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Aug
26
Incense Rising by NJ Schrock-- a Chillingly Plausible Novel of the Near Future

In a world where black is being called the new white, Dr. Incense Rising's world would fit right in.

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Nov
30
BULLYING IN PLAIN SIGHT: HOW INATTENTIVE ADULTS ENCOURAGE THE SCHOOL BULLIES–BY DANIEL CHANDLER

The current politically correct trope of schooling is that the children are mindless dupes, all easily fooled into a crowd of gornless sheep to be lead about at will.The concept of the sheep having different ideas is not one the shepherd entertains.

Peace and passivity are what is most highly valued in a society of sheep and shepherds.

Chandler introduces a new concept: JUSTICE.

The blatant disregard for who is the aggressor and who the victim is an awful prelude to life in the open range of American life. Children should have at least experienced justice in the sheltered environs of the school where they are supposed to be taught so much else.

This slim volume introduces the just and unjust ways of modern education in telling vignettes ...


Apr
25
Jul
02
BOOK REVIEW: “HUNTERS IN THE DARK” BY LAWRENCE OSBOURNE

This is in its own way a fascinating read, perhaps not for the reasons mentioned by other reviewers. It follows the intersecting lives of a dissolute American, a parsifalian Brit, a corrupt Khmer cop, a bloody-minded taxi driver, and several women whose heads you seldom enter. It is on the surface a tale of money tainted by greed and blood which, like the flood waters of the Mekong, seeks its own level. More accurately, it is a character study in the over-arching character of Cambodia, behind every scene and invading every conversation.

The schizophrenia of the Cambodia/Kampuchea is well illustrated. The brightest and best were elevated by Western education and philosophy, loosing the centered personality of their youth. They came back h...


Mar
14
“Speak Now, The Story of Hollinsworth v. Perry”-Review

Kenji Yoshino had his work cut out for him. This is a non-fiction work about a California trial that has been entirely superceded by the SCOTUS decision of last summer about homosexual marriage. Books about court cases need to spend most of their time trying to infuse life, in the form of relevancy, into proceedings that can be a riveting as a colonoscopy: the principal actor is invisible and inchoate, the practitioners are masked and unidentifiable and the results simultaneously obscure and much too intimate. To be successful, one must be erudite and dispassionate. You can’t have a dog in the fight if you want to get strangers to care about the outcome.The book is well written but lacks the breadth of documentation that would have...


Sep
15
Book Review: Kim Zetter’s Countdown to Zero Day

An excellent book that should be basic reading for anyone who holds forth about Iran and its nuclear program.

http://www.bloggingforbooks.com/reviews/view/53478

Kim Zetter’s Countdown to Zero Day is a remarkable read! On the surface it is merely the story of the discovery of the Stuxnet computer virus, which disabled enrichment centrifuges in Iran’s nuclear program. However, the book is so much more. It is well-written and meticulously referenced with footnotes that give the work a feeling of rock-solid reliability. Simultaneously, Zetter tracks down the steps of the discovery of the virus, the reasons for its discovery, its architecture and finally its reason for being. In the current political climate, this book should be r...