A film about an Australian-Chinese war hero in which the lead role is played by a white actor has provoked anger in Australia at the "whitewashing" of the nation's history.Billy Sing, whose father was Chinese and mother British, was a decorated soldier from the disastrous Gallipoli campaign of World War I at which he earned the name "The Assassin" for his success as a sniper.But in the yet-to-be released television film "The Legend of Billy Sing", his character is played by a young Caucasian actor.
Sharon Wiener can’t remember where she read the review of The Emperor of Lies, Swedish novelist Steve Sem-Sandberg’s award- winning historical fiction built around the terrible facts of Poland’s Lodz Ghetto, a place of misery for about 300,000 Jews during the Second World War, most of whom were ultimately murdered by the Nazis.
Ms. Wiener’s father, Morton, who passed away in 2004, was among the handful of survivors. He often spoke of his wartime experiences. His daughter fed on every word.
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By Jack Sparrow
'Dark Pools' is a fun, intelligent, beach weekend read.Apart from the obvious Wall Street / HFT focus, the book struck me as a cross between War Games, The Matrix, and Terminator: Rise of the Machines.You immediately enter a world of high tech mayhem, with super-algos, blaster bots, and hunter-sniper cloaking devices duking it out at the speed of light.
Chris Hemsworth isn't the only one capable of wielding Thor's mythical war hammer, Mjölnir. Before he played villain Loki, Tom Hiddleston was close to playing the Asgardian God of Thunder himself. When he was cast in the film, Hiddleston originally signed a contract to play either Loki or Thor.
By Ben Kramer-Miller:I recently took the opportunity to read Stephen Leeb's book, Red Alert: How China's Growing Prosperity Threatens the American Way of Life. The book covers several themes relating to its subtitle, but the basic thesis is that the Chinese government foresees a tremendous need for commodities in order to improve its citizens' quality of life.
Jeet Heer has an excellent review of just why William Patterson's Heinlein biography is inadequate--with pointers as to how to do better:
Jeet Heer: William Patterson's Robert Heinlein Biography Is a Hagiography: "Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century Volume 2: The Man Who Learned Better...
By John Lounsbury:If there ever was a time to read Endgame, it is now. The full title gives a stronger message about what the book addresses: Endgame: The End of the Debt Supercycle and How It Changes Everything by John Mauldin and Jonathan Tepper.