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Number 796, November 9, 2014
We live in a Republic, not a democracy,
so politicians have a legal right to
ignore the will of the people.



The Impeachable Offenses of Barack Hussein Obama
by Terence James Mason
In 6 parts.

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Democide Is Painless
by L. Neil Smith
Meet Audrey Tomason.

Reportedly Barack Obama's Director for Counterterrorism, the diminutive 30-something Tomason is said by Wikipedia to be "one of the most secretive women in U.S. intelligence circles", so much so that her master's thesis, written while attending Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, is now classified by the U.S. government as top-secret, as reprehensible a violation of academic principles as possible.

Getting The Lead Out
by MamaLiberty
I was always aware of the dangers of lead poisoning, but had not investigated how serious it can be related to shooting, and how really simple it is to prevent contamination. A recent article inspired me to do much more investigation of the potential problem, and I must say the new information has reinforced the need for the nominal precautions I've been taking—and spurred me to much greater efforts. I asked Nathan Barton, a specialist in hazardous waste disposal, to give his take on this topic as well.

I Voted
by Paul Bonneau
Well, the last time I was down at Oregon DMV getting my latest badge of slavery, the DMV bureaucrat asked me if I wanted to register to vote. At first I said "No,"—almost "Ugh, no,"—but then I reconsidered and thought that I might as well vote against tax hikes. So at that point I became the proud owner of not just one, but two badges of slavery.

Two Weeks in Greater Appalachia: A Tale of Two Toms
by Jeff Fullerton
Crunch Time is thankfully done! And ditto for Election Day this past week; which was destined to be the day I became disenchanted with the political process in a way I haven't been in a long time. Probably since the election in 96. The mood seems much like then or the early 2000s when I had recently finished the greenhouse and was in the process of making improvements in and around it. And this year—the year of the Renaissance Summer & Renaissance Autumn going into Winter has been a lot like those years with the shift in direction.

Neale's Gun Rant for 11-9-2014
by Neale Osborn
I suppose I must address the recent elections. Obama got his ass kicked, and the Republican leadership won't realize they can actually totally de-fund Obamacare, thus killing it until they have the White house. Other than that, it was just another round of choosing which side of the "Boot-On-Your-Neck Party" coin was going to have control—neither will have it all. And I guess that's as good as it can get these days....

Chapter Three: The Once and Future King
An excerpt from the forthcoming Only the Young Die Good
A sequel to Sweeter Than Wine

by L. Neil Smith
Gazing out of his floor-to-ceiling penthouse windows, overlooking New York City's famous Central Park, the former king of Peru conversed with the most trusted of his minions via Skype. He had been born to live in the electronic age, he thought. He loved computers and fancy telephones. He asked, "Did it give any indication of why she went to Texas, of all places?" Texas was a mystery; to him, it was completely unknown territory.

Atlantea The Beautiful No. 302
by L. Neil Smith and Rex May
Number 302 of a weekly cartoon series.

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Sorry for being late. Had a little spell with my heart. Better now, mostly.

Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams made an interesting remark in a 'blog post about "Death with Dignity":

We live in a Republic, not a democracy, so politicians have a legal right to ignore the will of the people.
—Scott Adams, The Dilbert Blog, "Death with Dignity" Nov 4

So that's what all that "republic not democracy" stuff was about! I thought is was just people saying silly things so as to not think.

Eric S. Raymond has an important article that explains what's up with the "Politically Correct" or "liberal" nonsense that's going on. Short explanation: Stalin!:

Americans have never really understood ideological warfare. Our gut-level assumption is that everybody in the world really wants the same comfortable material success we have. We use "extremist" as a negative epithet. Even the few fanatics and revolutionary idealists we have, whatever their political flavor, expect everybody else to behave like a bourgeois.

We don't expect ideas to matter—or, when they do, we expect them to matter only because people have been flipped into a vulnerable mode by repression or poverty. Thus all our divagation about the "root causes" of Islamic terrorism, as if the terrorists' very clear and very ideological account of their own theory and motivations is somehow not to be believed.

By contrast, ideological and memetic warfare has been a favored tactic for all of America's three great adversaries of the last hundred years—Nazis, Communists, and Islamists. All three put substantial effort into cultivating American proxies to influence U.S. domestic policy and foreign policy in favorable directions. Yes, the Nazis did this, through organizations like the "German-American Bund" that was outlawed when World War II went hot. Today, the Islamists are having some success at manipulating our politics through fairly transparent front organizations like the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

But it was the Soviet Union, in its day, that was the master of this game. They made _dezinformatsiya_ (disinformation) a central weapon of their war against "the main adversary", the U.S. They conducted memetic subversion against the U.S. on many levels at a scale that is only now becoming clear as historians burrow through their archives and ex-KGB officers sell their memoirs.

The Soviets had an entire "active measures" department devoted to churning out anti-American dezinformatsiya. A classic example is the rumor that AIDS was the result of research aimed at building a 'race bomb' that would selectively kill black people.

On a different level, in the 1930s members of CPUSA (the Communist Party of the USA) got instructions from Moscow to promote non-representational art so that the US's public spaces would become arid and ugly.
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Go, read it all. Very enlightening. "Ah Ha!" moments.

Sarah Hoyt has an interesting comment/take-off on it at her 'blog

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