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Total Recall
Total Recall
DVD
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Junk., October 13, 2013
An echo of a really good movie from a rather up / down author.

PV was right to extrapolate.

-r.c.


Live At Connolly's [Explicit]
Live At Connolly's [Explicit]
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1.0 out of 5 stars Better to see drunk!, April 15, 2013
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Wow this 'album' sucks.

And I've seen this band so many times live and they rock.

[I guess I was drunk!].

What I'll say is this: there are so many great songs on this album.

But, and HUGELY BUT,

the mastering of the sound here SUCKS.

Why is the bitrate so high and the crap noises so obvious?

This is bootlegged quality without the quality.

Not worth $2 because this was supposedly multitrack mixed.

Yes, they appeal to NYPD and NYFD.

But, where is the appeal to SOUND?

A few pints, at some venue, and I'm sure they sound great.

-r.c.


Chicken Boxer
Chicken Boxer
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Overall not..., August 12, 2012
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As a consummate listener to Thistle and Shamrock and previous Gaelic Storm albums [and I've see them many times live, and will continue to as much as possible], I only like three tracks on this one:

Whichever Way the Wind Blows,
I Can't Find My Way Home,
Alligator Arms.

Not that I know anything about anything, yet, IMHO strikes me as an end of contract album.

As a body of work, though, GS has some of the best of best versions of traditional songs and 'Celtic' instrumental originals [as someone whose parents are from Scotland and Ireland, I wince at that label and regard instead simply such 'Celtic' music as our music].

I've always seen the group as forked: Celtic and adult-country-cross-over.

That diversity has been an asset, I feel, to the band's overall appeal and at its shows.

I'd like to see more interpretations of 'others'' work, as there's a lot of 'old-fashioned diddly-dyeddly' that could use refreshed / reinterpreted [e.g., as GS's treatment of 'The Ferryman'].

-r.c.
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Fundamentals of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2nd Edition)
Fundamentals of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2nd Edition)
by Marc S. Micozzi
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Regarding Its Naturopathy Chapter, May 28, 2012
I've read many books' chapters concerning naturopathy, particularly of the North American kind.

In this 2001 book, we get a glimpse of the truly naturopathic in terms of what I'll call 'a nonsensical healing context'.

The chapter is written by NDs Pizzorno and Snider, chief architects of the modern naturopathy movement from say the late 1980s onward.

The root "scien" shows up in my OCR'd version at least 74 times, with such gems as:

"the education of the ND is extensive [...] the training program has important similarities to conventional medical education [being] science-based, [of] identical basic sciences, [of] intensive clinical diagnostic sciences [p.187]."

Then, the science-ejected idea / claim of vitalism and supernaturalism -- central to naturopathy's context -- is spoken of as "the context and life force of naturopathic medicine is its vitalistic core [...] vitalism has reemerged in today's terms in the body-mind-spirit dialogue [...] applied in a vitalistic context [p.174]."

So, naturopathy is quite interesting to read about in books like this, 'from the inside', for someone like me who studies it.

You transparently get their location here, in this book: science subset nonsense.

Yes, it is quite nonsensical to claim that the patently science-exterior is science-based, but that's naturopathy, truly.

-r.c.


Pocket Guide to Naturopathic Medicine
Pocket Guide to Naturopathic Medicine
by Judith Boice
Edition: Paperback
Price: $5.95
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 1990s Record of Naturopathic Claims and Methods:, May 13, 2012
This book is an interesting 1990s record of North American naturopathic claims and methods from an NCNM graduate. It discusses the tenets of naturopathy [though her alma mater does it more transparently, not opaquely, as is the case here regarding naturopathy's underlying vitalistic premise], homeopathy is explicitly stated as a "science" though it is known scientifically to be implausible empty pills, there is acupuncture and its "qi", and the home remedies section has a homeopathic recommendation for every ill listed, pretty-much. To top it off, the appendix lists "basic and clinical sciences" hours, comparing naturopathic schools to Ivy League medical schools. Did you know that ND students studied more science, according to these 1988 numbers, than MD students at John Hopkins, Harvard, Yale, and Stanford? That's interesting, considering the fact afterwards that an absurdity like homeopathy is posed as: science subset naturopathy subset homeopathy. The author is now [2012] at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, which, by the way, explicitly states the science-ejected vitalistic IS the basis of the naturopathic context and homeopathy as "powerful".


The Fountain
The Fountain
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lame, February 2, 2012
After starting us within the supposed 'real world', we're exposed to layers of narrative dross that conflates actual experience with what I can best describe as South Asian Hindu yogic crappola.

Not sure what the disease of thinking should be called.

Nice visuals, but think of the implications.

-r.c.


Organic Matter in the Universe
Organic Matter in the Universe
by Sun Kwok
Edition: Hardcover
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Astrochemistry!, January 22, 2012
[this is a very partial review]

A very interesting first page! Dr. Kwok immediately dispenses with the prescientific notion of vitalism [inherent to so many alternative medicines which falsely label such "science"!]:

"[once] it was believed that living things possess a 'vital force' which was absent in nonliving things [...] scientists thought organic matter could not be synthesized from inorganic matter because it lacked the 'vital force' [...] in 1823 [...] Wohler [...showed] it was possible to convert on inorganic molecule into an organic one by artificial means, without the magic of 'vitalism'. This was the beginning of the disappearance of the concept of 'vital force' from the scientific arena [p.001]."

It is fascinating just how many organic compounds are being found out there in the cosmos arising without 'life' as an immediate / essential source.

This emphasizes to me how much looking 'up there' [e.g. astronomy] QUITE changes our understanding of 'down here' [e.g. human biology].

I notice, though, a simple error in spelling on that first page. For example, instead of the word "possess" we have the plural of the word "posse", "posses". My hope is that this isn't an indication of the orthographical quality of the text.

-r.c.


Contagion
Contagion
DVD
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm paranoid!, January 21, 2012
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A really scientifically accurate flick.

That being said, when I saw it, the next person who sneezed made me PARANOID.

-r.c.


Remington RM114ST 14-Inch 4.5 Amp Electric String Trimmer (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Remington RM114ST 14-Inch 4.5 Amp Electric String Trimmer (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Has worked well., January 21, 2012
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Well, was a little reluctant due to the brand. But, I will say, so far

this unit has performed.

-r.c.


2010: The Year We Make Contact
2010: The Year We Make Contact
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0 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 2010, January 21, 2012
So CORNY. The guilt of modernity, the so-called shame of international discord.

Crap. Yet, the leathery faced Scheider guides.

No idea why this movie was made.

-r.c.


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