I think that the Ender's Shadow series, almost more than OSC's homophobia, has destroyed my opinion of the Ender's Game series. Its an expansion of the story, but I feel like making Bean a genetically modified super genius, who could have won the battles Ender won, and who manipulated Ender in a way that helped him… » 7/31/14 10:32am Yesterday 10:32am

I disagree, I think people would keep using Nicotine, or any other smokeable agent, but the physical action of smoking is just so bad for you (and for the people around you, and for the physical objects around you), I can't imagine that people won't take a cleaner method of drug delivery if they have the chance. » 7/30/14 8:21am Wednesday 8:21am

Ugh, I can't imagine a situation where an independent CSA would end well. There would have to have been a point where the rest of the international community recognized that it could no longer put up with a slave state, or the Abolitionist and free African Americans in the North would have started running guns to… » 7/30/14 8:04am Wednesday 8:04am

Having missed that particular episode, it was even weirder for General Grievous to be introduced wheezing like a 2 packs a day smoker. His reaction to two Jedi was to destroy his own ship and take a cab home in disgrace just ruined any intimidation he might have had. They really needed to throw in a scene where he… » 7/30/14 7:00am Wednesday 7:00am

Agreed. Just from my experience as an eater, you may get less food at a more expensive place, but you also get a fresher product. For something like fish, it matters quite a lot to the overall quality of the meal, and if you're a good ways away from the coast or a major lake, its going to take more effort to get in… » 7/26/14 8:33am 7/26/14 8:33am

It wouldn't be too difficult to look into the current day or the recent past to see why people might like an authoritarian regime over an elaborate democracy. I think the biggest would be simple corruption. The Empire would privilege some groups over everyone else... you can even see in the original Star Wars, where… » 7/25/14 8:20am 7/25/14 8:20am

But, if people who need it take advantage of it, and do well by it, as you have by your solar panels, is it really waste? Can't you be satisfied that you took advantage of a program in the way it was supposed to work, and now are saving money and energy? » 7/24/14 2:58pm 7/24/14 2:58pm

As a counter point, consider the diverse Christian opinions about the worth and nature of animals and plants. A truly different alien intelligence would pose a lot of philosophical issues for humans, not just religiously, just because being intelligent and conscious does in now way imply that they would share our… » 7/24/14 10:35am 7/24/14 10:35am

But it also put us in the position where the world was almost ended by a bear or a computer bug. I think I'd rather a huge traumatic conventional war than staking the end of all human life on whether or not West Berlin is in Soviet hands. The fact that the world still exists is frankly, kind of amazing. » 7/24/14 8:31am 7/24/14 8:31am