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  1. Srta. Zabzie

    2018 Reading Self-Challenge

    1. The Rift by Nina Allen: Unreliable narrator about the fall out when someone who has been missing for decades returns, claiming to have stepped through a portal to an alien world. 2. Under the Volcano by Malcom Lowry: 20th Century Classic. Planning on reading 5 from Modern Library list that I have never read this year. 3. The 101 Dalamations by Dodie Smith: Childhood classic. 4. Cast In Deception by Michelle Sagara: Complete YA guilty pleasure 5. Persepolis Rising by James A. Corey: No summary needed on this board 6. Grant by Ron Chernow: Biography of the general and president. Highly recommend. 7. Provenance by Ann Leckie 8. River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey - love me some hops. 9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: CS Lewis. childhood classic. 10. Misty of Chincoteague: Marguerite Henry, Childhood classic. 11. Death on the Nile - Christie 12. Taste of Marrow - Gailey 13. The Westing Game (I forgot how good it is - kids adored it. They made me read pretty much until I had no voice. Interestingly my husband didn't like it, but read it - it's way, way, way ahead of its time). 14. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Christie 15. Murder on the Links - Christie 16. Down Among the Sticks and Bones - McGuire 17. Gnomon - Harkness 18. The Last Days of Night - Moore 19. The Invasion - O'Guilin 20. Girl of Ink and Stars 21. An Argumentation of Historians - Taylor 22. Dark Queen - Hunter 23. Death in the Clouds - Christie 24. The Collapsing Empire - Scalzi 25. Cards on the Table - Christie 26. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August - North Currently reading: Tom Sawyer, Treasure Island, Starless, Quiet. Next Up: Revenant Gun
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    2018 Reading Self-Challenge

    I have read none of his other works. I really enjoyed Gnomon. It's a clever book. It has a "Message", which I usually hate, but I thought that the puzzle and the structure were so interesting in and of themselves (and the "characters" such as they are, so compelling), that I really didn't mind.
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    US Politics: Sit Up Straight and Show Some Respect

    New York is absolutely mobilizing. City councilpersons are collecting supplies. They have had to stop accepting them because they are overwhelmed. Volunteers are sorting as we speak. There are urgent appeals for Spanish speaking temporary foster parents. My firm is partnering with Lawyers for Good Governance to create and man a hotline and resource networks to try to match parents with children. We are also partnering with Kids in Need of Defense to make sure that each of these children not only has a guardian ad litem but an attorney to represent his or her interests in court. As mentioned above, in lots of cases the parents have been deported and the kids are here and we have NO WAY to find the parents. None. This is a tragedy on an epic scale. And we are all complicit. I speak no Spanish, but I will be volunteering for the hotline. A couple of hours of my time a day is nothing to me but could be EVERYTHING for someone else. I have links for NY based programs if any interest.
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    US Politics: Sit Up Straight and Show Some Respect

    She is utterly and entirely morally bankrupt.
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    2018 Reading Self-Challenge

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    World Cup 2018: Celebratin' Your Nation.

    You May try to take over the WC, but your team is about as Sterling as Brexit on a Johnson.
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    2018 World Cup - Get a Team to Support Here!!!!

    Fellow Colombia supporter!!!! We shall escape the true group of death for domination!
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    World Cup 2018: Celebratin' Your Nation.

    JRToken Which, btw, may be the best name ever.
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    World Cup 2018: Celebratin' Your Nation.

    Do your players have their own brand of cryptocurrency? Thought not. OURS DO!!! VIVA COLOMBIA!
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    2018 World Cup - Get a Team to Support Here!!!!

    Yo. Team me.
  11. See my post immediately above this one. I agree that it is at the end of the day hard to have an actual logical debate because the debate touches what we actually are as humans and, frankly, the meaning of life, and we've been fighting wars about that since approximately forever as best I can tell.
  12. It's our comparative advantage!!!!! I largely agree with your analysis of Schulz, Bloomberg, etc. (though I really like them because I'm more conservative than the average bear on the board), BUT here's the rub, they can't fix the Republican Party. It's too far gone. Seriously - there's nothing left to save.
  13. CALM GOES BEST WITH MY OUTFIT TODAY. And the thing about this debate is that it is almost impossible to have the discussion in the realm of logic and reason. It lives in emotion and anecdote. And that's not necessarily a bad thing - when you start getting too logically rigorous, you end up with the Singers of the world. Which is why, what someone said above is exactly right - the actual way to behave ethically here is to reduce to the barest of minimums unwanted pregnancies so that you are really left with the "hard" cases (which aren't that hard ultimately IMO - trump card goes to the mother), and reduces the pinhead dancing around when human "life" begins. AND, btw, as part of this, I deeply we need to focus our compassionate and social efforts on the living IMO, in order to improve all lives in being. But I'm starting from an ethical stance that all human life is inherently valuable. It is actually possible to construct a worldview around different propositions (that we can debate the ethics of), and it is a coherent and relatively popular (though nihilistic) worldview on both the right and the left (for different reasons).
  14. I am actually with Tywin here - it is, in fact, sadly currently at the center of US politics and animates a huge swath of single issue voters. BUT to the extent that we aren't trying to discuss this in the context of how it impacts public policy, including judicial nominations and other issues (e.g., health care, individual rights (I mean we're going to get another Little Sisters/Hobby Lobby case sooner rather than later), welfare, childcare) etc., I agree. The actual morality probably belongs elsewhere.
  15. But, like I said, 11 times out of 10 it ends in shouting. And you can be flip either direction, but both poles are absurd (on the one hand you have "Every Sperm is Sacred"; on the other hand you have Peter Singer). Look, if there is conflict in rights, I personally ethically err on the side of the life in being rather than the life inchoate. But there is a debate to be had between Monty Python and absurd utilitarians on some level. I trust pregnant women to make good, ethical decisions for themselves and their families at the same rate that others make those decisions. The problem is that we as a country cannot confront the meat of the ethical debate, nor can we logically and consistently tie that debate to other important and related issues like childhood poverty, healthcare, childcare, etc. We end up with people calling pro-choice advocates babykillers and (some) pro choice advocates calling fetuses parasites (I work with words for a living - being provocative like that isn't cute or effective) and forget about all the other (more) important stuff. Thus, shouting.