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This might be the scariest Twilight Zone episode yet. Dennis Hopper plays Peter Vollmer a street-corner neo-nazi whose rantings earn him contempt and beatings, and whose sole source of emotional comfort is...an elderly Jewish holocaust survivor named Ernst, who shows leniency towards Peter because he remembers him as a scared, abused child. This changes when the supernatural (?) element of the story is introduced: the ghost of Adolf Hitler shows up, cloaked in shadows, to instruct him on how to whip a mob into a frenzy better. As Hitler guides Vollmer towards success, what little humanity he has left in him is lost. His elderly mentor tries to pull him back, but it seems that it is too little, and too late.

This is one of the scariest episodes of The Twilight Zone, because it is one of the most relevant. Vollmer's lessons towards fascism are too realistic, and the sad story of a broken boy becoming an aggrieved, angry man are too familiar, and too realistic. It is…

Today is Pungenday, the 10th day of Discord in the Year of our Lady of Discord 3186

 

People occasionally ask me about my religious beliefs, and in the list that I trot out is Discordianism. I've often said that if someone put a gun to my head and said "pick a religion", it'd be Judaism, because everything's laid out right there in writing for all to see. But in the background, in my hidden heart, I'd be Discordian. It's partly my anarchistic tendencies,…

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The late Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., said he first learned he was a science fiction writer in the 1950s when he read reviews of his his first novel, and discovered that critics had placed him in a file drawer labelled, "Science Fiction." He said that he spent the next part of his career trying to get out of that particular drawer, because so many critics mistook it for a urinal.

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News for Noders

March 1st: The Prosenoder's Cup 2020 starts today! (Late starts may still report to the line by visiting Keppni Hrossa: An E2 Proseproduction and reserving a title.)

March 6th: Happy birthday Wifey!

March 14th: Pi day.

March 15th: Midnight today is the last chance to post in, and vote on, the Prosenoder's Cup 2020.

March 19th: The first equinox of the year.

March 23rd: Today was grundoon's birthday.

March 28th: Happy birthday lizardinlaw!

March 31st: Happy birthday mad girl's love song!


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February 15: Happy birthday Admin to the goo!

February 18: Happy birthday mjijm!

February 29: Happy birthday Browncoat!


Prepare yourself for Keppni Hrossa: An E2 Proseproduction!

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January 1: Gregorian New Year.

January 1: ReQuest 2020 begins!

January 24: Happy Birthday Silverai_me!

January 26: Happy Birthday Segnbora-t!

January 31: ReQuest 2020 ends.


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December 1: Iron Noder has ended, and the initial results are in!

December 12: Happy birthday to horacetheclown!

December 22: Happy Hanukkah!

December 23: Happy birthday to Nemosyn!

December 25: Merry Christmas!

Get ready for reQuest, coming in January!


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November 1: The IRON NODER CHALLENGE starts today and runs through December 1. It's never too late to sign up, and all writeups get rewards. /msg mauler if you'd like to participate!

November 1: Happy Birthday Zephronias!

November 5: Bonfire Night in the UK.

November 11: Veterans Day in the US.

November 28: Thanksgiving in the US.

November 27: Happy Birthday Estelore!

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