Monday, October 09, 2006

Carnival of the Decline of Democracy - Round 10

Welcome to Round Ten of the Carnival of the Decline of Democracy - Blogging 'till the secret police take us away.

Carnival of the Decline of DemocracyThere are two difficult things to running this carnival. The first is narrowing down the entries I receive into a manageable - and relevant - posting on the topic of declining democracy. This week there were seventeen entries, that I cut down to eight. It was difficult, but I do need to set some limits.

The second is reading all the postings without resorting to either crying or shooting myself. Things are indeed looking bleak, as the postings relating to the recently passed torture bill demonstrate. But, as the included satire postings show, we must laugh. Either that or... well, I already listed the alternatives.

I must have needed the laugh, too, because this week I've selected as many satires as straight blogs. I didn't plan it that way; it just sort of happened.

Here's this week's carnival:

Bill Losapio presents Ten Reasons You Will Not Recognize America in Ten Years.

John Buehler presents The Financing of War.

Brandon Peele presents The Evolutionary Role of Ethnocentricism.

Riversider presents Local Residents: Have Your Say in Local Development.

In the satire department:

Madeleine Begun Kane presents Torture Bill Haiku.

Jon Swift presents Traditional Torture Values.

Avant News presents 19 Year Old Diebold Technician Wins U.S. Presidency.

Mark A. Rayner presents Ask General Kang: advice for a mayor with ambitions.

Thank you for joining us on our bi-weekly look at the decline of democracy (and occasionally hopeful responses to it). The next edition of the Carnival will be posted on Monday, October 23rd, with entries requested by Saturday, October 21st, at midnight.

Submit your blog post for the next edition of the carnival of the decline of democracy using our carnival submission form. More information on future carnivals can be found on our carnival home page.

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