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  • Word of the Day: ULTRACREPIDARIAN

    05/25/2018 6:34:57 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 47 replies ^ | 05/25/2018 | Red Badger
    ____________________________________________________________________________________ Ultracrepidarian. Definition: one who is presumptuous and offers advice or opinions beyond one's sphere of knowledge. The meaning of this word comes from a story in antiquity, in which the famed Greek painter Apelles one day heard a cobbler criticizing the way he had rendered a foot in a painting. ul·tra·crep·i·dar·i·an ˌəltrəkrepəˈderēən/ adjective adjective: ultracrepidarian; adjective: ultra-crepidarian 1. expressing opinions on matters outside the scope of one's knowledge or expertise. "“Dad, how do we know the universe is expanding?” inquires your six-year-old. Try answering that without resorting to an ultracrepidarian trick here or there" noun noun: ultracrepidarian; plural noun:...
  • Has everyone gone insane? Conservative and libertarian authors getting kicked out of conventions.

    05/16/2018 12:40:12 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 39 replies
    A Pius Geek blog ^ | 05/16/2018 | Declan Finn
    A list of conventions that have banned science fiction authors - including some they'd put on panels - and the history of what is going on.
  • No wonder he never got the Nobel prize: Tom Wolfe made the left look stupid

    05/16/2018 7:01:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/16/2018 | Monica Showalter
    It's couched in oh so delicate terms, as pretty much everyone mourns the death of the great Tom Wolfe: Tom Wolfe was a reporter, Tom Wolfe was an observer. Tom Wolfe eyed status-seeking. Tom Wolfe skewered the establishment. And through his incredible mastery of words, he entertained the hell out of us. Yes, true enough. But somehow he never got a Nobel prize in literature, despite vastly outranking almost everyone else who has. So I guess I am corrupting things a little when I state the obvious about Wolfe: He did write, he did observe, he did skewer, and by...
  • Patriot's History of the United States approved for 4th edition

    05/15/2018 6:44:01 AM PDT · by LS · 24 replies
    self ^ | 5/15/2018 | LS
    Sentinel (Penguin/Random House) has just authorized a new edition (4th) of "A Patriot's History of the United States" written by Larry Schweikart (LS) and Mike Allen. This will be the 30th printing of the book since 2004 with a half-million copies in print. The new edition, expanding on the 10th Anniversary Edition in 2014, will cover all of US history from Columbus's discovery of the New World to the end of Trump's second year. That means all of Zero's useless presidency will be included. Since Trump is erasing it as fast as possible, there may not be much to cover...
  • "What I Saw at the Coup" - Great 15-minute story

    05/13/2018 1:37:12 PM PDT · by GOP Congress · 39 replies
    Western Rifle Shooters blog ^ | 9-11-2012 | Matt Bracken
    Almost six years ago, former Navy Seal and fighter against the Deep State, Matt Bracken, wrote this short story in the form of "confession" by an operative of a coup. This story was written in 2012, shortly before Obama's reelection, and the events of the story are consistent with the era and the events that unfolded in that time period. The name of the story is called "What I Saw at the Coup." This is the BEST story I've ever read that translates the VITAL ROLE of our 2nd Amendment rights to bear arms, particularly to arms such as AR-15's...
  • The Last Slave Ship Survivor Gave an Interview in the 1930s. It Just Surfaced

    05/11/2018 9:18:13 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 169 replies ^ | 3 May 2018 | BECKY LITTLE
    Roughly 60 years after the abolition of slavery, anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston made an incredible connection: She located the last surviving captive of the last slave ship to bring Africans to the United States. ... In fact, they are only now being released to the public in a book called Barracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo that comes out on May 8, 2018... he was only 19 years old when members of the neighboring Dahomian tribe captured him and took him to the coast. There, he and about 120 others were sold into slavery and crammed onto the...
  • Chelsea Clinton to publish children's book for young activists, Start Now! (mega barf alert)

    05/11/2018 10:11:48 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 27 replies ^ | 5/10/2018 | David Canfield
    Chelsea Clinton has locked down her next book. The best-selling childrens author has reteamed with Penguin Young Readers to publish Start Now! You Can Make a Difference this fall, EW can exclusively announce. The book featuring facts, stories, and tips on how to change the world will be aimed at readers ages 7-10 years old. Clinton will use her platform to break down issues relating to health, hunger, climate change, endangered species, and bullying for young readers to understand, and see how they can make a difference in their own lives, as well as in their communities and the...
  • Word For The Day - abstruse

    05/11/2018 7:43:16 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies ^ | 05/11/2018 | Red Badger
    ============================================================================== In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". ab·struse abˈstro͞os,əbˈstro͞os/ adjective: abstruse difficult to understand; obscure. "an abstruse philosophical inquiry" synonyms: obscure, arcane, esoteric, little known, recherché, rarefied, recondite, difficult, hard, puzzling, perplexing, cryptic, enigmatic, Delphic, complex, complicated, involved, over/above one's head, incomprehensible, unfathomable, impenetrable, mysterious "her abstruse arguments were hard to follow" Origin: late 16th century: from Latin abstrusus ‘put away, hidden,’ from abstrudere ‘conceal,’ from ab- ‘from’ + trudere ‘to push.’
  • Word For The Day - DIABOLIC

    05/04/2018 6:37:14 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies ^ | 05/04/2018 | Red Badger
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". diabolic (daɪəbɒlɪk ) 1. adjective Diabolic is used to describe things that people think are caused by or belong to the Devil. [formal] ...the diabolic forces which lurk in all violence. 2. adjective If you describe something as diabolic, you are emphasizing that it is very bad, extreme, or unpleasant. [mainly US, emphasis] Pitt's smile returned, and it was hideously diabolic.
  • O. Henry aristocracy versus hash

    05/02/2018 8:02:37 AM PDT · by Clutch Martin · 11 replies
    Aristocracy versus Hash by O. Henry | Clutch Martin
    I was reading a short story by the author known as O. Henry and at the end of the story aristocracy versus hash there is the following an ending sentence stating ""Ten minutes later the slate in the Blue Ruin saloon bore two additional characters: 10." Out of which I cannot figure out any plausible meaning. would anybody know the meaning of that phrase?
  • Name one book that helped to change your life

    05/01/2018 3:18:41 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 286 replies
    Here's one that definitely influenced me: "Red Planet" by Robert A. Heinlein. It's the first novel I can recall reading, around age 8 or so. It was the start of a lifelong love of speculative fiction, and Heinlein's Libertarian(ish) philosophy certainly put its imprint on me. (The main chsracter's father discusses getting a pistol permit for his daughter. The grandfather chimes in:) "That a free citizen should have to go before a committee, hat in hand, and pray for permission to bear arms - fantastic! Arm your daughter, sir, and pay no attention to petty bureaucrats."
  • John McCain: 'This Is My Last Term'

    05/01/2018 9:34:50 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 90 replies
    Newser ^ | May 1, 2018 | Polly Davis Doig
    Facing down an aggressive brain tumor that's kept him out of Washington for months, John McCain appears to be taking a hard look at his own mortality vis-a-vis his forthcoming book, The Restless Wave. "This is my last term," he writes in excerpts out now, via NPR and the Daily Beast. "If I hadn't admitted that to myself before this summer, a stage 4 cancer diagnosis acts as ungentle persuasion. I'm freer than colleagues who will face the voters again. I can speak my mind without fearing the consequences much." On President Trump: "He has declined to distinguish the actions...
  • Jake Tapper turns to fiction for 'The Hellfire Club'

    04/29/2018 4:07:05 PM PDT · by Bogle · 20 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | April 25, 2018 | Hillel Italie
    [Tapper] settled into an era more familiar and one he thought had been overlooked and misunderstood. 'The '50s get romanticized so much and depicted as serene so often when there's so much lurking beneath the surface," he says, "whether it's anti-communism and McCarthy, the Cold War, the atomic race or racism.'
  • Vampires, cyberpunks and bejewelled demons turn out for the Whitby Goth Festival [tr]

    04/29/2018 5:55:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 29, 2018 | Amanda Cashmore
    Thousands of goths have descended on a quiet seaside town to celebrate the art of darkness. Steampunk, Cybergoth, Romanticism or Victoriana fans travelled over the moors to Whitby, which has become their spiritual home twice a year, for the Whitby Goth Weekend. Steampunk comes from science fiction and celebrates both Victorian fashion and industry, combining top hats with brass goggles and elaborate guns.
  • Word for the Day - PUTSCH

    04/27/2018 8:21:54 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 9 replies
    wiktionary ^ | 04/27/2018 | Red Badger
    putsch po͝oCH/ noun noun: putsch; plural noun: putsches a violent attempt to overthrow a government. Origin early 20th century: from Swiss German, literally ‘thrust, blow.’ Noun putsch (plural putsches) A coup; an illegal effort to forcibly overthrow the current government. quotations ▼ Synonyms: coup, coup d'état Afterward, the ringleaders of the failed putsch were publicly executed.
  • How the baby boomers not millennials screwed America

    04/26/2018 2:43:10 AM PDT · by Cronos · 125 replies
    Vox ^ | 12 Mar 2018 | Sean Illing
    Everyone likes to bash millennials. Were spoiled, entitled, and hopelessly glued to our smartphones. We demand participation trophies, cant find jobs, and live with our parents until were 30. But is the millennial hate justified? Have we dropped the generational baton, or was it a previous generation, the so-called baby boomers, who actually ruined everything? Thats the argument Bruce Gibney makes in his book A Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America. The boomers, according to Gibney, have committed generational plunder, pillaging the nations economy, repeatedly cutting their own taxes, financing two wars with deficits, ignoring climate change,...
  • K-12: How Our Schools Make Monsters

    04/24/2018 3:08:54 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 17, 2018 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Lots of people who study K-12 education end up looking for a metaphor, a parallel, to explain the unnecessary stupidity of our public schools. Don't bother. Ayn Rand has run ahead and done the job. In 1970, Rand published a long [17k words] essay titled "The Comprachicos" (which roughly translates to the child-buyers). It lovingly examines a bit of history mentioned in a Victor Hugo novel. He wrote about vicious exploiters who mutilate and transform children into all sorts of freaks, dwarfs, gymnasts, and novelties. The techniques are analogous to those used by bonsai masters. You cut, twist, break, deprive...
  • Did Star Wars Jump the Shark Or Was It Devoured by Parasites?

    04/23/2018 4:11:24 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 76 replies
    Liberty Island Magazine ^ | 04/23/2018 | Tamara Wilhite
    I like both Star Wars and Star Trek. Ive seen all of the Star Wars and Star Trek movies, and while watching the kids, even saw a number of Clone Wars cartoon episodes. Ive seen most episodes of Star Trek, every series, though Ive barely been able to watch Star Trek: Discovery except the Mirror Universe episodes. I say this so that my criticism is not mistaken for you just dont like the franchises. And I think modern politics and shifts in storytelling are hurting both science fiction universes.
  • GQ faces backlash over inclusion of Bible in list of '21 Books You Don't Have to Read'

    04/23/2018 3:42:10 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 34 replies
    WJLA ^ | 04/23/18 | Lindsey Leake
    The Bible isn't required reading -- according to GQ. The magazine is facing criticism after it included The Good Book in its list of "21 Books You Don't Have to Read" last week. Compiled by GQ editors, the post laments that "the Great Books" aren't all they're cracked up to be: "Some are racist and some are sexist, but most are just really, really boring." "Census" author Jesse Ball says the Bible (No. 12 on the list) is highly rated by people who claim to live by it but haven't actually read the tome. "Those who have read it know...
  • If we valued black art, Kendrick Lamars Pulitzer would have been for literature

    04/22/2018 10:25:19 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 42 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 04/21/18 | Dotun Adebayo
    If we valued black art, Kendrick Lamars Pulitzer would have been for literature. When will the education system wake up to black creativity? I cant help thinking that the Pulitzer prize committee missed a trick in their award to the rapper Kendrick Lamar this week. If they had given him the Pulitzer for literature rather than for music it would have elevated his artform and sent a message that would have resonated around the world: that rap is a legitimate form of poetry and should be put on a par with, and treated with the same deference as, Shakespeare and...