Issue 3 – March 2005

Current Affairs Essay
Universal Health Care Bill Introduced to Cover All Residents of State by J. F. Miglio
Books of the Year (Nonfiction)
The Assassination of Julius Caesar  By Michael Parenti
The War on Freedom  By Nafeez Mossaddeq Ahmed
Crossing the Rubicon  By Michael Ruppert
Books of the Year (Fiction)
Candle in a Dark Time  By Virginia Stuart
My Life: A Story By Jesus Christ  By Christopher Miller
The Others at Monticello  By Esther Franklin
Recommended Reads
The Rebirth of Cold Fusion: Real Science, Real Hope, Real Energy  By Steven B. and Nadine Winocur, Psy.D
Clearing Customs  By Martha Egan
Going Deeper: How to Make Sense of Your Life When It Makes No Sense  By Jean-Claude Koven
The Contradiction  By Julian Hampton
We'll Cry Tomorrow  By Raven Beam
H  By Natalie O. Baez
Imogene of the Pacific Kingdom  By Teresa Saari
Dager of the Tasman Empire  By Teresa Saari
Slumach: The Lost Mine  By Edgar Ramsey
The Pest Maiden: A Story of Lobotomy  By Penelope Scambly Schott
The Perfect Enemy  By John Kaminski
George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography   By Webster Griffin Tarpley And Anton Chaitkin

Recommended Reads

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The Rebirth of Cold Fusion:
Real Science, Real Hope,
Real Energy

By Steven B. Krivit and
Nadine Winocur, Psy.D
An illuminating history and examination of cold fusion technology, including the politics of bringing it to the market and the potential impact it would have on energy systems worldwide.…Read Reviews

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.…Read Reviews

Going Deeper: How to Make
Sense of Your Life When It
Makes No Sense

By Jean-Claude Koven
A compelling, Carlos Castaneda-style odyssey in which a successful Los Angeles lawyer and his dog embark on a life-changing journey that leads them to Joshua Tree National Park where they encounter talking trees, white buffaloes, and a rap-spouting raccoon.…Read Reviews

The Contradiction
By Julian Hampton
Engaging crime drama about two best friends– one white, the other black– who fight for their lives and spiritual salvation in their hometown.

We’ll Cry Tomorrow
By Raven Beam
A provocative story set in the 1800s about how a white settler and a beautiful Cherokee Indian woman fall in love and endure the racism and cruelty of the time.

By Natalie O. Baez
Emotionally charged confessional written by a tenth grade girl who undergoes rejection, her mother’s abandonment, and the loss of three toes.

Imogene of the Pacific Kingdom
By Teresa Saari
Light-hearted and imaginative children’s story about a young girl’s adventures in a magic kingdom filled with memorable characters. …Read Reviews

Dager of the Tasman Empire
By Teresa Saari
Enchanting children’s story about a young boy’s magical journey into a world under the sea where people can communicate without words, see into the future, and cure the ill and dying.  …Read Reviews .

Slumach: The Lost Mine
By Edgar Ramsey
Action-packed adventure about a college professor, his graduate assistant, and his colorful guide who defy a death curse and go in search of a lost gold mine in British Columbia.

The Pest Maiden:
A Story of Lobotomy

By Penelope Scambly Schott
(Narrative Poem)
Deeply personal and harrowing series of connected poems about a woman’s experience with mental illness and its treatment through lobotomy.

The Perfect Enemy
By John Kaminski
A compilation of Internet essays that challenges the conventional wisdom of many of the critical issues of our time, including 9/11.

George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography
By Webster Griffin Tarpley
And Anton Chaitkin
Compelling and well-researched account of the Bush family dynasty and their connections to the Skull and Bones society, Brown Brothers Harriman, and Hitler and the Nazis, among others. …Read Reviews


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

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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
• Complete list of book publishers & publishing info
• Acqweb: Book acquisition site for librarians
• Registry of electronic publications
• Major book and publishing data
• E-commerce site for global bookselling
• 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
• 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
• Independent Publishers Bestsellers Hall of Fame: Title says it all
• Book Family of bookseller Web sites
• Independent authors from around the world
• Author Yellow Pages: Online author directory
• Dan Poynter’s Para Publishing: The Godfather of self publishing
• Global book club & reading group
• Over 90 pages of inspired marketing ideas for small business owners and self-published authors.

California Leads the Charge!
Universal Health Care
Bill Introduced to Cover
All Residents of State

By J. F. Miglio

As George W. Bush fiddles with his plan to destroy social security, the health care crisis in America continues to burn out of control. Not only are 45 million Americans uninsured, but there are millions more who are underinsured or can no longer afford medical insurance. Last year, for example, average health care costs went up 25%, and over 50% of all bankruptcies in the U.S. resulted from exorbitant medical bills that average citizens– even with health insurance– could not afford to pay.

Of course this is nothing new. The health care system in America has been on the skids for a long time, and it is getting worse with each passing year. To their credit, liberal Democrats have always wanted to fix the system and pass a single payer, national health care bill, ever since Harry Truman. Their latest effort was during Bill Clinton’s first term in office when his wife Hillary gave it the old college try, but the insurance industry and her Republican opponents in Congress summarily crushed her proposal and used her name to poison the well for any future legislation.

As a result, Democrats are reluctant to propose anything related to health care on a national scale; they know it would be an exercise in futility since the Republicans in the Congress (and some Democrats) who are in the pockets of the insurance industry are even stronger today than when they torpedoed Hillary.

As a result, California has decided to do an end run around the Caligulan power structure in Washington and tackle the crisis on its own. And so last month, California State Senator Sheila Kuehl introduced SB 840, the California Health Insurance Reliability Act (CHIRA), which will give all Californians universal health care coverage, including medical, dental, vision, hospitalization, and prescription drug benefits.

The bill is based on a business model by the Lewin Group, an independent firm with 18 years experience in healthcare cost analysis, and it maintains that the current health care system of multiple public and private insurers could be replaced with a single, reliable insurance plan that would save the state about $20 billion in administrative costs.

Under the plan, the state of California would be in charge of the health care system. It would buy prescription drugs and durable medical equipment in bulk and save the state about $5.2 billion; in addition, aggregate savings to state and local governments from 2006 to 2015 would be about $43.8 billion.

There would also be savings for employers who currently offer health benefits to their employees. They would save 16% when measured against their current costs. And families who earn under $150,000 a year would see savings range from $600 to $3,000 per family by 2006.

The reason for such sizeable savings is quite simple: the plan will cut out two layers of costly bureaucracy, two profit-driven “middlemen,” namely insurance companies and HMOS, which together, make billions of dollars from the health care industry each year.

The plan itself will be financed with a 3% income tax on individuals and a 7.75% tax on business. In view of what individuals are currently paying for medical insurance and what businesses are paying for their employees’ health care insurance, these rates are a bargain, especially since the new system will be inclusive of all health care costs and have no deductibles or co-pays.

Given the benefits of this plan for average citizens, the usual cast of sleazy lobbyists and free market scam artists representing the insurance industry and the HMOs will fight the bill tooth and nail. So will all the craven elected officials in the California state legislature who receive hefty contributions from these powerful groups every year, and on cue, they will drag out the same old fallacious arguments about the evils of a “government-run” system– even though every civilized country in the world has a government-run system that spends far less per capita on health care than the United States.

But the real key to passing this bill hinges on the support of the business community. If supporters of SB 840 can show employers in California that this system will actually save them money on the cost of health care for their employees, the employers may be convinced to support the bill. And if the employers in the business community sign onto the bill, so will Governor Schwarzenegger, who, of course, cares about “the peoples” and not the special interests.

If, on the other hand, the business community refuses to go along, and the insurance/HMO propaganda machine convinces uninformed citizens that “socialized medicine” is not in their best interests, then it will go down in defeat in California the same way it has on a national level for the past 50 years.…Read More


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Book submission deadline is
the 20th of each month.
Books of the Year

OR Books of the 2004
The Assassination of
Julius Caesar

By Michael Parenti
Pulitzer-prize nominated 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 2004
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 2004
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

OR Books of the 2004
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 2004
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
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.


Links For Progressive Publications & Organizations

• Influential democracy in action group
• The “Unconventional wisdom since 1865.”
• Air America Radio: “Unabashed liberal talk radio and humor.”
• Counterpunch: Hard-hitting alternative news and essays
• 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.
• National listener supported news and information.
• Pacifica Radio: Listener-sponsored radio featuring alternative news and community service.
• Greg One-man army of investigative journalism.
• From the Wilderness: Radical alternative news and essays
• Tom Alternative news and essays
• Mother 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
• 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
• People for the American Way

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