bettinafairchild t1_jbt99v0 wrote

HIV used to 100% be a death sentence. But within 15 years of its discovery, a drug cocktail was discovered that keep almost 100% of HIV patients alive so they’ll die of something else at an old age. They have PReP, to prevent transmission. They’re currently testing an HIV vaccine. Miracles all. From 100% fatal to almost 0% fatal to vaccine.


bettinafairchild t1_ja6p9gb wrote

House of Stairs. 5 teen orphans around 16 awake to find themselves in a hostile environment, a building made up of stairs in all directions. They become part of an experiment (unknowingly) in which they are rewarded with food if they do certain tasks and punished if they don’t obey. They are gradually trained to become cruel and duplicitous. The 5 are: a popular, athletic boy; a pretty, shy girl who is a follower; a spoiled narcissistic princess; a juvenile delinquent girl; a boy who has a learning disability. Eventually the delinquent and the one with the learning disability rebel and refuse to engage, preferring to starve themselves. When the other 3 attack them, the experiment is ended. They discover they are being trained to be spies. The hostile environment is to train them to adjust to any situation and disregard human comfort. The training to be cruel is providing them with the right mindset to be spies and assassins. The two who refused are rejected but the rest go on to further training.


bettinafairchild t1_ja6oqfb wrote

They already do this. People select their partner based on similar education levels. And if you get donor eggs or sperm, they almost exclusively take sperm from donors who are taller than 5’10” and who went to an elite school. They include SAT scores on the application, but I don’t think they verify as there was some dude who made all kinds of bogus claims and famously a significant proportion of the kids he fathered have serious mental and emotional problems, similar to him. For donor eggs they charge a premium for women from elite schools and they’re more likely to demand to see what she looks like first and favor pretty donors.


bettinafairchild t1_j9822kj wrote

Originally (1940s-late 1950s or early 1960s) TV shows were shown just for that time slot. They would perform many of them live and not record them. They’d do 2 performances—one for the east coast and then a few hours later another live performance for the west coast. They were lost to time, not having been recorded. Eventually they did start recording them (I Love Lucy was one of the first) but there wasn’t a plan to do anything with them later. Recording just made it easier to show on the west coast without having to re-perform it. And then they could do re-runs later in the year. But because they used to do all the shows live, they did a lot of shows—like 36 shows a year, as compared to modern 22 shows or less/year.

Then, in the 1960s, they found a lucrative new way to make money—they would show old TV shows on another channel. To do this they would bundle up the existing shows and sell the rights to air them. There were only 3 channels but then they started expanding to new channels on UHF—these were channels larger than number 13. All the regular channels of NBC, CBS, and DuMont, then later ABC, were on channels 2 - 13. The UHF channels tended to have independent stations, not networks. They’d show local, cheap programming. Bad movies. Local news. Reruns purchased to be syndicated to these smaller channels.

Once the financial rewards of syndication were known, it was soon discovered that 5 seasons provided a good number of episodes for a syndication package, so often networks would continue to pay for shows to get to that 5th season so they’d have a lucrative package. Other shows that are shorter do syndicate, but might not get as good of a financial offer for it.


bettinafairchild t1_j46x2vf wrote

Not really. They have a huge rate of confession because they can hold you a very long time without allowing a lawyer. They will just keep you awake, constantly questioning you until you confess. They also don’t have jury trials, so a judge decides, and it turns out judges in Japan really frequently choose to convict.


bettinafairchild t1_j3xmm83 wrote

By the way, a writer wrote "The Ones Who Walk Away from The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" as a sort of sequel. You can look it up, it was in a recent issue of a popular SF magazine like Asimov's or something.

And there was an episode of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds this past year that features an Omelas-like situation.


bettinafairchild t1_j3ngip6 wrote

Adjusted for inflation, that car would be $66,465.71 today.

The salary for a congressperson in 1947 was $12,500, so that car was 38.4% of a congressperson's annual salary.

Today the salary is $182,189, so about 36.4% of a congressperson's salary. Not a huge difference.

Cadillacs run from high $30Ks to about $80K for an Escalade today. So one could buy someone a Cadillac for less or more than that today.


bettinafairchild t1_j3eevy9 wrote

In addition to what others have said, keep in mind that from the time AIDS was first observed until about 1996, there was no treatment for AIDS and it was a death sentence. And during all that time, it’s not like people could say “soon we will have a treatment.” We simply didn’t know when I’d ever there would be a treatment. When if ever AIDS would stop being a death sentence. For those of us alive at that time, that’s a frightening feeling that is hard to let go of. It lingers even today. Adding to that was the stigma surrounding the disease which is a miasma surrounding feelings about it. But Leishmania has a cure. It never had all that emotion surrounding it .


bettinafairchild t1_j2e3y4h wrote

We tried they argument. As well as other arguments over the years to help them to see that abortion can be necessary, like to save the mother’s life or rape or a 10 year old, etc. in EVERY case, that resulted in them becoming more extreme, not less, and now there are those pressing for abortion to be punished by the death penalty.


bettinafairchild t1_j215m7q wrote

Back then, they had different attitudes than we do today about intellectual property. Nowadays, the nerds are in the office and want authenticity and faithfulness to the original. Back then, "auteurs" wanted to put their own stamp on things, to be different and unique and not respect the source material at all. Hence you get Jan Peters (Barbra Streisand's hairdresser), who wanted to do a Superman movie where Superman never wears his uniform, doesn't use his powers, and is angry and destroys things. Basically, completely nothing like actual Superman. (watch this for an entertaining account of this:

That's one explanation. The other one is that they wanted to make the movie based on the book, not based on the 1939 movie.

I think both thoughts went into their decisions.


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bettinafairchild t1_iy06y37 wrote

Then why do you think there are so many ads you can’t find the articles? Are you only reading The National Enquirer or something? I mean, you’re just wrong about newspaper layout except cheap tabloids and the backs of papers where all the ads for prostitutes are.