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The Guardian: John le Carré, author of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, dies aged 89

See:  www.theguardian.com/books/2020/dec/13/john-le-carre-author-of-tinker-tailor-soldier-spy-dies-aged-89 R.I.P. — much more than a spy novelist; his knowledge of both human nature and post-WWII international politics was second to none. Fortunately, we’ll always have his books … but I do hope 2020 is finally done with the list of great people it’s taking from us forever.

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Shaken *and* Stirred: R.I.P. Sean Connery — and Thank You!

He was, of course the first James Bond (and will always remain my favorite one). He was the original Highlander (there can be only one, and it sure as heck ain’t Christopher Lambert).  He was Indie’s father.  He was Col. Arbuthnot in the 1974 adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express.  He was a lot […]

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’54 dies | Cornell Chronicle

<Provided Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’54 gives remarks in 2007 during the unveiling of a plaque announcing Cornell Law School’s role in establishing the Center for Documentation on American Law at the Cour de Cassation in Paris.   By Blaine Friedlander  | September 18, 2020 Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’54, whose legal career in the fight for […]

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Game of Thrones, Avengers Star Diana Rigg Dies at 82

(LONDON) — Diana Rigg, a commanding British actress whose career stretched from iconic 1960s spy series The Avengers to fantasy juggernaut Game of … Game of Thrones, Avengers Star Diana Rigg Dies at 82   R.I.P. What a loss, not just to the world of the performing arts.

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Meanwhile in Brazil …

See: www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/03/25/821327282/in-brazil-bolsonaro-doubles-down-on-exaggerated-coronavirus?t=1585223690880 I know it’s extremely small comfort for those of us worried about their own governments’ responses, but I’m still glad we don’t have to deal with this sort of mega-f*ckery. No wonder Brazilians are furious.   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/2105131/meanwhile-in-brazil

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Public Spirit

The Guardian is one of my go-to sources for international news; refreshingly, they’ve so far refrained from putting up a paywall.  I’d like their content to be able to continue being freely available on the web, but more importantly, I think these days it’s more important than ever to support journalists and media organizations that […]

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R.I.P. Philip Roth✟ (1933 – 2018)

‘Everybody else is working to change, persuade, tempt and control them. The best readers come to fiction to be free of all that noise.’ – Philip Roth 1933-2018 pic.twitter.com/XPmJpegZOY — Waterstones (@Waterstones) May 23, 2018   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1761119/post

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So, they carried the day.

Neanderthals for Trump: How our primitive brains are ruining American politics Salon.com, April 19, 2016 Donald Trump’s appeal isn’t just ideological but biological. “Political Animals” author Rick Shenkman explains. From the interview: “… it was during that period [= the Stone Age] that we mainly evolved. And we evolved to address the problems of hunter-gatherers […]

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Donald Trump’s Greatest Self-Contradictions – POLITICO Magazine

The many, many, MANY sides of the likely Republican nominee, in his own words. By Michael Kruse and Noah Weiland (May 05, 2016) Source: Donald Trump’s Greatest Self-Contradictions – POLITICO Magazine “When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor […]

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Amazon (Finally) Suing Sellers Over Fake Reviews [REBLOG]

Reblogged from: GreyWarden (reblogged from MarketingLand.com) One of Amazon’s most appealing features is the unbiased reviews provided to members. Unfortunately, it turns out that some sellers have taken it upon themselves to feed fake reviews to their customers-to-be. This wouldn’t be a prudent idea. Amazon is (and has been) suing those sellers that are buying […]

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6 Dead in Shooting Rampage in Munich, Police Say

www.nytimes.com/2016/07/23/world/europe/munich-mall.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0 https://static01.nyt.com/video/players/offsite/index.html?videoId=100000004546760 Police have confirmed that it’s likely a terrorist attack. I hope all those in this community who live in Munich or have friends and family there are safe and OK. Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1439101/6-dead-in-shooting-rampage-in-munich-police-say Merken Merken

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Ruminating On: Scared White People and #blacklivesmatter [REBLOG]

Reblogged with the author’s express permission from: Edward Lorn – on BookLikes: Lornographic Material There are people, white and black and otherwise, who will read this blog post and automatically dismiss it. Some might even say it’s not my place. I cannot do anything about them. All I can do is tell my story, and maybe […]

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The Telegraph: Holocaust Survivor Elie Wiesel Dies

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/02/holocaust-survivor-elie-wiesel-dies   RIP, Sir, and my deepest respects (and regret). Yet another of the truly great souls who died this year.   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1430490/the-telegraph-holocaust-survivor-elie-wiesel-dies Merken

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Oldest handwritten documents in UK unearthed in London dig | Culture | The Guardian

  Early writings found under office block being cleared for new Bloomberg HQ give glimpse of Roman London Source: Oldest handwritten documents in UK unearthed in London dig | Culture | The Guardian Merken Merken Merken Merken

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“Continent Isolated”

Albeit apocryphal, this was the first English idiomatic expression I ever learned: The alleged 1930s newspaper headline “Heavy fog over the Channel: Continent Isolated.” – Not the British Isles, but Mainland Europe cut off. The person from whom I heard this was, of all people, my 5th grade English teacher, who professed to be an Anglophile […]

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Jeannie Come Lately Post: BookLikes Round Robin — Favorite Pre-1980s Movies

Pretty much everybody has seen it at this point I guess, but anyway, here is Book Cupidity’s idea: “Let’s list favorite old (or older) movies. The list can be long or short, with a narrative or no, anything goes. The parameters is that it has to have been made prior to 1980, I sort of […]

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