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Tue, Aug 3, 2021, 4:12pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Hunted

I don't think you missed something, it's more like added something. She only said "it matters"
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Tue, Aug 3, 2021, 3:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Hunted

"And Tidd apparently agrees with me. Because Tidd, just hours before telling me that I have to live in the UK to discuss Brexit,opined in the TNG: "The High Ground" comments about Israeli/Palestinian politics (by responding to a more than seven-year-old comment about it) even though Tidd does not live there."

Is that the written equivalent of a jedi mind trick?! A mental finger trap?! She agrees and she doesn't agree??!

She never said that you cannot discuss it, she only said that it can be important where you live. Yeah this must be in bad faith.
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Tue, Aug 3, 2021, 2:40am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Hunted

Hey Luke how about giving an answer to move things along!
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Mon, Aug 2, 2021, 4:24am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Deja Q

my kingdom for an edit function...
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Mon, Aug 2, 2021, 4:22am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Deja Q

The transporter is like the universal translator. Better not to think about it too much. What is a transporter essentially? A replicator. Your entire physical form is broken down into an energy pattern and that pattern is then transferred into the physical form again.
The transporter is a plot device to gets people from a to b quickly. In TNG they already pushed it to the brink with Thomas Riker and other things.
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Sat, Jul 31, 2021, 9:24am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Vengeance Factor

He certainly comes on pretty strong. When he takes that step towards her, standing really close and says something about wanting to taste some of her culinary delights... I always cringe a little when he utters "Parthas a la Yuta". Keep it in your pants, Riker.

I wouldn't call it creepy, though but I would have taken a step back if he had closed in like that. Maybe it is different for the average ancient mass murdering assassin gal... maybe she was waiting for some bearded hunk to melt her little genocidal heart.
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Fri, Jul 30, 2021, 3:21pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Vengeance Factor

Finally someone brought it up. Riker's behavior is completely unprofessional. There is an ugly disciplinary hearing in that man's future...
She is a trusted servant of a foreign dignitary during very tense peace negotiations overseen by the Federation. He starts to immediately flirt with her while being on the job, in the presence of the foreign dignitary. This could blow up in so many ways. It's a diplomatic incident waiting to happen.
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Wed, Jul 28, 2021, 4:34am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Paradise Lost

PS:
Here for the people who don't believe me and need another source. This is from March 2020. Everybody who had any knowledge knew what was coming.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZFhjMQrVts
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Wed, Jul 28, 2021, 3:59am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Paradise Lost

- Historical context I: All the restriction because of Corona are actually fairly relaxed. For most of human history if there was a major disease outbreak then that region/city would be quarantined. Meaning nobody in, nobody out. New Zealand did/still does a preventive quarantine. They have 26 dead so far.
- Historical context II: The Spanish Flu went on for 2 years.
- Historical context III: We did not have a normal flu season last winter because of masks and lockdowns.
- Historical context IV: In Italy, the first country in Europe being hit by Corona, they did nothing at first because nobody knew what was coming which lead to a giant triage situation in all of northern Italy. The ICU's in northern Italy were so overwhelmed that they had to let people die by the thousands. That is the reason why Italy has a far higher death rate per capita and even in absolute numbers than Germany or France, for example. And that is the reasons why we have lockdowns.
- Fallacy I: The argument that masks or lockdowns don't work is like saying that breaks don't work after a car crash. Sure, if you would not have hit the breaks then the car would have driven through the wall without anybody getting hurt. But in reality far more people would have died.
- Fallacy II: All the governments and all the virologists everywhere are in cahoots to bring about autocracy. Yes, because scientists fare so much better in autocracies and all those democratic politicians in the 75 democracies worldwide actually want to turn their countries into autocracies. One could point out that the number of democracies + civil liberties have steadily increased over the last 200 years.
Look!
https://ourworldindata.org/exports/world-pop-by-political-regime_v4_850x600.svg

That is all I'm going to say about this.
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Wed, Jul 28, 2021, 3:00am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Booby Trap

PS: Sorry Trish, I forgot to add this.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vpqffgak7To
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Wed, Jul 28, 2021, 1:33am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Booby Trap

@ Trish
I must admit that I probably share the view that world war II started there. For example, without the Sino-Japanese war there would have been no Pearl Harbor.
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Wed, Jul 28, 2021, 1:25am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Proving Ground

To be clear, I agree with Peter's view that white was seen as the default and that a crew from all over the planet should be more colorful.

I just found it amusing that TeeBone's argument sounds like he demands inclusion into a racial slur. :)
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Tue, Jul 27, 2021, 4:30pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Proving Ground

eh?? What??? :D
I have no idea what you are talking about.
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Tue, Jul 27, 2021, 3:57pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Proving Ground

I was chuckling when I wrote the non inclusive racism line.

@Yanks
"Honestly, It never occurred to me that "pink skin" is some kind of racist thing."
Never? Somebody using the skin tone of a species as a derogatory remark never occurred to you as being racist. That's hilarious. :D

"Maybe in the 22nd-century folks don't find ways to get worked up over trivial crap."
Everybody becomes more tolerant when the racists fly bigger ships.
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Tue, Jul 27, 2021, 1:22pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Paradise Lost

Ok, everybody. Nothing to see here. Just move on.
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Tue, Jul 27, 2021, 1:04pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Proving Ground

No, he objects to a racist slur not being more inclusive.

I also find it very funny that in America Caucasian means white. My brain always needs a few seconds to separate between actual people from the Caucasus which are really not that white and the term Americans for some reason have chosen for european-minus Iberia looking.
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Tue, Jul 27, 2021, 7:33am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Booby Trap

I almost did mention that some scholars argue that WW2 actually started with the Japanese invasion of China. :D
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Tue, Jul 27, 2021, 4:12am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Booby Trap

@Tidd
A common misconception. Let's blame your lecturers. ;)
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Mon, Jul 26, 2021, 2:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: The Xindi

God damn. PROOF READING!
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Mon, Jul 26, 2021, 2:12pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: The Xindi

"It's what television is these days."
I think we will soon see a general shift in themes. People want more positivity. Stuff like Ted Lasso is an early sign. I have pretty high bar for negative news but even I find myself looking more for soothing content were people have hope and avoiding just negativity. Still the NuTrek writing staff will probably not notice this developing trend.
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Mon, Jul 26, 2021, 10:56am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: The Xindi

"gratuitous, gritty, obscenity-laced and gender-fluid themed Trek series"
"Spot on Ray. Sadly."
No, not really. While Discovery is somewhat gratuitous and gritty, when is it obscenity- laced? And for anybody who wants to know why gender fluid was included in this sentence. Intolerance. Naming three bad things and then adding gender fluid. Well, hello bigotry.
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Mon, Jul 26, 2021, 8:12am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Booby Trap

Guardians were there to protect the republic from external and internal threats. Also there is no such sentence (who guards the guardians) in Plato's Republic.
Plato essentially argues that Guardians keep themselves virtuous because of the training they got.

The Quote "Who watches the Watchers" is actually from Juvenal.
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Sun, Jul 25, 2021, 7:26am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Who Watches the Watchers

@Jason
"Yet it is fallacious to imagine that this means that any one particular cult is likely to expand into a world-dominating religion."
I think that is not the point. Three things. 1. It is possible that this spreads far beyond this one village and it does not have to be mega influential, even some change means that a Federation captain has changed the culture of a primitive civilization forever. Meaning that this isn't necessarily about consequence. That this event must be hugely influential. The change in itself is bad. 2. Maybe over time this village grows and because of Picard's influence some things that would have happened, do not. Some children aren't born, some voyages are not undertaken. This way they at least minimized the damage 3. Showing that this has wider consequences would have demanded at least a two parter and more money.

While we can come up with many explanations, in the end we all know that this was so limited because of budget constraints. Back then the budget for one episode was 1.3 million$. For comparison, game of thrones (a show people once liked) cost around 8 million$ per episode and the first season of the new lord of the rings show cost around 450 million $. In other words for TNG, it's special effects, nailing a few sets together and Patrick Stewart's trailer and the budget is spent.
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Wed, Jul 21, 2021, 12:29pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Doctor Bashir, I Presume

I want to point out that mitochondrial donations replace the mitochondrial DNA. Also the mitochondrial DNA only has 13 genes (Human DNA has more than 46000 genes). It is done to prevent mitochondrial disease. It has basically nothing to do with techniques like crispr or other manipulations of the genetic code.
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Wed, Jul 21, 2021, 11:35am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S5: Doctor Bashir, I Presume

ps: I meant 50 years before Diana married Charles.
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