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  • Brave New World: A Book Review

    06/18/2017 10:39:53 AM PDT · by pcottraux · 19 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | June 18, 2017 | Philip Cottraux
    By Philip Cottraux When I reviewed 1984, at least a dozen people told me that I should read Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World next. The two novels apparently serve as twin companion pieces in the “negative utopia” genre, where the ideal of a hopeful future for man is turned on its head into a dark dystopian warning for us all. 1984 was published in 1949 as the world was still reeling from the Second World War. Orwell’s totalitarianism was a combination of Soviet Russia mixed with the fear of the kind of power emerging technology would bring. Brave New World...
  • I'm looking for an Editorial Service for my Fiction Novel

    06/15/2017 6:06:26 AM PDT · by Huskrrrr · 32 replies
    Huskrrrr | June 15, 2017 | Vanity
    I have finished my first fiction novel, and I am requesting the names of editors that might help me with a developmental edit. My goal is to submit a polished manuscript (or sample) to potential literary agents. Any advice from experienced authors will be greatly appreciated. The genre is fantasy/romance. An adult or possibly young adult audience is my focus.
  • You Dont Need Your Eyes for Vision

    05/26/2017 3:00:44 PM PDT · by TBP · 1 replies
    Glenn Beck Program ^ | May 24, 2017 | Glenn Beck and Friends
    To say Isaac Lidsky has an impressive resume would be a massive understatement. A child actor from Saved by the Bell: The New Class, Lidsky graduated Harvard at 19 and then clerked for Sandra Day OConner and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He then started his own tech company which sold for $230 million. By any measure, his accomplishments have been remarkable even without the knowledge that hes blind. Lidskys lost his sight as a teenager a curse that ultimately transformed his view on life. Sight is this masterful illusion, Lidsky said. And as that illusion sort of shattered for...
  • Book Released!

    05/26/2017 5:54:14 AM PDT · by Magnatron · 53 replies
    Amazon ^ | 26 May 2017 | Jon Judson
    Hey everyone! A follow up to my announcement earlier this week. My book is available today on Amazon. If you like quirky, satirical, historical fiction with a bit of a western flavor, it'll make great beach reading this weekend and for the summer. I think you'll find it timely, too, as it's an allegorical tale about fake news and the gullibility of some folks to drink it up. If you want to take a look, check the link out.
  • New Book Coming This Weekend For You History Buffs -- DIME NOVEL

    05/22/2017 7:35:10 AM PDT · by Magnatron · 9 replies
    26 May 2017 | Jon Judson
    I'm not sure if this is allowed, but I'll try and the mods can take it down if it's not. I have a new book coming out on Amazon this Memorial Day weekend, just in time for summer reading. If you like quirky, funny, historical fiction, take a look. I think you'll find the book timely as it is an allegorical tale on fake news and media bias -- and its impact on a gullible public. I'll post a link for the book, which will be initially available on Kindle, later this week when it goes live. Meantime, here...
  • The New York Times prefers Fake Obama over Real Obama

    05/10/2017 10:44:10 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/10/17 | Tina Trent
    Thoughts on David Garrows new book, Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama Although we havent spoken in years, Garrow and I became friends in the later 1990s when I was a graduate student and he was a professor at Emory University. I was also at the time a Democratic state lobbyist, nonprofit director, and community organizer. We socialized: he is a gracious host. I took no classes from him, but I read his books and his scholarly articles, and his door was always open to me. David Garrow taught me a great deal about what it takes to be...
  • A New Novel Will Imagine Hillary Clinton's Life if She hadn't Married Bill

    05/10/2017 12:35:00 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    Newsweek ^ | May 9, 2017 | Tufayel Ahmed
    What if Hillary Clinton had never met Bill? A new novel will posit how the former presidential candidates life may have turned out had she spurned former President Bill Clintons marriage proposals. Publisher Random House announced Monday that it will publish author Curtis Sittenfelds fictionalized story about Hillary Rodham in which (as she does in real life) she turns down marriage proposals from Bill Clinton, then ultimately turns him down once and for all, and how her life spins out from there. In an interview with Girls creator Lena Dunhams Lenny Letter newsletter in 2015, Clinton revealed that she declined...
  • Reform of Presidential Pensions Proposed [semi-satire]

    05/08/2017 11:01:29 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 7 May 2017 | John Semmens
    Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) are planning to introduce legislation that would take a former president's other sources of income into account in determining the size of his or her pension. "Look, the $207,800 per year currently awarded to the nation's ex-presidents is there to ensure that someone who has served can live comfortably," Chaffetz argued. "However, as things currently stand, ex-presidents are cashing in when they retire. They write books and give speeches and make millions every year. The pension is tiny in comparison. What our bill would do is reduce the pension by the...
  • Stop Eventbrite from fueling the new wave of hate groups!

    05/05/2017 3:28:52 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 15 replies
    Colorofchange.org ^ | 5-5-2017 | Brandi Collins
    Eventbrite ... has a hate group problem. Eventbrite is ... selling tickets to events ... featuring enablers of white supremacy like Milo Yiannopoulos and Richard Spencer. Just this past Saturday, white nationalists hosted a sold-out gala featuring some of the biggest names in the white nationalist movement. ... The event page hosted by Eventbrite even contained a cartoon image of Trump making a hand gesture that is increasingly being used as a white supremacist symbol. ... Eventbrite continues to fail to take action that ensures their platform is not used to spread and fund hate ... they create tangible dangers...
  • 1984: A Book Review

    04/29/2017 5:20:06 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 47 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | April 29, 2017 | Philip Cottraux
    Ive quoted it many times; but until last week, Id never actually sat down and read George Orwells 1984. Now I want to share my thoughts on this literary masterpiece. Calling a novel from the past amazing in its relevance is pretty clich; but still true. First published in 1949, the vast majority of 1984s frightening predictions have come true in some way. Much of it has described the trajectory of the Western world. But the book gives an almost-certain window into what life is like in North Korea. I also cannot recommend it enough for any Christian interested in...
  • Obama Taking "Symbolic Reparations" [semi-satire]

    04/29/2017 2:42:58 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 13 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 30 Apr 2017 | John Semmens
    Stung by critics who say that former President Barack Obama is showing inordinate greed by accepting fat payments from Wall Street for brief speeches, former Presidential Press Secretary Josh Earnest argued that "one of the President's greatest regrets during his time in office was his inability to establish a public program of reparations for America's historic mistreatment of racial minorities. Rather than just shrug off his disappointment he has decided to individually extract payments to compensate for those injustices." "We mustn't overlook the fact that the $400,000 per speech fees are being paid by white men to a black man,"...
  • Al Franken, Giant of the Senate? Is this a real book? Really?

    04/26/2017 10:22:30 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 16 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/26/17 | Matthew Vadum
    During his time in the U.S. Senate, he has behaved as a garden-variety left-wing Democrat. Hes not funny. Hes not interesting According to Amazon, Sen. Al Franken (D-ACORN) has a book coming out on May 30. This purported book is called, Al Franken, Giant of the Senate. This is the blurb for it [emphasis in original]: From the #1 bestselling author the story of an award-winning comedian who decided to run for office and then discovered why award-winning comedians tend not to do that. This is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending:...
  • BANNED FROM A BROOKLYN BIGOTED BOOK STORE

    04/26/2017 9:00:06 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/26/17 | David Lawrence
    The King of White Collar Boxing Milo Yiannopoulos and Ann Coulter were banned from UC Berkeley as speakers. I was just banned from Powerhouse Bookstore in Brooklyn. Its sad that ever since the advent of Obama that the country has become so divisive and fractional. I was supposed to read from my book, The King of White Collar Boxing at Powerhouse Bookstore in Brooklyn.
  • Author Kuki Gallmann shot by raiders on her ranch in Kenya

    04/25/2017 11:44:33 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 4 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 24 April 2017 | Danuta Kean
    Author and conservationist Kuki Gallmann, whose memoir I Dreamed of Africa was turned into a Hollywood film starring Kim Basinger, has been shot by raiders at her ranch in Kenya. The 73-year-old is reported to have suffered extensive internal injuries and is in a stable, but critical condition.
  • A fearful white leftist's black nationalism

    04/25/2017 9:46:54 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/25/17 | Daniel Greenfield
    Chris Hayes goes all in on Black Nationalism with "A Colony in a Nation" Black Nationalism is hot. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, in which publishings answer to Kanye West contended that the white firefighters of 9/11 were not human, won a National Book Award. Ibram X. Kendis Stamped from the Beginning, which indicted a post-racial society as racist, won the next one. But the dirty little secret is that the target audience for these Black Nationalist tracts is as lily white as the MSNBC lineup.
  • Amazon To Create 2,500 Full-time Jobs With Three New Jersey Fulfillment Centers

    04/21/2017 5:28:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Fox Business News ^ | April 21, 2017 | Tonya Garcia
    Amazon.com Inc. said Friday that it will create 2,500 full-time jobs in New Jersey through three new fulfillment centers. The state already has seven facilities. Employees at the new Cranbury Township and Logan Township centers will pick, pack and ship larger items like patio furniture and music equipment. Workers at the Edison fulfillment center will handle smaller items like books and toys. Amazon announced in January that it would create 100,000 jobs over the course of 18 months, many in fulfillment centers. Amazon shares are up 0.2% in premarket trading and up 43% over the past year. The S&P 500...
  • Good magazine/news source for a non-internet conservative?

    04/20/2017 2:19:07 PM PDT · by iowamark · 32 replies
    April 20 2017 | me
    Please pardon the vanity. I have a friend in his eighties but still healthy and active. Retired medical professional, active Christian, conservative Republican. His political knowledge level is rather low. He has an IPhone but has no regular internet access. He may just be too old to learn to use the internet. He is very interested in political news. I have thought about suggesting a conservative print magazine to him. In past years, I read National Review when William F. Buckley was in charge, but I know that it is much less reliable now. Today, I get my news from...
  • 5 Huma Abedin Classics You Wont Want to Miss

    04/16/2017 11:07:46 AM PDT · by kevcol · 17 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 13, 2017 | Matthew Walther and Andrew Kugle
    When it was reported recently that Huma Abedin was seeking $2 million for a book advance, you probably didn't realize that she was already a major author with five well-reviewed titles to her credit. While none of us can wait for the next one, here are some paperbacks to tide you over in the meantime.
  • Book Review: The Confederate Soldiers of Rockbridge County, Virginia: A Roster

    04/15/2017 6:13:31 PM PDT · by Davy Buck · 10 replies
    Old Virginia Blog ^ | 4 April 2017 | Richard G. Williams, Jr.
    The drive to Brownsburg, Virginia from my home is always a pleasant one. Driving south on Route 252 through the rolling hills and farmland of Augusta and Rockbridge Counties is like taking a trip back in time. Much of the landscape appears as it did 150 years ago. It is simply beautiful. But my most recent trip had an added benefit: I was headed to the home of Robert (Bob) J. Driver, Jr. to chat with him about his most recent book: The Confederate Soldiers of Rockbridge County, Virginia: A Roster . Drivers circa 1795 home in the quaint village...
  • 'Communism for Kids' Fails to Make Amazon.com Top 100 Rankings

    04/13/2017 9:23:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 13, 2017 | 10:16 AM EDT | Craig Bannister
    A new book that sells the concept of Communism in the simple terms of a childrens story has failed to sell on Amazon.com except in the category for true believers. Communism for Kids by MIT Press unfolds like a story, with jealous princesses, fancy swords, displaced peasants, mean bosses, and tired workers, its Amazon.com page explains. [] Scathing customer reviews give the book a rating of only 1.7 out of 5 stars, with comments noting communism has killed over 60 million people and asking, If Communism is so great why are they selling the book. Isnt that capitalism?