Description : 'With every piece of legislation, government takeover, or bailout, we are marching toward the precipice of socialism...For those that react to crisis with the call for more regulation and more restrictions, I would propose that you: ask not what your government can do for you, ask what you will be able to do once you have allowed government to do for you.' In this easy-to-read and thought-provoking work, Coleman presents a new set of basic economic principles to help readers comprehend the causes of today's economic woes. Readers will understand why government, though well intentioned, is seldom the best economic choice and discover just what it will take to turn the country around. With a dash of humor, the Economic Comic will prove that we can be optimistic for the future, even though we aren't laughing now.
Description : In this sequel to A Fine Mess! the adventures of hapless Year 9 students Michael Hardy and Woody Decker continue. Michael and Woody have a serious knack for getting themselves into a lot of trouble, from exploding fire trucks to exploding cows, sewage laden willy-willys, kidnapped Harry Potter gnomes, cattle prods, smoking penises and serious wardrobe malfunctions, there's nothing these boys can't stuff up. On the other hand, Michael's alter-ego the uber-cool Dirk Fleming, Junior MI6 Agent, can do no wrong with his feats of danger, daring and high drama. From dreadful delinquent to reluctant hero in just 192 pages - can Michael save the day, win the girl and stay out of the poo?
Description : Sign on for a hazardous sailboat trip from Seattle to Wrangell, Alaska. It's a trip filled with beauty, adventure, and potential for disaster. This story, like every good story, has a hero and a villain. In this case, several villains, human and natural, who join the effort to destroy him.
Description : From "City Lights" to "Knocked Up," this history examines American film from the perspective of its unwanted stepbrother, the comedy, and puts the comic titans of the present in the context of their predecessors. The 30 chapters and 100 essays follow the connections that link Mae West to Marilyn Monroe and W. C. Fields to Will Ferrell. Offering unvarnished insight into comedians and directors such as Buster Keaton, Christopher Guest, Eddie Murphy, and Ben Stiller, this eye-opening, entertaining, and enlightening tour encompasses the masterpieces, the box-office smashes, and all the little-known gems in between. Laurel and Hardy, Marilyn Monroe, Peter Sellers, Mel Brooks, Richard Pryor, Steve Martin, and the Coen Brothers are among others profiled, while a list of the top-100 American film comedies is also included.
Description : "You will be hooked from the first page." -- Kelly Elliott, New York Times bestselling author "Everything that I've come to expect from a Kelly Siskind novel---characters that make me smile, laugh, and swoon." -- Jennifer Blackwood, USA Today bestselling author "Crackles with wit and heat!" -- M. O'Keefe Some guys should come with a warning label . . . Sawyer West is Mr. One-Night Stand. He doesn't do relationships or promises or feelings. He's never cared enough to get involved. Until Lily Roberts. She's sweet and shy and sexy as sin, and resisting her is testing his self-control. She believes Sawyer can be a better man, and for the first time in his life, he wants to be. But change isn't easy, and Sawyer would do anything to protect Lily from his past self. Even break his own heart . . .
Description : New York Times bestelling author T. R. Reid travels around the world to solve the urgent problem of America's failing tax code, unravelling a complex topic in plain English - and telling a rollicking story along the way. The U.S. tax code is a total write-off. Crammed with loopholes and special interest provisions, it works for no one except tax lawyers, accountants, and huge corporations. Not for the first time, we have reached a breaking point. That happened in 1922, and again in 1954, and again in 1986. In other words, every thirty-two years. Which means that the next complete overhaul is due in 2018. But what should be in this new tax code? Can we make the U.S. tax system simpler, fairer, and more efficient? Yes, yes, and yes. Can we cut tax rates and still bring in more revenue? Yes. Other rich countries, from Estonia to New Zealand to the UK—advanced, high-tech, free-market democracies—have all devised tax regimes that are equitable, effective, and easy on the taxpayer. But the United States has languished. So byzantine are the current statutes that, by our government’s own estimates, Americans spend six billion hours and $10 billion every year preparing and filing their taxes. In the Netherlands that task takes a mere fifteen minutes! Successful American companies like Apple, Caterpillar, and Google effectively pay no tax at all in some instances because of loopholes that allow them to move profits offshore. Indeed, the dysfunctional tax system has become a major cause of economic inequality. In A Fine Mess, T. R. Reid crisscrosses the globe in search of the exact solutions to these urgent problems. With an uncanny knack for making a complex subject not just accessible but gripping, he investigates what makes good taxation (no, that’s not an oxymoron) and brings that knowledge home where it is needed most. Never talking down or reflexively siding with either wing of politics, T. R. Reid presses the case for sensible root-and-branch reforms with a companionable ebullience. This affects everyone. Doing our taxes will never be America's favorite pastime, but it can and should be so much easier and fairer.
Description : Tim Moore - indefatigable travelling everyman – switches two wheels for four as he journeys across Trumpland in an original Model T Ford. ‘Alarmingly full of incident, very funny – even mildly transformative’ Daily Mail Lacking even the most basic mechanical knowhow, Tim Moore sets out to cross Trumpland USA in an original Model T Ford. Armed only with a fan belt made of cotton, wooden wheels and a trunkload of ‘wise-ass Limey liberal gumption’, his route takes him exclusively through Donald-voting counties, meeting the everyday folks who voted red along the way. He meets a people defined by extraordinary generosity, willing to shift heaven and earth to keep him on the road. And yet, this is clearly a nation in conflict with itself: citizens ‘tooling up’ in reaction to ever-increasing security fears; a healthcare system creaking to support sugar-loaded soda lovers; a disintegrating rust belt all but forgotten by the warring media and political classes. With his trademark blend of slapstick humour, affable insight and butt-clenching peril, Tim Moore invites us on an unforgettable road trip through America. Buckle up!
Description : When a fox cleans his den to prepare for a visit from his uncle, his trash inadvertently makes the rounds of the homes of other animals before ending up right back where it began.
Description : Now that we've pretty much ruined planet Earth--no big secret--science tells us the human race could be doomed. Well, not all science, but some of it, enough to have sparked a lively interest in setting up someplace else. But where? The answer is the moon of course, and that's what this book explores: the many ways in which today's scientists, entrepreneurs, architects and, yes, a few loonies are working to get colonies established there ASAP. Filled with research, interviews and expert projections, these pages reveal how a web of fantastic new technologies could give mankind a brand new start off-world. The only worm in the ointment is human nature. It's the one thing pioneers in this business almost never discuss. Yet it's of vital concern: given a second chance on the moon, will we use it to create at last a sane and peaceful society? Or will we make a desperate hash of things all over again? Here's your doorway to the moon of tomorrow. Pass through and decide for yourself.
Description : Writer Bridget Montrose finds that the rarefied world of the literati can be hazardous, not only to her self-esteem but also to her life. Bridget is delighted to be accepted at a prestigious writer's retreat on the California coast near Santa Cruz and is looking forward to high-minded conversations at the dinner table. High-mindedness is, however, in short supply. Instead, Bridget gets an up-close, personal look at the writing and publishing world: authors of pot boilers and of literature, e-published authors and perennially best-selling authors. The eccentric billionaire owner of the retreat, the jealous manager, surfers, and cops enliven the literary mix.