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Mark R. Whittington is a writer residing in Houston, Texas. He is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including the novel of suspense Nocturne which he coauthored with his wife, Chantal, The Children of Apollo trilogy, The Last Moonwalker and Other Stories, Gabriella’s War, The Man from Mars: The Asteroid Mining Caper, and Why is it So Hard to Go Back to the Moon?

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Astrobotic makes deal with ULA to launch a Peregrine lander to the moon

Astrobotic Technology has announced that it has reached a deal with United Launch Alliance to carry its Peregrine #Lunar Lander to the moon in 2019, the #50Th Anniversary of the #Apollo 11 moon landing. The Peregrine will fly 35 kilograms of payloads provided by 11 customers from six nations.

Senate Republicans look at ‘skinny repeal’ to reform health care reform

Having gone through a considerable amount of time and drama even to debate the matter of reforming #Health Care Reform, the United States #Senate will now set about trying to find something that at least 50 senators will agree to. The theory is that whatever passes can then be brought to the conference and reconciled with the House bill. The formula that the Republican Senate leadership has hit about is called “skinny repeal.”

Driverless cars ban: Is India's decision shortsighted?

The announcement by #India’s transport and highway’s minister Nitin Gadkari that he intends to ban #driverless cars in that country to preserve #Jobs for drivers has received some well-deserved mockery. The decision is being seen a short sighted, the equivalent of banning the automobile to keep buggy whip makers and stable boys employed. The decision would also be short sighted. Driverless cars are set to create far more jobs than they destroy, according to an analysis in the Next Web. The primary factor is gaining back the hour, or so we commute every day for more productive pursuits. Also, India needs a transportation infrastructure upgrade, which would certainly employ a lot of people.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
‘The Right Stuff’ to be developed as a series on the National Geographic Channel

Deadline Hollywood is reporting that the #National Geographic Channel has concluded a development deal with Appian Way Productions and Warner Horizons Scripted Series to produce “#The Right Stuff” as an episodic television series. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davidson will be the executive producers. It is unknown at this time whether DiCaprio will act in the series. “The Right Stuff,” based on a book by Tom Wolf, was made into a feature motion picture in 1983 starring Scott Glenn and Ed Harris.

John McCain saves the reform of health care to fight another day

Rising from the grave to which many pundits had consigned it, the Senate effort to reform health care reform showed new signs of life. The Senate voted 51 to 50 to proceed with debate on the bill, with no Democrats voting in favor, two Republicans, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski voting against, and Vice President Mike Pence making the tie breaking vote. If any one man, besides Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell whose reputation for political wizardry has been restored, it is Senator #John McCain. R-Arizona, a man who has terminal brain cancer.

Trump’s Boy Scout Jamboree speech causes outrage

Only President Donald Trump can stir up so much controversy and anger by addressing the #Boy Scout Jamboree. To be sure he gave a version of his political stump speech, a bit inappropriate. Usually, presidents will make a statement about timeless values that the Scouts try to inculcate in its members. They don’t denounce their political enemies and call for the advancement of their agenda. However, Trump’s various enemies seem to have gone full bore Godwin in their reaction to the speech and the response of the scouts to it.

Trailer for Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’ gets social media hate

Steven Spielberg’s upcoming feature “#Ready Player One” is based on the novel, by the same name, by Ernest Cline. The trailer, the book, and the upcoming movie are getting a lot of attention on #social media for its 1980s #Pop Culture references. The real reason a lot of people are starting to hate the film even before it is released likely comes from something deeper.

Why the Democrats’ ‘Better Deal’ is really a ‘Boring Deal’

The Democrats recently rolled out their attempt at rebranding with a “Better #Deal,” a laundry list of liberal oldies but goodies repackaged to try to attract the American middle and working classes. In one sense, the effort is a good one as it recognizes that the Democrats did not lose because of the Russians or because Trump supporters are a crowd of racist deplorables. They lost because they spurned most of the voters in favor of identity politics. However, the “Better Deal” might be more accurately termed the “Boring Deal." As Damon Linker writes in The Week, Democrats need a little excitement, by which he means Bernie Sanders.

Why replacing Sessions at Justice with Ted Cruz is a bad idea

First, just to get it out of the way, firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions because of his recusal from the Russian nonsense is not a good idea. Glenn Reynolds makes a good case for giving Sessions the royal order of the boot for his embrace of civil forfeitures. In any event, reaching out to Sen. #Ted Cruz, R-Texas as a replacement for Sessions is also a #Bad Idea. Becoming Attorney General at this point in his career is not part of Cruz’s master plan.

‘Midnight, Texas’ is not as interesting a place to visit as Bon Temps

“Midnight, Texas” is a #Small Town somewhere outside of Dallas to where a psychic named Manfred Bernardo flees after the big city becomes too hot for him. It is also a new show airing on NBC based on a novel series by Charlaine Harris, the author of the “True Blood” series that was the basis of a long running show on HBO. The town, like #Bon Temps. Louisiana has some peculiar inhabitants who seem to attract trouble, mainly because it is located on, what fans of the show “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer” will recognize as a hell mouth.

Monday, July 24, 2017
A brief history of American politicians colluding with Russia to fix elections

While zero evidence exists that Team Trump colluded with the Russians to swing the 2016 election, a long history exists of American politicians plotting with Moscow for political advantage. The problem, where the current narrative is concerned, that all of the politicians in questions were Democrats, according to the Daily Wire.

Scientists discover water within the interior of the moon is reporting that #Scientists from Brown University have concluded in a recent study that the moon’s mantle may contain a great deal of embedded water. The discovery could be another game-changer where prospects for lunar settlement and #Economic Development are concerned.

Time has run out for baby Charlie Gard

Time has caught up with Charlie Gard, the British baby who has been suffering from a severe genetic disorder. Charlie’s parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, with no doubt great reluctance, have decided to drop their legal fight to grant they son a last ditched effort to treat his condition. And so, using the cold blooded euphemism employed by the British #National Health Service, Charlie will be “allowed to die.”

Moon Express to help establish International Lunar Observatory

#Moon Express has announced that it has established a collaboration with International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA) to deliver the first lunar based observatory to the South Pole of the moon on the company’s planned Lunar Outpost mission in 2019. Moon Express is looking at an area of the lunar South Pole called #Malapert Mountain as the primary landing site.

New theory why Trump is president says his voters are all racist

Liberals have been in denial over why Donald #trump is #President ever since election day 2016. While the favorite conspiracy theory being advanced is that the Russians fixed the election and that Trump is Putin’s Manchurian Candidate, other excuses are being advanced. Hillary Clinton was pretty sure that a lot of misogynist people went to the polls and voted against her because she is a female. Now Leonard Pitts offers a similar theory. Citing a questionable study, he is pretty sure that all Trump supporters are racists.

The dirty little secret behind the CBO estimates of 22 million losing insurance

How is it that no matter what plan the Republicans offer to replace Obamacare, the Congressional Budget Office predicts that 22 million or so people will “lose” their #health insurance. Straight repeal or #Repeal and Replace with some premium support scheme and the estimate is consistent. It turns out, as the sharp eyed folks at the National Review have found, that 16 million of that 22 or so million people would not so much “lose” their health insurance as they would toss it away with great force.

In ‘Game of Thrones’ Yara finds out that no plan survives contact with the enemy

“Stormborn,” the second episode of the current season of “Game of Thrones” was another exciting one. Arya [VIDEO] found out her half-brother was King in the North and decided to turn away from her mission to kill Cersei. She had a bitter sweet reunion with her dire wolf in the woods. However, Jon found out that Dragonstone sits on a mountain of dragon glass, which meant that he had to pay court to Daenerys. Sam found a particularly gross and painful way to cure grayscale. However, we really need to discuss Yara, Theon, and what happens when a plan comes in contact with the enemy.

Sunday, July 23, 2017
New details of ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ revealed at Comic-Con

The new trailer for “Star Trek: Discovery” was rolled out at Comic-Con recently. Showing a lot of scenes that suggests that the galaxy is on the verge of war between the Federation and the Klingon Empire. It was also revealed that the #Main Character, First Officer Michael Burnham, has a curious connection with a well-known member of the USS Enterprise whose five-year mission is due to begin ten years later.

President Donald Trump speaks of the USS Gerald R. Ford commissioning

#President Donald Trump spoke at the commissioning ceremony of America’s latest super carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford. He mentioned the need for increased and stable defense spending with a goal of, among other things, building a 350 ship navy, which military planners agree is necessary to project American power around the world. The Ford represents both the opportunity for maintaining America’s status as the greatest superpower on Earth and the difficulties of doing so.

French complain about exclusion from Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’

“#Dunkirk.” #Christopher Nolan’s epic about the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force along with allied #French and other troops is earning acclaim among both critics and audiences. However, that does not mean that the praise is universal or without caveats. A USA Today critic made the curious point that the film lacked a lot of women characters and had no high profile people of color, despite the fact that such were few, if any, during the battle. Now, according to the UK Sunday Times, it is the turn of the French to complain.

Saturday, July 22, 2017
Is Elon Musk making a pivot to the moon?

Is #Elon Musk scaling back his Mars ambitions just a little? As Wired notes, SpaceX’s recent announcement that it has abandoned, for the time being, adding a powered landing capability to the Dragon would seem to indicate that is the case. The Red Dragon would depend on that ability to land on Mars. Then, is Musk pivoting to the moon, a destination that he has hitherto shown little interest in? Musk hinted at the idea of a partnership between SpaceX and NASA for a return to the moon.

Kid Rock proves himself to be a master of Twitter

However the Kid Rock for Senate Campaign turns out, it looks like it is going to be an epic event to cover and comment about. Twitchy reports that the rocker turned politician trolled both his opponent, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, and Senator Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, in a grand manner on Twitter.

Ivan Reitman hints at a fourth ‘Ghostbusters’ film at Comic-Con

Ivan Reitman, the director of the first two “Ghostbusters” films and the producer of the third all-girl version, opened his mind at Comic-Con recently about a possible fourth movie that may be released in 2019. “Ghostbusters 4” will likely not be a sequel to the all-girl film since it tanked at the box office. That leaves a number of intriguing possibilities, some of which made possible by modern CGI technology.

Friday, July 21, 2017
Build the first Hyperloop in Texas Elon Musk is urged

When #Elon Musk tweeted that he had a “verbal agreement” to build an underground Hyperloop in the Northeast Corridor between Washington D.C. and New York, several people in Texas noticed and thought they had a better idea. Rep Joaquin Castro, a Texas Democrat who has been mentioned as a possible opponent for Sen. Ted Cruz in the 2018 midterms, tweeted, “Build it in Texas.” He added in another Tweet, “Texas should be building @ElonMusk Hyperloop.”

'Mythbusters’ Adam Savage’s weird take on the ‘Star Trek’ vs ‘Star Wars’ feud

#Adam Savage was the exuberant half of the primary “Mythbusters” team, showing great joy in the best part of the job, which was blowing stuff up, shooting firearms, dropping things from great heights, and wearing silly costumes. Savage has been making the rounds of conventions now that the show is behind him. At San Diego’s Comi-Con, he was part of a panel which was asked which franchise would they eliminate from existence, “#star Trek” or “Star Wars?” Despite the hyped up feud between fans of both, the question for most is like asking a mother which of her children they would kill given a choice. Savage’s answer was, putting it mildly, off putting.

Bill Nye hopes that elderly ‘climate deniers’ hurry up and die

#bill nye, the former so-called “science guy,” has a strange approach to the subject with which he associates himself. On the one hand, he has actually gotten an Emmy nomination for a segment on his Netflix series called “My Sex Junk”, as explicit song and dance routine about gender and sexual “fluidity.” On the other hand, he is pretty sure that human caused #Climate Change is real and that bad things should happen to people who deny this truth. Previously, he had advocated putting “climate deniers” in jail. In a recent interview with the LA Times, Nye seemed to go a step further.

‘Stargate: Origins’ is coming to the web

Nothing has been produced in the “#Stargate” universe ever since the “Stargate: Universe” series ended prematurely, leaving its fans with an unresolved cliffhanger. However, as IO9 reports, MGM is about to produce a 10 part web series called “Stargate: Origins” depicting the early adventures of #Catherine Langford, the daughter of the archeologist who first discovered the stargates back in the 1920s. The ten-minute episodes will usher in the launch of a new web platform called Stargate: Command.

Nevada Parole Board frees O.J. Simpson

As noted in Hot Air, the Nevada #Parole Board has voted to free convicted #Armed Robber O.J. Simpson on parole. While the former football great was a “model prisoner” and followed the rules during his almost nine years in prison, the fact that he is going to be free rubs a lot of people the wrong way. The reason that the thought of Simpson as a free man is causing heartburn is that he almost certainly slaughtered two human beings over 20 years ago, including his former wife. He was acquitted in a circus trial because of a combination of prosecutorial incompetence and a clever playing of the race card on the –part of his dream team of defense attorneys.

Alternate history HBO could dramatize instead of ‘Confederate’

As USA Today notes, the social media firestorm over the upcoming HBO series “Confederate” [VIDEO]is burning unabated. The series is set in a world where the Confederates won the Civil War and slavery still exists. HBO will probably proceed with the show despite the controversy, but in case it does not, here follow some #Alternate History show ideas, based on published books.

Thursday, July 20, 2017
Elon Musk plans an underground New York to Washington D.C. Hyperloop

#Elon Musk, who has been busily revolutionizing space travel and developing a practical electric car, made some more news when he tweeted, “Just received verbal govt approval for The Boring Company to build an underground NY-Phil-Balt-DC Hyperloop. NY-DC in 29 mins.” If the scheme comes to fruition, the new Hyperloop would likely put Amtrack and a number of commuter airlines out of business. However, questions remain as to which government Musk is talking about and how firm the permission is. A lot of bureaucratic and technological hurdles remain before people can travel from Washington to #New York in less than half an hour.

A film reviewer’s curious complaint about Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’

Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk,” a dramatization of the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force and a number of French troops from the European continent in May 1940, is getting a lot of critical buzz. Brian Truitt, writing in USA Today, joins in the acclaim. However, he has one caveat in his otherwise glowing review when he mentions, “--the fact that there are only a couple of women and no #Lead Actors of color may rub some the wrong way.”

‘Salvation’ uses the EM drive as a device to save the world

Episode 1 of "Salvation" set up the asteroid coming to destroy the Earth scenario. Episode 2 has our intrepid heroes setting about #Saving The World in earnest. As Entertainment Weekly reports, the cast of the CBS series has a spiffy new technology that was unavailable either to Bruce Willis or President Morgan Freeman in the two 1998 #Save The World from cosmic catastrophe movies. The technology is called the #Em Drive, a real world device that some suggest will revolutionize space travel and other say violate the laws of physics. Also, the technology may be easy but dealing with government bureaucracy is hard.

Coming from HBO and the creators of 'Game of Thrones', 'Confederate'

The show runners for "Game of Thrones" have struck a new development deal with HBO. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will create a series called "Confederate" set in an alternate reality in which the South won the Civil War and is a functioning nation in the modern age, complete with slavery as an institution. The show will chronicle the run up to the "Third Civil War" and, like "#Game of Thrones," will feature a broad cast of characters from both sides of the Mason Dixon Line. However, quite a few people on #social media are not taking the news very well.

John McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer

The news that Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, has an aggressive form of brain cancer called glioblastoma was a particularly sad one, even for people who found his politics and personality aggravating. McCain is a war hero and, in a happier world, would have been president of the United States for the past eight years. He is a character like no other, and when he departs this life, the world will be the poorer for it.

SpaceX's Elon Musk calls for a moon base

#Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, recently opened his mind about a number of things concerning space. He suggested that his plans to outfit the Dragon to make a rocket powered landing had been set aside, putting the jeopardy the Red Dragon project to land on #Mars. Musk said that the first launch of the Falcon Heavy, slated to occur later this year, will be a particularly exciting event. However, when he called for the establishment of a #Moon Base at the ISS Research and Development conference in Washington, D.C, eyebrows raised. Musk has hitherto not been very interested in the moon.

How the Apollo 11 moonwalk was shared by a billion people

The Apollo 11 moon landing and the subsequent walk on the moon was a shared global experience like no other. No other event in the history of the world, before or since, was followed by so many #people while it was happening in real time. One estimate suggests that a billion people stopped what they were doing and followed the event on television or the radio, on a planet that contained just three and a half billion people.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
From the Hill Newspaper As innovators shoot for the moon — how will we regulate commerce?

As an added note, the original title was "Time for a Homestead Act in Space" but the editor felt that not a lot of the readers would know what that was.

President Donald Trump is still more popular than Hillary Clinton

#President #Donald Trump’s approval numbers hover around 40 percent in most polls. The numbers are understandable considering the controversy surrounding his election and the relentless pounding Trump has been getting in the media. However, as it turns out, #Hillary Clinton, the woman he beat for the presidency, is fairing even worse, according to the Bloomberg Poll. Bloomberg has the president’s favorability rating at 41 percent, but Clinton’s at 39 percent. How could this be?

Charlie Gard’s British doctors stand fast to ‘allow him to die’

The battle over the life of baby #Charlie Gard, who is suffering from a genetic defect, continues. Michio Hirano, a professor of neurology at the Columbia University Medical Center, has evaluated Charlie, has taken a brain scan and has announced that his proposed experimental treatment has at least a ten percent chance of having some benefit. However, despite spending five hours with Charlie’s British doctors. Dr. Hirano did not convince them to sign off on taking him to America for treatment. Their position remains adamant. Let Charlie die.

Cruz healthcare amendment would lower premiums and boost enrollment

An amendment to the Senate version of the healthcare reform bill offered by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas would allow insurance companies to offer free market style health care policies so long as they provide at least one Obamacare compliant one. The amendment was designed to bring Senate Republican moderates and conservatives together to get over the 50 vote threshold needed to pass the reform bill. So far, the Republicans have not been able to get enough votes to pass the bill. However, Cruz and the cause of repealing and replacing Obamacare got a boost thanks to an analysis of the amendment by the Department of Health and #Human Services.

Joe Biden is charging as much as $448 for his signature on a book

Former #Vice President #Joe Biden, like most former office holders, has been busily compiling his memoirs. The Daily Caller reports that the title of Biden's tome will be "#Promise Me, Dad," a quote from the Vice President's son Beau, who died of cancer, but wanted his dad to run for president. The book will describe the vice president's son's death, the decision not to run for president, and not doubt Biden's involvement in the so-called "Cancer Moonshot." Biden has also found an interesting way to make a little extra money on the side on the book tour.

Canada’s Justin Trudeau awards millions to convicted terrorist and war criminal

A political firestorm has been touched off in both the #United States and Canada thanks to a decision made by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to award the equivalent of $8 million US to convicted terrorist and #War Criminal Omar Khadr. Trudeau also officially apologized to Khadr for the alleged mistreatment he received when imprisoned at Guantanamo.

Can Kamala Harris knock off Donald Trump in 2020?

Hot Air suggests that Sen. #Kamala Harris, D-California is running for president in 2020. The prospect has many Democrats, especially the big money people, in a state of excitement. Harris has some advantages that could make her the best hope available for knocking off President Donald Trump.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher asks about intelligent life on Mars

The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology recently held hearings about upcoming planetary missions, specifically to Mars and Jupiter’s moon Europa. The panel contained a number of planetary scientists. During the hearing, Rep. #Dana Rohrabacher, R-California posed the following question to the panel; “You have indicated that Mars had, was totally different thousands of years ago. Is it possible that there was a civilization on Mars thousands of years ago?"

New trailer has revelations of season 3 of ‘Outlander’

As the Hollywood Reporter notes, the full trailer for “Outlander” #season 3 is now out and reveals things about the new adventures of Claire and Jamie, now separated by centuries and continents. The story of lovers separated by distance is as old as storytelling. However, lovers separated by time is something new.

Donald Trump's master plan is to let Obamacare fail

With the failure of the Senate version of Obamacare #Repeal and Replace, the Senate Republicans are embarked on a last ditched effort to repeal the Orwellian named Affordable Care Act with the idea of replacing it with something later. But what if that vote fails as well? According to the Washington Examiner, President #Donald Trump has his own plan. Let Obamacare fail.

Charles Bolden slams Trump commitment to NASA

The Huntsville Times sat down with former NASA Administrator #Charles Bolden recently Obama’s former chief of the #Space Agency had some blunt, albeit eyebrow raising, things to say about how President Trump is approaching space policy.

O. J. Simpson parole hearing to be televised

Back between the end of the Cold War and 9/11, the O.J. trial was one of those stories that got saturation coverage for the entertainment of television viewers. It was only fitting, therefore, that the parole hearing for the former football great, now in jail for armed robbery, will be televised. While Hot Airs asks why, one, in a sneaky way, can be glad of a respite, no matter how brief, from the more serious news of political mendacity at home and wars and rumors of wars abroad.

Repeal and replace Obamacare collapses in the Senate

The collapse of repeal and replace #Obamacare, with the announcement by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah and Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas that they will oppose the bill, is bound to enrage voters who thought they elected Republicans to control the House, Senate, and the White House to get rid of the healthcare reform law. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has now pledged to put up to a vote a bill that will repeal the so-called Affordable Care Act with a two-year delay to allow for a replacement portion. The Senate had passed the same bill before when Barack Obama was available to veto it. Will it do so again with Donald Trump available to sign it?

Monday, July 17, 2017
Audi studies what the best environment is to work from a self-driving car

According to Mashable, #Audi is delving into the question of what people are going to do with that extra hour or so of time that they will not be spending behind the wheel when self-driving cars become a reality. With Wi-Fi connectivity, the possibilities are almost endless.

Critic complains about female Dr. Who but not for the reason one would expect

When the BBC announced that actress #Jodie Whittaker had been slated to be the thirteenth Doctor Who, a lot of back slapping and chest thumping ensued about how cutting edge changing the gender of a character who had hitherto been played by a white man. Even male Dr. Who fans, whom one might think would be irate at their idol being played by a woman, seemed content with the idea. However, complaints about the female Dr. Who have arisen from an unexpected quarter, according to the Daily Caller.

Jeff Bezos envisions the human race as a trillion people living in space

Recently #Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon and Blue Origin, was the recipient of the first annual #Buzz Aldrin Innovation Award. The award was handed to the entrepreneur by the second man to walk on the moon himself at the annual Apollo 11 Gala held at the Apollo/Saturn V Center at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. During his remarks, Bezos opened his mind about his vision for the settlement of the high frontier of space.

Ann Coulter and Delta Airlines continue their tweet storm

The #Tweet storm between conservative commentator #Ann Coulter and #Delta Airlines continued unabated. Coulter initiated the exchange by complaining how she was unceremoniously removed from an extra leg room seat (she is six feet tall) for another passenger. Delta Airlines has responded by pointing out that the difference in price between the seat she was bounced from and the one she was given was $30. The airline tweeted some other things as well.

We need to talk about what Arya Stark did

"#Game of Thrones," the long running fantasy epic series based on the novels by George R. R. Martin, started its seventh season on HBO recently. The TV show has often been described as an anti-Lord of the Rings; in that, even its heroes display ignoble traits, no great example of that characteristic occurred than in the opening scene of the first episode of the season. Some spoilers follow.

Martin Landau, of ‘Mission Impossible’ and ‘Space: 1999’ fame, has died

Most people remember Martin Landau for two TV shows he was in, “Mission Impossible” and “Space: 1999.” While he co-starred with his then wife Barbara Bain in both series, they could not be more different from one another. Landau was also famous for some film roles.

George Romero has passed on to the land of the dead

If you want to give the credit or place the blame, for the idea of the zombie apocalypse, remember #George Romero. Before “The Walking Dead,” “Fear #The Walking Dead,” and “Z Nation” hit the air waves, not to mention movies without number when hordes of the flesh eating dead rose to threaten the living, there was Romero’s 1968’s “Night of the #Living Dead.”