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    The Alternate History Syllabus Challenge!

    Class: Examining Modern American Literature (GA #134F) Campus: Upstate New York National University (Ithaca, N.Y.) Type: Reading group Convener: Prof. Dana Gioia Hours: Biweekly, Thursdays 6:00-8:30 Course outline: American authors have written hundreds of classic works of literature since the...
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    Alternate Wikipedia Infoboxes VI (Do Not Post Current Politics or Political Figures Here)

    In order, "San Francisco and the Owens Valley" and "New Orleans, Beaumont, and a less robust air conditioning industry".
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    What It Took: A TLIAW by Enigma and Vidal

    Grasso! Byrd! Clements! Van De Kamp! So many great candidates who show up in lists sometimes but nevertheless never seem to get the attention they deserve. Really love, too, how the salience of different policy options is different - there was plenty of legislation on immigration in the OTL...
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    Request Maps/Flags/Coats of Arms/Heraldry here, II

    Some simple requests: Can someone make logos that look like this and this, but with SDPA in place of the actual text? My computer is having trouble with Inkscape.
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    The Dead Skunk

    I can't help but worry that this might be tempting fate a bit...
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    Jimmy Two: America in Carter's Second Term

    Heck, if you wanted, you could still have John Paul II succeeded by Benedict XVI... Going to be interesting to see how the fact of an English* pope with substantial personal loyalty to the crown affects Northern Ireland - here's a record of a conversation he had with Thatcher early in her...
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    Alternate Wikipedia Infoboxes VI (Do Not Post Current Politics or Political Figures Here)

    This is great - I especially like the focus-grouped party names, particularly THE Ohio State University Continental Whigs. Those Texas borders are blursed in a fun way - I'm especially interested in what their relationship is with Rio Grande. (If Monterrey still becomes an economic powerhouse...
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    The President Lay Dying: A TLIAW

    Ah yes, but is that one thing going to be "full employment" or the whole Carter song-and-dance?
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    The President Lay Dying: A TLIAW

    He would have needed the House and Senate to vote for him. There's nothing legally barring it, but politically the blatant nepotism would be a hard sell.
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    North By Northwoods: A TLIAW

    I understood that reference A nice subversion of all our expectations.
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    TLIAW: Our Long National Nightmare

    Under the circumstances, I think you could make a case that Louis Stokes is the greatest President in American history, between everything he did and how little time and support he had to do it.
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    Alternate Wikipedia Infoboxes VI (Do Not Post Current Politics or Political Figures Here)

    The 2012 United States presidential election was the 57th quadrennial presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. The Republican ticket of former Illinois Governor Alan Schiro and North Carolina senator Edward C. Hartley defeated incumbent Democratic President Scott McKay and Vice...
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    Jimmy Two: America in Carter's Second Term

    I think it’s also worth noting that Reaganism isn’t going to go away just because Reagan does. The zeitgeist of the time will no longer be jingoistic, but there will still be a solid core of Americans who are, and who will want that sort of media. I’m imagining a lot of the impulses that went...
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    Sword Dueling Among Inner City Gangs

    True - I thought I remembered case law that said differently, but maybe not. At the same time, I do have a hard time seeing courts and legislatures using (to put it bluntly) the same relaxed standard they use for white-coded gun ownership in the context of inner-city Blacks, no matter the case...
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    Sword Dueling Among Inner City Gangs

    I think the issue there is, even if guns were unavailable, swords are both impossible to hide and impossible to justify for any other purpose. Even in self-defense, they're hugely cumbersome to carry around, and the point of that kind of weapon (no pun intended) is to be ready at any time. And...
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    The Dead Skunk strongly implies (in my reading) that Gran Colombia is still around as of 1980 (as is the aristist Virreinato).
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    TLIAW: Against the Grain

    I’ll fix it. Which part? EDIT: Should be fixed.
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    TLIAW: Against the Grain

    He was very close to the Perot campaign in 1996!