China is the world's biggest market for cigarettes. By 2020, 300 million Chinese will be elderly. By 2010, China will have 7 of the world's biggest shopping malls. This book is an invaluable asset for corporate planners and strategists, futurologists, and anyone developing business in Asia as Backman provides an essential map for Asia's future.
Business Crisis and Opportunity in the Coming Years
Author: M. Backman
Category: Social Science
The Reality Check series makes just one assumption: that you’re serious enough about your spiritual journey to investigate Christianity with an open mind. This isn’t about joining anyone’s religious club—it’s about being real with yourself and with the others in your group. Since no one has all the answers, there’s plenty of room for discussion. After all, if there is any truth to the Bible’s stories about Jesus, then one thing he’d welcome are questions and opinions that come from honest, earnest hearts.What do you think the future holds? Right now it looks pretty scary. And Bible prophecy hardly brightens the picture—not with its mind-boggling images of singing saints, ten-horned monsters, mystical numbers, and a lake of fire. What does it all mean? Fortunately, it does mean something. A great deal. And while the Bible paints a grim future for a world bent on worshiping its own ways, it offers great hope for those whose hearts are set on God. Future Shock includes these sessions: Will Jesus Return This Year? · The Scroll Opener · After the Gavel Falls . . . · Ultimate Evil: The Antichrist, the Beast, and 666 · Happily Ever After? · Flight TrainingFor the Group LeaderReality Check is for spiritual seekers of every persuasion. Uncompromisingly Christian in its perspective, it steers wide of pat answers and aims at honesty. This innovative and thought-provoking series will challenge you and those in your group to connect heart to heart as together you explore the interface between Jesus, the Bible, and the realities of this world in which we live.
Jesus and the End of the World
Author: Mark Ashton
A homework assignment to write an essay about what his life might be like a few decades into his future should be an easy task for Sam Foster. After all, Sam is the inventor of a time machine. With his friend from the past, Meg Clayton, Sam journeys to the year 2040 to investigate his fate firsthand. It doesn't take long for Sam to find information about his future self. Not only does he become a wealthy businessman, he makes a name for himself in the world of computer technology. It appears Sam is destined for fame and fortune. But the pair also discovers something about "Older Sam" that stuns them: Sam's future self died just five years earlier, at the age of 45. Will Sam and Meg be able to stop this "future shock" from happening? Or is Sam's destiny sealed for all time?
Author: Kristen Sheley
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Elena Martinez has hidden her eidetic memory all her life—or so she thinks. When powerful tech giant Aether Corporation selects her for a top-secret project, she can't say no. All she has to do is participate in a trip to the future to bring back data, and she'll be set for life. Elena joins a team of four other teens with special skills, including Adam, a science prodigy with his own reason for being there. But when the time travelers arrive thirty years in the future, something goes wrong and they break the only rule they were given: do not look into their own fates. Now they have twenty-four hours to get back to the present and find a way to stop a seemingly inevitable future from unfolding. With time running out and deadly secrets uncovered, Elena must use her eidetic memory, street smarts, and a growing trust in Adam to save her new friends and herself.
Author: Elizabeth Briggs
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Statewide Trust Services in Non-branching States
Category: Bank holding companies
Thick as Glue depicts the experiences the writer encountered through childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Thick as Glue explores the challenges in the writer's life, such as racism on the mission field, betrayal of love, abuse, and poverty as a child. She leans on a higher power in life, which is God. Annette Gaston was born a twin in 1955 with her sister, Annie. They were viewed as "miracle babies," because their brother, Mancie, was born mentally retarded. After the writer's father died when she was twelve years old, she experienced much poverty. But she managed to graduate from high school and college. In college is where she met her husband. He went into the ministry at age twenty-one. He met an African-American professor who convinced him to do missionary work in Africa. He left for Africa. The writer left the United States in 1979 to go to Sierra Leone, West Africa. The writer got married in Africa. The writer experienced some obstacles. She had to adapt to the African culture. The writer was exposed to witchcraft in Africa. Years later, when she returned to the United States, the spirit of witchcraft followed her in her personal life. She caught malaria in the village. Her condition worsened. She had to leave Africa. Thick as Glue recounts her impressions of living in Portugal and Trinidad. She confronted racism in Portugal. In Trinidad, her marital problems escalated. Because of the hardships on the mission field, the writer went through a divorce in 1988. She experienced depression. As a result of her depression, she was admitted to the hospital. She returned home to her twin sister in 1988 for emotional, financial, and spiritual support. The writer held on to her faith in God and persevered. She focused on God's promises.
The Insurance Industry and the Curing of the Unsolved Mystery Diseases
Author: Katherine E. Anderson
Category: Business & Economics
An attempt to redraw our mental maps of global politics through the prism of 'post-internationalism'.
History's Revenge and Future Shock
Author: Yale H. Ferguson,Richard W. Mansbach
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Category: Political Science
The future begins now! Join us as we present pop culture's first hero - Buck Rogers! The first man out of time... the first man to be taken from his present and thrown into the future... the inspiration for countless heroes, and it all begins here!
Author: Scott Beatty
Category: Comics & Graphic Novels
The Pulpit Faces Future Shock
Author: Chevis F. Horne
Maschinen, die für uns arbeiten, damit wir mehr Zeit für uns haben! Was einmal wie ein Traum vom Paradies klang, hat eher albtraumhafte Züge angenommen. Statt auf dem Rücken liegend den Vogelflug zu beobachten, sind wir Sklaven von E-Mail, Twitter und Facebook geworden. In der präsentistischen Moderne sehen wir alles und erkennen doch nichts. Diagnose: Present Shock. Douglas Rushkoff fasst in Worte, was wir alle erleben, aber kaum einordnen können. Er untersucht, welche Wirkung eine sich endlos multiplizierende Gegenwart auf uns hat, als Medientheoretiker und als Betroffener. Seine kritische Analyse eröffnet eine Perspektive auf das Leben im digitalen Zeitalter, die uns das gewaltige Ausmass des Umbruchs vor Augen führt - und uns gerade dadurch damit versöhnt. (Quelle: Homepage des Verlags).
Wie wir die Zukunft eingeholt und die Gegenwart verloren haben
Author: Douglas Rushkoff
Holger Rust gilt als der pointierteste und wirkungsvollste Kritiker der feuilletonistischen „Trend- und Zukunftsforschung“. In seiner aktuellen Expertise zu den jüngsten Angeboten der Branche unterzieht er die Methoden und Befunde der vielfältigen Trend- und Zukunftsagenturen aus wissenschaftlicher wie aus wirtschaftspraktischer Perspektive einer profunden Analyse. Er kommt dabei zum Ergebnis, dass die meist vollmundigen Versprechungen weder methodologisch noch inhaltlich fundiert sind. In einer dezidierten Analyse diagnostiziert er vor allem im Hinblick auf die Anwendbarkeit der Trend- und Zukunftsdiagnosen rhetorisch aufgeputzte Trivialität und strategischen Opportunismus. Die so genannten „Megatrends“ sind, wie der Autor nachweist, durch die Analysen öffentlicher und wissenschaftlicher Forschungsinstitutionen sattsam bekannt und stehen jedem Interessenten zur freien Verfügung. Die gängige Trend- und Zukunftsforschung erweist sich vor diesem Hintergrund inhaltlich und methodologisch als teurer und, wie die Analysen zeigen, nicht selten irreführender Umweg. Der Autor zeigt klare Alternativen und belegt die Stärke einer pragmatischen Soziologie für die wissenschaftliche wie die wirtschaftliche Praxis gleichermaßen.
Kritik der Trendforschung
Author: Holger Rust
Category: Social Science
Erst Schock durch Krieg oder Katastrophe, dann der sogenannte Wiederaufbau: Es funktioniert immer nach den gleichen Mechanismen. Wo vor dem Tsunami Fischer ihren Lebensunterhalt verdienten, stehen heute luxuriöse Hotelresorts, im Irak wurden nach dem Krieg die Staatsbetriebe und die Ölwirtschaft neu verteilt - an westliche Konzerne. Existenzen werden vernichtet, es herrscht Wild-West-Kapitalismus der reinsten Sorte. Naomi Klein, Autorin des Welt-Bestsellers ›No Logo‹, weist in ihrem beeindruckenden Buch nach, wie der Siegeszug der neoliberalen Ideologie in den letzten dreißig Jahren auf extremer Gewalt, auf Katastrophen und sogar auf Folter beruht, um die ungezügelte Marktwirtschaft rund um die Welt von Lateinamerika über Osteuropa und Russland bis nach Südafrika und in den Irak durchzusetzen.
Der Aufstieg des Katastrophen-Kapitalismus
Author: Naomi Klein
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
Conceived as a challenge to long-standing conventional wisdom, Creating the Future is a work of social history/cultural criticism that examines the premise that the progress of art in Los Angeles ceased during the 1970s—after the decline of the Ferus Gallery, the scattering of its stable of artists (Robert Irwin, Ed Kienholz, Ed Moses, Ed Rusha and others), and the economic struggles throughout the decade—and didn’t resume until sometime around 1984 when Mark Tansey, Alison Saar, Judy Fiskin, Carrie Mae Weems, David Salle, Manuel Ocampo, among others became stars in an exploding art market. However, this is far from the reality of the L.A. art scene in the 1970s. The passing of those fashionable 1960s-era icons, in fact, allowed the development of a chaotic array of outlandish and independent voices, marginalized communities, and energetic, sometimes bizarre visions that thrived during the stagnant 1970s. Fallon’s narrative describes and celebrates, through twelve thematically arranged chapters, the wide range of intriguing artists and the world—not just the objects—they created. He reveals the deeper, more culturally dynamic truth about a significant moment in American art history, presenting an alternative story of stubborn creativity in the face of widespread ignorance and misapprehension among the art cognoscenti, who dismissed the 1970s in Los Angeles as a time of dissipation and decline. Coming into being right before their eyes was an ardent local feminist art movement, which had lasting influence on the direction of art across the nation; an emerging Chicano Art movement, spreading Chicano murals across Los Angeles and to other major cities; a new and more modern vision for the role and look of public art; a slow consolidation of local street sensibilities, car fetishism, gang and punk aesthetics into the earliest version of what would later become the “Lowbrow” art movement; the subversive co-opting, in full view of Pop Art, of the values, aesthetics, and imagery of Tinseltown by a number of young and innovative local artists who would go on to greater national renown; and a number of independent voices who, lacking the support structures of an art movement or artist cohort, pursued their brilliant artistic visions in near-isolation. Despite the lack of attention, these artists would later reemerge as visionary signposts to many later trends in art. Their work would prove more interesting, more lastingly influential, and vastly more important than ever imagined or expected by those who saw it or even by those who created it in 1970’s Los Angeles. Creating the Future is a visionary work that seeks to recapture this important decade and its influence on today’s generation of artists.
Art and Los Angeles in the 1970s
Author: Michael Fallon
Aspen's premiere action-adventure fantasy epic returns in this all new jumping-on point for new readers! Following the events of ASPEN UNIVERSE: REVELATIONS, the world of SOULFIRE has a new status quo, as magic and technology have intertwined as never before! Meanwhile, Soulfire's Grace, Malikai and friends now must also discover that things are not as they seem in the year 2211--including new--and old--dangers that seek to eliminate them!
Author: J. T. Krul
Publisher: Aspen Mlt, Incorporated
Category: Comics & Graphic Novels
Future Shock Zero is a monumental comix anthology focusing loosely around the watchwords of SCI FI ASTRO PLUS. It is packed to the gills with talent from the razor's edge of the thunderground. Your eyes will be bathed in the soothing glow of full color for all 136 pages of the spectacle contained within. Contributors: LALA ALBERT WILLIAM CARDINI MARINE BLANDIN JASON MURPHY VICTOR KERLOW ALEX DEGEN VINCENT GIARD PAT AULISIO KEREN KATZ ALEKS SENNWALD PETE TOMS SUNGYOON CHOI TORY SICA SOPHIA FOSTER-DIMINO BEN URKOWITZ ANUJ SHRESTHA JOSH BURGGRAF cover by JORDAN SPEER
Author: Lala Albert,William Cardini,Marine Blandin,Jason Murphy,Victor Kerlow,Alex Degen,Vincent Giard,Pat Aulisio,Keren Katz,Aleks Sennwald,Pete Toms,Sungyoon Choi,Tory Sica,Sophia Foster-Dimino,Ben Urkowitz,Anuj Shrestha
Publisher: Retrofit Comics
Category: Comic books, strips, etc