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  • Word For The Day - FACTOTUM

    01/19/2018 6:38:46 AM PST · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    www.dictionary.com ^ | 01/19/2018 | Red Badger
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ fac·to·tum fakˈtōdəm/ noun noun: factotum; plural noun: factotums an employee who does all kinds of work. "he was employed as the general factotum" synonyms: handyman, jack of all trades; More assistant, man Friday, gal/girl Friday; gofer; informalMr./Ms. Fix-It "back then, these wealthy college boys made sure their personal factotums were just a whistle away" Origin mid 16th century (originally in the phrases dominum (or magister ) factotum, translating roughly as ‘master of everything,’ and Johannes factotem ‘John do-it-all’ or ‘Jack of all trades’): from medieval Latin, from Latin fac! ‘do!’ (imperative of facere ) + totum ‘the whole...
  • 'They raped every German female from eight to 80'

    01/18/2018 1:30:31 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 136 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Antony Beevor
    The Soviet armies advancing into East Prussia in January 1945, in huge, long columns, were an extraordinary mixture of modern and medieval: tank troops in padded black helmets, Cossack cavalrymen on shaggy mounts with loot strapped to the saddle, lend-lease Studebakers and Dodges towing light field guns, and then a second echelon in horse-drawn carts. The variety of character among the soldiers was almost as great as that of their military equipment. There were freebooters who drank and raped quite shamelessly, and there were idealistic, austere communists and members of the intelligentsia appalled by such behaviour. Beria and Stalin, back...
  • Ben Franklin made up 200 terms for being wasted

    01/16/2018 3:00:35 AM PST · by beaversmom · 17 replies
    The NY Post ^ | December 30, 2017 | Larry Getlen
    Ben Franklin is often quoted as having said, “Beer is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy.” But he was actually talking about wine. In a 1779 letter to French artist Francois Morellet, Franklin began by stating, “In vino veritas . . . Truth is in wine.” He then continued to wax lyrical: “Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards. There it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.” The new book, “Stirring the Pot with Benjamin Franklin,” by...
  • Survivor Roberto Canessa relives 1972 plane crash in the Andes

    01/16/2018 2:12:20 AM PST · by beaversmom · 23 replies
    CGTN ^ | December 20, 2017
    The story On December 21, 1972, two members of a rugby team from Uruguay who had been walking through the snow-capped Andes mountains in search of civilization encountered a shepherd. They told him they had been in a plane crash and had been walking for ten days. They had no food and were weak. There were fourteen others still back on the plane. The shepherd rode on horseback for eight hours to contact police, who sent helicopters to find the crash site. It was over two months earlier, on October 13, 1972, when the chartered plane carrying the...
  • Why do liberals attack conservatives for "shaming the poor" and glorifying "taxpayers concerns"?

    01/15/2018 9:40:37 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 8 replies
    Cronistas ^ | January 16, 2018 | Guava Cheese Puff
    I got a hold of this far-left book, "The Emotional Politics of Racism". The author, as usual, using the same liberal talking points, attacking Aemrican middle class taxpayers for worrying about "welfare recipients", attacking "law and order as racist", etc. "Shaming the poor". "Shaming illegal immigrants". Is their goal really to keep people poor or to play political games? It's sickening and sad. http://www.cronistas.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/The-Emotional-Politics-of-RacismDr.Soc_.pdf
  • Flashback: Rolling Stone Defends Obama Calling Romney Bulls****er in Its Magazine

    01/14/2018 4:01:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 12, 2018 | 11:58 AM EST | Craig Bannister
    President Trump is taking heat from liberal media for reportedly referring to some countries as s***holes but, when Obama publicly called Republican rival Mitt Romney a bulls****er in 2012, Rolling Stone sprang to his defense. In its A Brief History of Presidential Profanity, Rolling Stone began by mocking the outrage at Obamas vulgarity:When President Obama called Mitt Romney a "bulls****er" in the pages of Rolling Stone earlier this year, it set off a brief firestorm. Defenders of the Republican candidate were shocked shocked! that the man holding the highest office in the land would resort...
  • Am I a bad feminist? (Handmaid's Tale author Margaret Atwood)

    01/14/2018 3:50:45 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 20 replies
    Globe and Mail ^ | January 14, 2018 | Margaret Atwood
    It seems that I am a "Bad Feminist." I can add that to the other things I've been accused of since 1972, such as climbing to fame up a pyramid of decapitated men's heads (a leftie journal), of being a dominatrix bent on the subjugation of men (a rightie one, complete with an illustration of me in leather boots and a whip) and of being an awful person who can annihilate with her magic White Witch powers anyone critical of her at Toronto dinner tables. I'm so scary! And now, it seems, I am conducting a War on...
  • History as Therapy: Alternative History and Nationalist Imaginings in Russia (Post-Soviet Society)

    01/14/2018 2:17:40 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 4 replies
    University of Wollongong, Australia ^ | 2014 | Konstantin Sheiko and Stephen Brown
    "For Russians disillusioned with their initial experience of capitalism and democracy, alternative history offered a therapy in which the problems of today gave way to new images of past glory." In 2009, we wrote a book entitled Nationalist Imaginings of the Russian Past. Anatolii Fomenko and the Rise of Alternative History. Its focus was the explosion of 'alternative' history, a publishing phenomenon that emerged in Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. The leading light in this movement was, and remains, Anatolii Fomenko, a Sovietera mathematician who claimed that the standard historical chronology was hopelessly inaccurate and...
  • "Rise' Producers Defend NBC Drama Amid Allegations of "Straight-Washing"

    01/13/2018 3:45:55 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | JANUARY 13, 2018 | LESLEY GOLDBERG
    The Jason Katims drama is actually completely different from the book 'Drama High,' which served as inspiration for the high school theater series. NBC's Rise is not shying away from telling LGBTQ stories. Despite a wave of headlines suggesting otherwise since Rise creator Jason Katims appeared before press Jan. 9, the drama inspired by the book Drama High is telling its own story and is not "straight-washing" its lead character of Lou as has been suggested by multiple media outlets (many of whom were not present for the news conference). "The misinterpretation by some of what we've done with this...
  • Any suggestions for a good book?

    01/13/2018 11:16:58 AM PST · by A Cyrenian · 191 replies
    Can you give me some suggestions for a good read (beside FreeRepublic)? I've always like Tom Clancy's books and Dean Koontz. I started using Kindle and thought I would ask you what you liked. Thanks for your help.
  • K-12: Sight-Words vs. Vocabulary Words

    01/11/2018 2:31:46 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 34 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Jan 4, 2018 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Many people use the phrases sight-word and vocabulary word interchangeably, when they are quite different. This confusion, I believe, serves a sinister purpose for our Education Establishment. A sight-word is a one-dimensional object. You know it visually, thats all. When you see the graphic design, you are supposed to respond in an automatic or conditioned way. You say the sound represented by the design. The Education Establishment pretends this is reading but its not. On the other hand, a vocabulary word is a multi-dimensional object. Most importantly, you know it phonetically. You say the sounds represented by the letters. This...
  • The Long Hangover: Putin's New Russia and the Ghosts of the Past

    01/10/2018 5:37:20 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 4 replies
    Barnes & Noble ^ | 2018 | Shaun Walker
    In The Long Hangover, Shaun Walker provides a deeply reported, bottom-up explanation of Russia's resurgence under Putin. By cleverly exploiting the memory of the Soviet victory over fascism in World War II, Putin's regime has made ordinary Russians feel that their country is great again. Shaun Walker provides new insight into contemporary Russia and its search for a new identity, telling the story through the country's troubled relationship with its Soviet past. Walker not only explains Vladimir Putin's goals and the government's official manipulations of history, but also focuses on ordinary Russians and their motivations. He charts how Putin raised...
  • Thomas Edisons Forgotten Sci-Fi Novel

    01/10/2018 11:43:30 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | JANUARY 3, 2018 | Greg Daugherty
    By feeding his visions for the future to a well-regarded contemporary, the prolific inventor offered a peek into his brilliant mindThomas Edisons Forgotten Sci-Fi Novel By feeding his visions for the future to a well-regarded contemporary, the prolific inventor offered a peek into his brilliant mind image: https://thumbs-prod.si-cdn.com/SaK24N73uB4NZpv6UBgOTSg4_3M=/800x600/filters:no_upscale()/https://public-media.smithsonianmag.com/filer/7e/68/7e68f98c-2edb-4b57-a412-f3a5202e1397/ggc17y.jpg Thomas Alva Edison thinking at his desk Thomas Edisons ideas fed the story that would become In the Deep of Time. (RTRO / Alamy Stock Photo) By Greg Daugherty SMITHSONIAN.COM JANUARY 3, 2018 5373914744 When Thomas Edison died in 1931, he held more than 1,000 patents in the United States alone. He...
  • THE LAST CLOSET, a Review of Moira Greyland's Book

    01/08/2018 4:46:01 PM PST · by tbw2 · 14 replies
    Vox Day's Blog ^ | 12/13/2017 | Vox Day
    THE LAST CLOSET: The Dark Side of Avalon is a brutal tale of a harrowing childhood. It is the true story of predatory adults preying on the innocence of children without shame, guilt, or remorse. It is an eyewitness account of how high-minded utopian intellectuals, unchecked by law, tradition, religion, or morality, can create a literal Hell on Earth. THE LAST CLOSET is also an inspiring story of survival. It is a powerful testimony to courage, to hope, and to faith. It is the story of Moira Greyland, the only daughter of Marion Zimmer Bradley and convicted child molester Walter...
  • Stir the Pot by warpcordova

    01/08/2018 2:30:54 PM PST · by tbw2 · 7 replies
    Mad Genius Club Blog ^ | 01/05/2018 | warpcordova
    Note: This is not my blog. The Science Fiction Writer's Association has been purging itself of conservative and libertarian authors for years after the Sad Puppies movement tried to challenge the use of "social justice" messaging as a factor in deciding Hugo nominees. Now they've doubled down by: * banning Hispanic science fiction author Jon Del Arroz from Worldcon * the head of SFWA publicly criticizing Moira Greyland, daughter of Marion Zimmer Bradley and Walter Breen, after her book on her sexual abuse and the sex crimes of both her parents came out * the active purging of conservatives from...
  • Donald Trump to undergo medical check amid swirl of allegations over his health

    01/07/2018 4:43:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 82 replies
    Sunday Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7 January 2018 11:06PM | Ben Riley-Smith
    Donald Trump will attempt to end speculation about his mental and physical suitability for the presidency next week by undergoing a formal health check. The US president is to be examined by the same doctor as his predecessor Barack Obama, and a summary of the results will be made public. The physical test will last around two hours and include blood and urine tests, heart checks and even questions about his sleeping habits and sex life, according to medical experts. It will be carried out at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on the edge of Washington DC, the countrys...
  • Dereliction of Duty by H.R. McMaster

    01/07/2018 4:11:48 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 44 replies
    Dereliction of Duty: Johnson, McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam by H.R. McMaster An intriguing analysis that challenges the view that Cold War anticommunism was primarily responsible for American military intervention in Vietnam. In his first book, McMaster, a US Army major and Persian Gulf war veteran, and a historian who has taught at West Point, zeroes in on the actions of Lyndon Johnson and his top advisers from the time LBJ became president in November 1963 to the July 1965 decision to escalate the war drastically. The author makes a convincing case...
  • Flashback: The First Golden Globe Award for "Best Film" and "Best Actress" Went to a Religious Film

    01/07/2018 3:15:48 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 7 replies
    1/7/2018 | Vanity
    The first Golden Globes were held in 1943, and the award for Best Film went to the film "The Song of Bernadette" starring Jennifer Jones, who also won the award for Best Actress for her role as Saint Bernadette. The movie is based on the novel, which according to Ignatius Press, "tells the true story surrounding the miraculous visions of St. Bernadette Soubirous at Lourdes, France in 1858. Werfel, a highly respected anti-Nazi writer from Vienna, became a Jewish refugee who barely escaped death in 1940, and wrote this moving story to fulfill a promise he made to God. While...
  • Wikileaks Publishes Michael Wolffs Book

    01/07/2018 1:09:58 PM PST · by Eddie01 · 75 replies
    Google Drive ^ | Jan 07, 2018 | Tyler Durden
    Considering that Wikileaks made its name by leaking confidential and/or hard to find documents and information, and also considering the reversal in the Trump administration vis-a-vis Julian Assange, whom it first lauded only to threaten with incarceration in recent months, it is perhaps not surprising that moments ago the official Wikileaks twitter account published Michael Wolff's controversial - and largely sold out - book, "Fire and Fury" in pdf format.
  • Book: Clinton took secret trips outside White House to visit girlfriends

    01/05/2018 9:00:31 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 30 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Jan 4, 2018 | Paul Bedard
    A new book from one of his former Secret Service officers claims that Bill Clinton often snuck away from his wife and out of the White House to cozy up with well-known and lesser-known mistresses, and that a Secret Service officer in the motorcade was nearly killed in a crash during one secret escape. Gary J. Byrne, a former Uniform Division officer at the center of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, writes in his latest book, Secrets of the Secret Service: The History and Uncertain Future of the U.S. Secret Service, that Clinton demanded a tiny motorcade to secretly dash around...