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5.0 out of 5 stars This visually-compelling dip into the sewers and back alleys of Los Angeles provides one with a riotously riveting ride., May 29, 2015
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Superb Detective Film-Noire Series!

Let It Bring You Along
Let It Bring You Along
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great song from a neat album., April 22, 2015
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I love this song by the late Rick Nelson, with his backing group, the Stone Canyon Band. This song shows how far Rick traveled as an artist from his very beginnings in the 1950s up to his death in the early 1980s. Rock on, Rick; rock on.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice if Expensive World Gym Sweatshirt., January 20, 2015
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A bit on the expensive side, but it appears to be well made and has the authentic World Gym logo on the front, but not in reverse on the back as with original World Gym products.

Dan Poynter's Self-Publishing Manual: How to Write, Print and Sell Your Own Book
Dan Poynter's Self-Publishing Manual: How to Write, Print and Sell Your Own Book
by Dan Poynter
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This Author Uses Reviewers' Names Without Permission, September 15, 2013
This book is nothing more than a marketing trick based on the author's rush to make some money, in this case at the expense of reviewers like myself, whose names he apparently felt he could use without first seeking our permission. This is apparently a naked ploy to attract new authors by suggesting they contact unwary reviewers like myself to seek reviews of their books. I have not read this book; but based on the unethical practices this guy uses to market his product, I suspect it is not much use to anyone but him. Let me tell you about the hundreds of unsolicited requests for book reviews I get as a result of him deciding he could list me as though I was giving my permission to do so. And what kind of reception do you think a reviewer like me will give to the hundreds upon hundreds of unsolicited requests to spend my time and energy reviewing books I have no interest in? The book is a con,and the only one benefiting is the author.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Album by the Inimitable McGarricle Sisters, June 16, 2012
This review is from: Matapedia (Audio CD)
"He put his big, middle-aged hands on her shoulders/ And he looked her in the eye/ Just like a boy of nineteen would do/ But she was not afraid/ She was not afraid". With this opening title song recalling first love, enduring memories, and inter-generational continuities, this is a wonderful, winsome, and worthwhile album by the incredibly durable singing sisters of folk music, Canadians Kate and Anna McGarricle. This first song, "Matapedia", is an interesting and evocative ballad that is easily one of the best single popular folk songs ever written, with an appealing upbeat tempo, a lovely melody, and some literally unforgettable lyrics. In recalling her own formative years and comparing them to her young daughter Martha, she reveals the continuities, consistencies, and character linking each member of the family to each other, and also weaves a wistful love-lost counter theme between the lines. As a middle aged guy who still feels sometime like he's nineteen, I can tell you that my first hearing of the song left me emotionally moved, and I think it likely has the same effect on a lot of listeners.

The balance of the album is typical fare for the two veteran folk singers who been around a while; wide-ranging, thoughtful, and insightful. And while the work at first listening will seem a bit uneven, it is all great stuff. This is an album one had to warm up to by listening to it a number of times, much like some of Eric Andersen's or Dave Mallett's terrific work. This is not meant as a criticism, but as a guide for those listeners who are expecting something else. If you have heard some of their timeless music, you will understand. If not, you are in for a real treat. Herein they explore the Pandora's Box of all the pitfalls of human emotion, delving into the lasting effects of heartache, life experience, and changes along the way. Listen to the first cut, calm down, play it again, and then start listening to the rest of this beautifully written, sung, and recorded work by two of the most talented folk singers in existence! Wonderful! Kate may be gone now, but her music remains. Please, enjoy!
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Don't Make Waves [Remaster]
Don't Make Waves [Remaster]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Screwball Movie featuring Dave Draper!, July 7, 2011
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What do you get when you mix a conniving Tony Curtis as a shady grifter with an accident on two legs like Claudia Cardinelli in a plot that involves beach front house along a gorgeous stretch of Malibu Beach? The kind of outrageous pandemonium that only a Hollywood screenwriter could imagine. Yet it is also an interesting character study of a number of individual minor characters, and it is this aspect of the film that makes its histrionics and dumb jokes somehow more palatable. Watch for the scenes with the late and beautiful Sharon Tate and big bodybuilder Dave Draper, who ignite on screen together in a sweet and almost innocent way in front of the camera. Big Dave never made a career in films, but this movie shows he could act, and that he had a unique sort of charisma on-screen at that. I save this one for cold winter nights when my California dreaming is at a fever pitch. I always seem to enjoy it. I hope you will too.

Ghost Plane: The True Story of the CIA Torture Program
Ghost Plane: The True Story of the CIA Torture Program
by Stephen Grey
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5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing But Yet A Riveting Read!, October 20, 2006
Any citizen concerned about the manifest threats to our constitutionally guaranteed liberties emanating from the Bush administration in its approach to the "War On Terror" will do well to read and appreciate the frightening story contained in these pages. Author Stephen Grey takes great pains to carefully document the astonishing ways in which the Executive Branch has unleashed the least principled elements within the Central Intelligence Agency and fully endorsed the crypto-fascistic policy of "extraordinary rendition", which is a clever euphemism for the unlawful abduction and illegal international transportation of certain designated "terrorist" suspects to avoid domestic legal complications. In other words, when the CIA and Executive branch determine that a specific suspected terrorist might have critical time-sensitive information, it employs this technique to deliver the suspected terrorist into the hands of foreign governments that sanction and practice torture. Thus, the fundamental purpose of this policy is to do an end run around the constitutional guarantees which everyone within the borders of the USA enjoys by situating the suspect in countries in which brutal torture is both tolerated and practiced.

In many cases there is an almost comical ironic twist to the politics involved in the sense that the Executive Branch and the CIA seem to blatently ignore and deliberately subvert existing foreign policy in acts that are most accurately described as being cynically pragmatic, which also employ outlaw states such as Syria to use extreme torture methods to ply sensitive information from known or suspected terrorist suspects. What Grey reveals is a well-established network of secret international prisons not only sanctioned by the United States Government, but which also rewards host countries who are aided and abetted in their own civil rights violations through immoral and unethical manipulation of Presidential influence on other countries to "take it easy" on human rights violator states like Morocco, Syria, and the Sudan. The picture that eventually comes into sharp focus is one in which both American and European leaders intentionally subvert both civil and criminal laws as well as well established international policies to keep such outlawed practices of illegal imprisonment and extreme torture secret as they attempt to mine the depths of human intelligence without worrying about either the morality or legality of such actions.

This story is not only shocking in terms of the craven practices it shows our elected and appointed leaders to be guilty of, but is also a stunning indictment of the whole notion of the "War On Terror" by illustrating that we as a country are apparently just as willing to inflict pain and suffering on potential innocents to achieve our political means as are the terrorists, meaning that in that regard we are no better than they. It should be an outrage for Americans to recognize that our elected and appointed representatives, that is, those who have initiated and are practicing extraordinary rendition appear all too ready, willing, and able to simply set aside thorny constitutional and ethical standards (which have such a rich tradition in western civilization) to achieve what they term to be a short term advantage in the struggle against the terrorists.

While I am no Pollyanna, and am willing to admit there are certain rare circumstances in which such situational ethics may seem to justify the use of extreme measures, it seems that what Mr. Grey has uncovered is anything but an exceptional situation, that in fact there has developed a wholesale policy which trashes these traditional cautions against the use of extreme torture and the related legal abuse of the suspect's legal rights, thus setting the stage for an increasingly noxious authoritarian practice in which the act of abducting a person quickly becomes a de facto justification for the act itself. Having such trust and confidence in the wisdom of the Executive Branch and the CIA to visit such summary justice to people simply suspected of terrorist ties seems quite contrary to the fundamental laws and liberties guaranteed by the founding fathers. Indeed, such rushes to judgement can have catastrophic consequences for innocent people mistakenly caught up in this practice, and there are several documented cases in which this has happened, most undeniably to a Canadian citizen who was simply passing through the USA en route from the Middle East back to Canada when he was detained and abducted at JFK airport, and was subsequently flown to Syria and then systematically tortured for months before being released after continuing complaints from Canadian authorities to the CIA and US State Department.

Indeed, it is difficult not to be outraged and disgusted when Grey traces the record of government representatives as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice making public pronouncements denying the use of extraordinary rendition and torture by third party host nations on behalf of the USA. Under such circumstances, it is preposterous to suggest that we simply trust Mr. Bush and his cabinet members to do whatever they think best by allowing them the latitude to defend our liberties as they see fit, and without any meaningful oversight or review. We should all be ashamed of the way in which our leaders have done such things in the name of national security, and be prepared to compensate the many innocent victims who were virtually kidnapped and willingly surrendered by our agents to suffer in the hands of bestial captors. As I indicated above, some have had their lives ruined. Senator Barry Goldwater once commented that "extremism in the pursuit of liberty is no vice"; yet I am sure he would turn over in his grave to learn of the sordid details that are described in this book. In my opinion, our own clutch on personal liberty is seriously jeapordized by the anti-democratic and authoritarian policies and practices described herein. Enjoy!
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Fear: Anti-Semitism in Poland after Auschwitz: An Essay in Historical Interpretation
Fear: Anti-Semitism in Poland after Auschwitz: An Essay in Historical Interpretation
by Jan Tomasz Gross
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Case Study In Polish Savagery!, September 12, 2006
In pondering this disturbing and provocative tome by Jan T. Gross, one is reminded not only of his previous shocking entry, "Neighbors" (see my review) but also of the increasing evidence of a shockingly resurgent and quite virulent anti- Semitism across Europe as well as throughout the Middle East. With horrific detail, Mr. Gross describes the almost indescribable violence and murder systematically visited against returning Jews to Poland in the aftermath of the Second World War. This current work indicates just how typical the previous study ("Neighbors") he had conducted concerning the events in one particular rural town (Jedwabne) had been. In that account he detailed how the local inhabitants intentionally clubbed, murdered, and mutilated its local indigenous Jews in 1941 under the urgent ministrations of a cruel Nazi occupation. Since many stood to gain materially from the Jews' demise in the way of money, farms, houses, furniture, and other earthly possessions, they were seemingly encouraged by local German occupying forces to engage in the bludgeoning murders of as many as 1,000 of their Jewish fellow villagers; men, women, and children.

In reading this new book regarding the admittedly depressing account of widespread violent attacks on the returning Jews, one is also reminded of the mounting evidence of just how fragile and thin a layer of civility separates us all from savagery, whether we be Polish, Armenian, Russian, Rwandan, or American. There are few countries and even fewer cultures that can claim no such examples of wanton depravity and unconscionable violence against other groups or sects within a society, be they Jewish, black, Native American, or Aborigine. Sociologist C. Wright Mills once commented that anyone wishing to accurately and comprehensively describe human propensities for either individual and group behavior had to do so in extremely broad strokes, ranging all the way from examples of compassionate sweet reason to the steppes of absolute and utter cruelty. This study illustrates once more just how easily otherwise decent and frail human beings can descend into examples of atavistic horror, becoming unthinking monsters, and how the society at large works to convect convincing excuses for these horrific activities, denying the terrifying reality of just what it is that has transpired. Sadly, nothing is more common in such situations than the vainglorious attempt on the aprt of the larger social forces within a society to blame the victims for the unholy violence lavished upon them, and in this case all of the traditional shibboleths regarding Jews were carted out in full blossom to attempt to justify what the general population had bloddied its hands doing.

Yet, one hastens to add that this treatment is by no means reserved exclusively for Jews, although they seem to have had more than their fair share of abuse. Rather, human beings seem to be a very non-discriminating species in terms of just who they are willing to victimize, violate, and then vilify. Hate and fear know no safe haven from the likes of us. Americans have historically victimized and vilified native Americans and American Blacks, Indonesians did the same to native Timorians, and even the Israelis are purported to have done the same to Palestinians on the West Bank. We must all remember that hate and fear know no natural bundaries; none of us are immune. We are all prey to the darker impulses of the human heart, to the murderous moments within our primal inner selves. In this respect, there are no chosen people in terms of sect, culture, or religion. Here, however, one must admit that the events described are especially egregious because the victims were those fortunate enough to survive the Holocaust. Their subsequent beatings, murder and mutilation at the hands of their fellow surviving countrymen is particularly hard to understand or comprehend.

The specific events described here are centered around the town of Kielce, and how the sad case of a young boy's disappearance and alleged abduction led to a series of outrages against the returning Jews that in essence led to such an anti-Semitic explosion of hate, violence and murder that by late in the 1940s Poland truly became a country whose Jews had all either been eliminated by the Nazis, the post war violence within Poland, or by hasty emigration by the few remaining Polish Jews in desperate fear for their lives. While I disagree with a number of the opinions voiced by the author, one can hardly argue with the degree of documentation he offers in terms of his overall history of the events unfolding in Poland in the aftermath of the end of the Second World War. This is a cautionary tale, one fraught with meaning for any of us viewing current events across the globe. In sum, once the floodgates of hate and fear are unleashed, they can hardly be controlled. This is an excellent book, and one I can heartily recommend for the serious student of WWII. Enjoy!
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The One Percent Doctrine: Deep Inside America's Pursuit of Its Enemies Since 9/11
The One Percent Doctrine: Deep Inside America's Pursuit of Its Enemies Since 9/11
by Ron Suskind
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5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting Read From Ron Suskind!, June 20, 2006
This latest offering from renowned journalist Ron Suskind, "The One Percent Doctrine", proves the wisdom of the old adage regarding truth being stranger than fiction. At the same time it also serves up a number of egregious examples of just how far reaching the terrible recklessness and near total disregard for truth and law in the fateful decisions made by the Bush administration in the three year wake of the events of 911 has been for the nation and the world at large. At heart, Suskind contends, is an absurd Cheny perception that even a "one percent' probability of a terrorist attack requires immediate pre-emptive action. Given such a fascistic and dangerous interpretation of America's presumptive place in the contemporary world, it is no wonder we have gone so recklessly far astray.

Indeed, it appears as though in making the world `safe from terrorism,' we seem to be have been willing to suspend any critical oversight of the Executive branch, to allow the current administration make a mockery of the supposed restraints existing among the several branches of the federal government, and to do so by so taking the U.S. Constitution on a plunge so deep into the depths of the icy blue waters of obfuscation and circular logic that one wonders if the Founding Fathers have the bends. Under the current circumstances, one has to wonder if the federal government is this free to so prevaricate, engage in character assassinations, withhold truth and important facts, and do whatever it deems prudent in the pursuit of its goals, regardless of its legality or illegality, then just what kind of constitutional republic we really have operating here. One that perhaps bears an uncanny resemblance to the early days of the Third Reich, when Hitler used similar arguments to shout down his opponents and subvert the laws, one by one. Sadly enough, like then, these days almost no rises to shout back in vocal defiance of this transparently solipsistic view of the separation of constitutional powers or the excesses of Executive action.

According to Suskind, there is overwhelming proof that those at the highest levels of the food chain within the insular Bush White House, including both Vice President Dick Cheney as well as the President himself, consciously and deliberately used the events of 911 as a screen to pursue preconceived goals, many of which, like Iraq, were actually virtually unrelated to the events surrounding 911, and that the pursuit of Saddam Hussein in particular was seen as constituting an opportunity to create an example of how the new America of the neoconservative right would deal with tyrants and enemies they found along the way toward the new American hegemony they lusted after. Now, firmly ensconced in the quicksand of Iraq (one dare not call it a quagmire!), these morons continue to recklessly shed American blood as they learn, with what has become painfully monotonous regularity, the limits of American power in a complex, multifacted world.

What is most frightening about Suskind's offering is the level of detail and example he provides to go over what many consider to be familiar territory already covered by Richard Clarke, Seymour Hersch, and a pursuing posse of notable others. Yes, indeed, the Bush team glossed over truths, disregarded inconvenient facts, disjointed other technical information to make it fit their preposterous cover stories, and honed the art of secrecy to a new cult of fascistic insistence that those who questioned their methods, arguments, or goals, were "unpatriotic" and are therefore somehow, unlike themselves, "unworthy to lead". They concocted a witch's brew of cover stories and different takes, employing a marketing and advertising firm to float various stories to the media in an attempt to determine which struck the most responsive chord.

They pressured Western Union and First Data Corporation into providing information covered by existing privacy laws, they held American citizens like Jose Padilla without charges for years without providing him any of the due process rights guaranteed by law. When the Supreme Court overturned this interpretation of Bush's right to do so by virtue of his status as Commander In Chief, the Justice Department found other questionable means to get their way. Indeed, the nation of laws is under assault by an administration that only knows what it wants and will do anything it needs to effect the outcome it desires. In the last six years they have effectively gutted the environmental regulations constraining corporate rape of the national parks, have blunted consumer protection, emasculated the EPA, EEOC, and FDA, and have looted the federal treasury to the tune of nine trillion dollars, all subsidized, at least temporarily, by foreign investment. In the end, however, those left to pay the bill will be those taxpayers not benefiting from the overly-generous tax cuts proffered like booty and tribute by the neo-conservatives to the upper reaches of the socioeconomic ladder. It makes the mind reel.

The saddest aspect of the book is the picture it paints of the principals; Mr. Tenet, a man all too willing to do anything he had to in order to both placate the President and please his constituency within the spy community; Ms. Rice, who plays fast and loose with honor and truth in service to the President's half-baked goals, Vice President Cheney, who looks more and more like the evil sorcerer, and the feckless George W. Bush, who seems to have mastered the Texas strut even while failing miserably to abide by the constitutional constraints incumbent in the office of the Presidency, and who in this account appears to be allotted the uneviable role of the sorcerer's apprentice. This is a great book, and one I can heartily endorse. Enjoy!
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Iron on My Mind
Iron on My Mind
by Dave Draper
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Wonderful Book From Dave Draper!, March 21, 2006
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One of the most fascinating aspects of reading through this latest offering from bodybuilding legend Dave Draper is the degree to which he manages to beguile the reader with his ability to use the language so effectively, with his special soft and winsome sense of humor, on the one side, and his unique way of looking at the world on the other. Sixty-something year old Draper's style is almost child-like in its simplicity and enthusiasm, and that can be quite intoxicating while one is covering subjects that one associates with sweat, struggle, and chasing the pump. Dave Draper is the real deal, and in each of the several dozen short articles included here he demonstrates why his instinctual approach to training and to life itself is so appealing.

After all, Dave was one of the original denizens of Muscle Beach, but he is anything but brain-addled from all his forty or fifty years of pounding steel in Herculean workouts that would leave most of us staggering for our breath and a quick exit home. Draper is actually quite sophisticated, clever, and commanding in his artful use of language to convince, persuade, and cajole all of us ordinary knuckleheads as to how to better achieve our physical and other life goals by applying all of the tips and methods he lays out bit by bit as he progressively educates us in the ways of physical culture. Scorning the more complicated workout routines, Draper advises us to simply get proper nutrition, rest well, and work out intensely, regularly, and systematically to achieve our goals.

Indeed, in a time of much more controversial training approaches being advocated by others, Dave clears the air by suggesting we simply concentrate on the basics and let our consistent attention to details as well as our persistence in applying these rules to make significant improvement. As we read his words, we gradually come to understand his deep faith and his enduring conviction that applying his simple rules not only works to build a terrific body, but is also a wonderful approach for facing life without excuses or complaints. Here is a man that has seen both sides of fame, who strode to the victory platform as Mr. Universe while still in his twenties, who also starred in a movie with the late Sharon Tate, and who chose to withdraw to a quiet life of principle, working out every day and building rustic furniture to make a living.

Draper has come far since those days. Unlike the current crop of bodybuilding stars, who pursue the game for fame and fortune, Draper eschewed both long ago, choosing instead to concentrate on a life of physical culture. Ever since, he has become the elder spokesman for bodybuilding, an acknowledged phenomenon who often lectures, trains, and writes based on a lifetime of bodybuilding experience. As a consequence, he is hard not to take seriously. This is his third book, and it demonstrates both his unusual ability to write well, often and in a most engaging fashion about a variety of personal experiences and subjects that he always manages to relate to the overall subject of physical culture and why pursuing it as a lifestyle will change a person's life for the better. For me, this is a great read, and one I can heartily recommend. Enjoy!

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