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Overheated: The Human Cost of Climate Change
Overheated: The Human Cost of Climate Change
by Andrew T. Guzman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $31.95
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The missing piece is finally here., February 27, 2013
There is much discussion and publications about the changes that climate disruption could bring upon us, and above all, on our descendants. Alas, said discussions tend to stick in the stratosphere of generalities.

Guzman's book bring it to the ground, where it matters to each and every one of us. The book is well-documented, and contrary to the blatant falsehoods put forth by some, (a constant every time a publication about climate disruption hit the wires) the sources are accurate and factual.

The bottom line? If you don't want to have to tell your daughters that there is a high probability that they'll never be grandmothers, read this book. It'll motivate you to take action.


Dangerous Convictions: What's Really Wrong with the U.S. Congress
Dangerous Convictions: What's Really Wrong with the U.S. Congress
by Thomas H. Allen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $26.95
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read, February 9, 2013
This is a book about politics and this layman HAD to read it until the end.

Need I say more?


Treasure Islands: Uncovering the Damage of Offshore Banking and Tax Havens
Treasure Islands: Uncovering the Damage of Offshore Banking and Tax Havens
by Nicholas Shaxson
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.39
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quelle Surprise!, December 3, 2012
Just a note: Reviewing the 4 1-star reviews is proof-positive of the pervasiveness of internet trolls and the firms that hires them.

As for the book itself, I won't bore the readers with what others wrote with far more eloquence than I can muster. Suffice to say that if you value a fair economy, a just society, read this book. Because there are a lot of fat cats out there who are working hard to take away everything they can while using what you pay for.


Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic (American Empire Project)
Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic (American Empire Project)
by Chalmers A. Johnson
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There won't be a happy ending here., August 24, 2012
From Publisher's Weekly in 2009:
" But his doom-laden trope of empire ("the capacity for things to get worse is limitless.... the American republic may be coming to its end") seems overstated. With Bush a lame duck, not a Caesar, and his military adventures repudiated by the electorate, the Republic seems more robust than Johnson allows."

Let's look at the USA in August 2012:
1) Gitmo still open
2) NDAA passed
3) PATRIOT Act reauthorize, with LESS civil rights protection
4) President asserts the right to execute ANY American citizen "deemed by the Administration" to be a terrorist. Judge, jury, enforcer and executioner....Hmmm! How is the Office of the Presidency of the USA different from the Secretary of the Politburo of the USSR of lore?
5) The relentless militarization of domestic police forces cannot be explained unless one accept Johnson's thesis. How do one otherwise explain that even the DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION has its own SWAT team?? (Bet you didn't know that now, did you?) See here: [...] and weep for what was a great Republic.

In a word, Chalmers Johnson was prescient in his main assessment; It may be too late for the Republic.


Black Mountain Products Heavy Duty Chin Up Bar and Resistance Bands
Black Mountain Products Heavy Duty Chin Up Bar and Resistance Bands
Price: $61.03
4 used & new from $61.03

3.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Jekill and What's to Hyde., March 20, 2012
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As the title of this review suggest, there are nice, and then, not so nice features in this product. Let's get the "not so nice" out of the way first.

The chin-up bar needs improvement; First, the handles that are designed to rest on the door frame are made of hard, yet thin rubber. Every time One hangs up, the handles will rub on the frame and mark it. It is also quite obvious that the handle won't last for long under these conditions. It would be infinitely preferable to have these handles made of thick and soft foam, like the outermost angled ones. Wouldn't have it been more logical to design the bar with ALL the handles made of soft foam? This would have also avoided the skidding problems with the neutral position parallel handles. On a brighter note, the bar is great for performing push ups and dips.

In the nice features department, we have the resistance bands. Kudos to Black Mountain here! Bands are the right length and sturdy while very extensible. The handles are comfortable, solid with an easy grip. The door frame strap is a breeze to set up and allows the operator to perform all sorts of sequences/routines without wasting time. Adjusting the weight/tension is a matter of opening & closing two carabiner clips. It is also a very useful kit for those who have to travel and want to be able to exercise pretty much anywhere.

In summary, the resistance bands were an agreeable surprise. I shall continue to use them extensively. As for the chin up bar, there is ample room for improvement. That is why I regrettably couldn't rate the whole set more than 3 stars.


Ruthless: How Enraged Investors Reclaimed Their Investments and Beat Wall Street
Ruthless: How Enraged Investors Reclaimed Their Investments and Beat Wall Street
by Philip Z. Trupp
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $27.95
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A question keeps nagging me after reading this excellent book, February 3, 2012
As far as a review of the contents of the book per se, I'll limit myself to write: What others have said. This is a must read for anyone who invest in 'paper' securities in the US of A.

Yet...in the wake of this incredible scandal and the MF Global debacle (and highly probable whitewash), the same nagging question keeps haunting me: How long will investors be willing to trust the US system of financial regulation in light of its constant and repeated failures; the growing realization that there is a different set of rules designed especially to favor the Too Big To Fail banks at the expense of everyone else. The mendacity of CONgress, which has become a "coin-operated stalemate machine" working almost exclusively to protect miscreants with money and connections. And let's not talk about Congress insider trading free pass, the invasion of the WH and Capitol Hill by the banking and financial drones

How long will investors be willing to trust the US as a reasonably safe place to invest?
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The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan
The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan
by Michael Hastings
Edition: Hardcover
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105 of 133 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you support Geoff's view, you're supporting propaganda over truth, January 6, 2012
What some have the nerve to call "yellow journalism" is what journalism is supposed to do: expose the powerful and well-connected failures, mistakes and corruption. Those who want to live in a fish bowl, be fed solely by the benevolence of their betters and avoid any critical thinking can bash Michael Hastings.

OTOH, those who want to know the truth want more real journalists like Hastings. That is why his book deserves 5 stars. There are way too few of his kind remaining in the US, which explains why our country is going down the drain. Without sunlight shed on the powerful, this Republic will collapse.

Guys like Hastings are the true patriots.
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The Delinquent Teenager Who Was Mistaken for the World's Top Climate Expert
The Delinquent Teenager Who Was Mistaken for the World's Top Climate Expert
by Donna Laframboise
Edition: Paperback
Price: $18.29
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59 of 194 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Another climate denialist plant, November 3, 2011
All those reviewers who gave 5 stars to this book may have read the book. I'll assume so. Where I cannot be that generous is in assuming they understood how ignorant and dishonest Donna Laframboise was in writing it.

A "journalist" who does not even take the time to understand how the scientific process works would do well to abstain to write about it. The resultant ridicule is painful to read.

Two examples:

For instance, the premise that a graduate student is not qualified to be on the writing team of the IPCC panel because he or she doesn't hold its PhD yet is beyond laughable, to say the least.

Second, the "I gotcha huh?" canard of the IPCC not having a code of ethics: Like...give me freaking break! Each and every scientist working on the IPCC is bound not only bound by a code of ethics of his/her principal place of work, but scientists are bound by FACTS. Everything a scientist postulate, be it a randomized trial or a computer model, must be REPRODUCIBLE UNDER THE SAME CONDITIONS by different people.

I doubt very, very much that Anthony Watts and his kind are held to the same standard; that is why they're not scientists. They wouldn't be able to do it.
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FDR's Folly: How Roosevelt and His New Deal Prolonged the Great Depression
FDR's Folly: How Roosevelt and His New Deal Prolonged the Great Depression
by Jim Powell
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.09
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27 of 97 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars In line with NeoConsevative propaganda on FDR, February 7, 2009
Amity Schlaes, Powell and others have only one goal in pushing their thesis trying to distort the facts about the New Deal. The government is bad...period! Regulations shouldn't exist if it'll help ordinary people. In the vein of Grover Norquist, the want the power of government to be reduced to nothing else than being a conduit for the powerful.

They must be very well financed to have so much time on their hands just to try to falsify the historical record.

Cui bono?
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The Manhattan Project of 2009: Energy Independence NOW
The Manhattan Project of 2009: Energy Independence NOW
by Jeff Wilson
Edition: Paperback
18 used & new from $0.24

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book; it is all meat and no fluff, November 16, 2008
Those who prefer to see what they believe instead of believing what they see shall diss this book.
For those who have studied the topic of energy, this book is an excellent wrap-up of the current situation and propose realistic solutions. However, said solutions have nothing to do with a quick "press this button please" and everything will be sunny and rosy forever after.

An excellent primer to this book as well as a big picture context introduction to this book can be watch at [..] (no affiliation with this site). In particular, chapter 17 of the presentation is a must see.
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