The Song “Turn Down For What” by DJ Snake and Lil Jon comes to mind with this book. It hits the ground running and doesn’t let up.
But I get ahead of myself. Micheal Lee Nelson asked for a review and I said sure. Then sends me the first two chapters to get a feel for the entire novel. First, a synopses:
Desperation is the father of invention.
In the year 2525, Ceres desperately searches for his parents, long held captive among the Galactic’s 500 colony worlds.
When he too is taken, forced to duel to save a slave with powerful secret abilities, he determines to fight his way to the top of the pirate ranks.
Can he justify this within his objective moral code? Will Ceres’ faith, his soul, survive?
As you can tell, this isn’t about Ceres, but a guy name Ceres. I was given the first two chapters to read. Micheal Nelson drops you in the action from line one and doesn’t give you time to really breathe (in a good way).
The first chapter deals with Ceres initial adventure to find his father and drops you in the action. The second chapter is a flashback to Ceres birth and why he was given that name, which is, of course, action packed.
Would I pick up the entire book? Yes, yes I would. If you are looking for a High-Energy Action Sci-Fi, then this is for you. Slam your favorite energy drink and get ready for a ride! Enjoy!
Preet Bharara took down (Democrat) Sheldon Silver and (Republican) Dean Skelos (Nice!).
Preet Bharara is investigating the Clinton Foundation (Great!).
Preet Bharara is investigating both NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (Very Awesome!).
Then I had an epiphany and realized those are exactly the reasons US Attorney Preet Bharara MUST be fired. There might be a good number of reasons to keep Bharara, but if Sessions had kept him, then Democrats would accuse the Trump Admin of keeping a Democrat head-hunter.
The Trump Administration cannot play favorites here. They would either have to keep the 46 politically appointed US Attorneys or get rid of them all. The (GW) Bush Administration did a selective firing once and look at how that turned out (despite it being totally legit). It saddens me, but part of “Drain The Swamp” is about not doing politics as usual.
Again, I personally don’t have anything against Preet Bharara. He seems totally legit and honest broker. It honestly makes me sad to write this out. I hope he lands on his feet and thrives. However, as you well know, no one is indispensable. I am sure there are others who can carry on Preet Bharara’s good work.
Because of that meltdown in manufacturing, private-sector unions are a mere shell of their former selves. Most of the historical issues that drove them – wages and working conditions – have been pre-empted by government regulation, and mooted by the collapse of their sector. These unions see free trade as their bête noire, and know that Trump stands outside both mainstream Republican and Democratic circles in opposition to free trade, or at least in skepticism of it.
So yes, Trump has not only unlock the door, but has open the door and invited both sides to shake hands. How we continue this détente beyond Trump and secure the friendly union vote is entirely up to us. And we don’t have to abandon ideals, just sell the ones we have:
Be Pro-Jobs And Pro-Business: Republicans are often painted as being too pro-business instead of being pro-jobs. As Tony Stark would say, is it too much to ask for both? Being pro-business and pro-small business, should be about creating more union jobs.
Right-To-Work Opportunities: We can’t abandon Right-To-Right, because Freedom Of Association is a First Amendment issue. However we can sell it as a pro-growth measure that will lead to jobs and new union opportunities, such as finding work for people and labor for businesses. Union representation doesn’t need to be just on the job.
Deregulation: Why would I join a union if government regulations already set my base pay and working conditions? Why should I pay union dues, when I already pay the government taxes to be my union? Big Labor is obsolete next to big government. Regulations on business weakens unions bargaining legitimacy. Deregulation will make unions relevant again by making big government irrelevant.
The Public-Sector Union Enemy: I hate to pit people against each other, but if we want to create more private-sector jobs, we really need to paint public-sector unions as the natural-born enemies of private-sector unions. Private-Sector Unions has suffocated under big government (which is the truth) and we need to make that painfully clear.
That is my four-point plan in an attempt to Make Unions Great Again. It is not about being pro-Big Labor, so much as being pro-jobs. Where there are jobs, there are unions.
I just finished Death Race 2050. It’s crude, shrill, spastic, sadistic, has really terrible special effects (like Syfy terrible)…
…and a whole hell of lot of fun!
Let’s back up and talk about Death Race 2000.
There’s nothing wrong with Death Race 2000. It is fun and witty. However while it has biting satire, it doesn’t have a good message to back it up. “Fascism Bad, Freedom Good” is not that hard of a message. This movie doesn’t challenge me.
However Death Race 2050 not only has the biting satire, but it is also smarter than it actually looks. Sure it looks stupid on the surface, but it is really not. It takes aim the right, but it then it is completely non-PC too. Let’s take the main characters and break them down:
The Chairman of The United Corporations of America is the parody character of Donald Trump, but he is a globalist and is okay with putting people out of work.
Alexis Hamilton, the rebel leader, is actually working with the Chairman. The “resistance” (by being over-the-top violent and focusing on the wrong things) is actually helping Trump- …err, I mean the Chairman.
Jed Perfectus is supposed to be genetically-engineered athlete, parodying male masculinity. However this falls flat when standing next to Frankenstein’s real masculinity (more on him later). Even Perfectus thinks of himself as a sissy next to Frankenstein.
Minerva Jefferson is a Black Supremacist rapper, who turns out to be an educated intellectual who doesn’t believe what she preaches and is in it for the money. Proving that Racial Supremacy is intellectually hollow.
Tammy “The Terrorist” is a religious cult leader. However it turns out her religion is worshiping celebrity idols (much like we do today). At no point is there any criticism of Christianity.
An artificial intelligence self-driving car, ABE, goes bonkers and kills his own programmer.
Then there’s Frankenstein. If Roger Corman was making this movie to make fun of the right, Frankenstein is the beginning and end of the failure to convey this criticism. Where Perfectus projects masculinity, Frankenstein is male masculinity and he proves it by getting his job (the race) done. Frankenstein is so secure in his masculinity that he has a pet cat. Frankenstein does not like leaders or followers, only doers.
The world setting also lacks clear criticism of the right: Consumerism rules this world, but the right wants to get back to a manufacturing and build stuff again. Both the east and west coasts are wastelands. They paint fly-over country as dangerous because they have guns, but then they get to fight back (so win for fly-over country and gun rights!). Abortion and sterilization has not done anything for overpopulation. A public school sets aside several wheelchair-bound children for Frankenstein to kill, which he promptly kills the school administrators instead for their trouble. There is also not a single gay, bi, or transgender person in this movie (all are straight and comfortable in their gender).
If you are a liberal or progressive or social justice warrior, you are not going to like this movie. Sure it has nudity and fart jokes, but this movie is intellectually right-of-center.
If you are anywhere on the right, this will be a guilty pleasure for years to come. It may be campy as hell and you don’t want to let your kids watch, but I would recommend a watch or two.
I’m growing …concern… over the ObamaCare Replacement debate and it is all coming from the GOP.
…Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said there was “growing momentum” for replacing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, the same day of its repeal.
This has troubled me the last few days. It was until just a few minutes ago that I finally put my finger on why: An Omnibus Bill, they are going to replace ObamaCare with TrumpCare. I could feel the warmth drain from my body as I had this thought.
I am not going to sit here and go over all the ideas that the GOP want to replace ObamaCare with. Some ideas I like and others, I just don’t like. However my main objection right now is an omnibus bill. I have several points on why I object to such a bill.
Riders. If an omnibus was put together, there would surly be riders that have nothing to do with the subject at hand. Spending pet projects is the kind of corruption I not going to tolerate. They are tuck deep in legislation so that no one can find them, which brings me to my next point.
Fixing Smaller Bills Is Easier. If we pass smaller bills or acts, then we can keep them all separate in passage. Every reform should be able to stand on its own. Then fixing and/or repealing each reform will be easier.
TrumpCare. I don’t want TrumpCare. No one wants TrumpCare. I also don’t want to defend reforms I don’t like, just to defend things I do like.
You know, I can understand wanting to Repeal and Replace done at the same time. I get that, but we have got to do this right. Each reform in its own bill. You can still do this on the same day and have them take effect all at the same time.
If the GOP already plan to do this, great! Nothing to worry about. We can debate the individual reforms that come up. All I am saying, is no omnibus bill!
There was no other possible ending to this battle:
At least, as the battle presented to us here. So many mistakes made it’s not even funny.
Right off the bat the Penguins had a 2.75 to 1 advantage over the Santa Claus (SC) army. You can tell by the end of the video that the Penguin army’s leaping of the ledges did nothing for them, but they died in such small numbers that it did not help the SC army.
Second, the Penguins had the high ground. Honestly, even Sun Tzu knew the high ground was important:
With regard to precipitous heights, if you are beforehand with your adversary, you should occupy the raised and sunny spots, and there wait for him to come up. If the enemy has occupied them before you, do not follow him, but retreat and try to entice him away.
The SC army had taken the narrow pass of a box canyon, but did not install a garrison:
With regard to narrow passes, if you can occupy them first, let them be strongly garrisoned and await the advent of the enemy. Should the army forestall you in occupying a pass, do not go after him if the pass is fully garrisoned, but only if it is weakly garrisoned.
The Penguins was able to surround the SC army at the entrance of the narrow pass of the box canyon and push them back with their superior numbers. If the SC army had installed a garrison or had been a heavy infantry (the killing of the very last Santa Claus showed how weak a class of infantry the SC army was), then it might have been a different story altogether.
Up and down, the Santa Claus army made one bad mistake after another. Nothing else gets you in the spirit of Christmas than seeing an army of 11,000 Penguins gut the weaker 4,000 Santa Claus army.
*sigh* This is going to be terrible, isn’t it? I mean, remakes are always awful because they-
*in a state of shock for several long minutes with his mouth agape*
Okay then, this might not suck after all. I have goose-bumps, goose-fucking-bumps people! This doesn’t look like an exact rip-off, yet not insulting to the characters.
Elizabeth Banks appears briefly as Rita Repulsa to give us a sweet, sweet taste of things to come. Bryan Cranston as Zordon (do I need to say more?) is not in the trailer, but I am expecting a great performance from him. Bill Hader is going to voice Alpha 5 (looking forward to that).
I wasn’t expecting much from this movie. However this trailer has raised the bar. Next up, Beetleborgs!
I was asked to review a novel by one of my Twitter followers. I told him, sure why not.
Now, full disclosure, Jeff Faria did give me a copy and told me not to review it if I didn’t like it. I have also only read the first two prologues. Here is a summary of the book:
In 2231, twenty-five billion people walk the Earth. Few lack basic food and shelter. Energy is cheap and abundant. A vast army of ‘bots serves our every need, and those who can afford to do so might live forever. To some, it is a golden age.
But Earth is devoid of resources, now harvested on or around Mars. Nations are ruled from above by governments owned by enormous transnats, and from below by powerful street gangs who have largely usurped the police.
This world is not for everyone. A fifth of the world’s population has withdrawn into the drug Nirvana, while millions more have chosen Martian exile. And a phantom group called ‘The Patriots of Mars’ has committed an act of rebellion that shocks the world.
Josh Reynolds, a Martian-born teen with a secret, is trying to change his life when he gets caught up in the wake of the Patriots’ insurrection. As he struggles to both find and save himself, Josh begins to realize that the change he had hoped for could become something more far-reaching than anyone had imagined.
Again, I have only read the first two prologues (31 chapters total, including the prologues), but what I have read is very interesting. I can honestly say that I will finish the novel and highly recommend getting a copy to read yourself.
It is a “high sci-fi” novel with all the neat gadgets you would want. It has great characters who operate this stuff. With all the talk about going to Mars, why don’t you do yourself a favor and take a trip Jeff Faria is offering to you right now!
Suddenly, about three hundred miles off the coast of Daytona Beach, an island appeared. No one knew when or how it appeared, it was just there. From satellite images, the United States government estimated the island to be around 1,157 square miles in total area. The island had trees and natural landmarks like it had been there for decades or more. An United States Navy ship was dispatched with civilian scientists five months after the island was discovered to study how and why it just appeared.
Upon arriving at the island however, the US Navy ship was shockingly greeted by 100,000 settlers who had already taken up residence. The appointed leader of the settlers, a Jacob M. Richardson, explained that they had all received a vision of the island a month before it was discovered and fully intend to become an independent nation-state.
Well of course the federal government wasn’t going to let this spat of independence stand, so the President Of The United States ordered the captain of the destroyer, a Commander Jake Wade, to arrest the settlers and remove them from the island. Commander Wade countered that the arrest order was ultimately illegal, because technically the island was not claimed by the United States before the settlers arrived. A bureaucratic oversight that cost someone a job (or would be, if getting someone fired from the United States government was a next to impossible task). The settlers were also armed to the teeth and was not too keen to be forcibly removed.
So a compromised was reached that the United Nations would decide the fate of the island. The US Navy ship with the civilian scientists were invited to stay as guests of the island. News spread and another 200,000 settlers came to the island. The new arrivals spread out into five different areas of the island. The population swelled to just north of 400,000 before the migration started to abate.
As more and more people came to the island, they realized that they needed some form of government. Jacob M. Richardson was tasked to name the island, come up with a government, and the flag when they made their case to the United Nations. Being a somewhat learned man and using Latin, Richardson gave “Aratrum Republic” as the name for island’s new nation-state. He named the territories: Borealis to the north, Septentrionalis to the northeast, Orientalis to the east, Australis to the south, and Occidentalis to the west. He named the legislative branch the Legatus and the executive branch council the Rector.
The United Nations didn’t need much prodding to side with the Aratrum Republic, since both Russia and China wanted to stick it to the United States. Three years after appearing out of nowhere, Aratrum Republic gained its independence. The fallout for Aratrum Republic was almost immediate: The island quickly ratified the flag and constitution written by Richardson. Two Russian destroyers appeared and escorted the US Navy destroyer away from the island. Not wanting to be invaded by Russia or anyone else, island leaders suddenly revealed they had five nuclear bombs and were prepare to use them on THEMSELVES if invaded (rendering the island uninhabitable). Commander Wade and most of his crew resigned from the US Navy to start the Aratrum Republic’s own navy. Jacob Richardson was elected to the Rector and re-elected until he died. The Aratrum Republic’s racial demographic percentage mirrored that of the United States with one small difference, they all (well, 99.99% of them) considered themselves Christian Conservative.
The fallout for the rest of the world, was mostly catastrophic: Support for the United Nations in the United States and Europe took a sharp nose dive, as well as US/Russia relations. The European Union soon collapsed after a very angry Hungry decided they had just about enough of Germany’s nonsense. Russia was about ready to invade Eastern Europe and China the rest of Asia, when suddenly the micro-nation movement sprang up all over the world (except Aratrum Republic, Japan, New Zealand, and already establish city-states). The world’s economy came to a stand still as the micro-nation movement was being dealt with. Eastern Europe, Africa, and the Middle East saw the biggest scrambling of boundaries. Weaken Russia, China, and the United States were able to hold it together. Canada got it worse when Quebec broke away. Mexico has become a failed state and all of South America is still on fire.
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