Does Mittens Dream of Electric Sheep?


Philip K. Dick passed this mortal coil shortly after seeing the film version of one of his most interesting novels. It greatly pleased him.


While opening to mixed reviews and less-than-stellar box office this film


has since become canonical. Were I to say that it’s arguably the greatest film of its entire genre I doubt that I’d find very many who would object.

While there are literary works by Dick that I prefer


not to mention his more-than-formidable posthumously published apologia pro vita sua, the impact of Blade Runner continues to grow. “Replicants” have become part of the language. a fotiori there’s the Voight-Kampff test invented to determine the difference between “Replicant” and human.

Fascinatingly the father of the Voight-Kampff was Alan Turing


the unspeakably brilliant scientist whose efforts led to the creation of the computer on which you’re reading these words. As I suspect you also know his “personal life” was a tragic one.

“Turing’s homosexuality resulted in a criminal prosecution in 1952, when homosexual acts were still illegal in the United Kingdom. He accepted treatment with female hormones (chemical castration) as an alternative to prison. He died in 1954, just over two weeks before his 42nd birthday, from cyanide poisoning. An inquest determined it was suicide; his mother and some others believed his death was accidental. On 10 September 2009, following an Internet campaign, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown made an official public apology on behalf of the British government for the way in which Turing was treated after the war”

This brings us to Mittens, whose “etch-a-sktch” politics will I hope get closer scrutiny as the campaign season rolls on.

For instance–

But wait, there’s less

Recently attention has been paid to a scuzzy little KAPO on Mittens’ payroll named Richard Grenell


A replicant if I ever saw one!


Let’s give him a Voight-Kampff, shall we?

Or perchance the result might be THIS


Surely his boss wouldn’t react so violently were his Voight-Kampff to fail

But seriously Mittens, do you like our owl?

(Cue Ryuichi Sakamoto!)

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