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AUKEY Car Charger, ULTRA COMPACT Dual Port 4.8A Output for iPhone iPad Samsung & More - Black
AUKEY Car Charger, ULTRA COMPACT Dual Port 4.8A Output for iPhone iPad Samsung & More - Black
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 4 Sept. 2016
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Amazon: pay living wages to your workers
Amazon: pay living wages to your workers
by Amazon Anonymous
Edition: Paperback

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Actively Avoiding Amazon, until it pays it's dues., 11 Jun. 2014
It is unreasonable to take profit from money I provide, and not pay the tax and wages that support a civilised society in which to conduct and sustain business.

When Amazon pay fair wages for fair work, and when they pay fair taxes on business they conduct in the UK, I will start buying what I like on Amazon rather than looking elsewhere.

Anyone within Amazon looking at my purchase history will see that I am broadly sticking to my word.


SONY Alpha DSLR-A900 Digital SLR Camera
SONY Alpha DSLR-A900 Digital SLR Camera

70 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Official...Film really is dead, 28 Sept. 2008
Weighty in feel, this camera feels the business, and instead of having a 24mm APS-C sized sensor, it has a maddening 24 megapixel on a 35mm sensor. That in itself is not only class leading, (beating the yet to be launched Canon 5D Mk2 by 3 megapixels), but likely to be class establishing. The sensor is rumoured to be put into the next range of Nikon top end cameras with effect of late 2008/early 2009. Immediately the controls feel familiar to a Minolta and Sony digital user, and indeed as the layout of the controls on cameras became almost standardised, I should expect anyone who has used a digital SLR to quickly become familiar with the controls.

Sure it is missing the additional dials for flash and exposure control like the old Minolta 7D, but flicking around the display panel using the function button and the joystick, is just as easy. Shortcut buttons on the top of the camera are well out of the way of accidental presses, giving access to exposure, white balance and ISO controls.

Other options include creative modes, including black and white, and Dynamic Range options which try and squeeze the detail out of over or under exposed areas of a picture. Another neat touch is the preview mode. Press the depth of field button at your subject and release. A preview picture is displayed on the screen and various exposure and picture control options. Fiddle with these, until the picture looks the way you want it, and hey presto, those settings are set for you to continue shooting. Don't expect to keep the preview, it is just that, and gets deleted the minute you exit to the menus or take another picture.

When you find the settings you like, there are three direct access (save) registers to save those settings. Next time you want to use that particular set of parameters, just turn the dial to the register number you saved them in, and start shooting.

In essence, from a control point of view, it is a photographers dream. With fantastic automatic settings and manual overrides for almost everything you could wish for.

The camera is fast. Fast on autofocus, fast to establish exposure, and very fast in taking a picture, with up to five frames per second in burst mode. It also has built in image stabilisation so ANY lens fitted, even if it a 20 year old Minolta 70-200 beercan, can benefit from this blur reducing feature.

So it's fast, usable and feature packed, but what about the picture quality?

Well that's partly down to you, but once I had started to get the swing of things, this camera offers unparallel speed and accuracy for its price, and detail which is scarey. Imagine being able to count pores or stubble on the skin of a group of three people in your image, or see the veins across the surface of an eye in a portrait. Yes you can! Colour rendition is fantastic and the black and white mode produces beautiful images.

Sure the new Canon 5D will have a movie mode, but it is in no way a movie camera, and the feature misses the point of buying a DLSR. To take still photographs! Until last week professional photographers only had two choices of brand for their workhorses. Nikon or Canon. If Sony can deliver the additional accessories and lenses that professionals require, (and with their partnership with Carl Zeiss, it is entirely possible), then professionals have the choice of three brands.

However, for me, it is the quality of the product, it's compatibility and image improvement it offers my old lenses (with anti-shake), and the frightening level of detail that will make anyone over 25 blush as the wrinkles start to show.

What a great, great camera, I am truly bowled over. Well done Sony.


The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power
The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power
by Joel Bakan
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No wonder the last Woodstock went up in flames!, 23 Aug. 2005
Joel Bakan has written a book which should surprise no one who has worked for a multinational, or been at the receieving end of the "externalisation" of costs. As the west faces competition from the emerging economies of China and India, where tax regimes and public infrastructure, and vast areas of poverty, pale in comparison to that which we expect, it is clear that even social costs are being externalised in the pursuit of profit and greed.
This book therefore could not be more timely, because left to their own devices, corporations have no feeling, no remorse, no guilt, no loyalty, and little responsibility. They are barely held to account for their actions, (once they become too big), and wield more power than many national governments. Profit is the word, and anyone or anything in the way is a mere inconvenience, and Bakan likens all of this to the clinical description of a psychopath.
What do you expect of your employers and your suppliers of goods and services? Should they have a social and environmental conscience rather than one purely aims at generating the maximum profits for shareholders? Should they have a loyalty to a population once they have invested and grown them? What is the future of your job, your working conditions, your environment and your health, and how does the corporation fit in?
With a historic perspective of why corporations were banned, and plenty of examples of corporate misdeeds that have gone largely unpunished, some of which are simply shocking, (Three pages of cases against GE!), you can really get a feel of why Bakan has his concerns.
Whilst this might seem like left wing Marxism, it is infact written by a professor of law. This book is a doddle to read and understand, so read it! Then consider what you should do to prevent the demise of government and democracy in the name of corporate profit.


How to be Idle
How to be Idle
by Tom Hodgkinson
Edition: Hardcover

18 of 43 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Can't Be Asked, 5 Oct. 2004
This review is from: How to be Idle (Hardcover)
This book "How to Be Idle" is a fine work by Tom Hodgkinson, and one full of prose, wit, and reasons to do as little as possible. I spent a couple of hours or so on a Sunday, (a perfect day for an idle), to peruse this work in a desperate attempt to avoid Sainsbury's, and it certainly worked. I am sure that there are many reasons to avoid working, and plenty of examples of how those in power manage to avoid work, by going on extended lunches, golf trips, and strip joints, and calling it business. Me however, I received and understood the message of enslavement in the first four chapters, and have not picked the book up again.
In a nutshell ... I coudn't be bothered to finish it.


The Party's Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies
The Party's Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies
by Richard Heinberg
Edition: Paperback

46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brace! Brace! Brace!, 16 Aug. 2004
Never mind the chances of an asteroid impact or sea levels rising in 200 years time, super volcanoes or books of cryptic religious texts. This really is the book you should read. Rooted in hard science and physical facts, we really are about to enter a man made catastrophe. Unless you live in a mud hut, gathering root vegetables and hunting wildebeest you will be affected by the up and coming energy crisis.
What is this impending energy catastrophe? It is the inability of the world to provide enough raw oil, (a finite resource) to sustain the year on year (exponential) growth of our economies and population, (an infinite goal). The crisis will affect what you eat, how you travel, the costs of all raw materials and products made from them, employment, the value of money, perhaps even the value of life itself. It will certainly change the way you live sooner rather than later.
With decent historical analysis of former civilisations which failed due to resource issues and why our civilisations have so far escaped such failures, Richard Heinberg paints a colourful yet familiar picture of our current reliance upon finite resources and oil. With some oil history, evaluation of likely supplies and demands upon it, and a debate on contrary views; a reasoned and balanced argument it formed. But few would find the Heinberg's conclusions difficult to reject, and most will find them hard to swallow.
A review of alternative energy technologies and how we might measure the benefit of any particular fuel might leave you wondering what we can do about the problem. And unlike many publications prophesising doom, it does give some potential answers and perhaps even a little hope.
The book is highly accessible, well structured, and easy to read, and will make an invaluable reference book to those people interested, as it is divided beautifully into manageable and relevant sections. However whilst it does not specialise on any one area of the consequences of oil depletion, the benefit of this book is that it is rounded and complete, leaving you in a position to make judgements and look further. It is also the most complete book I have found on the subject of oil depletion.
In conclusion, the disturbing message from this book will have the same importance to you as (for example) the captain of your next holiday flight shouting, "Brace! Brace! Brace!". Of course, that is if there is enough fuel for your flight to take off.
(Hubbert's Peak by Kenneth S. Deffeyes should be read in conjunction with this book for a full explanation by an oil expert of the geological and technical reasons as to whywe will find oil supplies drying up soon).


Hubbert's Peak: The Impending World Oil Shortage
Hubbert's Peak: The Impending World Oil Shortage
by Kenneth S. Deffeyes
Edition: Paperback

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The end of oil is written in rock, 16 Aug. 2004
Oil is not running out, we have plenty of oil. However, we need increasing supplies of oil to fuel the exponential growth of our economies, and therein lies a problem. Why? Because we simply can't get oil out of the ground fast enough if we are to meet world demand, and the faster we use it the sooner there is going to be a supply issue. The moment the oil industry reaches it's maximum productivity, it is all downhill for oil, and probably for us too. Drilling more holes will not help, drilling deeper will not help, finding more is not possible, and this book explains why.
Why only certain conditions can create oil, why only certain rocks can bear oil, and why only certain oil bearing rocks can be productive. The book discusses the chemistry of oil and how mankind has already used ingenious technology to find the most accessable oil and boost production, and why we are unlikely to have any further technological gains as far as oil discovery and production are concerned.
And the purpose of this explanation? To back up the (rather dry) theories of Professor M King Hubbert, who prophesised that world oil production would peak around the year 2000 just as he predicted (correctly) that US oil production would peak around 1970. Since 1970, the US has relied upon the Middle East for it's oil, but what happens when world production peaks, and how can we tell that it has?
This book provides some excellent insight into the reasons why we should be concerned with oil depletion and why it is a matter of imminent concern for ourselves and not of our grandchildren.
Why buy this book? Because it is written by Kenneth Deffeyes a geologist, a professor, and a man who has worked intimately with the oil industry since he started working with his father as an adolescent. With oil in his blood, he knows of what he speaks. The book is written in a friendly style, with as much humour as a subject like this can attract. It is full of technical detail, yet despite it being a little heavy for a mere mortal like me, undertsnding the principles behind all that is oil is surprisingly easy.
It would be nice if he could have found indicated the likey impact of and solutions to the problems he has highlighted, but these are other areas of expertise best covered in other books, (try Richard Heinbergs "The Party's Over").
If you fear all this talk of oil running out is rubbish, read this book first before you read any other because it grants a decent technical background to the debate, and if afterwards you can find a buyer for your V8 Range Rover, I will congratulate you.


The Bubble of American Supremacy
The Bubble of American Supremacy
by George Soros
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Soros Invests in Reason, 3 Feb. 2004
George Soros is not a man that your average anti-capitalist or socialist can agree with, he is an extraordinarily wealthy and a driven man who "broke the Bank of England", but also man who's past is steeped in the history of Nazi occupation, and is driven by insight and compassion, he is also one of the worlds great philanthropists. If he has gone to the trouble of writing a book, "The Bubble of American Supremacy" about the recent direction of America, in it's war against terror and it's stance on democracy and the "free world", it is probably worth a read.
Indeed if you are at all clued up about the election of George Bush Junior and the history behind the war on terror, you will find a lot here to agree with. Indeed why bother? However, the book is well written and very accessible. Anyone that found Gore Vidal's recent lyrical "Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace: ..." hard going, or Michael Moore's "Hey Dude Where's My Country" too biennial, should take this book and pick up on the subject again with adult yet non-pretentious language.
The book is also well researched with many references and web links if you start to get a bit curious, and due to Soros's past, full of fresh insights into how the current political rhetoric on a war against unseen and unproved terror has worrying overtones, and why the American public (and probably us Brits too) are in denial over the situation. Soros skirts too briefly around the real reasons for the occupation of Iraq, why we went to war with no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, however, this reflects some of the issues which our political leaders have not discussed publicly, although Soros does elude to them.

George Soros has written this in a hurry, due to the imminence of the US Elections, and his desire to influence the result based upon reason. There does not seem to be a political angle, and he certainly is no normal conspiracy theorist, and probably no recent convert on this topic. He is simply an alarmed billionaire with a very rational outlook.
Yet for all the gaps, it is a well thought out book, highly readable and a surprising topic for a man of his stature, although I think many will end up agreeing with his concerns and his reasons for writing such a book.
To anyone who is concerned about current regime in the Whitehouse and the war against terror, read it to reassure yourself that great and apparently sane minds are on the case. To those who are not fearful of the Bush regime, I implore you to read it and find out why you should be. If a free market capitalist is worried for the stability of the world, and the epicentre of this instability is the USA, something is going badly wrong.


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