Monday, May 29, 2017

Alexander Solzhenitsyn (books by)

Books for sale by Alexander Solzhenitsyn (English translations)

1. August 1914, 1st American printing, Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1972 Near pristine book and DJ.

2. The Gulag Archipelago. 1st ed. Harper & Row, 1973, 1974, trans. Thomas Whitney, very good, DJ like new

3. The Gulag Archipelago Two. 1st ed. in paper. Harper Row, 1975. Very good condition

4. Cancer Ward, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1969. Very good, with good DJ.

5. The First Circle, Harper & Row, 1968. Very good, good DJ with fading on the spine, foxing top of spine.

6. Stories and Prose Poems. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1971 (3rd American printing), like new except very slight fading along spine.

Exclusive offer, set of six books only.  $995 U.S. 
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Monday, December 12, 2016

Heart Attack vs. Heart Failure: Which do YOU have??


The vast majority of people do not really understand the difference between a HEART ATTACK and the entity known as HEART FAILURE. The confusion is entirely understandable. It’s a bit complicated. So, what exactly is the difference?

A heart attack happens when the blood supply to the heart muscle itself is compromised. That blood supply comes from the ‘coronary’ arteries and if one or more gets blocked sufficiently, the heart muscle doesn’t get oxygen and portions of the muscle can die off if blood supply is not restored in time (like within a few minutes). Thus, the term ‘having a coronary’ is the same as having a heart attack.
Coronary disease (credit: Mayo Foundation)

When a muscle doesn’t get enough blood, there is pain. Everyone knows about the pain of a heart attack: severe chest pain, sometimes with radiation into the arms (left arm more than right) or neck.  ANGINA is the name for the same heart muscle pain that happens before the muscle dies. This can go on for months before an actual heart attack. When the muscle dies from lack of blood, it is called an INFARCTION, or more specifically, a MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION. When that happens, all you can do is try to heal and rehabilitate.

The causes of coronary heart disease are well known: smoking, diabetes, elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels, other genetic factors and many less common causes.

HEART FAILURE is more about the strength of the heart, not the blood supply. Heart failure happens when the heart muscle becomes weak and cannot pump blood with enough force to keep everything humming along. Instead of pain, heart failure causes symptoms of weakness and fatigue, swelling of the legs, and swelling in the lungs which leads to difficulty breathing with exertion or when lying down flat. The symptoms can worsen over months to years until other vital organs are not getting enough blood. This leads ultimately to organ failure and death.

Heart Failure (Credit: American Heart Association)

What causes HEART FAILURE? The most common cause is when enough of the heart muscle has died from one or more infarctions during heart attacks that there isn’t enough strong heart muscle to pump adequately. About 70% of heart failure in developed countries comes from prior myocardial infarctions.

Other causes include high blood pressure, toxins such as alcohol or cocaine, viral infections that affect the heart muscle itself, and certain hormonal diseases. This is different from bacterial infections that affect heart valves in a condition called endocarditis.

An important difference between heart attacks and heart failure is that heart attacks can be reversed if treated soon enough. If you are having symptoms of a heart attack, i.e. crushing chest pain with radiation down one or both arms, the sooner you arrive at an Emergency Department and receive anti-clotting drugs, the better your chances of not killing off any heart muscle that could lead to heart failure.

Heart failure, on the other hand, once it is established, seems to be relentless, worsening gradually to the point where the only treatment is a heart transplant.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

JFK assassination coverup continues: 53 years and counting

America continues to be lied to about JFK's assassination. The evidence is solid for triangulated gunfire in Dealy Plaza, November 22nd, 1963, with the definitive round coming from the grassy knoll, a head shot fired by James Files. Listen to Wim Dankbaar's 2003 interview with James Files (through and Youtube) After much academic hand wringing over how the multiple shots actually occurred, this interview is as credible as they come. It sews up how the hit was carried out. But that is merely the technical part. The story of who organized the assassination and the successful cover up is more complicated and clearly implicates government insiders who wanted Kennedy neutralized. The concept of Oswald as a lone whacko gunman has been completely disproved but remains party line in all major network media sources.

If you are interested in learning more, the nine part series on youtube, THE MEN WHO KILLED KENNEDY is a good starting point. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016


The United States elected a populist last night. Democrats squandered their chance to nominate a populist to go head-to-head against Trump. The battle between the free market-winner-take-all approach of Trump and the democratic socialist approach of Bernie Sanders would have been the more just fight at this time in America.  At least then, the true sentiment of the American people, for better or for worse, could have been more honestly gauged. Instead, a milk-toast establishment insider with a bad reputation for honesty was rammed into position by DNC leadership. Rigged, indeed. It showed an arrogant sense of entitlement, one to deliver the first woman president. And it backfired. Big time. The one good outcome of this colossal failure of the DNC could be to question the value of backroom politics that caused the mismatch. It appears that Americans are no longer willing to accept nominees chosen by political insiders and the media.

That said, whether Trump’s leadership will see successes for the entire country, not just Wall Street and the wealthy, remains to be seen.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Spaghetti squash recipe

Let's face it: squash is one of earth's less exciting flavors. You have to do something with it to bring out the flavors. I have found that caramelizing enhances best. Works with all squash varieties, but try this:

Spaghetti squash is a lovely variety that, when cooked, falls apart into strings about the size of spaghetti. The secret is slicing into pieces that will maximize contact surface with the baking pan This allows the surfaces to brown and caramelize into a beautiful, tasty dish that needs nothing but salt and pepper.

1. split squash and clean center
2. cut into slices about one or two inches thick
3. brush both sides with olive oil
4. salt lightly and (optional) sprinkle with celery seed
5. bake at 400F for about one hour, turning once so both sides get browned slightly
6. let cool enough to cut rind away. It usually falls off easily. Discard rinds.
7. stir in bowl as needed to create the spaghetti effect.
8. reheat as needed, season to taste and serve! 

great accompaniment to braised beef or lamb 

Also: see terrific link to a comprehensive review of this wonderful squash: 

Friday, May 20, 2016

MSNBC?--not so much any more

I used to crave MSNBC, Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow. Smart people, those two. And more or less politically compatible with my liberal thinking, except when it came to them actually promoting the results of the Warren Commission which LBJ commissioned to avoid a real investigation that might have suggested triangulated gunfire including a shot from the front right that took off the back of JFK’s head. How anyone can still buy into Lee Harvey Oswald as JFK's killer amazes me. But that’s getting off point.

Just recently, I decided I can no longer watch Chris or Rachel or anyone else on MSNBC. And it’s not just the incessant Cialis ads and other obnoxious direct-to-consumer advertising by Big Pharma. Chris and Rachel and the gang are so biased in their reporting, so pro-Clinton, and so utterly dismissive of Bernie Sanders and his ideas that it is clear that they or their bosses must be trying to manipulate the election. Did they do this in the Obama/Hillary primaries of ’08? Don’t remember. Must not have had the channel back then.

Sander’s proposals are not  out-of-line with liberal Democratic views. It must be that Sanders-the-man is out-of-line with those who are beholden to Hillary Clinton in some way, or perhaps it is the owners and broadcasters at MSNBC. This generally applies to all the major networks, it’s just more painful at MSNBC. Even PBS, usually so thorough in their coverage of both and all sides of an argument, has been dismissive of Bernie’s message, assuming that Hillary is definitely the nominee, discouraging the all-important battles of ideas.

Come to think of it, maybe it IS Big Pharma. If MSNBC is dependent upon those drug company ads for their profit margin, it would make sense to be against Bernie Sanders because of his strong opposition to the deplorable ways of Big Pharma.

 Whether it is biased individual anchors, the influence of Big Pharma, or indebted management, I’m almost finished with MSNBC. I’ve also given up on the rest of corporate network TV, and I suspect I’m not alone in this thinking. Unbiased, respectful reporting will have to be found elsewhere.

Monday, April 4, 2016

How do you visualize time?

Do you have a personal approach to the visualization of time? I have yet to come across someone's personal mental images of time. I'm talking about small-scale time, not Stephen Hawking cosmological time.

For more than 60 years, my fixed image has been a flat linear strip that displays the upcoming week. It goes backward and forward to infinity as needed but the upcoming week is always present, with next Monday looming first:
2-D visualization of time, one week at a time
 My perspective is always as depicted: from the left, looking down on the route. I navigate much of my life from this generic mental map.

Have YOU possessed a personal visualization of time in your head throughout your life? If so, please share a description and/or graphic in 'comments'.

Best regards,