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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Tagged Book, book reviews, CIA, Cryptology, Cyberspies, Dark Net, Digital Espionage, Encryption, Gordon Corera, Hacking, MI5, MI6, NSA, Snowden, Surveillance, Suxtnet, TOR, WikiLeaks
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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Tagged 1st Amendment, Book, book review, Citizen’s United Ruling, corruption, Crime, First Amendment, Freedom Of Speech, IRS, Kimberley Strassel, Lois Lerner, Misuse Of Power, Obama Administration, The Intimidation Game
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!
The Myth Of Sex Addiction by David J. Ley
The Myth Of Sex Addiction by David J. Ley is a must read book. Due to my undergrad and graduate training in psychology I have kept an eye on the sex addiction space. In the 80’s Patrick Carnes with his book Contrary To Love is credited with the concept of “sex addiction” exploding into American consciousness. A book I had read in the 80’s. Followed by more books, more authors, and a whole sex addiction industry with certifications for therapist and treatment centers became entrenched creating an industry worth hundreds of millions of dollars. It’s such a mainstream idea it’s now a part of the American lexicon.
The Myth Of Sex Addiction is a must read counter to this industry and idea that is clearly not based on reproducible scientific study. Sure there are bad behaviors, damaging behaviors, and even behaviors that take real effort and persistence to overcome, but that is something different from addiction. Just properly defining “sex addiction” is so fraught with so many problems that the disease mongering addictionologist keep failing to successfully get “sex addiction” added to the Psychiatric DSM as a defined disorder. Additionally there are extensive cultural issues and moral biases in the area of human sexuality making it impossible to apply any uniform definition. Some behaviors here in America that would be considered behaviors indicating sex addiction would be the norm in other cultures. With a real disease such as coronary artery disease culture has no impact at all. If your arteries have blockage then they have blockage regardless of your local culture. Additionally the extensive differences in sexuality between the genders adds great difficulty in defining aberrant behavior in sex addiction. This space of proposed pathology is so filled with the risk of labeling people as addicted or diseased by agenda driven groups that it is dangerous in itself.
The author also does a tremendous job showing the unintended harm the concept of “sex addiction” causes because it implies a disease at which people can’t control themselves ultimately absolving them from personal responsibility for their own behavior.
I’m always a proponent of exploring both sides of an issue. If you entertain ideas of the disease mongering addictionologist that promote the pathologizing of human sexual behavior then you owe it to yourself to hear out the other side presented so intelligently by David Ley in The Myth Of Sex Addiction. A very important and needed book in this area. So as usual Hit The Books, They Don’t Hit Back!
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Tagged Addiction, book review, books, Contrary To Love, David J. Ley, DSM, Human Sexuality, Patrick Carnes, Psychiatry, Psychology, Sex Addiction, The Myth Of Sex Addiction
DOCUMENTARY: Hillary’s America: The Secret History Of The Democratic Party 2016 Dinesh D’Souza & Gerald Molen
Dinesh D’Souza is such a great documentarian and he does it again with Hillary’s America, just released in theaters this weekend. This is a must see for everyone. After the progressive destruction of U.S. schools, intentionally separating multiple generations from the facts of our real American History, the Democratic Party has been able to completely pull the wool over American’s eyes and continue to rob them blind. Black Americans especially should see this excellent documentary to brush up on the real American History of Black Americans.
The Democratic Party’s real history is they brought us slavery, segregation, the Ku Klux Klan, fought against women’s suffrage, fought against the 13th Amendment (abolishing slavery), and more. Not only have they effectively brushed their horrible history under the rug, they have managed to manipulate the masses into believing that it is really the Republican history even though the facts simply prove otherwise.
This documentary also dives deeply into the history of the Clinton criminal enterprise from their lawlessness, Bill’s long history of sexual abuse, to the Clinton Foundation, one of the biggest criminal scams ever portrayed on America. Most importantly exposes Hillary’s relationship with her mentor Saul Alinsky. Alinsky was actually the subject of her thesis in college. She also wrote about her Alinsky inspired plan to destroy our country by infiltrating and taking over the government to destroy it from within.
This is a must see documentary for all. It’s playing in theaters now across the nation so grab your popcorn and soda and head to the movies!
Focus by Daniel Goleman
Focus by Daniel Goleman is a book focused on an area of inquiry of great interest to me reflected by some other reviews on this site. In this age of information overload and constant distraction from constantly available streams of data through all our gadgets, it seems we are creating widespread attention deficit behavior and lack of focus.
Daniel Goleman who brought us such landmark works as Emotional Intelligence writes eloquently connecting the most current knowledge in the neurosciences to this modern day ill of constant distraction. He does so in an enjoyable and easy to read style.
One note of complete irritation is when experts in their area dabble inareas they shouldn’t. He does dabble a little in a tangent about climate change and global warming only succeeding in showing us all how this expert in his own space is completely ignorant of the science and facts in another area. They really should stick to their area of expertise. Other than that irritation it’s a worthwhile read so as usual, Hit The Books, They Don’t Hit Back!