Saturday, 30 July 2016
The Extreme Verge
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by Evelyn Hooven (August 2016)

“You are now within a foot of th’ extreme verge.  .  .  .” (King Lear, iv, vi)

 

Karl Jaspers on “boundary situations” (Grenzsituationen): “Death, suffering, struggle, chance, guilt—along with wonder and doubt—we react to them either by obfuscation or, if we really apprehend them, by despair and rebirth: we become ourselves.  .  .  .”                                               

 

                                           You led me to a verge  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 10:02 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
The Illumination of Waraka
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by A. Human Being (August 2016)

Ali Wheatley of Arkham’s Miskatonic University translated the following manuscript, which was discovered in the remains of the library of King Harshavardhana in Kanauj, The Harsha Empire, Central Bharat, which is now modern India. The manuscript is dated December 21, 633 ad and is ascribed to Waraka ibn Nawfal, who history records as the Nestorian priest who told Muhammad that the person who accosted him in the cave of Hira was the Angel Gabriel. It is worth noting that Waraka never accepted Islam.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 9:55 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
The Hotel of Other-Worldly Delights
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by James LePore (August 2016)

I wasn’t on the side of the road long before a car pulled up behind me and a very pretty young man came over and asked me in perfect English if I needed help. The used Fiat that I had bought in Rome had overheated and would not go another foot. I nodded, yes I do. What kind of pictures do you take? he asked me.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 9:49 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
Emeritus
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a jeu d’sprit

by James Como (August 2016)

Students – thousands – could no longer stand him, and so they had poisoned his vocation (for that is what teaching had been for him, a calling) with bad ratings, venomous petitions, veiled mockery, all sorts of grumblings to this dean or that, and the worst punishment of all: avoidance of his classes. It ate away at what he understood to be his standing. Then the other shoe: the provost told him his time had come. After forty years at the same plough, discrete retirement, no farewell dinner.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 9:43 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
Poetry, Survival & The Holocaust
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a review and interview with Thomas Ország-Land

Making the Impossible, Possible

by Frances Spurrier (August 2016)

Can poetry confront the evils of our time? Frances Spurrier, Reviews Editor of the eminent British literary forum Write Out Loud and herself an award-winning writer, teacher and critic, considers recent poetry issued by Thomas Ország-Land, a Jewish-Hungarian poet and foreign correspondent, and she interviews the author.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 9:37 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
Different Literary Worlds
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by Richard Kostelanetz (August 2016)

Let me suggest that in America today are several literary worlds so different and distant from one another that it’s possible for someone to be quite prominent in one and scarcely noticed in the others. One is commercial publishing whose produce is, thanks to hired publicists, acknowledged in the newspaper book reviews and chain bookstores.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 9:31 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
Shakespeare’s Enduring Conservatism
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by David P. Gontar (August 2016)

Now we speak upon our cue, and our voice is imperial.” -Shakespeare   

I.  Introduction

Shakespeare doesn’t change. We do.

Not too long ago, in a story titled “College Faculties a Most Liberal Lot” (3/29/05), The Washington Post reported that the vast majority of university professors, (72 - 87%), are liberals. In 2016, especially as to the humanities, this disparity has doubtless grown.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 9:26 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
“I’m Like, That’s Crazy”
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by Mark Zaslav (August 2016)

Figures of speech capture current trends in popular thought and culture. They offer a linguistic snapshot of our times, and the ideas (or lack thereof) that pervade it. Increasingly, this snapshot is a selfie.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 9:19 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
What Americans Should Know about Brazil’s Dual Legacy of Slavery and the Monarchy
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by Norman Berdichevsky (August 2016)

What do most Americans know about Brazil and what should they know? –  a very pertinent question in the light of much recent headline news in the media regarding worries about the country's ability to stage the Olympic games, the dangers of the Zika virus, and the scandal of an impeached woman president (Dilma Rousseff).  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 9:13 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
A Comprehensive Response to Anti-Israel Tourist Activism Talking Points, Part II
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Behind the selective criticism: Boycott advocacy for a one-state solution

by Robert Harris (August 2016)

This article addresses the propagandistic talking points of tourist activism, so designed to undermine the international standing of Israel. The anti-Israel commentaries by former RTE producer, Betty Purcell, in the aftermath of a 2015 visit to Judea and Samaria/West Bank, organised by the Bethlehem branch of the YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association), in which she toured and lived with a Christian family, are utilised as a starting point for the arguments of rebuttal featured in this essay. Part One of this series addresses other topics of contention.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 9:04 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
Israel's Optimistic Outlook
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by Michael Curtis (August 2016)

The brilliant historian David S. Landes was perceptive about the correct attitude in life. The optimists rather than the pessimists have it, he wrote, not because they are always right, but because they are positive. The need is to keep trying: no miracles, no perfection, no millennium. This outlook is the basis on which Israeli international policy is formulated.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 8:57 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
Guilt in An Age of Jihad
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by Dexter Van Zile (August 2016)

In late July, a Catholic priest, Rev. Jacques Hamel, had his head cut off by jihadists in Normandy, France. The killers, who were shot by police after the murder, videotaped themselves as they murdered the priest. They were proud of what they did and wanted others to either be terrified or energized by their actions. There have been lots of attacks over the past few months, but this one got to me. As a Roman Catholic, I can see it play out before me.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 8:51 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
Closer to Allah
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by Richard Butrick (August 2016)

Jack Jenkins, senior religion reporter for ThinkProgress, made an important point regarding the evaluation of religions:

If you try to define a religion by what is in its text, you’re already on a fool’s errand. Religion is a community. Religion, whether it’s Islam or Christianity, whether it’s Hinduism, is a group of people that interpret things, whether that’s text, whether that’s different sorts of rituals and then move on from them.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 8:46 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
See Something; Say Nothing: An Interview with DHS Whistleblower, Phillip Haney
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by Jerry Gordon, Lisa Benson, Richard Cutting and Jeffrey Epstein (August 2016)

Recent testimony before the US Senate Judiciary Committee revealed “willful blindness” by federal law enforcement and immigration agencies to the threat posed by Islamic supremacist homicidal attacks in America. We recently had the opportunity to interview Phillip Haney who testified as a panel member at the breakthrough Senate Judiciary Hearing on “Radical Islam” and terrorism.  Haney is the co-author of best-selling expose, See Something; Say Nothing:  A Homeland Security Officer Exposes the Government’s Submission to Jihad more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 8:38 AM by NER
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Saturday, 30 July 2016
Flaws in the ‘Lone Wolf’ Analysis
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by A.J. Caschetta (August 2016)

Introduction

Beginning in the late twentieth century, the West became enthralled by the term “lone wolf” and began using it to denote perpetrators of particularly heinous crimes who act without the assistance of other criminals. The term has become practically ubiquitous with journalists, analysts and politicians now instinctively applying it not only to psychopaths like Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes and Newtown, Connecticut child-killer Adam Lanza, but also to jihadists, even when they attack in pairs, like roommates Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev or husband and wife Syed Rizwan Farooq and Tashfeen Malik. Rarely has a term so frequently used been so inconsistently applied.  more>>>

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Posted on 07/30/2016 8:30 AM by NER
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