Issue 9 – September 2005

Current Affairs Essay
Government Report Proposed Solution to Oil Shortage/Global Warming in 1977 by J. F. Miglio
Orwellian Catch Phrases from Hell 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
September and Other Stories  By Julie Ann Dawson
The Little Book of He and She  By Wade Stevenson
Military State: Society on The Verge of Collapse  By Kevin Warren
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

Recommended Reads

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September and Other Stories
By Julie Ann Dawson
Unique collection of horror stories, spooky role-playing, and dark fantasy.…Read Reviews

The Little Book of He and She
By Wade Stevenson
Part poetry, part romance, part self-help, this short but passionate book describes the profound sense of being in love.…Read Reviews

Military State: Society on
The Verge of Collapse

By Kevin Warren
Frightening, dystopian tale about American patriots who fight against a ruthless military dictatorship in a post-apocalyptic world.

Extradition Between Canada
and the United States

By Gary Botting
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
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.

By Don Corace
&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
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.


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Online Review Exclusive
Government Report
Proposed Solution to
Oil Shortage/Global
Warming in 1977

In light of the recent hurricane disaster in New Orleans and the high cost of gasoline, Americans should know that over 28 years ago energy experts proposed a national renewable energy program that could have reversed the course of global warming and made us independent   of foreign oil.


At the time, very few were listening.

By J. F. Miglio

In 1977, the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) published a nonpartisan report that could have changed the future of the United States and the world. The government report, written by some of the top energy experts in the country, concluded that if the federal government and energy industries worked together to speed up the mass production of renewable energy technologies, these technologies “could be made competitive in markets representing over 40% of U.S. energy demand by the mid-1980s.” Given this timetable, it is reasonable to conclude that by 2005, renewable technologies could be supplying up to 75% of all America’s current energy needs.

The key to this timetable, however, was predicated on whether there was the political will to implement a national energy policy designed to mass produce renewable technologies– like photovoltaic (PV) panels and wind turbines– to drive down their cost and make them affordable for all Americans. These “green technologies,” as they became known, were clean, safe, and pollution free, which meant they did not produce greenhouse gasses, a major contributor to global warming. In addition, they could have replaced our need for foreign oil (and the need to go to war for oil in the Middle East), and they could have been mass-produced in the good old USA, creating thousands of new jobs and a lucrative new world market.…Read More

Orwellian Catch Phrases from Hell
Support Our Troops;
Fair and Balanced;
Born-again Christians

By J. F. Miglio

Support our Troops
(“War is Peace”)

A few months ago, I heard a stand-up comic quip: “I don’t support the troops, but I support the war in Iraq.” Not the funniest one-liner I’ve ever heard, but a clever use of irony that illustrates an important point, namely, EVERYONE supports the troops in Iraq, and there is no reason to think you’re special because you do.

Nevertheless, George W. Bush and his very un-ironic supporters deliberately and deceitfully use the catch phrase as if it were an exclusionary badge of honor for them and them alone. Most recently, they’ve been using the slogan in the national media and on banners at political rallies to try to discredit Cindy Sheehan and her bring-the-troops-home supporters in Crawford, Texas.

This propaganda tactic reeks of Karl Rove, and it implies that individuals who support the policy of bringing the troops home as soon as possible do not support the troops and therefore are a bunch of unpatriotic, wussy liberals.

Unfortunately for Rove, the latest polls show that a majority of Americans– and not just wussy liberals-consider the war a mistake and do not believe Bush is doing a competent job of conducting it. In fact, Bush’s overall job approval rating is at the lowest point of his presidency. And if Bush supporters would take the time to unplug from their right-wing brainwashing matrix, they would realize their catch phrase, “Support our Troops,” really means three things:

1) Support an unnecessary war with no end in sight that has needlessly destroyed tens of thousands of lives and will cost the U.S. taxpayer over $300 billion.

2) Support George W. Bush and his administration of incompetent neocon ideologues, unabashed apologists for the Religious Right, and uncompromising shills for Big Oil and the military/industrial complex.

3) Support companies like Halliburton that are profiteering from the war to the tune of billions of dollars with no-bid contracts at the same time insurgents and terrorists in and out of Iraq are getting stronger, more lethal, and becoming more of a threat to Europe and America.

I’d be willing to bet that most Bush cheerleaders who place “Support Our Troops” decals on their cars do not understand the ramification of their actions, nor do they realize that their support will only serve to protract the death and destruction in Iraq and decrease the credibility of the United States at home and abroad. But in time they will come to understand this, just as former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, one of the “best and the brightest,” came to understand the untenable disaster of Vietnam.

Fair and Balanced
(“Ignorance is Strength”)

I don’t need a professional comic to make a joke about this line. It’s ridiculous as it stands. Why would a legitimate news organization go out of its way to tell you that it’s “fair and balanced”? That’s like a brain surgeon telling you he knows how to use a scalpel.

Only a con man or a propagandist would tell you the opposite of the truth and expect you to believe it. Can you picture Walter Cronkite or Edward R. Murrow winking at the audience at the beginning of each broadcast and saying, “Oh, and by the way, all you dumb-asses out there, our news report is fair and balanced.”

The reality is that Fox News, which actually uses the catch phrase “fair and balanced” with a straight face, is owned by Republican Rupert Murdoch, perhaps the most ruthless right-wing tyrant in the communications industry. In addition, his news shows are run by Roger Ailes, another right-wing Republican hatchet man who worked for Ronald Reagan and George Bush Senior and was an architect of the 1988 Willie Horton campaign that deep-sixed Michael Dukakis. On top of that, Murdoch’s most popular so-called news commentators, Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity, are a neofascist’s wet dream, and are about as fair and balanced as the prison guards at Abu Ghraib.

So any American who watches Fox News as anything more than right-wing propaganda or abusrdist trash is out of his mind. Turn off the TV set and go see a shrink immediately. Better yet, go to the desert and meditate for 40 days, or until you finally realize what a total sucker you’ve been. If you don’t have a spiritual epiphany or realization of truth, then just kill yourself.

Born-again Christians
(“Freedom is Slavery”)

When did good old-fashioned, nice guy Christians become hard-edged born again zealots with an intolerant right-wing political agenda? I’ll tell you when: the day Ronald Reagan became president and gave credibility to all those bible-thumping hucksters like Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson who supported his presidential campaign.

But can you think of two more mean-spirited, un-Christian-like hypocrites than Falwell and Robertson? For decades Falwell has been making a buck by attacking homosexuals and liberals and damning them to hell– at the same time keeping his mouth shut about corporate fraud and exploitation and the endless stream of lies and corruption in the Republican party.

And Robertson, who once ran for president and has millions of devoted followers (and dollars), is perhaps even more reprehensible. The latest insight into his twisted personality was when he called for the assassination of Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela, whose only crime is that he has been reducing the profits of U.S. oil corporations in his country and using the extra money to help the poor get better housing and education. God forbid the president of a country should follow the example of Christ and help the poor.

And that’s where the Orwellian catch phrase “born-again” comes in. If being a born-again Christian means following the examples of Falwell and Robertson and being a slave to their rightwing political ideology, then born-again Christians are not really Christians at all, since true Christians would be free to follow the example of Christ and practice the virtues of love and brotherhood and sharing, not hate and intolerance and greed.

I wish I had an upbeat conclusion to this piece, but the reality is that a large segment of the population in America believes in the aforementioned Orwellian catch phrases not as ironic literary devices, but as literal truth– the same way they believe in the Bible–even though Jesus Christ himself spoke almost exclusively in an oratorical style using metaphors and parables.

And ironically, as long as there are millions of Americans who continue to support George W. Bush and the Iraq War, get their information from Fox News, and trust the likes of Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, America will continue its descent into hell in the name of patriotism and God.

Books of the Year
(Nonfiction 2004)

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
(Fiction 2004)

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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