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Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
« Reply #45 on: October 09, 2008, 06:57:39 AM »

Oh yeah, and I'm reading Terry Brooks' Armageddon's Children right now (on the Kindle :)).
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Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
« Reply #46 on: October 09, 2008, 09:19:30 AM »

I'm starting King's Dark Tower septilogy.
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Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
« Reply #47 on: October 09, 2008, 11:16:36 AM »

"Weathering Reactions", a summary of acidity's effects on primary minerals by my biogeochem professor.

It's pretty sweet, actually, which is probably why I'm in that class.
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Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
« Reply #48 on: October 09, 2008, 11:24:27 AM »

I'm starting King's Dark Tower septilogy.

You're in for a ride of your life. The Dark Tower series are my all-time favorite books.

What I'm reading now are turning into my second favorite series of books The Repairman Jack series. I just started book four "All The Rage"...real page turners, intense, well written, a lot of horror themes which I'm a fan of. Great stuff.
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Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
« Reply #49 on: October 09, 2008, 07:50:16 PM »

'State of Fear' by Michael Crichton. Good story, and interesting perspective on the global warming bullshit. He also provides some excellent references for those interested in the subject.
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Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
« Reply #50 on: October 09, 2008, 07:57:58 PM »

Currently reading Agorist Class Theory.

(The link is to a .pdf if anyone is interested)

Interesting forward by Brad Spangler.

"Libertarians recognize that there is nothing inherently "exploitative" in
any genuinely voluntary agreement, such as agreeing to work for a
wage. Likewise, there isn't anything virtuous in subtly coercing
compliance with demands for labor to be performed on dictated terms,
including wage rates. Where Marx was right in his analysis is that under
State Capitalism (as opposed to a truly free market) there is an
exploitative relationship between the moneyed interests and the common
people. He misidentified the oppressor class, though.
What is this actual oppressor class, you ask? The actual oppressor class
is the "political class" as originally identified by the Frenchmen Charles
Comte and Dunoyer over 150 years ago. By the "political class" it is
meant those who draw their livelihood not from the Market, but from the
State. The political class is the parasitic class that acquires its livelihood
via the "political means" through "confiscation, taxation, and other
forms of coercion." Their victims are the rest of us the productive
class those who make their living through peaceful and honest means
of any sort, such as a worker or an entrepreneur.
State Capitalism, which most confuse with a free market, is most prop-
erly understood as a form of Socialism in a Hayekian sense of statist
control. That is to say, it is banditry under guise of law. It would also be
economically accurate to label it Fascism, Mercantilism, or Corporate
Statism. Conversely, a truly free market (or Capitalism in the Randian
sense of non-aggression minus Rand's own personal fetish for Big
Business) would, I maintain, bear a striking similarity to the vision of
anti-state socialists and distributists.
Wally Conger has distilled in the accompanying text the essence of
Samuel Edward Konkin III's unfinished exposition of this class theory,
Agorism Contra Marxism. I'm deeply honored to present Agorist Class
Theory.
Brad Spangler"
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Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
« Reply #51 on: October 09, 2008, 09:46:13 PM »

'State of Fear' by Michael Crichton. Good story, and interesting perspective on the global warming bullshit. He also provides some excellent references for those interested in the subject.


I have this. Read the first few chapters, but never really got into it. Might give it another try. I'd hate to add this to the very short list of books I've abandoned. Pride myself on being able to get through any book...

On the list of books I started, and dropped for sheer suckiness and/or boredom:
The Tommyknockers

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I guess my last post on the "what are you listening to?" thread should have been on this thread.
I'm listening to the Audiobook version of Ringworld, by Larry Niven.
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Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
« Reply #52 on: October 10, 2008, 09:14:11 AM »

I'm listening to the Audiobook version of Ringworld, by Larry Niven.
Who'se voicing the Teela Brown character?
Ideally it should be one of those vapid, not-too-bright, insanely rich and mouthwateringly hot Hollywood starlet-types.
Yeah.

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Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
« Reply #53 on: October 10, 2008, 09:23:49 AM »

Basic Mathematics for Economists - Mike Rosser

Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology - Ayn Rand

Capital Taxes and Estate Planning - Allied Dunbar


and yes my books are as dessicated as my conversations
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Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
« Reply #54 on: October 10, 2008, 09:33:03 AM »

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I'm listening to the Audiobook version of Ringworld, by Larry Niven.

Speaking of boredom and suckiness, that's how I felt when reading Ringworld.
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Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
« Reply #55 on: October 10, 2008, 11:33:10 AM »

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I'm listening to the Audiobook version of Ringworld, by Larry Niven.

Speaking of boredom and suckiness, that's how I felt when reading Ringworld.
Damn some people just don't like good SF

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Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
« Reply #56 on: October 10, 2008, 12:40:08 PM »


Damn some people just don't like good SF

Oh I do. Ringworld doesn't come under the heading of Good Scifi though.
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Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
« Reply #57 on: October 10, 2008, 04:45:47 PM »

Wha?  Ringworld was great.  I haven't read any other Known Universe novels though, so the Ringworld series might suck in comparison I guess...


Right now I'm reading Hans Herman Hoppe's Democracy - The God that Failed and Gillian McKieth's You are what you eat.
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Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
« Reply #58 on: October 10, 2008, 05:00:11 PM »

Wha?  Ringworld was great.
I didn't say it was "great" -- it's not Diamond Age. It's not anything by Stanislaw Lem. It's not Shikasta.
But it is really quite good.

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Re: Yet Another "What are you reading?" Thread
« Reply #59 on: October 10, 2008, 05:19:17 PM »

Wha?  Ringworld was great.
I didn't say it was "great" -- it's not Diamond Age. It's not anything by Stanislaw Lem. It's not Shikasta.
But it is really quite good.

Never heard of the last two =)  My audio book copy of Diamond Age was seriously crappy quality =/  I enjoyed the book though, perhaps because it was so obvious that it was an inspiration for Deus Ex.
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