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  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    I've been reading these discussions carefully. There is only one thing I have to say: do not put in faith in that bit about not being able to find the White House light fixtures, OK? Even if it is true,...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Also -- these christo-fascists will NEVER leave power voluntarily, not ever. Make no mistake: we are in a civil war. In the meantime my person and I have been discussing what to do in certain ways. We have a way...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    You are being wise. Yet, I for one, remain entirely baffled by the endorsement of this regime, this person and these policies by the ilks of Netanyahu. Evidently they believe these policies only apply to ... Muslims....
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    You forgot the national uprising in the US when the hacks have denied the peoples their tv and games -- headlines around the world: THE US GETS OFF ITS ASS!...
  • Commented on The Day After
    As for Andrew Jackson, he was not only a slave owner, and genocide activist who made the heart of Dixie safe for the Cotton Kingdom and slavery, he personally DROVE slave coffles of people for sale in Natchez, Nashville and...
  • Commented on The Day After
    @309 -- Janis Joplin was a white girl blues- rock singer from Port Arthur, TX who went to California. She wasn't country. Or even country western. The Dixie Chicks are still both country and (white) bluegrass. In interest of transparency...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    Please note the picture of the woman at the bottom of the social scale in England, pulling the coal pit cart, on her frackin' hands and knees, pregnant, in a SKIRT. As for the naked slaves this was a scandal...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    Just for starters Philip Mintz, Sweetness and Capitalism. There are myriad, myriad works. Look in the bookstore of Liverpool's Slavery Museum for a whole bunch of titles. But actually it's the other way 'round -- if one believes the obverse...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    In my opinion after years of working in the history of slavery and the "New World" what fueled the industrial revolution was a vast unplundered hemisphere chock full of everything needed from fibers and other cash / luxury crops and...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    Take a look at this picture of a woman in skirts pulling a pit mine coal cart in a skirt in the 19th century: http://ea-cei.org.uk/newcumnock/community/?p=300 It was religious and legal system law that women had to dress in skirts and...
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    A lot of things, including the history of the biggest North American slave uprising, in Louisiana, in 1811 (this in prep for a conference presentation at Berkeley in the fall on the subject matter). Also: the fascinating Sam Willis (maritime...
  • Commented on Some notes on world building
    Cattle drives essentially ended with the end of the open range, which happened circa 1886, following overgrazing, culminating in a very severe winter and a huge drought. Then the barbed wire came in and even -- well particularly -- the...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    Charlie -- You're propagating untruths here: [ " Basically you're talking about running a slave stud farm, as happened in the pre-civil war Deep South, and it gets uglier from there on down." ] This did NOT happen in the...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    Further upthread I suggested looking at John Ford's The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance for this hero's journey version that entirely flips the script about who is the hero, while keeping every Western trope, and then not flipping the script...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    If one is really wanting to do mythic hero journey professor blahblahblah -- take lessons from John Ford's The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance....
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    Walter Jon Williams has committed a fair number of space operas, such as his Dread Empire's Fall series....
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    And now a second thing, the other space operas the help define the category for me: Vernor Vinge's "Zones of Thought" series. I love those....
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    One other thing, re the desire for becoming A or The Hero comes from the urge to impress females -- there is the constantly overlooked real life Hero who conquered all the worlds he could find: Alexander. Julius Caesar wasn't...
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    It seems to be rather out of favor these days. However, Frank Herbert's Dune has always defined space opera for this reader since the very first read. It's perfect, with the exceptions of certain treatments of the primary female characters.But...
  • Commented on What Goes Around...
    P.S. As you all are aware, when Isabella took the throne of Castile, the Iberian peninsula was anything but peaceful. A Turkish invasion via Egypt and the African Mediterranean shore into southern Moorish Spain was overtly, imminently threatened by the...
  • Commented on What Goes Around...
    One example from European medieval history: Isabella herself, Castille. She literally seized the moment for getting the crown for herself, rather than one of the other three claimants, one of which was her husband, Ferdinand of Navarre. He hadn't been...
  • Commented on The paranoid style in 2016
    You probably know that the Kochs' father was one of the founders of the John Birch Society....
  • Commented on The paranoid style in 2016
    This book, just published by Jane Mayer, Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right is very useful. The author gives a lot of time to the Koches. As an investigative journalist she's...
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    If by contemporary, you mean fiction written by an author who lived in that past era and set her fiction there, i.e. wasn't writing historical fiction, yes, to a degree one is correct, but it doesn't go very far as...
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    I have an active and informed imagination. What I cannot imagine is researching any fiction by reading other fiction. Or by, for Fantasy fiction, as you point out, with something like D&D. Pure recipe for disaster. To perform authentic historical...
  • Commented on My Country Tis of Thee
    The history of the colonies and the War for Independence proves that whether there had been an illegal, non-constitutional Louisiana Purchase by President Jefferson from Napoleon or not, the colonies / states would take over all of that territory, just...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    Hoooooooo Kay -- but I don't know what the point you're making is. Eeeks. Love, C....
  • Commented on The referendum question
    The roots go much further back than that. South Carolina was never for any government at all, and certainly not any founded outside itself. However, the Lords Proprietors -- none of whom actually lived in Carolina or ever went there...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    Also, I would like to add, nations whose economy is about tax shelters for the internationally obscenely wealthy are not healthy places to live, any more than nations whose economy are based on tourism. I live in a city whose...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    In terms of corruption many other serious problems aren't we going at it a$$ backwards? Rather than limiting the size of the national state, shouldn't we be limiting the size of corps -- and not allowing them the status of...
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