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The Numbers Station
The Numbers Station
DVD
Price: $2.99

4.0 out of 5 stars "THE NUMBERS STATION": CLASSIC JOHN CUSACK SPY THRILLER, August 29, 2014
"The Numbers Station" is another intense spy thriller starring the marvelous John Cusack who excels in these types of roles, supported by the beautiful Malin Akerman (Trophy Wife) and the esteemed Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones). When Emerson (Cusack) runs afoul of his boss Grey (Cunningham) during an important assignment, he is sent to work with Katherine as a protector at a remote, secret 'numbers station' which is eventually endangered. This sets Emerson and Katherine on the dangerous path of preventing the key essentials from falling into enemy hands. But who is protecting whom, what is at risk, and at what cost? A very engrossing movie with a small cast that gets the most from a familiar-themed spy script. Rated R. Highly Recommended. Four INTENSE Stars (Amazon Prime Video, Time-1:29)


Smart Weigh Body Fat Digital Precision Scale with Tempered Glass Platform, Eight User Recognition, and 440 lb Weight Capacity, Measures Weight, Body Fat, Water, Muscle and Bone Mass
Smart Weigh Body Fat Digital Precision Scale with Tempered Glass Platform, Eight User Recognition, and 440 lb Weight Capacity, Measures Weight, Body Fat, Water, Muscle and Bone Mass
Offered by MeasuRite
Price: $39.99

5.0 out of 5 stars SMART WEIGH’S MULTI-PURPOSE, MULTI-MEMORY BODY FAT SCALE IS A WINNER!, August 29, 2014
Five MULTI-FACTED Stars! A definite upgrade that goes beyond simply measuring body weight, this highly-accurate Smart Weigh versatile scale can do much more than the normal scale. Powered by 2 included CR2032 lithium batteries, it can not only measure traditional weight in either pounds, kilos, or stones, but it also uses Bio Impedance Analysis (BIA) technology which, when the scale is stepped on with clean, slightly damp bare feet, sends a low-level electrical current through the unclothed body to measure body fat, water, muscle, and bone readings. Based on the following ‘health characteristics’, it should NOT be used by those with chronic or acute illness and disease, taking certain medications affecting body water levels, implanted metallic objects in the body such as pacemakers, nuts, bolts, screws, rods, and plate inserts or internal contraceptive devices, use by those under 10 years of age, or by pregnant women. “If in doubt, contact your physician." It has a maximum weight capacity of 440 lbs (200kg, 31 st: 6 lbs).

Measuring 12.2 inches by 12.2 inches by 1 inch in height, it has 4 non-slip rubber feet, weighs about 4 pounds and is made of high-strength impact-resistant tempered glass over black-colored undersurface with imbedded stainless steel measuring plates. Inputting personal data is very simple and it is stored in memory. It has 'instant-on' weight readings or uses an 8-memory capability with automatic recognition for each individual based on gender, height, age, and 1 of 2 activity levels. The scale has automatic power "on and off”.

To get normal weight readings, simply step on the scale. To get body mass readings, press “Set”, then the personal “P-1 through P8” memory setting, then step and on the scale and wait to get the body mass readings of body fat, water, muscle, and bone readings, presented in sequence. In testing, the scale operated as described by the manufacturer. Outside of the ‘health characteristics’ limitations noted in the first paragraph, this remarkable scale is Highly Recommended. Five DISTINCTIVE Stars! (Smart Weigh Body Fat Scale with manual. 2-year materials and workmanship defect warranty under normal use by the original owner. 1 year manufacturer’s defect warranty. This item was provided for testing and an impartial review.)


Attmu Shower Caddy - Oxford Pouch - Shower Tote & Shower Bag - Bathrooms Bag - Large Pockets to Carry Your Bathroom Non Stainless Steel Full Mesh Material, Rustproof
Attmu Shower Caddy - Oxford Pouch - Shower Tote & Shower Bag - Bathrooms Bag - Large Pockets to Carry Your Bathroom Non Stainless Steel Full Mesh Material, Rustproof
Offered by Attmu Group
Price: $26.00

5.0 out of 5 stars NICE-LOOKING, PRACTICAL, LARGE INTERIOR SHOWER CADDY, August 27, 2014
This Attmu Shower Caddy has a strong black-colored mesh construction with sturdy handles, and 8 pockets, with thick red or blue piping around the outside areas. In a capacity test of the large interior Oxford Pouch, it has enough room to fit 1 gallon and 1 half gallon milk containers, side by side, in the interior. It can be used in the shower or bath tub as a single place 'catch-all' for liquid and solid soaps, conditioners, bathing brushes, combs, shaving kits, dental items, mirrors and other bathroom essential items. It can be taken, as is, on a road trip where it can be placed in the destination bathroom upon arrival and all bathing necessities are present at hand, as usual. For some showers, it may be placed over shower heads or shower controls with light interior loads (but not in my case) or on shower stools or chairs. Highly Recommended. Five HANDY Stars! (Red or blue piping overall, black-colored mesh construction, Attmu Shower Caddy with handles. This item was provided for testing and an impartial review.)


Celestial Seasonings Herb Tea Sampler, Variety Pack of 5 Flavors, 18-Count Tea Bags (Pack of 6)
Celestial Seasonings Herb Tea Sampler, Variety Pack of 5 Flavors, 18-Count Tea Bags (Pack of 6)
Price: $17.94
6 used & new from $17.94

5.0 out of 5 stars CELESTIAL SEASONINGS DECAF TEA SAMPLERS-TASTY & NICE VARIETIES, August 26, 2014
This box of very tasty "Celestial Seasonings" Caffein Free Herbal Tea Samplers is advertised as "100% natural" and has 5 different decaf flavors: Chamomile-4 bags, Lemon Zinger (hibiscus, rose hips, roasted chicory, orange peel, lemongrass, lemon peel, whole dried lemons, etc.)-3 bags; Peppermint-4 bags; Honey Vanilla Chamomile (chamomile, orange peel, natural honey, etc.)-3 bags; and Sleepytime (chamomile, spearmint, lemongrass, tilia flowers, blackberry leaves, etc.)-4 bags. Each bag yields 8 ounces of tea. No fat, calories, sodium, carbs, sugar, protein or gluten. Nice variety with chamomile in 3 of the 5 flavors and my favorites are Peppermint and Honey Vanilla. Highly Recommended. 5 EXCELLENT Stars! (Celestial Seasonings Caffein Free Herbal Tea Sampler, 5 flavors, 18 bags total.)


CIA Air Operations in Laos, 1955-1974
CIA Air Operations in Laos, 1955-1974
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4.0 out of 5 stars CIA RECOLLECTIONS: AIR OPERATIONS IN LAOS, 1955-74, August 25, 2014
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Four BROAD Stars! This is another in the unclassified series of short works on specific topics regarding past Central Intelligence Agency operations during the Vietnam war era by Professor William M. Leary. This is Volume 43, Number 3 of CIA Studies In Intelligence and generally covers their air operations in Laos for a period of about 19 years which was the largest paramilitary operation ever accomplished by the Agency.

"Air America" was an airline covertly owned by the CIA and by 1970 had almost 80 fixed and rotary winged aircraft and over 300 pilots, maintenance, and support personnel in Laos and Thailand carrying out various Agency and US policy requirements. In my review of the CIA short book on "The Fall of Lima Site 85", various CIA aircraft were used throughout that operation for surveillance, resupply, and one derring do incident involving a CIA plane and a machine gun. This volume wastes some words in defense of the Agency with regards to possibly having allegedly moved drugs around and out of Laos: flatly denied!

The roots of Air America go back as far as 1950 when air assets were purchased to further mission necessities under the guise of previous owner CAT. It ran operations during the Korean, IndoChina, and Vietnam wars. Along the way we find the final months of Dien Bien Phu, the Geneva Conference of 1954, thousands of missions of resupply, relocation, intelligence, humanitarian aid, STOL aircraft use, the Hmong and PARU programs, Vang Pao, the Secret War, great risk and lost personnel, and shutdown. Professor Leary does an admirable job of giving this overview of CIA air operations. Very Definitely Recommended. Four DANGEROUS Stars! (Kindle review of ~ 30 pages.)


My Favorite Things
My Favorite Things
Price: $0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars SINGLE TRACK REVIEW: A BLAZING VOCAL PERFORMANCE OF "MY FAVORITE THINGS" by 52ND STREET, August 24, 2014
This review is from: My Favorite Things (MP3 Music)
~ "Sarah and Ella, Carmen and Cleo, and Flora Purim who sings songs from Rio...." - Wendy Simon~

The talented vocal duo of Wendy Simon and the late Eric Shaw (Spiegel) formed the wondrous jazz vocal group "52nd Street" (aka "Tuxedo Junction") in the only recorded album available by this quartet of jazz vocalist and scat singer supreme Simon, Shaw on his own distinctive jazz vocals and wildly-swinging piano, with Craig Thomas on double bass and drummer Tony Green rounding out the group's rhythm section. They alter the lyrics to the often-recorded classic sweet ballad "My Favorite Things" from "The Sound of Music" taking it farther out than ever, making it relevant to the lives of jazz musicians, outfitted with a blazing 4/4 tempo as Shaw, then Simon do marvelous vocal things to this classic song, not to mention Thomas taking a great bass solo on his own. From the MP3 album, "Scrapple to the Apple". My Highest Recommendation! Five HUGE Stars! (1-MP3 track, Time- 5:19)


Il Progetto Vivaldi 2 by Sol Gabetta (2011) Audio CD
Il Progetto Vivaldi 2 by Sol Gabetta (2011) Audio CD

5.0 out of 5 stars MORE VIVALDI BRILLIANCE & BEAUTY: SOL GABETTA & CO ARE AMAZING!, August 24, 2014
Five BAROQUE Stars! Echo Award-winning classical cellist Sol Gabetta revisits the Baroque era focus of her highly praised Il Progetto Vivaldi (The Vivaldi Project) by performing three cello concertos and one rare cello sonata by Antonio Vivaldi, along with 2 additional cello concertos by lesser known but very compelling composers, Leonardo Leo and Giovanni Benedetto Platti, including a superb world premier of the Platti composition. In her previous Vivaldi recording, Ms Gabetta restrung her 1759 Guadagnini cello with gut strings and used a Baroque bow in performance with the renowned period septet "Sonatori De La Gioiosa Marca". In this performance of 21 tracks over a generous 75 minutes, she uses a 1781 Gagliano Baroque cello and introduces us to her own fourteen-piece ensemble, "Capella Gabetta", performing on period instruments and with her brother, the distinguished violinist Andres Gabetta, as concertmaster. These are inspired, wonderful performances of the Red Priest's music by "Capella Gabetta", especially the magnificent Ms Gabetta with her luminous singing tone and awesome technique; and also of the excellently played music of 2 Italian composers who deserve more exposure. This is a recording of brilliance and beauty, indeed! My Highest Recommendation. Five ELEGANT Stars! (21 tracks Time: 75m:11s.)


Unfailing Treasures
Unfailing Treasures
Price: $3.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars HELPFUL SPIRITUAL ADVICE ABOUT GOD'S TREASURES ALONG THE PATH OF LIFE, August 24, 2014
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Five SPIRITUAL Stars! Good News! In "Unfailing Treasures", author Lisa Buffaloe, points out the earthly and heavenly treasures that await the true believer who discovers the deep spirituality available in following the tenants of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. These are spiritual treasures that transcend physical earthly riches and prosperity that are subject to loss, theft, and ruin and whose usefulness ultimately stops at death's door for all of mankind. We can find "satisfaction, love, joy, peace, comfort, and everything your soul craves, is offered for free and found in the presence of Jesus Christ". This is not a book to be read in consecutively-building chapters, hence no table of contents is included, but a book where the reader can literally open any page and start reading the nearest, short chapter.

The author uses short, meaningful chapters that can be used as daily devotionals which only take a few minutes to read and a few more minutes for Bible reading and reflection, if desired. Thus it can be spread throughout the year, and can be read again in the coming years. She uses Bible quotes, spiritual poetry, prayers, personal insights and experiences, and a conversational tone to reach out to the reader. Each short chapter ends with a "Mining for Treasure" part with questions and suggested verses from the Bible that amplify the lessons of the chapter. It is possible to be full of joy, despite our circumstances. "The Commandments of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are clear, giving insight for living."- Psalm 19:8.

She brings the Christian experience down to the level of everyday living and experiences. Some of the short chapter highlights are "Personalizing Psalm 23", "Hummingbird Moments", "Don't Take The Risk", "Twisted", "Remember to Tell Them", "True Identity", "Scrubbing Shadows", "Hope For The Hurting", "Don't Give Up", "Messed Up", "He is There", and "The Homecoming". And she also gives advice on fending off attacks by the enemy Satan, the power of prayer and prayer requests, both from and for others. A big suggestion is that of making time each day for prayer, reading the Bible, and for using devotionals such as this book. This is a wonderful book by Lisa Buffaloe that can expand our knowledge of Jesus, the Trinity, help in times of both happiness and sadness, pointing the way to a joyful end of life. This is a Christian, non-denominational book. Highly Recommended! Five CHRISTIAN Stars! (Reviewed in Kindle text format, 252 pages)


Guimaraes, simone Casa De Ocean (dig) Bossa Nova
Guimaraes, simone Casa De Ocean (dig) Bossa Nova

5.0 out of 5 stars EXQUISITE, ENDLESS BRAZILIAN PORTUGUESE BEAUTY AND RHYTHM, August 23, 2014
Five BEAUTIFUL Stars!! Simone Guimarães' wonderfully kaleidoscopic "Casa de Oceano" is a scintillating CD with many surprises. Especially the exotic and captivating voice with which Ms. Guimaraes has been blessed. The first time I heard Simone on Milton Nascimento's "Pieta" CD singing "Beleza e Cancao", I hurried to turn up the sound to hear every aspect of that incredible voice. What an instrument and a perfect vocal foil for the voice of the legendary Milton!

Beyond that, on this CD Simone Guimarães surrounds herself with an impressive variety of special guests: Milton Nascimento, himself; the legendary Maria Bethania; classic musician/song melodist Francis Hime; the Grammy-nominated Guinga; the superb ContinenTrio; the wonderous strings of Quarteto Maogani; and more. She uses them to capture the many aspects of the sea shore, the ocean, and all things aquatic around Brazil in a breathtaking manner, over and over. Hats off to the amazingly talented Jaime Alem for his CD production and his wonderful musical support of this great artist. The CD is beautifully recorded with a very immediate presence and can be considered a masterpiece of beautiful Brazilian music.

The 'piece d'resistance' has to be the magnificent classic song "Milagre Dos Peixes" (Miracle of the Fish), written by Milton Nascimento. Simone Guimarães was BORN to sing this incredible song!! This song is known to many fans from Milton's colloboration of 25 years ago with jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter on the CD "Native Dancer". This version tops that version, not to mention the surprise when Milton's own voice rises out of Simone's sonic maelstrom in mid-performance and pushes the proceedings along in a wonderfully inter-twined solo/duet. It's magnificent in all respects and the ending may have you holding your breath. I just wish it was longer, but that's what is so tantilizing about it and that's what "repeat" buttons are for on CD/MP3 players.

Simone's own "Agua Funda" (Deep Water), the lilting samba "Desavenca" (with guest Guinga), the bopping samba "Zomba" (with guests ContinenTrio and Kiko Continental's very hip piano solo), the poignant "Cancao Brasileira" (Simone will tear your heart out), and Jobim's incredible "Retrato Em Branco E Preto" (with Simone's 'trumpet' solo and her evocation of the memory of Elis Regina) are quite fantastic, among the other excellent songs on this CD.

This CD evokes what legend says it must have been like to listen to Simone Guimarães when she was mesmerizing her fans in the clubs around Santa Rosa de Viterbo in her early career: personal, immediate, and wonderful. Want to hear some beautiful MPB (Brazilian Popular Music) music sung in totally captivating Portuguese? This is the one. Magnifico, Simone!!! Five BIG Stars!!


Beyond The Blue Horizon
Beyond The Blue Horizon
Price: $0.89

4.0 out of 5 stars SINGLE TRACK REVIEW: MORTON GOULD'S MAGNIFICENT ORCHESTRAL "BEYOND THE BLUE HORIZON", August 23, 2014
Four OVERALL Stars for the somewhat 'distant' sound of the recording, but Five HUGE Stars for the arrangement and performance by the great Morton Gould and his Orchestra performing in his prime on Columbia Records where he produced at least 8 "easy listening" albums for guru producer Mitch Miller's signature label that were quite popular in the 1950s and 60s and are still quite enjoyable far into the 21st Century. Gould infuses "Beyond The Blue Horizon" with wonder and magic as he gives us a 3 minute look into his musical viewpoint of what lies beyond and it is wonderful. He seems to conjure up a rainstorm and the sun breaking through afterwards, along the way of the performance. Despite the distant sound, I just 'turn it up' to bring the orchestra closer. Also there are great performances of "Moonglow", "Mood Indigo", and a version of Pete DeRose's "Deep Purple" where Gould's arrangement uses the "Lilacs in the Rain" central section that became popular on its own, to a lesser degree than the main theme. Four stars overall, but definitely a Five BEAUTIFUL Star performance by the legendary "easy listening" maestro Morton Gould that is Highly Recommended. (1 MP3 Track. Time-3:53)


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