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Sounds like an intriguing novel!
I know Philip Kerr from his children’s novels and didn’t realize he wrote stories for adults. While searching for another book, I came upon his Dark Matter, a novel written in 2002 and it immediately caught my attention. It’s 1696 and Christopher Ellis has just taken on a job assisting Sir Isaac Newton at the Royal Mint. As Warden, it’s Newton’s job to hunt down counterfeiters. A challenging enough job but when mysterious murders start happening, Ellis plays Watson to Newton as an earlier version of Sherlock Holmes. Clues and body counts rise as Ellis and Newton face personal danger in the politically volatile back streets of London. Throw in a mix of alchemy and codes and we’re off on a most puzzling case. Turns out that more than the economy of the realm is threatened. A century’s old massacre pits Huguenots against Catholics in a revenge plot only…
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Almost every year, our plum tree produces fruit, but only every other year or so does it produce a bounty; this year we had beautiful plums, and I decided to make plum jam. We don’t spray the tree or even irrigate, so it’s remarkable that we get such blemish-free fruit. I make sure I leave some for the birds, though.
My method’s very simple: collect and wash the fruit, remove the stones, and simmer for, well, what seems like (and is, really) an entire afternoon. If you take your time cooking the plums, you won’t need to add pectin, as it will have plenty of body on its own. I add a relatively small amount of sugar, as I wait until the plums are truly ripe; I also add fresh lemon juice, a pinch of salt, and leave the skins on, as it adds some texture to the…
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one of many mysteries at the White House
BY HANNAH SCHWEFEL
The White House was built in 1792 by a group of Freemasons who happened to be very influential leaders in the United States. On Oct.13, the first corner of the White House was laid, speeches were given and meals were had. Many people came from all over to see the beginnings of the president’s new home.
After the foundation was laid, a brass plate was placed on the cornerstone. There are many rumors surrounding the cornerstone in general. Today, many wonder what happened to the original cornerstone, what it looked like and what was really on the cornerstone’s plate.
The cornerstone is one of the building’s most important pieces. It can be assumed that the piece was quite large in size and also very heavy, as it was made out of Aquia sandstone from Virginia. Some say that the stone was inscribed by the founding fathers, while…
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If you check the Wikipedia page of Melania Trump you’ll find all I know about the current wife of 2016 candidate Donald Trump, the lady who may turn out to be America’s First Lady on January 20, 2016.
Check out a noon birth chart for Melania here with her practical Sun Taurus-Moon Capricorn personality.
Born Melanija Knavs (‘Melania Knauss’) on April 26, 1970 in Sevnica Slovenia, Yugoslavia, Melania has been a high fashion model with a degree in architecture who now designs jewelry. These endeavors resonate well with her Sun in Taurus, a creative sign of architecture (building) and good patterning ability. Now let’s peek at the Solar (male)and Lunar (female) description of their marriage which began under the auspices of January 22, 2005’s Sun Aquarius-Moon Cancer unless the ceremony was held prior to 6:00 am (with a late Gemini Moon)!
Sun AQ-Moon Cancer (Saturn-Uranus-Moon) is a very creative Air-Water…
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Neeti Ray writes on progressions:
This post is a result of a conversation I had with a friend about her astrology reading. She mentioned that her reading had indicated a positive event but it turned out that something very different happened. I don’t know the astrological details but I know the astrologer who did the reading. I highly respect his work: it’s astrologically sound, very precise and he operates with great integrity.
Astrology is Symbolic
Astrologers often mention that death charts have very good transits: especially that of Jupiter, the planet that bestows good fortune, indicates long journeys and expands our horizons. In the months leading upto his death, all through the radiation and the chemo, my husband had Jupiter transiting his twelfth house: the house of prisons and hospitals stays. The doctors…
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… goes to Chain of Title, by David Dayen (with apologies to Jennifer Taub, Alyssa Katz, Michael Lewis, and many others, including my co-author, Simon Johnson).
Chain of Title isn’t primarily about the grand narrative of the financial crisis: subprime lending, mortgage-backed securities, collateralized debt obligations, credit default swaps, synthetic CDOs, the collapse of the global financial system in 2008, and the frenzied bailout that followed. Instead, it’s about foreclosure fraud: how mortgage servicers, banks, and the law firms they hired systematically broke the law to force people out of their homes. At the same time, it’s about securitization fraud: the fact that an untold number of securitizations were not properly executed, meaning that they violated the terms of their underlying agreements, meaning that their investors should have been able to force rescission of the entire deal.
The substance of the argument has been well known for years, so…
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Another amazing article from @aquileana
“Narcissus” by Caravaggio. 1597.
The classic version of this myth is by Ovid, found inBook III of his Metamorphoses (Lines 339/508)
Echo was an Oread or Orestiad, meaning a type of nymph that lived in mountains, valleys, and ravines. The Oreads were associated with Artemis, the goddess of hunting.
Though vigilant, whenever she was about to catch him, Echo distracted her with lengthy conversations.
When at last Hera realized the truth, she cursed Echo. To punish her, Hera took away her most valuable possession: her voice.
Hera permitted Echo only to reply in foolish repetition of another’s shouted words. Thus, all Echo could do was mimic the words of the speaker.
Sometime after being cursed, Echo spied a young man, Narcissus, while he was out hunting deer with his companions.
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