Monday, 24 January 2011

Ambitions Revised Grade 12 learner destinations one year on



Ambitions Revised Grade 12 learner destinations one year on
Michael Cosser, Sekinah Sehlola | 2010-04-01 00:00:00 | Human Sciences Research | 152 | Education
Continuing an important study into the lives of a specific group of grade-12 learners, this survey catches up with them one year later, focusing on those who enrolled in teacher education programs. Highlighting the extremely low levels of interest in teaching, this investigation underscores the implications this has for sustainable teacher supply and for the health of an education system, upon which the future of South Africa depends. The first examination in its country to reveal the postmatric destinations—including the labor-market outcomes—of a nationally representative cohort of learners, this analysis is ideal for academics, policymakers, and planners in various fields across the public and private sectors.
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What We Have Heard From the Beginning: The Past, Present and Future of Johannine Studies



What We Have Heard From the Beginning: The Past, Present and Future of Johannine Studies
Tom Thatcher | 2007-11-01 00:00:00 | Baylor University Press | 425 | Reference
The past fifty years have seen powerful shifts in the methods and objectives of Biblical Studies. The study of the Johannine Literature, in particular, has seen a proliferation of new approaches, as well as innovative exegetical and theological conclusions. This volume surveys the emerging landscape from the perspective of scholars who have shaped the field. Written in a conversational and reflective tone, the articles offer an excellent overview of major issues in the study of the Fourth Gospel and 1-2-3 John.

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Progress in Optics, Vol. 32



Progress in Optics, Vol. 32
Author Unknown | 1993-12-01 00:00:00 | North Holland | 404 | Engineering
Hardbound. Volume XXXII contains a number of review articles on recent developments in optics and related subjects.

The first article presents an account of guided wave optics on silicon which is a subject of considerable current interest in the broad field of integrated optics, likely to influence the design and fabrication of various optical components for future use in this field of technology. Chapter two provides an overview of the optical implementation of neural networks and discusses their design, models and architecture.

The following article deals with applications of the path integral technique to the theory of wave propagation in random media, a technique used with considerable success in the last two decades for solutions of problems encountered in classical statistical wave theory. Methods for obtaining information on the relative location of objects in space are considered in the following chapter and includes an analysis of the potenti

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X Planes Prototypes/Experimental Aircraf



X Planes Prototypes/Experimental Aircraf
Jim Winchester | 2005-07-31 00:00:00 | Grange Books | 320 | Transportation

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Digital Scanning and Photography (Eu-Independent)



Digital Scanning and Photography (Eu-Independent)
Dan Gookin | 2000-09-02 00:00:00 | Microsoft Press | 192 | Microsoft
This fast-facts reference offers an engaging, easy-to-understand introduction to the tools and how-to's of digital scanning and photography. Home users learn the basics for using the latest digital imaging technologies -- including the built-in capabilities in the new Windows Millennium Edition operating system -- to take, scan, edit, print, and e-mail digital pictures. Coverage includes converting pictures from conventional point-and-shoot cameras and other media to digital format, selecting and operating a digital camera, manipulating images on the PC, adding special effects, and sending pictures electronically.

Dan Gookin explains the latest consumer trend in PCs in Digital Scanning and Photography: specifically, how to choose, buy, configure, and use scanners and digital cameras. The book addresses both Microsoft Windows and the Mac OS, and general information (what resolution is) intermingles with specific instructions (how to resize an image in Adobe PhotoDeluxe). The illustrator of this book deserves great praise. The technical drawings, which showcase such details as where you plug cables into a scanner, are razor sharp and almost photo-realistic. Maybe they're ink-enhanced photographs--it's hard to tell; but, in any case, they're far better than the grainy photos that usually populate books that have a hardware angle.

Gookin, a pioneer of the trend in lighthearted writing (as in DOS for Dummies), communicates lots of facts and well-reasoned opinions without being dull; often, he's downright funny. But sometimes the flip shtick goes a bit too far, as when he remarks that all scanners should come with some kind of software that makes them go: "If you haven't found the scanner software," Gookin writes, "search the scanner box again." Okay; but less obvious advice would be to go to the scanner manufacturer's Web site to see if they have the software available for download there. --David Wall

Topics covered:

  • Digital imaging for home and small-office users of scanners and digital cameras
  • Consumer information on equipment features and pricing
  • Instructions on hooking up a scanner
  • Information on alternative image-file formats
  • Tricks for getting the effects you want by using image-editing software

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Helpful and good information this book will get you up and running with scanners in no time.
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I don't own a digital camera (35mm buff) but just couldn't get the hang of achieving even decent scans of my 35mm shots. This book follows Adobe Photodeluxe to the "T" but is very useful for anyone with a scanner. Changed everything and frequently use the book as a reference tool. Best bet for the price!
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I can take a picture using my digital camera and I can even use the software, but the pictures looked horrible. So I broke down and bought this book. Wow! Now I know what I was doing wrong - lots! It's the technical information about resolution and working with the software that makes all the difference in your pictures. This is a must buy. If you've spent the money to buy the camera, spend a little extra, buy this book, and do it right.
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I recieved this book as a gift and I snickered, thinking I already knew a lot about digital photography. Boy, was I wrong! This book is full of great information about things that really matter (resolution for example). This is a must buy for anyone scanning or using a digital camera. Really, there's a lot to learn!
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Want to know the difference between image, monitor and printer resolutions? This book is a great intro to the world of digital graphics. The author writes in a witty, nontechnical manner, and manages to make even a technical topic a joy to read. The chapter on Internet images, however, lacks coverage of online photo albums such as ecircles and clubphoto. Perhaps the accompanying Web site at wambooli can pick up the slack.

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Early Dynastic Egypt



Early Dynastic Egypt
Toby A.H. Wilkinson | 2001-08-08 00:00:00 | Routledge | 440 | Egypt
Early Dynastic Egypt spans the five centuries preceding the construction of the Great Pyramid at Giza. This was the formative period of ancient Egyptian civilization, and it witnessed the creation of a distinctive culture that was to endure for 3,000 years. This book examines the background to that great achievement, the mechanisms by which it was accomplished, and the character of life in the Nile valley during the first 500 years of Pharaonic rule.
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Mr. Wilkinson offers his readers a view of early dynastic Egypt that is a perfect example of what is wrong with the so-called "norms of Egyptological scholarship".

All of the classical ancient writers,Greek and Roman,recognized the fact that "ancient Egypt" and "Nubia" were part of the same ancient Nile Valley complex of African civilizations. For these writers, human civilization descended down the great Nile river from the heart of Africa.For them the "ancient Egyptians" and the "Nubians" were black negro African people. They saw them,they spoke with them( For example, Aristotle, Strabo, Herodotus, Diodorus,etc,etc..).

It is interesting to note that none of these ancient writers said that the "ancient Egyptians" came from the "East" or that they received any cultural "impulses" from Mesopotamia. None said that the ancient Egyptians of their day were Asian or white.

It was during the 17th century that European nationalism and the German invention of "racial types", slowly began to change this paradigm into the one used today by modern Euro centric thinkers.

The German school of African studies, the Colonial Institute at Hamburg,which opened around 1906, became extremely influential in Europe, spreading the views of Hegel throughout Europe and America.

For Hegel Black African people were outside of human history. "There was no historical evolution in Africa proper.....it was in Asia that the light of the spirit dawned and the history of the world began." The German thinker Stulmann came up with the idea that "waves of immigrants from the East" populated Africa bringing people and civilization. According to Stulmann, even black Africans(proto-Hamites) came from Asia!!

Remember this paradigm.

Mr. Wilkinson follows this racialist, outdated euro-centric framework to the detriment of his endeavor.

No one has ever provided any evidence that the culture of the Tigris and the Euphrates predates the cultures of African river valley cultures of the Nile. Nor does anyone know exactly where was the center of this "Eastern" or "Asiatic"civilization. When did it exist? Where is the evidence of any kind? Who were the people. Where are the prototypes of ancient Egyptian culture...these questions can be ignored if one has to remain true to Herr Hegel and Herr Stulmann. Remember the paradigm!

Mr. Wilkinson struggles desperately to follow the Master Narrative of pure Eurocentrism.

For example on page 181-182, Mr. Wilkinson goes into some detail about the burial of SiSi. SiSi appears to be a "Nubian" and not "Egyptian" to Mr. Wilkinson.Later Mr. Wilkinson tells of another burial of a man of high status who is "unquestionably Nubian"." "Although the majority of the graves in this cemetery belonged to the A-Group...." Mr. Wilkinson does not tell his readers that Black African people are labeled"A-Group","Nubian", "C-Group".

The "ancient Egyptians" used a term for themselves that can only be translated as: "the black people" or "the Negroes". That word is "Kmt"(followed by man/woman and plural markers). See R. O. Faulkner 1962 p.286, or UNESCO General History of Africa 1981 V. 2 p.42.

Eurocentric scholars translate the term as "Kemit", Kmtjw Kmt or "Egyptians". Well and good ,but if we examine the term closely and study it's etymology, there can be absolutely no doubt that the literal translation would have to be "black people" or the "black men and women".



When Dr. Wilkinson discuses the "hostile" and "exploitative" attitude of the ancient Egyptians towards the Nubians, he again follows the Eurocentric paradigm and implies that some form of racial differences were at the bottom of Egypto-Nubian wars and conflicts. On page 155, Wilkinson seems to be saying that relationships between ancient Egypt and the "East", in this case southern Palestine and northern Sinai, were characterized by "a broad border zone occupied by intermixed Egyptian and native trading post-post and villages....."

This is extremely misleading,especially to general readers. On pages 77-76 of Mr. Wilkinson's book he writes of the numerous wars Den waged against Palestine and areas of the Sinai. The ancient Egyptian terms for Asians and Europeans were extremely pejorative,denoting an animal like human( 3mou and tahmou).

The ancient Egyptians built no temples in Palestine or the Sinai. Yet they built many temples in "Nubia", some with Nubian Gods and Goddesses. Egyptian women and Nubian wore the same hair styles, many were totemic.

The first "holy land" was far south of Egypt in the heart of Africa. So was the the "land of the ancestors", "land of the spirits". The Twa(so-called Pygmies) people from tropical Africa were sought after to engage in sacred rituals to dance the dance of the Gods in a ceremony involving the Pharaoh, the ultimate high priest. They buried their dead facing the south.

Mr. Wilkinson can offer nothing but pure speculation to support his many,many suggestions and nuanced assertions that the origin of ancient Egyptian civilization lay in the "East". Remember the paradigm!

As for the exploitative and hostile attitude towards Nubians; we would respond that: if we look at modern Europe we see serious conflict in the Balkans. How many times have the Germans fought the Poles? The French and the English,the Irish and the English.Spain and Portugal.... and on and on. Are they not all Europeans who share the same cultural universe?

Simply because they fought each other does not mean that there

was a some impenetrable wall between these two black African peoples. The impenetrable wall between ancient Egypt and Nubian, and the rest of African exist only in the minds of the Eurocentric thinkers who cling to the myths of the past.

Mr. Wilkinson demonstrates his determination to follow Euro-American nationalist ideologies when he writes that the royal placenta standards on early royal monuments have nothing to do with the Baganda people of Uganda. Mr. Wilkinson drags out Stulmann's old "hamitic" theory when he writes that the "elite" of the Baganda people where "hamitic in origin". (p.299) No one can define the term "hamitic", not even Mr. Wilkinson who supplies an interesting definition on page370.

"Hamitic(adj.) Belonging to the grouping of north African languages and cultures which includes, amongst others,ancient Egyptian and Berber."

An incredible, vague and confusing definition!! Since the language of ancient Egypt is not genetically related to Berber(Rif nor Siwa) and it is certainly not genetically related to any Semitic language.

The language of ancient Egypt was a black African language that is genetically related to modern day black African negro languages.See the linguistic works of C.A. Diop or Theophile Obenga or Unesco General History of Africa V.2 44-48,G Mokhtar,1981. If Mr. Wilkinson has any scientific linguistic evidence to the contrary let him him bring it forth.

Mr. Wilkerson certainly cites some credible archeological evidence, but his interpretations of the evidence is forced into his Eurocentric framework. The book may appear to be scholarly, but on closer scrutiny we find the form of scholarship but not the spirit. A slick ,devious veneer of scholarship that hides a racialist ideology as its unstated premise. Remember the paradigm.

At this point let us leave this "constellation of errors" in interpretation of these ancient black African cultures that we now call "ancient Egypt". A series of ancient African civilizations that originated in the heart of black Africa(to the dismay of many). Remember the paradigm.
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A very interesting book that gets right down to the details about Africa's greatest civilization. It nice to finally read more and more books these days that teaches the history that indigenous Africans created. No more fantasy about some outside imaginary human beings.



But it would have been nice if they told the truth about their indigenous name that they called themselves. They never called themselves Egyptians, but called themselves Kamites. The Greeks called them Egyptians thousands of years later. Maybe that will be in the next book.
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Seriously solid information on the early Egyptian dynasties is almost impossible to find. The era gets short shrift in the popular literature owing to the paucity of remains from it. This is at least partly, we learn, because archaeologists seemed more attracted to the dynasties that would yield booty than those that would surface trinkets. Additionally, the lack of a cogent narrative for the first three dynasties gives little for non-accademic writers to work with.



Wilkinson makes up for this by organizing the book more by topic than by chronology. It makes for an interesting read, even if the picture that emerges is just a fragmentary as the evidence. A perusal of the table of contents will give you an idea of how this is done.



Wilkinson spares no detail. Looking for attested instances of Semerkhet's nswt-bty? They're all dutifully cataloged in well-written prose in the chapter covering kings by chronology and likely referenced in the chapter on population centers if they were found within one.



Aside from the actual archaeological evidence, there's a fair bit of informed speculation. The actual names of the kings isn't altogether clear and there are a few ephemerally attested kings that may be alternate names of known kings, usurpers, or something else entirely. It's these musings that make this such a great read and highlight where encyclopedias of kings' names or overviews of Egyptian history fall well short. Early Dynastic Egypt is invaluable.
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"Early Dynastic Egypt" is an excellent - indeed, probably indispensible - professional reference. However, it isn't necessarily suitable for most "general readers," even those who already know something about ancient Egypt.



The amount of factual detail in this book is overwhelming, as befits a scholarly work, but there is not enough interpretation or explanation to make the archaeology come alive for a non-professional reader. The book's lack of illustration (other than confusing line drawings of early dynastic seals) is another minus, both for scholars and general readers alike.



I was also surprised at Wilkinson's non-quantitative treatment of the archaeological record. Important numbers like population estimates and enclosure dimensions seem largely absent from this book.




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The reviews prior to mine sum up the strong points of the text quite well, it is an excellent resource for up-to-date (as of its publication) information and current models about the rise of the Egyptian state. The only criticisms I have are minor and some what nitpicky, but I'll include them anyway:
1) the paper the books is printed on is slightly glossy which I find extremely irritating as it catched light and returns a glare when you're reading (I told you this would be nitpicky).
2) not many illustrations - publishing costs being what they are, etc. I can understand the lack of illustrations and the choices made as to what to include, but clear understanding of some points, especially when discussing layout of sites, etc. is greatly facilitated by the inclusion of good maps, plans, etc.

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Building Your Straw Bale Home



Building Your Straw Bale Home
Brian Hodge | 2006-09-15 00:00:00 | | 0 | Do It Yourself
A practical how-to book which not only covers the construction of straw bale walls, but has comprehensive sections on regulations, site selection and preparation, flooring, window and door installation, electrical and plumbing installation, ceilings, roofs, rendering, etc. Not a book for those wanting pretty pictures, but it has detailed information that allows the novice owner-builder to understand the process of building their straw bale home. Note: This book follows Australian building practices.
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Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises: A World Handbook for Cetacean Habitat Conservation



Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises: A World Handbook for Cetacean Habitat Conservation
Erich Hoyt | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | Earthscan | 516 | Popular Economics
'Erich Hoyt's handbook is an admirable, timely and highly welcome contribution' - Michael Stachowitsch, "Marine Ecology". What does it mean to save the whales if their habitat is left unprotected? "Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises" is the definitive handbook on this pressing issue and the first to bridge the gap between the disciplines of marine protected areas and cetacean conservation. It launches a new chapter in cetacean conservation with its investigation into the crucial habitat needs and protection requirements of some 84 species. The author, one of the world's foremost experts in this field, takes you around the world to investigate the promising results of the latest conservation research and the strategies for obtaining marine protected areas in coastal waters and on the high seas, using national legislation and regional and international conventions. This is an essential introduction, guide and reference work for those working to ensure a future for whales and dolphins.

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FULL Solution Manual CMOS VLSI DESIGN



FULL Solution Manual CMOS VLSI DESIGN
Neil Weste (Author), David Harris (Author) | 2008-01-01 00:00:00 | Addison Wesley; 3rd edition | 120 | Electrical Engineering
For both introductory and advanced courses in VLSI design, this authoritative, comprehensive textbook is highly accessible to beginners, yet offers unparalleled breadth and depth for more experienced readers.



The Fourth Edition of CMOS VLSI Design: A Circuits and Systems perspective presents broad and in-depth coverage of the entire field of modern CMOS VLSI Design. The authors draw upon extensive industry and classroom experience to introduce today’s most advanced and effective chip design practices. They present extensively updated coverage of every key element of VLSI design, and illuminate the latest design challenges with 65 nm process examples. This book contains unsurpassed circuit-level coverage, as well as a rich set of problems and worked examples that provide deep practical insight to readers at all levels.
About the Author

David Money Harris Associate Professor of Engineering at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA, holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and S.B. and M.Eng. degrees from MIT. His research interests include CMOS VLSI design, microprocessors, and computer arithmetic. He holds a dozen patents, is the author of three other books in the field of digital design and three hiking guidebooks, and has designed chips at Sun Microsystems, Intel, Hewlett-Packard, and Evans & Sutherland.



Neil Weste is a member of the faculty at the Department of Electronic Engineering, Macquarie University; Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering at The University of Adelaide; and Director, Engineering at Cisco’s Wireless Networking Business Unit. He is a Fellow of the IEEE for his contributions to custom IC design, and a peer elected member of the IEEE Solid State Circuits Society. In 1997 he cofounded Radiata Communications (with David Skellern) which designed the first chip sets for the IEEE 802.11a WLAN standard; in 2001 Radiata was acquired by Cisco. He has served as department head at Bell Laboratories; leader of design projects for Symbolics, Inc.; and as president of TLW, Inc., an IC engineering company that completed groundbreaking chip designs for companies such as North American Philips, Analog Devices, AT&T Microelectronics and Thomson Consumer Electronics.
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Pro ASP.NET 3.5 in C# 2008, Second Edition



Pro ASP.NET 3.5 in C# 2008, Second Edition
| 2007-11-15 00:00:00 | | 0 | ASP.NET


ASP.NET 3.5 is the latest version of Microsoft?s revolutionary ASP.NET technology. It is the principal standard for creating dynamic web pages on the Windows platform. Pro ASP.NET 3.5 in C# 2008 raises the bar for high?quality, practical advice on learning and deploying Microsoft?s dynamic web solution.

Seasoned .NET professionals Matthew MacDonald and Mario Szpuszta explain how you can get the most from this groundbreaking new technology. They cover ASP.NET 3.5 as a whole, illustrating both the brand?new features and the functionality carried over from previous versions of ASP. This book will give you the knowledge you need to code real ASP.NET 3.5 applications in the best possible style.

The book will teach you ASP.NET 3.5 starting with core concepts to more advanced topics. You will learn

Core concepts of ASP.NET 3.5. Why it?s special. What it?s fundamental principals are. The basics of Visual Studio. How ASP.NET 3.5 controls are created, and how they fit into ASP.NET 3.5 pages, ultimately creating full applications Data access details. The intricacies of ADO.NET and how to perform data binding to many sources from databases to file streams to XML. We include LINQ coverage so you?re on the bleeding edge Security. Once considered the Achilles heel of all Windows web applications, security has vastly improved and is a cornerstone of ASP.NET 3.5. This section explains the various forms of available security, and how to best apply them Taking things further using advanced user interface techniques. This includes user controls, customer server controls, client?side JavaScript, and GDI+. Web services. In an increasingly connected world, working with web services grows in importance. This book will show you how to work with them. ASP.NET AJAX, with an emphasis on comtemporary web development techniques Development using Internet Information Services 7, Microsoft?s premier web hosting platform. And much more.

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nice book to learn from
I bought this book to learn ASP.NET 3.5 and i believe it covers all topics. It is really nice book, explained all topics with example. Highly recommended for learning APS.NET 3.5.

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One word: Comprehensive
I will agree with some other reviewers and say that this book might be a little too long,,. but I can't take any stars away for that, it is truly comprehensive.


What I enjoyed most were some of the beginning chapters concerning the Global.asax, web.config, HttpHandlers and HttpModules, and how to configure and use these tools. I do wish there was a little more info on HttpHandlers and HttpModules, as there is a definite lack of info anywhere (can't find books or particularly useful online info).


Otherwise, there are plenty of applicable examples, it is extremely well written (like almost all 'Apress' books i read), and definitely took me from playing around with web-forms to truly beginning to leverage the power of .NET. This will not collect dust any time soon.


Highly recommend.

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Best ASP.NET book
Check out the beginner ASP.NET 3.5 in C#2008 by Matthew MacDonald

before reading this book if you are new to .NET.

Both books by Matthew MacDonald are awesome.

If only the Java industry has books like Matthew MacDonald's standard.



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If you know this stuff, you don't need it, if you don't, it doesn't help
The book assumes you are already a VB or other higher-level language programmer just being retooled. I have 10 years' experience in ColdFusion, so the concepts are similar, but if you don't already know the stuff or are not at all interested in writing console programs, you will spend a lot of time spinning your wheels. Forget looking anything up. I am online right now to find a better book. I also have the ASP.NET in C# book from this series. Same thing.

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Must Have
Apress books are usually must have books for me when it comes to .NET programming, and this book is no suprise the same. I read Matthew MacDonald's other books too, and they are usually in great details. It is not definately one of those learn asp.net in 24 hour book.


It starts with the basics of ASP.Net such as what? why? and then 1 chapter about Visual studio.

The next chapters are all in very much in detail, sometimes more detail then you may need in your web programming tasks such as file managements, but i think it is great to know.


The advanced section (Chapter 27+) might scare you, if you just started asp.net programming, however give yourself 6 months and you will find those chapters very valuable.


One more time: Highy recommended.


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Social Security Under the Gun: What Every Informed Citizen Needs to Know About Pension Reform



Social Security Under the Gun: What Every Informed Citizen Needs to Know About Pension Reform
Arthur Benavie | 2003-01-04 00:00:00 | Palgrave Macmillan | 160 | Economics
With all of the competing information in the news these days about the best way to reform Social Security, how is a concerned citizen to know which is the right path? This book is the answer. Arthur Benavie gives readers the tools neces-sary to make decisions on this subject that they and their children will not regret. The U.S. public has been offered false information on this issue, told that Social Security is going bankrupt unless it is reformed immediately. Benavie refutes these arguments and separates economic facts from personal value judgments. Social Security Under the Gun is an inval-uable guide to understanding and making informed decisions about one of our most important social welfare systems.
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The author does a great job educating the citizen about the myths and truths of socal security. His goal is to present both scenarios and let the reader decide which alternative best suite them. I recommend as a simply presneted bi-partisan coverage of the current debate.
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Although the notion of an objective, unbiased source for Social Security information is welcome and even encouraged, Arthur Benavie's "Social Security Under the Gun" does not meet that test. It is clear from the beginning, despite Mr. Benavie's contention that he does not want to steer the debate in a particular direction, that he has something against the notion of allowing younger workers to devote a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts.

There are a lot of frivolous objections that Mr. Benavie makes. One of the most eggregious objections is the notion that privatizing Social Security would abridge our collective social contract to establish this particular social program. This is complete nonsense. No one in their right mind would even know what he is talking about. Although Social Security has been around for 68 years, people do not have this notion of their being involved in a "social contract" with their other fellow citizens. I fail to see how privitizing Social Security would result in people feeling more disconnected from one another.

In fact, I see just the opposite. I notice, for instance, that in my own investing, I often think of myself as an integral member of our system, part of the corporate network with fluctuating stock and bond prices. When working, I really do not see how I am connected to others when I see my wages deducted to pay for Social Security, for instance. I see a greater connection with stocks and bonds, however.

Mr. Benavie appears to believe that Americans ought to be forced to do particular things because, according to his elitist, intellectual view, Americans are either too incompetent or too stupid to save enough for their own retirement. Such a view is quite condescending and is an insult to the remarkable intelligence of the American public.

Mr. Benavie also has a hard time arguing against allowing individual investors to invest in private accounts. He argues that stock investing is risky. So? This does not serve as a good reason to ban citizens from partaking in so-called "risky" behavior, especially if doing so is a way of decreasing the burden on the Social Security system in the years to come. He fails to mention, of course, that over the long run, for an extended period of time, stocks and bonds will yield much higher growth yields than Social Security. A younger worker putting money away now, in a mutual fund, for instance, will have a substantial amount of wealth by the time they retire.

What is Benavie's answer to Social Security? More taxes and fewer benefits. Well, that's a typical liberal elitist -- Democratic answer. And I'm not going to tolerate it. Neither should any reader. This is book is not worth reading because it does not advance any new discussions or ideas on Social Security than those already discussed. It also does not go into much depth into the history or the workings of Social Security today.

And that's the way it is.

- Michael Gordon
Los Angeles
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The amazing thing about this little book is that it's such a quick, easy read, and yet I feel I've absorbed so much crucial information about "reforming" Social Security. I started out thinking privatization might be a good idea. By the end I was convinced it would be a disaster. Yet Benavie's tone is calm and non-hysterical, If all economists could write as clearly as he does, it would be a lot easier to keep informed on vital issues like this one.
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If you want to understand how social security works, what its problems are, and the major proposals for fixing it, read this book. It is rare to find such a clear and concise analysis of an important public policy issue.
The author explains objectively the alternative proposals for social security reform and their consequences, so readers can decide for themselves. He clarifies issues often muddied by political rhetoric and superficial media converage.
The main text is only 102 pages, with 40 pages of notes, references and index for those who wish to explore further.
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In the Introduction, Arthur Benavie tries very hard to make the case that this book offers a fair and balanced analysis of Social Security reform. It does not.



Chapters 1 and 2 are designed to present the cases for and against privatization of Social Security. In Chapter 1 (Fixing Social Security) he presents the case for saving the system through a long list of tax increases and benefit reductions. The opposing side of the argument is not presented at all.



In Chapter 2 (Should We Privatize Social Security?), he starts out by presenting as many cons as he does pros for the privatization point of view. For every item he describes what the supporters of privatization espouse, he provides a rapid response in attempt to discredit the idea. By dedicating one chapter each to the "higher taxes/lower benefits" and the "privatization" viewpoints, he must think he is being "balanced".



Bottom line...this book is advertised as a balanced analysis of Social Security reform. But it comes down clearly on the side of being against any reform designed to privatize a portion of Social Security.



This may be a good book for you if you want to read an author make the case against privatization of Social Security. If you want to truely understand the trade-offs associated with privatization, this book will be a big letdown.

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Introduction to Biomes (Greenwood Guides to Biomes of the World)



Introduction to Biomes (Greenwood Guides to Biomes of the World)
Susan L. Woodward | 2008-11-30 00:00:00 | Greenwood | 184 | Biology

Introduction to Biomes is both a standalone summary to the concept of biomes and an introduction to the 8-volume series Greenwood Guides to Biomes of the World.

The volume covers:

· The biome concept and brief descriptions of vegetation, climate and distribution of the terrestrial and of the range of freshwater and aquatic biomes covered in the set.

· Classifying life - how scientists discuss the taxonomic hierarchy and how it has been used to determine how to divide the world into regions based on living organisms.

· The ecosystem concept - how this and other major concepts from ecology that are key to understanding biomes.

· Terrestrial environments - the various climatic variables and climate types, and a discussion of our changing planet

· Aquatic environments and life - how lifeforms and food chains make aquatic environments distinct from terrestrial biomes. Maps, photos, diagrams, drawings, and tables accompany the text, as do sidebars that highlight habitats, species, and ecological relationships.

The volume includes a bibliography of accessible resources for further research.



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Biology of Sensory Systems



Biology of Sensory Systems
Christopher Smith | 2009-03-03 00:00:00 | Wiley | 534 | Internal Medicine
Since publication of the first edition, huge developments have taken place in sensory biology research and new insights have been provided in particular by molecular biology. These show the similarities in the molecular architecture and in the physiology of sensory cells across species and across sensory modality and often indicate a common ancestry dating back over half a billion years. 

Biology of Sensory Systems has thus been completely revised and takes a molecular, evolutionary and comparative approach, providing an overview of sensory systems in vertebrates, invertebrates and prokaryotes, with a strong focus on human senses.

Written by a renowned author with extensive teaching experience, the book covers, in six parts, the general features of sensory systems, the mechanosenses, the chemosenses, the senses which detect electromagnetic radiation, other sensory systems including pain, thermosensitivity and some of the minority senses and, finally, provides an outline and discussion of philosophical implications.

New in this edition:

  • Greater emphasis on molecular biology and intracellular mechanisms
  • New chapter on genomics and sensory systems
  • Sections on TRP channels, synaptic transmission, evolution of nervous systems, arachnid mechanosensitive sensilla and photoreceptors, electroreception in the Monotremata, language and the FOXP2 gene, mirror neurons and the molecular biology of pain
  • Updated passages on human olfaction and gustation. 

Over four hundred illustrations, boxes containing supplementary material and self-assessment questions and a full bibliography at the end of each part make Biology of Sensory Systems essential reading for undergraduate students of biology, zoology, animal physiology, neuroscience, anatomy and physiological psychology. The book is also suitable for postgraduate students in more specialised courses such as vision sciences, optometry, neurophysiology, neuropathology, developmental biology.

Praise from the reviews of the first edition:

"An excellent advanced undergraduate/postgraduate textbook." ASLIB BOOK GUIDE

"The emphasis on comparative biology and evolution is one of the distinguishing features of this self-contained book. .... this is an informative and thought-provoking text..." TIMES HIGHER EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT

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V-1 Flying Bomb 1942-52: Hitler's infamous 'doodlebug' (New Vanguard)



V-1 Flying Bomb 1942-52: Hitler's infamous 'doodlebug' (New Vanguard)
Steven Zaloga | 2005-01-01 00:00:00 | Osprey Publishing | 48 | Germany
The first deployment of the V-1 was in June 1944 when, following two years of tests, Hitler gave the order to attack England. Known to the Allies as the "Buzz Bomb" or "Doodlebug", the V-1 was the world's first cruise missile. This book explores the V-1 in detail, from its initial concept, first use in 1944, the various Allied counter-measures, and the later use of the V-1 during the Battle of the Bulge. The major foreign derivatives, including the US copy "JB-2 Loon" and numerous post-war Soviet variants, are also covered.
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This book deals with the V-1 Flying Bomb,from its inception,its development,and its strugle to become an operational weapon of terror.This is a very short paged book with excellent color diagrams and period b/w photos;a good introductory book.
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Military technical expert Stephen J. Zaloga delivers another excellent summary of a major weapons program in Osprey's New Vanguard #106, V-1 Flying Bomb 1942-52. As usual, Zaloga delivers the commonly known facts with incisive comments, while also offering insights into the lesser-known facets of the program. While the German V-1 rocket program has certainly received considerable attention from other writers, few readers will be aware that US, French and Soviets were all flying copies of the weapons after the war. On the other hand, Zaloga's conclusion that the V-1 program was not only a failure but one that actually hurt the German war effort appears based upon either specious information or faulty analysis. Nevertheless, Zaloga's volume on the V-1 is well worth having since there is a considerable amount of information packed into these pages.



Zaloga begins with a background section on the antecedents of the V-1 program and the early prototype tests. The author makes interesting observations about how the German Luftwaffe felt that it needed a rocket program of its own to compete with the Army's V-2 program, and the V-1 fit the bill of quickly fielding a competitor (file this under bureaucratic motivations for weapons programs). The rocket motor technology used in the V-1 was much simpler than that used in the V-2, although even by 1944 the pulse-jet technology of the V-1 was approaching a dead-end (the engine virtually shook itself to death by the end of its short flight of only 130 miles). On the other hand, the V-1 was ready to deploy by late 1943 but Allied bombing and German mismanagement delayed its combat debut until June 1944. Nagging technical problems with the gyroscopes and fuel-pressure system limited the V-1s performance further, and also made it easier for the rocket to be shot down by aircraft. Zaloga notes that British intelligence had a pretty good read on the V-1 program and bombed the deployment sites and factories mercilessly, but this only delayed the onset of the robot bombardment of London. Zaloga details the ground launches from France and the Low Countries, as well as the air-launches over the North Sea. The author also provides tables detailing V-1 production by month, the Crossbow bombing campaign, the organization of the V-1 launch units as well as diagrams of launch sites and the rocket in various configurations.



Zaloga notes that the V-1 cost about $2,000 each, compared with about $50,000 for a V-2 and $100,000 for a medium bomber. Over 30,000 V-1s were built and they killed over 10,000 people, including about 1,000 Allied military personnel. Zaloga says, "in retrospect, the V-1 was a far more cost effective weapon than the V-2 in terms of the much smaller cost of developing, manufacturing, and employing the missile." However, Zaloga believes that the V-1 program hurt the German war effort, saying "the warheads of the V-weapons consumed the equivalent of half the total explosive consumption of the entire Wehrmacht in the critical months of July, August and September 1944 ...at a time when the fate of the Third Reich was in the balance, the V-weapons were wasting more than half of the available explosives to kill a thousand British and Belgian civilians a month." Apparently, Zaloga is suggesting that the 7,700 tons of high explosive that went into producing warheads for the V-1s in this 3-month period so depleted Germany of critical munitions that the war was lost. This assertion is ridiculous on many levels (and very atypical of the normally very precise Zaloga), starting with the basic fact that Germany was manufacturing over 100,000 tons of munitions per month in this period, so the V-1 program used no more than 2-3% of the German output of explosives, not 50%. In fact, German explosives production fell in late 1944 because Allied bomber raids on the synthetic fuel plants, which led to a reduction in the output of nitrogen for explosives (German agriculture was also using 50% of the nitrogen production in 1944, which could have gone for explosives). The Allied post-war strategic bombing survey clearly spells this linkage out and Zaloga's assertion that it was the V-1 program that was the culprit for the ammunition shortage is specious.



The V-1 program needs to be put in strategic perspective but Zaloga does not do this. While British bomber raids on Berlin often lost 30-40 bombers and over 300 aircrew to kill a few hundred German civilians, the V-1s accomplished strategic bombardment without risking German lives, at less cost and with at least as much accuracy as British night raids achieved (which often missed Berlin entirely). If killing civilians was the goal, the V-1s did it better than the very expensive British Bomber Command. However, the V-1 had a strategic effect that Zaloga does not mention - the bombardment of London so angered Churchill that Eisenhower was pressured to let Montgomery clear out the V-1 launch sites in London. Thus, the V-1 campaign led to the disastrous Operation Market-Garden and the virtual destruction of the British 1st Airborne Division - not bad for $60,000 worth of rockets. Without the V-1 program, there would have been much less justification for Monty's drive into Holland and Patton might have gotten enough supplies (and the airborne troops) to crack the West wall in 1944. Thus, it is quite possible that the V-1 program actually prolonged the war, albeit only for a few months.



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Easy Microsoft Frontpage 2003



Easy Microsoft Frontpage 2003
| 2003-10-17 00:00:00 | | 0 | Microsoft FrontPage


Easy Microsoft FrontPage 2003 takes the work out of learning Microsoft FrontPage 2003 by using short, easy-to-follow lessons that show you how to accomplish basic tasks quickly and efficiently! It is the perfect book for beginners who want to learn to use FrontPage 2003 through a visual, full-color approach. More than 100 hands-on lessons are designed to teach the easiest, fastest, or most direct way to accomplish common tasks. The book is suited for new FrontPage users, as well as those upgrading from an earlier version.



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Way too basic
This book is for someone who has never even used a computer or Word. It is very nicely put together with lots of color photos and screen shots but I wanted to know more than how to insert clip art or justify type which is what this book covers. If you are complete novice to the PC this is the book for you.

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The closest thing to physically moving your hand
In my work writing training material, I have found that one of the most difficult tasks is how to represent a series of mouse actions where the screen appearance alters after each action. It is not quite so difficult when the audience consists of experienced mouse jockeys, but is very hard when the readership is inexperienced. The manner in which that problem is addressed in this book is the most impressive thing about it. Using a series of numbered icons with captions and pointers to the location on a screen shot, you are gently led through the series of proper actions.
The sequence of actions is also repeated in text form underneath the diagrams, and the item to be acted on is named. On the bottom of each two page set there is an introduction caption on the left and tip and hint captions on the right. While this text is well written and helpful, I found the choice of colors to be an occasional problem. At times, two shades of orange were used as background for white text and there is not a great deal of contrast between them, which made it difficult to read. However, I had no trouble reading the black on green, black on yellow and white on purple.
If your needs are to learn the basics of FrontPage in a hurry, then this book is for you. With it, even a beginner can have simple pages designed and active in an hour or two.


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Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome - A Bibliography and Dictionary for Physicians, Patients, and Genome Researchers



Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome - A Bibliography and Dictionary for Physicians, Patients, and Genome Researchers
Philip M. Parker | 2007-07-18 00:00:00 | ICON Group International, Inc | 132 | Programming
In March 2001, the National Institutes of Health issued the following warning: "The number of Web sites offering health-related resources grows every day. Many sites provide valuable information, while others may have information that is unreliable or misleading." Furthermore, because of the rapid increase in Internet-based information, many hours can be wasted searching, selecting, and printing. Since only the smallest fraction of information dealing with Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome is indexed in search engines, such as www.google.com or others, a non-systematic approach to Internet research can be not only time consuming, but also incomplete. This book was created for medical professionals, students, and members of the general public who want to conduct medical research using the most advanced tools available and spending the least amount of time doing so.

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Ore Geology and Industrial Minerals: An Introduction (Geoscience Texts)



Ore Geology and Industrial Minerals: An Introduction (Geoscience Texts)
Anthony M. Evans | 1993-04-15 00:00:00 | Wiley-Blackwell | 400 | Economics
Much new data and many new ideas have emerged in the area of ore geology and industrial minerals since publication of the second edition of this text in 1987. The overriding philosophy behind this new edition is the inclusion and integration of this new material within the established framework of the text. The third edition is re-presented in the modern double-column format.

Non-metallic deposits of industrial and bulk materials are fully covered to meet the changing emphasis of courses in applied geology. In addition, chapter 1 has been considerably enlarged to include a section on mineral economics covering metals, industrial minerals and bulk materials. In this section, the various aspects of economic exploitation of industrial and bulk materials are compared with those of metallic deposits. Other major revisions and additions include a section on fluid inclusions, expansion of the section on wall rock alteration, expansion of the material on isotope studies, and the inclusion of a section on hydraulic fracturing and seismic pumping.

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Decorative Designs for Cakes



Decorative Designs for Cakes
Stephen Benison | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | Stephen Benison/Sugar Artistry | 0 | Subjects

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Religion, Government and Poltical Culture in Early Modern Germany: Lindau, 1520-1628 (Early Modern History)



Religion, Government and Poltical Culture in Early Modern Germany: Lindau, 1520-1628 (Early Modern History)
Johannes C. Wolfart | 2002-02-23 00:00:00 | Palgrave Macmillan | 277 | Germany
This story of conflict in an island community offers a valuable case study for the analysis of early modern German political culture. Investigations range from interpersonal relations to dynamics of civic church and imperial government. Chronicled throughout are the interactions of two opposing principles in modern society, secular and spiritual, and public and private. These are found to operate both discursively and institutionally, and are deployed to help established sovereign authority (Obrigkeit) as well as to articulate resistance in the form of bourgeois republican ideology.

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Electron-Gated Ion Channels



Electron-Gated Ion Channels
Wilson P. Ralston | 2005-01-01 00:00:00 | SciTech Publishing | 190 | Physics
With more than 100 billion (10^11) neurons in our nervous system, each having thousands of ion channels, nature would likely have evolved a simple, robust, low-energy gating system to control the flow of ions into and out of the cell. Such a system, based on electron tunneling and quantum mechanics, is the subject of this book documenting the author’s research on electron gating. Electron tunneling in proteins is a much-studied phenomenon; however, for electrons to control ion channel gates, a mechanism for amplification is required. During the research, it was discovered that NH3 groups at the end of arginine and lysine side chains are inverting and increasing the sensitivity of electron transfer to changes in the electric field. The inversion frequency for NH3, on the arginine side chain, was determined experimentally in Blue Fluorescent Protein using a new microwave spectroscopy technique developed for this purpose. The inversion frequency of NH3 in the gas phase occurs at about 24 GHz and is used for amplification in the ammonia maser. This frequency, reduced by the attachment of NH3 to the side chain, is the basis for amplification at arginine and lysine sites. The amplification led to development of electron gating models for sodium and potassium ion channels and to a model for calcium oscillators. The electron gating models match and explain, for the first time, the complex rate curves, described by the classic (1952) Hodgkin-Huxley equations. Amplified electron tunneling and gating opens the door to understanding nature’s mechanisms for timing, memory, and calcium signaling.
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The Sensory Evaluation of Dairy Products



The Sensory Evaluation of Dairy Products
Stephanie Clark,Michael Costello,MaryAnne Drake,Floyd Bodyfelt | 2008-10-27 00:00:00 | Springer | 576 | Engineering

The Sensory Evaluation of Dairy Products, Second Edition is for all who seek a book entirely devoted to sensory evaluation of dairy products and modern applications of the science. It is an excellent scientific reference for training in dairy product evaluation and is a practical guide to the preparation of samples for sensory evaluation. The book contains updates of the original text of the well-received first edition, as well as brand new material. This unique book is designed for professionals involved in many aspects of dairy production, including academic teaching and research, processing, quality assurance, product development and marketing. It is an invaluable tool for those who compete in the annual Collegiate Dairy Product Evaluation Contest.


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this book is just what I was looking for. It was delivered in really good conditions. I really recommended

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Fears and Symbols: An Introduction to the Study of Western Civilization



Fears and Symbols: An Introduction to the Study of Western Civilization
Elemer Hankiss | 2001-02-26 00:00:00 | Central European University Press | 315 | World
Giving a panoramic view of Western civilisation, this study is based on the central role that the author believes fear and anxiety have played as the organising motives of human existence and social life. Hankiss argues that existential security has been a major factor in the generation of civilisations, perhaps even more important than the mainstream theories of culture offered by Kant, Freud and Foucault. In order to mitigate fear, human beings and communities have surrounded themselves in two ways. The first being through house and city walls, with instruments and weapons, laws and institutions. Secondly, with the protective sphere of symbols: myths and religions, values and belief systems, ideas and scientific theories, moral and practical rules of behaviour, and a wide range of everyday rituals and trivialities. Hankiss pays particular attention to the role of symbols and symbolic systems in contemporary societies.

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Harvard Business Review on Marketing



Harvard Business Review on Marketing
Harvard Business School Press | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | Harvard Business School Press | 192 | Finances and Money
The Harvard Business Review paperback series is designed to bring today's managers and professionals the fundamental information they need to stay competitive in a fast-moving world. Here are the landmark ideas that have established the Harvard Business Review as required reading for ambitious businesspeople in organizations around the globe. Each volume contains a specially selected set of articles from Harvard Business Review and is designed to help you master an important management topic. Articles include: Brand Report Card by Kevin Keller; Bringing a Dying Brand Back to Life by Manny Jackson; How to Fight a Price War by Akshay Rao, Mark E. Bergen, and Scott Davis; Contextual Marketing by David Kenny and John Marshall; The Lure of Global Branding by David Aaker and Erich Joachimsthaler; Are the Strategic Stars Aligned for Your Corporate Brand? by Mary Jo Hatch and Majken Schultz; Torment Your Customers (They'll Love It) by Stephen Brown; and Boost Your Marketing ROI with Experimental Design by Eric Almquist and Gordon Wyner.
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Personality Disorders over Time: Precursors, Course, and Outcome



Personality Disorders over Time: Precursors, Course, and Outcome
Joel Paris | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc. | 224 | Personality Disorders
Treating personality disorders can be extremely frustrating for clinicians. Because these disorders respond poorly to conventional treatments, doctors often ignore their chronic nature, dismiss previous treatment failures, and rediagnose the patient according to the latest trends and theories. The patient disappears temporarily, only to return in the midst of a crisis, and the cycle begins again.

Joel Paris has devoted his career to studying patients with personality disorders, and he believes that the key to effective treatment lies in understanding the progression of these disorders over a lifetime. In Personality Disorders Over Time: Precursors, Course, and Outcome, he proposes a sound framework for treatment based in part on his study of patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD) for over 25 years. Emphasizing management rather than cure, Paris outlines a realistic, long-term treatment approach that strives for gradual recovery with intermittent interventions. Features include a general theory of personality disorders, including Axis I and Axis II cluster disorders, and a special emphasis on strategies for helping patients manage BPD.

Written in the first person, studded with clinical anecdotes, and filled with up-to-date literature references, Personality Disorders Over Time provides fascinating insights into these complicated disorders. It is an excellent resource for any clinician who wants to understand and provide more effective treatment to patients with personality disorders.

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Estimates of Cost of Crime: History, Methodologies, and Implications



Estimates of Cost of Crime: History, Methodologies, and Implications
Jacek Czabanski | 2008-10-24 00:00:00 | Springer | 136 | Business

The enormous burden that crime imposes on societies, while intuitively obvious, for a long time eluded measurement. With the emergence and development of quantitative methods in economics and statistics, the exercise of calculating costs of crime became possible, although remains controversial. This book presents the history of the cost of crime estimates, used methodologies, and possible applications. Costs of crime estimates may guide legislators when they draft criminal law provisions, regardless a theory of punishment they follow. The full advantages of using costs of crime estimates accrue, however, in their assessment and control power. Consistent use of costs of crime estimates helps public policy to stay in line with public preferences, and eliminates clearly unjustified projects. Several applications of costs of crime estimates in cost-benefit analyses of different crime policies have proved the necessity of such estimates in any rational crime policy.



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Management des Mammakarzinoms (Onkologie aktuell) (German Edition)



Management des Mammakarzinoms (Onkologie aktuell) (German Edition)
Rolf Kreienberg,Walter Jonat,Tanja Volm,Volker Möbus,Dieter Alt | 2006-09-26 00:00:00 | Springer | 576 | German

Umfassender und praxisorientierter Überblick zu den wichtigen Themen des Mammakarzinoms.

Ärzte in Klinik und Praxis erhalten Handlungsanweisungen für das diagnostische Vorgehen, operative Therapie und Strahlentherapie sowie die adjuvante systemische Therapie. Ebenfalls besprochen werden plastische Chirurgie, Pflege und Nachsorge. Die neueste, evidenzbasierte Leitlinie wurde komplett in die 3. Auflage integriert. Das neu aufgenommene Kapitel zum politischen Stand in der Betreuung des Mammakarzinoms informiert u. a. über Entwicklungen von Diagnose und Therapie, die Entstehung der S3-Leitlinie, Zertifizierung von Brustkrebszentren und die Einführung von Disease-Management-Programmen. Die Ergebnisse des Studienzentrums der deutschen Krebshilfe wurden neu aufbereitet.



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Microeconomics: A Modern Approach (Book Only)



Microeconomics: A Modern Approach (Book Only)
Andrew Schotter | 2008-02-15 00:00:00 | South-Western College Pub | 768 | Economics

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Facing the Music: Shaping Music Education from a Global Perspective



Facing the Music: Shaping Music Education from a Global Perspective
Huib Schippers | 2009-01-01 00:00:00 | Oxford University Press | 240 | Music
Facing the Music investigates the practices and ideas that have grown from some five decades of cultural diversity in music education, developments in ethnomusicology, and the rise of 'world music'. Speaking from rich, hands-on experience of more than thirty years at various levels of music education (music in schools, community organizations and professional training courses), Huib Schippers makes a powerful case for the crucial role of learning music in shaping rich and diverse musical environments for the 21st century, both in practical terms and at a conceptual level: "what we hear is the product of what we believe about music."
Advocating a contemporary, positive and realistic approach to cultural diversity in music education and transmission, Schippers advocates taking into account and celebrating the natural dynamics of music. He argues that "most music travels remarkably well", and regards every musical act as an expression of the 'here and now', as do many of the musicians and scholars he quotes. In this way, he challenges stifling directives to recreate 'authentic contexts', which in fact constantly change (and have always changed) in the cultures of origin as well. This liberates music educators to seek with integrity appropriate ways of presenting music at all levels of education: in schools, community settings, and professional training.
In seven succinct chapters that each approach the issues from a different angle, Schippers gradually unfolds the complexities of learning and teaching music 'out of context' in an accessible manner, and presents a coherent model to approach these, as well as lucid suggestions for translating the resulting ideas in practice. While mapping the various factors that determine all acts of music transmission, he also comes to surprising insights into the nature and preconceptions underlying much formal music education settings across the world, including those focusing on western classical music.
Facing the Music provides a rich resource for reflection and practice for all those involved in teaching and learning music, from policy maker to classroom teacher.
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To Know Our Many Selves: Changing Across Time and Space (Au Press)



To Know Our Many Selves: Changing Across Time and Space (Au Press)
Dirk Hoerder | 2010-08-01 00:00:00 | UBC Press | 360 | History
To Know Our Many Selves profiles the history of Canadian studies, which began as early as the 1840s with the Study of Canada. Dirk Hoerder discusses this comprehensive examination of culture by highlighting its unique interdisciplinary approach, which included both sociological and political angles. In later years, as the study of other ethnicities was added to the cultural story of Canada, a solid foundaton was formed for the nation's master narrative.

Against this background Hoerder focuses on why Canadian studies may be used as a sound model for the study of other societies in a frame of transcultural societal studies.

Dirk Hoerder is professor of history at Arizona State University, Tempe.

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La cuisine chinoise



La cuisine chinoise
L.Landra; Margherita Landra | 2004-01-01 00:00:00 | De Vecchi | 139 | Cooking
La preparation soignee des mets, la richesse des ingredients et la variete des methodes de cuisson ont fait de la gastronomie chinoise l une des plus celebres du monde. Ce livre, agremente de nombreuses photos en couleurs, vous presente tout ce qu il faut savoir sur la cuisine chinoise : la cuisine des differentes regions de Chine (pekinoise, cantonaise...), les differents ustensiles et equipements, les methods de cuisson (a la vapeur, a letouffee, a la poele, a l eau, friture...), la preparation des crepes, des rouleaux et des raviolis... Avec plus de 135 recettes, des plus simples aux plus elaborees, ainsi qu un glossaire des termes chinois, cet ouvrage deviendra pour tous les amoureux de la cuisine chinoise un outil indispensable qui leur permettra de regaler famille et amis avec les meilleurs plats traditionnels.
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Beyond Birth and Death



Beyond Birth and Death
A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada | 1972-01-01 00:00:00 | Bhaktivedanta Book Trust | 56 | Occult
Editorial Reviews The publisher, Bhaktivedanta Book Trust -- letters@harekrishna.com, December 31, 1998

Is there life after death?

India's most renowned Vedic authority presents startling evidence of the soul's incredible journey after death. Srila Prabhupada tells how the soul travels from body to body, and how we can end the cycle of birth and death by reaching Lord Sri Krishna's ultimate abode.

An excerpt: "The simple process of chanting the names of Krishna will reveal what one is, what God is, what the material and spiritual universes are, why we are conditioned, how we can get out of that conditioning -- and everything else, step by step."
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This book is both contradictory and obvious. In my work of looking at ancient texts and deciphering if they were about extra terrestrials or ancient mythical gods..we have to see one thing. In this book you learn that there is a spiritual universe and then inside of it are millions of material universes. The spiritual universe could be seen as our universe..and the millions of material universes..planets inside of the universe. Then this book goes on to say how there are flying machines used to go to different planets..obvious UFOs there.



That being the case, its hard to take this as fact, though there are some great arguments FOR the soul, though as all titles by this author..the front cover says evidence..but there is no evidence..only texts.



The contradiction in this book is that one must spend their whole life without desire, without material wants or needs or anything..no desire..no pleasuring the senses by eating out at a restaurant..nothing that is pleasing to the body. Then it says that once you die you go to "Heaven"..which is Sri Krishna's PLANET (in the spiritual universe, which I have showed is our universe..so you go to another planet when you die.....) and there are these trees all over the planet that when you touch them you get what ever you want..if its a car then you get a car..if its sex then you get sex. You learn to not want and need anything..then when you die you get the chance to have everything...WTH!?



Also, much like Christian dogma, this book (as well as other books by the author) keep you on a collar, basically saying that the only way to transmigrate to a final "Heaven" and break the cycle of reincarnation is to chant the mantra your whole life and then the second before you die you must either mutter or think about the name Krishna. If that isn't like a Christian telling you you will go to hell if you don't believe in God when you die then I don't know what is!



3/5

John McAdam: author of

"Were Ancient Gods From Other Planets?"

"Am I Mad Or Coherent?"
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I picked this book up from a Hare Krishna at the St. Louis airport a few weeks ago. It's a fine summary of the interpretation of the Bhagavad-Gita held by devotees of Lord Krishna, as well as a suitable introduction to their views about the nature of soul, consciousness, and death.
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I first read Beyond Birth & Death as a practicing Hare Krishna devotee, when I was selling the book on traveling sankirtan in 1973. I had a near death experience and found the book calming and soothing for understanding our nature as the eternal soul, not the body. I read it again in March, 2000, to help deal with the pain and confusion of a dying relative. I would recommend this book for anyone who has to deal with the death of a loved one, or for anyone serious about understanding the real purpose and destiny of the human form of life.

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Resources and References: Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Materials Management



Resources and References: Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Materials Management
Donna S. Kocurek,Bayle Haber | 1996-01-14 00:00:00 | William Andrew | 303 | Engineering
This guide book provides references and resources for the complex field of hazardous waste and hazardous materials management. The book is divided into general topics such as air quality, industrial wastewater, pollution prevention, and risk assessment under hazardous waste management and chemical hazards, emergency planning, and hazard communication under hazardous materials management. Each individual section includes a list of annotated bibliographies of the most recent books by major publishers as well as established, standard references. Following the annotated titles, are additional references of books and documents by publishers, technical associations, and governmental agencies (primarily the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency). In general, only references from 1986 onward are included since the technology and regulations affecting hazardous waste and materials are constantly evolving.

Additional resources included in the book are video tapes for training and instruction, information services and databases, libraries, agency contacts, technical journals, and a list of publishers and ordering information. This book will be a useful reference to professionals in the environmental field who need an extensive, but concise source of technical information and contacts.

The book will be a valuable addition to individual libraries and will fill a current reference void in university libraries, and technical libraries in industry and government. At present there are very few technical bibliographies in the field, and none has covered topics related to hazardous materials and hazardous waste as extensively as this book.

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FORMAL SPOKEN ARABIC: Basic Course with Mp3 Files (Georgetown Classics in Arabic Language and Linguistics)



FORMAL SPOKEN ARABIC: Basic Course with Mp3 Files (Georgetown Classics in Arabic Language and Linguistics)
Karin C. Ryding,David J. Mehall | 2005-11-30 00:00:00 | Georgetown University Press | 365 | Arabic
This new edition, updated and with additional exercises, equips those who work, travel, and study in Arab countries with an educated form of spoken Arabic that functions flexibly in the face of various regional colloquial variants in the Arab world. Because the Arabic language has a number of very different spoken vernaculars, being able to speak and be understood in all Arab countries has become a challenge for English speakers. Ryding and Mehall have designed a course that teaches a standardized variant of spoken Arabic that is close to, but more natural than, the literary Modern Standard Arabic. With a nongrammar-based approach, this book fosters communicative competence in Arabic on all levels and develops speaking proficiency without abandoning Arabic script. It has proven to be clear, effective, and relevant to the needs of Americans living and working in the Arab East. Task-based lessons feature basic dialogues between Americans and Arabs; explanations of new structures, vocabulary expansion, and exercises; and provide gradual access to the sounds and script of Arabic by emphasizing listening and reading comprehension first, then slowly adding oral exercises and activities until the student has achieved basic proficiency. Not intended for self-instruction for beginners, Formal Spoken Arabic Basic Course with MP3 Files assumes some previous knowledge of Modern Standard Arabic, Arabic script and phonology, and previous or simultaneous instruction in orthography. This new edition includes a CD of MP3 audio exercises that are keyed to the text and drill students on listening and speaking. Lessons cover topics including: Heads of State Cities and Countries Official Titles Geography Systems of Government Lost Luggage Getting Acquainted Establishing Common Ground Seeking and Giving Information Personal Needs and Family Handling Problems Eating Out Bargaining and Buying
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took a little while to ship, but the book was in perfect condition and was exactly the edition I wanted.
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There aren't many good Arabic books to learn MSA - so far I've found little - but this one is surely a recommended. I'm now living in one of ME counturies where no proper academia to learn MSA. My tutor who is just graduated from university found this book easier to teach than Kelsey one's so far. Maybe because it's she is a Muslim. She found Kelsey books are yet uncomfortable to deal with. Anyways, this book is highly recommended with a tutor.
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I was required to purchase this book for my Colloquial Levantine Arabic course at university. I find it to be an extremely good resource for many reasons. The mp3 CD included really helps when it comes to listening and recognizing new vocabulary, as well as helping pronunciation. Also, as opposed to some other Arabic texts, the words in the book are actually in Arabic and not transliterated into English letters, which helps with reading as well. I'm enjoying the class immensely because of this book and the dialogues and teaching methods it employs. Five stars!
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This is a great book for learning Arabic. I love the CD I listen to it and can hear how to correctly pronounce the words and follow the lessons in the book. My teacher is also great and helps his students with the lessons in the book.
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This is a great course. The dialogs in this course are interesting and sound similar to modern standard Arabic yet they have a more authentic feel. That seems to be the intent of the authors in their using an educated form of spoken Arabic. It is not as dialectal as pure amiyya, and it is not as formal as modern standard Arabic.



After learning a dialog one can go back and listen to it in its entirety without having to listen to one sentence spoken in Arabic and the next sentence in English and then back and forth in this manner. This a big plus for me. (There is only a little bit of recorded translation in the opening of the book.)



The lessons are very explanitive. The basic dialouges have detailed commentaries. Besides the audio, there is the text written in Arabic (no transliteration into English is found anywhere in the book), a detailed list of vocabulary, and sometimes the audio is given a second time at a slower pace so that one can repeat after the speaker.



The matrix dialouge is not explained at all, but it is made easier in that the subject matter is very similar to the basic dialouge's material. It is supposed to be hard, and it forces you to stretch out your ears a bit to try to catch all of the phrases. I found that the matrix dialouge is much easier after completing the unit that it is in, and it often contains the most natural sounding material.



There are also drills and grammar explanations. There are no answer keys for the drills, but they should be beneficial anyways.



Overall, this is arguably one of the best books for learning Arabic. One should have a fairly decent command of modern standard or classical Arabic before starting the course. (Don't attempt this book if you are a beginner.) It is good for building upon the knowledge of a literay form of Arabic in order to learn a spoken form. It doesn't teach any dialect of Arabic in particular. It is suppossed to be a somewhat neutral/educated form of speaking Arabic, but it does have somewhat of a Levantine feel to it at times.





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Street Scenes: Brecht, Benjamin and Berlin



Street Scenes: Brecht, Benjamin and Berlin
Nicolas Whybrow | 2004-10-01 00:00:00 | Intellect Ltd | 182 | Entertainment
Always the focal point in modern times for momentous political, social and cultural upheaval, Berlin has continued, since the fall of the Wall in 1989, to be a city in transition. As the new capital of a reunified Germany it has embarked on a journey of rapid reconfiguration, involving issues of memory, nationhood and ownership.
Bertolt Brecht, meanwhile, stands as one of the principal thinkers about art and politics in the 20th century. The "Street Scene" model, which was the foundation for his theory of an epic theatre, relied precisely on establishing a connection between art's functioning and everyday life. His preoccupation with the ceaselessness of change, an impulse implying rupture and movement as the key characteristics informing the development of a democratic cultural identity, correlates resonantly with the notion of an ever-evolving city.
Premised on an understanding of performance as the articulation of movement in space, Street Scenes interrogates what kind of "life" is permitted to "flow" in the "new Berlin." Central to this method is the flaneur figure, a walker of streets who provides detached observations on the revealing "detritus of modern urban existence." Walter Benjamin, himself a native of Berlin as well as friend and seminal critic of Brecht, exercised the practice in exemplary form in his portrait of the city One-Way Street.
Street Scenes offers various points of entry for the reader, including those interested in: theatre, performance, visual art, architecture, theories of everyday life and culture, and the politics of identity. Ultimately, it is an interdisciplinary book, which strives to establish the 'porosity' of areas of theory and practice rather than hard boundaries.


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Algebra IX: Finite Groups of Lie Type. Finite-Dimensional Division Algebras (Encyclopaedia of Mathematical Sciences) (v. 9)



Algebra IX: Finite Groups of Lie Type. Finite-Dimensional Division Algebras (Encyclopaedia of Mathematical Sciences) (v. 9)
A.I. Kostrikin,I.R. Shafarevich,P.M. Cohn,R.W. Carter,V.P. Platonov,V.I. Yanchevskii | 2001-08-28 00:00:00 | Springer | 239 | Mathematics

The first contribution by Carter covers the theory of finite groups of Lie type, an important field of current mathematical research. In the second part, Platonov and Yanchevskii survey the structure of finite-dimensional division algebras, including an account of reduced K-theory.



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