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Friday, 17 May 2019

G.P. Eliot’s Reader Questionnaire

Filed under: Correspondence, Quizzes / Surveys, Reading — Tags: — mikewb1971 @ 1:30 AM (01:30)

What’s your age?

  • Younger than 18
  • 18 – 24
  • 25 – 40
  • 41 – 65
  • 65 or older

Where do you live?

  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • Europe
  • Other:

How did you discover G.P. Eliot?

  • An email from Amazon
  • Amazon “Also Bought”
  • BookBub
  • Other book recommendation service (i.e. Freebooksy, instaFreebie, BookSends)
  • You saw an ad on Facebook
  • You saw an ad on Amazon
  • Recommendation from family member or friend

What originally attracted you to G.P. Eliot’s books?

  • Cover
  • Blurb
  • Look Inside (free sample on Amazon)
  • Reviews
  • Other:

How many Sci-Fi books have you read?

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6 – 10
  • More than 10
  • I don’t read Science Fiction

Which are your top three favorite Sci-Fi books?

I’ve read literally hundreds (see above), to pick just three from all of them is a bit of an injustice to so many of them.

Name your top three favorite Sci-Fi Amazon authors

Michael Flynn, Neal Stephenson, L. Neil Smith, and of course, the late great Robert A. Heinlein (again, too many to do proper justice to here)

Name your favorite(s) Sci-Fi movie(s)

The Matrix (the first one), Interstellar

How do you read your books?

  • Amazon Kindle
  • Print
  • Barnes & Nobles
  • Apple Device
  • Android Device
  • Kobo eReader
  • Audiobook
  • Other: Amazon Kindle, print, on my laptop

Are you in Kindle Unlimited?

  • Yes
  • No

What do you think G.P. Eliot should include more in his books?

  • Space Battles
  • Colonization
  • Alien Invasion
  • Exploration
  • Splatter
  • Humor
  • Action
  • Sex
  • Other: All of the above, with the exception of splatter (it gets tedious after a while).

What is your favorite Science Fiction category?

  • Space Opera
  • Dystopian
  • Galactic Empire
  • Military
  • Alien Invasion
  • Post-Apocalyptic
  • Colonization
  • First Contact
  • Space Exploration
  • Other: I’m a bit of a sucker for science fiction — I can go with just about any genre in a skiffy setting.

How often would you like to hear from G.P. Eliot?

  • Just when there’s a new book
  • Once a week
  • Once a month
  • Twice a month

Is there anything else you’d like G.P. Eliot to know?

Nada for the time being.


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Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Book Review — Dalida, by G.P. Eliot

Filed under: Reading — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 3:33 AM (03:33)

Emancipation, Book 1.0: Dalida by G. P. Eliot

As promised, here is my review. I tried posting it to Amazon, and received this error message upon making the attempt —

The other reviews posted to Amazon are spot-on, for the most part.

If you’re looking for swashbuckling adventure of the Indiana Jones variety, with tidbits of Star Trek thrown in, Eliot is your guy.

The good guys aren’t the angsty, indecisive types that so many other writers like to put out there for your entertainment FRNs. Sure, they have their flaws, but they’re basically good, stand-up people when it counts. You won’t find any socialist just-us wankers on the crew of the Dalida, insisting that everyone sing “Kum-bah-ya” with everyone that they encounter.

Likewise, I suspect that most readers would want to see the main bad guy (the “Jackal”) killed in a firefight at some point. He’s a conniving, backstabbing, untrustable son of a bitch, and makes no bones about it.

The only “bad” thing in the 500 pages of the ePub version that I saw was on page 343.4 —

Instead, the ansibles worked on encoding data into neutrinos—tiny sub-atomic particles that could travel faster than light. Without them, humanity would dissolve into a mess of disparate colony worlds, never able to talk to each other.

Neutrinos usually travel at the speed of light, as far as the current research shows.[1]

So “neutrinos” should be changed to “tachyons,” the technobabble catch-all faster-than-light subatomic particles, for v.2 of Dalida.


NOTES

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neutrino#Speed
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Measurements_of_neutrino_speed
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Wednesday, 24 April 2019

The Former Soviet Union as a Force for Good?!

Filed under: History, Politics, Principles — Tags: , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 2:43 AM (02:43)

Just when you thought there was no one left to advocate for the former Soviet Union —

No, that wasn’t posted by some 90-year-old veteran of the Great Patriotic War.

That picture of “Captain USSR” was most likely posted by an American twentysomething or thirtysomething, and then was “re-tweeted” by another American thirtysomething, one Matt Kuehnel, who had previously fronted for the “Libertarian Socialist Caucus” in the Libertarian Party.

No, I’m NOT making any of this up.


NOTES

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    2. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / Twitter / WordPress

Sunday, 21 April 2019

Once Upon a Time, I Proposed a Skit . . . .

Filed under: Dark Side, entertainment, Humor, Media, Politics, Principles, Viewing — Tags: , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 8:54 AM (08:54)

Back in the 1990s, a few of us Old Drunken Old Irrvelivent types were talking about potential skits for our public-access television presence (The Weekly Sedition, New Mexico’s Consumer Advocate, etc.).

One of the ideas that I came up with was to have two people sitting side by side at a table or desk, wearing black BDU-type shirts, black balaclava-type face masks, and black K-pot-type helmets. Something like this (minus the embroidery, web gear, weapons and chest plate) —

On the front of one of the helmets, there would be painted a rather conspicuous donkey. On the other, an elephant.

While sitting there on camera, our two TV stars would crack jokes and reminisce about how much fun it was to go after church groups, people wanting to be left alone, gun show promoters, and other “undesirables,” using lethal force, explosives, armored vehicles, and airstrikes, etc.

Such a skit might be considered “tasteless” (especially by the “You can’t say that!” crowd), but seriously, folks? How can signing off on such behavior, even implicitly, in the most roundabout fashion, be considered “tasteful” ?


NOTES

  1. Published in The Libertarian EnterpriseNumber 1,017: Sunday, 21 April 2019
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Tuesday, 16 April 2019

One Way to Take Care of Non-Responsive Public Officials

Filed under: Humor, Principles — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 12:35 AM (00:35)


Sunday, 14 April 2019

Random Shots for Sunday, 14 April 2019

Filed under: Random Shots — mikewb1971 @ 11:59 PM (23:59)

Today in history

LISTENING / READING / WATCHING

  1. ABQReport from Dennis Domrzalski — APD’s Chief’s OT is policing for the rich; the rest of us be damned by Dan Klein
  2. Society of RockMichael Anthony Confirms The Inevitable After Months Of Speculation Surrounding Van Halen
  3. The Daily CallerHere Are The Eight Republicans Who Voted For House Democrats’ Gun Control Bill by William Davis
  4. CommentaryPete Buttigieg: Tortured Libertarian by Noah Rothman
  5. OverkillThe Grinding Wheel
  6. Military Arms Channel (MAC) [YouTube] — FS2000 – Bullpups Part II
  7. Taofledermaus [YouTube] — HPC’s Amazing TOILET PAPER MISSILES – Over 1000 MPH
  8. Thoisoi2 – Chemical Experiments! [YouTube] — Oxygen – The MOST ABUNDANT Element On EARTH!

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Second Amendment Sanctuary County Status for Bernalillo County

Filed under: Correspondence, Politics, Principles, Resistance, Self-Defense — Tags: , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 6:25 PM (18:25)

From: Mike Blessing
To: Debbie O’Malley <District1@bernco.gov>, Steven Michael Quezada <District2@bernco.gov>, Maggie Hart Stebbins <District3@bernco.gov>, Lonnie C. Talbert <District4@bernco.gov>, Charlene Pyskoty <District5@bernco.gov>
BCC: [7 x others]
Date: Tuesday, 9 April 2019, 6:11 PM
Subject: Second Amendment Sanctuary County Status for Bernalillo County

Dear County Commissioners,

I support the Second Amendment, but . . . .

But even if it were repealed tomorrow, by unanimous vote of the full U.S. House, the full U.S. Senate, and all fifty State Legislatures, the pre-existing, civil, human right to own and carry weapons for defense of self, family and community doesn’t go away one bit.

To those proposing restrictions upon the private-sector civilian ownership and carrying of weapons:

Look, no one is trying to take your government away. We just want to have an honest, open, adult conversation about common-sense restrictions on government. If we can save just one child from government violence, it will worth it.

I am writing in support of Bernalillo County joining the Second Amendment Sanctuary movement that is here in New Mexico, and in other states around the nation.

As for the sheriffs and county commissions that have already signed on, they aren’t the lawbreakers as they have been smeared as in the media.

Rather, the public officials who use their offices to promote and promulgate victim disarmament legislation such as SB 8[1] are the true lawbreakers.

Article II, Section 6 of the Constitution of the State of New Mexico[2] reads as follows:

No law shall abridge the right of the citizen to keep and bear arms for security and defense, for lawful hunting and recreational use and for other lawful purposes, but nothing herein shall be held to permit the carrying of concealed weapons. No municipality or county shall regulate, in any way, an incident of the right to keep and bear arms.

Maybe I missed the amendment to the State Constitution that repealed Article II, Section 6? I don’t remember seeing such an amendment on the ballot during the 2018 election, much less passing with any majority of votes cast. Nor do I remember seeing such a repeal on the ballot in any previous election.

Since Article II, Section 6 is still on the books as a valid part of the State Constitution, I encourage and implore the County Commission to “get right” with the law as it’s currently written, as opposed to doing end runs around the Constitutional bits with which they personally disagree.

Thank you for listening to my concerns.

Sincerely,

Mike Blessing,
Resident and Taxpayer of Bernalillo County since 1994

Who owns you? Who runs your life? Who should — you or someone else?
Freedom is the answer — what’s the question?


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. New Mexico Legislature page: “2019 Regular Session – SB 8”
  2. New Mexico Compilation Commission — Article II, Section 6 of the Constitution of the State of New Mexico

NOTES

  1. Published in The Libertarian EnterpriseNumber 1,016: Sunday, 7 April 2019
  2. Reposted –
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Sunday, 7 April 2019

Balderas and Lujan-Grisham, Not Sheriffs, the True Lawbreakers

Filed under: Politics, Principles, Resistance, Self-Defense — Tags: , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 6:30 PM (18:30)

Recently, Attorney General Hector Balderas sent a letter to 26 county sheriffs stating that, “As law enforcement officials . . . we do not have the freedom to pick and choose which state laws we enforce,” in reference to the “universal background checks” mandated by the newly-passed Senate Bill 8.[1],[2]

So why is that Balderas is himself choosing to ignore existing State law, specifically Article II, Section 6 of the Constitution of the State of New Mexico:[3]

No law shall abridge the right of the citizen to keep and bear arms for security and defense, for lawful hunting and recreational use and for other lawful purposes, but nothing herein shall be held to permit the carrying of concealed weapons. No municipality or county shall regulate, in any way, an incident of the right to keep and bear arms.

Maybe I missed the amendment to the State Constitution that repealed Article II, Section 6? I don’t remember seeing such an amendment on the ballot during the 2018 election.

Never mind that actual criminals and terrorists won’t bother at all to go through a background check through a federally-licensed dealer, as mandated by SB 8. They’ll steal them, or get someone else to buy them, or whatever. You see, they have discovered this massive loophole in SB 8 (and other such laws) called “breaking the law.”

Balderas also said that “the taxpayers of your city or county assume the financial risk of your decision to impose your personal views over the law.”

How much liability will Balderas, Lujan-Grisham, or the legislators who pushed SB 8 assume should someone denied a firearm under color of SB 8 be injured or killed after the fact, say by a deranged ex-spouse?

Most likely they will assume zero liability (don’t bother trying to sue them on this — they will invoke “sovereign immunity”[4]) and skate away from any responsibility. After all, it wasn’t one of the Political Class that was killed or maimed, so who cares, right?


As published in the Albuquerque Journal

Gun law ignores Constitution

RECENTLY, ATTORNEY General Hector Balderas sent a letter to 26 county sheriffs stating that, “As law enforcement officials . . . we do not have the freedom to pick and choose which state laws we enforce,” in reference to the “universal background checks” mandated by the newly-passed Senate Bill 8.

So why is that Balderas is himself choosing to ignore existing State law, specifically Article II, Section 6 of the Constitution of the State of New Mexico: No law shall abridge the right of the citizen to keep and bear arms for security and defense, for lawful hunting and recreational use and for other lawful purposes, but nothing herein shall be held to permit the carrying of concealed weapons. No municipality or county shall regulate, in any way, an incident of the right to keep and bear arms.

I don’t remember seeing amendment to the State Constitution that repealed Article II, Section 6 such an amendment on the ballot during the 2018 election. Maybe I missed it?

Never mind that actual criminals and terrorists won’t bother at all to go through a background check through a federally-licensed dealer, as mandated by SB 8. They’ll steal them, or get someone else to buy them, or whatever. You see, they have discovered this massive loophole in SB 8 (and other such laws) called “breaking the law.”

Balderas also said that “the taxpayers of your city or county assume the financial risk of your decision to impose your personal views over the law.”

How much liability will Balderas, (Gov. Michelle) Lujan-Grisham, or the legislators who pushed SB 8 assume should someone denied a firearm under color of SB 8 be injured or killed after the fact, say by a deranged ex-spouse?

Most likely they will assume zero liability — If you sue them on this as they deserve, they’ll invoke “sovereign immunity” — and avoid any responsibility. After all, it wasn’t one of the political class that was killed or maimed, so who cares, right?

MIKE BLESSING
Albuquerque


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. Albuquerque Journal — Friday, 5 April 2019: AG directs sheriffs, chiefs to enforce gun law by Dan McKay and Dan Boyd, Journal Capitol Bureau
  2. New Mexico Legislature page: “2019 Regular Session – SB 8” [“SB” = “Senate Bill” MWB]
  3. New Mexico Compilation Commission — Article II, Section 6 of the Constitution of the State of New Mexico
  4. The Libertarian EnterpriseNumber 23, 1 March 1997 – Down By Law by Victor Milán

NOTES

  1. Published in
    1. The Libertarian EnterpriseNumber 1,015 – 7 April 2019
    2. Albuquerque JournalSaturday, 13 April 2019, p.A13, Opinion – Letters to the Editor: “Gun law ignores Constitution”
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Re: Balderas and Lujan-Grisham, Not Sheriffs, the True Lawbreakers

Filed under: Correspondence, Media, Resistance, Self-Defense — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 9:29 AM (09:29)

‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ Original Message ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐
On Sunday, April 7, 2019 7:38 AM, nobody wrote:

Mike,

It’s worse than that, neither MLG nor Balderas have a bond so they are NOT governor and attorney general, respectively.

Dana Majewski

Dana —

Thank you for your input.

I fully support ejecting both Baldy and Loogie-Gruesome from their present offices, and barring them from being seated in any other office.

Still, I recommend reading Down By Law, by the late, great Victor Milán before filing any litigation.

https://ncc-1776.org/tle1997/le970301-07.html


Thursday, 4 April 2019

Quote of the Day for Thursday, 4 April 2019

Filed under: Life, Quote of the Day — mikewb1971 @ 7:28 PM (19:28)

“It is better the be a warrior in a garden, than a gardener in a war.”
Christopher Dangerfield


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