J.K. Rowling opens up about how Christianity was a major inspiration for the Harry Potter series. The last book of the series has more obvious displays of religious overtones including themes of resurrection and life after death. Harry Potter is a huge popular culture icon whose very inspiration was religious based, and many of us didn't even know it.

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Machiavelli; Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli was an Italian Renaissance historian, politician, diplomat, philosopher, humanist, and writer. He has often been called the founder of modern political science.

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An Interesting documentary on Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli May 1469 – 21 June author of The Prince a first major yet controversial study on the Art of Politics.

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“Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth.” -Chanakya  More education-related quotes here.

Chanakya, India - a Hindu professor who lived 1809 years before Machiavelli. He wrote the Arthashastra- It discusses monetary and fiscal policies, international relations, and war strategies.

Portrait of Ferdinando de' Medici by Agnolo Bronzino. Mannerism (Late Renaissance). portrait

Medici family- Cosimo di Giovanni de' Medici was the first of the Medici political dynasty, de facto rulers of Florence during much of the Italian Renaissance. also known as "Cosimo 'the Elder'"

Cesare Borgia,    At age 18, Cesare became a Cardinal, while his older brother, Juan (who was also Rodrigo's favorite) became Captain General. Unsatisfied with his life as a Cardinal and jealous of his brother's position and power, he arranged to meet Juan at Tiber Island, where he convinced Juan to spend the night with the courtesan Fiora Cavazza, who later killed him under Cesare's orders.

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This picture and accompanying quote by Niccolo Machiavelli is important because it sparks thought about how often we base our assumptions on first impressions and why we do it. Impressions and appearances shape the way people interact within societies, from everyday life to life-or-death situations. Machiavelli was a controversial political theorist of the late 15th and early 16th centuries who believed that some political corruption is necessary to benefit a society in the long run.

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Pope Alexander VI 1431 – 1503 Last name was Borgia he was pope from 1492 until his death in 1503. He was considered one of the most evil popes of all. He made law to censor books and what was written.

Pope Alexander VI 1431 – 1503 Last name Borgia pope from 1492 until his death in He was considered one of the most evil popes of all. He made law to censor Books written that he didn't agree with.

The Myth of Sustainable Meat. (An ultimately frustrating look at the production of animal products. I'm still pulling for Joel Salatin)

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An executive and a Republican-turned-independent respond to an Op-Ed article.

Learn from the mistakes of others.  You can't live long enough to make them all yourself!  ~  Chanakya

Chanakya, India - Was a Hindu professor who lived 1809 years before Machiavelli…

Francis I was a monarch of the House of Valois who ruled as King of France from 1515 until his death. He was the son of Charles, Count of Angoulême, and Louise of Savoy. He succeeded his cousin and father-in-law Louis XII, who died without a male heir.

Jean Clouet Portrait of Francois I, King of France Wood, x 74 cm) Museu du Louvre, Paris