Voter Discrimination Just Got Easier

Steven H. Wright

For almost fifty years, the US government has had an especially effective tool for preventing voter discrimination: sending federal observers to polling stations across the country. As recently as the 2012 presidential election, the Justice Department dispatched more than 780 federal employees to 51 jurisdictions across 23 states. Now, that program has largely been suspended.


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The New Earth by Eckhart Tolle, book of a lifetime: Discover how to live in the moment

No book has impacted on me as much as The New Earth. I love reading spiritual books. From a very early age I have had a fascination with the esoteric, mostly because I’m very psychic, and I have devoured many, but this book is THE book for the new age, without a doubt.









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#3: Player’s Handbook (Dungeons & Dragons)

Players Handbook

Player’s Handbook (Dungeons & Dragons)
Wizards RPG Team
Release Date: August 19, 2014

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Can Congress Rein In the Spies?

David Cole

On Tuesday, Senator Patrick Leahy introduced the revised USA Freedom Act, a bipartisan bill to rein in the National Security Agency’s collection of telephone and Internet records. Leahy’s bill comes not a moment too soon. Two reports issued on Monday bring into full view the dramatic costs to journalists, lawyers, and US businesses of dragnet surveillance without specific suspicions of wrongdoing.


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The Dark Meadow by Andrea Maria Schenkel, translated by Anthea Bell- book review: Secrets and lies in a superior slice of German noir

Andrea Maria Schenkel is the supreme exponent of German neo-realism, presenting her crime fiction as quasi-dossiers containing seemingly “evidenced” statements forming many-faceted narratives which place the reader in the position of judicial inquirer, bringing a involvement to the murder mystery unequalled except in Cluedo.









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#4: The Walking Dead Volume 21: All Out War Part 2

The Walking Dead Volume 21

The Walking Dead Volume 21: All Out War Part 2
Robert Kirkman , Charlie Adlard
2.9 out of 5 stars(7)
Release Date: July 29, 2014

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Reader Review: “The Tiger’s Wife”

by Cloggie Downunder (Thirroul NSW Australia): The Tiger's Wife is the first novel by Serbian-born American author, Tea Obrecht, and is the winner of the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction. Young doctor, Natalia Stefanovic is on an assignment with her life-long friend Zora to innoculate the children of a remote Balkan village orphanage when she learns of her grandfather's death. Her grandmother believes he was on his way to meet Natalia, is distraught that he died alone in a town none of them recognises, and that his belongings are missing.

As she tries to come to terms with the loss of a man who loomed large in her life, Natalia is distracted from her medical duties by memories of her grandfather and also by the strange digging activities in a nearby vineyard. Obrecht employs three narrative strands: Natalia relates what happens on her vaccination excursion; her grandfather, a well-respected doctor, tells of his three encounters with a deathless man; and Natalia chronicles the events of a certain winter in World War Two, when the village her grandfather grew up in was visited by a tiger. In each of the narrations, secondary characters are elegantly given backstories so that a collection of short stories is seamlessly woven into the whole. Obrecht's characters are interesting and authentic and her descriptive prose is wonderfully evocative: “Pigeons, clustered thick enough to be visible from the hill, shuffled like cowled women up and down the street..”

Against a backdrop of seemingly ever-present war, Obrecht explores superstitions and customs, secrets and lies, fears and rituals, history and folklore, myths and mysteries, love and revenge, and of course, death. This moving and thought-provoking novel is an amazing debut. Readers will look forward to more from Obrecht.


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The Hi-Tech Mess of Higher Education

David Bromwich

Ivory Tower
a film directed by Andrew Rossi

Andrew Rossi’s documentary Ivory Tower prods us to think about the crisis of higher education. But is there a crisis?


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Directing Herbert White by James Franco, book review: Clunky lines from Hollywood’s poet laureate

Has Hollywood ever crowned a poet laureate? If the position were to come up, James Franco would surely be a contender on the strength of his CV alone. The star of Howl, in which he played Allen Ginsberg, is a PhD student in English Literature at Yale; he teaches creative writing at NYU; he’s written eight books in between a host of literary film work. And he’s got the face for a laureate, a sort of Californian Keats, fed on wheatgrass smoothies and outdoor sex.









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#1: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Unbroken

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Laura Hillenbrand
4.8 out of 5 stars(9891)
Release Date: July 29, 2014

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