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Penguin and Amazon are in cahoots. The publishing house and the online bookstore are working together for the sake of a new literary contest. It's a bit of an online American Idol. But instead of butchering Kenny Loggins songs, contestants submit manuscripts to be evaluated by some of Amazon's high profile reviewers. The Times has a rundown here. The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, as it's called, is either a new, democratic form of literary production or a hyperbolic extension of the bottom line pandering that many artists have to do in order to get published in the first place.

Via if:book. This one's worth a look for the sake of the impassioned comments.

Thanks Jeff.

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Conservative radio host Dennis Prager defended his use of the word "ki*e," on his show Thursday by insisting that people should be able to use the word ni**er as well.

It all started when a caller asked why he felt comfortable using the term "ki*e" while discussing bigotry while using the term "N-word" when referring to a slur against African-Americans.

Prager used the discussion to make the point that people are allowed to use anti-Jewish slurs but cannot use the N-word because "the Left" controls American culture.

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According to the FBI, the number of sexual assaults reported during commercial flights have increased "at an alarming rate." There was a 66% increase in sexual assault on airplanes between 2014 and 2017. During that period, the number of opened FBI investigations into sexual assault on airplanes jumped from 38 to 63. And flight attendants have it worse. A survey conducted by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA found that 70% of flight attendants had been sexually harassed while on the job, while only 7% reported it.

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