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    [–] From the perspective of the Klingons, how exactly is the Federation "taking away their individuality"? lingben 0 points ago in startrek

    totally, I get that analogy of the Federation as a quasi-borg entity but it doesn't make any sense really in this context because there has been no contact, zilch, nada

    there is no trade, diplomatic exchange, cultural exchange, etc.

    literally zero communication between the two worlds... so how can the Federation "take over"?

    in the cases that Eddington mentions he's talking about worlds or cultures which have opened up to the Federation, trade with it, travel or live amongst them, etc.

    that is not what the klingons in ST:D are doing!

    [–] From the perspective of the Klingons, how exactly is the Federation "taking away their individuality"? lingben 1 points ago in startrek

    you're absolutely right that populist leaders are a thing and a bad thing but that is a separate issue

    what I'm saying is that the arguments T’Kuvma used were not persuasive nor logical in the least, especially if they were trying to cast him as a "populist" leader

    read the end of my post above for what they could have done instead

    [–] Can we all just agree Michael is the worst officer ever? lingben 10 points ago in startrek

    it really was comical, not only does she go against her captain, she goes against her own fracking argument to not make T’Kuvma a martyr!

    [–] Can we all just agree Michael is the worst officer ever? lingben 2 points ago in startrek

    true, but Michael played right into their hands by disobeying orders (among many she was supposed to do a quick fly by and report back and what does she do? she lands on the beacon and kills a klingon!)

    [–] From the perspective of the Klingons, how exactly is the Federation "taking away their individuality"? lingben 4 points ago in startrek

    he could be. but how does that make any sense whatsoever?

    I mean, the Federation and Klingons don't even have official relations or ambassadors. they don't speak, don't trade, etc.

    and "Federation membership"? WTF!? who asked the Klingons to join the Federation? did I miss something?

    I get what you're saying and had they explored this or provided more context and backed up his concern with some actual logic, then yeah, I could see it (for example Quark and Garak's famous "root beer" conversation) but where did they even broach these issues?

    [–] Star Trek: Discovery - Series Premiere Discussion lingben 2 points ago * (lasted edited 11 hours ago) in television

    can I ask what other Trek you've seen? IMHO DS9 blows this out of the water but even it and TNG took several seasons to find their space legs so perhaps most are being a bit too quick with the criticism

    edit: weird, went to reply to your reply but it said you've deleted it, so here's the copy/paste of my response to your now apparently deleted (but quoted) response:

    I've tried to watch every series of ST at one point or another. I was never a fan. I recognize their importance they just never appealed to me. I did rather enjoy the newer movies, but I so far like this series the best.

    ah, ok, in that context I can totally understand your opinion that this is the best trek you've seen

    the movies are basically "action" movies while DS9 and TNG are much more.... cerebral

    IMHO the best Trek is based on relationships and "cerebral" iow dealing with important questions about life, the universe, the meaning of it all, etc.

    for example Captain Sisko's chilling monologue of "In the Pale Moonlight" or Captain Picard's "four lights"... for me, that is what sets ST apart from everything else

    it is more than lens flare, dutch angles, blurry or non-blurry CGI battles, etc. it is about the human condition and the exploration within

    [–] So Michael has left literally the worst first impression possible... lingben 30 points ago in startrek

    or if she had actually followed orders and protocol and done a fly by and returned to the ship without landing on the beacon... and then accidentally killing that klingon

    [–] So Michael has left literally the worst first impression possible... lingben 18 points ago * (lasted edited 10 hours ago) in startrek

    nope. her actions instigated the whole thing. and then the cherry on top is that she doesn't even listen to herself! killing T’Kuvma and making him a martyr

    OP explains here

    https://www.reddit.com/r/startrek/comments/729ps7/so_michael_has_left_literally_the_worst_first/dngy8g1/

    edit: LoL at the downvotes, yes, please downvote away verifiably correct factual info :)

    [–] How a Mangrove Forest Stops Erosion. lingben 2 points ago in educationalgifs

    no worries, we're both right! :)

    [–] WTF I hate Game of Thrones now. lingben 1 points ago in freefolk

    good point, I don't think GRRM would write it like that but with the show? at this point anything is possible since D&D just want to end it so they can concentrate on their confederate series (which will bomb imho)

    [–] How a Mangrove Forest Stops Erosion. lingben 6 points ago in educationalgifs

    Manitoulin Island

    you're right, should have specified river freshwater, Manitoulin is in Lake Huron

    [–] WTF I hate Game of Thrones now. lingben 5 points ago in freefolk

    chains around the dragon

    yup, the wights would have to lift both the chains and the dragon to "wrap them around" the dragon and the chains weigh what? half a tonne per link which adds up to several dozens of tonnes for a section of the chain that needs to be lifted or shifted and a dragon that weighs multiple tonnes... so yeah that makes sense,

    /s

    [–] How a Mangrove Forest Stops Erosion. lingben 97 points ago in educationalgifs

    this is so simple that it still makes me wonder WTF the Indian government is waiting for to save and restore Majuli Island (the largest freshwater island in the world) which has suffered from massive erosion over the past 50 years

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Majuli

    https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2015/feb/14/majuli-island-holiday-assam-india

    if Majuli sounds familiar it is because it is the location of an unprecedented reforestation effort by one single indefatigable man (saint?) by the name of Jadav Payeng

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jadav_Payeng

    here's a documentary about him and his life

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkZDSqyE1do