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  • Another Dune Remake?

    09/20/2020 5:14:36 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 41 replies
    Liberty Island Magazine ^ | 03/08/2020 | Tamara Wilhite
    I heard the news of a “Dune” remake due out in 2020. I saw the endless comparisons to the disastrous movie that came out in 1984. Sting goes shirtless! Picard is a warrior! The ending nullifies the entire freaking point of the book by making the deliberately bred super-human and culturally manipulative character magically conjure rain. The interesting chasm I discovered was when I said in response to this news, “Another Dune remake?” To which others said, “What other Dune movie?” I know Syfy has made a number of B-list sci-fi movies, but their Dune remakes a decade ago were...
  • J.K. Rowling Book Burning Videos Are Spreading Like Wildfire Across TikTok

    09/18/2020 4:38:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 48 replies
    Newsweek ^ | September 16, 2020 | Emma Nolan
    A new TikTok trend has emerged this week as former "Harry Potter" fans protest author J.K. Rowling's widely criticized views on trans people by burning copies of her books. One video, posted by TikTok user @elmcdo shows a number of "Harry Potter" books being placed on a burning pyre.
  • JK Rowling's new book comes under fire AGAIN as readers brand the author 'patronising and deeply snobbish' for writing a working class character's dialogue differently

    09/17/2020 11:30:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 17, 2020 | Monia Greep
    JK Rowling has once again been criticised for her new novel, after she was accused of 'transliterating' one of the book's working class characters by spelling their dialect differently. Troubled Blood, written under Rowling's pseudonym Robert Galbraith, was released Tuesday and sees detective Cormoran Strike work out what happened to missing GP Margot Bamborough. The book originally came under fire for featuring a 'transvestite serial killer' called Dennis Creed, who murders his victims while wearing female clothing and a wig, sparking furious backlash online, amid accusations of transphobia against the author.
  • Vanity: Counter wokeness books

    09/17/2020 8:16:12 AM PDT · by Betty Jane · 22 replies
    Vanity
    My friend who works at Charter School that has fallen under the spell of a Woke Principal has been given a mandatory reading list. They must choose one. I'm looking for suggestions to offer to counter the woke list.
  • Robbie Coltrane, Harry Potter’s Hagrid, Defends J.K. Rowling’s Transphobic Comments

    09/15/2020 10:41:00 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Consequence of Sound ^ | SEPTEMBER 15, 2020 | Ben Kayeon
    "There's a whole Twitter generation of people who hang around waiting to be offended."Many of those involved in the Harry Potter franchise have spoken out against J.K. Rowling’s series of transphobic statements dating back to last winter. Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and Eddie Redmayne have all issued statements condemning the author’s comments. However, it turns out she has at least one member of the Wizarding World in her corner, as Hagrid actor Robbie Coltrane has now come to her defense. The latest round of controversy was sparked by tweets Rowling sent in June. After suggesting trans-affirming language “removes...
  • I’m a Millionaire and it’s Really Hard Being Rich

    09/14/2020 3:32:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 107 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 14, 2020 | Kirsten Fleming
    Being extremely wealthy isn’t the carefree, champagne-soaked free-for-all you might imagine it to be — at least according to Jennifer Risher. She and her husband, David, earned tens of millions of dollars in the tech world before the ages of 35, and suddenly found themselves in an elite tax bracket without a manual on how to navigate the potential pitfalls of isolation and strained social relationships. “We see wealth from a really narrow perspective: the glitz, the glamour and the greed, but we don’t see the reality,” Risher, 55, told The Post. “Money is a taboo subject, but it really...
  • Frederick Douglass, A Shakespearean in Washington

    09/10/2020 1:51:27 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 5 replies
    Folger Shakespeare Library ^ | July 19, 2019 | John Muller
    In his life and times Frederick Douglass was known around the world as an orator, abolitionist, suffragist, and reformist. While living in Washington, DC, where he spent the last quarter-century of his life, he was also known to many as an admirer of William Shakespeare. Today, tens of thousands of people visit the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site each year at Cedar Hill, Douglass’s home in Anacostia, where the library shelves hold volumes of Shakespeare’s complete works and a framed print of Othello and Desdemona hangs above the mantle in the west parlor. Douglass frequently alluded to Shakespeare in his...
  • Dune Official Trailer

    09/09/2020 10:31:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 76 replies
    Warner Bros ^ | September 9, 2020 | Staff
    Beyond fear, destiny awaits. Watch the trailer for the highly anticipated #DuneMovie now.
  • The Illusionist

    09/09/2020 8:12:08 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 8 replies
    Salvo Magazine ^ | Spring 2012 | Robin Phillips
    The Illusionist How Herbert Marcuse Convinced a Generation that Censorship Is Tolerance & Other Politically Correct Tricks The ancient Greeks had a school of philosophers known as the Sophists, who took pride in their ability to prove impossible things. Some sophists even hired themselves out at public events, where audiences could watch spellbound as they proceeded to prove propositions that were obviously false.The sophist philosopher Gorgias (4th century b.c.) invented an ingenuous argument to prove that: nothing exists; and even if something exists, nothing can be known about it; and even if something exists and something can be known about...
  • Forrest Fenn, combat pilot, gallery owner and creator of famed treasure hunt, dies

    09/08/2020 4:17:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Santa Fe New Mexican ^ | Sep 8, 2020 | Robert Nott
    Forrest Fenn, the Santa Fe author, artifacts dealer and creator of a mysterious treasure hunt that caught the imagination of thrill-seekers worldwide, died Monday at his home, a police spokesman said. Santa Fe Police spokesman Greg Gurulé said Fenn, 90, died of natural causes. A pilot in the U.S. Air Force, Fenn flew hundreds of combat missions during the Vietnam War. After his service, he was a gallery owner for decades in Santa Fe. He authored 10 books, including The Thrill of the Chase, which spurred interest in both the treasure hunt and his life. Fenn announced the treasure hunt...
  • Book Review: 'Clinton Cash'

    09/07/2020 7:09:55 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 6 replies
    Soapboxie ^ | October 5, 2018 | Tamara Wilhite
    Clinton Cash is a 2016 graphic novel about Hillary Clinton’s use and abuse of the Clinton Foundation, her political positions since Bill Clinton left office and other scandals. This book is unique for taking the form of a graphic novel while tackling multiple scandals and controversies in less than 150 pages. It is a shorter companion piece to longer book “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich”. What are the pros and cons of this political “comic” book?
  • Book Review: 'How to Make a Social Justice Warrior' by William Shetterly

    09/07/2020 5:59:17 AM PDT · by tbw2 · 1 replies
    Hubpages ^ | November 5, 2019 | Tamara Wilhite
    William Shetterley is an open communist and science fiction fan. He is unusual for criticizing social justice from the LEFT and reporting the early "cancel culture" trends in sci-fi and popular culture since the early 2000s.
  • Don't Steal This Book On "In Defense of Looting”

    09/06/2020 5:13:48 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 25 replies
    taibbi.substack.com ^ | 9-5-20 | Matt Taibbi
    On Thursday, August 27th, the same day Donald Trump formally accepted the Republican nomination, National Public Radio aired an interview with Vicky Osterweil, author of a book called In Defense of Looting. The white trans daughter of a science professor, Osterweil told a credulous NPR interviewer that looting was justified because it “strikes at the heart of property, of whiteness and of the police,” and also “provides people with an imaginative sense of freedom and pleasure.” She added riots reveal how “without police and without state oppression, we can have things for free.” I was so sure the Osterweil book...
  • Movie Review: 'Phase 7'

    09/06/2020 4:45:50 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 11 replies
    Hubpages ^ | May 20, 2018 | Tamara Wilhite
    The movie Phaze 7 (Phase 7 in English) is a Spanish movie with English subtitles. A twist on the pandemic horror genre, it is filled with twists and turns and, surprisingly, character development. It is also a perfect tie in to today's Wuhan virus shutdown.
  • Northeastern University kicks out 11 students over small party, keeps their $36,000 semester tuition

    09/05/2020 5:10:37 PM PDT · by Libloather · 33 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 9/05/20 | Joseph Wilkinson
    Does 11 people hanging out count as a “party?” Northeastern University dismissed 11 students Friday after they held a small party in a hotel room Wednesday, the school announced in a press release. The 11 students “are no longer part of the Northeastern community for the fall semester.” All 11 kids were first-years and part of a special one-semester program that cost $36,500, the Boston Globe reported. Northeastern is not refunding their money. The students were enrolled in a study abroad program, but because of the coronavirus pandemic, “abroad” became the Westin Hotel in downtown Boston, about a mile from...
  • A Review of the Book "Retire Inspired" by Chris Hogan

    09/05/2020 10:32:26 AM PDT · by tbw2 · 4 replies
    ToughNickel ^ | April 29, 2020 | Tamara Wilhite
    The book Retire Inspired builds on Dave Ramsey’s 7 Baby Steps. Dave Ramsey’s advice is to pay off debt except for the house and start saving 15% of your income until retirement. But how much do you need to retire? How much do you need to retire with the lifestyle you want, which may require more based on desires or catch-up savings? Retire Inspired answers those questions. The author’s tagline is “it’s not an age, it’s a financial number.” The financial number you need to retire inspired, the amount of money you need in your retirement nest egg to retire...
  • ASU teacher, NYT best-selling author Shanna Hogan dies after accident at home

    09/03/2020 5:45:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    PHOENIX 3TV/CBS 5 ^ | Sep 2, 2020 | David Baker
    The Arizona State University community is mourning the loss of a beloved adjunct professor and New York Times best-selling author. Friends say Shanna Hogan died on Tuesday from brain damage she suffered after stumbling, hitting her head and falling into the family's backyard pool on Thursday. She leaves behind her 14-month-old son, Zander, and her husband, Matt LaRussa. He decided to donate her organs because he said, "I wanted as much of her in this world as possible, and I can someday meet the recipients." Hogan wrote the New York Times best-selling book, "Picture Perfect: The Jodi Arias Story." Arias...
  • GREAT TRUTHS

    09/03/2020 3:47:43 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 3 replies
    email from friend | 9/3/2020 | multple
    1. In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress. -- John Adams 2. If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed. -- Mark Twain 3. Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But then I repeat myself. -- Mark Twain 4. I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and...
  • 'Discrimination and Disparities' by Thomas Sowell, a Book Review

    09/01/2020 9:52:49 AM PDT · by tbw2 · 3 replies
    Owlcation ^ | November 13, 2018 | Tamara Wilhite
    “Discrimination and Disparities” is a 2018 book by Thomas Sowell. While it addresses racism and class bias, it delves into many other disparities and forms of discrimination. It discusses the literal social and economic costs of disparities and actual discrimination while explaining how most disparities are not due to actual discrimination. What are the points in favor and against this Thomas Sowell book? What can you learn from this book that hasn’t been addressed in his many other works?
  • “The Devil and Karl Marx”: a Review

    09/01/2020 8:16:22 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 12 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | August 29, 2020 | Robert Orlando
    “The Devil and Karl Marx”: a Review Paul Kengor is a teacher and writer who has always had an eye for the spiritual dimension in history, politics, and economics. (He was the perfect partner for me in our book and documentary film, The Divine Plan: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Dramatic End of the Cold War.)Prof. Kengor’s new book, The Devil and Karl Marx: Communism’s Long March of Death, Deception, and Infiltration, is a hammer and sickle dismantling of the diabolical character of Karl Marx (1818-1883). As Michael Knowles writes in the book’s foreword, “Kengor knows, like few...