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  • New Dr. Seuss Book Hits Bookshelve

    07/29/2015 8:14:37 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015 | Laura McVicker and Chris Chan
    A new Dr. Seuss book was released on Tuesday to excited fans, more than 20 years after the La Jolla author died. “What Pet Should I Get?” hit bookshelves nationwide, and at University of California San Diego’s Geisel Library, throngs of fans lined up to get their copy. The author’s widow discovered the manuscript for the book in 2013 when she was donating some of his drawings to the library; it’s believed to have been written sometime between 1958 and 1962. The book follows a brother and sister who visit a pet store to pick a pet, but aren’t able...
  • What animal lovers will hate about the new Dr. Seuss book

    07/28/2015 7:13:22 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 41 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 28, 2015 | Rene Lynch
    The new Dr. Seuss book "What Pet Should I Get?" is about two children who go to a pet store to buy a pet. That was a commonplace event back in the 1950s or early 1960s, when Dr. Seuss is believed to have written the long-lost book, but it's discouraged today. Which is why the new book comes with a remarkable addendum: A publisher's note urging children to walk on by the pet store and adopt from an animal shelter. But animal rights activist Ingrid Newkirk, the founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said it's not enough...
  • True crime author Ann Rule dead at 83

    07/27/2015 4:13:55 PM PDT · by stylecouncilor · 12 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 27, 2015 | CBS News/AP
    SEATTLE -- True crime writer Ann Rule, who wrote more than 30 books, including a profile of her former co-worker, serial killer Ted Bundy, has died at 83. Rule died at Highline Medical Center, south of Seattle, at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, said Scott Thompson, a spokesman for CHI Franciscan Health. Rule's daughter, Leslie Rule, said on Facebook that her mother had many health issues, including congestive heart failure. "My mom died peacefully last night," Leslie Rule wrote. "She got to see all of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren." Ann Rule's first book, "The Stranger Beside Me," profiled Bundy, whom...
  • Vanity - When did France hit rock bottom?

    07/26/2015 5:22:37 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 32 replies
    I am reading Day of Jackal, I had read it 30 years ago but in my re-reading I have realized that France, even though unstable politically, was run by competent individuals interested in securing the history and legacy of France. Charles de Gaulle might have a autocratic and I am opposed to such, but he is miles ahead of Francois Holland. When did France turn the corner for the worse? Was it the 70s?
  • Why Are ‘Customers’ So Angry About This New Book on Marriage and Religious Freedom?

    07/25/2015 8:08:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 41 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | July 19, 2015 | Marguerite Bowling
    Is the debate about marriage over after the Supreme Court’s June decision to redefine marriage in all fifty states? That’s what some reviewers are insisting after a new book was released last week. The book, “Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom,” is a roadmap from Ryan Anderson, a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, on how the conservative movement can move forward in promoting marriage and protecting religious freedom after the Supreme Court’s ruling. “I wrote this book for all Americans. For those who disagree with me, to at least understand the viewpoint of roughly...
  • July 25, 1788: Mozart completes Symphony No. 40 in G minor

    07/25/2015 4:32:10 PM PDT · by nwrep · 47 replies
    Leonard Bernstein and the BSO ^ | July 25, 2015 | nwrep
    On July 25, 1788, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart completed his Symphony No. 40 in G minor, the second to last of his symphonies. To Robert Schumann in the 19th century, the symphony was a work of "Grecian lightness and grace," while for a later writer, Alfred Einstein, there are passages that "plunge to the abyss of the soul." Such ambiguity is perhaps apt for one of the greatest works of a composer whose music so frequently defies adequate description. The symphony is cast in the usual four movements; the opening Molto allegro immediately announces something unusual by starting not with characteristic...
  • Caitlyn Jenner Named One of Vogue's Best Dressed Women of the Week

    07/22/2015 12:10:12 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 51 replies
    Us Magazine ^ | JUL. 21, 2015 | SOPHIE VOKES-DUDGEON
    Caitlyn Jenner has been given the ultimate fashion seal of approval by being appointed one of Vogue's best dressed women of the week. The former Olympian, 65, who has showcased a stunning array of gorgeous dresses since she first introduced herself to the world last month, has been given a huge thumbs up for the stunning cream Versace gown she wore to collect her ESPYS award last week. Vogue has placed her in its number two spot amongst the ten best dressed female celebrities of the week, behind socialite and model Olivia Palermo. Also featuring in the fashion Bible's lineup...
  • 'Ragtime' Author E.L. Doctorow Dies at 84

    07/21/2015 9:34:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    UPI ^ | July 21, 2015 | Danielle Haynes
    The National Book Award-winning author of Ragtime and Billy Bathgate, E.L. Doctorow, died Tuesday in New York, his family said. He was 84. The author's son, Richard, told The New York Times his father died of complications from lung cancer. Doctorow's agent, Ron Bernstein, confirmed the news to the Los Angeles Times. Doctorow was known for writing historical fiction in the form of a dozen novels, three volumes of short fiction and a stage drama. He also wrote essays on literature and politics. He won the National Book Award for his novel, Ragtime, which was later adapted into a Broadway...
  • What The Koran Really Says By Ibn Warraq, A Book Review

    07/19/2015 7:22:11 AM PDT · by tbw2 · 9 replies
    Hubpages ^ | 07/18/2015 | Tamara Wilhite
    The Koran contains many contradictory statements and confusing verses that even those who know classical Arabic conflict on their meaning. What are some of the major contradictory statements in the Koran, and the verses that take precedence over others? What are some of the sources of the Koran's stories that history has overlooked? What is the historical context for some of the stories and events in the Koran?
  • Forgetting Lolita

    07/17/2015 1:56:54 PM PDT · by Borges · 48 replies
    First Things ^ | 7/15/2015 | Peter J. Leithart
    We are awash in Lolitas - Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry. As Ira Wells says in a New Republic piece, “at a certain echelon of pop music megastardom . . . they are all Lolitas now.” Yet Wells insists that as the number of Lolitas has risen exponentially, we've forgotten Lolita, the original Nabokov novel. These two phenomena coexist because we've taken Stanley Kubrick's film Lolita as our model more than Nabokov's. The contrast is evident from the film's opening scene: “Nabokov repeatedly emphasizes that there is nothing conventionally beautiful about the nymphet. The novel’s Lolita is a tomboyish,...
  • 55 Gallons of Lube? Customers Complain That Amazon #PrimeDay Sales Are Terrible

    07/16/2015 5:33:35 AM PDT · by C19fan · 45 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | July 15, 2015 | Staff
    Amazon's #PrimeDay launched on Wednesday as the company bragged the sales would be even better than Black Friday's. However, Amazon users were not impressed with the sales the e-commerce site offered, and many users took to Twitter to express their displeasure. #PrimeDayFail and #PrimeDay both trended as the complaints poured in. "Either I'm missing something or the @amazon prime sale is a joke. Everything I want is full price. #PrimeDayFail," said one user. "This #PrimeDay sucks ... its like a digital garage sale," said another.
  • How Green Were the Nazis?

    07/15/2015 9:17:16 AM PDT · by Olympiad Fisherman · 19 replies
    Environmentalism is Fascism ^ | 7?14/2015 | William Kay
    The eleven authors of How Green Were the Nazis? were painfully aware that contemporary studies of German conservatism’s evolution into Nazism routinely highlight the naturalistic and ecological underpinnings of this political current. An appeal to the authority of ecology for political guidance is widely acknowledged as being basic to Nazism. A need to refute this scholarly consensus motivated the writing of How Green Were the Nazis? …but alas, in vain. The eleven clods (environmentalists all) formed a circular firing squad around their target. They shot holes through one another’s arguments then fled the scene leaving behind piles of good ammunition....
  • Of Course Atticus Finch Was a Racist—And That’s Okay

    07/14/2015 11:25:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 07/14/2015 | David Marcus
    In American letters and mythology, there are few characters as noble as Atticus Finch. The gentleman, lawyer, and single father from Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird” has been the very model of masculine decency for decades. Whether through the dulcet delivery of the classic novel or the buttoned-up dignity of Gregory Peck’s movie portrayal, Atticus has been loved as few figures of fiction have. As reviews trickle out for Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman,” written before, but taking place after, her masterpiece, one bit of news has dominated: Atticus Finch is a racist. Had he been a historical figure,...
  • "To Kill a Mockingbird" Author Harper Lee may have written a third novel

    07/13/2015 9:20:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | 07/13/2015 | Wyatt Massey, Special to CNN
    Two startling revelations about long-hidden work by "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee have stunned readers awaiting Tuesday's release of her new book, "Go Set a Watchman." Lee's attorney, Tonja Carter, hinted Monday in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that the reclusive author may have written a third novel. Carter wrote that she recently examined the contents of a safe-deposit box in Lee's hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, and saw the manuscript for "Watchman" lying "underneath a stack of a significant number of pages of another typed text." "Was it an earlier draft of 'Watchman,' or of 'Mockingbird,'...
  • Go Set a Watchman review – more complex than Harper Lee's original classic, but less compelling

    07/13/2015 9:18:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 07/13/2015 | Mark Lawson
    The first problem in assessing Harper Lee’s first published novel in the five and a half decades since To Kill a Mockingbird is whether to describe it as her first or second book. This apparently simple question has been contested in the months before Tuesday’s much publicised and heavily embargoed release of a manuscript that reportedly came to light only recently. Chronologically, Go Set a Watchman is, in Hollywood arithmetic, a sort of Mockingbird 2, depicting the later lives of the Finch family – lawyer Atticus, his daughter, Scout, his son, Jem and their maid, Calpurnia – who appeared in...
  • Exclusive trailer debut of Syfy's Arthur C. Clarke series 'Childhood's End'

    07/12/2015 7:26:03 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 19 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 11, 2015 | Tracy Brown
    We're exclusively premiering the new trailer for Syfy's miniseries "Childhood’s End," which just debuted at Comic-Con on Saturday morning. Get a good look at what Arthur C. Clarke’s sci-fi novel will look like in real life, right now. Set in a world that's already been conquered by aliens, this trailer actually shows the big "first contact" moment. "There’s no need to be afraid," says the alien voiceover. "We've come to help mankind. We are not conquerors."
  • Heartbreaking! New book reveals Atticus Finch is a racist [trunc.]

    07/11/2015 5:46:00 AM PDT · by goodwithagun · 40 replies
    Twitchy ^ | July 10, 2015 | Twitchy Staff
    The New York Times has its review up of Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman,” the sequel to the iconic masterpiece “To Kill a Mockingbird,” but there’s just one problem. It turns out that Atticus Finch is not the anti-racism crusader we all believed him to be. In fact, he’s “a racist who once attended a Klan meeting.”
  • The Anger of the Legions

    07/09/2015 10:37:02 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 6 replies
    WSJ ^ | 8 Jul1 2015 | JAMES D. HORNFISCHER
    A 55-year old novel is a rich evocation of small-unit esprit de corps and the moral crossroads of counterinsurgency warfare. “The Centurions” opens with a French battalion in captivity, taken by the Viet Minh at the Battle of Dien Bien Phu, which spelled the end of French power in Indochina in 1954. Capt. Jacques Glatigny, the hidebound commander of an overrun stronghold, is bewildered that his Viet Minh counterpart seems little more than a peasant. Soon he and his men are facing re-education by a propagandist known as the Voice, whose saccharine locutions press home the usual communist complaints about...
  • Will C.S. Lewis’ spirituality survive in future Narnia films?

    07/07/2015 4:55:27 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 25 replies
    Crux ^ | February 27, 2015 | By Steven D. Greydanus
    “The Chronicles of Narnia” film series has been somewhat at sea since “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” (2010), the film adaptation of the third book published in the fantasy series. With a Blu-Ray edition of “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” to be released next week, Narnia fans are wondering what’s next for the series. Christian viewers in particular are concerned if production changes mean the books’ spiritual themes will make it on to the big screen. Reports in 2011 suggested that book six – the creation-myth prequel “The Magician’s Nephew” – might be adapted next, rather than book...
  • Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe 'Murdered 23 More Victims'

    07/04/2015 9:40:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    Mirror ^ | Andy Lines
    The Yorkshire Ripper killed a further 22 women and one MAN, according to explosive new evidence. One of the “new” victims was a famous Playboy bunny girl. Peter Sutcliffe was only ever convicted of 13 murders. But now a former police officer and an investigative journalist have written a book which insists this figure is just the tip of the iceberg. The Yorkshire Ripper killed a further 22 women and one MAN, according to explosive new evidence. One of the “new” victims was a famous Playboy bunny girl. Peter Sutcliffe was only ever convicted of 13 murders. But now a...
  • Countdown to Mecca by Michael Savage, a book review

    07/04/2015 7:49:31 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 17 replies
    Hubpages ^ | 07/04/2015 | Tamara Wilhite
    Michael Savage has written his third and final book in the Jack Hatfield series.
  • Reckless: How one young adult author seeks to show teenagers that abortion is “quite normal”

    07/03/2015 6:59:36 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies ^ | Jul 2, 2015 | Susan Michelle
    Another young adult (YA) novel is making a splash in publishing–for normalizing the killing of a baby through a teenager’s abortion. Author Katie Pearson’s first novel, ’89 Walls, appears to be pay-to-publish work with Wise Ink Creative Publishing. It addresses what calls a “gap” in the YA publishing industry, saying: “Today’s teens are sexually active, with 46 percent of high-schoolers and nearly two-thirds of all high school seniors reporting they have had sexual intercourse, so the lack of fictional material on this topic is hard to overlook.” While the number of high schoolers who have had sex is not...
  • Rudyard Kipling and "The Gods of the Copybook Headings"

    07/01/2015 11:10:54 PM PDT · by No One Special · 31 replies ^ | circa 2000 | Martin S. Spiller
    Joseph Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was an English poet, short-story writer, and novelist chiefly remembered for his celebration of British imperialism, and also for his tales and poems of British soldiers in India.  He wrote classic poems and stories which include (among many others) "The Jungle book", a children's book of short stories which contains the famous story "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi", the poems "Gunga Din" and "Mandalay". He also wrote the novels "The Man Who Would Be King" and "Captains Courageous", as well as his two most famous poems, "The Gods of the Copybook Headings" and "IF__".  He was born in India, and...
  • Maglev hover car possible?

    I'm writing a fictional novel, which includes development of a maglev hover car. Can anyone point me to scholarly articles regarding magnetic levitation for my research? I have a PhD in chemistry but know very little about physics. Than you so much.
  • Why it's important to buy Ted Cruz's book today or tomorrow, if you intend to buy it (Vanity)

    06/29/2015 7:33:35 PM PDT · by Hetty_Fauxvert · 36 replies
    6-29-2015 | Me
    If you intend to buy Ted Cruz's new book, "A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Promise of America," then today or tomorrow (6/29 or 6/30) is the absolute best time to do it. It will be released tomorrow, 6/30, and its "numbers" will be counted at that point. On Amazon, with pre-orders, it has already reached #1 in Political Leader Biographies, but it's only #143 in all books. The bigger Ted's book's numbers are, the more press it will get, and the better it makes him look overall. If his book rockets upward in the next couple of days, that...
  • The Road To Serfdom

    06/28/2015 10:15:18 AM PDT · by fella · 13 replies
    Barefoots world ^ | 1945 | Friedrich A. Hayek
    The Road to Serfdom Reader's Digest, April 1945 Condensation I, the Author have spent about half my adult life in my native Austria, in close touch with German thought, and the other half in the United States and England. In the latter period I have become increasingly convinced that some of the forces which destroyed freedom in Germany are also at work here. The very magnitude of the outrages committed by the National Socialists has strengthened the assurance that a totalitarian system cannot happen here. But let us remember that 15 years ago the possibility of such a thing happening...
  • Did your genes really make you do it?

    06/28/2015 8:36:35 AM PDT · by Cats Pajamas · 23 replies
    My Genes made me do it! ^ | 1999 | Neil and Briar Whitehead
    BLURB: First published in the USA in 1999 this book is now freely downloadable from this site. It is under constant review to keep it up-to-date so readers can be assured of its on-going relevance. My Genes Made Me Do It is one of the most comprehensive and easily-read books in the popular market today on science and homosexuality. It is an objective review of more than 10,000 scientific research papers and publications from all sides of the debate. In simple and clear terms, by analysis of the science, it shows homosexuality cannot be biologically innate, or fixed - leaving...
  • Oxford English Dictionary makes ‘Masshole’ official

    06/27/2015 2:44:19 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 64 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 6/25/15 | Stephanie McFeeters
    The Oxford English Dictionary added the word Masshole to its roster on Wednesday, formalizing a term well known to frustrated drivers throughout the Northeast. A piece of “coarse slang” defined as “a term of contempt for a native or inhabitant of the state of Massachusetts,” Masshole was one of nearly 500 words added to the dictionary on Wednesday, along with twerk, sext, hyperlocal, freegan, fratty, and fo’ shizzle.
  • Allen Weinstein, Historian of Alger Hiss Case, Dies at 77

    06/23/2015 6:40:33 PM PDT · by iowamark · 11 replies
    NY Times ^ | JUNE 20, 2015 | WILLIAM GRIMES
    Allen Weinstein, a historian of Cold War espionage whose 1978 book, “Perjury: The Hiss-Chambers Case,” marshaled a mountain of new evidence to argue that Alger Hiss was guilty as charged in one of the most famous spy trials of the postwar era, and who served as the ninth national archivist of the United States, died on Thursday at a nursing home in Gaithersburg, Md. He was 77. The cause was pneumonia, his son Andrew said. He had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease for several years. Making use of newly available F.B.I. documents totaling tens of thousands of pages, Mr. Weinstein...
  • Amazon to pay self-published authors based on pages read

    06/23/2015 7:53:38 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 11 replies
    could soon pay more to write lengthier books, if you are an author self-publishing on Inc's Kindle ebook platform. Starting next month, the e-commerce giant will pay independent authors based on the number of pages read, rather than the number of times their book has been borrowed. The move is aimed at authors enrolled in Kindle Direct Publishing platform – which lets authors set list prices, decide rights and edit the book at any time – and is applicable to ebooks made available via the Kindle Unlimited and Kindle Owners' Lending Library programs. Self-publishing has transformed what it means...
  • Serpo, Saucers, Spooks, and Sci-Fi

    06/22/2015 8:55:06 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    Despite the outrageous and unlikely tale that the documents told, Serpo very quickly became a sensation within certain ufological quarters and provoked massive debate – in magazines and journals, on radio shows, and at online forums. There is, however, one issue that has, for the most part, been overlooked and forgotten. In early 2006, a source that used the named “Chapman,” and who maintained they had a background with the British Ministry of Defense, claimed to know all about the Serpo files and what they really represented. Chapman explained: “…these are NOT real events that are being described here, although...
  • “How to Make a Social Justice Warrior” by William Shetterly - a Book Review

    06/21/2015 7:04:38 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 8 replies
    Hubpages ^ | 2/20/2015 | Tamara Wilhite
    This is a review of the book “How to Make a Social Justice Warrior” by William Shetterly, intriguingly written by a leftist whose criticisms are shared by the right, plus a few others no one else brings up.
  • James Joyce’s Ulysses: A classic too sexy for censors

    06/19/2015 7:25:21 AM PDT · by Borges · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | 6/16/2015 | Kevin Birmingham
    One judge grumbled, “it sounds to me like the ravings of a disordered mind – I can’t see why anyone would want to publish it.” --- British authorities weren’t far behind. Sylvia Beach published Ulysses in Paris in 1922, and when a copy seized at a London airport made its way to the Director of Public Prosecutions, Sir Archibald Bodkin, he declared Molly Bloom’s soliloquy – the only episode he bothered to read – a production of “unmitigated filth and obscenity”. Hundreds of copies of Ulysses were seized and burned as they landed in the UK and the US.
  • Mein Kampf: The world’s most dangerous book?

    06/19/2015 4:20:54 AM PDT · by Cronos · 60 replies
    BBC ^ | 15 Jan 2015 | Fiona MacDonald
    Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf falls out of copyright in Germany at the end of 2015. What will happen when authorities can no longer control its publication and distribution?“They wanted to replace the Bible.” Whispering in a hushed room of the Bavarian State Library, rare books expert Stephan Kellner describes how the Nazis turned a rambling, largely unreadable screed – part memoir, part propaganda – into a central part of the Third Reich’s ideology. According to the producer of Publish or Burn, which will be broadcast on January 14, it remains a dangerous text. “The history of Hitler is a history...
  • The Economist Book Review: American Baptists Dipped in controversy

    06/18/2015 9:57:21 PM PDT · by Cronos · 4 replies
    IN 1995, a century and a half after it was founded by supporters of slavery, the Southern Baptist Convention apologised to African-Americans. “We genuinely repent of racism of which we have been guilty,” wrote the group, which had by then become America’s largest Protestant denomination. It was a landmark moment, reflective of a complex and chequered history. American Baptists’ roots lie in the noble struggle for religious liberty. In colonial times they were a tormented minority, their preachers sometimes clapped into prison. Baptists held that only declared believers should be baptised, which offended other Protestants, who thought that infants should...
  • Rabalais: vanity

    06/18/2015 9:04:54 AM PDT · by waterhill · 3 replies
    Do What Thou Wilt;because men that are free, well-born, well-bred, and conversant in honest companies, have naturally an instinct and spur that prompteth them unto virtuous actions, and withdraws them from vice, which is called honour. Those same men, when by base subjection and constraint they are brought under and kept down, turn aside from that noble disposition by which they formerly were inclined to virtue, to shake off and break that bond of servitude wherein they are so tyrannously enslaved; for it is agreeable with the nature of man to long after things forbidden and to desire what is...
  • Hero as Villain

    06/18/2015 8:23:19 AM PDT · by bkepley · 3 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Jun 22, 2015 | GEOFFREY NORMAN
    Among the entries in a 1999 anthology called The Best American Sports Writing of the Century is a profile of Ty Cobb (1886-1961). It was originally published in True magazine the year of Cobb’s death. The writer, Al Stump, recalls the last, bleak days of the great ballplayer’s life and makes him into a bitter, violent, alcoholic monster. In one passage, he describes a visit to the graveyard in the town of Royston, Georgia, where Cobb had grown up. Cobb wanted Stump, who was ghostwriting his autobiography, to go with him, on Christmas Eve, to see where he would soon...
  • “Still the Best Hope” by Dennis Prager, a book review

    06/18/2015 7:11:24 AM PDT · by tbw2 · 5 replies
    Hubpages ^ | 02/27/2015 | Tamara Wilhite
    “Still the Best Hope” by Dennis Prager was written in 2012, but its message of American exceptionalism and analysis of the war of the world views (Islamo-fascist, liberal secular, and Judeo-Christian American) are all the more relevant today.
  • Christian Slaves, Muslim Masters: White Slavery In The Mediterranean, The Barbary Coast And Italy

    06/16/2015 8:34:02 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 3 replies
    amazon ^ | 14 september 2004 | Robert C. Davis
    Christian Slaves, Muslim Masters: White Slavery In The Mediterranean, The Barbary Coast And Italy
  • ‘Burn it:’ Emoji-fied Shakespeare for kids is worst thing ever [photo]

    06/15/2015 8:35:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    Twitchy ^ | June 15, 2015 | Staff
    Now is the winter of our…frowny face. There’s a new line of “books” that translate Shakespeare for kids. With emojis and text messages.
  • “A Place, Not a Conveyance”

    06/15/2015 7:04:38 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 3 replies
    Slate ^ | 15 June 2015 | Mark Vanhoenacker
    The design, power, and cockpit foot heaters that make the 747 feel like home to pilots. The 747 has foot heaters. The frozen surface of the Arctic Ocean looks better—everything looks better—when your feet are warm.
  • How the English language became such a mess

    06/15/2015 1:44:50 AM PDT · by Cronos · 63 replies
    BBC ^ | 9 June 2015 | James Harbeck
    You may have seen a poem by Gerard Nolst Trinité called The Chaos. It starts like this:Dearest creature in creationStudying English pronunciation,I will teach you in my verseSounds like corpse, corps, horse and worse.In its fullest version, the poem runs through about 800 of the most vexing spelling inconsistencies in English. Eight hundred.Attempting to spell in English is like playing one of those computer games where, no matter what, you will lose eventually. If some evil mage has performed vile magic on our tongue, he should be bunged into gaol for his nefarious goal (and if you still need convincing...
  • Christopher Lee Warned of the Occult: ‘You’ll Lose Your Soul’

    06/11/2015 11:15:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 11, 2015 | 2:19 PM EDT | Eric Scheiner
    Horror film legend Christopher Lee may have played creatures linked to the occult on screen, but he didn’t want to be linked to the occult off screen. […] During a 2011 interview at University College Dublin, Lee was asked about a popular rumor that he owned a vast collection of books on the occult. […] “I have met people who to claimed to be Satanists, who claimed to be involved in black magic,” Lee continued. “I certainly haven’t been involved and I warn all of you—never, never, never—you will not only lose your mind; you’ll lose your soul.” …
  • View From the Bunker - Nazi Oaks Interview

    06/11/2015 8:19:46 AM PDT · by Olympiad Fisherman · 11 replies
    View From the Bunker ^ | 6/10/2015 | Derek Gilbert
    Derek Gilbert interviews Mark Musser with regard to his book "Nazi Oaks" that lays down the startling German links between Monism, Social Darwinism, and environmentalism. In the 1800's, Ernst Haeckel, the father of German Social Darwinism and the very man who coined the term "ecology" in 1866, called Social Darwinism, Monism. He called his Darwinian environmentalist politically active group "The Monist League." "Mono" means "one." The point of Monism is there is no transcendental Creator or God Who stands outside of nature or history to govern the world with eternal values. Sometimes, as was the case with Haeckel (and Hitler...
  • Let’s Get People Talking and Thinking

    06/09/2015 5:25:34 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 1 replies ^ | May 29, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Here is a list of great quotes left by Anonymous on a major forum. Use them to start discussions at school and elsewhere. Some of these quotes are scarily appropriate to our present situation in Obama's America. Others show how our founding fathers were thinking 200 years ago. What our public schools now call Critical Thinking is usually neither critical nor thinking. It's blind acceptance of politically correct opinions. Debate. Argue. Discuss. Finally, figure out answers for yourself. --- "That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that...
  • I'm intrigued

    06/09/2015 3:43:49 AM PDT · by knarf · 34 replies
    e-mail ^ | June 9, 2015 | knarf
    Yesterday, at a neighbor's house, his 4th grade daughter read something very well and I asked her what grade she was in and complimented her on her reading .....
  • 10 best books set in Orange County. Did we get it right?

    06/07/2015 1:40:59 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | June 6, 2015 | Peter Larsen
    ... These Orange County stories could be fact but in this case they’re fiction, plots from a few of our list of the top 10 novels or short story collections set in Orange County ...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! June 2015 edition

    06/03/2015 1:01:31 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 97 replies ^ | June, 2015 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Forgetting Lolita: How Nabokov's Victim Became an American Fantasy

    06/03/2015 8:47:37 AM PDT · by Borges · 45 replies
    New Republic ^ | 5/28/2015 | Ira Wells
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