Thursday, April 15, 2021

Thursday, December 31, 2020

XR #153 Is Here




Ray X X-Rayer #153 is available at https://efanzines.com/RXXR/RXXR-153.pdf .  You can find back issues at https://efanzines.com/RXXR/ .  Free email subscription: email raypalmx[at]gmail[dot]com.  Subject line: Subscription.


Thursday, December 03, 2020

XR #152 Ready To Read and Download


https://efanzines.com/RXXR/RXXR-152.pdf

My ezine is also available via email listed at the top of each edition.  Subject: SUBSCRIBE.

In the past I would post a direct link to my email but Google has fucked up blogger so much I can't do that.  ThanX, Google, for wrecking this service.  From now on I'm only posting links to my ezine.  Even doing this little has become a major PIA.
 

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

A Good Memory Can Save The World

© 2020 Ray Palm

From Ray X X-Rayer #151.  




A while back Presidentoid Trump was boasting how he aced what he claimed was a difficult memory test. He was able to recall five words: Person, man, woman, camera, TV.

After an alien visitor is apparently killed in the movie The Day The Earth Stood Still(1951) a robot named Gort is activated to destroy the planet.  Only one woman has the key words to stop the robot: Gort  Klaatu Barada Nitko.  She faces the robot, repeating the four key words. Just in the nick of time she stops Gort's Cyclopean eye beam from disintegrating her. Gort stands down, the rampage is ended.

So what if Memory Master Trump had to recall the same keywords?

It would go like this:

"Uh... Mort. Kahlua Bacardi nicotine."

Ergo the world ends.



(9/25/20: Edited sentence for clarity.)

Thursday, July 30, 2020

ThanX Google For Fucking Up Blogger




I've spent half-an-hour trying to post the previous article.  In the past I would copy and paste an article with no problems.  I had switched to the new blogger format but everything kept screwing up.  Then I went back to the previous version but still had problems.  I had to convert the article to plain text, stripping away all the links I had throughout the post.  I only bothered to restore the link to my ezine where you will find all the links intact.


If this happens again I will only post a link to the latest issue of my ezine and forget this crapified place.


A quick search reveals that I'm not the only one having problems with the new and improved format.  If it's not broken FUCK IT UP!


Lasers! Exploding Smart Sensors! Anti-Salubrious Cell Towers!

Rick Loomis / Getty Images

By Ray X


Why enjoy science fiction only as entertainment when you can live it?

For example Bill Gates is the James Bond supervillian behind the Covid-19 pandemic. He created the deadly disease!

5g cellphone towers are spreading Covid-19. That's why concerned citizens have been setting them on fire in England.

Meanwhile in Australia bush fires were started by exploding smart sensors and lasers. What is behind this infernal plot? The fires are making away for a high speed rail link, all part of a UN project to depopulate the world. The high speed rail will help reduce the population of rural areas that are generally conservative, forcing people off the land to be vegans living in city apartments.

But this is nothing new. Back in 2018 wildfires were ravaging California thanks to DEWs – directed energy weapons. That's why some structures were left standing while others were destroyed. Those damn nefarious government traitors!

All of this is being promoted by QAnon, a group of followers of a mysterious internet entity called Q. Why the letter Q? It refers to the highest governmental clearance, meaning access to even Above Top Secret materials. Q seems to be a concerned governmental official in the belly of the beast, exposing deep state plots. And there's the predictions like Hillary Clinton was going to be arrested back in October 2017 and violence would ensue. Remember that?

In an article published in the Atlantic – The Prophecies of Q by Adrienne LaFrance – the writer mentioned two middle aged women who became a QAnon true believers. The writer asked them why do some Q predictions don't come true like Hillary being arrested. The women replied Q sometimes uses deception, that was part of his plan.

So if I predict an event and it doesn't come true, I wasn't wrong, I was deceiving you, testing you.

Why should you believe any of the QAnon conspiracies? Simple. President Donald Trump has been retweeting posts from QAnon believers. What more proof do you want?

And don't worry, none of this could lead to violence. Well, there was a glitch when a QAnon follower showed up at a pizza parlor with an AR-15 style rifle, searching out the secret HQ of Hillary Clinton's pedophile ring. No one was hurt but he did fire into a closet. No secret entrance, just a computer inside. Oops.


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From Ray X X-Rayer #150: https://efanzines.com/RXXR/index.htm  More articles including one by John Purcell, creator of Askance and Askew ezines.

Sunday, May 03, 2020

A Plague For A Dark Age


Deathstar

(This is an article from the latest edition of my ezine Ray X X-Rayer #149. You can find it at https://efanzines.com/RXXR/RXXR-149.pdf . Back issues are listed at https://efanzines.com/RXXR/ . Or you can join my free and private subscription list by contacting me at raypalmx[at]gmail[dot]com, subject line: Subscription.)

Deathstar ]


The election of Donald Trump to the US presidency marked the onset of the present dark age.

All the ugliness -- greed, racism -- that had been boiling in the background erupted. Anti-science and insane conspiracy theories rule. For some emotion based on a black-and-white worldview pushed by an authoritarian leader is the answer.

And like the Middle Ages this modern dark age has become dominated by a plague, the COVID-19 pandemic.

So far I've dodged the bullet -- actually, the artillery shell. My age and underlying health problems make me a prime target for the coronavirus. Living alone for decades in one way has made it easier; in another way harder.

I can't remain confined to my apartment. I still need some outside contact. Maybe I should get a pet for company, a cat or a dog or a rhinoceros.

TV makes a lousy companion when leaving it on in the background. The same annoying ads every five minutes, every channel, 24/7. Does anyone else want to stomp the fuck out of the Geico gecko?

With a novel virus there are a lot of unknowns about it. Sometimes the story changes on how to protect yourself. I'm waiting for the announcement that you have to wash your hands for 22, not 20, seconds.

Of course my body picked a good time to have a hernia. Despite my doctor's PA pronouncing the bulge around my bellybutton was “just some fluid” I conducted a Google search and figured out that I did have a hernia. For example lying on my back caused the swelling to go down.

In this age of COVID-19 I had a telemedicine interview on my laptop with a surgeon. Apparently my hernia isn't that bad – I've heard some people live their whole life with one like mine – so when the world returns to semi-normal I can go under the knife to get it fixed, no rush.

The surgeon explained most likely my surgery would involve small holes, a lap-something, lapsodaisical, lapdancechoreography, whatever.

One image from this time that will remain with me is walking through a supermarket wearing a mask while a maskless woman smiled at me as if my caution was a joke, I was a jerk. Ironically the mask was more for her protection if I was asymptomatic. While some show altruism others evince selfishness.

All I can do is ride it out. After all I did live through the Cold War dark age, especially the Cuban missile crisis. Well, at least I did in this parallel universe.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

RX XR #148 Published


The latest issue is available at https://efanzines.com/RXXR/RXXR-148.pdf .



Previous issues can be found here: https://efanzines.com/RXXR/index.htm

Below is a sample article from XR #148.



Potty-Mouth Reviews Stars Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

A review evinces high standards by the use of coarse language.

Nothing gets the point across than saying a movie studio is sending a big F.U. to fans with a new release.

Someone with the dubious appellation of That Star Wars Girl ranted on YouTube how she thought the latest Star Wars movie was a fragment of fecal matter. (Or in words to that effect.)

I enjoy a good rant but there's more to one than a string of obscenities that an immature middle grade school student would use. You don't impress me with a plethora of potty pronouncements. Such words don't bother me, they bore me. Try reading Roger Ebert reviews if you want to intelligently make points about a movie.