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Your Bio.

:p

lol I dont do bio's, Case study is a great book about what we think we know.

;)
I LOVED it. I breaks all conventions and you never see any of it coming.... he is such a brilliant, unusual author :)
 

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As I am doing research loads of articles on Gender Bias, Legal implications of AI and Smart Cities, a wonderful book "The Limits of International Law" by Jack L. Goldsmith and Eric A Psner. and "No More War: How the West Violates International Law by Using Humanitarian Intervention to Advance Economic and Strategic Interestes" by Dan Kowalik

For fun I am reading Daisy Does it Herself by Gracie Player.
 

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As I am doing research loads of articles on Gender Bias, Legal implications of AI and Smart Cities, a wonderful book "The Limits of International Law" by Jack L. Goldsmith and Eric A Psner. and "No More War: How the West Violates International Law by Using Humanitarian Intervention to Advance Economic and Strategic Interestes" by Dan Kowalik

For fun I am reading Daisy Does it Herself by Gracie Player.

The 10 or 15 minute city is a wonderful idea, shame it wont work unless you go full technocracy and monitor everything.

As for the wests war crimes.. they are summed up easily without any protracted analysis by so called experts.
Every time "Foreign Aid" is sent to a country, the terms are dictated to allow access to either workforce or natural resources the corperations mop up.
The "intelligence" community has known that for decades.
It's how the CIA still functions as a private company. :D


I've said it before on this forum and will say it again.
Corperations fund the politicians, politicians form the foreign aid policies, foreign aid policies pay off the dictators in control, the corperations then make deals to support the regime.

Rinse and repeat.

If they get a dictator they dont like, then regime change or assasination.

Worked well in Ukraine for example.
 

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Thank you on the mention of a a 15-minute city. Never read about it. Another topic to put in my research rabbit hole. Love that list. Where I live within the city technically you can walk anywhere within the city per se within 15 minutes if you know the layout and lets just say it has been around since about 590 ad. Even the new bits built up in the post war era are easy walk from one end to the other. Given that why do you think it can only be obtained via technology? Are you referring to modern city planning?

Regarding multinational companies and governments both go hand in hand. This is why politicians will never willingly give up their side hustle of being directors on companies. It is easy money in their pocket to just make sure certain bills never pass and others do. One major issue is the icsid.worldbank.org. This little known International law allows corporations to sue nation states if laws are passed that disrupt their business. the UK has been sued a number of times. I will need to find my paper outlining this and have a reread. It has been years since I have done any work on this legal based economic loophole that halts the protection of citizens of the country.

I also believe that most foreign aid is just that a slush fund and most of the money never makes it to the destination of helping the people. Oh I remember the Iran/Contra scandal.
 

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The iliad - Homer
I'll tell you what I'm NOT reading ^^^^^^^^. Has anyone ever read this book? Chapman spent over a decade translating the poetry from the ancient Greek, and it feels like I've spent almost as long trying to get through the first few pages. This is one I must give up on and donate it back to the charity shop where it may get appreciated. As the saying goes - One man's trash is another man's treasure.
 

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The iliad - Homer
I'll tell you what I'm NOT reading ^^^^^^^^. Has anyone ever read this book? Chapman spent over a decade translating the poetry from the ancient Greek, and it feels like I've spent almost as long trying to get through the first few pages. This is one I must give up on and donate it back to the charity shop where it may get appreciated. As the saying goes - One man's trash is another man's treasure.

Everything changes.

For some for the better for some for the worse.

It's life ;)
 

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Wicked - Gregory Maguire
I only picked this up because I thought it was going to be similar to the musical 'Wicked', I was sadly disappointed. it may be a well-written, literary novel that can be appreciated by well-read, literary-type people. Unfortunately, I'm really not one of those...
 

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The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris
A Change of Climate by Hilary Mantel
The Lessons by Naomi Alderman
Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim
The Dead Fathers Club by Matt Haig
Summerwater by Sarah Moss
 

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I loved that novella 'Summerwater' mentioned above ^^^

Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka
Reading the introduction... a man wakes up and finds he's been turned into a giant insect. I just thought.. hmmmmmm! nah, I can't accept that premise, so put it back on the shelf. But apparently it's a very famous short story, so the chap at the charity shop informed me, and then talked me
into giving it a chance. Well, it's not like i got talked into buying a car I didn't want. Have to say, he was spot on. It's a fantastic read.
 

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Close Your Eyes by Rachel Abbott
Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason
The Vanishing by Britt Bennett
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
The Course of Love by Alain de Botton
 

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A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
Once regarded as a classic of English Literature, now classed as racist because of the language used recording the attitudes of the time. You may have seen the movie version, but which only deals with the first half of the book. It was the second half that I found most interesting, how she made a new life for her and her man in the Australian outback. A great read.
 

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The Call of the Wild/ White Fang - Jack London
Both are regarded as classics of American literature, and The Call of the Wild is the more famous of the two. But for me, White Fang held more interest.
 

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Night Music by JoJo Moyles
Luster by Raven Leilani
Scenes of a Graphic Nature by Caroline O'Donoghue
When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild
Animal by Lisa Taddeo
The Killing Floor by Lee Child
 
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I'm pretty sure I read 'The Improbability of Love' mentioned above ^^^ before this thread was created. From what I can remember of it, after a slow start it was an engaging read. And I'm sure it featured Russian Oligarchs, very topical in these difficult times. :)
 
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