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Old February 28 2013, 01:53 AM   #10
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Re: Episode of the Week: 2x05 "Loud As A Whisper"

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At first I thought that it was kind of silly that no one knew or understood sign language (even Data)
Today on Earth there are fifty or sixty major gestural languages, and hundreds of minor ones. In the Federation of the 24th century, the number could easily be in the thousands.

Not all deaf people wish to be "fixed." Because they do not view being deaf as a problem, it simply is the way they and those within their community naturally are.

Vulcans can communicate telepathically, but those who can not do so, are not lacking. Among the species in and out of the Federation, there could be entire species who never developed verbal and hearing organs. A gestural language would be a requirement for them to interact with others.

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Riker; "It's not our job to police the galaxy" - This was obviously meant as a political statement, one that refered to the foreign policy of the U.S. at the time the episode was written.
Were you referring to the Soviet Union's military finally pulling out of Afghanistan, or some other American foreign policy achievement of that time period?

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