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Surviving Collapse

By Christina Ergas
  • ISBN Code: : 0197544126
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
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As major environmental crises loom, Christina Ergas makes the argument in Surviving Collapse that one possible way forward is a radical sustainable development that turns the focus from monetary gain to social and ecological regeneration and transformation. Employing qualitative and cross-national comparative methods, Ergas examines two alternative, community-scale, socioecological models of development: the first is a grassroots urban ecovillage in the Pacific Northwest, United States, while the second is a government-subsidized, but cooperatively run, urban farm in Havana, Cuba. While neither are panaceas, they prioritize social and ecological efficiency and subsume economic rationality towards those ends. Featuring cases that not only allow us to synthesize their strengths but evaluate their weaknesses, Surviving Collapse reveals a multitude of varied paths toward reaching radical urban sustainability and empowers us all to imagine, and possibly build, more resilient futures.

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Other animals are driven to spend essentially their whole lives just trying to get fed, stay alive, and get laid. That’s about it. The same was true for our proto-human ancestors. And modern humans of course also require a Survival Drive and a Sex Drive in order to leave descendants. But today we spend most of our lives mainly just trying to convince ourselves that our existence is not absurd. In What We Are, Queen’s University biologist, Lonnie Aarssen, traces how our biocultural evolution has shaped Homo sapiens into the only creature that refuses to be what it is — the only creature preoccupied with a deeply ingrained, and absurd sentiment: I have a distinct ‘mental life’—an ‘inner self’—that exists separately and apart from ‘material life’, and so, unlike the latter, need not come to an end. This delusion conceivably gave our distant ancestors some wishful thinking for finding some measure of relief from the terrifying, uniquely human knowledge of the eventual loss of corporeal survival. But this came with an impulsive, nagging doubt — an obsessive underlying uncertainty: ‘self-impermanence anxiety’. Biocultural evolution, however, was not finished. It also gave us two additional, uniquely human, primal drives, both serving to help quell the burden of this anxiety. Legacy Drive generates delusional cultural domains for ‘extension’ of self; and Leisure Drive generates pleasurable cultural domains for distraction – ‘escape’ – from self. Legacy Drive and Leisure Drive, Aarssen argues, represent two of the most profound consequences of human cognitive and cultural evolution. What We Are advances propositions regarding how a visceral susceptibility to self-impermanence anxiety has — paradoxically — played a pivotal role in rewarding the reproductive success of our ancestors, and has thus been a driving force in shaping fundamental motivations and cultural norms of modern humans. More than any other milestone in the evolution of human minds, self-impermanence anxiety, and its mitigating Drives for Legacy and Leisure, account for not just the advance of civilization over the past many thousands of years, but also now, its impending collapse. Effective management of this crisis, Aarssen insists, will require a deeper and more broadly public understanding of its Darwinian evolutionary roots — as laid out in What We Are.

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  • Publisher : Crown
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  • Total of Pages : 288
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In this New York Times bestselling investigation, Ted Koppel reveals that a major cyberattack on America’s power grid is not only possible but likely, that it would be devastating, and that the United States is shockingly unprepared. Imagine a blackout lasting not days, but weeks or months. Tens of millions of people over several states are affected. For those without access to a generator, there is no running water, no sewage, no refrigeration or light. Food and medical supplies are dwindling. Devices we rely on have gone dark. Banks no longer function, looting is widespread, and law and order are being tested as never before. It isn’t just a scenario. A well-designed attack on just one of the nation’s three electric power grids could cripple much of our infrastructure—and in the age of cyberwarfare, a laptop has become the only necessary weapon. Several nations hostile to the United States could launch such an assault at any time. In fact, as a former chief scientist of the NSA reveals, China and Russia have already penetrated the grid. And a cybersecurity advisor to President Obama believes that independent actors—from “hacktivists” to terrorists—have the capability as well. “It’s not a question of if,” says Centcom Commander General Lloyd Austin, “it’s a question of when.” And yet, as Koppel makes clear, the federal government, while well prepared for natural disasters, has no plan for the aftermath of an attack on the power grid. The current Secretary of Homeland Security suggests keeping a battery-powered radio. In the absence of a government plan, some individuals and communities have taken matters into their own hands. Among the nation’s estimated three million “preppers,” we meet one whose doomsday retreat includes a newly excavated three-acre lake, stocked with fish, and a Wyoming homesteader so self-sufficient that he crafted the thousands of adobe bricks in his house by hand. We also see the unrivaled disaster preparedness of the Mormon church, with its enormous storehouses, high-tech dairies, orchards, and proprietary trucking company – the fruits of a long tradition of anticipating the worst. But how, Koppel asks, will ordinary civilians survive? With urgency and authority, one of our most renowned journalists examines a threat unique to our time and evaluates potential ways to prepare for a catastrophe that is all but inevitable.

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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
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  • Total of Pages : 241
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  • Pdf File: surviving-the-apocalypse.pdf

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The Apocalypse could arrive at any moment, but with Surviving the Apocalypse, you'll be well-prepared and well-trained enough to survive any disaster—even the end of the world as we know it. Being prepared for what’s out there is important—you have to know what to do when everything falls apart. Knowing how to survive the end of the world as we know it will prepare you for anything and everything that could possibly go wrong. From packing the proper survival kit, to surviving on the battlefield, being physically fit, and coping in the event of a socio-economic collapse, Soldier of Fortune magazine, along with N. E. MacDougald, will make sure that you’re never caught off-guard in any situation, from natural and economic disasters to pandemics and civil unrest—even nuclear war. The purpose of this book is to provide the reader with real-world, practical information that will help them to not only survive, but thrive during a period that is likely not just another downturn in the economic cycle, but according the many experts, instead the beginning of a long downward slide, and possibly the very peak in our 10,000-year experiment of civilization. While you may not plan on being in a war zone, you never know what will happen, so the best thing to always do is be prepared. Whether it's learning how to barter and haggle, how to get the proper camouflage, or how to choose the right weapon for any situation, MacDougald and Surviving the Apocalypse will give you the training and knowledge that goes into surviving any and every dangerous situation imaginable.

Hiroshima

By John Hersey
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  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Book Code : 0593080696
  • Total of Pages : 160
  • Category : History
  • Members : 147
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Book Short Summary:

On August 6, 1945, Hiroshima was destroyed by the first atom bomb ever dropped on a city. This book, John Hersey's journalistic masterpiece, tells what happened on that day. Told through the memories of survivors, this timeless, powerful and compassionate document has become a classic "that stirs the conscience of humanity" (The New York Times). Almost four decades after the original publication of this celebrated book, John Hersey went back to Hiroshima in search of the people whose stories he had told. His account of what he discovered about them is now the eloquent and moving final chapter of Hiroshima.

Reinventing Collapse

By Dmitry Orlov
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  • Publisher : New Society Publishers
  • Book Code : 1550924753
  • Total of Pages : 208
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 380
  • Pdf File: reinventing-collapse.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This new edition of Reinventing Collapse is an update on the growing similarities and differences between the collapse of the Soviet Union and the current unraveling of the United States. With sharp wit and dry humor, Dmitry Orlov shares his personal experiences in post-industrial living and argues that US collapse is survivable given the right attitude and preparation.

Miracle in the Mine

By José Henriquez
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  • Publisher : Zondervan
  • Book Code : 0310334969
  • Total of Pages : 176
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 952
  • Pdf File: miracle-in-the-mine.pdf

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On October 13, 2010, millions of television viewers on five continents literally stopped everything to watch the amazing rescue of 33 men trapped underground in the mine of San José de Copiapó in northern Chile. What had seemed at first a hopeless tragedy later became a triumph of human effort, courage, perseverance, and expertise. For 17 excruciating days no one knew whether any of the miners had survived the collapse of the mine shaft, nor were the surviving miners aware of any rescue attempts. They spent a total of 69 days trapped underground. And it was there, in that frightening cavern, that one man took on the responsibility of encouraging the others and use the tragedy as an opportunity to share his faith. Miracle in the Mine is the story of José Henríquez. The testimony of a man who was no stranger to danger even before he found himself trapped 2,300 feet under the earth in the San José mine. A man who has unequivocally demonstrated his integrity, courage, and moral strength both before, during, and after the mining accident, and who is now using this experience to inspire the world.

The Coming Clinton Economic Collapse

By David Meade
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  • Publisher : eBookIt.com
  • Book Code : 1456627198
  • Total of Pages : 75
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Members : 269
  • Pdf File: the-coming-clinton-economic-collapse.pdf

Book Short Summary:

We are very close to financial Armageddon regardless of the outcome of the election, but with Hillary Clinton in power there is a very short fuse. You cannot change the world system, but you can make yourself impervious to it, and you can profit tremendously. You must prepare now. If you want to have any chance of surviving what is imminent, you must have this book. China is now a net buyer of Silver and has recommended to their 1.4 billion citizens the purchase and saving of this precious metal. It is only one of many alternative investments we explore in this book. You need to get positioned ahead of time. Empower yourself today by buying this book! Most importantly, this book leads you to the last chapter "The End Game." This is a detail description of where Clinton policies are purposely and secretly leading America. It is a revelation every American needs to know. The Clintons have been referred to as agents of the "establishment" or the "shadow government" by various commentators. Their hidden agenda, which I believe Donald Trump is very aware of, is revealed for the first time here. The book takes you step-by-step from the outer reaches to the inner core of what is about to befall America. On November 8, 2016 Hillary Clinton will likely be elected President. Her husband Bill laid the groundwork for the Dot com bubble, and the ruinous hyperinflation of real estate values. NAFTA was another disaster, destroying millions of American jobs. The policies of Hillary will end America as we know it. The economy, already on the precipice, will collapse over the cliff. Massive stock market withdrawals will occur. In 1999 Bill Clinton repealed the Glass-Steagall Act. The next 7-8 years was the Roaring Twenties all over again. Banks created fraudulent loans – sham transactions including the so-call "Collateralized Debt Obligations" – they actually sold this stuff to the American public and investors. Guess what? In 2008 the house of cards collapsed. Hillary Clinton is a "New World Order" proponent, and as such she has done major damage to Middle East stability and the safety of Israel. A war is more likely under her than anyone. New World Order people are looking for a one-world government and leader. That idea is as old as the Greek philosophers, and just as wrong. When you put absolute power in the hands of one person, that's a guarantee of corruption. Instead of deregulating and drawing on Alaska's oil, which would make America energy independent, Hillary Clinton relies on failed old-school policies to conquer and control Middle East oil. She has released billions to Iran, which they are using against us – they are the #1 terror state in the world. Obamacare will devastate the medical community. The USA has the highest debt level of any nation in the world. Under Clinton it will be astronomically higher. Hillary will raise taxes as never before, and run to the bankers for money. I won't spend time on her track record – Donald Trump has done that. We need to go into survivalist mode from a standpoint of major investment diversification, and right now.

Mrs. Pollifax and the Golden Triangle

By Dorothy Gilman
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  • Publisher : Fawcett
  • Book Code : 059315956X
  • Total of Pages : 208
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 367
  • Pdf File: mrs-pollifax-and-the-golden-triangle.pdf

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"A rousing caper for Pollifax fans." BOOKLIST Although Mrs. Pollifax is determined to give up spying for good, she can't help but agree to carry a small object to an agent in Thailand, and get one in return. The moment she lands, however, Mrs. Pollifax is horrified to find her contact dead and her husband kidnapped. The next thing she knows, she's tramping through the ominous Thai countryside, led by a curious fellow who may be trying to help her find her husband. Or he may have other, more sinister plans....

Skitter

By Ezekiel Boone
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  • Publisher : Random House Canada
  • Book Code : 0345816536
  • Total of Pages : 320
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 997
  • Pdf File: skitter.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Ezekiel Boone continues his shivery and wildly entertaining homage to classic horror novels with Skitter, the second book in his The Hatching series. There's a reason we're afraid of spiders... Ezekiel Boone's astonishingly inventive debut, The Hatching, was a terrifying account of an apocalyptic week in which an ancient breed of carnivorous spiders woke from their 10,000-year slumber and caused carnage around the world. Then suddenly they started to die in waves, leaving shattered human survivors to take a deep, relieved breath, and begin to clean up the mess and rebuild their lives. But spider expert Melanie Guyer, and the crisis team the US president and her chief of staff has assembled around her, are pretty sure that this isn't the last they've seen of these eight-legged predators. Something else is coming, something connected to the eerie stashes of glowing white eggs the spiders left in places like LA's Staples Center--something very very bad. Something that will test the capacity of the entire human race to survive.

We Are What We Wear

By Lucy Siegle
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  • Publisher : Guardian Books
  • Book Code : 1783560789
  • Total of Pages : 50
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Members : 781
  • Pdf File: we-are-what-we-wear.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Fashion is many things. It is self-expression, big business, trend-setting, a lifestyle choice. But however you see fashion, it relies on one simple characteristic: the incredible speed with which clothes make their journey from the drawing board to the High Street hanger. Fashion is fast. Fast fashion influences the types of garments we have in our wardrobes. It also describes the complex, multi-national supply chain that links the shirt on your back to the crowded, creaking factories in the world’s slums where clothes are made by a workforce numbering in the tens of millions. The manufacturing pressures that come from our deep love of incredibly cheap, incredibly current fashions were shot to global attention in 2013 when the Rana Plaza building in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital city, collapsed in a cascade of tumbling rubble, twisted metal and trapped bodies. Over 1,100 people died, mainly young women. We Are What We Wear is the story of what happened in Bangladesh and how fast fashion has grown to become the giant that it is today. The intimate accounts from the survivors of the collapse are mixed with an exploration of the history of fast fashion and of how the High Street both fuels and satisfies our every fashion wish. Award-winning reporter Jason Burke picks his way through the day of the collapse, while fashion and consumer expert Lucy Siegle looks at what has happened since – and what needs to happen next.

The Uninhabitable Earth

By David Wallace-Wells
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  • Publisher : Tim Duggan Books
  • Book Code : 052557672X
  • Total of Pages : 384
  • Category : Science
  • Members : 533
  • Pdf File: the-uninhabitable-earth.pdf

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “The Uninhabitable Earth hits you like a comet, with an overflow of insanely lyrical prose about our pending Armageddon.”—Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New Yorker • The New York Times Book Review • Time • NPR • The Economist • The Paris Review • Toronto Star • GQ • The Times Literary Supplement • The New York Public Library • Kirkus Reviews It is worse, much worse, than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible—food shortages, refugee emergencies, climate wars and economic devastation. An “epoch-defining book” (The Guardian) and “this generation’s Silent Spring” (The Washington Post), The Uninhabitable Earth is both a travelogue of the near future and a meditation on how that future will look to those living through it—the ways that warming promises to transform global politics, the meaning of technology and nature in the modern world, the sustainability of capitalism and the trajectory of human progress. The Uninhabitable Earth is also an impassioned call to action. For just as the world was brought to the brink of catastrophe within the span of a lifetime, the responsibility to avoid it now belongs to a single generation—today’s. LONGLISTED FOR THE PEN/E.O. WILSON LITERARY SCIENCE WRITING AWARD “The Uninhabitable Earth is the most terrifying book I have ever read. Its subject is climate change, and its method is scientific, but its mode is Old Testament. The book is a meticulously documented, white-knuckled tour through the cascading catastrophes that will soon engulf our warming planet.”—Farhad Manjoo, The New York Times “Riveting. . . . Some readers will find Mr. Wallace-Wells’s outline of possible futures alarmist. He is indeed alarmed. You should be, too.”—The Economist “Potent and evocative. . . . Wallace-Wells has resolved to offer something other than the standard narrative of climate change. . . . He avoids the ‘eerily banal language of climatology’ in favor of lush, rolling prose.”—Jennifer Szalai, The New York Times “The book has potential to be this generation’s Silent Spring.”—The Washington Post “The Uninhabitable Earth, which has become a best seller, taps into the underlying emotion of the day: fear. . . . I encourage people to read this book.”—Alan Weisman, The New York Review of Books

The Bridge of San Luis Rey

By Thornton Wilder
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  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Book Code : 0063244713
  • Total of Pages : 192
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 700
  • Pdf File: the-bridge-of-san-luis-rey.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize "As close to perfect a moral fable as we are ever likely to get in American literature." —Russell Banks "There are books that haunt you down the years, books that seem to touch and stir something deep inside you. . . . Wilder's The Bridge of San Luis Rey is of this kind." —The Independent (London) "On Friday noon, July the twentieth, 1714, the finest bridge in all Peru broke and precipitated five travelers into the gulf below." This immortal sentence opens The Bridge of San Luis Rey, one of the towering achievements in American literature, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and a novel still read throughout the world. Brother Juniper, a Franciscan monk, witnesses the tragic event. Deeply moved, he embarks on a quest to prove that it was divine intervention, not chance, that led to the deaths of the five people crossing the bridge that day. Ultimately, his search leads to a timeless investigation into the nature of fate and love, and the meaning of the human condition. This beautiful edition includes a foreword by acclaimed author Russell Banks and an afterword by Thornton Wilder's nephew, Tappan, with illuminating documentary material about the novel and its rich literary history.

Doomsday Bunker Book

By Ben Jakob
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  • Publisher : The Pro Doodler
  • Book Code : 0990589102
  • Total of Pages : 239
  • Category : Reference
  • Members : 816
  • Pdf File: doomsday-bunker-book.pdf

Book Short Summary:

We have all heard of people talking about a doomsday, or watched the TV show Doomsday Preppers. We have heard people called "Preppers", or "What Iffers". People have been talking about some sort of "End of the World" scenario, for decades. Even the United States government has many bunkers around the country, some of which have been bought by ordinary citizens and even preppers. Some of us are concerned something may happen sooner than later. I have heard more and more people talking about the possibility of an imminent disaster. Some people worry about different possible scenarios. For example; economic collapse, societal collapse, civil unrest, electromagnetic pulse, weather destruction, war, fire, nuclear attacks, terrorist attacks, fuel shortages, pandemics, geomagnetic reversal, etc.Many people are preparing for these scenarios of which they are concerned. It is estimated in the United States of America, approximately ten percent of the population are Preppers to one degree or another. No one knows if or when, one or more problems will occur. There is no way to predict a specific occurrence or time factor, and my crystal ball broke, so I cannot help with your prognostication. The best we can do is to be prepared for any eventuality. This is why I personally (and many others) believe an underground concrete bunker is the best idea. As I will explain, this Bunker will give you the best protection possible for the most scenarios.One need not be a conspiracy theorist to be concerned. People may think "Doomsday Preppers", or "What Iffers", as we are often called, are "nut jobs." However, when TSHTF, we will be the ones who others will come to, since we will be prepared.

Dancing in the Glory of Monsters

By Jason Stearns
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  • Publisher : PublicAffairs
  • Book Code : 1610391594
  • Total of Pages : 416
  • Category : History
  • Members : 291
  • Pdf File: dancing-in-the-glory-of-monsters.pdf

Book Short Summary:

A "tremendous," "intrepid" history of the devastating war in the heart of Africa's Congo, with first-hand accounts of the continent's worst conflict in modern times. At the heart of Africa is the Congo, a country the size of Western Europe, bordering nine other nations, that since 1996 has been wracked by a brutal war in which millions have died. In Dancing in the Glory of Monsters, renowned political activist and researcher Jason K. Stearns has written a compelling and deeply-reported narrative of how Congo became a failed state that collapsed into a war of retaliatory massacres. Stearns brilliantly describes the key perpetrators, many of whom he met personally, and highlights the nature of the political system that brought these people to power, as well as the moral decisions with which the war confronted them. Now updated with a new introduction, Dancing in the Glory of Monsters tells the full story of Africa's Great War.