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Kurio 7 Android Tablet for Kids
Kurio 7 Android Tablet for Kids

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent tablet for kids with easy parental controls, 12 Aug. 2013
I got this because my kids are always playing games with my Samsung phone, and I wanted to give them something with web access restricted to sites I approved and daily time limits for use. It's excellent. The kids love Angry Birds and Angry Birds In Space as well as lots of other apps that came pre-installed. The only drawback so far is that the Kurio app store doesn't include Angry Birds Star Wars, which they also would have liked.


Science as a Contact Sport: Inside the Battle to Save Earth's Climate
Science as a Contact Sport: Inside the Battle to Save Earth's Climate
by Stephen H. Schneider
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A scientific view of climate change and our future, 27 Dec. 2012
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I live in Bangladesh, the low-lying and heavily populated country which is widely acknowledged to be at greatest risk of suffering from climate change. I looked around for a book with some figures regarding what would likely happen to this country of 165 million people, and found it in this book. Schneider's book is an illuminating work by a prominent scientist. In 2007, Schneider received the Nobel Peace Price on behalf of the International Panel for Climate Change (IPCC), along with Al Gore. His book is a recounting of his efforts over three decades to get the US government and the rest of the world to pay attention to climate change science.

The basic question which climate science has tried to answer is: how serious is climate change? But communicating a scientific answer to this question has been impossible, Schneider says, as politicians, journalists and the average person on the street does not understand that scientific predictions and models of climate change can only predict probabilities of particular outcomes. Unfortunately, the public and the politicians have shown little desire to understand the significance of these scientific probabilities. Instead, they are generally interested in climate science only the extent that it supports their own pre-conceived political beliefs that climate change is insignificant.

If the above sounds familiar, a particular example for which Schneider presents some numbers should frighten all of us. For low-lying countries like Bangladesh, one of the critical questions of climate change is how high sea level rise will be. The answer to this actually depends on whether or not the Greenland ice cap melts; this event would release enough water to raise global sea levels about 25 metres (about 80 feet). This would be the end for Bangladesh, sinking perhaps 75% of the country. It would also be the end of most of the world's coastal cities like New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC and London. Here are Schneider's estimates of how likely this is:

"For Greenland to irreversibly melt, my own [estimate] would be roughly a 2.0 to 5.0 per cent chance that it is already too late and it will happen over the long run. At one degree Celsius more warming, I'd raise the odds to 25 per cent...".

So this is the problem of climate science in a nutshell; the likelihood of a major catastrophe like 25 meter sea level-rise could be theoretically be as low as 2.0 to 5.0 per cent. So in the US, Republican politicians like George W. Bush as well as numerous Democrats whose political campaigns rely on donations from oil and coal companies will always focus on the 2.0 per cent probability and dismiss climate change a waste of time. However, for those of us who have not been paid off and can think for ourselves, the rest of the sentence should be shocking:

"...and at 2 degrees Celsius to 60 per cent, at 3 degrees Celsius to 90 per cent, and so on."

Critically, the basis for all international climate negotiations is to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius (as most governments in the world have already decided that it would be too expensive to do anything more than that). This international consensus means that 2 degrees of warming is inevitable, as everyone has accepted that it will happen and will not even try to prevent it. Given that fact, Schneider's odds for a 25 metre sea level-rise and the destruction of Bangladesh becomes 60% to 90% (the 90% figure is still relevant, as it is always possible for countries to fail to cut carbon dioxide emissions enough to limit global warming to 2 degrees).

What to do now? The only people who care about Bangladesh and have the capacity to change anything are the Bangladeshis living in the Western countries. If they really care about Bangladesh, they should all become climate activists and pressure their governments to do something to prevent this. People in Bangladesh have only two options; firstly, invest vastly more in education and hope people can emigrate before the country sinks. Secondly, invest vastly more in birth control, targeting a 22nd century population of only the 25 million people, which would be the maximum number that the country could support if it was reduced to pockets of high land in Rajshahi division and the Chittagong Hill Tracts. Unfortunately, Professor Schneider died from cancer in 2010, and now there is one fewer climate scientist to tell us how we can save ourselves from catastrophic global warming.


The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines
The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines
by Michael Mann
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

9 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clearing the political fog which obscures climate science and global warming, 27 Dec. 2012
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For the past 15 years, a largely invisible struggle, critical to the future of the planet, is being fought between the global community of climate scientists on one hand and fossil fuel companies-funded think-tanks and politicians on the other. During this time, climate scientists have reached an overwhelming scientific consensus that the carbon dioxide emissions caused by our reliance on coal, oil and gas have already caused significant global warming, and will ultimately endanger our planet unless all fossil fuel usage is rapidly phased out. Simultaneously, the fossil fuel industry has run a huge misinformation campaign to keep the public in the dark about climate change. Ground-breaking scientist Michael Mann writes about in this struggle in his new book.

The critical study which solidified scientific opinion about the truth of global warming was the "hockey stick graph" discovered by author Michael Mann himself in 1998, and highlighted in Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" documentary on global warming. Mann's graph showed global average temperatures slowly decreasing towards a distant new ice age for most of the past 1000 years, only to spike sharply upwards in the last one, like the end of a hockey stick. The hockey stick graph was strong evidence that man-made global warming was real, and was already happening. The hockey stick graph was confirmed by many subsequent scientific studies; the handful of studies, which contradicted it, were found to have critical errors. Among climate scientists, there is no longer any doubt about the reality and seriousness of global warming.

The fossil-fuel industry, composed of multinational coal and oil companies, sought to protect their business interests by sowing public doubt in global warming, and was quick to strike back at climate scientists. They funded think-tanks and websites propagating reports by their own "experts" who cast doubts on the hockey stick. These experts were usually economists and meteorologists/TV weathermen who knew little of climate science, as well as an ever-shrinking minority of climate scientists. The misinformation campaign took advantage of a public and media largely ignorant of science, and unable to appreciate that the real scientific debate on climate change was over.

US congressmen in the thrall of oil and coal lobbyists undertook an official witch-hunt of climate scientists in 2005. Congress was unable to find any problems with the climate scientists' views; but the damage was done. Widespread media coverage of politicians like Senator James Inhofe saying that climate change was "the single greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American public" ensured that doubts about global warming continued in the public mind.

The anti-climate science campaign ultimately descended to criminal acts of hacking and baseless accusations of fraud directed at Mann and his fellow scientists. In the "Climate-gate" incident in 2009, unknown hackers stole thousands of e-mail messages from the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia in the UK. One particular e-mail from another climate scientist to Mann was repeatedly used as evidence to claim that Mann had used a "trick" to falsify his hockey stick data and was thus able to "hide the decline" in global temperature.

Climate change deniers had a field day. In fact, the word "trick" is commonly used among mathematicians and scientists to describe a clever means of solving a difficult problem, seemingly by magic; it did not imply any wrongdoing. Likewise, the "decline" in that was being hidden was a series of temperature measurements from one particular study acknowledged by the original author to be doubtful due to pollution. A number of subsequent inquiries were conducted, and none found any wrongdoing on the part of climate scientists. Again, the damage was already done; public belief in global warming and political will to tackle it both fell dramatically.

The fog of public doubt created over global warming had long-term consequences; firstly, Barack Obama's attempts at regulating carbon emissions were rejected by the Congress. Secondly, the Climate-gate hacking had been timed to occur just before the Copenhagen summit on global warming in December 2009. Due to doubts raised by Climate-gate as well as Obama's failure to pass any carbon dioxide emissions legislation in the US, Copenhagen failed to produce any meaningful international agreement to prevent global warming.

This failure has left the planet in continued peril of global warming and consequent sea level rise, cyclones and drought. Hurricane Sandy, US/Russian crop failures and high food prices in 2012 are the beginnings of what is in store for us unless the public and politicians start taking real action to replace fossil fuels with nuclear, solar and wind power.


Anti-American Manifesto, The
Anti-American Manifesto, The
by Ted Rall
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read, but what about the Green Party?, 5 Aug. 2011
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It's almost a given that Rall is preaching to the converted; not many conservative republicans or centrist democrats would pick up a book with this title. But Rall does a good job of taking the reader on a tour of how the US two-party electoral system has failed the average American in terms of deceitful wars, poor job security and nonexistent healthcare (and certainly failed the world, when you factor in the unwillingness of any US president to seriously address climate change).

His solution, preparation for armed revolution, seems to be going overboard. Why not just vote for the Green Party instead? That's a serious option to the dominant parties in both the US and UK, but voters have consistently failed to back it in spite of griping endlessly about the meaningless of politics as usual.


ADempiere 3.4 ERP Solutions
ADempiere 3.4 ERP Solutions
by Bayu Cahya Pamungkas
Edition: Paperback
Price: £33.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to Enterprise Resource Planning, 26 May 2010
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Proprietary Enterprise Resource Planning softwares costs thousands of dollars and are impossible to try before you buy. Adempiere is an open-source ERP which you can download and learn about without spending much more than the cost of this book. It will take time and effort to learn, however.
Recommended for anyone interested in learning about Enterprise Resource Planning and the Adempiere open-source project.


A People's History of American Empire (Graphic Adaptation)
A People's History of American Empire (Graphic Adaptation)
by Howard Zinn
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 28 Feb. 2010
Zinn's outstanding work, People's History Of The United States, is unfortunately just too big for casual reading. However, this wonderfully done abbreviation of it in comic-book form is perfect for any school-goer or adult looking for something enlightening to read on the train.


Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years
Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years
by Sue Townsend
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice to see you again, Adrian, 26 Jan. 2010
I've been reading Adrian Mole books since I was a teenager myself. This was a wonderful read, both funny and moving.
I'm not going to give away the plot, but the ending is great! If Sue Townsend never writes another one, I'll be happy with this one.


How Raven Stole the Sun (Tales of the People)
How Raven Stole the Sun (Tales of the People)
by Maria Williams
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.60

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story and illustrations, 10 Aug. 2008
Picked this up by chance at a museum for my young son. It became his favourite book! Wonderful artwork, and I like the fact that it's giving him exposure to a culture which he would probably never encounter otherwise.


Smallville: The Complete First Season [2001] [DVD]
Smallville: The Complete First Season [2001] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tom Welling
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £13.99

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superman meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Dawson's Creek, 4 Jan. 2004
Buffy had the hellmouth; Smallville has a large number of kryptonite fragments giving the local villains all kinds of bizarre (although sometimes downright silly) powers which they then use to take on the young Clark Kent. The high point of the show is the chemistry between Tom Welling and the gorgeous Kristin Kreuk as Clark and Lana; but the most interesting character is probably the young Lex Luthor. Very cleverly scripted; long-time fans of the Superman comic book should keep an eye out for the numerous one-liners which foreshadow Clark's future. Especially Lana's 'Come on Clark, I know you're not made of steel' =)


Peanuts: Charlie Brown Christmas [DVD] [1965] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Peanuts: Charlie Brown Christmas [DVD] [1965] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic!, 20 Dec. 2003
I remember watching this when I was a kid in Boston. I think I enjoy it even more now that I'm older and can appreciate its beautiful protest against the commericialization of xmas. The soundtrack by Vince Guaraldi is also a must-have for jazz fans.


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