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Tax the Rich

Tax the Rich

Not really. They, like everyone else, is already being taxed.
But those Democrats, Liberals and Progressives who are always yelling the rich should pay more seem to be avoiding the obvious solution.
Why not ask the millionaire news reporters, senators, member of congress, actors, singers, musicians, football, basketball and baseball players to stop seeking ways to legally reduce their taxes and pony up, put their money where their mouths are and donate most of their money to the IRS, thus reducing taxes for the “little people” they claim to care deeply about.

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This may sound a bit strange but I believe there are a lot of reasons to favor believing over knowing.
Believing in its truest and most basic form is admitting you don’t know. It’s more humble to say you believe than to say you know.
Believing is mostly about feeling. Believing is warm. Knowing is cold.
Sometimes people will say they know something when they should be saying they believe something.
Believing implies risk. You could be wrong. But when you say you know when in fact you don’t know, the risk is greater. Claiming to know, then learning you were wrong can be devastating in ways believing seldom is. Believing then learning you were wrong hurts but is not as devastating because your heart was in the right place.
No one knows whether or not there truly is a God. Believing or not believing are the only two choices. A positive belief will always trump a negative belief and the only thing worse than a negative belief is claiming to know what you don’t know.
Believe in love. Believe in life. Believe in yourself and the people you love. Believe you are loved.

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Global warming primer
Call it Global Warming. Call it Climate Change. Call it whatever you want to call it but don’t be fooled by those advocating something must be done to stop it and save the world from a climate disaster.
Al Gore, the Pope and Bill McKibben will wag their fingers and flap their mouths to warn you of the dangers and tell you it is all your fault. But it isn’t.
They are correct about one thing while being wrong about just about everything else they say.
They are correct when they say humans are the primary cause of Global Warming/Climate Change. They are wrong when they try to convince you that you can solve the problem by “going green” and by supporting their push to stop mining coal, drilling for oil and natural gas, and trading in your car for a bicycle.
None of those things will accomplish anything so long as the human population continues to grow.
More and more humans create the demand for more and more energy and that demand far outstrips the energy that can be supplied by wind turbines and solar panels. Perhaps even more important is the fact that more and more humans destroy planet Earth for all animal and plant life.
Adding more and more humans to the planet is like adding more and more people to a sinking ship while claiming to save everyone by simply bailing water from the sinking ship with a tea cup .
Solar panels and wind mills are the tea cups that will not save planet earth.
The only solution is to stop and then reverse the number of humans on the planet.

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The problem with the Euro zone is its attempt to be USA Lite. It’s as though the Europeans think they can become sort of like the USA by having a common currency and making it easy to go from one country to another, thus treating countries as though they were states in the USA. But they leave out a key ingredient to what makes the USA the USA – namely a common language. Other key ingredients include a common culture and a common history.
Now in fairness to the Europeans, I should point out there are citizens of the USA that would like to model the USA after the mess Europe has become. They want weak borders. They don’t want a common language or common culture. They are working diligently to divide the people of the USA into competing communities (black, gay, hispanic, muslim, etc.) – get rid of the “melting pot” concept and create something they call a tossed salad.
The talk as though one religion is no better nor worse than any other religion because they really don’t like any religion. Sorry Muslims, they don’t like you. They just say they support you because they want to downgrade Christians. Given time, they will come after you. But then the Jihadists already know this.
I can’t read the future but I do have some concerns. I wonder if the USA will be recognizable or even exist a hundred years from now. I doubt we will dare call ourselves Number One a hundred years from now. That title will probably go to China and or maybe even Russia. Why do I see a future from them and not the USA? Because neither country has any interest in multiculturalism. They insist on being Chinese or Russians, and have no interest in accommodating those who would destroy them.

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The Dancing Valkyrie begins the story about Mary Hoffman, aka Erica, an erotic, topless dancer in Schenectady, NY, who becomes a living vampire of flesh and blood while on a hike in the Adirondacks of Northern New York.

The novel takes an unconventional view of vampires, imagining them as real creatures who can pass for being human both day and night. They breathe and have heart beats as do humans or any other creature. They eat real food but do require blood from predators and since humans are the most numerous of the world’s predators, they limit the taking of the blood they need to humans.

In an odd sort of way, this makes the story an environmental story. The vampires could take the blood they need from lions, tigers and wolves but since their numbers are limited and they are in danger of extinction, the vampires limit the taking of the blood they need from humans.

Some may find these stories troublesome and even offensive because there is more explicit sex scenes than are are scenes of violence.

Because these vampires are sexually active but cannot procreate in the human way, they are bisexual among themselves and with humans. They just love sex and don’t care all that much about who they have sex with, male or female, human or vampire.

Sex is often the lure they use to get a human in a situation where they can easily take the blood they need – usually only after giving the human victim the best sex they ever had before they die.

Follow the exploits of Mary in the novels starting with the Dancing Valkyrie, then move on with her in The Vampire Valkyrie, And God Created Vampires, and The Blood Red Pleasure.

The books are available in print from many online bookstores including Amazon and Barnes & Noble. In ebook format they are only available from Amazon.

To check out and maybe start the journey, go to: http://amzn.to/1ITpdUo

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Publishing facts

Publishing facts

There are about 1.2 million books published each year in the US. Nielson Bookscan tracked the records for 2004 and came up with that number. The rest of the statistics:

  1. Of those 1.2 million books, 950,000 sold fewer than 99 copies.
  2. Another 200,000 sold fewer than 1,000 copies.
  3. Only 25,000 books sold more than 5,000 copies.
  4. Fewer than 500 sold more than 100,000 copies.
  5. Only 10 books sold more than a million copies each.
  6. The average book in the US sells about 500 copies

Traditional Publishers

Typically, an author can expect to receive the following royalties:

Hardback edition: 10% of the retail price on the first 5,000 copies; 12.5% for the next 5,000 copies sold, then 15% for all further copies sold. Paperback: 8% of retail price on the first 150,000 copies sold, then 10% thereafter.

How many books on Amazon?

The latest rough estimate and growing is: Paperbacks 22.9m, Hardcover 8.1M and Kindle 1.2m


Print on demand with digital technology is used as a way of printing items for a fixed cost per copy, regardless of the size of the order. While the unit price of each physical copy printed is higher than with offset printing, the average cost is lower for very small print runs, because setup costs are much higher for offset printing.

POD has other business benefits besides lower costs (for small runs): Technical set-up is usually quicker than for offset printing. Large inventories of a book or print material do not need to be kept in stock, reducing storage, handling costs, and inventory accounting costs. There is little or no waste from unsold products.

These advantages reduce the risks associated with publishing books and prints, and can lead to increased choice for consumers.

How many POD publishers are there? Many! Here are just a few

AuthorHouse, Aventine Press, Blurb, CreateSpace, iUniverse, Infinity Publishing, Lightning Source, Lulu, Luminare Press LLC, Outskirts Press, Replica Books, Virtual Bookworm, Wordclay, and Xlibris.

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SPECULATOR–The Friends of the Lake Pleasant Library is hosting a Meet-the-Author event at the Oak Mountain Holiday Fair on Friday, Dec. 12, starting at 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Pete Klein from Indian Lake will be the special guest author. He has written four vampire novels set in the Adirondacks (“The Dancing Valkyrie”, “The Vampire Valkyrie”, “And God Created Vampires” and “Blood Red Pleasure”) as well as the guide book “Adirondack Hikes in Hamilton County.”

At 6 p.m. he will be speaking on “How to Self-Publish” as well as discussing his books. The books will be on sale at a special price. Buy One, Get one Free! Just in time for Christmas!

Pete will be signing copies of his books and he has graciously offered to donate half the proceeds from all books sold to the Friends of the Lake Pleasant Library toward the library’s children’s programs and cultural and community events.

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