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CODE RED: Computerized Election Theft and The New American Century: POST - E2014 Edition
CODE RED: Computerized Election Theft and The New American Century: POST - E2014 Edition
by Jonathan Simon
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! This is explosive, July 14, 2014
On one level, this book is straightforward and refreshingly direct. No punches are pulled. But that doesn't make it easy to absorb. So many things I used to believe have to be re-thought. So many sources that I have relied on must be discredited, if I take Simon's message to heart.

I've looked on the Web, and Simon isn't the only one charging that our elections have been corrupted. The topic is appallingly absent from the print and broadcast media, but there are plenty of credible references on the BlackBoxVoting.org web site and ElectionIntegrity.org and FreePress.org (left option). There's a great new video [...] and a cover story in Harper's for November [...]

Amid the upheaval, I remind myself of a profoundly optimistic consequence of all this gut-wrenching shift in perspective:

I had thought democracy had just failed. People are too stupid, too easily manipulated. The power of money to corrupt politicians and to buy propaganda has just overwhelmed our democratic machinery.

But now I see we haven't given democracy a chance. Before we give up on majority rule, let's try counting the votes in an open and verifiable process. Before we talk about a revolution or a new Constitutional Convention, let's dust off the Constitution we've got, and see how far it can take us.


Indecent Exposure
Indecent Exposure
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4.0 out of 5 stars Draws you in from the very beginning, March 23, 2014
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Poignant writing. Brilliantly crafted. Each sentence carries a window into a character. Mallon has made these people come to life with a few, perfectly-chosen details.


CODE RED: Computerized Election Theft and The New American Century: POST - E2014 Edition
CODE RED: Computerized Election Theft and The New American Century: POST - E2014 Edition
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! This is explosive., November 3, 2012
On one level, this book is straightforward and refreshingly direct. No punches are pulled. But that doesn't make it easy to absorb. So many things I used to believe have to be re-thought. So many sources that I have relied on must be discredited, if I take Simon's message to heart.

I've looked on the Web, and Simon isn't the only one charging that our elections have been corrupted. The topic is appallingly absent from the print and broadcast media, but there are plenty of credible references on the BlackBoxVoting.org web site and ElectionIntegrity.org and FreePress.org (left option). There's a great new video [...] and a cover story in Harper's for November [...]

Amid the upheaval, I remind myself of a profoundly optimistic consequence of all this gut-wrenching shift in perspective:

I had thought democracy had just failed. People are too stupid, too easily manipulated. The power of money to corrupt politicians and to buy propaganda has just overwhelmed our democratic machinery.

But now I see we haven't given democracy a chance. Before we give up on majority rule, let's try counting the votes in an open and verifiable process. Before we talk about a revolution or a new Constitutional Convention, let's dust off the Constitution we've got, and see how far it can take us.


Dohnányi: Piano Quintet No. 2 in E flat minor Op.26 / Sextet in C major Op.37
Dohnányi: Piano Quintet No. 2 in E flat minor Op.26 / Sextet in C major Op.37
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5.0 out of 5 stars transformative art, November 30, 2009
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Dohnanyi's musical genius is now coming to be recognized, 50 years after his death.

The Quintet Op 26 is my all-time favorite piece of chamber music, period. It is mystical philosophy translated into sound. The opening theme, in sotto voce strains two octaves apart, bares our awe before the unknown. The middle movement is an appreciation of love, absurdity and humor. The third and last movement opens with a full fugue in the strings, followed by a chorale in the unaccompanied piano. Magically, the fugue theme comes returns overlaid with the opening theme from the first movement, and the 2nd theme from the first movement chimes in as well in a climax of compositional virtuosity. When the dust clears, and that opening theme returns in a major key, it's just as though we've died and gone to heaven.

Transformative piece. A performance that brings out the music's every subtlety.

The sextet is jazzy, entertaining, full of laughs and surprises.


The Ground Truth: The Untold Story of America Under Attack on 9/11
The Ground Truth: The Untold Story of America Under Attack on 9/11
by John J. Farmer
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pandora's box opens, just a crack, November 30, 2009
In recent public opinion surveys, roughly half the country believes the official account of what occurred on 9/11/2001 to be substantially true, and half is skeptical. Apparently John Farmer, the man who penned the official 9-11 Commission Report in 2003, is in the latter group. Farmer has written a book as paradoxical as the Government testimony which he picks to pieces: He details one incident after another, meticulously documenting the lies that high government officials told in testimony before his commission. But even after leaving our mouths agape at the mendacity and deception of the Administration (the word `perjury' appears nowhere in the book), he reports unskeptically other parts of the story for which this same Administration was the only source, as if he has no choice but to believe them.

On the surface, the book is a scathing indictment of lethal government incompetence, and of the Bush Administration in particular. It charges ineptitude and a kind of blindness to reality at the highest levels of government. But, to turn a phrase, the book may be praising the Administration with faint damnation. As Senior Counsel to the 9/11 Commission, Farmer was in as good a position as anyone on the planet to pursue a competent and thorough investigation, to get to the "Ground Truth" behind the terror attacks and the government's response. And yet he chose to play softball, to settle for the testimony that he was offered, and base his conclusions on a partial and contradictory record. The Commission made no use of Congressional subpoena power or the Capitol Police. They did not recall witnesses whose testimony had been discredited. Every forensic investigator from the local police sergeant to the Special Prosecutor knows that if you jail the underling who is lying to protect his boss, he will often break under pressure and tell the truth that passes responsibility up the chain. And yet, empaneled to investigate this greatest crime of the nation's history, the 9/11 Commission forswore such tactics, sat back and scratched their heads when offered contradictory testimony.

The book climaxes in a chapter titled, "Whisky Tango Foxtrot", which, Farmer explains, was the Commissioners' constant refrain as the misleading testimony unfolded.

"The official version first put forward by Paul Wolfowitz had attained the status of national myth... This official version departed from the facts of the day in four critical respects. First, the official version indicated that the Langley fighters were scrambled in response to American 77, and thus omitted completely the pivotal report of the morning and the source of the Langley scramble: the report that American 11, the first hijack, was still airborne and heading for Washington. Second, the administration version insisted that the military was tracking United 93 and, as a consequence, was positioned to intercept the flight if it approached Washington. This was untrue; the military could not locate the flight to track it because it had crashed by the time of notification. Third, the official version insited that PresidentBush had issued an authorization to shoot down hijacked commercial flights, and that the order had been processed through the chain of command and passed to the fighters. This was untrue.

"Fourth, the administration version implied, where it did not state explicitly, that the chain of command had been functioning on 9/11, and that the critical decisions had been made by the appropriate top officials. Thus the presideent issued the shoot-down order; top FAA Headquarters officials coordinated closely with the military; Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta issued the order to land all airplanes; NORAD Commanding General Eberhart monitored closely the decisions taken at NEADS and CONR; and so on. None of this captures how things actually unfolded on the day."

Farmer goes on to theorize that the false testimony had been offered to cover up bureaucratic incompetence, especially in the military, and a criminal failure to prepare for the new dangers of a post-Cold-War world. His thesis is that the chain of command is too slow to function in a crisis, and that local officials must be trained and empowered to act quickly on their own initiative when extraordinary circumstances demand it. This, Farmer says, requires a fundamental rethinking of the way in which government operates.
The conclusion strikes me as good general advice, an extension of the warning that Dilbert and Laurence Peter before him have offered us for decades. But the recommendations look small compared to the ways in which 9/11 transformed our world - ushering in a never-ending war, sharp curtailment of civil and political liberties in the Land of the Free, a cloak of secrecy for the most criminal Administration in US history, and a centralization of power in the Presidency (OpEd News book review) that continues a year after Bush has left office.
9/11 reporting has been divided between those on the fringe who charge a massive government cover-up, and those in the mainstream who decry the former as `conspiracy theorists', maintaining that any such widespread deception would require too broad a network of cooperation to be plausible. The odd thing about this book is the way it breaches this divide. On the one hand, Farmer is the establishment. He was a Republican US Attorney, then Attorney General of New Jersey, before being tapped by the Kean Commission in 2002. In his capacity as Senior Council to the Commission, he wrote the 600-page 9-11 Commission Report that defines the official government version. On the other hand, Farmer tells us that the Report was falsified in some crucial respects. He charges a cover-up of exactly the kind that the mainstream has said is implausible on its face.

But then he tries to close Pandora's box without addressing the larger questions that loom in the realm of conspiracy theorists: How could fires cause three steel-framed buildings to collapse straight down in free-fall time, looking to every Youtube viewer like a classic example of controlled demolition? How could a jetliner with a 150-foot wing span have disappeared inside a 20-foot hole in the Pentagon? And how could four planes vaporize, black box and all, leaving nothing behind but a few paper passports that conveniently floated through the air into the hands of the waiting FBI?

How could cell phones have functioned at 30,000 feet, far outside the range of the broadcast towers which are designed with a horizontal beam? (And how lucky we were that the recipients of these calls had their tape recorders turned on at the crucial moment!) Remember that all we know about the drama within those four planes -- the stories of brown-skinned men with box-cutters speaking broken English, the murder of stewardesses, the storming of the cockpits and the heroism of passengers on Flight 93 -- our only source for all this is transcripts of these cell phone conversations which could not have occurred in the way they were reported.

The 9/11 Commission swallowed these camels without a hiccup.
Reading Farmer's book, I was struck by the vast gulf in documentary standards between the book's first and last chapters. In the last chapter, the story of the military response to 9/11 is detailed, and compared with FEMA's response to Hurricane Katrina four years later. Documentation is meticulous. Testimony is cited verbatim, right down to the words that were lost in noise and could not be transcribed from the FAA radio tapes. In the opening, Farmer tells the story of Osama bin Laden and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, plotting revenge on the Great Satan from his cave in Afghanistan. Quotes are offered as if Farmer had been there himself, witnessing the meetings. No sources are given, and there is no indication why Farmer believes the story he was told.

I am left wondering why Farmer does not question the Administration witnesses who were presumably the source of the background connection to bin Laden and Al Qaeda, even after he has documented for us the fact that these same Administration officials concocted a story to cover their asses.

Since `9/11 changes everything' don't we deserve to know what really happened on 9/11? Last year, writing on the Op Ed page of the New York Times, the co-chairs of the 9/11 Commission, Kean and Hamilton warned us that the Commission's report was tainted. Now the attorney who actually composed the report tells us he was propagating lies.

Still, we continue to `look forward, not back', and somehow that means we must press on with two wars conceived in mendacity, and that Constitutional liberties borrowed from us on false pretenses will not be restored any time soon.

President Obama had it exactly wrong. The only way to move forward is to re-evaluate the choices made by the Bush Administration. A new, open and unimpeded investigation of the events of 9/11 is exactly the way to begin.
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Fooled Again
Fooled Again
by Mark Crispin Miller
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, well documented, scary, hopeful, December 2, 2005
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How is it that the carefully-researched, meticulously-documented, copiously-footnoted works of Administration critics are dismissed as madness, while the unsupported, categorical rhetoric of Administration supporters is accepted as common wisdom?

Miller is a clear and convincing writer. He's done his homework, and he makes a powerful case, calling the legitimacy of the Bush White House into question. This is a story that has been woefully neglected, even by the 'liberal' arm of the US press. It has been told piecemeal by internet bloggers and non-profit websites. In Europe and New Zealand (!) the story of the election heist of 2004 has been reported by the commercial press, and is common knowledge. But in America, it has been considered slightly loony to question the integrity of our electoral machinery.

'Fooled Again' may just prove to be a turning point for the conventional wisdom. What Miller has done with this book is far more than to document anecdotes of election fraud and put them in perspective. He paints for us a coherent picture that I, for one, have understood for the first time after reading his work. I had been familiar with the economic analysis of right-wing politics - the growing power of multinational corporations, the lobbyists and the PACS, and their dominance in setting our government's agenda. It had seemed to me to be the work of a distant, inaccessible money machine.

Miller adds a psychological perspective, making the actions of the power-grabbers very tangible, comprehensible and real. The subversion of our democracy was planned for decades by people who are not so much evil as afraid, and no more dishonest with us than they are with themselves. If the methods with which they push their agenda seem deceptive, autocratic and draconian, it is because they perceive their situation (and ours) to be desperate.

One weakness of the book is that it focuses exclusively on anecdotal evidence for election theft. There is another half of the story which is told by numerical evidence. The widespread statistical anomalies in the 2004 election provide a context for the anecdotes, so that they cannot be dismissed as isolated aberrations. The statistical story will be told in a forthcoming book by Steve Freeman.

Since November '04, I had been a follower of the internet dialogs about election fraud, and a minor contributor to the statistical analysis. I have found Miller's book to be empowering: He offers us a context in which we might hope to organize a new movement for electoral integrity, setting the system aright before it becomes entrenched.


Arvo Part: Alina
Arvo Part: Alina
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1.0 out of 5 stars What is the emperor wearing?, November 30, 2000
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I like the works of Part, not for concert listening but as background music for creating an ambiance. I frequently play his music when doing yoga in the mornings. But this album goes much to far in the direction of minimalism for my taste. The music is childishly simple and repetitive. The marketing department compounds the insult with extra layers of packaging, and by filling a CD with nearly-identical performances of the same two works.
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Restoring Intimacy: The Patient's Guide to Maintaining Relationships During Depression
Restoring Intimacy: The Patient's Guide to Maintaining Relationships During Depression
by Drew Pinsky
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15 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A cruel hoax, January 1, 2000
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This book is padded to fill out 85 pages. There is no message here besides, "See a doctor - try pills." It suffers from the same lack of integrity as most books written by committee. The cover is beautiful. The title is enticing. It's a marketer's ploy for praying on depressed people and their spouses, reaching out in hope. It's the first book I'm actually sending back to Amazon.com.


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