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In Defense of Flogging
Peter Moskos - 2011-05-31
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Prisons impose tremendous costs, yet they're easily ignored. Criminals-- even low-level nonviolent offenders-- enter our dysfunctional criminal justice system and disappear into a morass that's safely hidden from public view. Our "tough on crime" political rhetoric offers us no way out, and prison reformers are too quickly dismissed as soft on crim...
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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The Classic Book on Southern Cooking First published in 1942, Cross Creek Cookery was compiled by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings at the request of readers who wanted to recreate the luscious meals described in Cross Creek -- her famous memoir of life in a Florida hamlet. Lovers of old-fashioned, down-home cooking will treasu...
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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Television has conditioned us to tolerate visually entertaining material measured out in spoonfuls of time, to the detriment of rational public discourse and reasoned public affairs. In this eloquent, persuasive book, Neil Postman alerts us to the real and present dangers of this state of affairs, and offers compelling suggestions as to how to with...
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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Once little more than a glorified porn filter, China’s ‘Great Firewall’ has evolved into the most sophisticated system of online censorship in the world. Even as the Chinese internet grows and online businesses thrive, speech is controlled, dissent quashed, and any attempts to organise outside the official Communist Party are quickly stamped out. B...
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