As we approach Thanksgiving, a holiday sure to feature SJWs protesting the existence of white people, or something… there is at least some good news. Gillum and Nelson both conceded finally, and Brenda Snipes – the prolific vote manufacturer in Broward – has finally resigned, several years after first being called out to do so. Not, it should be noted, before she managed to tilt at least one election in Florida: that of the Agriculture Commissioner. This is a post which, in Florida at least, has a considerable amount of power outside of what a normal person might consider the purview of agriculture. Including, it should be noted, concealed carry permit approvals. I expect some shenanigans as a result of this.
But at least Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis managed to hang on by ~10,000 and ~40,000 votes, respectively. My state grows to be more of a nail-biter every year.
In more positive news, there are a few book releases and specials I wanted to call attention to. First off, if you haven’t read A Pillar of Fire By Night by Tom Kratman… get on it. Provided, of course, that you’ve read the first books of the series. I think every time Tom sells a book, a Progressive dies of apoplexy. In any event, it’s a riveting series in a strangely parallel, but different, world. And a little bird told me there may be an anthology in the near future…
Also on the list this week, Francis Porretto has released a sequel to Innocents (which, by the way, is itself free until the end of the week), called Experiences. Pick up Innocents if you haven’t already started the series ($0 is a nice bargain, wouldn’t you say?), then on to Experiences.
It’s kind of funny that, of late, I’ve read very little new fiction that isn’t either published through Amazon, or through Baen Books. It’s not something I did on purpose, mind you. But the declining quality out of publishing houses like Tor these days has driven me away almost entirely. I’ve little interest in reading the latest Social Justice fantasy thinly disguised as fiction. In fact, the only Tor books I’ve purchased in recent memory were by David Weber. I am occasionally surprised that they keep him around.
I also wanted to call some special attention to TripleSphinteredWombat’s long screed On The Slopes of Mount Parnassus. Like myself, TSW has an affinity for long arcs, so to speak, trying to put the overall decline into words. An important quote, and a sentiment I agree with wholeheartedly:
Nassim Taleb believes the root of the problem is that our world is run by self-proclaimed ‘experts’ who are in fact not anything of the sort, since their ideas, efforts, programs, policies and principles are based in elegant theory, not reality; furthermore, the damaging consequences of their errors do not rebound on them, but on the rest of us, as these ‘experts’ have no skin in the game and thus suffer no consequences for their failures.
Elitists do not suffer the consequences of their errors. We do. So those in power can rationalize any dumb or ignorant thing, or just blindly experiment on us by trial and error. We are the monkeys, to be disposed of when the experiment fails. They believe themselves to be naturally superior to us. Not the tone of journalists on CNN, the attitude of Leftists on Social Media. They are convinced they are more intelligent, more moral, and just plain better than us.
Read the whole thing. It’s a great screed, and really cuts to the heart of the problem.