March 19, 2017

Issue 02 – February 2008

By In Volume 5 2008

Recommended Reads

If you are an independent, small press, or traditional publisher and would like to submit your book(s) for consideration to “Recommended Reads,” click here.

 

The Woman Who Wrote
“King Lear”

By Louis Phillips


www.pleasureboatstudio.com
(Fiction)
A great collection of strange and unconventional stories in the tradition of Borges, Barth, and Barthelme.

Hot Issues, Cool Topics
By Sandra McLeod Humphrey


www.kidscandoit.com
(Nonfiction)
Insightful primer on schoolyard bullying and how kids and teens can understand and change this destructive behavior.

The Art of Conscious Creation
By Jackie Lapin


www.theartofconsciouscreation.com
(Nonfiction)
Inspirational manual on how to consciously create personal self- fulfillment and global transformation.

Presidential Brainiac
By Randy Howe


www.kaplanpublishing.com
(Nonfiction)
Six hundred historical facts and trivia about America’s presidents and elections.

The Mental Environment
By Bob Gebelein


www.omdega.com
(Nonfiction)
Probing examination of how humans can overcome their social conditioning, change their values and beliefs, and transform the world.

The Energy of Belief
By Sheila Sidney Bender, PhD
& Mary T. Sise, LCSW


www.energyofbelief.com
(Nonfiction)
Easy-to-read guide on how to use acupressure to overcome negative beliefs and achieve positive goals in life.

Definitions of Some Mathematical Terms
for 11-18 Year Olds

By Brainard Braimah


www.mathsshop.com
(Nonfiction)
Valuable resource for students, parents, and teachers to make mathematics simple and easy to learn.

Trust in the Lord
By Deen Kemsley


www.deenkemsley.com
(Nonfiction)
Uplifting personal stories and reflections on how to achieve salvation through Jesus Christ.

The New IQ: How Integrity Serves You, Your Relationships, and Our World
By David Gruder, Ph.D


www.TheNewIQ.com
(Nonfiction)
Insightful primer on how to restore the virtue of integrity to all aspects of human behavior.

El Zarco: The Blue-Eyed Bandit
By Ignacio Manuel Altamirano


www.lumenbooks.org
(Fiction)
Turbulent story of passion and politics in 19th-century Mexico involving a love affair between an Indian hero and his Mestiza heroine.

Channeling the Apocalypse: From the Eighteenth Dynasty to the Current Incarnations
By Arthur Earl Jones, Ph.D

www.fearorlove.com
(Nonfiction)
Spiritual source book that uses channeling and higher levels of consciousness to interpret the meaning of politics and human behavior.

Liberal Hearts and
Conservative Brains

By Ron Lipsman


home.comcast.net/~ronlipsman
(Nonfiction)
Intriguing in-depth examination of the relationship between age and political philosophy in modern America.

Blind Faith
By Janet Clark


www.janeteclark.com
(Fiction)
&nbsp Emotionally-charged story about a sexual abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic clergy as experienced through the eyes of young man and his family during the late sixties and early seventies.

Fooled Again
By Mark Crispin Miller


www.markcrispinmiller.blogspot.com/
(Nonfiction)
Every American should read this well-documented and comprehensive account of the nationwide election fraud that handed George W. Bush a second presidential election.

Blackout
By Douglas A. Ames


www.blackoutbook.com
(Fiction)
Eye-opening fact-based thriller about how large energy utilities set out to destroy a small, cutting-edge technology company.

Stolen Without a Gun
By Walter Pavlo Jr. & Neil Weinberg


www.EtikaLLC.com
(Nonfiction)
Fascinating true story about a corporate executive’s descent into corruption and white-collar crime.

Finding the Bloom of the
Cactus Generation

By Maggie Walters


www.cactusgeneration.com
(Nonfiction)
Personalized exploration of the treatment senior citizens receive in today’s society and how to improve it.

The Madness of
George W. Bush

By Paul Levy


www.authorhouse.com
(Nonfiction)
Insightful Jungian analysis of George W. Bush as reflected in our collective psychosis.

Coyota

By Martha Egan
www.papalotepress.com
(Fiction)
Provocative tale about a young Mexican-American woman who runs afoul of two Drug Enforcement agents who want to kill her.

Silent Battlefields

By Hugh Rosen
www.hughrosen.com
(Fiction)
Well-written psychological tale about how the Holocaust and its aftermath lead to moral dilemmas and existential choices for a former Nazi soldier and a Jewish woman whose life he spared.
Read Review

Think Like a CEO

By Mark Kuta Jr.
www.thinklikeaceo.com
(Nonfiction)
Practical, detailed information about the tools one needs to sell to the executives of any company in today’s market.

The Food and
Feelings Workbook

By Karen R. Koenig, LCSW, M.Ed
www.gurze.com
A practical and detailed workbook on how to successfully overcome eating problems by learning to effectively and appropriately handle emotions.

Fixing American Healthcare

By Richard N. Fogoros, MD
www.publishorperishdbs.com
(Nonfiction)
Comprehensive analysis of the problems and challenges of health care in America today and suggestions how to fix it.
Read Review

Sojourners in a Strange Land

By Rochelle Arnold
www.xulonpress.com
(Nonfiction)
A survivor of a rare form of cervical cancer tells her inspirational story of faith, prayer, and passion.

 

If you are an independent, small press, or traditional publisher and would like to submit your book(s) for consideration to “Recommended Reads,”

click here.

 

Book submission deadline is
the 20th of each month.

 

Links For Independent Writers & Publishers

• Publishers Marketing Association (PMA): Largest non-profit trade association helping independent publishers
• Small Press Center: Non-profit organization designed to help small independent book publishers
• LitPitch: Place to read books online for free and for authors to pitch book ideas and get feedback.
• Bookwired.com: Author/reader resource for book reviews and news
• WriteLinks.com: Complete list of book publishers & publishing info
• Books-in-Print.com: Registry of electronic publications
• Bowker.com: Major book and publishing data
• PubEasy.com: E-commerce site for global bookselling
• Published.com: Informative and helpful site for independent writers and self-publishers.
• The Center for the Book: Book fairs & literary events
• American Booksellers Association: Organization for independently owned bookstores
• Business.com: Site listing book distributors and wholesalers
• Dowse: A list of e-book publishers
• Internet Publishing: Tips about online publishing from Piers Anthony
• Online Books Page: Listings of books online, news, & features
• Book Sense.com: Family of bookseller Web sites
• Nospine.com: Independent authors from around the world
• Author Yellow Pages: Online author directory
• Dan Poynter’s Para Publishing: The Godfather of self publishing
• Bookcrossing.com: Global book club & reading group
• Newradiance.com: Over 90 pages of inspired marketing ideas for small business owners and self-published authors.

 

 

 

The State of the Union Bush
Forgot to Talk About

By Senator Bernie Sanders

I listened intently to President Bush’s State of the Union speech. Frankly, I had a hard time understanding what country he was talking about, what reality he was talking about. Certainly, if the “state of the union” refers to what is happening to the shrinking middle class of this country, and how we as a people are doing, the president had almost nothing to say that rang true. In fact, the speech just reminds us once again how far removed from the reality of ordinary life this president is, and how little he and his administration know about what is going on with the vast majority of Americans.

The president said that “in the long run, Americans can be confident about our economic growth.” I wish that was true. Unfortunately, Since President Bush has been in office it is important to understand that:

-Nearly five million Americans have slipped out of the middle class and into poverty. Amazingly, the poverty rate is higher today than it was during the last recession in 2001.

-Median household income for working-age Americans has declined by almost $2,500; and overall median household income has gone down by nearly $1,000.

-8.6 million Americans have lost their health insurance.

-Over three million manufacturing jobs have been lost, including more than 10,000 in my State of Vermont.

-Three million workers have lost their pensions, and about half of American workers in the private sector have no pension coverage whatsoever.

-The annual trade deficit has more than doubled, and the national debt has gone up by $3 trillion.

-Health care premiums have increased 78 percent; the prices of gas and heating oil have more than doubled; and college education costs have increased by over 60 percent.

In addition, to those statistics, let me just mention a few more:

-Last November, the personal savings rate was below zero, something that up until 2005 hasn’t happened since the Great Depression.

-According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 35.5 million Americans struggled to put food on the table last year and the number of the hungriest Americans keeps going up.

-The average college student has racked up nearly $20,000 in debt upon graduation and some 400,000 qualified high school students don’t go to college in the first place because they can’t afford it.

-Home foreclosures are the highest on record turning the American dream of homeownership into an American nightmare for millions of Americans.

-The number of working families paying more than half of their incomes on housing has increased by 72 percent over the past decade.

-The United States has the highest rate of childhood poverty, the highest infant mortality rate, the highest overall poverty rate, the largest gap between the rich and the poor, the largest incarceration rate, and is the only country not to have a national health care program of any major developed country on earth.

-And, the number of college graduates earning poverty level wages has more than doubled over the past 15 years.

In other words, not only is the middle class being squeezed by skyrocketing prices; the middle class is actually shrinking and poverty is increasing.

Meanwhile, the wealthiest people in our society have not had it so good since the 1920s.

Income inequality is on the rise. According to the latest figures from the IRS, the top 1 percent earned more income in 2005 than the bottom 50 percent, and the national share of income going to the wealthiest Americans is higher than at any time since 1929.

Perhaps even more disturbing is the unequal distribution of wealth.

According to Forbes magazine, the collective net worth of the wealthiest 400 Americans increased by $290 billion last year to $1.54 trillion. In addition, the top one percent now owns more wealth than the bottom 90 percent.

As Robert Frank of The Wall Street Journal has pointed out in his book Richistan, the super wealthy, those worth between $100 million to $1 billion, spent an average of $182,000 on wrist watches; $311,000 on automobiles; $397,000 on jewelry; and $169,000 on spa services last year alone.

The middle class is shrinking, poverty is increasing, and the wealthiest Americans have not had it so good since the 1920s.

That is the real state of our economy.

Bernie Sanders is the independent U.S. Senator from Vermont.

Iraq Is Still a Bad Bargain

By Juan Cole

Last month, Andrew Bacevich eviscerated the Iraq War party with his passionate and clear-sighted essay, “Surge to Nowhere,” in the Washington Post. He points out that the real motivation behind last year’s troop escalation was to avoid popular outrage building in the US electorate to the point where the troops were pulled out. He observes that the argument for the “success” of the “surge” is purely a tactical one. When viewed from the vantage point of grand strategy, the Iraq War is as much a failure as it has always been.

If someone came to you six years ago and said that for only $2 trillion, you could have for your colony a burned out country, a failed state, and a semi-permanent incubator of terrorism and hatred against the US, would you have ponied up the money? That’s what you’ve got, and that is what it cost you. Detroit could have used some of that money. New Orleans could have used some of that money. Appalachia has lots of schools that need to be painted.

The argument could be made that Israel is safer with Saddam Hussein out of power. But that argument does not hold water. Current Iraqi leaders such as Muqtada al-Sadr and Adnan Dulaimi are not less anti-Israel than Saddam, and it turns out he did not have WMD with which to attack Israel anyway. The Shiites of Iraq will certainly side with Hizbullah against Israel, which may actually mean that Israel is less secure now than before. Moreover, to have substantial turmoil on their doorstep just cannot be good for the Israelis.

You could argue that US petroleum corporations are now well placed to bid on Iraqi oil development. But what with doomsday cults planning a takeover of the petroleum facilities, it will be some time before it is safe for US corporations to operate in Iraq. China and Holland (Shell) are being looked upon favorably by the Iraqi government as investors.

And anyway, if the US government had thrown the $2 trillion and more that Iraq will end up costing at green energy development, both we and the earth would have been far better off. At a time when the US military is paying 60,000 Sunni Arab Iraqis $300 a month each not to fight us, it is pretty hard to justify letting the US working class sink, without any government help, into penury and homelessness in the face of the mortgage crisis and the recession. The Iraq War may or may not be good for Houston. It is certainly bad for Iraq and for everyone else.

The current round of optimism about Iraq in the Washington press corps will eventually falter against the country’s hard realities, just as have previous such rounds. Or maybe worrying about Iraq and continued US troop deaths there is so yesterday for the punditocracy in DC.

The optimism is a planted story, a sleight of hand produced by looking at tactics rather than at strategy, or by making comparative statements (Iraq has less violence today than it did in the volcanic period a year ago) which obscure absolute reality (Iraq is very unstable and dangerous).

What the snake oil merchants like Fred Kagan and Bill Kristol (both of them hard right Zionists) are really saying is that if you just give them $2 trillion more, and are willing to expend another 12,000 killed and wounded American young people, boy do they have a deal on a neo-colony for you.

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice– can’t get fooled again.

Juan R. I. Cole is a professor of history at the University of Michigan and has written extensively about Iran, Iraq, and South Asia. He has given numerous media and press interviews on the War on Terrorism since September 11, 2001, as well as interviews on the Iraq War and the building conflict with Iran.

Click here to visit Professor Coles’ home page.

Links For Progressive Publications & Organizations

• MoveOn.org: Influential democracy in action group
• The Nation.com: “Unconventional wisdom since 1865.”
• Op/EdNews.com: “Progressive news and essays.”
• Air America Radio: “Unabashed liberal talk radio and humor.”
• Counterpunch: Hard-hitting alternative news and essays
• Buzzflash.com: Headlines and stories from dozens of alternative publications
• Democracy Now!: Complete and comprehensive presentation of alternative news and analysis with Amy Goodman leading the charge.
• Brad Blog: Up-to-date progressive news & opinions.
• Radio Power Network: Listener supported, independent radio streaming progressive music and culture from around the world.
• NPR.org: National listener supported news and information.
• Pacifica Radio: Listener-sponsored radio featuring alternative news and community service.
• From the Wilderness: Radical alternative news and essays
• Tom Paine.com: Alternative news and essays
• Mother Jones.com: Alternative and environmental news
• Liberalism Resurgent: Wealth of information on liberalism & politics
• The Foundation for Taxpayers & Consumer Rights: Loads of information about social and consumer issues
• TvNewsLies.org: A compendium of TV news lies
• In the Spotlight: Unsettling information about the voting process in America
• The Rest of Story: Alternative news on the media
• Judicial Watch: Legal watchdog information
• The Center for Public Integrity: Public service journalism
• PFAW.org: People for the American Way

 

Featured Book

A bone-chilling political
morality fable…

— Midwest Book Review

Sunshine Assassins by John F. Miglio

 

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Sunshine Assassins
By John F. Miglio
(Fiction)
Controversial political thriller about a band of democratic rebels and their attempt to overthrow the corporate fascist shadow government in the USA…Read Reviews

Listen to J.F. Miglio discuss Sunshine Assassins and other issues on
Radio Power Network’s podcast archives.

 

Book of the Year
(Nonfiction 2007)

OR Book of the year 2007

 

amazon.com
Fooled Again
By Mark Crispin Miller


Every American should read this well-documented and comprehensive account of the nationwide election fraud that handed George W. Bush a second presidential election.

 

Book of the Year
(Fiction 2007)

OR Book of the Year 2007

 

amazon.com
Dream of the Dragon Pool
A Daoist Quest

By Albert A. Dalia


An unforgettable tale about China’s best-loved poet-adventurer that blends magic, myth, and occult powers with
fast-paced action.

 

Book of the Year
(Nonfiction 2006)

OR Book of the year 2006

 

amazon.com
Your Daily Walk with the Great
Minds of the Past and Present

By Richard A. Singer Jr.


A terrific inspirational guide to personal transformation and spiritual development that uses quotes of famous people and insightful advice for every day of the year.

 

Book of the Year
(Fiction 2006)

OR Book of the Year 2006

 

amazon.com
Hollywood and Sunset
By Luke Salisbury


Witty and well written story about a writer from the East who takes a life-altering tour of 1916 Hollywood– in the company of D.W. Griffith, Lillian Gish, and Howard Gaye, an actor who likes to dress up as Jesus Christ.

 

Book of the Year
(Nonfiction 2005)

OR Book of the Year 2005

 

amazon.com
Bush on the Couch
By Justin A. Frank, M.D.


A compelling and insightful look into George W. Bush’s psyche, and how his deep-seeded fears, insecurities, and megalomania have undermined the safety of our country.

 

Book of the Year
(Fiction 2005)

OR Books of the Year 2005

 

amazon.com
Clearing Customs
By Martha Egan


A sinister, yet amusing tale of an ex-hippie owner of a small, struggling Latin American imports store who joins with her friends to fight corrupt custom officials whose harassment threatens to put her out of business.

 

Books of the Year
(Nonfiction 2004)

OR Books of the Year 2004

 

amazon.com
The Assassination of
Julius Caesar

By Michael Parenti


Award-winning author and scholar examines ancient Roman history from a populist viewpoint, arguing that Caesar was assassinated for being a champion of the people.

OR Books of the Year 2004

 

amazon.com
The War on Freedom
By Nafeez Mossaddeq Ahmed


Riveting and well-researched expose of how and why America was attacked on 9/11, including information about faked terrorism and mass media manipulation by the Bush administration.

OR Books of the Year 2004

 

amazon.com
Crossing the Rubicon
By Michael Ruppert


Hard-hitting, iconoclastic editor/publisher of “From the Wilderness” strips the power elite to the bone and takes a shocking look at the decline of the American empire at the end of the age of oil.

 

Books of the Year
(Fiction 2004)

OR Books of the Year 2004

 

amazon.com
Candle in a Dark Time
By Virginia Stuart


Compelling, emotionally charged story of how a Danish woman risks her life to save Jews from Nazis during World War II.

OR Books of the Year 2004

 

amazon.com
My Life: A Story
By Jesus Christ

By Christopher Miller


Innovative and provocative story of the life of Jesus Christ told as a first person narrative.

OR Books of the 2004

 

amazon.com
The Others at Monticello
By Esther Franklin


Award-winning historical novel that explores the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and his slaves, especially Sally Hemings and her children.

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