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Playing Dead

Author : Elizabeth Greenwood
ISBN : 9781476739342
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Is it still possible to fake your own death in the twenty-first century? With six figures of student loan debt, Elizabeth Greenwood was tempted to find out. So off she sets on a darkly comic foray into the world of death fraud, where for $30,000 a consultant can make you disappear--but your suspicious insurance company might hire a private detective to dig up your coffin...only to find it filled with rocks. Greenwood tracks down a British man who staged a kayaking accident and then returned to live in his own house while all his neighbors thought he was dead. She takes a call from Michael Jackson (no, he's not dead--or so her new acquaintances would have her believe), stalks message boards for people contemplating pseudocide, and gathers intel on black market morgues in the Philippines, where she may or may not obtain some fraudulent goodies of her own. Along the way, she learns that love is a much less common motive than money, and that making your death look like a drowning virtually guarantees that you'll be caught. (Disappearing while hiking, however, is a way great to go.) Playing Dead is a charmingly bizarre investigation in the vein of Jon Ronson and Mary Roach into our all-too-human desire to escape from the lives we lead, and the men and women desperate enough to give up their lives--and their families--to start again. "Delivers all the lo-fi spy shenanigans and caught-red-handed schadenfreude you're hoping for." --NPR "A lively romp." --The Boston Globe "Grim fun." --The New York Times "Brilliant topic, absorbing book." --The Seattle Times "The most literally escapist summer read you could hope for." --The Paris Review

Playing Dead

Author : Elizabeth Greenwood
ISBN : 9781476739335
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"A darkly comic inquiry into how to fake your own death, the disappearance industry, and the lengths to which people will go to be reborn. Is it still possible to fake your own death in the twenty-first century? With six figures of student loan debt, Elizabeth Greenwood was tempted to find out."--

Playing Dead

Author : Elizabeth Greenwood
ISBN : 9781476739366
Genre : Social Science
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“A delightful read for anyone tantalized by the prospect of disappearing without a trace.” —Erik Larson, New York Times bestselling author of Dead Wake “Delivers all the lo-fi spy shenanigans and caught-red-handed schadenfreude you’re hoping for.” —NPR “A lively romp.” —The Boston Globe “Grim fun.” —The New York Times “Brilliant topic, absorbing book.” —The Seattle Times “The most literally escapist summer read you could hope for.” —The Paris Review Is it still possible to fake your own death in the twenty-first century? With six figures of student loan debt, Elizabeth Greenwood was tempted to find out. So off she sets on a darkly comic foray into the world of death fraud, where for $30,000 a consultant can make you disappear—but your suspicious insurance company might hire a private detective to dig up your coffin...only to find it filled with rocks. Greenwood tracks down a British man who staged a kayaking accident and then returned to live in his own house while all his neighbors thought he was dead. She takes a call from Michael Jackson (no, he’s not dead—or so her new acquaintances would have her believe), stalks message boards for people contemplating pseudocide, and gathers intel on black market morgues in the Philippines, where she may or may not obtain some fraudulent goodies of her own. Along the way, she learns that love is a much less common motive than money, and that making your death look like a drowning virtually guarantees that you’ll be caught. (Disappearing while hiking, however, is a way great to go.) Playing Dead is a charmingly bizarre investigation in the vein of Jon Ronson and Mary Roach into our all-too-human desire to escape from the lives we lead, and the men and women desperate enough to give up their lives—and their families—to start again.

The Woo Woo

Author : Lindsay Wong
ISBN : 1551527367
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In this jaw-dropping, darkly comedic memoir, a young woman comes of age in a dysfunctional Asian family who blame their woes on ghosts and demons when they should really be on anti-psychotic meds. Lindsay Wong grew up with a paranoid schizophrenic grandmother and a mother who was deeply afraid of the "woo-woo" -- Chinese ghosts who come to visit in times of personal turmoil. From a young age, she witnessed the woo-woo's sinister effects; when she was six, Lindsay and her mother avoided the dead people haunting their house by hiding out in a mall food court, and on a camping trip, in an effort to rid her daughter of demons, her mother tried to light Lindsay's foot on fire. The eccentricities take a dark turn, however, when her aunt, suffering from a psychotic breakdown, holds the city hostage for eight hours when she threatens to jump off a bridge. And when Lindsay starts to experience symptoms of the woo-woo herself, she wonders whether she will suffer the same fate as her family. At once a witty and touching memoir about the Asian immigrant experience and a harrowing and honest depiction of the vagaries of mental illness, The Woo-Woo is a gut-wrenching and beguiling manual for surviving family, and oneself.

Shot Blue

Author : Jesse Ruddock
ISBN : 1552453405
Genre : Fiction
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'Shot-Blue is that rarest species, a genuinely wise novel.' - Rivka Galchen Rachel is a young single mother living with her son, Tristan, on a lake that borders the unchannelled north - remote, nearly inhospitable. She does what she has to do to keep them alive. But soon, and unexpectedly, Tristan will have to live alone, his youth unprotected and rough. The wild, open place that is all he knows will beoverrun by strangers - strangers inhabiting the lodge that has replaced his home, strangers who make him fight, talk, and even love, when he doesn't want to. Ravenous and unrelenting, Shot-Blue is a book of first love and first loss. The road was like a portage: an opening that lets you in but makes no promise to bring you out on another side. Maybe the road narrowed to a dead end or was blocked by a swamp raised by a beaver dam. Maybe it ledto a place they weren't welcome. She walked through the cut slowly and stopped, her dark hair falling across her shoulders heavily, and Tristan imagined that she meant to let her hair sweep the ground as it did. Most boys would have run out to meet their mothers. But he knew he couldn't understand. She was always telling him,you can't understand everything.

Dead Souls

Author : Nikolai Gogol
ISBN : 9780486114071
Genre : Fiction
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A stranger arrives in a Russian backwater community with a bizarre proposition for the local landowners: cash for their "dead souls," the serfs who have died in their service. A comic masterpiece.

Silent Spring

Author : Rachel Carson
ISBN : 0618249060
Genre : Nature
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Discusses the reckless annihilation of fish and birds by the use of pesticides and warns of the possible genetic effects on humans.

The Baby Harvest

Author : Chris Rock
ISBN : 1515014576
Genre : Computer crimes
File Size : 88. 40 MB
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In my business you rub shoulders with corporate business, lone wolf criminal hackers, international hacking crews, scammers and large criminal syndicates. Criminal syndicates that can make large financial transfers disappear without a trace at both the sending and receiving banks; a hop from Dubai to Switzerland in the blink of an eye as though it never happened. "The baby harvest" is the concept of a criminal syndicate: making and raising virtual babies to adulthood to be put on the shelf for strategic long-term financial empire building. The babies once reaching adulthood will marry other virtual babies, obtain finance, enter the derivatives markets, obtain life insurance, and eventually be harvested, ('killed off') at investment maturity. Every baby is unique, effectively a 'designer baby'; fit for a purpose to perform certain tasks at 'harvest'. These could be to ship in a cache of firearms, drugs, sells fake bitcoins, stock trade, eBay power seller or a high income earner/high tax payer for life insurance. This book is written as a "How to guide for criminals." However, the purpose is to show the weaknesses in the identify systems for governments and law enforcement. It is envisaged as a playbook for authorities to beware of the vulnerabilities in systems. There are systems in place to reduce identify theft, such as the protection of Birth and Death Certificates from government bodies. But the weakness is in the creation of these documents in the first place. With over twenty years of experience I am a leading expert in the world of professional 'hackers'. My company, (Kustodian) made up of elite professionals, has been responsible for penetrating some of the largest global companies security systems- companies that YOU rely on every day to protect you - banks, insurance companies and governments. This book is written for all parties, it gives both an insight into a technique which has been formulating from my experiences over the last 20 years. This is no way a glorification of creating a crime, but it is a vulnerability that's needs some careful consideration.

Frankenstein The Original 1818 Uncensored Edition Of The Science Fiction Classic

Author : Mary Shelley
ISBN : 9788026848240
Genre : Fiction
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This carefully crafted ebook: “Frankenstein (The Original 1818 'Uncensored' Edition of the Science Fiction Classic)” is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is the original 1818 'Uncensored' Edition of Frankenstein as first published anonymously in 1818. This original version is much more true to the spirit of the author's original intentions than the heavily revised 1831 edition, edited by Shelley, in part, because of pressure to make the story more conservative. Many scholars prefer the 1818 text to the more common 1831 edition. Frankenstein is a novel written by Mary Shelley about a creature produced by an unorthodox scientific experiment. Shelley started writing the story when she was nineteen, and the novel was published when she was twenty-one. Shelley had travelled in the region of Geneva, where much of the story takes place, and the topics of galvanism and other similar occult ideas were themes of conversation among her companions, particularly her future husband, Percy Shelley. The storyline emerged from a dream. Mary, Percy, Lord Byron, and John Polidori decided to have a competition to see who could write the best horror story. After thinking for weeks about what her possible storyline could be, Shelley dreamt about a scientist who created life and was horrified by what he had made. She then wrote Frankenstein.

How To Disappear

Author : Frank M Ahearn
ISBN : 9780857964458
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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What information about you is out there? Who might have access to it? What can you do about it? In this rapidly changing electronic world, your personal information is no longer your own. Online databases can sell your details to anyone who asks, and your phone records, internet usage, bills, warranties and even your rubbish can reveal more about you than you think. 'Disappearing' gives you the freedom to escape this intrusion. When you disappear, you create your own world and dictate its borders. It might be as simple as removing your details from the public record, or as complex as moving overseas without a trace. Here, you'll discover the tools you need to help you disappear, both online and in the flesh, and how to make sure you stay invisible. Packed with case studies and useful references, How to Disappear also provides practical advice on: • Disappearing from a stalker • Identity theft protection • Internet privacy • Living offshore and incognito

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