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Simcity Limited Edition
Simcity Limited Edition
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worthless drm, March 18 2013
EA needs to learn -- just like all the big publishers -- that DRM is a slap in the face to customers actually willing to pay the full price of their games.

The Second World: How Emerging Powers Are Redefining Global Competition in the Twenty-first Century
The Second World: How Emerging Powers Are Redefining Global Competition in the Twenty-first Century
by Parag Khanna
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2.0 out of 5 stars A biased and unfocused survey of the "second world", Oct. 25 2010
First, I must point out the irony that Mr. Khanna, a graduate of the School of Foreign Service, used the term "Second World" to title his extended essay on the developing powers (a common but incorrect usage) and not the Soviet Union and its allies. That being said, I initially enjoyed this book until half way through I realized I was reading a bunch of essays stapled together that shared no common or clear thesis. Towards the end of his book Khanna really hammers hard his view that the future will be tripolar -- with the US sharing power with China and the EU. While this may in some ways be true it is more an artificial construct of acadamia than any idea of real tangible value. Why for example are the EU and the US to be separated when they share similar cultural and economic values, not to mention a common military defence system? Why ignore India when in five years it will be more populous than China? And why is Japan a "lesser" power when it was only surpassed by China this year in terms of nominal GDP? And why does Mr. Khanna repeatedly criticize the United Sates when he uncritically acknowledges China has similar flaws (regional divisions, inequality between ethnic groups, and many more)?

Neither did I appreciate his at times uncritical or manipulative (depending on your view) of his use of statistics. For example, he states that "the US has only ten cities of over a million people while China has a hundred." That is true if one ignores the fact that the US uses a starkly different political system that has separate municipalities for each suburb -- unlike one party China. This also suggests that China is more urbanized than the United States, a laughable suggestion for anyone who has been to any of China's western provinces. Ultimately, I found the broad idea for Mr. Khannas's work to be very enticing but I think his ambition and bias undermined what could have been a much stronger book.

Ethical Oil: The Case for Canada's Oil Sands
Ethical Oil: The Case for Canada's Oil Sands
by Ezra Levant
Edition: Hardcover
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good points turned to rants, Oct. 8 2010
It is about time that someone started writing a more rational evaluation of the pros and cons of Canada's oil sands. Levant makes many good points about examining the oil sands in a wider context, something that most people -- and "environmentalists" -- often fail to do. For example, the tendency of Western environmental groups to focus on the oil sands instead of Chinese industrial pollution or, the real problem; consumer demand, because it is politically expedient to do so. And while I agree with many of Levants arguments his chapters often lose focus and his use of hyperbole often subtracts from the thrust of his argument.

The Truth About Canada: Some Important, Some Astonishing, and Some Truly Appalling Things All Canadians Should Know About Our Country
The Truth About Canada: Some Important, Some Astonishing, and Some Truly Appalling Things All Canadians Should Know About Our Country
by Mel Hurtig
Edition: Paperback
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6 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars give it a rest, Aug. 4 2009
This book covers a lot of important issues that should concern all Canadians. However, instead of providing a balanced argument, relevant context or suggestions for improvements, Hurtig hammers the reader over the head with one message: "canada sucks." There are valid points raised in this book such as the failure of provincial governments to raise the minimum wage to keep pace with inflation. But even when Hurtig makes his case he proceeds to undermine it by manipulating statistics to bolster his case even when they don't. For example, when he talks of wage discrepancy over the past decade he blasts the top 10 percent for seeing their incomes increase by some $23 000 against very minimal increases for the lower tiers. However, the $23 000 barely works out to keeping pace with inflation of 2-3% compounded for a decade. After reading a hundred pages I started to feel as though I was reading an undergraduate paper by a political science student. I'm hoping to find some more constructive and balanced analysis out there.

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