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Ah, if non-fiction's your thing, let me recommend these titles:

Outliers by (and read by) Malcolm Gladwell.

Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power by (and read by) Rachel Maddow

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann

The Wordy Shipmates by (and read by) Sarah Vowell

Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach

Another wrong-headed Texan at work.

A) Print is not dead. The WSJ had an article this week on the subject.

B) Ebooks availability for libraries is severely limited due to publisher reticence and outrageous pricing.

C) Judge Wolff says this isn't meant to be a replacement for local brick-and-mortar libraries but an enhancement. How about donating all the money you've raised for your bookless libraries and give that to the actual libraries for enhancement of their digital collections? Seriously, why reinvent the wheel when the infrastructure already exists to get ebooks in the hands of those who can afford ereaders?

I wish people knew that sell-by dates doesn't mean it goes bad after that date.

In fact, it's good until it isn't, as best judged by looking at the food, smelling it, and using your own best judgement. The USDA needs to be more aggressive in getting this information out.

USDA Fact Sheets: Food Labeling: Food Product Dating

Women can only "choose" to have an abortion if

there are safe, available, affordable medical facilities that perform abortions in their area. Rich women will always be able to "choose" to abort because if they can't get an abortion in their hometown, or even if it becomes illegal again, it's legal elsewhere and they have the means to get there. Poor women, not so much. That's what I mean by "choice" being a market-based coinage.

Pro-choice is a market-based description.

I prefer to refer to it as human rights. Every human has the right to control their own body. There is no choice involved.

I live by the audio book!

My work commute is two hours round trip 3-6 times a week. I would die without audio books. Here are my scifi/fantasy picks:

11/22/63 by Stephen King. Not quite as scifi-y as a lot of his stuff, but engaging and the reader kicked ass!

Going Bovine by Libba Bray. This is a young adult book written in the first person about a boy living with mad cow disease. Awesome!

PastWatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus by Orson Scott Card. Future humans go back in time to try to right Columbus' genocidal bullshit.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Future where humanity basically lives their lives inside a computer program because the outside, real world sucks. When the guy who designed the program dies, he leaves his fortune to whoever can win a computer game he devised, based entirely on '80s pop culture.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Ancient gods come back to claim their supreme god rights over modern gods of the 21st century.

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman. One brother is a schmuck, the other is magical. They never meet until adults. The schmuck's life will never be the same.

I also listen to a lot of biographies. I like ones read by the authors best. Here are my Top 5 in that category:

Here Comes Trouble by Michael Moore. His life leading up to making Farenheit 911. Much more interesting than you might think.

Born Standing Up by Steve Martin. His life leading up to becoming an insanely famous stand-up comedian.

Up 'Til Now by William Shatner. His life, told so obnoxiously it's almost endearing.

My Mother Was Nuts by Penny Marshall. If you can hack her nasal NY accent it's an interesting flashback on the '70s, '80s and '90s media culture.

Role Models by John Waters. Explore the seamy underside of Baltimore that shaped John Waters!

Safe travels and happy trails!

You do understand what "underground" refers to in terms of resistance, right?

This is democraticunderground, not democraticmainstream or democraticbluedog or democraticcentrist or democraticthirdway. I would say the name of the site alone indicates change from within by the more leftist wing of the party. Business-as-usual, moving-ever-rightward policy by the run-of-the-mill Democrats helped create the problems in this country. And as Einstein is alleged to have said, "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." So sue us for not walking in lockstep.

Complained to Safeway today about the number of gun porn magazines they stock.

Twenty of them, at my local store, and that's not counting the outdoorsy-hunting magazines. There were more gun magazines than any other genre; more than fashion, health, "home" or puzzles. They were all on the bottom tier, right at child eye-level. Wrote a comment card complaining about them all.

Hopefully they'll at least move them out of child-sight. They really do strike me as porn - adult in content - and needing to be placed higher on the display, a la Playboy and the like.

Disgusting! Obscene!

Back in the old days of DU

posts would be hidden by moderators and then the poster could claim anything about the content of the hidden post and the bias of the moderators leading to a lot of havoc. Since the mods were sworn to secrecy about all mod activity and they couldn't divulge anyone's blatant assholery, this was a lose-lose situation all around. The transparency of the juror system, combined with meta forum for discussion and the ability to see deleted posts, has... if not quelled dissent, at least given the most egregious posters less ability to take a high ground stance that's built of pure bullshit.

You speak as though education is impossible to come by.

This could be a job-creation moment. Just because we don't have the workforce this second doesn't mean that workforce couldn't be created. I'm sure there are many people who would be interested in working a mental health job but since mental health care sucks in this country, job openings are few and far between - and often pay crap - so people don't chose that profession. Your argument is short-sighted. People didn't know how to work an assembly line when Ford started his company, no one knew how to teach driving when Ford started his factory, they learned quickly enough.
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