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May 21, 2014

A Texan Looks at Lyndon (1964), by J. Evetts Haley

A study in illegitimate government, this "cowman and historian's" book really highlights what a corrupt, murderous bastard LBJ really was. Nothing but ballot stuffing, records burning, cronyism and murder as far as the eye can see, from jerkwater Texas to the White House. I'd guess this short book of 250 tight pages gives you more insight into LBJ's real character than that massive and celebrated tome put out by Caro years ago. Bottom line with Johnson: he had no principles other than amassing power, and he had absolutely no reservations whatsoever about using it, unlike most. He is a perfect example of the unfortunate truth that power goes to those willing to use any low means to get it. Those who like power and want it and glory in it are likeliest to get it - yet the very worst type to hold it. Thank the God of Irony, again, who created things this way, if you go in for that flavor of nostrumic mentation.

The Case Against The Fed (1994), by jew Murray Rothbard

Explains that the Fed, in the guise of fighting inflation, is the sole cause of it. Traces the history of the cartelization of banking in the US, with the underlying motive that a system such as we have now allows the maximization of profits through legal counterfeiting. Does this all in a scant 100 pages. I had to take many econ classes in college, and this short book is worth all of them put together times ten. Economics is a controlled profession, in that college and trade publications simply don't hire those who tell the truth about the Fed.

The Casual Vacancy (2012), by J.K. Rowling

A fiction for adults by the Harry Potter author. It's very good - Rowling is skilled at delineating characters. Far abler than most pop fiction writers.. I didn't like this one quite as much as The Cuckoo's Calling (2013), which is a more interesting story, but it's still quite good. Concerns the various operations and motivations of a raft of small-town characters in England in the aftermath of the unexpected decease of a town board member. You really see from Rowling how much of women's interior lives are devoted to getting back at other women, or to needling, making digs at pretty much everyone. Then again, no one, man, woman or teen, comes off well in this book. There is some disgusting political correctness, but on the whole, the characters are well diffentiated and quite real in the sense that they are all reasonably motivated individual people.

The Pale King (2011), by David Foster Wallace.

Unfinished when DFW hanged himself. Not bad. Changed my opinion of him. He went to elite college, wrote papers for rich kids. Got kicked out for a year, spent it working in an IRS department. This book is about that, thinly veiled biography with a thematic focus on boredom. Has one or two really good set pieces, most notably when his character walks into the wrong room and hears a professor lecture larval CPAs on the true heroism in their profession, perorating with..."Gentlemen...you are called to account." Definitely some good stuff in this book. Very long at over 700 pages, as is DFW's way. To me, it's like he's trying to do what tiresome Thomas Pynchon did in, say, The Crying of Lot 49, but he's better at it. Not a great writer, for all the claims of genius, but decent enough. Somewhat interesting now and then, uses lots of different words. I don't exactly recommend this book, try his essays if you want something shorter and decent, but there are plenty of worse books than this if you're looking for recent fiction.

Revolt Against the Modern World (1969), by Julius Evola

I tried for a second time to get this guy, but I just can't get on the same page. I can't escape the feeling his arguments are simply for his own preferred social arrangement, yet he's trying to pass them off as science. Like Marx, but from a Right-wing, Middle Ages perspective. Not that he's christian, he's not. He wants a return to when kings were seen as sort of living bridges to the Gods, and all society was magnetized in the same direction, like iron filings. I have my doubts such society as he describes and desires ever existed; nor do I think it desirable to return to even if we could. It's just funny how much he can downtalk science and material progress while insisting on the scientific reality of this multi-stage cycle of human history, of which we are living in the stage of Kali Yuga, the age of destruction. Well, me personally, I'm living in the age of eye roll. The very best part of the book is his description of the mentality of modern women, which I have posted here in the books subforum in the excerpts sticky thread.

Traditions of the Mother (2012), by Bill White

Have to have a background in philology, comparative religion and mythology truly to judge this book. Not particularly interesting or useful to me, certainly not by comparison with his other book Centuries of Revolution, which tracks some of the same ground as E. Michael Jones' tomes Libido Dominandi and The Jewish Revolutionary Spirit and Its Impact on World History, albeit at much shorter length. Most of the book necessarily concerns extinct people and nonexistent data; trying to sniff out linguistic or anthropological connections between people and languages. To me, this not particularly useful. The small part that's interesting to me are the few times White verges into showing the same old jewish lying patterns in fresh -- pre-christian -- eras. As I've said, every mental honeycomb cell you haven't specially mucked is filled with jewish b.s. because tv and public schools will have been its fillers. By that token, every single publicly repeated jew-meme about jew history and jew suffering and jew motivations is proven on closer inspection to be a lie and the opposite of the truth. If jews claim they invented monotheism, you can damn well bet they didn't, and that they probably stole it from some other people. White touches on this, and his book would be much more interesting if it focused on such, but it's not really about that stuff, just incidentally. It truly is amazing that this people, jews -- wherever it insists on something about itself, you can bet what it's asserting is a lie.

From Bauhaus to Our House (1972), by Tom Wolfe

Can read this book for free online, just search it. I recommend it. Good quick read, gives you ideological overview of architecture in 20th century. Similar to E. Michael Jones's Living Machines in scope and treatment, although Wolfe, of course, doesn't trace bauhaus to Walter Gropius' sexual problems. Both are keen on the problems of the school. My notes on the Wolfe:

- sadism and ugliness, oh but it's for the people. Sheet glass building sides instead of brick and mortar or wood, leaves exposed office workers feeling they'll fall, or being sunbeaten to death by unshielded rays;
- low ceilings, narrow hallways and rooms, and small rooms;
- socialist worker housing became the chic style in all america;
- nonbourgeois - not for them, have them coming to you rather than the traditional you-serving-them;
- bauhaus traits include flat roof, streaked sides, glass corners;
- 'hausers came to America, took over and spread their doctrines through the archicture schools similar to way they propagated their jew views thru teachers colleges and anthropology, altho bauhausers were less jewy, but their modern ideology dovetails with jew-led efforts in other disciplines, and their style became called 'the international style,' an early example of NWO globalism made real;
- Frank Lloyd Wright hated them, he was going for an American school and got shoved into the shade
- architecture as technical skills + knowledge of aesthetic alternatives
- accepting Bauhaus as luxury equivalent to snipping end of dick off
- S-shaped tubular steel cane bottomed chairs - second most famous after Barcelona chairs - by Mies van der Rohe.

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