Moneyland, Oliver Bullough

isbn: 9781781257920 is an economist 2018 book of the year and is a vague book from a guardian journalist who might deemed ranting against Trump, our friends in the east, (my blog) corrupt african dictators and  our old friends schillings (my blog).

In his ideal world breton woods would still exist and i guess stalin would still be in power.

Since africa loves its kleptocrat[t  leaders my blog) who sold (my blog) there independence i did think could that not be considered racist after all the guardian journalist knows his thoughtcrime

I think that this rosy view of1950’s economics is dead as a monty python parrot and forgets that money is money,(my blog)  not a means to sell exports by devaluing the currency so if politicians run money rather than bankers does that not screw economics for all.   Technically all manufacturing should be in China according to that logic.

Most of the people mentioned also fall foul of refuges (no more economic migration)  and plutocratic leaders in some form or other so fault can be levelled at institutions like the world bank and the un who generally don’t do much after all with a man from saudi arabia  in charge of womens rights at the un you get my point.

His point on libel censorship is well made.

3/5 bananas ranty.

The art of deception, Mitnic/Simon

isbn: 0471237124 is and older book about social engineering, the author once a notorious hacker input into this is minimal and forgets that information and procedures does get shared.

Some of these examples go back to the captain crunch days if you know the reference well done, video rental stores is another sign that this book haas rather aged.

There is something here but it perhaps is not as valid as perhaps it once was.

3/5 bananas.


the sorrow of war, Bao Ninh

isbn: 9780749397111 was read because of this (my blog) and a banned book by the  local communist party.

This is fiction in translation and after a bit of library hassle i found a copy which i could read.

Ninh has obviously done what the fictional people have and reminds us all that both sides suffered however it seems non fiction is bad.

4/5 bananas.

Chernobyl, Serhii Pokhy

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isbn: 9780141988351 was a winner of some non fiction writing gong i had never heard of.   Oh well i guess that makes me a chav again i will have to ask the zoo to sponsor a book prize*.

Mr Pokhy details the steps that made Chernobyl what it is today although its reputation as an area dead for thousands of years has not come to pass as doom and nayslayers thought it might.   There are bad patches, but the weather is the weather.

Another example of contamination was recently found in Greenland, it happened in 660 bc and  the sun discharged nuclear material so as natural stuff goes its not unknown.

Politics wise what comes off from the early pages of the book is that the workers paradise of the soviet union also did not like coal miners (my blog). As to the design being safe is a question left to those who supposedly checked such things.  Shoddy construction was also an issue.    Class issues make for an interesting commentary on communism.

Economics wise meant the power station essentially paid for the infrastructure not the state.  Capitalism rears its head even in the 1970’s. The Swedish first detected the disaster and while the books beginning and end are good its middle is not as illuminating.

Interesting for the politics and economics.

5/5 bananas

*the banana skin ?

Cibola Burn & Nemesis Gates, J S A Corey

big brother in space

isbn: 9780356504193 and is book 4 so do not start here. (my blog)  It bored me

isbn: 9780356504254 is book 5,  i gave up on it, the origin story is way better than this new wild west

The problem may be mine but this is g r r matins (my blog) friends who get book deals and television series by default.   I have argued here that g r r martin is a television script writer first and a ‘novelist’ * second.

*posh authors would be most upset that i include genre as a form as literature.

Oh my – and as seen on bbc news

Douglas Adams wrote a book about a ship full of telephone cleansers* (once a job still one now?) and other people like hairdressers – I will not spoil it the books humour but if he was alive today i think this ‘person’ would be joining them.

As seen on the bbc (my blog).  Clearly somebody who will cure cancer in the morning and  invent the fusion reactor and eat a banana at teatime.

*wired handsets in offices.

Netflix religous bullshit ahoy

Since it is supposed to be easter* here lets go have a look a weirdos who believe in a odd world view and what’s on netflix (my blog) for these crazy people.  The title below is kind of known to you either as a book or tv.

If i was being uncharitable one might describe the film below as a chic flick.    For those of you who keep up to date it seems such films are to be banned from the streaming service.

The red tent

imdb: tt3068894 was a view here in the monkey house I was a little confused by its old testament vibe with new testament attitudes dealing with those famous handmaidens (my blog).

Made in 2014 it seems many religious apologists would happily go along with such thinking even today.

Anyhow enough of those gender separating sharing people i think and i am not speaking of mormons (my blog) whom also do this stuff. Utah is a government welfare queen state

I suppose this is an apologists version of the Attwood book.  Still creepy.

*it always seems to move for reasons best known to crazy people

Enlightenment now, Steven Pinker

isbn: 9780141979090 was an economist pick, an odd book this its aim being to promote enlightenment but notes the far left in academia and blames trump also for regressive think.

So there is a bit of playing both sides here.  Free thinking it appears cannot be done in universities due to ideologies .

0/5 bananas

amazon prime video

skirts and dresses for all

In this i got it deceptively (my blog) and decided to take a look .


  • non sjw s/f (my blog)- expanse (my blog)  – i am reading the books not an instant see but worth noting.
  • outlander (my blog) is something i will watch on free tv so ignored even if dangled with season 4 means a bit of a catch up – season three looks good.
  • mr robot – bit like the day job at times  – meh i would rather not critique it.
  • Lucifer (imdb tt4052886)  is interesting as broken families and mortals mix together. Season 2 is lacking in effects but devilishly fun i watched it.  Also it is notable for hollywood stealing Neil  Gaiman’s (my blog) work although i think another book of his (see below) and passing it off as free intellectual; property – so if you thought tv and film industries respect copyright think again.
  • american gods (my blog and already mentioned in lucifer) is artistic and a bit more sjw than i thought it was [its been a while since i read it[]  A lot slower than the book and much delayed by legal issues   Reminded me of true blood. I still admire Ian Mc Shane (my blog).  As i know the end it is a less desired see.
  • As a philip k dick (my blog) book reader – i suppose i could  mention the man in the high castle which won a gong sometime in the 1960’s.   Looks well done if perhaps slow compared with the book.

Aspects not liked.

  • subscription plus model for films – cheaper if you plan ahead and not go for laziness.
  • the interface on the television (adverts)
  • moving between tv and pc information is inconsistent.
  • keeps crashing firefox
  • gigabytes of data for video.

Original wise Jeremy Clarkson’s grand tour was fun  and has a high production value.   Anybody else who makes car things is so screwed the bbc apparently fired 1000 people after they lost this so sjw values dont pay…

So no it is not as good as netflix at the present time  Outlander is much nicer without adverts (i can record it on tv),  the expanse has issues being the people who made it took liberties with the books so that is also a non starter.

Films  amazon seem willing to pay more, or split the money made as an extra purchase.   Those will be covered separately.

No i will not subscribe to prime.  But as a freebie it could be considered  in the future.  The free delivery aspect is null as i have not bought anything else from amazon economics wise.