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Pirate Tales: The Libertarian Message for Children (VIDEO)

Check out this video where DS Palmer explains how he was inspired to use pirates to speak to children.

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A reading of ‘A Pirate Life for Percy’, the first in DS Palmer’s children’s series “Pirate Tales”.

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Star Trek: Naked and Drugged…

In ‘The Naked Now’ the crew of the Enterprise does everything but toss a basketball between screenshots that culminates with Picard pointing a suave finger into the camera while crooning, “Just say no!”  This tacit message is ill-fitting as the backdrop to this medical-drama.  Its idealistic message about the evils of intoxicants would provide for a more compelling argument if they were ingested as willingly as was the drugs society ingests.

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In a not-so-subtle remake of an episode from the original Star Trek series, the Enterprise is summoned to a ship which has been sending out peculiar signals while it observed a collapsing star.  When it arrives a seductive female voice expresses excitement that some ‘pretty boys’ may be joining what was described by Data as a ‘wild party’.  Indeed, when beamed over the away team discovers all sorts of adult goings-on having been accomplished.  This was best illustrated when Geordi LaForge investigated a room that was covered in ice with many naked, though dead bodies.  Upon opening a door within the room he is seemingly innocently contacted by another body.

It is discovered that such contact was not innocent when LaForge becomes belligerent back on the Enterprise.  It is determined that he is acting intoxicated, though he is showing no physical signs of drunkenness.  He begins touching and contaminating other crewmates who offer a wide variety of drunken symptoms.  Tasha Yar is a needy/sexy drunk.  Deanna Troi is an emotional drunk.  Picard and Beverly Crusher are giddy/star-crossed drunks.

The reason for this is discovered by searching the history of the Enterprise.  Riker, Data and Picard learn that while monitoring the break-up of a planet, “Huge shifts in gravity…that somehow resulted in complex strings of water molecules that acquired carbon from the body and acted on the brain like alcohol…” were making James T Kirk’s Enterprise behave similarly.  An antidote based on the one used on the previous Enterprise is quickly produced, though without the hoped for results.

At this point the overarching message to stay away from drugs takes hold.  The crew begins inserting themselves into situations that jeopardize their safety and others’ as they endure their state of intoxication.  While so inebriated, the star they had assumed monitoring collapses and a giant piece of it makes a path for the ship.  With drunks having commandeered the engine room and nearly all of the crew out of its sober mind, one can easily plug in any of the traditional War on Drug messages: ‘Don’t Drink and Drive’, ‘Get High on Life, Not Drugs’ and (fittingly) ‘Shoot for the Stars, Not Your Arms’.  Indeed, showing the effects that such indulgences have on a person, and a group of people by association it is clear that the use of those chemicals should be questioned.

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As far as a pro-Drug War crusade, though, the argument is lacking.  The key differences between contemporary drug use and that of the Enterprise crew are willingness and accountability.  While the ship’s medical staff could find no physical reason for it, this was a representation of a contracted sickness because of the unwilling way the crew was afflicted.  Such makes Picard’s closing statement of, “I think we should end up with a fine crew, if we avoid temptation,” bizarre.  Was it a reference to what had happened when they were forced into temptation?  Or just a half-swing at a moral for those left in the 20th century?

Such is fine advice for today.  But wisdom does not always demand to be transitioned into law.  And because of that Picard’s wisdom should remain as such.  So many laws already exist on the books to prevent anyone and everyone if they suffer from any sort of malevolence or negligence.  The War on Drugs is just doubling down on statutes against theft, or assault, or even reckless driving that already exist.  And since those mishaps would occur more frequently if contemporary man suffers from intoxication (as the inebriated state is broached willingly), then those laws will damn him.  Rather, the Enterprise suffered from bad luck, not temptation.  And bad luck is not illegal in any state.  Nor should it be…


Read Star Trek the Next Generation Episode 1:1, Fair point and Syria

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On The Playground

Some of the early reviews on my book were surprised at the ferocity with which some of the characters treat each other. They had never seen such acts of brutality as are portrayed in The Playground. I was surprised by their reactions. I saw such things on many occasions when I was in elementary school.

I went to a very average elementary school in a middle-class suburb of Phoenix. This was a nice neighborhood. A great place to be a kid. I would play football in the streets with my brothers and our friends. We would roam the area for hours on our bikes, unafraid. But what I recall from school more than anything are the vicious attacks that boy would occasionally launch against boy. And it was always the boys. I remember the janitor hosing pools of blood littered with hair from fighting boys. I remember the bite marks on my friend’s shoulder from an attack he received walking home with a friend. I remember words of disagreement turning to violence so fast that even the attackers seemed surprised, the determined looks of bestial aggression on faces after a fight. I remember how amusing this seemed to the spectators at the time and how little attention our principal paid to all of it. All of this is still real.

I didn’t have to exaggerate the violence in this book starring children beyond anything I’d already seen on my playground or on the streets of my white-collar neighborhood. Much of this is almost a memoir of what I saw as a young boy at an ordinary elementary school. Perhaps my experience was anomalous. But I doubt it.

Now that we’re adults, so many of us think that bullying is something relegated to the sub-world of children. Adults aren’t bullied, are they? I think so. But surely adults don’t come after their peers with such a terrible will to make them prey? Sure they do. That’s why I think the way these children attack each other in this book isn’t relevant, even if it is accurate to what I saw as a boy. This isn’t a book about children at all.

Matt Palmer

Star Trek in the News: Syria and Fairpoint

The pilot episode of Star Trek:  The Next Generation Encounter at Fairpoint provides a gateway into what kind of greatness the program would involve.  So often the first episode of a series involves stiff character introductions where it is obvious that even those onscreen aren’t entirely certain of the direction they should take. By and large the primary roles are demonstrated rather seamlessly around a plotline that further demonstrates the cerebral approach to intergalactic issues the crew of the Enterprise will continue to pursue.

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Before Jean-Luc Picard is even able to settle into his new Galaxy Class digs he is met with a ‘powerful mind’, an individual that identifies himself as a collective known as ‘Q’.  Q demonstrates his power by freezing a crewmember while morphing into representatives of humanity’s more murderous stages in history all while working to indict humanity’s barbarism and prevent its further penetration into deep space.

Picard is not impressed and provides a window into his militant pacifism.  He refuses to directly engage Q, but likewise points out the insincerity in its accosting the Enterprise.  The Captain lumps Q in with other “self-righteous life forms that are eager not to learn but to prosecute and judge anything that they don’t understand”.  As this was aired in 1987 before the Cold War had officially sputtered to an ending, one wonders what might have inspired such criticism as at the time it was generally accepted that the U.S. was entrenched on the side of good versus the Soviet’s evil.

The crew is allowed to proceed to pursue its mission of investigating a potential space station at Deneb IV.  Commander William Riker, the Enterprise first officer, had been on the surface making observations about the unique structure and energy demands he suspects the station required.  A series of peculiar events inspired further curiosity when it appears as if the station is able to create anything that different members of the crew desired after an outward expression.

Further investigation with the ship’s counselor Deanna Troi, a half-Betazed capable of feeling others’ emotional status, indicates that a life form on the planet is suffering from intense loneliness.  Additional curiosity is aroused when the Enterprise is joined in orbit by a second and massive ship that begins assailing the city from outer space by pummeling the area surrounding the base on the surface.

In a rush toward resolution that may feel like anticlimax for any hoping for a flurry of phasers, photon torpedoes and subsequent explosions, Picard was able to avoid unnecessary destruction while directing wrongdoers into their proper place.  As Q watched on it was discovered that the Bandi at Deneb IV had encountered a life form that fed off of energy, something their planet had in abundance.  They provided the visitor with life-force, though merely enough to remain alive while forcing it to do their bidding.  Picard ordered an energy beam to be sent down to the base which was happily absorbed.  With its newfound strength the alien separated from the planet’s surface and rose into space toward its mate.

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While it is the crew of the USS Enterprise that are made to answer for what would include 21st century humanity’s cruelty, viewers cannot help but wonder how Q would respond to the current pursuits of the vessels currently marked USS.  Indeed, the recent humanitarian effort in Libya might seem as if contemporary Americans are more Bandi than Federation.

You may remember what had happened in Libya last spring.  President Obama announced that military action needed to take place before Muammar Gaddafi realized his potential for terror.  So the U.S. led NATO into the violent removal of what may have proven (in hindsight) to be a stabilizing presence.  That Gaddafi had not yet been violent, and that his eradication was generally without the bounds of the rule of law was relatively immaterial.  We were told that what was important was violence against civilians was avoided.

What’s most surprising after such a dismissal of western ideals is another Near Eastern country seems to be begging for a sequel.  That Syria is being ruled by a tyrant is beyond discussion (though, how tyrannical is increasingly difficult to discern…).  What’s amazing is after the rumors of the real inspiration in the ‘humanitarian’ effort in Libya, anyone genuinely worried about Syria and Syrians might question Western motivations.  Indeed, as bad as Libya may have been under Gaddafi, tribal civil war is…better?  And this is what Syrians are clamoring for?

Click here for DS Palmer’s novel “St. Bart’s High: Clash of the Classes”. 

Just as the life form that wound up making a space-station on Deneb IV approached desperate and starving, death may have been preferred to its subsequent anguish as Troi felt while on the surface.  And observers in the West and participants in plagued countries are right to wonder if NATO is not precisely like the Bandi and wearing seeming benevolence as a cloak for hoped for future gains.  If nothing else, the subsequent civil wars are surely providing Q with more evidence of human barbarianism…


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Aborting Batman-State Worship and Stupification

Batman producers show what they really think of the American public.  And they show who we really need to rely on (Spoiler Alert!: it’s not the individual…)…

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