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Biting The Hands That Feed Us

Author : Baylen J. Linnekin
ISBN : 9781610916769
Genre : Political Science
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Food waste, hunger, inhumane livestock conditions, disappearing fish stocks—these are exactly the kind of issues we expect food regulations to combat. Yet, today in the United States, laws exist at all levels of government that actually make these problems worse. Baylen Linnekin argues that, too often, government rules handcuff America's most sustainable farmers, producers, sellers, and consumers, while rewarding those whose practices are anything but sustainable. Biting the Hands that Feed Us introduces readers to the perverse consequences of many food rules. Some of these rules constrain the sale of "ugly” fruits and vegetables, relegating bushels of tasty but misshapen carrots and strawberries to food waste. Other rules have threatened to treat manure—the lifeblood of organic fertilization—as a toxin. Still other rules prevent sharing food with the homeless and others in need. There are even rules that prohibit people from growing fruits and vegetables in their own yards. Linnekin also explores what makes for a good food law—often, he explains, these emphasize good outcomes rather than rigid processes. But he urges readers to be wary of efforts to regulate our way to a greener food system, calling instead for empowerment of those working to feed us—and themselves—sustainably.
Category: Political Science

Blessing The Hands That Feed Us

Author : Vicki Robin
ISBN : 9780698151444
Genre : Health & Fitness
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An exploration of our relationship with food and eating locally—from the bestselling author of Your Money or Your Life Taking the local food movement to heart, Vicki Robin pledged for one month to eat only food sourced within a ten-mile radius of her home on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound, Washington. Like Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and the bestselling books of Michael Pollan, Blessing the Hands That Feed Us is part personal narrative and part global manifesto. Robin’s challenge for a sustainable diet not only brings to light society’s unhealthy dependence on mass-produced, prepackaged foods but also helps her reconnect with her body, her community, and her environment. Featuring recipes throughout, along with practical tips on adopting your own locally-sourced diet, this is a candid, humorous, and inspirational guide to the locavore movement and a healthy food future.
Category: Health & Fitness

Eating Air

Author : Pauline Melville
ISBN : 9781846591129
Genre : Fiction
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A dancer, a revolutionary, a banker and an Islamic terrorist are fatally linked in this cautionary tale for our times. Narrated by the irreverent, night-club pianist Baron S. and moving between the seventies and the present day, between London, Italy, Holland and Surinam, Eating Air marshals a brilliant cast of characters to tell an explosive story of greed, passion and dangerous ideals. A fiendishly clever novel ... Brilliantly funny and sharp.' Kate Saunders, Times Shocking and original ... One of the few novels about terrorism that may transcend their time.' New Statesman The language [is] pregnant with wit ... a virtuoso performance.' Stevie Davies, The Independent Compelling.' Lavinia Greenlaw, Financial Times [Has] a wild energy that demands attention.' Hermione Lee, Guardian
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This Is Ethical Theory

Author : Jan Narveson
ISBN : 9780812696462
Genre : Philosophy
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Ethical questions lie at the very heart of all philosophy, and no one is better equipped to untangle the many facets of ethical theory than respected thinker and professor Jan Narveson. Drawing from theoretical notions as well as everyday applications, Narveson simplifies these nuanced ideas for any beginning ethicist. Discussing theoretical elements ranging from intuitionism to naturalism, emotivism to metaethics, Narveson’s approach to this complex topic is one that any reader will find accessible.
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Knowing The Truth About Creation

Author : Norman Geisler
ISBN : 9781592441235
Genre : Religion
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Are human beings a mere product of the cosmos with no future in eternity? Or are we infinitely more valuable than any other creatures on earth? Can we put a price tag on human life? How should we treat marginal members of society: those whiling away empty days in nursing homes, the terminally ill, the unborn child? Norman Geisler believes that many of us have become confused about these vital issues. In 'Knowing the Truth about Creation', he delves into the biblical, philosophical, and scientific case for the Christian view of creation. The result is a fascinating look at creation and the Creator.
Category: Religion

The Brigade

Author : H.A. Covington
ISBN : 9781465324986
Genre : Fiction
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The poet William Butler Yeats wrote Things fall apart; the center cannot hold. America in the early decades of the 21st century has become a living hell. There is massive unemployment, uncontrolled immigration, along with overseas war and occupation without end of any land with crude petroleum. Total corruption in a politically correct police state, the legalized murder of the elderly, and the loss of the social safety net have created intolerable desolation and made life for everyday people a nightmare. Finally, Americans can take no more, and in the Pacific Northwest they revolt. Led by embittered Iraq veterans, ex-convicts, teenagers, and blue-collar family men and women driven to desperation, in Portland and along Oregons northern coast, they join The Brigade.
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What S My Motivation

Author : Michael Simkins
ISBN : 9781446446195
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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As a boy, Michael Simkins always wanted to be someone. While his friends were out getting laid and stoned, he was tucked up at home dreaming of his name in lights, of holding an audience rapt, of perhaps becoming a TV heart-throb, or having someone, anyone, ask for his autograph in the supermarket. This is the true story of an obsessive pursuit of acting fame. It is a life marked by occasional hard-fought successes and routine helpings of ritual humiliation: scout hut Gilbert and Sullivan, dodgy rock operas, sewage farm theatre workshop, Christmas panto hell, straight-to-video film flops, leading roles in Crimewatch reconstructions and dressing up as a chicken to advertise TV dinners. It is a hilarious tale of turgid theatre, tights, trusses and tonsil tennis with Timothy Spall.
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From Ridgetops To Riverbottoms

Author : Sam Venable
ISBN : 0870498843
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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A collection of previously printed light reading (most of the stories appeared first in The Knoxville News-Sentinel or in Waterfowler's World magazine) by journalist Venable, who has been writing about fishing and hunting in Tennessee for 25 years. Its many brief stories detail outdoor lore from the perils of quailing to the benefits of bats, and profile various characters Venable has met over the years. In all, the pieces make up a big love letter to the wild places in his native state. No index. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Dictionary Of Symbolism Hans Beidermann 1992

Author : Fact on File
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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When we talk about symbols and symbolism, we usually reveal one of two very different attitudes toward them. To some the subject is utterly antiquated, the sort of thing to which no sensible person should give a second thought in this day and age. Others go to the opposite extreme: they believe that symbolism is the key to understanding the intellectual world. Symbols, they claim, enable people to bring the incomprehensible into the realm of the tangible, where they can deal with it. Symbols and metaphors extend into the realm of everyday language and figures of speech. They also permeate images from the world of advertising, as well as political slogans and emblems, the parables of our religions, the icons and writing of foreign and prehistoric cultures, legal customs and artworks, poetry and historical figures--wherever a "signifier" communicates anything beyond its own superficial exterior. The wedding ring, the cross, the national flag, the colors of a traffic light, the red rose, the black of mourning, the candles on a dinner table-countless objects, gestures, images, and figures of speech are linked to complex ideas and traditions. The increasing abstractness and mechanization of our intellectual world seems to be drying up what was once an almost limitless flow of symbols. Of course, the language of computers cannot dispense with symbols. And yet older intellectual systems and intuitive structures were rich in images in a way that their newer counterparts are not. The new "order" is a constructed one that is not spontaneously appealing; it is something that we have to learn. The purpose of this book is to acquaint the reader with the symbols that have been most significant throughout the history of civilization. It hardly needs to be said that a single volume cannot provide an exhaustive account of the topic. Although I have spent years writing and lecturing about this and related matters, I find it very difficult to delimit the subject matter. Almost anything can be called a symbol and demand an entry in these pages. I confined myself to the most significant symbols and used an admittedly subjective selection process most noticeable when it comes to symbolic figures (historical or legendary persons). Sherlock Holmes, Tarzan, and E. T. are also symbolic figures--but I focused my attention on those who had left deeper impressions in our cultural life. It is clear that we all have our own mythologies and raise certain (real and mythical) persons to the level of symbols. It is likely to be in these areas that individual readers will find gaps in this dictionary. In other respects, however, this volume seeks to be as inclusive as possible, primarily through the material that goes beyond "Eurocentric" concerns. Other cultures have extraordinary symbolic traditions, and they are included here to suggest the universality of many of these images and their meanings. There are many discussions of the psychological basis for various symbolic associations, as well as material from disciplines that are not always included in discussions of symbolic traditions. The articles and illustrations in this volume are intended to stimulate the reader to explore areas of special interest. viii Preface For years now, readers with serious interest In the study of symbols and symbolism have been able to choose from a great number of basic and specialized works on the topic. All of these works, however, have adopted a particular perspective, emphasizing one aspect or another of these great traditions. Until now there has been no single work offering an overview of symbolism in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the New World, from earliest times until the present; no introduction, in words and pictures, to this fascinating topic. I have tried to portray the history of symbols not simply as an accumulation of abstruse thought processes and associations but as a way to ask questions about how artists and thinkers of earlier times worked in the ways they did. A person viewing the various forms of older symbolic thought from a purely rational, scientific standpoint will wonder how such apparently strange notions ever came into being. Our cool reason and our scientific way of thinking have long functioned differently from the authors of the early Christian text Physi%gus, the medieval bestiaries, or the emblem books of the baroque period. They do not seek rational definition and documentation but a deeper, more "human" meaning for the world that God formed for his creatures. A highly developed civilization will offer written documentation of an entire world of images, often wondrous and strange. In dealing with images of less developed cultures, we must resort to a process of interpretation and analogy, but there, too, our conclusions have a certain degree of authority. Jungian psychology, which posits a universal store of archetypes, serves as a tool for "reading" symbolic thought and can itself profit from the rich and varied material of cultural history. Archaeology, anthropology, heraldry, mythology, folklore, and the history of religion together provide a wealth of symbolic tradition that expands our knowledge of what is constant and what is variable in the ways that people think. Those who are familiar with work in the area of symbols and symbolism know all too well that entire volumes could be (and in some cases have been) written about the interpretations offered in anyone of these articles. Within the limits of this project, however, it is possible to offer only the "essential"enriched, in many cases, by little-known primary data. This dictionary is addressed to the general reader who seeks to know more about how images have been experienced and how their meanings have been extended. Certain concepts treated here might be thought of as strictly religious or theological in nature. And yet "heaven," for example, is also an image that goes back to the archetypal duality of "above and below"; it is not an exclusively theological concept, and it is entirely appropriate to discuss it here in its symbolic as well as religious dimension. Many traditional symbols are ambiguous: they cannot be explained as having a single, constant meaning. Not every dragon in every culture is an evil enemy; the heart does not always stand for love. Indeed, real symbols, at different stages, are sources of very different, but always relevant, "information." Sometimes we can also discover why a certain symbol has come to have a certain meaning, why it is related in this particular way to Homo sapienswhose interpretations have always been egocentric and anthropomorphic, or, more precisely, "theomorphic": people have long seen in the events and imPreface ix ages that surround them a chance to understand their place in a divine plan. A present-day observer who does not appreciate the joy that symbols gave our ancestors would completely miss the purpose served by symbolic thinking. Such intellectual enslavement has provided us with inhumane products of every sort, including "the atom bomb, and we are starting to grow distrustful. Once again we leaf through the dream book of humanity, look for codes whose significance we have lost-for guides to help us flee the playing fields of the society of production. Our problem is that the ways of life in which religion flourished have become anachronistic for us, along with the rituals of nomads, knights, farmers, and artisans, as they continue to exist in the Third World and, strangely enough, in our own Christian churches" (Adolf Hall, 1982). This dictionary is itself a "dream book" of codes and images that people of earlier times experienced at times intuitively, at times rationally. Quoting Manfred Lurker, "The meaning of the symbol does not lie in the symbol itself but points to something else outside it. According to Goethe, true symbolism is found wherever 'the particular represents the general, not as a dream or shadow, but as a living, momentary revelation of the inexplicable.' For the religious person the symbol is a concrete phenomenon in which the idea of the divine and the absolute becomes immanent, in such a way as to be more clearly expressed than in words. . . . In the story of salvation, the symbol expresses the unbroken link between Creator and creature. . . . When the individual images are revealed from out of the fullness of the divine original, then they are literally sym-bolon, a 'throwing together' of time and eternity . . . . The symbol is at once concealment and revelation" (1987). Admittedly, Goethe was referring to religious symbolism. The present volume also treats images and signs that are formed in the imagination, and abstractions that claim no connection with spirituality. Moreover, when studying other cultures it is difficult to distinguish between experience, myth, and the speculations of priests and scholars. Sources often make it impossible to penetrate deeply enough into ancient and exotic intellectual traditions. A final word about the previously mentioned polemic against all symbolism. Certain symbols have deadly consequences. The Aztec civilization is not the only one to have had ritual symbols like "sacrificial blood, heart, sun" that led to the destruction of human beings. In modem times other symbols, like "flag, Fuhrer, blood and soil," have exacted their terrible price. Yet, symbols are among the most valuable possessions of the human race. They have made possible some of the greatest products of civilization: cathedrals, pyramids, temples, symphonies, sculptures, paintings, religious practices, festivals, dances. The symbols that are rooted in personality have the power to take on lives of their own and, in a curious reversal, influence their creators. It is the responsibility of those of us who are aware of this to discuss symbols that are truly valuable. "The 'hidden persuaders' of modem advertising," writes Gerhart Wehr (1972). "know how to use the power of images. They know how to subject the A verage Joe to an even greater loss of freedom-by manipulating symbols that lead the unsuspecting fellow to spin fantasies." Usually discussing symbols is a benign activity, one that points the way to the intellectual treasures of the past x Preface and revitalizes them. But unscrupulous use of this coded world can trap people and tum them into robots. A few remarks of a more practical nature: It was not possible to document each detail in these articles. The documentation in each case would have been longer than the article itself. At the end of this volume the reader will find a list of important source materials, especially those in English and those that are cited in abbreviated form in the individual articles. In this bibliography I have also stressed books that offer general discussions of issues; only in rare cases did I include highly specialized studies. A project like this one would .have been impossible if standard works rich in primary materials had not been reissued in the last few decades. Let me mention here only the contributions of the Akademische Druck- und Verlagsanstalt (Graz, Austria), whose reprints of the works of Cartari, Hohberg, and Boschius, along with facsimile editions of early codices, were indispensable for this volume. Finally, not merely as a matter of duty but in all sincerity, let me express my gratitude to those who assisted me in the preparation of this volume, especially in obtaining often elusive primary materials: first of all, my wife, Sibylle, who also was responsible for the illustrations; the late Annette Zieger, Braunschweig; Liselotte Kerkermeier, Freiburg-im-Breisgau; Dr. Friedrich Waidacher, Graz; Edith Temmel, Graz; Erich Ackermann, Bruchenbriicken; Rector Josef Fink, Graz; Ralph Tegtmeier, M.A., Bonn; Gerhard Riemann, Pentenried; Dr. Leonhard Eschenbach, Vienna; Ingeborg Schwarz-Winklhofer, Graz; Kurt Edelsbrunner, Graz; Octavio Alvarez, Enfield, New Hampshire; Dr. Karl A. Wipf, Frauenfeld, Switzerland ... and many friends and acquaintances. If this book stimulates the reader to reflection, they share the credit. HANS BIEDERMANN
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