Feb. 26th, 2008

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NYT op-ed columnist Bob Herbert has an excellent piece about Raph Nader and his recent announcement about running for president. One of the key points he makes is:
When asked about the possibility of being a spoiler, of tilting the election to John McCain, Mr. Nader replied: “Not a chance. If the Democrats can’t landslide the Republicans this year, they ought to just wrap up, close down, emerge in a different form.”

That’s the bull-headed Ralph Nader, the one who is willfully blind to political realities and the potential consequences of his actions — the one who sends chills through men and women who have admired him for many decades and will forever be grateful for the progressive changes he brought to American society.
After that far too accurate summation, Herbert goes on (quite rightly) to list the many wonderful things we have Nader's dilligent efforts in the 1950s, 60s, 70s, and 80s, to thank for. I grew up greatly admiring Ralph Nader, I admired him in the 80s and 90s, and even admired his 2000 run for President. However, after 8 years of one of the worst administrations I could ever have imagined, he's just another old white man taking money from the Republicans to fuel his vanity. I'm annoyed with him, but more than that, I'm profoundly disappointed in him.
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Someone on RPG.net linked to an image of the cover of the new Exalted book (it's a fairly large image), Compass of Celestial Directions vol. 3: Yu-Shan.

In addition to being a very cool image, I'm also particularly in love with it, because in many ways, it's my image. I didn't write any part of this book, but I wrote all of the original material on the celestial city of Yu-Shan for Exalted first edition, and am the writer who came up with it's basic structure (such as the fact that it's an enormous city the exact size and shape of the Blessed Isle) as well as many of the details. In this image, the travel clouds, the ovoid flying cars, the golden Celestial Lions, and the canals the run gold and silver are all my own inventions. I love it when other people do things with my work, especially gorgeous and wonderful things like that cover. I love inspiring people with my ideas, and I ever more love seeing the results of this inspiration. I love my job.

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