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Riveted_Reader_Melissa

Riveted_Reader_Melissa

Joined April 2016

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… The man who never reads lives only one. ~George R.R. Martin.
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🤔🤦‍♀️

MoonWitch94 😒😱🤯🤬 12h
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DeeLew 🤬🤯 10h
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This definitely qualifies for a #TIL

#NFNov

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The stuff that you didn‘t know about, but when you find out about it...is just really, totally depressing...🤦‍♀️

JanuarieTimewalker13 It is. They consider wrong doing a tax write off. Amazing. 12h
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @JanuarieTimewalker13 And fines aren‘t really that effective if they can just minus it off their taxes they owe. In effect, it means the tax system is giving up money (for schools, etc) to in effect help pay the fine! 12h
JanuarieTimewalker13 It‘s true. Crazy. I hope she wins. We need her. 12h
Hooked_on_books That‘s infuriating 🤬 8h
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I‘m playing WordStacks while listening to testimony

Category: Sources of Happiness

First word I found: Book

Hahaha 😂
Perfect 👌

mdm139 I have been playing this game too 21h
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“But to keep the system functioning and keep depositors from losing any money, U.S. taxpayers laid out about $132 billion. Yes, $132 billion. Stop for a minute and think about that pile of money: in 1995, when the last S&L was shuttered, the federal government had funneled more to these financial institutions than it had spent on education, job training, veterans‘ benefits, social services, and transportation combined.”

And this “bailout”. ...⤵️

Riveted_Reader_Melissa ...happened in the 90‘s under the first a President Bush. So they had some idea of what massive bank deregulation would do, plus the banks learned that the government (ie tax payers) would bail them out..repeat Circe 2000, but bigger...still don‘t regulate, and it will repeat again. 🧐 2d
JanuarieTimewalker13 They should have never repealed Glass Steagel. Banking can‘t be the Wild West. 12h
JanuarieTimewalker13 I think I need to read this book! 12h
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa @JanuarieTimewalker13 She talked about that in this book!! 12h
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @JanuarieTimewalker13 It‘s really good...she does a great job in this one explaining the issues. 12h
JanuarieTimewalker13 Ok, thanks. Hope my library has the audiobook. I tend to like NF in audio format. 12h
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @JanuarieTimewalker13 I don‘t know if you use Scribd, but they have the audiobook and ebook and I‘ve been switching back and forth as I go. 11h
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“in the words of Ronald Reagan, rely on the “magic of the marketplace” to create “spectacular broad-based economic progress.”

Ooh, magic marketplaces. No need for rules or regulators—just put your faith in giant corporations.”

Again sounds very familiar: big tax cuts for the top that will trickle-down “eventually” and more lax regulations leading to wealth of health/environmental issues. (I‘m thinking of vaping deaths and lead levels in water)🤔

lele1432 The "trickle down effect" never made sense to me, even as a teenager! ? 2d
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @lele1432 Me either! I was in high school then also! 😂. Then I watched some of the Iran Contra testimony, as I‘m watching testimony now, and knew they were full of c... (hypocrisy). We knew! To bad nobody listens to smart teenagers, right? 2d
lele1432 Lol yep!! 2d
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The More You Know 🌈✨

#TIL about the birth of the modern day conservative movement‘s to influence government. I knew it was happening, but I just assumed it was individual self interest that led us here.... Nope, we can all think Lewis Powell, who went from working for big tobacco “His work for tobacco company Philip Morris included signing off on the company‘s annual reports touting the health benefits of cigarettes, ... ⤵️

Riveted_Reader_Melissa ...”and he railed against the press for failing to give adequate credence to the industry‘s claims about tobacco safety.” to Supreme Court Justice! 🙄 2d
Emilymdxn This was one of the most interesting bits of the book for me too! Great book 2d
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Emilymdxn Yes it is, she did a great job laying it all out in a clear succinct way. 2d
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Shaking my head here....the more I read about history, shocking the more familiar these fights and name calling labels seem to become.

Way too familiar.🙄

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...”tectonic shift in American law and the American economy. By the 1930s, the idea began to take root that without basic rules, markets won‘t work. Government—the people working together—could pass strong laws and enforce those laws to level the playing field; this, in turn, would give consumers, investors, shopkeepers, and small farmers a fighting chance to build their own economic futures.”

I‘ve been thinking about this part of history often⤵️

Riveted_Reader_Melissa ... lately as huge mega-corporations merge with other mega corps establishing bigger monopolies. (edited) 2d
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For a book I picked up for #ReadTheCandidates she does a great job in this chapter breaking down America‘s capitalist system of cyclical booms and busts, what we‘ve done in the past to steady things, and explaining why things go so off track so fast when we don‘t. (Post 2 of 2)

Make anyone think of the more recent bank bailouts for housing market speculation?

#NFNov
#NonfictionMatters
#Nonfiction2019

Riveted_Reader_Melissa If it did and you‘re interested, you might want to read (edited) 2d
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For a book I picked up for #ReadTheCandidates she does a great job in this chapter breaking down America‘s capitalist system of cyclical booms and busts, what we‘ve done in the past to steady things, and explaining why things go so off track so fast when we don‘t. (Post 1 of 2)

#NFNov
#NonfictionMatters
#Nonfiction2019

rsteve388 I loved this book! 1 pt unless these are TIL in which case let me know if they are and I'll update your points. 2d
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I know a few have been asking (the planning bug is starting to strike) plus a few of you finished this years challenge ages ago. So here it is #Nonfiction2020

It‘s an election year here in the US, so most of the topics I picked are related to topics of interest for 2020. Again, they are meant to be really flexible, stretch them to fit your needs, and if you are outside the US, shift them to what is relevant in your part of the globe. ⤵️

Riveted_Reader_Melissa So for instance, you hate politics and don‘t want to read about a current candidate...pick a famous candidate from the past that you admire, even one from another country like Nelson Mandela. Current issues getting you down, try something historic and how we dealt with that, or how another country handles it. Hate scandals, shift sideways and pick a non political scandal, like Bad Blood, etc. As always, have fun with it! 3d
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Cinfhen @Simona Since I know you two have been waiting! 3d
Cinfhen Woohoo!!!! Need to get my iPad to enlarge image!!!! Thanks for tagging me 🥳🥳 3d
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Addison_Reads Awesome. I'll have to start planning. ☺ 3d
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Cinfhen You‘re welcome! 3d
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Addison_Reads That‘s the fun part, right! 3d
CoffeeK8 I‘m so excited to see this! 3d
Amiable Ooooh! So excited! 3d
Simona Wow! Challenging challenge❣️ 3d
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Emergency Skin | N.K. Jemisin
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A short story by Jemisin as part of Amazon‘s new collection, which I could read for free with Amazon Prime! Sign me up! I love Jemisin‘s work and this story did not disappoint. In a future where some with means have fled Earth before its ecological downfall, one group sends an emissary back to collect some cells it desperately needs, only to find an earth shockingly changed and not in the way they expected.

ChasingOm I downloaded these but I‘m saving hers for last. 😄 3d
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @ChasingOm And I immediately read hers first! 😂 3d
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Sauron Defeated | J. R. R. Tolkien
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This one was overall a mixed bag for me, loved Part I, the end of the history of LOTR, Part II with the The Notion Papers was so-so for me, it definitely had interesting sections but probably wasn‘t one I‘ll go back and re-read, then ended with Part III where Tolkien expanded and developed his early Númenorean legend as his Atlantis-esque retelling story shifted & grew to fit into his growing legendarium of interrelated tales. I couldn‘t help ⤵️

Riveted_Reader_Melissa ... but think about his Leaf by Niggle short story again. Sorry I read ahead this weekend and finished up ahead of schedule #FellowshipofTolkien #YearsOfTolkien #YearOfTolkien 4d
Daisey I‘ve only just started Part 3, but so far I feel much the same. 3d
JazzFeathers I pretty much agree too. Though l do think that l'll go back to the Notion Club Papers at some point. I read it in a moment of great tiredness. I'm sure that, peculiar as it is, l'd enjoy it a lot more with a less tired mind. 3d
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Man-Eaters Vol. 3 | Chelsea Cain
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I quite enjoyed this fantasy series set in a world where menstruation is effectively banned because women actually become deadly during their “time of the month”.... in this world they turn into panthers. The dark humor and satire they employed to use this premise to poke at the system we find ourselves living in was so clever and timely.

One more series I‘m going to miss now that it is wrapped up!

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Man-Eaters Vol. 3 | Chelsea Cain
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Love the metaphor here! Between calling a cat and cat calling!

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Man-Eaters Vol. 3 | Chelsea Cain
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😂. Honestly that makes more sense then why we really wear them! Seriously, foot issues for life for the revolution versus because society decided it made you look better to the opposite sex.🤷‍♀️

RowReads1 I hate them. 5d
SamAnne I once had a shoe saleswoman tell me I had “ruined“ my feet by wearing birkenstocks so often. Yeah, heels twice a year and usually for a costume or weird reason. I prefer shoes I can sprint in if the cause arises. (edited) 5d
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @SamAnne Definitely! Comfort and usefulness are always my go to in shoes! 5d
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Man-Eaters Vol. 3 | Chelsea Cain
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I just love the dark humor of this series.

JamieArc I was just eyeing this series tonight. You would recommend it then? (edited) 5d
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @JamieArc I would...it‘s a crazy ride, but I enjoy it. It takes a lot of the issue of policing women‘s bodies to a new level...what if all those hormones, actually made us physically dangerous, how would the world look then. So if you‘ve tried The Power or Bitch Planet and liked them, you‘ll probably like this one too. 5d
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As with most anthologies this one had some wonderful “hits” and a few “misses” for me, but overall I think this is a pretty good snapshot of that particular moment in time, and includes a range of responses very similar to those found online during the social media deluge of women telling their truth loudly and clearly all at the same time.

#Booked2019 #WithASocialMediaFocus #MeToo

Also #NFNov
#Nonfiction2019
#NinfictionMatters

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Sauron Defeated | J. R. R. Tolkien
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All caught up again, felt like I was never going to make it to Part III.

Although The Notion Papers were interesting, I‘m always going to think there is so much more there going on just below the surface that had a lot to do with the members of The Inklings and some of their personalities and foibles seeping over into this story as fun academic teasing.

Onto part III!

#FellowshipOfTolkien
Goodbye #NotionClub
#YearOfTolkien
#YearsOfTolkien

JazzFeathers I caught up too and can't wsit to read part three. The Fall of Numenor has always been one of my very favourite parts in the Silmarillion. 6d
Daisey So true! 5d
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They Called Us Enemy | George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott
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George Takei did a great job with this graphic memoir. He manages to capture both the childhood innocence of his memories as well as the stresses and loss for his family, all wrapped up in the politics of WWII and the politicians of that day.

And sadly, it is much more relevant today than I‘m sure any of us would have ever guessed...which he touches on too at the end.

*Recommend if you enjoyed John Lewis‘s March trilogy

#NFNov
#Nonfiction2019

Addison_Reads I downloaded this from my library yesterday after seeing your posts. I can't wait to read it later today. 1w
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They Called Us Enemy | George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott
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So much of this falls directly under the “those that don‘t know their history are doomed to repeat it”. How long until the current migrant separations become history book content, and what might we do in the meantime as we once again sanitize our history.

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They Called Us Enemy | George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott
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He did such a great job here showing how people and groups that are marginalized or abused can internalize that, and end up feeling like they somehow deserve it or were unworthy. Which is hard to explain, but so important when trying to discuss empathy and bullying issues.

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They Called Us Enemy | George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott
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This showed up in my twitter feed while I was reading this book today... 😢

Karisa Litsy needs more reaction options than heart for this post. 😥😭😟😱 1w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Karisa True of all social media platforms...sadly. 1w
GrilledCheeseSamurai I felt horrible double tapping this. I came in here to say that. 👀 1w
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They Called Us Enemy | George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott
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This part made me tear up a bit today....both his childhood innocence juxtaposed with the children that we now know were separated with no way of reuniting them just upsets me to no end, because they knew exactly what the were doing when they separated them in 2018 with no way to reconnect them.😢

#NFNov
#NonfictionMatters
#Nonfiction2019

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They Called Us Enemy | George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott
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Sounds too familiar to me!

#NFNov
#Nonfiction2019
#NonfictionMatters

Emilymdxn What an important book and it looks really well-dream too. My mum loves George Takei I might buy this for her 1w
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They Called Us Enemy | George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott
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I love George Takei...and this is such an important part of our history, that I firmly believe we are repeating, worse than before, separating kids from their families and adopting them out. 😢

jillrhudy Little George behind the door 😭 1w
Karisa Is the book appropriate for middle schoolers or more geared to adults? 1w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Karisa I‘ll let you know when I finish it. It‘s rated as a Historical Memior by Goodreads, so I‘m anticipating a wide reading range like John Lewis‘s 1w
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jewright I‘m interested in the age level question too. I can make recommendations to our school library. 1w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Karisa @jewright just finished, and I‘d say it‘s appropriate for all ages. Most of the story is told through his eyes as a small boy, and I think kids would really relate to that. There‘s a bit about his career at the end as it pertains to spreading awareness of this time in history, and that part..the history part would be best for older middle school kids, especially those who are studying WWII in history. I‘d stack it with John... 1w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa ..Lewis‘s March trilogy or Anne Frank‘s story. And it falls somewhere in between with both his childhood innocent understanding of it at the time, and the more historical significance of it later on. I hope that helps. (edited) 1w
Karisa @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds wonderful! Thank you! I think I'll be looking to get a copy for my classroom. Important story and beautiful format. 1w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Karisa @jewright I posted a bunch of screen shots so you can both get an idea of the content too. 1w
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They Called Us Enemy | George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott
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Up next for me! I‘m looking forward to this Nonfiction graphic novel!

#NFNov
#NonfictionMatters
#Nonfiction2019

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My TBR or “up next-ish” list that I posted in the beginning of the month: 5 finished, 3 in progress.

Ashley_Nicoletto What an exciting list! 1w
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Hey look at that! Whoo Hoo! One challenge done and in the books (until next year anyway)!😏

#GoodreadsChallenge
#GoodreadsChallenge2019

Daisey Congratulations! 🎉 1w
Avanders 🥳🥳 1w
LauraJ Good job! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 1w
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megzlynn Congrats!!! 1w
thereadingowlvina Congrats!!! 🎉🎊👏 1w
vivastory Congrats 👏🎉📚 1w
LeslieO 137?? WHAT? What? Crazy. Well done. 1w
Megabooks 🥳🥳🥳🥳🍾🥂 1w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @LeslieO There are definitely some shorter reads in there! 🤣 1w
Eggbeater Well done! Congratulations! 🎉🎈🎈🎈 1w
Birdsong28 Congratulations 🎊 🎉 📚 📖 1w
Hooked_on_books Hooray! And can I say I loved that you picked an odd number that is not a multiple of 5. 1w
Emilymdxn Wow well done!! 1w
LauraBrook Wow, congratulations, friend!!! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 1w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Hooked_on_books and a prime number! I usually pick the flat 100, so at the beginning of this year I wanted to just pick something random and not really think about it too much , so I went with 13 and 7, both numbers I like, all prime, and 137 not divisible by 12 months. (edited) 1w
Redwritinghood 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1w
Hooked_on_books I love that! 1w
sprainedbrain Awesome! 🎉🎉🎉 1w
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Kitchen New Edition | Ollie Masters
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You know a series has got you when the cold blooded serial killers have the best lines. 😏

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Definitely needs a warning for violence and language if that offends you....although as I get older I care a lot less about curse words.🤷‍♀️

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Kitchen New Edition | Ollie Masters
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What happens when a group of gangsters gets sent upriver, and their wives decide to take over the business to earn a living in their absence, only to realize they like being in control and aren‘t ever going back.

Just as gritty as the movie that would come later, more so actually. I enjoyed this violent little gangster tale.

*Side Note: Loved the casting in the movie, preferred this ending for a certain character.

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Just as gritty as the movie! 💥

Daisey This sounds fantastic! 1w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Daisey Did you see the movie with the same name? It stars Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss as the wives. 1w
Daisey No, but I may need to look up both. 1w
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wanderinglynn Thanks for sharing. That is interesting. 1w
Chrissyreadit Great article. Thank you. 1w
ChasingOm Ooh, opened in my browser to read later — thanks! I love bookish articles. 😄 1w
Kalalalatja Thanks for sharing! 1w
JazzFeathers Thanks so much for sharing this. I love everything fairytales. As Tolkien said, there's much more in there than we think. And l suppose that my faitytale retelling are going down that way 😆 1w
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Johnny and the Dead | Terry Pratchett
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Still enjoying my read through Pratchett‘s worlds, even these YA independent books (outside of Discworld) are such cleverly crafted silly stories with a touch of great wordplay, some social commentary, and deeper meaning if you‘re paying attention.

#PratchettPosse
#OokBOokClub

And 1 more #seriesRead with @TheSpineView

julesG This cover makes me want to read it far more than the UK cover edition. Weird! 1w
TheSpineView 🤩🤩🤩 1w
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Johnny and the Dead | Terry Pratchett
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🤣🤪

I do so love when he plays with language!

#PratchettPosse
#OokBOokClub

jillrhudy @aimeesue LOLOLOL 1w
Aimeesue @jillrhudy 😂😂😂 1w
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Johnny and the Dead | Terry Pratchett
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“The point I‘m making is blindingly obvious. America could do a lot with the money taxpayers spend to keep afloat people who are working full-time but whose employers don‘t pay a living wage.”

#ReadTheCandidates

#NFNov
#Nonfiction2019
#NonfictionMatters

Emilymdxn I loved this book!! 1w
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Moray_Reads They own Asda in the UK and at the moment and are forcing staff to sign new contracts changing the terms of their employment. If the staff don't sign they get sacked and it's perfectly legal. Oh, and it disproportionately affects their female employees. What a surprise. 1w
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MelissaSue81 I should do a couple more of these too. I am just struggling to take any of the rest seriously. 1w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @MelissaSue81 I understand, there are some I‘m never going to read (Marianne Williamson), but I found Warren‘s first book very informative. I like her as a candidate, but even if I didn‘t the first book I read by her was a good read, so I added her second. 1w
MelissaSue81 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa - I liked her first book a lot too! I‘ll add this one to my audio queue. 1w
MelissaSue81 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa - and Williamson‘s book was surprisingly not terrible. 🤣. 1w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @MelissaSue81 That is surprising.😂 1w
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Letters from an Astrophysicist | Neil deGrasse Tyson
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If you couldn‘t tell from the posts and quotes, this one was a pick for me! Whether he is getting deep into scientific explanation or into something more personal, whether his responses were informative, funny, a sick burn or mic drop, or insightful and thought provoking...I enjoyed every letter he included and how he responded to them all.

#NFNov
#NonfictionMatters
#Nonfiction2019

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Letters from an Astrophysicist | Neil deGrasse Tyson
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“I consider this fact a shortcoming of our educational system, where we are not trained how to think but what to know”

Great answer, and reasoning!

#NFNov
#NonfictionMatters
#Nonfiction2019

TheBookHippie 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 1w
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Letters from an Astrophysicist | Neil deGrasse Tyson
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No matter what the letter, his responses are so great.

#NFNov
#NonfictionMatters
#Nonfiction2019

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