Well, I am on Book # 9 in my Fire & Ice 12-book series. I've really enjoyed going back to rewrite the "A Coming Storm" book and stretch the trilogy into a lengthy series. Once I finish with my part, I'll be handing it off to Susan for editing and it'll be the first part of next year before she can get to it. She has just recently finished the editing of "Legend of Silene" and is shipping it off to the publisher. She will then begin the editing of the first "Badge and the Cross" series. The first book is subtitled, "Rookie". I have planned 5 and maybe 6 books in the series.
Had another power outage, going dark at 10 p.m. for over two hours. I am always concerned one of these outages will blow up my computer...or my TV and its components. I had a hard drive fried and lost some information and writing material lost. Like back during an early flood- in the basement- where I lost two manuscripts and had no back-up for them. I haven't been able to recall what they were about, so maybe they weren't all that great. I need to find a component that will protect my system during outages, with so many trees about and over 90-miles of power line, a bad winter can bring on a lot of outages, In Fairbanks we went through a week-long outage, and that was not all that fun. But, it's Alaska.
I often speak with tourists and they are so surprised to find Alaska so unpopulated...except Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau. and so many people groups living here. A visiting Pastor, who conducted our Sunday service, advised us of how Alaska's schools now have 8-different languages being spoken. Incredible. Where do they find the teachers?
Let's go some news stories:
Jerusalem Online: United Nations to publish a "Blacklist" of companies operating in Israeli settlements, this was according to a Washington Post Story. The United Nations Human Rights Council is publishing this list of Independent Companies doing business in Israel, on the West Bank, Golan Heights and in Jerusalem. US claim such a list does noting to advance Israeli/Palestinian issues. In the past, this Human Right's Council has stood against Israel, accusing them of causing the Middle East crisis. They seem reluctant to accept how Israel is under constant attack by several anti-Semitic factions, who wish to destroy Israel.
Gatestone: Spain- "Barcelona Attack was Preventable". "Evidence points to a failure to heed intelligence warnings, enhance physical security and report on suspicious activity."
Telegraph: Germany- President Erdogan of Turkey now urges all Turks in Germany to reject Chancellor Merkel in the coming election- saying her party "is the enemy".
Manila Times: Philippines- Since President Duterte took office in 2016, 12,500 people have been killed in his "War on Drugs". Police say 3,500 of those killed, were shot in self-defense. Most of those killed were reportedly small time drugs users and dealers. Public reportedly rising up in anger and desire a repeal to the continuation of Martial Law.
Washington Free Beacon: US- Over $6 million in Social Security Benefit payments stolen from bank accounts by hackers hitting the agencies online direct deposit program. Also.. 4 million Americans paid $2.8 Billion in Obamacare penalties through April 2017. But, numbers have gone down when President Trump suggested IRS could grant exemptions. ALSO...In Kentucky, an audit revealed and estimated $72 million in Medicaid payments were made to potentially ineligible beneficiaries in Kentucky.
Global Times: China and Thailand agree to push forward in their military ties, after the two countries conducted joint training.
Global Times: Thailand has banned baby formula ads to boost breast-feeding. but experts feel the country needs to make greater action.
Global Times: US- In California, a jury panel has ordered John & Johnson to pay a 62 year old woman with ovarian cancer $417 million for failing to warn her about cancer risks in using the company's talcum powder.
Global Times: In Afghanistan- the Taliban stoned a man to death over an adultery charge. ( This is like the 2nd worst way to die. Rocks are often the size of pool balls/tennis balls and approximately 100 rocks are thrown until the person is certified as dead. A real nasty execution.)
Gatestone: Palestine- "Two New Totalitarian Movements- Radical Islam and Political Correctness by A.Z. Mohamed "The attempt in imposing strict set of rules one is allowed to think and express in Academia and in the Media to the point that anyone who obeys is discredited, demonized, intimidated and in danger of losing his or her lively hood- I just toxic and just as reminiscent of the Author Orwell's diseased Society. ( Orwill wrote the sci-fi classic '1984'., which is now often being quoted. He remarked in his story about the 'Inversion of good and evil', of victims and victimizer') Another quote from his story is how, "War is peace-Freedom is slavery- ignorance is strength.'" "Political correctness has been bolstering radical Islamism . This influence was most recently shown again in a extensive expose by the "Clarion Project", in July 2017, which demonstrates the practice of telling "deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them in order to forget any fact that has become inconvenient." George Orwill called this "Doublespeak" in "1984". Now it appears both in the US and Europe, where both are engaged in a romance with forces that are, bluntly and antagonistic to our liberty and the Human Rights we value so highly. Where SHARIA LAW is now upheld and women are judged as 2nd class citizen and now we are starting to see this as fine!
At This point I wished to express my thoughts on the War in Afghanistan. My sons have fought there and Iraq, to fight in that war and almost nothing has changed. Except the number of those killed. In our 16-years of war in Afghanistan over 2,300 American troops have been killed, along with over 31,000 civilians dead and what do we have to show for it? As all or most of you know, my war was Vietnam, I was there for the end of it and we clearly lost it. I don't know what else to call it when an enemy general and 200 enemy soldiers are at our airport to count us off as we board our aircraft. Over 58,000 American soldiers killed in action. Now, in Afghanistan we have been fighting a similar war, where we do not know if the local man beside us is the enemy or a friend until he pulls a gun to shoot us, or sets off a suicide bomb. WE CANNOT WIN in a 2,000 year old tribal war, probably longer. Now President Trump wishes to extend the war and possibly send in an additional 4,300 troops. No, we need to bring our people home. All we are doing is assigning toy soldiers to a game board the generals use to prove their existence and get additional funds out of congress. Enough wars over oil, our troops are worth more than that. Let us defend Europe from the Russians, help Israel by defending their borders from radical Muslims and defend our other borders. But when you cannot win a war in 16 years it is time to stop losing our men, women and pack it up. Maybe those older General have forgotten Vietnam, but we haven't
Gatestone: "The Islamist attacks in Spain and Finland demonstrate that being neutral and pacifist will not protect a country from Jihadists.
Washington Free Beacon: "Fed's spend $199,665 analyzing 'tweets' about e-cigarettes."
Washington Free Beacon: "Iran's new Commander-in Chief has stated, "Israel will cease to exist in the next 25-years."
Note: Israel has been our ally since it came into being and is packed with American and European Jews. I believe we should ask for servicemen willing to volunteer to serve on the borders of Israel. Not to attack another country, only to protect the Israeli people from attack. But only volunteers and still U.S. Servicemen and women. Possibly restrict it to only Jews and Christians with combat training or military police training.
I'm simply in the mood to express my thoughts. If you don't agree, please write me back. Also, tell me what you think of my book...if you've read them. But I only receive e-mails. No Facebook, no Twitter or other social media. Just e-mail. I could use your thoughts, as I might be writing a story on this idea....maybe.
God Bless you all. BILL