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  • The game changers: meet the creatives shaking up the gaming world

    08/19/2018 1:14:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | August 19, 2018 | Simon Parkin
    Just as the kaleidoscopic dramas of Leo Tolstoy’s novel Anna Karenina, the pseudo-non-fiction murk of Alan Moore’s comic From Hell and the domestic pragmatism of Jamie Oliver’s 15 Minute Meals meet under the fat banner of prose, so the body of video games becomes an ever broader church. It is impossible to enforce orthodoxy in a medium where shifting technology defines the canvas. The artform now embraces work from a dizzying spectrum. A challenging time, then, for the Victoria and Albert Museum to stage its first major video game exhibition. Rather than reach into the primordial digital soup of the...
  • Harvey Levin Tries to Stump Omarosa on Why She Didn’t Leave White House After Trump N-word Debacle

    08/18/2018 3:00:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Atlanta Black Star ^ | August 17, 2018 | Tia Berger
    Omarosa Manigault Newman was put in the hot seat while trying to explain why she continued to work for President Trump after she believed he used racial language. The former White House staff member conducted an interview with TMZ on Tuesday to discuss the secret recordings she speaks about in her new book “Unhinged.” Manigault Newman recently released a conversation between her and campaigners Lynne Patton and Katrina Pierson in 2016. All three staffers can be heard discussing Trump saying the word “nigger”. Patton said the president denied using the racial slur when asked, but Manigault Newman responded back, “That’s...
  • Kellyanne Conway on accusation Trump is racist: 'None of us would be there if that were true'

    08/13/2018 6:05:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 12, 2018 | Quinn Scanlan
    Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway responded to allegations that President Donald Trump is a racist, saying "none of us would be" at the White House if that were true. Conway also told ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl on "This Week" that in the two years she has worked for Trump, she has “never a single time heard him use a racial slur about anyone.” Conway was responding to a new book by former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman who describes Trump as a racist and that she has heard him use racial slurs. “I think...
  • News Summary At This Hour

    08/12/2018 3:09:57 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 2 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 8/12/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    Today is the first anniversary of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia that began when left-wing protestors attacked a white nationalist rally. In the end, a white nationalist ran his car into a group of leftists killing one and injuring others. That man faces criminal charges from the State of Virginia and federal hate crimes charges that could include the death penalty... The leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party, Gerard Batten, has called out the chief of London's Metropolitan Police for launching a hate crimes investigation of former British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson..... The Associated Press reported Saturday that 29-year...
  • Wanted: Social Media Re-invented

    08/11/2018 11:34:02 AM PDT · by jimjohn · 19 replies
    self | jimjohn
    I’m too busy to even write these days, and I’m hoping there are other tech savvy people talking privately about now. It’s time for an alternative social/information medium to rival the others.
  • Book Review: Democrat to Deplorable by Jack Murphy

    07/28/2018 9:18:58 AM PDT · by Behind the Blue Wall · 8 replies
    Book Review | May 2, 2018 | Jack Murphy
    Jack Murphy has done the world a great service in publishing his book, Democrat to Deplorable: Why Nine Million Obama Voters Ditched the Democrats and Embraced Donald Trump, and I would highly recommend it to everyone here, especially those who might be thinking about how to bring liberal/leftist relatives and friends over from the "dark side". Murphy does three things in the book, each of which would separately be significant, but taken together, they add up to far more than the sum of their parts. First, he relays the searing personal story of how he went from being a pretty...
  • Dinesh D'Souza explains 'outrageous' Trump-Lincoln comparison

    07/22/2018 2:53:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | July 22, 2018 | Art Moore
    When Americans assess Donald Trump, a president who in many ways has broken the mold, comparisons don’t come easily. But Abraham Lincoln? That’s the startling proposition illustrated in promotional posters for Dinesh D’Souza’s upcoming film “Death of a Nation,” which contends America is once again faced with an existential crisis. In an interview with WND, D’Souza explained he is not asserting that Trump is Lincoln. “We are saying there are situations that are eerily similar, the accusations against the two men are remarkably similar and Trump can take a page from the great emancipator,” D’Souza said. The filmmaker, known for...
  • Stephen King Has A ‘Warning’ For Brits Ahead Of Trump’s U.K. Visit

    07/09/2018 9:51:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | July 9, 2018 | Ed Mazza
    Horror novelist Stephen King is going viral again with yet another slam against President Donald Trump. Trump is visiting the United Kingdom later this week after a NATO summit in Brussels, and is expected to be greeted by protests complete with a 20-foot “Trump baby” in a diaper blimp floating overhead. The best-selling writer tweeted: (TWEET-AT-LINK) King has been a frequent Trump critic on Twitter....
  • What I LEarned in the Gulag

    07/08/2018 10:16:49 AM PDT · by Noumenon · 32 replies
    Kolyma Stories ^ | 2018 | Varlam Shalamov
    For fifteen years the writer Varlam Shalamov was imprisoned in the Gulag for participating in “counter-revolutionary Trotskyist activities.” He endured six of those years enslaved in the gold mines of Kolyma, one of the coldest and most hostile places on earth. While he was awaiting sentencing, one of his short stories was published in a journal called Literary Contemporary. He was released in 1951, and from 1954 to 1973 he worked on Kolyma Stories, a masterpiece of Soviet dissident writing that has been newly translated into English and published by New York Review Books Classics this week. Shalamov claimed not...
  • MFG Aberdeen plant hiring again to support new wind blade order (60 jobs in South Dakota)

    07/02/2018 7:50:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    KSFY-TV ^ | July 2, 2018
    ABERDEEN, S.D. (KSFY) - Molded Fiber Glass Companies (MFG) in Aberdeen announced Monday it will create about 60 more jobs after a substantial new order for wind turbine blades was confirmed. The company said the new order is part of a long-term agreement. “This new order is very good news for our teammates, the Aberdeen economy and MFG," Senior Vice President David Giovannini said in a press release. "In the context of challenging conditions in the wind energy market, we are very pleased with this win.” Back in early December, MFG announced plant would shutdown in February due to changes...
  • Any Book Suggestions for 4th of July Week?

    06/24/2018 6:43:19 PM PDT · by Michael.SF. · 74 replies
    Myself ^ | 6/24/2018 | Myself
    Taking a week off centered on the Fourth. Anyone have any good, current book suggestions? Subject matters of interest: History, Politics, Historical biographies. (No offense to anyone, but Bill O'Reilly's historical books are not of interest to me.)
  • Google does it again (Stop using it, please)

    06/22/2018 8:15:54 AM PDT · by Celerity · 40 replies
    google ^ | 6/22/18 | Celerity
    "By writing black female protagonists into science fiction, and bringing her acute appraisal of real-world power structures to bear on the imaginary worlds she created, Butler became an early pillar of the subgenre and aesthetic known as Afrofuturism. (Kara Walker cites her as an inspiration; and, as Hilton Als has pointed out, Butler is the “dominant artistic force” in Beyoncé’s visual album “Lemonade.”) In the ongoing contest over which dystopian classic is most applicable to our time, Kellyanne Conway made a strong case for George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four” when she used the phrase “alternative facts” and sent the novel to...
  • Australian company selects Huntsville for US manufacturing plant (200 jobs in Alabama)

    06/09/2018 4:37:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    WAAY-TV ^ | June 6, 2018 | Sydney Martin
    EOS says in six to nine months the manufacturing plant will be in full production. Electro Optic Systems or EOS is an Australian company that's coming to the Rocket City. The company is based out of Australia but is now opening a United States Headquarters in Huntsville. The building will produce products of the company for the defense industry. Their United States President who has been a part of the defense industry in Huntsville for years told WAAY 31 about the products they will be manufacturing. "What you can do with this system is you can stay in the vehicle,...
  • Heather Mac Donald on Identity Politics, Klavan on Culture, Andy McCarthy on Jihadism (AUDIO)

    06/06/2018 11:57:06 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 2 replies
    Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten ^ | 6/6/2018 | Ben Weingarten
    Today Ben Weingarten launched a new podcast, Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten, of likely interest. Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten features compelling long-form conversations with exceptional thinkers and doers -- primarily though not exclusively of a conservative/libertarian bent -- on the most critical ideas and issues of our time, and all time. The podcast aims to inject a counter-narrative to the prevailing progressive orthodoxy, and elicit deep insights on fundamental questions ranging from national security to economics, and philosophy to culture – fostering timeless discussions on what really matters, rather than chasing the news cycle. Here are the inaugural episodes:...
  • The Doorbell Rang

    05/26/2018 4:44:32 PM PDT · by Fai Mao · 9 replies
    You Tube ^ | 2015 | Rex Stout
    Given the lawlessness of the FBI in recent weeks this episode seems prescient. In case you don't know, Nero Wolfe is sort of the American Sherlock Holmes The Doorbell Rang
  • Why Trump Is a President Like No Other (Book Review)

    05/15/2018 6:52:56 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 14 replies
    American Greatness ^ | May 15, 2018 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Conrad Black’s erudite biography of Donald J. Trump is different from the usual in mediis rebus accounts of first-year presidents. He avoids the Bob Woodward fly-on-the-wall unattributed anecdote, and “they say” gossip mongering. Nor is the book a rush-to-publish product from former insiders of the Trump campaign or administration. Instead, Black, a prolific and insightful historian, adopts the annalistic method in carefully tracing Trump’s earliest years in business through his various commercial misadventures, financial recoveries, and sometimes wild antics. Black’s aim is to illustrate how much of what Trump has done since announcing his presidential candidacy in summer 2015 is hardly mysterious. Instead, Trump’s methods are fully explicable by what he has always done in the past—in the sometimes troubling, but more often reassuring, sense. Black is neither a hagiographer nor an ankle-biter. He seeks to understand Trump within the three prominent landscapes in which Americans had come to know their new president: politics, the celebrity world, and the cannibalistic arena of high-stakes Manhattan real estate and finance. Of the three, Black is most jaded about the anti-Trump hysteria within the first two, not because the real estate business is inherently a nobler profession, but because it more often lacks the moral preening and hypocrisies of both the beltway and tabloids. The result is an argument that the first president to have neither prior political nor military service nevertheless has his own demonstrable skill sets that are making his presidency far more dynamic than either his critics or supporters quite imagined. Black’s unspoken assumption is that it is more difficult to build a skyscraper in Manhattan than to be a career politician or an evening news reader.</p>
  • Book Review: The Red Chief by Ion Idriess, 1953

    04/27/2018 11:07:36 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 April, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
     THE RED CHIEF AS TOLD BY THE LAST OF HIS TRIBE by Ion L. Idriess,  ANGUS AND ROBERTSON SYDNEY - LONDON, 1953 226 pages. The Red Chief by Ion L. Idriess is about a legendary Australian aboriginal chief that lived from about 1650 to 1745, long before any European presence. His life and times were passed down in oral history, from what may have been the last full blood of his tribe, to Senior Sargent John P. Ewing, mentioned in Gunneday in 1886.  (1829-1911) The recounting of the stories about Cumbo Gunnerah were conscientiously written down from about a...
  • My Cheat Sheet to The Federalist Papers

    04/27/2018 1:39:34 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 16 replies
    ArticleVBlog ^ | April 27th 2018 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Long ago I made the mistake of wading unprepared into The Federalist Papers. In 1970 your humble blogger was a high school sophomore who bit off more than he could chew. I found Publius’ prose thick and rambling with incomprehensible sentences the length of paragraphs. Little did I know then that the style of the primary writer, Alexander Hamilton, is among the toughest for modern readers to comprehend. Unfortunately, Glenn Beck’s The Original Argument was forty-one years into the future. Had it been around in 1970, I would have devoured it.1 So, I tossed the Papers aside and didn’t revisit...
  • A Conversation with the Justice Clarence Thomas

    04/19/2018 10:49:14 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 3 replies
    youtu.be ^ | Apr 13, 2018 | LibraryOfCongress
    Gregory Maggs conducted a conversation with Hon. Clarence Thomas, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. The conversation was held in conjunction with the Supreme Court Fellows Program Annual Events. Speaker Biography: A native of Georgia, Clarence Thomas was nominated by President George H.W. Bush to become an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and was seated on the Court on October 23, 1991. Speaker Biography: Gregory E. Maggs is a professor at George Washington University Law School.
  • Jonah Goldberg's Elephant in the Boudoir--Not "Sex", Perpetuo-Omni-Pseudo-Copulationism

    04/17/2018 2:46:39 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 15 replies
    Your Common Sense | 11/16/28 | Charlesoconnell
    Canadian classical pianist Glenn Gould had a piano partially converted to a harpsichord, piano hammers removed, replaced with posts & quills. The harsh sound was described as "2 Skeletons Copulating on a Corrugated Tin Roof". An apt word cartoon to symbolize the motivation of end-stage Western civilization. Doing It with anything, everything, all the time, is not sex, which makes babies, creates the new world, unites couples and weaves the seamless fabric of the next society after this one winds down its inglorious suicide. Catholic sex tracker Mary Eberstadt considers it a new religion. She doesn't call it, its proper...