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Publisher of HOW TO READ MUSIC NOTES ebooks
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Senator #RonPaul: Does anyone believe that on the eve of peace talks, just after the White House said the #Syrian people should choose their own leaders, that #Assad would launch a #gas #attack to turn the whole world against him?

We're back to the same #lies that got us into Iraq. Do we never learn to question #propaganda?
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"In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defence of the indefensible. Things like the continuance of British rule in India, the Russian purges and deportations, the dropping of the atom bombs on Japan, can indeed be defended, but only by arguments which are too brutal for most people to face, and which do not square with the professed aims of political parties. Thus political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness. Defenceless villages are bombarded from the air, the inhabitants driven out into the countryside, the cattle machine-gunned, the huts set on fire with incendiary bullets: this is called 'pacification'. Millions of peasants are robbed of their farms and sent trudging along the roads with no more than they can carry: this is called 'transfer of population' or 'rectification of frontiers'. People are imprisoned for years without trial, or shot in the back of the neck or sent to die of scurvy in Arctic lumber camps: this is called 'elimination of unreliable elements'. Such phraseology is needed if one wants to name things without calling up mental pictures of them."
-- George Orwell, "Politics and the English Language" (1946)

#orwell #language #oppression #politics
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An information war is always part of any armed conflict -- some of it as propaganda directed towards the enemy and some of it directed towards strengthening the morale of the home front.

For example, the British government's arguments as to why it was fighting fascism in the 1930s and 1940s were set out in the Penguin Specials series of books published in the years 1937 onwards.

Books in that series were written by some of the great writers of that country, (including H.G. Wells, Harold Nicolson, Harold Laski, and C. E. M. Joad,) and illustrated by well known artists (such as the cartoonist David Low). Some politicians and other establishment figures (such as Ernest Bevin and Field Marshall Lord Milne) also contributed.

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I am rereading two of my childhood favorites, The Borrowers and The Borrowers Afield. Still as good as I remember them!

For those of you who weren't around in the 1950s, the borrowers are a family of little people who live secretly in the walls and floors of a house and "borrow' from the humans who live in the house in order to survive.

http://www.publishinghistory.com/puffin-books.html


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Some bookshops are thriving!
"This short documentary focuses on the life of Josh Spencer, owner and operator of “The Last Bookstore”, located in Downtown Los Angeles. Against the closure of massive bookstore chains and the rise of eReaders, Josh has been able to create a local resurgence of the printed word. We explore his life as a father, husband, small business owner, and paraplegic, as well as the store’s magnetic attraction of the community."
https://vimeo.com/channels/staffpicks/139828664
#books #bookstores #LosAngeles 

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Former Greek finance minister #YanisVaroufakis praises #UKLabour's #JeremyCorbyn as a conviction politician. Yanis, as always, shines here!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vifJzoyr-sM

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Unravelling the secrets of Australian native bees

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How suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst became an 'honorary Ethiopian'

"In previous years, Ms Pankhurst had gone to study art in Venice, where she witnessed the brutality of the fascist regime. Afterwards in the later 1920s and 30s she had become a vocal pacifist, anti-fascist and anti-colonialist activist.

So when Italy began building up its military presence in East Africa she proved to be one of Ethiopia's most vocal supporters, writing to newspapers in defence of its sovereignty. (…)

When Ms Pankhurst felt media and readers were losing interest in Ethiopia's plight, she took matters into her own hands and founded a newspaper.

The New Times and Ethiopia News was based in Woodford, London, where the family lived and where, following the war and the African country's liberation, many Ethiopian students found their way to the Pankhurst family home, becoming Richard's friends."

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-36322972

#ethiopia   #pankhurst  

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In Ethiopia With A Mule, by Dervla Murphy

After reading during her childhood about the romantic historical (and somewhat semi-mythical) figures such as Prester John and the Queen of Sheba, Dervla Murphy set out on a hazardous journey through the Ethiopian highlands. Inspired by her image of Ethiopia as beautiful and mysterious, she set out to Ethiopia with her mule named Jock. Despite much negative advice from officialdom, she found a country where the people were mostly warm and hospitable.

In these days of post-9/11 suspicions and in which many countries are currently closed for independent travelers, this book is a worthy reminder that there are good people and interesting experiences in every country, even ones perhaps quite different from ours.

This book first appeared in 1968 and is still in print. I read the Century Travellers edition.

#ethiopia #middleeast #travel 

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In Ethiopia With A Mule, by Dervla Murphy

After reading during her childhood about the romantic historical (and somewhat semi-mythical) figures such as Prester John and the Queen of Sheba, Dervla Murphy set out on a hazardous journey through the Ethiopian highlands. Inspired by her image of Ethiopia as beautiful and mysterious, she set out to Ethiopia with her mule named Jock. Despite much negative advice from officialdom, she found a country where the people were mostly warm and hospitable.

In these days of post-9/11 suspicions and in which many countries are currently closed for independent travelers, this book is a worthy reminder that there are good people and interesting experiences in every country, even ones perhaps quite different from ours.

This book first appeared in 1968 and is still in print. I read the Century Travellers edition.
http://www.publishinghistory.com/the-century-travellers.html
#ethiopia #middleeast #travel
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