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  • Justice Department sues Utah after transgender inmate ‘removed her own testicles’

    04/13/2024 4:52:43 AM PDT · by dennisw · 40 replies
    ny POST ^ | 4-7 2024 | Victor Nava
    The Justice Department filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the state of Utah and its prison system after a transgender inmate “removed her own testicles” in response to “unnecessarily delayed” treatment for her gender dysphoria. The lawsuit alleges that the incarcerated transgender woman – unnamed in the complaint – was discriminated against by the Utah Department of Corrections following “multiple requests to UDOC staff for treatment for gender dysphoria, including multiple requests for hormone therapy” upon entering the state prison system in 2021. The inmate was diagnosed with gender dysphoria in June 2022, nine months after she first requested hormone therapy,...
  • How I Became Black in America

    04/11/2024 12:30:44 PM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 33 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | March 2023 | Chimamanda Adichie
    America fascinated me as America fascinates every newcomer. Nineteen years old and fleeing the study of medicine at my Nigerian university, I longed to be a writer, to live a life of the mind. From my first days, I watched and read and learned. I was struck by the excess and the newness of America, by its flagrant contradictions, but mostly by how identity as an idea shaped so much of American life....... Shortly after the Black American George Floyd was murdered by a White police officer, a woman told me she had just read Americanah. “You are a prophet;...
  • Are YOU living in a secret forever chemical hotspot? Interactive map shows parts of US where cancer-causing PFAS toxins are most common in drinking water - after Biden’s new ban

    04/10/2024 8:45:14 AM PDT · by dennisw · 25 replies
    DAILYMAIL.COM ^ | 10 April 2024 | ALEXA LARDIERI
    Are YOU living in a secret forever chemical hotspot? Interactive map shows parts of US where cancer-causing PFAS toxins are most common in drinking water - after Biden's new ban More than 70million Americans live in homes with PFAS-contaminated water PFAS have been linked to cancers, fertility complications, hormone disruption and liver damage READ MORE: How cancer-causing chemicals found in food packaging have seeped their way into animals Biden today announced a crackdown on forever chemicals in American drinking water that will force utility companies and local governments to strip the toxins from tap supplies. More than 70million Americans live...
  • New audiobook release: The Life of Frederick William von Steuben

    The Life of Frederick William Von Steuben: Major General in the Revolutionary Army - tells the story of Baron Steuben, who had been an officer in the Prussian army. Considered one of the fathers of the United States Army, he had a leading role in improving the Continental Army during the American Revolution and turning them into a professional fighting force. https://librivox.org/the-life-of-frederick-william-von-steuben-by-friedrich-kapp/
  • New Book Details How CIA, FBI Went From Cold War Heroes To Deep State Villains

    04/10/2024 6:02:16 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 25 replies
    AMAC Newsline ^ | 9 Apr, 2024 | Ed Martin
    For any American curious about the full extent to which cultural Marxism and left-wing political dogma have infected the intelligence community, J. Michael Waller’s new book, Big Intel: How the CIA and FBI Went from Cold War Heroes to Deep State Villains, is a good place to start. Big Intel is part spy thriller, part historical account, and part political clarion call, all wrapped up in a horrifying true story. No one could be a more perfect fit to tell this story than Waller, who has devoted his life to studying foreign propaganda, political warfare, psychological warfare, and subversion. He...
  • Check Out Some of These Queer Books You Might Find at Your Child’s School Book Fair

    04/09/2024 4:47:58 PM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    Disntr ^ | April 9, 2024 | staff
    Scholastic is both a publisher and a distributor of books. It’s well-known for publishing educational material for schools, teachers, and parents, as well as books and resources for children. Scholastic’s publishing arm is responsible for producing a wide range of content, including books, magazines, and digital products and includes popular series and titles that cater to children and young adults. Scholastic is also well-known for its book fairs in schools where it children can attend and purchase books without direct parental supervision—and some of the stuff you might find at these book fairs is rather disturbing. So parents, beware. First...
  • North Carolina’s 1st Black-Owned Children’s Bookstore Forced To Shutdown After Receiving Multiple Death Threats

    04/09/2024 4:05:22 AM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 69 replies
    Hollywood Unlocked ^ | Apr 8, 2024 | Jamal Osborne
    North Carolina’s first Black-owned children’s bookstore, Liberation Station is being forced to move out of downtown Raleigh after only being open for less than a year. Liberation Station reportedly opened on Juneteenth last year. The book store is known for hosting events for the community and selling children’s books written and illustrated by Black and underrepresented authors and illustrators. “Unfortunately, we live in a country that has given permission to the nameless and faceless people to make threats and cause harm, emotional harm,” owner Victoria Scott-Miller said. On Monday, Scott-Miller took to her Instagram to tell her followers that the...
  • How long ago did progressives start using American history to attack the Founding Fathers?

    04/08/2024 8:14:25 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 26 replies
    PGA Weblog ^ | 4/8/24
    There are a lot of people out there who think I have a lost my marbles for coming to the conclusion that a large percentage of books written prior to the 1900s are the only books you can trust when it comes to American History. What people fail to understand, is that the 1619 Project is actually not new. Sure, it's relatively "new" to use racial issues as the focal point, but manipulating U.S. history to advance progressivism goes back to the Progressive Era itself. In his book "American inquisitors; a commentary on Dayton and Chicago", Walter Lippmann wrote the...
  • NYC’s AI chatbot was caught telling businesses to break the law. The city isn’t taking it down

    04/08/2024 8:09:17 AM PDT · by dennisw · 14 replies
    AP ^ | April 3, 2024 | BY JAKE OFFENHARTZ
    An artificial intelligence-powered chatbot created by New York City to help small business owners is under criticism for dispensing bizarre advice that misstates local policies and advises companies to violate the law. In responses to questions posed Wednesday, the chatbot falsely suggested it is legal for an employer to fire a worker who complains about sexual harassment, doesn’t disclose a pregnancy or refuses to cut their dreadlocks. Contradicting two of the city’s signature waste initiatives, it claimed that businesses can put their trash in black garbage bags and are not required to compost. At times, the bot’s answers veered into...
  • The Writing Systems of the World Explained, from the Latin Alphabet to the Abugidas of India

    04/05/2024 6:53:06 AM PDT · by Cronos · 12 replies
    Open Culture ^ | Colin Marshall
    The Korean alphabet, hangul, is “the most scientific writing system.” One often hears that in South Korea, a society that has taken to heart Asia scholar Edwin O. Reischauer’s description of hangul as “perhaps the most scientific system of writing in general use in any country.” But whatever their scientific credentials, all the other writing systems in use (and indeed out of use) have fascinating qualities of their own, a range of which are explained in the UsefulCharts video above on the writing systems of the world — not just the alphabets of the world, mind you, but also the...
  • Holographic Breakthrough: Scientists Create Full-Color 3D Holographic Displays With Ordinary Smartphone Screen

    04/03/2024 9:58:29 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 10 replies
    The Debrief ^ | APRIL 3, 2024 | CHRISTOPHER PLAIN
    A team of scientists from the University of Tokyo has revealed a major breakthrough that allows them to create realistic 3D holographic displays using an ordinary iPhone screen. While conventional approaches to holography involve complex and expensive laser emitters that have limited their practical use, the researchers behind this novel approach say their work could lead to dramatic improvements in holographic displays for virtual reality applications, including gaming, training, and even advanced military applications. 3D HOLOGRAPHIC DISPLAYS LIMITED BY COST AND COMPLEXITY In science fiction, holograms are used for anything from basic communications to advanced military weaponry. In the real...
  • A Stalin-Era Story, Roiling Russia

    04/01/2024 10:25:36 AM PDT · by sphinx · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | April 1, 2024 | Jay Nordlinger
    The movie came out on January 25, 2024. There had been very little of the usual promotion. Lockshin’s name was omitted from posters. His name was absent from all marketing materials, such as they were. In any event, the movie was a sensation. The public went to see it, quickly making it the top-grossing Russian movie of all time, in the over-18 category.Furious, the state and its propagandists got to work. As Lockshin says, “a whole campaign” was launched against him and the movie. Propagandists called him a “criminal” and a “terrorist,” and demanded that the movie be pulled from...
  • Second Variety

    03/31/2024 6:04:17 AM PDT · by hardspunned · 8 replies
    Project Gutenberg ^ | 1953 | Phillip K.Dick
    The claws were bad enough in the first place—nasty, crawling little death-robots. But when they began to imitate their creators, it was time for the human race to make peace—if it could! The Russian soldier made his way nervously up the ragged side of the hill, holding his gun ready. He glanced around him, licking his dry lips, his face set. From time to time he reached up a gloved hand and wiped perspiration from his neck, pushing down his coat collar. Eric turned to Corporal Leone. “Want him? Or can I have him?” He adjusted the view sight so...
  • Why does pig without 3.14 equal 9.8?

    03/30/2024 1:20:07 AM PDT · by Jonty30 · 37 replies
    March 30, 2024 | Jonty30
    If the answer isn't given, I will eventually give it.
  • Harvard University removes human skin binding from book

    03/28/2024 12:30:14 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | 3-28-24 | Noor Nanji
    Harvard University has removed the binding of human skin from a 19th Century book kept in its library. Des Destinées de l'Ame (Destinies of the Soul) has been housed at Houghton Library since the 1930s. In 2014, scientists determined that the material it was bound with was in fact human skin. But the university has now announced it has removed the binding "due to the ethically fraught nature of the book's origins and subsequent history". Des Destinées de l'Ame is a meditation on the soul and life after death, written by Arsène Houssaye in the mid-1880s. He is said to...
  • United States Coast Guard - Navigtion Rules and Regulations Handbook

    03/27/2024 11:42:36 AM PDT · by linMcHlp · 26 replies
    United States Coast Guard ^ | September 2020 | U.S.C.G.
    See the PDF file.
  • EXCLUSIVE: The Final Analysis: Assassination of John F. Kennedy – How Many Shots Did Kennedy Take? – Excerpt From the Latest Book by Jerome Corsi and David Mantik

    03/27/2024 8:51:42 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 50 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Mar. 27, 2024 9:00 am | Guest Post
    Forensic Analysis of the JFK Autopsy X-Rays in the National Archives Prove Scientifically JFK Took Three Shots to the Head: Two from the Front and One at a Low Angle From the Rear In 2015, when Michael Chesser, M.D. visited the National Archives, he paid particular attention to the fragment trail near the forehead on the two lateral JFK autopsy skull X-ray films. I [David Mantik] had previously noted the presence of metallic debris at that site in my survey of all metal on the extant films at the Archives. (See Figure 3.9.) As seen in Figure 3.4, Chesser identified...
  • Is ayahuasca just the same old demon worship?

    03/26/2024 1:04:14 PM PDT · by Twotone · 20 replies
    The Blaze ^ | March 22, 2024 | Matt Himes
    Author Lewis Ungit talks about his research into the links between psychedelics and the occult and shares an excerpt from his book, "The Return of the Dragon." Although Lewis Ungit released "The Return of the Dragon" a year ago, his book examining the links between psychedelics and the supernatural is more relevant than ever. So-called secular society continues to fill the post-Christian void with transhumanist fantasies and progressive utopian visions. Bitcoin bros "jokingly" reinterpret the second coming of Christ as the advent of artificial super intelligence. And everyone from prominent podcasters to suburban moms confront their demons in harrowing, healing...
  • Everywhere an Oink Oink: An Embittered, Dyspeptic, and Accurate Report of Forty Years in Hollywood

    03/24/2024 6:11:21 PM PDT · by linMcHlp · 7 replies
    Mark Levin website ^ | December 6, 2023 | David Mamet
    In Everywhere an Oink Oink, David Mamet revels of the taut and gag-filled professionalism of the film set. He depicts the ever-fickle studios and producers who piece by piece eat the artist alive.And he ponders the art of filmmaking and the genius of those who made our finest movies. With the bravado and flair of Mamet’s best theatrical work, this memoir describes a world gone by, some of our most beloved film stars with their hair down, and how it all got washed away by digital media and the woke brigade.
  • Don't Have Time to Read a Book? CliffsNotes Are Not the Answer--Here's Why

    03/18/2024 11:53:06 AM PDT · by DallasBiff · 39 replies
    INC.com ^ | 3/4/19 | Expert Opinion By Wanda Thibodeaux, Copywriter, TakingDictation.com @WandaThibodeaux Mar 4, 2019
    That mean old clock on the wall doesn't tend to be particularly kind to leaders and entrepreneurs, so big surprise, companies that offer cliffs notes, abridged or otherwise easy-to-digest versions of books are soaring in popularity. These certainly aren't all bad, since they can help you quickly understand what the main point of a text is or let you jog your memory about it. They have their place. But if you're going to read a book, please just read the real, whole book already, at least most of the time. There are valuable reasons not to skip even one...