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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013.
By United Press International

No modest proposal from Anthony Swift

ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 2 (UPI) -- As the time nears for U.S. President Barack Obama's decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, the opposition approaches hysteria.
JACK RAFUSE, UPI Outside View Commentator

Books presented to right War of 1812 wrong

TORONTO, April 29 (UPI) -- A New York state woman brought three books to the Toronto Reference Library to symbolize books looted during the War of 1812.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Nov. 30, 2012.
By United Press International

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011.
By United Press International
Comedians pay tribute to George Carlin

Comedians pay tribute to George Carlin

LOS ANGELES, June 24 (UPI) -- Robin Williams, Ben Stiller, Kevin Smith and Jay Leno have all expressed their sadness over the death of U.S. comedy great George Carlin.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Nov. 30, 2007.
By United Press International

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Thursday, Nov. 30, 2006.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, Nov. 30, the 334h day of 2005 with 31 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, Nov. 30, the 335th day of 2004 with 31 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, Nov. 30, the 334th day of 2003 with 31 to follow.
By United Press International

The Bear's Lair: Options-A Modest Proposal

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Like a vampire whose captors can't find a silver stake, un-expensed stock options still wander among us, distorting earnings comparisons wherever they alight. The Financial Accounting Standards Board has now announced it won't produce a definitive ruling
MARTIN HUTCHINSON, UPI Business and Economics Editor

Feature: Jazz and politics

Jazz as protest music goes back to Billie Holiday's anti-lynching recording "Strange Fruit" in the 1940s, tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins' "Freedom Suite," the
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Analysis: Inside the mind of Peter Simple

WASHINGTON, April 25 (UPI) -- Michael Wharton, the now-nonagenarian satirical genius who created the world of Peter Simple in his "Way of the World" columns in the London Daily Telegraph over the past four and a half decades, does not share the now-common optimism about America's blit
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Analysis: Vicious as Voltaire, but simple

WASHINGTON, April 23 (UPI) -- Britain's greatest living satirist, and quite arguably its greatest living writer -- a figure who has been admiringly compared Jonathan Swift, Thomas Carlyle and Voltaire for his influence, genius and scathing, lacerating wit, has just turned 90. And nobo
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst
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Jonathan Swift (30 November 1667 – 19 October 1745) was an Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer (first for the Whigs, then for the Tories), poet and cleric who became Dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin.

He is remembered for works such as Gulliver's Travels, A Modest Proposal, A Journal to Stella, Drapier's Letters, The Battle of the Books, An Argument Against Abolishing Christianity, and A Tale of a Tub. Swift is probably the foremost prose satirist in the English language, and is less well known for his poetry. Swift originally published all of his works under pseudonyms—such as Lemuel Gulliver, Isaac Bickerstaff, M.B. Drapier—or anonymously. He is also known for being a master of two styles of satire: the Horatian and Juvenalian styles.

Jonathan Swift was born at No. 7, Hoey's Court, Dublin, and was the second child and only son of Jonathan Swift (a second cousin of John Dryden) and wife Abigail Erick (or Herrick), paternal grandson of Thomas Swift and wife Elizabeth Dryden, daughter of Nicholas Dryden (brother of Sir Erasmus Dryden, 1st Baronet Dryden) and wife Mary Emyley. His father was Irish born and his mother was the sister of the vicar of Frisby-on-the-Wreake, England. Swift arrived seven months after his father's untimely death. Most of the facts of Swift's early life are obscure, confused and sometimes contradictory. It is widely believed that his mother returned to England when Jonathan was still very young, then leaving him to be raised by his father's family. His uncle Godwin took primary responsibility for the young Jonathan, sending him with one of his cousins to Kilkenny College (also attended by the philosopher George Berkeley).

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