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  • Bestselling author...says he was 'warned off' creating a black hero for a book [tr]

    05/23/2017 6:00:46 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 22, 2017 | Chris Hastings
    Best selling author Anthony Horowitz has revealed that he was ‘warned off’ including a black character in a new book – because it would be ‘inappropriate’ for a white writer to do so. Speaking to today’s Event magazine, Horowitz – creator of the Alex Rider spy novels – says he was ‘upset and disturbed’ when an editor told him that devising black characters could be interpreted as ‘patronising’.
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (Week of 5-22-17)

    05/22/2017 3:18:49 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 9 replies ^ | 5-22-17 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Nixon talking about IQ tests and other things (1971 Conversation with Daniel Patrick Moynihan)

    05/20/2017 9:00:07 AM PDT · by brucedickinson · 18 replies
    Youtube ^ | 5-14-2017 | Kevin Afton
    This Conversation recorded in 1971 between President Nixon and his advisor Daniel Patrick Moynihan focuses on an article read by the two men regarding IQ. Nixon was preparing to "close the gap" between high-performing and low-performing students in schools (which has cost billions) and wanted to have as much information before he made his decision. The two men, in the recording do use the slur "eskimos" to refer to Jewish folk, but only in the sense that they say "eskimos" have a higher IQ than Caucasians, so not much of a slur. I just love listening to recordings like this,...
  • President Lyndon Johnson calls tailor to describe graphically how he wants pants made (Language)

    05/19/2017 3:28:39 PM PDT · by brucedickinson · 30 replies
    Youtube ^ | 8-12-2008 | rmm413c
    In an entertaining conversation, President Lyndon Johnson calls his tailor in Dallas to describe somewhat graphically exactly how he wants his pants made. Language warning- it's a little blue
  • Word For The Day - SCINTILLA

    05/19/2017 6:15:02 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 40 replies ^ | 05-19-2017 | Red Badger
    ................It’s FRIDAY!................... 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”. scintilla scin·til·la noun - literary Synonyms ace, bit, crumb, dab, dram, driblet, glimmer, hint, lick, little, mite, nip, ounce, peanuts, ray, particle, scruple, shade, shadow, shred, skosh, smack, smell, smidgen (also smidgeon or smidgin or smidge), snap, soupçon, spark, spatter, speck, splash, spot, sprinkling, strain, streak, suspicion, tad, touch, trace Related Words hoot, iota, jot, minim, minimum, modicum, semblance, syllable, tittle, vestige, whit; atom, dot, fleck, flyspeck, grain, granule, molecule, morsel,...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (Week of 5-15-17)

    05/15/2017 3:11:03 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 3 replies ^ | 5-15-17 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Let's just say it: George RR Martin needs to get on with The Winds of Winter

    05/12/2017 11:26:48 AM PDT · by NRx · 49 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 05-12-2017 | David Barnett
    George RR Martin is, as Neil Gaiman famously once opined, not your bitch. It is eight years to the day since Gaiman wrote this to a fan on his website who had asked whether it was fair to feel that Martin was “letting him down” by taking so long to publish the later volumes in his A Song of Ice and Fire series. That was in 2009, meaning that that fan had another two long years ahead before he’d get his hands on the fifth book, A Dance With Dragons. If that chap was feeling let down then his disappointment...
  • How Did John Steinbeck And An Obama Staffer Get The Bible So Wrong?

    05/09/2017 1:46:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    The Forward ^ | May 8, 2017 | Aviya Kushner
    Working for Barack Obama can be a career maker, but Hebrew readers have been puzzled by the explanation for the path that one former staffer took. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Michael Slaby, whom the newspaper described as “among the key tech gurus for Barack Obama’s two presidential campaigns,” has founded a startup called Timshel that helps not-for-profits and activist groups use digital tools to increase their analytic capabilities. Sounds good. But where, exactly, does the name Timshel come from? “It’s a reference to [Steinbeck’s] ‘East of Eden’ — the Hebrew word for “Thou mayest” from the Bible [in the...
  • Douglas Macgregor, Margin of Victory: Five Battles that Changed the Face of Modern War

    05/08/2017 1:57:15 PM PDT · by iowamark · 23 replies
    Decorated combat veteran and author Douglas Macgregor, PhD visits the Museum & Library to discuss his newest book, detailing five military battles in the 20th century. Sponsored by U.S. Naval Institute. In Margin of Victory Douglas Macgregor tells the riveting stories of five military battles of the twentieth century, each one a turning point in history. Beginning with the British Expeditionary force holding the line at the Battle of Mons in 1914 and concluding with the Battle of 73 Easting in 1991 during Desert Storm, Margin of Victory teases out a connection between these battles and teaches its readers an...
  • Thomas Pynchon at 80 – eight reasons to celebrate his birthday

    05/08/2017 1:50:46 PM PDT · by Borges · 7 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 5/8/2017 | John Dugdale
    • He writes richer comedy than most card-carrying comic novelists, filling his eight novels with hilarious spoofs, outlandish characters, screwball dialogue and zany scenarios. The best of his set-pieces – such as the seduction scene and the pastiche Jacobean revenge play early on in the novella The Crying of Lot 49, the best book to start with – are many-layered, marrying humour to figurative or allusive complexity. He is a consistently political novelist, something not usually thought compatible either with comedy or literary complexity. Others 30s-born novelists only occasionally (Philip Roth, John Updike) or tangentially (Don DeLillo) focus on politics....
  • Forbidden Thoughts, a Book Review

    05/07/2017 3:11:30 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 20 replies
    Hubpages ^ | 02/05/2017 | Tamara Wilhite
    "Forbidden Thoughts" is a conservative and libertarian science fiction anthology. What are the pros and cons of this book most notable for Milo Yianapolis writing the foreword?
  • Game of Thorns (book recommendation)

    05/05/2017 3:59:59 PM PDT · by Signalman · 10 replies
    Game of Thorns | 5/5/2017 | self
    I've read a number of books dealing with the 2016 presidential election. "Game of Thorns" is very good and explains why Trump won the election, despite the fact that almost all the pundits had Clinton winning easily. The first chapter of the book goes into detail about all the unethical and criminal activity in which the Clintons were involved, things I wasn't aware of. The next 5 chapters are a detailed description of what happened on election eve. This is a much more interesting book than "Shattered", in my opinion. Highly recommended.
  • Book (Review) : Barack Obama asked woman to marry him before meeting Michelle

    05/03/2017 5:53:32 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 61 replies
    Washington Post Book Review via Fox News ^ | 5/3/2017 | Washington Post Book Review via Fox News Staff
    Before Barack Obama ever met his wife, Michelle, at her Chicago law firm, the future 44th president of the United States asked another woman to marry him in 1986—while the two were visiting her parents' home, a new biography claims. “Rising Star,” which is written by David J. Garrow, was reviewed Tuesday in The Washington Post. The review said, "Garrow portrays Obama as a man who ruthlessly compartmentalized his existence; who believed early on that he was fated for greatness; and who made emotional sacrifices in the pursuit of a goal that must have seemed unlikely to everyone but him."...
  • Washington Post Books: Before Michelle, Barack Obama asked another woman to marry him. Then politics

    05/03/2017 1:02:57 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 61 replies
    Washington Post Book ReviewWaPo ^ | May 2, 2017 | Carlos Lozada
    It is in the personal realm that Garrow’s account is particularly revealing. He shares for the first time the story of a woman Obama lived with and loved in Chicago, in the years before he met Michelle, and whom he asked to marry him. Sheila Miyoshi Jager, now a professor at Oberlin College, is a recurring presence in “Rising Star,” and her pained, drawn-out relationship with Obama informs both his will to rise in politics and the trade-offs he deems necessary... Garrow, who received a Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Martin Luther King Jr., concludes this massive new work...
  • ‘Had to see it to believe it’: Good luck topping this hot ‘Orient Express’ take

    05/03/2017 1:27:14 PM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    Twitchy ^ | May 3, 2017 | Sarah D.
    You may want to sit down for this… … 12:36 PM - 3 May 2017 3 3 Retweets 17 17 likes Want to know what it looks like to be über-woke? Look no further than Entertainment Weekly and New York Times contributor Rebecca Theodore, who dropped a hell of a bomb this morning regarding the upcoming film adaptation of “Murder on the Orient Express”:
  • Barack Obama Didn't Date Black Women Until Michelle, Author Says

    05/03/2017 12:26:01 PM PDT · by Trillian · 65 replies
    TMZ ^ | 5/3/2017 10:32 AM PDT | Unknown
    Barack Obama seriously dated several women before meeting Michelle, and none of them were African-American, according to the author of one of the definitive books about the former president. Christopher Andersen, who wrote "Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage," appeared on "TMZ Live" just after excerpts from another book -- "Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama" -- were released, saying he twice proposed to a woman before meeting Michelle. Andersen says Obama, who had big political aspirations early on, recognized the value of marrying a black woman, although he's quick to add the love between Barack and...
  • [From June 16, 2009] Biocentrism: How Life Creates the Universe (Dr. Robert Lanza, biology too preci

    05/01/2017 9:06:53 PM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 50 replies
    NBC ^ | June 16, 2009 | Dr. Robert Lanza
    Excerpt A scientific swamp Then, too, in the last few decades there has been considerable discussion of a basic paradox in the construction of the universe. Why are the laws of physics exactly balanced for animal life to exist? There are over 200 physical parameters within the solar system and universe so exact that it strains credulity to propose that they are random — even if that is exactly what standard contemporary physics baldly suggests. These fundamental constants of the universe — constants that are not predicted by any theory — all seem to be carefully chosen, often with great...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (week of 5-1-17)

    05/01/2017 7:10:10 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 12 replies ^ | 5-1-17 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Could Happen to Us

    05/01/2017 7:22:48 AM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | Apri 29, 2017 | Toure
    The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu is a horror story. It’s a world where a class of women are reduced to walking wombs with no right to their bodies or any babies that come out of them. Extreme violence and the looming threat thereof is everywhere. One of the main characters has lost an eye because she didn’t submit quickly enough. A cattle prod is used often. And everyone’s afraid of being sent to the camps where you’re worked to death.
  • This school is trashing all its textbooks

    04/30/2017 7:19:47 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 35 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 29, 2017
    School is no place for books, one Manhattan principal apparently believes. In a scene out of “Fahrenheit 451,” administrators at Life Sciences Secondary School have ordered all textbooks rounded up and removed — calling them “antiquated,” sources say. Principal Kim Swanson and Assistant Principal Derek Premo, who launched the ban, “really frown upon the use of books,” an insider told The Post