Browsing: September 18

A Brief History On September 18, 2018, apropos to nothing in particular, we take the opportunity to once again discuss the disgusting English language!  Previously, we started the discussion on our article dated September 29, 1975, “What’s Up With The English Language?” and today we add to the discussion by addressing some troubling particular uses and misuses of words and phrases.  As always, please tell us what you disagree with in this article or better yet, your own pet peeves about the use and alleged misuse of English!  (BTW, we are well aware of the liberties this author sometimes takes…

A Brief History On September 18, 1997, Atlanta billionaire Ted Turner (aka, Mr. Jane Fonda from 1991 to 2001) donated a massive 1 billion dollars to the United Nations.  His donation was used to create the United Nations Foundation, of which Turner serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors.  Having become super wealthy through his media businesses, including a billboard and advertising business, CNN (the first 24/7 cable news network) and television station WTBS, a cable pioneering giant “super-station.”  His 2017 net worth is estimated at $23 billion, so he could afford such an enormous gift.  Today we ask you,…

A Brief History Action spy comedy fans, here is your chance to be among the first in Cleveland to see Kingsman: the Golden Circle before it opens in theaters on September 22, 2017. Digging Deeper Director: Matthew Vaughn Written By: Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn, based on the comic book The Secret Service by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons Produced By: Matthew Vaughn, David Reid, Adam Bohling Cast: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Halle Berry, with Sir Elton John, and Channing Tatum, and Jeff Bridges SYNOPSIS Kingsman: The Secret Service introduced the world to Kingsman – an independent, international intelligence…

A Brief History On September 18, 1944, the British submarine, HMS Tradewinds, torpedoed and sank the Jun’yo Maru, a Japanese cargo ship transformed to carry prisoners.  Over 5000 people died in the tragedy, of which 1377 were Dutch prisoners of war, another 64 victims were British and Australian prisoners of war, and 8 were American prisoners of war.  Most of the rest of the victims were Javanese slave laborers, around 4200 of them. Digging Deeper Obviously, the skipper of the Tradewinds did not know the ship was carrying prisoners, as the Japanese did not mark POW ships in any special…

A Brief History Today, on September 18, 2014, Scotland is voting either yes or no on the topic of independence from Great Britain and the United Kingdom.  Only a simple majority vote is needed, that means 50% + one person. Digging Deeper Formally united in 1707 by the Act of Union which was ratified by both the English and Scottish parliaments, Scotland is now seeking to break that bond.  When asked what role the Queen would have in a new, independent Scotland, Alex Salmond, the First Minister of Scotland and proponent of the Yes Scotland campaign, said that Elizabeth II would…

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