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Wednesday, January 03, 2018

We're Swinging Left in 2018!


jimf said...

I just read the excerpt from Michael Wolff’s new book in
New York Magazine. Holy fucking hell, we are fucking fucked. . .



I’ve said it before, and I’ll keep saying it lest we forget.

The ones ultimately responsible, the ones who will have the
Calamity’s blood on their hands, are the 60m+ who voted for him,
and who continue to support him, hooting and hollering like monkeys
at the pain and suffering being inflicted on others. They are not
Good People. . .

lánye carnë ta!

(That's supposed to be Quenya for "I sure as hell didn't do it!". ;-> )

"The feasting people were Wood-elves, of course. These are not wicked
folk. If they have a fault it is distrust of strangers. Though their
magic was strong, even in those days they were wary. They differed from
the High Elves of the West, and were more dangerous and less wise.
For most of them (together with their scattered relations in the hills
and mountains) were descended from the ancient tribes that never went
to Faerie in the West. There the Light-elves and the Deep-elves and
the Sea-elves went and lived for ages, and grew fairer and wiser and more
learned, and invented their magic and their cunning craft in the making
of beautiful and marvellous things, before some came back into the
Wide World. In the Wide World the Wood-elves lingered in the twilight
of our Sun and Moon, but loved best the stars; and they wandered in the
great forests that grew tall in lands that are now lost. They dwelt
most often by the edges of the woods, from which they could escape at times
to hunt, or to ride and run over the open lands by moonlight or starlight;
and after the coming of Men they took more and more to the gloaming and
dusk. Still elves they were and remain, and that is Good People. . ."

Now Orcs, on the other hand, are just Deplorable. . .


jimf said...

> 2018 presents the opportunity to take back power.

But see also:
Dude, you broke the future!
By Charlie Stross

This is the text of my keynote speech at the
34th Chaos Communication Congress in Leipzig,
December 2017. . .

We may already be in the maw of the Paperclip Maximizer!