I migrated my database today to a new server that has more storage. I have noticed since then that most posts have replaced the occasional space with this character Â. I have fixed the most recent of my posts but to honest, I will be damned if I have the time or energy to go over all 332 posts I have made over the past 3 years and remove them. Call me lazy or whatever you want. I will remove these crazy characters from posts as I go along but I will probably tire of the exercise long before I finish. I just wanted to give a heads up and explanation.
I have decided to take my political musings and move them elsewhere. I don’t want my personal politics to drive any readers away so I am going to try and focus this blog on history and reviews of books I have read. The only vaguely political thing I will keep up are my monthly updates in the area of world conflict and geopolitics.
All my political stuff will in the future be hosted at my new political and everything else site @: www.thepointyend.us Join me there for lively debate.
I was doing someÂ researchÂ today for my capstone BS in IT class and ran across this very interesting Infographic about the economic consequences of all that pirated music and movies most people have on their PC’s and decided to share it.
Infographic by- Beijing Web Designers
I was approached by Mr Thompkins via email about reviewing his novel The Mogadishu Diaries: Bloodlines. This is a self-published work and one I will not be able to read for at least a month because of the pile of other books I have recently gotten from publishers. I plan on reading this book and writing up a review on it but in the meantime in the interests of encouraging other people to write and giving them a chance to publicize their own work I offered to let him post a promotional piece here at Battles & Book Reviews. Below is the text he sent me to promote his book. Notice that it is available for free on Smashwords.
In 1992 Somalia was on the brink of humanitarian disaster. Warring tribes had sparked a violent civil war following the collapse of the Barre government in 1991. The distribution of food and resources was heavily disrupted, leaving the people of Southern Somalia to starve; 300,000 would die in the famine. As the death-toll rose and the intensity of the conflict increased, a team of United Nations Peacekeepers, led by the United States, entered Somalia with the aim of creating a protected environment for humanitarian operations.
The mission was known as Operation Restore Hope.
Eddie Clay served as a US Marine peacekeeper during Operation Restore Hope. The Mogadishu Diaries: Bloodlines is based on his personal experiences in Somalia between 9 December 1992 and 21 March 1993. Clay recounts the pursuit of a beloved and revered warlord, the disarming of an entire community – and its unexpected consequences – and reveals how he fell in love with a beautiful Somali interpreter named Ayan. He explains the challenges, the fears and the crisis of â€˜conscience versus the Rules of Engagementâ€™ he shared with his fellow Marines, Airmen, Sailors and Soldiers during this notorious humanitarian mission.
This is his story.