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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Current Events 56: Discovery 1×3

We’re done with the two hour cold open as Michael Burnham finally joins the Discovery (and Lorca’s monomaniacal path to redemption). Join Mike and me as we gear up and talk about it.

The Voice of the Unheard

The difference between today and 1967 when the Kern Commission found that cops intentionally sparked conflict in protests to both discredit the protesters and give themselves a chance for a baby’s day out of ultra-violence is that today everyone out there had a camera and we now have clear video of police attacking peaceful protesters before going on a full scale rampage.

Every video of a cop smashing a peaceful, sign-holding protester with a billy club drives the younger generations, Millennial and Z, further away from the thinking of the mentally and spiritually broken Baby Boom “leaders” who run this country like a banana republic.

I still have optimism for the future of this country, but we are going to have to go through a lot of shit to get there.

Current Events Special: Top 10 Pre Star Wars

We thought it was going to be easy, but we were wrong. Especially considering how much incredible science fiction the 1970s turned out. Tune in, turn on, and drop out as we lay some heavy stuff on you man: The Top 10 Best SciFi Movies Pre-Star Wars.

39 Minutes Of Top 10 Action

Top 10 Methodology

Mike and I are putting together our lists of the top ten SF movies before Star Wars (so nothing after 1976). My first concern when we came up with this idea was how I would find nine movies other than 2001: A Space Odyssey. I just didn’t remember much worthy science fiction from those decades.

The actual problem turned out to be an embarrassment of riches. Even after culling what I could, I still have over two dozen movies to winnow down to ten.

Here, as they say, is where my head is at.

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Current Events 55: Discovery 1×2

Join us as we talk about what has to be the longest cold open in television history wherein Star Trek: Discovery spends two entire episodes introducing us to Michael Burnham’s past before they even get into the story they’re going to tell us.

Discovery 1×2

JW3 Blogwatch

I am finally getting around to watching John Wick III. To be honest, I gave it a pass first time around because I loved I & II and was just worried they were going to ruin it by overreaching. Having fired it up and watched the first 22 minutes, I feel like I worried for nothing.

Following are SPOILERS and just random thoughts as I watch:

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Current Events 54: Discovery 1×1

Having wrapped up Picard, we continue on our Star Trek kick by immediately jumping into the controversial (because these days what piece of popular culture isn’t upsetting to someone?) Discovery.

Spoiler alert: We like it.

Plague Diary 4

This being allergy season is complicating things in lockdown. Every sneeze, cough, and headache sparks a moment of wondering, “Is this it? Did I touch the wrong thing? Did that cyclist with no mask infect me?”

Besides wondering if we’re infected, we’re also becoming amateur microbiologists with a primary focus on SARS viruses. The sheer amount of information I’ve picked up on how viruses work, how vaccines work & what factors decide how effective they are, to what it will take to produce 300 million doses is mind boggling.

And it’s nothing I ever wanted to know. But, in the same way the President used to be someone you didn’t have to think about every damn day, the virus has commanded center stage. And his politicizing of this tragedy has only increased the amount of time and energy we have to spend on political theater.

The day begins with a rash of headlines mixing the news of the depressing lack of leadership the President and Senate have shown in dealing with this slowly unfolding national tragedy. There’s a pervasive sense among rational people that stupid, ill-informed idiots being manipulated by Fox News and Russia have made themselves into the lever that destroys this country.

Lots of smart people, relying on science and historical evidence, have put forward plan after plan to end the lockdown in a coordinated, planned way that will minimize the second wave of infections. And each plan is met with crowds of unmasked, belligerent idiots demanding the 90% return to their underpaid service jobs so the 10% can get their hair done or be served in a restaurant.

And, of course, data now shows that when they leave their protests to return to the suburbs or rural areas they came from, they take the infection with them.

Prolonging the lockdown that has so inconvenienced them.

Current Events 53: Picard Finale

We cried, we laughed, we even sang a song. This trip through the first season of Picard comes to a landing with a most excellent finale that did not disappoint. Join us!

Picard Finale