November 24th, 2009


Odd thought

The way my brain works, sometimes new information barely makes any impression on me the first time I hear it. Then later it pops up, called forth by something, and appears as though new and finally I react to it. For example, a week or so ago I read a little factoid on, that in the USA it used to be the second runner up in the Presidential election who got to be Vice President. An anti-Bush bumper sticker called forth this memory, which I had said, "Interesting" to when I first read it; this time, I was horrified. I was like, "OMG! That would mean there would be a Republican VP every time we had a Democrat win the Presidential election!" Then another part of my mind said, "Yeah, but it works the other way around too. Can you imagine how things might have been different if it had been Bush/Gore instead of Bush/Cheney?"

I thought about this some more, and now I think we should go back to that old system, because it would do both parties a lot of good. In fact, I think we should improve it a little, make it so whoever is 3rd runner up in the Presidential election gets to be Secretary of State or something like that. That way a third party, like the Green Party, could get into an important role in politics, which could make third parties more powerful, like they used to be back in the day before we got into this "2-party system" rut.

Oh sure, there would be a lot of resistance at first, neither the Republicans nor the Democrats would be thrilled at the idea, and there might be as much as a decade or so of Presidential Administration in-fighting at first, but eventually things would settle down and it would be a huge improvement for everyone in the long run. Could certainly help this madness about partisan lines.

What do you all think?
Molly 1

Fascinating book

I actually saw an ad in my Gmail compelling enough that I clicked on it, today. It was for this book:

"Clementa" by Jim Martin

Either the world will be even higher tech in the future than it is today--for better or worse--or it will be much lower tech on account of some disaster. No other realistic possibility has been imagined in our fiction. Until now. The just-published novel Clementa portrays a world in which humanity, having made an epochal shift from science to resology, from agriculture to omnifostering, thrives in harmony with a flourishing nature. Deeply thought out and engagingly detailed, this fresh new world nevertheless keeps to the background of the story. Clementa is a thrilling epic of rebellion. To tell you who rebels against whom would be giving too much away; suffice it to say that both sides clearly descend from a long-familiar opposition. Being an epic, Clementa has a cast of thousands, and a few score of them appear by name (in a novel of only 377 pages). The prominent characters are listed at the beginning of the book. Their names are spelled the Italian way, but a video on teaches you how to pronounce them. From among this cast we get to know several characters well. As they bring the story to a pitch we soar with them in moments of triumph and grieve with them in moments of tragedy. They do some admirable things and some horrible things, some smart things and some dumb ones. In that respect, people born into Clementa s fresh new world aren t so different from us today. --Ian Randal Strock, SFScope

Too bad the library doesn't have it.