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  • "Never give up." ~ A review of Pelayo: King of Asturias by James Fitzhenry

    01/26/2023 2:25:34 PM PST · by Antoninus · 4 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | January 26, 2023 | Florentius
    Almost exactly 15 years ago, I received a book in the mail entitled El Cid: God's Own Champion. When first flipping through this book, I remember thinking to myself, "This probably won't be very good." After all, it was a work by an unknown author, meant for young readers, and self-published to boot. But as it turned out, I loved it. My kids have read it—even the one with dyslexia read and enjoyed it. Since I wrote the above-linked review in 2008, I have recommended El Cid to hundreds of people. A few years later, Mr. Fitzhenry published another equally...
  • Is All Change Progress? Progressives Think So. ( 50% increase unhappiness; Suicides increased 29% among adolescents; ADHD medication increased by 800%)

    01/25/2023 4:32:43 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 12 replies
    Intellectual Takeout ^ | January 19, 2023 | Taylor Tougaw
    There seems to be a pervasive sentiment in society today that paints progress as an intellectual process which perpetually increases human fulfillment, success, and joy. All change is progress, and all progress is good, so goes the idea. This idea provides the basis for progressivism and encourages development, new ideas, and a rejection of tradition at an almost breakneck pace.Surprisingly, there is an equally powerful dialogue in our current culture that paints society today as backwards, hostile, and rife with conflict. This idea asserts that we are now more combative, less tolerant, and more unhappy than our predecessors. While these...
  • BURNS SUPPER – January 25 [haggis]

    01/25/2023 5:24:44 AM PST · by Red Badger · 24 replies
    National Day Calendar ^ | January 25, 2023 | Staff
    (Last Updated On: May 4, 2022) BURNS SUPPER Every year on January 25th, fans of Robert Burns gather together in honor of the famous Scottish poet. The day is popular in the UK, especially among Scottish culture. Also known as Burns Night and Robert Burns Day, this event is held every year on the birthday of Robert Burns. The Scottish writer of poems and songs was born on January 25th, 1759. He died on July 21, 1796, at the age of 37 years old. Burns had a rheumatic heart condition and is believed to have died from an infection of...
  • Universities are lowering expectations for pandemic-era students

    01/24/2023 9:50:45 AM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | January 23, 2023 | Shelby Kearns
    As students recover from a ‘hangover from virtual high school,’ some Pittsburgh-area universities are responding with shorter tests and looser policies around attendance and deadlines. Some instructors lower expectations for students’ mental health and as a response to generational differences, but others say that continuing remote learning habits does a disservice to students. ... Recent interviews with students and instructors in the Pittsburgh area reveal that some colleges and universities responded to the pandemic by lowering expectations. A PublicS ource article described a “hangover from virtual high school” at Point Park University, the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt), and other Pittsburgh...
  • Are the Clintons actually writing their novels? An expert uses ‘stylometry’ to analyse Hillary and Bill’s writing

    01/23/2023 4:47:46 PM PST · by simpson96 · 25 replies
    The Conversation ^ | 1/16/2023 | Staff
    In 2018, former US president Bill Clinton coauthored a novel with James Patterson, the world’s bestselling author. The President is Missing is a typical “Patterson”: a page-turner of a thriller, easy to read, with short chapters and large font. Patterson is accustomed to collaborative writing – much of his success can be attributed to novels he has written with others. (snip) Using ‘stylometry’ to establish authorship Using a technique called “stylometry”, it can be established that Patterson probably wrote most of The President is Missing. Stylometry uses computers to statistically analyse the frequency of words in a text. It can...
  • What Book Bans Are Doing to School Library Purchases

    01/21/2023 5:58:50 PM PST · by DoodleBob · 33 replies
    Ed Week ^ | January 11, 2023 | Eesha Pendharkar
    As books are banned and challenged across the country, they might have a much larger impact than the removal of a few titles: They may be changing the makeup of entire school libraries, due to the chilling effect they create. That’s according to new research that in 2022 analyzed hundreds of titles from more than 6,600 public school libraries across the country. The contents of school libraries are not often public even as a record number of books continue to be challenged across the country. But the availability of books about topics considered controversial, such as race and racism, LGBTQ...
  • British library waives pricey fine for book 58 years overdue...The Dudley Library in England said a man recently returned a book that had been due in 1964

    01/20/2023 6:20:36 AM PST · by Red Badger · 26 replies
    UPI ^ | JAN. 19, 2023 / 5:15 PM | By Ben Hooper
    Jan. 19 (UPI) -- A British library said a patron will not be charged late fees of approximately $52,400 after returning a book that was 58 years overdue. David Hickman, 76, said he checked out a book called The Law for Motorists from the Dudley Library in 1964, when he was preparing to go to court to defend himself against a minor traffic charge. Hickman said the book proved to not be very useful in the case, and he ended up paying a minor fine for driving without due care and attention. The man said the book came with him...
  • Black Rednecks & White Liberals

    01/19/2023 7:24:04 PM PST · by Mean Daddy · 17 replies
    Dr. Thomas Sowell
    Yet the fact that nations and whole civilizations have also collapsed, with tragic repercussions lasting for centuries, is a sobering reminder that there is not an unlimited latitude for error or misconception. Sealing ourselves off from reality within a vision risks the the kinds of catastrophes that blind rulers have brought down upon themselves and their countries, from the days of the Roman Empire to the cataclysm into Hitler led Germany. The key factor in these calamities has often been a blocking of feedback from reality, epitomized by the figurative or literal killing of messengers bringing bad news.When beliefs are...
  • The First Modern Poet...Today, no amount of praise for Dante seems enough.

    01/19/2023 8:48:43 AM PST · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    American Conservative ^ | Jan 19, 2023 12:03 AM | S.A. Dance
    Serious Comedy: The Philosophical and Theological Significance of Tragic and Comic Writing in the Western Tradition, Patrick Downey, Davenant Press, 470 pages. ============================================================= Teaching Dante’s Inferno to high schoolers has its share of amusements. The expected outrage over Dante’s condemnation of sodomy, the bafflement over the sodomites’ proximity to the usurers (“What is that?” and then: “Why is that a sin?”), the shock at the gruesomeness, even in our desensitized age. The very concept of sin and punishment is a novelty to many. One student, after grasping what “lustful” meant, lamented “so many people are going to hell!” The most...
  • How China planted an FBI mole who was discovered only after gutting the CIA's vast spy network

    01/18/2023 2:30:14 AM PST · by blueplum · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 17 Jan 2023 | James Bamford
    The following is an excerpt from "SPYFAIL: Foreign Spies, Moles, Saboteurs, and the Collapse of America's Counterintelligence" by James Bamford. An alleged spy within the FBI may be largely responsible for unraveling the CIA's Chinese spy network. The FBI's website carries a stark warning. "The counterintelligence and economic espionage efforts emanating from the government of China," it says, "are a grave threat to the economic well-being and democratic values of the United States. Confronting this threat is the FBI's top counterintelligence priority." But far worse is the threat to the lives of scores of courageous Chinese agents who have volunteered...
  • Prince Harry’s 'Spare' sets world record for fastest-selling non-fiction book

    01/15/2023 6:46:24 AM PST · by fluorescence · 105 replies
    Fox ^ | January 14, 2023 | Chris Williams
    Prince Harry's tell-all memoir "Spare" has become the fastest-selling non-fiction book of all time, according to Guinness World Records. It came after 1.43 million copies were sold during its first-day sale in the UK, US, and Canada. Penguin Random House announced Wednesday that first-day sales for the Harry’s tell-all memoir topped 1.4 million copies, a record pace for non-fiction from a company that also publishes Barack and Michelle Obama, whose "Becoming" needed a week to reach 1.4 million when it was released in 2018. The sales figures for "Spare" include hardcover, audiobook and e-book editions sold in the U.S., Canada...
  • Book due back in 1981 finally returned to British library

    01/11/2023 12:09:30 PM PST · by Red Badger · 15 replies
    UPI ^ | JAN. 11, 2023 / 1:13 PM | By Ben Hooper
    Jan. 11 (UPI) -- A library in England said it's "never too late" to return overdue materials after a book was returned that was due back in 1981. Northumberland Libraries said in a Facebook post that a book was returned this week to the Alnwick Library and librarians were stunned to discover it was nearly 42 years overdue. The book, Knight's Fee by Rosemary Sutcliff, had a note tucked inside explaining it had been found the previous day during a clean-out of the returner's parents' home. "I must apologize profusely on behalf of the family," the note reads. The book...
  • Prince Harry in Afghanistan Afghanistan. Gallantry Recipient Reacts

    01/08/2023 2:13:45 PM PST · by real saxophonist · 14 replies
    YouTube ^ | 8 Jan 23 | Gary Prout
    10 minute video.
  • Circe, the First Witch of Greek Mythology

    01/03/2023 10:45:20 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Greek Reporter ^ | January 2, 2023 | Luis Ospino
    Witches have had a long and elaborate history, even back to ancient Greece. Thanks to Homer and his epic adventure tale the Odyssey, we met Circe, who has often been identified as the first witch in Greek mythology. Circe was one of the most dangerous women a man could come across. She was known for seducing men, luring them to her island, and never letting them go. When men, driven mad by their desire to touch her, visited the island, she caught them off guard and used a spell to transform them into pigs, trapping them forever in their ignominious...
  • Dozens Of Iconic Media, Including Last ‘Sherlock Holmes’ Story Collection, Set To Hit The Public Domain In 2023

    01/02/2023 12:11:02 PM PST · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Jan 1, 2023 | By John Rigolizzo
    A number of legendary media are about to enter the public domain in 2023, including the last remaining “Sherlock Holmes” mystery book. According to the U.S. Copyright Office, copyrights on the vast majority of media items expire 70 years after the death of the original author. After that, the works enter the public domain and are available to be freely used by new creators. This year, a number of iconic media of all types are entering the public domain. The most notable and controversial new work being added to the public domain is the short story collection “The Case-Book of...
  • Video: Massive overflow audience descends upon Kirk Cameron's reading of his God-focused children's book at Indianapolis Public Library

    12/29/2022 7:53:44 PM PST · by lowbridge · 9 replies ^ | December 29, 2022 | DAVE URBANSKI
    It was a mob scene Thursday at Kirk Cameron's reading of his God-focused children's book at the Indianapolis Public Library — except this mob didn't do what mobs do; rather it was just smiles, cheering, and laughter all around. BRAVE Story Hour @BraveBooksUS This is a message to every library in the United States: In 137 years of the Indianapolis Public Library’s history, NEVER ONCE have they had over 2,500 people show up to a single event. UNTIL TODAY. Folks even sang "God Bless America": Brave Books — Cameron's publisher for his "As You Grow" children's book — earlier this...
  • In Memphis, the Phonics Movement Comes to High School

    12/27/2022 8:28:25 AM PST · by JSM_Liberty · 24 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Dec. 25, 2022 | Sarah Mervosh
    For much of his life, Roderick, a high school junior, did not enjoy reading...But recently, he said, he has made strides, in part because of an unusual and sweeping high school literacy curriculum in Memphis... The program focuses on expanding vocabulary and giving teenagers reading strategies - such as decoding words - that build upon fundamentals taught in elementary school. The curriculum is embedded not just in English, but also in math, science and social studies... The program in Memphis is an extension of a growing national movement to change the way younger children are taught to read, based on...
  • 2022 Man of the Year: Keith Olbermann

    12/26/2022 7:43:48 AM PST · by Red Badger · 44 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | Washington Free Beacon Staff • December 26, 2022 9:00 am
    We don't always agree with Keith Olbermann, but that doesn't mean we don't respect him. The dude landed some solid tail back in the day. He still does, probably, and good for him. But that's not why he's being honored as a Washington Free Beacon Man of the Year. Not exactly. We chose to recognize Olbermann for speaking his truth after years of suffering in silence, and for highlighting a very real but much-forsaken segment of the population: Battered men. We are often quick to dismiss them. We stigmatize and scorn them with mockery. That needs to change, and maybe...
  • What built America and can help fight climate change? Beavers, says HC prof in new book

    12/26/2022 7:43:13 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | December 26, 2022 | By Veer Mudambi
    WORCESTER - If someone were to mention the animal that built America, you would probably think of some sort of domestic farm animal like the horse or perhaps a cow - one a beast of burden during construction, the other a key economic livestock animal. You wouldn’t think of beavers. But that’s what they are - the animals that both literally and economically built America. “They shaped our country’s landscape and jump-started capitalism on this continent,” said Leila Philip, a professor of English at the College of the Holy Cross, who also teaches in the Environmental Studies Program, and author...
  • College textbooks aren’t keeping up with the severity of the global climate crisis

    12/26/2022 7:37:06 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 47 replies
    Popular Science ^ | December 26, 2022 | BY CARLA DELGADO
    Textbooks are often deemed authoritative sources of information necessary for education. These learning materials include the latest scientific findings to reflect societal changes and show how knowledge has grown over time. They play a critical role in how educators tackle certain topics to educate their students in classroom settings. Since curricular content has been shown to influence students’ knowledge of environmental issues, it’s essential to analyze how textbooks frame and discuss the pressing issue of climate change. But, as it turns out, climate change coverage hasn’t changed drastically in science textbooks over the last 50 years, despite how much scientists...