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  • Extremism Part 2

    01/16/2019 3:28:10 PM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Media Knegged Media channel ^ | 17/1/19 | Eleutheria5
    Further elaboration on the nature, evils, and workings of extremism in the modern world.
  • Gregory Benford Wins 2019 Robert A. Heinlein Award

    01/15/2019 11:53:23 AM PST · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    File 770 ^ | January 8, 2019 | Mike Glyer
    Gregory Benford, science fiction author and astrophysicist, is the 2019 winner of the Robert A. Heinlein Award. The award is bestowed for outstanding published works in science fiction and technical writings that inspire the human exploration of space. This award is in recognition of Benford’s body of work, including his 32 novels, over 218 short stories, and many non-fiction articles. Benford will receive the award on Friday, May 24 at opening ceremonies during Balticon 53, the 53rd Maryland Regional Science Fiction Convention. Balticon and the Robert A. Heinlein Award are both managed and sponsored by The Baltimore Science Fiction Society.
  • Mark Musser's "Nazi Ecology" Interview

    01/13/2019 8:10:29 AM PST · by Olympiad Fisherman · 4 replies
    Anomicage: The John Age Show ^ | 1-12-2019 | Mark Musser
    In this episode, we talk with Mark Musser who is the author of "Nazi Ecology." His work connects many aspects of our current ecological movements to the early German Green movement together with its surprising ties to National Socialism. He also outlines the various theoretical approaches that influenced ecology under National Socialism which persist throughout the environmental movement(s) even today ...
  • The Sopranos is still the greatest television show of all time – this new 20th anniversary[tr]

    01/09/2019 4:58:33 AM PST · by simpson96 · 96 replies
    Globe and Mail ^ | 1/9/2019 | Barry Hertz
    For the longest time, I’ve considered myself a Sopranos superfan. Perhaps THE Sopranos superfan. As a teenager, I followed the New Jersey mafia drama since its debut 20 years ago this week – Jan. 10, 1999 – often employing illegal online file-sharing services to download the episodes, as my parents wouldn’t fork over the money to subscribe to the Movie Network (Canada’s HBO equivalent) so a 16-year-old could learn about the subtle art of “waste management.” In the years since creator David Chase inflamed America with his infamous cut-to-black series finale, I’ve rewatched my precious Sopranos DVD box-sets over and...
  • Contemplating Camelot: Thousands Of Biographies Reveal An Ever-Changing Image Of JFK

    01/07/2019 9:17:27 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 57 replies
    WBUR ^ | May 26, 2017 | David Boeri
    On his last day, according to historian Alan Brinkley, he woke up as a president "with admirers and detractors, a man with a record -- some of it good, some of it not. "By the evening of that day, he had become a legend, enshrouded in a fog of grief and posthumous adulation from which he has never fully emerged," Brinkley said. ...The number of books written about John F. Kennedy surpasses 40,000... How JFK went from history to memory -- which is how we choose to remember history -- and how that memory was shaped, is the subject of...
  • It's time to think critically about critical thinking

    01/05/2019 12:34:03 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 16 replies
    RenewAmerica ^ | Dec. 11, 2018 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    The goal of education has always been to achieve critical thinking. Needless to say, this involves a two-step process: first, students learn a great deal about a topic, whether in history, science, art, or anything else; then students learn to arrange the information in new ways, to set one fact against another, to find new insights among this knowledge. Not anymore. Today's educators are in a hurry; they don't bother with the first step. They jump directly to step two. In this scenario, students who know nothing are expected to talk intelligently about it. What absurdity.Having just heard about X,...
  • New podcast discussing GPS 3 and other aspects of GPS

    I was recently on a podcast with an Army LtC and Captain who are stationed in Korea discussing the history of GPS.
  • Les Miserables to get modern retelling in BBC series

    12/29/2018 5:54:25 PM PST · by Simon Green · 65 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 12/29/18 | Etan Smallman
    <p>If you were adapting a story that has already been turned into a colossus of a stage musical and a triple-Oscar-winning Hollywood film, you might be expected to be slightly overawed by the task.</p> <p>The actors and producers of the latest iteration of Les Miserables – a six-part BBC take on Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel – are suitably diplomatic about the stage show seen by 70 million people in 51 countries, giving verdicts that range from “perfectly good” to “brilliant”.</p>
  • A Federalist Remembrance Of Bre Payton, Our Colleague And Friend

    12/29/2018 12:20:21 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    The Federalist ^ | December 29, 2018 | Ben Domenech
    I hired Bre Payton right out of college. She was green. She was unknown. She had never done TV. But she had worked through her last year of college, and I respected that. I interviewed a half-dozen people for the position. We met in the coffee shop I liked that had no seats, so we were by ourselves in crappy plastic chairs in the back. From the moment we started talking I realized she was a potential star. She was raw, yes, but that could be honed. She was eager to learn, to write, and to go places—not because of...
  • The Kings Arms that was immortalised in Thomas Hardy novel The Mayor of Casterbridge [tr]

    12/28/2018 6:38:16 AM PST · by C19fan · 2 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 27, 2018 | Charlotte Dean
    A Dorchester hotel immortalised by one of Thomas Hardy's famous novels has been left to crumble away just two years after it was purchased, sparking fury in the local community. The Kings Arms in Dorchester, Dorset, which featured prominently in Hardy's 1886 novel The Mayor of Casterbridge was due for renovation but work on the building has stalled. The Victorian author described in great detail how the former wife of flawed character Michael Henchard looked in through the building's bow-windows to find him as mayor presiding over a feast.
  • "Invitation to a Ball" by Clement Moore. And they think the mind that wrote THIS wrote NBC?

    12/27/2018 5:36:18 PM PST · by mairdie · 44 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1844 | Clement Moore
    My personal opinion is that Moore's claim to "Night Before Christmas" would have been questioned years ago if people had read the pompous, moralistic poetry written by this prig. But his poetry is so bad that it's just not accessible, other than on my website. So allow me to offer you a narration of Moore's "apology" for refusing an invitation to a ball. Actually, it's no apology at all. It's a preening bit of virtue signalling at how morally righteous he is to avoid these low occasions of sin. How ANYONE could believe that someone of that mindset could have...
  • The Deeper Meaning of "The Nutcracker"

    12/24/2018 6:03:06 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 24 replies ^ | Jan 2014 | Jeffrey Tucker
    Many people this holiday season will experience the joy of attending a local performance of “The Nutcracker” ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. It’s the most implausible American tradition imaginable, an import from fin-de-siècle Russia straight to your hometown. It’s living proof of the capacity of music and the art of dance to leap the bounds of time and space and delight us forever. Perhaps some viewer’s own children will perform in it, and that’s part of the appeal. What theater goers don’t entirely realize is that they are watching something even more wonderful than what they see. In this one...
  • A Christmas Tale

    12/24/2018 3:17:59 PM PST · by Mr Ramsbotham · 6 replies
    August 13, 2017 | Douglas Evander Oswell
    In honor of the season I've made my Christmas novel A Fantasía for Two Lutes available as a free Kindle download. It's a story of ghosts and visions, and an allegory of Western society, as personified by its protagonist, Aaron Westwode, a good man suffering guilt for something which he can neither identify, nor define. Driven to despair and suicide, he is saved on Christmas eve by Margaret, the ghost of a woman murdered by his evil brother, a domestic terrorist. She wafts him to the other world, where visions of his past precede a trip to Hell, and confrontation...
  • True-life treasure hunt that turned into a comic book

    12/23/2018 4:09:27 PM PST · by csvset · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | 22 Dec 2018 | James Babcock
    When Spanish civil servants got wind that someone was sweeping up the priceless treasure of a 200-year-old frigate from the ocean floor, it triggered a real-life escapade full of naval pursuits and secret airlifts - like something from a comic book adventure. And that is what it has now become, after one of those suit-and-tie sleuths convinced Spain's best-known graphic novelist that together they should tell the tale of the modern-day treasure hunt. In 1804, a British fleet opened fire on the Spanish ship Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes, causing the death of 250 people of the 300 on board...
  • Marvel’s Darth Vader #25 Finale Reveals Major Connections To Star Wars Episodes 7, 8 & 9

    12/23/2018 12:18:36 PM PST · by CaliforniaCraftBeer · 38 replies ^ | December 23, 2018 | Renaldo Matadeen
    When we learned of Darth Plagueis, also known as "The Wise," in Revenge of the Sith, his apprentice Palpatine (Darth Sidious) told Anakin that his mentor could manipulate the midichlorians (the life force of the universe) to control life and death itself. This is what lured Anakin to the Dark Side, as such a talent could allow someone to heal and even resurrect people. Since then, the going speculation has been that Plagueis used the Force to manipulate midichlorians and impregnate Shmi years later, creating the Chosen One -- not to be a savior, but a destroyer. As Vader goes...
  • BBC drama king screenwriter behind War and Peace and Pride and Prejudice claims women bosses [tr]

    12/23/2018 2:46:15 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 23, 2018 | Chris Hastings
    In his illustrious 50-year career, screenwriter Andrew Davies has forged a formidable reputation for creating strong female characters. But now he says he is not allowed to make his women anything but feisty – by the powerful female executives who run television. Davies, who is known for adaptations of classics such as Pride And Prejudice and War & Peace, says bosses want to see an image of themselves projected on screen, and veto any 'droopy, soppy' girls he wants to pen.
  • Joyce Mitchell rips Ben Stiller over ‘Escape at Dannemora’

    12/22/2018 10:49:52 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 22, 2018 | Sara Dorn
    The interviews were Mitchell’s first since the hit series began airing in November, and the only time she’s spoken publicly since 2015. “For a long time I didn’t accept any visitors whose names I didn’t recognize,” she said, but met with a Post reporter because she was “curious” to see if the visit had anything to do with the show. Mitchell, 54, is serving a seven-year sentence for her role in the 2015 made-for-TV prison break, which set off a 23-day, $20 million manhunt involving 1,300 law enforcement officers. It ended with Matt being shot dead and Sweat’s recapture. The...
  • Lewandowski and Bossie Finger Trump’s Enemies

    12/22/2018 5:21:19 PM PST · by Twotone · 9 replies
    American Spectator ^ | December 20, 2018 | Jeffrey Lord
    President Donald Trump has enemies. So too has every president had them. But there is something about Trump that has created a veritable hornet’s nest of foaming-at-the-mouth political enemies who are so obsessed with him that they have quite accurately been said to be diseased with “Trump Derangement Syndrome.” In Trump’s Enemies: How the Deep State Is Undermining the Presidency, former Trump aides Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie pull the curtain back to reveal exactly who the President’s enemies are — and how they go about the business of sabotaging the President they despise. The authors scored a major coup...
  • Audrey Geisel, widow of Dr. Seuss, dead at 97

    12/21/2018 10:05:25 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 11 replies ^ | 12/21/18 | AP
    Audrey Geisel, the widow of children's author Dr. Seuss and longtime overseer of his prolific and lucrative literary estate, has died. Random House Children's Books announced that she died Wednesday at age 97. She died at her home in La Jolla, California.
  • Calendar sales of a certain foreign world leader are surpassing those of native stars in Japan

    12/21/2018 10:53:39 AM PST · by bgill · 24 replies
    soranews24 ^ | Dec. 15, 2018 | Krista Roberts
    No, the current leader in 2019 calendar sales at a popular chain store in Japan is not a fresh-faced young idol, nor is it a sexy heart-throb actor. Rather, Vladimir Putin, the 66-year-old President of Russia, takes the cake in that category. That’s right, the very same exercise buff that also has claim to a fragrance in his home country and a manga in Japan is currently contributing to an unprecedented number of calendar sales in a foreign country.