Team Rodent

How Disney Devours the World
Author: Carl Hiaasen
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9780307764881
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 96
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"Disney is so good at being good that it manifests an evil; so uniformly efficient and courteous, so dependably clean and conscientious, so unfailingly entertaining that it's unreal, and therefore is an agent of pure wickedness. . . . Disney isn't in the business of exploiting Nature so much as striving to improve upon it, constantly fine-tuning God's work." --from TEAM RODENT TEAM RODENT How Disney Devours America "Revulsion is good. Revulsion is healthy. Each of us has limits, unarticulated boundaries of taste and tolerance, and sometimes we forget where they are. Peep Land is here to remind us; a fixed compass point by which we can govern our private behavior. Because being grossed out is essential to the human experience; without a perceived depravity, we'd have nothing against which to gauge the advance or decline of culture; our art, our music, our cinema, our books. Without sleaze, the yardstick shrinks at both ends. Team Rodent doesn't believe in sleaze, however, nor in old-fashioned revulsion. Square in the middle is where it wants us all to be, dependable consumers with predictable attitudes. The message, never stated but avuncularly implied, is that America's values ought to reflect those of the Walt Disney Company, and not the other way around." BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Carl Hiaasen's Bad Monkey.

The Gospel according to Disney

Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust
Author: Mark I. Pinsky
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN: 1611644275
Category: Religion
Page: 305
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In this follow-up to his bestselling The Gospel According to The Simpsons: The Spiritual Life of the World's Most Animated Family, religion journalist Mark Pinsky explores the role that the animated features of Walt Disney played on the moral and spiritual development of generations of children. Pinsky explores thirty-one of the most popular Disney films, as well as recent developments such as the 1990s boycott of Disney by the Southern Baptist Convention and the role that Michael Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenberg played in the resurgance of the company since the mid-1980s.

Bodies in Society

Essays on Christianity in Contemporary Culture
Author: Margaret R. Miles
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1630874531
Category: Religion
Page: 242
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Education is about learning to think. Much of what we call thinking, however, is a hodge-podge of repetitious self-talk, opinion, and cutting and pasting of second-hand ideas. Moreover, thinking in the present has often been alien to scholars who were tempted to think abstractly. But life and thought belong together and require each other, as Plotinus pointed out many centuries ago: [T]he object of contemplation is living and life, and the two together are one (Ennead 3.8.8). Presently, many women and men in the academic world are thinking concretely within the context of their own lives and with acknowledged accountability to broader communities with whom they think and to whom they are answerable. The essays in this volume consider Christianity as an aspect of North American culture, bringing the critical tools of the academy to thinking about some of the perplexing and pressing problems of contemporary public life. Three interactive and interdependent themes traverse these essays: gender, the effects of media culture, and institutions. Each of these themes has been central to Margaret Miles's work for thirty years. Each understands corporeality as fundamental both to subjectivity and society. Miles finds that Christianity, critically appropriated, provides ideas and methods for thinking concretely about life in North American society.

The Responsive City

Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance
Author: Stephen Goldsmith,Susan Crawford
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118910931
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 208
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Leveraging Big Data and 21st century technology to renew cities and citizenship in America The Responsive City is a guide to civic engagement and governance in the digital age that will help leaders link important breakthroughs in technology and data analytics with age-old lessons of small-group community input to create more agile, competitive, and economically resilient cities. Featuring vivid case studies highlighting the work of pioneers in New York, Boston, Chicago and more, the book provides a compelling model for the future of governance. The book will help mayors, chief technology officers, city administrators, agency directors, civic groups and nonprofit leaders break out of current paradigms to collectively address civic problems. The Responsive City is the culmination of research originating from the Data-Smart City Solutions initiative, an ongoing project at Harvard Kennedy School working to catalyze adoption of data projects on the city level. The book is co-authored by Professor Stephen Goldsmith, director of Data-Smart City Solutions at Harvard Kennedy School, and Professor Susan Crawford, co-director of Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg penned the book’s foreword. Based on the authors’ experiences and extensive research, The Responsive City explores topics including: Building trust in the public sector and fostering a sustained, collective voice among communities; Using data-smart governance to preempt and predict problems while improving quality of life; Creating efficiencies and saving taxpayer money with digital tools; and Spearheading these new approaches to government with innovative leadership.

Public housing

conditions at the Laurel Park Project in St. Petersburg, Florida : report to the Honorable C.W. Bill Young, House of Representatives
Author: United States. General Accounting Office
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Political Science
Page: 42
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Celebration, U.S.A.

Living in Disney's Brave New Town
Author: Douglas Frantz,Catherine Collins
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
ISBN: 1466815671
Category: Social Science
Page: 352
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A prize-winning reporter, his wife, and their two kids describe life in Disney's vision of the future. In 1997, six months after the first residents had moved into Celebration, Florida-Disney's town of the future with its distinctly retro link to a longed-for past-Doug and Cathy and their two kids closed on their new home and settled down to participate in (and observe) this new venture. Their report from the trenches will surprise both Disney haters and Disney fans. What is it like to start a new community-not a suburb or subdivision, but a town, inted to be a self-supporting community with the best of the new technologies (including the very latest in teaching techniques) and the most cherished elements in American towns that existed before the automobile turned everything into a mall? For almost two years the family lived this experiment firsthand. Their report is vivid, funny, and painful-and it tells us as much about ourselves and our hopes and dreams as it does about the daily reality of building a community from the ground up.

Breaking the Magic Spell

Radical Theories of Folk and Fairy Tales
Author: Jack Zipes
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 0813137802
Category: Social Science
Page: 304
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This revised, expanded, and updated edition of the 1979 landmark Breaking the Magic Spell examines the enduring power of fairy tales and the ways they invade our subjective world. In seven provocative essays, Zipes discusses the importance of investigating oral folk tales in their socio-political context and traces their evolution into literary fairy tales, a metamorphosis that often diminished the ideology of the original narrative. Zipes also looks at how folk tales influence our popular beliefs and the ways they have been exploited by a corporate media network intent on regulating the mystical elements of the stories. He examines a range of authors, including the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson, Ernst Bloch, Tolkien, Bettelheim, and J.K. Rowling to demonstrate the continuing symbiotic relationship between folklore and literature.

Bad Monkey


Author: Carl Hiaasen
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
ISBN: 0385350074
Category: Fiction
Page: 336
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Andrew Yancy—late of the Miami Police and soon-to-be-late of the Monroe County sheriff’s office—has a human arm in his freezer. There’s a logical (Hiaasenian) explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its shadowy owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident/shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, the sheriff might rescue him from his grisly Health Inspector gig (it’s not called the roach patrol for nothing). But first—this being Hiaasen country—Yancy must negotiate an obstacle course of wildly unpredictable events with a crew of even more wildly unpredictable characters, including his just-ex lover, a hot-blooded fugitive from Kansas; the twitchy widow of the frozen arm; two avariciously optimistic real-estate speculators; the Bahamian voodoo witch known as the Dragon Queen, whose suitors are blinded unto death by her peculiar charms; Yancy’s new true love, a kinky coroner; and the eponymous bad monkey, who with hilarious aplomb earns his place among Carl Hiaasen’s greatest characters. Here is Hiaasen doing what he does better than anyone else: spinning a tale at once fiercely pointed and wickedly funny in which the greedy, the corrupt, and the degraders of what’s left of pristine Florida—now, of the Bahamas as well—get their comeuppance in mordantly ingenious, diabolically entertaining fashion. From the Hardcover edition.

The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

Volume 16: Sports and Recreation
Author: Harvey H. Jackson III
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 1469616769
Category: Reference
Page: 408
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What southerners do, where they go, and what they expect to accomplish in their spare time, their "leisure," reveals much about their cultural values, class and racial similarities and differences, and historical perspectives. This volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture offers an authoritative and readable reference to the culture of sports and recreation in the American South, surveying the various activities in which southerners engage in their nonwork hours, as well as attitudes surrounding those activities. Seventy-four thematic essays explore activities from the familiar (porch sitting and fairs) to the essential (football and stock car racing) to the unusual (pool checkers and a sport called "fireballing"). In seventy-seven topical entries, contributors profile major sites associated with recreational activities (such as Dollywood, drive-ins, and the Appalachian Trail) and prominent sports figures (including Althea Gibson, Michael Jordan, Mia Hamm, and Hank Aaron). Taken together, the entries provide an engaging look at the ways southerners relax, pass time, celebrate, let loose, and have fun.

100 American Crime Writers


Author: S. Powell
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137031662
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 373
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100 American Crime Writers features discussion and analysis of the lives of crime writers and their key works, examining the developments in American crime writing from the Golden Age to hardboiled detective fiction. This study is essential to scholars and an ideal introduction to crime fiction for anyone who enjoys this fascinating genre.

The Disney Middle Ages

A Fairy-Tale and Fantasy Past
Author: T. Pugh,S. Aronstein
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 113706692X
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 298
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For many, the middle ages depicted in Walt Disney movies have come to figure as the middle ages, forming the earliest visions of the medieval past for much of the contemporary Western (and increasingly Eastern) imagination. The essayists of The Disney Middle Ages explore Disney's mediation and re-creation of a fairy-tale and fantasy past, not to lament its exploitation of the middle ages for corporate ends, but to examine how and why these medieval visions prove so readily adaptable to themed entertainments many centuries after their creation. What results is a scrupulous and comprehensive examination of the intersection between the products of the Disney Corporation and popular culture's fascination with the middle ages.

McGraw-Hill's Conquering LSAT Logic Games


Author: Curvebreakers
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional
ISBN: 9780071468725
Category: Study Aids
Page: 320
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Conquer the LSAT logic games with the help of elite Harvard Law School students The LSAT's logic games section is anything but fun and games. These questions, which describe some situation involving six or seven people and then ask you, "If Chris is first in line, then who must be third?" or "If Anna sees the doctor on Monday, who sees the doctor on Tuesday?" strike terror into the hearts of many LSAT-takers. But if you're one of them, don't despair--you've found the expert help you're looking for. This unique guide has been prepared by experts you know you can trust: a team of Harvard Law School students who all scored in the 99th percentile on the LSAT! They'll show you how to handle every kind of logic game, how to diagram logical relationships, and how to use targeted logic tools to answer questions quickly and easily. Sequencing games, grouping games, mapping games--whatever the game type, you'll learn the techniques you need to solve most complex logic problem and find the correct answers. McGraw-Hill's Conquering LSAT Logic Games gives you an unbeatable edge with with 72 practice logic games with solutions Logic tools to help you solve any kind of logic game Diagramming techniques that you can use for every game type The breakthrough Curvebreakers logic games solution methods

The Rough Guide to Florida


Author: Mark Ellwood,Todd Obolsky,Ross Velton
Publisher: Rough Guides
ISBN: 9781843531944
Category: Travel
Page: 512
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This comprehensive guide to America's most visited state, covers all regions from the world-class theme parks to the remote areas of the Everglades. From the cities of Miami and Orlando to the Florida keys and the white sands of Sarasota, the Rough Guide provides critical accounts and detailed practical information of the best places to eat, drink and sleep. In-depth background boxes provide information on everthing from art deco in Miami Beach, Americans in space and Walt Disney. There's also an extensive history of the state as well as context on natural Florida, plus listings of Florida-related films and books.

Veterinary Dentistry: A Team Approach - E-Book


Author: Steven E. Holmstrom
Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
ISBN: 1455703230
Category: Medical
Page: 448
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From radiology and anesthesia to patient needs and client education, this handy full-color guide covers everything you need to know about veterinary dentistry. Dental procedures are presented first, with chapters on oral examinations, instruments, safety, and anesthesia, followed by coverage of more difficult areas such as endodontics. The book concludes with two very interesting chapters on marketing veterinary dentistry and commonly asked client questions, replete with proper responses. With its comprehensive coverage and team approach, Animal Dentistry is the ideal resource for both technicians and practitioners alike to use in school and professional practice. Clear, heavily illustrated procedures provide a more detailed look at the skills you need to master. Dental terminology is incorporated to help you master the proper language and improve office communication. Inclusion of digital dental radiography develops your understanding of direct radiology versus computerized radiology and the economic considerations of both. Vet Tech Threads include a variety of pedagogical features including learning objective, key terms, chapter outlines, Technician Notes, and more to help you navigate through chapters and focus your learning. New full-color illustrations give you a better picture of concepts, equipment, and procedure details.

Biography Today Authors


Author: Cherie D. Abbey
Publisher: Omnigraphics
ISBN: 9780780807938
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 206
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Biographical profiles written especially for young readers ages 9 and above.

Dream State

Eight Generations of Swamp Lawyers, Conquistadors, Confederate Daughters, Banana Republicans, and Other Florida Wildlife
Author: Diane Roberts
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: N.A
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 355
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Presents a humorous history of the state of Florida, told as a memoir of the antics and mishaps of eight generations of the author's Florida family.

The Mouse that Roared

Disney and the End of Innocence
Author: Henry A. Giroux
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
ISBN: N.A
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 186
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A hard-hitting examination of the diverse ways that Disney--arguably the world's most influential corporation--implements its goals of shaping a world culture of consumerism while hiding behind a cloak of innocence and entertainment.