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Live long and prosper: Trekkie Chris Knight bids farewell to Leonard Nimoy

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Live long and prosper: Trekkie Chris Knight bids farewell to Leonard Nimoy


National Post
By Chris Knight
27 February 2015

Many actors get typecast. Some escape it, some bear it, some capitalize on it. Most hate it. But I can think of only one who transcended it: Leonard Nimoy, who died Friday at the age of 83.

Nimoy will be forever remembered as Mr. Spock (first name: you couldn’t pronounce it), the half-Vulcan, half-human science officer from the 1966 TV show Star Trek and its many subsequent generations, iterations and realizations. That half-ness was always the appeal of the character. The young viewers who made up the bulk of the Trek fan base and grew old with the cast could relate to feeling like an outsider; an alien in a human world.

But they could feel an even stronger connection to someone half-alien, told to fit in and be like everyone else when a part of them never would. Generations of misfit Trekkers knew exactly how Mr. Spock felt, and they continue to carry a splinter of his Vulcan psyche within them, a bulwark against an emotionally overpowering world. (Why yes, I am one of them. How did you know?)


In this April 26, 2009 file photo, actor Leonard Nimoy poses for a portrait in Beverly Hills, Calif. Nimoy died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 in Los Angeles of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 83 - Image: AP / Matt Sayles


Nimoy published many books of poetry and photography over his life, but his most famous works were a 1975 biography titled I Am Not Spock, and a 1995 follow-up, I Am Spock. He later said he regretted the “firestorm” of controversy the first book caused. The cheeky title was intended as a jumping-off point for a discussion of the differences and similarities between an actor and the character he plays.

And play him he did. Nimoy performed in 80 episodes of the original Star Trek series — he was the only actor to reprise his role after the first pilot led to a second — and he went on to voice and portray Spock in video games, subsequent movies, other Star Trek TV series and such shows as The Simpsons and The Big Bang Theory.

When J.J. Abrams rebooted Trek on the big screen in 2009, Nimoy appeared as Spock Prime, the “original” Mr. Spock after one of those Trekkian spacetime conundrums led to a parallel-universe version of the characters. He reprised the role in 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness, his final screen appearance.


Leonard Nimoy, seen here as Spock, died at 83 - Image: Paramount


Star Trek continues to exert a huge influence on the culture. Scientific discoveries are often alluded to by their Trek-ness: Will virtual reality give us a real Holodeck? Will warp drive take us to the stars? In 2008, a Texas Supreme Court ruling even cited a famous quotation from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

“First, we recognize that police power draws from the credo that ‘the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.’ Second, while this maxim rings utilitarian and Dickensian (not to mention Vulcan), it is cabined by something contrarian and Texan: distrust of intrusive government and a belief that police power is justified only by urgency, not expediency.”


But Spock was a singularity within the Star Trek galaxy. The Post and others have long debated the relative merits of the franchise’s various captains, but there is no one against whom to match up Spock.

In his later years, it became clear that Nimoy was Spock, and vice versa, and both were happy with it, though Spock would have denied the emotion. The last characters on Nimoy’s twitter feed, which fell silent on Feb. 22, were LLAP, short for “live long and prosper,” a Vulcan greeting accompanied by a hand gesture Nimoy copied from an ancient Jewish blessing.

In 2013, Nimoy and new-Spock Zachary Quinto appeared together in a commercial for Audi, in which the older actor is beaten to a lunch date by the younger one, only to knock him out at the last minute with the Vulcan nerve pinch.





We should remember and celebrate all the facets of Nimoy — stage actor, writer, director, photographer, philanthropist, musician, etc. — but humans being what they are, Mr. Spock will always be first among his list of accomplishments.

Nimoy came to terms with this legacy long ago. In I Am Not Spock he wrote of receiving a compliment from another actor and thinking: “Standing silently behind my shoulder is a very jealous, ever-present Vulcan.”

But by the time of writing I Am Spock, he included a conversation between himself and the character in which he said: “We’re both very lucky, Spock. Lucky to have lived the lives we have, and lucky to have had each other.” And we are lucky to have had them both.

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  1. This is the new #1, please place general comments here

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  2. Thank you Leonard Nimoy for being the extraordinary way shower that you were. The world is only a better for place for you having shared yourself with all of us. To your next adventure, may it be the beginning of something you could only begin to dream of while here.

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  3. RIP Mr Nimoy. Meanwhile:

    Nemtsov’s Assassination: A Propaganda Attack On Putin?

    http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2015/02/27/nemtsovs-assassination-propaganda-attack-putin/

    Wikipedia knew about the murder an hour early:

    http://fortruss.blogspot.ch/2015/02/russian-bloggers-analyze-nemtsovs.html

    If it smells this much like another CIA/Mossad/SBU wetjob to demonise Putin, then it probably is one.

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  5. Recipe For Change | Building an Earthship in Ushuaia (2014)

    http://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/recipe-for-change-ushuaia-earthship-build-full-length-documentary/

    The first feature length documentary having been conceived by the Valhalla Movement, Valhalla follows the story of Earthship Biotecture down in Ushuaia, Argentina as they and a group of academy students build a two room simple survival Earthship.

    Earthships are fully off the grid buildings which catch their own rainwater - create their own food and energy - are made using recycled materials and treat their own waste all the while doing such in a very stable temperature eco construction that has begun to make waves around the world.

    These buildings and the ecological movement has been gaining ground online for years but there still seems to be a challenge in our everyday life in making positive sustainable change come to life.

    This documentary shines light on the simple recipe for creating this change that can allow us to radically change our outlook on the problems our world faces and our ability as individuals to make it happen.
    www.valhallamovement.com

    1:01:16

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  6. Whatever happens, I hope Vietnam continues to grow and flourish.

    Link to full article

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    1. Title of article: "On the beach where US troops landed 50 years ago, a new Vietnam flourishes" from the Guardian au

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    2. It is actually a very good country to move to!! BEAUTIFUL!! I love most Vietnamese food!! Very healthy, too.... Land & cost of living very low. Monsoon season is tough, though. ~darylluke.

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  7. They're huding out Star Trek technology are they John

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    1. Russia is not, they now have weapons which will total out any US Military they take on. Russia now can wipe out the US F35's and has laser technology able to destroy US warships and Drones. China follows right behind and with weapons sharing agreements, soon both will be an awesome enemy if triggered to fight. The real tragedy is the American people know none of this, but will die innocent if conflict results.
      The US Military is now the biggest threat to world peace anywhere. But, they are out of control, and this vile organisation totally protects and dominates Afghan Opium production. American kids die with addiction, while the Military thrives on the profits. And you will elect another Bush?????????????

      How much the American people need, and deserve, a Leader of true compassion, morality and integrity.
      Do they breed then any more?

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  8. Gordon Duff told me yesterday the CIA has been completely put out of business. However, my understanding is that the good parts of the CIA are now under pentagon control.
    Benjamin Fulford 古歩道ベンジャミン

    http://benjaminfulford.net/2015/02/24/cia-put-under-lockdown-by-pentagon-to-stop-nuclear-terror-but-cabal-resistance-pockets-still-remain/

    ~darylluke.

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  9. Some people say that for instance NETFLIX has and uses the "transporter" technology portrayed in the Star Trek series. Some people say the show depicts withheld technologies the US Corp owns and withholds from the public to this day. Some people say that this planet is quarantined because these MONSTERS in power here will NOT be allowed out into the universe because they are so war-minded. ....I'll stop there.

    I am very grateful to Gene Roddenberry and Leonard Nimoy for all the inspiration they gave in my childhood!!
    Enjoy you new life!! ~darylluke.

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  10. DISCERNMENT. I received this by email yesterday. ~darylluke.

    ______________________________________________________________________________

    I'm a former member of the illuminati, and I'm about to give you information that has never been revealed to the public before. It might sound incredible, but keep an open mind. As you may know, humans in the biblical era tended to live for several hundred years (eg Noah was 950 when he died). Well consider the fact that many patriarchs in the bible are only mentioned once, but we are never told when they died. That's because many of them never died at all (if they were born after the flood, of course). celebrities, like brad Pitt and jay-z, they've been alive since the biblical era, anywhere from 4000 to 3000 years old. I think Christian bale is the youngest, around 2020 years old. Born in Canaan. by the time photography and newspapers were invented, these celebrities realized that people might start to see old records of them from bygone eras, and would start to realize that they were in fact one of the ancient-born, nearly immortal biblical people. So to remain hidden, they enlisted the illuminati to stage cover ups and give them new identities every few decades. If necessary, the illuminati has been able to hypnotize people around them (when Christian bale needed to change from his civil war identity, illuminati agents hypnotized people into believing they had seen him die of old age on his plantation in 1891) we gave Christian more humble identities during the 1900s- barber, potter, street beggar. Then when moving pictures were invented, he became interested in acting. In the 1980s, he was given rejuvenation therapy to make him look like a child again, and he became a child actor in Empire of the Sun. He seems to have enjoyed this particular identity the most. We have offered to stage his death by pill overdose if he feels ready for a new disguise, but I think he will stick with it for another 20-30 years. Only a few of our Biblicals have actually died of old age- Farrah fawcett, at the ripe old age of 3091. She was actually buried in her hometown of Jericho.

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  12. A vast range of new reports are coming up over the next 2 days, plus any RV news if it breaks .

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  13. Hello John and everyone,

    I have been a Star Trek fan since the age of six. I have always felt this series/movies offered so much hope for a better future for all of us. Call me a fool if you want, but I have always been captivated by the idea of a future where man has lost the concept of material items and the need for money. People work to better themselves and help each other- it's not what you own, but who you are and how can you help others. It's a society that many of us have mentioned here and at WHA- a resource based society. Basic needs are met which can eliminate greed, envy, wars, etc.

    I have recently "just fallen down," in other words lost my job with little hope of finding another one right now. I have been grieving for the last two weeks.

    But as John has stated before, I am "going to pull myself up by my bootstraps" and start another career as a farmer. I am 49, but not afraid to work hard. I have a love of the land, enjoy watching the beauty of God's work in creating plants and working outdoors.

    Thanks to the articles of this site and WHA, I truly appreciate our place in the world with our Creator and intend to enjoy every priceless minute on this piece of heaven called earth.


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    1. Tammy
      Life will go on. I'm sorry about the no new job hope, but as long as you can eat, look around at the good things of life. That also is living. Until we get the RV s out and start new society engineering for all our people, its a rocky road. To be- Alive is all. To think, see, be part to witness so much more is what the journey is all about.
      Trust me, I'm there, the so called Leadership are clueless of any reality. Their book of live will be poor viewing. You all matter, and never forget, you truly are one part of all. Every life, every journey is part of the universal life force experience. Be grateful, you could have been a Bush. Soon to be a burning one. .

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    2. Thank you John, I will make it- I'm a survivor. I so much want to be a part of OWoN in the future, we can make a difference.

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    3. I would not, ever, want to be a part of the Bush/Clinton cabal!

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  14. John, until we wredtle control away from these scoundrels they will keep putting their own in places of power and exposure on their crimes is all that will work. It's starting to spread like wild fire thanks to sites like this, we had my niece her husband and children over for dinner last night and I brought up the topic of our crime syndicate government and their daily crimes against humanity and they new all about it as well as all of their friends, and their only in their 20's I was amazed. So it's happening for sure people are becoming aware young and old and its refreshing to be able to talk family and friends about this without getting the stink eye.

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  15. RT: Opposition leader Nemtsov’s murder caught on CCTV camera (VIDEO)

    http://rt.com/news/236531-nemtsov-murder-cctv-russia/

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    1. Gorbachev: Murder of Opposition Leader Was a False Flag


      :
      "Another reason to doubt the “Blame Putin” chorus we are already seeing in the corporate media is the manner in which the shooting took place, in public, in front of the girlfriend, to generate the maximum publicity. If Putin had really wanted to kill this guy, it would have been a “suicide” in private or a small plane crash, the way the US Government handles assassinations"

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    2. Agree Fedup, but do think Putin is a much better chess player than that. It is easier to see who someone is connecting to if they are alive.

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  16. John, When you were cruising around London 30 years ago in your ROLLS you must have been big DONG on the block. :)

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  17. Venezuela imposes mandatory visas for all US citizens, bans for Bush & Cheney

    http://rt.com/news/236541-venezuela-imposes-visas-usa/

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  18. Ex-guerrilla, pot-legalizing, champion of the poor president: Uruguay's Mujica steps down

    http://rt.com/news/236581-uruguay-president-mujica-quit/

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  19. Like Start Treck, those were the Cling On ( Klingon) days,.
    Now I just see the Gold Digger Wannabes a mile off and use my Deflector shields. once a guy passes 60 they look through us unless the High Nett Worth detector scanners flash up then they come in swarms.
    Its just not my scene. While high standards can be a restriction, I get enough helping real causes and issues. There is just not enough time for personal life, and I'm not into the US Political Hooker scene. I see all women as someone's daughter, or sister and I can not use another human being like that. Major moral hang ups I'm programmed with LOL but it works for me. I value what I believe in and standards are to live up to. Women deserve relationships and respect and not to be used as meat. Dam that just blew Dolly! Every woman deserves the right to be loved, not used.

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    1. Thank you John,,,BIG HEART!

      Here's something about money that is ironic....

      YRFT CHRISTINE – THE SUPERNOVA OF SET’S OWN MAKING – EXCERPTS FROM OLD SOUL

      "The original story is that two of the spells on the dollar bill by the elite, were the ‘wealth spell’ and the ‘thoughtless spell’. The thoughtless, rendered humanity mind incapable of reasoning things out, etc. It had to be done by a ‘human’ which were the C.A. (covens of azazel) “the papal the royal and the federal”

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  20. COCAINE WARS: US TROOPS IN PERU'S COCA ZONE

    I thought it was a "war against drugs?" Turns out it really is a "war for drugs;" that plague our world and our children each and everyday, in one way or another...

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    1. Despite U.N. Treaties, War Against Drugs a Losing Battle

      Total waste of taxpayer money, time and energy..."how did the drugs get on the street corners in America?"

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  21. Your morals and integrity I hold in the highest regard are not even in ? while cruising in your Rolls while the Dollies look on with envy, nothing wrong with a little ego boost even though its not your scene.

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  22. Hundreds of DOJ Attorneys Violated Professional Rules, Laws & Ethical Standards. The Admin Won’t Name Offenders.

    Sure, they won't name offenders because they are all in on it...who does the regular person have to fight for justice and equality in this whole corrupt world?

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  23. Child Protective Services Kids Found in Human Trafficking

    Child Protective Services agencies are intended to take care of children with nowhere else to go, but corruption has infiltrated the government custodial system - putting kids at great risk. National Safe Child founder Tammi Stefano takes a look at the problem and reveals cases of CPS children who ended up working in the growing human sex trafficking trade in this short clip from the full length Buzzsaw interview with Sean Stone.

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  24. EXCLUSIVE: Whitehouse.gov caught freezing vaccine choice petition to prevent signatures from reaching 100,000 threshold

    (NaturalNews) A WhiteHouse.gov petition calling for the prohibition of laws requiring mandatory vaccines has been throttled by the White House, buried from public view and finally frozen for over 36 hours to prevent the petition from achieving 100,000 signatures, Natural News can now reveal.

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  25. I realize we are moving on, as Life waits on no man. However, L Neil Smith weighed in on Nimoy and it's a good read.

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  26. Former Mossad head urges Israeli voters to oust Binyamin Netanyahu

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/feb/27/mossad-binyamin-netanyahu-meir-dagan-israel

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  27. China plans yuan denominated gold fix this year.

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/102461888

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