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  • Need Gift Ideas? Here’s Nine Books That Needs to Be on Any Freedom-Lover’s Shelf

    12/15/2017 8:09:49 AM PST · by iowamark · 25 replies
    Americans for Prosperity ^ | Dec. 12, 2017 | Brandon Osgood
    The holidays are upon us, and Christmas shopping is in full swing. If you’re stumped about what to get for a fellow freedom-lover in your life, we’ve got you covered. Our trainers recommended some of their favorite book gift ideas that would make a thoughtful present or a friend, family member, or fellow activist. 1. “The Righteous Mind” by Jonathan Haidt In it, Haidt helps explain why liberals, conservatives, and libertarians think differently about issues. He also argues why we should be more willing to entertain diverse viewpoints and understand why people believe what they believe. As an activist, understanding...
  • Word of the Day - SEDULOUS

    12/15/2017 6:30:48 AM PST · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    www.dictionary.com ^ | 12/15/2017 | Red Badger
    ======================================================================================= sed·u·lous ˈsejələs/ adjective adjective: sedulous (of a person or action) showing dedication and diligence. "he watched himself with the most sedulous care" synonyms: diligent, careful, meticulous, thorough, assiduous, attentive, industrious, conscientious, ultracareful, punctilious, scrupulous, painstaking, minute, rigorous, particular "he picked the thorn from his leg with sedulous care" Origin mid 16th century: from Latin sedulus ‘zealous’ + -ous.
  • Walmart, book distributor suspend ties with Tavis Smiley

    12/14/2017 10:16:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 14, 2017 11:49 PM EST | Mark Kennedy
    Walmart and a book distributor distanced themselves from Tavis Smiley on Thursday after PBS said an investigation found “troubling allegations” of sexual misconduct by the radio and TV host. The moves came a day after PBS said it was suspending Smiley following an independent investigation by a law firm. PBS said the firm uncovered “multiple, credible allegations of conduct that is inconsistent with the values and standards of PBS.” His show’s page at PBS was scrubbed on Thursday. Smiley has denied any wrongdoing. Walmart, which had been a sponsor of Smiley’s talk show and an upcoming touring theatrical show, cut...
  • Atheists fighting war FOR Christmas? The Atheist Christmas Coloring Book

    12/13/2017 2:52:18 PM PST · by Talkwire · 10 replies
    Amazon Books ^ | 12/08/2017 | Atheist Christmas
    “Christmas for Atheists? You don’t need to be a Pagan or Christian to celebrate peace, joy, and sharing in December. The Atheist Christmas Coloring Book is a fun and creative way for freethinking families to learn about the rational roots of Christmas in pictures and verse. “
  • Chicago boy, 4, reads 100 books in one day, parents stream on Facebook

    12/11/2017 7:59:07 AM PST · by simpson96 · 33 replies
    ABC& Chicago ^ | 12/10/2017 | Karen Jordan
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- In one day, a 4-year-old Chicago boy read 100 books, including his favorites about Ninja turtles and dogs. As Caleb Green's reading marathon got started on Saturday, his parents decided to stream it on Facebook Live. He got a couple thousand views from people as far away as Florida. And every time he finished 10 books, he did a little dance. "I like to read and I want to read some more like my sister," Caleb said. When Caleb first told his parents about his goal, they scoured their bookshelves. When they came up short, some friends...
  • Hillary, please don’t reject romance novels — you are a romance novel heroine (barf alert)

    12/09/2017 7:51:43 AM PST · by simpson96 · 42 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/8/2017 | Lisa Kleypas
    Dear Hillary Clinton, When your daughter, Chelsea, mentioned in her speech at the Democratic National Convention that you both loved “Pride and Prejudice,” I was delighted and not at all surprised. Elizabeth Bennet is a superb example of a romance heroine: intelligent, articulate, independent and wonderfully imperfect. She is also an incredibly unconventional character for her time, placing a high value on her own happiness, insisting that others treat her with respect and marrying a man only on her terms. No wonder Darcy falls in love with her — and no wonder “Pride and Prejudice” is such a beloved romance...
  • Word of the Day - immure

    12/08/2017 8:14:02 AM PST · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    www.dictionary.com ^ | 12/09/2017 | Red Badger
    immure [ih-myoo r] Word Origin verb (used with object), immured, immuring. 1. to enclose within walls. 2. to shut in; seclude or confine. 3. to imprison. 4. to build into or entomb in a wall. 5. Obsolete. to surround with walls; fortify.
  • Paris Review Editor Lorin Stein Resigns Amid Investigation Into His Behavior With Women

    12/06/2017 9:35:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | DECEMBER 6, 2017 | Lisa Ryan
    The Paris Review editor Lorin Stein resigned on Wednesday, as it was revealed the literary publication was conducting an internal investigation into his alleged inappropriate behavior toward female employees and writers, the New York Times reports. A spokesperson for book publisher Farrar Straus & Giroux told Publisher’s Marketplace that it had also accepted Stein’s resignation on Wednesday afternoon. The Times notes that The Paris Review’s board began an investigation into the conduct of Stein — who had edited the publication since 2010 — in October after he informed them that his name had appeared on a list (entitled “[BAD] MEDIA...
  • French school children ranked worst at reading in Europe

    12/05/2017 10:15:40 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 5 December 2017 12:06 CET+01:00 | Evie Burrows-Taylor
    French school children aged 9 to 10 have been ranked the worst in Europe for their reading skills, marking a steady decline in levels since 2001, a new study has revealed. It’s not good news for French schools. The study by PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study), which has been carried out every five years since 2001, ranks the reading skills of school children aged 9 to 10 in 50 countries. Thousands of French school pupils took part in the study in the spring of 2016, answering a series of comprehension questions on literary and informative texts. And the...
  • Why couldn't Washington out law slavery at the state level?

    12/03/2017 6:25:07 AM PST · by Jonty30 · 60 replies
    I'm just trying to understand the relationship between the United States and the individual states on the issue of the legality of slavery at the state level. I know after the Civil War, the federal federal law trumped state law, but what about prior to the Civil War? Somebody told me the federal government was always the primary government when federal laws and state laws conflicted. So, why couldn't the federal government just outlaw slavery at the state level instead of launching a civil war against the states?
  • Word For The Day - IGNOMINY

    12/01/2017 7:41:33 AM PST · by Red Badger · 21 replies
    www.dictionary.com ^ | 12/01/2017 | Red Badger
    ============================================================================================= ig·no·min·y ˈiɡnəˌminē,ˌiɡˈnäminē/ noun noun: ignominy; plural noun: ignominies public shame or disgrace. "the ignominy of being imprisoned" synonyms: shame, humiliation, embarrassment, mortification; More disgrace, dishonor, discredit, degradation, scandal, infamy, indignity, ignobility, loss of face "they face the ignominy of losing three straight games to the league's worst team" antonyms: honor Origin mid 16th century: from French ignominie or Latin ignominia, from in- ‘not’ + a variant of nomen ‘name.’
  • Need Ideas for Good Political Book to Give for Christmas

    11/28/2017 5:02:38 AM PST · by LoveUSA · 67 replies
    My Inquiring Mind | N/A | N/A
    Hi Fellow Freepers! I'm looking for some good political book ideas to give as gifts for Christmas. I'm particularly interested in books that will be helpful when debating liberals, progressives, and anti-American millennials.Your input will be greatly appreciated!
  • This Is Dictionary.com's Word of the Year

    11/27/2017 5:03:40 PM PST · by bgill · 6 replies
    Fortune ^ | Nov. 27, 2017 | Emily Price
    Do you think 2017 has been a pretty challenging year for the world? You’re not alone. Dictionary.com named its “word of the year” today. It’s choice? Complicit. The site announced its word of the year with a Trump joke, first suggesting it had selected covfefe for this year’s honor, although this year’s word choice is certainly Trump focused. The site defines complicit as an adjective that means “choosing to be involved in an illegal or questionable act, especially with others; having complicity.” Interest in the word spiked on April 5 of this year when Ivanka Trump told CBS This Morning...
  • Actress Hedy Lamarr laid the groundwork for some of today’s wireless tech

    11/26/2017 6:29:47 PM PST · by ETL · 49 replies
    ScienceNews.com ^ | November 26, 2017 | Maria Temming
    ‘Bombshell’ tells the story of Lamarr’s double life as a Hollywood starlet and inventor Once billed as “the most beautiful woman in the world,” actress Hedy Lamarr is often remembered for Golden Age Hollywood hits like Samson and Delilah. But Lamarr was gifted with more than just a face for film; she had a mind for science. A new documentary, Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, spotlights Lamarr’s lesser-known legacy as an inventor. The film explores how the pretty veneer that Lamarr shrewdly used to advance her acting career ultimately trapped her in a life she found emotionally isolating and intellectually...
  • The Last Two Chapters of THE BELL CURVE by Herrnstein and Murray

    11/26/2017 1:18:11 PM PST · by Chickensoup · 76 replies
    The Archive ^ | 11.26.17 | Herrnstein and Murray
    This is the last two chapters of the Bell Curve. I have read them several times over the years and consider them the two most prescient and gently thoughtful chapters on policymaking ever. I am delighted to share them with you. Remember these chapters were written in 1994, almost a quarter of a century ago. They discuss the two different options afforded to our society, in dealing with intelligence, social connections, and poverty; one being harsh and totalitarian, and the other being inclusive in the best of ways, and highly textured. I highly recommend reading these chapters. I am delighted...
  • Some books aren’t meant to be sold

    11/21/2017 2:40:53 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 365 replies
    sfchronicle.com ^ | November 20, 2017 | Nick Hoppe
    I’ve been doing this column thing for a while now, and it may be time to accept one of those offers from publishers who are eager to compile the columns into a best-selling book. And I might, as soon as the first offer rolls in. Maybe they’re hesitant because they looked into the history of my first book, “Kids, Dogs and Other Pests,” which was released worldwide about seven years ago. It also happened to be a collection of columns that I had posted online for family and friends. I remember when I checked with my publisher after the first...
  • Hillary Clinton on Trump’s Election: “There Are Lots of Questions About Its Legitimacy”

    11/19/2017 6:53:53 AM PST · by PROCON · 74 replies
    motherjones.com ^ | Nov. 17, 2017 | ARI BERMAN
    In an exclusive interview with Mother Jones, Clinton says Russian interference and GOP voter suppression efforts may have cost her the presidency.A year after her defeat by Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton says “there are lots of questions about its legitimacy” due to Russian interference and widespread voter suppression efforts. In an interview with Mother Jones in downtown Manhattan, Clinton said Russian meddling in the election “was one of the major contributors to the outcome.” The Russians used “weaponized false information,” she said, in “a very successful disinformation campaign” that “wasn’t just influencing voters—it was determining...
  • Happy Thanksgiving to all

    11/19/2017 5:08:09 AM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies
    Out of all the things I’ve grown to love in the U.S., Thanksgiving is probably at the top of my list. It is by far my favorite holiday, and I get great joy out of hosting and cooking my “mind” off during the days prior. What I love most about it is that it’s probably the most American event you can imagine: It is all-inclusive as it allows all of us to celebrate family, friends and love without determining if somebody "qualifies" to partake based on their religion, race or nationality. It is a true “one size fits all” holiday,...
  • This man discovered a dirty little secret that reinvented medicine

    11/18/2017 10:02:53 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 20 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 18, 2017 | Larry Getlen
    The only place you’d expect to encounter the “unmistakable smell of rotting flesh” these days would be at a slaughterhouse. In Victorian London, you’d find it in an operating room. A “surgeon, wearing a blood-encrusted apron, rarely washed his hands or his instruments and carried with him … the unmistakable smell of rotting flesh . . . cheerfully referred to as ‘good old hospital stink,’ ” writes Lindsey Fitzharris, author of “The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine,” out now. At the time, the medical community was unaware of the existence of germs and didn’t know...
  • Vanity Fair Fashion Staff Nonplussed by New Editor’s Personal Style

    11/18/2017 7:27:56 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    WWD ^ | November 17, 2017 | Misty White Sidell
    Radhika Jones joins the magazine next month with extensive literary and editorial experience.Radhika Jones is learning the ways of One World Trade. Having been named the new editor in chief of Vanity Fair only this week, Jones, 44, headed to downtown Manhattan to get acquainted with the magazine’s staff. But while Jones may have been editorial director of the books department at The New York Times, an alum of Time magazine and The Paris Review, a graduate of Harvard and holds a doctorate in English and comparative literature from Columbia — none of this impressed Condé Nast-ers. They, instead, were...