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Fun fact — “alien DNA ” and “demon sperm” were both plot devices on “The X-Files” (1993-2018). The former was part of a background story arc throughout most of the show’s seasons; the latter was the subject of a Season 6 episode entitled “Terms of Endearment.” (Aside from being a great episode, it’s notable because it stars horror icon Bruce Campbell.)

Stella Immanuel may be an irresponsible quack, but she really knows her sci-fi television.


A modest proposal for my sci-fi friends …

… if Donald Trump continues using secret police to pop up and snatch people off the streets, then please join me in referring to them as “the Morlocks.”

I’m kinda surprised we missed the opportunity the first time.



Photo: Poster for “The Time Machine” (1960), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.


If you care about America — about the basic everyday freedoms that distinguish us from a totalitarian state, then I am begging you to read Michelle Goldberg’s opinion piece in today’s New York Times.

If you support Donald Trump, then I am begging you here to stop doing so.

“Trump’s Occupation of American Cities Has Begun,” Michelle Goldberg



“Trump’s secret police”

I feel like we’ve turned a frightening corner here. Last night was the first time I’ve read the words “Trump’s secret police” — it was a user on Twitter.

Today it appeared in a headline at The Nation.

Republican Steve Schmidt went on Twitter a little while ago and called upon the Governor of Oregon to order the State Police and the National Guard to arrest the unidentified federal forces in unmarked vans who are snatching people off the streets.

Update: Now people are saying it was The Department of Homeland Security. Also: the people were apparently all detained because they were suspected of graffiti offenses?



Some brand new curse words!

So I’m sure you guys remember how I’m weird about occasionally trying to run down the origins of various aphorisms …  A while back I tried to look into the (possibly apocryphal?) Chinese curse that people like to quote — “May you live in interesting times.” I posted about it at the end of March.  (It felt timely then, and it still does.)

I stumbled across a three-tiered variant of the saying just yesterday.  As it turns out, the curse in its purported entirety is as follows, or at least according to the Internet:


May you live in interesting times.

May you come to the attention of those in authority.

May the gods give you everything you ask for.


It’s interesting stuff.  That bit about “the attention of those in authority” feels especially ominous in the Trump Age.

If any of you guys have any insight into exactly where this quote originated, please feel free to chime in.



Am I just being paranoid? I hope I am.

I honestly don’t know where all of this leads. I’m out of my depth here. Just consider that I am asking the below as QUESTIONS, and I am asking as a layperson where national security is concerned.  And I apologize in advance if I am being alarmist.  I have learned to expect the worst from Donald Trump.

1) If things escalate in Washington, D.C., is it possible that the president could order the military to fire on civilians? Is that the worst-case scenario here?

2) If there is a lasting military presence inside the United States under Trump’s control, does that have implications for election integrity? Could it conceivably mean he is better positioned to interfere with (or suspend) elections?

3) How worried should we be about the reports (and photos) of military units who claim to be with the Department of Justice when asked, but who wear no names or identifying insignia? What is going on with that?

I would love to hear people in the media reporting about this and seeking out informed opinions.