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@  Dekafox : (18 June 2021 - 05:24 PM)

Spotlight: Lioconvoy?

@  Bass X0 : (18 June 2021 - 04:15 PM)

How long until IDW puts out an Optimus Pride Month comic?

@  Cyoti : (18 June 2021 - 03:32 PM)

Even with B5, it didn't follow its original 5-year plan. Summaries from the supplementary materials for the scriptbooks demonstrates that was originally planned was very different from the actual product. Sinclair's actor's departure seemingly changed the show to the point that the stuff with the Vorlons/Shadows, the Minbari and the ending were all changed. Mapping out a show years in advance is difficult because of changing bts stuff like writers/actors leaving the show or suddenly having to retool because of ratings/execs. No plan survives intact especially in a chaotic environment of television production.

@  Rycochet : (18 June 2021 - 11:27 AM)

To be like Babylon 5, you need to cram a 2 season story arc into one because you fear being cancelled, then get further seasons you have no more material for. You also need a spinoff which the network heads don't want and do everything in their power to kill it while it's on air.

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The required effort is probably why we don't have babylon 6; TNG.

@  Dekafox : (18 June 2021 - 10:23 AM)

Everyone wants to be like Babylon 5 but no one wants to put in the effort

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And then, after five years of hosting their own official podcast where they would answer fan questions and always encouraged their audience to pay attention to the mysteries, after the show had ended, they claimed the show was never really about the mysteries, it was all about the characters.

@  Nevermore : (18 June 2021 - 09:34 AM)

What really bugs me with "Lost" is that the producers had willfully negotiated a set end date with the network halfway through season 3 (the show ended with season 6, as planned) specifically so they could plan out the plot for the remainder of the show. Then... the plot wasn't resolved properly.

@  tigerhawk : (18 June 2021 - 04:17 AM)

By then I had lost interest in arc TV shows, I followed a few and got the impression they were just making them up as they went along. Seemed to be a trend starting with new Galactica and Lost though in actuality began with The X Files and has become a trope called 'The Chris Carter Effect'.

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I think it was season 3 part 1 specifically, since they had two separate plot "arcs" for season 3.

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They threw everything in there, with no clear story structure, no clear stakes, and characters flip-flopping wherever the episode's writer needed them to go for their half-baked plot.

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Season 3 was the worst, with a terrible meandering random events plot.

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'save the cheerleader' then in season 3 he tears her skull open, scans her power and she simply heals. They didn't think any of it through.

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Well, you know Hollywood; if something's popular, run it into the ground!

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And then there was the Writers' Strike, which isn't the show's fault.

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Yeah, Sylar should've been, if not killed off, at least left to rest.

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It never truly recovered from that.

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Season 1 was good until the finale.

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because it sucked.

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Heroes was cancelled twice.

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The song's official name is "Holding Out for a Hero".

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That's a long time to wait for a sandwich.

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Lucky there's a hero arriving in July.

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I think I've heard "I Need a Hero" more times this past week than I have in the past several years.

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Thanks to Earthrise I can recreate the end of Return of Optimus Prime part 1.

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I wish they would do something like that here: but then it would become obvious in which provinces you're getting gouged.

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Here in Germany, the price you see is the price you pay, tax included.

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I always find it weaird hearing that stores in the US don't initially already taxes in their prices.

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You know what's kewl? Poor literacy.

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Awesome, thanks for the heads up.

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Kewl. Thanks!

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Hey everybody! I wanted to announce that Sarahthecutevixen is our newest addition to the Allspark staff. She's primarily looking over discord stuff, but I wanted to make sure she got a welcome over here as well.

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South Dakota: No state for Transgenders?

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#21 Patch

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Posted 23 February 2016 - 07:02 PM

North Carolina is the newest state on the "run by dickweeds" list.

 

 

The government of Charlotte, North Carolina, wants to do something simple and admirable: ban businesses from discriminating against LGBTQ people, much in the same way they can't discriminate against people based on their race or religion today. So it passed an ordinance doing just that on Monday night.

 

But North Carolina's state government appears to really dislike the idea. Prior to the law's passage, Gov. Pat McCrory warned that the Charlotte City Council's passage of such a law would most likely cause the state to overturn the measure.

 

"This shift in policy could also create major public safety issues by putting citizens in possible danger from deviant actions by individuals taking improper advantage of a bad policy," McCrory said. "Also, this action of allowing a person with male anatomy, for example, to use a female restroom or locker room will most likely cause immediate state legislative intervention which I would support as governor."

 

Then, after the city council passed the law, North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore doubled down on the threat of state intervention:

 

The Charlotte City Council has gone against all common sense and has created a major public safety issue by opening all bathrooms and changing rooms to the general public. This ordinance is impossible to regulate as intended, and creates undue regulatory burdens on private businesses. I join my conservative colleagues and Gov. McCrory in exploring legislative intervention to correct this radical course.

To be clear, the law simply bans businesses and public spaces within Charlotte from discriminating against someone based on sexual orientation or gender identity. And that includes allowing transgender people use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity — something that seems obvious to transgender people like Michael Hughes.

 

It's unclear, however, how the state will overturn the law. According to the Charlotte Observer, the state could strike down the entire ordinance, repeal only the parts that have to do with bathrooms, or put the law to a public vote in a general election.

 

But whatever step the North Carolina legislature takes, it could revert Charlotte to a status quo that currently allows anti-LGBTQ discrimination.

Urgh.



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Posted 23 February 2016 - 08:50 PM

So... laws which prevent discrimination are liable to be abused, but laws which promote discrimination aren't?


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Posted 23 February 2016 - 09:12 PM

In a just world Ric Flair (who may be conservative but has never shown any inkling towards homophobia) would rush in, chop Tim Moore to the floor, and put that sonofabitch in the Figure Four for dishonoring the Queens City.


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Posted 23 February 2016 - 10:49 PM

On one hand, this sucks. This is now a thing. It's spreading, and it's going to hurt a lot of people.

 

On the other hand, it is possibly a good thing that we're seeing this all of a sudden and on such a widespread scale. Progress on transgender rights has been slow because it's something nobody in power has wanted to talk about. Now, all of a sudden, on multiple fronts, state legislators are choosing to pick a fight over this. If they don't want to see progress on transgender rights, they goofed. The most effective way to keep progress slow would be to continue keeping the issue quiet. Instead, for some unfathomable reason they're choosing to pick a fight. I don't think they're prepared for what they're starting.


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Posted 24 February 2016 - 12:38 PM

Social regressives are never prepared for the fight they start: they are ignorant of their own history, social context, usually the law as well. Which is generally what happens when you think society is still, and should remain, stuck in the 1950's.


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#26 Patch

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Posted 26 February 2016 - 06:15 PM

The RNC officially endorses "bathroom bills"

 

 

In a move that is sure to bring cheer to anti-transgender activists and the Republican presidential candidates who seek their votes nationwide, the Republican National Committee has approved a resolution endorsing so-called bathroom bills, reports the Washington Blade.

 

The bill that would be the first of this kind is on the Republican governor’s desk in South Dakota, and similar measures are advancing in other states, where (mostly) GOP lawmakers are attempting to restrict transgender students from using bathrooms that align with their gender identity. 

 

“The Republican National Committee calls on the Department of Education to rescind its interpretation of Title IX that wrongly includes facility use issues by transgender students,” the resolution reads, according to the Blade. The resolution passed quietly last month, and was first noted on Twitter by Time magazine’s Zeke Miller.

 

The resolution characterizes “bathroom bills” as legislation to “protect student privacy”: “The Republican National Committee encourages state legislatures to enact laws that protect student privacy and limit the use of restrooms, locker rooms and similar facilities to members of the sex to whom the facility is designated,” the resolution states.

 

The resolution rejects the Obama administration’s interpretation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to prohibit discrimination against transgender students “governmental overreach.”

 

In contrast to the life experience of transgender individuals around the world, the RNC defines gender as “the physical condition of being male or female,” and it claims gender is irrevocably determined at birth and can be confirmed via a test of DNA. 

 

And in a clear attempt to circumvent pending court battles and statehouse skirmishes, the resolution says the term “gender identity” was not in the language approved by Congress under Title IX. It notes that some courts have ruled the gender provisions of the law don’t apply to transgender students, despite guidance from the Obama administration.

If Trump really is going to leave this party a smoldering crater, it can't happen soon enough. These people (and I do use the term loosely) do not deserve to govern a nation full of minorities that it has virtually declared war on. Not just transgender people but women, gays, Latinos, Muslims, and others.

 

 

Asked for comment, the Democratic National Committee was swift to condemn what it called Republican “hypocrisy” on this and other issues:

 

“The GOP can’t find time to consider a Supreme Court nominee, or pass immigration reform, or raise the minimum wage, or enact equal pay for women, but when it comes to attacking trans people, they’ve got all the time in the world,” wrote DNC spokesman T.J. Helmstetter in an email to The Advocate.

BURN.

 

Also, the article links to another on bathroom bills: "more than three dozen proposed new laws across 16 states"


Edited by Patchouli Knowledge, 26 February 2016 - 06:20 PM.


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Posted 26 February 2016 - 06:19 PM

Well of course. They need a new target to rile their supporters up since outright homophobia is growing less favorable. 



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Posted 01 March 2016 - 06:32 PM

and in a startling display of SANITY, the governor vetoes. 

 

http://www.joemygod....restrooms-bill/


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Posted 01 March 2016 - 06:50 PM

Holy shit!

 

Ironbite-someone must have told him that transpeople can still vote and vote in droves.


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Posted 01 March 2016 - 06:57 PM

This really was a victory for Team Sanity.

 

Such legislation would just increase the oppressive hellscape that is the modern school enviornment - especially High School.



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Posted 01 March 2016 - 07:02 PM

This really was a victory for Team Sanity.

 

Such legislation would just increase the oppressive hellscape that is the modern school enviornment - especially High School.

Yes, but let's face it: everything increases the oppressive hellscape that is the modern school environment.


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Posted 01 March 2016 - 07:55 PM

Thank goodness. Just have to hope they don't override the veto.



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Posted 02 March 2016 - 04:00 AM

Good! These kinds of laws are horribly discriminatory and deserve to die.

 

Though, the bit about the DNA test makes me laugh. Even ignoring the difference between physical sex and the societal concept of gender, they seem to be ignoring that there are cases where DNA is not that simple. There are various intersex-related genetic conditions that do not conform to the standard XX / XY system. Those kind of break this concept.


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Posted 02 March 2016 - 05:11 AM

Try to explain to the people that make these laws, that there are people whose genetics won't tell them if they are destined for pink or blue, and their heads will explode.
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Posted 02 March 2016 - 12:34 PM

Yeah, I don't think they're able to comprehend that complicated a worldview. Because yeah, this is a thing:

 

https://en.wikipedia...tivity_syndrome

 

It's possible for someone to have a natural female phenotype but have a Y chromosome. Sex and gender are WAY more complicated than these people appear to realize.


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Posted 02 March 2016 - 01:03 PM

This is what I was saying. The push for these laws will be a good thing. We will win. The sooner they force the battle to happen, the sooner they'll lose.

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Posted 02 March 2016 - 01:44 PM

Which is the real reason we got this veto. The asshat hasn't changed his mind on trans people, he's decided not to be on the hook for this epic fail when the history books are written. South Dakota was a surprising choice anyway. My money was on Alabama for the win stupid.



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Posted 02 March 2016 - 03:30 PM

you got it all wrong wheels... Alabama won't pass any anti-trans laws until the federal government says they can't.

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Posted 12 March 2016 - 07:43 PM

Thank goodness. Just have to hope they don't override the veto.

They tried to re-pass it.... they where told it was best to 'wait until next year'.

Howabouts 'not at all'?


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Posted 12 March 2016 - 07:47 PM

Sorry I didn't get back on reporting the Veto.  That is one bit of good news in the name of sanity.

Sadly, we still have this...

http://legis.sd.gov/...tm&Session=2016

Legalizes businesses and workplaces to discriminate under the excuse of 'Religious Beleifs'.  OH, the 'Best' part is it isn't just limited to LGBT.... but also single/unwed mothers.  That's right... they can fire/refuse to serve women who are pregnant/have children out of wedlock.

How 'pro-life' of them.


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