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Size mm x mm. The Short Goodbye is the untold story of a nation forever changed by the global financial crisis. Elisabeth Wynhausen was at her desk writing a story about people being sacked when she was sacked herself.

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The Short Goodbye is the untold story of a nation forever changed by the global financial crisis and the people whose lives have been glossed over in the grand narratives of politicians and commentators. With verve and wit, she dissects the myth that Australia dodged a financial bullet by documenting the lives of those discarded on an economic minefield, from bankers to factory workers, and warns that without reform Australia could suffer a more terrible social and economic calamity from the next global rout. Praise "Wynhausen's style is lively and, at times, wry, making the reading easy.

Upcoming events. As always when history is debated, the stakes are not just the past but the present and future as well. Even as the long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have made Americans less confident about the ways we use our military power, the struggle with the Axis remains the classic example of American might deployed for virtuous ends. The United States of America is different. Can we make room for that story, and others like it, in our memory of World War II? Those are the questions being asked by the new wave of World War II histories.

Rather, they are thoughtful works by professional historians, who are less interested in rewriting the facts of the war than in reconsidering their moral implications. The only valid test is whether or not they deserve the label of gangsters. This was the site of the titanic battles between the Wehrmacht and the Red Army: it was also the scene of 14 million noncombatant deaths between and This figure encompasses 10 million civilians and prisoners of war killed by the Nazis — including six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust—and four million civilians and P.

By grouping German and Soviet casualties together, Snyder is making an implicit point. If Stalin stands in our memory as a tyrant equal to Hitler, Winston Churchill is possibly the foreign statesman most beloved by Americans. For this very reason, however, Churchill has been the subject of some of the most impassioned attempts to revise our understanding of the Second World War. The subtext of this debate, and perhaps the main reason for its vehemence, has to do with the outsize symbolic role Churchill came to play in American foreign-policy debates after Sept.

It is not surprising, then, that historians would start to view Churchill, for good or ill, through the prism of current politics. Nonhistorians with political agendas also piled on.

She sharpens her point by drawing provocative analogies between the English and the Nazis. Churchill refused to divert resources from feeding Britain to feeding India because, true to the logic of imperialism, he placed a far higher value on British lives than on Indian ones.

The number of Bengalis who died in rivals the number of Ukrainians who, as Timothy Snyder shows, were deliberately starved by Stalin in Similar application of the BFI expression can be made to strategic thinking - notably in politics and business - where arrogant leaders, driven by subjective idealism, religious justification, ego, personal gain, etc.

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Thanks E Key. The polite version 'Big Hairy Audacious Goal' doesn't have quite the same ring to it no pun intended. Big Hat No Cattle. What a great expression. The abbreviation is all the more amusing because it looks like some kind of highly official certificate for the construction or maritime industry.

No nonsense here Ack R Biggs. Break It Down. When training anything to anybody never teach the whole thing all at once. Break the skill or process down to digestible parts. This will avoid destroying confidence, and enable gradual progress to the point that the whole thing can be practiced. Basking In Reflected Glory. This is a wonderful old expression, made modern and more fascinating too by its recent rendering in acronym form and use in the psychology of social identity.

This relates directly to human motivation in many ways.

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Psychologist Robert Cialdini and author of the best-selling book 'Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion' helped significantly to popularize the BIRGing terminology and concept, and conducted extensive research demonstrating BIRGing behaviour theory and its wide existence. Nearly all of us do it BIRGing in one way or another. At a superficial level we see examples of BIRGing everywhere, fundamentally yet very subtly, in the wearing of strongly branded clothing and apparel. We see it in people who like to drive very aspirational car brands, and in the aims and effects of aspirational and lifestyle branding more broadly.

The BIRGing phenomenon is very simply shown in the wearing of football club shirts, especially when the football club concerned is winning. More individually BIRGing can be seen when people affiliate seriously and very openly with a popular local person or entity, such as a leader or project or cause. The psychology of BIRGing can be related to Darwinian evolutionary theory, and also to Freudian theory on ego and self image, etc.

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BIRGing is a popular and light term, yet has serious influences and connections. Babe In Total Control of Herself. Supreme interpretation or response for the typical insulting or envious use of the term. A small yet powerful example of redefining a negative into a positive. Finding the good angle - an essential instrument of success. Thanks A MacGowan. Back Later After Christmas Piss-up. Seasonal acronym for when work and customers must necessarily fit in around the festivities and holidays.

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Base-Line Test. More boring and less tasty alternative to the more common usage - Bacon Lettuce and Tomato sandwich. Ack Don Clark. Bottom Line Up Front. Simply this means and warns the reader that the key point is summarised at the start or top of the communication. BLUF is a wonderfully potent acronym, useful in many situations. BLUF thanks M Callaham originated in the US military in written communications, where it serves as as an immediate emphasis and prefix of the central point of the message or report.

It equates to the expressions ' cutting to the chase ' and 'without beating around the bush'. In structural terms, the BLUF technique equates to an 'executive summary', which is a very brief summary of the strategically essential point s positioned at the start of the communication. This itself is normally a very concisely reduced version of a larger summary at the end of the document, based on the greater detail within the main part of the document or communication.

A major learning and usage aspect of BLUF is the communicator's responsibility to present information to the reader or listener or audience efficiently, especially for senior and very busy people, who often have neither time nor need to read and absorb lots of detail. Senior people especially want the main point s - the' bottom line' - first - 'up front'. In management, and in the military, senior people rely on junior people to take care of the detail and to provide the strategic interpretation by which big decisions can be made.

Incidentally the term 'bottom line' is a figurative reference to the bottom line in corporate financial accounts, which contains the profit or loss figure, crucial to most organized ventures and organizations. While BLUF remains popular in US military communications, its usefulness has spread and its adoption can be helpful into very many situations where effective speedy communication is valued.

This includes notably: business and management communications especially involving strategic decision-making ; quick report-writing and conveying updates and status; emergency response and reactions reporting up and informing down the management structure ; presentations and speeches and talks; writing of press releases, PR materials, and also advertising and consumer or 'general-public audience' communications in which the actual inclusion of the term BLUF is generally not appropriate - here BLUF serves more of a structural reminder to the writer.

Before My Time. If you are a new broom trying to sweep clean, this is a useful response to the 'we've always done it that way' school of thought. In other words, 'that was then and this is now'. Ack M Paretski.