In the a gesture of absolutely purely selfless public spritedness*, I've laid out my BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS for kids, adults and others. Do yourselves and your loved ones a favor and give the gift of ink on bound paper this holiday season.
Don't rush, there's plenty for all, and for God's sake, don't pepper spray each other.
Please be advised that each daily Super-Fun-Pak won't stay on the blog permanently; only the installments from the past week or two will appear. After that, they are taken to a farm upstate, where they'll have plenty of room to run around and will be very, very happy.
I described this concept while recording an episode of the podcast Gweek, and was told by co-hosts Mark Frauenfelder and Rob Beschizza that it had a name: The Uncanny Valley. Of course I was smitten by this awesome term, and couldn't wait to get Billy Dare to go there.
I want to thank, and apologize to, the website evolver.com for the character designs.
Apparently a group of senators are pushing a provision into a military funding bill that would allow indefinite military detention of suspected terrorists, whether noncitizens, legal permanent residents of the US, or US citizens.
One would hope that this would be struck down as unconstitutional by an objective, nonpartisan Supreme Court. Maybe we'll get one some day.
But we can trust the authorities to only detain real, bad-guy, murderer, "24"-style terrorists under this law, right? It would never be used in an authoritarian way to silence domestic dissent or remove undesirables, right?
Interesting that there's a report that the DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY was involved in the planning (at least) of the crackdown on the Occupy movement, although it's hard to see how that operation on peaceful citizen protesters fell under its purview.
And interesting that it's been reported that the New York City police used a COUNTER-TERRORISM pretext for the media blackout of the Occupy Wall Street eviction. As reporters were being pushed away and/or arrested, one was told the area was a "frozen zone," a term typically referring to an area that's being secured because of possible terror threats.