Garrett Martin

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Sass for Web Designers
Sass for Web Designers
Sass for Web Designers by Dan Cederholm. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the css category.
Learn Ruby on Rails: Book One
Learn Ruby on Rails: Book One
Learn Ruby on Rails: Book One by Daniel Kehoe. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 100 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the ruby on rails category.
Confucius: The Analects (Chinese Binding)
Confucius: The Analects (Chinese Binding)
Confucius: The Analects (Chinese Binding) by Confucius. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 22 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
A Dog-Gone Story
A Dog-Gone Story
A Dog-Gone Story by m l jones. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Night Music
Night Music
Night Music by Jojo Moyes, Clare Corbett, et al.. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 435 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
L'Insoumis (Thrillers) (French Edition)
L'Insoumis (Thrillers) (French Edition)
L'Insoumis (Thrillers) (French Edition) by John Grisham and JC Lattes. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 73 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Do You Know the Bible?: Part 1
Do You Know the Bible?: Part 1
Do You Know the Bible?: Part 1 by unknown. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Blood and Smoke
Blood and Smoke
Blood and Smoke by Stephen King and Simon & Schuster Audio. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 84 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Java 9 Data Structures and Algorithms
Java 9 Data Structures and Algorithms
Java 9 Data Structures and Algorithms by Debasish Ray Chawdhuri. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Enterprise Java Programming with IBM WebSphere
Enterprise Java Programming with IBM WebSphere
Enterprise Java Programming with IBM WebSphere by Kyle Brown , Jamie Niswonger, et al.. Rated 2.9 out of 5 stars, with 14 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Writing Idiomatic Python 3
Writing Idiomatic Python 3
Writing Idiomatic Python 3 by Jeff Knupp. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 28 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
PHP and MySQL LiveLessons (Video Training)
PHP and MySQL LiveLessons (Video Training)
PHP and MySQL LiveLessons (Video Training) by Marc Wandschneider. Rated 2.4 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Official Rules of Card Games
Official Rules of Card Games
Official Rules of Card Games by Albert H. Morehead. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 24 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Julia programming category.
The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age
The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age
Few Americans appreciate the extraordinary scope and depth of philanthropy in our country. In 2015, the most recent year for which reliable estimates are available, Americans contributed a total of $373 billion to what is loosely called “charity.” That amounts to 2% of the nation’s GDP of just under $18 trillion that year—a proportion that has remained steady for at least seven decades.

Where does all the money come from?

Although most people imagine that the lion’s share of this money comes from charitable foundations and corporations, the reality is different. Combined, institutional sources accounted for just 21%. Living individual donors kicked in 71%, or nearly $265 billion. 90% of US households contribute on an annual basis; their total contributions average about $1,500 per household. In other words, the six, seven, and eight-figure gifts that are associated with philanthropy in the popular imagination represent only a fraction of the country’s total giving. That slice of the charitable pie is the subject of David Callahan’s heavily researched new book, The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age. Callahan goes out of his way to note that contributions by mega-donors “constitute less than a quarter of all annual charitable giving.”

Who are the mega-donors?

Callahan’s focus is a tiny fraction of 1% of the American population, mostly the increasing number of philanthropists among the nation’s more than 500 billionaires. His thesis is straightforward: “we face a future in which private donors—who are accountable to no one—may often wield more influence than elected public officials, who (in theory, at least, anyway) are accountable to all of us. This power shift is one of the biggest stories of our time.” However, Callahan’s study deals only with living individual major donors and, in some cases, the foundations they’ve established as vehicles for their giving. By “major donors,” he refers principally to gifts of eight or nine figures (tens or hundreds of millions of dollars). Callahan perceives a big risk in that the power that accrues to these mega-donors “will further push ordinary Americans to the margins of civic life in an unequal era when so many people already feel shoved aside by elites and the wealthy.” Pointing to the tens of trillions of dollars that will change hands from Baby Boomers to their descendants in the coming years, Callahan writes, “For all the philanthropy we’ve seen in recent years, it’s nothing compared to what lies ahead.”

Many of the men and women Callahan profiles in detail have earned their money in either high-tech or finance. These fields account for most of the new wave of philanthropists that has emerged in the last two decades. And there is no reason to believe that either Silicon Valley or Wall Street will suddenly stop producing prodigious wealth in the years ahead.

The mega-donors profiled by Callahan lack diversity to a surprising degree. Not only are they “almost entirely white,” a disproportionate number of the givers are Jewish, practically no Latino names appeared, and I didn’t encounter a single Chinese or Indian name in the book.

Are mega-donors all “conservative?”

The author cites a few statistics about economic inequality in passing, but The Givers is no left-wing screed against what Theodore Roosevelt termed “malefactors of great wealth.” Callahan’s treatment of the billionaires and multimillionaires whose giving he cites in his book is even-handed. Though I’m sure critics on the Right will object to his thesis, they will discover it’s difficult to find fault with his many detailed descriptions of the mega-donors and their philanthropic practices. He is careful to balance every account of attempts by Right-Wing donors such as the Koch Brothers to sway public policy or change the terms of debate with similar efforts by George Soros and other liberals. However, what Callahan makes clear is that libertarians and so-called conservatives have lavished far more money, and far more effectively, on their pet causes and institutions than have those who oppose them on the Left—and they’ve been doing it for many decades longer. It also becomes clear in The Givers that not all mega-donors can be pigeonholed as either liberal or conservative—in fact, a great many of them straddle the ideological divide, to judge from the pattern of their giving.

Will mega-donors run out of money?

Callahan makes abundantly clear what any large donor would be likely to say: it’s difficult to give away large sums of money. “Take Bill Gates and Warren Buffett,” he notes. Despite the billions of dollars both men have funneled into philanthropic projects, “both have gotten much richer over the past decade. Buffett added $25 billion to his fortune between 2005 and 2015. Gates added even more, pushing his net worth to nearly $80 billion. [It’s closer to $90 billion now.] And these fortunes may rise even further” as their shares in Microsoft and Berkshire-Hathaway continue to rise in value and their other investments yield additional returns. Gates and Buffett are by no means alone: “Larry Ellison added $40 billion to his wealth between 2005 and 2015, Jeff Bezos added $42 billion,” and so forth. In fact, nearly every one of the billionaires Callahan profiles in The Givers has grown richer even while giving away staggering sums of money.

Bill and Melinda Gates have stipulated that their foundation is to give away all its assets in the 20 years following their deaths. But how could anyone possibly distribute with any pretense of judiciousness in just 20 years the estimated minimum of $150 billion the Gates Foundation will then be worth? (That figure includes the Foundation’s $39 billion, Gates’ $87 billion, and the $30 billion pledged by Warren Buffett.) Ask anyone who works in the field of philanthropy: it is not reasonable to expect that any foundation staff, no matter how gifted and efficient, could give away that much money in so short a time. The Foundation now grants just $4 billion annually. Perhaps they’ll decide to buy a small country or two.

Is philanthropy good for America?

Callahan emphasizes the efforts by many ultra-wealthy donors to influence public policy directly through political contributions and to sway public opinion through lavish support of think tanks such as the Heritage Foundation, the Cato Institute, and the American Enterprise Institute on the Right and the Center for American Progress and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities on the Left. Both George Soros and the Koch Brothers are well known to be among these donors, but there are dozens of others who contribute enormous sums in similar ways, some of them well known, others who fly under the radar. Although Callahan scrupulously notes the efforts on both sides of the political divide, he writes that “there’s no denying that wealthy donors are far more likely to align themselves with think tanks that side with corporations and Wall Street in policy fights.” The difference in impact is clear: Heritage, Cato, and AEI dwarf nearly all their liberal counterparts, and they’ve been in business decades longer than the leading progressive think tank, the Center for American Progress, which was established only in 2003.

Many of the donors profiled in The Givers have concentrated their contributions in specific areas. In education, many millions of dollars have gone to support charter schools—and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is credited with the adoption of the Common Core, almost single-handedly. In health care, progressive donors played a large role in bringing about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), while their counterparts on the Right are bankrolling the effort to repeal it. Callahan cites numerous examples of donors whose intervention into the realm of public policy has been decisive. And other donors have imposed their views on the curriculum at colleges and universities to which they’ve given large gifts.

Is all this good? Callahan wonders whether it is (as do I). While it’s difficult to dispute that there is value in philanthropic contributions to the public welfare, “philanthropy now acts as a driver of the growing divide in America in who gets heard in the public square—along with who sets the agenda—both nationally and locally. Giving by the wealthy is amplifying their voice at the expense of ordinary citizens, complementing other tools of upper-class dominance.”

What is to be done?

In an Epilogue, Callahan offers several recommendations to fix the flaws in America’s philanthropic environment:

“Given the politicization of nonprofits over the past half century, it’s time to rethink which groups really should qualify for tax-exempt status.” Callahan opts for drawing a sharper distinction between tax-exempt 501(c)(3) and non-tax-exempt 501(c)(4) nonprofits, which would obviously entail reclassifying some that are now exempt from taxes into the latter category. Perhaps those that meddle in politics should be paying taxes.
“Private foundations already pay a 2 percent federal excise tax on their annual investment income that generates more than $500 million a year in revenue. The tax is supposed to cover the costs of IRS oversight of charities,” but it’s been spent elsewhere since the 1990s. The money should be rededicated to serve the purpose it was intended to serve.
Callahan also advocates the establishment of “a new U.S. federal office of charitable affairs” which he foresees as a vehicle “to analyze the benefits of charitable giving as well as the sector’s performance.” (Fat chance with a Republican Congress, no?)
“There is a strong case that foundation boards should, as a norm, include outsiders—as opposed to just being composed of family members or other insiders.” To that I say, Amen.
Callahan observes, as others have been noting since the 1970s, that “[t]oo many charitable dollars go to elite institutions that mainly cater to the affluent; too few go to alleviating poverty or fighting injustice,” all of which is indisputably true. But Callahan doesn’t see any easy way to remedy this situation.
In the final analysis, Callahan sees the lack of government resources as a major source of the danger posed by the continuing growth in the influence of the ultra-wealthy through philanthropy. Donors are supplanting government. “One path forward,” he writes, “is reducing tax breaks for mortgages, health insurance, and retirement savings that mainly benefit the affluent.” In the current political environment, this one is just about as likely to be implemented as that new office of charitable affairs.

David Callahan has performed a valuable service by spotlighting the often-hidden role of a small number of extremely wealthy individuals who are using philanthropy to gain more and more say over the destiny of American society.

About the author

David Callahan founded and edits the online magazine Inside Philanthropy in 2013. He had previously co-founded the liberal New York think tank, Demos. The Givers is his ninth book.
Your Next 5 Moves: Master the Art of Business Strategy
Your Next 5 Moves: Master the Art of Business Strategy
Your Next 5 Moves: Master the Art of Business Strategy by Patrick Bet-David and Simon & Schuster Audio. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Jeff Bezos" category.
Photo Oprah Winfrey Autograph Signed 8 x 10
Photo Oprah Winfrey Autograph Signed 8 x 10
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Henry Ford: An American Icon (Titans of Fortune)
Henry Ford: An American Icon (Titans of Fortune)
The old adage, "You get what you pay for," could easily use this biography of Henry Ford as an explicit example. I read the enitre thing, the section dedicated to the life of Ford, in less than an hour. That part of the book constituted approximately seventy-five percent of its content. The remainder, page after page of references and alternative sources of more information on Henry Ford, made up the remaining twenty-five percent.
Perhaps I wasn't observent enough when I purchsed my Kindle edition. Somewhere in the description it may have said that this "book" was the sparest of outlines. My intent was to settle in for a good long, in-depth read about an exceptional man in the history of the automobile industry. Instead of a four-course meal for the mind, I got a glimpse at the menu, without even being seated.
My Life and Work by Henry Ford: Fintan Books
My Life and Work by Henry Ford: Fintan Books
Few men have ever accomplished as much as Henry Ford did. His autobiography My Life and Work tells his early story in his own words.

Ford has been called many things, brilliant, eccentric, stupid, bigoted, stubborn, and more. The reader may find that he had many parts to make up his whole.

Ford explains why he created a car and then did not change it for many, many years. At the time he wrote My Life and Work, the Model T was still popular.

If you are studying business, you simply must read this book. It will give you a different perspective of how to run a business. Ford’s idea of paying higher wages was radical at the time. Today, it is a simple fact of life. If you want to keep good people, you have to pay them a fair wage.

My Life and Work was written pre-World War II. Many things have changed since then. This gives the reader a peek at what life was like “Between the Wars”.

For what it was meant to be, we give My Life and Work all five stars. Ford wrote this more to be an explanation of who he was than for anything else. We believe he hoped to some way validate himself to the American people.

There are many different versions of My Life and Work available on Kindle. Some are illustrated, some are not. They range in prices.

We were sent a complimentary copy of this book via a KDP promotion. Actually, we were sent three different versions of the book over the years. We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.

We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
Time For Kids: Henry Ford (Time For Kids Biographies)
Time For Kids: Henry Ford (Time For Kids Biographies)
My seven year old read this for our homeschooling curriculum this year in order to add some nonfiction into his reading time. He thoroughly enjoyed this book and learning about Henry Ford. My son wants to be a mechanical engineer when he grows up so this book was a big hit for him. He loved all of the pictures and the book was well laid out for his interest level. He read other biographies on Christopher Columbus and Walt Disney from other publishers but he liked this version of biography much better due to the color pictures and layout of the book. It was easy for him to read but still informative and on grade level for him. I would definitely recommend this little book. Happy reading!!
QUILTS From The Henry Ford (Fons & Porter)
QUILTS From The Henry Ford (Fons & Porter)
I purchased this book as a gift for my mother, who is a quilter, and she was really impressed with the content and layout of the book. It contains pictures, obviously, but also quilt patterns and history. Great gift for any quilter.
Man On The Street Vol 2-BOB DYLAN
Man On The Street Vol 2-BOB DYLAN
I ordered this box set from Rare Waves via Amazon after Xmas because things go missing at Xmas in the post. So I ordered it and they said it would be with on the 6/1/20. I contacted them on the 9/1/20 when it hadn't arrived and within an hour they had replied saying , no problem, we'll put another one in the post which has now duly arrived. I don't know who Rare Waves are, big or small retailer, but they put some of the really big ones to shame with their customer service. My go to supplier from now on. Oh, Dylan's good too but as many people have said you may have most of these on bootlegs but the sound is better. Still nice package, good illustrated card sleeves and all at a bargain price. Some of these I paid an arm and a leg for as bootlegs. Go ahead, treat yourself.
Rolling Stone Bob Dylan: The Complete Album Guide
Rolling Stone Bob Dylan: The Complete Album Guide
Rolling Stone Bob Dylan: The Complete Album Guide by Rolling Stone - 2017-11-10 SIP and Meredith. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'bob dylan' category.
Timetec Hynix 16GB KIT (2x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz PC4-21300 Unbuffered ECC 1.2V CL19 1Rx8 Single Rank 260 Pin UDIMM undefined Memory RAM Module Upgrade (16GB KIT (2x8GB))
Timetec Hynix 16GB KIT (2x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz PC4-21300 Unbuffered ECC 1.2V CL19 1Rx8 Single Rank 260 Pin UDIMM undefined Memory RAM Module Upgrade (16GB KIT (2x8GB))
My original order contained one bad DIMM -- which I only discovered after debugging randoms hangs for a bit. I RMAed it for a second pair, and that pair works fine, and passess all the RAM tests. So my only recommendation would be to test this RAM thoroughly before putting it to use since it seems that some percentage of these DIMMs are bad.

Running this at 2400MHz in an Intel C3853 Atom system (ECC setup). Seems to meet those needs. No complaints once I got a good set.
Reading Koine Greek: An Introduction and Integrated Workbook
Reading Koine Greek: An Introduction and Integrated Workbook
I have been reading Greek for 35 years, but I always add to my library new grammars (even first-year grammars) because I enjoy Greek so much. (I first learned with Goetchius, then reviewed with Mounce which was far better.) If you too love NT Greek, you will enjoy this grammar as well. Sadly, Decker passed to his eternal reward this summer, May 25, 2014, at age 61.

Most first-year Greek students are assigned a textbook by their professor, probably Bill Mounce, Stanley Porter, or David Alan Black. (Perhaps Machen, Summers, etc., are still used by some.) I would recommend Decker's Reading Koine Greek as a great alternative. If you are attempting to renew your Greek abilities from classes long ago, this is an outstanding place to start. But Mounce has the advantage of video lectures to help you if you want that.

First, this grammar is 667 pages long. Decker includes (1) a more extensive explanation of the material than Mounce, which is helpful if you don't have a teacher to explain it; (2) a more informed discussion of linguistics, including supplemental materials and sidebars that are very helpful (quotes by Silva, etc.); and (3) an integrated "workbook," (but this is rather thin). A supplemental workbook would be far better.

Second, Decker is a well-respected scholar with advanced publications on Greek verbal aspect, perhaps second only to Porter for those who have published beginning grammars. Decker advocates for three aspects: Perfective, (aorist tense-form); Imperfective, (present and imperfect tense-form); Stative, (perfect and pluperfect tense-form). He substantially agrees with Porter and Constantine Campbell (although Campbell does not view the stative as an aspect). The understanding of Greek aspect is widely debated by scholars with publications by McKay, Porter, Fanning, Decker, Black, et al. I believe it is important to include verbal aspect in first-year classes so that a student's misunderstanding does not need to be corrected in 2nd year classes. Not much is included by Decker regarding Aktionsart, because that is a 2nd year topic. So his book's length is not because of the inclusion of a lot of second-year material.

Third, the number of vocabulary words is less than other grammars, far less than Porter's. But Decker does a better job than all others because he includes extended definitions with the vocabulary (more than a BDAG-type definition), rather than a 1-2 word gloss. So we begin by learning vocabulary with greater depth. (The word "Logos" has a range of meaning far greater than "word.")

Fourth, the book is linguistically informed. The older grammars are really out of date because they could not include the advances in linguistic studies during the past 35 years (since the Porter, Fanning publications). This grammar, like Porter's, understands that linguistics is important.

Fifth, it has great appendixes, including reference charts (as all have). But it also has its glossary with extended definitions and explanations, and a helpful participle chart.

Sixth, we study verses from the LXX, so this is a Koine Greek grammar, not just a NT grammar. Students will enjoy working with the Greek of the Old Testament as they learn. What a great idea.

Seventh, I hope someone is working on a companion workbook with extended exercises. The exercises in this text are helpful, but too few.

Conclusion. Sadly, not everyone sees the value of NT Greek since we have so many great exegetical commentaries available. But if you like eating what you kill, your understanding of NT Greek will greatly benefit with this book. If you are really interested in studying Koine Greek, you will not be disappointed. And if you agree that an understanding of NT Greek is priceless, then do not hesitate to purchase this book. Instructors in first-year Greek may choose a different grammar for you, but you will be fortunate if your instructor chooses this one. If Greek is going to be important to you, then use this to supplement any other grammar you are using.
The Pride of The Yankees
The Pride of The Yankees
Few of baseball's stories have the power of PRIDE OF THE YANKEES, the story of the son of immigrants making a permanent mark on the institution of baseball and sports, in general.This film is a tear-jerker and full pf good-natured humor. It is an entertaining production filled with fine acting performances. To say it is a classic American cinema is to undersell PRIDE OF THE YANKEES.
Walden (Modern English Translation)
Walden (Modern English Translation)
Just like in the sample, the highlights show up in the whole book on the Kindle app and on the Kindle Fire. Reported this to Amazon and they said it is an issue with this book. Hasn't been fixed yet. I really wanted to read this but the highlights are too distracting. Requested a refund.
One Piece, Vol. 80 (80)
One Piece, Vol. 80 (80)
Volume 80 of One Piece starts of with the conclusion of the Dressrosa arc. It's pretty goofy but a fitting end for one of the more darker arcs of the new world so far. Also right form the first page we get to see how Sengoku has been doing and I have to say seeing him so laid back is very entertaining and an interesting change of pace for his character. After a few chapters of what appears to be foreshadowing for some large events down the road. The volume ends with the start of an arc that takes place on the back of an enormous elephant that wanders the seas for thousands of years! It's great to see Oda is still creative as ever. Overall the volume is light hearted, with a few touching seens throughout it and a few hints of mystery for another volume in future.
Final Hour (Novella)
Final Hour (Novella)
Mikani Hisoka-O'Brien, our protagonist, is a generous woman, a beautiful local surfing legend carrying a secret--her ability to know people's darkest secrets or most dreadful desires with a touch, an isolating gift And there's handsome Pogo, the occasional boatsitter who hides his high IQ-- and the one guy from whom Mikani cannot sense awful darkness or perversity, a guy without greed or envy, happy to slowly move toward romance with Mikani.

But Mikani, on a normal day, has things turn abnormal: she has a sudden encounter with evil. The evil is outwardly beautiful: "a hot blond psycho." A hyper-narcissist. And Mikani learns from that gifted touch of hers that a woman is in grave peril. Mikani and Pogo act on this chilling insight, out to save the victim who is fated to die if there is no intervention. And so begins the terrifying journey of this very short thriller. (Of course, we have a darling doggie, because, after all this is Koontz.)

As is this author's wonderful characterization trademark, the heroine is a good person we root for, as is her ally, and the villain is REALLY bad. Good vs evil in graceful, metaphor-jammed Koontzian prose. The setting is richly described, another thing we expect of Mr. K. He lets you "see" the sky and sea and paths of this oceanside town.

Expect a twist, right?

I'll add that I happen to have enjoyed the romance between Mikani and Pogo. With her gift, every touch is something fraught with risk. Like Stormy and Oddie, it's lovely to see two good folks find each other and find love.

Very brief but very good story that sets us up for the December Koontz release: Ashley Bell (which I preordered months ago). Like this story (and the other associated one), it's set in Newport Beach. Pogo from this one will show up in the novel. Sadly, it seems that Mikani won't.

Enjoy!
Veronika decide di morire (Italian Edition)
Veronika decide di morire (Italian Edition)
The book is exactly what an advanced learner of Italian needs:
- First, it is not that easy to find on Amazon.com Kindle books in Italian and Amazon.it is not available to anyone outside Italy
- It is a modern text, not some freely available but from 19th century text with dated vocabulary and obsolete sentence structure
- It has general vocabulary, not some specialized one
- The book itself is an easy read and the author is quite known. I actually stumbled upon it after watching the movie with Sarah Gellar based on it.
Cometh the Hour: Book Six Of the Clifton Chronicles
Cometh the Hour: Book Six Of the Clifton Chronicles
Six chronicles down, one to go, and then, maybe, the Clifton-Barrington families will finally be at peace. Court cases, business dealings, politics, international rescue attempts dominate Jeffrey Archer’s <i>Cometh the Hour</i>. Somehow, the bad guys on the other side are always the same; the evil Lady Virginia Fenwick, Desmond Muller, Adrian Sloane, Alex Fisher. They’re always on or off the boards of Barrington Shipping, chaired by Emma Barrington Clifton, and/or Farthings Bank, where Sebastian Clifton occupies high places.

Fisher has been a nemesis to Giles Barrington and Harry Clifton since grammar school. He was in one of their units in World War II, is a perennial Conservative candidate against Labour Party representative Giles in Bristol Docklands, foil of Fenwick and her cabal, and threat to Emma’s chairmanship at Barrington Shipping, departs at the end of Book 5 when he commits suicide. But, he leaves a note that could be critical to deciding the libel case Fenwick has brought against Emma. Sibling loyalty is tested as the letter could exonerate Emma, but could damage Giles. Letter read, Emma acquitted.

<i>Cometh the Hour</i> takes us from 1970-1978, so Harry and Giles age from 50-58, Emma from 49-57, and Sebastian from 30-38.

Giles undertakes a rescue mission to East Germany to rescue Karin, his interpreter at a previous conference there, with whom he had a tryst and fell in love. He thinks he’s reuniting her with her English born father. Is Giles the one that’s been conned? Is she a spy and for which side?
Not to be outdone by his uncle, Sebastian, who has had few relationships since his fiancé Samantha Sullivan left to return to America, falls for an Indian woman. Her father takes her back to India because she has already been promised to another. Sebastian heads to India to rescue Priya, but is tragically unsuccessful.

From book 5, Sebastian knows that Samantha is married and lives in Washington, D.C. with Sebastian’s daughter, Jessica, obviously named for Sebastian’s adopted sister, another who died a tragic death. (Actually, the older Jessica was the out-of-wedlock daughter of Giles and Emma’s father and a Jewish refugee.) The younger Jessica shares the older Jessica’s talent for art. Sebastian had visited the school, but made an agreement with the principal that she not tell Samantha and Jessica he had been there. Then, the principal informs Sebastian that Samantha’s husband had died a year and a half before. Sebastian goes to Washington to see Jessica’s art exhibition at the school and attempts to buy her paintings, including one, <i>My Father</i>, of a blank faced man, when Jessica corners Sebastian. The 10-year old has plans to get her parents back together. Will she be successful?

Sebastian is about to head for the dinner date, when he receives a call that his business partner, Hakim Bishara, who is about the become chair of the merger of Farthings and Kaufman Banks, has been arrested for trying to smuggle heroin into England from Nigeria. Sebastian doesn’t want to seem like he’s ditching Jessica and Samantha, but he must return to England. Of course, the drug smuggling is a nefarious plot of Sloane and Mellor. Another trial for the Clifton Chronicles.

As for the nefarious Fenwick, her latest scheme is to pretend she slept with a wealthy Louisiana businessman when he was in London, and then she shows up at his wedding allegedly pregnant. Considering, she’s around 50, this is not likely. No one says that. She retains a Louisiana lawyer, who gets the businessman to pay support and for the child’s education. Virginia uses the child of her butler and maid and stashes him at a boarding school. Will the ruse catch up with her and will she receive a surprise about her father’s inheritance?

Before Harry’s mother dies, she advises Emma to branch out in her interests. Emma joins the board of the hospital and becomes enamored of Margaret Thatcher, and vice-versa. Emma and Harry, despite his poor upbringing, are Conservative Party members, though, they always supported and worked for the election of Giles, who joined the Labour Party, despite his wealthy upbringing. Now, can peace reign in the family?

As for Harry, his decade long advocacy for the release of Russian writer Anatoly Babakov is realized when Babakov receives the Nobel Prize for Literature. This ends sadly. What does the final chronicle hold in store for Harry? Will he just continue writing his Detective William Warwick books or there is something else?

Yes, all kinds of story lines with the different characters, who are somehow always interconnected. Archer likes to separate the chapters by the characters and the years the narrative is to cover about that person.

The cliff hanger until Book 7, Karin is missing and what will we find out about her? Will Harry, Emma, Giles and Sebastian ever find out if they are more "closely related?"
Violets Are Blue (Alex Cross Book 7)
Violets Are Blue (Alex Cross Book 7)
After the let down at the end of "Roses are Red", I swore that I would not move on to "Violets are Blue", however, I relented and took the plunge. The story starts out with a tale about vampires and I fail to see what purpose it served. Then the old adversary, the Mastermind reappears. He goads Alex Cross throughout the entire book and I kept expecting him to be behind the vampire saga. Quite frankly I cannot make my mind up as to whether he was or not. I felt sure he was the Sire - the leader of the vampires. It occurred to me that the real villain was actually with Alex Cross whilst he was talking to the Mastermind on the phone. This must have occurred to Mr Patterson as he explains it away in two short lines by saying that the Mastermind's messages were actually recorded in advance. But that is not possible because Cross was actually having conversations with the Mastermind and getting sensible responses.
The Mastermind is exposed close to the end of the book when the vampires are pitifully disposed of - not by stakes through the heart - and yet again, we rush to the end of the book which is a big disappointment.
As per usual Alex Cross's love life is a mess but deep down all he is looking for is a stepmother to his kids. His attitude is entirely wrong....and this guy is supposed to be a doctor of psychology. The Mastermind managed to evade every police force in America and the FBI to boot. My, was he clever! The ending is weak and contrived and as disappointing as can be.
My feelings throughout were that Mr Patterson had forgotten what he had written in "Roses are Red" and had to make a few rapid adjustments to compensate. The entire Mastermind saga should have been terminated in the first novel instead of leaving us with that appalling cliffhangar. Then he could have moved on to his next novel with his vampires, if that was what took his fancy and put in a bit more effort in giving us a satisfactory conclusion to that problem. How did his girlfriend manage to avoid been butchered like all the other victims?
Overall, it was a good enough read but was rather thrown together and disorganised. I hope the author has not reached the stage where he thinks he is beyond reproach and that every word he writes will sell. Personally I am ending my relationship with this writer. There are many better around.
Detektiv Conan 79
Detektiv Conan 79
Mir hat der teil echt gut gefallen da er von den Zeichnungen genau mein fall ist wie in jedem buch auch davor und Die Geschichte mit dem Vampier echt spannen war und auch noch nicht zuende ist und ich mich auch schon auf das nächste freue was bald kommen wird ;D
Wer Conan liebt wird auch das hier mögen ABER als anfänger ist es denke ich etwas zu kompliziert da man die personen nicht kennt und die geschichten auf die teile dannach und davor zugreifen so das man wenn man eine kompeltte haben will 2 bücher kaufen müsste.
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ER Season 12
ER Season 12
This season begins on the wrong side of a jumped shark. We see Kristen Johnson, John Stamos, John Leguizamo and Paula Malcomson added to the cast. Next season we get Stanley Tucci. Each of these characters stays just long enough to eff up the ER and/or the life of an ER staffer, and then is gone like poof. Stamos is a soap and comic actor, so he adapts well to motivational switches that simply don't occur in regular humans (and should signal an organic cause, needing tests). Leguizamo is a loud, lucky loose cannon whose luck eventually runs out. None of the new women even lasts two full seasons. But we get some outsize acting from everyone.

Show-wise, Abby and Kovac get knocked up, Weaver gets a new hip, Gallant gets hit hard by the war, and Pratt gets dragged to Darfur by Carter in cameo. Sam and Neela get NO help with their hair. Ray gets involved with jailbait, played by Kat Dennings. Morris and Dubenko get more annoying to prove that's possible. Only nurses Chuny and Malik offer longtime viewers any stability or connection to the show this once was, and they don't even get promotions.

Finally, these Evel Knievels of casting bring in Garrett Freaking Dillahunt, a go-to Crazy Dude, in the role of Sam's babydaddy, who viewers previously met as a loser but not a total psycho - played by another actor. Not sure if the original actor was unavailable, inconvenient or just forgotten.

In other news, this was the year Grey's Anatomy came out.
私本太平記 01
私本太平記 01
民主党が大勝するだろうと予想され、その通りになった今回(2009年8月30日)の総選挙の前後を通して、民主党にすり寄る輩が目につく。また、自民党の党是に賛同したわけでなく、単に権力が欲しかったがために自民党に属していたと思われる議員もあぶり出されてきたように思う。

朝廷側が勝つか、幕府側が勝つかは、結局どちらにすり寄る輩が多いかの戦いとも言え、その点、今の時代も太平記の時代も同じなのだと改めて気付かされる。

教科書的にいくら歴史的事実を並べ立てても、歴史と言うものがが見えてくるわけではない。本書のような歴史小説から入り、後に作者のフィルタによって歪められた部分を明らかにしていった方が、歴史を学べると思う。

(これは1〜8巻を通してのレビューです。)
The Mallen Litter (The Mallen Trilogy Book 3)
The Mallen Litter (The Mallen Trilogy Book 3)
The final instalment in the sweeping saga by Catherine Cookson, this time mainly featuring the offspring of Barbara (named the Mallen litter) and Michael's daughter Hannah. This is actually probably one of the saddest in the trilogy, I found, but still captivating. The Mallen curse is rife throughout the trilogy, but none moreso than in this one. Will the curse end with Barbara's boys? While he Mallen streak is the telltale white streak of hair in the males, in the woman it is more the somewhat stubborn and wicked ways. While the books are rife with drama, scandal, passion and pain they are written tastefully without colourful language and descriptive sex scenes.
Begin your journey with the Mallens with this book before moving onto "The Mallen Girl", and finally "The Mallen Litter", and you won't be able to put them down. I couldn't.
The Glass Virgin [DVD]
The Glass Virgin [DVD]
I saw this when it was first released years ago and 'fell in love' with Brendan Coyle. What a believable actor! He is superb, as are all the characters, notably Nigel Havers. I have watched it several times and always see something new that I missed the times before. Living in South Africa, we get fed a lot of American junk on our television which is why I ALWAYS appreciate excellent British drama. The Brits sure know how to make period dramas! I LOVE the fact that British-made films use wonderful character actors. Just loved this one!
A Tangled Tale
A Tangled Tale
I love this book. Lewis Carroll has to be one of the funniest people that ever lived.

I don't think that anyone who enjoys satire and a bit of nonsense, done in such a special way,will be disappointed in any way.

I would have loved to see him lecture, he must have been very entertaining.

The book is free so there is no excuse for someone to not at least give this one a go. You can always delete it if you're not happy.
Harry Potter Solemnly Swear Muggle Platform 9 3/4 5 Pack Ankle Socks
Harry Potter Solemnly Swear Muggle Platform 9 3/4 5 Pack Ankle Socks
I gave these socks to some friends as Christmas gifts and everyone loved them. I kept a couple pairs for myself as well. They're definitely fun and the light weight means they're nice to wear under some of my booties in moderate weather. They're pretty thin, though, and I don't see them lasting a long time.
Chess Endings Made Simple : How to Approach the Endgame with Confidence
Chess Endings Made Simple : How to Approach the Endgame with Confidence
I had high hopes for this book but I was a little disappointed, perhaps because I had such high hopes. The idea and format of this book is imaginative and very appealing. If the author had pulled it off it could have been a classic, but IMO he failed in the execution. It's still a pretty nice book though.

I would say the book is intended for beginners up to say 1600 with respect to its style, although the content is broad (Lucena, Philidor, Vancura) if sparse. I still don't get why anyone teaches B+N mate though (yes I can) - it just seems indulgent. But most of the material is well chosen. There is also a large collection of 100 exercises which is very welcome.

There is much useful material of an instructive nature in the book - not just information for memorization - so it's still quite a useful book. What's the problem then? Too often the author works through a position and then summarizes the technique after the fact. Now these are nice, consumable, practical tips, but the learning experience would have been so much better if the tips were introduced in the immediate analysis, and then summarized later. In other words, the tips are offered as new revelations after the example rather than as a summary of what you have already learnt in context. Of course, you can appreciate them immediately because the example offered the context, but the summaries don't really reinforce anything. I found that I needed to immediately play over most of the positions again in order to reinforce what I had learned at the end (maybe he is an evil genius).

Of course, I have a terrible memory and I'm a slow learner so other readers might not object to the author's approach. If it seems like you're the kind of learner that I am you might find this a little frustrating though. On the other hand, there is precious little non-expert material that combines basic positions with skill instruction available, so the book still has a lot to offer.
BTSKY Portable Colored Pencil Case - Colored Pencil Organizer Holds 166 Pencils or 112 Gel Pens Large Capacity Zippered Pencil Holder Gel pens (Cactus)
BTSKY Portable Colored Pencil Case - Colored Pencil Organizer Holds 166 Pencils or 112 Gel Pens Large Capacity Zippered Pencil Holder Gel pens (Cactus)
I love this company! Their pencil cases have kept up and I will buy more! My two large cases hold my large sets of artist colored pencils (Derwent and Prismacolor) and not one broken pencil.
The material is so slick, the bands inside have held up to my constant abuse, and the front pocket is my perfect spot for a small paper pad and pencil sharpener.
I have had so many artists comment on how they love my new cases and how easy it makes traveling with colored pencils (especially with how sensitive prismacolor pencils are) and I love the different designs.
I 100% love these bags. Don't stress over your pencils, get the case and yes it's worth it. Very well made and adorable.
Christmas Paper Coffee Cups with Lids (50-Count, White) Disposable Hot & Cold Drinkware w/ Holiday Insulated Sleeves | Santa, Stocking, Reindeer | Party, Tea, Cocoa
Christmas Paper Coffee Cups with Lids (50-Count, White) Disposable Hot & Cold Drinkware w/ Holiday Insulated Sleeves | Santa, Stocking, Reindeer | Party, Tea, Cocoa
Great quality!! Cute addition to our coffee bar during the holidays and skating season! I did think it was funny that I saw these on a Christmas movie and it gave me the idea to get some. I went to Amazon to search and they popped up as the first result, along with a box of the small candy canes that were sticking out of the tops on the movie. They really have my number!
+54
+54
**NOTE:There's an update at the end of this review!

The material is a bit heavier than expected, which is a good thing, considering that I bought it for Winter use. As an elderly retired person and living in a rest home, it's heavy enough to Keep me warm on the chilly mornings.

I liked these so much that I immediately ordered another pair of the shirts, only this time in Black. they arrived right on schedule and we're also made in the Honduras. 100% cotton and the same quality stitching as was in the blue ones. one of the male nurses saw the shirts and when he found out how inexpensive they were and what good qualities they were he also ordered himself some. If you are considering buying it these t-shirts, do yourself a favor and get to it! I am fairly certain that I will be ordering some more of these.
#NOTE: SHORT UPDATE! #

I went ahead and bought 2 more, this time in black. Arrived on time. These were made in Nicaragua rather than in the Honduras like my other ones were. However the same quality of material and care of the stitching is present, so I'm sure these will be as good as the blue ones.

***YET ANOTHER UPDATE!
Here it is most 2020,and all thes3e shirts still look brand new! The colors are locked in fast - no fading! And they do keep me warm!
Cordless Cable
Cordless Cable
So, after reading the reviews, I was very confused. The only negative reviews for Cordless Cable were from people who thought they would get free illegal TV (like Kodi) and found out they needed to sign up with a Service Provider. The App's description clearly notes you need a participating provider.

As far as the App, I have service in my area through my Cable Company. This thing is amazing. Unlike Vue or directV Now, this is laid out very logically....and not all glitz and pics with no useability. You can find channels instantly. We just got an update and now you can switch between channel and lineup views!!! Nice job. The video quality is amazing on my OLED. I HIGHLY recommend Cordless Cable, when its available in your area. one of the most stable Apps I have seen for Firesticks.
Stens New Oil Filter 120-485 Compatible with/Replacement for: Kubota B1550, B1700, B1750, B20, B21, B2301, B2320, B2400, B26, B2601, B2620, B2630, B2650, B2920, B4200, B5100, B6100, B6200 AM119567
Stens New Oil Filter 120-485 Compatible with/Replacement for: Kubota B1550, B1700, B1750, B20, B21, B2301, B2320, B2400, B26, B2601, B2620, B2630, B2650, B2920, B4200, B5100, B6100, B6200 AM119567
What arrived is a Raisman 80-36-007 oil filter in a box with a Stens part number sticker covering up the Raisman part #.

I'll show you. See attached image.

Looks like a comparable quality direct replacement filter for my Kawasaki FR691V engine. So why did I give it two stars? Because I wasted 15 minutes of my time looking this up to see if was the correct part.

Maybe Stens sources filters from Raisman. Maybe the vendor here is buying cheaper filters and Stens stickers and is ripping people off. Maybe my product is a fluke and what you will get is a real Stens filter. I don't know.

However, what arrived is a replacement filter that looks good to me so I will use it.

Really annoying.

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