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Breastfeeding and Media

by Katherine A. Foss

This book centers on the role of media in shaping public perceptions of breastfeeding. Drawing from magazines, doctors' office materials, parenting books, television, websites, and other media outlets, Katherine A. Foss explores how historical and contemporary media often undermine breastfeeding efforts with formula marketing and narrow portrayals of nursing women and their experiences. Foss argues that the media's messages play an integral role in setting the standard of public knowledge and attitudes toward breastfeeding, as she traces shifting public perceptions of breastfeeding and their corresponding media constructions from the development of commercial formula through contemporary times. This analysis demonstrates how attributions of blame have negatively impacted public health approaches to breastfeeding, thus confronting the misperception that breastfeeding, and the failure to breastfeed, rests solely on the responsibility of an individual mother.

Quality Software Through Reuse and Integration

by Thouraya Bouabana-Tebibel Stuart H. Rubin

This book presents 13 high-quality research articles that provide long sought-after answers to questions concerning various aspects of reuse and integration. Its contents lead to the inescapable conclusion that software, hardware, and design productivity - including quality attributes - is not bounded. It combines the best of theory and practice and contains recipes for increasing the output of our productivity sectors. The idea of improving software quality through reuse is not new. After all, if software works and is needed, why not simply reuse it? What is new and evolving, however, is the idea of relative validation through testing and reuse, and the abstraction of code into frameworks for instantiation and reuse. Literal code can be abstracted. These abstractions can in turn yield similar codes, which serve to verify their patterns. There is a taxonomy of representations from the lowest-level literal codes to their highest-level natural language descriptions. As a result, product quality is improved in proportion to the degree of reuse at all levels of abstraction. Any software that is, in theory, complex enough to allow for self-reference, cannot be certified as being absolutely valid. The best that can be attained is a relative validity, which is based on testing. Axiomatic, denotational, and other program semantics are more difficult to verify than the codes, which they represent! But, are there any limits to testing? And how can we maximize the reliability of software or hardware products through testing? These are essential questions that need to be addressed; and, will be addressed herein.

Beyond the Firefly Field

by R. E. Munzing

By the time he was fourteen, Clayton Curtis realized his whole life would be boring. Living in a middle-of-nowhere piece of the country would have been boring enough, but it was also the land that time forgot. Due to inherit the family home passed down through many generations, Clayton felt doomed to a life in the stone age. Everything changed when a new subdivision was built a mile from his house. With scrap wood, he and his friends built a large tree house complex. From high in the tree, they saw a glowing faraway field one night and were determined to find out what it was. What they discovered there was beyond epically wonderful, and the boys knew it must be kept a secret. They quickly became obsessed with going to see it often, even though being there was changing them and herding them toward a decision they didn't want to make. They would soon either have to be willing to do whatever was necessary to keep the secret or never go there again.

Nightmare in Niceville

by Amberle Cianne

Lily Strykes is a typical teenage girl, who, along with her mother and younger sister, settles into a comfortably predictable lifestyle in the quiet little town of Niceville, Florida. But hidden in their past is something dark. A fun night out with friends takes an unexpected and terrifying turn as her previous life quickly catches up to her. Lily's routine but peaceful existence, as well as those of her family and friends, is turned upside down in a matter of hours when a figure from her violent past suddenly returns.

Austrian Imperial Censorship and the Bohemian Periodical Press, 1848–71

by Jeffrey T. Leigh

This book analyzes the conduct of press policy in Bohemia from the Revolutions of 1848 through the period of the T#65533;bory, 1867-71. In the aftermath of the revolutions, the Habsburg state, far from constituting an historical relic, proved itself boldly innovative, inaugurating liberal reforms, most importantly the rule of law. While the reforms helped it to survive its immediate challenges, they nonetheless, quite paradoxically, created an environment in which the periodical press continued to advance perspectives emblematic of the revolution, even during the era of Neoabsolutism. This new legal environment fostered the rise of the bourgeois public sphere, as theorized by J#65533;rgen Habermas, and the very political movements that would contribute to its demise, as signaled in the T#65533;bory campaign of 1867-71. At the nexus of civil society and the state stood the provincial Habsburg officials responsible for public order and security. Their experience was one of endeavoring to balance the ideals of the rule of law imposed by the Imperial center and their own vital concerns regarding the survival of the Monarchy. This work, for the first time, concentrates on the role of these officials who determined what would--and would not--appear in print.

Perspectives on the U.S.-Mexico Soccer Rivalry

by Lindsey J. Meân Jeffrey W. Kassing

This edited volume considers the U. S. -Mexico soccer rivalry, which occurs against a complex geo-political, social, and economic backdrop. Multidisciplinary contributions explore how a long and complicated history between these countries has produced a unique rivalry--one in which loyalties split friends and family; fan turnout in many regions of the U. S. favors Mexico; and games are imbued with both national pride and politics. The themes of nationhood, geography, citizenship, acculturation, identity, globalization, narrative and mythology reverberate throughout this book, especially with regard to how they shape place, identity, and culture.

The European Gas Markets

by Simone Tagliapietra Manfred Hafner

The European gas industry has experienced extraordinary success over the last decade. A strong, interconnected network of gas pipelines has been developed inside and around Europe, and the LNG trade has also expanded rapidly. However, the European gas industry is now facing a number of new challenges and opportunities, related to both its demand and supply sides. On the demand side, the ambitious EU decarbonisation targets have led to an unprecedented uncertainty of the future gas demand. In fact, the implementation of a climate-based energy policy in Europe challenges the role of natural gas in the long-term European energy mix; in the mid-term natural gas could play an important and cost effective role in the transition towards a low carbon economy. On the supply side, new natural gas supplies are emerging around the world, mainly because of an increase in global LNG supply and the shale gas revolution in the United States. This unprecedented shift in the supply/demand balance is also creating new dynamics in the European gas industry, regarding both the EU security of gas supply architecture and the EU gas pricing mechanism. This book provides a comprehensive analysis of all these challenges and opportunities affecting the European gas industry, with the aim to provide a clear snapshot of a market characterized by growing uncertainty and volatility.

The Politics of Palm Oil Harm

by Hanneke Mol

This book examines the politics of harm in the context of palm oil production in Colombia, with a primary focus on the Pacific coast region. Globally, the palm oil industry is associated with practices that fit the most conventional definitions and perceptions of crime, but also crucially, forms of social and environmental harm that do not fit strictly legalistic definitions and understandings of crime. Drawing on rich field-based data from the region, Mol contributes empirically to an awareness of the constructions, practices, and the lived and perceived realities of harm related to palm oil production. She advances criminological debate around 'harm' by putting forward a theoretical and analytical approach that redirects the debate from a central concern with the academic contestedness of harm within criminology, towards a focus on the 'on-the-ground' contestedness of palm oil-related harm in Colombia. Detailed analysis and arresting conclusions ensure this book will be of great interest to students and scholars in the fields of Green and Critical Criminology, Environmental Sociology, and International and Critical Development Studies.

Lines of Geography in Latin American Narrative

by Aarti Smith Madan

This book looks to the writings of prolific statesmen like D. F. Sarmiento, Estanislao Zeballos, and Euclides da Cunha to unearth the literary and political roots of the discipline of geography in nineteenth-century Latin America. Tracing the simultaneous rise of text-writing, map-making, and institution-building, it offers new insight into how nations consolidated their territories. Beginning with the titanic figures of Strabo and Humboldt, it rereads foundational works like Facundo and Os sert#65533;es as examples of a recognizably geographical discourse. The book digs into lesser-studied bulletins, correspondence, and essays to tell the story of how three statesmen became literary stars while spearheading Latin America's first geographic institutes, which sought to delineate the newly independent states. Through a fresh pairing of literary analysis and institutional history, it reveals that words and maps--literature and geography--marched in lockstep to shape national territories, identities, and narratives.

Nonunions

by Animesh Agarwal

Providing a comprehensive presentation of the diagnosis, evaluation and management of nonunions, this generously illustrated text details the current principles, surgical techniques and approaches with these challenging clinical situations. Since each nonunion can be fairly particular, the treatment regimens provide guidelines to effectively approach such problems. Opening with a discussion of the principles of nonunions and fracture healing, the remainder of the book is divided by anatomical area and provides evidence-based recommendations, case examples, and preferred treatment/algorithms for both the upper and lower extremities, including the clavicle, the proximal humerus, proximal femur, and tibial plateau, as well as the pelvis and acetabulum. Specialized circumstances are also discussed, including periprosthetics and joint replacement. Although not every single treatment option is described for every single anatomical area and type of injury, Nonunions is an excellent resource for orthopedic trauma surgeons, residents and students, not only for managing these common yet complex problems but also in preventing nonunions from occurring by avoiding surgical causes and mitigating patient risk factors.

Site-Specific Recombinases

by Nikolai Eroshenko

This books aims to provide an up-to-date guide to using recombinases in the laboratory. Chapters guide the reader through construction of transgenic animals, recombinase-mediated cassette exchange (RMCE), spatial control of recombinase expression and in vivo delivery approaches, immunohistochemistry and fluorescence-based phenotyping methods, biochemical methods, and recombinase-based production of minimal DNA vectors. Written in the highly successful Methods in Molecular Biology series format, chapters include introductions to their respective topics, lists of the necessary materials and reagents, step-by-step, readily reproducible laboratory protocols, and tips on troubleshooting and avoiding known pitfalls. Authoritative and cutting-edge, Site-Specific Recombinases: Methods and Protocols aims to serve as a valuable resource for working with recombinases, and inspires further creativity in the field.

Artificial Intelligence for .NET: Speech, Language, and Search

by Nishith Pathak

Get introduced to the world of artificial intelligence with this accessible and practical guide. Build applications that make intelligent use of language and user interaction to better compete in today's marketplace. Discover how your application can deeply understand and interpret content on the web or a user's machine, intelligently react to direct user interaction through speech or text, or make smart recommendations on products or services that are tailored to each individual user. With Microsoft Cognitive Services, you can do all this and more utilizing a set of easy-to-use APIs that can be consumed on the desktop, web, or mobile devices. Developers normally think of AI implementation as a tough task involving writing complex algorithms. This book aims to remove the anxiety by creating a cognitive application with a few lines of code. There is a wide range of Cognitive Services APIs available. This book focuses on some of the most useful and powerful ways that your application can make intelligent use of language. Artificial Intelligence for . NET: Speech, Language, and Search will show you how you can start building amazing capabilities into your applications today. What You'll Learn Understand the underpinnings of artificial intelligence through practical examples and scenarios Get started building an AI-based application in Visual Studio Build a text-based conversational interface for direct user interaction Use the Cognitive Services Speech API to recognize and interpret speech Look at different models of language, including natural language processing, and how to apply them in your Visual Studio application Reuse Bing search capabilities to better understand a user's intention Work with recommendation engines and integrate them into your apps Who This Book Is For Developers working on a range of platforms, from . NET and Windows to mobile devices. Examples are given in C#. No prior experience with AI techniques or theory is required.

Essentials of Stochastic Processes

by Richard Durrett

This book is for a first course in stochastic processes taken by undergraduates or master's students who have had a course in probability theory. It covers Markov chains in discrete and continuous time, Poisson processes, renewal processes, martingales, and mathematical finance. One can only learn a subject by seeing it in action, so there are a large number of examples and more than 300 carefully chosen exercises to deepen the reader's understanding The book has undergone a thorough revision since the first edition. There are many new examples and problems with solutions that use the TI-83 to eliminate the tedious details of solving linear equations by hand. Some material that was too advanced for the level has been eliminated while the treatment of other topics useful for applications has been expanded. In addition, the ordering of topics has been improved. For example, the difficult subject of martingales is delayed until its usefulness can be seen in the treatment of mathematical finance. Richard Durrett received his Ph. D. in Operations Research from Stanford in 1976. He taught at the UCLA math department for nine years and at Cornell for twenty-five before moving to Duke in 2010. He is the author of 8 books and almost 200 journal articles, and has supervised more that 40 Ph. D. students. Most of his current research concerns the applications of probability to biology: ecology, genetics, and most recently cancer.

Regional Environmental Cooperation in South America

by Karen M. Siegel

This book examines cooperation on shared environmental concerns across national boundaries in the Southern Cone region of South America, specifically Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. It covers regional environmental cooperation in the Southern Cone since the early 1990s. By using the marginalised issues of ecological and socio-environmental concerns as an analytical lens, the author makes a significant contribution to the study of regional cooperation in Latin America. Her book also presents the first detailed study of how environmental cooperation across national boundaries takes place in a region of the South, and thus fills a lacuna in global environmental governance. This innovative work is geared toward students and scholars of environmental politics, regional cooperation in Latin America, and transboundary environmental governance.

The Kudzu Monster Trilogy

by J. R. Hardin

Kalvin the Kudzu Monster lives in the forests of North Georgia where he and his friends work together to protect the forest and woodland creatures from natural disasters, sinister gangsters, and evil creatures that want to take over the forest. It's a tough job because there is always something or someone wanting to mess with their peaceful forest and the creatures who live there. But Kalvin and his friends are up to the task, even though at times, the challenges are harrowing, and their success is uncertain.

Destination D

by Lori Beard Daily

A broken promise from their school days at Spelman College takes three successful friends in Atlanta to unexpected and unplanned for destinations as their personal demons drastically alter their friendship and their destinies. The first friend leads a secret life of multiple personas that allows her to escape her own reality and ease into a life of deception long before her true identity is discovered. At the pinnacle of her career, the second friend is self-driven, sexually suppressed, and highly explosive . . . blowing up at anyone that crosses her path. Her domineering ambition drives her into a collision course with herself and steers her in an unexpected direction that becomes life-altering. The third friend is a single mother seeking refuge from a regretful past that has finally caught up with her present. Just when she thinks her future is solid, it begins to crumble as her fate is altered by a past romance which resurfaces . . . resulting in an unexpected resolution. What does it all mean for their friendship and are they all headed on a collision course with disaster?

Together Again

by Laurie Stephens

Have you ever felt as though you have known someone forever when you actually just met? Or felt a connection with your child or spouse that has an effortless, timeless quality? Together Again is the true story of such a soul connection between mother and daughter. Their story spans heaven and earth and thousands of miles as the two souls are reunited through the miracle of adoption. Their journey is spiritual as well as physical. The story is told from the child's perspective: Do you remember where you lived before you were born? I do! I once live in heaven with my mommy and other people I love; then I was born in China. My mommy searched for me, found me across the ocean, and adopted me. From heaven to China to America ---we are together again! Author, Laurie Stephens is a writer, dreamer, and a mom who loves laughter and this spiritual journey known as life. She works in the field of non-profit fundraising and marketing. Originally from Toledo, Ohio, Laurie currently resides in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, with her two incredible daughters.

Violet Path

by Olivia Lodise

Meticulously trained to be a merciless fighting machine from a young age, Alexia, a startling teen with electrifying violet eyes and a stealthy mercenary mind, now faces her destiny to lead an army through its final stages of world domination. Meanwhile, Matthew, mastermind of the Long War and her overloard, in his bloodlust to fulfill his self-appointed destiny, overlooks a key fray in the rope: the rebellious nature of a teenager.

Eartha Gets Well

by Dr Daniel Falk Kristi Falk

Is it a struggle to get your kids to eat healthy, want to be active, and get outside for fresh air and exercise? Then introduce them to Eartha! Winner of a 2012 Moonbeam Bhildren's Book Award, "Eartha Gets Well" is a story about a little girl who never exercised, didn't like vegetables, and was always sick. Eartha learns how to make herself, her family, and the Earth feel better! Throughout her adventure, she realizes that she can be healthy and happy by making a few simple changes. When she realizes how easy and fun it is, she wants to tell everybody!

The Mile Marker Murders

by C. W. Saari

When Caleb Williamson, a career officer with the CIA, disappears, officials are left wondering whether he is a spy who has defected or the victim of a crime. Meanwhile, Williamson's friend, FBI agent Tyler Bannister, is focused on catching an extortionist who has threatened to unleash a biological poison if a multimillion dollar demand is not met. When Williamson turns up dead alongside the corpses of two women near a northern Virginia highway, Bannister is assigned to a task force to identify what looks to be a cunning serial killer. While Bannister becomes obsessed with finding the murderer before he strikes again, a fourth body is discovered. The stakes become more personal when the killer targets Bannister's new love interest.

Senate Cloakroom Cabal: A Laura Wolfe Thriller

by Keith M. Donaldson

"We don't manufacture cures. We manufacture dependencies." So says the head pharmaceutical lobbyist to the majority leader of the United States Senate. Soon after that utterance, a miracle-cure cancer drug is rejected by the US Food and Drug Administration because of purported side effects.A first-year senator, Roanne Dalton senses illegal activity in her own party, but is powerless to act on her own. Instead, she seeks an objective investigator and turns to the well-respected and savvy Washington Daily Star reporter Laura Wolfe. Senator Dalton and Laura suspect a Capitol Hill conspiracy with horrific consequences--keeping this anxiously awaited drug away from the American people--a conspiracy of greed and deceit that, without warning, turns deadly. Senate Cloakroom Cabal is the second installment in the thrilling Laura Wolfe series, following Death of an Intern.

Death of an Intern

by Keith M. Donaldson

Winner of a Finalist Award in the Mystery Category of the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, this riveting, suspenseful novel is an introduction to Donaldson's Laura Wolfe series. Wolfe, a tenacious beat reporter for The Washington Star, tracks a D.C serial killer who butchers pregnant women and steals their fetuses, dumping the naked bodies with no identification in an obscure part of the city. When Laura is shown the body of victim number two, she recognizes her as someone named Janet who she had met at a reception for the Vice President of the United States. The victim is quickly identified as Janet Rausch, and Laura begins digging into her background. When the public Janet does not match with the private one, Laura begins to question whether there may have been more to Janet's death than being a serial killing victim. The mounting evidence Laura accumulates stimulates her inquisitive mind into believing Janet's murder was planned. Yet she is the only one to believe that theory. Her startling revelation confounds both her lawyer husband and her bestfriend, Max Walsh, Captain of Homicide for the Washington MPD. Laura persists anyway and goes from the dirty back streets of D.C. to the nation's capital, to the Virginia suburbs, and into the polished halls of political Washington, as the public is terrorized by a third murder, very much like the previous two.

The Adventures of Caterwaul the Cat: Feline Pie

by Damon Plumides Arthur Mark Boerie

Caterwaul the cat jumps from the frying pan into the fire when he escapes the clutches of the Witch of Red Moon Forest and moves in with the aging Queen Druciah, thinking he has finally found a home. Things seem pretty good until he discovers that there is one small catch: Caterwaul must find the queen a pure white female cat and use his magic to help her learn the long-forgotten recipe for Feline Pie. Because he yearns for a home of his own, Caterwaul takes on the challenge that throws him into messes with militant frogs, feline mobsters, wicked hunters, corrupt police constables, and giant snapping turtles. Does Caterwaul succeed. . .and does he turn over a pure white female cat to Druciah for her wicked plans?

You Can't Iron a Wrinkled Birthday Suit

by Sharon Phennah

If you're alive, you're aging . . . but You Can't Iron a Wrinkled Birthday Suit smashes senior living stereotypes! Zany families, eccentric friends, and ne'er-do-well neighbors inhabit the labyrinthine lives of three women friends as they live through one puzzling "Golden Year." A surprise visit from local law enforcement, a younger friend's romantic disasters, and the death of a parent all combine with daily life--laundry, scones, senior sex--to create one walloping, raucous read. Loquacious pets--critics and alter egos--offer a rich counterpoint to the human dramas affecting their lives. Unfiltered and compelling, this entertaining saga provides readers of all ages with a new and positive view of growing older.

The Four Princesses

by Jackie Gaskins

The Four Princesses shares an exciting story about Grace, Faith, Joy and Hope. These princesses, daughters of the Great King, discover they were each created with a gift to be used for His purpose. Read along as the King's plan unfolds to free His people from the evil Prince Fear who has held their village captive for too long. The four princesses will use their gifts to change the lives of every person they come in contact with. Will the difference in the hearts of the Milkman, Baker and the Butcher be enough to reveal the truth to the townspeople and free this whole community? Will they realize the King has a plan and purpose for each of them as well? The Four Princesses will reveal that our King has placed gifts within each of us to be used for His purposes. When we use our gifts daily, we can change the hearts of many.

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