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  1. It is a good question too as to how people first...

    It is a good question too as to how people first encountered the material as well. I imagine most kids would have seen the versions that were edited for television rather than the full theatrical...
  2. That's a good point. Beetlejuice and the...

    That's a good point. Beetlejuice and the Ghostbusters also had Saturday Morning cartoons so that may be how a lot of people today were first introduced to the characters. Godzilla is another...
  3. what I find a bit more interesting is the...

    what I find a bit more interesting is the question if Ghostbusters is really an adult comedy, has it somehow become perceived as more of a movie for kids. If you look back at that era, there were a...
  4. FAST AND THE FURIOUS, right? Essentially, that...

    FAST AND THE FURIOUS, right? Essentially, that entire movie franchise has been about the antagonist of the original movie becoming the protagonist of all the subsequent films, AND the antagonists of...
  5. Everything is pretty impossible to reliably...

    Everything is pretty impossible to reliably predict. Even if there is only a 5% chance of rain, that means it still might rain.

    Also many polls are summarized in the often simple-minded news...
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    As far as new Anime Jujutsu Kaizen is a lot of...

    As far as new Anime Jujutsu Kaizen is a lot of fun. I don't like it as much as Demon Slayer or Fire Force, but it is similar to those and not at all like Bleach which was what I was expecting.
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  7. It even applies to whites actually. Laws in the...

    It even applies to whites actually. Laws in the South after the civil war and all during segregation that disenfranchised African Americans, Mexicans, Native Americans and the Chinese also kept poor...
  8. Despite apparent opportunities to really change...

    Despite apparent opportunities to really change the entire paradigm in our relationship with fundamental opponents like North Korea or Iran, Trump was an idiot. Everything he’s done has been clownish...
  9. Great point at the end. I think economics and...

    Great point at the end. I think economics and think tanks miss the central fact that most of what is truly important in life cannot be determined by market forces. There is too much reliance on some...
  10. Still, it seems like few presidents are able to...

    Still, it seems like few presidents are able to resist the temptation to bomb people even if nobody wants it.

    I’m hoping I’m wrong. I hope Biden pushes for massive domestic work programs directed...
  11. I hope to be proven wrong in the end, but I don't...

    I hope to be proven wrong in the end, but I don't expect much will change domestically for the indigent and working class under Biden - especially poor minorities. I imagine global financial...
  12. Honestly, Trump is definitely much more in the...

    Honestly, Trump is definitely much more in the mold of Reagan, Clinton, Bush and Obama than any president before them. Especially Obama in the way his strongest supporters cannot accept any criticism...
  13. Also, Nixon operated in a much different...

    Also, Nixon operated in a much different environment politically and socially. When Johnson was running the Senate, it was one of the most effective periods for Congress and the real power was in the...
  14. :O Seriously, where's the war on Christmas,...

    :O

    Seriously, where's the war on Christmas, again?
  15. In practical terms, though, I don't see any...

    In practical terms, though, I don't see any levers that she could use. Essentially, she could be useful in keeping the progressive wing from being too critical, but I don't see her pushing any...
  16. True, but I would question whether Biden would...

    True, but I would question whether Biden would have the real power - or personal willpower - even in a Democrat controlled government. He would have to take the ill-fitting role as the champion for...
  17. The real question is whether he has the power to...

    The real question is whether he has the power to actually accomplish any of those goals. Nevertheless, it's hard to imagine there will be any candidate for a while that is good at obtaining power and...
  18. Same with Taiwan and South Korea - - very...

    Same with Taiwan and South Korea - - very conservative socially, class-based and very conformist but democratic and pro-market capitalists. We have a very different culture and politics in America,...
  19. Trump is still the slick salesmen that suckered...

    Trump is still the slick salesmen that suckered voters sending him to the White House. Like any salesman from a used car lot to a Wall Street bank, his approach has been to let the marks sell...
  20. What's sweet and kinda sad about Kara is that you...

    What's sweet and kinda sad about Kara is that you kinda suspect she says things like that because she heard her parents talk that way. In a sense, Kal-El never knew his parents or Krypton so he...
  21. I think most economists have no real idea of how...

    I think most economists have no real idea of how money works. Certainly, the creation of money seems to be a mystery to even Nobel Prize winning economists.

    Unlike most of the sciences, in...
  22. It is pretty cool reading the early strips. I...

    It is pretty cool reading the early strips. I recall one where a cabal of anti-union industrialists were trying to run a mill-owner out of business because he treated his workers well and paid them a...
  23. This is very true. The indigent in America are so...

    This is very true. The indigent in America are so constantly exploited and unjustly treated that it really is impossible to think freedom is really very important in America. In courtrooms every day,...
  24. Slavoj Zizek did once say that Marvel's AVENGERS...

    Slavoj Zizek did once say that Marvel's AVENGERS - in the movie, anyway - was somehow a model for good communism. I couldn't really figure it out, but it is a pretty good example that no genre or...
  25. The headache here is when the idea of freedom is...

    The headache here is when the idea of freedom is pretty restricted. I mean, if you want to have a place to live, clothe yourself and eat, you gotta restrict your freedom. You could live on the...
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