This Week’s Book Review – Stan Lee: A Life in Comics

Looking for a good read? Here is a recommendation. I have an unusual approach to reviewing books. I review books I feel merit a review. Each review is an opportunity to recommend a book. If I do not think a book is worth reading, I find another book to review. You do not have to agree with everything every author has written (I do not), but the fiction I review is entertaining (and often thought-provoking) and the non-fiction contain ideas worth reading.... [Read More]

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This Week’s Book Review – Hitler’s Secret Army

Looking for a good read? Here is a recommendation. I have an unusual approach to reviewing books. I review books I feel merit a review. Each review is an opportunity to recommend a book. If I do not think a book is worth reading, I find another book to review. You do not have to agree with everything every author has written (I do not), but the fiction I review is entertaining (and often thought-provoking) and the non-fiction contain ideas worth reading.... [Read More]

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Japanese spirit Amabie…..

Of course we didn’t hear it first from our famed moderator, but Fox News did a story on it.
Japanese spirit Amabie, a mythical mermaid monster, revived to ward off coronavirus

Amabie is a yokai that fights viruses. Read about the legend of Amabie here.... [Read More]

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Text Criticism –dueling books

Text Criticism” is an academic discipline devoted to the study of ancient writings. Text criticism is best known as the study of handwritten manuscripts from before the age of printing. In particular, the most studied and most controversial work in the world of text criticism is the New Testament.

Text criticism got its start when translators noticed differences between manuscripts. Translators would compare manuscripts and find instances where they would have to choose between manuscripts for passages with differences.

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This Week’s Book Review – Charles Darwin’s Barnacle and David Bowie’s Spider

Looking for a good read? Here is a recommendation. I have an unusual approach to reviewing books. I review books I feel merit a review. Each review is an opportunity to recommend a book. If I do not think a book is worth reading, I find another book to review. You do not have to agree with everything every author has written (I do not), but the fiction I review is entertaining (and often thought-provoking) and the non-fiction contain ideas worth reading.... [Read More]

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Why International Organisations are Corrupt

Corruption: under the table payoffIn recent days, there has been widespread controversy over the World Health Organisation, a United Nations agency which was deeply complicit in the Chinese cover-up of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic currently causing worldwide disruption.  Amid calls to de-fund this organisation, which shares culpability with the Chinese Communist Party for the calamity, there has been, among the “words are magic” crowd, much shock, shock, that such an institution could be deeply corrupt.  “But look,” they exclaim, clutching their pearls, “it’s called the World Health Organisation!”  Yeah, just like the “People’s Republic of China” and the “Democratic People’s Republic of Korea”.

The reality is that international organisations are corrupt, and there are two principal reasons for this.  By “international”, I mean bodies such as:... [Read More]

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according to the CDC…

Something I researched and posted on my Facebook account…
Influenza and pandemics according to CDC.gov;
In 1918-19 about 675,000 deaths in the US.
In 1957-58 about 116,000 deaths in the US.
In 1968 about 100,000 deaths in the US
In 2009-10 about 12,469 deaths in the US.
In 2020 about 31,071 deaths in the US. ( So Far ! )
Now past FLU seasons approximations from CDC.gov …
2010-2011 about 36,656 deaths in the US.
2011-2012 about 12,447 deaths in the US.
2012-2013 about 42,570 deaths in the US.
2013-2014 about 39,930 deaths in the US.
2014-2015 about 51,376 deaths in the US.
2015-2016 about 22,705 deaths in the US.
2016-2017 about 38,230 deaths in the US.
2017-2018 about 61,099 deaths in the US.
2018-2019 about 34,200 deaths in the US.
IMHO: we have less “deaths” so far from this pandemic, COVID-19, than we had Influenza deaths for the whole of last year. But the year isn’t half over yet.
Looking more closely, it’s “generally” the elderly or those with preexisting conditions that we “loose” in both pandemic and influenza infections.
Remember that term, “generally”.
Do you “generally” want to loose a parent, an uncle, an aunt, or yourself, if you are over 65 years of age.
Think for a minute, seriously. Think about what is recommended and think why it is mandated, because people “generally” don’t think, therefore it has to be “mandated”.
Masks are no big thing, use them. I’ve traveled the world with my job and in many countries, long before this pandemic, I saw normal people wearing masks as far back as twenty-twenty five years ago. This was both in flu seasons as well and not. The mask may not technically seem as much protection for you, but every little bit helps.
Stay safe, Live Long and Prosper. 🇺🇸

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