Issue 8 – August 2005

Current Affairs Essay
An Open Letter to Colin Powell: Blow the Whistle on Bush Administration by J. F. Miglio
Books of the Year (Nonfiction 2004)
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 2004)
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
Extradition Between Canada and the United States  By Gary Botting
Club Fascistland  By Kevin Brink Nielsen
Offshore  By Don Corace
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

Recommended Reads

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Extradition Between Canada
and the United States

By Gary Botting

www.transnationalpubs.com
(Nonfiction)
A detailed and valuable examination of the tumultuous relationship between the United States and Canada regarding their extradition systems, histories, issues, conflicts, and controversies.

Club Fascistland
By Kevin Brink Nielsen


www.authorhouse.com
(Fiction)
Imaginative, modern day version of the Wizard of Oz told from a progressive viewpoint, featuring a young man in search of a true home who gets help from an idiot savant, a humanoid/robotic mercenary, and a truck driver.

Offshore
By Don Corace


www.emeraldink.com
(Fiction)
&nbspFast-paced thriller about a corporate raider who will stop at nothing to exact revenge and destroy a Houston oil family dynasty.

A Reason for Living
By Laurent Grenier


http://laurentgrenier.com/ARFL.html

laurentgrenier@rogers.com
(Nonfiction)
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


www.pleasureboatstudio.com
(Fiction)
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
dearthnadir@yahoo.com
(Fiction)
Imaginative parody of the Star Wars saga told through the eyes of Darth Vader.…Read Reviews

Medisin
By Dr. Scott Whitaker & Jose Fleming
http://medisin.ownspot.com
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

 

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.

An Open Letter to Colin
Powell: Blow the Whistle
on Bush Administration

By J. F. Miglio

Dear Mr. Powell,

It’s long overdue– but still not too late– to tell America the truth and blow the whistle on the Bush administration.

No one else in George W. Bush’s inner circle of liars, crooks, and fanatics will do it because they are involved in the misdeeds and corruption themselves. So it’s up to you.

Growing up in a segregated society, you proved you could triumph over racial discrimination, and as a soldier you proved you had courage on the battlefield.

Later in life you became respected for your intelligence and forbearance and you gained the respect of many Americans, both black and white. At one point, there was even talk of you running for president.

But then you became George W. Bush’s Secretary of State and your reputation floundered, hitting its nadir when you gave that disgraceful speech to the United Nations that made the case for going to war in Iraq.

You must have known Bush was playing you for a sap and relying on your good reputation and credibility to sell an unnecessary war. But you did it anyway. Was it because you thought you had to be a good soldier and follow orders, or were you a willing participant in the Bush crime family? Was it the price you paid for becoming Secretary of State and getting your son Michael the chairmanship of the FCC? I can just hear Karl Rove explain the quid pro quo to Bush behind closed doors: The old man will help us sell the war while his idiot son helps us promote further ownership consolidation of the news and entertainment media.

Well, however it went down, you’re no longer Secretary of State, and your son is no longer head of the FCC. So now it’s time to redeem yourself, to recapture your mantle of integrity, to come clean and tell America the truth about George W. Bush and his neocon gang of murderous chicken hawks.

It has been reported by the Washington Post that theValerie Plame secret memo “was delivered to you on July 7, 2003, as you headed to Africa for a trip with President Bush aboard Air Force One.” Therefore, you knew who was on the plane that day and who saw the memo. (Did Bush himself see it?)

You must also know (or have a pretty good idea) who leaked the information to the press, and why it was leaked. But you know a lot more than that, don’t you, Mr. Powell? In fact, you could go to the heart of the matter and tell the truth about all the lies and distortions perpetrated by Bush and his propaganda ministers as they prepared for an unnecessary, pre-emptive war that has killed over 100,000 human beings and cost the U.S. taxpayer over $300 billion.

As of this writing, you haven’t officially commented on the Plame/Rove scandal, let alone the lies that led up to the Iraq war. Which is quite understandable since you were one of the propaganda ministers that led the country astray. And only a fool would implicate himself in a crime that he was involved in.

Unfortunately, you cannot escape the one inextricable truth: Had you refused to give your apocryphal speech at the United Nations that fateful day, the one that convinced many Americans it was necessary to go to war with Iraq, you could have changed the course of history. Had you resigned then and there and refused to do the bidding of George W. Bush, the war in Iraq may never have occurred.

After all, most Americans respected and trusted you — then. They would have believed you, and there would have been massive disapproval and protest about going to war in Iraq. You could have been a hero, the man who stopped the Bush crime family from leading the country down a path of death and destruction. You could have even assured yourself a spot for a future bid to become the President of the United States. In short, you “coulda been a contender.”

Instead you chose to go along with Bush for the short end money, and you took a dive like a washed up old fighter, ruining your reputation in the process. Does your conscience bother you at all? It should, quite a bit, in fact. But here’s a chance to make things right. All you have to do is reach down into your soul, grab your balls, and tell the truth about the Iraq war and the Plame memo, even if it means exposing your own guilt and duplicity. That’s what a real standup guy would do.

So take time out from that lucrative lecture circuit your on– you know, the one where you go from city to city and make speeches in front of your well-heeled fans who pay big money to take pictures with you and hear you regurgitate half-truths and platitudes.

Screw that hypocrisy! Call a press conference and tell America about all the lies and distortions and treachery of the Bush crime family. Blow the whistle on all of them, each and every one of those evil bastards. You’ll be a credit to your race, namely, the human race. You can do it, General! Your country needs you. It’s heading off a cliff.

You’ve heard the talk. You know your former boss and his neofascist henchmen have already discussed plans to drop a bunker-busting nuclear weapon on the Esfahan nuclear facility in Iran, which, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists, would kill three million people in the first two weeks and tens of millions more as the radiation spreads around the globe.

So unless you’re ready for the rapture, you’d better make your move soon. Time is running out. Take charge soldier!!

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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