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url 2016-08-16 04:56
Explaining how the right wing get their popularity by using fear
The Politics of Fear: What Right-Wing Populist Discourses Mean - Ruth Wodak

The link provide an excerpt of the book to be read online.


Interesting concept on how fear could be used as a a political tool to gain supporters. 


Does that mean most humans are not good at finding out they are being misled? Probably. 


Interesting concept. 


One of the strong reasons I support paper book and real physical bookstores. I wouldn't pick this one up if it is not being displayed in the local bookstore. 

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url 2016-08-05 05:06
An amazing, but harrowing and distressing book
The Girl Who Beat Isis: Farida's Story - Farida Khalaf

A book recommended by Richard Dawkins. 


A girl who was sold as sex slave by ISIS. 


That gets my attention.


But it would be a hard read. Persons who are not sociopaths imagine the pain and suffering of this girl and probably feel uneasy when reading this book.


Adding this to my long list of to-read pile. 

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url 2016-02-17 03:14
The Idealist puts Aaron Swartz’s legacy at the center of the copyright debate
The Idealist: Aaron Swartz and the Rise of Free Culture on the Internet - Justin Peters

Rightly so.


The pressure is so great for this young man that he killed himself.


For those who think Arron Swart was good, smart young man. The loss is too great to be ignored.  


Freedom of Information Acts is needed to protect young persons like this. 

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review 2015-09-18 03:47
A different take on the story of Jesus
Under Tiberius - Nick Tosches

The surprise part would be that I might comes to like this book.



I have already considered the Jesus of the Bible as a doomsday preacher and a con man.


Jesus didn't take a job, even when his step-father was a carpenter. 


Jesus hanged out with a lot of guys, fishers who have not much too do when it is off seasons. If there were pubs in Jesus time, it is likely that Jesus and his gangs were there all the time.


So it is not surprised that Jesus got into a scam. 


Looking forward to this. 



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url 2015-07-20 09:55
Is Hong Kong a city that doesn't read?
No City for Slow Men: Hong Kong's quirks and quandaries laid bare - Jason Y. Ng

I've met Jason last Saturday on a book fair. He talked about his book, of course. 


He also talked about books and according to his estimate, people do not read, or read less than 8 books a year.


I have heard him said it, and I have heard it from a friend as well.


Well, not me. Not the book nerds I know. 


The Chinese books, books that are not translated from other languages, are just not attractive to readers.


There are mostly travel books, and essays about feeling. Who care about the writers's feeling? 


They are like the One Direction books that made for teens. There are books buyers, but are they really books?


Reading is a habit. I like HP and Lee Child. I read John Green because he is such a nice guy. That's about it.


We need good books to keep it going. I think there are  a few books that I would like to read, but the depth is really lacking. 


It is a mismatch. 

I read non fiction because they are more interesting for me. I like Brian Greene, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Lawrence Krauss and Brian Cox. And I love Christopher Hitchens as a writer and as a speaker. Add to that are Paul Krugman, Joseph Stiglitz, Tim Harford and Nassim Nicholas Taleb on economy. There are just so many good non fiction books out there to read. 


But we read fiction for different reason, with different mindset. It is for fun.

Is reading fun? If books don't make it fun to read, is it because of the readers or because of the lack of production of good books to read? 


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