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  1. Completely irrelevant -- but just today for the first time that I remember I had a student paper where "hire" was misspelled as "higher" and here it turns up on this thread. Is there some stupid new spell check error operating?
  2. In terms of children's books nothing beats L. Frank Baum's Oz. I read them all when I was a child and I love Oz and the characters Baum created. For "young adult" I am a Harry Potter fan. For adult fantasy, in addition to ASOIAF and LOTR, I like Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast books and R. A. MacAvoy's Trio for Lute trilogy. They both have some unique aspects and MacAvoy, in particular, I think is an unfairly neglected author. Most mysteries are written in open-ended series. I particularly like Steven Saylor's Roma sub rosa books where the detective, Gordianus the Finder, lives in the ancient Roman empire in the first century B.C. Saylor is really great at integrating his fictional characters with real historical ones, especially Cicero.
  3. Ormond

    US Politics: A Feast for Crows

    I believe this sort of thinking has you back in the 19th century instead of putting yourself in what the world would be like IF the first amendment passed. Since it takes 3/4 of the states to pass an amendment, IF the amendment deleting the sentence about states' equal representation in the Senate were passed, that would mean that the majority of the states that would be "hurt" by the amendment would have voted for it. And that means that support of the change would surely be overwhelming among voters, including voters in the smaller states. After all, the class of people in the "small" states most "harmed" by the change would be the politicians in the state legislatures themselves, since it would diminish their personal chances of ever being able to be part of the "prestigious" body the federal Senate is seen to be. So if the first amendment passes, for the courts to then invalidate it would be completely flying in the face of what was perceived by the huge majority of the population as a small-d democratic reform. That's the point when "packing the Supreme Court" would become a completely viable option to the majority of the electorate. So I really don't see how at that historical moment the courts would go against the will of the people -- which again, by then would include the will of the majority in the small population states.
  4. Ormond

    US Politics: A Feast for Crows

    Why can't you first have an amendment to get rid of the sentence that says no state can be denied equal representation in the Senate without its consent, and then have another amendment changing that? I don't see why that particular sentence in the constitution is ultimately any more unchangeable by amendment than any other.
  5. Ormond

    US Politics: A Feast for Crows

    One of my former students just posted a link to this article on Facebook, about research which correlates the degree of "fragile masculinity" found in Google searches in congressional districts across the country with the vote for Trump in 2016 and Republican candidates in 2018: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2018/11/29/how-donald-trump-appeals-to-men-secretly-insecure-about-their-manhood/?fbclid=IwAR3x8F3rq3zncFZOh7tl1rN7mKetC1M4LSdKQ9caO1-Dl1YKMff8B9QUUpE&utm_term=.e0960e6889cc I think the most interesting point to me in this article was that "fragile masculinity" was NOT correlated with support for either McCain or Romney, so this is actually a new issue in voting behavior. Somehow it doesn't surprise me that support for Trump is linked to an interest in penis enlargement.
  6. Ormond

    US Politics: A Feast for Crows

    Personally I don't think ANY politician should ever be allowed to tweet
  7. Ormond

    US Politics: A Feast for Crows

    I think the data that tracks partisan preference in the USA by every individual year;'s birth cohort shows that the first few years of "Generation X" are definitely more Republican-leaning than later cohorts within that age range. People born in the 1960s (the tail end of the Baby Boom and the start of Generation X) are the Reagan-era counterpart to the "Eisenhower" effect that makes the Silent Generation so Republican. People becoming more conservative as they age is not backed up at all on social issues like racial justice and GLBT rights. I think there is a little evidence that people become a bit more "conservative" on security issues like crime and the military, but that is actually not mostly a factor of age itself but instead is a consequence of becoming a parent -- childless people don't move much on those issues. Interestingly, I have seen data from the UK that there is some measurable tendency for people there to be more likely to vote for the Conservative Party as they age, but I don't think that works with the Republicans in the USA to the same extent.
  8. And in case anyone who reads this thread is interested, below is the call for nominations for Names of the Year from The American Name Society. Feel free to post this anywhere else you wish. CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR THE ANNUAL NAMES OF THE YEAR The American Name Society requests nominations for the “Names of the Year for 2018”. The names selected will be ones that best illustrate, through their creation and/or use during the past 12 months, important trends in the culture of the United States. It is not necessary, however, for a nominated name to have originated in the US. Any name can be nominated as long as it has been prominent in North American cultural discourse during the past year. For example, the Overall Name of the Year for 2017 and 2016 were Rohingya and Aleppo. Charlie Hebdo, the title of the French satirical magazine, won Trade Name of the Year in 2015. Nominations are called for in the five following categories: Personal Names: Names or nicknames of individual real people, animals, or hurricanes. Place Names: Names or nicknames of any real geographical location, including all natural features, political subdivisions, streets, and buildings. Names of national or ethnic groups based on place names would be included here. Trade Names: Names of real commercial products, as well as names of both for-profit and nonprofit incorporated companies and organizations, including businesses and universities. Artistic & Literary Names: Names of fictional persons, places, or institutions, in any written, oral, or visual medium, as well as titles of art works, books, plays, television programs, or movies. Such names are deliberately given by the creator of the work. Miscellaneous Names: Any name which does fit in the above four categories, such as names created by linguistic errors, names of particular inanimate objects other than hurricanes, names of unorganized political movements, names of languages, etc. In general, to be considered a name such items would be capitalized in everyday English orthography. Winners will be chosen in each category, and then a final vote will determine the overall Name of the Year for 2018. Anyone may nominate a name. All members of the American Name Society attending the annual meeting will select the winner from among the nominees at the annual ANS meeting in New York City, New York on January 4, 2019. The winner will be announced that evening at a joint celebration with the American Dialect Society. Advance nominations must be received before January 2, 2019. Nominations will also be accepted from the floor at the annual meeting. Please send your nominations, along with a brief rationale, by e-mail to either Dr. Cleveland K. Evans: <[email protected]> or Deborah Walker:<[email protected]>
  9. Here is the link to today's column. I am not entirely happy with the headline because the idea that Marisa "means" "Star of the Sea" is a reinterpretation of the name, not its initial origin. https://www.omaha.com/living/evans-marisa-meaning-star-of-the-sea-got-boost-from/article_8c5250eb-76ac-57a3-8633-e39291e89a1c.html
  10. Ormond

    US Politics: A Feast for Crows

    And this has already been answered by S John. Sorry, "Changing the balance of many geo-thermal forces" sounds more like New Agey claptrap than actual science to me. And there is no fracking going on around Anchorage, and the earthquakes there are nowhere near drilling operations, according to ThinkerX who lives in the area.
  11. Ormond

    US Politics: A Feast for Crows

    From a quick search of Google News I think it must come from confusing the Alaska quake with a 4.5 magnitude quake which hit near the city of Fort St. John in British Columbia on Thursday night, which evidently DID involve fracking, but that's over a thousand miles from Anchorage.
  12. I'm a little more than halfway through Deadhouse Gates, the second book in Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen series. I read Gardens of the Moon, the first book in the series, years ago and remember liking it better than this one. I don't know if Erikson is having a problem with characterization, but it's hard for me to keep many of the characters separate in my mind and most of the incidents in the book, no matter which of the groups who are wandering around this huge desert area are being focused on, seem to be the same thing over and over again. The only two main characters I really like are the two historians, Duiker and Heboric (though Duiker's bodyguard Cpl. List has gotten a few good lines.) But I will keep reading if just to see what happens on the southern half of the map, which we haven't gotten to yet.
  13. Ormond

    US Politics: A Feast for Crows

    Where did you find the idea that the earthquake near Anchorage had anything to do with fracking? The Anchorage area is not near any oil fields as far as I know and isn't even near the route of the Alaska pipeline. It seems highly unlikely this particular earthquake had anything to do with fracking to me.
  14. Ormond

    US Politics: A Feast for Crows

    Uh, yes, it certainly was a false impression that such jobs would require a college degree. Being a customer service clerk (or even supervisor) in a marriage license office would no more require a college degree than being a clerk in a department store or drug store would.
  15. Ormond

    US Politics: A Feast for Crows

    Kalbear, where on earth are you coming up with those ideas about Tennessee? Tennessee is definitely NOT losing population. Its growth rate is close to the national average -- it is growing faster than all the states it borders except Georgia and North Carolina, and is the fastest growing state of all those that border the Mississippi River. https://www.businessinsider.com/heres-how-much-each-us-states-population-grew-or-shrank-in-a-year-2017-12 I also think it is highly unlikely that Tennessee is become more rural -- certainly it was still becoming more urban in 2015, the latest year I found data on that from: https://news.utk.edu/2016/12/08/survey-tennessee-urban-area-population-increasing/ Nashville was the tenth fastest growing major metro area in the USA in 2017 and now accounts for about a third of the state's population. https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2018/03/26/nashville-tn-population-housing-apartments-rent-jobs/458757002/ If Tennessee is becoming more white and older compared to the rest of the country (which I also doubt) I'm sure it would be because retirees are moving to it, not because young people are moving away. I think you have completely confused Tennessee with West Virginia, which is demographically and economically a very different state.