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Lawyers, Liars, and the Art of Storytelling

Lawyers, Liars, and the Art of Storytelling

Nobody I know is funnier, smarter, or has a wider breadth of references than my friend Jonathan Shapiro. This book is a bit of a miracle: informative, insightful, poetic, and funny. —Paul Reiser, comedian, actor, and bestselling author Using famous real-life court transcripts, television scripts, and story after story, Lawyers, Liars, and the Art of Storytelling shows the reader how to get their message across and the result they want using the time-tested elements and basic structure of great stories. Part how-to manual, part memoir, always entertaining and never lecture, this book provides storytelling lessons gleaned from years of trial practice and television writing, wrapped in—what else?—great stories.

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Ted Cruz Today, the Rapture Tomorrow

The Texas senator’s measured pro-Israel comments mask the extremist views of “God’s candidate.” His Christian Zionist backers see Israel’s continued grip on Palestine as key to the second coming of Jesus.

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Posted on Jan 3, 2012 ENLARGE

Apocalypse No: Doomsday Believers React to Rapture Fail

Here we have a very interesting object lesson on the psychological phenomenon known as rationalization. Followers of Family Radio’s self-styled prognosticator Harold Camping, who encountered some problems with his theory that the world would end last Saturday—specifically, in that it didn’t end last Saturday—had to come to terms ... (more)

Posted on May 23, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN

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Your Consumer Guide to the Apocalypse

If you believe that Saturday will be the Judgment Day prophesied in the Bible—a conclusion being trumpeted by Family Radio of Oakland, Calif.—you may not have considered the loose ends involved. Here’s one: Who’ll take care of your non-Raptured pets? Luckily, some enterprising types ... (more)

Posted on May 20, 2011 READ MORE


The Great Bee Mystery

Whither the bees? An American bee-tracking group has noted an alarming drop in the nation’s honeybee count, apparently due to their losing their inborn homing instincts and thus their way back to their hives. Conspiracy theories abound, according to The New York Times, including one claiming that what’s going on here is actually “the rapture of the bees.”

Posted on Apr 24, 2007 READ MORE

Just Say No to Armageddon

The story goes like this: One day Jesus will come and take his favorite Christians to heaven, leaving the rest to fend off the Antichrist. It’s called the rapture, and 20 percent of Christians in America believe it is imminent. That’s far too many for a group of moderate Christians and theologians who want to reclaim Sunday school.

Posted on Mar 14, 2007 READ MORE

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Robertson and Falwell Get Left Behind

This cute, quick clip from “The Family Guy” envisions your favorite “agents of intolerance,” Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, as the only two humans left on Earth after the Rapture.

Posted on Jan 31, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN

Daily Show covers the coverage of the rapture

‘Daily Show’: Rapture Watch 2006

Jon Stewart had a roundup Thursday of a bizarre recent trend: Armageddon ?news? coverage.  Behold this montage of shame, in which every TV news outlet from ?Good Morning America? to MSNBC seemed to make an appearance.  CNN, in its quest for fact, checked something called a ?rapture index,? while Fox News demanded a rapture timetable, prompting Stewart to comment, ?That?s the timetable Fox News is demanding we have.”

Posted on Aug 4, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN

Some Religious Fanatics Joyous Over Middle East Violence

Apparently some religious fanatics see the Rapture as a silver lining to the current turmoil in the Middle East and can barely contain their joy. Read some truly frightening messages posted to a Rapture Ready/End Times message board. (Harpers via

Posted on Jul 20, 2006 READ MORE

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