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Never heard anything bad about Pine. Are you thinking about Chris Pratt, perhaps? Because he has certainly gotten some heat for his alleged affiliations with far-right religious/political groups (because those are the same things now, apparently).

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I don't see why it's so unbelievable. I can already charge from 0-80% in less than 20 minutes on my Ioniq 5. That wasn't possible even 5 years ago.

[News] "Write a Check for $11,000. She Was 26, She Had Limited Value." SPD Officer Jokes with Police Union Leader About Killing of Pedestrian by Fellow Cop - PubliCola (publicola.com)

In a conversation with Mike Solan, the head of the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild, Seattle Police Department officer and SPOG vice president Daniel Auderer minimized the killing of 23-year-old student Jaahnavi Kandula by police officer Kevin Dave and joked that she had “limited value” as a “regular person” who was only...

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They can keep their guns if they pass mandatory training.

Most cops don't ever fire a weapon on duty over the course of their entire career, so most of them don't actually need to be armed all the time.

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Jokes can usually include a message, and often are more effective at delivering that message than a serious monologue with full citations.

Therefore, saying something is meant to be silly or a joke does not do anything to address whether the message behind that joke is a good one or not.

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Start with the millionaires to fund investigations into the billionaires!

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It's not a secret that SpaceX and Tesla have "disaster" teams that follow and try to patch up his worse tendencies, and SpaceX has been led more by Shotwell for several years now. He really is just the PR guy for SpaceX these days, and I'm sure the Pentagon has made it clear that needs to continue given his actions over the last year.

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I'm not going to comment on the "should they have" question, but I think this is effective as yet another piece of evidence that the Democrats are not just "persecuting" the opposition party. If sham trials are acceptable and possible, why not use them as much as possible?

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follow-up to the micro-budget British slasher that went viral last year for its childhood-bludgeoning premise, became one of the most talked about films of 2023

I have literally never heard of the original movie.

Do 'journalists' just get to decide something is massively popular because two people talked about it on social media?

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After all, if there's one thing teenagers are known for, it's properly reading and following warning labels.

Starfield NPCs keep getting bodied mid-sentence and it never isn't funny to me (www.pcgamer.com)

You probably already know what I'm talking about here: that thing where you're in the middle of dialogue with an NPC, but the rest of the scene has chosen not to cooperate. It's a common feature of RPGs, but it shows up extra often in Bethesda games, and of course has returned in Starfield. I can't get enough of it....

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TNG had some multipart episodes and some plot lines that ran across the better part of a season, but the entirety of DS9 takes place against a continuous plot line.

"Entirety" is doing a lot of work in that sentence, IMO. While there is a general setting and eventually a serialized plot, it really doesn't get to the point where there's a continuous story until at minimum season 3 and in practice doesn't stop being episodic until even later.

Even once the main baddies are introduced--which does not actually happen until the final episode of season 2--there are still multiple self-contained episodes that have nothing to do with any kind of ongoing story or character development.

Don't get me wrong, compared to TNG and even Voyager or Enterprise, DS9 definitely had a story in mind that took multiple seasons to tell, but it's not like things were carefully known from the beginning. Lots of details change or are quietly retrofitted to fit better once the writers knew where things were actually headed. And that's fine, by the way! There is still a great story to be told.

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I am usually on the other side of this argument, in that my main enjoyment of Star Trek is the exploration of ideas and morality plays that we get from TOS, TNG and the early seasons of Voyager. The utopian setting and unrealistic morality of all the main characters in TNG especially are what makes an episode exploring the nature of individuality or whatever topic work so well.

I enjoy DS9 for what it is, but it also set the stage for modern Trek which is so obsessed with "realism" and galaxy-spanning plotlines in a way that I do not enjoy. If I want to watch just an episode or two, I always reach for TNG or Voyager, but if I want to do a longer re-watch then DS9 is definitely my preferred choice.

Episodic is not always a bad thing, and sometimes it is actually a very important feature! I wish modern TV writers and producers would have the same perspective about serialization, but in reverse.

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Completely agree. The first two seasons are criticized for using leftover TNG scripts. While I think a lot of that is due to the nature of episodic TV production in the 90s, I also think those seasons are incredibly necessary to establish the context of the Federation and how that differs to other cultures in the galaxy (and even on the fringes of the Federation itself). The connection to TNG and the overlap with Voyager also goes a long way to establishing the ethos and morality that the rest of the DS9 story is commenting on.

Take away that foundation and backstory, and you just have another generic space opera.

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These are PEOPLE!

Out there, there are no saints!

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Of course not, but if you asked any of us before the game if we'd be happy with holding Minnesota to 13 and the game being within reach in the final minutes, we'd all have said that was a great result.

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I am a Nebraska fan, btw. I guess that wasn't clear from my first comment.

What most people seem to be missing is that a great many of those one-score losses were due to terrible coaching or just completely unbelievable mistakes by players. This game, by contrast, was lost by crucial turnovers, which is basically how every close game usually ends.

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I agree with all of this. The Borg Cube especially was very difficult to assemble, and I've done some pretty big official Lego sets so I'm used to a good challenge. I had to resort to gluing some parts in place, as some of the plates were bent and just would not stay in place while I worked on the next side.

I also really came to dislike the tiny black pieces they use to add studs to the bottom of some bricks. Too small, too hard to insert, and way too easy to just roll away and never be found.

That said, the final product looks fine and nobody ever questions if they are legitimate sets or not. I don't regret the purchases, just didn't enjoy the build process like I normally do.

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I sympathize fully with the "no gatekeeping" intent, but disagreeing on what is good or bad is not that. I don't see anyone in this thread or in the original post saying that people who like one series better than another are "not real Star Trek fans" or being hostile.

Civil disagreement and discussion of why we have different opinions, tastes, and other preferences is perfectly fine. I'd actually argue that not being willing to have conversations like that is the more problematic scenario, not the other way around.

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Why would a refugee or asylum seeker "never have a chance" at getting hired by a company like SpaceX? Seems like that is part of the problem, no?

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the rule is you have to consider everyone for employment that can be employed

Emphasis added to the original comment to help those with poor reading comprehension skills.

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For all the cries about it being political persecution, I haven’t seen anyone prove any of the evidence being used against him is false.

The whole reason "persecution" is the main talking point is exactly because there is no legitimate defense. There's not even an illegitimate defense that they can float to the base, so the only thing left is "witch hunt".

Gareth Edwards New Film The Creator Releasing In September 29 (i.postimg.cc)

PLOT: Taking place in a future impacted by a war between the human race and the forces of artificial intelligence, the film’s plot follows an ex-special forces agent who is recruited to hunt down and kill the Creator, who has developed a mysterious weapon with the power to end the war by destroying mankind itself.

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It's also pretty damning to the franchise that all of the directors were already established--or like Gareth Edwards and Rian Johnson, are up-and-comers--who are generally seen as being better than the Star Wars films they were involved with.

Clearly the problem was not just the directors. The whole approach was fundamentally broken.

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Says who?

Mayim Bialik will not be hosting Season 2 of “Celebrity Jeopardy!” as she continues to support the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, Variety has learned from sources.

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Important to mention that Tebow is also one of those "wear it on his sleeve" Christians, thanking Jesus for victories and kneeling in the endzone and other such annoying performative bullshit (sorry that last point was commentary, not necessarily factual).

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Except for the part where Jesus said not to do that, sure.

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