…in ten easy steps

Fascist America, in 10 easy steps | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited
In the Guardian, Naomi Wolf throws the “F Bomb”. Not the sexual one, but the political one.
Is she wrong?
David Neiwert’s blog Orcinus has been talking about these issues for some time now, but distinguishes the American experience from the German/Spanish/Chilean/etc one.
One thing is clear, though, and at a minimum. The existence of an American gulag, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is reprehensible. Its existence and use not only does not make me or the rest of the American public safer, it is a stain upon our country.
If George Washington were a Solar Exalted whose soul reincarnated into this modern era, I feel confident that he would be horrified at its existence and would work to close it and raze it to the ground. (Look up the story of what he did with British prisoners as an example of true American values).

More evidence for the Science Fiction Present

One of the subtitles of this blog is “Living in the Science Fiction Present”, since the march of technology, progress and advancement has brought what was once science fictional tropes into our daily lives.
Author Gwyneth Jones, in an article in the Guardian, explores this idea.

Most Earthlike Planet outside Solar System found

ESO 22/07 – Astronomers Find First Earth-like Planet in Habitable Zone
You probably heard the news already:
Astronomers have discovered the most Earth-like planet outside our Solar System to date, an exoplanet with a radius only 50% larger than the Earth and capable of having liquid water. Using the ESO 3.6-m telescope, a team of Swiss, French and Portuguese scientists discovered a super-Earth about 5 times the mass of the Earth that orbits a red dwarf, already known to harbour a Neptune-mass planet. The astronomers have also strong evidence for the presence of a third planet with a mass about 8 Earth masses.
This exoplanet – as astronomers call planets around a star other than the Sun – is the smallest ever found up to now [1] and it completes a full orbit in 13 days. It is 14 times closer to its star than the Earth is from the Sun. However, given that its host star, the red dwarf Gliese 581 [2], is smaller and colder than the Sun – and thus less luminous – the planet nevertheless lies in the habitable zone, the region around a star where water could be liquid! The planet’s name is Gliese 581 c.

Keep Chocolate as Chocolate!

Via Jerry Pournelle:
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Tell them not to allow fake chocolate to be called chocolate. Do that early and often. This is serious.
Let them sell chocalicious or cocoalicious if they like. But if it says chocolate it ought to BE chocolate!