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Month: November 2012 (page 1 of 8)

Fooling the people

It seems strange that the majority of hispanics voted for Obama when he deported on average more immigrants any any other president in the past 100 years. Also, while Silicon Valley tech workers voted overwhelmingly Obama, he now opposes those firms on immigration, coming out against visas for tech workers. Proof that you only need to fool people just long enough.

After all, there are still people who think his administration is the most open in history, yet he has prosecuted more whistleblowers than all other presidents combined, Bradley Manning rots in a tiny cell, and employees hide email communication.

The list goes on, i.e. drone murders, war on drugs, pardoning turkeys nut no non-violent drug offenders, and so on.

Not that a Republican would be any better, but at some point you hope people remove their blinders.

Beautiful Noise

Kickstarter campaign to fund documentary on influential shoegazer bands from the 1980s – Cocteau Twins, Jesus and Mary Chain, and My Bloody Valentine.

Qatar, where poets end up in prison for life

Showing that free expression remains elusive in certain areas of the world, a Qatar poet recently was sentenced to life in prison for his poetry, which apparently insulted rulers.

Egypt’s Constitution

Usually a Constitution enshrines liberty, or ensures protection for minority groups and individuals. Not so Egypt’s new Constitution under Morsi, where apparently God’s hand is with the majority. That sentiment usually implies a fist.

Costco hypocrisy

On the one hand, stand beside Obama and wax about shared sacrifice. In reality, award yourself millions as Costco’s board declares dividend payouts right before tax rates rise steeply. Glad I don’t shop there.

3D print your own drone

From guns to aircraft, 3D printing has come a long way.

Unintended solutions

Yes, because nothing fixes a bad 37-year old law than adding new layers on top of it.

Latest Terry Pratchett interview

Here is the New Statesman interview with author Terry Pratchett, where he talks about what will happen when he no longer is able to write. We all know death lies ahead in the future, but in Pratchett’s case he has acknowledged the disease that affects what he does for a living. It’s cruel when writers lose the ability to write, much like H.L. Mencken’s stroke that left him unable to read or write, or Jack Vance’s fading eyesight. Thankfully Pratchett has a support environment, and other options such as dictation software. I think when Pratchett finally hears that voice in all caps, we all shall wear midnight.

F. Paul Wilson on Cold City

F. Paul Wilson interviewed at the The Quillery about his most recent novel, Cold City, which opens a trilogy exploring the adult origins of Repairman Jack (we already had a trilogy that covered the teenage Jack). The new trilogy covers “two-and-a-half year period from late 1990 to early 1993” (since the books were updated the timeline switched from the original 1980s of The Tomb to more recent years). If you think you know Jack from the regular series, according to Wilson “he was full of surprises in Cold City, mainly because he was a different guy.” For more details on what Wilson’s up to next click on the link and read the interview.

Science fiction and the apocalypse

Samuel Sattin at Salon argues that science fiction have never been more apocalyptic than now, with the focus on end of the world movies and books. Memories are short, as I remember countless novels in the 1980s and early 1990s just as grim or grimmer than the current zombie focus. Stephen King’s The Stand, Robert R. McCammon’s Swan Song, various Joe R. Lansdale stories and his two Drive-In books, a host of Cyberpunk novels and stories, and the original zombie phase with books like Dead in the West, and the Book of the Dead anthologies. The “now” is always foremost in our minds. My theory is they are tied to recessionary times, and the current trend will fade at some point.

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