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Review of chapter "Return" from fpb
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Little old ladies can wear Cyclops goggles without anyone saying anything about it. It's just 'old people stuff'. It looks weird on Scott Summers, though.

Not really. He just needs to wear cyclists' gear. Sports cyclists often wear glasses that go all the way around the face. I used to have a pair myself.
Comments from author:
He does have options other than what he has worn for half a century.
Review By [fpb] • Date [23 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Confrontations" from (Recent Donor)draconin
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I really do hope you have something suitably gruesome in store for our dear Maggie? ::rubs hands and cackles, pets white cat::
Comments from author:
You'll just have to wait and see. But you won't have to wait all that long.
Review By [(Recent Donor)draconin] • Date [23 Oct 14] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Confrontations" from dcarson
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I joined the credit union I belong to when I worked for a big company (join one, much better then banks). Membership has to be limited by some factor like who you work for or where you live but can allow several groups to qualify. So besides the bigco you could be a member if you worked at the State Police barracks a half mile away. Never heard of any robbery attempts but makes a extra safeguard that actually makes money.


Really major changes in a science often need to wait for enough of the old guard to retire. Which is still faster then in many fields.
Comments from author:
In my experience, it may just require that enough of the old guard do serious evaluation of the new theory and then agree publicly. I wasn't around for the plate tectonics arguments, but I have seen important paradigm shifts in a variety of hard and hard-ish sciences. As long as there are real scientists among the old guard, some of them will treat the proposal seriously and at least test it.

On the other hand, I have also seen a new theory proposed, then testing reveal that it did not hold up, and then the proposers having to admit that they didn't do a decent job with their experiment and/or their safeguards and/or their analysis. (Or else the proposers are scam artists who are not publishing in real journals and are just trying to get money from rubes, as seems to be the case with 'nutrition' claims that go straight to pills you can buy over the counter with no real scientific studies involved.)
Review By [dcarson] • Date [23 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Return" from fanreaderonetwo
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"The legendary robber who hits that donut shop that happens to be across the street from the police station so it has twenty armed police officers in it.

All of them are in uniform."

*****

Heard a similar story in a TV show referring to a robber that hit a bank with a dozen plainclothes FBI agents there on their lunch hour to cash their paychecks. Oops!

RL

There is a large coffee shop nearby I have frequented. Its open 24 hours and is right on the Interstate highway so it gets huge amounts of business.
Often there are a half a dozen marked police/sheriffs cars in the lot and a dozen or more armed cops in uniform eating.
I've wondered if some idiot robber has ever walked into it.....
Comments from author:
Probably. The coffee shop owners no doubt still tell the story. And laugh.
Review By [fanreaderonetwo] • Date [23 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Return" from fanreaderonetwo
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"But inevitably, the journal is controlled by people who believe the classic science, and they choose the big names in the field to review papers - and they also believe the classic science. So people have to be willing to say 'wait a minute, this contradicts what I believe, but they have evidence - I think this needs to be published and read and tested and evaluated'. People who can do that are scientists, regardless of the subject."

*****

Recalling a quote from ????? IIRC the idea started during WW2 and the V2 rockets.

If a distinguished elder scientist says that something is quite possible, he is likely correct. If one tells you something is impossible, he is possibly wrong.
Comments from author:
Yep. Arthur C. Clarke. I might have cited this one in my Bufft/TBBT crossover along with the best-known one.
Review By [fanreaderonetwo] • Date [23 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Confrontations" from ScorpioP
Review:
Ohhhh fuuudddggge.
Comments from author:
Oops. Looks like someone has some plans in play.
Review By [ScorpioP] • Date [23 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Confrontations" from JamesBrown
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Comments from author:
//I do have experience with problems in peer-reviewed journals due to 'old' science facing 'new' ideas, or problems with bad hypotheses, or problems with 'in' concepts. But that is how peer review works, at least in the fields I deal with: math, statistics, computer science, and the 'harder' sciences. Someone proposes something really new; it gets rejected or scoffed at; it gets tested; it either stands on its own merits or it falls; science advances. An excellent example is the Alvarez Theory: the killer meteorite of 65 million years ago. It took fifteen years of serious study, publications in serious journals, and testing by skeptics to convince the community that it was real. Now it is accepted to the extent that it shows up in sci-fi and cartoons. Hard science and the hard-ish sciences are filled with issues like this, because science is not a religion, it is a process.//

and sometimes it takes even longer-
when I was a kid (admittedly a long time ago)
there were still reputable scientists laughing at the very idea
of continental drift and plate tectonics even though it was originally
proposed in 1908 - it really wasn't generally accepted until the 60s
Comments from author:
Yes. The more testable evidence that can be found and published on, the faster the change happens (Barry Marshall and helicobacter pyloris comes to mind). The less evidence, the longer the concept takes for consideration.

But inevitably, the journal is controlled by people who believe the classic science, and they choose the big names in the field to review papers - and they also believe the classic science. So people have to be willing to say 'wait a minute, this contradicts what I believe, but they have evidence - I think this needs to be published and read and tested and evaluated'. People who can do that are scientists, regardless of the subject.
Review By [JamesBrown] • Date [23 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Confrontations" from bookworm
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Umm, doesn't Vince have really blond hair, not black? Or did that change in later seasons? I don't remember a beard and mustache either, but that could be from the time in prison. Also, yay powered neighbours!
Comments from author:
As far as I can remember, Vince always had black hair. And who would have expected to be thwarted by superpowered old people?
Review By [bookworm] • Date [23 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Confrontations" from JamesBrown
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Ha ha! I knew it! As I commented on Sep/4/14
I quote myself:
// but Ray's parents offhand comments just before,
with the - so you've got powers, so does the guy down the street
attitude sort of makes me wonder how many people ARE there
in Paradise Valley with some sort of ability who were just simply
not talking about it. //
and in addition:
// so now I'm imagining if wacky Maggie and the collective ever
decide to raid terawatts homebase while she's off in some other
part of the world so they can acquire some lab subjects,
what are the chances they end up like the proverbial stickup artist
who decides to try and hold up a police station? //
and I KNEW Marsha's powers were going to be critical :)

I apparently have the deductive reasoning of Sherlock,of Batman !
so what if I was wrong about the Macks fortifying their home against attack.
And okay,sure I was wrong about... And I didn't quite get it right with....
and there was those other things I wasn't QUITE...........
okay,okay - so I really don't know where you're going as often as not.
And even though I do manage figure it out more than a chapter or 2
ahead of time -occasionally-
you still manage to surprise me quite frequently, even WITH more foreshadowing
then I have seen in any story I can remember reading.
So, while I might have quite a few suspicions,
I still really have no idea how the heck you're going to get them out of this one!
So I am looking forward to your next chapter,
And thank you very much for entertaining us with all your hard work.
Comments from author:
The legendary robber who hits that donut shop that happens to be across the street from the police station so it has twenty armed police officers in it.

All of them are in uniform.

Someone failed their spot check. :D
Review By [JamesBrown] • Date [22 Oct 14] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Confrontations" from hmhughes
Review:
I don't want to stop reading :(


Awesome update! Thanks for sharing!
Comments from author:
Thanks. Once you finish, feel free to start from the beginning, so you can repeatedly point at sentences and say "I can't believe she snuck this in here!" :D
Review By [hmhughes] • Date [22 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Confrontations" from dcarson
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The discussion of science, from a quote file I have


"Science isn't an advance on truth. It's a retreat from error."
"Evolution isn't an advance towards perfection. It's a retreat from failure."
Comments from author:
Organisms can't advance toward *perfection* since that's unknowable and indefinable. No scientist claims that. Just comic books. Organisms can evolve toward local survivability.
Review By [dcarson] • Date [22 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Confrontations" from fanreaderonetwo
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"

Hmmm... I think after this the Macks should organize a 'community meeting' and suggest fencing and gating the neighborhood. ;) But what to call it?

X-Acres?
Metaville?
The Village (with obligatory umbrellaed high-wheeler bike image)"

*****

Gating _just_ the neighborhood?

Keep in mind that much or most of Paradise Valley probably has been,
or may in the future (remember all that waste dumping Danielle did) exposed to GC or other "interesting" chemicals.
Just fall in the wrong mud hole or drink from the wrong well, and surprise!

So I suspect that the whole damned area is swarming with powers, with more popping up or being revealed, all the time. The only surprise is probably how few casualties and little property damage there has been due to accidental or deliberate "power use".
I wonder how much damage the crippled lady with the laser eyes did to her house before she got things under control? And then there is "oven mitt man".....
Also wondering how many times in the last few years the local ER has treated odd or weird injuries due to accidents, domestic disputes and arguments. Also wondering how many of those injuries got deliberately misreported or mislabeled by the health care providers.... Forex an eye laser wound listed as a kitchen stove mishap.
Similar things with local handymen and house or auto repairers and "odd" damage.

I suspect that some enterprising local entrepreneur, maybe Louis or his dad, could make some money with a store catering to local "powers". Better quality "sunglasses" and thin and flexible but temperature proof gloves come to mind, along with games to help new or young TKers learn to control their powers.
Comments from author:
Driscoll Enterprises, for all your SuperNeeds! Yeah, I can see Louis pushing that.
Review By [fanreaderonetwo] • Date [22 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Confrontations" from RevDorothyL
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Can I just say how much I loved getting to see Carter in full-on super-TK-assisted fighting mode? Plus, her ruminations about the need to pick an O'Neill-humor-proof code-name for herself were hilarious.

And of COURSE the Macks would have the most impressive (if unexpected, even by the neighbors involved) Neighborhood Watch! Yay! :)
Comments from author:
And they're a carefully-plotted Neighborhood Watch as well.
Review By [RevDorothyL] • Date [22 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Return" from FireWolfe
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I am so hoping the raptors get in. I absolutely love the idea of them playing hero. I mean they see AG as one of them and I so hope Maggie gets eaten. Fourth floor so what they can climb or maybe they have flying relatives lol. Come on the dino's have to be good for something. I mean really they are so cool. I can so see Alex wanting one as a pet or Willow. Love the neibors all having and hidding powers that is absolutely funny as hell. I so look forward to them working out as a neibor hood watch group. Criminals beware lol. The idea of a little old lady with laser Eyes is hilarious. I hope you let the german orphan gain redemptions sounds like the poor guys been punished enough putting up with Danielle. Still say you should bring Shar in to kick ass and take names really she could have survived eye of the storm and all that.
Comments from author:
Little old ladies can wear Cyclops goggles without anyone saying anything about it. It's just 'old people stuff'. It looks weird on Scott Summers, though.
Review By [FireWolfe] • Date [22 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Confrontations" from MarcusRowland
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Oh good grief - I just realised who, or rather what, will probably be rescuing Hanna.

But will Jack let her keep them?

later - They could form a pyramid against the wall... Or build a catapult... Or use their claws as pitons...
Comments from author:
She's up on the third or fourth floor, well out of raptor reach.
Review By [MarcusRowland] • Date [22 Oct 14] • Not Rated
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