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Monrovia Mon Amour: A Visit to Liberia
Monrovia Mon Amour: A Visit to Liberia
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5.0 out of 5 stars A supreme example of the impoverishment which greed of rulers imposes on their subjects, 23 July 2014
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Written in the inimitable philosophical reflective style of the greatest living connoisseur of human folly. Like all his work I cannot recommend it highly enough. More stars please.


A Shepherd's Life Impressions of the South Wiltshire Downs
A Shepherd's Life Impressions of the South Wiltshire Downs

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5.0 out of 5 stars Stories of men, sheep and dogs. A timeless classic., 14 April 2014
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One is transported to a lost world in this classic of English rural life just before it all disappeared in the the Great War and subsequent descent into modernity and the endless decline of England in the next 100 years (1914 to 2014).


The Diversity Illusion: What We Got Wrong About Immigration & How to Set It Right
The Diversity Illusion: What We Got Wrong About Immigration & How to Set It Right
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent book on mass immigration, 4 April 2014
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I cannot recommend this book too highly. It traces exactly how the universalist marxist left led us down the path to segregation, having blindfolded us with their accusations of racist thought crime.


Putinism: The Ideology (Strategic Updates)
Putinism: The Ideology (Strategic Updates)
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3.0 out of 5 stars A short essay on the principles of Putinism, 22 Mar 2014
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Very clear and very convincing. I would add also very depressing but for the final flourish which is a Slavic proverb - 'where there is death there is hope' which means in this context that when Putin and his fellow followers of the KGB hero Andropov die things can only get better.


The Eleusinian Mysteries Explained
The Eleusinian Mysteries Explained

4.0 out of 5 stars A convincing explanation, but not complete., 14 Feb 2014
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This essay is a very plausable deduction of what went on in the Telesterion. It does leave one wondering of preparing for 6 mpnths, then fasting for 10 days and watching a passion play by torch light could have induced the ecstatic state so many participants recorded. Wasson and Hofman thought the kykion must have had ergot derived lysergic acid derivatives.


If You Sit Very Still
If You Sit Very Still
by Marian Partington
Edition: Hardcover
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1.0 out of 5 stars Take a look at Dalrymple's review, 24 Jan 2014
This review is from: If You Sit Very Still (Hardcover)
I find it remarkable that other reviewers of this book give it so favourable an opinion. I recommend anyone thinking of buying this book to first read Theodore Dalrymple's review in The City Journal which may be accessed on line at [...] Here is a sample - 'So wrapped up in herself is Partington that the question of her locus standi to forgive does not occur to her. What is it that she actually forgives and has a right to forgive? She certainly has no right to forgive the torture and murder of her sister; it was her sister, not she, who was the principal victim. She could forgive Rosemary West the suffering that the torture and murder caused her, but this implies blindness to the sheer moral enormity of the crime. Nor does it occur to her that the Wests' infliction of violence on 11 other victims, apart from her sister, reduces the significance of her forgiveness, even if she had the right to bestow it. Does she suppose that everyone else who suffered because of the Wests' sadism should follow her example, or, if they do not, that they are her moral inferiors? Moral grandiosity hardly comes grander. Her forgiveness is like the grin of the Cheshire Cat, subsisting without anchorage to, or expression of, anything, except ego.In short, the abduction, rape, torture, murder, dismemberment, and burial of Lucy Partington was a sovereign opportunity for Marian Partington's personal growth, so that she could learn to be compassionate toward herself (and therefore, as a side effect, toward others).' Read that review and reconsider purchasing this book or if you gave it a favourable review reconsider your opinion.


God and the Folly of Faith: The Incompatibility of Science and Religion
God and the Folly of Faith: The Incompatibility of Science and Religion
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant incisive summary of the case for science and against religion, 29 Oct 2013
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This book covers all the arguments used by theologians to defend their magical thinking and blind faith. Stenger destroys them all.


The Serpent and the Rainbow
The Serpent and the Rainbow
by Davis
Edition: Paperback
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1.0 out of 5 stars Voodoo science, 13 Sep 2013
I came to this work having read another book by Wade Davies - his wonderful biography of Richard Evans Schultz, 'One River'. Schultz was in the heroic tradition of botanical exploration, particularly his ethno-botanical work on psychoactive plant drug use amongst the tribes of the upper Amazon. One of the great botanical scientists of any era.
So how does this work of Davies stand up to scientific scrutiny? Wade sent his samples for analysis of Tetrodotoxin content and the result was published as a letter in the Journal Toxicon (Toxicon Volume 24, Issue 8, 1986, Pages 747-749. Tetrodotoxin and the Haitian zombie Takeshi Yasumotoa, C.Y. Kaob a Faculty of Agriculture, Tohoku University Sendai, Japan b Department of Pharmacology, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY 11203, U.S.A..)
The authors' conclusion was as follows "As is evident from the above, there is, at best, only insignificant traces of tetrodotoxin in the samples of `zombie potions' which were supplied for analysis by Davis. There is a good reason for the virtual absence of tetrodotoxin, if indeed any had been present initially. Both samples were extremely alkaline; even the extract in 0.1% acid alcohol had a pl-I of 10. A slurry of a portion of another sample tested in Brooklyn in January l985 gave a pH of 12. From extant knowledge of the chemical properties of tetrodotoxin (Tsuox er al., 1964; Most-nan et al., 1964; Goro et al., 1965), in such alkaline environments tetrodotoxin would have been decomposed irreversibly into pharmacologically inactive products.
From these results it can be concluded that the widely circulated claim in the lay press to the effect that tetrodotoxin is the causal agent in the initial zombification process is without factual foundation. Moreover, it can be predicted safely that as long as `zombie potions' are made the way they are, with the inclusion of material that can impart the extreme alkalinity, no active tetrodotoxin could be present to produce any significant biological effects." The same conclusion was reached in an excellent review article of Wade's claims published in Science by William Booth (Science 1988; vol 240; pp 274-277) entitled "Voodoo Science" which just about summarizes the view of this work held by Wades's critics and by me.

The works of Carlos Castaneda come to mind. A rattling good yarn; just bear in mind its a yarn which Davies paid his informants many hundreds of dollars to obtain.


Britain's Great Immigration Disaster
Britain's Great Immigration Disaster
by Gavin Cooke
Edition: Paperback
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best short summary of our problems in Britain today, 13 Aug 2013
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Cooke summarises in masterly chapters the major problems facing Britain after the disastrous Blair Brown years of open door immigration and financial mismanagement.
There is of course more to our pending economic doom than immigration and the years of Blair-Brown catastrophic misrule; such as 50 years of economic mismanagement since the end of the last war. One can go back even further to the beginning of the first world war. For a full economic analysis of how we got here in the 100 years since then and what will happen next, read Larry Elliott and Dan Atkinson's 'Going South'. There is no doubt we are on the road to ruin for all the reasons so brilliantly described in this book.


In Quest of Tolstoy (Studies in Russian and Slavic Literatures, Cultures, and History)
In Quest of Tolstoy (Studies in Russian and Slavic Literatures, Cultures, and History)
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5.0 out of 5 stars These essays made me feel like a Tolstoyan., 5 Aug 2013
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Wonderfully lucid exploration of Tolstoy's multifaceted genius as a writer, sceptic and philosopher. I finished the collection of essays wanting more and wanting to read all the works of the master.


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