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The Dysfunctional Conspiracy: An Update

Back in 2017 I did a review for a memoir called The Dysfunctional Conspiracy. It was critical, and I had issues with several aspects of the story, especially as it conflicted with my own knowledge of how criminal cases can proceed. But that isn't the point of this new...

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Is Criticism of Captain Marvel Legitimate?

Is Criticism of Captain Marvel Legitimate?

I remember it vividly. There was outcry from the media and the fandom over a casting choice. The broad consensus seemed to be that it was pretty much the worst casting decision for the character. Although there was some dissent on who was the right actor for the...

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Frontiers of the Imperium by Jan Kotouc

Frontiers of the Imperium by Jan Kotouc

This was a fun one, with the kind of writing I like to read, and interesting characters. The novel felt off in the later parts, like it needed to end and had not. That is not actually a problem, when the novel ends, it all makes sense. What does make this tougher is...

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More On Jussie Smollett

More On Jussie Smollett

Quick note - spell check knows his last name. That says something. Anyway, breaking this morning is that Mr. Smollett not only paid friends to stage an attack, but also sent the 'suspicious letter' the week before. The letter is going to be the main problem, as it is...

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Forgiveness

Forgiveness

When do sins 'fall off'? This has become a topic of discussion in American politics, with the revelation that the Governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, appears in either blackface or KKK robes in his college yearbook; the Lt. Governor, Justin Fairfax, stands accused of...

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The Jussie Smollett Saga

The Jussie Smollett Saga

2AM January 29th. Chicago, IL. It is about 6 degrees out. Possibly cooler based on location (the official readings are taken about 15 miles NW of where this story begins). According to Jussie Smollett, who is on the show 'Empire' on Fox (which I have never watched nor...

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The Erasure of Monica Rambeau

The Erasure of Monica Rambeau

Who? Monica Rambeau, the second Captain Marvel, after the death of the Kree Captain Mar-Vell in 1982. Monica took on the name from 1982 to 1996. After her came Genis-Vell (original's son), Phyla-Vell (daughter), Khn'nr (Skrull), Noh-Varr (for like one storyline), then...

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Rushing To Condemn

Rushing To Condemn

I stayed off Twitter on Sunday. Less as an intentional action, and more as I just didn't check it because I didn't think about it. So this morning, when I saw the counter of unread posts, I knew one of two things had happened - either William Shatner (@williamshatner)...

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It’s Not Fandom That’s Toxic

It’s Not Fandom That’s Toxic

There has been a lot of pixels spent explaining to all and sundry that geek culture, such as it is, is 'toxic'. Or that elements of it are. And this is often accompanied with a certain level of finger pointing, self-flagellation, and promises to be better. I even...

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Shutdown Theater

Shutdown Theater

Without going into causes, the government shutdown has been a fascinating example of why we need to reform the system, possibly by firing with prejudice everyone in the current system. First, if the essential functions of government can continue with around 380,000...

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