Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Liavek 6! Now available! Only $2.99!

"Cenedwine Brocade" by Caroline Stevermer
"A Hypothetical Lizard" by Alan Moore
"Training Ground" by Nancy Kress
"Riding the Hammer" by John M. Ford

"Liavek is a place worth visiting. Get there before another volume comes out." —VOYA

Available at: Liavek 6

Barnes & Noble: Liavek 6

Smashwords – Liavek 6

ETA: The first three stories were originally published in 1986 in Wizard's Row; the last, in Spells of Binding in 1987. For more information, see A Liavek publication FAQ.

Monday, August 29, 2016

a few quotes about philanthropy

"Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary." —Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Millionaires at one end of the scale involved paupers at the other end, and even so excellent a man as Mr. Carnegie is too dear at that price." — Hugh Price Hughes

“First they take billions from you, then they give back half. And that makes them the world’s greatest humanitarians.” —Slavoj Zizek

Related: America’s Wealthiest Family Uses Phony Philanthropy to Increase Personal Wealth | Jobs With Justice

The 19th-century critique of big philanthropy.

Three reasons why leftists don't support Hillary Clinton

There's nothing new in this. I keep having to explain these things to Clinton apologists, so I'm creating a post that I can share.

1. She supported the coup against the democratically-elected leader of Honduras, just as Kissinger supported the coup against the democratically-elected leader of Argentina.

2. She helped create the chaos in Libya that created enormous suffering and allowed Isis to thrive, just as Cheney and Wolfowitz helped create the chaos in Iraq that created enormous suffering and allowed al-Qaeda to thrive.

3. She supports mandatory private insurance rather than universal health care.


The Hillary Clinton Emails and the Honduras Coup

Hillary Clinton, ‘Smart Power’ and a Dictator’s Fall

How Clinton W.H. bungled health care

If you wish to comment, please don't bother talking about spoilers—if the Democrats cared about what happened in 2000, they would've begun working on ending the Electoral College then. And don't bother arguing that Trump is awful; I entirely agree he is—the only reason he has any support is because he's the only alternative to the disastrous policies of the neoliberals who control the Democratic Party.

ETA: If you're in a swing state and you want to vote for the lesser evil, I understand your fear and won't judge you for it.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Kubo and the Two Strings — mini-review, no spoilers

I enjoyed this but didn't love it as much as some people have, for a number of small reasons that aren't worth going into. So much depends on endings, and this one has a smart ending, but I felt like they didn't quite nail it. So I recommend it to fans of animated movies and give it a B+. Stick around for the credits to see a little of the making-of.

While I quibble, I understand why the people who rave about it raved about it. It's an impressive accomplishment. If I hadn't seen the rave reviews, I might be writing one now—it's possible I was hoping for a little too much. There must be a term for being a bit disappointed by something you would've enjoyed more if your hopes hadn't been raised too high. If my quibbles make you go and think it's better than I've suggested, I'll both understand and be a little pleased.