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  1. Seli

    Star Trek Discovery #3

    Both those A and B threads seem to be part of the season-arc, so it makes some sense they don't feel complete yet. To a large extent this was a scene-setting and character (re-)introducing episode, with some flashy scenes.
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    My Podcast: Celtic Myths & Legends

    Congrats on the driving license! And the singing was a nice addition.
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    First Quarter 2019 Reading

    Finished Foundryside by Robert Bennett, nice and quick heist type story in an interesting universe. Works well on multiple levels for me.
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    U.S. Politics: Oh Donnie Boy, the Feds are calling...

    Utterly normal part of European history. Even immigrants keeping part of their culture alive is a long standing tradition. The Netherlands still has french-speaking churches which originated in the late 1500s when French speaking Calvinists fled the success of the Spanish armies https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walloon_church Of course alt-right types generally will claim that those historical movements were somehow different in kind to what is happening today.
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    U.S. Politics: Oh Donnie Boy, the Feds are calling...

    Of course they do, just look at the general increase in non-adherents in formerly christian demographics in the west. Plenty of deeply religious people are uncomfortable with that, doesn't mean they get to dictate the behaviour of others.
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    Top 3 books of 2018

    I haven't read/finished a great amount this year. But the most enjoyable were Swordheart by T. Kingfisher (= Ursula Vernon) The long way to a small angry planet by Becky Chambers In the vanishers' palace by Aliette de Bodard (and her The tea master and the detective was another shorter work I liked a lot).
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    Amazing Book Deals V.2

    Cassandra Khaw's Food of the Gods is 0.99 at Amazon
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    Favourite Books on the Arthurian Legend

    Ignoring the source materials for modern reworkings, which I've enjoyed in translation. A bit on the outside of the normal myth cycle, The Drawing of the Dark by Tim Powers. I seem to remember Rosemary Sutcliff's Arthurian works, but have no idea how they hold up. And there is a weird one where Lancelot and Gilgamesh are immortals (?) in the same world I read decades ago. It made an impression, but I have no clue what the book actually is or who wrote it.
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    UK Politics: Deal, or No Deal. To May and Beyond.

    The cause, in my opinion, is the 'personal responsibility' individualistic myth of the 80's and later. Because all the hard working people who don't 'make it' and do have struggles do know they aren't responsible. The recourse is bringing back some of the collectivism destroyed since then. But that means letting go of the dream that anyone can be successful if they just work hard enough. Which has been deeply worked into modern politics and society. So deep it is easier to go back to blaming the outsiders rather than facing the problems we have created, bad decisions our societies have made and restructuring them. It doesn't help that those who did get rich and powerful in the current system are fighting hard to retain it.
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    UK Politics: Deal, or No Deal. To May and Beyond.

    And still the anger is aimed at the other, not at the rich and companies who exploit. The xenophobia at the heart of brexit is a horrible and common reaction against an effect, not a cause.
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    UK Politics: Deal, or No Deal. To May and Beyond.

    The issues are racism and xenophobia. It is never about the people of foreign descent they actually know, it is always about the scary others. It is of course made worse by other insecurities about present and future, but never directed at the actual sources of those insecurities.
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    UK Politics: Deal, or No Deal. To May and Beyond.

    Last time I checked that is a situation created by British government, when they willingly entered the good friday agreement.
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    Amazing Book Deals V.2

    Tim Pratt's The Wrong Stars and its sequel The Dreaming Stars are on sale on the publisher's site today https://www.angryrobotbooks.com/books/sale/ for less than £ 1.99.
  14. Even more funny, the US has one as well. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mace_of_the_United_States_House_of_Representatives https://history.house.gov/Blog/Detail/15032450168
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    Amazing Book Deals V.2

    Orbit has sales on new (to them) authors for $2.99 or £1.99 (and they seem to show up as €1.99 in Europe). US, UK,