Bombs Bugs Drugs and Thugs:Intelligence and America´s Quest for Security Loch K. Johnson
Garden Insects of North America:The Ultimate Guide to Backyard Bugs Whitney Cranshaw
Garden Insects of North America:The Ultimate Guide to Backyard Bugs - Second Edition. 2. Auflage Whitney Cranshaw/ David Shetlar
Think about this: How would you address a group of two or more people? Would you say ´´you´´, ´´you all´´, ´´yous´´, ´´you lot´´, ´´y´all´´, ´´you guys´´, ´´you´uns´´, ´´yinz´´, or something else? Would that change depending on whom you were talking to or where you were? Your answers can provide revealing insights into who you are, where you grew up or live now, and your social, economic, and educational background. Welcome to the enthralling world of linguistics. If you´ve ever been curious about how words like awesomesauce ever came to be, let alone made it into the Oxford English Dictionary, or if you´ve wondered why you say ´´firefly´´ and someone else calls the same insect a ´´lightning bug´´, English in America is for you. There´s an incredibly rich and colorful history behind American English. A profoundly diverse assortment of cultures has influenced our vocabulary, pronunciation, and grammar, and the language continues to grow and shift. Dialect variations are widespread and actually increasing, and the new words, accents, and sentence structures both reflect and shape changes in our culture and society. Investigating these dialects is the domain of sociolinguistics, the study of the intricate interrelation between language variation and cultural, interpersonal, and personal identity. Over 24 lectures, you´ll encounter a wide range of ethnic and social groups that have shaped the course of the development of American English over the centuries: English speakers from all over the British Isles; speakers of West African languages; immigrants from Western and Eastern Europe; speakers of languages from Asia; and Spanish speakers from all over the world. In considering the contributions of these groups, you´ll also gain deep insights into the perceptions - and misperceptions - about language and dialect variation. As you´ll discover, American English is an umbrella term for many different EnglishES, reflecting who we hav 1. Language: English. Narrator: Natalie Schilling. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000432/bk_tcco_000432_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´I hope, when my time comes, that I die decently in bed. I don’t want to be murdered beside the garbage cans in some Chicago alley.” (Bugs Moran)Sprightly swing music spills across the dimly lit club. The grayish curtains of cigarette smoke part every once in a while to reveal a sparkling stage and tables upon tables of patrons, some incurably inebriated and others high on the fast-paced nightlife. Fabulous flappers in shimmery cocktail dresses and stylish feather headbands throw their hands up and stomp their feet to the addictive beat on the dance floor. Smartly dressed men, their hair neatly parted and slicked back, toss fistfuls of dice onto the plush green baize of the craps tables. Some hover over roulette wheels, staring intently at the spinning flashes of silver, while others finger their playing cards as they sip on tumblers of whiskey, eyeing both the river and the tower of tokens next to them.One of the most infamous of the gangsters during this era was George ´´Bugs” Moran, who bore all the qualities of a stereotypical 20th-century mobster. They didn’t call him ´´Bugs” for nothing, as the man was a vindictive ticking time bomb who unleashed hell upon anyone who dared cross him. One of the most prolific career criminals of his time, he was convicted and incarcerated at least three times before his 21st birthday. George was a seasoned gunman (so much so that he was eventually crowned the ´´father of drive-by shootings”), an expert rum-runner, and the fearsome head of one of the most prominent gangs in all of Chicago.Nobody was ever convicted for the ´´Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre”, the most infamous gangland hit in American history, but it’s an open secret that it was the work of America’s most famous gangster, Al Capone. Indeed, ´´Scarface” has captured the nation’s popular imagination since Prohibition, managing to be the most notorious gangster in America while living a very visible and high-profi 1. Language: English. Narrator: Colin Fluxman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/144026/bk_acx0_144026_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What makes a person liberal or conservative? Why does the Democratic Party scare off so many possible supporters? When does our ´´injustice trigger´´ get pulled, and how can fairness overcome our human need to look for a zero-sum outcome to our political battles? Tapping into a pop culture zeitgeist linking Bugs Bunny, Taylor Swift, and John Belushi; through popular science and the human brain; to our political predilections, arguments, and distrusts, Daniel Meegan suggests that fairness and equality are key elements missing in today´s society. Having crossed the border to take up residency in Canada, Meegan, an American citizen, has seen first-hand how people enjoy as rights what Americans view as privileges. Fascinated with this tension, he suggests that American liberals are just missing the point. If progressives want to win the vote, they need to change strategy completely and champion government benefits for everyone, not just those of lower income. If everyone has access to inexpensive quality health care, open and extensive parental leave, and free postsecondary education, then everyone will be happier and society will be fair. The Left will also overcome an argument of the Right that successfully, though incongruously, appeals to the middle- and upper-middle classes: that policies that help the economically disadvantaged are inherently bad for others. Making society fair and equal, Meegan argues, would strengthen the moral and political position of the Democratic Party and place it in a position to revive American civic life. Fairness, he writes, should be selfishly enjoyed by everyone.The book is published by Cornell University Press.´´Every American who cares about the future of our country should read this book.´´ (Alicia Munnell, The Center for Retirement Research)´´Necessary reading for anyone who wants to understand why politics have become so frustrating.´´ (Geoff Kabaservice, Niskanen Center) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Daniel Adam Day. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/155683/bk_acx0_155683_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Empire of the Beetle:How Human Folly and a Tiny Bug Are Killing North America´s Great Forests Andrew Nikiforuk
National security expert Loch Johnson and Reverend Roy Hawthorne on this edition of Fresh Air. Loch Johnson´s written several books about intelligence and the trade-off of personal freedom, including Bombs, Bugs, Drugs and Thugs: Intelligence and America´s Quest for Security. Johnson is a professor of political science at the University of Georgia. He has served on several US Senate committees on Intelligence. Reverend Roy Hawthorne is one of the original windtalkers. They were a group of Navajo men who developed a secret code for American World War II fighters. The Japanese were able to break every other code the military developed. The Navajo code was the only one never solved by the Japanese and is considered the key tool in winning that war. The code was declassified in 2001, and the code talkers medals of honor from President Bush. The new film Windtalkers is based on the story of the codemakers. John Woo directed the film; Nicolas Cage and Christian Slater star. Hawthorne gives talks about the codemaking process to schoolchildren nationwide. (Broadcast Date: June 12, 2002) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/020612/rt_whyy_020612_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.