Robert Prior

Robert Prior

  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Looking at that list reminds me that countries often have aspirational names. "Democratic Republics" are often struggling to be either What about People's Democratic Republics?...
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    ... and you probably never will understand. We might finally have a point we can agree on! :-) "What clues did you miss"? Well, given that I thought we'd established that the film shared almost nothing with the book other...
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    I've explained why I think it's anti-American. If you don't understand, I don't think I've any more to add. Um, you stated that it's an "American story" despite it being set in a worldwide federation. I still don't understand what...
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    Well, if you want silly… There were the man-on-the-street interviews Rick Mercer did for the "Talking to Americans" segment of "This Hour Has 22 Minutes" (Canadian political satire). For example, this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZE0TuKTpo4...
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    Everybody who comes from any one of these countries (between Canada in the north and Chile in the south) is American. In Canadian usage, "American" refers to citizens of the USA, not inhabitants of either North or South America....
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    Never said I thought Bond was satirical. But it isn't a realistic, though — which is what my acquaintance thought…...
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    I have much more of a problem with "bionic" folk like the "Six Million Dollar Man" and the Winter Soldier. There, the biomechanics simply don't work. In the original novel this is an acknowledged problem — he can't lift a...
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    Mike Myers is Canadian, not USian. Not that this makes the Austin Powers trilogy any funnier. William Shatner is Canadian, not American. Come to that Robert Sawyer is Canadian, his books are definately Canadian, and yet the TV adaptation of...
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    They either thought Bond was a documentary or... I was introduced to Bond at uni by someone who thought of it nearly that way. They really thought spies did things like swimming into harbours with duck hats…...
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    Calling it satire after the fact doesn't mean that it is, in fact, satire. You can call it gourmet, but it's still a shit sandwich. If you're talking about the ST film, it was obvious to me when I saw...
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    Good satire is. Gratuitous anti-American bullshit not so much. Robocop was set in Detroit, but I wouldn't call it anti-American. America didn't even exist in Starship Troopers. Serious question: what makes you consider either of them anti-American?...
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    When I bought my house in the 90s, it was 4-5 times my salary — at the bare limits of affordability, and not what I wanted but rather what I could afford. A couple of years after buying it I...
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    it's very much a thing that emerged with the odious alt-right since 2008 In which case, whether or not satire is currently acceptable, that's not the reason so many Americans apparently totally missed it when the films were first...
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    that tactic's been weaponized against things we care about in the US, and it's currently not on the list of tactics of polite debate Was that the case back in the 80s and 90s, when those films were made?...
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    Greg would like that rant… Why have we not banned this odious hate group and thrown its silly-hatted officials into jail? Why haven’t we, at the absolute least, told them to pay some fucking taxes?...
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    It is blatantly obvious both Robocop and ST are satires, even at the time. I saw Robocop as a teenager, and it was obvious. Curious question: is satire not really part of American popular culture? Or are there subjects...
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    And back in the 1980s, a million dollars was serious money. Isn't chicken feed even today unless you run in circles that live on the upper east side of NYC or similar in London. Well, it will get you...
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    people misunderstanding Verhoeven Well, if we're going to allow Heinlein to explain what he really meant by his novel, we should probably allow Verhoeven the same courtesy. Robert Heinlein’s original 1959 science-fiction novel was militaristic, if not fascistic. So...
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    It'll be a long time before people are comfortable letting computers control weapons with a more complicated decision than missile incoming -> fire. That ship may well have sailed… “The lethal autonomous weapons systems were programmed to attack targets...
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    the Israeli strategy of burrowing through walls between adjacent houses as a form of urban assault, rather than going door to door down the street The Canadian army did that in WWII, according to an exhibit at the Canadian...
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    IIRC it was specifically the miscegenation that triggered the legal problem....
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    And for Iraq, they didn't have "a million guys". They had 309,814, and they only had that many because the UK provided 45,000, Australia provided 2.000, Poland provided 194 (Special Forces), 70,000 Peshmerga (Autonomous Kurdistan) and 620 members of the...
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    Are you referring to "Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings, based on an idea by JRR Tolkien"? My nieces gave me the extended edition on DVD because they knew I liked the novels, so I watched them all, including...
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    "the way that stories are developed for the movies is complex" Insert story of The Postman here: http://www.davidbrin.com/nonfiction/postmanmovie.html...
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    I got the impression that government services used a lot of veterans. Those jobs were held by and for those who had proven their commitment to society was greater than their commitment to self interest. That's really the whole of...
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    the law is what the judge says the law is Which means it's effectively a lottery, not only which judge you get but how hungry they are, whether they're male or female, whether they hear the case in the...
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    Roman universal conscription is where (via Machiavelli and Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun, the one born in 1655) we got the "well-regulated militia." At least Roman Senators didn't fetishize the Right to Bear Swords and argue that they could carry...
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    I don't know if I'd agree that Heinlein was a right-wing libertarian, at least not as we understand the term today. Like "Republican", the term "libertarian" seems to have drifted over the last generation. After all, most contemporary Republicans would...
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    And the bit about "who gets to vote" becomes very interesting if you expand it a little to say... teachers or social workers. ~Shrugs~ Just sayin'... It would, but I got the impression from the book that the government services...
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    It has become common in school in Canada, as teachers are struggling to cope with students whose textbooks were left at school before schools were closed, or were never in school to get them (start of new quadmester while locked...
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