Most people run from disasters, but for people like Jake it's your job to get to one as fast as you can. This time he is not so sure he wants to go. A major global pandemic is going on and a major hurricane has just hit the Gulf Coast. To make matters worse, the government is forcing the evacuees back to the storm stricken cities or placing them in isolation and quarantine. His chances of helping others or becoming a casualty himself have just taken a turn for the worse as the U.S. declares martial law for a storm ravaged coast. Follow this short tale of bad government policy and impending apocalypse. A few simple bottles sitting in a window and a few silver coins. Can this be all that can be offered as a remedy to the virus that plagues mankind? Will the view of the back garden ever get back to the same? Or will it become a graveyard for memories? A post apocalyptic tale of what might be foretold for America's future, the economy and mankind. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Phil Williams. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/014125/bk_acx0_014125_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Mistakes so big they seem like fodder for The Onion—but they really happened! From memorable disasters such as New Coke, the XFL, and Tiger Woods’ marriage to less-remembered failures such as Yugo, Cop Rock, and Microsoft’s BOB, Worst Ideas Ever revisits history’s biggest blunders. Whether it’s a pop culture failure the likes of Dennis Miller’s disastrous run on Monday Night Football, a political one such as John Edwards’ odd decision to run for president while cheating on his cancer-stricken wife, or a technological misstep such as Apple’s Newton OS, Worst Ideas Ever uncovers the ridiculous stories behind mistakes so huge, you’ll have to constantly remind yourself that they actually happened. Moving from Mariah Carey’s “performance” in Glitter to the Minnesota Vikings decision to trade away their future for an aging Herschel Walker, Worst Ideas Ever offers the real stories behind some of the dumbest things ever done. Whether it was ego (Michael Jordan leaving basketball for baseball), greed (nobody questioning their impossibly high returns when investing with Bernie Madoff) or simple stupidity (Jay Leno moving to 10 p.m.), Worst Ideas Ever brings it all back in hilarious detail. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Patrick Lawlor. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/008489/bk_adbl_008489_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
After the US is ravaged by ecological disasters, Maya Roberts, a young herbalist, must travel in the hazardous high desert to find healing plants for her community, which has been stricken by some new, fatal illness. There, she encounters a remarkably peculiar Navajo named Howling Sky, who is able to trigger rare phenomena - impossible occurrences. But is Howling Sky a man - or a ghost? Can Maya come to terms with the dangers implicit in a despoiled earth, restore her loved ones to health, and acknowledge her destiny as a shaman's apprentice? Can she discover love? Listeners are invited to travel to what's left of the West, to the Islands of California, where a cure for the new disease has been reported. Maya, now Question Woman, mentored by Howling Sky, must resolve her past in the house where she once lived and must deal with obstacles that threaten her return to the people who need her, and where her loyalties lie. G. Miki Hayden's Navajo research provides an authentic cultural background in regard to the shamanistic details; her startling imagination supplies the rest. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gary Roelofs. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/061733/bk_acx0_061733_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Most people run from disasters, but for people like Jake, it's your job to get to one as fast as you can. As a prepper he does not want to take the risk; as an emergency manager it's his duty. And this time he is not so sure he wants to perform that duty, whether it's his job or not. A major global pandemic is going on and a major hurricane has just hit the Gulf Coast. To make matters worse, the government is forcing the evacuees back to the storm-stricken cities or placing them in isolation and quarantine. Jake's chances of helping others or becoming a casualty himself have just taken a turn for the worse as the U.S. declares martial law for a storm-ravaged coast. Follow this adventure story of bad government policy and impending apocalypse. How could this post-apocalyptic tale of "driving to a disaster" get any worse? After a mega hurricane and a major pandemic threatens the Gulf States, it looks like events will shut humanity down in the good old U.S.A.. The author adds to the impending sense of doom when martial law is imposed and society collapses because of economic and food riots. And the hero is not home yet as an oil spill takes place. This book paints a foreboding fictional picture of a possible and all-too-likely true scenario: a "what if" Armageddon. What do we do? How do we prepare? Stock more Preps, buy more ammo? Maybe we don't prepare and we just die. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Phil Williams. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/018566/bk_acx0_018566_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What ails Mother Earth? The answer can be found in the propensities of man, her most gifted, but alas, also her most prodigal son. The world today may look to be the oyster to modern man, with his faculties of creativity, inventiveness, and enterprise. But looks are deceptive. Man has harnessed science and technology and also the new science of economics to bring about unprecedented prosperity, growth, and amenities of life. All this, however, has come at a grievous cost to nature - in the anthropogenic maladies that we, in our reckless quest for "progress" and comfort, have inflicted on the mother planet. Climate change and global warming; rampant exploitation of non-renewable fossil fuels belching out greenhouse gases; retreating glaciers; growing water, air, and noise pollution; ocean acidification; ozone depletion; dwindling forests; imperiled biodiversity; and the growing menace of e-waste - all are stark symptoms of the seemingly inexorable degradation that human activities have wrought on the once-pristine environment of this living planet. We do not seem to learn from the fearsome records of myriad disasters and the five great extinctions that had stricken the earth in the past. What is worse, we seem to be heading mindlessly toward our collective doom of a sixth extinction, this time threatening to be caused by human-induced climate change. Time is running out, but all is still not lost. Initiatives have already been launched by conscientious world bodies, conferences, and protocols to fight the hydra-headed monster of environmental pollution. What is needed is a broad-based general will - an "informed consent" by us, the conscious earthlings - to heal our beloved blue planet. The symptoms, the diagnostics and the line of cure, are all presented in this volume of engaging and comprehensive analysis by an ecologist who has embraced "Save the Earth" as his mission in life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Risa Pappas. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/073013/bk_acx0_073013_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
How to Become an International Disaster Volunteer discusses the immense value an experienced water systems engineer, trauma surgeon, or communications specialist could bring to a disaster stricken community, while also explaining how their professional educations do not prepare them for the logistical, psychological, and physical demands of traveling to, and functioning in, an international catastrophe with little water or electricity, limited sleep and food, a chaotic working environment, and with team members from diverse backgrounds and with different personalities. This book provides a step-by-step guide for the entire process, including self-evaluating tactics, fitness measurements for volunteering, how to research disaster relief organizations, how to gain appropriate training and applicable experiences, the best practices during deployments, and the personal recovery process upon returning home. Each chapter focuses on one aspect of the progression, but also includes case studies of disasters, profiles of relief organizations, and checklists for each stage. Presents tactics from an emergency manager who has extensive international disaster volunteer experienceIncludes proven strategies that will help readers stand out to organizationsProvides practical advice on how to prepare for chaotic disaster conditions
Research Paper (undergraduate) from the year 2013 in the subject Politics - International Politics - Topic: Globalization, Political Economics, Thammasat University, Bangkok (National Institute of Development Administration(NIDA), Bangkok, Thailand ), language: English, abstract: In a globalized world the dynamics of rural development in Bangladesh has changed immensely. Globalization, free trade and privatization have brought about many positive and negative impacts on rural development. This article tries to focus on three major impacts of globalization on rural development such as impact on environment, poverty and women. In responding to the research questions that how globalization affected environmental degradation, what impact it has done on poverty reduction and women in Bangladesh, the author used a combination of both quantitative and qualitative methods. From the content analysis it was observed that globalization has seriously affected environment such as land degradation; deforestation; soil erosion; soil fertility loss; water logging; salinity and toxification of soils; damage and destruction of coral reefs, mangroves, fisheries; loss of bio-diversity and ecosystem; pollution of air and water bodies etc. that caused huge environmental disasters in Bangladesh. The research findings relating to impact of globalization on poverty reduction unearthed the fact that due to huge remittance from the expatriate foreign labours, exponential increases of agricultural growth especially in cereal crops and increase in labour cost have contributed to reduction of rural poverty in Bangladesh. The increase of agricultural growth was the end result of massive privatization of agricultural sector in Bangladesh that in fact helped the rich farmers to adopt HYV and modern agricultural practices, agrochemicals, pesticides, fertilizers; and privatization also helped them availing of low cost tube wells and agricultural inputs, increase of irrigation facilities. But the poor farmers were hardly affected by the privatization strategy. But the negative scenario in case of poverty is that globalization has increased income inequality in Bangladesh. Lastly, from both content analysis and case studies, it was found that globalization has created employment opportunities of women in the garments industries (RMG) in the export processing zones of Bangladesh. Mostly these women are the poverty stricken women who migrated to city areas from rural areas for employment but the foreign investors are exploited these women by providing a low salary and employed them excessive hours for ensuring their optimum production. [...]
Forging superstitious beliefs about his destiny after barely escaping two historical disasters, a guilt-stricken Karom Seth visits his girlfriend's family in Delhi, where a wise grandmother helps him to find the clarity he seeks.
This book provides unique insights into the challenges and potential solutions to alleviate poverty in western China. Many people are interested in China's economic and social development; the development of Tibet is an important part of this narrative. Unlike big cities in the east of China, Tibet is still underdeveloped, with severe poverty, relatively poor communications, poor infrastructure, transport links, and limited social services. Using deep and well-researched analyses, learned Chinese scholars share their policy insights, experience and knowledge of the underlying causes and potential solutions to this underdevelopment and poverty. The reader is also provided with firsthand accounts of different people in Tibet, ranging from local government officials to poverty-stricken herdsmen. This book gets at the heart of problems faced by ordinary Tibetans, such as dealing with impacts of natural disasters, lack of education, managing ecological resettlement, and trying to prevent the transmission of intergenerational poverty. Looking at these issues from a theoretical, policy, government and practical perspective, Breaking Out of the Poverty Trap ¿ Case Studies from the Tibetan Plateau in Yunnan, Qinghai and Gansu covers the full range of issues in the development of the Tibetan Plateau.