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Eating NAFTA: Trade, Food Policies, and the Destruction of Mexico

by Alyshia Gálvez

Mexican cuisine has emerged as a paradox of globalization. Food enthusiasts throughout the world celebrate the humble taco at the same time that Mexicans are eating fewer tortillas and more processed food. Today Mexico is experiencing an epidemic of diet-related chronic illness. The precipitous rise of obesity and diabetes—attributed to changes in the Mexican diet—has resulted in a public health emergency. In her gripping new book, Alyshia Gálvez exposes how changes in policy following NAFTA have fundamentally altered one of the most basic elements of life in Mexico—sustenance. Mexicans are faced with a food system that favors food security over subsistence agriculture, development over sustainability, market participation over social welfare, and ideologies of self-care over public health. Trade agreements negotiated to improve lives have resulted in unintended consequences for people’s everyday lives.

Eternal Dawn (Aeternae Noctis #2)

by Jade Kerrion

Immortals and mortals struggle to co-exist. An enemy is changing the rules…All parents in Aeternae Noctis have lost children to the culling, among them, the herbalist Rafael Varens. Humanity's remnants rise in rebellion against the ruthless rule of the three immortal icrathari and their vampire army; yet again, they are crushed.When the icrathari Siri seeks a salve for her chronic pain, she and Rafael strike a bargain. He will cure the poison in her blood if she expands the settlement and frees the children, including his son. Their tentative alliance ushers in unexpected friendship, until it is shattered by the cruelest betrayal.From the darkness below the earth, an ancient and implacable enemy rises, twisting their pain and turning Rafael and Siri against each other—his first step in the destruction of Aeternae Noctis…"…A stunningly original take on post-apocalyptic science fiction and fantasy!" ONE CLICK to enjoy this award-winning series today!

MySQL Connector/Python Revealed: SQL and NoSQL Data Storage Using MySQL for Python Programmers

by Jesper Wisborg Krogh

Move data back and forth between database and application. The must-have knowledge in this book helps programmers learn how to use the official driver, MySQL Connector/Python, by which Python programs communicate with the MySQL database. This book takes you from the initial installation of the connector through basic query execution, then through more advanced topics, error handing, and troubleshooting. The book covers both the traditional API as well as the new X DevAPI. The X DevAPI is part of MySQL 8.0 and is an API that can be used with connectors for several programming languages and is used from the command-line interface known as MySQL Shell. You will learn to use the connector by working through code examples and following a discussion of how the API calls work. By the end of the book, you will be able to use MySQL as the back-end storage for your Python programs, and you’ll even have the option of choosing between SQL and NoSQL interfaces. What You'll LearnInstall MySQL Connector/PythonConnect to MySQL and configure database accessExecute SQL and NoSQL queries from your Python programTrap errors and troubleshoot problemsStore data from different languages using MySQL’s character set supportWork in the X DevAPI that underlies all of MySQL’s language connectorsWho This Book Is ForDevelopers familiar with Python who are looking at using MySQL as the back-end database. No prior knowledge of Connector/Python is assumed, but readers should be familiar with databases and the Python programming language.

An Executive’s Guide to Software Quality in an Agile Organization: A Continuous Improvement Journey

by Navid Nader-Rezvani

Utilize a set of practical guidelines to help your Agile organization elevate software design quality as an important business driver to achieve customer satisfaction and, ultimately, higher revenue for your company. This is the first book to focus on a holistic quality view—what it is and how it links to overall business enhancements. The real-world examples used in this book allow you to learn and apply similar strategies and guidelines to help create a quality blueprint for your organization. Five pillars of quality are defined that can be used for any industry and, once internalized, can serve as a set of tools to continuously improve and measure the key factors impacting quality.What You’ll Learn Be aware of the key elements in any transformation that involves culture Link quality and business outcomes Understand quality and its holistic definition and why continuous improvement is still a relevant approach in enhancing quality Follow guidelines with specific examples that can be applied to any product release in any type of industry to improve quality and enhance Agile processes Utilize relevant metrics to measure and continuously improve to make incremental positive changes Who This Book Is For Individuals at various levels in organizations—from Agile scrum teams, all the way up to executive leadership

Robotic Building (Springer Series in Adaptive Environments)

by Henriette Bier

The first volume of the Adaptive Environments series focuses on Robotic Building, which refers to both physically built robotic environments and robotically supported building processes. Physically built robotic environments consist of reconfigurable, adaptive systems incorporating sensor-actuator mechanisms that enable buildings to interact with their users and surroundings in real-time. These require Design-to-Production and Operation chains that are numerically controlled and (partially or completely) robotically driven. From architectured materials, on- and off-site robotic production to robotic building operation augmenting everyday life, the volume examines achievements of the last decades and outlines potential future developments in Robotic Building.This book offers an overview of the developments within robotics in architecture so far, and explains the future possibilities of this field. The study of interactions between human and non-human agents at building, design, production and operation level will interest readers seeking information on architecture, design-to-robotic-production and design-to-robotic-operation.

Fear and Uncertainty in Europe: The Return to Realism? (Global Issues)

by Roberto Belloni Vincent Della Sala Paul Viotti

Russia’s intervention in the Ukraine, Donald Trump’s presidency and instability in the Middle East are just a few of the factors that have brought an end to the immediate post-Cold War belief that a new international order was emerging: one where fear and uncertainty gave way to a thick normative and institutional architecture that diminished the importance of material power. This has raised questions about the instruments we use to understand order in Europe and in international relations. The chapters in this book aim to assess whether foreign policy actors in Europe understand the international system and behave as realists. They ask what drives their behaviour, how they construct material capabilities and to what extent they see material power as the means to ensure survival. They contribute to a critical assessment of realism as a way to understand both Europe’s current predicament and the contemporary international system.

Multiple Access Techniques for 5G Wireless Networks and Beyond

by H. Vincent Poor Mojtaba Vaezi Zhiguo Ding

This book presents comprehensive coverage of current and emerging multiple access, random access, and waveform design techniques for 5G wireless networks and beyond. A definitive reference for researchers in these fields, the book describes recent research from academia, industry, and standardization bodies. The book is an all-encompassing treatment of these areas addressing orthogonal multiple access and waveform design, non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA) via power, code, and other domains, and orthogonal, non-orthogonal, and grant-free random access. The book builds its foundations on state of the art research papers, measurements, and experimental results from a variety of sources.

IAEG/AEG Annual Meeting Proceedings, San Francisco, California, 2018 - Volume 2: Geotechnical and Environmental Site Characterization

by Abdul Shakoor Kerry Cato

This book is one out six IAEG XIII Congress and AEG 61st Annual Meeting proceeding volumes, and deals with topics related to the geotechnical and environmental site characterization. The theme of the IAEG/AEG Meeting, held in San Francisco from September 17-21, 2018, is Engineering Geology for a Sustainable World. The meeting proceedings analyze the dynamic role of engineering geology in our changing world. The meeting topics and subject areas of the six volumes are: Slope Stability: Case Histories, Landslide Mapping, Emerging Technologies; Geotechnical and Environmental Site Characterization; Mining, Aggregates, Karst; Dams, Tunnels, Groundwater Resources, Climate Change; Geologic Hazards: Earthquakes, Land Subsidence, Coastal Hazards, and Emergency Response; and Advances in Engineering Geology: Education, Soil and Rock Properties, Modeling.

Performability in Internet of Things (EAI/Springer Innovations in Communication and Computing)

by Fadi Al-Turjman

This book discusses the challenges in the convergence of technologies as the Internet of Things (IoT) evolves. These include sensing, computing, information processing, networking, and controlling intelligent technologies. The contributors first provide a survey of various assessment and evaluation approaches available for successful convergence. They then go on to cover several operational ideas to apply. The contributors then discuss the challenges involved bridging gaps in computation and the communication process, hidden networks, intelligent decision making, human-to-machine perception and large-scale IoT environments. The contributors aim to provide the reader an overview of trends in IoT in terms of performability and traffic modeling and efforts that can be spent in assessing the graceful degradation in IoT paradigms.Provides a survey of IoT assessment and evaluation approaches;Covers new and innovative operational ideas that apply to the IoT industry and the industries it affects;Includes chapters from researchers and industry leaders in IoT from around the world.

Western Balkan Economies in Transition: Recent Economic and Social Developments (Societies and Political Orders in Transition)

by Will Bartlett Reiner Osbild

This book explores the economic and social development of the Western Balkan region, a group of six countries that are potential candidates for EU membership. It focuses on the key economic issues facing these countries, including the challenge of promoting economic growth, limiting public deficits and debt, and fostering international trade relations. Given the severe impact of the recent economic crisis on social welfare in the region, it also investigates the nature and extent of social exclusion, a factor likely to produce future political instabilities if not effectively addressed by a return to sustainable economic growth. The contributions explore these issues in light of the major influence of EU policy instruments and advice, which are currently guiding the economies along an accession trajectory to future EU membership.

Ethical Responsiveness and the Politics of Difference

by Anshuman A. Mondal Tanja Dreher

This edited collection focuses on the ethics, politics and practices of responsiveness in the context of racism, inequality, difference and controversy. The politics of difference has long been concerned with speech, voice and representation. By focusing on the practices and politics of responsiveness—listening, reading and witnessing—the volume identifies vital new possibilities for ethics and social justice. Chapters focus on the conditions of possibility, or listening as ethical praxis; unsettling or disrupting colonial relationships; and ways of listening that highlight non-Western traditions and move beyond the liberal frame. Ethical responsiveness shifts some of the responsibility for negotiating difference and more just futures from subordinated speakers, and on to the relatively more privileged and powerful.

Resilience and Regional Dynamics: An International Approach to a New Research Agenda (Advances in Spatial Science)

by Hugo Pinto Teresa Noronha Eric Vaz

Economic and financial crises have brought the rise of unemployment, reduction of economic growth and emergence of global imbalances and tensions as countries and regions have suffered the effects of a variety of internal and external shocks. In this context of constant disruption, the scientific community has struggled to provide satisfactory answers to current economic challenges within standard frameworks. Focusing on the interconnections between innovation and resilience, this edited book contributes to a better understanding of how the crisis affects innovation and the capacity of territories to adapt and evolve. It offers both theoretical and empirical contributions that debate the notions of resilience in regional and urban contexts and serve as case studies related to innovation strategies and territorial clusters.

Toppled World: A Political and Spiritual Trek through India, Tibet and Afghanistan

by Susan Murphy

It was Spring of 1959 and the Chinese occupation of Tibet was in full swing. In the midst of all the turmoil and unease was Sudha Johorey, wife of the political officer in charge of the Indian Mission in Yatung, worried about the state of affairs for her beloved Tibet, the souring relationship between India and China and above all her friend, HH The Dalai Lama who was rumored to have left Lhasa for sanctuary in India. Thus begins the extraordinary journey of a young woman and her unlikely friendship with HH The Dailai Lama, her adventures as a diplomat’s wife across India, Afghanistan, and the jungles of frontier states of her country and her unique and personal journey with the teachings of the Buddha. Toppled World is a moving personal account of the life of Sudha Johorey and a rare glimpse into the events that shaped India in the early years of independence as well as her own spiritual philosophy, as recounted to her dear friend Susan Murphy through stories and memories.

Sustainability and the Humanities

by Walter Leal Filho Adriana Consorte McCrea

This book explores the strong links between sustainability and the humanities, which go beyond the inclusion of social sciences in discussions on sustainability, and offers a holistic discussion on the intellectual and moral aspects of sustainable development. The contributions from researchers in the fields of education, social sciences, religion, humanities, and sustainable development fulfill three main aims:They provide university lecturers interested in humanities and sustainable development with an opportunity to present their work;foster the exchange of information, ideas and experiences acquired in the execution of teaching and research; anddiscuss methodological approaches and projects that provide a better understanding of how the humanities can contribute to the debate on sustainable development. Prepared by the Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme and the World Sustainable Development Research and Transfer Centre, the book reiterates the need to promote integrated approaches to sustainable development. Including practice-based lessons learnt that can be replicated further, it is a valuable resource for scientists and practitioners working in the humanities and sustainable development.

The Governance of Smart Transportation Systems: Towards New Organizational Structures for the Development of Shared, Automated, Electric and Integrated Mobility (The Urban Book Series)

by Matthias Finger Maxime Audouin

This book presents essential new governance structures to embrace and regulate smart mobility modes. Drawing on a range of case studies, it paves the way for new approaches to governing future transportation systems. Over the past decades, Information and Communication Technologies have enabled the development of new mobility solutions that have completely redefined traditional and well-established urban transportation systems. Urban transportation systems are evolving dramatically, from the development of shared mobility modes, to the advent of electric mobility, and from the automated mobility trend to the rapid spread of integrated transportation schemes. Given the disruptive nature of those new mobility solutions, new governance structures are needed. Through a series of case studies from around the world, this book highlights governance and regulatory processes having supported, or sometimes prevented, the development and implementation of smart mobility solutions (shared, automated, electric, integrated). The combination of chapters offers a comprehensive overview of the different research endeavours focusing on the governance of smart transportation systems and will help pave the way for this important subject, which is crucial for the future of cities.

Mathematik für Technische Gymnasien und Berufliche Oberschulen Band 2: Vektorrechnung und Analytische Geometrie

by Karl-Heinz Pfeffer Thomas Zipsner

Dieses Lehr- und Übungsbuch stellt kurz und prägnant mit technischen Anwendungsbeispielen die Grundlagen der Vektorrechnung und Analytischen Geometrie dar. Es wird besonders auf die aus Sicht des Autors für die Zielgruppe wichtigen Teilgebiete eingegangen. Das Buch richtet sich an Schüler und Studierende an beruflichen und technischen Gymnasien sowie an beruflichen Oberschulen und Fachoberschulen. Es ist auch gut geeignet für den Übergang zu Fachhochschulen und Hochschulen für angewandte Wissenschaften im Bereich Technik. Dieses Werk ist eine Ergänzung zum bereits vorliegenden Band 1 Analysis.

Bioelectrochemistry Stimulated Environmental Remediation: From Bioelectrorespiration to Bioelectrodegradation

by Bin Liang Ai-Jie Wang Zhi-Ling Li Hao-Yi Cheng

This book reviews the latest advances in the bioelectrochemical degradation of recalcitrant environmental contaminants. The first part introduces readers to the basic principles and methodologies of bioelectrochemical systems, electron-respiring microorganisms, the electron transfer mechanism and functional electrode materials. In turn, the second part addresses the bioelectrochemical remediation/treatment of various environmental pollutants (including highly toxic refractory organics, heavy metals, and nitrates) in wastewater, sediment and wetlands. Reactor configuration optimization, hybrid technology amplification and enhanced removal principles and techniques are also discussed.The book offers a valuable resource for all researchers and professionals working in environmental science and engineering, bioelectrochemistry, environmental microbiology and biotechnology.

Biotechnological Approaches for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants: Conservation, Genetic Improvement and Utilization

by Nitish Kumar

For the majority of the world’s population, medicinal and aromatic plants are the most important source of life-saving drugs. Biotechnological tools represent important resources for selecting, multiplying and conserving the critical genotypes of medicinal plants. In this regard, in-vitro regeneration holds tremendous potential for the production of high-quality plant-based medicines, while cryopreservation – a long-term conservation method using liquid nitrogen – provides an opportunity to conserve endangered medicinal and aromatic plants. In-vitro production of secondary metabolites in plant cell suspension cultures has been reported for various medicinal plants, and bioreactors represent a key step toward the commercial production of secondary metabolites by means of plant biotechnology. Addressing these key aspects, the book contains 29 chapters, divided into three sections. Section 1: In-vitro production of secondary metabolites Section 2: In-vitro propagation, genetic transformation and germplasm conservation Section 3: Conventional and molecular approaches

Regional Innovation Index of China: How Frontier Regions Innovate

by Xielin Liu Taishan Gao Xi Wang

The book aims to explore the regional innovation capability of China, especially how the frontier regions of China (Guangdong, Jiangsu, Beijing, Shanghai, Zhejiang and Tianjin) transform themselves from an investment-driven economy into an innovation-driven one. With detailed case, data and policy, we analyse the modes of each province and municipality from different perspectives such as comparative advantage in innovation, existing industrial base and culture, the government’s innovation strategy, and industrial upgrading pattern.

Autistic Disturbances: Theorizing Autism Poetics from the DSM to Robinson Crusoe (Corporealities: Discourses Of Disability)

by Julia M Rodas

While research on autism has sometimes focused on special talents or abilities, autism is typically characterized as impoverished or defective when it comes to language. Autistic Disturbances reveals the ways interpreters have failed to register the real creative valence of autistic language and offers a theoretical framework for understanding the distinctive aesthetics of autistic rhetoric and semiotics. Reinterpreting characteristic autistic verbal practices such as repetition in the context of a more widely respected literary canon, Julia Miele Rodas argues that autistic language is actually an essential part of mainstream literary aesthetics, visible in poetry by Walt Whitman and Gertrude Stein, in novels by Charlotte Brontë and Daniel Defoe, in life writing by Andy Warhol, and even in writing by figures from popular culture. Autistic Disturbances pursues these resonances and explores the tensions of language and culture that lead to the classification of some verbal expression as disordered while other, similar expression enjoys prized status as literature. It identifies the most characteristic patterns of autistic expression-repetition, monologue, ejaculation, verbal ordering or list-making, and neologism-and adopts new language to describe and reimagine these categories in aesthetically productive terms. In so doing, the book seeks to redress the place of verbal autistic language, to argue for the value and complexity of autistic ways of speaking, and to invite recognition of an obscured tradition of literary autism at the very center of Anglo-American text culture.

The Black Cat: Deluxe Binder Read-along Radio Drama W/cd (Classics To Go)

by Edgar Allan Poe

The story is told in the first person. He is a condemned man at the outset of the story. The narrator tells us that from an early age he has loved animals. He and his wife have many pets, including a large black cat named Pluto. This cat is especially fond of the narrator and vice versa. Their mutual friendship lasts for several years, until the narrator becomes an alcoholic. One night, after coming home intoxicated, he believes the cat is avoiding him. When he tries to seize it, the panicked cat bites the narrator, and in a fit of rage, he seizes the animal, pulls a pen-knife from his pocket, and deliberately gouges out the cat's eye. From that moment onward, the cat flees in terror at his master's approach. At first, the narrator is remorseful and regrets his cruelty. "But this feeling soon gave place to irritation. And then came, as if to my final and irrevocable overthrow, the spirit of perverseness." He takes the cat out in the garden one morning and hangs it from a tree, where it dies. That very night, his house mysteriously catches fire, forcing the narrator, his wife and their servant to flee... (Excerpt from Wikipedia)

Aesop's Fables - Translated by George Fyler Townsend: Translated By George Fyler Townsend (1887). Illustrated By Harrison Weir, John Tenniel, Ernest Griset And Others (Classics To Go)

by Aesop

Aesop's Fables is a collection of fables credited to Aesop, a slave and story-teller believed to have lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 560 BCE. Of diverse origins, the stories associated with Aesop's name have descended to modern times through a number of sources. They continue to be reinterpreted in different verbal registers and in popular as well as artistic mediums.

A Gentle Spirit: Revised Edition Of Original Version (Classics To Go #398)

by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

"A Gentle Spirit" is a short story by Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky, focusing on the deep distress of man who has just lost the love of his life, this is a heart-wrenching tale. In a flashback he remembers everything from the first meeting to the farewell. The reader follows the gripping narrative.

The Story of the Great War, Volume 8 of 8 (The World At War)

by Various

This is volume eight of eight and it concerns itself mainly with the victory of the Allied Forces, the Armistice, and the Peace Conference at Paris. A lesser known, but important part covers Canada's war organisations and vast war industries plus the Canadian battles overseas.

The Story of the Great War, Mega Series Volume I to VIII (The World At War)

by Various

The First World War is one of history's greatest tragedies. This remarkable and intimate collection of reports and notes from active participants bring to life the story of how the Great War reduced Europe's mightiest empires to rubble, killed twenty million people, and cracked the foundations of the world we live in today. This ebook contains all Volumes from I to VIII, available also as individual downloads. The Mega Series is available for a special price and the first volume comes free.

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