Richard Fernandez hits on something that bothers me about the mindset of the country: No Country for Young Men
The big giveaway is we as a civilization don’t want to go to the planets any more, because the old don’t want to go anywhere. Imagine clambering into spaceships! The very idea gives us the shivers. [...]
An excellent essay on the decline of competence: Sultan Knish: Government is Magic
The essay is worth reading in full, along with the additional related points and examples in the comments, but this part sticks out for me:
Competence is built on the unhappy understanding that things won’t work because you want them to, they [...]
…on full display:
I thought after eight-plus years in political activism that there was little Democrats could do to make me loathe them more. Well, here’s something.
Yes, I recognize that the superficial intention of the comment is Republicans want to stop Obamacare from covering the uninsured. But the literal meaning is that [...]
Note to pretentious media types: “iniquities” are not the same as “inequities“.
I’ve noticed a trend lately in which these words are increasingly conflated or simply used interchangeably. The former carries heavier moral and religious overtones than the latter – if you’re still pretending to be objective, “iniquities” is not the word to use given [...]
…will be against Orson Scott Card: Why I’m (Proudly, this Time) Boycotting Orson Scott Card
Indeed, this is just one not really especially noteworthy example of what’s already been going on. But expect it to heat up as the release date of the Ender’s Game film approaches – it’s an irresistible opportunity for grandstanding moral [...]
Walter Russell Mead observes the latest solar power corruption fiasco and asks:
Is there anybody in the world of tax-funded green energy who isn’t a sleazy thief or an incompetent idealist?
(WaPo article here.)
Regardless of who is behind any “green energy” undertaking, my inclination nowadays is to suspect it is some sort of scam [...]
Let me state up-front that I am NOT claiming that any of this is true, so don’t anyone accuse me of being a crackpot conspiracy theorist here. This is simply a thought experiment/thriller plot that I found entertaining to think through.
On the way home from the victory party funeral last night, it struck [...]
Bruce Webster is making some: The coming liberal meltdown.
Interesting. Plausible. Maybe or maybe not likely — who knows?
What I liked about his post was the element of prognostication from current trends and social/political circumstances, and how it resembles what Carl and I have been doing for the backstory for In the Shadow of [...]
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Rand Simberg thoroughly dismantles it: An Examiner Hit Piece on SpaceX
No quotes, because his response is wedded to excerpts from the original and is best read in full (i.e.: Read the Whole Thing™).
As I mentioned on Twitter (and then didn’t have time to follow up on myself), I heard some scuttlebutt about this [...]