Tried to write a couple book reviews this morning and found that my current mindset about literature was uncritical and full of squee, which makes for dissatisfying one-note reviews about how awesome Scott Westerfeld's books are, go buy them right now.
love the books, but I'd like to discuss them intelligently. So, in the meantime, here's my slightly more critical review of the real world.
Goldman Sachs has an analysis
of how and why the current budget cuts will hurt economic recovery. I'm not a fan of Goldman Sachs, but it seems like it's in their best interests to be honest about what would or wouldn't help make money.
Meanwhile, while Goldman Sachs rates it as a low probability, here's some speculation
on the likelihood of a government shutdown.
Of course, I'm not sure whether anyone is worrying about that, but that's because I'm not sure if they're paying attention
-- only half of Americans know that the health care reform bill has not, in fact, been repealed. Hopefully the half that wants it gone is the half that thinks it already is and we can just move on to the next set of big issues.
Like, for example, Obama's decision to stop defending part of DOMA
. This does not mean the law is repealed, or that it will not be enforced, but only that court cases challenging whether one clause of it is Constitutional will not be defended by the DOJ. That doesn't mean, however, that this isn't a significant decision in a lot of ways.
Nor, as critics suggest, is an administration making a decision like this in any way unprecedented. In slightly related news, some people think that permitting gay marriage is a step toward Sharia law
. This makes even less sense to me than stabbing someone who took your Girl Scout cookies. Wanting to secede from Arizona
is a little more reasonable, but only a little. Everyone needs some space sometimes to just get away from politics they dislike. I, in a clever editorial segue, even feel the need to do so in the middle of a post about the news, which is why I link to things like cookie-related stabbings, or, in better news, this cool piece
about a blind man who beats video games by listening to them.
Returning to politics, however, the US military in Afghanistan has been employing PsyOp techniques on Congressional delegations
in an attempt to get funding. Is that both illegal and unethical? You bet it is!
The TSA is still pulling the same crap, and people are still not putting up with it.
And it's a short sentence, but I can't find a longer one that's more compelling..Save Americorps!
I'm not going to talk about or link to everything I have read in the last few days about the ongoing protests in Wisconsin, or the amazing wave of democratic revolution sweeping North Africa and the Middle East (and meeting deadly resistance), because those topics deserve their own posts, and because the subjects overwhelm me. In parting, though, I will give you one link
to the renewed legislative assault on abortion and women's rights. This is also a subject that deserves deeper treatment, but I'm not sure I'm the one to give it. ( Discussion on the subject, but no links. )
Anyway. This has been another instance of livejournalism. Hope it was useful to you.