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Sep 4 2014
"Poetry is about the grief. Politics is about the grievance"
Robert Frost
Sep 4 2014
"The father is always a Republican toward his son, and his mother’s always a Democrat"
Robert Frost
Sep 4 2014
"Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference"
Robert Frost
Sep 4 2014
"Bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant. education and free discussion are the antidotes of both"
Thomas Jefferson
Sep 4 2014
"No defender of slavery, I concede that it has its benevolent aspects in lifting the Negro from savagery and helping prepare him for that eventual freedom which is surely written in the Book of Fate"
Thomas Jefferson
Aug 6 2014

'Ideal Marriage' Book Returned 54 Years Late

That’s what happened, however, when the New York Public Library received a copy of “Ideal Marriage,” a 200-plus page book on sex — along with an apology note. Texas Man Booked For Not Returning a Library Book The book, authored by Th.H. van de Velde, a Dutch doctor, was due to the Mid-Manhattan Library on Aug. 17, 1959, but was just received at the library in May of last year.

Aug 5 2014

Here’s Why Your Cable Guy Never Shows Up on Time

Now we know why Comcast’s customer service is so terrible — basically, Comcast puts enormous pressure on its employees to upsell its customers on more expensive services while putting significantly less pressure on them to resolve customer problems effectively. The Verge talked with more than 100 different Comcast technicians and they said that Comcast basically tries to book their schedules so tightly that it leaves them no room for error if unexpected complications arise at a certain job. In fact, the technicians said that Comcast will often intentionally overbook them because the company figures that at least one of the appointments will call in to cancel anyway.

Aug 5 2014

Syracuse University Ranks as No. 1 Party School

Syracuse University has claimed the title of nation’s top party school. The No. 1 ranking was revealed Monday by The Princeton Review based on a nationwide survey of 130,000 students. Syracuse’s student newspaper ranked second best among the 379 colleges surveyed, and its sports scene, rated third best, likely helped the party mood.

Aug 4 2014

Mom Accused of Killing Her Toddler, Cutting Teen

A Washington state woman going through a divorce and custody battle is accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter and severely cutting her teenage daughter at a popular inn on the northern Oregon coast, a crime that has shocked tourists and residents. Jessica Smith, 40, was in custody Monday on murder and other charges. Authorities began looking for her Friday after a housekeeper at the Surfsand Resort in Cannon Beach found the body of Smith’s 2-year-old daughter in a room.