A depiction of a section of “The Long Earth” as described in the sci-fi book by the same name by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter, as if viewed through a crystal ball.

A depiction of a section of “The Long Earth” as described in the sci-fi book by the same name by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter, as if viewed through a crystal ball.


The “Long Earth” is a name given to a possibly infinite series of parallel worlds that are similar to Earth, which can be reached by using an inexpensive device called a “Stepper”. The “close” worlds are almost identical to “our” Earth (referred to as “Datum Earth”), while others differ in greater and greater details.

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A ceremony honoring soldiers who fought for the Confederacy

I’m a resident of Maryland, which was a slave state. Today was the day decendants of the soldiers who fought for the Confederacy honor the memory of Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson by participating in a ceremony held at the site of a statue erected to honor those two Generals in Baltimore. About 25,000 Marylanders VOLUNTEERED to fight for the Confederacy. I just thought it ironic that this ceremony took place the day before America’s first black President was to be sworn in to serve his second term and two days before the Federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King.
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