Billionaires and Bagmen offers a surprising solution to the question many people are asking: How can we take our lives back from an over-reaching government, Wall Street power brokers, lobbyist-written laws, the billionaires who buy them off and candidates we don’t like? Sean Cogan, is funny, prickly, charismatic economist turned venture capitalist, comes up with the idea that his town should simply ignore Big Brother's rules and write its own.
He is convinced that the government is no longer “of, by and for the people,” that the President and all three branches of government are bought, paid for, and held in the grip of powerful billionaires, corrupt multinational corporations and their bagmen: the politicians and lobbyists who carry out their agendas. From a savvy newspaper reporter to a secretive former CIA agent who knows how the game is played to the idiot alcoholic mayor of the town who tries to sabotage the initiative, events start to spin out of control.
Things go from bad to worse when the powers that be in Washington become concerned that this independence movement could take on a life of its own. Cogan and his team of supporters, old high school friends, plow ahead in spite of the collusion of spies, lobbyists, a controversial talk show host and a whole boatload of other unsavory characters. It’s an exciting, scary and dangerous ride.
While many computer books designed for college-level courses are largely confined to programming code and languages, Algorithms and Data Structures: The Science of Computing takes a step back to introduce and explore algorithms, the content of the code. Primarily a text about understanding and thinking about computer science as well as working in it, the book focuses on three core topics: design (the architecture of algorithms), theory (mathematical modeling and analysis), and the scientific method (experimental confirmation of theoretical results). A solid understanding of these methods of inquiry helps students see that computer science is about problem solving, and is not simply the memorization and recitation of languages. Also, unlike most computer science texts, which typically cover this material separately, this book teaches them in an integrated manner so students can see explicitly how they interact. The book focuses heavily on recursion as the main control structure in algorithm design, and abstraction through object-oriented programming. A dedicated Web site with online lab exercises and tutorials is available to provide students with hands-on experience.
Kitchen staff member of the Seven Rivers Sect, Yè Guǐ Fèng (夜鬼凤) with a cultivation base of the Qi Condensation levels has no hope of ever becoming a true immortal in a world of talent beats all. Working painstakingly in the kitchen of the sect without a single spirit stone to show for his efforts he eventually meets a legendary demonic cultivator, Xié Mó Xīn (邪魔心) who guides him onto the path of demonic arts. "Nooooooooooooooo!!! I may not be the main character but that doesn't mean that I want to become the final boss!!!!!"