Where are the Alien Overlords when you Need Them?

Where are the Alien Overlords when you Need Them? February 6, 2017

SMBC realistic alien invasion

I literally laughed out loud when I reached the end of this SMBC comic.

I have been watching Colony, which turned out to have some very interesting religious elements in it. It is a story of alien invasion set in the United States, which raises questions about how we view those who build walls and those who seek to circumvent them, about collaboration and about those who engage in acts of terrorism against their oppressors and those who collaborate with them. The new religion that appears in the wake of the advent of the aliens would make for a fascinating study in terms of its realism or otherwise when compared with new religions that emerged in history after the arrival of colonial powers.

Now that I’ve seen this comic, and think of Colony as set in the near future, I may interpret the show in a rather different way…

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    And the meek shall inherit the Earth.

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    Arthur C. Clarke

    Sir Arthur Charles Clarke

    Clarke’s Third Law: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.


    Confirmation bias

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Confirmation bias, also called confirmatory bias or myside bias, is the tendency to search for, interpret, favor, and recall information in a way that confirms one’s preexisting beliefs or hypotheses, while giving disproportionately less consideration to alternative possibilities. It is a type of cognitive bias and a systematic error of inductive reasoning. People display this bias when they gather or remember information selectively, or when they interpret it in a biased way. The effect is stronger for emotionally charged issues and for deeply entrenched beliefs. People also tend to interpret ambiguous evidence as supporting their existing position. Biased search, interpretation and memory have been invoked to explain attitude polarization (when a disagreement becomes more extreme even though the different parties are exposed to the same evidence), belief perseverance (when beliefs persist after the evidence for them is shown to be false), the irrational primacy effect (a greater reliance on information encountered early in a series) and illusory correlation (when people falsely perceive an association between two events or situations).

    A series of experiments in the 1960s suggested that people are biased toward confirming their existing beliefs. Later work re-interpreted these results as a tendency to test ideas in a one-sided way, focusing on one possibility and ignoring alternatives. In certain situations, this tendency can bias people’s conclusions. Explanations for the observed biases include wishful thinking and the limited human capacity to process information.

    See also: http://hvom.blogspot.com/2017/01/wargames.html

    From 9/27/2013 ( Homestead Day 1 ) To 1/14/2016 is 839 days

    From 11/2/1965 ( my birth date in Antlers Oklahoma USA as Kerry Burgess ) To 2/19/1968 ( premiere US TV series “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” ) is 839 days



    Colony Season 1 Episode 1


    Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Jan 14, 2016 on USA

    AIRED: 1/14/16

    WarGames (1983)


    David Lightman: [typing] Is this a game… or is it real?

    Joshua: What’s the difference?

    David Lightman: [muttering] Oh wow.

    Joshua: You are a hard man to reach. Could not find you in Seattle and no terminal is in operation at your classified address.

    David Lightman: [typing] What classified address?

    Joshua: D.O.D. pension files indicate current mailing as: Dr. Robert Hume, a.k.a. Stephen W. Falken, 5 Tall Cedar Road, Goose Island, Oregon 97…

    From 9/27/2013 ( Homestead Day 1 ) to 5/2/2014 ( Homestead Day 217 – Phase 2 Day 1 ) is 217 days

    From 5/2/2014 ( Homestead Day 217 – Phase 2 Day 1 ) to 12/5/2014 is 217 days



    Dying of the Light (2014)

    Release Info

    USA 5 December 2014

    1980 film “The Final Countdown” DVD video:

    US Navy chief petty officer: It’s a code.

    US Navy commander Dan Thurman – USS Nimitz CVN 68 executive officer: Can you break it, Chief?

    US Navy chief petty officer: I think someone’s putting us on.

    US Navy commander Dan Thurman – USS Nimitz CVN 68 executive officer: Why?

    US Navy chief petty officer: Because I learned this code at Great Lakes. It’s ancient.