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I'm also addicted to Chris Harris' reviews, he and I are on the same wavelength with cars. I'd love to see him as a presenter on TG, when one of them retires.

 

Always thought Chris Harris would be well qualified for TG. But lets be honest, if one of them retires, TG is no longer Top Gear... I couldn't imagine a TG show without Jezzer or Captain Slow or Hamster.

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I understand, but there are also international implications, since her bio-mother is an MIA citizen from another country illegally in the USA, last we knew. Personally, I don't think we'd lose her, due to the extenuating circumstances, but the thought of going through legal problems like that makes me squirm. Soon we'll be able to start the official adoption process, however, and that makes me more comfortable since it gives us greater protections.

Adoption by and large is a screwy thing - on one hand we (being the US) want to recognize adoptive parents as legally equivalent to biological parents, but on the other hand, we don't - there's always that "otherness" to it. Not only in terms of social conventions, but in legal conventions as well (and I think this mostly stems from the social conventions, to be quite honest; while a lot of the justice system is able to act in a blind manner, DCS and D&N is extremely emotional (and the courts actively seem to encourage this IME)).

I don't think a challenge to ICWA has implications for anything unrelated to tribal sovereignty except for a recognition of father's rights (which have been so demonized in the last few years by radical feminists) - I kind of laugh when the adoptive parents say "unwed biological fathers are not recognized under federal law" - sure they aren't, and that's why you're appealing this to the supreme court to get "your" child back...we won't even touch common-law as a potential problem either.

The really scary part though, is that even we say biological parents have more right to their children than adoptive parents (and especially more than foster parents), the reality is that the courts can more or less at will remove a child and totally muck people's lives up on a whim. I know you're thinking - no there's laws that say they can't - but again, the extremely high-level emotional play that's encouraged in family court seems to disagree with that, and it usually does become a popularity contest and mudpit wrassle. It's just a disgusting entity to be involved with, and I'm beyond glad that I no longer have to work with that side of the justice system.

Not trying to shock you into a coma or anything, I just really can't stand family court and the way it's conducted. I mean no, our justice system isn't perfect, but by and large there's nowhere else on this planet I'd rather be tried than an American court; UNLESS we're talking family court. ph34r.gif
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Agree on that, but I feel they tend to dumb down the show too much with the other two characters. Let the driver talk! Ultimately it feels like watching a comedy show with jokes that bomb left right and center. I only watch it when the other Top Gear is not around.

Aye.

Top Gear is one of the few shows on BBC that I can actually enjoy watching, and it's certainly entertaining - I think because it's not just a bunch of PR regurgitation about whatever "hip" new car is out, and because they do more than just review expensive cars over and over. There's an element of what makes Mythbusters or Pawn Stars interesting in there as well - which is what makes it entertaining.
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Top Gear is one of the few shows on BBC that I can actually enjoy watching, and it's certainly entertaining - I think because it's not just a bunch of PR regurgitation about whatever "hip" new car is out, and because they do more than just review expensive cars over and over. There's an element of what makes Mythbusters or Pawn Stars interesting in there as well - which is what makes it entertaining.


Call it british, but I've found BBC is pretty harmless in terms of its content, on the contrary, a lot of shows are pretty educational. Seems like they make good use of the taxpayer's money.

And its mostly commercial free, thats pretty amazing.

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Call it british, but I've found BBC is pretty harmless in terms of its content, on the contrary, a lot of shows are pretty educational. Seems like they make good use of the taxpayer's money.
And its mostly commercial free, thats pretty amazing.

BBC here has a lot of advertising, and most of it is dreadful "drama" television.
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I think part of the issue is that BBC broadcasting is a little too harmless. Plus, we do get bombed with ads. I watch TG, Dr Who, and that's about it.
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Is BBC in the UK/Europe more like PBS or how Discovery or History used to be, before reality TV was all the craze?
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As far as car shows go, 

 

and that is Top Gear. (and no, the US version does not count)

The Aussie version is worse. IMO UK>Korean TG>US>Aussie

The korean one is actually not bad suprisingly. Remember at the end of the Chinese car episode they were replaced by chinese hosts? Its kind of like that. 

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There's a Korean Top Gear?
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There's a Korean Top Gear?

yes there is one, search it on YT

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Is BBC in the UK/Europe more like PBS or how Discovery or History used to be, before reality TV was all the craze?


A look at their schedule suggests that. BBC One has all the dramas and stuff. BBC Two has all documentaries, science/educational programmes and Top Gear.

Its all commercial free, atleast in the UK.

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Slashdot just posted a video of some dude at CES showing moldable earbuds. Apparently, it's a thermoplastic - you drop it in cup of water and then microwave it for 2-3 minutes to soften it, then you can mold it to fit - and he claims you can remold it as often as you want. The buds he uses with them look like typical generic canalphones.
http://entertainment.slashdot.org/story/13/01/11/0510205/making-earbuds-that-fit-video?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&utm_medium=feed

I wonder how well that would work with *good* IEMs?
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On the BBC - don't forget that we (or at least me) only get BBC America, not the real BBC. BBCA has been created for the US audience.
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The version of BBC that I've seen in the US has a lot of "Drama" type programs on it (that are all dreadful), including some British cop shows or hospital shows (which are dreadful), and then also runs TG. All of the documentary stuff appears to be either VOD, on Discovery or Science late at night (I've noticed a lot of the "learn about the Universe" type programs on Science are BBC produced, for example), or simply unavailable unless you order them on DVD or tape. *shrug*
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Well, you do also get Dr. Who. I liked the first season of Being Human (the US version is awful) and the original Torchwood (again, much better than the Miracle Day cr@p).
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Nothing on SyFy is worth watching except Star Trek re-runs. tongue.gif

And I've never seen Dr Who (the British version) air on the BBC channel I get...redface.gif
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