Aftershock [Second Edition]

Aftershock [Second Edition]
Aftershock: Protect Yourself and Profit in the Next Global Financial Meltdown by David Wiedemer, Robert A Wiedemer, Cindy S Spitzer
2011 | EPUB | 1.2MB

From the authors who accurately predicted the domino fall of the conjoined real estate, stock, and private debt bubbles that led to the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009, now comes the definitive look at what is still ahead in 2012 and beyond—and what investors can do right now to protect themselves.

Based on the authors' unmatched track record of precise predictions in the two landmark books America's Bubble Economy and Aftershock, this Second Edition of Aftershock updates the original book by more than 35 percent with fresh analysis of the latest economic developments, plus offers new in-depth advice for how readers can prepare now for protection and profits in the next global money meltdown.

Making Sense of Sex

Making Sense of Sex

Making Sense of Sex: How Genes And Gender Influence Our Relationships by David P Barash, Judith Eve Lipton
Island Press | 1997 | ISBN: 1559634529 | PDF | 256 pages | 37.95MB


In Making Sense of Sex, the husband and wife team of David Barash, an evolutionary biologist, and Judith Lipton, a clinical psychiatrist, draw on their respective areas of expertise to explore and explain the central fact of our existence-that men and women are fundamentally, unalterably different. They present an eye-opening and wide-ranging consideration of what those differences are, how they came to be, why they are important, and what they mean in our everyday lives.


The authors integrate biological and anthropological findings with real-life stories of indviduals to address the conundrums that surround male-female behavior and relationships. Drawing on the latest research in evolutionary biology, they trace the multifaceted gender gap to the basic, defining difference between males and females: that one makes sperm, the other, eggs. They show how that distinction explains why women and men differ in essential ways, exploring such questions as: Why are men more attracted than women to pornography, group sex, and one-night stands? Why are women the "gatekeepers" of sex? Why do women have orgasms?


Making Sense of Sex is a highly informative and entertaining look at human relationships. The book will help readers not only to better understand themselves, but to better understand their children, their relatives, and their lovers with whom they share so much yet find so infuriatingly and fascinatingly different.


The Sprouted Kitchen: A Tastier Take on Whole Foods

The Sprouted Kitchen: A Tastier Take on Whole Foods

The Sprouted Kitchen: A Tastier Take on Whole Foods by Sara Forte
Ten Speed Press | 2012 | ISBN: 1607741148 | EPUB | 252 pages | 35.83MB


Sprouted Kitchen food blogger Sara Forte showcases 100 tempting recipes that take advantage of fresh produce, whole grains, lean proteins, and natural sweeteners—with vivid flavors and seasonal simplicity at the forefront.


Sara Forte is a food-loving, wellness-craving veggie enthusiast who relishes sharing a wholesome meal with friends and family. The Sprouted Kitchen features 100 of her most mouthwatering recipes. Richly illustrated by her photographer husband, Hugh Forte, this bright, vivid book celebrates the simple beauty of seasonal foods with original recipes—plus a few favorites from her popular Sprouted Kitchen food blog tossed in for good measure. The collection features tasty snacks on the go like Granola Protein Bars, gluten-free brunch options like Cornmeal Cakes with Cherry Compote, dinner party dishes like Seared Scallops on Black Quinoa with Pomegranate Gastrique, “meaty” vegetarian meals like Beer Bean– and Cotija-Stuffed Poblanos, and sweet treats like Cocoa Hazelnut Cupcakes. From breakfast to dinner, snack time to happy hour, The Sprouted Kitchen will help you sneak a bit of delicious indulgence in among the vegetables.


Understanding the Secrets of Human Perception [TTC Video]

Understanding the Secrets of Human Perception [TTC Video]
Understanding the Secrets of Human Perception [TTC Video] by Professor Peter M Vishton
Course No 1674 | AVI, DivX, 640x480 | MP3@128 kbps, 2 Ch | 24x30 mins | + PDF Guide | 8.47GB

Your senses aren't just a part of you—they define you. Nothing that you experience in your life, from the most important to the most mundane, would be possible without the intricate power of your senses. But how much about them do you really know? Your ability to sense and perceive the world around you is so richly detailed and accurate as to be miraculous. No other animal, no expertly designed supercomputer—nothing in the entire universe of sc ientific exploration can even come close to matching the ability of your brain to use information sensed by your eyes, ears, skin, tongue, and nose to produce a rich sensory experience in a matter of milliseconds.

And in recent years, neurobiologists and other scientists have uncovered new insights into how your senses work and all the amazingly complex and fascinating things they can do, whether you're aware of them or not. Knowing how your senses work and the ways they shape how you see, interact with, and understand your life will help you think more critically about everything you sense and perceive, strengthen your appreciation for the everyday marvels of your senses, prepare you to be active consumers of new scientific evidence on how our senses work, and much more.

Discover the secret life of your senses with Understanding the Secrets of Human Perception, an intriguing and unforgettable 24-lecture course delivered by award-winning Professor Peter M. Vishton of The College of William & Mary—a masterful educator who has spent several decades immersed in exploring the frontiers of human perception. With him as your authoritative guide, you'll

  • consider each of your senses from a wide range of perspectives,
  • explore how your brain processes different sensory information,
  • consider how your senses work together and within the real-world context of the environment around you, and
  • discover how your senses connect you to the world and to other people.

Discover Why There's More to Your Senses than You Ever Imagined

"Perception feels so easy and functions so automatically that many people assume there must not be much to it," notes Professor Vishton at the start of this course. "Let me assure you that there is." And while this subject is one of great scientific depth, it is made accessible and approachable by Professor Vishton's engaging teaching style and his ability to organize the broad range of information out there into several core areas.

  • Hardware of Sensation and Perception: Key to understanding how perception works is knowing details about the biological "hardware" itself. Professor Vishton gives you a thorough tour of information about your eyes, tongue, ears, skin, and other sensory organs; the neurons that connect with them; and the brain systems that make sense of your surroundings.
  • Visual Perception: Because the vast majority of perception research has been conducted on the sense of vision and because humans are extensively visual creatures, you spend time on fundamental topics in the domain of visual perception. These topics include how you perceive motion, depth, and color.
  • Perceptual Systems and Development: You'll also consider how your perceptual systems develop throughout your life, from infancy to adulthood. Among the subjects you learn about are action control, perception and attention, subliminal perception, and perceptual learning.
  • Your Other Senses: Just as important to a well-rounded grasp of sensation and perception are your other, nonvisual modalities of perception. Professor Vishton offers you an expert's look at our latest knowledge about taste and olfaction, hearing, speech and language perception, touch, kinesthetic perception, and even the perception of pain.
  • Your Senses in the Real World: Finally, you'll see how everything comes together in a series of lectures devoted to real-world situations and interesting topics involving sensation and perception. Professor Vishton discusses illusions, the relationship between perception and emotions, the possibilities of fixing and replacing damaged sensory systems, and more.

Learn Eye-Opening Truths about How You Perceive Your World

In addition to information about how your senses work and interact, Understanding the Secrets of Human Perception is packed with amazing facts that will open your eyes to just how little you thought you knew about such an essential—almost subconscious—part of your daily life. Professor Vishton's highly enjoyable lectures will amaze you with eye-opening truths about how you sense your world.

  • We classically consider humans to have five senses, but in fact, you have many more. Strictly speaking, you have one sense of touch dedicated to pressure, another for heat and cold, another for vibration and texture—and that's just one of your traditional senses!
  • People often think that if you close one eye, you'll lose your ability to perceive depth. But because there are other sources of information that influence how you sense depth, you are still able to see and judge distances just fine!
  • Your brain can generate flavor preferences based on what your body needs. For example, peanut butter may not smell good to you, but if you are very hungry—particularly if your body has a need for protein and magnesium—peanut butter may suddenly smell fantastic!

There appears to be a neural reality to the expression "it hurts to watch." If you feel strong emotional ties to someone, then when he or she experiences pain, so do you; not just figurative pain but, to some extent, physical pain that can be measured.

And that's only a small sampling of the many insights you'll uncover as you journey deep inside the inner workings of human perception and sensation.

Enjoy Interactive Experiments, Tests, and Demonstrations

Of course, research and experimentation plays an integral part in shaping how we know what we know about human perception. In many of this course's lectures, Professor Vishton—who has explored human perception in research projects supported by the National Science Foundation and other organizations—invites you to participate in simple experiments, tests, and demonstrations while watching or listening that will hammer home your understanding of how your senses operate.

Stare at footage of a downward-moving waterfall for two minutes in order to see upward drifting motion—even where there is nothing actually moving. Professor Vishton explains what these visual "aftereffects"tell you about motion perception in general. Listen to the repetition of a particular syllable with your eyes closed and then again while watching someone mouth a different syllable. When watching the video, your natural lip-reading abilities cause you to perceive a different sound, even though the sound itself never changes. Plug your nose and take a bite of an onion to notice its sweetness and juiciness without the sting of its odor. What you perceive as taste is largely your sense of smell.

Combine this interactive way of learning with Professor Vishton's numerous awards and accolades—including The College of William & Mary's Alumni Fellowship Award for excellence in teaching—and you've got a world-class learning experience that will undoubtedly change the way you think about your senses. After you've taken Understanding the Secrets of Human Perception, you won't eat dinner, listen to a conversation, sit in a chair, or pick up an object in the same way again.

A Hundred and One Days: A Baghdad Journal

A Hundred and One Days: A Baghdad Journal

A Hundred and One Days: A Baghdad Journal by Asne Seierstad
Basic Books | 2010 | ISBN: 0786736828 | EPUB | 336 pages | 457.21KB


For one hundred and one days Asne Seierstad worked as a reporter in Baghdad. Always in search of a story far less obvious than the American military invasion, Seierstad brings to life the world behind the headlines in this compelling- and heartbreaking-account of her time among the people of Iraq. From the moment she first arrived in Baghdad on a ten-day visa, she was determined to unearth the modern secrets of an ancient place and to find out how the Iraqi people really live. What do people miss most when their world changes overnight? What do they choose to say when they can suddenly say what they like? Seierstad reveals what life is like for everyday people under the constant threat of attack- first from the Iraqi government and later from American bombs. Displaying the novelist's eye and lyrical storytelling that have won her awards around the world, Seierstad here brings to life an unforgettable cast of characters, from foreign press apparatchik Uday, to Zahra, a mother of three, to Aliya, the guide and translator who becomes a friend. Putting their trust in a European woman with no obvious agenda, these and other Iraqis speak for themselves, to tell the stories we never see on the evening news.


The 'What's for Dinner?' Solution

The What's for Dinner? Solution

The "What's for Dinner" Solution: Quick, Easy, and Affordable Meals Your Family Will Love by Kathi Lipp
Harvest House Publishers | 2011 | ISBN: 0736938370 | EPUB | 208 pages | 328.07KB


For many women, dread turns to panic around 4:00 in the afternoon. That's when they have to answer that age-old question, "What's for dinner?" Many resort to another supermarket rotisserie chicken or--worse yet--ordering dinner through a drive-thru intercom.


In The "What's for Dinner" Solution, popular author and speaker Kathi Lipp provides a full-kitchen approach for getting dinner on the table every night. After putting her 21-day plan into action, women will


  • save time--with bulk shopping and cooking
  • save money--no more last-minute phone calls to the delivery pizza place
  • save their sanity--forget the last-minute scramble every night and know what they're having for dinner

The book includes real recipes from real women, a quick guide to planning meals for a month, the best shopping strategies for saving time and money, and tips on the best ways to use a slow cooker, freezer, and pantry.


With Kathi's book in hand, there's no more need to hit the panic button.


What's Your Diet Type?

What's Your Diet Type?

What's Your Diet Type: Use the Power of Your Personality to Discover Your Best Way to Lose Weight by Heather K Jones, Mary Miscisin, Ed Redard
Hatherleigh Press | 2009 | ISBN: 1578262879 | EPUB | 304 pages | 2.59MB


End the cycle of unsuccessful dieting and get in touch with an eating plan that works for you.


Do you know what’s keeping you from attaining–and maintaining–your ideal weight? It's not your metabolism, your genes, or your love of pasta. The truth is, you simply can’t succeed at a weight loss approach if your own personality does not “sync up” with it. And while you can’t change your personality, you can change your weight loss strategy.


How? Find your Diet Type.


With a short, simple Quiz based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®), the world’s most trusted and widely used personality type assessment, you can match your personality to one or more of the four Diet Types: the Diet Planner, Diet Player, the Diet Feeler, and the Diet Thinker. Then, learn:


  • How your personality affects the way you eat and exercise
  • Solutions that will work for you, including healthy eating strategies and quick tips
  • The basics of nutrition and diet, featuring common calorie “pitfalls” to avoid
  • How to take advantage of your personality’s unique strengths to lose weight and keep it off—for good

No matter how many diets you’ve tried, What’s Your Diet Type? will work for you. With a fresh writing style and solutions for even the busiest of women, plus recommended titles, and simple instructions on how to create your very own, custom-made eating program, What’s Your Diet Type? is your new best friend in the weight loss battle. This is the only book you will find that is useful, comprehensive, effective and also fun to read. So get off the dieting treadmill and find a diet and healthy eating solution that fits you—for life.


The Spark: The 28-Day Breakthrough Plan for Losing Weight

The Spark: The 28-Day Breakthrough Plan for Losing Weight

The Spark: The 28-Day Breakthrough Plan for Losing Weight, Getting Fit, and Transforming Your Life by Chris Downie
Hay House | 2011 | ISBN: 1401926460 | EPUB | 328 pages | 3.50MB


From the experts who created SparkPeople.com, America’s #1 diet and fitness site, comes The Spark. This groundbreaking book outlines the best of what has worked for millions of members who have lost weight, kept it off, and reached other goals. Driven by positive energy and proven results, The Spark outlines a breakthrough formula that combines nutrition, exercise, goal setting, motivation, and community, which has helped people change their lives beyond the scale.


  • Discover the 27 Secrets of Success—the best action steps, foods, and proven medical advice that have helped tens of thousands of members lose from 2 to 200 pounds.
  • Special tips from people who lost 100 pounds or more—see what these people had in common and what they did and didn’t do to make huge transformations in their lives.
  • A step-by-step 28-day program that brings together the most effective, medically accepted nutrition and fitness practices from SparkPeople experts in an easy-to-follow plan, including flexible mix-and-match meal plans, fully illustrated workout programs, full-color before-and-after success stories, and more!
  • New to this edition! Breakthrough survey results have been used to create a Strong Start Guide to help you jumpstart your weight-loss efforts. Based on what tens of thousands of successful SparkPeople members did to lose weight and change their lives, this guide tells you what to do in the first two weeks to make you five times more likely to reach your ultimate weight-loss goal!

Whether you want to fit into your “skinny jeans,” improve your health and fitness levels, change your outlook and mood, or reach all new goals, The Spark can help you transform your body and your life. What are you waiting for? Spark your life today!


The Shameless Carnivore: A Manifesto for Meat Lovers

The Shameless Carnivore: A Manifesto for Meat Lovers

The Shameless Carnivore: A Manifesto for Meat Lovers by Scott Gold
Clarkson Potter | 2008 | ISBN: 076792651X | EPUB | 368 pages | 692.58KB


The average American consumes 218.3 pounds of meat every year. But in the face of concerns about Mad Cow disease, dubious industrial feedlot practices, and self-righteous vegetarians, the carnivorous lifestyle has become somewhat déclassé. Now, Scott Gold issues a red-blooded call to arms for the meat-adoring masses to rise up, speak out, and reclaim their pride.


The Shameless Carnivore explores the complexities surrounding the choice to eat meat, as well as its myriad pleasures. Delving into everything from ethical issues to dietary, anthropological and medical findings, Gold answers such probing questions as: Can staying carnivorous be more healthful than going vegetarian? What’s behind the “tastes like chicken” phenomenon? And, of course, what qualities should you look for in a butcher? The author also chronicles his attempt to become the ultimate carnivore by eating thirty-one different meats as well as every part, cut and organ of a cow (including tasty recipes), describes hunting squirrels in Louisiana, and even spends an entire, painstaking week as a vegetarian.


From the critter dinners he relished as a child to his adult forays into exotic game and adventures in the kitchen, Gold writes with an infectious enthusiasm that might just inspire readers to serve a little llama or rattlesnake at their next dinner party. This is the definitive book for meat lovers.


The Napkin, The Melon & The Monkey

The Napkin, The Melon & The Monkey

The Napkin, The Melon & The Monkey: How to Be Happy and Successful by Simply Changing Your Mind by Barbara Burke
ReadHowYouWant | 2012 | ISBN: 1458754170 | EPUB | 128 pages | 183.18KB


As a customer service agent, Olivia has been trained to handle irate customers in a calm, professional manner. But one day she loses control and yells back. Terrified that she'll be fired, she seeks out Isabel, the call center's sage. The advice she receives from her wise mentor changes her life: SODA (Stop. Observe. Decide. Act) - a sure-fire formula for remaining calm in any situation Unplugging - a centuries-old practice to reduce anxiety and promote creativity Aha! s - 22 practical insights that become the framework for living a happy life. This modern-day fable shows us that the best way to reduce stress is to cultivate mindfulness. While we cannot control much of what happens, we can get better outcomes if we stop to see situations clearly and calmly. This book serves as both a powerful resource for business professionals looking for practical, easy-to-use tools for dealing with difficult people and an inspirational tale for those who want better relationships and a happier life.


Your Playlist Can Change Your Life

Your Playlist Can Change Your Life

Your Playlist Can Change Your Life: 10 Proven Ways Your Favorite Music Can Revolutionize Your Health, Memory, Organization, Alertness and More by Galina Mindlin, Don DuRousseau, Joseph Cardillo
Sourcebooks | 2012 | ISBN: 1402260245 | EPUB | 256 pages | 993.40KB


Unlock the power of the songs in your pocket.


Maybe you blast the speakers when you need to get pumped up. If that's all you do, though, you're not taking full advantage of the way music can help you. Listen to a slower track first and the one-two punch of the playlist can push you even higher. Overflowing with easy-to-use tips like these, Your Playlist Can Change Your Life is the first book to offer scientifically proven methods for using your favorite music to enhance your life. You'll discover how you can use the tunes you love to:


  1. Relieve anxiety
  2. Increase your alertness
  3. Feel happier
  4. Organize your brain
  5. Sharpen your memory
  6. Improve your mood
  7. Live creatively
  8. Enhance your ability to fight off stress, insomnia, depression, and even addiction

Teaching readers how to customize playlists for a feel-good prescription that has no side effects, Your Playlist Can Change Your Life offers a natural way to a better you simply by listening.


Elizabeth Taylor: A Shining Legacy on Film

Elizabeth Taylor: A Shining Legacy on Film

Elizabeth Taylor: A Shining Legacy on Film by Cindy De La Hoz
Running Press | 2012 | ISBN: 0762440457 | MOBI | 304 pages | 38.96MB


She was called the most beautiful woman in the world, but Elizabeth Taylor was far more than a pretty face - she was one of the greatest actresses the movies have ever known. From her first success in National Velvet when she was just 12 years old, to her stunning performances in A Place in the Sun, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Suddenly, Last Summer to her Oscar-winning role in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and beyond - Elizabeth Taylor showed herself to be a force to be reckoned with.


Elizabeth Taylor: Her Place in the Sun is a film retrospective that spans her 70-year career, featuring production histories, "behind-the-scenes" stories, and reviews for each film. Featuring hundreds of rare photos, it’s a dazzling tribute to Elizabeth Taylor, the film star.