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The New Zealand Hobbit Crisis

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All was not well in Middle-earth . . . After the third Lord of the Rings movie premiered in 2003, fans of the series eagerly anticipated production and release of its prequel, The Hobbit. It turned out they had a while to wait, as a series of troubles delayed production for years. Then, in September 2010, when almost everything seemed resolved, U.S. and international actors unions issued a pub-lic alert advising their members "not to accept work on this non-union production." Warner Bros. threatened to rip the troubled production from the country and events quickly spiraled out of control. New Zealand plunged into crisis. Saving the Hobbit was do or die for the local film industry, and the government scrambled to avoid disaster. Protests and rallies erupted and the island nation's currency fell on the possibility of losing the half-billion dollar project. Director Peter Jackson vowed to "fight like hell" to keep the shoot in New Zealand. But then studio executives flew in from Los Angeles like colonial masters ready to bring down the hammer. What happened next was almost unbelievable - and proved, if nothing else, that not all Hollywood drama is on the screen. This short book (70 pp. plus bibliography, etc.) tells the tale.


The Wierd World Of Casino Craps

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This book is about the game of casino craps; its allure, its superstitions and its truths. It is about luck, chance and systems; about good bets, bad bets, good playing strategies and poor strategies. And it contains an analysis of the odds and the house edge. But it is also about human nature, which is often sharply exposed at the craps tables. I do more than just tell you how to play a sensible game of craps. I include a history of the game, an analysis of why people gamble, and the psychology of craps players. Above all, I stress the importance of mental discipline because it is a lack of discipline that makes most players continual losers. Players often behave in weird and wonderful ways, so I have included stories of what people actually do at the tables. Most craps players are consistent losers because they are ignorant of the basics of the game, and they are caught up in a tangle of emotions while they are playing. They are easy prey for the allure of the high house edge bets that make the casinos so much money. If you will apply the methods in this book and exercise mental discipline, you will greatly improve your game, and greatly increase your chances of winning.



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