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MikeDunnAuthor , avatar

Today in Labor History February 13, 1945: 25,000 civilians died when the Allies firebombed Dresden. In a three-day period, they dropped 3,900 tons of explosives and incendiaries, reducing six square miles of the city to rubble. Kurt Vonnegut was a prisoner of war in Dresden during the bombing. He wrote about it in his novel, “Slaughterhouse-Five.”


alfredtarski , avatar

@MikeDunnAuthor @bookstadon The Horrible2💥💥💥 Massacre⚰️⚰️⚰️ of Dresdra🌹🌹🌹

MikeDunnAuthor , avatar

Today in Labor History February 11, 1938: BBC Television produced the world's first ever science fiction television program, an adaptation of a section of the Karel Čapek play R.U.R., that coined the term "robot." He derived the word “robot” from the Czech word for forced labor by Serfs. R.U.R. is an archetype for many of the science fiction stories and films that followed, like Bladerunner, West World and Terminator, and others about robots, replicants and hosts that rebel against humans. However, “R.U.R.,” like Čapek’s 1936 novel “War with the Newts,” is also a satirical critique of totalitarianism, which was already on the rise in Europe at the time he wrote the play.


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  • alfredtarski , avatar

    @MikeDunnAuthor @bookstadon Robot🤖🤖🤖 Power🤔🤔🤔..

    meshell , avatar

    I finished Cursed Cocktails by S.L. Rowland last night and it was a nice mostly low-stress akin to the style of Bookshops & Bonedust by Travis Baldree.

    The style of the warrior finding community after war/adventure, set in a magical land of elves and humans and dwarves.

    Not in a bad way - it's still a fresh angle, you've got a blood mage, and monsters, and friends and conviviality. @bookstadon

    moss , avatar

    @meshell @bookstadon

    I asked on here a while ago for low stakes, fantasy recommendations, and someone recommended the singing Hills cycle by Nghi Vo, which I have absolutely adored. The first one is very low stakes, with gentle curiosity as a key value, the sequels do have a bit more action, but the themes are similar.

    I haven’t read legends and lattes yet but I’m looking forward to it.

    meshell OP , avatar

    @moss @bookstadon That book has been on my TBR for nearly four years but I finally picked it up today thanks to your comment. 😅 thanks!

    MikeDunnAuthor , avatar

    Today in Labor History February 7, 1917: A court wrongly convicted labor organizer Tom Mooney for the San Francisco Preparedness Day bombing in July 1916. The governor finally granted him an unconditional pardon after 22.5 years of incarceration. 10 people died in the bombing and 40 were injured. A jury convicted two labor leaders, Thomas Mooney and Warren Billings, based on false testimony. Both were pardoned in 1939. Not surprisingly, only anarchists were suspected in the bombing. A few days after the bombing, they searched and seized materials from the offices of “The Blast,” Alexander Berkman and Emma Goldman’s local paper. They also threatened to arrest Berkman.
    In 1931, while they were still in prison, I. J. Golden persuaded the Provincetown Theater to produce his play, “Precedent,” about the Mooney and Billings case. Brooks Atkinson of the New York Times wrote, “By sparing the heroics and confining himself chiefly to a temperate exposition of his case [Golden] has made “Precedent” the most engrossing political drama since the Sacco-Vanzetti play entitled Gods of the Lightening… Friends of Tom Mooney will rejoice to have his case told so crisply and vividly.”


    led , avatar

    @MikeDunnAuthor @bookstadon

    That is harsh treatment, but my perception is that prisons today will not afford their prisoners the same opportunity.

    MikeDunnAuthor , avatar

    Today in Labor History February 4, 1900: Jacques Prévert was born (1900-1977). Prevert was a poet, surrealist and libertarian socialist who glorified the spirit of rebellion & revolt.

    Excerpt from “Song in the Blood”
    There are great puddles of blood on the world
    Where’s it going all this spilled blood
    Murder’s blood. . . war’s blood. . .
    Misery’s blood. . .
    And the blood of men tortured in prisons. . .
    The blood of children calmly tortured by their papa
    And their mama. . .
    And the blood of men whose heads bleed in
    Padded cells
    And the roofer’s blood
    When the roofer slips and falls from the roof


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    MikeDunnAuthor OP , avatar

    @peterjriley2024 @bookstadon
    This is awesome!. I hadn't heard it before. thanks so much!

    MikeDunnAuthor , avatar

    Today in Labor History January 31, 1971: For the second time in six months, rioting broke out during an anti-war protest in East Los Angeles. Police fired into the crowd, killing one protester. The anti-war demonstrations were organized by the Chicano Moratorium. Chicanos were dying at a higher rate during the Vietnam War than white Americans. During the August 29, 1970 protests, police killed three people, including Journalist Ruben Salazar. Oscar Zeta Acosta portrayed Salazar in his 1973 novel, “The Revolt of the Cockroach People.” Hunter S. Thompson portrayed Acosta as his “Samoan attorney” in “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.”


    MikeDunnAuthor OP , avatar

    @AlexanderVI @bookstadon
    I believe he disappeared in Mexico, just like he was portrayed in Where The Buffalo Roam.

    AdrianRiskin , avatar

    @MikeDunnAuthor @AlexanderVI @bookstadon

    "Nobody will be sure about his final fate. He will be involved in drug trafficking, and during a trip on a friend's boat, in June 1974, from Mazatlán, a resort place on Mexico's Pacific coast, to Southern California, he will disappear, strangely and without trace."

    From Bandido: The Death and Resurrection of Oscar Zeta Acosta by Ilan Stavans

    MikeDunnAuthor , avatar

    Today in Labor History January 24, 1961: A B-52 bomber, carrying three 4-megaton Mark 39 nuclear bombs, broke up in mid-air, dropping its nuclear payload over North Carolina. Five crewmen successfully bailed out of the aircraft and landed safely. Another ejected, but did not survive the landing. Two others died in the crash. Each of the bombs had more than 250 times the destructive power of the Hiroshima bomb. Each one was large enough to create a 100% kill zone within an 8.5 miles radius. A supervisor of nuclear safety at Sandia National Laboratories said that "one simple, dynamo-technology, low voltage switch stood between the United States and a major catastrophe." However, there is evidence that the switch of at least one of the bombs was set to ARM. No one knows why none of them exploded. And while the authorities were able to recover the uranium core from two of the bombs, one of them is still lost somewhere in North Carolina.

    For a truly terrifying look at just how many times we were just a hair trigger away from a major nuclear accident, read Eric Schlosser’s “Command and Control.”


    khleedril , avatar

    @MikeDunnAuthor @bookstadon The bombs were designed at the outset to survive accidents like this. The engineers had the foresight and did their work well. There was never any danger.

    SocialistStan , avatar

    @MikeDunnAuthor @bookstadon Can you imagine being the guys who found that. DONT TOUCH ANYTHING!

    MikeDunnAuthor , avatar
    jones , avatar

    @MikeDunnAuthor @bookstadon

    You and me, we'll all go down in history / With a sad Statue of Liberty / And a generation that didn't agree ->

    And so, once again
    Oh, America, my friend
    And so, once again
    You are fighting us all

    And when we ask you why
    You raise your sticks and cry, and we fall
    Oh, my friend, how did you come
    To trade the fiddle for the drum? ->

    _chris_real , avatar

    @MikeDunnAuthor @bookstadon

    Many people don't know that Vonnegut, who fought in WWII, SURVIVED the firebombing of Dresden. (He happened to be deep underground).

    arratoon , avatar

    Book 6, 2024: Dark Lustre, part 1 - Roy Wilkinson
    This is interesting. A six-part novel, each instalment arriving on a monthly basis via post. Wilkinson is the author of amazing British Sea Power biography Do It For Your Mum. This novel takes in a female rock band called The Countess Marie-José de la Barre d’Erquelinnes Hextet, the search for Nazi gold in Devon, Snow White’s coffin, and God knows what else. Recommended. @bookstadon

    failedLyndonLaRouchite ,

    @arratoon @bookstadon

    A serial novel, appearing monthly
    Charles Dickens would approve

    MikeDunnAuthor , avatar

    Today in Labor History January 19, 1812: Luddites torched Oatlands Mill in Yorkshire, England. In order to avoid losing their jobs to machines, Luddites destroyed equipment in protest. Their movement was named for Ned Ludd, a fictional weaver who supposedly smashed knitting frames after being whipped by his boss. Luddite rebellions continued from 1811-1816, until the military quashed their uprising.

    Chant no more your old rhymes about bold Robin Hood
    His feats I but little admire
    I will sing the Achievements of General Ludd
    Now the Hero of Nottinghamshire.

    The sentiment for this poem comes from the fact that Robin Hood was a paternalistic hero, a displaced aristocrat who stole from his class brethren and gave to the poor; whereas Ned Ludd represented the autonomy and self-sufficiency of the working class.


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    Judeet88 , avatar

    @MikeDunnAuthor @bookstadon The revolution against machines that were taking over from workers' jobs started in Nottingham.

    MikeDunnAuthor , avatar

    Today in Writing History January 19, 1809: Edgar Allan Poe was born. “The Raven” made Poe an overnight sensation. Yet, he spent much of his life in poverty. Poe originally considered having an owl or parrot, rather than a raven, quote “Nevermore.” Poe was a binge drinker who sometimes remained sober for months before falling off the wagon again. His alcoholism worsened as he got older. He died in 1849, mostly likely from alcoholism. His grave remained unmarked until 1865. For 60 years, from 1949 until 2009, the “Poe Toaster” left a bottle of cognac and three roses on Poe’s grave every January 19th.


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  • MikeDunnAuthor OP , avatar

    @Badger_AF @bookstadon
    John Waters
    And soft shell crab

    Hoodedman , avatar

    @MikeDunnAuthor @bookstadon Poe was a very fascinating man. His life was more or less equal to the stories he wrote.

    MikeDunnAuthor , avatar

    Today in Labor History January 19, 1920: Crystal Eastman, Roger Nash Baldwin, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn (from the IWW) and others founded the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Their original focus was freedom of speech, primarily anti-war speech, and supporting conscientious objectors. In 1923, they defended author Upton Sinclair after he was arrested for trying to read the First Amendment during an IWW rally. In 1925, they persuaded John T. Scopes to defy Tennessee's anti-evolution law in The State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes. Clarence Darrow, an ACLU member, headed Scopes' legal team. The ACLU lost the case and Scopes was fined $100. In 1926, they defended H. L. Mencken, who deliberately broke Boston law by distributing copies of his banned American Mercury magazine and won their first major acquittal. However, they kicked Elizabeth Gurley Flynn off their board in 1940 because of her Communist affiliations. And they refused defend Paul Robeson and other leftists in the 1950s.


    JoscelynTransient , avatar

    @MikeDunnAuthor @bookstadon oh, this makes a lot more sense to me now why the ACLU hasn't shown up for labor the way one would otherwise expect. I didn't realize they had removed the leftists like that in the 40s...ugh

    Still appreciate the ACLU, but it was always conspicuous some of the things they didn't show up for

    SeumanOtwal , avatar

    @MikeDunnAuthor @bookstadon — Less defenders of labor than defenders of middle-class privilege, really.

    MikeDunnAuthor , avatar

    Today in Writing History January 19, 1829: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's “Faust: The First Part of the Tragedy” premiered. It’s the story of a scientist who makes a pact with the devil to gain power and knowledge. It took him 37 years to complete the play. Goethe also published scientific works on anatomy and botany. In the late 1700s, he wrote that variation in plants and animals was due to descent from common ancestors. This idea later influenced Darwin, who also credited Goethe with discovering the intermaxillary bone. Goethe’s novel, “Sorrows of Young Werther,” led to a suicide craze in Europe.


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  • pkw , avatar

    @MikeDunnAuthor @bookstadon Michael Moorcock has a character "Werther De Goethe" who is pretty nihilistic. I knew there must be some connecttion.

    oceaniceternity , avatar

    I just finished The Thousand Earths by S. Baxter. It was very, very good. It explored a breadth of settings that was stitched together by brief interludes of a 22nd century traveler. While I enjoyed it and thought it well constructed and excellently laid out, I was saddened by how setting driven it was, as opposed to character driven.

    Never thought the day would come where I wanted to read about a love plot in my scifi.

    That said why does it seem like so many books are about humanity at the heat death of the universe? That's what my last scifi book was on too...


    oceaniceternity OP , avatar

    @Salty @bookstadon Lmao yeah. I did think it was a really good metaphor for climate change and reactions to it. Especially for exploring social change in the face of such drastic environmental changes.

    Unfortunately, there the similarity stops. I believe I would be somewhat unhappy being a simulation in a computer.

    Chrisosaur , avatar

    @oceaniceternity @bookstadon that’s Baxter. Great ideas but can’t bring his characters to life. Working with Pratchett really helped in that department in the Long Earth series.

    oceaniceternity , avatar

    As an aside @bookstadon I'm A Desolation called Peace. It has a real feeling of Horatio Hornblower in space.

    I'm enjoying it even if it's discussion of empire doesn't feel as deep as I would like, yet. I am however really enjoying the longer chapters.

    oceaniceternity OP , avatar

    @bookstadon One thing that I am also really enjoying is the structure and construction of this novel. If my ereader is correct I am nearly halfway through it.

    Each chapter is roughly 20 pages. These regular blocks of helps create an ominous sense of anticipation.

    I'm not a particular fan of changing the pov character quickly and often. It happens a lot with modern novels though. One of the good things it does is allow easy exposition for a very wide and diverse section of both society and location. This can sometimes be hard to track...

    But I really love how now the characters are coming together in space. They are all starting to bounce off each other more, connect: I can see the connections coming together.

    In all. I'm enjoying my book. I wish I could read faster.

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