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Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52) (Batman Graphic Novel)
Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52) (Batman Graphic Novel)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The story is awesome but the kindle version needs to be fixed, September 5, 2014
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The only reason that this version didn't get 5 stars was because when I was in the cave of the owls I had to read to read the comic on a 45 degree angle cause when I was go to straight 90 or 180 degrees the comic would flip upside down.

Talisman Prologue
Talisman Prologue

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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, February 28, 2014
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Only allows you to play single player unless you use the website but it's an awesome game especially if you have never played talisman before.

Phantom Soldier: The Enemy's Answer to U.S. Firepower
Phantom Soldier: The Enemy's Answer to U.S. Firepower
by H. John Poole
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for an understanding of modern warfare, February 28, 2014
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It's taken me quite a while to get around to reading this book and the tigers way as i bought these in 2008 but they were extremely good reads and I will explain why.

You should probably read the Tigers Way first before reading this one as this book seems to lead from it but this book is all about the eastern way of waging war and the differences in tactics between the eastern and western way.

Now keep in mind when I say western I am using the authors version of it which basically refers to American military strategy as countries like germany, russia fall under what the author conclude as a eastern strategy.

This book is an extremely insightful right into the way eastern forces fight compared to America with a special focus on Vietnam and it is quite an eye opener especially if one is not familiar with the differences of how these two forces fought each other.

Western warfare seems to focus on attrition warfare which means that success is based on how many of the enemy you kills where as eastern warfare is all about maneuver warfare which is all about destroying strategic targets and disrupting communications, using feints, ruses and deception to basically keep your opponent on his toes.

A perfect example of the above is how when during the vietnam war the VC exploited the fact that American would not bomb a location if there were friendlies within 200 metres of that location so when American troops would start to retreat after having called in airstrike the VC would follow them so that they would not be in the area that was being shelled and then when they would setup an ambush for the US troops who would now think that the area was clear and then start walking back to the area that was shelled and get ambushed on the way. It seems quite logical when you think about but it's almost an alien way of thinking.

Another example was how on IwoJima the japanese had dug tunnels all under the island and so they would wait for american to pass their position before opening fire sporadically from numerous different locations to the front, rear and side to keep the US soldiers guessing as to the exact location of where the japanese soldiers were.

Another examples was how the before the japanese would assault a position they would throw concussion grenades and then charge into combat and then kills the US up close an personal without firing their guns because the grenades were meant to simulate artillery fire and the US soldiers would then drop down thinking that they were about to be barraged with artillery and that the reason they didn't fire their weapons was to keep up the deception.

Now even before I read this book i was familiar with books on eastern strategy such as the book of five rings, book of family traditions and sun tzu art of war but what was interesting about this book was how it provided excerpts from a lot of these book from both china and japan which and showed how they were present in both and really elaborated the points and provided real world examples of how they had actually been used..

The book begins by referring to the numerous different types of formations used by asian forces and the differences in small unit tactics that the asian unit uses and the advantage of a bottom up approach to orders rather than the top down approach that is employed by the US.

The book then finished with an interesting look on the new types of technology that the US is going to employ and the problems with them. I will admit though that the author somewhat heavily overestimates the tactics employed by the VC as there were examples of them ill trained but still their is a lot of food for thought and it would be to the detriment of soldiers not to read this book considering the hiding that the USA copped during the Vietnam war.

American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America
American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America
by Chris Hedges
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something to be worried about, December 23, 2013
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I found this book to quite frightening because while being a christian myself I have often found the hard line views of the christian right to be not only repugnant but a violation of democratic ideals.

They propose returning to what they call is a christian nation and yet fail to misunderstand that the founding fathers of America put a barrier between church and state for the very protection of the nation itself for hat I believe was to ensure that all human being irregardless of their race or religion would be treated equally and if one religion organisation was running of the country it would automatically see those a not of their own religion as a threat to there authority just like the catholic church saw the Cathars and the idea of living in a world run by these christian fundamentalists is quite scary considering what some of them propose.

The book begins with the author stating out by talking about his early life and about how his father was a priest who supported the civil-rights movement which was highly unpopular in his rural area and who then worked a gay-rights activist and who found out when his son's college had no gay and lesbian organization he got his son (the author of this book) to setup a gay and lesbian organization even though he wasn't gay himself.

In the same chapter it also talks about faith and how there are many violent passages in the bible and how these passages are used by bigots to justify their bigotry and how until the Church's of the world step in to the debate that these passage will be used evil people to promote evil things.

The book then moves on to how the Christian right helped to get George W Bush elected and the power and political influence that it has within the republican party and how they promote a culture of despair that prey on the disillusioned and troubled people of society but offering them the solutions to their problems if only they listen to their pastor or donate money to the tv pastors who themselves are rich and take money of these poor people give in the hope that God will help them.

It talks about how this new culture of dominionist are attempting to destroy democracy from within (hence the title America fascist) and replace it with a totalitarian one in which the male pastors are seen as the leader of society and represent gods authority and as such we are supposed to do what they say.

Dominionism is a ideology that proposes that all Christians should work towards either a nation governed by Christians or one governed by conservative christian understanding of Biblical law and considering the things I have heard conservative christians say like for instance the Westboro Baptist Church I shudder to think what it would be like to live in society dictated by these people.

It also talks about how the reason that gay and lesbians are hated within the christian right is because they violate their idea of what a man and woman should be and sign a man is supposed to masculine the idea of a gay man is repugnant to them.

One of the most explosive truths present in this book is the christian right relationship to white supremacist groups including individual such as Jerry Falwell who was a racist who in his sermon attacked not only the civil rights movement but also promoted racism against African Americans who in the 90's conveniently changed his tune.

The crescendo of this book is the leadup to apocalyptic violence that this group proposes and what it will lead to. These dominionists promote a violent end of times war and that the whole non-christian world is against them creating an ideology to the followers that they are under attack by the whole world and how someone cannot be a liberal and a christian at the same time which is very similar to the belief that the wahhabi extremist terrorist groups (such as al qaeda) and there followers propose.

The books then ends with by with a letter by Mr Hedges ethics teacher who in a letter about WW2 pointed that American who had resisted the Nazi Regime but who were racist against african american and Jews hada very similar if not the same racial ideologies of racial superiority and thus if it was so what was the point in them having fought against the Nazis if not to topple their government based on racial superiority.

The reason the above letter is so important is because the christian right has often promoted intolerance towards homosexual, Muslims, Jews and used this idea of values just like the Nazi's used in Germany to undermine the civil rights of the people in order to promote their view of how a government should be and pass marshall law.

These right wing dominionists are a threat to America's democracy and are trying to undermine it at every turn and they use the ideology of values to do just like the nazi's did to promote their violently intolerant views on issues and call for exclusion, intolerance and cruelty all in the name of God.

All in all this was a great book and essential to understanding how dangerous and pervasive this ideology really is.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Work great with Raspbmc, December 23, 2013
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Used it with a new Kindle Fire Hd and works great once you know how to set it up that is.

Capitalism and the Jews
Capitalism and the Jews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for a Fundamental understanding of the history of the european jews., December 23, 2013
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Capitalism and the Jews is a book that touches on a sensitive topic which is the history of the Jews in relation to the Western World and it is fundamental to understand in order to make sense of many events.

The books begins by talking about the Catholic church at the time having to grapple with the problem of usury as it was perceived as a sin and so while the Catholic church had need of it but they didn't want to condemn the souls of the Christians who did it to hell that they should instead allow the Jews to do it since they were going to hell anyway according the the catholic leaders at the time.

So the Jews through the middle ages were looked down on by Christian society and were the untouchables of Christian Society so much so that during the middle ages the practice of usury was often referred to in a derogatory manner as "Jewing" but also because the majority of christian society consisted of farmer they didn't believe that money lending was actual work and thus since it was one of the things that Jewish society was really good at they looked down on them as parasites who didn't actually do any work and thus did not contribute to society.

It also points out the differences between Jewish and Christian culture when for instance the Christians praised poverty the Jews did not and how because Jews were expected to study their religious texts they tended towards jobs that didn't require a lot of time to do such as being merchants and money lenders

And how all of the above led them to be very successful in capitalist society.

Now the story then jumps to 1880 in the Pale of settlement where the majority of the Jews were at the time and that as a result of the harsh pogroms of in Russia there were 3 major Jewish responses.

1. Emigrate to liberal countries
2. Enter the communist movement as they believed that Jewish anti-sentiment came from capitalist society and thus communism would free the Jewish from the antipathy western culture displayed to them.
3. Promoted Zionism as they believed that gentiles of any persuasion including socialist, democrats and free thinkers would always find reason to hate the Jews and as such they needed a nation of their own.

The book also shows how antisemitism and anti-capitalism were entwined until as late as 1904 as can be seen in the literature of George Simmel, Max Weber and Werner Sombart (the man who coined the phrase capitalist in his book "The Modern Capitalist") and the literature of George Simmel in this book is work the price alone as he presents that usury was a good thing unlike the others and how the reason that Jews were attracted to money because of the stigma they had suffered and thus though that they could by their way into Christian society and acceptance through money and this was the reason they seemed to have been attracted to money that it was a byproduct of the society that they lived and their cultural values and not they were intrinsically parasitic like what the early Catholics thought and Karl Marx interestingly enough thought they were at a time which was the enlightenment and many writers started to write instead of the advantages of usury.

It also discusses how communism at the time was perceived to be a Jewish ideology because the Jews had salient positions within communist movements.

My one and only criticism of the book was that when the author tries to deny that Marxism was not a Jewish ideology because Karl Marx's family had converted to the protestant religion and thus he was not raised even raised a Jew i find to be quite a fallacious argument (which the author has no sources for either) because while it may be true that Karl Marx's father did indeed convert to the protestant religion Karl Marx was the protege of Moses Hess who not only wrote the holy history of humankind which promoted socialism he was also an avowed Zionist and his own works wrote that socialism was an international movement and that only Jewish nationalism should be respected and that any Jew who turns his back on Jewish Nationalism is a traitor to his people and who is considered one of the major philosophical leaders of both communism and Zionism and who introduced Engels to socialism.

The above info really destroys the authors assertion that Karl Marx was unaware of Jewish culture but apart from that one point this book is a major piece of the puzzle to understand Western Civilization and it's historical relation to the Jews but it should be seen as one of the pieces of the puzzle not the complete guide.

I learnt quite a bit from it and the reading flowed unlike certain other historic books that i have read.

Arkham Horror: Feeders From Within
Arkham Horror: Feeders From Within
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put the book down!!!, June 4, 2013
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I have only recently begun to read lovecraftian material. I originally read mountains of madness which really delves into what's happening with the Elder Things and how mankind got here but I found that it was quite long and took really long to lead up to the climax

These newer series of books though are much better(or maybe better suited to modern readers). This one is a really good book that i couldn't put down until i had finished it as it was quite an engrossing story and without spoiling anything there were some really interesting twists and turns in this book that you will not expect and it sets itself up for a follow up book which i so hope they produce also if you have played the game arkham horror you will recognise two of the characters which are Mark Harrigan(a personal fav) and Carolyn Fern.

I read a lot of science fiction including the warhammer 40K stuff but so far this and the other book (Dance of the Damned) where the only book that I have ever read that really kept you guessing all the way through as you never quite know when something would happen as most ohter sci-fi books that can be quite boring at times where as in this book the suspense is always on.

A very good read and the ending I promise you is something you won't see coming and quite in keeping with the lovecraftian mythos of cosmic indifference. The heroes can win but there is always a price.

DemoCRIPS and ReBLOODlicans: No More Gangs in Government
DemoCRIPS and ReBLOODlicans: No More Gangs in Government
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4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Informative Book on the Reality of the Two Party System in America., May 7, 2013
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To begin I must say that I believe that Jesse Ventura has done more for the truth movement than anyone else that I can think of. His public tv show exposed a lot of the secrets of that I have known for a while but never thought would end up on tv so cudos to him.

This book is essential to understand the political landscape of the united states and how it functions. And though I have watched the tv shows I believe that Jesse's wit really comes out in this book.

It exposes the corruption within the mainstream media and in politics by showing how all political parties policies are basically influenced by the corporations who fund the politicians which while may not be new news for some can be quite shocking for those who are staunch supporters of either democrats or republicans as it shows that mostly they really are in the pockets of the corporations who fund them (with some minor exceptions like Ron Paul)

This book has a lot of information and really goes all over the place though it backs almost everything it says with logical statements and evidence. My only one gripe with this book that sticks out because it was the only part of the book that was disjointed was when Jesse states in the book that religion is the cause of all wars and I will explain why.

As I said he states that religion is the cause of all war and the lists quotes from people such as Rick Santorum(Christian Right Conservative Republican) and talks about christian reconstructionism and the influence that it had on people such as Jerry Falwell(who opposed Martin Luther's civil rights movement) and Pat Robertson who are well known for starting the Dominionist ideology which the christian right pushes in trying to create a Christian Nation but then points to people such as Martin Luther King Jr and Reverend Barry Lynn who is the executive director of American's United for Separation of Church and State who are against the unification of state and church and tries to use them as examples of him not being alone in the statement that religion is the cause of all war.

It's quite a ill constructed argument because it's one thing to be for the separation of state and church and another to state that religion is the cause of all wars. While it may certainly be true that religious extremism can be a cause of war but if the corporations are funding the politicians to push policies that promote their profits then it's more logical to conclude that the problem is what Mussolini defined as fascism which is the unification of corporations and state.

In saying that though I think the book is good in the respect that it points out the Christian Right's political players which most people are unaware off and the need to understand that they are trying to undermine the US Constitution.

But apart from that one point the book is awesome and it's jam packed full of interesting information about the power of the Christian right. A complimentary book would be American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America by Chris Hedges as that one goes further in depth about the Christian Right.

Quantum Mechanics for the 99% (but not for Dummies)
Quantum Mechanics for the 99% (but not for Dummies)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very thorough introduction to quantum mechanics., January 17, 2013
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I bought this book because of the previous review and also because I wanted learn more about quantum mechanics and it gives a very thorough understanding to quantum mechanics in a very easy to understand manner. An awesome book. Wish it had something about string theory though

Introduction to Martial Arts Styles * Which Style is Best For You?
Introduction to Martial Arts Styles * Which Style is Best For You?

5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely good summary of the different martial art styles out their., February 26, 2012
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I got this book as I was trying to decide what martial art I should begin studying again. I have been reading up on the martial arts for years so there really wasn't martial arts style that I haven't heard but I was amazed at how this book categorised and explained what is the core of each of the martial arts styles.

Picking a style can be a tricky think considering that for you to do it probably you may have to dedicate years of your time to it so knowing what's out there before you take that plunge can really save you years of time as if you don't like what you do you won't keep doing it.

This book is cheap and really good for those people who want to find out what martial arts style they should be doing and it really explains most of the common martial arts styles out there and separates them from the rest.

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