Who’s scarier, Freddie Krueger or Philip Roth?

Reassessing an odd work of fiction, because I needed a break from so-called facts:

Novels and movies about ghosts and ghoulies are supposed to be scary, but they rarely are. If you want to enjoy a Halloween story that will chill you to the bone, read the National Book Award-winning Sabbath’s Theater (1995), by Philip Roth, master of morbid hyper-realism.

Just kidding. Sabbath’s Theater has nothing to do with Halloween, but read it anyway. Even if you don’t enjoy the novel, you’ll have to admire the author’s knack for brutally funny self-analysis and dark insights.

Or maybe not. More here.

Virtually Speaking Thursdays

Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd – 6pm pac /9pm eastern

Jay talks with June Carbone, the Edward A. Smith/Missouri Chair of Law, the Constitution and Society at University of Missouri Kansas City .

Professor Carbone writes extensively about the legal issues surrounding marriage, divorce and family obligations, especially within the context of the recent revolutions in biotechnology.
They first talked about  Red Families v. Blue Families,  co-authored with Naomi Cahn, earlier this year:

FactCheck.org is bogus. Check it out.

Obama is no FDR, but what’s up with FactCheck.org bolstering Willard’s deceptive talking points?

From a piece in Seeing the Forest that corrects FactCheck’s “facts”:

Yes, even after the stimulus turned things around we were still losing jobs, but losing fewer each month, and then breaking into positive territory and staying there.

As for public/private -sector jobs, yes Obama did try to save public-sector jobs and did a good job of that with the stimulus, but Republicans blocked further efforts, and in the state were able to lay off many, many teachers, police, etc.

And according to FactCheck.org, that’s Obama’s fault, too…

Politicians sell themselves for much less

From Huffington Post:

By losing something, Catarina Migliorini could gain $780,000.

The 20-year-old Brazilian woman has been auctioning off her virginity online for the past few weeks and a man from Japan known as “Natsu” came out on top with the winning bid.

Natsu beat out five other bidders after a feverish final day where the price of Migliorini’s virtue jumped from $190,000 on Oct. 23 to the final $780,000 price tag.

The news wasn’t so good for her male counterpart, Alex Stepanov, whose virginity only racked up $3,000 from a woman in Brazil named “Nene B.”

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