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  1. From the article you provided, bold my emphasis: The first problem is that the cost of such an undertaking is going to be insanely high, because the cost of constructing those mirrors on Earth wouldn't include the cost of transporting them to Mars, and the cost of constructing them on Mars doesn't include the cost of building the necessary infrastructure needed to mine the raw materials that would be required and then manufacture them into mirrors. I've yet to find a cost estimate that properly accounts for this. Many focus on only the energy costs of constructing the mirrors, but ignore the enormous costs of setting up the required infrastructure. (Which would still be far more feasible than transporting them to Mars from Earth using existing technologies) The second problem is that the temperature of Mars is actually one of the most feasible problems to solve; the others (atmospheric composition, radiation) are even more out of reach.
  2. I'll address this point since it's related to the actual content of this thread. No French (or Spanish) lead of a highly anticipated Hollywood blockbuster took to Twitter to defend the police actions, that's why no movie thread got derailed.
  3. What exactly are "bland" and "non-bland" people? You claim to be specific, please be more explicit. Do you think I'm a "bland person"?
  4. The below was written by @cannastop, who will do the write-ups. I will be doing the tabulating, so pm the lists to me. The Rules: Create a list of 10-100 of your favourite 70s movies, ranked, and send them to me by pm. They must be sent by pm in order to be counted, I won't count lists just posted in the thread. The deadline is September 27th, 2019. When you submit your list, you can write out a reason why you chose a movie in your top 10 and @cannastop may feature it on the actual countdown. The rules for what counts as a 1970s movie are that if it's a 1970-1979 on IMDb. (No ifs, ands, or buts.) Scoring is as follows: Minor note on formatting: it's easier to tabulate lists if you use the built-in numbered list feature. This isn't a rule though!
  5. I think he's referring to police killings of minorities ("non-bland" population) in the United States. Guessing he hadn't noticed (or pretended not to) that most of the people commenting on the past few pages actually aren't from the US.
  6. The misinformation exists both inside and outside of China. I'm emphasizing that given that even people outside of China with access to other information can end up accepting the PRC narrative, it's even less likely for someone who actually lives in China to reject it.
  7. Yes, I cited my own relatives as examples of people with access to alternative information who are still misinformed. In the case of Liu Yifei I'm just emphasizing it's even more likely for her to be misinformed. But I wouldn't describe Liu Yifei or any of the pro-CCP demonstrators here as "victims" either.
  8. I don't think she's less informed, I think she's likely to be misinformed on this specific topic. I don't think this is presumptuous at all, my own HK and US family members that have been persuaded by the PRC propaganda regarding the HK protests are all highly educated (MSc, PhD etc.) but they consume media that are controlled (by indirect means) by the PRC/CCP. People are easily persuaded by video accompanied by a false narrative, especially in the absence of conflicting information. I've been told by many of the students I've taught from China that it's very difficult to get such information, you have to be quite determined, because the government is very committed to blocking VPNs. I don't see any reason why Liu Yifei would be determined to get around the firewall to read the NYT or WaPo etc. coverage of the HK protests. My relatives in HK and the US actually do have access to conflicting information in theory, but regardless they've been either less exposed to it or less persuaded by it. I'm very sure they're misinformed because all of the discussion has been in private conversations, they have no reason to be merely posturing.
  9. Short version/extension of what I said earlier: I suspect Liu Yifei actually believes what she wrote. While I completely disagree with her comments, I can't really blame her because I have an idea of how difficult it is to properly informed while living in China. Even my aunt and uncle, who are Chinese-Americans living in America (fluent English speakers and US citizens) have been persuaded by the PRC/CCP narrative that these protests have been orchestrated by the US, and that the police were justified because the protesters have been violent. I know that's not true, but they don't. I'd guess that most of us, if we were living in China, would also support the police and condemn the protesters, because we'd be completely misinformed. Having US citizenship doesn't give you a magical ability to get around the Great Firewall. Nor does it immunize you from propaganda delivered to you in your mother tongue. If you want to take a stance against what Liu Yifei said, I think your real target should be the CCP.
  10. How does this comment only have two "haha" reactions? I actually laughed out loud.
  11. This all just makes me so sad. To be clear, I am unequivocally on the side of the Hong Kong protesters. I believe in both their fundamental right of assembly, and in the justness of their cause. I believe that the vast majority of the protesters have been peaceful. And so, like many others here, my first instinct was to judge and condemn Liu for her comments. I suppose it's possible she felt pressured or even forced to make her comments. But I suspect that it may be her genuinely held belief, because I know all too well the power of the PRC's propaganda machine. Most of my relatives in Hong Kong, and even my Chinese-American aunt and uncle (who reside in the US), have been turned against the protesters. They've been persuaded that the protesters are unwitting puppets of the United States at best, and traitors at worst. I've seen the videos and articles shared in my family Whatsapp group. The narrative in much of the Hong Kong media is starkly different from that in Western media, because even though they are not necessarily directly controlled by the PRC, there is a very high degree of self-censorship. This is also true of Chinese-language media based in other countries such as Canada. The mainland media being directly controlled by the PRC are even worse, as I am sure you can imagine. Liu lives in China now, and it's difficult to access Western media and social networks from there. But my aunt and uncle, who grew up in Hong Kong, have now lived in the United States for more than 40 years, and speak English fluently. I wouldn't have expected them to be persuaded by the PRC narrative so easily. It reminds me of the Mandela quote: "If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart". I too wish that Liu had said that she loved China and HK and supported a peaceful resolution, or otherwise said nothing at all. But while I vehemently disagree with her comments, I am inclined to blame the PRC's propaganda machine more than I am her. I wish even more that China would respect the spirit of the "one country, two systems" principle, and wish most of all that all of China could enjoy the rights and freedoms afforded by liberal democracies. In either of those circumstances, none of this would be happening.
  12. Neither men nor women in ancient China cut their hair (for the reason that to do so was seen as disrespectful towards your family/ancestors). The men in the trailer also have long hair, but it's tied up. In the original Ballad of Mulan she isn't discovered to be a woman until after the war is over, but while rare it was not unheard of for women to fight in ancient China. There wasn't any outright prohibition against it, contrary to what was suggested in the animated film. So it appears that that the live-action Mulan is correcting that portrayal.
  13. This was equally true for both women and men in ancient China. The sentiment is captured in the Confucian Classic of Filial Piety in a passage that is translated into English as "We are given our body, skin and hair from our parents; which we ought not to damage. This idea is the quintessence of filial duty." Also, it wouldn't make sense for her to cut her hair to pass as a man, in a society where men also didn't cut their hair - you can see that the men in the trailer have their hair long but tied up. I think the big difference isn't live action vs animation, but the animated film was intended for a Western audience and the live-action film is clearly being made with the Chinese audience in mind.
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