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28 The Day the Horse Fell Down

RushJr. Loving Indiana University Press ePub

Merging three railroads into two was a far more hazardous task than some had imagined, and there were some costly mistakes. The merger was complicated by rising anxieties at the Department of Transportation and the Surface Transportation Board about the smoothness of the marriage process. The Union Pacific’s recent acquisition of the SP had turned into an operating disaster, its system nearly grinding to a halt as cars clogged yards and main lines. Everyone, from shippers to the regulators, feared a repeat performance at CSX and NS.

The Conrail merger was complicated further in October 1997, as it was awaiting the STB’s approval, when a trailer on a CSX intermodal train swung off and smashed into an Amtrak train just across the Potomac from downtown Washington. The public visibility of the accident accentuated the attention it was given by DOT. Several wrecks already had triggered an investigation, and DOT’s report was released just a few days later, providing a long and embarrassing compendium of safety faults all over the CSX system. Among other things, the report cited weeds obstructing engineers’ views of signals, deteriorating bridges, and the outmoded signal system that Jerry Davis had lamented. Most notably it uncovered the results of John Snow’s policy of recurring buyouts of workers, choking restraints on capital spending, and deferred maintenance.

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15 Case Study Dubai: A Theme Park Approach to Climate Change

Jones, A.; Phillips, M. CABI PDF

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Case Study Dubai: A Theme Park

Approach to Climate Change

Angela Anthonisz1* and Tim Heap2

University of Northampton, UK; 2The University of Derby, Buxton, UK

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Introduction

Despite its semi-desert climate, Dubai is one of the fastest-growing tourist destinations in the world, with visitor numbers increasing from 374,000 in 1982 (Henderson, 2006) to

14.9 million in 2015 (Gulf News, 2017) and projections to reach 20 million plus by 2020

(DTCM, 2017). With an economy previously reliant on its oil resources the obvious limitations in terms of a range of attractions, lack of infrastructure and the natural resources associated with creating visitor demand appear to have been overcome via extensive inward investment designed to propel tourism forward as a pillar of the economy

(Henderson, 2006). The government’s obvious commitment to tourism growth is evidenced by the rapidly increasing infrastructure, the growth in the hosting of major sports events such as the Dubai Classic and the Dubai World

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Chapter Six - Stepping into the Void of Dissociation: a Therapist and a Client in Search of a Meeting Place

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Shoshi Asheri

The premise of this chapter is that when a client enters the therapy room bringing with them their traumatic experience, in whatever disorganised or dissociated, physiological and/or psychological manifestations, they inevitably enter into a relationship with a part of the therapist that would rather remain dissociated than feel the unbearable feelings that an engagement with such trauma can evoke, particularly if the therapist carries a related trauma of his or her own. If we accept this premise, an important and intriguing question arises: how do we negotiate a therapeutic meeting in the face of the unconscious pact between a therapist and a client to remain dissociated?

In order to explore this question I will relate a clinical experience in which my client's dissociated domestic trauma entered into a relationship with my dissociated political and personal trauma. What could have been a potentially re-traumatising re-enactment between two people longing to be met, but remaining lost to each other in the void of their respective dissociations, became the key to a profound, mutually therapeutic, meeting.

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5. The erotization of the self

Symington, Neville Karnac Books ePub

The psyche is the source of action, and it is helpful to divide this action into what we might call motor activity, which is geared to survival, and emotional activity, which enables us to relate to others. This division is not entirely satisfactory, for the two interpenetrate. There are circumstances, for instance, in which our survival depends on our capacity to act emotionally in such a way that we are in satisfactory contact with the human beings around us, so that we obtain food and shelter.

Overcoming fear is the sphere of emotional activity

Emotional activity is always a challenge. Human beings have a natural tendency to be frightened of each other. When you go to a party and find yourself next to a stranger, you tend to ask rather vacuous questions, such as “Where do you live?” in an attempt to overcome feelings of anxiety. In time someone comes

Rl and puts a drink into your hand, and you calm down a bit. I remember listening to a program by an analyst called Eva Rosenfeld, who knew Freud and his household when they were in Vienna, and she said their custom was not to offer guests a drink but to tell a Joke to put them at ease.

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4. Baskets

Robert B. Ray Indiana University Press ePub

Early in “Economy,” Thoreau spins an anecdote into a parable:

Not long since, a strolling Indian went to sell baskets at the house of a well-known lawyer in my neighborhood. “Do you wish to buy any baskets?” he asked. “No, we do not want any,” was the reply. “What!” exclaimed the Indian, as he went out the gate, “do you mean to starve us?” Having seen his industrious white neighbors so well off,—that the lawyer only had to weave arguments, and by some magic wealth and standing followed,—he had said to himself; I will go into business; I will weave baskets; it is a thing which I can do. Thinking that when he had made the baskets he would have done his part, and then it would be the white man’s to buy them. He had not discovered that it was necessary for him to make it worth the other’s while to buy them, or at least make him think that it was so, or to make something else which it would be worth his while to buy. I too had woven a kind of basket of a delicate texture, but I had not made it worth any one’s while to buy them. Yet not the less, in my case, did I think it worth my while to weave them, and instead of studying how to make it worth men’s while to buy my baskets, I studied rather how to avoid the necessity of selling them. (16)

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