I wonder what would happen to a bird if we spliced it with dinosaur DNA fragments. Would it become even more dinosaur-like or would it become something else? In terms of behavior, would this dinosaur-like creature still behave like a modern bird or would it become more aggressive and predatory? Also, what other consequences and byproducts can come from fusing prehistoric genes with modern ones? That will be one of the themes I will be addressing in my dinosaur series.
As the 2020 election draws closer, I am growing increasingly concerned about what the Trump Administration is plotting. A couple days ago, a staffer revealed that Trump and his supporters are plotting to steal the election by any and all means necessary. This “contingency plan” as the staffer called it involves the electoral college and the Supreme Court. With Ruth Bader Ginsburg dead, Trump and Republicans are fighting tooth and nail to gain control over her seat. If they can fill her vacant seat, their control over the Supreme Court will grow and the chances of them siding with whatever scheme Trump has planned will increase. With the electoral college, if Trump loses the electoral college, he will turn to the Republicans who control the swing states. Those Republicans will then swap the original electoral voters with Pro-Trump ones if Trump loses the original vote. Frankly, I am not surprised by this development. Trump is a man who is so arrogant, narcissistic, and egotistical that he will NEVER accept defeat no matter what. At a press conference the other day, he openly confessed that he would not accept the election results or allow a peaceful transfer of power if he loses. It is ironic because Trump spent the past four years spouting about a “liberal coup” and yet he himself is plotting a coup as we speak to steal the 2020 election. The worst part is that there is no part of the Constitution that stops him from doing this.
The only reason Trump is resorting to these extremes is because he is politically weak and has absolutely nothing to offer the American people. He wanted the title and power that came from being President of the United States, but he wanted none of the responsibility. He openly said that he took no responsibility for his failures or actions. He has let 200,000 people die and counting. If he is not removed from office, the death toll will increase because he is not going to do anything about the pandemic. He was caught on tape confessing that he knew how dangerous COVID-19 was and he lied to us anyway for months. The only reason he is pushing for vaccine as quickly as possible is because he is desperate for a way out of the mess he made with his pandemic response. I guarantee that if a vaccine is produced now, it will just be a false cure like he did with hydroxychloroquine. I am going to listen to the experts regarding the vaccine instead of Trump and his sycophantic quacks. With Joe Biden, we stand a better chance of surviving Coronavirus because at least he will be straight with us unlike Trump.
How many times do you have to see the evidence? How many times must the point be made? Trump is destroying America! Too many red lines have been crossed! Our country has in fundamental ways been polluted by avarice and political megalomania! This level of corruption was inevitable since the day Trump was sworn in! It was inevitable from when the Republicans decided to turn their backs on their Constitutional duty to keep the Trump in line! If Trump and his cronies and enablers are not removed from office NOW, there won’t be a United States in another four years! I cannot stress this enough! The very future of our nation is at stake in this election!
As the next Jurassic Park film, Jurassic World: Dominion, draws closer, I constantly think about what to expect. At the end of Fallen Kingdom, dinosaurs were released into the wild and others were auctioned off to parties around the world that want to create their own dinosaurs. The dinosaurs that escaped are one thing, but I think the dinosaurs that were auctioned off are going to be an even bigger threat to human civilization. The reason for this is due to how the parties that purchased them are going to abuse dinosaur cloning. As Ian Malcolm famously said to John Hammond, “Genetic power is the single greatest force the world has ever seen and you wield it like a kid who just found his dad’s gun.” Malcolm elaborates further by comparing genetic power to nuclear power. Once the world sees what it is capable of, many people will want in on it. There would be money to be made; LOTS of it! InGen’s failures with both Jurassic Park and Jurassic World are just two example of how genetic power is not properly handled. Mankind can certainly create something from genetic power, but they have the arrogance in believing they can control what they created. Imagine what would happen if dinosaur cloning and genetic power became widespread on a global scale. You would have disasters like Jurassic Park happening all over the world due to humanity’s futile attempts to control Mother Nature. Overall, I expect to see the makings of a dinosaur apocalypse in Jurassic World: Dominion.
How would the world react if dinosaurs suddenly reappeared and we had no explanation why? That will be one of the themes in my dinosaur series as it progresses. I am not just depicting an artificial island filled with reverse engineered dinosaurs. I will also be featuring these creatures suddenly appearing in seemingly random parts of the world. Based on what I know about animal behavior, I think I would have a good idea of how these animals would adapt to their new environments. Some herbivores may keep a low profile and keep away from human- populated areas. However, some may cause property damage when they walk through a town or plunder farmland like feral livestock do. The smaller dinosaurs would be harder to find because of their size and they could potentially multiply unchecked without anyone noticing. The carnivores would not only cause human casualties, but they would also feed on the native wildlife as well. Entire ecosystems would be either disrupted or destroyed by the sudden reappearance of dinosaurs. As for how humans would react, I think the result would be disorganized chaos as the public and government struggle on how to handle these new lifeforms. Groups like the National Guard would be outgunned and would have no idea what kind of dinosaurs they would run into or how many there are. Overall, I think by the time everyone starts noticing that dinosaurs are appearing, the dominos would already be falling.
I remember doing a school project that revolved around a detailed description of a dinosaur known as Iguanodon. Iguanodon was one of the earliest dinosaurs discovered. Its body structure had been debated and modified for decades between the 19th and 20th centuries. Some thought Iguanodon resembled a large lizard while some thought it walked on its hind legs like a kangaroo. In the end, Iguanodon resembled neither. Back in its day, Iguanodon and other ornithopods were among the most successful dinosaurs during the mid-Cretaceous Period. Their success allowed them to colonize almost every continent. Even though they were mostly harmless herbivores, Iguanodon were armed with thumb spikes that could either puncture a predator’s throat or stab into an attacker’s brain. I think for old time’s sake, I will be creating my own species of ornithopod like Iguanodon for my dinosaur series.
For my third fantasy book, I have made an unusual choice. I have decided to include a character who literally does not have a soul. I never worked with a character like this before because of its inherent complexity. Does a soulless person have the same emotions as a person with a soul or do they not have emotions at all? Would they have a sense of identity or would they be a blank slate? How would they interact with other characters? So many questions and just as many concepts to work with.
In Jurassic Park, Dennis Nedry was bribed by Biosyn to steal dinosaur embryos from the park. The Barbasol can Nedry used had enough room to contain 15 embryos and keep them alive for 36 hours. In order to access the embryos, Nedry implanted a computer virus that shut down all security systems in Jurassic Park. This resulted in the dinosaurs escaping from their enclosures and ultimately led to the park’s doom. In the end, Nedry failed to escape with the embryos and was famously eaten alive by a Dilophosaurus. The embryos themselves were buried underneath mud from the rain storm. However, I wonder what would happen if Nedry managed to escape and deliver the embryos to Biosyn. Would Biosyn use the embryos to create their own dinosaur theme park? Would Biosyn use dinosaurs as living weapons like Eli Mills tried to with the Indoraptor in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom? Would Biosyn use the dinosaurs for medical research? Or would they use the dinosaurs for a more sinister purpose? In the forthcoming film, Jurassic World: Dominion, it is rumored that Biosyn will return and will be one of the parties that get their hands on Dinosaur DNA. Due to this, we may see what Biosyn had planned for the embryos in the next film.
Warning! The following contains spoilers from chapter 284 of My Hero Academia. You have been warned.
It looks like round one of Deku’s and Shigaraki’s grudge match is about to reach its climax. Deku is really pushing himself harder than he has so far. He is using THREE quirks at the same time in a desperate attempt to bring Shigaraki down: Blackwhip, Float, and the base power of One For All. It is clear that using this many quirks simultaneously is putting a serious strain on Deku because his control over Blackwhip is starting to wane. It was revealed that Deku’s left arm was broken when he attempted to knock Shigaraki out with 100 % of One For All. Even so, Deku is not letting that stop him. He is ignoring the consequences using One For All at full power would have on his body and is mindful only of his duty as a superhero.
Deku is not holding back this time. He is so desperate to bring down Shigaraki that he is using 100% of One For All a lot more frequently than normal. It is like when he defeated Overhaul except Eri is not here to heal his wounds. Because of this, Deku is nowhere near ready to unleash that much power by himself. At this stage, Deku can only unleash 30% safely and 45 % of One For All in short bursts without damaging his body. Now, by using 100% of One For All so many times, Deku is drastically increasing the damage that will be done to his body. With his left arm already broken, Deku also struck Shigaraki with his right leg and right arm. By the time he is done pummeling Shigaraki, Deku will only have his left leg intact. However, it is possible that the extreme kickback will cause a lot more damage to Deku’s body than just a couple of broken limbs. My guess is that Deku’s skeleton, muscles, and even his organs will be so grossly crippled that he would be out of commission for the foreseeable future. I doubt even Recovery Girl would be able to undo this level of damage. In order for Deku to get back on his feet, Eri would have to use her Rewind quirk to heal his wounds like she did during the battle with Overhaul.
Shigaraki, on the other hand, is in a different position than Deku. Because of his incomplete surgery, Shigaraki’s regeneration has slowed down. However, even though his healing process has slowed down, Shigaraki can still heal his body. That is an advantage Deku does not have. Also, before Shigaraki’s body started breaking down, his regeneration was working at full power when fighting Endeavor and when Aizawa blinked. With this in mind, Shigaraki’s regeneration may not stay this slow for the remainder of the fight. Instead, I think his healing speed will fluctuate from being fast to being slow. This fluctuation would fit well with Shigaraki’s unstable body. In addition, Shigaraki’s body has already proven to be able to withstand 100% of One For All’s power. Also, Shigaraki has who knows how many quirks stored within him thanks to the All For One quirk.
Overall, this first round between Deku and Shigaraki will result in both characters having their bodies broken. However, Shigaraki can heal his body and Deku cannot. Due to this, Shigaraki can recover on his own while Deku will likely be immensely crippled for a while. With Deku in such a vulnerable state, Shigaraki will probably seize his chance to steal One For All from Deku. Having his body damaged is bad enough, but having his quirk stolen as well would be soul crushing for Deku. In addition to healing Deku’s body, Eri’s Rewind may restore One For All to Deku. Only time will tell as the story progresses.
One of the most bizarre dinosaurs that ever lived was Therizinosaurus. Therizinosaurus is a strange dinosaur that looks like a half-plucked turkey and walked like a potbellied bear. When its massive claws were discovered, they were thought to be the ribs of a large turtle. Later, those claws were thought to belong to a formidable predator that could kill its prey with one swipe. However, Therizinosaurus is an oddity among theropod dinosaurs because while most theropods were carnivores, Therizinosaurus was a herbivore. Instead of using its large claws to kill prey, Therizinosaurus used them to hook down branches in order to feed on the vegetation. When attacked by predators such as Tarbosaurus, Therizinosaurus would use its claws as defensive weapons to either wound or kill its attacker. Its leaf-shaped teeth were designed to slice up vegetation while its big belly allows it to digest large quantities of plants. Therizinosaurus evolved into its own set of subspecies, which include a species in North America known as Nothronychus. For my dinosaur series, I will be creating my own unique version of Therizinosaurus because this breed of dinosaur does not get the exposure it deserves.
I had a revelation about my dinosaur series. As much as I would like to give each of my fictional reverse engineered creatures an appearance of some kind in my first book, I feel like it may be too much for my readers. With this in mind, I am thinking of dedicating the first volume on just the dinosaurs, the second volume on the new terrestrial lifeforms, and the third on the marine lifeforms. After that, who knows? This would be a good idea considering I have made up to fifteen different dinosaur species and three dozen non-dinosaur species aside. I have been busy coming up with the creatures of this new series.