The Leading Journalist of the Jazz Age

Written by David F. Duncan

Terry Teachout. The Skeptic: A Life of H.L. Mencken. New York, Harper-Collins, 2002.

H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) is not a name familiar to most Americans today. If they know of him at all, most know him only asrepparttar model forrepparttar 125533 character ofrepparttar 125534 cynical reporter inrepparttar 125535 play and movie Inheritrepparttar 125536 Wind. Nevertheless, there was a time when Mencken was one of Americas most influential news reporters, editorialists, and cultural critics -- "the leading journalist ofrepparttar 125537 Jazz Age." He began his professional career asrepparttar 125538 "boy wonder" journalist for Baltimore’s leading newspapers.

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Subsequuently he and Nathan cofounded The American Mercury, which under his editorship from 1923 thru 1933, became one ofrepparttar 125546 most widely read and influential publications in America. As a journalist, his coverage ofrepparttar 125547 Scopes "monkey trial" helped make itrepparttar 125548 true "trial ofrepparttar 125549 Century" long before O.J.. Inrepparttar 125550 thirties he was a leading critic ofrepparttar 125551 New Deal and an important voice for isolationism and an apologist for Hitler.

All this is covered in Terry Teachout's The Skeptic: A Life of H.L. Mencken, but in Teachouts own words, "this is a life of Mencken, notrepparttar 125552 life." Rather than trying to present a fully objective and detailed account of a life, this biography is morerepparttar 125553 author's personal take on his subject. Teachout exploresrepparttar 125554 reasons for Mencken's successes, his failures, and his ultimate standing in American literary and social history, as well as forrepparttar 125555 controversy that he continues to be able to provoke torepparttar 125556 present day. He quotes Mencken amply, but not excessively, showing him at both his best as a writer and at his worst as a person.

Mencken was born inrepparttar 125557 Nineteenth Century and his mindset never quite made it intorepparttar 125558 Twentieth Century. He spent much ofrepparttar 125559 second half of his life defending ideas that history was busy sweeping aside. He railed againstrepparttar 125560 growing power ofrepparttar 125561 federal government inrepparttar 125562 early years ofrepparttar 125563 Roosevelt administration, insisted on an elitist brand of politics that favoredrepparttar 125564 "superior man," and generally agitated against progressive domestic causes. He urged, perhaps with ironic intent, that capital punishment should be turned into a public entertainment.

4 Strategies for Protecting Your Online Business

Written by Amar Mehta

4 Strategies for Protecting Your Online Business

I was sure this will happen. After all "There is fun in taking challenge whenrepparttar stakes are high!".

You will be wondering what am I talking about, yes, I am talking aboutrepparttar 125532 Online Info product business which isrepparttar 125533 biggest business online. Information products are selling really hot online for prices ranging from $9-$900 and with this there are attempts to breakrepparttar 125534 system and get these product for FREE!

Following, I have outlined 4 strategies that you can use to protect your Online Business from theft.

1) Order Page:

You will think "Why on earth should I be concerned about order page?". Yes, you are correct to some extent, this is THE page which is very crucial and decision making for your sale and you will try to lurerepparttar 125535 user to order your product, won't you?

But, here isrepparttar 125536 main concern area, if you are offering PayPal asrepparttar 125537 Payment option then we have to be careful forrepparttar 125538 order page. PayPal is really great payment option, because it costs no service charge torepparttar 125539 customer and it is very low charge to yourepparttar 125540 merchant, butrepparttar 125541 only problem is that you have to giverepparttar 125542 return URL i.e. download page location inrepparttar 125543 order form itself. So, anyone who knows how to viewrepparttar 125544 source of page will be able to seerepparttar 125545 download page and will go straight their without paying!

Don't worry there is solution available for this, there are several HTML Encryptors available for this which will scramblerepparttar 125546 code of your Paypal code, so, those prying eyes will get to see only scrambled characters and will have to work hard (pull their hair!) to decipherrepparttar 125547 path of your download page. I know of one free software which does this, go to:

2) Download Page:

This is THE page where your customers will be directed after they completerepparttar 125548 purchase process, for downloadingrepparttar 125549 product they paid you for.

Your download page should never have following names: download.html thankyou.html thanks.html

Don't keep .htm byrepparttar 125550 same names either. These page names are too predictable and arerepparttar 125551 first ones to be tried by novice hackers. So, you should give some creative name related to your product which some ordinary hacker can not even think of. e.g. If you are selling ebook related to Online Marketing, consider keeping something like onmkt.html or you may consider adding numbers also to have added security e.g. onmkt03.html etc. Just be creative.

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