Tainted GLoP

It’s late in the evening on the last night of the month, so you know what that means: time for the 2nd GLoP of the month! In this installment, our intrepid pop culture guides walk us though weird mask rules, Foundation, Apple TV+ and the difficulties (for some) of finding new show, a very weird side effect of COVID and a possible breakthrough medication to treat it, the most unusual episode of the old Mission Impossible TV show, and the OZY Media story.

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  1. Taras Coolidge
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    @Taras

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    If John thinks Foundation is the movie most unfaithful to its source material, he’s never read or seen Starship Troopers.

    The confusion may come because Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation” series has two beginnings.

    The original Foundation Trilogy — Foundation, Foundation and Empire, Second Foundation — consists of stories written mostly in the 1940s.

    Then, decades later, Asimov conceived the quixotic and much deplored goal of unifying the Foundation Trilogy, which takes place in a universe without robots, with his — hitherto entirely unrelated — robot stories and novels.

    By the time he died, Asimov had expanded the trilogy to a nine-volume series, with two prequel novels, and four sequels.

    Like most people who admired the original trilogy, I considered the new books as basically a travesty, so I’m not that familiar with them.

    However, it does appear that the TV series is starting its projected 80-episode run by adapting the prequels, Prelude to Foundation and Forward the Foundation.

    If JPod read the first volume of the original trilogy instead, that would explain why the book does not seem to resemble the TV episodes very much.

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  2. Taras Coolidge
    Taras
    @Taras

    I forgot to add: given the glacial pace of the first three episodes, I find it hard to believe that the series will be able to hold an audience for 77 more hours. However, Apple has plenty of money to burn, so they may proceed regardless.

    I figure I will go on watching until my free subscription runs out in a few weeks. Even if the shows best actors were eliminated at the end of the second episode!

    N.B.:  There actually are a couple of shows worth watching on Apple TV.  For All Mankind envisions the ferocious space race that would have resulted, if the USSR had won the race to the Moon. Mythic Quest is a pointedly funny sitcom set behind the scenes at an online fantasy game with millions of subscribers.

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  3. kedavis Coolidge
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    @kedavis

    Taras (View Comment):

    I forgot to add: given the glacial pace of the first three episodes, I find it hard to believe that the series will be able to hold an audience for 77 more hours. However, Apple has plenty of money to burn, so they may proceed regardless.

    I figure I will go on watching until my free subscription runs out in a few weeks. Even if the shows best actors were eliminated at the end of the second episode!

    N.B.: There actually are a couple of shows worth watching on Apple TV. For All Mankind envisions the ferocious space race that would have resulted, if the USSR had won the race to the Moon. Mythic Quest is a pointedly funny sitcom set behind the scenes at an online fantasy game with millions of subscribers.

    I expect a lot of people – perhaps the greatest number – will wait until it’s all available, then binge the whole series over a long weekend or something.

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  4. jorge espinha Inactive
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    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):

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    OwnedByDogs (View Comment):

    Rob should get an Amazon Firestick. I was frustrated with all the rigmarole too. Now, I just say something like “Alexa, play Foundation” and voila, I am watching Foundation. Unfortunately Foundation really sucks though.

    I had to get the Firestick because my 2016 TV can’t download the AppleTV app. That’s another thing that drives me nuts.

    Again. I must thank you, sir. The firestick was a game-changer. It really works fabulously.

    Technology improves while politics stays the same.

    Because human nature stays the same.

    Which is why we should genetically engineer humanity.

    yep. That will work. What could possibly go wrong? (insert bond villain laughter)

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  5. jorge espinha Inactive
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    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    jorge espinha (View Comment):

    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):

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    jorge espinha (View Comment):
    But it seems the GOP doesn’t want to sieze the moment and rule America.

    I know it’s a quibble, but I don’t want them to rule America. I want them to govern America.

    I know what Jorge meant. English is not his first language but he writes remarkably well. I tried to learn Portuguese once (a posting in Brazil) and it is not easy!

    It also discloses some truths about what we “Portuguese native speakers” mean when we talk about political power. It wasn’t an accident that our dictatorship lasted 48 years.

    That’s actually pretty normal. I’m no linguist but I know enough world history to know that having a King reign over you is the norm.

    Yesterday (5th of October) we commemorated the 111th anniversary of our Republic. However, it was a Jacobin Republic, full of illegalities, murders and it wasn’t in any shape or form a democracy. It was 16 years of chaos that open the way for a right-wing dictatorship. Things actually got worst after we kicked the king out.

    That seems pretty typical too, historically.

    I have noticed that too. As a proud American, I am no fan of Kings. But I can’t help notice that almost every king was better than the revolutionary that came after. Even the Czar of Russia who was kind of a jerk.

    The Spanish King seemed to be a solid dude. As did the late King of Thailand. I can understand how a moderate Republican would be fine with the holding back on Republican reforms until the good king or Queen died.

    I’m fine qith our current republic. It was an ugly thing when it was birthed but it’s a working democracy now. 

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  6. kedavis Coolidge
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    @kedavis

    jorge espinha (View Comment):

    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):

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    OwnedByDogs (View Comment):

    Rob should get an Amazon Firestick. I was frustrated with all the rigmarole too. Now, I just say something like “Alexa, play Foundation” and voila, I am watching Foundation. Unfortunately Foundation really sucks though.

    I had to get the Firestick because my 2016 TV can’t download the AppleTV app. That’s another thing that drives me nuts.

    Again. I must thank you, sir. The firestick was a game-changer. It really works fabulously.

    Technology improves while politics stays the same.

    Because human nature stays the same.

    Which is why we should genetically engineer humanity.

    yep. That will work. What could possibly go wrong? (insert bond villain laughter)

    Or Fauci laughter, or Kamala laughter…

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  7. SParker Member
    SParker
    @SParker

    The correct term (in Southern California) for the anatomical region under discussion is “choda.” Didn’t know the meaning of the word until recently, and boy am I glad didn’t take up any of numerous invitations over the years to bite someone’s.  Chodamine* would be the treatment.

    If you’re the sort of person who micturates and defecates, the word is the “perineum.”

     

    *side-effects include shortness of pants, high stool, and the inability to see Firesign Theatre references.

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  8. jorge espinha Inactive
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    @jorgeespinha

    SParker (View Comment):

    The correct term (in Southern California) for the anatomical region under discussion is “choda.” Didn’t know the meaning of the word until recently, and boy am I glad didn’t take up any of numerous invitations over the years to bite someone’s. Chodamine* would be the treatment.

    If you’re the sort of person who micturates and defecates, the word is the “perineum.”

     

    *side-effects include shortness of pants, high stool, and the inability to see Firesign Theatre references.

    Vagymnasium. Where the balls play. Humour normally doesn’t travel well. That’s a possible translation for a joke in Portuguese. 

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  9. Gazpacho Grande' Coolidge
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    @ChrisCampion

    jorge espinha (View Comment):

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    Lots of people don’t know how bad Biden is, because the media is covering for him. Lots of people don’t know anything BUT that Trump “is loathsome” because the media told them ONLY THAT for years, with rarely if ever a mention of how much better his policies were than what we’re getting now.

    Because Trump DID NOT have only good policies. He did a lot of stupid stuff too. He often attacked Republicans. And when he did do something well, he’d march out and step all over himself. Losing Georgia was unforgivable. If the Democrats get their lunatic spending passed, it will be Trump’s fault for telling everyone the election was rigged, so his voters stayed home. What’s the point of voting if everything is rigged? Then the lunacy of Jan. 6th that gave the Democrats exactly what they were praying for.

    God help us if we have Trump running again.

    Despite all the evidence that’s been gathered and shown, particularly in Georgia for this case, are you still believing that elections aren’t… problematic?

    Well if they are, Trump isn’t the answer. He’s not worth fighting for.

    Maybe not for you, but at least give credit for driving the left to expose themselves so much more than ever before.

    Some people use the metaphor of sports to explain politics. But it isn’t a suitable metaphor. I never boo my team but I do expect the underperforming players or coaches to be axed. Trump was a horrible president and leader of the party. Time and time again he had an oportunity to sit back and watch the left hang themselves, and time and time again he failed because he is an narcissist. All the “defund the police” stuff was gold in the hands of any amateur politician, somehow Trump made the miracle of losing an election. It takes talent. But it seems the GOP doesn’t want to sieze the moment and rule America.

    We want to “rule” America?

    And Republicans pounce, not seize.  It’s true, because it’s in the newspapers.

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  10. Gazpacho Grande' Coolidge
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    @ChrisCampion

    OwnedByDogs (View Comment):

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    jorge espinha (View Comment):
    But it seems the GOP doesn’t want to sieze the moment and rule America.

    They are still terrified of Trump and his supporters. They’d seize it with both hands if he would GO AWAY!

    It will be interesting to see if the MAGA agenda gets traction if Trump stays out of it. That’s the issue, not anything else. I see a lot of Republicans in power that don’t want it, and don’t get it. To a lesser extent I see that in the GOP electorate.

    I disagree. I don’t have your contempt for Republicans. McCain would have been far better than Obama. Romney far better than Obama and both would have been far better than Trump. The MAGA brand is tainted. We need a new slogan.

    You already have one.

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  11. Bishop Wash Member
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    Gazpacho Grande' (View Comment):

    You already have one.

    So tax cuts for the rich is what I see. They are shouldering a huge burden now, so I assume a fair share would be less than what they are doing now.

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  12. Randy Webster Inactive
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    Gazpacho Grande' (View Comment):

    Only an idiot could have written “making…large corporations pay their fair share.

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  13. DrewInWisconsin, Oaf 🚫 Banned
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    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Gazpacho Grande’ (View Comment):

    Only an idiot could have written “making…large corporations pay their fair share.

    Probably large corporations wrote that part themselves. Just like they help write regulations to make sure their competitors can’t compete.

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  14. Miffed White Male Member
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    Bishop Wash (View Comment):

    Gazpacho Grande’ (View Comment):

    You already have one.

    So tax cuts for the rich is what I see. They are shouldering a huge burden now, so I assume a fair share would be less than what they are doing now.

    Of course – That’s why Democrats want to remove the limitation on the SALT deduction, a tax benefit that goes predominantly to the wealthy.  

     

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  15. Miffed White Male Member
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    @MiffedWhiteMale

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Gazpacho Grande’ (View Comment):

    Only an idiot could have written “making…large corporations pay their fair share.

    At least they’re finally saying “Making” with regard to taxes, instead of the Obama-era “ask”.

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  16. OwnedByDogs Lincoln
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    @JuliaBlaschke

    Gazpacho Grande' (View Comment):

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    jorge espinha (View Comment):
    But it seems the GOP doesn’t want to sieze the moment and rule America.

    They are still terrified of Trump and his supporters. They’d seize it with both hands if he would GO AWAY!

    It will be interesting to see if the MAGA agenda gets traction if Trump stays out of it. That’s the issue, not anything else. I see a lot of Republicans in power that don’t want it, and don’t get it. To a lesser extent I see that in the GOP electorate.

    I disagree. I don’t have your contempt for Republicans. McCain would have been far better than Obama. Romney far better than Obama and both would have been far better than Trump. The MAGA brand is tainted. We need a new slogan.

    You already have one.

    I said a new slogan. 

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  17. Randy Webster Inactive
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    Miffed White Male (View Comment):
    Of course – That’s why Democrats want to remove the limitation on the SALT deduction, a tax benefit that goes predominantly to the wealthy.  

    I would say “exclusively” to the wealthy.

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  18. Miffed White Male Member
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    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Miffed White Male (View Comment):
    Of course – That’s why Democrats want to remove the limitation on the SALT deduction, a tax benefit that goes predominantly to the wealthy.

    I would say “exclusively” to the wealthy.

    Depends on how you define wealthy.  It would help me slightly on the margins, and I’m certainly “well-off”, although not be any stretch of the imagination “wealthy”.  I haven’t itemized deductions since the SALT limitations went through.

     

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  19. kedavis Coolidge
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    Miffed White Male (View Comment):

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Miffed White Male (View Comment):
    Of course – That’s why Democrats want to remove the limitation on the SALT deduction, a tax benefit that goes predominantly to the wealthy.

    I would say “exclusively” to the wealthy.

    Depends on how you define wealthy. It would help me slightly on the margins, and I’m certainly “well-off”, although not be any stretch of the imagination “wealthy”. I haven’t itemized deductions since the SALT limitations went through.

     

    Presumably you think your State And Local Taxes should be lower, so a “need” for limiting the deductions isn’t your fault anyway.

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  20. Randy Webster Inactive
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    Miffed White Male (View Comment):

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    Miffed White Male (View Comment):
    Of course – That’s why Democrats want to remove the limitation on the SALT deduction, a tax benefit that goes predominantly to the wealthy.

    I would say “exclusively” to the wealthy.

    Depends on how you define wealthy. It would help me slightly on the margins, and I’m certainly “well-off”, although not be any stretch of the imagination “wealthy”. I haven’t itemized deductions since the SALT limitations went through.

     

    Presumably you think your State And Local Taxes should be lower, so a “need” for limiting the deductions isn’t your fault anyway.

    Tennessee doesn’t have an income tax, so SALT doesn’t apply to me.  We used to get to deduct a certain amount for sales taxes, but that was done away with, I assume at the behest of states with high income taxes.

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  21. kedavis Coolidge
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    @kedavis

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Miffed White Male (View Comment):

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Miffed White Male (View Comment):
    Of course – That’s why Democrats want to remove the limitation on the SALT deduction, a tax benefit that goes predominantly to the wealthy.

    I would say “exclusively” to the wealthy.

    Depends on how you define wealthy. It would help me slightly on the margins, and I’m certainly “well-off”, although not be any stretch of the imagination “wealthy”. I haven’t itemized deductions since the SALT limitations went through.

     

    Presumably you think your State And Local Taxes should be lower, so a “need” for limiting the deductions isn’t your fault anyway.

    Tennessee doesn’t have an income tax, so SALT doesn’t apply to me. We used to get to deduct a certain amount for sales taxes, but that was done away with, I assume at the behest of states with high income taxes.

    I thought SALT applied to property taxes too, but I’ve never had cause to check.

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  22. Miffed White Male Member
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

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    Miffed White Male (View Comment):
    Of course – That’s why Democrats want to remove the limitation on the SALT deduction, a tax benefit that goes predominantly to the wealthy.

    I would say “exclusively” to the wealthy.

    Depends on how you define wealthy. It would help me slightly on the margins, and I’m certainly “well-off”, although not be any stretch of the imagination “wealthy”. I haven’t itemized deductions since the SALT limitations went through.

     

    Presumably you think your State And Local Taxes should be lower, so a “need” for limiting the deductions isn’t your fault anyway.

    Tennessee doesn’t have an income tax, so SALT doesn’t apply to me. We used to get to deduct a certain amount for sales taxes, but that was done away with, I assume at the behest of states with high income taxes.

    I thought SALT applied to property taxes too, but I’ve never had cause to check.

    It does.  You can (well, could) deduct the total of state income tax and local property taxes as an itemized deduction.  This was capped at $10,000 as part of the 2017 tax bill, but at the same time the standard deduction was doubled from $12,000 to $24,000 (Married filing jointly – numbers from memory, but I think they’re right, and the exact numbers don’t matter for the illustration that follows).

     

    The thing that most people don’t grasp is that the value of itemized deductions is only in the amount that exceeds the standard deduction.  If you’ve got a total of itemized deduction of $25,000, and the standard deduction is $24,000, you really only have the net value of the $1000 difference times your marginal tax rate, maybe $280.

    That’s why restoring the unlimited SALT deduction is such a giveaway to people with really high incomes – they’re going to blow through the standard deduction threshold and exceed it by a lot, where as most middle/upper-middle income people won’t really see much benefit.

     

     

     

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  23. kedavis Coolidge
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    @kedavis

    Miffed White Male (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

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    kedavis (View Comment):

    Miffed White Male (View Comment):

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Miffed White Male (View Comment):
    Of course – That’s why Democrats want to remove the limitation on the SALT deduction, a tax benefit that goes predominantly to the wealthy.

    I would say “exclusively” to the wealthy.

    Depends on how you define wealthy. It would help me slightly on the margins, and I’m certainly “well-off”, although not be any stretch of the imagination “wealthy”. I haven’t itemized deductions since the SALT limitations went through.

     

    Presumably you think your State And Local Taxes should be lower, so a “need” for limiting the deductions isn’t your fault anyway.

    Tennessee doesn’t have an income tax, so SALT doesn’t apply to me. We used to get to deduct a certain amount for sales taxes, but that was done away with, I assume at the behest of states with high income taxes.

    I thought SALT applied to property taxes too, but I’ve never had cause to check.

    It does. You can (well, could) deduct the total of state income tax and local property taxes as an itemized deduction. This was capped at $10,000 as part of the 2017 tax bill, but at the same time the standard deduction was doubled from $12,000 to $24,000 (Married filing jointly – numbers from memory, but I think they’re right, and the exact numbers don’t matter for the illustration that follows).

     

    The thing that most people don’t grasp is that the value of itemized deductions is only in the amount that exceeds the standard deduction. If you’ve got a total of itemized deduction of $25,000, and the standard deduction is $24,000, you really only have the net value of the $1000 difference times your marginal tax rate, maybe $280.

    That’s why restoring the unlimited SALT deduction is such a giveaway to people with really high incomes – they’re going to blow through the standard deduction threshold and exceed it by a lot, where as most middle/upper-middle income people won’t really see much benefit.

    Yes, the SALT limitation is mostly about high-income people in high-tax states.  Since the Left is about “tax the rich” you’d think they would be in favor of the limitation.  That they aren’t, tells you their real interests.

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  24. kedavis Coolidge
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Didn’t JPod break his ankle stepping down from a curb?  And now he’ll be walking a dog several times a day?

    Doesn’t sound smart.

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