Let´s Chat About Democracy:exploring forms of government in a treehouse Michelle A Balconi, Arthur B Laffer
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.
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 con... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Fred Sanders. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/026743/bk_adbl_026743_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Every 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 its genetic testing kits by building trusted relationships with scientists who coul... 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.
Ember Manchester hoped that keeping her boss - and one time lover, Rylan - at arm´s length would make her life easier. But as the weeks go by, she finds out that´s simply not the case; Rylan´s asking her to help him work more cases, he´s always coming into her office to chat, and worse - he´s getting involved in her love life. Ember´s been avoiding men since her last night with Rylan, where she found out that he used to work for the hacker Seth Mathews, a man devoted to crippling the government. It´s not until she meets Stan that she changes her mind about seeing other men. Stan´s the opposite of Rylan: geeky, awkward with girls, and unsure of himself. And, he has no idea what her job is really like. In other words, he´s just what Ember needs to stay out of trouble. Her life is going great until she´s contacted by the United States military and tasked with a crucial job that she can´t refuse. She´s asked to keep an eye on Rylan, who may still be working with Seth Mathews. Ember feels guilty spying on Rylan, but she knows that she´s the only one capable of finding out what Rylan is really up to. When her contact in the military asks her to infiltrate Rylan´s apartment and find a stolen prototype, Ember´s life is turned upside down. She´s torn between a man she´s surprised to find she still has feelings for and doing what´s right. Meanwhile, Ember´s relationship with Stan is deepening, further complicating the matter. But as she´s about to find out, not everyone is what they seem, and her life may very well be in danger.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Shoshana Franck. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/079848/bk_acx0_079848_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When most think of Tolstoy, they think of the great author. War and Peace and Anna Karenina brought him worldwide fame, and a good deal of money. Had he done nothing else in life, these two novels would have ensured him status and respect. Few others had written both a national epic and a great love story; and some might have been content with that.For his last 30 years, however, Tolstoy walked a different track. After his spiritual crisis, when he was 50, he exchanged his author’s clothes for those of a prophet – a prophet who was to have a great influence on Gandhi, amongst others. Through his prolific writing, he now became the scourge of the rich, the Church, and the Government. Neither did he miss an opportunity to denounce both science and art. Darwin? Dostoyevsky? Shakespeare? No one was to be left standing.In Conversations with Leo Tolstoy, Simon Parke grants us the honour of sitting with the great man, towards the end of his life, and gives us the chance to chat with him. The conversation is imagined, but not Tolstoy’s answers. This is Tolstoy is his own words, drawn from his extensive books, essays, and letters, and the military, vegetarianism, marriage, non-violence, death, God, and sex are all on the agenda. ‘I want people to come away feeling they know Tolstoy,’ says Simon Parke, who was keen to use only Tolstoy’s authentic words. ‘They will be become aware of his opinions certainly, for he was forthright in those. He had an opinion on everything! But I hope also that people leave with a sense of the man beneath the opinions. I don’t always agree with him; but it is hard not to admire him. He was far from perfect, but as he says: just because he walks the road like a drunk, doesn’t mean it’s the wrong road.’ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andy Harrison, Simon Parke. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/wcrw/000014/bk_wcrw_000014_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jack Munroe grew up in the Asteroid Belt and learned to never take anything at face value. In space, you assume, you die. So when Aliens show up in the distant Kuiper Belt, out beyond Pluto, asking for a First Contact ´chat´ with his crewmates on the comet hunting spaceship Uhuru, he warns his captain not to trust words but to get the heck away. His evolutionary biology studies have taught him that bright skin colors, shark-like teeth and talons mean these Aliens are star-traveling predators! But that violates the ´feel good´ society promoted by Earth´s Unity government. A bloody fight ensues and Jack realizes these Aliens are keystone predators aiming to add Sol system to their home territory. Jack leads a battle to ensure Humans will never be slaves to Aliens. If someone has to die to make space safe for humanity, then those dying will be Aliens! This combat Sci-Fi tale tells the story of Jack Munroe, crewman on a comet hunter spaceship that makes First Contact with ´Keystone predator´ Aliens in the Kuiper Belt beyond Pluto. When his crewmates die in a trap set by the Rizen aliens, Jack and his buddy Max begin an anti-Alien crusade that defies the social orthodoxy of Earth´s Unity government and puts their lives at risk. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Somerset Hamilton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/070457/bk_acx0_070457_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.