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  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (Week of 7-18-16)

    07/17/2016 4:56:44 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 20 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/ ^ | 7-18-16 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Excerpt from the French Epic Poem "The Song of Roland"

    07/15/2016 6:11:57 AM PDT · by Claud · 13 replies
    Le Chanson de Roland ^ | ca. Anno Domini 1100 | unknown
    Karl the Great cannot choose but weep, For him hath his host compassion deep; And for Roland, a marvellous boding dread. It was Gan, the felon, this treason bred; He hath heathen gifts of silver and gold, Costly raiment, and silken fold, Horses and camels, and mules and steeds. But lo! King Marsil the mandate speeds, To his dukes, his counts, and his vassals all, To each almasour and amiral. And so, before three suns had set, Four hundred thousand in muster met. Through Saragossa the tabors sound; On the loftiest turret they raise Mahound: Before him the Pagans bend...
  • Michael Savage wins National Radio Hall of Fame award

    07/11/2016 2:43:05 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 51 replies
    WND ^ | 7-11-16 | unattributed
    Michael Savage, the host of the nationally syndicated The Savage Nation, will be inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame. Savage told WND he will be inducted Nov. 17 at a ceremony in Chicago in the category of Spoken Word On-Air Personality. To me, this is the capstone of my life, Savage said, all my writing, all my speaking. This is it. This year, the National Radio Hall of Fame gave listeners a direct voice in selecting the inductees, allowing them to vote via text. The other nominees in his category were Sean Hannity, Diane Rehm and Mike Francesca....
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (Week of 7-11-16

    07/11/2016 2:24:37 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 37 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/ ^ | 7-11-16 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • THIS DAY IN HISTORY WITH TARA

    07/09/2016 7:18:13 AM PDT · by knarf · 5 replies
    This Day In History ^ | July 9, 2016 | Tara Ross
    On this day in 1755, a young George Washington becomes the hero of the Monongahela. Only one year earlier, he had been given an early command, but then forced into a disgraceful surrender. Now he finally had a chance to redeem himself.
  • There are just SIX plots in every film, book and TV show ever made: Researchers reveal the 'buildin

    07/08/2016 5:38:05 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 149 replies
    Dailymail ^ | 8 July 2016 | Stacy Liberatore
    There are just 6 plots in every film, book and TV show ever made: Researchers reveal the 'building blocks' of storytelling From Harry Potter and Romeo and Juliet to the stories of Oedipus and Icarus, almost every tale told conforms to one of just six plots, researchers have claimed. A major new analysis of over 1,700 stories identified the core plots 'which form the building blocks of complex narratives'. Researchers used complex data-mining to locate words linked to positive or negative emotion in each story to reveal the set of arcs. An emotional arc is similar to a plot building...
  • John Derbyshire nonblack talk (He was let go from national review for this column.)

    07/08/2016 1:55:23 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 52 replies
    Taki mag ^ | John Derbyshire
    There is much talk about the talk. Sean OReilly was 16 when his mother gave him the talk that most black parents give their teenage sons, Denisa R. Superville of the Hackensack (NJ) Record tells us. Meanwhile, down in Atlanta: Her sons were 12 and 8 when Marlyn Tillman realized it was time for her to have the talk, Gracie Bonds Staples writes in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Leonard Greene talks about the talk in the New York Post. Someone bylined as KJ DellAntonia talks about the talk in The New York Times. Darryl Owens talks about the talk in...
  • Children's character Curious George observes Ramadan

    07/07/2016 9:42:48 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 54 replies
    Agence France Press ^ | 7/7/2016 | Staff
    The beloved American children's book character Curious George is breaking fast for Ramadan this year -- with chocolate-covered bananas, of course.The just-released children's book "It's Ramadan, Curious George" celebrates the Muslim holiday, teaching kids about the sacred month.It comes amid rising tensions fueled by worries about Islamist extremism and a heated presidential campaign during which Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump has called for a ban on all Muslims entering the United States.US author Hena Khan "wanted to focus on the celebratory aspects" of Ramadan, so George attends family gatherings and accompanies his friend Kareem to a mosque to put together...
  • CELEBRATING 200 YEARS OF FRANKENSTEIN AND DRACULA

    07/06/2016 10:05:19 AM PDT · by Borges · 18 replies
    The Nerdist ^ | 6/30/2016 | ERIC DIAZ
    It all started when a massive volcano erupted, showering the land in a shroud of darkness. From that dark cloud in June of 1816, two of the most enduring horror icons were born: the Frankenstein Monster, and the modern interpretation of the Vampirewhich ultimately resulted in Dracula. Born on the same night, both turn 200 years old this month. While that might all sound a little melodramatic, its actually totally accurate. In late 1815, a volcano called Mount Tambora in the Dutch East Indies had a massive eruption, which shifted weather patterns all throughout Asia and Europe. 1816 was known...
  • Marvels New Iron Man Is a Black Woman

    07/06/2016 9:01:59 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 69 replies
    Time ^ | 07/06/16 | Eliana Dockterman
    Marvel writer Brian Michael Bendis talks the creation of Riri Williams, who will take over for Tony Stark There’s a new Iron Man. Well, Iron Man for now. She’s still working on the name. The events at the end of the comic book event series Civil War II will result in Tony Stark stepping out of the Iron Man suit and a new character, Riri Williams, taking over, Marvel tells TIME. (Note: Tony’s departure doesn’t mean you know the end to Civil War II yet.) Riri is a science genius who enrolls in MIT at the age of 15....
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (Week of 7-5-16)

    07/05/2016 1:51:56 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 13 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/ ^ | 7-5-16 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • How J.R.R. Tolkien Found Mordor on the Western Front

    07/01/2016 5:10:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 30, 2016 | Joseph Laconte
    IN the summer of 1916, a young Oxford academic embarked for France as a second lieutenant in the British Expeditionary Force. The Great War, as World War I was known, was only half-done, but already its industrial carnage had no parallel in European history. Junior officers were being killed off, a dozen a minute, recalled J. R. R. Tolkien. Parting from my wife, he wrote, doubting that he would survive the trenches, was like a death.
  • The Math Myth: And Other STEM Delusions

    06/30/2016 2:27:32 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 55 replies
    John Batchelor show ^ | 29 June 2016 | John Batchelor interviews author Andrew Hacker
    audio 19:01 Hacker's accessible arguments offer plenty to think about and should serve as a clarion call to students, parents, and educators who decry the one-size-fits-all approach to schooling. Publishers Weekly (starred review) A lively argument against the assumption that if the United States is to stay competitive in a global economy, our students require advanced training in mathematics. Kirkus Reviews The Math Myth persuasively and satisfyingly debunks assertions about the practical value of requiring all students to master higher-level mathematicsand also points up the real harm caused by the Common Core standards and college-admission exams, which are constructed on...
  • Vanity New Book The Genius of AMERICA: How the Constitution Saved Our Country by Michel Oreskes

    06/29/2016 12:44:17 PM PDT · by V K Lee · 15 replies
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    The author of this book has been seen several times on various tee vee shows. Understand that the sales of this soon to be released tome are already soaring. If any here have had the opportunity to read it, please share your feelings. pro? con? informative? encouraging? I ask to due the fact the author was once entwined with the AP, NY Times, NRP and therefore must have some rust on his body of information.
  • Six maps that will make you rethink the world

    06/29/2016 8:35:55 AM PDT · by lulu16 · 57 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 29, 2016 | Ana Swanson
    "We dont often question the typical world map that hangs on the walls of classrooms a patchwork of yellow, pink and green that separates the world into more than 200 nations. But Parag Khanna, a global strategist, says that this map is, essentially, obsolete. Khanna is the author of the new book Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization, in which he argues that the arc of global history is undeniably bending toward integration. Instead of the boundaries that separate sovereign nations, the lines that we should put on our maps are the high-speed railways, broadband cables and shipping...
  • Two Hikers Who Hoped to Complete a Trek to the Chris McCandless Bus Ended up Being Rescued

    06/28/2016 11:40:38 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    Alaska Dispatch News ^ | 6/27/2016 | Jerzy Shedlock
    Two hikers who trekked their way to the abandoned bus made infamous by Chris McCandless, and then failed to make it back from their planned trip on time, were located safe and unhurt following air and ground searches, according to the National Park Service. On Saturday, search efforts began to find Michael Trigg, 25, of Lexington, South Carolina, and Theodore "Ted" Aslund, 27, of Atlanta, Georgia. Based on Facebook posts, the men planned a dayslong trip along the west side of Teklanika River. Their destination was an abandoned Fairbanks Transit bus. It's parked on a clearing along Stampede Trail, near...
  • VANITY: Free State of Jones

    06/27/2016 4:38:13 PM PDT · by ZinGirl · 73 replies
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1124037/?ref_=nv_sr_1 | self
    Civil War movie. I saw this last night and I highly recommend it. I'm not a Civil War enthusiast nor do I claim to be an expert in either Civil War or wars in general. However, this movie moved me. "and that's all I have to say about that". :) (posting this in General/Chat. Don't want to break any rules or ruffle any feathers)
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!!(Week of June 27, 2016)

    06/26/2016 7:07:36 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 39 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/ ^ | 6-27-16 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Piss Christ? Piss Koran! (Fiction, for now.)

    06/25/2016 7:01:47 PM PDT · by Ultra Sonic 007 · 38 replies
    Western Rifle Shooters ^ | 6/23/2016 | Matthew Bracken
    Piss Christ? Piss Koran! by Matthew Bracken Part One: Dark Till DawnMike Dolan came out of the subway, hit the sidewalk and set out down the west side of 6th Avenue with a purposeful stride. Midtown Manhattan never truly sleeps, particularly just before a Monday morning, but compared to what it would be like in a couple of hours, it was geared way down. No tourists yet, mostly delivery trucks and vans. All lanes were northbound, because it was 6th Avenue.Mike was showered and clean shaven, every item on him and in his possession carefully considered. The white hard hat...
  • Off the Grid

    06/22/2016 5:05:07 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 2 replies
    Amazon ^ | June 22,2016 | CJ Box
    Great Read IF you have never read his stuff Start with the first Everyone is better than the last A good brake from Trump and Hillary 5.0 out of 5 starsJoe and Nate are Back By M. Denis Hill VINE VOICE on January 4, 2016 Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? ) The trouble with getting wrapped up in a C.J. Box novel is that at some point you finish it. This was my 10th read in 15 months and I would have hung around for more. Off the Grid deftly employs the usual suspects:...
  • US assists Cuba in preservation of Ernest Hemingways house

    06/22/2016 4:29:29 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 16 replies
    Finca Vigia, the house where Ernest Hemingway lived in Cuba, is now a museum restored to its original state with help from a foundation in the United States. Much of the funding came from major U.S. corporations including Caterpillar, Ford, AT&T and American Express. ... For more than half a century, his works have been stored in hot, humid conditions at risk from damp, mold and termites. This new conservation building is the first construction project in Cuba using modern U.S. building materials since 1950s.
  • Fox News host Bret Baier working on book about Eisenhower

    06/20/2016 5:31:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 55 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 20, 2016 7:35 AM EDT
    Fox News host and chief political anchor Bret Baier is working on a book about the waning days of Dwight Eisenhowers presidency and the beginning of John F. Kennedys administration. William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, told The Associated Press on Monday that Baiers Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhowers Final Mission would come out in January, around the time the successor to President Barack Obama will be sworn in.
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (Week of 6-21-16)

    06/19/2016 3:23:34 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 26 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/ ^ | 6-21-16 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Facebook is predicting the end of the written word [Quartz Link Only]

    06/15/2016 6:28:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    Quartz ^ | June 14, 2016 | Cassie Werber
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  • See Something, Say Nothing A Homeland Security Officer Exposes the Govt. Submission to Jihad

    06/14/2016 5:40:40 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 15 replies
    WND books.wnd.com ^ | May 24, 2016 | Phillip Haney, Art Moore
    See Something, Say Nothing A Homeland Security Officer Exposes the Govt. Submission to Jihad One day after a prominent U.S. Muslim leader reacted to the November 2015 Paris attacks with a declaration that the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, has nothing to do with Islam, President Obama made the same assertion. Who exactly is the enemy we face, not only in the Middle East but also within our borders? Is it murderers without a coherent creed or nihilistic killers who want to tear things down, as some described ISIS after 130 people were brutally slain and another 368 injured...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (Week of 6-13-16)

    06/11/2016 6:12:21 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 19 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/ ^ | 6-13-16 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Man dressed as woman gropes girl at Mentor library, police say (video)

    06/11/2016 10:23:44 AM PDT · by Morgana · 47 replies
    cleveland.com ^ | June 10, 2016 | Chanda Neely, cleveland.com
    MENTOR, Ohio A man dressed as a woman groped a teenage girl at the Mentor Public Library. Police are still looking for the man involved in the May 29 incident, Mentor police Lt. Dan Molnar said Friday. The girl was not physically harmed. Surveillance cameras captured the man entering the library in the 8200 block of Mentor Avenue at 11:30 a.m. dressed in a black dress, wig and high heels. The man struck up a conversation with the 14-year-old girl, police said. The two joked about the man's attire before he touched the teen inappropriately, according to police reports.
  • The Founding Father of Fascism

    06/10/2016 4:17:16 PM PDT · by gasport · 10 replies
    Foundation for Economic Freedom ^ | May 23, 2016 | Jeffrey Tucker
    Carlyle the Proto-Fascist The originator of the great man theory of history is British philosopher Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), one of the most revered thinkers of his day. He also coined the expression dismal science to describe the economics of his time. The economists of the day, against whom he constantly inveighed, were almost universally champions of the free market, free trade, and human rights.
  • Whitmans Civil War: Writing and Imaging Loss, Death, and Disaster

    06/08/2016 9:40:52 PM PDT · by iowamark · 13 replies
    On July 18, 2016, the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa will open the new MOOC Whitman's Civil War: Writing and Imaging Loss, Death, and Disaster. This free open online course will embark upon a journey through Walt Whitman's writings on the American Civil War. Through Whitman's lens, we will explore how writing and image can be used to examine war, conflict, trauma, and reconciliation - in Whitman's time and today. Join us! This MOOC will be taught by longtime friends and collaborators Ed Folsom, Whitman scholar and University of Iowa Roy J. Carver Professor of English; and...
  • Istanbul rush hour car bomb kills 11

    06/07/2016 11:40:13 AM PDT · by Eddie01 · 7 replies
    The National - World ^ | June 7, 2016 | staff
    ISTANBUL // Turkish police detained four people in a hunt for the perpetrators of a car bombing in central Istanbul on Tuesday that killed seven police and four civilians. The third deadly attack in Turkeys biggest city in six months targeted a bus transporting anti-riot police in Beyazit district, close to many of the citys top tourist sites, said Istanbul governor Vasip Sahin. Thirty-six people were wounded, three of them seriously, he added. The four suspects were taken to police headquarters in Istanbul for interrogation, the state-run Anatolia news agency said, without providing further information. There was no early claim...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!!(Week of 6-6-16)

    06/06/2016 2:27:04 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 13 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/ ^ | 6-6-16 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Bill, White House staff lived in fear of Hillary: Ex-Secret Service officer

    06/06/2016 7:04:39 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 75 replies
    NY POST ^ | June 5, 2016 | Emily Smith
    Hillary Clinton has a Jekyll and Hyde personality that left White House staffers scared stiff of her explosive and even physical outbursts, an ex-Secret Service officer claims in a scathing new tell-all. Gary Byrne, who was posted outside the Oval Office when Bill Clinton was president, portrays Hillary as too erratic, uncontrollable and occasionally violent to become leader of the free world, according to advance promotional materials exclusively obtained by Page Six. The allegations from Byrne, a 29-year veteran of the military and federal law enforcement, threaten to derail her campaign days before she is expected to clinch...
  • Bombshell book reveals how Hillary terrified White House staff

    06/05/2016 8:32:45 PM PDT · by Enchante · 96 replies
    New York Post ^ | 06/05/2016 | Emily Smith
    Hillary Clinton has a Jekyll and Hyde personality that left White House staffers scared stiff of her explosive and even physical outbursts, an ex-Secret Service officer claims in a scathing new tell-all. Gary Byrne, who was posted outside the Oval Office when Bill Clinton was president, portrays Hillary as too erratic, uncontrollable and occasionally violent to become leader of the free world, according to advance promotional materials exclusively obtained by Page Six. The allegations from Byrne, a 29-year veteran of the military and federal law enforcement, threaten to derail her campaign days before she is expected to clinch...
  • Crisis of Character

    06/05/2016 2:01:45 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 2 replies
    The Drudge Report ^ | 6-4-2014 | Gary Y. Byrne
    SECRET SERVICE AGENT BOOK ROCKS CLINTON CAMPAIGN Sat Jun 04 2016 18:03:18 ET **Exclusive** Posted directly outside President Clinton's Oval Office, Former Secret Service officer Gary Byrne reveals what he observed of Hillary Clinton's character and the culture inside the White House while protecting the First Family. Coming in 3 weeks his tell-all book: 'CRISIS OF CHARACTER!' MORE The secret project is causing deep concern inside of Clinton's campaign, sources tell the DRUDGE REPORT. Specific details of the agent's confessional are being held under tight embargo. "What I saw in the 1990s sickend me," Byrne explains. "I want you to...
  • SECRET SERVICE AGENT BOOK ROCKS CLINTON CAMPAIGN "Crisis Of Character"

    06/04/2016 11:31:51 PM PDT · by free_life · 4 replies
    Drudge Report ^ | June 5, 2016 | Drudge
    SECRET SERVICE AGENT BOOK ROCKS CLINTON CAMPAIGN Sat Jun 04 2016 18:03:18 ET **Exclusive** Posted directly outside President Clinton's Oval Office, Former Secret Service officer Gary Byrne reveals what he observed of Hillary Clinton's character and the culture inside the White House while protecting the First Family. Coming in 3 weeks his tell-all book: 'CRISIS OF CHARACTER!' MORE The secret project is causing deep concern inside of Clinton's campaign, sources tell the DRUDGE REPORT. Specific details of the agent's confessional are being held under tight embargo. "What I saw in the 1990s sickend me," Byrne explains. "I want you to...
  • SECRET SERVICE AGENT BOOK ROCKS CLINTON CAMPAIGN

    06/04/2016 3:53:46 PM PDT · by Pic7 · 214 replies
    http://drudgereport.com/flashss.html ^ | 06/04/2016 | Gary Byrne
    SECRET SERVICE AGENT BOOK ROCKS CLINTON CAMPAIGN Sat Jun 04 2016 18:03:18 ET **Exclusive** Posted directly outside President Clinton's Oval Office, Former Secret Service officer Gary Byrne reveals what he observed of Hillary Clinton's character and the culture inside the White House while protecting the First Family. Coming in 3 weeks his tell-all book: 'CRISIS OF CHARACTER!' MORE The secret project is causing deep concern inside of Clinton's campaign, sources tell the DRUDGE REPORT. Specific details of the agent's confessional are being held under tight embargo. "What I saw in the 1990s sickend me," Byrne explains. "I want you to...
  • Casey at the Bat - June 3, 1888

    06/03/2016 1:25:26 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 12 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread | June 3, 2016
    The poem, Casey at the Bat, by Ernest Lawrence Thayer, was first published in The San Francisco Examiner on this date in 1888: Casey at the Bat by Ernest Lawrence Thayer The outlook wasn't brilliant for the Mudville Nine that day;the score stood four to two, with but one inning more to play.And then when Cooney died at first, and Barrows did the same,a sickly silence fell upon the patrons of the game. A straggling few got up to go in deep despair. The restclung to that hope which springs eternal in the human breast;they thought, if only Casey could...
  • Toronto Muslims: Some Women May Even Enjoy Being Beaten as a Sign of Love'

    06/03/2016 7:22:02 AM PDT · by ghosthost · 19 replies
    Pamela Gellar ^ | 6-3-2016 | Pamela Gellar
    These women may even enjoy being beaten at times as a sign of love and concern The book Women in Islam & Refutation of some Common Misconceptions, authored by the Saudi scholar Dr. Abdul-Rahman al-Sheha and printed by the Saudi Dawah organization Muslim World League, was also distributed in 2015 by York MSA female students at the Central Square of York University.
  • Harry Potter fans are having none of your racism when it comes to Hermione Granger

    06/01/2016 3:35:36 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 33 replies
    zap2it ^ | June 1, 2016
    Harry Potter fans have taken their cue from their sovereign and commander, J.K. Rowling, telling people who have a problem with Hermione being black in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to kindly take a flying leap. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child takes place after the end of the 7th novel, even beyond the 19-year time-jump in the epilogue. For this reason, Harry, Ron and Hermione are all adults with pre-teen or teenage children in their promotional photos. The photo that has predictably caused the most discussion is the one depicting the interracial family of Ron, Hermione and their...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (Week of 5-30-16)

    05/30/2016 6:48:44 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 31 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/ ^ | 5-30-16 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Captain America revealed as a secret Nazi in new comic

    05/30/2016 2:32:32 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 48 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 5/29/16 | JTA
    When fans ran out to grab Marvel Comics Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 on its release Wednesday, they were not expecting this. Captain America discloses in the issue that he is in fact a secret operative of the evil, formerly Nazi organization, Hydra. The dramatic twist happens right on the last page, as Captain America prepares to throw his supposed ally, Jack Flag, off an airplane, presumably to his death, and exclaims, Hail Hydra! Even Chris Evans, who plays Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, most recently in Captain America: Civil Wars, was shocked. Writer Nick Spencer assured readers...
  • Anti-Trump Propaganda in Captain America May Issue (vanity)

    05/28/2016 10:00:56 AM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 24 replies
    Myself | 05/28/16 | myself
    I just pirated the latest-- err, uh, I mean-- I just read the latest Captain America, published in May, because I heard it was controversial. Red Skull gave a Donald Trump speech against Muslim refugees and illegal immigrants, and millions of Americans were responding to his message and becoming white supremacists who wear suicide vests. Then Captain America must have heard Trump's-- err, I mean-- Red Skull's speeches and decided he wanted to Make America Great Again and murdered a fellow Super Hero and declared "Trump 2016"-- no, he said "Hail Hydra." And actually, the plot has it that Steve...
  • What are you reading? (Vanity)

    05/28/2016 6:09:42 AM PDT · by vis a vis · 140 replies
    28 May 2016 | Vis a vis
    Good bad or ugly----what are FReepers reading? I always get a lot of good ideas from these threads.
  • Review of Ed Cline's "Sparrowhawk" which dramatizes events leading up to the American Revolution.

    05/25/2016 12:02:32 AM PDT · by Hugh Kenrick · 45 replies
    The Objectivist Standard ^ | Spring 2010 | Dina Schein Federman
    "The founding of the United States was among the most dramatic and glorious events in history. For the first time, a nation was founded on the principle of individual rights. Those interested in learning about Americas founding and its cause may turn to history texts. But history texts, even when their content is accurate, tend to be dry accounts of events. They lack the excitement of an adventure novel. Yet most novels set in the Revolutionary period are not good sources of information: Being works of fiction, they may take liberties with historical fact; and they often employ the American...
  • Kendall and Kylie Jenner to release a second novel

    05/24/2016 3:37:44 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | May 24, 2016 | Derek Lawrence
    Having already dominated the worlds of reality TV, fashion, modeling, social media, and internet gossip, Kendall and Kylie Jenner are giving their literary careers another go. The celebrity sisters, who previously dipped their toes into writing in 2014 with their debut novel, Rebels: City of Indra, are set to release a follow-up, titled Time of the Twins, to the science fiction story.
  • How Butterfly Genitalia Inspired Nabokovs Masterpieces

    05/20/2016 8:41:05 AM PDT · by Borges · 9 replies
    Nautilus ^ | 5/18/2016 | SUSIE NEILSON
    By 1967, Vladimir Nabokov had published 15 novels and novellas and six short story collections. But as he told the Paris Review that year, It is not improbable that had there been no revolution in Russia, I would have devoted myself entirely to lepidopterologythe study and classification of butterfliesand never written any novels at all. As most Nabokov readers know, the great Russian-American writer had a passion for butterflies. He published 18 science papers in the field of lepidoptery, and from 1942 to 1948 was de facto curator of lepidoptery at Harvards Museum of Comparative Zoology. As a lepidopterist, Nabokovs...
  • Julian Fellowes Presents Downton Abbey II: Just kidding: Doctor Thorne.

    05/20/2016 8:39:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    Slate ^ | May 20, 2016 | Willa Paskin
    Downton Abbey just finished its six-season run two months ago, but if you have been fiending for British accents, period costumes, poorly managed hereditary estates, class tensions, love stories revolving around a young woman named Mary, and the nostalgic eye of Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, here comes Julian Fellowes Presents Doctor Thorne. The miniseries, adapted from an Anthony Trollope novel, arrives on Amazon on Friday, having aired earlier this year in the U.K. under the simple title Doctor Thorne. For its move to America, the show has put on airs. These airs reflect Amazons ambitions, ones that will perhaps...
  • A Story In Emojis

    05/18/2016 2:20:41 PM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 14 replies
    blueunicorn6 | 5/18/2016 | blueunicoen6
    🌞 🏡 🍺 🍿 🚶🐕. 🐿 🏃 🌲 🐕 😱. 🐕 🛫 🐿. 👁 🕳 🏃 🐕 🚑 🏥. 🌅 🔪 🐿 ☠. ☎️ 🚔 👁 🚽. 💸 😭🐕 😛. 💩. P.S. 👺 🙀 👑 🐙 ☃ 🌊.
  • Meet the UC Berkeley Grad Who Created the Dothraki Language for 'Game of Thrones'

    05/17/2016 11:08:00 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5/17 | Lisa Fernandez
    David Peterson has so far created 4,000 Dothraki words When the misogynistic, male Dothraki characters launch into curse-laden tirades on "Game of Thrones," viewers have a 35-year-old Southern California father and a University of California Berkeley graduate to thank for what they hear. David J. Peterson invented Dothraki, the language spoken by the crass race of nomadic horse warriors first described in George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Fire and Ice," on which the HBO series is based. "It's a lot of fun," he said Tuesday, in his first, interactive Facetime Live interview. Especially coming up with the curse...
  • 10 Worst Things Happening in SchoolsReally?!?

    05/16/2016 2:12:19 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 16 replies
    Education News and Views ^ | March 31, 2016 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    A progressive organization published a list of the ten worst things in education. You can learn a lot about why public schools are mediocre by looking at this list. The ten items provide a distillation of what progressive/liberal educators value, and conversely what they consider not worth mentioning. Progressive/liberal thinking dominates our schools, so this is not idle chitchat. Some of the ten items may be problems but they are hardly the worst. As youll see, there is almost no mention of academic failings, namely, that kids dont master basic skills nor learn much essential knowledge. (Youll also notice a...