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anecdotal evidence of economic meltdown

Posted on Oct 18, 2008 in Blog, food, politics | 2 comments

Living in the middle of nowhere, it sometimes feels like we’re insulated from larger national events. Housing values in our part of Colorado have actually remained fairly stable, etc. But I’ve just heard about a couple of friends, one a software developer at a major software company who has been laid off, and the other, a magazine editor at a magazine that’s currently on the ropes because of advertising losses, and I can see the chinks appearing in the illusion of stability that I’ve created for myself. So far, we’re still fairly unaffected personally, but I’m starting to have little economic apocalypse fantasies. I guess we’ll know if things...

Yeah, the GOP blows…

Posted on Oct 16, 2008 in Blog, politics |

… but it doesn’t reflect well on a America as whole, either. Because even if this GOP group is getting dinged for putting it out publicly, it means there’s a whole ecosystem of low-life Americans gleefully generating this stuff and passing it around, winking and flashing their hate signs just below the radar. We ought to thank the group who put this up, they’re holding a mirror up to exactly where we are, and where we still aren’t. (got this from Andrew Sullivan’s blog. I’m a junkie for him, at the...

The Republican descent into fundamentalism

Posted on Oct 14, 2008 in Blog, politics |

Buckley’s son is hunted out of the National Review for the heresy of endorsing Obama. I like how Republicans deal with dissent. All or nothing. And if you respectfully disagree… WALK THE...

obama advertises on Xbox

Posted on Oct 14, 2008 in Blog, politics | 3 comments

Interesting. via Andew Sullivan. The actual ad in the game is a reminder that early voting has started. Not message oriented at all. Mobilization oriented to a demographic he has been...

McCain, when did you put Hindus on your hit list?

Posted on Oct 13, 2008 in Blog, politics |

I actually liked McCain, back in the day when he was against “agents of intolerance” as he called the Christian right. These days he’s a got a pastor opening a crowd in Iowa with the following: “I also would also pray, Lord, that your reputation is involved in all that happens between now and November, because there are millions of people around this world praying to their god–whether it’s Hindu, Buddha, Allah–that his opponent wins, for a variety of reasons.” Cuz, you know, only evil heathens vote Obama. Thanks for widening the circle of intolerance, there. Christian McCain against the world– and a good chunk of Americans, too....

Economic Meltdown vs. Global Meltdown

Posted on Oct 1, 2008 in Blog, politics, Pump Six and Other Stories, science, science fiction, Writing | 2 comments

Pop Quiz: which of these is more important? A. The banking industry is in free fall and the problem is spreading. B. There’s methane bubbling out of the Arctic. To me, the really interesting thing about this period in history is the amount of uncertainty over what story lines will dominate our lives, moving forward. Both of the topics are obviously important, but only one of them is grabbing massive headlines. In science fiction, it’s convenient to extrapolate based on a small number of factors – say increasing computing power and network effects, or in my case, something like intense drought. As you add more variables, it becomes harder...

Should Fiction Writers Write About Politics?

Posted on Sep 29, 2008 in Blog, politics, Writing | 25 comments

I just posted some of my problems with the Sarah Palin vp pick and Aaron posed this interesting question: Serious question, Paolo: Do you think authors blogging about their views on the election can undercut their fiction? It is very difficult to experience the fiction of Orson Scott Card or John Scalzi the same way after reading their political posts. Catherynne Valente is a brilliant writer, and I am trying so hard to forget the rant on her blog where she fervently wished that a falling tree would crush John McCain’s skull. No political commentary I have ever read has caused me to question my worldview as much as...

Bisphenol-A

Posted on Sep 16, 2008 in Blog, politics, science | 1 comment

Latest in the Bisphenol-A tussle. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26736202/ I have a feeling this will just keep going drip drip drip with the American Chemistry Council blustering about how all the studies are flawed and finally, in about ten years, everyone will say, yeah, we really should have banned this stuff a long time ago. Until then? Drip drip drip, with consumer deselection as the only route of protest. Nalgene is producing BPA-free bottles now. And here’s a link describing BPA, its history, and the ongoing scientific and regulatory warfare: http://www.defendingscience.org/case_studies/Battles-Over-Bisphenol-A.cfm...

Rational Patriotism

Posted on Aug 20, 2008 in Blog, politics | 2 comments

I ran across this quote a while ago, and it’s been running around in my head: “My country, right or wrong’ is a thing no patriot would ever think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying ‘My mother, drunk or sober.” — GK...