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Misdiagnosed: One Woman's Tour of - And Escape From - Healthcareland
Misdiagnosed: One Woman's Tour of - And Escape From - Healthcareland
by Jody Berger
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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't like a medical diagnosis. No problem. Just ignore it and find a better one, July 4 2015
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“I had been reporting—almost unknowingly—for a year since the debacle with Dr. Silver. I had started asking questions because it’s what I do and because I was scared.

Instinctually, I’d started gathering bits of information like so many bricks that I could use to build a barricade between me and my gloomy diagnosis [of multiple sclerosis or MS].

As I went from doctor to doctor and flew to Canada, California, and back to Denver, I had collected information and ideas about interconnections of body, mind, and spirit. Or more accurately, I had learned how my body, mind, and spirit were connected. More than connected, they were in fact the same thing. All one.”

The above comes from this inspirational memoir by Jody Berger. She is a freelance journalist and certified holistic health coach.

The one good thing this book gets across is to take charge of your health. Berger does this and at the same time tells us how difficult it is to navigate “Healthcareland.” She ultimately turns to alternative medicine for the right answers since she did not believe her diagnosis of MS. (She is a graduate of the “Institute of Integrative Nutrition” based in New York City.)

However, I did have problems with this book. She tells us that she went “from doctor to doctor and flew” to many places. She even flew to India for yoga workouts. She took nutritional supplements. The fact is that the majority of people would find it difficult to afford everything that she did. As well, many people can’t pick up and fly to places seemingly on a whim.

There are some high-profile people that have MS. One of these people is former talk show host Montel Williams. You may have seen his infomercials for nutritional products (juicers, etc.). If nutrition was the answer to the puzzle of MS, you’d think he would have been cured years ago.

The fact is that MS is a finicky disease, known for its remissions. By the end of her book, Berger tells us how alternative medicine had cured her and then the book simply ends. If I was thought to have been cured of MS, the first thing I would do is get the appropriate tests and scans to make sure that this is truly the case.

Berger spent, I felt, quite a bit of time discussing her (rich) boyfriend and her tumultuous relationship with her mother. Doing this bogged down the story.

Berger’s story reminded me of the late comedian and actress Gilda Radner-. She did not have MS but had ovarian cancer. She beat the cancer and even wrote a book of her triumph. Unfortunately, the cancer returned and she died. I hope that this is not Berger’s fate where her MS returns and she ends up severely disabled. Time will tell.

Finally, I’m concerned that this book may send out the wrong message: if you get a diagnosis you don’t like, just ignore it and get one you do like. This is dangerous thinking.

In conclusion, this book has good intentions but it may send out the wrong message.

(First published 2014; 21 chapters; afterword; main narrative 270 pages; appendix; references; acknowledgments; about the author)

<<Stephen PLETKO, London, Ontario, Canada>>

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Lucy
Lucy
DVD ~ Scarlett Johansson
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5.0 out of 5 stars The average person uses 10% of their brain capacity. IMAGINE what could be done with 100%!!, June 27 2015
This review is from: Lucy (DVD)
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"Animal life on Earth goes back millions of years. Yet most species use only 3% to 5% of its cerebral capacity.

But it isn't until we reached human beings at the top pf the animal chain that we finally see a species use more of its cerebral capacity.

10% might not seem like much, but it's a lot if you look at all we've done with it."

The above comes from this intriguing movie written and directed by Luc Besson (who has a small cameo).

This is an English-language French sci-fi action movie that was filmed in Taipei, Paris, and New York City.

Scarlett Johansson portrays "Lucy" who gains special intellectual abilities when a drug is absorbed into her bloodstream. Morgan Freeman plays a respected professor of neuroscientist whom Lucy consults.

We get to see how Lucy changes as her brain capacity increases gradually to 100%.

Despite the nonsensical plot that focuses on the 10% brain capacity myth, this movie still managed to pull me in because of Johansson's performance, the intriguing themes, and the visual effects. In fact, I think it's a credit to director Besson's style and Johansson's performance that this movie wasn't a train wreck.

An intriguing feature of this movie is that there are flashbacks to the female hominid (who lived 3.2 million years ago) whose common name was "Lucy." (Her discoverers named her after the Beatles' song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.") This movie implies that she was the oldest ancestor of humankind.

(Four people are credited with discovering the bones of Lucy in Ethiopia in Nov. 1974. One of these discoverers was American paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson.)

The DVD (released in 2015) has one ten-minute extra called "Cerebral Capacity: The True Science of Lucy." I found it quite informative.

Finally, this film has performed exceptionally well at the box-office: it has earned back about 11.5 times its budget.

In conclusion, I found this an intriguing movie. Yes, there are problems but damn is it entertaining!!

(2014; 83 min excluding end credits; 20 scenes; wide screen, rated "R")

<<Stephen PLETKO, London, Ontario, Canada>>

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The Quantum Moment: How Planck Bohr Einstein And Heisenberg Taught Us To Love Uncert
The Quantum Moment: How Planck Bohr Einstein And Heisenberg Taught Us To Love Uncert
by Robert P Crease
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5.0 out of 5 stars The QUANTUM: its science and its impact on culture, June 21 2015
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"The quantum, the name for the fact that energy comes in finite packages and is not infinitely divisible, was introduced in 1900 to explain puzzling results in a remote corner of physics about how light is emitted and absorbed.

Two quantum revolutions followed.

The first occurred between 1900 and 1925 when scientists discussed and developed the theory without attracting much public attention.

Then, in 1925-27, the theory was transformed by a second revolution, called quantum mechanics, whose bizarre implications became the subject of public curiosity and discussion.

Even today, over eighty years later, humanity is still unsure what to make of the second quantum revolution, finding it puzzling, visionary, and even shocking."

The above comes from this fascinating and highly readable book by Robert Crease and Alfred Goldhaber. Crease is a professor in the Department of Philosophy at Stony Brook University (located in Stony Brook, New York) as well as an author. Goldhaber is professor at the Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics in Stony Brook University and Fellow of the American Physical Society.

This book tells the true story of quantum physics (the physics of the very small or subatomic) in accessible language. We learn about diverse concepts and images that sprang from the quantum idea such as quantum leaps, randomness, wave-particle duality, the uncertainty principle, complementarity, superposition, Schrodinger's cat, spooky action at a distance, parallel worlds, and multiverses.

The history of quantum physics as it progresses is done quite well. We're introduced to the cast of characters responsible for these revolutions that includes such science geniuses as Max Planck, Erwin Schrodinger, Niels Bohr, Werner Heisenberg, Paul Dirac, and Albert Einstein. We get to peruse the actual writings of some of these science giants.

Perhaps the greatest idea pursued by this book is looking at the impact of quantum mechanics on general culture. Thus, along the way, there are jokes, cartoons, trivia, etc.

After each chapter is an "interlude" that gives technical details or mentions related topics not mentioned in the main narrative. {These interludes can be skipped if desired.)

Finally, there are just over forty-five illustrations (portraits, comics, etc.) found in this book.

In conclusion, after reading this book you'll probably agree with the following penned by a philosopher:

"Never in the history of science has there been a theory which has had such a profound impact on human thinking as quantum mechanics; nor has there been a theory which scored such spectacular successes in the prediction of such an enormous variety of phenomena."

**After writing this review, I deserve a break. I think I'll get a drink at the "Sir Isaac Newton," a pub mentioned in this book.

(First published 2014; introduction; 12 chapters; conclusion; main narrative 280 pages; notes; acknowledgements; credits; index; about the authors)

<<Stephen PLETKO, London, Ontario, Canada>>

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Corner Gas: Season 3
Corner Gas: Season 3
DVD ~ Brent Butt
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5.0 out of 5 stars Be sure to watch this comedy series, you jackass!!, June 13 2015
This review is from: Corner Gas: Season 3 (DVD)
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This is a Canadian T.V. sitcom created by Canadian comedian Brent Butt. (Yes! That's his real name.) The series ran for six seasons from Jan 22, 2004 to April 13, 2009 for a total of 107 episodes.

Deriving its name from the roadside gas station in the fictional, small (very small!) town of Dog River, Saskatchewan, Canada, "Corner Gas" is the only gas station within 37 miles (60 km) in any direction.

The characters of this small town are quirky:

Brent Leroy (Brent Butt) is the proprietor of the gas station. His parents, Oscar (Eric Peterson) whose favorite word is "jackass" and Emma (Janet Wright) are life-time residents of Dog River.

Wanda Dollard (Nancy Robertson) works at the station's convenience store as a retail assistant.

An adjoining cafe, "The Ruby", is owned by Lacey Burrows (Gabrielle Miller), who inherited it from her Aunt Ruby.

Dog River's Police Department (the "DRPD") consists entirely of veteran Davis Quinton (Lorne Cardinal) and rookie Karen Pelly (Tara Spencer-Nairn).

Brent's best friend, the perpetually unemployed Hank Yarbo (Fred Ewanuick), spends his time hanging out with Dog River residents or drinking coffee at the Ruby.

A number of notable Canadian celebrities and politicians appear as guest stars or have cameo roles in many episodes.

Most of the episodes are stand-alone and can be viewed in any order.

This very funny show, which was filmed entirely in Saskatchewan, became an instant hit, averaging a million viewers per episode. In Saskatchewan, April 13 is known as "Corner Gas Day." This show is presently televised in 26 countries.

I found that season three of Corner Gas retained its quirky characters and that all episodes retained the humour I've come to expect. In fact, most episodes are hilarious. Son the former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and "E-talk" host, Ben Mulroney, appears in one of the episodes.

Finally, there is an extra entitled "Beyond Corner Gas: Tales from Dog River."

In conclusion, the third season of the hit comedy "Corner Gas" presents episodes in the life of a small town where there's "not a lot goin' on."

Warning!! Once you become addicted to this series, you officially become a "Butt head."

(2005 - 2006); 19 episodes on 3 discs; 22 min per episode; total time: 420 min or 7 hrs; wide screen)

<<Stephen PLETKO, London. Ontario, Canada>>

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Corner Gas: Season 2
Corner Gas: Season 2
DVD ~ Brent Butt
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5.0 out of 5 stars Be sure to watch this comedy series, you jackass!!, June 6 2015
This review is from: Corner Gas: Season 2 (DVD)
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This is a Canadian T.V. sitcom created by Canadian comedian Brent Butt. (Yes! That's his real name.) The series ran for six seasons from Jan 22, 2004 to April 13, 2009 for a total of 107 episodes.

Deriving its name from the roadside gas station in the fictional, small (very small!) town of Dog River, Saskatchewan, Canada, "Corner Gas" is the only gas station within 37 miles (60 km) in any direction.

The characters of this small town are quirky:

Brent Leroy (Brent Butt) is the proprietor of the gas station. His parents, Oscar (Eric Peterson) whose favorite word is "jackass" and Emma (Janet Wright) are life-time residents of Dog River.

Wanda Dollard (Nancy Robertson) works at the station's convenience store as a retail assistant.

An adjoining cafe, "The Ruby", is owned by Lacey Burrows (Gabrielle Miller), who inherited it from her Aunt Ruby.

Dog River's Police Department (the "DRPD") consists entirely of veteran Davis Quinton (Lorne Cardinal) and rookie Karen Pelly (Tara Spencer-Nairn).

Brent's best friend, the perpetually unemployed Hank Yarbo (Fred Ewanuick), spends his time hanging out with Dog River residents or drinking coffee at the Ruby.

A number of notable Canadian celebrities and politicians appear as guest stars or have cameo roles in many episodes.

Most of the episodes are stand-alone and can be viewed in any order.

This very funny show, which was filmed entirely in Saskatchewan, became an instant hit, averaging a million viewers per episode. In Saskatchewan, April 13 is known as "Corner Gas Day." This show is presently televised in 26 countries.

I found that season two of Corner Gas retained its quirky characters and that all episodes retained the humour I've come to expect. In fact, most episodes are hilarious. The Canadian rock band "The Tragically Hip" appears in one of the episodes.

Finally, there is an extra entitled "E-talk interviews." As well, five of the episodes have commentary, if desired.

In conclusion, the second season of the hit comedy "Corner Gas" presents episodes in the life of a small town where there's "not a lot goin' on."

Warning!! Once you become addicted to this series, you officially become a "Butt head."

(2004-2005; 18 episodes on 3 discs; 22 min per episode; total time: 400 min or 6 hrs, 40 min; full screen)

<<Stephen PLETKO, London. Ontario, Canada>>

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The Real Cost of Fracking: How America's Shale Gas Boom Is Threatening Our Families, Pets, and Food
The Real Cost of Fracking: How America's Shale Gas Boom Is Threatening Our Families, Pets, and Food
by Michelle Bamberger
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fracking: Do the costs outweigh the benefits?? You decide!!, May 30 2015
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(1) "Water dispensers and water buffalos have displaced our water sources"
(2) "All my puppies were born dead"
(3) "I have no calves this year"
(4) "My vet can't figure out what's happening to my animals"
(5) "We had to leave our home to escape the bad air"
(6) "We all have headaches, nosebleeds, and rashes"
(7) "We are not living; we are merely existing"

The above common complaints of people living in fracking (the extraction of natural gas by hydraulic fracturing) areas are found in this revealing book by Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald. Bamberger is a veterinarian & author and Oswald is a professor of molecular medicine at Cornell University.

In the beginning chapters of this book we sit across the kitchen table from REAL people who have been seriously affected by fracking, families with children (including babies) and with pets--dogs, cats, horses, goats, pigs, chickens, and a donkey.

The middle chapters encompasses farmers and food-producing animals (largely beef cattle).

In the last chapters, the authors analyse the issues surrounding unconventional gas drilling (which fracking is) and delve into environmental justice.

By giving a voice to people at ground zero of the fracking debate, the authors show us the consequences of fracking and issue an urgent warning to all of us: fracking poses a serious threat to--

(1) The air we breathe
(2) The water we drink
(3) The food we eat

This book superbly illustrates society's modern dilemma:

We require energy to live with our many modern conveniences, but to what degree of environmental degradation, health risks, and food supply threats do we want to accept to obtain that energy?

Finally, for those who want to know the technical details behind fracking, there is an informative appendix entitled "A Primer on Gas Drilling."

In conclusion, it all comes down to this with respect to fracking:

Do the costs outweigh the benefits? Do we welcome oil and gas companies when they come to our neighbourhood with open arms, or do we tell them to "FRACK OFF?"

(First published 2014; foreword; introduction; 9 chapters; epilogue; main narrative 180 pages; appendix; acknowledgements; notes; index)

<<Stephen PLETKO, London, Ontario, Canada>>

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Glacial Balance [Import]
Glacial Balance [Import]
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5.0 out of 5 stars What's happening to the glaciers?? Why does it matter??, May 23 2015
This review is from: Glacial Balance [Import] (DVD)
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"What makes our time so different than the past is that we've never had 7 billion people living on the planet. 50% of the surface of our planet is in the tropics and 70% [about 5 billion] of those people live in the tropics. And so the impacts on people will be felt most severely here in the tropical regions.

In the worst case [scenario], if we melt all [the glacial] ice on the planet, sea level will rise 70 meters [about 230 feet].

The world will not look like it looks like today. The impacts on people having to migrate to find places to live will be tremendous."

The above is said by one of the commenters in this beautifully-filmed documentary. It has no narration but is purely comment-driven.

A glacier is a body of dense ice that is constantly moving under its own weight. It forms where the accumulation of snow exceeds its melting over many years (usually centuries). Glaciers are found in mountain ranges on every continent (except Australia). Glacial ice is the largest reservoir of freshwater on Earth.

This documentary is a journey along the spine of the Andes Mountain Range in South America. We start in Columbia, then go to Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and end in Argentina.

Along the way, we get to know the indigenous people and lives of those (especially farmers) who are affected by the dwindling tropical glacial reserve. (The dwindling glacial reserve is the "canary in the coal mine" for climate change and global warming.)

We are accompanied by scientists (geologists, climatologists, glaciologists, etc.) who give us a perspective on what is happening in the natural world and what we can expect.

And from that, the greatest thing we learn is of the chain reaction effect that these disappearing glaciers are having on us and the rest of the world.

This film has comments from over fifty environmentalists, activists, and scientists. It features Lonnie Thompson, "Time" magazine's "Hero of the Environment."

Finally, this documentary is the "official selection" of many film festivals.

In conclusion, this is a beautifully-filmed documentary that educates the viewer about an alarming ugly fact: the dwindling glacial reserve in the Andes Mountain Range of South America.

(2013; 93 min excluding end credits; wide screen; 9 chapters)

<<Stephen PLETKO, London, Ontario, Canada>>

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Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search for Life Among the Stars
Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search for Life Among the Stars
by Lee Billings
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3.0 out of 5 stars Detailing the heroic quest for other Earth-like planets and life...beyond our solar system, May 16 2015
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"[1] [Are] there other Earth-size, Earth-like exoplanets [extrasolar planets, a planet that orbits a star other than our Sun] in our Galaxy, and in the wider universe?
[2] Was our situation here on Earth average, or was it instead quite special, even unique?
[3] [Are] we cosmically alone?

I decided to write this book when I learned just how soon we might gain answers to some of these seemingly timeless questions."

The above is found in the introduction of this interesting book by Lee Billings. He is a science writer whose work has appeared in several respected science magazines. This is his first book.

The first two chapters begin with the history of SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence), a discussion with SETI pioneer Frank Drake, and a detailed look at the Drake Equation, an equation that must be considered when dealing with "The search for life among the stars" (this book's subtitle). I felt that these first chapters were well-done and I must admit that Billings' writing and research are impressive.

One thing that Billings does in these chapters is provide the reader with the actual values that Drake and others came up with for the Drake Equation (a seven-variable equation formulated in 1961 which calculates "N," the number of communicating civilizations on exoplanets in our Galaxy). I think, instead of providing values that are over fifty years old, it would have been more instructive to provide the present-day values As well, the final value of N is not calculated (even though a value is given using Drake's "shortcut").

(I did do the calculation using the actual values of 1961 and got {N = 20 to 50,000,000}. For those who are interested, the present-day value is {N = 2 to 280,000,000}).

The next four chapters seem to go off-topic. Billings gets lost in historical asides as well as long, detailed profiles of scientists, and other musing (e.g. greenhouse gases, Marcellus formation) . There are chapters, for example, on the history of astronomy and the Earth's early epochs (Yawn). Thus, I found these four chapters somewhat tedious to read (even though the writing is still good). In fact, I was going to give up on the book at this point.

However, I decided not to give-up. To my surprise, I found that the last four chapters went back on-topic with respect to exoplanets and I found them to be quite interesting since I had not read some of this information before. Yes, the author does meander at times but generally he stays on-topic.

Billings traces the triumphs, tragedies, and even betrayals of the exceptional men (e.g. Jim Kasting, a former NASA scientist) and women (e.g. Sara Seager, a MIT professor and visionary, known as the "astronomical Indiana Jones") seeking life among the stars.

This book has no illustrations. These, I feel, would have helped cut down this book's wordiness.

Finally, I should explain my rating. Six of this book's ten chapters are good. Thus, it deserves three stars out of five stars. I was also impressed with the quality of writing and research. Therefore, this book deserves another half star

In conclusion, when he stays on-topic, science journalist Lee Billings does a good job of exploring the past and future of the "exoplanet boom" through research and interviews with the astronomers and planetary scientists at its forefront!!

*** 1/2 '

(First published 2013; introduction; 10 chapters; main narrative 265 pages; acknowledgements; references and notes; index)

<<Stephen PLETKO, London, Ontario, Canada>>

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How to Change Minds About Our Changing Climate: Let Science Do the Talking the Next Time Someone Tries to Tell You...The Climate Isn't Changing; Global Warming is Actually a Good Thing; Climate Change is Natural, Not Man-Made...and Other Arguments It's Time to End for Good
How to Change Minds About Our Changing Climate: Let Science Do the Talking the Next Time Someone Tries to Tell You...The Climate Isn't Changing; Global Warming is Actually a Good Thing; Climate Change is Natural, Not Man-Made...and Other Arguments It's Time to End for Good
by Seth B. Darling
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Climate science versus climate change skeptics. And the winner is..., May 10 2015
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"[In this book], we aim to provide a response to the plethora of skeptic misconceptions that inundate the media and blogosphere.

Using clear and accessible explanations of what we do and don't know about the science, we hope to equip readers with the tools to distinguish fact from fiction, to see through the smoke and mirrors, and to understand what needs to be done to address climate change and why.

You don't need a degree in science to understand the basic principles of climate change, but you do need to have some facts straight--facts that we're confident you'll have at hand after reading this book."

The above comes from the introduction of this book by Seth Darling and Douglas Sisterson. Darling is a scientist at the Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) in Illinois. Sisterson is a senior manager at the ANL for the US Department of Energy's Climate Research Facility. Both authors have received the University of Chicago's Pinnacle of Education Award.

What this easy-to-read book does is to scientifically examine fourteen claims common among climate change skeptics (also called "truthers").

Here are just five of the fourteen skeptic claims that are examined:

(1) There is no consensus.

(2) Who says climate change is such a bad thing?
(Climate change is any significant change in the measures of climate [such as temperature, precipitation, and humidity] lasting for an extended period of time [such as several decades or centuries]. Many people confuse this with "global warming" which is the phenomenon of rising average temperatures around the planet.)

(3) Climate is too complex to model or predict.
(Climate is not the same as weather. Weather is what you get day to day. Measures of weather include temperature, humidity, and precipitation. Climate is the average of weather measures over many decades, usually a thirty-year period.)

(4) There's no link between carbon dioxide and global temperature. (Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas.)

(5) Renewable energy is too expensive or too variable. (Renewables include solar and wind.)

I said above that fourteen skeptic claims are examined in this book. Actually, what I meant to say is that there are fourteen major skeptic claims that require an in-depth scientific analysis.

A chapter in this book examines eleven minor skeptic claims that can be easily explained and thus can be lumped into one chapter. An example of a minor skeptic claim found in this book is as follows:

Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), rather than carbon dioxide, are the primary cause of climate change.

Thus, in effect, this book examines a total of twenty-five skeptic claims.

Finally, excellent illustrations permeate this book. My favourite is entitled, "Greenhouse Effect." It has the following caption:

"The sun's rays heat up the Earth's surface, which then emits longwave radiation back toward space. Some of that radiation is absorbed by greenhouse gases, and some of that radiation is then reemitted back down to the surface."

In conclusion, besides the science, this book has taught me that skeptics come up with quite an assortment of arguments in an attempt to draw attention away from the fact that climate change is occurring, that it's serious, and that human activity may be a major cause of it.

The sooner we can agree that climate change is a significant threat to our well-being, the sooner we can do something about it.

(First published 2014; introduction; prologue; 5 parts or 15 chapters; epilogue; main narrative 185 pages; acknowledgements; index; about the authors)

<<Stephen PLETKO, London, Ontario, Canada>>

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Capone;Al: Icon
Capone;Al: Icon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Do you know the REAL story of Al Capone??, May 2 2015
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"Al Capone is an American icon because he still symbolizes today (eighty years later), the power of criminals to corrupt politicians and policemen."

The above comes from this outstanding documentary about American gangster and Chicago crime boss Al "Scarface" Capone (1899 to 1947).

It examines Capone's personal history, lasting legacy, and unveils his unexpected connection to modern-day organized crime, law enforcement, as well as to popular culture from movies to rap music, and even everyday life in Chicago.

The menu chapters for this documentary are entitled as follows:

(1) The beginnings
(2) The rise
(3) The influences
(4) The hunt
(5) The fall
(6) The legacy

This informative film is mainly comment-driven with comments from people such as journalists, professors, historians, detectives, and writers/directors. There are even comments from a former Chicago mob member (now a FBI informant), musicians, and Capone's grand-niece.

Finally, images in this documentary are in the form of black & white still pictures as well as black & white film footage.

In conclusion, for those who want to know the real story of Al Capone, this documentary is a must-see!! The one main thing you should learn from this film is the legend outlasted the man.

(2014; 55 min; wide screen; 6 chapters; PBS)

<<Stephen PLETKO, London, Ontario, Canada>>

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