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Jeffrey Boser
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I can't watch any show on TNT anymore, I don't care what it is. The huge commercials drive me insane.

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I have said in the past that the Republican obsession with illegal immigration is founded on racism. I don't mean that in a Rs-are-bad-people sort of way. I mean it in the sense that everybody has a subconscious bias against 'otherness', and that in conservatives this is being exploited politically. Just look at how often Fox News brings up so-called "sanctuary cities".

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Today's thread deals with the muslim ban and its foundation. As an aside, I'd like to point out to the go-back-and-get-in-line folks that there is no line. There is no such thing as a Mexican farmer just showing up at a US Embassy office and applying for immigration. Without family already in the states, without resources or a corporation behind you, without massive amounts of time (20 years wait just for a green card now) or large amounts of money, or without some political status you can take advantage of.. forget it.

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Today's comment thread is about some military perspective on Trump and his recent decisions, like regarding Bannon and the National Security Council.

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Please forgive me..

I am a redditor, not that I contribute much to conversations much, but I browse and read there often. I know that there are hot spots of anti-feminism, racism, etc. But I also see nuanced, intelligent, thoughtful, reactions to it. So, I am going to be posting links to some of these comment threads. If you do not care, or reject the source completely, I understand if you choose not to follow me. Here is the first.

So this is how I watch science fiction movies these days:

I tune in to Interstellar, hear the phrase 'and the nearest star is a thousand years away' and tune out again.

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As far as I am concerned, if you don't believe we are warming the planet, then you belong over next to the flat-earthers and creationists. At this point if you wish to dispute this then you better have readings you personally took from instruments spread over land and sea for decades.. or go mutter to yourself in the corner while adults discuss the biggest future problem that human civilization will face.

“Human activities are largely responsible, impacts are already underway, and the sooner we act, the lower the cost and risk will be.

“This has been well-established by many scientists working from many points of view and accepted by virtually every leading scientific organisation in the world. That clarity has continued to increase over the past three decades or so.”

That feeling you get when you realize you can't print to your wireless printer, because you had vpn'd through a vpn and that your local network no longer even exists.

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EDIT: Dammit, turns out the guy is an asshole. Typical strawman anti-feminist, anti-PC, 'pro rational thought' bullshit covers for being a dick. Sorry, my bad. I just saw a new trending music video that was catchy.

Because, well, awesomesauce:

Okay, so I just finished watching The Force Awakens, and a few niggling things... spoilers, if you still haven't.

1) How come there was a star? If it consumed the star to 'charge' the weapon, then wouldn't the first use have used up the star then?

2) The time to fire tracking was horrible. They have minutes, but the base is continental if not planetary sized. They are constantly spouting times like 2 minutes to fire, and yet the action involves running hundreds and hundreds of meters, dragging bodies, sword fights, etc. The countdowns constantly took me out of immersion.

3) When the weapon fired, how come it was able to get to another star system while traveling slowly to the visible eye? For that matter why was it visible from other star systems? Even if the weapon itself traveled faster than light speed, the light from its path wouldn't.

4) I was severely disappointed at Rae's expression of anger while saber fighting. That sort of attitude got Luke's hand chopped off, and almost led to his failure. She goes all peaceful for a moment, but resumes the angry fighting.

5) Don't star ships have some sort of key? Can anybody jump into the Falcon and fly off with it?

6) Don't get me started on the map.

I wasn't entirely disappointed. The aliens and robots on screen felt real (except for c3po), and while I was hoping for more snark between Leia and Han, it felt genuine and familiar. The ship fights were pretty fun. And I ended up liking Finn alot. :)
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