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Originally posted on Beyond Highbrow - Robert Lindsay:
The The Jewish Boycott is very little known, but it has been used many times by Jews in the US, mostly to shut down newspapers that do not toe the line. 20 years ago, a paper in the Midwest ran an article noting that 59% of Clinton’s Cabinet were Jews (fact) while Jews only make up 2% of the country. The article noted that this was not particularly democratic, and when other groups like Whites or males dominate any field, the calls rain out for affirmative action, quotas, etc., and the Whites and males are accused of discriminating against non-Whites and females.
I would agree that excessive numbers of Whites and men in certain fields is not very democratic. But by the same token what is so democratic about 2% of the population getting 59% of the Cabinet positions under a US President? Is that fair? If it’s fair, explain…
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Originally posted on Beyond Highbrow - Robert Lindsay:
It has often been attempted to exhibit the mental life of savage peoples as profoundly different from our own; to assert that they act from motives, and reach conclusions by means of mental processes, so utterly different from our own motives and processes that we cannot hope to interpret or understand their behavior unless we can first, by some impossible or at least by some hitherto undiscovered method, learn the nature of these mysterious motives and processes.
These attempts have recently been renewed in influential quarters. If these views were applied to the savage peoples of the interior of Borneo, we should characterize them as fanciful delusions natural to the anthropologist who has spent all the days of his life in a stiff collar and a black coat upon the well-paved ways of civilized society. We have no hesitation in saying that, the more intimately one becomes acquainted with these…
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Originally posted on Scrapbookpages Blog:
Ernst Thälmann was the leader of the KPD (Communist political party) in Germany before the start of World War II.
In a recent comment on my blog, Herbert Stolpman wrote that Ernst Thälmann was shot on the orders of Hitler at Buchenwald in 1944. The death of Ernst Thälmann is a controversial subject which deserves a blog post of its own.
In October 1999, I visited the Buchenwald Memorial Site where I saw a plaque on the wall of the crematorium, which is shown in the photo below. The plaque hangs at the spot where Thälmann was allegedly shot on the orders of Hitler.
The day after I visited Buchenwald, I went to the Sachsenhausen Memorial Site where I learned that two of the most prominent political prisoners who were imprisoned there were the Chairman of the German Communist party, Ernst Thälmann, and the Chairman of the Social Democrat party…
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Originally posted on stOttilien :
Guenther Grass 84-year-old social democratic activist and literature nobel prize winner published a poem last Wednesday entitled “What must be said” in the left-liberal Munich-based Süddeutsche Zeitung. He accused Israel of planning a first nuclear strike against Iran to “extinguish the Iranian people” and noted that Israel is the principal impediment to world peace. Some German left intellectuals have voiced support for Grass’s poem. Klaus Staeck, the president of the Academy of the Arts in Berlin, defended Grass, saying on German radio that it is Grass’s “duty as a citizen” to intervene. Johano Strasser, the head of the German section of Pen, praised Grass’s criticism of Israel’s threats against Iran. Gunter Grass was over decades the “Good German” (but not the quiet one), the perfect political correct anti-nazi role model of the sixties and the social democratic party of Germany. After he made a few years ago public, that he applied…
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Originally posted on Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter:
Geni.com is a very popular genealogy web site with many features. However, it is best known for showing how people are connected to one another. The term “connected” is not restricted to blood relatives. In Geni.com’s definition, people are connected via marriage and by in-law relationships as well as by bloodlines. Now the company has added adoptees to show people as part of “the family.” I suspect most adoptees will agree with that definition.
Here is the announcement from Geni.com:
Today we are delighted to announce a long awaited new feature on Geni – adoption! We are releasing a great enhancement to the family tree that will allow you to show adoptive, foster and biological parent relationships when viewing your family on Geni.
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Originally posted on narwhal8915's Blog:
The Neo Crimean War
Over the centuries Russia has defended Crimea from occupation schemes. Wars that spanned from the Golden Hordes, Ottaman Empire to the third Reich of the 1940s have been fought over Crimea.
Konstantin Simonov, and Leo Tolstoy are two of the greatest literary figures in Russian history.
Both were deeply influenced by their experiences while covering on the scene of the epic battles, constant struggles and human misery to defend the strategically important peninsula known as Crimea .
Today once again Russia is tasked with defending Crimea. Having passed legislation in Washington that allows for lethal weapons to be furnished to the puppet government in Kiev, the EU balked and Obama trotted out new sanctions aimed specifically at Crimea. The EU readily went along in a face saving display of “cosmetic unity.”
(Obama is loathe to impose new measures without backing from Brussels, where there is…
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Originally posted on UPROXX:
When it comes to hot names in the world of Hollywood screenwriting, one of the most wide-spread is Diablo Cody. Known for her complex but not always likable characters, one does have to wonder how she managed to land her new gig as the writer of Sony’s Barbie.
Sony Pictures has set Diablo Cody to write the next draft of Barbie, the live-action film based on Mattel’s top-selling fashion doll that the studio believes will anchor a global film franchise.
“Diablo’s unconventionality is just what Barbie needs,” [said producer Walter Parkes]. “It signals we’re going for a legitimately contemporary tone. We’re bringing her on because she had great ideas, but even more importantly, she truly loves Barbie.
Barbie is one of the many top priorities at the studio, along with a new iteration of Spider-Man with Marvel and a reboot of Men in Black — which is currently…
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Originally posted on TIME:
Amal Clooney is at it again— doing something celebrities don’t usually do, and looking like a movie star while doing it.
This time, she’s arguing in the European Court of Human Rights against a Turkish politician who denied the existence of an Armenian genocide 100 years ago in which more than 1.5 million people were brutally murdered. That’s, like, sooo impressive… but who is she wearing?
When a reporter from The Telegraphasked her, she cheekily replied “Ede and Ravenscroft,” the legal robes maker that has been selling drab back judge costumes since 1689, the year Benjamin Franklin’s parents met.
Once she did that, the focus shifted from the history of the Armenian genocide to Amal’s sense of humor and fashion choices. The global reaction to her comments was proof that jig is up: it’s stop pretending you care about what Amal Clooney is doing, when you really just…
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