I fear that many of you may see this image and have the same let-down that I did as a child when I was expecting Night Gallery to come on and instead they aired The Sixth Sense. But what I write there I just would have written here.
The interesting thing about Psychotronic Review is that it isn’t a blog. It is meant to be more of an encyclopedia. While all the articles on Frankly Curious could never be compiled into a book, I suspect that those of Psychotronic Review could be — certainly if I ever manage to write as many articles as I have here.
So on Psychotronic Review each film has a page rather than a post. The different in CMS-speak is that posts are sequential — one after the other. Pages just are. So my page on A*P*E has no indication of when it was create — even relative to other articles.
Anyway, this made me wonder what I was going to use the blog for. I’ve decided that it will mostly be on theory. This first article, however, isn’t that much theory (although I couldn’t come up with a better category for it). It’s The Good and Bad of Mystery Science Theater 3000. It deals with my deeply divided thoughts on the show. On the one hand, it introduced a lot of people to psychotronic films. On the other, it seems to think they are all bad.
Go take a gander.
Image is the official logo for Psychotronic Review. It is used by permission.
The first thing to understand is that attacks by foreign-born terrorists are rare. From 1975 through 2015, a total of 3,024 Americans were killed in such attacks, with most of those occurring on 9/11, according to a recent Cato Institute report. In other words, the annual odds of being killed by a foreign-born terrorist are 1 in 3,609,709. Each of these deaths is a tragedy, of course, but they represent a fraction of the preventable fatalities from any number of causes, including spouse-on-spouse violence, traffic accidents, and even toddlers with unsecured guns.
Trump’s eagerness to exploit only a particular type of terror attack — by Muslims — was reflected in his selective reaction to two incidents in his first month in office. In late January, he remained silent when a white Christian shot dead six Muslims in a Canadian mosque. A few days later, an Egyptian with a machete attacked French soldiers at the Louvre while shouting “Allahu Akhbar.” Nobody was killed, not even the attacker — one soldier was slightly injured before the Egyptian was shot four times. Yet within hours, Trump tweeted:
His disingenuity exposes a glaring fallacy in his executive orders. The handful of Muslim-majority countries named in the orders represent a negligible threat for domestic terrorism. The few attacks in America that have involved Muslims, including 9/11, drew largely on people from Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Egypt — but those countries were not included in either order from the Oval Office. A ruling by Judge Theodore Chuang that blocked the second order noted “strong indications that the national security purpose is not the primary purpose of the travel ban.”
For Donald Trump, a Terror Attack Will Be an Opportunity Not a Curse