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Web of Life: Folklore and Midrash in Rabbinic Literature (Contraversions: Jews and Other Differences) by Batya Stein

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Web of Life: Folklore and Midrash in Rabbinic Literature (Contraversions: Jews and Other Differences) by Batya Stein
English | Oct 1, 2000 | ISBN: 0804732272 | 287 Pages | PDF | 29 MB

Web of Life: Folklore and Midrash in Rabbinic Literature (Contraversions: Jews and Other Differences) by Batya Stein
Web of Life weaves its suggestive interpretation of Jewish culture in the Palestine of late antiquity on the warp of a singular, breathtakingly tragic, and sublime rabbinic text, Lamentations Rabbah. The textual analyses that form the core of the book are informed by a range of theoretical paradigms rarely brought to bear on rabbinic literature: structural analysis of mythologies and folktales, performative approaches to textual production, feminist theory, psychoanalytical analysis of culture, cultural criticism, and folk narrative genre analysis.

The concept of context as the hermeneutic basis for literary interpretation reactivates the written text and subverts the hierarchical structures with which it has been traditionally identified. This book reinterprets rabbinic culture as an arena of multiple dialogues that traverse traditional concepts of identity regarding gender, nation, religion, and territory. The author's approach is permeated by the idea that scholarly writing about ancient texts is invigorated by an existential hermeneutic rooted in the universality of human experience. She thus resorts to personal experience as an idiom of communication between author and reader and between human beings of our time and of the past. This research acknowledges the overlap of poetic and analytical language as well as the language of analysis and everyday life.

In eliciting folk narrative discourses inside the rabbinic text, the book challenges traditional views about the social basis that engendered these texts. It suggests the subversive potential of the constitutive texts of Jewish culture from late antiquity to the present by pointing out the inherent multi-vocality of the text, adding to the conventionally acknowledged synagogue and academy the home, the marketplace, and other private and public socializing institutions.
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Handbook of Polymers in Stone Conservation

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Handbook of Polymers in Stone Conservation By Elisabetta Princi
2014 | 316 Pages | ISBN: 1847357032 , 1847357121 | PDF | 10 MB

Handbook of Polymers in Stone Conservation
Dr. Elisabetta Princi has wide experience regarding the use of polymers in the field of cultural heritage. She has led a research team at the University of Genoa (Genoa, Italy) for several years and has published widely on the scientific background to the conservation, preservation and restoration of stone and stone-based works of art. This handbook is dedicated to the conservation of stone materials by the application of polymers. A short introduction on polymer chemistry is given to highlight their characteristics and properties. After the physical and chemical attributes of stone are summarised, the problems related to its degradation are discussed. Finally, the properties of the various polymers of potential value for stone restoration are reviewed and classified by schemes and tables, and pointers for the future are suggested. This handbook will be of great interest to those who share the author's enthusiasm for stone artworks and her dedication to their restoration and conservation.
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Big Data: Using SMART Big Data, Analytics and Metrics To Make Better Decisions and Improve Performance (EPUB)

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Bernard Marr, "Big Data: Using SMART Big Data, Analytics and Metrics To Make Better Decisions and Improve Performance"
English | ISBN: 1118965833 | 2015 | EPUB | 256 pages | 3 MB
Convert the promise of big data into real world results
There is so much buzz around big data. We all need to know what it is and how it works – that much is obvious. But is a basic understanding of the theory enough to hold your own in strategy meetings? Probably. But what will set you apart from the rest is actually knowing how to USE big data to get solid, real-world business results – and putting that in place to improve performance. Big Data will give you a clear understanding, blueprint, and step-by-step approach to building your own big data strategy.

Big Data: Using SMART Big Data, Analytics and Metrics To Make Better Decisions and Improve Performance (EPUB)
This is a well-needed practical introduction to actually putting the topic into practice. Illustrated with numerous real-world examples from a cross section of companies and organisations, Big Data will take you through the five steps of the SMART model: Start with Strategy, Measure Metrics and Data, Apply Analytics, Report Results, Transform. * Discusses how companies need to clearly define what it is they need to know * Outlines how companies can collect relevant data and measure the metrics that will help them answer their most important business questions * Addresses how the results of big data analytics can be visualised and communicated to ensure key decisions-makers understand them * Includes many high-profile case studies from the author's work with some of the world's best known brands

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How Brains Make Up Their Minds

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How Brains Make Up Their Minds by Walter J. Freeman
English | Feb 15, 2001 | ISBN: 0231120087 | 146 Pages | PDF | 27 MB
I think, therefore I am. The legendary pronouncement of philosopher René Descartes lingers as accepted wisdom in the Western world nearly four centuries after its author's death. But does thought really come first? Who actually runs the show: we, our thoughts, or the neurons firing within our brains?

How Brains Make Up Their Minds
Walter J. Freeman explores how we control our behavior and make sense of the world around us. Avoiding determinism both in sociobiology, which proposes that persons' genes control their brains' functioning, and in neuroscience, which posits that their brains' disposition is molded by chemistry and environmental forces, Freeman charts a new course–one that gives individuals due credit and responsibility for their actions.

Drawing upon his five decades of research in neuroscience, Freeman utilizes the latest advances in his field as well as perspectives from disciplines as diverse as mathematics, psychology, and philosophy to explicate how different human brains act in their chosen diverse ways. He clarifies the implications of brain imaging, by which neural activity can be observed during the course of normal movements, and shows how nonlinear dynamics reveals order within the fecund chaos of brain function.
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How to be an Illustrator (2nd Edition)

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How to be an Illustrator (2nd Edition) By Darrel Rees
English | Laurence King in 2014 | ASIN: B00N4EVIYQ | 168 pages | PDF/EPUB | 8.50/7.83 MB
"This book offers practical help and guidance to aspiring illustrators. All areas of the job are covered – creating a portfolio; approaching potential clients; preparing for meetings and negotiating contracts; setting up a studio; maintaining a flow of work and managing one's time and cash. Self-promotion, creating websites, self-publishing and the pros and cons of agents are all explored."

How to be an Illustrator (2nd Edition)
International illustrators are interviewed, discussing how they got their break in the industry, their experiences with clients, their methods of promoting work and more. In addition, leading art directors describe their approach to commissioning illustration, how they spot new talent, their thoughts on promotional material and their advice to up-and-coming illustrators.

Packed with useful tips gleaned from the author's own career as an illustrator, and his work as an agent handling some of the best new talent, the book is an essential read for anyone looking to succeed in illustration.
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Corporate Governance, 4 edition

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Corporate Governance, 4 edition by Christine Mallin
English | 2013 | ISBN: 0199644667 | 408 pages | PDF | 3,2 MB

Corporate Governance, 4 edition
Building on the success of the last three editions, this textbook provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with an accessible and comprehensive introduction to corporate governance. As a renowned expert in the field, Mallin draws upon theory and practice to address the latest global developments and uses topical examples to help students place key theories in context.

Adopting an international approach, this fourth edition has been thoroughly revised to reflect the changes in codes (e.g. UK CG code and Stewardship code) and a greater emphasis has been given to the perspective of stakeholders as well as increased coverage of the Middle East, and new analysis of topics such as bonuses and the high pay commission.

The book is accompanied by an Online Resource Centre which includes:

For students: Fill in the blank questions, updates, web links, crosswords of key terms and an author's blog

For lecturers: PowerPoint presentations
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The Secret World Government or “The Hidden Hand”: The Unrevealed in History

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Count Cherep-Spriridovich, Paul Tice, "The Secret World Government or "The Hidden Hand": The Unrevealed in History"
English | 2000 | ISBN-10: 158509093X, 1258006944 | PDF | 212 pages | 8 MB

The Secret World Government or “The Hidden Hand”: The Unrevealed in History
This radical, sometimes offensive, book tells the author's ideas about government, religion, world power, the Rothschilds and money. He also describes the "hidden hand", the secret government of the world.
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Insider Computer Fraud: An In-depth Framework for Detecting and Defending against Insider IT Attacks

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Kenneth Brancik, "Insider Computer Fraud: An In-depth Framework for Detecting and Defending against Insider IT Attacks"
2008 | pages: 506 | ISBN: 1420046594 | PDF | 4,9 mb

Insider Computer Fraud: An In-depth Framework for Detecting and Defending against Insider IT Attacks
An organization's employees are often more intimate with its computer system than anyone else. Many also have access to sensitive information regarding the company and its customers. This makes employees prime candidates for sabotaging a system if they become disgruntled or for selling privileged information if they become greedy. presents the methods, safeguards, and techniques that help protect an organization from insider computer fraud.
Drawing from the author's vast experience assessing the adequacy of IT security for the banking and securities industries, the book presents a practical framework for identifying, measuring, monitoring, and controlling the risks associated with insider threats. It not only provides an analysis of application or system-related risks, it demonstrates the interrelationships that exist between an application and the IT infrastructure components it uses to transmit, process, and store sensitive data. The author also examines the symbiotic relationship between the risks, controls, threats, and action plans that should be deployed to enhance the overall information security governance processes.

Increasing the awareness and understanding necessary to effectively manage the risks and controls associated with an insider threat, this book is an invaluable resource for those interested in attaining sound and best practices over the risk management process.
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Bodyslams!: Memoirs of a Wrestling Pitchman

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Gary Michael Cappetta, "Bodyslams!: Memoirs of a Wrestling Pitchman"
English | ISBN: 1550227092 | 2006 | PDF | 300 pages | 3.4 MB

Bodyslams!: Memoirs of a Wrestling Pitchman
Asking key questions such as What do you do if you are in Germany and you have Mick Foley's recently torn-off ear in your possession? and How do you stop a fight between Arn Anderson and Sid Vicious?, this memoir documents 20 years of the author's experience as an announcer for the WWF, independent pro wrestling venues, and the WCW. Exploring the lives of the wrestlers and the power struggles of their employers, the book simultaneously provides a very personal perspective on pro wrestling and a more global view of the dangerous games that pro wrestlers and their corporate employers play to acquire wealth, fame, and power.
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Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Decides?: Abortion, Neonatal Care, Assisted Dying, and Capital Punishment

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Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Decides?: Abortion, Neonatal Care, Assisted Dying, and Capital Punishment (Contemporary Sociological Perspectives) by Sheldon Ekland-Olson
English | 2011 | ISBN: 0415892473, 0415892465 | 448 pages | PDF | 2,2 MB

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Decides?: Abortion, Neonatal Care, Assisted Dying, and Capital Punishment
Issues of Life and Death such as abortion, assisted suicide, capital punishment and others are among the most contentious in many societies. Whose rights are protected? How do these rights and protections change over time and who makes those decisions? Based on the author's award-winning and hugely popular undergraduate course at the University of Texas, this book explores these questions and the fundamentally sociological processes which underlie the quest for morality and justice in human societies. The Author's goal is not to advocate any particular moral "high ground" but to shed light on the social movements and social processes which are at the root of these seemingly personal moral questions.
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