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Read any good books lately? Rate them here
RE: Read any good books lately? Rate them here
(September 3, 2019 at 4:07 pm)Gawdzilla Sama Wrote: Who cares.

The mice.

They're willing to pay a lot for the right question..
RE: Read any good books lately? Rate them here
"Moe, Larry, the cheese!"
RE: Read any good books lately? Rate them here
Can you guess what book I've read?

Quote:The minute we sat down, the therapist turned to me and said, “Maria wanted to come here today to ask about a child—whether you’ve fathered a child with your housekeeper Mildred. That’s why she wanted to meet. So let’s talk about it.”
In the initial instant, when time seemed to stand still, I said to myself, “Well, Arnold, you wanted to tell her. Surprise! This is it. Here’s your moment. Maybe it’s the only way you’d ever have the nerve.”

I told the therapist, “It’s true.” Then I turned to Maria. “It’s my child,” I said. “It happened fourteen years ago. I didn’t know about him at first, but I’ve known it now for several years.” I told her how sorry I felt about it, how wrong it was, that it was my fault. I just unloaded everything.
It was one of those stupid things that I promised myself never to do. My whole life I never had anything going with anyone who worked for me. This happened in 1996 when Maria and the kids were away on holiday and I was in town finishing Batman and Robin. Mildred had been working in our household for five years, and all of sudden we were alone in the guest house. When Mildred gave birth the following August, she named the baby Joseph and listed her husband as the father. That is what I wanted to believe and what I did believe for years.
teachings of the Bible are so muddled and self-contradictory that it was possible for Christians to happily burn heretics alive for five long centuries. It was even possible for the most venerated patriarchs of the Church, like St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas, to conclude that heretics should be tortured (Augustine) or killed outright (Aquinas). Martin Luther and John Calvin advocated the wholesale murder of heretics, apostates, Jews, and witches. - Sam Harris, "Letter To A Christian Nation"
RE: Read any good books lately? Rate them here
A Hand maids tale.

It was a good and chilling story that seems like its about to come true in the US.

But it wasn't that well written. For such a famous book I was expecting it to be better.

You can fix ignorance, you can't fix stupid.

Tinkety Tonk and down with the Nazis.


RE: Read any good books lately? Rate them here
The Bad -Ass Librarians of Timbuktu, by Joshua Hammer

The truly fascinating story of the successful effort to keep (literally) hundreds of thousands of historic Arabic manuscripts from being destroyed by Islam jihadist lunatics. A good overview of the history of Mali in general and Timbuktu in particular, and the amazing work of librarian Abdel Kader Haidara and his cohorts to smuggle out and hide the manuscripts in a distant town.

Highly recommend it.

'A man is accepted into a church for what he believes.  He is turned out for what he knows.' - Mark Twain
RE: Read any good books lately? Rate them here
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

I cannot recommend the book more. It talks about how you can hack the cue, routine, reward structure of habits in order to change small habits, thereby leading to bigger change in your life. I've read the book multiple times and have used the techniques within to change habits of mine.
If you're frightened of dying, and you're holding on, you'll see devils tearing your life away. But if you've made your peace, then the devils are really angels, freeing you from the Earth.

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