Reports continue to roll in regarding wildlife killed or damaged by the BP oil slick and toxic dispersants. This one features red snapper. *sigh* I like red snapper. But I'm getting reluctant to eat any seafood unless it explicitly says where it comes from, and is not from Gulf waters. The oceans are filthy in general, but that part is just intolerable.
Yes, the project is still running. The artist is working through new sketches and some of the previous ones are also headed for updates. Keep watching that blog to see more nifty prompt-inspired sketches.
Okay, there are plenty of times when I want to drown a government in the bathtub. But I am pretty sure that dissolving local governments and handing all that power to one person is a Very Bad Idea. The last bulwark of democracy against plutocracy is that democracy is still on the books as the official government. Dissolve the democracy and we are deeply screwed.
Sometimes, when people refuse to listen, you have to change your tactics to get their attention. "Speechless" does that very bluntly. I am impressed. We need more representatives like this guy.
Some folks will find this really gross, and others really cool. Hopefully you know which you are, because I don't. It's amazing how much a snake can swallow. The photos are out of order but if you scroll through them all, you get a pretty good idea of the sequence.
Personally, I care far less for idealogies than for results. I have no particular brand loyalty in this regard. What I care about is whether a society does a competent job of meeting basic needs for most of its members, providing opportunities for the more industrious and intelligent members, and pushing nuisances like crime and poverty down toward their irreducible minimums. A society that takes good care of its people is good. A society that doesn't is bad. Most are somewhere in between, good at some things while sucking at others. I think we'd make a lot more progress if we looked around to see who has solved which problems and how, then combined the solutions so that most societies would be doing well in most areas. People hate that idea, though.
I wonder if this will ever get the remaining awards to admit that ebooks are Real Books. Many awards still disqualify ebooks, and there aren't a lot of ebook-specific awards yet.