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« Reply #550 on: November 24, 2012, 02:02:53 PM »

You hate HST?

And just when I thought I couldn't hate you anymore....



hate I think is too strong

What is the feeling when something is overrated?  What is the word for that?  it escapes me now....

Gare I notice you react strongly to pro capitalism stances.   Are you a european socialist or something? or just a hardcore democrat from usa ?  or what?

I am a east coaster living on beach in socal and made it on the free market.  Super tall german frnech irish russian guy with blue eyes.   I think ayn rand is right except about israel. 

Where do you get your views? Any particular source?
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« Reply #551 on: November 26, 2012, 10:02:08 AM »

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« Reply #552 on: November 27, 2012, 06:32:10 PM »

So just how many books do you read at once?
that many

just finished the gods themselves.  had a pretty cool premise but for some reason asimov chose to focus on the least interesting possible aspects.  needs more splosions too
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« Reply #553 on: November 27, 2012, 09:03:35 PM »

hate I think is too strong

What is the feeling when something is overrated?  What is the word for that?  it escapes me now....

Gare I notice you react strongly to pro capitalism stances.   Are you a european socialist or something? or just a hardcore democrat from usa ?  or what?

I am a east coaster living on beach in socal and made it on the free market.  Super tall german frnech irish russian guy with blue eyes.   I think ayn rand is right except about israel. 

Where do you get your views? Any particular source?
No, I don't get my views from a particular source, but rather through reading history.

Any extreme isn't viable. Sure, capitalism does ensure innovation, because most people do things to enrich themselves rather than to better those around them. However, pure capitalism has a tendency to put great wealth in the hands of very few. It also produced sweat shops, child labor and slavery.

Communism doesn't work, as history has shown over and over, because people won't have any motivation to work harder.

As is nearly always the case, the truth lies in the middle and the devil is in the details of finding the right balance.

HST isn't a great author because of some philosophical force, he is just amazing with the English language and is one of a kind - a rare type of truth teller.
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« Reply #554 on: November 27, 2012, 09:51:04 PM »

Not a damn thing.
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« Reply #555 on: November 29, 2012, 06:31:23 AM »

Principles of Hydraulics
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The Reciprocating Pump

and just for fun: The Valve Selection Handbook
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« Reply #556 on: November 29, 2012, 09:37:26 AM »

The Signal and The Noise
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« Reply #557 on: November 29, 2012, 08:15:51 PM »

ginger star by brackett who wrote empire strikes back
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« Reply #558 on: December 06, 2012, 12:05:28 PM »

Just finished Blood Horses, by John Jeremiah Sullivan. Part memoir of his journalist father, and part an investigation into thoroughbred horse racing, especially around Kentucky. Sullivan is a super writer, so when he bounces from the '73 Belmont with Secretariat to the slaughter of 30,000 horses by retreating WWII Germans in the Crimea it is a seamless narrative. Just a really, really interesting read and a pleasure.   
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« Reply #560 on: December 07, 2012, 10:39:58 AM »

On a string of Bizarro fiction





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« Reply #561 on: December 07, 2012, 10:55:12 AM »

Just finished Blood Horses, by John Jeremiah Sullivan. Part memoir of his journalist father, and part an investigation into thoroughbred horse racing, especially around Kentucky. Sullivan is a super writer, so when he bounces from the '73 Belmont with Secretariat to the slaughter of 30,000 horses by retreating WWII Germans in the Crimea it is a seamless narrative. Just a really, really interesting read and a pleasure.   
In short, the horses are all drugged up to run when they cant anymore they are "put out to pasture to die" or slaughtered that's horse racing.
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« Reply #562 on: December 07, 2012, 02:40:30 PM »

In short, the horses are all drugged up to run when they cant anymore they are "put out to pasture to die" or slaughtered that's horse racing.
Yes, he covers that. There aren't a lot of grace notes that the owners hit.  Undecided
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« Reply #563 on: December 07, 2012, 08:39:11 PM »

On a string of Bizarro fiction




Looks cool, checking it out
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« Reply #564 on: December 08, 2012, 07:35:07 PM »

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« Reply #565 on: December 09, 2012, 12:25:28 AM »

And God Laughs by Mr. Arthur Jones
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« Reply #566 on: December 09, 2012, 04:17:47 AM »

And God Laughs by Mr. Arthur Jones

can you get it online?
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« Reply #567 on: December 09, 2012, 05:51:56 AM »

Principles of Hydraulics
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« Reply #568 on: December 09, 2012, 06:55:43 AM »

can you get it online?

here ya go... http://www.arthurjonesexercise.com/GodLaughs/GodLaughs.html

and it's a great read btw Cool
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« Reply #570 on: December 09, 2012, 04:27:48 PM »

i'm looking for more alternate history books.   Any more recommendations?  thanks!!
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« Reply #571 on: December 09, 2012, 11:05:13 PM »

Thanks for sharing garebear!  Cool

 



























Now I know what books not to read.
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« Reply #572 on: December 09, 2012, 11:49:37 PM »

i'm looking for more alternate history books.   Any more recommendations?  thanks!!

Check out Harry Turtledove's the Great War series.  The Confederacy and Union fight to a stalemate and continue to fight through WW1 and finally settle all accounts in WW2.  Awesome books.

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« Reply #573 on: December 10, 2012, 04:38:02 AM »

Thanks for sharing garebear!  Cool

 



























Now I know what books not to read.
The list is growing, my friend.

Don't paint yourself into a corner.

But, worry not, I never read comics so your collection will remain safe.
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« Reply #574 on: December 10, 2012, 02:58:27 PM »

i'm looking for more alternate history books.   Any more recommendations?  thanks!!
Lot of alternate history books deal with WWII - not sure if that is your speed. If it is, then Robert Harris' 'Fatherland' is a good place to start, or Len Deighton's SS-GB. If you like Philip Dick, check out his 'Man in the high Castle,' - it's aces. That Stephen King book about the Kennedy assassination is alternate history, if you like him. Philip Roth, who recently announced his retirement, wrote 'The Plot against America' where President Charles Lindbergh presides over America. More 'literary' would be Michael Chabon's 'The Yiddish Policemen's Union.' I guess the grandaddy of all would be Orwell's '1984,' if only for the first line: 'It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.'


 
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