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(Daily Mail)   IRS spends $60,000 for a Star Trek-themed training video. And if that wasn't bad enough, they had people dressed in Next Generation era uniforms on the bridge from the Original Series   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 17
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2013-03-23 08:31:20 AM  
2 votes:
"An agency studio to film..."

I think I spotted the problem.
2013-03-23 08:28:50 AM  
2 votes:
And as a double-waste of money, the IRS should not even exist. Nope.
2013-03-23 07:48:20 AM  
2 votes:
And no, it's not an Akira-class starship! You can tell because the Akira class' nacelle connects to the pylon closer to the aft of the pylon, whereas the NX-01's pylon connects towards the center. Even if it is an Akira-class starship, it would still be out of place, because the appropriate uniforms would be circa Movie-era/DS9 uniforms.

/Okay, nerd-rage off.
2013-03-23 07:43:13 AM  
2 votes:
Hey, if you think that's bad, take a gander at the NASA mission posters:

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No, NASA! The Next Generation Uniforms don't belong on a poster with the NX-01! You know better than that!
2013-03-23 04:25:23 PM  
1 votes:
They created two training videos for $60,000 -- or $30,000 per video. That these videos were campy Star Trek themed and  Gilligan's Island themed training videos actually should be applauded -- they wanted the employees to watch these and learn something. If they were more likely to watch and pay attention to a video that was thematically interesting, than its fine. Its the same reason children's programming is "fun" but still teaches them how to count and know their letters.
2013-03-23 09:43:41 AM  
1 votes:
I retired from the IRS.  I seriously blame Al Gore for this one. Nothing political here, but during his "Reinventing the Government" crusade, he completely messed with the IRS in a clueless attempt to cut costs.  He didn't cut costs of course, just shuffled the funding and changed the shape of the management pyramid, which blended some departments that had no common need to be blended.   To cut to the chase, they started outsourcing training, so you'd get private contractors teaching about topics they had zero experience with.

Blame Al Gore.
2013-03-23 09:35:35 AM  
1 votes:
And yet "Firefly" was cancelled.
2013-03-23 09:16:43 AM  
1 votes:
Didn't I read somewhere it costs the US taxpayer something along the lines of several billion dollars a year to run the IRS? If we simplified the tax code, and by simplify I mean getting rid of every tax deduction save the number of dependents in your house you claim, wouldn't this be a great way to start cleaning out waste out of the government? I know, get my logic and sound reasoning out of fark.
2013-03-23 09:15:06 AM  
1 votes:
I don't want an apology. I want them to pay back that money out of their own pockets, and get fired. I am happy with that outcome.
2013-03-23 09:05:18 AM  
1 votes:
And with all the starving, out of work, actors out there... all the editors, writer, directors, key grips, etc... this is what they came up with? To say it was a waste of money is the understatement of the year. I say the IRS should pay out $1000 to each person listing 'actor, singer, musician', etc. as their occupation as an apology for insulting the hard working performers out there who are trying to legitimately earn a living and getting screwed by that evil agency over the paltry income we have to deal with.
2013-03-23 08:55:53 AM  
1 votes:

evilmrsock: DNRTFA, but...

My takeaway from this headline is that the IRS is efficient enough to get a training video shot, edited, and rendered, paying the actors, the writers, the director, the camera and lighting and sound staff, the recording space, travel cost to the studio, editor fees, duplication and media costs, a bunch of other things you wouldn't even think of, for only $60k.

That's farking lean. That's lean for a 30 second shot with 2 actors. You people are retarded.


So your defense is that at least they were efficient in wasting money and yet you call others retarded...
2013-03-23 08:43:42 AM  
1 votes:

Wolf892: I think a sexy 7 of 9 telling me during my audit that "resistance is futile" wouldn't be too bad...as long as I "become one with the borg" if you know what I mean, and I think you do. ;)


Do you mean sex? Because I think you mean sex. He's talking about sex guys. Star Trek themed sex.
2013-03-23 08:38:55 AM  
1 votes:
Well, this completely counterbalances the spending in Iraq.
2013-03-23 08:37:12 AM  
1 votes:

Shrapnel: RexTalionis: Hey, if you think that's bad, take a gander at the NASA mission posters:

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No, NASA! The Next Generation Uniforms don't belong on a poster with the NX-01! You know better than that!

And, putting astronauts in red shirts? Did they even watch the show?!?


Remember, with Next Generation uniforms, the expendable security guys are in gold.  Its in Original uniforms where the doomed guys are Redshirts literally as well as in nickname.

The idea of the IRS having anything to do with Star Trek is laughable, since the United Federation of Planets has a post-scarcity economy, where a taxation bureau would be irrelevant.
2013-03-23 08:35:09 AM  
1 votes:
DNRTFA, but...

My takeaway from this headline is that the IRS is efficient enough to get a training video shot, edited, and rendered, paying the actors, the writers, the director, the camera and lighting and sound staff, the recording space, travel cost to the studio, editor fees, duplication and media costs, a bunch of other things you wouldn't even think of, for only $60k.

That's farking lean. That's lean for a 30 second shot with 2 actors. You people are retarded.
2013-03-23 08:33:11 AM  
1 votes:
I wish i was in a position to blow 60k and just say sorry to have to be forgiven and then given more money
2013-03-23 08:30:46 AM  
1 votes:
I just got an ominous letter from the IRS because last month's $200 back-tax payment got to them two days late. Hope my irresponsibility didn't mess up the production on this epic.
 
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