Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tab Clearing

Up Against The Wall, Motherf*cker!, by James Dunnigan.  Recreate 1969 on your dining room table: play as radicals or The Man.

Dunnigan's 'How To Make War' is only $13.45 at Amazon.  Think they'll ship to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington D.C?

Bowling for Bitcoins - Meet the Trader 04.

Dana F. Smith and Max Wolf Valerio - Mission Miracle Mile Trilogy (+1)

J.E. Pournelle: The President has abandoned the principles of the Laws of War and Peace that began with Hugo Grotius publishing his book of that title in 1625.

Edmund Burke: Reflections on the Revolution in France:
When men of rank sacrifice all ideas of dignity to an ambition without a distinct object and work with low instruments and for low ends, the whole composition becomes low and base. Does not something like this now appear in France? Does it not produce something ignoble and inglorious — a kind of meanness in all the prevalent policy, a tendency in all that is done to lower along with individuals all the dignity and importance of the state? Other revolutions have been conducted by persons who, whilst they attempted or affected changes in the commonwealth, sanctified their ambition by advancing the dignity of the people whose peace they troubled. They had long views. They aimed at the rule, not at the destruction, of their country. They were men of great civil and great military talents, and if the terror, the ornament of their age. They were not like Jew brokers, contending with each other who could best remedy with fraudulent circulation and depreciated paper the wretchedness and ruin brought on their country by their degenerate councils. The compliment made to one of the great bad men of the old stamp (Cromwell) by his kinsman, a favorite poet of that time, shows what it was he proposed, and what indeed to a great degree he accomplished, in the success of his ambition:

Still as you rise, the state exalted too,
Finds no distemper whilst 'tis changed by you;
Changed like the world's great scene, when without noise
The rising sun night's vulgar lights destroys.
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