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(on Wikipedia)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102562/

An evil scientist constructs a robot surrogate and transfers his consciousness into it to carry out his plans for global domination by kidnapping a very wealthy sheikh's son.

A watchable moderate-budget movie which somehow still falls into an 80s-cheese style. It's rare to find such a bold movie, even with it being unashamedly graphic to the point of dark comedy. I think that's why I like it.

It's worth watching once.



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Seven Years in Tibet - (1997 movie) image

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120102/

A mountaineer in India gets captured by the British during World War II, fleeing until circumstances bring him in the company of the Dalai Lama in Tibet.

A story about a man, until it nosedives straight into the politics of the hostile takeover that turned Tibet into an autonomous region in communist China.



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https://msdn.microsoft.com/commandline/wsl/

Untested

I don't know if I'll ever care to replace Git on Windows with this, but it's noted here nonetheless.

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A tactically-minded man creates an instruction manual for action and understanding in the realm of high-lords of kingdoms.

At under 70 pages, this book may be thin but it's incredibly dense. I found myself reading paragraphs three times before moving on. Although nothing in it surprised me, I can still easily recommend it. It's been, somehow, given a bad name. I only found a slight tinge of "evil" creeping in at about the half-way mark, but nothing inexcusable.

I understood it well enough to add strong commentary, and to give much improved explanation in the latter half which draws from the former. It's interesting to me that the author himself didn't catch on to the trends in his own advice.

Like The Art of War - (~476 BC book), by Sunzi, people have interpreted this text for all manner of uses such as the business world.



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The author works to sell the notion of propaganda as a skill and service, inventing what is best described as "ethical propaganda". He used this to manufacture his relevancy and sell his career. This book is particularly interesting in that the author and what he writes can itself be understood by what is written. The teaching can be used on itself.

Its first half is boring as hell to me, but I guess it would have been fascinating back then. A little after the half-way point it has grown very dark, talking about leaders instead of elected officials and manipulation instead of representation.

It does show its age in a number of places, but its stories are trivially generalizable.

So far I guess I'd put this on an intellectual's book shelf, though it all seems obvious and not even particularly collectible. I'm not sure if it would "red pill" an everyday person or even be interesting to one.

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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B014GMBUR4

A sort of "Art of War" on the the topic of the more recent so-called "Social Justice Warriors".
Highly recommended, though not necessarily because of its topic. With history and opinion, and descriptions of tactics and rhetoric, it's a fascinating set of opinions, positions and stories. I didn't understand half of its references, but this sort of book reveals a kind of contemporary philosophic writing that I find fascinating.

I read this just after Free Speech Isn't Free - (2016 book), by Roosh V, which I think helped a lot.



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https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01GMQZ5ZA
http://www.rooshv.com/free-speech-isnt-free

Free Speech Isn't Free - How 90 Men Stood Up Against The Establishment And Won, by Roosh Valizadeh

I like free speech, and already know the phrase "free speech isn't free", so this caught my attention.

It was cheap, and I've been making a habit of getting some more books in dead-tree format. I was bumbling around on Amazon when I found this. I have neither an idea who the author is nor do I know anything about this topic. I like that it's "recent".

After reading: It's good storytelling, and even after its lengthy description of events I have definitely not heard of any of it. It describes the sorts of things people are willing to do once they succumb to an ideology, and the "two minutes of hate" they participate in. Even politicians must follow suit, if only with hollow rhetoric. Media are wholly in on it, as they are at best ambulance-chasers for entertainment-news, and at worst willing to start and stoke a fire to have any sort of relevancy.



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http://www.swagbucks.com/

An personal information collection website which rewards with a trickle of money.

I found surveys which were broken, offers which were suspect, items which wanted my credit card information or to install random software. Overall, the hype that others give this website makes me think less of humanity.

After this glance, I expect I'll be getting a lot of junk mail. Sigh.