Issue 5 – May 2005

Current Affairs Essay
Global Warming, Pascal's Wager, and Magic Wands 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
Medisin  By Dr. Scott Whitaker & Jose Fleming
American Trilogy  By Jefferson Lang
The Dogs of Bucharest  By George Guess
Ultimate WMD  By Ray Emerson
24/7  By Susan DiPlacido
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

Recommended Reads

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Medisin
By Dr. Scott Whitaker & Jose Fleming
divineprotectionpublications@hotmail.com
(866) 753-7330
(Nonfiction)
Hard-hitting, eye-opening expose about “the causes and solutions to disease, malnutrition, and the medical sins that are killing the world.”

American Trilogy
By Jefferson Lang


www.iuniverse.com
Lang2001@excite.com
(Nonfiction)
Historical overview of the Sixties counterculture and a compendium of that era’s greatest songs and performers.

The Dogs of Bucharest
By George Guess


www.athenapress.com
Gguess@osieurope.org
(Fiction)
Gritty crime story about two Romanian detectives investigating a case that involves wild dogs attacking residents, government cover-up, and police corruption in Bucharest.

Ultimate WMD
By Ray Emerson
RayEmerson@cthulhu.com


www.cthulhu-books.com
(Fiction)
Imaginative and exciting sci-fi story about a strange gravitational anomaly over Egypt and a text that indicates that the forces of the Devil, known as Cthulhu, are trapped on the planet R’lyeh and are intent on returning to reoccupy the earth.

24/7
By Susan DiPlacido


www.susandiplacido.com
www.zumayapublications.com
(Fiction)
Hip, fast-paced tale about a female Vegas card counter who falls for a casino dealer, but when the dealer’s past surfaces to haunt him, and threaten her, she’s forced to make a dangerous decision.…Read Reviews

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

By Steven B. Krivit and
Nadine Winocur, Psy.D


www.newenergytimes.com
(Nonfiction)
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

www.papalotepress.com
(Fiction)
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


www.prismhouse.com
(Fiction)
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


www.vaughanworks.com
(Fiction)
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


www.aventinepress.com
(Fiction)
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.

H
By Natalie O. Baez


www.trafford.com/robots/04-2528.html
(Fiction)
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
www.teresasaari.com
(Fiction)
Light-hearted and imaginative children’s story about a young girl’s adventures in a magic kingdom filled with memorable characters. …Read Reviews

 

If you are an independent or small press 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
• WriteLinks.com: Complete list of book publishers & publishing info
• Acqweb: Book acquisition site for librarians
• 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
• Independent Publishers Bestsellers Hall of Fame: Title says it all
• 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.

Global Warming, Pascal’s
Wager, and Magic Wands

Once again the Bush administration has defied logic and ignored renewable energy as a solution to our environmental crisis. Meanwhile, Japan has surged ahead of the United States as the world’s leading producer of photovoltaic panels, and it currently produces half the world’s solar power.

 

By J. F. Miglio

If you weren’t snoozing through philosophy class, perhaps you’ll remember the discussion on “Pascal’s Wager.” To paraphrase the 17th century mathematician and religious philosopher: If you believe that God exists and you’re right, you win. If you believe that God exists and you’re wrong, you still win because you’ve become a better person. But if you believe that God does not exist and you’re wrong, you’re in big trouble.

Whether you accept the validity and soundness of this syllogism depends

on how you interpret it. Nevertheless, it lends itself as a good template for the current argument on global warming. On side are a handful of scientists, pundits, and politicians paid either directly or indirectly by the oil, gas, and coal industries to say that burning fossil fuels has no effect on global climate change. Republican Senator James Inhofe even goes as far as calling the idea “a hoax.”

On the other side are hundreds of the most esteemed independent scientists and researchers in the world, including those in the National Academy of Sciences, who maintain that burning fossil fuels significantly contributes to global climate change.

Back to Pascal. If it’s true that burning fossil fuels contributes to global climate change, and as a result, we alter our national energy policy to reduce fossil fuel consumption, we win.

If it’s not true that burning fossil fuels contributes to global climate change, and as a result, we alter our national energy policy to reduce fossil fuel consumption, we still win because our environment will be cleaner and less polluted.

But if it’s true that burning fossil fuels contributes to global climate change, and we do nothing to change our energy policy, we’re in big trouble. In fact, we are already in big trouble and the situation is only getting worse.

Just take a look at George W. Bush’s current energy bill and it’s easy to see why: huge incentives for the gas, oil, and coal industries (and “nukular,” too) and very little indeed for renewable technology or incentives for increased fuel efficiency standards. In other words, the intention is to continue the same energy policy that has contributed to global warming for the past 30 years while at the same time ignoring alternative policies that could ameliorate the situation.

Recently, Bush said that he wished he could “wave a magic wand” to bring down the high cost of gas to help solve the energy crisis. Of course if he really wanted to do something constructive about it, the man who claims “Jesus changed my heart” wouldn’t have to wave a magic wand. All he would need to do is stop holding hands with the ruling family of Saudi Arabia and follow Christ’s example by throwing the money changers out of the temple, i.e., break free from his buddies in the oil, gas, and coal industries and institute a national renewable energy policy in the United States that would promote renewable technology like photovoltaic panels, windmills, and electric cars.

Of course Bush would never even consider such an idea, nor would all the apologists for the fossil fuels industry who discount human involvement in global warming. Japan, on the other hand, takes global warming seriously and has had a national renewable energy program in place for years. As a result, it has forged ahead of the United States as the world’s leading producer of photovoltaic panels, and it currently generates half the world’s solar power.

In addition, the Japanese are not only number one in the worldwide auto market with their gas-electric hybrid auto, the Prius, but last year introduced a super, all-electric car, the Eliica, that can outperform a Porsche and go from zero to 100kph in four seconds.

So don’t believe the propaganda (spawned during the Reagan years) that renewable technologies are not ready to be introduced to the mass market. Are they perfect? No, they still need to be improved and modified, especially electric car batteries, but once they are mass-produced, innovation will follow and free market competition– which Republicans claim to adore– will work out the rest of the bugs.

But will switching to renewable technologies provide enough energy for our country to become free of foreign oil? And will the cost of various alternative technologies dramatically decline if they are mass-produced? Of course, but don’t take my word for it.

Back in 1977, the Office of Technology Assessment did an exhaustive report on the subject and concluded that if the U.S. government, energy companies, and public utilities worked together to speed up the mass production of renewable technologies, these technologies “could be made {economically} competitive in markets representing over 40% of U.S. energy demand by the mid-1980s.”

Given this timetable, it is reasonable to assume that by 2005, renewable technologies would not only be much less costly than carbon-based technology but also able to supply anywhere from 50-75% of all our current energy needs. Which would mean a reversal of global warming, less pollution in our environment, fewer respiratory illnesses, no wars for oil in the Middle East, a lower cost to heat and cool our homes and drive our cars, and complete energy independence for our country.

…Read More

Books of the Year
Nonfiction

OR Books of the 2004
The Assassination of
Julius Caesar

By Michael Parenti


www.michaelparenti.org/Caesar.html
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


www.progressivepress.com
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


www.fromthewilderness.com
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

OR Books of the 2004
Candle in a Dark Time
By Virginia Stuart


www.redhummingbirdpress.com
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


www.mylifebyjesuschrist.com
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


www.xlibris.com
franklin80@comcast.net
Award-winning historical novel that explores the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and his slaves, especially Sally Hemings and her children.

 

If you are an independent or small press 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 Progressive Publications & Organizations

• MoveOn.org: Influential democracy in action group
• The Nation.com: “Unconventional wisdom since 1865.”
• 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.
• NPR.org: National listener supported news and information.
• Pacifica Radio: Listener-sponsored radio featuring alternative news and community service.
• Greg Palast.com: One-man army of investigative journalism.
• 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

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