43 humerous and true short stories about contemporary life
43 humerous and true short stories about contemporary life
Author: Michael Parish
A United Nations insider exposes how anti-American and antidemocratic forces have hijacked the UN and put America and its allies at risk Politicians and pundits are imploring the United States to give the UN a major role in American foreign policy. But as bestselling author Dore Gold reveals in Tower of Babble, it is absurd to look to the UN to fight aggression, combat terrorism, and preserve global order. The UN is an abject failure—a fatally flawed organization that has actually accelerated and spread global chaos. And it is dominated by anti-Western forces, dictatorships, state sponsors of terrorism, and America’s worst enemies. In his New York Times bestseller Hatred’s Kingdom, Gold blew the lid off Saudi support for terrorism, and now he uncovers an even more important story. As a former UN ambassador, he has a unique insider’s perspective on why the UN fails to address—or in many cases exacerbates—the very problems it was created to solve. He shows how President Franklin Roosevelt’s great vision has been corrupted beyond recognition. Using internal UN documents and classified cables, Gold presents stark evidence of how the UN ignores mass murder, emboldens terrorists, props up dictators, and otherwise betrays its mission to protect the world’s security. Tower of Babble reveals: • Why America can—and indeed must—go outside the UN to address the most serious threats to national security • How the UN jeopardizes the success of the war on terror—and how terrorist groups have actually penetrated UN organizations • How, in the space of a year, the UN turned a blind eye to two horrifying episodes of mass murder—and why the slaughters could have been prevented • How the oil-for-food scandal only hints at the UN’s repeated failures to deal with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq • How the UN’s new international criminal court threatens America’s sovereignty • How the UN’s startling record of failure has led Presidents Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Clinton, and George W. Bush to bypass the UN Security Council As this hard-hitting book reveals, it is, quite simply, a myth that the United Nations is a positive force for world order or the “sole source of international legitimacy.” And unless the United States and its allies recognize this now, they will continue to put themselves at risk. "Dore Gold's book is informed and informative. It can be read with pleasure and profit by anyone with a genuine interest in the United Nations. I warmly recommend it."--Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, former Ambassador to the United Nations "For anyone wondering what's wrong with the United Nations, this is the book to read. Providing both a concise history and an urgent warning for our own time, Dore Gold in clear and lively detail explains how and why the UN too often promotes not peace, but problems--and what we can do about it."--Claudia Rosett, columnist, the Wall Street Journal's Opinionjournal.com "Dore Gold's Tower of Babble is bound to be one of the most controversial critiques in the public debate on the UN."--Henry Kissinger, Former Secretary of State
Tower of Babble reveals: • Why America can—and indeed must—go outside the UN to address the most serious threats to national security • How the UN jeopardizes the success of the war on terror—and how terrorist groups have actually ...
Author: Dore Gold
Publisher: Crown Forum
Category: Political Science
The CBC is a national obsession. Everyone has an opinion on it. It's too left-wing; it's too right-wing. It's too commercial; it's too boring. The CBC mirrors, reflects and magnifies all the tensions within Canada. The debate about its direction and focus is the debate about what matters to the country. In 2004, CBC television had sunk to its lowest audience share in its history and Radio 2's audiences were on life support. That same year, Richard Stursberg, an avowed popularizer with a reputation for radical action, was hired to run English services. With incisive wit and a flare for anecdote, Stursberg tells the story of the struggle that resulted, a struggle that lasted for six turbulent and controversial years. It's the fascinating story of the attempt to transform the CBC into a broadly popular, audience-focused organization. It is a story about shows, stars, flops, hits, arguments, deals, successes and failures. It is a story that was fought in labour disputes, the press, the board and the government. Shortly after Stursberg arrived, the corporation locked out the employees for two months. He was characterized as a thug and a spineless rat. Four years later, he signed the most harmonious labour contract in the history of the company. He lost the television rights for the 2010-12 Olympic Games, the Canadian Football League, curling and the Hockey Night in Canada song. He won the biggest NHL contract in history, secured the World Cup of Football and produced the biggest sports audiences in decades. He had unprecedented ratings successes - Little Mosque on the Prairie, Dragon's Den and Battle of the Blades. He had terrible flops. He rebuilt the news -- making Peter Mansbridge stand up -- and was roundly criticized for "Americanizing it." He cut 400 jobs and enjoyed the highest levels of trust and support from CBC staff. He antagonized Canada's cultural elites, the media and politicians. He enjoyed the best ratings for radio, television and online in CBC's history. He fought endless wars with the President and the Board about the direction of the Corporation and ultimately was dismissed. This is the story of what was done, why it was done, and why it mattered. It is a story about our most loved and reviled cultural institution during its most convulsive and far-reaching period of change. It is for those who think the CBC has lost its way, those who love where it is, and those who think it should not exist in the first place. It is for those who want argue about the Corporation's place in Canadian society, and for those who simply want to know the gossip about its greatest shows and greatest stars. It is for those who want to know what Don Cherry, Peter Mansbridge, Wendy Mesley and Rick Mercer are really like, as well as those who want to know how to negotiate a deal with Gary Bettman, develop a hit television show or face down enraged classical music enthusiasts and curling fans. It is the story of the best mirror we have to show us who we are.
He fought endless wars with the President and the Board about the direction of the Corporation and ultimately was dismissed. This is the story of what was done, why it was done, and why it mattered.
Author: Richard Stursberg
Publisher: D & M Publishers
Category: Business & Economics
Say goodbye to "business as usual"--to succeed today you need show business! How do you market in today's "experience culture"--as conventional advertising grows increasingly ineffective, and customers grow increasingly independent? Companies and brands from Altoids to Volkswagen have discovered the answer: bring show business into your business! There's No Business That's Not Show Business demonstrates how to use "show biz" techniques to cut through the clutter, engage your customers personally, differentiate your product or brand--and create real, long--term value. These techniques can be adapted for any product, service, or market--consumer or B2B. You'll learn how to clearly identify strategic objectives and expected outcomes; target your high--value customers; ensure that "show biz" marketing promotes your core brand message; extend your impact via PR and CRM; and, above all, achieve quantifiable results.
The narrator explains that Der Turm von Babble, Inc. is in a mixed genre, calling
for a Germanic libretto with Dionysian dancing, African drumming, and lowquality
electric keyboard. ACT 1 DER TURM WIRD GEBAUT (BUILDING THE TOWER) ...
Author: David L. Rogers
Publisher: FT Press
Category: Business & Economics
Based on a Biblical story, the prideful people of Shinar build a tower to reach heaven until no one can understand what anyone else is saying, and the formerly friendly citizens stop communicating with one another.
hen the townsfolk of Shinar decide to build a tower to the heavens, they don't
think about where their pride is leading them. A humorous re-telling of the Bible
story of the Tower of “babble.” Reinforced binding Ages 5-8 To Luis, Mateo and
Author: A. S. Gadot
Category: Juvenile Fiction
During the time when people decided to build a tower to heaven, the Tablet of Babble was made. This precious artifact contains the alphabet of the languages of all mankind. For centuries, it remained preserved in the sacred temple of Celestialites, hidden beneath the waters of the Black Sea·until a young explorer named Levy Centori decided to embark on a quest to find it. Dubbed as the greatest explorer of the century, Centori took on the adventure of bringing this ancient piece of history and power to the modern world. But would he succeed with the ordeals he has to face?
They guarded the precious artifact known as the Tablet of Babble. During the
time of Giants, wars and unimaginable evil, people of the world decided to build a
tower to heaven. God displeased by their unity in Evil separated the languages of
Author: Peter Ash
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Digital Media has transformed the way Canadians socialize and interact, conduct business, experience culture, fight political battles, and acquire knowledge. Traditional media, including newspapers and conventional TV networks, remain the primary link to Canada's political sphere but are under concerted attack. YouTube, blogs, online broadcasting, Facebook, and Twitter have opened new and exciting avenues of expression but offer little of the same "nation-building glue" as traditional media. Consequently, Canada is experiencing a number of overlapping crises simultaneously: a crisis in news and journalism, threats to the survival of the media system as a whole, and a decline in citizen engagement. In Digital Mosaic, David Taras both embraces and challenges new media by arguing that these coinciding crises bring exciting opportunities as well as considerable dangers to democratic life and citizen engagement in Canada.
Peter Stursberg, The Tower of Babble: Sins, Secrets and Successes Inside the
CBC (Vancou- ver: Douglas & McIntyre, 2012), 284. CRTC, Communications
Monitoring Report, 2013, 90, Table 4.3.12: “Advertising and Other Revenues by ...
Author: David Taras
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Category: Social Science
How to turn company values into competitive advantage We are inclined, for whatever reason, to treat values like works of art. We view them as nice to hang on the wall, and beautiful to look at, but we don’t act as though they truly mean much to us in the real world. In fact, the opposite is true. The best organizations understand their values, articulate them clearly, and hold them higher than any short-term concerns or short-cut methods. This does not put these companies at a competitive disadvantage. It is the source of their competitive advantage. If there's no clarity at the top about what values really mean, then there's no consistency at the management level or further down the organization. This means that there's no way to measure, coach, assess, promote or fire people in line with those values. Any organization that does not articulate its values concretely functions like a modern Tower of Babel. No one can be quite sure that they are speaking the same language at different levels or different locations within the organization. Decisions don't always make sense or feel right. Confusion reigns. No matter how compelling and inspirational the organization's vision may be, its aspirations fall far short in reality. Values are about achieving results in a way that is consistent with what an organization stands for. They provide a direct connection between the CEO, the factory worker and everyone in between; and form the basis of the organization's "brand" as understood by employees, customers, suppliers and even shareholders. When the work is done right, values provide an organizing principle, a directional compass that helps organizations succeed; they become a source of energy for an organization's vision, strategy and day-to-day efforts. Vision, strategy, market share, reputation and profits are all very important – but having a clear and consistent set of values is far more critical in predicting whether an organization will continue to succeed and grow as its people, markets, competitive landscape and technology change. People must make their contributions to an organization willingly and independently to bring passion, commitment, creativity and energy to a job. But they will do so only so long as they believe that what they are doing is authentic and meaningful, and is part of a code of commitment shared by the organization as a whole. Inside the Box focuses on values in a clear and practical way to understand what they are, where they come from and how they are transmitted from employee generation to generation. Inside the Box provides a roadmap for any leader or manager on how to identify the values that make an organization, department, team, or individual unique. It also shows how to measure whether an organization or individual is operating according to those values, and how managers can use values as the basis for all of their people decisions and drive superior performance as a result.
Tower. of. Babble. If there's no clarity at the top about what values really mean,
then there's certainly no consistency at the management level. This means that
there's no way to measure, coach, assess, promote or fire people in line with
Author: David S. Cohen
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Business & Economics
On a dark night in February of 1864, the H.L. Hunley, the first submarine to sink an enemy ship in combat, torpedoed the Union blockade ship USS Housatonic, a feat that would not be repeated for another 50 years. But fate was not kind to the Hunley that night as it sank with all of its crew on board before it could return to shore. Considered by many to be the Civil War’s greatest mystery, the Hunley’s demise and its resting place have been a topic of discussion for historians and Civil War buffs alike for more than a hundred years. Adding still more to the intrigue, the vessel was discovered in 1995 by a dive team led by famed novelist and shipwreck hunter Clive Cussler, sparking an underwater investigation that resulted in the raising of the Hunley on August 8, 2000. Since that time, the extensive research and restorative efforts underway have unraveled the incredible secrets that were locked within the submarine at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Join Civil War expert Brian Hicks as Sea of Darkness recounts the most historically accurate narrative of the sinking and eventual recovery ever written. Hicks has been given unprecedented access to all the main characters involved in the discovery, raising, and restoration of the Hunley. Complete with a foreword and additional commentary by Clive Cussler, Sea of Darkness offers new, never-before-published evidence on the cause of the Hunley’s sinking, providing readers a tantalizing behind-the-scenes look inside the historic submarine.
The. Tower. of. Babble. Warren Lasch felt his eyes starting to glaze over. And as
the omnipresent bureaucracy sucked the last remaining air out of the room, he
fought to stifle a yawn. Lasch was sitting in the conference room of the Charleston
Author: Brian Hicks
Publisher: Spry Publishing LLC
All of the world is kept in a delicate balance under the supervision of the Wizard Lord. It is his duty to govern lightly and protect his domain...but if he should stray from the way of the just, then it is up to the Chosen to intercede. The Chosen are the Leader, the Seer, the Swordsman, the Beauty, the Thief, the Scholar, the Archer, and the Speaker. These are magically infused mortal individuals who for the term of their service have only one function--to remove an errant Wizard Lord. The Chosen fulfilled this role when they removed the previous Wizard Lord and exposed treachery from within their own ranks. Since their last adventure, the world has returned to apparent peace and prosperity. The new Wizard Lord rules benevolently...but with an eye towards modernization through technology, instead of magic. Do such plans jeopardize the delicate balance of power? Is a Wizard Lord who is able to rule without magic a threat to the Chosen? At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Sword leaned close and whispered, “I should have noticed something much
sooner, but do you remember when we reached the Dark Lord's tower, and
Babble was wounded, so you and Seer and Beauty took her to the wagon to be
Author: Lawrence Watt-Evans
Publisher: Tor Books
Dear Loretto, Thanks for showing this to me. I like the spooky fi gure but Ive learned over the years that a heavier font is more eyecatching. Otherwise its very effective. Good luck with it. Best, Quinn
THE ANGELS OF CONFUSION Hello the tower of babble Where men deplete
their kind And seven angels visited to set the record straight What bellows in the
winds of time? And changes sublime Why wouldst thou just decide to sit and wait
Author: Loretto Gubernatis
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
The graphic artist's guide to sustainable design Graphic design is frequently thought of as a purely decorative effort. Yet these efforts can be responsible for shocking impacts on natural resources just to produce a barely-glanced-at catalog or mail piece. Sustainable Graphic Design: Tools, Systems, and Strategies for Innovative Print Design helps designers view graphic design as a holistic process. By exploring eco-conscious materials and production techniques, it shows designers how to create more effective and more sustainable designs. Sustainable Graphic Design opens your eyes to the bigger picture of design seen from the viewpoints of the audience, the creative vendor, their suppliers, and society as a whole. Chapters are written by a wide range of sustainable design pioneers and practitioners—including graphic designers, creative managers, marketing consultants, environmentalists, researchers, and psychologists—giving you critical information on materials and processes. Case studies illustrate and tie concepts together. Sustainability isn't a fad or a movement; it's a long-term paradigm shift. With this forward-looking toolkit, you'll be able to infuse your work with sustainability systems thinking, empowering you to play your role in achieving a future where design and sustainability are natural partners. Contributors Paul Andre Paul J. Beckmann Sharell Benson Arlene Birt Robert Callif Don Carli Jeremy Faludi Terry Gips Fred Haberman Dan Halsey Jessica Jones Curt McNamara John Moes Jacquelyn Ottman Holly Robbins Pamela Smith Dion Zuess Biomimicry Guild Carbonless Promise Chlorine Free Products Association Environmental Paper Network Eureka Recycling Great Printer Environmental Initiative Package Design Magazine Promotional Product Solutions Sustainable Green Printing Partnership Sustainable Packaging Coalition
Companies able to meet these standards find new audiences and markets are
open to them, while companies wishing only to dump whatever wherever are
being forced to rethink this shortsighted strategy. Tearing Down the Tower of
Author: Wendy Jedlicka
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
When works such as Joyce's Finnegans Wake and Stein's Tender Buttons were first introduced, they went so far beyond prevailing linguistic standards that they were widely considered "unreadable," if not scandalous. Jed Rasula and Steve McCaffery take these and other examples of twentieth-century avant-garde writing as the starting point for a collection of writings that demonstrates a continuum of creative conjecture on language from antiquity to the present. The anthology, which spans three millennia, generally bypasses chronology in order to illuminate unexpected congruities between seemingly discordant materials. Together, the writings celebrate the scope and prodigality of linguistic speculation in the West going back to the pre-Socratics.
Manifestos have been broadcast in all tongues in all times, dating from the one
God issued at the Tower of Babble, which carries on today in the Unknown
Tongue by which Holy Rollers commune. Maybe when we lift our creative writing
Author: Jed Rasula
Publisher: MIT Press
Category: Foreign Language Study
Welcome to Wise Acres, where the sassy kids go. In the seventh installment of Heck, Dale E. Basye sends Milton and Marlo Fauster to Wise Acres, the circle reserved for kids who sass back. In Wise Acres, the cleverest, snarkiest, put-downiest kids debate and trade insults in Spite Club. But the new vice principal, Lewis Carroll, has some curious plans to raise the profile—and the stakes—of the competition. Now a full-fledged War of the Words will be broadcast through the afterlife. The winner will get the heck out of Heck and go straight to heaven. And the loser? Well, the loser goes down . . . all the way down to the real h-e-double-hockey-sticks. And Milton and Marlo are on opposite teams. Can they find a way out of Lewis Carroll’s mad-as-a-hatter scheme? Or is one Fauster about to pay a permanent visit to the Big Guy Downstairs? From the Hardcover edition.
Milton climbed offthe lastrung of Jacob's stepladder and hopped back into the cell
of the right-hand tower. “Oh, the brave knight returns empty-handed, ... This will
undo the Tower of Babble exponentially. Sowe'vegot to hurry.” “Why should our ...
Author: Dale E. Basye
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Category: Juvenile Fiction
The reality of this world is one end time prophecy after another. Following the absolute end of the ultimate apocalypse are positive beginnings. This definite destruction is ensued by one last chance to end all the ignorance. This is so we may move into Tomorrow from Yesterday, Today. This book has been long awaited by many. One to unite all of the intellectual creatures under one name; that name humanity. This is a book of Truths that is written with more signs given unto one than just a solitary dream of eternity. This one has been given an eternal dream of solitary. A loop found in life that has been misunderstood and unknown by the one for a previous eternity has been revealed. This is to allow the one use of to pay for the concepts of original sin. The one is to remain a jester in the court of life for all of existence. While this jester finds humor in his eternal abode of mankind, most finds his living paradise an undesirable hell. Welcome to the quantum conundrum in which it is a fools game that we play; the game of follow the leader and that leader; Dampe Ghoti.
I have walked upon the grounds of the Tower of Babble. I have been baptized in
the Tigris and Euphrates. I have lived in a cave as well as under a pine tree. Oh
one more thing let's not forget that I am not only a carpenter I am the son ofa ...
Author: Dampe Ghoti
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Two decades of lockouts, soaring ticket prices, and on-ice tinkering have convinced many hard-core fans that the NHL's long-time commissioner Gary Bettman is the devil in disguise, but this book examines his motivations, peels back his often prickly demeanor, and explains how he manages to lead, confound, and keep order. It details the unlikely ascension of a fatherless Jewish kid from Long Island--who never played hockey and can barely skate--to the sport's biggest job. The seven-fold increase in gross revenue during Bettman's 20-year tenure as NHL commissioner makes him a business success story, and on his watch, professional hockey has also expanded far beyond its regional strongholds. By taming the NHL's famously fractious owners, all but busting its players' union, and enforcing a lawyerly discipline even on trash talk, Bettman has become a figure of almost unrivaled power in the business of sports, and this biography delves into how his influence shapes rival leagues in other countries, dictates the schedule of the Olympic Winter Games, and spills onto the ice itself.
Power Plays: An Inside Look at the Big Business ofthe National Hockey League.
Secaucus, NJ: Birch Lane Press, 1997. Stursberg, Richard. The Tower of Babble:
Sins, Secrets and Successes Inside the CBC. Toronto: DSCM Publishers, 2012.
Author: Jonathon Gatehouse
Publisher: Triumph Books
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Grace Divine, daughter of the local pastor, always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared--the night she found her brother Jude collapsed on the porch, covered in his own blood--but she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night held. The memories her family has tried to bury resurface when Daniel returns, three years later, and enrolls in Grace and Jude's high school. Despite promising Jude she'll stay away, Grace cannot deny her attraction to Daniel's shocking artistic abilities, his way of getting her to look at the world from new angles, and the strange, hungry glint in his eyes. The closer Grace gets to Daniel, the more she jeopardizes her life, as her actions stir resentment in Jude and drive him to embrace the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind the boy's dark secret...and the cure that can save the ones she loves. But she may have to lay down the ultimate sacrifice to do it--her soul.
My ears were still ringing as I took the book back to the tower of babble that used
to be Dad's desk—books and notes were scattered everywhere in heaps. The
book I held was cased in crackling leather and looked older than anything I had ...
Author: Bree Despain
Publisher: Carolrhoda Lab ®
Category: Young Adult Fiction
An electrifying puzzle, corporate sleuth Matt Cobb is set up in a TV-world murder This Edgar Award–winning debut novel introduces Matt Cobb, vice president of special projects at a large television network—where “special projects” means anything sensitive, or even fatal, that the company wants to keep quiet. Cobb’s no stranger to following mysterious orders, so when he receives a telephone call asking him to visit a hotel room he obliges. The invitation, however, means a dead body, a sharp blow to the head, and suspicion from the police that he committed the crime. And while one of the detectives put on the case has known Cobb since he was a child, the other is convinced of his guilt. Can Cobb stay on point when the stakes are so high? Can he find the real killer and persuade the police of his innocence? And what do television ratings have to do with it all?
—Walter Cronkite, “You Are There” (CBS) SOMETIMES PEOPLE CALL IT the
Tower of Babble. It erupts from Sixth Avenue the way the igneous rock it's made
of once erupted from some prehistoric volcano. Thirty-seven stories of somber
Author: William L. DeAndrea
Publisher: Open Road Media
For years wordsmith and punster Richard Lederer has charmed and delighted fans with his bestselling "Anguished English" series. In his funniest book yet, readers will again cherish the author's latest chronicle of the goofs and gaffes and fluffs and flubs of our anguished language. And the best part? Everything in here actually occurred! Nothing has been made up! Bloopers from foreign restaurants include: * "Our wines leave you nothing to hope for." * "As for the tripe served here, you will be singing its praises to your grandchildren on your deathbed." Excerpts from students' twisted history papers include: * "World War I made the people so sad that it brought on the Great Depression." * "America was founded by four fathers. Delegates from the original 13 states formed the Contented Congress. Thomas Jefferson, a Virgin, and Benjamin Franklin were two singers of the Decoration of Independence, which says that all men are cremated equal and are well endowed by their creator." Hilarious illustrations by Jim McLean make The Bride of Anguished English the perfect book for anyone who loves English with all its blunders and bloopers and quips and quirks.
And consider these foreign commercial messages broadcast from the Tower of
Babble: • Adorning a building in Yokosaka, Japan: Beauty Saloon • A sign in
Cairo, Egypt, advertises a donkey ride for tourists: “Would you like to ride on your
Author: Richard Lederer
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Annie Cain graduates from high school with aspirations of a bright future. On a vacation in Central America, strange things begin to happen, making Annie realize there is something different about her.
It was another twenty millennia before Lilith created Ariel. Mankind began
worshiping idols and false Gods. In the midst of all of that, the different tribes were
constantly at war with each other. I built the tower of Babble in hopes that if men
Author: R. A. McClanahan
Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing