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Nature's Bounty Magnesium Oxide 500mg 100 count
Nature's Bounty Magnesium Oxide 500mg 100 count
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1.0 out of 5 stars most experts do not recommend magnesium oxide as the magnesium supplement of choice, July 24 2016
From a commercial site, ancient-minerals.com: "Magnesium oxide is a common compound in the earth’s crust, comprising 35% of its content by mass. However, it has been found in medical studies to have one of the lowest degrees of bioavailability, as low as 4% bioavailable in one study. Therefore, most experts do not recommend magnesium oxide as the magnesium supplement of choice. Magnesium oxide is used in most store -bought brands of magnesium supplements due to its low cost." [Most short laudatory reviews are computer generated drivel.]


iPhone 5s Cable, JETech USB Sync and Charging Lightning Cable for iPhone 6/6 Plus/5/5S/5C, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad Mini (White)
iPhone 5s Cable, JETech USB Sync and Charging Lightning Cable for iPhone 6/6 Plus/5/5S/5C, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad Mini (White)
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Price: CDN$ 9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived promptly and works just fine., May 27 2016
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Second cable for ipad air to download photos to computer so I don't need to transfer recharge cable from different location.


Stormtrooper Families: Homosexuality and Community in the Early Nazi Movement
Stormtrooper Families: Homosexuality and Community in the Early Nazi Movement
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wackerfuss is no Ian Kershaw, May 7 2016
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Three stars means "it's okay" and that represents my tepid response to what could have been an important supplement to Kershaw's "Hitler" biography and "The End" (being the downfall of the Third Reich). This book demonstrates the pivotal importance of the brownshirts in the Nazis' rise to power as well as their comparatively redundant continuance to 1945. They and their leadership almost became a state within the state and after Hitler's ascendance a continuing threat to public order and hence a liability in public relations. Homosexuality is not as large a part of this history as the title might suggest and those seeking the titillation of Visconti's film "The Damned" or the Canadian movie "Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS" will (like me) be disappointed. Wackerfuss carefully distinguishes three states--homosexuality, homoeroticism, and homosociety--at play in stormtrooper bonding, with sexual acting out as the least pervasive. The historian produces huge amounts of research with many personal anecdotes and examples from letters, diaries and stormtrooper publications. But these latter fail to enliven the material so that the one-word review on Amazon.com--"Boring"--hits the nail on the head. The author has centered his history on Hamburg and his exposition of, and intermittent return to, Hamburg's long and noble history is too arcane and detailed for this casual reader. It will interest students of the period. To me, the book lacks the stylistic finesse of Ian Kershaw's three volume history of Hitler (which includes a lot more concurrent German history than its title suggests). The final descriptions of post-war fascination with and exploitation of alleged Stormtrooper events goes on too long, outside the announced scope of the title.


City of Night
City of Night
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4.0 out of 5 stars unable to love and be loved, March 24 2016
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This review is from: City of Night (Kindle Edition)
A stunning tour de force from 1963, City of Night is a progenitor of a subsequent flood of gay literature. I read it after Andrew Holleran's Dancer from the Dance, published 1983, which demonstrates a leap forward in gay life and self-consciousness. One takes another leap forward to Alan Hollinhurst's The Line of Beauty, winner of the 2004 Booker Prize despite its very explicit depiction of gay sexuality. Even that late, the novels portray gay men bumping up against each each other, unable to love and be loved. Born in 1943, I can testify to the emotional stunting and repression that led to the sad and hideous characterizations in City of Night. Hustlers (in Toronto) were the public face of queer life; other homosexual "lifestyles" were conducted behind closed doors with little change from Oscar Wilde's London. This autobiographical picaresque takes us from the narrator's abusive childhood to a hustler's odyssey through gay cruising venues. On a purely subjective basis I do not find prostitution and the sad sleazy parade of characters and situations entertaining. After plodding through the chapter called "The Professor," for example, I did a lot of skimming. Rechy spent five years refining this novel as he continued to hustle for a living, and the attention to literary detail is evident. He is a master prose stylist. Had he omitted some character encounters the book would be less a catalogue of his life and a more intense literary product. He states that it is a thinly veiled and character-augmented account.
This edition marks 50 years from first publication and has some very interesting materials at the back. There is a candid interview with Rechy about his life experiences and their relation to the novel. There are also several pages of publisher's proofs with his handwritten emendations, showing meticulous care.


Polo Ralph Lauren Classic Mid Rise Brief 4-Pack, M, Black
Polo Ralph Lauren Classic Mid Rise Brief 4-Pack, M, Black
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3.0 out of 5 stars FITTING PROBLEM, Feb. 15 2016
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Unfortunately, I am stuck between the (too) large and the (too) medium. Neither fits right. The medium could be correct except that the elastic is uncomfortably tight. I suggest you order one of each size to try them on (over a speedo, natch) for size.


Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall
Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall
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Price: CDN$ 11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars DETRITUS OF A 40 YEAR EXPERIMENT. (Also, See DDR ON U Tube.), Feb. 15 2016
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One reviewer states that she would have liked to hear more from Frau Paul, separated for years by the Wall from her ailing son. But this observation highlights a point. Frau Paul and her tragic son are DDR detritus, washed up for good, like many other victims of the Stasi. There isn't much more Frau Paul could say. The successful MO of the DDR was to stunt every comrade, both victim and victimizer. In T.S. Eliot's phrase, they were all "living and partly living." Each kept his head down and played along with the farce in all its bizarre manifestations. At first I wondered if the author's first person introduction was going anywhere; by the end I understood how she had combined multifarious personal interviews and observations into a coherent tapistry/mosaic of life in the DDR.
I followed her leads to Utube to see the derivative rocker Klaus Renft and the ludicrous manufactured dance, the lipsistep, a would-be socialist alternative to western decadance. There are also various propaganda videos from the DDR plus, astonishingly, scenes of Ostalgie, parties and souvenir stands, post-1990, of DDR memorabilia. These have few hits, but must be seen to get a fuller picture of the DDR and its aftermath.
Frau Paul, her husband and son, give an extended interview on a U Tube series called "A History of the DDR", episode 1 (of 7) at approx. the 42 minute mark. This is a detailed series from c.2003 of narrative and personal experiences of many comrades of the DDR.


Pagans and Christians: In the Mediterranean World from the Second Century AD to the Conversion of Constantine
Pagans and Christians: In the Mediterranean World from the Second Century AD to the Conversion of Constantine
Price: CDN$ 14.37

4.0 out of 5 stars VERY VERY THOROUGH, Jan. 29 2016
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Five stars for a specialist or academic student. Three subjective stars for me as there was "too much information" for my generalist brain. The pagan section is especially taxing because the pagans had no central authority enforcing an orthodoxy. Every village/town/shrine had a different cult/spirit/god and Fox seemingly describes every one that inscriptions or writings suggest or document, adducing the qualifications of source, age, authenticity, credibility etc. etc. etc. Hence it is a long book and I confess to some speed reading. The Christian section illustrates the adage that the victors write history so that more is known about the continuing story ("a fable agreed upon") of the Catholic Church. Works of the various heretics are given as much space as their relics permit. The book ends abruptly at the year 500 A.D., having amply fulfilled its mandate. My Kindle edition had maps but no pictures.


7W 300LM Mini CREE LED Flashlight Torch Adjustable Focus Zoom Light Lamp-Red(3 mode)
7W 300LM Mini CREE LED Flashlight Torch Adjustable Focus Zoom Light Lamp-Red(3 mode)
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4.0 out of 5 stars STURDY ALUMINUM CASE, Jan. 29 2016
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My first mail from China. What a thrill. These little flashlights work great now I figured them out. That's the reason I shorted rating by one star. There was no insert telling me how to use or install a battery. Just got them and they work just fine.


Cuisinart CGR-4NC 5-in-1 Griddler
Cuisinart CGR-4NC 5-in-1 Griddler
Price: CDN$ 119.22
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steak for dinner; waffles for breakfast., Nov. 28 2015
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Useful and versatile. I literally used it to grill steaks for dinner and make waffles for breakfast. Absurdly, you need to buy the waffle plates separately. Changing from grill plates to waffle is a snap [ha ha] and also lets you put them in the dishwasher. Use silicone spatula to avoid scratching the effective non-stick surfaces. My only beef is that the top surface does not heat as much as the bottom and I have to flip steak or waffles to cook evenly. Compact in size and light-weight. Would make a great gift.


Everland 100-Percent Whole Pastry Wheat Flour, 2Kg
Everland 100-Percent Whole Pastry Wheat Flour, 2Kg
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pricey and redundant for my waffles., Nov. 28 2015
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I thought this might make better waffles, but it really makes no difference. I want my waffles crispy, not tender.


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