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1 New here. on Thu Nov 23, 2017 2:44 pm

Didn't see a New Member checkin thread/forum.

Plain old Dave from the hills of East Tennessee here. Been a DW fan since 1983. cut my teeth on Tom Baker on the local PBS affiliate. I like putting my cards on the table on the front end.

TruWho: I find my appreciation for B&W growing. Tom Baker is still the Gold Standard, but Troughton is fun and I respect the dignified Hartnell eps too. Not too sure about Pertwee, seems to not be what DW is supposed to be.

NuWho. Mostly talky histrionics. Peter Capaldi is the best of the 2005+ run with the War Doctor being a CLOSE second. I didn't approve of Bill's being homosexual, as it seemed contrived and an afterthought. Jodie Whittaker seems the same; a female Doctor as Peter Davison said changes the basic premise of the show. Young boys will no longer have a male role model on TV that DOESN'T solve problems in a typically non-male manner, and we're diminished for it.

General. Politically, you might call me a States Rights Anarchist. I deeply distrust all government, and listen to Alex Jones regularly. In literature, I recently rediscovered the Sage of Baltimore, H.L. Mencken. Gallifrey Base vets will recall the regular abuse I took there and my general refusal to return in kind.

I'm told this forum doesn't suppress dissenting opinion, and so am looking forward to some good, healthy back and forth.

Happy Thanksgiving and WHO-liday.

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2 Re: New here. on Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:03 pm

@Plain Old Dave wrote:Didn't see a New Member checkin thread/forum.

Plain old Dave from the hills of East Tennessee here. Been a DW fan since 1983. cut my teeth on Tom Baker on the local PBS affiliate. I like putting my cards on the table on the front end.

TruWho: I find my appreciation for B&W growing. Tom Baker is still the Gold Standard, but Troughton is fun and I respect the dignified Hartnell eps too. Not too sure about Pertwee, seems to not be what DW is supposed to be.

NuWho. Mostly talky histrionics. Peter Capaldi is the best of the 2005+ run with the War Doctor being a CLOSE second. I didn't approve of Bill's being homosexual, as it seemed contrived and an afterthought. Jodie Whittaker seems the same; a female Doctor as Peter Davison said changes the basic premise of the show. Young boys will no longer have a male role model on TV that DOESN'T solve problems in a typically non-male manner, and we're diminished for it.

General. Politically, you might call me a States Rights Anarchist. I deeply distrust all government, and listen to Alex Jones regularly. In literature, I recently rediscovered the Sage of Baltimore, H.L. Mencken. Gallifrey Base vets will recall the regular abuse I took there and my general refusal to return in kind.

I'm told this forum doesn't suppress dissenting opinion, and so am looking forward to some good, healthy back and forth.

Happy Thanksgiving and WHO-liday.

Always happy to see new members. You'll like it here as we aren't cliquey, don't silence opinion and have quite a wide range of opinions about DW and other things.

As for my views well I think Matt Smith is the best of the modern lot. Capaldi was very good, but his characterisation was toothless. Not his fault of course, but sadly Moff saved his worst excesses for Capaldi and he didn't get a fair shot at the role.

Matt was not only more natural, but actually got to be the Doctor more often too.

Pertwee meanwhile is my favourite as he felt the most in control. Tom Baker though is definitely a close second. There is a reason Tom did 7 years. He's the most natural in the part. Even in his last year, though he was obviously physically quite ill, you still feel as though he could have gone on.

As for Alex Jones, I'm more a fan of his pal Paul Joseph Watson. Though Paul recently made a catastrophic mistake with Candace Owens AKA Red Pill Black. I don't think he'll live that down for a long while.

Politically I would agree that all current governments are shit. I would identify myself as a socialist. Not a hard one. I do support a lot socialist policies like the NHS for instance. However I acknowledge that there are lots of faults with other socialist ideas. I think its better to take the best aspects of many political ideologies, rather than be so tribal about them.

As for other political commentators I listen to, I like to take a healthy mix of right and left, with John Pilger and Brendan O'Neil obviously being on the left, and the likes of PJW, and Tree of Logic being on the right.

Though my favourites tend to be more people in the centre who laugh at idiots on both sides, ShoeOnHead, ChrisRayGun, and Tommy Robinson.

I think that the regressive left is currently the biggest threat to us as its destroying the credibility of genuine left wing politics. Which we need more than ever as we have terribly right wing governments in power.

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3 Re: New here. on Thu Nov 23, 2017 9:29 pm

Hello Dave. You may remember me from such forums as Planet Mondas... Big Grin

Welcome to the Hive. I'm sure you'll like it here. We can have some pretty aggressive tos and fros but unlike other forums people don't get banned for being politically incorrect or having dissenting opinions here.

You probably know some of my opinions from PM already but just in case: Love, love, love classic Who; Tom is my favourite, followed by Hartnell and Sylv, but there's no classic Doctor or era I don't like.
New Who: a pile of shite for the most part, except a few stories here and there and early 11th Doctor era, which alarmingly resembled Doctor Who for a bit (and had the best modern Doctor and companion) before someone somewhere realised and quickly made it shit again.
Politics: I used to consider myself left-wing. That was before the left went completely batshit insane this century and now appear to be on an all out war against men, sanity, decency and anyone with a different opinion, of course... Sad Wink

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4 Re: New here. on Fri Nov 24, 2017 9:49 am

Hi mate, welcome aboard. Big Grin

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5 Re: New here. on Sun Nov 26, 2017 3:08 pm

New here myself... Welcome.

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6 Re: New here. on Sun Nov 26, 2017 6:00 pm

Just be an obnoxious cunt.

That way you'll fit in immediately.

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7 Re: New here. on Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:04 pm

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I wonder if we'll start to see more new active members when other Doctor Who forums get even worse when it comes to banning people who dare say anything negative about the show? Either way it's good to see new names posting around here. Welcome.

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8 Re: New here. on Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:25 pm

Let's see. GB found:

-Thinking homosexuality is a lifestyle choice
-Admiring H.L. Mencken
-NOT equating Confederalism (the view that the States and not the Federal Government are the final arbiters of the extent of Federal power) with Nazism
-Thinking recasting the Doctor as a woman
-and many other things generally consistent with a center-Right, American worldview

offensive. So, I was banned from their Current Events forum. It quit being fun so, like my literary idol, Mencken, I have battened down the DW hatches. Where he wrote memoirs, I find myself bingewatching early TruWho and writing reviews. Vide my recent post on The Gunfighters. Wish BritBox had The Tenth Planet. They have anything with Ben and Polly?

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9 Re: New here. on Mon Nov 27, 2017 2:02 pm

@Plain Old Dave wrote:Let's see. GB found:

-Thinking homosexuality is a lifestyle choice

offensive.

In agreement with GB on that one, chum.

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10 Re: New here. on Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:55 pm

I don't believe it's a lifestyle choice either (tho Kevin Spacey's coming out statement seemed to suggest he thinks otherwise!)


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11 Re: New here. on Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:42 am

@Plain Old Dave wrote:Let's see. GB found:

-Thinking homosexuality is a lifestyle choice

If you think being gay is a choice then sure being straight is a choice, so you could choose to go and fuck a man right now if you wanted to? And you would enjoy it cos gays do. Why else would they do it?

Nooooo......

Surely you recognise that you aren't attracted to men and that you never would be unless... Are you a friend of Dorothy?

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12 Re: New here. on Tue Nov 28, 2017 11:54 am

Mr. Happy wrote:
@Plain Old Dave wrote:Let's see. GB found:

-Thinking homosexuality is a lifestyle choice

If you think being gay is a choice then sure being straight is a choice, so you could choose to go and fuck a man right now if you wanted to?


"Straight" is the default; you don't choose to be "straight." @90% of the planet is not homosexual and numerous studies are failing to find any sort of genetic component to sexual preference. Some even find that preference in some cases can change over a human life cycle. "Born gay" is slowly joining "flat earth" and maby others in the museum of discredited scientific theories.

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13 Re: New here. on Tue Nov 28, 2017 7:52 pm

POD wrote:"Straight" is the default; you don't choose to be "straight."

POD wrote:numerous studies are failing to find any sort of genetic component to sexual preference.

If there's no genetic component to sexual preference, then being straight cannot, according to your own logic, be a 'default' or inherent trait

POD wrote:Some even find that preference in some cases can change over a human life cycle.

Again, this evinces more confused thinking; the above is more in-line with hard-line, left wing, social constructionist thinking, which considers both gender and sexuality to be part of a spectrum - of which heterosexuality is just one facet of. Much of this thinking is predicated on misreading of the work of philosophers like Michel Foucault, who once said of the nature Vs nurture debate:

"On this I have absolutely nothing to say. No Comment."

Conversely, from a sociobiological perspective, such 'changes' over human lifetimes could well be attributable to changing social attitudes allowing pre-existing inherent penchants to flourish later in life, rather than being attributable to any learned behavior.

The problem with the argument you're making is that you're attributing inheritance to one - albeit dominant - aspect of human behavior, and arguing that another aspect is socially constructed without acknowledging the role environment and hegemony plays in enforcing your said 'default'. Sexualities are suppressed because of the power of the idea of scientific sexuality, which, in itself, is a product of Victorian psychiatry i.e. dividing people into binary normative and deviant categories.

My own take on this is that I don't know how homosexuality is constructed, or whether it is a compulsion or a choice. The point being I don't need know any of that in order to treat Gay people with the same respect and rights as any other people involved in consensual, non-harmful activity.

Given the complex dialectic between the sociological and biological evidence, to proclaim to 'know' the truth about sexuality probably demonstrates a paucity of reading on the subject and/or confirmation bias.

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