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Do you remember where you were?

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I remember where I was for the following events:

Challenger explosion
Game 6 of the 1986 World Series
Start of the first Gulf War
OJ Simpson car chase
OJ Simpson verdict
Princess Di death

Since 9/11, I don’t remember any other big news events. Have big news events stopped happening, or have I stopped caring about them?

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Perhaps, as we get older, things feel less intense, and make less of an impression. There’s a feeling of “no big deal, already seen that.”

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September 19, 2018 at EDT pm

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The Moon Trilogy by Edgar Rice Burroughs

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Ten years ago, I read Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Moon Trilogy, which consists of the following three books: The Moon Maid, The Moon Men and The Red Hawk. You can download these books for free at this link. And then I wrote this review, which was originally posted at my former blog.

The first book of the trilogy, The Moon Maid, reads like a clone of the Mars series. The hero crashes on the moon, discovers strange races, meets a beautiful alien princess, falls in love with the beautiful alien princess. But it’s somewhat darker than the Mars series.

The trilogy takes a completely different turn in the second book, The Moon Men, which takes place many years after the first book ended, after the evil race of moon men took over the Earth and established a totalitarian government. It’s an extremely interesting commentary on what it’s like to live under a totalitarian government, and there are also some very offbeat views on religious worship. I had always assumed that Burroughs was an atheist, but this book makes you wonder what his true beliefs might have been. It may just be that Burroughs was anti-communist rather than pro-religion. The Marxist revolution took place in Russia only a few years before Burroughs wrote these, and the Marxists closed down the churches and put the priests in prison.

Of course, these are still Edgar Rice Burroughs pulp fiction books, so each book features a beautiful girl for the manly hero to fall in love with. All relationships are chaste. There is no sex, just the occasional kiss. I guess back in the 1920s, sex wasn’t something that could be discussed in the open.

The thing I like so much about Burroughs is his political incorrectness. Race realism and Darwinism run through all of his books. The Caucasian race is considered the superior race, and miscegenation is frowned upon (except between whites and the equivalent superior race of the Moon or Mars). In the Moon Trilogy, the Earth is taken over by an inferior race of moon men, and in the final book of the series, The Red Hawk, the only solution to the problem is the complete genocide of the race of the moon men. No one in the book questions the wisdom of this. The moon men are able to interbreed with humans, and the half breeds also must all be killed in order to purify the planet. It’s wonderful stuff, and no one would ever write from this point of view today.

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Edgar Rice Burroughs explains how he became an author, while underemployed as manufacturer’s representative for a pencil sharpener company:

I got writer’s cramp answering blind ads, and wore out my shoes chasing after others. At last l got placed as an agent for a lead pencil sharpener. I borrowed office space, and while subagents were out, trying unsuccessfully to sell the sharpener, I started to write my first story.

I had good reason for thinking I could sell what I wrote. I had gone thoroughly through some of the all-fiction magazines and I made up my mind that if people were paid for writing such rot as I read I could write stories just as rotten. Although I had never written a story, I knew absolutely that I could write stories just as entertaining and probably a lot more so than any I chanced to read in those magazines.

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September 19, 2018 at EDT pm

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Crappy vampire fiction

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Looks like 80,000 people have read this thing. Riddled with typos and missing punctuation. Annoyingly flips point-of-view, even in the middle of chapters. Awful dialog. The protagonist, based on the first few chapters, is a “Mary Sue” type of character, the prettiest most powerful vampire that all the males, both vampire and human, lust after. Her only flaw is that she was fat and ugly when she was human.

On the other hand, I guess the author (perhaps a teenage girl?), despite lacking in technical competence, has given readers what they want, and done so with imagination and creativity and sex scenes (personal experience or just from reading a lot of romance fiction?). Just because I know how to punctuate a sentence doesn’t mean I can write a better serial novel.

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September 19, 2018 at EDT am

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Kavanaugh update

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Evidence that the accusation is bogus, the woman now refuses to testify until after there’s an “FBI investigation,” which of course isn’t going to happen because the FBI doesn’t investigate non-federal crimes for which the statute of limitations has long since passed. It’s clear that the real purpose of this tactic is to delay the vote until after the election so Democrats can take over the Senate.

Even Republicuck Jeff Flake has had enough. He says that if Ford doesn’t show up on Monday, then he will support Republicans pushing forward with a vote.

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1. No contemporaneous account of the incident. Ford never told anyone about this until 2012, 30 years after it allegedly happened.

2. Ford is a liberal college professor from California, she surely hates Trump and is motivated to come up with this story for political reasons rather than good faith. (Unlike Juanita Broaddrick who was a Democratic campaign worker and on Clinton’s side before he raped her.)

3. Democrats knew about this since July but held onto it until the last possible minute. Bad faith by the Democrats. Looks more like a ploy to delay a nomination until after the election, rather than genuine concern about Kavanaugh having allegedly assaulted some girl 36 years ago.

4. Now Ford refuses to testify in front of Congress until after an FBI investigation. Once again, looks like a ploy to delay a nomination until after the election.

5. If Republicucks give in to this, it would just reward this type of behavior which would happen again and again. Democrats would just keep coming up with unprovable last-minute claims of sexual misconduct. They will probably keep doing that anyway. Even if Democrats lose this vote, they still win; they’ve motivated their supporters and permanently tainted Kavanaugh. As long as the fakestream media is allied with Democrats and imposes no penalty on them for dirty tricks like this, they will keep doing it.

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Meanwhile, Democrats don’t care about and don’t believe that Keith Ellison threatened and committed domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend, even though, compared with Kavanaugh, there is a much larger pool of evidence that the events really happened and that Ellison is lying about it. Which isn’t necessarily rock-solid proof that the ex-girlfriend isn’t the one who’s lying, but Democrats say they believe all women. Except when the woman says one of their own did something wrong, in that case then Democrats don’t believe the woman.

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September 19, 2018 at EDT am

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Sesame Street writer says Ernie and Bert are gay

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All this time I innocently thought they were just best-friend puppets. But it turns out that the gaystream media has been brainwashing us since I was a little kid.

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September 18, 2018 at EDT pm

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Vampires vs. Werewolves

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Both topics are big on Wattpad, but I think I’m more qualified to write about Vampires. My qualifications being:

1. Watched six seasons of True Blood
2. Four seasons of the Vampire Diaries
3. A few episodes of The Originals (but couldn’t get into it)
4. All seven seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
5. All five seasons of Angel
6. Two seasons of Van Helsing
7. More than 150 episodes of the original Dark Shadows soap opera
8. The re-imagined Dark Shadows series from the 1980s (what a shame it didn’t last very long)
9. Kindred the Embraced (most underrated vampire show ever, highly recommended, starring Kelly Rutherford back when she was a beautiful young woman)
10. The Gates
11. Read Interview with the Vampire and watched the movie also.
12. Watched Twilight the movie.
13. Probably consumed additional vampire media that I don’t remember.

So if anyone has any questions about vampires, please ask away, I am sure I can give you a good answer.

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September 18, 2018 at EDT am

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I finished reading some guy’s Wattpad novel, my first

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It was like a watered-down version of the Robert Heinlein novel Farnham’s Freehold, with a teenage female protagonist. But for all practical purposes she was a guy with boobs.

There were a few typos here and there, and the author too often tries to use big words without fully understanding what they mean, but shamefully I enjoyed reading it. I guess there’s nothing wrong with the book that an editor and a few minor rewrites couldn’t fix.

I’m not sure I’ve learned anything about how to become a super-famous self-published writer of young-adult fiction, only a few hundred people have read the poor guy’s book. If anything, I learned that you can write a pretty decent novel and still not get any notice.

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September 17, 2018 at EDT pm

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Star Trek TOS, season 1: “Space Seed” (Khan!), part 3

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Read part 2 of the review of “Space Seed.”

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In case I review more Star Trek episodes instead of devoting my time to writing stories about teenage girl vampires in high school, the next episode I will review is “This Side of Paradise,” and then “The Devil in the Dark,” and then I will skip Errand of Mercy because I previously reviewed it (but I highly recommend watching it), and then I will review “The City on the Edge of Forever” which everyone knows is the best Star Trek episode ever made. And then, finally, the last episode of Season 1, “Operation: Annihilate!”

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I didn’t get this episode when I watched it as a teenager. This is only barely a plot-drive episode. It’s really about the psychology of the characers: Khan, amoral and driven to rule over others at all costs, and Marla McGivers, a woman who lusts for powerful men who take what they want without asking permission.

Regardless of whether “eugenics” would create a person like Khan (I say nonsense to that), Montalbán gives an amazing performance in playing him. I have previously written of William Shatner’s Kirk’s alpha-male charisma; Ricardo Montalbán’s Khan takes that to the next level.

Marla begins lusting for Khan from the moment she sees him in his suspended animation/deep sleep chamber:

MARLA: From the northern India area, I’d guess. Probably a Sikh. They were the most fantastic warriors.

My first thought is that being a “warrior” sounds pretty ominous, and I wondered why Marla sounds so excited about it. In the future, I thought that scientists and explorers are admired, but not warriors.

Kirk is kind of pissed about Marla’s reaction to Khan, and he dresses her down in Sickbay:

KIRK: I’d like to talk to you.

(They go out into the main area, where McCoy is at his desk)

KIRK: If I were to rate your performance as a member of the landing party today I

MARLA: I know, sir. I’m sorry.

KIRK: Lieutenant, at any one time, the safety of this entire vessel might depend upon the performance of a single crewman, and the fact that you find a man strangely compelling to you personally

MARLA: Not personally, Captain. Professionally. My profession is historian, and when I find a specimen from the past alive, I’m in the sheer delight of examining his mind.

KIRK: And men were more adventuresome then. Bolder, more colourful.

MARLA: Yes, sir, I think they were.

KIRK: Good. If I can have honesty, it’s easier to overlook mistakes. That’s all.

MARLA: Yes, sir.

But Kirk does not feel threatened by Khan, even though he should. Kirk never liked Marla, and he feels overconfident in his superiority over a guy from the 20th century.

When Khan wakes up, the first thing he does is hold a scalpel to McCoy’s neck. That I think was overkill. You would think that after that happens, McCoy would request a few red-shirts to keep him safe, but McCoy never even mentions the incident to the captain.

We see that Khan immediately starts ordering people around and acting like everyone should be subservient to him.

KHAN: Where is your Captain? I have many questions.

He doesn’t even say “please.” And then after the briefest conversation with Kirk:

KHAN: I find myself growing fatigued, Doctor. May we continue this questioning at some other time?

That’s a power play, getting Kirk to come to Sickbay, and then telling him to get lost, he’s too “fatigued” to talk, even though Kirk must know he’s full of ****.

Khan’s first conversation with Marla:

KHAN: A beautiful woman. My name is Khan. Please sit and entertain me.

(She perches on another bed)

MARLA: I’d like some historical information about your ship, its purpose and

KHAN: And why do you wear your hair in such an uncomplimentary fashion?

1. Although he says “please,” it’s said like an order he expects will be followed rather than an actual request. The way Ricardo Montalbán said that line isn’t apparent from just reading it.

2. He “negs” her. The original PUA!

To summarize the rest of this story:

Khan psychologically abuses Marla emotionally, and then physically abuses her with his superior strength. But Marla likes it and helps him take over the ship.

Khan can’t deal with just being a nobody in the 23rd century. There’s a starship, he has to be in command of it, and then he’s going to find a planet and “with a population willing to be led by us.”

Khan thinks that he can get cooperation from the crew of the Enterprise by threatening to kill them, one by one, in a decompression chamber, starting with Kirk. But unlike 20th century types, the crew of the Enterprise refuses to deal with him. Luckily for Kirk, Marla betrays Khan and frees him, which then leads to Kirk flooding all decks with gas, but Khan gets away and then Kirk and Khan have that poorly filmed fight in engineering.

At the end, Marla chooses exile with her abuser rather than a court martial where she’d probably be a lot safer. We have this idea that 23rd century prisons are for rehabilitation rather than punishment. Marla just needs to be taught not to lust after bad boys.

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September 17, 2018 at EDT pm

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I should have been writing on Wattpad

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Yesterday I spent some time exploring a site called Wattpad, a place where anyone can write a story that other people can read. It’s not surprising to me that there are people out there writing crappy fiction. For example, my next door neighbor at law school wrote a weird science fiction/romance novella, which was probably better than the vast majority of the stuff on Wattpad (although I only vaguely remember reading it). What’s surprising is that there’s actually an audience for amateur fiction. Primarily an audience of teenage and college-aged women.

How hard can it be to write a story about some girls in high school who become vampires? If I had put the effort into young-adult fiction that I put into this blog, I could have had hundreds of young female book groupies, instead of a few cranky old Jew haters following me. I should have put that high school creative writing class to use. But now, maybe, I am too old and have lost all of my creativity from non-use.

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Just kidding about the vampires. Not to say that there isn’t a vast amount of vampire fiction out there, but I think I would be better at science fiction with girl protagonists. I should probably start by reading The Hunger Games so I can get a feel for the best of this genre.

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It’s actually sort of comforting to know that, with the easy availability of Netflix, YouTube, videogames, Twitter, always-connected smartphones, etc., there are still young people, tens of millions of young people, reading fiction for entertainment.

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September 17, 2018 at EDT am

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Republicans, confirm Kavanaugh now

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Republicans must not reward liberals for these 11th-hour tricks, regardless of whether or not it’s true that Kavanaugh had a single incident of drunken indiscretion when he was still a minor. The same people trying to prevent Kavanugh from being nominated because they believe this liberal California college professor also believe that Juanita Broaddrick is a liar who made up her rape accusation against Bill Clinton.

The Democratic game plan is to gain control of the Senate and then leave the Supreme Court at 4-4 rather than affirm a 5-4 conservative majority. Republicans must not let that happen. A 4-4 Court wouldn’t be able to reverse anti-Trump lower court decisions.

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September 17, 2018 at EDT am

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