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  • Long-lost story written by Charlotte Bronte for a married man.. is published for the first time

    02/29/2012 12:17:18 PM PST · by C19fan · 3 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 29, 2012 | Emma Reynolds
    A long-lost story written by Charlotte Bronte for a married man with whom she fell in love is about to be published for the first time. The manuscript, composed in French and entitled L'Ingratitude, was found in a Belgian museum a century after it was last heard about.
  • The Hunger Games questions/opinions [spoilers, vanity]

    02/29/2012 6:24:10 AM PST · by Feline_AIDS · 19 replies
    Because the first movie is coming out soon, I have a question for anyone who has read The Hunger Games trilogy: What did you think was the ultimate political message of the books? Because I've heard some conservatives claiming that it's a politically conservative message, but I'm not convinced. Are we saying the series has a conservative theme because of the evil, oppressive government? How do you reconcile the possibly conservative themes with the end of the last book and the changes in government? (Which to me amounts to a political version of "Meet the new boss, same as the...
  • America 'discovered by Stone Age hunters from Europe'

    02/28/2012 7:44:29 PM PST · by Theoria · 51 replies · 5+ views
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 28 Feb 2012 | David Keys
    New archaeological evidence suggests that America was first discovered by Stone Age people from Europe – 10,000 years before the Siberian-originating ancestors of the American Indians set foot in the New World. A remarkable series of several dozen European-style stone tools, dating back between 19,000 and 26,000 years, have been discovered at six locations along the US east coast. Three of the sites are on the Delmarva Peninsular in Maryland, discovered by archaeologist Dr Darrin Lowery of the University of Delaware. One is in Pennsylvania and another in Virginia. A sixth was discovered by scallop-dredging fishermen on the seabed 60...
  • Eisler's "The Detachment" source note: NATO's Secret Armies Operation Gladio

    02/24/2012 10:36:04 PM PST · by dickmc · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Source note in Barry Eisler's The Detachment, a John Rain thriller ^ | Circa 2000 | BBC2 and Daniele Ganser PhD dissertation pdf
    Eisler's new book which is a counter-terrorism plot set in the U.S. is quite good. He has a series of sources in the back in the form of www links which make interesting reading and background. Two of these links are about operation Gladio, which I had never heard of since I don't live in Italy or read Italian newspapers. It relates to a 1950's NATO 'leave behind' pre-positioned tools and structures for organized country-by-country active resistance in the event the Soviets overran Europe. The 'Gladio' portion operated in Italy from 1950 to 1990 and reportedly had counter parts in...

    02/24/2012 2:33:47 PM PST · by Lazamataz · 465 replies · 9+ views
    Amazon / Kindle ^ | 24 FEB 2012 | By Matthew Bracken
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  • The Baby Deer: A Television Movie(© February 1, 2012 by Robert Wayne Atkins) All Rights Reserved.)

    02/23/2012 10:03:10 AM PST · by dynachrome · 3 replies ^ | 2-1-12 | Robert Wayne Atkins, P.E.
    The movie begins inside a small 10 foot by 16 foot one-room shanty or shack with a dirt floor. There is a pot-bellied stove in the shack for heating and cooking. There are three beds in the shack: one for the father, one for the mother, and one for their 12-year old daughter. snip He tells his family that the bank has accepted their life savings as a partial deposit on a small farm about twenty miles from the city. They will have to grow corn as a cash crop and use the money from the sale of that corn...
  • Did Atlas Shrugged inspire Bob Dylan's Maggie's Farm?

    02/22/2012 8:07:14 PM PST · by Tweeker · 10 replies · 1+ views
    I ask this because since I saw the documentary Ayn Rand & the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged I can't stop envisioning John Galt whistle Maggie's Farm as he leaves the Twentieth Century Motor Company. In the documentary the following passage is read aloud: Dr Ferris to Hank Rearden in Atlas Shrugged Chapter III White Blackmail "The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants...
  • Lou Dobbs bashes ‘The Lorax’ and ‘Secret World of Arrietty’ for ‘indoctrinating liberal agenda’

    02/22/2012 10:33:54 AM PST · by max americana · 35 replies · 4+ views
    NY daily News ^ | 2/22/2012 | Ethan sacks
    In the Dr. Seuss book, the Lorax speaks for trees, "for the trees have no tongues." Lou Dobbs, on the other hand, most definitely has a tongue and he's not afraid to wield it against the beloved children's character. On a segment of Dobbs’ Fox Business Network show Tuesday night that was flagged by the advocacy group Media Matters, the cantankerous conservative pundit bashed two new animated movies as an example how Hollywood "once again is trying to indoctrinate our children.” Dobbs lambasted Disney's "The Secret World of Arrietty," a Japanese film that opened last Friday, for its story about...
  • Amy Adams: An Object of Beauty, An Object of Brains

    02/22/2012 6:46:45 AM PST · by iowamark · 22 replies ^ | 02/08/2012 | Kristin Fritz
    Remember Shopgirl, that lovely, slim work of art taking the form of a novella by the comedian, writer, actor, and all-around-genius Steve Martin? Published more than ten years ago, it tells the story of Mirabelle, a young woman who works the glove counter at a Beverly Hills department store. In between her humdrum afternoons outfitting the digits of Los AngelesÂ’s well-helled, she finds herself caught in a love triangle between the quite wealthy, quite divorced, quite older Ray Porter and the more-appropriate-in-age Jeremy. In 2005, fledgling director Anand Tucker took the story to film and turned out a product deemed...
  • When is it censorship?

    02/19/2012 2:37:06 PM PST · by eccentric · 17 replies
    vanity ^ | Feb. 19, 2012 | Linda Matinez
    It is understandable that libraries have to limit what they can put on their shelves when they have a limited budget to work with and limited space. But when a free donation is offered without restrictions and the space is available, why would a library accept some items and not others? Why would they accept just part of the items and not others? Rather than leaving a couple dozen dvds to collect dust on my shelf, I offered them to local libraries. So far I have received 2 responces: one said "There are some of the DVDS that are not...
  • Real-life couple from 'The Vow' says it 'would have been nice' to see Christian references in film

    02/17/2012 7:04:17 AM PST · by I still care · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | Feb 16, 2012 | Jo Piazza
    Based on the love story of two devout Christians, the movie version of "The Vow," starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum, strips the tale of its overt religious themes, which has some Christian reviewers concerned. The film is based on the true life story and book, “The Vow” by Kim and Krickitt Carpenter, which draws heavily on that couple’s Christian beliefs and the power of God to heal and shepherd a marriage through difficult times.
  • Mark Levin's recent transcript: !

    02/15/2012 1:30:30 AM PST · by schwingdoc · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Mark Levin Show dot com ^ | 2/13/2004 | Mark Levin
    Latest Levin show transcription. Hour 3. 2/13/12. We need to transcribe his radio program more often. Mark, enjoy Hillsdale. I pray for you, buddy, every single day by name. God Bless Mark Levin, keep him healthy, and give him strength and endurance and grace to lead and spread his word of liberty and peace. We need you. Stay well. God Bless and keep kicking ass.
  • University of Iowa’s Center for Book creates paper for national Magna Carta display (with video)

    02/10/2012 4:38:21 AM PST · by iowamark · 5 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 9 February 2012 | Emily Busse
    Restored, rare document will go on public display later this month. Starting next week, anyone visiting the U.S. National Archives can gaze at the only original Magna Carta in the United States, thanks, in part, to the work of Iowans. Nestled perfectly beneath the 700-year-old legal document is a sheet of pure white cotton paper, specially made by the University of Iowa’s Center for the Book. “Anyone from the state of Iowa can now go to the National Archives rotunda, get in line, wait your turn, and you can literally lean down your face a foot away from [the documents],”...
  • Was Jane Austen Murdered?

    02/09/2012 9:41:41 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | Nov 14 2011 | Luchina Fisher
    Nearly 200 years after Jane Austen‘s untimely death, crime novelist Lindsay Ashford has come up with a new explanation: arsenic poisoning. Austen, the English author of such classic novels as “Pride and Prejudice” and “Sense and Sensibility,” died in 1817 at age 41. Her death has been attributed to everything from cancer to Addison’s disease. But Ashford, who moved to Austen’s village of Chawton three years ago and started writing her new crime novel in the former home of Austen’s brother, stumbled across another possibility — that Austen died of arsenic poisoning. ... Ashford recognized that Austen’s symptoms could be...
  • Review: Lethal People by John Locke

    02/09/2012 8:37:25 PM PST · by WilliamEaton · 8 replies
    Today | William Eaton
    For those who are unfamiliar with the growing self-published/indie novel world, John Locke is the undisputed king. He's sold almost 2 million books at $0.99 a pop. He has many, loyal fans. Not bad for doing it on his own. That has to be admired. Lethal People is the first book that Locke published in his Donovan Creed series. Creed is best described as an independent contractor for the CIA who does his own assassin for hire work in his free time. On its face, that is a cool concept. My problem with the Creed character is not that his...
  • In Depth with Mark Steyn

    02/09/2012 5:34:50 AM PST · by iowamark · 7 replies
    C-SPAN BookTV ^ | February 5, 2012 | Mark Steyn
    Author and columnist Mark Steyn talked about topics such as American culture, free speech, terrorism, the economy, and the worldwide demographic shift to Muslims. He responded to telephone calls and electronic commmunications. Mark Steyn is a regular guest host of Rush Limbaugh's radio show, a visiting fellow in journalism at Hillsdale College, and the author of nine books: Broadway Babies Say Goodnight: Musicals Then and Now (1997); The Face of the Tiger: And Other Tales from the New War (2002); From Head to Toe: An Anatomical Anthology (2004); America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It (2006);...

    02/08/2012 5:01:28 PM PST · by seekthetruth · 44 replies
    Self | February 8, 2012 | SeekTheTruth
    Freepers Everywhere! Will you be at CPAC? If so, I hope to meet you! Look for Pamela Geller table and Marinka Peschmann's table in the Exhibit Hall space on the lower level of the Marriott. I will be there and hope to meet you! Pamela Geller's MUST READ book, "Stop The Islamization Of America will be available. Marinks Peschmann's MUST READ book, "The Whistleblower" (How the Clinton White HouseStayed in Power to Reemerge in the Obama White House and on the World Stage) will be available too! Also look for the events on Friday that you won't want...
  • Avoiding The Limelight (Defense of Introversion)

    02/08/2012 7:44:17 AM PST · by C19fan · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 8, 2012 | Philip Delves Broughton
    There is a scene in the film "Bad Teacher" in which Cameron Diaz, an irresponsible lush of a seventh-grade instructor, pulls aside a boy who has just publicly declared his love for a girl in his class. The boy, Garrett, is shy and writes poetry but is convinced that some show of bravery will win the girl's heart. Forget it, Ms. Diaz tells him. This girl is only interested in hot, popular boys. Garrett is sensitive, she points out, and "that's not a compliment." Maybe eighth grade will be better, the boy says hopefully. "I'm thinking college," Ms. Diaz tells...
  • Vanity: Dickens Google for his 200th Birthday

    02/07/2012 7:23:47 AM PST · by C19fan · 3 replies
    Google ^ | February 7, 2012 | Me
    Nice google script for Charles Dickens' 200th birthday. Happy Birthday Boz!
  • Samuel Youd, aka John Christopher (1922 – 2012)

    02/05/2012 6:43:47 PM PST · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    Locus ^ | February 4, 2012
    British author Samuel Youd, who wrote SF as John Christopher, died [February 3] in Bath, England, at the age of 89.
  • New book examines journalist's murder {Chauncey Bailey}

    02/05/2012 8:16:58 AM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 2/5/12 | Tammerlin Drummond
    In many countries, journalists who investigate political corruption or major crime figures get thrown into prison, gunned down or kidnapped -- never to be heard from again. In the United States, however, few people have been crazy enough or bold enough to assassinate a journalist to stop a story. It has happened twice. In 1976, when Arizona Republic Reporter Don Bolles was mortally wounded in a car bombing in Phoenix. Then, on Aug. 2, 2007, when a brainwashed 19-year-old man with a sawed-off shotgun ambushed journalist Chauncey Bailey as he walked from a McDonald's in downtown Oakland to his newspaper...
  • Fidel Castro unveils 1,000-page memoir

    02/04/2012 3:25:40 PM PST · by ColdOne · 15 replies ^ | 2/4/12 | CNN Wire Staff
    (CNN) -- Fidel Castro has released a previously unannounced two-volume memoir of his life, Cuban state-run media reported Saturday. In a six-hour presentation Friday, the leader of the Cuban Revolution and former president was jovial as he spoke about the 1,000-page work, the Granma newspaper reported. Castro, 85, spoke together with a panel of cultural and literary officials at the unveiling of the books. "They are going to talk to you about two books that you had no idea about," Castro said, according to Granma. The two volumes, titled "Fidel Castro Ruz: Guerrilla of Time," is based on conversations with...
  • NRC: San Onofre Worker Returned To Work After Fall Into Nuclear Reactor Pool

    02/03/2012 5:57:32 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    (CBS) ^ | February 3, 2012 3:24 PM | Tom Reopelle
    SAN CLEMENTE (CBS) — An employee at the San Onofre nuclear plant fell into a reactor pool last week, but did not present any radiation threat, federal regulators said Friday. KNX 1070′s Tom Reopelle reports the news marks the second recent incident at the plant northern San Diego County Victor Dricks with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said the unidentified employee did not receive a significant radiation dose after he lost his balance while leaning over to retrieve a flashlight and fell into the reactor pool in Unit 2 on Jan. 27. “The exposure came largely because he ingested or swallowed...
  • 20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes

    02/01/2012 12:47:25 PM PST · by Daffynition · 219 replies ^ | January 31, 2012 | Jon Gingerich
    I’ve edited a monthly magazine for more than six years, and it’s a job that’s come with more frustration than reward. If there’s one thing I am grateful for — and it sure isn’t the pay — it’s that my work has allowed endless time to hone my craft to Louis Skolnick levels of grammar geekery. [snip] Who and Whom This one opens a big can of worms. “Who” is a subjective — or nominative — pronoun, along with "he," "she," "it," "we," and "they." It’s used when the pronoun acts as the subject of a clause. “Whom” is an...
  • The Greatest Books of All Time, as Voted by 125 Famous Authors

    01/31/2012 8:21:59 AM PST · by C19fan · 137 replies · 2+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | Janaury 30, 2012 | Maria Popova
    "Reading is the nourishment that lets you do interesting work," Jennifer Egan once said. This intersection of reading and writing is both a necessary bi-directional life skill for us mere mortals and a secret of iconic writers' success, as bespoken by their personal libraries. The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books asks 125 of modernity's greatest British and American writers—including Norman Mailer, Ann Patchett, Jonathan Franzen, Claire Messud, and Joyce Carol Oates—"to provide a list, ranked, in order, of what [they] consider the ten greatest works of fiction of all time- novels, story collections, plays, or poems." Of the...
  • PAPER: Global warming ended 15 years ago; 'mini-ice age' next...

    01/29/2012 7:37:11 AM PST · by chuckee · 24 replies
    The supposed ‘consensus’ on man-made global warming is facing an inconvenient challenge after the release of new temperature data showing the planet has not warmed for the past 15 years. The figures suggest that we could even be heading for a mini ice age to rival the 70-year temperature drop that saw frost fairs held on the Thames in the 17th Century. Based on readings from more than 30,000 measuring stations, the data was issued last week without fanfare by the Met Office and the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit. It confirms that the rising trend in world...
  • New Book: From Billy Graham to Sarah Palin: Evangelicals and the Betrayal of American Conservatism

    01/26/2012 10:21:22 AM PST · by C19fan · 31 replies ^ | January 26, 2012 | D.G. Hart
    From Billy Graham to Sarah Palin provides an iconoclastic new history of the entrance of evangelical Christians into national American politics. Examining the key players of the “Religious Right” — Billy Graham, Jerry Falwell, Chuck Colson, James Dobson, Pat Robertson, and many others — D. G. Hart argues that evangelicalism is (and always has been) a bad fit with classic political conservatism. Hart shows how the uneasy alliance of these unlikely political bedfellows has contributed directly to the fragmentation of today’s conservative movement. He contends that the ongoing burden of reconciling the progressive moral idealism of religious conservatives with the...
  • American Desperado: My Life--From Mafia Soldier to Cocaine Cowboy to Secret Government Asset

    01/24/2012 6:07:04 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 2 replies · 1+ views ^ | January 24,2012 | Jon Roberts and Evan Wright
    Just finished this will blow your mind..check the reviews on amazon.....this must be chump change compared to the Chicago way..
  • Edith Wharton: the 'lonely hearted' heiress with the fearless eye (born 150 years ago today)

    01/24/2012 11:13:10 AM PST · by Borges · 5 replies
    Telegraph ^ | Anita Brookner
    Edith Wharton, the very incarnation of old New York, is a role model for latter-day feminists, and also an authority on having it all. In both instances she is perhaps a corrective to the national obsession with Jane Austen, and, given her privileged circumstances, a consummate ally for those who, unlike herself, endure social and emotional disadvantages – lack of money, like Lily Bart in The House of Mirth (1905), lack of emotional warmth, which she herself suffered in an unsatisfactory marriage and which she used in her depiction of the eponymous Ethan Frome (1911), which is being dramatised on...
  • Alternative Burns Night sees Scottish rapper take on Robert Burns

    01/23/2012 9:32:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 1+ views
    STV ^ | 23 January 2012
    A club night in Glasgow is offering its own unique take on Burns night – with haggis-stuffed calzone, Irn Bru ice cream floats and Scottish hip hop artist Loki giving a very special Toast to the Lassies.The LAID Burns Night takes place at Glasgow’s Bar Bloc this Wednesday from 9pm, with free entry. The event includes performances by Trapped in Kansas and Poor Things, alongside a toast to the lassies by Scottish hip hop artist Loki. Bloc will be offering up haggis-stuffed calzone and Irn Bru ice cream floats as their alternative Burns supper, with the bar serving Irn Bru...
  • What books are you currently reading?

    01/23/2012 8:52:51 PM PST · by WilliamEaton · 218 replies · 2+ views
    1/23/2012 | William Eaton
    What books are people currently reading? Any particular fiction or non-fiction of note? Any recommendations from some recent reads? I just downloaded the novel Hunter by Robert James Bidinotto for my kindle. It's an indie novel and has received good reviews on Amazon. Will report back once I finish up.
  • Thinking outside the box with little libraries

    01/23/2012 4:57:38 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 27 replies
    JSOnline ^ | 1-23-12 | Meg Jones
    Madison - Alicia Rheal is an artist who lives on a quiet street within sight of the Capitol. She's also a librarian. Instead of rows and rows of bookshelves filled with Dewey Decimal System-categorized tomes, Rheal's library is decidedly low-tech and charming. No library cards are required. There are no fines. In fact, library users are encouraged to take any book they want and keep it. Rheal is one of many caretakers of the growing phenomenon of Little Free Libraries - tiny boxes designed to promote literacy and the love of reading through free book exchanges. Each Little Free Library...
  • Bartending Tips From Days of Old (1800s Recipes ... Hot Gin Sling & Hot Irish Whiskey Punch)

    01/22/2012 3:56:48 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 19, 2012 | Richard Goldsmith
    Bartending Tips From Days of Old What's old is new again, and nowhere is that more true than in the cocktail world. New twists on classic cocktails are popping up everywhere, but most of us haven't even figured out how to make them sans twists yet. Luckily, the bartenders of yore have reached forward in time to give us invaluable advice on mixing these drinks of yesteryear. And publishers looking to capitalize on the cocktail craze have reached back to the of bartenders at the turn of last century to reprint some of the most storied mixology guides. Long before...
  • Parents Outraged Over School Book's Graphic Sexual Content

    01/20/2012 6:36:09 PM PST · by Morgana · 61 replies · 1+ views
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A class reading assignment infuriates the parents of a 14-year-old Valley Traditional High School student. They said their daughter's questions about the book left them speechless. The book is called "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian." "She was masturbating and (describing) how to masturbate and how she did it and also giving a boy a (expletive) and going into great detail of how to perform it," said Vincent. Vincent took the book to her daughter's step-father, who became speechless. "Her being the age that she's in right now, you just freeze up. You don't know...
  • College Text Indoctrinates, Pushes 'Prophetic' Van Jones

    01/18/2012 5:41:04 AM PST · by TPOOH · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Jan 18, 2011 | Ann Kane
    How many ordinary Americans, much less 18 year olds, have heard the name Van Jones? If you've been engaged in the fight to hold onto the real American dream, you know him, but most law abiding citizens simply don't have the time or the will to be aware of all the destructive people threatening to tear our country down. A college student brought to my attention a textbook she uses for public speaking class. The first chapter in The Art of Public Speaking by Stephen E. Lucas opens with a tribute to Anthony "Van" Jones "one of the most powerful...
  • Secret Weapon - How Economic Terrorism Brought Down the US Stock Market

    01/17/2012 8:02:21 AM PST · by al_c · 38 replies · 2+ views ^ | Kevin D. Freeman
    Who’s Really To Blame For America’s Catastrophic Financial Meltdown And Devastating National Recession? Contrary to what the “Occupy Movement” might tell you, it’s not greedy Wall Street executives. No, as one of America’s top financial professionals reveals in this shocking new book, the real culprit is economic warfare, with our foreign enemies exploiting our lurking financial weaknesses. In Secret Weapon, Kevin D. Freeman unveils how all the evidence – including motive, means, and opportunity – points to America’s foreign enemies as deliberately pushing our economy over the brink. In this stunning expose, Freeman reveals: * The evidence linking Communist China...
  • Education: Waiting For Lewis Black

    01/16/2012 4:15:43 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 13 replies ^ | Jan. 6, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    [This is the entire article:] According to a movie and book that came out in 2010, everyone is Waiting For Superman. That would be the heroic, miraculous, too-good-to-be-true school that will swoop down into even the worst neighborhoods and rescue all those bad-luck kids. Me, I’m not counting on Superman. Public schools are too weird. The Man of Steel will look foolish fighting to the death against silly putty. To speak truth about this demented demimonde, we need a voice, a mind, a way of thinking as deranged as the system itself. We need Lewis Black. You know him, of...
  • The Online Books Page

    01/15/2012 10:04:08 AM PST · by urtax$@work · 35 replies · 1+ views
    University of Pennsylvania ^ | Jan 15, 2012 | John Mark Ockerbloom
    The Online Books Page is a website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet. It also aims to encourage the development of such online books, for the benefit and edification of all. The Online Books Page was founded, and is edited, by John Mark Ockerbloom, He is a digital library planner and researcher at the University of Pennsylvania. He is solely responsible for the content of the site. The site is hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, who provide the server, disk space, and network bandwidth for the site. They also employ the editor,...
  • Book review: 'Elizabeth the Queen' by Sally Bedell Smith

    01/12/2012 7:03:03 AM PST · by BigEdLB · 9 replies
    L A Times ^ | 1/12/12 | Patt Morrison
    So what is new to justify Sally Bedell Smith's massive "Elizabeth the Queen"? What is left to uncover, and what should be left uncovered and unknown in the life of this exemplary lady whose predetermined existence of regal obligation is yawningly unenviable, however bejeweled the box it comes in? (Snip) ... an American acquaintance says the queen collects pepper grinders. And sometimes it's about the queen's own words on her ancient calling in the 21st century. With characteristic briskness, she told her cousin Margaret Rhodes that her sanctified role means no retirement until death, "unless I get Alzheimer's or have...
  • Himmler and Heydrich: Hitler’s Lieutenants

    01/09/2012 6:57:50 PM PST · by iowamark · 44 replies · 2+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 6, 2012 | JACOB HEILBRUNN
    In June 1942, Thomas Mann, who was living in exile in California, delivered a commentary on a German-language BBC radio program that decried the sanguinary actions of the Third Reich in avenging the assassination of the leading SS official Reinhard Heydrich in Prague. After Heydrich’s elaborate funeral ceremony at the new Reich Chancellery in Berlin, Hitler screamed at the Czech president, Emil Hacha, “Nothing can prevent me from deporting millions of Czechs if they do not wish for peaceful coexistence.” It wasn’t an idle threat. “Since the violent death of Heydrich,” Mann lamented, “terror is raging everywhere, in a more...
  • “Balanced Literacy“ -- Unbalanced and Unhinged

    01/09/2012 2:37:06 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 11 replies · 1+ views ^ | Jan. 7, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    [MORE ABOUT READING, SPECIFICALLY, THAT SO-CALLED BALANCED LITERACY IS ANOTHER CHAPTER IN THE LONG-RUNNING HOAX:] So here’s the deal. The same people who lied to us about reading for 70 years now want us to believe they are finally telling the truth. They said that English isn’t phonetic, that children don’t need the alphabet and the sounds, that children need only to look at words and memorize the shapes. All this was utter nonsense. They further said that if children didn’t recognize a word (which they typically didn’t as it’s hard work to memorize a word by its shape), they...
  • The Odyssey of the Codebreaker Who Outwitted Yamamoto at Midway by Elliot Carlson

    01/09/2012 7:33:43 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 11 replies
    John Batchelor Show ^ | January 7,2012 | John Batchelor
    Joe Rochefort's War: The Odyssey of the Codebreaker Who Outwitted Yamamoto at Midway by Elliot Carlson Saturday 1/712 10 PM
  • Don't Miss Reading "The Whistleblower" By Marinka Peschmann

    01/05/2012 6:39:29 PM PST · by seekthetruth · 16 replies
    Marinka Peschmann ^ | January 5, 2012 | SeekTheTruth
    I think Americans need to be reminded of the corrupt Clinton administration and the horrifying effects of their elite rule! Read The Whistleblower, written by Marinka Peschmann. Best line in this chilling book: "The Obama administration is the Clinton administration on steroids!" It is available on Kindle and it is a fast read.
  • Yeager...Autobiography

    01/04/2012 7:04:04 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 50 replies
    January 4,2012 | Hojczyk
    Great Book...A review from Amazon says it all...Obama should read it... a story of a real American...Aviation from WW II to the space age done by one man.. 5.0 out of 5 stars Balls Out!!!, August 3, 2000 By Richard Ross-Adams (Johannesburg, South Africa) - See all my reviews This review is from: Yeager: An Autobiography (Paperback) Legendary flying ace Chuck Yeager has put on paper not only his life, but his amazing character as well. Since I was a child I was told the stories of Chuck Yeager by my brothers.One of whom was an aviator himself, and was...
  • Happy Birthday, Professor Tolkien - Jan. 3 !!!

    01/03/2012 9:25:16 AM PST · by fishtank · 25 replies · 3+ views ^ | Jan 3, 2012 | JRR Tolkien
    On the 3rd January 1892 JRR Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. To celebrate this event, on this day each year Tolkien fans around the world are invited to raise a glass and toast the birthday of this much loved author. The toast is "The Professor". For those unfamiliar with British toast-drinking ceremonies: To make the Birthday Toast, you stand, raise a glass of your choice of drink (not necessarily alcoholic), and say the words 'The Professor' before taking a sip (or swig, if that's more appropriate for your drink). Sit and enjoy the rest of your drink.
  • Kit Up Zombie Ops: Your Survival Philosophy (Realist; Neoconservative; Liberal; Constructivist)

    01/02/2012 1:19:22 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    Kit Up! ^ | Decmber 31, 2011 | Pat Kilbane
    How you equip yourself for a zombie apocalypse depends largely on your personal belief systems. Are you going to focus solely on self-preservation? Or is restoring order to your country a transcendent objective? How willing are you to share your resources with strangers? And how discriminating will you be in shooting other human beings? Author Daniel Drezner tackles such moral dilemmas on a global level in his book Theories of International Politics and Zombies. Drezner is the real deal, by the way, a professor of international politics at Tufts University and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Here’s...
  • Can any Freeper put me directly in touch with Glen Back? (Vanity)

    01/01/2012 9:41:54 AM PST · by Donkey Odious · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Donkey Odious
    Does anyone out there have a direct connection to Glen Beck? I have a manuscript that I need to get in his hands. It is about the homefront war effort in WWII based around the Manhattan Project and describes the day-to-day living of the partiots that came together for a brief time in Uravan, Colorado to mine uranium. It was written by my wife's grandmother - who would be 121 if she lived today - edited by my wife and now turned into an e-book. It is a great picture of what America and Americans used to be. Yes, it...
  • Resisting Hitler's Rise 'In the Garden of Beasts'

    12/31/2011 12:17:31 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    NPR ^ | December 29, 2011
    When University of Chicago professor William Dodd assumed the post of U.S. ambassador to Germany in 1933, he hoped for an undemanding position that would allow him spare time to write a book. At the time, few in the United States or Europe considered then-Chancellor Adolf Hitler a serious threat, and few expected him to remain in power long. Dodd was no exception, says Erik Larson, author of In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin. Having studied in Germany as a college student in the 1890s, Dodd began his term as ambassador with...
  • Pa and the Rifle

    12/24/2011 8:45:45 PM PST · by Manic_Episode · 27 replies
    A Land Called America ^ | October 2001 | Rian B. Anderson
    Pa and the Rifle Pa never had much compassion for the lazy or those who squandered their means and then never had enough for the necessities. But for those who were genuinely in need, his heart was as big as all outdoors. It was from him that I learned the greatest joy in life comes from giving, not from receiving. It was Christmas Eve 1881. I was fifteen years old and feeling like the world had caved in on me because there just hadn’t been enough money to buy me the rifle that I’d wanted for Christmas. We did the...
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson Lists 8 (Free) Books Every Intelligent Person Should Read

    12/21/2011 9:53:55 PM PST · by Daffynition · 61 replies ^ | December 22, 2011 | unknown
    A user posed the question to Neil deGrasse Tyson: “Which books should be read by every single intelligent person on the planet?”Below, you will find the book list offered up by the astrophysicist, director of the Hayden Planetarium, and popularizer of science. Where possible, we have included links to free versions of the books, all taken from our Free Audio Books and Free eBooks collections. Or you can always download a professionally-narrated book for free from Details here. If you’re looking for a more extensive list of essential works, don’t miss The Harvard Classics, a 51 volume series...