In his uniquely witty way, Tom Alman provides a humorous but informative look at some of life's most perplexing issues. In the process he dissects a number of sacred cows. Mr. Alman exposes numerous inefficiencies in both private business and government agencies and discusses the proper role of government in our democracy. He identifies the factors that make America great, and endorses while questioning the political system that will preserve this greatness. Alman goes on to suggest reforms and/or the abolishment of some of our beloved institutions, including our legal system, public education, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Post Office. He even dares to rank the last ten presidents, giving supporting rationale. Marching bravely into the taboo area of religion, he discusses the evolution of modern religions and dares even to discuss the value of prayer, the importance of church attendance, and how certain we can be of God's Will. His examination of man's reluctance to assume personal responsibility and strange behavior in the delicate areas of race relations and sex is really intriguing. Mr. Alman's book comes alive through the cast of fictional neighborhood characters, most notably Shifty Sheister, the retired attorney; Dr. Cosmo Payne, surgeon; Artie Gay, the alternate lifestyle artist; and Mark Sist, a liberal thorn in the author's left side! Given the contrarian nature of many of Alman's positions, every reader will certainly find something to disagree with. But they may also find something that reinforces their own beliefs! Here's what other readers had to say. — "As a Canadian-born American citizen who has conducted business in both countries, I believe Tom has hit the bulls-eye on what makes America great! His witty description of our supply and demand-driven free enterprise system should be required reading for government policy makers!" G. Denton Clark, President (Ret.) RCA Canada — "I know just enough about national politics to know Tom Alman knows too much! He has exposed us politicians! But I am glad to see that he exposes my lawyer friends as well. I hope their sense of humor is as good as mine!" Ted Hopson, Vice Mayor Unicoi, TN and retired GE executive — "You will find Tom Alman's style both charming and informative, his impeccable logic both persuasive and challenging, and whether you agree with his conclusions or not you will be forced to think about things you may never before have thought out." Don Helgeson, Author (Prentice Hall books on proposal writing) — "Tom Alman pushes the boundaries of conventional suppositions. Read him with an open mind. And if you can't, then perhaps you should examine the concrete boundaries of your own thinking! Mr. Alman is one note in the song that may become the world religion of some tomorrow. A world of tolerance, harmony, peace and love!" Lee D. Cary, Doctor of Theology and retired Methodist minister
Deadly Procurement is an adult, suspense-thriller about corruption in the world of bids, and contracts. Unfortunately, contracts are not always awarded to the lowest bidder. Deadly Procurement reveals many actual problems, dangers, and solutions, associated with rigged bids, payoffs, and unscrupulous elected and corporate officials. From an environment of mystery, murder, and romance, Deadly Procurement takes you inside this world from a safe distance. After you've finished the book, you're on your own!
Are we on the cusp of détente with Iran? Conventional wisdom certainly seems to believe so. Since the start of diplomacy between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 powers (the United States, France, England, Russia, China, Germany) in November 2013, hopes have been running high for a historic reconciliation of Iran’s clerical regime with the West. Yet there is ample reason for skepticism that the United States and its allies can truly curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions by diplomatic means. Moreover, the West’s current focus on Iran’s nuclear program is deeply dangerous insofar as it fails to recognize—let alone address—Iran’s other international activities or its foreign policy aims. Those objectives are global, and they continue to grow in scope and menace. In this sobering book, Ilan Berman illuminates the multiple dimensions of the Iranian threat and exposes the perils of lodging confidence in diplomacy with the Islamic Republic.
In his book Men Against Fire, [historian S. L. A.] Marshall asserted that only 15 to 25 percent of American soldiers ever fired their weapons in combat in World War II. . . . Shooting at the enemy made a man part of the “team,” or “brotherhood.” There were, of course, many times when soldiers did not want to shoot, such as at night when they did not want to give away a position or on reconnaissance patrols. But, in the main, no combat soldier in his right mind would have deliberately sought to go through the entire ear without ever firing his weapon, because he would have been excluded from the brotherhood but also because it would have been detrimental to his own survival. One of [rifle company commander Harold] Leinbaugh’s NCOs summed it up best when discussing Marshall: “Did the SOB think we clubbed the Germans to death?”
Combat the Deadly Sins of Project Management! Project management is a tough business. Not only must project managers contend with schedules, budgets, and a host of stakeholder demands, but they must also deal with sometimes vexing human behaviors, such as whining, indecision, opposition, inflexibility, complacency, and tunnel vision, to name a few. Projects can be negatively impacted by common "sins" that hinder, stall, or throw the project off track. In The 77 Deadly Sins of Project Management, the contributors focus on each "deadly sin" and probe its manifestations and consequences for projects. By sharing their personal experiences, as well as some historical events, the contributors spotlight the effects and costs — both financial and human — of failing to get a handle on these sins and reign them in. Through anecdotes and case studies, The 77 Deadly Sins of Project Management will help you better understand how to execute the myriad aspects of today's projects. • Identify danger signs and solutions for each "sin" • Learn proven methods for tackling project mishaps • Gain practical and hands-on information from seasoned professionals • Keep a variety of "sins" from derailing your project BONUS! Each book comes with a "77 Deadly Sins of Project Management" poster!
A Reappraisal Following Israel’s Use of Flechettes in the Gaza Strip (2001-2009)
Author: Eitan Barak
Category: Political Science
Relying on often unique sources, this book offers the only in-depth study on flechette weapons yet conducted. Its comprehensive exploration of the legal versus illegal implications of conventional weapons use make it an invaluable resource for weaponry policy analysts.
United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Armed Services. Subcommittee on Preparedness
Gunned Down After years of hard work, Brian and Jeannie Legg had earned a well deserved life of leisure in their picture-perfect Phoenix mansion. Until their troubled son showed up with a need for cash--and a thirst for murder. . . Two Bodies David Legg was an obsessive control freak and an army deserter. After fathering an illegitimate child, he wooed and wed a trusting young woman--only to destroy his marriage with lies and infidelities. But his deceptions were far from over. . . A Savage Son In June of 1996, Jeannie and Brian were found shot to death, their bodies sitting next to each other on their living room loveseat. Jeannie's expensive ring and the couple's credit cards were missing. Meanwhile, David, the prime suspect, was living it up in Hawaii with his fifteen-year-old girlfriend, draining his dead parents' savings through ATMs. After a long and costly chase this remorseless killer faced a jury of his peers in 2000, and was locked behind bars for life. "True crime afficionados will savor this riveting read." --Publishers Weekly on Honeymoon with a Killer
In October 2010, nine months after the massive earthquake that devastated Haiti, a second disaster began to unfold—soon to become the world’s largest cholera epidemic in modern times. In a country that had never before reported cholera, the epidemic mysteriously and simultaneously appeared in river communities of central Haiti, eventually triggering nearly 800,000 cases and 9,000 deaths. What had caused the first cases of cholera in Haiti in recorded history? Who or what was the deadly agent of origin? Why did it explode in the agricultural-rich delta of the Artibonite River? When answers were few, rumors spread, causing social and political consequences of their own. Wanting insight, the Haitian government and French embassy requested epidemiological assistance from France. A few weeks into the epidemic, physician and infectious disease specialist Renaud Piarroux arrived in Haiti. In Deadly River, Ralph R. Frerichs tells the story of the epidemic, of a French disease detective determined to trace its origins so that he could help contain the spread and possibly eliminate the disease, and the political intrigue that has made that effort so difficult. The story involves political maneuvering by powerful organizations such as the United Nations and its peacekeeping troops in Haiti, as well as by the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Frerichs explores a quest for scientific truth and dissects a scientific disagreement involving world-renowned cholera experts who find themselves embroiled in intellectual and political turmoil in a poverty-stricken country. Frerichs’s narrative highlights how the world’s wealthy nations, nongovernmental agencies, and international institutions respond when their interests clash with the needs of the world’s most vulnerable people. The story poses big social questions and offers insights not only on how to eliminate cholera in Haiti but also how nations, NGOs, and international organizations such as the UN and CDC deal with catastrophic infectious disease epidemics.
Technical Communication, Organizational Discourse, and the Holocaust: Lessons from the Rhetorical Work of Everyday Texts
Author: Mark Ward
Scholars, teachers, and practitioners of organizational, professional, and technical communication and rhetoric are target audiences for a new book that reaches across those disciplines to explore the dynamics of the Holocaust. More than a history, the book uses the extreme case of the Final Solution to illumine the communicative constitution of organizations and to break new ground on destructive organizational communication and ethics. Deadly Documents: Technical Communication, Organizational Discourse, and the Holocaust—Lessons from the Rhetorical Work of Everyday Texts starts with a microcosmic look at a single Nazi bureau. Through close rhetorical, visual, and discursive analyses of organizational and technical documents produced by the SS Security Police Technical Matters Group—the bureau that managed the Nazi mobile gas van program—author Mark Ward shows how everyday texts functioned as “boundary objects” on which competing organizational interests could project their own interpretations and temporarily negotiate consensus for their parts in the Final Solution. The initial chapters of Deadly Documents provide a historical ethnography of the SS technical bureau by closely describing the institutional and organizational cultures in which it operated and relating organizational stories told in postwar testimony by the desk-murderers themselves. Then, through examination of the primary material of their documents, Ward demonstrates how this Social Darwinist world of competing Nazi bureaucrats deployed rhetorical and linguistic resources to construct a social reality that normalized genocide. Ward goes beyond the usual Weberian bureaucratic paradigm and applies to the problem of the Holocaust both the interpretive view that sees organizations as socially constructed through communication and the postmodern view that denies the notion of a preexisting social object called an “organization” and instead situates it within larger discourses. The concluding chapters trace how contemporary scholars of professional communication have wrestled with the Nazi case and developed a consensus explanation that the desk-murderers were amoral technocrats. Though the explanation is dismissed by most historians, it nevertheless offers, Ward argues, a comforting distance between “us” and “them.” Yet, as Ward writes, “First, we will learn more about the dynamic role of everyday texts in organizational processes. Second, as we see these processes—perhaps inherent to all organized communities, including our own—at work even in the extreme case of the SS Technical Matters Group, the comforting distance that we now maintain between ‘them’ and ‘us’ is necessarily diminished. And third, our newfound discomfort may open productive spaces to revisit conventional wisdoms about the ethics of technical and organizational communication.”
Thousands of people have died at the hands of terrorist groups who rely on state support for their activities. Iran and Syria are well known as sponsors of terrorism, while other countries, some with strong connections to the West, have enabled terrorist activity by turning a blind eye. Daniel Byman's hard-hitting and articulate book analyzes this phenomenon. Focusing primarily on sponsors from the Middle East and South Asia, it examines the different types of support that states provide, their motivations, and the impact of such sponsorship. The book also considers regimes that allow terrorists to raise money and recruit without providing active support. The experiences of Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Libya are detailed here, alongside the histories of radical groups such as al-Qaida and Hizballah. The book concludes by assessing why it is often difficult to force sponsors to cut ties to terrorist groups and suggesting ways in which it could be done better in the future.
United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Appropriations. Subcommittee on Defense
Large organisations can suffer badly when IT procurement goes wrong, but for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), it can be fatal. David Nickson guides the reader through the entire procurement process. Whether identifying the changing IT requirements of a business, evaluating potential suppliers or managing them once appointed, this handbook enables the reader to avoid the pitfalls which have brought down so many SMEs.
Large projects, especially in the construction and infrastructure sectors, involve collaborations of many different types, such as built-own-operate, public-private partnership, or competitive dialogue. This monograph details the authors’ research on the types of collaborative projects. The research undertaken for this book responds to the need for a taxonomy of relationship-based procurement approaches, a particular type of project alliancing in need of standardization. Recommendations are made based on interviews with 36 subject matter experts from several countries, as well as an extensive literature review
On October 1, 2009, the People's Republic of China (PRC) celebrated the 60th anniversary of its founding. And what an eventful and tumultuous six decades it had been. During that time, under the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), China was transformed from one of the world's poorest countries into the world's fastest growing major economy, and from a weak state barely able to govern or protect its own territory to a rising power that is challenging the United States for global influence. Over those same years, the PRC also experienced the most deadly famine in human history, caused largely by the actions and inactions of its political leaders. Not long after, there was a collapse of government authority that pushed the country to the brink of (and in some places actually into) civil war and anarchy. Today, China is, for the most part, peaceful, prospering, and proud. This is the China that was on display for the world to see during the Beijing Olympics in 2008. The CCP maintains a firm grip on power through a combination of popular support largely based on its recent record of promoting rapid economic growth and harsh repression of political opposition. Yet, the party and country face serious challenges on many fronts, including a slowing economy, environmental desecration, pervasive corruption, extreme inequalities, and a rising tide of social protest. Politics in China is an authoritative introduction to how the world's most populous nation and rapidly rising global power is governed today. Written by leading China scholars, the book's chapters offers accessible overviews of major periods in China's modern political history from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, key topics in contemporary Chinese politics, and developments in four important areas located on China's geographic periphery: Tibet, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
Hearings Before the Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate, Eighty-eighth Congress, First Session, on H.R. 2440 (S. 843), Department of Defense Programs and Authorization of Appropriations During Fiscal Year 1964, for Procurement, Research, Development, Tests, and Evaluation of Aircraft, Missiles, and Naval Vessels for Armed Forces
Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Armed Services
Aims To Sensitize The Public Regarding The Spectra Fo Biological Weapons And Highlights The Fact That Biological Weapons Could Seriously Pose A Threat To Inernational Security Of In The Hands Of Terorists And Unethical States.
The Irish National Liberation Army was one of the most ruthless terrorist organisations during the troubles in Northern Ireland. Formed in 1974 as a splinter group of the Official IRA, the INLA's campaign of murder throughout the 1970s and 1980s included such notorious acts as the bombing of the Droppin' Well in Derry in 1982 and, perhaps most infamously, the kidnapping and mutilation of Dublin dentist by former member, the 'Border Fox'. Many of their leading members found death at the end of a gun, including founder members Seamus Costello and Ronnie Bunting, and leader Dominic McGlinchey. The INLA were also involved in numerous bloody feuds and splits. This new revised edition of a classic book brings the INLA story right up to date, featuring the 1997 killing of LVF leader Billy 'King Rat' Wright; their 1998 ceasefire; their continuing involvement in punishment attacks and criminal activities; and their declaration, in October 2009, that their armed campaign was finally over.