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rhahl

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Posted: Jun 3, 2021 - 9:31am

A book about AIDS when it was just an epidemic, not a pandemic. The overriding concerns of most experts and politicians were: Don't panic the horses. And don't cost any business money. They lied freely and without remorse until something controversial became undeniable common knowledge.
 
 
Regarding a blood transfusion that had obviously caused AIDS in a baby, and had been published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report to get it out fast (not peer reviewed): "Nothing exists in the peer-reviewed medical literature — not one case! said Bove "...Evidence for such blood transmission is lacking."
 
>Years later, when it was clear that hundreds were dying because the blood industry and federal regulators at the FDA heeded the calls of people like Joseph Bove, the doctor would pull a copy of his speech from his shelf at Yale to show that his 1983 presentation at NYC was, technically, accurate. "I wrote 'evidence is minimal,' " said Bove. "I was extremely cautious about my choice of words. I didn't want to go on the record either way. I was smart enough not to say it wasn't there. Technically, I was not inaccurate."<
ScottFromWyoming

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Location: Powell
Gender: Male


Posted: Jan 8, 2021 - 2:42pm



 rhahl wrote:
If you want to feel good about the U.S. Government for a change, this book contains outlines of many impressive things the administrative agencies have done, along with descriptions of people Trump appointed to run them, such as:
 
"Into USDA jobs, some of which paid nearly $80,000 a year, the Trump team had inserted a long-haul truck driver, a clerk at AT&T, a gas-company meter reader, a country-club cabana attendant, a Republican National Committee intern, and the owner of a scented-candle company, with skills like 'pleasant demeanor' listed on their resumes."
 

Lewis makes dull stuff electrifying. And a little bit terrifying.
rhahl

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Posted: Jan 8, 2021 - 9:58am

If you want to feel good about the U.S. Government for a change, this book contains outlines of many impressive things the administrative agencies have done, along with descriptions of people Trump appointed to run them, such as:
 
"Into USDA jobs, some of which paid nearly $80,000 a year, the Trump team had inserted a long-haul truck driver, a clerk at AT&T, a gas-company meter reader, a country-club cabana attendant, a Republican National Committee intern, and the owner of a scented-candle company, with skills like 'pleasant demeanor' listed on their resumes."
Manbird

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Posted: Dec 22, 2019 - 6:17pm

My Brother wrote a book and had it self-published though some vanity printer. I was excited and proud of him.
Until I read it. It is supposedly fifty-something short vignettes - little snapshots from various stages in his life.
But I was sickened when I read it. One of his stories was exclusively about me. But it is full of lies. Flat out lies and
it painted a very ugly, nasty portrait of me. I didn't know he had carried such hatred and anger towards me all
these years. I used to go back to Ireland periodically and we would have a great larf, talks and good times and I
assumed allwas right and fine. He never revealed how much he hated me. I read on. Almost all the stories about our
family were composed of lies or embellishments based and partial truths. I'm really hurt and disgusted with him.
When someone does that to you in this medium - a book - you have no way to fight back, to set the record straight,
tell the whole truth and exposed him as the scam artist he really is. I'm helpless - and now friends, relatives and even
people I don't know will read about how "horrible" I am. I can't fight back! Luckily, it's not selling well  -maybe
400 copies but they went to the closest people we know. Well, as one of my mentors said regarding this, perhaps
eventually I can forgive him for what he's done. It'll take a hell of a long time, if ever. My mind is blown though.
You think you know someone. Someone you lived with throughout childhood and as an adult. Just fucking weird.
It turns out that most of the stories he wrote were untrue or exaggerated and altered just for sensationalism and
to make a couple extra dollars. Our parents would be rolling over in their graves if they could read this trash since
he lied about them more than he did about me. /rant 
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Posted: Dec 12, 2019 - 3:26am



 haresfur wrote:


 Steely_D wrote:
Pleasant, somewhat wistful, and much more engaging than I expected it to be. I listened to the audiobook, with a gentle British voice.

Here's a little bit about it.

And, no lie, here's a quote from one of the racier portions: "Save your favorite dildo — but throw away the other 15!"

 

Wouldn't it be more ecologically responsible to give them to your nieces?
 
User manual on recycled paper, solar charging model :)

haresfur

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Location: The Golden Triangle
Gender: Male


Posted: Dec 11, 2019 - 2:39pm



 Steely_D wrote:
Pleasant, somewhat wistful, and much more engaging than I expected it to be. I listened to the audiobook, with a gentle British voice.

Here's a little bit about it.

And, no lie, here's a quote from one of the racier portions: "Save your favorite dildo — but throw away the other 15!"

 

Wouldn't it be more ecologically responsible to give them to your nieces?
Steely_D

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Posted: Dec 11, 2019 - 12:48pm

Pleasant, somewhat wistful, and much more engaging than I expected it to be. I listened to the audiobook, with a gentle British voice.

Here's a little bit about it.

And, no lie, here's a quote from one of the racier portions: "Save your favorite dildo — but throw away the other 15!"

miamizsun

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Location: (3261.3 Miles SE of RP)
Gender: Male


Posted: Dec 11, 2019 - 4:20am

 Lazy8 wrote:
Bryan Caplan is an economist. Zach Weinersmith is a cartoonist. This collaboration is pioneering a format: graphic nonfiction.

This makes it an easy read, but does more than that—it adds a dimension to the arguments that makes them easier to understand and more compelling. Caplan's writing is pretty accessible without it, but together the two have done a brilliant job of making the case for immigration.

If you're interested in the debate raging now this is a very good place to start.

If you're too lazy to read even comics here is a talk given by the authors at Cato:

 

i think this could be a very good entry to caplan's work

very timely
ScottFromWyoming

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Posted: Dec 11, 2019 - 3:07am



 Manbird wrote:
 

Ordered and shipped to the US it's under $20 bucks.
Manbird

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Posted: Dec 10, 2019 - 1:34pm



 miamizsun wrote:

ok boomer
 

Thanks! You'll probably live to regret it! Dang! 

miamizsun

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Posted: Dec 10, 2019 - 1:26pm

 Manbird wrote: 
ok boomer
Manbird

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Posted: Dec 10, 2019 - 12:49pm

THIS IS HOW WE DANCE
A truly great read by my brother David Diebold. 
Makes a great gift! Ships to the US. 




Lazy8

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Gender: Male


Posted: Dec 10, 2019 - 12:31pm

Bryan Caplan is an economist. Zach Weinersmith is a cartoonist. This collaboration is pioneering a format: graphic nonfiction.

This makes it an easy read, but does more than that—it adds a dimension to the arguments that makes them easier to understand and more compelling. Caplan's writing is pretty accessible without it, but together the two have done a brilliant job of making the case for immigration.

If you're interested in the debate raging now this is a very good place to start.

If you're too lazy to read even comics here is a talk given by the authors at Cato:


maryte

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Gender: Female


Posted: Nov 13, 2019 - 11:39am

 Proclivities wrote:
 
She's not a harlot, she's a sexy librarian!  Harumph.
maryte

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Posted: Nov 13, 2019 - 11:38am

Recommended:

Proclivities

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Posted: Nov 13, 2019 - 11:28am


miamizsun

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Location: (3261.3 Miles SE of RP)
Gender: Male


Posted: Aug 9, 2019 - 4:59am

 kcar wrote:


 islander wrote:


https://www.amazon.com/Ruthless-River-Survival-Amazons-Relentless-ebook/dp/B072L54JMS


Quick and interesting read. I'd heard the overview, but didn't realize the era that it occurred. 
Also, this was loaned to me in paper form. It was the first paper book I've read in a few years. I'm struck by how different it makes the experience, but also how the pros and cons stack up.  Maybe I'm just pragmatic, but while there are some serious positives to a paper book, in my ledger the Kindle wins hands down.
 

In terms of the reading experience, I could go either way. I think my reading comprehension and retention are better with paper than with Kindle. But you can get some amazing deals with Kindle. Have you checked out https://www.Bookbub.com , https://www.bookgorilla.com and https://www.earlybirdbooks.com ? Their titles aren't always great but the deals change daily...
 

i go both ways myself

the convenience of digital and the experience of going to a great library...

both are impressive

odd but intriguing: 

i'm currently in line for the kindle implant

due to current regs i'll need to have it installed in low earth orbit on a blue origin space sled
kcar

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Posted: Aug 7, 2019 - 7:50pm



 islander wrote:


https://www.amazon.com/Ruthless-River-Survival-Amazons-Relentless-ebook/dp/B072L54JMS


Quick and interesting read. I'd heard the overview, but didn't realize the era that it occurred. 
Also, this was loaned to me in paper form. It was the first paper book I've read in a few years. I'm struck by how different it makes the experience, but also how the pros and cons stack up.  Maybe I'm just pragmatic, but while there are some serious positives to a paper book, in my ledger the Kindle wins hands down.
 

In terms of the reading experience, I could go either way. I think my reading comprehension and retention are better with paper than with Kindle. But you can get some amazing deals with Kindle. Have you checked out https://www.Bookbub.com , https://www.bookgorilla.com and https://www.earlybirdbooks.com ? Their titles aren't always great but the deals change daily...
haresfur

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Location: The Golden Triangle
Gender: Male


Posted: Aug 7, 2019 - 4:34pm



 Proclivities wrote:

 

Damn. I just completed the first draft of my master plans for conquest of Coober Pedy. I'm not ambitious enough.
ScottFromWyoming

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Location: Powell
Gender: Male


Posted: Aug 7, 2019 - 8:22am



 Proclivities wrote:


 ScottFromWyoming wrote:


 Proclivities wrote:

 

My library doesn't have it.
 

I only recently got my copy back; I let McLean Stevenson borrow it back in the mid-'80s.  Man, was that a mistake.
 



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