In the year 2010, computers are the new superpowers. Those who control them control the world. To enforce the Net Laws, Congress creates the ultimate computer security agency within the FBI: the Net Force. It´s the rich man´s drug of choice - and it´s being sold on the Internet for a thousand dollars a capsule. A potent mixture of smart drugs, psychedelics, angel dust, and steroids, it can turn a 50-year-old into a raging beast of aggression and sexual desire. Now it´s up to the Net Force to find the source of this dangerous designer drug. Before another murder. Before another rape. Before every user self-destructs.... A powerful examination of America´s defense and intelligence systems of the future, Tom Clancy´s Net Force is the creation of Tom Clancy and Steve Pieczenik. 1. Language: English. Narrator: J. K. Simmons. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/005429/bk_harp_005429_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Why is America living in an age of profound economic inequality? Why, despite the desperate need to address climate change, have even modest environmental efforts been defeated again and again? Why have protections for employees been decimated? Why do hedge-fund billionaires pay a far lower tax rate than middle-class workers? The conventional answer is that a popular uprising against ´´big government´´ led to the ascendancy of a broad-based conservative movement. But as Jane Mayer shows in this powerful, meticulously reported history, a network of exceedingly wealthy people with extreme libertarian views bankrolled a systematic, step-by-step plan to fundamentally alter the American political system. The network has brought together some of the richest people on the planet. Their core beliefs-that taxes are a form of tyranny; that government oversight of business is an assault on freedom-are sincerely held. But these beliefs also advance their personal and corporate interests: Many of their companies have run afoul of federal pollution, worker safety, securities, and tax laws. The chief figures in the network are Charles and David Koch, whose father made his fortune in part by building oil refineries in Stalin´s Russia and Hitler´s Germany. The patriarch later was a founding member of the John Birch Society, whose politics were so radical it believed Dwight Eisenhower was a communist. The brothers were schooled in a political philosophy that asserted the only role of government is to provide security and to enforce property rights. When libertarian ideas proved decidedly unpopular with voters, the Koch brothers and their allies chose another path. If they pooled their vast resources, they could fund an interlocking array of organizations that could work in tandem to influence and ultimately control academic institutions, think tanks, the courts, statehouses, Congress, and, they hoped, the presidency. Richard Mellon Scaife, the mercurial heir to banking and oil fortunes, had the brilliant insight that most of their political activities could be written off as tax-deductible ´´philanthropy.´´ These organizations were given innocuous names such as Americans for Prosperity. Funding sources were hidden whenever possible. This process reached its apotheosis with the allegedly populist Tea Party movement, abetted mightily by the Citizens United decision-a case conceived of by legal advocates funded by the network. The political operatives the network employs are disciplined, smart, and at times ruthless. Mayer documents instances in which people affiliated with these groups hired private detectives to impugn whistle-blowers, journalists, and even government investigators. And their efforts have been remarkably successful. Libertarian views on taxes and regulation, once far outside the mainstream and still rejected by most Americans, are ascendant in the majority of state governments, the Supreme Court, and Congress. Meaningful environmental, labor, finance, and tax reforms have been stymied. Jane Mayer spent five years conducting hundreds of interviews-including with several sources within the network-and scoured public records, private papers, and court proceedings in reporting this book. In a taut and utterly convincing narrative, she traces the byzantine trail of the billions of dollars spent by the network and provides vivid portraits of the colorful figures behind the new American oligarchy. Dark Money is a book that must be read by anyone who cares about the future of American democracy.
This bad-boy hockey player is about to meet his match.... Falling down is an accident. Staying down is a choice. Going down is a career-changer...that´s the one I did. How was I supposed to know that the NHL´s toughest enforcer, the Red Wings´ laundry room, and one security video would be my downfall? I´ve spent more time in the penalty box than any other player in the NHL, but this time I really screwed up. How was I supposed to know that one night and one choice would be worse than all of my transgressions on the ice? Now, I´ve lost my team, my sponsors, and my publicist. For most people, it´s bend or break. For me, it´s melt or harden. My decision became obvious when I walked into my new PR firm, and she was sitting behind the desk. Contains mature themes. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Elizabeth Hart, Joe Hempel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/010216/bk_tant_010216_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the year 2010, computers are the new superpowers. Those who control them control the world. To enforce the Net Laws, Congress creates the ultimate computer security agency within the FBI: the Net Force. Reeling from a shattered personal life, Net Force Commander Alex Michaels is informed that top secret information from a joint air force-navy venture has been accessed and downloaded. The research involves an atmospheric weapon with the capability to drive half a country into madness using low frequency wave generation. Now the technology has fallen into the wrong hands - and testing has begun.... A powerful examination of America´s defense and intelligence systems of the future, Tom Clancy´s Net Force TM is the creation of Tom Clancy and Steve Pieczenik. Read by Stephen Lang. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephen Lang. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/005430/bk_harp_005430_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sean Dillon in his most spectacular adventure yet, a no-holds-barred battle with a Mafia don. When the Mafia kill a reporter for getting too close, White House security insider Blake Johnson takes it personally. The reporter was his ex-wife, and with the help of undercover enforcer Sean Dillon and his intelligence colleagues he is hell-bent on revenge. In London, Beirut and Ireland, the daredevil friends risk everything as they combine to destroy the illegal businesses of Mafia front man Jack Fox. But Fox is not one to back down for anyone, so if Dillon and Johnson want to bring him down they will have to take things to the limit as events race towards a day of reckoning. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jonathan Oliver. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/002506/bk_hcuk_002506_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Few Imperial institutions command more fear than the Imperial Security Bureau. The man you pass on your way to work or the talkative woman in the cantina could be an informer. You cannot trust anyone, and in this atmosphere of stifling fear, few dare to speak of rebellion. Enforce the status quo and punish sedition in your games of Imperial Assault with the help of the ISB Infiltrators Villain Pack.This Villain Pack adds new materials to all of your campaigns and skirmish games with a new three-card Agenda set, new Command cards, additional Deployment cards, and brand-new missions for your campaigns and skirmishes. Prepare to put the fear of the Empire in your opponents!This figure pack includes two sculpted plastic figure depicting ISB Infiltrators ready for action.
The legal information and forms every California landlord needs Choosing tenants, raising the rent, returning deposits, and maintaining rental property?these are just a few of the things landlords do that are strictly regulated by California law. To avoid problems and hefty legal fees, rental property owners and managers need to know and comply with federal, state, and local rules, and use the proper legal forms. Fortunately, everything you need is in this book. For more than 30 years, The California Landlord?s Law Book: Rights & Responsibilities has been the leading source of legal information for hundreds of thousands of California landlords. This edition has been completely updated to cover state and federal laws and local rent control ordinances. It includes dozens of California-specific forms, such as leases and rental agreements, all with complete, easy-to-follow instructions tailored to state law. You?ll learn how to: screen prospective tenants - without discriminating illegally prepare (and enforce) leases and rental agreements collect and return security deposits raise the rent and change other terms of the tenancy hire, work with, and fire a property manager keep up with repairs and maintenance restrict tenants from subletting or hosting short-term guests act promptly when rent is late, and terminate a tenancy. All forms are downloadable through a special link in the book .
It has been 15 years since Billy and Bonnie Bannister helped repel the demonic assault on Heaven. Now they and Ashley Foley sit in a maximum security prison where the authorities conduct experiments on them to learn the secrets of long life. Earlier, the world´s acceptance of dragonkind crumbled, and the Enforcers took the infant twins born to Billy and Bonnie and stole Excalibur, hoping to develop a weapon to battle the dragons that are sure to try to rescue their allies. All the while, a great secret from the past is being revealed to Bonnie through a dream. Joran and Selah, teenaged children of Methuselah, have been trapped in a strange world for centuries yet still able to manipulate certain events in our world during that time. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kelly Ryan Dolan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/oasi/001726/bk_oasi_001726_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.