RedEye9 wrote on Dec 4, 2020, 22:18:Well... I liked to see a floor. No reason to tax the first $20k per person. And some kind of similar base for businesses varied by number of employees (only full time employees with benefits count). And truthfully, I don't know if the economics behind such a plan would work well. I'm fine on taxing the churches though.
6.5% flat tax for everyone (businesses included) no exemptions no loopholes.
End the marriage and housing tax break. And end the church exemption.
It would be enough to fund free healthcare, and free higher ed.
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Dec 4, 2020, 15:26:Yep. Getting close to being a 9/11 each day, and yet the Rs are unconcerned. So glad they are running half the states in the country, not to mention the Senate and POTUS (for another 47 days)....
Make the decision on a per country basis if the studios must, but holy shit, we're up to 3,000 people dying a day in the US, over 100k hospitalized, 300k new infections a day.
MattyC wrote on Dec 4, 2020, 20:49:Meaningless. 73m+ US citizens thought it was a good idea to vote to re-elect Trump. A "great many Americans" are complete idiots. There is little doubt in my mind if you ran a poll a large portion of Americans would say Snowden was a traitor. I hope history remembers him well, even if it does, most Americans probably won't learn that history.
The NSA story still doesn’t seem that well known by a great many Americans.
jdreyer wrote on Dec 4, 2020, 20:56:I'm old, but I'm not THAT old. My dad would be that old, if he hadn't died 13 years ago....
Remember when the top tax bracket was 90%? We need to get back there.
The Flying Penguin wrote on Dec 4, 2020, 10:16:Hmm, somewhat interesting concept. Reminds me a bit of Frederik Pohl's "Heechee Saga" where the main character eventually becomes an electronic version of himself (along with others). Speaking of which, I should probably re-read the Heechee Saga, I can only recall a few of the details...
And those of you who liked it, I can highly recommend The Bobiverse series. He just released a new book.
Greentiger wrote on Dec 4, 2020, 09:00:I'm not fully opposed to humor in sci-fi. I read all six of John Scalzi's "Old Man's War" series which is sprinkled with humor, especially in "The Human Division" which is centered on the Harry Wilson character. And it was all very enjoyable. But unless I misjudged it, The Orville is more in the "American Pie" category of humor -- which can be pretty funny, when I'm drunk. For better or worse, it has been a long time since I have been drunk.Mr. Tact wrote on Dec 4, 2020, 08:40:It started off that way, but it's cut way down in season 2. I've enjoyed all the episodes so far. B-story humor is the best, like when Dan was hounding Mercer to put musak in the lifts.
Yeah, I guess I should have left that out, my important comment was me thinking it was "okay". Unless I missed something The Orville is not in this category, it is a comedy.
Razumen wrote on Dec 3, 2020, 23:10:Yeah, I guess I should have left that out, my important comment was me thinking it was "okay". Unless I missed something The Orville is not in this category, it is a comedy.Mr. Tact wrote on Dec 3, 2020, 21:56:I think this is true for every show in existence.
there are some good episodes and some bad episodes.
Jonjonz wrote on Dec 4, 2020, 06:34:I know someone who interviewed with Apple. Based on that, it seems they expect you to always be on the job, to respond to calls any time of day or night. Being from the IT world I had to deal with that on a rotating basis and let me tell you, if they had ever told me it would be required all the time, I would be gone the instant I could find another job. And this person was applying for a finance related job.
I had a friend in silicon valley who worked at one time or another at some of the real biggies there, Apple, General Dynamics, and Oracle. She said Oracle was the absolute worst place she had ever worked and taking a job with them was the worst decision of her life. She was an very accomplished competitive alpha type, so I hate to think what it would be like to work for Oracle if you were just an average person.
jdreyer wrote on Dec 3, 2020, 21:39:Stargate is ten seasons and not surprisingly, there are some good episodes and some bad episodes. Pretty sure I've seen them all at this point. Not sure I would recommend it truthfully -- overall it is "okay". Although I have wondered over the years if anyone has actually sat down and counted how many times Christopher Judge says "indeed" throughout the entire series.
I've always wondered about Farscape and Stargate, but never got around to watching them.
PHJF wrote on Dec 3, 2020, 18:26:Farscape is just goofy enough that it can be tough to get attached to it. Enterprise is much better, despite the criticism it received I thought it was good and was hoping for the "standard" seven season lifetime of a ST franchise. Unfortunately that didn't happen...
My partner and I recently tried Farscape... we made it ~three episodes before throwing in the towel. Then I tried to watch Enterprise... and made it ~half dozen episodes.
Simon Says wrote on Dec 3, 2020, 17:21:I'm guessing they'd have to simply redo most if not all of the special effects. A HD remaster would be awesome, but even if it was possible I doubt the demand for the finished product could cover the costs of the remastering. However, I have faint recollection that it is known a HD remaster simply isn't possible due to the way the show was produced -- but I'd be happy to be proved wrong. The show is actually almost better when you watch it a second time. When you can see ALL of the foreshadowing, some which is subtle enough that it can be missed in the first viewing.
And yes, Babylon 5 is in my top three best TV series ever, INCREDIBLE acting by Andreas Katsulas and Peter Jurasik, their characters were epic, easily eclipsing the main protagonists ( Sheridan and Delenn ).
I really wish they'd give that serie the HD/4K facelift treatment. It hasn't aged well visually, but the story and shades of grey plots... man that story, pure genius. Season 1 might be a tad painful to get through as it's basically setting up the stage for the other seasons unrelenting epic rollercoaster, but the pain of S01 is well worth it in the end.
Simon Says wrote on Dec 3, 2020, 13:55:Ahh.. didn't catch it... ah well... (no need for the video)
Episode "Chain of Command" Season 6 Episode 11, involving Cardassians and torture.
Simon Says wrote on Dec 3, 2020, 12:56:I'd like think of myself as a fan of TNG, although admittedly I like DS9 more for the long arc story-lines. But I don't understand what you mean..
I see FIVE ethical quandaries.
The TNG fans will understand.
Out of those five, the DS9 one was by far the best episode, followed closely by the TNG episode.