Smoke Mirrors Inc
The authors challenge widespread beliefs that business accounting practices are neutral and involve the mere reporting of objective data, revealing how easily balance sheets can be manipulated.
Smoke in Mirrors
A con artist and seductress, Meredith Spooner lived fast—and died young. But her final scam—embezzling more than a million dollars from a college endowment fund—is coming back to haunt Leonora Hutton. The tainted money is stashed away in an offshore account for Leonora. And while she wants nothing to do with the cash, she discovers two other items in the safe-deposit box: a book about Mirror House—the place where Meredith engineered her final deception and a set of newspaper stories about an unsolved murder that occurred there thirty years ago. Now Leonora has an offer for Thomas Walker, another victim of Meredith’s scams and seductions. She’ll hand over the money—if he helps her figure out what’s going on. Meredith had described Thomas as “a man you can trust.” But in a funhouse-mirror world of illusion and distortion, Leonora may be out of her league…
One shot One warning and no end in sight The murder was shocking in its brutality: A thousand-yard high-velocity shot that left an innocent nineteen-year-old babysitter dead on a Mississippi plantation. At first, police called it a hunting accident. But the killer left a calling card—for ex–U.S. marshall Winter Massey. And when Massey investigates, he knows exactly who the shooter is. He just doesn’t know why.… Once Massey dueled an elite assassin. Now, in a land of fading plantations and a booming casino industry, this sworn enemy has resurfaced to play a cat-and-mouse game of revenge. While Massey ignites a hunt for the killer, another murder is committed and violent secrets are exposed inside a powerful gambling conglomerate, in the star-crossed family of a beautiful landowner, and even within the FBI itself.… For Massey, the hunt for the sniper is personal. But the more he learns, the more he suspects that he’s being blinded by a whole lot of smoke and mirrors—behind which lies the most explosive secret of all.… From the Paperback edition.
Smoke and Mirrors Police Dreams
It’s Ash Wednesday in 2007, and the first bullet has ripped through the first victim’s skull in what is officially an unsolved quadruple homicide. Hard-charging rookie cop Brandon Rose races off his footpost and into the American consciousness, ushering in the police era, in shocking, bold colors. The naked striver has answered ambition’s call, befriending sixteen-year-old Giselle, a sexually precocious lookout for a pack of monstrous drug dealers. Rose enters into a controversial exchange system with the whip-smart stunner that he believes holds the key to opening up all of the streets’ secrets to him. The overzealous climber manipulates his taboo relationship with the minor in hopes that she will reveal the identities of the Ash Wednesday killers. If Giselle falls in love with Rose, she may risk her life—and his career—so that he can realize his obsessed-after police dreams, the gold NYPD detective shield.
Muscle Smoke and Mirrors
The research for this extensive, two volume project. represents a comprehensive effort to establish a complete context from which the sport of bodybuilding arose. "Muscle, Smoke and Mirrors" is the rise and fall of what was truly once an extraordinary discipline associated with a term known as "Physical Culture." Experience what bodybuilding was originally and learn just exactly what "Physical Culture" really is. See what growing philanthropic power flexed its financial and political muscles to foster its corporate agenda, compromising human health internationally. Read how the merger of technology and politics culminated in the industrialization, commercialization, federalization, internationalization and finally the STERILIZATION of a nation's food supply, rendering it suspect not only to the general public; but also to the most elite of athletes. Whether you are a novice, an elite bodybuilder or simply sports-nutrition minded, learn how the emerging forces of the Iron Game evolved. Ultimately, the factions of this industry would grow powerful and manipulative while fighting for control over the Game. It took the running of several parallel histories on bodybuilding, nutrition, supplements and the role of drugs to offer a complete, first-time unraveling of the web of confusion and politics that still permeates the sport into the 21st century! Volume I of "Muscle, Smoke and Mirrors" is truly the untold stories surrounding "Bodybuilding's Amazing Nutritional Origins."
Smoke and Mirrors
Stage magician Terry Ward must use his skills to survive in a world where magic rules.
Beyond Smoke and Mirrors
Global climate change is one of the most important issues humanity faces today. This book assesses the sensible, senseless and biased proposals for averting the potentially disastrous consequences of global warming, allowing the reader to draw their own conclusions on switching to more sustainable energy provision. Burton Richter is a Nobel Prize-winning scientist who has served on many US and international review committees on climate change and energy issues. He provides a concise overview of our knowledge and uncertainties within climate change science , discusses current energy demand and supply patterns, and the energy options available to cut emissions of greenhouse gases. Written in non-technical language, this book presents a balanced view of options for moving from our heavy reliance on fossil fuels into a much more sustainable energy system, and is accessible to a wide range of readers without scientific backgrounds - students, policymakers, and the concerned citizen.
Is there absolute Truth? If there is, can we know it? The answer to this question is not found in our opinions, nor is it found in religions that contradict one another. Then there is Jesus who says, "I am the way, the truth and the life." This study will take you deeper in your faith as it will answer many questions about who you are through the eyes of Jesus, who God is as He defines Himself and what your purpose is in this life. Upon completing "Unanswered", we expect you to be more informed about Jesus and the Bible, better responders to those who have questions and are in need answers and brighter lights that reflect Jesus by the way you live and love others. "Unanswered...smoke, mirrors and God" is the result of the partnership of Anchorsaway and Cross Section Ventures. It is a 21-lesson small group study designed for all ages. Each lesson begins with a cutting edge video clip followed by a short study and discussion questions. To go deeper, the Unanswered book that accompanies the study guide can be read. The title of this project reflects the confusion that many of us have about God. The definition of smoke and mirrors is, "Cover-up: something that is intended to draw attention away from something else that somebody would prefer to remain unnoticed." (Bing dictionary) It is the intention of this study to free people from religious demands and from performing for God and others in hopes of being "good enough for God". We think that by working through the entire study, you will get a fresh, perhaps new perspective, as to how God loves and equips us to make a difference in this world beginning with our own families at home, in the church or at the workplace.
Smoke and Mirrors
Written by dependency counselor Dorothy Marie England, a recovering dependency sufferer herself, Smoke and Mirrors exposes the unreal world in which the dependent person lives and the tricks used to deceive self and others. Drawing from the 12-step program of Alcoholics Anonymous, Mrs. England completes the circle of addiction recovery by clearly establishing the importance one's relationship with God plays in a full and freeing recovery. An important book for any leader and for those who deal with dependency in their friends and family.