Sunday Morning Book Thread 03-14-2021

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Giorgia Cini Foundation Library (old) Venice, Italy

Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes, wine moms, frat bros, crétins sans pantalon (who are technically breaking the rules). Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, a weekly compendium of reviews, observations, snark, witty repartee, hilarious bon mots, and a continuing conversation on books, reading, spending way too much money on books, writing books, and publishing books by escaped oafs and oafettes who follow words with their fingers and whose lips move as they read. Unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these pants, which I know look really dorky today, but you know, back in the day, I could totally see myself wearing them if I were going to be attending a revolutionary struggle session at Angela Davis' pad. They'd look great on me while I'd be standing next to the Mao and "Uncle" Ho posters and rapping with the comrades about the dictatorship of the proletariat. Which, of course, is going to be temporary. Just like our pants.



Pic Note:

There are two sections to this old library:

The Fondazione Giorgio Cini is located on the San Giorgio Maggiore island. The former Benedictine monastery was completely abandoned and looted when Count Vittorio Cini obtained the concession of the island in 1951. In honour of his son Giorgio, he restored it to its original beauty. Today, the Fondazione Giorgio Cini continues his legacy and it is one of the most prestigious international cultural institutions. The magnificent building houses two libraries. The ancient Longhena library still has the original bookcases by Franz Pauc from 1671.

The former dormitory of the Benedictine monastery was designed by Giovanni Buora in 1494. It faces on one side the water and the Bacino di San Marco, while the other side faces the monastery gardens and orchards. This long corridor was converted into a new library ‘Nuova Manica Lunga’ by architect Michele De Lucchi in 2009, in line with the latest library technologies. The design is magnificent with natural light coming in from the ceiling. The former cells of the monks have been transformed in small meeting rooms, offices, and repositories for special collections, such as the important collection of early printed books. If you are studying art or literature, this place must really feel like heaven.

A photo of the newer library is below the fold.



It Pays To Increase Your Word Power®

I've heard the name of the old English king Æthelred the Unready a number of times, and have always wondered how he earned that particular label:

Æthelred (Old English: Æþelræd, pronounced [ˈæðelræːd];[n 1] c. 966 – 23 April 1016), known as the Unready, was King of the English from 978 to 1013 and again from 1014 until his death. His epithet does not derive from the modern word "unready", but rather from the Old English unræd meaning "poorly advised"; it is a pun on his name, which means "well advised".

Oh, darn. I had always thought that it was because he lost an important battle because he showed up late, or was suffering from a bout of the green-apple two-step, or something like that.



March 28th Is International De-Lurk Day -- Mark Your Calendar

The last Sunday in March was when I posted my first book thread back in 2012. So it seems somehow appropriate to note this, by encouraging all of you book thread lurkers and lurkettes (and I know you're out there, because I get e-mail from you) to give a little back of what you've been given. That is, if you've enjoyed a book that you first heard about on the book thread, you probably know a book or two that the rest of us would like to hear about. The value of the book thread is in the comments, where books are recommended, de-recommended, and generally discussed. So the more, the merrier.

So this is what I'd like you lurkers and lurkettes to do:

1. Either read a new book or pick an old one you've already read.

2. Write up a short review, what you liked about it, what you didn't like about it, what worked, what didn't, etc. It doesn't have to be big and fancy, a brief paragraph would be fine.

3. Select an anonymous nick-name ("nic") for yourself, hopefully one that isn't already being used by someone else. And if you've been lurking for any period of time, you should pretty much know who the regulars are.

4. Post your review under your anonymous nic.

5. Perhaps in some future book thread, someone will comment that they picked the book you recommended and are enjoying it.

6. Thus the Circle of Life goes on.

And that's all. You don't have to stick around, or reply to comments if you don't want to. After de-lurking, you can certainly re-lurk. And whatever you do, don't worry about what anybody says. After all, we're all morons.



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Giorgia Cini Foundation Library (new) Venice, Italy



None Dare Call It Censorship (Again)

Apparently, Amazon has announced that they will no longer sell books that treat transgenderism as a mental illness. Alrighty then. I mentioned last week that Ryan Anderson's book When Harry Became Sally had suddenly disappeared, so it was apparently the first to feel the axe.

Alrighty then.

However, at least one book of this type is apparently still being sold. I know this because it got suggested to me by Amazon(!) as I was looking at something else. I mentioned this book back in October of last year, Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters by Abigail Shrier, a Wall Street Journal writer who has done extensive research:

Until just a few years ago, gender dysphoria—severe discomfort in one’s biological sex—was vanishingly rare. It was typically found in less than .01 percent of the population, emerged in early childhood, and afflicted males almost exclusively.

But today whole groups of female friends in colleges, high schools, and even middle schools across the country are coming out as “transgender.” These are girls who had never experienced any discomfort in their biological sex until they heard a coming-out story from a speaker at a school assembly or discovered the internet community of trans “influencers.”...

Unsuspecting parents are awakening to find their daughters in thrall to hip trans YouTube stars and “gender-affirming” educators and therapists who push life-changing interventions on young girls—including medically unnecessary double mastectomies and puberty blockers that can cause permanent infertility.

Because transgenders are now at the top of the 'woke' hierarchy, kids can boost their social status by becoming one. Only if they change their minds, going back can be difficult.

Anyway, Amazon still sells this book. Perhaps it has escaped the banhammer because it deals with a specific subset of the population, teenaged girls, and not all transgenders in general. Perhaps. Or, maybe they just haven't noticed it yet.



Who Dis:

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(Last week's 'who dis' was actress Agnes Moorehead.



What the Big "Idea"? Andy Knows...

Andy Ngo is a mensch. He regularly risks his life reporting on the activities of Antifa scum, and I actually don't know how he does it. His face is familiar enough so that he is known by sight, and they pretty much want to kill him from what I've heard. The fact that he keeps on with his work despite the threats on his life is quite remarkable.

His book, Unmasked: Inside Antifa's Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy, is a Number 1 best-seller on Amazon (in this case it is the top seller in 3 topical categories, 'Radical Thought', 'Censorship' (heh), and 'State & Local Government'.

A journalist who's been attacked by Antifa writes a deeply researched and reported account of the group's history and tactics. When Andy Ngo was attacked in the streets by Antifa in the summer of 2019, most people assumed it was an isolated incident. But those who'd been following Ngo's reporting in outlets like the New York Post and Quillette knew that the attack was only the latest in a long line of crimes perpetrated by Antifa. In Unmasked, Andy Ngo tells the story of this violent extremist movement from the very beginning. He includes interviews with former followers of the group, people who've been attacked by them, and incorporates stories from his own life. This book contains a trove of documents obtained by the author, published for the first time ever.

The Kindle edition is a bit spendy, $15.99. I'm interested in the documentary evidence he has acquired.




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Moron Recommendations

What an amazing coincidence. In late Feb., I received an e-mail recommendation for a book that I dropped into the queue as I had enough for last week's book thread -- and then it gets mentioned by a completely different moron in last week's book thread:

235 I am very much looking forward to reading Tom Holland's "Dominion" which is about Christianity's immense influence on Western Civilization and the world. Holland, a Brit who is normally focused on the history of Rome, says that after the words of Christ Himself, perhaps the single most amazing and revolutionary line in history is Paul's about how there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, but we're all united in Christ. Holland explains what an absolute bombshell that was in the ancient world and how it still shapes the Western world in ways people don't even think about. The entire concept of human rights, for instance, is a Christian idea that secularists refuse to recognize as Christian.

Posted by: Donna&&&&&V at March 07, 2021 10:39 AM (HabA/)

There's not much the Amazon blurb can add to Donna&&&&&V's description of the content Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World, except to emphasize what to me is the key point:

... our morals and ethics are not universal but are instead the fruits of a very distinctive civilization. Concepts such as secularism, liberalism, science, and homosexuality are deeply rooted in a Christian seedbed.

She also provided a link to a debate on this topic between Holland and atheist philosopher A.C. Grayling.

Another commenter, yara, linked to a review of Holland's book by Reformed pastor/theologian Tim Keller that is worth reading.

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39 I'm finishing up Susannah Clarke's _Piranesi_. She's the one who made a huge splash with her first novel _Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell_ but then didn't write much for a long time. I believe she had some kind of serious health problem.

Anyway, she did manage to write a new book, and it's really good. Not related at all to Strange/Norrell. If you like Borges or the Narnia novel _The Magician's Nephew_ it's got a lot of influences from them. Not a children's book, though.

Recommended.

Posted by: Trimegistus at March 07, 2021 09:18 AM (QZxDR)

Here's what Amazon has to say about Piranesi, a novel set in an alternate reality where:

Piranesi’s house is no ordinary building: its rooms are infinite, its corridors endless, its walls are lined with thousands upon thousands of statues, each one different from all the others. Within the labyrinth of halls an ocean is imprisoned; waves thunder up staircases, rooms are flooded in an instant. But Piranesi is not afraid; he understands the tides as he understands the pattern of the labyrinth itself. He lives to explore the house.

There is one other person in the house―a man called The Other, who visits Piranesi twice a week and asks for help with research into A Great and Secret Knowledge. But as Piranesi explores, evidence emerges of another person, and a terrible truth begins to unravel, revealing a world beyond the one Piranesi has always known.

About $12 on Kindle. Eh, could be worse.

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So that's all for this week. As always, book thread tips, suggestions, bribes, insults, threats, ugly pants pics and moron library submissions may be sent to OregonMuse, Proprietor, AoSHQ Book Thread, at the book thread e-mail address: aoshqbookthread, followed by the 'at' sign, and then 'G' mail, and then dot cee oh emm.

What have you all been reading this week? Hopefully something good, because, as you all know, life is too short to be reading lousy books.




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1 Good morning Book People!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at March 14, 2021 09:08 AM (Dc2NZ)

2 Chess thread and book thread in one!

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy at March 14, 2021 09:09 AM (U605+)

3 Morning, almost off to dog class

Posted by: CN at March 14, 2021 09:09 AM (ONvIw)

4 Is that Bette Davis?

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at March 14, 2021 09:10 AM (Dc2NZ)

5 Howdy all. Currently reading some warhammer 40K stuff about Belisarius Cawl.

Posted by: Darth Randall at March 14, 2021 09:11 AM (3TihK)

6 My computer says its 9:11 o clock. My other clock says its 8:11 and my coffee maker says its 12:50.

Posted by: Jimco Industries at March 14, 2021 09:12 AM (buTO7)

7 Book thread? I wasn't even halfway through the EMT. I can only say I'm glad I'm retired because now I remember what it was like when I was working and I lost my hour. It took me weeks to adjust.

Posted by: Jewells45 at March 14, 2021 09:12 AM (nxdel)

8 Good morning fellow Book lovers! OM, how do you keep finding such wretched pants? Ugh, they hurt my eyes. This past week I finished the last of Max Cossack's five-book series "The Wilder Bunch," which begins with "Khaybar, Minnesota" (recommended by a fellow moron many BookThreads ago) and ending with "Where There is No Man." If you're looking for a good, light read by an author who skewers political correctness and has plots sending up all the latest outrages (book 4 is called "Simple Grifts"!) then Max Cossack's work is it. Each book is entertaining and fast-paced read; I finished most in only a day or two. Highly recommend.

Posted by: Carolina Girl at March 14, 2021 09:13 AM (Kh9rg)

9 Tolle Lege
Went to used book store and picked up a volume The Battle for North Africa 1940-43, my first fascination as a kid was the African campaign.
Also a book on Military Minatures bt Donald Featherstone who is kind of the grandfather of military Minature rules.
And last night got Patrick Byrne's The Deep Rig on the election trade. Odd but possible on a ebook to have web links though not working for me as tablet is misdirection for a update on YouTube that my tablet doesn't need so it's a run around.

Posted by: Skip at March 14, 2021 09:14 AM (Cxk7w)

10 All Hail Eris, I believe you are right. It is Bette Davis.

Posted by: Carolina Girl at March 14, 2021 09:14 AM (Kh9rg)

11 Is that Bette Davis?
Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at March 14, 2021 09:10 AM (Dc2NZ)


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Looks like her, but I'm not sure as I can't see her eyes.

Posted by: Darth Randall at March 14, 2021 09:14 AM (3TihK)

12 Accidentally saw the pants once.

Posted by: Skip at March 14, 2021 09:14 AM (Cxk7w)

13 I don't recommend "The Deep Rig" about the election. It is essentially recycled blog posts. The book is filled with links to other sites and YouTube. Too be honest, if the book was about another topic, I would drop it as conspiracy nonsense. It is very disappointing.

Posted by: Vir Cotto at March 14, 2021 09:15 AM (EpDzw)

14 Fancies?

So there really were fancy pants.

Back in the day.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at March 14, 2021 09:15 AM (3D/fK)

15 She does have Bette Davis eyes.......

Posted by: Jak Sucio at March 14, 2021 09:15 AM (jvt6t)

16 Per many recommendations on this here book thread, I am reading Ian Toll's "Six Frigates", about the beginnings of the U.S. Navy. It's so smoothly written it's like a novel, yet dense with information.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at March 14, 2021 09:16 AM (Dc2NZ)

17 I'm surprised Amazon is selling Andy Ngo's book. I'd like to read it.

Posted by: Jewells45 at March 14, 2021 09:16 AM (nxdel)

18 4 Is that Bette Davis?

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at March 14, 2021 09:10 AM (Dc2NZ)


Sorry, no.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at March 14, 2021 09:16 AM (aCUaQ)

19 Ooh, I was cleaning up some shelves and found an introduction and positive review of Cat in the Hat by Anna Quindlen. Can we cancel her now?

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at March 14, 2021 09:16 AM (PiwSw)

20 Nice Lieberry!

Those pants....I think I have a pair laying around somewhere.

The Who Dis is I have no idea.

More coffee.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at March 14, 2021 09:16 AM (R/m4+)

21 Do PJ pantalones count as required clothing?

Posted by: Jak Sucio at March 14, 2021 09:16 AM (jvt6t)

22 10 All Hail Eris, I believe you are right. It is Bette Davis.

Posted by: Carolina Girl at March 14, 2021 09:14 AM (Kh9rg)


Actually, it's not.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at March 14, 2021 09:17 AM (aCUaQ)

23 Could be Bette Davis but if so very young
She has the eyes

Posted by: Skip at March 14, 2021 09:17 AM (Cxk7w)

24 I think you use those pants to dazzle and confound your pray.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at March 14, 2021 09:17 AM (Dc2NZ)

25 Those pants are fine. I would wear them to Miss Haversham's wedding.

Posted by: Charles Dicklessens at March 14, 2021 09:17 AM (4YSuh)

26 "Neither Jew nor Greek" also puts a stake in the heart of Black Liberation Theology.

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at March 14, 2021 09:18 AM (PiwSw)

27 Good morning fellow Book Threadists. I hope everyone had a great week of reading.

Posted by: JTB at March 14, 2021 09:18 AM (7EjX1)

28
It's not like it was re-lurk lurk

-- WhoPeed

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at March 14, 2021 09:19 AM (pNxlR)

29 8 Good morning fellow Book lovers! OM, how do you keep finding such wretched pants? Ugh, they hurt my eyes.

Posted by: Carolina Girl at March 14, 2021 09:13 AM (Kh9rg)


You'll be happy to know that I have a folder on my hard drive that contains only ugly pants pics and I have enough of a backlog right now to last me well into 2022.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at March 14, 2021 09:19 AM (aCUaQ)

30 Silly me, the North Africa book is by W.G.E Jackson

Posted by: Skip at March 14, 2021 09:19 AM (Cxk7w)

31 Sorry, no.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at March 14, 2021 09:16 AM (aCUaQ)

"Ace in the hole".....ISWYDT

Posted by: BignJames at March 14, 2021 09:19 AM (AwYPR)

32 Nancy Culp?

Posted by: klaftern at March 14, 2021 09:19 AM (RuIsu)

33 (changes into Double Knit Fancies for the Book Thread)

Posted by: Jak Sucio at March 14, 2021 09:20 AM (jvt6t)

34 Just finished TV:2000, an anthology of science fiction stories edited by Isaac Asimov. The basic premise is that television was a ground-breaking invention that revolutionized society. Much like the internet, but earlier, of course. Each story explores ways in which television could impact society in some fashion. There are some surprising parallels to today's society, even though the stories were written between 1951 to 1975.

For instance, "Cloak of Anarchy" by Larry Niven shows how the absence of a law-enforcement mechanism in a "free zone" (aka CHAZ) leads to complete breakdown in societal norms. Sound familiar?

"And Madly Teach" by Lloyd Biggle, Jr. explores a world in which all education has become televised (much like the Zoom-powered education we see now). The idea of teaching students in person is considered a revolutionary and dangerous activity by the education establishment.

I have no idea if this book is still available (probably not). But it's a great example of just how prescient science fiction authors have been in the past.

Posted by: Lord Squirrel at March 14, 2021 09:20 AM (hQrcu)

35 Lillian Hellman

Posted by: REDACTED at March 14, 2021 09:20 AM (6iURM)

36 19 Ooh, I was cleaning up some shelves and found an introduction and positive review of Cat in the Hat by Anna Quindlen. Can we cancel her now?

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at March 14, 2021 09:16 AM (PiwSw)


Heh. I'm old enough to remember Rush used to refer tol her as "Saint Anna the Pious."

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at March 14, 2021 09:20 AM (aCUaQ)

37 35 Lillian Hellman
Posted by: REDACTED at March 14, 2021 09:20 AM (6iURM)


No, sorry.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at March 14, 2021 09:21 AM (aCUaQ)

38
That's one of the Bolshie Mitford sisters -- Dopey or Grumpy -- I can never keep their names straight.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at March 14, 2021 09:22 AM (pNxlR)

39 "Lillian Hellman
Posted by: REDACTED "

Naw.

Posted by: Virginia Mayo at March 14, 2021 09:22 AM (4YSuh)

40 You'll be happy to know that I have a folder on my hard drive that contains only ugly pants pics and I have enough of a backlog right now to last me well into 2022.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at March 14, 2021 09:19 AM (aCUaQ)
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When they come for you in the night, they will find your cache of pants photos and you will be slandered as a britchephiliac.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at March 14, 2021 09:22 AM (Dc2NZ)

41 32 Nancy Culp?
Posted by: klaftern at March 14, 2021 09:19 AM (RuIsu)


Not this time.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at March 14, 2021 09:22 AM (aCUaQ)

42 one damn thing is for sure

It aint Hedy

Posted by: REDACTED at March 14, 2021 09:22 AM (6iURM)

43 I finished a couple books this week. The first was Nabokov's Pnin written between Lolita and Pale Fire and surely gets short shrift by the lit crit eggheads because of it. Not that everybody that reads it doesn't think of it highly, as has been borne out here; more so that not many people even think to read it. Anyway the first six chapters were a portrait of an amiable well intentioned bumbler by an anonymous narrator until the final chapter reveals the narrator was Nabokov himself and how there were links between him and Pnin throughout the book which subsequently get explicated. That's a technique which the author had previously employed when he was writing in Russian but in wildly different circumstances that don't make the reader roll his eyes and think "this again?" Anyway this was a short masterpiece exploring how well you can understand someone.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at March 14, 2021 09:23 AM (y7DUB)

44 When they come for you in the night, they will find your cache of pants photos and you will be slandered as a britchephiliac.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at March 14, 2021 09:22 AM (Dc2NZ)


I was only using them for research! I swear!

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at March 14, 2021 09:23 AM (aCUaQ)

45 Ain't me either.

Posted by: George Duke at March 14, 2021 09:23 AM (4YSuh)

46
Lillian Hellman
Posted by: REDACTED


The mayonnaise heiress, not the actress, right?

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at March 14, 2021 09:23 AM (pNxlR)

47 The who dis is Robert Mitchum

Posted by: JT at March 14, 2021 09:23 AM (arJlL)

48 March 28th Is International De-Lurk Day -- Mark Your Calendar

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Is this an FBI sting operation?

I just heard on the MSM that the AG's highest priority or biggest challenge was rebuilding trust. I know my trust in the Justice Department is soaring!

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at March 14, 2021 09:23 AM (VVEnO)

49 42 one damn thing is for sure

It aint Hedy
Posted by: REDACTED at March 14, 2021 09:22 AM (6iUR


It isn't your brother, either.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at March 14, 2021 09:24 AM (aCUaQ)

50 Whenever I go looking for books I've owned in the past, I discover them missing, probably given away over the years. Though I have a small library and used to have dozens of boxes of books, now I'm probably down to 150 to 200 books. How did that happen? I need a library like this one.

Posted by: iandeal at March 14, 2021 09:24 AM (vgGyZ)

51 I don't Bette Davis would be sitting on a fence with a purse on her shoulder reading a book.

Posted by: dantesed at March 14, 2021 09:24 AM (88xKn)

52 So this is what I'd like you lurkers and lurkettes to do:

What about the regulars ?

And the Ethyls ?

Posted by: JT at March 14, 2021 09:24 AM (arJlL)

53 39 "Lillian Hellman
Posted by: REDACTED "

Naw.
Posted by: Virginia Mayo at March 14, 2021 09:22 AM (4YSuh)


dammit

Posted by: Alan Reed at March 14, 2021 09:24 AM (6iURM)

54 hiya

Posted by: JT at March 14, 2021 09:24 AM (arJlL)

55 Based on the recommendation here, I bought a copy of Dominion, and am about 100 pages in. So far, it is an excellent history of how Christianity has affected and driven history. I've already learned things about the Joos I didn't know, in particular, how Judaea, Persia, Greece, and other countries interacted in the pre-Christian era. There isn't much overt religiosity yet, and whether or not it develops as I proceed, the subject is interesting and the writing is good.

Posted by: pep at March 14, 2021 09:24 AM (v16oJ)

56 I read Winter's Heart, the ninth book in the Wheel Of Time series, by Robert Jordan. Not much action or movement of the Dragon Reborn vs. the Dark World narrative until the last chapter. The Wheel Of Time is moving very slowly.


On the Kindle, I read The Deep Rig: How Election Fraud Cost Donald J. Trump the White House, by a Man Who Did Not Vote For Him, by Patrick Byrne. This was recommended here several times. It is a fascinating account of the behind-the-scenes account of the work done to prove that there was massive voter fraud in the 2020 Presidential election. After reading this, Gen. Flynn and Sidney Powell are even bigger heroes to me. I also have new heroes in the mostly unknown cyber geeks, quants, and mathematicians who volunteered their time and expertise to find the truth.

Posted by: Zoltan at March 14, 2021 09:25 AM (qb8uZ)

57
g'mornin', book-ish 'rons

Posted by: AltonJackson at March 14, 2021 09:26 AM (KjJhx)

58 Posted by: JT at March 14, 2021 09:24 AM (arJlL)

They walk right in because it's No Knock.

Posted by: Jak Sucio at March 14, 2021 09:26 AM (jvt6t)

59
What about the regulars ?

And the Ethyls ?
Posted by: JT


It's those damn Isopropyls you can never turn your back to -- rub them the wrong way and they'll shiv ya.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at March 14, 2021 09:26 AM (pNxlR)

60 And the Ethyls ?"

They get to gamble and cavort about, in the manner which they always do?

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at March 14, 2021 09:26 AM (3D/fK)

61 OM, is that Clare Boothe Luce reading?

Posted by: Carolina Girl at March 14, 2021 09:27 AM (Kh9rg)

62 When they come for you in the night, they will find your cache of pants photos and you will be slandered as a britchephiliac.
I think that's the very definition of a sans-culotte.


Posted by: pep at March 14, 2021 09:28 AM (v16oJ)

63 In re: to Who Dis....when did wearing white gloves while reading go out of style?

Posted by: Jak Sucio at March 14, 2021 09:29 AM (jvt6t)

64 61 OM, is that Clare Boothe Luce reading?
Posted by: Carolina Girl at March 14, 2021 09:27 AM (Kh9rg)


she's too old

Posted by: Alan Reed at March 14, 2021 09:30 AM (6iURM)

65 Good Sunday morning, horde!

So many good books featured. I didn't read anything at all this week, outside of AOSHQ.

I'm going to avoid all the distractions this week and finish some books and maybe start a new one.

Posted by: April at March 14, 2021 09:31 AM (OX9vb)

66 I am in the home stretch of Vicious Circle by C.J. Box, a Joe Pickett novel.

I got it at my little free library of death.

Posted by: JT at March 14, 2021 09:32 AM (arJlL)

67 Oafs, or is it oaves?

Posted by: Brewingfrog at March 14, 2021 09:32 AM (cjlB3)

68 when did wearing white gloves while reading go out of style?
Posted by: Jak Sucio at March 14, 2021 09:29 AM (jvt6t)


Probably when people started believing that reading newspapers meant you were well read.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at March 14, 2021 09:33 AM (y7DUB)

69 I was listening to The Mysterious Affair at Styles read by John Rubinstein who, I assume, is the character actor perhaps best known for starring in the comedy/mystery series from the '80s, Crazy Like a Fox. When he came to the word "benignly" pronounced it "benigly". I took me a minute to figure out what he was trying to say.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at March 14, 2021 09:33 AM (VVEnO)

70 Went on a SciFi kick this past week. Read Deathworld, which isn't bad. Reading the sequel now.

Posted by: Jak Sucio at March 14, 2021 09:33 AM (jvt6t)

71
Patron: I'm looking for the Transgender Fiction section.

Librarian: Transgender IS fiction!

Patron: REEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at March 14, 2021 09:33 AM (pNxlR)

72 Aethelred the Unready had the misfortune to be king when the Vikings started invading.

So, whether unready or ill-advised, he was surely-

Aethelred the Unluckiest Guy in England

Posted by: naturalfake at March 14, 2021 09:33 AM (dWwl8)

73 A young Betty Davis?

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at March 14, 2021 09:34 AM (VVEnO)

74 Oafs, or is it oaves?
Posted by: Brewingfrog

Its oaves and fisters.

Posted by: JT at March 14, 2021 09:34 AM (arJlL)

75 I thought that might be a young Ayn Rand in the photo, but that's probably just the big city background. However, are you aware of how many pictures there are of Marilyn Monroe reading? Hundreds! She was often photographed with books, and I think she was actually a good reader - not her public image, but in real life she was not stupid.

Posted by: Dr. Mabuse at March 14, 2021 09:34 AM (cgU6F)

76
Went on a SciFi kick this past week. Read Deathworld, which isn't bad. Reading the sequel now.
Posted by: Jak Sucio


Afterdeathworld?

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at March 14, 2021 09:34 AM (pNxlR)

77 1 of 2

I have come to the conclusion that our society's problems are due to too many people not believing there is such a thing as sin and, thus, disbelieving in the existence of the Evil One.

1) The Devil and Karl Marx by Paul Kengor. Published in 2020, this book is an analysis of Marx's fascination with the Devil and death, and how that fascination influenced future Communist activity. Kengor goes into a lot of detail on the infiltration of the schools and religious organizations in the U.S. An important book, but some of the details are horrifying -- especially on how the Rummanian communists abused the religious people that fell into their clutches. Rating = 5.0/5.

2) Christ versus Satan by Robert Spitzer, SJ. Published in 2020 (with Impramatur), this book is essentially Book 5 on what Fr. Spitzer intends to be a 7 volume study on moral and spiritual development. A little slow to get started (the 1st section assumes you read the earlier 4 books), the information on demonic possession and the Deadly Sins is really good. After reading this book, I had an epiphany that Communism/Socialism requires the violation of the Deadly Sins. Rating = 4.5/5.

Posted by: Retired Buckeye Cop is now an engineer at March 14, 2021 09:34 AM (pJWtt)

78 2 of 2

3) Slaying Dragons by Charles Fraune. Pubished in 2019 (2nd ed. with Nihil Obstat), this is a fairly brief summary of the teachings of current exorcists within the Catholic Church on demonic possession, supplemented with some lengthy quotations of several saints. Quite informative, but the author could have done a bit better job of supporting his argument that Hollywood is infested with people under the sway of the Satanic. Rating = 4.25/5.0

All three of these books are from a Roman Catholic perspective, but information is generally applicable to anybody.

Posted by: Retired Buckeye Cop is now an engineer at March 14, 2021 09:34 AM (pJWtt)

79 Our number one goal is rooting out citizens who do not have trust in the FBI with ruthless tenacity and aggressively investigating the source of their distrust wherever that may lead. Distrust in federal institutions must be exterminated by any means necessary.

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy at March 14, 2021 09:36 AM (U605+)

80 I'm listening to a book called The Creature From Jekyll Island By G. Edward Griffin.
Jekyll Island is a real island of the coast of Georgia, where the most powerful bankers in the U.S. met at the estate of J.P. Morgan somewhere around 1910 to establish the federal reserve or the central bank.
The purpose was not to protect the interests of the public but to protect the business interests of the bankers by shifting risk for bad business decisions from them to the taxpayer. Griffin calls the banking system a cartel, the members of which only get richer when they make bad decisions.
Central banks and the World Bank tie very strongly into "The great reset".
It is all just conspiracy theory? I dunno but the book is interesting.
Consider that my DeLauro.

Posted by: Northernlurker, surgite at March 14, 2021 09:36 AM (lgiXo)

81 Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at March 14, 2021 09:34 AM (pNxlR)

Forget it Jake. It's SciFi Town.

Posted by: Jak Sucio at March 14, 2021 09:36 AM (jvt6t)

82 Libby Holman looking at the latest issue of Private

Posted by: REDACTED at March 14, 2021 09:36 AM (6iURM)

83
However, are you aware of how many pictures there are of Marilyn Monroe reading?


"She's my Amuse!"

-- LeBaron James, Avid Devourer of Table of Contents Pages

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at March 14, 2021 09:36 AM (pNxlR)

84 Consider that my DeLauro.

Drat you all to heck autocorrect. Delurk.

Posted by: Northernlurker, surgite at March 14, 2021 09:37 AM (lgiXo)

85 For many years I've been primarily a reader of non-fiction, but in the past 6 months I've been reading much more fiction. Maybe I just need to escape. I finished Norman Collins's 'Bond Street Story' written in 1959. It's about the people who work in a big London department store, from the General Manager, Mr. Rammell, son of the man who started the store, down to the shopgirls and floorwalkers. Collins specialized in this sort of cross-section of humanity style of writing, and I love his books. I ordered 4 from a used bookstore in the UK, and I'm going to try to make them last. His big hit was 'London Belongs to Me' written right after WWII, and it's been filmed for the big screen and TV.

Posted by: Dr. Mabuse at March 14, 2021 09:38 AM (cgU6F)

86 I am re-reading "The Jewish War" by Josephus. Very much enjoyed Agrippa's speech to the Nationalists.

You can read it here:

http://biblicalexaminer.org/agrippa.htm

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at March 14, 2021 09:38 AM (2BZBZ)

87 61 OM, is that Clare Boothe Luce reading?

Posted by: Carolina Girl at March 14, 2021 09:27 AM (Kh9rg)


No, it's a not-at-all-well-known actress.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at March 14, 2021 09:41 AM (aCUaQ)

88 Morning Bookists! Thanks OM!

Read on, MacDuff!

Posted by: goatexchange at March 14, 2021 09:41 AM (bDyGY)

89 Thomas Buells Warrior Generals: Combat Leadership in the Civil War

I came across it accidentally at a library sale where you could get a paper bag you filled with history books for $5. Yes, please.

It's an enjoyable read. One of the things that I found interesting was that a big problem with the South in the war was an overwhelming sense of honor that prevented failure on the battlefield from being called out using names, because that would often lead to fights and duels. Hard to correct actions when you can't talk about them directly and specifically.

Posted by: Lysenko - click here for your covid vaccine documentation and directions at March 14, 2021 09:42 AM (TIEIK)

90 Angela Lansbury

Posted by: Only Context at March 14, 2021 09:42 AM (xEIoY)

91
shouldn't that be "Tables of Content Pages"?

Posted by: The Smart-Assed Pedant at March 14, 2021 09:42 AM (KjJhx)

92 The cuffs on those pants, makes them really stand out!//

Posted by: lin-duh 27-4 at March 14, 2021 09:43 AM (UUBmN)

93 G'Morning, fellow book threadists! I haven't really been hitting the books this week -- too busy building shelves in the prospective nursery to store them! Yes, my grandson-to-be will be influenced by books, and I intend to have him reading by the time he is kindergarten-age.
Not that he will ever darken the doors of a public school, although the Daughter Unit wants eventually to move with him to Bulverde, where -- at least at this point -- the schools are OK.
Sufficient to the day, I guess.

Posted by: Sgt. Mom at March 14, 2021 09:43 AM (xnmPy)

94 75 I thought that might be a young Ayn Rand in the photo, but that's probably just the big city background. However, are you aware of how many pictures there are of Marilyn Monroe reading? Hundreds! She was often photographed with books, and I think she was actually a good reader - not her public image, but in real life she was not stupid.

Posted by: Dr. Mabuse at March 14, 2021 09:34 AM (cgU6F)


Yes. Unfortunately, in the ones I have found, she seems to be in mostly in her underwear. I know the 'rons wouldn't object, but such pics are not suitable for the high class book thread.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at March 14, 2021 09:44 AM (aCUaQ)

95 Carole Lombard? If not, I got nuttin'

Posted by: Jak Sucio at March 14, 2021 09:44 AM (jvt6t)

96 Twelve dollar ebooks seem silly.

Posted by: Lysenko - click here for your covid vaccine documentation and directions at March 14, 2021 09:45 AM (TIEIK)

97 Went on a SciFi kick this past week. Read Deathworld, which isn't bad. Reading the sequel now.
Posted by: Jak Sucio

Afterdeathworld?
Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at March 14, 2021 09:34 AM (pNxlR)


I'mgettingbetterworld

Posted by: naturalfake at March 14, 2021 09:45 AM (dWwl8)

98 Good for you, Sgt Mom!

Build 'em strong. He'll be climbing on them.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at March 14, 2021 09:46 AM (Dc2NZ)

99 Morning, 'rons and 'ronettes.

Was talking to someone yesterday who recommended a book they were reading, but couldn't remember the title.

It sounds like a version of the movie National Treasure- in the book, Jefferson Davis and a secret cabal of Southern soldiers stash millions in gold bullion around the country after the War Between the States in order to finance a second war and to re-establish a slave south, with the capitol in Cuba. Does this sound familiar to anyone?

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at March 14, 2021 09:46 AM (2JVJo)

100 Yes. Unfortunately, in the ones I have found, she seems to be in mostly
in her underwear. I know the 'rons wouldn't object, but such pics are
not suitable for the high class book thread.

Depends. If she's drinking tea with her pinky out, lingerie is acceptable.

Posted by: pep at March 14, 2021 09:46 AM (v16oJ)

101 for the high class book thread.

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(looks around to see if anyone has noticed I'm here, gathers things and hastens to the door)

Posted by: Lysenko - click here for your covid vaccine documentation and directions at March 14, 2021 09:46 AM (TIEIK)

102 97 Went on a SciFi kick this past week. Read Deathworld, which isn't bad. Reading the sequel now.
Posted by: Jak Sucio

Afterdeathworld?
Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at March 14, 2021 09:34 AM (pNxlR)

I'mgettingbetterworld
Posted by: naturalfake at March 14, 2021 09:45 AM (dWwl

I'mnotdeadyetworld

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at March 14, 2021 09:46 AM (Dc2NZ)

103 It's an enjoyable read. One of the things that I
found interesting was that a big problem with the South in the war was
an overwhelming sense of honor that prevented failure on the battlefield
from being called out using names, because that would often lead to
fights and duels. Hard to correct actions when you can't talk about them
directly and specifically.

Posted by: Lysenko - click here for your covid vaccine documentation and directions at March 14, 2021 09:42 AM (TIEIK)

some truth to that but you shouldn't take it too far. They sniped at each other regularly, particularly the officers in the West. I recall Forrest physically threatened Bragg at one point, but some new research questions that.

The main problem with CSA leaders is they always lead from the front. Their generals suffered higher casualty rates and they had fewer people to step into the slots.

Posted by: Quint at March 14, 2021 09:48 AM (FFJ9Q)

104 "I finished Norman Collins's 'Bond Street Story' written in 1959. It's about the people who work in a big London department store, from the General Manager, Mr. Rammell, son of the man who started the store, down to the shopgirls and floorwalkers."


That sounds familer. Any mention of Mrs Slocumbe's pussy?

Posted by: Mr Humphries at March 14, 2021 09:49 AM (4YSuh)

105 I'm reading book 2 in Sarah Hoyt's shifter series, "Gentleman Takes A Chance". It's absurd, well written, but absolutely absurd. Eh, it's good for escapism.
When a mama shifter panther loves a daddy shifter dragon very much and some shifter beetles get involved....well, you get the picture...

Posted by: lin-duh 27-4 at March 14, 2021 09:50 AM (UUBmN)

106 I cheated and looked up who dis. Have heard of her, but didn't recognize her.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at March 14, 2021 09:50 AM (2JVJo)

107 Good morning everyone. Current re-reading Gai Jin by James Clavell and also reading the Bible.

Mrs. Squirrel recommended a book called "Emotional Agility." one of those purported self help books. Not sure if anyone has read it, but it sounds like there might be some good take-aways in there about goal setting and values.

Posted by: Secret Squirrel, author of Outward Frontier. A sci fi book. at March 14, 2021 09:50 AM (UPWY4)

108 The second book we read was Things Fall Apart by the Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe. I had read this back in the 70s and was wondering how a reread would go. It's a fairly simple tale around an animist tribe in sub Saharan Africa centered on this alpha male with issues that lead to him being temporarily exiled. While he was gone some Christian missionaries came to the old village and became more or less settled and attracting converts. When the protagonist came back things didn't go well at all and he ends up decapitating one person and then hanging himself. I knew the discussion would be dominated by two self hating libs, one a homo with a black fetish and horrendous taste in fiction, and that was bang spot on. Everyone else kept quiet in kind of horrified embarrassment. The only thing I said in defense of Christianity, kind of, was that this could've been more to the north and used Islam as the disruptive force. Ironically I found a discussion book about this assembled by Harold Bloom who said this is a simple Greek tragedy that these multiculti assholes will misinterpret.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at March 14, 2021 09:50 AM (y7DUB)

109 Covidworld, where the lead coughs for a day or two before his wife's hair salon she spent twenty years establishing and expanding is forced to close and then he loses his $120,000/year pipeline job because the government decides everyone is going to drive $50,000 subcompact electric cars in 14 years even though fewer than 1% of the population currently drives electric cars.

Posted by: Lysenko - click here for your covid vaccine documentation and directions at March 14, 2021 09:50 AM (TIEIK)

110 Jan Sterling

Posted by: vin at March 14, 2021 09:50 AM (Z1u3S)

111 Gen. Ben McCulloch went out personally to view the Union troops at the Battle of Elkhorn Tavern and promptly got shot and killed by a Union sharpshooter.

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at March 14, 2021 09:51 AM (2BZBZ)

112 booken morgen horden

Posted by: vmom super straight stabby stabber stabalot at March 14, 2021 09:51 AM (nUhF0)

113
One of the deHavilland sisters - the Mosquito or the Hornet - I can never keep them straight.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at March 14, 2021 09:51 AM (pNxlR)

114 I'm reading The Electricity Makers, recommended by Hans Schantz here a fortnight ago. It's very interesting to see the actual experimental work and the experimenters, who moved our knowledge forward. The science taught in schools is mostly just a presentation of everything as we came to know it (the only real deviation from this is the various atomic models).

Of note also was Robert Norman, who was described as "an ingenious artificer" which is, I think, Elizabethan for "Hell of an engineer", so hopefully there will be some good incorporation of the material into the next Hidden Truth book.

I also read Samurai!, a sort of memoir/biography of one of Japan's WWII fighter aces, likely embellished some. It was enjoyable reading, even from the other side.

Posted by: .87c at March 14, 2021 09:51 AM (kIiAY)

115 A couple of nights ago I saw the movie Marked Woman from 1937, a 28 year old Bette Davis as a clip-joint girl, and a young Humphrey Bogart as a DA trying to get her boss arrested. A clip-joint girl? Loose women in a nightclub, trying to sell cheap drinks and empty promises to men with money.

She was a firecracker even then.

Posted by: LeftCoast Dawg at March 14, 2021 09:52 AM (sy5kK)

116 However, are you aware of how many pictures there are of Marilyn Monroe reading? Hundreds! She was often photographed with books, and I think she was actually a good reader - not her public image, but in real life she was not stupid.
Posted by: Dr. Mabuse at March 14, 2021 09:34 AM (cgU6F)


There's a story about MM coming out of a bookstore in NYC and being met by a fellow actor, who asked if she'd bought anything, whereupon she showed him a book of poems by Heinrich Heine. When she was asked (a little sneeringly) why she would buy such a thing, MM answered that whenever she went into a book shop, she would always search for a book that looked as if no-one would ever buy it, then take it with her.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at March 14, 2021 09:52 AM (2JVJo)

117 Early readers: I recall a book made of softish cloth which taught letter/number recognition. For ages 2.5+ or so.

Posted by: klaftern at March 14, 2021 09:52 AM (RuIsu)

118 Afterdeathworld?
Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at March 14, 2021 09:34 AM (pNxlR)

I'mgettingbetterworld
Posted by: naturalfake at March 14, 2021 09:45 AM (dWwl

I'mnotdeadyetworld
Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at March 14, 2021 09:46 AM (Dc2NZ)

bros, do y'all even SciFi?

Posted by: Jak Sucio at March 14, 2021 09:53 AM (jvt6t)

119 The main problem with CSA leaders is they always lead from the front. Their generals suffered higher casualty rates and they had fewer people to step into the slots.

*

Yeah, I suspect that "honor" thing got to be a problem in more than a few ways.

Posted by: Lysenko - click here for your covid vaccine documentation and directions at March 14, 2021 09:53 AM (TIEIK)

120 Though some love Jackson. In fact, for decades many said Jackson was greater than Lee. You don't hear that much these days but it was a popular opinion in decades past. But Jackson, while an able fighter, was never capable of leading an army, a full army. He regularly court-martialed his subordinates, even when going into battle. There is a famous scene in the movie Gettysburg, where General Garnett decides he must lead his troops in Pickett's charge although he is lame and can only ride a horse. The reason for this is Jackson falsely accused him of cowardice in a previous battle. Garnett died of course, but he maintained his honor.

Posted by: Quint at March 14, 2021 09:53 AM (FFJ9Q)

121 102 97 Went on a SciFi kick this past week. Read Deathworld, which isn't bad. Reading the sequel now.
Posted by: Jak Sucio

Afterdeathworld?
Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at March 14, 2021 09:34 AM (pNxlR)

I'mgettingbetterworld
Posted by: naturalfake at March 14, 2021 09:45 AM (dWwl

I'mnotdeadyetworld
Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at March 14, 2021 09:46 AM (Dc2NZ)

Ifeelhappyworld

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at March 14, 2021 09:54 AM (PiwSw)

122 OT: Ex-middleweight great Marvin Hagler has died at 66, apparently as a reaction to the Covid vaccine.

His most famous opponent, Tommy Hearns, classily posted: "A real true warrior Pray for the king and his family..Allow us to have our peace. Our love and respect to Marvin and his
family, this is not an anti vaccine campaign... ".

Posted by: pep at March 14, 2021 09:54 AM (v16oJ)

123 109 Covidworld, where the lead coughs for a day or two before his wife's hair salon she spent twenty years establishing and expanding is forced to close and then he loses his $120,000/year pipeline job because the government decides everyone is going to drive $50,000 subcompact electric cars in 14 years even though fewer than 1% of the population currently drives electric cars.
Posted by: Lysenko
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Is this about you?

Posted by: lin-duh 27-4 at March 14, 2021 09:54 AM (UUBmN)

124 Perching on a fence rail like the Who 'dis would hurt too much to allow me to read.

Posted by: Northernlurker, surgite at March 14, 2021 09:54 AM (lgiXo)

125
It sounds like a version of the movie National Treasure- in the book, Jefferson Davis and a secret cabal of Southern soldiers stash millions in gold bullion around the country after the War Between the States in order to finance a second war and to re-establish a slave south, with the capitol in Cuba. Does this sound familiar to anyone?
Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing


It sounds like Clive Cussler's Sahara

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at March 14, 2021 09:54 AM (pNxlR)

126 The main problem with CSA leaders is they always lead from the front. Their generals suffered higher casualty rates and they had fewer people to step into the slots.

Too bad nobody in the CSA thought to just wait Lincoln out. Trying to stay on the offensive played right into the Union's hands.

Posted by: Roll Me Away at March 14, 2021 09:55 AM (aOwS2)

127 80 I'm listening to a book called The Creature From Jekyll Island By G. Edward Griffin.
Posted by: Northernlurker, surgite at March 14, 2021 09:36 AM (lgiXo)

I've often heard of this book and recall seeing it in book stores. Since you are listening to it, I'm sure there isn't a way to read footnotes or sources. I'd be curious if anyone else has read it and what they think as well.

Posted by: Secret Squirrel, author of Outward Frontier. A sci fi book. at March 14, 2021 09:55 AM (UPWY4)

128 Ifeelhappyworld
Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at March 14, 2021 09:54 AM (PiwSw)

Good on ya. You're about the only one.

Posted by: Jak Sucio at March 14, 2021 09:56 AM (jvt6t)

129 Saddened by Marvelous Marvin Hagler's passing...at least I can watch him clobber Tommy Hearns....over and over.

Posted by: BignJames at March 14, 2021 09:56 AM (AwYPR)

130 Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at March 14, 2021 09:50 AM (y7DUB)

I read Things Fall Apart in high school (mumble) years ago. It is the only book I read then that is still on high school reading lists. We did read it as a tragedy at the end of reading the typical Greek tragedies. I'm betting these days the link isn't even mentioned.

Posted by: Catherine -- who generally doesn't curse. at March 14, 2021 09:56 AM (eO5wY)

131 I recall reading a book many years ago about the Old West. I love the Old West, though it is hard to be a serious historian on the subject as most don't take it seriously as legit history, it is more about movies and lore.

Anyway, this was a serious book about gunfighters in the Old West. The author claimed there were more duels in the US Navy during the period of say 1860-1885 than in the Old West. I am talking the stand up one on one duels. I will look into that to be sure I am correct, but I do recall that and doubt it was untrue.

Posted by: Quint at March 14, 2021 09:56 AM (FFJ9Q)

132 MM answered that whenever she went into a book shop, she would always search for a book that looked as if no-one would ever buy it, then take it with her.
Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at March 14, 2021 09:52 AM (2JVJo)
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That is so endearing! Like she's giving a home to book orphans.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at March 14, 2021 09:56 AM (Dc2NZ)

133
bros, do y'all even SciFi?
Posted by: Jak Sucio


We do riffs.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at March 14, 2021 09:57 AM (pNxlR)

134 Good morning DST morons. This week I discovered a Dorothy L. Sayers book that I had not read. Okay, I probably have read it but have forgotten everything about it. It is "Clouds of Witness", featuring the eternally cheerful and endearingly optimistic Lord Peter Whimsey, who is trying to solve the murder of his sister's betrothed. The police have Lord Peter's brother locked up for it, but everyone knows the Upper Crust does not stoop to murder. How undignified.

Posted by: grammie winger at March 14, 2021 09:57 AM (45fpk)

135 Our love and respect to Marvin and his family, this is not we don't have the balls to make this an anti vaccine campaign... ".

Fixed for accuracy.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at March 14, 2021 09:57 AM (2JVJo)

136 Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at March 14, 2021 09:57 AM (pNxlR)

*golf clap*

Posted by: Jak Sucio at March 14, 2021 09:57 AM (jvt6t)

137 Oh, and if anyone likes cars or is related to someone who likes cars, Peter Egan's books are lots of fun and would make a great bedtime book or gift. One is "On the Road" and it's a collection of his fun little pieces he'd write for Road and Track. Search for him if you're unfamiliar. He's probably the most famous / popular car guy writer in my lifetime.

Don't miss his explanation of what tools are used for.

https://bit.ly/3vqacpi

Posted by: Lysenko - click here for your covid vaccine documentation and directions at March 14, 2021 09:58 AM (TIEIK)

138 Anyway, this was a serious book about gunfighters in the Old West. The author claimed there were more duels in the US Navy during the period of say 1860-1885 than in the Old West. I am talking the stand up one on one duels. I will look into that to be sure I am correct, but I do recall that and doubt it was untrue.
Posted by: Quint at March 14, 2021 09:56 AM (FFJ9Q)
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Since dueling is an upper crust thing (isn't it?), I could see officers in the Navy dueling.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at March 14, 2021 09:58 AM (Dc2NZ)

139 Dominion looks like a good choice--I just put it on my library hold list.

Posted by: April at March 14, 2021 09:58 AM (OX9vb)

140
MM answered that whenever she went into a book shop, she would always search for a book that looked as if no-one would ever buy it, then take it with her.
Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing


Bought a lot of Arthur Miller's plays, did she?

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at March 14, 2021 09:58 AM (pNxlR)

141 16 ... "Per many recommendations on this here book thread, I am reading Ian Toll's "Six Frigates", about the beginnings of the U.S. Navy. It's so smoothly written it's like a novel, yet dense with information."

Good call and description, Eris. I got a copy shortly after it was published and really liked it.

Posted by: JTB at March 14, 2021 09:58 AM (llDwh)

142 now that I think about it, I bet I am off on the years. The Navy duels were earlier. But the point the author was making was there were not many duels as we think about them in the Old West. I will research it a bit and get back, but not today lol.

Posted by: Quint at March 14, 2021 09:58 AM (FFJ9Q)

143 His most famous opponent, Tommy Hearns, classily posted: "A real true warrior Pray for the king and his family..Allow us to have our peace. Our love and respect to Marvin and his
family, this is not an anti vaccine campaign... ".

Posted by: pep at March 14, 2021 09:54 AM (v16oJ)


That fight between the Motor City Cobra and Marvelous Marvin was the most sustained action for three rounds I ever saw. RIP.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at March 14, 2021 09:58 AM (y7DUB)

144
I just heard on the MSM that the AG's highest priority or biggest challenge was rebuilding trust. I know my trust in the Justice Department is soaring!
Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at March 14, 2021 09:23 AM (VVEnO)

yeah, about that...... uh, no.
As Scotty famously said,
Fool me once, shame on you.
Fool me twice, shame on me.

Posted by: LeftCoast Dawg at March 14, 2021 09:59 AM (sy5kK)

145 Our love and respect to Marvin and his family, this is not we don't have the balls to make this an anti vaccine campaign... ".



Fixed for accuracy.
You tell him.

Posted by: pep at March 14, 2021 09:59 AM (v16oJ)

146 I have to wonder how the general dampness of Venice affects books

Posted by: vmom super straight stabby stabber stabalot at March 14, 2021 09:59 AM (nUhF0)

147 shoot, did I just make the barrel?

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at March 14, 2021 09:59 AM (2JVJo)

148 I've heard that duels and gunfights in general were actually pretty rare in the old west.

Posted by: lin-duh 27-4 at March 14, 2021 09:59 AM (UUBmN)

149
Ex-middleweight great Marvin Hagler has died at 66, apparently as a reaction to the Covid vaccine.

another grim milestone for the biden administration

Posted by: AltonJackson at March 14, 2021 10:00 AM (KjJhx)

150 this about you?
Posted by: lin-duh

*

Thankfully no.

I'm glad to have seen the best economy in 50 years before it was intentionally destroyed, though. It's tragic to know what America could have been with that little glimpse of things.

Posted by: Lysenko - click here for your covid vaccine documentation and directions at March 14, 2021 10:00 AM (TIEIK)

151 I have read "The Creature From Jekyll Island" By G. Edward Griffin.

It's about the creation of the Federal Reserve. Very interesting. Very sad really. I read somewhere that there is a gold bar in the lobby of the Federal Reserve HQ in DC. It's present value is a damning indictment of the Fed's mission to create inflation.

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at March 14, 2021 10:00 AM (2BZBZ)

152 OT: Ex-middleweight great Marvin Hagler has died at 66, apparently as a reaction to the Covid vaccine.
His most famous opponent, Tommy Hearns, classily posted: "A real true warrior Pray for the king and his family..Allow us to have our peace. Our love and respect to Marvin and his
family, this is not an anti vaccine campaign... ".
Posted by: pep at March 14, 2021 09:54 AM (v16oJ)

No one listens to me.....I tole peoples to stay away from those devils and that there vaccine.

Posted by: Calypso Louie the Charmer at March 14, 2021 10:01 AM (R/m4+)

153 hello to the delurkers!

Posted by: vmom super straight stabby stabber stabalot at March 14, 2021 10:01 AM (nUhF0)

154 the Navy duels were famous, certainly they happened in the 1800s and up til the Civil War. For sure there were more during that time than anything in what was considered to be the Old West.

Posted by: Quint at March 14, 2021 10:02 AM (FFJ9Q)

155 Season one of "The Man in the High Castle" picked up toward the end, so I decided to hang around for Season Two and so far it's much better than One.

I also started rereading "TMitHC" and was struck once again by how clean, clear, and evocative Philip K. Dick's writing is. And I love the way evokes the extraordinary and moves the story along while having people do the mundane activities of their mundane lives with minimal info dumps.

He had to be a genius of some sort to produce this kind of prose when his writing method was said to be something like: Check himself into a motel, get totally loaded on booze and drugs, emerge two weeks later with a finished novel. Amazing.

Posted by: naturalfake at March 14, 2021 10:02 AM (dWwl8)

156 have read "The Creature From Jekyll Island" By G. Edward Griffin.

It's about the creation of the Federal Reserve. Very interesting. Very sad really. I read somewhere that there is a gold bar in the lobby of the Federal Reserve HQ in DC. It's present value is a damning indictment of the Fed's mission to create inflation.
Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at March 14, 2021 10:00 AM (2BZBZ)

It's an interesting and disturbing book.

Posted by: Northernlurker, surgite at March 14, 2021 10:02 AM (lgiXo)

157 That fight between the Motor City Cobra and Marvelous Marvin was the most sustained action for three rounds I ever saw. RIP.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at March 14, 2021 09:58 AM (y7DUB)

Supposedly the ref asked Marvin between rounds, "Can you see?" (because of bleeding) Marvin replied, "I'm hittin' him, ain't I?"

Posted by: BignJames at March 14, 2021 10:03 AM (AwYPR)

158 I'm reading The Electricity Makers, recommended by Hans Schantz here a fortnight ago.
Did you mean The Power Makers, by Maury Klein?

Posted by: pep at March 14, 2021 10:03 AM (v16oJ)

159 Another diplomatic victory for President Trump: Kososvo formally opens its embassy in Israel -- in Jerusalem!

Posted by: andycanuck at March 14, 2021 10:03 AM (iDvKn)

160 Went on a SciFi kick this past week. Read Deathworld, which isn't bad. Reading the sequel now.
Posted by: Jak Sucio

Afterdeathworld?
Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at March 14, 2021 09:34 AM (pNxlR)

I'mgettingbetterworld
Posted by: naturalfake at March 14, 2021 09:45 AM (dWwl

I'mnotdeadyetworld
Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread)

You'renotfoolinganybodyworld.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at March 14, 2021 10:03 AM (VVEnO)

161 110 Jan Sterling

Posted by: vin at March 14, 2021 09:50 AM (Z1u3S)


Yes!

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at March 14, 2021 10:05 AM (aCUaQ)

162
Ex-middleweight great Marvin Hagler has died at 66, apparently as a reaction to the Covid vaccine.


Round up The Commodores! It's time to update Nightshift -- we've bagged a Marvin and a Hank! Call it COVIDgrift!

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at March 14, 2021 10:05 AM (pNxlR)

163 Highly recommended: The Aubrey/Maturin series of novels about naval life and combat in the Napoleonic Period. Author is Patrick O'Brien.

The film "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World," is based on these novels.

Slam-bang naval and shore-raid combat. Excellent character development, in both ashore and at-sea lives of the main characters. Highly detailed about the ships and their rigging; so detailed and with so little explanation for a square-rigged ship novice that you'll probably be constantly web searching on terms like studding sails, catharpings, and moon sail. In fact, there's a companion glossary book, "A Sea of Words." So you can also learn what a fiiggy-dowdy is.

I may be scaring some people off; I recommend giving the first one a try to see if you like it - "Master and Commander."

Posted by: Gref at March 14, 2021 10:06 AM (AMIL/)

164 ok, the snowstorm is here

Posted by: DB- just DB at March 14, 2021 10:07 AM (iTXRQ)

165 We did read it as a tragedy at the end of reading the typical Greek tragedies. I'm betting these days the link isn't even mentioned.

Posted by: Catherine -- who generally doesn't curse. at March 14, 2021 09:56 AM (eO5wY)


One of the libs, who just happened upon the group within the last year, is a pretty smart guy but is just too indoctrinated politically to connect any dots. Anyway I'd known for a while that Achebe taught at Bard college for a long time. He told me that he came to the US after being paralyzed from the waist down because he could get better health care here. I left it unsaid that the animist health care must not work out so well.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at March 14, 2021 10:07 AM (y7DUB)

166 A while back, someone on this smart book blog recommended the Jewish Study Bible (Oxford Press, 2nd ed). I've been using it at my OT source for my "read through the Bible in a year" readings, and I can second that recommendation. The side notes are full of historical information and explanations about how different schools of rabbinical thought have interpreted the passages.

Sad news about Marvin Hagler. I never watched a lot of boxing, but when Hagler was on I definitely tuned in. I remember watching his 1987 title fight with Sugar Ray Leonard and hoping he'd knock that show-boater right on his ass.

Posted by: PabloD, boop/bop/beep at March 14, 2021 10:08 AM (VsIlw)

167 Posted by: Gref at March 14, 2021 10:06 AM (AMIL/)

stunsails...just because it's a cool word.

Posted by: Jak Sucio at March 14, 2021 10:08 AM (jvt6t)

168 one other point. It was not all about Generals mind you. Most historians think the CSA really got in trouble because they lost so many senior NCO's. And it was not that only CSA leaders went down. But the USA could put new people in while the CSA ran out long before the war ended.

Posted by: Quint at March 14, 2021 10:08 AM (FFJ9Q)

169 His most famous opponent, Tommy Hearns, classily posted: "A real true warrior Pray for the king and his family..Allow us to have our peace. Our love and respect to Marvin and his
family, this is not an anti vaccine campaign... ".

Posted by: pep at March 14, 2021 09:54 AM (v16oJ)


I watched the Hearns-Hagler fight that went 3 rounds on YouTube last night. It was like something out of a Rocky movie. Absolutely brutal.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at March 14, 2021 10:08 AM (aCUaQ)

170
ok, the snowstorm is here

Posted by: DB- just DB at March 14, 2021 10:07 AM (iTXRQ)


Are you in Colorado? I thought it was supposed to hit yesterday.

Posted by: grammie winger at March 14, 2021 10:08 AM (45fpk)

171 Per recommendation, read the children's book "Half Magic" by Edward Eager. Fun! All about the unintended consequences of using magic, and then having to use more magic to extricate oneself, which then requires even more magic to counteract that.

I'm a sucker for good children's lit, like "The House with a Clock in its Walls".

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at March 14, 2021 10:08 AM (Dc2NZ)

172 OK, folks, going to sit on the couch and just stare off into the distance for a while.

Hope you all have a lovely day.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at March 14, 2021 10:09 AM (2JVJo)

173 I thought I had the Who Dis. I was wrong (as usual) but at least I wasn't alone thinking of Bette Davis.

About halfway through The Discovery and Conquest of Mexico. Cortez and Co. are just now contemplating kidnapping Montezuma. Saw in the news that some California "educators" are advocating students chant praises to the Aztec gods. I wonder if they plan on bring back the human sacrifice as well?

Posted by: Who knew at March 14, 2021 10:09 AM (SfO/T)

174 Season one of "The Man in the High Castle" picked up toward the end, so I
decided to hang around for Season Two and so far it's much better than
One.

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Yes, that was good but the show went downhill after that.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at March 14, 2021 10:09 AM (llXky)

175 With the cancel culture BS and other things, I worry that Mark Twain may disappear or be modified out of recognition. I'm ashamed to admit I've read few of his longer works. This week I splurged on a bunch of his novels. Seawolf Press has issued some good quality paperbacks based on the original publications and with the original artwork. No inexpensive in the mid-teens but well made. I know Twain's novels are available cheap on ereaders but I wanted them physically.

BTW, for people who think print is getting smaller. They are correct. These editions use the original font and script size. Much easier to read. About like half way between the usual today and large print versions.

Posted by: JTB at March 14, 2021 10:09 AM (llDwh)

176 Sad news about Marvin Hagler. I never watched a lot
of boxing, but when Hagler was on I definitely tuned in. I remember
watching his 1987 title fight with Sugar Ray Leonard and hoping he'd
knock that show-boater right on his ass.

Posted by: PabloD, boop/bop/beep at March 14, 2021 10:08 AM (VsIlw)

he passed? That is a shame, I always liked the guy. I was never a Sugar Ray fan. Hagler vs Hearns had to be the most extreme few rounds ever.

Posted by: Quint at March 14, 2021 10:10 AM (FFJ9Q)

177 174 Season one of "The Man in the High Castle" picked up toward the end, so I
decided to hang around for Season Two and so far it's much better than
One.

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Yes, that was good but the show went downhill after that.
Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at March 14, 2021 10:09 AM (llXky)

Season 3 was off the rails. I didn't even finish it.

Posted by: Secret Squirrel, author of Outward Frontier. A sci fi book. at March 14, 2021 10:11 AM (UPWY4)

178 OK, folks, going to sit on the couch and just stare off into the distance for a while.


Don't get lost inside your head Mary Poppins. That happens to me and it's seldom good. Not trying to be pushy. Well yeah I am.

Posted by: grammie winger at March 14, 2021 10:12 AM (45fpk)

179 I may be scaring some people off; I recommend giving the first one a try to see if you like it - "Master and Commander."
Posted by: Gref at March 14, 2021 10:06 AM (AMIL/)


The movie was instrumental in getting me over the hump in dealing with O'Brian's use of nautical terms. Plus my mental image of Russell Crowe as Aubrey stayed in place throughout the entire collection.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at March 14, 2021 10:12 AM (y7DUB)

180 I would argue the concept of individual human rights was spearheaded or became part of the Western tradition. "Human Rights" when discussed by the usual suspects glosses over this, and not by accident.

You can't claim to be a champion of the rights of minorities without defending the smallest minority if all - one single person. This concept is completely alien even today in much of the world.

The leftists maintain you only have rights as part of a group. It is or they are conditional.

If you're black, though not a leftist - you're not really black they will tell you, or not really female. "You are misogynistic"; consequently you have no rights.

Everyone needs to be categorized and labeled, put into a specific box, tarred with certain attributes, and you better stay in your lane, Or Else. The goal is agitation, discontent, anarchy. Everyone fighting each other.

That's why the Orange Man had to go, because he put paid to the lies the Uniparty has been feeding us for decades.

Everything is a fucking Op, and has been for years. I remember realizing in '92 that it appeared the media wanted riots. How is that not destabilizing? It's spread to DA??

Posted by: Common Tater at March 14, 2021 10:12 AM (YtsCi)

181 One of the best exhibits I've seen was the National Portrait Gallery's collection of the War of 1812:

https://npg.si.edu/exhibit/1812/index.html

Click through the chapters and embiggen the paintings. Check out the one of George Cockburn with D.C. burning behind him.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at March 14, 2021 10:13 AM (Dc2NZ)

182 overwhelming sense of honor that prevented failure on the battlefield from being called out using names, because that would often lead to fights and duels.

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In Prange's Miracle At Midway, he opines that the Japanese made a crushing defeat worse by the expectation and decision by many high officers to go down with their ship and waste their experience rather than to live to fight another day.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at March 14, 2021 10:13 AM (VVEnO)

183 I finished Livy's Rome and Italy and am now on The War with Hannibal. This is the most intact section of Livy's history, no doubt because it was such a compelling topic.

One thing I've noticed over the years is that biblical scholars seem very detached from non-scriptural stuff. I get into arguments with my father about the authenticity of the Bible and I always come back to: "Okay, there are different versions of the same story. That doesn't mean it was made up. Try military history and get back to me."

Many key historical events have a single written source and others have none at all - we know books were written about them, but they didn't survive. The abundance of Bibles I consider to be a good thing.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at March 14, 2021 10:13 AM (llXky)

184 Through the course of the lockdown I've slipped out of the habit of attending church. I need to get back into the habit. I plan to start today.

Posted by: Northernlurker, surgite at March 14, 2021 10:15 AM (lgiXo)

185
I thought I had the Who Dis. I was wrong (as usual) but at least I wasn't alone thinking of Bette Davis.


Posted by: Who knew at March 14, 2021 10:09 AM (SfO/T)

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Not sure who is holding the book, but Brian Dennehy is the fence.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at March 14, 2021 10:15 AM (llXky)

186 Season 3 was off the rails. I didn't even finish it.

Posted by: Secret Squirrel, author of Outward Frontier. A sci fi book. at March 14, 2021 10:11 AM (UPWY4)


It got better in season 4, overall.

Notes:

1. Both homo sub-plots simply disappeared in Season 4. Poof, gone.

2. They introduced (or expanded upon) an organization of black communists based in San Francisco. Portrayed them as noble, altruistic warriors fighting for the common man. I LOLed. I mean, really, when in history has that *ever* been the case.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at March 14, 2021 10:16 AM (aCUaQ)

187 Good morning DST morons. This week I discovered a Dorothy L. Sayers book that I had not read. Okay, I probably have read it but have forgotten everything about it. It is "Clouds of Witness", featuring the eternally cheerful and endearingly optimistic Lord Peter Whimsey ...
Posted by: grammie winger at March 14, 2021 09:57 AM (45fpk)


Her Peter Wimsey books are usually pretty good. C.W. Scott-Giles wrote The Wimsey Family. Published in 1977 this is a family history of the line based on correspondence with Sayers. This is a short little book that is a bit silly -- I read it years ago but don't remember anything about it.

Posted by: Retired Buckeye Cop is now an engineer at March 14, 2021 10:16 AM (pJWtt)

188 Thank you for the thread, thank you for the content.
Finished reading another Joe Pickett book, he is a game warden, it is the latest from CJ Box. It was good but maybe a bit too similar to one of his others.
Finished reading Ian Hamilton Ava Lee books 1 and 3. Ava Lee is a kung fu forensic accountant. I made that up. She is a forensic accountant who is also trained in some incredible martial art. She chases money that has been stolen from her clients. In the latest book, her clients have been sold fake works of art. She hopes to recover the millions they have lost. I would say, pulp fiction, fun to read, not sure of the depth.

Now reading True Believer by Jack Carr. A navy seal on the run from the US government may play an important role in capturing a Bin Laden level terrorist. I am about half way through, I think very impressive knowledge of SEAL tradecraft. And very interesting story. Some other books I have read lately, they sort of rush into the main story. Here, Carr takes a bit of time to develop the story, I appreciate it.

Now to read the comments.

Posted by: MikeM at March 14, 2021 10:16 AM (G9gd2)

189 Neither the Hagler family or the super snoops at TMZ know why Hagler died. No one has said he had been vaccinated for Covid had Covid etc. He was transported to the hospital with chest pain and difficulty breathing and died four hours later.

Posted by: Jen the original at March 14, 2021 10:17 AM (roEUa)

190 https://tinyurl.com/y5e5jwah

Bees grew a hive underneath the floor of a cabin. This bee-friendly woman was called in to move them to a new hive instead of an exterminator.

That's a whole lot of bees. And no bee suit or gloves.

Posted by: LeftCoast Dawg at March 14, 2021 10:18 AM (sy5kK)

191 Well that aged well!

By Ben Smith
March 16, 2020
A crisis shows you a persons soul, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo mused during a conference call with reporters on Sunday. It shows you what theyre made of. The weaknesses explode and the strengths are, uh, emboldened.

Posted by: rhennigantx at March 14, 2021 10:21 AM (yrol0)

192 Has anyone here read Straight Man by Richard Russo? It's a book group selection and looks like it will be enjoyable.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at March 14, 2021 10:21 AM (y7DUB)

193 In addition to Livy, which no one cares about, I got a copy of Charlesworth's edition of the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha. Two huge cement blocks of book, with more footnotes than text. My wife and I have been listening to the "Lord of Spirits" podcast and wanted to check out some of the scripture mentioned, particularly 1 Enoch. Well.

The short review of 1 Enoch is that it is the most *metal* scripture I have ever read. It needs an NC-17 rating. It has given me much food for thought, though.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at March 14, 2021 10:21 AM (llXky)

194 I also started rereading "TMitHC" [The Man in the High Castle] and was struck once again by how clean, clear, and evocative Philip K. Dick's writing is...

He had to be a genius of some sort to produce this kind of prose when his writing method was said to be something like: Check himself into a motel, get totally loaded on booze and drugs, emerge two weeks later with a finished novel. Amazing.
Posted by: naturalfake at March 14, 2021 10:02 AM (dWwl


He was also insane (not joking).

Posted by: Retired Buckeye Cop is now an engineer at March 14, 2021 10:22 AM (pJWtt)

195 , I could totally see myself wearing them if I were going to be attending a revolutionary struggle session at Angela Davis' pad.
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Oh boy. I hope Jay Guevara shows up and see this. I want to know if he had those pants.

Posted by: bluebell at March 14, 2021 10:22 AM (/669Q)

196 Many key historical events have a single written
source and others have none at all - we know books were written about
them, but they didn't survive. The abundance of Bibles I consider to be a
good thing.


Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at March 14, 2021 10:13 AM (llXky)

I think the different versions aide the story. That there are different versions is like more people attesting to what happened. You would consider that a positive if it was about a crime scene for example. But also, many of the NT writers were using the work of others. There is info in Luke and John that was not available in Mark. That is why scholars think Mark was the first book written.

btw, studying the Bible without understanding non Biblical events is handicap in my eye., You have to study everything else that was going on or you will miss a lot of context.

Posted by: Quint at March 14, 2021 10:22 AM (FFJ9Q)

197 The FED doesn't have a mission to create inflation, or manage expectations or any of that.

"2% annual inflation" doesn't sound bad, but it's horrible if you pencil it out over time. Corrosive. Plus, they are lying, it's been a hell of a lot more than that. Anybody who buys food, tuition, real estate, insurance, health care cars, etc etc.

There's no way to save, which used to be possible when T Bills paid 4 to 6 percent.

"Take Stock In America!" Remember US Savings Bonds? They still sell them, but they went radio silence quite a while ago.

Posted by: Common Tater at March 14, 2021 10:23 AM (YtsCi)

198 On books of impressionable years wanted Gulag Archipelago to read again and a copy but neither used book stores I went to didn't have them. Spied another used book store near where I'm going tomorrow so might see if I can't get there.

Posted by: Skip at March 14, 2021 10:23 AM (Cxk7w)

199 It got better in season 4, overall.
Notes:
1. Both homo sub-plots simply disappeared in Season 4. Poof, gone.
2. They introduced (or expanded upon) an organization of black communists based in San Francisco. Portrayed them as noble, altruistic warriors fighting for the common man. I LOLed. I mean, really, when in history has that *ever* been the case.
Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at March 14, 2021 10:16 AM (aCUaQ)

OM- I stand corrected. I meant Season 4 went off the rails and you hit the nail on the head- the rise of the black communist separatists was the final straw for me. At first I was intrigued by the other parallel universe plot points, but lost interest overall. Did it at least wrap up well?

Posted by: Secret Squirrel, author of Outward Frontier. A sci fi book. at March 14, 2021 10:23 AM (UPWY4)

200 132 MM answered that whenever she went into a book shop, she would always search for a book that looked as if no-one would ever buy it, then take it with her.
Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at March 14, 2021 09:52 AM (2JVJo)


My question about MM has always been, is she actually a reader? Or did the studio publicists want to make her look like she was a reader, i.e. not just another pretty face.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at March 14, 2021 10:24 AM (aCUaQ)

201 If I've read any Lord Peter Wimsey books I can't remember. I have, however, read a book of essays on Christian apologetics by Dorothy Sayers.

Posted by: Northernlurker, surgite at March 14, 2021 10:24 AM (lgiXo)

202 U.S. Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sergeant Scott H. Stalker puts Tucker in his place!!

https://tinyurl.com/yzxn38xx

Posted by: rhennigantx at March 14, 2021 10:25 AM (yrol0)

203 Good morning!

Let's smile & be happy & strike fear in the hearts of killjoy leftists everywhere.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at March 14, 2021 10:25 AM (u82oZ)

204 "Okay, there are different versions of the same story. That doesn't mean it was made up. Try military history and get back to me."

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One example, compare Stephen Sears' Chancellorsville (it wasn't all Hooker's fault) to Ernest B. Furgurson's Chancellorsville 1863: The Souls of the Brave (it was all Hooker's fault).

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at March 14, 2021 10:25 AM (VVEnO)

205 OM- I stand corrected. I meant Season 4 went off the rails and you hit the nail on the head- the rise of the black communist separatists was the final straw for me. At first I was intrigued by the other parallel universe plot points, but lost interest overall. Did it at least wrap up well?

Posted by: Secret Squirrel, author of Outward Frontier. A sci fi book. at March 14, 2021 10:23 AM (UPWY4)


I thought it mostly did, but I'm guessing that A. H. Lloyd has a different opinion.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at March 14, 2021 10:26 AM (aCUaQ)

206 I got chuckles this past week from a collection of the first Silver Age Flash stories.

Best example: A bad guy swipes the Philosopher's Stone, the mythical object that transmutes elements. How does he use it? He changes garbage cans on the city's west side into gold to decoy the police and the Flash over there so he can crack a safe on the east side!

In another story, the Flash runs across clouds, using the same principle as what lets you skip a rock across a pond. I don't think it works that way.

Finally, the Flash destroys a pyramid with vibration, then zips around the rubble and rebuilds it. Super-speed doesn't grant super-strength.

And his shrew of a girlfriend constantly berates him for being late. Why he stayed with her, only the writer knew.

I love what became the DC Universe (although I still prefer Marvel), but now I see how the Silver Age got its reputation.

Great art, however. Much better than in most current comics.

Posted by: Weak Geek at March 14, 2021 10:26 AM (J9wig)

207 They introduced (or expanded upon) an organization
of black communists based in San Francisco. Portrayed them as noble,
altruistic warriors fighting for the common man. I LOLed. I mean,
really, when in history has that *ever* been the case.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor Social Distancing Professional at March 14, 2021 10:16 AM (aCUaQ)

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Comrades and Commissars by Cecil Eby is a great resource on just how vicious "noble, altruistic" warriors can be. It's about Americans in the International Brigades in Spain. A bunch of the people involved were failures in life and once they got a little power, they became pitiless tyrants. Oh, and routine infractions of discipline were redefined as "counterrevolutionary activity" punishable by death. A favorite method of execution was to send people out on patrol and shoot them in the back. That way they were counted as KIAs.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at March 14, 2021 10:26 AM (llXky)

208 If I've read any Lord Peter Wimsey books I can't
remember. I have, however, read a book of essays on Christian
apologetics by Dorothy Sayers.

Posted by: Northernlurker, surgite at March 14, 2021 10:24 AM (lgiXo)


I've read the former but not the latter. I should. Rev has used a couple of her quotations in his sermons. I wonder if any other mystery writer has gone on in such a totally different direction.

Posted by: grammie winger at March 14, 2021 10:27 AM (45fpk)

209 A Scanner Darkly is it worth my time??

Posted by: rhennigantx at March 14, 2021 10:27 AM (yrol0)

210 02 U.S. Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sergeant Scott H. Stalker puts Tucker in his place!!

https://tinyurl.com/yzxn38xx

Posted by: rhennigantx at March 14, 2021 10:25 AM (yrol0)

I saw that. And a Marine MEF and a Space Force NCO also made political twitter rants.
Stupid, unprofessional, and is starting to show the partisan groupthink that is at the levels of the military. I thought Trump had gotten rid of some of these hacks. Guess not.
This is not a good sign of things to come.
And the new SECDEF appears to be a total yes man. Must be great to be able to make 3 stars and still claim victimhood- and nurture it.

Posted by: Secret Squirrel, author of Outward Frontier. A sci fi book. at March 14, 2021 10:28 AM (UPWY4)

211 I thought it mostly did, but I'm guessing that A. H. Lloyd has a different opinion.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor Social Distancing Professional at March 14, 2021 10:26 AM (aCUaQ)

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I didn't stick around once it started to go sideways. I'm not one of those people who will wait for a show to get better. My time is valuable and if you piss me off, don't expect me to patiently wait to see if the pain continues.

I quit Game of Thrones in Season 2 for the same reason and feel completely vindicated.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at March 14, 2021 10:29 AM (llXky)

212 Starting a new Richard Matheson short story compilation: Backteria & Other Improbable Tales.

Matheson was a top writer in the 50s and 60s. He wrote I am Legend and a slew of original Twilight Zone episodes.

This is my second compilation of his. He wrote many pieces for mystery, sci-fi and horror zines.

If you enjoy imaginative, well-written short stories, check him out.

The two books I have were under $10 on Kindle.

Posted by: mot at March 14, 2021 10:30 AM (jad3h)

213 Did it at least wrap up well?
Posted by: Secret Squirrel, author of Outward Frontier. A sci fi book. at March 14, 2021 10:23 AM (UPWY4)

Worst. End. Ever.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at March 14, 2021 10:30 AM (Dc2NZ)

214 1) The Francis Parkman Reader, edited by Samual Elliot Morrison. Morrison (a great historian himself: "Admiral of the Ocean Sea," European Discovery of America," etc) selected the best of Parkman's multi-volume "The New World: France and England in North America" into one volume (available now in paperback from Da Capo Press). It is a 'literary' history; beautifully written and good story-telling.
2) "Lone Star: A History of Texas and the Texans," by T.R. Fehrenbach. First published in 1968, this 700 page tome is full of refreshing perspectives and commentary (some of which would be disapproved of by the narrative censors of today ! That's why it's good and pleasure to read.

Posted by: DelphicInTexas at March 14, 2021 10:30 AM (XvuP4)

215 By Ben Smith
March 16, 2020
A crisis shows you a persons soul, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo mused during a conference call with reporters on Sunday. It shows you what theyre made of. The weaknesses explode and the strengths are, uh, emboldened.
Posted by: rhennigantx

From AP:

The escalating political crisis has spawned an impeachment inquiry in an overwhelmingly Democratic state, and threatens to cast a cloud over President Joe Biden's early days in office. Republicans have seized on the scandal to try to distract from Biden's success tackling the coronavirus pandemic and challenge his party's well-established advantage with female voters.

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Damn Republicans distracting people from Biden's success!

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at March 14, 2021 10:30 AM (VVEnO)

216 Comrades and Commissars by Cecil Eby is a great resource on just how vicious "noble, altruistic" warriors can be. It's about Americans in the International Brigades in Spain. A bunch of the people involved were failures in life and once they got a little power, they became pitiless tyrants. Oh, and routine infractions of discipline were redefined as "counterrevolutionary activity" punishable by death. A favorite method of execution was to send people out on patrol and shoot them in the back. That way they were counted as KIAs.
Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at March 14, 2021 10:26 AM (llXky)

You can absolutely template that mindset on ANTFIA, BLM and members of Congress.
I have no doubt Omar, Tlaib or AOC wouldn't blink an eye if they passed a law that put us in a camp or a rice field. Or both!

Posted by: Secret Squirrel, author of Outward Frontier. A sci fi book. at March 14, 2021 10:31 AM (UPWY4)

217 My question about MM has always been, is she actually a reader? Or did the studio publicists want to make her look like she was a reader, i.e. not just another pretty face.

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Hahaha. That reminds me of one of my favorite memories of the Obama error.

Remember when he mysteriously and abruptly stopped carrying books with him on November 7th, 2008?

Posted by: Lysenko - click here for your covid vaccine documentation and directions at March 14, 2021 10:31 AM (TIEIK)

218 so he said he didn't watch what Carlson said. Really what followed lost a lot of meaning. I know guys with more than 28 years but that is not the point. The key is why are you doing this? Marines didn't do this before, so why are you doing it now? Why continue to divide people? I swear, in many ways Trump was a blip, a hiccup. These people have been flipped. This is not the way it used to be.

Posted by: Quint at March 14, 2021 10:32 AM (FFJ9Q)

219 Does anybody really know what time it is?

Posted by: grammie winger at March 14, 2021 10:32 AM (45fpk)

220 4 years of hardly getting Trump his way hasn't dented Barky and now the Socialists from destroying the military woke campaign.

Posted by: Skip at March 14, 2021 10:33 AM (Cxk7w)

221 The military is supposed to be apolitical.

Leftists don't think that way. Hell, the government is supposed to be apolitical. Federal employees. They don't understand the concept.

Years ago I recall having to explain to the usual suspects, dolts and assorted mouth breathers, yes, soldiers can have opinions. They can rally and attend a political campaign.

But they can't do it while wearing their uniform. They can't wrap their mind around things like that.

Government, in their view, is handy tool to use as a club, to beat up on people they don't like.

Posted by: Common Tater at March 14, 2021 10:33 AM (YtsCi)

222 And a Marine MEF and a Space Force NCO also made political twitter rants.

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So the "in uniform" rules have been properly removed to allow this?

Hahaha, just kidding.

Posted by: Lysenko - click here for your covid vaccine documentation and directions at March 14, 2021 10:33 AM (TIEIK)

223 I was given copies of 1491 and 1493 by Charles Mann.
I have only briefly checked the index and it appears that among other tidbits the Aztec human sacrifices were for a moral good but English executions were done to satisfy bloodlust.
He also uses America as the term for the destination for the entire slave trade and ignores the slavery throughout the New World. Has anyone read these books? Do I need to use them as doorstops?

Posted by: Winston, GOPe, not one dime, not one vote at March 14, 2021 10:34 AM (z985I)

224 Been reading The Dawn's Early Light
by Walter Lord. Good book, and it fills in gaps of my knowledge very well.

I have liked other books of his, even if he got the Battle of Midway a tad wrong in Incredible Victory.

I did not know about how Alexandria surrendered to the Royal Navy, and let itself be looted for 3 days. I like reading the details of how the Patent Office was saved. This is a more detailed story than the one I knew.

He describes well the confusion of the Burning of Washington, and the botched defense at Bladensburg. I am just at the part before the attack on Baltimore, and watching Washington recover.

Recommend.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at March 14, 2021 10:34 AM (u82oZ)

225 so he said he didn't watch what Carlson said. Really
what followed lost a lot of meaning.


Posted by: Quint at March 14, 2021 10:32 AM (FFJ9Q)

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There's a consistent pattern of people expressing outrage over things they didn't witness and that didn't happen. Virtue signaling is a lot easier than expressing actual virtue. Or doing PT.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at March 14, 2021 10:34 AM (llXky)

226
Worst. End. Ever.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at March 14, 2021 10:30 AM


concur

I expected there to be more "there" there at the end

Posted by: AltonJackson at March 14, 2021 10:34 AM (KjJhx)

227 The military is supposed to be apolitical.

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You would think the ATF would lean more towards liking guns and gun rights, too.

Posted by: Lysenko - click here for your covid vaccine documentation and directions at March 14, 2021 10:35 AM (TIEIK)

228 challenge his party's well-established advantage with female voters.

The reason (D) guys want (D) womxn is they know they will get abortions and leave them off the hook!

Posted by: rhennigantx at March 14, 2021 10:35 AM (yrol0)

229 even in the Army, he would get pork chop platoon.

Posted by: Quint at March 14, 2021 10:35 AM (FFJ9Q)

230 Worst. End. Ever.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at March 14, 2021 10:30 AM


You said that in the Comic Book Guy voice, right?

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at March 14, 2021 10:35 AM (PiwSw)

231 He [Phillip K. Dick] was also insane (not joking).
Posted by: Retired Buckeye Cop is now an engineer

He was crazy before it was cool.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at March 14, 2021 10:36 AM (VVEnO)

232 Before I toddle off to read, I want to thank OM and the Book Threadists for your recommendations. With so many Arts sections and libraries pushing an agenda, this is an oasis of literacy and sanity where I can get reliable opinions on books old and new.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at March 14, 2021 10:37 AM (Dc2NZ)

233 And a Marine MEF and a Space Force NCO also made political twitter rants.

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So the "in uniform" rules have been properly removed to allow this?

Hahaha, just kidding.
Posted by: Lysenko - click here for your covid vaccine documentation and directions at March 14, 2021 10:33 AM (TIEIK)

Rules are for thee, But not for me.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 14, 2021 10:37 AM (85Gof)

234 1940s DoD
Killing Japs and Germans Defending Democracy
2020s DoD
Trying not to cry during twitter videos about JournOlist

Posted by: rhennigantx at March 14, 2021 10:37 AM (yrol0)

235 I'd like to recommend "Pugilist at Rest", by Thom Jones. This book was a finalist for The National Book Award in 1991. The book is actually a series of short stories, of somewhat autobiographical reflections. A former boxer and Viet Nam veteran, among other things. The stories are real and raw. From the flap:
"Jones's stories -whether set in the combat zones of Vietnam or the brittle social milieu of an elite new England college, whether recounting the poignant last battles of an alcoholic ex-fighter or the visions of an American wandering lost in Bombay in the aftermath of an epileptic fugue-are fueled by an almost brutal vision of the human condition, in a world without mercy or redemption. Physically battered, soul sick, and morally exhausted, Jones's characters are yet unable to concede defeat: his stories are infused with the improbable grace of the spirit that ought to collapse, but cannot."

Posted by: Brave Sir Robin at March 14, 2021 10:38 AM (7Fj9P)

236 My Saturday morning routine is farmer's market, a nice hike, early lunch, and then Barnes and Noble. This week B&N greeted me with a sign that said something like 'Diversity is strength'. The center aisle walk-in displays had a selection ranging from Marxist through Angry Black Women to Tran Power.

Diversity!

Posted by: motionview at March 14, 2021 10:38 AM (RKp8A)

237
speaking of Phil Dick, has anyone watched that Electric Dreams series? It's 'sposed to be "short stories / stand alone episodes" written by / extrapolated from Phillip K. Dick's work

anyone? Bueller?

Posted by: AltonJackson at March 14, 2021 10:39 AM (KjJhx)

238 234 1940s DoD
Killing Japs and Germans Defending Democracy
2020s DoD
Trying not to cry during twitter videos about JournOlist
Posted by: rhennigantx at March 14, 2021 10:37 AM (yrol0)


1940's ROE: Enemy in reticle
2020s ROE: Schedule meeting with Pentagon

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at March 14, 2021 10:40 AM (PiwSw)

239 219 Does anybody really know what time it is?

Posted by: grammie winger at March 14, 2021 10:32 AM (45fpk)


It's always nap time.

Posted by: Joe B. from Scranton, Delaware at March 14, 2021 10:40 AM (AMIL/)

240 What is the primary mission of the Marine Corps?

Amphibious Assault.

Everything else is secondary.

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at March 14, 2021 10:40 AM (2BZBZ)

241 In addition to Livy, which no one cares about, I got a copy of Charlesworth's edition of the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha.
I like to say pseudepigrapha.

Republicans have seized on the scandal to try to distract from Biden's
success tackling the coronavirus pandemic and challenge his party's
well-established advantage with female voters.

These guys really need a thesaurus (*bringing things neatly back to books*). I recommend grip, grab, clutch, grasp, commandeer, and requisition.

Posted by: pep at March 14, 2021 10:40 AM (v16oJ)

242 Coumos list of Fuck Ups

The Mario Cuomo Bridge (its a piece of shit)

The Buffalo Billion (Billion $ poof gone)

The Joe Percoco fiasco (goon hitman fixer)

The New York City subway system (it sucks)

Coronavirus deaths in nursing homes (>16k DEAD)

Posted by: rhennigantx at March 14, 2021 10:40 AM (yrol0)

243 Oh, and I never served either.

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at March 14, 2021 10:41 AM (2BZBZ)

244 237
speaking of Phil Dick, has anyone watched that Electric Dreams series? It's 'sposed to be "short stories / stand alone episodes" written by / extrapolated from Phillip K. Dick's work

anyone? Bueller?
Posted by: AltonJackson at March 14, 2021 10:39 AM (KjJhx)

Yes. There are some entertaining stories on it. I recommend!

Posted by: Secret Squirrel, author of Outward Frontier. A sci fi book. at March 14, 2021 10:42 AM (UPWY4)

245 JAS, AoSHQ addict


The Marine Corps is the Men's Department of the Department of the Navy. **Just the punch line**

Posted by: NaCly Dog at March 14, 2021 10:42 AM (u82oZ)

246 Rules are for thee, But not for me.

Posted by: Nevergiveup

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It's funny, but I'm the same with every single thing. I don't mind if the limitations are removed so long as the legislative procedure is followed, same as mail in voting, abortion, and any other dang thing.

The problem comes when it's used as a roadblock for one side and is invisible for the other. I know I'm preaching to the choir, but anyone who believes the republic is intact - not just surviving or healthy, but intact - when equality has been intentionally collapsed is deluding themselves.

Posted by: Lysenko - click here for your covid vaccine documentation and directions at March 14, 2021 10:42 AM (TIEIK)

247 240 What is the primary mission of the Marine Corps?

Amphibious Assault.

Everything else is secondary.
Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at March 14, 2021 10:40 AM (2BZBZ)

go to new places
meet new people
kill them

Posted by: rhennigantx at March 14, 2021 10:42 AM (yrol0)

248 Jean Harlow !

Posted by: runner at March 14, 2021 10:42 AM (zr5Kq)

249 speaking of Phil Dick, has anyone watched that Electric Dreams series?
==================
I read "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep", thinking it had some relation to the film "Blade Runner."
It did not, was a waste of time.

Posted by: Brave Sir Robin at March 14, 2021 10:43 AM (7Fj9P)

250 I am currently reading Fate of Perfection by K.F. Breene. Its a near future sci fi actioner with genetically engineered people and a world controlled by corporations. Sex is clinical and breeding entirely controlled by the corporations. Its been clever and well written so far and unlike any other modern book has the most believable and reasonable female protagonist.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at March 14, 2021 10:43 AM (KZzsI)

251 175 With the cancel culture BS and other things, I worry that Mark Twain may disappear or be modified out of recognition. I'm ashamed to admit I've read few of his longer works. This week I splurged on a bunch of his novels. Seawolf Press has issued some good quality paperbacks based on the original publications and with the original artwork. No inexpensive in the mid-teens but well made. I know Twain's novels are available cheap on ereaders but I wanted them physically.

BTW, for people who think print is getting smaller. They are correct. These editions use the original font and script size. Much easier to read. About like half way between the usual today and large print versions.
Posted by: JTB at March 14, 2021 10:09 AM (llDwh)

Pick up two things. His complete unabridges short stories & letters, and the second one is his unabridged novels in a single volume. I got my hands on both in grad school as part of my american literature electives.

Posted by: BifBewalski - samuel clemons was the greatest. at March 14, 2021 10:43 AM (VcFUs)

252 The Marine Corps is the Men's Department of the Department of the Navy. **Just the punch line**
Posted by: NaCly Dog at March 14, 2021 10:42 AM (u82oZ)

Col Bearclaw (US Army) shopped in the Husky Boys dept.

Posted by: rhennigantx at March 14, 2021 10:43 AM (yrol0)

253 I hope lurkers take up OM's invitation to participate more. The book thread lured and introduced me to the Ace world. I have gained so much from that: knowledge, entertainment, even belonging to a caring and supporting community.

Posted by: JTB at March 14, 2021 10:44 AM (7EjX1)

254 are those children's books in cages?

Posted by: phoenixgirl at March 14, 2021 10:45 AM (CqHIp)

255 What is the primary mission of the Marine Corps?

Protecting Their Navy Docs, unless they want us to draw our sidearms, which they don't. And in all honestly, they treat us real good and feed us good also

Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 14, 2021 10:45 AM (85Gof)

256 looks like our lubrary has Dominion - will check it out

Posted by: vmom super straight stabby stabber stabalot at March 14, 2021 10:45 AM (nUhF0)

257 i've made the big time. OM mentioned me.

yea, i know. it doesn't take much.

Posted by: yara at March 14, 2021 10:45 AM (N7mou)

258 bluebell

Good morning to you and yours.

I imagine the young Deplorable Jay as having better fashion sense than most chemists in training. Those pants would dissolve if even a small acid spill got to the threads.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at March 14, 2021 10:46 AM (u82oZ)

259 Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at March 14, 2021 10:40 AM (2BZBZ)
that is there specialty, I guess you could call it their primary mission. But they do more than that for sure since that is not always required. But not serving is no issue. Sure they need those who served to speak up, and I know how many that did before this age would if they had the chance. But there is a reason we have civilian control of the armed forces. Your opinion is as good as anyone's. It is like when they recruit former military to speak for gun control. Not having it, and to be honest, most who serve never fired a weapon before the day they joined.
The Left likes to say some voices mean more than others. They are wrong.
Sure educated voices mean more because they actually have tried to
learn something, but you don't have to tick boxes to have a say.

Posted by: Quint at March 14, 2021 10:46 AM (FFJ9Q)

260 219 Does anybody really know what time it is?

Posted by: grammie winger at March 14, 2021 10:32 AM (45fpk)


Does anybody really care?

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at March 14, 2021 10:46 AM (aCUaQ)

261 I know liberal women in th'90s that were well to the right of what is going on.

Posted by: Quint at March 14, 2021 10:47 AM (FFJ9Q)

262 Thanks for teeing it up for me, gammie.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at March 14, 2021 10:47 AM (aCUaQ)

263 On a side note, if you want something totally different to watch on TV (when taking a break from reading) try NHK- Japan's national tv network.
They have some fascinating programs on there. I downloaded the channel for my Roku- it's free. One of my favorite programs is called Japanology- it features all sorts of different cultural aspects of Japan- from the mundane (how money is made) to bento boxes and their history.

Posted by: Secret Squirrel, author of Outward Frontier. A sci fi book. at March 14, 2021 10:47 AM (UPWY4)

264 I hope lurkers take up OM's invitation to participate more. The book thread lured and introduced me to the Ace world. I have gained so much from that: knowledge, entertainment, even belonging to a caring and supporting community.
Posted by: JTB at March 14, 2021 10:44 AM (7EjX1)

This is correct. Also, the filth and debauchery are second to none.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at March 14, 2021 10:47 AM (cvhPH)

265 Those pants would dissolve if even a small acid spill got to the threads.
Posted by: NaCly Dog at March 14, 2021 10:46 AM (u82oZ)
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In my junior high chem class, a kid spilled maybe one drop of acid on his quiana shirt and the whole thing shrank up under his armpits. Hilarious!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at March 14, 2021 10:48 AM (Dc2NZ)

266 Vicious Circle by C.J. Box, a Joe Pickett novel.
I got it at my little free library of death.
Posted by: JT
I have enjoyed all the Pickett series. I think there are now 21 or 22. Joe, Nate, pretty good characters. I like that Joe, at least early on, is presented as not perfect.
Learned how to tie a diamond hitch knot last week, as it is often referenced in the book.

Have to look into what my local library offers. It was closed for a lot of the covid.

Posted by: MikeM at March 14, 2021 10:48 AM (G9gd2)

267 #237 I liked the Phillip K. Dick TV series very much including Malcolm's dad/Walter White!

Posted by: andycanuck at March 14, 2021 10:48 AM (iDvKn)

268 And in all honestly, they treat us real good and feed us good also
Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 14, 2021 10:45 AM (85Gof)

so navy docs travel on their stomachs?

Posted by: rhennigantx at March 14, 2021 10:48 AM (yrol0)

269 osted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor Social Distancing Professional at March 14, 2021 10:46 AM (aCUaQ)

reminds me of that scene from Crocodile Dundee. He didn't know what day it was. His friend called him a "lucky bastard".

Posted by: Quint at March 14, 2021 10:48 AM (FFJ9Q)

270 Round up The Commodores! It's time to update Nightshift -- we've bagged a Marvin and a Hank! Call it COVIDgrift!
Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at March 14, 2021 10:05 AM (pNxlR)

Marvin, he was a friend of mine
And he could fight all night
His heart in every swing
Marvin dealt out hurt and pain
He opened Tommy's mind
And I still can hear him say
I'm still hitting him, ain't I?
Marvin
Say you will swing your mitts
Forevermore (evermore)....

Posted by: Lionel Richie, Horseface at March 14, 2021 10:49 AM (R/m4+)

271 231 He [Phillip K. Dick] was also insane (not joking).
Posted by: Retired Buckeye Cop is now an engineer

He was crazy before it was cool.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at March 14, 2021 10:36 AM (VVEnO)


One of novels, "Clans of the Alphane Moon," is about a moon where people with severe mental illness are sent, and those with the same illness - manic/depressive, paranoid, etc. - are sent to the live in same city-state, or clan.

Posted by: Gref at March 14, 2021 10:49 AM (AMIL/)

272 Retired Buckeye Cop, gonba put The Devil & Karl Marx on hold

Posted by: vmom super straight stabby stabber stabalot at March 14, 2021 10:49 AM (nUhF0)

273 I should mention that on NHK you won't see the cringeworthy and forced diversity commercials we have now- which paint a completely unrealistic picture of the US.
In fact, there are no commercials! Or shows about diversity or whatever. The Japanese are proud, traditional and hard working. Very similar to what Americans used to be. Well, half of us, anyway.

Posted by: Secret Squirrel, author of Outward Frontier. A sci fi book. at March 14, 2021 10:49 AM (UPWY4)

274 so navy docs travel on their stomachs?
Posted by: rhennigantx at March 14, 2021 10:48 AM (yrol0)

We travel were we are told. But eating good don't suck. What does suck is how they have feed some people stuck in ROM. It should be illegal

Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 14, 2021 10:50 AM (85Gof)

275 speaking of Phil Dick, has anyone watched that Electric Dreams series? It's 'sposed to be "short stories / stand alone episodes" written by / extrapolated from Phillip K. Dick's work


that was pretty great

loved the buscemi one even tho it was VERY different from source material, at heart it was really the same

Posted by: BlackOrchid at March 14, 2021 10:50 AM (j9HX3)

276 Nevergiveup

Good morning, Sir.

Docs using firearms means the enemy is too close. Kinda of the way I feel about needing to use the 20 mm CIWS. We have Naval Aviators and Submariners to keep the bad guys at a distance for a reason.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at March 14, 2021 10:50 AM (u82oZ)

277 U.S. Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sergeant Scott H. Stalker puts Tucker in his place!!
https://tinyurl.com/yzxn38xx
Posted by: rhennigantx at March 14, 2021 10:25 AM (yrol0)


Yeah, those clowns (DoD yabbos too) should be facing court-martial and, at best, demoted by several rates.

Totally unprofessional and totally against the rules.

People like that do not belong in the military. The US military is there to serve all Americans and not promote certain politics or act as lackeys to one party.

If they do not punish/demote these losers, then that truly bodes ill for the American people and America in general.

Posted by: naturalfake at March 14, 2021 10:50 AM (dWwl8)

278 Docs using firearms means the enemy is too close.

yup

Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 14, 2021 10:50 AM (85Gof)

279 Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 14, 2021 10:50 AM (85Gof)

Look, all we got today is metal shavings, undercooked chicken and mystery meat. Eat it. Or not. We still getting PAID!!!

Posted by: NG Food Contractor at March 14, 2021 10:52 AM (jvt6t)

280
On a side note, if you want something totally different to watch on TV
(when taking a break from reading) try NHK- Japan's national tv network.

They have some fascinating programs on there. I downloaded the
channel for my Roku- it's free. One of my favorite programs is called
Japanology- it features all sorts of different cultural aspects of
Japan- from the mundane (how money is made) to bento boxes and their
history.

I started watching a couple of Korean sci-fi shows on Netflix, and they turned out to be quite good. (Memories of the Alhambra, and Sisyphus, the Myth) They're well executed, and virtually 100% virtue-signaling free.

The only problem now is that 60% of the shows I see are Korean.

NF also has lots of Japanese shows. My favorite is Midnight Diner.

Posted by: pep at March 14, 2021 10:52 AM (v16oJ)

281 a Marine MEF and a Space Force NCO also made political twitter rants.


They are working all the angles for promotion. True believers? Could be.

Posted by: Gref at March 14, 2021 10:52 AM (AMIL/)

282 best food as far as I know, was alwaysAir ForceNavyMarinesArmy, the best golf courses were the same with the Marines and Army switched.

Posted by: Quint at March 14, 2021 10:53 AM (FFJ9Q)

283 We travel were we are told. But eating good don't suck. What does suck is how they have feed some people stuck in ROM. It should be illegal
Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 14, 2021 10:50 AM (85Gof)

You talking about that DC bullshit!

Pentagon denies it was food that hospitalized National Guard troops defending the Capitol

Posted by: rhennigantx at March 14, 2021 10:53 AM (yrol0)

284 a Marine MEF and a Space Force NCO also made political twitter rants.


They are working all the angles for promotion. True believers? Could be.
Posted by: Gref at March 14, 2021 10:52 AM (AMIL/)


Crotch sniffers.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at March 14, 2021 10:53 AM (cvhPH)

285 by: naturalfake at March 14, 2021 10:02 AM

Skip seasons 3 and 4. The series collapses.

Posted by: Vir Cotto at March 14, 2021 10:54 AM (EpDzw)

286 All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread)

I could always tell a budding bench chemist from the line of tiny acid holes in clothing at the level of the bench. Lab aprons and lab coats were a later development.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at March 14, 2021 10:54 AM (u82oZ)

287 So. Anyone still the military are our frenz? Rank & file troops, maybe. Leadership? A bunch of whining simps that would be fragged immediately when it gets hot.

Posted by: Jak Sucio at March 14, 2021 10:54 AM (jvt6t)

288 I just finished Tom Holland's "Dominion" and recommend it highly. In fact, I'd rate it as one of my favorite books of all times. Holland's thesis is that Christianity not only formed the West, but even today, it is the water Western theists and atheists alike are swimming in. He says the current woke battles are not fights between Christians and non-Christians, but a civil war between Christians, even if one side doesn't acknowledge (or is too ignorant to realize) that there is a reason the cult of Victimhood and the marginalized arose in the West and not in Saudi Arabia or China. The reason calling someone a "Nazi" is an effective weapon is because both sides think Nazism - whose ideals are explicitly anti-Christian - is the worst thing one can be. As Holland notes, the danger is what if people eventually answer back "Yeah, I'm a Nazi. To hell with this victimhood crap, I think the weak should be killed and sure, I'm a massive racist." If you've cut yourself off from Christian values, there isn't much you can say to that. "You should be nice to the oppressed because it's nice to be nice" is not a faith that stands up against people who sneer at it.

Posted by: Donna&&&&&V at March 14, 2021 10:55 AM (HabA/)

289 Thanks for the book thread.
Since I lurk most weeks, I'll consider my homework for next week.

Anson is not just Heinlein's middle name. I stumbled upon "Log of the Centurion". It did what I love best in a book, encourage me to learn more. If I don't write something about it next week, give me an "F" OM.

Posted by: InspiredHistoryMike at March 14, 2021 10:55 AM (x8Q/V)

290 I have been listening to "The Lord" by Romano Guardini. It may have been recommended here or it could have been one of our priests in the bulletin. Anyway, it's an excellent biography of Our Lord but I would say read it first and then listen. I'm buying a copy because it absolutely bears reading carefully and with a Bible at hand.

I am almost done with "Radical Son" by David Horowitz. There's one point in the book where he is finally realizing that all of the "ideals" he has lived for are crap and at this point, although he is a Jew and this is not part of his world concept, he recognizes that the concept of original sin is a very useful one for explaining why you simply cannot perfect the world. There have been some other important insights in the book but, alas, I had no way to mark them at the time so I may end up skimming the second half of the book again in hopes of finding them. I think this is definitely a worthwhile book.

Posted by: Tonestaple at March 14, 2021 10:55 AM (sHP0I)

291 237
speaking of Phil Dick, has anyone watched that Electric Dreams series? It's 'sposed to be "short stories / stand alone episodes" written by / extrapolated from Phillip K. Dick's work

anyone? Bueller?
Posted by: AltonJackson at March 14, 2021 10:39 AM (KjJhx)

----------------------------

Haven't watched it, but as it's free with Prime, I may have to give it a go.

I also recommend The Ray Bradbury Theater. I've got the DVDs, and while the transfer isn't great, I did enjoy many of the stories.

Posted by: No One of Consequence at March 14, 2021 10:56 AM (CAJOC)

292 278 Docs using firearms means the enemy is too close.

yup
Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 14, 2021 10:50 AM (85Gof)

Only docs that need sidearm arm vet horse docs

Posted by: rhennigantx at March 14, 2021 10:57 AM (yrol0)

293 I could always tell a budding bench chemist from the line of tiny acid holes in clothing at the level of the bench. Lab aprons and lab coats were a later development.
Posted by: NaCly Dog at March 14, 2021 10:54 AM (u82oZ)

you sure those are not pot seed burns?

Posted by: rhennigantx at March 14, 2021 10:57 AM (yrol0)

294 You talking about that DC bullshit!

Pentagon denies it was food that hospitalized National Guard troops defending the Capitol
Posted by: rhennigantx at March 14, 2021 10:53 AM (yrol0)

Actually no. When Military Units are exposed to Covid, they are then forced to ROM ( Restriction of Movement ) in some pretty G-D damn pitiful conditions. And some of the food those poor Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Marines have to eat make MREs look like 5 star food. We had a medical unit have to ROM at Pendleton and was so bad it got kicked to the Flag level. With no success I might add.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 14, 2021 10:58 AM (85Gof)

295 "Docs using firearms means the enemy is too close.
yup
Posted by: Nevergiveup"

The enemy was close. Real close.

Posted by: Your neighbor at March 14, 2021 10:58 AM (4YSuh)

296 285 by: naturalfake at March 14, 2021 10:02 AM

Skip seasons 3 and 4. The series collapses.

Posted by: Vir Cotto at March 14, 2021 10:54 AM (EpDzw)


The producers of "The Man in the Castle" and the re-made "Battlestar Galactica" did not know how to create a decent ending.

Posted by: Gref at March 14, 2021 10:59 AM (AMIL/)

297 I am also still struggling to read through "Unforgiven" by Alan LaMay. Its atmospheric as hell and feels terribly lonely and frontier but... nothing happens. First chapter: a girl feels lonely in the vast openness of the plains. A man rides up on the horizon in the distance and she feels frightened. Her brothers come home and they discuss someone from the past they didn't like. That's it. It took a lot of words to say as well.

Unforgiven is the book that was turned into The Searchers but at this point I'm challenged to understand why someone saw a blockbuster movie in this book.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at March 14, 2021 10:59 AM (KZzsI)

298 Actually no. When Military Units are exposed to Covid, they are then forced to ROM ( Restriction of Movement ) in some pretty G-D damn pitiful conditions. And some of the food those poor Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Marines have to eat make MREs look like 5 star food. We had a medical unit have to ROM at Pendleton and was so bad it got kicked to the Flag level. With no success I might add.
Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 14, 2021 10:58 AM (85Gof)

It sounds like what happens at some colleges. People assigned to their dorms for 14 days. Literally tape on doors to see if it is broken. I guess they drop of a tray off food daily.

Posted by: rhennigantx at March 14, 2021 11:00 AM (yrol0)

299 The enemy was close. Real close.
Posted by: Your neighbor at March 14, 2021 10:58 AM (4YSuh)

you could smell the kimchee on their breath

Posted by: rhennigantx at March 14, 2021 11:01 AM (yrol0)

300 rhennigantx

Not back in my day. Although we had a skilled student try to make methamphetamines in the advanced Organic Synthesis lab. Close. Too close.

Wonder what happened to him. I knew another chemist in grad school who had spent 4 years in the California PYA prison system.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at March 14, 2021 11:02 AM (u82oZ)

301 Ahhh.. the Golden Age of men's pants!

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at March 14, 2021 11:02 AM (CjFDo)

302 It sounds like what happens at some colleges. People assigned to their dorms for 14 days. Literally tape on doors to see if it is broken. I guess they drop of a tray off food daily.
Posted by: rhennigantx at March 14, 2021 11:00 AM (yrol0)

Yup and with rat droppings and mold all over the place. They pulled the Unit out of commercial berthing and put them in old abandoned barracks. No TV, No WIFI, it was a huge issue.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 14, 2021 11:03 AM (85Gof)

303 300 rhennigantx

Not back in my day. Although we had a skilled student try to make methamphetamines in the advanced Organic Synthesis lab. Close. Too close.

Wonder what happened to him. I knew another chemist in grad school who had spent 4 years in the California PYA prison system.
Posted by: NaCly Dog at March 14, 2021 11:02 AM (u82oZ)

Breaking Badly

Posted by: rhennigantx at March 14, 2021 11:03 AM (yrol0)

304 Docs using firearms means the enemy is too close.
yup
Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 14, 2021 10:50 AM (85Gof)


When I was Green Side, the ambivalence about sidearms and docs used to crack me up.

On one hand, you should learn to shoot and carry a sidearm, so you can use it i9f needed under extreme circumstances.

On the other hand, as as doc you should never carry a sidearm, because you can be shot under the Geneva Conventions, instead of merely captured.

On the third hand, just when the hell was this delightful choice supposed to be exercised. Before or during or after capture?

Posted by: naturalfake at March 14, 2021 11:03 AM (dWwl8)

305 The whole black communist thing ruined TMinHC for me. It was like a 1970s blaxploitation movie; I expected to see Pam Grier and Richard Roundtree in psychedelic pants. The most laughable part was that the black rebels came up with a brilliant plot to dynamite the Japanese oil pipeline, as if that wouldn't have been done by a bunch of Northwestern lumberjacks about five minutes after it was built.

Posted by: PabloD, boop/bop/beep at March 14, 2021 11:04 AM (VsIlw)

306 Nevergiveup

And Flags couldn't not fix it? Hmmmm.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at March 14, 2021 11:04 AM (u82oZ)

307 Since we may be in the end times, or not, though it's a bit dense, Bauckham's "The Theology of the Book of Revelations" is an excellent detangler of one of the great books of the Bible.

Posted by: Only Context at March 14, 2021 11:04 AM (xEIoY)

308
I also recommend The Ray Bradbury Theater. I've got the DVDs, and while the transfer isn't great, I did enjoy many of the stories.

Posted by: No One of Consequence at March 14, 2021 10:56 AM


also, archive.org has a flaming metric shit-tonne of radio dramas from the days of yore: sci-fi, detective / noir, westerns, etc

a lot of the old sci-fi radio stuff was written by / adapted for radio by the likes of Bradbury, Dick, and other sci-fi authors whose names you'd recognize

Posted by: AltonJackson at March 14, 2021 11:05 AM (KjJhx)

309 First-time poster on the book thread. Just finished reading Patrick Byrne's "The Deep Rig"... it's a Kindle book (you can't buy a hardcopy). I'd give it a 6 out of 10. Positives: 1. Collects many facts and details about the fraud in one spot with links to videos and additional data. I was already convinced the election was stolen, but Byrne provides more ammo for argument. 2. Personal anecdotes about interactions with Giuliani, Sidney Powell, Gen Flynn and PDT are fascinating (and kinda disappointing... especially Giuliani who comes across as a drunk... so don't know if this was totally accurate or a hit job by Byrne because he didn't get a larger role in the action). His account of how he "crashed" the White House to see PDT in December was fascinating. And also depressing, in that it revealed what kind of swamp PDT was up against for 4+ years. Even his own lawyer (Pat Cippillone) wanted him to lose. Depressing. Negatives: This "book" was obviously thrown together quickly. Byrne needed a competent editor and much better organization of the material. But, in his defense, his objective was to get his account out there quickly; not to provide the definitive account for all time.

Posted by: LinusVanPelt at March 14, 2021 11:05 AM (pcsoT)

310 Greetings:

My favorite Marvelous (I think he actually changed his name to that, so following the Muhummed Ali rules...) Marvin Hagler memory is not from the ring but from when he told an interviewer, "When I go in the ring I have two things on my mind, destruction and to destroy.".

Great fighter, more than a boxer. Requiescat in pacem.

Posted by: 11B40 at March 14, 2021 11:05 AM (evgyj)

311 Nevergiveup

This is where and when Command Master Chiefs need to be unleashed. IMHO.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at March 14, 2021 11:05 AM (u82oZ)

312 There's a host of old radio shows available online, free as a bird. Its glorious and suspicious to me how easy it is to find a listen to it all.

And there is a ton of great stuff out there, years of good listening.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at March 14, 2021 11:06 AM (KZzsI)

313 So "ręd" would be cognate with the German "rat" (advice, council).

Posted by: Dr. Varno at March 14, 2021 11:06 AM (vuisn)

314 Nevergiveup

And Flags couldn't not fix it? Hmmmm.
Posted by: NaCly Dog at March 14, 2021 11:04 AM (u82oZ)

Nope. Since the "Command" decision where to put them was made by the Commanding Marine General of that base. And he essentially told us to go to hell.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 14, 2021 11:06 AM (85Gof)

315 "raed"

Posted by: Dr. Varno at March 14, 2021 11:07 AM (vuisn)

316 284 a Marine MEF and a Space Force NCO also made political twitter rants.

They are working all the angles for promotion. True believers? Could be.
Posted by: Gref at March 14, 2021 10:52 AM (AMIL/)

Crotch sniffers.
Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at March 14, 2021 10:53 AM (cvhPH)


I figure that Obama spent 8 years filling the military with left-wing tools and prog loyalists. If you were all in on diversity, equity, and inclusion, you got promoted. If not, you would finish your tour in Greenland.

That's my theory, and I'm sticking to it. Because there is nothing Obama touched that he didn't corrupt.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at March 14, 2021 11:07 AM (aCUaQ)

317 This is where and when Command Master Chiefs need to be unleashed. IMHO.
Posted by: NaCly Dog at March 14, 2021 11:05 AM (u82oZ)

They'll get it done with a vicious tweetstorm.

Posted by: Jak Sucio at March 14, 2021 11:08 AM (jvt6t)

318 what about Doc Holliday? I have read every legit history on the man. He used the guns and he was also a legit dentist. I read once he put in dental work that lasted 50 or 60 years. I think he also

in the end, few wanted to get dental work fro someone coughing all the time and suffering from tuberculosis.

Posted by: Quint at March 14, 2021 11:08 AM (FFJ9Q)

319 Got my mitts on an e-version "Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy" by Ian Toll.

It was so well written I immediately ordered a dead tree edition to give to my (Navy vet) brother-in-law.

His reaction:

"I can't put it down. Like it's glued to my hands."


Quite a review, I'd say.

Posted by: TANSTAAFL at March 14, 2021 11:09 AM (fBtlL)

320 307 Since we may be in the end times, or not, though it's a bit dense, Bauckham's "The Theology of the Book of Revelations" is an excellent detangler of one of the great books of the Bible.
Posted by: Only Context at March 14, 2021 11:04 AM (xEIoY)


Nit, but I think, important.

Revelation, NOT Revelations.

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at March 14, 2021 11:10 AM (PiwSw)

321 Partly because of Ace's urging, mainly because the subject interests me, I have been reading "Last Stands", by Michael Walsh. It's kind of meh. Halfway through I have yet to discern a unifying thread among the battles he chose to highlight. Different circumstances, different motives, some deliberate "no surrenders", some extremely involuntary. The writing's good, but I just fail to see the point he's trying to make, other than today's generation (for the most part) are pussies compared to their ancestors.

Posted by: That Deplorable SOB Van Owen at March 14, 2021 11:10 AM (bAe71)

322 RE: Tom Holland's Dominion, here's a positive review by an atheist.

https://historyforatheists.com/2020/01/tom-holland-dominion/

He's an atheist, but isn't what he calls an "anti-theist" and his blog is focused on the history bullshit peddled by a lot of modern atheists in their attempts to bash religion.

Posted by: Colorado Alex in Exile at March 14, 2021 11:10 AM (jOcSX)

323 The military should ban the word tweet for eternity. Replace it with R. Lee Ermey or at least Chesty Puller.

Posted by: Quint at March 14, 2021 11:10 AM (FFJ9Q)

324 Just about anyone in uniform above the rank of Sgt. is a political tool. There are exceptions, but in order to climb the promotion ladder one must adhere to certain values.

As has been discussed, if we (the US) ever end up in a shooting war, we're gonna' lose bigly. IMO even a 2nd or 3rd tier country like Iran or the Norks could likely cause enough damage we'd sue for peace. Especially with the current leadership, both civilian and military.

Posted by: Martini Farmer - Now a Pirate, Hoisting the Black Flag at March 14, 2021 11:12 AM (3H9h1)

325 The producers of "The Man in the Castle" and the re-made "Battlestar Galactica" did not know how to create a decent ending.
Posted by: Gref at March 14, 2021 10:59 AM (AMIL/)


BSG was pretty much worthless after season 2, when the writers wanted to get all political and shit.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at March 14, 2021 11:12 AM (aCUaQ)

326 Since dueling is an upper crust thing (isn't it?), I could see officers in the Navy dueling.
Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at March 14, 2021 09:58 AM (Dc2NZ)


IIRC, dueling in Europe declined once it spread beyond the upper classes and into the more middle class. It was as much an identifier of class status as anything else.

Posted by: Colorado Alex in Exile at March 14, 2021 11:12 AM (jOcSX)

327 OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional

I date the end of the Republic with pbho's election. And the end of the US of A with biden's Junta takeover.

I am interested in a Glorious Restoration. One reason I am interested in Cromwell, King James, William of Orange and the Glorious Revolution.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at March 14, 2021 11:13 AM (u82oZ)

328 Just about anyone in uniform above the rank of Sgt. is a political tool. There are exceptions, but in order to climb the promotion ladder one must adhere to certain values.


That's not true

Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 14, 2021 11:13 AM (85Gof)

329 It was as much an identifier of class status as anything else.

The presumption of an honor culture is that only certain people have honor and may partake in this kind of thing and if others do so they sully the entire thing and ruin it.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at March 14, 2021 11:13 AM (KZzsI)

330 britchephiliac.

Eris, if that's not a real word, it should be. How do you get credit for inventing a word?

Okay, back to catching up. Woke up tired so went back to sleep to try and get some rested and woke up more tired.

Posted by: Sharon(willow's apprentice) at March 14, 2021 11:14 AM (sd8p8)

331 And a more traditional review. Just finished The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson. It's an account of the London Blitz during WWII from Churchill's perspective (and the people around him). Especially interesting to learn about some of the advisors around Churchill who don't typically show up in more sweeping histories; like Frederick Lindemann (The Professor): the physicist who apparently had enormous pull with the PM and used that pull to enable his pet technology projects, not all of which worked out to say the least (for example, he favored IR beam tracking over radar). I just started Julius Caesar's "The Gallic Wars"... an English translation completed shortly after WWII (I don't read Latin). I've read only the foreword which makes clear how far education has fallen in this country. Apparently, this used to be required reading for most high school students? Now instead of learning history, students will be chanting to Aztec gods and probably have never even heard of Julius Caesar... sigh

Posted by: LinusVanPelt at March 14, 2021 11:14 AM (pcsoT)

332 Select an anonymous nick-name ("nic") for yourself, hopefully one that isn't already being used by someone else. And if you've been lurking for any period of time, you should pretty much know who the regulars are.

To guarantee uniqueness, it is recommended that you nic be your name and social security number.

Posted by: Reuben Hick at March 14, 2021 11:14 AM (puYin)

333 Greetings:

214 above: Posted by: DelphicInTexas at March 14, 2021 10:30 AM (XvuP4)

A bit of a progressive update is in order. T.R. Fehrenbach's book "Comanches: A History of a People" from 1974 has been re-titled as "Comanches: The Destruction of a People".

I wonder what the Tonkawas think about that.

All his books that I've read have been worth my while.

Posted by: 11B40 at March 14, 2021 11:15 AM (evgyj)

334 BSG was pretty much worthless after season 2, when the writers wanted to get all political and shit.

They gutted everything that made the original show charming and great to watch, and kept all the parts nobody wanted. Making the Cylons look like people spoiled their attraction, those chrome bots were fascinating and effective. The political interactions and conflicts were the least interesting part of the show and the writers decided that's what they wanted to focus on.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at March 14, 2021 11:15 AM (KZzsI)

335 All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread)

We lost some good men to duels in the US Nay's early days.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at March 14, 2021 11:15 AM (u82oZ)

336 "I'm not a vegetarian, but I eat animals who are."
- Groucho Marx, gastronome

Posted by: BackwardsBoy - Psychos Rule! No, really. They're in charge now. at March 14, 2021 11:16 AM (HaL55)

337 As has been discussed, if we (the US) ever end up in a shooting war,
we're gonna' lose bigly. IMO even a 2nd or 3rd tier country like Iran
or the Norks could likely cause enough damage we'd sue for peace.
Especially with the current leadership, both civilian and military.

I'll argue that most advanced countries have similar problems with their militaries. Even the PRC is worried because their young men aren't tough and masculine enough, and would rather tweet than hump a pack. Given the unrest in Iran, I suspect they also don't think they can trust their young male cohort. The Norks may be the exception, but only because all they know is hardship and brutality.

Posted by: pep at March 14, 2021 11:16 AM (v16oJ)

338 I recall when Bart Erhman, a noted atheist and so called "Christian Scholar" got an award from some Atheist group. At the end of the speech he told them they came off as jagoffs for pretending Jesus was not a historical person. They got pissed because their non religion is a religion. He told them it made them look like idiots because it was not even close to the actual argument.

not that I like Ehrman. I think it is absurd that most libraries put his work in as often their only lectures on Christianity. The guy is an Atheist, but he lectures on Christianity are in many libraries. At least people should have a warning. As in, what you think you want to learn about, this lecturer thinks is a joke.

Posted by: Quint at March 14, 2021 11:17 AM (FFJ9Q)

339 Last Stands is a great book in my view and it points out the absurdity we are seeing today with the new PC military. In the book, the victors and the vanquished share the truth of conflict, that is real conflict, there is only honor. What happens when there is none to fight for? Guessing people currently in our forces are going to find out.

Posted by: Only Context at March 14, 2021 11:17 AM (xEIoY)

340 Welp. Chores await.

May everyone have a great day. And the books you read put a spring in your step.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at March 14, 2021 11:17 AM (u82oZ)

341 I think that if things got to the point where we were in a valid shooting war with a dangerous enemy, the crappy losers of the military would be weeded out and the effective leaders would be the ones that shone through and make things happen. But maybe that's just wishful thinking.

Nearly all of leftist thought only works when nothing truly dangerous or problematic is taking place. When real crises, dangers, threats, and fears are afflicting people, they tend to get real and dump the crazy in a hurry. Or be simply destroyed.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at March 14, 2021 11:18 AM (KZzsI)

342 Endings - I remember an accomplished writer told me once "Good stories are easy to write, they're all around you. Good endings are what's so hard."

Posted by: Tom Servo at March 14, 2021 11:20 AM (bxPTJ)

343
I was cleaning a glass frit filter by vacuum pulling concentrated sulfuric acid through it in freshman chemistry lab. Not all of it made it through the frit, and so I spilled not a little of it on my cotton-poly blend tee shirt as I was removing the filter from the suction flask. The shirt looked like it was being consumed by a maple syrup monster moving up my torso. I was able to yank the shirt off over my head without contacting the corrosive goo. Had I gone the safety shower route, I have no doubt that I would have suffered some acid burns.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at March 14, 2021 11:21 AM (pNxlR)

344 Posted by: LinusVanPelt at March 14, 2021 11:05 AM

Getting into it but can't yet see video links, can get text links.
Would be hard with links to put on paper, guess the correct web address could be written..

Posted by: Skip at March 14, 2021 11:21 AM (Cxk7w)

345 If not, you would finish your tour in Greenland.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at March 14, 2021 11:07 AM (aCUaQ)

My Dad did a short TDY there...told me about some Navy guys manning a radar station...they got R&R in Thule...via dog sled.

Posted by: BignJames at March 14, 2021 11:21 AM (AwYPR)

346 What Holland's book also made clear to me was why Nazism and Communism are treated so differently in the West even though Communism killed many more people. No, it's not just because of lefty ideologues and educators. It's because the basic foundation of Nazism goes directly against Paul's writing that there are no Greeks or Jews or male or female or slave or free, we are all one in Christ. The Nazis, of course, thought that was a load of crap. The strong should run roughshod over the weak and the pagan Romans knew might made right before they were weakened by wimpy Christianity. The stated ideal of Communism was the universal brotherhood of mankind: "the last shall be first." That they themselves hated Christianity and didn't recognize the roots of those ideas doesn't mean those roots weren't there. The West finds it harder to condemn an ideology which has roots in Christian values rather it does an ideology which is very clearly anti-Christian. So Nazi has become synonymous with Lucifer in the West and Commie has not. The Commies are seen as taking noble ideas and screwing them up badly - the Nazis ideas were poisonous though and though.

Posted by: Donna&&&&&V at March 14, 2021 11:22 AM (HabA/)

347 I'm finishing up Hyman Minsky's "Stabilizing an Unstable Economy." Minsky is a post-Keynesian who is critical of the neoclassical synthesis which he argues ignored the core of what Keynes was saying. His central thesis is that capitalist economies, especially advanced ones, are prone to cycles of boom and bust due to the destabilizing influence of the financial sector. Basically as the economy booms businesses and individuals take on increasing amounts of debt until they are overleveraged and very fragile, and the system eventually collapses resulting in debt deflation and depressions. Big government, in his view, can mitigate the risk of the latter two, but replaces it with the risk of chronic inflation. I don't agree with some of his policy proposals, but I think he makes some interesting arguments that should be considered, and I think his model can be applied not just to the economy but more generally to society.

Posted by: Colorado Alex in Exile at March 14, 2021 11:22 AM (jOcSX)

348 Just about anyone in uniform above the rank of Sgt.
is a political tool. There are exceptions, but in order to climb the
promotion ladder one must adhere to certain values.





That's not true

Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 14, 2021 11:13 AM (85Gof)

traditionally I would agree with you. There was a time people would say Colonels were the the last non political rank in the officer corps. Today we know that is not true, but historically it was true. There are always exceptions, as you never know why some are promoted and some are not. There has always been politics in the military, of that i am positive. They has it in the American Revolution and they had it in the Civil War. Ask Patton about Politics, it does happen.
If a senior NCO is promoted over "politics" it is likely not the stuff going on on Capitol Hill. It is more the politics that gaining favor while others lose it. OF course the answer should always be ability to perform the mission. Are there other factors some times? I will proffer their are. History shows that.

Posted by: Quint at March 14, 2021 11:23 AM (FFJ9Q)

349 We may finally have an explanation for the Meghan Markle drama. According to the Daily Mail, she's setting up a run for the presidency. In other news, the sky is burning, the seas are boiling, and cats and dogs have begun cohabitating...https://tinyurl.com/ym2hwut3

Posted by: pep at March 14, 2021 11:24 AM (v16oJ)

350 @234 --

1940s DoD -- Didn't exist!

It was the Department of War. I've always thought the renaming was a mistake.

Today, however, neither seems to apply.

What should we call our current military?

Posted by: Weak Geek at March 14, 2021 11:24 AM (J9wig)

351 I'll argue that most advanced countries have similar problems with their militaries. Even the PRC is worried because their young men aren't tough and masculine enough, and would rather tweet than hump a pack. Given the unrest in Iran, I suspect they also don't think they can trust their young male cohort. The Norks may be the exception, but only because all they know is hardship and brutality.
Posted by: pep at March 14, 2021 11:16 AM (v16oJ)


The Nork army would get as far south as the first McDonald's, and then stop.

The rest of the world is running into the same problems as we are: too fat, too comfortable, and to lazy.

Posted by: Colorado Alex in Exile at March 14, 2021 11:24 AM (jOcSX)

352
Krebs,
Con. sulfuric and acetone clean frits very nicely.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at March 14, 2021 11:26 AM (mht8P)

353 Keynes is probably the most intentionally misrepresented theorist in any discipline. His economic model had a fair bit of nuance to it but all the political elite took away was "SPEND ALL THE MONEY!!!"

Posted by: CppThis at March 14, 2021 11:27 AM (zcf1k)

354 For those of you who are Jack Reacher fans, they're trying another switcheroo thing where Lee Child's brother Andrew who used to write as Andrew Grant (Lee is really James Grant) is taking over.

So suddenly Andrew (who has written more than a few books himself) is going to be styled "Andrew Child" and he will take over writing.

I'm sure this will work out well.

Posted by: artemis at March 14, 2021 11:27 AM (AwPyG)

355 Meh. I'm preparing for the future by learning to love Spam again. By Hormel, not the kind sent by Nigerian Princes.

Posted by: Jak Sucio at March 14, 2021 11:27 AM (jvt6t)

356 The Nork army would get as far south as the first McDonald's, and then stop.
Too bad they wouldn't first hit a KFC. They'd be there from now until the End Times, and even then, the order would be wrong.

Posted by: pep at March 14, 2021 11:27 AM (v16oJ)

357 The military should ban the word tweet for eternity. Replace it with R. Lee Ermey or at least Chesty Puller.

Speaking of Chesty, I'm in the middle of I'm Stayin' With My Boys: The Heroic Life of Sgt. John Basilone, USMC. Puller commanded his 7th Marines at Guadalcanal. It's pretty rough linguistically but the biography is meant to sort of simulate an "in his own words" account of Basilone's life. It's been a pretty good read so far. Dude was one tough hombre.

Posted by: Notorious BFD at March 14, 2021 11:27 AM (W4eKo)

358 Posted by: Quint at March 14, 2021 11:23 AM (FFJ9Q)

Promtions in the Military, at least in The Navy, generally below the rank of Flag has nothing what so ever to do with civilian politics. Military politics can come into play, but that is a whole other story.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 14, 2021 11:28 AM (85Gof)

359 I kind of enjoy Reacher stories, but he's pretty much exhausted any plausible experiences any one human being can have in the world.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at March 14, 2021 11:28 AM (KZzsI)

360 It seems to be whenever a relative tries to take over its not the same, although a lot have tried. Janet Evanovich, Dick Francis, Tony Hillerman.

To me its a little silly to think a storyteller is a "brand". It glorifies the marketing over the product.

Posted by: artemis at March 14, 2021 11:29 AM (AwPyG)

361
Our priest made several references to the Council of Trent in his sermon today. We snappers need more of that and less Vatican II.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at March 14, 2021 11:29 AM (mht8P)

362 Too bad they wouldn't first hit a KFC. They'd be there from now until the End Times, and even then, the order would be wrong.
Posted by: pep at March 14, 2021 11:27 AM (v16oJ)


We should put a line of Chipotles along the DMZ. They'd be too busy shitting their guts out to get any further.

Posted by: Colorado Alex in Exile at March 14, 2021 11:29 AM (jOcSX)

363 Posted by: artemis at March 14, 2021 11:27 AM (AwPyG)

In the new version, does Reacher suddenly become short like Tom Cruise?

Posted by: Jak Sucio at March 14, 2021 11:30 AM (jvt6t)

364
Krebs,
Con. sulfuric and acetone clean frits very nicely.
Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh


Tell that to the fifty years ago me.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at March 14, 2021 11:31 AM (pNxlR)

365 341 I think that if things got to the point where we were in a valid shooting war with a dangerous enemy, the crappy losers of the military would be weeded out and the effective leaders would be the ones that shone through and make things happen. But maybe that's just wishful thinking.

Nearly all of leftist thought only works when nothing truly dangerous or problematic is taking place. When real crises, dangers, threats, and fears are afflicting people, they tend to get real and dump the crazy in a hurry. Or be simply destroyed.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at March 14, 2021 11:18 AM (KZzsI)


Not when Leftists are in total top-down control. Then they will fight to the last worker and farmer. They may be destroyed but not without a fight.

The US is in a transitional phase - lots of leftists and lots of conservatives. Without a common set of core societal values at the command and field-soldier levels we could be in trouble in any big war.

Posted by: Gref at March 14, 2021 11:31 AM (AMIL/)

366 To me its a little silly to think a storyteller is a "brand". It glorifies the marketing over the product.

Yeah but publishers hate to give up the money a popular series makes just because the pesky author died.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at March 14, 2021 11:32 AM (KZzsI)

367 @349

one glimmer of good news this week is the fact that Markle, who is clearly a NWO plant intended (along with Harry) to set up money-laundering foundations for the left, has crashed so spectacularly.

Despite 3 years of constant media praise, the comments in the Daily Mail show that everyone's wise to this.

Posted by: artemis at March 14, 2021 11:32 AM (AwPyG)

368 Promtions in the Military, at least in The Navy,
generally below the rank of Flag has nothing what so ever to do with
civilian politics. Military politics can come into play, but that is a
whole other story.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 14, 2021 11:28 AM (85Gof)

I understand. I know you have said that before and since you are serving now, I take that info seriously. My concern is what is going on and what we are seeing. Things can change. I know opinions in the military have changed from day to night since the '80s and '90s. It is possible politics can rear its ugly head to lower ranks. We have seen so much change over the last few decades, it is possible it can happen. I respect you are not seeing that at this point.

Posted by: Quint at March 14, 2021 11:32 AM (FFJ9Q)

369 Happy Pi Day!

Posted by: Fox2!! at March 14, 2021 11:32 AM (qyH+l)

370 Neu BSG lost all of its originality from the start when Moore decided to eliminate every alien intelligence from the story line.

Then to eliminate Athena and Cassiopeia. A female Starbuck was just the final nail in the coffin.

The Richard Hatch version would have been better I suspect.

Posted by: Anna Puma at March 14, 2021 11:33 AM (XQrf/)

371 Happy Pi Day!

Thanks! I'll take the Cherry Pie.

Posted by: Warrant at March 14, 2021 11:34 AM (jvt6t)

372 @363

I once heard Lee Child speak, and he's always politer and gracious but made it clear he was very unhappy about Cruise's casting

He did say that having a star of his stature brought Childs "another 15 million in worldwide sales", so he's got that consolation, at least.

Posted by: artemis at March 14, 2021 11:34 AM (AwPyG)

373 Keynes is probably the most intentionally misrepresented theorist in any discipline. His economic model had a fair bit of nuance to it but all the political elite took away was "SPEND ALL THE MONEY!!!"
Posted by: CppThis at March 14, 2021 11:27 AM (zcf1k)


That sounds like what Milton Friedman thought also.

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at March 14, 2021 11:34 AM (y7DUB)

374 Promtions in the Military, at least in The Navy, generally below the rank of Flag has nothing what so ever to do with civilian politics. Military politics can come into play, but that is a whole other story.

In my earlier comment that's sort of what I was implying. Military politics exist, but they are not the same thing as politics practiced in Washington DC.

Posted by: Martini Farmer - Now a Pirate, Hoisting the Black Flag at March 14, 2021 11:35 AM (3H9h1)

375 I understand. I know you have said that before and since you are serving now, I take that info seriously. My concern is what is going on and what we are seeing. Things can change. I know opinions in the military have changed from day to night since the '80s and '90s. It is possible politics can rear its ugly head to lower ranks. We have seen so much change over the last few decades, it is possible it can happen. I respect you are not seeing that at this point.
Posted by: Quint at March 14, 2021 11:32 AM (FFJ9Q)

What concerns me more than politics in promotions, which really is not existent for the most part, is how FITREPS are written. COs are so scared of being challenged and having IG complaints made against them, that most FITREPS do not really represent the true performance and failures of the individual Sailors, both Enlisted and Officer.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 14, 2021 11:37 AM (85Gof)

376 For instance, "Cloak of Anarchy" by Larry Niven shows how the absence of a law-enforcement mechanism in a "free zone" (aka CHAZ) leads to complete breakdown in societal norms. Sound familiar?

I believe this story is where I first found the difference between "nude" and "naked" explained.

Posted by: Fox2!! at March 14, 2021 11:37 AM (qyH+l)

377 @374

I think there's politics everywhere, in any human endeavor. I used to tell my kids it was just as important to socialize with the boss as it was to do a good job--sometimes even more so.

Posted by: artemis at March 14, 2021 11:37 AM (AwPyG)

378 To me its a little silly to think a storyteller is a "brand". It glorifies the marketing over the product.
Posted by: artemis at March 14, 2021 11:29 AM (AwPyG)



Yes...silly. Absolutely.

Posted by: James Patterson at March 14, 2021 11:37 AM (dWwl8)

379 Keynes is probably the most intentionally misrepresented theorist in any discipline. His economic model had a fair bit of nuance to it but all the political elite took away was "SPEND ALL THE MONEY!!!"
Posted by: CppThis at March 14, 2021 11:27 AM (zcf1k)


Yup. To the point where they're often the exact opposite of what Keynes would likely have supported. Case in point, any sort of welfare check or universal basic income.

Posted by: Colorado Alex in Exile at March 14, 2021 11:37 AM (jOcSX)

380 @378

Excellent case in point!

Posted by: artemis at March 14, 2021 11:38 AM (AwPyG)

381 Did Lee Child die?

Posted by: Sharon(willow's apprentice) at March 14, 2021 11:38 AM (sd8p8)

382 Posted by: Quint at March 14, 2021 11:17 AM (FFJ9Q)

Check out the blog called "History for Atheists" run by a Aussie named Tim O'Neill. O'Neill takes aim, not at Christians, but at the New Atheists (specifically Dawkins, Harris, Hitchens, and Pinker) who he says are woefully ignorant of history and rely on their own myths, one of which is that "Jesus never existed." Ironically, O'Neil's blog can provide Christians with a treasure trove of arguments to use to defend Christianity. He has long (very long) articles about the Church and science in the Middle Ages, the atheism of the USSR, the myth that Christians destroyed classical learning, etc. O'Neill draws a distinction between atheists and anti-theists - those who actively hate Christianity so much they are willing to spread lies and distort the historical record. He notes that many of the stars of the New Atheist movement are scientists with a pretty shaky grasp of history. Many of the American ones were raised evangelical - they have simply transferred that evangelical zeal to the cause of destroying their old religion.

Posted by: Donna&&&&&V at March 14, 2021 11:38 AM (HabA/)

383 The Nork army would get as far south as the first McDonald's, and then stop.

Posted by: Colorado Alex in Exile at March 14, 2021 11:24 AM (jOcSX)


"All we are saaaayyyinnng
Is give food a chance."

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional at March 14, 2021 11:38 AM (aCUaQ)

384 Does anybody really know what time it is?

Posted by: grammie winger at March 14, 2021 10:32 AM (45fpk)

Does anybody really care?
Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor & Social Distancing Professional

"I don't wear a watch; I tell time by the sun"

Posted by: JT at March 14, 2021 11:38 AM (arJlL)

385 Promtions in the Military, at least in The Navy, generally below the rank of Flag has nothing what so ever to do with civilian politics. Military politics can come into play, but that is a whole other story.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 14, 2021 11:28 AM (85Gof)


But if the evaluation criteria are revised to include "woke" factors...

Posted by: Gref at March 14, 2021 11:38 AM (AMIL/)

386 He did say that having a star of his stature brought Childs "another 15 million in worldwide sales", so he's got that consolation, at least.

I think that's the attitude you have to have as an author when your property goes to screen: just take the extra sales and ignore how they butchered your book. you lose control when someone else takes over and makes your stuff into a different medium. JK Rowling had incredible control over the Harry Potter movies, and they still mangled the stories and miscast people.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at March 14, 2021 11:38 AM (KZzsI)

387 My pastor made a comment about SC's new death penalty law during a homily at a weekday Mass. I've been meaning to discuss with him the chapter on the 5th Commandment in the Catechism of the Council of Trent.

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at March 14, 2021 11:39 AM (2BZBZ)

388 Pelosi: Climate Change Causing Humanitarian Challenge at the Border

So there was not climate change under PDT?

Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 14, 2021 11:40 AM (85Gof)

389 The Norks may be the exception, but only because all they know is hardship and brutality.
Posted by: pep at March 14, 2021 11:16 AM (v16oJ)


Everyone has the brutality strain in their genetics. Most everyone has a survival instinct that would allow the killing of another human being.

The purpose of a military is to focus and train those traits for greater efficiency of defeating an enemy with those very same traits.

Training,training, and discipline are the keys for a successful military. And did I mention training?

Our military as it's now being run are getting neither.

Posted by: Justsayin' at March 14, 2021 11:40 AM (Fs5vw)

390 James Patterson has never actually written a "book". A short story maybe. His books remind me of when I was 10 and had to get special permission to take books out of the adult section of the library because the books in the kids section were too short.

Posted by: Sharon(willow's apprentice) at March 14, 2021 11:41 AM (sd8p8)

391 Dude was one tough hombre.

Posted by: Notorious BFD at March 14, 2021 11:27 AM (W4eKo)

he is basically the heart and soul of the Marine Corps. That is a rare thing, for one man to encompass a service in such a way.

Posted by: Quint at March 14, 2021 11:41 AM (FFJ9Q)

392 But if the evaluation criteria are revised to include "woke" factors...
Posted by: Gref at March 14, 2021 11:38 AM (AMIL/)

They are not now and I don't see that anywhere in the near term

Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 14, 2021 11:41 AM (85Gof)

393 not going to follow rule #3 up there

also I plan to read Animal Farm and 1984, may skip the review and just have you turn on the 5:00 news


Posted by: will choose a nic later at March 14, 2021 11:41 AM (r4bSV)

394 @386

Charlaine Harris said something very similar. In fact, she was still writing the series that True Blood was based on as the TV show was being aired, and she couldn't care less how much they were mangling her plot. She just kept her own story going.

Posted by: artemis at March 14, 2021 11:42 AM (AwPyG)

395 Twitter wars. Contestant #1

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez@RepAOC
NY-14 is home to a vibrant community of Tibetans. On Tibetan Uprising Day, we renew our commitment to their fight for freedom.

Tibetans simply seek the freedom to be - to speak their language, practice their religion, sustain their culture & to live freely in their own country.

Chen Weihua @chenweihua
Why Americans keep electing such ignorant joke into Congress? AOC talks like Absurd Ominous Clown

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Hey, Absurd Ominous Clown! You know what Morons want? The freedom to be - to speak our language, practice our religion, sustain our culture & to live freely in our own country.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at March 14, 2021 11:42 AM (VVEnO)

396 Probably mentioned already, Shrier's book WAS banned by Amazon, but through some sort of pushback, it was reinstated.

I haven't read it, and probably won't, but I might buy it, because it seems to be an important work. What we used to call journalism.

Posted by: BurtTC at March 14, 2021 11:42 AM (oQ94s)

397 There used to be a list of the greatest quotes in FITREPs.

"This officer is a legend in his own mind."

"Somewhere, there is a village missing its idiot."

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at March 14, 2021 11:42 AM (2BZBZ)

398 I believe this story is where I first found the difference between "nude" and "naked" explained.
Posted by: Fox2!! at March 14, 2021 11:37 AM (qyH+l)
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I saw it explained thus:

"Nude" is when you ain't got any clothes on. "Nekkid" is when you ain't got clothes on and you is up to sumthin'!"

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at March 14, 2021 11:42 AM (Dc2NZ)

399 Anne McCaffrey has been dead for decades and even at the end of her life she was merely milking what she had already built. Now her son Todd is still milking it. Never read a single one of his books.

H. Beam Piper has been dead since the early 1960s. Three people have written Fuzzy books. All three are feldergarp.

Star Wars and Star Trek novels are also very hit and also in writing quality.

Posted by: Anna Puma at March 14, 2021 11:42 AM (XQrf/)

400 Anson is not just Heinlein's middle name. I stumbled upon "Log of the Centurion". It did what I love best in a book, encourage me to learn more. If I don't write something about it next week, give me an "F" OM.
Posted by: InspiredHistoryMike at March 14, 2021 10:55 AM (x8Q/V)
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You might enjoy "The Golden Ocean" and "The Unkown Shore" by Patrick O'Brian, both based on the experiences of different ships in Anson's squadron. These probably would be classed as YA novels today, as the protagonists are young men in their teens. Both were written in the 1950s, so O'Brian's writing isn't quite up to his later standards, but he tells his story with verve and humor.

Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea at March 14, 2021 11:42 AM (WGara)

401 Mr. Muse should give us an extra hour. It's only fair

Posted by: artemis at March 14, 2021 11:43 AM (AwPyG)

402 There used to be a list of the greatest quotes in FITREPs.

"This officer is a legend in his own mind."

"Somewhere, there is a village missing its idiot."

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at March 14, 2021 11:42 AM (2BZBZ)

Yeah lol...especially later in the day or early evening those tend to sneak in. But the CO always takes them out now a days

Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 14, 2021 11:44 AM (85Gof)

403 We will find out how our military forces perform in a major war some time in late 2024 or early 2025. If the Chinese think the Dems can steal the election in 2024 they'll wait until after the inauguration. Otherwise they will invade Taiwan in November 2024.

Posted by: Trimegistus at March 14, 2021 11:44 AM (QZxDR)

404 Markle "working with Democrats" is the most surprising story since the sun rose this morning. I mean it's been obvious she's another Jussie from jump. I've suspected Obama's people behind her all along.

Posted by: ... at March 14, 2021 11:44 AM (uEbPt)

405 Training and discipline? Did you read Agrippa's speech?

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at March 14, 2021 11:44 AM (2BZBZ)

406 he is basically the heart and soul of the Marine Corps. That is a rare thing, for one man to encompass a service in such a way.

That really hits home in the book. He was convinced that being 110% a Marine was his sole calling in life. It completely defined him.

Posted by: Notorious BFD at March 14, 2021 11:44 AM (W4eKo)

407 I believe this story is where I first found the difference between "nude" and "naked" explained.
Posted by: Fox2!! at March 14, 2021 11:37 AM (qyH+l)
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"Nude" is artistic. "Naked" is defenseless.

Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea at March 14, 2021 11:44 AM (WGara)

408 Frank Herbert's son wrote (or co-wrote) a bunch of Dune prequels trying to explain and set up the history of what led up to the novels. He's not nearly as good as his father as an author and doesn't seem to quite grok the universe but I know a lot of people like them.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at March 14, 2021 11:45 AM (KZzsI)

409 "Nude" is artistic. "Naked" is defenseless.

And "nekkid" is when you're up to something

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at March 14, 2021 11:46 AM (KZzsI)

410 NBCs Chuck Todd: A Lot People Believe More Pandemics Inevitable Because of Climate Change

The new left wing talking point...and it is amazing the discipline of the left..they are all mouthing it this morning on the talk shows.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 14, 2021 11:46 AM (85Gof)

411 But if the evaluation criteria are revised to include "woke" factors...

The Army spent millions of dollars on HR systems to deal with trannies, POC and a host of race related issues in the codes used in IT systems... so not to offend anyone.

It's already happening.

Posted by: Martini Farmer - Now a Pirate, Hoisting the Black Flag at March 14, 2021 11:47 AM (3H9h1)

412 In the new version, does Reacher suddenly become short like Tom Cruise?
Posted by: Jak Sucio at March 14, 2021 11:30 AM (jvt6t)
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In the books, Reacher's tall, rawboned visage sets people's teeth on edge (typically those in authority). He is perceived as a threat just by walking into a room.

Cruise is a good action star (I like his MI series) but he was physically wrong for this role.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at March 14, 2021 11:47 AM (Dc2NZ)

413 The "History for Atheists" blog now has a YouTube channel, as well! I'm a big fan of HfA as I share his combination of unbelief and seething rage at the lies atheists promote.

Posted by: Trimegistus at March 14, 2021 11:47 AM (QZxDR)

414 I have never read "The Lord of the Rings" nor have I seen the movie. I tried to read "The Hobbit" in high school but quickly tired of Bilbo Baggins - I am normally not a huge fan of fantasy fiction. Holland writes about Tolkien in "Dominion" in way to make me feel I should give "The Lord of the Rings" a chance. (I'll read the books before I see the movie.) I'm just afraid of getting swamped in a mire of weird names and maps and languages....What think you, horde? Is the effort worth it?

Posted by: Donna&&&&&V at March 14, 2021 11:47 AM (HabA/)

415 DonnaV at March 14, 2021 11:38 AM (HabA/)

i will check it out. I think we both see what is going on. when it doubt, ignore history.

Posted by: Quint at March 14, 2021 11:47 AM (FFJ9Q)

416 @404

what's heartening is that there have been --literally--3 or 4 gushing puff pieces EVERY DAY about H and Meghan in the Daily Mail for three years straight, and yet the comments are 100 to 1 against them. Lots of comments--there's a "debunking" article explaining the whoppers they told in the interview, and it had over 20,000 comments.

People are waking up.

Posted by: artemis at March 14, 2021 11:47 AM (AwPyG)

417 MM answered that whenever she went into a book shop, she would always search for a book that looked as if no-one would ever buy it, then take it with her.

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That is so endearing! Like she's giving a home to book orphans.


I'm that way with sewing machines.

Posted by: Dr. Mabuse at March 14, 2021 11:47 AM (CPVFT)

418 James Patterson has never actually written a "book". A short story maybe. His books remind me of when I was 10 and had to get special permission to take books out of the adult section of the library because the books in the kids section were too short.
Posted by: Sharon(willow's apprentice) at March 14, 2021 11:41 AM (sd8p



James Patterson is a great Toilet Book writer.

You go squat on the throne for a few minutes, finish your business and voila! you've read 6 chapters of the latest James Patterson mystery.

I honestly think that's his audience, which essentially means everyone.*

*Footnote: Research statement by reading the foundational text, "Everyone Poops"

Posted by: naturalfake at March 14, 2021 11:48 AM (dWwl8)

419 What think you, horde? Is the effort worth it?

I think if you can make it through the first couple chapters of the Hobbit when its kind of silly kids stuff, you can get a feel for what the world and ideas of the story are like. Then, if you like that, definitely go for the trilogy. If you don't care for it, don't bother.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at March 14, 2021 11:48 AM (KZzsI)

420 Good morning Leap A Headers.

Damn. I miss those pants.

Posted by: Diogenes at March 14, 2021 11:49 AM (axyOa)

421 Does anybody really know what time it is?


Posted by: grammie winger at March 14, 2021 10:32 AM (45fpk)
Does anybody really care?
Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader, Pants Monitor Social Distancing Professional


"I don't wear a watch; I tell time by the sun"

I've been singing the wrong lyrics all this time.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy - Psychos Rule! No, really. They're in charge now. at March 14, 2021 11:49 AM (HaL55)

422 ^^^301 Ahhh.. the Golden Age of men's pants!
***
I am wearing jeans now and was wearing jeans back then. Lee Riders or Wranglers.
Levi's fit sucked.

Posted by: Cosda at March 14, 2021 11:49 AM (eyRbb)

423 @414

I think a lot of the appeal of fantasy/science fiction is the "secret handshake" aspect. The readers love being in an alternate world together

Posted by: artemis at March 14, 2021 11:49 AM (AwPyG)

424 Holland writes about Tolkien in "Dominion" in way to make me feel I should give "The Lord of the Rings" a chance. (I'll read the books before I see the movie.) I'm just afraid of getting swamped in a mire of weird names and maps and languages....What think you, horde? Is the effort worth it?
Posted by: Donna&&&&&V at March 14, 2021 11:47 AM (HabA/)


I'd say it's worth it, but you can skip over the long poems and songs without guilt. Now that I've read it a few times, I take them in stride, but the first time I found them very dull, and they don't really add to the plot - they're more atmosphere and world-building.

Posted by: Dr. Mabuse at March 14, 2021 11:49 AM (CPVFT)

425 Posted by: Secret Squirrel, author of Outward Frontier. A sci fi book. at March 14, 2021 10:47 AM (UPWY4)

funny you should mention NHK
I just watched a lovely, inspiring documentary today about a 93 yo mochi maker on NHK

highly recommend

https://tinyurl.com/yex33bws

Posted by: vmom super straight stabby stabber stabalot at March 14, 2021 11:51 AM (nUhF0)

426 NBCs Chuck Todd: A Lot People Believe More Pandemics Inevitable Because of Climate Change

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Chuck Todd: Speaking Power To Truth

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at March 14, 2021 11:51 AM (VVEnO)

427 Levi's fit sucked.

501s are the only ones I can find in Levis that fit well, but overall I agree.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at March 14, 2021 11:52 AM (KZzsI)

428 Greetings:

FITREPS ???

When the going gets tough, the tough get going, and the smart are already gone.

Posted by: 11B40 at March 14, 2021 11:54 AM (evgyj)

429 I saw Absurd Ominous Clown open for Puddle of Mudd at Circus Circus back in 2009....

Posted by: runner at March 14, 2021 11:55 AM (zr5Kq)

430 410 NBCs Chuck Todd: A Lot People Believe More Pandemics Inevitable Because of Climate Change

The new left wing talking point...and it is amazing the discipline of the left..they are all mouthing it this morning on the talk shows.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 14, 2021 11:46 AM (85Gof)


That must mean a lot of people want Slow Joe to nuke China ASAP, to end their massive carbon emissions and their virus work. What about it, Chuck? If you believe the same as "a lot of people," what's your solution (other than the US alone trying to zero-out CO2 emissions from human activity)?

Posted by: Gref at March 14, 2021 11:55 AM (AMIL/)

431 Lee jeans used to always fit, and now they don't.

I don't know who decided we all were dying to wear skinny jeans.

Posted by: artemis at March 14, 2021 11:55 AM (AwPyG)

432 NBCs Chuck Todd: A Lot People Believe More Pandemics Inevitable Because of Climate Change

The new left wing talking point...and it is amazing the discipline of the left..they are all mouthing it this morning on the talk shows.
Posted by: Nevergiveup

Goose stepping their way to power!

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at March 14, 2021 11:55 AM (VVEnO)

433 Greetings:

FITREPS ???

When the going gets tough, the tough get going, and the smart are already gone.
Posted by: 11B40 at March 14, 2021 11:54 AM

When you find yourself going thru Hell, keep going. And take the compass away from the lieutenant.

Posted by: Diogenes at March 14, 2021 11:56 AM (axyOa)

434 It sounds like what happens at some colleges. People assigned to their dorms for 14 days. Literally tape on doors to see if it is broken. I guess they drop of a tray off food daily.
Posted by: rhennigantx at March 14, 2021 11:00 AM (yrol0)

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Remember when the New England Journal of Medicine studied 2000 recruits in the strictest, most controlled lockdown and quarantine conditions and determined that it did absolutely nothing to slow the virus and, in fact, possibly helped spread it even more?

https://tinyurl.com/6299spm

Funny how that actual research and conclusion was immediately forgotten and ignored.

Posted by: Lysenko - donate your guns to a no questions, records, or receipts gun buy back at March 14, 2021 11:57 AM (k1L5r)

435
I have never read "The Lord of the Rings" nor have I seen the movie. I
tried to read "The Hobbit" in high school but quickly tired of Bilbo
Baggins - I am normally not a huge fan of fantasy fiction. Holland
writes about Tolkien in "Dominion" in way to make me feel I should give
"The Lord of the Rings" a chance. (I'll read the books before I see the
movie.) I'm just afraid of getting swamped in a mire of weird names
and maps and languages....What think you, horde? Is the effort worth
it?

Posted by: DonnaV at March 14, 2021 11:47 AM

While Tolkien does go a bit overboard with weird names for people and places, the trilogy is well worth a read IMO.

Posted by: Mister Scott (formerly GWS) at March 14, 2021 11:57 AM (JUOKG)

436 @432

Reminds me of ol' Gavin Newsom, telling us that all the fires in California were caused by climate change, even though they amazingly stopped at the four borders.

Posted by: artemis at March 14, 2021 11:57 AM (AwPyG)

437 I bought the new Jordan Peterson book, Beyond Order. Just started reading it so won't review it yet.

I have to start taking books to Goodwill. I've got to seriously purge what I have and there are other books that need to go.

Posted by: Notsothoreau - look forward at March 14, 2021 11:57 AM (YynYJ)

438 The climate is changing. We're going from winter into spring.

Posted by: Justsayin' at March 14, 2021 11:58 AM (Fs5vw)

439 as a down payment on the homework assignment, let me say that there are two authors whose books I buy, even if they're available on KU. Douglas Boulter (sci-fi, his Yrden Chronicles and others) and our own Sgt Mom (Celia Hayes).

Posted by: yara at March 14, 2021 11:58 AM (N7mou)

440 Good morning, bookish Horde,

Read a funny Edgar Allan Poe short story last week. Who knew he did humor?

Posted by: callsign claymore at March 14, 2021 11:58 AM (1X+m9)

441 FITREPS ???

Fitness Reports

Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 14, 2021 11:59 AM (85Gof)

442 First dog class accomplished. Instructor was a bit autocratic, but I'll deal.

Anyway. I read the "Taste" story by Dahl and I thought it was more funny than eerie. May be it's me.

Posted by: CN at March 14, 2021 11:59 AM (ONvIw)

443 what's heartening is that there have been --literally--3 or 4 gushing puff pieces EVERY DAY about H and Meghan in the Daily Mail for three years straight, and yet the comments are 100 to 1 against them. Lots of comments--there's a "debunking" article explaining the whoppers they told in the interview, and it had over 20,000 comments.

People are waking up.
Posted by: artemis at March 14, 2021 11:47 AM (AwPyG)

One of the notable effects of all the Harry and Megan stuff is that people have responded sympathetically to the royal family.

I assume, if these two are an op, that's the main purpose. Keep people from talking about how they have been propping up and facilitating the international pedophilia business for decades.

That should be the story of the royals. The evil this family supports and perpetrates. Not some ignorant bint, who says catty things. Why, it's almost as if the media participates in creating distractions from the real stories. Or something.

Posted by: BurtTC at March 14, 2021 11:59 AM (oQ94s)

444 Once you realize (as Q pointed out) that it's all about laundering tax payer money, it's hard to un-see it.

Hence, they need us to get back into the Paris Accords, and set up a carbon tax. or a VAT. And get back into all the UN Health Councils, etc, etc, etc.

Posted by: artemis at March 14, 2021 12:00 PM (AwPyG)

445 NBCs Chuck Todd: A Lot People Believe More Pandemics Inevitable Because of Climate Change

The new left wing talking point...and it is amazing the discipline of the left..they are all mouthing it this morning on the talk shows.
Posted by: Nevergiveup

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What irritates me is that all of those high school diplomas are clearly useless. A 7th grade basic approach to science is beyond them, and they'll "OH NO DO SOMETHING!!!" us into the next stage of bad because they are credentialed but lack education.

Posted by: Lysenko - donate your guns to a no questions, records, or receipts gun buy back at March 14, 2021 12:01 PM (k1L5r)

446 WE HAS A NOOD

Posted by: Skip, the guy who says NOOD at March 14, 2021 12:01 PM (Cxk7w)

447 es were raised evangelical - they have simply transferred that evangelical zeal to the cause of destroying their old religion.

Posted by: DonnaV at March 14, 2021 11:38 AM (HabA/)

I think Catholics often said to watch out for the convert. Not to demean anyone, but i have seen them say that, that the convert is too radical. We won't fix religion here, but it is fare game. It is interesting that legitimate Atheist historians all believe Jesus existed and was an historical figure. The radical athiest converts say no because it makes their argument so easy and unfounded.

Posted by: Quint at March 14, 2021 12:01 PM (FFJ9Q)

448 I do not like green eggs and daylight savings time.

Posted by: Sebastian Melmoth at March 14, 2021 12:01 PM (2DOZq)

449 @443

There are rumblings that England has been ground central for all the money laundering.

Posted by: artemis at March 14, 2021 12:01 PM (AwPyG)

450 Concur, read Tolkien and glance over the songs and poems, the characters are not hard to keep track of.

Posted by: Skip at March 14, 2021 12:02 PM (Cxk7w)

451 I recently read Awake in the Night Land by John C. Wright. Very, very good for those who like cosmic horror.

Posted by: Jim S. at March 14, 2021 12:03 PM (ynUnH)

452 Read a funny Edgar Allan Poe short story last week. Who knew he did humor?

Posted by: callsign claymore at March 14, 2021 11:58 AM (1X+m9)
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Which one? I know "The Man Who Was Used Up" and "Diddling".

Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea at March 14, 2021 12:03 PM (WGara)

453 NBCs Chuck Todd: A Lot People Believe More Pandemics Inevitable Because of Climate Change

Someone should ask Chuckles if HE thinks this is true. Or is he just repeating retarded shit some retard posted.

I'll embrace "and"

Posted by: Martini Farmer - Now a Pirate, Hoisting the Black Flag at March 14, 2021 12:03 PM (3H9h1)

454 NBCs Chuck Todd: A Lot People Believe More Pandemics Inevitable Because of Climate Change

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Chuck Todd: Speaking Power To Truth
Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at March 14, 2021 11:51 AM (VVEnO)

Climate change. If that's what everyone calls bowing down to and taking it up the bum chute from China, then yes, the climate in this country, and around the world sure has changed a lot in the past few decades.

Posted by: BurtTC at March 14, 2021 12:03 PM (oQ94s)

455 Holland writes about Tolkien in "Dominion" in way to make me feel I should give "The Lord of the Rings" a chance. (I'll read the books before I see the movie.) I'm just afraid of getting swamped in a mire of weird names and maps and languages....What think you, horde? Is the effort worth it?
Posted by: Donna&&&&&V at March 14, 2021 11:47 AM (HabA/)


You know yourself as a reader.

Do you like lo-o-o-ong books?
When you read fairy tales and mythology as a wee lass were you fascinated or bored?
Let's say you like long books like "The Thorn Birds". Can you read a long book with just about zero romance?
"The Hobbit" is meant to be a child's story. Are you okay with reading say, "A Wrinkle in Time" now?

Posted by: naturalfake at March 14, 2021 12:03 PM (dWwl8)

456 Tolkien did a good job making vast, sweeping mega stories personal and focused on characters, so you follow and enjoy and empathize with what they experience while huge things are going on around them.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at March 14, 2021 12:05 PM (KZzsI)

457 Read a funny Edgar Allan Poe short story last week. Who knew he did humor?

Posted by: callsign claymore at March 14, 2021 11:58 AM (1X+m9)
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Which one? I know "The Man Who Was Used Up" and "Diddling".
Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea at March 14, 2021 12:03 PM (WGara)


I betting on "Proboscis".

Posted by: naturalfake at March 14, 2021 12:05 PM (dWwl8)

458 Climate Change - the simple answer to everything changing on the planet!


Well, no. For example, water level in the Great Lakes has been getting lower, and for a long time. Climate change! Maybe. But definitely due to the crust of northern North America still uplifting after the end of the last Ice Age, when kazillions of tons of ice stopped pressing-down! And if a large area of North America with a large coastline is rising, guess what? That could cause worldwide sea levels to rise...if everything else stays the same. Which it doesn't.

The climate crazies who love to say that you can't define every future effect of climate change because the atmosphere is so complex, apparently fail to factor-in ALL land, sea, air, and solar variables.

Posted by: Gref at March 14, 2021 12:09 PM (AMIL/)

459 Remember, when discussing climate change, always remind them of scale.

The surface of the earth is 3/4 water
Everyone in the world could live in Alaska.
The sun is 1.3 MILLION times larger than the earth.

Posted by: artemis at March 14, 2021 12:12 PM (AwPyG)

460 Anyway. I read the "Taste" story by Dahl and I thought it was more funny than eerie. May be it's me.
Posted by: CN at March 14, 2021 11:59 AM (ONvIw)


I thought I described it as creepy more than eerie, which is how I think of a middle aged guy, or older, trying to get control of a much younger girl through conning her father who considered him a friend into a stupid competition. I guess it could be thought of as funny too. What made me bring it up is it struck me as much more memorable than his other stories about which none stick out in my mind.r

Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at March 14, 2021 12:12 PM (y7DUB)

461 My saving grace about being a book hoarder is that I'm also a cheapskate. I almost never buy books that are more than five or six bucks. But some books are forever out of your grasp then, so I recently broke down and spent a hundred bucks on three books. 1. The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology by William Lane Craig and J.P. Moreland; 2. Being and the Between by William Desmond (Continental philosophy); and 3. The Resurrection of the Son of God by N.T. Wright. The latter has a quote that has become moderately famous, that the appearances of Jesus to his followers (as well as some opponents) after his death is "in the same sort of category of historical probability so high as to be virtually certain, as the death of Augustus in AD 14 or the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70."

Posted by: Jim S. at March 14, 2021 12:13 PM (ynUnH)

462 ^^^431 Lee jeans used to always fit, and now they don't.

I don't know who decided we all were dying to wear skinny jeans.
Posted by: artemis
*****
I had to switch to "full cut" sometime ago, but that was probably on my end.

Posted by: Cosda at March 14, 2021 12:14 PM (eyRbb)

463 Captain Obvious, LoS, and naturalfake, good morning, y'all,

It was "The Thousand and Second Tale of Scheherezade." Clever, amusing, with a laugh or two.



Posted by: callsign claymore at March 14, 2021 12:15 PM (1X+m9)

464 Michael Malice, a commentator, mentioned that he thought the covid "panic" was acutally some very bad people testing out how gullible and stupid people are, and that they must be amazed with the result.

This would explain why we're back to Climate Change is Going to Kill Us All and We must Install Worldwide Communism To Stop It.

Can you blame them?

Posted by: artemis at March 14, 2021 12:18 PM (AwPyG)

465 Cheap is only part of the reason I like used book stores, another is a book is like a pet who is at a shelter, unloved and cared for and needs a home.

Posted by: Skip at March 14, 2021 12:21 PM (Cxk7w)

466 Climate change: what can't it do?

Posted by: That guy who always asks... at March 14, 2021 12:23 PM (W4eKo)

467 So, whether unready or ill-advised, he was surely-

Aethelred the Unluckiest Guy in England
Posted by: naturalfake at March 14, 2021 09:33 AM (dWwl

Morning, Book Horde! And that leads me to a gripe: namely, the practice of using the so-called "phonetic alphabet" in dictionary definitions to give us the allegedly "proper" pronunciation of words and names. Which might as well be Mandarin Chinese for all the good it does most of us who use dictionaries.

I'll bet you that if MisHum replaced the phonetic symbols for the word of interest with the ones for "covfefe" for a month or two straight, most of us would never notice.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at March 14, 2021 12:23 PM (mzC78)

468 I gave my Korean War veteran father-in-law T.R. Fehrenbach's book on the Korean War. He was a Marine in Japan when the war broke out and was part of the broken military Fehrenbach describes early in the book/war.

The gift was not well received. (Bronze Star and Purple Heart for Papa BTW).

Posted by: motionview at March 14, 2021 12:26 PM (RKp8A)

469 OT: Ex-middleweight great Marvin Hagler has died at 66, apparently as a reaction to the Covid vaccine.

His most famous opponent, Tommy Hearns, classily posted: "A real true warrior Pray for the king and his family..Allow us to have our peace. Our love and respect to Marvin and his
family, this is not an anti vaccine campaign... ".

Posted by: pep at March 14, 2021 09:54 AM (v16oJ)

Hmmm. Hank Aaron. Marvin Hagler. It's almost as though the vaccine specializes in killing retired black athletes.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at March 14, 2021 12:33 PM (mzC78)

470 There's a massive used bookstore here which has been my go-to place for anything classic. (Especially classic mysteries - there are a zillion Rex Stout and Agatha Christie books and I don't want to pay full price for them if I can't find them at the library). It's not a place to go to find recently published books, but it does make me feel good to walk out of their with a zillion books I just bought for the price of one new hardcover.

I once worked on Saturday mornings at a used bookstore in DC. It was owned by a friend of mine who had so many books he ran out of space in his home and decided to open a bookstore. I filled in for him while he was out going to estate sales to find more books. It was a wonderful way to spend Saturday mornings, seated behind a desk surrounded by books, but I understood why he couldn't afford to give up his day job. A good morning meant maybe $150 or $200 in sales (sales were higher on weekends). He spent more than than buying estate sales books. I don't think anybody can really make a living at it unless they are dealing with expensive first editions and collector's items.

Posted by: Donna&&&&&V at March 14, 2021 12:34 PM (HabA/)

471 Not a book recommend, but a suggestion:
- sign up for the Nook app, the Kobo (Rakuten) app, and Smashwords
- Install, if you have not yet, the Library Extension for Chrome (it also works fine in Brave or Chromium, the Linux browser). When you find a book in Nook, Kobo, or Smashwords, it will show up if your library has a copy (hard copy or e-book). When you click on the link to the library, go through the lending process. If it's an e-book, it will return you to Amazon to check it out, assuming that you chose the Kindle selection.
- Or, if not available for borrowing, buy it on the Kindle alternatives. I've noticed some price differences at times, so take the time to check.
BTW, Smashwords and all the alternative e-book apps have some Free or very low-cost books. They also have recommends and best-seller lists. Every book you buy in one of those sites is a chink into Amazon's armor.
Fight the Power!

Posted by: Linda S Fox at March 14, 2021 12:41 PM (HZfQV)

472 I thought I described it as creepy more than eerie, which is how I think of a middle aged guy, or older, trying to get control of a much younger girl through conning her father who considered him a friend into a stupid competition. I guess it could be thought of as funny too. What made me bring it up is it struck me as much more memorable than his other stories about which none stick out in my mind.r
Posted by: Captain Hate Won't Forget Ashli Babbitt at March 14, 2021 12:12 PM (y7DUB)

I found the father to be driving the competition, as he'd lost to this guy previously. The end was great, and I'd have thrown the critic out on his ass. He'd probably been cheating all along, having set up the situation in the library

Posted by: CN at March 14, 2021 12:52 PM (ONvIw)

473 For you authors, some rejection letters:

https://twitter.com/pulplibrarian

(scroll down)

For Moby Dick: "First, we must ask, does it have to be a whale?"

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at March 14, 2021 01:27 PM (Dc2NZ)

474 I don't recommend "The Deep Rig" about the election. It is essentially recycled blog posts. The book is filled with links to other sites and YouTube. Too be honest, if the book was about another topic, I would drop it as conspiracy nonsense. It is very disappointing.
Posted by: Vir Cotto at March 14, 2021 09:15

Thanks VC, I was wondering about that book on last week's bookthread, appreciate the review.

Posted by: Farmer at March 14, 2021 01:40 PM (55Qr6)

475 158 I'm reading The Electricity Makers, recommended by Hans Schantz here a fortnight ago.
Did you mean The Power Makers, by Maury Klein?
Posted by: pep at March 14, 2021 10:03 AM (v16oJ)

Neither. Apparently I mean The Makers of Electricity by Michael O'Reilly.

Posted by: .87c at March 14, 2021 02:02 PM (TDP3i)

476 Pants? What pants? I didn't see no pants

Posted by: Organshoes at March 14, 2021 04:36 PM (cGJ7O)

477 For a contrast to the name of King AEthelred the Unready, take a look at Harald Sigurdsson, 1015 to 1066, King of Norway from 1046 to 1066. He was given the epithet "Hardrada" in the sagas. Which roughly translates as "stern counsel" or "hard ruler'. A modern English version might be Harald the Hardass.

Posted by: John F. MacMichael at March 14, 2021 04:46 PM (xtUNK)

478 Way late to book thread today due to storm cleanup, but started reading Gavin Menzies "Lost Empire of Atlantis" and it is interesting so far. Was interested in archeology as a kid, so this rekindles that interest. About a hundred pages in, but thanks to whoever (and I think there were a couple of posters) who rec'd it.

Posted by: Charlotte at March 14, 2021 06:04 PM (/cO/2)

479 "I'm just afraid of getting swamped in a mire of weird names and maps and languages....What think you, horde? Is the effort worth it?"

No you should run, LoTR is chock full of weird names and maps, and you'll need to know most of them to get the full effect.

Posted by: goodluckduck at March 14, 2021 09:41 PM (V8zw+)

480 Back in the day I dreamed of becoming a sophisticated intellectual. I read all the 'highly regarded' authors and felt good. One book I remember is Justine by Lawrence Durrell. This was the first of four novels in the Alexandria Quartet. The heroine of this work (Justine) was a Jewess married to an Egyptian Coptic man. It was apparently a marriage of convenience while she worked under cover for Israeli statehood. This was early to mid 20th century before WWII.
I are this stuff up because all the characters were sophisticated, 'classy' and not American. I have no idea how realistic they were but, in my 20's I found them believable.
Have wanted to reread just to see how I feel now but it seems the work has not aged well and my local library doesn't have it.

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