Friday, 27 November 2015

My Black Friday 2 day free promo!

An Empire Of Traitors is free to be owned by you! The promo ends after tomorrow. So grab your eReader device and start downloading. Additionally, you can grab both my novels (2 for the price of 1) for only $2.99. Hope you'll have fun reading my work. And don't forget to leave a review (your honest opinion, good or bad). Thank you, reader. ^ v ^

Friday, 20 November 2015

Tales From Indies, a SWF writers' Anthology

Tales from Indies: Smashwords Forum Writers Anthology 2015

Tales from Indies is the first anthology published by Smashwords Forum Writers (SWF). This collection of eleven pieces, with an international flavor, includes short stories, an essay, and chapters from completed works with themes ranging from science-fiction, fantasy, historical retelling, to paranormal romance.
Tales from Indies writers are: Bret Allen, John Chapman, Shelia Chapman, ┼×erban Valentin Constantin Enache, Julie Harris, Kell Inkston, Alan James, Ian Kotze, Jennifer R. Povey, Ria Stone, and Bonnie Turner.
SWF writers are a diverse bunch. We have a global membership. Our genres run the gamut from children's picture eBooks to erotica, from historical fiction to science-fiction, fantasy, and romance. Nonfiction writers offer puzzle eBooks, how-to-books, satire, & more. SWF writers are new authors and long-time pros.
Monies from sales goes to SPCA in Canada.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Jesus vs Seneca, oh, my...

As a contrast between the Stoic pagans and the Christians, let's see these quotes:

" 'They are slaves,' people declare. NO, rather they are men.
'Slaves! NO, comrades.
'Slaves! NO, they are unpretentious friends.
'Slaves! NO, they are our fellow-slaves, if one reflects that Fortune has equal rights over slaves and free men alike. That is why I smile at those who think it degrading for a man to dine with his slave.
But why should they think it degrading? It is only purse-proud etiquette ... All night long they must stand about hungry and dumb ... They are not enemies when we acquire them; we make them enemies ... This is the kernel of my advice: Treat your inferiors as you would be treated by your betters.
'He is a slave.' His soul, however, may be that of a free man."
– Seneca the Younger, Epistulae Morales, 47.

"Which of you, having a slave plowing or feeding cattle, will say to him at the end of the day, when he comes in from the field, 'Go and sit down to eat?' And would not rather say to him, 'Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that, you may eat and drink'?
Would you thank that slave because he did the things that were commanded him? I think not. So likewise, when you have done all those things which are commanded, you should say, 'We are unprofitable slaves: we have done only that which was our duty to do.' "
– Luke 17.7,10.

"Jesus" endorses passive acceptance of slavery and an unquestioned authoritarianism. In contrast, Seneca anticipates the emancipation of slaves and the equality of men. "Treat others as you yourself would like to be treated" I don't take from Jesus, I take it from Confucius.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Public infrastructure does not have to earn commercial returns

I remember as a teenager (interested in economics, science, politics, and history at the time), I asked myself this same question about worthwhile government projects. Who cares about the money, when the investment actually yields you positive physical gains? In this context (though I wasn't aware of MMT at the time & still had the dove mindset), I saw fiscal deficits as capital gains.

Here's Bill Mitchell explaining why Public infrastructure does not have to earn commercial returns

Friday, 6 November 2015

1 year old girl's life saved from leukemia!

Layla, a one-year-old girl with leukemia, is in remission thanks to gene-editing technology that allowed her to receive modified immune cells from another person.

Her case represents the second trial of gene-editing as a therapy — the first was carried out last year in patients with HIV. More similar trials are planned — and companies are also preparing to trial therapies that inject DNA that codes for gene-editing enzymes directly into the human body.

Leukemia success heralds wave of gene-editing therapies.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Gung Ho, 1986

An awesome movie I saw when I was a toddler. Loved it.
Assuming it's not blocked in your region, watch it in full on youtube here: