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The Odds Against Obama: Why History and Logic Make the President a Likely Loser
The Odds Against Obama: Why History and Logic Make the President a Likely Loser
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Medved was wrong, November 7, 2012
Sorry Mr. Medved, but you were wrong and your reputation for prognosticating is (and has been) way off the mark. I did read half of "The Odds Against Obama", but found it entirely dry and boring and couldn't continue. Largely because much of Medved's underlying reasoning for believing Obama would lose the 2012 election rested on the shaky lynchpin argument that historically if an incumbant president had a lower approval rating approaching his possible second term (say, under 50%) than before his first term, that he would consistantly be voted against in the election. Well, that lynchpin is obviously not a very strong one and has unraveled as history has just shown.
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Foundation
Foundation
by Isaac Asimov
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.92
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Zenith of Asimov!, April 5, 2010
This review is from: Foundation (Paperback)
I highly recommend the time to read "Foundation"...it just may convince you to continue on with the rest of the series. I believe it was the forerunner and main idea behind the concept of a galactic empire as has been expanded on by Star Wars and Star Trek. If you would like to see the genesis of the idea behind those phenomena then you'll very much be rewarded by reading the Foundation series...besides, anything by Asimov is worth its weight in gold and this is the zenith of his space operatic writings!


Technology of the Gods: The Incredible Sciences of the Ancients
Technology of the Gods: The Incredible Sciences of the Ancients
by David Hatcher Childress
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.30
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79 of 97 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Science Fiction Stories, December 15, 2007
For those not researching much of what is written in Technology of the Gods, the stories would appear to be so fascinatingly convincing and wild and, for the most part, they are! However, if one were to REALLY do a little research and see how much of what Childress write is actually TRUE, they would find that much (and I would say, most) of it is just plain science fiction. Period. As I read Technology of the Gods, wanted badly to verify the accuracy of what Childress claimed, because as it turned out, the book made ever more outrageous claims as you get deeper and deeper into the book.

I wouldn't know where to start with a review, but a few facts stand out. For one, Childress quotes very extensively (and almost to the point of making his own analysis mute) several authors, such as Andrew Tomas, who have been known to write falsities themselves. Tomas is a good example. Most of what Tomas writes about cannot be tracked down mostly because he never left any sources for his outrageous claims. The "Vedic UFO's" from which Childress gets most of his ancient Indian Vimana ideas from (including illustrations of them) were inspired by a book, Vaimanika Shastra, that was claimed to have been "channeled" by the transcribed author, Pandit Subbaraya Shastry. Childress performs these same erroncies in which claims cannot be traced, verified, or researched. This is not science...this is pseudoscience. Or better yet: science fiction. This is a type of religion, in which you must simply believe what is said and leave it at that.

Another problem I found with Technology of the Gods is that there were half-truths (in which the whole explanation or alternative, and more realistic, answer seems to be ignored and not written about) or there were outright lies associated with many of Childress' claims. Quick examples:

-the Mitchell-Hedges crystal skull: was actually bought at an auction by Mitchell himself...not found at an archeological dig, as he claimed. But this explanation is never written about by Childress,

-the "metallic vessel" from Dorchester, MA was found near a mine in loose rubble, not, as Childress claims, "blown out of solid rock",

-the Coso Artifact, was found inside of a ball of hard clay, not, as Childress claims, a geode. Also, the object was found, under intense investigation, to be identical to a, then current, 1920's Champion spark plug, probably from mining equipment of the area. Of course none of this is ever mentioned or written about by Childress,

-the Iron Pillar of Delhi: not rusted due, possibly, to the high content of phosphorus film on its surface from the manufacture of it and also to its thickness. (None mentioned in Technology of the Gods),

and many more! In short, a book would need to be written that described the many inaccuracies and missleading information contained in Technology of the Gods. The book makes for some great science fiction, but not knowing anything about the subject matters written about and not researching any of the claims made by the author will lead one into believing a false religion.
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Electronic Gadgets for the Evil Genius : 28 Build-It-Yourself Projects
Electronic Gadgets for the Evil Genius : 28 Build-It-Yourself Projects
by Robert E. Iannini
Edition: Paperback
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162 of 174 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very misleading, yet fascinating at the same time, February 21, 2005
I was intrigued by the types of "gadgets" that could be built with the guidance of the book and decided to pick up a copy and start with the "Laser Window Bounce Listening Device". The most important restrictive factor in building these projects, for me, happened to be the cost of each. Since the book claims on the back cover that "needed parts are listed, along with their sources - and most of these projects can be built for $100 or less." Great, I thought! "$100 or less". Not so! The book is very misleading in this respect. For example, there are a total of 28 different projects to build, of which only 15 are "$100 or less" (many are a few hundred dollars)! The book misleads you further by giving the total price for "basic parts" ONLY or "specialized parts" ONLY!!

Let's add insult to injury by mentioning that the book seems to be an advertising tool for the author's company: Information Unlimited. This is the source for the "specialized parts", such as the "printed circuit boards"...that is, IF you can find the part!

So, getting back to the project I had wanted to build: the "Listening Device". The book says that the project would cost "$100 for BASIC PARTS" (my emphasis). Really? And what about the other parts? The most important parts, such as the "image converter tube" for the "See in the dark" project or "the special prepared plasma tube" for the lightsaber project? Where on the website can I find these among many other "specialized parts"? Asking questions about parts from their company is just as tedious and a waste of time as you will be sent from one phone number to another to get a small piece of information. Not worth it.

So, overall, the book may seem innocent and fun to learn from and exciting in its list of potential projects to build, but if you don't have a lot of throw-away cash AND a lot of throw-away time, especially spent at their advertised company, then I highly advise staying away from this book.
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