Nooooooo! Say it Ain’t So!

All good things must pass…. even rebels need to take a break. This is the last edition of the Bacon’s Rebellion e-zine under my editorial direction for the foreseeable future. While it’s possible that I may turn over the e-zine to “new management” — I am exploring the idea with some long-time friends of the Rebellion — no decision has been made.

So, rebels and friends, enjoy this edition of the Rebellion. It may be the last. (There’s no need to totally wig out, however. You can continue getting your fix of insurrection and mayhem on the Bacon’s Rebellion blog.)

Passing the Baton
After six great years, the time has come to step down from the Bacon’s Rebellion e-zine. It’s been fun, rewarding — and exhausting.
by James A. Bacon

Who Will Report the News?
How’s this for irony: The knowledge economy craves information more than ever, but newspapers and print media are imploding. Where will Virginians get their news in the Internet age?
by James A. Bacon

Katrina Yet Again

The hurricanes keep coming — and they always will. We can continue Business As Usual, making ourselves more vulnerable, or we can evolve safer, better protected human settlement patterns.
by EM Risse

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Lies
One reason it’s so hard for people to envision functional human settlement patterns is that the images peddled by the Business-As-Usual crowd are so deceptive.
by EM Risse

Turn and face the strange: An African-American from Illinois and a woman from Alaska have infected millions of Americans with a thirst for change. Will Virginia heed the call?
by Michael Thompson

Making the World a Better Place — with Other Peoples’ Money

We all want change. The question is, whom do you trust to deliver it — a government run by self-appointed elites, or friends and neighbors working as volunteers?
by Norman Leahy

The Numerati
In the land of the mathematically challenged, the “numerati” rule as kings. These inscrutable geniuses massage the data that drives business decisions — and, increasingly, determines who wins elections.
by Peter Galuszka

Nice & Curious Questions
A Rocky Business: Quarries in Virginia
by Edwin S. Clay III and Patricia Bangs

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5 responses to “Nooooooo! Say it Ain’t So!”

  1. Anonymous Avatar

    Michael Thompson in his column on change makes the commone mistake of not understanding the territory, litteraly.

    His knee jerk — or just jerky — lauding of the Alaska governor is just silly.

    Alaska has a popular governor because she is sending US of A citizens money to Alaska voters.

    85 percent of the state budget is oil money.

    Risse is right. Enterprise Socialism and in this case sweetened by pay offs to voters of the state with money from federal lands.

    Leahy is correct too. Do it with other peoples money and socialism is fine.

    Get real Thompson.

    A Real Conservative

  2. Anonymous Avatar

    Re: The Thompson commentary.

    Sarah Palin is a cynical, off hand choice. Here’s a woman chosen because she’s a woman. Other points of her resume:

    (1) She attended five colleges in six years.
    (2) As mayor, she tried to censor library books.
    (3) Her church sermon on the Web says it’s all right with Jesus to go after Iraq (even thought the decision was obviously based on faulty intelligence).
    (4) Despite cutting some projects, she sure went after those earmarks.
    (5) And how about that early support for the “Bridge to Nowhere?”

    Sorry, but this pit bull with lipstick is what she is, a small town mayor who got into a governorship of a state with a relatively small population. She is not well traveled nor well-educated. She has distrubing theocratic tendencies which I believe can be must as much a threat to American freedom as jihadists. I am no evangelical nor fundamentalist and do not want either type deciding the limits of my freedom.

    The buzz of McCain’s erratic and bizarre choice will wear off quickly.

    Peter Galuszka

  3. Norman Leahy Avatar
    Norman Leahy

    In a different vein, I’d like to reiterate my thanks to Jim for publishing the e-zine. It has been an invaluable resource for me during the last six years. More times than I can count it has been the only publication discussing some of the most important issues facing the Commonwealth.

    Alternate Mondays just won’t be the same without it.

  4. E M Risse Avatar

    Mr. Leahy:

    You are right!

    The Rebellion will not end but it may need a pause to refresh.


  5. Anonymous Avatar

    Under Chinese law, you have the right to rebel, but only if you win.

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