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Starship Troopers III

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Thursday, February 28, 2008 10:00 AM

TANKOBITE


http://io9.com/360061/starship-troopers-iii-actually-based-on-heinlein
-novel-this-time
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Starship Troopers III Actually Based On Heinlein Novel This Time


Words can't describe how depressed I am now. What dirty liars!



And here's the proof that they're lying to me.

http://io9.com/361156/starship-troopers-3-trailer-shows-superbugs-in-a
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Dammit, why do they have to keep killing my favorite book?
Edit for screwing up the linking (new to this kind of forum)
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There's a widow in sleepy Chester
Who weeps for her only son;
There's a grave on the Pabeng River,
A grave that the Burmans shun;
And there's Subadar Prag Tewarri
Who tells how the work was done.

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Thursday, February 28, 2008 11:28 AM

STARTROOP


They (I am speaking of the producers here) keep killing the book because the ideology it puts forth is outside their world view. Anything militaristic is bad, requiring a voting franchise to be earned scares them, and the concept that we are the "good guys" strikes them as hubris.

Granted we have made some bad calls as a nation (The blame is heavy on both sides of the political fence), but I believe anyway that most folks are trying to be the "good guys".

But then what do I know ;-)

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Thursday, February 28, 2008 11:51 AM

CHRISISALL


Stone me if ya want, but I'll get it- but then, I never read the novel...

Citizen Chrisisall

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Thursday, February 28, 2008 12:16 PM

GINOBIFFARONI




Go read it Chris, its a classic

Seen the first movie gagged and walked away.

But love the book.



The Alliance said they were gonna waltz through Serenity Valley. And we choked 'em with those words. We've done the impossible, and that makes us mighty.

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Thursday, February 28, 2008 12:41 PM

TANKOBITE


I remember watching a commercial and being afraid of the movie. I was 3rd Grade about the time, but my Dad had heard good things so we spent the month leading up to it reading the book together...and they took me to see it when it came out.

Huge WTF moment; Dizzy Flores a guy

Select to view spoiler:


and not dying out of chapter one? Carl living? That character Alex?

Where was Rico's dad (Ok I know dead, but why?) Why did they make him Brazilian, and what's with all that white supremacist over tones? Rico's from the Phillipines for crying out loud, Zim learned english at boot, and Jelal?

Just ain't fair mates.



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There's a widow in sleepy Chester
Who weeps for her only son;
There's a grave on the Pabeng River,
A grave that the Burmans shun;
And there's Subadar Prag Tewarri
Who tells how the work was done.

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Thursday, February 28, 2008 12:47 PM

STARTROOP


That is part of the problem. The original movie is flashy, lots of pretty women not wearing much in a couple of scenes and being very assertive and kickass when they were in uniform.

Unfortunately, they took pieces of Starship Trooper, blended them with pieces of another book call Armor (the whole attack on the fort thing came from there and was not in the original book) ran the blender and filtered out any thing that resembled a cogent discussion of the half a dozen issues they raised in satire.

The book is, in contrast, thoughtful about alot of issues that we are dealing with today (make sense, it was written during the Vietnam War). Hollywood wouldn't stand for a thoughtful movie that dealt with something other than the mating game or their own political agendas so the played it for sex, guns, and boy we hate the military.

If you really want to blow you mind, read Starship Trooper and follow it with Robert Heinlein's book other book he wrote during the same year called "Stranger in a Strange Land". It was banded by half the libraries in American for a long time because of the way it poked fun at various institutions. They both came from the same mind and are logically consistent and both a great read.

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Thursday, February 28, 2008 12:47 PM

STARTROOP


That is part of the problem. The original movie is flashy, lots of pretty women not wearing much in a couple of scenes and being very assertive and kickass when they were in uniform.

Unfortunately, they took pieces of Starship Trooper, blended them with pieces of another book call Armor (the whole attack on the fort thing came from there and was not in the original book) ran the blender and filtered out any thing that resembled a cogent discussion of the half a dozen issues they raised in satire.

The book is, in contrast, thoughtful about alot of issues that we are dealing with today (make sense, it was written during the Vietnam War). Hollywood wouldn't stand for a thoughtful movie that dealt with something other than the mating game or their own political agendas so the played it for sex, guns, and boy we hate the military.

If you really want to blow you mind, read Starship Trooper and follow it with Robert Heinlein's book other book he wrote during the same year called "Stranger in a Strange Land". It was banded by half the libraries in American for a long time because of the way it poked fun at various institutions. They both came from the same mind and are logically consistent and both a great read.

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Thursday, February 28, 2008 12:48 PM

STARTROOP


Let this be a lesson. Don't ever hit the Post button and then get impatient and hit it again ;-)

Sorry folks

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Thursday, February 28, 2008 1:35 PM

FREMDFIRMA


It would take a lot of work, and a massive budget to make the book into anything remotely watchable, although I submit that if you concentrated on the story strongly enough you could probably get away with B-grade cheese for special effects.

One of the problems with the book is that it proposes, in essence, Facism - lighter, smoother more benevolent version of it, but Facism all the same, and a stratified society, and presents it in such a way that anyone who's lived in the real world for a couple years would laugh it right out of the ballpark, which is kinda sad cause he DOES make some decent points, and it IS a well told story... but it's the same Plato-Cicero-Strauss brand of spartan tripe that has never once blossomed into a healthy society due to certain really obvious real world issues that those proposing such schemes just kind of dance around and never really address - nor does Heinlen in the book.

If you're looking for something else in that vein to sink your teeth into with less social commentary, you should try David Drakes Redliners available at the Baen Free Library, it does have some of the same elements that made Troopers a good book in spite of it's core premise being unrealistic - but hell, that's what good FICTION generally is, right ?

Great book, but you wouldn't wanna make it into a movie as-is, even if you pulled it off, and it was damn good - you'd still get pounded into the ground by every political commentator worth their salt, vilified and raked over the coals by every reviewer, and folks would start certain inevitable comparisons even though it was never Heinlens intention to "Go there" with the story.

I do find it offensive to slap the name on what amounts to basically a brainless action movie though - it's a bit of an insult to a pretty good book, one worth reading, faulty premise or no.

Oh, and before ya pull out the flamethrowers, actually read what the heck I just said first, for once.

-Frem

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Thursday, February 28, 2008 1:40 PM

ECGORDON

There's no place I can be since I found Serenity.


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Originally posted by chrisisall:
Stone me if ya want, but I'll get it- but then, I never read the novel...


Dude, get thee to a library or book store post haste!

The only reason Heinlein isn't spinning in his grave is that he was cremated and his ashes scattered at sea.



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Thursday, February 28, 2008 2:06 PM

STARTROOP


Before anyone pulls out the flame throwers, why don't we start at something simple, like defining Fascism???

This is an emotion laden word that has little meaning anymore because when anyone wants to insult something that is vaguely like central control in it, they label it Fascism. If you don't believe me, just google it or look it up on Wiki. It has a dozen different definitions that contradict and almost all the sources agree that it has become sematically void and an insult, like calling someone a son of a b*tch. You normally don't mean the individual is a dog or that their mother was, you just don't like them.

It was funny in a sick way in the Cold War was when American politicians were calling Communists Fascists even though they (Communists and Fascist) were deadly enemies and their idealogies was politically and philosphically polar. The fact that the end results were very similar is a sad commentary on the results usually garnered by fanatics of either stripe.

Before we get our underware all bunched up, let's start by recasting this argument without that word.

How about saying what particular portions of the idealogy and goverment system portrayed in the book that you don't like, or don't believe in and why?

You want to get people to put away the flame throwers? Start in your own house and don't take them out in the first place. Replace Fascism and Fascist with some precise terms that actually describe what you don't like and what bothers you about the book.

See, no flame throwers and only one swear word ;-).

BTW I do like the book Redliners. It is well written. Again though, be specific, the world that Mr. Drake forecasts may or may not come true> I sincerly hope it doesn't. He does talk about some interesting concepts. Several only a combat soldier would know. He was one in Vietnam.

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Thursday, February 28, 2008 2:10 PM

KIRKULES


I love the book and the movie. It makes me smile or laugh every time I see Jake Busey's face.

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Thursday, February 28, 2008 2:12 PM

STEGASAURUS


Although I have to say that the CGI animated series was a little more in-line with the book. Ok, ok, I am using the term "in-line" very loosely and tongue-in-cheek. They at least introduced "The Skinnies" in it. But most of the rest of the story was taken directly from the movie.

I didn't mind the movie or the series too much, but it never compaired to the book.

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Thursday, February 28, 2008 3:33 PM

TANKOBITE


Well, actually Starship Troopers was written in 1959, but originally appeared as part of a serial in a Boy Scout magazine.

What I'd heard (from here http://www.kentaurus.com/troopers.htm#book) is that originally it was supposed to be a movie called "Bug Hunt" but they noticed the similarities between that and Starship Troopersand decided to see if the rights were open.

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So, it's clear I don't think a lot of Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers as a movie rendition of Heinlein's classic. Let's assume for a minute, though, that Neumeier and Davison's original assumption -- that the movie rights to Heinlein's book were not available -- was correct and they went with their original idea, a project called Bug Hunt. Assuming no relationship with Starship Troopers, was Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers a movie worth seeing?


Though that might be sarcasm, but it sounds likely; considering how different the movie is.

I wouldn't take that fort part as being strictly from Armour because I saw that and thought it was an imitation of Zulu (also pissed me off, I loved that movie too-"All right then, nobody told you to stop working!")

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There's a widow in sleepy Chester
Who weeps for her only son;
There's a grave on the Pabeng River,
A grave that the Burmans shun;
And there's Subadar Prag Tewarri
Who tells how the work was done.

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Thursday, February 28, 2008 4:11 PM

FREMDFIRMA


Ah.

Startroop, I was using the word in a neutral-descriptive connotation, rather than an emotionally laden bash, sorry if that was not clear, it was a simple system-description, as the closest thing appropriate to the social structure and was not whatever intended to comment on the morality of the system itself, which is why I added the comment about it being morally different from previously known governments run that way - and I did point out that a lot of flameage from reviewers and commentators would result regardless.

It's just that the whole service to state above all concept has repeatedly failed every single time it's been historically tried, so there's no logical reason to accept that it would work for real, especially with the real difficulties of operating a system that by it's very existence creates a hostile underclass which would effectively prevent it from running efficiently - although Heinlen paints it well enough to effectively suspend disbelief so that his story plays out well on the pages, just not sure that would carry over so well to the screen without some serious editing.

Sorry bout that, didn't know the word was so "hot" it couldn't be used in a descriptive-only context anymore.

If you got a better description in less than a paragraph for that social system, by all means share it, I might not have agreed with his structuring, but he did make some decent points in there which are worth lookin at regardless.

Yah, Redliners was pretty good, a bit harsh, but good - but I don't think either one of us would much care to live in the worlds presented by either book, not nice places at all, nope.

But it's a pretty good book in a similar context, minus much of the social commentary, I felt a strong affinity for Al-Ibrahimi, as I know what it's like to be that kind of bastard, and too old to do it anymore.

-F

PS - The flamethrowers comment was for folks who thought I was saying the story sucked - which it doesn't, sorry if that wasn't clear either.

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Thursday, February 28, 2008 4:37 PM

JOSSISAGOD


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Originally posted by chrisisall:
Stone me if ya want, but I'll get it- but then, I never read the novel...

Citizen Chrisisall



I read the novel, and saw both of the first two movies. The first while not really in line with the novel was AMAZING! The second was the worst piece of crap I've EVER seen. It looks to me like the third will be more along the lines of the first movie, with the exception that Rico will FINALLY get to say "On the bounce."

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Thursday, February 28, 2008 6:29 PM

AVENGINGWATCHER


Ahhh I saw the movie first and thought it was a good action flick then I read the book and went...WTF, how could they take a thought provoking book and turn it into that...oh right boobies... Take them separately and you can stand it trying to piece them together is just ludicrous.

As an aside, anyone else notice that the fed in "the train job" are wearing the same armor as ST?

When there are no heroes where will we turn?

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Thursday, February 28, 2008 6:47 PM

TANKOBITE


Yeah, says on the wiki that Firefly borrowed them and repainted 'em.

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There's a widow in sleepy Chester
Who weeps for her only son;
There's a grave on the Pabeng River,
A grave that the Burmans shun;
And there's Subadar Prag Tewarri
Who tells how the work was done.

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Friday, February 29, 2008 9:10 AM

STEGASAURUS


They also wore the same armor in one of the Power Ranger series. I was never a big fan of Power Rangers, but when I was channel flipping, I saw the armor and stopped to take a second look. It was the series where they were in a city on some sort of space platform I believe. I don't even think they repainted them or anything.

Obviously it was a good design, as they keep popping up all over the place.

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Friday, February 29, 2008 9:26 AM

TANKOBITE


I knew I wasn't crazy! I was flipping channels once and saw people dressed like that and it confused the crap out of me.

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Who weeps for her only son;
There's a grave on the Pabeng River,
A grave that the Burmans shun;
And there's Subadar Prag Tewarri
Who tells how the work was done.

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Friday, February 29, 2008 12:15 PM

STARTROOP


I percieve that there is an undercurrent of defensiveness here in your statements and that is not at all where I was going. I was honestly trying to defuse a flame war.

As to what term to use when describing the system you dislike, I think you did fine on your second attempt. We can have a discussion on the issues of "service to the state above all" and "hostile under class" without having to work through what part of the host of definitions that Fascism has become in the years since WWII that you mean vs. what they mean to me.

The concept of "service to the state above all" is actually the longest lived of all governmental systems. In Ancient Egypt, the state was embodied in the god king and using the one two punch of religion and duty to state, it lasted for thousands of years. The Romans were able to remove the religiousity somewhat and still managed to hold together a cohesive state for several hundred years. The Chinese Empire is another example. The representative government that we all regard as normal has not been nearly so long lived and I include the ancient Greek and Roman Republics and the Icelandic Athling (the longest continually sitting assembly in the world) in those comparisions.

These governments fall apart when the state doesn't fufill it's end of the unspoken contract that made with their subjects (they aren't really citizens in the true sense) dealing with security and prosperity or entrance into the kingdom of heaven. When the king or the dictator or what ever term you want to use for the "Fearless Leader" focuses on his or her own needs vs. the state, the system fails. The "good" kings were the ones that bought into the same philosophy. These systems were strong enough to withstand the occasional "bad" king and only came apart when both parties gave it up as a bad job.

To be sure, I prefer a Representative form of government but it can be argued pursuasively that we are now moving away from that with our current "Regal" President.

I will also buy that hostile underclasses exist. They certainly did in Rome, Egypt, England (ancient, Victorian, and Modern) and many other systems. They become hostile only when it becomes clear to the members of the under class that they cannot move to the upper class.

Would Heinlein's system of allowing a move from class to class by the means of an enlistment in the military or other forms of service work? I frankly don't know. I do know however that the reverse is occuring in this country with our wealthy individuals and government officials starting wars where they will not serve.

I truly believe that some form of universal service requirement is a good thing. If the service requirement (Like that of Germany, Austria and Sweden) takes into account service in places like Americorps or Vista that do not require some one to bear arms. The good it does is a side benefit to the real social benefit where, at least in my time in the service, you were quartered with blacks, jews, hispanics, and even a few white guys and you learned to trust them like brothers. It wasn't perfect by any means but it was a great leveler.

We don't mix the classes much in our society anymore (military service in my fathers age group approached 17% male and female) down to 3% in current times and that lack of mixing is, I think, at the heart of the resurgence of hate crimes and discrimination. Most people really don't know anyone outsice their own demographic and don't care. Its one of the good things about lists like this. Mixing does occur ;-)

If you think I am just speaking about the current occupant of the White House, guess again, Clinton was also pretty free with US troops in a war zone. Both sides are learning the "Royalty" game.

Much of the Heinlein canon is anti-war in nature which is the case with most serving officers, especially those have seen combat. Read his comments in Lazerus Long's Notebook if you don't believe me. I won't bore you with my "There I Was" stories but suffice it to say that I don't want anyone else to see what I have seen, including my young son and neither did he.

It is unfortunate as other words like Feminist, Environmentalist, and others like Fascist have been so mutated by the the people misuing the words that they no longer have much sematic value. That is how languages develop so you might as well try to stop the tide. It does pay to be aware the the world around you so that you don't step on toes. I will borrow a military term here and say that it pays to be "Situationally Aware".

As an addendum to another poster, I was aware that Starship Trooper was published in November of 1959. Our involvement in Vietnam started in WWII when we provided arms and advisors to Ho Chi Minh to fight the Japanese and later in 1956 when Eisenhower gave $70 million in military and and sent 60 advisors to fight Ho Chi Minh and his communist movement. Heinlein was already aware of this and makes caustic mention of it in "Glory Road, published in 1963.

I see now that I have rambled. When you get old, I guess you do that ;-) Nobody is required to listen though.

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Friday, February 29, 2008 12:56 PM

TANKOBITE


I wasn't responding to anyone; the movie just bothers me a lot. I'm heading back up home, so I'm sorry to say I haven't read your comment, but I'll give it the time it deserves later on this evening.


Edit: I'll grant that we had some involvement, but I wouldn't really consider Starship Troopers a Vietnam book; mostly I'd call that after Gulf Of Tonkin and we actually had divisions on the ground over there-but that's my personal preference. Before that, it was just a time when not many people paid any close attention to what was going on over there.
-----------------------------------------------------------
There's a widow in sleepy Chester
Who weeps for her only son;
There's a grave on the Pabeng River,
A grave that the Burmans shun;
And there's Subadar Prag Tewarri
Who tells how the work was done.

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Friday, February 29, 2008 1:28 PM

STARTROOP


You are absolutely correct for the general populous. Heinlein,based on his other writings, clearly was thinking about it.

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Friday, February 29, 2008 2:08 PM

ALLIETHORN7


I have to say, those new bugs- yeah, the ones that shoot laser beams out of its eye? Yeah, that reminds me so much of the aliens from War of the Worlds that I wouldn't be surprised if they are sued.

On another note, I like the book, the TV Series, and the movie (In that order, mind), although I think most folks thought (Rightly) that the second was a steaming pile. But I don't try to compare them at all, as the book is far and away much better.

Something that I simply CAN't reconcile is that the movie showed the bugs as mindless meatsheilds. In the book, tey had ships, rockets, lasers- yes, the Brain bugs, but, then again, the bugs were described as a sort of perfect communism. So the movie tried to take the war- one the Federation was loosing because they had been outflanked, outmanuvered, and, yes, outgunned by a fair opponent- into a slugfest of Quantity vs. Quality (Although which was which is debateable, as the Fed troops die as fast as Ruskies in WWII). And, don't forget- the bugs were actively capturing humans, to find out how we worked, whereas the movie showed them slaughtering us.

So, yeah. Good movie, but it botches up the book so bad that, well, it's complete bumf as a movie version of ST. Bug Hunt is right.

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Friday, February 29, 2008 2:56 PM

RICKKER


I loved the book, I took the movie with a grain of salt. Movies will never be the same/as good as the books. the closesed being Harry Potter/Sorcerers stone. Only caught a glimpse of the second movie. Really enjoyed the animated series, I bought my friend the collection as they came out. The animated series was intended to blend both the movie and the book. I'll definetly check out number 3. As for the politics of the book, having a military background I agree with a lot of what Heinlein says. When you know what effects your decisions have you tend to thik a bit harder to make the right choice.

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Friday, February 29, 2008 4:28 PM

FREMDFIRMA


Quote:

I was honestly trying to defuse a flame war.

As was I, and it looks like we managed, so it's all good.

Problem with an autocratic-empire (can we maybe get away with this one?) of said type is that it requires a few things that make it totally unsustainable in the long run, especially in a technological age.

One need is for an external threat that citizens fear more than the government, and Heinlens novel, there IS an actual, real, external threat - the Romans and Egyptians got by on that a while, but eventually once the threat is subverted or diminished, they turn to cooking up often laughable "boogeymen" that don't hold water so much, and eventually folks get the idea that maybe the primary threat to their prosperity isn't external after all.

Hilarity generally ensues, just ask the French.

The other need is expansion and/or resources, and sooner or later you either run out of folks you can conquer without too much trouble, or the farmers and peasants start wondering why, if THEY grow and gather all the food, why is everyone at court fat, and they're starving.

Again, Hilarity generally ensues - a peasant riot is the surest way to the destruction of an empire there is, not because they're any good at fighting, but because if they're busy fighting you, they ain't growing FOOD no more, and over time that is the most telling blow of all.

Very true that a leader, king or what have you must see to the needs of his people, or he'll wind up in a world of hurt - the problem with kings comes from generational instability due to ever more protected and insulated from the populace descendants - something subverted in a very interesting fashion within the short story "Stone Lives" by Paul Di Filippo, which you can find in Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology Edited by Bruce Sterling.

The idea of moving upwards in class through service is an interesting one, but I offer the counter of something that has been preying on my mind as of late.

Most of the laws and rules I am bound by, were thrust upon me at the moment of my birth here, without my input, voted and decided long before I was ever born and thus had no impact on them at the time, and for the next eighteen years, was forbidden any impact on them, and as you have noted we have less and less ability to have input now.

Why should one have to prove themself, when they have already been forcefully subjected to a society, and it's rules and laws that they never agreed to and had no input in forming ?

I won't say the idea is without merit, but Heinlens novel does take it to an extreme - I would say, more appropriate that it not be required for voting rights, but rather required to run for public office, which would bring it more in line with the social and government compact concept you speak of.

I also subject to you that outright, downright poverty is also a pretty good leveller, you learn right quick to discard any such idiotic notions and learn to work together with anyone willing, or you starve.
Something some folks would learn real quick in certain places if we cut off food relief shipments.

I'm not fond of our current bunch of chair warmers up in DC myself, but then again I am not at all fond of the system that produces them either - and I do agree that it's moving very rapidly to a form of corporate feudalism that sets my teeth on edge just thinkin about it.

As for language, well, I try to be accurate without much concern to such things, people are so easily-offended these days I generally wind up offending them regardless, but dancing around something easily described is sure a nitwit way to communicate, innit ?

I ramble too, welcome to the club of old bastards with too much education to be welcome in our current lowest-common-denominator society.

-Frem

It cannot be said enough, those who do not learn from history, are doomed to endlessly repeat it

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Saturday, March 1, 2008 9:13 AM

STARTROOP


I don't disagree that selecting leaders based on who their parents were is not the most efficient system. But even with that, those systems worked. You mentioned that they needed a bogey man, I'll ask how that is different from our representative government that has trumped up many bogey man to keep us in line.

The Communists were actually trying to bury us but we could and did beat them with our economy. We then proceeded to things like the War on Drugs and the War on Terror. Don't misunderstand me, I am not promoting an authoritarian form of government, its just that the maladies you late at the feet of that system also apply to just about any other form of government inlcuding our own.

You also ask why you should have to prove your self to a system you had no hand in forming. The answer comes in two parts. The first is purely pragmatic. Democracies and Republics survive only until those who are unproductive figure out they can vote themselves bread and circuses from the public coffers. Requiring something hard to do and that is basically altruistic in nature will weed out the truly unproductive and help educate the merely misguided.

Making this voluntary ensures that the Peace Corps, Americorp, the Military and any others that are defined as service aren't burdened with a bunch of useless drones and still make the experience valuable. This has been the case in places like Germany where it is required. There is a troublesome minority that go do their national serivce and frankly make no attempt to do anything.

This is surely preferable to other forms of qualifying the electorate such as requiring property ownership as did the Greeks or requiring the payment of a poll tax as we did in the south.

The other point is a bit more philosophical. It essentially boils down to the fact that people value what they earn. We have abysmal voting rate in this country despite the fact that voting is pretty easy to do. Many that do vote base it on sound bytes and not a real evaluation of policies and the character of the candidates. IF they valued their franchise more, perhaps they would study the issues more? Perhaps they would spend a bit more time thinking about how they vote. In this society, they vote still does matter. If you don't believe me, then consider this, why do the two primary parties spend so much money on the election? They want our votes as a path to power. A qualified electorate that valued its franchise might hold them to a higher standard.

I don't make any promises, but we currently have a lot of folks now in power who haven't served anyone save themselves. Who have lived in ivory towers most of their lives and really don't have an appreciation for what the bulk of society lives like.

Though it is probably a moot point since those in power don't want to mess with the system that provides there bread and circuses. Requiring them to earn a shot at public office might require them to think a little and they can't have that now can they? ;-)

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Saturday, March 1, 2008 5:01 PM

VETERAN

Don't squat with your spurs on.


Quote:

Originally posted by Tankobite:
.....Words can't describe how depressed I am now. What dirty liars!



And here's the proof that they're lying to me.

...Dammit, why do they have to keep killing my favorite book?
......

There's a widow in sleepy Chester
Who weeps for her only son;
There's a grave on the Pabeng River,
A grave that the Burmans shun;
And there's Subadar Prag Tewarri
Who tells how the work was done.



These two are screw ups. I didn't like the first movie and didn't even know there was a sequel. It's a shame they take the title of a great book and create their own thing. I'll give you a couple of instances:


I remember in the book when Ricco was in OCS and Carmen came to take him to dinner. Heinlen makes a point of telling us how she took off her hat and her head was clean shaven. Following it up with you don't need your hair getting in the way during zero gravity manuvers. In the movie, however, they saw fit to have a zero gravity scene with Carmen's flowing hair all over the place.

The second is even more important. The Mobile Infantry does not, I repeat DOES NOT, actively recruit. Heinlein was very clear on this. Everything was done to discourage enlistment in the MI. When Johnny enlists he notes that the recruitment officer is a multiple amputee, and he's delibrately abrupt even rude with Johnny. He even tells Johnny that his injuries were part of the reason why he was selected as a recruitment officer. And what do we see as a trailer? A dashing Johnny Ricco asking people to join up.... Absolute tripe with total disregard to what Heinlien had in mind.

Not to mention tactics. MI doesn't use concentrated fire power. Don't need it so much one MI in a suit could take out a squad of tanks. Some suits have rockets and even small nuclear devices. Of course there are no suits in the movie.

These guys have stolen the name Starship Troopers and created something different. and frankly what they made is lousy. They should go get jobs as waiters becaue they're no talent bums. Of course as waiters they'd be likely to rewrite your order for steak and a baked potato bringing you steaming plate of hagus with a side of lima beans. I really and truly wish them bankruptcy and total failure.

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Saturday, March 1, 2008 5:28 PM

FREMDFIRMA


I concur Vet - in spite of philosophical differences, the book is quite good, I feel it demeans it to slap the name on the movies they have produced since they are clearly a different animal altogether.

Good points as well, Startroop.

Taken by themselves, the movies ain't all that bad for hollywood standard-issue action-movie fodder, I just find myself offended that hey would slap the Starship Troopers name on a franchise that has utterly no viable relation to the books they claim to be basing it from.

-Frem

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Monday, March 3, 2008 8:20 AM

GRIZWALD


I LOVED the recruitment section of the book! I just laughed and laughed. The part about the Canine Corps... LOL! Now I have to go read it again.

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Monday, March 3, 2008 3:42 PM

STARTROOP


I'll give you that, the movies (with another name and different character names) would have been average B movie fair. Summer time stuff you watch and forget as they are truly forgetable. OK, the shower scene is memorable but other than that ... ;-)

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Monday, March 3, 2008 4:18 PM

VETERAN

Don't squat with your spurs on.


Should have just called it gorram ruttin' Bug Hunt. Damn thing makes me so angry, those no talent (insert chinese expletive describing dog faced sloths with the genitalia of erectile dysfunctional monkees) are nothing but degenerate hacks trying to gain success by hijacking the name of a book made popular by an author with real talent.

Hope people stay away from this crap in droves.

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Monday, March 3, 2008 7:51 PM

AVENGINGWATCHER


Startroop,
I completely agree with some form of mandatory service, I also think the military should also set up a system where doctors and nurses can train through the military for civilian medical duties such as a system of national health care where everyone was taken care of because everyone was a veteran of some sort. Would make parades a real bitch though....gorram it when is this parade gonna end, we're starting to make some people march twice!

When there are no heroes where will we turn?

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