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Book Review: Exceptional – Why the World Needs a Powerful America by Dick Cheney

It starts out quite interesting, actually. It walks the reader through history as Cheney sees it first, starting off with the founding fathers and the usual stuff about freedom and liberty, and he dwells on the relationship between the US and Europe in the second world war somewhat.

Reading through the lines you start to see the changes in attitude from what started out as good sound principles of freedom and liberty to what we see today (not sure he intended that to show through as clearly as it does). From what I deduced, it was somewhere between the end of the Vietnam war and the arrival of Carter as president the US started to become noticeably aggressive and interventionist abroad.

The book implies that Reagan was single handedly responsible for bringing down the Berlin wall with his Brandenburg speech. Not true.

It is an interesting read initially for the non-American as it offers an insight into *why* Americans think as they do.

What is disappointing in a way is how he described the principles the US was founded on and its early development (I suppose we all knew them anyway but they are well presented therein). He describes a country that anyone would want to live in.

What I see as an outsider (and occasional visitor), is how far wide of that mark and those intended standards the US has become, both with actions abroad and the influence of big media and business on the masses and the political decision making. But that happens anywhere.

I had no opinion on Cheney one way or another, so I can read his opinions without any particular bias against the guy. He seems to have a dim view of Obama, but then again, so do most Americans.

I was finding untruths and flawed thinking early on. The bloke is the neocon of neocons.

He seems scornful of any president who didn’t want to bail into any country, all guns blazing, at the drop of a hat. He thinks the Iraq war was a terrific idea. Obama and Clinton have had scorn. He seems to like the Bushes.

It started out well but then goes downhill rapidly with his train of thought……

Then it gives a scary insight into the neocon mind. Example: Indignation that Assad didn’t step down as Obama “instructed” him to do. Really!

About a third of it is taken up with quotes from other neocons to support his worldview, with some commentary in-between.

Then follows page after page of quotes from Obama with him trying to rip it to bits. The thing was, after reading Obama’s stuff, I am actually starting to like the bloke. I didn’t before.

Then he launches into the real out there stuff: Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Guantanamo, etc. were all *super* ideas and they should have gone much, much further.

He thinks Russia is still the USSR, and must be hemmed in and castrated at any cost. He has similar views of China.

Then, there is page after page of what he thinks the next president should do, which basically is rule the world and start World War 3 to do it.

It rounds off with a General Cheeseburger rant about “exceptional”, greatest country in the world, apple pie on Sunday, blah blah.

I can only say its great that this old duffer was put out to grass. If one who thinks like him gets in the White House in 2016, there will be a world war for sure.

All in all it was a disturbing journey into a disturbing mindset. After reading it, I am surer than I ever was of the need to contain American aggression around the world and de-dollarise. I came out of it – unintentionally – with a new-found fondness for some of Obama’s ideas.

Exceptional: Why the World Needs a Powerful America

Should read:

Dangerous: Why the World Doesn’t Need a Powerful America

Book Review: James Whale. Almost a Celebrity. A Lifetime of Night-Time.

Anyone interested enough to consider buying James Whale’s book will often also have their own story about him to tell. Anyone who doesn’t have a personal story, will remember his radio and TV shows up and down the country over many years, and will be a fan of the talk radio format. Back in the […]

Indian: 100 Everyday Recipes (Love Food) 9781445430423 – Book review

So you want to learn to cook Indian food?

There is a little hardback book called ‘Indian: 100 Everyday Recipes’. It has no apparent author other than ‘Love Food’ (which on the inside cover is claimed to be an ‘imprint’ of the publisher) and is published by Parragon Books. Its ISBN number is 9781445430423.

Its a small book, a mere 15cm x 12cm and 208 pages of Chinese printed garbage enclosed in a hardback with a dust jacket for some reason.

My wife picked this book up for me recently. Tonight I tried a recipe in it (against common sense screaming otherwise). Oh my god!

Here is an example: Page 46. Lamb and spinach curry for 2-4 people.

300ml of vegetable oil it says. What for two people? A third of a litre? OK, lets carry on. A quarter bunch of fresh coriander. Hmm, how big is a “bunch” when its at home? How about a weight?

We get a weight with the spinach: One kilogramme! 2lb 4oz or spinach for two people? Well, not unless they are Popeye!

To this you add 700ml of water and just 1tsp of chilli powder and a few other fractions of teaspoons of other spices.

So we have a full litre of fluid going on here, but only one teaspoon of chilli powder. How is that a “curry”? That is mildly flavoured liquid with some meat floating in it – a third of which is oil mixed with a KILO of spinach. If your stomach is the constitution of Popeye’s crossed with a Ford Fiesta engine, this may work for you. You don’t need to be Gordon Ramsay to know that for anyone of a normal constitution, this is a recipe for a Gaviscon dessert.

Leafing through the book reveals similar recipes where the weights and measures were guessed by primary school kids rather than diligently noted by an experienced chef.

There is a reason this book is only a fiver; because it ain’t no good. Buy something else instead. Something written by a chef and not translated by dyslexic people on April Fools Day.

Save yourself a trip to the shops and just put the £5 note straight into your paper recycling bin. The end result will be the same.

Just Released Dyson DC07 Workshop Manual Shows DIY Enthusiasts How To Fix Their Dyson Vacuum Cleaner at Home

Aberdeen, Scotland December 06, 2011

The specialist Dyson vacuum cleaner engineer Angus Black has used his own experience – spanning almost thirty years – to create a fully illustrated workshop and service manual for the Dyson DC07 available to all DIY Dyson enthusiasts, while shattering the myths that suggested Dysons were too complicated for the practically-inclined layman to work on.

The specialist Dyson vacuum cleaner engineer Angus Black has used his own experience – spanning almost thirty years – to create a fully illustrated workshop and service manual for the Dyson DC07 available to all DIY Dyson enthusiasts, while shattering the myths that suggested Dysons were too complicated for the practically-inclined layman to work on.

The tongue-in-cheek cover, which features a sexy blonde in a tight white t-shirt, hard hat and torn jeans, standing amongst several Dyson DC07’s, has already caused some controversy among feminist groups and made the book’s sales jump, thanks to the unsought publicity.

“The author has created something which genuinely offers the ‘inside scoop.’ It is an absolute must-read for anyone seeking a DC07 maintenance guide,” wrote David Myers, a technician at Manchester Vacs, an independent Dyson specialist.

The author, Angus Black, shares little-known trade secrets about the Dyson DC07, together with where to source special Dyson trade-only tools. He claims that each of us throws away over three tonnes of broken electrical appliances during the course of our lives. Repairing and extending the life of your Dyson is green. It’s a small cog in the large machine that is our future sustainability.

The book corrects common misperceptions and enlightens people about Dyson DC07 maintenance and repairs. All the most popular repairs are explored with candour and common sense. There are many illustrations throughout the book, and best of all is the comprehensive DC07 motor replacement guide.

The final chapters offer practical advice on sourcing parts and machines. Why parts from eBay might not be as good a deal as you imagine and access to on-line resources like video how-to guides and specialist trade-only Dyson sites.

Black also gives his readers access to a global internet advice forum for Dyson enthusiasts and repairers. Its many hundreds of active members, expert advisors and experienced contributors from the US, Australia, Canada, South Africa and the UK, can advise on any relevant issues that are not covered in the book.

The “Unofficial Dyson DC07 Workshop Manual – All you need to know to perform any DIY repair to your Dyson DC07” is already being referred to as the “bible” on the Dyson DC07. It is now available from http://www.DysonWorkshopManuals.com and at major bookshops and e-retailers. ISBN 978-0-9556874-1-9
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Dyson DC07 Maintenance Guide – Service Book – Workshop Manual

Are you looking for a Dyson DC07 workshop manual? Until recently, nobody had published a DC07 service book – now they have. The Unofficial Dyson DC07 Workshop Manual is available only in paperback – there is no “e-book”.

The author, Angus Black, shares his own thirty years of experience repairing vacuum cleaners. He shares little-known trade secrets about the Dyson DC07, together with where to source trade-only tools.

“The author has created something which genuinely offers the ‘inside scoop.’ It is an absolute must-read for anyone seeking a DC07 maintenance guide,” wrote David Myers, a technician at Manchester Vacs, an independent Dyson specialist.

For anyone seeking a DC07 service manual, there is really only one choice.

The book corrects common misperceptions and enlightens people about Dyson DC07 maintenance and repairs. All the most popular repairs are explored with candor and common sense. There are many illustrations throughout the book, and best of all is the comprehensive DC07 motor replacement guide.

UK and American model Dyson DC07’s are catered for, with differences between the models highlighted throughout.

The final chapters offer practical advice on sourcing parts and machines. Why parts from eBay might not be as good a deal as you imagine and access to on-line resources like video how-to guides and specialist Dyson sites.

The Unofficial Dyson DC07 Workshop Manual is available anywhere in the world direct from this page: Dyson DC07 Workshop Manual

Privacy Wisdom by Info-Assist Ltd Wanted.

Do you have a copy of “Privacy Wisdom” published by “Info-Assist Ltd” lying around?

In some places it is listed as being authored by “Chris Callow” and it is now out of print.

It was part of a series of books entitled “Up the System!” published in the mid 1990’s.

It will be A4 in size with a yellow cover.

Russische vrouwen Gids

Just-vrijgegeven “Russische Bride” is een complete cursus voor elk huwelijk-minded man die wil vinden, elkaar ontmoeten, rechtbank en trouwen met de perfecte Russische bruid. De man en vrouw team van Olga Maslova, een Russisch psycholoog, en het Engels auteur Stuart J. Smith gebruik van hun eigen ervaring van een succesvol cross-culturele romantiek om de waarheid over Russische vrouwen beschikbaar zijn voor allen die streven naar Russisch stuurlieden, terwijl breukpatroon de mythen over “e-mail-order bruiden”.

La Guía de Novia ruso

Sólo a publicar “Guía de Novia Rusa” es un curso completo de cualquier matrimoniocon mentalidad hombre que quiere encontrar, conocer, corte y casarse con la novia perfecta ruso. El marido y la esposa Olga Maslova de equipo, un psicólogo ruso, Inglés y Stuart J. Smith autor utiliza su propia experiencia de un buen romance entre las culturas para que la verdad sobre las mujeres rusas a disposición de todos los que buscan compañeros de Rusia,al tiempo que destruyen los mitos acerca de “novias por correo”.

La Sposa russo Guida

Just-liberati “Russo Guida Sposa” è un corso completo di ogni matrimonio, l’uomo di spirito, che vuole trovare, incontrare, corte e sposare la sposa perfetta russo. Il marito e moglie squadra di Olga Maslova, uno psicologo russo, inglese e autore di Stuart J. Smith utilizzato la propria esperienza di successo di un cross-culturale romanticismo a rendere la verità su donne russe a disposizione di tutti i compagni che cercano il russo, mentre la rottura i miti di “fine-mail spose”.

femme de l’ancienne Union soviétique

Just-libéré “Russian Bride Guide» est un cours complet pour tout mariage, l’homme d’esprit, qui veut trouver, rencontrer, se marier et de la cour de Russie parfaite épouse. Le mari et la femme de l’équipe d’Olga Maslova, un psychologue russe, l’auteur et de l’anglais Stuart J. Smith ont utilisé leur propre expérience de la réussite de cross-cultural romance à la vérité sur les femmes russes à la disposition de tous ceux qui cherchent de Russie copains, tout en brisant les mythes sur les “fiancées”.


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