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  • Trump's Appeal as American as Andrew Jackson

    11/24/2015 2:03:10 PM PST · by freddy005 · 25 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 11/24/15 | Rich Lowry
    Trump's Appeal as American as Andrew Jackson After the Paris attack, conventional wisdom held that Republican voters would finally turn away from political outsiders and reward candidates representing sobriety and experience. No one stopped to consider that, actually, voters might be drawn to the guy who memorably said of ISIS that he would “bomb the [expletive] out of them.” Not only has Donald Trump not been hurt by Paris, he has bumped up in the aftermath (Ben Carson, on the other hand, has indeed dropped). The cliché about Trump is that he’s defying the laws of political gravity. If Trump...
  • What are you reading? (Vanity)

    11/22/2015 8:40:27 AM PST · by vis a vis · 158 replies
    22 nov 2015 | vis a vis
    It has been way too long since we had one of these....
  • Winnie-the-Pooh's skull on display at London museum

    11/22/2015 7:30:34 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 4 replies
    upi ^ | Nov. 20, 2015 | Daniel Uria
    LONDON, - The skull of the bear that inspired popular children's book character Winnie-the-Pooh was put on display for the first time at a museum in London. The Royal College of Surgeons placed the skull on display at the Hunterian Museum to allow patrons to learn about the real life bear that inspired author A.A. Milne's classic series of children's stories. "Her story and presence in our collection are a reminder of how learning about animal health can enhance our understanding and care for species around the world," said Director of Museums and Archives Sam Alberti. Alberti went on to...
  • Science Fiction and Communist Reality

    11/20/2015 10:47:55 AM PST · by Twotone · 3 replies
    Foundation for Economic Freedom ^ | Nov. 20, 2015 | Lawrence W. Reed
    Polish science fiction writer Stanislaw Lem (1921-2006) "skillfully dissected the 20th century's foolhardy efforts to create utopias by stifling individuality and economic freedoms." So said cultural critic Bruce Edward Walker. Lem was best known internationally as author of the classic Solaris - twice adapted for the silver screen - but the majority of his fiction featured damning allegories against the suppression of the human spirit.
  • Frail Burt Reynolds Arrives In New York For Late Show Interview

    11/18/2015 11:07:47 AM PST · by EveningStar · 53 replies
    Yahoo ^ | November 18, 2015 | Ben Arnold
    Cutting an increasingly frail figure, Burt Reynold arrived in New York yesterday for an interview on Stephen Colbert's 'The Late Show'. Still using a cane to walk, the 79-year-old star hit the studio as part of his press rounds for new memoir 'But Enough About Me'. Former Hollywood macho man Reynolds has been suffering ill health for many years now, with back surgery in 2009 leaving him addicted to pain killers.
  • Governor Sarah Palin • Sweet Freedom • Good Morning America

    11/17/2015 8:54:45 PM PST · by KC_Lion · 25 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | November 17 2015 | iizthatiiz
    Governor Sarah Palin appeared with 'Good Morning America' host Robin Roberts this morning to discuss her new book, 'Sweet Freedom'. 11-17-15 Sarah Palin - Robin Roberts - Good Morning America Before delving into the book, Roberts had another question for the Governor: "You made some news over the weekend. You said you would be willing to run again. What would it take to get you back into politics, and do you have an eye on any particular office?" "No particular office" Palin answered, "but what it would take is knowing that the American public would be ready for again, someone...
  • Burt Reynolds: 'If you met me in 1978, I'm really sorry'

    11/15/2015 10:11:01 AM PST · by EveningStar · 37 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 15, 2015 | Larry Getlen
    ... Reynolds' new book, "But Enough About Me" (Putnam), is an unconventional memoir. Rather than a complete and chronological account of his life, Reynolds, the top box-office attraction for five straight years in the 1970s, worked with co-author Jon Winokur to compile chapters about people in his life, telling his own story through the often-wild tales of those around him ...
  • "For All We Have And Are"

    11/14/2015 7:49:44 AM PST · by Clive · 4 replies
    1914 | Rudyard Kipling
    For all we have and are, For all our children's fate, Stand up and take the war. The Hun is at the gate! Our world has passed away, In wantonness o'erthrown. There is nothing left to-day But steel and fire and stone! Though all we knew depart, The old Commandments stand:- "In courage kept your heart, In strength lift up your hand." Once more we hear the word That sickened earth of old:- "No law except the Sword Unsheathed and uncontrolled." Once more it knits mankind, Once more the nations go To meet and break and bind A crazed and...
  • Roland Barthes: 'Author, I'm sorry'

    11/12/2015 7:30:05 AM PST · by Borges · 2 replies
    Born 100 years ago today, Roland Barthes is still uncannily with us. The French critic, a pioneer of the study of symbols and signs, could read anything as a text, from novels, to wrestling, to the striptease. Without necessarily knowing his name, we use Barthes’s methods every day to understand the world around us. In Mythologies (1957), he skewered the consumer culture that churns out not only products but myths, shoving them at us as if they were real: the harsh detergent that instead evokes gentleness, luxury, and even “a certain spirituality” by conjuring images of “the deep and the...
  • Reading: a Teacher’s Epiphany

    11/09/2015 1:46:19 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 17 replies
    Education Views ^ | Oct. 16, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    If you want to create an illiteracy crisis such as the one we are living through, you have to do two things. First of all, adopt ideas that do not work. Second, you have to brainwash young teachers into thinking these ideas actually do work. In this way, you can manipulate your teachers into doing a bad job but they never know it. They remain gung-ho on the side of illiteracy. A public school teacher sent me this brief history of her decades in the classroom: 'I began to notice students in the intermediate grades intermixing sight words. They would...
  • Hitler was shrewd, not so hypnotic, new German biography says

    11/07/2015 11:37:27 AM PST · by sparklite2 · 39 replies
    One America News Network ^ | November 7, 2015 | Madeline Chambers
    Recent works on the Third Reich have placed more emphasis on the social and political climate that led to the rise of Nazism after defeat in World War One and crippling reparation demands. Soon after World War Two, Germans clung to the belief that they had been held hostage by a criminal gang led by the charismatic Hitler, bent on conquering Europe and exterminating Jews.
  • Guillermo del Toro’s Guide to Gothic Romance

    11/06/2015 2:28:51 PM PST · by Borges · 22 replies
    Rookie Magazine ^ | 11/6/2015 | Guillermo Del Toro
    Do you ever wonder what goes on in the wondrous mind of director, producer, and screenwriter Guillermo del Toro? Yes? Same. Well, to chime with the recent release of his creepy, goth thriller Crimson Peak, Guillermo has curated a syllabus of the Gothic and Gothic romance novels, short stories, and engravings that influenced the making of the film. He sent us these recommendations with the following words: “I hope you enjoy some of these as fall or winter reads by the fireplace.” Before you post up beside an actual fire, here’s what Guillermo del Toro has to say about these...
  • Can science prove Adam and Eve were real?

    11/05/2015 2:03:48 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 65 replies
    Fox News ^ | Nov. 04, 2015 - 5:38 | Fox News
    Can science prove Adam and Eve were real? Spirited Debate: Dr. Fazal Rana and Dr. Hugh Ross believe religion and science can prove how life began
  • Children's author sorry for 'racial insensitivity' in picture book showing smiling slaves

    11/04/2015 11:35:39 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 17 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 11/04/15 | Alison Flood
    Emily Jenkins, whose book A Fine Dessert has drawn criticism for ‘misleading depiction of slavery’, now plans to donate her fee to diversity campaign The author of a glowingly reviewed picture book says that she has “come to understand that my book, while intended to be inclusive and truthful and hopeful, is racially insensitive”, following criticism over its images of smiling slaves. A Fine Dessert, published in January, tells how “four families, in four different cities, over four centuries”, make blackberry fool. Starting in Lyme, England, in 1710, Emily Jenkins’s story, and Sophie Blackall’s pictures, go on to depict a...
  • Lily James...shares kiss with James Norton in first trailer for BBC's epic War and Peace [ed tr]

    11/02/2015 12:12:27 PM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 1, 2015 | Sarah Tetteh
    Move over Downton Abbey - a new trailer for BBC drama War and Peace promises love, sex, battle and intrigue and is certainly not for the faint hearted with passionate scenes in the bushes. It's been hotly tipped as the must-see drama of 2016, and now the BBC has released the first trailer from forthcoming drama adapted by Andrew Davies and starring Lily James, 12 Years A Slave star Paul Dano, James Norton and Gillian Anderson. Set against a stunning snowy backdrop, lead James - who plays Prince Andrei Nikolayevich Bolkonsky - declares 'I love her', aptly setting the scene...
  • Chile seizes erotic version of Little Red Riding Hood

    10/30/2015 2:42:39 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 12 replies
    BBC News ^ | October 30, 2015 | Sum Gai
    They were mistakenly distributed to 283 primary schools over the past year. The book, entitled Little Red Riding Hood Eats the Wolf, is a collection of six short stories with explicit sexual references. One of the chapters tells the story of a sexual encounters between a teacher and a female pupil.
  • Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil

    10/30/2015 4:10:01 AM PDT · by EBH · 22 replies
    Open Culture ^ | 1963 | Hannah Ardent
    We’ve all heard the phrase “the banality of evil.” Some of us even know which political theorist to attribute it to, and among those, a few have even read it in context. Hannah Arendt most memorably employed it in both the subtitle and closing words of Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil, her book on the trial of Nazi lieutenant-colonel Adolf Eichmann. To Arendt’s mind, Eichmann willingly did his part to organize the Holocaust — and an instrumental part it was — out of neither anti-semitism nor pure malice, but out of a non-ideological, entirely more...
  • Alice in Wonderland at 150: Why fantasy stories about girls transcend time

    10/28/2015 12:48:46 PM PDT · by Borges · 27 replies
    The Conversation ^ | October 25, 2015 | Michelle Smith
    Its 150 years since an Oxford mathematics don published the most important work of childrens literature and one of the most influential books of all time. The origins of Alices Adventures in Wonderland in a story that Charles Dodgson told 10-year-old Alice Liddell and her two sisters while rowing along the Thames in 1862 are well known. What is less understood is why it has become such an enduring cultural touchstone across the globe. Many popular stories can be distilled to the basic structure of a male hero undertaking a quest. In 1949, Joseph Campbell described the common features of...
  • New self-portrait by Charlotte Bronte is discovered and she drew it by looking in the mirror [tr]

    10/27/2015 6:30:04 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 27, 2015 | Dayla Alberge
    It is hardly the most flattering of likenesses, but a pencil sketch of a woman's head has been identified as a rare self-portrait by Charlotte Bront. It dates from 1843, four years before she was to publish Jane Eyre, one of English literature's great masterpieces, and when she was suffering the acute agony of unrequited love. The discovery has been made by the acclaimed literary biographer, Claire Harman, who describes it as 'massively significant' as there are only two other known lifetime portraits.
  • Show me the way to Mordor: Unique map of Middle-Earth with Tolkien's hand-written notes

    10/25/2015 4:16:36 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 8 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/24/15 | Sophie Jane Evans
    The artifact provides an amazing insight into Tolkien's mind - including his observation that Hobbiton is on the same latitude as the city of Oxford. It also suggests that Ravenna in Italy is the inspiration behind Minas Tirith, a fictional city that became the heavily fortified capital of Gondor. And it references Cyprus, Belgrade and Jerusalem.
  • Tolkiens own annotated map newly discovered loose inside copy of LOTR

    10/23/2015 10:31:03 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 28 replies
    One Ring Net ^ | 10/23/15 | MrCere
    An important, and frankly amazing Tolkien document has emerged, recently discovered loose in a copy of The Lord of the Rings once owned by illustrator Pauline Baynes. The Guardian reports that Baynes removed the map from a previous version of the novel as she was working on a then new color map for a new edition that was published in 1970. The map then had copious notes made by J.R.R. Tolkien in green ink and pencil. Baynes then made her own notes on the map. It is essentially a map annotated by Tolkien himself.

    10/19/2015 12:34:00 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 64 replies ^ | 10-18-2015 | Paul Kengor
    October 17, 2015 is the centenary of the birth of Arthur Miller, one of the literary lefts shining lights and righteous crusaders against some of liberals worst demons: Joe McCarthy, HUAC, and, more generally, anti-communism. Yes, anti-communism. As often noted by Harvards Richard Pipes and the Hoover Institutions Robert Conquest, few things have animated liberal animus quite like anti-communism. Its not that liberals have been pro-communist so much as they are anti-anti-communist. They dislike anti-communists more than they dislike communists. Their preferred demon isnt Joe Stalin but Joe McCarthy. As James Burnham, the great ex-communist, put it, for the left,...
  • Poem of the Atoms-RUMI-Armand Armand

    10/19/2015 7:29:24 AM PDT · by thesligoduffyflynns · 1 replies
    You Tube ^ | 10/19/2015 | Youtube
  • 007 screenwriter Christopher Wood dies

    10/18/2015 6:38:40 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 20 replies
    Christopher Wood, screenwriter on two big James Bond films of the 1970s, has died, Roger Moore said on Twitter. Wood, 79, was brought on to write 1977s The Spy Who Loved Me by the movies director, Lewis Gilbert. He came aboard after various scribes Richard Maibaum, Stirling Silliphant, Cary Bates and others had tried their hand at a story for the 10th 007 film.
  • America is due for a revolution

    10/18/2015 6:24:32 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 66 replies
    Heres the good news: The chaos and upheaval we see all around us have historical precedents and yet America survived. The bad news: Everything likely will get worse before it gets better again. Thats my chief takeaway from Shattered Consensus, a meticulously argued analysis of the growing disorder. Author James Piereson persuasively makes the case there is an inevitable revolution coming because our politics, culture, education, economics and even philanthropy are so polarized that the country can no longer resolve its differences. To my knowledge, no current book makes more sense about the great unraveling we see in each days...

    10/16/2015 1:58:49 PM PDT · by C19fan · 47 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 9, 2015 | Daniel Nassbaum
    The Bennett daughters meet the undead in the new trailer for the upcoming Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Jane Austens classic novel gets the zombie apocalypse treatment in the film, based on the hit book of the same name by Seth Grahame-Smith.
  • ON WAR Military History Symposium 2015 [Chicago Nov. 6]

    10/13/2015 5:46:42 AM PDT · by iowamark
    The Museum & Library's third annual ON WAR symposium features a full day of programs on military history and affairs, and includes appearances by Pritzker Literature Award winners Gerhard Weinberg, Allan Millett, Antony Beevor, Rick Atkinson, and David Hackett Fischer. Presented in conjunction with the Museum & Library's annual Liberty Galato be held Nov. 7 at the Hilton ChicagoON WAR 2015 includes four distinct programs with discussions by some of the world's preeminent historians and authors on subjects ranging from the infamous Battle of the Bulge to the history and heritage of the United States Marine Corps. Included in the...
  • Report: Playboy Will No Longer Publish Nude Photos (Yes, you read that right)

    10/12/2015 9:36:18 PM PDT · by dayglored · 146 replies
    NBC News ^ | Oct 13, 2015 | Reuters News Service
    Founder and editor-in-chief Hugh Hefner, 89, who in his trademark silk pajamas has embodied the Playboy lifestyle, agreed last month with a suggestion by top editor Cory Jones to stop publishing images of naked women, the Times said. At a time when every teenage boy has an Internet connected phone and the web is rife with pornography, the magazine has opted to continue featuring women in provocative poses, just not completely nude, the Times said. "You're now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free," Flanders was quoted as saying in the Times. "And so it's just passe...
  • President Theodore Roosevelt Comes to Bulloch Hall

    10/09/2015 10:05:58 AM PDT · by brothers4thID · 2 replies
    Facebook announcement ^ | 10/9/2015 | City of Roswell
    On October 14th at 7:00 PM, President Theodore Roosevelt comes to Bulloch Hall to introduce the book launch of "Mittie and Thee, an 1853 Roosevelt Romance." Connie Huddleston and Gwendolyn Koehler have compiled the love letters of Mittie Bulloch and Theodore Roosevelt, Sr. Transcribed and presented just as written, the authors allow the letters to stand on their own, with only necessary background regarding the people and places mentioned and the social mores of 1853 included. This event is FREE, but reservations are required. Please contact Janice Metzler at 770-992-1731 ext. 3.
  • Charity Tries Inspiring Poor Africans By Giving Them Chelsea Clintons Book

    10/07/2015 7:51:49 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 41 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/06/2015 | Blake Neff
    A non-profit that distributes e-readers in poor countries is touting the possibly world-changing effect it will achieve by distributing a new book written by Chelsea Clinton. Worldreader, founded in 2010 by a former Amazon executive, has an admirable goal. Noting that poor children in Africa and Asia have few or no books to read, the organization distributes e-readers in developing countries, in the hopes that it will improve literacy and education. While the organizations e-readers contain thousands of books in over three dozen languages, the organization is acting particularly proud that its e-readers will now have the new book Its...
  • Raymond Chandler: a Tale of Two Detectives

    10/05/2015 5:07:41 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 19 replies ^ | Sept 19, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    I went to Manhattan to be a novelist and took the whole project very seriously. You know, in that pretentious way that young writers do. But somebody recommended The Big Sleep to me and I was totally charmed. This is the opposite of highbrow literature. It's a lively crime story told in street-level English, with slang and hyperbolic metaphors. The hero is a tough-guy private investigator, a knight on a white horse as Raymond Chandler himself explained. People come to him with their problems and the PI makes justice prevail. Raymond Chandler wrote a half-dozen outstanding novels starring his famous...
  • "The R'lyeh Connection" (Filk parody of "The Rainbow Connection") - VANITY

    10/05/2015 11:50:37 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 34 replies
    Me, via YouTube (as Hopalong Ginsberg) ^ | 10/5/15 | Me, as "Hopalong Ginsberg"
    Yes, I parodied a beloved musical classic as a hymn to everyone's favorite eldritch abomination. No, I have no soul. I write and record my music under the stage name of Hopalong Ginsberg. (Make your own Ruth Bader Ginsburg joke if you absolutely must.) For a free MP3 download of "The R'lyeh Connection," click either here or here.
  • Apple Co-Founders Allies Take Aim at Hollywood Over Steve Jobs'. Movie reopens Jobs legacy

    10/04/2015 5:15:13 PM PDT · by dennisw · 14 replies
    wsj ^ | Oct. 4, 2015 | By Ben Fritz and Daisuke Wakabayashi
    A new movie is reopening a debate over the Apple Inc. co-founders legacy. Mr. Jobss allies, led by his widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, say the film Steve Jobs, and other recent depictions, play down his accomplishments and paint Mr. Jobs as cruel and inhumane. Ms. Jobs repeatedly tried to kill the film, according to people familiar with the conversations. She lobbied, among others, Sony Pictures Entertainment, which developed the script but passed on the movie for financial reasons, and Comcast Corp. s Universal Pictures, which is releasing the $33.5 million production on Friday. A whole generation is going to think...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! October 2015 Edition

    10/02/2015 12:56:38 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 88 replies ^ | 10-2-15 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Famous Black Radical Makes Chic Move (Ta-Neshi Coates Decamps to Paris. Don't Come Back)

    10/01/2015 1:38:19 PM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    American Conservative ^ | October 1, 2015 | Rod Dreher
    Did you know that Ta-Nehisi Coates has decamped for Paris for a year? Turns out hes living in the Marais and dining out with a correspondent for the Financial Times. Excerpt: Theres also a tradition of American writers who come to Paris to escape the
  • Ravishing (Fascinating Essay-Review on the Castrati)

    09/30/2015 4:53:56 PM PDT · by mojito · 6 replies
    London Review of Books ^ | 10/8/2015 | Colm Tibn
    Balzacs Sarrasine tells the story of a young womans wonder at the strange appearance of an old man at a party in Paris. Balzac has tremendous fun describing the man. First his clothes: he is wearing a white waistcoat embroidered with gold and a shirt-frill of English lace, yellow with age, the magnificence of which a queen might have envied. Then the face: That dark face was full of angles and furrowed deep in every direction; the chin was furrowed; there were great hollows at the temples; the eyes were sunken in yellow orbits. The maxillary bones, which his indescribable...
  • The Martian

    09/29/2015 1:07:58 PM PDT · by Textide · 98 replies
    self | 09/29/2015 | Textide
    FReepers, I can't recommend this one enough. This book is phenomenal. Here's an effort at a short summary: In the near future, an astronaut is presumed dead and left behind on Mars during a dust storm. Turns out he pulled through and has to figure out how to survive. NASA has several missions planned over the coming years so he meticulously plans and executes his survival with the hopes that the future missions take place. What struck me was that he didn't feel sorry for himself. He conducted himself as a man and even had contempt for fate. He wasn't...
  • Prescription pills are Britains third biggest killer:

    09/27/2015 12:08:58 PM PDT · by imardmd1 · 14 replies
    Daily Mail (dot com) ^ | 14 September 2015 | Peter Gtzsche
    Side-effects of drugs taken for insomnia and anxiety kill thousands. Why do doctors hand them out like Smarties? Updated: 04:22 EST, 15 September 2015 Soaring drug use, a growing number of addicts, far too few clinics to treat them and a rising death toll. This might sound like a scene from an impoverished country run by drug cartels - but it is, in fact, the day-to-day reality for NHS patients who are prescribed psychiatric drugs to treat anxiety, insomnia and depression. More than 80 million prescriptions for psychiatric drugs are written in the UK every year. Not only are these...
  • Review: The Sword of Revolution and the Communist Apocalypse

    09/26/2015 2:06:52 PM PDT · by VRW Conspirator · 5 replies
    The People's Cube ^ | 08/29/2015 | Red Square
    I was hired as a graphic designer and I did my job well, recycling the original revolutionary poster by Dmitry Moor, one of the founding fathers of Soviet agitprop. Now that the book is out, here's my two kopecks. This book has a lot of valid, factual information. At the same time, I remain skeptical about the theory that the breakup of the USSR was only a show so that the communists could take over the world by other means. Not that there aren't powerful forces bending the civilized world towards what they call "progress" (and what I call collectivist...
  • This is scifi?

    09/25/2015 12:22:03 PM PDT · by pabianice · 38 replies
    Amazon ^ | 9/25/15
    I generally cruise Amazon each month looking for new scifi. Well, look at the first page Scifi Romance: Star Crossed (Alien Invasion Time Travel Romance) (Paranormal New Adult Fantasy Short Stories)Sep 18, 2015 | Kindle eBook by Linda Mathers MYSTERY:THRILLER:SUSPENSE: ROMANCE BOOK 1 (TESS) EROTICA SHORT STORIES NOVEL ROMANTIC SERIES: Contemporary Romance...Sep 19, 2015 | Kindle eBook by SCARLETT J. ROSE Tyger Eye: A Paranormal Shifter Romance (Cursed Love Book 1)Sep 16, 2015 | Kindle eBook by Sandra O'Conner Romance: Science Fiction Romance: Taken By Alien Desire: An Alien Romance Collection: (SciFi Alien Abduction Anthologies...Sep 20, 2015 | Kindle eBook...
  • The Contemporary Novel: an essay by T. S. ELIOT (Published in English for 1st Time)

    09/22/2015 11:13:53 AM PDT · by mojito · 6 replies
    The Times Literary Supplement ^ | 8/12/2015 | T.S. Eliot
    In his little book on Nathaniel Hawthorne, published many years ago, Henry James has the following significant sentences: The charm [of Hawthornes slighter pieces of fiction] is that they are glimpses of a great field, of the whole deep mystery of mans soul and conscience. They are moral, and their interest is moral; they deal with something more than the mere accidents and conventionalities, the surface occurrences of life. The fine thing in Hawthorne is that he cared for the deeper psychology, and that, in his way, he tried to become familiar with it. The interest of this passage lies...
  • What are your favorite quotes?

    09/21/2015 7:25:36 PM PDT · by Auntie Mame · 307 replies
    brilliant minds | September 21, 2015 | None
    What are some of your favorite quotes? Here are a few of mine: To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize. Voltaire The usefulness of a cup is its emptiness. - Bruce Lee Any fool can commit a murder; a suicide requires a real professional. Genrikh Yagoda Chief of the NKVD during the early 1930s Socialists can provide you shelter, fill your belly with bacon and beans, treat you when you're ill, all the things guaranteed to a prisoner or a slave.
  • Jackie Collins Has Died of Breast Cancer at 77

    09/19/2015 5:41:15 PM PDT · by windcliff · 17 replies ^ | 9-19-15 | Elizabeth Leonard
    Jackie Collins, the beloved best-selling novelist, has died, PEOPLE has exclusively learned. "It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the death of our beautiful, dynamic and one of a kind mother, Jackie Collins, who died of breast cancer today," the Collins family tells PEOPLE in a statement. "She lived a wonderfully full life and was adored by her family, friends and the millions of readers who she has been entertaining for over 4 decades. She was a true inspiration, a trail blazer for women in fiction and a creative force. She will live on through her characters but we...
  • Gilroy Police Looking for Man Who Tore Up 40 Library Books

    09/18/2015 4:04:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Thursday, Sep 17, 2015
    Gilroy police released surveillance images on Thursday of a man they tore up about 40 library books, causing more than $1,000 in damage. Authorities posted the images to Facebook. Police say the man theyre looking for damaged dozens of books at the Gilroy Library on West 6th Street. Authorities didnt specify which titles were damaged. Anyone who has seen the man or can help identify him is encouraged to contact the Gilroy Police Department.
  • Watch the Full Trailer for BBC America's The Last Kingdom (VIDEO)

    09/18/2015 3:51:16 PM PDT · by Hugin · 15 replies ^ | 0817/2015 | Tim Surette
    Are there enough shows about bearded European-y people brandishing swords and shields and shouting at each other? Not according to BBC America, which will stake a claim in the medieval drama genre with The Last Kingdom, debuting Saturday, October 10 at 10pm. And to prove it, BBC America released the first full-length trailer for the series. Adapted from Bernard Cornwell's novels The Saxon Stories, The Last Kingdom chronicles the rise of young Saxon warrior Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon) and the birth of England in the 9th century in Northumbria. And if you're a fan of History's Vikings, get ready for some...
  • Kim Davis inspires NC mayoral candidate to jail gays: Whats wrong with eradicating homosexuals?

    09/17/2015 3:23:34 PM PDT · by MadIsh32 · 14 replies
    Raw Story | 09/17/2015 | BETHANIA PALMA MARKUS
    A mayoral candidate in a small Charlotte suburb wants to eradicate homosexuality and throw LGBT people in jail, the Kings Mountain Herald reports. Eugene Holmes, who is running for mayor of Kings Mountain, says he doesnt want to be mayor, but hes running because of his anti-gay views. He views Kentucky clerk Kim Davis as something of a role model.
  • Why Apple is taking the e-book case to the U.S. Supreme Court

    09/17/2015 1:29:54 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 5 replies
    Fortune ^ | September 17, 2015 | by Philip Elmer-DeWitt
    Roger Parloff, Fortune’s senior editor for legal affairs, knows how to read a docket. And based on an item submitted Wednesday to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, he just posted this headline:Apple will ask Supreme Court to hear its ebooks price-fixing caseWe’ll know more about Apple’s reasoning when Parloff gets his hands on the documents it submitted. [UPDATE: He’s got them.] But for now, for me—and for a lot of other people who followed this case from the beginning—this feels right.Apple may have lost the original case, before U.S. Circuit Judge Denise Cote. It may have failed to convince...
  • One Year After (sequel to One Second After, great EMP novel)

    09/16/2015 10:50:21 AM PDT · by lulu16 · 86 replies
    Good Reads ^ | Sept. 15, 2015 | various
    The thrilling follow-up to the New York Times bestselling novel One Second After Months before publication, William R. Forstchens One Second After was cited on the floor of Congress as a book all Americans should read. Hundreds of thousands of people have read the tale. One Year After is the thrilling follow-up to that smash hit. The story picks up a year after One Second After ends, two years since the detonation of nuclear weapons above the United States brought America to its knees. After suffering starvation, war, and countless deaths, the survivors of Black Mountain, North Carolina, are beginning...
  • Disney Is Making a 'Mary Poppins' Sequel, Over 50 Years Later

    09/15/2015 1:09:00 PM PDT · by C19fan · 59 replies
    Yahoo ^ | September 14, 2015 | Justin Kroll
    As Disney continues to reboot old animated favorites into live-action features, the studio is now looking to team with its Into the Woods helmer for a new take on one of its classic musicals. Sources confirm to Variety that Disney is developing a new Mary Poppins musical with Rob Marshall set to direct.
  • Chelsea Clintons Its Your World

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