It's Monday book discussion time! This week's book is the dystopian classic, Aldous Huxley's _Brave New World_. https://garymcgath.com/wp/brave-new-world/
Al Baldasaro, who called for a political execution, won't be running for Speaker of NH House. This is good. That he was ever under consideration is bad. https://twitter.com/jdistaso/status/1326574984383356929
A federal judge isn't impressed with Trump's end-run around Congress for Cabinet-level appointments. Could this affect his replacing the Secretary of Defense too? https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/nov/14/judge-undercuts-trumps-latest-daca-gambit-rules-dh/
I just discovered Aretha Franklin's performance of "Greatest Love of All" and greatly prefer it to Whitney Houston's. Every performer since has felt obligated to imitate Houston's arrangement. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsImJLiIJ14
This review of HBO's Perry Mason makes me understand why some libertarians are interested in it. Reason gave it a positive review. But it makes me never want to watch the show. https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2020/06/hbo-perry-mason-falls-into-a-prestige-tv-trap/613459/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI9bPU34KD7QIV0z2tBh08GAmCEAAYAiAAEgKSF_D_BwE
This may be the most benign (I'm not being ironic) explanation of Trump's legal attempts to overturn the election results: his legal fund is a scam to get donors to pay down his election debts. If that's his main aim, at some point he'll walk away, saying "The system has beaten me," his pockets overflowing. https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/524899-trump-fundraiser-for-legal-challenges-also-pays-down-campaign-debt-report
SATIRE (I hope): Trump reading "Military Coups for Dummies"
Burbank school district bans _To Kill a Mockingbird_, _Huckleberry Finn_, and other books in the hope that students will never learn that slavery existed. Will they ban the 1619 Project for the same reason? https://reason.com/volokh/2020/11/12/l-a-suburban-school-district-forbids-to-kill-a-mockingbird-of-mice-and-men-and-more-in-high-school-readings/
There's something very sad about the idea of "virtual makeup" — a fake fake face. https://www.zdnet.com/article/loreal-debuts-virtual-makeup-for-work-from-home-video-meetings/#ftag=RSSbaffb68
After my horrible experience with Catalina, and seeing no indication Apple has fixed the problems with the new release, I'm saying "No, Sur!" https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/12/cnn-underscored/macos-big-sur-review/index.html
A post by a writing colleague about how the cops can mess up your life even when you aren't accused of anything, https://www.thewomancondemned.com/2020/09/a-decade-of-troubled-women-and-im-one.html
Facebook says "satire can be very difficult for our systems to identify." "Systems" in this case includes manual checkers. Yes, it's really hard to figure out that the headline "Senator Hirono Demands ACB Be Weighed Against A Duck To See If She Is A Witch" isn't a claim of facts and a call for violence, when duck-weighers are constantly terrorizing the populace. https://www.foxnews.com/media/facebook-apologizes-babylon-bee-mazie-hirono
“I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.” - Robert A. Heinlein
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Howard Roark, call your lawyer. https://www.cnn.com/style/article/mary-wollstonecraft-statue-london-intl-hnk-scli/index.html
The crushing of Hong Kong continues. https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/11/asia/hong-kong-lawmakers-unseated-china-intl-hnk/index.html
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