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Decent One [Import]
Decent One [Import]
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating Glimpse Into The Life of a Wicked Man, Aug. 29 2015
This review is from: Decent One [Import] (DVD)
Modern history usually has no problem in identifying that which is evil in our midst. Individuals like Idi Amin, Pol Pot, Papa Doc, Stalin and Hitler qualify as the epitomes of what it means to be extremely wicked or demonic in their actions. Israeli filmmaker Vanessa Lapa, in this film, takes an in-depth look at how that kind of characterization, as truthful as it may be, may serve up a few interesting surprises. Using the personal archives of Heinrich Himmler, the infamous head of the Nazi SS, Lapa allows him to tell his own story of public service and private life in the first half of the 20th century. His life as one of Hitler's chief architects of the Final Solution is a study in dramatic human dichotomy where on one hand we have Himmler the ruthless ideologue who sees his life calling to eliminate the Jewish race, while on the other the loving, doting father who would do anything to guarantee the comfortant and happiness of his family. Within this context, Lapa uses the archives to explore and explode the self-proclaimed myth that even if he was a monster at least he cared for his loved ones. The many letters show that the former chicken farmer always struggled to impress Hitler that his role was absolutely indispensible to the survival of the Thoird Reich. Shielding his family from his murderous schemes by presenting himself as a decent chap was not without its challenges. People knew and people talked and in the end the truth got out: the man was a chauvinist, hypocrite and a sexist of the nth degree to go along with his moral turpitude. He try to keep his wife and children in ignorant bliss while maintaining a mistress and siring children outof wedlock. He tried to impress people that he worked for the good of the nation while overseeing the slaughter of millions of its citizens. This two-sided life stands as a reminder that despots of the worst kind always yearn to be seen as decent because that is the only way they can be justified in being evil. After Himmler's suicide, at the end of the war, the real strength and power of this fictional persona started to make itself really felt in his immediate family. Brainwashed to a person, each member clung to thatimage of a decentt father and husband whose memory needed to be honored in perpetuity.

The Intellectual Life of Edmund Burke: From the Sublime and Beautiful to American Independence
The Intellectual Life of Edmund Burke: From the Sublime and Beautiful to American Independence
by David Bromwich
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 43.74
34 used & new from CDN$ 36.37

5.0 out of 5 stars In Praise of Moderation, Aug. 29 2015
Having read Burke's"Reflections on the French Revolution", I was aware of his call for a greater sense of political civility in society based on a need to be sensitive to the needs and interests of others. Public morality is a critical ingredient in society that makes the ruler and the ruled equal in their responsibility to answer to each other's particular needs. Bromwich's study introduced me to many other great writings by Burke that deal with whathe believed was the proper temper for avoiding or controlling dissent within or between nations. Britain of the 18th century was Burke's model for showing how this ideal worked as well failed. All that is beautiful, noble and sublime that does not depend exclusively on the sensibilities of the aristocratic, or the passions of the democrat, or the reasonings of the philospher. A Whiggish sense of balance between class interests allows for power or authority to be exercised cautiously, the rule of law applied evenly, and dissent kept to a manageable level. Everything that happens in the body politic instructs us as to how that moderate position is achieved. Proscribe the freedom of expression and you might be inviting rebellion; unfairly increase the tax burden and you might have a revolution on your hands. Both these outcomes came to pass in Burke's lifetime with the unpopular policies of the Lord North ministry leading to the American Revolution and the downfall of the Bourbon monarchy with the onset of the French Revolution. Having said that Burke is clearly of the opinion that people must learn to live with the framework of the law that makes it imcumbent on all people to act as citizens and barbarians. Keep in mind that this book is more analytical of how Burke handled the issues of the day than descriptive of his personal life. This is political commentary at its best and not biographical disclosure, which other writers do a betterob at.

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Manual Nose Hair Trimmer by Muzitao© No Batteries Required The Best Portable Nose & Ear Hair Trimmer
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Price: CDN$ 24.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a trimmer that can be used anywhere, Aug. 28 2015
I have tried this trimmer for a week now and am convinced it is ideally suited for dealing with unsightly nose hairs when it is not otherwise practical to do so. A little pricey, maybe, but it sure does the job in a discreet and painless manner. As I was asked to test out this product, I would be remiss if I didn't say it is easy to operate and is a convenient small size. Also includes a small cleaning brush.

Universal Tablet Stand - Portable Waterproof Travel Stand For Your iPad, Tablet, e-reader, Smartphone & iPhone - iPad Stand Fits ANY iPad & ALL Tablets and Devices Under 1/2 Inch Thickness (Baby Blue)
Universal Tablet Stand - Portable Waterproof Travel Stand For Your iPad, Tablet, e-reader, Smartphone & iPhone - iPad Stand Fits ANY iPad & ALL Tablets and Devices Under 1/2 Inch Thickness (Baby Blue)
Offered by Muzitao
Price: CDN$ 11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Helpful Device for the Tablet Anywhere, Aug. 28 2015
I am doing this review as part of an opportunity to test out this product. Without any hesitation, it is a great product that allows me to use my tablet in an effective and convenient manner. The glare on the screen is greatly reduced and I am better able to work on e-mails and blogs while consulting other offline sources. This base is snug, compact and secure from tipping over, making it simple to use and store.

Go Set a Watchman: A Novel
Go Set a Watchman: A Novel
by Harper Lee
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 21.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars A World Stuck In Its Past, Aug. 28 2015
There are many parts of this novel that serve to remind us what a truly great writer Harper Lee is when it comes to getting inside the southern culture and exposing many of its raw and ugly features. The society of Maycomb County that confronts a young sophisticated Jean Louise Finch, upon her return home to visit an ailing father, the famous Atticus of "To Kill a Mockingbird", is an imperiously unyielding one that does not easily forgive or forget. Our heroine, in moving north to New York City, has long ago forsaken - or so she thinks - the narrow, closeted and bigoted existence of life in the Deep South. However, coming home will cause her to have to face, once again, those values that are built on segregation, intolerance and tradition. She will meet up with an old flame who still wants to marry her, an aunt who wants her to settle down, and Atticus who has become somewhat comfortable as a southern gentleman.Their lives reflect a daily uneasiness as they try to prevent any outside influences threatening their little world of social correctness. Live in this stultifying environment long enough and you become like its charter members: unapologetic racists and snobs. While this novel is more a series of heated discussions between two or more parties over the virtues of traditionalism versus modernism than a conventional story with a plot, setting and climax, "Go Set a Watchman" is a quality read. The main characters are well-rounded and believable in their interactions which lends credibility to its message that society has the very real power to corrupt its members. This work serves as a poignant reminder that even nice, respectable people who once stood up for the right can now be found shirking its responsibilities. For Jean Louise, this knowledge of human failing, while affirming her earlier decision to turn her back on her family, comes with a terrible price. There is the enduring tragedy of being uprooted from all that she has ever known in this very cossetted culture. She is now a Yankee northerner basically disowned by those who once loved her. If this is Harper Lee's coming-out story, it certainly isn't one of excitement and eager anticipation, just plenty of conflict and heartache amidst a strong will to be true to oneself. And yet there is surprisingly one person who will be there to lend moral support in this courageous decision to reject the claims of her past.

Kezzi Mens Watches K738 Quartz Analog Leather Wrist Watch Fashion Classic Casual Waterproof Brown
Kezzi Mens Watches K738 Quartz Analog Leather Wrist Watch Fashion Classic Casual Waterproof Brown
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Price: CDN$ 89.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Here's a watch that doesn't cost the esrth, Aug. 26 2015
I am very taken with the looks, feel, and price of this timepiece.The elegance of design, the softness of the leather strap, and the introductory sale price make it something to consider buying that is affordable for that special somebody in your life. It even comes with an extra battery.

Rich Power waterproof Rechargeable Portable Magnetic 4-Level LED Lamp & External power charger (Q7)
Rich Power waterproof Rechargeable Portable Magnetic 4-Level LED Lamp & External power charger (Q7)

4.0 out of 5 stars An all-purpose light with some promise, Aug. 26 2015
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There are a number of appealing features about this light that we are finding very useful around our condo or out camping: casts a good light for using at the computer desk; great for searching for items under the bed; can serve as a torch outside after dusk; can function as an emergency light; its magnetic surface allows it to be conveniently secured to any number of metal surfaces; and, best of all, it has an easy on-off switch. We did not try out the underwater function, but when that happens we will report on its performance.as someone called on to test this product, we are happy so far with how it works, especially with its LED capacity.

Dolce Dish Non-slip Painting Stainless Steel Interior Dog Bowl-Red-S#
Dolce Dish Non-slip Painting Stainless Steel Interior Dog Bowl-Red-S#
Offered by Biwin Inc.
Price: CDN$ 9.59

4.0 out of 5 stars Marty Loves It, Aug. 26 2015
Want to do something nice for your canine friend? Buy a Dolce non-slip stainless steel bowl that is sturdy, colourful and eye-catching. The size is ideal for keeping the servings to a modest amount. Washing this bowl has never been so easy as removing the base ring and sticking it in the dishwasher for a healthier way to cut back on nasty bugs hanging around on an unwashed surface.

Bushville Wins!: The Wild Saga of the 1957 Milwaukee Braves and the Screwballs, Sluggers, and Beer Swiggers Who Canned the New York Yan by John Klima (5-May-2015) Paperback
Bushville Wins!: The Wild Saga of the 1957 Milwaukee Braves and the Screwballs, Sluggers, and Beer Swiggers Who Canned the New York Yan by John Klima (5-May-2015) Paperback
by John Klima
Edition: Paperback
2 used & new from CDN$ 60.62

5.0 out of 5 stars The Making of a Champion, Aug. 23 2015
There are many great moments in my lifetime that I missed in the early years because I was a self-absorbed child just learning to find my way in life. I do remember reading about one of them in the World Book 1957 Yearbook: the time the Milwaukee Braves beat the mighty New York Yankees in the World Series. While I was later to find out more about this seminal event, it was only in dribs and drabs. Names like Burdette, Aaron, Matthews and Spann, playing out of the then modern County Stadium. As a sports aficionado, you can well imagine my delight when John Klima's account of the championship run became available. This book is the most complete account of the history of how this team came together under the most improbable circumstances to topple the mighty Yankees. It all started in Boston in the early 50s when Lou Perini, the Braves' owner, wanted to move the team west for a restart. The team was languishing both at the gate and on the field, and the game league-wise was in the hands of New York teams. When Perini finally got his wish, it became Milwaukee's time to shine. The city quickly embraced the Braves and their new super-star in the hope that a winner would follow. Alas, it would take three years to build a champion in what sportswriters called Bushville: the land of the rude, crude, and the tattooed. Right from the beginning this team won the battle at the gates, attracting over two million fans the first year. The new Braves had power and pitching but lacked good play-making on the field. That all changed when management traded for a very talented Hall-of-Famer named Red Schoendiest who knew how to put runs together and make timely defensive plays. I like the book for three reasons: one, it covers the background to the methodical creation of a winner in easy-to-understand detail; two, it gets into the lives of the individual players that made up this odd-ball team full of men who like to fight, cuss, and hit the ball out; and three, it finishes off with a game-by-game analysis as the Braves finally made it to the top. The denouement, sadly, was like everything else in life: when you get to the top be aware that somebody will inevitably come along to knock you off your lofty perch. While I can't vouch for the accuracy of Klima's research, I can certainly attest to his ability to tell a gem of a story worth reading for all its brashness and excitement.

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Bike Light - Front and Rear Aluminum LED Bike Light Set - 2 Valve Wheels Lights - 2 Waterproof High Intensity Multi-Purpose Rear Bike Light for Bicycle
Offered by AbcoDirect
Price: CDN$ 15.99
2 used & new from CDN$ 15.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Helmet lights give ample illumination, Aug. 23 2015
I received this product in order to test out its claim. On the whole, I am happy with the two attachable helmet lights that I am already using now that it is getting dark earlier.The valve lights, I suppose, are meant to improve visibility for traffic coming up beside the cyclist in the dark, but I have no way of testing out that theory. This is a honest review so don't go knocking it until you've tried the product out for yourself or sought a more reliable opinion.

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