kc1966

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  • Birthday 10/31/1959

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    North Carolina
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  • Favorite Trek Movie
    The Undiscovered Country
  • Favorite Trek Captain
    James T. Kirk
  • Favorite Trek Series
    The Original Series
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    Reading history, theology, science fiction

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  1. Strange. I've never had a problem with him. Diversity and all that, I guess!
  2. Funny. I am the opposite on Bill. I find her somewhat annoying and truth be told I can't understand some of her dialect. Have to reverse the DVR and replay it two or three times to understand some of her dialogue. I hope her accent gets somewhat more understandable. Maybe over time it will change.
  3. I hope so. I probably will give it a try but I sure am not excited like I was when TNG was coming out.
  4. Kind of different direction with this discussion but am I the only one not really excited about this series? For some reason I just am not looking forward to it. Maybe it is just I am, for lack of a better explanation, losing interest in Trek period. I have not completed reading a Trek book in about a year. Have barely been posting here. And have been very "meh" about another prequel. (It doesn't help that it is on access either instead of "real" TV.) I have not even been watching my DVDs. I am actually much more interested in LOTR (Just finished reading The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, and the LOTR trilogy again.) And I am hoping the "news" that Warner Brothers and New Line Cinema have reached agreement to make films based on The Silmarillion. But Trek? Not so much anymore - and that from a TOS first run fan!
  5. Hey, Guys. Been a while since I have been able to post. The last Christmas gift my late father bought for me was the extended editions of The Hobbit trilogy. I must say that the extended editions of it and the LOTR are much better to me than the theatrical releases. In fact, I like The Hobbit as much as LOTR (and think it is much better than SW prequels and as good as the Abrams Trek movies.) That brings me to two questions: I know that there is apparently tension between Tolkien's son and Peter Jackson so The Silmarillion is out of the question. But since they own the rights to The Hobbit and LOTR would they not own the rights to the Appendices and the characters there and in The Hobbit and LOTR? If so, could they not make a movie about the war in the north with Dain Ironfoot? They could take many liberties since so little is said about it and create new characters. They could even make a role for the elves since they are not featured in many battles in LOTR. They could also do films based on the the post-LOTR material in the Appendices and make stories from that material about the Fourth Age. (They would be able to follow familiar characters and have stories about the surviving villain races and create a new leader - like Sauron replaced Melkor.) Now to my Trek question - which prequels are better?
  6. Don't know, Sim. The "War Guilt" clause in the Treaty of Versailles after WWI didn't work out too well. Helped Hitler/Nazis/nationalists in propaganda. Really backfired. I have a feeling the demand would be more like the one placed on the Romulans after the Earth-Romulan war with a set border surrounded by a heavily monitored neutral zone whose violation would be an act of war. Yeah after WW1, Germany was not occupied, so the guilt clause backfired. But after WW2, the country was occupied for 40 years, so it couldn't backfire (or even if it had, the Allies could have stopped any backlash at its root). So yes, I don't think the Federation would be smarter than to ask for a "guilt clause" when a neutral zone after a kind of "stalemate" ... but when it's an unconditional surrender? Maybe Cardassia after the Dominion War? I'm not so sure. Maybe they're going to be present on Cardassia for quite a while, and might try to fundamentally change their society. I have not read any of the post-series DS9 books. Did they occupy Cardassia after the war? If so, I can see your point. IIRC, they don't fully occupy it à la Germany post-WW2, but are heavily present for humanitarian aid and cultural exchange. The 2nd "The Fall" book describes the situation with strong analogies to occupied Iraq, as far as I can see. To my knowledge, there was no resistance in West-Germany. Perhaps because the denazification was soon stopped after the high ranking Nazis had been tried, and the many middle and low rank Nazis were integrated into the new system: The 50s and 60s in West-Germany were a time many people even considered a kind of "Nazi restauration", as many leading positions were occupied by former Nazis and society, outside of academia at least, featured a kind of "let's not mention the past!" atmosphere. German crimes were hardly ever mentioned, and when the war was a topic, it was mostly to mourn the German victims -- poor Germans expelled from the eastern regions, poor Germans bombed by the Allies. (Until 1961, there even was a party representing the interests of the expelled Germans in the parliament. Their main demand was gaining back the lost territories.) Among the most prominent examples of lesser Nazi ranks were first Chancellor Adenauer's (CDU) chief of staff, Hans Globke, who had been co-author and chief commentator of the racist 1935 "Nuremberg Race Laws", or the 3rd Chancellor Kiesinger (CDU) from 1966-69, who had been Nazi Party member as a student. It would happen that Chancellor Adenauer (CDU) referred to the "superior influence of international Jewdom" in his speeches to justify his pro-Western stance -- "better don't mess with the Jews, they're too powerful". Until the 70s, even newly printed maps would show Germany in the borders of 1937, while the eastern territories were only marked as "currently occupied by Poland/USSR", because the government did not officially accept the division of Germany. The very conservative governments (dominated by the then very conservative CDU) between 1949-69 more or less continued the Nazi propaganda -- down to some of the same slogans and narratives -- against the Soviets. Many former Nazi propaganda experts were employed by the Western Allies and the West-German government. Only difference being the Americans were now painted as "big brother" helpers and friends against the Bolshevist threat, the last best hope for saving Western civilization from the eastern hoardes. Especially the Berlin Airlift 1948/49 and America's support during the Berlin Crisis 1958, then Kennedy's Berlin visit, were very crucial for changing the West-Germans' view of the Americans. So most former Nazi sympathizers were won over for the new system, while the few remaining hardcore Nazis, who had founded the largely unsuccessful "German Reich Party", were ostracized. Their party was banned in 1953, IIRC. It's a great achievement of the conservative CDU/CSU to integrate former Nazis, the German right in general, into a democratic system. It was the first time in German history that the right actually embraced liberal republicanism, at least most of the right. The CDU/CSU governments also sealed tying West-Germany into the Western political order, and ending the view of France as "arch-enemy" (that view dated back to the Napoleonic Wars and had been central in nationalistic propaganda on both sides) by establishing a very tight cooperation. All this changed with a new generation coming of age. A radical leftist student movement, sourrounded by a less political hippie-influenced generation, waged a couple of protests and uprisings around the universities in 1968. Albeit inspired by the civil rights movement, anti-Vietnam war protests and other such movements in America and elsewhere in the West, the German variant of this movement had a decidedly more political, radical leftist flavor. The hard core of these "68ers", as they were called, radically denounced the new system as "post-fascist" and the difference between actual Nazis and the new reality in the republican system was blurred in their eyes, instead they favored communist alternatives; some even joined pro-Mao or pro-Vietcong political groups (so called "K-groups"). They often didn't see fundamental differences between the Nazis' imperialism and the alleged imperialism of the USA in Vietnam; as America apparently supported their former Nazi Allies in the West-German government, they can't be fundamentally different. On top of that, it was a massive generational conflict, of course, when the children of former Nazis started asking their parents uncomfortable questions, and radically rejected their claim of authority, as their parent generation had forfeit all authority whatsoever in their eyes, due to their Nazi guilt. The less extreme "68ers" soon became more moderate as they grew older, and eventually embraced the free system. They found a focal point in the first (moderate) left-wing West-German post-war government: In 1969, the moderately left-wing SPD won the election for the first time, Willy Brandt became Chancellor, and made German guilt a topic (perhaps you remember him falling on his knees at the Warsaw Ghetto memorial). The new SPD/libertarian FDP government (1969-82) thoroughly reformed the conservative post-war society, seeked to integrate the new young generation, and democratized society further. A common dictum back then was "now finally, Hitler has really lost the war (after Brandt had become Chancellor)". A hard extremist core of the "68ers" formed a terrorist group, called Red Army Faction (RAF) and committed many bloody terrorist attacks, kidnappings and even an airplane hijacking throughout the 70s; the moderate left government took many efforts to prosecute them. I guess by the mid 80s, the change of society had reached a saturation point: Most real old Nazis had retired or died by then, and even a right-wing President (Richard von Weizsäcker, CDU) called May 8th 1945 "a day of liberation" even for the German people -- it caused moderate uproar among very conservative people, but the vast majority accepted this statement. And the new CDU/CSU government by Chancellor Kohl didn't attempt to set back the clock either, after regaining power in 1982, but more or less accepted most reforms their left-wing predecessors had enacted. There had been two successful, democratic changes of power via elections, and political scientists called this a proof for the maturity of the new republican system. Thanks, Sim. Very informative.
  7. Don't know, Sim. The "War Guilt" clause in the Treaty of Versailles after WWI didn't work out too well. Helped Hitler/Nazis/nationalists in propaganda. Really backfired. I have a feeling the demand would be more like the one placed on the Romulans after the Earth-Romulan war with a set border surrounded by a heavily monitored neutral zone whose violation would be an act of war. Yeah after WW1, Germany was not occupied, so the guilt clause backfired. But after WW2, the country was occupied for 40 years, so it couldn't backfire (or even if it had, the Allies could have stopped any backlash at its root). So yes, I don't think the Federation would be smarter than to ask for a "guilt clause" when a neutral zone after a kind of "stalemate" ... but when it's an unconditional surrender? Maybe Cardassia after the Dominion War? I'm not so sure. Maybe they're going to be present on Cardassia for quite a while, and might try to fundamentally change their society. I have not read any of the post-series DS9 books. Did they occupy Cardassia after the war? If so, I can see your point. By the way, my post-WWII German domestic history is a little lacking. Was there any organized resistance/terrorism in Germany during the Allied occupation or did the communist threat kind of dampen that down?
  8. Don't know, Sim. The "War Guilt" clause in the Treaty of Versailles after WWI didn't work out too well. Helped Hitler/Nazis/nationalists in propaganda. Really backfired. I have a feeling the demand would be more like the one placed on the Romulans after the Earth-Romulan war with a set border surrounded by a heavily monitored neutral zone whose violation would be an act of war.
  9. Just read the article that says they are postponing Discovery again. All positive sounding but I wonder if this is a bad sign. Is Discovery already in trouble? Thoughts? (Glad I have not subscribed to the channel yet!) (To moderators - sorry I posted this in the wrong place. Please move it!)
  10. Interesting list! I've never heard of Victor Mature or Daniel Boone, but I've seen a couple of "Bonanza" reruns as a kid. Of course it's iconic, not least that music! *humming* The "West Wing" is a show I've heard quite a few good things about, but I guess in the current state of American and world politics, it would rather depress than entertain me. I can only imagine this show shows how things *should* be in politics, all the more pointing to the sad fact they aren't (anymore?). My wife has watched "Warehouse 13" (and "Eureka") too, so I caught a couple of episodes. It's with the actor who played Kivas Fajo on TNG, right? And Brent Spiner has a guest appearance. Looked like a show that's fun, but I haven't really found into it. It's one of these shows which are "my wife's shows". "Designated Survivor" is a show I started watching recently (it's exclusive on Netflix in Germany), and find it very entertaining, albeit the clichés are rather thick. So perhaps not a very inspired, but *very* effective show, IMO: Take out the popcorn! And I like Kiefer Sutherland. Can't wait for the solution to the cliffhanger! But since I've only seen half of the first season so far, I can't tell yet if I'll stay with the show on the long run. As I'm not American, I've never really seen Colbert Report, Late Show or Rachel Maddow, only a few clips on YouTube here and there. I assume many allusions would escape me. But you remind me to include a similar German show: Die Heute-Show (on ZDF public channel) is a weekly German political satire show inspired by the American "Daily Show" and similar formats. Some weeks are better than others, and they aptly mix totally silly humor with smarter jokes, but usually, I enjoy it. More often than not, an episode will feature at least one joke that makes me roll on the floor laughing. I got Vic Morrow and Victor Mature (movie actor) confused. Combat was a series set during WWII following a US infantry division fighting the dirty Germ,,,,er,,,, never mind..
  11. No particular order. When I was a child 1. Combat with Victor Mature Vic Morrow 2. Bonanza 3. Gunsmoke 4. Daniel Boone (I always tell my students that one thing that helped shaped my love of history, besides family, was that so much entertainment back then had some sort of historical tie-in.) Teenage - Adult 5. M*A*S*H 6. Dallas (Sorry but I admit it - I was hooked by this show) 7. West Wing (These shows helped shape some of my political outlook and made me more an Eisenhower/moderate conservative - government isn't always right, Compassion has to be outside the church and sometimes it requires a large public institution.) Recent 8. Warehouse 13 9. Person of Interest 10. Num3ers (Individuals can make a difference if they attempt to live up to their code.) Honorable Mentions - These violate Sims guidelines or they would have been in my 10. Designated Survivor Blue Bloods NCIS (Honor is important.)
  12. If memory serves, in an interview during the original Star Wars Trilogy of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi, Mr. Lucas stated he had/mapped out three trilogies and started with A New Hope because he felt it was the best episode that could serve as a stand alone movie even though it was the first part of the second trilogy. He stated he hoped to then go back and do the real first trilogy (the infamous prequels) and then finish up with the last trilogy that dealt with what happened with the Republic after the rebellion was won. I have no idea if they are still following his plan/ideas but if that is the case that would mean there would not be an Episode X. However, it doesn't mean there won't be other Star Wars movies as Disney has already begun fleshing out the SW universe.
  13. Thanks for the info Pro. Sad day for sci-fi movies and SW.