And the winner is . . .

. . . “Brings The Lightning“! Thank you to everyone who voted for BTL in the recent Conservative-Libertarian Fiction Alliance Book Of The Year 2017 contest.  In a press release, CLFA announced: After a month of voting that was open to the public, the fans have spoken . . . CLFA is pleased and proud to announce the winner of the 2017 Book of the Year. Congratulations! The First Place Winner is Peter Grant’s post-civil war western, Brings the Lightning (The Ames Archives Book 1). There’s more at the link. I’m very grateful for my readers’ support.  This is a

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The world economy from a military perspective: complexity and collapse?

Back in 2010, the Australian Defence Force Journal published an article titled ‘Lasers or Longbows? A Paradox of Military Technology’.  You’ll find it on page 44ff of this issue (link is to an Adobe Acrobat file in .PDF format).  It examined the increasing complexity of military weapons, and argued that if the world economy were to enter a downward spiral, such complexity would have to be balanced against the need for affordable and sustainable simplicity. Within the article was a remarkably cogent and concise analysis of the threats confronting the world economy, as identified by the author.  They’re still accurate

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More April Fool fun

Here are a few more April Fool japes that caught my eye.  First, how about your very own do-it-yourself home cremation kit?  (I can so see Lawdog and Old NFO fixing me up with one of these . . . ) Next, what if Amazon’s Alexa artificial intelligence digital assistant talked to pets as well as people? Then, courtesy of a reader comment in my first April Fool post this morning, there’s the false volcanic eruption up in Alaska one year. And finally, how about a bet on a race of a rather different kind? Peter

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Happy April Fool’s Day!

Yes, it’s that time of year again.  To celebrate, here are some of the better April Fool jokes/advertisements/whatever that I’ve found so far. First, what happens when you use gin in your sauna, instead of water? Next, Burger King in France has a mouth-not-so-watering idea. It’s a worthy successor to their gourmet one-fry-at-a-time advertisement last year. And finally, the good people at Vintage Wings of Canada have compiled a wonderful series of ‘spoof’ World War II propaganda posters, composed especially for April Fool’s Day this year.  Here’s just one example. There are many more at the link. Very funny, and

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