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1  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Star Trek on: Today at 01:54:27 am
Quark is a great character, but nearly every DS9 episode that uses Ferengi culture as the focal point of the plot is terrible (IMHO).
2  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Star Trek on: Today at 01:41:17 am
For those who are interested in the behind the scenes stories, you might be interested in the William Shatner-directed ~1 hour doc "Chaos on the Bridge", which examines the rather turbulent behind the scenes shenanigans of TNG's first two seasons.  You can buy or rent it via Vimeo.  It might help you understand why there was basically 100% turnover in writing staff between Seasons 1 and 3.  Wink

Here's the trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4UAInrMiT4
3  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Who do you think did the best at the NH Union Forum? on: Today at 01:29:00 am
Walker and Graham were the best. Fiorinas answers were good but she was asked beauty pageant questions instead of policy. 

Yeah, the questions they gave Fiorina were pretty appalling.  Because she's a woman they offer her questions about her biography rather than policy?  I hope that doesn't happen at the "kiddie table" Fox forum on Thursday.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What ever happened to Beet? on: Today at 01:23:44 am
I was looking through an old thread, and I stumbled upon a post by beet. What happened to him? He hasn't posted for nearly a month. I really miss him tbh.

Ftr, he did make one post on the mod board on July 22 (about modleaksgate).  That's only ~2 weeks ago, so not really long enough to panic (IMHO).
5  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Primary Election Polls / Re: NBC/WSJ national poll: Clinton 59% Sanders 25% Webb 3% O'Malley 3% Chafee 1% on: Today at 01:19:57 am
No general election matchups in this poll, so I won't bother posting another thread about this, but they do pose several questions to the combined sample of all adults.  (Note that NBC/WSJ explicitly offers a "neutral" option, so both the favorable and unfavorable #s tend to be lower than other polls.)

Sanders 24/19% for +5%
Kasich 14/9% for +5%
Rubio 24/23% for +1%
Walker 19/20% for -1%
Huckabee 22/30% for -8%
Paul 20/30% for -10%
Clinton 37/48% for -11%
Cruz 19/31% for -12%
Christie 24/37% for -13%
Bush 26/40% for -14%
Trump 26/56% for -30%

The weak Clinton #s mirror what we saw with Quinnipiac.  Though it could be worse.  She could be as unpopular as Jeb Bush or Donald Trump.  Wink

Another telling set of #s here:

Democratic Party: 38% favorable, 38% unfavorable
Republican Party: 28% favorable, 44% unfavorable
6  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: NH GOP "Voters First Forum" **live commentary thread** on: Today at 01:16:48 am
Was this thing "watchable" ?

Maybe I'll watch the FOX debate, but I'm not sure yet ...

It's watchable, but it's mediocre as far as actually being enjoyable. Probably best to watch it in chunks rather than all at once.

I would just skip around to whichever candidates you're most interested in viewing, and/or look for any highlights.  There's no reason anyone should be subjected to five minutes of George Pataki.
7  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: NH GOP "Voters First Forum" **live commentary thread** on: August 03, 2015, 11:47:31 pm
Ftr, ~38% of all posts on Atlas forum today were in this thread.
8  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Star Trek on: August 03, 2015, 11:30:07 pm
Season 3 was TNG's peak, IMHO.

"The Best of Both Worlds, Part 1" is great, though I think even better when viewed in the context of the time it was aired.  In 1990, Star Trek had never had a season cliffhanger before.  For that matter, season cliffhangers like that weren't as common on television in general as they would become later in the decade, so it was a bit of a shock to me when there were two minutes left in the hour with no resolution in sight…leading up to "Mr. Worf….fire".

And this was before the world wide web, so most people didn't have access to any filming spoilers in the lead up to Season 4.  All we could do is wait for three months that summer to see how the story ended.
9  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: NH GOP "Voters First Forum" **live commentary thread** on: August 03, 2015, 09:49:03 pm
Found these on Twitter....pics of the other candidates in the audience while one of their opponents was speaking:






10  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Primary Election Polls / NBC/WSJ national poll: Clinton 59% Sanders 25% Webb 3% O'Malley 3% Chafee 1% on: August 03, 2015, 09:34:10 pm
NBC/WSJ Democratic primary poll (national):

http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/MSNBC/Components/Photo/_new/15313JulyNBCWSJPOLL.pdf

Clinton 59%
Sanders 25%
Webb 3%
O'Malley 3%
Chafee 1%

Poll conducted July 26-30.  Republican #s are already posted in the other thread.
11  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Primary Election Polls / NH-WMUR/UNH: Trump 24% Bush 12% Walker 11% Christie 7% Paul 7% Kasich 6% on: August 03, 2015, 09:30:52 pm
WMUR/UNH poll of NH:

http://www.wmur.com/blob/view/-/34514782/data/1/-/vk11wsz/-/PDF---Poll-results.pdf

Trump 24%
Bush 12%
Walker 11%
Christie 7%
Paul 7%
Kasich 6%
Cruz 5%
Carson 5%
Rubio 3%
Huckabee 2%
Jindal 2%
Perry 2%
Fiorina 1%
Graham 1%
Santorum 1%
Pataki 0%
Ehrlich 0%
Gilmore 0%

Poll conducted July 22-30.
12  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Gawker publishes Trump's cell number on: August 03, 2015, 09:12:13 pm
#WarAgainstTrump

Not as serious as the war on trans fats that Jindal warned us about.
13  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: NH GOP "Voters First Forum" **live commentary thread** on: August 03, 2015, 09:11:26 pm
20 pages of comments just for this thing?  This place is going to be a madhouse on Thursday.
14  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Primary Election Polls / Re: Clinton and Trump lead in Fox national poll on: August 03, 2015, 09:06:27 pm
Dem. race if Biden doesn't run:

Clinton 61%
Sanders 23%
Webb 2%
Chafee 2%
O'Malley 1%

So, at least according to this poll, Biden's voters are largely people who would vote for Clinton if Biden doesn't run.

Again with this poll, there's a big age gap on Trump.  35% among those under 45, but only 22% among those over 45.  Also does better among voters with no college degree compared to those with a degree, which is again consistent with previous polls.
15  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: NH GOP "Voters First Forum" **live commentary thread** on: August 03, 2015, 08:43:04 pm
Here is the NY Times writeup on this event:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/04/us/politics/confrontation-is-avoided-in-forum-for-republican-presidential-candidates.html?_r=0
16  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Who do you think did the best at the NH Union Forum? on: August 03, 2015, 08:12:55 pm
I missed most of Round 2.  But from watching Round 1 and part of Round 2, I'd say Christie.  He definitely has a more conversational style to his answers than most of the others.  Some of the others seemed like they were panicking each time they were asked a question (Rubio being the worst offender there, though the fact that he was participating remotely may have contributed).
17  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: NH GOP "Voters First Forum" **live commentary thread** on: August 03, 2015, 07:18:57 pm
You don't have to be a lawyer or judge to be a supreme court justice


-Ben Carson, 2015

Just like you don't have to have any experience to be president!
18  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: NH GOP "Voters First Forum" **live commentary thread** on: August 03, 2015, 07:16:10 pm
Rubio: We're losing information!
19  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: NH GOP "Voters First Forum" **live commentary thread** on: August 03, 2015, 07:15:47 pm
Rubio sounds like he needs water.
20  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: NH GOP "Voters First Forum" **live commentary thread** on: August 03, 2015, 07:09:47 pm
Paul: Don't go to war like it's a game of Risk.
21  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: NH GOP "Voters First Forum" **live commentary thread** on: August 03, 2015, 06:53:44 pm
"What country would you visit first?" has to be the dumbest question I've ever heard at one of these thing.
22  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: NH GOP "Voters First Forum" **live commentary thread** on: August 03, 2015, 06:52:54 pm
Cruz/Paul/Rubio join in Brady Bunch style.
23  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: NH GOP "Voters First Forum" **live commentary thread** on: August 03, 2015, 06:37:15 pm
Why are they giving Fiorina these fluffy biographical questions, rather than the issue questions that the others got?
24  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: NH GOP "Voters First Forum" **live commentary thread** on: August 03, 2015, 06:31:42 pm
Bush: Watch out for ISIS trying to recruit people via Twitter.
25  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: NH GOP "Voters First Forum" **live commentary thread** on: August 03, 2015, 06:30:18 pm
Carson: Tax system should be based on God.
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