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Change They Can’t Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America

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Christopher S. Parker, Matt A. Barreto, "Change They Can't Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America"
English | ISBN: 0691151830, 0691163618 | 2013 | PDF | 378 pages | 11 MB

Change They Can’t Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America
Are Tea Party supporters merely a group of conservative citizens concerned about government spending? Or are they racists who refuse to accept Barack Obama as their president because he's not white? Change They Can't Believe In offers an alternative argument–that the Tea Party is driven by the reemergence of a reactionary movement in American politics that is fueled by a fear that America has changed for the worse. Providing a range of original evidence and rich portraits of party sympathizers as well as activists, Christopher Parker and Matt Barreto show that what actually pushes Tea Party supporters is not simple ideology or racism, but fear that the country is being stolen from "real Americans"–a belief triggered by Obama's election. From civil liberties and policy issues, to participation in the political process, the perception that America is in danger directly informs how Tea Party supporters think and act.

The authors argue that this isn't the first time a segment of American society has perceived the American way of life as under siege. In fact, movements of this kind often appear when some individuals believe that "American" values are under threat by rapid social changes. Drawing connections between the Tea Party and right-wing reactionary movements of the past, including the Know Nothing Party, the Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s, and the John Birch Society, Parker and Barreto develop a framework that transcends the Tea Party to shed light on its current and future consequences.

Linking past and present reactionary movements, Change They Can't Believe In rigorously examines the motivations and political implications associated with today's Tea Party.
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Defining Harm: Religious Freedom and the Limits of the Law

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Lori G. Beaman, "Defining Harm: Religious Freedom and the Limits of the Law"
English | ISBN: 0774814306, 0774814292 | 2009 | 256 pages | PDF | 13 MB

Defining Harm: Religious Freedom and the Limits of the Law
"Defining Harm" offers a genealogy of religious freedom in a social climate of risk and fear. It is also the story of Bethany Hughes, a member of the Jehovah's Witness, and her legal battle to define the parameters of her medical treatment. Hughes refused to accept blood transfusions prescribed by physicians as part of her treatment for cancer.The B.H. case, as it was known in the courts, reflects a particular moment in the socio-legal treatment of religious freedom, and it reveals the specific intersection of religious, medical, legal, and other discourses in the governance of the religious citizen. Drawing from literature on risk society, governance, feminist legal theory, and religious rights, "Defining Harm" demonstrates how Bethany Hughes was denied her right to refuse treatment on the basis of her religious conviction as a Jehovah's Witness or as a mature minor.A powerful examination of the governance of a religious citizen and of the limits of religious freedom, "Defining Harm" will appeal to scholars and students in law and the social sciences, as well as to activists, policy-makers, and general readers interested in the relationships among religion, law, and government.
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Krystal Wade – Darkness Falls Series

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Krystal Wade – Darkness Falls Series
Curiosity Quills Press | 2012 | English | ISBN-10: NA | EPUB | 2.1 MB

Krystal Wade – Darkness Falls Series
1 – Wilde's Fire
Katriona Wilde has never wondered what it would feel like to have everything she's ever known and loved ripped away, but she is about to find out.
When she inadvertently leads her sister and best friend through a portal into a world she's dreamed of for six years, she finds herself faced with more than just the frightening creatures in front of her. Kate's forced to accept a new truth: her entire life has been a lie, and those closest to her have betrayed her.

2 – Wilde's Army
"Hello, Katriona." Those two words spark fear in Katriona Wilde and give way to an unlikely partnership with Perth, the man she's been traded to marry for a favor. Saving her true love and protector Arland, her family, and their soldiers keeps her motivated, but the at-odds duo soon realizes trust is something that comes and goes with each breath of Encardia's rotting, stagnant air. The moment when concern for her missing sister spirals out of control, all thoughts of trust are pushed aside and she finds herself trapped by the daemon tricks Perth warned her of. However, rescuing those she loves is only half the problem. Kate still must get to Willow Falls, unite her clashing people, and form an army prepared to fight in order to defeat Darkness. When so many she's grown fond of die along the journey, her ability to play by the gods' rules is tested. How will she make allies when the world appears stacked against her? And will she still be Katriona Wilde, the girl with fire?

3 – Wilde's Meadow
Happy endings are hard to find, and even though Katriona is in the middle of a war with someone who's already stolen more than she can replace, she aches for a positive future with her Draíochtans.
Armed with hope, confidence in her abilities, and a strange new gift from her mother, Kate ventures into the Darkness to defeat a fallen god.
Losses add up, and new obstacles rise to stand in the way.
Is the one determined to bring Encardia light strong enough to keep fighting, or will all the sacrifices to stop those who seek domination be for nothing?
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Bitcoin for the Befuddled

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Bitcoin for the Befuddled by Conrad Barski, Chris Wilmer
2014 | ISBN: 1593275730 | English | 256 pages | PDF | 24 MB

Bitcoin for the Befuddled
Unless you've been living under a rock for the last couple of years, you've probably heard of Bitcoin—the game-changing digital currency used by millions worldwide.

But Bitcoin isn't just another way to buy stuff. It's an anonymous, revolutionary, cryptographically secure currency that functions without the oversight of a central authority or government. If you want to get into the Bitcoin game but find yourself a little confused, may be just what you're looking for. Learn what Bitcoin is; how it works; and how to acquire, store, and spend bitcoins safely and securely.

You'll also learn:

Bitcoin's underlying cryptographic principles, and how bitcoins are created
The history of Bitcoin and its potential impact on trade and commerce
All about the blockchain, the public ledger of Bitcoin transactions
How to choose a bitcoin wallet that's safe and easy to use
How to accept bitcoins as payment in your physical store or on your website
Advanced topics, including Bitcoin mining and Bitcoin programming
With its non-technical language and patient, step-by-step approach to this fascinating currency, is your ticket to getting started with Bitcoin. Get out from under the rock and get in the Bitcoin game. Just make sure not to lose your shirt.
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The Dark Side of Modernity

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The Dark Side of Modernity by Jeffrey C. Alexander
English | 2013 | ISBN: 0745648215 , 0745648223 | 200 pages | PDF | 0,7 MB
In this book, one of the world's leading social theorists presents a critical, alarmed, but also nuanced understanding of the post-traditional world we inhabit today. Jeffrey Alexander writes about modernity as historical time and social condition, but also as ideology and utopia.

The Dark Side of Modernity
The idea of modernity embodies the Enlightenment's noble hopes for progress and rationality, but its reality brings great suffering and exposes the destructive impulses that continue to motivate humankind.

Alexander examines how twentieth-century theorists struggled to comprehend the Janus-faced character of modernity, which looks backward and forward at the same time. Weber linked the triumph of worldly asceticism to liberating autonomy but also ruthless domination, describing flights from rationalization as systemic and dangerous. Simmel pointed to the otherness haunting modernity, even as he normalized the stranger. Eisenstadt celebrated Axial Age transcendence, but acknowledged its increasing capacity for barbarity. Parsons heralded American community, but ignored modernity's fragmentations.

Rather than seeking to resolve modernity's contradictions, Alexander argues that social theory should accept its Janus-faced character. It is a dangerous delusion to think that modernity can eliminate evil. Civil inclusion and anti-civil exclusion are intertwined. Alexander enumerates dangerous frictions endemic to modernity, but he also suggests new lines of social amelioration and emotional repair.
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The End of Modern History in the Middle East

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The End of Modern History in the Middle East by Bernard Lewis
English | 2011 | ISBN: 0817912940 | 216 pages | PDF | 1 MB

The End of Modern History in the Middle East
With the ending of global strategic confrontation between superpowers, those in the Middle East must adjust to a new reality: to accept final responsibility for their own affairs, to make and recognize their mistakes, and to accept the consequences. In The End of Modern History in the Middle East, Bernard Lewis discusses the future of the region in this new, postimperialist era. For each and every country and for the region as a whole, he explains, there is a range of alternative futures: at one end, cooperation and progress; at the other, a vicious circle of poverty and ignorance.
The author examines in detail the issues most critical to the region's future. He describes oil as the current, most important export to the outside world from the Middle East but warns that technology will eventually make it obsolete, leaving those who depend solely on oil revenues with a bleak future. The three factors that could most help transform the Middle East, according to Lewis, are Turkey, Israel, and women. He also argues that there is enough in the traditional culture of Islam on the one hand and the modern experience of the Muslim peoples on the other to provide the basis for an advance toward freedom in the true sense of that word and to achieve the social, cultural, and scientific changes necessary to bring the Middle East into line with the developed countries of both West and East.
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Too Much Information: Or: Can Everyone Just Shut Up for a Moment, Some of Us are Trying to Think (Audiobook)

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Too Much Information: Or: Can Everyone Just Shut Up for a Moment, Some of Us are Trying to Think [Audiobook] by Dave Gorman
English | September 4, 2014 | ASIN: B00N556F0G | M4A VBR ~ 40 kbps | 6 hrs 32 mins | 112 MB
Narrator: Dave Gorman | Genre: Humor
Nowadays, the world is full of people trying to tell us things. So much so that we have taught our brains not to pay much attention. After all, click the mouse, tap the screen, flick the channel and it's on to the next thing. But Dave Gorman thinks it's time to have a closer look, to find out how much nonsense we tacitly accept.

Too Much Information: Or: Can Everyone Just Shut Up for a Moment, Some of Us are Trying to Think (Audiobook)
Suspicious adverts, baffling newspaper headlines, fake twitter, endless cat videos, insane TV shows where the presenters ask the same questions over and over….

Can we even hear ourselves think over the rising din? Or is there just too much information?

Read by Dave Gorman himself.
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Too Much Information: Or: Can Everyone Just Shut Up for a Moment, Some of Us are Trying to Think (Audiobook)

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Too Much Information: Or: Can Everyone Just Shut Up for a Moment, Some of Us are Trying to Think [Audiobook] by Dave Gorman
English | September 4, 2014 | ASIN: B00N556F0G | M4A VBR ~ 40 kbps | 6 hrs 32 mins | 112 MB
Narrator: Dave Gorman | Genre: Humor
Nowadays, the world is full of people trying to tell us things. So much so that we have taught our brains not to pay much attention. After all, click the mouse, tap the screen, flick the channel and it's on to the next thing. But Dave Gorman thinks it's time to have a closer look, to find out how much nonsense we tacitly accept.

Too Much Information: Or: Can Everyone Just Shut Up for a Moment, Some of Us are Trying to Think (Audiobook)
Suspicious adverts, baffling newspaper headlines, fake twitter, endless cat videos, insane TV shows where the presenters ask the same questions over and over….

Can we even hear ourselves think over the rising din? Or is there just too much information?

Read by Dave Gorman himself.
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