Today 4.7 million Americans have been unemployed for more than six months. In France more than ten percent of the working population is without work. In Israel it’s above seven percent. And in Greece and Spain, that number approaches thirty percent. Across the developed world, the experience of unemployment has become frighteningly commonand so are the seemingly endless tactics that job seekers employ in their quest for new work.Flawed System/Flawed Self delves beneath these staggering numbers to explore the world of job searching and unemployment across class and nation. Through in-depth interviews and observations at job-search support organizations, Ofer Sharone reveals how different labor-market institutions give rise to job-search games like Israel’s résumé-based spec games”which are focused on presenting one’s skills to fit the joband the chemistry games” more common in the United States in which job seekers concentrate on presenting the person behind the résumé. By closely examining the specific day-to-day activities and strategies of searching for a job, Sharone develops a theory of the mechanisms that connect objective social structures and subjective experiences in this challenging environment and shows how these different structures can lead to very different experiences of unemployment.
Step inside and allow these pages to tug on your heart and maybe even open your mind a little bit wider as several lives intersect on a snowy mountain trail. Something was chasing me! I was too busy running to see what it was, until one day I met Grace, and then everything changed within me. Stella No one wants to stop and observe their lives. Most people just rush through their days, blocking out the past; especially if something bad has happened, because they think if they bury it, it will no longer affect them. But that is the problem. It continues to affect you and tear you down until you have the courage to stop, turn around and observe and understand it. These are life lessons that happened to help you grow, not to stunt your growth. Grace There is a fire burning within all of us. Sometimes the fire dies down a bit, but there is always a flicker of light waiting to be stoked. Zoe
Sarah O'Brien is only alive because of the pact she and her brother made twelve years ago-James will protect her from their violent father if she promises never to leave him. For years, she's watched James destroy his life to save hers. If all he asks for in return is her affection, she'll give it freely. Until, with a tiny kiss and a broken mind, he asks for more than she can give. Sam Donavon has been James's best friend-and the boy Sarah's had a crush on-for as long as she can remember. As their forbidden relationship deepens, Sarah knows she's in trouble. Quiet, serious Sam has decided he's going to save her. Neither of them realizes James is far more unstable than her father ever was, or that he's not about to let Sarah forget her half of the pact...
My past defined my present after my world crumpled. Left with crippling grief. I’m broken, flawed and guarded. I now lived by stringent rules: Guard your mind.Avoid crowds.Shun love.Until she walked into my life. It’s the haunted eyes.The sultry voice.The sweetness under her armor Everything about her captivates me. I can’t resist her, even when there’s also something dark underneath her beautiful eyes. She’s the one person who makes me want to push my mental boundaries. I thought I couldn’t let anyone this close, but is it worth taking the risk?
Sarah O'Brien is only alive because of the pact she and her brother made twelve years ago—James will protect her from their violent father if she promises never to leave him. For years, she's watched James destroy his life to save hers. If all he asks for in return is her affection, she'll give it freely. Until he asks for more than she can give. Sam Donavon has been James's best friend-and the boy Sarah's had a crush on for as long as she can remember. As their forbidden relationship deepens, Sarah knows she's in trouble. Quiet, serious Sam has decided he's going to save her. Neither of them realizes James is far more unstable than her father ever was.And James is not about to let Sarah forget her half of the pact...
Sarah O'Brien is only alive because of the pact she and her brother made twelve years ago--James will protect her from their violent father if she promises to never leave him. For years, she's watched James destroy his life to save hers. If all he asks for in return is her affection, she'll give it freely.Until, with a tiny kiss and a broken mind, he asks for more than she can give.Sam Donavon has been James's best friend--and the boy Sarah's had a crush on--for as long as she can remember. As their forbidden relationship deepens, Sarah knows she's in trouble. Quiet, serious Sam has decided he's going to save her. Neither of them realize James is far more unstable than her father ever was, or that he's not about to let Sarah forget her half of the pact...
In this provocative and thoughtful book, Amy Zegart challenges the conventional belief that national security agencies work reasonably well to serve the national interest as they were designed to do. Using a new institutionalist approach, Zegart asks what forces shaped the initial design of the Central Intelligence Agency, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the National Security Council in ways that meant they were handicapped from birth. Ironically, she finds that much of the blame can be ascribed to cherished features of American democracy―frequent elections, the separation of powers, majority rule, political compromise―all of which constrain presidential power and give Congress little incentive to create an effective foreign policy system. At the same time, bureaucrats in rival departments had the expertise, the staying power, and the incentives to sabotage the creation of effective competitors, and this is exactly what they did. Historical evidence suggests that most political players did not consider broad national concerns when they forged the CIA, JCS, and NSC in the late 1940s. Although President Truman aimed to establish a functional foreign policy system, he was stymied by self-interested bureaucrats, legislators, and military leaders. The NSC was established by accident, as a byproduct of political compromise; Navy opposition crippled the JCS from the outset; and the CIA emerged without the statutory authority to fulfill its assigned role thanks to the Navy, War, State, and Justice departments, which fought to protect their own intelligence apparatus. Not surprisingly, the new security agencies performed poorly as they struggled to overcome their crippled evolution. Only the NSC overcame its initial handicaps as several presidents exploited loopholes in the National Security Act of 1947 to reinvent the NSC staff. The JCS, by contrast, remained mired in its ineffective design for nearly forty years―i.e., throughout the Cold War―and the CIA’s pivotal analysis branch has never recovered from its origins. In sum, the author paints an astonishing picture: the agencies Americans count on most to protect them from enemies abroad are, by design, largely incapable of doing so.
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You think your job is tedious? Try being the Harbinger of Evil for a day. I dare you… What’s the Devil to do when his fire no longer burns away his sins and Fate is screwing with his… well, fate? Easy—lie, cheat, steal and dictate my questionably accurate autobiography slash romance novel to my unwilling and outstandingly rude Vampyre niece. Welcome to my Hell. A mysterious darkness is gunning for me and this time it might prevail, but I have little time to worry about that. Instead of seeking it out, I shall simply go about business as usual. If it’s fated, it will find me. My list is long. Traveling to Earth to promote my bestselling romance novel at an alarming book convention where I must protect my privates from the rabid lady readers is enough to frighten even the Devil. Not to mention, I have to avoid my insane mother like the plague and catch the smart-mouthed, gorgeous soul seller on Earth—who may or may not be someone I’d like to keep. So today is a day like any other. Punishments must be doled out and chaos must be encouraged. A vacation would be lovely, but there is no rest for the weary… or the evil. Luckily I know how to have an outstanding time doing outrageously bad things. Thank Hades, I’m a handsome bastard. There is no fated happily ever after for the Prince of Darkness, no matter what ridiculous ending my niece slaps onto my autobiography. Or is there? Fate is a bitch, but she usually gets it right.
I lent my heart to the bad boy, and he did exactly what I expected he would. He broke it.And the guy I should have been with—he’s still here. He tries to take my mind off everything I’ve lost while showing me what I could have. I’m ready for a new start, to fall in love again … to do what I should have done in the first place.Everything seems perfect.Then the past comes walking back in. I thought I was over him, but one look and I know that’s not true. We went through too much together for those feelings to completely fade away.When my past and present collide, how am I supposed to choose? They both love me, and I love them.A heart will be broken … and it could be mine.
GONE. He's gone away, Deployed. My biggest fear realized. Well, my second biggest fear. He's overseas, but he's alive. When Loïc left, my heart went with him. In shattered pieces of good-bye. Until we are together again… GONE. Leaving her was the hardest thing I've ever done. Until I got here. The danger, the fear, the pain— It's real. I promised I'd get back to her. A promise I'm determined to keep. A vow that might be harder than I thought. A battle of my heart. A war with my mind. A fight to return to London… ***Book Two in The Flawed Hearts Series, should read Finding London first. ***Intended for readers 18+ due to mature content.
There is a perception that the United States offer an exceptional education system. Unfortunately, this is not the case. During my 20-year career in the U.S., I realized that very few parents were informed that better education systems exist in other developed countries. A society is richer when it ensures an optimal development of its youth, not when it produces the most goods, which is still how countries are currently measured and compared. The number of students affected by a less than adequate U.S. education system is around 50 million, approximately 15% of the United States population. After examining the many flaws of the U.S. education system, this book offers possible steps towards a much needed and radical change.
In Cecelia Ahern's thrilling sequel to Flawed, Celestine must make a choice: save just herself or risk her own life to save all Flawed people. Celestine North lives in a society that demands perfection. After she was branded Flawed by a morality court, Celestine's life has completely fractured--all her freedoms gone. Since Judge Crevan has declared her the number one threat to the public, she has been a ghost, on the run with Carrick--the only person she can trust. But Celestine has a secret--one that could bring the entire Flawed system crumbling to the ground. A secret that has already caused countless people to go missing. Judge Crevan is gaining the upper hand, and time is running out for Celestine. With tensions building, can she prove that to be human in itself is to be Flawed?
This book is about increasing your level of empowerment via one simple process; self-inventory. It is about our journey of self-discovery, the peeling away of layers of thinking that we unconsciously accepted without much thought. The best question you can ever ask yourself about practically any subject is who told me that? The second best is, who told the person that told me? Were you born with love or hate? I would say it was love. As a newborn were you concerned with specific clothing types, skin color, religious, and gender preferences? Probably not! So why does this consume and harden the hearts of so many of us as we travel on our individual paths during our human experience? Why are these after birth variables more important than the one that was born? As you read along, become the greatest detective that ever mattered; the one that uncovers why you go about your life in the way that you do. Creative ideas and solutions will show themselves to you as you read, watch, and question. Will you go on your best vacation? The trip that leaves the "always been" behind while you travel to endless paths of empowerment. Will you go? May this book bring back to your conscious memory the inherent qualities you already possess.
Kara is a beautiful, introverted just finishing up her undergraduate studies and enjoying life with her friends. She wasn’t looking for love, and wasn’t prepared to find it. Naheed—mature, good-looking, and unabashedly focused on Kara—is on a mission to meet her, and make her a part of his life.When they meet, she gets light-headed and feels him in her soul…all the things that are supposed to happen, when you meet “the one”, happens. Kara lets herself fall for him…and hard…but love is never easy. Their attraction is undeniable, but life throws a few bumps in the road causing Kara to listen to her mind instead of her heart. …Naheed never gives up, no matter how much she pushes him away. He knows…they’re meant to be. But all she knows, is that their love is Flawed.This is a real life love story, based on true events, that is the first book in The Young and Privileged of Washington, DC series about many romance stories under the backdrop of our nation’s capital.This book was previously published as "Meant to Be". Only minor changes have been made to this new edition.
Pieretta Carlyle experienced the loss of her father leaving her alone in the world except for her grandpere Comte Renard Dubois The comte insists that she travel to France to live with him Pieretta doesn t want to leave Charleston and the only home she has ever known Her grandpere is her guardian and she must do what he says Thor has a score to settle and Pieretta is the key to his revenge He became a pirate unwillingly after his business partner tried to murder him He must acquire Pieretta by any means necessary and he doesn t mind plundering a ship to obtain her When Pieretta and Thor meet they are instantly attracted to each other against their better judgments Pieretta is disgusted by the pirate s actions Thor knows what Pieretta believes but proceeds with his plans anyway She is only a tool to achieve vengeance What happens will depend on Thor s need for revenge and Pieretta s ability to forgive him for his dastardly deeds
I tried hard not to fall for the bad guy. My new roommate, Blake, is a jerk—an unemployed artist with a chip on his shoulder. I can’t stand him unless his hands are on me. He makes me desperate for him, and everything he makes me feel. And then there’s my new boss, Pierce--successful, charming, and extremely good-looking. He goes after what he wants, but what does he see in me? I try to stay away, but I end up in the arms of exactly who I was hiding from. And when I find out what’s being hidden from me, my heart twists in ways it never should. I thought I knew him. I didn't. The way he kissed me. The way his hands traveled every inch of my skin. I thought it meant something, but as it turns out, it was all lies unspoken.