March 19, 2017

Issue 07 – August 2007

By In Volume 4 2007

Recommended Reads

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A Winter’s Vigil
By Norval Rindfleisch


www.iuniverse.com
(Fiction)
Well-written, nostalgic tale about a young man’s apprenticeship at a movie theater in the early 1960s and the mentors who taught him about life.

Terrorism 101
By Leon Newton, Ph.D.


www.terrorism101.info
(Nonfiction)
A library reference and selected annotated bibliography that describes how to fight terrorism not with bombs and bullets but by using experts in diplomacy, intelligence gathering, and crisis management.

The Final Human
By David M.Yourtee


yourteeD@umkc.edu
(Nonfiction)
An engaging search for higher meaning in life that challenges rational thinking about the value and future of humans.

Warming the Stone Children
By Christine Sandor


www.christinesandor.com
(Nonfiction)
A shocking true story of mother-daughter sexual abuse and eventual spiritual healing.

The Bible’s Cover Stories Revealed: The Golden Keys That Unlock History
By Arthur Earl Jones, Ph.D

www.fearorlove.com
(Nonfiction)
An illustrated historical treatise that purports to solve the puzzle of Egypt’s 18th Dynasty and resolves the riddle of Judeo-Christian religion by using an apocalyptic revelation of
the akashic records.

Remembrances of Times Past
By Marta Hiatt


www.northstarpress.com
(Nonfiction)
A nostalgic collection of stories and photographs recalling life in the early part of the 20th century.

Apollo 21
By Frank Hogan


www.lulu.com/content/165544
(Fiction)
&nbsp An exciting thriller about a murderer on board a lunar space flight.

Destiny
By Frank Hogan


www.lulu.com/content/467566
(Fiction)
A suspenseful thriller about a space shuttle that has been hijacked.

There Is No Key to Happiness,
The Door is Always Open

By Marc Gohres
www.authorhouse.com/BookStore
(Nonfiction)
A common-sense guide to happiness based on personal experience and wisdom
from the ages.

A Bedroom Occupation:
Love Elegies

By Mark Scott
www.lumenbooks.org
(Poetry)
Lyrical, heartfelt poems about love, passion, and relationships.

Millennial Harvest: Life and
Collected Poems

By Charles Greenleaf Bell
www.lumenbooks.org
(Autobiography)
A towering, intellectual book of essays, poems, and personal narrative in the tradition of Dante’s La Vita Nova.

Wearing the Spider
By Susan Schaab
www.galavantpress.com
(Fiction)
A fast-paced, high-tech thriller about a female attorney who gets caught in a web of sexual harassment, identity theft,
and political intrigue.

A View from the Cheap Seats
By Ryan Latimer


www.aventinepress.com
(Nonfiction)
Advice and opinions about life from a 23-year-old who views the world
from the cheap seats.

How to Start a Virtual
Bankruptcy Assistant Service

By Victoria Ring


www.graphicopublishing.com
(Nonfiction)
Comprehensive manual on how to start your own business working as a virtual bankruptcy assistant for attorneys nationwide.

 

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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
• 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.

 

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

Enablers of Fascism: Fatalists,
Corporatists, the Uninformed

To accept passively an unjust system is to co-operate with that system; thereby the oppressed become as evil as the oppressor.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

By J. F. Miglio

There is an old parable about a Zen master who lives on the outskirts of a small village and practices his skill as an archer as part of his daily meditation. When the villagers ask him why he doesn’t use his extraordinary archery skills to hunt animals or fight in battles, the Zen master replies, “I do not use my bow and arrows to kill things.”

One day marauders attack the village and begin to slaughter the inhabitants. When the Zen master sees what is happening, he grabs his bow and quiver of arrows, and with amazing speed and accuracy, kills one marauder after another until they retreat and leave the village.

The villagers are stunned and ask the Zen master why he chose to break from tradition and use his archery skills for killing. The Zen master looks at them impassively and says, “It wasn’t necessary until today.”

Americans who have enabled large corporations and corrupt politicians to turn America into a fascist state should take heed of the Zen master’s tale. The fascists may not be in their backyards yet, but they are getting closer each year. And there is no Zen master living nearby to stop them.

So who are these enablers, and why are they doing nothing to prevent the Bush/Cheney regime and their fascist friends from taking over our democracy?

As I see it, they fall into three primary categories.

Fatalists: The fatalists are the you-can’t- fight-city-hall crowd. They know the system is corrupt. They know things are getting worse. They know one day the forces of fascism may hit them personally. But just like Martin Niemoller, the German minister who stood idly by as the Nazis destroyed his country, they do nothing. They don’t vote, they don’t speak out, and they don’t protest or become politically involved.

How many Americans fall into this category? Quite a few, I would guess. We know, for example, 50 percent of Americans don’t bother to vote because they are either too apathetic or too convinced that the Republican and Democratic candidates are equally corrupt. But when asked why they don’t vote for a third party candidate like a Ralph Nader or become politically active and protest, they say it wouldn’t make any difference, that the rich power brokers would still rig the system for their own benefit. So they are content to sit on their couches, flip to the next channel, and wait for the apocalypse.

Corporatists: These are the “Sunshine Assassins” of our country, the brainwashed, middle-income corporate soldiers who work for large companies and defend corporate America even as they lose their pensions and medical benefits, work longer and harder for the same pay, and watch their jobs get outsourced to other countries.

Nevertheless, they still believe– with religious fervor, by golly!– that America is the greatest country in the world. But when asked if they’ve ever lived in another country to test the validity of their premise, most of them respond that they haven’t. And when asked if they are aware that middle-income Americans rank way down on the quality-of-life list (longevity, health care, paid time off from work, etc.) compared to the citizens of most European countries, they seem surprised.

They also seem surprised to learn that the CEOs of the companies they work for make over 500 times their salaries and are awash in tens of millions of dollars of stock options while their own salaries, adjusted for inflation, are lower than they were 30 years ago.

I don’t know how many Americans fall into this category, but there are quite a few. In fact, if we add up all the corporate soldiers who work for large companies and the military/industrial complex, we’re talking millions. I would also include in this category the millions of right-wing evangelical Christians who still believe that people like George W. Bush and Rush Limbaugh are on their side, that Michael Moore is evil incarnate, and that progressive social reform is for commies, even though their lord and master, Jesus Christ, was the quintessential social reformer.

If you add up these two groups, my guess is they make up a lion’s share of the 25-30% of the public who still support George W. Bush and his occupation of Iraq. Notice I used the word “occupation” and not “war,” and journalists should stop calling our presence in Iraq a war because that’s the terminology promoted by the Bush administration to hold onto support from the public. In other words, it’s much harder for Americans to swallow the concept of “losing a war” than “ceasing an occupation.”

Programmed by their corporate masters and the mainstream media, the corporatists never even consider this use of language as a propaganda tool, the same way they never consider the reality that their boy Bush stole both presidential elections, that he uses the Constitution of the United States like toilet paper, and that he is a war criminal responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent people. Instead they continue to believe that liberals and secularists cause all the problems in America and the country would be a better off without them.

The Uninformed: Unlike the fatalists who know better but do nothing, or the corporatists who are brainwashed into acting counter to their own best interests, the uninformed don’t know anything about the political process– and don’t want to know anything about it. They don’t read or ask questions or use critical thinking skills. They just live their lives from hand to mouth and hope for the best.

No one knows for sure how many people fall into this category, but there are millions of them. Most of them live their lives in fear and in quiet desperation. Many of them are poor and underprivileged and work at dead end jobs, the very people who should vote en masse to try to change their lots in life. But they don’t because they are preoccupied with day-to-day survival.

Well, there you have it– the enablers of fascism in a nutshell. The question is, how do we motivate the fatalists, deprogram the corporatists, and encourage the uniformed to become informed by the next election so we can put America back on a path back to democracy?

One thing is for sure, we’d better not depend on the Democratic Party for action. As of this writing, they still have not started impeachment proceedings against Bush and Cheney and still have not stopped funding the U.S. occupation of Iraq– which, regrettably, makes them the most egregious enablers of fascism of them all.

 

 

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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
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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)

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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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