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  1. Anyone watched Godless? Saw the first ep, wasn't in a mindspace for it, but it looked pretty intriguing. Western. Opinions?
  2. #RipNetNeutrality

    I'm confused. How is the government geting out of internet regulation an attempt by the government to control you? Or have I misread your meaning?
  3. British Politics

    The difference is that the FBI director doesn't get to make laws. The EU bureaucracy does get to make laws. And it's a bit far removed to see it as a democratic process.
  4. British Politics

    I know the world isn't perfect. I'm far from utopian. How do you reckon the EU is a democracy? Did you elect those folks in Brussels? Can you vote them out of office? No? But it's okay that they make the rules for you, even though they've never even been to where you live?
  5. British Politics

    People keep saying things to the effect that to make an omelette you have to break some eggs. Seen lots of broken eggs, yet to see an omelette. And we back to socialism is bad because when the collective is everything, the individual is nothing. Countries are made up of individual people, identity politics be damned.
  6. The T.V. Show Thread

    So much better than the Justice League movie. For real.
  7. The T.V. Show Thread

    Riverdale is lots of fun.
  8. When I was at university, they were still coming across pits where bodies were buried. I doubt they'll ever find them all.
  9. I don't think Marx was an idiot, nor do I think he was evil. And greed isn't the problem, at least not anymore than it is in any other kind of society. The problem, as we have graphically seen, is that when the collective means everything, an individual life means nothing. Hence the hundred million and more dead under communism, you know, for 'pragmatic' reasons. Attempts to bring health, wealth, and happiness to all by governments inevitably lead to totalitarianism. And it will inevitably fail, because life doesn't work like that. I'm not against social welfare, I don't fancy seeing people die of exposure, starvation, or lack of medical care, we need a social safety net. But even that needs massive redesign. Communism - not going to help. Not for anyone.
  10. I quite liked it, too. And I hope there'll be a next season. The heyy and handjob recreation had me in stitches.
  11. The T.V. Show Thread

    American Vandal on Netflix. Mockumentary/satire of true crime shows, I can't believe they did such a good job of it. Funny, quite engaging, drama's there - and whodunit?
  12. Hurricane Irma

    But if it was being caused by human-created climate change, wouldn't the US have been pounded by severe hurricanes a lot in the years preceding this year? What makes this year different?
  13. The T.V. Show Thread

    Haven't seen Ironfist or Defenders. Got bored of Luke Cage in the first episode, so I never went back. Loved Daredevil, and Punisher might be fun. Really liked Jessica Jones, too, partly because I'm a David Tennant fan. My current superhero passion is the Tick. They've done a great job with the new series, such as it is - only six episodes out, another six supposed to be coming in January. Worth a watch, especially if you're suffering from a surfeit of superheroes.
  14. Twin Peaks returns (Confirmed)

    It may all be a dream. Audrey's? Coop's? I get it in a way. The world is broken. Maybe irreparably (all the weird tense sound effects instead of music). And the people are broken, too. You can tell by some of the intentional leaden acting, like in the first few episodes. There's no heart to it anymore. And maybe it just can't be fixed. Also, did you catch the flashbacks to mask = possession that Lynch has used before in the series when the eyeless woman turned out to be Diane? I can't say I enjoyed it, because mostly I didn't, not for eighteen hours of purgatory. But I do think it was what Lynch wanted to do. I wish Mark Frost had had more say in it, might've reined in Lynch's self-indulgence a bit and given us more story. The loss of Coop (as Coop) was noted. And missed.