Saturday, September 27, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Now I recall that Ben Bernanke has been in lockstep with Paulson while speaking to Congress over the last two days and this entire concept of the big bailout has come from no one else but them. The Bushies sold us the Iraq war through fear and they are selling this bailout the same way. They say that we need to act on this by Friday, after that it will be too late. We're taking their word that can see the economic future past Friday. We're taking the word of the people who got us into this situation and got us into our world situation over the last eight years. Suddenly we accept that they know what they're talking about. The faster we have to act on this, the less time we'll have to think on it and the less time the Stock Market will have to naturally right itself. This is actually the last great looting of America by the Bush administration.
They say that if Wall Street goes down, the country will go with it. Have they mentioned what will happen when America has to pay the bill for the ungodly spending spree the "conservatives" have taken us on in the past eight years? Wouldn't we be better served if that $700 billion was paid directly on the mortgages of citizens who are struggling to keep their homes? Might that not stabilize housing prices and end the current crisis? What's the difference in damage to the country when it's destroyed financially from the bottom up rather than the top down? The difference is, the top down fix helps big business and government has always been in bed with big business.
I submit to you that the bailout is completely unnecessary. Unfortunately, even if anyone agreed with me, it wouldn't matter. The majority of people are not questioning its necessity, they are only questioning how it should be done. The White House has gotten one over on us once more. Maybe we deserve it. We are the rubes who have been taken in by the scams of the conman again and again and even when we know he's ripped us off in the past, we're reaching from our wallets one last time without hesitation.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Poetry: Heavy Weather by Bruce Boston
Flash Fiction: Like The First Morning by Cyril Simsa
Fact: September Science News by Jim Campanella
Main Fiction: The Seventeenth Kind by Michael Marshall Smith
Monday, September 22, 2008
Actually I've got a little poem all done and ready to go, but I can't give it a number until it goes out. I want to send it to a particular magazine but that mag currently has one of my stories, so I have to wait until they make a decision on that before I can send the poem to them. So there you go.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Aural Delights No 42 Benjamin Rosenbaum
Poetry: Fairytale Graveyard by Mikal Trimm
Flash Fiction: Earthmen Bearing Gifts By Fredric Brown
Book Review: Sean Keough Reviews Electric Church
Fact: How to Plot Part 1 by Terry Edge
Main Fiction: The Ant King by Benjamin Rosenbaumwww.starshipsofa.com
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
This week the StarShipSofa is pleased to present Aural Delights No. 41. Blast off!
Fact: Francis Stevens Amy H Sturgis
Main Fiction: East by M John Harrison
Narrator: Simon Chapmanwww.starshipsofa.com
I tossed around the idea of getting a nano last week, an idea which is no small thing for me. In the forefront of my mind is the thought that I could spend the money on something more important. Like food. Or gasoline. Last week I couldn't do it. Yesterday, Apple sweetened the pot, releasing the newy ipods.
For a buck-fifty I get 8 gigs with some new features and that money would have gotten me 4 gigs last week. What is a weak-minded consumerist to do? I went for it. I got the red guy or should I say (red) guy. When you buy (red), Apple throws a little money at AIDS meds for Africans who need it. That sold red to me. I also liked blue and orange (yes, they have orange now. And yellow.)
I have to say I currently have a shuffle and I use it more than I use any device save my MacBook. I use it a lot. Mostly to listen to science fiction podcasts and stories. What got me on the nano train was that I wanted distinct playlists on the ipod so I could easily switch from science fiction to music and so that when I hit the wrong button and go back to the beginning of an hour and a half long podcast when I actually wanted to raise the volume, I can much more quickly get back to the point of the podcast to which I was listening. So these were real needs which I wanted met for a device that I use a whole bunch.
And for some reason I felt the need to justify that to you.
Engraving was free. I don't know if you can honestly call it engraving, but it is writing. I'm having the words, The One-Thousand, written on the back of mine to remind me of my goal.
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Palin's Church Promotes Converting Gays
Which I at first thought meant converting Gays to their particular religious persuasion. I thought, "Wow, that's pretty progressive of them!" Then I realized the headline meant something else.
Not so progressive.
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
I Bought a Little City by Donald Barthelme: http://www.newyorker.com/
Ex Machina by Margaret Ronald: http://www.strangehorizons.
Last Contact by Stephen Baxter: http://www.solarisbooks.com/
Aficionado by David Brin: http://www.davidbrin.com/
Footnotes by Charles Coleman Finlay: http://home.earthlink.net/~
The Rapeworm by Charles Coleman Finlay: http://www.brianjhatcher.com/
I've got a new bit on the Sofa this week, the first of a regular feature called The Fiction Crawler in which I recommend great free fiction you can find online. Give it a go:
Poetry: Judy Resnick by Laurel Winter
Flash Fiction: When The Whistle Blows by Daniel Schwartz
Fact: Fiction Crawler No1 Matthew Sanborn Smith
Main Fiction Intro: Lawrence Santoro
Main Fiction: So Many Tiny Mouths by Lawrence Santoro
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Tuesday, September 02, 2008