James M. Scott W. W. Norton & Company
A brand new book, Rampage, details the absolutely barbaric behavior by the Japanese during the World War Two battles for control of the Philippines. Don’t read it unless you have a strong stomach for barbarity against civilians. Which brings us to a couple questions. First of all, how can a culture that is thousands of years old change so quickly? We’ve lived in Japan, and, even a generation ago, even their biggest cities like Tokyo were, and are, super safe. It’s impossible to imagine the white collared salarymen of Japan engaging in violence. Japan is now a country with a diminishing birthrate, in part because the people seem more interested in porn than actual sex. Japanese men now seem most interested in getting drunk with their office workers, reading comic books, and maybe groping a woman on the subway. But just a few generations ago Japanese soldiers were barbaric, engaging in gruesome violence and rape. This occurred not just in the Philippines, but even more notably in the Rape of Nanking. Have the Japanese people changed at some fundamental level as a result of their defeat in World War Two and the complete dismemberment of their society? Or are all the changes a result of changed circumstance? Interesting questions explored in this book, but with more of a commercial angle. Secondly, there is an almost endless stream of American books and movies about the evils and barbarities of Nazism during World War Two, but far fewer about the equally savage activities of the Japanese. Why?(View More...)
Sade Diamond Life
Are you a smooth operator? Not only is this a great song, but it speaks to a type of elegance that seems long gone. Sade Adu was one of the great beauties of her time, and her albums were international hits, but she didn’t seek publicity, and she only released an album when she felt like it – which wasn’t often.(View More...)
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Sometimes you don’t need to be enlightened, just entertained. And this book is very entertaining. Ignore the title, which could apply to a million books or movies. This is a true story of love, murder, and revenge. Based in Houston, which was emerging as a major American city, sort of the Miami of the 1950s and 60s. Lots of flash, lots of violence. All of the basic human emotions at fever pitch; love, lust, greed, hatred. Reading this book won’t make you a better person, but you won’t be able to put it down. P.S Go with the Kindle edition if possible.View all Books
Despite the rather lame narration by Tina Fey, this is a really entertaining movie – really great if you have kids and can watch it with them. The movie follows a large group of monkeys who live in the jungles of Sri Lanka. The videography following the monkeys in the jungle and in their urban exploits is amazing. It has it all; family battles for power, fights over scarce resources, land wars, love and affection, the perils of travel to unknown parts, defending the homeland.View all Movies
This TV series from Netflix is a perfect, and practical, way to get your new year off to a good start. Is your house a mess? Would you like to be more organized? Does all your stuff bring you joy? Or just get in the way? First of all, you need to understand that Marie Kindo is a superstar in Japan; just think about that; becoming a rock star based on coming up with a clever way to clean out your house. There are a lot of paths to fame and fortune, and this woman found such a path based on something as dull as cleaning up. It doesn’t hurt that she’s pretty and charming; She’s also a bit of a nut – she talks to the clothes. But charming all the same. How big a star is she? Netflix paid her to do a Programme for Americans - and she doesn't speak English. The couple in the first episode is stressed out over the normal stuff that stresses people out; working, raising kids, trying to have a life. This is a loving couple, just trying to make their life less chaotic. Follow the path to joy and sanity.View all Television
The vast majority of federal employees are unproductive and wildly overpaid bureaucrats, but that doesn’t stop the media from whining on their behalf. You’ll find all sorts of articles in the mainstream media about the poor government employees who have missed a paycheck, like the ones above, with some truly ridiculous ones talking about government employees losing their homes. Yeah, right. The truth is that bloated federal salaries have helped make Fairfax and Loudoun counties, just outside DC, the richest places in the United States. Here’s the truth, from a member of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors: Supervisor Tony R. Buffington (R-Blue Ridge), who is a federal employee himself with United States Capitol Police but not furloughed …. was skeptical, pointing out federal employees get back pay for missed paychecks when the government reopens. “Basically a government shutdown for federal employees is a free vacation if they want it,” Buffington said. “This is silly.”View all Web