Book: Internet Fraud Casebook – The World Wide Web of Deceit

Internet Fraud Casebook: The World Wide Web of Deceit

Internet Fraud Casebook – The World Wide Web of Deceit

Internet Fraud Casebook: The World Wide Web of Deceit is a one-of-a-kind collection of actual cases written by the fraud examiners who investigated them. These stories were hand-selected from hundreds of submissions and together form a comprehensive, enlightening and entertaining picture of the many types of Internet fraud in varied industries throughout the world.

  • Each case outlines how the fraud was engineered, how it was investigated, and how perpetrators were brought to justice
  • Topics included are phishing, on-line auction fraud, security breaches, counterfeiting, and others

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Book: The Lunatic Express

The Lunatic Express

Travel and technology journalist Hoffman (Hunting Warbirds) had two motives for penning this tour of the world’s most life-threatening modes of transportation, including trains in India, buses in South America, and trucks in Afghanistan: to expose the “parallel reality,” obscured by the tourism industry, of millions for whom “travel was still a punishing, unpredictable, and sometimes deadly work of travail”; and for thrills.

By the first measure-showing how much of the world gets from place to place-Hoffman is commendably fascinating: his depiction of the horrors people endure just to see family members or get to work is unforgettable.

Unfortunately, Hoffman’s secondary motive dominates much of the ruminating prose, and it’s hard to sympathize with his middle-aged family-man angst when he’s subjecting his teenage daughter to a 24-hour ride across South American mountains in a bus with no bathroom. Elsewhere, a powerful description of the Indian train system segues into a tepid quasi-love affair. Readers with the patience to avoid some self-indulgent side-tracks will find much to reconsider during their next tough commute.

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Book: The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

Pulitzer Prize–winning science journalist Blum (Ghost Hunters) makes chemistry come alive in her enthralling account of two forensic pioneers in early 20th-century New York. Blum follows the often unglamorous but monumentally important careers of Dr. Charles Norris, Manhattan’s first trained chief medical examiner, and Alexander Gettler, its first toxicologist. Moving chronologically from Norris’s appointment in 1918 through his death in 1936, Blum cleverly divides her narrative by poison, providing not only a puzzling case for each noxious substance but the ingenious methods devised by the medical examiner’s office to detect them.

Before the advent of forensic toxicology, which made it possible for the first time to identify poisons in corpses, Gettler learned the telltale signs of everything from cyanide (it leaves a corrosive trail in the digestive system) to the bright pink flush that signals carbon monoxide poisoning. In a particularly illuminating section, Blum examines the dangers of bootleg liquor (commonly known as wood, or methyl, alcohol) produced during Prohibition. With the pacing and rich characterization of a first-rate suspense novelist, Blum makes science accessible and fascinating.

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Endless Ocean: Blue World (Wii Game)

Endless Ocean: Blue World (Wii Game)

Journey into the blue once again with this Wii game where players get to explore the ocean and interact with its sealife.

Endless Ocean: Blue World builds on the ocean experience first introduced with Endless Ocean. While the last game emphasized relaxation, this one is designed with more adventure in mind. Divers might find themselves escaping from or calming down attacking sharks, exploring shipwrecks or finding treasure. Endless Ocean: Blue World also has more creatures and improved graphics designed to fully immerse players in an ocean environment that they can freely explore at their own pace.

Key Game Features:

  • The ocean is teeming with life. Hundreds of real-life species are there to be discovered, from seahorses to giant whales.
  • Are the local fish sick or agitated? Players can view their health status and then use a tranquilizer-like tool to zap the ones in need of rehab with healing energy.
  • The game also includes a storyline that players can follow as they choose. The plot involves Oceana, a woman who investigates the “Dragon’s Song,” which her father, a prominent ocean explorer, was searching for just before his death.
  • While at Nine Ball Island, players can become friends with a dolphin and teach it some new tricks. When ona dive, players can even bring along the dolphin, which players can hold onto for extra fast swimming.
  • For the first time in the series, friends who have broadband Internet access can connect and dive with one another via Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection, while using the Wii Speak™ microphone to converse.
  • Players: 1, 2 via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection

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Book: Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual

Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual

Michael Pollan, a trusted resource for food-related issues, offers this indispensable guide for anyone concerned about health and food.

Simple, sensible, and easy to use, Food Rules is a set of memorable rules for eating wisely, many drawn from a variety of ethnic or cultural traditions. Whether at the supermarket or an all-you-can-eat-buffet, this handy, pocket-size resource is the perfect guide for anyone who would like to become more mindful of the food we eat.

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Book: Arcade Mania – The Turbo-charged World of Japan’s Game Centers

Arcade Mania – The Turbo-charged World of Japan’s Game Centers

Covering classic games from Space Invaders to Street Fighter, games that are familiar to Americans in their home console versions (Rock Band, Guitar Hero and Dance, Dance Revolution), as well as the unique, quirky games found only in Japan, Arcade Mania is crammed full of interviews with game makers and star players, and packed with facts about the history, background and characteristics of each game, all lavishly illustrated with photographs and game graphics. This book is a must-have for gamers everywhere.

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies: A Book of Zombie Christmas Carols

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies: A Book of Zombie Christmas Carols

Yes, Christmas is on its way—and all the little boys and ghouls are dreaming of stockings filled with candied eyes and bleeding body parts. You’d better watch out! Santa Claws is coming to town—and he knows who’s been naughty, who’s been naughtier . . . and who’ll taste best with a nice glass of Chianti!

In celebration of this merry macabre season, we present a peerless compendium of more than two dozen of the most soul-stirring, brain-boiling carols composed specifically for the decomposing. Holiday favorites such as “I Saw Mommy Chewing Santa Claus,” “Deck the Halls with Parts of Wally,” and “We Three Spleens” are guaranteed to lift the spirits of the lumbering, shuffling undead and their temporarily still breathing meals-to-be. So put down your gore-splattered baseball bats and raise your voices in song! And sing loudly—to drown out all the screaming.

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Astronomy Gifts for Christmas

This list is dedicated to a very good friend, a man with many interests and an imagination that sores to the stars.

“That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every ‘superstar,’ every ‘supreme leader,’ every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.” (Dr. Carl Sagan)

Astronomy Gifts for Christmas

Celestron SkyScout Personal Planetarium – The SkyScout is a revolutionary handheld device that uses advanced GPS technology with point and click convenience to identify thousands of stars, planets, constellations and more. The SkyScout includes entertaining and educational audio and text information, including facts, trivia, history and mythology about our most popular celestial objects.

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Astronomy: A Beginner’s Guide to the Universe – The authors incorporate three themes in the briefer of their two textbooks; process of science (how we know what we know), the size and scale of the universe as well as the evolution of the universe. A Beginner’s Guide emphasizes critical thinking and visualization, and a leading-edge technology program.

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Uncle Milton Nigh Sky Navigator – Now it’s easy to explore the night sky and locate stars and constellations. Set the date and time of day, listen to the narration and accurately view the night sky above you. Multiple light modes for viewing constellations and mythological figures.

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StarBound Astronomy Viewing Chair – A comfortable sturdy heavy-duty Chair designed for Sky Observing that folds flat for easy storage. The Chair is adjustable from 9″ to 32″. This allows for instant adjustment of the padded seat to whatever height you need for observing with your telescope. The chair has extra-thick padding and a heavily plated steel frame.

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The Universe – The Complete Season One – From the mysteries of our own solar system those that surround unexplored galaxies, history and science collide in this ambitious investigation of the Universe. In the 50 years since humans made their first tentative explorations of space, we have increased our knowledge of the cosmos dramatically, using powerful telescopes, robotic probes, and manned missions. But only recently has computer technology allowed scientists to illustrate in stunning detail their awe-inspiring conclusions. THE UNIVERSE, a groundbreaking series from THE HISTORY CHANNEL, employs cutting-edge computer-generated imagery to bring distant planets and faraway stars up close.

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Celestron 31045 AstroMaster 130 EQ Reflector Telescope – If you’re looking for a dual-purpose telescope appropriate for both terrestrial and celestial viewing, then the AstroMaster Series is for you. Each AstroMaster model is capable of giving correct views of land and sky.

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