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Collision Course: Endless Growth on a Finite Planet by Kerryn Higgs
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Overview: The notion of ever-expanding economic growth has been promoted so relentlessly that "growth" is now entrenched as the natural objective of collective human effort. The public has been convinced that growth is the natural solution to virtually all social problems — poverty, debt, unemployment, and even the environmental degradation caused by the determined pursuit of growth. Meanwhile, warnings by scientists that we live on a finite planet that cannot sustain infinite economic expansion are ignored or even scorned. In Collision Course, Kerryn Higgs examines how society’s commitment to growth has marginalized scientific findings on the limits of growth, casting them as bogus predictions of imminent doom.
Higgs tells how in 1972, The Limits to Growth — written by MIT researchers Donella Meadows, Dennis Meadows, Jorgen Randers, and William Behrens III — found that unimpeded economic growth was likely to collide with the realities of a finite planet within a century. Although the book’s arguments received positive responses initially, before long the dominant narrative of growth as panacea took over. Higgs explores the resistance to ideas about limits, tracing the propagandizing of "free enterprise," the elevation of growth as the central objective of policy makers, the celebration of "the magic of the market," and the ever-widening influence of corporate-funded think tanks–a parallel academic universe dedicated to the dissemination of neoliberal principles and to the denial of health and environmental dangers from the effects of tobacco to global warming. More than forty years after The Limits to Growth, the idea that growth is essential continues to hold sway, despite the mounting evidence of its costs — climate destabilization, pollution, intensification of gross global inequalities, and depletion of the resources on which the modern economic edifice depends.
Genre: Non Fiction, Civil & Environmental

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Download Beyond Nirvana by Srila Bhakti P. Gosvami Maharaja (.PDF)

Beyond Nirvana: The Philosophy of Mayavadism: A Life History by Srila Bhakti Prajnan Gosvami Maharaja
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Overview: Composed by Srila Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Goswami Mharaja Translated under the guidance of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Goswami Maharaja. This book especially investigates the philosophy of Sri Sankacarya, whose philosophical misinterpretations of the Vedas were so influential that he succeeded in driving Buddhism out of India. Furthermore, Beyond Nirv??a demonstrates that Sankacharyas teachings are, in the final analysis, ironically nothing but a recycled form of Buddhism-and in no way true to the original Vedic wisdom known as sanatna-dharma.
Genre: Non Fiction, Philosophy

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Download Chemical Warfare during Vietnam War by D Hank Ellison (.PDF)

Chemical Warfare during the Vietnam War: Riot Control Agents in Combat by D. Hank Ellison
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Overview: Chemical Warfare during the Vietnam War documents the use of antipersonnel chemical weapons throughout the Vietnam War, and explores their effectiveness under the wide variety of circumstances in which they were employed. The short, readable account follows the US program as it progressed from a focus on the humanitarian aspects of non-lethal weapons to their use as a means of augmenting and enhancing the lethality of traditional munitions. It also presents the efforts of the North Vietnamese to both counter US chemical operations and to develop a chemical capability of their own.
Chemical Warfare during the Vietnam War is a comprehensive and thoroughly fascinating examination of riot-control agents during the Vietnam War.
Genre: Non Fiction, History

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Download Nonsense from the Bible by Brian Baker (.ePUB)

Nonsense from the Bible by Brian Baker
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Overview: The author of this book, Brian Baker, was a ‘born again’ fundamentalist Christian for seventeen years. For ten of those years he was the founding pastor of one of Australia’s largest churches (1979-89). Following the failure of his marriage, he resigned from the ministry and then spent the following few years seriously examining his faith and the veracity of the Bible. Finally he came to the conclusion that his Christian beliefs were seriously flawed and that the Bible is entirely the result of human invention, imaginations and myths passed down from generation to generation. As the Bible is then based on ‘hearsay’ and written by at least 40 different authors over a period of up to 1,600 years, none of whom were eyewitnesses to the events they recorded, it cannot substantiate the claim that it was ‘inspired by God.’ The result of Brian’s search for evidence caused a personal transformation from believer to realist, rationalist, skeptic and atheist. He published his first book – From Faith to Reason – in 2009 which contains the reasons why he no longer believes in the existence of God, angels, demons, the devil, heaven, hell or an afterlife. In this book – Nonsense from the Bible – Brian uses the Bible texts to demonstrate their inaccuracies, inconsistencies, contradictions and fantasies. He deals with major issues which are widely believed and accepted as factual events such as the Creation story, the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus and the prophecies concerning Jesus. Chapters are also devoted to the question of the second coming of Jesus and Christian Family values. Brian also totally invalidates the so-called ‘power of prayer’ and the claims that God heals the sick. This would be a ‘hard read’ for many Christians who totally believe that the Bible is literally ‘The Word of God’ and accept it as absolute truth. Brian also believed that for all those years but over a period of time and investigation by seeking evidence other than the Bible he was able to accept that he had been deceived and deluded – or as he now says, ‘Once I was blind – but now I see!’ This is an ‘easy’ read for those who may question their own faith as it provides some convincing information concerning the validity of the Bible.
Genre: Non Fiction, Religion, Spirituality

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Download Fathering Through Sport and Leisure by Tess Kay (.PDF)

Fathering Through Sport and Leisure by Tess Kay
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Overview: Fathering is a highly contested concept in popular, media, academic and policy discourses, yet in the areas of family studies and men’s studies the leisure component of family life is under-played. This book provides a long overdue and thorough investigation of the relationship between fatherhood, sport, and leisure.

Fathering Through Sport and Leisure investigates what fathers actually do in the time they spend with their children. Leading researchers from the fields of sport, leisure and family studies examine the tensions men encounter as they endeavour to meet the new expectations of fatherhood, and the central role that sport and leisure play in overcoming this. Analyzed in relation to social trends and current policy debates, this unique collection examines fathering in a wide range of contexts including:

* parental expectation and youth sports

* fathers and daughters

* leisure time and couple time in dual earner families

* divorce, fatherhood and leisure.

The book shows how contemporary fathers use sport and leisure to engage with their sons and daughters, achieve emotional closeness and fulfil their own expectations of what it means to be a ‘good father’. Drawing on research carried out in the UK, Australia, Canada and the United States, this is a crucial text for anybody with an interest in leisure studies, family studies or fatherhood.
Genre: Non Fiction, Parenting

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Download Think Good – Feel Good by Paul Stallard (.PDF)

Think Good – Feel Good: A Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Workbook for Children by Paul Stallard
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Overview: Think Good, Feel Good is an exciting and pioneering new practical resource in print and on the internet for undertaking CBT with children and young people. The materials have been developed by the author and trialled extensively in clinical work with children and young people presenting with a range of psychological problems.

Paul Stallard introduces his resource by covering the basic theory and rationale behind CBT and how the workbook should be used. An attractive and lively workbook follows which covers the core elements used in CBT programmes but conveys these ideas to children and young people in an understandable way and uses real life examples familiar to them. The concepts introduced to the children can be applied to their own unique set of problems through the series of practical exercises and worksheets.

* 10 modules can be used as a complete programme, or adapted for individual use

* Little else available for this age range

* Can be used as homework or self-help material

Available in print and as a downloadable resource on the internet.
Genre: Non Fiction, Psychology

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Download The Ostrich Factor by Garrett Hardin (.PDF)

The Ostrich Factor: Our Population Myopia by Garrett Hardin
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Overview: Garrett Hardin, one of our leading thinkers on problems of human overpopulation, here assails the recklessness and basic ecological ignorance of economists and others who champion the idea of unbounded growth.

Hardin delivers an uncompromising critique of mainstream economic thinking. Science has long understood the limits of our environment, he notes, and yet economists consistently turn a blind eye to one feature we share with all of our planer’s inhabitants — the potential for irreversible environmental damage through overcrowding. And as humankind draws ever closer to its goat of conquering our final natural enemy — disease — the fallacy of sustainable unchecked population growth becomes more and more dangerous. Moreover, Hardin argues, rampant growth will soon force us to face many issues that we will find quite unpalatable — most notably, that since volunteer population control will not work, we wilt have to turn to “democratic coercion” or “mutual coercion, mutually agreed upon” to limit growth, a policy that directly threatens long cherished personal rights. Challenging an array of powerful taboos, Hardin takes aim at sacred cows on both sides of the political fence — affirmative action, multiculturalism, current immigration policies, and the greed and excess of big business and “growth intoxicated industrialists”.

Hardin’s forceful and cogent argument for the union of ecology and economics is a must for anyone concerned with the goat of a bountiful yet sustainable world. Sure to spark controversy, this book underscores the urgency of our situation and reveals practical steps we must take to ensure the long term survival of humankind.
Genre: Non Fiction, Science

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Download Bad Fruits of the Civilized Tree by Izumi Ishii (.PDF)

Bad Fruits of the Civilized Tree: Alcohol and the Sovereignty of the Cherokee Nation (Indians of the Southeast) by Izumi Ishii
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Overview: Bad Fruits of the Civilized Tree examines the role of alcohol among the Cherokees through more than two hundred years, from contact with white traders until Oklahoma reached statehood in 1907. While acknowledging the addictive and socially destructive effects of alcohol, Izumi Ishii also examines the ways in which alcohol was culturally integrated into Native society and how it served the overarching economic and political goals of the Cherokee Nation.

Europeans introduced alcohol into Cherokee society during the colonial era, trading it for deerskins and using it to cement alliances with chiefs. In turn Cherokee leaders often redistributed alcohol among their people in order to buttress their power and regulate the substance’s consumption. Alcohol was also seen as containing spiritual power and was accordingly consumed in highly ritualized ceremonies. During the early-nineteenth century, Cherokee entrepreneurs learned enough about the business of the alcohol trade to throw off their American partners and begin operating alone within the Cherokee Nation. The Cherokees intensified their internal efforts to regulate alcohol consumption during the 1820s to demonstrate that they were “civilized” and deserved to coexist with American citizens rather than be forcibly relocated westward. After removal from their land, however, the erosion of Cherokee sovereignty undermined the nation’s ongoing attempts to regulate alcohol. Bad Fruits of the Civilized Tree provides a new historical framework within which to study the meeting between Natives and Europeans in the New World and the impact of alcohol on Native communities.
Genre: Non Fiction, Health, Family & Lifestyle

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Download Becoming Western by Liza J. Nicholas (.PDF)

Becoming Western: Stories of Culture and Identity in the Cowboy State by Liza J. Nicholas
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Overview: In the Cowboy State (also known as Wyoming), the Wild West has never died. The West has long been the favored repository of the East’s cultural fantasies, and in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Eastern expectations and demands largely shaped Wyoming’s image in this role. Becoming Western shows how the myth of the “American West” has acted as a force both in history and in individual lives.

Liza J. Nicholas interrogates the creation of Western lore by looking at five stories that focus on, respectively, Jack Flagg, a Wyoming legend and the supposed model for Owen Wister’s Virginian; an equestrian statue of Buffalo Bill sculpted by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney; the dude ranch; the creation of the American studies program at Yale; and a campaign for the U.S. Senate. Each story reveals the ways in which the East consciously imagined and manipulated the West and how Wyomingites in turn interpreted this identity, manipulated it, and put it to work for themselves. Becoming Western is a fascinating study of how invented traditions can become potent cultural and political ideology on a local as well as a national level.
Genre: Non Fiction, History

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Download Mug Cakes by Kristina Newman (.ePUB)

Mug Cakes: 75 Delicious & Easy Mug Cake Recipes by Kristina Newman
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Overview: Tasty and creative cakes seem to be the centerfold of most gatherings nowadays, such as parties, get-together, and other types of celebrations. Outside of events, cakes are great to make for a family member’s birthday, or just because. Yet traditional cake baking can be a laborious task. If you are like the majority of people, you are on a constant search for a great, simple dessert recipe but just do not have the time to measure, sift, pour, bake, and clean in order to enjoy that sweet, delicious chocolate, vanilla, or fruity goodness. Fortunately for you, this e-book will show you several recipes that utilize nothing more than a few simple ingredients, a microwave or oven, a mug that is microwave or oven safe, and your appetite! Cake mugs, as they have come to be called, are one of the more recent dessert trends that is sweeping the country, as party planners and bakers have found adorable little ways to prepare and serve delicate cakes. The only limit to what you can do is the size of your mug!

HERE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE AMAZING MUG RECIPES INSIDE THIS BOOK

• Cocoa Espresso Mug Cake

• Vanilla Strawberry Mug Cake

• Chocolate Caramel Mug Cake

• Banana Madness Mug Cakes

• Chocolate Hazelnut Blast Mug Cake

• Fudge S’mores Mug Cake

•MUCH MUCH MORE!
Genre: Non-Fiction > Cooking

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