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  •  My God, this is the most important political (7+ / 0-)

    crisis of our time, and thanks to the "fairness to all sides" comics we call the media, the average American will be oblivious to its implications.  

    If successful, this insidious crime will be the final step that brings into the realm of reality what will have become the prophetic quote from the philosophical hologram character SRT in George Lucas' classic, THX 1138:

    "How shall the new environment be programmed? It all happened so slowly that most men failed to realize that anything had happened at all."
    Ha.  For the first time I have realized that SRT is Lucas' tongue-in-cheek reference to Sartre.

    Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed. --Herman Melville

    by ZedMont on Tue May 07, 2013 at 12:09:37 AM PDT

    •  THX-1138 was one of the few true examples (4+ / 0-)

      of science fiction in film.  It explained nothing - just showed things and let you figure out what was going on, or not.

      I don't think a future of Republicans controlling science would look like that though.  It would basically be like a Texified version of Iran - biology, natural history, and sex/pregnancy related medical research overseen by religious authorities and environmental and medical science results submitted for approval to businesses.

      Today's trivia becomes tomorrow's sacrament.

      by Troubadour on Tue May 07, 2013 at 12:18:16 AM PDT

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      •  Oh, I agree completely. Wasn't suggesting that (2+ / 0-)
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        the result would be the same, just that the ostensibly "noble" and by all means "fiscally responsible" motives behind it would lend an insidiousness to it - creating an anti-intellectual Judas goat, so to speak.

        To me THX 1138 is a cautionary tale, a sort of exaggerated caricature of an actual phenomenon, but nonetheless instructive.

        Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed. --Herman Melville

        by ZedMont on Tue May 07, 2013 at 12:48:36 AM PDT

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