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Michael C has commented on (7) products.

Dollarocracy: How the Money-and-Media Election Complex Is Destroying America by John Nichols
Dollarocracy: How the Money-and-Media Election Complex Is Destroying America

Michael C, November 11, 2013

Chock full of amazing (if no longer surprising) facts about the triumph of money over politics in America. The authors explain that the 2012 election devoured over $10 billion. Lots of important side stories, too, about things like history and the decline of journalism. Read it and weep (or light a torch).
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William Shakespeare's Star Wars by Ian Doescher
William Shakespeare's Star Wars

Michael C, August 19, 2013

Is this a saber I see, handle toward my mind? Come, let me force thee!

A little bag of tricky treats! Good fun and a nice way to learn this classic verse form.
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The Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy, But Doesn't, What Shouldn't Make You Happy, But Does by Sonja Lyubomirsky
The Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy, But Doesn't, What Shouldn't Make You Happy, But Does

Michael C, January 22, 2013

Only in recent decades have researchers been paying systematic attention to actual emotions, not least of which is the prize of happiness, which everybody wants to maximize. Lyubomirsky is an insider in this unfolding effort and also a skilled tour guide. This is real self-help material, as opposed to so much PBS fluffery and haranguing. The best aspect here is the emphasis on detailed knowledge of how emotions actually happen and evolve. Will power alone is not nearly enough. If it were, why would we continue to need these kinds of books?
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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Michael C, August 16, 2012

Navel-gazing trivia fobbed off as wisdom. And sophomoric writing, too. The definition of over-rated and over-hyped.
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Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power by Rachel Maddow
Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

Michael C, April 7, 2012

What malarkey. Maddow doesn't understand her own topic, and her finding that the original intentions of the Founding Slaveholders is being violated is stale as it is pointless and misguided. Eisenhower's farewell speech happened in 1961. We need a twee, preening, over-rated talking head to restate it now? Why?

The real story is not "drift," but empire and normalcy. Corporate capitalism requires permanent war spending, to keep itself out of permanent depression. They don't teach you about those things at Stanford, though, do they?
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