Issue 7 – July 2005

Current Affairs Essay
The Presidential Press Conference That Never Was 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
A Reason for Living  By Laurent Grenier
Puget Sound  By C.C. Long
The Empire Menaced: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Dearth Nadir  By Sean Miller
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


Recommended Reads

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A Reason for Living
By Laurent Grenier
Inspirational true story about an athletic man who pursues wisdom and happiness after he is left disabled from a diving accident.…Read Reviews

Puget Sound
By C.C. Long
A unique and bizarre collection of 15 short stories that involves cows falling from the sky, whales exploding, and boys becoming sasquatches in the watery landscape of the Pacific Northwest known as Puget Sound.

The Empire Menaced:
The Unauthorized Autobiography of Dearth Nadir

By Sean Miller
Imaginative parody of the Star Wars saga told through the eyes of Darth Vader.…Read Reviews

By Dr. Scott Whitaker & Jose Fleming
(866) 753-7330
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
Historical overview of the Sixties counterculture and a compendium of that era’s greatest songs and performers.

The Dogs of Bucharest
By George Guess
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
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.

By Susan DiPlacido
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
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.


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The Presidential
Press Conference
That Never Was

By J. F. Miglio

What if journalists from the alternative press– not mainstream news media whores– unexpectedly showed up at one of President Bush’s press conferences and asked him real questions with real follow-ups? It might sound something like this:

President Bush: I don’t have a prepared statement, so I’ll get right to the questions� Wait a second! I don’t know any of you! Scotty, what the hell’s going on?

Scott McClellan: I don’t know, sir! Something’s gone terribly wrong! Our usual gang of ass-wipe reporters from the mainstream news aren’t here today. They’ve been replaced by these wackos from the alternative press.

PB: Sweet Jesus! You mean I won’t be able to use my rehearsed answers?

SM: Not this time, Mr. President. It looks like you’re on your own.

PB: Well, I guess I’ll just have to wing it� Heh, heh, at least Helen Thomas isn’t here. Okay, I’m ready for the first question.

Journalist #1: Mr. President, given the fact that three high-ranking government officials– your former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill, your former Counter Terrorism Chief Richard Clark, and Richard Dearlove, the British government official who wrote the Downing Street Memo– all have testified that you wanted to go to war with Iraq long before the weapons inspectors went into that country, why should the American people believe anything you have to say about the war in Iraq?

PB: Because I got capital… plenty of capital from the last election.

J #1: But isn’t it true that the real reason you went to war in Iraq was because you were following a neoconservative script that included U.S. hegemony over the Middle East, the takeover of Iraqi oil, and the alignment of our government with the right wing in Israel? And didn’t you fix the facts about WMD and the Al Qaeda connection to Saddam and lie to the American people because you thought it would be a quick and easy war and no one would notice?

PB: Well, you know, heh, heh, Saddam did try to kill my dad.

J #1: You didn’t answer my question, sir. Let me put it this way: If you believe the war in Iraq is a just cause worth fighting and dying for, are you going to encourage your daughters to sign up and fight in the war?

PB: Well, uh, heh, heh, they’re pretty strong-willed girls. They take after their mom, you know– except for the drinkin’, so I guess I’ll leave that up to them.

J #1: Mr. President, be honest. You know they have no intention of signing up.

PB: (Long pause) Did I tell you that I got a lot of capital to spend in my second term?

J #2: Mr. President, by this time, every major scientist and researcher in the world not connected to the fossil fuels industry believes that global warming is at least in part caused by burning carbon-based fuel. Why do you insist on denying this, and why do you refuse to promote a green agenda?

PB: Hmmm� green agenda. Want to buy some wood?

J #2: Mr. President, I’m talking about alternative energy sources, like wind power and solar technology.

PB: I know that! Which is why I’m in favor of promoting nookular power.

J #2: (Shakes his head and lets one of his colleagues try his luck.)

J #3: Mr. President, let me ask you a question about the economy. Because of your tax cuts and economic policies, we have a huge budget deficit, the super rich are paying less taxes than they have since before the Depression, and many large corporations pay no tax at all. At the same time, you have been cutting funds for many important social programs while you’ve squandered $300 billion dollars in Iraq. Do you think this is fair to average citizens, especially in view of the fact that millions of Americans can’t afford health care and their standard of living continues to decline?

PB: Well, we’ve got to starve the beast, you know, make government smaller–and, heh, heh, make sure the haves and have-mores get their fair share.

J #3: But don’t you realize that if you ignore the needs of working class and middle class citizens while the super rich get even richer, this eventually will lead to an economic meltdown and violence in the streets? And when that day comes, what will you say to the angry mob when they come looking for you?

PB: Bring ’em on

J #3: That’s pretty bold talk coming from a guy who used his daddy’s influence to get him out of going to Vietnam. Aren’t you ever embarrassed by your own incredible hypocrisy?

PB: I don’t really think about it because I got Jesus in my heart.

J #3: Would Jesus enrich the most affluent members of our society at the expense of average citizens? Would Jesus send Americans to their deaths in an unnecessary war? Would Jesus allow the torture of human beings at Gitmo and Abu Graib? …Read More

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.


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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.
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• 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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