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    The Isle of Blood by Rick Yancy
    "Avoid getting too preoccupied thinking about what you’re going to do, to actually do it."
    — Rachel Wolchin

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    Simple Rules for a Complex World -- Richard Epstein
    The Economics of Justice -- Richard Posner
    Law's Order -- David Friedman
    The Common Law -- Oliver Wendell Holmes
    Economic Analysis of Law -- Richard Posner
    Analytics of Uncertainty and Information -- Jack Hirshleifer

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    American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers. Scariest book I've read in the last decade. If you thought the millenials were terrible, the Gen Z'ers (the zombie generation) are even worse.

    In her piece Rosin described the Instagram page as looking like "a porn site"; but in an interview on NPR, she maintained that the naked images of the girls were equivalent to "baseball cards or Pokemon cards" to the boys, a kind of "social currency" for them, "more than .... a springboard for fantasy."
    Everybody wants to take a selfie as good as the Kardashians," Maggie said. "Some girls do their makeup just to take a selfie.They spend hours.
    When researchers at the University of Michigan reviewed data from 72 studies conducted between 1979 and 2009, all focused on monitoring levels of empathy among Americn college students, they found that students today were scoring about 40% lower than their earlier counterparts.
    Basically, social media is creating a generation of appearance-obsessed sociopaths who mistreat everyone, including themselves. It's a fascinating but frightening read.
    If bees did go extinct, we could always hire people to dress up as bees and pollinate flowers with tiny feather dusters. Sure it'd be more expensive, but there are also millions of idle teens.
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    Living More With Less by Doris Janzen Longacre

    All about minimalism and frugality, both of which are trendy... but written by Mennonites in 1980. Frugality from a very specific Christian perspective. It's super interesting so far.
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    Stalled on the Bible. Finished Kafka's Metamorphosis yesterday. Started Atlas Shrugged today.

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    Amazon.com: White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America eBook: Nancy Isenberg: Kindle Store

    This is a rather uncomfortable read but, it's important and so revealing and well researched.
    I like to rock n' roll all night and *part* of every day. I usually have errands... I can only rock from like 1-3.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawthorne View Post
    Stalled on the Bible. Finished Kafka's Metamorphosis yesterday. Started Atlas Shrugged today.
    Good luck with Atlas Shrugged. If you have any questions please feel free to consult me.
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    Stealing America by Dinesh D'Souza

    Dinesh makes a strong case that Democrats/Progressives are crooks and use the government to steal from hard working Americans.

    Cabinet and federal agencies routinely spend tens of thousands of dollars commissioning portraits of senior government officials who like seeing their own image on the wall when they come to work every day. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke paid $19,500 to have an artist paint his portrait; Energy Secretary Steven Chu had his official portrait made for $21,100, and EPA administrator Lisa Jackson had her portrait done for nearly $40,000.
    NASA allocated $3 million to study How Congress works.
    The National Institutes of Health currently has a $500,000 research project to figure out why obese girls are asked on fewer dates. The agency also spent $330,000 to study the sex and drug habits of gay and transgender men in Peru. Another $371,000 was given to study if mothers love their dogs as much as their kids by examining the way their brains respond to pictures of both.
    We must be stinkin rich to be able to afford all these expenses.
    If bees did go extinct, we could always hire people to dress up as bees and pollinate flowers with tiny feather dusters. Sure it'd be more expensive, but there are also millions of idle teens.

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    Poems by Yang Mu

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    Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing our Kids for the Innovation Era

    This is probably the best book on education reform I've read and it's written by a lefty.

    There's an old saying about lectures. A lecture is an event where the notes of the professor pass to the notebooks of the students without going through the brains of either.
    Recently, Ito recruited a student volunteer to spend a week with sensors monitoring her brain activity. Ito found peaks of activity and troughs of passivity. Most people assume that the near-comatose pattern comes at night when the student is sleeping. But, no. The student's brain is in its most dormant state....during lectures.
    Lots of creative solutions. Basically the author contends that the educational system needs a complete overhaul. Lectures don't work. Teaching to the test is stupid and a waste of time. AP courses are a joke, etc.
    If bees did go extinct, we could always hire people to dress up as bees and pollinate flowers with tiny feather dusters. Sure it'd be more expensive, but there are also millions of idle teens.

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