Pete Seeger, 1919-2014.

This was a great man. I don’t care how you feel about banjos, or the left, or unions, or songwriting. You can disagree with his politics or say his art is not to your taste. But you cannot deny that Pete Seeger was a great man. I’d be remiss if I allowed this day end without marking his passing.

Look at what Woody Guthrie painted on his guitar.

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This Machine Kills Fascists

Now look at what Pete Seeger inscribed on his banjo.

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This Machine Surrounds Hate and Forces it to Surrender

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The first day in zombie land might be the hardest to survive. This is because you are unprepared, you will never know when it will hit you. You will lose friends, family and many more. In this post you will learn different approaches on how to survive this first horrific day.

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Dunk and Egg Go Graphic

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by Jeremy DeFatta

Here’s a quick treat for my fellow Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones fans.

Are you familiar with Martin’s Dunk and Egg novellas that are set a century before the beginning of A Game of Thrones? They’re good reads, and Amazon is releasing each of them in comic form. Whether or not you’re familiar with them, this could be a good way to expose (or re-expose) yourself to more stories set in Westeros.

The Hedge Knight (a re-release of an earlier version by Marvel) and The Sworn Sword are already available. The graphic versions of the other novellas will be forthcoming.

Now the controversy:

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Keep doing your own thing.

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Here’s what I will do personally to keep the conversation about surveillance we’ve started going. I’m not asking anyone else to do these things. The trick to this is to find a way to help keep people talking about it that fits into the other things you do. I don’t want this to take over anyone’s blogging life, including my own, but I do want to keep it moving forward. Here are some things I will do:

  1. I’ll set up a page to index links to blog posts about surveillance as we find them. I’m not using my alliance page for this because it contains enough information already and I want it remain useful as a template. If you want to see what an insanely helpful page this could turn into, take a look at this list of 115 noteworthy articles about writing that blogger Kas Thomas has compiled and think about what list like that devoted to surveillance could do for us.
  2. I’ll keep following this issue and share things I find. I’ve been following it for awhile, just not very closely, and not on the blog. Most of the links on my alliance page are to things I’d saved on Sourcerer’s Facebook page because I thought they might be useful and some point (and I was right!)
  3. I’ll blog about it when there are new developments or when I have something to say. For the next couple of weeks, that means supporting  The Day We Fight Back, keeping tabs on a couple of court cases, and reporting on the progress of this alliance as it grows.
  4. I’ll follow links to posts about surveillance if anyone leaves them for me, read the information, and consider using it somehow.

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