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'Lies of Locke Lamora' (finished last night) was absolutely first class, absorbing enough to make me unaware that my train had arrived in the station, stopped, then departed again in a completely different direction... I'm also reading My Secret Garden by Nancy Friday, which, according to the introduction, is like a livid jungle split by the screams of the Monkey King and a dark forest lit by burning tigers (so presumably what he's screaming is 'WHICH OF YOU BASTARDS SET LIGHT TO MY TIGERS?!').
I blame Cosmo for my finding a woman who believes that there's no such thing as too much fake tan and who speaks like a Yorkshirized Madeleine Bassett fatally attractive.
I also blame him for Chemlak not knowing the difference between Worcester Sauce and Worcestershire sauce.
I also blame him for there being no such thing as Worcester Sauce.
Arguments for nationalisation/state control could include:
1) Other capitalist organisations not being able to get the goods/services they need in the quantities/at a price that allows them to compete.
2) Some things - major items of infrastructure like power grids, roads, sewerage and water - are natural monopolies. I can only speak about the UK, but here, at least one of the water companies is so overloaded with debt after leveraged buyouts that they cannot spend any money on doing their actual jobs and have had to turn to the taxpayer to fund much needed upgrades to the London sewer system. If Joanne Citizen is going to have to shell out for it, why shouldn't she profit from it as well?
3) Necessity for having certain strategic resources - fuel, arms, metals, etc. - not under the control of firms who can go bust or fall under the control of potentially unfriendly foreigners.
4) In the past, things like water and healthcare have been publicly owned because a healthy citizenry is both better for business (fewer sick breaks, etc.) and for the state (fit and alert soldiers). The private sector often isn't initially interested in providing such services if it promises to be more bothersome/expensive than other places where their money could be put, so the state has to step in.
5) Certain industries that require colossal amounts of initial investment (aerospace, for example, or telecommunications), if they're not state-owned, receive a huge amount of subsidy, for the reasons above . Private money floods in once everything's set up and things start to smell of easy money, as you might expect.
I dare say none of these are at all conclusive, but help yourself. These are not arguments for socialism either, of course :)
Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
Two words - Worcester Sauce :) Or Neat Gin. Up to you.
Wonder no more - the answer is almost certainly (obviously) 'no' ;)
A good week for picking up inexpensive reading material in charity shops:
I Knew a Young Lady Who.. - Yorkshire Cat's Protection League (99p)
The latter is one of my favourite books of all time, being a huge compendium (?) of indecent words, phrases and expressions, very few of which would be at all appropriate for sharing on paizo.com. However, if anybody has ever cried 'Begone, Demon Lord of Karanga!' after disposing of a particularly arduous bowel evacuation, consider yourself congratulated.
Town Crier of Galt wrote:
I agree, but they got one thing wrong - the Yazidis aren't Christian...
Have the Socialist Party split, then, or is that a new group? Or a new name for the old one?
How about some heartwarming pics of happy couples now able to marry in the US thanks to Supreme Court ruling?
I like the one at the bottom best, a) because they both look absolutely delighted and b) classy sideburns on the bloke on the right.
Finished 'Opium' and am now onto L. Sprague De Camp's 'The Unbeheaded King', inbetween bites of Medieval Warfare magazine. (Lucian and Thongor are for workday lunchtimes, fnar fnar) I find MW's problem page to be particularly helpful.
"Dear Auntie Jeanne,
My boyfriend wishes me to love him to the full, but I honestly want to be wedded in white. What should I do?
'Worried of Krak De Chevaliers'
I consulted the Voices, and they told me to tell you:
"Hittim in the b*llocks with a bec de corbin
But don't hit him too hard, or you may find married life to be a bit of a disappointment.
There was a minor fuss over some (so far as I can see) baseless claims of vote rigging, with a few rather unconvincing videos produced as evidence, but the whole thing's petered out. There will still be a bunch of conspiracy theories sloshing around, inevitably.
Thought initially that the SRA might be some sort of SNLA revival. Glad it isn't.
Aubrey - you mentioned something about UKIP's anti-free market position a few posts back. I've never heard them described as such before - were you referring to their anti-immigration stance or something else?
Where does metrosexuality end and dandyism begin, I wonder? Were fops just c18th metrosexuals?
Both may be relevant; no.2 is also of interest if you enjoy the sight of a damp Daniel Craig with no top on.
If I never hear or see the word 'boyzilian' again, I won't be sorry.
'Airlords of Han' had a bit at the end reading
Spoiler:, meaning Aaron was quite right, making allowances for contemporary attitudes. Anyway, it's done, as is 'Pirates of Barbary', which I left at the swimming pool like an idiot. Now reading:
...and I never knew her to show the men and women of any race anything but the utmost of sympathetic courtesy, whether they were the noble brown-skinned Caucasians (sic) of India, the sturdy Balkanites of Southern Europe or the simple, spiritual Blacks of Africa, today one of the leading races of the world
1) Young Thongor, by Lin Carter
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
I approve, though I'm wondering if 'tankie' means the same thing on the other side of the Atlantic. Probably.
Aaron Bitman wrote:
The plot summary shouldn't be taken entirely seriously ;)I probably am being a bit harsh, as you say, but she only doesn't seduce him because she let the naked horror of her soul creep into her eyes for just one unguarded instant - could mean she found him repulsive, but I interpreted it otherwise - and because of Wilma's faith in him. I now keep picturing the hero as Fred Flintstone, too, which doesn't do much for suspending disbelief, etc (WIIILLMMMAAAA!).
No idea it was part of a larger work - that helps to put it in context, though I did still find it to be a bit too much of a 21st-century weapons catalogue for my tastes.
There was a cleaner working at SOAS (a university in London) with the same name, who got sacked. The students held a protest to try and get management to give him his job back, hanging a great big banner outside the building they were occupying saying 'REINSTATE STALIN!'. This was even more amusing since the picture in question appeared in the Morning Star, a daily commie paper I take, where other readers probably mistook it for a Stalin Society advert.
'Airlords of Han' is turning out to be the first attempt at writing a story by an excitable (and very right-wing) seven year old boy.
Plot summary below:
AND BECOS WE WERR AT WAR WITH YEROUP YEROUP ARE ALL COMURNISTS MONGGOLIANS COME FROM OUTER SPACE AND THEY HAV SHIPS MADE OF ULTROMAGNATIUMBALTSTENITE WITH DISSINTERGRATION RAYS THAT GO BZUM BZUM ZAP AAAGH I IS DISSINTERGERATED BUT WE HAV MACHINE GUNS AND THE MACHINE GUNS FIRE ROCKETS AND THAY HAV AXES ON THE MACHINE GUNS AND THAY HAV TWO AXES ON THE MACHINE GUNS AND A BAYERNET ON THE MACHINE GUN AND WE GO POW BANG PEEYOO PEYOO CHOP WITH AX AND THE SPACE MONGGOLIANS ALL DIE COS THEY IS SCAREDY CATS AND THERE ARE BLOOD AND THEY CAPPTUR ME AND SNED A GURL TO SEE ME AND SHE TRY TO KISS ME AND I SAY GO AWAY YUKKY GIRL COS GIRLS AR YUKKY AND SHE GOES AWAY AND WE BLOW UP NEW YORK BOOM BOOM BOOM AND THE WHITE RACE IS SAVED HURAH HURAH
Tinkergoth is right - the lore book is better than the novels. There was a D20 campaign setting for the WoT too, I think, but I'm pretty sure it's a) out of print and b) damn' pricy if you do happen to find a copy. Will search on Paizo when I can be bothered.
Am reading 'The Airlords of Han' by Philip Francis Nowlan, a '20s sci-fi novel about a 21st century US that has been conquered by Mongolians from outer space after a war with Bolshevik Europe. No actual characters so far - just casual racism and unconvincing techno-warfare, but we'll see. Also restarted 'Pirates of Barbary'. Al-yaar.
Aubrey the Malformed wrote:
But UKIP is not a fascist party. The BUF was (obviously - Mosley was also an enthusiastic Pan-European, IIRC, in a 'white, Christian bulwark against Asiatic Bolshevism' type of way); the BNP is, despite its somewhat unconvincing denails of such. UKIP is a home-from-home for the sort of Tory who don't feel that their party wants or understands them any more. I think the BNP's fall also had a lot to do with its financial problems, far-right infighting with the EDL and dissaffection amongst its activist base.
The Ed/David squabble was also a continuation (I think) of the Brownite vs. Blairite conflict. The Blairites may have felt that it was their turn after the Brown debacle, which is one of the reasons why so many people resent Ed, who was also the Unions and soft left's favoured candidate at the time of the leadership contest (I voted for him, being affiliated through my TU; not that sorry, seeing as I would have liked the alternative even less)
As Aubrey said, unless I've completely misread things, affable bumbler with charisma, maybe - voters also like a politician who hasn't been (or doesn't appear to have been) focus-grouped into a vague grey paste. Miliband fails on both counts, since he is basically a vast nerd without the sparkly aura that enchants the media/public at large, and furthermore, a vast nerd who's not allowed to play to his geeky strengths. Also, the Labout Party still has a Tony Blair hangover, as the Tory Party had a Thatcher hangover until very recently - any new leader who comes up has to deal with their legacies (positive or negative) dangling over them.
A memorial episode of Jazz on 3 paying tribute to Charlie Haden, featuring a two year old Charlie yodelling AND ROBERT WYATT! (only available until tomorrow...)
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Our patron saints, in fact.
Before I read Three Kingdoms, I never realised 'eyebrows like silkworms' could be considered a compliment. The world seems a happier and brighter place now.
On an Angela Carter binge - nearly finished Nights at the Circus and will move onto The Magic Toyshop once I've polished it off. Nights... is the second book of hers to feature group sex with a troupe of Moroccan acrobats. I wonder why?
Setting: (1) Ekh Lyuli Lyuli - Daniel Kahn, Psoy Korelenko and Oy Division
In an alternative Alaska (variant on setting of Michael Chabon's 'Yiddish Policeman's Union') (1), Yochanan Silverman, half-aquatic elf (2) detective/bard (3), is attempting to hold to his moral principles despite some disquieting revelations regarding his family's past history (4). With a daemonic assistant, who he doesn't trust at all, (5), he's trying to turn over a new leaf and escape his less-than-honourable past (6), making an effort to recapture his long-lost innocence (7). Given that he doesn't want to remind anyone of his history, he has to pretend that he's less world-weary than he is and hasn't seen it all before, which can be a struggle (8). The philosophical principles he absorbed before having to flee the country of his birth still rule him (9) - Marx and Hegel are still very important to him - but he stays aloof from the world, treating the people around him as abstract objects of contemplation that he can't get too attached to (10)