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Special Places for the Final Resting Place of Dominic Nozzi’s Ashes

By Dominic Nozzi

November 27, 2022

The following are the most special, memorable, loved places ever visited by Dominic Nozzi during his life. As a parting gift to those special people in Dominic’s life – such as Maggie Waddoups and those she chooses to help – Dominic’s ashes shall be deposited in as many of the following special, memorable, lovable places as possible. To maximize the number of places, an extremely small quantity of ashes (1/4 tsp or less) shall be deposited in each location. Those places near the top of this list are the highest priority and those near the bottom are the lowest priority.

While many of Dominic’s special places are scuba diving sites, none are listed as it is impractical to deposit ashes at such sites.

Mercato di Ortigia in Syracuse /Ortigia, ItalyPiazza della Signoria in Florence, ItalyPiazza Navona, Rome, ItalyPiazza San Marco in Venice, Italy
Piazza del Campo in Siena, ItalyPiazza degli Eroi (Heroes Square) and Lion Court in Budapest, HungaryGrand Place in Brussels, BelgiumOld Town Square in Prague, Czechia
Plaza Mayor in Salamanca, SpainRådhuspladsen in Copenhagen, DenmarkMercato La Pescheria in Catania, ItalyMercato di Mezzo in Bologna, Italy
Mercato Antiquario in Lucca, ItalyKoningsplein, AmsterdamMagic Fountain of Montjuïc, Barcelona, SpainDom Tower, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Old Town Haarlem, The NetherlandsPiazza IV Novembre, Perugia, ItalyPiazza Della Cisterna, San Gimignano, ItalyStradun, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Old Town Ostuni, ItalyCatacombe dei Cappuccini, Palermo, ItalyOld Centre, Delft, The NetherlandsGauley River, West Virginia
Betasso Trail west of Boulder, ColoradoAlexander Springs Creek FLMaroon Pass, Colorado (Aspen to Crested Butte)Boulder Creek, Boulder CO
St Peter’s Cathedral, Rome ItalyActun Tunichil Muknal caves, BelizeOld Town Orvieto ItalyArenal Volcano, Costa Rica
Siyeh Pass Trail, Glacier National Park, MontanaShelf Lake Trail near Gunella Pass, ColoradoYosemite Falls, CaliforniaThe Narrows and Angel’s Landing, Zion National Park UT
Econfina Creek (near Hamlin Lake) FLWest Maroon Pass trail near Crested Butte, ColoradoMt Ida Trail on the Colorado continental dividePenfield High School football field
North Main Street between McBee and Washington streets, Greenville SCSanitas Trail, Boulder COPowderhorn Glade Run, Eldora Ski Resort COLong’s Peak summit CO
Matera, ItalyOld Town Bari, ItalyScribner or Bay Trail School playing field, Penfield36 Horizon Dr, Penfield backyard
Old town Taormina ItalyOld Town Assisi, ItalyElison Park Sledding Hill, Penfield NYOld Town Toledo, Italy
    
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Best movies I saw in the second half of 2021 and into the summer of 2022

By Dom Nozzi

The following movies are the best movies I watched since the summer of 2021.

Cinema Paradiso

Dirty Dancing

Chocolat

Field of Dreams

500 Days of Summer

If Only

Meet Joe Black

The Red Pill

Griffin and Phoenix

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Best Books I Read in the second half of 2021 and into the summer of 2022

By Dom Nozzi

The following books are the best books I read since the summer of 2021. They are books that influenced how I see the world, and many are the books I most refer back to in conversations with others.

And they certainly inspired me, through the sheer intellectual enjoyment of reading them at the time, to read voraciously in a never-ending search for further epiphanies.

The Enemy Within: How a Totalitarian Movement is Destroying America, by Horowitz, David

Mao’s Great Famine: The History of China’s Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-1962, by Dikotter, Frank

White Guilt: How Blacks and Whites Together Destroyed the Promise of the Civil Rights Era, by Steele, Shelby

Socialism Sucks: Two Economists Drink Their Way Through the Unfree World, by Lawson, R. & Powell, B

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism, Williamson, Kevin

Trickle Down Theory and Tax Cuts for the Rich, Sowell, Thomas

Heterophobia: Sexual Harassment and the Future of Feminism, Patai, Daphne

Prey: Immigration, Islam, and the Erosion of Women’s Rights, by Ali, Ayaan Hirsi

A Student’s Guide to Socialism: How It Will Trash Your Lives, by Rubin, Paul

Professing Feminism: Cautionary Tales from the Strange World of Women’s Studies, by Patai, D n Koertge, N

Give Me a Break: How I Exposed Hucksters, Cheats, and Scam Artists and Became the Scourge of the Liberal Media, by Stossel, John

United States of Socialism: Who’s Behind It. Why It’s Evil. How to Stop It, by D’Souza, Dinesh

Affirmative Action Around the World: An Empirical Study, by Sowell, Thomas

Seven Deadly Economic Sins, by Otteson, James R

False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet, by Lomborg, Bjorn

Everything is Fucked: A Book About Hope, by Manson, Mark

Naked Racial Preferences, by Cohen, Carl

False Black Power?, by Riley, Jason L.

The Road to Serfdom: Text and Documents. The Definitive Edition, by Hayek, F.A

Maverick: A Biography of Thomas Sowell, by Riley, Jason L.

The Diversity Delusion: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture, by MacDonald, Heather

Race and Culture: A World View, by Sowell, Thomas

Eat Rich, Live Long: Use the Power of Low-Carb n Keto for Weight Loss n Great Health, by Cummins, Ivor n Jeffrey Gerber

Discrimination and Disparities, by Sowell, Thomas

Why Men Earn More: The Startling Truth Behind the Pay Gap — and What Women Can Do About It, by Farrell, Warren

Woke Racism: How a New Religion Has Betrayed Black America, by McWhorter, John

American Marxism, by Levin, Mark R.

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The Guess Who: It Took Me 50 Years to Realize Their Greatness

By Dom Nozzi

The Guess Who is a Canadian rock band from Winnipeg, Manitoba, best known for its blues rock and psychedelic rock hits from 1968 to 1975.

The band originated in 1962 and achieved an international hit single with a cover of “Shakin’ All Over” in 1965 under the name Chad Allan and the Expressions. After changing their name to the Guess Who, they found their greatest success in the late 60s and early 70s, under the leadership of singer/keyboardist Burton Cummings and guitarist Randy Bachman, with hit songs including “American Woman”, “These Eyes”, “No Time” and many others.

During their most successful period, the Guess Who released eleven studio albums, all of which reached the charts in Canada and the United States. They may be best known for their 1970 album American Woman, which reached no. 1 in Canada and no. 9 in the United States, while five other albums reached the top ten in Canada. The Guess Who charted fourteen Top 40 singles in the United States and more than thirty in Canada.

I never thought much about the greatness of the Guess Who for most of my life. But in about 2020, I started noticing YouTube suggestions for me that featured Guess Who songs. It was only as a result of these suggestions that it eventually occurred to me — 50 years after I first started hearing the band — that they had performed an impressive number of superb songs. Here is my list of what I consider to be their best.

Shakin’ All Over (1965)

These Eyes (1968)

Undun (1969)

No Time (1969)

Laughing (1969)

American Woman (1970)

Share the Land (1970)

No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature (1970)

Hand Me Down World (1970)

Clap for the Wolfman (1974)

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Best Books I Read in 2020 and into 2021

By Dom Nozzi

The following books are the best books I read since the beginning of 2020. They are books that influenced how I see the world, and many are the books I most refer back to in conversations with others.

And they certainly inspired me, through the sheer intellectual enjoyment of reading them at the time, to read voraciously in a never-ending search for further epiphanies.

Invisible Victims: White Males and the Crisis of Affirmative Action, by Lynch, Frederick R

Who Stole Feminism? How Women Have Betrayed Women, by Sommers, Christina Hoff

Live Not By Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents, by Dreher, Rod

Men. Women. Relationships: Surviving the Plague of Modern Masculinity, by Elam, Paul

The Boy Crisis: Why Our Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It, by Farrell, Warren & John Gray

The War Against Boys: How Misguided Policies are Harming Our Young Men, by Sommers, Christina Hoff

Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed, by Riley, Jason L.

In the City of Bikes: The Story of the Amsterdam Cyclist, by Jordan, Pete   

The Gulag Archipelago An Experiment in Literary Investigation I-II, V-VII, by Solzhenitsyn, Alexandr

Retrotopia, by Greer, John Michael

Life in the Fasting Lane, by Fung, and Mayer, Ramos     

The Diabetes Code: Prevent and Reverse Type 2 Diabetes Naturally, by Fung, Jason

Don’t Burn This Book: Thinking for Yourself in an Age of Unreason, by Rubin, Dave

Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America, by McWhorter, John      

Winning the Race: Beyond the Crisis in Black America, by McWhorter, John       

The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity, by Murray, Douglas

The Carnivore Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Optimal Health by Returning to Our Ancestral Diet, Saladino, Paul       

Free-Range Kids: Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts with Worry, by Skenazy, Lenore

The Age of Illusions: How America Squandered Its Cold War Victory, by Bacevich, Andrew

Low Carb, High Fat Food Revolution: Advice and Recipes to Improve Your Health and Reduce Your Weight, by Eenfeldt, Andreas

Lifespan: Why We Age — and Why We Don’t Have To, by Sinclair, David A.

The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator, by Winegard, Timothy

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Best Movies I Watched in 2020 and into 2021

By Dom Nozzi

The following movies are the best movies I watched since the beginning of 2020.

These Final Hours

Serendipity

Ride

Another Earth

Fat Fiction

Coherence

Letters to Juliet

Contagion

Thank You For Smoking

The Perfect Storm

The Majestic

Destination Wedding

Bedazzled

Breakdown

The Sessions

The One I Love

Generation War

Take the Lead

Captain Phillips

Noise

Compliance

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Heroes

By Dom Nozzi

Heroes are exemplified for such things as being courageous, for having accomplished outstanding achievements, for being notably admirable, for being a significant inspiration, and for setting in motion a great many enduring, self-perpetuating forms of societal or educational knowledge.

The following is a list of the most heroic people in my life.

Albert and Sara Nozzi (my parents).

Andres Duany (a leading founder of “New Urbanism,” walkable and traditional community and transportation reform movement)

Victor Dover (a leading professional practitioner who has prepared new urbanist designs worldwide)

Walter Kulash (a leader in reform of transportation design)

Ian Lockwood (a leader in reform of transportation design)

Camille Paglia (American feminist and social critic)

Marvin Harris (an American anthropologist who founded “cultural materialism”)

Hugh Hefner (a pioneer in human and female sexual and other forms of liberation)

Noam Chomsky (linguist and leading political philosopher)

Robert Ingersoll (leading American agnostic and public speaker)

Hans Monderman (a leader in reform of transportation design)

Enrique Penalosa (former mayor of Bogota Columbia)

Joseph Riley (former mayor of Charleston South Carolina)

Andrew Bacevich (historian and former army colonel)

George Orwell (British author)

George Carlin (American comedian)

Chapman Cohen (atheist author)

Nina Teicholz (American journalist and leading reformer of nutrition)

Clarence Darrow (American attorney)

Jonathan Haidt (American sociologist)

John Stuart Mill (civil liberties author)

Richard Florida (American author)

Stanley Milgram (social psychologist)

Thomas Paine (American political activist, philosopher, political theorist, and revolutionary)

Garrett Hardin (American biologist)

Sam Harris (American author, philosopher, and neuroscientist)

Aldous Huxley (American author)

Jane Jacobs (American-Canadian journalist, author, and activist who influenced urban studies, sociology, and economics)

James Howard Kunstler (American author, social critic, and public speaker)

Marty Klein (American sex therapist, speaker, author)

Thomas Kuhn (science historian)

Bjorn Lomborg (author, visiting professor, think tank director)

Charles Marohn (a leader in reform of transportation design)

Mearsheimer and S. Walt (authors)

Charles Murray (author)

Peter Newman and Jeffrey Kenworthy (authors)

Peter Norton (author)

Ray Oldenburg (author)

Dmitry Orlov (author)

David Owen (author)

David Perlmutter (author, neurologist)

Steven Pinker (author)

Ayn Rand (author)

James Randi (magician, author)

Jonathan Rauch (author)

Charles Derber (author)

Wilhelm Reich (Austrian doctor of medicine and psychoanalyst)

Bertrand Russell (British polymath, philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic, political activist, and Nobel laureate)

BF Skinner (American psychologist, behaviorist, author, inventor, and social philosopher)

Thomas Szasz (Hungarian-American academic, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst)

Robert Taber (author)

Gary Taubes (author, nutritionist)

Dalton Trumbo (author)

AD White (author)

Ambrose Bierce (American short story writer, journalist, poet, and Civil War veteran)

Charles Darwin (biologist)

Albert Einstein (physicist)

Galileo Galilee (physicist)

Martin Luther King (civil rights leader)

Eugene Debs (labor leader)

Mahatma Gandhi (Indian lawyer, anti-colonial nationalist, and political ethicist)

George Bernard Shaw (author)

Henry David Thoreau (author)

Rick Cole (former city manager of Ventura and Santa Monica CA)

Anthony Downs (economist)

Donald Shoup (economist)

Christopher B. Leinberger (author)

Steve Mouzon (architect)

Janette Sadik-Kahn (former director of New York City’s DOT)

My heartfelt thanks to each of the above people for bringing so much light, happiness, progress, and knowledge to my life and to the world.

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Best Movies I Watched from 2015 into 2019

By Dom Nozzi

The following movies are the best movies I watched from 2015 into 2019.

Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars

Her

The Longest Ride

Fed Up

The Ice Storm

The Fault in Our Stars

Bad Words

50/50

Hungry for Change

Concussion

The Imitation Game

Spotlight (priest sex abuse)

Where to Invade Next

Nightcrawler

The Hunt

Dead Poets Society

Reservoir Dogs

47 Meters Down

Ex Machina

Citizen Jane

The Invitation

The Shape of Water

Fatal Attraction

The Green Mile

What Will People Say

Lantana

Student Seduction

Walking the Halls

Nerve

The Neighbor

Jane Wants a Boyfriend

Sleeping with Other People

Jacob’s Ladder

Knock Knock

Green Book

Safe Haven

Last Night

Me Before You

The Change-Up

Rock of Ages

Yesterday

Non-Stop

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Best Books I Read from 2015 through 2019

By Dom Nozzi

The following books are the best books I read from 2015 through 2019. They are books that influenced how I see the world, and many are the books I most refer back to in conversations with others.

And they certainly inspired me, through the sheer intellectual enjoyment of reading them at the time, to read voraciously in a never-ending search for further epiphanies.

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging, by Junger, Sebastian

Hate Inc: Why Today’s Media Makes Us Despise One Another, Taibbi, Matt

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World — and Why Things Are Better Than You Think, by Rosling, Hans

The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss, by Fung, Jason

Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health, by Taubes, Gary

Undoctored: Why Health Care Has Failed You and How You Can Become Smarter Than Your Doctor, by Davis, William

The Keto Cure: A Low-Carb, High-Fat Dietary Solution to Heal Your Body and Optimize your Health, by Nally, Adam

Sugar Crush: How to Reduce Inflammation, Reverse Nerve Damage, and Reclaim Good Health, by Jacoby, Richard P.

Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain — for Life, by Perlmutter, David

Untrue: Why Nearly Everything We Believe About Women, Lust, and Infidelity Is Wrong and How the New Science Can Set Us Free, by Martin, Wednesday

Me Before You, by Moyes, Jojo

Free Women Free Men: Sex, Gender, Feminism, by Paglia, Camille

The Tuscan Year, by Romer, Eizabeth

Lies My Doctor Told Me: Medical Myths That Can Harm Your Health, by Berry, Ken

The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom, by Rawicz, Slavomir

Dispatches, by Herr, Michael

Fat Nation: A History of Obesity in America, by Engel, Jonathan

The Mezzanine, by Baker, Nicholson

Walkable City Rules: 101 Steps to Making Better Places, by Speck, Jeff

The Hell of Good Intentions: America’s Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of US Primacy, by Walt, Stephen

The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure, by Haidt, Jonathan & Lukianoff, G.

1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List, by Mustich, James

A Natural History of Rape: Biological Bases of Sexual Coercion, by Thornhill, Randy & Craig Palmer

Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are, by Stephens-Davidowitz, Seth

Death of the Liberal Class, by Hedges, Chris

Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar — Your Brain’s Silent Killers, by Perlmutter, David

Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight and Find Your Path Back to Health, by Davis, William

The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet, by Wolf, Robb

Why We Get Fat: And What We Can Do About It, by Taubes, Gary

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams, by Walker, Matthew

The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet, by Teicholz, Nina

Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, by Tegmark, Max

Robot Sex: Social and Ethical Implications, by Danaher, John (ed)

Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of 2 Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II, by Kurson, Robert

Greedy Bastards: How We Can Stop Corporate Communists, Banksters, and Other Vampires from Sucking America Dry, by Ratigan, Dylan

The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters, by Nichols, Tom

The Untold History of the United States, by Stone, Oliver & Peter Kuznick

Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage, by Lansing, Alfred

The Fault in Our Stars, by Green, John

The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government, by Talbot, David

The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon, by Fedarko, Kevin

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, by Grant, Adam

The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire, by Kinzer, Stephen

The Case Against Sugar, by Taubes, Gary

Desperate Passage: The Donner Party’s Perilous Journey West, by Rarick, Ethan

Zero Sugar Diet: The 14-Day Plan to Flatten Your Belly, Crush Cravings, and Help Keep You Lean for Life, by Zinczenko, David

Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War, by Danner, Mark

Lights Out: A Cyberattack. A Nation Unprepared. Surviving the Aftermath, by Koppel, Ted

Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, And Why, by Gonzales, Laurence

His Porn, Her Pain: Confronting America’s PornPanic with Honest Talk About Sex, by Klein, Marty

Thoughts on Building Strong Towns, by Marohn, Charles

Daylight Atheism, Lee, Adam

The End of Automobile Dependence, by Newman, Peter & Jeffrey Kenworthy

Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution, by Sadik-Khan, Janette

America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History, by Bacevich, Andrew

The Humanists versus the Reactionary Avant Garde: Clashing Visions for Today’s Architecture, by Siegel, Charles

Chasing Ghosts: The Policing of Terrorism, by Mueller, John & Mark Stewart

Still Alice, by Genova, Lisa

The Upside of Stress: Why Stress is Good for You and How to Get Good At It, by McGonigal, Kelly

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, by Gawande, Atul

Changing Lanes: Visions and Histories of Urban Freeways, by Dimento, J.F.C. and Cliff Ellis

The Village Effect: How Face-to-Face Contact Can Make Us Healthier, Happier, and Smarter, by Pinker, Susan

Dataclysm: Who We Are When We Think No One Is Looking, by Rudder, Christian

Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle that Set Them Free, by Tobar, Hector

In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette, by Sides, Hampton

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