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Issue 1,001, December 30, 2018

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Why They Hate Donald Trump
by L. Neil Smith
If you want to know what's really going on in American and world politics, it is absolutely essential to comprehend the following sequence of events. Nothing else explains the stark insanity this country has been going through for the past couple of years. Nothing else can prepare us for what's likeliest—and ugliest—to happen next. I claim no special expertise or knowledge—especially not the telepathic abilities that the political left so often claims to possess (“No I can't point to anything concrete he ever said or did,” they tell us, “I just know he's a racist!”)—I only claim an above-average understanding of history and human nature.

Science Fiction Disasters That Never Happened: the Robots Will Make Us Obsolete
by Sarah A. Hoyt
This one is tricky, because so many people still believe it. Kind of. Sort of. Or at least they piously believe it when people with socialist inclinations are in power and it’s a good way to explain why there are no jobs, as opposed to you know their craptastic policies causing it. It’s still there. Still a believed myth. Just the other day (I think in Denver, but we might have been driving to Colorado Springs to see younger son) we passed a sign saying “robots can’t steal your job if you’re retired.” Yes, people in other cars probably heard me rolling my eyes.

Bad Week in Dayton
by Jim Davidson
This past Sunday my sister was beaten in her home in front of her children by her violent ex-husband.  It is not the first time he's hit her repeatedly.  In 2014 he broke one of her teeth, injured her so badly that she was hospitalised, and all while she was 8 months pregnant.  He's insane.

Modern Man
by Harding McFadden
I read a lot. A few dozen books a year, give or take. When working a third shift job a while back, during which I was guarding a gate in the middle of nowhere where no one ever arrived, I’d sit on the roof of the guard shack under the clicking-clacking overhead lights and read a book and a half a night. I’m fairly well versed in the classics, though I have little time for most of them, with the exceptions of H. Rider Haggard, Jules Verne, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and just about everybody that came out of John W. Campbell’s golden age. Though with all of that reading, at this point accumulating into the many millions of pages, I read very little of what is being published right now.

Britain: A World Power Again, if by Accident?
by Sean Gabb
In London, and it seems elsewhere, the political and media consensus is that Britain is in its weakest international position since the late summer of 1940. Because we have a government of fools, we are at the mercy of the French, the Germans, the Spanish, and even the Irish. If we accept Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement, we become a colony of the European Union. If we withdraw our notice to quit, we suffer a different though probably equal humiliation. If we leave without any deal, we face some degree of economic disruption. Which of these options is worst may have some bearing on the lack of agreement within our political class—though which brings more or less advantage to any of the individual groups in Parliament also has much bearing.

H. Beam Piper’s Space Viking: a Book Review
by Jeff Fullerton
It is kind of fitting in the dreary doldrums in the prelude to onset of actual Norseman’s Hell while I was mulling about the next issue of the Norseman’s Diaries; that I’ve taken up the subject of H. Beam Piper’s Space Viking. Something that occupied most of my day on Friday and will therefore be much easier to organize into an article in time for the upcoming edition. And this work by Mr Piper contains a lot of good insights on the dangerous instabilities of democratic forms of governance that are probably even more relevant to the present day that when this particular work was written in the early 1960s.

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