Archive for July, 2011

Government Report: Ali v. Rumsfeld: U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Decision

Ali v. Rumsfeld: United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Decision

by Karen LeCraft Henderson
Paperback, 27 pages, 2011, $20.00
ISBN: 1437988091

This legal decision affirms that Donald Rumsfeld has qualified immunity from a suit brought by Abu Ghraib prisoners.

Four Afghan and five Iraqi citizens captured and subsequently held in Afghanistan and Iraq by the U.S. military sued Rumsfeld, former Secretary of Defense, and three Army officers under the 5th and 8th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, the Alien Tort Statute, and the 3rd and 4th Geneva Conventions, seeking damages and declaratory relief as the result of their treatment while in U.S. custody.

The district court granted the defendants’ motion to dismiss all 6 claims and the plaintiffs appealed the dismissal. This decision sets forth the reasons why the U.S. Court of Appeals affirms the district court’s judgment. A print on demand report.

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July 29, 2011 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Government Report: Flood Insurance: Public Policy Goals Provide a Framework for Reform: Congressional Testimony

Flood Insurance: Public Policy Goals Provide a Framework for Reform: Congressional Testimony

by Orice Williams Brown
Paperback, 21 pages, 2011, $20.00
ISBN: 1437988024

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has been on the high-risk list since 2006, when the program had to borrow form the U.S. Treasury to cover losses from the 2005 hurricanes.

The outstanding debt is $17.8 billion as of June 2011. This sizeable debt, plus operational and mgmt. challenges at FEMA, which administers NFIP, have combined to keep the program on the high-risk list. NFIP’s need to borrow to cover claims in years of catastrophic flooding has raised concerns about the program’s long-term financial solvency.

This testimony: (1) discusses ways to place NFIP on a sounder financial footing; and (2) highlights operational and mgmt. challenges at FEMA that affect the program. This is a print on demand report.

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July 28, 2011 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Government Report: Department of Defense’s Military Cash Incentives

Military Cash Incentives: DOD Should Coordinate and Monitor Its Efforts to Achieve Cost-Effective Bonuses and Special Pays

by Brenda S. Farrell
Paperback, 43 pages, 2011, $20.00
ISBN: 1437988016

Assesses DoD’s use of cash incentives to recruit and retain highly qualified individuals for service in the armed forces.

It: (1) identifies recent trends in DoD’s use of enlistment and reenlistment bonuses; (2) assesses the extent to which the services have processes to determine which occupational specialties require bonuses and whether bonus amounts are optimally set; and (3) determines how much flexibility DoD has in managing selected special and incentive pays for officer and enlisted personnel.

The report analyzed service data on bonuses and special and incentive pays, and reviewed relevant guidance and other documentation from DoD and the services. Charts and tables. This is a print on demand report.

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July 27, 2011 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Government Report: Medical Devices: FDA Should Enhance Its Oversight of Recalls

Medical Devices: FDA Should Enhance Its Oversight of Recalls

by Marcia Crosse
Paperback, 57 pages, 2011, $25.00
ISBN: 1437988067

Recalls are an important tool to mitigate serious health consequences associated with defective or unsafe medical devices. Typically, a recall is voluntarily initiated by the firm that manufactured the device. The FDA oversees implementation of the recall. FDA classifies recalls based on health risks of using the recalled device. FDA also determines whether a firm has effectively implemented a recall, and when a recall can be terminated.

This report identifies: (1) the numbers and characteristics of medical device recalls and FDA’s use of this info. to aid its oversight; and (2) the extent to which the process ensures the effective implementation and termination of the highest-risk recalls. Charts and tables. A print on demand report.

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July 26, 2011 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Weekly Book Special: Mozart Children’s Book, Now 75% Off

Weekly Book Special: July 26th-August 1st

Today marks the 220th birthday of acclaimed classical music composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. To commemorate, this week’s book special is:


Mozart: The Wonder Child: A Puppet Play in Three Acts

Written and Illustrated by Diane Stanley
Hardcover, 48 pages, ISBN: 0060726741
List Price: $19.00, OUR PRICE: $4.75
Mozart

“Mozart was only three years old on the day his life changed forever.” So begins this biography about one of the most legendary prodigies in history. Diane Stanley engagingly tells the story of a brilliant boy who grew up to be a complex and often troubled young man — a man who composed some of the most beautiful music of all time.

With stunning full-color illus., she portrays Mozart’s turbulent life as a marionette show, inspired by the famous Salzburg Marionette Theatre, using an innovative artistic approach to present the life of a renowned musical genius. She presents an honest and sympathetic portrait of the boyhood and tragically short adulthood of a composer whose music has lived on for more than 200 years.

Our favorite illustration is when he plays for the great nobles of Europe (click to enlarge):
Mozart Concert

“Stanley frames this engaging and well-paced biography of Mozart as a three-act puppet play,” writes Publishers Weekly. “Painting gessoed wood panels with egg tempera in soft tones, Stanley achieves an authentic sense of place, while augmenting the historic mood with musical staffs that wind through the scenes and informational asides presented by angels.”

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July 26, 2011 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Government Report: China Taiwan: Evolution of the One Child Policy

China/Taiwan: Evolution of the “One China” Policy — Key Statements from Washington, Beijing, and Taipei

by Shirley A. Kan
Paperback, 81 pages, 2011, $25.00
ISBN: 1437988083

Despite apparently consistent statements in 4 decades, the U.S. “one China” policy concerning Taiwan remains somewhat ambiguous and subject to different interpretations. Apart from questions about what the “one China” policy entails, issues have arisen about whether U.S. Presidents have stated clear positions and have changed or should change policy, affecting U.S. interests in security and democracy.

Contents of this report: (1) U.S. Policy on “One China”: Has U.S. Policy Changed?; Overview of Policy Issues; (2) Highlights of Key Statements by Washington, Beijing, and Taipei: Statements During the Admin. of Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Clinton, George W. Bush, Clinton, and Obama. A print on demand report.

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July 25, 2011 at 8:00 am Leave a comment


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