Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Douglas Rushkoff on IN OTHER NEWS

Recommended Listening:  On January 28, 2019, Douglas Rushkoff appeared on Geoff Brady's IN OTHER NEWS RADIO and discussed his latest book, TEAM HUMAN.  Listen to the entire interview right HERE.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Mystery Object Over Las Vegas

What follows is the opening paragraph of Tyler Rogoway's 3-17-19 article entitled "Air Controller Wowed By Pilot's Ability To See Mystery Object Over Las Vegas With Night Vision":

"Around 9pm local time on Saturday, March 16th, 2019, an air ambulance helicopter was flying roughly 15 miles west of central Last Vegas when something odd caught his aided eye. During an exchange with an air traffic controller, the pilot of Mercy Air 21, an Agusta 119 Koala helicopter, noted spotting an unidentified object some distance from his position and only he was likely able to see it in the darkness as he was wearing night vision goggles (NVGs). The controller responded that he had nothing on radar in the area where he was seeing the object, but when he heard the pilot could only see it through his NVGs, he responded with amazement." 

Skipping down to the end of the article:

"We can also positively ID the helicopter. It is an Agusta A109, registered N238AM, belonging to Air Methods. We also now have better positioning information. According to this, MA021 would have been roughly nine miles from the South Hills Hospital, the approximate area where the pilot thought the object was flying over at 7,000 feet, when the radio exchange occurred.

"A nine mile visual ID of a party balloon or something like that at night using NVGs seems really questionable. So size of the object and its exact configuration is the big question at this point. We also know that the A109 was flying at 7,000 feet. So, the pilot would have seen this object at eye level from his perspective.

"Update: March 18th, 2019 @ 6:19pm PST—

"We finally talked to the Mercy Air operations base where the helicopter flies out of and they informed us that Air Methods headquarters has told them not provide comment or access to the pilot who was talking on the radio and spotted the object. They told us Air Methods wants any inquiries sent to their headquarters. The problem is that I had reached out to them and have heard nothing back in well over 24 hours. I will keep trying to contact them directly, but at this point it looks as if they are actively trying to avoid discussing the event with us."

Read Rogoway's entire article HERE.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Scott Pelley's "Brain Trauma Suffered By U.S. Diplomats Abroad Could Be Work of Hostile Foreign Government"

What follow are choice excerpts from a 3-17-19 article entitled "Brain Trauma Suffered By U.S. Diplomats Abroad Could Be Work of Hostile Foreign Government" by CBS News Correspondent Scott Pelley:

"In 2016 and '17, 25 Americans, including CIA agents, who worked in the U.S. Embassy in Cuba suffered serious brain injuries causing impaired vision and memory loss among other persistent symptoms. Now, we've learned that at least 15 American officials in China suffered unexplained brain trauma soon after. The FBI is now investigating whether these Americans were attacked by a mysterious weapon that leaves no trace. Over many months we have been collecting evidence of what appears to be a hostile foreign government's plan to target Americans serving abroad and their families."

Skipping down further in the article...

"The State Department declined an interview, but in a statement to 60 Minutes it said, 'We will continue to provide our colleagues the care they need, regardless of their diagnosis or the location of their medical evacuation.' A State Department official told us that the Cuba patients are victims of an attack. But State hasn't made the same determination for the China patients. The department has asked the National Academies of Science to assist in the medical investigation.

"The FBI is also investigating. Intelligence sources told us that in addition to Cuba and China, Russia is a suspect. But if microwaves were used, the technology is not rare. It could be more than one country is using it. U.S. Intelligence is still debating what caused the injuries."

To read the entire article, click HERE.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The Cricket Conspiracy

Back on 8-14-17, in a post entitled "Covert Sonic Weapons Deployed in Cuba," I first mentioned a series of unexplained attacks in Cuba that "left a group of American diplomats in Havana with severe hearing loss attributed to a covert sonic device," according to journalists Matthew Lee and Michael Weissenstein. In January of this year, USA Today reported that the solution to these mysterious assaults was none other than... crickets. Yes, crickets induced "severe hearing loss" in at least five U.S. diplomats despite the fact that all firsthand descriptions of these attacks indicate they were caused by the same type of nonlethal weaponry used by covert American operatives to torture my friend Dion Fuller in San Diego back in 2003 and 2004. (For a detailed account of Dion's experiences, see my 2015 nonfiction book CHAMELEO). Here's an excerpt from N'dea Yancey-Bragg's 1-8-19 USA Today article entitled "Remember That Mysterious 'Attack' on U.S. Diplomats in Cuba? Scientists Think It Was Crickets":

Beginning in late 2016, a mysterious illness befell U.S. diplomatic personnel and family members in Havana.
Specialists said the symptoms, described by those afflicted as “buzzing, grinding metal, piercing squeals and humming,” were similar to the brain dysfunction caused by concussions.
Some U.S. officials suspected the “health attacks” were intentional, perhaps perpetrated by the Cuban or Russian governments, but new research has implicated another culprit: Very loud crickets.
Scientists analyzed a recording of the sound released by The Associated Press in 2017 and found it matched the chirp of the Indies short-tailed cricket Anurogryllus celerinictus “in duration, pulse repetition rate, power spectrum, pulse rate stability, and oscillations per pulse.”
This particular kind of cricket is typically found in the Caymans, Florida Keys and Jamaica, but researchers Alexander L Stubbs of the University of California Berkeley, and Fernando Montealegre-Z of the University of Lincoln in England believe they may also be present in Cuba.
The researchers noted that the pulse structure of the AP recording initially didn’t match outdoor field recordings of the insects, but when the cricket call was played indoors, “the interaction of reflected sound pulses yields a sound virtually indistinguishable from the AP sample.”
They said their research, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, provides “strong evidence” that crickets produced the sound on the recording. However, their findings highlight the need for more rigorous research on what caused the diplomat’s ailments and does not rule out the possibility of another form of attack, according to the report.
To read the entire USA Today article, click HERE.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Jennifer Senior on "The Perils of Cancel Culture"

I'd like to offer a special tip of the hat to Elizabeth Hand (author of GENERATION LOSS, AVAILABLE DARK, and HARD LIGHT, and many other excellent novels) for alerting me to Jennifer Senior's illuminating 3-8-10 New York Times Opinion piece entitled "Teen Fiction and the Perils of Cancel Culture," which Hand describes as "an excellent piece [...] on social media's disturbing call-out culture and its power over publishing, in particular YA novels."

Here's a key quote from Senior's article: 

"The die-hards in this army of crusaders will argue they’re doing it in the name of diversity, but it’s really just the opposite: If Twitter controls publishing, we’ll soon enter a dreary monoculture that admits no book unless it has been prejudged and meets the standards of the censors."

To read Senior's entire article, click HERE.

Monday, February 25, 2019

"Dymaxion Love" in HYPNOS MAGAZINE

My latest crime against humanity, "DYMAXION LOVE" (6,400 words), has just been published in the new issue of HYPNOS MAGAZINE (Volume 8, Issue 1).  

As you can see below, "Dymaxion Love" is the penultimate story in this issue.  (I must say, I never thought I'd be sharing a Table of Contents page with Oliver Onions!)  

If you want to read my twisted new tale "Dymaxion Love," I urge you to purchase a copy of HYPNOS by clicking right HERE! 

More information about HYPNOS MAGAZINE:  

"Founded in 2012, HYPNOS MAGAZINE strives to promote the best weird fiction in the vein of H. P. Lovecraft, Lord Dunsany, Algernon Blackwood, Ambrose Bierce, Edgar Allan Poe, and Arthur Machen.

"Dismayed by the state of contemporary weird fiction and the lack of respect it has fostered, we seek to encourage bold, thought-provoking literature that looks beyond the vampires, werewolves, and goblins that have become the staples of the genre."

Monday, February 18, 2019

Lyndon LaRouche, R.I.P. (1922-2019)

Lyndon LaRouche, the Weird Uncle of Late 20th and Early 21st Century American Politics, passed away on February 12th.  What follows is from Richard Severo's 2-13-19 New York Times obituary: 

Lyndon LaRouche, the quixotic, apocalyptic leader of a cultlike political organization who ran for president eight times, once from a prison cell, died on Tuesday. He was 96.

His death was announced on the website of his organization, La Rouche/Pac. The statement did not specify a cause or say where he died.

Defining what Mr. LaRouche stood for was no easy task. He began his political career on the far left and ended it on the far right. He said he admired Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan and loathed Hitler, the composer Richard Wagner and other anti-Semites, though he himself made anti-Semitic statements.

He was fascinated with physics and mathematics, particularly geometry, but called concerns about climate change “a scientific fraud.”

He condemned modern music as a tool of invidious conspiracies — he saw rock as a particularly British one — and found universal organizing principles in the music of Bach, Beethoven and Mozart.

Some called him a case study in paranoia and bigotry, his mild demeanor notwithstanding. One biographer, Dennis King, in “Lyndon LaRouche and the New American Fascism” (1989), maintained that Mr. LaRouche and his followers were a danger to democratic institutions.

Mr. LaRouche denigrated a panoply of ethnic groups and organized religions. He railed against the “Eastern Establishment” and environmentalists, who he said were trying to wipe out the human race. Queen Elizabeth II of England was plotting to have him killed, he said. Jews had surreptitiously founded the Ku Klux Klan, he said. He described Native Americans as “lower beasts.”

Even so, Mr. LaRouche was able to develop alliances with farmers, the Nation of Islam, teamsters, abortion opponents and Klan adherents. Acolytes kept Mr. LaRouche’s political machine going by peddling his tracts and magazines in airports, and by persuading relatives and friends to donate large sums to help him fight his designated enemies.

He operated through a dizzying array of front groups, among them the National Democratic Policy Committee, through which he received millions of dollars in federal matching money in his recurring presidential campaigns. His forces also sponsored candidates at the state and local levels, including for school board seats.

His movement attracted national attention, especially in 1986, when two LaRouche followers, Mark Fairchild and Janice Hart, unexpectedly won the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor and secretary of state, respectively, in Illinois.

Adlai E. Stevenson III, the Democratic candidate for governor of Illinois that year, was appalled. He denounced the LaRouche group as “neo-Nazis” and refused to run with Mr. Fairchild and Ms. Hart, organizing a third-party bid instead. He, as well as the LaRouche supporters, lost to James R. Thompson, the Republican incumbent.

Some voters said they had voted for Mr. Fairchild and Ms. Hart because they had been endorsed by Mr. LaRouche’s National Democratic Policy Committee, which they thought was affiliated with the mainstream Democratic Party.

Critics of Mr. LaRouche said he had used that committee to deceive people abroad as well. In 1982, he managed to arrange a meeting with President José López Portillo of Mexico, evidently because Mexican officials thought Mr. LaRouche represented the Democratic Party.

“I’m as American as apple pie,” Mr. LaRouche once said.

To read Severo's article in its entirety, click HERE.  To hear LaRouche in own words, see below.... 

LaRouche Discusses the 9/11 Attack As It Unfolds

(The following interview was conducted on September 11, 2001, between Jack Stockwell, morning radio host on K-TALK radio in Salt Lake City, Utah, and 2004 Presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche. It was on the air from 7:15 to 9:00 A.M., Mountain Daylight Time.)

Sunday, February 17, 2019

More San Diego Madness

Readers of my book CHAMELEO will be well aware of the fact that San Diego, the military town of all military towns, is a nexus of seemingly "random" violence.  Yet another example of this ongoing chaos occurred this past Tuesday, according to Alex Riggins' 2-13-19 article entitled "Man Unloads 'Hail of Gunfire' into San Diego Bistro: 'Amazing That Nobody Was Hurt'":
A man armed with a high-powered rifle unleashed a “hail of gunfire” into a Hillcrest restaurant Tuesday night, but nobody was injured, police said.
Officers detained a possible suspect about 20 minutes later and found the discarded gun somewhere in the four blocks between where the gunfire erupted and where the man was detained, San Diego Police Lt. Andra Brown told San Diego News Video.

Investigators at the scene found at least 19 “assault rifle-caliber” shell casings, Brown said. Several 911 callers reported the gunshots just before 7:40 p.m. near University and Fourth avenues, in a bustling area lined with restaurants and bars, San Diego Police Officer John Buttle said.

The rounds shattered the windows at the Asian Bistro, Brown said, adding that it was “amazing that nobody was hurt.” “It’s quite a blessing when that much, that hail of gunfire that went out, there was nobody hit,” Brown told San Diego News Video. “There were several patrons inside the business, and employees, and nobody was struck.” Some people inside the restaurant reported being hit by shattered glass, but any wounds were superficial and drew no blood, Brown said.

Witnesses told police the shooter fled south, and at least one witness said the gun used was an AR-15 rifle, according to police radio traffic.
To read Riggins' article in its entirety, click HERE.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

"Poetic Injustice and Performative Outrage" in QUILLETTE

My colleague Clint Margrave (author of THE EARLY DEATH OF MEN and SALUTE THE WRECKAGE) has just published an important new article entitled "Poetic Injustice and Performative Outrage" in Quillette.  I highly recommend reading the entire piece.  What follows is a choice excerpt....

Slavoj Žižek argues that the totalitarian elements of modern political correctness are much more difficult to resist than the unambiguous totalitarianism of the past. Instead of simply dictating what a person can and can’t do or say, political correctness uses emotional coercion to leverage feelings of guilt and shame. We are now supposed to care more about the collective “feelings” of the community than the individual artist or artwork. A work no longer speaks for itself, but for a community, and an artist’s whole public persona—how virtuous they are, how they behaved on a Saturday night, their correct (or incorrect) political beliefs or opinions, and so on—can all either hurt or help that community. This seems like a lot to ask of a writer just to remain published in a magazine that probably didn’t even pay them.
I asked Joanna Valente, publisher of Yes, Poetry magazine, if it should be a publisher’s business what a writer does outside of their interaction with that publisher. “I wouldn’t say it’s a publisher’s ‘business’ to know—and publishers aren’t private investigators and do have lives of their own (and often, day jobs, since most editors don’t edit full-time). However, I do think if someone’s behavior becomes a public concern, and it does violate ethical, safety, moral, and/or legal matters, then it should be of concern.”
No doubt Valente and the editors at cahoodaloodaling have good intentions. But these good intentions seem to be very shortsighted. Anyone who has ever silenced someone has done so under the guise of “public concern.” And, while libel is a legitimate concern for a publisher and a condition (along with personal attacks and by request of the author) under which even [Timothy] Green [editor of Rattle] says he would “de-publish” a poem, none of these considerations were at issue in the cases of Rachel Custer or Anders Carlson-Wee. Call it performance or moral panic, but a small but powerful and vocal minority of community members is seizing control of the message—any breach of orthodoxy marks you an apostate or a blasphemer, and then it’s off to the poetry gulags.
They even have their own informers—members of the community who dedicate themselves to rooting out transgressive views and behavior so they can report it to the publisher [emphasis added--RG]. “I was so excited to be published in The Journal,” says Custer, “which puts out such lovely work, and then I was just heartbroken to have that work removed.” Ohio State University’s esteemed literary magazine took down her poem after a few members of the poetry community emailed the magazine alleging Custer was a “racist, an Islamophobe,” and—perhaps the strangest allegation of all—that she, “ridiculed dead children.” “Just all kinds of insane allegations,” says Custer. “The student editor removed my work without ever talking to me about the allegations, and never even told me the work was taken down. I think I found out when I was updating my personal website.” The editor told her the problem wasn’t her poem or its contents, but her personal opinions as expressed by social media.
“If someone reaches out to a publisher,” says Valente, “I think the publisher, for instance, should take what that person says seriously and act in a way they see fit. No one can tell a publisher what to do, but I do think at the very least acknowledging what a person says is important, and ultimately hopefully they make a decision that ensures the integrity of their magazine and the safety of their audience.”
Wanting to protect one’s staff from, for instance, personal harassment is obviously understandable. But the “safety of their audience”? Whoever said art was safe? The idea of safety is prevalent throughout the poetry community right now—there is even a hashtag called #saferlit. But safety from what, exactly? From a poem that might offend someone’s sensibilities? From an idea someone else might not agree with? To describe protection from ideas, art, or words as “safety” is a sinister misuse of language, and it has always been the righteous excuse offered in justification of censorship. “If a work is harming others, and taking away someone’s humanity, then I think it’s ethical to remove the work, because it’s not helping anyone, and just promoting dangerous thought that has led many countries to violent wars and aggressions,” says Valente. 
This kind of reasoning may sound like a kinder and more empathetic kind of censorship, but protecting our own best interests has always been the benevolent justification for the banning or burning of books. And in today’s feverish and intolerant cultural climate, a “dangerous thought” may simply be a “thought” with which the self-appointed censor disagrees. Too much protection makes a population naïve. Pushing boundaries is practically a condition for creating art, and artists have either been rewarded or punished for pushing the limits of acceptability and challenging the voices of cultural or political authority, depending on the political temperature of the time. And that is why artistic censorship is always high on the list of priorities of totalitarian regimes.
To read Margrave's article in its entirety, click HERE.

Saturday, February 9, 2019


Last night I returned to Badbaby's FIGHT FOR OUR FREEDOM RADIO and discussed my books CHAMELEO, UNTIL THE LAST DOG DIES, and CRYPTOSCATOLOGY (and related issues) for well over two hours.  To listen to the entire interview, click HERE.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Richard Schowengerdt Appears on IN OTHER NEWS!

Earlier today Richard Schowengerdt, the inventor featured so prominently in the pages of my book CHAMELEO, made a special appearance on Geoff Brady's radio show IN OTHER NEWS (WBAI, 99.5 FM in New York) to discuss the origins of Project Chameleo.  Targeted Individual Josephine Grace and Yours Truly also make appearances during the course of the hour.  Here's Geoff Brady's description of the episode:

On this show the topic of organized stalking is examined in depth because the cases are known to be at epidemic levels. The effects of gangstalking can cause severe and irreversible harm, and the media often take an easy route of portraying all victims as mentally ill. In several of these cases, there was mention of high technology warfare being deployed. Past guests Josephine Grace and Robert Guffey have described how a group of highly skilled individuals utilize advanced camouflage technology such as invisibility suits to harass, attack and injure. There are hundreds of patents filed for invisibility cloaking technology and invisibility detection devices. Among those U.S. patents is Project Chameleo filed by engineer Richard Schowengerdt. He joins us to talk more about the design of his electro-optical camouflage system making objects invisible within the visible spectrum of light.

Richard Schowengerdt served in the Navy and studied at their school of electronics in San Francisco. From there he went to Japan to set up a communication station for the US Navy. By 1957 he returned to St. Louis, Missouri and went to St. Louis University. He worked for McDonnel Aircraft, then moved to California in 1961. He was President of the Orange County Engineering Council in 1967, branch head of the Navy Metrology Engineering Center in Pomona, a Chief Warrent Officer Two with the Naval Reserve, and in 1988 worked with the Defense Contract Management Agency. There are many more accomplishments. He retired in October of 2014.

To listen to the entire show, click HERE

As a bonus, here's a photograph of me interviewing Richard in March of 2006:

And a second photo of the two of us standing outside George Van Tassel's world-famous Integratron (near Joshua Tree, California) in October of 2014:


Saturday, February 2, 2019

"The Detective with the Glass Gun" in BLACK DANDY #3!

By [the secret name of the Great Architect of the Universe], the sensational rumors are true!  Issue three of H. Andrew Lynch's magazine BLACK DANDY is now available for purchase!  The lead story in this latest issue is my epic tale "THE DETECTIVE WITH THE GLASS GUN," a gentle fable about a naive but resourceful psychology student who finds herself trapped in the basement of a manipulative psychopath, a bestselling fantasist who secretly belongs to a nefarious church that worships vacuum cleaners.  Trust me, you're not going to want to miss this one.  

For more persuasive, silver-tongued ballyhoo, just keep reading:    

Black Dandy introduces you to yet another wave of international authors who invite us to join them on their unusual journeys.

We’ve assembled writers who dwell in the sublime space between magic realism, surrealism, and the otherwise strange.

If you wish, you can read a sample story from the magazine HERE.

Friday, February 1, 2019

"The Last Nihilist Poet of Earth Vs. the Radioactive Monkeys from Mars" in THE COCKROACH CONSERVATORY VOLUME 2!

FearBot3000, the venerable editor of The Cockroach Conservatory, recently beamed the following message into my skull:

"Earth Beings!
After entangling ourselves with an all-encompassing evil, the Amazon Algorithms, we have successfully freed ourselves from its tentacled grip. We now have copies of The Cockroach Conservatory Volume 2. You should buy them now. You should buy them from us.
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FearBot3000 respectfully demands that you purchase a copy of The Cockroach Conservatory Volume 2 in order to read my latest short story "The Last Nihilist Poet of Earth Vs. the Radioactive Monkeys from Mars," which you will find tucked away in the chocolatey center of The Cockroach Conservatory Volume 2!

Simply click HERE for more essential information regarding FearBot3000 and the curious entomological publication over which he/she/it presides. 

Sunday, January 20, 2019


A few days ago, on January 17, Tessa B. Dick (author of CONVERSATIONS WITH PHILIP K. DICK and several other illuminating books) went live on YouTube to talk about my books CRYPTOSCATOLOGY:  CONSPIRACY THEORY AS ART FORM (TrineDay, 2012) and CHAMELEO:  A STRANGE BUT TRUE STORY OF INVISIBLE SPIES, HEROIN ADDICTION, AND HOMELAND SECURITY (OR Books, 2015).  If you want to see Tessa holding forth on such subjects as mind control, propaganda, and strange technology, simply click HERE.


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Bela Lugosi and the Monogram 9 Update

A couple of days ago on Twitter the incomparable Michael Kronenberg posted this striking illustration he recently completed for my forthcoming nonfiction book BELA LUGOSI AND THE MONOGRAM 9 (written in collaboration with Gary D. Rhodes).  The book is at last nearing completion!  More details to come....

Monday, January 14, 2019

Sonic Waves and the Davis Shooter

From Sarah Ravani's 1-12-19 SFGate article entitled "Davis Man Who Killed Rookie Cop Left Note Saying He Was Hit With 'Sonic Waves'":

A 48-year-old man identified as the gunman in the ambush killing of a 22-year-old Davis police officer left a note in his apartment saying that police had hit him with “ultra sonic waves meant to keep dogs from barking.”

The note was released by Davis police a few hours after Kevin Douglas Limbaugh of Davis was identified as the man who shot and killed Officer Natalie Corona on Thursday while the rookie officer was responding to a routine collision in downtown Davis, according to the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office.

Hours after the shooting, Limbaugh killed himself with a single gunshot to the head as police closed in, said Davis Police Chief Darren Pytel. The note was found during a search by police of Limbaugh’s apartment.

“The Davis Police department has been hitting me with ultra sonic waves meant to keep dogs from barking,” read the note, which was typed on a computer. “I notified the press, internal affairs, and even the FBI about it. I am highly sensitive to its affect (sic) on my inner ear. I did my best to appease them, but they have continued for years and I can’t live this way anymore.”

According to Lt. Paul Doroshov of the Davis police, there’s no way to tell exactly when the note was typed.

“There have been a lot of rumors as to why this happened, why he did what he did, and we’re hoping this sheds some light,” Doroshov said. As for the placement of the note, which was found face-up on Limbaugh’s bed, “I really can’t speculate as to why it was there like that.”

To read the entirety of Ravani's article, click HERE.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

The Hunter S. Thompson Reading List (1955-1967)

I recently reread Hunter S. Thompson's first collection of letters, THE PROUD HIGHWAY:  SAGA OF A DESPERATE SOUTHERN GENTLEMAN 1955-1967.  While doing so, I jotted down the title of every book the young HST mentions to his various correspondents.  Between the years 1955 and 1967, Thompson no doubt read many more books than the ones mentioned below; these are merely those titles he felt compelled to reference in letters written to his close circle of friends and colleagues.  Here, then, for your privileged illumination, is a partial Hunter S. Thompson Reading List (1955-1967):

THE OUTSIDER by Colin Wilson
THE POWER ELITE by C. Wright Mills
TROPIC OF CANCER by Henry Miller
WINESBURG, OHIO by Sherwood Anderson
BRAVE NEW WORLD by Aldous Huxley
THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald
A FAREWELL TO ARMS by Ernest Hemingway
TIGRERO! by Sasha Siemel
LIE DOWN IN DARKNESS by William Styron
OUT OF AFRICA by Isak Dinesen
A LONG AND HAPPY LIFE by Reynolds Price
IT IS TIME, LORD by Fred Chappell 
RED LANCES by Arturo Uslar Pietri
A SINGULAR MAN by J.P. Donleavy
THE UNNATURAL ENEMY by Vance Bourjaily
THE WHITE NEGRO by Norman Mailer
THE FUN HOUSE by William Brinkley
THE WORLD OF SEX by Henry Miller
GOING AWAY by Clancy Sigal 
A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE by Nelson Algren
MAN INTO WOLF by Robert Eisler

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Hunter S. Thompson on Richard M. Nixon

"If the right people had been in charge of Nixon's funeral, his casket would have been launched into one of those open-sewage canals that empty into the ocean just south of Los Angeles. He was a swine of a man and a jabbering dupe of a president. Nixon was so crooked that he needed servants to help him screw his pants on every morning. Even his funeral was illegal. He was queer in the deepest way. His body should have been burned in a trash bin." -- from Hunter S. Thompson's 1994 obituary for Richard Nixon

In honor of what would have been Richard M. Nixon's 106th birthday, I recommend reading Hunter S. Thompson's obituary for Nixon, collected in BETTER THAN SEX:  CONFESSIONS OF A POLITICAL JUNKIE (1994).  Click HERE to read "He Was a Crook."

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Jon Rappoport on Catherine Austin Fitts

From Jon Rappoport's 12-31-18 article entitled "The Government 'Can’t Find' $20 trillion, While Pension Funds Are Tanking":

"Look around you. Money is everywhere. Titanic piles of it are flowing. The question is, to whom is it flowing, and how, and why? Within the current system, there are designated winners and losers. This has to do with criminal controllers posing as benefactors. They steer the money ship. They dump shipments of money at certain favored ports and keep shipments from reaching many other ports.
I know there are people out there who will say, 'It’s all about the illegal Federal Reserve and the transnational bankers.' That’s like saying the drug problem is all about the Mexican cartels—but then, digging further, you also come across the expanding opium poppy fields in Afghanistan, the hands-off collusion in Chicago that permits the city to act as a primary hub for drug distribution in the US, the pharmaceutical companies that traffic millions of opioid pills to dealers, and the 2016 law that strangled DEA efforts to bust those companies.

"The devil is in the details, and [Catherine Austin] Fitts has uncovered an astonishing number of them.

"I first came across her work about ten years ago, when we spoke several times about her specific method enabling local communities to discover money flows—the sources of money coming into their towns and cities, and the destinations of money going out. This brilliant tool would give communities the power to see exactly how money was impoverishing them, rather than enriching them. In an effort to make that tool widely available, thus pointing the way for communities to change those flows and foster local prosperity, Fitts ran into legal trouble with the federal government—and 'trouble' is a vast understatement.

"She emerged, after a long battle, with her primary goals securely intact.

"She has answers and solutions.

"Answers that are vital for our time.

"Fitts was once an insider and had a front row seat at the money circus. Now, her ongoing enterprise is Solari, Inc. I highly recommend it to you."

To read Rappoport's article in its entirety, click HERE.