March 19, 2017

Issue 03 – March 2008

By In Volume 5 2008

Recommended Reads

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The Shadow Factory
By Paul West


lumenbooks@earthlink.net
(Memoir)
An illuminating account of a stroke victim’s experience with global aphasia told through the perception of his own aphasic mind.

Soaring Soul
By Sonja D. Szimon


www.RaiderPublishing.com
(Nonfiction)
Personal meditation on life’s meaning and attaining spiritual perfection.

A Cross Estate
By William Thomas Kinsella


www.publishamerica.com
(Fiction)
Heartfelt story of a young man who follows his parents’ wishes instead of his own dreams, which lead him to the Twin Towers and 9/11.
Read Review

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.

 

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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
• Press Release: Submit Press Release, Online Distribution Services.
• 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.

 

 

 

Bad Boys, Nasty Boys:
Out of the GOP’s Closet

By Michael Parenti

Republican party politicos espouse an unflagging devotion to old-fashioned morality and family values, inveighing heavily against gay marriage, abortion, homosexuality, adultery, feminism, crime, stem-cell research, secularism, and liberalism-all of which they tend to lump together as different facets of the same evil decadence.

GOP leaders dilate on the need to “put God back into public life.” Many of them even claim to be directly guided by their deity’s mandate when legislating and governing. Their private deeds, however, frequently betray their words. Consider this incomplete sampling of politically prominent “social conservatives” who preach the conventional virtues to their constituents while practicing something else in their off-hours.

Recently-deceased Representative Henry Hyde, Illinois Republican, played a key role in the impeachment campaign waged against the adulterous president Bill Clinton. The several obituaries I read about Hyde failed to mention that he himself had carried on a six-year liaison with a young married mother of three children. The woman’s former husband blamed Hyde for the divorce that followed from the affair, and for the emotional damage inflicted on his children. Hyde dismissed the affair as “a youthful indiscretion”—it having ended when he was just a callow youngster of 46 or so. In 1992, Hyde divorced his wife of 45 years. Soon after that, she died and he quickly remarried.

Representative Bob Livingston, Louisiana Republican, married with four children, resigned as House speaker-elect after his marital infidelities made the headlines in 1998.

Speaker of the House, Republican Newt Gingrich, led the charge against the philandering Clinton while himself carrying on an affair with a congressional aide. Gingrich hastened a divorce action against his (second) wife while she was hospitalized with cancer in order that he might marry the aide. At one point Gingrich’s ailing ex-wife and children had to get material assistance from their local church, having received insufficient sums from Gingrich himself. In 2007, he claimed to have come to grips with his “personal failures,” having sought God’s forgiveness.

Republican Baptist minister Bill Randall, who had been aggressively touted by the Republican party as a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Florida, admitted that he had fathered an illegitimate child in the 1980s. After confirming the child’s existence, he changed his story the next day during a press interview, suddenly insisting that his teenage son was the father. Sensing that no one would swallow that story, Randall again reversed course and admitted to paternity. He did everybody a favor by dropping out of the 1998 congressional race.

Bob Barr was a Georgia GOP congressman until 2003, after which he became a conservative activist. While still married to his first wife, he was romancing the woman who would become his second wife. Barr was on record as a staunch right-to-lifer, but this did not prevent him from driving wife #2 to a clinic and paying the costs for her abortion. He soon took on a new mistress who became wife #3 shortly after he dumped #2. While in Congress, Barr authored the “Defense of Marriage Act,” probably with good reason.

Three leading candidates for the Republican 2008 presidential nomination, Rudolph Giuliani, John McCain, and Newt Gingrich, had five divorces between them, all involving adultery. On the Democratic side, the three front runners, John Edwards, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama, had neither divorces nor infidelities. Yet it was the Republicans who laid claim to being keepers of traditional family values, while damning the liberals for their amorality and profligacy.

In 2007, Senator David Vitter, a Louisiana Republican and family-values man, made the news for having patronized a prostitution ring in Washington, D.C. for several years, and earlier having used the services of a New Orleans brothel over a five-month period. Vitter refused to resign, assuring everyone that “I asked for and received forgiveness from God and my wife.”   Read More

Many Innocent Men Tortured
At Guantánamo Bay Prison

By Jeremy Putley

In the recent film Rendition, a “rendered” prisoner under torture is forced to give his North African interrogator the list of names of his supposed collaborators. The American CIA agent standing by to collect the torture victim’s statement eventually comes to realise, after he discovers that the list of the names is a former national soccer team, that the torturer’s labours have produced “intelligence” of zero value. The prisoner just didn’t know anything.

In a similar, real-life case the misinformation given under torture became part of the US casus belli for the invasion of Iraq in 2003. This was the torture of Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, captured by the US in Pakistan in 2001 and sent for questioning in Egypt as part of its “extraordinary renditions” programme. According to the New York Times: “The Egyptians interrogated Libi for a year and sent him back to the US authorities talking about how Qaeda members had received chemical weapons [i.e. WMD] training in Iraq.

There was one problem: Libi says he made the story up to appease the Egyptians, who he says tortured him.” It seems, then, that the resort to barbaric methods helped the Bush administration to hear what it wanted to hear about weapons of mass destruction. The methods of the torturer were instrumental in bringing upon Iraqis, and upon the US and its allies, a terrible war. Subsequently Mr al-Libi completely vanished. He is not listed by the US as held at its naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. His whereabouts are a mystery – he has been “disappeared”.

Evidence has been amassed in several important books showing what happens when a civilised nation abandons the Geneva conventions governing the treatment of its prisoners. The latest of these is The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison, by a British journalist, Andy Worthington.

Basing his research mostly on the Pentagon’s own documents, obtained under freedom of information legislation, Worthington has produced a unique compendium of individual histories, combining them with a narrative of events in the “war on terror” from the beginning of the 2001 war in Afghanistan against the Taliban to the present. The overwhelming case made by the book is that, amongst the great numbers of prisoners who were swept up in Afghanistan, the majority were either completely innocent men caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, or were unimportant foot-soldiers whose involvement in an inter-Muslim civil war both pre-dated 9/11 and had no connection with it. The treatment of these captives has been wholly disproportionate.

Helpless men, of whom some have subsequently been released, were tortured before arriving at Guantánamo Bay, the torture producing forced – and untrue – confessions of their links with al-Qaeda. In a number of cases the torture was “outsourced” to selected countries. The conduct of the CIA and the US military towards their prisoners recalls in some instances the fate of prisoners at the hands of the Gestapo in World War Two. Not coincidentally, perhaps, the term adopted by the US authorities, “enhanced interrogation techniques”, expresses in English the Nazis’ identical euphemism for similar forms of torture.

One prisoner, comparing the US prison at Bagram, in Afghanistan, to Nazi camps, reported that beating and torture were considered normal, and that he was subjected to forced nudity, food deprivation and being locked in a box with very little air for prolonged periods, continuing: “Guards forced petrol and benzene into the anuses of prisoners.” Following rendition to Guantánamo Bay, prisoners reportedly received brutal treatment in supermax lockdowns.

Relying on a narrow definition of torture, President George W Bush has denied that the US tortures prisoners. It is important to understand how false this denial is. Elucidation is to be found in recent books written by lawyers representing captives, describing the US renditions programme and the torture of individuals by or at the behest of the US. Two worthwhile books are Guantánamo and the Abuse of Presidential Power, by Joseph Margulies, and Bad Men: Guant�namo Bay and the Secret Prisons, by Clive Stafford Smith. Previous testimony is provided in the excellent Ghost Plane by the journalist Stephen Grey.

The majority of US “detainees” in Guantánamo Bay are being kept isolated, in long-term solitary confinement, in “high-security facilities.” While there appears to be no operational necessity for such long-term isolation, one consequence of it is permanent psychological damage. In plain language, the detainees are being driven insane by the conditions of their incarceration. According to the normal meaning of words this is “cruel punishment” which the eighth amendment to the US Constitution specifically prohibits. The US appears to think such revenge against captives in its war on terror to be its moral right. Unfortunately for the Guantánamo detainees, because they are not US citizens, and not held in “the sovereign United States”, the US Constitution does not operate for their protection.  Read More

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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Controversial political thriller about a band of democratic rebels and their attempt to overthrow the corporate fascist shadow government in the USA…Read Reviews

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Book of the Year
(Nonfiction 2007)

OR Book of the year 2007

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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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