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“I Am an Amanuensis” 62: J. K. Rowling

“‘Then you will find yourself easy prey for the Dark Lord!’ said Snape savagely.  ‘Fools who wear their hearts proudly on their sleeves, who cannot control their emotions, who wallow in sad memories and allow themselves to be provoked easily — weak people, in other words — they stand no chance against his powers!  He will penetrate your mind with absurd ease, Potter!’” J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.  New York: Scholastic, 2003.  Page 536. Amanuensis –noun.  A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.

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2009
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“We’re Getting Off Track Here by Your Being Wrong”

Stephen Colbert joins Friends of Lulu.

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2009
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Giant Piles of Elephant Poo

The Daily Show had a pretty hilarious piece on Glenn Beck last week, which can be viewed here.  Watching it for yourself will be much funnier than reading my description of it, but for those of you who love reading, here we go.  Back in January of 2008 Beck underwent routine surgery for hemorrhoids (seriously), but there were dangerous complications and Beck feared for his life.  He survived, and a brief home video describing his ordeal became the second most watched clip on YouTube at the time.  Why did the video get so much attention?  In a follow up piece…