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Dyson V6 Motor Head Cord Free Vacuum, (Certified Refurbished)
Dyson V6 Motor Head Cord Free Vacuum, (Certified Refurbished)
Price: $299.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Works pretty well in some ways, not in others, May 23, 2016
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The suction and power of this vac are good. It did a great job on some very dirty spots on a carpet, and did a better than average job getting around and under furniture. Not having a cord did make things a bit easier in terms of moving around. It went together easily, and was not difficult to figure out.

There were a few things, however, which made the experience of using it less than ideal.

The ergonomics are fairly poor. The rigid handle is at an odd angle and puts a great deal of strain on your wrist. I can see some potential for stress problems with a lot of use. Also, the handle was poorly situated in terms of the motor. The hard edge of the motor housing rubbed constantly on the area of my hand between thumb and forefinger. This became painful in a very short time. It also became very hot very quickly on "turbo," and I turned that off just as quickly.

The motor also blows air back at the user, and I found that not to be pleasant either.

The final problem with the handle area was that the charger jack was located right in the middle of the back of the handle, leaving the electrical connections exposed to direct contact with your palm. I got numerous shocks from those connections (probably static - it is mostly plastic), and I found that worrisome. How hard is it to put a cover over that? I don't want to wear gloves to vacuum.

All in all, I found it effective at vacuuming, but awkward and even painful to use. Form follows function, and style means absolutely nothing if a device does not perform well while being easy and safe to use.
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Rayovac 7 Hour Power USB Backup Charger with Micro USB and Batteries Included (PS73-4B)
Rayovac 7 Hour Power USB Backup Charger with Micro USB and Batteries Included (PS73-4B)
Price: $14.99
26 used & new from $5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A great backup power source for mobile devices, May 14, 2016
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It is tiresome and distracting to see the complaints about this item not being rechargeable or powerful enough.

Be aware that people who say this about this item do not understand its purpose or correct use.

This is not a day-to-day recharger for your mobile devices. This is not a substitute for rechargeable backup battery packs. Do a little thinking here, folks. This is a backup for when you do not have a source for recharging batteries. If you could recharge a rechargeable pack, why wouldn't you just recharge your device (hello)?

This item is specifically designed for times when you DO NOT have a source to readily recharge devices from a car or AC power. It is EMERGENCY backup power. You know, like backup power for EMERGENCIES. For those who complain that they cannot recharge their device completely from a single set of batteries, I would offer that one can actually swap the dead AAs for afresh set and continue charging. Again, this is for emergencies, not everyday use, and if needed you can easily use as many sets of AAs as you need.

While it is hip, cool, and groovy to trash AA batteries these days (as per the PC programmed mind control meme), the fact is that AA (and similar) batteries are a mature technology, and readily available just about everywhere. What this means is that you have much greater access to emergency backup power no matter where you might be, giving you greater freedom and extending the use of your devices.

There is one important thing that is missing from all the reviews I have read here, which is that to best utilize this device you should use lithium AAs, not Alkaline. Today's alkaline batteries are more poorly made and leak frequently. It is not safe to leave them in stored devices for any length of time - not a good characteristic for an emergency backup device. Lithium, on the other hand, have greater power density and longer shelf life (up to 15 years), and are the best choice for using in this device. They will last their entire shelf waiting for use, and will not leak and corrode the device.

I won't even consider using rechargeable AAs in this manner: if you can recharge those AAs, you can recharge your device already - makes no sense. Also, rechargeable AAs have the lowest power density of the three types discussed here, and they lose their charge rapidly in storage - they need to be recharged regularly and the shelf life of a full charge in them is measured in days, not years.

So, if you want the capability of using AA batteries to recharge your mobile device, and want to have that ability reliably waiting for any possible emergency need, then you should seriously consider this device and a bunch of lithium AA batteries. I use it and love it.

Hidden Finance, Rogue Networks, and Secret Sorcery: The Fascist International, 9/11, and Penetrated Operations
Hidden Finance, Rogue Networks, and Secret Sorcery: The Fascist International, 9/11, and Penetrated Operations
by Joseph P. Farrell
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.76
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another hit out of the ballpark for Farrell, May 14, 2016
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This book is one of the most exciting in Farrell's lineup of hidden history series. Building on previous work investigating secret finance, the Fascist international, corrupt politics, hidden technology, and the occult influences in modern events, this work neatly ties together many threads introduced in earlier works, creating a powerful and provocative tapestry of intrigue and evil.

The tragedy of 9/11 is one of the most powerful pivot points in human history. As evil as the JFK or Princess Diana assassinations, as insidious as Pearl Harbor, and rife with all manner of obvious lies and corruption, it remains a defining moment for the direction of Earth history in this century. Like JFK's murder, 9/11 is an event which provides a window into the hidden politics which drive our civilization. Also like the JFK murder, it is rife with lies, obfuscation, disinformation, and propaganda.

Farrell manages to rise above all the dust, smoke, and mirrors, to stick with factual and verifiable information to form his conclusions. This is not an encyclopedic laundry list of everything in the "9/11 Truth" movement, but rather a concentrated effort on whittling down the logjam of information to reliable data and rational progression through the most compelling evidence.

He examines enough irrefutable evidence to completely trash the "official" story. He then concentrates on equally irrefutable evidence of a rogue network deeply embedded in the American power structure, which he reveals as obviously complicit in the events of the day (as well as before and after). He then proceeds to unveil how the evidence shows conclusively the existence of a third level of the conspiracy - one which surprised the second level rogue players with a (possibly successful) coup d'etat twist on their little "Pearl Harbor" effort.

This "third player" revealed it's incredible reach and power by penetrating the two other levels of the conspiracy, and turning the event to its own purpose - including the complete compromise and manipulation of the command and control structure of the entire US government military and intelligence apparatus - right down to overt control of our nuclear forces. No wonder Bush and company were panicked. The plan they helped hatch and run went wildly sideways in a quite spectacular manner.

Farrell also ties this "third player" to a familiar old enemy - the Fascist international - a stateless continuation of the WW2 Nazi cult, now with massive assets (over 300 trillion dollars, according to one Russian analyst), and some rather exotic technology, previously written about by Farrell and others.

He covers enough of the details of the financial "anomalies" connected to 9/11 to make a rather sound case for complicity at both the second and third levels of this event. High crimes and treason abound.

I personally enjoyed one small moment on page 175 where Farrell neatly torpedoes a nice hole below the waterline in one of my pet peeves, the virtually always misused "Ockham's Razor," or principle of parsimony. While he doesn't sidestep into a thorough deconstruction of this bit of theological argument (yes, theological, NOT scientific - read some history), he does knock enough of its legs out from under to negate its power as a tool of propaganda (its most common use). Here, here! Doff of the cap on that one!

One item I would like to have seen in his discussion of the "micronuke" versus "exotic weapon" models of destruction, was to recount the nuclear-like after-effects of a probable scalar weapon use in the Gander jet crash cited in Bearden's work. I think this would add strength to the exotic (scalar EM) weapon side of the picture. My two cents.

As always, Farrell extensively footnotes, cites, and credits his sources, and actively encourages readers to seek out and read this source material as well (a mark of the best researchers, IMHO). His use of reliable data and structured, logical argument is flawless, as always. His ability to tie loose ends and ignored data into convincing and powerful pictures of complex events like this is not matched by anyone else I have read, although there are a few in this arena who come very close (Levenda, Bosley, Dolan, etc.)

Farrel is the gold standard in this type of research, and with this book he offers up yet another highly polished ingot of that gold for our inspection, with a clear hint of a Black Eagle shining out through the polished gleam.

If you want a clear picture of what we are up against in this crazy century, read this book.

Kershaw 3650CKTST Black Volt II Serrated Folding SpeedSafe Knife
Kershaw 3650CKTST Black Volt II Serrated Folding SpeedSafe Knife
Price: $26.05
96 used & new from $23.00

4.0 out of 5 stars My current favorite, May 10, 2016
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This is my current favorite folder out of the half dozen or so I have been testing. I love the assisted open, which snaps the blade out after moderate pressure on the tab.

The blade is very nearly perfect in size and shape for most of what I need it do do, although I am ambivalent about the serrations. I intend to try the same model without the serrations to compare.

The only thing I would like to see added to this would be a double locking system like on some CRKT models. Then it would be perfect.

Still, a fantastic knife that fits my hand well, balances well, and carries well also.

Definitely worth serious consideration.

Jarrow Formulas Broccomax Nutritional Supplements, 120 Count
Jarrow Formulas Broccomax Nutritional Supplements, 120 Count
Price: $31.52
4 used & new from $31.52

4.0 out of 5 stars great broccoli supplement, May 10, 2016
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Good supplement. Broccoli sprouts are on e of the most nutrient dense foods available, and Jarrow has a long reputation of producing good supplements. They are almost always in the the top 2 of any supplement I am looking for.

I've used these for a while, and while I have no "healed major disease" stories to attribute to this supplement, I am happy with it and try to keep it as a regular in my regimen. There is no wheat, gluten, soybeans, dairy, egg, shellfish or fish, and no peanuts or tree nuts. It is okay for vegans and non-GMO. All those are very good things in my book.

If you're looking for a broccoli supplement, definitely give this a try. Jarrow is hard to beat.

Pioneer RM-07 Active Studio Monitor
Pioneer RM-07 Active Studio Monitor
Price: $797.00
3 used & new from $797.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Heavy, deep bass, and directional, May 10, 2016
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Difficult to give a solid test with only one speaker, but I did run several different types of music through it. I found that it performed best on simpler, more clearly recorded music, as opposed to much denser, midrange heavy music, not mixed with very good frequency separation.

These speakers are meant to be spot studio monitors, listened to in pairs under very controlled circumstances. There were some things I liked about them and some I didn't.

The pros:

The heavy metal (literally) cabinet contributed to good, solid response, decreased cabinet resonance, and stability. Weighing in at around 32 pounds, these are not easy to move around, especially since they only thing resembling a handle is the port, and that is on the bottom. Heavy, solid cabinets usually equal clean sound, as the heavy cabinetry dampens resonance which can color the response. In the past some people have even made cabinets out of concrete.

While I didn't have meters and test gear to do serious tests, I did listen to everything from orchestral music to death metal, and found the sound quality okay. Again, only having one speaker made it difficult to judge sound quality, and I didn't have time to run pure tones through and check them on a scope. At reasonable sound levels, with well recorded music not heavily compressed, the speaker performed quite well. Mancini's Peter Gun sounded great, and the high output of bass from the cabinet was much appreciated there.

The internal amp(s) seemed to be powerful enough to push the speaker(s) to some strong levels, but I did not check spl with a meter. It did not seem like 100watts tome, but then, I believe that most of that power is provided to the low end, which accounts for the amazing bass from a small woofer.

The bass is incredible. I found myself turning the level control for bass frequencies all the way down except for a few pieces which were recorded on the light side for bass. I turned the mid and high levels all the way up, because the system is extremely directional, and off-axis hig frequency response fell off dramatically (which is to be expected in a spot monitor).

On to the cons:

I found the cabinet difficult to move around. I suppose that is okay, as one is not intended to shift these around frequently. The weight would require care in location, but one need not fear that they would shift around on their own.

Two things I didn't like are not specific to this speaker: exposed drivers, and built-in amps. For drivers this expensive, I want more protection, and there are many different types of grill design which would protect the drivers without coloring the sound. I know it looks cool with the drivers exposed, but it is far too easy to damage exposed drivers. That doesn't bother many people, but it does bother me. Your mileage may vary.

I understand the attraction of built-in amps, but to me it seems to simply complicate things. I realize that having the amps contained in the speaker is a "feature" with this model, in that it takes the issue of matching amps to drivers out of the users arena, and allows for best matching (in the makers eyes) of the system.

On a purely practical note, this means running power to every speaker, as well as signal cable, and making sure one has power near the speaker location - thus restricting locations. Now, in a studio situation, this is not much of a problem, so I guess you can write this off as nitpicking on my part.

Another thing which I cannot decide whether I like or not, is the coaxial driver design. Coaxial drivers have traditionally been the mark of cheaper designs, like ceiling speakers for PA use. I felt like I had to work harder to hear separate instruments with the drivers stacked on top of each other like that, but that could also have been a limitation of having only one speaker to test.

Now I realize in this age of endless "XXX.1 super duper surrounded soundings," simple stereo seems quaint and outmoded. That may seem reasonable to some, but the fact is we only have two ears; i.e. stereo. Spatial manipulation is easier in some ways with multi-part systems, but I am old fashioned in that I don't have much use for a mix that doesn't sound good in stereo AND mono as well. Good sound mixers always used multiple speaker setups to make sure an audio mix sounded the best possible on stereo and mono gear as well as 875.1 surrounding sound.

I think that a pair of these would make very nice spot studio monitors, in the right placement and with the right EQing. I don't know if I would consider them worth the MSRP, but I have been spoiled by 20 years of listening to 8 and 10 inch JBL 3-way studio monitors with an assortment of very nice amps - nothing high-end audiophile, but solid studio gear.

Might be able to approach 4 stars in the right situation, but then again, your mileage may vary. Keep in mind that I am an old fart with distinct taste in gear, and I found some things with this speaker a bit too gimmicky for me. My two cents worth, apply all needed salt grains.

Lipault 4-Wheeled 28 Inch Packing Case, Purple, One Size
Lipault 4-Wheeled 28 Inch Packing Case, Purple, One Size
Offered by Bella Outlet
Price: $228.50
9 used & new from $213.22

4.0 out of 5 stars Great wheels, rolls very nicely, May 6, 2016
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While purple luggage is not something I would go out of my way to find, this item is a very nice bit of luggage.

Most luggage suffers with poor quality wheels, but not this bag. The wheels are easily the best I have seen on a piece of luggage. The handle is also one of the few I have used which is long (tall) enough for my height. I don't have to bend over to roll it, and that is great. (I'm almost 6 feet tall.)

Construction seems quite well done, solid and with no bad seams or loose stitching. I particularly like the solid back, which keeps the bag's shape.

Lots of storage capacity, zippered inner pockets, and straps to secure items inside.

I like this bag a lot.

Bushnell 353940B Elite 3500 Doa 600 Riflescopes Series Box, 3-9 X 40, Matte
Bushnell 353940B Elite 3500 Doa 600 Riflescopes Series Box, 3-9 X 40, Matte
Price: $389.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic scope, May 1, 2016
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Fantastic scope

I haven't had time to test this scope extensively, as my schedule and the weather have conspired against me. I did finally get to spend a little time with it at the range, but not to properly adjust and sight it it, only to play around a bit. I tried to get some pictures, but did not have an adequate camera setup to get picture that really did the scope justice. I am including one picture, but the scope actually looks much, much better than it appears in the picture. Hard to balance an AR and a camera with just two hands, and bear in mind the scope is not properly leveled and adjusted - I did a quick and dirty setup in my bench vise and only leveled it front to back. The image is off a bit due to the circumstances, but I felt it better to give some poor idea of how it looks. You may disagree, and I am going to try for some better images in the future.

That said, this is a wonderful scope for the price. I consider this a mid-level scope, and I think it performs very well. I did not have a higher end scope to compare it against, but I did have a low end AIM scout scope, and it is light years ahead of that (and the AIM is not a bad scope at all, for the $70-$80 price range). This Bushnell compares favorably with the 3 power prismatic scope made by Primary Arms, which I have also had occasion to use on an AR.

This scope is very solid and well made. The fit and finish is great, and everything functions smoothly and accurately. I did not have the best mount for it, and had to make do with a set of single ring mounts which were too low. I am looking for a single piece cantilever mount a little bit taller (mid level not low) to try.

My tests were conducted on an MGI Hydra AR configured for 9mm, and I put around 40 rounds through it for this short test. At 25 yards on 5 power, it was nearly impossible to miss the bullseye once I had the drop figured (remember I did not zero or even bore-sight the scope - this is cold out of the box, with just the barest of leveling front to back. And no, the target in the picture is not mine from this test. It was just easier to line up for the photo.) I ran out of test ammo, Winchester Train, and did not have time to do a serious sighting in.

All in all, I can fault not one single thing on this scope. It is solid, clear, and beautiful. I love the DOA reticle, and I was able to easily see a gong target at over 420 yards on 5 power. The reticle is great, the lines fine at the center, but very dark and clear. They are about half the apparent width of the reticle lines in my AIM scout scope, making for much easier target acquisition at distance. I like this scope very much, and intend to try it on other rifles as I have the time. I will re-configure the MGI as 5.56 and see how it functions for that round. 9mm does not have much recoil, and I would like to see how it handles something stronger. I might mount it on a 12 gauge just to see how it likes the kick.

I'm far from an expert, but I don't think you can go wrong with this scope. I find the DOA reticle extremely easy to use, and a friend whose eyes did not allow them to focus on the fine cross hairs could still see the dots on the drop compensated crosses easily. With a max power of 9, it is obviously not for really long ranges, but I would feel comfortable out to 500-600 yards with no trouble - and I don't shoot much beyond 75 yards most of my time on the range.

I could not get the scope to an optimum mounting spot with the rings I had, so I will revisit this test with a better mount, and when I have more time to try different calibers and rifles.

If you are looking for a good, mid-priced scope (some might consider this low-mid) for rifles out to 500-600 yards, definitely give this a serious look. I am planning to try it with 5.56 and 22lr at the very least. I would also like to try this on a Henry lever gun in pistol calibers and 30-30. I think if can get the right mount and spend enough time with the various rounds I use regularly, I could get quite comfortable with this scope.

A very nice scope. Definitely check it out.
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Denon HEOS 1 Wireless Speaker (Black) (New Version)
Denon HEOS 1 Wireless Speaker (Black) (New Version)
Price: $199.00
5 used & new from $199.00

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1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed, April 24, 2016
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I am not very pleased with this item.

While the construction, fit, and finish seem quite solid and well done, I have not been able to get the silly thing to work.

The included "quick start guide" was inadequate and started having pages fall out immediately. Having to go online to Denon's web site to download a pdf, while a minor nuisance, was not difficult. The full manual, however, can only be described as pathetic. It was not much more helpful than the guide.

The instructions are unclear, they do match the behavior of the device (battery leds are supposed to stay on while charging - they do not), and I could not get the device to charge the battery, which indicated it still had a fairly good (2 leds) charge. There is not a clear "on/off" state that is easily observable, and the device operation is not intuitive at all.

While most people getting this would be wanting to add it to their home wireless network, there will be those, like myself, who are more interested in using it as a remote bluetooth speaker. It doesn't seem to be able to anything until you allow it network access, and I don't intend to do that. There is no data about the security of this device, and I won't put anything on my network until I thoroughly understand its security features and weaknesses.

I was not able to get the app loaded from Amazon, even though it was compatible with my phone. I will try again there. The lack of a desktop app, as noted by others, is also a major fail.

It flat out won't do anything unless network connected, and for those who want it for that purpose, that is fine. It cannot do anything as a standalone, and I consider that a major failure in a device this expensive. I have used other similar devices which work better.

Deeply disappointing, as Denon has a decades long reputation in the audiophile world. I grew up respecting Denon as one of the best audio gear brands around. I guess standards change with the times. Sad.

And yes, I realize that I am a dinosaur in wanting something to work other than on some "wireless" method (the new marketing buzzword - everything has to be "wireless," despite the massive shortcomings of that world), so don't bother flaming me about that. People have also come to be trained to accept much lower levels of performance as being okay. I know better and am pickier than that, but your mileage may vary, as the saying goes.

I will say that I absolutely love the metal grill around the front of the speaker. It is very nicely done.

I will keep playing with it to see if I can get anything further out of it, but I won't waste much more of my time on it. I will update if I am able to load the app and test it.
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Bionaire Permanent HEPA Type Air Purifier with Germ-Fighting UV, BAP536UV
Bionaire Permanent HEPA Type Air Purifier with Germ-Fighting UV, BAP536UV
Price: $101.83
3 used & new from $85.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Seems to work okay, April 15, 2016
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In running this unit for over a week in a very dusty house, I was surprised to find virtually no dust on the filter. Now, granted, that is not any kind of absolute test, and I don't have any fancy gear to test input air versus output air to get absolute counts of dust, etc.

That said, the unit is pretty well made, and operates easily. It is plastic, and pretty large - nearly 28 inches tall and 10 inches front to back. Being black, it should fit in with virtually any decor. It will not stand up to much physical abuse, however, as it is not made of heavy duty plastic (i.e. like the ABS of old style landline phones), but rather something like you would expect on a hand appliance like an inexpensive hair dryer.

The fan has three speed settings, and you can turn the UV light and ion generator on separately. The buttons operate easily and light up when their function is on. The back comes off easily to check/clean/replace the filter, and the power cord is reasonably long. It is a trivial matter to change the filter.

Air flow is good, and on "low" setting it is pretty quiet. On high it is obviously louder, and puts out a fair amount of air. The airflow does not seem to be adjustable, and it blows out at a slightly down angle. Since it is not designed to be an air circulation fan, this is all fine, and it could easily operate quite unobtrusively in the background.

Bionaire is a name which has been around for some time in this arena, so I imagine it does a reasonably good job. UV is used all over the world (less in the US) to kill germs, and is recognized as effective. Negative ions also have considerable research behind them as well.

I didn't notice any huge difference in the air quality in the short time I tested it, and I would assume the benefits would be cumulative over time.

I will continue to use the beastie and will update this review if I discover more relevant data, but I am happy with it so far.
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