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Re: Book of the day[message #280374] Sat, 21 May 2011 14:27 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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the south will still roast ya.

Just a little trivia for you.
Re: Book of the day[message #280397] Sat, 21 May 2011 18:38 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Ah, danger. It is very easy to deal with - fight or fly. But, I hope one is smart enough to avoid danger.
Re: Book of the day[message #280404] Sat, 21 May 2011 20:21 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Now I am confused.

???

Are you understanding what Lockie posted about my book?

It is just a joke bro.
Re: Book of the day[message #280416] Sun, 22 May 2011 01:55 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Ok, it is a joke. None the less, my point is one must know there are many bad people on earth. If you anger them, they will harm you. So, best be smart not to do that unless you really know what you are doing.
Re: Book of the day[message #280899] Fri, 27 May 2011 19:42 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Uncle Al Capone - Deirdre Marie Capone (Author)

http://i43.tower.com/images/mm117196102/uncle-al-capone-deirdre-marie-paperback-cover-art.jpg
Just another good biz man that got destroy by big gov, only if he is smart enough to buy out those big gov back then.
Re: Book of the day[message #280923] Fri, 27 May 2011 21:07 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Uncle Al Capone


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just another good biz man that got destroy by big gov


You gotta be kidding ... 'Uncle Al' was a monster ... ahhh , Howie is up to his trawling tricks again... :wrysmiley:


Re: Book of the day[message #283784] Sat, 18 June 2011 02:30 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Behold a Pale Horse
William Cooper

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51uUBhFbDKL.jpg

Revelations 6
And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.


I just bought this one and started reading it today. It is a very rare book and can not be bought in retail stores. I had it ordered and was pleasantly surprised to find it was over 500 pages long. I was expecting it to be much shorter. So far Cooper is just over viewing some of his life events and his ancestors life events. He is an okay writer. All in all he gets his point out clear which is a good thing. I am excited to see what he has to say.
Re: Book of the day[message #283790] Sat, 18 June 2011 02:49 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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WC is a character alright. I hope he is with the UFO and look down at us and laugh.
Re: Book of the day[message #283792] Sat, 18 June 2011 03:29 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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He dismissed all of his views of UFOs later on in life.


Cooper later acknowledged that his UFO beliefs had been misguided, stating,

William Cooper
"For many years I sincerely believed that an extraterrestrial threat existed. I was wrong and for that I most deeply and humbly apologize"
Re: Book of the day[message #286302] Tue, 12 July 2011 00:01 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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time to bring books back into this thread, not just some bloody agenda

joseph heller: catch 22

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/99/Catch22.jpg

wiki-overview

no synopsis, no movie (they tried hard, but it didn't work) - just read it, howie
Re: Book of the day[message #288718] Tue, 09 August 2011 17:54 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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On the Personality Cult and its Consequences by Nikita Khrushchev.
http://www.freeinfosociety.com/media/images/1591.jpg

Complete text of the speech
http://www.archive.org/details/TheCrimesOfTheStalinEraSpecialReportToThe20thCongressOfThe
http://www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/2007/apr/26/greatspeeches1
Re: Book of the day[message #288720] Tue, 09 August 2011 18:18 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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again a speech (an importand one) in the book-thread
Re: Book of the day[message #290324] Mon, 05 September 2011 17:26 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Montesquieu: The Spirit of the Laws
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/8a/Montesquieu_-_The_spirit_of_laws.djvu/page5-220px-Montesquieu_-_The_spirit_of_laws.djvu.jpg

"Political liberty is to be found only in moderate governments; and even in these it is not always found. It is there only when there is no abuse of power."

Re: Book of the day[message #299197] Fri, 17 February 2012 03:38 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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[color:#990000]The War of the Worldviews[/color]
Deepak Chopra and Leonard Mlodinow
(2011)

http://store.noetic.org/images/products/754.jpg


War of the Worldviews is a book published by Harmony Books in 2011 by Deepak Chopra and Leonard Mlodinow, on the debate between Science and Spirituality. It is written as a series of articulate essays by each author on a mutually agreed up on list of 18 questions. Each writes their side and is followed by the other person's rebuttal with the text of their essay in hands.

Deepak Chopra and Leonard Mlodinow both take turns in addressing questions that are pertinent to both science and spirituality. For example, they both have mini-chapters each answering, individually, based on their own world views, questions such as "Is the Universe conscious?" and so on.



Bestselling authors Deepak Chopra and Leonard Mlodinow debate Science vs Spirituality moderated by one of the world's most famous journalists, Larry King.

Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=573gVviVQs8[/video]
Part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdTQJmRiOvQ&feature=relmfu[/video]
Part 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rORO8GYZZc&feature=relmfu[/video]
Part 4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdTJnUbn7HI&feature=relmfu[/video]



I admit that I have not read this work yet because my plate is rather full when it comes to reading material next to my bedside. I will say that after I read around five of my books, this is the next one that I am reading. It really excites me to read this because it is two experts in their self designated fields. It must be well written and easy to follow along between the differing fields of perspective. Also, the Larry King mediation wets the palette for me.
Re: Book of the day[message #299497] Mon, 20 February 2012 02:52 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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"The Grand Strategy of the Byzantine Empire." Edward N. Luttwak

http://www.ucsd.tv/search-details.aspx?showID=17979
Re: Book of the day[message #301176] Wed, 07 March 2012 00:19 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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A History of the Jews
Paul Johnson (Author)

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http://www.amazon.com/History-Jews-Paul-Johnson/dp/0060915331
From Publishers Weekly
Less a seminal contribution than a distillation of a wide range of sources, this history of the Jews focuses on their four-millennia interplay with, and adaption to, other, often hostile, civilizationsa "world history seen from the viewpoint of a learned and intelligent victim." Weaving biblical and archeological data, Johnson (Modern Times and A History of Christianity is particularly deft at placing the patriarchs and early Israelites (the Bronze Age through the destruction of the First Temple) in their historical context. His dense, somewhat arbitrary, capsule extols Judaic rational scholarshipwhich contributed to ethical monotheism and the 18th-century economic system, in turnand denigrates mystic kabbalah"heresy of the most pernicious kind." Although Johnson, who seeks to acknowledge "the magnitude of the debt Christianity owes to Judaism," traces "an inherent conflict" between the religion and the state of Israel through the various ages, the work is incontrovertibly sympathetic to Zionism. BOMC and QPBC featured alternates; author tour.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Well worth a read.
Re: Book of the day[message #304175] Wed, 02 May 2012 13:53 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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tao: what did you think of "Behold a Pale Horse"? I read it years ago and was highly entertained until 9/10 the way thru when i had to stop reading. I feel like i should go back to finish the ending. enjoyed Chopra's "Jesus" especially the particular attention to his Jewish upbringing and culture. still too much magic for me. Smile

Howie: Love Ayn Rand. read either "Atlas Shrugged" or "Fountainhead" every 5 years when i start to lose faith in humanity. the movies won't touch the book, but a good introduction to the masses... "how do you know so many words?"

and a few contributions from me...

Sci-fi: "Snow Crash" by Neal Stephenson. Not too far in the future with a broke independent hacker and pizza deliveryman, Hiro Protagonist, as the hero with a great 'Metaverse' idea (3d internet). Touches on the story of babel and the Divergent nature of Languages. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snow_Crash

religious fiction: "To Reign in Hell" by Stephen Brust. Casts Satan as Protagonist in Heaven, pre-earth. Fun Read.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_Reign_in_Hell

Non-Fiction: "Tesla: Man out of Time" by Margaret Cheney. Tesla was a very private mad scientist during the dawn of electricity. http://www.amazon.com/Tesla-Man-Time-Margaret-Cheney/dp/0743215362/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1335955654&sr=1-1

many thanks to wiki who should get my money... amazon already does.

Re: Book of the day[message #304231] Thu, 03 May 2012 03:28 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I really liked the silent weapons for quiet wars part. I don't agree with all viewpoints of WC though. I also am skeptical about some of his documents and sources. Overall, I learned some things.

The Jesus book was a very simple read. I always believed that if Jesus was indeed a real person, he would have learned from eastern philosophies. It was cool to see a literary account of that in this book. Also, as you stated, his Jewish roots. I liked the account of how they were always seeing things as signs and they were always looking for the messiah.
Re: Book of the day[message #305955] Thu, 14 June 2012 23:02 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Just finished this book and found it a good read.
Civilization: The West and the Rest, Niall Ferguson
http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=xpnFeyMGUs8&feature=endscreen[/video]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Niall Ferguson - The killer "apps" or cultural arrogance; you decide.,, March 1, 2011
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Red on Black
This review is from: Civilization: The West and the Rest (Hardcover)
While I suspect that David Starkey would violently object the two current giants of television history in the UK in terms of providing a worldview are the left leaning Simon Schama and the combative neo conservative Niall Ferguson. Their dust up at last years Hay Literary festival in Wales was a colourful sparring session between two big intellects firing verbal potshots at each other and a joy to behold. Schama concentrated on providing a robust defense of Barack Obama while Ferguson spent much of his allotted time dissing the President's now famous speech delivered in Cairo in 2009. Indeed he has described it as "touchy feely nonsense" and has in recent weeks sent out lurid warnings about Obama's failure to anticipate the demise of Mubarak and to come to terms with what Ferguson sees as the potential rise of the Muslim brotherhood in Egypt and the possible "restoration of the caliphate and the strict application of Sharia". Strong stuff, but Ferguson does like a good row. (see his feud with the nobel prize winning economist Paul Krugman)

These themes above are the heart of this new book "Civilization: The West and the Rest" since Ferguson comes from the controversial standpoint that Western dominance has on the whole been a progressive force and that on the basis of a cost benefit analysis the good outweighs the bad (it is a constant theme in all his books). He recently argued that "the rulers of western Africa prior to the European empires were not running some kind of scout camp. They were engaged in the slave trade. They showed zero sign of developing the country's economic resources....and the counterfactual idea that somehow the indigenous rulers would have been more successful in economic development doesn't have any credibility at all." This is a bold, confrontational, contentious and provocative thesis and his new book reinforces these arguments postulating that there were six killer "apps" which propelled the West to a position of predominance. These were competition, science, property, modern science, consumption and work ethic all with a dedicated chapter in the book.
(Continued)
http://www.amazon.com/review/R1N52H0A6IPY77/ref=cm_cr_dp_title?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1846142733&nodeID=283155&store=books
And now am reading ...
Re: Book of the day[message #305956] Thu, 14 June 2012 23:19 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Why the West Rules--for Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future, Ian Morris (Author)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FTS-GM-OyQ[/video]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like playing Sid Meier's Civilization, October 29, 2010
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This review is from: Why the West Rules--for Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future (Hardcover)
As can be seem by both the summary and and various book reviews, this is big history, encompassing the dawn of the first homonids (or ape-men as the author put it) to present day, with a chapter conjecturing about the future.

I was going to try and compare it to some of books in the same genre that I have read, but this book takes, disproves and/ or builds on their arguments - books such as Kennedy's Rise and Fall of the Great Powers, Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs and Steel, Pommeranz's the Great Divergence, Landes' The Wealth and Poverty of Nations - and they are all cited in his book and Morris takes pains to show how they only focus on one small piece of the picture. Indeed the feeling of reading this must have been similar for those who read Marx's Das Kapital for the first time (although the language is much more accessible and the conclusion is open ended) in that it attempts to set out underlying laws of history.

In the words of the author - "History is not one damn thing after another, it is a single grand and relentless process of adaptations to the world that always generate new problems (in the form of disease, famine, climate change, migration and state failure) that call for further adaptations. And each breakthrough came not as a result of tinkering but as a result of desperate times, calling for desperate measures." There may be set backs and hard ceilings, with free will and culture being the wildcards that may hinder social development but eventually the conditions give rise to ideas that allow progress to be made.

Indeed the motor of progress is not some economic logic, but what he calls the Morris Theorem - (expanding an idea from the great SF writer Robert Heinlein) to explain the course of history - Change is caused by lazy, greedy frightened people (who rarely know what they are doing) looking for easier more profitable and safer ways to do things. And it is geography that is the key determining factor where something develops first - Maps, not Chaps.
(Continued)
http://www.amazon.com/review/R3IH8KOS5TGYYC/ref=cm_cr_dp_title?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0374290024&nodeID=283155&store=books
Sounds like this and the above Ian Morris will conflict, I don't think they will ... will see.

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Re: Book of the day[message #305984] Fri, 15 June 2012 23:44 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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A Delightful and Educational Way to Spend an Afternoon November 7, 2009
By C. E. Snow
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No longer will I be forced to sit through a business meeting wondering how I could make the pain end. I now know how to rectify my situation and make a mad grab for power. The best part is I didn't even have to spend money on a set of awkwardly fitting clothes to set myself apart from the masses or spend hours languishing away in a some poorly lit prison cell plotting my rise to prominence. Instead I simply read this book and you should too.
All formats (including Kindle) can be legally downloaded for free here.
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/19935


Now all the 'Great Unwashed' can learn how to storm the Bastille ... for free!

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-pgJ8HAwpBNU/Tk2E7i9JDVI/AAAAAAAAAIk/cjFmwnWXoS8/s1600/Storming+of+the+Bastille.jpg
Re: Book of the day[message #305989] Sat, 16 June 2012 03:00 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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"The best part is I didn't even have to spend money on a set of awkwardly fitting clothes to set myself apart from the masses or spend hours languishing away in a some poorly lit prison cell plotting my rise to prominence."

Nice.
Re: Book of the day[message #306394] Sun, 24 June 2012 23:35 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Winning at War: Seven Keys to Military Victory throughout History
Christian P. Potholm (Author)
http://www.amazon.com/Winning-War-Military-Victory-throughout/dp/1442201304
......................
In an interesting look at the separate factors that determine success at war, Potholm has defined what he calls a
Re: Book of the day[message #306611] Fri, 29 June 2012 08:39 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Here's a 'stay behind' tale with a twist:Quote:
A true espionage page-turner
The spy who loved us by Thomas A Bass

Reviewed by Alexander Casella

On the morning of April 30, 1975, as hundreds of North Vietnamese tanks were heading for the center of Saigon, Phan Xuan An, the last remaining Time reporter in Vietnam, sent out a last report before the line went dead: "All American correspondents evacuated."

In the days prior to the fall of Saigon, now Ho Chi Minh City, An had used his many American contacts to airlift his wife and four children out of the city and have them resettled in the US. He had also pulled strings to ensure the evacuation of South Vietnam's former spymaster Tran Kim Tuyen who, many years before, had been one of his patrons. Why he himself had not left before the communist onslaught caused some perplexity among his Vietnamese friends but most attribute it to the confusion that prevailed at the time in Saigon.

So An stayed behind and initially did not find the going easy. As a Vietnamese journalist working for an American news media, he was bound to be looked on with suspicion by the new authorities and was repeatedly called in by the police for questioning. Then suddenly the harassment stopped and he was seen pedaling his bicycle through Saigon with full shopping bags replete with goods that could only be purchased at some of the special shops that the communists had set up for their cadres.

The rumor now spread among his friends that An was a so-called "April 30 revolutionary", one of the many who had rallied for the revolution on the day of victory. They were not wrong in assuming that he was a communist. All they had gotten wrong was the date. He had joined the revolution in 1945 and, seven years later had been infiltrated into Saigon as one of the first agents of the newly created Communist Military Intelligence Service.

For the next 23 years An operated as perhaps the single most successful communist intelligence agent in South Vietnam. And while he had made all the necessary preparation to leave Saigon in April 1975, including first evacuating his family, he stayed behind only because at the last minute the order had come from Hanoi: do not leave.

With the ending of the war, An no longer needed his cover and yet the truth that he had not been just a journalist took years to surface. The first inkling came in December 1976 when he was spotted in Hanoi in a full North Vietnamese army uniform with the four stars of a senior colonel on his lapels. As, little by little, his true role during the war became known, a wave of disquiet swept across the community of American correspondents who had covered the Vietnam War. Most knew An.

Many, including the likes of Robert Shaplen and David Halberstram, had relied on him not only as one of their primary news sources but even more so as an analyst of Vietnamese affairs. All held him in high esteem for his professionalism and his impartial insights into Vietnamese politics. And now the man they had grown to respect as an impartial South Vietnamese journalist and, they all felt, harbored a genuine liking for all things Americans, proved to have been one of their deadliest enemies.

Some refused to believe the evidence. Others felt betrayed. Others set out to decipher the enigma of a man who, for 23 long years, at great danger to himself, had not so much played a double role but had been, for all practical purposes, two persons in one.
(Continued)
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/KH01Ae01.html
Not uncommon tale about Communists controlling reporters. Remember reading in a Peter Arnett book that after the communists took Saigon he was shocked to find his stringer was a communist agent ... no problem, the stringer told the other communist Arnett was one of them and not to harm him..

('The spy who loved us is available' at Amazon (no Kindle) and B&N (Nook)) Am getting it for the Nook.
Re: Book of the day[message #309958] Mon, 10 September 2012 07:16 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Finished 'Wolfville a week or so ago:Quote:
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Alfred Henry Lewis, Wolfville (1897)
Alfred Henry Lewis (1855-1914), published a trio of books, Wolfville (1897), Wolfville Days (1902), and Wolfville Nights (1902). Each is a collection of sketches set in a fictional frontier settlement in the Arizona desert. Ominously called Wolfville, it was no doubt meant to emulate the very real town of Tombstone.

Cast of characters. The narrator of the sketches is a longtime resident of Wolfville, a man from Tennessee known as the Old Cattleman. The old man spends his time in the saloon or on the hotel verandah
Re: Book of the day[message #309959] Mon, 10 September 2012 07:27 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Am now reading:Quote:
The Once and Future War

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Thursday, October 18, 2012
Edgar Beecher Bronson, The Red-Blooded (1910)

http://buddiesinthesaddle.blogspot.com/2012/10/edgar-beecher-bronson-red-blooded-1910.html

Bronson
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