Entrapping Mau Maus on Trail: a Science Fiction Plot?

I’ve never liked entrapment.  Not when the police do it, not when civilians do it.  Not when the right does it, not when the left does it.  I particularly don’t like it when people are tricked into voicing their personal, non-job-related opinions on things, then lose their jobs as a result.  But you know what I hate even more?  Chickenshit corporations that don’t stand up for their people when they have been entrapped.  Way to go, NPR.  Your behavior is predictably shameful.

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Stephen Colbert Monday night on Mau-Mau Mike: “OK, he simply misspoke for five minutes about the Mau Mau revolution which he evidently thought happened in Indonesia for five minutes. The important thing isn’t where the Mau Mau revolution happened. The important thing is for people to start associating Barack Obama with the words Mau Mau.”

Yeah. But I said it Friday.

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I signed up to set trail for a Hash House Harrier event this coming Sunday.  This morning Schatzi and I scouted trail, walking two miles in dry riverbeds in NE Tucson.  The trail has been clear in my mind all along, but it never hurts to make sure the dicey parts are still passable, that someone hasn’t put an eight-foot chain-link fence across the gap you always used before to get down into the riverbed. I learned that lesson when I lived and hashed in Las Vegas during a mid-1990s construction boom, where fences festooned with No Trespassing signs would suddenly appear where no fences had been before.  But we’re good for Sunday.  No fences, and it’s going to be a fine trail.  Schatzi thinks so too.

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I’ve been reading a lot of science fiction lately, some of it from the very early days of the genre.  When I saw a link to Ward Shelly’s diagrammatic history of science fiction today at the wonderful Making Light blog, I knew I had to share it with you.  You’ll find my reviews of science fiction books mixed in with my regular book & movie review entries.  Hope you’re a fan too, and that you too will index this useful history.

Damn, I wish something like this had been around when I was writing my master’s thesis on utopian and dystopian fiction!

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