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A book recommendation often with excerpt(s), usually attempting to fit the daily theme. Family and Relationships on Monday, Practical and Technology on Tuesday, Laughter on Wednesday, Culture on Thursday, Intellect on Friday, Health and Fitness on Saturday, and Religion and Ethics on Sunday. Image courtesy shutterstock / robert_s
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How To Transform Knowledge Into Gold

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 - by PJ Lifestyle Bookshelf

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Walt Disney Lived Frugally For 3 Years Even After His Alice Cartoons Made A Profit

Monday, March 4th, 2013 - by PJ Lifestyle Bookshelf

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A Prayer To Conquer A Wandering Mind Courtesy of Uncle Screwtape

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013 - by PJ Lifestyle Bookshelf

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Dostoevsky’s 6 Nightmare Prophecies That Came True in the 20th Century, Part One

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The Paleo Diet: Should We Eat Like Cavemen?

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013 - by PJ Lifestyle Bookshelf

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Release date: August 7, 2012

Our great-grandmothers didn’t need nutrition lessons—then again, they weren’t forced to wade through aisle after aisle of packaged foods touting outlandish health claims and confusing marketing jargon. Over the last few decades, we’ve forgotten what “real food” is—and we’re left desperately seeking foods that will truly nourish our bodies. We’re disillusioned with the “conventional wisdom” for good reason—it’s gotten us nowhere.Achieving optimal health without calorie-counting, diet foods, or feelings of deprivation has never been easier. Practical Paleoexplains why avoiding both processed foods and foods marketed as “healthy”—like grains, legumes, and pasteurized dairy—will improve how you look and feel and lead to lasting weight loss. Even better—you may reduce or completely eliminate symptoms associated with common health disorders!

Practical Paleo is jam-packed with over 120 easy recipes, all with special notes about common food allergens including nightshades and FODMAPs. Meal plans are also included, and are designed specifically to support:

immune health (autoimmune conditions)

blood sugar regulation (diabetes 1 & 2, hypoglycemia)

digestive health (leaky gut, IBS & IBD)

multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndromethyroid health (hypo and hyper – Hashimotos, Graves)

heart health (cholesterol & blood pressure)

neurological health (Parkinson’s & Alzheimer’s)

cancer recovery

fat loss

athletic performance

a “squeaky-clean” Paleo approach

Practical Paleo is the resource you’ll reach for again and again, whether you’re looking for information on healthy living, delicious recipes, or easy-to-understand answers to your questions about how a Paleo lifestyle can benefit you, your family, and your friends.

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Do you want to lose fat and stay young, all while avoiding cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and a host of other illnesses? The Paleo Solution incorporates the latest, cutting edge research from genetics, biochemistry and anthropology to help you look, feel and perform your best. Written by Robb Wolf, a research biochemist who traded in his lab coat and pocket protector for a whistle and a stopwatch to become one of the most sought after strength and conditioning coaches in the world. With Robb’s unique perspective as both scientist and coach you will learn how simple nutrition, exercise and lifestyle changes can radically change your appearance and health for the better.

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Who is John Galt? Who is Antonio Gramsci? Who is Barack Obama?

Friday, March 1st, 2013 - by PJ Lifestyle Bookshelf

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Ayn Rand Explains How to Idolize the Creator

Thursday, February 28th, 2013 - by PJ Lifestyle Bookshelf

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Which Doomsday Scenario Is Most Likely To Hit First?

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 - by PJ Lifestyle Bookshelf

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If you were worried about America’s future after the 2012 election, brace yourself—it’s going to be a lot worse than you imagined.

In Obama’s Four Horsemen, award-winning libertarian-conservative journalist David Harsanyi lays out the four great catastrophes that threaten to crush the America we know and love.

What are they?

  • Debt. Forget the fiscal cliff. We plunged over it in Obama’s first term—by $16 trillion—and when we hit bottom, that splat you hear will be our obliterated standard of living. It will be much worse, as Harsanyi shows, than anyone in the media is telling you.
  • Dependency. Welcome to Obamaland, where freedom is the problem, government is the cure, and bureaucrats are corrupting the relationship between government and citizen in ways that will lead us to ruin.
  • Surrender. Remember when America thought of itself as a force for good in the world? Remember when we stood by our allies? Today, the Obama administration kowtows to dictators, apologizes to those who hate us, refuses to defend American ideals, and is actively working to undo our superpower status with potentially catastrophic results.
  • Death. The Democratic Party once proclaimed that abortion should be safe, legal, and rare. No longer. Now abortion is a positive good, to be subsidized and even exported at taxpayer expense. Obama’s Democratic Party is more than the party of higher taxes, spending, debt, and dependency. America’s majority party is now the party of death, with consequences we will soon regret.

Provocative, prophetic, and powerful, Harsanyi shows just how Obama’s four horsemen could trample America into the ground—and what we need to do if we are to have any hope of rising again.****

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The Young Walt Disney’s Anti-STD Propaganda Cartoon

Monday, February 25th, 2013 - by PJ Lifestyle Bookshelf

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Reminder: You Don’t Have To Be Jewish To Enjoy a Kosher Lifestyle

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 - by PJ Lifestyle Bookshelf

Official description via Amazon:

Book Description

Publication Date: September 1, 2004

“Traditional Judaism injects sanctification into the ordinary habits of everyday life.Keeping kosher helps us pause and think about what we eat, and how we eat it, and elevates the act of eating.”

What does it mean to keep kosher? Many may be familiar with the basics: no bacon, no shrimp, no cheeseburgers. But the Jewish dietary laws go deeper than that, and How to Keep Kosher explores the ins and outs. Why are some foods deemed kosher while others are not? Why can’t you mix meat and dairy dishes? How do you turn a nonkosher kitchen into a kosher one? Do you really need multiple sets of everything — dishes, pots, pans, and utensils? How do you keep track of what’s what?

Whether you are thinking about adopting a kosher lifestyle or already have a kosher home and just want tounderstand what it is all about, Lisë Stern’s How to Keep Kosher is essential reading. You will learn about the biblical and historical origins of keeping kosher, the development of the kosher certification system, specific food preparation requirements for Shabbat, Passover, and otherholidays, and how to actually set up a kosher kitchen.

In straightforward language, drawing upon explanations from the Torah and Talmud, along with interviews with rabbis, academics, and laypeople who keep kosher, Lisë explores all aspects of Judaism’s ancient dietary traditions as they are carried out in today’s kitchen, with its range of modern appliances — dishwashers, food processors, and microwave ovens. For the first time, one book explains both Conservative and Orthodox perspectives on kashrut, as well as opinions from other Jewish affiliations.

When Lisë was nine, her parents decided to make the change — transform their home to a kosher one — as a core part of their evolving commitment to Judaism. Because Lisë experienced the transition as a child and keeps a kosher home today, she is uniquely qualified to explain all aspects of this traditional practice.

Setting up a kosher kitchen lays the foundation for implementing the tradition; the proof is in the potato pudding. As Lisë notes, the Talmud says, “Room can always be found in one’s stomach for sweet things,” and the wealth of information is sweetened with more than forty recipes for Shabbat dinners and lunches as well as holiday and festival celebrations. Traditional recipes include Chicken Soup with My Mother’s Ethereal Matzo Balls, Sliced Potato–Onion Kugel, and Hamantashen; new classics are Chilled Cucumber–Yogurt Soup, Rosemary Sweet Potato Kugel, Enchilada Lasagna, and Chocolate-Flecked Meringues.

Stern’s How to Keep Kosher is an inclusive, user-friendly handbook filled with answers to the fundamental who, what, where, when, why, and how questions surrounding the Jewish dietary laws — making these laws both accessible and appealing.

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Why We Cannot Determine Who Is the Truest Marxist

Friday, February 22nd, 2013 - by PJ Lifestyle Bookshelf

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At What Age Did You Decide to Grow Up?

Thursday, February 21st, 2013 - by PJ Lifestyle Bookshelf

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Why We Can’t Help But Look Backwards As the New Technology Emerges

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 - by PJ Lifestyle Bookshelf

An excerpt from the first chapter:

From my perspective, the Singularity has many faces. It represents the nearly vertical phase of exponential growth that occurs when the rate is so extreme that technology appears to be expanding at infinite speed. Of course, from a mathematical perspective, there is no discontinuity, no rupture, and the growth rates remain finite, although extraordinarily large. But from our currently limited framework, this imminent event appears to be an acute and abrupt break in the continuity of progress. I emphasize the word “currently” because one of the salient implications of the Singularity will be a change in the nature of our ability to understand. We will become vastly smarter as we merge with our technology.

Can the pace of technological progress continue to speed up indefinitely? Isn’t there a point at which humans are unable to think fast enough to keep up? For unenhanced humans, clearly so. But what would 1,000 scientists, each 1,000 times more intelligent than human scientists today, and each operating 1,000 times faster than contemporary humans (because the information processing in their primarily nonbiological brains is faster) accomplish? One chronological year would be like a millennium for them.27 What would they come up with?

Well, for one thing, they would come up with technology to become even more intelligent (because their intelligence is no longer of fixed capacity). They would change their own thought processes to enable them to think even faster.

When scientists become a million times more intelligent and operate a million times faster, an hour would result in a century of progress (in today’s terms).

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How Walt Disney Began His Study of 1920s-Era New Media

Monday, February 18th, 2013 - by PJ Lifestyle Bookshelf


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The Search for Proof of God’s Existence

Sunday, February 17th, 2013 - by PJ Lifestyle Bookshelf

An email in response to this PJ Lifestyle article:

Good Day Dave,

Great PJMedia article. Since you asked for suggestions I’m writing you one for your Spiritual Life #7.

You might enjoy this book, More and More unto a Perfect Day by Ray Harvey. It is a novel about happiness and one man’s goal of finding definitive proof of God.

http://journalpulp.com/more-and-more-unto-the-perfect-day/

It is a very philosophical book.

Enjoy,
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Official Description from Amazon:

Publication Date: March 1, 2010

Nothing is as it seems under the sharp western sun. After recovering from an enigmatic and near-fatal illness, Gasteneau, a man with an iron will, suddenly glimpses something so extraordinary and so horrific that he feels his life irrevocably altered. But did he really see what he thinks he saw? In the aftermath of his sickness, he is drawn deeper into a resolution he made just prior to getting sick: to seek out a piece of evidence that shows with certainty God’s hand at work upon the earth. But in seeking this evidence, he finds instead that he’s growing more and more obsessed by the loss of his mother, whom he barely knew, and is pursued as well by a ghostly figure in black and a feeling of hypochondria he can neither shake, nor fully define. Part mystery story, part literary crime, More and More unto the Perfect Day is at its core a tale of philosophical intrigue, a metaphysical thriller that combines the surreal descriptions of Nabokov with the psychological complexity of Dostoevsky. The result is a novel of dreamlike strangeness and philosophical power.

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The Perfect Health Diet

Saturday, February 16th, 2013 - by PJ Lifestyle Bookshelf
From reader LH:

Hello Dave,

I like your Plan.  A great idea for people of any age.

A book suggestion for Point # 6:  
Perfect Health Diet: Regain Health and Lose Weight by Eating the Way You Were Meant to Eat
 by Paul JaminetShou-Ching Jaminet

Also the blog:  http://perfecthealthdiet.com/

(I first heard of this on InstaPundit.  Glenn posted a plug by Paul Jaminet for his own book.)

A lot of research and thought has gone into what they recommend.  It’s very enlightening, even if you don’t choose to adopt all their ideas.

Cheers!

The official description:

Suffering from chronic illness and unable to get satisfactory results from doctors, husband and wife scientists Paul and Shou-Ching Jaminet took an intensely personal interest in health and nutrition. They embarked on five years of rigorous research. What they found changed their lives— and the lives of thousands of their readers.In Perfect Health Diet, the Jaminets explain in layman’s terms how anyone can regain health and lose weight by optimizing nutrition, detoxifying the diet, and supporting healthy immune function. They show how toxic, nutrient-poor diets sabotage health, and how on a healthy diet, diseases often spontaneously resolve.

Perfect Health Diet tells you exactly how to optimize health and make weight loss effortless with a clear, balanced, and scientifically proven plan to change the way you eat—and feel—forever!

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15 Years to Give Birth to the Modern World

Friday, February 15th, 2013 - by PJ Lifestyle Bookshelf

Today’s PJ Lifestyle Bookshelf selection comes From Ed Driscoll’s “Far from Complete: Great Books Missing in the Kindle Format” article:

The Birth of the Modern: World Society 1815-1830, by Paul Johnson: This 1992 book was included last year on the Kindle’s coming soon list, but it ultimately never made it into electronic format. It’s too bad; I’ve enjoyed the book in dead tree format, and would love to go back and luxuriate in it once again in electronic format. As Commentary noted in their review at the time of the book’s original publication:

Paul Johnson boldly argues in this vast and vastly rich book, “the matrix of the modern world was largely formed” in the years between the battles of Waterloo and New Orleans in 1815 and the overthrow of the restored French monarchy in 1830. According to Johnson,

modernity was conceived in the 1780′s. But the actual birth, delayed by the long, destructive gestation period formed by the Napoleonic wars, could begin in full measure only when peace came and the immense new resources in finance, management, science, and technology which were now available could be put to constructive purposes.

By then, thanks to steam power, the world’s first passenger railway (Manchester-Liverpool) was running, and nine daily newspapers were being published in London. The same new technology had spawned gunboat diplomacy after the shallow-draft steamer Diana penetrated 500 miles up the Irrawaddy River in 1825 to chase a fierce fleet of oar-driven Burmese imperial praus until their thousands of oarsmen were exhausted and the praus were sunk at leisure by the Diana’s guns, proving to one eyewitness that “the muscles and sinews of men could not hold out against the perseverance of the boiling kettle.”

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Did Orren Boyle Write the State of the Union?

Thursday, February 14th, 2013 - by PJ Lifestyle Bookshelf

From the Full Text of State of the Union At Politico:

But we gather here knowing that there are millions of Americans whose hard work and dedication have not yet been rewarded.  Our economy is adding jobs – but too many people still can’t find full-time employment.  Corporate profits have rocketed to all-time highs – but for more than a decade, wages and incomes have barely budged.

It is our generation’s task, then, to reignite the true engine of America’s economic growth – a rising, thriving middle class.

It is our unfinished task to restore the basic bargain that built this country – the idea that if you work hard and meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or who you love.

It is our unfinished task to make sure that this government works on behalf of the many, and not just the few; that it encourages free enterprise, rewards individual initiative, and opens the doors of opportunity to every child across this great nation.

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The Goddess and Her Images Vs The God and His Words

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 - by PJ Lifestyle Bookshelf

Another titled added to the research list…

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5 Technology Books To Read This Year

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 - by PJ Lifestyle Bookshelf

 

Currently reading on iPad for Tech Tuesdays: An Army of Davids: How Markets and Technology Empower Ordinary People to Beat Big Media, Big Government and Other Goliaths

Some of the next books on deck (in no particular order yet):

1. Brain Gain: Technology and the Quest for Digital Wisdom by Marc Prensky

2. iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession with Technology and Overcoming Its Hold on Us by Larry D. Rosen

3. The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology by Ray Kurzweil

4. Coming March 21: Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now by Douglas Rushkoff

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5 Biographies of Walt Disney

Monday, February 11th, 2013 - by PJ Lifestyle Bookshelf

Let the research begin. Any other recommendations? Click the mail bag below.

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Roger L. Simon, Archetypal Counterculture Conservative

Sunday, February 10th, 2013 - by PJ Lifestyle Bookshelf

Dear Roger, Someday I’ll go back and make account of all the ways that you’ve inspired me to be a stronger writer, more effective editor, and better human being. But for now I’m too focused trying to learn more from you and the rest of the PJM team so I can continue to do my part to help grow this unique community you’ve built. Thank you so much for the amazing person you are and the inspiring writing creations you’ve given the world. Best of luck on your return to creative writing — David Swindle, PJ Lifestyle Editor

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Rules to Help Break A High Fructose Corn Syrup Addiction

Saturday, February 9th, 2013 - by PJ Lifestyle Bookshelf

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Very Generous: 13 FREE E-Books From Barry Rubin!

Friday, February 8th, 2013 - by PJ Lifestyle Bookshelf

Among the titles available in HTML and PDF courtesy of the GLORIA Center:

  1. Cauldron of Turmoil
  2. The Arab States and the Palestine Conflict
  3. Istanbul Intrigues
  4. Paved with Good Intentions
  5. Modern Dictators: Third World Coupmakers, Strongmen, and Populist Tyrants
  6. Islamic Fundamentalists in Egyptian Politics
  7. The Long War for Freedom-The Arab Struggle for Democracy in the Middle East
  8. The Tragedy of the Middle East
  9. The Truth About Syria
  10. Secrets of State
  11. Hating America: A History
  12. Assimilation and Its Discontents
  13. Children of Dolhinov: Our Ancestors and Ourselves

Click here to read more about each and download them all.

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What to Say When Someone Complains About Your ‘Anti-Social’ Attitude

Thursday, February 7th, 2013 - by PJ Lifestyle Bookshelf

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