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PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2016 9:39 am 
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Interesting (Liddle-Hart was an expert on military strategy) but the Generals are pretty self-exculpatory.

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Like Chomsky's "Manufacturing Consent" that baddy would often tout here, there's now a new book (2016) that explains how some very wealthy have built a network to influence everyone from local city hall to universities, the press and capitol houses across the country as well as Washington, including Congress and the Obama Administration and it seems even possibly, the DNC in Philly at the end of July. While this book doesn't go into the most recent of these, it does give a clear old-school journalist investigative report on how we find so many of these so-called 'populist' 'libertarian' ideas afloat nowadays. It took a core of them many decades to accomplish and hearkens back to a time before 1900, before glass-steagall, before the bretton woods agreement, before income tax when the very rich were very few and they could afford to make things easier for themselves. While making sure everybody else stayed in their place. It's what they really want.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 3:37 am 
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On holiday in France, imagining the Gauls, Romans, hillforts, ramparts and druids in the surrounding countryside, thanks to this...
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(PS. Old Man's War series is really fun too).

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Yep. In the original Star Trek, the guys in red shirts were pretty expendable.

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Read this in 1 and a half days - hilarious, moving, perceptive. Growing up in a very weird Communist family in Liverpool...
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Read this in 1 and a half days - hilarious, moving, perceptive. Growing up in a very weird Communist family in Liverpool...
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Ahhhh I saw it in a bookshop last week but didn't take the plunge.....I'll be grabing it tomorrow on your recommendation Caputh....

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Yep. In the original Star Trek, the guys in red shirts were pretty expendable.


It has a lot to do with Star Trek...and that's all I should say :shock:

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...continuing on the Scalzi kick...

last week was...

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and this week I'm starting...

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lol, reminds me of a little ditty I did for a girlfriend once...to say I saw her as special, and others were grey...

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it kinda resembles her, lol...

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We loved photos, we did a ton of them :)

...and often there were faces around...look to the right of her...

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Reading this one again. Probably for about the 5th time. Carlin was the man!

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Great book so far!

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This is a good book, if you like random jumping around. Neil is in the onset of dementia, so his mind wanders around. A good editor could have made it a great book.

A passage about The Mothers:
Every day I would drive the Mini, with it's super wide tires, blacked-out windows, and dust-covered gray-primer paint job, directly to CSNY rehearsal at Stephen's house without one traffic light or freeway. I hardly ever saw another car. I had my own way of getting there. It was a dusty old ridge road that was rarely used by anyone and ran along the top of the mountains separating the San Fernando Valley from the beach cities. The view was incredible. There were no signs and no rules. I would fly along in my Mini, listening to Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention blasting on my 8-track. That was a way cool outfit, the Mothers. The road went on for about twelve straight miles of dirt and dust before it became Mulholland Drive at the San Diego Freeway.

My favorite passage on Levon Helm:
Kenny Buttrey had other sessions booked, so he had to leave after the first one. A couple of days after, we returned to the studio with one of the greatest musicians of our time on drums: Levon Helm of the Band. Later the same day, we recorded a song that used a few of the expressions that Carrie's mom loved to say. But time was running out, so we recorded just one more with Levon before he had to go. After one of the takes, Levon looked at me and asked, "What's happening with the groove there?" He had noticed that I was holding back while he was pushing on, and it was creating a rub. I said, "I think we were going too fast, so I was holding us back". He looked at me with that look, those two eyes of his, and drawled, "Don't do that. Don't fight the groove". I'll never forget that. Those are the moments when you learn. You never know when they are coming.

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I've been skipping around these this fall and winter.
Doesn't surprise GO gets a whirl early this year in the press.
From "The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell"
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I've been skipping around these this fall and winter.
Doesn't surprise GO gets a whirl early this year in the press.
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A good read.

I've been immensely enjoying reading this (in a German translation) in the bath. Highly recommended. You can't get more amusingly anti-war. I stay in 'till the water is long cold...
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Caputh wrote:
I've been immensely enjoying reading this (in a German translation) in the bath. Highly recommended. You can't get more amusingly anti-war. I stay in 'till the water is long cold...
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That's been sitting on the top of my to do list for ... years. I had started it fifteen years ago and got caught up instead in ... Hegel. I want to get back to it and your recommendation helps speed it there.
Where I work, the founder brings in new books for the guests once a month or so. Often uncorrected proofs, they are most often fiction, very new, and topically all over the place. The problem is, there's a bunch of modern award winners I keep seeing. Currently I finish Charlie Smiths "Ginny Gall" and next up is "Perfume River" by Robert Olen Butler, to be followed by Zadie Smith's "White Teeth". Two others in that list are Michael Chabon's "Amazing Adventures of...", and Jean-Marie Blas de Robles' "Where Tigers Are At Home", both of which have been sitting on the to do list far too long.

Moving right along, I'll finish Dante's Puragatory this week (at last)/ there's less than a hundred pages left between the two modern scholarly bios of the fifteenth century Dominican friar Girolamo Savonarola/ There are three standard-bearing history books I plug away at on the early Spanish Empire/ there's a newer bio of Leo Africanus, a diplomat from Fez captured by pirates living in the Rome of the Borgia's and Medici/ there's a couple books around Poggio Bracciolini/ one, On Exile by Francesco Filelfo, a dialogue in the consolation vein for exiles from the de Medici purge of Florence, mid fifteenth century/ one is a volume in Bembo's History of Venice/ one is correspondence of Lorenzo Valla/ etc. there's more of course, I got tired of listing/ But it keeps me busy when I'm not taking in as much of the news as I can stand

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You've got some interesting books to read, then, punky!

In my drug addled youth I can vaguely remember writing the first cantos of the "Inferno" on my door with felt-tip pen. :oops:

I always have problems reading novels when I'm not on holiday. I, like you, usually have more than one book on the go. This winter holiday I've divided my between Schweik (nearly finished volume 1) in the bath, C.V. Wedgwood's books about the Civil War during the day ("The King's Peace", "The King's War" and "The Trial of Charles I) - a reread- and am still after seven months struggling with Hitler's "Mein Kampf" (new German edition with excellent footnotes) in bed. The footnotes are actually more interesting than the text itself, but I always find myself nodding off after about two pages.

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"For Mothers Sake" by Jimmy Carl Black.

Interesting read.


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(it's plants; no meat, no heart disease, no cancer, no etc... ).

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just finished. Dense read!

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The best historical novel ever. Only Harris' Cicero triology gets anywhere close.

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Reminds me of somebody, I can't think who...

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