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    US Politics: The Accountability Problem

    That is not surprising, it takes a lot of money to fix problems rather than prevent them in the first place. From an outsider perspective it seems that the fundamental lack of food, health, income security in the USA gives a large proportion of the population a difficult start which takes a lot of effort to overcome. A situation of course made worse by the weird system of paying early education by local taxes rather than regional/national ones, resulting in worse off communities being hit on multiple levels.
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    Up in Smoke: Drug Legalization and Dealing

    I wish the Netherlands would start moving again, because things are getting worse here. Use has been decriminalized for ages of course, and facilities to support existing heroin etc users manage do exist up to the point of supplying heroin to people they know can never quit. But there are still huge issues at the supply side, sale of weed at recognized points has been condoned for decades. However, growing and stocking for sale is still illegal. Which has lead to professionalization of criminals and criminal organizations getting more and more influential. At the same time requests from municipalities to start controlled growing of weed has been blocked by national politics time and time again. Synthetic drugs are a separate issue, we harbour some of the biggest illegal producers and they and up polluting everywhere when they dump their toxic waste.
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    Amazing Book Deals: The Third

    It might be interesting for some, even though I do not know enough about the books to jump in yet. Storybundle has a set of genre-ish books by Lantinx authors curated by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. https://storybundle.com/latinx, as always pay-what-you want; $5 minimum for the basic offer, $15 minimum for the whole set.
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    US Politics: Out in the Cold

    Even translated to factual positions "fiscal conservatives/social liberals" isn't where the hole is in US politics, that is where the libertarians exist. GOP is currently "fiscal conservative"* and socially reactionary; Democrats fiscal moderates and social moderates (sweeping up a lot of the more progressive voters because those don't have anywhere else to go to); libertarians cover "fiscal conservatism"* and a very selective section of social liberty; The potential seems to be in community-oriented fiscal moderates/social conservatives, which is where the GOP has been haemorrhaging for example immigrant votes in recent elections. Basically the US, most Anglo societies, could do with a CDU. *fiscal conservative only the in the US political debate sense
  5. Slight issue there, the UK will be locked into being an EU rule taker as long as they actually want to trade with EU nations.
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    Writing style guides

    In the last few years I actually used citations those were mostly dictated by the style for the journal I was aiming at (Endnote was useful). But generally they boiled down to numerical references in the text with the actual references in foot- or endnote sections. And it might be exposure but it is a completely sensible system to me. Short unique references ( often superscript notes) don't distract from the text and names and dates can still be used selectively for emphasis. It is shaped by a culture (chemistry) where authors publish many works a year, and we tend to reference data more often than ideas or arguments.
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    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.
  20. 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,
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    US Politics: A Feast for Crows

    Plenty of areas cannot be defended with sea walls (eg the ground beneath Miami is inherently porous). And changing rain patterns are a huge threat as well (Dutch flood control earthworks crumble when they get too dry in current summers). And of course while indoor farming is nice for some vegetables, it is not a solution for any of the staple foods. Just look at the area used for wheat, rice, potatoes, etc, etc, etc.
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    Amazing Book Deals V.2

    Adjacent. Hidden Figures is on sale in the UK for £1.99 at the moment eg Kindle
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    What Do You Think Cultural Appropriation Is?

    Slight caveat, traditional culture cannot be owned as property. Modern culture definitely is ownable, even if it is a reworking of existing culture. Which is one of the damaging aspects of cultural appropriation, people are reusing traditional stories, designs, etc. They not only earn money from them but now own that re-worked product without having to pay anything to the people who kept it alive and use it all the time.
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    My Podcast: Celtic Myths & Legends

    Congratulations! And definitely looking forward to your continuing adventures in podcast land