Friday, February 2, 2018

Post-Industrial Age -- Same Old Same Old - So it Was

Another book in the development, this continuing collection of short stories attempts to capture the plight of the working class in a post-industrial age.  

Although the stories occur in the deep south, such stories are indicative of life and living across our land from the California displaced to the Appalachian downtrodden.  

Wages and incomes for many, a growing number, have stagnated over a period now of four decades (beginning in the mid-70's) while millions of manufacturing jobs have been lost, the economies of smaller towns and cities severely impacted.  

I cannot overlook that the deep south, Alabama as a prime example, of the benefits impart from the growing base of international car assembly and its network of tier suppliers; yet, I cannot discount that the wages and incomes for much of the employment is on the margins--the once opportunity of upward mobility no longer evident.  

There are jobs, yes, there is also the nagging notion that future generations are (or will) not going to experience the same economy that was as the "golden age (1950-70's) but instead, the consequences of a culture in depletion, a life and living lessening.

More on this time come. 



  


Thursday, February 1, 2018

Developing a story - Courage in the Crush, Part 1

This article is a first of possibly several on the latest book development, Courage in The Crush.  At this time, the plot is being developed while the prelude is near finishing.  The theme is notably about courage, the call for love and truth, in a time and place where these attributes are desperately needed. 

Sea or marine life is, by the given illustration, the characterization of most of the cast--once again, using the animal kingdom to tell an allegorical story.  Each chapter will likely have a single narrator, the name of this primary figure having some association and application to the theme, plot.   

Crabs have been in existence for a long time; consider for example, that the horseshoe crab is declared a fossil.   Who better to tell the story of lost love and the death of the truth than one (actually many) varying crabs, crusty and immensely conditioned to the climate?  Who is more exemplary of courage than this kind, their ability to endure many changes and survive many conditions?   

The cover design to the right is black and blue, representing more or less the deep blue sea while the crab--looking intently at its reflection--attempts to first discover self and then, perhaps, address the many problems that we face today and in the future, The Crush.






 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A Foreboding, FEAR – Part 1

If you want to control someone, all you have to do is to make them feel afraid.

Whether a categorical phobia or not, fear is a contagion and, thus, an effective tool for controlling.... In his book, Fate is the Hunter, Ernest K. Gann elaborates:
Fear is a contagious disease, spreading from its first victim to others in the vicinity until it is powerful enough to take charge of a group, in which event it becomes panic. Fear is the afterbirth of reason and calculation. It takes time to recuperate from fear.But it is more…. 
Fear makes money—it sells—as Daniel Gardner writes in The Science of Fear: "The countless companies and consultants in the business of protecting the fearful from whatever they may fear know it only too well. The more fear, the better the sales."

Security is really the aim, the desire, and is why fear works.   Who wants to be insecure, at risks or in danger?  Jiddu Krishnamurti, On Fear, writes:
Fear begins and ends with the desire to be secure…the desire to be certain, to have permanency.  [] To find security and be secure is the everlasting cry. It is this insistent demand that breeds fear.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

CONSPIRANT COLONIES – Part 1

An allegory about ants, CONSPIRANT COLONIES features the one possible sole survivor of a once expansive colony, an ant empire.   Going by the name Anton, the character explains to a human youth what happened; an account that begins at the end and passes back and forth—how the upstart, Anteca, passed from a fledgling frontier to a complex and corrupt society.

The original, natural cast of the queen and her court is gradually overtaken by a rising unnatural cast that eventual eviscerate the natural through a process of extraction of essence—the life-blood of the worker ant.  Ever weakening the next generation, the unnatural become every powerful though not without the depletion of that which all colonies depend for continued existence.  

Still, Antecazation becomes the theme of empire; continuous conflict and conquest of bordering colonies. 


More to come…

Monday, December 11, 2017

To End an Eagle – In the Days of Daddy-Dumb - Part 1

Life is a journey. Can we affirm our beginning or our end, here and hereafter? 

Can we know why we do what we do, other than when the condition is without choice, options--by force? 

In this book, now under editing, the story carries the reader into a life, a journey, to the underworld, The Low and beyond, beneath.  This time and place, called “the unnatural”, is radically different than the natural habitat of the primary character, the eagle Eli. 

What becomes of an eagle in The Low

How can anyone survive The Low except those who made it—and even thrive in it, with it?
Those that thrive are characterized largely by a vulture, Vile, the only predator of the eagle, second only to humans.     

Will the eagle survive...succeed?  Will the eagle, no matter the depth of its will, not…? 

Propaganda and other Poppycock – Part 1

Where did it begin, propaganda? 

The “father of propaganda” is Edward Bernays.  Again, from Wikipedia:
Bernays pioneered the public relations industry's use of psychology and other social sciences to design its public persuasion campaigns:
"If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, is it not possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without their knowing about it? The recent practice of propaganda has proved that it is possible, at least up to a certain point and within certain limits"
He later called this scientific technique of opinion-molding the engineering of consent.

Another statement by Edward: 
"The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country."
"Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. ...In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons..."

Propaganda and other Poppycock – Part 2

It’s everywhere and anywhere.  Call it viral or looped but such information is idiomatic in this age of incessant information; the continuous distribution of bad, erroneous and deceptive words, orated or published. 

George Orwell foretold of such times:  “But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”  Yes, feed them crap and sooner or later they’ll like it, eat it and say, “Umm, that’s good!”

In his works, Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda, Noam Chomsky explains:
Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.

Who controls the present, controls the past and future too, Orwell described in 1984.   Control is really about fear; the fear that without controls, life would bel less, much less, if as you accept that such crimes as terrorism and hate (crimes) depend on who is supposedly doing it and not, objectively, what is being done, the supposed act(s).