Hessler has a marvelous sense of the intonations and gestures that give life to the moment. The New York Times Book Review From Peter Hessler, the New York Times bestselling author of Oracle Bones and River Town , comes Country Driving , the third and final book in his award-winning China trilogy. Country Driving addresses the human side of the economic revolution in China, focusing on economics and development, and shows how the auto boom helps China shift from rural to urban, from farming to business.
"A butcher processes animals into edible meat. We process prisoners into usable information " If a concerted insurrection was to occur, just what would it really be like? What kinds of things would happen . . . what dangers would people face? If the youth of America were to rebel, what horrors await us? And so began the interrogation of federal Judge Laura Pettigrew presiding over the trial Peter Cunningham who's writings brought together the young obsolete people and sparked an insurrection in modern American. The problem of a growing segment of society, of young people as typified by the Occupy Wall Streeters, who have been displaced and made obsolete by technology. Worst, many of them have amassed large debts for education and now find they have no hopes for the future, simply because they've prepared themselves for the past instead of the twenty-first century. And the true profile of a revolutionist is young, under thirty, and having a sense of nothing to lose, and so insurrection has erupted in America. Unlike previous revolutions, the students realize the consequence of actually overthrowing a government, that history tells them civil war will follow and most likely the nation will slide into a very authoritarian, if not a totalitarian government. Instead of destroying the present government and hoping they can substitute another democratic republic able to function effectively, they elect to force reforms to the present government with the adoption of four constitutional amendments (See Appendix A). Speaker Tip O'Neal had warned decades ago on the steps of the Capital, of the sound biters, the new emerging generation of politicians who're skilled at little more than using the media to create and maintain images. Using the exact same mass media and mass marketing technologies used to sell tampons, hemorrhoid medications, laxatives and toilet paper, these sound biters are selected to govern America, and they in turn can only pretend . . . can only address the problems of America by spinning them, by trying to create images that there isn't any real problems, that everything is alright. And the students intend to rid the government of these sound biters through the four amendments to create a functioning government which will address their problems. For years America's political elite has used the phrase To fundamentally change America, unable to grasp that with the continual advancements of technologies, that fundamental change has already come . . . and it doesn't include the bulk of Americans.
In the midst of the welfare reform revolution, Peter H. Rossi examines five federal programs of food aid: Who benefits? How do people qualify? How is the effectiveness of the programs measured? What is meant by hunger? Does such assistance discourage employment? Are targeted segments actually helped? Examining the history of the plans -- whose annual budgets combine for an estimated $30 billion annually -- the author begins with the New Deal food stamp program, the first model for these five post-World War II plans. He traces the goals, growth, shifts, and benefits of the five programs and concludes with recommendations to fulfill the objectives more effectively.
If you want to understand the invisible, look careful at the visible. The Talmud A 'bird's eye' or rather a distant spacecraft's view of the solar system reveals an assembly of planets, terrestrial, giant and Pluto. The orbital motions are in the same sense, counter clockwise, as seen from the north of the general flattened space within which the planetary motions are confined. This state of affairs is corevolving and, more or less, coplanar. The rotations are in the same sense as the revolutions, with the strikiiig exception of Uranus whose sense of rotation is perpendicular to its plane of revolution. As time goes by, most of the planets remain fairly close to a general plane and at no time stray unduly far from it; they remain confined within a rather narrow box or disk with a large 'equatorial' extent. The most distant planet, Pluto, requires a diameter of some 80 astronomical units for the disk. One astronomical unit is the distance of the Earth to the Sun, to be more precise the length of half the major axis of the Earth's slightly elliptical orbit around the Sun, and amounts to nearly 149600000 km.