drafted this up a couple of days ago, but, ye gods, sunday mutants is geing published on a sunday, even.
anyway. here is some stuff.
* America under Obama still galloping towards fascism:
President Obama signs Executive Order allowing for control over all US resources.
On March 16th, President Obama signed a new Executive Order which expands upon a prior order issued in 1950 for Disaster Preparedness, and gives the office of the President complete control over all the resources in the United States in times of war or emergency.
The National Defense Resources Preparedness order gives the Executive Branch the power to control and allocate energy, production, transportation, food, and even water resources by decree under the auspices of national defense and national security. The order is not limited to wartime implementation, as one of the order’s functions includes the command and control of resources in peacetime determination.
Between that and the NDAA stuff (By signing into law the NDAA, the president has awarded the military extraordinary powers to detain US citizens without trial.) there’s not much left. They can lock you up and take anything they want and tell you to do whatever they want, and it is all legal.
It is a sadly tired comparison, but seriously, that is a definition of totalitarian dictatorship.
(Seriously, the fact that these two have gone through under Obama – this most recent as an executive order – really overshadows anything positive he may have achieved.)
(By the way, is this news to you?)
* Amazing article about the importance of libraries. Actually, it is a really long comment on a post. But it is exceptional.
* Fascinating guess at how China will develop: along Nordic socialist lines.
* The heart has consciousness. Mostly posting as a reminder to myself to read that.
* Cool post-apocalyptic short film: concept ruin