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In Defense of Flogging
Peter Moskos - 2011-05-31
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A criminologist presents a radical solution to our broken prison system: give criminals the choice between incarceration and the lash. In "In Defense of Flogging," Peter Moskos argues that flogging is a quick, cheap, and honest form of punishment that could save taxpayers billions of dollars. While it may be cruel, compared to our dysfunctional criminal justice system, it is the lesser of two evils.
Timothy Burke
@PeterMoskos I continue to recommend this book to people and it's been particularly relevant of late with all the court filings and such about January 6th and its participants being subject to "the torture of solitary confinement," probably the only truthful thing in any of them.      source
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Cross Creek Cookery
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings - 1996-03-20 (first published in 1942)
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Experience the classic taste of Southern cooking through the pages of this beloved cookbook. Originally published in 1942, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings compiled Cross Creek Cookery to satisfy readers' desires to recreate the rich meals described in her memoir of life in a Florida hamlet. From old-fashioned Grits to adventurous Alligator-Tail Steak, this cookbook provides a treasure trove of down-home recipes and culinary lore that will warm your heart and taste buds.
Timothy Burke
The article @JeffHouck wrote about this in Edible Tampa Bay is so, so good. Cross Creek Cookery is not only a bible of Florida cooking but also an outright hilarious book at times. Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings was one of a kind.      source
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Amusing Ourselves to Death
Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business
Neil Postman - 2005-12-27 (first published in 1985)
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This thought-provoking book explores the role of television in shaping our society and its impact on critical thinking and public discourse. The author highlights how our obsession with visually stimulating content is hampering our ability to engage in meaningful conversations about important issues. With compelling insights and solutions, the book urges readers to take control of their media consumption and strive towards a more reasoned and informed society.
Timothy Burke
@ParkerMolloy oh, this is great. I used a lot of this book when teaching Persuasion in Media classes 15 or so years ago.      source
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The Great Firewall of China
How to Build and Control an Alternative Version of the Internet
James Griffiths - 2019-03-15
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Explore the rise of China's infamous ‘Great Firewall,’ once just a porn filter but now the world's most advanced system for online censorship. As the Chinese internet thrives, dissent is quashed, and organizing outside the official Communist Party is silenced. Yet the effects of this firewall are not just confined to China- it threatens global internet freedoms and provides inspiration for dictators worldwide. Discover how this censorship is spreading and how to counteract its influence with a radical new vision of online liberty.
Timothy Burke
Time again to recommend the excellent @jgriffiths book that explores in some great detail U.S. corporations' efforts to help China crack down on democracy:      source