March 9th, 2005

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Oddly enough, just yesterday, I was thinking that it was about time for the ARCs of Scardown to show up.

And here they are. And they look very, very spiffy, as well; full color cover and all.

In other news, (via sclerotic_rings) the BBC is airing a drama concerning itself with an eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano. One of my favorite SF disaster scenarious, only beaten out, currently, by Verneshots.

But a heck of a lot more likely than a Verneshot, cool as Verneshots (theoretically) may be. (This is the attitude, come to think of it, that made Lyda Morehouse point at me during that SF disaster panel and say "This woman is not on our side.")

Or maybe it was when I started dividing disaster novels into "sexy" and "unsexy." *g*
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I know there's some pretty accomplished kerfufflers on my friends-list

...and boy, would I like to see a kerfuffle about this.

Have you heard of the National Alliance? Apparently, neither has the mainsteam media: I had to go to the South Africa Daily News to find a story on this white supremacist group's use of billboards to recruit new members in America's Southwest.

Here's Google's cache of their web page, which appears to have been taken down. Just so you can get from the horse's mouth who these people are.

The Las Vegas billboard, for instance, urged: "Stop Immigration". The one in Salt Lake City declared: "Securing the Future for European Americans".

Here's a very slight mention from Iowa.

But wait. That's not the best part. According to KTNV Ch. 13 Las Vegas: "The group's billboard, by the way, will be up for a year because of a contract it signed with Clear Channel."

That's right. That Clear Channel. Which makes it pretty obvious why this isn't being more aggressively covered, wouldn't you say? And also suggests an angle by which concerned citizens may address the problem. Or, at least, I have to say, if I were in charge of an advertising or public relations budget, I would be very leery of supporting a corporation which apparently condones virulent racism.
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I went to hell, and to the races.

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Now that I've talked to a few people with letters after their names about the physics of my shiny idea and figured out a few more cultural details on either side, Carnival has decided I have all the pieces I need to start writing it, so I've started writing it. Sort of. This isn't official writing, you understand. This is just sort of poking it to see where it goes. No stress, no fuss, no muss, no worry.

All the time in the world.
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    Billy Joel - We Didn't Start The Fire