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  • SFWA President Appears To Break Org Rules In Escalating Feud With Hispanic Author

    09/20/2017 9:48:25 AM PDT · by tbw2 · 22 replies
    Jon Del Arroz blog ^ | 09/20/2017 | Jon Del Arroz
    The politicization of science fiction became apparent to the public with the social justice requirements added to the decision making for the Hugo Awards, of which Sad Puppies was a push-back. Now the Science Fiction Writers Association is openly penalizing and shaming conservative writers like Jon Del Arroz for pointing out its active discrimination against male writers.
  • Jann Wenner really blew it with Rolling Stone [No Buyers]

    09/19/2017 7:15:27 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 46 replies ^ | September 18, 2017 | By Keith J. Kelly
    Jann Wenner has landed between a rock and a hard place as he struggles to sell Rolling Stone. The 71-year-old publishing magnate will pay dearly for clinging to the rock-and-roll magazine he founded 50 years ago, sources told The Post, as prospective buyers have evaporated along with music fans’ habit of buying glossy print titles at newsstands. “Jann knows he made his mark on American culture already and he is a realist,” said author Joe Hagan, whose biography on Wenner, titled “Sticky Fingers,” is set to hit next month from Random House. “The landscape has changed and he was not...
  • PolitiFact 'Fact Checks' Hillary's Book, Fails to Find a False Thing In It

    09/17/2017 9:13:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | September 16, 2017 7:41 PM EDT | Tim Graham
    PolitiFact advertised on its home page an article on “Fact checking” Hillary’s campaign book What Happened. Don’t be shocked: PolitiFact didn’t find anything that they would call “False,” let alone “Pants on Fire.” This isn’t that surprising, since the website has only evaluated Hillary once since last November — a “Mostly False” in a complaint about voter suppression in Wisconsin in June. Her overall count of “Pants on Fire” rulings is only 7…compared to 69 for Donald Trump. PolitiFact started by noting that Hillary cites them in the book to defend her own honesty:Okay, first we did what anyone did...
  • Word For The Day: Stultify

    09/15/2017 6:53:42 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 18 replies ^ | 09-15-2017 | Red Badger
    ========================================================================================= STULTIFY stul·ti·fy ˈstəltəˌfī/ verb verb: stultify; 3rd person present: stultifies; past tense: stultified; past participle: stultified; gerund or present participle: stultifying 1. cause to lose enthusiasm and initiative, especially as a result of a tedious or restrictive routine. "the mentally stultifying effects of a disadvantaged home" synonyms: hamper, impede, thwart, frustrate, foil, suppress, smother More "social welfare was stultified by international trade regulations" bore, make bored, dull, numb, benumb, stupefy "he stultifies her with too much gentleness" 2. cause (someone) to appear foolish or absurd. "Counsel is not expected to stultify himself in an attempt to advance his client's...
  • Free Book! [Vanity]

    09/15/2017 5:32:54 AM PDT · by Politically Correct · 17 replies
    Self | 15 Sept. 2017 | Politically Correct
    Morning Freepers. Finished writing and publishing a book for the Kindle in the Fantasy genre.Pursued: A Modern Christian Fantasy It’s free this weekend. Today (Sept. 15) through Sunday (Sept. 17). Here’s the cover blurb. It started with dreams. Dreams so real they scared her. Dreams where something dangerous was pursuing her. Dreams that suddenly collide most uncomfortably with reality. Elise Franklin is a young college student with a seemingly normal life until she meets a most unusual Navajo Indian on the reservation near Shiprock, New Mexico. Now her world is rapidly spinning out of control. She is pushed into more...
  • Top 10 uses for Hillary's new book

    09/14/2017 6:28:09 PM PDT · by cq · 48 replies
    10 - Drink Coaster 9 - Paper Weight 8 - target practice 7 - starting campfires
  • Ava DuVernay on the Book Her Sister Recommended

    09/13/2017 3:40:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | SEPTEMBER 13, 2017 | As told to Erica Schwiegershausen
    Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston is a book that I treasure. I was introduced to it by my younger sister Jina — she had an early interest in African-American literature and introduced me to many of the authors I read as a teenager. I was 19 and a freshman at UCLA when I first read it. Zora Neale Hurston had a voice that really spoke to me: There was a freedom and independence that was embedded in the narrative. Starting my adult life, it was very formative to read of a heroine like Janie, who’s looking...
  • Lauer Asks Hillary: Do You Think Trump ‘Stole the Election’?

    09/13/2017 8:59:17 AM PDT · by kevcol · 53 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | September 13, 2017 | Kyle Drennen
    During an exclusive live interview with Hillary Clinton on Wednesday’s NBC Today to promote her new book about the 2016 presidential campaign, co-host Matt Lauer was eager to enable her to keep making excuses for her loss to Donald Trump. He urged the failed Democratic nominee to go further than she had in the memoir and say that Trump “stole the election.”
  • Len Wein, ‘Wolverine’ co-creator and 'Watchmen' editor, dead at 69

    09/10/2017 4:46:33 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 10 replies
    NYDaily News ^ | September 10, 2017
    Legendary comic book writer and editor Len Wein has died. He was 69. Wein helped revive the “X-Men” franchise in 1975 with artist Dave Cockrum, creating characters including Nightcrawler, Storm, Colossus and Thunderbird. A year earlier, in “The Incredible Hulk” #180, he debuted Wolverine, who eventually joined the “X-Men” team in later years.
  • King Lear - The Storm

    09/09/2017 6:47:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Act III. Scene II. | William Shakespeare
    Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! blow! You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout Till you have drench'd our steeples, drown'd the cocks! You sulphurous and thought-executing fires, Vaunt-couriers to oak-cleaving thunderbolts, Singe my white head! And thou, all-shaking thunder, Smite flat the thick rotundity o' the world! Crack nature's moulds, an germens spill at once, That make ingrateful man!
  • Jerry Pournelle has passed away.

    09/09/2017 11:49:25 AM PDT · by DiogenesLamp · 13 replies
    ALEX POURNELLE TEXTS: Hi I’m afraid that Jerry passed away We had a great time at DragonCon He did not suffer. Please feel free to post this news. Rest in peace, Jerry. You will be missed.
  • Word For The Day - Foible

    09/08/2017 6:16:21 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 24 replies ^ | 09-08-2017 | Red Badger
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of “Word for the Day”. foi·ble noun: foible; plural noun: foibles 1. a minor weakness or eccentricity in someone's character. "they have to tolerate each other's little foibles" synonyms: weakness, failing, shortcoming, flaw, imperfection, blemish, fault, defect, limitation; quirk, kink, idiosyncrasy, eccentricity, peculiarity "we tolerate each other's foibles" antonyms: strength 2.Fencing: the weaker part of a sword blade, from the middle to the point. Origin Late 16th century (as an adjective in the sense ‘feeble’): from obsolete French, in...
  • Has the mystery of the 600-year-old Voynich manuscript been solved?

    09/07/2017 7:41:06 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 19 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7 September 2017 | Phoebe Weston
    The 600-year-old document is described as 'the world's most mysterious medieval text.' It is full of illustrations of exotic plants, stars, and mysterious human figures, as well as many pages written in an unknown text. Now, one British academic claims the document is in fact a health manual for a 'well-to-do' lady looking to treat gynaecological conditions.
  • Gore’s E-Book Sales Dwarfed by Kindle Book Debunking His Climate Claims

    09/05/2017 3:01:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 5, 2017 | 9:49 AM EDT | Craig Bannister
    The e-book published to accompany Al Gore’s new climate change film is ranked #51,031 for purchases in the Kindle Store, according to Meanwhile, Climatologist Roy Spencer’s rebuttal e-book, “An Inconvenient Deception,” is ranked #1,201 for Kindle Store purchases. Spencer’s book critiques the “bad science, bad policy and some outright falsehoods” in Gore’s latest movie and book, which were released in August, The Daily Caller reported in its sales analysis on Monday. …
  • Academic Conference Aims To 'Decenter English' In Higher Ed

    09/05/2017 12:17:08 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 29 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | 09/01/17 | Neetu Chandak
    Worried that “xenophobia and nationalism are on the rise,” organizers of a recent academic conference invited presenters to “decenter English as the de facto language” of academia. The Society for Social Studies of Science is particularly concerned that English is the official language of both the US and the UK, whose current policies they say "send a message of insulation and parochialism to the world." Worried that “xenophobia and nationalism are on the rise,” organizers of a recent academic conference invited presenters to “decenter English as the de facto language” of academia. Specifically, the Society for Social Studies of Science...
  • Word For the Day - CORYBANTIC

    09/01/2017 6:17:51 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 22 replies ^ | 09-01-2017 | Red Badger
    corybantic [kawr-uh-ban-tik, kor-] Word Origin adjective 1. frenzied; agitated; unrestrained. 2. (initial capital letter). Also, Corybantian [kawr-uh-ban-shuh n, kor-] (Show IPA), Corybantine [kawr-uh-ban-tin, -tahyn, kor-] (Show IPA). of or relating to a Corybant. Origin of corybantic: 1635-1645 First recorded in 1635-45; Corybant + -ic Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day........
  • New lottery game, Cornhole Cash, goes on sale Friday

    08/31/2017 7:06:48 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 61 replies
    NWFdaily news ^ | 8/31/17 | Staff
    The Florida Lottery’s new Fast Play game, Cornhole Cash, goes on sale Friday, Sept. 1. At just $2 per ticket, Cornhole Cash offers top prizes of $10,000. Fast Play game tickets print on-demand from the Lottery terminal, and can be played immediately. If the ticket is a winner, the prize can be claimed instantly. Fast Play can be purchased at the Lottery’s more than 13,000 retailers statewide. Players can visit a Florida Lottery retailer and ask for a Fast Play ticket for the Cornhole Cash game, or present a Fast Play tear-away sheet, or Fast Play barcode to the retailer...
  • All-female Lord of The Flies remake faces backlash as it 'misses the point' and 'women [tr]

    08/31/2017 6:10:52 AM PDT · by C19fan · 51 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | August 31, 2017 | Helena Norton
    There is to be a new Lord of The Flies film with a twist - all the people stranded on the island will be female. The adaptation of William Golding’s 1954 novel has faced backlash on social media as critics have accused it of "missing the point".
  • Alexander Hamilton Papers Now Online

    08/30/2017 10:20:07 AM PDT · by NonValueAdded · 13 replies
    Library of Congress ^ | 28 Aug 2017 | unattributed
    The Library of Congress has put the papers of Alexander Hamilton online for the first time in their original format. The Library holds the world’s largest collection of Hamilton papers—approximately 12,000 items concentrated from 1777 until Hamilton’s death in 1804, including letters, legal papers and drafts of speeches and writings, among other items. Now, for the first time, these original documents—many in Hamilton’s own hand—will be available for researchers, students or the generally curious anywhere in the world to explore, zoom in and read at
  • Clinton to tell audiences her 'personal, raw, detailed and surprisingly funny story' [tr]

    08/28/2017 1:27:45 PM PDT · by C19fan · 45 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 28, 2017 | Nikki Schwab
    illary Clinton will be back in the spotlight this fall for an unprecedented, big-ticket book tour for her new tome What Happened, with tickets priced as high as $1,200. On Monday, the ex-Democratic nominee announced 'Hillary Clinton Live,' a 15-city tour, which includes stops in a handful of states she lost in the election last year. Promotional materials for her first stop, at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., promises Clinton plans to 'let loose' and tell her audience a 'personal, raw, detailed and surprisingly funny story' of her election loss and recovery.