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Detroit Rescue: The Time Has Come for All Heroes to Rise (Heroes Rise Series, Book 1)

by A. Lucious

Detroit, Michigan. Literally the closest place to a real-life Gotham. Where every 1 in 7 residents have a chance of being a victim to a violent crime. To Andre Cole, a three-sport standout superstar athlete, it’s home. But a secret that has been hidden from him for years rises to the surface when one of his family members becomes a victim and Andre retaliates. Hold on as the story twists and turns, slowly revealing the true depth of his potential.

This is an origin story that introduces us to our first hero in the series. His path is one of self-discovery and growth, beginning as a hotshot athlete who revels in the attention before becoming the inspiring hero he was always born to be. But will his new-found talents be enough for what lies ahead?

The Rabbi and Senator Sleep Together: Marrying religion and politics

For nearly 50 years, Rabbi Steven and Senator Joyce Foster have been leaders through their social justice work on issues of civil rights, gay rights, women’s rights and mental health awareness. Through topics as diverse as interfaith marriage, legalized marijuana, and maintaining a strong marriage and family in the public spotlight, their story chronicles how religion and politics can successfully marry for the common good. Rabbi Foster spent 40 years at Temple Emanuel in Denver, Colo., as an assistant and senior rabbi. Joyce was the first Jewish woman elected to the Denver City Council, where she served for 10 years, and later elected to the state senate where she served for four years. They have traveled to Israel more than 30 times, helping emigrants resettle there, raising money for the Jewish Federations of North America, and bringing Christian leaders and congregants to better understand Israel.

Hunting Practices of the Wachiperi: Demystifying Indigenous Environmental Behavior

by Rodolfo Tello

When it comes to environmental conservation and sustainable development initiatives in tropical forests, indigenous peoples are key players. They have been described often as either conservationists or destroyers of biodiversity. The position adopted on this matter is important because it guides the design and implementation of conservation strategies. The central question about what makes indigenous peoples conserve or degrade biodiversity, however, has posed a significant challenge, particularly in light of widespread trends such as cultural change, market expansion, and greater diversification of livelihoods. The reasons why indigenous communities end up degrading or conserving natural resources are addressed in a comprehensive yet accessible manner in this book, filling a critical gap in current knowledge about the socioeconomic drivers of biodiversity loss, and the rise of community-based conservation, using the hunting trends and conservation efforts of the Wachiperi for this analysis. Readers could greatly benefit from the lessons provided in this book about achieving both socioeconomic development and biodiversity conservation by engaging indigenous communities in a sustainable manner.

This is a highly recommended book for any person looking to understand how indigenous peoples interact with their local environment. Specific areas where readers will also develop greater knowledge and awareness include:

– How indigenous environmental behavior changes in time

– The reasons behind the changes in indigenous conservation behavior

– The biological, cultural and socioeconomic dimensions of environmental behavior

– The interplay between individual and group interests among indigenous groups

– The importance of leadership in the definition of environmental attitudes

– How historical processes shape present environmental behavior

– The current struggles of indigenous peoples living in tropical forests

– The effect of regional socioeconomic changes on village dynamics

– How to achieve environmental conservation and sustainable development

Learn about these topics and much more!

The Necessary Nerd: Essential Stereotypes in the Basic Human Group

by Jasper Burns

A survey of human stereotypes that have probably existed in all human societies and therefore must have adaptive significance and be inheritable. Some are considered disorders when they contribute to maladjustment in highly regimented and complex modern societies. However, it is argued here that these traits (e.g. bipolarity, social awkwardness, reclusiveness) would not persist if they did not contribute to the survival of the species and should therefore be valued and accommodated whenever possible.

The basic human group, assumed to consist of approximately 150 individuals, is described, with a proposed ideal number of individuals for each of the essential stereotypes. Parallels in the animal kingdom are also briefly discussed.

This book is not a scientific treatise. Rather, it is essay by an amateur who argues for a greater acceptance and understanding of personality diversity as an adaptive feature of the human species.

Jasper Burns is the author and illustrator of more than 40 books on a wide variety of subjects, including human and natural history, numismatics, and spirituality.

Hillary, Inevitable Woman

by R Farwell

“I’m getting ready to do something, too. I’m running for President. Americans have fought their way back from tough economic times, but the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top. Everyday Americans need a champion and I want to be that champion. So you can do more than just get by, you can get ahead and stay ahead, because when families are strong, America is strong. So I’m hitting the road to earn your vote, because it’s your time and I hope you’ll join me on this journey.”

– Hillary Clinton, April 12, 2015

And with that short declaration, Hillary Rodham Clinton ended more than six years of media and voter speculation and formally announced her intent to – once again – seek her party’s nomination for the presidency of the United States of America. In so doing, she joined several Republican rivals who had already formally declared themselves as candidates for their party’s nomination – as well as an even larger contingent of GOP standouts who are expected to follow suit.

Her apparent inevitability as the Democratic Party nominee aside, there are a few basic questions that many Americans find themselves asking:

Who is Hillary Clinton? How did she go from being the spouse of a previous President to her party’s leading contender for the Presidency in 2016? What is there in her background that qualifies her to even consider herself competent or trustworthy enough to occupy the White House?

What exactly is it that has anyone contemplating the notion that she could ascend to the highest office in the land?

In listening to people as they discuss her candidacy, there seems to be one common theme: most of the people doing the talking seem unsure as to who she really is. They can often list her previous jobs, but few seem to have any real grasp on her actual beliefs. Fewer still have managed to even attempt to cite anything resembling a list of actual accomplishments that would demonstrate the sort of commitment to competency that most Americans still expect from their elected leaders.

And while some in the Democratic Party would be perfectly content to ride her intraparty rock star status all the way to the White House, the average voter may be far less inclined to blindly join that sort of cult of personality. Many already feel disillusioned by their support for the last Democrat to ascend to the Presidency, and may be less inclined to be swept away in the same tide of emotion and baseless optimism that captured their votes in 2008.

So, who is she? And how exactly is she, alone among all the tens of millions of Democrats in this nation of more than 300 million people, somehow considered the only one in her party who can save it from losing its hold on the Executive branch? She is the frontrunnerâ?¦ but why?

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