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  • Comic book genius Stan Lee, Spider-Man creator, dies at 95

    11/12/2018 11:20:55 AM PST · by Morgana · 32 replies
    wsbt ^ | November 12, 2018 | Sinclair Broadcast Group
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Comic book genius Stan Lee, the architect of the contemporary comic book, has died. He was 95. The creative dynamo who revolutionized the comics by introducing human frailties in superheroes such as Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four and The Incredible Hulk, was declared dead Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to Kirk Schenck, an attorney for Lee's daughter, J.C. Lee. As the top writer at Marvel Comics and later as its publisher, he revived the industry in the 1960s by offering the costumes and action craved by younger readers while insisting on sophisticated plots,...
  • Stan Lee Dead at 95

    11/12/2018 10:54:51 AM PST · by LostInBayport · 56 replies
    TMZ ^ | November 12, 2018 | TMZ
    Stan Lee, the man who co-created Marvel Comics, has died ... Stan's daughter tells TMZ. We're told an ambulance rushed to Lee's Hollywood Hills home early Monday morning and he was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. We're told that's where he died. Lee had suffered several illnesses over the last year or so -- he had a bout of pneumonia and vision issues. Stan started Marvel with Jack Kirby in 1961 with The Fantastic Four. He went on to create Spider-Man, Black Panther, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, Iron Man and The Avengers. Stan made cameo appearances in all of the...
  • Ancient Chinese Writing Tells The Biblical Story

    This is interesting. The Chinese language testifies the veracity of the Bible.
  • Fahrenheit 451: A Book Review

    11/10/2018 4:29:22 PM PST · by pcottraux · 38 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | November 10, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    Fahrenheit 451: A Book Review By Philip Cottraux I’ve written two reviews of dystopian future novels, 1984 and Brave New World (click the links to read). This week I decided to tackle Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. The story behind its authorship is almost as fascinating as the book itself; it took years for Bradbury to complete, working feverishly in garages and library basements during his spare time (he admitted in the book’s epilogue that he never quite completed a final story). Although written during the backdrop of the Cold War, it proved to be one of the most prophetic...
  • Self-publish eBooks and paperbacks for free with Kindle Direct Publishing

    11/08/2018 6:07:51 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 8 replies ^ | November 8,2018 | Amazon
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  • Grandson's Book Offers Warts-and-All View of WWII Medal of Honor Marine

    11/08/2018 4:32:50 AM PST · by Old Teufel Hunden · 21 replies
    The Stars and Stripes ^ | November 7, 2018 | Matthew M. Burke
    On Nov. 22, 1943, Marine 1st Lt. Alexander "Sandy" Bonnyman Jr. led a desperate assault to take a massive, sand-covered bunker holding scores of Japanese troops who had Marines pinned on the northern shore of Betio in the central Pacific atoll of Tarawa. Bonnyman planned the assault, and his team of 21 engineers and riflemen -- dubbed "Forlorn Hope" due to the hopelessness of their mission -- charged the bunker and killed a machine gunner perched on top with satchel charge demo devices and flamethrowers. On the summit, they dropped explosive charges down the ventilator openings and sprayed inside the...
  • Joy Behar’s Huge Head Causes Solar Eclipse

    11/04/2018 5:23:05 PM PST · by blueunicorn6 · 16 replies
    Science Guys | 11/4/2018 | blueunicorn6
    Pandemonium erupted throughout the US today as Joy Behar went for a walk and her huge head blotted out the sun. “I thought it was the end times”, said surfer dude Edward Boardwax. “The sun, like, disappeared. It was the scariest thing I’ve seen since Nancy Pelosi tried to play croquet with a dead salmon.” The Association of Space Scientists (ASS) released a statement concerning the eclipse. “We condemn Joy Behar for frightening little children and confusing Puxatawney Phil, the weather forecasting groundhog. Phil now thinks that there will be six more weeks of blabbering. He may never again come...
  • Cartographantasies: The maps that guide writers and readers through fictional worlds.

    11/04/2018 7:46:59 AM PST · by billorites · 16 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | November 4, 2018 | Alan Jacobs
    arring some unforeseen miracle of publishing occurring in the next few weeks, The Writer’s Map will be my book of the year for 2018. It gathers intelligently charming meditations from writers and festoons them with map after map after map after map of imaginary, and sometimes non-imaginary, lands. (Only after several days of staring at the beautifully reproduced images did I force myself to read the words, but I am glad I finally did.) I am so enamored of this book that I bitterly resent what takes me away from it, whether that be the need to eat, or sleep,...
  • Jane Fonda's anti-Americanism, excerpt from Barry Gray's book

    11/03/2018 8:44:28 AM PDT · by TakebackGOP · 5 replies
    "My Night People" | 1975 | Barry Gray
  • New Book about Reagan

    11/02/2018 2:54:21 PM PDT · by DanielThomas
    In this ambitious work David T. Byrne analyzes the ideas that informed Ronald Reagan’s political philosophy and policies. Rather than appraising Reagan’s personal and emotional life, Byrne’s intellectual biography goes one step further; it establishes a rationale for the former president’s motives, discussing how thinkers such as Plato and Adam Smith influenced him. Byrne points to three historical forces that shaped Reagan’s political philosophy: Christian values, particularly the concept of a universal kingdom of God; America’s firm belief in freedom as the greatest political value and its aversion to strong centralized government; and the appeasement era of World War II,...
  • 'Back in the Game': Rep. Steve Scalise's new book details recovery from ball field shooting

    11/02/2018 11:40:03 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 2, 2018 | Jennifer Harper
    House Majority Whip Steve Scalise has written a book detailing his experience being shot at a congressional baseball practice, and the recovery process. (Center Street Books/ Hachette Book Group ) A new book by shooting survivor Rep. Steve Scalise is hitting bookstores in mid-November. In “Back in the Game: One Gunman, Countless Heroes, and the Fight for My Life,” the Louisiana Republican — who was gravely wounded by a lone gunman during a baseball practice last year — talks about his journey to recovery.
  • K 12: Dumbing Down Is Not A Good Strategy

    11/01/2018 6:43:40 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 12 replies
    Republic Standard ^ | July 19, 2018 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Is there a law somewhere which requires that public schools must aim for mediocrity?Nobody denies that our toys, including games and robots, are smarter than ever. Meanwhile, everyone seems to agree that we humans are moving in the other direction: dumber and dumbest.The unanimity of opinion is rather shocking. You see on the Internet a lot of headlines like this: “Are we becoming more STUPID? IQ scores are decreasing — and some experts argue it's because humans have reached their intellectual peak.” As for why, there is a colorful variety of opinion. Some people blame pollution, diet, and/or environmental degradation....
  • Language Lesson

    11/01/2018 3:25:03 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 17 replies
    email from friend | 11/1/2018 | unknown
    An amazing 2 letter English word. A reminder that one word in the English language that can be a noun, verb, adjective, adverb and preposition. UP Read until the end ..... you'll laugh. This two-letter word in English has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word is 'UP.' It is listed in the dictionary as an [adv], [prep], [adj], [n] or [v]. It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP? At a meeting, why does a topic...
  • How My Mom Got Me a set of Encyclopedias at the Supermarket

    10/27/2018 4:35:04 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 96 replies
    It was around March of 1974, right around the time that Nixon and Watergate was in the news day after day after day. I was in the fifth grade and not much up to speed on Watergate and why Nixon was in such big trouble over it. I was more concerned about The Partridge Family, my favorite show at the time, going off the air. I wanted to be Danny and to be able to play tricks on Reuben Kincaid. My mother used to go grocery shopping over at the Finast - also known as "The First National" - a...
  • What's the Best Book to Read on Augusto Pinochet?

    10/27/2018 8:45:03 AM PDT · by DIRTYSECRET · 21 replies
    Most are left-leaning, blaming the US for thousands of deaths. As I understand it he SAVED the country. I remember a Buchanan quote on McGlocklin: "Those that were killed should have been killed." Mean-but true? It's got me thinking. SO tell me which one is evenhanded and credits the man for Chile's success today.
  • A new Kickstarter project will publish an undiscovered novel that inspired The Thing

    10/26/2018 10:49:53 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    The Verge ^ | October 21, 2018 | Andrew Liptak
    John Carpenter’s The Thing is a classic science fiction horror film that has scared audiences for decades. But the film was inspired by an earlier story published in the 1930s, “Who Goes There?” by noted editor John W. Campbell Jr., and it turns out that that there’s more to that story. A researcher recently discovered an unpublished, novel-length manuscript of the story, and a small press is using Kickstarter to publish it... Alec Nevala-Lee notes that Campbell was inspired in part by explorer Richard Byrd, and possibly H.P. Lovecraft’s classic horror story “At the Mountains of Madness.” In 1938, a...
  • This title is not currently available for purchase

    10/25/2018 10:40:00 AM PDT · by ml/nj · 30 replies ^ | Oct 25, 2018 | ML/NJ
    This title is not currently available for purchase I've been shopping at Amazon for longer than most folks but I don't believe I've ever seen a notice such as this before. The book is Camp of the Saints. If you've read it you probably know that it cuts a little to close too home for some on the left. I probably should look to see if Atlas Shrugged is still available. ML/NJ
  • [History 1993] Sen. Daniel P Moynihan PhD (D-NY) "Defining Deviancy Down"

    10/25/2018 10:00:36 AM PDT · by SES1066 · 4 replies
    American Scholar Quarterly ^ | Winter 1993 | Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan
    The change in the Democrat Party over the past 25 years cannot be made more clear than to read this scholarly article by what was a senior US Senator / Harvard Professor / Ambassador and immediate predecessor of Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) [2001-07]! Moynihan may have been the last or one of the last centrist Democrat politicians and the movement of that party to the far LEFT is illustrated by this monograph that is still very much worth reading!
  • Netflix announces The Lord of the Rings trilogy WILL come to streaming service on November 1 [tr]

    10/25/2018 7:19:10 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 25, 2018 | Eve Buckland
    It was the fantasy trilogy that garnered critical acclaim, won 17 Oscars and launched the careers of stars including Orlando Bloom and Dominic Monaghan. And Netflix UK & Ireland have announced the iconic The Lord of the Rings trilogy will come to the streaming service on November 1. The original trilogy - The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King- based on the J.R.R Tolkien books, was released between 2001-2003.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird named America's favorite novel ever

    10/23/2018 9:35:48 PM PDT · by BlackAdderess · 69 replies
    Entertainment ^ | 10/23/2018 | DAVID CANFIELD
    America’s favorite novel ever has been named: Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. More than four million votes were cast for PBS’s The Great American Read program, in which the public was given a list of 100 popular fiction contenders to choose their most-loved book. The contest was introduced in May with the long list, and voting has taken place through the fall, with PBS airing eight episodes spotlighting the novels according to theme: “Heroes,” What We Do for Love,” and on. Celebrities and famous authors were featured in the episodes, providing commentary on their personal favorite books and why...