A World of Curiosities: Surprising, Interesting, and Downright Unbelievable Facts from Every Nation on t he Planet (Who or Why or Which or What?)

By John Oldale

From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe: every thing you by no means knew you by no means knew approximately each nation on Earth.A scientist via education and an explorer through ardour, Dr. John Oldale has logged part one million miles vacationing greater than 90 international locations. Now, he celebrates our bizarre global in a cornucopia of attention-grabbing proof introduced vividly to lifestyles throughout the unforeseen tales at the back of them. pertaining to heritage, go back and forth, politics, usual background and extra, he paints a distinct portrait of every kingdom from the mightiest to the main miniscule. you will not locate the next on your ordinary trip guide:

·        Why is kissing on trains banned in France?

·        In what nation are litigants anticipated to provide their case at court docket within the type of a poem?

·        Which battle did ladies win in 1929 simply by sitting down?

·        If Panama hats aren’t from Panama, the place are they from?

·        Who devour clean camel dung as a remedy for dysentery (and why does it work)?

·        Why have been US disk jockeys as soon as instructed they can play birthday requests on any day other than the single requested?

·        Which sleek dictator banned previous age, libraries and gold enamel, and was once later changed by means of his dentist?

·         And 2,000 extra humorous, trivial, poignant, and telling evidence

  A needs to for energetic and armchair globe-trotters alike, A global of Curiosities will engross a person who's in any respect interested by the realm past their door. discover and enjoy.

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More Essential than Ever: The Fourth Amendment in the Twenty First Century (Inalienable Rights)

By Stephen J. Schulhofer

While the states ratified the invoice of Rights within the eighteenth century, the Fourth modification appeared undemanding. It calls for that govt appreciate the suitable of electorate to be "secure of their individuals, homes, papers, and results, opposed to unreasonable searches and seizures." in fact, "papers and results" are actually electronic and therefore extra liable to executive spying. however the largest probability could be our personal weakening unravel to maintain our privateness.

In this powerful new quantity in Oxford's Inalienable Rights sequence, felony specialist Stephen J. Schulhofer argues that the Fourth modification continues to be, because the name says, extra crucial than ever. From data-mining to airport physique scans, drug trying out and competitive police patrolling at the streets, privateness is less than attack as by no means before--and we are easily being used to it. however the development is threatening the pillars of democracy itself, Schulhofer continues. "Government surveillance would possibly not fear the typical citizen who reads best-selling books, practices a extensively permitted faith, and adheres to middle-of-the-road political views," he writes. yet surveillance weighs on minorities, dissenters, and unorthodox thinkers, "chilling their freedom to learn what they decide upon, to claim what they believe, and to go along with others who're like-minded." we all are affected, he provides. "When unrestricted seek and surveillance powers sit back speech and faith, inhibit gossip and hose down creativity, they undermine politics and impoverish social lifestyles for everyone." Schulhofer deals a wealthy account of the heritage and nuances of Fourth modification protections, as he examines such matters as road stops, racial profiling, digital surveillance, info aggregation, and the calls for of nationwide protection. The Fourth modification, he reminds us, explicitly authorizes invasions of privacy--but it calls for justification and responsibility, specifications that reconcile public defense with liberty.

Combining a close wisdom of particular circumstances with a deep snatch of Constitutional legislations, More crucial than Ever deals a worldly and considerate point of view in this very important debate.

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The Quest for a Fusion Energy Reactor: An Insider's Account of the INTOR Workshop

By Weston M. Stacey

On the Geneva Superpower Summit in November 1985, Secretary of the previous Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev and US President Ronald Regan agreed to pursue a world attempt to boost fusion power for peaceable reasons. At a time while stress among those chilly struggle countries was once very excessive, how have been those leaders capable of come jointly to paintings in the direction of making nuclear fusion a possible strength source?

The Quest for a Fusion strength Reactor is the tale of the INTOR Workshop (INternational TOkamak Reactor) which introduced jointly scientists and engineers from Europe, Japan, the us, and the (then) USSR from 1978 to 1988 to proportion their person examine and paintings cooperatively at the layout and improvement percentages for harnessing nuclear power. Drawing on his insights whereas serving as vice president of the INTOR Workshop, Weston Stacey deals an insider's account of either the individuals' technical paintings and their attention-grabbing political interactions below the blanket of the chilly struggle. An obtainable presentation in their study at the viability of designing, developing, and working a Tokamak experimental strength reactor is mixed with own anecdotes of the stumbling blocks Workshop leaders and contributors confronted as they strove to make development at the international way forward for nuclear fusion expertise whereas balancing their very own international locations' priorities. The Workshop ended in the overseas Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), building of which started in 2009 with the aim of demonstrating the medical and technical feasibility of fusion power.

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God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy

By Mike Huckabee

The New York Times, USA Today, Wall road Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestseller from a presidential candidate for the 2016 election!

In God, weapons, Grits and Gravy, Mike Huckabee asks, "Have I been taken to another planet than the only on which I grew up?" The New York Times bestselling writer explores modern day fractious American tradition, the place divisions of sophistication, race, politics, faith, gender, age, and different fault traces make well mannered dialog dicey, if now not downright harmful. As Huckabee notes, the diversities of opinion among the "Bubble-villes" of the large energy facilities and the "Bubba-villes" the place most folk stay are profound, provocative, and infrequently beautiful humorous. the place else yet in Washington, D.C. may well presidential golfing outings rate the yank taxpayers $2.9 million in shuttle costs?

Government bailouts, flesh presser pig-outs, and pop culture provocations from Jay-Z and Beyoncé to Honey Boo-Boo to the Duck Dynasty's Robertson kin. Gun rights, homosexual marriage, the decline of patriotism, and the mainstream media's contempt in the event you cherish a faith-based lifestyles. the difficulty with Democrats, the even larger hassle with Republicans, our nationwide defense complicated, and the way our structure is eroding below our noses. tales of daily americans surviving difficult occasions, reflections on our lifestyle because it as soon as was once, because it is, and because it may well become...these matters and plenty of extra are lined with Mike Huckabee's signature wit, perception, and honesty.

At occasions lighthearted, at others bracingly lifelike, Huckabee's model of confident patriotism highlights American beliefs, supplying a shiny outlook for destiny generations.

With a wry eye for the ridiculous and a clear-eyed examine the main arguable problems with our time, God, weapons, Grits and Gravy is Mike Huckabee at his very best.

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I Loved Her in the Movies: Memories of Hollywood's Legendary Actresses

Film and tv actor and New York Times bestselling writer Robert Wagner’s memoir of the good ladies motion picture stars he has known.
In a profession that has spanned greater than sixty years Robert Wagner has witnessed the twilight of the Golden Age of Hollywood and the increase of tv, changing into a liked superstar in either media. in the course of that point he grew to become familiar, either professionally and socially, with the striking ladies who have been the best display personalities in their day. I enjoyed Her within the Movies is his intimate and revealing account of the aura of those ladies on movie, why they grew to become stars, and the way their particular emotional and dramatic chemistries affected the alternatives they made as actresses in addition to the alternatives they made as girls.
between Wagner’s topics are Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Marilyn Monroe, Gloria Swanson, Norma Shearer, Loretta younger, Joan Blondell, Irene Dunne, Rosalind Russell, Dorothy Lamour, Debra Paget, Jean Peters, Linda Darnell, Betty Hutton, Raquel Welch, Glenn shut, and the 2 actresses whom he eventually married, Natalie wooden and Jill St. John. as well as supplying perceptive statement on those girls, Wagner additionally examines themes corresponding to the unusual alchemy of the camera—how it will possibly remodel the horny into the lovely, and vice versa—and how the advent of colour introduced a brand new erotic cost to video clips, one who enabled those actresses to develop into aggressively sexual beings in a fashion that that black and white movies had in simple terms hinted at.
Like Wagner’s earlier bestsellers, I enjoyed Her within the Movies might be a privileged glance behind the curtain at one of the most famous girls in express company in addition to an insightful examine the sexual and romantic appeal that created their magic.

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Sister Species: Women, Animals and Social Justice

Sister Species: girls, Animals, and Social Justice
U. of Illinois Press, 2011

Sister Species
addresses interconnections among speciesism, sexism, racism, and homophobia, clarifying why social justice activists within the twenty-first century needs to establish and problem those a number of intersecting types of oppression simultaneously.  Through brave, gripping own narratives from ladies who've in my opinion explored hyperlinks of oppression among people and nonhuman animals, Sister Species examines exploitative agencies similar to cockfighting, manufacturing facility farming, vivisection, and the bushmeat exchange. Sister Species demonstrates with painful readability why each activist has to be on board with different social justice concerns.

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La última princesa del Pacífico

By Virginia Yagüe

L. a. última princesa del Pacífico narra el camino hacia los angeles madurez de Carlota Díaz de los angeles Fuente, de origen español aunque crecida en l. a. colonia más lejana y olvidada por todos: Filipinas. El destino quiere que Carlota cumpla su mayoría de edad y formalice su matrimonio en 1896, cuando las alarmas de una posible revolución comienzan a despuntar y el movimiento de insurgencia pugna por l. a. independencia de l. a. metrópoli española.
Durante los dos años siguientes, Carlota vivirá un proceso de revelación que l. a. llevará a ser consciente de los angeles realidad política y social que le rodea, los cambios de un siglo agonizante y su propia insatisfacción como mujer. Un recorrido que culminará con el encuentro de un amor inesperado y una pérdida tan dolorosa como definitiva que tendrá como colofón el dramático asedio que vivirá Manila y que concluirá con los angeles pérdida definitiva de los angeles colonia, que será entregada a Estados Unidos. Evocadora, de prosa sugerente y repleta de emociones llevadas al límite, l. a. última princesa del Pacífico está llamada a ser el nuevo éxito de l. a. narrativa colonial española.

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Seven Databases in Seven Weeks: A Guide to Modern Databases and the NoSQL Movement

By Eric Redmond, Jim R. Wilson

Data is getting larger and extra advanced via the day, and so are the alternatives in dealing with that info. As a latest software developer you must comprehend the rising box of information administration, either RDBMS and NoSQL. Seven Databases in Seven Weeks takes you on a journey of a few of the most popular open resource databases this day. within the culture of Bruce A. Tate's Seven Languages in Seven Weeks, this e-book is going past your uncomplicated educational to discover the basic innovations on the center every one technology.

Redis, Neo4J, CouchDB, MongoDB, HBase, Riak and Postgres. With each one database, you'll take on a real-world facts challenge that highlights the recommendations and contours that make it shine. You'll discover the 5 info types hired via those databases-relational, key/value, columnar, rfile and graph-and which different types of difficulties are most fitted to each.

You'll find out how MongoDB and CouchDB are strikingly varied, and realize the Dynamo history on the middle of Riak. Make your functions speedier with Redis and extra hooked up with Neo4J. Use MapReduce to resolve great info difficulties. construct clusters of servers utilizing scalable companies like Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).

detect the CAP theorem and its implications on your disbursed info. comprehend the tradeoffs among consistency and availability, and if you happen to can use them for your virtue. Use a number of databases in live performance to create a platform that's greater than the sum of its components, or locate one who meets your entire wishes at once.

Seven Databases in Seven Weeks will take you on a deep dive into all the databases, their strengths and weaknesses, and the way to settle on those that suit your needs.

What You Need:

To get the main of of this ebook you'll need to keep on with alongside, and that implies you'll want a *nix shell (Mac OSX or Linux most well-liked, home windows clients will want Cygwin), and Java 6 (or higher) and Ruby 1.8.7 (or greater). every one bankruptcy will record the downloads required for that database.

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By David Foster Wallace

Våren 2012 återlanserade Natur & Kultur David Foster Wallaces författarskap för en svensk publik, med debutromanen Systemets sopkvast från 1987 och den postumt utgivna Blek kung. I samband med utgivningen arrangerades ett stort seminarium på Internationell författarscen i Stockholm, där de medverkande - Jan Gradvall, Eva Johansson, Jens Liljestrand, Martina Lowden, Malte Persson och översättaren Alva Dahl - fick i uppdrag att välja var sin textual content de tyckte var särskilt viktig att översätta.
Dessa texter utgör grunden för det urval av DFW:s noveller och essäer som nu utkommer i samlingen Texter. Texterna representerar olika skeden och strömningar i författarskapet. Där finns snillet, ensamheten, lekfullheten, självreflektionen, humorn, specialiseringen, metafysiken och inveckladheten. Där finns de välansade gräsmattorna, de pinsamma ovanorna och de högröda mansansiktena. Den detaljhysteriskt genomborrande sakprosan och den ohyggligt uppfinningsrika fiktionsprosan. Liksom urvalet grodde ur ett samtal talar texterna med varandra, med oss, ambivalent och glasklart.

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The Culture of Make Believe

By Derrick Jensen

Derrick Jensen takes no prisoners in The tradition of Make Believe, his tremendous and eagerly awaited follow-up to his strong and lyrical A Language Older Than Words. What starts as an exploration of the strains of inspiration and event that run among the large lynchings in early twentieth-century the United States to modern day dying squads in South the US quickly explodes into an exam of the very center of our civilization. The tradition of Make Believe is a ebook that's as impeccably researched because it is relocating, with conclusions as far-reaching as they're shocking.

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