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IS Fighters Destroy 3,000-Year-Old Artifacts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The Islamic State has released a video which appears to show militants smashing up rare ancient artifacts in northern Iraq.

  In five minutes of footage, a group of men can be seen destroying several sculptures up to 3,000 years old, using sledgehammers and pickaxes, in Mosul museum.

  One shot reveals a black-clad militant at a nearby archaeological site drilling through a winged-bull Assyrian deity that dates back to the 7th century BC.

  Facing the camera, one of the men says: “these ruins that are behind me, they are idols and statues that people in the past used to worship instead of Allah”.

  The montage was posted on social media sites affiliated with the Islamic State group, and a professor at Mosul’s Archaeology College confirmed that the two locations depicted are the city museum and Nirgal Gate, which historically led to the capital of the Assyrian Empire, Ninevah.

” It’s a catastrophe,” Amir al Jumaili said. “With the destruction of these artifacts, we can no longer be proud of Mosul’s civilisation.”

  Since IS fighters seized large swathes of Iraq and neighbouring Syria, they have sought to cleanse society of everything considered heretic, even targeting Islamic sites deemed idolatrous.

  This week reports emerged that fighters have also ransacked Mosul Library, setting fire to more than 10,000 rare manuscripts and books. Some of the documents, which span centuries of learning, were registered on a UNESCO rarities list.

  Washington has claimed that Iraqi and Kurdish forces are preparing to recapture the city – Iraq’s second largest – in April or May.”

 

 

Words fail us as we watch the wanton destruction of thousands of years of human culture …

 

Thanks to Sky News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fifty Shades Of Pink

 

 

 

Published on Oct 22, 2014

” If Barbie starred in Fifty Shades of Grey, she would be the one in charge.

Stay tuned for her continued misadventures!

Music and audio:
‘Kooky in Love’ performed by Jennifer Calvo “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review: Fifty Shades Of Dissatisfaction

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Curious? The posters for “Fifty Shades of Grey” coyly ask.

  Whether or not you’re one of the 100 million who bought, and presumably read, E L James‘ kinky book, the buzz alone surrounding this “Twilight” fan fiction turned international phenomenon is enough to pique the interest of a rock. “Fifty Shades of Grey” is inherently spectacle.

  With all that irresistible anticipation, how could a movie about BDSM be so run of the mill? The short answer: fear and money. It’s one thing to read about the bondage-enabled sexual awakening of a virgin. It’s quite another to see it depicted on screen.

  Director Sam Taylor-Johnson had an impossible mission on her hands to meld the tawdry with the conventional. It’s like trying to mash up the sensibilities of Lars von Trier with Nancy Meyers to create an end product that will be appealing on a mass scale. In trying to please everyone, though, “Fifty Shades of Grey” has stripped away the fun and settled on palatable. There have been perfume commercials with more depth and story arc.”

 

 

    The Times Union has more as does The Daily Mail which also graciously provides links to many more reviews . See below:

 

www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2015/02/fifty-shades-of-grey-review

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’: EW movie review | EW.com

‘Fifty Shades’ lacks gray matter, as well as heat

Fifty Shades of Grey first look review: some pleasure, occasional pain | Film | The Guardian

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ review: Mediocre plot, bland characters, twisted subject matter make for bad movie | Fox News

Fifty Shades of Grey

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’: Film Review – The Hollywood Reporter

50 Shades of Grey, review: ‘electric’ – Telegraph

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ review: Where’s all the hot sex?

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ movie review – NY Daily News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harper Lee To Publish To Kill A Mockingbird Sequel After 55 Years

 

 

 

 

” Harper Lee, author of the classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird, is to publish a second book 55 years after her debut.

  Her publisher, Harper, announced that the second book, Go Set a Watchman, will be released on 14 July.

  The book is described as essentially a sequel for To Kill a Mockingbird, and was completed just a few years after the seminal novel –  but the manuscript lay forgotten until recently.

  Harper said they will print an initial run of two million copies as they expect huge demand for the book, which they described as a “remarkable literary event”.

” In the mid-1950s, I completed a novel called Go Set a Watchman,” the 88-year-old Lee said. “It features the character known as Scout as an adult woman, and I thought it a pretty decent effort.

” My editor, who was taken by the flashbacks to Scout’s childhood, persuaded me to write a novel (what became To Kill a Mockingbird) from the point of view of the young Scout.

” I was a first-time writer, so I did as I was told. I hadn’t realised it (the original book) had survived, so was surprised and delighted when my dear friend and lawyer Tonja Carter discovered it.”

 

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50 Shades Of Grey Is Coming – And So Is Your Girlfriend

 

 

 

 

 

” This film is likely to make your girl want to try the things you’ve been asking to do for ages. Don’t miss your chance.

  The film is due to be released on Valentine’s Day 2015. We’re actually wondering how many people end up getting it off in the cinema. “

 

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” First Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, compared net neutrality to “Obamacare for the Internet,” and now outspoken businessman Mark Cuban has tweeted that President Barack Obama’s proposed policy is something “straight out of Ayn Rand.”

  Cuban, owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks and numerous entertainment outlets, tweeted a series of comments about net neutrality on November 13. (Tweets are below.) The tweets centered on comparing net neutrality to the extreme overreaches of government authority depicted by pro-capitalist author and philosopher Ayn Rand in such novels as “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Fountainhead.”

  In one of his tweets, Cuban wrote, “If Ayn Rand were an up and coming author today, she wouldn’t write about steel or railroads, it would be net neutrality.” “

 

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Support Ben Phiippi And His “We The People” Book @ Indiegogo

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Making a book is a huge undertaking. Over the last two and a half years, I’ve done a lot of leg work. With your help, I will be able to finish WE THE PEOPLE.

 By pre-ordering your Limited Edition copy, I’ll be able to finish my book. And you can be in it!! It will be nothing short of a work of art with a deep profound message – Freedom!

  My name is Ben Philippi. I’m a professional photographer, producer and a big supporter of The Second Amendment.

  I grew up with firearms for hunting and target shooting, but it wasn’t until I started working on my first book God, Guns & Guts, that I self-published in 2012, that I began to realize the true meaning of The Second Amendment. It’s about freedom, self-preservation, independence and so much more.

  I was fortunate enough that my book led to a television show on History Channel called God, Guns & Automobiles. Some of you may have seen it. I produce the show that features the Patriot on the cover of my book Mark Muller.

  The TV show focuses on God, patriotism, family and hard-work. I’m extremely proud to bring these values to millions of TV screens across America and around the world.

  This has been a fantastic experience and I took all of the comments and feedback and poured it into my new book WE THE PEOPLE.”

 

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Michael Savage: 1 Month Left To Save America

 

 

 

” When Barack Obama introduced himself at the 2004 Democratic National Convention declaring there was only one America – “not a liberal America and a conservative America” and “not a black America and white America” – many instantly envisioned him as a future presidential candidate with a unique heritage and extraordinary rhetorical skills that would enable him to unite a nation divided over political ideology and race.

  Not long into his presidency, however, it became apparent to many, including some liberals, that Obama’s leadership and policies had only exacerbated the divisions.

  Most attributed his failures to simple incompetence, but Michael Savage saw something much more sinister happening, and in his new book – “Stop the Coming Civil War” – he charges Obama is deliberately dividing the country.

  At the time Savage finished the manuscript, several months ago, many continued to mock the provocative notion that any president would purposefully damage the nation.

  Meanwhile, an increasing number of bewildered Democrats are distancing themselves from Obama.  But recent events, including the flood of Central American illegal aliens and the entry of the Ebola virus to the U.S., have made “Stop the Coming Civil War,” Savage’s 30th book, seem prophetic.

  In his concluding chapter, Savage bluntly states his book, published by Center Street Books, is about “the conflict the current administration is pushing in the name of a broader worldwide liberal revolution.”

“ As I see it, the forces of the left are attempting nothing less than a socialist takeover of the world economy and global politics,” he writes. “

 

WND has the story

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Best School Supplies

 

 

” It’s that time of year again—time for parents to wipe away tears of joy as they take household freedom back from the tyranny of teenagers. Just kidding. It’s an exciting but busy time of year for those going back to school (or going away to school for the first time), which can lead to frustration when deciding what’s actually necessary for things like cleaning, dorm life, electronics, food prep, class items, and even elementary school needs.

  Most back-to-school guides are full of gear students can’t afford or shouldn’t even consider in the first place. We decided to continue the tradition of publishing a researched list of the basics for a student’s home, backpack, and lecture hall. Some of our picks stem from the over 50 hours spent on fresh research and testing for this guide, while others are from full-length guides that we’ve specifically filtered for the student set.

  Remember, you may have some of this stuff already—don’t buy anything you don’t need. It’s a better idea to put that money towards student loans or trips back home during the holidays.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part 1 From Victor Wendl At Seeking Alpha

 

 

 

 

 

” Ayn Rand wrote an influential book, Atlas Shrugged, in the ’50s that seems to resurface in popularity with each new wave of government intrusion on the lives of our overregulated, overtaxed citizens. The book describes a world that was on a slow but steady path toward ever more central planning by meddling bureaucrats interfering with the entrepreneurial class who relied on one another for their production of output. As the pages of the book are turned, this “road to serfdom” (a phrase I borrow from Friedrich Hayek) reaches a peak with the last of a small subset of productive entrepreneurs dropping out of their respective professions and sealing themselves off in a secret location created by John Galt. Their isolation from government interference in Galt’s secret hideaway was designed to allow this subset of creative, hard-working individuals to pursue their dreams and live in a rational way, trading value for value with one another. The vision of Galt in his hidden refuge is consistent with the Ayn Rand objectivist philosophy that she advocated her entire life as an immigrant to America from the Soviet Union.

  Rand never wrote a sequel to Atlas Shrugged, but I wonder where she would pick up after the first novel ends. We’re left with John Galt and his band of entrepreneurial cohorts waiting to eventually reenter the failed utopia created by central planners. Taking a peek out of his libertarian lair, I wonder what Galt would think of America today. Some of the current dismal economic statistics seem consistent with the world Ayn Rand created in her fictional novel. The latest Census Bureau figures show a larger percentage of people receive some form of means-tested public assistance than work full-time. Would this be a rock-bottom entry point where Galt and his band of entrepreneurial cohorts can once again return to the world and begin rebuilding America based on principles of limited government and free markets? Not quite yet. One last worn-out shoe has yet to drop: the U.S. stock market.

  Unlike the beaten-down real economy, activity on Wall Street continues to flourish. Large banks and their institutional clients have benefited from the artificial stimulation promulgated by the Federal Reserve. By keeping interest rates near zero percent for the last five years, middle-income families receive next to nothing off their life savings, while institutional clients can borrow money at bargain rates from large banks. In a classic example of crony capitalism, banks have rewarded their institutional clients with cheap loans, enabling them to use borrowed money and speculate on stocks, driving valuations to levels not seen since before the bank bailout in 2008. The governor of the Bank of England recently commented that “banks operated in a privileged heads-I-win-tails-you-lose bubble.[i] I believe Galt would be disgusted at this unintended consequence of government intervention that is driving a wedge between the elite on Wall Street and the average American struggling to make ends meet on a beleaguered Main Street. If Galt were a stock investor, would he trade in some of his gold for fiat currency, cozying up to this collection of institutions buying large-cap stocks on margin? At these nosebleed valuation levels, Galt would probably “flip the bird” at Mr. Market before sliding back into his hidden sanctuary until greener pastures emerged in the equity investment arena. Galt strikes me as the kind of independent investor that would keep his libertarian powder dry until the current statist experiment ran its complete course, waiting patiently to scoop up the right kind of stocks at a great price. Assuming the skeleton infrastructure of an organized stock exchange still remained on the day of Galt’s return to the investment arena, what stocks would he select from the rubble left on the corner of Broad and Wall? A review of the character’s profile might give us a few clues. Let’s go through a few stock categories I believe John Galt would avoid. Buying large company stocks would probably be out of the question for Galt. In the recent past, these stocks were the economic football the large institutions speculated on with borrowed money. As already mentioned, savers deposited hard-earned money in their bank accounts and received close to a zero percent interest rate, while money was loaned out in a speculative frenzy to the bank’s institutional buddies. Adding insult to injury, not only do retirees earn about the same interest rate as preppers get off of canned goods stored in their bomb shelters, their principal is being debased from continuous quantitative easing by the Federal Reserve. The stench coming off this large-cap football used by highly leveraged institutions in stock speculation would be too much for Galt to muster a bid order. “

 

 

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Secret Service Staff Say Guarding The Former First Lady Was ‘The Worst Form Of Punishment,’ Author Reveals In Explosive New Book

 

 

 

Presidential secrets: Author Ronald Kessler rips the lid off the private lives of the the presidents in his new book

 

 

 

” Her nasty treatment, her explosive temper and her imperious attitude toward those assigned to her detail have earned former first lady Hillary Clinton the title of the most detested person under the protection of the Secret Service.

  And as a result, agents are all too happy to keep Hillary in the dark about Bill’s buxom blonde love and her secret visits to their Chappaqua home,  according to Ron Kessler in his explosive forthcoming book The First Family Detail, published by Crown Forum.

‘Agents say being on Hillary Clinton’s detail is the worst duty assignment in the Secret Service. Being assigned to her detail is a form of punishment.’

  It takes a special kind of stupid to malign and mistreat those who are responsible for protecting one’s life . Then again , arrogance is a Clinton hallmark .

” In response to a cheerful ‘Good morning, ma’am’, by a former uniformed officer, Hillary’s response to him was ‘Fuck off’.

‘ Hillary was so mistrustful and vengeful,’ a former agent told Kessler.

‘ We were basically told, the Clintons don’t want to see you, they don’t want to hear you, get of the way’, according to a former Secret Service agent.”

   As my parents always told me , the true measure of a person’s character is how you treat the people that can in no way help you advance your ambitions . 

” Foster was just one of many Hillary verbally attacked. She didn’t like law enforcement officers or the military, former Secret Service agent Lloyd Bulman stated. ‘She was just really rude to almost everybody. She’d act like she didn’t want you around, like you were beneath her.’

  She went years without speaking to some agents.

  While publicly courting law enforcement organizations, privately she felt disdain. She wanted state troopers and local police to wear suits and drive unmarked cars. No military aides could wear their uniforms in the White House.If agents driving her went over a bump, she’d swear at them.”

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The First “Fifty Shades Of Grey” Trailer Is Finally Here

 

 

 

 

 

 

” After a tease from Beyoncé on Sunday, the first real look at the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey premiered on Today on Thursday morning.

  The movie follows the relationship between innocent college graduate Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) and intimidatingly sexy business magnate Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan), who meet when she goes to his office to interview him.”

 

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21 Conservative Writers To Read At The Beach

 

 

” Conservatives have for a generation spent too much time complaining about the liberal dominance of popular culture, and too little making their own.

  But — as I argue in National Review this month — there is a growing countercultural revolt against the ingrained (and often unconscious) liberalism of mainstream popular culture, a revolt that has so far escaped widespread notice, though you can find some of it on Liberty Island, a website I founded that is devoted to the best in conservative fiction.

  After reading my introduction to this literary revolt, the editors of BuzzFeed asked me to suggest a list of conservative novels that deserve a wider audience. What follows is not the usual exercise of pointing out a handful of successful conservative authors like Tom Clancy, Tom Wolfe, or Brad Thor. Nor is it in any way exhaustive, but a brief, unsystematic survey of an as-yet uncharted territory. As such, it represents the barest hint of what is actually out there.

  This an introduction to 21 writers you probably have never heard of — and won’t, if the powers that rule the lit-crit, fanfic, and commercial publishing worlds have anything to say about it.

  So consider this a news dispatch from way, way, way outside the Beltway. Out in the lush, teeming jungle beyond the walls of the literary-industrial complex. The conservative countercultural revolt is on its way. Indeed it is already here. I didn’t say you had to like it. But give it a try — you just might! And if you have more ideas, add them in the comments section below.”

1. Robert Zubrin

Robert Zubrin
Polaris

” The Holy Land is a delightfully un-PC science fictional allegory reflecting satirically on the Middle East conflict, set in the Pacific Northwest. A perfect gift for the BDS supporter in your family.”

2. John J. Miller

John J. Miller
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

” The First Assassin is a fast-paced and impeccably researched debut thriller set in Washington, D.C., by National Review contributor John J. Miller. In 1861, as the nation teeters on the brink of civil war, Col. Charles P. Rook duels with a cunning assassin out to kill the new president before he can save the nation.”

 

3. David Frum

David Frum
212 Books

” In Patriots, the wealthy heir to a mustard fortune receives an eye-opening education in the partisan hypocrisies of life in the nation’s capital.”

 

4. Harry Stein

Harry Stein
StoneThread Publishing

” Spare him your pained expressions of empathy and politically correct euphemisms: Dwarf attorney Will Tripp, Pissed Off Attorney at Law, will use them only to defeat you in court — and laugh all the way to the bank. Picture Peter Dinklage in a three-piece suit.”

 

5. Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh
Grand Central Publishing

” And All the Saints, the fictionalized “autobiography” of Tammany boss Owney Madden, evokes a time (the Roaring ’20s) when the soul of modern America was forged: a time when ethnic slurs and sexist comments flew like bullets, judges were for sale, and you voted the way the Democrats told you — or else.”

 

6. Bob Zeidman

Bob Zeidman

 
Swiss Creek Publications

” In Good Intentions, Winston Jones, who works for the Department of Fairness, is chosen to be the next president because he is America’s most representative person. An entertaining entry in the emerging genre of nanny-state dystopia.”

 

7. Kurt Schlichter

Kurt Schlichter

 
Post Hill Press

” Conservative Insurgency is an alt-historical account of a successful struggle against progressive dominance, told in the form of oral history from the perspective of the year 2041.”

 

8. Kia Heavey

Unfiltered Creative

” Written for the YA market but appealing for all ages, Underlake is the story of a pampered cell phone–addicted urban teenager forced to spend the summer in a small town where she ultimately comes to question her assumptions and prejudices. Also check out Night Machines, a spooky psychological thriller about the danger of indulging in fantasies that threaten the things we value most.”

9. Andrew Klavan

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Thomas Nelson

” Andrew Klavan’s Empire of Lies attacks liberal media culture and The Identity Man owes an acknowledged debt to Shelby Steele. His four-book YA series The Homelanders is like 24 set in a high school. Another YA book, If We Survive, is set in a Central American country during a Sandinista- (or Chavista-) style revolution. Check out his latest, Mindwar, set to publish this week.

10. Jim Geragthy

Jim Geragthy
Crown Publishing

” The Weed Agency by National Review’s Jim Geraghty deftly skewers the out-of-control world of the federal government “in which federal budgets balloon every year, where a career can be built upon the skill of rationalizing astronomical expenses, and where the word ‘accountability’ sends roars of laughter through D.C. office buildings.”

 

“11. Myrna Sokoloff

Myrna Sokoloff
CreateSpace

” Sokoloff is a post-9/11 conservative whose writing career spans politics, finance, and film. Hand of Fatima, a prescient political thriller about a military cover-up, receives uniformly positive reviews on Amazon.”

12. Karina Fabian

Swimming Kangaroo Books

Damnation Books

” Karina Fabian is the creator of Vern the Dragon Detective, whose mordant wit laces her novels with sharp, politically incorrect social commentary. Check out Magic, Mensa and Mayhem, and Live and Let Fly. You also won’t want to miss her laugh-out-loud zombie novels, Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator, and I Left My Brains in San Francisco.’

13. Larry Correia

Larry Correia

 
Baen Books

” Larry Correia, who lists his occupations as “gun dealer, firearms instructor, accountant and writer,” is the author of the popular Monster Hunter books. Monster Hunter Nemesis, his latest installment, is out this month. Correia has recently been the target of an Emanuel Goldstein-style hate campaign by intolerant leftists in the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. Conservatives (and those liberals still concerned about protecting speech they disagree with) should buy his books to show their support.”

14. Kate Paulk

Naked Reader Press

Naked Reader Press

” Kate Paulk’s Knights in Tarnished Armor is a tale of manly knights and lovely ladies struggling (and sometimes failing) to remain true to their vows of chastity. Also check out her entertaining VampireCon series from Naked Reader Press: “There are vampires in the lobby, succubi in the beds, and bodies in the bathroom. It’s ConSensual, where the editors are demons, the writers are crazy and the vampires and werewolves might be the most stable people in the room.” Sounds like a normal day in publishing to me.”

15. Ric Locke

Ric Locke
Ric Locke

” Ric Locke’s self-published space opera Temporary Duty is a funny and inventive first effort from a talented author who died unexpectedly in 2012.”

16. John Ringo

Baen Books

Baen Books

Baen Books

 
 

” The work of the prolific John Ringo is best described in his own words: “I’m a professional author of… Well, I used to say ‘science fiction.’ Then came There Will Be Dragons, which is sci-fi with a distinct fantasy twist. Then came Ghost which is techno-thriller crossed with porn. Then came Princess of Wands, a Christian soccer mom battling demons through the power of God. Who knows what’s next?” Indeed!”

17. Tom Kratman

Baen Books

” In books like CaliphateCome and Take ThemCarnifex, and A Desert Called Peace, retired Army Col. Tom Kratman pulls no punches in his literary war against militant Islam and other foes of American freedom, undeterred by niceties like international law.”

 

18. Peter Grant

Peter Grant

Fynbos Press

” More military sci-fi is available from South African transplant Peter Grant, who has been a soldier and prison chaplain and is now a writer and Second Amendment blogger. His first science fiction series, War to the Knife, has drawn considerable critical praise.”

19. Sarah Hoyt

Sarah Hoyt

 
Baen Books

” Literary den mother Sarah Hoyt is a force of nature — writer, critic, blogger, cat fancier, wife and mother, and relentless promoter of other people’s work. A prolific author who has published 23 novels in multiple genres under a variety of pseudonyms, Sarah definitely deserves a bigger audience.”

 

 

20. Mike Baron

Dark Horse Books

IDW Publishing

” Let’s also give a shout-out to Mike Baron, the creator of Badger, two of the longest-lasting independent superhero comics. He also writes horror novels.”

21. Roger L. Simon & Sheryl Longin

Roger L. Simon & Sheryl Longin
Criterion Books

” And let me not forget The Party Line, an original play by novelist, screenwriter, and Pajamas Media founder Roger L. Simon and his wife Sheryl Longin. Well worth a read since it is unlikely to be staged on Broadway any time soon.”

” That ought to hold you until Labor Day. And remember, with e-books, there’s no need for a brown paper wrapper to hide what you’re reading. Feel free to suggest your own favorites in the comments thread!”

 

 

These 5 Censored Books Tell A History The Establishment Wants Hidden

 

 

 

 

 

Published on Jun 25, 2014

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Abby Martin speaks with NYU media studies professor, Mark Crispin Miller, about five historical books that have been actively suppressed and hidden from the American public.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dinesh D’Souza’s ‘America’ Banished From New York Times Best Seller List

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The New York Times bestseller list hasn’t waited a millisecond to put Hillary Clinton‘s book atop its influential chart after just a week of sales, but has totally ignored another top-10 hardcover from noted conservative and critic of President Obama, Dinesh D’Souza.

  His new book, on sale for three weeks, isn’t just absent from the top 10 lists already set for the next two Sundays, but totally missing from the list of the nation’s top 25 nonfiction hardcovers despite having sales higher than 13 on the latest Times chart.

  According to sales reports provided to Secrets, D’Souza’s new book America: Imagine a World Without Her, sold 4,915 in the first week and 5,592 in the second week. Had it been included on the upcoming June 22 Times hardcover nonfiction list, it would have ranked No. 8, and then No. 11 on the June 29 list that puts Clinton’s sales at 85,721. The lists are widely circulated in the publishing industry before they go public.

  The Times is somewhat mysterious in how it calculates its list, but it includes several books selling well under 3,000 copies in a week. A spokeswoman said, “We let the rankings speak for themselves and are confident they are accurate.” “

 

Washington Examiner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Books: 100 Legal Sites To Download Literature

 

 

 

 

 

The Classics

” Browse works by Mark Twain, Joseph Conrad and other famous authors here.

  1. Classic Bookshelf: This site has put classic novels online, from Charles Dickens to Charlotte Bronte.
  2. The Online Books Page: The University of Pennsylvania hosts this book search and database.
  3. Project Gutenberg: This famous site has over 27,000 free books online.
  4. Page by Page Books: Find books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and H.G. Wells, as well as speeches from George W. Bush on this site.
  5. Classic Book Library: Genres here include historical fiction, history, science fiction, mystery, romance and children’s literature, but they’re all classics.
  6. Classic Reader: Here you can read Shakespeare, young adult fiction and more.
  7. Read Print: From George Orwell to Alexandre Dumas to George Eliot to Charles Darwin, this online library is stocked with the best classics.
  8. Planet eBook: Download free classic literature titles here, from Dostoevsky to D.H. Lawrence to Joseph Conrad.
  9. The Spectator Project: Montclair State University’s project features full-text, online versions of The Spectator and The Tatler.
  10. Bibliomania: This site has more than 2,000 classic texts, plus study guides and reference books.
  11. Online Library of Literature: Find full and unabridged texts of classic literature, including the Bronte sisters, Mark Twain and more.
  12. Bartleby: Bartleby has much more than just the classics, but its collection of anthologies and other important novels made it famous.
  13. Fiction.us: Fiction.us has a huge selection of novels, including works by Lewis Carroll, Willa Cather, Sherwood Anderson, Flaubert, George Eliot, F. Scott Fitzgerald and others.
  14. Free Classic Literature: Find British authors like Shakespeare and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, plus other authors like Jules Verne, Mark Twain, and more.”

 

 

    These classics sites are only the beginning . Go to Just English and you will find links for free books in many other categories as well , like children’s books , textbooks , math & science , plays , modern fiction , philosophy , foreign language , rare books and much more , all free and legal downloads . 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

… ‘To Make Reading Sexy’

 

 

 

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” It’s spring in New York City, and that means the city’s most topless literary club is back in action. Members of the The Outdoor Co-Ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society bared their breasts in Central Park on Friday, and then again Saturday while lounging on the rooftop sundeck of a certain “nude-friendly, gay-friendly, everything-friendly boutique hotel.”

  The reading material included, of course, some pulp fiction titles like “Hunt Through The Cradle of Fear,” “Borderline,” as well as “Abraham Lincoln, Presidential Fu*k Machine,” and, er, “Moby Dick.”

  For the uninitiated, OCETPFAS formed a few years ago. It’s the group’s mission to “make reading sexy,” as well as remind New Yorkers that toplessness is very legal in New York City.

  Take a NSFW scroll below. And if you’re interested in joining the OCETPFAS, find out where the group meets next here or follow them on Twitter.”

 

HuffPost has more including many NSFW photos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

35 Sci-Fi Predictions That Have Come True

 

 

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” Printerinks’ Isabelle Turner made an incredible chart listing about 35 predictions from sci-fi books (plus Ray Kurzweil’s Age of Intelligent Machines) that have come true. The really impressive prognosticator here is John Brunner, whose 1969 novel Stand on Zanzibar correctly called everything from TV on-demand to laser printers to the collapse of Detroit.”

 

 

Read more at Vox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

35 Sci-Fi Predictions That Have Come True

 

 

Scifipredictions

 

 

 

 

” Printerinks’ Isabelle Turner made an incredible chart listing about 35 predictions from sci-fi books (plus Ray Kurzweil’s Age of Intelligent Machines) that have come true. The really impressive prognosticator here is John Brunner, whose 1969 novel Stand on Zanzibar correctly called everything from TV on-demand to laser printers to the collapse of Detroit.”

 

 

Read more at Vox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘How To Poo On A Date’ Wins Odd Book-Title Prize

 

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” A guide to coping with an awkward romantic moment has been awarded a prize for the year’s oddest book title.

Humorous self-help book “How to Poo on a Date: The Lovers’ Guide to Toilet Etiquette” triumphed Friday in the quirky Diagram Prize.

Organizers said the book, published by Prion Press, received 30 percent of votes in an online ballot. It beat other finalists including “Are Trout South African” and “Working Class Cats: The Bodega Cats of New York City.” “

 

More here for those who haven’t gotten enough already

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some Very Good News About Americans

 

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” We are all besieged daily by bad news. It is easy to become depressed about the present state of the nation, but there is some very good news as well.

  This is not to say there aren’t legitimate problems and concerns. The last two elections put a President in office that lies all the time. The nation’s economy has been so awful that 100 million Americans are either out of work or have ceased looking for work. Democrat political leaders are actually telling Americans that being unemployed is a good thing because it leaves them free to pursue their hobbies.

  The President has been pursuing a campaign to make Americans believe that there is massive income inequality when, in fact, there is relatively little. There has always been a very wealthy class and a very poor one. What there is, however, is a loss of wealth primarily in the Middle Class. As for poverty, America has long provided income mobility to those who wish to study and work hard to improve their status.

  What is rarely addressed is the seething power of American entrepreneurship which, at present, is trapped by a largely socialist federal government imposing a mountain of regulations that thwart growth and take money from the private sector that would otherwise be invested in the creation or expansion of business and industry nationwide.

  Americans have repeatedly suffered, survived, and overcome financial crises to come back to build the greatest economy in the world. Part of the reason for this are the long established values that Americans of every description embrace.

  That is why Wayne Baker’s new book, “United America: The Surprising truth about American values, American identity and the 10 beliefs that a large majority of Americans hold dear” is a welcome review that the author’s extensive research confirms.

The beliefs are:

  • Respect for others
  • Symbolic patriotism
  • Freedom
  • Security
  • Self-Reliance & Individualism
  • Equal Opportunity
  • Getting ahead
  • Pursuit of happiness
  • Justice & Fairness
  • Critical patriotism “

 

 

    Division is the tool of tyrants and their lackies in the MSM . Contrary to the endless attempts by our current rulers to foment class warfare we are more united in our core beliefs than the common media memes would have you believe .

Read more about “United America” at Canada Free Press

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How 10 Writers Got Their First Manuscript Published By A Traditional Publisher

 

 

 

 

” Some authors strive for years and years whilst others achieve success seemingly effortlessly. I love hearing success stories so I asked nine other published authors how they achieved their first break:

 

1.       Jodi Picoult (author of 21 novels about family, love and relationships) “I had over 100 rejections from agents before finding one who would take me on – who is still my agent after 25 years. She pitched the book to a company that was very large in the UK but tiny in the US, and as a result, my book wasn’t just a minnow in a pond of big fish. Instead, it got attention and it got reviewed well enough for my second book to be picked up by one of ‘The Big Six’ in the US”. 

 

 2.       Lee Child (creator of Jack Reacher – author of 18 books) “The first agent I queried liked my work. I sold Killing Floor in a two book deal to both the US and UK.  If I learned anything from this experience it’s to trust my instincts and when fortune smiles, don’t squander it”. “

 

Read about the others , including Janet Evanovich , Sarah Paretsky and Stuart MacBride .

 

 

 

 

 

 

Live-Streaming From The Atlas Shrugged Movie Set

 

 

Livestreaming Atlas Shrugged 2.7.14

 

 

” The official UStream Channel of the Atlas Shrugged Movie.”