In spite of Mark Twain’s assertion, “There are liars, Damn Liars and then there are Statisticians,” sometimes numbers can tell and paint a very bleak and vivid picture. Current life expectancy for the average 65-year-old is twenty years; In 2008, 35 million Americans were over age 65; By 2030 85 million Americans will be over age 65, and The Fastest growing segment of the population is those over 85. In his monumental, extremely important and timely book, Alone and Invisible No More (Chelsea Green Publishing 2011), Allan S. Teel, MD, a Maine Family Practice physician with a sub-specialization in geriatrics, uses facts like the above to underly the importance of the message he conveys: The Baby Boom generation currently reaching retirement age is a “Gray Tsunami” threatening to bankrupt and swamp an already overburdened medical system unless changes are made.
National Cancer Institute (NCI) and American Cancer Society (ACS)—Criminal Indifference to Cancer Prevention and Conflicts of Interest (Xlibris Corporation 2011) by Samuel S. Epstein. MD contains startling, disturbing and important information for anyone trying to understand and make some sense of the current dysfunctional medical situation in the United States. Continue reading
In Get Up, Stand Up—Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated, And Battling The Corporate Elite, (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2011) Bruce E. Levine, a PhD clinical psychologist, doesn’t come anywhere near to living up to the over-blown, and pompous title of his well written and readable book. To Levine’s credit he gives an accurate assessment of Barack Obama before he was elected and his record which doesn’t allow for the alleged ‘Progressives’ to bemoan the fact they were lied to by now President in Corporate America, Obama.
Wild Law, exists as a frequency, an umbilical cord to the creative life force existing in all living things on Earth and in the universe, and quite possibly in every atom from the theoretical “Big Bang” to the end of eternity, a force connecting everything and everyone, and providing them with a soul In the second edition of his seminal ground-breaking book, Wild Law (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2011), Cormac Cullinan explores how one can tap into this cosmic juice and adapt laws of humankind into alignment with the natural laws of the “Great Earth Jurisprudence,” the physical laws governing all life on the planet and in the universe.
The simple plain-looking unadorned book, Raising Hell by Jamie Court (Chelsea Green Publishing Company 2010), comes as a must read for anyone interested in a guideline and toolkit for winning “Grassroots” campaigns, getting citizen ballot initiatives turned into law and for making one’s vote count and voice heard over that of the corporate lobbyist, though this reviewer has reservations about certain points raised in the book.
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Book reviews of Start-Up Nation by Dan Senor and Saul Singer (Hachette Book Group, 2009) and Spy Trade by Grant F. Smith (Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy, 2011).
In the very readable book, Start-Up Nation. Authors Dam Senor and Saul Singer paint a glowing picture of modern day Israel, how this small nation of under eight million people, and many if not most of them, first and second generation immigrants, has become one of the leading patent holders in the, with innumerable business start-ups, and many of them hugely successful. Israel itself exists as a Start-Up nation, only having come into existence in 1948.
May 5, 2011
Review of Democracy Inc.
A friend of mine recently remarked she currently views a lot of parallels with the totalitarianism she sees developing and manifesting itself in the United States with what she saw when as a young woman the Nazi took over her native Germany. This confirms this reviewers opinion that America has become a “Free Country.” One is “Free” to do what he or she is told!
Book Review of Griftopia
In 2008 Wall Street feces hit the proverbial fan and sucked out trillions of US taxpayer dollars in rescuing banks criminally responsible for creating the crisis called by some the Great Recession. Griftopia by Matt Taibbi (Spiegel & Grau 2010) connects all the dots and links the key players and their roles in this criminal conspiracy which caused the domestic and international economies to implode.
Taibbi of The Rolling Stone starts slow describing the Bubble Meister, Alan Greenspan’s, connection to the ultra extreme capitalist advocate, the mediocre novelist Ayn Rand. The book delves into the crooked deals by high government officials with close Wall Street connections which determined the winners and loser in the bailout fiasco.
Book Review: World On the Edge
The influential and integrative thinker, Lester R. Brown’s recently published new book comes with an intriguing title, World On The Edge–How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse (Norton Books 2011). Brown has published various books and received numerous awards and heads The Earth policy Institute.
In the book Animal Factory (St. Martin’s Press 2010), David Kirby, an investigative journalist, chronicles the lives of three people fighting the presence of Contained Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) who have moved into their vicinity, effectively destroying the quality of their lives and putting their health in jeopardy. The subtitle of the book reads: The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig, Dairy and Poultry Farms to Humans and the Environment. In reading the 452 page book, one quickly realizes that it is not a Looming Threat, but a clear and present danger.
Nov. 9, 2009
I was in the super market the other day and started conversing with the man repairing the ancient dairy case. It turned out that he was in town from Tucson and was actually a native of the city. I grew up there and was born in a town not far outside of Tucson. The man and I were approximately the same age (both being old fucks), and we reminisced about the old days, and deer and quail hunting where there are now track homes. Continue reading
Who would have thunk that the Nazis would have been the first to systematically explore the hazards in the environment as pertains to the development of human and animal cancers? In The Secret History of The War On Cancer (Perseus Books Group 2007) Dr Devra Davis, an Epidemiologist at the University of Pittsburgh, details what was known about cancer and when it was known.
Jesse Ventura, the former governor of Minnesota is a phenomenon unique to America politics, someone outside of the political arena who uses his renown to secure a political position of power.
In Don’t Start The Revolution Without Me, (Skyhorse Publishing 2,008) written with Dick Russell, Ventura offers insights into the American political situation that no one else is in the position to put forward.
The fast and easy to read book is a loose biography of Ventura’s life and beliefs. A native of Minneapolis, a Vietnam Navy Seal veteran, professional wrestler and radio and television talk show host, Ventura invented his own life filled with integrity, the love of his country, wife and family.
Ventura’s parents were both veterans of WWII, and growing up in the Eisenhower 50’s and Kennedy’s and Vietnam era sixties shaped his life.