Call For Book Reviewers

April 22, 2013

Owl Babies

Greetings Friends & Associates:

Regarding my novella (or short story, I have not yet decided) I have a proposal for you. I will send you a chapter of the story provided that you do a write up on Goodreads, Shelfari, or wherever it is that you post your book reviews.

Please note: You don’t have to be a professional book reviewer or even have your blog. Just pls have the ability to string together grammatically correct sentences. Additionally, preference will be given to those with established Goodreads accounts who have reviewed a goodly amount of books over there.

If interested, contact me for further discussion using the following social media:

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Portrait Of A Douchebag

February 15, 2013

cyberdouche

If you run a search on the word, cyberstalking, you will fast determine that the definition varies according to state jurisdiction.  Mostly, it refers to a set of behaviors perpetrated electronically.  Cyberstalking, while often used interchangeably with cyberbullying, is, at its core, harassment, while cyberbullying has more to do with the torment of minors.  Rest assured, there is a difference and for our purposes here, we will focus on the former.

Yours truly has been on the internet since dating back to the old Bulletin Board Service (“BBS”) days when the internet was but a command line communicated via dial-up networking. It was slow; it was annoying, and audio and video entertainment was nowhere on the radar, but it limited communications to those who were technically savvy. But for the occasional  geek v. geek argument, which usually consisted of which superhero comic could kick another superhero’s ass more comprehensively, mostly, BBS’ers played nice with each other. Any harassment that may have taken place was usually benign.  But as the internet was transformed from a command line geeks’ haven into the easy-to-use, graphical user interface we know today, such transitions enabled our lesser technically gifted brethen access to the web in ever-increasing numbers. And now, anyone with an internet connection can get online.

As when dirt poor immigrants from the Third World flooded Ellis Island bringing with them lawlessness, the same occurred when the internet’s floodgates opened to the masses. Internet Service Providers such as America Online (aka A-OH-HELL) made its billions by charging for access by the minute and introduced a wide world of information overload to anyone who could afford a computer, telephone line and was willing to pay for the privilege of accessing the data. In record time, chat rooms sprang up en masse and people were communicating with each other all over the world. Shortly thereafter, scumbags and con artists of all stripes emerged like a plague. And those with an inclination to bully and/or rob began to prey on the less technically sophisticated.

For those in the know, it was easy to fleece and/or harass the shit out of someone and get away with it because the law -as usual- hadn’t yet caught up with technology. Knowledge of Transmission Control Protocol /Internet Protocol (“TCP/IP”) was largely unknown to most internet users (including law enforcement) and the internet became a veritable wild west.  These days, government bureaucrats paid off spurred on by their entertainment company masters that seek to protect the industry’s outdated model of distribution via statute and criminal prosecution, the law has become a little bit more informed, but it will never catch the professionals. And those that harass/bully others, unless they have made clear threats to the physical being of anyone in particular and/or have actually physically harmed a person, remain free to perpetrate random acts of douchebaggery pretty much unimpeded.

Sure, one could allege libel, but this is a legal causes of action that, assuming you have the disposable income to pursue, is very hard to prove, and, even harder to prosecute since you really don’t know who you are dealing with in the first place.  Users typically remain anonymous unless a subpoena is issued to ascertain the harasser’s true identity, and, this is true only after you have filed a civil complaint against the ISP, which involves an overpriced lawyer (or a moderately priced paralegal with a tech background such as myself). Consequently, we have all encountered at one time or another that one, special asshole who has for whatever reason, decided to make you his bitch.  Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to direct your attention to the following nutter.

Exhibit Fucktard: Andrew Heenan

I first made Mr. Heenan’s acquaintance in 2010 as a result of researching what would eventually become a piece about the MySpace privacy case. I thought it would be useful to readers if I linked to one of his websites because it seemed to be about educating users how to be safe online from predators and scams. A preliminary examination of Heenan’s site gave every indication that was exactly the content one could expect, and, so I had emailed to ask whether he minded if I linked to it.  A few days later, I decided it wasn’t appropriate for my article.  Mr. Heenan, however, had other ideas

Suffice it to say, I knew what I was dealing with from the moment he had sent the follow up email. I could almost smell the mental illness coming off him almost like the stink waves that one can imagine emanating from the Charles Schultz’s Peanuts comic strip Pig-Pen character.  When I thanked Mr. Heenan for his time and passed on his particular brand of electronic psychosis, he continued emailing bloviating on about what he must have imagined would bother me. His correspondence was filled with threats of blacklisting my website and reporting it as a scam, but I was largely unfazed and ignored him. Unfortunately, the average internet user does not recognize personality disordered bullshit and takes the bait every time. 

This is exactly the case with so many of Andrew Heenan’s victims.  He lures the unsuspecting user to his website under the guise of drawing attention to online scams and predators, and then pulls precisely the kind of behaviors his websites purport to call out.  Users are then further drawn in by Heenan’s taunts and threats and on and on it goes -a neverending carousel of dysfunction and harassment.  It is human nature to argue, I suppose, but I have no explanation as to why anyone would bother to do so with a stranger, especially a demonstrated nutter like Andrew Heenan. In cases such as this one, it is best to simply ignore and block the harasser. Email clients (both the online free kind as well as licensed software) make blocking fairly simple. Boom! Done.

I toyed with reporting his IP address to his ISP, but after conducting some quick recon on the net, I could see that Heenan had multiple websites and email addresses which meant that he was probably perpetrating (and getting away with) his nonsense on a large scale.   Also, I suspected that I most likely wasn’t the only one who wanted to report his abuse.  But funny thing about internet providers is that despite the fact they may have their own in-house abuse department, the company seldom acts to stem the tide of harassment unless there is an unmistakeable threat of physical violence to the one reporting the abuse. They may, in some instances, respond to your report asking you to forward the harassing correspondence in question, but by and large, ISP abuse departments blow off reports for a couple reasons. 

First off, when the word, “abuse,”  is used, it could mean pretty much anything to anyone and so a great many people are contacting the department for conflicts of a usually childish nature. Abuse departments are seldom staffed with very many employees to begin with, and, so with limited personnel, it makes the screening of and dealing with reports of harassment quite problematic. But don’t take my word for it. Talk to any similarly situated entity.  Take for example an emergency dispatcher – People dial them for issues of a non-emergency nature quite frequently, which is why it takes longer for the police to show up.  Dispatch first has to weed out the nonsense from the legit calls. Looking back through the years, I recall having read several accounts of law enforcment dispatch having been contacted because someone couldn’t find a shoe or something equally inane.

Secondly, ISPs are largely immune from prosecution in the event its nutter customer becomes completely unhinged. It would have to be an especially egregious case of well documented harassment followed up by an especially bloody murder with a clear link to the harasser for the ISP to be assessed fault on any level.  So reporting abuse is essentially a tossup. The bottom line, though, is that it is a lot easier to not get caught up in an online abuse situation than it is to resolve one after the fact.

What Can You Do

If you happen to be a victim of online abuse, the following are the best rules of thumb. 

1.  Save every piece of correspondence from the harasser. In email, don’t delete it.  Save and print it out for future reference.  If via text message, contact your service provider and ask how you can get a hard copy of the text messages.  If telephonically, keep all voicemails and/or take notes on all conversations -who said what, when, at what time.  Tell the harasser point blank to stop contacting you or you will call the police.

2.  Stop responding to the harasser. No matter what you say or how you say it, you are mistaken if you think it will solve the dispute.  The goal of the harasser is to tie you up in knots, not resolve the problem. This is how he or she gets his jollies. Don’t play the game regardless of what s/he says. Tell the harasser to stop contacting you. You need not launch into an explanation. Just tell him or her to stop.

3.  Stop the harasser from contacting you by either blocking him or her from your email account, cell phone, website, etc. and/or change your email address, phone numbers, etc.  Most impotantly, do not disclose the new accounts to anyone you do not know in person, or, if you must have contact with strangers online, create a disposable email address that doesn’t include any identifying information.  Some people have multiple accounts depending on the entity they are supplying their email address to.  Yours truly rarely uses his name as an email address unless dealing with professional organizations. 

Please note here that if you are attempting to evade sexual harassment then avoid using cutesy, sexualized user names or emails such as BigStud or SexKitten.  These are the kind of cheesy monikers that attract nutjobs.  It literally screams PLEASE ANNOY ME to crazies.

4.  Harassment is sometimes the result of a random asshat looking for kicks on a Saturday night. You attracted his or her attention not because of anything you did wrong per se, but mostly because you just happened to be in the right place at the right time for the harasser to notice you.  From what I have personally witnessed having volunteered with an organization that counsels people how to avoid and/or deal with online harassment, some bring it upon themselves by responding to the abuser because they either enjoy the attention or imagine that they are dealing with a reasonable person or both. Hint: If you are being harassed electronically, then be advised that you are not dealing with someone who is playing with a full deck, and so appealing to reason will be an exercise in futility.

5.  As for online dating sites, avoid escalating any given situation with strangers, but most importantly, stop disclosing personal information about yourself to people that you do not know in person.  While the internet may be responsible for bringing some people together this does not, however, mean that everyone is altruistic and functioning within normal parameters. In the United States, one in six people in the population are on some kind of prescription medication for psychotropic pills (AKA anti-depressants, anti-anxiety, etc.).  These are the same pills mass shooters sensationalized by the media have been on. Such chemicals are known to cause unexplained rage, murder and suicide in some instances.

Protect Yourself and Your Family

Don’t play the part of easy prey to predators.  If you follow the above referenced suggestions, then you should be in good shape and be able to avoid most online harassment. If you don’t and persist in conducting yourself in a questionable manner on the internet, welp, I can’t say that you don’t deserve the drama it will inevitably attract.  Don’t play with fire and you won’t get burned, is my motto.  But, as always, when dealing with most people, mileage may and usually does vary. 

One Last Suggestion

Avoid any contact with Andrew Heenan whatsoever.  Don’t go looking for his websites or posting there.  And just so there is no question as to which Andrew Heenan I am warning you about, he describes himself as born in England in 1951 and is both a nurse and a journalist.  He has also published various anti-cyberstalking memes which is akin to a known rapist teaching a self-defense class and then preying upon the participants. 

Heenan is like the herpes virus.  A single exposure to him -however brief- will make your life miserable for a very long time.  Just read some of the comments from readers who have written to me regarding his shenanigans and you will find that it is well-established fact that he is a full-on loopty-loo who may or may not be a criminally insane drug addict. 

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Facebook to Test Market Overriding User Privacy Preferences

December 22, 2012

In its ever-increasing quest to generate more revenue, which usually means violating user privacy preferences, Facebook announced that it will “test” market to certain accounts the ability to send private messages to the inbox of non-friends to the tune of $1.00 per message. 

Now to the average Facebook user, charging for private messaging, regardless of the pricetag, may seem silly, especially since the charge is only applicable if you want to contact someone not on your friend list. But what you may not have realized is that Facebook recently fixed what was not broken (again) by enabling messaging on your account even if you had previously chosen not to.  Case in point:  Yours truly had messaging via Facebook available only to friends.  If you weren’t a friend, then you didn’t see the “message” button on my page. 

Since Facebook has now overruled that particular privacy preference, if you don’t happen to be a friend, and you message me, well then your message will go straight to an ignore folder also known as junk. Hey, Facebook taketh away your preferences, and Facebook giveth a piss-poor choice in return. It’s like Gmail – sure, you have a spam folder and it does a reasonably okay job of catching unwanted email, but if Google wasn’t selling your address to everyone and his dog in the first place, then you would not be deluged with spam. But I digress.

Since the average user (you & I) would not likely have an interest in messaging someone not on our friend list, we then have to ask ourselves which users would? Who would be willing to pay for the ability to bypass the spam folder? Ha. Perhaps those users with commercial accounts, the kind whose posts show up randomly uninvited such as the following Ram spam among the content in your newsfeed from the pages that you want to see?

Ram spam

Ah, yes.  A flood light appears at the end of the tunnel and it belongs to an advertiser.

A pay-to-play charge of $1.00 per message to override user privacy preferences is but a drop in the bucket to a brand name marketer such as Ram.  But, Facebook wants to remind you that this is, just a “test” being available only to “certain” users. Translation:  Depending on the backlash from individual users, it may or may not to decide to allow coporate advertisers to bombard the shit out of your Facebook inbox with junk. And given that Facebook also recently nixed the ability for users to vote on the governance of the site, you don’t even get to have a say about its policies anymore.  Which leaves it up to writers like me to remind you that Facebook does not give too much of a damn about what the individual user wants when compared to what corporate users want. You didn’t actually believe that Facebook exists for any other reason, did you?

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Toshiba Canvio 3.0 External HDD

December 21, 2012

Featuring one terabyte of space ( 1 TB =  1 x 1012   (1, 000, 000, 000, 000) whereas one gigabyte (1 GB =  109 ( 1, 000, 000, 000).  USB 3.0, and, disk imaging software are also included to back up your existing computer hard drive, this portable drive is no bigger than the average QWERTY keyboard mobile phone. From the time I took it out of the packaging and plugged it into my Windows desktop, it worked perfectly.  If you’re concerned about rigging new hardware, rest assured, the Toshiba is about as idiot-proof as you can get which makes it custom ordered for the technology challenged.

System Requirements

Windows 7, Vista, XP

Mac OS x (Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard & Lion)

Features

I did some research on the drive beforehand, and, was intitally concerned that USB 3.0, despite being touted as backwards compatible with USB 2.0, wouldn’t work on my XP box.  But I was pleasantly surprised when it ran just the way it was intended with my existing USB 2.0 ports.

Where Macs are concerned, the Toshiba is formatted with NTFS and can be read and written to on a Windows PC.  Mac OS X can read data from the drive with no additional software, but if you want to write to the drive, then you have to install the software which is already loaded on the external drive. Once installed, Tuxera NTFS for Mac will enable both read and write support for the NTFS partition on your Mac.

Comparison

I have an Iomega 300 gigabyte drive that I purchased back in 2007.  At the time, its retail price came in just under $300.00.  This drive (pictured above next to the black Toshiba Canvio) is about the size of a electronic book reader, and requires external power, which can make portability somewhat of an issue. (Especially if you’re using another computer that is not at your own private desk with your own private electricity socket.)  Additionally, after the Iomega has been powered up for a little while, it tends to get really hot so you have to take care not to place it near or on anything heat-sensitive.  Plus, it’s on the heavy side.  (I’m not sure what the exact weight is, but you wouldn’t want to get hit upside the head with it.)

I also formatted the Iomega to that of the NTFS file system since doing so would maximize space on the drive.  (Out of the box, it was just the bloated FAT-32 system.)  The Canvio, on the other hand, is about a third of the size of the Iomega and requires no external power source, which makes transportation and interfacing with another computer fairly simple. The drive comes with its own USB 3.0 leash and will work with most USB 2.0 ports.  (I was able to successfully jack into an XP system owned by the local library which are notoriously, woefully, not state-of-the-art computers and locked down so ridiculously that it’s a wonder the system is even operable.) 

If you’re looking for a highly portable,  easy to use, mass storage device to replace a thumb drive (as I was) then this drive is for you.  The price tag is not cost prohibitive and retails for approximately $70.00.

Disclaimer: I am not receiving any kickbacks from Toshiba or any other company for this review, but tips are welcomed and appreciated using the Pay Pal link located on the uppper right hand side of this page.

Note:  The Canvio has an L.E.D. located at the top of the case that will blink white intermittently when reading/writing to the drive, but goes black when the drive is idle.

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Newtown, CT | Killing In the Name Of

December 15, 2012

bad egg

By now, you must have heard about the latest mass shooting. Yet again, there was another mentally unstable shooter having taken the lives of innocents during yet another moment of unspeakable violence. We’ve all seen the images of the real people experiencing real anguish, and, yet, the mind fairly reels from the implications. We see, but are unable to comprehend or even process the end result. Which leads us to an inevitable conclusion –Who is to blame? Fault must be assessed and someone must pay. It’s just how the human mind works.

 The left side of the political duopoly has seized on this sad tale to assess blame on gun ownership. If only guns were illegal, then all crime would magically disappear in the U.S. This is the standard refrain from gullible Americans who have never encountered an issue that they believe could not be resolved by surrendering their civil liberties. (TSA, anyone?) Of course, such simple mindedness does not bother to look beyond the warm fuzzies they anticipate from removing firearms from the possession of law-abiding citizens.  They’re just agreeing with what the news told them to think.  In this particular instance, a gun ban is “for the children,” and that trumps everything, including common sense. 

Other countries that have gun bans are trotted out as proof that it works, but this, is, of course, not only entirely fictional, but given the evidence to the contrary that is freely available to anyone with an internet connection and a search engine, the disingenuous and overall intellectual laziness is positively stunning. Not to mention that applying mindsets from a foreign country to the U.S. is an exercise in comparing apples to Jupiter.  While we’re at it, why not just ask why the U.S. does not have universal healthcare like all the other developed nations on the planet?  The reason couldn’t be attributed to the fact that the U.S. government is firmly owned/operated of, by, for and about the 1%, could it?  This discussion, however, is best left for another time.

Contrary to popular sheeplethink, mass shootings are not exclusive to the U.S. We’re just not informed with much news from outside of the country because the plantation owners don’t want us to get any cute ideas about peacefully protesting our government in the manner hundreds of thousands of others have done elsewhere.  And so a media blackout is easily enforced since there are only six corporations that control 90% of everything Americans see, hear and read. If you see the protests from other countries, then it’s because you have Occupy-minded, activist friends, such as yours truly, who have shared the news to their social networking page.

While the mainstream media would have us swallowing the propaganda of their corporate masters, the fact is, banning guns does not work. Just ask the Germans. On four separate occasions dating from 2002 – 2009, tightening gun ownership laws has only exacerbated the problem. The Germans didn’t just opt for gun control, they took it to a level far beyond by also outlawing “violent” movies, games, and television, and, even having prohibited paintball. And yet despite the nanny law overkill, the mass shootings still happened in Erfut, Emsdetten, Stuttgart, and Ansbach, nonetheless. In the latter incident, the attacker used petrol bombs and an axe as his weapons of choice. But do Americans really need to look to the Germans as proof that prohibition not only does not address the problem, but increases it by creating black markets? Criminals are notorious for not following the law, after all. But don’t say that too loudly in front of Obama voters as the cognitive dissonance may dislodge them from their happy places.

Meanwhile, those on the right have also executed some of their own carpe diem to take this mournful occasion to push its theocratic agenda and blame mass shootings on lack of Christian prayer in public schools. This is not to say that the left doesn’t play the same agenda game –they do, and they are, they just choose to couch it in Orwellian terms that the voters won’t think too carefully about such as the National Defense Authorization Act and disposition matrix of a predator drone. It’s OK to render the rule of law to that of an authoritarian regime and kill children in other countries as long as you do so via executive order. By the way, where was Nobel Peace Prize recipient Obama’s tears for the 178 children (so far) who were killed as a result of his drone assassination program?

So what is to be done about the problem? Ban guns? Remove due process of law? Remember Jefferson’s famous quote:  Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.  What if we just emulate the Israelis and permit teachers to carry weapons? Those who wish to participate can be trained to handle firearms and we can just take it from there. The Israelis have had a fair amount of success with armed teachers having successfully fended off an attack that left one student dead and six others injured before the terrorists were shot dead by school counselors.  But you won’t see that reported on the corporately consolidated news as it would fly in the face of emotional, knee-jerk gun control laws that seek to paint anyone proficient with a weapon with the ever popular term, gun nut.

Funny how some parents will surrender their children to strangers to be educated, but refuse to even consider the idea of allowing those same strangers to protect the children. Speculation about ridiculous scenarios if teachers were armed has become  a national past-time.  While arming teachers may be common sense to some, it does not seem to compute with those content to let the media, and by extension, the politicians do their thinking for them. It apparently has not occurred to these folks that mass shooters prefer malls and schools precisely because it makes their workplace so much safer. In a gun-free zone, there won’t be any pesky, law-abiding citizens that will shoot back. But in states where civilians have returned fire at the bad guy, there has been some moderate success. We just don’t ever hear about it because it would contradict the propaganda.

Maybe we can blame the problem on the lack of access to affordable mental health care. Strangely, the price tag for treatment is a topic that the Affordable Care Act does absolutely nothing to mitigate. At this point, we don’t know much about the shooter or his family.  But surely, we can state with confidence that anyone who would gun down kindergartners has a few loose screws and needs help.  Except that money for mental health treatment at the state level has been routinely slashed since the 1980s and yet the need for services continues to explode exponentially.  Perhaps Mrs. Lanza had sought help for her son long before he went off the deep end only to be turned away by social services because there are very few programs in place for poor whites.  Perhaps not.  We don’t know because the mainstream media has choosen not to investigate the whys behind this event.  Instead, it focuses on sensationalism. 

What the media should be reporting is that even if you are sufficiently privileged to have health insurance in the U.S., and, have the financial perseverance to navigate the labyrinthine maze of managed care, the fact remains, the mental health care professional who ends up treating you will inevitably want to keep his Big Pharma-financed junkets coming, so at the behest of his pharmaceutical representative, he will ensure prescribing for you the latest psychotropic pills, which are well documented to cause homocidal/suicidal rages. The Columbine shooters were on such pills.  It seems talk therapy isn’t so much a part of treatment anymore as much as popping pills has become standard operating procedure.

Perhaps a frank, national conversation should be opened that discusses the underlying societal problems that would cause individuals to become troubled in the first place. We can start with the fact that while Wall Street has been enjoying record profits since the latest economic depression began in 2007, Main Street has been absolutely decimated by homelessness due to foreclosure, and, acute financial distress caused by oppressive, non-dischargeable student loan debt, under and unemployment.

Americans are struggling financially and this is adversely affecting every facet of their lives, including the ability to parent effectively. Meanwhile, companies continue to outsource American jobs, and those that can’t be off-shored, guest workers, both legal and illegal, are brought in en masse in order to drive down wages and keep hard-working Americans demoralized and destitute. That wouldn’t cause a person to pick up a rifle and randomly open fire would it?

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2012 Presidential Debate | Won’t Get Fooled Again

October 8, 2012

Tune in for the REAL presidential debates about topics that matter to hardworking Americans.

 Every four years, after a barrage of marketing ad nauseum, the presidential election debates are televised, and, to anyone who has been paying attention to the circus sideshow known as the American electoral process, the debates amount to little more than a case of dumb vs. dumberer. Two billionaires pretending to represent We, the People, grinning, nodding and congratulating each other like long-lost lovers reunited. They coo for the cameras programmed responses that are shiny, happy, and completely devoid of all critical thought.  That the candidates were  each sent in advance the topics they were to discuss on the televised “debate” is a joke unto itself. What kind of debate can it possibly be if each party already knows what will be asked?  The verbal diarrhea that voters have heard so far should have been sponsored by kaopectate. Now that would have been truth in advertising.

Where was the discussion about the 46.2 million Americans currently living in poverty? Where was mere mention of that fact that, in the wealthiest country on the planet, one in seven Americans go to bed hungry each night? Where was the dialogue regarding too big to jail banks?  Wall Street continues to screw the country with the tacit approval of both major political parties, every level of government regulatory department and law enforcement agency up to and including the Department of Justice.  Now that’s what I call a Fuck You, Pay Me trifecta.  Tony Soprano has nothing over the feds.

Not a peep was uttered about the on-going pillaging/looting of Main Street from either Wall Street bobblehead red or Wall Street bobblehead blue.  Instead, our illustrious, heavily gelled & glittering, coiffed candidates chose to debate Big Bird, a fictional children’s character that is apparently, an enormous drain on the federal budget. All .012% of it.  To put that figure into perspective for you, the cost of PBS programming for an entire year costs what the Pentagon burns in federal dollars in only six hours.  Clearly, Presidential candidates Obomney and Robama prefer to be harder on Sesame Street than they are on Wall Street.

With a record high percentage of U.S. Voters self-identifying as independent, one could ask why the debates don’t include candidates from outside the two-party duopoly.  The answer is simple.  The outfit that runs the presidential debates, the privately held corporation known as the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) is owned and operated by minions from each of the two major political parties.  Along with the corporately consolidated, mainstream press, they have absolutely no intention of allowing any third party candidates to participate who will, no doubt, upset the highly-scripted, reach-around orgy that Demumblicans and Republicrats have been enjoying for decades.  The CPD doesn’t want voters to be informed about real-world problems or the long-term best interests of the 99%.  All that matters to the two-party system is the appearance of choice.  They further want voters to believe that voting for a third party is a “wasted” vote.  Don’t buy into the lies, folks.  Consider ALL of the options before settling for the duopoly’s favorite flavor of rainbows & unicorns.

Now in all fairness, to those voters who are swayed by appearances, the CPD does make a lot of noise about being nonpartisan, but only those with less than a room temperature IQ would accept smoke & mirrors as proof of objectivity.  Considering that the CPD is headed by a former head of the Republican National Committee and former White House Press Secretary, you’d have to have to your head buried so far up your own ass that you would accept that a Nobel Peace Prize could go to a guy who has been more bellicose than George Bush the Dumber.  Oh wait.  We have swallowed that load already when President Obama received his award.  Would you look at that?  It is possible to fool 100% of the people 100% of the time, after all.

If you are a voter who is traumatized and exhausted by the lies, distortions and obfuscations of  our political process, then you should check out the real presidential debates set for 23 October, 2012, at 8p.m. Central Standard Time appearing on FreeandEqual.org

You owe it to yourself and to your family to have an informed opinion come election day.  If you don’t, and you settle, once again, for voting for the “lesser” of two evils, then you will be perpetuating the false dichotomy of choice.  You will be part of the problem giving the nod to two candidates from opposite sides of the same coin that will further erode civil rights, galvanize additional layers of platinum in favor of the already obscenely rich, and otherwise continue to perpetuate the fraud that has become the United States, of, by, for and about the 1%. 

Take back your country, fellow Americans.  End the charade of choice by checking out third party options instead of settling for the candidate who only beats you six days per week instead of seven.

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New Fiction from POB

October 2, 2012

Table of the Mortal Sins by Hieronymous Bosch

Greetings and Salutations POB Readers,

I’m happy to announce that I will be publishing on Kindle, Nook, Apple and Kobo platforms, an interconnected, multi-book series in the dark fantasy/horror/gothic/supernatural/hentai genres. 

The unofficial blurb for the first installment is as follows:

Be careful what you wish for.  The von Dämmerung family has a curious talent for turning any desire into a circle of hell.  Book One of a seven part series, Gula is a tale of excessive consumption and unearthly effect.

 Stay tuned for download availability.


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