Sunday Morning Book Thread 02-28-2021

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Presidential Library, Ankara, Turkey

Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes, wine moms, frat bros, crétins sans pantalon (who are technically breaking the rules). Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, a weekly compendium of reviews, observations, snark, witty repartee, hilarious bon mots, and a continuing conversation on books, reading, spending way too much money on books, writing books, and publishing books by escaped oafs and oafettes who follow words with their fingers and whose lips move as they read. Unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these pants, which I don't particularly care about, I'm more curious about the babe in bunny ears over there on the right behind the plane. What is she doing there? How is she contributing to this ad? Or is she in the shot by mistake? How is she hooked up with these wankers? Questions abound.



Pic Note:

I get the impression that this is a (Turkish president) Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vanity project. That is, he just hired a bunch of architects and builders and told them "money is no object, just build me the biggest freakin' library you can." And they said "OK, Boss". And this is what they built:

The library, which offers bibliophiles an intellectual feast with its millions of books, has attracted great attention from visitors day and night. So far, 60,600 people have subscribed to the library online...

The design of the library itself harbors architectural influences from the Seljuk and Ottoman era, albeit with a contemporary twist, and is open 24/7 with 2 million printed books and 2 million issues of 12,500 printed magazines. In addition, 68 databases provide access to online content, include 550,000 e-books, 6.5 million electronic theses and 120 million articles and reports belonging to 60,000 e-magazines.

Also:

It is home to the Dīwān Lughāt al-Turk, the first comprehensive dictionary of Turkic languages, compiled in 1072–74 by the Turkic scholar Mahmud Kashgari among many other manuscripts and rare books.

The article didn't say how much Erdoğan's vanity project cost. No doubt a lot. It is so large, ir can accommodate up to 5,000 visitors at a time.


It Pays To Increase Your Word Power®

Don't let this happen to you:

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None Dare Call It Cancel Culture

And here. We. Go:

Amazon removes bestselling conservative book about transgender issues without explanation:

Ryan T. Anderson, author of the book When Harry Became Sally, announced on Twitter that the book could no longer be found on the retailer's website.

"I hope you’ve already bought your copy, cause Amazon just removed my book 'When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment' from their cyber shelves...

"Amazon never informed me or my publisher that it was removing my book," Anderson said in an article for First Things on Tuesday. "And Amazon’s representatives haven’t responded to our inquires about it. Perhaps they’re citing a religious objection to selling my book? Or maybe they only sell books with which they agree? (If so, they have a lot of explaining to do about why they carry Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf.)"

Anderson went on to say that Amazon still has his other books listed, including his book on defending traditional marriage, Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom. Which is kind of odd. So it's OK to carry a book critical of same-sex marriage, but not one that argues against promoting or celebrating transgenderism. Hmmm... How can that be? It could be that transgenders have supplanted gays as the apex 'woke' species. While that may be true, I think a better explanation is that the battle for SSM has been irreversibly successful, so books like Truth Overruled can no longer damage the cause. However, the battle to force everybody to affirm that a 40-year old fat guy wearing a dress and a wig is a woman is still ongoing and whose outcome is still not certain. Therefore, suppression of dissenting voices is still at a high priority.

Incidentally, as of this writing, you can still purchase When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment at Barnes & Noble. And probably other booksellers as well.



Who Dis:

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(Last week's 'who dis' was silent era movie star Pola Negri.)



nO, tHIs iS nOT a CuLt:

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The Bookshop Sketch

From the Marty Feldman sketch show "It's Marty" broadcast in 1970.



Moron Recommendations

This past week I finished "Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life" by Elizabeth Scalia, who blogs as the Anchoress. It is a superb book for Lenten reflections. Scalia uses examples from her own life and others to describe how we make idols of ourselves, our ideologies and our technology. This book was originally published in 2013, and it's become even more pertinent today as we retreat into our own political corners.

Posted by: CarolinaGirl at February 21, 2021 09:08 AM (Kh9rg)

I may have to put this one on my TBR stack. Because idolatry comes in many forms, some obvious, but others are very well disguised:

While literal golden calves no longer dot the landscape, Scalia describes how legitimate loves become obsessively twisted into idols. She unmasks idolatry in a number of everyday experiences—friendships that become needy or possessive, commitments political and religious that grow so intense they lead to hatred of others, to name a few—and points to the incarnation of Christ and authentic worship of him as a way out of idolatry and into peace, happiness, and love.

Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life is on Kindle for $11.99. Available also in paperback.

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32 I read It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis. First published in 1935, this was Lewis' warning of the fragility of democracy and how easily Fascism could take hold in America. Of course with the rise of Mussolini and Hitler at the time the threat was from the right. Today the threat is from the left. Politicians always looking for more power, globalists, large international corporations, high-tech companies, and most media are joining forces to create a world-wide government run by and for the oligarchs. It Can't Happen Here is a prescient novel which is relevant today.

Posted by: Zoltan at February 21, 2021 09:16 AM (qb8uZ)

All of the recent Amazon reviewers are jumping up and down with glee because the main character of this novel reminds them of that evil dictator Donald Trump. Of course, left-wing fascists always shriek about impending fascism as coming from the right, and they keep on saying it even as a left-wing president has barricaded himself inside the White House surrounded by a metal fence topped with razor wire and patrolled by thousands of armed guards. But Donald Trump is a dictator! I mean, who are you going to believe, CNN or your lying eyes?

87 James Burnham "Suicide of the West" (1964) when you finish Orwell and Sinclair Lewis.

Posted by: Ziba at February 21, 2021 09:36 AM (S1hrL)

Of course, Suicide of the West: An Essay on the Meaning and Destiny of Liberalism is indeed a classic conservative book.

Through studious research into past civilizations, Burnham diagnoses the 20th century and finds it afflicted with destructive, even "suicidal" tendencies - all of which arise from the “Liberal syndrome” and its inherent applications. The book explores several important questions, including why Liberalism clashes with Christianity and how Liberalism is a root cause of race riots and the rapid growth in crime. For James Burnham, who died in 1986, this book is certainly one of his greatest legacies.

I first read this book sometime in the 1980s, when I first became aware that my beliefs and my temperament made me something called "conservative" and it caused a lot of things to click into place. It is definitely worth a reread. The Kindle edition is $9.99.



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Another book that looks like it might be worth a look is The Naked Socialist: The Story of Socialism from its Ancient Roots to Modern Times by Paul Skausen:

The Naked Socialist is the real story of socialism. Complete, easy to read, no jargon, well documented, and gives a fascinating look at the raw decay of culture and economy now at work in America. It also provides a beautifully described explanation of the lasting principles of prosperity and constitutional freedoms that must be restored relatively quickly.

The Naked Socialist strips away the fakery, the false hopes, the hollow dreams, and the meaningless promises that socialists have foisted on countless millions---not just for the present, but over thousands of years.

With clear, brief, and step-by-step examples and anecdotes, the author explains what socialism is, where it came from, how it works, how to recognize it, and why it always destroys its host nation.

You will learn that the Seven Pillars of Socialism are not at all new, but a phenomenon that first appeared more than 6,000 years ago---and why socialism managed to mushroom in nations and cultures right up into today’s current events.

More than everything you ever needed (or wanted) to know about socialism in one volume. Such a deal.

And don't forget John Stormer's classic None Dare Call It Treason, which is

...a careful compilation of facts from hundreds of Congressional investigations of communism and dozens of authoritative books on the communist-socialist conspiracy to enslave America. It dissects the failures of the Eisenhower Administration just as effectively as it details the blunders of Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy and Johnson. It documents the concurrent decay in America's schools, churches, and press which has conditioned the American people to accept 20 years of retreat in the face of the communist enemy. You won't finish None Dare Call It Treason without concluding that America is in serious trouble.

The problem with the Kindle edition is that, from the preview text, it looks like someone just scanned in the text and didn't bother doing any proofreading. It looks horrible. There are many gaps in the text and inexplicable font changes, as if the OCR software was having a hard time with reading and converting the text. The free version on archive.org looks a lot more legible.

Or, perhaps better, Diana West's more recent American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nationís Character, mentioned inn previous book threads, which can be thought of as an updated version of NDCIT:

Part real-life thriller, part national tragedy, American Betrayal lights up the massive, Moscow-directed penetration of America's most hallowed halls of power, revealing not just the familiar struggle between Communism and the Free World, but the hidden war between those wishing to conceal the truth and those trying to expose the increasingly official web of lies.

American Betrayal is America's lost history, a chronicle that pits Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight David Eisenhower, and other American icons who shielded overlapping Communist conspiracies against the investigators, politicians, defectors, and others (including Senator Joseph McCarthy) who tried to tell the American people the truth.

This was probably one of the most depressing books I've ever read. I didn't want to believe it, but West documents *every one* of her claims. William F. Buckley may have banished the John Birchers from the conservative "movement", but at the end of the day, they were more right than wrong.


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So that's all for this week. As always, book thread tips, suggestions, bribes, insults, threats, ugly pants pics and moron library submissions may be sent to OregonMuse, Proprietor, AoSHQ Book Thread, at the book thread e-mail address: aoshqbookthread, followed by the 'at' sign, and then 'G' mail, and then dot cee oh emm.

What have you all been reading this week? Hopefully something good, because, as you all know, life is too short to be reading lousy books.



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1 Hot Coffee...quiet Library

Posted by: qmark at February 28, 2021 09:00 AM (hg6m+)

2 Was re-reading the Jack Ryan series until after the 4th book I got tired of it. Now re-reading the Joel C. Rosenberg Last Jihad series. Currently on the second book.

Posted by: Vic at February 28, 2021 09:00 AM (mpXpK)

3 Tolle Lege

Posted by: Skip at February 28, 2021 09:00 AM (Cxk7w)

4 hiya

Posted by: JT at February 28, 2021 09:00 AM (arJlL)

5 5!

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at February 28, 2021 09:01 AM (nUhF0)

6 Now THAT is a library.

Posted by: Vic at February 28, 2021 09:01 AM (mpXpK)

7 Booken Morgen Horden!

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at February 28, 2021 09:01 AM (nUhF0)

8 Hello librophages!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at February 28, 2021 09:02 AM (Dc2NZ)

9 Been busy since was here last, finished Bernard Cornwall's Sharpe's Prey, Rifles and Havoc.
No tablet and no radio for lunch at work will do that.

Posted by: Skip at February 28, 2021 09:03 AM (Cxk7w)

10 I nooded. BTW.. as hilarious as those pants are, I'm curious about the chick in the background with the bunny ears.

Posted by: Jewells45 at February 28, 2021 09:03 AM (nxdel)

11 The girl in the pants picture looks like an afterthought. I think she know she doesn't really fit into that group. IYKWIMAITYD.

Posted by: pep at February 28, 2021 09:04 AM (v16oJ)

12 That looks like Sam Rockwell.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at February 28, 2021 09:04 AM (Dc2NZ)

13 Kudos to our thread host and the work he puts in researching and including all things book related even if I usually bypass it to write about what I've been reading.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at February 28, 2021 09:04 AM (y7DUB)

14 Just finished Ian Irvine's 4-book series, A View from the Mirror. Definitely worth the read. I give the whole series a solid "A-". Ultimately, it is a tragedy, though the survivors do earn their just rewards in the end. They also earn their scars the hard way, many times over. No Mary Sues in this series! No Wokeness, either! (It was written over 20 years ago, which helps.) If you want an excellent fantasy series that plays around with the tropes, has memorable heroes and villains, all of which have complex motivations and backstories for their decisions, this is a good series to pick up. He's written a sequel series as well, I think, which I will probably read eventually.

Posted by: Lord Squirrel at February 28, 2021 09:05 AM (hQrcu)

15 There's a thread host?

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at February 28, 2021 09:05 AM (Dc2NZ)

16 OM I do love these fantasy pictures you find.

Posted by: Skip at February 28, 2021 09:05 AM (Cxk7w)

17 Thank you to whoever pointed out the Harry Potter "Methods of Rationality" version. I gobbled that up by Wednesday and quite enjoyed it. It gets serious very quickly and ties things up in his first year (six books and 1959 pages later, if you do the pdf versions).

Posted by: t-bird at February 28, 2021 09:05 AM (B2mhs)

18
g'mornin', book-ish 'rons

Posted by: AltonJackson at February 28, 2021 09:05 AM (aDhTC)

19 "What is she doing there? How is she contributing to this ad? Or is she in the shot by mistake? How is she hooked up with these wankers?"

She's not with them, she's with the plane. She is a gremlin. She causes inexplicable mechanical faults.

Posted by: hogmartin at February 28, 2021 09:06 AM (t+qrx)

20 That looks like Sam Rockwell.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at February 28, 2021 09:04 AM (Dc2NZ)

yep

Posted by: BignJames at February 28, 2021 09:06 AM (AwYPR)

21 Who Dis: Sam Rockwell. Good actor. If you haven't seen JoJo Rabbit, he makes the movie.

Posted by: Jak Sucio at February 28, 2021 09:07 AM (jvt6t)

22 I think I might like Paulette Jiles' "Simon the Fiddler" even more than her "News of the World". It's connected to that fine novel by the character Simon Boudlin, a young musician conscripted into the Confederate Army in the last days of the war. In the weeks following the surrender, he and some regimental bandmates are asked to play at a dinner gathering of the officers and families of both sides. There, Simon spies the lovely Irish governess Doris, who is an indentured servant to the family of a mean Union colonel. Simon is immediately smitten.

Trying to earn a living in the Texas seacoast towns, Simon teams up with penny whistle player and tatty gentleman scholar Damon, Tejano guitarist Doroteo, and Union drummer boy Patrick. They have all kinds of adventures, but Simon never forgets Doris, and takes up a secret correspondence with her. He vows to meet up with her again as a prosperous land-owner.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at February 28, 2021 09:07 AM (Dc2NZ)

23 Was Sinclair Lewis a commie symp or am I confusing him with Upton Sinclair. Rightly or otherwise I lump them together as "American writers who bore me".

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at February 28, 2021 09:08 AM (y7DUB)

24 When I went to Turkey, one of the things that really hit me was that the region has one of the oldest histories in the world. The people there are very proud of it and almost seem to laugh at others like you would a small child.
You can say what you want, but America's progressive foreign policy undermines others to be replaced with a pre-packaged, extremely shallow culture.
Whether Erdogan is exploiting that or believes it will be left to history, but he's doing good things for Turkey, which is all any leader could ask.

Posted by: squid_hunt at February 28, 2021 09:08 AM (S5OQe)

25 Sam Rockwell who just happens to be a very good actor.

Posted by: sisney at February 28, 2021 09:08 AM (7/kmB)

26 My guess is Ethan Hawke, I don't think I have ever gotten a who's dis. Ironically, when I see the previous week person's name, i regularly knew it lol.

Posted by: Quint at February 28, 2021 09:09 AM (dEOT9)

27 Was Sinclair Lewis a commie symp or am I confusing him with Upton
Sinclair. Rightly or otherwise I lump them together as "American
writers who bore me".

IIRC, they both were. And yeah, I was bored by both of them.

Posted by: pep at February 28, 2021 09:09 AM (v16oJ)

28 Oh, also forgot to include my current book count for the year -- 12

Posted by: Lord Squirrel at February 28, 2021 09:10 AM (hQrcu)

29 The article didn't say how much Erdogan's vanity project cost. No doubt a lot. It is so large, ir can accommodate up to 5,000 visitors at a time.

But due to WuFlu, it is currently limited to 10.

Posted by: Dr. Mabuse at February 28, 2021 09:10 AM (82313)

30 The girl in the pants picture looks like an afterthought. I think she know she doesn't really fit into that group. IYKWIMAITYD.
This comment was really aimed at the girl standing in the group with the guys. They seem far more interested in each other than her. The girl in the bunny ears looks like she's a Terminator who just time traveled into the picture.

Posted by: pep at February 28, 2021 09:11 AM (v16oJ)

31 Who dis is reading a book on Christian thoughts??

Cancel him now!1!1!!

Posted by: dantesed at February 28, 2021 09:12 AM (88xKn)

32 When I went to Turkey, one of the things that really hit me was that the
region has one of the oldest histories in the world.
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The irony is that the Turks are comparative newcomers, and literally didn't "build that," to coin a phrase.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at February 28, 2021 09:12 AM (llXky)

33 Glad I am not only one bored with the Sinclairs

Posted by: Skip at February 28, 2021 09:12 AM (Cxk7w)

34 he makes the movie.

He makes ANY movie.

Posted by: Jewells45 at February 28, 2021 09:12 AM (nxdel)

35 I'm currently reading Give Me A Fast Ship by Tim McGrath. It's about the history of the Continental Navy during the Revolution. Detailed and interesting.

Recommended.

Posted by: Jak Sucio at February 28, 2021 09:12 AM (jvt6t)

36 Oh, also forgot to include my current book count for the year -- 12

Posted by: Lord Squirrel at February 28, 2021 09:10 AM (hQrcu)

already?...wow.

Posted by: BignJames at February 28, 2021 09:13 AM (AwYPR)

37 Glad I am not only one bored with the Sinclairs
Posted by: Skip at February 28, 2021 09:12 AM (Cxk7w)


I like the dinosaur logo.

Posted by: hogmartin at February 28, 2021 09:13 AM (t+qrx)

38 I'm currently reading Give Me A Fast Ship by Tim McGrath. It's about the
history of the Continental Navy during the Revolution. Detailed and
interesting.


Then you'll love Ian Toll's Six Frigates.

Posted by: pep at February 28, 2021 09:13 AM (v16oJ)

39 Babar! King of da 'phants!

Posted by: SFGoth at February 28, 2021 09:14 AM (hyUPo)

40 Greetings, Moron Horde! It's been a while since I stopped by - busy with scouting adventures and writing on Fields and Energy.

I've really enjoyed some of the older histories I've uncovered, particularly Makers of Electricity. I enjoy reading histories that are unafraid to extoll the remarkable accomplishments of their subjects and and examine the virtues that made those accomplishments possible. How refreshing! You may find it for $0.99-$1.99 on Amazon or free from archive.org.

In my to read list: Patrick Byrne's The Deep Rig about the 2020 election. Get it before it gets censored for wrong-think. And John Taloni's Mars Needs Chickens.

Posted by: Hans G. Schantz at February 28, 2021 09:14 AM (we9lM)

41 Posted by: pep at February 28, 2021 09:13 AM (v16oJ)

Thanks. It's added to the list.

Posted by: Jak Sucio at February 28, 2021 09:14 AM (jvt6t)

42 "What is she doing there? How is she contributing to this ad? Or is she in the shot by mistake? How is she hooked up with these wankers?"

Dunno. But, she may be behind the plane cuz she doesn't have a Bunny-worthy bod, which makes this ad Fake News.

As a general thing, I'm all in favor of all women with rockin' bods wearing Bunny ears and a fluffy tail when in public-

by law if necessary. I wonder if I can get Senile Joe to make that an executive order?

Posted by: naturalfake at February 28, 2021 09:15 AM (dWwl8)

43 I'm currently reading The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer about a young girl coming of age in Poland during WWII. Excellent read so far.

Posted by: Jewells45 at February 28, 2021 09:15 AM (nxdel)

44 Babar! King of da 'phants!
Quiz time! For what historical figure is Babar named?

Posted by: pep at February 28, 2021 09:15 AM (v16oJ)

45 I was going to pass over the Word Power entry until I noticed an error, then saw...oh, I get it....

Posted by: OrangeEnt at February 28, 2021 09:15 AM (7bRMQ)

46 Posted by: Jewells45 at February 28, 2021 09:15 AM (nxdel)


That sounds very topical for today.

Posted by: Jak Sucio at February 28, 2021 09:16 AM (jvt6t)

47 Good Morning Ace of Staids

Posted by: REDACTED at February 28, 2021 09:16 AM (6iURM)

48 I had another productive reading week. First I finished The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brian and what it may have lacked in At Swim Two Birds ability to successfully nest multiple narrations within themselves, it more than made up for by being an innovative story of a world that makes no sense to an unnamed narrator being ultimately explicated in a most unusual manner. But after finishing it I found out it wasn't published until after his death because his dipshit publisher rejected it which made no fucking marketing sense compared to his prior work. When it did come out it was ecstatically received. Not being able to sell it may have stunted any future work of an excellent writer although to paraphrase John Lee Hooker "if it's in him it's got to come out". Anyway highly recommended.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at February 28, 2021 09:17 AM (y7DUB)

49 I've been reading about dog training, canning and preserving, and downloaded a free Joseph Conrad book, Under Western Eyes.

Posted by: CN at February 28, 2021 09:18 AM (ONvIw)

50 Good morning fellow Book Threadists. I hope everyone had a great week of reading.

Posted by: JTB at February 28, 2021 09:18 AM (7EjX1)

51 @32 Lloyd

If you look at it as one homogeneous ethnic group, sure. That makes it easier for historians, but I don't agree that's how it works in reality.

Posted by: squid_hunt at February 28, 2021 09:18 AM (S5OQe)

52 I've been reading about dog training, canning and preserving
Posted by: CN at February 28, 2021 09:18 AM (ONvIw)


O_O

Posted by: hogmartin at February 28, 2021 09:19 AM (t+qrx)

53 Good Mourning

Posted by: REDACTED at February 28, 2021 09:19 AM (6iURM)

54 Livy has now brought me up to 311 BC, and Rome is embroiled in the Samnite wars. He goes into great detail on the disaster of the Caudine Forks, a strange episode in Roman history. Briefly, the Samnites trapped the main Roman field army in a defile with no way to get out or defend themselves. They didn't even need to fight them, they could simply starve them to death.

The Romans asked for terms and the Samnites asked their wisest man to give his advice. His first answer was "Let them go." They didn't like this, so asked him again and he said "Kill them all." This left them even more confused, so he explained that they should either show mercy and obtain a peace treaty or fight them to the finish. Anything else is self-defeating.

Naturally the Samnites choose a different option, which is forcing the entire army (and its leaders) "under the yoke" while wearing only a single garment. This involves crawling under a bar in the dirt while everyone in the opposing army taunts them - sort of a cruel limbo contest. As predicted, it enrages the Romans who go on a spree of vengeance.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at February 28, 2021 09:19 AM (llXky)

55 Correction: Babur.

Posted by: pep at February 28, 2021 09:19 AM (v16oJ)

56 I keep trying to type a simple one line sentence with no punctuation. It is not copy and paste. Pixy has rejected it three times.

Posted by: grammie winger at February 28, 2021 09:20 AM (45fpk)

57 Nice Lieberry!

Those pants....those are my kinda pants.

The Who Dis is I have no idea.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at February 28, 2021 09:20 AM (R/m4+)

58 OM thank you for that link. OI just downloaded None Call It Treason. And surprise, I was able to copy it to my Kindle 10. That is the first one I succeeded in that on.

Posted by: Vic at February 28, 2021 09:20 AM (mpXpK)

59 Good morning Bookists, thanks OM!

Finally finished William Slim's Defeat into Victory. It is now my favorite 'general's memoirs'. I read slowly, and I read it online from the archives, which is annoying, but I didn't have to fork over the big bucks needed to buy it. several book-rons here have recommended it; add my name to the list.

Ya'll have a great day. Off to prep for a smoked brisket, my project of the day, here in the soggy swampland of Virginia Peninsula.

Posted by: goatexchange at February 28, 2021 09:20 AM (HgBj4)

60 Posted by: REDACTED at February 28, 2021 09:19 AM (6iURM)

ISWYDT

Posted by: Jak Sucio at February 28, 2021 09:21 AM (jvt6t)

61 And John Taloni's Mars Needs Chickens.

I would be interested in that.

Posted by: grammie winger at February 28, 2021 09:21 AM (45fpk)

62 That sounds very topical for today.

Indeed. As I am reading this I'm reminded of the many times people have called me a Nazi simply because of who I voted for. They throw the term around so much it's become meaningless. And shouldn't be meaningless. Ever.

Posted by: Jewells45 at February 28, 2021 09:21 AM (nxdel)

63 12 That looks like Sam Rockwell.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at February 28, 2021 09:04 AM (Dc2NZ)


And there's a good reason for that.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at February 28, 2021 09:22 AM (YPsfy)

64 I read Sophie Hannah's 'Closed Casket', one of her Poirot mysteries, based on Agatha Christie's famous detective. Last week or the one before, someone here let slip a clue from this story, that a major character gives away the ending of a mystery novel, but my memory is so bad, I couldn't remember what the significance of the clue was, so it didn't spoil the story!

This novel wasn't as good as her first one, 'The Monogram Murders', mainly because the entire "cast" was so horribly obnoxious. I literally hated every single member of the family in the country house where the murder took place, along with the servants and the local police inspector. They really were vile people. Christie had a lighter touch, and could create people who were decidedly unlikable, but without edging over into downright loathsome territory. I don't feel too motivated to read any more from this author.

Posted by: Dr. Mabuse at February 28, 2021 09:22 AM (82313)

65 AH Lloyd, I finally ordered and read your "Long Live Death"
Spanish Civil War history. I quite enjoyed it. The war was a piece of pre WW II history I had glossed over, when indeed it was intricately related to it, with many of the world powers participating. Great explanation of the involve parties, and it cut through most of the historical revisionism from the times.
Having traveled in Spain a few years ago, the geographical references made much more sense to me and the maps helped, though there could have been more.
4 star review, but only because the occasional proofing errors distracted me. I live and die by the red pen.
Good job, MoronAuthor!

Posted by: RI Red at February 28, 2021 09:22 AM (uA1sw)

66 Then you'll love Ian Toll's Six Frigates.


Posted by: pep at February 28, 2021 09:13 AM (v16oJ)

I have heard that is good, i need to check it out. The only nautical book I have read in ages was "Last Flag Down" by Ron Powers. It was a good book as I recall. So much about how a fighting ship worked back then. One interesting thing is they had crew from all over the world, of many races and nationalities.

Posted by: Quint at February 28, 2021 09:22 AM (dEOT9)

67 I don't have a kindle. I still prefer a real book. I may check out the library for your suggestions OM.

Posted by: Jewells45 at February 28, 2021 09:23 AM (nxdel)

68 Thank you Mrs. Malaprop.

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at February 28, 2021 09:23 AM (2BZBZ)

69 Just read an ebook version of Where the Crawdads Sing, the setting being the marshes of North Carolina. Having been written in 2018, it had it's politically correct tropes, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

Posted by: Unkaren at February 28, 2021 09:23 AM (ruKrO)

70 52, I won't be canning any dogs. LOL

Posted by: CN at February 28, 2021 09:23 AM (ONvIw)

71 25 Sam Rockwell who just happens to be a very good actor.
Posted by: sisney at February 28, 2021 09:08 AM (7/kmB)


I just saw him in JoJo Rabbit, a movie I had missed when it first came out in 2019. Rockwell and the movie itself are both excellent.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at February 28, 2021 09:24 AM (YPsfy)

72 One interesting thing is they had crew from all over the world, of many races and nationalities.
Yes, but unlike our modern Navy, no trannies.

Posted by: pep at February 28, 2021 09:24 AM (v16oJ)

73 Grammie Winger: I enjoyed John Taloni's "The Compleat Martian Invasion: Earth's Defense Awakens." His "Mars Needs Chickens" blurb:

Giant chickens run amok on Mars! When Katy steals her father's experimental dinosaur growth serum to help her runt chicken, it works much better than she could have anticipated. Can she keep her chicken from ruining the dome that the colony lives under?

Also includes "Lord of the Rings Short Version" with a flight to a Martian Mount Doom!

Contains two stories of giant Martian chickens totalling 12K words. Priced to move at 99 cents!

Posted by: Hans G. Schantz at February 28, 2021 09:24 AM (we9lM)

74 I've been reading about dog training, canning and preserving

Posted by: CN at February 28, 2021 09:18 AM (ONvIw)

O_O

Posted by: hogmartin at February 28, 2021 09:19 AM (t+qrx)

That's what I thought.

Posted by: BignJames at February 28, 2021 09:24 AM (AwYPR)

75 Posted by: Quint at February 28, 2021 09:22 AM (dEOT9)

That's what I found surprising as well. They had to go to jails and taverns and press men into service. Even British navy personnel. The conditions on most sailing ships would gag a maggot.

Posted by: Jak Sucio at February 28, 2021 09:24 AM (jvt6t)

76 Spied another used book store couple blocks from where I am working tomorrow so will check what they have. I like used book stores, sometimes find Jems

Posted by: Skip at February 28, 2021 09:25 AM (Cxk7w)

77 Carmine Jr. had the acyrologia.

Posted by: Dr. Varno at February 28, 2021 09:25 AM (vuisn)

78 Contains two stories of giant Martian chickens totalling 12K words. Priced to move at 99 cents!

Posted by: Hans G. Schantz at February 28, 2021 09:24 AM (we9lM)


I'll definitely check that out! I could read it while I wear my Tshirt that says "I just want to drink wine and hang out with my chickens."

Posted by: grammie winger at February 28, 2021 09:26 AM (45fpk)

79 Acyrologia? Never herd of it.

Posted by: Norm Crosby at February 28, 2021 09:26 AM (YVr6v)

80 74. It did read funny. My grandmothers were both great at preserving produce. Time to learn, IMO.

Posted by: CN at February 28, 2021 09:27 AM (ONvIw)

81 I like used book stores, sometimes find Jems

Posted by: Skip at February 28, 2021 09:25 AM (Cxk7w)

Are there holograms?

Posted by: OrangeEnt at February 28, 2021 09:27 AM (7bRMQ)

82 Acyrologia is my both my vacation and my avocation.

And for These Pants I dug into the archives:

A Pronounced Difference - a limerick

After all of man's plans have been laid
And everyone's dues have been paid
As I so often feared
English is weird
I have a feeling we all have been 'plaid'.

Posted by: Muldoon at February 28, 2021 09:27 AM (m45I2)

83 45 I was going to pass over the Word Power entry until I noticed an error, then saw...oh, I get it....
Posted by: OrangeEnt at February 28, 2021 09:15 AM (7bRMQ)

OrangeEnt - It's a mute point.

Posted by: RI Red at February 28, 2021 09:27 AM (uA1sw)

84 Livy pauses in his narrative to speculate on whether Alexander the Great could have done much against Rome. He claims (with some justification) that Rome would have worn the Macedonians out. He quotes Alexander of Epirus (uncle of the Great) who says that his nephew is being hailed as a genius because he's fighting women, while the Greeks in Italy have to fight against men.

Livy notes that at this time the Roman Army has reached the full flower of its martial professionalism. The commanders as well have learned their trade and Livy lists off a bunch of consuls and dictators who won crushing victories and likely would have opposed Alexander.

Among the names, the one that cracked me up the most was Manius Curius. Lucius Volumnius is also amusing. Lucius Papirius Cursor is another good one.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at February 28, 2021 09:27 AM (llXky)

85 I read Unmasked: Inside Antifa's Radical Plan To Destroy Democracy by Andy Ngo. Ngo is a photojournalist from Portland, Oregon who has covered dozens of Antifa and BLM riots. He spent a week undercover in CHAZ in Seattle. In this book he details his time covering these riots. From Project Veritas, Andy obtained the training syllabus for Rose City Antifa (Portland) which he includes here. He also gives the history of Antifa and how it was imported here from Europe. Andy has been beaten several times, suffering black eyes and split lips. He has also suffered a brain bleed which has caused ongoing health problems.


I live in a county which has an excellent library system which usually accedes to my purchase requests; so I no longer buy many books. I bought this one to support Andy. Brave, honest journalists are exceedingly rare these days and deserve our support.

Posted by: Zoltan at February 28, 2021 09:27 AM (qb8uZ)

86 OMG I have acrologiaphobia! "Tow the line", indeed!

Still reading last week's Harry Potter remake, and its still top-notch writing.

Posted by: Taqiyyologist (bofa/deez) at February 28, 2021 09:27 AM (OssQ4)

87 Where are ya'll seeing this "girl in the pants" pic?

Posted by: Vic at February 28, 2021 09:28 AM (mpXpK)

88 OrangeEnt - It's a mute point.

Posted by: RI Red at February 28, 2021 09:27 AM (uA1sw)

Shhh! This is a library.

Posted by: OrangeEnt at February 28, 2021 09:28 AM (7bRMQ)

89 Ya'll have a great day. Off to prep for a smoked brisket, my project of the day, here in the soggy swampland of Virginia Peninsula.

Posted by: goatexchange at February 28, 2021 09:20 AM (HgBj4)

Where 'bouts? Went to Jr/Sr HS in Yorktown.

Posted by: BignJames at February 28, 2021 09:28 AM (AwYPR)

90 That's what I found surprising as well. They had to
go to jails and taverns and press men into service. Even British navy
personnel. The conditions on most sailing ships would gag a maggot.

Posted by: Jak Sucio at February 28, 2021 09:24 AM (jvt6t)

you said it. they also got men from ships they sunk or commandeered. They had a choice I suppose, one was to join the crew.

Posted by: Quint at February 28, 2021 09:29 AM (dEOT9)

91 Anyway, the Conrad book caught my interest. I think the same person who recommended the James book, the Princess Casamassima recommended it.

Posted by: CN at February 28, 2021 09:30 AM (ONvIw)

92 Posted by: Taqiyyologist (bofa/deez) at February 28, 2021 09:27 AM (OssQ4)


Saw a car being towed, and on the back glass in white shoe polish: IN TOE

Posted by: Jak Sucio at February 28, 2021 09:31 AM (jvt6t)

93 Having traveled in Spain a few years ago, the
geographical references made much more sense to me and the maps helped,
though there could have been more.

4 star review, but only because the occasional proofing errors distracted me. I live and die by the red pen.

Good job, MoronAuthor!

Posted by: RI Red at February 28, 2021 09:22 AM (uA1sw)

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Glad you liked it. The error rate is a mystery to me, because I've edited that book more closely than any of my others. People have sent me lists and I think I'm on the third revision. I think the fact that there's a lot of technical terms and Spanish phrases make it extra complex.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at February 28, 2021 09:31 AM (llXky)

94 For our very own Cat Ass Trophy -- a logo picture.
https://tinyurl.com/c3k3h68z

Posted by: andycanuck at February 28, 2021 09:31 AM (d6he9)

95 Acyrologia: "Reticent" is a word that is abused by pretentious, faux-smart dunces (e.g. journalists) who think it means "reluctant" or "hesitant" or some mash-up of those two words. It doesn't. But I've got a new word now - "acyrologian" which I'll define as a pretentious dumb ass who misues fancy words to appear smarter than he is.

Posted by: Buck Throckmorton at February 28, 2021 09:31 AM (d9Cw3)

96 For what historical figure is Babar named?

******

I think it was the Sultan of Suwat, Babar Ooth.

Posted by: Muldoon at February 28, 2021 09:32 AM (m45I2)

97 Posted by: Vic at February 28, 2021 09:28 AM (mpXpK)

In the body of the opening thread paragraph, there is a link.
Men of a certain age (29) will recognize those fine threads.

Posted by: Jak Sucio at February 28, 2021 09:32 AM (jvt6t)

98 Hey, Hans!
Still waiting for the next volume!

Posted by: RI Red at February 28, 2021 09:33 AM (uA1sw)

99 My goal is to average at least 1 book per week during the year. Some books may take a little longer than a week. I keep track of my reading via Google Sheets: https://tinyurl.com/4h4umj73

Posted by: Lord Squirrel at February 28, 2021 09:33 AM (hQrcu)

100 "Suicide" is the wrong word. From the Rosenbergs handing Russia nuclear secrets, to the shadowy New York cabal that dominated the media even then, a great deal of the attack on the West has come from hostile outsiders more concerned with the rights of terrorists than of average Americans.

That Jonah Goldberg had the cheek to publish a book with the same name but exact opposite perspective is yet another example of their hostility to America.

Posted by: trev006 at February 28, 2021 09:33 AM (0HpOW)

101 I like used book stores, sometimes find Jems

Posted by: Skip at February 28, 2021 09:25 AM (Cxk7w)


I like them too, but I was reading too quickly and thought you wrote "...sometimes find Jesus" I... guess that's possible, I mean, you can find Jesus anywhere, right? It's just not the first thing I expect to find when I go to a used book store.

Posted by: Dr. Mabuse at February 28, 2021 09:34 AM (82313)

102 I also finished The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern in which she effectively incorporated the appeal of The Night Circus in a longer more open ended work. She successfully writes about things which usually make me roll my eyes when done by a lesser writer and makes her characters interesting enough that you want to keep finding out what happens to them. And she portrays unusual settings very well. She knows how to market herself well because I found, after I finished, a discussion group she has on Goodreads where she talks about various aspects of the book. Unfortunately most of her acolytes are ditzy skirts more at home reading Tiger Beat and squeeeeing about Beatlemania so to hell with interacting with those dumbasses compared to here. Someone here wrote something derogatory about the book having a homo factor that made me think WTF and dread approaching text with awkward descriptions of cocks and jizz but there was really none of that

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at February 28, 2021 09:34 AM (y7DUB)

103 I don't have a kindle. I still prefer a real book. I may check out the library for your suggestions OM.

Posted by Jewells at February 28, 2021 09:23 AM (nxdel)
I prefer real books too, but my eyesight is failing and I can no longer read regular books. The Large Print section of the library is inadequate, so I bought a Kindle Paperwhite. I can adjust the font size all the way up to HUGE. It's small enough to fit in my purse if I want to read something while waiting for a Dr. appointment. I got a cover that is similar to a hollowed-out book, so the Paperwhite slides right in and I still have a cover to open and close. I love it.

Posted by: grammie winger at February 28, 2021 09:34 AM (45fpk)

104 If you look at it as one homogeneous ethnic group,
sure. That makes it easier for historians, but I don't agree that's how
it works in reality.


Posted by: squid_hunt at February 28, 2021 09:18 AM (S5OQe)

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There are lots of "legacy" populations still within Turkish borders, but it's not like they didn't try to clean them out from time to time.

That's why the whole "Islam is religion of peace" crap really rankles when the Turks preach it.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at February 28, 2021 09:35 AM (llXky)

105 i have heard the Rockwell name but looking at the filmography, for whatever reason, we rarely crossed paths. I did see The Assassination of Jesse James and I always wanted to see Richard Jewell, but other than that, there wasn't a one I saw. I think I did see Galaxy Quest too but it didn't leave the mark on me it did on so many it seems.

Posted by: Quint at February 28, 2021 09:35 AM (dEOT9)

106 Thanks RI Red. The good news is that I realized I can't tie up my Hidden Truth saga in one more book without it being 180-200k words long. Instead I'm aiming for three more shorter novels of about 60k-70k words each. That should help me get the novels out sooner - as soon as I finish Fields and Energy.

Posted by: Hans G. Schantz at February 28, 2021 09:35 AM (we9lM)

107 sorry for the poor formatting. Pixy hates me today.

Posted by: grammie winger at February 28, 2021 09:36 AM (45fpk)

108 Reticent" is a word that is abused by pretentious, faux-smart dunces
(e.g. journalists) who think it means "reluctant" or "hesitant" or some
mash-up of those two words. It doesn't.
Naturally, I had to go and look up synonyms for reticent, among which reluctant and hesitant are absent. So far so good, since it means reserved, restrained, tightlipped, etc. However, one of the listed synonyms was new to me: "wouldn't say boo to a goose". Why a goose? And why would you want to startle one?

Posted by: pep at February 28, 2021 09:36 AM (v16oJ)

109 I think it was the Sultan of Suwat, Babar Ooth.
I cannot improve on this.

Posted by: pep at February 28, 2021 09:37 AM (v16oJ)

110 For my Lenten meditations, I read Death on a Friday Afternoon by Richard Neuhaus. Published in 2000, this is a series of meditations based on the Christ's crucifixion and his last words on the Cross. This had been recommended a while ago, and I found it thought-provoking and gave me a better understanding of the meaning of Jesus' sacrifice. Only complaint was that sometimes I wished Fr. Neuhaus would get to his point a little faster. Rating = 4.5/5.0

Also read The Man-God by Patrick Carroll. Published in 1927, this is a explanation of Jesus' life and preaching told from a Catholic perspective intended for High School or College students. Each chapter is short and has some study topics. I found it be an excellent synopsis and Fr. Carroll usually presented his information very clearly. The book helped me get a better understanding of why the Pharisees were so determined to kill Jesus. Rating = 5.0/5.

Posted by: Retired Buckeye Cop is now an engineer at February 28, 2021 09:37 AM (pJWtt)

111 I'm having cuck au vin today

Posted by: Ricky Wilson at February 28, 2021 09:37 AM (6iURM)

112 This week I finished Jasper T. Scott's original Dark Space trilogy. It has been in my kindle library for a few years and I finally got around to it. Pretty fun space opera.

Posted by: DIY Daddio at February 28, 2021 09:38 AM (RJscS)

113 Posted by: grammie winger at February 28, 2021 09:36 AM (45fpk)


Roll Out The Barrell!

Posted by: Pixy Polka at February 28, 2021 09:38 AM (jvt6t)

114 During my Lansing perambulations, I visited Curious Books:

http://www.curiousbooks.com/

Snagged a couple old thymie SF paperbacks, "The Wailing Asteroid" by Murray Leinster and "Secret of the Black Planet" by Milton Lesser. I also bought editions of Anne McCaffrey's Dragonsinger series with cover art by Elizabeth Malzcynski.

https://fairyroom.com/2012/05/elizabeth-littman-pt1/

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at February 28, 2021 09:40 AM (Dc2NZ)

115 Roll Out The Barrell!

Posted by: Pixy Polka at February 28, 2021 09:38 AM (jvt6t)


It's Beer-Thirty already?

Posted by: grammie winger at February 28, 2021 09:40 AM (45fpk)

116 That Jonah Goldberg had the cheek to publish a book
with the same name but exact opposite perspective is yet another example
of their hostility to America.

Posted by: trev006 at February 28, 2021 09:33 AM (0HpOW)

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One of the most salient aspects of the Never Trump psyche is its crippling social inferiority complex. Goldberg desperately craves being thought a serious scholar, but he's not. He's a gadfly - most of the are - and their work was never that good. In an environment where non-liberal ideas don't get much ink, anyone who takes issue with it naturally gets a boost, but it's clear it was always a grift.

I never bought any of the NR crew's books because they always seemed to be dressed-up anthologies of their articles. Since I frequented the site daily, I never bothered to buy Liberal Fascism because I felt I already knew all the arguments - and I also knew that Goldberg wasn't in any way the first person to figure them out.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at February 28, 2021 09:40 AM (llXky)

117 There's a thread host?
Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at February 28, 2021 09:05 AM


You can tell by the paisley ascot.

Posted by: AoSHQ Book Thread Pants Monitor at February 28, 2021 09:40 AM (DMUuz)

118 I'm continuing my program of comfort reading to avoid hearing the news. This is a purely defensive move to keep from constant rage.

- A couple of L'Amour Sackett books: Sackett Brand and Ride the River
- The second Liturgical Mystery: The Baritone Wore chiffon
- original Conan stories
- Some of the Skylark books where Richard Seaton goes from being a DC lab schlub to master of the universe and destroyer of entire species. Very satisfying reading

Posted by: JTB at February 28, 2021 09:41 AM (7EjX1)

119 However, one of the listed synonyms was new to me: "wouldn't say boo to a goose". Why a goose? And why would you want to startle one?
Posted by: pep at February 28, 2021 09:36 AM (v16oJ)


Geese are used in a few turns of phrases. "Like shit through a goose" was surely written by a golfer.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at February 28, 2021 09:41 AM (y7DUB)

120 OK, found it.

Posted by: Vic at February 28, 2021 09:41 AM (mpXpK)

121 Is it pronounced:

1. Buh-BAR
2. BABB-ar
3. BAY-bar
4. babber

?

Posted by: Muldoon at February 28, 2021 09:42 AM (m45I2)

122 Sam Rockwell disappears into roles, and has great range. He's one of our best.

Posted by: Ignoramus at February 28, 2021 09:43 AM (ZHVt1)

123 Geese are used in a few turns of phrases. "Like shit through a goose" was surely written by a golfer.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at February 28, 2021 09:41 AM (y7DUB)

what is good for the goose is good for the gander.

Posted by: Quint at February 28, 2021 09:43 AM (dEOT9)

124 'Cuse my Sultan of Suwat joke only works if it's pronounced BAY-bar.

Posted by: Muldoon at February 28, 2021 09:44 AM (m45I2)

125 Post-dramatic stress disorder is very common these days.

Posted by: zmdavid at February 28, 2021 09:44 AM (xqRaG)

126 Your goose is cooked.

Posted by: Jak Sucio at February 28, 2021 09:44 AM (jvt6t)

127 125: Stealing that!

Posted by: CN at February 28, 2021 09:45 AM (ONvIw)

128 ?
The historical figure was Babur, the first Mughal Emperor of India. Apparently the word has various pronunciations, including Babar. I don't really know if the elephant was named for him, but it seems like a good bet. It's really hard to read histories of that era without imagining the elephant all the time. Ironically, Babur means "tiger" in Persian.

Posted by: pep at February 28, 2021 09:45 AM (v16oJ)

129 Richard Neuhaus seems to believe in Universal Salvation.

IDK. If the Lord wills it, so be it. But I don't think so.

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at February 28, 2021 09:45 AM (2BZBZ)

130 Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd - enjoyed your timely Long Live Death. What next can we expect from you?

Posted by: Hans G. Schantz at February 28, 2021 09:45 AM (we9lM)

131 121: If you're talking Babar, the French kiddie show pronounced it BAH-Bar.

Posted by: CN at February 28, 2021 09:46 AM (ONvIw)

132 Ironically, Babur means "tiger" in Persian.
I mean, it's a real farsi.

Posted by: pep at February 28, 2021 09:47 AM (v16oJ)

133 I love the 'acyrologia' explanation. Some of the first laughs I've had for a few weeks.

The painting of the little girl stretching her imagination as she reads is technically excellent and emotionally wonderful.

Thanks to OM for those and the thread every week.

Posted by: JTB at February 28, 2021 09:47 AM (7EjX1)

134 I really don't know when to use "alright" and when to use "all right".

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at February 28, 2021 09:48 AM (VVEnO)

135 'Cuse my Sultan of Suwat joke only works if it's pronounced BAY-bar.

It works irregardless.

Posted by: pep at February 28, 2021 09:48 AM (v16oJ)

136 Erdogan's presidential library >>>>>>> Obama's presidential library

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at February 28, 2021 09:49 AM (nUhF0)

137 He's an elephant but self identifies as a tiger?

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at February 28, 2021 09:49 AM (VVEnO)

138 I've only read one Joseph Conrad book. It was a short story or novel called 'Typhoon'. Interesting.

Posted by: dantesed at February 28, 2021 09:50 AM (88xKn)

139 what is good for the goose is good for the gander.


Posted by: Quint at February 28, 2021 09:43 AM (dEOT9)
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Memorably employed by Spock in "Wrath of Khan."

Which in turn reminds me of another annoying thing about Goldberg: his one-note joke telling style. He liked to use a stupid one-liner about a water buffalo and kept demanding that people translate it into Klingon only to be told time and again that it wouldn't make sense because it relies on English world play. Someone who spoke an actual foreign language (that is, a real intellectual, not a fake one) would know this.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at February 28, 2021 09:50 AM (llXky)

140 A big, fat goose egg.

Is it pronounced:

1. Buh-BAR


That one.

Posted by: t-bird at February 28, 2021 09:50 AM (KfC1e)

141 How I remember that it is the weekend: Coffee Thread, Pet Thread, Book Thread and Gun Thread.
The Cobs and Commentariat make this place.

I will fawn over the Weekday Threads at some point.

Posted by: RI Red at February 28, 2021 09:51 AM (uA1sw)

142 There's a thread host?
Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread)

You can tell by the paisley ascot.
Posted by: AoSHQ Book Thread Pants Monitor


Suit pants, paisley ascot, and nothing else does make one stand out.

Posted by: mikeski at February 28, 2021 09:51 AM (P1f+c)

143 I really don't know when to use "alright" and when to use "all right".
Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at February 28, 2021 09:48 AM (VVEnO)


I just looked it up and they're interchangeable. Frankly until I looked it up I didn't think alright was a real word.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at February 28, 2021 09:52 AM (y7DUB)

144 I have to presume none of the leftist reviews of It Can't Happen Here were written by people who actually read the book. There is a section where the protagonist helplessly witnesses a crowd of Buzz Windrip's "Minutemen" savagely attacking and beating someone in the street over an insult to their candidate. It is uncanny how it resembles today's left-wing mob behavior.

Posted by: Taqiyyologist (bofa/deez) at February 28, 2021 09:52 AM (OssQ4)

145 Post-dramatic stress disorder is very common these days.
Posted by: zmdavid

Boy, you said it. I tried to watch fat black chick Equalizer.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at February 28, 2021 09:52 AM (VVEnO)

146 138 I've only read one Joseph Conrad book. It was a short story or novel called 'Typhoon'. Interesting.
Posted by: dantesed at February 28, 2021 09:50 AM (88xKn)

He had an almost cult following when I was in HS, as did Hesse.

Posted by: CN at February 28, 2021 09:53 AM (ONvIw)

147 ai-rite

Posted by: Ignoramus at February 28, 2021 09:53 AM (ZHVt1)

148 I just looked it up and they're interchangeable. Frankly until I looked it up I didn't think alright was a real word.
Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt

So it's like Bill and Melinda Gates math.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at February 28, 2021 09:54 AM (VVEnO)

149 is it "geese the skids" of "greece the skids" ??

Posted by: REDACTED at February 28, 2021 09:55 AM (6iURM)

150 I just say 'awright' and be done with it.

Posted by: grammie winger at February 28, 2021 09:55 AM (45fpk)

151 Speaking of, I gots to go load some stuff, shoot and be ready for the Gun Thread.
Buh Bye, Bookies, and thanks Moron Authors.

Posted by: RI Red at February 28, 2021 09:55 AM (uA1sw)

152 if you say it tree times in a row, i think you go with alright. Another movie I never saw.

Posted by: Quint at February 28, 2021 09:55 AM (dEOT9)

153 My doggie just past gas.

Posted by: Northernlurker, surgite at February 28, 2021 09:55 AM (lgiXo)

154 I like used book stores, sometimes find Jems

Posted by: Skip at

I was in a Dolar Store on Sat and they had the DVD Promethius on sale for a dollar !

Posted by: JT at February 28, 2021 09:56 AM (arJlL)

155 >>>However, one of the listed synonyms was new to me: "wouldn't say boo to a goose". Why a goose? And why would you want to startle one?

I was playing golf with a buddy a few years ago. We came to a hole with water down the entire left side of the fairway. My buddy's drive landed in the left rough right next to the water.

Walking toward his ball, he noted a goose along the shore and several hatchlings near by. As he got close, mama goose started going nuts, hissing and spiting and whatnot. As he got even closer to his ball, mama goose charged him, still hissing and spitting. My buddy backpedaled, fending off the goose with the golf club in his hand. Then he turned and ran. I, of course, was laughing my ass off as mama goose stopped and returned to her hatchlings.

My buddy took a drop in the fairway, to which I registered my objection, but to no avail.

Posted by: Norm Crosby at February 28, 2021 09:56 AM (YVr6v)

156 "Post-dramatic stress disorder"

When just want everyone to calm the fuck down.

Posted by: fluffy at February 28, 2021 09:56 AM (UnQlg)

157 So, for all intensive purposes, acyrologia is a malapropism. You're pretentious if you deploy one unwittingly. You're clever if you use them on purpose. And you're a member of the Moron Horde if you use one unwittingly but cover up by saying, "I did that on purpose!"

Posted by: Muldoon at February 28, 2021 09:57 AM (m45I2)

158 Uh-oh, they're on to us. Super genius Allyssa Milano has noticed that the stage at CPAC is in the form of a Nordic rune, which is, of course, just another term for Nazis.
https://tinyurl.com/47a72was

Posted by: pep at February 28, 2021 09:57 AM (v16oJ)

159 Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd - enjoyed your timely Long Live Death. What next can we expect from you?

Posted by: Hans G. Schantz at February 28, 2021 09:45 AM (we9lM)

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I'm not sure. I keep looking at a sequel to Battle Officer Wolf, but the motivation isn't quite there. Over the last few weeks I've been listening to the Lord of Spirits podcast over at Ancient Faith and it's got my brain a churning over a long-neglected story set in Atlantis that I'd like to bring up again.

Atlantis was another obsession of mine from college that's sort of hovered in the back of my mind over the years (along with the Spanish Civil War). I've got a few (mainly non-crackpot) books on the topic so I might dig into that again. Mostly I'm writing columns for bleedingfool.com on "Geek Guns," that is firearms in the movies. If you're interested go to my site (link in nic) and look for the topic. I've done 18 so far.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at February 28, 2021 09:57 AM (llXky)

160 #9 I forgot my music link
Over the Hills and Far Away
John Tams

https://youtu.be/-Fy3tSim3to

Posted by: Skip at February 28, 2021 09:57 AM (Cxk7w)

161 I've only read one Joseph Conrad book. It was a short story or novel called 'Typhoon'. Interesting.
Posted by: dantesed at February 28, 2021 09:50 AM (88xKn)


One of Nabokov's glaring blind spots was his dismissal of Conrad which was surely based on rooski Pole animosity. He also hated Dostoyevsky but Fydor was a fucking lowlife who starved his own children to feed his gambling addiction. Conrad was a standup guy and excellent writer.

Speaking of Nabokov, I just started Pnin which promises to be hilarious.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at February 28, 2021 09:58 AM (y7DUB)

162 I recently stumbled across the John Rain series, by Barry Eisler. I like this character better than Jack Reacher. He has some class. Where Reacher wears the same clothes for 7-9 days, then buys new ones. Cuz he has never done laundry. I never thought "Laundry" was a difficult skill to master. Watched the move based on the 1st book, and understand why fans of the series did not like it. Pretty much the same as Reacher fans reaction to Tom Cruz playing Reacher. My image of Rain is the actor in the "Mentalist" series. Tim Kang, he has a black belt in Taekowndo. So, am sure he could pick up enough Judo to pull of the part. The books are biased on the Government corruption that spends, spends, spends and take their graft off the top. A house of cards, ready to collapse. Sound familiar?

Posted by: Paladin at February 28, 2021 09:58 AM (E/YnL)

163 I did that on porpoise.
Bye!

Posted by: RI Red at February 28, 2021 09:59 AM (uA1sw)

164
is it "geese the skids" of "greece the skids" ??



Posted by: REDACTED at February 28, 2021 09:55 AM (6iURM)
grease the skids. The others I can think of are the noun goose grease, and the verb to goose someone.

Posted by: Quint at February 28, 2021 09:59 AM (dEOT9)

165 Another one I see on forums a lot (alot...) is "aswell". Apparently many in our post-literate society think "aswell" is how you spell "as well". I suspect these are the same people who tow the line and refer to Marshall law. They're not readers. Those are things they only ever hear spoken.

Posted by: Taqiyyologist (bofa/deez) at February 28, 2021 09:59 AM (OssQ4)

166 I've only read one Joseph Conrad book. It was a short story or novel called 'Typhoon'. Interesting.

Posted by: dantesed at February 28, 2021 09:50 AM (88xKn)

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I'm a big fan, and have a lot of his stuff, but there are still gaps in my collection.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at February 28, 2021 10:00 AM (llXky)

167 i read Conrad's Heart of Darkness. We all did that right? It was a pretty good short story.

Posted by: Quint at February 28, 2021 10:00 AM (dEOT9)

168 Cuz he has never done laundry. I never thought "Laundry" was a difficult skill to master.
Clearly, you have not met my wife. On the few occasions I've ventured to do it, I've been told exactly what I've done wrong, which is pretty much everything. This has disinclined me to do laundry, which, let's face it, is a win for me.

Posted by: pep at February 28, 2021 10:01 AM (v16oJ)

169 What am I doing here?

Posted by: uncle handsy Joe at February 28, 2021 10:01 AM (yrol0)

170 I'm here.

Ever notice how the left is the only faction that see Nazis everywhere.

Posted by: Sharon(willow's apprentice) at February 28, 2021 10:01 AM (sd8p8)

171 Fun fact: Conrad's first published novel was written in French.

Posted by: fluffy at February 28, 2021 10:01 AM (UnQlg)

172 I started reading "Old Bones" by Aaron Elkins. Apparently this is the 4th book in a series featuring (as far as I can figure out) an American forensic anthropologist or something similar. As I said, I'm just starting. It's set in France, where a skeleton has been uncovered beneath an old manor house. Suspicions are that it may be someone killed by a Nazi during WW2. So far, so good. The price was right - free with Kindle Unlimited. I don't think the rest of the series if free though.

Posted by: grammie winger at February 28, 2021 10:01 AM (45fpk)

173 BTW, Disqus is censoring comments that use #StopTheSteal and its variants.

Posted by: andycanuck at February 28, 2021 10:02 AM (d6he9)

174 Do you think there is an Israel on that big globe in the middle of Erdogan's library or just Palestine?

Posted by: Sharon(willow's apprentice) at February 28, 2021 10:02 AM (sd8p8)

175 >>Another one I see on forums a lot (alot...) is "aswell". Apparently many in our post-literate society think "aswell" is how you spell "as well".


Noone I know spells it that way. However, those that do are complete loosers.

Posted by: Norm Crosby at February 28, 2021 10:02 AM (YVr6v)

176 Loved reading the Babar stories with my children, though I can't explain the attraction. The words themselves were kind of meandering and weren't the main appeal. I think it's really just the celebration of elephants as the most important and strongest of animals.

Posted by: Huck Follywood, Hey! You can't do that here! at February 28, 2021 10:03 AM (9uflq)

177 Do you think there is an Israel on that big globe in the middle of Erdogan's library or just Palestine?
His probably still has the Ottoman Empire.

Posted by: pep at February 28, 2021 10:03 AM (v16oJ)

178 S'up Biblophile peeps!

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at February 28, 2021 10:03 AM (PiwSw)

179 That Alyssa Milano has not yet used her superior intellect to become queen shows either an inherent laziness or selfishness - depriving us all of her magnificent mind thoughts either way. Be better, Alyssa. Be. Better.

Posted by: Roll Me Away at February 28, 2021 10:03 AM (ek8Zc)

180 "Which in turn reminds me of another annoying thing about Goldberg: his one-note joke telling style. He liked to use a stupid one-liner about a water buffalo and kept demanding that people translate it into Klingon only to be told time and again that it wouldn't make sense because it relies on English world play. Someone who spoke an actual foreign language (that is, a real intellectual, not a fake one) would know this.
Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at February 28, 2021 09:50 AM (llXky)"

Every language has its own idioms, and they just have to be learned. I translated a French movie once, where an old caretaker was unclogging a drain. He announced "Ca coule comme une vache qui pisse!" ('Now it's running like a cow pissing'). Of course that wouldn't make any sense in English, so I translated it to "Now it's running like crap through a goose!" Literal translations are no use at all in such cases.

Posted by: Dr. Mabuse at February 28, 2021 10:03 AM (82313)

181 Why are people using hashtags on Disqus?

#ThatsRetardedSir

Posted by: Taqiyyologist (bofa/deez) at February 28, 2021 10:03 AM (OssQ4)

182 I'm a big fan, and have a lot of his stuff, but there are still gaps in my collection.
Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at February 28, 2021 10:00 AM (llXky)

MSU's Special Collections Library has a nice collection of Conrad.

Posted by: CN at February 28, 2021 10:04 AM (ONvIw)

183 Are we talking about Robert Conrad and his tight pants??

Posted by: Shep! at February 28, 2021 10:04 AM (jvt6t)

184 One of Nabokov's glaring blind spots was his
dismissal of Conrad which was surely based on rooski Pole animosity.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at February 28, 2021 09:58 AM (y7DUB)

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Maybe a little jealously as well - Conrad was in with Ford Madox Ford, who at one time was a huge figure in the literary establishment.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at February 28, 2021 10:04 AM (llXky)

185 >>>>Do you think there is an Israel on that big globe in the middle of Erdogan's library or just Palestine?
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Its all probably labeled "greater Turkey"

Posted by: Huck Follywood, Hey! You can't do that here! at February 28, 2021 10:04 AM (9uflq)

186 Dang, I should have had my coffee before checking in. I kept trying to figure out how so many could identify Sam Rockwell from that pic. Finally realized that I was confusing him with Dean Stockwell. Oh (Rock)well.

Posted by: Dagwood at February 28, 2021 10:05 AM (K3bk4)

187 Then there is 'just assume' for 'just as soon'

Honestly, I would just assume you didn't do that.

Honestly, I would just as soon you didn't do that.

Posted by: Muldoon at February 28, 2021 10:05 AM (m45I2)

188 Another one I see on forums a lot (alot...) is "aswell". Apparently many in our post-literate society think "aswell" is how you spell "as well". I suspect these are the same people who tow the line and refer to Marshall law. They're not readers. Those are things they only ever hear spoken.
Posted by: Taqiyyologist (bofa/deez)


It's a mute point. Ignorance is like alcoholism; only the patient can cure it.

Posted by: mikeski at February 28, 2021 10:05 AM (P1f+c)

189 Pola Negri looks a lot like Buffy Summers.

Posted by: Methos at February 28, 2021 10:06 AM (kOpft)

190 #StopTheSteal

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Dude, that shit has sailed.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at February 28, 2021 10:06 AM (VVEnO)

191 Then there is 'just assume' for 'just as soon'
Honestly, I would just assume you didn't do that.
Honestly, I would just as soon you didn't do that.
Posted by: Muldoon


You should of said that differently.

Posted by: mikeski at February 28, 2021 10:06 AM (P1f+c)

192 176 Loved reading the Babar stories with my children, though I can't explain the attraction. The words themselves were kind of meandering and weren't the main appeal. I think it's really just the celebration of elephants as the most important and strongest of animals.
Posted by: Huck Follywood, Hey! You can't do that here! at February 28, 2021 10:03 AM (9uflq)
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I had "Babar's Trunk", a boxed set. I loved those books, I guess because it was a fully realized elephant world. I remember Mrs. Babar going to the moon in her frilly space suit.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at February 28, 2021 10:06 AM (Dc2NZ)

193 One expression I often see misspelled is "rod iron" for "wrought iron". It superficially sounds as if it could be right, but it's just that people don't know the old form of the verb "to work" anymore.

Posted by: Dr. Mabuse at February 28, 2021 10:07 AM (82313)

194 >>Dude, that shit has sailed.

Supposebly...

Posted by: Norm Crosby at February 28, 2021 10:07 AM (YVr6v)

195 My doggie just past gas.
Posted by: Northernlurker, surgite at February 28, 2021 09:55 AM (lgiXo)


It's a doggy dog world.

Posted by: DR.WTF at February 28, 2021 10:07 AM (AiZBA)

196 Milano is a jack booted thug what has natzi-vision. Sees them everywhere. Even over the bathroom sink.

Posted by: klaftern at February 28, 2021 10:07 AM (RuIsu)

197 alright, alright, alright......

Posted by: Wooderson at February 28, 2021 10:07 AM (jvt6t)

198 Absolutely no reading done this week with storm cleanup and work, but sounds like quite a few of the horde have been reading cool stuff. Two Years before the Mast should arrive at my house this week and I am looking forward to reading it and it has been red'd here quite often

Posted by: Charlotte at February 28, 2021 10:08 AM (/cO/2)

199
MSU's Special Collections Library has a nice collection of Conrad.

Posted by: CN at February 28, 2021 10:04 AM (ONvIw)

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Well, if things ever open up, I might stroll over and take a look.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at February 28, 2021 10:08 AM (llXky)

200 Is it "right on" or "righton"?

Posted by: Marvin Gaye at February 28, 2021 10:09 AM (OssQ4)

201 Jump to the bottom. Notice the acryologia in the definition of acryologia?

Posted by: MkY at February 28, 2021 10:09 AM (msfMx)

202 Dang, I should have had my coffee before checking
in. I kept trying to figure out how so many could identify Sam Rockwell
from that pic. Finally realized that I was confusing him with Dean
Stockwell. Oh (Rock)well.


Posted by: Dagwood at February 28, 2021 10:05 AM (K3bk4)

people have different experiences. I see YT reactors making comments that flat out floor me. I wonder how they could be so out of touch. But maybe not knowing Rockwell is the same thing. I hear Rockwell, I think of Norman.

Posted by: Quint at February 28, 2021 10:09 AM (dEOT9)

203 Off to seize the day in my vicelike grip.

It's a good day to be inside and read. Dreary.

Enjoy your books!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at February 28, 2021 10:09 AM (Dc2NZ)

204 Big, big fan of Babar's Trunk.

Posted by: Sandra Fluke at February 28, 2021 10:09 AM (ek8Zc)

205 Posted by: Marvin Gaye at February 28, 2021 10:09 AM (OssQ4)

I think your dad knows. Swing by his house and ask.....

Posted by: Jak Sucio at February 28, 2021 10:09 AM (jvt6t)

206 Somehow I could see Clifford The Big Red Dog as a better children's book fine enforcer than Babar.

Posted by: Muldoon at February 28, 2021 10:09 AM (m45I2)

207 In the pants picture, it looks like Hugh Hefner from behind which would explain the bunny...

Posted by: lin-duh 27-4 at February 28, 2021 10:09 AM (UUBmN)

208 I finished Richard Frank's Tower of Skulls, the first volume in a trilogy about the Pacific War. It's supposed to have a focus on the China theater, and it starts that way, but then veers mostly into Japan vs. US, Britain, and the Dutch. Since I recently finished the Ian Toll Trilogy, it seems redundant in many places. It isn't that Frank's isn't a good book, but I suspect he puts pins into an Ian Toll voodoo doll every day, and curses his timing.

Posted by: pep at February 28, 2021 10:10 AM (v16oJ)

209 ---
Well, if things ever open up, I might stroll over and take a look.
Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at February 28, 2021 10:08 AM (llXky)

You should. I was working in the Science Library when they acquired a big cache of mint first editions. I was loaned to Special Collections to help their head librarian cut the pages, which were in original condition. IIRC, MSU outbid Yale for these.

Posted by: CN at February 28, 2021 10:11 AM (ONvIw)

210 Literal translations are no use at all in such cases.
Posted by: Dr. Mabuse at February 28, 2021 10:03 AM (82313)

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I think it was Michael Suarez at UVa who once wrote an essay on this subject, specifically talking about the difficulties of translating Lewis Carroll, because of all the riddles and nonsense rhymes that work in English but need great thought to recreate in other languages.

Posted by: Huck Follywood, Hey! You can't do that here! at February 28, 2021 10:12 AM (9uflq)

211 I was loaned to Special Collections to help their head librarian cut the pages
What does this mean?

Posted by: pep at February 28, 2021 10:12 AM (v16oJ)

212 I hear Rockwell, I think of Norman.
Posted by: Quint

I think of "I always feel like... Somebody's Watching Me".

Posted by: Taqiyyologist (bofa/deez) at February 28, 2021 10:12 AM (OssQ4)

213 This is kind of embarrassing but I believe I owned a pair of black watch pants like the one in the picture.

Posted by: Sharon(willow's apprentice) at February 28, 2021 10:12 AM (sd8p8)

214 another book on idols in america is Schlossberg's Idols for Destruction

Posted by: yara at February 28, 2021 10:12 AM (N7mou)

215 Posted by: lin-duh 27-4 at February 28, 2021 10:09 AM (UUBmN)

Probably what the advertisers were going for. Wear our ugly pants, hang out with Playboy Bunnies.....

Posted by: Jak Sucio at February 28, 2021 10:13 AM (jvt6t)

216 Ahoy, bookfagz!

Posted by: Insomniac - Zhou Bai-Den Is Not My Chairman at February 28, 2021 10:13 AM (nakwk)

217 Every language has its own idioms, and they just
have to be learned. I translated a French movie once, where an old
caretaker was unclogging a drain. He announced "Ca coule comme une
vache qui pisse!" ('Now it's running like a cow pissing'). Of course
that wouldn't make any sense in English, so I translated it to "Now it's
running like crap through a goose!" Literal translations are no use at
all in such cases.

Posted by: Dr. Mabuse at February 28, 2021 10:03 AM (82313)

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Correct, which is why jokes don't always translate. In fact, one of the fun things about cross-cultural humor is how the jokes can change (or what people find funny).

Thus, a true Star Trek nerd would understand that the dumb water buffalo joke has zero applicability in Klingon culture and - if he had a drop of creativity - come up with *his own* translation which would highlight the difference. But Goldberg's only got a 60-watt bulb, so he couldn't do that.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at February 28, 2021 10:13 AM (llXky)

218 211 I was loaned to Special Collections to help their head librarian cut the pages
What does this mean?
Posted by: pep at February 28, 2021 10:12 AM (v16oJ)

It means the pages were still uncut. Old books were not trimmed before binding.

Posted by: CN at February 28, 2021 10:14 AM (ONvIw)

219 Dear God, this man has his finger on the nuclear trigger.
https://tinyurl.com/55yjx8ap

Posted by: pep at February 28, 2021 10:15 AM (v16oJ)

220 This week, been reading Jen Satterly's book Arsenal of Hope, on how PTSD affects both halves of the relationship, and on ways to manage and treat it. It's the response, or companion piece, to her husband's book on the same subject last year - All Secure, by retired Delta CSM Tom Satterly.

Been having a lot of interesting conversations with my love as I worked my way through it, and even after ten years and lots of work between us, she still had an few insights into why he does what he does that were fresh and new, and are hopefully going to make life just that much calmer around here.

Also been going back and re-reading his book, because they both talk about some of the same incidents, and seeing it from both viewpoints really helps flesh out how they got from an absolute disaster to a really healthy relationship.

Posted by: Not From Around Here at February 28, 2021 10:16 AM (wrzAm)

221 Old books were not trimmed before binding.

Posted by: CN

Huh, I did not know that.

Posted by: pep at February 28, 2021 10:16 AM (v16oJ)

222 Loudon County in VA just cancelled Dr. Seuss. It is an uber rich county of former Swamp Denizens, used to be horse country. Now that is book thread news I suppose.

Posted by: Quint at February 28, 2021 10:16 AM (dEOT9)

223 And yes, I know the bibliophile term is "unopened". But we still has to cut the pages apart one at a time.

Posted by: CN at February 28, 2021 10:17 AM (ONvIw)

224 Posted by: pep at February 28, 2021 10:15 AM (v16oJ)


At this point, I'm openly rooting for SMOD.

Posted by: Jak Sucio at February 28, 2021 10:17 AM (jvt6t)

225 Maybe a little jealously as well - Conrad was in with Ford Madox Ford, who at one time was a huge figure in the literary establishment.
Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at February 28, 2021 10:04 AM (llXky)


Maybe although Conrad was deceased by the time Volodya started writing seriously. I don't know if I recall Nabokov saying anything about Ford or his work.

On a completely different topic, have any of the Horde read The Life and Opinions of Tristam Shandy, Gentleman? I saw it referenced in a Goodreads review of one of the books I finished last week and wanted to know what anyone here thought. My book group acted unusually clueless about it when I brought it up.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at February 28, 2021 10:17 AM (y7DUB)

226 I guess because it was a fully realized elephant world.
Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at February 28, 2021 10:06 AM (Dc2NZ)
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Exactly this! You could spend hours following along, and exploring.

Posted by: Huck Follywood, Hey! You can't do that here! at February 28, 2021 10:17 AM (9uflq)

227 I got a sick-sense of where this threat is going.

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at February 28, 2021 10:18 AM (2BZBZ)

228 Reading "Caesar, Life of a Colossus" by Adrian Goldsworthy. Very good reading so far.

Turns out Mr. Goldsworthy also writes fiction, having penned a series set in ancient Rome starting with "Vindolanda", and another series set in 1808 that follows the adventures of four British soldiers fighting against Napoleon, starting with "True Soldier Gentlemen". Will also be picking those up to read this week.

Posted by: Sharkman at February 28, 2021 10:18 AM (0bGEp)

229 Acyrologia-

Correcting someone else's word usage is racist.

Posted by: zmdavid at February 28, 2021 10:18 AM (xqRaG)

230 85 I read Unmasked: Inside Antifa's Radical Plan To Destroy Democracy by Andy Ngo. Ngo is a photojournalist from Portland, Oregon who has covered dozens of Antifa and BLM riots. He spent a week undercover in CHAZ in Seattle.

Posted by: Zoltan at February 28, 2021 09:27 AM (qb8uZ)


I don't see how this is possible. Ngo has made such a reputation doing honest reporting on the Antifa scum that they hate him and want to kill him. I can't imagine him getting into CHAZ, no matter how well disguised. If he had been spotted and ratted out, it would not have gone well for him.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at February 28, 2021 10:18 AM (YPsfy)

231 THEODORE GEISL SHIT MY PANTS!

Posted by: Joe Biden at February 28, 2021 10:19 AM (7xRD9)

232 Non-native English speakers speaking the English language is cultural appropriation!

Wait, am I doing this right?

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at February 28, 2021 10:19 AM (PiwSw)

233 And yes, I know the bibliophile term is "unopened". But we still has to cut the pages apart one at a time.

Posted by: CN at February 28, 2021 10:17 AM (ONvIw)

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I've had a few older books where some of the pages were still together. Now I know what that was!

The more you know!

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at February 28, 2021 10:19 AM (llXky)

234 LA Times

These three Californians along with more than 5.5 million others in the state who have received at least one vaccine dose are entering the pandemics post-inoculation world, where some among the vaccinated are making plans to travel by air, eat inside restaurants, hug family members

and enjoy a sex life with other vaccinated people.

Posted by: uncle handsy Joe at February 28, 2021 10:19 AM (yrol0)

235 Guess I should have been a proof-reader. The wrong word
(or a mis-spelled word) strikes a discordant note in me sometimes before I realize what was wrong.

Posted by: MkY at February 28, 2021 10:20 AM (msfMx)

236 Correcting someone else's word usage is racist.
Posted by: zmdavid

WHATEVER, MOTHAFUCKA!!!

Posted by: Clevon Salmon at February 28, 2021 10:20 AM (OssQ4)

237 230: And I have a big problem with Ngo's saying that antifa was not involved in 1/6. He lost a lot of credibility IMO especially as Sullivan was recruiting antifa types to join him.

Posted by: CN at February 28, 2021 10:21 AM (ONvIw)

238 Dr. Seuss is out, because it might harm the children. Mutilation of genitals and puberty blockers are out, because they might harm the children.

One of these things is not like the other.

Posted by: grammie winger at February 28, 2021 10:21 AM (45fpk)

239 I am shocked and outraged by the Children's literature selection. How did a book by Tim Tebow get in there?

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at February 28, 2021 10:21 AM (PiwSw)

240 I started reading "The Last Survivors" box set by Adair & Piperbrook. It was free with kindle unlimited or .99 cents to buy. It's ok so far. It's set hundreds of years in the future when nature has reclaimed most of the earth and humans have digressed back to an agrarian society with no technology, education, and twisted religious beliefs. There are "zombies" sort of, but they seem to be more of a mutation and are called demons but seem to be more reptilian with bony growths, crests, and warts. We'll see...it was a lot of words for your buck and has nothing to do with current events so win-win.

Posted by: lin-duh 27-4 at February 28, 2021 10:22 AM (UUBmN)

241 Maybe we can get West Coast Antifa to put a hit out on East Coast Antifa......

Posted by: Jak Sucio at February 28, 2021 10:22 AM (jvt6t)

242 Finished Adam Makos' SPEARHEAD last night. The tank gunner, Clarence Smoyer, grew up and still lives in my county. I was interested in the book because of his local angle but also that my uncle was in 3rd Armour but died of cancer in the sixties before he said much about the war. The book gave me an idea of what his experience was propably like through the eyes of Clarence and his fellow soldiers.

Posted by: Cosda at February 28, 2021 10:22 AM (5C/0H)

243 I must say, I find television to be very educational. the minute somebody turns it on, I go in the next room and read a book.

- Groucho Marx, literately.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy - Psychos Rule! No, really. They're in charge now. at February 28, 2021 10:22 AM (HaL55)

244 Now THAT is a library.

Posted by: Joe XiDen at February 28, 2021 10:23 AM (B7htE)

245 1/6 had Robert Creamer's signature all over it. Plain as day.

Posted by: Taqiyyologist (bofa/deez) at February 28, 2021 10:23 AM (OssQ4)

246 232 Non-native English speakers speaking the English language is cultural appropriation!

Wait, am I doing this right?
Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at February 28, 2021 10:19 AM (PiwSw)
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No. That's colonization and white supremacy.

Posted by: zmdavid at February 28, 2021 10:23 AM (xqRaG)

247
I am shocked and outraged by the Children's literature selection. How did a book by Tim Tebow get in there?

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at February 28, 2021 10:21 AM (PiwSw)

if you are talking about a public library, I would be shocked if it did get in. Most here need at least two mommies.

Posted by: Quint at February 28, 2021 10:23 AM (dEOT9)

248 233: I now feel very, very old.

Posted by: CN at February 28, 2021 10:24 AM (ONvIw)

249 Guess I should have been a proof-reader. The wrong word

(or a mis-spelled word) strikes a discordant note in me sometimes before I realize what was wrong.

I'm the same way. A typo just leaps off the page at me. I'm the kind of person who recognizes whole words and phrases, rather than reading each word. That's true of most people, but not to the extent I do it. I spell by visualizing the word, and then reading off the letters mentally.

I once had a German teacher ask me a vocabulary question, and when I answered it, she laughed and said that she could see that I was visualizing the list of words she'd given us.

Posted by: pep at February 28, 2021 10:24 AM (v16oJ)

250 Guess I should have been a proof-reader. The wrong word

(or a mis-spelled word) strikes a discordant note in me sometimes before I realize what was wrong.

Posted by: MkY at February 28, 2021 10:20 AM (msfMx)

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Speaking of choosing the right word, proof-readers check one set of copy against another. Copy editors check for spelling and grammar errors. My father was a retired copy editor.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at February 28, 2021 10:24 AM (llXky)

251 I read Tristram Shandy when I was a teenager. Some of it was funny, but it was WAY ahead of its time. Written in the late 1700s, but it was so original and surreal, it has a very modern feel to it.

Posted by: Dr. Mabuse at February 28, 2021 10:24 AM (82313)

252 ('Now it's running like a cow pissing'). Of course
that wouldn't make any sense in English,


We do have that in English, but it's "like a cow pissing on a flat rock". Usually applied to rain.

Posted by: t-bird at February 28, 2021 10:24 AM (UMXod)

253 *Checks to see if TJM is somewhere twitching from reading the missive about acyrologia*

Posted by: blake - Dr semi lurker in marginal standing at February 28, 2021 10:24 AM (2SdPm)

254
if you are talking about a public library, I would be shocked if it did get in. Most here need at least two mommies.
Posted by: Quint at February 28, 2021 10:23 AM (dEOT9)

It's in the picture, upper right corner. Of course, it's partially covered up.

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at February 28, 2021 10:25 AM (PiwSw)

255 The shelf with all the commie propaganda. Below is a book called The Wonky Donkey.

Coincidence?

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at February 28, 2021 10:25 AM (7xRD9)

256 Think Jonah understands that Klingons are just some made up shit ? Or does he think there's a planet out there where a race of warriors eat live worms ?

Posted by: Roll Me Away at February 28, 2021 10:25 AM (ek8Zc)

257 Dr. Seuss is out, because it might harm the children. Mutilation of genitals and puberty blockers are out, because they might harm the children.

One of these things is not like the other.
Posted by: grammie winger


I can't be the only one who noticed that the people who want puberty blockers in common use are the same people who had frequent-flyer miles on the Lolita Express?

Posted by: mikeski at February 28, 2021 10:26 AM (P1f+c)

258 Coincidence?
Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at February 28, 2021 10:25 AM (7xRD9)

I think not! Probably a donk who believes in free speech and it set straight!

Posted by: CN at February 28, 2021 10:26 AM (ONvIw)

259 I read Tristram Shandy when I was a teenager. Some of it was funny, but it was WAY ahead of its time. Written in the late 1700s, but it was so original and surreal, it has a very modern feel to it.
=====

Garp.

Posted by: mustbequantum at February 28, 2021 10:26 AM (MIKMs)

260 Think Jonah understands that Klingons are just some made up shit ? Or
does he think there's a planet out there where a race of warriors eat
live worms ?

I'll believe whatever you want me to believe if there's a paycheck in it.

Posted by: Jonah at February 28, 2021 10:27 AM (v16oJ)

261 What's wrong with Dr. Seuss? Must be the Lorax they didn't like.

Posted by: Ziba at February 28, 2021 10:27 AM (S1hrL)

262 What's wrong with Dr. Seuss? Must be the Lorax they didn't like.
One Fish, Two Fish uses math, which is racist.

Posted by: pep at February 28, 2021 10:28 AM (v16oJ)

263 261 What's wrong with Dr. Seuss? Must be the Lorax they didn't like.
Posted by: Ziba at February 28, 2021 10:27 AM (S1hrL)

Probably the Grinch as he did not succeed!

Posted by: CN at February 28, 2021 10:28 AM (ONvIw)

264 Dr. Seuss is racist and orientalist. And now you know.

Posted by: grammie winger at February 28, 2021 10:29 AM (45fpk)

265 190

Bro. I read on q that there is a super secret operation happening and the election will be reversed soon. And given its stellar record of accurately predicting things you know this is like totally happening.

Posted by: Joe XiDen at February 28, 2021 10:29 AM (B7htE)

266 261 What's wrong with Dr. Seuss? Must be the Lorax they didn't like.

Posted by: Ziba at February 28, 2021 10:27 AM (S1hrL)


I don't get it, either. Geisel was a big time lib. If he were still around, he'd be 'woke' af.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at February 28, 2021 10:29 AM (YPsfy)

267 Dr. Seuss is full of orientalism!!!**

** I'm not sure what that means...

Posted by: lin-duh 27-4 at February 28, 2021 10:29 AM (UUBmN)

268 That sound you hear from Orlando is a bunch of construction guys doing a hasty remodel of a certain section at Universal Studios.

Posted by: Roll Me Away at February 28, 2021 10:30 AM (ek8Zc)

269 Dr. Seuss is full of orientalism!!!**



** I'm not sure what that means...


Shhhh, neither are they.

Posted by: pep at February 28, 2021 10:30 AM (v16oJ)

270 With all the connections Jonahs family has he could only get into Goucher College. But he is really smart and stuff.

Posted by: Joe XiDen at February 28, 2021 10:31 AM (B7htE)

271 Dr. Seuss is full of orientalism!!!**



** I'm not sure what that means...

Nobody does. See, they always keep you guessing. Always keep you off balance, so you don't see the next ridiculousness coming and can't be prepared.

Posted by: grammie winger at February 28, 2021 10:31 AM (45fpk)

272 They will pry my copy of "Green Eggs And Ham" from my cold, dead hands....

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at February 28, 2021 10:31 AM (PiwSw)

273 261 What's wrong with Dr. Seuss? Must be the Lorax they didn't like.
Posted by: Ziba

Probably the Grinch as he did not succeed!
Posted by: CN


And all the Whos were caucasian-colored! So rayciss!

Posted by: mikeski at February 28, 2021 10:32 AM (P1f+c)

274 Just wanted to mention a book that is for those who are dealing with relatives who are declining mentally: "The 36 Hour Day."

The book goes through various issues one will encounter and talks about various mechanisms to deal with the issues when they arise.

Recommended reading, though, at times, a bit tedious.

Anyway, off to get ready for church.

Catch you all on the boating accident thread!

Posted by: blake - Dr semi lurker in marginal standing at February 28, 2021 10:32 AM (2SdPm)

275 This past week was mostly re-reading for me. I went through the Epic of Gilgamesh, which is well worth reading. I have a prose translation because I decided that attempts to translate poetry never really work.
It just turns
Into prose
With funny line breaks
With funny line breaks
And some repetition.

Posted by: Trimegistus at February 28, 2021 10:33 AM (QZxDR)

276 264 Dr. Seuss is racist and orientalist. And now you know.
Posted by: grammie winger at February 28, 2021 10:29 AM (45fpk)

Sounds like a doctoral dissertation by a woke-ist. Or are they objecting to his WWII cartoons supporting the war and Roosevelt. He should have drawn favorable pictures of Tojo?

Posted by: CN at February 28, 2021 10:33 AM (ONvIw)

277 Doing most of my productive reading through the library Hoopla system. Their audiobook selection is currently better than other library programs and audible plus.

For non-crackpot, just finished- Lost Empire of Atlantis by Gavin Menzies. quite believable. He argues for Minoan Crete, with archaeological details from around the world. Interesting speculation on the Mississippi river and 'missing' copper from the american mid west.

Posted by: InspiredHistoryMike at February 28, 2021 10:33 AM (x8Q/V)

278 "Always keep you off balance, so you don't see the next ridiculousness coming and can't be prepared."

See also: Demons.

Posted by: grammie winger at February 28, 2021 10:33 AM (45fpk)

279 I think it was the Sultan of Suwat, Babar Ooth.
----------
You think I should'a said, "Joe da Maharajah Oh" instead??

Posted by: a talking dog discussing the greatest moghul emperor at February 28, 2021 10:33 AM (d6he9)

280 I don't get it, either. Geisel was a big time lib. If he were still around, he'd be 'woke' af.
Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at February 28, 2021 10:29 AM (YPsfy)
---------

The nonsensical extremes are just cultural revolutionaries spouting empty rhetoric. Jiang Qing (Madame Mao) and Pol Pot probably would approve, don't you think?

Posted by: Huck Follywood, Hey! You can't do that here! at February 28, 2021 10:34 AM (9uflq)

281 You can't tell me The Cat In The Hat is not a thinly veiled depiction of John Shaft.

Posted by: Muldoon at February 28, 2021 10:34 AM (m45I2)

282 Nobody does. See, they always keep you guessing. Always keep you off balance, so you don't see the next ridiculousness coming and can't be prepared.
Posted by: grammie winger at February 28, 2021 10:31 AM (45fpk)

I think it's the WWII cartoons depicting "stereotypical" Japanese, and using the expression "Jap" for something other than well off Jewish women.

Posted by: CN at February 28, 2021 10:34 AM (ONvIw)

283 Maybe they just didn't appreciate Geisel spoiling their surprise about certain people getting a yellow star.

Posted by: Roll Me Away at February 28, 2021 10:34 AM (ek8Zc)

284 Catch you all on the boating accident thread!
Posted by: blake
--x--
Hmmm, we have a boating thread now??.///

Maybe it is time to start using euphemism to not draw attention....

Posted by: lin-duh 27-4 at February 28, 2021 10:35 AM (UUBmN)

285 Where I live our ISD is celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday all week. His birthday on Tuesday and all of his books all week.

Suck on that Virginia.

Posted by: Jak Sucio at February 28, 2021 10:35 AM (jvt6t)

286 >>> 278 "Always keep you off balance, so you don't see the next ridiculousness coming and can't be prepared."

See also: Demons.
Posted by: grammie winger at February 28, 2021 10:33 AM (45fpk)

Say what? There's no such thing.

I don't exist, either.

Posted by: Stan at February 28, 2021 10:36 AM (TK8Ry)

287 Maybe they just didn't appreciate Geisel spoiling their surprise about certain people getting a yellow star.
You can't trust a sneetch.

Posted by: pep at February 28, 2021 10:36 AM (v16oJ)

288 My kid's reading the Iliad in school right now, and we were talking about it. He and I are both of the opinion that at least some of the characters were real people. Odysseus is too vivid and quirky to be a made-up hero, and he's consistent across both the Iliad and the Odyssey. Smart, brave, curious, ethically flexible, and really just wants to be back in Ithaca.

Posted by: Trimegistus at February 28, 2021 10:36 AM (QZxDR)

289 The reason for canceling Dr Seuss was "orientalist, anti-black and white supremacy". When I read that I wanted to shout "Give me an example!. Again, only leftists see this stuff in everything.

Posted by: Sharon(willow's apprentice) at February 28, 2021 10:36 AM (sd8p8)

290
Just got back from a constitutional with the delightful and athletic Mrs naturalfake.


Say do any of you morons have a copy of "Lord of the Rings"?

No. The one about the life of Alexander Graham Bell.

Written by J RRRRRRRRRRing Toalkyne.

Posted by: naturalfake at February 28, 2021 10:36 AM (dWwl8)

291 I think it was the Sultan of Suwat.........



I don't know bro. It doesn't sound quite right.......

Posted by: Mark Knopfler at February 28, 2021 10:36 AM (jvt6t)

292 If only Dr. Seuss had written "Oh, the Masks You'll Wear!" he wouldn't have been cancelled.

Posted by: Dr. Anthony Fauci at February 28, 2021 10:36 AM (PiwSw)

293 Eggs and Ham of Color

(EHOC)

Posted by: Muldoon at February 28, 2021 10:36 AM (m45I2)

294 The first book my daughter learned to read all by herself was Dr. Seuss's "Are You My Mother?". Probably gender-biased. Although one of the choices for mother was a big crane at a construction site. So....I dunno.

Posted by: grammie winger at February 28, 2021 10:37 AM (45fpk)

295 289: It was a mortal sin to draw unfavorable cartoons about the enemy in WWII.

Posted by: CN at February 28, 2021 10:37 AM (ONvIw)

296 Sneetches get Steeches

Posted by: Roll Me Away at February 28, 2021 10:38 AM (ek8Zc)

297 Think Jonah understands that Klingons are just some made up shit? Or does he think there's a planet out there where a race of warriors eat live worms?

Depends on who's writing the check. I'm willing to say I believe anything, as well as, letting the Paolo mount my wife for a little sweet, sweet, liberal cash.

🛥

Posted by: Jonah "Slobbering Cuck" Goldberg at February 28, 2021 10:38 AM (VESYv)

298 Posted by: Roll Me Away at February 28, 2021 10:38 AM (ek8Zc)

....and end up in deetches....

Posted by: Jak Sucio at February 28, 2021 10:39 AM (jvt6t)

299 ROFL over that acyrologia meme.

Posted by: PaleRider is simply irredeemable at February 28, 2021 10:39 AM (Aashi)

300 Back to reading Nero Wolfe books, and I have nothing new to say about them except I'm still finding them enjoyable. I loved Babar when I was a kid -his green suit and courtliness. Needless to say, the Babar books have come under criticism for promoting "colonialism" because Babar wears European clothes. Let's hope Hollywood continues to ignore Babar - otherwise Babar will decide he really wants to be Queen Celeste.

Posted by: Donna&&&&&V at February 28, 2021 10:39 AM (HabA/)

301 Upthread: Pnin by Nabokov. That is a great book! Tragi-comic and of course the writing is superb.

Posted by: Ziba at February 28, 2021 10:40 AM (S1hrL)

302

have you hugged a migrant today?


biden seen his shadow?

Posted by: will choose a nic later at February 28, 2021 10:40 AM (r4bSV)

303 FYI, based on Fen's excellent suggestion, one may still procure a copy of Ryan Anderson's "When Harry Became Sally", by going directly to the publisher, Encounter Books.

https://www.encounterbooks.com/books /when-harry-became-sally-paperback/

Take THAT, Amazon.

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at February 28, 2021 10:40 AM (PiwSw)

304 If Lord Squirrel is still here, there are groups of readers on line who pledge to read 100 books in a year (!) and then talk with each other about their books, and how they're doing.

One of the groups is on Librarything.com. If you search for "100 books a year" you'll see some others.

Posted by: artemis at February 28, 2021 10:41 AM (AwPyG)

305 Mrs. Sucio is cooking up some French Toast & bacon. Nothing mixes as well as bacon and maple syrup. Too bad we don't have Smell-O-Vision.......on second thought.

Posted by: Jak Sucio at February 28, 2021 10:41 AM (jvt6t)

306 Politically incorrect Dr. Seuss satire linked in my nick if you didn't see it last week.

The 500 Masks of Bartholomew Cubbins

Posted by: Muldoon at February 28, 2021 10:41 AM (m45I2)

307 I've had a long interest in Atlantis myself, but only as a concept in fiction. It always seems to me that attempts to locate a "historical" Atlantis are missing the point. Plato made it up for a dialog about how to build a virtuous society. I think he just got a little carried away making up details about the city and the crazy system of canals around it (which would have taxed the resources of Pharaonic Egypt to build in the Bronze Age).

And of course there's the huge problem that continents, or even big islands, don't actually sink overnight.

You wind up saying "this society wasn't called Atlantis and didn't sink, and wasn't anything like the society described by Plato, but it was on an island and had ships so it MUST have been where he got the idea."

Posted by: Trimegistus at February 28, 2021 10:41 AM (QZxDR)

308 Is anyone up for the Acrologia Challenge? List all the examples in that definition.

Posted by: zmdavid at February 28, 2021 10:41 AM (xqRaG)

309 I read Tristram Shandy when I was a teenager. Some of it was funny, but it was WAY ahead of its time. Written in the late 1700s, but it was so original and surreal, it has a very modern feel to it.
Posted by: Dr. Mabuse at February 28, 2021 10:24 AM (82313)


Thank you. The Horde always comes through. Plus, shocking to me, my older daughter read it.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at February 28, 2021 10:42 AM (y7DUB)

310 I have to say that I found the library cartoon to be a discordant note. No kid should ever be punished for taking a book out to the library.

Posted by: Sharon(willow's apprentice) at February 28, 2021 10:43 AM (sd8p8)

311 308 Is anyone up for the Acyrologia Challenge? List all the examples in that definition. (fixed typo)

Posted by: zmdavid at February 28, 2021 10:43 AM (xqRaG)

312 I once had a German teacher ask me a vocabulary
question, and when I answered it, she laughed and said that she could
see that I was visualizing the list of words she'd given us.


Posted by: pep at February 28, 2021 10:24 AM (v16oJ)

---
I can't spell worth a damn in an oral test. Spelling Bees kick my ass. I have to see the word printed.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at February 28, 2021 10:43 AM (llXky)

313 >>> 308 Is anyone up for the Acrologia Challenge? List all the examples in that definition.
Posted by: zmdavid at February 28, 2021 10:41 AM (xqRaG)

Shouldn't that be list and *correct* all the examples?

Posted by: Helena Handbasket at February 28, 2021 10:43 AM (TK8Ry)

314 Pretty sure that photo is from a Barnes & Noble children's dept. display. My local store has started using staff recommendation blurbs stuck to the shelf. Any book with a staff recommendation probably not worth buying. Also just learned that B&N automatically renews an expired membership WITHOUT notifying the customer.

Posted by: Ziba at February 28, 2021 10:44 AM (S1hrL)

315 Grammie,

Me too! Along with One Fish Two Fish.

A lot of repetitive words that they start to recognize. And a kindly bulldozer, too

Posted by: artemis at February 28, 2021 10:44 AM (AwPyG)

316 "Are You My Mother" isn't by Dr. Seuss. It's by P.D. Eastman, better known for "Go, Dog, Go!"

Kind of the Hydrox to Seuss's Oreo.

Posted by: Trimegistus at February 28, 2021 10:44 AM (QZxDR)

317 Strange Gods by Elizabeth Scalia is available for $5 here:

https://bit.ly/2ZXKLNx

Posted by: screaming in digital at February 28, 2021 10:44 AM (kTRt4)

318
wait, I thought muslimbs burned book

wtf is Recep Tayyip Erdogan think he is doing?

Posted by: will choose a nic later at February 28, 2021 10:44 AM (r4bSV)

319 You can't tell me The Cat In The Hat is not a thinly veiled depiction of John Shaft.
Posted by: Muldoon at February 28, 2021 10:34 AM (m45I2)

Now I am reading the comments with the Shaft theme song stuck in my head

Posted by: Huck Follywood, Hey! You can't do that here! at February 28, 2021 10:45 AM (9uflq)

320 "Are You My Mother" isn't by Dr. Seuss. It's by P.D. Eastman, better known for "Go, Dog, Go!"



Kind of the Hydrox to Seuss's Oreo.

Posted by: Trimegistus at February 28, 2021 10:44 AM (QZxDR)


Well, huh. Did not know that.

Posted by: grammie winger at February 28, 2021 10:45 AM (45fpk)

321 Dr. Mrs. T. is a scientist, so we used to joke about how "Are You My Mother" must have been Konraz Lorentz's favorite book.

Posted by: Trimegistus at February 28, 2021 10:47 AM (QZxDR)

322 I've had a long interest in Atlantis myself, but
only as a concept in fiction. It always seems to me that attempts to
locate a "historical" Atlantis are missing the point.

Posted by: Trimegistus at February 28, 2021 10:41 AM (QZxDR)

---
The Atlantis I have been ruminating about is the historical one, beyond the Pillars of Hercules, what is now the Dolphin Plateau around the Azores Islands.

Continents don't have to "sink," one only needs to raise the sea level. This was the case during the last Ice Age, when Britain had a land bridge and Dogger Bank was above sea level. Here in Michigan, they've found ridge lines that cross Lake Huron that were game trails 10,000 years ago.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at February 28, 2021 10:48 AM (llXky)

323 I finished Richard Frank's Tower of Skulls, the first volume in a trilogy about the Pacific War.

-
I watched a YouTube video yesterday in which Japanese millennials were asked about basic facts of the Pacific War proving that Japanese millennials are like American millennials except they're Japaese. Most had heard of Hiroshima and Nagasaki but were unclear on the details. One thought we dropped the bomb on them in the '60s. They had no clue how the war started.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at February 28, 2021 10:48 AM (VVEnO)

324 And of course there's the huge problem that continents, or even big islands, don't actually sink overnight.
**cough**

Posted by: Hank Johnson, (D-umb) at February 28, 2021 10:48 AM (v16oJ)

325 @319

We can dig it!

Posted by: artemis at February 28, 2021 10:49 AM (AwPyG)

326 Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at February 28, 2021 10:48 AM (VVEnO)

*squinty eyes*

Pepperidge Farm remembers.....

Posted by: Jak Sucio at February 28, 2021 10:49 AM (jvt6t)

327 Shut yo' mouth!

Posted by: andycanuck at February 28, 2021 10:49 AM (d6he9)

328 The first book my daughter learned to read all by
herself was Dr. Seuss's "Are You My Mother?". Probably gender-biased.
Although one of the choices for mother was a big crane at a construction
site. So....I dunno.


Posted by: grammie winger at February 28, 2021 10:37 AM (45fpk)

---
The parody version, "Are You My Daddy?" basically writes itself.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at February 28, 2021 10:50 AM (llXky)

329 Kind of the Hydrox to Seuss's Oreo.
*throws flag*If ever there was an appropriate time to use the Kaboom / Trix metaphor, this is it.

Posted by: pep at February 28, 2021 10:50 AM (v16oJ)

330 327 Shut yo' mouth!
Posted by: andycanuck at February 28, 2021 10:49 AM (d6he9)


Thing 1 and Thing 2 were great back-up singers.

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at February 28, 2021 10:50 AM (PiwSw)

331 I assume the pants pic is probably an ad from Playboy, hence the gal with the ears.

Posted by: BeckoningChasm at February 28, 2021 10:51 AM (l9m7l)

332 I've been in a reading rut or not reading much at all, so this year I decided to buy books written by Horde authors or recommended by the Horde. I started off with Snowberry's Veil by our own Christopher Taylor. It's very different from what I usually read, but I'm really enjoying it. I was up til 1 AM reading last night and I can't remember the last time that happened.

Posted by: screaming in digital at February 28, 2021 10:51 AM (kTRt4)

333 I just started Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose.

It's about Lewis and Clark.
It's very well written and interesting. Thank you to the horde members who suggested it.

Posted by: nurse ratched at February 28, 2021 10:52 AM (U2p+3)

334 "pissing like a thoroughbred?"

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at February 28, 2021 10:52 AM (2BZBZ)

335 Sam Rockwell is terrific in "Moon", which is an underappreciated gem. He is also hilarious in "Mr. Right" with Anna Kendrick.

Posted by: Sharkman at February 28, 2021 10:53 AM (0bGEp)

336 Tristram Shandy was my "discovery of the year" last year.
A "modern comedy novel" written in early 1700s, with sub focus on an obscure historical battle.

I'd swear I'd never heard of it.

Just this week stumbled upon it in Rick Atkinson's - The British are Coming. If you needed a copy, Henry Knox stocked it in his bookstore.

Posted by: InspiredHistoryMike at February 28, 2021 10:53 AM (x8Q/V)

337 Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at February 28, 2021 10:52 AM (2BZBZ)


gotta piss like a Russian racehorse?

Posted by: Jak Sucio at February 28, 2021 10:54 AM (jvt6t)

338 Kind of the Hydrox to Seuss's Oreo.
*throws flag*If ever there was an appropriate time to use the Kaboom / Trix metaphor, this is it.


*second flag* Oreo is also racist and has been replaced by 'OreX'. Loss of down...

Posted by: t-bird at February 28, 2021 10:55 AM (Lt1JN)

339 Think Jonah understands that Klingons are just some
made up shit ? Or does he think there's a planet out there where a race
of warriors eat live worms ?

Posted by: Roll Me Away at February 28, 2021 10:25 AM (ek8Zc)

---
He came up with the quip in response to the creation of an actual Klingon language, which has now overtaken Esperanto in number of active speakers. His go-to line was: "If it's a real language, translate THIS," but his example was stupid because it doesn't translate into ANY language since it's based on English double-meanings.

He thought it was this super-witting thing and it only proved his monumental ignorance. This is why I think Ace needs to lay off the pure insults and go back his old long-form parodies. He needs to write Dispatch articles by French and Goldberg and the like. It's more fun to read and far more devastating as a critique.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at February 28, 2021 10:55 AM (llXky)

340 274 Just wanted to mention a book that is for those who are dealing with relatives who are declining mentally: "The 36 Hour Day."

The book goes through various issues one will encounter and talks about various mechanisms to deal with the issues when they arise.

Posted by: blake - Dr semi lurker in marginal standing at February 28, 2021 10:32 AM (2SdPm)


I should buy this one for my kids.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at February 28, 2021 10:55 AM (YPsfy)

341 338: Hydrox always sounded too chemical. Stupid name for a cookie.

Posted by: CN at February 28, 2021 10:57 AM (ONvIw)

342 Posted by: CN at February 28, 2021 10:57 AM (ONvIw)

Right? Sounds like rocket fuel.

Posted by: Jak Sucio at February 28, 2021 10:58 AM (jvt6t)

343 Hydrox always sounded too chemical. Stupid name for a cookie.

They tasted that way, too. Something was just off about them.

Posted by: t-bird at February 28, 2021 10:58 AM (Lt1JN)

344 294 The first book my daughter learned to read all by herself was Dr. Seuss's "Are You My Mother?". Probably gender-biased. Although one of the choices for mother was a big crane at a construction site. So....I dunno.

Posted by: grammie winger at February 28, 2021 10:37 AM (45fpk)


Point of order: Are You My Mother? was not written by Dr. Seuss. The author is P. D. Eastman.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at February 28, 2021 10:59 AM (YPsfy)

345 Aside from the ability to embiggen the font so you can see it, most kindles allow you to tap on a word and see what the definition is.

The people who read Patrick O'Brian probably appreciate that.

Posted by: artemis at February 28, 2021 10:59 AM (AwPyG)

346 Interestingly, it seems Google and Bing have made it impossible to get to the CPAC website today. No problem Fri & Sat but today it says "Error establishing a database Connection" . Could the brain trust clue me in to what this means.

Posted by: Stellastwocents at February 28, 2021 11:00 AM (cRbt7)

347 Hydrox are the original from early 1900 and are more pure than Oreo. If knew where to get them I would.

Posted by: Skip at February 28, 2021 11:00 AM (Cxk7w)

348 @344

You gotta keep up, Mr. Muse. Next you'll be telling us the Cat in the Hat reminds you of Shaft

Posted by: artemis at February 28, 2021 11:00 AM (AwPyG)

349 Posted by: Stellastwocents at February 28, 2021 11:00 AM (cRbt7)

80+ million people trying to log in at once?

Posted by: Jak Sucio at February 28, 2021 11:00 AM (jvt6t)

350 acyrologia ... never heard of it, but the description was humorous, and full of malapropisms. acyrologia is pretty uncommon now, and I tried to discern if it was different from a malapropism. From what I could see, acyrologia does not always sound similar to the intended word, but can be more bland confusion. Malapropisms are generally humorous mistakes, owing to the word's root being Mrs. Malaprop, a humorous character. --
I do try to "use my words" even when they are not yet fully mine. I've written words I'm not quite certain of in comments with intent to look them up before posting, then forget to look them up. ha. This link is to a wordwizard.com brief discussion on the word acyrologia. --
https://tinyurl.com/yvvea2xz

Posted by: illiniwek at February 28, 2021 11:00 AM (Cus5s)

351 344: Late to the show. Again.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at February 28, 2021 11:01 AM (YPsfy)

352 Could the brain trust clue me in to what this means.

Posted by: Stellastwocents at February 28, 2021 11:00 AM (cRbt7)

Check w/Bob.

Posted by: BignJames at February 28, 2021 11:01 AM (AwYPR)

353 For non-crackpot, just finished- Lost Empire of
Atlantis by Gavin Menzies. quite believable. He argues for Minoan
Crete, with archaeological details from around the world. Interesting
speculation on the Mississippi river and 'missing' copper from the
american mid west.

Posted by: InspiredHistoryMike at February 28, 2021 10:33 AM (x8Q/V)

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The problem with people moving Atlantis is that Plato was very specific in his directions. He knew where Crete was, and when people start saying "oh well he made it up" then there's no point in going any further because when you get to just change the description that you don't like, you can twist the text to say anything you want.

The remarkable thing about his description of the location of Atlantis is that it actually works. If one goes beyond the Pillars of Hercules, you run into the Azores, and if the ocean levels were lower, they would lead you right to a chain of islands that leads to the continent on the other side of the ocean - the Atlantic Ocean, by the way. Weird how that name stuck.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at February 28, 2021 11:01 AM (llXky)

354 I had a post on idolatry and my current read, but Pixy shit all over it. How in hell can you talk about a book you enjoy without sounding like an ad??

Fuck it.

Fix this damn thing!

Posted by: Weak Geek at February 28, 2021 11:01 AM (J9wig)

355 Dr. Seuss is racist and orientalist. And now you know.

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The essence of junior high cool was excluding the uncool. I suspect the same is true here. Only the pure may enter the kingdom and knowing who is impure makes you pure. Also, it's kind of a Princess and the Pea thing.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at February 28, 2021 11:01 AM (VVEnO)

356 348 @344

You gotta keep up, Mr. Muse. Next you'll be telling us the Cat in the Hat reminds you of Shaft
Posted by: artemis at February 28, 2021 11:00 AM (AwPyG)


Yeah, I know.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at February 28, 2021 11:02 AM (YPsfy)

357 I watched a Jordan Peterson podcast with Canadian prof Gad Saad last night. Saad is an evolutionary behavioral scientist who has just published "The Parasitic Mind: How Infectious Ideas are Killing Common Sense." During the podcast, he pointed out something that should have been obvious to Peterson, Christina Sommers, and every other person who decries PC but just couldn't bring themselves to support Trump because icky. Saad noted that Trump's bullshtting was minor and often rather silly and petty bragging. (And yeah, I know there are people who will defend it but to me that was his least attractive quality.) Saad said basically that bragging about rally crowd size, or penis size, or whatever is a very small sin compared to the lies imposed on us by the left everyday. Trump's bragging doesn't effect people's lives - the Biden admin pretending that kids can decide what sex they are does. That's exactly what exasperates me about these damned academics who were so filled with distaste for Trump's style that they favored a Biden win. Now they're going to act shocked at events that were entirely predictable - the left clamping down on free speech, bombing Syria, etc.

Posted by: Donna&&&&&V at February 28, 2021 11:02 AM (HabA/)

358 Somebody called?

Posted by: Bob from NSA at February 28, 2021 11:02 AM (jvt6t)

359 And of course there's the huge problem that continents, or even big islands, don't actually sink overnight.

Then why do we keep fantasizing about the San Andreas Fault going double digits?

Posted by: Reuben Hick at February 28, 2021 11:02 AM (D4L4Y)

360 Oh - if I only had a dollar for every time I ever said to myself - Self, you really must learn Esperanto. Or Klingon. One or the other.

Posted by: Roll Me Away at February 28, 2021 11:02 AM (ek8Zc)

361 354 I had a post on idolatry and my current read, but Pixy shit all over it. How in hell can you talk about a book you enjoy without sounding like an ad??

Fuck it.

Fix this damn thing!
Posted by: Weak Geek at February 28, 2021 11:01 AM (J9wig)


#TwoWeeks.

Or, you can e-mail it to me and I'll post it in the content section as a recommendation next week.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at February 28, 2021 11:03 AM (YPsfy)

362 Positing that Dolphin Ridge was above sea level still means you have to account for an advanced Bronze Age civilization which somehow left no trace -- neither in the archaeological record, nor in any lore or traditions until Plato decided to make it up as an example. Where did he learn about something which would have happened 9,000 years before his time?

Posted by: Trimegistus at February 28, 2021 11:03 AM (QZxDR)

363 Also, it's kind of a Princess and the Pea thing.
Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at February 28, 2021 11:01 AM (VVEnO)

I always thought "a real princess" bitched over the slightest thing, I saw it not as a test of heredity but as a test of being sufficiently picky and demanding.

Posted by: CN at February 28, 2021 11:04 AM (ONvIw)

364 110, Retired Buckeye Cop

Where did you find "The Man-God" by Patrick Carroll? I've tried amazon, thriftbooks, the Gutenberg Project, and amazon again. This sounds like a really worthwhile book. Thank you.

Posted by: Tonestaple at February 28, 2021 11:04 AM (sHP0I)

365 You may be right about so many logging on. It finally popped up. It should do our hearts good that so many are paying attention. It will be very interesting to see how many watch Trump's speech.

Posted by: Stellastwocents at February 28, 2021 11:04 AM (cRbt7)

366 331 I assume the pants pic is probably an ad from Playboy, hence the gal with the ears.
Posted by: BeckoningChasm at February 28, 2021 10:51 AM (l9m7l)


Ah, there you go! You're probably right.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at February 28, 2021 11:05 AM (YPsfy)

367
Trump hate is just a class thing

people who think they are 'better' need to keep that feeling and will fight one and all to not be a normie

Posted by: will choose a nic later at February 28, 2021 11:05 AM (r4bSV)

368 That means Plato accurately described the Atlantic Ocean, and he also gives a description of Athens that fits well with ice age sea levels (he said the Acropolis was "higher" back then).

If we are learning one thing right now, it is that civilization is very fragile and it doesn't take much to bring it down. We're also finding things that the normal timeline says can't happen, like the remains of the battlefield in Tollense (sp?) that is far larger than anyone thought possible at that time.

So why not push the envelope and imagine a transatlantic empire 10,000 years ago? If it was good enough for R.E. Howard, it's good enough for me.


Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at February 28, 2021 11:06 AM (llXky)

369 And it's called the Atlantic Ocean in reference to Atlas, the Titan supposedly exiled to the western end of the world. Plato used the name Atlantis for the same reason. The etymology goes the other way: Atlas ==> Atlantic ==> Atlantis.

Posted by: Trimegistus at February 28, 2021 11:06 AM (QZxDR)

370 Guys - Are You My Mother wasn't a Seuss book.

*eye roll*

Posted by: Amy Schumer at February 28, 2021 11:06 AM (ek8Zc)

371 Ace wishes he could write as well as me!

Posted by: jonah goldberg's couch at February 28, 2021 11:07 AM (d6he9)

372 Current read: "Future Quest," comics maxiseries featuring Hanna-Barbera action heroes. Yes.

Posted by: Weak Geek at February 28, 2021 11:07 AM (J9wig)

373 Sam Rockwell is terrific in "Moon", which is an underappreciated gem.

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I'm convinced that the voice over at the very end is a parody of Rush.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at February 28, 2021 11:07 AM (VVEnO)

374 Hey, I'm perfectly okay with Atlantis as a fictional prehistory. Kull was a barbarian from Atlantis, after all, and I'm not gonna argue with a guy who kills snake-men for a living.

Posted by: Trimegistus at February 28, 2021 11:08 AM (QZxDR)

375 Oh, oh! Let me see if Brave lets me get away with ampersands! &&&
Thanks, maybe, Donna.

Posted by: andycanuck at February 28, 2021 11:08 AM (d6he9)

376 Civilization is a very thin veneer, and very fragile.

Posted by: CN at February 28, 2021 11:09 AM (ONvIw)

377 Wikipedia has a Pnin-like story about a distracted Nabokov walking into the wrong room at Cornell and beginning his lecture to the wrong students.

He was ten minutes in before someone from his class door came in and gently pulled on his sleeve, and told him of his room error. Without missing a beat he looked out at the class in front of him, and said "and that concludes 'Coming Attractions' for Lit 325, for which you may register for next fall term.", and then he left the stunned group in silence and went next door to his regular class.

Posted by: Huck Follywood, Hey! You can't do that here! at February 28, 2021 11:09 AM (9uflq)

378 Plato Shmato, I look to Donovan for my knowledge of Atlantis.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at February 28, 2021 11:10 AM (VVEnO)

379 On idolatry, socialist son is shocked that CPAC displays a golden statue of POTUSIE Trump. He fears for my soul.

Posted by: Weak Geek at February 28, 2021 11:10 AM (J9wig)

380 The author is P. D. Eastman.
Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at February 28, 2021 10:59 AM (YPsfy)

I like PD Eastman
Go, Dog. Go! was one of my faves as a kid

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at February 28, 2021 11:10 AM (nUhF0)

381 I don't think the Reacher clothes thing is based on dislike of doing laundry, it's based on that he owns as little as possible. Usually just a toothbrush and some cash. Unless he could stand around naked in a laundromat during the process, he would have to carry at least one change of clothes to do laundry.

Posted by: azjaeger at February 28, 2021 11:11 AM (3/XaG)

382 Civilization is a very thin veneer, and very fragile.

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And white supremacists broke it!

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at February 28, 2021 11:11 AM (VVEnO)

383 We shouldn't make the mistake of assuming history is set in stone.

In Gobekli Tepe, Turkey, they found a site that predates Stonehenge by 6000 years, and has turned conventional wisdom upside down.

A huge settlement of hunter-gatherers, with no indication of agriculture or animal husbandry. No pottery. But a large temple. It changes the accepted timeline of how civilization developed.

Posted by: artemis at February 28, 2021 11:11 AM (AwPyG)

384 Take that Pixy, you tool for enforcement of colorless writing.

Posted by: Weak Geek at February 28, 2021 11:12 AM (J9wig)

385 Plato Shmato, I look to Donovan for my knowledge of Atlantis.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at February 28, 2021 11:10 AM (VVEnO)

"waaayyy dooowwn, below the ocean..."

Posted by: BignJames at February 28, 2021 11:12 AM (AwYPR)

386 Ace wishes he could write as well as me!
Posted by: jonah goldberg's couch at February 28, 2021 11:07 AM (d6he9)
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Goldbricks couch plagiarized this gibe from an Ace essay.

Posted by: Huck Follywood, Hey! You can't do that here! at February 28, 2021 11:12 AM (9uflq)

387 There are people out there who really believe that Atlantis was real and that the haplogroup X are its survivors. Either Atlantis or extraterrestrials

Posted by: CN at February 28, 2021 11:12 AM (ONvIw)

388 -- There are people out there who really believe that Atlantis was rea





I know right? those are crazy

Posted by: sasquatch at February 28, 2021 11:13 AM (r4bSV)

389
I like PD Eastman
Go, Dog. Go! was one of my faves as a kid
Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at February 28, 2021 11:10 AM (nUhF0)

I like the one about the pain in the ass firefly

Posted by: CN at February 28, 2021 11:13 AM (ONvIw)

390 It's kind of like how you studied human development, with the various stages of "man" evolving from each other (remember the chart?)

Then they discovered DNA, and found out that none of the "early man" types were related to each other.

Posted by: artemis at February 28, 2021 11:13 AM (AwPyG)

391 If Lord Squirrel is still here, there are groups of readers on line who pledge to read 100 books in a year (!) and then talk with each other about their books, and how they're doing.

One of the groups is on Librarything.com. If you search for "100 books a year" you'll see some others.


100 books a year is a bit much for me, though I did do around 70 or so books in 2020. I started tracking my reading around mid-March and finished out at 67 plus whatever I read before mid-March. I'm sure it was at least 3 books. There are lots of YouTube videos about reading 1 book a week. For me, it's pretty easy to do, as I've always been a voracious reader. Doubling that can be a bit tough as I generally read books that are 200 - 1000 pages long. Sometimes more than one at once. I think one book a week is a manageable and enjoyable goal, as I don't feel that much pressure to get my reading done for the week.

Posted by: Lord Squirrel at February 28, 2021 11:13 AM (hQrcu)

392 I think Plato was fucking Goofy!

Posted by: andycanuck at February 28, 2021 11:14 AM (d6he9)

393 Someone above mentioned "reticent", and I admit to only knowing the newer version of the word, but the new version is now (unfortunately?) accepted as a "real" meaning, despite the old root derivation. Much of our language is like that, and even worse, the Orwellian version of changing words or eliminating "hate words" is "weaponized". ... Here is Merriam Webster. ---
*** Reticent first appeared about 170 years ago, but the "reluctant" sense of "reticent" is a mid-20th century introduction. Though it is now well-established, this newer sense bothers some people, particularly because it has veered away from the word's Latin origins - "reticent" is from the verb "reticere," meaning "to keep silent." -- -- But there is some sense in the way the newer meaning developed. We first tended to use the "reluctant" sense of "reticent" when the context was speech (as in "reticent to talk about her past"), thus keeping the word close to its "silent" sense. Eventually, however, exclusive association with speech was abandoned. Now one can be "reticent" to do anything. ***

Posted by: illiniwek at February 28, 2021 11:15 AM (Cus5s)

394 Posted by: Lord Squirrel at February 28, 2021 11:13 AM (hQrcu)

I couldn't read that many comics in a year.

Posted by: BignJames at February 28, 2021 11:15 AM (AwYPR)

395 The remarkable thing about his description of the location of Atlantis
is that it actually works. If one goes beyond the Pillars of Hercules,
you run into the Azores, and if the ocean levels were lower, they would
lead you right to a chain of islands that leads to the continent on the
other side of the ocean - the Atlantic Ocean, by the way. Weird how that
name stuck.

OK, smart guy, then how did Sherman burn Atlantis if it was underwater?

Posted by: pep at February 28, 2021 11:15 AM (v16oJ)

396 Positing that Dolphin Ridge was above sea level
still means you have to account for an advanced Bronze Age civilization
which somehow left no trace -- neither in the archaeological record, nor
in any lore or traditions until Plato decided to make it up as an
example. Where did he learn about something which would have happened
9,000 years before his time?

Posted by: Trimegistus at February 28, 2021 11:03 AM (QZxDR)

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First off, it's under water. Deep under water. Who is going to pay to do the dig? Crete has its own tourism bureau and who doesn't want to spend their time sifting rocks on a sunny Aegean coast? Also, what if it was iron-based? Iron doesn't age well at all.

As to how he learned about it, he explained that part: in Egypt. It's a very old civilization, and we keep finding even older stuff there all the time. We can't make out all the writing but back then they could have. Plato absolutely had more access to records than we do.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at February 28, 2021 11:16 AM (llXky)

397 Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at February 28, 2021 10:48 AM (VVEnO)

That predates the millennials. 25 years ago, I had a Japanese roommate. I liked her very much but needless to say, she knew much more about Hiroshima than she did about Pearl Harbor - or about how the Japanese treated POWs. Remember, there were no highly publicized Nuremberg type trials punishing Japanese war criminals, although a few were executed. I've never seen footage of POW camps or Japanese atrocities like I've seen footage of Auschwitz. That's also true of the gulags. Because so much visual evidence exists of Nazi crimes, there is a distorted view of history - people think it was the ONLY atrocity of the 20th century. Of course, there are ideological reasons for that as well, in the case of Communism. With Japan, the "guilt vs. shame" culture also comes into play.

Posted by: Donna&&&&&V at February 28, 2021 11:16 AM (HabA/)

398 OK, smart guy, then how did Sherman burn Atlantis if it was underwater?
Posted by: pep at February 28, 2021 11:15 AM (v16oJ)

That's easy. Waterproof matches!

Posted by: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at February 28, 2021 11:17 AM (PiwSw)

399 Do orientalists use oxy clean?

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at February 28, 2021 11:18 AM (63Dwl)

400 OK, smart guy, then how did Sherman burn Atlantis if it was underwater?

Posted by: pep at February 28, 2021 11:15 AM (v16oJ)

Extensive use of magnesium in their architecture.

Posted by: BignJames at February 28, 2021 11:18 AM (AwYPR)

401 It was fair use! And who hasn't used the common, everyday phrase, "Ace wishes he could write as well as me!" before!!

Posted by: jonah goldberg's couch at February 28, 2021 11:18 AM (d6he9)

402 Posted by: andycanuck at February 28, 2021 11:08 AM (d6he9)

Here, have a few more: &&&&&&&

Posted by: Donna&&&&&V at February 28, 2021 11:18 AM (HabA/)

403 OK, smart guy, then how did Sherman burn Atlantis if it was underwater?


Posted by: pep at February 28, 2021 11:15 AM (v16oJ)

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Volcano lancing.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at February 28, 2021 11:18 AM (llXky)

404 "Empathy" is thrown around a lot, usually as synonym for "Sympathy".

Strictly speaking, empathy can only be known by someone who has experienced the same thing. I have sympathy for someone who is completely blind from birth, but I cannot have empathy.

Posted by: Common Tater at February 28, 2021 11:19 AM (27q/y)

405 Posted by: BignJames at February 28, 2021 11:15 AM (AwYPR)
Reading should be for enjoyment! Read at your own pace and don't worry about how many books someone can or does read! I know people who read much more slowly than I do, but they also read *deeper* in many ways and thus get as much or more enjoyment out of their reading than I do.

Posted by: Lord Squirrel at February 28, 2021 11:19 AM (hQrcu)

406 Do orientalists use oxy clean?
Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at February 28, 2021 11:18 AM (63Dwl)

Shhhhhhh! Ancient Red Chinese secret!

Oxy Clean > Calgon

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at February 28, 2021 11:20 AM (R/m4+)

407 smart guy, then how did Sherman burn Atlantis


hey, we are not supposed to discuss WT Sherman here, get peeps all riled up

Posted by: will choose a nic later at February 28, 2021 11:20 AM (r4bSV)

408 Way down
Below the ocean
That's where, I want to be
Where she may be

Posted by: Skip at February 28, 2021 11:20 AM (Cxk7w)

409 I once worked with a fellow (who was admittedly reading-challenged) whose idiom for stopping something in its early stages was to "nick it in the butt". He also made sure to visit Fisherman' Dwarf when he was in San Francisco. If I ever write a book on malapropisms, it will be titled "Nicked in the Butt on Fisherman's Dwarf".

Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea at February 28, 2021 11:20 AM (GLv8N)

410 Posted by: pep at February 28, 2021 11:15 AM (v16oJ)

Did you ever see The 14 Fists of McCluskey??

Posted by: Rick Dalton at February 28, 2021 11:21 AM (jvt6t)

411 One thought we dropped the bomb on them in the '60s. They had no clue how the war started.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at February 28, 2021 10:48 AM (VVEnO)

Luckily history never repeats itself so we should be fine.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 28, 2021 11:21 AM (Q9lwr)

412 Posted by: BignJames at February 28, 2021 11:15 AM (AwYPR)

Also, comics can be pretty cool to read. I've read a number of great stories in comics, such as Neil Gaiman's Sandman series, though comic books are not my usual genre.

Posted by: Lord Squirrel at February 28, 2021 11:22 AM (hQrcu)

413 Well, fiddle-dee-dee. Tomorrow is another day.

Posted by: zombie plato at February 28, 2021 11:22 AM (d6he9)

414 It's kind of like how you studied human development,
with the various stages of "man" evolving from each other (remember the
chart?)



Then they discovered DNA, and found out that none of the "early man" types were related to each other.

Posted by: artemis at February 28, 2021 11:13 AM (AwPyG)

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Yes, and there are some interesting cultural elements. The Cherokee creation myth has them coming from the eastern sea. There are reports that Basque priests could speak with some of the tribes they encountered in New Spain (and of course the Basque language is very distinct from Indo-European).

So what if these bits and pieces are all that remains after 10,000 years? Realistically, what would we expect to find after all that time?

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at February 28, 2021 11:22 AM (llXky)

415 hey, we are not supposed to discuss WT Sherman here, get peeps all riled up


Mister, we could use a man like Sherman aaggaaaaiiiinnnn....

Posted by: Dingbat at February 28, 2021 11:22 AM (jvt6t)

416 I loved Tristram Shandy. Read it by accident and it's in the running to replace Moby Dick as my favorite book. It is definitely surreal. Hard to believe it was written in the mid 18th century.

Finished Cultural Amnesia and recommend it to everyone else here. Started The Discovery and Conquest of Mexico by Bernal Diaz del Castillo. He was there so he should have some interesting things to say.

Finally, I've been away a bit (got in some actual skiing!) so I'll ask the same question I had a couple of weeks ago. Are any of the Dune sequels worth the effort?

Posted by: Who knew at February 28, 2021 11:23 AM (SfO/T)

417 I meet a lot of voracious readers, and you'd be amazed how many people read a whole lot of books.

I think it's a new phenomenon due to access to e readers, and cheap books.

15 years ago it would have been quite the feat, to read 100 books in a year. And expensive.

Posted by: artemis at February 28, 2021 11:23 AM (AwPyG)

418 At first I thought "that Skousen guy must be really old", but then I saw Paul is the son of W. Cleon Skousen -- author of The Naked Communist, which as I recall, laid out all the Soviet commie's plans for overthrowing America by seditious infiltration, and destruction of our cultural fabric. ... Paul the son has Reagan era experience, and CIA experience. Should be good reading ... we needed it before 2012, but nobody listens to the voices in the wilderness, and now we are burning.

Posted by: illiniwek at February 28, 2021 11:24 AM (Cus5s)

419 Way down
Below the ocean
That's where, I want to be
Where she may be
Posted by: Skip at February 28, 2021 11:20 AM (Cxk7w)

I hated that song. Same lines, over and over. Then it grew on me, then I loved it. Some kind of mind control thing I think.

Damn you Donovan!

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at February 28, 2021 11:24 AM (R/m4+)

420 In academia, such flaunting of common social morays is seen as almost sorted and might result in the offender becoming a piranha

That'll make the scales drop from your eyes

Posted by: Huck Follywood, Hey! You can't do that here! at February 28, 2021 11:24 AM (9uflq)

421 As I was working my way through Livy, I did some additional research on the Etruscans, and for a people that were quite powerful, populous and located right next to Rome, we know very little.

If a flourishing culture like theirs can be so unknown, what would we expect to have of one five times as old? As to records, we know that Claudius wrote a history of Etruria and a dictionary of the language. Both works are lost to us. Plato would have had access to records we can only imagine, so that's what I want to do - imagine them.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at February 28, 2021 11:25 AM (llXky)

422 Posted by: illiniwek at February 28, 2021 11:15

Another word that appears to have changed meaning is sanguine. Originally it meant bloody or red but it has come to mean something like optimistic. My uneducated guess is that as a bloody warrior is prepared for the next battle, so is the optimist expecting the best.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at February 28, 2021 11:26 AM (VVEnO)

423

Atlantis sent out ships to all corners of the Earth.
On board were the Twelve:

The physician, the farmer, the scientist, the puppet, the pauper, the pirate, the poet, the pawn and a king.

That's life

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at February 28, 2021 11:26 AM (63Dwl)

424 I admit to a fascination with the pre dynastic Egyptian artifacts, and Machu Picchu of Peru, and some of the other sites with fantastic architecture.

When I was younger, I saw photographs of some of the amazing sculptures, obelisks and such and thought "yeah, pretty cool, but sandstone is easy to carve." I didn't know they were made of granite, diorite, and other extremely hard materials. There is very clear evidence of powered circular saw marks on the stones surrounding the great pyramids.

The Egyptologists claim everything was done with bronze chisels, or round granite strikers. There's absolutely no way that is the case. Some kind of catastrophe occured makes more sense, from a scientific standpoint. I'll not argue they were advanced, but they were far more advanced than the science gives them credit for.

Posted by: Common Tater at February 28, 2021 11:27 AM (27q/y)

425 we know that Claudius wrote a history of Etruria and a dictionary of the language. Both works are lost to us.

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Bezos must've thought they were hate speech.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at February 28, 2021 11:27 AM (VVEnO)

426 I meet a lot of voracious readers, and you'd be amazed how many people read a whole lot of books.

I think it's a new phenomenon due to access to e readers, and cheap books.

15 years ago it would have been quite the feat, to read 100 books in a year. And expensive.

Posted by: artemis at February 28, 2021 11:23 AM (AwPyG)

Good point. If the reading I do here...and a few other blogs were equated to books...it'd be quite a few.

Posted by: BignJames at February 28, 2021 11:27 AM (AwYPR)

427 @414

A Cherokee legend describes a race of "moon-eyed people" who inhabited the area, and now they think it may have been Vikings or Scots.

I think there's always a kernel of truth in legends.

Posted by: artemis at February 28, 2021 11:28 AM (AwPyG)

428 In re "toe the line" vs. "tow the line," the latter being entirely incorrect, I found this:

"In linguistics, an eggcorn is an idiosyncratic substitution of a word or phrase for a word or words that sound similar or identical in the speaker's dialect. The new phrase introduces a meaning that is different from the original but plausible in the same context, such as 'old-timers' disease' for 'Alzheimer's disease.' An eggcorn can be described as an intra-lingual phono-semantic matching, a matching in which the intended word and substitute are from the same language. Together with other types of same-sounding phrases, eggcorns are sometimes also referred to 'oronyms'."

That was from Wikipedia which, at the "toe the line" entry has many possible origins.

Posted by: Tonestaple at February 28, 2021 11:28 AM (sHP0I)

429 >>> 421 As I was working my way through Livy, I did some additional research on the Etruscans, and for a people that were quite powerful, populous and located right next to Rome, we know very little.

If a flourishing culture like theirs can be so unknown, what would we expect to have of one five times as old? As to records, we know that Claudius wrote a history of Etruria and a dictionary of the language. Both works are lost to us. Plato would have had access to records we can only imagine, so that's what I want to do - imagine them.
Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at February 28, 2021 11:25 AM (llXky)

Why doesn't Ace share his time machine so some adventurous Morons can explore the Library of Alexandria??

Posted by: Helena Handbasket at February 28, 2021 11:28 AM (TK8Ry)

430 Posted by: Who knew at February 28, 2021 11:23 AM (SfO/T)

Loved how James ripped Jean-Paul Sartre a new one in Cultural Amnesia

Posted by: Donna&&&&&V at February 28, 2021 11:29 AM (HabA/)

431 Sanguine referring to personal temperament comes from the Four Humors idea beloved of pre-Modern medicine. If you have a Sanguine temper, then blood is your dominant humor. You are energetic, brave, amorous, and confident.

A person who feels sanguine about something is unafraid and ready for anything.

Posted by: Trimegistus at February 28, 2021 11:29 AM (QZxDR)

432 I'm not saying it was aliens, but it was aliens.

Posted by: andycanuck at February 28, 2021 11:29 AM (d6he9)

433 Baalbek would be another place to visit, I really enjoy the pictures, some of the ancient sites in Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Iran, etc., old Roman settlements, humans have been around a long time. Really amazing how large some of the structures are.

Posted by: Common Tater at February 28, 2021 11:30 AM (27q/y)

434 One of my favorite science mistakes was the first time they found a dinosaur bone in England.

The scientists decided the femur was from a race of ancient giant men, because it wouldn't have even crossed their minds that there'd been a race of giant lizards.

Posted by: artemis at February 28, 2021 11:30 AM (AwPyG)

435 Another word that appears to have changed meaning is sanguine. Originally it meant bloody or red but it has come to mean something like optimistic. My uneducated guess is that as a bloody warrior is prepared for the next battle, so is the optimist expecting the best.
Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at February 28, 2021 11:26 AM (VVEnO)
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The latter meaning of "sanguine" comes from the "bodliy humors" theory of illness.

Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea at February 28, 2021 11:31 AM (GLv8N)

436 The scientists decided the femur was from a race of ancient giant men,
because it wouldn't have even crossed their minds that there'd been a
race of giant lizards.

And that's just the way we wanted it.

Posted by: Giant subterranean lizard people at February 28, 2021 11:31 AM (v16oJ)

437 "Alright" is not a word, it's a misspelling.

Burn / cancel that dictionary.

Posted by: Weak Geek at February 28, 2021 11:32 AM (J9wig)

438
The Egyptologists claim everything was done with
bronze chisels, or round granite strikers. There's absolutely no way
that is the case. Some kind of catastrophe occured makes more sense,
from a scientific standpoint. I'll not argue they were advanced, but
they were far more advanced than the science gives them credit for.

Posted by: Common Tater at February 28, 2021 11:27 AM (27q/y)

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It's interesting that Plato's account dwells on how very old Egypt's ruins are, and that some predate the Fall. Because of its climate and location, Egypt's records survived while everyone else (including the Greeks) were reduced to being "children" again, i.e. using stone tools.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at February 28, 2021 11:32 AM (llXky)

439 Phono-semantic so Jews with cellphones??

Posted by: andycanuck at February 28, 2021 11:32 AM (d6he9)

440 Marvin Gaye at February 28, 2021 10:09 AM (OssQ4) asked
Is it "right on" or "righton"?
Neither.... it's Right arm

Posted by: StillJohn at February 28, 2021 11:32 AM (xmLSo)

441 Did you ever see The 14 Fists of McCluskey??

Posted by: Rick Dalton

No. What is it about?

Posted by: pep at February 28, 2021 11:33 AM (v16oJ)

442 Finally, I've been away a bit (got in some actual skiing!) so I'll ask the same question I had a couple of weeks ago. Are any of the Dune sequels worth the effort?

Who knew at February 28, 2021 11:23 AM (SfO/T)
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Yes, I liked Dune Messiah and Children of Dune. Dune Messiah was very odd reading because there are distinct parallels between that book and Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. Yes, really. It was somewhat surreal.
I hear things get a bit on the strange side for the remaining three books in the original series. I own them all and plan to read the rest of them at some point...

Posted by: Lord Squirrel at February 28, 2021 11:33 AM (hQrcu)

443 Acyrologia, neologisms, eggcorns, malapropisms.

Ostentatious crap! Sometimes a pun is just a pun. Why suck all the fun out of it?

I guess I'll just fade into Bolivian.

Posted by: Muldoon at February 28, 2021 11:33 AM (m45I2)

444 Etruscan language and details of their culture are unknown, but we can dig up buildings and tombs. We know where they lived and what they did.

Positing an advanced civilization with power tools before the Bronze Age just raises so many questions. If they had steel tools, where are the remains of their steel mills? Their powerplants? The railroads that moved coal to those steel mills? Et cetera.

The industrial infrastructure needed for even Civil War-era technology dwarfs the Pyramids. It can't vanish like dew.

Posted by: Trimegistus at February 28, 2021 11:33 AM (QZxDR)

445 I think it's a new phenomenon due to access to e readers, and cheap books.

15 years ago it would have been quite the feat, to read 100 books in a year. And expensive.


No, not at all. My mother volunteered at the library and came home with a bag of books every week to read.

Posted by: t-bird at February 28, 2021 11:33 AM (3fR4G)

446 Remember, there were no highly publicized Nuremberg type trials punishing Japanese war criminals

MacArthur made a lot of strange decisions in postwar Japan, and having so few war crimes trials no doubt was one of his worst.

Posted by: Huck Follywood, Hey! You can't do that here! at February 28, 2021 11:34 AM (9uflq)

447 @443

No one understands him but his woman

Posted by: artemis at February 28, 2021 11:34 AM (AwPyG)

448 Did you ever see The 14 Fists of McCluskey??

Posted by: Rick Dalton
No. What is it about?
Posted by: pep at February 28, 2021 11:33 AM (v16oJ)
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There's a great flamethrower scene.

Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea at February 28, 2021 11:34 AM (GLv8N)

449 Well, I guess I have to sign off. Those chores aren't going to neglect themselves.

Posted by: Trimegistus at February 28, 2021 11:35 AM (QZxDR)

450
I'm sanguine in the rain
Just sanguine in the rain
What a wonderful feeling
I'm happy again!

Posted by: Muldoon at February 28, 2021 11:36 AM (m45I2)

451 @444

Its the same thing with Stonehenge--they shouldn't have been able to build it. But there it is.

Posted by: artemis at February 28, 2021 11:36 AM (AwPyG)

452 MacArthur made a lot of strange decisions in postwar Japan, and having so few war crimes trials no doubt was one of his worst.


I go back and forth. The Allies knew they were going to win, but were terrified of Japan disintegrating and going Communist if the Emperor was deposed and tried. In light of the rest of the 20th Century, that was a very reasonable worry.

Posted by: pep at February 28, 2021 11:36 AM (v16oJ)

453 they were far more advanced than the science gives them credit for.

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It's human nature to devalue the work of others. Many years ago as I was walking to work after a minor snow stork.during the night, I noticed that the snow had melted off the white lines delineating parking spaces in a parking lot and pondered whether the white paint some how absorbed or reflected heat such that it melted the snow. Then I saw a minimum wage worker scraping the snow off the delineating lines.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at February 28, 2021 11:36 AM (VVEnO)

454 451 @444

Its the same thing with Stonehenge--they shouldn't have been able to build it. But there it is.
Posted by: artemis at February 28, 2021 11:36 AM (AwPyG)

The Druids. No one knows who they were, or what they were doing....

Posted by: Nigel Tufnel at February 28, 2021 11:37 AM (PiwSw)

455 Its the same thing with Stonehenge--they shouldn't have been able to build it. But there it is.
It's only 18" tall. What's the big deal?

Posted by: pep at February 28, 2021 11:37 AM (v16oJ)

456 The pyramids had an outer casing of stones, and an entrance door with seams that fit so tightly together, it was impossible to find the door opening. That's why they blasted it open with explosives, way back in antiquity, and tunneled generally where they had heard the tunnel was and eventually found it.

Flinders Petrie ('jes regular folk) studied drill core samples he found made of granite and discovered they had hollow drills that plow through granite at approx 1 mm or maybe 0.1 in. per revolution. This is an astonishing feed rate for granite.

Posted by: Common Tater at February 28, 2021 11:38 AM (27q/y)

457 The industrial infrastructure needed for even Civil War-era technology dwarfs the Pyramids. It can't vanish like dew.

Posted by: Trimegistus at February 28, 2021 11:33 AM (QZxDR)

I don't follow this stuff even a little. so if anyone is into it, don't try to engage me in debate about it. But i did see Elon Musk talking about aliens etc. He said the same thing to prove in his mind that aliens have never visited earth. It is not about some farmer seeing something one night. It is that archeologists have never found and example of an advanced metal or any other substance in the wrong place, for the wrong time period. We always think of our own time and focus on that. But there is proof no advanced civilizations likely ever set foot on this planet.

it is interesting people want to believe in E.T. life so badly. I guess when thinking about many in this country today, I get it.

Posted by: Quint at February 28, 2021 11:40 AM (dEOT9)

458 The latter meaning of "sanguine" comes from the "bodliy humors" theory of illness.
Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea

You mean like the one about Tank Abram's ass?

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at February 28, 2021 11:41 AM (VVEnO)

459 455 Its the same thing with Stonehenge--they shouldn't have been able to build it. But there it is.
It's only 18" tall. What's the big deal?
Posted by: pep at February 28, 2021 11:37 AM (v16oJ)
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No TV, no Internet, what else was there to do?

Posted by: zmdavid at February 28, 2021 11:41 AM (xqRaG)

460 ROFL over that acyrologia meme.
Posted by: PaleRider

This.
I started reading it and caught myself looking at diffident and then it asalted me.

Posted by: AZ deplorable isolated at February 28, 2021 11:41 AM (gtatv)

461 it is interesting people want to believe in E.T. life so badly. I guess when thinking about many in this country today, I get it.
Posted by: Quint at February 28, 2021 11:40 AM (dEOT9)

IMO, in areligious days, it is a longing for religion that makes men want ET saviors and wiccan magic for miracles.

Posted by: CN at February 28, 2021 11:42 AM (ONvIw)

462 Posted by: Huck Follywood, Hey! You can't do that here! at February 28, 2021 11:09 AM (9uflq)

That was lifted from his biography.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at February 28, 2021 11:42 AM (y7DUB)

463 Flinders Petrie ('jes regular folk) studied drill core samples he found made of granite and discovered they had hollow drills that plow through granite at approx 1 mm or maybe 0.1 in. per revolution. This is an astonishing feed rate for granite.

Posted by: Common Tater at February 28, 2021 11:38 AM (27q/y)

No schist?

Posted by: BignJames at February 28, 2021 11:42 AM (AwYPR)

464 I know people who read much more slowly than I do, but they also read *deeper* in many ways and thus get as much or more enjoyment out of their reading than I do.
=====

No matter how hard I try, I can not get through Moby Dick. I have been amused that the themes have been resuscitated the past few years. Just saw an insurance commercial with Capt Ahab standing halfway through a sunroof. Even though the memes/themes are pervasive, I still am not going to do it at my late age. At least I understood the reference.

Posted by: mustbequantum at February 28, 2021 11:42 AM (MIKMs)

465 Pants are awesome!!! I owned a few pair back in the day. Plane is a Cessna 182. Girl with bunny ears is a plane groupie. Hump or jump Baby!

Posted by: Diogenes at February 28, 2021 11:43 AM (axyOa)

466 Late to the thread...

You mentioned Diane West's "American Betrayal," which I haven't read yet, but intend to. I've mentioned once or twice here, here very thin little compilation of her own blog write-ups, "The Red Thread."

Man, if you want a Who's Who of our modern commies in their various positions of power, this is the book for you. It's not a smooth read, like a properly prepared single volume would be, but it's packed with facts. What the Ohrs have been up to, what Comey and Brennan's origin stories are.

I'm pretty sure it was up to date, as of 2018/2019, and I am sure American Betrayal predated that, so I'm not sure how much overlap to expect, but she's a journalist... in the best senses of that word, so she digs up the dirt, turns it over, examines it, and packages it for the read to learn.

Posted by: BurtTC at February 28, 2021 11:43 AM (oQ94s)

467 When the storks leave for San Juan Capistrano, you know summer is coming.

Posted by: andycanuck at February 28, 2021 11:43 AM (d6he9)

468 Positing an advanced civilization with power tools
before the Bronze Age just raises so many questions. If they had steel
tools, where are the remains of their steel mills? Their powerplants?
The railroads that moved coal to those steel mills? Et cetera.



The industrial infrastructure needed for even Civil War-era technology dwarfs the Pyramids. It can't vanish like dew.

Posted by: Trimegistus at February 28, 2021 11:33 AM (QZxDR)

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Whoa, I'm not saying they had jet planes, merely that they likely reached Classical levels of technology.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at February 28, 2021 11:44 AM (llXky)

469
pants are for rich people, everyone knows that

Posted by: will choose a nic later at February 28, 2021 11:44 AM (r4bSV)

470 I'm not suggesting the early Egyptian or Baalbek or walls in Peru are aliens.

But the established science can't explain a great many things. So they refuse to discuss it.

Since they won't talk about it, this gives the "I'm not saying it was Aliens, but it was Aliens" crowd a huge gaping vacuum to sell their wares. This is the problem.

Posted by: Common Tater at February 28, 2021 11:44 AM (27q/y)

471 A Cherokee legend describes a race of "moon-eyed people" who inhabited the area, and now they think it may have been Vikings or Scots.

I think there's always a kernel of truth in legends.

Posted by: artemis at February 28, 2021 11:28 AM (AwPyG)

I believe they were Scottish and the actual translation for "moon-eyed" was "shit faced". My Scottish friend agreed. Heh.

Posted by: thatcrazyjerseyguy at February 28, 2021 11:45 AM (zkS5c)

472 >>> 444 Etruscan language and details of their culture are unknown, but we can dig up buildings and tombs. We know where they lived and what they did.

Positing an advanced civilization with power tools before the Bronze Age just raises so many questions. If they had steel tools, where are the remains of their steel mills? Their powerplants? The railroads that moved coal to those steel mills? Et cetera.

The industrial infrastructure needed for even Civil War-era technology dwarfs the Pyramids. It can't vanish like dew.
Posted by: Trimegistus at February 28, 2021 11:33 AM (QZxDR)

...and this is why this is a such great subject for science fiction.

It wouldn't vanish like the dew but, how long would it take for enough of our current civilization to erode away for it to become almost invisible? How widespread was the use of the tech in question? Were the pyramids built using tech available to everyone, or were they more like the Manhattan project or our current space exploration? I don't have an orbital rocket in my garage... 1/?

Posted by: Helena Handbasket at February 28, 2021 11:45 AM (TK8Ry)

473 No schist?
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That's not very gneiss language to use in the Book Thread even at the HQ.

Posted by: andycanuck at February 28, 2021 11:45 AM (d6he9)

474 Then they discovered DNA, and found out that none of the "early man" types were related to each other.

Posted by: artemis


Whoa. I've never heard this before and this is an area of serious interest to me. Do you have a citation to something I can read on the subject? Off to the InnerWebz I go!!

Posted by: Sharkman at February 28, 2021 11:46 AM (W8AJT)

475 Posted by: Common Tater at February 28, 2021 11:38 AM (27q/y)

No schist?
Posted by: BignJames at February 28, 2021 11:42 AM (AwYPR)

Gneiss pun.

Posted by: Pug Mahon, Call me Loretta at February 28, 2021 11:46 AM (x8Wzq)

476 I see acyrologia all the time, sometimes here

had a friend once who always mixed up 'subscription' and 'prescription'


and the late Norm Crosby made a career out of acyrologia

Posted by: DB- just DB at February 28, 2021 11:46 AM (iTXRQ)

477 Dang.

Posted by: Pug Mahon, Call me Loretta at February 28, 2021 11:46 AM (x8Wzq)

478 Dune sequels?

As a 15 year-old was enamored of the first book. Could not make it through the 2nd (or any of the subsequent ones). Same thing happened with Zelazny's Amber series.

50 years ago.

Posted by: sinmi at February 28, 2021 11:46 AM (A5IVt)

479 we think too little of our forefathers. Look at the Acropolis as just one example in Greece. There did stuff building that that we would never think of today. They adjusted the angles of the columns, and the width of the columns to create an optical illusion for viewers from afar. Who thinks of that these days? We need to realize some people way back when just did a better job and put more effort into it.

I recall hearing about a Scottish guy that made an oven for roasting malt for whiskey. I think it was for roasting the malt, I need to look that up. But it was a machine for the process of making Scotch whisky. It wasn't the still I know that. Anyway, this guy was so proud of his work, he put everything into the product. It turns out he went out of business because his product never broke down and never had to be replaced. He did such a good job, he made his industry redundant.

Posted by: Quint at February 28, 2021 11:47 AM (dEOT9)

480 Do not take acyrlogia if you allergic to acyrlogia or its ingredients.

Posted by: Pug Mahon, Call me Loretta at February 28, 2021 11:47 AM (x8Wzq)

481 Modern "Islamic" architecture is almost all really ugly.

But, I'll say this: it's much less ugly and way more interesting than the soul-rending dreck their Scottish and German and American architecture janissaries put up in the West... These Eastern potentates actually have standards. Strange standards, to be sure, but they exist, and their employees know they can't get away with the crap they pull back home.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at February 28, 2021 11:47 AM (sCTt7)

482 and I'm late to the party with that onbservation

Posted by: DB- just DB at February 28, 2021 11:48 AM (iTXRQ)

483 Gneiss pun.
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Sure, Pug, take my comment for granite.

Posted by: andycanuck at February 28, 2021 11:48 AM (d6he9)

484 No matter how hard I try, I can not get through Moby Dick.

I recently read the 'Methods of Rationality' version of Moby Dick:

"Seek revenge against a whale?!", said the one-legged captain, "I'd rather get on with my life."

The End

Posted by: t-bird at February 28, 2021 11:48 AM (Lt1JN)

485 dam typoo

Posted by: DB- just DB at February 28, 2021 11:49 AM (iTXRQ)

486 I was a copy editor. Now I'm a proofreader. (They call it quality control.)

Typos and misspellings grab my notice immediately.

One I've noticed in this workplace is the misuse of "letting" for "leading." I try to set people straight.

For those not in the know, "leading" -- short "e" -- is the space between lines of text.

Posted by: Weak Geek at February 28, 2021 11:49 AM (J9wig)

487 CN,
It was Sam and the Firefly.


I loved that book as a little girl.

Posted by: nurse ratched at February 28, 2021 11:50 AM (U2p+3)

488 @474

I saw an article--years ago--about the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, and what they were going to do with their exhibit about the development of man, since it was basically wrong-o.

I don't know what they decided to do.

Posted by: artemis at February 28, 2021 11:50 AM (AwPyG)

489 475 Posted by: Common Tater at February 28, 2021 11:38 AM (27q/y)
No schist?
Posted by: BignJames at February 28, 2021 11:42 AM (AwYPR)

Gneiss pun.
Posted by: Pug Mahon, Call me Loretta at February 28, 2021 11:46 AM (x8Wzq)

And starting from a clean slate, at that.

Posted by: Not From Around Here at February 28, 2021 11:50 AM (wrzAm)

490 470 I'm not suggesting the early Egyptian or Baalbek or walls in Peru are aliens.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hrd767Xzfk

Posted by: zmdavid at February 28, 2021 11:50 AM (xqRaG)

491 Reading should be for enjoyment! Read at your own pace and don't worry about how many books someone can or does read! I know people who read much more slowly than I do, but they also read *deeper* in many ways and thus get as much or more enjoyment out of their reading than I do.
Posted by: Lord Squirrel at February 28, 2021 11:19 AM (hQrcu)

If I read any slower I'd be reading backwards.

It is very much about absorption, and I think it's not so much a learned skill, but a function of how one thinks. Almost every word I'm reading I'm taking it in, but not through memorization. I've found over the years that I "remember" less and less of what I read, but I've seen no reduction in the meaning I'm getting from the overall experience.

In its simplest sense, I'll get the gist of a sentence, and I'm not going to miss something by sweeping past this or that word that subtly changes or creates the meaning the author is going for, but I'm also not necessarily going to be able to tell you minutes, hours, or years later what exactly the words were.

Posted by: BurtTC at February 28, 2021 11:50 AM (oQ94s)

492 I don't know many Turks but they seem a little French about Turkish.

Posted by: San Franpsycho at February 28, 2021 11:50 AM (EZebt)

493 I see Jonah the Whale in 2018 came out with his NeverTrump response to Burnham's 1964 classic "Suicide of the West" ... Goldberg loves him some globalism, and communism/socialism is not his issue ... but patriotism is a problem.

"Two-time New York Times bestselling author Jonah Goldberg his newest book Suicide of the West: How The Rebirth Of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, And Identity Politics Is Destroying American Democracy. "

Posted by: illiniwek at February 28, 2021 11:50 AM (Cus5s)

494 2/? Archaeologists have shown they are a bit inflexible when they find artifacts that contradict what they "know" about an era (eg anything about the Americas before about 15000 years ago, when the "natives" migrated from Asia). How would they react finding even a shred of tech more advanced than "known" to be available for a given era? Since we haven't excavated the entire surface of the Earth... in fact we've buried multiple levels of history on current land, and we know there are large areas that *were* land and now have been submerged by changing ocean levels... who knows what's buried that we might never find?

Posted by: Helena Handbasket at February 28, 2021 11:51 AM (TK8Ry)

495 @450

I could carol less.

Posted by: Rex B at February 28, 2021 11:51 AM (uN4KS)

496 Hey gang, I got my author page up on Amazon. Critiques are welcome.

https://www.amazon.com/~/e/B08VSCCRZZ

Posted by: James G Wittenbach at February 28, 2021 11:51 AM (OeBYn)

497 That's not very gneiss language to use in the Book Thread even at the HQ.

Posted by: andycanuck at February 28, 2021 11:45 AM (d6he9)

Listened to an interview w/Jim Koch of Sam Adams beer fame who allegedly has 7 academic degrees. Interviewer asked "what do you learn w/7 degrees?"...Koch replied..."you learn to say..'that's incredible' instead of 'no shit?'"

Posted by: BignJames at February 28, 2021 11:52 AM (AwYPR)

498 I enjoyed Moby Dick, but to each his own.

Posted by: Skip at February 28, 2021 11:52 AM (Cxk7w)

499 Ugh, I got my author page up on Amazon. Critiques are welcome.

https://www.amazon.com/~/e/B08VSCCRZZ

is what I meant.

Posted by: Victor Tango Kilo at February 28, 2021 11:52 AM (OeBYn)

500 I don't know if Typoo Sultan was a Moghul or not.

Posted by: andycanuck at February 28, 2021 11:52 AM (d6he9)

501 I think there's always a kernel of truth in legends.

Posted by: artemis at February 28, 2021 11:28 AM (AwPyG)

I believe they were Scottish and the actual translation for "moon-eyed" was "shit faced". My Scottish friend agreed. Heh.
Posted by: thatcrazyjerseyguy at February 28, 2021 11:45 AM (zkS5c)

How do you think they got maize?

Posted by: Diogenes at February 28, 2021 11:53 AM (axyOa)

502 The ancients were extremely adept at working with single pieces of 200 to 300 ton granite blocks, with precision cuts, inside 90 degree angles. Nobody does this today, any granite work is made in pieces, because it is extremely hard material and difficult to work with.

I don't know if they had power tools, but they damn sure didn't do all that stuff with slave labor wielding bronze chisels or stone hammers. No way.

A lot of the ruin sites look scorched and burnt, and blown up, and I'm not sure how it was possible to destroy some of those works. Maybe a supernova? It is an amazing area of study, if you can get past all the nutbar theory stuff.

Clearly "something" happened though.

Posted by: Common Tater at February 28, 2021 11:53 AM (27q/y)

503 "I was loaned to Special Collections to help their head librarian cut the pages
What does this mean?"

"It means the pages were still uncut. Old books were not trimmed before binding."

Sort of...

Printing books in bulk is more efficient if you print multiple pages at once on an oversized sheet of paper. At its simplest, this can be "printing two pages of text on each side of a sheet of paper, which is then folded once to form two leaves or four pages, are referred to as folios." (all quotes from here on Wiki article on Book Formats).

(cont below)

Posted by: Lawdawg at February 28, 2021 11:53 AM (6K2vl)

504 IMO, in areligious days, it is a longing for religion that makes men want ET saviors and wiccan magic for miracles.

Posted by: CN at February 28, 2021 11:42 AM (ONvIw)

agreed, people will always seek meaning. Not taking shots at anyone though. I get why people are curious to say the least.

Posted by: Quint at February 28, 2021 11:54 AM (dEOT9)

505 it's much less ugly and way more interesting than the soul-rending dreck their Scottish and German and American architecture janissaries put up in the West

We had a German foreign exchange student from Germany who gave us a picture book of her home town of Bonn. It was the ugliest city I've ever seen with post WW2 crap architecture.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at February 28, 2021 11:54 AM (y7DUB)

506 Trouble with Moby Dick is that it was from the time when writers seemed to be paid by the word...it's about half actual story and half antique biological rambling about whales. So unless you are a big whale biology fan and are interested in knowing what people thought they knew about whales in the 1800s for historical purposes, it is a slog indeed.

Posted by: azjaeger at February 28, 2021 11:54 AM (3/XaG)

507 The DNA news was a little like "redshift", which was another leap of knowledge

Scientists in the 20s were starting to figure out color spectrums and wavelengths. An astronomer decided to use the technology on the stars he was observing, and found out--much to everyone's astonishment--that it was awash in red--every object in the visible universe was moving away from each other at an incredible rate of speed.

Hence, the big bang theory.

Posted by: artemis at February 28, 2021 11:54 AM (AwPyG)

508 #497 LOL, BignJames.

Posted by: andycanuck at February 28, 2021 11:54 AM (d6he9)

509 For those not in the know, "leading" -- short "e" -- is the space between lines of text.

Posted by: Weak Geek at February 28, 2021 11:49 AM (J9wig)

===

I will insure to never do that.

Posted by: San Franpsycho at February 28, 2021 11:54 AM (EZebt)

510 Posted by: zmdavid at February 28, 2021 11:50 AM (xqRaG)
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"Fleeing from the Glenn A. Larson tyranny, a rag-tag fleet of fugitive scripts, in search of a shining plotline..."

Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea at February 28, 2021 11:54 AM (GLv8N)

511 I really liked the 2nd Dune book, but each sequel does seem a step down in quality & substance. For me, the 4th book - God Emperor is the last one I consider good.

Posted by: InspiredHistoryMike at February 28, 2021 11:55 AM (x8Q/V)

512 The industrial infrastructure needed for even Civil War-era technology dwarfs the Pyramids. It can't vanish like dew.
Posted by: Trimegistus at February 28, 2021 11:33 AM (QZxDR)

Yup.....and with the alien stuff there has to be at least one UFO that would crash on a busy highway at rush hour instead of in the desert.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at February 28, 2021 11:56 AM (R/m4+)

513 It was the ugliest city I've ever seen with post WW2 crap architecture.
Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at February 28, 2021 11:54 AM (y7DUB)

===
Albany would have been much better.

Posted by: San Franpsycho at February 28, 2021 11:57 AM (EZebt)

514 Jonah's a hack and he's been flogging that dumb book for a couple years. I haven't read it and won't read it. The premise is too stupid to be entertained. Globalization is a new phenomenon, and it is by no means the heritage of Western Civ; it's a result (or symptom, depending on your stance) of it. Jonah's a silly, fat and facile nepot just angling for more sweet, sweet pants-money.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at February 28, 2021 11:57 AM (sCTt7)

515 Since they won't talk about it, this gives the "I'm
not saying it was Aliens, but it was Aliens" crowd a huge gaping vacuum
to sell their wares. This is the problem.

Posted by: Common Tater at February 28, 2021 11:44 AM (27q/y)

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Yes, and let us recall that academics' default response to new evidence that wrecks their theories is to attack it and try to discredit the author.

It's now taken as a given that the dinosaurs were wiped out in a cataclysm, but the books from when I was a kid emphasize that the earth's climate was changing and they just sort of died out.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at February 28, 2021 11:57 AM (llXky)

516 (book formats cont)

Even four pages at a time wasn't all that efficient so printers would print eight or more pages on both sides of a large sheet of paper and the folding those pages to form a part of the book, or as Wiki puts it:

"In the hand press period (up to about 1820) books were manufactured by printing text on both sides of a full sheet of paper and then folding the paper one or more times into a group of leaves or gathering. The binder would sew the gatherings (sometimes also called signatures) through their inner hinges and attached to cords in the spine to form the book block. Before the covers were bound to the book, the block of text pages was sometimes trimmed along the three unbound edges to open the folds of the paper and to produce smooth edges for the book. When the leaves were not trimmed, the reader would have to cut open the leaf edges using a knife."

If Wiki is suggesting the printing of books on large pages was limited to the hand press period it's wrong. I believe it continued through photo offset and beyond, albeit I don't know all that much about modern book printing.

(cont)

Posted by: Lawdawg at February 28, 2021 11:58 AM (6K2vl)

517 Interviewer asked "what do you learn w/7 degrees?"...Koch replied..."you learn to say..'that's incredible' instead of 'no shit?'"
Posted by: BignJames

My mother taught me that and it didn't take very long. IYKWIM

Posted by: AZ deplorable isolated at February 28, 2021 11:58 AM (gtatv)

518 It is an amazing area of study, if you can get past all the nutbar theory stuff.

Clearly "something" happened though.
Posted by: Common Tater at February 28, 2021 11:53 AM (27q/y)

Right, it's like a reverse order "it musta been magic" conclusion, many of our so-called rational modern theorists come to. You can't explain something, so you invent an alien or whatever to explain it.

Maybe those people just knew something you don't, so how's about you go about finding out what that was. So yeah, if I were interested in this topic, which I'm not, this would be a fascinating line of study. Probably not glamourous, like aliens, but the truth is in there.

Posted by: BurtTC at February 28, 2021 11:58 AM (oQ94s)

519 Look up "Fall of Civilizations podcast" on Youtube - they have one episode on the rise and fall of the Sumerian civilization which is really fascinating. Hundreds of years before the Egyptians built the first pyramids, the Sumerians had huge cities and stepped pyramids called ziggurats. They were a weird culture too - their language was completely unrelated to the Semitic languages that developed in the area around them (Mesopotamia).

Posted by: Dr. Mabuse at February 28, 2021 11:59 AM (82313)

520 @506

Yeah, I was thinking about buying some classic books for the grandkids, and it's hard to imagine them reading something like Treasure Island, due to the convoluted language.

A lot has changed

Posted by: artemis at February 28, 2021 11:59 AM (AwPyG)

521 had a friend once who always mixed up 'subscription' and 'prescription'
-----------

Maybe Sulla meant to write prescriptions to heal Rome and misspelled it as 'proscriptions'. Oops.

Posted by: Huck Follywood, Hey! You can't do that here! at February 28, 2021 12:01 PM (9uflq)

522 Regarding the "this is not a cult" pic, there is also a Golden Little Book about Ruth Bader Ginsburg that indoctrinates the reader into thinking she was a champion for women and a hero to all. Came out this year. Wish I could unsee it.

This is truly a battle for our children's minds.

Posted by: NJRob at February 28, 2021 12:01 PM (Ce7wD)

523 Yup.....and with the alien stuff there has to be at least one UFO that would crash on a busy highway at rush hour instead of in the desert.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at February 28, 2021 11:56 AM (R/m4+)

Ok now, so the alien race story suggests they left the planet intentionally, at some point in our past. That what IS still here on this planet, is parked in Antarctica, and the government knows about it all, but controls access to it, so even Google Earth either passes over the stuff and doesn't even know what's there, or agrees to white it out of their commercially available versions of the software.

Posted by: BurtTC at February 28, 2021 12:02 PM (oQ94s)

524 noooood

Posted by: BignJames at February 28, 2021 12:02 PM (AwYPR)

525
A lot of the ruin sites look scorched and burnt,
and blown up, and I'm not sure how it was possible to destroy some of
those works. Maybe a supernova? It is an amazing area of study, if you
can get past all the nutbar theory stuff.



Clearly "something" happened though.

Posted by: Common Tater at February 28, 2021 11:53 AM (27q/y)

---
Since this is the book thread, I recommend Secret of Atlantis by Otto Muck. He was a German rocket scientist (also worked on the Schnorkel for you U-boat fans) and this was one of his pet projects. He posits a massive collision with an asteroid 10,000 years ago and describes what he thinks it would have looked like around the world and how myths would have recorded it.

He also gets into some, er, problematic discussions of the Empire of the Red Man that may not play well with contemporary audiences, but it mostly sticks to hard element of the science. He claims the impact points were in the Puerto Rico trench and that this would have "popped the seam" on the Atlantic Ridge, allowing major subsidence.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at February 28, 2021 12:02 PM (llXky)

526 Maybe Sulla meant to write prescriptions to heal Rome and misspelled it as 'proscriptions'. Oops.

Posted by: Huck Follywood, Hey! You can't do that here!





Heh. Being in the middle of a biography of Julius Caesar, I actually got this joke. Well done.

Posted by: Sharkman at February 28, 2021 12:03 PM (0bGEp)

527
noody nood

Posted by: will choose a nic later at February 28, 2021 12:03 PM (r4bSV)

528 Even the stone walls at Cusco - and some other places in south America, are simply incredible. There's no way "primitive" peoples made those. Not a chance. I've no idea how or why, but it is amazing to think about. History, real history is undoubtedly much stranger than we know.

Posted by: Common Tater at February 28, 2021 12:03 PM (27q/y)

529 It was the ugliest city I've ever seen with post WW2 crap architecture.

-
Prince Charles says modern architecture has done more damage to London than the Luftwaffe.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at February 28, 2021 12:04 PM (VVEnO)

530 youtube served me a dynamite version of "I'd rather go blind" with Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and Warren Hynes. Original by Etta James.

Half way through they pan the audience -- it's in the White House -- and there's Obama and Michelle

Posted by: Ignoramus at February 28, 2021 12:04 PM (ZHVt1)

531 Nood.
More Cuomo.

Posted by: AZ deplorable isolated at February 28, 2021 12:05 PM (gtatv)

532 IMO, in areligious days, it is a longing for religion that makes men want ET saviors and wiccan magic for miracles.

Posted by: CN at February 28, 2021 11:42 AM (ONvIw)

agreed, people will always seek meaning. Not taking shots at anyone though. I get why people are curious to say the least.
Posted by: Quint at February 28, 2021 11:54 AM (dEOT9)

Yeah, it's not an attack on what may or may not be truth, when it comes to religion, when one notices that modern Woke acts exactly like a religion.

Posted by: BurtTC at February 28, 2021 12:05 PM (oQ94s)

533 A lot has changed

Posted by: artemis at February 28, 2021 11:59 AM (AwPyG)
i'm old, but when i was young, the classic's language was long gone....buy the books! it's good for them.....i don't know if "wishbone" episodes still run on pbs...but my kids loved those shows..it exposed them to the classics as lil ones

Posted by: phoenixgirl at February 28, 2021 12:05 PM (CqHIp)

534 "I know people who read much more slowly than I do, but they also read
*deeper* in many ways and thus get as much or more enjoyment out of
their reading than I do." ---

My mind wanders off on tangents when I read, even when I'm feeling very enlightened by the author's intent. My mind seeks to apply what I read to my overall "belief system". Other times I am guarding my own "ideology", and viewing what is written as perhaps a perverse attack on the structures I "deeply believe in". I try to never put my mind in neutral and just "go along for the ride" in what some author is writing. --
This practice probably goes back to some Christian roots ... prove all things, hold fast to that which is good. But clearly the commie intent to subvert our whole culture is indeed saturating much of what is written, as evidenced in most of the MSM and "Hollywood". But most books, even fiction, have some intent to persuade, usually subtly, often deceitfully. On the other hand, good authors can truly shed light on our darker ignorance in many ways.

Posted by: illiniwek at February 28, 2021 12:06 PM (Cus5s)

535 (book formats cont)

I do know for a fact that it continued through at least the 1860s. Back in the 1980s I checked out from a library an 1864 edition of Wm. Napier's "History of the War in the Peninsula and the South of France" in which the second and following vols still had the pages uncut.

Occasionally you will find mentions of "cutting the pages of a book" in novels and the like through-IIRC-the early 20th Century. I have a vague recollection of such a mention in a Sherlock Holmes story.

Posted by: Lawdawg at February 28, 2021 12:06 PM (6K2vl)

536 I think its a given that if todays ruling class did find real evidence of ETs - that shit would be hidden from the masses. Such a find would threaten the status quo. That shit would not be allowed.

Posted by: Roll Me Away at February 28, 2021 12:06 PM (ek8Zc)

537 To put it another way, Muck is one of the more sane researchers on the topic. He lays out his case using lots of different proofs. I picked up a used copy in college (after finding it in MSU's excellent library!) and what I checked back in the day seems to hold up.

In fact, the new finds vindicate his contention that civilization is older than we think.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at February 28, 2021 12:06 PM (llXky)

538 Not to mention, when would Reacher have time to do laundry? The most unrealistic thing about the series is how this vagabond guy who wanders around the thinly populated interior of the country trying to mind his own business can't hardly sit down and have a cup of coffee without getting sucked into a massive crime conspiracy where he has to solve the problem by killing 20 people and bagging a cute girl. Don't get me wrong, I love Reacher books, at least when Lee was writing them. It's amazing how he makes basically the same story work so well over and over again.

Posted by: azjaeger at February 28, 2021 12:07 PM (3/XaG)

539 Regarding the "this is not a cult" pic, there is also a Golden Little Book about Ruth Bader Ginsburg that indoctrinates the reader into thinking she was a champion for women and a hero to all. Came out this year. Wish I could unsee it.

This is truly a battle for our children's minds.
Posted by: NJRob at February 28, 2021 12:01 PM (Ce7wD)


When I saw a trailer from some Horrorwood propagandist about that desiccated crone when she was still inflicting herself on the country I thought of Leni Riefenstahl. Or Sally Kohn.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at February 28, 2021 12:07 PM (y7DUB)

540 Yeah, I was thinking about buying some classic books
for the grandkids, and it's hard to imagine them reading something like
Treasure Island, due to the convoluted language.



A lot has changed

Posted by: artemis at February 28, 2021 11:59 AM (AwPyG)

I would still go for it. If we got it, they can get it. I am sure there are some variations with a bit more modern dialect.

Posted by: Quint at February 28, 2021 12:08 PM (dEOT9)

541
Yeah, it's not an attack on what may or may not be truth, when it comes to religion, when one notices that modern Woke acts exactly like a religion.
Posted by: BurtTC at February 28, 2021 12:05 PM (oQ94s)

I have no respect for wicca

Posted by: CN at February 28, 2021 12:09 PM (ONvIw)

542 Yeah, it's not an attack on what may or may not be
truth, when it comes to religion, when one notices that modern Woke acts
exactly like a religion.

Posted by: BurtTC at February 28, 2021 12:05 PM (oQ94s)

---
The void has to be filled with something. That's why you have evangelical atheists, who see their "great commission" as stomping on everyone else. We are spiritual creatures, whether we admit it or not.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at February 28, 2021 12:10 PM (llXky)

543 I think its a given that if todays ruling class did
find real evidence of ETs - that shit would be hidden from the masses.
Such a find would threaten the status quo. That shit would not be
allowed.

Posted by: Roll Me Away at February 28, 2021 12:06 PM (ek8Zc)

I respect your opinion, but still. Why do the ruling classes get to know and know one else. Everyone seems to assume a more advanced civilization, not a less advanced one. So why can't they make their presence known? Why do they need to be hidden by "them"? Why can't they just land in NYC or Amarillo, and be done with the conjecture?

Posted by: Quint at February 28, 2021 12:12 PM (dEOT9)

544 "Interviewer asked "what do you learn w/7 degrees?"...Koch replied..."you learn to say..'that's incredible' instead of 'no shit?'"
Posted by: BignJames"

Kurt Vonnegut's son once wrote that a college education was a pile of shit but it kept you from whining the rest of your life about how different things would be if only you had gone to college.

Posted by: Who knew at February 28, 2021 12:13 PM (SfO/T)

545 Kind of surprised that Erdogan's Presidential Library features LATIN inscriptions along the top of the walls......

Posted by: JoeF. at February 28, 2021 12:14 PM (dR6lV)

546 Why can't they just land in NYC or Amarillo, and be done with the conjecture?

If you've been to either - you know why.

No idea if such things exist. Pretty sure though - if they did - the current ruling class would not appreciate the competition.

Posted by: Roll Me Away at February 28, 2021 12:16 PM (ek8Zc)

547 For a while they were trying to rehab Erdogan's image, remember?

They'd show pics of him being kind to his wife, and stuff.

I dunno though; he's like Cuomo, with a face that says "thug"

Posted by: artemis at February 28, 2021 12:17 PM (AwPyG)

548
No idea if such things exist. Pretty sure though - if they did - the current ruling class would not appreciate the competition.
Posted by: Roll Me Away at February 28, 2021 12:16 PM (ek8Z

Hence the notion that they would be messianic and not creatures like in Alien who wanted us for food.

Posted by: CN at February 28, 2021 12:18 PM (ONvIw)

549 Hence the notion that they would be messianic and not creatures like in Alien who wanted us for food.

Which would be ironic - a ruling class from outer space just like our ruling class on Earth.

Posted by: Roll Me Away at February 28, 2021 12:20 PM (ek8Zc)

550 3/3 (for now, probably)
>>> 468
.....
Whoa, I'm not saying they had jet planes, merely that they likely reached Classical levels of technology.
Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at February 28, 2021 11:44 AM (llXky)
>>> 470 I'm not suggesting the early Egyptian or Baalbek or walls in Peru are aliens.
But the established science can't explain a great many things. So they refuse to discuss it.
Since they won't talk about it, this gives the "I'm not saying it was Aliens, but it was Aliens" crowd a huge gaping vacuum to sell their wares. This is the problem.
Posted by: Common Tater at February 28, 2021 11:44 AM (27q/y)

Also good points. There's a scene in Piper's Lord Kalvan where the protagonist deduces he's landed in an alternate history because he recognizes a mountain from "home" and realizes the quarries he remembers are missing not due to erosion, but because the cuts never happened. What of our current tech could is obviously artificial, would last for hundreds or thousands of years, and not get buried or submerged? What level of tech can you build that doesn't leave anything like that behind?

Posted by: Helena Handbasket at February 28, 2021 12:23 PM (TK8Ry)

551
Hence the notion that they would be messianic and not creatures like in Alien who wanted us for food.

Posted by: CN at February 28, 2021 12:18 PM (ONvIw)

---
IT'S A COOK BOOK!!!

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at February 28, 2021 12:24 PM (llXky)

552 About the bookstore shelf pic. I am *very* disappointed that 'Joseph's New Dress' is not on display.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, late to the Thread at February 28, 2021 12:36 PM (CTJwJ)

553 I seem to recall two or three years ago, Amazon played fast and loose with a book that Vox Day published. Lawyers got involved in that situation to remedy it. I don't recall the final outcome, but his blog had several postings on the initial incidence, the work on things, and getting Amazon to reinstate it.

Might be useful reading for Ryan Anderson.

Posted by: Another Anon at February 28, 2021 12:37 PM (UHq0G)

554 Which would be ironic - a ruling class from outer space just like our ruling class on Earth.
Posted by: Roll Me Away
-------

The essence of 'Childhood's End', no?

Posted by: Mike Hammer, late to the Thread at February 28, 2021 12:38 PM (CTJwJ)

555 Kurt Vonnegut's son once wrote that a college education was a pile of shit but it kept you from whining the rest of your life about how different things would be if only you had gone to college.
Posted by: Who knew
-------

Yes, I've had that bit stored away since I read his book, long ago. I believe that he also made the comment that a liberal arts degree served the purpose of making one a good conversationalist at cocktail parties, which was what it was all about to begin with.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, late to the Thread at February 28, 2021 12:43 PM (DMQdU)

556 Okay...I'm ready to take a nap on the sofa. Problem: Dog curled up on one end, snoozing, Mike Hammer's Cat curled up on the other. They seem remarkably indifferent to my own inclination.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, late to the Thread at February 28, 2021 12:47 PM (AytXr)

557 Note to self: Get to the Book Thread earlier.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, late to the Thread at February 28, 2021 12:54 PM (l0Lgi)

558 book thread never dies

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at February 28, 2021 01:00 PM (nUhF0)

559 book thread never dies
Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabamillion

Unlike The Sex Thread.

Posted by: JT at February 28, 2021 01:06 PM (arJlL)

560 In the "cult" photo is "The Wonky Donkey"

IF you haven't seen it go, IMMEDIATLEY, to youtube and type in Scottish granny and Wonky Donkey.

Or try this link shorturl.at/hkuBH

One of the funniest moments ever.

Posted by: TANSTAAFL at February 28, 2021 01:11 PM (fBtlL)

561 It is an amazing area of study, if you can get past all the nutbar theory stuff.

Clearly "something" happened though.
Posted by: Common Tater at February 28, 2021 11:53 AM (27q/y)

Wait -- are you saying it was aliens?

Posted by: Half Dozen at February 28, 2021 01:22 PM (gAnpJ)

562 I'm guessing the Who Dat is Sam Rockwell

Posted by: Ajax Dahgue at February 28, 2021 02:00 PM (e827c)

563 So like a 100 Thousand copies of the koran?

Posted by: Prickly Pete Salmonella at February 28, 2021 02:09 PM (cJqki)

564 If you can't remember how theme from "Shaft" goes. Here's the best version:

https://youtu.be/NlMT-oEIQuo

Posted by: Cybersmythe at February 28, 2021 02:46 PM (17UTy)

565 Interestingly, it seems Google and Bing have made it impossible to get to the CPAC website today. No problem Fri & Sat but today it says "Error establishing a database Connection" . Could the brain trust clue me in to what this means.

Nothing to do with Google. A database is a kind of a computer thing that holds, well, data. Most big web sites have some sort of database software that holds all the content. Each time you go to a page on that site, it goes to the database to get the data to display, and if the Web server can't talk to the database, you get an error message. You often see this when the Web server is configured to talk to 30 people at a time and the database is only configured to have 25 connections open at once, or crap like that.

Posted by: Cybersmythe at February 28, 2021 03:01 PM (17UTy)

566 You're all just a bunch of homonymphomaniac.

Posted by: 370H55V at February 28, 2021 05:06 PM (WusEB)

567 110, Retired Buckeye Cop

Where did you find "The Man-God" by Patrick Carroll? I've tried amazon, thriftbooks, the Gutenberg Project, and amazon again. This sounds like a really worthwhile book. Thank you.
Posted by: Tonestaple at February 28, 2021 11:04 AM (sHP0I)


Very late to respond -- Mrs Cop and I went to Mass and then ran errands.

I think I got this copy on Ebay. Another website to check is abebooks.

Posted by: Retired Buckeye Cop is now an engineer at February 28, 2021 05:22 PM (pJWtt)

568 https://archive.org/details/SocialistPhenomenon/
by Igor Shafarevich

Out of print book that tries to analyze socialism in history. I read it last year and learned a lot.

Posted by: goodluckduck at February 28, 2021 05:44 PM (V8zw+)

569 With regard to Suicide of the West, you link to the Kindle edition, which is sold by Amazon, which censors conservative books. However, you can buy a print copy from alibris.com starting at $1.45 (plus SH). The author won't get any royalties, since it's a used copy, but given that he's long dead, I doubt whether he cares.

I have a Kindle, and I use it a lot, though only with books available freely from gutenberg.org and other sites that don't censor.
If you read the fine print of the term of usage for the Kindle (a piece of hardware that I bought), you'll see that it collects and returns to Amazon information about what you're reading, and you can't turn that behavior off. The only way to stop this behavior that I can think of, is to keep it permanently on airplane mode.

Posted by: Nemo at February 28, 2021 08:53 PM (S6ArX)

570 I see that Sam Rockwell, in the "Who's That" photo, is reading a book titled "Christian Insights", complete with a cross on the cover. If this gets around Hollywood, his career is over.

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The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
News/Chat