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SciFi Weekend: Gilmore Girls A Year In The Life; CW Superhero Crossover; Bryan Fuller and Star Trek Discovery; Class; Doctor Who; Sherlock; Luke Cage; Sense8; Westworld

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:28:34 +0000

Gilmore Girls, A Year In the Life finally revealed the greatest mystery beyond the secret of life, the universe and everything (which was revealed in The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy to be 42). Major spoilers ahead as I figure that any fan of Gilmore Girls will have completed the series by now. It is […]

James Mattis Might Be Best We Can Hope For From Trump As Defense Secretary

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 02:34:40 +0000

Like most observers, I am apprehensive about the names being mentioned for top positions in the Trump administration. His national security advisers are far too hawkish, although the same would be the case if Hillary Clinton had been elected. Although more hawkish than I would like, I had been thinking that General James Mattis might […]

Donald Trump’s Phone Calls To World Leaders Would Sound Like A Parody If Not For Dangers

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 00:34:31 +0000

Donald Trump has created quite a stir today by speaking with Taiwan’s president, possibly risking problems with China. The New York Times reports: President-elect Donald J. Trump spoke by telephone with Taiwan’s president on Friday, a striking break with nearly four decades of diplomatic practice that could precipitate a major rift with China even before […]

Ivanka Trump Plans To Speak Out On Climate Change

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:21:47 +0000

Ivanka Trump is probably the most moderate to liberal member of the Trump family, and the incoming first daughter is expected to have more of a public role than the next first lady. Ivanka promoted liberal positions such as support for family leave at the Republican convention, and now plans to promote another liberal viewpoint […]

Bernie Sanders Wishes He Had The Opportunity To Run Against Trump (And So Do I)

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:47:30 +0000

The nomination of Hillary Clinton by the Democratic Party in 2016 was among the worst blunders in the history of politics. She was the about the most status-quo candidate possible in an election where voters wanted change, representing everything which is most reprehensible in our political system. She was shown to have engaged in serious […]

Trump Sides With Clinton In Opposing First Amendment Rights

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 23:24:13 +0000

Issues were generally ignored during the 2016 election campaign, with media coverage concentrating on what atrocious things Donald Trump has said and the latest revelations in the Clinton scandals. The media generally ignored how both major party candidates are very far right on First Amendment issues. The First Amendment has finally come under discussion in […]

Nate Silver Defends The Recounts Advocated By Jill Stein

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 02:22:32 +0000

It is doubtful that the recounts which Jill Stein has pushed for in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania will change the election results. Despite this, Nate Silver has made the following case as to why this is beneficial, calling it more of an audit than a true recount: The first proviso: Let’s not call it a […]

SciFi Weekend: Heroes v. Aliens; What Happened To Rip Hunter; Lost In Space; Star Trek: Discovery; Inhumans; The Crown; Billy Piper; Adult Jokes On Doctor Who

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 21:12:16 +0000

The CW Network has released the above extended preview of this week’s crossover episode between Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow. Bleeding Cool provides the comic book background of the Dominators, the alien villains for the episodes. Reportedly Supergirl doesn’t get involved until the end of Monday’s episode, presumably putting the main story […]

Bernie Sanders and Spike Lee Discussed The Election

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 23:55:06 +0000

The Guardian features a conversation between Bernie Sanders and Spike Lee about the election. Spike Lee started out by describing what Sanders was up against in running for the Democratic nomination: SL I want to thank you, though. Because what you did is great. And reading this stuff that’s coming out – the revelations about […]

Civil Liberties Groups Urge Obama To Curtail Government Surveillance Following Trump Victory

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 23:53:21 +0000

After the revelations of NSA surveillance my concern, along with others such as Daniel Ellsberg, was not that we were already in an Orwellian totalitarian state, but that the infrastructure for a police state was being developed. In 2013 Ellsberg warned: Obviously, the United States is not now a police state. But given the extent […]

Turkey of the Day: Trump Ignoring Intelligence Briefings Since Election

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 18:37:24 +0000

The Washington Post reports that Donald Trump has been “turning away intelligence briefers since election win.” President-elect Donald Trump has received two classified intelligence briefings since his surprise election victory earlier this month, a frequency that is notably lower — at least so far — than that of his predecessors, current and former U.S. officials […]

How About A More Meaningful Pardon–Ed Snowden

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 18:14:45 +0000

Barack Obama has fulfilled the tradition of pardoning a turkey for Thanksgiving. Before he leaves office he should make a more meaningful pardon and honor the American tradition of individual liberty and privacy. Pardon Edward Snowden.

Trump Continues To Express Contradictory Views In New York Times Interview

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 00:01:53 +0000

With Donald Trump often expressing contradictory views, sometimes in the same speech, we will not really know what a Trump administration will be like until we see what they actually do. In the meantime we continue to get some clues, such as in his interview with The New York Times (full transcript here). Reading this, […]

Insight Into Two Top Trump Advisers: Jared Kushner & Steve Bannon

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 23:51:49 +0000

While we approach Donald Trump’s presidency with some dread, at least this stage is more interesting than it would be if Clinton had been elected. Rather than what would be a fairly predictable list of old Clinton cronies, Wall Street insiders, and the interventionist foreign policy establishment, we are seeing people new to politics. While […]

Tulsi Gabbard Meets With Donald Trump To Promote Non-Interventionism

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 01:53:01 +0000

Among the many unique aspects of the 2016 election was that the Democratic candidate was to the right of the Republican candidate on foreign policy. Unfortunately Donald Trump, while never as hawkish as Hillary Clinton (virtually nobody is) was both inconsistent and often outright incoherent when discussing foreign policy. His initial appointments did not provide […]