Born in Strasbourg, Germany around 1457, Sebastian Brant earned degrees in philosophy and law at the University of Basel. Brant was a devout Catholic and loyalist to the Holy Roman Empire, and he felt that in order to maintain Germany’s primacy in the Christian world, the German people would need to cast off decadence and live in a highly moral fashion. To that end, his Das Narrenschiff was an attempt to reach the German people in their own language and use satire to encourage them to discard their sins and vices.
Ship Of Fools by Tucker Carlson was a wonderful read and I would recommend it to anyone who is not informed of the current issues that our society faces today. Overall, the main purpose of the book was to talk about how there is no longer a middle class in America, just an upper and lower class, however, Carlson touches on many other important issues as well. Carlson talks about how our politicians today no longer focus on the economy, foreign policy, trade as much as they used to, and now care ...more
Many credit a great part of the book’s success to its illustrations. The woodcuts are claimed to be the first examples of intentionally comic illustration in the printed book. The fools themselves are depicted with ass-eared head-dresses, laden with bells, and occasionally carrying a "fool-stick" which has a replica fool’s head on its end. They are often depicted talking to animals. These features correspond with D.G. Gifford’s definition of the fifteenth century fool.

The stink of a political play for control of the Supreme Court is pervasive. Too pervasive to think this is nothing less than a political campaign to smear a Trump nominee.  The fact that the nominee is a good family man who deserves not one minute of this circus, be damned.  Facts have nothing to do with this proceeding. Fairness is not a consideration. Destruction of the Trump agenda and a conservative Supreme Court that will rule based on the Constitution is at any and all costs.

Cesar Chavez hated immigration. He was Hispanic and left wing, but he called illegal Mexican immigrants "wetbacks," and fought to keep them out of the country. He understood that peasants from Latin America will always work for less than Americans will. That’s why employers prefer them. Immigration undercut his members’ wages and weakened the union. "As long as we have a poor country bordering California," Chavez once explained, "it’s going to be very difficult to win strikes."

Glocken: [walks up to the ship's railing] My name is Karl Glocken, and this is a ship of fools. I'm a fool, and you'll meet more fools as we go along. This tub is packed with them: emancipated ladies, ball players, lovers, dog lovers, ladies of joy, tolerant Jews, dwarfs - all kinds. And who knows, if you look closely enough, you may even find yourself on board.


The definitive statement of the Democratic position on immigration, writes Mr. Carlson, was made to Congress by President Bill Clinton in his 1995 State of the Union address: “‘All Americans, not only in the states most heavily affected but in every place in this country, are rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country. The jobs they hold might otherwise be held by U.S. citizens or immigrants. The public services they use impose burdens on our taxpayers.’”

Whereas O’Reilly used a tough-guy tone in discussing issues as if he were sitting on a bar stool, Carlson has a more sophisticated on-air presence that reflects his time at prep schools, political journals and a Washington think tank. (He also has a thicker skin than the temperamental O’Reilly.) Nielsen data show the approach is bringing an upscale audience to Fox News. His viewers have a median annual income of $70,000, which in cable news is second only to $71,000 for Maddow’s audience.


The German passenger-freighter Vera is crossing from Mexico to Germany, in 1931. With 48 1st-class passengers and 900 desperately poor Spaniards in steerage. Germans, Americans, Spaniards, a Swede and Mexicans make up the 1st-class, and Porter’s portrayal of the human condition is spectacular. Their prejudices, class differences, fierce nationalism and pride are dissected with skill - all while the Vera heads towards a Europe moving closer to World War Two. The huge character list, their reflections on their own life and the judgements against fellow passengers, and Porter’s powers of perception make this a fabulous read. So great!
Use Facebook’s mobile app on your phone? Facebook sees and records everywhere you go. Facebook knows the stores you visited, the events you attended, and whether you walked, drove, or rode your bike. Because Facebook is integrated onto so many other sites, the company also knows much of your Web browsing history as well, even when you’re not browsing on Facebook.
The German passenger-freighter Vera is crossing from Mexico to Germany, in 1931. With 48 1st-class passengers and 900 desperately poor Spaniards in steerage. Germans, Americans, Spaniards, a Swede and Mexicans make up the 1st-class, and Porter’s portrayal of the human condition is spectacular. Their prejudices, class differences, fierce nationalism and pride are dissected with skill - all while the Vera heads towards a Europe moving closer to World War Two. The huge character list, their reflections on their own life and the judgements against fellow passengers, and Porter’s powers of perception make this a fabulous read. So great!

Yet this edition is still very interesting despite, or perhaps because of, its imperfect state. Published in 1509, it is an early example of Barclay’s English adaptation of the work. It uses re-cut copies of the original Basle woodcuts. Furthermore, there are quite a lot of later marginal annotations to be found in the edition, written in a Secretary hand. Some seem to have been added to make the book more navigable such as inserted chapter headings; others provide comment on the subject of the text, such as "the vice" or "deth". The annotation shown here is one of several autographs found scattered round the volume, providing evidence of early ownership of the book: it is not known when the book was acquired by the library.  The book’s shabby appearance indicates that it has been well thumbed throughout its life, as well as being open to the elements.


1933: An ocean liner belonging to a second-rate German company is making a twenty-six day voyage from Veracruz, Mexico to Bremerhaven, Germany. Along the way it will stop in Cuba to pick up a large group of Spanish farm laborers who are being shipped home and who will be housed like cattle in steerage. There it will also pick up La Condesa, a Spanish countess. It will stop in Tenerife, where the farm workers will disembark and where La Condesa will be sent to a German-run prison for her "traitorous" activities in Cuba. This voyage will be the last of three for the ship's doctor, Willi Schumann, who has a serious heart ailment and who thought he could find some meaning to his life through this job. Willi and La Condesa fall in love, with the ship's Captain Thiele, who is Willi's closest friend on board, believing the drug-addicted La Condesa is only using him to get her fixes. Willi and La Condesa have to figure out if there is a future for them after the voyage, as Willi's life also ... Written by Huggo
Chavez’s actions were applauded by Democrats, who at the behest of the pre-deplorable unions that supported them, generally advocated anti-immigrant attitudes and policies. Joe Biden, for instance, introduced legislation to curb Vietnamese immigration, and other Democrat leaders and legislators warned of the effect on American workers of an influx of our former allies.
The definitive statement of the Democratic position on immigration, writes Mr. Carlson, was made to Congress by President Bill Clinton in his 1995 State of the Union address: “‘All Americans, not only in the states most heavily affected but in every place in this country, are rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country. The jobs they hold might otherwise be held by U.S. citizens or immigrants. The public services they use impose burdens on our taxpayers.’”
Two decades later, leading Democrats were still wary of mass immigration. As Bill Clinton put it in his 1995 state of the union address, "The jobs they hold might otherwise be held by US citizens or immigrants. The public services they use impose burdens on our taxpayers." No prominent Democrat could say anything like that today without being denounced as racist. Clinton got a standing ovation.

The edition which we have chosen for this exhibition is from the Old Library, that is the collection of 20,000 books acquired by the Library by the end of the 18th century. On folio 35r there is an old pressmark beginning AKf2.  In the 1691 manuscript library catalogue there is a reference to a book of poems in Latin and English in an old character, which is possibly referring to this copy.  Of the various copies of the Stultifera Navis lodged in Special Collections, this edition is by no means the "best" example aesthetically. Tidemarks reveal at least two occurrences of water damage, and the book suffers from a fair amount of (often inappropriate) repairwork, probably made in the nineteenth century. The pages have been carelessly cropped, and there are clearly some pages missing at the beginning of the book. Even the late binding - added around the mid-twentieth century - is not of the highest quality.
The metaphor of a ship filled with fools emerged anew in 1494 when a German theologian named Sebastian Brant wrote a popular book of verse called The Ship of Fools, known as Narrenschiff in German or Stultifera Navis in Latin. A satire on various aspects of contemporary society, the book was translated into several languages and was a gigantic hit all over north and central Europe.
The story takes place in the summer of 1931, on board a cruise ship bound for Germany. Passengers include a Spanish noblewoman, a drunken German lawyer, an American divorcee, a pair of Mexican Catholic priests. This ship of fools is a crucible of intense experience, out of which everyone emerges forever changed. Rich in incident, passion, and treachery, the novel explores themes of nationalism, cultural and ethnic pride, and basic human frailty that are as relevant today as they were when the book was first published in 1962.
In Ship of Fools: How a Selfish Ruling Class is Bringing America to the Brink of Revolution, Tucker Carlson tells the truth about the new American elites, a group whose power and wealth has grown beyond imagination even as the rest of the country has withered. The people who run America now barely interact with it. They fly on their own planes, ski on their own mountains, watch sporting events far from the stands in sky boxes. They have total contempt for you.

WASHINGTON: Watching Tucker Carlson is a nightly ritual. He is one of the headier and clearer-thinking people on the Fox News nightly opinion news programs. Carlson does not hesitate to call down those who constantly fabricate. Carlson’s slogan is, “the sworn enemy of lying, pomposity, smugness, and group think.” October 2 his book A Ship of Fools hits the shelves.


The title of this book is a translation from the German of Das Narrenschiff, a moral allegory by Sebastian Brant. The author read it in Basel in the summer of 1932 when she had still vividly in mind the impressions of her fist voyage to Europe. She took for her own this simple almost universal image of the ship of this world on its voyage to eternity.
“Trump’s election wasn’t about Trump. It was a throbbing middle finger in the face of America’s ruling class. It was a gesture of contempt, a howl of rage, the end result of decades of selfish and unwise decisions made by selfish and unwise leaders. Happy countries don’t elect Donald Trump president. Desperate ones do. In retrospect, the lesson seemed obvious: Ignore voters for long enough and you get Donald Trump.” — 4 likes
The definitive statement of the Democratic position on immigration, writes Mr. Carlson, was made to Congress by President Bill Clinton in his 1995 State of the Union address: “‘All Americans, not only in the states most heavily affected but in every place in this country, are rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country. The jobs they hold might otherwise be held by U.S. citizens or immigrants. The public services they use impose burdens on our taxpayers.’”

Finally, some control at our border. Democrats should be ashamed for showing how little they care about Americans or our lives...they won't though, they are void of any feeling when it comes to protecting Americans. They do have plenty of empathy and sympathy for those who are NOT citizens, however, can't seem to muster up one iota for American lives. Say hello to the new and improved socialist/communist Democratic party, heil Hitler! It's all about money and power with the new Democratic party, a safe America...not so much. :-(

The definitive statement of the Democratic position on immigration, writes Mr. Carlson, was made to Congress by President Bill Clinton in his 1995 State of the Union address: “‘All Americans, not only in the states most heavily affected but in every place in this country, are rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country. The jobs they hold might otherwise be held by U.S. citizens or immigrants. The public services they use impose burdens on our taxpayers.’”
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