Current Events 61: If You Desire Peace…

The Discovery finally uncovers the secret behind the Klingon cloaking device and Ash Tyler reunites with his one true love! Join us as I make hopeless guesses as to what the hell is going on.

Space Farce

TL;DR: An often very funny yet puzzling comedy from the guys who brought you The Office stumbled out of the gate with some oddly bad judgment, but have 80% recovered as the series progresses.

Spoilers for SPACE FORCE follow.

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Current Events 60: Discovery 1×7

Magic To Make The Sanest Man Go Mad is the very long title of a very good episode. A time loop episode which is my favorite sub-genre of my favorite movie genre: Time Travel movies. Have you seen Time Crimes? You should see it. But before you do that, join me and Mike as we talk about this magic that makes men go mad.

Plague Diary 7: 7 Sick, 7 Vomitous

Did I do that right? I don’t really watch the Fast & Furious movies.

Anyway, we decided to go out to eat and maybe sit on a patio for a nice brunch on Sunday since everything is opening back up. So I just did a quick check to see how well California’s curve has been flattened.

Uh… now hold on just a minute

Nope. Despite our worst efforts and many people not doing anything at all, the virus has not magically disappeared. And more studies now indicate most transmission occurs indoors.

So we got a takeout order and were very grumpy for the rest of the day.

Anti-vaxxers, flat Earthers, Trump’s blind support from people who appear to have eyes and a functioning brain… as someone said on Twitter the other day: It has nothing to do with masks. A certain percentage of our population has had their brains destroyed by poison speech from ideologues who profit from hate to oppose anything that can be associated with this mythical monster call “Da Libs!”

Anything that can be attributed to Da Libs! — generally anything they don’t understand, can’t learn from a headline, or comes from an expert they don’t agree with — they must oppose. Even to their own detriment.

About two million people are going to have to die for the country to gain herd immunity from SARS-COV-2 (and that’s only if it doesn’t mutate) because we can’t get 33% of us to follow simple precautions.

Current Events 59: Discovery 1×6

So Ash Tyler whom everyone is a fool to trust is trusted by everyone because they’re FOOLS. Anyway, he’s now a member of the Discovery crew because Startfleet has the worst opsec of any organization ever. Come listen to us talk about it.

Once Upon A Time In Groundhog Day

I have been watching and rewatching Once Upon A Time In Hollywood in an effort to get it. I’ve seen the movie ten times now and I must admit it still hasn’t clicked with me. It seems to be a bunch of different movies, none of which are about anything important, all smashed together for a comic run at the end.

SPOILERS for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood follow.

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Current Events 58: Discovery 1×5

Listen up, everyone. It’s time to choose your pain and I would just like thank each and every one of you for choosing our dumb discussion of this excellent episode (featuring Harry Mudd!) to be your pain.

Plague Diary 6: The Enplaguening

We’re about to get our asses handed to us by the virus. The protests against police brutality that have been necessarily sweeping the nation have had the unintended consequence of taking the attention off of the pandemic.

With news organizations shuffling COVID stories to the back burners there is a decided feeling that the virus is gone when, in fact, all we did was flatten the curve a bit by doing the absolute minimum.

  • Florida is purposely misreporting numbers by classifying most of their COVID deaths as pneumonia.
  • Recorded deaths are about to reach 120,000
  • Mortality rate is between 13% and 6%
  • There has been no pause in new cases
  • People have been flooding back to super-spreader locations like casinos, beaches, and shopping malls
  • No one is wearing a mask in public except the protesters.

We’re going to get hit with a massive second wave and everyone is going to blame the protests, but in fact, it will be gamblers at the casinos and the malls and the beaches – gambling with our health – that will be the cause.

And no one is going to have the grit to go back into lockdown in the fall when the virus comes storming back.

The only good news is the rubes are starting to turn on Trump and there is some noise from the military that makes me think it won’t be a slam dunk for him to refuse to leave if he loses.

Current Events 57: Discovery 1×4

“The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not For The Lamb’s Cry” really says it all. With a title like that, do you even need a podcast about it? Of course, you do! Join us as we ask the knife how much it cares about the lamb.

Plague Diary 5

I’m not religious and I don’t believe in God, but I did just read an article that uses direct quotes from Revelations to prove Donald Trump is the Anti-Christ. And I’m here for it.

Three short years ago we were in an economic expansion (not a great one, but still, as handcuffed by wealth inequality as this country is, what can you expect?), we had a massive pandemic preparedness effort in place, and our cities weren’t on fire.

This weekend found Americans trying to decide between social distancing and protesting police violence while almost 40 million workers tried to figure out how to stretch $1200 for six months.

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