Outside the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa., October 29, 2018. (Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)
The only lesson from the Pittsburgh massacre is that there is no lesson.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he aliens in old science-fiction shows and movies are almost always humanoid: two arms, two legs, and a head, more or less arranged in the pattern of H. sap. That was done partly for the same reason that inspired Gene Roddenberry to wink at physics and create the Star Trek transporter beam: budget. Staging a starship landing for every episode would have been ruinously expensive. In the same way, it was a lot easier to stick some prosthetic ears on Leonard Nimoy or to roll Jeri Ryan around in a bin of old TI-99 parts than to depict something radically


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