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  • Thich Nhat Hanh, Influential Zen Buddhist Monk, Dead at 95

    01/21/2022 10:24:13 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 21, 2022
    Thich Nhat Hanh, the revered Zen Buddhist monk who helped pioneer the concept of mindfulness in the West and socially engaged Buddhism in the East, has died. He was 95. The death was confirmed by a monk at Tu Hieu Pagoda in Hue, Vietnam who said that Nhat Hanh, known as Thay to his followers, died at midnight on Saturday. The monk declined to be named because he is not authorized to speak to media. A post on Nhat Hanh’s verified Twitter page attributed to The International Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism also confirmed the news, saying, “We invite...
  • Ulysses at 100: the birth of the modern

    01/21/2022 2:02:01 PM PST · by Borges · 39 replies
    The Financial Times ^ | 1/21/22 | Colm Tóibín
    James Joyce’s Ulysses was first published in 1922, just over two weeks after the British handed over the keys of Dublin Castle to Michael Collins and his new Irish government. The other great literary event of that year was TS Eliot’s The Waste Land. Joyce’s novel had much in common with Eliot’s long poem — it dealt with the rawness of urban life using competing narrative forms, including pastiche and myth and different kinds of voices. The Waste Land sounded a sort of death knell for the narrative poem, just as Ulysses set about killing off the single-perspective, the all-knowing...
  • NFT Group Buys Copy Of Dune For €2.66 Million, Believing It Gives Them Copyright

    01/17/2022 10:02:25 AM PST · by Red Badger · 28 replies ^ | January 17, 2022 | James Felton
    A group of crypto enthusiasts has made an unusual purchase: a rare copy of Dune, by science fiction writer Frank Herbert, for a staggering €2.66 million ($3.04 million). It's an odd occurrence when a book expected to fetch €25,000 goes for 100 times that amount, but the stranger part is that the buyers – a collective called SpiceDAO – appear to believe that owning an early copy of the hit sci-fi about space worms gives them the copyright, to do with what they will. "We won the auction for €2.66M," SpiceDao wrote on Twitter. "Now our mission is to: 1....
  • Celebrating Moliere's enduring legacy, 400 years on

    01/15/2022 8:58:55 AM PST · by Borges · 10 replies ^ | 1/15/22
    During his lifetime, the French dramatist Moliere elevated comedy to a level of respect and importance once exclusively reserved for tragedy. In 2022, the 400th anniversary of the year of his birth, his name is often mentioned in the same breath as William Shakespeare and other literary titans. Moliere was the alias of Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, born in 1622 to a upholsterer who served the royal household. He wrote his numerous plays well before the French Revolution, at a time when the authority of the king and the church was intact. Yet in his plays, which are still regularly performed today,...
  • 'The Godfather' to Return to Theaters for 50th Anniversary

    01/14/2022 2:12:55 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 80 replies
    UPI ^ | JAN. 13, 2022 | Annie Martin
    The Godfather will return to select movie theaters in honor of its 50th anniversary. Paramount Pictures said in a press release Thursday that the 1972 film will have a limited theatrical release at AMC Theatres in the United States. The Godfather will screen in Dolby Vision and Dolby Cinema beginning Feb. 22. In addition, The Godfather trilogy -- The Godfather (1972), The Godfather Part II (1974) and The Godfather Part III (1990) -- has been restored and will be available in 4K Ultra HD for the first time beginning March 22. The films are based on Mario Puzo's novel The...
  • The Offer , Series About the Making of The Godfather Films, Sets Premiere Date on Paramount+

    01/12/2022 6:52:21 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Yahoo News! ^ | Tue, January 11, 2022 | Kelly Wynne
    aramount+'s limited series The Offer is set to premiere on April 28, the streaming platform announced on Tuesday. The 10-episode series will base its plot on the making of The Godfather films, featuring never-before-heard "extraordinary" behind-the-scenes events throughout the films' creations. It all centers on the real-life story of Albert S. Ruddy, the Canadian film producer who spearheaded the Godfather trilogy. Miles Teller will portray Ruddy. (Teller was cast as Ruddy after Armie Hammer left the series.) The adjacent story of Francis Ford Coppola will also be chronicled. Dan Fogler will play Coppola, who directed and co-wrote the Godfather.
  • Nazi archive on Freemasonry with trove of 80,000 items amassed by Heinrich Himmler could shed light on the secret society, researchers say

    01/09/2022 5:31:39 PM PST · by Scarlett156 · 79 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 9 January 2022 | Jack Newman
    A historic archive of Freemasonry amassed by the Nazis in their wartime purge could still reveal secrets about the society, researchers say. From insight into women's Masonic lodges to the musical scores used in closed ceremonies, the trove - housed in an old university library in western Poland - has already shed light on a little known history. But more work remains to be done to fully examine all the 80,000 items that date from the 17th century to the pre-World War II period.
  • Read Jane Eyre if you dare: University students are given 'trigger warnings' for classic literature - as Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre and Charles Dickens's Great Expectations are marked 'distressing'

    01/09/2022 7:37:03 AM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 8, 2022 | Chris Hastings
    They have been celebrated as classics of English literature for more than 150 years, enjoyed by generations of children as young as eight. But university students have now been given a 'trigger warning' that Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre and Charles Dickens's Great Expectations both contain passages they might find 'distressing'. Critics last night described the cautions given to students at Salford University as 'absurd'. Tory MP Andrew Bridgen said it was ridiculous that adults 'have to be protected from the stories that generations of children have been able to cope with without being damaged'.
  • Former Sparta teacher writes historical novel about early Japanese Christians

    01/04/2022 4:44:27 PM PST · by Antoninus · 10 replies
    Sparta Independent ^ | December 26, 2021 | Laurie Gordon
    Author Michael T. Cibenko said he once lived close to the site of an uprising of persecuted Christians in the 17th century. He was inspired by a 16-year-old samurai who helped lead the resistance. “Masaru” is an historical novel that follows the travails of the first Japanese Christians with excellent prose and descriptions. Author Michael T. Cibenko, who lives in Branchville, shares his expert knowledge of Japanese culture and language to create a memorable and authentic epic of early Christian Japan, a very interesting and complex period in history. Cibenko lived in southern Japan from 1996-2000 where he was an...
  • Are Black Holes and Dark Matter the Same? Astrophysicists Upend Textbook Explanations

    01/03/2022 7:08:59 AM PST · by Red Badger · 47 replies ^ | JANUARY 3, 2022 | By UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
    This animation shows an artist’s rendition of the cloudy structure revealed by a study of data from NASA’s Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer satellite. Credit: Wolfgang Steffen, UNAM ======================================================================== Upending textbook explanations, astrophysicists from the University of Miami, Yale University, and the European Space Agency suggest that primordial black holes account for all dark matter in the universe. Proposing an alternative model for how the universe came to be, a team of astrophysicists suggests that all black holes—from those as tiny as a pinhead to those covering billions of miles—were created instantly after the Big Bang and account for all dark...
  • I’ll buy lunch, you fly the plane (Garrison Keillor)

    01/02/2022 6:51:26 AM PST · by dynachrome · 38 replies ^ | 2021? | Garrison Keillor
    I am all in favor of diversity and inclusivity in theory, but when the pilot comes on the horn and welcomes us from the cockpit, I want to feel that he or she is a Republican. I want to hear authority in the voice, a growliness that comes from having shouted orders at people. I do not want my pilot to come on singing “Off we go into the wild blue yonder” and if he does, I’m off the plane. If it’s a woman pilot, I want her to be crisp and chill, not warm and caring. If she mentions...

    12/30/2021 7:30:41 PM PST · by Jonty30 · 4 replies ^ | March 30, 2021 | Bevans Welder
    Pascha Translated Easter One of the supposed “errors” in the King James Bible is the word “Easter” in Acts 12:4. The problem stems from the translation of a Greek word. The word in Greek is “pascha.” This word is translated every time as “Passover” except in this one location. Therefore, the critics of the KJV say that translating “pascha” as Easter is a translation error. The truth of the matter is that the critics are wrong and the King James Bible is right. And you don’t even have to know Greek to see this. If you will check your concordance,...
  • Question: Would I be a bad Freeper for visiting the Jimmy Carter National Park (Plains, GA)?

    12/30/2021 7:13:54 PM PST · by millenial4freedom · 59 replies
    I will be visiting my close friend, who lives in Central GA,at the end of January or early February.We're considering a trip down to Plains, GA from where he is (roughly 1 hour away).I wasn't alive during Carter's presidency, but my understanding is that hewrecked the economy, fueled hyperinflation, helped expedite the decline of American Public Education via the creation of the unconstitutional DOE, and was a massive anti-Semite.In other words, he was a raving leftist who did more harm than good to this nation.However, I will give Carter some credit. I admire his ascension to the presidency in lieu...
  • COMMUNISM in reality

    12/29/2021 1:35:09 PM PST · by Nextaxpro · 14 replies
    NONE DARE CALL IT TREASON ^ | December 29, 2021 | Nextaxpro
    "If you refuse to be governed by GOD, you will be ruled by tyrants." - William Penn 1668
  • Around The World In 80 Days remake is slammed by furious viewers for its 'woke' take on Jules Verne classic with colour-blind casting and classic male role re-imagined as a woman

    12/27/2021 12:38:13 PM PST · by C19fan · 98 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 27, 2021 | Jason Chester
    A new adaptation of Jules Verne classic Around The World In 80 Days has been dismissed as 'woke nonsense' by furious BBC license payers. The eight-part adaptation starring David Tennant as globetrotting Phileas Fogg launched on Boxing Day, but a series of socially conscious tweaks to the legendary tale left viewers choking on their turkey sandwiches. Two notable departures from Verne's original 1872 text sees Passepartout, Fogg's loyal valet, played by a black actor - French star Ibrahim Koma - while Detective Fix also gets a modern-day makeover.
  • Soldier, Spy and Monk: the Remarkable Life of Henry Coombe-Tennant of Neath

    12/27/2021 10:45:15 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    WalesOnline ^ | 24 DEC 2021 | Demi Roberts
    Henry Coombe-Tennant went from fighting Nazis on the front line to monkhood - rescuing a queen and escaping prison in betweenFew people in the world, never mind Neath, have a life story as impressive and boast-worthy as former Welsh Guard Henry Coombe-Tennant. Born in 1913 in Cadoxton, Neath, Henry was something of a James Bond of his time. After joining the Welsh Guards in 1939, he fought Nazis on the front line, escaped a prisoner of war camp and spied for MI16, and when all of this perhaps became a bit too much - he put down his rifle and...
  • Joe Biden Dementia Crisis! (the Globe, not The Bee)

    12/26/2021 5:11:38 PM PST · by dynachrome · 27 replies
    The Globe ^ | 12-27-21 | the Globe
    Globe is a celebrity magazine that people turn to for current news, scandals and gossip about the world's rich and famous. Known as a supermarket tabloid, Globe is a publication that covers celebrities, political leaders, and high-profile crimes and scandals with a flair of sensationalism. Millions of readers turn to this publication for the "edgiest" gossip and the "unvarnished" truth about their favorite stars and other noteworthy individuals. From brake-ups, weight gain and addiction to plastic surgery, affairs and conspiracies, Globe leaves no stone unturned. In addition to this informative, entertaining and outrageous content, Globe may include features like: celebrity...
  • Counter Wokecraft: An Executive Summary

    12/23/2021 5:05:14 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 3 replies
    New Discources ^ | 23 Nov, 2021 | CHARLES PINCOURT
    The battle against wokeism, aka the Critical Social Justice perspective, is entering its third phase. The first phase involved sounding the alarm and drawing attention to this retrograde, caustic, atavistic, anti-modern, anti-liberal, anti-science and anti-scientific creed. The second phase whose end we are now approaching involved understanding, analyzing and describing to the public at large what characterizes the creed, where it comes from, its results and the extent to which it has captured our institutions. The third phase involves challenging the creed and recapturing our institutions. The beginning of this phase began in earnest in K-12 education with parents all...
  • New York City school rewards good behavior with tokens for a book vending machine

    12/23/2021 3:22:11 AM PST · by blueplum · 12 replies
    CBS News ^ | 22 December 2021 | MEG OLIVER
    At Mosaic Preparatory Academy in Harlem, New York, reading, writing and arithmetic are not the only subjects on the curriculum — so is being nice.... ...When 5-year-old King Ortiz was pulled out of class one day, he knew he'd earned something special — coupons for nice behavior that can be redeemed for tokens. "I learned to be nice," King said. Twenty-five coupons score students a shiny token for the vending machine. Tokens go in, but no chips or candy come out — only books drop....
  • Contents of time capsule removed from Robert E. Lee statue pedestal revealed

    12/22/2021 9:50:37 PM PST · by blueplum · 8 replies
    MSNBC and AP ^ | 22 December 2021 | AP uncredited
    RICHMOND, Va. — A rust-colored 1875 almanac, a cloth envelope and a silver coin were found Wednesday in a time capsule that lay hidden beneath a towering statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Virginia for more than 130 years. As intriguing as the water-damaged items were, they’re not what many were expecting to see after state conservators spent five hours gingerly prying the time capsule open. Even the mortar-encrusted lead box was a bit of a surprise.... ...There were three books total. Besides the almanac, there was a tattered book with a pink cover that appeared to be...