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The Spiral Notebook: The Aurora Theater Shooter and the Epidemic of Mass Violence Committed by American Youth
The Spiral Notebook: The Aurora Theater Shooter and the Epidemic of Mass Violence Committed by American Youth
by Stephen Singular
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.71

4.0 out of 5 stars Examines different angles, May 25, 2015
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Stephen Singular and his wife reside in Denver, Colorado and had a child who lived around both the Columbine High School Massacre and the Aurora Shooting. But this book goes beyond that. It is an analysis of these massacres which so many of the Millennials and Gen Y and Z have been raised were raised hearing about and knowing about.

The thing that gets me is the lack of political analysis. We hear about James Holmes, who quite obviously was not the raving madman everyone excused him as. (Mr. Crazy invoked his right to counsel about half an hour after he killed all those people) but we don't hear details about the socioeconomic trail that led to this "cultural climate" or "increase in anomie" or whatever band aid one wants to put on human carnage. When there is little to nothing in the way of community ethos and the reservoir has been depleted there is a lack of finance for private schools, for quality counseling in schools, for all that. Republicans and other little s***ty sects have been selling out America's youth since the 1980's. When we address this and spend more time studying the neurology (that requires money too) of those who do things like this, things might get better.

Secular humanism doesn't cut it.


Dear Mr. Gacy
Dear Mr. Gacy
DVD
Price: $2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent acting, May 24, 2015
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The story of "criminologist" Jason Moss who committed suicide in 2006 after starting his own Criminal Defense law firm is a particularly grimy lesson in the costs of ambition.

Prior to that Moss wrote a bestselling book, "The Last Victim", in which he documented his relationship with serial killers like Richard Ramirez, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, Henry Lee Lucas and finally John Wayne Gacy.

Being a sedentary 18 year old with the unusual goal of transcending law enforcement's forays into the psyche of these people, Svetozar Ristovski does a good job of portraying Moss as the perfectly ordinary guy who continually raises his hand in class too often not to ask questions but to ensure that everyone knows just how clever he is, who has it in his mind that he is going to do something absolutely *great* and bores everyone with the details.

Moss was still a kid who needed to be watched. Indeed, this narcissistic intellectual hatchet-man should have been watched round the clock, as he was looking for validation in, well, the wrongest of places. Creating different identities based on the victims of the murderers he corresponded with (the surface reason was that this was necessary "for his term paper" on the criminal mind), he finally found a formidable target in the person of John Wayne Gacy. (Kinda weird that he would choose Gacy right off the bat. A killer with the specific MO of being interested in young guys? Like he was?)

William Forsythe does a horrifyingly good job playing this monster, and at the beginning one almost roots for him; he's mowing down an arrogant little weirdo who thinks he's smarter than everyone else. Then, things get sad. He encourages Moss to do things so abominable that the implications are sickening and cannibalizes his mind with such enthusiasm that the only truly gratifying moment in the whole movie is when Moss informs Gacy, a day before his execution, that he was never anything more than a homework assignment.

Jason Moss was, in part, a victim not only of a psychopathic serial killer but the overexposure of "Ubermensch" Nietzschean thinking that was curiously prevalent in the 90's. He thought of himself as a sort of intellectual Superman, ready to contend with those "beyond good and evil" and the rest of it. He was a bright kid who, given time, may have attained the sort of recognition he wanted. Lack of close supervision, Promethean ambition and arrogance put his brain on a veritable platter for Mr. Gacy.

A great film with a similar theme would be "Shock Corridor".


Rose Gold Rhodium Plated Sterling Silver "Take My Heart And Make It Yours" Bracelet and Necklace Jewelry Set
Rose Gold Rhodium Plated Sterling Silver "Take My Heart And Make It Yours" Bracelet and Necklace Jewelry Set
Price: $35.03

5.0 out of 5 stars Good material, May 20, 2015
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This is a very pretty, delicate and high quality necklace and bracelet. I've found that Rhodium plating produces a very nice high quality product that lasts for a very long time. The underlying silver helps to produce a quality piece of jewelry.

The chain is delicate but is strong and the clasp is a standard clasp.


The Seven Good Years: A Memoir
The Seven Good Years: A Memoir
by Etgar Keret
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.86

3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, May 18, 2015
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A series of essays by Etgar Keret that explores life in Israel, his son's injury in a terrorist attack, and his father's cancer. There's a lot of humor in these essays. If you like your books not too heavy and not too light, this is the kind of author for you.


TheraBreath Dentist Recommended Oral Care Probiotics , 8 Lozenges
TheraBreath Dentist Recommended Oral Care Probiotics , 8 Lozenges
Price: $12.99
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They work, May 18, 2015
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Which, really, is the bottom line.

It was kinda odd having fresh breath all the time. Someone actually asked me if I was chewing mints and I don't generally do that. It was simply the fast acting effect of these 8 lozenges. Of course, 8 lozenges are just 8 lozenges. They need to be packaged with more product.


The Yellow Wallpaper
The Yellow Wallpaper
DVD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good. Scary., May 15, 2015
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Charlotte Perkins Gilman's story "The Yellow Wallpaper" is one of the most memorable of the Gothic horror tales. While this production actually has little to do with the story as it was written, director Logan Thomas delivers a satisfying foray into the psyche that matches the effect of the tale. As it should be with full blooded gothic horror, you feel every tender nerve exposed and no neurotic stone is left unturned by the madness that follows one woman's slow descent into psychosis. The film has a touch of Poe and, as one other reviewer noted, more than a touch of Lovecraft, but with a woman's viewpoint, as with the story.

Actor Michael Moriarty (early "Law and Order") appears in a sort of time warp role that somehow suits him. Better than any production I've seen of this story, and the atmosphere was so thick with pathos and dystopia at one point that it reminded me of a virtually forgotten film I saw on videotape years ago: "Pate". This is the imdb link to the film:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0289755/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

If anyone wants to see a Poe-esque dystopian movie, that would be the one to put on DVD.

Anyway, recommended to fans of this story.


Her Name Is Rose: A Novel
Her Name Is Rose: A Novel
by Christine Breen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.25
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book, May 11, 2015
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"Her Name is Rose" is a lovely book. It reminds of Maeve Binchy. The story is set in Ireland, Boston, and follows the life of a mother, Iris.

The story is well-narrated, drawing people into the lives of both mother and daughter she loves so very much! It is easy to relate to and the incidents are portrayed with a realism that I actually find rare these days. I found this one unforgettable.


Hildegard of Bingen: Scivias (Classics of Western Spirituality)
Hildegard of Bingen: Scivias (Classics of Western Spirituality)
by Saint Hildegard
Edition: Paperback
Price: $23.79
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trumpets, May 6, 2015
"He trampled a horrible dragon under his feet. This shows that fortitude subjects the ancient and horrible serpent to disown power through the ways of righteousness. And he pierced the mouth of that dragon with the end of his javelin. As a result, the dragon vomited forth the foulest of foam."

Blessed Hildegard of Bingen (German: Hildegard von Bingen; Latin: Hildegardis Bingensis) (1098 – 17 September 1179), also known as Saint Hildegard, and Sibyl of the Rhine, was a writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, German Benedictine abbess, visionary, and polymath. Elected a magistra by her fellow nuns in 1136, she founded the monasteries of Rupertsberg in 1150 and Eibingen in 1165.

Hildegard Von Bingen was a mystic of the first order; perhaps more direct even than Eckhart in the epic scope of liminal journeys, which walk on the walls of the celestial catacombs to the most fetid depths of hell. All while perhaps being guided by the Bride herself. This is as beautiful a poetry and prophecy as I've ever encountered. At the center of these texts is an imaginal correspondence that travels like the modules of an unheard rhapsody.


Tri-Lynx 00028 White 6-LED Solar Light with Motion and Dusk/Dawn Sensor
Tri-Lynx 00028 White 6-LED Solar Light with Motion and Dusk/Dawn Sensor
Price: $22.58

5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it's designed to do, May 2, 2015
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The caveat to this is that it absolutely has got to be left out in the sunlight. Place it cleverly, and it will work.

Some advantages::
A lot of adhesive material
Arrives with nails
Completely waterproof
Efficient motion sensor

The whole thing does not have an exquisite construction; it isn't connected as well as it could be.


The Riverman
The Riverman
DVD
Price: $2.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars A tremendously disturbing and well acted film, April 25, 2015
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I vaguely remember seeing this movie (and it was indeed made-for-TV, which surprises me) around 2005.

Perhaps some of the other viewers are a bit more hardened than myself in terms of what they watch; this movie has lingered in my memory ever since, especially Cary Elwes' performance. I'm sure a lot of forensic psych majors have seen this as it is practically an advertisement for the field.

The story begins around the time that Theodore Robert Bundy (played here by Cary Elwes to a demonic perfection) brutal killer of an almost unknown number of women mailed Dr. Robert Keppel (the police investigator assigned to the capture of the Green River Killer, Gary Ridgway, who was caught in 2001) a letter from death row, claiming that he might have some "insights" into what their subject was doing, or what his habits might be. Keppel and his partner Dave Reichert (who would eventually capture Ridgway) were desperate enough to actually meet with Bundy and entertain his ideas.

Cary Elwes seems like a nice, scholarly British actor. He must have been tugging real hard on his dark side, though, because it came out and his portrayal of the disempowered, imprisoned Bundy is a perfect--I mean Heath Ledger's Joker perfect--performance. Greenwood and Elwes have an almost perfect rapport; though he tells Keppel he can "take him there without drowning" (meaning into the mind of the Green River Killer) what he of course wants is precisely for him to drown, to become a warped monster like himself. Elwes delivers this well: Bundy was contemptuous of Keppel, contemptuous of his victims, and didn't represent anything but his own malign brain chemistry. He keeps comparing himself to others to infect them.

There's a sort of black shamanism to all this, implications about the underbelly of the specifically male psyche which are truly foul. Kathleen Quinlan, beautiful as always, plays Keppel's wife, who urges him to pull back from his work. Though the horror genre works on some unpleasant material to achieve a (temporarily) cathartic effect, none of this is cathartic. This is all quite real, from the conversations to the victims and the implications about our society. The only justice in it all is the presence of two guys like Bob Keppel and Dave Reichert, who were willing to put brain and body--mostly brain--at stake to stop these guys.

Definitely recommended for fans of the true crime genre.


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