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Bruce Lee: Artist of Life (Bruce Lee Library)
Bruce Lee: Artist of Life (Bruce Lee Library)
by Bruce Lee
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.61
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but not as good as I thought it might be, February 25, 2012
This book is a collection of writings penned by Bruce Lee. I wasn't as jazzed on this as I thought I might be but there were still some gems to be found in this book. One problem is a good portion of this book was the same essay several times over in a revised version. There was also a lot of stuff like term papers Bruce Lee wrote when he was a philosophy major in college and some poetry he had written so its not all martial arts stuff. Overall it was interesting if your interested in Bruce Lee or martial arts but still somewhat of a disappointment.


A Heathen Family Devotional: Odinism Begins at Home
A Heathen Family Devotional: Odinism Begins at Home
by Wyatt Kaldenberg
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heathen Family Devotional, January 26, 2012
I think the main point of this book that Wyatt wanted to make was Odinism begins with your family, friends and local kindreds. Not national organizations. Odin is known as the God of many things but what many people seem to overlook is that he is also the God of Fatherhood. The other sides of Odin should not be ignored or forgotten but this is where it begins.

He also pushes the idea of small family owned businesses. The chapter that talked about moral creation of economy was very good. One contributers testimony talked about how his Father worked at a family owned printing plant where the employees were treated very well by the owner, had a Union and were like an extended family. This reminded me of my Grandmother telling me about how during the depression my great Grandfather worked at a place where when the depression hit the owner rationed out hours as best he could, kept people working and while times were tough everybody that worked there managed to get by until times got better because every person from the bottom to the top was willing to make sacrifices. Now of course the top would screw over the workers however they could for short term greed and profit. Which is exactly what happened after the owner of the business the contributer talked abouts original owner died and his kids sold the place to a corporation that immediatly demanded that the Union had to go and the workers had to take paycuts or they would close the place and move operations to Mexico. Which they ended up doing anyway.

I thought some of the family oriented chapters in this book might be some hokey Pat Boonesque detached from reality overly Mormon influenced (Wyatt was raised a Mormon) stuff but most of it is actually pretty good advice on how to be a good parent that morphs into how public schools have both dumbed down and brainwashed people. He also talks about how the main point of having a kid do chores isn't to work them to death or have them do the things that parent is too damn lazy to do themselves. The point is to spend time with them and teach them how to do things.

There are things I disagree with in this book though. Such as "drugs" (plants) don't work for Shamanism. Yes they do, or at least they can. While I agree with what he says about alcohol making stupid people even stupider and your local Kindred is not a drinking club I think he drasticly overstates things in his criticisms of alcohol. The bottom line to me on alcohol is it brings out the worst in some people, it makes some people funner to be around, and while a certain amount of partying is ok, if not healthy, some people don't know when to quit or how to act when indulging.

I would also disagree with some of his theological statements. While I agree that the Eddas and Sagas are not a so called "Heathen Bible" and should be taken with a grain of salt and there is more to Odinism than studying mythology it is bordering on idiotic to downplay them to the degree that he does by stating "I value studying Christianity more than I do the Sagas and Eddas" At this point I would imagine a lot of people ask themselves why not just join a conservative Christian church or revert to old line Mormonism then? This is made even more maddening when he applies to Loki the role of mirroring the Jewish Satan but the thing is Loki is nowhere to be found anywhere but the Eddas! Realisticly the Eddas should be taken with a grain of salt but they are still one of the best sources we have. Snorri was a pretty good guy to be preserving them. He was an enemy of the Christian power establishment and was killed by a goon squad sent by them. Imperfections and Christian influences aside we are damn lucky that the Eddas were preserved.

Criticisms aside overall this is another good effort from Wyatt. He has been around a long time and is willing to think outside the stagnant "Asatru" box so his ideas are to be respected.


The Night Stalker (Pinnacle True Crime)
The Night Stalker (Pinnacle True Crime)
by Philip Carlo
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Night Stalker, November 5, 2011
As sleazy, trashy, sensationalized and exploitive as they tend to be I still have a weakness for true crime books. What Ramirez did was very disturbing and out and out evil. He did things like stab old ladies while they were sleeping and rape invalids. Almost equally as disturbing is this guy had female groupies fighting over him, including a juror, and Church of Satan nerds fawning over him and visiting him in prison.

In this book the author put it together by doing interviews with Ramirez, the Ramirez family, detectives involved in the case and other people connected to the case in one way or another so I think its pretty credible as far as what actually went down compared to a lot of other true crime books I have read.


Hero Tales and Legends of the Serbians
Hero Tales and Legends of the Serbians
by Woislav M. Petrovitch
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Heroic Serbs, October 31, 2011
This book contains some information about Serbian Folk Lore, Folk customs, a little theorizing about pre-Christian religion in Serbia and other Serbian legends but the bulk of this book is about Prince Marko. It would be very inaccurate to try to say he fits this description exactly but in a sense he is the Serb version of King Arthur. Overall an interesting and entertaining read if this sort of thing interests you.


Return of the Secaucus 7
Return of the Secaucus 7
DVD ~ Bruce MacDonald
Offered by Outlet Promotions
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3 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Defines a segment of the Baby Boomer Generation, October 5, 2011
This review is from: Return of the Secaucus 7 (DVD)
To me this defines the so called "Baby Boomers" to a tee. A bunch of coddled, selfish, "educated", self absorbed, hedonistic, psuedo hipster, pseudo intellectual, liberal, upper middle class adults that more or less behave like teenagers 24-7. Everything I hate about the liberal Yuppie Baby Boomer demographic is expressed vividly here. I was cringing throughout because it reminded me of these types that I thought I had escaped. Also the dialogue in this seemed forced and contrived. Only positive was a few of the women in this film were nice to look at.
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The Occult Laboratory: Magic, Science and Second Sight in Late Seventeenth-Century Scotland. A new edition
The Occult Laboratory: Magic, Science and Second Sight in Late Seventeenth-Century Scotland. A new edition
by Michael Hunter
Edition: Hardcover
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Occult Laboratory, September 19, 2011
The Occult Laboratory is mostly a collection of old Folk Beliefs/Folk Customs and belief in the supernatural from late 17th century Scotland. I like reading stuff like this because it can be fun and interesting and also because I think you can find lots fragments of and clues as to what pre-Christian European religious beliefs were.

There are some real gems in this but it can get monotonous at times. For example there may be page after page of local Scottish beliefs in omens like if a woman wearing a red dress stumbles while a man is shoeing a black horse this means that his roof will leak in 3 months time. Ok I made that one up but its not much different than many of the ones listed. This book would mainly be of interest to people who really like to study this type of stuff. It might be a little monotonous for people who would read it strictly for its entertainment value. Still a worthwhile read if you have an interest in Folk Lore, Folk Customs or Scottish culture.


Armed Madhouse: Who's Afraid of Osama Wolf?, China Floats, Bush Sinks, The Scheme to Steal '08,No Child's Behind Left, and Other Dispatches from the Front Lines of th
Armed Madhouse: Who's Afraid of Osama Wolf?, China Floats, Bush Sinks, The Scheme to Steal '08,No Child's Behind Left, and Other Dispatches from the Front Lines of th
by Greg Palast
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the better Investigative Journalists out there, September 9, 2011
In spite of him exhibiting some of the most annoying and hypocritical tendencies of his demographic (Jewish leftist) by doing things like referring to residents of a small town in rural New York as "inbred Farmers" and referring to an annual festival there as an "annoying white folks ritual" I think Palasts work is very good at exposing some of the rotten things going on with politicians and corporations.

A good bulk of this book is dedicated to exposing the fraud that "peak oil" and the lie that we are running out of it is and how big oil profits by pushing this scam. Palast also makes a very convincing case that the main push for the war in Iraq came from big oil corporations because they wanted to supress Iraqi oil production because more oil=drop in prices per barrell=less profit for oil companies. Another reason they wanted Saddam out of the picture because he didn't play the oil game as directed. Iraqi oil made the oil market jump up and down according to Husseins whims. Sometimes he would pump up oil production to maximun allowed under the "Oil for Food" program and sometimes he would cut it off. Big oil could not control oil prices with Saddam doing what he was doing. Therefore hundreds of thousands of people are dead now because of a war thats justification was based on lies.

There is also a lot that shows why Venezuelas Hugo Chavez is demonized in the western media. The reasons in a brief summary are he doesn't kow tow to the BPs, Chevrons, Exxons of the world.

Besides that Palast shows how the Republicans stole the 2004 election, (how they stole the 2000 election is in another book written by Palast) by getting votes thrown out and kept from being counted in places that generally speaking people do not vote Republican. Also Armed Madhouse gives several examples how Corporations, "free trade" and Globalism is screwing Americans over and the sneaky way they get laws passed that allow them to do it. Overall this is a very good read that contains information more people need to know. Palast is one of the better investigative journalists out there.


The Ancient Celts
The Ancient Celts
by Barry Cunliffe
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.33
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A little dry at times but still recomended to Celtophiles, September 9, 2011
This review is from: The Ancient Celts (Paperback)
This huge books best feature is it is full of pics of Celtic artifacts, maps, and illustrations. He concentrates on the Celts of the European continent and not so much on what went on with them in the British Isles. He bases most of this on archaeological evidence. Not that I don't think that those sources had their biases and flaws but I think Cunliffe over does it at times with trying to discredit written accounts of the Celts. The biggest flaw this book has is, in spite of the interesting subject, the writing is very dry at times. That said its still something you probably would want to have on your shelf if you are interested in the Celts.


The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki (Penguin Classics)
The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki (Penguin Classics)
by Jesse L. Byock
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.54
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Saga!, September 4, 2011
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I've yet to read a Saga I didn't enjoy and this is one of the better ones. Great for its entertainment value but not a whole lot as far as clues as to what the religious practices of Heathen Scandinavians were. There are lots of obvious similarities between Hrolf Krakis Saga and Beowulf but the story also goes in a lot of other directions that are not in Beowulf. Byocks introduction and notes are a great added bonus to this. I also like that where I live now is in close proximity to where all of this occured. The remains of what they believe may be the Hall of Hrolf Kraki is about a 45 minute train ride from here.


The Fighter
The Fighter
DVD
Price: $2.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Boxing films ever made, August 14, 2011
This review is from: The Fighter (Amazon Video)
I have to say this is one of the best boxing films ever made. Its based on Micky Ward and although it takes a few liberties with his boxing career I think its probably pretty accurate as far as how things were in his day to day life. They did ignore his fights with Arturo Gatti and made his fight with Shea Neary out to be a world title fight when it wasn't. All the actors and actresses in this did a great job though. I was really impressed. Even if you dont like boxing I'd recomend it. It has a gritty realism and shows what white working class people have to deal with in life which is rare to see from Hollywood.
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