Monday, June 29, 2009

Following a string of obsessions by Ron Rosenbaum covering the topics of President Obama, Iran (lately as interfered with by the MJ story).

Monday, June 22, 2009

Friday, June 19, 2009

Miss prints has a royal history. From Stalin and His Hangmen, 'misprints had been disingenuously used to annoy authority. Queen Victoria was reported to have "pissed" over Waterloo Bridge. Substituting one consonant made Stalin "pisser" or "shitter" (ssalin, sralin). Stalingrad coould be set to read "Stalin is a reptile" (Stalin gad). Under Stalin, misprints were declared "sorties by the class enemy." Writers or typesetters could die for one misplaced letter, as Andrei Tarkovsjy's film Mirror unforgettably suggests.' This came up in Obama 'confronting a delicate topic.'

Thursday, June 04, 2009

That speech and the reaction might be worth quite a bit in blood and treasure. Was just reading 'Stalin and his Hangmen.' If the last Nicholas could have given such a speech at his coronation, Russia wouldn't have suffered so.