Tuesday, June 24, 2014

REVIEW: HEAVY WAIT: A STRANGE TALE BY SLOAN BASHINSKY- A COMPLEX LITERARY CREATION

"The chief knowledge that one gets from reading books is the knowledge that very few of them are worth reading".                     

- H.L. Mencken.

 

Here's one I found worth reading although the author has gone down the path less trodden. 



 Mostly I read for entertainment—lightweight stories soon forgotten. Occasionally I stumble on a heavyweight—my first novel was "Hatter’s Castle" by A. J. Cronin. Read at aged twelve when I was still reading the "Famous Five” and "In the Fourth at Mallory Towers"—it was an epiphany in that, for the first time, I was introduced to realistic fiction and imperfect families. Last night I finished reading another literary heavyweight: "Heavy Wait" by Sloan Bashinsky.

At the start of the novel a visionary mystic and his lover, wife and kindred spirit win $14,000, 000. Winning the lottery might seem like a dream come true, but this pair has eschewed materialism.  The windfall tests each partner’s dedication to their beliefs.


Riley Strange, a pre-eminent lawyer invariably wins legal arguments, but he can’t bring Mary-Lou round to his way of thinking. On the way back from collecting her winnings, she is killed in motor vehicle accident, leaving Riley with inconsolable grief and $14,000,000.


Cast out of his personal paradise, Riley spends time in the wilderness before meeting Willa Sue, a despondent, overweight woman who bears an uncanny resemblance to Mary-Lou. They strike a bargain: Willa Sue agrees to live in Riley’s home for twelve months, and halve her body weight. In return Riley promises to gift her the winnings, all fourteen million. Tempting eh? But is it wise to go off with a strange man, especially one who believes he’s God?


"Heavy Wait" is a deep and engaging book about the spiritual awakening of a damaged young woman who has the great good fortune to meet an angel, overcomes evil and finds true love—we all should be as lucky!"


Heavy Wait: A Strange Tale is available in kindle and paper at www.amazon.com, and in Spanish at www.amazon.com.es.   Click here to read or sample.

Monday, April 14, 2014

New space conspiracy theory is more probable than ten most famous

Are scientists genetically engineering a deadly disease ideal for germ warfare on the International space Station? To date, the claim has not been debunked unlike the ten most famous space conspiracy theories of all time posted by best0f.com

 

1. The Moon Landing was a Hoax


The granddaddy of all space conspiracy theories h­as to be that the moon landings were faked on a soundstage. Those who believe the moon landings were hoaxes say that the U­nited States lacked the technology necessary to transport humans to the moon and back. They claim that NASA faked the landings in order to make people believe the U.S. had fulfilled President John F. Kennedy's promise to land a man on the moon before 1970.

2. The Face on Mars


In the 1970s, NASA launched two spacecraft called Viking 1 and Viking 2 on missions toMars. Both spacecraft photographed the surface of Mars and sent images back to NASA. In one photo, a hill on Mars' surface looked a little like a face. Author and conspiracy theorist ­Richard Hoagland went a step further and said that it didn't just look like a face, it was definitely a face. Hoagland theorized that an alien civilization colonized Mars and that the face was evidence of an alien city in the Cydonia region.

3. Flat Earth Society


In 1­956, Samuel Shelton founded a society that subscribed to a theory about the shap­e of the Earth -- namely, that it's flat. Shelton based his theory upon what he called common sense and personal observation. He called the scientific evidence for a globe-shaped Earth "dogmatic," meaning scientists were making this claim without adequate evidence. Later, when people showed him pictures of the Earth taken by satellites, Shelton claimed the photos were fake. He and the members of his society continued to support the idea that the Earth is flat and that those who disagree are part of a conspiracy to keep the truth about the Earth hidden.

4. The USA 193 Spy Satellite


On Dec. 14, 2006, Van­denberg Air Force Base launched a rocket carrying a satellite called USA 193. The satellite was part of the National Reconnaissance Office's (NRO) intelligence program. In other words, it was a spy satellite. T­he satellite had trouble maintaining orbit, and by late 2007 the Air Force determined that it would soon crash to Earth. The U.S. government announced in January 2008 that it intended to shoot the satellitedown with a missile.Why shoot down the satellite? The government said it was because the satellite's fuel tank contained hydrazine, which is toxic. If the fuel tank survived re-entry, it could land on a populated area. On Feb. 20, 2008, the U.S. fired a missile and struck USA 193. Some people believe the government didn't tell the entire story. They say that the government also wanted to prevent the satellite from falling into another country's possession. Others go even further and suggest the United States only wanted to show the world that it's capable of shooting down a satellite with a missile.


5. Planet X


Does our solar system contain a giant, unnamed planet? It does, according to the Planet X theory. This theory says that our solar system h­as a 10th planet (if you count Pluto as a planet, otherwise the mystery planet is no. 9). The planet is supposed to be enormous and on an orbital path that will bring it close to Earth soon. Proponents of this theory citeearthquake and weather data as evidence of this planet's growing influence on Earth. They also claim that the government is forcing observatories to close to keep the planet's approach secret and prevent panic.

6. Roswell/Men in Black/Area 51 Conspiracy


No discussion about­ space conspiracy theories would be complete without mentio­ning theRoswell incident. In July 1947, rancher Mac Brazel discovered some strange debris in an area northwest of Roswell, N.M. Brazel couldn't identify the debris, and a nearby military base released conflicting information about the material's origin. A few local newspapers picked up the story. While people thought the incident was unusual, several years passed before the first theories about alien activity really took off. At that time, dozens of UFOenthusiasts published stories and books about the Roswell incident. The basic theory was that the debris came from an alien spacecraft and that the United States government confiscated the material for later study.


7. Illuminati and Majestic-12


Secret governments are a staple in conspiracy theories. According to William L. Moore, a "UFOlogist," Majestic-12 was a code name for a secret government­ department headed by U.S. President Harry Truman. The purpose of this department: to deal with extraterrestrialbeings [source: CSI]. Skeptics say that the documents Moore uses to support his claims are forgeries and that no such department exists.Supposedly, the Illuminati is another secret organization with ties to space. There are hundreds of different theories about the Illuminati, some of which say it's the organization to which all other secret governments report. In what is possibly the strangest theory on this list, some people claim that the Illuminati are the descendants of the union between humans and an extraterrestrial reptilian race. According to this theory, these hybrid descendents have infiltrated the highest levels of government in countries around the world. The supposed goals of the Illuminati range from simple world domination to preparing the Earth for extraterrestrial colonization.

8. 2012 and the End of the World


We can blame it all on the Mayans. They created the Long Count Calendar, a time measurement system that had spiritual significance to their culture. They organized their calendar into several cycles, the last of which will end in ­December 2012. Some people think the Mayans had discovered that after 2012, the world would end.
There are dozens of theories about how this might happen. Some claim that 2012 is when the Earth will experience a polar shift (see above). Others say that after 2012, the Earth will experience a period of terrible destruction followed by a new age of peace and enlightenment. A few claim that in 2012, a secret government will accomplish its goal of total world domination. What will actually happen? Check back with us on Jan. 1, 2013.

9. Shifting Poles


Some people beli­eve that the Earth's North and South poles weren't always located whe­re they are now. They believe the Earth once rotated on a different axis. Others say that the Earth always rotated about its polar axis, but that the Earth's crust shifts so that the land located at each pole changes. Climate change, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions result from stresses on the Earth's crust during the shift. Some claim that the Earth will soon experience another dramatic polar shift, and that, as a result, entire continents might sink while new ones emerge from the sea.
The polar shift hypothesis enters the worl­d of conspiracy theories when some claim that top governments and scientists know of the impending shift but refuse to share the information with the public. Supposedly, they're keeping it a secret to avoid causing a panic.

10. The Dead Cosmonaut


During the 1960s, the Soviet Union and United States raced to become the world leader in space exploration. The winner would be able to claim technological superiority over the other. The Soviet Union had the early edge: In 1957, it launched Sputnik, the first man-madesatellite. In 1961, the Soviet Union dealt the American space program another blow when cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space. But, according to the Judica-Cordiglia ­brothers from Italy, Gagarin wasn't the first.

The brothers set up a listening station in Italy to intercept communication transmissions between ground operations and spacecraft for both American and Soviet missions. Weeks before Gagarin's successful flight, the brothers claimed to have detected and recorded radiotransmissions of a cosmonaut slowly dying while adrift in space. The Soviet Union denied the brothers' claim. Supporters of the theory believe the Soviet government hid the cosmonaut's death to preserve the country's reputation as a leader in space exploration. The truth remains a mystery, though the recordings are available online, if you're curious to hear for yourself.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

A is in anthrax and B is in Blister

An ABC of Biological Weapons

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A is in Arsenic and also in Anthrax...this simple alphabet of biological weapons is meant as an aide de memoire of bacteriological agents used in BW (biological weapons) research. All  can cause either death, temporary incapacitation or permanent harm to humans. 

  •  Arsenic - After World War I the United States built up a stockpile of 20,000 tons of Lewisite; a chemical weapon composed with arsenic, acting as a vesicant (blister agent) and lung irritant. The stockpile was neutralized with bleach and dumped into the Gulf of Mexico after the 1950s. During the Vietnam War the United States used Agent Blue (a mixture of sodium cacodylate) and dimethyl arsenic acid (cacodylic acid) as one of the rainbow herbicides to deprive the Vietnamese of valuable crops.
  • Blister agents, or vesicants, are one of the most common BW agents. These oily substances act via inhalation and contact with skin. They affect the eyes, respiratory tract, and skin, first as an irritant and then as a cell poison. Exposure to blister agents often results in blindness and permanent damage to the respiratory system.
  • Blood agents interfere with the way that blood cells use and transport oxygen. A cyyanide group of chemicals that affect bodily functions by preventing the normal utilization of oxygen by body tissues.   Hydrogen cyanide (HCN) and cyanogen chloride (CNCl) are the main BW agents in this class.
  • Choking agents affect the victims' ability to breath and also have corrosive affects on the skin and eyes. Chlorine gas, used in World War II, is an example of a choking agent.
  • Cyanide,  Hydgogen cyanide  was used as a genocidal agent  during the Crimean War and in World War 11. It may have been used along with other chemical agents during the Iran/Iraq War.
  • Cruelty isn't softened by tears, it feeds on them.--Publilius Syrus.
  • Delivery, The primary threat is by aerosol release.
  • Earthwide bacteria, of the thousands that occur approximately 100 have been identified as pathogens of military significance.
  • Food-bourne attack of brucellosis is a definite threat.
  • Glanders (Pseudomonas mallei), potential for aerosol delivery, the symptoms are profuse watery stools. Death occurs in over 50% of untreated cases.
  • Genocide, extermination utterly of races, species and sects.
  • Humans, can contract anthrax through the inhalation of aerosolized spores. Transmission can be by missiles, bomblets,artillery fires, point release, or airbourne line release. Food and water contamination is an alertantive method.
  • Incubation, the incubation period for various agents varies from hours to up to 40 days and depends on the strength of the infecting dose.
  • Judgement, do not wait for the last judgement. Judge for yourself.
  • Lice, the body louse is a carrier of various infections including bubonic plague. It can be spread to an enemy population by infected vectors and aerosol spray.
  • Melioidosis, the case fatality for severely affected victims exceeds 90%. No vaccines are available. The primary threat is aerosol release.
  • Nerve agents  are highly toxic and work rapidly by affecting the way that nerve signals are transmitted through the body to the brain. 
  • Prevention, the military mask provides protection from aerosols. 
  • Query (Q Fever), spread by aerosol spray or contaminated food, the organisms persists in the release environment for months.
  • Rickettsiae are of grave concern,specifically because of ease of distribution and the organism's ability to survive for extended periods in harsh environments.
  • Sarin kills in minutes. It was developed by Nazi scientists in 1938.The United States now says the Syrian regime has used the deadly nerve gas against rebel forces. 
  • Trichothecene mycotoxin, a BW agent that was allegedly used in South East Asia in the 1980s.
  • Viral Agents, the group of organisms called viruses are all agents that live in the cells of an infected host. 60% of all infections are caused by viruses. Diseases of viral origin cannot be cured by antibiotics.
  • Umpteen, Kill a man and you are a murdererer. Kill millions of men and you are a conquerer. Kill everyone and you are a god. --Jean Rostand
  • Western Equine Encephalitis, is a virus and a potential BW agent.
  • Xanthamonas Albilineans, a bacteria and a potential BW agent.
  • Yellow Fever Virus is a a potential BW agent.
  • Zyklon B (Hydrogen cyanide) has high toxicity and in sufficient concentrations it rapidly leads to death. During the Second World War it was used in the Nazi gas chambers


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Monday, April 7, 2014

Teenage thrillseekers: the years of living dangerously

It’s more dangerous for teens than any decade since the sixties.
Adolescence is the only age group in which the death-rate has risen since 1960.  You see teenagers are a reckless species and young thrill-seekers go looking for new and potentially harmful experiences.

FACT
In the US, more than 16,000 young people die each year from accidents.

For twelve months I worked as a funeral director. In this role I witnessed the distress of dozens of families whose child died as a result of their own reckless behaviour. Some of those deaths were due to suicide, overdose and cancer but by far and away the majority resulted from dangerous driving.

FACT
Inexperienced teenagers are the rashest and fastest drivers on the roads. 

Their wild behaviour intensifies when they are with their friends. It is easy for them to get carried away because driving is a new and exciting experience for them. All too often it is their final experience.

FACT
The part of the brain that manages impulse control, judgement, insight and emotional response is not fully developed in a teenager.

It’s hard to find anything positive in the death of young person but you’d like to hope that the death of a friend might serve as a lesson, albeit a harsh one.  And yet after listening to grief-stricken family members speak at the funeral of the needless waste of life; many teenagers continue to drive as if they are indestructible.

Making Sense of What I’ve Seen

 I wrote about five teenagers, good kids who embarked on a wild joy ride that ended in tragedy in The Biocide Conspiracy. Their grief stricken families decided on a combined  funeral service. At the end of the ceremony the coffins were carried from the church to a song that ironically celebrates the wildness of youth. 

Forever young, I want to be forever young.
Do you really want to live forever, forever and ever?

One teen survived, He matured and achieved more than anyone would ever have expected. His exploits are recorded in "The Biocide Conspiracy". What heights his companions might have attained, will never be known.

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