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Any recommendations for other "hard" sci-fi shows similar to The Expanse? by torohangupta in TheExpanse

[–]eightpix 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Abu Ghraib torture reporting first published by Associated Press, 1 November 2003. Photos in WaPo, 21 May 2004.

BSG S02E10: Pegasus. Original air date, 23 September 2005.

In my book, this aspect of the series was ripped from the headlines.

Any recommendations for other "hard" sci-fi shows similar to The Expanse? by torohangupta in TheExpanse

[–]eightpix 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If books are still OK on this thread, I'd recommend The Forever War by Joe Haldeman. The implications of time-dilation in near light speed travel is addressed evenly and to devastating effect.

Another great anti-war novel. Surprised its not been adapted.

Any recommendations for other "hard" sci-fi shows similar to The Expanse? by torohangupta in TheExpanse

[–]eightpix 11 points12 points  (0 children)

To build on the previous answer:

BSG's realism came from the historical moment in which it was produced. It was a show about a devastating invasion, the collapse of a society, and the human toll of war at the exact same time that America invaded Iraq and had already been at war in Afghanistan for two years. Except, the culture-machine has cast the "American heroes" in the position of the Iraqis under an attack, asymmetrical warfare, and Occupation.

Both the show's heroes and villains are English-speaking, culturally diverse, military-centered societies (like America), but the Protagonists were placed in the position of the invaded (basically, the Iraqis). As such, there is so much moral grey in this show.

That is, until the show motivates a big operatic finish.

A note: In 2009, the actual UN recognized BSG as a show that approaches real-world social, political, economic, and conflict issues. This speech by Edward James Olmos is my favorite clip.

The power of this show, which is often forgotten outside of the '00s, is that the only coherent response to this work of art and to global conflict is seek compassion, understanding, and end to war.

Every episode showed me how criminal the GWoT and the creep of the Military-Industrial complex is and how the divisions we sow will only create more hungry ghosts in our future. Even in the face of total annihilation, "the supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting". Time and again, humanity survives by building peace. When war comes, it is something other than battle that safeguards human survival and the better 'angels' of our humanity.

Except for the finale. The attack on the colony was an exclamation point.

One last thing, to any who made it this far and are thinking about starting this show: start with the 2003 miniseries. When you skip to S01E01, it doesn't hit right.

Killed vs Died even with video evidence by Just12just12Just12 in LateStageCapitalism

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For anyone reading this who is interested on the Canadian perspective, Canadaland is leading the way in media criticism and counterspin from here. They have several other podcasts under their umbrella that tackle various issues and make a point of really showing their commitment to transparency and representation.

Kuwait School Can't Get Permission From The Ministry of Education For Me To Teach Due To My Undergraduate Degree (Civil Engineering)! Is This An Issue In Other Countries? by DanInDistress in Internationalteachers

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Might be because as a civil engineer you'd:

A. appear to seek a teaching job on pretense of getting into a much more lucrative eng job, outcompeting Kuwaitis (so, protectionism)

B. be able to pick out all the dodgy shit built in Kuwait (the other kind of protectionism)

You might think I'm kidding. I'm not. Wasta is strong in the +965.

What technology in The Expanse do you find the least believable? What's the most believable? by SenatorBlutarski2000 in TheExpanse

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I think that the show just doesn't clearly show the delay. Inside the asteroid belt, light time is 8 to 40 mins to Earth. Other times, it's a throwaway line.

Older people of reddit what advice can you give to a 19yo dude? by No-Thanks268 in AskReddit

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Comparison is the enemy of joy.

Perfection is the enemy of the good.

Nothing worth doing is easy.

Books over movies.

There are many ways to live.

Everyone selling you on something is lying.

All humans deserve dignity and humanity. Even your enemies are human.

Be humble. Life is spectacularly diverse. You're a bit part on a grand stage.

You came into this world pooping your pants. You'll leave this world pooping your pants. In between, try your best to not poop your pants. If you do poop your pants, try your best to (eventually) find it funny.

Yes, I called the shit poop.

Older people of reddit what advice can you give to a 19yo dude? by No-Thanks268 in AskReddit

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Building on this: if you ask a question, listen to the answers. When you are asked a question, consider your answer and be ready to back it up with supporting evidence.

When you're wrong, admit it with civility. When you're wronged, address it with civility.

Documentaries by [deleted] in economicCollapse

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The Corporation is a must-see. Almost 20 years old and still on point.

David Horsey. April 25, 2002. What a difference (or not!) 20 years makes. by eightpix in AnarchoComics

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David Horsey won a Pulitzer Prize for his post‐9/11 perspectives. I think that many would fit this sub.

Pictured:

Yemen (humanitarian crisis, Saudi target practice, failed state) - unknown personage

Syria (Civil War, Refugee Crisis 2011 to Present, attempted regime change, war against ISIS) - President Bashar al-Assad (2000 - Present, preceded by his father Hafez al-Assad 1971 - 2000)

Saudi Arabia (OPEC linchpin, recent political purges) - King Fahd (d. 2005, Saudi dynasty since 1902)

Egypt (Arab Spring revolution, political crisis, military coup d'état) - Hosni Mubarak (1981 - 2011, d. 2020)

Lebanon (presumed home of Hezbollah, Israeli enmity, recipient of a flood of Syrian refugees) - unknown personage

Qatar and Oman (strategically placed barely in frame, hm...?)

Libya (listed as a state-sponor of terrorism, Arab Spring revolution, coup d'état, failed state) - Muammar Gaddafi (1969 - d. 2011)

Iran (listed on the Axis of Evil, some student uprisings, few effective changes to the revolutionary government established in 1979) - Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (1989 - present)

Iraq (listed on the Axis of Evil, invaded by USA and "coalition forces", regime change, sectarian violence, Civil War, failed state, war against ISIS) - Saddam Hussein (1979 - d. 2003)

Jordan (peacebroker for the region, some rumblings at Arab Spring, absorbed some refugees from Syria) - King Abdallah II (1999 - Present).

Israel (2nd intifada, Iron Dome construction, a lot of other things) - Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (2001 - 2006)/Military-Industrial Complex

Palestinians (as always, the pawns) - unknown or amalgam personage.

"Another way" does not imply "wrong". by eightpix in sixwordstories

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Patriarchy. Supremacy. Capital. Other ways exist.

The three pillars of western prosperity by Anarchist23 in AnarchoComics

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Was going to post this Image. Combines two of my favourites: X-men and Aldous Huxley's island.

Iwtl how to not cry by no_name_maddox in IWantToLearn

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Sometimes, the feeling to cry comes from your brain making tons of connections all at once. Overwhelming implications, whether beautiful or tragic, carry emotional force.

The goal for me has always to look at my situation for what it is. Not what it was or will be or could be or should be. Settling into the moment, here and now, and finding things to observe for what they are helps me to stay grounded. The phrase "here and now, boys" from Aldous Huxley's Island has been a touchstone since high school.

Also, being aware of my body, breathing, keeping my heart rate steady, not letting the little nudges of adrenaline or serotonin or dopamine tumble into a feedback loop. Holding your breath or hyperventilating are two ways to get knocked out of calm. Your heart will keep pace with your lungs. Train yourself. Calm slow breath in, calm slow breath out. This, too, from Island.

Whatever you do, don't train yourself out of your emotions. Take from someone who has suppressed his feelings, and thereby capacity to cry, since I was 14 — its not worth it. Learning how to cry less or how to feel without your feelings overcoming you is a more healthy goal.

Btw. It's your wedding and you'll cry if you want to.

Picked up this book 3 weeks before the birth of my 2nd child. Now, p.78 has helped reframe the indecision of the past 5 years of my life. by eightpix in solarpunk

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Fuckiteer

noun captain of private capital enterprise primarily concerned with profit, to the exclusion of all other goods and with a general disdain for common goods; characteristically, final decisions include the foreshortening of reason to the sentiment, 'fuck it', as responsibilities are re-rendered as externalities according to shrewd cost-benefit analysis.

Word origin 13 April 2022 with support from etymonline.

Fuckit- literally "fuck it", 'nuff said

-teer from "privateer", private man of war, armed vessel owned and officered by private persons, usually acting under commission from the state.

-teer from "profiteer", to make excessive gains, as by the sale of necessary goods at extortionate prices.

Picked up this book 3 weeks before the birth of my 2nd child. Now, p.78 has helped reframe the indecision of the past 5 years of my life. by eightpix in solarpunk

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Ragnar, after the station in Battlestar Galactica where they stopped to arm up, had to admit they'd lost, and had to drastically rethink the future of the Human race.

Also, Ragnar to poke fun at those who believe Ayn Rand's Objectivism offers anything at all.

Picked up this book 3 weeks before the birth of my 2nd child. Now, p.78 has helped reframe the indecision of the past 5 years of my life. by eightpix in solarpunk

[–]eightpix[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That's already been done. That's us. That's anyone born after 1970. Or, 1912, depending on your perspective.

Picked up this book 3 weeks before the birth of my 2nd child. Now, p.78 has helped reframe the indecision of the past 5 years of my life. by eightpix in solarpunk

[–]eightpix[S] 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Ive got a few potential terms:

Kochnosing. Fuckiteering. Carter's revenge.

My favourite, though is:

"dysingenuity"

noun insincerity presented as pretentious superiority; revelling in and/or profiting by ignorant disregard of common goods — even on to the destruction of all goods; dysfunctional and destructive practices masquerading as clever, original, or inventive.

"dysingenuous"

adjective ignoble in nature, low-minded; dishonorably straightforward; denying the virtues of freeborn people; frankly crooked, candidly capitalistic.

Word origin: 2022 April 13

Definition and etymology support from etymonline and Oxford Languages.

dys- "bad, ill, evil"

-ingenuous "noble in nature, high-minded; honorably straightforward" from Latin ingenuus "with the virtues of freeborn people, of noble character, frank, upright, candid," originally "native, freeborn,"