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WHAT IF... You could bring back just one television show?



Not just bring back the old episodes, although in many cases that would be great, and the proof is in the popularity of Netflix and television shows years or decades old (Dr. Who the original series from the 1960s). But bring back that old show, with the original actors; just in brand new episodes.

Now this is a WHAT IF question, so yes the insanely crazy is not only possible, but for the purposes of maximizing entertainment value for me and the rest of the crowd this morning, it is encouraged! So yes, even though Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland are gone with the wind at this late date, you could voice your support for a new Captain Blood movie, if we weren't only covering tv shows. Keep up, please!

There are so many shows which, over the years, I've allowed myself to begin watching, only to realize after no more than two or three episodes that it would never see a season two. Mostly because it was so bad. But more oftentimes than seems reasonable, it was because it was rather good, and here in America evidently that is a ticket right to Cancellation Hell for television programming.

There are many shows that got the axe and which I would have broadcast forever and one of them is...

Moonlight (CBS) 2007
Starring eye candy Alex O'Laughlin in the main lead. CBS make an error of epic proportions when they cancelled Moonlight. It was out the year before Twilight came out. CBS had a show just curling over the edge of the wave before the Tsunami of everything vampire. It had a hot cast, including Sophia Myles (of the startlingly green eyes, and a propensity for Vampire stories) and Jason Dohring (who hasn't had a great role since). It had decent plotlines and terrific dialogue. It had Alex O'Laughlin (There's a reason CBS kept looking for a home for him). Stupid CBS. At least it has two of the all-time best kiss scenes in TV history. I'll confess, I nearly wore out the 'rewind five seconds' button on my remote control on this scene in Episode 13, which I kept rewinding and watching again and again and... well, you get the picture. Here, Mick (Alex) has been trying to get his humanity back for 85 years, and he finds a cure... but he has to give it up and become vampire once more to save Beth. That was yesterday, in this scene. See for yourself:

My 2nd nominee for BRING BACK NEW EPISODES is a recent show which people should have made the number one show on TV just last year...

Almost Human (Fox) 2014
Starring eye candy Karl Urban AND Michael Ealy. (Hey, I didn't make up the rule about needing eye candy in order to have a successful TV show in America. But I certainly do enjoy it.) Urban played Detective John Kennex and Ealy his Android AI sidekick, Dorian. It was a cop-buddy film cast as TV show. But the storylines were fresh, interesting and the sets were spectacular. Just as the show began to kick into high gear, it got pulled. The guy JJ Abrams brought in to play the (more handsome yet just as irascible) Doctor McCoy on the revamped Star Trek (where he was frickin fantastic), just wasn't good enough for tv audiences? I'll never understand why the masses never watch terrific television en masse. I've loved stupid and dreck before myself, but only as a treat on occasion, not as a main dish all the time. This was a show worth watching, but what should I expect from the Network that cancelled Firefly in it's first year?

Of course, that's the other show I'd bring back. Browncoats Forever!

Firefly (Fox) 2002
Mal and crew flew the Serenity through the empty reaches of space, and into my heart for all time. All you Johnnie-come-latelies who think Christina Hendricks is hot now on Mad Men? You missed her as a femme fatale extraordinaire on Firefly, where she married Mal to escape a planet and then tried to kill him to steal his ship. Woah!

FYI:This is the entire episode.

But if you loved Firefly, you've seen that episode at least 10 times. Watch this instead. I guarantee you probably haven't seen it. Unless you own the Disc set with the bonus features. In which case, you know it's well worth watching again.  

So what shows do you still think about fondly and secretly wish could be brought back to the (in most homes now, not so) small screen, with all new episodes for your delight? Which characters do you still miss and wonder about how their lives turned out during the odd, quiet moments when no one else but you is around and your brain is full of wandering thoughts?  




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Across America we continue to see local communities arise in frustration after the killing of another citizen by a police officer, or following the memorial services of such a victim.

Today in Baltimore, Maryland we're seeing it again.

What greets these (for the most part) peaceably assembling citizens who want a redress of their grievances from the local government?

In every single case, so far, what we see are RIOT POLICE uniformed in what appears to be some of that donated Military Gear and Armor greeting them.

What if instead of a line of kevlar-armor bearing riot police, the local Mayor and his City Council members came out in public to treat with those citizens...

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WHAT IF... You could play a leading role in a movie?



You can have your own physical countenance or you may take on another, as it suits you. So play yourself or as anyone alive or dead.

What role would you choose? Hero, Heroine or Rapscallion? The inventive adventurer in search of long lost treasure? A warrior taking on a terrible foe to Save the World or maybe Save the Galaxy? A time-traveling scientist searching endlessly for a way home?

Would you prefer Drama, Comedy, Mystery or Thriller? Want to leave the audience in stitches or your character, after a heart-thumping chase scene?

Is there a hidden Clara Bow or Mila Kunis, a Rudolph Valentino or a Chris Pratt lurking somewhere in your imagination?

Want to take a starship across the Universe or ride a wild horse over a pristine highland meadow?


The iconic sign read 'Hollywoodland' until 1949
From the History of the Hollywood Sign
Stories have been part of human culture as long as humans have had culture. You might say, storytelling is in our nature. Young children love to play parts in backyard presentations, to their family and friends, or even just their stuffed animal menagerie. As adults, we often find ourselves daydreaming of the moments in our past when a single moment colored everything which followed... and wondering WHAT IF I chose the other path?

What role have you dreamed of and wished you could play, even if just for a single day?

Me? I'd take any role, on any version of the Enterprise, although I'd prefer to serve under Captain Archer. To live in a society which honors your contributions to society and nurtures the best in each member of that society to help them achieve the most they can? That would be like living in Paradise.


Which stage calls your name gently, in the quiet and dark of night when everyone is asleep and dreaming?




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Animal Nuz has been gracing the pages of Daily Kos now since July 6, 2010 and with 247 episodes in the can, Eric Lewis (ericlewis0) has been hard at work creating spot on commentary cleverly disguised as a Cartoon Strip for about four and a half years now.

For most of that time, he's done so without any compensation. He does receive some remuneration from Daily Kos at this point, but truthfully, pay per episode is quite small (think a modest lunch for one).

I'd like to change that. So early in the month of May this new group Nuz Hounds will be holding a week long Fundraiser Blogathon!

below the fleur-de-kos for more ...

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WHAT IF... You ran for public office in 2016?




Which Office would you run for? Congress, federal or state? A local mayoral or county commissioner position? What about Port Authority or Transit Commission? County Clerk or Auditor?

Do you know that there are dozens of political offices in each and every community in the nation, and that there will be at least one in your town, city or county which has NO DEMOCRATIC candidate (statistically speaking)?

Why not let 2016 be the year in which We the People do what our founding fathers (and mothers!) meant when they signed the Declaration of Independence and created out of whole cloth a new nation and become the Government we seek?

I've been reading and writing here at Daily Kos since 2003 and those of us on the Left have been agitating that entire time for a more representative membership in our elected officials. We find out about more progressive and liberal candidates and work to help them get elected, sometime in our own states and sometimes in others.

But what I've seldom seen here in Orange Territory is a lot of Kossacks who take that enthusiasm and energy and put themselves in the spotlight and declaring as a Candidate. Why ever not, I began to wonder about two years ago.

Then I saw the campaigns of one of our own in California, when Senaca Doane (Greg Diamond) ran for three different offices although he won none of them (and politely asked for some help to retire his campaign debt).

So this last year, after a lot of self-searching I made the decision that I would take the leap and run myself. I considered running for a lot of local positions, from county Commissioner to State Representative. But like a lot of places, all of those local positions are filled with people who are doing a decent job and are incumbents. I'd hardly want to get in a race and end up losing a Democratic seat to a Republican because my candidacy split the vote!

The seat I've chosen is likely going to be filled by the stepford wife Republican who has occupied it for three terms now, Jaime Herrera Beutler (R) come January 2017. But nothing is certain when it comes to politics, until the votes are counted.

So expect to hear a formal announcement from me about my entry into the US House WA-03 race sometime in either May or June. I'm still working on selecting a Treasurer and a campaign manager, and once that is done, I'll be shouting from the cheap seats, "Vote for ME!"

I've asked and am waiting for a response from OccupyDemocrats.com for the authorization to use this as part of my campaign materials. What do you all think of it?


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But what about the rest of you? Can any of you see your way to throwing your hat in the ring and taking a walk on the wild side with me in 2016? Have you ever imagined yourself becoming a politician instead of just talking about and voting against the ones who represent you now?

There is the issue of money, let's be honest, that idea scares the hell out of far too many people and prevents them from running. But I'm not letting it scare me off. I've been stone cold broke for so many years, I just don't see how it could get any worse. Plus, I've got a plan for how to beat that lack of money, and it could be replicated ANYWHERE, in any state or county or city in the country. If you've been reading Meteor Blades this spring, you'll have heard about it already.

The 174K Precinct Organizing Project
Get with your local County Democratic Party Central Committee. Talk to them about your desire to run for office. Discuss the 2nd Week Canvassing project (canvassing each precinct in the District the 2nd week of July, August, September and October every year). Talk about how you plan to use the Power of the People and not the power of money to win votes.

This plan will take time, shoe leather and determination to bring about the result I desire. But I've never been afraid of hard work and I've got nothing to lose by using this campaign strategy.

Neither would any of you, excepting some time.

So how about it. I'm challenging each and every one of you to either become a candidate or FIND a candidate where you live to help run for office next year.

If we want a better country, then it's up to US to do something about it.

That starts with some of us becoming the Government we seek, at every level from your local city to the US Congress.

Who is with me?

Because we can't sit idly by and let guys like this (or their minions) run everything, they'll burn the place down around us...




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WHAT IF... Dogs and Cats could talk?



I'm not a scientist, but I have had furry family members for decades now, and I am convinced that dogs and cats understand a lot of verbal language. But I can't help wondering on occasion what our world would be like if Dogs and Cats could talk back.

Or just talk. Imagine being a cat burglar and being arrested and charged and convicted based on the testimony of your pet Dog.

I've seen (on YouTube) videos of both cats and dogs which appear to be using English words, albeit clothed in yips, meows and woofs. Some of them are quite amazing.

Imagine your home with a cat and dog who not only chase each other around the house sometimes, but do so while throwing verbal barbs back and forth while doing so...

"Spot, you fool, you shall never catch me, and if you did, I'd make you sorry," snarled Bob the Cat as he climbed the sofa, all too unaware that Spot the Dog had already launched himself off the floor in a spectacular leap until Spot, moments before contact barked back, "GOTCHA!"
I've read of genetically modified animals like cloned, glow-in-the-dark cats

South Korean scientists say they have cloned cats whose genes have been altered so that they glow in the dark - taking advantage of a technological twist that could someday be used to make more dramatic genetic changes in all sorts of creatures.

A research team at Gyeongsang National University, headed by Kong Il-Keun, produced several kitty clones in January and February, the government-managed Korea.net news service reported Wednesday. This week the scientists showed off the cats, which now weigh about 7 pounds (3 to 3.5 kilograms) and glow a dull red under ultraviolet light.

How about genetically modified Seahorses?

Forget about gold-encrusted phones, bacon sprinkled with gold, or gold-plated cars: if you really have the cash to throw around, you can now buy yourself a glittery gold seahorse. These creatures are created by Vietnamese scientists and are the first ever genetically modified animal from Vietnam. Gold dust was mixed with jellyfish proteins, then inserted into seahorse’s eggs by using the “gene shooting method,” which has incredible potential uses. With more research and trials, gene shooting can potentially treat incurable human diseases, like diabetes, by replacing problematic DNA in the patient’s body.

So perhaps the technology to upgrade our furry family members so that they can do more than bark or meow is not too far off. The upside? True companionship complete with conversation. The downside? You can't get your friends, your kids or your significant other to just shut up and be quiet when you want them to, imagine if your cat or dog yammered on endless about their boring day in the house waiting for you to come home, day after day after....

On second thought, I'll take the glow in the dark cat, it might save me on night lights and still leave me in blessed silence when I'm trying to catch up on my favorite tv series.




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John Oliver in his raucous and informative HBO television show Last Week Tonight covered the issue of Tobacco and international effects of trade regulations already in effect. Which reminded me of the still being pushed forward new international Trade agreement currently under development, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Keep in mind there have been leaks about the proposed TPP (even though it's been kept secret, for the most part), and most of them note it will be like NAFTA on steroids, including ISDS (investor state dispute settlements) in lieu of nation-based judicial courts. Countless news organizations have reported on the TPP.

Like the Guardian, which covered this issue, in depth, here in Why support the TPP when it will let foreign corporations take our democracies to court? by Melissa Parke.

But I haven't seen anyone, anywhere explain, with examples, how the idea that corporations should be allowed to sue a nation for restricting it's future possible revenues by instituting new laws on things like work safety regulations or health safety concerns or environmental pollution regulations is one fraught with danger for us and our children and their children, too.

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WHAT IF... You could change just one moment in the past?



The idea of going back in time and changing just one thing, one event or one person has been covered by Hollywood films for decades. Comedies, dramas, science fiction epics and mysteries have all been used as backdrop to the central theme:

If you could change something, what would it be?

From the classic 1946 "It's a Wonderful Life" with James Stewart.

Where an honest man brought to the brink of ruin by an avaricious banker considers suicide on Christmas Eve, only to be shown what the world would look like without him, how he impacted more lives than he could have ever imagined.

What does George Bailey learn? That kindness and generosity of spirit cannot be bought at any price by one who has not earned them.
1986's hit comedy/drama "Peggy Sue Got Married".

Peggy Sue faints at a high school reunion. When she wakes up, she finds herself in her own past, just before she finished school, with the unprecedented option to use "if I only knew then what I know now" to her advantage to avoid the future she loathes.

Much to her dismay, Peggy Sue makes a lot of the same choices, only the second time around, she has the experience of her prior lifetime to understand why she and her once-and-future husband are making them. That new point of view changes everything about her future, because knowing gives her courage.
2003's "Timeline", the film version of the book by Michael Crichton.

A group of archaeological students become trapped in the Medieval past when they go there to retrieve their professor, the father of one of them, at the behest of the slightly insane billionaire inventor who sent him there to begin with.

A true film rendition of the theory that "life is what happens while you're making other plans".
So, is there a moment in the past or even just in your past you'd like the opportunity to go back and change?

A conversation, a meal you cooked, the purchase of an item... or something more serious like a proposal you could take back (or decline) or a date you would avoid or hobby you would not take up?

Tell us about the day you'd like to return to and what you'd like to change about it.



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Short diary.

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow will have Senator Elizabeth Warren tomorrow, Tuesday March 31st in a one-on-one interview.

9 pm Eastern Standard Time

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WHAT IF... Corporations were NOT 'legal persons'?



There is a lot of confusion over the issue of Corporate Personhood. Beginning with the fact that no Supreme Court has EVER ruled that such is the case. You can read a pretty in-depth description of what the Santa Clara County vs Southern Pacific Railroad lawsuit was about and how it resulted in the modern era which is clearly infested with corporate hegemony in my diary from 2010 right here: Santa Clara vs Southern Pacific Railroad. The full story.


The heart of the matter is that in that case the Court did not issue a finding which declared that corporate entities were 'persons' in the context of the 14th Amendment; which in fact the plaintiffs did want to happen.

The railroads and other then developing corporate behemoths were trying for years to get such a finding, as they wanted desperately to be able to use Laws intended for the benefit of living, breathing, human persons because those Laws could save them money.

John Chandler Bancroft Davis
The Court Clerk in Santa Clara v Southern Pacific Railroad,  J.C. Bancroft Davis (former president of Newburgh and New York Railway Company) inserted this into the Headnote (a summary) of the case:

One of the points made and discussed at length in the brief of counsel for defendants in error was that "corporations are persons within the meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States."

Before argument, MR. CHIEF JUSTICE WAITE said:

"The Court does not wish to hear argument on the question whether the provision in the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution which forbids a state to deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws applies to these corporations. We are all of opinion that it does."


That Headnoted remark was referenced by subsequent SCOTUS Justices as stare decisis on the issue of corporate personhood:
Justice Hugo Black wrote "in 1886, this Court in the case of Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad, decided for the first time that the word 'person' in the amendment did in some instances include corporations...The history of the amendment proves that the people were told that its purpose was to protect weak and helpless human beings and were not told that it was intended to remove corporations in any fashion from the control of state governments...The language of the amendment itself does not support the theory that it was passed for the benefit of corporations."

Justice William O. Douglas wrote in 1949, "the Santa Clara case becomes one of the most momentous of all our decisions.. Corporations were now armed with constitutional prerogatives."

The only problem is, none of that is the actual truth.

The Chief Justice, during his pre-trial remarks noted that the Court "would not hear arguments on the question" of corporate access to the 14th Amendment. The fact that he concluded that remark with the statement that "We (the SCOTUS justices) are all of opinion that it does" is irrelevant insofar as the Law is concerned.

Because the Headnote is NOT part of the case and has no legal bearing. From the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law Research Guide on Federal Cases:

How to Use a Digest
6) ALWAYS READ THE FULL TEXT OF THE CASE. NEVER RELY UPON THE HEADNOTE. NEVER CITE TO A HEADNOTE IN A DIGEST.
Because the Headnote is merely a summary of the case and has no legal standing.

So, perhaps it's not really WHAT IF.

There is a real chance that corporations are NOT 'persons' as far as the 14th Amendment is concerned, and that even Supreme Court Justices since the 1886 era have referenced such in error.

Because a former Railroad president happened to be the Supreme Court Clerk who wrote the Headnote of a case brought by a Railroad, and included a preparatory remark which was not included in deliberations by the Court on the Case in question.

History, it's a funny thing sometimes, how what becomes what everyone knows is sometime just not true.




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WHAT IF... Science cannot prevent Rising Sea Levels?



What if Global Climate Change does change the face of the Earth?

How should we deal with THAT reality, and what will it look like?

Be sure to remember that as of 2013 "over 3 billion people live in coastal city areas that are at risk of rising sea levels and other consequences of global warming".

That's about HALF of the human beings on Earth at risk of forced migration as sea levels rise...

From the National Geographic online:
IF ALL THE ICE MELTED

Explore the world's new coastlines if sea level rises 216 feet...

The maps here show the world as it is now, with only one difference: All the ice on land has melted and drained into the sea, raising it 216 feet and creating new shorelines for our continents and inland seas.

There are more than five million cubic miles of ice on Earth, and some scientists say it would take more than 5,000 years to melt it all. If we continue adding carbon to the atmosphere, we'll very likely crate an ice-free planet, with an average temperature of perhaps 80º Fahrenheit instead of the current 58º.

Look at how many of the cities along the United States coastlines will just be GONE, submerged and abandoned. What will it cost to move the people and build new cities further inland? How long will it take? Who will pay for all of this?

From a WaPo piece entitled "Washington D.C. under water, what sea level rise and inundation would look like", with a slide show rendered by Nickolay Lamm, an artist and researcher. Go check out the whole slide show, it's pretty scary to imagine the nation's capital abandoned and underwater for the most part...

From the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Coastal Sea Level Rise online site, you can see what the change looks like from current sea level to a modest five foot rise in sea level. Pick your state, and see birds-eye views of various places currently in the area you pick.

This link will show the Portland, Oregon/Vancouver, WA Metro area, it's amazing and terrifying what just five feet of water can do to change the landscape.

That's our future, right now, staring us all in the face. If we do nothing except what we're doing right now.

If science cannot find a way to reverse the carbon influx into the atmosphere, it's what our grandchildren's grandchildren will have to start dealing with. But if we leave it that long, it's likely that no matter what THEY do, the current civilization we all know will be gone or fading as the cities of the world empty and their inhabitants flee to safer territory.

Is this a certainty? No. But it's a lot more likely than any other scenarios currently contemplated - because the world's governments are too busy fighting each other over petroleum still in the ground instead of working together to ameliorate the damage already done by hydrocarbons pumped into the atmosphere over the past 150 years from all the petroleum already taken from the ground and burned by our ever industrialized world.

Are you scared? I am. But maybe science will still save us... after all, remember that there are smart and energized scientists like Angela Belcher working to prevent this Doomsday scenario from coming to fruition. They might win. But I don't think that we can count on it.

What is YOUR plan for the future, in light of rising seas, and will it affect where you and your family live?


as always...

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