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On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt
On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt
by Richard Carrier
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $95.00
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Complete and Balanced Examination of Whether Christ Actually Lived, February 16, 2016
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While this book is a very exhaustive analysis of the evidence supporting the contention that Jesus Christ was an actual historical person, it is surprisingly readable and engaging. Carrier devotes careful attention to all of the documents which allegedly support the fact of Jesus' historicity and it turns out to be a very engaging endeavor.

The reader may or may not find the Bayesian analysis compelling, but the book can be read without indulging in the probability analysis that is at the heart of Bayes' Theorem.

Carrier's analysis of the complex issue of Christ's actual earthly existence is presented in a thorough and neutral fashion. Highly recommended!


CONTRACT KILLER: SNIPER
CONTRACT KILLER: SNIPER
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Expensive and Buggy, May 27, 2015
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I have played this game actively for six months and during most of that time I would have given the game 4 stars. However, recently the game has become unplayable in PVP mode due to added complications that make the video very jerky on both the iPad and Kindle Fire HDX tablets. The weapons upgrade process no longer works and Glu, the developer, seems indifferent to player concerns. Even in non-PVP mode the game loads very slowly.

In addition, while the game is free, it is expensive to play. While it might be possible to play the game at a very limited level without paying to play, serious game time costs several hundred per month.

I have loved the game, but sadly, I can no longer recommend it.


Crimson Trace LG-626 Lasergrips For Glock GEN3 26/27/28/33/39
Crimson Trace LG-626 Lasergrips For Glock GEN3 26/27/28/33/39
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Price: $179.95
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crimson Trace for Lefties, June 2, 2014
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I bought this Lasergrip even though I could find no information about its suitablility for left handed shooters. I have now had a chance to use the Lasergrips and can report that it is suitable for lefties with certain reservations. I had two concerns: First would the laser itself be uncomfortable when carried in an in the waistband holster (IWB) and second, would my offhand (right) thumb obscure the laser.
I use a Galco Kingtuk IWB holster for my Glock 27 in S&W 40 caliber which is a great choice as a personal defense concealed carry weapon. the cutout on the Kintuk is perfect for the laser,, but there is a little roughness on the right side of the laser which is noticeable against my skin. Still the irritation is slight and by slightly moving the position of the holster, the irritation was minimized.
The second issue, that of right thumb interference, is a minor problem. If I am not careful, my right thumb can drift into the laser line. A slight modification of my grip alleviates that problem, but there is still the issue of whether, in a moment of great stress that your grip would obscure the laser. I found that indexing my right thumb to the slide release solved that problem which has the added advantage of creating a more stable grip on the gun.. I have no way of knowing how this would work in an emergency, but at the range this slight modification of my grip feels right.
Having listed the difficulties of the Lasergrip for a lefty, I must tell you that the Lasergrip immediately improved my shooting. It is astonishing how much quicker I am able to acquire and reaquire the target with the laser sight. The laser was spot on right out of the box, was easy to install, and required no adjustment to be dead on. I can recommend this without reservation for lefties and righties as as an addition to their self defense, concealed carry weapon.


Schwalbe Racing Ralph EVO TR Black Folding Bead Tire
Schwalbe Racing Ralph EVO TR Black Folding Bead Tire
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Cross Country Tire, May 26, 2013
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Racing Ralphs are a great racing and cross country tire. I am running tubeless and have the tire pressure pretty low (22 lbs front, 30 back), and they handle beautifully. I switched from Specialized Fast Track 1.8" tires, and the racing Ralphs are much more versatile. Even thought the Racing Ralphs are wider, they roll as well as the narrower tire. Highly recommended! One note: Racing Ralphs come in at least three different models: The Performance Line, which is a basic tire and does not run tubeless, the EVO line which is lighter and is the model I have reviewed here and the variation that I recommend, and the EVO with "Snakeskin" which features additional sidewall protection at slightly increased weight. Price varies substantially depending on which level you go for, the additional bucks for the EVO is well justified. Order carefully!


Garmin Edge 705 GPS-Enabled Cycling Computer (Includes Heart Rate Monitor)
Garmin Edge 705 GPS-Enabled Cycling Computer (Includes Heart Rate Monitor)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Giant Step Forward for Bike Computers, October 18, 2008
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As a long time fan of training with powermeters, I have been anxiously awaiting the availability of Ant+ Sport power units. When Quarg made their first Ant+Sport compatible crankset I put one on my TT bike, then put the Edge 705 on the stem. The 705 "found" the power meter right away and worked flawlessly right out of the box. The heart rate monitor is solid, I now prefer the Garmin HRM to other brands. I use it with the power meter and on other bikes without power meters. The speed and distance is accurate without the supplementary pickup on the wheel. I recommend it very highly. The display is programmable and is bright and easily readible. The battery life is as advertised. Workouts download to Garmin's software easily. Hopefully other Ant+Sport devices will come on the market soon.


Park Tool TS-8 Home Mechanic Wheel Truing Stand
Park Tool TS-8 Home Mechanic Wheel Truing Stand
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Price: $107.96
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the price!, October 18, 2008
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This is a great truing stand. My last truing stand was freestanding, but the ability to bolt this to your workbench allows you to install a sewup and straighten the tire on the wheel easily and quickly. It adjusts easily to various wheel sizes. My experience with Park Tools has been universally positive and this is another great addition to my bike repair bench.


The Truth (with jokes)
The Truth (with jokes)
by Al Franken
Edition: Hardcover
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Franken Book, November 3, 2005
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Don't accept the right wing one-star reviews, Franken has a thought-provoking analysis of our current political situation and he is funny as well.

By the way, all you people using the word "lies" in connection with this book, why not point a lie out if you can find it? It should be easy; if this book is filled with lies as you claim, why not be kind enough to actually point one or two out for the rest of us. That way, we could all see how smart you are. Otherwise, it just looks like you're still drinking the right-wing Koolaid.


Wittgenstein's Poker: The Story of a Ten-Minute Argument Between Two Great Philosophers
Wittgenstein's Poker: The Story of a Ten-Minute Argument Between Two Great Philosophers
by David Edmonds
Edition: Hardcover
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Charming, May 30, 2002
You would not think that it was possible to write a book for the general reader about a ten minute argument between two little known mid-twentieth century philosophers and have it be a best seller. This book proves that belief to be very wrong.
The confrontation between Ludwig Wittgenstein and Carl Popper in October of 1946 is a minor footnote in the history of philosophy, but it provides a foil for the authors to explore the histories of these two men and the world in which they lived.
After setting the stage by describing the confrontation, the authors turn to an examination of the lives of the two philosophers, both from Vienna, both powerful intellects, both giant egos. The emphasis here is on historical context, not on philosophy, so the story is very accessible to the general reader. The account of their lives before World War II is fascinating. The description of the academic world in which they worked is vividly drawn.
The authors have given us a real sense of who these two men were and have introduced the reader to the supporting cast of characters as well. The authors have wisely avoid an analysis of the sexual lives of the two protagonists, though Wittgenstein's personal life is alluded to at a couple of points.
The philosophical issues are presented late in the book and are explained carefully and simply, so that the lay reader will see the intellecual stakes involved in the argument. While both men are presented as driven, they are sympathetically portrayed and within the context of the lives they lived, seem quite compelling.
This book captured for me the feeling of being there and gave me a real sense of time and place. The book is short but compelling. I recommend it highly for the reader interested in the lives of intellectuals mid Twentieth Century.


Bad Astronomy: Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Astrology to the Moon Landing "Hoax"
Bad Astronomy: Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Astrology to the Moon Landing "Hoax"
by Philip C. Plait
Edition: Paperback
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just Bad Astronomy, But Bad Thinking, May 30, 2002
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This is such a fun book. You can pick any chapter at random and learn a ton about good science. There are numerous topics: Why the Sky is Blue, Velikovsky, UFOs, Planetary Alignment, you name it. If it is popular astronomy, it is covered here.
The text doesn't require prior knowledge or a scientific background. Plait educates as well as debunks. Even if you normally resist science, you will find this book entertaining and educational.
Highly recommended!


War in a Time of Peace: Bush, Clinton, and the Generals
War in a Time of Peace: Bush, Clinton, and the Generals
by David Halberstam
Edition: Hardcover
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Summary of the Last Decade in International Politics, May 30, 2002
I know from reading other reviews that there are those who will complain over various failings of this book. Many of those complaints I agree with, at least to some extent. However, to carp about this book is to miss the purpose of the enterprise. This is an excellent overview of American foreign policy, and those who were responsible for it, in a period of time when foreign policy was the last thing on the minds of everyone, including the President of the United States.
Halberstam gives a very readable account of the events leading up to and during the Clinton presidency. He vividly captures the personalities involved, and compellingly shows how little attention was being paid, how many competing interests existed and how fitful was our concentration on the important issues of the post-Cold War world.
It is entertaining, perplexing and scary to think that events of the magnitude of world affairs over this period of time were being attended to in such an intermittent and cavalier fashion.
Well worth reading!


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