Princeton has a Woody

Nov. 24th, 2015 04:57 pm
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Woodrow Wilson wasn’t just the first great promoter of the idea that we should send Americans to get killed in the effort to enforce democracy on the whole world. He was also a degenerate racist who undid most of the modest progress Roosevelt and Taft made in desegregating the American government. Ta-Nehisi Coates discusses.

There goes the neighborhood

Nov. 24th, 2015 07:14 am
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In fact, there was only one time in American history when the fear of refugees wiping everyone out did actually come true, and we'll all be sitting around the table celebrating it on Thursday
–John Oliver


Nov. 24th, 2015 05:52 am
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50 years ago, crazy people said that the war for business supremacy would be between the speed freaks and the acid heads.

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Ranking the rank

Nov. 24th, 2015 05:39 am
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John Scalzi lists and discusses the GOP candidates in order.

Also gip.


Nov. 23rd, 2015 04:53 pm
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In 2014, for the first time ever, law enforcement officers took more property from American citizens than burglars did.


Nov. 23rd, 2015 06:11 am
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Can’t we extend Godwin’s Law so that suggesting we act like the Nazis also ends the discussion? Donald Trump, who thinks that a racist database is a great advance over armbands, has now taken a fake statistic from a source that says we “should have listened to the Austrian chap with the little moustache.”

Prison Earth

Nov. 23rd, 2015 06:01 am
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K.S. Robinson, who has a nasty case of Stockholm Syndrome about the gravity well we are all trapped in, has written a novel and an essay trying to kill the interstellar dream once and for all. The son of a bitch is probably right.

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Martial Law

Nov. 23rd, 2015 05:41 am
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The good-guy government in Star Wars is a republic with princesses, in other words, “an undemocratic, ineffective government maintained by a combination of religious awe and martial force.”

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code push done!

Nov. 22nd, 2015 07:32 pm
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We're updating the site momentarily! Once the dust settles, please let us know if anything isn't working as expected. I'll edit the entry here if we confirm any issues.

Update, 21:45: All done!

Code push!

Nov. 22nd, 2015 01:03 pm
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We are planning to do a code push in about six hours, around 5pm Pacific time.

Most of the changes with this push are cleanup and small backend fixes, but we also have a new journal style called "Pattern" with 24 themes for you to choose from, and most excitingly, QuickReply has now been enabled for journal, day, and network views.

We'll update again to let you know when the code push is in progress!

RINO hunt

Nov. 21st, 2015 08:46 am
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Driving the sane people out of the Republican Party. I have predicted it before: Eventually, the ones who think Obama is a Muslim from Kenya will be purged by the ones who think he is a reptile from space.

Radical chic music

Nov. 21st, 2015 05:43 am
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Punk rock was for the select few who could identify with the working class.

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Apple-pie-eating surrender monkeys

Nov. 21st, 2015 05:22 am
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John Scalzi says it with an Animal House reference.
Frightened, ignorant and cowardly is no way to go through life, son.
And the Rude Pundit notes that Cuban refugees did some terror bombing in the US. Ted Cruz and Mario Rubio, like former IRA pitchman Rep. Peter King, are selective antiterrorists.

Unfriendly Powers

Nov. 21st, 2015 05:13 am
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I never judged a book by its cover. Back in the days when you could buy books in the quaint old mass-market paperback format at actual bookstores, I would go to the science fiction section and look for names and descriptions, recognizing that the publishers had to put certain kinds of pictures on the front to indicate what sort of book it was, but the words were the important part.

In retrospect, I now realize that I had to look at (or pretty much through) a number of covers that told us the future would be gaunt, misshapen, and just plain ugly. A few years ago I joined the Vintage Paperback mailing list, which sends us a picture of an old book every day, and I realized that the ugly-sci-fi covers were done by a man named Richard Powers (with perhaps a few by artists trying to imitate him).

Once again I am in the minority. He was the Discorporate Artist GoH at World Fantasy Con, where they had a video display of one of his covers after another (from which I learned that he didn’t have to draw like that), and now I learn that he has been inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame.

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