Month: January 2018

The Greatest Post Apocalyptic Books

Post-apocalypse is a classic theme of science fiction, where mankind is knocked back into oblivion after something really, really bad happens. Of course, after the dropping of atomic bombs, people for the first time realized that mankind possessed the power to bring about its own apocalypse. However, nuclear holocaust is not the only way catastrophe can strip the thin veneer of civilization of mankind. In the distant, mythical past, the Great Flood almost brought about apocalypse, leaving Noah and his family in a post-apocalyptic scenario. Many such possibilities as to how mankind would respond to overwhelming devastation have been presented to us in science fiction post-apocalyptic books, such as the ones listed below.

1. The Road

An arid world in the aftermath of an unknown severely destructive event is introduced in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. The dreary landscape now has only a few remaining survivors who are looking for food and warmth. An unnamed father and son are followed in the book as they make their way across the destruction. People in this book’s post-apocalyptic world are turning into savage cannibals and the father is afraid of leaving his son alone because he is certain that he is dying. Nonetheless, the father and son plod on. According to The New York Times, McCarthy’s has always had high standards for despair and yet, the imagery in this book is far more brutal. The Road is probably one of the most gut-wrenching post-apocalyptic books.

2. Dream Caster

Memories of his slaughtered settlement haunt sixteen year old Weaver, who is seeking cover among the remains of a ruined Toronto in a hidden refuge. Amidst build a new life, Weaver discovers he possesses the strangle ability to cast dreams into reality. Weaver ignores it believing it is just an abnormality. He later discovers that his world was actually ruined by a mysterious man who possesses a similar ability of animating nightmares into reality. Chaos starts invading the peaceful life that Weave was hoping to begin. While racing against time, Weaver must learn to accept that he is a dream catcher and master the ability he possesses, before the mysterious man destroys his new home too. The original story idea and unique combination of genres is the best feature of Dream Caster.

3. The Stand

The Stand is perhaps the most popular book by Stephen King and it is also probably one of the most popular post-apocalyptic books too. The worst is imagined in the book, i.e. a superflu’ is unleashed into the world because of a computer error in a Defense Department lab as a result of which 99% of the population is wiped out. Thus, the path for a post-apocalyptic clash between good and evil is paved. While commenting on his own book, King exclaimed that he got the opportunity to scrub the entire human race and that he really enjoyed that.

4. The Drowned World

In his 1962 science-fiction novel, J.G. Ballard tells the story of Robert Kerans, a biologist whose team is sent to survey the cities of American and northern Europe. The regions have been turned into tropical lagoons with the absence of human life as a result of the melting of the polar ice caps and radiation. Kerans and his teammates, among the few survivors, marvel in this new post-apocalyptical state of the world. As written in TIME, the book is cool even though it is kind of too much. The book even has an interesting twist as well and spoiling it would not be fair.

5. The Passage

The Passage is a highly-anticipated book by author Justin Cronin and it hit shelves not so long ago. In fact, even before Cronin even completed the manuscript, he sold the film rights. All the fuss about this 766-page book is that it revolves around bloodthirsty creatures that are somewhat like vampires, but also somewhat like zombies, and these creatures are killing off Americans one by one. However, it is the engrossing sense and style of story that has been hailed by critics.

There is something intriguing about imagining the end of the world. Have you ever imagined the end of the world? These five post-apocalyptic books seem to imagine the end of the world quite uniquely. So which one do you think you will read?

Avoid Diabetics With These Tips

Type 2 Diabetes may very well be the least understood and most over-treated common disease in America. That was my “walk-away” conclusion after reading “Type 2 Diabetes: The Owner’s Manual” by Daryl Wein.

Wein, who himself has Type 2 Diabetes, is a medical professional who began personal research on the disease after contracting it. The result is a very informative guide that has a lot of valuable information for patients and doctors alike. I don’t have Type 2 Diabetes but I learned a lot of valuable tips that will help in my weight loss efforts.

The treatment regimen Daryl has come up with, if followed, means for many Type 2 patients that they won’t have to take medication but can control the disease and live a normal lifestyle simply by eating healthy and living a healthier lifestyle.

Wein’s biggest advice is to avoid all starches. Starches, which convert to sugar in the body, is public enemy number one for diabetics. More than once in his book Wein hammers home the point – “The single most important thing to do to manage Type 2 Diabetes is to avoid eating carbohydrates.”

Of course, all of us should avoid sugary foods. Diabetics should avoid all breakfast cereal, all breads, rice, potatoes, corn, tortillas, and all chips and crackers. It doesn’t matter much, stresses Wein, whether the rice or bread is white or brown. Foods lowest in carbohydrates that can be used for healthy meals include eggs, meat, fish, cheeses, green salads, nuts and beans in moderation, some condiments, any sugar-free beverage, and even pork rinds!

The back of the book contains very extensive tables of many foods and how many grams of carbs enter the body for specific volume sizes – cups, ounces, pieces, tablespoons, packets, etc.

“Type 2 Diabetes: The Owner’s Manual” opened my eyes not only regarding diabetes but also to the real impact carbs of all kinds have on my body and my general health. Many readers can experience major improvements in their health simply by reading and understand, and then applying, the principles discussed in this book.

 

New Platform For The Economic

In the next 20 years, you may get bored seeing more and more books analyzing the effects of the current economic crisis and what brought it on.

But, at the very beginning of this financial crisis, I’ve found the first book to advocate a new financial platform and address the biggest problem: adding more jobs and restoring worldwide financial stability.

The book didn’t just suddenly appear as an analysis of the world’s economic crisis. It has been stored in the brain vault of Leonard S. Johnson for more than 5 years. He has been tossing around ideas, coming up with new approaches and creating new kinds of thought for that entire time. And this was long before this financial crisis put the world on its collective knees. It was now time to come to the aid of a crumbling financial world.

That’s when Johnson decided it was time to give the world a needed answer to deal with these effects of the economic crisis with his innovative book “The Bank for International Ideas.” Johnson has based his book entirely on taking intellectual capital to intellectual property. He shows how to use the book’s premise to create a new financial order based on worldwide innovative ideas that become businesses, scientific projects or organizations.

“The Bank for International Ideas” isn’t a book of how to merely get banks to support and fund new ideas. The fact is banks are not doing that to the degree we have known in the past. BII is a complete financial platform which allows anyone in the world to submit ideas to the bank.

The process starts with the review committee. The committee, a noteworthy group of peers, decides if the idea is worthy and valid. If so, the bank actually issues credits which are then redeemed in currency in three parts: 33%, 33% and 34% totally 100%.

This means BII allows the innovator to make money on the idea while searching for investors, investment money, funding and mentor involvement. There’s nothing to pay back unlike a usual bank transaction. The individual is actually paid for the idea. That’s new in the world of finance. And good news for the idea-maker.

Johnson believes the world is no longer going to be run by the current skilled jobs. He believes true financial stability will be led by innovators who create areas of new job categories, not simply the skilled ones that we have known.

Johnson has created “The Bank for International Ideas” book to become the financial handbook of the upcoming new era of finance. The result is: It isn’t the end-all answer to analyzing the effects of the financial crisis. It is the end-all book to the beginning of the new phase of finance in the world.

Unlike the blow-hards that puff themselves up to tell the world how they would do or would’ve things, Johnson has a truly remarkable way to make the entire world a better place financially.

I have also found something else he’s done. He’s created a 5-part YouTube explanation of the financial platform and how it works. So, you can absorb the financial concept before you get the book and delve into the details.