Smells Like Geek Spirit

Elongated Man.Title: “Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future”

Author: Ashlee Vancen

Rank: 47

Blurb: “Vance spent more than 30 hours in conversation with Musk and interviewed close to 300 people to tell the tumultuous stories of Musk’s world-changing companies: PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX and SolarCity, and to characterize a man who has renewed American industry and sparked new levels of innovation while making plenty of enemies along the way.”

Review: “There are three books that a true geek should read at least once… Actually, I am not a true geek so I just made that up.”

Customers Also Bought: “Sam Walton: Made In America”

Footnote: The Musk Cult runs strong in Geekdom, but merging with PayPal and then flipping it to eBay isn’t the kind of Not-Founder’s Story that inspires us, and for $71,070, your hip electric car damn well better work. Get back to us when you’ve done something that actually changes our life.

Elon Musk [Amazon]

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Misconstruction

Tinkerpreneur, Tailorpreneur, Soldierpreneur, Spypreneur.Title: “Who Built That: Awe-Inspiring Stories of American Tinkerpreneurs”

Author: Michelle Malkin

Rank: 48

Blurb: “In July 2012, President Obama infamously proclaimed: ‘If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.’ Malkin wholeheartedly disagrees.”

Review: “Just purchased this for my grandsons summer reading list. I supplement their schooling with homeschooling especially in the summer. While polecats / political bureaucrats are working to tear boys and men down I want to fuel them with positive examples to encourage them and help build their character.”

Customers Also Bought: “EMP: Equipping Modern Patriots: A Story of Survival (Volume 1)”

Footnote: We live in a post-context world, so there’s no point explaining what Obama actually said. Instead we applaud Malkin for coining one of the most awkward marketing terms we’ve heard in awhile.

Who Built That [Amazon]

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FLOTUS Fitness Tips

Per Stinquer Dodgerblue’s request, enjoy this video of Michelle Obama working out. I had to explain to him that she is not wearing a leotard per se, but there are a few close-ups of her pecs and deltoids. Prepare for Faux News outrage in 3…2…1. She has some mad jump rope skills. I would have either strangled myself on the rope or tripped on my face doing some of her moves.

Everyone Can Hear You Scream

Not Samizdat.Title: “The Silencing: How the Left is Killing Free Speech”

Author: Kirsten Powers

Rank: 36

Blurb: “Lifelong liberal Kirsten Powers blasts the Left’s forced march towards conformity in an exposé of the illiberal war on free speech. No longer champions of tolerance and free speech, the ‘illiberal Left’ now viciously attacks and silences anyone with alternative points of view. Powers asks, ‘What ever happened to free speech in America?'”

Review: “Miss Powers is a USA Today contributor and a Fox News contributor. These are both centrist mass outlets.”

Customers Also Bought: “Rising to the Challenge: My Leadership Journey” by Carly Fiorina

Footnote: We’re not aware of The Left using the power of government to silence bureaucratic and scientific discussion of climate change, nor are we aware of The Left limiting school instruction of sex education to abstinence, nor are we are of The Left calling in SWAT teams on outspoken feminist videogame developers, nor are we aware of The Left preventing putative liberals from profitably pandering to idiots via multiple national media outlets, but hey, we haven’t been paying exhaustive attention.

The Silencing [Amazon]

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Shocked! Shocked!

The candidate makes herself a victor by an immense, long, deliberate derangement of all her opponents’ senses.Title: “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich”

Author: Peter Schweizer

Rank: 15

Blurb: “In 2000, Bill and Hillary Clinton owed millions of dollars in legal debt. Since then, they’ve earned over $130 million. Where did the money come from?”

About the Author: “He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.”

Not Mentioned About the Author: “As a political communications expert, Schweizer’s notable clients include Sarah Palin, who he advised on foreign policy.”

Review: “Still waiting for the truth on Benghazi and why she wanted them dead.”

Customers Also Bought: “Adios, America” by Ann Coulter

Footnote: The real issue is the structural corruption of a neoliberal globalist political economy, which—

Oh, fuck it. We might end up supporting Hillary just to enjoy the apoplexy that Clintons bring out in their opponents.

Clinton Cash [Amazon]

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Boundary Issues

Contains filler.Title: “Balance”

Author: Angie Grace

Rank: 4

Blurb: “Best selling coloring book artist Angie Grace invites you to relax and explore the intricate and exquisite world of stress mending circular whimsical art. Stroke by stroke, shade by shade, tension and worries fade away as you transform Angie’s beautiful black and white lines into your own unique, personal and beautiful keepsake art piece.”

Review: “Coloring is harder as an adult than when you’re young.”

Customers Also Bought: More grownup coloring books than you can imagine.

Footnote: It must be such a joy to exercise other people’s creativity.

Balance [Amazon]

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This Land Was Your Land

Includes three pages actually written by Bill O’Reilly!Title: “Bill O’Reilly’s Legends and Lies: The Real West”

Authors: David Fisher and Bill O’Reilly

Rank: 25

Blurb: “Frontier America was a place where instinct mattered more than education, and courage was necessary for survival. It was a place where luck made a difference and legends were made.”

Review: “If you are going to pretend you’re an expert and write a book about something, at least have enough knowledge about the subject to get the photos right.”

Customers Also Bought: Something by Mike Lee, who continues to amaze us with his ability to live with himself.

Footnote: History is written by the winners, which is why we don’t call it “Occupied America”.

Bill O’Reilly’s Legends and Lies [Amazon]

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