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Scottish Paper Previews Trump Inauguration as Twilight Zone Episode

Alec Baldwin assured us Saturday that the looming Presidency “is real life, this is really happening.”

The Scotland Herald Sunday TV guide clings to sci-fi doubt:

Hope for a Golden Age of Satire
Hope for a Golden Age of Satire

After a long absence, The Twilight Zone returns with one of the most ambitious, expensive and controversial productions in broadcast history. Sci-fi writers have dabbled often with alternative history stories – among the most common is the “What If The Nazis Had Won The Second World War” setting – but this huge interactive virtual reality project, which will unfold on TV, in the press, and on Twitter over the next four years, sets out to build an ongoing alternative present. The story begins in a nightmarish version of 2017 in which huge sections of the US electorate have somehow been duped into voting to make Donald Trump president. It sounds far-fetched, and it is, but as it goes on it becomes more and more chillingly plausible. Today’s feature-length opener concentrates on the gaudy inauguration of President Trump, and the stirrings of protest and despair surrounding the ceremony, while pundits speculate gravely on what lies ahead. It’s a flawed piece, but a disturbing glimpse of the horrors we could stumble into, if we’re not careful [Damien Love, “Damien Love’s TV Highlights,” Scotland Herald, 2017.01.15].

Alt-right? Try alt-universe. We are moving to the world of The Man in the High Castle. Such weirdness calls for more Alec Baldwins, more subversive Rod Serlings, more Philip K. Dicks, ready to shame and skewer all men in white houses and gold castles… and all of us who put those men there.

One Comment

  1. leslie 2017-01-17

    the looming Presidency “is real life, this is really happening.”

    so is climate change. trump’s tillerson (EXXON) however’s twit was: “I don’t see [climate change] as an imminent national security threat but perhaps others do”
    The others: https://www.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/612710 …

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2017/jan/16/new-studies-show-rex-tillerson-is-wrong-about-climate-risks

    The Antarctic Ice Sheet is usually divided into three ice sheets: The Antarctic Peninsula Ice Sheet, the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, and the HUGE East Antarctic Ice Sheet sitting an average of 3000 meters above sea level.

    East Antarctica is so cold, high and dry, that it creates its own climate 7. there has been rapid ice sheet thinning observed in West Antarctica and on the Antarctic Peninsula, so far, this has not been observed around East Antarctica 9.

    In fact, parts of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet are thickening, especially deep in the interior, which contrasts strongly with the observed rapid thinning of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet 10. Shepherd et al. indicate that the East Antarctic Ice Sheet gained 14 ± 43 gigatonnes between 1992 and 2011 11.

    This is because precipitation in the interior increases under a generally warmer global climate 7. http://www.antarcticglaciers.org/antarctica/east-antarctic-ice-sheet/

    damn climate change. it is really happening.

    the west sheet is gonna go, adding 13 meters to sea level. guardian article. ohhhh cweepy…[theme music]…so…that said (pimping grudz’ always snarky ‘jus sayin….’)

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