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Manifesto, by L. Neil Smith now downloadable as an audiobook!
Number 940, September 17, 2017

It would appear that the “Crazy Years” predicted
by Robert A. Heinlein have arrived.

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by Ken Holder

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You probably remember in Ceres where Our Fearless Publisher wrote about hunter-gatherer vs. farmer culture and diet. And now this:
The Case Against Civilization, Did our hunter-gatherer ancestors have it better? by John Lanchester. This is a review of two new books about that very thing:

Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States, by James C. Scott [Kindle] or [hardback]
Affluence Without Abundance: The Disappearing World of the Bushmen. by James Suzman [Kindle] or [hardback]

Fascinating and thoughtful reading matter for your thoughtful and fascinating reading. And even though it is in The New Yorker, the author/editor forgot to be snarky about Trump. Really, ya can’t depend on anything these days.


Speaking of unexpected stuff, the best obiturary of Jerry Pournelle I have seen is in U.S.A. Today, of all places.


Sarah Hoyt notes “a triumphant, confident cultural movement feels no need to shut down those who dissent" in a recent blog post


That jackass Judge Posner is back in the news:

Retired appeals court judge: 'I pay very little attention to legal rules, statutes, constitutional provisions'
by Ryan Lovelace

Recently retired federal appeals court Judge Richard Posner said he rarely looked to legal rules when deciding cases and often sought to skirt Supreme Court precedent.

"I pay very little attention to legal rules, statutes, constitutional provisions," Posner told the New York Times in an interview published Monday. "A case is just a dispute. The first thing you do is ask yourself — forget about the law — what is a sensible resolution of this dispute?"
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He also pays very little attention to his oath of office to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. Is that illegal?

I remember in High School “Civics” class, the teacher said “we have a government of laws, not of men"—a clumsy way to say “they gotta do/not-do what the law says they can do/not-do” no matter what they personally want to do. So much for that!

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Recommended links from previous issues:

John W. Whitehead on Battlefield America Is the New Normal: We’re Not in Mayberry Anymore

Scott Adams on How To Know You’re In a Mass Hysteria Bubble

Leah Crane on Nuclear reactors on rockets may fuel future crewed trips to Mars

Sam Khoury on Solar minimums may be final piece of puzzle in fall of Western civilisation

Kevin Poulsen on U.S. Power Companies Warned ‘Nightmare’ Cyber Weapon Already Causing Blackouts




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