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Jolie accused of hypocrisy over press 'gag'

The New York premiere of the film, on Wednesday, was held to support the organisation Reporters Without Borders, which defends journalists against persecution and combats censorship and laws that undermine press freedom. But several journalists covering the premiere objected when Jolie’s lawyer demanded they sign pre-interview contracts limiting exactly what they could and could not ask her. –Catherine Elsworth –Jolie accused of hypocrisy over press ‘gag’ (Telegraph) Bravo to the reporters…

Negotiators: Ages Nine and Five

Negotiators: Ages Nine and Five (Jerz’s Literacy Weblog) I have a nine-year-old and a five-year-old who love each other to death, but do occasionally bicker. I tend to be far more impatient with the older child, since he is much more capable of finding something else to entertain himself. I generally remind him that, if he wants something that his sister has, he has to offer to trade something else. If…

100 Words Every High School Graduate Should Know

“The words we suggest,” says senior editor Steven Kleinedler, “are not meant to be exhaustive but are a benchmark against which graduates and their parents can measure themselves. If you are able to use these words correctly, you are likely to have a superior command of the language.” –100 Words Every High School Graduate Should Know (Houghton Mifflin Books) Hmm… the editors’ description of the list is very different from the…

The Nagy Magical-Movable-Type Pixello-Dynamotronic Computational Engine

When the steam train roared into history, hissing smoke and howling into the night, it was an awesome beast, adorned in the finest woods, ivory, gold, and intricate inlays, like some Serpent King on a sacred tapestry. The automobiles of the 20′s to 60′s, each was a work of art. The television and radio affected the world in more ways that can be imagined, changing the entire dynamic of human…