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Fri, Jul 10, 2020, 10:28am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: Yesterday's Enterprise

I'm as leftist (European leftist) and as atheistic as they come and condemn the intolerant leanings of religious people but where do you see a Christian connection here? Or to slavery?

What happens here is a group of people deciding that things should play out as they did. In this case that means peace between the two most powerful realms in the known galaxy which saves the life's of an endless number.

Sure it is sacrifice but if you are willing to live for something then that often means that you are willing to die for something.

In what way that means slave mentality is not really clear to me.
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Wed, Jul 8, 2020, 3:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: 'Til Death Do Us Part

Yeah Ezri... they should have used an existing character for a friendship or maybe go all in and let Sisko suffer a real and significant loss. Maybe that would have been too rough.

The actor for Ezri isn't bad but it feels like a character from another show just walked onto the set. Another problem is her arc. She really doesn't have one. At the start of the season she is confused and at the end she is a little less confused.
For most characters on the show it is about accepting who you really are, often done over several seasons. The only rock that never moves is O'Brien which works for him because he is the average joe. You could throw him in tough situation and we had an easy time emphasizing.

Ezri on the other hand is just there.
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Tue, Jul 7, 2020, 3:38pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

@ Gerontius
" I think neither of them did anything blameworthy, and that we were given to understand that, having got to know each other better, they both accept that to be the case."
That seems to be the message the authors intended to convey which, in my view, makes it even worse.

These are a few snippets from people who reviewed the episode. Taken from wikipedia
- "The primary issue here ... is that we should be sympathetic to Geordi's mistakes here, and I don't think we're given good reason to be"
- and that the chemistry between Brahms and LaForge is pretty good in its own right, even though it’s working from an untenable premise that nothing he did was wrong or particularly weird."
- Couldn't we have had a bit more celebration of her genius rather than a pity party for LaForge and his fantasies of the girl of his dreams?

Looking into the "career" of the guy who wrote this thing I'm not surprised about the content of this episode.

He has two other writing credits. For one I couldn't find anything, he wrote an episode for a show that on IMDB is described as such:"Short lived comedy about construction workers enjoying themselves."

The second one is a movie called Frozen Assets and the plot is about a guy who starts at a new job and finds out, it's at a sperm bank and because they lack sperm they start a contest. The man who gives them the biggest amount of sperm wins the prize. Roger Ebert wrote:" What puzzles me is this film's tone. It's essentially a children's film with a dirty mind. This is a movie to watch in appalled silence. To call it the year's worst would be a kindness."

A children's film with a dirty mind. Sounds about right.

@Eventual Zen
Yeah, she was 29 when they filmed it. In universe she is 31. The Enterprise was finished in 2363 (Leah was 27) and definitely in construction during 2362. So yeah Leah was the leading engineer in the Federation at the age of 22-23. :D That's pretty funny.
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Mon, Jul 6, 2020, 2:34pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

I obviously strongly disagree with your view.
Geordi is ethically and legally the guilty person. Leah is rude at the beginning and that is it. Geordie lies almost all the way through, makes out with her hologram, lies about that and is using his rank to get personal information and so on. How you see those two as equally in the wrong is beyond me.
But it is obvious that we will not come to an understanding here.
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Sat, Jul 4, 2020, 3:14am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

uh no, this is no way near the horrible abomination that is "for the uniform".
Dave and Gerontius have correctly pointed out that all Geordi had to do was saying: "Computer, cut the romantic and sexually suggestive behavior."

What bothers people is that even though Geordi lies repeatedly and used his position to gather information (or are personal files public domain; is privacy dead in Star Trek??)
- he lies when he schedules a diner with Leah (an ok lie, in love a few tricks are allowed)
- when Leah notices that Geordi knows a lot about her, he lies about why and how he got the info (borderline)
- when Leah accuses him of using the hologram for god knows what he lies about how far it went (understandable but over the line)
- he also states that he just wanted to be nice (another convenient lie)

I think the clash where Leah finds out would have been far better if Geordi would have confessed everything and admitted that he is lonely and fell for that hologram in a high pressure situation, that he made a mistake and is deeply sorry. AND then Leah warms to his honesty.

but he shows outrage and continues to lie and trick her.
and it works.

I think that is a terrible message for boys and men.
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Fri, Jul 3, 2020, 5:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

I rewatched the scenes before I wrote my last comment. Again he got a massage from holo Leah and he kissed holo Leah. As Dave said he was clearly romantically involved with the hologram.

He created a hologram of Leah which then provided him with physical pleasure (massage, kissing).
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Fri, Jul 3, 2020, 3:49pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

Another question is why Geordie runs to the holodeck when he hears that Leah went to the holodeck? Why run when he has nothing to hide?
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Fri, Jul 3, 2020, 3:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

"And trying to find out what food someone likes before setting up a meal amounts to invading their personal space....? "
It can be but what Geordie did went far beyond that. He not only created a hologram with her personality files, he got a massage from holo leah and also kissed her (in Booby Trap). That is not some boys will be boys thing. That is a serious invasion of privacy and she is justified in feeling violated.

In galaxy child Leah asks him how far it went and Geordie flat out lies to her (It was a professional cooperation) and ends his tirade with the sentence:" I offered you friendship." which he certainly did not.
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Fri, Jul 3, 2020, 1:37am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

Ok I have to add one thing.
The confusion/debate about this episode comes from differing perspectives. Viewed from the outside Geordie is plain wrong and comes across a creepy and threatening. One should not behave like Geordie did. But we know that Geordie is a nice and intelligent guy who wouldn't hurt a fly. That could be the reason why the writers stumbled into this story. They know the character as well.
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Fri, Jul 3, 2020, 12:48am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

The problem is not if it works as the concept you describe. The problem is that it portrays Geordie's outrage about her behavior as justified when he is pretty much wrong all the way through.

I also think that a battle trained veteran like Geordie is physically superior compared to a female scientist. Or do you think that during hand to hand combat Geordie falls to the floor shouting:"Don't hit me. I'm disabled!"
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Thu, Jul 2, 2020, 2:03am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S4: Galaxy's Child

The reason many people see this as abusive and creepy is not only because of the hologram but because of his behavior during the entire episode.
A few points:
- Why did the computer create a hologram that was so different from Brahms?
- Why did that Hologram make sexually suggestive comments and act like a love interest?
- Why did Geordie never find out, despite his research about her personal tastes, that she is married?
- Why did Geordie save that hologram?
- When Brahms wanted to leave Geordie didn't allow her to and in that situation she is vulnerable because she is a woman because of his physical superiority.
- Can people become friends if one of the persons is deeply in love with the other?
- The episode presents Brahms as in the wrong and Geordie's behavior as justified.
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Sun, Jun 14, 2020, 5:39pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Visitor

Jason, reading your posts worries me. I hope you have a stable social circle, that supports you. You sound unbalanced.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iu1qa8N2ID0
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Sun, Jun 14, 2020, 11:24am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Visitor

So reviews of terrorism in independent studies, from homeland security and several universities are trying to push a false narrative about the increase of far right violence to convince the general public that left wing totalitarianism is needed which is then done by leftist politicians who either go along with public sentiment or secretly want totalitarianism.

I have no words. But yeah that is a conspiracy theory. By the way, 1984 was written by a socialist.

You all seem to willfully ignore facts like the homeland security source I posted above,the report was done under the current government (april 2017). Homeland security has a very narrow definition for terrorism and with that you have between 9/12 2001 to 12/31 2016: 106 right wing killings and 0 ... ,yes that is a zero, killings from the far left.

Here (from Georgetown University's Center for Strategic and International Studies) and there is an abundance of this stuff and it is all very clear.
https://www.csis.org/analysis/rise-far-right-extremism-united-states
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Sun, Jun 14, 2020, 3:19am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Visitor

And to mention another form of cancel culture:
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49966287
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Sun, Jun 14, 2020, 2:53am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Visitor

@Dave in MN
Do you have articles or anything about that? Could you provide those?

And J.K. Rowling didn't get cancelled, or did she? She said some things that could be seen as transphobic and people reacted angrily to that. What does that have to do with leftism?
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Sat, Jun 13, 2020, 11:39am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Visitor

@Jason
It is somewhat ironic that nazis or far right people are trying to get away from a negative label.
And about violence from the radical/extreme right being 10 to 20 times as numerous, that is just a fact. It is easily verifiable.

Or that the government banned transpeople from the military, against the wishes of the military no less. These things aren't secret. People just don't care. Who gives a shit if a few thousand trannies lose their jobs. Nobody.

"By the way Booming I am a little suspicious of some of the stats you alluded to earlier. I have gotten the impression that any time a skinhead kills his girlfriend in a domestic dispute or a Nazi kills a rival gang member that gets lumped into "far right violence" or even "terrorism"."
I haven't looked into the methodology.

Here a few sources
https://www.adl.org/media/12480/download
https://www.hsdl.org/?view&did=800028

Knock yourself out.
Or to quote:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuwLrXX63UY

As a side note
Just today this happened
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/06/12/trump-lgbtq-patient-protections-315819

I somewhat get wolfstar's point about me participating in too many debates especially the ones that deviate from Star Trek.

Farewell.
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Sat, Jun 13, 2020, 4:11am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Visitor

Wow, this turned into a somewhat reasoned debate. I'm impressed people.
For the record I didn't call rahul a nazi, I called him out on using far right/alt right patterns which he repeated with his china example and chairman elliot again reacted reasonable to this lunacy.
To clarify. the alt right is a little hard to pin down: right wing extremist, right wing radical, right wing populist.

What I find weird in the debate about the leftist terror where you hear these examples like people or worse children taking shit for dressing up like native americans. That is overreach. There is a reason for this overreach but it still is overreach but is this really a bigger threat then the 12 states in the USA that allow discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. In other words if you are gay in Texas and your employer finds out then you can get fired for that and fairly often will be. In Virginia a republican congressman will probably lose his post because he officiated a gay wedding.
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To summarize: every indicator let it be violence, work place discrimination, reproductive rights and so on clearly shows that right wing ideologies are a far bigger threat then left win ideologies. But the reporting about this is so loop sided (you never hear of the huge amount of people getting fired for example being trans or gay because that is so normal) even in Germany for several weeks we had numerous articles about James Damore and if you listen to people like Joe Rogan who talks about the "leftist threat" all the time (he has 300 million in the bank, go figure) then you can get the impression that leftist hate mobs are roaming the streets. While in actuality we see a significant uptick in right wing terror in the US since Trump took office.

And Jason, I found you reasonable even though we differ in a lot of places but it is true the right of the republican party would probably not be allowed to participate in Germany because they would be deemed a threat to the democratic order.

@Trent
I don't know. It really doesn't make me happy. Right wing radical narratives are often so dominant these days that activates me. I will tune it down in the near future.

By the way, Trent is right. Nazi Germany copied the US race laws but concentration camps were, I believe, invented by the British during the Boer wars.
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Fri, Jun 12, 2020, 11:18am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Visitor

I'm not so sure that the leftist terror is as dominating as you might think.
- right wing terror in the us kills between ten and twenty times as many people as left wing terror
- the current right wing government banned trans people from the military, the biggest employer for trans people. Around 5000 lost their jobs.
- the current government is rolling back workplace protections for lgbt people. Try to be openly gay or trans in the bible belt and get a job, maybe left wing intolerance won't seem so threatening anymore.
- several states have introduced abortion laws that would send women to prison for up to 30 years.

and that is just from the top of my head. I have no problem with actual conservatives but the right in the US is so extreme these days. They would not be allowed to participate in the political process in Germany because they would be labeled right wing extremists

And I did not make generalizations about rahul. He just used pretty common alt right talking points. It is my field of study. rahul's post had only one aim: silence elliot. And when I defended elliot wolfstar stated his SSupport for rahul and attacked me.

I thought until that point the debate was pretty fruitful but then these three (Michael, rahul, wolfstar) jumped in and spread their poison. Only wolfstar at the end made one actual comment about the debate. the other two only attacked and insulted people.
As we say in germany: viel Feind, viel Ehr.
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Fri, Jun 12, 2020, 4:45am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Visitor

Here we have a Michael who apparently went trough elliots posts or was really bored, found a decade old one and insults elliot. Then rahul who said that he ignores certain people jumps in and accuses elliot of using "typical tactic of the far left to call something racist because he doesn't agree with " and then states " I see this type of nonsense as political correctness taken to the nth degree -- it's almost gaslighting. It happens all the time these days." Just as a reminder this is about an almost decade old post. After that he insults elliot three more times (warped beliefs, beyond ridiculous, Keep getting confirmation that it is best to just ignore Elliott). So starting a debate about possible racism is not that, oh no, it is tactic to silence people.

This means gaslighting by the way: "the action of tricking or controlling someone by making them believe things that are not true, especially by suggesting that they may be mentally ill."
Clearly starting a debate about racism is gaslighting.
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Fri, Jun 12, 2020, 2:02am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Visitor

@Elliot
I just noticed that rahul attacked you with alt right talking points and in Germany we tend to take the far right a little bit more serious. We know where it leads if you let these people have their way.
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Thu, Jun 11, 2020, 8:24pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Visitor

@elliot
"Relax, man."
When wolfstar and rahul attack you again for your "far left" oppinions I will do just that.
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Thu, Jun 11, 2020, 7:11pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Visitor

@elliot
you say sorry to that guy? rahul still attacked you without provocation and wolfstar agreed with that and both are completely unaplogetic. You certainly have lost my respect.
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Thu, Jun 11, 2020, 1:55pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Visitor

@Wolfstar
Thanks for sharing. You think my post was abhorrent but agree with some guy who made wild accussations and personal attacks without provocation.

"Telling someone (who clearly isn't white)"
I don't know the guy. That's why I wrote probably because people complaining about people complaining about intolerance are seldom people who have experienced much inolerance.
And if he is not white then that doesn't mean that he has experienced inolerance. There are countries on this planet where very few white people live...

Happy Pride month wolfstar.
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Thu, Jun 11, 2020, 9:49am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Visitor

So true. Geordie literally could only get a white woman in an alternate reality plus we never saw them kiss. Oh the 90s.
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Thu, Jun 11, 2020, 9:33am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Visitor

What article? From the Pravda?!! You SJW Pinko

Sorry I love people like Rahul. Probably never discriminated, apart from women not wanting him, but he stays vigilant and sniffs out those commie SJW.

Seriously though I notced even back then that there was never a black guy with a white lady. While Riker and Kirk were working there way through the entire female color palette, Geordie and friends were not so lucky.
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