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Where To Buy World of Warcraft 2: Troll Priest: Zabra Hexx Action Figure At The Lowest Price?

World of Warcraft 2: Troll Priest: Zabra Hexx Action Figure

Why Buy A World of Warcraft 2: Troll Priest: Zabra Hexx Action Figure?
THE SECOND WAVE BEGINS!
Americas #1 selling PC game since 2004 continues its incredible showing in the collectible action figure arena with WORLD OF WARCRAFT Series 2 action figures and the second of the WORLD OF WARCRAFT DELUXE Collector action figures!

WORLD OF WARCRAFT is the massively multiplayer online role-playing game with over 8.5 million devoted subscribers, and now its characters are captured in 3-D by DC Unlimited!

Each figure features multiple points of articulation and a base.

Troll Priest: Zabra Hexx

Features

  • Each figure features multiple points of articulation and a base.
  • Figure measured approximately 7 inch tall
  • For age 14 and up

Over 2 Five Star Customer Reviews On Amazon!

It stands on its own!
I just love this figure. It is one of my favorites and the one that costs less. It is plain wonderful. So much, I bought a couple for some friends.

The art is wonderful, the details are awesome. It stands on its own. And no, trolls are not my favorite race on Wow.

I passed by and noticed a review about it having standing issues.

First of all, most Wow action figures has standing issues. That means, most of them will have a 0.5% over time to fall.

I have owned series 1, 2, and 3 over 5 months. Figures with standing issues are: Valeera (female blood elf rogue), Illidan, the undead rogue (it stands perfectly at the beginning, but over time somehow it has lost its balance), and the draeni female (it has to touch the wall).

The troll, I think, fell once at the beginning. When you find out how to balance it (and it didnt take much), it kept stable.

I can say that, at least 2 toys over 6 months, I had no issue with balance.

I am including an image on the product gallery, so you can see with your own eyes.

This product is so cool, I will buy another one for future keeps. :)

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Where To Buy Introducing Critical Theory: Graphic Guide (Introducing (Graphic Guides)) by Stuart Sim At The Lowest Price?

Introducing Critical Theory: Graphic Guide (Introducing (Graphic Guides)) by Stuart Sim

Why Buy A Introducing Critical Theory: Graphic Guide (Introducing (Graphic Guides)) by Stuart Sim?
The last few decades have seen an explosion in the production of critical theories, with deconstructionists, poststructuralists, postmodernists, second-wave feminists, new historicists, cultural materialists, postcolonialists, black critics and queer theorists, among a host of others, all vying for our attention. This vast range of interpretations can leave one feeling confused and frustrated. This book provides a route through the tangled jungle of competing theories, in an accessible and enjoyable manner.

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Over 8 Five Star Customer Reviews On Amazon!

A fascinating and fast read
This book was fun to read. I liked how easily the author managed to reduce whole bodies of work into a sentence or two, which is precisely what I am looking for in these books. I agree with some of the other reviews here that he seems to dwell on Marxism and his influence, but I have always wondered why Marxism gets so much attention among “intellectuals” and this book helps to explain this phenomenon. While I doubt that this book sums up Critical Theory in its entirety, or even comes close, it definitely inspires further readings into the subject (at least it does for me), which is more than I can say for most books. I look forward to reading it again.

I would say this book is very useful…
Reading this book is not going to make you an expert on Foucault or Lacan- however, if what you are seeking is an idea as to the spectrum of schools and branches and concerns of “critical theory,” or if you’re not even terribly sure what “critical theory” IS, then I suggest you pick this book up. When I was just getting started, it really helped me create a “cognitive map” of the field. Basically you get a mapped out schema of the world of critical theory, with a few tantalizing tidbits dropped about some of the thinkers- then it is up to you to go out and get the real books and start reading them. But if you are starting from nothing, and don’t even know what you want to read- Donald Rumsfield’s “Unknown Unknowns,” then start reading this book so you can figure out what your “Known unknowns” are: “I don’t know anything about Althusser, but judging on what I read in this book, I now know that I want to study him,” etc. I have a few other of the “Introducing” books, and, honestly, the only one I came back to at all frequently was this one. It does not try to “explain” any particular thinker, but to introduce you to a field- I think in this regard I think it is sucessful. It is by no means perfect- for instance, Zizek only gets two teeny little pages- but, again, it is making various “names” available to you, various schools, various strands- Frankfurt school, Deconstruction, Structuralism, Post Marxist, Post Feminist, etc- so that you can go out and get started. I highly recommend this book. I think it is terrific. (Plus the illustrations are great fun!) Critical theory can be a confusing hodge podge of theoretical models- this book will help you on the path.

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Centuries of Success – Free eBook Download

Centuries of Success

Rather than interviewing one scion about building a single family business, author William T. O’Hara profiles 20 of the world’s oldest – at least two centuries – family-held businesses, representing a combined 8,911 years of experience. O’Hara uses profiles of these companies and their leaders to explain how these family businesses survived when so many others failed. Generally, only about a third of family firms survive the transition from the founding generation to the second wave, and the mortality rate worsens over time. Given the global reach of these businesses and their extraordinary longevity, O’Hara offers unique information. The drawbacks are slight: sometimes the book reads too much like an anecdotal travelogue and occasionally it surrenders to generalities about family businesses, though that may have been unavoidable. These quibbles aside, getAbstract.com strongly recommends this book for anyone seeking insights into how families work together, stay together and profit together, generation after generation.

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Cthulhu Tales Vol. 1 By Brendan Hay – Save 10% Today!

Cthulhu Tales Vol. 1 By Brendan Hay

From the horrific to the silly, Cthulhu Tales takes H.P. Lovecrafts style of storytelling – and often many of his familiar icons – and runs with them. At its most intense, it tells harrowing tales of horror filled with insanity, in keeping with Lovecrafts original works. At its most envelope-pushing, this anthology tells extremely silly stories that take characters like Cthulhu and run with them. A fun, wild, inventive, and often scary anthology horror series, Cthulhu Tales takes the familiar literary tradition of the Lovecraft-influenced short story and introduces it to comics. These terrifying tales are written by todays hottest writers including: the creator of the Sci-Fi Network TV show EUREKA – Andrew Cosby, EUREKA staff writer Johanna Stokes, TRANSFORMERS THE MOVIE screenwriter John Rogers, THE DAILY SHOW! writer Brendan Haye, Marvels WEREWOLF BY NIGHT movie and the upcoming TEKKEN film – Hans Rodionoff, and SECOND WAVE writer Michael Alan Nelson. Featuring the most brilliant roster of artists compiled anywhere, Cthulhu Tales is a primal journey into a dark arena of horror. From the PublisherThis one needs to be remembered when its time for award nominations. – Aint It Cool News4 stars. – Indy Comic ReviewArtist Jean Dzialowski gives it all a very classy look… Nelsons handle on the dialogue and narration is nice. It never gets too wordy or too complicated… a nice setup, well written, well-drawn… – Andrew Wickliffe

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More Mortgage Meltdown: 6 Ways To Profit In These Bad Times By Glenn Tongue

More Mortgage Meltdown: 6 Ways To Profit In These Bad Times By Glenn Tongue

Review
Most original in its opinions on what happens from here and how investors can profit. Tilson and Tongue argue that the mess is far from over in housing. . . That said, Tilson and Tongue argue that there are opportunities for stock pickers to profit. . . The book concludes with an interesting analysis of Wells Fargo, which the authors shorted at $30 a share but then went long on at $10. . . Overall, the book is well worth reading. (The Free Lance-Star)

Why Buy A More Mortgage Meltdown: 6 Ways To Profit In These Bad Times By Glenn Tongue?

A clear look at how to capture investment profits during difficult financial times

The U.S. economy has become crippled by the credit and real estate catastrophe. Even though weve all been affected by the calamity and have heard no shortage of news about it, it still seems unfathomable and utterly incomprehensible to most people that the actions of certain mortgage brokers, bankers, ratings agencies, and investment banks could break the economic engine of the world.

Now, for the first time, and in terms everyone can grasp, noted analysts and value investing experts Whitney Tilson and Glenn Tongue explain not only how it happened, but shows that the tsunami of credit problems isnt over. The second wave has yet to come. But if you know catastrophe is looming, you can sidestep the train wreck-and even profit. You just need to understand how bad times present opportunity and where to look. More Mortgage Meltdown can help you achieve this goal. The book

  • Breaks down the complex mortgage products and rocket-science securities Wall Street created
  • Addresses how to find investment opportunities within the rubble and position your portfolio to take advantage of the crisis
  • Explains exactly how the combination of aggressive lending, government missteps, and Wall Street trading practices created the perfect economic storm
  • Shows you why the crisis is not yet over and what we can expect going forward

More Mortgage Meltdown can help you understand the events that have unfolded, and put you in a better position to profit from the opportunities that arise during these tough financial times.

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Melted Mortgages
hitney Tilson & Glenn Tongue “More Mortgage Mess-6 Ways to Profit in these bad times” (John Wiley & Sons, 2009)

“Why sometimes I’ve believed as many as 6 impossible things before breakfast.” -Alice in Wonderland

This past decade has seen a massive, national collective hallucination take place in real estate and related industries that has infected the world financial systems and which will have lasting, if not permanent effects that are now unwinding slowly and with great pain.

Tilson & Tongue dissect this situation with insight, depth, mathematical skill and many original ideas in their new book. They are not timid and dole out giant scoops of blame to myriad guilty parties: the government (who repealed or loosened many laws and regulations), banks, the Fed (who kept interest rates artificially low, allowing real estate prices to bubble ever upward), the GSEs (Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac, who were allowed to speculate wildly), the ratings agencies (Moody’s, S & P,), real estate agents & appraisers, and finally greedy homeowners.

Charles Mackay, in his classic 1840′s Extraordinary Popular Delusions & The Madness of Crowds, a study of various scams, bubbles and manias including the South Sea bubble, the Dutch tulip mania, and the crusades, makes the point that the most dangerous phrase is always “it’s different this time.” Yet hope springs eternal and many folks spend their whole lives searching for the greater fool, very easily found in the USA of late.

Of the two T’s, Tilson has been the more public figure, starting his first hedge fund in 1999, writing for various web sites, Kiplinger’s, Forbes, and Marketwatch. Tongue has been co-manager of T-2 since 2004, having previously run DLJDirect, an online brokerage.

Split into two sections, “What Happened and Why” on mortgages and the wide variety of still worsening effects and “Profiting from the Meltdown,”which talks about stocks, bonds, and provides in-depth analysis of some major holdings at T-2 Partners, including Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, Wells Fargo, American Express, and a few smaller, lesser known stocks.

Inspiration and a lot of the information in their book comes from Amherst Securities’ Sean Dobson, who taught the T-2 principles from his massive proprietary mortgage and related securities data bases.

“The US housing market had experienced a bubble of enormous proportions, and countless mortgages were defaulting at unprecedented, catastrophic rates,” T-2 explains.

Pretty much any boom time in the USA (or the world, for that matter) is at least partly driven by some sort of scam, especially when uninformed people arrive late to a party already drunk.

Alan Greenspan’s Fed, instead of “removing the punch bowl,” as former Fed Chairman William Mc Chesney Martin described the chairman’s job as being, dumped bottle after bottle of Ever clear into the bowl, resulting in a drunk, clueless populace who kept muttering their ever hopeful mantra, “real estate always goes up, if even a little…”

Then, if that wasn’t bad enough, Wall Street, got involved: packaging mortgages, many written to sub-prime and no documentation clients that would never have qualified for loans in eras with more conservative lending standards, often driven by congressional and Presidential quotas to “get more people into houses,” usually with no regard for the viability of the loans.

These were sold to individuals, mutual funds, institutions, and sovereign wealth funds around the world, rubber-stamped by ratings agencies as AAA, super-safe ratings that bore no relationship to actual risk assessment and cost them their previously sterling reputations.

Regarding options ARM loans, T-2 writes, “If one were to design a loan that would blow up the maximum number of homeowners the moment home prices stopped rising, an option ARM would be it.” In their perverse, self-defeating styles, the states of California and Florid had by far the most ARM loans written.

“Florida has always been susceptible to the Wild West mentality. If it’s too good to be true, we’re going to be involved in it.” -Florida state treasurer Alex Sink in George Packer’s “The Ponzi State,” The New Yorker 2/9/2009

This book is so dense with information, synopsizing is daunting but are two major points:

* After a decade of using their wildly overvalued houses as ATMs, extracting about $3 trillion (about 25% of the aggregate value of residential US housing), Americans, by 2007, had more debt (10.6 trillion) than equity (8.5 trillion) in their houses for the first time ever

* The collapse of lending standards, loaning more and more money to people with ever lower down payments wildly increased the risk of home owners who are underwater on their homes, losing their jobs and or unable to sell their homes, just walking away from their debts.

* As you may recall from the tech/internet/NASDAQ debacle, when bubbles burst, prices often crash well below the trend line and far well below fair value, which indicates real estate prices still have a long ways to fall, even without factoring in the eventual rise of interest rates, further foreclosures, rising unemployment and other negative factors that will contribute to their fall.

Which banks fail may well be a factor of clumping, luck, and randomness more than skill, in that the banks that survive are in a race to outrun their foreclosure and loan losses.

Tilson & Tongue dissect their holdings in Wells Fargo in depth and point out that we are “in the fifth inning” with there are many shoes left to drop (to mix metaphors) including commercial real estate defaults, as commercial is 40% of WFC’s loan book. Wells’ acquired sub-prime exposure via the acquisition of Wachovia, more lay offs in areas like Michigan, California, and Florida are also big factors. Wells Fargo sounds like both a great bargain, trading at 3 or 4 times normalized earnings and the next Citibank or Bank of America, a prime bankrputcy candidate.

T-2′s math is very pro and can be a bit overwhelming in this book for the non-CPA but it is clearly stated and does become clearer on a second or third more careful reading. The reader is walked, hand in hand through the often intentionally muddy fields of accounting and corporate balance sheets. As Tilson & Tongue write, non in the least hyperbolically, “Wells Fargo is currently in a race for its life, trying to earn its way out. If big (loan) losses materialize quickly but profits are weaker than we expect, WFC will be in big trouble.”

REITS (real estate investment trusts) are in even worse shape than banks, yet this

More Mortgage Meltdown
Excellent book! Whitney Tilson is one of the few professional investors that I have heard on TV that I respect and who makes sense to me when he talks. The book is very timely and gives and excellent overall picture, supported with specific details, on the total amount of bad residential real estate loans, where we are currently in the losses on those and provides a good estimate of the future losses. Information is also provided on the total losses expected as a result of bad loans in other areas, although real estate is the largest market, such as commercial real estate, private equity, etc.

The second half is a detailed analysis of several specific investment ideas. I agree with Mr. Tilson’s approach, looking for value (buying at a substantial discount to intrinsic value), although we might disagree on some of the specific investments. However, this section is very good for how thoughtful analysis is done and provoking you to provide you own thoughtful analysis.

The only drawback to the book might be that it is really a book for our current times, right now, and might not be that relevant or helpful once it is outdated and these times have past (although still valuable historically as providing a snapshot picture of these times). This is not a criticism, is something I am sure that the authors are aware of, and is intended more to describe what you are getting, than to suggest that anything different should have been done.

In conclusion: excellent book, I have recommended to many friends and recommend here to everyone to get it if you really want to have a good picture and understanding of where we currently are in the present financial crisis. In fact, as a professional investor, I have read the book twice and continue to refer to it as a resource.

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