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Depression confuses the mind, strips away hope, and causes people to blame themselves for an illness they never asked for. This book presents a revolutionary new understanding of the concept of depression and offers skills and strategies to manage it. No longer is this a one-size-fits-all diagnosis, and antidepressants are no longer the one-size-fits-all treatment. Mood disorders are now seen to form a spectrum of problems, from common depression on one end to full bipolar disorder on the other. In between these extremes are multitudes of people who are on the middle of the mood spectrum, and this book is for them. The first part of the book helps answer the question, 'Where am I on the mood spectrum?' By laying the foundation for understanding this spectrum, Aiken and Phelps highlight the key distinctions that define unipolarity, bipolarity, hypomania, mania, and depression. The authors also empower listeners to look beyond antidepressants. They walk listeners through new medications for the mood spectrum, and offer a guide to non-medication treatments that anyone can use on their own, from diet and lifestyle changes to natural supplements.Show more
Why do flying machines and astronauts appear in the artworks and sacred texts of all ancient cultures? What is the meaning of the immense earth drawings, impossible to view from the ground, that can be found all over the globe? How could prehistoric cultures have engraved diorite and other hard rock with such incredible precision without the use of modern tools? In this mind-bending new book, Erich von Däniken-bestselling author and expert on extraterrestrial influences on early civilization-draws on his latest research to update his astounding theory that the inhabitants of other planets have kept in contact with humankind since the earliest times. - Examine previously unpublished testimony from expert informants. - Discover new research undertaken by von Däniken after the opening up of previously inaccessible regions, such as the jungle city 'Buritaca 200' in Colombia. Featuring profiles of Machu Picchu, the Nazca Lines, and other archaeological mysteries, Impossible Truths shines a startling new light on the true relationship between alien species and humankind.Show more
Why should America try to be more like countries that are worse in nearly every way? Europe has been declining under the weight of its antiquated institutions, economic fatigue, moral anemia and cultural surrender. Yet American politicians, technocrats, academics, and pundits argue, with increasing popularity, that Americans should look across the Atlantic for solutions to the nation’s problems, including on issues like health care, the welfare state, immigration, and a bloated bureaucracy. In Eurotrash, David Harsanyi argues we are looking in the wrong place. By every economic and societal measure, the United States is more tolerant than Europe. It is more welcoming of immigrants, but also far more successful at assimilating them. Minorities do far better in United States. Our economy is dominant. Only one European company appears in top 10 corporate powerhouses in the world and only seven in the top 50. Americans make up nearly half of the list. Americans are far more charitable and happier than Europeans. Our slightly lower life expectancy and our slightly higher infant mortality rate are not a result of substandard care, but a statistical misunderstanding based on the fact we treat every life as one worth saving. In this biting, fast-moving, and well-researched polemic, Harsanyi debunks prevailing notions about European supremacy and makes an unapologetic case for American exceptionalism, offering insight and reasoned arguments to counter current policy prescriptions.Show more
In this book, Erich von Däniken shares the story of his friend Adel H., an Egyptologist, who, as a sixteen-year-old boy, was trapped for days under the Step Pyramid of Saqqara. Based on his conversations with Adel H., he retells the boy's search for a way out of the underground world, how the boy roamed passageways and chambers and saw what he calls 'impossible' things of which the professional world is completely unaware. Adel experienced uncanny events, a mixture of spirit realm and reality, which is described here for the first time. 'The story of Egypt,' Adel says, 'has two sides-the official one and the unknown one.' It is secrets like the sights and events Adel experiences underground that von Däniken refers to throughout this book. Von Däniken shows that the Great Pyramid of Giza is nothing but a huge library created for the people of the future. He proves his claim through quotes from the few ancient works that still survive. Who actually had an interest for millennia in destroying knowledge/books? It's not about a few thousand, but about millions of books. Von Däniken documents the fanatical destructive rage of the people and means: If we would only have one ten-thousandth of the former writings, human prehistory would have to be completely rewritten.Show more
The film Casablanca opens with the words, 'With the coming of the Second World War, many eyes in imprisoned Europe turned hopefully, or desperately, toward the freedom of the Americas.' Leslie Epstein's Hill of Beans is the story of how one nation, one industry, and in particular one man responded to that desperate hope. That man is Jack Warner. His impossible goal is to make world events-most importantly, the invasion of North Africa by British and American forces in 1942-coincide with the release of his new film about a group of refugees marooned in Morocco. Arrayed against him are Stalin and Hitler, as well as Josef Goebbels, Franklin Roosevelt, a powerful gossip columnist, and above all a beautiful young woman with a terrible secret. His only weapons are his hutzpah and his heroism as he struggles to bring cinema and city, conflict and conference together in an epic command performance. Hill of Beans is the novel that Leslie Epstein-the son and nephew of Philip and Julius Epstein, the screenwriters of Casablanca-was born to write.Show more
Learn how to thrive in even the most volatile economic climate with smart strategies from USA Today's top small-business columnist Owning a small business can be challenging enough even in the best of times. And when times get tough-whether the challenges are brought about by pandemics, recessions, or any other volatility, you need every tool sharpened and ready to go. You'll find them all in Your Small Business Boom, with the latest in entrepreneurial thinking from USA Today small-business columnist Steve Strauss. Packed with strategies, ideas, savvy tips, and noteworthy trends, it's an indispensable guide to rebuilding in a post-pandemic world-and thriving when the next crisis hits. You'll discover better ways to take risks in reimagining your business, from going after bigger clients to creating multiple profit centers, and how to reach 2.0 level with the internet, with chapters on modern e-comm strategy, websites versus funnels, and rethinking your tech. There's updated advice on using social media, managing remote teams (or getting it done solo), finding new sources of capital, and so much more. With smart, practical tips and a healthy dose of upbeat, can-do optimism, Your Small Business Boom is good news you can use right now.Show more
A Companion to Martin Scorsese is a comprehensive collection of original essays assessing the career of one of America's most prominent contemporary filmmakers. ● Contains contributions from prominent scholars in North America and Europe that use a variety of analytic approaches ● Offers fresh interpretations of some of Scorsese's most influential films, including Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Gangs of New York, and Hugo ● Considers Scorsese's place within the history of American and world cinema; his work in relation to auteur theory; the use of popular music and various themes such as violence, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender, and race in his films, and moreShow more
Forensic science is a subject of wide fascination. What happens at a crime scene? How does DNA profiling work? How can it help solve crimes that happened twenty years ago? In forensic science, a criminal case can often hinge on a piece of evidence such as a hair, a blood trace, half a footprint, or a tire mark. Complex scientific findings must be considered carefully and dispassionately, and communicated with clarity, simplicity, and precision. In this Very Short Introduction, Jim Fraser introduces the concept of forensic science and explains how it is used in the investigation of crime. He begins at the crime scene itself, explaining the principles and processes of crime scene management, and drawing on his own personal experience of high profile cases. Fraser explores how forensic scientists work; from the reconstruction of events to laboratory examinations. He considers the techniques they use, such as fingerprinting, and goes on to highlight the immense impact DNA profiling has had. Providing examples from forensic science cases in the UK, US, and other countries, he considers the techniques and challenges faced around the world. This new edition has been fully updated to take into account developments in areas such as DNA analysis and drug analysis, and the growing field of digital forensics.Show more
From one of today’s leading experts on the emerging science of the microbiome-brain communication, comes a ground-breaking book that offersevidence that diet- and lifestyle-induced changes in the gut-microbiome play a pivotal role in the health crises of the twenty-first century. In his acclaimed book, The Mind-Gut Connection, Dr. Emeran Mayer, offered groundbreaking evidence of the critical role of the microbiome in neurological, emotional and cognitive health, proving once and for all the power and legitimacy of the close interactions of the gut microbiome and the brain. Now, in The Gut-Immune Connection, Dr. Mayer expands on this topic and proposes an even more radical paradigm shift: the gut microbiome is at the center of virtually every major disease that defines our 21st-century public health crisis. Our understanding of the function and impact of the trillions of microorganisms that live in the GI tract continues to advance, and in Dr. Mayer’s own research, he has amassed evidence that the “conversation” that takes place between these microbes and our various organs and bodily systems, is critical to human health. The Gut-Immune Connection offers a comprehensive look at the link between alterations to the gut microbiome and the development of chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, brain disorders and cancer, as well as susceptibility to infectious diseases like COVID-19. He reveals the links between the health of the gut microbiome, with the way our food is grown, and ultimately the health of the planet. Dr. Mayer argues that it’s essential we understand the profound effects of gut health on our body and offers strategies to reverse the steady upward rise of these illnesses, including a model for nutrition that puts the health of the microbiome center stage. But time is running out: an irreversible decline of gut microbial diversity and its catastrophic effects on our health is only a few decades away if we don’t make critical changes to both our diet and food supply. To turn the tide, we must radically shift the way we live today. Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.Show more
Writer/director Robert Orlando, locked down during the Covid-19 pandemic, learned Citizen Kane was Trump's favorite film, and the parallels were astonishing. Both Kane and Trump are swaggering masters of media, and both claim to stand for the working man. 'Orson Welles, the boy genius of Kane, was possessing me from the grave,' states Orlando. In Orlando's acclaimed documentary Citizen Trump, we witness Trump, like Kane, trying to escape unglamorous beginnings. A decades-long effort to rise as aspiring Hollywood mogul, real estate player, darling of gossip columnists, casino owner, dabbler in politics, and reality TV star. Each new stage was a rehearsal for his role as president. In this follow-up to the film, Orlando takes an even deeper dive into the nature of Trump's background as an entertainer-and how it led to the miraculous upset of Clinton and his rise as president. Truth-be-told, Kane was crushed by scandal; Trump was not. He triumphed above front-page divorces, bankruptcies, unprecedented media attacks, and political chaos. Did his failed attempt at re-election end his star power? Citizen Trump gives us our looking glass.Show more
Astonishingly irrational ideas are spreading. Covid denial persists in the face of overwhelming evidence. Anti-vaxxers compromise public health. Conspiracy thinking hijacks minds and incites mob violence. Toxic partisanship is cleaving nations, and climate denial has pushed our planet to the brink. Meanwhile, American Nazis march openly in the streets, and Flat Earth theory is back. What the heck is going on? Why is all this happening, and why now? More important, what can we do about it? In Mental Immunity, Andy Norman shows that these phenomena share a root cause. We live in a time when the so-called “right to your opinion” is thought to trump our responsibilities. The resulting ethos effectively compromises mental immune systems, allowing “mind parasites” to overrun them. Conspiracy theories, evidence-defying ideologies, garden-variety bad ideas: these are all species of mind parasite, and each of them employs clever strategies to circumvent mental immune systems. In fact, some of them compromise cultural immune systems – the things societies do to prevent bad ideas from spreading. Norman shows why all of this is more than mere analogy: minds and cultures really do have immune systems, and they really can break down. Fortunately, they can also be built up: strengthened against ideological corruption. He calls for a rigorous science of mental immune health – what he calls “cognitive immunology” – and explains how it could revolutionize our capacity for critical thinking. Hailed as “a feast for thought,” Mental Immunity melds cutting-edge work in science and philosophy into an “astonishingly enlightening and productive” solution to the signature problem of our age. A practical guide to spotting and removing bad ideas, a stirring call to transcend our petty tribalisms, and a serious bid to bring humanity to its senses.Show more
Murdoc Jern's father, an interstellar gem trader, was murdered by outlaw competitors and left behind an odd ring, large enough to fit over the finger of a space suit. With his companion Eet, a strange feline mutant with phenomenal mental powers, he soon discovered that the stone in the ring was actually a Zero Stone-an alien device left behind by an ancient vanished race-and it was the key to powers beyond human imagination. Murdoc and Eet had to solve the secret of the Zero Stone, and very quickly, because very greedy and dangerous people wanted that ring, and wouldn't hesitate at a second murder to obtain it.Show more
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