Documentary: Sour Grapes (2016) directed by Reuben Atlas & Jerry Rothwell
Sour Grapes (2016) directed by Reuben Atlas & Jerry Rothwell is a very interesting look into the world of fine and rare wines and how a con man bilked tens of millions maybe even over $100 million from the wealthy with counterfeit wines.
Most wine lovers would find this documentary very interesting. It gives you a glimpse into the very highest echelon of wine collectors. The kind that buy rare wines for $20,000 a bottle. This documentary also gives you a very fascinating glimpse into how easily many were swindled with counterfeit wine. One French wine maker even showed up at one of the big American auctions to call them out on it himself. This wine maker jotted around the world to try and track down the counterfeiters.
To me one of the more interesting pieces in this documentary was how clearly the victims at some level wanted to believe, making it possible and even easy for the fishy character behind the con to pull it all off. An unbelievable true crime story that all wine lovers will surely enjoy but also be terrified by. So hit the Netflix, Hulu, or Prime and enjoy!
Killing Patton by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard
Killing Patton by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard is my favorite of the O’Reilly “Killing” series I have read to date. The authors tell the story of this important historical figure’s professional life in a manner that was a pleasure to read.
Patton was clearly a great leader that liked to win and did what it took to win. He was loved by many, hated by some, and feared by many in power. He was a key figure in America’s success in World War II and clearly saw the future past the war that many ignored, especially as it pertains to Russia and the Cold War that followed WWII.
This was a guy that did not buy into to Political Correctness and was probably killed for it. This book doesn’t dive into any conspiracy theories surrounding his death, but certainly touches on the facts surrounding his very fishy death. A very interesting leader, the kind America so badly craves today.
The story of Patton’s life also teaches the important lesson of how dangerous it can be to threaten those in power with the truth, in his case it most likely cost him his life. This book brings this important figure in American history to today’s readers. This book is certainly worth your reading time. So as usual Hit The Books, They Don’t Hit Back!
Thomas Jefferson And The Tripoli Pirates by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yeager
Thomas Jefferson And The Tripoli Pirates by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yeager brings to light a very instructive and important part of American History that is forgotten or unknown by many Americans
Jefferson formed our U.S. Navy to deal with the problem of Tripoli Pirates taking American ships and sailors off the coast of North Africa. These Americans were embarking on trade routes where the Tripoli Pirates would ambush them, steal their ships and cargo, and place them into slavery. This was America’s very first run in with Islam, and ideology completely incompatible with western values. A lesson we still have not learned. American strength through force was the only solution to the problem back then. A lesson we should have learned when dealing with a savage ideology of hate, Islam, that is completely incompatible with western values but today hides behind the label of “religion”.
The authors present an easy and enjoyable recount of this important and instructive part of our history. It’s written at a level all ages would easily follow. History is so important so we learn previously learned lessons in order not to repeat earlier mistakes over and over. This book is a good modern telling of this important part of American history bringing it to today’s generations.
One interesting note is many in the liberal press will in their defense of Islam, say that Thomas Jefferson had a Koran on his book shelf. He indeed did but it was his handwritten note on the inside cover that they tend to leave out of their recount of this fact. Basically his note was a warning to read and understand Islam as he did in order to understand this ideology of hate we are dealing with.
So as usual Hit The Books, They Don’t Hit Back!
Cyberspies by Gordon Corera
Cyberspies by Gordon Corera is a very well done and objective overview of the history of surveillance and digital espionage from cracking codes in the early wars up to very recent events like WikiLeaks, Snowden, and Apple’s standoff with the U.S. Government over encryption. This book was not meant to be a comprehensive history at all but takes you through time very intelligently to give you the evolution of this area. The author then gets into great objective discussion about the modern day issues and of course addressing the big one of security vs. privacy.
I have an interest in this area and have read numerous books on the subject. This is certainly one of the good ones and is particularly good for those with an interest in exposing yourself to the issue or keeping up with them without reading numerous books on the topic. It’s up to date, well written and objective.
In this day and age much writing is from a biased or agenda driven point of view even when authors pretend to be objective. This book was refreshing in its objectivity. I highly recommend this book. So as usual Hit The Books, They Don’t Hit Back!
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DOCUMENTARY: Obsolete (2016) mini documentary by Aaron & Melissa Dykes
Obsolete is a provocative and interesting documentary predicting humans will quickly lose their value as workers due to the rapid advancements in robotic, computing, and artificial intelligence technology. Then as an unneeded labor force they become nothing more than expensive liabilities that need to be fed.
This documentary explores the topic nicely and also moving into to what the “elites”, New World Order types, and governments might do in this situation such as universal income, population control, and more. None of which have good outcomes. They paint quite a dire picture of this possible near future reality. A documentary all should see and think about. This documentary can be seen commercial free for a very small rental at Amazon Prime or for free with ads on Amazon.com. Check it out!
DOCUMENTARY: Zero Days 2016 Alex Gibney
Zero Days is a fascinating documentary about cyber warfare in the 21st century. Many watching this will think it’s a documentary about the Suxnet worm used to destroy Iranian nuclear centrifuges. It in fact does tell the detailed and interesting story of this worm which of course is more complex than what was shared about it in the press. However, by the second half of the documentary they do a great job examining the much broader and more important ramifications of unleashing devastating types of cyber warfare that can in turn be used against us too. In fact they explore how there were multiple generations of this worm used before the last one was detected through a mishap by an ally. The consequences of the detection include putting this devastating code in the hands of our adversaries for them to study, modify, and potentially use against us.
This is an interesting and thought provoking documentary very much worth your time!
The Intimidation Game by Kimberley Strassel
The Intimidation Game by Kimberley Strassel from The Wall Street Journal is a very timely and important read. She covers in great detail how the progressives have used the many arms of government to silence free speech and destroy our 1st Amendment freedoms. There is a well demonstrated pattern of the hijack and use of government to destroy people exercising their right to free speech unless they fall in line with their accepted ideology.
The author dives into this administrations misuse of the IRS to silence their opposition. This was very hard to read since the details keep you in an ever increasing state of anger. She also goes way beyond the misuse of the IRS as a weapon to other ways the government power has been hijacked and used to silence free speech including the ever important Citizens United ruling which is often painted as a win for transparent government. This is of course opposite of the truth which the author illustrates in great detail.
If you care about our most important freedom protected by the 1st Amendment and are sick of the absolute corruption and tyranny destroying this great country, this is a must read! So as usual Hit The Books, They Don’t Hit Back!
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Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom
Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom is a key work exploring artificial intelligence. Many including Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking, have publicly expressed their concerns that artificial intelligence could cause the extinction of man. The threshold of great concern is when artificial intelligence software can write and correct software as well as learn. It is believed once such thresholds are crossed it will be able to reason and protect itself by planting code all over the world via networks while hiding its actions and motivations. At that point it “can’t be unplugged” and could get exponentially smarter than humans maybe even deciding humans are its biggest enemy i.e. “The Terminator Scenario”. This is a complex area being widely written about these days since artificial intelligence and machine learning are progressing at lightning speeds.
This particular book is somewhat technical looking at different strategies that might be taken in artificial intelligence development to prevent bad outcomes and loss of control. None of the strategies give me great confidence we can in fact contain what could be the development of our very own downfall. Fascinating topic and one of great importance whether we realize it not since we are charging down path. This one is on the technical side so if this is a topic you want to explore at the more macro level you might start with other books on the topic and work your way up to this one. A great one to start with is Our Final Invention by James Barat which I reviewed on this site back in May 2014 https://marksbookreviews.wordpress.com/2014/05/20/our-final-invention-by-james-barrat/ .
So as usual Hit The Books, They Don’t Hit Back!
DOCUMENTARY: Clinton Cash
Clinton Cash 2016 Director M.A. Taylor is a must see documentary for everyone before getting in the booth and pulling a lever in November! This documentary is based on Peter Schweizer’s bestselling book documenting in detail how the Clinton’s have used their public positions of power to sell their influence to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. In many cases to foreign powers that are not friends of American and even in some cases outright enemies.
One detailed example is how Hillary used her position as Secretary of State to sign off on a deal selling the rights to 20% of American uranium mining rights on U.S. soil to a front company for Putin/Russia while pocketing over $100 million in the Clinton Foundation from those in the front organization that benefitted from the deal. THEY SOLD AMERICA OUT TO OUR ENEMIES!
They also demonstrate how the Clinton Foundation is not a very charitable “charity”. Great example of that claim is how the Clinton Foundation raised millions of dollars for Haiti after it was devastated by the earthquake and yet only 10% of the money made it to Haiti. The money that did make it to Haiti benefited the people that gave the foundation the money by getting business projects done that weren’t even in the earthquake damaged regions of the country.
The Clinton’s are the worst kind of treasonous criminals, selling out America while profiting personally in massive amounts. This documentary clearly documents the facts that point to the Clinton’s deserving nothing but a life in prison!
This documentary can be seen right now in its entirety for free on YouTube so take a good look at the truth behind the biggest crime family in America!