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“There is nothing about Transfixion that won’t excite you and keep you reading late into the night. So if you’re ready for an ‘end of days’ novel with a one-of-a-kind experience, I say you order now and buckle up.”
“This book was AMAZING! …I loved this story! It was action-packed, constantly moving, and definitely worth the read!”
“Every so often, you read a book that makes you stay up till all hours of the morning just so you can finish it. Transfixion is that book.”
“Fast paced page turner!!!!! Can’t wait to see more by this new author!!!!”
“The plot was brilliant. Kaylee is both brave and resourceful, showing strong characterization. This book is well worth its price.”
“Loved it!!! I couldnt stop reading!!!”
Transfixion is a window into a world gone insane and asks us how long we could fight against insanity before falling prey to it ourselves. It’s The Hunger Games meets The Walking Dead! More than worth a look.”
“I found that I could relate well with Kaylee Colton… The fact that she returns to her book is that she isn’t ready to realize what her new reality is. She would rather hole herself up in literature.”
Transfixion held my attention from the start. A fight to survive against extreme odds with the heroine of the hour nose buried in a book more often the not.”
“Great YA thriller – be hooked!  …The story is cleverly elaborated, focuses on Kaylee and her personal growth. I was drawn in, felt like a member of her comrades.”
“It will have you questioning what you would do if in their situation.”
“She has enough drive to keep you on her side and enough smarts to stop you looking down on her or her choices without Kaylee turning into some kind of action hero movie star.”
“At its core, the novel is a thought-provoking science fiction thriller. At the same time, however, Giambrone weaves in elements of paranormal fiction.”
Transfixion is an action-packed novel that will leave you breathless and full of adrenaline. You might need to stop and take a breath every third page or so. At least, I did.”
“Giambrone’s integration of Kaylee’s coping mechanism with the storyline is a nice touch that could be missed if you aren’t reading too closely. As it is, I think that it enhanced the story and the characters, and definitely made me smile at the end.”
“This book is a great YA book, the violence is not so descript that I would fear young teens reading it, it did not have a lot of sexual content and I have actually already recommended to several teens in the 12-15 age range. I really enjoyed this book, it moved very quickly and had a great flow to it.”
“J. Giambrone did a great job of building up the depth of the confusing emotions the characters were experiencing as they muddled their way through a scary turn of events. He gave the teenage characters faults that were realistic and true to their development.”
“This is a good read, great for YA. I will be seeing if my 13 year old son wants to read it.”
Lastly, this analysis by Kieran Kelly is fascinating:
“Fast-paced, thought-provoking and at times moving.”

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Post 9-11 Clusterfuck America

The scene is Minneapolis at the end of democracy, 2008, at the Republican National Convention, protected by a massive police and surveillance state.

It was like a war zone. It was a police state.”
-Brad Crowder

The story involves activism, protest, non-violence, FBI provocateurs, the federal injustice system, endless war, Nuremberg violations, domestic terrorism, and Molotov cocktails. It has the entire post 911 experience wrapped up in a neat bow.

The nation is to be shocked by the existence of 8 Molotov cocktails. This is the evidence that will convict two Texas boys and send them away to federal prison. It’s fitting that they were Texans, protesting the Republicans, who had previously stolen two presidential elections, with frontman Dubya. The political alternatives seemed bleak to non-existent, and the two Texas boys were enamored of a particular older figure, and with the allure of direct action, street action, protest.

They said they weren’t anarchists. It’s not at all clear that both of them even wanted to use the gas bombs. They were clearly influenced by their mentor, the usual undercover FBI provocateur seeking to entrap them.

They were faced with the prospect of having a fair trial, as the Constitution is supposed to provide, but in the twisted world of federal prosecutions games are played. Plea bargains are used as tools to enforce silence and cover-up, while the maximum sentences are jacked up to ridiculous terms. This gives the prosecutors all the power to railroad people, pressure them, compel testimony, etc. Not justice. Something else.

This case may simply have come down to David McKay being a reckless dolt, unsophisticated enough to not know what he was getting himself into.

On the other hand, McKay didn’t actually hurt anyone. He just talked about it. His intent seems to have been property destruction, that old reckless anarchist standby, lauded by some, and clearly a useless counter-productive gateway to a world of shit.

I recall filming at the 2000 DNC convention in Los Angeles. It was there I first encountered the “Black Bloc.” These were the young hooligan types in masks that started shit, petty vandalism, spray paint, knocking over newspaper boxes. One unmasked, but particularly angry boy screamed at the MTV reporter, “Corporate! It’s corporate! Turn off your televisions!” It was a wild night. Events culminated in violence, the police shooting at everyone with rubber bullets and some kind of pellets. When I say everyone, I mean they were shooting at me! As I filmed. I got the shot.betterthisworldposter2

The next day photographs revealed that a handful of violent anarchist types climbed up the 12 ft. fence and threw trash, rocks, water bottles, or whatever at the delegates entering the (corporate) Staples Center arena. Fitting all around that Al Gore would accept the nomination in a building owned by an office supply company.

Rattled but undeterred, I went back to LA later that week for the march to demand the release of political prisoners. I also videotaped that subsequent night. A portion of the kids were anarchist types, prone to angry outbursts and unwise acts of random vandalism.

You don’t change things by smashing a few windows. All you do is give your cause a bad reputation.

You change things by getting elected.

You are greatly outnumbered, child. And outgunned. 

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The hypocrisy of the smug FBI agent and federal prosecutor are hard to stomach. To accept the federal government’s Pollyanna clinging to the rule of law and the sanctity of life shtick when one knows the full reality, well it’s just surreal.

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Ukraine on fire, cheered on by official Washington, which has given the coup leaders billions and continues to support the firebombing neo-nazi “Maidan” regime as they have murdered over 5,000 people in the east of the country.

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The Iraq war may have cost over 1 million innocent lives, and it is a Crime Against the Peace, the “supreme international crime.” As Hitler invaded Poland, Bush invaded Iraq. There is no technical legal difference in International Law. The US breached the UN Charter in an absurd maneuver that its officials disingenuously claimed was to support UN resolutions.

Prior to 2003, the US enforced sanctions on Iraq killed over 500,000 children alone. Clinton’s ghoulish Secretary of State Madeleine Albright admitted on TV to this fact, and she claimed, “the price is worth it.”

This is the real world, not just words. And then we have David McKay, who filled 8 bottles with gas and never used them. So scary. Why did he fill them? Was he convinced to do so by his handler? Would he have burned anyone, or not, or just some cars? We’ll never know.

The bigger question is: when will those who burn thousands of civilians to death be brought to justice? And why does government authority confer immunity from prosecution and impunity to kill?

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This Palestinian film, from the makers of Paradise Now, is well done and emotional. It shows the barbarism and the psychological stress of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank. Very little comes out of Palestine, and these are refreshing for their portrayals of the ongoing conflict from the Palestinian side. While Israel’s penetration into media is an over-representation, the Palestinians are severely under-represented, and this contributes to western ignorance over the situation there.

The plot veers a bit into the implausible a couple of times. For this reason I prefer the previous film, Paradise Now, for its brutal honesty and gripping tension.paradise-now

Omar incorporates a love story, two lovers separated by the massive apartheid wall, which Omar must repeatedly climb in order to see Nadia. Each time he does so, he is exposed to potential sniper fire. Each visit could be a deadly sacrifice.

The Palestinian resistance fighters are inept tactically, and strategically. They are outgunned and outsmarted by their Israeli occupiers. Played against one another, divided and conquered, it is a hopeless situation on the wrong side of the wall. It tears apart alliances, and the lives of those who resist are shattered.

It’s a good film, maybe not great, but there is plenty to think about.


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No, you can’t make this shit up. Edward Bernays wrote, in 1928:

“The American motion picture is the greatest unconscious carrier of propaganda in the world today. It is a great distributor for ideas and opinions.  The motion picture can standardize the ideas and habits of a nation.”

My article Propaganda in the Cinema 101 has been read over 1400 times since I posted it here. If you haven’t seen it, then it’s definitely worth considering.

-Your Editor

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“A police source told Reuters that one of the three suspects had been identified because his identity card was left in the getaway car.’
-Independent

The one nagging detail that bothers me about this Hebdo affair is the unlikely scenario that led authorities to the alleged shooters. As the actual shooters wore full masks, there is no reason to assume that the actual shooters and the ones identified by a left-behind id card are the same people. That would not stand up in court without some corroborative evidence. But, of course, it doesn’t have to make it through the courts, now that the alleged shooters are dead. This is not to say they weren’t Jihadis, or that they weren’t vicious killers.

What we can’t be certain about is if the two brothers were the Hebdo shooters, or if the actual killers were operatives who intended to cast guilt on the brothers and then escape unmolested, perhaps to kill another day.

If you saw this obvious plot point in any TV or film you would instantly be suspicious of the veracity of this evidence. Why would terrorists in full face masks leave their id card behind? What are the odds? Or are all Arabs just stupid? Is that the racist assumption behind this ploy?

We also had the – nearly insane – coincidence of the lead French Hebdo investigator, Helric Fredou, allegedly killing himself while preparing the report! Suicide (or staged suicide) while carrying out this investigation? Sayyyyyy what?

And US news media conspicuously fails to report on this very strange turn of events. Can anyone dispute that it’s newsworthy? How can this shocking fact be reconciled with its complete absence from most US corporate media? FoxNews and Moon’s Washington Times seem to have reported the death. But nothing appears from NY Times, Washington Post, AP, NPR, ABC, NBC or CBS. Down the Memory Hole.

Now, I have resisted the urge to claim that this Hebdo massacre was a false flag event, as evidence has been sketchy.

BUT IF IT WAS…

One striking feature hasn’t been mentioned.

The US and partners are currently bombing inside of Syria, bombing an enemy they helped create over the last 4 years. That has left the door open for regime change and the longstanding neocon plans against Bashar al Assad (and numerous others). Their mission creep strategy continues grinding over innocent lives across the Middle East by the hundreds of thousands.

But the new factor, the green light factor, is that Russia is now on the ropes. The economic attack against Putin has succeeded in knocking the big bear back a few steps. Russia is now in no position to come to the aid of Bashar al Assad.

With publics in Europe (Operation Gladio, anyone?) riled up to go attack Muslims, and a French warship already en route to the region, this Hebdo attack has all the hallmarks of a masterful piece of false flag war propaganda. Who benefits?

Russia is barely able to keep itself intact, as the ruble has collapsed, as has the price of oil. It’s lucky to defend the Ukrainian breakaway provinces, and it has no capacity to intervene in Syria – or at least that’s the theory I’m floating.

So there is a strong imperial motive to get Europe on board an incursion into Syria and Iraq, right now. The motive is clearly there, and the US empire has never wavered in its insatiable desire to redraw the oil rich regions in its favor.

It has also been party to the deaths of millions, and so 12 rabble rouser satirists is nothing exceptional in that regard. Gladio sticks in mind as the potential key to this current atrocity. As FBI translator Sibel Edmonds has repeatedly said: Gladio continues to operate out of Turkey… as does ISIL / ISIS.

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“We have not defeated the idea. We do not even understand the idea.”

-Maj. Gen. Michael K. Nagata wants fresh ideas to defeat ISIS.

 In Battle to Defang ISIS, U.S. Targets Its Psychology

Dear General Nagata,

Ideas without logistical support: arms, vehicles, heavy artillery, are just debating clubs.

Still no one in Washington will call out SAUDI ARABIA, TURKEY, QATAR ET AL. for sponsoring this terrorist movement. This is a Wahabbi fundamentalist movement, similar and related to their sponsors in the Gulf kingdoms. They exist because they are blowing people up next door, rather than inside Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, etc.

Even Joe Biden, the vice president of the fucking United States has said:

“My constant cry was that our biggest problem is our allies — our allies in the region were our largest problem in Syria,”

…  “What were they doing?” Biden asked rhetorically. “They were so determined to take down Assad and essentially have a proxy Sunni-Shia war, what did they do? They poured hundreds of millions of dollars and tens, thousands of tons of weapons into anyone who would fight against Assad — except that the people who were being supplied were al Nusra and al Qaeda and the extremist elements of jihadis coming from other parts of the world.”

Leaked Wikileaks cables from Hillary Clinton say the same sorts of things.

Apparently everyone who is someone knows what’s going on, and yet the US military officers remain embarrassingly clueless and subservient. Your bosses collude with the sponsors of ISIS, every day. They are business partners, and business is good. They like ISIS when it blows up Syrians. They just don’t like it when it gets too big and starts snatching up oil fields.

That is the first thing you need to know to defeat the movement. Ask yourself why they so easily put sanctions on everyone they don’t like, Russia in particular, but no one is even talking about sanctioning Turkey or Saudi Arabia?

Even after the vice president confirms that they are criminally culpable for sponsoring the Islamic State?

Ask the real questions.