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List of agnostics

Listed here are persons who have identified themselves as theologically agnostic. Included are individuals who have expressed the view that the veracity of a god's existence is unknown or inherently unknowable. Saul Alinsky: American community organizer and writer. Poul Anderson: American science fiction author. Piers Anthony: English-American writer of science fiction and fantasy. Susan B. Anthony: American civil rights leader who played a pivotal role in the 19th century women's rights movement to introduce women's suffrage into the United States. Hannah Arendt: German American writer and political theorist. Samuel Beckett: Irish avant-garde novelist, theatre director, poet. Ambrose Bierce: American editorialist, short story writer and satirist. Jorge Luis Borges: Argentine writer. Henry Cadbury: English biblical scholar and Quaker who contributed to the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible. Thomas Carlyle: Scottish satirical writer, essayist and teacher during the Victorian era. Ariel Dorfman: Argentine/Chilean novelist, essayist and human rights activist.

Arthur Conan Doyle: Scottish physician and writer. W. E. B. Du Bois: American sociologist, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist and editor. Bart D. Ehrman: American New Testament scholar and "a happy agnostic". Edward FitzGerald: English poet and writer, best known as the poet of the first and most famous English translation of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam Betty Friedan: American writer and feminist. Frederick James Furnivall: English second editor of the Oxford English Dictionary. John Galsworthy: English novelist and playwright. Maxim Gorky: Russian and Soviet author who brought Socialist Realism to literature. Thomas Hardy: English novelist and poet. Sadegh Hedayat: Iranian author and writer. Robert A. Heinlein: American science fiction writer. Joseph Heller: American satirical novelist, short story writer, playwright. Alexander Herzen: Russian writer and thinker. Aldous Huxley: English writer of novels, such as Brave New World, wide-ranging essays. A. J. Jacobs: American author. James Joyce: Irish novelist and poet, considered to be one of the most influential writers in the modernist avant-garde movement of the early 20th century.

Franz Kafka: Czech-born Jewish writer. John Keats: English Romantic poet. Janusz Korczak: Polish Jewish educator, children's author and pediatrician. After spending many years working as director of an orphanage in Warsaw, Korczak refused freedom and remained with the orphans as they were sent to Treblinka extermination camp during the Grossaktion Warsaw of 1942. Stanislaw Lem: Polish science fiction novelist and essayist. H. P. Lovecraft: American writer of strange fiction and horror. Lucretius: Roman poet and philosopher. Bernard Malamud: American author of novels and short stories. H. L. Mencken: German-American journalist, social critic and freethinker, known as the "Sage of Baltimore". Thomas Mann: German novelist, short story writer, social critic, essayist, 1929 Nobel Prize laureate, known for his series of symbolic and ironic epic novels and novellas, noted for their insight into the psychology of the artist and the intellectual. Vladimir Nabokov: Russian novelist and short story writer.

Eugene O'Neill, American playwright. Larry Niven: American science fiction author. Fernando Pessoa: Portuguese poet, literary critic and translator, described as one of the most significant literary figures of the 20th century and one of the greatest poets in the Portuguese language. Marcel Proust: French novelist and essayist, known for his work In Search of Lost Time. Philip Pullman: English children's author of the trilogy His Dark Materials.

James Smith (journalist)

James Smith was an English-born Australian journalist and encyclopedist, leader-writer and drama critic for the Melbourne Age. Smith was born at Loose near Maidstone, England, son of James Smith, supervisor of inland revenue, his wife Mary. Smith junior was educated for the church, however, he took up journalism and at the age of 20 was editing the Hertfordshire Mercury and County Press. In 1845 he published Rural Records or Glimpses of Village Life, followed by Oracles from the British Poets and its Associations, Lights and Shadows of Artist Life and Character. In 1854 Smith emigrated to Victoria and became a leader-writer and drama critic on The Age and first editor of the Melbourne weekly The Leader, he joined the staff of The Argus in 1856 and wrote leading articles, literary reviews, dramatic criticism. He wrote leading articles for country papers, he was editor of Melbourne Punch 1857–63 and of a short-lived weekly entitled Victorian Review. Feeling the strain of overwork in 1863 he intended making a holiday visit to Europe, but was offered and accepted the post of librarian to the Victorian parliament.

Smith was not content to carry out the routine duties of his position, he had always been a tireless worker, during his five years librarianship he reclassified and catalogued about 30,000 volumes. The office was temporarily abolished in 1868, Smith resumed his duties on The Argus, continued to work for it until he retired in 1896 at the age of 76 pressured to do so on account of his "leaning towards spiritualism", he still, did much journalistic work, when approaching the age of 90 was contributing valued articles to The Age under the initials J. S, he helped found the Melbourne Shakespeare Society in 1884 and Melbourne chapters of the Garrick Club in 1855, Alliance Française in 1890 and the Dante Society in 1896. Smith was the first to suggest the foundation of a National Gallery; as a drama critic Smith was productive and able, although not as experienced or competent as fellow critic James Edward Neild. Smith helped Louis Buvelot to gain recognition as an artist, his favourable review of the work of the unknown Tom Roberts in 1881 showed his ability to recognize potential talent.

Smith died of cystitis at Hawthorn in Melbourne on 19 March 1910 and was buried in the Boroondara General Cemetery. He was survived by two sons and three daughters from his second marriage. In addition to the works mentioned Smith was the author of From Melbourne to Melrose, a collection of travel notes contributed to The Argus, Junius Unveiled. Smith published many pamphlets, some of which are concerned with spiritualism, in which he was interested during the last 40 years of his life, he contributed a large amount of the letterpress to the Picturesque Atlas of Australasia, edited The Cyclopedia of Victoria, a piece of hack-work in which he could have taken little pleasure, but described in The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature as "important". He wrote a three-act drama,'Garibaldi' produced at the Prince of Wales Theatre, Melbourne in 1860, and'A Broil at the Café' produced at Melbourne a few years later, he was a member of the council of the Working Men's College of Melbourne and a trustee for many years of the public library and the National Gallery of Victoria.

A competent linguist, he was interested in the Alliance Française and the Melbourne Dante Society, of which he became the president. These activities led to his being made an officer of the French Academy, a knight of the Order of the Crown of Italy for his research into Italian literature. Smith was a skilled journalist who with his good memory and fine library could produce an excellent article on any subject at the shortest notice. During his 56 years of residence at Melbourne he had significant influence on the cultural life of the city. Lurline Stuart. James Smith.

Nantou County Culture Park

The Nantou County Culture Park is a historical building in Nantou City, Nantou County, Taiwan. The park main building County History Hall used to be the Wude Temple built in 1937, which had served various purposes, such as Kendo and Judo practice venue, police department and government offices, it was unveiled as Nantou County History Hall in 1997 but soon it was closed due to 921 earthquake in 1999. After a year of reparation, it was reopened to the public in 2000. Adjacent to the County History Hall is the Art Archive Hall, built in 1952, it was changed to its current use in 2003. County History Hall Nantou Pottery Exhibition Hall County History Reference Hall Art Archive Hall The place is open everyday except Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. List of tourist attractions in Taiwan

Happy Town (album)

Happy Town is the third album by the American singer-songwriter Jill Sobule, released in 1997.. The album contains the singles "Bitter" and "When My Ship Comes In" as well as the fan favorite "Half a Heart" and the satirical social commentary "Soldiers of Christ" where Sobule sings from the point of view of a Christian Conservative to illustrate the existence of homophobia in religion. "Love Is Never Equal" appeared in the 2005 Jenny McCarthy film, Dirty Love. The album sold 24,000 copies in the US within the first year of its release. "Bitter" peaked at #74 on the Australian ARIA singles chart in June 1997. The album peaked at #83 on the Australian ARIA albums chart during the same month; the album cover illustration, which featured a Prozac pill, was changed to show a pair of test tubes when Wal-Mart refused to carry the album in its stores. The company asserted. "Bitter" – 3:30 "Happy Town" – 3:46 "Barren Egg" – 3:37 "Half a Heart" – 3:47 "When My Ship Comes In" – 3:50 "Clever" – 3:18 "I'm So Happy" – 2:43 "Little Guy" – 3:24 "Underachiever" – 3:42 "Love Is Never Equal" – 3:15 "Soldiers of Christ" – 3:20 "Attic" – 2:10 "Sold My Soul" – 3:35 "Super 8" – 2:26 Jill Sobule – vocals, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, percussion, keyboards, vibraphone Sam Bacco – percussion George Bradfute – electric guitar Louis Brown – tuba, cornet Chris Carmichael – strings Steve Earle – electric guitar, vocals Robin Eaton – guitar Phil Galdston – keyboards Mark Goldenberg – guitar, vocals Mickey Grimm – percussion, drums Jim Hoke – clarinet, harmonica, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone Byron House – upright bass Brad Jonesorgan, bass guitar, harmonium, Moog synthesizer, vibraphone Viktor Krauss – upright bass Roger Moutenot – Moog synthesizer Al Perkins – pedal steel Ross Rice – bass guitar, drums, Wurlitzer Producers: Robin Eaton, Mark Goldenberg, Brad Jones Engineers: Brad Jones, Dominick Maita, Elijah Shaw Mixing: Roger Moutenot Mixing assistants: Rich Cohan, Sandy Jenkins, Chris Stone Programming: Mark Goldenberg Photography: Annette Aurell Arranger: Phil Galdston Production Coordination: Barbara Moutenot Cover design: Brad Talbott Illustrations: Brad Talbott Background vocals: Bob, Mary Ellen and Matthew Sobule

Council for the Registration of Schools Teaching Dyslexic Pupils

The Council for the Registration of Schools Teaching Dyslexic Pupils is a charity which maintains a register of schools for dyslexic children in the United Kingdom. The use of upper and lower case letters for the acronym CReSTeD is an attempt to graphically represent the difficulties a person with dyslexia suffers when trying to read. CResTeD was established as a charity in 1989 by the British Dyslexia Association and the Dyslexia Institute, with the aim of evaluating schools for teaching dyslexic students and maintaining an up-to-date register of these schools. To facilitate access to the register of schools the charity produces the Register in booklet form and makes the information available via the internet on the charity's website; the printed booklet is circulated to Local Education Authorities, SNAP offices and to other interested bodies. It is available on request directly from CReSTeD free of charge; the Register booklet is reprinted once a year. However, the charity's website is maintained throughout the year, any changes to registration are recorded on an ongoing basis.

Schools wishing to maintain their registration re-apply every three years, when a further visit will be undertaken to ensure standards have been maintained. Around 90 schools were listed as registered in 2012; the Register is made available in digital formats: ibook and pdf, the digital versions contain additional material for each school as well as advice regarding Specific Learning Difficulties. All publications are made available free of charge. Parents in the British Armed Forces whose children have a diagnosis of dyslexia are eligible for a Continuity of Education Allowance if their child attends a CReSTeD-registered school, registered as category DSP, SPS or DU. Registration with CReSTeD is voluntary, schools apply to be included. However, there is a strict application procedure: The school completes an application form, submitted: the form is checked to ensure all required documentation has been supplied A CReSTeD consultant visits the school to assess the dyslexia provision against published criteria.

The consultants submits a report, approved for content by the school. The report is reviewed by a group of peers who make the final recommendation to the CReSTeD Council as to whether the school should be included within the Register; the report is further reviewed by the CReSTeD Council, whose constituent members represent: the British Dyslexia Association, Dyslexia Action, the Dyslexia-SpLD Trust, the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Association, a representative from an independent school, a representative from a maintained school and at least one educational psychologist. It is the Council who make the final decision as to whether a school should be included within the Register. CReSTeD places schools into several categories. Dyslexia Specialist Provision Schools are schools which focus on teaching dyslexic pupils. Specialist Provision Schools are intended for children with special learning difficulties, but not limited to, autistic spectrum disorder. Schools which have a specialist unit on-site devoted to teaching dyslexic students are referred to as Dyslexia Units.

Schools without distinct units, but with separate classes for dyslexic students in some or all subjects are categorized as Specialist Classes. Schools with a Withdrawal System place students in regular classes for some instruction, but dyslexic students are withdrawn from some classes for specialist tuition. Maintained Sector schools have support strategies for dyslexic students. CReSTeD is a charity registered in England and Wales, it does not receive financial support from central or local government or from any other statutory bodies. All costs associated with the charity are funded by charging schools an Annual Registration Fee: £550 per annum to independent schools, £250 a year to maintained schools. A charge is made to schools for the first registration visit, the cost of subsequent re-registration visits being included within the Annual Registration Fee. Official website

Kirill Pisarev

Kirill Pisarev, is a Russian entrepreneur, investor and a co-founder of PIK Group, a Russian-based residential real estate developer. Kirill Pisarev was born in Russia. In 1987-89, he served in the Soviet Army, he graduated from the State Finance Academy of the Russian Government with a degree in Finance and Credit in 1995. In 1994, Kirill Pisarev co-founded the first mortgage company. By 2007 the company had become Russia’s largest residential developer, bringing online in excess of 1 million square meters of space per year. In June 2007, PIK Group completed a $1.93 billion IPO on the London and Russian stock exchanges, the largest real estate IPO in Europe and globally. The company was valued at $12.3 billion. To date, PIK Group has completed in excess of 13 million square meters of housing. Pisarev served as the President of the company between 1994-2009. In 2009-11, he acted as a Director of the company. Pisarev’s current business interests have been reported to include: Wainbridge Capital, a Jersey-registered real estate investment and asset management company.

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