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Sci-fi author. @sciencechannel contributor. Implacable rabble rouser. Mostly water. IN THE BLACK, GATE CRASHERS and STARSHIP REPO from @torbooks out now!
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May 24 β€’ 6 tweets β€’ 1 min read
Gun owner here. There are things we can do, right now, today, to drastically curb gun violence without infringing anyone's 2nd amendment rights. Universal Background Checks have staggering support, even among gun owners. Red Flag laws. Data sharing between agencies. 1/ Strengthen straw purchase laws. Stop letting people cross state lines to buy guns in states with lax laws. Tighten training and certification requirements for concealed carry licenses. Waiting periods.

All of these common-sense measures have broad support. 2/
May 19 β€’ 23 tweets β€’ 4 min read
Let a "Geriatric Millennial" explain how fucked up the 2000 election was, you Gen Z kids.

In one corner you had Al Gore, 8yr VP under Bill Clinton and the human embodiment of "milquetoast."

In the other, George W Bush, a 5 gallon cowboy in a 10 gallon hat. 1/ They both ran bad campaigns in the middle of a historic economic expansion that was just starting to show warning signs. Y2K panic had just fizzled out, and the first "tech bubble" was bursting.

We had a 90's hangover, basically. 2/
May 13 β€’ 7 tweets β€’ 1 min read
An old Vietnam vet friend and I were just talking about Putin's biggest miscalculations in the war. We don't agree on much but we talk a lot.

We agreed on this point. Putin fucked up by having no heir. No one, anywhere, thinks the Ukraine War is Russian policy. Just Putin's. 1/ This invasion was his last, desperate stab at immortality. Another domino in reestablishing the USSR of his youth. Like Georgia in '08 and Crimea in '14.

But there's no one to carry that vision forward. It dies with him. Which, from all reports, is on the horizon. 2/
May 12 β€’ 4 tweets β€’ 1 min read
The GOP wants to end legal abortion for two reasons. First, because they hate women and want to enslave them.

But second is the babies. They need an endless supply of babies to traffic through adoption to evangelical couples. They need poor kids to become soldiers or prisoners. They need disadvantaged kids hitting 18 and choosing between a career in the military, or a life of crime. Either way, they become profit centers for GOP donors. The GOP feeds off of violence, be it war or crime. They can never have enough of either.
May 12 β€’ 8 tweets β€’ 5 min read
Thread of cool stuff we saw at the WB Studio tour. 1/ New Batmobile. 2/
May 12 β€’ 4 tweets β€’ 1 min read
"This is part of the weirding way we will teach you. Some thoughts, have a certain sound. That being equivalent to a form. Through sound and motion, you will be able to paralyze nerves, shatter bones, set fires, suffocate an enemy or burst his organs." "We will kill untill no Harkonnen breathes Arrakeen air."

Had nothing whatsoever to do with the content of the book, yet still some of the hardest lines ever delivered on screen in sci-fi history. And understood what the character of Paul was becoming.
May 7 β€’ 11 tweets β€’ 2 min read
Just shouted about how badass Ewoks are for a good ten minutes at my bar and won some converts.

They're cannibal insurgents, you guys. Straight up serial killers. Nobody just has that many log traps lying around.

Leia's dress? Yeah they ate a chick. The Empire had been on Endor for YEARS building Death Star II. They sent down legions of storm troopers to secure a footprint and build the shield generator outpost.

Han's sabotage team gets captured.

There's Ewoks like, ten yards away. Everyone shits themselves.
May 5 β€’ 4 tweets β€’ 1 min read
Pols still just don't fucking get it.

The GOP is immune to public opinion. Totally invulnerable. The popularity of their policies among the general electorate does not factor into their decisions. They are utterly, completely beholden to the frothing lunatics in their primaries. It doesn't matter Roe v Wade has massive popular support, or Gay Marriage, or Gun Reform, or voting rights. It doesn't even matter if majorities of REPUBLICANS support these things.

The GOP only represents the loudest, most ignorant, most racist, most hateful 20% of Americans.
May 4 β€’ 5 tweets β€’ 2 min read
The irony here is the party this man belongs to is laser-focused on forcing every gay/bi/trans man back into the closet where they will be just as tortured and self-loathing as he is now.

The Republican party HATES gays. HATES women. And they'll stop at nothing at all. Madison Cawthorn is, at the very least, bisexual.

There's one party who loves him as he is and wants him to be able to live with freedom and dignity.

The other party hates him and wants him to suffer the rest of his life.

He picked suffering, because he hates himself.
Apr 15 β€’ 6 tweets β€’ 1 min read
Ukraine announced its independence to the world by agreeing to give up all of the nuclear weapons it had in a still-unmatched demonstration of goodwill and trust in the international community.

I think about that a lot while their citizens get shelled and bombed by Putin. And I do mean unmatched. Unprecedented. No country that has nukes has ever given up nukes.

Except Ukraine. And now they're being slaughtered.

Is this really the example the world wants to set?
Apr 15 β€’ 29 tweets β€’ 5 min read
With the sinking of the Moskva, I'm seeing a lot of people breathlessly declaring the end of blue water navies and capital ships in the same way Ukraine's successes with our Javelins signal the end of the main battle tank.

Everybody, slow tf down. 1/ What it signals is an end to any military thinking it can just show up in force and half-ass an invasion through pure weight of numbers. That's what Russia did. And you can't really blame them because it worked before. In Chechnya, Georgia, and even in Ukraine in 2014. 2/
Apr 15 β€’ 5 tweets β€’ 1 min read
Instant fence. Just add labor. Also stain. Think we're going to need stain. Now 20 years removed from living with horses in the country and I had completely forgotten how much digging post holes sucks.
Apr 15 β€’ 4 tweets β€’ 1 min read
Maybe the fact Russia's only aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, is a floating death trap that can't put to sea without catching on fire and always bring a tug boat along just in case was a sign the Russian Navy was not up to snuff. The last time the Kuznetsov went on tour in the Mediterranean, it lost two Su-33 fighters because they had to ditch in the ocean from broken catch cables.

Then it caught fire and had to towed back home to drydock for repairs.

Then the drydock sank.

No, really.
Apr 14 β€’ 4 tweets β€’ 1 min read
WiP: "Oh now /that/ was a mistake. See, we're not all alike at this table. Eons ago, we humans... diversified ourselves into four. Some, remained as we were. Others blended with whales, wise, patient, far seeing in distance and dimension. Another group paired with dogs." 1/ "Loyal, courageous, quick to accept and defend anyone they deemed part of the pack. And then, there's the one you just threatened. The cats. Eighteen hours a day, they dream of murder. Their every finger and toe ending in a blade. Their teeth, sabers. They can only eat meat." 2/
Apr 14 β€’ 7 tweets β€’ 2 min read
Some folks have asked privately why I "promote" the people stalking us with tweets like this.

The answer is simple. I can't "promote" people who hide their identities. But I can maintain a public record of their insanity ahead of the day one of them escalates to violence. 1/ They have already tried. A 30 yr old named Andrew Nadolski drove across two states lines from his home in Indianapolis in the middle of the night to try and physically attack me at a pub I frequent at 1am. 2/
Apr 13 β€’ 4 tweets β€’ 1 min read
Digging deeper into antimatter rockets for a presentation I'm preparing and came to understand manufacturing and capturing antimatter costs, I hope you're sitting down, $62,500,000,000,000 per gram.

PER. GRAM.

That's like printer ink and Triple Crown winner's sperm had a baby. And then that baby hacked into its own bank account and added six zeroes.
Apr 13 β€’ 12 tweets β€’ 4 min read
Our stalkers again. Having a totally normal Tuesday night. Spending a weekday evening like we all do. Not bothering with paragraphs. Image Totally normal person. Not an obsessed sociopath at all. Image
Apr 11 β€’ 18 tweets β€’ 4 min read
Angry thread time. This here is, best as anyone can tell, how Don Jr. is weathering the storm his Nov 2020 texts to Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows bragging about his family controlling every lever of the election have caused.

But instead, Imma talk about his gun. 1/ See this little swell on the end of his rifle? Most of you probably look at it and think "Silencer," but alas, no. Its proper name is a suppressor. Because it doesn't silence shit. That's a Hollywood myth. 2/
Apr 9 β€’ 4 tweets β€’ 1 min read
Seven and Eight are drinking after work:

Seven: "What's the matter, Eight?"
Eight: "My job sucks."
Seven: "Why? We're single digits, man. We have great job security."
Eight: "That's easy for you to say." [Takes another shot] "You have a prime gig." 1/ "You're the days of the week, the Magnificent Seven, and you and Eleven have all those convenience stores. I don't got shit like that."
Seven: "That's not true, you do good work."
Eight: [Snorts] "Sure, Eight-bit, Eight track, Eight millimeter. All dead formats!" 2/
Apr 7 β€’ 17 tweets β€’ 3 min read
Let's make this simple.

Legitimate political debate between two parties is the difference between Tony Stark and Steve Rogers.

Two sides both recognizing the threat as real and imminent, who have competing opinions about how to solve it. Steve, left wing. Tony, right wing.

But they both know stopping Thanos is their 1st priority and then their dicks get in the way as they fight over how best to do it.

That's what a left/right debate is supposed to be. On healthcare, climate, guns, voting rights...
Apr 7 β€’ 5 tweets β€’ 1 min read
"I am Vison."

We all made jokes and memes about that moment. Still haven't really confronted it. "Vision" was constructed from Wanda's memories. He was a self-aware projection of her powers. He found White Vision, who was a real, physical manifestation of what he had been. He gave himself, to himself, to preserve himself for Wanda, while also protecting himself from her.