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  1. Here's the link to today's column: https://omaha.com/lifestyles/cleveland-evans-once-a-rare-name-heathers-popularity-peaked-in-the-70s-and-80s/article_8ae4e332-3aab-11ed-babd-d3a2b5444632.html This one took a long time to research. The index to the USA census recrods on ancestry.com listed many woman in the 19th century supposedly named Heather, but when I looked at the PDFs of the actual census forms almost all of them were misreadings of Hesther or Hattie.
  2. I can't find statistics to back up my impression on short notice, but that impression has been that retirees who have moved to Florida in the last decade are more right-wing than average Americans their age. That partly comes from reading or seeing news reports about The Villages, the amazingly fast-growing community in Sumter County northwest of Orlando. And as the so-called "Big Sort" links politics more closely to lifestyle choices than ever, my impression as a 71-year-old is that people my age who would want to move to Florida, especially to a retirement community where everyone is over 55, are just generally more politically conservative than those of us who don't find that idea attractive. I personally would never want to move to Florida -- too flat and too many bugs-- and don't want to move to a place where there are only old people until I become so decrepit I must move into "assisted living." My sister and brother-in-law, who are much more politically conservative than I am, live in a Del Webb retirement community in Tennessee and are very happy there. I find where they live comfortable but rather sterile and isolating -- I much prefer living in my Omaha apartment which is in a converted elementary school building built in 1910, three blocks from the zoo where I walk at least five days a week. I think older people who like living in urban centers and prefer a change of seasons to year-round warmth tend to be more liberal in many aspects of their thinking. Any way, I have assumed the "problem" with Florida is that its newly arriving retirees are mostly the conservative crime-fearing types from the Midwest and upper South, while more liberal retirees from the Northeast who do move south are actually now more likely to end up in South Carolina or Atlanta instead of Miami.
  3. September 23 was the day last year this thread was rebooted so it must be time to do it this year. Who do knowledgeable people think is in the running this year? Since they gave the prize to an African writer last year, would this be the year to go for Asia? So is Dương Thu Hương a good guess this year? Anyone know of an obscure Asian author who could be a dark horse beating out Hu'o'ng like Gurnah beat out Ngugi last year? The only Latin American woman who's won was Chliean poet Gabriela Mistral back in 1945. Any chance for a Latin American woman prose fiction author this year? Would Isabel Allende or Carmen Boullosa have any chance with the Swedish academy? P.S. After posting the above I saw that there is a major push for them to give the Nobel to Salman Rushdie this year in response to the knife attack on him. Will the Nobel judges pay attention to that, or will they have a negative reaction to being pressured?
  4. Because they really, really believe in this as a policy. And because they've been focused on the primary up until now. Privatizing most government functions, including Social Security and Medicare, is a basic tenet of the Libertarian wing of the Republican party. Because of the Trump MAGA takeover, it's sometimes hard to remember that the Republicans, like the Democrats, are still a coalition of various interests and groups, as is inevitable within a two-party system. And candidates who are themselves more highly educated and who have been involved in Republican politics before Trump are likely to have been influenced in their personal beliefs by Libertarian ideas. Especially before the primary, they are likely to give voice to such beliefs in order to get backing from those non-MAGA libertarian Republican voters who still exist -- at this point the Trumpists probably aren't going to pay attention to what a candidate says about privatization, even if they would themselves be opposed to it as a single issue, because election denial and Trump worship are the only things they care about in terms of who to vote for in the primary, so by saying you are in favor of privatizing SS and Medicare you get some more non-MAGA votes in the primary while losing very few MAGA votes if you still kiss Trump's ass.
  5. In regard to the discussion about Malcolm X, you all might be interested that he was recently elected as the newest member of the Nebraska Hall of Fame, which is rather a big deal as only one person is added to that group every five years. https://omaha.com/news/state-and-regional/omaha-native-malcolm-x-chosen-as-newest-member-of-nebraska-hall-of-fame/article_4679bff6-32ae-11ed-8f0e-dfef54d5c32b.html
  6. Could you give a quote from Mr. Tracey showing that he does believe that about the Shoah? Because the Twitter quote you provided does not imply that to me. And if the quote is incorrect, that would be one thing. But I do not see why it is wrong to share a statement about Hitler's beliefs when they are clearly attributed to Hitler himself. This just shows how horrible Hitler was. P.S. I was writing the above while you were posting the quote from Dr. Beorn that says Tracey did argue that the U.S. entry into the war accelerated the Final Solution. But that was not at all stated in your initial post.
  7. You are probably thinking of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands and her husband Prince Bernhard. https://www.unofficialroyalty.com/wedding-of-queen-juliana-of-the-netherlands-and-prince-bernhard-of-lippe-biesterfeld/
  8. It is definitely NOT true that Trump claimed Queen Elizabeth had secretly knighted him. However, it is definitely true that in one of today's fundraising emails he is granting his supporters the title of "King". (I wonder how many women he's calling Kings there?) -- Just to remind y'all, I've never donated to Trump and have no idea how I got on his email list, so the idea that my "MAGA status is unmatched" is itself a lie.
  9. In addition to the sites already mentioned, there's Biblio, the online site for hundreds of bookstores (mostly used) across the world. Obviously some of the individual stores would be more "reputable" than others. When I buy from Biblio I normally limit myself to stores which have at least three stars out of five in user ratings, and normally have no trouble. https://www.biblio.com/company/
  10. Hey, this is really rather mild compared to a lot of the emails I get from the NRSC or the Trump organization. Just unfortunately got my first email from the Ron Johnson campaign, which blames the Democrats' fundraising success on "radical billionaires." As if there really were any such people.
  11. Gracious, if a "month's pay" isn't "a lot" to you, you are way better off financially than most Americans!
  12. If you don't live in a "right to work" state, you may be employed in a position where you are required to join a union and pay dues in order to keep your job. I would imagine many of the 14% are people who are in that position.
  13. I've never read any Sanderson book except Elantris myself, but readers of this thread might like to know that Kaladin (and alternative spelling Caladin) and Adolin are now names regularly being given to newborn boys in the USA, especially Utah. They are still far from being common -- there'd probably have to be a TV show or movie for them to make the top thousand list -- but nevertheless it's a sign of how popular Sanderson is that invented character names from his novels are showing up enough to be noticed at all.
  14. A "consultant" is more than just an interviewee, and should be paid. However, if Ellison was a consultant, why didn't he have a contract and refuse to do any consulting work without a contact saying he would be paid? I don't think either a writer or an actor should be paid for just an interview, however.
  15. Yeah, well, I have a problem with Harlan Ellison here. I absolutely think writers deserve to be compensated for anything they have written. And his point at the end about not even getting a free copy of the DVD is valid -- that's rude for them not to send that. But I don't think answering someone's questions in an interview is the same thing as "writing". That's like participating in journalism or someone else's historical research. There's actually a problem with journalists paying people they interview in terms of it casting some doubt on the objectivity of their answers. So I really think Ellison had the designation of "asshole" backwards here. It's not the people who granted permission to use interviews who were the assholes. It's those who don't. Again, if he had written anything or even spontaneously put up a video himself somewhere that they wanted to use clips from in their work, he should be compensated and have copyright. But if you get called up by someone with a request for an interview and then agree to do an interview in the first place without compensation, you shouldn't expect to be compensated beyond something like a free copy of the video when they use part of that video in their presenation, IMHO.
  16. Oh come on. They just made a mistake. Why do you think that the same person whose criteria for endorsing a U.S. Senate candidate are simply a combination of A)Have they kissed my ass lately? and B)Do they have any celebrity status? would necessarily be competent in suggesting "special masters" that would be in his pocket? And of course Trump himself wouldn't have come up with the names for the special masters -- it would have been his lawyers, and in the past whatever lawyers he has hired haven't always shown themselves to be especially competent. The fact that they didn't get Dearie's retirement status completely correct in their description of him shows they really didn't know as much about him as they needed to.
  17. Here's the link to today's column. https://omaha.com/lifestyles/cleveland-evans-agathas-popularity-is-a-mystery/article_720caf3a-2eed-11ed-ade2-9316cc96ecea.html It's very interesting to see Agatha start to rise again. In addition to what I mentioned in the column, I think there have been several novel, TV and movie depictions of Agatha Christie herself as a younger woman that have recently helped to make the name seem more attractive to the young parent generation.
  18. Yes. When I first read this I thought you were referring to George Bernard Shaw. So for anyone else who may not immediately remember the accomplished man you are mentioning: https://www.cnn.com/2022/09/08/media/bernard-shaw-obituary/index.html
  19. Interesting. From the little bit I've read on the subject, it was also Philip more than Elizabeth who pressured him to marry Diana.
  20. Just curious -- why do you think Charles's education was a "mistake"? The report I saw yesterday says that her sending him to school instead of having him privately tutored in the palace like all previous heirs had been was meant to be a way to modernize the monarchy and integrate them more with society.
  21. The research that I've seen on repetition and persuasion primarily has to do with beliefs about issues (such as whether the size of the Supreme Court should be increased, which is one of the ideas in question). I think self-aggrandizing remarks about one's own personal characteristics may be an exception, since the personal motive is more obvious, especially to those who didn't like the speaker in the first place. Perhaps some of his unsophisticated followers have been helped by his repetition of things like this to idolize him more, however.
  22. I think it would be completely against tradition for him to use a name which he was not baptized with. So his other choices are Philip, Arthur, and George. I think when his grandson was named George his incentive for using that name would have been greatly reduced. And I think using either Philip or Arthur would be seen as a bit self-important, for different reasons. Naming oneself King Arthur would just make him seem too arrogant.
  23. The psychological research on persuasion does show that repetition is one of the most important factors in changing people's minds. The more often one hears something, the more likely one is to believe it, whether it is a bad idea or a good idea.
  24. I think according to an explanation of the next week's activities I just saw on YouTube that whatever name he will be officially going by will be announced tomorrow morning.
  25. My condolences to everyone in the Commonwealth nations who will be grieving her. I find myself a bit upset in a wistful way, though I know it's partly because it brings up feelings about my own mother who died at age 98 in 2020. The Queen would have been a symbolic mother to many and so I have empathy for them, and hope the next few days go off without a hitch.
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