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The posts in play...

John McCumber
The Politics of Survival: Putting Yourself in a Box
On Writing of Wrongs
Clare Briggs
The Old Elephant
What, exactly, is a $2000 check?
Game of Thrones: Little People, Big World
Ordinary Times’ Andrew Donaldson on Consumer Choice Radio
The Lost Art of Book Learning
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Clare Briggs
The Man at the Hat Check
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The comments...

+ People don't see the libertarian platform as offering freedom or the welfare state as being from a heavy-handed government. What people see the libertarian platform [. . .]
AvatarOscar Gordon in reply to Philip H
+ Sigh... I'll just say it, if the lefties would stop wanting to enact whatever nutty gun ban is all the fad this week... There, that's [. . .]
AvatarOscar Gordon in reply to Chip Daniels
+ The good ol' US Free Trade Zone! Seriously though, it's a political dispute, not an economic one. People don't want to stop trading with CA, [. . .]
AvatarMichael Cain
+ I am just old enough to have seen a small traveling circus once: the parade, seeing elephants harnessed to pull up the poles for the [. . .]
AvatarDensityDuck in reply to North

"Who the fish cares what the twitts gibber?"

ok boomer

AvatarDensityDuck in reply to Kristin Devine
+ TS3: an important beat is how Bo Peep got thrown away between TS2 and TS3, meaning that there are genuine stakes for these characters, that [. . .]
+ It'll be an interesting contrast to the first year or so of Trump's administration, where we heard that he promised X, but we only got [. . .]
AvatarPhilip H
+ What I find oddly surprising is the abject lack of traction for a platform of freedom from an overweening, heavy-handed government. There are countless [. . .]
+ "The structures and rules you seek to impose on your fellow citizens will necessarily become the confines in which you yourself must also live" [. . .]
+ I thought the Thrawn solution was where they were going to go after The Last Jedi, but that would have required the director for Star [. . .]
AvatarNorth in reply to Brandon Berg
+ It could be either; she gets rewarded handsomely by the lefty fringe and every right wing person and media institution in the country for her [. . .]
AvatarDark Matter in reply to Michael Siegel
+ I like the "power vacuum" solution. You beat one empire, now there are 6 want-to-be-empires to face instead. I think they don't go for that [. . .]
+ And when in the finale you've found the Lensmen's true enemy, the Eddorians, you penfu gurve cynarg orgjrra gjb bgure cynargf lbh unccra gb unir [. . .]
+ The daughter and I were talking about Star Wars and how much she hates Rise of Skywalker. The problem plugs right into what you're talking [. . .]
AvatarChip Daniels in reply to Dark Matter
+ Exactly, which only points up the silliness of any secession talk. Any independent state or even group of states could only survive by developing a greater [. . .]
AvatarDark Matter in reply to Michael Cain
+ If they go down the rabbit hole of having their own army then they also need walls and control over their borders... at which point [. . .]
AvatarDark Matter
+ For Star Wars, the problem is every last erg of popularity needs to be extracted. Skywalker is popular (and powerful), so connecting to him [. . .]
AvatarMichael Cain in reply to Stillwater
+ Don't move here, then :^) A carrier strike force does nothing for the state's actual military goals, which are to interdict the inflow of [. . .]
AvatarMichael Cain in reply to Chip Daniels
+ Portland doesn't want a carrier strike group, they want a well-disciplined Marine expeditionary unit. Who can be told, "Clean out the Antifa camp." [. . .]
AvatarSlade the Leveller in reply to Stillwater


AvatarStillwater in reply to Michael Cain

I'll say it now, on the record: I don't want to live in any state that doesn't want its own carrier strike force.

AvatarChip Daniels in reply to Michael Cain
+ Sure, and be at the mercy of the Antifa hordes on the commanding heights of Capitol Hill to sap and impurify all of their precious [. . .]
AvatarMichael Cain in reply to Chip Daniels

As if metro Portland could afford a carrier strike group. Or would want one :^)

+ Currently loving the show The Expanse. But the same problem. Somehow the five people on one ship always manage to somehow be the right place [. . .]
AvatarChip Daniels in reply to Marchmaine

I'm not sure what you mean by the "language of Truce and Plurality".

When was that, and what might be some examples?

AvatarMarchmaine in reply to Chip Daniels
+ I'm not sure I agree that transfers have been precarious. In my lifetime maybe 1968, if we squint? Then off the top of [. . .]
AvatarChip Daniels in reply to Michael Cain

But Sir! We must not allow a carrier gap with Greater Portlandia!

+ And the result was unexpected. The point of the quest was to deny Sauron the Ring that would have made him invulnerable, and keep [. . .]
+ There is an often cited fact that California would be a G10 country if it were an independent nation but this neglects the fact that [. . .]

Hey, this is great, thanks.

I swear I feel I've read everything on the Internet but still keep finding undiscovered gems.

+ One of the themes of LOTR is that the fight against the Enemy is so difficult, maybe even doomed, because the people who should be [. . .]

I weirdly disliked #4, should probably write about it someday

yeah probably should have cut it, but I worried my other examples might be too obscure

AvatarChip Daniels in reply to Marchmaine
+ This is the point I'm making above, that America has always been in a simmering cold war between its factions, and the peaceful transfer of [. . .]
AvatarMarchmaine in reply to Stillwater
+ Maybe we've always been at War with varying degrees and terms of Truce. Except I don't think there's any coherent "we" in that sentence. But [. . .]
AvatarStillwater in reply to Marchmaine

Now that I think about ... we've always been at war.

+ There's a way to request your entire twitter history as well. Get it emailed to you a few hours or days after you put in [. . .]
+ Does that not sound like war to you? Well, maybe we'll get to the other side and look back on the 2020s with incredulity that the [. . .]
AvatarDensityDuck in reply to Jaybird
+ well. Twitter Advanced Search lets you put in your @ and a date range, and you can get all the tweets from that range. [. . .]
AvatarMarchmaine in reply to Slade the Leveller
+ Fair point... I've never read Marvel comics... I can't say I've discerned any sort of meta-narrative from the movies, and that makes me assume there's [. . .]
AvatarChip Daniels in reply to Jaybird
+ The Tulsa Massacre, the Matewan Massacre, the US Army taking control of Gary Indiana and declaring martial law, a lynching almost every week, the Klan [. . .]

Here's a fun essay describing the various characters in Game of Thrones as direct critiques of fantasy tropes and the Big Fat Fantasy-reading audience.

AvatarMarchmaine in reply to Saul Degraw
+ That's what Domestic Terrorism Laws are for. I certainly take your point that Divorce is very impractical... maybe impossible. Are we sure the ruling out [. . .]
AvatarMarchmaine in reply to Jaybird

"How do you mess up people fighting against evil?"

Agency... a'la Ents. :-)

A Red Scare, Prohibition, a Wall Street Bombing, and a Harding-style Presidency?

I guess I can see that for 2021.

Keep iterating.

I asked where it led you. Not to where it didn't lead you.

How do you see this playing out?