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Wednesday links

  • The great Glenn Greenwald hands their asses to the media stars who attended that “secret” meeting with Trump on Monday then blabbed about how hurt they were by his attitude.
  • Borepatch on the blindness of the educated class. But really on culture. Great read. BTW, @Borepatch is now on
  • And once again Gottlieb’s denatured JPFO (and Bearing Arms) comes out in favor of anti-gun laws.
  • So where are food banks getting “healthy” food these days? Well, according to NPR, they’re increasingly getting it from elementary schools where kids aren’t eating tons of the federally mandated good-for-them items. (NPR of course, doesn’t put it quite this way.)
  • The Pentagon now has a plan (albeit a tentative and wussy one) to allow personnel on base to carry weapons.
  • It’s a marvelous thing to know that a single man can annoy a bad government so greatly.
  • Speaking of one annoying (and heroic) man: Snowden. Obama lies when he says he “can’t” pardon Snowden and Trump’s new CIA pick wants him dead. Yeah. Great start here.
  • Greatest SF artists of all time??? Omni, Omni, Omni, how could you leave out Chesley Bonestell? Or does “all time” not include the golden age of SF?
  • 🙂 Why I use the Oxford comma even though my eighth-grade English teacher told me it was passe.

Meant to prep this post yesterday so it could magically appear overnight. Instead I was dead asleep by 6:00 p.m. and zoned out for most of the next 12 hours. Damn, I needed that. Now I feel much more able to face the real onset of winter. And if you’re still getting ready for winter, too, Amazon has the gear for you …


  1. Laird
    Laird November 23, 2016 10:28 am

    I agree about Bonestell. He was the first great SF artist and arguably still one of the best ever. His gorgeous illustrations of alien landscapes helped draw me into SF in the first place.

    Great cartoon about the Oxford Comma. The Oatmeal would be proud of you!

    Your Amazon link are working, and I like the wide variety day to day. I just ordered some de-icers. Not much, but I hope you get something out of it.

  2. ellendra
    ellendra November 23, 2016 11:03 am

    I’ve been waiting for this cold weather for a while now. I can finally use my cold-smoker again!!!

    I have about 5 pounds of bacon in there right now 🙂

  3. Comrade X
    Comrade X November 23, 2016 11:16 am

    Gottlieb does what every Judenrat in history has done and that is enforce existing law; how else can he perform his self proclaim job of controlling the larger communities that he pretends to represent to the powers that be? How else does he get to be first in the food line and last on the cattle car?

    And anyone that gives a red cent, or works for any of his dummy companies and organizations is also guilty of his sins IMHO!

  4. Claire
    Claire November 23, 2016 11:22 am

    Laird — Indeed. Any “greatest SF artists” list that excludes Bonestell, and for that matter Lucien Rudaux, isn’t serious. Without those two, most of the others on that list would have been very different artists (with a few exceptions, e.g. Whelan and the ever-surreal Geiger).

    And thanks for your v*te of confidence — and purchase — on the Amazon ads. Even if the purchase is small, it does two really good things. First, it earns that extra-high commission on that item. Second, it pushes the month’s total purchases up to where, with some luck, I might earn a higher commission on most of the non-ad items.

    Anyhow, glad to hear I’m choosing an appealing mix of items!

  5. Claire
    Claire November 23, 2016 11:46 am

    Eats Shoots & Leaves is a pretty hilarious example even without reading anything beyond the title.

  6. jed
    jed November 23, 2016 12:26 pm

    These ‘greatest’ lists are always problematic. I just marvel at how good they all are, and leave it at that. Those wishing to explore the genre further might find several days worth of browsing at Dark Roasted Blend (apologies to Joel’s bandwidth). But I’m not finding some stuff I recall seeing there, even looking at the art category. e.g. Megastructures, featuring Adam Burn. The SciFi section is pretty awesome too. Did Boris Vallejo do any scifi art other than the Berserkers?

  7. BillT
    BillT November 23, 2016 12:34 pm

    I work on an Air Force base and I am curious to see if there are going to be any changes with the new rules that I can see, I am going to go out on a limb and say that there won’t be any that I can tell.

    As far as Gottlieb goes I am beginning to think that he’s a 5th columnist that is only looking out for what is good for him. Although to be fair I have never liked him so I could be a bit biased.

    Hoping that everyone here has a great day tomorrow. I am going to just cook and eat way to much food, drink beer, and be thankful for wha I have.

  8. Desertrat
    Desertrat November 23, 2016 2:06 pm

    Winter is something I avoid like the plague. If I want hard water, there’s a large white box in the kitchen which serves admirably.

    Christmas Eve of 1954, I walked guard duty at Inchon. 17 below Zero; 20 mph wind, knee-deep snow. Not. Fun.

    Winter is quite high on my Thanks but no thanks list.

  9. Claire
    Claire November 23, 2016 2:11 pm

    Boris Vallejo! That’s the other name I was trying to think of this morning. Just couldn’t recall it — though he was certainly ubiquitous on fantasy and SF book covers in the 1980s.

    Though I think of him more as a fantasy illustrator, I’d have probably included him on that “greatest” list, too. Just because he brought his own stamp (not to mention giant boobs and bulging muscles) to a genre that featered a lot of lookalike rocket ships.

  10. larryarnold
    larryarnold November 23, 2016 4:50 pm

    I always use the Oxford comma in my writing. The idea that I can save half-a-dozen pixels except when it makes things unclear is silly.

    OTOH the newspaper where I work uses Chicago Manual, which hates it. So I have to shift gears in between.

    My wife has been a newspaper reporter for more than 40 years. She is a stone professional, always gets both sides and reports them. She has been covering county, city, and school government in a small town since 1984, and has the respect of everyone involved. It can be done, but the way the msm covered the recent election ain’t how it’s done.

    Commanders, O-5 and above, “may grant permission to DoD personnel requesting to carry a privately owned firearm (concealed or open carry) on DoD property for a personal protection purpose not related to performance of an official duty or status,” the document states.
    They left out the part where the officers will be bucking enormous institutional resistance, and thereby ending their careers by doing so.

  11. Desertrat
    Desertrat November 23, 2016 9:37 pm

    Borepatch’s commentary is welcome and accurate, but such commentary has been written from time to time since the early years of LBJ’s unGreat Society.

    DoD personnel toting? Quien sabe? Might have helped at Fort Hood or Chattanooga.

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