Debunking American Election Myths, Part 1: The Capitol Siege

Whether or not you believe the 2020 United States presidential election results are legitimate, and whether you support President Donald Trump, President-Elect Joe Biden, or neither, we can all agree that there's been a lot of fake news floating around. Having sat on my thoughts (well, apart from on Facebook and Twitter - I've stated … Continue reading Debunking American Election Myths, Part 1: The Capitol Siege

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

(Note that The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is no longer among the 50 highest grossing films of all time.)

Blockbusters Reviewed

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug grossed $958.4 million over a $217 million budget, making it the 4th-highest-grossing film of 2013 and the 44th-highest-grossing film of all time.  Based on the novel The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, it is a sequel to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey(2012), the second film in The Hobbittrilogy, and the 5th (chronologically 2nd) film in the Middle-Earth franchise.


anselmdaniel17 November 2018

Warning: Spoilers

This review contains spoilers.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is the sequel to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The movie is the second part to The Hobbit trilogy. The movie continues following the same characters as they continue making their way to the mountain home of the Dwarves. Along the way they are hounded by obstacles and Azog.

The second installment to The Hobbit trilogy is truly a bloated mess. The first…

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Restored English Translation of Genesis: Chapter 10

J-M's History Corner

Here is my Restored English Translation (RET) of Beresheet (Genesis) chapter 10.  As usual, it contains the Hebrew names (and a glossary of them is provided at the end).  However, I will not be including the Aleph Tavs any more, as they are merely a Hebrew grammatical quirk.  However, for those interested, I will at the end provide a chart of all the Aleph/Tavs that appear in the chapter, and where.

One thing that will stand out to those who have studied the text is the genealogy.  In most translations, verse 24 reads “And Arpachshad fathered Salah [or Shelah], and Salah father Ever”.  However, the Septuagint text of this passage reads, “And Arpachshad father Cainan, and Cainan fathered Salah, and Salah fathered Eber.”  Which is right?  Was there originally a Cainan in the genealogy, missed by later transcribers?  Well, the answer is found elsewhere in…

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