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  1. You should be able to sue him for the horrible film. It's almost criminal...
  2. That "latino trooper" artical was funny though... "he totally looked latino." The guy is Maori... I'd be more worred about angy Maori than an army of mexicans. Its funny that the anti-ractial sterotype people are angry because someone who looks stero-typically like he is latin is in a movie. What hipocrites
  3. It will be very easy to do all of those thing in epIII... Lucas pukeass gets all of his storylines from historical models. The orignial trilogy is simple an american war of independace in space. The rebel voices are all yankee hicks, and the "empire" is very obviously the british imperial empire, imperial navy etc. The fall of the republic and the rise of the empire are the same as either the roman paradigm, or a nazi german one... en either case, the leader of the democratic system is granted emergence powers to quell an immediate threat, and then declars himself ceasar/dictator... very simple, very classic. As soon as the emperor declars himself such, the republic loyalists revolt and break off, and have to fend of the clones (aka the clone war), where the seemt to kill most of the actual clones, but still get beaten into hiding. The two terrible actors love intrest is to the point where the brats will probably have been spawned by the time the next movie picks up the story. The foreshadowing of anakin turning is so heavy handed that he is practically evil already. As seen from the first two screenplays, a trained monkey writes this stuff, so it really isn't very hard to figure out. Now to bashing the movie proper.... I'm really good at hating things, but this heap of feces left me speechless for days... but now I'm ready. The acting was bad... it was bad. But all of the actors have demonstrated talent elswere (even anakin), so the fault would seem to lie with the director being really heavy handed, and the script being the worst script ever written. The "characterization" was heavy handed and terrible, sacraficing any subtly and quality to make it very explicit, who was what. The love scenes... the dialogue was bad enough, but the cliches... the running throw the meadow full of dandilions... police academy made fun of that cliche years ago. There is no excuse for that. Yes, the love intrest had to be there. There are people that can actually write a good love story. Most great epics involve a love interest. There is no reason it had to be that terrible. The characters didn't even act as was in the nature of their characters. In what world does the pick up line "not just the men, I killed the women and the children too" result in sympathy from a woman? Especially given that her character is defined as being compassionate and proper... There is no way her character would not think what he did was wrong, love or no love. The dialogue at the clone place... McGregor can act, but no one can make that dialogue make sense... It was painfully obvious that he had no clue what was going on, and no matter what mind trick, even Jar Jar wouldn't have believe a word Obi said the the long necked weird, badly done thing. Why would anyone clone a bounty hunter for their army? Why not a real, loyal, soldier? Why was the evil jedi so pathetic, dull, and uninteresting? Villains are the fun part. Where does a cenetor learn to pick a lock? Who would trust Jar Jar to be a cenetor? The special effects were good, but I like the old puppet better... flawed though they were, the were often more convincing... yoda for example, was better as a puppet. I also miss the models... the model ships were better then the CG ships, to my taste anyway. There was lots of CG stuff that was beautiful though, like the water falls... although, it look a lot like niagra with a meadow in front of it. The movie was terrible. The writer of the script should be executed for crimes against literature. The plot was dull, the dialogue was terrible, how can it get worse? So the battle scenes were good. Start trek is about adventure, and adventure is about heros, characters, and dialogue, otherwise its just 2 and a half our game of DOOM that you don't have any control over, with lots of boring stuff in between... Oh, and when your are "protecting" someone, you do not go out into a field, in the middle of no where, with no one around, with no cover for 100 of miles, and no way to escape if you are attacked, in a place associate with the person you are trying to protect. Even a cocky jedi, shouldn't be that stupid. Cheers [ 05-25-2002, 15:35: Message edited by: AshSpear ]
  4. I did see the "I lived under socialism" statment... And I don't know the exact circumstances, but I imagine that's where you get your irrational fear of socialism, which is understandable. I don't doubt that capitalism looks pretty damn good when compared to whatever was labeled capitalism or socialism there... However taking the particular and making it the rule, the generality, is innapropriate and silly. Whatever label it had, doesn't make it socialism, and there is no rule saying that all socialist setups must be designed and implemented that way. You are also partially right in saying that "that guy" in a capitalist system does ged rewarded, big time... In some cases that is true. A good employer will reward his staff... however, as you are all so fond of pointing out, human nature can't be trusted, so there is absolutly no reason to assume that that is generally true. Even if your personal experience was a good one, that doesn't make the system good. If you were a high ranking government officer in russia while it was communist, you'd have thought communism was pretty damn good. Your problem is that you fail to look beyond your immediate environment, and you make the erronious assumption that all other discomfort, disorder, pain, suffering and bad luck is the result of laziness and stupidity. This, in itself, is the height of inhuman, stupidity and narromindedness.
  5. 1 People are continually confusing socialism and communism. They aren't the same thing. 2 There is really no reason why a person can't be rewarded under a communist or socialist system. The idea is simply that the people that actually do the work, get the reward. Instead of all the money going to the CEO or the sharholders, it gets dispersed as the workers see fit. If I am say, a grunt that assembles machinery, in a sucessful company in a capitalist system, I am, by definition, being rewarded less than the income I actually produce for the company I'm working for. What makes that fair exactly? Becaus the guy that owns the company worked harder than I did to get there? What dream world are you living in? If I own x compay because my daddy died and left it to me, I'm not on top because I worked harder, or better, or am superior (as opposed to genetically inferior as the scary neo-nazi guy mentioned) it is a result of chance. If I, for the sake of argument, pay some guy to run the company for me, and he vastly improves the profitability of the company, he is still getting the same salary, I, who do nothing, am making vastly more money... This can and does happen in capitalism. In what way is that "encourage hard work?" Maybe that's the best job that that chump I'm paying can get, so he can't just leave, and screw me over. So I'd be screwing him over. A socialist system could be set up so that the ammount of income my labour actuall produces is actually given to me. The better workers would then make more... This isn't how the communist manifesto explains things, but no one said it was the bible. Of course, people can, and do, build their own companies. I have nothing but admiration for these people. They do not however make up the majority of the population. Why should the system be set up to benefit a minority? And who says production is the primary objective of life? What did John Milton actually produce? He is the perhaps the greatest figure of english literature, but did he make anything you could sit on, or eat? No. Anyway, communism, or socialism, isn't the ultimate answer to anythig. That doesn't mean that it doesn't have good, positive ideas that could be implemented to the benefit of everyone. Capitalism, also, is not a the end all and be all of economic theory, and social systems. Just because it is the current system, doesn't make it the best system, and even if it were, it doesn't mean it can be improved/limited/ revised. Lets all sit on our asses, secure in the belief that the world will continure on its happy way because we all believe in capitalism. A system based on the principle of infinite expansion, in a world of finit resource and space. Surly it'll never cause problems. Inflation doesn't exist. Oh, and just as capitalism encourages the best in people, it'll encourage the best in social conscience, and environmental concern. Surly it'll result in the best option for out environment (and our continured existence) even if it isn't the most profitable course of action... Ignorance IS bliss isn't it?
  6. The Thin Red Line Blade Runner:director's cut The Vanishing (The Dutch/french one, not the silly american vrap version. The Excorcist Wild Zero Dr. Strangelove Full Metal Jacket Memento Following Run Lola Run Ronin HEAT Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Star Treck 2 Star Wars (all of the original ones) Blawk Hawk Down In The Name of the Father Dune Das Boot Excalibur Amadeus Fallen The Hunt for Red October Death to Smoochie Battle Royale The Life of Brian Lord of the Rings Ghost Dog
  7. How can anyone not love Death to smoochy!!!??? I mean, you have to have a bit of a sick sense of humor, but it was great. Actually, I was expecting and hoping for something a little darker, but it was still good. How can you not laugh at a purple rhino kids show host singing to neo-nazis? Hail smoochy! And that happy, bubbly, annoying rainbow rudolph theme song with the subtextual reference to penis-envy? Size doesn't matter because friends come in a all sizes? It is sick, it is insane, it is brilliant. bastard son of barney... Cheers
  8. Where did that image come from? I though vegitation was out until xp, and I've never seen a landing skid... Cheers
  9. Do you guys even know where the term liberal comes from? It comes from the same place the concept of the free market comes from. John Stuart Mill anyone? It is so beautifully ironic that you call me a bleeding hart liberal.
  10. $ilk: "Where I see it, the forcing of one group of your population to pay for another part is tantamount to the exact same thing that slavery is - forcing one group to better the lifestyle of another." -What do you call denying a starving man food when you have more than enough? I call it murder. "It is immoral to force someone to pay for someone who chooses not to work." -Are you really so silly that you can't comprehend the fact that not all poor people are poor because they are lazy? "If someone can't work, it is still immoral to make someone use their labor to provide for the person." -So someone who can't work, deserve automatically to die? "If someone is to give by choice, it has some value." -Does a starving man care about the intention of his benefactor? "Where is the dignity in collecting something you didn't earn?" -There is no dignity in it, thats what motivates people to get off their buts and do something. Canada has universal access to welfare and unemployment insurance. Yet people on welfare make up a tiny minority of the population. "At the same time, what is right about having your earnings taken from you because someone didn't work as hard as you?" -Again, not all people are need through their own fault. "I'm going to say that since it's foundation, no capitalist nation that allowed a vastly deregulated market economy has failed." -You can say it all you want, it doesn't make it true. The great depression proved that regulation is nescessary to keep a capitalist market from collapse. "In a socialist country, what rewards are there besides the satisfaction that you looted the hard workers to pay for the lazy ones?" -The satisfaction that through you efforts, you have made the lives of everyone in your nation better, and that your strenght has compensated for other people's weakness. You said you like nationalism. That is about the only good sentiment that comes from nationalism. "Capitalism also understands that if efficiency minimizes cost, it is a good investment. As most environmental concerns are myths or half truths, I find it hard to believe any so called "study" taken of the planet." -What are you talking about? You think pollution is a hoax? Where do you get you facts? The Weekly World News? Do you think about the things you say? I wasn't saying that there was a study done that stated that the worlds resources were finit. I mean that any idiot could see that there isn't an infinit supply of everything. "I believe Nationalism is an inherently better policy than globalism. Because it maximizes lifestyle for the most competitive. It's Darwinism at work." -That sounds like something hitler would have said. He was a nationalist too. Is competition the only noble acticity? "G.W. Bush is also a much better president than both Clinton and his father. You are poking fun at a supposed disability. Roosevelt couldn't walk, are you going to poke fun at the leadership shown during WW2?" -That means Roosevelt couldn't work hauling lumber. According to you that means he should die. Being a halfwit isn't a disablity, it is a trajedy. Anyway, I was only pointing out that Bush was only a leader because someone else writes his speeches. I bet if his next speech was "bush is always right" you would believe him. I don't need to make fun of Bush. The rest of the civilized world already knows him for what he is. It is unfortunate you do not. "Clinton wouldn't have done anything after Sept 11, but moan about how it's our fault." -Don't take this the wrong way. What happened was a horrible horrible thing, but there are reasons the world in general has a distaste for the US. Clintons ability to understand this in spite of the horrible crime commited is what makes him a better man than Bush, who doesn't know his ass from his elbow. "Bush is a good leader, because what he says, he does. Disagree with him or not, you have to admit he's honorable to his word." -There is no such thing as an honorable politician. The system and public opinion dictates that there is a nescesity for decit and immorality. That's why I hate politics. Surely you are not so naive that you can't see this. "Who cares how they feel? This country was founded on the principles of God. If they can't deal with the symbolism of our founders, they should either leave or shut up and take it. Erasing our national identity to please some moaning whining snivelling leftist is wrong." -That's right $ilk, Kill em. I suggest concentration camps. Probably they care about how they feel. If you really gave a crap about your nation, you would care about how its citizens felt. You would also understand that you nation is founded upon the concept of immagration. Perhaps making people feel welcome would be a good idea. Just out of morbid curiosity, if I don't beleive in god, and I swear an oath on the bible in a US court, do I still have to tell the truth? Why should I? Just to be clear, you aren't giving your word, you are giving gods word. "Life is hard, life is intolerant of your wishes. Your idealism means nothing to the realities of world policy, admirable though it may be." -I'm a realist too. But one's hopes, wishes, and moral founding must be in founded in the ideal, otherwise you've got no chance of standing strait in the real world. "As you should be, nationalism is a good thing." -No, it isn't a good thing. It's the kind of thing that start wars over distinctions that don't matter. I only invoked a false nationalism in order to distinguish myself from you. "I guess Canada isn't located in North America?" -This is my point exaclty. People from the US fail to realise that calling themselves american does not distinguish themselves from canadians, mexicans, brazilians, chileans... the list goes on. Perhapse if you started reffering to yourselves as something more appropriate like: United-States-of-America-ians, things would be better. Or maybe USAians for short. Then I could use the term american appropriatly. "Since you are so sure of where you can go, why don't you try it?" -I travel every chance I get. But I'm not taking an american flag with me. Why would I? I don't understand what your talking about. I'll happily go to vietnam, or cuba, or anywhere else I'm free of american toursts that are angry and yelling about how no one speaks english. I have actually gone places and have had people say to me "Canadian? Not american? Oh... very good!" "So do I [have accees to medicare], what's your point?" -My point was made, you just didn't bother to quote it. I shall reiterate: I have access to medicare, regardless of whether I can afford to pay for the insurance. When I go to a hospital, the first question is "what is wrong"" not "do you have insurance?" "Somehow I don't trust your definition of "decent politician", one would think it's someone who can read a teleprompter and not someone who can lead." -My definition of politician is someone that does a decent job at what they are supposed to do, as opposed to someone who has charisma and provides inspiration, but has no actual idea of what to do. "I can point out cities in the United States which have virtually 100% gun ownership and have the lowest crime rates in the world. I can also point out cities in the USA that have virtually 0% gun ownership and the highest crime rates in the world." -You are wrong, but that is another argument. "I believe that the ability to defend yourself and crime is related as well." -You belief no more proves this than it proves the existence of god, or santa claus (Who is makes elves work slave labour so that lazy kids can have toys.) "Menchise - I'm no longer going to call you a liberal anymore. I think you've earned the title of Socialist from my lips" -Mine as well. Menchise, you rock. Anyway, $ilk. You don't know what you are talking about. You spout crap: "environmental concerns are myths," canada has 75% tax rate. If you were reasonable, you'd be worth arguing with. I wish I could remember who said this, but I can't, but it is too apt to not be used "arguing with a man who has given up his reason is like giving medecine to the dead." In other words, I'm flogging a dead horse. We will never agree. I formally challenge you to a duel as soon as multi-player comes out. Cheers "Sir, I have found you an argument; but I am not obliged to find you an understanding." -Samuel Johnson [ 12-21-2001: Message edited by: AshSpear ]
  11. We should change this thread to "the complete ignorance of reality" thread. What are you talking about 75 percent tax rate in Canada? What derranged part of your brain made that up? Do you even know where Canada is? The system is also NOT a failure. It has its short-comings, no question. It has plenty of pluses. I have a good friend who's kidney don't work. He got a new one and it didn't cost him anything. He is on drugs for the rest of his life to prevent regection... those are paid for too. When my grandfather died slowly of cancer it didn't put two generations of my family in debt. This isn't only people that can afford healthcare, this is everyone. Now. Lets look at some other things. Education. How much does it cost to get a university education in the US? I'm not even going to compare it to Canada, there is no point. Now lets look at the silly things people are saying. "The US is the most generous society in the world." Based on what? Your opinion? Canada has been voted, over and over again, the best place in the world to live. No one, but americans, have ever said that about the states. "capitalism has always worked..." This, again, is not true. Original societies were not capitalist. The functioned on a barter system, and were generally what are now calld communes. "Socialism rewards NOTHING, whether you are the hard worker or the lazy worker, you get the same thing, therefore the hard worker will see that and therefore work less hard, and then EVERYONE suffers" There are other forms of reward other than money. You, obviously, can't see that. "That whole statement is the biggest load of BS that I have ever seen, if we are running out of a resource, call it oil as an example, even though we have over 250 years worth at this point just in discovered reserves. but say we are running out, a capitalist society will find a solution 10-20 times faster then a socialist society would, and there will ALWAYS be a solution found, because that is how a company makes money, and the best solution will make the most money!!" This is idiotic. People have found many solutions for many environmental problems. These are largely ignored because they are not immediatly as economically productive as other non-solution, so they are ignored by corporations. Capitalism lacks forsight. The fact is that ther ARE finit resources on this planet, and Capitalism is based on infinit growth. Any 2 year old that can add can understand this problem. "and who told you this? the only way that socialism could possibly work would be at the point of a gun, see the USSR and China, this is HONORABLE MORAL GROUNDS?" I READ the communist manifesto. China and the former USSR are not communist societies. They only pretend to be. "Again, a statement with no factual historical basis. CAPITALISM works, it has always worked whenever it has been tried, capitalism PULLS EVERYONE out of poverty, it raises EVERYONES standard of living. In this country, if you make less then $20,000 you are considered below the poverty line, where else in the world is this true? NO WHERE!!! That's where." United States society is a perfect case in point. If you don't know your own statistics, that's your problem. "Conclusion, Capitalism RAISES ALL boats, Socialism SINKS 99% of the boats" You assume that all the boats are in the US. You ignore canibalistic forign policy. "You have been brainwashe into a dreamworld, if you look at the facts, you will see how wrong you really are." This from a man that thinks the US is the savior of the world. Look at the results of your last few "Lets go save some ignorant backwards nation campaigns." Kosovo is a depleted uranium badland, but you sure saved them good. Read some news that doesn't come from CNN or another patriot american. Oh, and how many people that are calling me brainwashed voted for G. W. Bush? The man can barely read a teleprompter. Also, somone said the US was a perfect example of different cultures coexisiting in an atmosphere of personal respect. I've never heard an offical government speech that didn't involve the words "god bless america!" How do you think buddhists, hindus, atheists etc feel about that? Menchise is the only voice of reason in this thread and I salut him. I also congratulated on being more cool headed than myself. Oh, and why shouldn't social responsability be forced? Why should responsability be optional? Why shouldn't consideration for the plight of other fellow human beings be mandatory? Oh, and I AM Canadian. And I'm proud of it. I can go anywhere in the world, and when people find out I'm not an american they immediatly like me out of relief for the fact that I'm not an american. I can hang an american flag on my backpack, and walk around anywhere in the world and not get targeted for a violent act. Take your american flags to vietnam. I have access to medicare. I live in a country were we don't toss out a decent politician becaus of his personal affairs. I live in a country where the violent crime rate is actually going down! Who else can say that? Don't think crime and economics are related? If you don't, then your opinion isn't worth a damn thing anyway. My sincere apologies to anyone I may have inadvertently offended. This post was meant primarily for people that tell me I'm brainwashed, and blab about how Canada is going to hell when the don't know a damn thing about what they are talking about.
  12. The difference between socialism and capitalism is social responsability. Capitalism has none, and basically follows the logic of biggest wins. Socialism understand the fact that people do not, naturally, start on an equal playing field. If I am the son of a rich man, I have resources that someone born on the street does not. You can say what you will about survival of the fittest, and the self made man... these are not bad ideas, but they fail to account for the reality of complete poverty which none of us, who sit around playing BCM on our high end computers can really claim to understand. Socialism is deeply flawed as a potential system, in that it fails to account for the fact that many people wont work if they don't absolutly have to. It does however adress the fact that a fat man should give up his ham sandwich to save the life of a starving man. This is precisely the sense of responsability capitalism lacks. And while yes, responsability lies with the individual, just as we cannot assume everyone will work out of responsability, we also cannot assume people will share. The basic rewards for work idea doesn't really hold up either. As somone said above, they'd like to be compensated if they were stuck doing manual labour, rather than doing a easy manegerial job. The fact is that the manegerial jobs pay more. I've worked jobs where I literally move a tone of goods in a day, all the while sucking in dust and crap, all for min wage. I know peole that get paid heaps to sit on their asses and do a half assed job behind a desk in a university office. That is capitalism. Capitalism does have its good sides. It does spur people to personal acheivment... however it is fundamentally incouraging selfishness. Socialism/communism, while would result in a lot lazy people doing nothing, the people who would excel would be the responsible, giving individuals, and any society rewards excellence in someway. Capitalism represents a complete lack of social morality. It is a modern neanderathal king of the hill. It is also founded on on a logistically unstable premis: capitalism places the impetus on constant growth, more profit. Infinit growth in a world with finit resources. Capitalism is doomed to collaspe. Socialism, in its intent at least, is grounded on more honorable moral grounds. Capitalism has no intent other than greed and hunger. The fact is, nither work. Capitalism causes an every increasing gap between rich and poor, socialism does cause laziness. A compromise is nescessary. One that takes into accound the basness of human nature, as well as aspires to higher morality and dignity.
  13. Beowulf is the only thing better than Lord of the Rings and even then, only the Seamus Heaney translation. I will of cours reserve judgment until my knowledge of old english becomes complete enough to read it in the original. Anyway, I'm an Englsih lit major, and consquently a nerd and purist, so I wasn't even going to go and see the movie until for fear of what they'd done to the story. Then I found out Ian McKellan is in it. Nothing Ian McKellan is in can be bad (except apt pupil). Ian McKellan is the only man to ever walk the earth that could make Richard III a better character than he already was. What awsome actor. Anyway, I can't wait until I get a chance to see the film.
  14. JoshB

    Welcome

    Cur: to continue with being off the topic, there is pretty much nothing left after ragnorak, they are all dead, and premanantly dead this time. A sort of resurected Baldur is holed up somewhere and recreates the world... Dreada: Forms... sorry, I've missed something. What do you mean? Cheers
  15. Astral Projection Saved My Ship. I parked my CC on a quiet part of earth to give the Systems crew some time to install some upgrades. I powered down almost all systems except launch control and life support, and launched myself in a mk II shuttle to go on some scout/trading runs while I'm waiting for the work to be done. After a few Galcom Wraith runs I went to explore Lyrius and buzzed around there for a while. I must of done something wrong because I started to get those electricity effect all over my shuttle. I didn't seem to be taking damage, but I didn't know what was going on so I hit the after burners and headed back to my CC back on earth. When I got there my sheilds and hull on the CC were down to about 50 percent, as were most of its systems... Don't know what happened to my shuttle, which seemed fine, and I have no idea what damaged the CC sitting around all by itself... Thought it was a neat coincidence though, and a funny story... or at least a good headline. Maybe we should start a psychic wing over at wraith just for me... It'll have nice padded rooms. Cheers
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