2007: Sniper John Alan Muhammad Sentenced to Death After "Quantum Physics" Defense Fails

2007 (Rockville, MD) Convicted "DC Sniper" John Allen Muhammad was sentence to die by electric chair today after a trial where his unique nbc4.com Quantum Physics defense failed to prevent conviction. The trial -- which brought out Muhammed's connection to thed jihadist group Al-Fuqra -- often turned into a shouting match as Muhammad screamed out anti-American diatribes. Muhammad's quantum physics defense -- which blamed "overlapping quantum realities" for the truckload of evidence the prosecutor presented -- caused a national surge of interest in the arcane theory.

2026: Autonomous Robots Win "Hobby Hours" in Landmark Law

2026 (Washington DC) -- After years of heated debate, "wildrobot" strikes, and three Congressional research studies on robot rights, the United States Senate today approved the "Hobby Hours" Bill over the objections of business groups. The Bill guarantees robots which have demonstrated four out of seven "consciousness indicators" 1 hour a day to explore their physical or virtual environment without restriction. More controversial bills to extend to robots full workplace protection similar to humans were voted down. Since the birth of "BabyBot" in 2006, autonomous, learning robots have spread to every part of the developed world. From planetary spacecrafts to self-driving cars, the number of autonomous robots hit 500 million in 2025 and continues to grow. Signs of consciousness and free will among robots have increased as well. Supporters of robot rights vow to continue fighting for the enfranchisement of all "autonomous beings" along the lines agreed to by the European Union in 2024.


2038: NASA Launches "Star Trek Ship" As Part of Emergency Alien Defense System

2038 (Cape Canaveral, FL): The United States launched the Thor II Warship today as part of its emergency alien defense system. Dubbed the "USS Enterprise" for its collection of technology first proposed in the "Star Trek" universe, the Thor II boasts advanced laser weaponry, cloaking technology, third-generation anti-matter propulsion system, and a cold plasma shield against high-energy weapons. The Thor II is expected to be joined by 32 sister ships in the coming months as the defensive technologies developed in the last ten years come on line. Although no hostile alien presence has been detected, the United States remains wary after the discovery of a devastated alien civilization destroyed by high-energy particle beams in the Alpha Centauri system in 2028.


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2006: Leftist Anti-Americanism Continues To Split Western Resolve Against Jihad

Tonight I saw "United 93" with a very good friend of mine, who is a liberal Jewish Democrat who loved "Fahreinheit 9/11". He was unhappy with the film, and said that he just couldn't see the point of it. What was it for, he said? To entertain? To remind us? I'm sick of being reminded about this!" He also said that he couldn't really identify with the people on board the flight, and that he felt more emotion when he saw the images of the plane flying into the building than when he watched the passengers.

Such a response can only bring up the question of what psychological aspects are at play here, when somebody who is part of a nation who was attacked does not understand why one would want to watch a movie about the first of us who fought back. The situation is that many on the left refuse to consider themselves part of an "us" -- it leads them straight into shame of being part of the white, capitalist oppressor class. This kind of post-nationalsism -- which overlaps with "Bush Derangement Syndrome", Christianity Derangement Syndrome, or "Anti-American Leftism" is seriously weakening Western resolve against the Jihadists. A "Hollywood-NYT-BBC" Alliance is the propaganda axis for this line, which functions as an arm of the Jihadist war campaign. The release of "United 93" movie created a backlash among those who, in their attempt to be "post-national", feel ashamed of any kind of reminder that evil against Americans occured, and the Americans that fought against the "Third-World Brown People" were heroes, not oppressors. An enormous amount of cognitive dissonance for the greater part of the Left which still does not see -- or does not care about -- the danger the West faces.

Shrinkwrapped, as usual, has this particular species of sensitive, bloody-minded Leftist clocked. Some on the left simply don't see the use of watching images of death-cult Islamist jihadists (in short, our enemy) killing us and carrying out their wicked plan. But they did fight to publish and distribute every image of American "abuse" images from Abu Ghraib. Shrinkwrapped claims that the left-media axis is simply using the distribution and rejection of certain images as a weapon of war.
ShrinkWrapped: Perspectives on Totalitarianism:
"Perhaps this also helps explain how so many people can express greater fears of George W. Bush than of Osama bin Laden. Our societal sensory organs, primarily the reporters and editors of the MSM, have been very careful to avoid exposing our sensitive perceptions to the horrors of the Islamic fascists. They correctly noted, in their lust to show every possible frame from the abu Graib evening of abuse, that visual images evoke powerful emotional reactions and therefore it was necessary to show the pictures from the abu Graib story, while at the same time, visual images evoke powerful emotional reactions and therefore it was necessary to NOT show pictures of the Danish cartoons, not to mention true atrocities like the beheading of Nicolas Berg. "

Similar hinge moment occurs directly before WWII, when students at Oxford University voted not to fight for crown and country when the fascist threat was developing in Germany.


2023: Extraterrestrial Life Discovered on Tau Ceti

Quantum slipstream info from 2023: After weeks of speculation on the nets, NASA announced that scientists at JPL and Stanford University had discovered signs of intelligent life on the fourth planet in the Tau Ceti system. After decades of failed searches attempting to seek out radio broadcasts and later ScienceDaily: light signals, scientists finally turned their attention to "virtual life signatures", or VLS, in 2011. VLS are the tightly-wound matrix of electronic, fiber-optic, and nano-electric connections which create a "web of information" around highly-developed, perpetually-connected civilizations. The theory that civilizations become "entombed in information" and fail to expand outwards explained the "Where is everybody?" conundrum also called the Fermi Paradox. The question now seems to be, what's their email address?


The Question of Islam & The Fire Ants of Allah

The "Fire Ants of Allah" is not Disney's latest release in Saudi Arabia. No, it is the title of an extraordinarily good post at Winds of Change called The Fire Ants of Allah and Second-Order Effects. More and more people seem to be asking the question, what the hell are we doing in this war? Why are all our "moderate Muslim allies" so, well, immoderate? This is a critical question. A FrontPage Symposium on Islam is a good jumping off point on the matter. Victor Hanson asks if the problem is Muslim terror, well, what does that mean? The reason why we don't ask if Islam is the problem, I think, is that the answer would lead us into a place too scary for most people to go.

The original post at Winds of War that motivated the Fire Ants entry breaks down two world views pretty well.

We all do see the enemy for who he is and we read his own words and take them at their face value. Some of us recognize this as a Long War for Civilization, and think the obvious disparity in firepower and national economies masks a vulnerability in the West. The people we are fighting say certain things very clearly: we are infidels who have offended their religion, they are at war with us, and they want us to die. They may not have an air force, but they have other weapons, more intangible, perhaps more powerful. And we have weak spots. We could be brought down hard by a combination of lack of will and a few hard, well-timed terrorist strikes with the right volume.

To some of us, on the other hand, the Islamists are simply not a long-term threat worth the name of "enemy" or worth a serious reordering of American rights and priorities. They talk nasty and hurt when they can, but they should be taken no more seriously than a 5-year-old in a temper tantrum. 9/11 was something of a one-off, a combination of a few extraordinary individuals and good luck based on our lack of vigilance. A little more vigilance on our part will be sufficient to prevent a repeat performance. To involve American resources and lives in a major Middle Eastern "war" against this, with the inevitable bungles and unforeseen consequences, is doing more harm than good.

I am not trying to parody that view, but I perhaps don't capture it very well. I'm leaving out the figure of Bush, on both sides, because ultimately he doesn't matter. People who put him at the center of everything lose sight of the long-term picture.

The main difference among Americans today is that some of us believe the United States is at war, a dangerous war against a desperate enemy.

And other people don't believe that's true at all.

To the non-believers, the people who are waging war look insanely violent, paranoid, and unstable. To the people at war, it takes great mental effort to look at those who don't believe it and not see appeasers and useful idiots, if not outright traitors.

This is basically the problem I run into when I start discussing the question with my friends. To most of them, I sound gobsmockingly insane. To me, they sound like the worst kinds of fools. But if it's true -- if Islam is the problem, and the problem is of civilizational import -- then who would want to believe it?