Lies And The Lying Liars Who Tell Them

Author : Al Franken
ISBN : 9780141924755
Genre : Political Science
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Al Franken, one of America's savviest satirists has been studying the rhetoric of the Right. He has listened to their cries of 'slander', 'bias' and even 'treason'. He has examined the Bush administration's policies of squandering our surplus, ravaging the environment, and alienating the rest of the world. He's even watched Fox News. A lot. And in this fair and balanced report, Al bravely exposes them all for what they are: liars. Lying, lying, liars.
Category: Political Science

Der Zensierte Tag

Author : Christian C. Walther
ISBN : 9783641067953
Genre : Social Science
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Die Geschichte des 11. September ist noch immer nicht erzählt – wer hat es verhindert? Das »Zensurkartell« von Medienfürsten und Politikern? Oder wir selbst, weil wir die Wahrheit nicht hören wollten? Christian C. Walther hat bisher unbeachtete Geschehnisse des Tages und der Folgezeit aufgespürt, die zu einer völlig neuen Theorie über die Ereignisse und ihrer Urheber führen. Seine packende Darstellung ist zugleich eine herbe Kritik an einer globalen Mediengesellschaft, die zwar über alles informiert sein will, aber aus Bequemlichkeit die Augen vor einer schockierenden Wahrheit verschließt.
Category: Social Science

Expecting The End

Author : Kenneth G. C. Newport
ISBN : 9781932792386
Genre : Religion
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Jesus' promise that "the end" draws near has spawned an expectation of that grand event across various religious groups. This volume examines the abiding social issues that surround the continued presence of apocalyptic anticipation by setting them in historical, present-day, and future manifestations. Approaching this fervent expectation from a broad perspective, Gribben and Newport explore the contemporary movements with insightful analysis that provokes discussion and even self-reflection.
Category: Religion

The Truth With Jokes

Author : Al Franken
ISBN : 9781101213339
Genre : Humor
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Al Franken’s landmark bestseller, Lies (And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them): A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right, was praised as a “bitterly funny assault” (zThe New York Times) that rang “with the moral clarity of an angel’s trumpet” (The Associated Press). Now, this master of political humor strikes again with a powerful and provocative message for all of us. In these pages, Al reveals the alarming story of how: Bush (barely) beat Kerry with his campaign of “fear, smear, and queers,” and then claimed a nonexistent mandate. “Casino Jack” Abramoff, the Republicans’ nearest and dearest friend, made millions of dollars off of the unspeakable misery of the poor and the powerless. And, also, Native Americans. The administration successfully implemented its strategy to destroy America’s credibility and goodwill around the world. Complete with new material for this paperback edition, The Truth (with jokes) is more than just entertaining, intelligent, and insightful. It is at once prescient in its analysis of right-wing mendacity and incompetence, and inspiring in its vision of a better tomorrow for all Americans (except Jack Abramoff).
Category: Humor

Culture Crisis And America S War On Terror

Author : Stuart Croft
ISBN : 9781139459181
Genre : Political Science
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Since the infamous events of 9/11, the fear of terrorism and the determination to strike back against it has become a topic of enormous public debate. The 'war on terror' discourse has developed not only through American politics but via other channels including the media, the church, music, novels, films and television, and therefore permeates many aspects of American life. Stuart Croft suggests that the process of this production of knowledge has created a very particular form of common sense which shapes relationships, jokes and even forms of tattoos. Understanding how a social process of crisis can be mapped out and how that process creates assumptions allows policy-making in America's war on terror to be examined from new perspectives. Using IR approaches together with insights from cultural studies, this book develops a dynamic model of crisis which seeks to understand the war on terror as a cultural phenomenon.
Category: Political Science

Algorithms And Models For The Web Graph

Author : Stefano Leonardi
ISBN : 9783540302162
Genre : Computers
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This volume contains the 14 contributed papers and the contribution of the distinguished invited speaker B ́ ela Bollob ́ as presented at the 3rd Workshop on Algorithms and Models for the Web-Graph (WAW 2004), held in Rome, Italy, October 16, 2004, in conjunction with the 45th Annual IEEE Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science (FOCS 2004). The World Wide Web has become part of our everyday life and information retrievalanddataminingontheWebisnowofenormouspracticalinterest.Some of the algorithms supporting these activities are based substantially on viewing the Web as a graph, induced in various ways by links among pages, links among hosts, or other similar networks. Theaimofthe2004WorkshoponAlgorithmsandModelsfortheWeb-Graph was to further the understanding of these Web-induced graphs, and stimulate the development of high-performance algorithms and applications that use the graphstructureoftheWeb.Theworkshopwasmeantbothtofosteranexchange of ideas among the diverse set of researchers already involved in this topic, and to act as an introduction for the larger community to the state of the art in this area. This was the third edition of a very successful workshop on this topic, WAW 2002 was held in Vancouver, Canada, in conjunction with the 43rd - nual IEEE Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science, FOCS 2002, and WAW 2003 was held in Budapest, Hungary, in conjunction with the 12th Int- national World Wide Web Conference, WWW 2003. This was the ?rst edition of the workshop with formal proceedings.
Category: Computers

Truth In Virtue Of Meaning

Author : Gillian Russell
ISBN : 9780191528330
Genre : Philosophy
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The analytic/synthetic distinction looks simple. It is a distinction between two different kinds of sentence. Synthetic sentences are true in part because of the way the world is, and in part because of what they mean. Analytic sentences - like all bachelors are unmarried and triangles have three sides - are different. They are true in virtue of meaning, so no matter what the world is like, as long as the sentence means what it does, it will be true. This distinction seems powerful because analytic sentences seem to be knowable in a special way. One can know that all bachelors are unmarried, for example, just by thinking about what it means. But many twentieth-century philosophers, with Quine in the lead, argued that there were no analytic sentences, that the idea of analyticity didn't even make sense, and that the analytic/synthetic distinction was therefore an illusion. Others couldn't see how there could fail to be a distinction, however ingenious the arguments of Quine and his supporters. But since the heyday of the debate, things have changed in the philosophy of language. Tools have been refined, confusions cleared up, and most significantly, many philosophers now accept a view of language - semantic externalism - on which it is possible to see how the distinction could fail. One might be tempted to think that ultimately the distinction has fallen for reasons other than those proposed in the original debate. In Truth in Virtue of Meaning, Gillian Russell argues that it hasn't. Using the tools of contemporary philosophy of language, she outlines a view of analytic sentences which is compatible with semantic externalism and defends that view against the old Quinean arguments. She then goes on to draw out the surprising epistemological consequences of her approach.
Category: Philosophy

Safire S Political Dictionary

Author : William Safire
ISBN : 9780199711116
Genre : Political Science
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When it comes to the vagaries of language in American politics, its uses and abuses, its absurdities and ever-shifting nuances, its power to confound, obscure, and occasionally to inspire, William Safire is the language maven we most readily turn to for clarity, guidance, and penetrating, sometimes lacerating, wit. Safire's Political Dictionary is a stem-to-stern updating and expansion of the Language of Politics, which was first published in 1968 and last revised in 1993, long before such terms as Hanging Chads, 9/11 and the War on Terror became part of our everyday vocabulary. Nearly every entry in that renowned work has been revised and updated and scores of completely new entries have been added to produce an indispensable guide to the political language being used and abused in America today. Safire's definitions--discursive, historically aware, and often anecdotal--bring a savvy perspective to our colorful political lingo. Indeed, a Safire definition often reads like a mini-essay in political history, and readers will come away not only with a fuller understanding of particular words but also a richer knowledge of how politics works, and fails to work, in America. From Axis of Evil, Blame Game, Bridge to Nowhere, Triangulation, and Compassionate Conservatism to Islamofascism, Netroots, Earmark, Wingnuts and Moonbats, Slam Dunk, Doughnut Hole, and many others, this language maven explains the origin of each term, how and by whom and for what purposes it has been used or twisted, as well as its perceived and real significance. For anyone who wants to cut through the verbal haze that surrounds so much of American political discourse, Safire's Political Dictionary offers a work of scholarship, wit, insiderhood and resolute bipartisanship.
Category: Political Science

Macht

Author : Birgit Haas
ISBN : 3826030400
Genre : Power
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Category: Power