Critical Mass

Transport, Environment and Society in the Twenty-first Century
Author: John Whitelegg
Publisher: Pluto Press
ISBN: 9780745310824
Category: Social Science
Page: 251
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Addresses the problems caused by car ownership. This book argues that transport is linked with consumerism and the challenge is to replace the current technology with an alternative that is sustainable and will solve the fundamental problems of poverty, inequity and social development.

Critical Mass

Happenings, Fluxus, Performance, Intermedia, and Rutgers University, 1958-1972
Author: Geoffrey Hendricks,Mead Art Museum (Amherst College)
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 9780813533032
Category: Art
Page: 211
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Critical Mass chronicles ephemeral work on the Rutgers campus and in New York City, and the innovations that grew from Robert Watts, Allan Kaprow, and George Brecht's "Project in Multiple Dimensions." With texts and performance scores by artists - together with numerous photographs of the events and essays by art historians and critics Hannah Higgins, Jill Johnston, Susan Ryan, and Kristine Stiles - Critical Mass presents a vivid picture of a dynamic movement.

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Printmaking Beyond the Edge
Author: Richard Noyce
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408109395
Category: Art
Page: 160
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An exciting look at cutting edge developments in printmaking around the world as artists push the boundaries of what is possible.

Critical Mass

Bicycling's Defiant Celebration
Author: Chris Carlsson
Publisher: AK Press
ISBN: 9781902593593
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 256
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Documenting 10 years of fun, radical, spontaneous bicycle demonstrations that challenge the autocentric world.

Critical Mass


Author: Philip Ball
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1448185416
Category: Science
Page: 656
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Is there a 'physics of society'? Philip Ball's investigation into human nature ranges from Hobbes and Adam Smith to modern work on traffic flow and market trading, across economics, sociology and psychology. Ball shows how much of human behaviour we can understand when we cease trying to predict and analyse the behaviour of individuals and look to the impact of hundreds, thousands or millions of individual human decisions, in circumstances in which human beings both co-operate and conflict, when their aggregate behaviour is constructive and when it is destructive. By perhaps Britain's leading young science writer, this is a deeply thought-provoking book, causing us to examine our own behaviour, whether in buying the new Harry Potter book, voting for a particular party or responding to the lures of advertisers.

Critical Mass

The Emergence of Global Civil Society
Author: James W. St.G. Walker,Andrew S. Thompson
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press
ISBN: 1554580226
Category: Political Science
Page: 299
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Public concern about inequitable economic globalisation has revealed the demand for citizen participation in global decision making. This book offers a mixture of experience and analysis by the leaders of some of the most influential global civil society organisations and respected academics who specialise in this field of study.

Reaching Critical Mass

A Layman's Earnest Call to Personal Ministry Action
Author: W. Todd Reynolds
Publisher: Tate Publishing
ISBN: 1607998165
Category: Religion
Page: 152
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In Jesus Christ, your life has tremendous worth. Will you answer His call to serve? There is a desperate need in the world for the expansion of individual Christian ministry. In Reaching Critical Mass, author Todd Reynolds illustrates the many ways a Christian, young or old, can serve God. Reynolds reveals some of the many unique gifts God has bestowed upon mankind; gifts that ultimately must be brought into service of the Lord. Through the use of Scripture, learn the stories of some of God's most faithful servants. From Paul to Rahab to David, the Lord has called many into his service. In Reaching Critical Mass, you, too, will see that you can answer the call.

Critical Mass


Author: Steve Martini
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101550236
Category: Fiction
Page: 384
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Jocelyn "Joss" Cole, a burned-out public defender from L.A., has opted for a quieter life in the San Juan Islands of Washington State. Joss has no significant clients other than a group of commercial fisherman suffering from a strange and serious illness, a condition that doctors cannot diagnose, and which Joss believes has an industrial cause. Then into her office comes Dean Belden, a well-heeled client in search of a lawyer to help him set up a business in the islands. Within days Belden is subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury. Less than an hour after testifying, and before Joss can discover what happened in the secrecy of the grand jury room, Belden dies in a fiery explosion of his float plane on Seattle's Lake Union. Gideon Van Ry is a nuclear fission expert and a scholar in residence at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, California. One of his duties is to update the Center's database, an extensive catalog listing fissionable materials and weapons of mass destruction. Gideon is troubled by the apparent failure to account for two small tactical nuclear devices missing from a storage facility in the former Soviet Union.The two weapons were last seen in packing crates, to be shipped to an American company called Belden Electronics. Gideon has been unable to locate this firm, and now he is left with only one possible lead, the lawyer who incorporated the company-Jocelyn Cole. Fraught with tension and suspense, Critical Mass is Steve Martini at his electrifying best. It is the story of what can happen in a world where private hate and public apathy combine to uncork the sleeping but deadly genie of nuclear terror.

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Author: Kathleen M. Henry
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 0595624669
Category: Fiction
Page: 124
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Remember parochial school? Or were you public, dear girls, dear boys, and had to sit in the back of the church so the parochials could get the good seats? Even if your Bible study class was at Yeshiva you will still relish the detail and irony in this "Mass." If you have ever wondered what the church was like "back then" or if you remember it well, you will love this book.

Critical Mass

Social Documentary in France from the Silent Era to the New Wave
Author: Steven Ungar
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 1452956928
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 344
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Thirty-five years of nonfiction films offer a unique lens on twentieth-century French social issues Critical Mass is the first sustained study to trace the origins of social documentary filmmaking in France back to the late 1920s. Steven Ungar argues that socially engaged nonfiction cinema produced in France between 1945 and 1963 can be seen as a delayed response to what filmmaker Jean Vigo referred to in 1930 as a social cinema whose documented point of view would open the eyes of spectators to provocative subjects of the moment. Ungar identifies Vigo’s manifesto, his 1930 short À propos de Nice, and late silent-era films by Georges Lacombe, Boris Kaufman, André Sauvage, and Marcel Carné as antecedents of postwar documentaries by Eli Lotar, René Vautier, Alain Resnais, Chris Marker, and Jean Rouch, associated with critiques of colonialism and modernization in Fourth and early Fifth Republic France. Close readings of individual films alternate with transitions to address transnational practices as well as state- and industry-wide reforms between 1935 and 1960. Critical Mass is an indispensable complement to studies of nonfiction film in France, from Georges Lacombe’s La Zone (1928) to Chris Marker’s Le Joli Mai (1963).

Critical Mass: a Chronicle of the Catholic Church in the First Generation After Vatican II


Author: Tom Reidy
Publisher: TOM REIDY
ISBN: N.A
Category:
Page: 290
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Critical Mass is an in depth look at what happened in the Catholic Church during the first generation after the Second Vatican Council, a period corresponding to the pontificates of Paul VI through John Paul II. The book starts with a close look at some key conciliar documents. Other chapters study how Tradition was systematically dismantled; the roles of the clergy and laity in the post-Vatican II Church; the mindsets of liberal, traditional, and conservative Catholics; how the Church became a turgid bureaucracy all the way down to the parish level; the dumbing down of religious education; the Church's post-Vatican II approach to social justice issues; the influence of Radical Feminism on the Church. The book concludes with an interesting - even radical - prognosis for the future.

Critical Mass

Why a “Mentor” Is as Important as a Mother
Author: Tony Brinson
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
ISBN: 1490737952
Category: Education
Page: 104
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Critical Mass is a book about the perils we as a nation face when the absence of a proper mentor is too prevalent. It gives detailed accounts and examples of how mentorship can and has changed the lives of so many. In-depth interviews with leaders in the community such as pastors, small business owners, famous mentors, and the like shed light and give various perspectives on the subject. The subtitle Why Having a Mentor Is as Important as Having a Mother is both controversial and insightful. The real-world examples and personal accounts pierce the soul with riveting details. While I am certain that Critical Mass isnt the first book about the importance of mentorship, I believe it is the first book that provides an actual how to to young people today. We have a responsibility to share our life experiences, or what I call headknots, in an effort to ease the pains that come along with them. It is critical. It is critical mass.

Critical Mass

How Nazi Germany Surrendered Enriched Uranium for the United States’ Atomic Bomb
Author: Carter Hydrick
Publisher: TrineDay
ISBN: 1634241185
Category: History
Page: 432
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On May 19, 1945, eleven days after the surrender of Nazi Germany in Europe, a U-boat was escorted into Portsmouth Naval Yard, New Hampshire. News reporters covering the surrender of U-234 were ordered, contrary to all previous and later U-boat surrender procedures, to keep their distance from crew members and passengers of U-234, on threat of being shot by the attending Marine guards.Why the tight security? Buried in the nose of the specially-built mammoth boat, sealed in cylinders “lined with gold,” was 1,120 pounds of enriched uranium labeled “U235”the fissile material from which atom bombs are made.Critical Mass documents how these Nazi bomb components were then used by the Manhattan Project to complete both the uranium bomb dropped on Hiroshima and the plutonium bomb dropped on Nagasaki, to defeat the Japanese and win World War Two and global domination in the modern age.

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Author: Sara Paretsky
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101636505
Category: Fiction
Page: 576
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Chicago’s V. I. Warshawski “is at her stubborn, reckless, compassionate best in this complicated page-turner about selfish secrets passed down through generations” (Booklist). In 1939, Dr. Lotty Herschel, V. I. Warshawki’s closest friend in Chicago, escaped the Holocaust in Vienna with her childhood playmate, Kitty Saginor Binder. Though the two drifted and animosities grew between them over the years, when Kitty’s daughter finds her life in danger, she turns to Lotty for help. In turn, Lotty summons V. I. to take the case. The threats on the daughter’s life at first seem a simple case of bad drug dealings, but V. I. soon discovers that they are just the tip of an iceberg of lies secrets and silence whose origins trace back to the deadly race among America, Germany, Japan, and England to develop the atomic bomb. And while the secrets may be old, the people who continue to guard them will do anything to make sure they stay buried...

Critical Mass

A Spiritual Adventure to Save the Planet
Author: E. Bruce Bushong
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 1491748699
Category: Fiction
Page: 614
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Ever since the horrors of 9/11, Brian had been lost. His quest for purpose led him to France in the spring of 2003. There, everything changed when he joined with fellow seekers—Katrina, a German physicist; Hadji, an Indian engineer; Alia, a Brazilian pilot; and Qui Jen, a Japanese ninja—as part of the Holistic Group dedicated to the transformation of the planet through the creation of Critical Mass. As foretold in ancient texts, Critical Mass is both a beautifully simple and incomprehensibly complex concept for change. To achieve this rare state, 3,511 people must be trained to come together in a single thought. If this can be accomplished, that one thought will manifest as a new reality, a self-aware planet, a Global Brain. Brian is challenged to accept the responsibilities of the Uniter, the one who would come and start the world anew. But the Monarchists, a group with considerably less philanthropic goals, have vowed to stop at nothing to ensure that their vision is the one that comes to pass. The first group to achieve Critical Mass will win the planet. In order to realize his spiritual potential to save humanity, Brian and his crew travel the world in search of knowledge to use the Tree of Life, an ancient map of consciousness. Can they achieve their goals before the Monarchists achieve theirs? Only time and fate will tell ...

Critical Mass

A Primer for Living with the Future
Author: Pat McGrew,Bill McDaniel
Publisher: MC2 Books
ISBN: 9781893347014
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 141
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Every manager faces the technology squeeze. Adopt too early and the executives question your sanity. Adopt too late and you're called a dinosaur. Now a quick-to-read primer can help you make better decisions on the road to the future. Critical Mass: A Primer for Living with the Future features 19 essays covering topics like: · The New Paper: Electronic Ink, Smart Paper and the Furoshiki! · The Last Keyboard: Voice Recognition, Voice Generation, and the Future of Interfaces · Are We There Yet?: GPS Technology and Modern Life There is no better resource for anyone who feels overwhelmed by the rapid pace of change and needs to find a baseline to understand how we evolved to where we are today. This easy-to-read set of essays arms the reader with an overview of the evolution of technology. Remember Jane Jetson? Star Trek? Frank Gilbreth or Cheaper By The Dozen? War of the Worlds? Critical Mass essays re-visit these members of the technology cast as well as the invention of the keyboard, wearable computing innovations, and the future of interactive TV.

Critical Mass


Author: Whitley Strieber
Publisher: Forge Books
ISBN: 9781429992046
Category: Fiction
Page: 304
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What would we do if a nuclear weapon was detonated in Washington, and the US government suddenly disappeared? What would we do if a terrorist organization announced that it had concealed nuclear weapons in ever major western city and then demanded that the entire planet embrace its twisted brand of Muslin fundamentalism? In Critcal Mass, nuclear interdiction expert James Deutsh and his tormented Muslim wife, Nabila, struggle to stop an impending nuclear attack on an American city. Along the way, they delve deep into the hidden world of nuclear terrorism and the experts who strive to contain it, and get a compelling look at the titanic battle within Islam over its own future--fundamentalist and rejecting, or compassionate and life-embracing? Like Whitley Strieber's classics Warday and The Coming Global Superstorm, Critical Mass is torn straight from the dark pages of a very dangerous and very possible future. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Critical Mass


Author: Tim Balfour
Publisher: Hornbeam Press
ISBN: 0956523692
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 75
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This story is fiction based on a true story of love and intrigue between two lovers in their early twenties, during the summer of 1988. In London, it was the time of acid-house music, squat parties and the last years of Thatcher's rule. There was a climate of global political change and possibility. The protagonists met as young neighbours in Hampstead. Tessa was the daughter of a pioneering, celebrity psychoanalyst to the stars. She and the author unwittingly got entangled in a dangerous journey with her, after the death of her father. Overwhelmed by press attention whilst grieving her tragic loss, the couple accepted an invitation to visit her father's friends overseas. The story ties together 20 years later as the protagonists share a complex closure.

Critical Mass

Four Decades of Essays, Reviews, Hand Grenades, and Hurrahs
Author: James Wolcott
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 0385536917
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 512
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A career-spanning collection of critical essays and cultural journalism from one of the most acute, entertaining, and sometimes acerbic (but in a good way) critics of our time From his early-seventies dispatches as a fledgling critic for The Village Voice on rock ’n’ roll, comedy, movies, and television to the literary criticism of the eighties and nineties that made him both feared and famous to his must-read reports on the cultural weather for Vanity Fair, James Wolcott has had a career as a freelance critic and a literary intellectual nearly unique in our time. This collection features the best of Wolcott in whatever guise—connoisseur, intrepid reporter, memoirist, and necessary naysayer—he has chosen to take on. Included in this collection is “O.K. Corral Revisited,” a fresh take on the famed Norman Mailer–Gore Vidal dustup on The Dick Cavett Show that launched Wolcott from his Maryland college to New York City (via bus) to begin his brilliant career. His prescient review of Patti Smith’s legendary first gig at CBGB leads off a suite of eyewitness and insider accounts of the rise of punk rock, while another set of pieces considers the vast cultural influence of the enigmatic Johnny Carson and the scramble of his late-night successors to inherit the “swivel throne.” There are warm tributes to such diverse figures as Michael Mann, Sam Peckinpah, Lester Bangs, and Philip Larkin and masterly summings-up of the departed giants of American literature—John Updike, William Styron, John Cheever, and Mailer and Vidal. Included as well are some legendary takedowns that have entered into the literary lore of our time. Critical Mass is a treasure trove of sparkling, spiky prose and a fascinating portrait of our lives and cultural times over the past decades. In an age where a great deal of back scratching and softball pitching pass for criticism, James Wolcott’s fearless essays and reviews offer a bracing taste of the real critical thing.