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  • The end of an era: Whatever happened to the phone book?

    05/22/2024 6:40:22 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 44 replies
    TheAlmanac ^ | 1/7/23 | Karen Mansfield
    Alas, the poor phone book. Once, it was the cornerstone of American connection, an indispensable resource people relied on to find pizza shops, plumbers, and the number of the cute girl in math class. But now, when a new phone book lands on a homeowner’s doorstep, the tome most often gets tossed in the recycling bin. They might be used to press flowers, or as a booster seat or a door stop, but fewer and fewer phone books are used for what they were originally intended, to look up telephone numbers.
  • Interesting Book

    05/22/2024 7:55:48 AM PDT · by FrozenAssets · 9 replies
    5/22/2024 | Me
    I have been reading "The Thrid Reich in the Ivory Tower" by Stephen Norwood. It is a well researched book about the relationship between Ameriocan universities and the German NSDAP (NAZI's) in the thirties. It is especially interesting in light of recent events.
  • The proper name of wokeism is critical constructivism.

    05/16/2024 5:51:34 PM PDT · by Jonty30 · 32 replies ^ | May 13, 2024 | James Lindsay
    There's a right name for the "Woke" ideology, and it's critical constructivism. Critical constructivist ideology is what you "wake up" to when you go Woke. Reading this book, which originally codified it in 2005, is like reading a confession of Woke ideology. Let's talk about it.
  • California parents blast school for giving fifth graders transgender book 'My Shadow is Pink' then forcing them to explain it to kindergartners

    05/14/2024 7:35:11 PM PDT · by Morgana · 27 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | May 14, 2024 | Maryann Martinez
    A California dad has blasted his son's school for giving the child a book about a transgender boy - then allegedly forcing him to explain it to kindergartners. Carlos Encinas' 11-year-old son was assigned to read a book called 'My Shadow is Pink' in his fifth-grade class on May 1 at La Costa Heights Elementary School in Carlsbad north of San Diego. The book centers around a boy who describes his father's shadow as 'big' and 'blue' and his dilemma with his own shadow, which he feels is pink. 'My heart skips a beat as I put on a dress,'...
  • 'It would be within its natural right to harm us to protect itself': How humans could be mistreating AI right now without even knowing it

    05/13/2024 7:45:21 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 54 replies
    Live Science ^ | May 4, 2024 | Keumars Afifi-Sabet
    Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming increasingly ubiquitous and is improving at an unprecedented pace...But there are risks in embracing any new technology, especially one that we do not fully understand. While AI could be a powerful personal assistant, for example, it could also represent a threat to our livelihoods and even our lives.The various existential risks that an advanced AI poses means the technology should be guided by ethical frameworks and humanity's best interests, says researcher and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) member Nell Watson.In "Taming the Machine" (Kogan Page, 2024), Watson explores how humanity can wield the...
  • 25 Attack vectors on our nation - LTC Doc Chambers SF

    05/13/2024 7:34:32 AM PDT · by 1st I.D Vet · 4 replies
    An amazing big picture view, both looking to the past history of nations and rebellions, and looking forward to how we course correct.
  • Communism: Stats of Deaths, Destroyed lives, and How Communists treated Christians.

    05/09/2024 8:52:56 PM PDT · by 1st I.D Vet · 9 replies
    Some interesting statistics. What a grim reminder of what happens in the world while America's back is turned.
  • KASSAM: The Met Gala Theme – J.G. Ballard’s Garden of Time – Is Perfect to Highlight The Barbarism Around Us.

    05/07/2024 5:21:50 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 9 replies
    The National Pulse ^ | RAHEEM J. KASSAM
    When J.G. Ballard’s 1962 short story, The Garden of Time, was announced as the theme for this year’s Met Gala several months ago, I printed off a copy. It seemed oddly thoughtful for such a plastic event. In all likelihood, it was an entirely superficial decision. J.G. Ballard’s garden has flowers. Flowers are pretty. Time is crazy. That sort of thing.But whether the organizers know it or not, The Garden of Time is the perfect choice for this year’s Met Gala, which takes place just a short walk from Columbia University. It’s a story about Count Axel and his wife,...
  • ‘Wonder Confronts Certainty’ — A Conversation with Professor Gary Saul Morson about the Deep Mysteries of Great Russian Literature

    05/04/2024 1:39:50 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 11 replies
    Every semester, the largest classroom at Northwestern University in Chicago is filled with hundreds of students who are eager to take a course devoted to Russian literature. The answer as to why comes down to the who. That says something not only about the class, but about the professor who happens to be my guest today. Professor Gary Saul Morson, welcome to Thinking in Public. Gary Saul Morson:Oh, it’s my pleasure to be here. Albert Mohler: Professor, I just want to tell you right up front, this was one of the most significant reading experiences I have had in a...
  • Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘black book’ with 221 additional high-profile names is being sold to a secret bidder

    05/03/2024 9:52:06 PM PDT · by Libloather · 44 replies
    NY Post ^ | 5/03/24 | Katherine Donlevy
    Jeffrey Epstein is going to name names — again. A mysterious “black book” believed to belong to the late pedophile financier, which revealed the names and addresses of 221 previously undisclosed people, is going up for auction — and bidders are being assured that their identities will be kept secret. It could fetch up to $200,000 — or more, the auction house owner told the Daily Beast, which first reported the story. **SNIP** The book was reportedly found on Fifth Avenue in the East Village by a female musician in the 1990s, but how it came to be there remains...
  • Right Reason Does Not Pay

    05/01/2024 10:49:47 AM PDT · by TBP · 3 replies
    Modern Age ^ | April 29, 2024 | Russell Kirk
    Back in 1955, when I was endeavoring to found the conservative quarterly that indeed did take on flesh two years later, I discovered how difficult it is to raise money for any conservative cause. Modern Age, like T. S. Eliot’s Criterion in England a generation earlier, has staggered along almost without sustenance since the day of its birth. We found writers for our journal with the greatest of ease, some distinguished men and women among them. And approval of our undertaking was widespread and cordial, extending to liberal quarters. “Even inveterate liberals ought to look with favor on the revival...
  • Musical Interlude topic for May 2024

    04/30/2024 9:36:11 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    YouTube etcetera ^ | April 17, 2020 etcetera | Dame Helen Mirren, Shakespeare, etcetera
    "Sonnet 18" by William ShakespeareShall I compare thee to a summer’s day?Thou art more lovely and more temperate:Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,And summer’s lease hath all too short a date;Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;And every fair from fair sometime declines,By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm'd;But thy eternal summer shall not fade,Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st;Nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade,When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st:So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,So long lives this, and...
  • T. rex not as smart as we were foolishly made to believe

    04/30/2024 3:27:28 AM PDT · by Jonty30 · 39 replies ^ | April 30, 2024 | Bronwyn Thompson
    While we don't like to talk ill of the dead, new physiological analysis has found that the king of the dinosaurs was not so smart after all. It upends previous research that last year likened the brain and neuronal composition of the Tyrannosaurus rex to that of a primate. It's been a rough year or two for the long extinct dinosaur. First, we questioned their teeth, finding that those iconic chompers could very much have been smaller and hidden behind lips, and now an international team of paleontologists, behavioral scientists and neurologists have concluded that the T. rex wasn't smarter...
  • ‘Bring Your Child to Work Day’ Drag Queen Story Hour Canceled at New Jersey College After Faculty Complained

    04/28/2024 10:48:26 PM PDT · by Morgana · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 27, 2024 | Olivia Rondeau
    A New Jersey college cancelled a “drag queen story hour” planned for faculty members’ children during “Bring your child to work” day when staff objected. Brookdale Community College had been planning a read-along event with a drag performer known as “Harmonica Sunbeam” for months before calling it off the night before in order to “respect the comfort levels of all involved,” school officials said. The reading event was supposed to be part of the Lincroft college’s “Bring Your Child to Work Day” last Thursday, reported. “I did ask why, but I did not receive an answer,” Sunbeam told the...
  • List three easy to read books that you feel smarter after reading

    04/27/2024 5:41:12 PM PDT · by MNDude · 156 replies
    Sometimes you can feel like you can get more out of reading a single book then you have an entire semester of college. Some of these books might be surprisingly simple to read. Which three books made you feel much more educated and enriched after reading them?
  • Unraveling the Dystopian Lie of the Abortion Cult’s Mythos

    04/25/2024 12:26:31 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    The Washington Stand ^ | April 24, 2024 | S.A. McCarthy
    George Orwell’s “1984” is perhaps one of the most-referenced books of the modern age. Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” is considered a masterclass in social prescience. Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson’s “Lord of the World” has been hailed as prophetic by the late Pope Benedict XVI. Even C.S. Lewis’s “That Hideous Strength” is fast becoming a staple in the discourse of Christian conservatives. What do all these works have in common? Yes, they were all penned by British authors within the first two-thirds of the 20th century. But as far as their content, these works share three key characteristics: each centers...
  • Why Kant's philosophy is still relevant amid today's wars

    04/22/2024 8:19:42 AM PDT · by Borges · 20 replies
    DW ^ | 4/22/24 | Stefan Dege
    Anyone who relies on the voice of reason cannot ignore Immanuel Kant. April 22 marks the 300th anniversary of the German philosopher's birth. What does the author of "Perpetual Peace" still have to say to us today? If you want to understand the world, you don't necessarily have to travel it. Take one look at Immanuel Kant (1724-1804). On April 22, the world celebrates the 300th anniversary of his birth. The German philosopher never left his East Prussian home of Königsberg — now Kaliningrad and part of Russia — yet this did not stop him from trying to understand the...
  • Writer's Block

    04/21/2024 11:19:21 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 117 replies
    Original Content | 4/21/2024 | By Laz A. Mataz
    How do you get past Writer's Block?
  • Lord Byron Was Hard to Pin Down. That’s What Made Him Great. (died 200 years ago today)

    04/19/2024 4:31:22 PM PDT · by Borges · 9 replies
    NY Times ^ | 4/19/24 | Benjamin Markovits
    This week is the 200th anniversary of Lord Byron’s death. The most famous poet of his age (an odd phrase now) died fighting for Greek independence in the marshes of Missolonghi. “Who would write, who had anything better to do?” he once said. There was a strange contest over his body and memory: The lungs and larynx remained in Greece but friends carried the rest back to England, where huge crowds followed the funeral procession. A month after his death, his former editor burned his memoirs, worried they would damage the reputation of a superstar read around the world. Does...
  • Pompeii breakthrough as ancient scroll finally deciphered after 2,000 years

    04/18/2024 3:58:01 PM PDT · by mairdie · 40 replies
    Express UK ^ | Apr 18, 2024 | Richard Ashmore
    A £560,000 prize was on offer for scholars who could read the ancient Roman texts buried when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD. Scrolls cocooned in volcanic ash that consumed the Roman city of Pompeii have been deciphered for the first time in 2,000 years. Using AI researchers were able to discern some meaning from the writings which were discovered in the doomed ancient Italian city that was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD. ...In a statement the Vesuvius Challenge revealed some of the information hidden until now in the scrolls which appear to be philosophical treatises concerning...