The Four(?) Stooges vs. The Coronavirus?

While the above clip’s total playback time is 17:09, the content needed to compliment my commentary, requires only the opening scene, which concludes at the 5:15 time index.

This past May, Donald J. Trump trotted out his Operation Warp Speed. This undertaking’s goal, if achieved, would expedite the R&D of the vaccine and/or therapeutics required to inhibit / halt the deadly rampage of coronavirus.

While I can set aside partisan politics, long enough, to wish them all well in this endeavor, it is still fair to point out that the time to have engaged Warp Speed had been way back in January of this year.

Had Trump… right from the get-go… expeditiously shut down our homeland… i.e., ordered everyone to immediately hunker down in their homes and mask up in public… he could’ve speedily contained this scourge and, in the process, bought the medical community far more time to “science the shit out of this.” *

Oh, btw, when it comes down to R&D, Warp Speed isn’t always advisable. After all, abiding by the slower paced, more orderly scientific method is how to best avoid making hasty decisions, which can lead to deadly mistakes.

To extend Trump’s Star Trekian-based metaphorical reference, a bit further, it’s also fair to point out that while using Warp Drive did get crews of the U.S.S. Enterprise and other Federation starships out of trouble, fast, that faster than the speed of light velocity, ofttimes, swiftly got them into trouble, too. Beyond that…

• How can we muster even a milligram of trust for the power-hungry, autocratic Trump, who, deep down, knows that his bid for reelection is not the shoo-in he once thought it would be and, consequently, is now heavily into his panic mode.

• What credibility does Donny even have, anymore, when he’s a.k.a. the [1] hardcore science denier, [2] pusher of dangerous drugs (e.g. Hydroxychloroquine) and [3] advocate for frying internal human flesh with UV radiation and injecting FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY, household cleaning products? BTW NEVER, EVER FOLLOW DEADLY ADVICE, SUCH AS THIS!

SIDEBAR: Doper Donny probably doesn’t give a second thought… maybe not even a first… re whatever dope he may be popping, snorting, shooting up and/or shoving up his ass. But, just because Donny duz it, duz not mean that you and I should ever follow that non-leader.

Tying this all into our video’s narrative, if Operation Warp Speed is successful, fourth stooge Donny’s eventual sales pitch is guaranteed to sound similar to snake oil salesman Moe’s spiel. Worse yet, the fake prez’s rush job mentality is bound to prove infectious to his own R&D team, perhaps even compromise their scientific method / lab work… cause it to deteriorate into something resembling that of Larry and Curly (note how their own “R&D” “efforts” devolve into a silly, willy-nilly choice of toxic chemical elements and compounds… i.e., to speed up their desperate search for a cure for Lumbago (the disorder, which their “patient”… the sheriff… suffers from).

So, where does that leave us? Well, having zero confidence in Trump, it’s not unreasonable to conclude that, were The Three Stooges still alive, today, in spite of their frantic antics, they’d still have a far better shot at rapidly stumbling onto a more efficacious coronavirus shot.

As for whatever inoculation, which Fourth Stooge Donny’s Operation Warp Speed personnel may wind up concocting? Well, on the day Team Trump rolls that out, I’ll be thinking more than twice about quickly rolling up my sleeve.

 

Stay Safe… Stay Home… Stay Healthy!

 

 

 

* words uttered by astronaut Mark Watney… actor Matt Damon… (from the Sci-Fi film, The Martian).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sánchez Synopsizes / Segues Trekian Tunes

To quote their YouTube posted sentiments…

“Davor Jelacic & Rebeca ‘Becky’ Sánchez are VioDance, a duo of DJ/producer and a classically trained violinist, also multi-instrumentalist. In Spain, where we reside, we record violin covers in our home studio, and shoot music videos to share them on YouTube.” [Read Related Article]

Thanks to Sánchez and Jelacic one of their cover projects has now become our Vid of the Day.

As for my WordPress posted sentiments…

When the best days of one’s homeland can be best seen within life’s rear view mirror and, in the here and now, the views appear both harrowing and hopeless, beaming up to the Star Trek Universe can clear the short-term path to escapism; may even afford one a more enduring sense of deliverance.

Whether or not I’ve aptly described your own homeland’s situation, Ms. Sánchez’s violin driven symphonic score… which synopsizes / segues seven of Star Trek’s small screen theme songs… will restore or reaffirm one’s hope for a stellar future.

As Spock would add: Live long and prosper!

About all I can add is: Stay Safe… Stay Home… Stay Healthy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earth is No Longer a Minshara-Class (Class-M) Planet

 

To pick up from where this Star Trek jargon enhanced post’s headline left off….

Let’s mind meld with Science Officer Spock’s most recent planetary survey findings…

In addition to Earth’s alarmingly higher than optimal, planet-wide average temperature (in particular, a dense pocket of foul smelling, hot air, in the vicinity of Washington DC’s 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.) as well as gaping holes in the Ozone layer, the atmosphere has been undergoing other radical changes. The Oxygen / Nitrogen mix has become adulterated… must now be reclassified as Oxygen / Nitrogen / Pathogen. The cause of this anomaly can be traced to the worldwide rampage of Coronavirus. Most disturbing, is how this microorganism tends to concentrate wherever infected (even asymptomatic) human lifeforms congregate.

Spock’s Recommendations: To reduce the chances of winding up in Dr. McCoy’s Sick Bay, Spaceship Earth’s crew must:

[1] Practice good hygiene (scrub hands often at least 20 seconds), [2] Cover coughs and sneezes, [3] Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, [4] observe social distancing protocols (remain at least 2 meters / 6 feet apart [5] wear a protective face mask [6] avoid large crowds, [7] socially isolate /  hunker down in one’s quarters and [8] self-quarantine if ill.

Returning to our earthbound here and now… My best wishes that you stay well! If you are ailing, you have my hopes and prayers for a full, speedy recovery. Wherever / whenever we discover a leadership vacuum, it’ll be incumbent on us to do everything we can to save humanity. Staying safe and healthy depends on our flipping off egotistical, partisan hacks and, instead, heeding the sage counsel of the logical, factual Science Officer, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and other reputable, like-minded medical professionals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do Not B.S. and P.O. Picard!

Suggestion… either read along while playing back the above orchestral performance… or not…

 

Ever since the September 8, 1966 birth of Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek Universe, this visionary man has provided Sci-Fi screenwriters a golden opportunity to [1] offer up their parable-like morals and [2] present their problem solving models to put them into practice.

Against Roddenberry’s futuristic backdrop of the United Federation of Planets… a macrocosm of the United States of America… Sci-Fi does have the potential…

“To boldly go where no one has gone before.”

This genre liberates writers, with spines, scruples and the drive to go the extra mile (kilometer / light-year / parsec), to tackle more down-to-Earth, present-day, contentious issues. For over half a century, now, there have been plenty of small and big screen storylines to offer a glimmer of hope to the casual and chronic Trekkers, alike… to inspire humanity to Think Big!

Indisputably, one of Star Trek’s most honorable, admirable and recognizable characters is Patrick Stewart’s Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Upon hearing his take-no-crap-from-anybody, soul searching sermons, wrongdoers (oft instantly) feel strongly compelled to mend their errant and/or evil ways.

Let’s take a closer look at our two, featured, Next Generation, YouTube clips. For anyone who has yet to watch the full TV episodes, you are now linked to the plot synopses… SPOILERS AND ALLThe First Duty and The Pegasus. No time? Spare me the details, you say? Not to worry, the remainder of this post can get you up to Warp 9.9 speed.

Each video vignette features a Picard subordinate who has [1] demonstrated ferocious, misguided loyalty to a flagrantly lawless, egotistical superior officer, [2] this heedless allegiance has resulted in the needless loss of life, [3] via the deliberate suppression of the truth, he has participated in a self-serving conspiracy to cover up and bury the facts, which a subsequent Star Fleet investigation is so desperately in search of and [4] the inquisitors all suspect they are being lied to / BS’d.

The First Duty

The Pegasus

When Picard’s independent inquests uncover truth’s distortion / demolition, he becomes rightfully and royally PO’d. He instinctively, instantly sets aside his role as galactic explorer in order to preserve, protect and defend Federation rules and regs (an interstellar “United States” Constitution). As for anyone who has the unmitigated gall to subvert such ideals… be they an ethically adrift subordinate or superior… they will incur the Captain’s unmitigated wrath until, somehow, someway, they can manage to relocate their moral compasses… realign / re-calibrate their moral sensors.

Since Sci-Fi does have the potential “To boldly go where no one has gone before,” let’s apply this to today’s front page news.

Would it not be totally sensational for we, the multiple billions of ethical folks… worldwide… to ear and eyewitness Patrick Stewart reprising his Star Trek role… delivering, yet, another passionate, stern sermon… in this instance… directed squarely at the U.S Senate… just prior to the kickoff of Trump’s Impeachment Trial.

It is conceivable that Mr. Stewart could stare down and scare the crap out of the wayward, devoid of all ethics, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his like-minded, mindless throng of hardcore strange… REALLY STRANGE… bedfellows of Donald J. Trump… i.e., convince them to [1] mend their evil ways, [2] honor their Oath of Office, [3] conduct a fair and impartial hearing and [4] if (IF?) convicted, grant the fake prez his much deserved, Constitutional Ouster!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Vid of the Day’s 5 Minute Mission…

OK, OK, it’s fess up time. I am a Star Trek geek or Trekkie or Trekker or whatever. But, even if you’re not into Sci-Fi, you’ll still feel emotionally uplifted by this clip’s musical masterpiece. Hell, even an emotion denying Vulcan would regard this a feel good medley.

What we’ll be ear-witnessing, here, is a five minute retrospective… representative of this five-decade-old franchise’s small and large screen theme songs.

As the soundtrack to Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s vision / his spirit of interstellar amity / diplomacy, this also serves as a reminder that we can apply such sentiments to our more down to Earth matters. Additionally, as is true with Gene’s own screenplays and those of his writers, too, this clip also functions on multiple levels.

Starting with the orchestra, we witness multiple hundreds of folks singing and playing in harmony.

Beyond that, Star Trek scenarios do remind us that no matter how formidable unfriendly adversaries may appear… no matter how fiercely they may wage their wars against humanity, the righteous, indomitable human spirit can and will prevail.

To e.g. that… if fantasy’s futuristic Earthlings have been able to repeatedly outwit the Borg, why shouldn’t we view our own reality’s worldwide, recalcitrant leaders as equally inept?

More to the point, humanity’s very survival depends on our ability to channel that Star Trek / Roddenberry winning, positive attitude:

Resistance is NOT Futile!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Et Tu Sulu?

 

As most of us have heard by now, George Takei… portrayer of Hikaru Sulu in the original Star Trek TV series and in a half dozen big screen films… is now being accused of sexual assault by his alleged victim… male model Scott R. Brunton.

Even though there’s been no legal establishment of guilt or innocence, we now find Takei’s portrait hung in the daily expanding rogues gallery of alleged, Hollywood and Washington DC, sexual predators.

As an avid Sci-Fi fan, I’ve been “onboard” Takei’s starship Enterprise ever since it set forth on its “five year” mission on Earth Date 09/08/1966. Up till this allegation surfaced… his character has frequently been stellar… be his screenplay lines delivered in the Star Trek universe or eloquently orated during his own down-to-earth, real world, social activism (championing liberal causes). Hell, he’s even spoken out against the very type of sexual predatory behavior he’s now being accused of.

We can only hope that Takei’s tweeted sentiments are genuine…

“Those that know me understand that non-consensual acts are so antithetical to my values and my practices, the very idea that someone would accuse me of this is quite personally painful.”

As for who I believe in this specific “he said / he said” matter?

Well, seeing how the percentage of false accusations is typically low… seeing how I’ve been giving credence to others who’ve been exposing performers, producers and politicians (inclusive of a sitting, so-called prez)… seeing how Takei, himself, fessed up to his having forced sex on others when he appeared on shock jock, Howard Stern’s radio program… things are not looking good.

Beyond that… I cannot give a free pass to Takei merely because he’s a liberal. Worse yet, to do so would be tantamount to re-victimizing a victim… something antithetical to my own values.

Obviously, if falsely accused, Takei must deny the charges but… what if his doing so is only self-serving… i.e., just to try to make everything go away ASAP? More to the point, would not a truly innocent man respond thusly…

We can never expect to settle this matter on any social media platform. The more proper venue will be the courtroom where I’m confident, once the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth gets established, a jury of my peers will find me innocent of all wrongdoing.

To the best of my knowledge, there’s neither any arrest warrant nor judicial proceedings pending… but…

Would not a falsely accused person demand his day in court to restore his good name?

 

 

99 Word Blog (#037) Happy 50th Star Trek!

 

12-year-young Tom’s Log… Earth Date 09.08.1966 20:30 hours… Via my B&W viewscreen, I’ve eye-witnessed the birth of the Star Trek universe… made first contact with the NCC-1701 U.S.S. Enterprise crew. WOW!!!

62-year-older Tom’s Blog… Earth Date 09.08.2016 08:50 hours… Original Trek, subsequent five small screen spinoffs and thirteen big screen films have boldly taken us where no one has gone before!

Despite the oft terrifyingly gone wrong, first contacts with new life and civilizations, Star Trek’s undying, underlying, unifying message…

HOPE… the promotion of interracial harmony and peaceful coexistence… then… now… here… and perhaps… someday… our extending this spirit to light-years distant worlds.