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  • Ukraine Creates Internet Army To Combat Russian Trolls

    03/28/2015 7:12:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    ValueWalk ^ | Marie Cabural
    Ukraine’s Ministry of Information Policy created a special “information force” or internet army to combat Russian trolls and pro-Kremlin media from spreading propaganda online. The Ministry also launched a new website, i-army.org. The new website appeared online on February 23 with a slogan, “Each of your information messages is a bullet in your enemy’s conscience.” According to the Ministry, Ukrainians interested to serve the country as volunteer internet fighters can apply by submitting their names and e-mail addresses to the website. “Many fronts have been opened against us, and one of the most crucial ones is the information one. Now...
  • Downton and out: 6th series will be last as cast gather to read through the new script

    03/26/2015 2:16:09 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 51 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 3-26-15 | Katherine Rushton & Hannah Flint
    The doors to Downton Abbey are finally closing. Carnival Films and ITV have announced that there will be no return to the famous home of the Crawley family after the sixth season airs, as they want to end on a high. Downton Abbey has been a huge international success, selling to broadcasters around the world, but its ratings in Britain had started flagging. NBC Universal, which owns the production company behind the show, said in an internal note to staff that the long-running drama was ‘approaching its natural conclusion’. The internal note, seen by the Daily Mail, said: ‘Whilst we...
  • A Life of Flannery O’Connor: A Review

    03/25/2015 4:09:50 PM PDT · by don-o · 17 replies
    Mary Flannery O’Connor described herself as a 13th century Catholic and she was right. Surprisingly in an age given to nihilism, progressivism, and consolidation this traditional, Southern, cerebral, talented and orthodox Catholic is among America’s most important writers. There are any number of literary, cultural, and psychological reasons why Mary Flannery stands among the pantheon of American writers but, there are none more important than the fact that she understood an inherent, apodictical truth: modern man has closed his existence, “annihilated the cosmos by contracting reality into himself,” and created a “new world” formed in Hegelian second realities The beautiful,...
  • Looking for Flannery O’Connor on Her 90th Birthday

    03/25/2015 8:24:18 AM PDT · by Borges · 3 replies
    Town Topics ^ | 3/25/2015 | Stuart Mitchner
    I have a large tumor and if they don’t make haste and get rid of it, they will have to remove me and leave it. —Flannery O’Connor (1925-1964) The characteristic quip about the tumor is from a letter Flannery O’Connor wrote months before her death on August 3, 1964. I was hoping to find a copy of her first novel, Wise Blood, at the Bryn Mawr Wellesley Book Sale. I’d have gladly settled for the Ace paperback with a blonde in a black negligee on a cover promising “A brutal passionate novel of sin and redemption in a southern town.”...
  • The Power To Hold On (vanity post)

    03/24/2015 5:00:24 AM PDT · by austinaero · 8 replies
    An Iron Will (book) ^ | 03/24/2015 | Orison Swett Marden
    THE POWER TO HOLD ON “The power to hold on is characteristic of all men who have accomplished anything great; they may lack in some other particular, have many weaknesses or eccentricities, but the quality of persistence is never absent from a successful man. No matter what opposition he meets or what discouragement overtakes him, drudgery cannot disgust him, obstacles cannot discourage him, labor cannot weary him; misfortune, sorrow, and reverses cannot harm him. It is not so much brilliancy of intellect, or fertility of resource, as persistency of effort, constancy of purpose, that makes a great man. Those who...
  • RIP, Jim Berry: For 40 years, 'Berry's World' cartoonist dispensed relatable laughs

    03/23/2015 12:35:54 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 23, 2015 | Michael Cavna
    ... In so many ways, to read Jim Berry was to meet Jim Berry. "Berry's World," the syndicated single-panel feature that he drew for 40 years, beginning in 1963, was a remarkably steady stream of thoughtful observational humor that — like the unfussy art itself — rarely seemed to strain for the laugh. Each gag, as steady as a top golfer's approach shots, just "landed." Precision meets concision ... Mr. Berry died last Friday in Boynton Beach, Fla., at age 83 ...
  • Book: Freedom's Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in World War II ___ by Arthur Herman.

    03/23/2015 11:59:54 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 2 replies
    John Batchelor Show ^ | 21 March 2015 | John Batchelor interviews author Arthur Herrman
    Audio interview 39:48
  • Night at The Museum 3

    03/23/2015 11:22:13 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 7 replies
    today | Me
    Watched the movie over the weekend and it is a very GOOD example of what libs think the world would be if they could have it their way.
  • White Slaves in Colonial America

    03/23/2015 9:28:55 AM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 68 replies
    My Research | March 23 2015 | Me
    I am certain we never heard this in school. The Irish slave trade began when James II sold 30,000 Irish prisoners as slaves to the New World. His Proclamation of 1625 required Irish political prisoners be sent overseas and sold to English settlers in the West Indies. By the mid 1600s, the Irish were the main slaves sold to Antigua and Montserrat. At that time, 70% of the total population of Montserrat were Irish slaves. Ireland quickly became the biggest source of human livestock for English merchants. The majority of the early slaves to the New World were actually white....
  • 80,000-plus Bibles shipped to Cuba for churches

    03/20/2015 7:01:24 AM PDT · by fungoking · 9 replies
    IMB connecting ^ | 03/16/15 | Barbara Denman
    Three 40-foot containers packed with 83,723 Spanish-speaking Bibles to be distributed among Baptist churches in both Western and Eastern Cuba will leave South Florida during the week of March 15 and are expected to arrive in Havana March 25. The shipment is the third Southern Baptists have sent to the island nation since 1999, bringing the total number of Bibles sent to nearly half a million, said Kurt Urbanek, IMB strategy leader for Cuba since 1997. However, this represents the first time Bibles were shipped directly from the United States. The extensive process of seeking permission from the Cuban government...
  • About Novelist Zane Grey

    03/18/2015 6:50:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    Zane Grey (1872-1939) was to the western novel what Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was to detective fiction, churning out 89 novels about the American cowboy and the western frontier. His books were on the bestseller list 13 times between 1910 and 1924 and ranked in sales just behind the Bible and the McGuffey Reader. Zane-GreyAn Easterner by birth, he grew up fishing and hunting in rural Pennsylvania. He was fascinated with the deserts of the Southwest and became well known as a world traveler and adventurer. He went on extensive hunting trips, packing in supplies by mule train and camping...
  • "The Universal Tone" Carlos Santana's autobiography

    03/18/2015 5:09:35 PM PDT · by West Texas Chuck · 41 replies
    My wife knows I love Santana's music so when we saw his autobiography at Sam's one day, I knew that was in my stocking for Christmas. So I've been reading it, nearly all the way through 544 pages, and I have a few comments, see below.
  • Huxley to Orwell: My Hellish Vision of the Future is Better Than Yours (1949)

    03/17/2015 3:54:30 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 33 replies
    Open Culture ^ | March 17, 2015 | Jonathan Crow
    In 1949, George Orwell received a curious letter from his former high school French teacher. Orwell had just published his groundbreaking book Nineteen Eighty-Four, which received glowing reviews from just about every corner of the English-speaking world. His French teacher, as it happens, was none other than Aldous Huxley who taught at Eton for a spell before writing Brave New World (1931), the other great 20th century dystopian novel.
  • What Chesterton Saw in America

    03/17/2015 3:42:59 PM PDT · by don-o · 13 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | Apr 7, 2014 | Joseph Pearce
    One of Chesterton’s most penetrating insights into America concerned what he called “the great American experiment” of multi-racialism, “the experiment of a democracy of diverse races which has been compared to a melting-pot”. Chesterton asserted that the experiment required a strong sense of national identity, which was the unifying force that allowed the many races to meld into the one nation. The metaphor of the melting pot “implies that the pot itself is of a certain shape and a certain substance; a pretty solid substance. The melting-pot must not melt.”[5] The paradox, therefore, is that the very diversity necessitates unity....
  • "Rockin' the Wall"/LS to be at Notre Dame

    03/17/2015 7:47:44 AM PDT · by LS · 9 replies
    self ^ | 3/17/2015 | LS
    I will be in South Bend at Notre Dame University to screen "Rockin' the Wall", our documentary about rock music's part in the fall of the Berlin Wall, on Sunday, March 29, 3:00 p.m. at the DeBartolo Auditorium. Admission is free. I will be around to sign books afterward as well. See you there!
  • Hillary Can’t Delete This [Another In The "Congenital Liar" Series!]

    03/15/2015 9:31:19 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 4 replies
    Wall St. J. ^ | March 15, 2015 | DAVID FEITH
    Hillary Can’t Delete This As Secretary of State, Clinton says she stopped at nothing to get a blind dissident out of China. That’s not what he remembers. By DAVID FEITH March 15, 2015 This book won’t help Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president. Its author, Chen Guangcheng, is the blind Chinese human-rights lawyer who in April 2012 escaped rural house arrest and sought refuge at the U.S. embassy in Beijing. The ensuing diplomatic tussle over his fate was a high drama that Mrs. Clinton touts as an accomplishment of her tenure as secretary of state. It reminded her of the “responsibility...
  • 6 myths about the Ides of March and killing Caesar

    03/15/2015 9:55:04 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 55 replies
    Vox ^ | March 15, 2015 | Phil Edwards
    This is what most of us know about the death of Julius Caesar, half-remembered from movies and plays: Some soothsayer said, "Beware the Ides of March." A few idealistic Romans decided to win back Rome for the people.Caesar got stabbed by Brutus with a big sword, said "Et tu, Brute?" and died nobly. All of that is wrong.
  • Flannery O’Connor: Friends Don’t Let Friends Read Ayn Rand (1960)

    03/14/2015 8:04:26 PM PDT · by don-o · 49 replies
    Open Culture ^ | June 18, 2014
    In a letter dated May 31, 1960, Flannery O’Connor, the author best known for her classic story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find” (listen to her read the story here) penned a letter to her friend, the playwright Maryat Lee. It begins rather abruptly, likely because it’s responding to something Maryat said in a previous letter: I hope you don’t have friends who recommend Ayn Rand to you. The fiction of Ayn Rand is as low as you can get re fiction. I hope you picked it up off the floor of the subway and threw it in the...
  • "Beware the Ides of March"

    03/14/2015 11:49:29 AM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 24 replies
    The Life and Death of Julius Caesar ... Soothsayer: Ceasar! CAESAR: Ha! who calls? CASCA: Bid every noise be still: peace yet again! CAESAR: Who is it in the press that calls on me? I hear a tongue, shriller than all the music,Cry 'Caesar!' Speak; Caesar is turn'd to hear. Soothsayer: Beware the ides of March. CAESAR: What man is that? BRUTUS: A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March. CAESAR: Set him before me; let me see his face. CASSIUS: Fellow, come from the throng; look upon Caesar. CAESAR: What say'st thou to me now? speak once again....
  • Photographer aims to prove Peak District is home to Britain's most majestic landscapes [tr]

    03/13/2015 8:38:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 13, 2015 | Michael Gadd
    Whether at sunrise, sunset or the heart of the day, in the height of summer or engulfed by snow, photographer James Grant is convinced that the Peak District offers some of the most spectacular landscapes Great Britain has to offer. The parochial landscape photographer has a passion for hills and mountains, in particular those surrounding his home town of Matlock on the south eastern edge of the Peak District, although he also has a soft spot for the Lake District, Snowdonia and Scotland. These images of rolling hills bathed in light and mist show the breadth of an already formidable...
  • NOTES ON “MIDDLEMARCH” (2)

    03/13/2015 7:58:48 AM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies
    Powerline Blog ^ | March 13, 2015 | Scott Johnson
    Though Middlemarch has a large cast of characters involved in intricately related plots, Dorothea Brooke stands out as the book’s heroine. The narrative begins and ends with her. Book I of the novel’s eight Books is “Miss Brooke.” She is a young woman of simple beauty and surpassing decency. She yearns idealistically to benefit humanity, or subordinate herself as the helpmate of a great man like John Milton in his blindness. Yet she is exceedingly foolish.
  • Sir Terry Pratchett, renowned fantasy author, dies aged 66

    03/12/2015 9:19:32 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 23 replies
    BBC ^ | 12 March 2015
    Fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett has died aged 66, having had Alzheimer's disease for eight years. "The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds," said Larry Finlay of his publishing company, Transworld. Best known for the Discworld series, Sir Terry wrote more than 70 books over his lengthy career. He was first diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2007, but continued writing, completing his final book last summer. The author died at home "with his cat sleeping on his bed, surrounded by his family," Mr Finlay said.
  • NOTES ON “MIDDLEMARCH”

    03/12/2015 6:23:10 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    Powerline Blog ^ | March 12, 2015 | Scott Johnson
    On Monday I finished reading George Eliot’s great Victorian novel Middlemarch for the first time. I have tried and failed to finish it several times; it’s not easy reading. At a few points it is, briefly, a slog. Although it remains a subject of debate, I believe the novel lacks a happy ending. Nevertheless, for me, the ending was happy. I finished the book. What did it take? I sought permission to audit an undergraduate class in the Victorian novel at a local college and paid for the privilege. I needed a structure within which to read the book. Like...
  • Did Mr Darcy make his fortune from the slave trade? Romantic hero profited from the [tr]

    03/11/2015 11:51:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 11, 2015 | Tahira Yaqoob
    It has sold more than 20 million copies since it was written two centuries ago and has had generations of schoolgirls swooning over the ultimate romantic hero. But the great unspoken background of Jane Austen's world is that both Mr Darcy and Mr Bingley in Pride and Prejudice got rich from the slave trade, says author Joanna Trollope. The novelist, speaking at the Festival of Literature in Dubai, dispelled the myth about Mr Darcy and Mr Bingley being the perfect men and described the 'very dark underbelly' to Austen's books. She said: 'Why does Mr Bingley in Pride and Prejudice...
  • 1629 --This Date in History

    03/10/2015 9:09:17 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 12 replies
    today | me
    1629 Charles I of England dissolves Parliament and rules alone for 11 years.
  • They Were Heroes: A Sergeant Major's Tribute to Combat Marines of Iraq and Afghanistan

    03/07/2015 4:09:17 PM PST · by Lorianne · 2 replies
    John Batchelor Show ^ | 06 March 2015 | John Batchelor interview author SgtMaj David K. Devaney
    Audio interview 39:32
  • 35 hilariously bad Kindle book covers

    03/03/2015 4:24:19 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 50 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | March 3, 2015 | Peter Yeung
    Amazon's Kindle ebooks have revolutionised the way that people can read, write and publish books. The process has been democratised, meaning that large teams of proofreaders, illustrators and designers have been replaced by a single author doing everything themselves — including designing the book cover. But the results aren't always pretty, as the Tumblr blog Kindle Cover Disasters proves. Can you judge a book by its cover? Let's hope not. — Compiled by Peter Yeung Link to book cover gallery.
  • Maggie Smith to leave ‘Downton Abbey’ after Season 6

    03/02/2015 3:48:25 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 43 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 3-2-15 | David Hinckley
    "Downton Abbey" is losing its Dowager Countess. Maggie Smith, who plays the sharp-tongued Violet on the beloved PBS drama, told the Times of London Sunday that the upcoming sixth season will be her last. Perhaps more alarming to fans, if that’s possible, was Smith’s broad hint that this could also be the finale for the show itself. "They say this is the last one, and I can't see how it could go on," Smith told the Times. “I mean, I certainly can't keep going ... To my knowledge, I must be 110 by now. We're into the late 1920s."
  • Paramount In Talks To Acquire Rights To Sci-Fi Classic 'The Stars My Destination'

    03/02/2015 3:26:07 PM PST · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    Deadline|Hollywood ^ | February 27, 2015 | Anita Busch
    EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures is talks to acquire feature-film rights for the classic sci-fi novel The Stars My Destination for producer Mary Parent. Written by Alfred Bester, the book (better known as Tiger! Tiger! in the U.K. for its opening-page reprint of a William Blake poem) follows a man who is shipwrecked in space for years when one day a rescue crew passes him by. Angered, he channels his energies into seeking revenge and begins scheming. The key art of the book is enough to get anyone intrigued.
  • I’d Love to be a Jane Austen heroine, admits Camilla – but not Before also Choosing Winnie The ....

    02/26/2015 4:14:02 PM PST · by Cecily · 8 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | February 25, 2015 | Rebecca English
    As one of the most beguiling characters in English literature, Elizabeth Bennet has been described as high-spirited and honest to a fault. Little wonder, then, that the Duchess of Cornwall has admitted she rather admires the Pride And Prejudice heroine. Asked yesterday which storybook character she would like to be, Camilla initially gave the odd response of Winnie The Pooh. Her reason soon became clear, however, as she explained: ‘I would love to have my fingers stuck in honey’. She then revealed that her all-time heroine is Jane Austen’s feisty Lizzy, who defies social conventions – and her own prejudice...
  • DC's Catwoman Comes Out as Bisexual

    02/26/2015 1:17:54 PM PST · by C19fan · 60 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | February 26, 2015 | Graeme McMillan
    After 75 years, Selina Kyle is finally coming out of the closet. RECOMMENDED Marvel Unveils Thunder God Police Force in New 'Thors' Series 'Justice League Detroit': The Failed Comic Behind the CW's Superhero Future How the New 'Fantastic Four' Trailer Stays Faithful to the Original Comics In the latest issue of the DC Entertainment’s Catwoman comic book series — No. 39, released this week — Kyle kisses another woman, ending decades of fan rumors and speculation by stating canonically that the character is, in fact, bisexual.
  • Vanity - Anthony Horowitz Yet to be Titled Bond Novel to published September 8th

    02/25/2015 6:48:46 PM PST · by Perdogg · 8 replies
    02.25.2015
    Anthony Horowitz Authorized Bond novel is to be published on September 8th. The book is supposed incorporate unpublished Ian Fleming material. My guess is the material from Fleming's scrapbook. The Hardcopy and the Trade LP Paperback is already for sale on Amazon.
  • BBC/Weinstein Co ‘War And Peace’ Mini Adds Gillian Anderson, Jim Broadbent

    02/24/2015 10:05:54 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | February 24, 2015 | Nancy Tartaglione
    Principal photography has started on the six-part adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic War And Peace which is being made by BBC Cymru Wales in partnership with The Weinstein Company and BBC Worldwide/Lookout Point. Paul Dano, Lily James and James Norton are already aboard to star, with new additions to the cast including Jim Broadbent, Gillian Anderson, Brian Cox and Ken Stott. The epic drama is written by House Of Cards and Bridget Jones‘ Andrew Davies. Anderson was nominated for a Golden Globe for her turn in his 2007 adaptation of Dickens’ Bleak House.
  • DarkMarket: Cyberthieves, Cybercops and You (book review)

    02/23/2015 3:19:02 PM PST · by Lorianne · 1 replies
    John Batchelor Show ^ | 22 February 2015 | John Batchelor interviews author Misha Glenny
    Dark Market: How Hackers Became the New Mafia audio 39:40
  • The 100 best novels: No 75 – Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (1955)

    02/23/2015 9:41:24 AM PST · by Borges · 113 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 2/23/2015 | Robert McCrum
    One of Lolita’s first supporters, the great critic Lionel Trilling, addressed what is perhaps a central issue at the heart of this controversial novel, when he warned of the moral difficulty in interpreting a book with such an eloquent narrator: “We find ourselves the more shocked when we realize that, in the course of reading the novel, we have come virtually to condone the violation it presents… We have been seduced into conniving in the violation, because we have permitted our fantasies to accept what we know to be revolting.”
  • The Danger of Being Neighborly Without a Permit

    02/23/2015 8:19:02 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 54 replies
    CityLab ^ | Feb 20, 2015 | CONOR FRIEDERSDORF
    Three years ago, The Los Angeles Times published a story on the Little Free Library movement. The idea is simple: A book lover puts a box or shelf or crate of books in their front yard. Neighbors browse, take one, and return later with a replacement.The L.A. Times followed up last week with a trend story that got things just about right. "two cities have recently cracked down on one of the country's biggest problems: small-community libraries where residents can share books," Michael Schaub wrote. "Officials in Los Angeles and Shreveport, Louisiana, have told the owners of homemade lending libraries...
  • Radical-in-Chief

    02/23/2015 8:08:47 AM PST · by Ray76 · 11 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | January 13, 2011 | Stanley Kurtz
    [I begin] with the story of a series of Socialist scholars conferences that Barack Obama attended when he lived in New York City between the years 1983 and 1985. And when I finally reconstructed what had gone on at these Socialist conferences that Barack Obama attended, I truly was amazed because what I saw was a kind of map of Barack Obama’s entire subsequent political career. It was at this Socialist conferences in New York in the mid-’80s that Barack Obama encountered the groups, the strategies, and the mentors who would guide him throughout his entire political career. [T]hese Socialist...
  • Lisa Wilkinson absolutely destroys 50 Shades Of Grey

    02/21/2015 7:44:32 AM PST · by Utilizer · 35 replies
    youtube.com ^ | unknown | TV CH 9 (AUS)
    This Oz sheila newsanchor / movie-critic gives her right devastating review of the movie.
  • Is Christian Grey Our New Mr. Darcy? (Mega Hurl)

    02/17/2015 7:22:59 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | February 17, 2015 | Oliver Jones
    Resourceful. Mysterious background. Domineering. Dark features. Maybe a little grumpy at a party. Sound familiar? In truth we could be describing anyone from Sherlock Holmes to Indiana Jones, Edward Cullen to Fifty Shades of Grey’s titular S&M-loving CEO, Christian Grey. But in many respects the original difficult-to-understand and jerky-on-the-surface romantic hero sprang from the loins of one undeniable and instantly recognizable source. We speak, of course, of Mr. Darcy— Fitzwilliam to friends.
  • When a black German woman discovered her grandfather was the Nazi villain of 'Schindler's List'

    02/14/2015 5:29:43 AM PST · by randita · 13 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 2/6/15 | Avner Shapira
    When a black German woman discovered her grandfather was the Nazi villain of 'Schindler's List' An odd series of events led Jennifer Teege to discover that her grandfather was none other than the notorious Nazi Amon Goeth. By Avner Shapira| Feb. 6, 2015 | 7:05 PM In the mid-1990s, near the end of the period during which she lived in Israel, Jennifer Teege watched Steven Spielberg’s film “Schindler’s List.” She hadn’t seen the film in a movie theater, and watched it in her rented room in Tel Aviv when it was broadcast on television. “It was a moving experience for...
  • Holzer wins 2015 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize for book on Lincoln and the press

    02/12/2015 5:43:27 PM PST · by iowamark · 1 replies
    The 2015 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize will go to winner Harold Holzer of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, for "Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion" (Simon & Schuster). The Prize is awarded by Gettysburg College and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Holzer was chosen from 114 nominations as the 2015 recipient. He will receive $50,000 and a bronze replica of Augustus Saint-Gaudens' life-size bust “Lincoln the Man” in a ceremony April 23 in New York City. The Prize was co-founded in 1990 by businessmen and philanthropists Richard Gilder and...
  • Poll: Should Liberty Science Center sell a book teaching kids how to make toy guns?

    02/11/2015 4:33:58 PM PST · by SMGFan · 18 replies
    NJ.com Jersey Journal ^ | February 11. 2015
    Does a book that shows kids how to make homemade guns belong in a science museum gift shop? One gun control advocate says such a book has no place at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, where Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction 2: Build a Secret Agent Arsenal is currently available for purchase
  • Big Shake-Up to Music Licensing Regime Embraced by U.S. Copyright Office

    02/06/2015 1:47:09 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 18 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 10:44 AM PST 2/5/2015 | Eriq Gardner
    If adopted, these proposals will impact record labels, music publishers, producers, royalty collection groups, terrestrial and satellite radio, and music streaming services. In a 245-page report issued on Thursday, the U.S. Copyright Office is throwing its weight behind what would be the most radical changes to how music is licensed in nearly a half century. Many of the copyright laws governing music were first erected at the time that player pianos became popular and have developed through the advent of radio, new recording devices and, most recently, digital networks. Maria Pallante, director of the Copyright Office, believes the law is...
  • Deadly hosts: Family robbed and murdered at least 11 at their small southeast Kansas inn

    02/06/2015 3:22:59 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 22 replies
    The Topeka Capital-Journal ^ | August 25, 2013 | Tim Hrenchir
    Kate Bender loved to flirt. The beautiful young woman smiled and batted her eyes at male travelers who stopped during the early 1870s at the tiny inn where she lived in southeast Kansas. But those travelers were flirting with death. Kate and the inn's other keepers -- thought to be her father, mother and brother -- would rob and murder at least 11 people. Often, as a lone visitor sat at a dinner table with his back to a canvas curtain, a Bender man behind the curtain would use a hammer to bash the visitor's skull. The Benders would slash...
  • Review: ‘October Dreams II’ edited by Richard Chizmar and Robert Morrish

    02/05/2015 1:39:23 AM PST · by BlackVeil
    October Country ^ | 26 Jan 2015 | blugilliand
    This long-anticipated follow-up to Cemetery Dance’s original “Celebration of Halloween” (from way back in 2000!) proves to be a worthy companion volume, filled with fiction that captures the essence of the haunting season alongside essays and remembrances that recall the favorite Halloween memories of a talented roster of horror authors. The editors ...
  • Minimum Wage Hike Closes San Francisco Bookstore

    02/03/2015 4:06:34 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 21 replies
    YAHOO FINANCE ^ | 03 FEBRUARY 2015 | Yuval Rosenberg
    An independent San Francisco bookstore says it will be closing its doors by March 31, despite having its best year ever in 2014. And it’s pointing at San Francisco’s newly enacted minimum wage law as the reason.
  • At Hemingway's House, Tourists Come for Culture — Stay for the Cats [pix]

    02/03/2015 1:50:56 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 12 replies
    Yahoo! Travel ^ | 2/3/15 | Jo Piazza
    No one loved telling stories quite like Ernest Hemingway loved telling stories. Like most grand storytellers, the writer also had a fervent affection for local legends, which is how he became smitten with the idea of owning a six-toed mitten cat. Back at the turn of the century, sailors believed that six-toed cats, also called gypsy cats, were good luck, and they wanted them aboard their ships. This led to an abundance of six-toed cats in porttowns like Key West, Fla., in the thirties and forties.
  • NEW, sexually-charged interview scene from Fifty Shades Of Grey [truncated]

    02/03/2015 11:46:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 42 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 3, 2015 | Justin Enriquez
    It is one of the most hotly-anticipated films of the year. Which might explain why Fifty Shades of Grey fans have been treated to a second clip from the forthcoming 'bonkbuster'. In tense, sexually-charged moments from the first story-line arc, Jamie Dornan's infamous character can be seen making his first moves on Dakota Johnson's alter ego in the fateful interview scene. Looking plain and nondescript, Johnson's Anastasia Steele can be seen getting hot and shifty in the flirtatious exchange with Christian Grey. Wearing a floral blouse with a teal-coloured cardigan, she is - at first glance - an unlikely match...
  • Vanity - I started reading "Dune" by Frank Herbert last night

    02/02/2015 3:27:28 PM PST · by Perdogg · 176 replies
    I apologize for the vanity, but I know that FR is a community of avid readers. Last year, I read "The Hobbit", "The Lord of The Rings" and "The Silmarillion". I read that Arthur C Clarke referred to "Dune" as 'The Lord of the Rings' of Science Fiction. What are Freepers opinion of Dune (the book not the movie) and should I continue with the sequels? I saw the film 30 years ago, I remember receiving a sheet with a primmer at the movie theatre after buying a ticket. also, is there a Gothic horror equivalent to "Dune" of "Lord...
  • Fifty Shades Of Grey will be raunchiest film in more than a DECADE with 20 minutes of sex

    02/02/2015 9:01:16 AM PST · by C19fan · 74 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 1, 2015 | Sara Malm
    Fifty Shades of Grey is set to feature more sex on screen than the 100 raunchiest films released in 2014 put together, making it the most erotic mainstream movie in a decade. The film, which premieres on Valentine's Day features a dozen sex scenes, which make up 20 minutes of its total 100-minute running time. This follows an interview with actor Jamie Dornan, who plays main man Christian Grey, where he says he 'does not believe it is pornographic or even erotic.'