Life After Google by George Gilder

Life After Google by George Gilder

Life After Google by George Gilder is the more broad and optimistic view of how blockchain technology could decentralize the internet bringing down the big central players like Google while also making data and the internet much more secure.

Many in the tech industry don’t see blockchain technology as being this transformative but George Gilder gives a great overview of what’s happening in this space and how he sees it as being very disruptive and transformative. Definitely one of the points of view to hear out and certainly something to watch play out in the near future.

It would be a needed and positive transformation if it were to occur. Not only would it make the current internet that was never built for security much more secure, it would also give data producers the power over their material taking it out of the hands of the big data collectors like Google, Facebook, and more. This would be a wonderful and welcomed transformation! So as usual Hit The Books, They Don’t Hit Back! 

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Sugar Alpha and Charlie Bravo by Roger and Melissa Nelson

Sugar Alpha and Charlie Bravo by Roger and Melissa Nelson

Sugar Alpha and Charlie Bravo by Roger and Melissa Nelson is a two book series about Roger Nelson’s life as a drug smuggler, iconic figure in the sport of skydiving, family man, and eventually a convicted felon. Roger wrote these books while serving his 5 year prison sentence and smuggled them out of prison where after his death, his daughter Melissa was able to finish the project and get them published. She had to fill in some gaps through interviews of people involved in Roger’s life to finish up this true story of Roger’s adventures.

I’m a skydiver that met Roger Nelson in the sport after he had served his time in prison. I had always heard bits and pieces of the story through word of mouth so I found these books to be fascinating.  They both read like good novels but are the true tales from Roger’s and Melissa’s perspective.

Roger appeared to have talents for organizing and leading smuggling efforts that made him very large amounts of money that he later poured into the skydiving business where he greatly impacted the sport by creating one of the biggest drop zones in the business and in the sport events including the World Parachute Convention that both live on today. He did serve his time and preserved his skydiving businesses only to later die at the age of 47 in a skydiving accident.

Sugar Alpha tells the tales of his smuggling years. Charlie Bravo which was published 4 year later tells the story of how the government caught up with him and all the legal maneuvering that eventually ended up with his conviction and prison sentence. This two book story is quite a true adventure so as usual, Hit The Books They Don’t Hit Back!  

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Who We Are And How We Got Here by David Reich

Who We Are And How We Got Here by David Reich

Who We Are And How We Got Here by David Reich, a Harvard genetics professor, is a fascinating overview for the lay person of the exploding field of ancient DNA studies. With the rapidly expanding genetic technology and improved techniques for extracting ancient DNA, this field has greatly added to, refined, and in some way turned upside our understanding of human history.

Much about how the different human and pre-human beings mixed, migrated, and reproduced is opening up to us through the advancement in genetics. This is fascinating science is upending many of our long-held theories about who were first people on continents, race, genealogy and more.

Much of the new innovation in genetics allowing the whole genome to be mapped in cost effective ways, is even completely reshaping some of your ideas on human history learned from early stages of genetics like mapping the mitochondrial DNA passed on solely by mothers. The science is progressing and unfolding at incredible paces.

The author does a great job of making a highly technical field accessible to the lay person in an enjoyable and exciting way. That being said, this book might still be biting more than you can chew if you are just looking for a relaxing novel to chill with. For all the rest with curiosity and an appetite for keeping up with the innovation and break throughs of modern times this is a great read so as usual, Hit The Books, They Don’t Hit Back!

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Undemocratic by Jay Sekulow

Undemocratic by Jay Sekulow

Undemocratic by Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel for the ACLJ (American Center for Law and Justice), is a critically important book for our times.   This book gives an important glimpse into the “fourth branch of government” which unlike our Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches is not spelled out in our Constitution. This “fourth branch of government” is the massive bureaucracy that is unelected and unaccountable and yet is seizing massive amounts of power. We have seen how this power has been greatly abused to silence opposing views and freedom such as with the IRS Scandal during the Obama administration. This bureaucratic abuse is a real threat to the very liberty and justice our country was formed on and our Constitution was developed to protect. Jay Sekulow is a brilliant attorney that has argued in front of the Supreme Court and is Chief Counsel of the ACLJ. The ACLJ is a very important organization with the purpose of preserving the very Liberty and Justice that set America apart from the rest of the world.

Most importantly the final chapters offer some real solutions worth considering. The chapter with simple but powerful solutions for the holding the IRS accountable was right on target. This is a very important and timely book for all Americans that love Liberty! So as usual Hit The Books, They Don’t Hit Back!

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DOCUMENTARY: The Magic Pill, 2017, Director Robert Tate

DOCUMENTARY: The Magic Pill, 2017, Director Robert Tate

The Magic Pill, is a must see documentary on nutrition for health and healing. I personally have been an extensive reader on the subject of nutrition and health for over 3 decades. There is a lot of great science and work in this area, but much is contradictory and confusing.  I have settled on what I believe to be the best science in this area after much investigation.  With this background I often read books or watch documentaries with very good information but find them to be missing crucial pieces to the puzzle.

The Magic Pill just might be the most comprehensive and accurate portrayal of the larger picture that I have found to date. In the documentary they follow numerous people with various chronic illnesses as they follow “clean diet” for two and half months based on the science presented in this documentary. The diseases include diabetes, dementia, asthma, obesity, attention deficit disorder, and even autism. The impact they demonstrated that healthy nutrition can have is nothing short of amazing.

Additionally, they examine real studies supporting this approach as well as the very flawed science the FDA used for the American food pyramid that flat out is opposite of what will create health. In fact, this flawed science not only added so much confusion to what is “healthy” nutrition, it is surely what has caused our modern explosion of obesity and diabetes in the western world. This is a great documentary worth checking out on Netflix or Amazon Prime. It might actually save your life.

 

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DOCUMENTARY: Losing Site Of Shore, 2017, Director Sarah Moshman

DOCUMENTARY: Losing Site Of Shore, 2017, Director Sarah Moshman

Losing Site Of Shore is a wonderful documentary about four women that rowed unsupported (no chase boat following) from San Francisco, CA to Australia with only two stops. One in Hawaii and one in Samoa. This trip was over 8,000 miles of rowing.

This was produced very well and grabs you to stay with the full film. This very neat group of ladies that embody the greatest things about the human spirit and our ability to accomplish amazing things. This is a very motivating and uplifting journey to take with these amazing ladies. I highly recommend you jump on Amazon Prime or Netflix and settle in for this journey about the human spirit!

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Skin In The Game by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Skin In The Game by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Skin In The Game by Nassim Nicholas Taleb is the fifth book in the authors series of books he calls Incerto.  This series is made up of the following titles; Fooled By Randomness (2001), The Black Swan (2007), The Bed Of Procustes (2010), Antifragile (2012), and Skin In The Game (2018).

Nassim is one of the brilliant minds of our time. He is a mathematician whose work has focused on problems of randomness, probability, and uncertainty. He has an incredible mind making him an incredible mathematician, scientist, and a unique philosopher extraordinaire.  He is one of my favorite authors of all time.

In Skin In The Game he continues the wonderful journey started with the Incerto series. Skin In The Game is important to understanding the world. I’ll leave you with the authors own words from Skin In The Game,

“It is not just that skin in the game is necessary for fairness, commercial efficiency, and risk management: skin the game is necessary to understand the world. First, it is bullshit identification and filtering, that is, the difference between theory and practice, cosmetic and true      expertise, and academia (in the bad sense of the word) and the real world. To emit a Yogiberism, in academia there is no difference between academia and the real world; in the real world, there is.”

I highly recommend the Incerto series be read in order even though that is not necessary. So as usual Hit The Books, They Don’t Hit Back!

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Never Split The Difference by Chris Voss with Tahl Raz

Never Split The Difference by Chris Voss with Tahl Raz

Never Split The Difference by Chris Voss with Tahl Raz is to date the best book on negotiation I have read.  As a professional that has made my living negotiating large business contracts for over 15 years I have read numerous books on negotiation including some from the world-famous Harvard University Business School group famous for negotiation. Some were better than others, but all were academic and seemed to lack real meat that I found useful in the “real world”.

I ran across this book from a friend that told me the author (Chris Voss) was a former FBI Hostage Negotiator and it peeked my interest. This book is different than other negotiation books I have read. It does get into some proven and useful negotiating tactics with great explanation and examples but most importantly it considers that negotiation takes place between two human beings and there are psychological and emotional factors that are not always rational, but very much human at play.

Consequently, I found this book to be valuable for negotiation skill building but most importantly very much on target with what my last 15 years of negotiating deals in the real world has shown me. This book hits the mark whether you are new to negotiating or a seasoned professional negotiator that is always looking to sharpen your skills. So as usual Hit The Books, They Don’t Hit Back! 

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The Big Lie by Dinesh D’Souza

The Big Lie by Dinesh D’Souza

The Big Lie by Dinesh D’Souza is a fantastic and important book. This author of many books and great documentarian has done it again with a very important book setting the record straight with well researched and supported facts.

In this digital age of misinformation were we are bombarded with millions of false messages from every type of medium possible, it’s more important than ever to get real facts to set the record straight.

D’Souza does this brilliantly.  He shows how the left will actually lie and call their opponents names such as “intolerant”, “racist”, “fascist”,  “Nazi”, “far right” and place themselves as the polar opposite on the left as the answer to the problem. However, using documented facts throughout history, even writings from those symbolizing these accusations like Hitler, Lenin, Mussolini and more, the author documents how those said to be on the far right were self-admitted leftist themselves. This is expressed in detail in their own writing and historical records of their speeches and policy making actions. They were clearly just different flavors of the left whether socialist, communist, fascist, Nazi or our modern day leftist such as democrats and progressives.

Yet the modern day leftist constantly accuses their fellow leftist as far right and try and pin their own evil reputations on their opposition. They constantly attempt to separate themselves from the real facts of who they really are and accuse their opposition of being exactly what they themselves are, thus The Big Lie.

The modern day leftist have dominated schools, media, and Hollywood in recent decades and use this to perpetuate The Big Lie like never before. This is a very important book to set the record straight. If you read just one book this year, this book is worthy of your time! A must read book for sure! So as usual Hit The Books, They Don’t Hit Back!

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Dangerous by Milo Yiannopoulos

Dangerous by Milo Yiannopoulos

Dangerous by Milo Yiannopoulos is a wonderful read by a very important figure for our current times. Milo was the Breitbart managing editor for their technology reporting division but emerged as a very important figure among youth and young adults during the Trump election.

In a time where the Progressives have dominated the media and absolutely attacked free speech in the U.S. with political correctness, Milo emerged as a very important spark to reignite free speech and liberty among college campuses where the progressives have taken over and indoctrinated the our young people in this country.

The divisive leftist progressives attack and try to ruin anyone and everyone that doesn’t hold their views. They portray themselves as tolerant and inclusive but in reality their actions show they are neither unless you hold their views. Their favorite weapon is political correctness which they use to attack and label everyone with opposing views as “intolerant”, “homophobic”, “racist”, “bigoted” and much more.

Those attacks never worked on this liberty loving, outspoken, 2nd Amendment loving character that is very intelligent and articulate all though quite flamboyant. He became a huge hit speaking on college campuses with a new generation fighting back against the tyranny and brain washing on college campuses. His support of Trump absolutely made the progressives crazy.

The leftist tried all their usual attacks on Milo with no avail. They called him homophobic, racist, and bigoted which was hilarious considering he is openly gay and quite flamboyant. He is also an immigrant, Jewish, and very openly admits he prefers black men.  He is very intelligent and very articulate when it comes to arguing the real facts and absolutely destroying the non-fact based attempts to shut people up by the left.

He led a movement across college campuses calling out the leftist tactics and lies creating a new movement for liberty among American youth. A hero for sure.  In this book he tells this story. His many YouTube videos of the college campus talks are wonderful as well. The leftist pressured publishers to drop this book even though pre sales had already put it at the top of the bestseller lists. So he self-published, and of course with the left trying to suppress it I had to buy it! So as usual Hit The Books, They Don’t Hit Back!

 

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