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1. Seeds of Deception: Exposing the lies & Risks of GM Foods - Jeffrey M Smith

Without knowing it, Americans eat genetically modified (GM) food everyday. While the food and chemical industries claim that GMO food is safe, a considerable amount of evidence shows otherwise.

In Seeds of Deception, Jeffrey Smith, a former executive with the leading independent laboratory testing for GM presence in foods, documents these serious health dangers and explains how corporate influence and government collusion have been used to cover them up. The stories Smith presents read like a mystery novel. Scientists are offered bribes or threatened; evidence is stolen; data withheld or distorted. Government scientists who complain are stripped of responsibilities or fired.

The FDA even withheld information from congress after a GM food supplement killed nearly a hundred people and permanently disabled thousands. While Smith was employed by the laboratory he was not allowed to speak on the health dangers or the cover-up. No longer bound by this agreement, Smith now reveals what he knows in this ground breaking expose. Today, food companies sell GM foods that have not undergone safety studies. FDA scientists opposed this, but White House and industry pressure prevailed and the agency's final policy--co-authored by a former Monsanto attorney--denied the risks.

The scientists' concerns were made public only after a lawsuit forced the agency to turn over internal documents. Dan Glickman, former Secretary of Agriculture, describes the government's pro-biotech mindset: "You felt like you were almost an alien, disloyal, by trying to present an open-minded view. . . . So I pretty much spouted the rhetoric. . . . It was written into my speeches." In Seeds of Deception Smith offers easy-to-understand descriptions of genetic engineering and explains why it can result in serious health problems. This well-documented, pivotal work will show you how to protect yourself and your family.

2. Mr. Wizard’s 400 Experiments in Science

How To Use This Book

In the past hundred years we have learned far more about the nature of our world than was discovered in the half million years before that. Why has there been such rapid growth in reliable knowledge in recent times? The increasing use of scientific experiments is one of the main reasons for this growth.

Many so-called facts had been believed to be true for thousands of years, yet were not true at all. What is new in recent times is the understanding that “facts” are not really facts until they have been tested. And one of the best ways to do that is to design an experiment that tests the truth or falsity of the idea. If the experiment indicates that the idea is false, such evidence becomes far more important than opinions about the facts.

How does one learn to do experiments? By doing many of them, of course. The experiments need not be complicated; in fact, simple ones are best for learning. They need not be original; repeating what others have done before is a good way to learn. The important thing is that the experiments be new to the person doing them and that the person practice observing for themselves rather than always taking the word of others for what is supposed to happen.

Something important occurs when you do experiments yourself and make your own observations. You begin to observe things that are not described in the instructions.
Sometimes these observations are quite puzzling; often they contradict what you learned before. Then you are in the same situation as a scientist facing the unknown. When this happens to you while doing an experiment, don’t drop the puzzle. Face the contradiction squarely. Try to design a new experiment to find out more about the problem and to provide new observations for solving the puzzle.

Don’t just sit back and read about the experiments in this book. Be sure to try them yourself. Of course, you will not have time to do all of them, but do as many as you can.
The order in which you do them is not important. This book is organized into short, four-page chapters, each of which deals with a topic. If you are most interested in a topic at the back of the book, simply start there. Skip around as much as you wish. You will find that the chapters are written in such a way that each stands on its own. You will not need any of the information in earlier chapters to understand the experiments in any chapter in the book.

Finally, remember that science books in the library have far more correct information about our world than you can ever possibly obtain by yourself. If you run into a tough problem while experimenting be sure to read some books on the subject. You will find the combination of reading books and doing your own experiments an exciting way to uncover the mysteries of nature.

3. The Skeptic Encyclopedia of Pseudoscience

For decades, the Skeptics Society has been examining supernatural and extrascientific claims and publishing their findings in Skeptic magazine. This two-volume set contains a number of articles from that publication along with new material. In volume one, 59 alphabetical entries introduce the reader to scientific research on phenomena such as crop circles, astrology, the Shroud of Turin, and witchcraft. Twenty-three articles examine more closely such topics as homeopathy, the origins of the pyramids, and the search for Atlantis. Case studies, debates, and a selection of historical documents are found in volume two.

4. Terror and Civilization: Christianity, Politics, and the Western Psyche - Shadia B. Drury

Terror and Civilization" is nothing less than a tour de force. Critically examining Christianity's oldest and deepest ideological roots, regardless of our own religious convictions or convictions about religion Drury compels us to reflect on our beliefs for the subtle ways they unwittingly implicate us in the violence we thought we had opposed. Required reading for religious and anti-religious thinkers, moralists and anti-moralists, for truth seekers and critics of truth, for idealists and realists of all persuasions. A fine scholarly work, yet written with a clarity that makes it accessible to audiences outside the academic community.

5. The Handy Geology Answer Book (The Handy Answer Book Series) 2004

offers clear, detailed explanations of the many fascinating and diverse aspects of geology. The book is written in understandable language, but the answers are not over-simplified... – American Reference Books. The award-winning science writers answer such puzzlers as: What is the theory of continental drift? What are polarity reversals? They deliver captivating reading and easy understanding of the complexities that shaped our planet, as they answer nearly 1,000 of the most often asked questions. Tracing the formation of the universe and the planet, investigating the layers of the Earth, and explaining the formation of mountains and bodies of water are just some of the chapters. Questions and answers are also devoted to volcanoes, fault lines, caves, fossil fuels, world morphological features, and even the geology of other planets. Entertaining and informative, Handy Geology combines vivid, clear writing with a great format.

6. Divine Action and Natural Selection: Science, Faith and Evolution 2008

The debate between divine action, or faith, and natural selection, or science, is garnering tremendous interest. This book ventures well beyond the usual, contrasting American Protestant and atheistic points of view, and also includes the perspectives of Jews, Muslims, and Roman Catholics. It contains arguments from the various proponents of intelligent design, creationism, and Darwinism, and also covers the sensitive issue of how to incorporate evolution into the secondary school biology curriculum. Comprising contributions from prominent, award-winning authors, the book also contains dialogs following each chapter to provide extra stimulus to the readers and a full picture of this "hot" topic, which delves into the fundamentals of science and religion.

7. The Cult of the Presidency: America's Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power - Gene Healy 2008

The Bush years have justifiably given rise to fears of a new Imperial Presidency. Yet despite the controversy surrounding the administration's expansive claims of executive power, both Left and Right agree on the boundless nature of presidential responsibility. The Imperial Presidency is the price we seem to be willingly and dangerously agreeable to pay the office the focus of our national hopes and dreams. Interweaving historical scholarship, legal analysis, and cultural commentary, The Cult of the Presidency argues that the Presidency needs to be reined in, its powers checked and supervised, and its wartime authority put back under the oversight of the Congress and the courts. Only then will we begin to return the Presidency to its proper constitutionally limited role.

8. Engulfed: The Death of Paramount Pictures and the Birth of Corporate Hollywood - Bernard F. Dick 2001

In the golden age of Hollywood, Paramount was one of the Big Five studios. Gulf + Western’s 1966 takeover of the studio signaled the end of one era and heralded the arrival of a new way of doing business in Hollywood.

Using previously untouched sources, Bernard Dick reconstructs the battle that culminated in the reduction of the studio to a mere corporate commodity. He then traces Paramount’s devolution from free-standing studio to subsidiary—first of Gulf + Western, then Paramount Communications, and currently Viacom-CBS.

Dick portrays the new Paramount as a paradigm of today’s Hollywood, where the only real art is the art of the deal. Former merchandising executives find themselves in charge of production, on the assumption that anyone who can sell a movie can make one. CEOs exit in disgrace from one studio only to emerge in triumph at another. Corporate raiders vie for power and control through the buying and selling of film libraries, studio property, television stations, book publishers, and more.

The history of Paramount is filled with larger-than-life personas, including Billy Wilder, Adolph Zukor, Sumner Redstone, Sherry Lansing, Barry Diller, Michael Eisner, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and more. From Double Indemnity to The Godfather, the stories behind some of the greatest films ever made pale beside the story of the studio that made them.

“Clever, thought-provoking…Dick has the ability to explain the complex in-fighting among studio executives in the corridors of power in a movie studio—and their even more complex negotiations with the conglomerates who own the studios—in a way that is clear and incisive

9. Warbird Tech , Vol 20 - Fairchild-Republic A-10 & AO-10 Warthog 1999

One of the few aircraft designed to be a ground attack plane (and a star in the Gulf War), the Fairchild A-10 Warthog provides fascinating insight into the application of modern design and technology to the task of engaging highly-armed and maneuverable ground forces. This book highlights engine design, unique aircraft structures, and high tech tank busting armaments, as well as specialized flying techniques. For military and aviation enthusiasts, especially those who served in the Gulf War, and their families.

10. US Strategic and Defensive Missile Systems 1950-2004 (Fortress 36) By Mark A. Berhow 2005

In the 40 years that followed the end of World War II, the Western democratic governments and the Eastern Bloc Communist powers were locked in the Cold War. The United States and the Soviet Union led the way in the development of missile systems designed to play both a defensive role and a potential offensive role, which was parlayed to the public as deterrent against attack by the rival bloc. This book provides a detailed overview of the fixed-launch-site strategic missile systems of the United States, documenting the importance of technological progress during this period for posterity.

11. Popular Medicines: An Illustrated History - Briony Hudson, Raymond C. Rowe 2007

The aim of this book is to provide a history of c20 popular branded medicines. Some will be familiar household names from the twentieth century, some are still on sale in some form today, and some data back to the earliest proprietary medicines in the eighteenth century.Each pictorial history will include biographical details of the inventor, the origins of the medicine and its subsequent history, and details of the medicine's formula and intended purpose. Each entry will be highly illustrated including colourful historical adverts, portraits, photographs and images of the medicines themselves.Aimed at pharmacy and social historians, medical libraries, archives and museums, practising pharmacists and the general public, this will be a fascinating and colourful history of well-known medicines.