre theory that could only be held by somebody deeply ignorant of the strip's history.

Did Wagner come up with Dredd's surname? Nope that was Pat Mills
Did Wagner come up with Dredd's first name? Nope that was Pat Mills
Did Wagner come up with the far-future setting or Mega-City One? Nope, that was Pat Mills in response to Carlos Ezquerra's designwork that Wagner hated so much he quit the series
Did Wagner come up with the idea of there being a whole system of judges? Nope that Peter Harris
Did Wagner come up with the idea of Dredd having a brother who went bad? Nope that was Pat Mills
Did Wagner come up with the idea of Dredd being a clone? Nope that was Pat Mills

So from the first 30 episodes you see the profound impact that writers (and artists!?!) were having on the script - something that took Dredd far away from Wagner's original idea. I've always believed there's a strong argument for Mills to be billed as the third creator of Dredd when you start considering just how big a role he played in its creation. You then have the fact that as has been mentioned Wagner/Grant placed the emphasis far more on OTT comedy/satire than Wagner does by himself.

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Website and Forum / Re: Can't post in Prog or Meg threads...
« on: 25 March, 2014, 05:00:05 PM »
Thank you :)

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Website and Forum / Re: Can't post in Prog or Meg threads...
« on: 25 March, 2014, 01:19:49 PM »
Yeah could i be given access please

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Website and Forum / Profile Help
« on: 25 March, 2014, 01:18:38 PM »
Something weird is going on - I can post in this section but not in any others. The Reply/New Topic boxes just simply don't appear. Anyone know what's going on?

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Website and Forum / opening e-editions of comics
« on: 11 October, 2012, 11:58:01 PM »
I got a new android tablet and download copies of 2000ad and the Meg, but the files won't open.I tried a comic viewer app but when i use it to find the documents it cant see them. Anyone know whats going on? The tablet is a amus transformer

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General / Re: ULTIMATE NOT WAGNER TOURNAMENT FINAL: MILLS VS MOORE
« on: 19 September, 2008, 12:34:46 PM »
Has to be Mills - to be honest I think Mills is the best, most important writer in British comics history.

Leaving to onside the stuff everyone knows - his years of service and role in writing some of the best stories in the comics history (Slaine, Ro-Busters, ABC Warriors, Nemesis and more recently Savage and Defoe) and his role in creating the comic - you can't ignore his work in developing Judge Dredd (creating Rico, creating Dredd's clone identity, creating Mega-City One, creating the Cursed Earth, accepting Ezquerra's design and setting Dredd in the far future), contributions that improved Wagner's original version of the character and made it the icon of British comics it is today. And of course he wrote two of the greatest Dredd stories of all time (Cursed Earth and Return of Rico). And he handpicked and nutured some of the best artists in the comic's history (Bisely, Fabry, Hickleton and SMS).

And of course Nemesis is genius...only the last book is anything other than 100% all-out, no nonsense genius.

Compare to that to Moore...who wrote one very good series that he couldn't be bothered to finish (Halo Jones), one hilarious series of comedic shorts which he has disowned (DR and Quinch) and one interesting rip-off and it really is a surefire win for Mills.

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