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  • Jason Lewis' book or Michael Savage's book

    10/10/2010 6:33:59 PM PDT · by jdlucas04 · 8 replies
    Vanity | October 10, 2010 | jdlucas04
    I was just curious if you wouldn't mind giving your opinion(s) on which new book by which author Jason Lewis or Dr. Michael Savage(on at the same time) I should read. The books are called Power Divided is Power Checked and Trickle-up Poverty.
  • Reading Arabic 'hard for brain'

    09/04/2010 10:40:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    BBC News ^ | 9/4/10 | Katie Alcock
    Israeli scientists believe they have identified why Arabic is particularly hard to learn to read. The University of Haifa team say people use both sides of their brain when they begin reading a language - but when learning Arabic this is wasting effort. The detail of Arabic characters means students should use only the left side of their brain because that side is better at distinguishing detail. (Snip) Both young children and adults call on both hemispheres to help them learn a new task. And using both hemispheres is the right thing to do when reading English or Hebrew -
  • “Learning Styles”--Has This Gimmick Gotten Out Of Hand?

    08/24/2010 7:01:51 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 14 replies
    Improve-Education.org ^ | August 15, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Here are opening paragraphs of new article on Improve-Education.org:///// Title: “Learning Styles”--How Educators Divide And Conquer//// Imagine you have promoted a 100% bogus way to teach reading. Kids don’t learn to read; instead they end up functionally illiterate, learning-disabled, or dyslexic. How do you explain away all this failure, and come out looking good? You need a genius excuse that no one can see through. Does such genius actually exist? Of course. The Education Establishment came up with the concept called “reading readiness,” This con was among the most brilliant ever devised in the 20th century. If a child wasn’t...
  • Libraries fading as school budget crisis deepens

    06/24/2010 10:46:40 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 55 replies · 1+ views
    hosted ^ | Jun 24 | DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP
    BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) -- Students who wished their school librarians a nice summer on the last day of school may be surprised this fall when they're no longer around to recommend a good book or help with homework. As the school budget crisis deepens, administrators across the nation have started to view school libraries as luxuries that can be axed rather than places where kids learn to love reading and do research.....
  • Can fart jokes help boys catch girls in reading? (I apologize for the headline)

    07/21/2010 9:39:17 AM PDT · by Daveinyork · 117 replies · 2+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | 7-21-2010 | LEANNE ITALIE
    Can fart jokes save the reading souls of boys? You better hope so. Boys have lagged behind girls in reading achievement for more than 20 years, but the gender gap now exists in nearly every state and has widened to mammoth proportions -- as much as 10 percentage points in some, according to the Center on Education Policy. "It certainly should set off alarm bells," said the center's director, Jack Jennings. "It's a significant separation." Parents of reluctant readers complain that boys are forced to stick to stuffy required school lists that exclude nonfiction or silly subjects, or have teachers...
  • What Are You Reading Now? - My Quarterly Survey

    07/12/2010 10:39:11 AM PDT · by MplsSteve · 170 replies · 6+ views
    7/12/10
    Hi, everyone! It's time again for my quarterly "What Are You Reading Now?" survey. As you know, I consider Freepers to be among the more well-read groups currently on the Internet. Each quart, I like to find out what everyone is reading. It can be anything...a technical journal, a NY Times best-seller, a trashy pulp novel...in short, anything! Please do not ruin this thread by posting something inane like "I'm reading this post". It became very unfunny a long time ago. I'll start. I'm reading a historical biography called "John L Lewis: Labor Leader" by Robert Zieger. I have found...
  • Students Studying Less: Shocking Report

    07/09/2010 7:40:22 AM PDT · by mattstat · 9 replies
    new campus joke: “Dude, she was all like, ‘What’s that building? It’s, like, so big.’ And I go, ‘That’s the library. There’s like so many books.” Ha ha ha ha! Oh, how the tears roll down my face every time I hear that one. It’s the image conjured in the mind, you see. Those wacky kids actually know what the library is! Of course, knowing where the library was, what was in it, and intuiting the purpose of the objects held there used to be a commonplace. But now, according to Philip Babcock (UC Santa Barbara) and Mindy Marks (UC...
  • Boys and Books (the final installment)

    06/10/2010 12:35:01 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 5 replies · 292+ views
    Improve-Education.org ^ | May 27, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Several earlier posts have evolved into “50: Leading Boys To Reading,” a new section on Improve-Education.org. It’s of interest to parents who have a boy in school. There’s a list of books that most boys would like; some simple diagnostics to use when someone is avoiding books; and a column that first appeared on CanadaFreePress titled “Our Schools Are Skilled at Keeping Boys From Reading.” (The Left’s greatest victory may be that they were able to undermine reading so successfully for so many decades. Almost nobody can learn to read using sight-words, but that has been the official technique since...
  • The Biggest Conspiracy Of All

    06/05/2010 1:41:23 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 21 replies · 579+ views
    Improve-Education.org ^ | June, 210 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    [I just wrote this for GLP; but why should they have all the fun?] --------- DID YOU EVER WONDER WHY WE HAVE 50,000,000 FUNCTIONAL ILLITERATES?! I’ve been arguing for many years that the Biggest Mystery in American History is why the public schools can’t seem to do their basic job of educating the young. Lots of people say it’s bad luck, incompetence, unfortunate fads, and other similar answers that let the Education Establishment off the hook. I’ve become more comfortable with the notion that the people at the very top are not incompetent, rather they are conspiring to dumb down...
  • Summer Reading — Books Fit for the Season

    06/01/2010 7:31:55 AM PDT · by SLB · 5 replies · 561+ views
    Summer Reading — Books Fit for the Season ^ | 1 June 2010 | Dr Albert Mohler
    Check them out. Something there for everyone.
  • eBooks And The Future of Reading

    05/23/2010 6:04:05 AM PDT · by mattstat · 10 replies · 518+ views
    Warning: Raw Speculation Alert. You have been warned! You are reading. This form form of reading will not disappear. eBooks—whether they be standalone devices, or merely apps on multipurpose toys like cell phones—will cause the reading of short bursts of words on a screen to become increasingly common. The key is “short”: columns such as this already push the limit of most people’s patience (yes, the content, too). The reading of book-length material—which is to say books in electronic or paper forms—will decline rapidly. eBook sales will increase, accelerating over the next five years. With the closing of mall stores,...
  • Phonics vs. Whole Word: a Report from the Front Lines

    05/10/2010 1:30:02 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 36 replies · 1,061+ views
    Improve-Education.org ^ | November, 2009 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    A teacher in New Jersey sent me a letter which will tell you, in a few minutes, more than you can stand to know about the idiocy loose in the public schools:----- “I am an ESL teacher for 29 years. This school year, I was asked by my principal to ‘push in’ to the classrooms where my students were, instead of pulling them out for regular ESL classes. Although I wasn't very happy about doing this, I learned a lot from this experience... They are teaching reading using the whole language approach. This method was introduced into my school system...
  • The Secrets Of Dumbing-Down Revealed

    05/03/2010 2:26:57 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 53 replies · 1,210+ views
    Improve-Education.org ^ | April 30, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Our Education Establishment is dumbing us down. How sad, sick, and pathetic. People calling themselves “educators” devote their careers to making sure no one is educated. Everyone has heard the complaints. But the fascinating question still remains: HOW DO THEY DO IT? Is it all just bumbling incompetence or do these people have secret techniques? One familiar technique is to remove content whenever possible from the schools. All right, that technique we can see. But for many years I’ve had the sense that deeper and weirder shenanigans were going on, but I couldn’t pinpoint them. Now I think I can....
  • The Crime of the Century: Creating 50,000,000 Functional Illiterates

    04/29/2010 12:47:37 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 48 replies · 786+ views
    YouTube.com ^ | July 10, 2009 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    The best thing we can do for the country is to make sure all children read by the second grade. The Education Establshment continues to push non-phonetic methods that don’t work. Here’s a graphic video (only 3 minutes) that explains why Kindergarten Sight-Words Are Not A Good Idea. This hoax requires that children memorize words as SHAPES or graphic designs, as we all memorize flags, currency symbols, hieroglyphics, cars, etc. A few hundred is difficult but doable; a few thousand is beyond most people. Even then, it takes a lot of time, so all of education is undercut. Once parents...
  • “Sight Words??!! You Still Teach Sight Words??!!”

    04/21/2010 4:48:38 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 39 replies · 874+ views
    Improve-Education.org ^ | April 21, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    A reading coach in California sent me this question: “I would like to know how you respond to teachers who are married to sight-word drills and describe their rationale as, ‘Well, there are just so many words that don't follow any rules.’” My answer is a longish rumination and probably not for the casual reader. But if you’ve wondered what Sight Words, Dolch Words, and the rest are really all about, this is a good place to start. Remember, our Education Establishment has spent 80 years promoting what I believe is a hoax and a crime, and in the process...
  • Netanyahu: I’m Reading the Bible

    04/14/2010 12:48:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies · 1,343+ views
    inn ^ | 4/14/10 | staff
    (IsraelNN.com) Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with the World Bible Quiz participants Wednesday, including his son Avner who is in the finals, which is to be held on Independence Day.
  • When Boys Don’t Read, Here’s What To Do

    04/07/2010 11:57:23 AM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 44 replies · 1,126+ views
    EdArticles.com ^ | April 5, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    I like it when the New York Times agrees with me. Nicholas Kristof’s recent column “Boys have fallen behind” (April 4) is an exact echo of my column on CanadaFreePress several weeks earlier (March 15). My piece was titled “Our Schools Are Skilled At Making Sure Boys Don’t Read." It’s longer, more aggressive, with more suggestions on how to deal with this very huge problem, namely, that boys don’t read well or they don’t read at all. If boys not reading is an aspect of your life, please see this article. [Link at end.] Now I want to mention the...
  • Can Bad Education Inflict Brain Damage?? (AN UPDATE)

    03/26/2010 12:49:54 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 28 replies · 592+ views
    FreeRepublic.com ^ | March 19, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Last week I posted background on FreeRepublic about a column published elsewhere titled “Education as Neurotoxin.” This column tries to explain why the US has 50 million functional illiterates and 1 million dyslexics. Were these people born this way? Or had bad education methods produced the impairments? Someone left a half-dozen irate comments insisting I was “delusional,” “illogical,” “irrational,” “nonsensical,” etc. I’m not sure which part offended him most, 1) that sight-words cause mental problems; 2) or that the far-left could knowingly promote the use of destructive educational methods. This commenter embraced the Dolch Dogma that kids must memorize 300...
  • "School-Induced Mental Impairment (SIMI): reality or delusion?"

    03/24/2010 12:29:26 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 15 replies · 255+ views
    Education Improved blog ^ | March 24, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    "Last week I posted background on FreeRepublic about a column published months earlier titled “Education as Neurotoxin.” This column tries to explain why the US has 50 million functional illiterates and 1 million dyslexics. Were these people born this way? Or had bad education methods caused the impairments? (In which case, our enemies never needed to put fluoride, etc., in the water as our public schools were already harming the nation’s intelligence.) Someone left a half-dozen bitter comments insisting I was “delusional,” “illogical,” “irrational,” “nonsensical,” etc. I’m not sure which part offended him most, that sight-words cause mental problems; or...
  • Can Bad Education Inflict Brain Damage?

    03/19/2010 12:17:20 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 110 replies · 1,257+ views
    AmericanChronicle.com ^ | November 10, 2009 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    As a teenager, I heard rumors that the Russians put flouride in drinking water, presumably to wreck our minds and make us easier to control. I heard this only a few times; and I never heard of evidence. As I said, rumors. But as I’ve researched and written about education a great deal, those rumors have come back into my thoughts. And here is what I want to report to you today: the Russians had absolutely no need to put flouride or anything else in the water. Ever since 1932, they had look-say in our public schools! As subtle poisons...
  • Making Sure Boys Read

    03/16/2010 2:42:55 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 11 replies · 338+ views
    CanadaFreePress ^ | March 15, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Boys and Reading: Not to worry. Our top educators have pretty well got this thing figured out. It’s a two-punch combination, researched-based, that almost always works. Bingo, you don’t find American boys wasting precious time inside the pages of a book. First of all, you want to make sure they don’t hear much about the alphabet (shhh!), letters, sounds all that right-wing nonsense. They have to learn to read with sight-words, Dolch words, whole words (all the same thing). And you want a whole lot of hoopla, thousands of brightly colored books lying around, and constant chatter about literacy and...
  • The Reading Wars: A Quick Update

    03/15/2010 1:29:51 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 15 replies · 294+ views
    YouTube video ^ | March 13, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    The US is said to have 50,000,000 functional illiterates. Why? Explaining this is VERY difficult. My cynical view is that the professors of education came up with bogus theories, and then wrapped them inside many layers of sophistry and deception. To the point where even intelligent people could make little sense of the problem or what to do next...I’ve put a dozen graphic videos on YouTube that try to explain the craziness that is reading. Of course, homeschoolers know most of the problems. It’s the rest of the country we need to inform. The newest video (link) does a pretty...
  • "Rudolf Flesch Rules the World of Reading"

    02/26/2010 3:00:57 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 21 replies · 377+ views
    CanadaFreePress ^ | Feb. 22, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    To save the country, we first have to save the public schools. Doing this requires that we save reading, the one essential skill. March, 2010, is the 55th anniversary of “Why Johnny Can’t Read.” This book is just as hot now as it was a half-century ago, because our obtuse Education Establishment insists on using sight-words (or Dolch words) to teach reading. This is the phony method that Flesch exposed and explained in his book. “Rudolf Flesch Rules the World of Reading” gives a quick update on why this book is so hugely important. Maybe you already know all this....
  • During the Olympics, The Feds Will Be Reading Your Tweets – And the Blotter

    02/13/2010 8:31:29 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies · 566+ views
    abc ^ | 2/13/10 | JASON RYAN
    As the winter Olympics begin, the Department of Homeland Security has disclosed that it will be monitoring the comments and posts on websites and social media like Twitter for information on possible terror threats. Among the sites listed in a privacy impact statement filed Friday afternoon by DHS are the Drudge Report, the Huffington Post, Twitter, Google and this web site, the Blotter.
  • What are your Favorite Adventure Books?

    02/05/2010 8:42:20 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 114 replies · 1,586+ views
    MtnClimber | February 5, 2010 | Vanity
    Was just wondering what the favorite adventure novels are for Freepers out there. Fiction or non-fiction.
  • Education and Politics

    01/26/2010 3:02:17 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 1 replies · 156+ views
    CanadaFreePress ^ | Jan 25, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    "Reading and climate—what could they possibly have in common?! I’ll tell you: lies, lies and more lies. Hold onto your hat. The roller coaster is starting to descend. It seems to me that more millions of lies have been told about these two subjects than about any others. We’re talking about world-class lies, the kind that Hitler would be proud to call his own...."
  • Think Globally Read Locally

    01/22/2010 9:56:16 AM PST · by bs9021 · 178+ views
    AIA-FL Blog ^ | January 22, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Think Globally Read Locally Malcolm A. Kline, January 22, 2010 The UN warns that illiteracy is a global problem but Americans may not have to look that far to find it. “Far too many young people emerge from primary school unable to read or write,” UNESCO warns. “In some countries in sub-Saharan Africa, young adults with five years of primary schooling have a 40% chance of being illiterate.” The U. S. could catch up in this race to the bottom. “The skills and knowledge that college instructors expect entering students to have are more focused and specific than what high...
  • Vanity Question: Has The GOP Forced The HealthCare Bill To Be Read in Full?

    12/22/2009 1:44:08 PM PST · by icwhatudo · 7 replies · 482+ views
    12-22-09 | self
    I know they forced some amendment to be read in full a few days ago (before the dems violated procedure and simply gave up on it before they were done reading) but has anyone in the GOP forced a reading of the entire 2,000+ page bill yet? Did I totally miss them doing this? If they haven't done it yet, why is no one doing it? IIRC it only takes one senator to request it so we can't blame McConnel and McCain, and Graham when all it takes is Demint or Inhofe alone.
  • Phonics Makes a Cameo

    12/14/2009 11:07:12 AM PST · by bs9021 · 2 replies · 350+ views
    AIA- FL Blog ^ | December 14, 2009 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Phonics Makes a Cameo Malcolm A. Kline, December 14, 2009 A surprisingly positive development in the textbook publishing world leads us to believe that hoped-for change may actually arrive some day. “In four major publishers’ new 1st grade Reading programs for Cali­fornia and Texas, a long-overdue national pro-phonics rout of anti-phonics pedagogy is at last in full cry,” Educational Analysts of Longview, Texas, report in the group’s latest newsletter. “Our reviews of these two submis­sions find the Texas editions clearly stronger on decoda­bility than their Cali­fornia analogs, with some flaws remaining in each.”...
  • From Genesis to Revelation in One Year

    12/06/2009 8:33:58 AM PST · by OneVike · 23 replies · 950+ views
    Gate of The City ^ | 12/6/09 | OneVike
    I have been asked by numerous individuals as to how I manage to get through the Bible in one years time. It is a task I attempt to undertake every year, and I must admit that often times I find myself bunching up a few books around the end of the year to accomplish my task. There are many schedules put out every January by various Christian Churches and organizations that will guide you in accomplishing such an endeavor. I am sure those who attend church regularly will find that their Church offers a schedule every December. Unfortunately, what...
  • Science Fiction literature thread

    10/21/2009 10:21:53 AM PDT · by Nachum · 71 replies · 2,083+ views
    nachumlist.com ^ | 10/21/09 | Nachum
    I thought I would start a thread for all of you Science Fiction and Fantasy readers. I know it has been done in the past, but it seemed like a good time to run it again. If you have any favorite books or stories to recommend post it for others to share. I have received some excellent advice on some good reads. Maybe you have a good title or author to recommend.
  • Reading List for Liberals (Vanity)

    08/25/2009 9:17:58 PM PDT · by Laserman · 64 replies · 1,868+ views
    NA | Vanity
    Need recommendations for a Reading List for a Liberal to learn about Conservative values and positions on issues.
  • Barack Obama's holiday reading list rings false

    08/25/2009 7:52:44 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 12 replies · 774+ views
    Telegraph Blogs (U.K.) ^ | August 25, 2009 | Daniel Hannan
    Nope, sorry, I don’t believe it. Barack Obama’s choice of holiday reading has been concocted by a spin-doctor. I mean, look at it: a heavyweight (and brilliant) biography of John Adams by David McCullough is set off by a goody-goody eco-book and three novels. All bases covered, then: brainy, but still a regular guy. Yeah, right. It’s a pity, because when Obama gave his all-time favourite reading list during the campaign, it rang true. He even admitted to being inspired by Shakespeare’s tragedies (it would have been slightly creepy if a man of his intelligence didn’t revere our national poet...
  • What Obama's reading on the Vineyard

    08/24/2009 10:34:49 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 43 replies · 1,242+ views
    CNN.com ^ | August 24, 2009
    (CNN) — The White House has said President Obama plans to play golf and spend time with his family during his week away from Washington. But it appears the president also wants to get some reading in: a lot of it. White House spokesman Bill Burton told reporters Monday Obama's vacation reading list comprises five books, including tomes from New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman and historian David McCullough.
  • What Are You Reading Now? - My (Belated) Quarterly Survey

    07/29/2009 7:23:00 AM PDT · by MplsSteve · 177 replies · 7,067+ views
    7/29/09
    Well, it's time again for my quarterly "What Are You Reading Now?" thread. I do this thread to gauge what other Freepers are reading. As all of you know, Freepers are probably some of the more well-read individuals on the Internet and I'm always curious as to what we're reading. It can be anything, a classic work of fiction, a NY Times bestseller, a technical journal, a trashy pulp novel...in short anything. Please do not ruin this thread by replying "I'm reading this thread". It become un-funny a long time ago. I'll start. I'm about halfway thru "The Horrid Pit:...
  • Can We Get Barack a Membership to the History Book Club?

    07/24/2009 10:45:28 AM PDT · by paustin110 · 9 replies · 499+ views
    And So it Goes in Shreveport ^ | 07/24/2009 | Pat Austin
    In light of a series of blunders, errors, mistakes and downright lies about history, one has to wonder about Barack Obama's grasp of the historical narrative that should inform many of his decisions as leader of the free world. He doesn't seem to have that information.An early indication is the initial selection of location for a speech in Germany of the Brandenburg Gate which Angela Merkel found odd, her spokesman saying that she has "little sympathy for the Brandenburg Gate being used for electioneering and has expressed her doubts about the idea."............In June, CNN estimated Obama's reading pace to be...
  • is reading at the table considered bad manners?

    07/16/2009 7:47:15 AM PDT · by franksolich · 62 replies · 1,268+ views
    conservativecave ^ | July 16, 2009 | franksolich
    Much to my disconcertment, last night (Wednesday night), a local dowager had complained about my "bad manners" of reading while dining with nine other people; not to me--she had complained to friends of mine. I was reading the Encyclopedia Americana, specifically the entries about the silkworm industry in France during the 1840s, while everybody else was yik-yakking away. Of course, there's a practical matter here; too many people, too much light and movement, too much color, which to me is "noise," and so I can't keep track of what's being said, or what I think's being said. What is one...
  • Achievement gap still splits white, black students

    07/14/2009 9:57:30 PM PDT · by B-Chan · 48 replies · 1,554+ views
    AP / The Buffalo News ^ | July 14, 2009 | Libby Quaid
    Despite unprecedented efforts to improve minority achievement in the past decade, the gap between black and white students remains frustratingly wide, according to an Education Department report released Tuesday. There is good news in the report: Reading and math scores are improving for black students in public schools across the country. But because white students are also improving, the disparity between blacks and whites has lessened only slightly. On average, the gap narrowed by about seven points from 1992 to 2007, so that black students scored about 28 points behind white students on a 500-point scale. The divide between minority...
  • Summer reading recommendations -- What are you reading?

    07/13/2009 11:59:07 AM PDT · by ChocChipCookie · 157 replies · 3,107+ views
    July 13, 2009 | ChocChipCookie
    I haven't seen a good summer reading thread, so I thought I'd start one. What books have you read so far this summer, what are you currently reading, and what is in your book stack? I just started reading The Doomsday Key by James Rollins. So far it has an interesting premise, genetically altered foods, but I am only about 1/8 of the way through. I will probably read Glenn Beck's Common Sense and maybe Dred Scott's Revenge by Judge Napolitano. I love hearing what everyone else is reading!
  • The InsideCatholic Summer Reading List

    06/26/2009 5:24:45 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 1 replies · 653+ views
    Inside Catholic ^ | 6/26/09 | Various
    The InsideCatholic Summer Reading List 2009 Summer is in full wilt, and that means it's time for the InsideCatholic Summer Reading List. We've asked bloggers, staff, and writers to suggest a few titles they've recently enjoyed. They've obliged. Have a look at the list -- you'll find something for every interest -- and then add your own recommendations in the Comments section below.
  • Breaking Our Terrible Addiction to TV

    06/18/2009 10:49:38 AM PDT · by Dick Bachert · 45 replies · 1,205+ views
    Straight Talk Newsletter ^ | June 18, 2009 | Chip Wood
    One of the more thought-provoking columns I make sure I read every week is called Spiritual Wealth. It's written by my good friend Alex Green, who is Investment Director of the Oxford Club. Alex gave me permission to share one of his columns with you, with the request that I also tell you about his new book. I'm delighted to do both. See the end of today's column for details on how you can receive his column every week and learn about The Secret of Shelter Island, his inspiring and informative new book. According to A.C. Nielson Co., the average...
  • Reading Into Obama's Bedside Book Selection

    05/06/2009 10:36:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies · 732+ views
    NBC Washington ^ | Thu, May 7, 2009 | Howard Fineman
    Here’s a small but revealing sliver of news concerning our cool, hard-to-fathom president: According to his closest advisor, David Axelrod, Barack Obama really likes the novel he’s reading right now. In fact, he likes it “a lot.” The First Novel for the First Reader (revealed by David Leonhardt in The New York Times) is “Netherland,” by Joseph O’Neill — an Irishman schooled in Holland and Britain and now living in New York City. It’s a much-praised, elegantly written, alternately inspiring, and grim portrait of present-day Gotham. O’Neill sees New York as an anything-goes metropolis, teeming with immigrants of color who...
  • Vanity: Reading Free Republic on iPhone

    04/11/2009 3:37:44 PM PDT · by Yaelle · 28 replies · 1,034+ views
    self | 04/11/2009 | self
    Do my fellow iPhone owners have the secret for happy FR reading while out and about? I would like some kind of formatting secret or app that would allow me to see the entire column of text at a comfortable size on Free Republic in my view at once so as not to necessitate scrolling left and right to see the complete lines. Please help if you can.
  • Reading Program Reaches Out to Military Families

    04/09/2009 4:37:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 171+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 9, 2009 – Anyone from the Saturday morning cartoon generation knows that “reading is fundamental.” Now, young military children will get their own version of that message through Reach Out and Read’s new military pilot program. Air Force Capt. (Dr.) Minh-Thu Le interacts with her patient, 8-month-old Alexander, as he performs the common newborn ritual of “mouthing the book.” Alexander’s parents, Air Force 1st Lt. Alice L. Shepard and her husband, Steven, happily look on at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. U.S. Air Force photo by James Spellman Jr.  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Through the...
  • What Are You Reading Now? - My Quarterly Survey

    03/30/2009 6:47:37 AM PDT · by MplsSteve · 222 replies · 5,054+ views
    3/30/09 | MplsSteve
    OK everyone, it's time for my quarterly "What Are You Reading Now" survey. I do this to gauge what Freepers are reading these days. Amongst many Internet sites, I find Freepers to be some of the most well-read. It can be anything...an old classic, a trashy pulp novel, a technical journal, etc. Please do not defile this thread by replying "I'm reading this post". It became extraordinarily un-funny a long time ago. I'll start. I'm two pages into "Inside Gitmo: The True Story Behind the Myths of Guantanmo Bay" by Gordon Cucullu. It looks to be quite interesting. Barack Obama...
  • Kindle 2 Starts Shipping a Day Early

    02/24/2009 4:33:55 AM PST · by devane617 · 28 replies · 1,128+ views
    PCWorld ^ | 02/24/2009 | Elizabeth Montalbano
    Amazon.com on Monday began shipping its Kindle 2 e-book reader a day earlier than originally planned. Amazon said Monday that Kindle 2, introduced two weeks ago for preordering, is already the number-one seller on its Electronics Web site. Amazon unveiled the second version of the Kindle on Feb. 6 at an event in New York that featured Amazon Chairman, CEO and founder Jeff Bezos and best-selling fiction writer Stephen King, who wrote a novella called "Ur" exclusively for the Kindle to mark the launch. The first version of the Kindle had been out of stock since November, its sales bolstered...
  • Reading Between the Studies

    02/11/2009 11:36:59 AM PST · by bs9021 · 490+ views
    Campus Report ^ | February 11, 2009 | Bethany Stotts
    Reading Between the Studies by: Bethany Stotts, February 11, 2009 David Kipen, representing the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), travelled to this year’s Modern Language Association (MLA) Convention in San Francisco to promote The Big Read, a NEA program which combats declining reading habits by enlisting members of the community to read a piece of literature simultaneously. Previous studies, including the NEA’s “To Read or Not to Read?,” have shown rates of pleasure reading dropping among American citizens. According to the 2007 NEA study • 57% of all adults read a book “not required for work or school” in...
  • From Books, New President Found Voice

    02/07/2009 3:07:32 PM PST · by OldBlondBabe · 15 replies · 582+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 18, 2009 | MICHIKO KAKUTANI
    WASHINGTON — In college, as he was getting involved in protests against the apartheid government in South Africa, Barack Obama noticed, he has written, “that people had begun to listen to my opinions.” Words, the young Mr. Obama realized, had the power “to transform”: “with the right words everything could change -— South Africa, the lives of ghetto kids just a few miles away, my own tenuous place in the world.”
  • Alinski's Rules: Must Reading In Obama Era

    02/03/2009 8:08:22 AM PST · by Nachum · 34 replies · 1,669+ views
    IBD ^ | 2-02-09 | PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY
    Immediately after the Democratic National Convention in Colorado, the Boston Globe published a letter from David Alinsky. He boasted about how Barack Obama had made effective use of his training in the methods of David's late father, the famous Chicago radical, Saul Alinsky. David Alinsky gloated: "I am proud to see that my father's model for organizing is being applied successfully beyond local community organizing to affect the Democratic campaign in 2008. It is a fine tribute to Saul Alinsky as we approach his 100th birthday."
  • Reading Program Connects Deployed Soldiers With Their Children

    01/29/2009 4:33:05 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 206+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Frank Vaughn, USA
    CAMP VICTORY, Iraq, Jan. 29, 2009 – A program in Iraq is helping deployed soldiers bond with their children back home through books. Army Sgt. 1st Class James Morton records himself reading a book to his daughter, Emily, at Camp Victory, Iraq, Jan. 27, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Frank Vaughn  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. United Through Reading, a nonprofit organization, gives deployed soldiers an opportunity to record themselves reading stories on a DVD that is shipped home for their children to watch. The program, available worldwide for deployed units, is coordinated here by Army Capt....