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“White feminist Germaine Greer can speak at Brandeis because, in one of the more whimsical ideological evolutions even by dear old Germaine’s standards, Ms Greer feels that clitoridectomies add to the rich tapestry of ‘cultural identity’: ‘One man’s beautification is another man’s mutilation,’ as she puts it. But black feminist Hirsi Ali, who was on […]

Rapture leaked: The true story behind the making of BioShock

25th January 2007 was a cold day, even by the harsh standards of a Boston winter. That morning, a dozen senior members of BioShock's beleaguered development team shuffled into a hidden room in the centre of the city, and stood to face a pane of one-way glass. Show More Summary

Overnight Open Thread (4-16-2014)

This is One Case Where I Actually Prefer the Cover To the original even with the whole Pennywise thing going on. Supposedly the title to the song was inspired by this picture of George Brett. In the War on Standards...

Cuomo's Wedge

O n Monday, Mary Fallin, Oklahoma’s Republican governor, signed legislation forbidding her state’s cities from enacting ordinances that set their own minimum wage standards or that entitle workers to paid sick days. Even in hard-right...Show More Summary

The Real Housewives of New York City Season 6 Episode 6 Recap: Heather vs. Aviva!

Last night's The Real Housewives of New York Season 6 Episode 6 shaped up to be a battle royale between Heather Thomson and Aviva Drescher. Even by their standards. If you asked any fan to watch The Real Housewives of New York City online...Show More Summary

MediaWeek (V8, N15): Hilary Mantel, Easy Printing, Science Fiction, NYC Bookstores + More

Here is the flipboard version of PND From London's Evening Standard last week a look at Hilary Mantel's writing after the stage productions of her Cromwell books:The experience of seeing her characters brought to life in the RSC’s stage...Show More Summary

Even Without ‘The Late Show’, Conan O’Brien is Still Standing and Better Than Ever!

2 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : Screen Rant

While he may not be taking over 'The Late Show', Conan O'Brien is the perfect person to take over Letterman's role as late night standard bearer. The post Even Without ‘The Late Show’, Conan O’Brien is Still Standing and Better Than Ever! appeared first on Screen Rant.

How the Obama administration turned the latest IPCC report into meaningless gobbledegook

Even by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's own lamentable standards, its new report - by Working Group III of the Fifth Assessment Report - makes no sense whatsoever. Perhaps it never did but what definitely made it worse was the politicised meddling of the Obama administration. Show More Summary

UK Couple Ties the Knot in First Same-Sex Wedding Ceremony Held in a Church

3 days agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

UK couple Jan Tipper and Barb Burden’s weekend wedding at the Metropolitan Community Church in Bournemouth, England is believed to be the country’s first gay wedding held inside a church. The London Evening Standard reports: Ms Burden and Ms Tipper,...

Major character's death jolts 'Game of Thrones' team

SPOILER ALERT: Death may be a common development on HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” but even by the grisly standards of HBO's critically-acclaimed drama, Sunday night's episode proved to be a shocker.

61% of Public School Parents Know 'Little' or 'Nothing' About Common Core Education Standards

A new Gallup poll concerning public school parents’ views of the Common Core standards finds that even in states that have implemented the centralized standards, 27% of parents surveyed said they know “only a little” about the standards,...Show More Summary

Is GDX A Worthy Gold Stock Benchmark?

By Adam Hamilton: Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX) is slowly becoming the de facto standard for measuring gold stock performance. Nearing its eighth birthday, GDX has even usurped the venerable HUI gold stock index as this sector's metric of choice in many circles. Show More Summary

Why Sebelius had to go while Holder and others get to stay

Even by Obama standards, Kathlees Sebelius was special Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced her resignation. The Obama administration is drowning under the weight of various scandals, many of them far more serious than anything that engulfed Sebelius. Sebelius was the one to fall because in Obamaworld, some sins are acceptable and others are […]

“SOMETHING POLITICALLY INCESTUOUS:” “Government efforts to regulate campaigns, as apart from electi…

“SOMETHING POLITICALLY INCESTUOUS:” “Government efforts to regulate campaigns, as apart from elections, suffer from the inability to develop meaningful or even non-arbitrary, judicially manageable standards. However, there is a further,...Show More Summary

FLA’s Zombie Apocalypse Gun Bill

6 days agoNews : The Daily Beast

In case of riots, emergencies, or World War Z, the Sunshine State may throw out all rules on guns. This is crazy, even by Florida standards.

Lebanese food wins top spot as favorite takeout in Britian

Lebanese diner, “The Cedar,” beat out over 9,000 eateries to win the title of Britain’s favorite take-away, the London Evening Standard reported on Tuesday. Chef and Owner Sami Khoueiry credits the success of his restaurant to his mom’s culinary tips and the 100 percent homemade food. The small restaurant in Maida Vale received the most […]

Ahh, the modern journalist (and the parrot)

A story in today's London Evening Standard is headlined, "Heroic parrot rescues female owner from attack in park." It was a bit of a let-down to read what the parrot's "heroic" action was: "But the attacker was stopped in his...

LORETTA SANCHEZ’S EFFORTS TO POLITICIZE THE BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING INVESTIGATION NOT PLAYING WELL I…

LORETTA SANCHEZ’S EFFORTS TO POLITICIZE THE BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING INVESTIGATION NOT PLAYING WELL IN BOSTON: Even by the low standards of Congress, Loretta Sanchez’s performance ranks as a disgrace. The Democrat from California managed — in just a few minutes — to turn the congressional investigation of the marathon terror bombings into a political hatchet [...]

Scotland, England and the struggle for warmth and freedom between porcupines…

Melanie McDonagh writing in London based Evening Standard thinks Michael D “…isn’t so much a foreign dignitary; more like a friendlier version of Alex Salmond”. Aha, now it would be tempting to go with the ‘well if Scotland was independent…’ line, but it’s probably better to point out that as President Michael D is supposed […]

Pencils Out

Courtesy of Stanford University Linda Darling-Hammond O ne of the most contentious debates racking state houses this year isn't about Obamacare, inequality, or even jobs. It's the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, which seek to set benchmarks for what students should know in math and language arts at each grade level. Show More Summary

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