A final reminder about the Dragon Awards

As I mentioned some days ago, a reader contacted me to ask about nominating one of my books for this year’s Dragon Awards.  That was a pleasant surprise, and I invited him to go ahead, on the understanding that there are many good books out there, and I don’t think I’m likely to be in the running this year. Be that as it may, the deadline for nominations is July 20th.  Therefore, if you think the book is good enough, please use the DragonCon nomination form to nominate “An Airless Storm” for this year’s awards, in the category “Best Military

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Sounds like a war to me

The likely winner of Mexico’s imminent presidential elections appears to have declared war on US sovereignty. Mexican presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) called for mass immigration to the United States during a speech Tuesday declaring it a “human right” for all North Americans. “And soon, very soon — after the victory of our movement — we will defend all the migrants in the American continent and all the migrants in the world,” Obrador said, adding that immigrants “must leave their towns and find a life in the United States.” He then declared it as “a human right we

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Waste not – because there’s nowhere to put it

It looks as if China’s decision to stop accepting a large proportion of the world’s plastic and paper waste products is going to have a dramatic impact on the way we live. In the wake of China’s decision to stop importing nearly half of the world’s scrap starting Jan. 1, particularly from the wealthiest nations, waste management operations across the country are struggling to process heavy volumes of paper and plastic that they can no longer unload on the Chinese. States such as Massachusetts and Oregon are lifting restrictions against pouring recyclable material into landfills to grant the operations some

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Who will guard the (Catholic) guardians?

A few weeks ago, referring to the exploding sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church in Chile, I wrote: The Catholic Church, as an institution, and its bishops acting as a collective, have lied, are lying, and will continue to lie to the people of God about this problem.  They have no interest whatsoever in resolving it – only in protecting their own power, and the institution of the Church as a whole, and its power and prestige in society.  They do not care about the individuals involved, or the victims . . . or the good clergy who have

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The Swamp, exposed. Every US voter needs to see this!

A new TV series, “The Swamp” – on Facebook, of all places – purports to document the shady backroom deals that infest politics and politicians in Washington D.C.  The Federalist explains. Every grassroots political activist knows something is deeply wrong in Washington, D.C. No matter how hard we work to send good people to Congress, the majority of them go native upon arrival, forgetting their campaign rhetoric and falling in line with the political establishment. The few who retain their principles often seem sidelined and ineffective. Meanwhile, the legislative process is an unfunny joke: the Republican Congress can’t manage to

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It sounds like President Trump brought the smackdown to Republicans in Congress

At least, that’s what DC Whispers reports. “You really want to try and win your election in November without me? I don’t think so.” UPDATE: “I’m following the law as it’s written. If you don’t like the law then Congress needs to change it. It’s simple. Simple. I’m with you but if you don’t like it you need to do something about it…It looks bad. Sure. Really bad. If you want to change that then change the law. DO SOMETHING. You people (Congress) have to change it. That’s how it has to be done.” . . . UPDATE #3: “Why

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How China sets about global economic domination

The White House Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy has just released a report titled “How China’s Economic Aggression Threatens the Technologies and Intellectual Property of the United States and the World” (link is to an Adobe Acrobat document in .PDF format).  It’s obviously a partisan report, given its source, but even without that, it provides enough links to verify its arguments that it’s hard to dismiss as merely a political perspective.  It makes sobering reading. Here’s how it begins. The People’s Republic of China (China) has experienced rapid economic growth to become the world’s second largest economy while modernizing

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It’s not about the children – it’s about the state of the world

The concerted, all-out media and left-wing and progressive onslaught against the present Administration’s practice of separating newly-arrested parents from their children is nothing less than hypocrisy.  Precisely the same policy was followed by the Obama administration, and before it by the Bush administration.  It’s nothing new.  It’s simply being used as a convenient emotional rallying cry by the forces arrayed against President Trump, who are determined to remove him at any cost. However, it’s also symptomatic of an underlying reality that not only won’t go away – it’s going to get worse.  That reality is the state of the world

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