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This is how fascism comes to America.
--Robert Kagan, The Washington Post, May 18, 2016

I thought you were wrong, nephew. I still hope you are. You still hope you are. From your view as a Canadian working in Los Angeles, you've been saying for four years that the United States is verging on a new civil war. That it would be worse than the last one, because the states are not clearly divided.

That the return of fascism was a distinct possibility.

Even without you in LA and friends elsewhere in the US, the circumstances there would affect me here. I live in the country next door-- grew up, as you know, on the border. Protests have skipped up north, with a large, though largely peaceful, demonstration in Toronto on the weekend and another in Montreal which did see a smaller group engage in…

In the film version of "The Two Towers" the preparation for the defense of the Hornburg has a company of elves show up, claiming to have been sent by Elrond to the defense of Rohan.

The trouble with this is that these elves are clearly from Lothlorien, therefore not under Elrond's command in any way unless Haldir changed his allegiance in the few days since the end of the last movie. Lothlorien is 200 miles away over ground that no infantry army of…


The world Laura made looks a lot like your world. It has cornfields and mustard. There are lizards and trees. There are robots and candles. It has ice cream and bees.

It looks like your world, from the outside, at least; like if you’re from Chicago. And you see the skyline on a T-shirt or poster. You say, I know that skyline. That’s my hometown.

And wherever your hometown happens to be—Chicago or Springfield or Kankakee—you have…

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