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Number 478, July 27, 2008
"Our would-be keepers in both 'major'
parties want you to accept a lower
standard of living, and begin a long
slide back into the Dark Ages"

Dollar Gas!
Dollar Gas!
(larger version print as bumper sticker!)
(Or buy one already printed from Artemis Zuna Trading Post)
See also: What Part of "One Dollar Gas" Did You Fail to Understand? by L. Neil Smith




I'm privileged to be your Editor ("Editor in Chief" our Publisher now calls me... I'll have to stop at one of the "Native American" road-side stores we have here in Arizona and get a war bonnet I guess). I'm happy to do it, but it shore don't pay so good. But this is the Age of Declining Expectations or something, right?

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Welcome to issue number 478.

Ken Holder

P.S.: don't forget our Publisher's Note: A Call For "Papers"

Time Peeper


Letters to the Editor
from Chris Hibbert of The Libertarian Futurist Society, Bill Koehler, A.X. Perez, Jeff Chan, and SciArt Media

The Dominant Culture
by L. Neil Smith
I remember George. It doesn't come as much of a surprise to me that for the past eight years, we've had a President whose effective IQ is a smaller number than his age. It's far from the first time -- you all remember Gerry Ford -- and, judging by current events, it will be far from the last.

Paving Stones
by A.X. Perez
Back at the beginning of the Twentieth Century the United States faced problems. Powerful corporations controlled Congress. Crooked political machines dominated state and local politics. Wild eyed radicals (and/or agents provocateur working for private security companies trying to frame said radicals) were throwing bombs. The banking system was unstable, and recessions and full out depressions, both regional and national, struck regularly. Immigrant criminal gangs were running wild, crooked politicians used illegal votes by immigrants and all decent people knew those damn foreigners were wrecking the country.

The Day I Used the Government
by Paul Bonneau
The older and more experienced I get, the more I turn into an anarchist. So it will give no surprise to say that I have engaged in discussions about anarchism on Internet forums, and that the usual response by folks who are "not quite there yet" is something like "If there were no government, how could X get done?" Here is my personal anecdote about something pretty clearly (or so it would first seem) in the government sphere: the conduct of elections.

Stop Voting!
by Russell D. Longcore
This election cycle has become interminably long and boring. The worst possible candidates from the Republican and Democrat parties have floated to the top, much like what you see when you glance down into a toilet bowl.

Ride Him Cowboy
by A.X. Perez
From 1933 through 1986 there was an inmate rodeo at the Huntsville Prison in Texas. Inmates who participated in the rodeo behaved better (if only to stay in the rodeo) and had a lower recidivism rate than other prisoners. From a penologist's point of view it was a successful program.

None Dare Call It Treason!
...but I will anyway

by Kaptain Kanada, aka Manuel Miles
Prior to submitting to TLE my recent article denouncing the warmongering NATO cheerleader, Eric Margolis, I engaged in a brief email dialogue with Eric Garris of I pointed out that Margolis, in a recent article, "...praises Bush (and Clinton) for the NATO War Against Serbia and the installation of the KLA gangsters as their puppet government of the occupied Serb province of Kosovo," and I dared to ask why continues to give a forum to an enemy of peace and liberty. Mr Garris was kind enough to reply to my inquiry.

Roswell Texas
Now for Sale at!

The Last Sonuvabitch of Klepton
The Last
of Klepton

The Probability Broach:
The Graphic Novel

by L. Neil Smith
Illustrated by Scott Bieser
Published by Bighead Press, 2004

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