October 04, 2018

Request For Proposal

…"a prefix suggesting even greater ironic distance than irony on its own can supply"…

September 19, 2018

The Future of Antique Roadshow Foreseen

In Norman Spinrad's novel The Iron Dream Adolf Hitler emigrates to the United States in 1919, and turns to a career as a pulp SF illustrator and writer, the sort responsible for the cover of The Solarians, Spinrad's first novel:
The cover of my very own copy of Norman Spinrad's first novel

September 13, 2018


Wilco, February 15, 1997, at Irving Plaza, NY.

August 26, 2018

Freeing The Press

David Pecker, CEO of American Media, has received immunity from prosecution for information about the president and Michael Cohen.

Given this freedom of speech, who knows, beside the president and his erstwhile lawyer, what Pecker might have to say?

American Media itself, meanwhile, is in a perpetual struggle to restructure about $1 billion in debt. American Media is a holding of Chatham Asset Management, famed recipient of Governor Chris Christie's heedless investment of New Jersey pension funds in 2014 . Chatham Asset Management basically used looted pension funds to acquire a major interest* in the company Pecker runs, American Media. Inc., publisher of the National Enquirer and a host of other magazines and tabloids.

*An interest which now included AMI's aforementioned perpetual struggle to restructure about $1 billion in debt, woe be to the pensioners.

August 22, 2018


Journalism's responsibility is to be accurate. This, accuracy, is as close to truth as journalism is ever allowed.

Forever succumbing to the temptation to serve up accuracy with a twist is journalism's original sin. Whether this twisting tends toward truth or away is for the letters to the editor.

August 17, 2018

August 16, 2018

Aretha Franklin (March 25, 1942-August 16, 2018)

The greatest singer of her time was 14 years old once and even then:

August 11, 2018

Is 70 Years Far Enough Away Now?

On August 12, 1948, activists of the Khudai Khidmatgar movement protested against the arrest of their leaders and the new ordinance enforced by the government. The unarmed protesters marched peacefully from Charsadda to Babrra ground. However, when they reached Babrra ground, Abdul Qayyum Khan Kashmiri ordered the police and militia forces to open fire on the protesters. They were killed in hundreds. Some females from the nearby homes rushed to Babrra ground, holding the Quran above their heads intending to stop the police and militia from mass shooting, but even these females were shot. Many dead bodies and some of the injured people were thrown into the Kabul River by the police and militia. Some of the injured drowned in the river. When the police and militia left, the bodies were recovered from the river by their loved ones and taken to Charsadda Bazar, although some dead bodies could never be recovered. About 600 or more Pashtuns were killed in the massacre, while more than a thousand of them were injured. Later on, those who were injured and those whose loved ones were killed in the massacre were fined by the government for the price of the bullets that the government had used in the massacre.


August 04, 2018

July 22, 2018

July 21, 2018

Ladies and Gentlemen, Your Social Media

True stories took, on average, six times longer than falsehoods to reach at least 1,500 people.

The reason false information does better than the true stuff is simple, say the researchers. Things spread through social networks because they are appealing, not because they are true.

On Twitter, falsehood spreads faster than truth, The Economist, March 10, 2018

July 20, 2018

Cactus Interruptus

Flowering Cactus, October, 2008

Kidnapping Babies As State Policy One Week, Genuflecting before Putin the Next. Are We There Yet?

A good laugh:

With the exception of his Nazi association, Heidegger’s life was relatively uneventful.

Martin Heidegger: The forgetfulness of Being,Times Literary Suplement, July 18, 2018

July 14, 2018

I Suggest Checking His Papers Very Very Carefully Before Letting Him Back Into The Country. Zero Tolerance

How do we know that the person we take to be "Donald Trump" isn't actually a trained impostor cleverly substituted for the original Trump by Russian agents during the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow back in 2013? Doesn't Ian Fleming demand this of us?

We should require DNA testing of the presumed president before letting "Donald Trump" return, just to be on the safe side.

July 06, 2018

Standards And Practices

I would append Dante to every comment deriding Trump and his Republican enablers I ever make now that I've run across it.

Tu stesso ti fai grosso
col falso imaginar, sì che non vedi
ciò che vedresti se l'avessi scosso.

Paradiso, Canto I, lines 88, 89, 90

July 05, 2018

One Hundred Per Cent Outstanding

“I don’t believe them at all,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One, according to pool reporter Todd J. Gillman of The Dallas Morning News. “I believe him.”

“Jim Jordan is one of the most outstanding people I’ve met since I’ve been in Washington,” Trump continued. “I believe him 100 percent. No question in my mind. I believe Jim Jordan 100 percent. He’s an outstanding man.”

Outstanding man, that Jordan.

July 01, 2018

The San Francisco Giants ballclub recorded its 45th victory today by completing a sweep of a three game series in Arizona against the division-leading Diamondbacks. The victory lifted the team to five games over .500 for the season.

Last year, in a season left unremarked if equanamity is to be preserved, the club reached its 45th victory on August 8, never reaching .500 the entire season long.

Presently the lads are five weeks ahead of last year's pace, suggesting that last year's result will be surpassed as well.

Play Ball!

June 29, 2018

Future Treatment

After Roe v. Wade was overturned, the right to an abortion devolved to the states, leaving much of the country without reproductive services of any kind that could be linked to the practice of abortion, and a few more fortunate states where women's reproductive rights continued to be respected.

Thus a ramshackle network of drivers grew up to serve the needs of women who wished to take advantage of services that could only be acquired in an often distant juristiction.

The drivers found themselves targeted by a self-described Christianist militia centered in the Southern states, whose purpose was to distrupt, fatally if necessary, the journey of these women.

SYFY network, 13 episodes…

June 26, 2018

Original Intent

No Person held to Service or Labour in one State, under the Laws thereof, escaping into another, shall, in Consequence of any Law or Regulation therein, be discharged from such Service or Labour, But shall be delivered up on Claim of the Party to whom such Service or Labour may be due.

June 25, 2018

Caught In Passing

Bear Up The Hill, September 2, 2007