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Below, a segment from the film Lemonade

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I’ve picked this up again…and I will read all night


Noted biographer Jean Strouse has won the Bancroft Prize and received fellowships from the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Endowments for the Humanities and Arts. Her work has appeared in major magazines, including The New Yorker and Newsweek. In Morgan, she creates the first complete portrait of a man who defined American commerce and banking. Contemporaries described J. Pierpoint Morgan as “the financial Moses of the New World”. He was also called “a beefy, red-faced, thick-necked financial bully, drunk with wealth and power….”

To separate the legend from the man, Jean Strouse uses a wealth of uncataloged biographical documents from the Pierpoint Morgan Library. She shows J.Pierpoint Morgan in the full context of his childhood and health, travels and tastes, personal affairs and business relationships. Through Nelson Runger’s thoughtful narration, this accessible biography becomes a fascinating audio production. Morgan sheds light on the life of a remarkable man, but it also helps us to better understand today’s international finance.






For the first time, the three great magical works of King Solomon are together in one volume. The Greater and Lesser Keys give a practical guide to the operation of his magic. The testament gives a historical account of its use by Solomon himself.

The Key of Solomon the King was originally researched and translated by S.L. MacGregor Mathers from ancient manuscripts in the British museums. Included by Mathers is the Order of the Pentacles of Solomon, the Ancient Fragment of the Key of Solomon, The Qabalistic Invocation of Solomon, and 15 plates full of figures, seals and charts, as well as the original text giving detailed instruction for spells and invocations.

The work is traditionally divided into two books detailing the Key of King Solomon. Book One explains the operation of conjurations, curses, spells and other magical works. Book Two instructs the practitioner on the proper attire, purification rituals and other means of obtaining the goals of the Goetia. Between these two books is the list of plates that contain numerous illustrations and secret seals of Solomon, including the Mystical Seal of Solomon, the Pentacles of Solomon, and the Mystical Alphabet, which impart the mechanisms and requirements for the invocation of spirits and demons.

The Lesser Key of Solomon, or the Clavicula Salomonis Regis, or Lemegeton, is a compilation of materials and writings from ancient sources making up a text book of magic or “grimoire.” Portions of this book can be traced back to the mid-16th to 17th centuries, when occult researchers such as Cornelius Agrippa and Johannes Trithemisus assembled what they discovered during their investigations into their own great works.

As a modern grimoire, the Lesser Key of Solomon has seen several editions with various authors and editors taking liberty to edit and translate the ancient writings and source material. In 1898, Arthur Edward Waite published his The Book of Black Magic and of Pacts, which contained large portions of the Lemegeton. He was followed by Mathers and Crowley in 1904 who published The Goetia: The Lesser Key of Solomon.

In the preface to this edition, it is explained that a “Secret Chief” of the Rosicrucian Order directed the completion of the book. The original editor was a G. H. Fra. D.D.C.F. who translated ancient texts from French, Hebrew, and Latin, but was unable to complete his labors because of the martial assaults of the Four Great Princes. Crowley was then asked to step in and finish what the previous author had begun.

The Testament of Solomon is a pseudepigraphical work attributed to King Solomon the Wise of the Old Testament. Written in the first-person narrative, the book tells the story of the creation of the magical ring of King Solomon and how Solomon’s ring was used to bind and control demons, including Beelzebub. In this book of King Solomon, the discourses between the King and the various spirits are told, and the story shows how Solomon uses his wisdom to withstand the demons’ tricks and guile and enlist their aid in the building of his temple.

The manuscripts from which this work was discovered date from the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries. All were written in Greek. This dating makes most experts believe that the work is medieval. But some scholars, including D.C. Duling, argue that it is likely that the work comes from the 5th or 6th centuries.


Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby and Army Maj. Gen. Hank Taylor held a briefing on evacuation and security efforts in Afghanistan. General Taylor provided an update on a U.S. drone strike Sunday against an ISIS-K target. He then shared the total number of evacuees flown out of Kabul has risen to 122,000, 5,400 of which are American.

From CNN’s Ellie Kaufman

About 1,200 evacuees departed Afghanistan on 26 military C-17 aircrafts in the last 24 hours, Gen. Hank Taylor, deputy director of Regional Operations for the Joint Staff, said during a briefing at the Pentagon on Monday. In total, 28 flights departed from Kabul airport in the last 24 hours, he added.

More than 122,000 people – including 5,400 Americans – have departed Afghanistan as of today, Taylor added.




Now, evacuees are awaiting follow-on transport in both the US Central Command area of responsibility which covers the Middle East and the European Command area of responsibility which covers Europe.

Another 27,000 evacuees are waiting for “follow-on movement from six active locations,” in the US Central Command area, and 22,000 people are waiting for follow on movement in the European Command area, Taylor said.

There are 13,000 evacuees that remain at five different locations in the Northern Command area of responsibility, Taylor added.
17 flights will transport more than 3,700 people to both Dulles and Philadelphia International Airports today, Taylor said.

“These numbers are a snapshot in time and movement of personnel is very fluid. We do not expect these passenger totals to match the total number of evacuees from Afghanistan nor will they match the total number of evacuees in the United States,” Taylor said.






Tom Porter 7 hours ago


Social-media footage appeared to show people clinging to a jet leaving Kabul airport on August 16. @drfolladwand

  • People clinging to jets leaving Kabul airport have fallen to their deaths, local media reported.
  • There were scenes of chaos at Kabul airport as crowds stormed the runaway and tried to enter planes.
  • The Taliban seized control of Afghanistan in a rapid effort that overwhelmed Afghan forces.

People have fallen to their deaths after clinging to C-17 jets as they took off from Kabul airport, in an attempt to flee the Taliban in Afghanistan, local media reported.

Footage posted on Twitter by the Afghan news agency Aśvaka appeared to show a person falling from a plane as it took off from the airport.

Other photos — which Insider is not publishing because of their graphic nature — depict the bodies of people who are said to have fallen onto the roofs of buildings in the Afghan capital from planes they attempted to stowaway on.

“Locals near Kabul airport claim that three young men who were holding themselves tightly in the tires of an airplane fell on top of people’s houses. One of the locals confirmed this and said that the fall of these people made a loud and terrifying noise,” the agency tweeted.

Other footage, apparently taken on the runway of Kabul airport, showed people attempting to cling to a jet as it taxied down the runway.

The Afghan news channel TOLO also tweeted footage of a large crowd running alongside a jet on the runway as it tried to take off.

Insider has not independently verified the footage.

The incidents come amid scenes of desperation and terror at Kabul airport as crowds of people attempting to flee the country swarmed onto runways in an attempt to board planes.

US troops evacuating American citizens fired warning shots on Monday as airport security was overwhelmed.

Witnesses told Reuters that five people were killed as crowds attempted to forcibly enter aircraft preparing to depart. It was unclear whether the people were killed by gunfire or in a stampede.

Earlier on Monday, all international commercial flights from the airport were canceled as the government of Afghanistan collapsed and the Taliban swept back into power.

Some nations, including the UK and Germany, are continuing to evacuate citizens and Afghans whom they had approved for asylum.


The world’s leading expert on Osama bin Laden delivers for the first time the definitive biography of a man who set the course of American foreign policy for the 21st century, and whose ideological heirs we continue to battle today.

In The Rise and Fall of Osama bin Laden, Peter Bergen provides the first reevaluation of the man responsible for precipitating America’s long wars with al-Qaeda and its descendants, capturing bin Laden in all the dimensions of his life: as a family man, as a zealot, as a battlefield commander, as a terrorist leader, and as a fugitive. The book sheds light on his many contradictions: He was the son of a billionaire, yet insisted his family live like paupers. He adored his wives and children, depending on two of his wives, both of whom had PhDs, to make important strategic decisions. Yet he also brought ruin to his family. He was fanatically religious, yet willing to kill thousands of civilians in the name of Islam. He inspired deep loyalty yet, in the end, his bodyguards turned against him. And while he inflicted the most lethal act of mass murder in United States history, he failed to achieve any of his strategic goals.

The lasting image we have of bin Laden in his final years is of an aging man with a graying beard watching old footage of himself, just another dad flipping through the channels with his remote. In the end, bin Laden died in a squalid suburban compound, far from the front lines of his holy war. And yet despite that unheroic denouement, his ideology lives on. Thanks to exclusive interviews with family members and associates, and documents unearthed only recently, Bergen’s portrait of Osama will reveal for the first time who he really was and why he continues to inspire a new generation of jihadists.



By Jimmy Vielkind

ALBANY, N.Y.—New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigned Tuesday in the wake of a report that found he violated state and federal sexual-harassment laws, capping months of speculation over the fate of the politician who had been hailed for his leadership during the pandemic.

The report, issued in early August by New York Attorney General Letitia James, said Mr. Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, created a hostile work environment and retaliated against at least one former employee. 

Mr. Cuomo has denied some of the claims and explained others as misinterpretations.



Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said he is investigating a criminal complaint filed by an executive assistant who says the Democratic governor groped her breast and buttocks during encounters at the Executive Mansion —something Mr. Cuomo has denied.

Following the report, senior Democratic lawmakers in Washington and Albany, including President Biden, called for the governor’s resignation.

State legislators said they were close to concluding an impeachment inquiry into the sexual-harassment accusations and Mr. Cuomo’s handling of Covid-19 deaths in nursing homes, setting the stage for the state’s first impeachment proceeding in more than a century. Federal prosecutors are examining how the state reported data on Covid-19 deaths in nursing homes.

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, will take over as governor. The Buffalo, N.Y., resident has spent much of her two terms as lieutenant governor crisscrossing the state and representing the administration at official functions. She will be the first woman to serve as New York’s governor. 

Mr. Cuomo’s resignation ends a 10-year run as governor and a four-decade career in politics that began with helping his father, former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo.





The Carters’ ‘Nice’


“I’m patiently waiting for my demise
‘Cause my success can’t be quantified

…F— you, f— you,
You’re cool, f— you, I’m out (Ah!)

 I ain’t never seen a [glass] ceiling in my whole life…”