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Bogosity Podcast for 17 February 2019
« on: February 17, 2019, 06:00:00 PM »


News of the Bogus:
12:50 - Biggest Bogon Emitter: South Carolina police https://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/news/taken/2019/02/03/sc-civil-forfeiture-police-defend-practice-say-funds-essential-law-enforcement/2746412002/

16:45 - Idiot Extraordinaire: Governor Phil Murphy https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2019/02/04/rain-tax-likely-to-become-reality-in-new-jersey/

This Week's Quote: "The American colonies, all know, were greatly opposed to taxation without representation. They were also, a less celebrated quality, equally opposed to taxation /with/ representation." ?John Kenneth Galbraith

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Re: Bogosity Podcast for 17 February 2019
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2019, 01:50:38 PM »
There's much less hyperbole in "Tax Man" than you might think.  For instance, the line "One for you and nineteen for me" is exactly true:  The income tax rate at the time went up to 95%.  (And leftists like to pretend that things like Thatcher's reduction of income tax to less insane levels was not the cause of radical improvement in the financial situation of many in the UK, including the poorest having their real incomes increase faster than they had for decades, and instead pretend that the UK joining what became the EU more than five years eralier somehow caused improvements that only manifested after Thatcher changed things radically.)

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Re: Bogosity Podcast for 17 February 2019
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2019, 02:37:09 PM »
Yeah, they wrote it after they started making real money and were horrified to find out that they basically didn't get to keep it!

I think the hilarious thing about the anti-Thatcherites is when they blame her for the Winter of Discontent, when that happened BEFORE she was elected!

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Re: Bogosity Podcast for 17 February 2019
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2019, 03:10:39 PM »
I had to look up the timing, but 'Winter of Discontent' not only happened before she was elected PM, it probably got her elected.  One of her other major reforms was changing labor laws so that strikes like that wouldn't happen any more.

(for those not familiar with the period in the UK, labor unions were ridiculously powerful and frequently held sympathy strikes where one union would strike in support of another union, even in a quite different indursty.  Labour, typically of a leftist party in government, was desperately trying to at least reduce the rate of increase in public sector wages.  We had a similar situation in Ontario in the early 90's under Bob "The Boob" Rae, who's misrule of Ontario gave us the then-new political term 'Martelling' as a result of trying to reduce what doctors were paid under the Ontario government medical insurance scam.

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Re: Bogosity Podcast for 17 February 2019
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2019, 06:49:05 AM »
Doctor Who fans know this, because a lot of episodes got screwed up, including Shada, which they couldn't finish. They only recently finished it up with animation.

There was one part where it worked in our favor, though: Spearhead from Space was Jon Pertwee's first episode, and the first one shot in color. The video camera operators thought they should be paid more for color, so they did a strike, which meant that SfS was the only classic DW episode to be shot entirely on film--which means they were able to release it in HD!

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« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2019, 01:35:14 PM »
Fortunately, the switch to color also meant an end to deleting episodes.  Doctor Who was not the only program mauled by this, of coure.  The famous program "Vision On" lost a huge swath of episodes from before color started up, for instance.  (For those who didn't get the luck of seeing this growing up, it was an art program aimed at working as well for deaf children as others, so there's background and incidental music, but no essential gialog, although some presenters do talk a bit.  This cycles back to Doctor Who because one presenter who notably did speak, and speak intelligibly, was Sylvester McCoy, who went on to play the Seventh Doctor years later.  And, for those familiar with his quirks, he did play the spoons on both programs.  So far as I know, the only hing he's done where he didn't get to play the spoons onscreen was "The Hobbit".)

I am a bit surprised the BBC was willing to spring for the extra costs of doing an entire adventure on film.  Film is expensive, even if you only have to pay incremental costs of using more of it.  (It was also already in color, so the camera operators didn't have an excuse to call for more money.)

If you want to take a look at a plausible future for the UK had there not been Thatcher, have a look at the final Quatermass series.  (The UK is well down the road of Venuzuela, but without a strongman figure running everything into the ground, it all just sort of drifted that way without anyone really doing anything one way or another.)

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Re: Bogosity Podcast for 17 February 2019
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2019, 02:32:39 PM »
Fortunately, the switch to color also meant an end to deleting episodes.

That wasn't the result of industrial action, though. And one could argue that color was what led to the wiping because the Beeb didn't think there'd be a market for black and white television episodes.

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So far as I know, the only hing he's done where he didn't get to play the spoons onscreen was "The Hobbit".

There's the Frank Langella version of Dracula.

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I am a bit surprised the BBC was willing to spring for the extra costs of doing an entire adventure on film.  Film is expensive, even if you only have to pay incremental costs of using more of it.  (It was also already in color, so the camera operators didn't have an excuse to call for more money.)

Keep in mind they were using film for outside locations because of technological limitations with the video cameras. So it wasn't as much of an added expense as you might think.