Thomas Jefferson praised Tom Paine as the greatest political writer of the age. The author of Common Sense and Rights of Man, Paine helped make revolutions in America and France. But beyond his inspiring calls to action, Paine harbored a deeper political vision for his adopted country. It was embodied in an architectural project that he spent decades planning: an iron bridge to span the Schuylkill River at Philadelphia. The bridge was Paine's answer to the political puzzle of the new nation: how to sustain a republic as large and geographically fragmented as the United States. Among its patrons were other giants of the time, including Benjamin Franklin and Edmund Burke, Paine's ideological opponent. Set against the background of the American Revolution, the story of his iron bridge reveals a new Tom Paine and connects this revolutionary to the vast program of internal improvements that soon transformed America. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Perkins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/high/001074/bk_high_001074_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A bad craziness is snaking through America in the first years of the Obama administration: the wingnuts are on the attack! Whats a wingnut? A wingnut is someone on the far-right or far-left wing of the political spectrum - professional partisans, unhinged activists, and paranoid conspiracy theorists. Barack Obama campaigned as an antidote to the politics of polarization, promising to transcend the old divides of left and right, black and white, red states and blue. But in the first year of his presidency, he is presiding over an eruption of hate and hyper-partisanship that threatens to mock the promise upon which he was elected. Wingnuts is a reported exploration of the outer reaches of American politics, told from the perspectives of a radical centrist who believes that the far right and the far left are equally insane. On the way, we'll meet the Queen of the Birthers, Orly Taitz, and the Orange County pastor who is openly praying for Obama's death. We'll get a look into the life of Obama senate opponent Alan Keyes and the draft-Palin movement, as well as the liberal anti-war Obama protestor Cindy Sheehan and her allies in Code Pink. Wingnuts also looks at people trying to bridge the political divide, like the Afghan war vet who founded Republicans for Obama. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John P. Avlon, Tina Brown (foreword). Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/001922/bk_adbl_001922_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Many FFNN are trained to solve the Double Dummy Bridge Problems (DDBP) in bridge games and they have been formalized in the best defense model, which presents the strongest possible assumptions about the opponent. This is used by human players because modeling the strongest possible opponents provides a lower bound on the pay off that can be expected when the opponents are less informed. In the learning course, besides acquiring this basic information, several other more sophisticated features need to be developed by the learning system.
In contract bridge, an overcall is a bid made after an opening bid was made by an opponent, the term refers only to the first such bid. A direct overcall is a bid made directly over a bid by right-hand opponent, an overcall in the 'last seat' (made over a bid by left-hand opponent and two subsequent passes) is often referred to as a balancing overcall. A natural overcall denotes length and strength in the suit bid. Conventional overcalls, such as Michaels cuebid, Unusual notrump and Raptor, denote specific hand types. In most bidding systems, natural and artificial, overcalls in unbid suits are natural. Notrump overcalls at the 1-level normally indicate 15-18 points in a balanced hand, with at least one stopper in opponent's suit.
Greco-Roman wrestling is a style of amateur wrestling that is practiced throughout the world. Along with freestyle, it is one of the two styles of wrestling contested in the Olympic games. Colloquially referred to simply as Greco, this style of wrestling forbids attacks below the waist. As a result, throws are encouraged as the Greco-Roman wrestler cannot avoid being thrown by simply hooking or grabbing his opponent's leg. Otherwise, the sport is similar to freestyle. Arm drags, bearhugs, and headlocks found in freestyle have greater prominence in Greco-Roman. Throws especially known as a suplex are used, in which the offensive wrestler lifts his opponent in a high arch while falling backward on his own neck to a bridge in order to bring his opponent's shoulders down to the mat.
@2@The pompous and self-important Abbot returns from his heroics in the Chennai Bermuda Bowl to discover that his fellow monks have taken little interest in this adventure. It is no easy matter for him to once again endure the aggravating ups and downs, familiar to us all, of life as a bridge player. The Abbot plays matches and duplicate sessions against a range of colourful opponents. How can it be that a battle-hardened veteran of the Bermuda Bowl cannot always sweep such moderate opposition aside?@3@@2@Claude Yorke-Smith, his overbearing brother from Devon pays the monastery a visit. The Abbot spends a week in the Convent of Hilda's and is shocked by the severe attitude of the Mother of Discipline. In the final part of the book, the Abbot is visited by his partner from Chennai, the Parrot. How will the bridge players of Hampshire react to such a feathered and outspoken opponent?@3@@2@Other Abbot titles by David Bird: @18@Miracles of Card Play; Unholy Tricks; Doubled and Venerable; Cardinal Sins; The Abbot's Great Sacrifice; Heavenly Contracts; Celestial Cardplay; The Abbot and the Sensational Squeeze; Divine Intervention; The Abbot, the Witchdoctor and the Disastrous Double; The Abbot, the Parrot and the Bermuda Bowl.@19@@3@
Three rules for the skirmishers fighting under the blue sky, seven for the sci-fi players with their dice of bone, nine for mortal men with minis left to buy, one for the mek Lord with his giant robot all alone in the land of gaming where the figures lie one book to rule them all, one book to find them, one book to bring them all and in the darkness bind them in the land of gaming where the figures lie.In one place! All the rules you'll ever need to game with any miniatures you own! Any time period! Any genre! And any combination! The game system has been designed with ease of play in mind, emphasizing fun over rules, excitement over monotony. Designed by Award-Winning game designer Paul Arden Lidberg, this versatile game has been created to be the bridge between players of all genres and gaming styles. No longer is anyone limited to playing just certain genres or being unable to play against a new opponent because of lack of appropriate figures! With the All-Purpose Miniatures Rules; any figures you have can be used -- even toys. Never face a night of boredom again, as this book is...
QUICK REFERENCE TO BRIDGE CONVENTIONS is designed to enable bridge players, already somewhat familiar with a convention, to: 1. Get a quick review of the convention. 2. Learn the meaning of bids when opponents or a partner use an unfamiliar or forgotten convention. 3. Become aware of conventions that contain more than one part, such as Brozel, Cappeletti, DONT, etc. Reading Quick Reference to Bridge Conventions is an ideal way for bridge players to review over 65 of the the most popular bridge conventions and rules. This book is loaded with information about how to use-and avoid abusing--a long list of conventions. It is easy to read as it has no extraneous details. It is written clearly and concisely so that each member of the partnership will have an understanding of their partner's bid. Even if you don't plan to use all of these bidding aids, familiarity with them will help you when you encounter opponents who are using them. Study carefully. Be prepared. The conventions included are the most popular versions. The intent is for partnerships that use this book to be on the same page, to know exactly what each bid made by a partner or an opponent means. Quick Reference to Bridge Conventions can be used by steady partners or by casual partners. The book is arranged alphabetically and indexed so that a convention can be found easily. Written by Alvin Lesser, an award winning author of several books on bridge, accounting, and the Catskill Mountains. Edited by Brent Manley, former editor of The Bridge Bulletin, a publication of the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL). 80 pages with over 70 color charts and illustrations.