BLOG QUESTION OF THE WEEK NO. 8: SUPERHERO WEEK

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SUPERHERO WEEK

This week we’re going to step off the sci-fi path a little and take a look at some superhero movies. How well do you know your comic and movie history?  Well enough to answer these questions?

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  1. Can you name all six actors who played in Batman movies and the 1966 television series?

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2. In the Spiderman series starring Tobey Maguire, who was Peter Parker’s boss, and who played him?

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3. In the latest version of the Superman series, Man of Steel, General Zod is in search of the codex, which contains the entire history and DNA of the planet Krypton. Where does he end up finding it?

4. Who played Lex Luthor in the movie Superman Returns?

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5. When did 20th century Fox obtain the film rights to the X-Men series from Marvel?

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6. In The Incredible Hulk television series, what other actor was considered before Lou Ferringo for the part of the Hulk?

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7. In the 1995 not so well known TV series Mantis, Dr. Hawkins is shot in the spine, causing him to become paralyzed. He uses an exoskeleton to walk, and fight crime, and a power hovercraft. What is the name of the vehicle?

8. In the 2011 version of The Green Hornet, Seth Rogen plays Britt Reid, and Jay Chau plays Kato. Who played Kato in the original TV series?

Just two more questions left in the contest. If you haven’t joined, please do, there still is time, and still more opportunities to win. The last question will be open to everyone, and will be right on my Facebook page. Good luck everyone!

THE POLITICS OF LIFE

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In recent weeks, we’ve seen a lot of bantering back and forth between the two main political parties. Trump has threatened to prosecute Hillary before he got elected, and Hillary accused him of being a womanizer, bully, and a racist. As all of us know, the Electoral College elected Donald Trump as our next president, and people say the election was rigged, as the other side says Hillary actually won the popular vote.

But the past is the past, and we all must move on. I voiced this same opinion in a writer’s support group on Facebook recently, saying people should get over it, and support our president regardless. I was attacked with great fury by Trump haters. They didn’t claim they were Hillary supporters, just Trump haters, which led me to believe they either didn’t vote, or they voted for a third party.

Today, however, I’m not going to say who I voted for or why, or even if I agree with either one of them. These aren’t the politics that concern me; I could care less who is president as long as they respect the people, honor the constitution, and protect our great country. I’m talking about the politics of life, how we treat each other as human beings on a day to day basis.

Trump haters attack his supporters, Hillary supporters  attack Trump supporters. Where does it end? Do we really need to divide the country over politics, religions, race, and genders? Until people can accept the fact that the person next to you is an individual with their own viewpoints, culture and beliefs, things will never change.

These acts of aggression over race, religion, or politics are nothing new, they’ve been around for thousands of years, beginning with the use of slaves by the Egyptians and other similar cultures. Religion, especially, is a sensitive issue to debate on, considering everyone has their own take on it. To exempt Muslims from coming into the country purely on their religion is ludicrous, and prejudiced, and has no place in our policy. That being said, we also cannot allow ISIS to infiltrate and terrorize America, and need a way to screen those coming in that’s fair and impartial as well.

Now some make think racial profiling is wrong and racist, but when a suspect’s description is Afro American, Middle Eastern, or Chinese, it is also ludicrous to chase after a white man to satisfy an arrest. The recent police incidents of the past year have caused tension between young Afro Americans and those who are supposed to protect and serve us. Tension usually leads to violence, which leads to the incident in Birmingham, as well as others.

It’s hard for me to relate to this situation because I’m a white, middle class raised male. My father worked hard for a living, sometimes working three jobs to feed his eight kids. We were neither rich nor poor, but there were times we had to give a little for something we wanted. When I was 12, my dad bought a paper franchise, and put me to work everyday at 3:30 AM, delivering papers until it was time to go to school.

I can’t say there wasn’t some racism in my blood. My grandfather was of German descent, and hated all black people, and even had pet names for them. This passed on to my mother, but not to the same degree as him. It took my father to make her see things a little differently, being a Protestant minister, and not so prejudice. He once helped out a young black family in Pultneyville, NY, and was almost thrown out of the church for it, prompting him to leave of his own free will anyway.

I’ve adapted most of his beliefs about race and religion. He still had a hard time wrapping around the choice of homosexuality and transgender people, but many of the men and women of the cloth do. I myself, have trouble with it, and don’t believe in it, but I’m totally okay with other people making that choice, if that’s what they wish. I have several Afro American friends, as well as homosexual friends, and they are all great people.

Which brings to my point. We all need to treat each other with the same respect we would expect to receive. If you preach hate, you will hate, and never progress as a human being. If you treat others with kindness, they will treat you the same. You don’t need a religious doctrine to tell you that, and certainly not the government. We all need to step back at this time of Thanksgiving and say to ourselves, what am I truly thankful for?

I know what I’m thankful for-family, a roof over my head, food to eat, and that the people around me love and respect each other enough to not hate those that are different from them. I’m thankful for a world where I can see the beauty of creation, whether it’s god, science, or something completely different. I’m also thankful that I can look at the person next to me and say, “He’s not so different than me after all.”

XMAS BLOG CONTEST QUESTION OF THE WEEK NO. 7

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This week we’ll be presenting another sci-fi horror crossover week set of questions. This week we’ll look at some oldies, but goodies.

  1. In the 1951 original version of the movie The Thing From Another World, what do the sled dogs discover under the snow?

2. What does Carrington use to incubate seedlings grown from the alien seed pods?

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3. In the 1957 movie One Million Miles To Earth, where does the government’s experimental craft crash?

4. Where does the creature inside the craft come from?

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5. In the 1955 movie, Tarantula, the screenplay by Jack Arnold was inspired by which 1955 Fresco Teleplay Science Fiction Theater episode?

6. The biological research scientist, Eric Jacobs, is deformed, and appears to be a form of Acromegaly. What does this mean?

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7. In the 1957 movie, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Scott Carey is on vacation on a boat with his wife. What happens that causes him to begin to shrink?

8. What thought goes through his mind when he finally shrinks to infinitesimal size?

Thank you for everyone who’s participating in the contest, and good luck on this week’s questions. For those who are new, it’s very simple: Just answer the questions in the reply space on the bottom- that’s all there is to it! Whoever has the most questions right at the end will be our grand prize winner. I know we’ve got some pretty sharp sci fi people out there, so don’t be shy, and give it a shot!

XMAS BLOG QUESTION OF THE WEEK NO. 6

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XMAS BLOG QUESTION OF THE WEEK NO. 6: HORROR CROSSOVER WEEK

This week’s questions pertain to science fiction movies which cross over into the horror genre, in honor of Halloween week.

  1. In the movie Lifeforce,  American and British astronauts find vampire-like alien beings while exploring which extraterrestrial body?
  2.  In Evil Dead III: Army of Darkness, Ash is trapped back in time to the Middle Ages, and must face an army of the dead he helps create. What is the item called that will help him travel back to his own time?                                                 army-of-darkness
  3. In Predator, Anna calls the alien creature by a specific Hispanic name, called “El demonio hace trofeos des los hombres.” In English, what does this mean?                predator_1987_-_main_cast
  4. In the Underworld series, Bill Nigby plays which role?
  5. Who is considered to be the first true vampire in the series? (Full name, please)
  6. Who is considered to be the first werewolf? Who was he played by?                                                         underworld-awakening-kate-beckinsale-werewolf
  7. In the movie Species, scientists receive instructions on how to splice alien DNA with our own. They create an alien-human hybrid named Sil. What does Preston finally use to kill her?species
  8.  In the 1968 George Romero’s Night of The Living Dead, a comet has caused the dead to rise. Of the seven people who are trapped in an old farm house and must fight  off zombies, how many are actually killed by them? Why is the ending ironic?    zombies                                                                                                                                                                                                   Good luck to everyone who has participated, or will participate in the contest.  I hope you are enjoying the questions as much as I enjoy posting them.