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  1. 24 (2001)

    Interestingly, the end of season 4 illustrates, perhaps implicitly, how strong a character Jack Bauer is that HE NEVER BACKS DOWN. One of my favorite scenes in season 3, though it's grisly, is when Jack shoots and kills Nina Myers point blank when he realizes she is no longer of any use to him. It brings home the point that he allowed her to live for years only because she could provide useful information. That scene made me gasp and then cheer. Yes, in an ideal romantic world, the government portrayed in 24 would not capitulate to the Chinese or any other thug nation. Thank God we have Jack.
  2. House (2004)

    My dislike for medical dramas goes beyond even Stephen's, I think, so I was a REALLY HARD SELL on this show. I have always been more of a fan of mystery/thriller shows such as 24, Alias, and CSI. Given this reticence, I didn't really want to watch, much less like, House. Despite my usual lack of interest in the genre, reading all these posts (and knowing that Stephen and I often have similar taste in movies) convinced me to buy the DVD set. I have only watched the first two episodes so far, but my reaction is: WOW. House is more of a mystery show, I've found, and that's what appeals to me. Hugh Laurie's House reminds me of what I like so much about Gil Grissom on CSI or Jack Bauer on 24: their single minded focus on solving the mystery or crime.
  3. Rome (2005)

    I TiVo'd it. I'll report back when I've watched it.
  4. Gas Prices

    In a sense, yes, the central issue is inflation with regard to prices. But my main point was not just the price of gas but the problem of context - or seeing the price of gas and equating that with a higher cost of living in general. I'm not saying this is surprising to me, but it's still dismaying when otherwise intelligent and rational people engage in this kind of context dropping.
  5. Gas Prices

    I wanted to start a thread on this issue because we're hammered with it in the news of late. I also get an earful from non-Objectivist friends who have little understanding of economics, much less inflation. As Objectivists, we know that the number of pieces of paper we pay for gas is no indication of how expensive it is. We also know that the price of one item in isolation is not an indication of our standard of living. As I've chewed the issue, I've realized that current gas prices are not only lower than many people think, but most things are a lot cheaper than they were some decades ago. Does anyone remember how expensive color TV sets were in the 1970s and 80s? My father spent OVER $1000 for a 25" TV set in the 1980s. Today, a comparable TV set is a couple hundred *2005* dollars. I could come up with many examples of how our standard of living is higher than it was just years ago, but I think you all get the point. The broader point is most people I know have no clue about context. They see that gas is $2.60 per gallon and have a knee jerk reaction. Even making the points I've made in this post fall on deaf ears because of the total inability to think in principles. The horror over gas prices is simply an example of today's concrete bound mentality. Any other thoughts on the matter?
  6. Gas Prices

    I also understand how difficult a struggle making ends meet can be when one is young. However, my post was about how people do not see the broader context when bemoaning the alleged high price of gas. Your initial reply implicitly makes the point that the increasing price is expensive in a certain context. Holding context is vital. Personally, the gas prices have affected me little to none at all. I work at home (when I'm not at a customer site), so all the driving I do is for pleasure. I live in Phoenix, which is very spread out, and I still drive a mere 200 miles a week. I am also in a highly lucrative career in software, so the percentage of my salary that goes to gas is minor indeed. Nevertheless, if you want to get a better idea of the real price of gas/oil, I recommend the following site: http://inflationdata.com/inflation/