We’re Done Here.

My PICC

So now I’ve finished converting all 22 of my e-books to paperback format. They are available at CreateSpace. But I warn you, They cost a zillibuck. Why would anyone pay that for a 300 page paperback? I have no idea. I know I wouldn’t pay it.

But it is a goal and now I can say to all the other authors that taunt me that my stuff is available in print also.

I am still working on numbers 23 and 24. Hahahahahahah

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It’s Not Gonna Happen …

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  • It didn’t happen when it was politicians.
  • It didn’t happen when it was black churchgoers.
  • It didn’t happen when it was country music fans.
  • It didn’t even happen when it was schoolchildren.
  • It ain’t gonna happen when it’s white churchgoers.

Can the anti-gun control crowd explain why we cannot keep semiautomatic rifles out of the hands of crazy people?  I am a gun owner. I know the utility of weapons. I understand why a hunter needs thirty rounds of rapid fire to kill a deer¹. But should that limited need mean that anyone can get one anytime they want? I’m just askin’.

 

¹Said with tongue very firmly in cheek.

Reading a Book?

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If so, you are probably in the minority of humans. I have been recently converting all my e-books to paperback format so they are available for those that want a real book instead of electronic bits held together by magic.

I found this outfit (you all probably knew about them long before this) called Createspace, where they do POD (print-on-demand) books. That means there is no money exchanged until a customer actually throws down hard money. at which time Createspace prints the book and ships it to them.

Converting the books from text documents to a printable form has been an education. A print book is far more complex than a grouping of electronic charges. I have 21 books. So far I have converted 5 of them. And I think maybe I am wasting my time.

You see, at the end of the process, when you finally have a print-ready interior and cover, and have chosen the print size, cover finish, and such, they tell you what the minimum cost must be. That is the cost to print the thing, plus their profit. Nothing for the author. Even that price, the minimum, is more than most would be willing to pay. A common 200 page paperback costs $7.52 to print. That means if the author is to get anything, he must charge at least $8.00.

And that is absurd. You can go to a normal mall bookstore and get professionally printed paperbacks for the same or less.

The bigwigs like James Patterson or the well-known like Tom Hanks get their books printed in bulk  by their publisher as a benefit. The legions of self-publishers do not get this, so their actual paper books are prohibitively priced.

That is why I do not expect to ever sell one of these. And I might just give up on converting them. It takes a lot of tedious formatting and is unlikely to get much ROI.

Here I Present A Couple of Politically Incorrect Items …

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Columbus Day. By now every school child knows that Christopher Columbus not only did not discover America, he didn’t even discover the North American continent. And he was not a nice guy. So why do we continue to have a holiday set aside for him?

As far as I can tell, the only beneficiaries are government employees. They get the day off, as do public schools. I have heard (but do not know it of my own knowledge) that Americans of Italian heritage like it, that they are proud of CC and would lobby to keep him as the false but honored discoverer of America. If that is true, it is another case of alternative facts being tossed into the public forum. Why don’t we get rid of it, or rename it “Explorer Day” so the dead people that really found America (some people from Asia found it well before even Leif Ericson) can get some attaboys.

My second point is World War II. You all may recall how the Germans started WWII in about 1939, ultimately pulling in most of the world in the deadliest war so far. And some of you know that World War I preceded it by only thirty years or so. After Germany was defeated soundly in WWI, the winners whacked them across the knuckles in the Treaty of Versailles.  France and Britain took away land, made them only have a small military and charged them a shitload of money. It was no time at all before the Germans started chafing under this load and started Hitler on his way up to create WWII.

You ask yourself, “Why did we let this second war happen?” We had the Germans on their back. But we let them up. If we had wiped them out, there would have been no WWII, no millions of dead, no Holocaust. No Nazis. I know it is impolite to say it, but if the Allies had squashed them like bugs, WWII would have never happened.

My point is that a conquered people that are made irrelevant by absorption or elimination do not start another war. The American settlers land greed almost did it to our Native Americans. There have been no more Indian Wars.  Looking back on it, would the prevention of WWII have been justification for eliminating a whole people? How about dropping the A-bombs on Japan to end WWII? It killed a bunch but, according to some historians, saved a bunch more by making it so the Allies did not have to invade the Japanese home islands, which would have resulted in many more Japanese and Allied dead than the bombs killed.

You can decide for yourself about these things. There is not much we can do about preventing WWII but we can, if we want to, do something about Columbus Day. It doesn’t matter to me. I am retired so a holiday means nothing to me except no junk mail.

What ‘Drain The Swamp’ Means

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When Trump was running he said he would ‘Drain the Swamp’, probably meaning that he would get rid of the corruption and swill that Washington has become in the past forty years. An admirable goal, one that everyone could get behind. And a lot of people believed him, because no TV shuckster would lie to you … would he?

Now, he has shown us what he meant. He just brought in his own reptiles. Tom Price (who could be the stunt double for Ned Flanders) is just the latest erupting pimple.  The Cabinet is filled top to bottom with shady characters sucking at the government teat. Remember, that teat is you: the US government has no money: they take it from you and spend it wisely on what needs to be done for the Country. Like making sure Tom gets to his lunch with his son in luxury. Bucking Fozo’s.

Strap in tight, boys and girl’s. We’re in for a hard ride.

Here are a Couple of Thoughts, in the Vein of ‘Other Stuff’

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Thought one: I see social media postings and various talking heads on TV asking for ‘prayers’ for the soon-to-be-hurricane battered Florida. My question is why did God aim this at Florida if He didn’t want it hit?  The Word On The Street is that He is omnipotent, and therefore He must be able to control the weather. That implies that He wanted Florida hit. Would these prayers not being going against His Will?

Thought two: Equifax, one of the giant credit bureau outfits, found that crooks had hacked in and stolen the private information of a bunch of people. They found this out at the end of July, but for reasons they refuse to divulge, only made it public now.

This break-in provided crooks with credit card numbers, social security numbers, and other private information. They said there were 143 million ‘customers’ that were affected.

In the first place, we are not customers of Equifax: we are product. They did not ask our permission to gather this information, nor ask if they could sell it to anyone that comes along, nor pay us anything for the use of our private data.

And if they had not accumulated our information to sell, it would not have been conveniently sitting there waiting to be stolen. So let’s call a Clown a Clown.