Category: Literature

Are Irish speakers elitist?

Journalist and online influencer, Éadaoin Nic Mhuiris claims some Irish speakers criticise her learned, Dublin Irish as it doesn’t fit in with the Gaeltacht ‘ideal’ of how the language ‘should’ be spoken.

Éadaoin who attended a Gaelscoil and has a Master’s qualification in TV and Radio and says despite her fluency in the language, she receives undue criticism from other Irish speakers.

Read the full article here . . .


The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit From It
Amy Cortese, Author

How individuals and communities can profit from local investingIn the wake of the financial crisis, investors are faced with a stark choice: entrust their hard-earned dollars to the Wall Street casino, or settle for anemic interest rates on savings, bonds, and CDs. Meanwhile, small businesses are being starved for the credit and capital they need to grow. There’s got to be a better way. In Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit from It, Amy Cortese takes us inside the local investing movement, where solutions to some of the nation’s most pressing problems are taking shape. The idea is that, by investing in local businesses, rather than faceless conglomerates, investors can earn profits while building healthy, self-reliant communities.

  • Introduces you to the ideas and pioneers behind the local investing movement
  • Profiles the people and communities who are putting their money to work in their own backyards and taking control of their destinies
  • Explores innovative investment strategies, from community capital and crowdfunding to local stock exchanges

With confidence in Wall Street and the government badly shaken, Americans are looking for alternatives. Local investing offers a way to rebuild our nest eggs, communities, and, just perhaps, our country.

2018-05-26: Daily Reading Schedule

Muir here with my current reading schedule. In brief, I read and study in much the same way as I watch video narratives ie read or listen to a chapter, think about what what was written, lookup references made, sometimes write the author(s) with questions, the historian Richard Carrier, PhD for example. I generally will then move on to another book on my schedule, basically the same as people watch television, only instead of watch one episode before going to on to another show, I read a chapter before going to another book.

Fact or Fiction, regardless of format, whether text, audio, or video, regardless of topic, if the material fails to resonate, to provoke questions, it fails my interest.

The following listing of publications are all books, and do not include my current study of peer-reviewed research papers.

Of late my reading is centered around ‘Refractive Meta-Material Lens’ theory and practice in their potential for enabling my concepts for precise, Non-Mechanical Targeted-Focus of Microwave Energy.

Non-Fictional Books
We the People: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy (Kindle)
Author(s): John A. Buck, Sharon Villines

How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain (Kindle)
Lisa Feldman Barrett

Guaranteed Pure (Kindle)
The Moody Bible Institute, Business, and the Making of Modern Evangelicalism
Author: Timothy E. W. Gloege

Sense and Goodness Without God (Print/Paperback)
A Defense of Metaphysical Naturalism
Author: Richard Carrier

The New Jim Crow (Kindle)
Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Author: Michelle Alexander

Other Minds (Kindle)
The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness
Author: Peter Godfrey-Smith

No Is Not Enough (Audible)
Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need
Author: Naomi Klein

Fictional Books
Annihilation (Audible)
Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 1
Author: Jeff VanderMeer

Black Panther (Kindle)
A Nation Under Our Feet, Vol. 1
Authors: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Stan Lee; and Illustrators: Brian Stelfreeze, Jack Kirby

Re-Reading Late March
The Earthsea Cycle (Kindle + Audible)
A Wizard of Earthsea, Book 1
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin

The Left Hand of Darkness (Kindle + Audible)
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin