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23-08-2015, 04:23 PM
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(23-08-2015 03:09 PM)soloowaty Wrote:  I'm re-reading The Sirens of Titan by Vonnegut for the n-th time. Beautiful book, it changed a lot in me. Love it!

Loved that book. Big Grin

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23-08-2015, 06:21 PM
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(23-08-2015 04:23 PM)Escape Artist Wrote:  
(23-08-2015 03:09 PM)soloowaty Wrote:  I'm re-reading The Sirens of Titan by Vonnegut for the n-th time. Beautiful book, it changed a lot in me. Love it!

Loved that book. Big Grin

Yeah, its one of those books, that just stays with you. And its incredible how crazy and easygoing it is, but somehow it manages to be so smart at the same time. Vonnegut is a genius!
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24-08-2015, 09:08 AM
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Coming out next month, anxious Thumbsup

Composite Warfare: The Conduct of Successful Ground Forces Operations in Africa

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Quote:As a continent, Africa presents her armies with a vast, dynamic and multidimensional operating environment. It has numerous complex and diverse ethnic, religious, cultural and tribal interests and loyalties, along with many multifaceted threat-drivers coupled to varied and infrastructure-poor terrain plus vast climatic variations. The continent is, furthermore, characterized by numerous half-won conflicts and wars fought by incorrectly structured, inadequately trained and ill-equipped armies. For many reasons, these forces have difficulty adapting to the complex, demanding and rapidly changing environments they do battle in. Similarly, the armies have difficulty in decisively defeating the various threats they face. Many of these problems stem from the fact that numerous modern-day African armies are merely clones of the armies established by their once-colonial masters, their Cold War allies or their new international allies. Many of the principles and tactics, techniques and procedures they were - and still are - being taught relate to fighting in Europe and not in Africa. Some of these concepts are not even relevant to Africa.

This book is intended as a guide and textbook for African soldiers and scholars who wish to understand the development of hostilities, strategy, operational design, doctrine and tactics. It also illustrates the importance of nonpartisanship and the mission and role of the armed forces. Officers, NCOs and their subordinates need to, furthermore, understand their role in defending and protecting the government and the people they serve. They additionally need to know how to successfully accomplish their numerous missions with aggression, audacity, boldness, speed and surprise. The book provides the reader with valuable information relating to conventional and unconventional maneuver. It also discusses how African armies can, with structured and balanced forces, achieve strategic, operational and tactical success. It covers the role of government along with operations related to war, operations other than war and intelligence operations and how these operations, operating in a coordinated and unified manner, can secure and strengthen a government. ## Composite Warfare draws on the author's experiences and lessons in Central, Southern, East, West and North Africa where he has served numerous African governments as a politico-military strategist, division commander, division adviser, battalion commander and special operations commander.

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25-08-2015, 06:36 AM
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The particle at the end of the universe

I have started 4 fiction books in the last 6 months and haven't finished a single one. This is the 3rd physics book I've read in that time. I can't put them down. They're more fascinating than any fiction could possibly be. The universe is truly an amazing place to live.

I'm a nerd.

Excuse me, I'm making perfect sense. You're just not keeping up.

"Let me give you some advice, bastard: never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you." - Tyrion Lannister
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26-08-2015, 06:50 AM
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LTI – Lingua Tertii Imperii by Victor Klemperer.

The first revolt is against the supreme tyranny of theology, of the phantom of God. As long as we have a master in heaven, we will be slaves on earth.

Mikhail Bakunin.
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29-08-2015, 01:50 PM
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edge of spider-verse/red sun/dead man wonderland

well I still need to get on the ball with these.

1. Striding and swaggering rootlessness without end. The precious flow of life.
2. one should fear sweet a blood stained flower.
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01-09-2015, 11:42 AM
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I ordered A Cultural History of Physics by Karoly Simonyi, on cjlr's recommendation, and it arrived today. It's a beautiful book (a large, heavy hardcover, copiously illustrated), and looks very interesting. I'm not sure when I will have time to read it straight through, but I will certainly be browsing in it later today.
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04-09-2015, 12:16 PM
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"Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror", by Erik Prince

I'm sure the first though of most people is along the lines of "Of course he's gonna write a book trying to talk up the role of Blackwater. It was his company. I do, however, agree that the company was unfairly demonized when the government felt like it need a scapegoat, and it's actually turning out to be a very interesting book. It starts out talking about his father, a story which is downright motivating. It then briefly goes into his view on politics, which will probably not be in line with most of you hippies Tongue But then it gets to the meat of the book, and it's about a lot more than just Blackwater. Some of the history involving the use of private contractors and/or mercenaries in the world is fascinating, and I don't think most people are aware of the extent many modern countries, encumbered by the crippling reality of bureaucracy, have been forced to rely on forces allied with and sympathetic towards, though not necessarily directly affiliated with the government.

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09-09-2015, 01:20 AM
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The Devils' Alliance: Hitler's Pact with Stalin, 1939-1941 by Roger Moorhouse.

The first revolt is against the supreme tyranny of theology, of the phantom of God. As long as we have a master in heaven, we will be slaves on earth.

Mikhail Bakunin.
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09-09-2015, 06:24 AM
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"The Truth (with jokes)" by Sen. Al Franken.....

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