Acts of God

Author: Ted Steinberg
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780195309683
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This revised edition features a new chapter analyzing the failed response to Hurricane Katrina. Steinberg argues that it is wrong to see natural disasters as random outbursts of nature or expressions of divine judgment. He reveals how business and government decisions have paved the way for the greater losses of life and property.

Acts of God

Author: Ellen Gilchrist
Publisher: Algonquin Books
ISBN: 1616203951
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From a National Book Award–winning “master of short fiction,” a collection of “sharp, funny and insightful” stories (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution). Three middle-aged women set off on a vacation in Italy, but are sidelined along the way by terrorist activity. In post-Katrina New Orleans, an elderly couple makes a last effort at independence from caretakers and infirmities. These short stories and others, from the acclaimed author of Victory Over Japan and A Dangerous Age, feature characters dealing with forces beyond their control, yet somehow managing to triumph—even if only in spirit. “Reading Ellen Gilchrist is addictive . . . Her new work is filled with good people who show fortitude and even heroism under duress . . . In this age of edgy irony, her warm-hearted view of humanity is refreshing.” —NPR “The stories in Acts of God are great postcards from the world of Ellen Gilchrist. It’s a world of war and strife and surprises, and it is, yes, marvelous to behold.” —The New York Times Book Review “Gilchrist is at her best when the wry and satirical mood strikes her . . . and it’s a pleasure to report that the best of the stories in Acts of God rank with the best in her first collection and in her second . . . for which she was awarded a richly deserved National Book Award.” —The Washington Post

Acts of God and Man

Author: Michael Powers
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231153678
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Much has been written about the ups and downs of financial markets, from the lure of prosperity to the despair of crises. Yet a more fundamental and pernicious source of uncertainty exists in today's world: the traditional “insurance” risks of earthquakes, storms, terrorist attacks, and other disasters. Insightfully exploring these "acts of God and man," Michael R. Powers guides readers through the methods available for identifying and measuring such risks, financing their consequences, and forecasting their future behavior within the limits of science. A distinctive characteristic of earthquakes, hurricanes, bombings, and other insurance risks is that they impact the values of stocks, bonds, commodities, and other market-based financial products, while remaining largely unaffected by or “aloof” from the behavior of markets. Quantifying such risks given limited data is difficult yet crucial for achieving the financing objectives of insurance. Powers begins with a discussion of how risk impacts our lives, health, and possessions and proceeds to introduce the statistical techniques necessary for analyzing these uncertainties. He then considers the experience of risk from the perspectives of both policyholders and insurance companies, and compares their respective responses. The risks inherent in the private insurance industry lead naturally to a discussion of the government's role as both market regulator and potential "insurer of last resort." Following a thoughtful and balanced analysis of these issues, Powers concludes with an interdisciplinary investigation into the nature of uncertainty, incorporating ideas from physics, philosophy, and game theory to assess science's limitations in predicting the ramifications of risk.

Act of God

Author: Jill Ciment
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0804169705
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Jill Ciment s books have been hailed as stunning, powerful, and provocative. Alice Sebold has called her works beautifully written. Now the author of Heroic Measures ( Smart and funny and completely surprising . . . I loved every page. Ann Patchett; Brave, generous, nearly perfect. Los Angeles Times ) has given us a contemporary noir novel that starts out a comedy of errors and turns darker at every hairpin turn. It s the summer of 2015, Brooklyn. The city is sweltering from another record-breaking heat wave, this one accompanied by biblical rains. Edith, a recently retired legal librarian, and her identical twin sister, Kat, a feckless romantic who s mistaken her own eccentricity for originality, discover something ominous in their hall closet: it seems to be phosphorescent, it s a mushroom . . . and it s sprouting from their wall. Upstairs, their landlady, Vida Cebu, a Shakespearian actress far more famous for her TV commercials for Ziberax (the first female sexual enhancement pill) than for her stage work, discovers that a petite Russian girl, a runaway au pair, has been secretly living in her guest room closet. When the police arrest the intruder, they find a second mushroom, also glowing, under the intruder s bedding. Soon the HAZMAT squad arrives, and the four women are forced to evacuate the contaminated row house with only the clothes on their backs. As the mold infestation spreads from row house to high-rise, and frightened, bewildered New Yorkers wait out this plague (is it an act of God?) on their city and property, the four women become caught up in a centrifugal nightmare. Part horror story, part screwball comedy, Jill Ciment s brilliant suspense novel looks at what happens when our lives so seemingly set and ordered yet so precariously balanced break down in the wake of calamity. It is, as well, a novel about love (familial and profound) and how it can appear from the most unlikely circumstances. From the Hardcover edition.

Acts of God

Author: Bob Russell
Publisher: Moody Publishers
ISBN: 0802490999
Format: PDF
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“Why God? Why did you let this happen? Why do you allow so much pain?” Be it a job loss, illness, or loss of a spouse or child, these are questions we’ve all had. It’s as much a cry as a question; a wound; a shout of betrayal of all the rules of life and fairness as you knew them. Bob Russell offers no trite platitudes to answer the questions in Acts of God, the accompaniment book to the Acts of God videos and curriculum. Instead, through the biblical story of Joseph, he provides assurance that we are in a bigger story than the pain, suffering, and trials tell us we’re in. Whether you’re in the middle of suffering, processing something from your past, or seeking answers to the suffering you see around you, Acts of God shows a way back to hope; hope in God that brings hope to our circumstances.

Making a Market for Acts of God

Author: Paula Jarzabkowski
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0199664765
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Reinsurance is a financial market that trades in the risk of unpredictable and devastating disasters - such as Hurricane Katrina, the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, and the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre. Such disasters are increasing in both frequency and severity, with the cost of their losses mounting rapidly. Reinsurance insures insurance companies, enabling them to pay claims arising from these losses. It is thus a market mechanism that is a critical part of the social and economic safety net, helping to pick up the pieces after disasters. Yet, how is the risk of such disasters calculated and traded in a global market? This book brings to life the reinsurance market through vivid real-life tales that draw from an ethnographic, "fly-on-the-wall" study of the global reinsurance industry over three annual cycles. The authors shadowed underwriters around the world as they traded risks through multiple disasters. For instance, this book takes readers into the desperate hours of pricing Japanese risks during March 2011, while the devastating aftermath of the Tohoku earthquake is unfolding. To show how the market works, the book offers authentic tales gathered from observations of reinsurers in Bermuda, Lloyd's of London, Continental Europe and SE Asia as they evaluate, price and compete for different risks as part of their everyday practice. Understanding how this market for disasters works has never been more critical given the impact of climate change and increased global connectivity, where a flood in one country can trigger losses to supply chains around the world. The authors develop a novel concept of how global markets work, which advances scholarship and challenges current thinking about how financial markets trade in intangible assets such as risk. This book will be useful to readers interested in markets for disasters, insurance, reinsurance and financial markets, and academics interested in the practice of financial markets specifically or the practice of strategy and organizations generally.

Mighty Acts of God

Author: Starr Meade
Publisher: Crossway
ISBN: 9781433506048
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Offers a collection of Bible stories from the Old and New Testaments, discussing some of the lessons that can be learned from each one.

Acts of God

Author: Benjamin A. Watson
Publisher: Random House Incorporated
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Offers anecdotes, tips, aphorisms, records, predictions, and trivia about all types of weather from hurricanes and tornados to floods and drought

Acts of God and Acts of Man

Author: Theodore S. Glickman
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
ISBN: 9781568063713
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Discusses a new database developed at Resources for the Future (RFF) designed to develop questions about natural disasters and industrial accidents: have these extreme events become more frequent or more severe? Which types of events are most common, which most devastating, and which regions of the world suffer most?

Acts of God

Author: James BeauSeigneur
Publisher: Grand Central Pub
ISBN: 9780446531276
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As Earth teeters on the brink of extinction, Christopher Goodman, cloned from the cells of Jesus Christ, vows to save the remaining people, but there are those who resist this new Messiah, which leads to a battle between good and evil.