|Have we mentioned our love of humanity recently?|
|A body is covered in foil after a shooting at a shopping mall in Alphen aan den Rijn, Southern Netherlands April 9, 2011. [...] "A man with an automatic weapon, whose identity we cannot reveal, started shooting and killed five people and then himself," mayor Bas Eenhoorn told reporters. "Four people were very badly injured, five mildly wounded, and at least two slightly injured." REUTERS/Stringer (NETHERLANDS - Tags: CRIME LAW) NETHERLANDS OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN NETHERLANDS|
Apparently the news that the craven murderer was a blond, native-born Dutchman was released early enough that reactionary fear & hate elements were unable to screech about this no doubt being jihad, by Gawd!! Too bad; that always amuses us.Queen Beatrix and Prime Minister Mark Rutte issued statements saying they were shocked and sympathize with the victims and their families.
Hours after the shooting, residents continued to gather at the mall, some of whom appeared to be in a daze.
"You hear about this sort of thing happening at American schools and you think that's a long way away," said Rob Kuipers, 50, a project manager. "Now it's happened here in the Netherlands."
Nooy said there was "no evidence" to support rumors that the gunman was a former soldier or that his mother or father had been among the dead or wounded Saturday.
Witnesses said the attacker had long blond hair and wore a black jacket and camouflage pants.
A resident who lives near the mall who gave his name as Marijn said the shooting went on for minutes. When he went to see whether friends working at the mall were OK, he saw the assailant lying dead in a grocery store.
"There was glass everywhere," the resident said. "He was just shooting everywhere as if it were the Wild West."
7. My generation will have to suck it up.
At my first apartment, my next-door neighbors were a down-on-their-luck husband and wife. They were starting over after a tenure in Las Vegas, where they'd worked as a Hank Williams Jr. impersonator and exotic dancer, respectively. The wife got home from work each night the same time I did, always carrying a fresh case of Natural Ice into their apartment. Once they started drinking the spirit was strong in them. They often wandered down to the laundry room to tell anyone folding their whites about their friend, Christ the Redeemer.Alas, the typist is unable to recognize fascism even when it's staring her in the face, gets mopey about not being one of the sheep
I ended up going out with a few other guys who referred to themselves as "good Christians." One of them called the day after our date to say he felt guilty about the lust we'd acted on. I wondered if he was confusing me with another girl. All we had done was kiss for a few minutes while he'd rested his hand on the small of my back. I was flattered that our PG date had stirred such emotions, but his enthusiasm did me little good. His so-called contract with Jesus rendered his lustful feelings void where prohibited, which was outside of marriage. Though he did offer to take me to church if I ever wanted to improve my relationship with the man upstairs.
I didn't feel the spirit that day, but I did feel jealous. I'd come to equate religious certainty with belonging in this city where I felt so out of place. I wondered, briefly, if I could pretend to believe for a while. I would make friends more easily. There would be no more Saturday nights in my apartment straining to hear the television I'd turned down low because I didn't want my neighbors to know I was staying in alone.& flees to Los Angeles, where everyone's cool.
|From left: Mitch Daniels; Chris Christie; Jeb Bush; Haley Barbour.|
Problem is, electoral politics is a highly superficial field. A series of experiments has shown that subjects, even young children, can reliably pick the winners of races based solely on candidate photos. Now, most voters tend to support one party or the other no matter what. But swing voters tend to have the greatest susceptibility to the influence of superficialities.A condemnation of the entire species, & any hope for it.
Maine lawmakers on Wednesday approved legalizing switchblades for people with one arm, moving close to becoming the first state to make such an exception to laws that ban use of the spring-action knives.Lucky Maine. The whole state at full employment, budget balanced, roads paved, & not much for the legislature to do but file their nails, apparently.
Backers of the measure say legalizing switchblades would eliminate a need for one-armed people to be forced to open folding knives with their teeth in emergencies.
The bill to allow amputees and other one-armed people to carry the quick-opening knives cleared Maine's Senate on Wednesday after passing the House on Tuesday, Senate officials said.
Until now, Maine banned the use of switchblades by anyone.
In most states, carrying switchblades is illegal in most circumstances, though owning the knives may be allowed in some states.
Federal law allows their use by a person with one arm only on federal property if the blade is shorter than three inches.
The Maine bill requires that the knives have a blade that is three inches or shorter.
Gov. Paul LePage is expected to sign the measure into law in the next couple of days, said spokeswoman Adrienne Bennett.
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Senate Bill 1165 bans abortion after 20 weeks on grounds of fetal pain. It includes no exceptions for rape, incest, severe fetal abnormality or the mental or psychological health of the mother. Only when the pregnancy threatens the mother’s life or physical health could a post-20-week abortion be performed.that are wasting oxygen that a human being (or a dung beetle) would put to better use:
“Is not the child of that rape or incest also a victim?” asked Rep. Shannon McMillan, R-Silverton. “It didn’t ask to be here. It was here under violent circumstances perhaps, but that was through no fault of its own.”Bet if we shoved a gun up Sen. Crane's ass & fired it, he'd want that bullet baby removed. Hypocrite.
The Idaho bill’s House sponsor, state Rep. Brent Crane, R-Nampa, told legislators that the “hand of the Almighty” was at work. “His ways are higher than our ways,” Crane said. “He has the ability to take difficult, tragic, horrific circumstances and then turn them into wonderful examples.”
In a Fox News interview, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) explained why she's qualified to be President of the United States:Wal shee-yit, we've lived our share of life, & probably a significant part of Rep. Bachmann's share too, Crazy Shelley not seeming the type to live live to its fullest, & almost two yrs. more of it. Practical & solution-oriented? That's us too. Practical & final solution-oriented, one could say.
Said Bachmann: "I have a very broad, extensive background. I'm a student of many years. I've studied a number of, a wide berth of topics. I sit currently on the Intelligence Committee. We deal with the classified secrets and with the unrest that's occurring around the world. I also sit on Financial Services Committee. But again, I've lived life. Tomorrow, I'll be celebrating my 55th birthday, and I've had a wide, extensive life. And again, my background is a very practical, solution-oriented vision."
So perhaps when CBS News signed Couric it understood that we had reached the end of the anchor-era better than I give it credit for. Indeed, when ABC News gave Diane Sawyer the keys to its World News telecast in 2009, they were overtly endorsing the CBS News strategy of hiring a middle-aged bottle blond from morning TV to chaperone all the unschooled geezers turning on their sets at night. Putting Couric and Sawyer in the anchor chairs was admitting that the programs had no future, only a past that could continue to be harvested for profits (yes, the evening shows are still profitable, thanks to pharmaceutical ads) until their audiences finally die off.
On Friday afternoon, Burns allegedly walked over to the Gauguin painting in Gallery 214-C and “grabbed the frame holding said painting on its left side and attempted to pull it off the wall.” Burns, the misdemeanor complaint charges, then “struck the middle of the painting with her right fist.” However, since the painting was “protected by a transparent acrylic shield on the front,” no damage was observed.
Burns gave an extensive--and very kooky--statement after being read her Miranda warning Friday. She said, “I feel that Gauguin is evil. He has nudity and is bad for the children. He has two women in the painting and it’s very homosexual. I was trying to remove it. I think it should be burned. I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.”Seems party line to us, w/ the possible exception of the last two sentences. But we're still months & months & months away from the first caucuses or debates. It may become a matter of pride among the sacrificial lambs that there is an American CIA radio in their heads. ("I am going to kill you," while common enough among the reactionaries, has so far been aimed at people unfortunate enough to live above AmeriKKKa'a oil on the other side of the world. Matter of time before it's applied to the domestic half of "enemies foreign & domestic.")
Burns [...] appears to have a lengthy rap sheet that includes convictions for carjacking, disorderly conduct, trespassing, and assault on a law enforcement officer.
Contrary to Sen. Dan Kapanke's claim that his car windshield was vandalized the day he voted in favor of the controversial collective bargaining bill, a police report has determined the damage was caused by a stray rock.Not in any way an attempt to move media focus (Such as it is. Here's where "Why fucking bother?" comes in: We act/assume/pretend as if there were demand for media attention to be devoted to anything beyond rock-throwing, name-calling, hurt feelings, & other junior high activities. Abandon hope, all who enter.) from the hastily called joint meeting.
Kapanke, R-La Crosse, informed Capitol Police his windshield was smashed March 9, the same day top Republican lawmakers surprised Democrats and the public by hastily calling a joint conference committee meeting to vote on a stripped down version of Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill.*
According to a March 22 report filed by an officer with the Capitol Police, however, Kapanke first noticed the crack in his windshield after an officer drove his car from a parking garage to the Capitol following the vote on the bill.Elected to "put our fiscal house in order," whatever that may or may not mean or not mean? That's it? Accounting? Legislators are now glorified CPAs w/ Capitol Police officers as free valets? Interesting development. Did Sen. Kapanke run on the CPA platform. Or on the no-taxes-ever platform? (Again, not that it would make any difference what-so-fucking-ever, but we've been so amused by recent blatherings from reactionary elements that have included the "didn't-campaign-on-this" moan, as if someone once believed that campaign promises would come true, or were even intended to be trusted.)
Kapanke defended his March 9 vote in favor of restricting collective bargaining in an interview with the La Crosse Tribune Friday, saying he would vote the same way again because of the $3.6 billion deficit facing the state.
"This certainly trumps any one person's ambitions or political career," Kapanke told the newspaper. "We are elected to put our fiscal house in order... You've got to do what's best in your heart - what you feel is best for the future of the state."
Kapanke is one of 16 lawmakers - eight Republicans and eight Democrats - facing recall efforts from voters in their districts.*Can we nominate that for a Euphemism Award?
On Friday, several hundred people gathered outside the La Crosse City Hall to celebrate the fact they had collected more than the necessary number of signatures to trigger a recall election against the senator.
And the footsball stadium in downtown Los Angeles fantasy various movers & shakers, local & national, are trying:You had to be inhuman, or at least un-American, not to be moved by “The Journey,” the intro this year (XLV, or 45), narrated by Michael Douglas—looking wonderful after his months-long battle with cancer, so the mere sound of his voice raised a lump in your throat.
A montage followed ... immigrants against a backdrop of the Statue of Liberty ... a kid in the Dust Bowl ... suffragettes on the march ... U.S. soldiers hitting Normandy beach ... tiny JFK Jr. saluting his fallen father ... a space shuttle launch ... Rosa Parks ... Ali in the ring ... Reagan ... Obama ... Ray Charles’ dazzling smile ... a German with a jackhammer atop the Berlin Wall ... Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon ... Martin Luther King’s emotion-filled voice, booming “I have a dream” ... New York firemen raising Old Glory amid the dust and ruins of 9/11.
Then, segueing to shots of Cowboy Stadium, the Steelers’ Hines Ward and the Packers’ Aaron Rogers, Douglas intoned:
“Tonight, here we are, united, to see their journey, two storied franchises. ...”
Of course, if you’re an archaeologist digging up the DVD in the year 3,677, you’re going:
“LET ME GET THIS STRAIGHT, IT WAS JUST A FOOTBALL GAME?”
That is so high I can't explain. Also delves into labor disputation, & how evil the owners are.In other words, it’s a national carpet-bagging initiative, enabling teams seeking public money in Jacksonville, the Twin Cities and San Diego to extort their best deal before someone pulls up stakes and becomes the Los Angeles Chargers/Vikings/Jaguars.
Not surprisingly, the news occasioned rejoicing in Los Angeles (and the offices of the Chargers, Jaguars and Vikings) and no protest, whatsoever.
If our government can’t enact a health plan like those of the modern industrialized nations without charges being made about establishing “death panels,” the NFL operates on a higher plane.
|For variety, the front view.|
|25 February 2011 ABC sends a camera.|
|But not for long.|
|By 16 March 2011 censorship was fully established.|
|Possibly as a result of whatever Channel 7 showed.|
The Prometheus Award finalists for Best Novel are (in alphabetical order by author):We call your attention (Because you're probably too wise to read the brief descriptions.) to "a heroic woman fights for her freedom and identity against a tyrannical Earth. Hoyt's novel depicts a plausible anarchist society among the asteroids," & "dramatizes a conflict between a libertarian society based in the asteroids and a statist Earth government." OK, it's like jazz, but c'mon: Two variations on the same riff in one yr.?
For the Win is Doctorow's portrait of a future in which the world's poor adopt entrepreneurial strategies and Internet/virtual technologies to challenge the statist status quo and achieve freedom through self-empowerment. Doctorow has been nominated several times for the Prometheus Award and won in 2009 for Little Brother.
- For the Win, by Cory Doctorow (TOR Books)
- Darkship Thieves, by Sarah Hoyt (Baen Books)
- The Last Trumpet Project, by Kevin MacArdry lasttrumpetproject.com
- Live Free or Die, by John Ringo (Baen Books)
- Ceres, by L. Neil Smith (Big Head Press, also published online at bigheadpress.com)
Darkship Thieves features an exciting, coming-of-age saga in which a heroic woman fights for her freedom and identity against a tyrannical Earth. Hoyt's novel depicts a plausible anarchist society among the asteroids. This is Hoyt's first time as Prometheus finalist.
The Last Trumpet Project tells the story of a future in which virtual reality and uploading people's minds into computers have merged. In this milieu, freedom struggle against a tyrannical government allied with religious zealots who will go to any length to ensure their vision of the future. The hopeful and utopian work is MacArdry's first published novel.
Live Free or Die is Ringo's rollicking saga of entrepreneurial humans using free-market capitalism and the spirit of old-fashioned Yankee individualism to defend Earth from imperialist aliens after first contact embroils us in galactic politics. This is Ringo's first time as a Prometheus finalist.
Ceres, the sequel to Smith's Prometheus Award-winning novel Pallas (1994), dramatizes a conflict between a libertarian society based in the asteroids and a statist Earth government. Smith also won the Prometheus Award for The Probability Broach (1982) and The Forge of the Elders (2001).
Ten novels published in 2010 were nominated for this year's Best Novel category. The other nominees were Directive 51, by John Barnes (Ace Books); Zendegi, by Greg Egan (Night Shade Books); Migration, by James Hogan (Baen Books); The Unincorporated War, by Dani and Eytan Kollin (TOR Books); and A Mighty Fortress, by David Weber (TOR Books).
The Prometheus Award, sponsored by the Libertarian Futurist Society (LFS), was established in 1979, making it one of the most enduring awards after the Nebula and Hugo awards, and one of the oldest fan-based awards currently in sf. Presented annually since 1982 at the World Science Fiction Convention, the Prometheus Awards include a gold coin and plaque for the winners.
The Prometheus awards honor outstanding science fiction/fantasy that explores the possibilities of a free future, champions human rights (including personal and economic liberty), dramatizes the perennial conflict between individuals and coercive governments, or critiques the tragic consequences of abuse of power--especially by the State.
For more information, contact LFS Board President Chris Hibbert (firstname.lastname@example.org); Best Novel awards coordinator Michael Grossberg (email@example.com); or Worldcon awards ceremony coordinator Fred Moulton (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For a full list of past Prometheus Award winners in three categories, visit www.lfs.org. Membership in the Libertarian Futurist Society is open to any science fiction fan interested in how fiction can promote an appreciation of the value of liberty.
Entrepreneurial strategies; statist; empowerment; self-empowerment; identity; free-market capitalism; old-fashioned Yankee individualism; personal and economic liberty; conflict between individuals and coercive governments; abuse of power--especially by the State; liberty. (Not a complete list.)
In a CNN poll of American adults released Friday, the median guess on what percentage of the federal budget goes to public broadcasting was 5%. With a $3.55 trillion budget last year, that would put funding for the CPB at approximately $178 billion.Can we just drown these cretins in the rising sea levels they won't acknowledge, even as they believe the CPB is getting US$178 billion a yr.?