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  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (Week of 2-20-17)

    02/20/2017 3:23:23 AM PST · by dynachrome · 5 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/ ^ | 2-20-17 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Piers Morgan With Tucker Carlson: "J.K. Rowling Is a Serial Loser" Virtue Signalling Celebrities

    02/18/2017 4:23:16 PM PST · by tony75034 · 16 replies
    whatfinger.com ^ | 2/18/2017 | Lord of All Editors
    TV personality Piers Morgan and author J.K. Rowling are in a Twitter war over American politics. Tucker had Piers on for the discussion. He called her work "drivel" and she called him "amoral" after Piers Morgan defended the U.S. government's travel ban during an appearance on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" on Friday. A flurry of tweets between Rowling and Morgan followed. J.K. Rowling is simply one of the fake celebrities and wealthy who need to shut the hell up or put up. She is a virtue signalling celebrity who need to shut the hell up. See report on...
  • Travels in Siberia"

    02/18/2017 7:57:01 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 9 replies
    Freerepublic ^ | 30 jan 2017 | Ian Frazier
    I suggest reading " Conan the Librarian I thoroughly enjoyed it! Thank you! A comfortable homage to Mother Russia. A Siberian travelogue. A collection interesting fragments of Russian history. Years ago, when reading "The Castle" by Kafka, I realized I do not like the protagonist (K), and will spend no more time with him. In this book 99% of the characters are quite likeable, and fun to be with. I learned of the tragedy of the Decembrist friends, Officers Novosiltsov and Chernov duel. "Each man fired to kill;each mortally wounded the other. Afterward, from their deathbeds, each man sent a...
  • New audiobook release: The Challenge of Waste, by Stuart Chase

    02/18/2017 6:59:21 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 3 replies
    It's that time again, another audiobook has been finalized and ready for download. The Challenge of WasteWhat's interesting about this 1922 book, is that Stuart Chase, who would a decade later coin the term "New Deal" and be an adviser to FDR, based much of his opinions for this book on a study about waste which was commissioned by Herbert Hoover. That's because Hoover himself didn't stop being a progressive until seeing his own failures as president and Franklin Roosevelt doubling down on what clearly did not work. Hoover, like any other early 20th century progressive, was utterly obsessed with...
  • Dick Bruna, Artist And Author Of The Intricately Simple Miffy, Dies At 89

    02/18/2017 3:01:52 AM PST · by csvset · 2 replies
    GPBnews ^ | Colin Dwyer
    Dick Bruna, Artist And Author Of The Intricately Simple Miffy, Dies At 89 Colin Dwyer Dick Bruna at the opening of his 2005 exhibit of Miffy creations in the Hague. Bruna's iconic white rabbit proved to be popular worldwide. Miffy the rabbit seems quite simple. Two black dots for eyes, a sideways X for a mouth, a body inked in gentle curves — the artistry of Dick Bruna's creation rests precisely in its apparent artlessness. And in the six decades since Miffy was first put to page, Bruna's venerable rabbit has earned the affection of young fans worldwide, the admiration...
  • Why Thomas Hardy, Not Jane Austen, Is a Better Guide to Love

    02/16/2017 6:09:46 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Accultured ^ | February 14, 2017 | Sarah Gustafson
    Valentine’s Day is here, and with it, the usual slew of literary and pop culture reminders of what love does to us. Pick your poison—Jane Austen, Nicholas Sparks, the Brontes, Old Hollywood, 90s rom coms, BBC bodice rippers—we are saturated by reminders that a rewarding life includes a worthy, rewarding and, above all, romantic relationship. I don’t hate the romantic canon. But I want to convince you that we should broaden it by reviving an underrated masterpiece: Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd. (The novel has also been made into a beautiful movie, although, full disclosure, I’ve not seen...
  • 'Words can't describe how excited I am about the new Philip Pullman books': [tr]

    02/15/2017 6:26:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 7 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 15, 2017 | Keiligh Baker
    His Dark Materials author Philip Pullman has announced he will release the long-awaited follow-up to the popular trilogy - sparking an online frenzy from his delighted fans. The next trilogy of books, which the Cambridge-based writer describes as an 'equel' rather than a prequel or sequel, begins with The Book Of Dust which will be published on October 19 by Penguin Random House Children's and David Fickling Books.
  • Nobody is Talking about Chelsea Clinton’s New Book, Including Chelsea Clinton

    02/15/2017 6:13:20 AM PST · by C19fan · 33 replies
    Heat Street ^ | February 14, 2017 | Tom Teodorczuk
    Last week a new book was published co-written by Chelsea Clinton and entitled Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why? Almost no one is buying the Clinton title, co-authored by Devi Sridhar, a Global Public Health Professor at the University of Edinburgh. It currently stands at No. 74,374 on the Amazon Bestsellers Chart.
  • The Ayn Rand in Donald Trump: The Virtue of America First

    02/15/2017 6:08:44 AM PST · by whodathunkit · 23 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | February 13, 2017 | Arnold Steinberg
    The evolving foreign policy of Donald Trump is an unintended reincarnation of Ayn Rand. When he says “America First,” he is effectively saying that the United States should act in what Rand would call its “rational self-interest.” Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) was founded forty-one years before the 9/11 attack on America, that is, on September 11, 1960 at the Buckley estate, Great Elm. Its founding document ended: “That American foreign policy must be judged by this criterion: does it serve the just interests of the United States?” Not the United Nations or the Third World, but only the U.S....
  • Is My Novel Offensive? How “sensitivity readers” are changing the publishing [tr]

    02/14/2017 6:44:11 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    Slate ^ | February 8, 2017 | Katy Waldman
    When Becky Albertalli published her first young adult novel, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, with the HarperCollins imprint Balzer and Bray in 2015, she never expected it to be controversial. She’d worked for years as a clinical psychologist specializing in gender nonconforming children and LGBTQ teens and adults.* Yet her book—about a closeted gay kid whose love notes to a classmate fall into the wrong hands—contained a moment that rubbed readers the wrong way: Simon, the sweet but clueless protagonist, muses that girls have an easier time coming out than boys, because their lesbianism strikes others as alluring. At...
  • Firing Line Broadcasts

    02/14/2017 1:37:34 AM PST · by iowamark · 15 replies
    From 1966 to 1999, the television series Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. was a venue for debate and discussion on political, social, and philosophical issues with experts of the day. The broadcast collection includes administrative files, program preparation materials, photographs, transcripts, sound recordings, and videotape copies of the 1,505 programs. Preface With 1,504 installments over 33 years, Firing Line is the longest-running public-affairs show in television history with a single host, William F. Buckley Jr. The Firing Line archives consist of: tapes of all the shows; transcripts of all the shows; for about two-thirds of the shows, the...
  • My List Of The 25 Landmarks Of World Literature

    02/13/2017 11:09:14 PM PST · by goldstategop · 97 replies
    1. Iliad 2. Odyssey 3. Bible 4. Dialogues Of Plato 5. Ethics Aristotle 6. Politics Aristotle 7. Voyage Of Argo Apolonius Of Rhodes 8. Metamorphoses Ovid 9. Aeneid Virgil 10. City Of God Augustine 11. Summa Theologica Thomas 12. Divine Comedy Dante 13. Decameron Boccacio 14. Essays Montaigne 15. Don Quixote Cervantes 16. Complete Works Shakespeare 17. Pensees Pascal 18. Wealth Of Nations Smith 19. Federalist Hamilton 20. Communist Manifesto Marx and Engels 21. Les Miserables Hugo 22. War And Peace Tolstoy 23. Ulysses Joyce 24. In Search Of Lost Time Proust 25. Lord Of The Rings Tolkien
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (Week of 2-13-17)

    02/13/2017 1:42:35 PM PST · by dynachrome · 14 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/ ^ | 2-13-17 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • -How Norman Mailer helped free a killer from prison, only for him to strike again (Moral Narcissist)

    02/11/2017 3:15:09 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 28 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 02/11/2017 | Sherryl Connelly
    n 1981, Norman Mailer threw the heft of his towering celebrity into freeing a convicted murderer and likely psychopath named Jack Henry Abbott. Six weeks later, Richard Adan, a 22-year-old aspiring playwright, slumped to his death in a Bowery alley. Abbott, by then a darling of literary New York, had sliced the man’s heart nearly in two. The new book “Jack and Norman: A State-Raised Convict and the Legacy of Norman Mailer’s ‘The Executioner’s Song’” compellingly revisits the ugly story. Author Jerome Loving, a distinguished professor of literature at Texas A&M and a Guggenheim Fellow, lays bare every obscene detail.
  • Forbidden Thoughts, a Book Review

    02/11/2017 1:22:11 PM PST · by tbw2 · 5 replies
    Hubpages ^ | 02/10/2017 | Tamara Wilhite
    "Forbidden Thoughts" is a science fiction anthology that starts with a foreword by Milo Yiannapolis before moving on to stories by more than a dozen conservative science fiction authors. What are the pros and cons of this conservative scifi book?
  • The Library of Babel and the Information Explosion

    02/11/2017 10:34:57 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Thu, Jan 19, 2017
    That’s Maths: Mathematical concepts influenced the structure and style of many of Jorge Luis Borges’ short stories The world has been transformed by the internet. Google, founded just 20 years ago, is a major force in online information. The company name is a misspelt version of “googol”, the number one followed by one hundred zeros. This name echoes the vast quantities of information available through the search engines of the company. Long before the internet, the renowned Argentine writer, poet, translator and literary critic Jorge Luis Borges envisaged the universe as a vast information bank in the form of a...
  • Kimura’s Crazed ‘Macbeth’ for Today

    02/10/2017 2:03:10 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    THE JAPAN TIMES ^ | JAN 24, 2017 | Nobuko Tanaka
    “When I was studying English literature at the University of Tokyo, even though I had no theater experience at all, I got the chance to direct ‘Macbeth,’ ” 33-year-old Ryunosuke Kimura explained when we met recently at a rehearsal studio in downtown Tokyo. “To start my research, I rented a video of ‘Ninagawa Macbeth’ — but I was amazed because it seemed entirely different from William Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth,’ ” he recalled. Indeed it was amazingly different, because the late Yukio Ninagawa set his 1980 masterpiece in samurai-era Japan, not medieval Scotland, and he also filled most of the stage with...
  • Vonnegut, Heinlein, Kipling, and Others Battle It Out for a Libertarian Award

    02/10/2017 1:51:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Reason ^ | |Jan. 17, 2017 | Jesse Walker
    Finalists for a libertarian literary prizeThe Libertarian Futurist Society has announced its finalists for this year's Hall of Fame award. This is one of two prizes the group gives out annually: The Prometheus Award honors the best libertarian-themed novel of the past year, while the Hall of Fame Award goes to libertarian fiction that first appeared at least half a decade ago. The focus is on science fiction—hence that word "Futurist"—but non-sf works are occasionally added to the mix. (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and The Fountainhead have both been nominated for the Hall of Fame in the past,...
  • Mr Kipling's Exceedingly Good Art: Lockwood Kipling Emerges From His Son Rudyard's Shadow

    02/09/2017 8:35:49 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 14 January 2017 | Alistair Smart
    Mr Kipling's exceedingly good art: Lockwood Kipling emerges from his son Rudyard's shadow in the V&A's splendid new exhibitionVictoria & Albert Museum, LondonUntil April 2 You certainly wouldn’t call Lockwood Kip­ling a household name. If he’s remembered at all, it tends to be incidentally: as father of the Nobel Prize-winning author Rudyard. A splendid new exhibition at the V&A, however, reveals what an interesting Victorian ­figure he was in his own right. Born in 1837, Lockwood was the son of a Methodist minister, but – inspired by a teenage visit to the Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace – he opted...
  • Islamic, un-Islamic, or Islamist?

    02/09/2017 3:36:40 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Minda News ^ | Mansoor L Limba
    MARGINALIA: Islamic, un-Islamic, or Islamist? By MANSOOR L. LIMBA - JANUARY 19, 2017 MAKATI CITY (MindaNews /19 January) – At the sideline of a peace-building symposium-workshop at the height of the national electoral campaign period last year, the casual conversation between two long-time friends, a Muslim NGO worker and a Mindanao-based non-Muslim journalist, turned into a heated argument over an ‘accurate’ descriptive word for such groups as the Abu Sayyaf Group and others. The NGO worker protested against the journalist’s use of the term ‘Islamic extremism’ to describe such groups or their activities. “They cannot be ‘Islamic’ because what they...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (Week of 2-6-17)

    02/06/2017 1:46:27 PM PST · by dynachrome · 17 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/ ^ | 2-6-17 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • German 'Trump beheading Statue of Liberty' cover sparks criticism [Der Spiegel cover]

    02/05/2017 7:06:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 5 February 2017 11:09 CET+01:00 | AFP
    German news magazine Der Spiegel sparked controversy Saturday with a cover depicting US President Donald Trump holding the severed head of the Statue of Liberty in one hand and a bloodied knife in the other. The weekly used for its front page an image by US-Cuban artist and political refugee Edel Rodriguez with the Trumpian slogan “America first” next to it. “On our cover the American president beheads the symbol which has welcomed migrants and refugees to the United States since 1886, and with democracy and freedom,” Spiegel’s chief editor Klaus Brinkbaeumer told German news agency DPA. […] Liberal conservative...
  • Trayvon Martin's parents write book on 5-year anniversary

    02/04/2017 8:46:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 66 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 4, 2017 11:39 AM EST | Errin Haines Whack
    It wasn’t supposed to take Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin five years to write a book about the death of their son, Trayvon Martin. But their grief has made finding the words unbearable until now. Martin’s parents collaborated to write “Rest In Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin,” published Tuesday by Spiegel & Grau. The book recounts the journey of two grieving parents, thrust into the spotlight by tragedy and on some days, still as close to their loss as the day he died. “The calendar says five years, but it seems like just a few months,” Sybrina Fulton...
  • Man swinging pipe at adult video store in Miami accused of threatening police (Dirka Dirka)

    02/01/2017 6:55:31 PM PST · by brucedickinson · 25 replies
    ABC 10 ^ | 1-30-2017 | Peter Burke
    "(Abdelkhaliq said) he was an Arab and he was going to kill all officers," the police report said. Abdelkhaliq "screamed that the Orlando massacre was going to be nothing compared to what he was getting ready to do" and that he had access to AK-47s and all types of weapons, the report said. Police said Abdelkhaliq was arrested and "kept making threats" to kill the officers as he was being taken to jail.
  • Freep a Poll! (What Should Hillary Clinton Call Her New Book About The 2016 Campaign)

    02/01/2017 4:50:37 PM PST · by dynachrome · 96 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2-1-17 | Jim Treacher
    What should Hillary call her latest crappy book? Election 2016: Easy Choices Bill, Barack, And Donald: My Humiliation at the Hands of Men I'm Just Awful Vote
  • Hillary Clinton Working On Book Of Essays Inspired By Quotes She Has Collected

    02/01/2017 8:33:14 AM PST · by C19fan · 102 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | February 1, 2017 | Lisa de Moraes
    Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose stunning electoral college defeat in the 2016 presidential race has given us our current interesting news cycle, will publish a new book of personal essays she hopes will inspire lots of book-buyers, her publisher Simon & Schuster announced this morning – or words to that effect.
  • My Cousin Rachel | Official HD Trailer | 2017

    01/30/2017 11:20:16 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 25, 2017 | Staff
    A dark romance, MY COUSIN RACHEL tells the story of a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (Week of 1-30-17)

    01/30/2017 3:32:45 AM PST · by dynachrome · 21 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/ ^ | 1-30-17 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • This Doorman Turned His Night Shift Into a Movie

    01/29/2017 9:14:48 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 28, 2017 | Claire Atkinson
    Jason Antonio is a Manhattan doorman, and what he learned about what happens on the night shift he spun into a movie, “Night Job.” Antonio tells On the Money, “Until this movie sells, I have spent $35,000. Half on credit cards and some from friends that knew me for years. I hope to get it back.” Antonio, from Jamaica, Queens, said his idea for the movie came after attending a union meeting of around 400 doormen who told stories of the crazy things that happen in the tony lobbies of skyscrapers all over Manhattan.
  • Do The Democrat Leaders Really Believe In Socialism/Communism?

    01/29/2017 1:19:32 PM PST · by blueunicorn6 · 49 replies
    blueunicorn6 | 1/29/2017 | blueunicorn6
    Why do Democrats behave the way they do? That's a question that probably ever Conservative has asked at one time or another. They sure don't vote like we do. That was very evident in the last election. As the mind controls the body, we can infer that Democrats thus think differently than we do. The big question is, "What are Democrats thinking that would cause them to vote for the Democrat candidate instead of the Conservative candidate?" There have been many ideas put forward to explain Democrat voting behavior. One thought is that they vote the way their parents voted....
  • School Officials To Allow Use Of N-Word In Cherry Hill High School Play

    01/27/2017 3:54:36 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 7 replies
    CBS PHILLY ^ | 27 JANUARY 2017 | AP
    CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) – A New Jersey high school will allow students to utter racial slurs during performances of “Ragtime.” Cherry Hill school district officials said in a letter Friday that after much discussion the musical will go on as written, including the slurs. Superintendent Joseph Meloche said officials will make it clear that they “loathe the N-word.”
  • This Teen Creates Dresses Straight Out of a Jane Austen Novel

    01/26/2017 12:46:01 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 22, 2017 | Kirsten Fleming
    Long Island has its own time traveler. Angela Clayton, 19, spends her days lost in eras bygone, designing and sewing dresses that look straight out of a Jane Austen novel or a 16th-century portrait. She also models the creations on her Web sites (including AngelaClayton.Crevado.com). The teen, who was home-schooled, is self-taught in design, pattern-making and sewing. Her YouTube tutorials have hundreds of thousands of views and earn her cash to pay for materials. Clayton has made more than 50 dresses, but saved only 30, discarding ones she doesn’t think are good enough.
  • Placard Diplomacy - A FreeRepublic Publication

    01/24/2017 5:36:04 AM PST · by EQAndyBuzz · 6 replies
    Self | 1/24/2017 | EQAndyBuzz
    Looking for writers, editors for collaboration on a project I am researching.
  • Book Review of "Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning"

    01/23/2017 1:11:52 PM PST · by Olympiad Fisherman · 5 replies
    Environmentalism is Fascism ^ | 1-23-2017 | William Kay
    “As the new Republican administration marches the English-speaking world out of Europe’s climate crusade transatlantic relations will surely plummet. At the same time, and to the mortification of Europeans, US-Russia relations will probably thaw. After all, it wasn’t Moscow that led a 30-year economic warfare campaign against America’s energy infrastructure via the ruse of Global Warming; no, that was our old “Allies” in Berlin. Insights into European deep-state machinations can be gleaned from Timothy Snyder’s Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning – published in 2015 by the German media conglomerate, Bertelsmann ....
  • Franchise - Short Story by Issac Asimov About Presidential Elections in the Future [written 1955]

    01/23/2017 9:45:09 AM PST · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    readnovelonline.com ^ | August 1955 in IF Magazine | Issac Asimov
    For your enjoyment, written in 1955 and depicting the elections of 2008 and 2012 way in the 'future'....... Franchise Linda, age ten, was the only one of the family who seemed to enjoy being awake. Norman Muller could hear her now through his own drugged, unhealthy coma. (He had finally managed to fall asleep an hour earlier but even then it was more like exhaustion than sleep.) She was at his bedside now, shaking him. "Daddy, Daddy, wake up. Wake up!" He suppressed a groan. "All right, Linda." "But, Daddy, there's more policemen around than any time! Police cars and...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (Week one of Pres. Trump! 1-23-17)

    01/22/2017 6:09:46 PM PST · by dynachrome · 8 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/ ^ | 1-23-17 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • My wife saw this book in WalMart today.

    01/19/2017 5:18:38 PM PST · by Arkansas Tider · 36 replies
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  • Writer Who Created Robots Was Born 97 Years Ago Today

    01/18/2017 8:24:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    The Augusta Chronicle ^ | 1/8 | Glynn Moore
    You know, of course, that today would have been the birthday of Karel Capek, who introduced the word robot to the world. He was born Jan. 9, 1890, in what became the Czech Republic, and though his obituary has never crossed my desk, I assume he has passed on. Otherwise, he would be 127, which would make him, by far, the oldest person on Earth. I’m sure that if that were the case, we would have heard of him lately because he would be at least 11 years older than the oldest person in the world at any given time....
  • Any fans here of the Red Gambit novel series?(Vanity)

    01/18/2017 2:19:58 PM PST · by Jacob Kell · 18 replies
    Jan 18, 2017 | Jacob Kell
    I was wondering if there were any freepers here who are fans of the Red Gambit novel series, by Colin Gee. It's a series dealing with World War III, but set shortly after the end of World War II. In it, Stalin basically decides to stab the Western Allies in the back and restart the war with a eye to taking over all of Germany, and perhaps Western Europe as well.To stop this new enemy, the Allies must seek the help of their former German adversaries.
  • Civil Disobedience versus Revolution

    01/16/2017 7:09:59 AM PST · by EBH · 15 replies
    Civil Disobedience ^ | 1/16/2017 | EBH
    "The essential difference between the two lies in this: the civil disobedient does, while the revolutionary does not, accept the general legitimacy of the authorities," What Civil Disobedience Is Not, Chapter 2, pg-44-45. Asked whether he would try to forge a relationship with the president-elect, Lewis said that he believes in forgiveness, but added, "it's going to be very difficult. I don't see this president-elect as a legitimate president." This type of language and talk is not about civil disobedience or anything of the sort. It is Revolutionary speech against the legitimate authority. Lewis is very dangerous and while he...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (week of President Trump's Inauguration)

    01/16/2017 3:16:18 AM PST · by dynachrome · 17 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/ ^ | 1-16-17 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • King Arthur's legend will be revisited for Wales' 2017 Year of Legends

    01/15/2017 1:18:00 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    According to the ancient tale, King Arthur still sleeps in a cave in the hills across the Shropshire border in Mid Wales.The legend says he is waiting for the call to rescue the nation when it is in danger. The King Arthur story resonates with visitors – and now it will be used to attract more tourists. King Arthur’s legend will be revisited as part of Wales’ 2017 Year of Legends. It is hoped the tale will benefit the region in the same way it attracts crowds to attractions like Tintagel in Cornwall and Glastonbury in Somerset. In Mid Wales,...
  • Zhou Youguang, Architect Of A Bridge Between Languages, Dies At 111

    Zhou Youguang, the inventor of a system to convert Chinese characters into words with the Roman alphabet, died Saturday at the age of 111. Since his system was introduced nearly six decades ago, few innovations have done more to boost literacy rates in China and bridge the divide between the country and the West. Pinyin, which was adopted by China in 1958, gave readers unfamiliar with Chinese characters a crucial tool to understand how to pronounce them. These characters do not readily disclose information on how to say them aloud — but with such a system as Pinyin, those characters...
  • Japanese Is Affecting the English Lexicon in New Ways

    01/14/2017 12:04:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 45 replies
    Japan Times ^ | DAN GRUNEBAUM
    The earliest Japanese loanword to appear in the Oxford English Dictionary, kuge (court noble), came in 1577. By 2014, a study by Kinjo Gakuin University researcher Schun Doi had found 584 loan words. Since Commodore Matthew Perry’s Black Ships forced Japan open to trade in the 19th century, such loanwords have repaid the favor by contributing to the English language. The internet and increased travel now allow people to increasingly catapult their linguistic heritages — and attendant values — into each others’ lives. The term “emoji” is a good example. It first appeared in the OED in a 1997 citation...
  • New Bio Finally Gives "Wicked" Wilson Pickett His Due

    01/13/2017 9:52:37 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 46 replies
    HoustonPress ^ | BOB RUGGIERO
    In the Midnight Hour: The Life & Soul of Wilson PickettBy Tony FletcherOxford University Press, 320 pp. $27.95It was October 13, 1966, and Wilson Pickett was pissed off. And as friends, bandmates, producers and girlfriends knew, you did not want to piss him off. Not for nothing was he referred to — and reveled in — his nickname as “The Wicked Pickett.” At Rick Hall’s storied FAME studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Pickett and his crack band had just laid down a definitive, smoking take on a little tune about a girl who loved her car more than her man....
  • The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon and Our Gamble over Earth’s Future

    01/13/2017 8:49:33 PM PST · by iowamark · 31 replies
    CSPAN ^ | 8/13/2013
    After Words with Paul Sabin Paul Sabin talked about his book, The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon and Our Gamble over Earth’s Future, in which he analyzes a bet made between economist Julian Simon and biologist Paul Ehrlich. More than 30 years ago, Mr. Simon made a bet with Mr. Ehrlich on the future prices of five metals, asserting that technological change and a booming market would keep the country prosperous. But Mr. Ehrlich predicted that rising populations would lead to overconsumption, taxed resources, and famine. Mr. Sabin argued that the opposing perspectives of the bettors - faith in free...
  • Bucks County School District Apologizes For Homework with "Adult" Content

    01/13/2017 4:39:25 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 20 replies
    WPVI.COM ^ | 13 JANUARY 2017 | 6ABC.COM
    PERKASIE, Pa. (WPVI) -- A school district in Bucks County is apologizing to parents and students after one of its high school teachers assigned mathematics homework that included what the district is calling "adult content without a proper context." It happened at Pennridge High School in Perkasie, Pa. The assignment focused on Maya Angelou and her autobiography "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." Two of the questions were captured in a photograph sent to Action News from Pennridge Reform.
  • William Peter Blatty, Author of ‘The Exorcist,’ Dies at 89

    01/13/2017 10:15:24 AM PST · by Cecily · 70 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 13, 2017 | Matt Schudel
    William Peter Blatty, an author whose novel “The Exorcist” and his later screenplay for the 1973 film about a demonic possession became a phenomenon and stirred fierce public debate about the occult, died Jan. 12 at a hospital near his home in Bethesda, Md. He was 89. The cause was a form of multiple myeloma, said his wife, Julie Witbrodt Blatty. Mr. Blatty was a junior at Georgetown University when, in 1949, he became mesmerized by a Washington Post story detailing the alleged exorcism by a Jesuit priest of a 14-year-old boy from Mount Rainier, Md. who was believed to...
  • Exclusive Excerpt – ‘Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer’

    01/12/2017 7:58:01 PM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    BREITBART ^ | January 11, 2017 | Daniel Nussbaum
    Later this year, producers Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinny (FrackNation) and director Nick Searcy (Justified) will bring the story of notorious Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell to the big screen. Gosnell — who has been called America’s “most prolific serial killer” — operated what the 300-page grand jury report later called a “baby charnel house,” in which he regularly killed babies born alive at his clinic, which itself was staffed with inexperienced nurses and littered with blood-stained furniture and the remains of fetuses stored in basement freezers. Gosnell was later convicted of three counts of first-degree murder and hundreds of lesser...
  • London Students Want College to Drop ‘White Philosophers’

    01/09/2017 7:51:10 AM PST · by C19fan · 42 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 9, 2017 | Liam Deacon
    Students at a leading London college say the majority of philosophers studied there should be from Africa and Asia, and white thinkers should only be examined “from a critical standpoint” or in a “colonial context”.