Andromeda Strain Concludes (Four Hours Too Late)

Part II of the The Andromeda Strain, which I mentioned yesterday, aired Tuesday night. It was somewhat entertaining, but certainly did not do the original book or movie justice. Rather than concentrating on the scientific aspects they tried to mix in both action and rather cheap suspense by having corrupt shadow forces in a Bush-like government be responsible for much of the problem. My suggestion is that all copies of the scripts and DVD’s of this miniseries be sealed in a satellite and placed in orbit. The only danger is that they might return to our present through a wormhole to subject us to the show yet again. Perhaps we can enclose the DVD’s in a case with a binary code which explains how to destroy them. If you followed that you should have no difficulty with the plot of the show.

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    Eric says:

    You are correct.. the left has no corner on the conspiracy market.  However, nitwits like Alex Jones et al generally don’t get movies made.  With a steady diet of junk like this no wonder 40 percent of the left believe we brought down the Twin Towers ourselves.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    The problem with this show doesn’t really have anything to do with left vs. right. The real problem is that it brought in shadow government conspiracies which only served to distract from the main point of the novel, plus they did a poor job both with both the science aspect and the conspiracy aspect.

    It’s one thing to have a movie such as The Manchurian Candidate where political conspiracies are integral to the story. Adding the conspiracy to this movie only weakened it further.

    Saying that 40% of the left believes we brought down the Twin Towers is quite an exaggeration. This comes from polls which were poorly designed which wind up lumping together everything who thinks that the Bush administration in any way mishandled 9/11 as conspiracy theorists. This includes both the nuts who buy the idea that it was an inside job as well as people like myself who fault Bush for ignoring pre-9/11 intelligence.

    While their number is certainly exaggerated by the noise they make on line compared to their actual numbers, the group which seems to have the highest percentage of conspiracy theorists are the Paul supporters.

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    Cipher says:

    Ron Chusid said: “people like myself who fault Bush for ignoring pre-9/11 intelligence.”

    Clinton thought the first attempt was a law enforcement issue.  911 happens 8 months after Bush takes office and it’s all his fault?  It was planned durning the Clinton years because they thought we’d respond the same way we did before.  Sword rattllin’ BS and little else.

    I know it irks liberals, but Bush is not Satan.

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    Ron Chusid says:


    9/11  was planned during the Clinton years and the Clinton administration left the Bush administration warnings of the threat. The Bush administration ignored these warnings, just as Bush ignored the intelligence briefings during the summer.

    As a matter of comparison, the Clinton administration did pay attention to the millennial terrorist threats which were to take place on his watch. These terrorist attacks were stopped–just as 9/11 could have been if Bush hadn’t ignored the warnings.

    Nobody is saying Bush is Satan. We are saying he was an incompetent  who had no business ever being president. His failings in responding to the pre-9/11 intelligence is just one example of this.

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    Cipher says:

    Since 9/11, how many attacks on U.S. soil?

    I’ll take that kind of incompetence all day long.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    There have been others, although they have been minor compared to 9/11. Even if there had been zero, a false claim often made by Bush apologists, it is hardly an acceptable record if the “only” attack was the one on 9/11. A record of “only” allowing the 9/11 attack to get by, despite all the opportunities which it turns out were available to stop it, is hardly something to brag about.

    The Bush administration has also been successful in stopping some attacks. This has primarily been accomplished by properly utilizing law enforcement and intelligence. It is a shame they did not do this before 9/11.

    Interesting that you limit this to U.S. soil. It has been less necessary for terrorists to come to the U.S. to kill Americans considering how Bush sent many  Americans to die with insufficient body armor and other protection in a foolish response to 9/11.

    Considering the long time frame which al Qaeda operates under, even if we had gone seven years without an attack it would not mean very much. Bush’s incompetent foreign policy has led to a strengthening of al Qaeda (along with Iran) and has greatly increased the risk of harm to the U.S. in the future.

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    DB says:

    “Since 9/11, how many attacks on U.S. soil?”

    A flawed, and quite exaggerated comment. To this I ask, are we any safer since 9/11? We may have gotten through this time without an attack, but aggression towards the US is growing. Our allies are not as strong on our side as they once were. Our traditional enemies are gaining on us.

    And fyi, US Embassies and Consulates are considered “US soil” and we all know they have been attacked. Hell, even the Consulate in Okinawa witnessed a molotav attack, albeit harmless.

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