Let´s Chat About Democracy:exploring forms of government in a treehouse Michelle A Balconi, Arthur B Laffer
Until the watershed leak of top-secret documents by Edward Snowden to The Guardian (UK) and The Washington Post, most Americans did not realize the extent to which our government is actively acquiring personal information from telecommunications companies and other corporations. As made startlingly clear, the National Security Agency (NSA) has collected information on every phone call Americans have made over the past seven years. In that same time, the NSA and the FBI have gained the ability to access emails, photos, audio and video chats, and additional content from Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Microsoft, YouTube, Skype, Apple, and others, allegedly in order to track foreign targets. In Spying on Democracy, National Lawyers Guild executive director Heidi Boghosian documents the disturbing increase in surveillance of ordinary citizens and the danger it poses to our privacy, our civil liberties, and the future of democracy itself. Boghosian reveals how technology is being used to categorize and monitor people based on their associations, their movements, their purchases, and their perceived political beliefs. She shows how corporations and government intelligence agencies mine data from sources as diverse as surveillance cameras, unmanned drones, iris scans, and medical records while combing websites, email, phone records, and social media for resale to third parties, including US intelligence agencies. The ACLU´s Michael German says of the examples shown in Boghosian´s book, ´´This unrestrained spying is inevitably used to suppress the most essential tools of democracy: the press, political activists, civil rights advocates, and conscientious insiders who blow the whistle on corporate malfeasance and government abuse.´´ Boghosian adds, ´´If the trend is permitted to continue, we will soon live in a society where nothing is confidential, no information is really secure, and our civil liberties are under constant surveillance and co 1. Language: English. Narrator: Fred Sanders. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/026743/bk_adbl_026743_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This chapter-level book can help make you wealthy and happy or, depending on your situation, wealthier and happier - but only if you approach it with an open mind. Start with this thought: Your success in your professional, financial, and personal lives depends to a great extent on your ability to articulate. I first learned the truth and power behind that statement when I lived in a grimy coal-mining and steel-making town in Pennsylvania, where it was clear that articulate professionals were more successful than the less articulate miners and mill workers. My education continued years later at the top levels of government, business, and academe, where I observed power brokers and decision makers use their considerable skills with language to think clearly, arrive at logical decisions, and convey those decisions clearly to others. And over the years, I saw that my happiest friends and associates were able to communicate clearly with spouses and others with whom they enjoy close relationships. In short, my intuition told me that language is the root cause of a more fulfilled life. Then along came Pete and this book. He explained the premise in his own articulate way, converting my intuition to reality such that I agreed to be profiled in a chapter, and I´m now foreword. Throughout recorded history, many thinkers have noted the importance of being articulate and the power of words; you´ll find a few of their comments in the book. Pete, however, goes a giant step further by connecting articulation to wealth and happiness and to the clear thinking and better decisions that thwart mediocrity. He quite correctly points out that we think in words, and we need more words to think with as the issues we need to resolve become more complex, as they do as we rise in any organization and as our close relationships mature. Pete has successfully and clearly connected wealth, happiness, and words with compelling evidence. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gregory Allen Siders. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/047073/bk_acx0_047073_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Named by Inc. magazine as one of the Ten Best Business Books of 2018Every startup wants to change the world. But the ones who truly make an impact know something the others don´t: how to make government and regulation work for them. As startups use technology to shape the way we live, work, and learn, they´re taking on challenges in sectors like healthcare, infrastructure, and education, where failure is far more consequential than a humorous chat with Siri or the wrong package on your doorstep. These startups inevitably have to face governments responsible for protecting citizens through regulation. Love it or hate it, we´re entering the next era of the digital revolution: the Regulatory Era. The big winners in this era - in terms of both impact and financial return - will need skills they won´t teach you in business school or most startup incubators: how to scale a business in an industry deeply intertwined with government. Here, for the first time, is the playbook on how to win the regulatory era. ´´Regulatory hacking´´ doesn´t mean ´´cutting through red tape´´; it´s really about finding a creative, strategic approach to navigating complex markets. Evan Burfield is the cofounder of 1776, a Washington, DC-based venture capital firm and incubator specializing in regulated industries. Burfield has coached startups on how to understand, adapt to, and influence government regulation. Now, in Regulatory Hacking, he draws on that expertise and real startup success stories to show you how to do the same. For instance, you´ll learn how... AirBnB rallied a grassroots movement to vote No on San Francisco´s Prop F, which would have restricted its business in the city. HopSkipDrive overcame safety concerns about its kids´ ridesharing service by working with state government to build trust into its platform.23andMe survived the FDA´s order to stop selling 1. Language: English. Narrator: Evan Burfield. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/003982/bk_peng_003982_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Clones Rachel and Theo now live thousands of miles apart. They keep in touch, but things just aren’t the same. When Rachel discovers that evil scientist Elijah is still working for a secret section of the government and is about to murder Daniel, she sets out to rescue the little boy - but her plans backfire with disastrous consequences. Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, Theo becomes suspicious when Rachel misses their weekly internet chat. He discovers a report online saying she’s killed her and travels to Scotland to find her...A tense thriller for older children, Blood Ransom is the second book featuring Rachel and Theo. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Meadows, Rebekah Germain. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/004323/bk_bbcw_004323_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Two political titans forge a modern city and a vibrant public sector in this history of strong leadership at a time of national crisis. City of Ambition is a brilliant history of the New Deal and its role in the making of modern New York City. The story of a remarkable collaboration between Franklin Roosevelt and Fiorello La Guardia, this is a case study in creative political leadership in the midst of a devastating depression. Roosevelt and La Guardia were an odd couple: patrician president and immigrant mayor, fireside chat and tabloid cartoon, pragmatic Democrat and reform Republican. But together, as leaders of America´s two largest governments in the depths of the Great Depression, they fashioned a route to recovery for the nation and the master plan for a great city. Roosevelt and his ´´Brain Trust´´ - shrewd, energetic advisors such as Harold Ickes and Harry Hopkins - sought to fight the Depression by channeling federal resources through America´s cities and counties. La Guardia had replaced Tammany Hall cronies with policy experts, such as the imperious Robert Moses, who were committed to a strong public sector. The two leaders worked closely together. La Guardia had a direct line of communication with FDR and his staff, often visiting Washington carrying piles of blueprints. Roosevelt relied on the mayor as his link to the nation´s cities and their needs. The combination was potent. La Guardia´s Gotham became a laboratory for New Deal reform. Roosevelt´s New Deal transformed city initiatives into major programs such as the Works Progress Administration, which changed the physical face of the United States. Together they built parks, bridges, and schools; put the unemployed to work; and strengthened the Progressive vision of government as serving the public purpose. Today everyone knows the FDR Drive as a main route to La Guardia Airport. The intersection of steel and concrete speaks to a pair of dynamic leaders whose collaboration lifted a city a 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ira Rosenberg. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/013559/bk_adbl_013559_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When, if ever, does a thought cross the line and become a crime? Raw Deal is the untold story of former New York City police officer Gil Valle, who in 2012 became known throughout the world as ´´The Cannibal Cop.´´ It is the controversial saga of a man who was imprisoned for ´´thought crimes´´, and a look into a world of dark sexuality and violence that most listeners don´t know exists, except maybe in their nightmares. After Valle´s arrest, media coverage exploded in a frenzy of lurid tabloid headlines and stories about the cop charged with planning to kidnap, torture, rape...and eat...women, including his own wife. But here´s the fascinating part: There was no such plan in reality. Valle was simply engaging in his own private fantasies, albeit fantasies that are abhorrent and grotesque, and for that he was thrown into prison. Valle faced life in prison for his charges, and served 21 months for nothing more than having online chats about his fantasies. He was finally exonerated of all charges. Raw Deal raises the question: When does thought become a crime? It will challenge the listener´s beliefs about free speech, the right to privacy, and government´s role in watching over us. Warning: This audiobook contains graphic fantasy material of a sexual and violent nature. It is intended for mature audiences. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gregg Rizzo. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/082414/bk_acx0_082414_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.