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"Stand your ground. Don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war let it begin here." -- Captain John Parker. 240 years ago today, the American Revolution began.- --- via Robert Zubrin on FB.
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I work in Lexington (and lived here for a few years).  The reenactments are quite something, though too early in the morning for me this morning.
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"The world is now adding more capacity for renewable power each year than coal, natural gas, and oil combined."

I'm a fairly optimistic person. Again, I have my skepticism about the future of the United States -- but for the human race as a whole, I think we're going to be OK.
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Ag water use in California is closer to 40%. environmental is is higher. Research it a little and you will see that the 80% being thrown around by some is only of you don't count environmental water use. 
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Just agreed to write an alt-history story with Naval Commander Robert Heinlein fighting off aliens for Ken Burnside. Looking forward to that. I've never tried to write a Heinlein-voice story -- it doesn't look that hard, just never been tempted -- but clearly I'll need to do it here.
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Cool. A "Tactics of Mistakes"-"OODA" mashup seems like it would be an excellent framework for building some great sequences, and if you were so inclined, the interaction between those two would be entertaining as hell.
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Westercon (San Diego) approached me about attending this year -- I'm guessing because I bought memberships to Worldcon. It's been near 20 years since anyone bothered to invite me to a convention; everyone knows I don't go. But I'm tempted this time -- anybody I know going?
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Aaaaand, going anyway, but actually taking advantage of the hotel con rate for a weekend in San Diego. B/c I have twin 3yo, probably a minority of time will be at the con.
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In the event you're not clear what Sad Puppies, with its cute name, is really about, let's all spend a moment and be clear together. This is Vox Day:

"It's time for the church leaders and the heads of Christian families to start learning from ‪#‎GamerGate‬, to start learning from Sad Puppies, and start leading. Start banding together and stop accommodating the secular world in any way. Don't hire those who hate you. Don't buy from those who wish to destroy you. Don't work with those who denigrate your faith, your traditions, your morals, and your God. Don't tolerate or respect what passes for their morals and values.

"Religious liberty in America is dead. Well and good. That was a fatal mistake by the other side, because now that they don't respect our religious liberty, we have no reason or responsibility to respect theirs. Now it's just a raw power struggle and we have the numbers, we have the indomitable will of the martyrs, and we have the certain knowledge of God on our side.

"They have nothing but the carnal desires to which they are enslaved and the Prince of this fallen world, who has already been defeated by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Their world is post-Christian, post-rational, post-modern, post-morality, and post-law. It is absolutely doomed to failure of every kind, beginning with demographics.

"So stop cowering. Stop hiding in the closet. Stop trying to play by outdated rules that are no longer in effect. They imposed the new rules on us, now let's prove that we can play much better by them. What they don't realize is that those rules were in place for THEIR protection, not for ours. It's time to teach them the value and importance of religious liberty again.

"We are not given a spirit of fear. We are the sons and daughters of the Crusades and of the Inquisitions, institutions so terrible that they strike terror in human hearts nearly one thousand years later. We are the heirs of Christendom. They cannot defeat us and they cannot defeat our Lord. Augustus and the pagan emperors of Rome failed. The Ottoman emperors failed. The French Revolutionaries failed. The Communist killers of Spain, the Soviet Union, and China failed. The post-Christian seculars of the latter-day USA will fail too."

This is John C. Wright -- because two girls held hands on "Legends of Korra":

"Dear Mr DiMartino and Mr Konietzko,

"I admire your creative effort tremendously. I watched your shows, bought your merchandize, and supported and lauded you. I made your work a part of my imagination and a part of my life, and introduced your show to my children.

"And this is how you repay loyalty and affection?

"A children’s show, of all places, is where you decided to place an ad for a sexual aberration; you pervert your story telling skills to the cause of propaganda and political correctness.

"You sold your integrity out to the liberal establishment. In a craven fashion you deflect criticism by slandering and condemning any who object to your treason.

"You were not content to leave the matter ambiguous, no, but had publicly to announce that you hate your audience, our way of life, our virtues, values, and religion.

"From all the fans everywhere worldwide let me say what we are all feeling:

"Mr DiMartino and Mr Konietzko: You are disgusting, limp, soulless sacks of filth. You have earned the contempt and hatred of all decent human beings forever, and we will do all we can to smash the filthy phallic idol of sodomy you bow and serve and worship. Contempt, because you struck from behind, cravenly; and hatred, because you serve a cloud of morally-retarded mental smog called Political Correctness, which is another word for hating everything good and bright and decent and sane in life.

"I have no hatred in my heart for any man’s politics, policies, or faith, any more than I have hatred for termites; but once they start undermining my house where I live, it is time to exterminate them."

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I'm not going to spend a ton of time on Sad Puppies; time is passing them by. But it was suggested elsewhere that my calling them "enemies" is intemperate.

My oldest daughter is gay; John C Wright speaks of "exterminating" her. Now, neither Vox Day or Wright are important in the grand scheme of things; time will pass and so will they. I may not live to see them die, but my kids will. And the ideas that they embody will, for the most part, die with them. The racists of the 1950s did not, by and large, learn better: they died. So will the Sad Puppies. They are on the wrong side of history, and no one will remember them when they're gone.
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+Brad Andrews Things being shoved down your throat? If you have fantasies about being forced to fellate, that's your business, but it's not any basis for public policy.

In the meantime, the rest of us would like to live in a world where equal rights are extended regardless of such irrelevant details as sexual orientation.
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We've been making turkey chili for a while now. Got to the point where it was completely edible, if not great. Yesterday I tried making it with a different base -- the regular plus wine, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic chili paste, and about ten drops of stevia.

Massive improvement. Huge hit with Amy and the boys. There's usually a bit left over for tomorrow -- not this time. I've never had turkey chili that was half this good, anywhere.

Here's the recipe. Please note it's not very exact -- I wrote it down after I got done, because I wasn't clear how well it'd turn out. Some of the measurements may be slightly off. I'll update it with precise measurements next time I make it.

Two pounds ground organic turkey from Trader Joe's. (Makes a difference -- nothing wrong with Jennie-O, but it doesn't clump into chunks the way the Trader Joe's turkey does. YMMV.)

Two cans of tomato sauce (Trader Joe's, again.)

One packet of chili powder -- 1.25 ounces.

Three tablespoons cocoa.

Put the turkey into a big pan. Break it up into chunks that'll fit on a spoon. Salt it prettty strongly. Brown the turkey until it's about half cooked, stirring a few times, and then discard the liquid. Salt it again.

In a separate sauce pan, combine:

1/2 cup water
1-1/2 tbsp corn starch. Mix the corn starch and water together.
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1 tbsp sesame oil
1/2 cup dry white whine (probably sherry, though we were out of sherry and I used sauvignon blanc yesterday)
1/2 cup soy sauce
1-1/2 tbsp garlic chili paste (you can find this in the asian section of your grocery store)
Ten drops of stevia -- if I have to guess the equivalent amount of sugar, about a full tablespoon

Stir till smooth and then put the saucepan on high heat. It'll reduce quickly. Keep stirring until the sauce clings to the spoon.

Add about two tbsps of the sauce to the half-browned turkey. Stir in and keep cooking until the turkey is mostly done. A little pink is OK.

Combine all ingredients in a crock put -- two cans tomato sauce, the browned turkey, the cocoa. Stir til the cocoa is nicely distributed in the chili, add the chili powder and stir til nicely distributed, and finally add the rest of the reduced sauce.

Cook on high in the crockpot about 1-1/2 to 2 hours.

Garnish to suit. Bacon, cheese, sour cream, all worked with it. But it was superb all by itself.
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I just ate, but this sounds awesome. Definitely on the to-try list...thanks!
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Jeb Bush Boards The GOP Crazy Train By Saying Raise The Social Security Retirement Age

Jeb’s brother, George W. Bush attempted to implement a social security privatization scheme in his second White House term, but that effort failed in the face of public pressure and Democratic opposition to the plan. Social security cuts, including raising the retirement age to reduce retiree benefits, have long been a goal of well-heeled Republican insiders, but they are very unpopular with the general public.

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While Jeb Bush is often portrayed by the media as the "moderate" Republican candidate, there is nothing moderate about his proposal to raise the social security retirement age.
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I submitted a story to Asimov's which Sheila Williams rejected, but is interested in seeing again at about twice the length. I have a pair of Heinleinish stories (one with actual Heinlein in) due for Dan Verssen and Ken Burnside. I have a John Ringo story due for a zombie anthology. And finally I have the Lensmen Reborn anthology, including my own story.

It's nice feeling like a writer again.
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It's very nice for us, too.
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Rosemary Edghill: "I think it's a stupidly misleading name for an actual and real phenomenon. When you call it "Global Warming" everybody expects it to be warmer. If you called it "Global Terror Meltdown Extreme Weather Death Apocalypse", you'd get the idea across."

When I am Dictator, Rosemary will be my Minister of Information.
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This is a repost, with modest updates, of something I wrote a year and a half ago. Today seemed an appropriate day to revisit it.
 
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Slavery and genocide are the Original Sins of the American Republic. We haven't and probably never will pay for the genocide. It was so successful that there aren't many Native Americans left, proportionately speaking.
 
But slavery was also successful, to the point where there were an awful lot of slaves. Today about 12% of the population is black; about 85% of those are the descendants of slaves, or about 1 person in 10 out of the overall population. It required a Civil War and the deaths of around three quarters of a million people to end it as an institution. Take a look at the voting patterns in the last Presidential election -- you can see the Civil War in how the states voted, clear as day.
 
The loss of the Civil War directly led to the extraordinary aggrieved tribalism of white conservatives. They conceived of an "America" in their image -- white, Christian, male -- and in the middle of the 20th Century, it looked as though the wounds of the Civil War had been healed, because the image wasn't, then, wildly wrong. The country was at least run, more or less, by white, Christian men, and conservatives could identify with that.
 
A conservative friend once asked me if I saw everything through the lens of race. The answer is no. But I do see most national American politics through that lens. For a long time the split of conservative/liberal was hidden, politically, because there were elements of both in both parties. But the Civil Rights Act of 1965 broke that. Conservatives left the Democratic Party, and for a while dominated the country's politics -- because liberals didn't leave the Republican party, immediately. As a result you saw Nixon beat McGovern, overwhelmingly; 49 states to 1. You saw Ronald Reagan beat Mondale, 49 states to 1. It was an extraordinary moment in American history, directly due to the exodus of conservatives from the Democratic Party.
 
But, eventually, northern liberals left the Republican party. It took longer. They were chased out, as much as left -- conservatives despised RINOs almost as much as they despised Democrats, maybe more: the internal enemy is always more to be feared than the external. But it happened in the long run. Republicans purified their party, destroyed Reagan's big tent, and started losing national elections. Clinton beat them -- but at least he was a Southern white man. You could understand how it happened; misguided white conservatives voted for him. Then Gore lost to Bush and Republicans, led by Karl Rove, chattered about a Permanent Republican Majority -- and about 3 years later lost both the House and Senate in the wave election of 2006. Two years later, in an inconceivable shock, a black Northern liberal was elected President. The conservative tribal reflex was batshit crazy -- it made their response to Clinton look mild. But they were reassured by the 2010 elections, and were flat-out convinced -- universally, almost without exception -- that the country had seen the error of its ways, that the United States was still essentially a white, Christian conservative country, and that Kenyan liberal Muslim commie would Get His in 2012.
 
You know what happened in 2012.
 
In very broad, modern conservatives and not-conservatives (which isn't just liberals -- it's everyone who's not a Republican conservative) -- don't identify with the same country. When conservatives moan that they want "their" country back, they're being perfectly literal. This isn't their America. They didn't lose an election; they lost a way of life. They lost, in short, their second Civil War. 
 
"Why don't Americans fight back?" I was asked recently. In the context in which we were originally discussing, we surely don't. We don't fight for our freedom, for the control of our country, to keep the ultra wealthy from stealing everything that's not nailed down, for health care, for a fair shot for our children --
 
How could we? We're far too busy fighting each other, 150 years after the supposed end of the Civil War.
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L.A. seasons: Dry; dry with fire; not raining.
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At least not 'raining fire'. <Australia>
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Furious 7 has an 81% positive rating on RottenTomatoes.com. Sure, the movies have been getting better -- but Furious 4 had 28%. I think part of this is the critics have just been hammered into submission, trained to understand something to which they weren't naturally sympathetic. Not sure I've ever seen anything quite like it before.

And we're off to go watch.
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For the reviewers, it may be that they have reached the point of "For what it is, it is very good", understanding that it is a "movie", not a "film". Roger Ebert understood this.
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