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Quantum Vibe / Re: The Time Out corner
« Last post by JanessaVR on April 08, 2020, 12:31:08 pm »
I'm a little fuzzy about the "time-out corner" - has it made an appearance before now?  I don't recall, but it might have.

And I saw planets in there - why not open the portal into this space so as to aim at one of them, and thus stop the missile when it hits it?
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Quantum Vibe / Re: The Time Out corner
« Last post by DrakBibliophile on April 08, 2020, 12:13:47 pm »
Something about the "Time Out Corner" reminds me of something like the "Phantom Zone" (from the Superman comics).
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Quantum Vibe / Re: The Time Out corner
« Last post by Apollo-Soyuz on April 08, 2020, 11:07:03 am »
One hopes there is nothing else someone cares about in the time out corner, or liabilities could ensue.

If the bad guys can find it and control it, it could be taken control of again and used. Even if against a different, softer target. Of course eventually that rock is going to run out of fuel for correction change jumps, and there's a good suspicion to think it's  running near empty at the moment.

It could/should also be remotely controlled via q-wave, and we don't know exactly how that's suppose to work. We do know it's possible to block q-wave communication. (page=2010)

In any event, a .915C iron rock in orbit around a massive object somewhere in the "single hop" range of the QV universe, can -- with the ability to "cast" a murphy gate -- be used against someone else at a later date.

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Quantum Vibe / The Time Out corner
« Last post by Geezer on April 08, 2020, 07:16:01 am »
One hopes there is nothing else someone cares about in the time out corner, or liabilities could ensue.
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Quantum Vibe / Re: Sigh...Of Course It Was
« Last post by Sean Roach on April 05, 2020, 04:14:11 pm »
Public school used to stop at the eighth grade, it's why high school is sometimes called "secondary" school, while grade school is quite frequently referred to as "primary" school.

Once upon a time, those private "colleges" were admitting people to their programs after eight years of "primary" school. They WERE the "secondary" school.
Would you say that the quality of public education had declined in the last century? Where once, only those who were actively interested in attending, or at least their parents were actively interested in their attending, now either everyone is forced to take it, or prove their alternative meets some equal or greater standard, and where this isn't so, no one is informing parents and prospective students of the reality; that they can reject public school, or any schooling at all.  Where once, at least in theory, only those who were inclined to learn, and capable of it, (or at least well-heeled enough to offset the difficulty of attempting to teach them, despite themselves), graced the halls of what stood in for "high school", now the teachers must ensure that those who have no real interest or motivation, and those who are actively opposed to being there, do not fail to learn. (Also, the teachers are required, in many cases, to ensure those who have serious limitations on their ability to learn are not left behind, but budgeting already acknowledges this, and treats those students as more than a single student to off-set the additional work necessary to see them succeed despite adversity.)

Do you want a two year degree to be about the equivalent of a high school diploma today? Do you want a four year degree to be diluted as well?

Because once it becomes free, the recent gripe about "underwater basketweaving" degrees will become more than an exaggeration of a flawed response to the recent situation; where once literally having a degree, any degree, was purportedly the key to many jobs, and supposedly no one really cared what the degree was in.

And once it becomes free, it's a short step to making it socially, or legally, mandatory, much as it happened with High School. Before that, housing and feeding them will likely become free, and those with no real interest in learning, but a strong interest in someone else paying their bills for two to four more years while they "find themselves", will draw upon the time of the teachers, and tax the efforts of those who are interested to learn efficiently.
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Quantum Vibe / Re: Emissary from the Intergalactic Council.
« Last post by Redwood Elf on April 03, 2020, 11:02:41 am »
He's from the government, and he's here to help.

Yeah Riiiiight.
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Quantum Vibe / Re: Emissary from the Intergalactic Council.
« Last post by JanessaVR on April 02, 2020, 01:57:50 pm »
I assume this story was plotted out well in advance of the current pandemic, but there are certainly some uncomfortable parallels to the creeping (if not galloping) authoritarian measures taking place around the globe right now.
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Quantum Vibe / Re: Emissary from the Intergalactic Council.
« Last post by Skull the Troll on March 27, 2020, 08:12:20 pm »
Slippery slope?  What slope?  That's jumping right off the cliff.

Right? Talk about your non-starter.
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Quantum Vibe / Re: Emissary from the Intergalactic Council.
« Last post by JanessaVR on March 26, 2020, 05:08:30 pm »
Slippery slope?  What slope?  That's jumping right off the cliff.
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Quantum Vibe / Re: Emissary from the Intergalactic Council.
« Last post by jhpace1 on March 26, 2020, 08:02:08 am »
Wish I could still see the transcript for each comic.

https://www.quantumvibe.com/disppageV3?story=qv&file=/simages/qv/QV07-053.jpg
Strip 2073 First Seen: Wed 2020-03-25

See how casually, how matter-of-fact this Ambassador rejected nearly every point of a libertarian society?  He wanted (demanded):
  • a base of operations inside their territory (and not subject to their laws)
  • a staff of 500 people (499 "infiltration agents" and one director, probably)
  • access to every person's private financial (and therefore, everything) information
  • repealing personal protection laws (leaving the population defenseless)

What a slippery slope to Communism.
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