Watcher: Hmmm, not all that sure about Star Trek. It always strikes me as essentially pushing a pro-communist society in which all needs are met but no one is paid — never any strike over pay, anyway — and is essentially military (and armed to the teeth) with ranks and uniforms but professing ‘peace’ while glorifying something called the ‘prime directive’ (which is always ignored) and either never mentioning religion in case anyone is offended or pretending it is so...
Borepatch: Bomag nails it. In theory, a technocratic meritocracy is a great way to govern a country. But the last 30 years has shown that what we have is neither technocratic nor meritocratic. The evidence for this is falling from the trees, but you can start with the Solyndra mess. Or the VA. Or the IRS. You can make a decent argument that Obama’s biggest success in governance is in Space Policy, where he has taken the Federal Bureaucracy out of the main action and let the private sector run...
Graham: Just to clarify- the decision to rewrite the Cylons as a human failure was not during the series itself- it was a baked in premise of the reboot. I meant it was a change from the 1970s series.
Graham: The modern BSG ultimately failed for me on the storytelling level: the failure to write the Cylons convincingly as villains who had a genuine ‘Plan’ as telegraphed in the opening titles, general breakdown of the narrative line over time, and ultimately the decision to rewrite the Cylons as the failed AI experiment of humanity rather than of an alien race. [That last, the premise of the original BSG, always struck me as clever. It made humanity's struggle to survive the more poignant,...
Mike in Boston: “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” I suspect Trump’s teams will be a lot less hung up on left-wing goodthink that just ain’t so.
Bomag: Where is all this meritocracy Dan Drezner is talking about? It sure isn’t in the bureaus I interact with. Everything around here is cronyism and minority cred.
FNN: Senator Jeff Sessions is liked by his peers and has been a U.S. attorney and state attorney general, but he never has had as much authority as he will have next year. Isn’t that true of just about any incoming US Attorney General?
Slovenian Guest: Trump is so bad, he gave some people Winning AIDS already! That’s Gavin McInnes, ty the way, who ran Vice magazine before Shane Smith. Watch Gavin on the Joe Rogan Experience. I “discovered” him when LaFond linked to his How To Move To Canada video.
Morris: “We need a new definition of poverty. I suspect most all these kids are well fed, clothed, sheltered, and have access to the web.” Correct. Poverty as once understood meant lacking in the areas of food, shelter, clothing. For the most part, even predominantly so, these “poor” children do not lack for any of that? So what is “poor” then?
Morris: Most of those small mammals too were burrowing and hibernating animals for much of the rest of the time when not foraging at night. That has some consequence too?