Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Resources for September 23, 2014

Burke, Al. "Murdering Language In the Name of the Law: The Strange Case of Julian Assange and the Swedish Prosecutor." The Lexander Magazine (September 12, 2014)

Flaherty, Colleen. "A House Divided." Inside Higher Ed (September 22, 2014)

Greenwald, Glenn. "Australia’s Prime Minister gives a master class in exploiting terrorism fears to seize new powers." The Intercept (September 22, 2014)

"UN Panel Discussion on Use of Drones in Military Operations – Featuring CCR’s Pardiss Kebriaei." Center for Constitutional Rights (September 22, 2014)

"The Movies 50 Greatest Pop Music Moments." The Dissolve (2014)

Brody, Richard. "Hitchcock and the Holocaust." The New Yorker (January 9, 2014)

Appignanesi, Lisa. "The Assassination of Hilary Mantel." The Guardian ("The attacks on the Assassination of Margaret Thatcher author show how vital it is to keep the thought police at bay.")

Merriam Webster Word-of-the-Day

esurient \ih-SUR-ee-unt\

adjective: hungry, greedy


No one was surprised that the esurient media mogul planned to expand his empire into the social-media marketplace.

"She sat opposite him …, as plump and indifferent to his presence as an old tabby cat whose esurient eye was wholly focused on a particularly toothsome mouse." — Pamela Aidan, An Assembly Such as This: A Novel of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman, 2006

If you’re hungry for a new way to express your hunger, you might find that esurient suits your palate. Be forewarned, however, that when used literally esurient has a humorous flavor. This somewhat obscure word first appeared in English in the second half of the 17th century, deriving from the present participle of the Latin verb esurire, meaning "to be hungry." It is also related to edere, the Latin verb for "eat," which has given us such scrumptious fare as edible and its synonyms esculent and comestible. Esurient can be used somewhat playfully to suggest an actual hunger for food, but it is more often applied to such things as wealth or power. In the latter contexts, it takes on the connotation of greedy.

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