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  • The Cult of Trump (Loony Left Reading List Alert)

    02/23/2020 4:00:49 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 8 replies
    Vanity ^ | 2/24/2020 | Oshkalaboomboom
    The Cult of Trump: A Leading Cult Expert Explains How the President Uses Mind Control by Steven Hassan One of America’s leading experts in cults and mind-control provides an eye-opening analysis of Trump and the indoctrination tactics he uses to build a fanatical devotion in his supporters. Over the past two years, Trump’s behavior has become both more disturbing and yet increasingly familiar. He relies on phrases like, “fake news,” “build the wall,” and continues to spread the divisive mentality of us-vs.-them. He lies constantly, has no conscience, never admits when he is wrong, and projects all of his shortcomings...
  • Author Margaret Atwood brands people who ignore the climate crisis 'sexist' – and claims women's rights and environmental issues are 'very connected'

    02/23/2020 12:23:52 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 43 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | February 23, 2020 | Monica Greep
    Author Margaret Atwood has claimed that women's rights and the climate crisis are 'very connected'. The Handmaid's Tale writer, 80, from Ottawa, Canada, insisted that action around climate change is 'very important' and credited Greta Thunberg with leading momentum around this subject. [snip] 'That and the rights of women are very connected. So the people who want to suppress women, also want to pretend there is no climate crisis. 'So if you suppress women, you suppress also some very strong voices about the climate crisis.'
  • KickStarter Appears To Be Shadow Banning Jon Del Arroz’s New Dynamite Thor Campaign

    02/21/2020 3:05:45 PM PST · by tbw2 · 13 replies
    Bounding into Comics ^ | 02/21/2020 | John F. Trent
    Conservative Hispanic author Jon Del Arroz had his new crowdfunding campaign listed on Kickstarter ... only to be shadow banned. This follows the Science Fiction Writers of America openly discriminating against conservative authors and the comic book industry being revealed to have a clique of decision makers shutting out conservative creators.
  • Oreos and mustard, together? Crossword clue leaves people puzzled over odd food pairing

    02/21/2020 11:58:02 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    KSBW ^ | Feb 20, 2020 | Korin Miller
    There are certain food pairings that people come up with that outsiders just don't understand, like peanut butter and pickle sandwiches or Cheetos and milk, to name a few. But one weird combo made the final cut into a popular crossword puzzle and it’s sparking some questions among people on the internet. It all started with a crossword puzzle that appeared in the Feb. 12 edition of USA Today. The clue said, "Cookie that some people eat with mustard," and "Oreo" was the only thing that fit. Don’t think about it for too long—you could get queasy. Well, Brett Murphy,...
  • Billie Eilish sings new Bond Theme; No Time to Die

    02/19/2020 11:25:13 AM PST · by 1Old Pro · 54 replies
    Billie Elish ^ | 2/19/20 | Self
  • An Interview with Norman Podhoretz

    02/18/2020 12:23:34 PM PST · by Pelham · 8 replies
    Claremont Review of Books ^ | April 16, 2019 | Charles Kesler, Norman Podhoretz
    CRB: Your own attitude towards Trump as a political figure has changed over time. How would you describe that evolution? NP: Well, when he first appeared on the scene, I disliked him because he resembled one of the figures that I dislike most in American politics and with whom I had tangled, namely Pat Buchanan—I had tangled with him in print and I had accused him of anti-Semitism. And he came back at me, and I came back at him. And it was a real street fight. And I said to my wife: “This guy [Trump] is Buchanan without the...
  • Un-Trumping America: A Plan to Make America a Democracy Again (Loony Left Reading List Alert)

    02/18/2020 1:02:44 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 30 replies
    Vanity ^ | 2/18/2020 | Dan Pfeiffer
    From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Yes We (Still) Can and cohost of Pod Save America, a sharp political playbook for how Democrats can take on Trump, McConnell, Fox News, and the rest of the right-wing circus dominating American politics. There is nothing more important than beating Donald Trump in 2020, but defeating Trump is just the start of this timely book. Un-Trumping America offers readers three critical insights: first, Trump is not an aberration, but rather the logical extension of the modern Republican Party; second, how Democrats can defeat Trump in 2020; and third, preventing...
  • Great Literature

    02/17/2020 7:52:44 PM PST · by Fester Chugabrew · 53 replies
    FaceBook ^ | February 16, 2020 | Tony Esolen
    Not that anybody is wondering, but if you asked me what books have been of the greatest influence on how and what I think, aside from the BIBLE, and the plays of Shakespeare, I'd answer: Homer, Odyssey Plato, Phaedrus Plato, Symposium Virgil, Aeneid Augustine, Confessions Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy Anonymous, The Quest of the Holy Grail Dante, The Divine Comedy Spenser, The Faerie Queene Herbert, The Temple Pascal, Pensees Milton, Paradise Lost Fielding, Tom Jones Boswell, Life of Johnson Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France Manzoni, The Betrothed Dickens, Bleak House Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov Marcel, Man Against...
  • A virus called Wuhan-400 causes outbreak … in a Dean Koontz thriller from 1981. How is it that some books appear to prophesy events?

    02/17/2020 6:46:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 02/10/2020 | Kate Whithead
    The Eyes of Darkness, a 1981 thriller by bestselling suspense author Dean Koontz, tells of a Chinese military lab that creates a virus as part of its biological weapons programme. The lab is located in Wuhan, which lends the virus its name, Wuhan-400. A chilling literary coincidence or a case of writer as unwitting prophet? In The Eyes of Darkness, a grieving mother, Christina Evans, sets out to discover whether her son Danny died on a camping trip or if – as suspicious messages suggest – he is still alive. She eventually tracks him down to a military facility where...
  • An Interactive Look at the U.S.-China Military Scorecard

    02/15/2020 12:53:14 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 16 replies ^ | RAND Corporation
    Over the past two decades, China's People's Liberation Army has transformed itself from a large but antiquated force into a capable, modern military. Although China continues to lag the United States in terms of aggregate military hardware and operational skills, it has improved its relative capabilities in many critical areas. To advance the public debate, RAND used open, unclassified sources to compile The U.S.-China Military Scorecard: Forces, Geography, and the Evolving Balance of Power. This comprehensive report examines U.S. and Chinese military capabilities in ten operational areas, and presents a "scorecard" for each.Each scorecard assesses the relative advantage or disadvantage...
  • Shirley Jackson's "The Witch" (very short horror story)

    The coach was so nearly empty that the little boy had a seat all to himself, and his mother sat across the aisle on the seat next to the little boyÂ’s sister, a baby with a piece of toast in one hand and a rattle in the other. She was strapped securely to the seat so she could sit up and look around, and whenever she began to slip slowly sideways the strap caught her and held her halfway until her mother turned around and straightened her again. The little boy was looking out the window and eating a cookie,...
  • Shades of ‘Atlas Shrugged’ in Real Life

    02/11/2020 3:40:35 PM PST · by dynachrome · 28 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 2-11-2020 | Mark Hendrickson
    Sometimes, life really does imitate art. Recent actions by certain members of the Democratic Party remind me of scenes in Ayn Rand’s most famous novel, “Atlas Shrugged.” Take the impeachment proceedings in the House of Representatives two months ago. It was as blatantly a kangaroo court as Hank Rearden’s trial in “Atlas.” Rearden had zero chance of being found “not guilty.” Same with President Donald Trump. I mean, what chance did he have of not being impeached when the Democrats refused to identify the accuser, denied the accused’s right to have counsel cross-examine prosecution witnesses, and didn’t allow any witnesses...
  • On This Day in 1890, Boris Pasternak (author of Dr. Zhivago) Was Born

    02/10/2020 5:05:07 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 33 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Feb 10, 2020
    On this day in 1890, the writer Boris Pasternak was born into an affluent and cultured Russian-Jewish family. His father, Leonid, was a renowned artist and professor at the Moscow School of Painting; his mother Rosa, nee Kaufman, was a concert pianist. His parents’ social circle included notable figures of the day such as Sergei Rachmaninoff and Leo Tolstoy. The influence of this creative community led the young Pasternak to study first music and then philosophy, both in Russia and abroad. In 1912 he abandoned academia to pursue his true calling: poetry and prose. The outbreak of World War I...
  • The first ‘Harry Potter’ book is now available in Yiddish

    02/08/2020 9:56:35 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 20 replies
    A7/JTA ^ | 8/2/20 | Gabe Friedman
    s of today, the first book in the Harry Potter series is available in Yiddish. “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” — or “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” as it is known in the United States — was released in Yiddish by the Swedish publisher Olniansky Tekst Farlag on Friday. (Yiddish is an official language in Sweden.) It was translated by Arun Visnawath, 29, the son of an Indian-American father and Gitl Schaecter-Visnawath, author of the “Comprehensive English-Yiddish Dictionary.” Her father was a professor of Yiddish at Columbia University. Yair Rosenberg chronicles the story behind the translation in Tablet...
  • A sumptuous Emma... and she looks like she's a bit of a handful: BRIAN VINER reviews the new big-screen version of Emma

    02/05/2020 6:48:17 AM PST · by C19fan · 6 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 4, 2020 | Brian Viner
    Screen adaptations of Jane Austen novels come in myriad forms, Emma more than most. Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Beckinsale and Romola Garai have all played Austen's least lovable heroine, a meddling matchmaker who in her creator's words 'had lived nearly 21 years in the world with very little to distress or vex her'. The rest of us can sometimes get both distressed and vexed by the sheer number of Austen adaptations. Back in the days when BBC seemed to stand for Bosoms, Bonnets and Carriages, hardly a year went by without another one rolling up, in a coach and four. Maybe...
  • The War against Children

    02/03/2020 6:03:09 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 9, 2020 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    American public schools, by all the usual metrics, have steadily declined for a century. Was this inevitable? Or is there an evil plot aimed at our students? The larger pattern is clear. Each year, traditional education has less influence on public schools. Meanwhile, the theories and methods generally called Progressive grow more dominant. Progressives insist that their ideas are superior. What we know for sure is that they are taking over, like killer bees flying up from Brazil. Another thing is clear. Our Education Establishment is brilliant at concocting attractive jargon and clever marketing slogans, even for the most destructive...
  • Stephen King Quits Facebook

    02/02/2020 11:32:10 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 65 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | February 2, 2020
    If you’re looking to keep up with Maine author Stephen King on Facebook, don’t bother. He isn’t there anymore. King tweeted Friday night that he is quitting Facebook. A search for his page on Facebook Saturday morning came up empty. King said on Twitter he is “not comfortable with the flood of false information that’s allowed in its political advertising.” He also expressed doubts over Facebook’s ability to protect users’ privacy. Facebook said last month that it would not ban or fact-check political ads, a position that has drawn criticism.
  • I wanted to review ‘American Dirt.’ Then I didn’t. Here’s why. [offensive to liberal politically correct sensitivities: read article comments]

    02/01/2020 6:26:13 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 15 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | January 30, 2020 | Clea Simon
    When I was first asked to review Jeanine Cummins’s “American Dirt” for the Globe, I was thrilled. With advance blurbs comparing it to “The Grapes of Wrath,” I knew it was going to be a big book, and I wanted to be part of that conversation.... But once that initial excitement had worn off, I read with growing distaste.. Soledad had been forced into sexual slavery. As her “life deteriorated into a series of lurid traumas,” we learn that her beauty and virtue were her downfall. Degradation followed degradation, at the hands of her captor... As I read, it became...
  • You Can Buy a Lock of Lord Byron’s Hair at this London Auction

    01/31/2020 7:47:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    TimeOut ^ | Friday January 31 2020 | Jess Phillips
    Before there was Robert Pattinson and the Hot Priest, there was Lord Byron. He was the nineteenth century’s answer to a bad boy. Romantic poet, bisexual man, adulterer and divorcee, his personal life was as well-known as his prose. I suppose that’s what happens when you father a love child with your half-sister and keep a bear as a pet. So, if you’re in a Bumble rut or you’ve got a bad case of Tinder finger, you’ve come to the right place. Byron’s private collection is being auctioned in London next month. A total of 93 items are up for...
  • The Poet and the Lady: Andrei Voznesensky and Jacqueline Kennedy

    01/24/2020 2:42:55 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 2 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Jan 2020 | Andrei Muchnik
    “The Poet and the Lady” is an exhibition devoted to the unlikely friendship between the Russian poet Andrei Voznesensky and American First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. The exhibition is at the Voznesensky Center, a relatively new addition to the Moscow museum scene, which has the mission of not just telling the story of Andrei Voznesensky, but the entire “Thaw” era in the 1960s. The Voznesensky Center also promotes contemporary culture and art and highlights its connection to Voznesensky’s generation. “The Poet and the Lady” is displayed in several halls, each devoted to certain aspects of the Voznesensky-Kennedy relationship. The first hall,...