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  • Word For The Day: diminution

    03/23/2018 11:27:42 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 20 replies ^ | 03-23-2018 | Red Badger
    ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". dim·i·nu·tion ˌdiməˈn(y)o͞oSH(ə)n/ noun noun: diminution; plural noun: diminutions a reduction in the size, extent, or importance of something. "a permanent diminution in value" synonyms: reduction, decrease, lessening, decline, dwindling, moderation, fading, fade-out, weakening, ebb "a diminution of freedom reduces the quality of life" Music the shortening of the time values of notes in a melodic part. Origin Middle English: via Old French from Latin deminutio(n-), from the verb deminuere (see diminish). ================================================================================================================== Rules:...
  • Picked Apart by Vultures: The Last Days of Stan Lee

    03/22/2018 12:27:04 PM PDT · by blueplum · 40 replies
    The Daily Beast via MSN ^ | 21 March 2018 | Mark Ebner
    You might expect Stan Lee, at age 95, to be enjoying the fruits of his many labors: Marvel Comics, the company he served as the former president and chairman of, dominates popular culture. Characters he co-created among them Spider-Man, Iron Man, X-Men, and the Avengers are household names. Hes a comics legend, with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. When Marvel sold to Disney in 2010 for $4 billion, he personally pocketed a cool $10 million, and tours the world as its ambassador emeritus. And midway through his tenth decade, Black Panther, based on a...
  • Hundreds Turn Out for Chelsea Clinton Book Signing in Pasadena on Wednesday (barf alert)

    03/22/2018 11:59:48 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 44 replies
    Pasadena Now ^ | 3/22/2018 | Staff
    Over 800 people turned out Wednesday night for a book signing by Chelsea Clinton at Vromans Bookstore in Pasadena. Clinton signed copies of her childrens book sequel, She Persisted Around the World, a follow up to her original #1 New York Times best-selling picture book, She Persisted. Its publishers say that She Persisted Around the World is a book for everyone who has ever aimed high and been told to step down, for everyone who has ever raised their voice and been told to quiet down, and for everyone who has ever felt small, unimportant or unworthy.
  • Trump Trolls Them All

    03/21/2018 2:05:57 PM PDT · by klimeckg · 70 replies
    I am starting to see and understand more after reading just 4 chapters of Secret Empires. Trump is trolling them all. Trump Knows and they Know he Knows!
  • The Consciousness Deniers

    03/21/2018 6:55:23 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 13 replies
    The New York Review of Books ^ | March 13, 2018 | Galen Strawson
    The Consciousness Deniers Galen Strawson What is the silliest claim ever made? The competition is fierce, but I think the answer is easy. Some people have denied the existence of consciousness: conscious experience, the subjective character of experience, the what-it-is-like of experience. Next to this denialIll call it the Denialevery known religious belief is only a little less sensible than the belief that grass is green.The Denial began in the twentieth century and continues today in a few pockets of philosophy and psychology and, now, information technology. It had two main causes: the rise of the behaviorist approach in psychology,...
  • Demographics In America Are Changing Bewilderingly Fast Without Any Real Public Debate (TR)

    03/20/2018 11:32:30 AM PDT · by goldendelicious · 18 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3-19-2018 | Justin Caruso
    And notice where this change is not happening? Any place our leaders live. They caused all of us with their reckless immigration policies, and yet their own neighborhoods are basically unchanged, they look like its 1960. No demographic change at all in their zip codes. Our leaders are for diversity, just not where they live.
  • Kamala Harris Is Dreaming Big (All Hail the Next president Camacho)

    03/19/2018 9:17:11 PM PDT · by goldendelicious · 50 replies
    Vogue ^ | 3-19-18 | ABBY AGUIRRE
    You guys are living in a pivotal moment in the history of our country, and youre witnessing something weve never seen before. The group nods solemnly. Harris says shes resolved to leave anger behind. At the end of the year, I thought back to 2017, and I was like, Bye, Felisha. The Friday reference draws big laughs. This year, Im just gonna be a joyful warrior.
  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - Official Teaser Trailer (Dumbledore Gay??)

    03/18/2018 2:41:18 PM PDT · by goldendelicious · 10 replies
    Youtube ^ | 3-13-2018 | Warner Bros. Pictures
    Warner Bros. Pictures Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is the second of five all new adventures in J.K. Rowlings Wizarding World. At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings. In an effort to thwart Grindelwalds plans, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law)...
  • The Final Ride of The Taggart Comet (from Atlas Shrugged)

    03/16/2018 8:32:55 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 36 replies
    Atlas Shrugged | 1957 | Ayn Rand
    The Comet uncoiled from the siding into a thin, straight line, and went on into the mountains, with the beam of the headlight like an extended arm pointing the way, and the lighted glass curve of the observation lounge ending it off. Some of the passengers aboard the Comet were awake. As the train started its coiling ascent; they saw the small cluster of Winstons lights at the bottom of the darkness beyond their windows, then the same darkness, but with red and green lights by the hole of a tunnel on the upper edge of the windowpanes. The lights...
  • Word Of The Day: magniloquent

    03/16/2018 6:14:38 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies ^ | 03-17-2018 | Red Badger
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". ________________________________________________________________________________ MAGNILOQUENT: mag·nil·o·quent maɡˈniləkwənt/ adjective adjective: magniloquent using high-flown or bombastic language. Origin mid 17th century: from Latin magniloquus (from magnus ‘great’ + -loquus ‘-speaking’) + -ent. ________________________________________________________________________________ Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. Amuse me or enlighten me for extra credit.
  • Astronaut Scott Kelly Now Has Different DNA Than His Identical Twin Brother After One Year In Space

    03/14/2018 5:10:38 PM PDT · by goldendelicious · 75 replies
    CBS4 Denver ^ | 3-14-2018 | CBS Staff
    Scotts telomeres (endcaps of chromosomes that shorten as one ages) actually became significantly longer in space, NASA researchers wrote in a statement. The space agency added that Kelly had hundreds of space genes activated by the year-long flight which reportedly altered the astronauts immune system, DNA repair, bone formation networks, hypoxia, and hypercapnia. While Scott Kellys height and 93 percent of his DNA returned to normal after returning to Earth, NASA confirmed that seven percent of his genes have remained changed and may stay that way. This is thought to be from the stresses of space travel, which can cause...
  • What We Knew: Everyday Life in Nazi Germany

    03/14/2018 10:50:26 AM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 47 replies ^ | 2005 | Eric A. Johnson, Karl-Heinz Reuband
    Difficult as it is to fathom, given most people's conception of dictatorship, most Germans appear to have led happy, productive, even normal lives in the Third Reich. This indicates that a dictatorship can enjoy widespread popularity among the majority even while committing unspeakable crimes against minorities and others. The horrors of the Nazi regime and the Holocaust still present some of the most disturbing questions in modern history: Why did Hitlers party appeal to millions of Germans, and how entrenched was anti- Semitism among the population? How could anyone claim, after the war, that the genocide of Europes Jews was...
  • Most Advanced Birthday Candles (Must see video for your next cake)

    03/13/2018 5:31:08 PM PDT · by goldendelicious · 9 replies
    Youtube ^ | 2-19-2018 | Taras Kul
    This is a video of the world's most advanced, amazing birthday candle(s). That's all that needs to be said. Amazing.
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls (Video)

    03/11/2018 6:09:14 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 24 replies
    YouTube ^ | March 10, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    The Dead Sea Scrolls - (Bible Archaeology, Part 9)(Clocks in at about an hour).Wasn't sure if this should go in General or Religion. Since it focuses more on the archaeological find than the religious implications, I decided to post it here.
  • DJ Khaled - I Believe (from Disneys A WRINKLE IN TIME) (Theme Song for Low-IQ Individuals)

    03/11/2018 1:47:10 PM PDT · by goldendelicious · 26 replies
    Youtube ^ | 3-7-2017 | Disney
    The theme song for Disney's "A Wrinkle in Time" flop. 2018 Disney / Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment / Island Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
  • Chelsea Clinton visit draws hundreds to La Grange bookstore (Chicago area - photos)

    03/10/2018 8:32:16 AM PST · by simpson96 · 72 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 3/10/2018 | Kimberly Fornek
    Hundreds of people, many with their daughters and granddaughters, waited in line in and outside Anderson's Bookshop in La Grange Friday night for Chelsea Clinton to sign a copy of her latest book.(snip) "I like what Chelsea is doing to highlight women," said Evalee Dumas of Darien. Dumas said the book shows the accomplishments of women and their diversity. The women profiled have different ethnicities, but all have something to give to the world. "I have two granddaughters and four grandsons and I certainly am going to expose them to these books," she said. Some people came because they like...
  • His Dark Materials is ripe for an onscreen do-over. Enter the BBC

    03/09/2018 5:57:22 PM PST · by Simon Green · 3 replies
    Vox ^ | 03/09/18 | Constance Grady
    3 lessons the forthcoming miniseries can learn from the failed 2007 film His Dark Materials, the celebrated fantasy trilogy by Philip Pullman, is getting a second chance to do a screen adaptation right. Deadline reports that the BBC is producing a big-budget TV miniseries adaptation of the first volume of the trilogy, The Northern Lights (titled The Golden Compass in the US). The BBC has certainly poured some money into the talent pool, with boldface names galore already signed on to the project, according to Deadline: Tom Hooper, of Les Misrables and The Kings Speech, will direct, Logan breakout Dafne...
  • Word for the Day: verisimilitude

    03/09/2018 6:52:31 AM PST · by Red Badger · 28 replies ^ | 03-09-2018 | Red Badger
    ver·i·si·mil·i·tude ˌvərəsəˈmiləˌt(y)o͞od/ noun noun: verisimilitude the appearance of being true or real. "the detail gives the novel some verisimilitude" synonyms: realism, believability, plausibility, authenticity, credibility, lifelikeness "the verisimilitude of her performance is gripping" Origin early 17th century: from Latin verisimilitudo, from verisimilis ‘probable,’ from veri (genitive of verus ‘true’) + similis ‘like.’
  • Is A Wrinkle in Time in Trouble, Bound for Second Place in Box Office Debut?

    03/07/2018 11:32:16 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    The Wrap ^ | March 6, 2018 | Jeremy Fuster
    When Black Panther made its record-smashing $201 million start last month, it was expected that it would easily keep the No. 1 spot at the box office until Disney released its next film, Ava DuVernays A Wrinkle in Time. But as the adaptation of Madeleine LEngles famous science fantasy novel gets ready to enter theaters on 3,980 screens this weekend, that expectation may have been premature. When tracking for A Wrinkle in Time first came out three weeks ago, opening weekend estimates were set at approximately $35 million against a production budget of at least $103 million, according to California...
  • Oldest Message in a Bottle Found on Western Australia Beach

    03/06/2018 12:23:07 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | 3/6
    A Perth family has found the world's oldest known message in a bottle, almost 132 years after it was thrown into the sea, Australian experts say. Tonya Illman picked up the bottle while going for a walk around sand dunes on a remote beach in West Australia. Her husband Kym Illman told the BBC they found some paper in the bottle but had "no idea" what it was until they took it home and dried it in the oven. Experts have confirmed it is an authentic message from a German ship. The note in the bottle, which was dated 12...