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Full Spectrum Disorder: The Military in the New American Century
Full Spectrum Disorder: The Military in the New American Century
by Stan Goff
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 17.74
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Cerebral Sergent, April 20 2004
I have read some of Stan Goff's email postings to various websites on current affairs, and found him to be knowledgeable, smart, funny, and always relevant. His perspective on military affairs is essentially unsurpassed, but amazingly, he identifies with the "left" political spectrum as a former Special Ops soldier, and that (alone) makes Stan Goff unique and worth listening to.
But this book took my appreciation of Stan Goff to a whole new level. Although I never met him and have no idea of key aspects of his personal history, I have a theory about Stan Goff. I believe that, as a non-commissioned officer in the U.S. military (and let me say that I have absolutely no experience in the military and am only speculating), I believe that Stan Goff must have experienced condescending treatment from commissioned officers who expected obedience and implementation of commands without discussion or intellectual questioning. I sense that Stan Goff eventually said, "To hell with this!" and did the necessary self-educating to make himself a bona fide, well-read, deep thinking, highly informed intellectual.
Intellectualism is a working platform for this book. Stan Goff is the sort of self-confident, mature, person who is not afraid to assess current affairs and produce analyses and predictions. He is not afraid to make a mistake, and is not afraid to take criticism. I find that refreshing, and Stan Goff has earned his credibility with flying colors!
I think Stan Goff nailed his many analyses of current problems, strategies, and solutions. He figured it out, and although the prognosis for the future of the American Empire looks bad, that is where the facts led Stan, and I agree with him.
I think Stan is doing the left a great service in offering advice on dealing with military people, and using their experiences, specialized knowledge, and sensibilities to a degree never even contemplated by leftists. Military people, like ex-Sgt. Goff have unique skill sets that may make the telling difference in future struggles for freedom and preservation of democracy, even right in the U.S.A. as our civilization implodes due to its inherent unsustainability.
I recommend Stan Goff's book to everyone. I want to read more of his work. I hope he is as prolific as he is intelligent, and as versatile as he is honest.
Stan Moore San Geronimo, CA

Mice in the Freezer, Owls on the Porch: The Lives of Naturalists Frederick and Francis Hamerstrom
Mice in the Freezer, Owls on the Porch: The Lives of Naturalists Frederick and Francis Hamerstrom
by Helen McGavran Corneli
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Most Amazing Couple Ever!, Aug. 24 2003
Either Frederick or Fran Hamerstrom would be the suitable recipient of a major biography. But together, with a marriage of almost 60 years and a career that defied convention and influenced their fields of endeavor, the Hamerstroms have to be considered among the most amazing couples ever.
Fran was impetuous and craved attention; Frederick was meticulous and dignified and reserved. The synergy created by this combination led to careers in wildlife conservation that helped save a species on its way towards local extinction. The wildlife management protocols developed by the Hamerstroms are still entirely appropriate, and some experts feel the future salvation of certain imperiled species will require the utilitization of management techniques pioneered by the Hamerstroms.
In addition to hard-core field work in wildlife conservation, the Hamerstroms led a life of great adventure and public service. They helped save European ornithologists after the Second World War. They entertained at least three Nobel Prize winners in their homes, and they rubbed shoulders with members of high society as well as their own lowly "gabboons".
Helen Corneli has researched details of the lives of the Hamerstroms with great meticulousness and described this history with great clarity and a unique perspective as a neighbor and personal friend of the Hamerstroms.
This is a book that will be appreciated by anyone with a sense of adventure, anyone with a love for wildlife, and by anyone who appreciates a good romance -- all these ingredients were predominate in the lives of the Hamerstroms and in this outstanding book.
Stan Moore San Geronimo, CA

The Party's Over: Oil, War, and the Fate of Industrial Societies
The Party's Over: Oil, War, and the Fate of Industrial Societies
by Richard Heinberg
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Reality Check for the Industrial World, April 29 2003
Richard Heinberg has done a tremendous service for all of us in America and the industrial world. Most Americans have known for years of risks associated with dependence on "foreign oil", but few Americans know that the critical point in human use of oil as an energy source is upon us. Few Americans ever heard of Hubbert's Peak in terms of American oil production, much less world oil production. Thus, industry and government have been able to use aspects of the truth (there is still one trillion barrels of recoverable oil underground) to obfuscate a critical fact -- the end of the entire age of oil as a primary fuel for human industry is within sight.
This fact has enormous (world altering) ramifications, as Heinberg demonstrates in his well-researched book. Foreign policy, domestic policy, ecology, wildlife conservation, and the entire American "way of life" are at issue. The information offered in this book is certainly known by government officials and undoubtedly has a direct influence, a primary influence, on the War on Terrorism, the War on Iraq, the U.S. Stock Market, and, increasingly on public debate in the U.S.
The fact that the U.S. Government, under administrations of either party, have not provided knowledge of the issues discussed in this book speaks poorly of the future of American democracy, and the absolute, dire need for American to educate themselves by reading this book and others like it.
To his credit, Heinberg explores opposing and alternate views of the data that support his conclusions. Rather than deny or ignore the alternate views, Heinberg explains them and persuades the reader by virtue of superior argumentation. This adds to his credibility, while diminishing the credibility of the doubters of his arguments.
In the current War on Iraq and War on Terrorism, many Americans and other citizens of the world found governmental explanations for precipitate U.S. military actions to be of doubtful authenticity and perhaps indicative of some hidden agenda. Heinberg's book helps understand what the basis of this hidden agenda is, and his book underscores the fact that this is not a temporary situation, but tied to the ultimate depletion of oil as a usable resource for the "energizing" of human industry and societies.
This book will be a bellweather book for the understanding of America's place in the world, and humanity's prospects for continued prosperity on a rapidly changing planet. It would be impossible to overemphasize the importance of this book.

Punch One Night, Two Lives, and the Fight That Changed Basketball Forever
Punch One Night, Two Lives, and the Fight That Changed Basketball Forever
by John Feinstein
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars What about the punch itself?, Nov. 9 2002
I read the book today and found it to be a pretty good story of the events surrounding the punch. But I was surprised and disappointed not to see more information on the medical aspects of the punch. I think the book would have been much more interesting if some facial x-rays or photos of Rudy T's face or even more medical description of the actual damage was included.
I think the book would have been more meaningful if the doctors involved had been interviewed about their recollections of the actual medical treatment. And a psychologist or two could have been used to describe the psychology of the throwing of that punch, such as description of the "fight or flight" syndrome of human evolution. I believe that Kermit Washington's reaction was a instantary and involuntary response to a perceived threat that appeared instantly in his field of view.
I grew up in Houston and always loved Rudy T., and especially loved watching him bank shots off the backboard from the wing. He was a wonderful basketball player and I did love the way the book described his reactions to the doctors, his wife, his daughters, etc.
I believe that Kermit Washington was a victim in a very real way of this tragedy, but and his victimhood may very well have been ultimately more profound than that of Rudy Tomjanovich.
I am glad the situation is nearing resolution, and it would be great if Kermit could finally get a job within the league and make a decent living after his livelihood was virtually destroyed by what happened in 1977.
Stan Moore San Geronimo, CA

Natural Capitalism
Natural Capitalism
by L. Hunter Lovins
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book -- one major flaw seen so far, June 3 2002
This review is from: Natural Capitalism (Paperback)
I had to read this book when I saw that my conservation hero, David Brower, said it may be the most important book of the century. In general, I find this book full of incredible, encouraging information on how human endeavors on this planet can be sustainable for not only human generations to come, but for preservation of biodiversity and ecological health of the planet.
My one gripe so far is an example used by the authors on pp. 207 and 208 relating to the suitable goal of better-managed livestock grazing. I have personally researched the methods recommended by Alan Savory, called "Holistic Management" and even communicated with Savory and his practicioners. The bottom line is that Savory's theories about grazing are severely flawed, especially in the context of the American West, where his principles are most widely accepted. For starters, the huge herds of migratory ungulates in North America (that he wishes to duplicate through management) were on the Great Plains east of the Rockies, not in the arid West. The arid West did not evolve with large-scale grazing and is ecologically incompatible with Savory's methods for several reasons. For one, fragile microbiotic soil crusts on large portions of the West are damaged by cattle hooves and thus lose their critical ability to exclude seed germination of non-native invasive weeds, like cheatgrass, which is a huge and growing problem in the West. Commercial cattle grazing in the west (especially in areas with less than 12" of annual rainfall) changes native vegetation composition by species and structure and results in a disastrous cycle of brush encroachment, fire, and non-native species encroachment. Savory does not distinguish between native biodiversity and non-native biodiversity, and he fails to understand that the American West IS a natural desert. Pristine, ungrazed, natural deserts in the American West are healthy places, full of native biodiversity, but cattle grazing creates wastelands from healthy desert or favors non-native plants that are totally unfavorable for native flora and fauna. There is a growing body of literature and professional opinion by the grazing community and the conservation / environmental community that the solutions offered by Savory are contributing to the problem, rather than the solution.
A better approach would recommend the implementation of a plan, such as the National Public Lands Grazing Campaign, which offers to generously compensate public lands cattle ranchers in the Arid West to voluntarily retire their revokable Federal grazing permits. This would ultimately save the taxpayer hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidation fees annually, allow the public lands to heal and become preserves of native biodiversity and watershed resource protection areas, plus provide opportunities for revenue production for recreational uses, such as birdwatching, hiking, wildlife viewing, archaeological research, etc.
Despite that flaw, the book "Natural Capitalism" is a fantastic book, perhaps the most encouraging body of information I have seen in some time. I heartily encourage and even implore all conservationists to read and digest it and work for implementation of its concepts, including stoppage of the massive subsidation of environmentally destructive industries, such as agriculture, livestock grazing, and unsustainable timber harvest.

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