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.
Move over, Moneyball - a cutting-edge look at major league baseball´s next revolution: the high-tech quest to build better players. As best-selling authors Ben Lindbergh and Travis Sawchik reveal in The MVP Machine, the Moneyball era is over. Fifteen years after Michael Lewis brought the Oakland Athletics´ groundbreaking team-building strategies to light, every front office takes a data-driven approach to evaluating players, and the league´s smarter teams no longer have a huge advantage in valuing past performance.Lindbergh and Sawchik´s behind-the-scenes reporting reveals:How the 2017 Astros and 2018 Red Sox used cutting-edge technology to win the World Series.How undersized afterthoughts José Altuve and Mookie Betts became big sluggers and MVPs.How polarizing pitcher Trevor Bauer made himself a Cy Young contender.How new analytical tools have overturned traditional pitching and hitting techniques.How a wave of young talent is making MLB both better than ever and arguably worse to watch.Instead of out-drafting, out-signing, and out-trading their rivals, baseball´s best minds have turned to out-developing opponents, gaining greater edges than ever by perfecting prospects and eking extra runs out of older athletes who were once written off. Lindbergh and Sawchik take us inside the transformation of former fringe hitters into home-run kings, show how washed-up pitchers have emerged as aces, and document how coaching and scouting are being turned upside down. The MVP Machine charts the future of a sport and offers a lesson that goes beyond baseball: Success stems not from focusing on finished products, but from making the most of untapped potential.PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Josh Hurley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/005229/bk_hach_005229_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the afterword:In the ´´it can now be told” department, we may now reveal that the mysterious ´´Commander X” was none other than the enlightened Venusian sage Commander Valiant Thor. Unfortunately, this sleight of hand was necessary during most of the 20th century due to heightened Cold War tensions and various threats that had been made against Thor and his family, who were working hard to end warfare and nuclear bomb testing on Earth. Since conspiracy researchers like Jim Keith, William Cooper, and Gray Barker had the ear of the public, it was crucial they be among the first Earthlings contacted. Thor worked closely with Barker, in particular, contacting many UFO witnesses and convincing them to write books and articles about their experiences, thus keeping flying saucers and the machinations of the deep state at the forefront of alternative news. Thor was not appreciated at all in the Soviet Union and was constantly under surveillance by Eastern Bloc agents. Today, he remains a staunch opponent of dictatorial regimes and their attempts to control Pres. Donald Trump. (Thor has even claimed that Trump is the Antichrist, penning a book on the subject called Oh, Hear Ye! The Trump of the Super-Deceiver: Mystery Man of Darkness, 666.) Thor even went undercover as a US military trainer and intelligence official, working with Air Force and Navy officers such as Dan Fry, Calvin C. Girvin, Albert K. Bender, William F. Hamilton, William Mills Tompkins, and Mel Noel. Many of these contacts came before Thor’s forced internment in the Pentagon between 1957 and 1960, after which the Thor family became more circumspect about working with citizens of our planet. At one time, Thor worked closely with Nikola Tesla, sharing all the knowledge he could with that advanced human, even though some of it may have skirted the fringes of galaxial law (which states that we should merely observe underdeveloped species rather than a 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Bufton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/144548/bk_acx0_144548_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.