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Absolutely when they run that opening credits with Vangelis's music thundering out I thought finaly some one really really gets SF.

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Yes yes yes! Absolutely breathtaking. One of the best intros to a sci fi movie. And that is with 80's special effects!

Looking back at it, special effects, the mood, is still so distinctive and well done. And that was probably the pinnacle of non-digital special effects. And we'll probably never get back to it but even after so much investment and so much advancement in computer technology, digital effects are still not quite there (thinking of modern Star Wars, Avatar...). At some point they'll be outmatched but we are still not there.

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I think Alien was an 18 (X rated) in the Uk not sure about Aliens

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Both films have been re-rated to 15, but the DVDs still seem to be 18 for some reason.

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This is the Internet, go look on imdb.

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They removed the realy dark scene Dorothy is in the Witch's dungeon and sings a dark reprise of "some where over the rainbow"

It only exists as a outtake (its on yahoo) as it was to upsetting.

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Interesting I know that one of the reason well off mainland Chinese parents are opting to send their kids to Public Schools in the UK to get out of the death march style of cramming facts education.

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That's interesting, I wonder how the emergent Chinese middle class is informing this.

It's really such a difficult and complicated topic. But I think the action/reaction dynamic is largely explainable and understandable.

The people who I really don't get are the ones that know better, the Amy Chua's of the world. Who have the education, the sophistication and the cultural integration to escape it, yet simply repeat the cycle of abuse, mindlessly.

While the "death march" approach has largely worked to get immediately (within a generation) into "prestige" and well paying occupations. There's also a huge number of burned out kids with absolutely shattered parental relationships.

There's several reddits dedicated to basically being support groups for deeply depressed, deeply damaged kids who grew up in this kind of grind.

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Not surprising, if you're already succesful you want your children to be happy, and you don't have this burning need to live through your children or make sure they get to do everything you missed out on at any cost.

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local loop unbundling is what you need

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Computer technical support is in the high risk category?

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I'd imagine that's the result of both somewhat dishonest advertising and scams that are being run by companies that advertised themselves as technical support or "Fix Your PC" companies. Like the "I'm calling from Microsoft" scam - http://www.howtogeek.com/180514/the-%E2%80%9Ctech-support%E2...

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ah yes I see the point now

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Part of me wants Anna Torve to do a reading at his funeral

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And for a lot of jobs (especially the high status ones) now or and more employers are demanding that you work as an unpaid intern.

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Well compared to a Lot of Americans we are

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From what I hear of the DAR and the WASP establishment that's not true its still major deal the Jeb Bush is a catholic.

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It's not 1950. The WASPs lost their lock on the establishment around the time my father was born. The Ivy League graduate Liberal intelligentsia have been the establishment for 40 years on the outside.

Jeb's Catholicism is not a big deal for his electability or this would not be the first time I'd heard of it. By this time Mitt Romney's run I'd read multiple discussions on his Mormonism.

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