Catastrophe In The Making

Author by : William R. Freudenburg
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Publisher by : Island Press
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Description : When houses are flattened, towns submerged, and people stranded without electricity or even food, we attribute the suffering to “natural disasters” or “acts of God.” But what if they’re neither? What if we, as a society, are bringing these catastrophes on ourselves? That’s the provocative theory of Catastrophe in the Making, the first book to recognize Hurricane Katrina not as a “perfect storm,” but a tragedy of our own making—and one that could become commonplace. The authors, one a longtime New Orleans resident, argue that breached levees and sloppy emergency response are just the most obvious examples of government failure. The true problem is more deeply rooted and insidious, and stretches far beyond the Gulf Coast. Based on the false promise of widespread prosperity, communities across the U.S. have embraced all brands of “economic development” at all costs. In Louisiana, that meant development interests turning wetlands into shipping lanes. By replacing a natural buffer against storm surges with a 75-mile long, obsolete canal that cost hundreds of millions of dollars, they guided the hurricane into the heart of New Orleans and adjacent communities. The authors reveal why, despite their geographic differences, California and Missouri are building—quite literally—toward similar destruction. Too often, the U.S. “growth machine” generates wealth for a few and misery for many. Drawing lessons from the most expensive “natural” disaster in American history, Catastrophe in the Making shows why thoughtless development comes at a price we can ill afford.


Catastrophe In The Making

Author by : William R. Freudenburg
Languange : en
Publisher by : Island Press
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Description : "On a sweltering August day in 2005, Hurricane Katrina blasted New Orleans, leaving behind devastation and chaos. Conventional wisdom tells us it was a tragic case of nature striking humans, but 'Catastrophe in the making' explains that the conventional wisdom is dangerously wrong. Katrina was instead a tragic case of humans striking nature, and paying dearly for it. Worse, we continue to make the same mistakes all across the country, courting costly and lethal disasters" -- inside cover.


The Culture Of Calamity

Author by : Kevin Rozario
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Description : Turn on the news and it looks as if we live in a time and place unusually consumed by the specter of disaster. The events of 9/11 and the promise of future attacks, Hurricane Katrina and the destruction of New Orleans, and the inevitable consequences of environmental devastation all contribute to an atmosphere of imminent doom. But reading an account of the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, with its vivid evocation of buildings “crumbling as one might crush a biscuit,” we see that calamities—whether natural or man-made—have long had an impact on the American consciousness. Uncovering the history of Americans’ responses to disaster from their colonial past up to the present, Kevin Rozario reveals the vital role that calamity—and our abiding fascination with it—has played in the development of this nation. Beginning with the Puritan view of disaster as God’s instrument of correction, Rozario explores how catastrophic events frequently inspired positive reactions. He argues that they have shaped American life by providing an opportunity to take stock of our values and social institutions. Destruction leads naturally to rebuilding, and here we learn that disasters have been a boon to capitalism, and, paradoxically, indispensable to the construction of dominant American ideas of progress. As Rozario turns to the present, he finds that the impulse to respond creatively to disasters is mitigated by a mania for security. Terror alerts and duct tape represent the cynical politician’s attitude about 9/11, but Rozario focuses on how the attacks registered in the popular imagination—how responses to genuine calamity were mediated by the hyperreal thrills of movies; how apocalyptic literature, like the best-selling Left Behind series, recycles Puritan religious outlooks while adopting Hollywood’s sty≤ and how the convergence of these two ways of imagining disaster points to a new postmodern culture of calamity. The Culture of Calamity will stand as the definitive diagnosis of the peculiarly American addiction to the spectacle of destruction.


Disaster Capitalism

Author by : Antony Loewenstein
Languange : en
Publisher by : Verso
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Description : How Capitalism makes a fortune from disaster, poverty and catastrophe Disaster has become big business. Best-selling journalist Antony Loewenstein travels across Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea, the United States, Britain, Greece, and Australia to witness the reality of disaster capitalism. He discovers how companies cash in on organized misery in a hidden world of privatized detention centers, militarized private security, aid profiteering, and destructive mining. What emerges through Loewenstein's reporting is a dark history of multinational corporations that, with the aid of media and political elites, have grown more powerful than national governments. In the twenty-first century, the vulnerable have become the world's most valuable commodity.


Disasters Risks And Revelation

Author by : Steve Matthewman
Languange : en
Publisher by : Springer
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Description : Disasters are part of the modern condition, a source of physical anxiety and existential angst, and they are increasing in frequency, cost and severity. Drawing on both disaster research and social theory, this book offers a critical examination of their causes, consequences and future avoidance.


Cognitive Workload And Fatigue In Financial Decision Making

Author by : Stephen J. Guastello
Languange : en
Publisher by : Springer
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Description : This book presents new theory and empirical studies on the roles of cognitive workload and fatigue on repeated financial decisions. The mathematical models that are developed here utilize two cusp catastrophe functions for discontinuous changes in performance and integrate objective measures of workload, subjective experiences, and individual differences among the decision makers. Additional nonlinear dynamical processes are examined with regard to persistence and antipersistence in decisions, entropy, further explanations of overall performance, and the identification of risk-optimization profiles for long sequences of decisions.


Facing Catastrophe

Author by : Robert R. M. Verchick
Languange : en
Publisher by : Harvard University Press
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Description : In this bold contribution to environmental law, Robert Verchick argues for a new perspective on disaster law that is based on the principles of environmental protection. He contends that government must assume a stronger regulatory role in managing natural infrastructure, distributional fairness, and public risk. Verchick proposes changes to the federal statutes governing environmental impact assessments, wetlands development, air emissions, and flood control, among others. This is a new vision of disaster law for the next generation.


Making Public Policy

Author by : Larry N. Gerston
Languange : en
Publisher by : Glenview, Ill. : Scott, Foresman
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Africa S World War

Author by : Gerard Prunier
Languange : en
Publisher by : Oxford University Press
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Description : The Rwandan genocide sparked a horrific bloodbath that swept across sub-Saharan Africa, ultimately leading to the deaths of some four million people. In this extraordinary history of the recent wars in Central Africa, Gerard Prunier offers a gripping account of how one grisly episode laid the groundwork for a sweeping and disastrous upheaval. Prunier vividly describes the grisly aftermath of the Rwandan genocide, when some two million refugees--a third of Rwanda's population--fled to exile in Zaire in 1996. The new Rwandan regime then crossed into Zaire and attacked the refugees, slaughtering upwards of 400,000 people. The Rwandan forces then turned on Zaire's despotic President Mobutu and, with the help of a number of allied African countries, overthrew him. But as Prunier shows, the collapse of the Mobutu regime and the ascension of the corrupt and erratic Laurent-D?sir? Kabila created a power vacuum that drew Rwanda, Uganda, Angola, Zimbabwe, Sudan, and other African nations into an extended and chaotic war. The heart of the book documents how the whole core of the African continent became engulfed in an intractible and bloody conflict after 1998, a devastating war that only wound down following the assassination of Kabila in 2001. Prunier not only captures all this in his riveting narrative, but he also indicts the international community for its utter lack of interest in what was then the largest conflict in the world. Praise for the hardcover: "The most ambitious of several remarkable new books that reexamine the extraordinary tragedy of Congo and Central Africa since the Rwandan genocide of 1994." --New York Review of Books "One of the first books to lay bare the complex dynamic between Rwanda and Congo that has been driving this disaster." --Jeffrey Gettleman, New York Times Book Review "Lucid, meticulously researched and incisive, Prunier's will likely become the standard account of this under-reported tragedy." --Publishers Weekly


Flirting With Disaster

Author by : Marc S. Gerstein
Languange : en
Publisher by : Union Square Press
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Description : Analyzes major disasters in recent history and explains how their deep financial, emotional, and historical impacts could have been avoided.


The Complete Idiot S Guide To Making Money After You Retire

Author by : Barbara Weltman
Languange : en
Publisher by : Macmillan Distribution
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Description : Explains how to take advantage of tax breaks, manage pension-plan income and Social Security benefits, spend savings and investments economically, or start another career


Hbr S 10 Must Reads On Making Smart Decisions With Featured Article Before You Make That Big Decision By Daniel Kahneman Dan Lovallo And Olivier Sibony

Author by : Harvard Business Review
Languange : en
Publisher by : Harvard Business Press
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Description : Learn why bad decisions happen to good managers—and how to make better ones. If you read nothing else on decision making, read these 10 articles. We’ve combed through hundreds of articles in the Harvard Business Review archive and selected the most important ones to help you and your organization make better choices and avoid common traps. Leading experts such as Ram Charan, Michael Mankins, and Thomas Davenport provide the insights and advice you need to: Make bold decisions that challenge the status quo Support your decisions with diverse data Evaluate risks and benefits with equal rigor Check for faulty cause-and-effect reasoning Test your decisions with experiments Foster and address constructive criticism Defeat indecisiveness with clear accountability


Automobile Insurance Rate Making

Author by : Casualty Actuarial Society
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Computer Aided Decision Making

Author by : George Kuttickal Chacko
Languange : en
Publisher by : Elsevier Publishing Company
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The War On Disabled People

Author by : Ellen Clifford
Languange : en
Publisher by : Zed Books Ltd.
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Description : In 2016, a United Nations report found the UK government culpable for ‘grave and systematic violations’ of disabled people’s rights. Since then, driven by the Tory government’s obsessive drive to slash public spending whilst scapegoating the most disadvantaged in society, the situation for disabled people in Britain has continued to deteriorate. Punitive welfare regimes, the removal of essential support and services, and an ideological regime that seeks to deny disability has resulted in a situation described by the UN as a ‘human catastrophe’. In this searing account, Ellen Clifford – an activist who has been at the heart of resistance against the war on disabled people – reveals precisely how and why this state of affairs has come about. From spineless political opposition to self-interested disability charities, rightwing ideological myopia to the media demonization of benefits claimants, a shocking picture emerges of how the government of the fifth-richest country in the world has been able to marginalize disabled people with near-impunity. Even so, and despite austerity biting ever deeper, the fightback has begun, with a vibrant movement of disabled activists and their supporters determined to hold the government to account – the slogan ‘Nothing About Us Without Us’ has never been so apt. As this book so powerfully demonstrates, if Britain is to stand any chance of being a just and equitable society, their battle is one we should all be fighting.


Bulletin

Author by : Mississippi. Department of Education
Languange : en
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Qualitative Aspects Of Decision Making

Author by : Roland W. Scholz
Languange : en
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Description : Res. en inglés y alemán.


Titanic Century

Author by : Paul Heyer
Languange : en
Publisher by : ABC-CLIO
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Description : This book presents a revealing look at our 100-year fascination with the Titanic disaster and the various media that have been involved in reporting, preserving, and immortalizing the event. * Illustrated with photographs, a painting, and a movie poster * A comprehensive bibliography organized according to each of the three parts of the book * A comprehensive index of subjects and names * Appendices of several songs and poems pertaining to the Titanic


Making Accounting Decisions

Author by : George J. Staubus
Languange : en
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Catastrophe Modeling

Author by : Patricia Grossi
Languange : en
Publisher by : Springer Science & Business Media
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Description : Based on the research that has been conducted at Wharton Risk Management Center over the past five years on catastrophic risk. Covers a hot topic in the light of recent terroristic activities and nature catastrophes. Develops risk management strategies for reducing and spreading the losses from future disasters. Provides glossary of definitions and terms used throughout the book.


Making America Work Again

Author by : J. Morton Davis
Languange : en
Publisher by : New York : Crown
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The Making Of The Greek Genocide

Author by : Erik Sjöberg
Languange : en
Publisher by : Berghahn Books
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Description : During and after World War I, over one million Ottoman Greeks were expelled from Turkey, a watershed moment in Greek history that resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths. And while few dispute the expulsion’s tragic scope, it remains the subject of fierce controversy, as activists have fought for international recognition of an atrocity they consider comparable to the Armenian genocide. This book provides a much-needed analysis of the Greek genocide as cultural trauma. Neither taking the genocide narrative for granted nor dismissing it outright, Erik Sjöberg instead recounts how it emerged as a meaningful but contested collective memory with both nationalist and cosmopolitan dimensions.


Making A Killing

Author by : Warren Dunford
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Description : Mitchell Draper is on the lookout for material to create a blockbuster film script. His search leads him down a bizarre path travelled by real-life characters and full of clues that suggest a real murder is likely to take place.


Making Important News Interesting

Author by : Perry Parks
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Description : Based on the premise that a fresh approach is needed in public affairs journalism, this guide offers real-world examples of reporting and writing that put citizens in the center of public debates, educate them on important issues, and break with convention to give energy to civic news. With dozens of exercises for both the classroom and newsroom, budding journalists get pointers on story selection and ways to use lively writing to engage readers and keep them coming back on a daily basis.