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9/11 Isn’t Going Away

There are 15-year-olds who are being taught about 9/11 in school as history. Many of them weren’t born or were babies when it happened.

9/11 was a shock to the system. It caused a depression and many people lost their jobs, including me. I was engaged at the time, and I think it had a partial effect of helping that relationship end. I was lucky compared to the people who lost their lives or loved ones in that tragedy. When 9/11 happened, I was getting ready for work and had the news on and saw the event happening live and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. It looked like a scene from a movie. My fiance, who was Russian said, “Oh, we have terrorism all the time in Russia.” I said “Not like this you don’t.” Then I told her, the US will respond with an overreaction that will include armies and mass bombings. She was like “That’s horrible. Innocent people don’t deserve that.” I shrugged and pointed at the screen where people were jumping out of windows in the towers.

“Those innocent people didn’t deserve it either. And that is how war works.”

Needless to say, we know what followed. Bush said it would take ten years to defeat terrorism. My thought at the time, that depends on who follows you. The rest is history.

War is a horror. Terrorism is just a form of war. We have been in WWIII since 9/11. The politicians may pretend otherwise but it is far from over.

The Truth about Energy

The problem with subjects like Global Warming is people don’t want to listen to the facts. They take ideological positions as a defense and that is getting us nowhere. A lot of hysteria and ignorance is spread on this subject, which is basically unnecessary. This episode of the Rubin Report is will worth your time because he talked to author Alex Epstein about the fossil fuels where he debunks a lot of the falsehoods that have been spread on the subject. It’s sad that we’ve come to this stage where hysteria and ignorance has taken such a hold on society. People should bother to educate themselves and this is a good start.

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Make it Yourself!

Here’s my pep talk of the day:

You do not need a company behind you to create anything. You do not need anyone’s permission to write whatever you feel like creating. It may be harder to go it alone, but you have total control and own the rights if you do.

This young guy in Sweden, Adam Samberg, made Kung Fury all by himself in a basement with his $5k. When he had a trailer, he did a Kickstarter and made enough to do a short film, and now Sandberg is doing a full-length feature because he’s got full backing from the movie industry.

When I decided to do Espers, my first comic, I produced it myself. Eclipse Comics only distributed it. I had to pay the artist, letterer, and colorist myself. I called up some of the best cover artists at the time to do the covers. It was a huge gamble for me and I lost money, but it launched my career. It led to me getting a lot more work. In order to get ahead as a creator, you have to create something first. No one cares about your dreams until you do something with them.

Sandberg busted his butt to make that trailer. And it paid off. I also worked hard on my first book and it paid off with a career and I have a lot of comics properties that I own to show for it.

The tools are out there for you like never before. What are you waiting for?

Site Upgrade

I am working on upgrading the site. A lot of pages had broken links from when I moved servers a couple months back, so I will be doing that for the rest of the week. Pardon our dust.

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Comic Con 2016

I will be at the Comic-Con International in San Diego all this week starting Wednesday night. You can find me in the 1900 row, usually. Look for the one-legged man in a wheelchair.

It should be an interesting con. I look forward to seeing old friends and catching up. Look to my facebook page for any pictures I may take.

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Mike Barr’s Once a Wizard… This Friday!

At long last, the much awaited Once a Wizard by comics legend Mike W Barr will be available in ebook everywhere and in print on Amazon this Friday. The book is described thusly:

John North is entering a comfortable middle age, surrounded by his wife and three daughters. His youngest daughter, Eloisia, is kidnapped by North’s former allies, agents of Equinox, a shadowy organization that intends to rekindle its power to reshape the world. To save Elly, North is forced to relearn his long-forgotten magic before she is forever lost.

Published by Fortan Media

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Vertical Farms are the Future

My ancestors were farmers going back to the mid-20th century. The traditional farm took up a lot of real estate and required the weather and insects to be cooperative, and even then they were limited by seasons as to where they could sell their crops. They often needed more workers during harvesting and many farms ended up going under when things became unfavorable to them. But as agriculture uses more sophisticated measures to spray the crops, it has a massive impact on the environment. The oceans are seeing a huge impact on coral reefs and starfish when fertilizers wash into the ocean and cause blooms of algae or predatory life to exceed their normal patterns.

Enter the verticle farm. Agriculture scientists have been studying greenhouse farming for over 100 years but recent developments as made it possible to grow significant amounts of crops in stacked farms inside buildings using a lot less energy and nutrients. What’s more, growing food in controlled environments means seasons don’t matter. Weather doesn’t matter. And food can be locally sourced so people can get fresher produce grown right around the corner.

It’s a win-win situation, and it can only get better.

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Our World Came About in an Instant

Human beings are wrong about most of the things they believe. It may not be something anyone wants to hear, but it’s true. Most of what we “know” was discovered by accident or by some savant. Scientific theories are often proven wrong, so when you are told the majority of scientists believe something, you can laugh.

This video puts it all in perspective. We arrived at where we are today in the blink of an eye. For more than 100,000 years we were ignorant tribal creatures using stone weapons. Then something happened, and it all changed. People are so smug today about what they think we know, but in reality, we are still a long way from actual knowledge.

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Brexit: First of Many Steps

The lies and disinformation about Brexit before and after it was voted on continue to pile up. It’s only the first in many steps leading to WWIII. Perhaps not in the way the last two world wars happened with armies and mass genocide. Nowadays the global elites and other bad actors in the world use propaganda and politics to achieve their ends. But their methods are starting to backfire as the culture wars across the world start heating up from massive resentment. The elites once again overplayed their hand by trying to divide people with scare words like racism and islamophobia. Now the world economic bubble which was largely artificial will once again pop. Politicians will face massive revolts at home. They should be glad people don’t use guillotines these days, but they are as bad or worse than the aristocrats of previous centuries. There may be no Bastille to bring them to, but things are going to get real. The die is cast.

This video does a pretty good job of breaking it down. The narrator’s views may not be to your taste but this is on point.

You may think I’m crazy to declare a world war is coming but it has been going on for over a decade. People just wanted to pretend it wasn’t happening. It is not a war like the last two but it will have much broader consequences. Right now people are fighting ideological wars. This election in the US is more important than many realize. Whoever wins will have a huge impact on the state of the world and not like you may think.

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Best Game I ever Played

I’ve been playing computer games since the early 80s, and before that arcade games since the late 60s so I can tell you I am very experienced with them. While I have encountered many great games in my life, last November I fell in love with a game called The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt. I had only started playing the second one right before the third game came out so I decided to jump on that instead and was blown away. Now I am working my way through the first two games, I am almost finished with the second one.

Years ago I dreamed of the day RPGs would establish a rich, multi-textured world with deep writing, great characters and vast areas to explore. That game is the Witcher 3. It’s incredible on so many levels. It’s set in a medieval world and it’s fully realized and incredibly well researched despite it being fantasy, the architecture and costumes are amazing, The music is phenomenal and rich. The voice actors have accents depending on their regions. Country people sound like people do in the English countryside. City dwellers sound like they come from different cities in the UK or in some cases, America. Dwarves have Scottish accents. People from the Skellige islands sound Irish. (Skellige is Gaelic for Island). The music is often medieval folk tunes with a truly wonderful incidental score that varies depending on where you are in the world.

The word itself is vast and incredibly diverse. You can go to six different regions which are very large. The characters are very textured and complex. Very nuanced and believable. Antagonists aren’t just evil, they are actually understandable. You actually will like some of them.

I also started reading the books the series is based on and they are very well written. It was originally a hit in the author’s native Poland. It has since become an international hit. It’s not Game of Thrones, it has more humor but I would say it’s on that level in many respects.

Here’s a video that sums up many of the things that’s great about the games. I really can’t recommend it enough. p