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You can grow out of imposter syndrome. I did. In my 20s I got quite a lot of praise as a writer -- went to a signing once with a big banner said "genius." I'm pretty smart and strikingly obsessive along some axes, but even I knew that wasn't true.

The passage of time makes a lot of things come clear, though. There are real geniuses in the world, people who are one in a million along a particular axis of measurement. But that's almost no one you'll ever have to compete with. Mostly it's just smart people who work hard.
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I saw the "hard work trumps genius" truism in action as a physics TA long ago. Two students started out roughly equal in terms of homework and test performance, but by the third year the "hard work" one had definitively pulled ahead, and that person ultimately ended up a tenured physics professor, I believe.
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OK, yes, thank you -- I haven't read Casil's post at SF Signal, not going to. Please don't feel it necessary to mention it to me again. Carry on.
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In response to a question comparing sports and politics, on FB:

I mostly don't care about sports at the level of "virtue." There's no such thing, for the most part. They're all cheaters. Gaylord Perry's in the hall of fame, noted and celebrated for his cheating. Bonds cheated, Clemens cheated, and I don't care. Good for them -- I might not have done the same, but only because of health fears, not out of venerance for the game. I'm reasonably sure Hank Aaron used speed; don't care.

Wouldn't change my opinion of Kobe if he turned out to be on steroids; wouldn't change my opinion of Lebron, who I suspect is. They're both among the great talents of the game and would be regardless of whatever aids they use in keeping their body in tune. Why one class of ridiculously complex treatment is OK and another isn't? Nonsense, mostly.

I don't care if Rose bet on baseball. I do care if he bet against his team ... but he doesn't seem to have done that. That said, he's in a different class from the drug cheats -- like NBA ref Donnelly, you have to believe the games are honest or there's no point in playing them. (Or at least, no point in playing them beyond the entertainment you get from pro wrestling.)

So Rose's sin actually strikes me as a sin, though a small one; the drug cheats don't. And I think he's mostly earned the circumstances he's in, by lying over and over again about what he did do. A mea culpa followed by a plea for mercy, decades ago, might have gotten him into the Hall of Fame. Not that I care about that, but Pete probably does.

... politics is an entirely different beast. It matters. It impacts how people around the world live, and die. George Bush killed people by the hundreds of thousands, at least, in his invasion of Iraq. Barrack Obama got millions of people, including me, health care. Politics doesn't just matter, it's literally life and death stuff from a lot of different angles.

... so when a politician takes money from the bankers, from the military industrial complex, even though it's "legal," it is brazenly immoral. Legalized bribery, in a system of soft quid pro quo. I despise Donald Trump for the most part, but he was perfectly up front when he said he donated to Dems and Republicans because he expected payback.

"Who does it hurt" would be my core question in distinguishing among the two sets of conduct. In sports, really no one, not even the fans much. I'm still mad about the Detroit series in 2004, about David Stern knifing the Lakers over Chris Paul a few years back. But it doesn't matter. The sixteen banners make me happy, but they don't matter.

When people whose jobs involve life and death decisions whore themselves out to the people who want to make a buck off those decisions, that does matter. That's sin in the grand, classic old sense of the word.
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+Christian Conrad I mean that Clinton and Sanders have both taken money from interests that they then refused to support. This is why Clinton has to deal with PAC's funded by hedge funds that are pissed at her.
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Good friend just lost his brother to cancer -- mere days from diagnosis. You can't tell people you love them too often. Some day it'll be the last time -- don't make the mistake of leaving unsaid any good thing that might make a difference in their lives, or yours, when it comes time for you or them to move on without the other.
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May his memory be a blessing.

and, yes. 
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Woman on G+ instructed me that the use of "whore" was misogynistic, earlier today. Man on FB instructed me a while back the same way.

I've given it the thought it's due, and no. Perfectly good word. There are words I wouldn't use, but whore is on the virtuous side of that line. It's a useful and wholly descriptive word for people taking money to do things they shouldn't. It's a long-term usage, everyone understands what it means.

"Whore" directed at a woman in a sexual sense? That's something else. But grownups, literate ones, can parse context.
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I was; my parents got divorced, my dad had two heart attacks, my mom was drinking. We all got our shit together at about the same time, in my early twenties. I never held it against them too much -- they came out of backgrounds made mine look calm and pleasant. They did better than their parents, anyway.

And I never had a doubt white male privilege was real, after that. I knew kids black, gay, a couple girls, in that same circumstance; most of them flat out died. I caught the wave of the computer revolution, and as a formerly homeless high school dropout worked as a programmer and sold novels and got fan mail. The world's been kind to me, since I was old enough to be of use to it.

+Nila Jones​ Be well. Curious about your thoughts, but happy to be patient.
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I'm going to be in story bundle with:

Michael Stackpole
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Dean Wesley Smith
Mindy Klasky
Blaze Ward
Michael W. Lucas
Anthea Lawson
Leah Cutter

Leah Cutter is putting it together, and I promised to spread the word. So this is a piece of that.

Story I'm contributing is "Old Man," still my favorite of my own works. Never published as such, though Esquire wrote me the best rejection letter I ever had -- "this is too long and made me cry and is the best thing I've read in years," which, if Esquire isn't going to publish you, is better than a sharp stick in the eye.

More as I know more.
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+Daniel Keys Moran All I remember is that it was on your old Queen of Angels site some 20-odd years ago, the rough plot, and that I liked it.  I hope you stumble acorss it some day.
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By the way -- the best burger in Los Angeles is at Seco, on Lake Street in Pasadena. They used to be the Crocodile Cafe (with the best burger in Los Angeles, cooked on a 900 degree oak wood grill) ... then they became something else, and the burger was tragic. They were recreated as Seco, with the same wood grill -- I called the other day to ask if they were still cooking the burger on that grill. Not only were they, the hostess told me, they'd reverted to the old Crocodile recipe.

It's the same burger, exactly. It's the best burger there is, too. If you're in L.A. or Pasadena, head over there and treat yourself before it goes away again.
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Probably voting Bernie, for the record. I could do the pro-Bernie argument, but the core is that the energy of the people supporting him is a lot higher than the energy of the people supporting Hillary.

... because the gap between what one will accomplish, vs the other, is small. We have a chance to take the Supreme Court for a generation or more -- a conservative President will put the Supreme Court in conservative hands for probably two generations. Want more decisions like Citizen's United, Heller, and Gore v Bush? Because that's what you're going to get. Corporations won't just be people, with another two generations of conservative SCOTUS: they'll be the only people.

Regardless of what happens in the primaries, I'm really sorry to see the pro-Hillary and pro-Bernie people so furious at each other. Try to remember who really hates you, folks.
Alternatively titled: “Why I support Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders”
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"Corporations won't just be people, with another two generations of conservative SCOTUS: they'll be the only people."

I remember that as a minor theme in the "Grimjack comicbooks at one point, with families as corporations in the eyes of government.
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I'm going to go see if I can pitch to Star Wars Rebels. Connor and I've been watching it together -- we both like it a lot. I'd enjoy writing another story, maybe with Sabine and some other Mandalorian character....
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+Mark Galpin+Jay Denebeim​ ~SQUEE~
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I don't know if I'm voting for Bernie or Hillary, but I have figured out that I want to cast the vote that'll annoy the most people.
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I was thinking you sorta had to vote for Trump or Cruz to really annoy me, but I was afraid to say so :-}.
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Hillary's a whore for corporations and bankers, though she's trying to walk that back.

Bernie's at least been a whore for the NRA and gun manufacturers, though he's trying to walk that back.

I'll vote for either of them and the idea that you're going to find a politician, like either of them, who's been in office decades and hasn't sold a bit of themselves? Please. Take "good enough" and move on.
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Whore's a perfectly good word, and if the internet doesn't like it, it can go read other writers.

Not many will, and the ones who do, I won't miss.
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Daniel Keys Moran, aka FatSam.
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Coined the word webcast. First published description of internet addiction. Married to a woman who's smarter than I am. Never killed anyone who didn't have it coming.
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Only bothering to review this to note the nasty little man at the front desk. My wife and I have been here a number of times -- it's a perfectly OK, clean little hotel, and the young ladies who normally work the front desk are perfectly professional. Checking out this afternoon, 1/18, the aggressive chump at the front desk didn't like the way I tossed the hotel card onto the counter. Not *at* him, not even in his direction, just tossed from about 2 feet away. Nobody had been at the front desk for about fifteen minutes -- he was off elsewhere and I was waiting to check out, and another guest was waiting to check in. No answer for the bell. He finally showed up and clearly was in a bad mood, snapped, "Don't throw that at me," when I tossed the card on the counter. I told him I didn't like his tone of voice and he said snottily, "I understand, you've had a bad day." Somebody was having a bad day. You should fire this creature, Sunburst.
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