Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sunday titbits

Heading over here to check out Wayne Rooney's latest football miracle. I'd gladly post the video here but embedding has been disabled by request ...

But here's one I can embed:



Cheeky but effective, Virgin Atlantic wants to be the raunchiest airline ever ... No doubt there happy with their ad agancy, here's another:



Moving along now, here's a list of over 500 Australian journos on Twitter, have fun ...

Atlas Shrugged is coming, the movie that is:



Is it true that Atlas Shrugged is the second most influential book ever written?

No one knows exactly how influential Atlas Shrugged is, because there has never been a proper study done to check. The "second most influential" claim comes from a Survey of Lifetime Reading Habits conducted in 1991 by the Book-of-the-Month Club and the Library of Congress. Printed surveys were sent to members of the Club, asking them what books had most influenced their own lives. A little over 2,000 responses were received. The Bible ranked first, and Atlas Shrugged ranked a distant second. Because the survey targeted an audience of book lovers (members of the Club) and an active effort was required to mail in a response, it is likely that the results were skewed towards people who were influenced especially strongly by a particular book. Such a result cannot be reliably interpreted as reflecting the entire US population, although enthusiastic promoters of the novel sometimes make such claims. (The survey is also often inaccurately described as a "poll" or "study," and various incorrect sources are cited for it.)

Similar concerns affect a more recent list to an even greater degree. In 1998, book publisher Random House ran an online vote asking readers to name the "best" English-language novels of the 20th century. Atlas Shrugged placed first in this vote, with Rand's other novels placing high on the list as well.
Read the rest here ...

Now for a speech that, in the end, was a long time coming ...



And Pt 2:



Prepare for more of this as Sarkozy weighs in ...

Now the Dutch weigh in too ...
Christian Democrat leader Maxime Verhagen on Monday said the multicultural society has failed.

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