James Flory's MEMORY-HOLED BOOK REVIEWS

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Month: March, 2012

SPREADING MISANDRY by Paul Nathanson and Katherine Young

This is a fantastic book. Long overdue. It is simply superb. It identifies the problem of rampant, ubiquitous misandry (a.k.a. “male bashing”) in our popular and academic culture over the last two decades plus. This reader has for some time been trying to sound the alarm about this pernicious problem, and this reader has for some time felt very lonely in doing so. Almost nobody else around me seems to notice there’s even a problem; instead, most indoctrinated American idiots still think that misogyny is rampant and represents the only sexist bigotry that ever occurs in our culture. Yeah, right.

Oh, thank the Lord that somebody else finally sees it. And these authors document so, so, so much more than even I had ever noticed—and I had noticed a lot. These authors document the ubiquitous misandric storylines of a multitude of motion pictures, and television programs, throughout the 1990s and 2000s; moreover, they do an exemplary job of interpreting, in depth, the sometimes intricate misandric metaphors involved in the typically “critically acclaimed” and/or “box office hit” motion pictures. When these authors interpret the cinematic metaphors, explaining how this or that plotline is an attack on men, it gets rather obvious that they’ve hit the nail on the head.

The authors document the listed TV shows of a randomly chosen/given week in the TV guide. They do this for one week in the early 1990s, one week in the mid-1990s, and one week in the late 1990s. They list the story lines of all the misandric TV dramas, sitcoms, news pieces, talk show topics, etc. It is astounding how much blatant misandry they dredge up. Our culture attacks men, excoriates them as either evil or inadequate or both, and leaves them nothing with which young men can identify as being decent and masculine and distinct from feminism—nothing except base cruelty and lasciviousness.

This book is written from a secular perspective. That is the only flaw of this book, but it is a small one as these authors do not engage in any attacks upon Christianity but do in fact seek to vaguely defend it on occasion, at least on moral and traditional grounds.

The authors demonstrate plainly that the same sort of derisive prejudice that once was tolerated against women or against blacks or other groups is now only tolerated against men, especially white heterosexual men. They give a myriad of examples which show this. They examine the strange psychological reasons why most people can’t recognize the misandry all around them. Understanding the message of this book is to understand how other bigotries could have gone unchallenged and even florished in bygone days of American history. And these authors show how ridiculous and pathetic it is that most people are so hyper-vigilant to those other atrophied, bygone bigotries, and yet they are ironically almost completely blind to the most obvious and dangerous bigotry of our present day.

This book is apparently one of a series of two or three books by these authors. I can’t wait to purchase the others!

Rating: Δ Δ Δ Δ Δ
3/2012

JAPAN’S IMPERIAL CONSPIRACY by David Bergamini

This rather huge book, published in 1972, provides a comprehensive history of Japan during the final days of World War II, and in the aftermath under the American occupation. In attaining an exhaustive amount of detail, it probably makes for some rather tedious reading to all but the most ardent Japanophile, as it covers many esoteric day-to-day activities and thought processes of Japan’s leading political and military figures of the day. Midway through the book, Bergamini backtracks and outlines a great deal of Japan’s medieval history, tracing down and back to World War II.

For somebody doing research for the first time into the history of Japan, this is the book for you. Bergamini’s very thorough, rather unaffected writing style doesn’t make for very stimulating reading, but as a reference tool on Japan it would be quite useful. Just don’t expect too many surprises: This is mainstream, conventional history fodder, however useful it is.

Rating: Δ Δ Δ Δ
3/2012

WALL STREET AND THE RISE OF HITLER by Antony C. Sutton

It states on the dust jacket of this book that it “makes every previous book on World War II obsolete” and this book does just that. Sutton may have been the most significant historian of the twentieth century. To be sure, he is the most significant historian that most people haven’t heard about. Though a dry and analytical writer, his research abilities were impeccable, and his integrity was surely extraordinary.

Here he proves that World War II was not only well planned, it was also extremely profitable–for a select group of insiders. Sutton cites those insiders as: J.P. Morgan and his interests, the Rockefeller dynasty and their Standard Oil interests, General Electric, Texaco, I.G. Farben, Kuhn, Loeb & Company, John Foster Dulles, W.A. Harriman, Henry Ford, Chase and Manhattan and National City Banks, FDR, General Marshall, etc. In other words, all the usual suspects. Except, back when Sutton was writing and publishing his work, it was less well known who the usual suspects were. It is only thanks to trailblazing researchers like Gary Allen and Antony Sutton that we now know who these usual suspects are.

The Young Plan, the Dawes Plan, Hitler’s failed Bavarian “Beer Hall Revolt,” Hitler’s successful election campaign and Reichstag false flag operation–the whole thing, the entireity of what became bellicose and occultic Nazi Germany was financed by international bankers and their politician-puppets in both the United States and Great Britain, for which they reaped tremendous and lasting profits and greater and greater power, until, here we are today, and a great and profoundly truthful historian like Sutton could barely get his research published at all while he was alive, and he had to suffer the Galilean indignity of being forced out of his position as university professor and prestigious thinktank researcher, all because of a mainstream media that has been co-opted by these same quasi-totalitarian international financial elites that he was trying to warn about. This is where we are at, folks. Sutton irrefutably proves this with this work, for those with eyes to read and minds that are still capable of critical thought. Perhaps the most shocking thing Sutton documents is the historical fact that the German factories which were owned or affiliated with the big Wall Street financiers were routinely spared being bombed by the American Air Force.

This book is invaluable, a must-read if one is to understand the true causes of the most destructive and bloody conflagration in the twentieth century.

Rating: Δ Δ Δ Δ Δ
1/2010

THE OMNIVORE’S DILEMMA by Michael Pollan

Impeccably written and researched, this is one man’s investigation of the average omniverous American’s diet. Pollan begins by conducting several thorough and quite impressive investigations, and he combines a lot of actual firsthand footwork with a lot of scientific book knowledge: the first of these investigations looks at the commercial corn industry. Once a person reads this–even an average dumbed-down American–that person will think twice about ingesting the myriad industrial items into which industrialized corn has been transformed.

In short, that person will, after reading this, suddenly begin actually reading the ingredients on the packaged, processed groceries he is buying. Pollan also shows how ludicrously inefficient is our civilization’s unnatural dependency upon corn, rather than a more diverse diet including other grains. But other grains would not ensure the massive amounts of profit and control for the great agribusiness companies, hence the exploitation of corn at the expense of the health of both the land and consumers’ bodies.

Pollan then embarks upon a rigorous investigation of the beef industry. What he reveals about feedlot cattle–the source of nearly all available beef in any modern American grocery store–should and will sicken the reader.

From there, Pollan transitions to a close examination of the budding organic farming industry, and what he finds regarding the standards of “organic” farming is alarming: He finds that, as the move towards organic gains in popularity, the same mercenary controlling factors that set up the standards that polluted industrialized food is also doing the same for organic, bringing down the health and nutritional standards in a constant pursuit of more commercial profit.

The last chapters in book feature the author endeavoring to hunt and forage for his own food. Pollan conducts fascinating foraging outings for different types of edible wild mushrooms and provides much mycological scientific knowledge along the way. These outings are conducted mainly in northerncalifornia, which is also where Pollan hunts down and kills a wild pig. Pollan, a decidedly “citified” fellow, reveals his squeamishness in shooting, and especially in dressing the pig. He reminds us that meat, if we are to consume it, requires that something die. He then engages in a few philosophical discussions with the written work of some animal rights activists.

Ultimately, Pollan comes up empty in his rationale for consuming meat, falling back mainly on the fact that he likes it, and since man is at the top of the food chain, it ought to be acceptable for man to eat animals. Unfortunately, Pollan, who is obviously not a reader or believer of Scripture, is not able to understand the real reason for death and the justification for being a carnivore that the Bible offers.

The book concludes, fittingly enough, with Pollan cooking up a grand meal made up almost entirely of menu items which he has either hunted down or foraged for, which he then shares with the friends he has met along the way during his hunting and foraging excursions. Ultimately, Pollan calls for a more localized food production system in our society. Again, as he is coming from a spiritually bereft, materialistically minded position, he doesn’t realize that what he is calling for is exactly the form of responsible local agriculture and husbandry that is called for in God’s Word.

This book is mostly of interest to those who want to learn more about where most food comes from nowadays inAmerica, and what kind of quality and sanitary controls (or lack thereof) are maintained along the way. It serves as a fine excoriation of our modern American agribusiness and agrihusbandry industries.

Rating: Δ Δ Δ Δ
4/2009

THE HISTORY OF STANDARD OIL by Ida Tarbell

One of the most famous of all so-called “muckraking” works of the late 19th/early 20th century, this book nevertheless needs to be much more widely known and understood in our time. Ida Tarbell had a long, illustrious career as a journalist, but this is the work, written rather early in her life, which has had by far the most lasting effect.
She documents, for history, for posterity, the unscrupulous and illegal business tactics of the most notorious business tycoon ever to rise in America, John D. Rockefeller, and those tactics of his underling droogies selling themselves out for his hydra-headed company/monopoly/monster: the Standard Oil Company.

The crimes and misdeeds committed on a regular basis by the Standard Oil Combination, as clearly documented by Tarbell, include but are not limited to the following:

1. Getting illegal “rebates” on railroad shipments; 2. Getting illegal “drawbacks” on the higher shipping rates paid by independent oil competitors; 3. Conducting unscrupulous, jesuitical espionage on all shipments made by independent competitors; 4. Consistent, strategic bribery of independent oil agents, politicians, and other key officials; 5. Practicing business in secret in violation of state incorporation laws; 6. Often hiding behind “dummy” corporations to better practice their unscrupulous business methods in secret; 7. Intimidating buyers and would-be buyers of independent oil and habitually demanding that any orders for independent oil be countermanded or the buyer in question would be economically punished by Standard Oil; 8. Hiring gangs of thugs to physically harass and intimidate independent pipeliners (note: but being careful to do this “second-hand” or indirectly, so as to leave an escape route of deniability, of course); 9. The constant bringing of frivolous lawsuits to slow down, obstruct, and wear down independent pipeliners; 10. Establishing a monopolistic system that was in violation of the various States’ laws of incorporation.

Yet, for all this documentation of all of these crimes, Ida Tarbell seems to have been a rather unbiased “muckraker” because she consistently gives credit to J.D. Rockefeller’s business acumen wherever it is due, and she consistently blames the failures of the independent oilmen on themselves and their all-too-impetuous natures, whenever that seems due. However, on the whole, the tone of this work lauds the independent oilmen for their passionate spirit and their honest work ethic, while Rockefeller is branded–at best–an extremely gifted machiavellian who, being in the “right place at the right time” succeeded in sullying forever the scruples of all American businessmen from his time forward.

Reading this book sheds much light on where we are now in America. It documents the desperate struggles of many who tried in vain to slay Rockefeller’s Beast. But for us today, it’s where this book leaves off that is most significant, the subsequent history Tarbell could not have known then for obvious reasons, but which she might have been able to predict: given that Rockefeller and the Standard Oil Combination was nowhere in this history able to be long-checked in its cancerous amassing of power and wealth, would ANYthing at all during the entire 20th century to follow ever be able to thwart Rockefellerian designs to take over EVERY meaningful avenue of power and wealth in America?

Today in the post-20th century, those whose eyes are opened know the answer to that question.

Rating: Δ Δ Δ Δ Δ
12/2009

KILLZONE by Col. Craig Roberts

This is a slim book that tries to take on a little too much to its own detriment. The author, a former U.S. Marine sniper in the Vietnam War, begins the book quite dynamically, by recalling in the first couple pages the time when his eyes were first opened up as to the true ways of the world: He briefly tells the story of his sight-seeing visit to Dealey Plaza in Dallas in his earlier days, though quite a few years after the assassination of JFK. Roberts was able to ascend up to the infamous Book Depository, which apparently is now some kind of a museum or something, and the scales fell immediately and permanently from his eyes the second he looked out the window from which Oswald was purported to have shot JFK. Roberts, the extremely experienced marksmen, says he knew immediately that the entire mainstream media, and the government had been lying to him about what happened that November, 1963. All that in one glance. Not many books contain that kind of attention-grabbing impact in the first two pages.

And the next few chapters, comprising roughly the first half of the book, do not disappoint. Roberts uses his training and experience as a sniper to plot out the probable on-the-ground strategy, tactics, and logistics of the JFK assassination; he comes to the conclusion, as do other serious researchers, that there were multiple gunmen forming a triangulation of fire around Dealey Plaza that day. Indeed, Roberts provided a map of where each of these gunmen may have been stationed.

In what appears to be exclusive information, Roberts also provides rare information as to how and why the plane upon which the president’s body was purportedly flown out of Dallas was not the right plane, but was in fact a facsimile plane of a different make which did not in fact fly away with the body of the president but did in fact contain a hatch in the back whereby the body could be surreptitiously removed (to be later infamously “doctored up”) during press conferences which focused attention on the front of the plane.

Roberts’ provides the blueprints for both plane models in question and this is perhaps the most compelling information in the entire book.
Roberts also does a very good job of identifying and debunking all of the usual suspects that the mainstream media would have half-thinking people believe were to blame for the assassination. Roberts is succinct and accurate in noting that none of these “usual suspects”–CIA, Mafia, Cubans, et al–were powerful enough to execute the subsequent massive and lasting media cover-up of the true facts.
Unfortunately the second half of this novel suffers from Roberts having tried to tackle a little too much for a book of this size: He seeks to provide a primer on the history of the nefarious international bankers and their front organizations–the CFR, the Rockefellers, etc. This leads him back to the Rothschild’s, whom Roberts apparently ultimately blames for the assassionation of JFK. It is a bit vague here but that seems to be where he is headed.

Thus there are two flaws with this second half of the book: #1) Roberts attempts to detail a vast subject for which the requisite verifying information is just too great for a work of this small size; and #2) In stopping at the Rothschilds Roberts does not follow the ladder of worldly power up high enough. Like many conspiratorial researchers who point the finger at the House of Rothschild, Roberts does not realize it, but he is still barking at little dogs here.

Rating: Δ Δ Δ Δ
5/2009

THE ROCKEFELLER FILE by Gary Allen

A quick but well documented read, Gary Allen was a John Bircher, so he got it all the way right about the history of crimes committed by the Rockefeller clan, and the “Eastern Establishment” as he calls it. He is as competent here as was Ida Tarbell. But Allen gets it wrong by falling for the mainstream propaganda about the Cold War (this was written in the early 70s), and he gets it REALLY wrong by appealing to quotations by Jesuit Superior General Pedro Arrupe for moral and lawful authority.

Rating: Δ Δ Δ
8/2006

ECONOMIC SOLUTIONS by Peter Kershaw

REVIEW: My First Ever “Red Pill” Experience

First of all, let me just say that if you can find a copy of this pressing little booklet at all, consider yourself lucky, because all of Peter Kershaw’s works are out of print, and Kershaw himself, as far as I can tell, appears to have fallen off the face of the earth at some point between 2003 and 2004.

This was the book that did it for me. It was the instrument that first woke me up to the fact that the world was not as the TV news would have a guy believe. I remember my father had been telling me for years that the world was run by very different entities than the “news” was letting on. He told me about the Illuminati–Yeah, yeah, yeah, Dad, I told him. Sure. Whatever. In one ear, out the other. Dad told about the Bildebergers, the CFR, the Trilaterals–Yeah, yeah, sure, Dad. Whatever you say. Geez, what a crazy Dad I have. Then Dad told me about our money system–THE United States money system–It’s corrupt and it’s run by a bunch of private bankers, he said, not by our gov’t as the Constitution called for. Yeah, yeah, sure. Dad, you’re crazy. Gee whiz. What a nutzo thing to believe.

I was in my early 20′s when Dad finally handed me this booklet. I was ready for it. Sad to say, I still wasn’t capable of reading a real-size book then. I didn’t have the attention span–partly my fault, partly the dumbed-down school system I was subjected to, and partly the blitz of television upon my generation. Hey, I had jack squat for an attention span then, even up to my early 20′s. But Dad gave me this little booklet, and thank God he did, and I looked at it, and guess what: He wasn’t just whistling Dixie.

Economic Solutions by Peter Kershaw. It was the unintimidating size of it–the fact that it was a mere booklet–that allowed me to actually sit down and read it. And when I did, ever since then, I knew I wasn’t in Kansas anymore.

This booklet tells the story of the Federal Reserve, of Jekyll Island, of the Rockefellers and J.P. Morgan and the other private bankster conspirators who took over the money system of the U.S. and hijacked a nation. This story has been covered more thoroughly and quite irreproachably by other authors such as G. Edward Griffin and the venerable Eustace Mullins. But the succinct job that Kershaw did here was marvellous. He made this indispensable-but-suppressed history accessible to a TV-junkie moron, and that was quite a feat.

Not much of a review, I realize; just a retelling of a personal epiphany connected with this. It will do.

Rating: Δ Δ Δ Δ Δ
6/2007

THE “FEDERAL” RESERVE CONSPIRACY AND ROCKEFELLER by Emmanuel Josephson

REVIEW: Precursor to The Creature from Jekyll Island Actually Goes Further in Exposing the Truth

This fellow Josephson was some kind of longstanding Rockefeller hater or something, I don’t know. You see, it’s a little hard to know, when the entire line of this man’s books, which included more than a dozen or so, are out of print. Naturally. I had to buy this one used. Naturally.

It was worth it.

Josephson wrote this in 1968 during the nadir of the Vietnam War quagmire, which he links to various other deliberately orchestrated massacres-for-profit at the behest of the Rockefeller clan and their co-conspirator oligarchs. This book is multifarious: It exposes most any and all of the profiteering swindles which the brood of vipers known as the Rockefellers have been internationally superintending; everything from Rockefeller pharmaceutical cartel crimes, to Rockefeller-led longstanding rampant voter fraud, and of course to the Rockefeller’s massive criminal funding of any and all enemies of America in the 20th century–these and other high crimes are covered in bold detail with little known but terribly relevant, provocative supporting details herein.

But the bulk of this treatise deals specifically with the Rockefeller clan’s management of the illegal takeover of America’s money system in 1913 with the bogus “Federal” “Reserve” System. Here the book often merely corroborates what other writers on this subject have written–writers like Eustace Mullins and G. Edward Griffin. But Josephson also often divulges more than those other two writers: Josephson’s research leads him to link the designs of the Rockefellers with Adam Weishaupt’s Illuminati and, ultimately, the Vatican. He ultimately shows that this last of these has the real control over the “Fed.” This is a gigantically portentous finding on Josephson’s part–portentous historically, of course, but even moreso in eschatalogical terms. It adds yet more confirmation to what the progenitors of the Reformation had long ago warned: That the Papal System was and is the Antichrist System. Josephson documents the long-suppressed and forgotten history of the 1800s wherein and how the Jesuits infiltrated this republic, decapitated it, and ultimately usurped it. And so this is where we stand today. Open your eyes, turn off the TV, throw away your radio, cancel your newspaper subscription, and deal with it.
Josephson shows that it is this system, originating in the Vatican, which actually tells the Rockefellers what to do and when to do it. The Rockefellers. The NWO pyramid of power brokers doesn’t go any higher than this.

There is but one unfortunate flaw to this book and thus, I’m guessing, with the rest of Josephson’s work in general: For all his intellectual acumen, the unsaved Josephson was woefully ignorant of the God of the Scriptures and the True Church of Jesus Christ. Time and again throughout this work, Josephson excoriates all of “Christianity” as a form of “Nazarene Communism,” but only because he fails to distinguish between Roman Catholicism/Institutional Protestantism versus True Christianity. Thus, in the area of spiritual matters, Josephson himself quite ironically becomes a victim of the very same evil entity he is seeking to expose in all matters financial.

Rating: Δ Δ Δ Δ Δ
1/2008

THE ROTHSCHILDS by Frederic Morton

A lot of fluff here, a lot of celebrity worship, and a few tidbits of fascinating historical information. It is written like a much expanded version of People magazine.

I wanted more about these people–more of their dirt. Everybody knows the Rothschild’s have a lot of dirt in their history; everybody but the kind of folks who read People magazine and get their news from the mainstream disinformation media.

You get a couple grains of sand in this volume, like the momentous and infamous moment in history where Nathan Rothschild cornered the British stockmarket after the Battle of Waterloo via a brilliantly Machiavellian shenanigan for which, along with his many other crimes against humanity, his trembling spirit will someday be swept into the Lake of Fire by Our Lord. Not even the author(s?) of this book could whitewash this well-known stain upon the history of the Rothschild Crime Family, though of course, as this reader anticipated, even this sinful act of high thievery was recounted in a tone of barely concealed admiration.

This book is basically useless. It’s mainstream corporate propaganda. Consider yourself warned.

Rating: Don’t Bother
9/2008