My adopted country went to the polls yesterday. Finally. After a campaign season so arduous, cynical and tainted by special interests it would make a citizen of the end-days of the Roman Republic cry.
Apart from the desensitization of years of negative campaign ads, there’s conscious voter suppression, unlimited secret-by-law campaign slush funds, and the chaos that results from thousands—yes, thousands—of counties fumbling to rediscover the wheel about the basics of how to run an election.
Having paid pretty close attention to this process the last couple of years, I’m confident in saying I trust it not at all. And that’s not even talking about the frankly disgusting campaign ads; I’m talking about the election results.
Well-meaning but befuddled geriatrics attempting to decipher intentionally obtuse regulations on the fly while the lines of voters stretch across the corner is not exactly a model for the rest of the world…
Still, today is the 7th of November, 2012. We’re done with this one.
But the next one is out there, creeping, waiting, and if history is any guide, it will be longer, furrier, and have more anonymous money oozing out of every pore.
2016 will be hideous. But for now, let’s enjoy the few months we have before that beast awakens.
Posted Wednesday, 07 November, 2012 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.