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Pretty good filmmaking analysis channel.

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Union of Concerned Scientists:

TELL CONGRESS

 

I mean, it’s like literally the least you can fucking do to prevent World War 3.

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New cover for my 2013 story of the Apocalypse.

TRANSFIXION has a bunch of 5-Star Reviews.

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Here is my favorite review:

Fast-paced, thought-provoking and at times moving

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Demand Progress:

We’re less than 24 hours away from the Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality.

It’s gonna be huge. Hundreds of companies and websites, including some of the biggest sites on the web like Amazon, Twitter, Netflix, Vimeo and Reddit, thousands of artists, creators, and entrepreneurs, and activists like you from all over the country will be standing together with one voice to tell the FCC: We will NEVER give up net neutrality!

We’ll be in touch first thing tomorrow with the best way to participate in the Day of Action, but here’s what you can do today:

Change your Facebook profile picture here:

Change your Profile Pic: Save the Internet!

 

Here are the step-by-step instructions in case you need a little extra help:

1) Click on the link above to change your profile picture. The link will give you the option to add the Save the Internet avatar to Facebook (or Twitter). Once you click that option, it will save to your photos on Facebook.

2) There will then be a button you can click that says “Set as my Facebook picture.” From there it will take you to your Facebook page.

3) You can then set it as your Facebook profile picture by clicking the “options” button in the bottom right-hand corner of the photo.

If you’re not on Facebook, not to worry. Here are some other things you can do today ahead of the big day tomorrow:

  1. Make sure you’ve submitted your comment to the FCC in support of Title II net neutrality. You can do that here.
  2. Email your friends, family, contacts or list about the Day of Action. Here is a sample email you can copy and paste or tweak to suit your audience.
  3. Tweet to your followers. You can click to tweet here or use some of our sample tweets as a guide here.

We appreciate all you’ve done for the free and open internet so far, and all you will do. We’ll be in touch again tomorrow with the best ways for you to get engaged on the Day of Action itself.

Thanks for all you do.

For a free and open internet,

Carli, Kurt, Reuben, David, and the whole Demand Progress Team

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ACTION ALERT

Override the Veto: Let 9/11 Victims’ Families Sue Saudi Arabia

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Green Party USA

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If you believe in an alternative, stand up and make it happen.

 

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Repost of Kieran Kelly’s Review of Transfixion:


 

Fast-paced, thought-provoking and at times moving.

by K.R. Kelly


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is in the speculative fiction genre that has really come to dominate in the young adult market, and it is a good example of why the genre is popular.

Author J. Giambrone hits the ground running. The reader is not left with much time to draw breath as action piles on action. The pace never flags throughout the book which transitions from a place of surrealism and suspense through watershed moments of growing clarity. In time it reaches a climax in which concrete reality has been recovered – though only through the brave efforts of a protagonist who refuses to let go of her humanity when the entire world has turned dangerously insane.

Transfixion mines some of the same veins of disquiet that have fueled the success of the Hunger Games trilogy, but where Suzanne Collins aims for emotional effect and pathos Giambrone aims for something more elusive – a moral understanding of violent conflict. The result is a bit like what might have happened if Frantz Fanon had got hold of the script of 28 Days Later and insisted that denying the humanity of the zombies would only cause the normal people to become zombies: “There had to be a solution to win without becoming just like them.”

But the “dupes” in this book aren’t zombies – they are anti-zombies. Zombies have stood for many things in political allegory, but they almost always embody the epitome of the enemy “other”. They are implacably violent; they are usually mindless or, if not, they are utterly deranged; they are always incurable. In short, they are unquestionably legitimate targets for violence who are to be killed without compunction. In films zombies are killed for self-defence, but there is also a common tendency, first established in Dawn of the Dead, for protagonists to prolifically splatter zombie brains just in order to perform banal tasks like going from place to place.There is no reason too trivial to be worth taking the “life” of a zombie.

In short zombies are the human-shaped essence of life undeserving of life. Transfixion‘s “dupes” turn this notion on its head. These are every bit as implacably violent as any crazed zombie, but even more deadly for their ruthless and calculating rationality. For those embattled few survivors of the shock and awe of the initial onslaught of violence, the dupes are zombies. You kill them and you don’t think about it, or at least pretend not to. The dupes could literally be their brothers and sisters, but the shared humanity is forgotten by both and lost in both. One side is driven mad by a brain-altering signal, and the other side simply follows suit in many respects.

Young Kaylee Colton resists this amnesia and the disjuncture which creates a rift in humanity. In a brutal world she struggles to recreate a sense that she herself is a real person: “She was not herself, and she wasn’t sure which version of herself she wasn’t.” But, she never quite loses sight of the personhood of the other – even the knife-wielding maniac who will kill her without compunction. And she is right.

The reader is taken inside the mind of a dupe and find not the haze of hatred, but a different sense of reality. Now we are in the territory of Philip K. Dick – the science fiction author for whom reality was fragile and fungible not just in epistemological terms but in political, psychological and social terms. Under the guise of “out there” explorations of drugs and virtual reality, Dick made many astute political and social observations. He explored the significance of what academics would now refer to as a “subject position” decades before the term was coined. To put it another way, Dick’s writing and Transfixion have more in common with Battlestar Galactica than with The Matrix.

And that is the problem of the dupes. They are not different in nature. They are not inhuman. It is the mental landscape they inhabit that is different. That is not to say that their reality is somehow valid. The world they inhabit is not only ultimately senseless, it is extremely limited. The filters through which they see everything turn these human beings into remorseless killers who act like mindless zombies without the mindlessness. For this, Giambrone gleefully indicts the medium of television – the carrier signal of their derangement: “The sign on the door said “Editing,” and a sickly blue glow throbbed out from inside the dark chamber.”

Any young adult who has read this review this far should probably read Transfixion. The novel is a lot more accessible than my review and I really haven’t given any major spoilers. Despite all that I have written, it is still basically action driven and all of the political and philosophical considerations are delivered as subtext.

For adults the above also applies, but if you are thinking of acquiring it for a young person to read I have just one caution. Transfixion is very much in the soft science-fiction/speculative fiction allegorical idiom. The sense of suspense and mystery may lead more literally minded youngsters to think that the resolution will involve the standard denouement where the villain is unmasked and vanquished. This does not happen. Some will definitely find that unsatisfying, but then maybe it might cause them to reflect on the nature of such conventions.


TRANSFIXION e-book is available for 99¢ through Amazon, but this offer expires midnight on Friday 3/25.

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“This trade deal would make it easier for corporations to shut down more factories in the U.S. and ship more jobs to Vietnam and Malaysia where workers are paid pennies an hour. The TPP is a continuation of our disastrous trade policies that have devastated manufacturing cities and towns all over this country from Newton, Iowa, to Cleveland, Ohio. We need to rebuild the disappearing middle class, not tear it down.

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