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Issue 994, October 14, 2018

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Maybe Even Trilobites
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History Considerations and What We Been Waiting For!

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Maybe Even Trilobites
by L. Neil Smith
Every single bird and mammal I can think of, even some reptiles and fish, will exhibit something that ethologists call “threat display” whenever it feels menaced. Dogs and cats, horses and cattle, geese and pigs all engage in what amounts to a form of violence reducing behavior, growling, snarling, puffing up with poison spines, spitting, and assuming various combative postures that tell an enemy, a rival, or a predator, “Better back off, or you’re gonna get hurt.” I even had a cuddly big pet rabbit once, who would snort, bare his teeth, and charge you with his big front claws if he didn’t like the cut of your jib.

Saturday Night Science: Life After Google
by John Walker
In his 1990 book Life after Television, George Gilder predicted that the personal computer, then mostly boxes that sat on desktops and worked in isolation from one another, would become more personal, mobile, and be used more to communicate than to compute. In the 1994 revised edition of the book, he wrote. “The most common personal computer of the next decade will be a digital cellular phone with an IP address … connecting to thousands of databases of all kinds” In contemporary speeches he expanded on the idea, saying, “it will be as portable as your watch and as personal as your wallet; it will recognize speech and navigate streets; it will collect your mail, your news, and your paycheck” In 2000, he published Telecosm, where he forecast that the building out of a fibre optic communication infrastructure and the development of successive generations of spread spectrum digital mobile communication technologies would effectively cause the cost of communication bandwidth (the quantity of data which can be transmitted in a given time) to asymptotically approach zero, just as the ability to pack more and more transistors on microprocessor and memory chips was doing for computing.

The Environmental Scam: One Quick and Easy Response
by Sean Gabb
Once you cut through their verbiage, the enemies of bourgeois civilisation have two demands. These are: 1. Put me and my friends in charge of preferably a one-world government with total power over life and property; or, until then, or failing that, 2. Give us a lot of money.

On Politics
by Jim Davidson
Back in 1918 women were about to get the right to vote, men were about to ratify the prohibition of alcohol, Woodrow Wilson had orchestrated the entry of the USA into World War One after having signed the Federal Reserve Act, pushed the ratification of the income tax amendment to the constitution, and segregated the civil service, bringing Jim Crow to Washington, DC. Wilson also instituted the “Black Chamber” predecessor to the National Security Agency to monitor all American telephone calls and telegrammes, especially those going overseas, and to open everyone's mail. Wilson also instituted the Union League, a brownshirt outfit that was meant to beat up German Americans and attack freedom groups in the name of home front solidarity. Wilson also created the Federal Bureau of Investigation giving J. Edgar Hoover the opportunity to climb to power by extortion. In all, he was a most unsatisfactory person.

Guest Column by a Baby-Boomer Feminist
by Lightning Star White Fox
c/o J. Neil Schulman
I have been a feminist for 47 years. Back then, I joined a women’s group that was involved in taking a hard core look at how gynecologists, predominantly males in those days (there were only male gynecologists where I lived), treated women, who believed they needed husbands to dictate their needs and control them, and from whom women needed their husband’s permission to do anything they may want to do on their own.

Almost The End of the World
by Sarah A. Hoyt
Even though we’re routinely accused of being “angry”—I don’t see how anyone can look at the replacing of our constitution with the ideals of the French revolution, sometimes in its more Leninist or Maoist incarnations and not be outraged—I’ve very rarely seen real anger among conservatives and libertarians. Outrage, sure, particularly when our civil liberties are invoked or when they try to bring here the policies that have failed everywhere they were tried, but not anger. Not personal, seething anger that must find an outlet.

The Wonderful New Dart Set
by L. Neil Smith
From some points of view, I probably have (at least) two bad habits. First, I have become a loyal Donald Trump partisan—everything the Donald and the culture and characters he has brought to American society have made me politically happy for the first time in my life.

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