We live in an objective world, with almost everything happening in the world to be causal, natural, and fair. Your entire lifetime activity is also causal, since almost everything happening in your life is a continuous succession of causes and effects. This means that, through a highly systematic study, you could be capable to place all events of your life along one single corresponding line, which is your own lifeline of causality. ...And when you study your lifeline closely, you may understand indeed the reason why you have chosen and done everything throughout life in this particular manner, in this particular order, and for these particular reasons. Even more, through your own lifeline of causality, you may seek to understand your own meaning in life, your own meaning in society, and your own meaning in the world, because these also have their own lifelines of causality. ...And by studying these, you are capable to pinpoint the exact interaction between your own lifeline of causality and these extraordinary, comprehensive lifelines of causality, in order to identify, study, and explain all significant events of your life and of the world, how they all happen, for what reason, and through what circumstances.This book studies your life, your choices in life and in the world, along with all significant events to have ever changed your life, how it all happens, and through what circumstances, since everything is always found along specific lines of causality, everything is connected. You will understand human beings, society and the world, along with higher beings of the wider world.
When the State of Israel claims to represent all Jewish people, defenders of Israeli policy redefine antisemitism to include criticism of Israel. Antisemitism is harmful and real in our society. What must also be addressed is how the deployment of false charges of antisemitism or redefining antisemitism can suppress the global progressive fight for justice. There is no one definitive voice on antisemitism and its impact. Jewish Voice for Peace has curated a collection of essays that provides a diversity of perspectives and standpoints. Each contribution explores critical questions concerning uses and abuses of antisemitism in the twenty-first-century, focusing on the intersection between anti-Semitism, accusations of anti-Semitism, and Palestinian human rights activism. This anthology provides a much-needed tool for Palestinian solidarity activists, teachers, as well as Jewish communities. Featuring contributions from Omar Barghouti, Judith Butler, and Rebecca Vilkomerson, as well as activists, academics, students, and cultural workers, On Political Solidarity and Justice includes the voices of Palestinian students and activists, and Jews that are often marginalized in mainstream discussions of anti-Semitism, including Jews of Color and Sephardi/Mizrahi Jews. Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) is a national, grassroots organization inspired by Jewish tradition to work for a just and lasting peace according to principles of human rights, equality, and international law for all the people of Israel and Palestine. JVP has over 200,000 online supporters, over sixty chapters, a youth wing, a Rabbinic Council, an Artist Council, an Academic Advisory Council, and an Advisory Board made up of leading U.S. intellectuals and artists.
Organization needs to devise policies regarding its ultimate operation towards the realization of its objectives. Strong policies inspire public and donors trust, check and balances power dynamics, help raise funds, lead towards stewardship of organization resources and assets, discourage fraud and minimize errors. Policies are formulated to ensure that organization meets internal and external control mechanism to inspire trust in public and ensure transparency and accountability in its ultimate operation. Policies exist to set direction for organizations, organize staff to handle situations and adhere to certain rules and follow some regulations in the performance of their duties and using organizations’ assets and resources. The book is an inspiring piece of policies literature that are currently in use in the formation and operational plan of NGOs. The book provides for a comprehensive guidelines and principles that are currently in practice in governing the affairs of NGOs. The book expounds on thirteen (13) such policies that drive the direction of organization towards achieving its objectives. The administrative policy aims at setting of rules/principles that shall make the affairs and operation of organization go smooth and to facilitate all other departments in the performance of their duties. The human resources policy provides for a control mechanism that strives for a better congenial workforce environment to ensure better working relationship between employees to employees and employees to employer. The finance policy works towards devising good working finance ethics and code of conduct to ensure organization meet internal control mechanism and external transparency and accountability checks. This grievance procedure is intended to facilitate the effective handling of grievances that may from time to time present themselves in the working environment. The conflict of interest policy ensures that employees and board members avoid such circumstances (potential or actual) that compromise their integrity with regards to their duties in the organization and endorses that employees and board members always keep organization’s objectives and interests over and above their personal interest. The code of conduct policy shall make employees and board members duty destined to observe ethical principles to meet internal control mechanism standards and external transparency and accountability in its operation. Anti-harassment policy makes every effort to provide a working environment free of harassment and intimidation and thus provides for a strict compliance with the rules from employees to observe decency and mannerism. Assets policy keep the organization assets well-maintained, properly entrusted in employees’ hands and thus record is maintained of their physical inventory. It provides for organization’s assets to be properly and legally used and avoid their misuse. The communication policy creates responsible attitude that reflects and represents organization at levels appropriate. It aims at creating attitude and ability to communicate well, responsibly and efficiently on behalf of the organization. The security policy ensures safety and security of organizations’ assets and personnel. The travel policy serves to clarify the means by which travel should be arranged and the parameters that must be adhered to by all employees of the organization. The computer policy ensures the overall computers’ usage, maintenance and data security secure and thus makes it obligatory on all to observe confidentiality of data and proper handling of organization assets. The procurement policy of organization requires strict compliance with rules that ensure transparency and accountability in securing supply to office and project sites.
Random House presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Shepherds and Butchers by Chris Marnewick, read by Peter Nobel. South Africa, 1987. Apartheid. When Leon, a white 19-year-old prison guard working on death row commits an inexplicable act of violence, killing seven black men in a hail of bullets, the outcome of the trial - and the court's sentence - seems a foregone conclusion. Hotshot lawyer John Weber (played by Steve Coogan) reluctantly takes on the seemingly unwinnable case. A passionate opponent of the death penalty, John discovers that young Leon worked on death row in the nation's most notorious prison, under traumatic conditions: befriending the inmates over the years while having to assist their eventual execution. As the court hearings progress, the case offers John the opportunity to put the entire system of legally sanctioned murder on trial. How can one man take such a dual role of friend and executioner, becoming both shepherd and butcher? Inspired by true events, this is the story that puts the death penalty on trial and changes history.
This is the book that has forever changed the debate on affirmative action in America. The Shape of the River is the most far-reaching and comprehensive study of its kind. It brings a wealth of empirical evidence to bear on how race-sensitive admissions policies actually work and clearly defines the effects they have had on over 45,000 students of different races. Its conclusions mark a turning point in national discussions of affirmative action--anything less than factual evidence will no longer suffice in any serious debate of this vital question. Glenn Loury's new foreword revisits the basic logic behind race-sensitive policies, asserting that since individuals use race to conceptualize themselves, we must be conscious of race as we try to create rules for a just society. Loury underscores the need for confronting opinion with fact so we can better see the distinction between the "morality of color-blindness" and the "morality of racial justice."
Everyone tells you marriage is hard, but no one tells you what to do about it.At age thirty-four, Jo Piazza got her romantic-comedy ending when she met the man of her dreams on a boat in the Galápagos Islands and was engaged three months later. But before long, Jo found herself riddled with questions. How do you make a marriage work in a world where you no longer need to be married? How does an independent, strong-willed feminist become someone's partner-all the time? In the tradition of writers such as Nora Ephron and Elizabeth Gilbert, award-winning journalist and nationally bestselling author Jo Piazza writes a provocative memoir of a real first year of marriage that will forever change the way we look at matrimony. A travel editor constantly on the move, Jo journeys to twenty countries on five continents to figure out what modern marriage means. Throughout this stunning, funny, warm, and wise personal narrative, she gleans wisdom from matrilineal tribeswomen, French ladies who lunch, Orthodox Jewish moms, Swedish stay-at-home dads, polygamous warriors, and Dutch prostitutes. Written with refreshing candor, elegant prose, astute reporting, and hilarious insight into the human psyche, How to Be Married offers an honest portrait of an utterly charming couple. When life throws more at them than they ever expected-a terrifying health diagnosis, sick parents to care for, unemployment-they ultimately create a fresh understanding of what it means to be equal partners during the good and bad times. Through their journey, they reveal a framework that will help the rest of us keep our marriages strong, from engagement into the newlywed years and beyond.
Electronic Waste: Toxicology and Public Health Issues discusses the major public health concerns due to the presence of toxic chemicals that are generated from improper recycling and disposal practices of electronic waste (e-waste). This book highlights hazardous inorganic chemicals found in e-waste, including arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury, gallium, iridium, and nanomaterials, also focusing on health issues related to the presence of BPA, styrene, and other plastic components and combustion products, while also identifying populations at special risk. To provide readers with potential solutions to this global problem, Dr. Fowler presents risk assessment approaches using chemicals, mixtures, biomarkers, susceptibility factors, and computational toxicology. He discusses how to translate the information gathered through risk assessment into safe and effective international policies. The final chapter is devoted to future research directions. This is a timely and useful resource for all those concerned with the health issues surrounding e-waste management and proper disposal, including toxicologists, public health and policy officials, environmental scientists, and risk assessors. Offers a well-researched, single authored book and draws attention to the need for better and more informed risk assessment and policymaking in this areaEmphasizes the transference of electronic waste (e-waste) to developing countries where populations of concern include children working in recycling activities and impoverished groups with poor nutritional status and limited access to medical resourcesReviews, in detail, the issue of exposure to chemical mixtures as a central feature of e-waste due to the presence of a number of organic and inorganic chemicals in modern electronic devices
“James Nolan looks back unsparingly on a time few writers have faced with such clarity and compassion. There’s suspense and beauty on every page . . .”—Andrei Codrescu Flight Risk takes off as a page-turning narrative with deep roots and a wide wingspan. James Nolan, a fifth-generation New Orleans native, offers up an intimate portrait both of his insular hometown and his generation’s counterculture. Flight runs as a theme throughout the book, which begins with Nolan’s escape from the gothic mental hospital to which his parents committed the teenaged poet during the tumult of 1968. This breakout is followed by the self-styled revolutionary’s hair-raising flight from a Guatemalan jail, and years later, by the author’s bolt from China, where he ditched his teaching position and collectivist ideals. These Houdini-like feats foreshadow a more recent one, how he dodged biblical floods in a stolen school bus three days after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans.Nolan traces these flight patterns to those of his French ancestors who fled to New Orleans in the mid-nineteenth century, established a tobacco business in the French Quarter, and kept the old country alive in their Creole demimonde. The writer describes the eccentric Seventh Ward menagerie of the extended family in which he grew up, his early flirtation with extremist politics, and a strong bond with his freewheeling grandfather, a gentleman from the Gilded Age. Nolan’s quest for his own freedom takes him to the flower-powered, gender-bending San Francisco of the sixties and seventies, as well as to an expatriate life in Spain during the heady years of that nation’s transition to democracy. Like the prodigal son, he eventually returns home to live in the French Quarter, around the corner from where his grandmother grew up, only to struggle through the aftermath of Katrina and the city’s resurrection.Many of these stories are entwined with the commentaries of a wry flâneur, addressing such subjects as the nuances of race in New Orleans, the Disneyfication of the French Quarter, the numbing anomie of digital technology and globalization, the challenges of caring for aging parents, Creole funeral traditions, how to make a soul-searing gumbo, and what it really means to belong.
Order of the Black Knights Gabriel Ingram is running from his past. It’s common knowledge at the college where he teaches that he’s a former CIA technical analyst, but no one knows the things he really did—or about the rage and bloodlust that are his constant companions. He’s holding on to his normal life with both hands, but he knows someday he’ll lose his grip. Lucas Craig is a social worker studying to become a family therapist. For reasons Lucas can’t understand, the normally reclusive Professor Ingram takes an interest in him, and Lucas secretly hopes their friendship might become more. Then Eric, Lucas’s roommate, disappears. Lucas is frantic. The police are no help. With nowhere else to turn, Lucas begs Gabriel for his expertise. What starts as a simple errand to help a friend becomes a journey into a violent world of gangs and human trafficking—one that will bring Gabriel face-to-face with the forces intent on stealing his soul. But Lucas might be the one who can save him—if Gabriel can get them out alive.
If total global costs of failed marriages and divorces all over the world are calculated, it would stand at many thousand billions of dollars. If saved, it can eradicate poverty and starvation from the face of earth. Saving marriages is enterprising social economics. What it costs to save this wastage? What investment saves marriages? Cost in terms of tangibles is negligible. In terms of intangibles; investments for wellness and excellence in marriages are colossal. But then, sanity is always round the corner and it is magnanimously available without any cost to anyone, with a coin of ‘acceptance’. Somehow, acceptance is not contemporary intelligence. But then; marriage is primarily an enterprise of series of acceptances, that too mutually, with an eye to unlearn subjective somatic stupidities. Men and women are invited to unravel this mystical mutuality called marriage.
#1 New Release on AmazonParents of LGBT Children. Looking for LGBTQ books that offer guidance on providing loving support to your LGBT child? Unconditional: A Guide to Loving and Supporting Your LGBTQ Child" provides parents of a LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning) child with a framework for helping their LGBTQ child navigate through a world that isn’t always welcoming. Author Telaina Eriksen, a professor at Michigan State University and the mother of a gay daughter, explains what she and her husband have learned through experience, including how to: • deal with gay children coming out• confront bullying of gay children• become an advocate for gay children• and, build a support system in a gay familyGender and sexuality ─ Eriksen also covers the science on gender and sexuality and how to help a transgender child through the various stages of development. Throughout the book parents and kids who have been there, share their stories. She also directs gay family parents to various resources online to help them.LGBTQ parents will learn…• How to help their child navigate locker rooms, sleepovers, proms, etc.• When to involve the police or school administration when it comes to bullying • How to advocate for local, state and national policies that protect your child• Ways to educate well-meaning, but misguided extended family members• How to help start a Gay-Straight Alliance at your child’s school • Strategies for keeping your child talking after he or she comes out• Signs of unhealthy relationships • When to consider therapy for your child and/or your family • How to find an LGBTQ-friendly community (including inclusive churches)
Do you HATE eating your vegetables? . . . Are your parents constantly hiding yucky green stuff in your dinner? . . . Have your taste buds threatened to go on strike? . . . Then here’s 49 (extremely silly) excuses for not eating your veggies! Join the comical adventure of these mischievous kids who will try absolutely anything to avoid eating all kinds of icky vegetables. With an illustration for each haphazard attempt, you’re guaranteed to laugh, smirk, and chuckle for hours. Disclaimer: reading this eBook will definitely get you into trouble! (So if your parents ask where you heard these excuses you didn’t hear them from me). Recommended Age: 10+