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Review of chapter "Where Raptors Dare" from mountainelements
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After you said that Dr. Angleman wasn't the mole, my first suspect was Hank Marshall. He seemed to be trying to get closer to Terawatt by asking her to call him by his first name. I think I remember him asking Terawatt if she was a science major. Alex mentioned reading a paper of his as an excuse for requesting him at the computer conference, which I thought was a Chekhov's gun. Finally, he was part of the mission where Dr. Walsh managed to capture Terawatt.

Lupo was a distant second. I first took her absence from Joe Frady's articles as a sign that Frady was actually on the SRI's side or possibly working with Batman. While Frady tried to make Willow, Riley, and Carlson look bad, he also didn't mention anything too horrible about them. Lupo probably ticked off a lot of people while in the military, both with her attitude and by simply being female. She likely would have drawn a lot more negative attention than the others. Eddings was not even on my radar as a possible mole. Kudos!
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I've been planting hints all along. As a long-time reader of serious mystery stories, I always try to play fair with the readers. That's harder in a sci-fi or magical setting, because then you always have to cover the 'A Wizard Did It' cop-out.
Review By [mountainelements] • Date [20 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Where Raptors Dare" from mooncowthree
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@fanreaderonetwo According to whacky Maggie, all of her creations have failsafes that she can use to control them, thus they could be deployed to sanitize cities and then be disabled leaving a huge portion of the globe intact and wiping out half the humans. But remember she flipped her shit when the alien fungus showed up since there was no way to control it.

@texaswookie I read it as more of "well the guard dogs know I'm here but they didn't try to stop me so might as well get to the wall asap instead of trying to sneak around."
Also I never guessed about jack since from Alex's point of view he was just as impressive as other jack who wasn't anything special, so why would this one be anything different? But given that I've only seen two seasons of sg1 I didn't know about original Jacks capabilities to compare and see if Diane was hinting at something more. Also I bought willows explanation that it was just his subconscious warning him,but the real question is when did he guess that he might have an artificially heightened intuition?
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Maggie thinks she has all her creations under control. How many horror movies and monster movies have we seen where the scientist insists that nothing can go wrong?
Review By [mooncowthree] • Date [20 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Where Raptors Dare" from texaswookie
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Let me see if I'm getting this straight first they interupted his honeymoon, then they shot him, they then threatened his hot redheaded wife, they then kidnap him, they then do the whole luke I am your father with a slight twist. And now they expect General Jack O'Niell to sit down and listen to hours of power point presentations just so they can convince him to work for their cause? Yeah, that's not going to blow up in their faces at all. And that's before the rescue team comes. Why are smart people so socially dumb?

Interesting that there is actually something that can make even Hanna afraid. Even if they may share some DNA.

Does mental jig for having realized Jack was a predecessor to Orphans way back when Jack first mentioned being adopted.
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I did drop enough hints that I assumed plenty of people would suspect.
Review By [texaswookie] • Date [20 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Where Raptors Dare" from mooncowthree
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Was scrolling through a list of terrible movies worth watching and came upon the toxic avenger, I hadn't seen the cover art before, no wonder the mayor was freaked out.
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Yeah, he's not exactly George Clooney, is he?
Review By [mooncowthree] • Date [20 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Return" from fpb
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My dear Sir Lee, to extrapolate mass death from a few problems of supply - themselves mostly extrapolated; it's always some terrible future that we have to worry about somehow, never the present - is like diagnosing terminal cancer from a cold. And in fact it never happened. The worst ever case of mass death that I know about, the Black Death of 1346-48, which wiped out one-third of the European population in a few years, was the product not of scarcity but of abundance. The steady growth of Europe that had begun about 1050 had resulted in a situation where men huddled in ill-conceived, ill-designed towns and cities, with terrible sanitation - hideously vulnerable to contagion. The Black Death had already been having fun at the expense of the Muslim East and North Africa when it hit Italy and the Crimea, but its impact had been less extreme; why? because the society was rather less urbanized and densely populated.
No, it is simply a matter of marketing. "Be afraid, be very afraid" always sells. But I would rather get it from an honest fourth-rate schlocker about a bunch of pretty and incredibly stupid teens trapped in a creepy old house, than in a factitious pseudo-sociological presentation that always gets everything wrong.
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I don't think it's a matter of marketing. There are places where people have real problems. In general, we can't believe either extreme, but there are plenty of rational researchers who publish in peer-reviewed journals, and they're not paid by marketers.
Review By [fpb] • Date [20 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Vine Street" from SirLee
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fpb, I'm not disputing your credentials regarding the political aspects of Malthusianism, but...

But. Resource depletion is a real problem that can't be wished away. Reliance on non-renewable energy sources is a problem we have to figure out. Water rights is already a problem in many parts of the world. Fisheries depletion due to overfishing is already a problem. Scientific consensus is that global warming/climate changing is a real thing. Ocean acidification is happening. We may have already passed peak phosphorus mining, and phosphorus is an essential component to fertilizers.

I live in a 10-million-plus metropolis. We have three major, and a few minor, water supply systems. The biggest of those bring water from hundreds of kilometers away. The last couple years have been exceptionally dry ones, and we are looking into the possibility of the water reserves drying up completely in the next month.

Thing is, even if it rains a lot this summer, long-term we are pretty much guaranteed to have water supply crises again. Because the city keeps growing, and there's nowhere else to bring water from -- we are already in competition with *other* metro areas. Drilling is also a short-term solution, since aquifers are replenished very, very slowly. Major aquifers like the one under my feet have been shrinking over the last century due to overdrilling.

So, Malthusianism or no Malthusianism, we as a species need to figure some things out. We need to figure ways to use water more efficiently. We need to figure out energy sources that don't increase atmospheric CO2 and other undesirable results. We need to figure out how to pollute less. We need to figure out how to stabilize theoretically-renewable (but which have been undergoing depletion anyway) resources like fisheries and soil.

And yes, we might have to figure a way to accelerate the stabilization of population. Because the projections I have seen aren't encouraging: more than doubling the world's population over the next century, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa, before finally stabilizing around 2100.
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And we have a history of really being pretty lousy on our future population estimates.
Review By [SirLee] • Date [20 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Where Raptors Dare" from fpb
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Malthusianism is not an ideology, it's a pathology - or, ot be precise, a symptom. its predictive record is so pathetic it makes Marxism look like a sane and useful tool of interpretation by comparison; Marxism, at least, has produced some useful interpretative tools and categories, such as class interest and false consciousness. Nothing of the kind has ever come from Malthusianism; in fact, far from helping us understand reality, it prevents us from seeing what is under our own eyes - such as that every single major hunger in modern history is the fruit either of a war or of a governmental decision to cause starvation, or both. Malthusianism has even led us to believe that hunger might cause war, as if the most fucking expensive of all human activities, and the one that demands the best fed and fittest men, may begin in lack of men and means!
The extent to which Malthusianism is literally a feature of insanity may be seen by the fact that it was first proclaimed and believed (God forgive them!) in a country that had, over the previous two centuries, multiplied its population fivefold and its food production correspondingly, namely England in the Napoleonic age. Since then, every twenty years some git has made himself rich (it is nearly always a man) by revisiting the same stale rubbish about the inevitable starvation of mankind. The fact that a country the size of Italy produces 97% of its own food necessities even today should alone show that the amount of slack in the system is enormous. The US could easily feed five times its current population (that is what they would have if they had a population density like Italy's). The truth is that Malthusianism is a superstition that tries to shift the guilt for poverty and exploitition on the poor and exploited, and to that extent relieve the sense of guilt of a rich upper class. It's the poor's fault!! They have too many children!! Translated into the language of real meaning; "I see too many poor people, and they annoy me. There ought to be fewer of them, so I would not see them so often, and I would feel better." That was its point in the days of the very unreverend reverend Malthus (yes, the bastard was an Anglican clergyman - nothing new under the sun), and that is what it serves now.
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The US does not have the same resources as Italy across its entirety. In a place like Virginia or North Carolina, the analogy holds quite tightly, but in a place like eastern Colorado or southern Arizona, it does not. The easiest way to see that is to find a map of the U.S. that shows the density of a cow-calf unit (the amount of land needed to feed one cow and one of her calves).
Review By [fpb] • Date [20 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Where Raptors Dare" from fpb
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...QUADRUPLE post!!
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Wow, I don't...
Review By [fpb] • Date [20 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Where Raptors Dare" from fpb
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...about the...
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...a 4x post before. :D :D
Review By [fpb] • Date [20 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Where Raptors Dare" from fpb
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OMG, sorry...
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...think I've ever seen...
Review By [fpb] • Date [20 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Return" from fanreaderonetwo
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"A lot of stories have bad guys that take a reasonable concern and carry it to unconscionable extremes, but while the hero's are undoubtedly fighting for the light, it seems like they often end up ignoring the grain of truth in the villains motivations. Diane, I'm curious if you personally agree that we are eventually going to outgrow our planet, and if so will you have your characters try to do something about it? Right now it seems like their only global goals are to clean up existing messes and deal with the problems they cause, rather than trying to take some of the Collectives ideas and perhaps work them into a more palatable solution. After all they have a Power Point presentation, there's got to be some good graphs on there they can use."

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Any group that pretends to ecologic concerns that _deliberately_ produces such ecologic horrors as the Arizona Spiders, the Blob, the Silicoids and their other schemes are either delusional, outright insane or lying.

Arguably Gojira would have killed "only" people living in his route to his target power plants (plus the people the loss of those plants' electricity would kill in one way or another), and would _radically_ reduce humanity's carbon footprint, so a fanatical ecologist could argue about his value.
But most or all of the other Orphan created or backed critters would have utterly devastated the ecology of the areas they passed thru. Image of a Blob passing the Amazon rain forest, leaving a lifeless wasteland behind.
Comments from author:
Yeah, we all know Gojira is the hero in tons of movies anyway. Giant spiders? Never the hero.
Review By [fanreaderonetwo] • Date [20 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Where Raptors Dare" from mooncowthree
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A lot of stories have bad guys that take a reasonable concern and carry it to unconscionable extremes, but while the hero's are undoubtedly fighting for the light, it seems like they often end up ignoring the grain of truth in the villains motivations. Diane, I'm curious if you personally agree that we are eventually going to outgrow our planet, and if so will you have your characters try to do something about it? Right now it seems like their only global goals are to clean up existing messes and deal with the problems they cause, rather than trying to take some of the Collectives ideas and perhaps work them into a more palatable solution. After all they have a Power Point presentation, there's got to be some good graphs on there they can use.
Comments from author:
And we all love PowerPoint!

All right, I think Malthus and Paul Ehrlich used suspect math to reach their conclusions, but that doesn't change the fact that we keep growing our world population and we're not increasing our sources of food and potable water at the same rate. People who have argued that our growth curves are just fine have used even worse math and science. That spells trouble if we don't act to resolve these issues before we get 'Soylent Green'. :D However, we're a curious and creative species. I just don't think that space is the answer (yet), because we have yet to figure out how to put people in space without having to keep providing them with lots of Earth-stuff. And I don't think the answer is 'kill off everyone until we are back to a sustainable population'.
Review By [mooncowthree] • Date [19 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Where Raptors Dare" from mooncowthree
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@asqwerth - yeah there is a bit of refrigerator logic involved in the emails, but if I recall correctly, the emails were sent out by the India block who had no reason to take anyone off the list. Although given that psyco was shown to be working for the main bloc, he could have easily trimmed the list, but on the other hand you don't want your deep cover operative doing *too* much to help you. As a mole for the main bloc, Jo absolutely did the right thing taking it straight to her CO, but Edding's decision is totally understandable, when you are so deep into the lies and deceit, it becomes very easy to make mistakes that you wouldn't normally.

On the assumption that Jo is actually a triple agent, which I'm pretty sure Diane has *wink*confirmed, I am curious when she was first recruited to the collective vs when she defected to Jack because he really didn't know that much about the Collective (which Jo would have presumably briefed him on initially) for quite some time and Jo found out Alex's identity quite quickly so it seems like there would have been a window where she was still loyally reporting to Maggie where she could have told her about Alex.
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Maybe I'll talk about this later.
Review By [mooncowthree] • Date [19 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Where Raptors Dare" from (Current Donor)ColBlack
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So, Terrawatt is back in action, the mole is revealed and the appearance of Cordelia Chase.

It looks like I'm going to be wrong about my theory for Cordy - I thought she turn up with a power like being an empath or something similar, that means she HAS to be kind to other people because she feels their pain otherwise.
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No, it does not look like this Cordy is particularly empathic or empathetic.
Review By [(Current Donor)ColBlack] • Date [19 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Return" from fanreaderonetwo
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"Have you heard of J J Arms? He is a private detective that lost both hands when he was 13. He has/had a single shot 22 in one of them that he used once to save himself from an attack.

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[5] I've even seen J J Arms and read his biography. I learned about him back when the original Hawaii Five-O aired, as he played a sniper seeking vengeance for the loss of his hands. Yes, I remember individual episodes of Hawaii Five-O. I am that nerdy. "Book 'em, Danno."

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Noting that _I_ remember that episode also.....

from Armes Wikipedia....

Television[edit]

Armes played the villain in the Hawaii Five-O episode "Hookman" (11 September 1973). The updated series, Hawaii Five-0, remade the episode with the same scenes and title on 4 February 2013; Peter Weller remade the role and directed the episode.[3]
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>> Noting that _I_ remember that episode also.....

Well, I'm glad to see I'm not the only old fogey on the site. :D :D


"Tonight on Hawaii Five-O, Steve McGarrett smiles... and his face cracks!" ~ Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
Review By [fanreaderonetwo] • Date [19 Oct 14] • Not Rated
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