Thursday, April 11, 2013

Books etc around the net

NoStarchPress has released a book on how to hack the XBox

as a protest for the way MIT and the authorities hounded Aaron Schwartz to his death.

Even though the smuggling of Libyan arms to Syria and the presence of a lot of spooks in the area was a poorly kept secret, the coverup goes on. I mean there are reports that even Hillary wasn't aware of what was going on.

But the fact that they were warned that an attack was coming is known to the gaming community, since they were given a headsup by Sean the "story" of the "spontaneous" attack of those protesting a movie was a lie that they got away with. I always wondered why vilerat told his fellow gamers goodbye, but didn't bother to warn the State Department.
Now, his mother says: He did.
He did tell them, ahead of time, he typed it into his little typewriter over there, that they were going to be attacked, ‘please they needed more security,’ and they were ignored. And I don’t appreciate everybody going to bed and going to sleep and not taking care of the guys that they put in harm’s way, one of them being my son. 
why the coverup? To get reelected...even Candy Crowley cooperated by shutting up Romney when he dared to question the fake scenerio.
And, by the way, where is the guy who made the fake porn movie who is now in jail? ACLU? Anyone?


Can the states nullify a federal law?
Nullification, a legal theory that has never been upheld by the Supreme Court, is the idea that the states can declare null and void any federal law that they deem unconstitutional. Professor Lindsay Robertson discusses the origin of the theory in the 1830′s, the constitutional questions it raises, and the ways it contributed to the Civil War. 

Discussion at OU's course on the constitution.

Fordham has some of their books for download.

One, on using technology in developmentally challenged areas, seems interesting.

another, on dance's imporance in religious studies, seems to be a bit absurd to me.

One of our African nuns once quipped to me that she hadn't had a lot of leisure time "since I became Catholic": because of the stress of Catholicism that serving the poor was more important to prayer. Come to think of it, that nun later left her active order to join a contemplative one...

However, Ruby dances with the pre teen girls at her Pentecostal church, and black churches (including those in Africa) dance with joy before the Lord spontaneously....
but alas for American Catholics it means have to put up with fat middle aged nuns doing a "Pricilla" during mass...

On the other hand, the sufis and most 4 year olds know that twirling will make you "high" and like other methods to silence the busy mind will let you feel either your ego, your subconscious, or the deity in the midst of our souls.

Foods that will win the war and how to cook them.

one of several books written during World War I on how to conserve food at Online Books.

  1--buy it with thought
  2--cook it with care
  3--serve just enough
  4--save what will keep
  5--eat what would spoil
  6--home-grown is best
It includes a lot of recipes.Like the "victory gardens" of World War II, or the frugal food storage of many of the LDS church, a lot of the "trendy" lessons of living thriftily were well known to their elders or neighbors.

a food related podcast from FLP:
Mary Roach | Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
Recorded 4/4/2013
Listen to MP3 audio

With wit and unflagging curiosity, Mary Roach has explored the posthumous human body (Stiff), ectoplasm and the afterlife (Spook), sex (Bonk), and the scientific oddities of space travel (Packing for Mars). “One of those rare writers who can tackle the most obscure unpleasantness and distill the data into a hilarious and informative package,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle, Roach probes the creepy aspects of life we all wonder about but are usually too polite to mention. Her new book Gulp is an exploration of human digestion.    
 A free sociology textbook.

more here...
Instapundit keeps talking about a revolution in college education

and lots of college courses on line, either as podcasts or on ITunesU or Youtube. and of course Khan academy.
and don't forget the Tolkien professor!

and if you have trouble sleeping: Just play one of these lovely books to bore you to sleep:

The History of England by David Hume.

Areopagitica (Version 2) by Milton, John

or try the exciting series

Conan and the Queen of the Black Coast.
Conan finally meets his match in Belit, the fierce, bloodthirsty and scantily clad pirate Queen. She also is unable to resist the huge, blue eyed, iron thewed barbarian who literally sweeps her off her feet.


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