Jim Manis on Most Anything

Jim Manis can formulate an opinion about a good many things, including those about which he has little knowledge. (And some guy named "Lazlo.") Visit The MagicFactory. Alan's Conservation News Stanley Douglas delivers "News of the Great Re-Depression".

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

An obsession with books:

A Passion for Books: A Book Lover's Treasury of Stories, Essays, Humor, Love and Lists on Collecting, Reading, Borrowing, Lending, Caring for, and Appreciating BooksA Passion for Books: A Book Lover's Treasury of Stories, Essays, Humor, Love and Lists on Collecting, Reading, Borrowing, Lending, Caring for, and Appreciating Books by Harold Rabinowitz

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


A collection of fun to read pieces about collecting books, including the odd nature of the collector. Also the importance of being a reader.



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Monday, December 18, 2017

Review: A Short History of World War I by James L. Stokesbury

A Short History of World War IA Short History of World War I by James L. Stokesbury

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I have enjoyed reading popular histories since I was a boy in junior high. As an adult, my career precluded much time to indulge in this pleasure, but when I retired, I began to do so again. Sokesbury's book on WWI help to fill a gap in my education regarding the era surrounding that period. The book is an easy read, and sometimes humorous, which helps. The Great War was an incalculably import series of events, resulting in the Second World War, with difficult to understand causes, not one of which seems sufficient to have brought about the results.



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Thursday, March 02, 2017

The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth GapThe Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap by Matt Taibbi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Bankers steal billions of dollars, and the tax payer pays their fines for them. In the meantime, millions of poor people, mostly non-whites and sometimes completely innocent of the crimes they've been charged with, go to jail. America has more people in jail than any country in the world.

Matt Taibbi isn't much for statistics, but he can tell a good story. If you're not outraged and ashamed of your country before you read this book, something is definitely wrong with you if you are not by the time you finish it.

Taibbi doesn't spare either political party with his anger and accusations.



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Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Substance Of CivilizationThe Substance Of Civilization by Stephen L. Sass

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Informative. Best for the educated lay person, although the book is a bit dated, published some 18 years ago.



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Friday, July 03, 2015

Just a Thought

It's the 4th of July weekend, and the celebrating, as usual, comes early. Fireworks started going off a few hours ago and still continue. More of an occasion than a celebration.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

It’s 2014, and one out of four American adults still believes the sun rotates around the earth.


Check out the numbers in today’s Washington Post. It’s hard to imagine that several centuries after the Catholic church acknowledged that the earth is not the center of the solar system that so many adult Americans, supposedly the best educated country on the planet, are still this ignorant.

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Must See TV:

Cosmos begins tonight at 9:00 p.m. eastern time: