Satanic Purses – the myth of the War on Terror

Just heard the radical professor R.T. Naylor blast the “War on Terror”.

His research says that Osama does not have millions at his disposal. That money has long been shut off.

He states almost every claim made about the “Global War on Terrorism” is a ridiculous exaggeration.

Money, Myth, And Misinformation in the War on Terror

Book Mooch – trade used books

I heard good things about BookMooch.com, a community for exchanging used books, so I signed up.

I was looking for something to do with my many (still-up-to-date) Lonely Planet travel guides.

BookMooch is tech millionaire John Buckman’s baby. He is doing it for the good of the universe.

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I will mail any of my used books to any Book Mooch member who wants one.

Later I will request books I want mailed to me.

book – The Tailor of Panama

Normally I love John le Carré novels and have read most of his books.

This one had great potential.

I could not finish it. The dialogue, full of complex British slang, was too much work.

Le Carré is perhaps the most popular writer producing “literature” today. But in the case of Panama — I think I’ll prefer the movie.

The Tailor of Panama

the smartest reporter in the world?

I just heard Robert Fisk interviewed. Sounds like the most intelligent reporter in the world to me.

His home of the past 25 years, Beirut, Lebanon, has been destroyed by what Fisk feels was unnecessary military action. The Israelis over-reacted. And they came out second best in the conflict.

Fisk speaks Arabic and is one of the few Western journalists to have interviewed Osama bin Laden.

I will be checking out his books.

The Conquest of the Middle East

author Cory Doctorow gives away his books

I heard writer Cory Doctorow of BoingBoing.net on a CBC podcast.

He pointed out that the biggest problem for creators is not piracy, but obscurity. By far the vast majority of creative people simply want to get their creations noticed.

Doctorow puts his money where his mouth is. He offers his books on-line for free as well as selling them for cash. He believes in choice.

Good man.

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom