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  • Science Shows That Torture Doesn't Work and Is Counterproductive

    05/10/2016 4:05:03 PM PDT · by Cyberman · 81 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 05/08/2016 | Rupert Stone
    In early 2003, Glenn Carle, an interrogator with the CIA, arrived at a secret detention facility overseas to question a recently captured Al-Qaeda suspect.... The man's dilapidated state of mind was the result of a systematic program of torture inflicted on terrorism suspects by the CIA after 9/11. Nudity, extreme temperatures, sleep and sensory deprivation, dietary manipulation, waterboarding and other "enhanced interrogation techniques" were meant to break down detainees' resistance to interrogation. The stress and disorientation induced by these methods, it was believed, would force them to cooperate and release whatever precious information they were hiding. But according to Carle,...
  • Networks Censor Release of Fifth Planned Parenthood Baby Parts Video; Continue Lion Coverage

    08/05/2015 2:31:34 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 8/5/15 | Curtis Houck
    With the ABC and CBS preoccupied with continuing coverage of Cecil the Lion and NBC harping on Jeb Bush’s comments about women’s health, the major broadcast networks found zero time on Tuesday night to mention the fact that arguably the most disturbing video yet in the Planned Parenthood scandal was released hours earlier by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP). Despite multiple mentions on cable networks CNN, the Fox News Channel (FNC), and MSNBC, the “big three” networks reverted back to their old ways of censoring the CMP videos as they did in the case of the third video (plus...
  • The Smartest Person Who Ever Lived

    01/26/2015 8:10:21 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 154 replies
    RCS ^ | 01/26/2015 | Alex B. Berezow
    Who was the smartest person to ever live? There are certainly many worthy contenders. Today, the very name of "Einstein" is synonymous with genius. Others may suggest Stephen Hawking. Those who appreciate literature and music may proffer William Shakespeare or Ludwig van Beethoven. Historians may recommend Benjamin Franklin. Before I submit my own suggestion, we must first discuss what we even mean by smart. Colloquially, we routinely interchange the words smart and intelligent, but they are not necessarily the same thing. There is an ongoing debate among psychologists, neuroscientists, and artificial intelligence experts on what intelligence actually is, but for...
  • Obama:Republicans Just Have Bad Ideas (Barfus Alertus Maximus)

    10/19/2014 7:24:42 PM PDT · by lbryce · 20 replies
    My Fox Chicago ^ | October 19, 2014 | Josh Nederman
    President Barack Obama says Republicans want what's best for America, but just have bad ideas that they keep recycling. Obama is headlining a rally for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn in Chicago. The Democrat is running for re-election in Obama's home state. Obama says voters this year have a choice to make between two visions of America. He says the election comes down to the question of who will fight for the middle class. Obama says Republicans always say no to ideas that would help the middle class. He's singling out fair pay, education and a proposed minimum wage hike.
  • Asking the Right Questions about Pot

    01/12/2014 9:26:07 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 98 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 1-12-14 | Sally Zelikovsky
    He was in high school and quite brilliant. The kind of kid who didn't pick up a book all year and aced all of his honors and AP tests -- in complex subjects like Physics. He was also musically gifted. But he couldn't stop smoking weed. The school and his parents did all they could; he even took up sports so he wouldn't go home after school and smoke. The more he smoked, the more he slacked off, the less frequently he attended class, did his work, and participated in class. They finally expelled him. He was last seen walking...
  • As Children’s Freedom Has Declined, So Has Their Creativity

    01/02/2014 10:27:33 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 25 replies
    Psychology Today ^ | 17SEP2012 | Peter Gray
    If anything makes Americans stand tall internationally it is creativity. “American ingenuity” is admired everywhere. We are not the richest country (at least not as measured by smallest percentage in poverty), nor the healthiest (far from it), nor the country whose kids score highest on standardized tests (despite our politicians’ misguided intentions to get us there), but we are the most inventive country. We are the great innovators, specialists in figuring out new ways of doing things and new things to do. Perhaps this derives from our frontier beginnings, or from our unique form of democracy with its emphasis on...
  • 15-year-old Canadian girl invents flashlight powered only by body heat...

    06/30/2013 2:01:44 AM PDT · by rawhide · 26 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6-29-13 | By Ashley Collman
    ...and earns spot in Google Science Fair finals This girl's science project really puts your baking soda volcano to shame A 15-year-old girl in Canada has invented a flashlight that only needs the warmth of the hand to turn on. Ann Makosinski, a high school junior in Victoria, British Columbia, was trying to think of a way of harvesting untapped energy when she was inspired to make the flashlight. She realized that the warmth generated by the human body was an overlooked energy source. Her project objective was to create a flashlight that ran solely off the heat of the...
  • 12 Most Striking Tendencies of Creative People

    06/20/2013 9:08:00 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 23 replies
    12 Most ^ | March 13, 2012 | Kim Phillips
    Ever wonder what makes those wacky, creative types tick? How is it that some people seem to come up with all kinds of interesting, original work while the rest of us trudge along in our daily routines? Creative people are different because they operate a little differently.
  • Why we have our best ideas in the shower: The science of creativity

    03/02/2013 5:44:49 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 20 replies
    Buffer ^ | 2-28-2013 | Leo Widrich
    “I’m not really a creative person”, always struck me as an odd sentence. Could it really be that some of us are born to be more creatively gifted than others? If so, I thought at first, that’s definitely a downer. In school, what was considered “being creative”, like writing or drawing nice pictures was never my strength. (snip) Why do we have great ideas in the shower then? Alice Flaherty, one of the most renowned neuroscientists researching creativity has an answer for us. Another ingredient, that’s very important for us to be creative is dopamine: The more dopamine that is...
  • Creativity Linked to Mental Illness, Study Confirms

    10/17/2012 4:33:24 PM PDT · by Paradox · 38 replies
    Live Science ^ | 16 October 2012 | LiveScience Staff
    Creative types are thought to be more likely to suffer from mental illnesses, such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. A new large-scale study of the Swedish population helps confirm this link. Last year, researchers at the Karolinska Institutet near Stockholm found that families with a history of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia were more likely to produce artists and scientists. They built on this evidence in a new study, published this month in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, which covers a larger population sample and a wider scope of psychiatric diagnoses...
  • Obama Biographer Says Book Is Being Misused by the Right

    06/23/2012 2:30:16 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 21 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 23 June 2012 | John Semmens
    Barack Obama biographer David Maraniss says right-wing political opportunists are misusing his book. The book in question is Barack Obama: The Story. In this book, Maraniss cited dozens of instances in which Obama’s autobiography—Dreams from My Father—presented a false picture of the President’s early life. “First of all, the idea that these people would bother to read my book is a bit of a stunner for me,” Maraniss admitted. “I mean, I’m for Obama all the way. I can’t fathom why anybody on the right would read me.” “Second, they’re being completely unfair to the President,” Maraniss complained. “He wrote...
  • Where good ideas hide

    03/18/2012 9:04:26 PM PDT · by TBP · 3 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 18, 2012 | Kyle Smith
    Viewing an exhibition of children’s art in 1956, Pablo Picasso said, “When I was the age of these children, I could draw like Raphael. It took me many years to learn how to draw like these children.” These two factors — persistent hard work plus the liberating effect of a feeling of childhood — are among two critical ingredients scientists have discovered in creativity. In one experiment mentioned in Jonah Lehrer’s superb new book “Imagine,” a group of people were asked what they would do if they were 7 years old, had a day off and were free to do...
  • Silvio Berlusconi warns Milan could become 'Gypsytown'

    05/24/2011 10:42:46 AM PDT · by mewykwistmas · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | 5/24/2011 | BBCX
    "Milan cannot turn into an Islamic city, a zingaropoli [Gypsytown] full of Roma camps, besieged by foreigners to whom the left wants to give the right to vote," Mr Berlusconi said on his People of Freedom party website. "Milan is... one of the most important capitals in Europe in terms of intelligence, creativity and entrepreneurialism," he said. "A city like this will surely not want to hand itself over to the far left with the risk of becoming a disorderly, chaotic and unsafe city." Mr Berlusconi is understood to have taken first-round defeat in Milan - his home town and...
  • Education Establishment Claims That Public Schools Are Like Factories....If Only!!!!

    04/18/2011 6:42:36 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 13 replies ^ | April 18, 2070 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Will slick sophistries never cease!?! One of the big ones now is that our public schools are like factories. Relentless and robotic, they move kids along conveyor belts, stuffing them with esoteric facts, pasting labels on them, ruthlessly packing them in cardboard boxes for shipment to profit-crazy corporations across the country. There is only one problem with this feverish technicolor nightmare. The kids in our public schools hardly know any facts, esoteric or otherwise. The Education Establishment hates content and knowledge. They have always been ingenious at finding elaborate excuses for kicking these reviled intruders from the classroom. Out, damned...
  • Human Creativity May Have Evolved as a Way for Parents to Bond With Their Children

    11/24/2010 4:00:51 AM PST · by samtheman · 7 replies ^ | Nov. 15, 2010 | ScienceDaily
    Evidence from Disneyland suggests that human creativity may have evolved not in response to sexual selection as some scientists believe but as a way to help parents bond with their children and to pass on traditions and cultural knowledge, a new study published in the inaugural issue of the International Journal of Tourism Anthropology suggests.
  • This Exists: Doggie Butt Covers

    10/15/2010 1:50:00 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 46 replies
    Mediaite ^ | October 15, 2010
    That’s right. You read that correctly. Finally you no longer need to be embarrassed by your dog’s exposed anus. A new product called “Rear Gear” protects your dog from “feeling left in the dirt because of his/her unsightly rear.” Not sure who is going to actually buy this product, nor the psychological profile of the individual who had this idea. But if there is one thing in can say is that, yes, this is one of those rare instances where words fail. The website Etsy has the product and order information that includes: "Is your pet feeling left in the...
  • Ad Wars: Republicans Are Winning

    08/26/2010 3:56:07 AM PDT · by Scanian · 3 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | August 26, 2010 | Rosslyn Smith
    In recent years, I've been highly critical of the tired and boring ways most Republican promote their message, especially the ads run by most candidates. The images of McCain's campaign (up until he named Sarah Palin as his running mate) depressed me to no end. Two years later, it is refreshing to see many candidates taking new approaches. Some are lighthearted and campy in nature, others serious, but they all convey variations on the same message: There are too many out-of-touch politicians out there. The message that these might not be the be the same tired Republican candidates began with...
  • The Creativity Crisis

    08/02/2010 8:14:46 PM PDT · by woofie · 27 replies · 23+ views
    Newsweek ^ | July10,2010 | Po Bronson / Ashley Merryman
    For the first time, research shows that American creativity is declining. What went wrong—and how we can fix it. Back in 1958, Ted Schwarzrock was an 8-year-old third grader when he became one of the “Torrance kids,” a group of nearly 400 Minneapolis children who completed a series of creativity tasks newly designed by professor E. Paul Torrance. Schwarzrock still vividly remembers the moment when a psychologist handed him a fire truck and asked, “How could you improve this toy to make it better and more fun to play with?” He recalls the psychologist being excited by his answers. In...
  • Remarks by President Obama and President Medvedev of Russia at the U.S.-Russia Business Summit

    06/25/2010 3:42:17 AM PDT · by Cindy · 19 replies ^ | June 24, 2010 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Home • Briefing Room • Speeches & Remarks The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release June 24, 2010 Remarks by President Obama and President Medvedev of Russia at the U.S.-Russia Business Summit U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, D.C. 3:08 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, good afternoon, everybody. It is a pleasure to be here with my friend and partner, President Medvedev, and I want to thank him again for his leadership, especially his vision for an innovative Russia that’s modernizing its economy, including deeper economic ties between our...
  • Art and the Christian

    03/30/2010 7:18:21 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 4 replies · 165+ views
    Probe Ministries ^ | Jerry Solomon & Jimmy Williams
    God, the Creator, a lover of the beauty in His created world, invited Adam, one of His creatures, to share in the process of "creation" with Him. He has permitted humans to take the elements of His cosmos and create new arrangements with them. Perhaps this explains the reason why creating anything is so fulfilling to us. We can express a drive within us which allows us to do something all humans uniquely share with their Creator. God has thus placed before the human race a banquet table rich with aesthetic delicacies. He has supplied the basic ingredients, inviting those...
  • Picture in a Picture Creativity

    12/09/2009 6:22:37 AM PST · by arslion · 2 replies · 641+ views
    Pictures ^ | arslion
    Picture in a picture photos that will inspire those creative juices for your weekend shoot. You may just have to break down and get a Polaroid. Window to the Soul by Stephen Poff
  • Unemployed? Swallow your pride and get to work!

    07/25/2009 11:56:40 AM PDT · by ellenbrewster · 44 replies · 1,274+ views ^ | July 15, 2009 | Ellen Makkai
    Unemployment is tickling 10%. The once muscular American economy is beginning to buckle under the increasing threat of exorbitant government boondoggles. Anyone who looks to Obama’s latest scheme to “save and create jobs” has a screw loose. Until we can dump this fiscally brash socialist and his congressional drones it’s up to us individually to keep food on the table and a roof over our heads. Great Depression veterans know that the woe-is-me mode won’t cut it during unemployment. Swallow your pride and get going. The optimum word here is “hustle.”
  • Would you have a personal computer without free markets?

    05/15/2009 3:29:14 AM PDT · by Scanian · 6 replies · 355+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | May 15, 2009 | James Lewis
    Capitalism is creative. Obama's America promises to be excruciatingly boring, among many other flaws. So two kids in a garage build something we now call a "micro computer" and end up beating Big Blue IBM and its hulking business empire. And then some Stanford nerds develop the software for Google; now they are the new IBM. Repeat the story thousands of times, with most of them failing, and you have the digital-silicon-micro-web revolution, a series of technological tsunamis that swamped the old corporations, and the old government-run programs, to make it possible to do what you are doing right now....
  • Summers promises creativity on issue of AIG bonuses

    03/17/2009 10:03:58 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 370+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 3/17/09 | Glenn Somerville
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A top White House economic adviser said on Tuesday the Obama administration will be "creative" in dealing with the issue of bonuses paid to American International Group employees but said the law must be respected. Lawrence Summers, interviewed on CNBC television, also said the White House is seeking a method for dealing with failed institutions that has been missing in the current financial crisis. "We are going to be pushing very hard for a so-called resolution regime, a system that will enable the government to intervene when a big financial company gets in trouble in the future...
  • If the glory can be killed, we are lost.

    11/29/2008 2:42:57 PM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 8 replies · 696+ views
    East of Eden | 1952 | John Steinbeck
    There are monstrous changes taking place in the world, forces shaping a future whose face we do not know. Some of these forces seem evil to us, perhaps not in themselves but because their tendency is to eliminate other things we hold good. It is true that two men can lift a bigger stone than one man. A group can build automobiles quicker and better than one man, and bread from a huge factory is cheaper and more uniform. When our food and clothing and housing all are born the complication of mass production, mass method is bound to...
  • Musicians Use Both Sides Of Their Brains More Frequently Than Average People

    10/05/2008 8:26:28 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 29 replies · 868+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 10/03/08
    Musicians Use Both Sides Of Their Brains More Frequently Than Average People ScienceDaily (Oct. 3, 2008) — Supporting what many of us who are not musically talented have often felt, new research reveals that trained musicians really do think differently than the rest of us. Vanderbilt University psychologists have found that professionally trained musicians more effectively use a creative technique called divergent thinking, and also use both the left and the right sides of their frontal cortex more heavily than the average person. The research by Crystal Gibson, Bradley Folley and Sohee Park is currently in press at the journal...
  • Dog gone

    04/21/2008 9:03:58 AM PDT · by B-Chan · 36 replies · 120+ views
    The Times [London UK] ^ | 2008.04.21 | Catherine O’Brien
    The Black Dog, symbolising depression and made famous by Churchill, was the bane of ad executive Matthew Johnstone’s life – until he put it in a book and brought it to heel. Interview by Catherine O’Brien Matthew Johnstone’s meteoric career as a creative director in advertising took him from Sydney to San Francisco and New York, earning him a clutch of awards on his way. He was a man who appeared to have it all – and yet, for many years, he hid a dark secret. He was suffering from clinical depression. “Advertising is about being shiny and up. You...
  • The rise of the procreative class

    10/26/2006 2:24:07 AM PDT · by ovrtaxt · 130 replies · 1,901+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | October 26, 2006 | Jack Cashill
    The rise of the procreative class Posted: October 26, 20061:00 a.m. Eastern From coast to coast, economic development honchos read Richard Florida's "Rise of the Creative Class" with highlighter in hand. On the wings of the thesis contained therein, Florida has taken flight as the nation's leading urbanist. According to Florida, cities that attract creative people will do better economically than those that don't. To rank cities he employs a "creativity index" with four equally weighted variables. Three of the four make perfect sense to me: the number of creative workers, the number of high-tech workers and the "innovation...
  • Gunter Grass: The Mind of the Moralist

    08/17/2006 10:56:35 AM PDT · by ritt · 1 replies · 232+ views
    Horsefeathers ^ | 8-17-2006 | Stephen Rittenberg
    Many authors of fiction are not content to create their imaginary worlds for our entertainment. After all, they are 'artists', striving for higher truths. They like to pretend that they possess superior moral wisdom and understanding of the real world. Unlike most of us, their falsehoods, if skillfully and entertainingly rendered, can win them acclaim and sometimes Nobel Prizes. Doesn’t their creativity make them special? Well actually, no...
  • Yes...Competition works...even for humans...even in schools

    03/01/2006 6:46:26 AM PST · by dson7_ck1249 · 13 replies · 600+ views
    Townhall ^ | March 1, 2006 | John Stossel
    One exciting thing about the free market is that you can't predict what the market will create. Big-government advocates tell you exactly what will happen when their plans work (as if they actually would work!), but we who trust the free market can only say that people will compete and good ideas will win. We do know that competition works. It works because it gives people the chance to be creative...
  • Don't Believe the Hype. We're Still No. 1 (America is a marvel of creativity)

    02/06/2006 9:53:43 AM PST · by SirLinksalot · 116 replies · 1,948+ views
    TIME MAGAZINE ^ | 02/05/2006 | Charles Krauthammer
    Don't Believe the Hype. We're Still No. 1 What the doomsayers don't say: America is a marvel of creativity By CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER What would the most advanced, most forward-looking, most self-assured country in history do without its periodic crises of confidence? In 1957 the Soviets put a tin can into space, and the U.S. thought the sky was falling. In the 1980s we began crying into our soup because Sony was selling so many nifty Trinitrons. "American decline" was all the fashion until the vaunted Japanese model of tight organization and industrial planning took a nosedive and a bunch of...
  • Conservative group launches web site aimed at students [CHECK OUT THIS FABULOUS NEW SITE!!!]

    09/29/2005 8:05:29 AM PDT · by summer · 28 replies · 2,242+ views
    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Hoping to breach the walls of supposedly liberal colleges and universities with intellectual ammunition, the Center of the American Experiment recently launched a new Web site for conservative college students. Center CEO Annette Meeks said the Web site ( is the first of its kind and is intended to ''support free exchange of ideas on campus.''''The point is not to indoctrinate students,'' she said, but to ''expose students to points of view not readily available in the classroom.'' While most of the site is informational, it also has an edgier feature called the ''Daily Dish.'' The debut...
  • Still Eating Our Lunch (A Threat to All Americans)

    09/16/2005 5:49:54 AM PDT · by blackhedd · 9 replies · 735+ views
    The New York Times ^ | September 15, 2005 | Tom Friedman
    Being a tiny city-state of four million, Singapore is obsessed with nurturing every ounce of talent of every single citizen. That is why, although its fourth and eighth graders already score at the top of the Timss international math and science tests, Singapore has been introducing more innovations into schools. Its government understands that in a flattening world, where more and more jobs can go anywhere, it's not enough to just stay ahead of its neighbors. It has to stay ahead of everyone - including us. Message to America: They are not racing us to the bottom. They are racing...
  • Mary Eaton's defense of illustration as a fine art (with comments by Fred Ross)

    07/04/2005 9:08:03 AM PDT · by vannrox · 17 replies · 934+ views
    Art Renewal Center ^ | 4 July 2005 | Mary Eaton
    The article follows... Hi everybody. Have been following the Commercial art=Bad art thread for a couple of days and wanted to throw in my two cents. On the topic of 'commercial illustration=bad art' and Rockwell, Parrish, and N. C. Wyeth, et al. be damned: I can't say I agree. If one has to say that the damning detail of the art was the fact that Rockwell had to accept guidelines as to what he was to paint (i.e. paint Santa having milk and cookies for our December issue of The Saturday Evening Post) so then his art isn't art, but...
  • People Don't Write That Way Anymore [Freeper-run magazine article]

    02/07/2005 12:27:33 PM PST · by Antoninus · 39 replies · 949+ views
    The Tarpeian Rock ^ | February 2005 | Claudio R. Salvucci
        Tastes and interests change in literature. Different themes, different styles, indeed whole different genres come in and out of being depending on the spirit of the age.     Nevertheless, there is something to be said for a “classical” style—not in a restricted sense as the style of Greco-Roman antiquity, nor any later genre which took inspiration from it—but rather a super-cultural literary style that rises up above its own genre and belongs as much to the ages as its own time period.     This is the old concept of the “Republic of Letters”—a community not of time and space...
  • Kwanzaa -- Racist Holiday from Hell

    12/29/2004 1:06:19 AM PST · by kattracks · 14 replies · 5,223+ views ^ | 12/29/04 | Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson
    While public officials, schools, and the ACLU worked overtime this year to ban every vestige of Christmas from the public square, the recently invented holiday known as Kwanzaa is gaining in popularity among black Americans. These occurrences are not unrelated. In an earlier time, blacks held a strong faith in God. But over the past 40 years, the black community has largely let God slip away. Sure the community has maintained the outer trappings of religion, but the solid morality at its core is nearly gone. Enter a God-hating black racist named Ron Karenga. Born Ron Everett on a poultry farm...
  • Have Talent, Will Travel

    03/21/2004 11:20:45 PM PST · by KangarooJacqui · 11 replies · 151+ views
    The ^ | March 22, 2004 | Gabriella Coslovich
    Creative types now rule the world, or the global economy at least, says the forward-thinking Richard Florida. Gabriella Coslovich explains American author Richard Florida is fashionably late. Fifty minutes late. Probably been up all night being creative, offers his publicist. Perhaps. Irregular hours befits one of his class. The usual rules don't apply. Play bleeds into work, work into play. Florida is an economics professor based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the author of the US bestseller The Rise of the Creative Class. The book's premise is simple and made headlines two years ago when it was released. The creative individual,...
  • Dreams dwelled here

    01/29/2004 9:04:05 AM PST · by liberallarry · 1 replies · 112+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 1/29/2004 | Thomas Curwen
    CHAPTER 1 One hundred years ago, California was a dream, and for Baldasare Forestiere, that dream was his home. No rambling estate, no soaring edifice — when Forestiere closed his eyes, he saw a world no one had imagined. Summers here were cool, winters warm. Lemons grew on orange trees, and orange trees sprouted lemons. Starlight and sunshine carpeted the ground. Fish swam in ponds overhead, and tree roots laced the sky. The year was 1905, a time when such dreams were possible, and when Forestiere set out to pursue them, he didn't pick up a hammer and a saw...
  • The machine that invents

    01/26/2004 7:20:12 PM PST · by Momaw Nadon · 50 replies · 528+ views
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | 01/25/2004 | By Tina Hesman
    <p>Technically, Stephen Thaler has written more music than any composer in the world. He also invented the Oral-B CrossAction toothbrush and devices that search the Internet for messages from terrorists. He has discovered substances harder than diamonds, coined 1.5 million new English words, and trained robotic cockroaches. Technically.</p>
  • [ Daily Tolkien ] The Philosophical Etymology Of Hobbit

    02/05/2003 5:22:27 AM PST · by JameRetief · 8 replies · 1,110+ views
    Stan McDaniel .com ^ | 1994 | Stan McDaniel
    <p>J.R.R. Tolkien's tale of a brave little fellow called a "hobbit" in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, though patently one of the greatest literary achievements of the 20th century, has been given cavalier treatment by many critics and in many literary circles. Great literature, it seems, must be "serious" and that means it must not be fantasy. It must take place in the "real world," not a world of imagination (though on reflection we must admit that no fiction actually takes place in the "real world" but only in the world as imagined by this or that author). A similar affliction has, in recent years, also applied to films of the science fiction or fantasy genre, which may be allowed (at times) to win awards for "special effects" but are never taken seriously enough to earn "best picture" or "best actor" trophies. A side effect of this is the unfortunate tongue-in-cheek slant delivered to almost all fantasy films, the need to intrude a joking kind of ridiculousness as though the public has to be told "this is not serious stuff and should not be confused with real art." The downgrading of fantasy, in literature or in film, has had its effect not only on Tolkien but on the genre in general, particularly in the past year affecting the marvelous "Harry Potter" stories of J.K. Rowling, which were finally taken off the general best seller list and relegated to "children's stories" lists because they were so popular they were pushing "serious" literature off the list.</p>
  • Gettysburg? Wrong Address.

    09/09/2002 5:05:12 AM PDT · by WaterDragon · 14 replies · 375+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | September 9, 2002 | Brendan Miniter
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  • Authors gather to explore artistic response to terrorism

    04/30/2002 9:16:51 AM PDT · by Glutton · 186+ views
    the Register Guard ^ | 29 April 02 | By JAIME SHERMAN
    Authors gather to explore artistic response to terrorism By JAIME SHERMANThe Register-Guard   Recommend this story to others.   As an American, author Annick Smith tends to think of political solutions for ending terrorism. But as a writer, she feels compelled to decide how to respond through literature and art. "After 9-11, a lot of people were writing, `Respond, respond,' " Smith told nearly 500 people who gathered Sunday at the University of Oregon. She and six other noted naturalist authors sought to do just that, concluding a three-day colloquium on "Literary and Artistic Responses to Terrorism" with a reading...
  • At work, it's OK to be an underachiever; most everyone else is

    04/22/2002 8:37:03 AM PDT · by FairWitness · 26 replies · 254+ views
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | 4-22-02 | Bill McCellan
    <p>It's another Monday, and if you're lucky enough to have a job, how hard are you going to work today? Probably not very.</p> <p>I'm thinking about the concept called "undertime." It's the opposite of "overtime." While O.T. refers to the time you put in after your standard eight hours, U.T. is the amount of time you don't really work during your standard eight hours. For instance, I put in a lot of U.T. Maybe I sit at my computer and read the sports wire for a while. Then I might wander over to a friend's desk and chat for a while. Sometimes I walk down to the river.</p>