Sunday, 13 February 2011

Profit Over People: Neoliberalism & Global Order



Profit Over People: Neoliberalism & Global Order
Noam Chomsky,Robert W. McChesney | 2003-07-01 00:00:00 | Seven Stories Press | 288 | Economics
In this thought-provoking new collection of essays, Noam Chomsky examines democracy in theory vs. democracy in action. The brilliant thinker reveals how the political and economic principles that have prevailed are far removed from those that are popularly proclaimed.
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Chomsky is doing us a disservice by perpetuating false ideas that make it difficult to understand what is really going on. The lines are not where Chomsky draws them.



To clear up the confusion and get a sounder feel for the forces at play, there are books such as Murray Rothbard's For a New Liberty or Walter Block's Defending the Undefendable (also at mises.org)
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Has some devestating, well-argued and well-documented arguments against free market capitalism, and the level of violence, imperialism, poverty and exploitation that runs with this. Also good in articulating some of the grounds for confidence in challenging this, rather than merely casting doomsday scenarios. However, suffers from the classic structural problem of being a collection of shorter articles joined into one book, which causes a lot of redundnacy and a focus that's over-focused at points.
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This was my first Chomsky book. I became interested in his work because my right-wing books bashed him & he was referenced several times in Zinn's "A People's History of the United States." I wanted to form my own opinion.



I was happily impressed. I have read all kinds of statements about him being anti-American, that he hates this country, etc. I didn't see that- if anything, I saw the opposite. I don't see him as anti-American at all. He is simply anti-Establishment, which is reality is the most pro-American stance we can have at this point. Our government, Democrat and Republican alike, is simply a show we watch from afar. We elect people that care more about Party lines and money than the people who voted them in. Chomsky simply demonstrates that point.



He is a bit wordy, and I found the millions of "quotations" around groups of words to be distracting. Once you get into the groove of his writing style and understand what he is saying, he makes a worthy read. He is biased, of course, and never mentions anything good that the government may have done, but you should know that coming into his work. It's kind of like reading a tabloid, albeit a well-written one, about the dirty laundry of our leadership. I was very happy with this book and will continue to read his writing in the future.
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"Profit Over People" is very sobering work by McChesney and Chomsky about a topic that exists in virtually all aspects of our lives. However, it's rarely defined nor even mentioned in the American mainstream media. There are reasons for this. A lack of interest for details by the public and a mainstream media that doesn't cover the topic. In addition, the US was founded by and for the elitist oligarch minority that still runs the USA today. One powerful - yet peaceful - buffer to maintain power today, is by controlling of the mainstream media.



In the beginning stages of the United States as a nation-state, Madison wrote and voiced concerns over the masses participating in decision-making. He feared for interests of the small minority of aristocratic land-owners and wealth holders. This belief system and governmental structure continues to dominate, and is still reinforced by the mainstream media 235+ years later. The message is the same, but the medium of dissemination is different.



During the height of the Cold War, Secretary of State John Foster Dulles commented that the US is "hopelessly far far behind the Soviet Union in developing controls of the minds and emotions of unsophisticated peoples" (page 48). There are those who study media and propaganda who disagree with this statement. The US propaganda during the Cold War was very effective and comprehensive. But Foster's statement reveals how propaganda and manipulating "belief" is so important to the maintenance, growth, and utter survival of a nation-state. Especially if it's ideologically competing with a rival or enemy.



Today, Neo-Liberalism is a concept and contemporary policy composed of left, right, and center. Implicitly and explicitly influenced and controlled by, and motivated to focus on, benefiting the wealthy industries of less than 1,000 corporations. Ironically, as powerful a force as Neo-Liberalism is, this term is rarely if ever used in the the United States in the mainstream media.



One of the major points of Neo-Liberalism is the advocacy of free markets and "entrepreneurial drive" which ostensibly opposes bureaucracy and governmental interference, but in reality often does not. It depends to which interests are being catered to. Because of the massive financial backing, organization, and PR campaigns, few people in the United States question the motivations, the negative, the benefits, and results of Neo-Liberal policies. These policies have permeated into almost every level of political, economic, and cultural realms of US society. Again, Neo-Liberalism is not only an economic system but a cultural and political system as well.



All 3 are Intertwined. Enmeshed.



All of these 3 reinforce and support one another, and the economic, cultural, and political systems, are constantly reinforced by the mainstream media. One example among many, is the "NY Times" being consistently cited throughout this book, as being in support of Neo-Liberal policies and philosophies.



Question: who owns the top 5 media conglomerates in the USA?



Chomsky notes what more and more (but not enough) of the US public is starting to realize and believe according to polls, as of 2009: that politically, both political parties engage in trivial debates over minor, cosmetic issues. The 2 parties have the same interests, and the same supporters. It's only the packaging that's different.



Neo-Liberalism functions best when there are elections. The public is deluded into thinking they actually have a voice, and are actually participating in the falsehood of a "democratic" process that doesn't really exist.



Today in the year 2008 and beyond, these 1,000 organizations that run the US are more powerful, organized, and aggressive than ever. They are the masters.



This is where "democracies" inevitably lead, historically.



Apply "Profit Over People" to recent U.S. history and the last election cycle. The exclusive 2 parties: more similar that different. New faces, with basically the same policies and agenda. Both political parties lead the masses into the same direction, peppering us with the illusion of the two parties having differences with cosmetic and trivial sound-bytes.



As a distraction to occupy our myopic selves we have shopping malls, Costco, delicious foods, car payments, mortgages sports, Internet, and TV, to keep our minds occupied while the Neo-Liberal agenda progresses, solidifies, and expands worldwide.



"Profit Over People" is both informative and reader-friendly. Here is a historical quote about the phenomenon called "Bread and Circuses." It dates back to Roman times but is just as applicable today.





PANEM ET CIRCENSES



"The Latin "panem et circenses" (literally "bread and circuses") is a derogatory phrase which can describe either government policies to pacify the citizenry, or the shallow, decadent desires of that same citizenry. In both cases, it refers to low-cost, low-quality, high-availability food and entertainment." --Unknown




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Chomsky delivers yet again. There are a handful of books that come to mind when I think of books about Neoliberalism, Profit Over People is right on top of that list.

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The Final Energy Crisis



The Final Energy Crisis
Sheila Newman | 2008-07-20 00:00:00 | Pluto Press | 336 | Economics
With oil reaching $100 a barrel in January 2008 and the US facing challenges to dollar hegemony, few people would now deny that there is an energy crisis and that it is linked to economic uncertainty. However, the mainstream lacks a theory to explain this apparently sudden challenge to optimistic expectations of long-term economic growth and an end to world poverty. The Final Energy Crisis provides political explanations to fill that gap.The authors engage with depletion trends in oil, gas, coal, uranium, soil and biodiversity. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, they study energy trends, prospects, assets and liabilities in different political systems and regions, including the US, Venezuela, China, Africa, the ex-Soviet Union, North Korea, Japan, France and Australia. Far from being a doom-laden work on peak oil, this book offers practical suggestions for readers keen to be part of the solution to resource depletion.This comprehensively updated edition includes 13 new chapters and thorough revisions of existing material.

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Few books about the energy crisis are as up-to-date as this one is and few are as packed with insights. That's a combination that can't be beat as I see it.




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Australian environmental sociologist Sheila Newman edits and contributes several chapters to this fully revised and updated second edition of The Final Energy Crisis. This volume includes chapters from a diverse, international mix of authors and experts with a combination of centuries of experience all over the world in different aspects of the energy issue.



Published in mid-2008 as crude oil prices were approaching $150 US per barrel and concern about "peak oil" was cresting, this book is no less relevant in 2009, when the global economic-financial meltdown has displaced oil and food prices as the crisis of the moment. After all, the topic it broaches - how (or how not) to navigate the treacherous and turbulent waters of energy policy towards the secure harbor of a sustainable energy, economic, and environmental future - is timeless.



As M. King Hubbert observed years ago, placed into the context of not just geologic time but even much shorter human history, the fossil fuel era that has defined our lives for many generations - and triggered the explosive growth of human populations, economic production and consumption - is quite transient. It is a mere blip when graphed even on the relatively short 10,000-yr. span of civilized Homo sapiens' presence on earth.



As we approach the latter half of this fossil fuel era, the challenges humanity faces are daunting indeed, and this book pulls no punches. Two chapters by physicist Ross McCluney, Ph.D., Principal Research Scientist at the Florida Solar Energy Center, underscore both the opportunities and limitations of renewable, "green" sources such as solar, wind, geothermal, tidal, and wave energy. While these need to be developed with gusto, as the Obama administration realizes, in contrast to its clueless predecessor, they are no panacea or silver bullet. It would be a mistake to count on the flow-limited, intermittent renewables to be able to seamlessly replace dwindling, stock-limited oil and other fossil fuels, which they cannot match - at least at present - for versatility, reliability, transportability or energy density (quality).



The reformist environmentalist establishment seems to have pinned all its hopes on these renewables, while shunning all things nuclear and turning away from the politically unpalatable subject of limits to population and economic growth on earth. Yet if indicators such as the Ecological Footprint are correct, there are already too many human beings on earth consuming too much energy and too many resources and generating too much waste, including climate-changing carbon dioxide.



This book represents a serious effort to diagnose the grim but not hopeless energy predicament we find ourselves in. It offers qualified hope for the "patient," and our "host" the earth, but not without breakthroughs in our willingness to sacrifice, innovate, and cooperate.



Leon Kolankiewicz, Environmental planner and natural resources scientist

Author, "Population Growth - The Neglected Dimension of America's Persistent Energy/Environmental Problems"


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(For longer review, visit http://candobetter.org/node/938)



This is a book like no other on the topic of energy and peak oil of which I am aware.



It contains 23 chapters, by different authours whihc have been skilfully integrated by the editor. It is divide into four sections, each with its own introduction:



Part I: Measuring Our Predicament

Part II: Geopolitics

Part III: The Big Picture - False Solutions, Hopes and Fears

Part IV: After Oil



Like other books on the subject of 'peak oil' The Final Energy Crisis, (with engineering professor, Seppo Korpela and oil geophysicist Colin Campbell) does examine and test Hubbert's theory - for gas and coal as well as oil, but it goes well beyond just that.



It seriously examines (among other possibilities) nuclear fusion, nuclear fission, geothermal, terra preta/agrichar and the logistics of energy distribution in different social systems. It is like most books before this were explaining that society depends on fossil-fuels, but this book assumes you know that, and discusses the world within that knowledge perspective. It is for people who have already looked into the subject broadly but would like help to understand the limitations of different proposed technologies and political solutions.



Michael Dittmar's description in teh chapter "Fusion Illusions" of the staggeringly complex and difficult technical problems to be overcome before the dream of unlimited cheap power held out by the proponents of nuclear fusion is to be realised left me in little doubt that further expenditure on the 10 billion Euro International Thermonuclear Experimental ITER is a massive wast of public resources.



Alice Friedemann's Chapter "Peak Soil" shows that the proffered 'solution' of the large-scale manufacture of bio-fuel, promises, instead to create ecological and social calamity and only make our energy situation worse.



Other technologies, which are somewhat more promising than the above two described in the book, but all with their own limitations and problems are geothermal and the other more familiar forms of renewable energy such as wind, solar, hydro-electric, tidal, etc, and even nuclear fission.



This is one of those rare books which left few questions begging. It seems as if the editors and the contributors had already gone nearly everywhere I had intended to go and a good many other places, besides, and had thoroughly researched the issues and thought through the questions posed. The orthodoxies of the mainstream environment movement and scientific community are held up to critical scrutiny and often rejected. This is particularly the case with the last two sections which are focused on proposed solutions and future prospects. Andrew McKillop's critique of 'free market' 'solutions' to the energy crisis, in particular the 'carbon finance and credits circus', in the chapter "No Choice But International Energy Transition" was particularly satisfying.



The editor has a good feeling for the absurd and finds humour and hope in unusual places. A message comes through not to panic, but to think. For all the absurd beliefs and ugly outlooks exposed by the various authors in this book, we find hope in unusual and unexpected places and a sense that, although answers will not necessarily come from the expected authorities, and the problems we face are extraordinary, there are ways we could slow down the crisis to a manageable pace, there are choices about the values that dictate our decisions, and politics are important.

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The Rotation of Sun and Stars (Lecture Notes in Physics)



The Rotation of Sun and Stars (Lecture Notes in Physics)
Jean-Pierre Rozelot, Coralie Neiner | 2009-01-01 00:00:00 | springer | 276 | Physics
The Sun and stars rotate in different ways and at different rates of velocity, and knowledge of how they rotate is important in understanding the formation and evolution ofstars and their structure.

The wide variety of stars offers an equally wide variety of rotation rates and rotational evolution. From the slowly rotating stars to stars rotating close to their breakup velocities, different techniques and models have to be developed to study rotation and its effects on physical aspects of stars. In fact, one currently witnesses a complete renewal of astrophysical ideas about stellar rotation, mainly due to the development of new models including high-order effects of rotation and magnetism.

This book, while not attempting to answer all questions about rotation, given that many issues still have to be further investigated, focuses on the basics and some particular aspects while aiming to show why it is important, from a physical point of view, to study stellarrotation.

Based on courses given at a graduate school, these tutorial lectures will be of interest and useful to a rather broad audience of scientists and students.
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Strategies for Organic Drug Synthesis and Design



Strategies for Organic Drug Synthesis and Design
Daniel Lednicer | 2008-10-27 00:00:00 | Wiley-Interscience | 682 | Pharmacy
This book examines and evaluates the strategies utilized to design and synthesize pharmaceutically active agents. Significant updates over the last 10 years since the publication of the 1st edition include synthesis of enantiomerically pure isomers, novel chemical methodologies, and new pharmaceutical agents targeted at novel biological endpoints. Written by an experienced successful author, this book meets the needs of a growing community of researchers in pharmaceutical R &D, as well as medical professionals, by providing a useful guide for designing and synthesizing pharmaceutical agents. Additionally, it is a useful text for medicinal chemistry students.
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For impartial reviews of this book check:

- C.J. Spagnuolo, Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 1999, 42:1113

- G. O'Sullivan, Synthesis, 1999, 6:1084

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Michael Ende - Die unendliche Geschichte



Michael Ende - Die unendliche Geschichte
| 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | | 0 | Subjects
Michael Ende - Die unendliche Geschichte
Audio drama | Publisher: Karussell | ISBN: 3897657260 | 1994 | German | MP3 44100Hz CBR ~128 Kbps | 154 MB
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The Foundations of Statistics



The Foundations of Statistics
Dover Publications | 1972-01-01 00:00:00 | Dover Publications | 310 | Mathematics
Classic analysis of the subject and the development of personal probability; one of the greatest controversies in modern statistcal thought. New preface and new footnotes to 1954 edition, with a supplementary 180-item annotated bibliography by author. Calculus, probability, statistics and Boolean algebra are recommended.
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New Vanguard 150, War Elephants



New Vanguard 150, War Elephants
Konstantin Nossov, Peter Dennis | 2008-11-18 00:00:00 | Osprey Publishing | 48 | Military Science
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Elephants have been deployed as weapons for centuries, particularly in South and South-East Asia, where war elephants constituted the bulk of most armies in the region from antiquity right up to the 19th century. This book offers an insight into the incredible history of these ‘living tanks,’ focusing on the design of the equipment and armament that made them so terrifying. The author, Konstantin S Nossov, traces the history of war elephants, from their deployment against Alexander the Great’s army at the battle of Gaugamela, through to their use in the 19th century by the armies of South-East Asia, analyzing the battle formation and tactics of war elephants in action and how these tactics developed.
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The Rise of the Chinese Economy: The Middle Kingdom Emerges



The Rise of the Chinese Economy: The Middle Kingdom Emerges
Greg Mastel | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | M.E. Sharpe | 219 | Economics
In this analysis of the roots and objectives of Chinese economic and industrial policy, Mastel outlines the implications of China's rise for the world economy. He then proposes strategies to address the hazards this rise will pose as well as the opportunities it will create.

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Political Obligations



Political Obligations
George Klosko | 2008-01-01 00:00:00 | Oxford University Press | 280 | Non-fiction
Political Obligations provides a full defense of a theory of political obligation based on the principle of fairness (or fair play), which is widely viewed as the strongest theory of obligation currently available. The work responds to the most important objections to the principle of fairness, and extends a theory based on fairness into a developed 'multiple principle' theory of obligation. In order to establish the need for such a theory, Political Obligations criticizes alternative theories of obligation based on a natural duty of justice and 'reformist' consent, and critically examines the non-state theories of libertarian and philosophical anarchists. The work breaks new ground by providing the first in-depth study of popular attitudes towards political obligations and how the state itself views them. The attitudes of ordinary citizens are explored through small focus groups, while the 'self image of the state' in regard to the obligations of its citizens is studied through examination of judicial decisions in three different democratic countries.
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The Year in Rheumatic Disorders



The Year in Rheumatic Disorders
Rajan Madhok,Hilary A. Capell,Harvinder S. Luthra | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | Clinical Pub | 322 | Internal Medicine
The sixth volume in this popular series provides readers with an informed and authoritative overview of recent developments in the treatment of rheumatic diseases. Updates on NSAIDs and new biologic agents feature prominently, but new this year are commentaries on the use of imaging in the diagnosis and monitoring of osteoarthritis, and a review of recent studies on the re-emergent problem of gout. A major section on connective tissue disease includes chapters on antiphospholipid syndrome, interstitial lung disease, and the applications of immunosuppressant therapy. Drawing on an internationally recognised team of contributors, this latest volume in a now well-established series continues to provide readers with comprehensive and informed analysis of the published literature in this challenging field.

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The 2007 ESO Instrument Calibration Workshop: Proceedings of the ESO Workshop held in Garching, Germany, 23-26 January 2007 (ESO Astrophysics Symposia)



The 2007 ESO Instrument Calibration Workshop: Proceedings of the ESO Workshop held in Garching, Germany, 23-26 January 2007 (ESO Astrophysics Symposia)
A. Kaufer | 2008-06-06 00:00:00 | Springer | 616 | Astronomy

The 2007 ESO Instrument Calibration workshop brought together more than 120 participants with the objective to a) foster the sharing of information, experience and techniques between observers, instrument developers and instrument operation teams, b) review the actual precision and limitations of the applied instrument calibration plans, and c) collect the current and future requirements by the ESO users.

These present proceedings include the majority of the workshop s contributions and document the status quo of instrument calibration at ESO in large detail. Topics covered are: Optical Spectro-Imagers, Optical Multi-Object Spectrographs, NIR and MIR Spectro-Imagers, High-Resolution Spectrographs, Integral Field Spectrographs, Adaptive Optics Instruments, Polarimetric Instruments, Wide Field Imagers, Interferometric Instruments as well as other crucial aspects such as data flow, quality control, data reduction software and atmospheric effects.

It was stated in the workshop that calibration is a life-long learning process '. In this sense, this book will be a reference point for all future efforts to improve instrument calibration procedures in astronomy.



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Revealing the Mysterion: The Use of Mystery in Daniel and Second Temple Judaism with Its Bearing on First Corinthians



Revealing the Mysterion: The Use of Mystery in Daniel and Second Temple Judaism with Its Bearing on First Corinthians
Benjamin L. Gladd | 2009-01-01 00:00:00 | Walter de Gruyter | 352 | Non-fiction
Scholars largely agree that the NT term 'mysterion' is a terminus technicus, originating from Daniel. This project traces the word in the Dead Sea Scrolls and other sectors of Judaism. Like Daniel, the term consistently retains eschatological connotations. The monograph then examines how mystery functions within 1 Corinthians and seeks to explain why the term is often employed. The apocalyptic term concerns the Messiah reigning in the midst of defeat, eschatological revelations and tongues, charismatic exegesis, and the transformation of believers into the image of the last Adam.
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Intervention, Terrorism, and Torture: Contemporary Challenges to Just War Theory (AMINTAPHIL: The Philosophical Foundations of Law and Justice)



Intervention, Terrorism, and Torture: Contemporary Challenges to Just War Theory (AMINTAPHIL: The Philosophical Foundations of Law and Justice)
Steven P. Lee | 2006-10-27 00:00:00 | Springer | 323 | International Law

Just war theory is the traditional approach taken to questions of the morality of war, but war today is far from traditional. War has been deeply affected in recent years by a variety of social and technological developments in areas such as international terrorism, campaigns of genocide and ethnic cleansing, the global human rights movement, economic globalization, and military technology. This book asks whether just war theory is adequate to the challenges these developments pose. Just war theory provides rules for determining when it is justified to fight a war. But some have argued that the nature of contemporary war makes these rules obsolete. For example, genocidal and aggressive regimes may require the use of military force that is not strictly in self-defense, as just war theory requires. In addition, the theory provides rules for determining what the limits are on justified conduct in war. But the random violence of terrorism and the deliberately inflicted violence of torture seem endemic to our age, yet take us beyond the limits set by these rules of conduct in war. By carefully examining the phenomena of intervention, terrorism, and torture from a number of different perspectives, the essays in this book explore this set of issues with insight and clarity.



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Semiconductors and Semimetals, Vol. 19: Deep Levels, GaAs, Alloys, Photochemistry



Semiconductors and Semimetals, Vol. 19: Deep Levels, GaAs, Alloys, Photochemistry
Albert C. Beer | 1983-10-12 00:00:00 | Academic Press | 342 | Engineering

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Making Time for the Past: Local History and the Polis



Making Time for the Past: Local History and the Polis
Katherine Clarke | 2008-06-02 00:00:00 | Oxford University Press, USA | 480 | Ancient
This book has two main and connected themes - the conception and articulation of time in the Greek world and the creation of history, especially in the context of the Greek city. Both how time is expressed and how the past is presented have often been seen as reflections of society. By looking at the construction of the past through the medium of local historiography, where we can view these issues in the relatively restricted world of individual city-states, we can gain a clearer insight into how different versions of the past and different constructions of time were offered to the community for approval. In this way, the citizens were able to negotiate time past and indeed their own history, and thereby to express their values and aspirations.

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Hands-On Microsoft Access : A Practical Guide to Improving Your Access Skills (Addison-Wesley Microsoft Technology)



Hands-On Microsoft Access : A Practical Guide to Improving Your Access Skills (Addison-Wesley Microsoft Technology)
| 2005-08-24 00:00:00 | | 0 | Microsoft Access


Access is one of the most widely used pieces of software. Perhaps more so than any other common program, such as Word or Excel, though, many of its users find it more vexing to really understand and use well. This is because you can't use Access successfully without a framework in your head of how a relational database management system works, and almost none of us have that training. While there are many books on Access, most of them are either introductory tutorials on how to use Access's features, or big comprehensive references. None of them give a good solid grounding in basic database design principles. This book fills that need; there really is no other book on Access like it on the market. The author has written for on Access for more than seven years, and knows how to present complicated principles clearly and in an easyto- understand way.

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Worth the Time
If you are new to database concept and design and are looking for a title to teach you about Microsoft Access as your database solution, then this is a good book. Readers are not expected to initially know much more than how to open Access and poke around, and are guided thru database construct concepts, table development, table relationship organization, and basic queries, to the application development utilizing internal forms and reports. The chapters logically build on themselves so you always have a working foundation for the next concept introduced. Information is presented hands-on, requiring the reader to develop the sample database as they read the book instead of relying on either the Microsoft provided Northwind database, or an author provided finished solution. Chapters are concluded with `case examples` where you are able to step by step further apply what was just covered, helping to solidify the information.


For a book of this size, the information is fairly complete for the beginner, and by the end of the book one can understand and create relatively complex Access database applications. To be fair, if you are looking to `specialize` in Microsoft Access, this will not be the last title on the subject you buy. What you will not find in the chapters is a complete overview of the Access flavor of SQL, in-depth coverage of advanced query types (they are introduced), in-depth macro development (macros are discussed), or VBA development. All of this is fine as they are complex topics and go beyond the scope of this book.


It is important to keep in mind that this is a book on Microsoft Access-specific database application development, and not on databases in general, not in programming, not on the industry standard SQL language, not in using Access databases in web pages or other applications, and not a `secrets` style book where you might expect to be shown the secret handshake that makes Access into something more powerful than it is. Purchase this book if you're goal is to learn and master the basics of Microsoft Access; the information is there, well presented, and well worth the time to study.

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Microsoft MVP 2005 - Visual C# recommends caution
Hands-On Microsoft Access is one of the better Access books `if` you are developing entire applications in Microsoft Access. This includes using Access forms as well as reports.

The author does a nice job of explaining how to write fairly elaborate Access applications. Tons of screen shots and real world terminology is a plus for beginners.


However, if you are writing applications in a typical programming language such as Visual Basic 6.0 or any one of the .NET languages, you'll want to pass on this one.


The book won't cover any of the SQL quirks Microsoft Access has and the less than easy to find workarounds.




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learn about SQL and designing relational databases
This is not a trivial book. It will not teach you Microsoft Access in 24 hours, for example. There is a lot covered here, and if you are new to Access, it will certainly engage your attention for some time.


In essence, Schneider does not `just` teach you Access. Learning it is also about learning SQL and designing relational databases. Access is Microsoft's front end to its SQL Server database. The book shows how it is a very powerful user interface that eases the design and building of a database.


For instance, Access has forms. Powerful constructs that let you input data and test this data for the underlying tables. You can put built in checks about the validity of the data that will be typed into a form. A trivial but important example might be that a box in the form that should expect an integer will indicate an error if a number with a decimal point is entered, or if letters are entered. Schneider points out that checks like this makes data input far more efficient. I would differ only in saying that perhaps he does not emphasise this enough. While you, the database designer, can have the most intricate sets of interrelated tables, this avails little in practise if the data entry clerks type in contaminated data. All your planning can come to nought. You should spend time beefing up your forms with as many checks as feasible.


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The Responsible Conduct of Research in the Health Sciences



The Responsible Conduct of Research in the Health Sciences
Committee on the Responsible Conduct of Research,National Research Council | 1989-01-01 00:00:00 | National Academies Press | 106 | Research

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Sir Rudolf Peierls: Selected Private And Scientific Correspondence



Sir Rudolf Peierls: Selected Private And Scientific Correspondence
Sabine Lee | 2007-11-12 00:00:00 | World Scientific Publishing Company | 880 | Scientists
This edition of the private and scientific correspondence of Sir Rudolf Peierls gives a unique insight into the life and work of one of the greatest theoretical physicists of the 20th century. Rudolf Peierls scientific work contributed to the early developments in quantum mechanics, and he is well known and much appreciated for his contributions to various disciplines, including solid state physics, nuclear physics, and particle physics. As an enthusiastic and devoted teacher, he passed on his knowledge and understanding and inspired the work of collaborators and students alike. As an effective administrator he was responsible, almost single-handedly, for the establishment of an outstanding successful centre of theoretical physics in Birmingham, and later contributed much to theoretical physics in Oxford. A meticulous collector of correspondence, Sir Rudolf left a fascinating collection of letters, in some cases spanning more than seven decades. This collection includes correspondence with his parents, his wife, the Russian-born physicist Genia Kannegieser, life-long friends such as Hans Bethe, and many great physicists, including Wolfgang Pauli, Niels Bohr, Werner Heisenberg, Lev Landau, and George Placzek, to name but a few. This first volume, which covers the years 1922 to 1945, contains much of the early family correspondence, letters exchanged between Rudolf and Genia Peierls before and after their marriage in 1931, correspondence relating to early developments in quantum physics, and interesting material relating to the development of nuclear weapons. The extensive apparatus provides an invaluable background which allows the reader to put the presented documents into their multi-faceted social, political and scientific context.

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Multmodal Imaging in Neurology: Special Focus on MRI Applications and MEG (Synthesis Lectures on Biomedical Engineering)



Multmodal Imaging in Neurology: Special Focus on MRI Applications and MEG (Synthesis Lectures on Biomedical Engineering)
Hans-Peter Muller | 2008-02-27 00:00:00 | Morgan and Claypool Publishers | 86 | Engineering
The field of brain imaging is developing at a rapid pace and has greatly advanced the areas of cognitive and clinical neuroscience. The availability of neuroimaging techniques, especially magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), functional MRI (fMRI), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and magnetoencephalography (MEG) and magnetic source imaging (MSI) has brought about breakthroughs in neuroscience. To obtain comprehensive information about the activity of the human brain, different analytical approaches should be complemented. Thus, in "intermodal multimodality" imaging, great efforts have been made to combine the highest spatial resolution (MRI, fMRI) with the best temporal resolution (MEG or EEG). "Intramodal multimodality" imaging combines various functional MRI techniques (e.g., fMRI, DTI, and/or morphometric/volumetric analysis). The multimodal approach is conceptually based on the combination of different noninvasive functional neuroimaging tools, their registration and cointegration. In particular, the combination of imaging applications that map different functional systems is useful, such as fMRI as a technique for the localization of cortical function and DTI as a technique for mapping of white matter fiber bundles or tracts. This booklet gives an insight into the wide field of multimodal imaging with respect to concepts, data acquisition, and postprocessing. Examples for intermodal and intramodal multimodality imaging are also demonstrated.

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The Complete Real Estate Encyclopedia


The Complete Real Estate Encyclopedia
| 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | | 498 | Encyclopedias
The Complete Real Estate Encyclopedia
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Mel Bay's Slappin': A Complete Study of Slap Technique for Bass (Mel Bay's Value Line)



Mel Bay's Slappin': A Complete Study of Slap Technique for Bass (Mel Bay's Value Line)
Marc D. Ensign | 1997-03-31 00:00:00 | Mel Bay Publications, Inc. | 32 | Subjects
Gleaned from years of teaching, performance, and listening experience -bass players at all levels will benefit from studying the numerous exercises, grooves, and musical examples offered in this book. Whether you are into funk, R&B, fusion, jazz, rock, punk, reggae, alternative music, or any other style; the slap technique will find a niche in your bass playing vocabulary. Chapter headings include: Technique, Hammer-Ons and Pull-Offs, Ghost Notes, Left Hand Slap, Open Strings, Double Slap, Double Stops, Double Pops, Other Licks and Tricks, and Advanced Grooves & Solos Using All Techniques. The author strongly advises the student to play each lesson slowly until the exercise or principle being illustrated is thoroughly mastered. Written in notation and tablature.

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Final Fantasy XII: The Complete Guide



Final Fantasy XII: The Complete Guide
Piggyback | 2007-03-02 00:00:00 | Piggyback Interactive | 337 | Final Fantasy
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When it comes to strategy guides, no company does them better than Piggyback Interactive. Based in the UK, Piggyback rarely sends strategy guides to the states. When you get one, though, you're glad. These are detailed like no other guide you've ever seen. Their Final Fantasy XII guide is just as detailed.



At over 300 pages, this is Piggyback's biggest guide they've ever done. This tome is packed with more information than any other Final Fantasy XII guide you can find.



It takes a long time to jump into the walkthrough in this guide. It begins with the game basics that take up a ton of space. Mostly because it doesn't just get you adapted to the controls, but Final Fantasy XII's combat system. Giving you the run down on everything, including Gambits. Not only do they explain Gambits but they offer some pretty good examples of how to set them up. Using this guide you'll be able to set up a well balanced party. It helps to see just how good the gamebit system can really be. It'll also give you the low down on every character. Showing how much they'll level up and what some of their stats will be between certain levels. Just the same, this is the only guide that goes in depth on all the guests that'll join your party and let's you know what their gambits are.



Afterwards we get into the staddard items list for weapons, armor etc. Again, incredibly detailed but also helping you make sense of what everything means and how it is you'll be able to hit an enemy a series of times. After that, there's the bestiary. Separated by area, it's a helpful tool. Also showing you who your friend is. But beyond that, the game shows every Rare Game monster you can think of.



After all this we finally get to the walkthrough. It's spoiler free and details an optimal route through each section, while having lettered callouts on the map. Therefore, if you see "A" on the map, then look to the "A" section and read what you have to do. The walkthrough also details every extra as it comes up, pointing out that that's the best way to do them. Even if you decide not to do them at that moment, the "Extras" chapter will direct you to any page in the walkthrough that details a quest. It's a highly detailed walkthrough. If there was any complaint, it would be that boss strategies aren't detailed enough, nor does the guide provide you with enough screenshots. Don't think this means for a second this walkthrough won't help. It definitely will. It's far better than the BradyGAMES guide, but there are some things they might mention that you might need a screenshot so that you can figure out just what they're talking about.



With all the information packed into this guide you'd think page flipping would be a problem. It isn't. At the very back, there's an index that pinpoints you to everything the guide has. The guide is also spoiler free for anyone who is curious.



Piggyback has done it again. Crafting a guide that isn't just there to get you through the game, but helping to make sure you conquer it and leave no stone unturned. Piggyback hasn't just created a guidebook. They've created a friend.

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Annual Reports on NMR Spectroscopy, Vol. 38



Annual Reports on NMR Spectroscopy, Vol. 38
Graham A. Webb | 1999-06-30 00:00:00 | Academic Press | 448 | Social Sciences
Over recent years, no other technique has grown to such importance as that of NMR spectroscopy. It is used in all branches of science where precise structural determination is required, and where the nature of interactions and reactions in solution is being studied. Annual Reports on NMR Spectroscopy has established itself as a means for the specialist and non-specialist alike to become familiar with new applications of the technique in all branches of chemistry, including biochemistry, and pharmaceutics.
Once again, the Annual Reports on NMR Spectroscopy represents the best work in the field, both in applied and theoretical NMR spectroscopy. The high calibre reports in Volume 38 show the wide biological and physical applications that benefit from this analytical technique.

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Neuroanatomical Tract-Tracing: Molecules, Neurons, and Systems



Neuroanatomical Tract-Tracing: Molecules, Neurons, and Systems
Laszlo Zaborszky,Floris G. Wouterlood,J. L. Lanciego | 2006-05-25 00:00:00 | Springer | 698 | Neuroanatomy

The first two editions of this title had a tremendous impact in neuroscience. Between the previous edition in 1989 and today, there has been an explosion of information in the field. These include advances in molecular techniques, such as genomics and proteomics, which have become increasing important in neuroscience. A renaissance in fluorescence has occurred, driven by the development of new probes, new microscopes, live imagers, and computer processing. The introduction of new markers has enormously stimulated the field, moving it from tissue culture to neurophysiology to functional MRI techniques.

As with previous editions, this new edition will be welcomed by the graduate students working in the lab who needs fast, complete, up-to-date, and immediately applicable information about techniques, written by acknowledged experts in the field.


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This magnificent volume with a modest title "Neuroanatomical Tract-Tracing 3" by Prof. Zaborszky, Wouterlood and Lanciego, amalgamates into one a prosperous collection of recipes and protocols summarizing methodical wisdom and knowledge from world renowned laboratories and experts in brain science. It gives not only a detailed description of guidelines, protocols and procedures of classical neuro-anatomical methods and tract-tracing techniques but also introduces more recent concepts and tools for structural neuroscience such as viral tract-tracing, computational neuro-anatomy, functional imaging and neuronal network modeling. Each chapter (overall 20) starts with a brief and effective introduction to concept and methodology followed by meticulous recipes and applications illustrated with extensive experimental examples, literature overview and discussions. The clarity and wide scope of topics covered by this volume render it the book of choice for new and established explorers of the brain puzzle.
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When this book arrived in our neurosciences laboratory,it was immediately swiped off the shelf by our Msc and Phd (Neurosciences) University Sains Malaysia students.They could not get enough of it.The chapters were interesting and scientifically relevant.Eveyone was looking for the previous Part 1 and 2 of the same series.

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Spectral and High Order Methods for Partial Differential Equations



Spectral and High Order Methods for Partial Differential Equations
Jan S. Hesthaven, Einar M. Ronquist | 2010-01-01 00:00:00 | | 517 | Mathematics
The book contains a selection of high quality papers, chosen among the best presentations during the International Conference on Spectral and High-Order Methods (2009), and provides an overview of the depth and breadth of the activities within this important research area. The carefully reviewed selection of the papers will provide the reader with a snapshot of state-of-the-art and help initiate new research directions through the extensive bibliography.
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Economic Advice and Rhetoric: Why Do Consultants Perform Better Than Academic Advisers?



Economic Advice and Rhetoric: Why Do Consultants Perform Better Than Academic Advisers?
Onno Bouwmeester | 2010-01-01 00:00:00 | Edward Elgar Pub | 293 | Finances and Money
This book compares the approaches of consultants and academic advisers and provides an in-depth analysis of their advice argumentation. Both compete on the market for economic advice, with consultants enjoying a larger market share and usually obtaining higher fees. However, academics criticize them for overcharging, shallowness, and quick-and-dirty methods. So, are consultants' clients misled or even cheated? Not necessarily. The book reveals that academics have drawbacks as well; their arguments are less balanced than those of consultants and their estimates contradict each other more.

Economic Advice and Rhetoric argues that clients should be cautious, challenging academics to reconsider their understanding of consulting practices. Onno Bouwmeester illustrates that the instrumental concept of academic advice as assumed by mainstream economists and policy scientists does not guide the practice of academic advisers and thus creates wrong expectations. He deconstructs the current understanding of academic advice, and counters the view held by critical academics that consultants' rhetoric is misleading by comparing it to the rhetoric of academics.

This rhetorical analysis will be informative to academics and advisors with an interest in the subject of consulting. Students aiming to become consultants, as well as consultants who want to learn more about academic advisers as their competitors, will also find this book an invaluable resource.
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How to Cheat at Designing a Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure



How to Cheat at Designing a Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure
| 2006-02-01 00:00:00 | | 0 | Windows Server 2003


Windows 2003 Server is unquestionably the dominant enterprise level operating system in the industry, with 95% of all companies running it. And for the last tow years, over 50% of all product upgrades have been security related. Securing Windows Server, according to bill gates, is the company's #1 priority.

The book will start off by teaching readers to create the conceptual design of their Active Directory infrastructure by gathering and analyzing business and technical requirements. Next, readers will create the logical design for an Active Directory infrastructure. Here the book starts to drill deeper and focus on aspects such as group policy design. Finally, readers will learn to create the physical design for an active directory and network Infrastructure including DNS server placement; DC and GC placements and Flexible Single Master Operations (FSMO) role placement.

The next book in our best selling and critically acclaimed How to Cheat series. This is the perfect book for users who have already purchased How to Cheat at Managing Windows 2003 Small Business Server.

* Active Directory is the market leader in the directory services space, and 57% of all Microsoft corporate customers have deployed AD
* Follows Syngress's proven `How To Cheat` methodology
* Companion Web site offers dozens of templates, `Cheat Sheets`, and checklists for readers


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The Circus Age: Culture and Society under the American Big Top



The Circus Age: Culture and Society under the American Big Top
Janet M. Davis | 2002-09-23 00:00:00 | The University of North Carolina Press | 360 | Theater
A century ago, daily life ground to a halt when the circus rolled into town. Across America, banks closed, schools canceled classes, farmers left their fields, and factories shut down so that everyone could go to the show. In this entertaining and provocative book, Janet Davis links the flowering of the early-twentieth-century American railroad circus to such broader historical developments as the rise of big business, the breakdown of separate spheres for men and women, and the genesis of the United States' overseas empire. In the process, she casts the circus as a powerful force in consolidating the nation's identity as a modern industrial society and world power.

Davis explores the multiple "shows" that took place under the big top, from scripted performances to exhibitions of laborers assembling and tearing down tents to impromptu spectacles of audiences brawling, acrobats falling, and animals rampaging. Turning Victorian notions of gender, race, and nationhood topsy-turvy, the circus brought its vision of a rapidly changing world to spectators--rural as well as urban--across the nation. Even today, Davis contends, the influence of the circus continues to resonate in popular representations of gender, race, and the wider world.
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Janet Davis' The Circus Age: Culture & Society Under The American Big Top is a very valuable book for anyone wanting to learn about the history of the American circus and the role it played in culture and society during the classic circus age back when the big circuses traversed the country by railroad and performed under canvas. Davis has done a remarkable amount of research, including finding and interviewing people whose tales about the circus give the reader real insight into what circus life was like and what the circus meant to people back when "Circus Day" was often the biggest event of the year. The book is fairly well illustrated with photographs of circus life and with the posters used to promote the various acts and spectacles the circus would bring to town.



Among the wealth of information about the circus are the author's accounts of how extremely organized circuses were, particularly in the setting up and tearing down of the circus 'city' when it came and left town, a necessity born of using the tightly scheduled trains to travel the country. The following is a good example of the useful details Davis brings out in her book:



"The 'army' of canvasmen who erected and tore down the billowing canvas tents was a crucial part of the total labor show. Audience members traveled in horse-drawn wagons over miles of bumpy dirt road in predawn darkness just to observe how circus workers (aided by horses and elephants) created a magical, moveable city on an empty lot. At the turn of the century... human and animal labor still performed virtually all the on-site jobs, before gasoline-engine stake-drivers and other motorized machines began replacing some of the human labor in 1910-1920. The creation of the tented city was a thrilling physical feat in which human labor functioned as a seemingly seamless, corporate body."

--"Immediately after the circus trains arrived at the show grounds, the boss canvasman, who directed the erection of the tents, scouted out the lot, which occupied ten acres or so. He first decided where the big top should stand, which determined the position of the other eleven tents. A group of canvasmen used iron rods to mark the positions of the five center poles, which would be the tent's center of gravity, and then mapped the perimeter of Barnum & Bailey's 1894 big top - 440 feet by 180 feet - with more rods, topped with little flags, color-coded red or blue to identify each tent site. Next, the boss canvasman and his crew marked the placement of the menagerie tent, which was connected to the big top by a neck of canvas. The perimeter of the menagerie - 360 feet by 160 feet - was identified by rods topped by white flags. This process was completed in just eight minutes from start to finish. The crew then quickly mapped out the placement of the dressing-room tent, two horse tents, the wardrobe tents, the sideshow tent, the freaks' dressing-room tent, and several smaller tents for the blacksmith shop, the repair shop, and so on. The canvasmen finished this whole job in half an hour."

--"Next, the boss canvasman directed the unloading of the stake and chain wagons, the pole wagons, the canvas wagons, and other baggage wagons, each drawn by four or six horses. He divided the eighty-five muscular men who composed the 'big top gang' into two groups, of which one laid the stakes into the ground and the other handled the sledges. Each stake was four to five feet long and two or three inches thick, and three-fourths of its length had to be hammered into the ground. Using sledges with three-foot handles and heads that weighed seventeen pounds, groups of about seven men stood in a circle and took turns hammering each stake into the ground, singing rhythmically as they worked. Each group had a leader who initially tapped the stake into position. Meanwhile, groups of pole riggers placed the tents center poles into position. Within forty-five minutes a whistle signaled that the stake drivers and pole riggers had finished, and summoned additional groups of workingmen to help raise the poles. The center poles (as well as the linchpin 'king' pole) were raised with heavy ropes attached to the stakes. In the middle of this process, other workers started joining sections of canvas that would form the tent's roof and side walls. They lifted the canvas using horses, pulley blocks, and a complex array of small side poles. By this time three huge cook wagons had arrived at the site of their tent, and butchers began chopping 500 pounds of meat into individual cutlets, while cooks prepared coffee and eggs. The workingmen raised all twelve tents by six o'clock in the morning -- just two and a half hours after they had typically arrived. At that moment, a loud bell or whistle alerted every circus worker that the dining tent was now open. Now all wagons were stationed at their proper places. The empty field had been transformed into a temporary canvas city."



My only quibble is that the book, while very in depth on the classic age of the big railroad circuses and wild-west shows from the late 1800's through the 1950's, gives only brief attention to the earlier age of the smaller overland wagon circus and to the post-railroad circus of the last fifty years. It is understandable given the focus of Davis' book, but it does keep it from being perhaps the ultimate work on the American circus in general. And while most of the book flows quite well, every now and then Davis lapses into grad-student thesis-paper speak which distracts rather than enlightens (it was obvious by the end of the book that "fin de siecle" is absolutely Davis' favorite word).



But all in all, this book is both a good read and an extremely valuable one for anyone interested in the era of the classic American circus and its context in American culture and society during that age. Highly recommended.


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After a surprisingly interesting visit to the Ringling Museum in Sarasota I was anxious to know more about this unsung chapter of American History. This book was everything I wanted and more.



Full of well researched facts, insightful conclusions and fascinating details, it reads like a dream. If I could give it 6 stars I would! Well done Janet M. Davis.
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after reading "WATER FOR ELEPHANTS" I needed some circus history and this book was great. Love the pictures. This was a pleasure to read.
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Davis' book is a rare scholarly exploration of the history of the American circus. She makes smart conclusions about this Amercan instituion. Her work is well documented and a pleasure to read.

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The Secret Doctrine : The Synthesis of Science, Religion, and Philosophy (Volumes 1 and 2)



The Secret Doctrine : The Synthesis of Science, Religion, and Philosophy (Volumes 1 and 2)
Helena Petrovna Blavatsky | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | Theosophical Univ Pr | 1571 | Philosophy
Continuously in print for over 100 years, the SD remains today the most comprehensive sourcebook of the esoteric tradition, outlining the fundamental tenets of the Secret Doctrine of the Archaic Ages. Challenging, prophetic, and strikingly modern, it directly addresses the perennial questions: continuity of life after death, purpose of existence, good and evil, consciousness and substance, sexuality, karma, evolution, and human and planetary transformation. Based on the ancient Stanzas of Dzyan with corroborating testimony from over 1,200 sources, these volumes unfold the drama of cosmic and human evolution -- from the reawakening of the gods after a Night of the Universe to the ultimate reunion of cosmos with its divine source. Supplementary sections discuss relevant scientific issues as well as the mystery language of myths, symbols, and allegories, helping the reader decipher the often abstruse imagery of the world's sacred literature.
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Ordered the Hardcover version here on the page and soft cover showed up. The contents are 5 stars.
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I really don't know why so many reviewers find this book 'difficult.' I suspect they probably find the King James Bible 'difficult' for similar reasons, the most obvious of which is that standards of education and more especially, literacy, have declined considerably since H.P. Blavatsky wrote her master-work. Another possible reason is that the 'secrets' Blavatsky revealed, just like the allegories of the New Testament, cannot be understood by the unaided intellect. If they could, we would all be filled with Wisdom and have no need to continually reincarnate on this sorely-troubled earth to learn the Eternal Verities.



It seems to me that to expect to grasp the great truths which have puzzled the greatest minds since time immemorial in a few short weeks or months, or by skimming the surface of books like the Secret Doctrine, is akin to attempting to scale Mount Everest when one has difficulty climbing the stairs to bed!



If one has absolutely no knowledge of the Ancient Mysteries, or worse, believes that real scholarship and science began with the Ancient Greeks and that the Ancients knew nothing that we do not know infinitely better, this book will make about as much sense as Shakespeare would to a troop of monkeys. Equally, if one has been spoon-fed upon the sound-bite 'mysticism' and 'new age' claptrap that passes for 'occultism' nowadays, it is not very surprising that the Secret Doctrine should seem a 'difficult', if not an entirely CLOSED book to the majority of its readers.



The fact is that it was NEVER intended for the majority, or even for the majority of 'occultists' and 'mystics'. The latter being those who wish to have their own fancies and fantasies confirmed, rather than learn the truths Blavatsky reveals in this book. Unfortunately, as I suggested above, the intellect alone cannot apprehend these truths without the aid of intuition; a fact insisted upon by every true Teacher from Buddha to Jesus, and before.



Now whether you choose to call intuition 'spiritual vision', 'inspiration' 'the eye of the soul', or anything else under the Sun, the fact remains that every great philosopher and spiritual teacher has said that unless we can learn to transcend our purely physical, earthly 'thinking', we shall never have any apprehension of the truth of anything, much less the nature of Man, or God, or the Universe. In the degree that we DO use these higher senses we will find the 'difficulties' of this book are largely of our own making and melt away like snow under the warming rays of the Sun of Wisdom.



Far be it from this writer to tell anyone what they should or should not read. But it will be clear to anyone with the slightest SINCERE interest in Truth and Wisdom that the Secret Doctrine was written for the few and not the many. If you are among the former you will not need me to tell you that this remarkable book bears the stamp of Holy Truth on every one of it's inspired pages. If you are NOT, you will dismiss it as bunkum and consign it to the rubbish heap of mystical literature which fills the bookshelves of stores around the world to overflowing.



As Blavatsky herself says in her preface: "The aim of this work...is...to rescue from degradation the archaic truths which are the basis of all religions; and to uncover, to some extent, the fundamental unity from which they all spring; finally, to show that the occult side of Nature has never been approached by the Science of modern civilisation."

As other reviewers, more capable and diligent than the writer, have covered the subjects Blavatsky discusses in some depth, I will not recapitulate their good efforts, except to say that after a lifetime of study and the acquisition of many hundreds of the best works on philosophy, science, mysticism and occultism, I know of no other book in existence that answers so clearly and completely the question of who Man is, whence he comes, whither he is going and what the purpose of Life is. Needless to add, the answer is not '42'; much as I both enjoy and admire the fiction of Douglas Adams!



For those who CAN see the Light that shines from the golden leaves of the Secret Doctrine this book will be a revelation that will open the door to a hitherto undreamed of world of truth, beauty and wonder; constituting an edifice of unbelievable grandeur and sublimity. Such will join the ranks of appreciative readers like Albert Einstein, who always kept a copy of the Secret Doctrine by his bedside. For those who find the book too 'difficult', or worse, will insist upon associating it with conspiracy theories of all kinds, there are plenty of 'colourful' books which may be more to their taste for the weird and fantastic!!!



In passing, I would just like to point out that there are several editions of the Secret Doctrine in print as well as abridgements of it. I'm sure I don't need to add that where different editions of an author's work exist it is generally best to obtain the one that THEY themselves wrote and approved. In this case that is the edition published by the Theosophical University Press of Pasadena, USA. This is a photographic facsimile of the first two-volume edition of 1888 bound into one volume and verbatim with it. A three-volume edition (considerably 'edited' by Annie Besant and other leading 'lights' of the Theosophical Society, was published after Blavatsky's death. This is to be avoided, as are the many abridgements and 'improvements' which have appeared in recent years.



Let me end this rather inadequate review with a quotation from the book itself:

"I have here made only a nosegay of culled flowers, and have brought nothing of my own but the string that ties them" (Secret Doctrine, I, xivi). In thus quoting the French essayist, Michel de Montaigne, Blavatsky not only displays the humility which is ever the hallmark of the true Sage (in stark contrast to her many detractors and calumniators, both past and present!), but also demonstrates that the 'flowers' in question are not new. On the contrary, they are the scattered efflorescence of the ANCIENT Wisdom which she gathered together for the very first time in ages for the benefit of the few who are able to appreciate it. May YOU who reads this be such an one and discover the treasures hidden within the pages of this most remarkable of books.
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For anyone pondering or searching, the books of Madame Blavatsky are a must. Do not take the opinion or word of one suggesting that this woman has nothing to offer an open, inquiring mind. Research her writings yourself. A wealth of information on a myriad of topics. The breath and depth of knowledge she was able to put forward through her writings was/is quite staggering! A must-have for any researcher of history or someone just looking for a better explanation of our past then the one we've been given.
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According to the dust jacket this book is "universally regarded as the greatest sourcebook in the field of metaphysics". Well, I regard it as a piece of junk.



Here's what "HPB" says about the origin of earth. "The human being came out of the moon" (I, 227-8); the moon has given to the Earth all but her corpse (I, 155) and is "constantly vampirised by her child" (I, 156), "the Earth owes its being to the Moon" (II, 64). So, the moon is the mother of the earth. But the moon is also "the Queen and the King" (I, 386) and also "is aptly referred to in Occultism as the 'insane mother'" (I, 149). She doesn't say where in occultism the moon is referred to as an insane mother, no does she say why this is apt.



HPB also discusses the history of the human race. She gives the figure of 1,664,500,987 years. That's quite a long time. However, she also gives the figure of the "human period" (II, 69) as being 18,618,728 years. However, this excludes the time before the deluge of Atlantis. Later on (II, 314) she states that the last Atlanteans perished 850,000 years ago, but that it was "several million years ago" that the main continent of Atlantis perished. Apparently the "elect" from the lost continent of Lemuria were to be found on Atlantis, before they made their way to Shamballah in the Gobi desert. When Lemuria was destroyed, Atlantis appeared (II, 402). She doesn't say how Atlantis came to just suddenly appear.



So, how do places like Atlantis and Lemuria just come and go? Well it's a cleansing process apparently, with the "survival of the fittest [in italics] nations secured through timely help" (II, 330). She doesn't say what form the timely help comes in. Anyway, "unfit nations" are swept off the earth. "Sub-races are subject to the same cleansing process".



She also discusses the nature of evil. "Evil is a necessity, and one of the supporters of the manifested universe" (II, 389). She regards Satan as being "much-slandered" (I, 413) and states that Satan is "allegorized as Good, and Sacrifice, a God of Wisdom" (II, 237). Satan is, she says, "the grandiose image of one who made of terrestrial a divine man" (I, 198).



There are plenty of drawings of swastikas in this book. The swastika is "the most philosophically scientific of all symbols" (II, 98) and "the symbol of male and female principle in Nature and much more" (II, 29). She doesn't say what the "much more" is. She also states that "every Occultist is a Nastika" (I, 279), but doesn't state what she means by "Nastika".



She doesn't think much of Christianity, stating that "Christian theology is the servile copyist of the Hebrew bible" (I, 382). For application of black magic she states that mandrake roots are "especially effective" (II, 27).



There is much discussion of root races and initiates. She declares that humans are "the most ancient of all the now living mammalia" and that humanity was "already as fully developed as it is now when all the other mammalia now known had not made even their first approach to appearance on this Earth" (II, 56). She continues, "Such is the opinion of Quatrefages, who thereby gives a terrible blow to Darwinism"



She seems to be a fan of Buddhism, "Gautama Buddha" is "Wisdom incarnate" (I, 162). She also seems to be a fan of Brahmanism, declaring that "we know that by 'Eternity' the seventh part of 311,040,000,000,000 years, or an age of Brahma is meant." (I, 206). Well, that's news to me. I thought eternity meant forever. It felt like eternity reading this tortuous book.




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before tackling this monumental work i read sylvia cranston's biography of helena blavatsky, and i'm glad i did. blavatsky may be the only avenue into the rich world of esoteric hindu philosophy, especially for the "sanscrit challenged." and blavatsky never (it appears) claimed authorship herself, instead insisting that a "great master" permitted her to "see" and then put on paper these eternal concepts which the west normally ignores. the debt that we who seek owe to helena petrovna blavatsky is incalculable....and to her "great master!"

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The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetiite (Thorndike Large Print Health, Home and Learning)



The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetiite (Thorndike Large Print Health, Home and Learning)
David A. Kessler | 2009-10-16 00:00:00 | Thorndike Press | 607 | Diets

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Sexual Health: Questions You Have ... Answers You Need (Questions You Have...Answers You Need Series)



Sexual Health: Questions You Have ... Answers You Need (Questions You Have...Answers You Need Series)
Michael V. Reitano,Charles Ebel | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | People's Medical Society | 192 | Healthy Living

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Data Protection for Virtual Data Centers



Data Protection for Virtual Data Centers
Jason Buffington | 2010-01-01 00:00:00 | Sybex | 528 | Security
Essential information on how to protect data in virtual environments!

Virtualization is changing the data center architecture and as a result, data protection is is quickly evolving as well. This unique book, written by an industry expert with over eighteen years of data storage/backup experience, shows you how to approach, protect, and manage data in a virtualized environment. You'll get up to speed on data protection problems, explore the data protection technologies available today, see how to adapt to virtualization, and more. The book uses a "good, better, best" approach, exploring best practices for backup, high availability, disaster recovery, business continuity, and more.

* Covers best practices and essential information on protecting data in virtualized enterprise environments
* Shows you how to approach, protect, and manage data while also meeting such challenges as return on investment, existing service level agreements (SLAs), and more
* Helps system and design architects understand data protection issues and technologies in advance, so they can design systems to meet the challenges
* Explains how to make absolutely critical services such as file services and e-mail more available without sacrificing protection
* Offers best practices and solutions for backup, availability, disaster recovery, and others

This is a must-have guide for any Windows server and application administrator who is charged with data recovery and maintaining higher uptimes.
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Predictable Magic: Unleash the Power of Design Strategy to Transform Your Business



Predictable Magic: Unleash the Power of Design Strategy to Transform Your Business
Deepa Prahalad | 2010-01-01 00:00:00 | Wharton School Publishing | 208 | Finances and Money
Companies invest fortunes on innovation and product strategy. But, by some estimates, 80% of new products fail or dramatically underperform every year, though a few rare products succeed brilliantly. Why is this the case? Their creators have seamlessly integrated corporate strategy with design. They don’t deliver utilitarian objects: they craft rewarding, empowering experiences. To outsiders, this looks like magic: incomprehensible, and impossible to reproduce. But it isn’t. Predictable Magic presents a complete design process for making the “magic” happen -- over and over again. Veteran industrial designer Ravi Sawhney and business strategist Deepa Prahalad introduce Psycho-Aesthetics, a breakthrough approach for systematically creating deep emotional connections between consumers and brands. Step by step, the authors cover everything from research to strategy, implementation to consumer experience. They also demonstrate Psycho-Aesthetics at work – in case studies from some of the world’s top companies, including Sprint, Medtronic, Amana, and Hyundai. You’ll see how these great companies have used Psycho-Aesthetics to go beyond the utilitarian (or even the merely “beautiful”), to build products that powerfully connect with people… touch them… move them... time and again.
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Last Night at Chateau Marmont: A Novel



Last Night at Chateau Marmont: A Novel
Lauren Weisberger | 2010-01-01 00:00:00 | Atria | 384 | Fiction Other
I read this in one sitting... it was smart, funny, and entertaining and I found myself rooting for Julian and Brooke the whole time! I'm recommending it to all my girlfriends.
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Galaxies in the Local Volume (Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings)



Galaxies in the Local Volume (Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings)
B.S. Koribalski | 2008-10-16 00:00:00 | Springer | 360 | Astronomy

The `Local Volume' (ie, the sphere of radius 10 Mpc centered on the Local Group) is known to contain at least 500 known galaxies, many of which congregate in well-known groups like the Local Group, the relatively loose Sculptor Group, and the more compact Centaurus A group. Accurate distances are now available for the majority of these nearby galaxies, allowing us to visualise the Local Volume in 3D, study the local Hubble flow and its dispersion, the (baryonic) Tully-Fisher relation, the local star formation density, etc. Individual galaxies in the Local Volume can be studied in amazing detail across a large range of wavelengths (some stunning examples are compiled in the Multiwavelength Astronomy pages).

The first catalog of galaxies within 10 Mpc was compiled by Kraan-Korteweg & Tammann (1979); it contained 179 galaxies. Following numerous updates, the latest `Catalog of Neighboring Galaxies' was presented by Karachentsev et al. (2004); it contains 451 galaxies. They find that about 85% of the LV population are dwarf galaxies which contribute approx. 4% to the local optical luminosity density and roughly 10-15% to the local HI mass density. For the majority of galaxies within 8 Mpc we currently have quite reliable, independent distance estimates either from the luminosity of Cepheids, the tip of the red giant branch (TRGB), or surface brightness fluctuations (SBF).

Several large surveys of nearby galaxies have recently been carried out or are in progress. E.g., `The Westerbork observations of neutral Hydrogen in Irregular and SPiral galaxies' (WHISP, Swaters et al. 2002), which is based on the Uppsala General Catalogue of Galaxies (UGC; Nielson 1973), provides HI distributions and velocity fields of about 200 gas-rich galaxies with declinations larger than +20 degrees and velocities less than 2000 km/s. This is complemented by `The Ha Galaxy Survey' (HaGS; James et al. 2004), also based on the UGC, which provides star formation parameters for a large number of mostly northern galaxies. `The HI Nearby Galaxy Survey' (THINGS; Walter, Brinks, de Blok et al. 2004), which provides high-resolution HI imaging of initially 36 galaxies with declinations larger than -30 degrees, has just been completed at the Very Large Array (VLA). The THINGS sample is targeting galaxies from `The Spitzer Nearby Galaxies Survey' (SINGS, Kennicutt et al. 2003), a comprehensive infrared imaging and spectroscopic survey of 75 nearby galaxies with distances less than 30 Mpc, as well as key objects from the Spitzer GTO list. SINGS is supplemented by high-resolution studies at many other wavelengths covering the entire spectrum from X-ray to radio. Another multi-wavelength study is `The Survey for Ionization in Neutral Gas Galaxies' (SINGG, Meurer et al. 2006, Hanish et al. 2006), the largest star formation survey of an HI-selected sample (based on `The HI Parkes All-Sky Survey' , HIPASS) and its sister surveys SUNGG and SONGG, based on GALEX ultraviolet and Spitzer infrared observations, respectively. Surveys of nearby galaxies currently underway in Australia include `The Galactic All Sky Survey' (GASS), obtained with the Parkes 64-m telescope, `The Local Volume HI Survey' (LVHIS), obtained with the Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA), and the `Local Sphere of Influence H-band survey' (LSI), obtained with the Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT).

Given the many recent advances in our understanding of the star formation and ISM composition of nearby galaxies and more generally in the field of `Near-Field Cosmology', which are mostly based on the large amounts and superb quality of new ground- and space-based multi-wavelength data, it is timely to hold a conference on the subject and review the Local Volume by combining observations, simulations and theoretical developments. We hope to provide a vibrant forum for presentations

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