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I wrote a chapbook called Chap Book Review: Armageddon in Retrospect by Kurt Vonnegut. This is a review of Vonnegut's unpublished works published posthumously.

Sales have been abysmal. I need to raise funds because I do have more book ideas. I also love the hunt of finding news stories and having a reasonable regular income will facilitate my bringing you the freshest news, yes I do screw up sometimes; a product of my exuberance mostly. So please if you would like to participate in enabiling me to continue writing please consider donating:

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Hi all- this is akadjian. Horace Boothroyd III hopped on our thread last week and mentioned his Kindle chapbook on Kurt Vonnegut's final work: Chap Book Review: Armageddon in Retropect. I thought it would be interesting to hear about his experiences so I asked him if he'd host.

He wrote this up, but unfortunately is in a bad way this week. I don't know if he'll be available to comment or not. I debated on whether to hold off and decided to publish his diary anyways.

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I will add that Horace's Kindle book is quite good, worth much more than the $.99 price tag. The chapbook is a review of Vonnegut's book Armageddon in Retrospect, released posthumously after Vonnegut's death. As Vonnegut's characters try to make sense of their world in the same way Vonnegut did after his experiences during the bombing of Dresden, Horace similarly relates Vonnegut's writing to our own trying times.

If you're interested in Vonnegut and his work, especially as an activist, and/or helping Horace out, the chapbook is available here for 99 cents.

Without further ado, I turn the page over to Horace to talk about his experiences with Kindle Direct Publishing ...

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My experience with Kindle Direct Publishing from my ipad was an exercise in frustration. Although the article linked below claims there is a help desk system it is not much more than a list of the same question asked by multiple authors interspersed with spam, making looking for help a time consuming waste because in most cases the solution to all those authors asking questions is never presented.

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Wed Mar 25, 2015 at 01:45 PM PDT

FYI

by Horace Boothroyd III

Commonmass just told me someone is using my gmail account and telling him my main focus is my transtion. Since most of my transtion occured in 2000 when I changed my name on my ID, those of you that have met me know this to be true just because of my presentation this is obviously someone else. So, what this means is the hacking of my devices that started during Occupy is still going on. Apple told me to my face that their devices can not be hacked, I knew this to be BS and was greatly insulted at their "genius" bar. Every windows device I've owned is hacked within hours and once I get every possible back door closed the computer goes to blue screen of death, computer or phone.

If you get communications from me just assume it is a hacker, especially if they want money. I'm averse to asking for money and will only do so publicly such as in a diary post. If you have been getting strange, bizzare or out of the ordinary emails from my account let me know because then I can extrapolate the source.

I quit using paypal and took my email address off thier site because of the hacking problem raised my suspicions, the email is back on my paypal account, even though I didn't put it there. I also tried to change my amazon password and it too went back to the old one.

I tried to contact the FCC about my dumb phone doing things like dial 911 when there is no way it could have been done because the phone if the other line gets hung up my phone stays on for about five minutes before it will shut off on its own. Having 911 call me back in that time period tells me it was not a butt dialing issue. It would also give me strange texts from the carrier, repeatedly.

Is there anyone that will help me with my hacking problem?

I officially have an infected foot. I was given a prescription for antibiotics. But I have to go to Kaiser pharmacy only, why I don't know, they are too far for me to go to in my condition, so I guess no antibiotics for me.

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I'm in desperate need of a bed or at least a roof and warmth, a shower and to wash my clothes.

I can handle these issues as they occur only without complications. In my case the complication is a foot flora/fauna that developed because my shoes remained saturated for three days as I biked and hiked around the Pacific Northwest. I'm exhausted which means this inflamation/blister Which developed as well as many smaller blisters along with the fungi, or whatever it is, will not heal properly if I don't make drastic changes. I smell like a goat and my shoes like a rancid jockstrap.

I spent the day at the Oregon Statehouse so I'm sure I left a lasting memory with my stank. I hate it, it makes me feel even more insecure, as if that were possible.

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I am a mess at the moment, but this is vitally important to me. I have been getting very little sleep, and too much exercise and rain while without shelter. I'm in Salem today after biking down yesterday.

Hopefully I will be able to share at least part of what I wrote to the hearing.

A state House panel heard testimony on the measure, which is being promoted by Basic Rights Oregon, a nonprofit gay and transgender advocacy group from Portland.

The measure is part of a national push to prevent mental health care providers from practicing so-called conversion therapy. Laws banning the practice have passed in New Jersey, California and Washington, D.C., and a dozen other states, including New York and Florida, are pushing for similar legislation.

Under the bill, social workers and licensed medical health care professionals, such as psychologists or psychiatrists, would be barred from practicing conversion therapy on children under age 18.

My two cents below:
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FERGUSON, Mo. — The city manager of Ferguson, Mo., who a Department of Justice report said was responsible for overseeing the city’s operations as it engaged in racially biased and unconstitutional policing practices, has resigned.

The announcement came during a City Council meeting here on Tuesday, about a week after the scathing Justice Department report.

The manager, John Shaw, 39, had held the post since 2007. As Ferguson’s chief executive, he is the city’s most powerful official.

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This is breaking so I will add as information flows in.

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Mon Mar 09, 2015 at 12:46 PM PDT

Boycott Jamaica

by Horace Boothroyd III

TRIGGER WARNING after the fold.

Tourism is tied with remittances as Jamaica's top source of revenue. The tourism industry earns over 50 percent of the country's total foreign exchange earnings and provides about one-fourth of all jobs in Jamaica. Most tourist activity is centered on the island's northern coast, including the communities of Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, and Port Antonio, as well as in Negril on the island's western tip. In 2013 Jamaica received 2.09 million visitors from January to August 2013.This meant that Jamaica has many pulling factors that attract visitors. A Caribbean island located roughly about 90 miles away from Cuba, Jamaica has many different tourist sites that attract millions yearly.
Tourism is one of their main sources of revenue. But as you can see in the following article most tourists would not survive Jamaica's rigid gender rules. The video is linked to the artice linked below.

I'm sure the stochiastic terrorism of American christians in the last two weeks probably has a very strong influence on why the people of Jamaica feel it is proper to murder those that are different.

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As a child there was a movie most of us are familiar with by the name of Grease. A musical, which were usually forbidden to me lest I catch the Ghey inherent in musicals, about high school love. I didn't have much attraction to John Travolta but Olivia Newton John set off fireworks in me. The novelty, to me, of a story set to music made it all that much better. And the music stuck, I would have the uplift of emotions I received in watching the movie return every time I heard the song. That is why I don't like remakes, the music has distanced itself from that emotional response.

But somtimes there comes along a a band that loves the song as much as I do and can do proper justice, unfortunately the frequency of this occurring is on par with my lottery wins.

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In this day and age when more than half the American population is under economic distress the concept of working Christmas isn't even an option. Most employers inform them verbally that they will be summarily dismissed if they fail to attend their Christmas scheduling. So at this point it is important to get the stories out about how we as a society are so cognitively dissonant that we can not see how our culture sets up the poor to pretend to be joyous all the while slaving and hoping they do not fall ill on Christmas lest they lose their job.

So let's have it, what was the first Christmas you worked and what did you do?

Or perhaps you have a notable working on Christmas tale?

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NO INDICTMENT IN ERIC GARNER’S CHOKE HOLD CASE

The SPEAKER pro tempore (Mr. BRAT). Under the Speaker’s announced policy of January 3, 2013, the Chair recognizes the gentleman from Georgia (Mr. JOHNSON) for 30 minutes.

Mr. JOHNSON of Georgia. Mr. Speaker I rise tonight, ladies and gentlemen, with a heavy heart because today we had a secret grand jury finding in New York that resulted in no charges against the police officer who killed an unarmed man named Eric Garner, a man whom they accused of trying to sell some cigarettes. That man was approached by law enforcement on the streets of New York, and when approached, he said that he had not done anything wrong. He held his hands up in the hands up, don’t shoot position, and they took him down while his hands were up and applied a choke hold, an illegal choke hold, and applied it until the man took his last breath.

What did Eric Garner say 13 times before he died? What did he say 13 times before he died? He said, ‘‘I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe.’’ And he said that over and over again until he could not breathe. He took his last breath just like Michael Brown, accused of stealing some cigarettes—or cigars, excuse me—Michael Brown, accused of stealing some cigars, Eric Garner, accused of selling some cigarettes. I don’t know when possession and/or sale of tobacco merited a death penalty in this country, but both of them, both of those cases involved tobacco products. Both of them involved men—Black men—with their hands up in the ‘‘don’t shoot’’ position. Both of them were killed. Both cases were handled in a secret grand jury process. We don’t know the names of the grand jurors, we don’t know what went on in that grand jury room, although we do have the transcript in the Michael Brown case, and it shows that a lot of injustice was done in that grand jury room which resulted in an unjust no bill against the police officer involved in that case.

We don’t know what happened in the New York case, but we got a result, a no bill against that police officer who was caught on tape just like in the Rodney King case, all caught on tape, Eric Garner caught on tape, the killing, but still no justice done. Cameras are not the sole answer, it appears. It runs deeper than a camera.

These are dark days, ladies and gentlemen, that we are living in today. The first African American President is treated like no other President has ever been treated before. Is this a symptom of the Obama backlash that is occurring in this country? Is there any connection between what we see happening in the streets of Ferguson and on the streets of New York, with what is going on with the dehumanization of the leader of the free world?

First they said he was not a resident, not a citizen of this country. Then they said he was a Communist, a socialist. They accused him of being weak and indecisive as a President and not really having the intellectual capacity to be the President. Now they are saying he was a Muslim. Now they are saying that he is an emperor, a king, disregarding the Constitution. Where are we in America when it comes to Black males and how we treat them and how they end up faring in life?

Is it our fault? Yes, we do have responsibility. We can always do better.

But don’t put your foot on my neck and tell me that it is my fault that your foot is on my neck.

People are tired of seeing what is happening over and over again.

 A young, 12-year-old Black male with a BB gun at a park on the streets and a police car rolls up, a police officer gets out and immediately shoots the young man and kills him. Will that go to another secret grand jury process and have the same result as what we saw with Michael Brown and Eric Garner? It is happening throughout the streets of the Nation.

I tell you, I have been gratified by the protesters. I have seen protesters out there. It has been Black and White protesters out there demonstrating peacefully being met with a militarized response. And I say that to say this, that I am going to paraphrase something that you will probably be familiar with:

They first came for the gypsy, and I wasn’t a gypsy, and I didn’t say anything. Then they came for the Jews, and I was not a Jew, and so I didn’t say anything. Then they came for the women, and I wasn’t a woman, and I didn’t say anything. Then they came for me, and there was nobody left to say anything.
Is that where we are headed in this country, ladies and gentlemen?

 Because there are all kinds of people out peacefully protesting, and that is what I advocate for, peaceful protests. Violence is not the way. Violence just produces more pain and agony. Violence is not the way. Nonviolence is the way that we must confront this because really, when you move past the fact that Black males are at the bottom of the totem pole, and we are the ones who bear the brunt, these who come to aid us are in the line of fire also.

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What happens to one of us happens to all of us. If not you now, then what happens tomorrow when you come to my assistance? So we all are our brother’s keeper.
Right now, we are operating under an economic philosophy in this country that only the strong survive. If you are weak, it is your fault, and I don’t owe you anything. Don’t ask me for nothing. You get yours. I got mine; you get yours. Don’t worry about me. Don’t ask me for nothing.

That is the economic attitude that we have that we are trying to preserve and protect in this hallowed body here. It is called laissez-faire capitalism, and it is supported by the U.S. Supreme Court that has contorted itself in such ways so as to rule in ways that enable a corporation to become a person.

When we have a corporation having a right to free speech and having unlimited funds and unlimited duration and we have a corporation that has a right to religious freedom, so that it can dic- tate to its employees their religious beliefs—it doesn’t even make sense for a corporation to have a religious belief, but that is what our Supreme Court has found—and every other way that it can aid corporations to become richer.

The rich get richer, and the poor get poorer, and I don’t owe you a thing— you are on your own. That is what they want us to believe, but it is time for people—for us to come together.

It is all about economics.

They put Blacks against Whites, poor Whites and poor Blacks against each
other, and then they are going to the bank in the Brink’s truck, and we are sitting, pointing fingers at ourselves, when we are all in the same boat together, the 99 percent—or the 47 percent, as one of our Presidential candidates most famously talked about in the last election. I am proudly one of those 47 percent, and I represent the 47 percent that is really the 99 percent.

So this extrajudicial killing of Black men has to end. If not, then what is going to happen to you tomorrow?

With that, I yield back the balance of my time.

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Thu Nov 20, 2014 at 03:56 PM PST

A New Word

by Horace Boothroyd III

I ran across a new word today.

It isn't something that occurs as often as it did as when I was a child. Then I was surrounded by a polyglot of vowels and consonants arranged in manners I had never before beheld.

And not only that.

Words like soy were used in more than one language but the fact that the definitions were not congruent was easily absorbed as I was readily versed in English with its polish and row among a plethora of others. Words readily learned as they were akin to my having more than one aunt named Betty. A simple concept.

But this word gave me pause. Its etymology was from my dominant language background so the sound it was designed to be played in my mind should have been quite smooth or at least fluid.

But no this word collapsed with a thunk lacking any resemblance to something someone would willingly emit from their trachea. A sound losing its rhythm like applause fading far too fast in shock or dismay. All the while presenting a jumble of clashing sounds that would leave even the best emcee blushing with shame on the stage.

But the word does not start out harshly or gruffly it could almost seem if approached correctly an excellent choice indicating a word full of potential. But the word soon falters as if a direction change were started and then abandoned. But then the sound makes a comeback only to fall away as if momentum is free to expend itself slowly on an even gradient.

All in all that makes the word perfect in the sense of the definition presented. An unexpected congruence of sound and meaning.

The word is:

Balter

v. To tumble; dance clumsily

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