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In lieu of retooting my for the new folks, here's a link to my first toots here on qoto (which includes my intro toot):

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Index - Retro Scifi’s of the Week (long) 

Index for Retro Scifi’s of the Week

Dec 2021

Beyond the Time Barrier (1960)

Jan 2022

Cat-Women of the Moon (1953)

Forbidden Planet (1956)

Silent Running (1972)

Feb 2022

Andromeda Strain (1971)

Soylent Green (1973)

A Trip to the Moon (1902)

A Taste of Armageddon (1967)

Mar 2022

The Absent Minded Professor (1961)

The Bicentennial Man (1999)

War of the Satellites (1958)

I, Robot (2004)

Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe: Doom of the Dictator (1940)

Apr 2022

Tron (1982)

Starship Troopers (1997)

Godzilla (1954)

12 to the Moon (1960)

May 2022

The Time Machine (1960)

Contact (1997)

The Atomic Submarine (1954)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

June 2022

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

Metropolis (1927)

Supercar (1965)

Cloud Atlas (2012)

AI: Artificial Intelligence (2000)

July 2022

Virtuosity (1995)

Battlefield Earth (2000)

Brainstorm (1983)

Timebomb (1991)

August 2022

Radar Men from the Moon (1952)

Electric Dreams (1984)

September 2022

American Warships (2012)

Epoch (2001)

Splash (1984)

Loss of Sensation (1935)

Waterworld (1995)

October 2022

The Island (2005)

In Time (2011)

Justin Time (2010)

November 2022

WarGames (1983)

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Index of Pat’s pinned toots:

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A properly worn respirator stops all variants of the COVID-19 virus -- past, present and future...
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A pseudorandomly selected list of ten films to critique regarding how they treat black actors/characters
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What's wrong with this picture?

Can you describe who these people are and what they are famous for?

(click each one that you know)

In China when someone is infected with COVID-19, they lock them up in a quarantine center until they are free of virus.

In the US when someone is infected with COVID-19, they lock them up in coffin and bury them 6-feet underground.

Have you ever heard anyone from mainstream media ever say that it is wrong that a million Americans died because of what the CDC did (hording 100s of millions of respirators during the pandemic, and telling people to take their masks off), and that policymakers should be held accountable for what they have done to our country?

In the US, there are currently 8 times as many deaths due to COVID-19 as there are to the flu.

A properly worn respirator, like a N95 mask, prevents infection and spread of disease from all variants of the flu and COVID-19.

New Rule:

From now on, any politician, journalist or commentator who uses the word "fulsome" will be sentenced to serve five years at Folsom State Prison in California.

You are more than 5,000 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than from a nuclear power plant accident.


This one takes us lightyears away
to a new land, for a bit of a stay.
They say it has a presence of mind,
signs of intelligence, the artificial kind.

Retro rockets, down to the Pale Blue Dot,
search throughout, but intelligence it has not.
Lots of product of artifice we sense
but just artificial lack of intelligence.

So the answer we send back home,
nothing here, no matter how much we comb.
Alrighty then, on to the next shore.
Sounds interesting, let’s hear more...

(fair use image, Marvel, Guardians of the Galaxy 3)

Today's message from old media...

"Be afraid. Look at all these scary things. Don't you feel anxious now? Good.

"We want you to feel fear so you are afraid to change anything. So if a revolution starts you will be so afraid of change that you will just keep this totally fucked up, shitty system that we have now rather take any risk whatsoever.

"(But keep coming to work and dying of Covid, so our sponsors can make lots of money.)"

**** TruthBeTold Spoiler **** 

**** TruthBeTold Spoiler ****

This one is 100% true…

The image shows a specimen of the brown Bubblebee bat with its wings spread out in a simulated microscope field next to a diagram of the cross-section of a human hair. This is absurd, of course, a hairy mammal smaller than the width of a single hair itself?

But the words of the TBT say, “length” of a human hair, not “width” of a human hair. The bat is actually a bit over an inch long (~30cm).

This bat species is the smallest bat and probably the smallest mammal species.

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The truth is...

The Bubblebee bat is the smallest mammal, smaller than the length of a human hair.

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= A statement that is logically or literally true (or partly true), but seems to imply something that isn’t true or is just plain weird. (for rhetoric, logic or propaganda studies… or just for fun)

(image CC-BY-SA-3.0, Momotarou2012, mediawiki commons, modified)

(I apologize for the youtube link, but I couldn't find this video anywhere else.)

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Here's an entertaining answer to the question, "Why is the sky blue?" by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Chuck Nice.

Even though the answer is directed towards a lay audience, it talks about EM wavelengths and Rayleigh scattering.

spoiler - possible puzzle answer 


***possible spoiler of puzzle question***
(see previous toot in this thread)

I think it has something to do with the molecular adhesion between the water molecules and the molecules of the face of the dam wall. When the stick provides an alternate adhesion surface for the water to follow, it follows the path outward away from the dam wall due to the inertia of the flowing water and the cohesion of the molecules of liquid water. Then the cohesion of the water flowing outward pulls the adjacent water away from the dam water, widening that flow patterns, recursively across the dam.

That's my guess.

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Ok scientists, why does this phenomenon happen?...

(It's a toot by @stux showing a thin layer of water flowing over the rim of a small dam (maybe .5 meters high). When a stick is touched onto the layer of flowing water, it changes it's flow pattern and instead of clicking to the downward side of the wall of the dam it flows outward, away from the dam wall and directly into the body of water downstream from the dam. At first it changes right at the spot where the stick touches, but then in a cascading fashion the new flow pattern ripples all the way across the dam.)

Retro SciFi Film of the Week…

The China Syndrome (1979)

I’m not sure if this one is technically a science fiction film or not. It’s about high-technology and it predicted something in the future, so perhaps it is. It came out in the years during the roll-out of the first nuclear power plants. The oil industry and other incumbents were and still are strongly opposed to nuclear energy because it competes with their industries. Some of them were able to trick environmental groups into protesting against nuclear energy. Also entities that opposed the development of nuclear weapons (which usually rely on reactors for plutonium fuel), including peace groups and foreign adversaries also fought the development of nuclear power.

This film is critical of nuclear power, specifically about the possibility of accidents. It was released just a couple weeks before the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant accident in 1979, which drew much scrutiny because the remarkable similarity between the events depicted in the film and the TMI incident.

Stars in the film include Michael Douglas, who is an advocate of nuclear disarmament, and Jane Fonda who has been a lifelong peace activist. Fonda plays a TV reporter while Douglas is her cameraman. Jack Lemon plays a plant worker who is a whistle-blower.

(fair use image from the film)

This old folk song (probably) started out as a protest song against the harsh conditions under which black slaves worked during the mid-19th century while building out the US railroad system. Dinah was a slang term for a black woman (female slave) during the antebellum. Some minstrel shows played it sarcastically and with varying lyrics, and the song became a point of a cultural wrestling match between sides throughout the rest of the 19th and early 20th century.

This Vitaphone recording may have been the first ever made of the song. The song lyrics in this recording appear to be a blend of lyrics from various versions, probably to avoid taking sides so as to have a broader appeal.

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Blocking @rdaily for a toot that included a stereotype of the Irish people. (among several other various derogatory toots)

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