Thursday, March 01, 2007

Geralds Book


From Amazon.com:

Book Description

Chapter One has great information on Corporations and how they are controlling our governments, our people, and our world.

Chapter Two discusses the evil side of our government and how it aims to control our citizens by various means and ways.

Chapter Five is on heroes. I believe our world has many heroes. To be a hero takes courage. We live in a difficult world with evil forces that will try to take advantage of the people and create a world of non-thinking robots. Many citizens will also feel enslaved by these evil forces. Heroes break the chains of enslavement.

Chapter Six gives some information on the importance of prayer and meditation. God gives us a free will to choose our behavior and with free will we will face positive and negative consequences. Prayer and meditation can help us to create a better world for all of God’s children.



About the Author
Gerald M. Socha has spent most of his working life in educational services. Mr. Socha is retired. He has four degrees—one degree is a bachelor’s degree; two degrees are master’s degree; and one degree is a specialist in art’s degree. His greatest joy is to be married to someone who is flexible in handling his idiosyncrasies. In his household the family believes in laughter and a sense of humor. The family opposes war because war does not enhance laughter and a sense of humor.

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I figured this is as good a place as any to give Gerald's book a plug.

From the guy that is creating an anti-Nazi storm in the blog-o-sphere, a book that reveals his innermost thoughts regarding the trials and tribulations facing each of us in our daily lives.

Applying faith and wisdom from the heart to paper to help others in their quest for inner peace and salvation, Gerald has shown a determination and strength to help others along the path of life.

We at DWF are indeed fortunate to have him choose us to present his views here.

Thank you Gerald.

37 comments:

Gerald said...

DEN, you summarized my determination very well.

You are one example of many persons who should present a manuscript to a publisher.

The ideas and information from readers, posters, and bloggers should be expressed.

Just think for awhile how glorious you will feel if the swiftboaters and Nazis attack your ideas and information! Such a glorious experience is priceless.

Arianna on her Huffington Post has a great article. People like Limbaugh and Hannity are criticizing the left who hate. And what about the right who hate like Limbaugh, Hannity, O'Reilly, and Coulter. These people just spew constant hate messages. With people whom I have mentioned our empire is on the path toward a psychotic break up. Limbaugh has spewed his hate messages for 19 years. For the people who have listened to him have a contaminated brain full of hatred. When will this madness end???

Gerald said...

I would like to feel sorry for the people who hate, like the reichwingers but they have inflicted much damage upon our people. The healing process may take a century and still the wounds may never completely heal.

DEN said...

Gerald there are many still fighting the Civil War today.

People only change when they want to or it is beneficial to do so.

The wounds opened by the current regime will take a very long time to heal indeed.

Micki said...

Last night, I went to bed thinking of Gerald's accomplishment. A tangible -- a touchable, a real book! Dr. B must have many published manuscripts, studies, books, etc. Jeanne told us she's writing a book. I know of another person here who has written a book. DEN commits his thoughts to the written word without fear.

Congratulations to all of you!

Gerald said...

micki, if you have the names of persons and titles of books, studies, etc, please share them with us.

micki, if you recall, I have encouraged you to write a book when Arianna had her old blogspot.

Dr. B. is one person but the title of his publishings would help.

I am hesitant to say much because there is one person who posts and his thoughts in a book form would be important. Currently, his son is in the military and without an end date for service a written book may be incomplete. His name is Hajji. I believe that Hajji would have valuable words to share about his thoughts, ideas, and information regarding his experiences as a parent.

We know Cindy Sheehan's thoughts but there are many other people who need to be heard.

Micki said...

Inuit say global warming is ruining their way of life at top of the world

The global warming human-activity denialists should be sequestered in a room with Pitseolak Alainga for a discussion.

Micki said...

Hey, did y'all hear the latest presidential campaign report? John McCain is going to make it official in April that he's seeking the GOP nomination! I had no idea he was NOT running, did you?

He'd better hurry up and make his important announcement before that fork in his tongue gets any deeper.

DEN said...

Did you see the clip of McCain on Letterman? cheering and adoring fans-a-plenty judging from the roar of the audience when he announced.

He even looked surprised.

Alan said...

Congrats Gerald!!
I have two questions.
1. Did you have to pay up front for the production costs, or did a publisher accept your book and pay you? Either way, it's pretty cool.
2. What courses are your Masters Degrees in?

Alan said...

"Americans are very frustrated, and they have every right to be," McCain said Wednesday on CBS'"Late Show With David Letterman.""We've wasted a lot of our most precious treasure, which is American lives."

When Obama said the same thing, conservatives jumped his shyt and he was forced to apologize. Let's hear them be consistent and go after one of their own.

Alan said...

There are two articles in the H-town Chronicle today that piss me off. One is about "ADVISE", the latest "spying on Americans without a warrant" program. The other is a projected $545 million shortfall in the replacement for the shuttle program which will delay it for another year. Not even a weeks worth of Iraq War costs are going to hold down a major NASA project. It's just crazy and makes no sense... and the neocons march on.
If y'all haven't heard about the ADVISE program yet, I'll go 'n find the article and link it here in a sec.

Alan said...

Data mining hits privacy issues
Government's latest anti-terrorist plan may violate civil liberties


WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security is testing a data-mining program that would attempt to spot terrorists by combing vast amounts of information about average Americans, such as flight and hotel reservations. Similar to a Pentagon program killed by Congress in 2003 over concerns about civil liberties, the new program could take effect as soon as next year.

But researchers testing the system are likely to already have violated privacy laws by reviewing real information, instead of fake data, according to a source familiar with a congressional investigation into the $42.5 million program.

Bearing the unwieldy name Analysis, Dissemination, Visualization, Insight and Semantic Enhancement, or ADVISE, the program is on the cutting edge of analytical technology that applies mathematical algorithms to uncover hidden relationships in data.
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Budget shortfall may delay new space vehicle
Gap between shuttle and Orion will grow without funds, Griffin says

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Apologizing twice to a surprised and "very disappointed" U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, Griffin told a Senate subcommittee that a $545 million funding shortfall would delay use of the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle until early 2015.

NASA plans to terminate its aging shuttle fleet in 2010. Griffin had long said that the next craft for human spaceflight would be ready by 2014.

DEN said...

The Coming Fascist Surge

By Thomas Riggins

28 February, 2007
Countercurrents.org

How often have we been told that when fascism comes to the USA it will be wrapped in the American flag and spouting patriotic slogans and speeches? I don't want to suggest that that day is near. If anything the center-left victory in the midterm elections shows that the American people are turning their backs on the the ultra-right and neoconservative extremists. These ultra-right forces are not, however, about to give up without a struggle and the left must not be lulled into thinking that fascist ideology has no chance to gain formidable support from elements in the ruling class.

The New York Post, for example, a paper subsidized by the ultra right, has on its front page for Saturday 2-17-07 a screaming headline for an opinion piece that has all the elements of classic fascist propaganda, familiar to anyone who has read Mein Kampf or the work of Dr. Goebbels. The headline reads "TREASON: Shameful D.C. vote aids our enemies"- by Ralph Peters. Inside the paper his full article appears under the title "Cowards give up on GIs-- & give in to evil." Ralph Peters is a retired militarist who worked in army intelligence (he is a retired Lt. Colonel) and whose pen is at the service of some of the most reactionary and undemocratic forces on the lunatic fringe of the right.

What are the basic characteristics of fascist propaganda that sets it apart from ordinary extreme conservatism. It has five basic characteristics. First, it is openly antidemocratic. It attacks institutions and traditions of parliamentary democracy. It belittles those who are the elected representatives of the people. Second, it supports a leadership principle, preferring loyalty to a specific individual rather than to constitutional government (however much lip service it may give to the latter). Third, it glorifies the military and war, thinking violence is the way to accomplish its goals. It fosters a cult of death (it is heroic to die for the fatherland). It
thinks attacking other peoples and nations is just fine. Forth, it fosters racist attitudes and uses racist ideas to argue for its positions. Fifth, it has no regard for truth and uses lies and misrepresentation to bolster its positions.

Almost everyone of these five characteristics is on display in Peters article and The "Arbiter Zeitung" would have been proud to have such a writer on its staff. That a major (although a financially subsidized nonprofit) paper such as The New York Post is publishing articles that are openly fascist in tone is something that should be of concern to all democratically minded Americans progressives, liberals, and conservatives.

Lest you think I am being an alarmist and unfairly characterizing Peters' article, let me show how the five above characteristics of fascist propaganda are utilized by this NY Post columnist.

First, Peters describes the Congress of the U.S. as engaging in "treason." He writes, "Providing aid and comfort to the enemy in wartime is treason. Its not "just politics" its treason." This in reference to the anti-Bush surge vote. He also calls the Congress members "cowards" and says they give their "blessing" to the "slaughter" of innocents. Actually he means the House of Representatives, not the Congress, as the Senate did not pass a non-binding resolution against Bush's surge. He writes, the vote is "signaling our enemies that Congress wants them to win" and this "isn't 'supporting our troops'."

This is an all out attack on our representative democracy by the war hawks. The vote is a reflection of the will of the vast majority of the American people who want this senseless criminal war stopped and to attack the people's representatives for voting the people's will is to attack the American people themselves as being cowards and traitors. This is typical of the first condition of fascist propaganda as outlined above.

The second condition is implicitly met when you realize that if Congress is put out of the picture it only leaves Bush, as commander-in-chief, with any moral authority to prosecute the war. The Congress has "given in to evil." Bush's popularity is down to 24 percent in some polls (according to last Sunday's McLaughlin Group), so while the logic of Peter's article is that we should be supporting our leader, he doesn't mention Bush by name.

Third, Peters seems to glorify war and warriors. He writes thusly of attending a welcome home ball for some troops returning from the war. The ball was "complete with dress uniforms spangled with awards for bravery. Proud spouses sat beside their returned warriors." These are not just regular troops. They "bear the weight of the world on their shoulders" willingly without any complaints because, unlike the cowardly Congress, they know their "duty." I want to be clear that I am not trying to be disrespectful to these troops or to their experiences and their happy homecoming. I object to Peters using them to further his ultra right policies which, in truth, will expose these men and women to more unnecessary risk of death and destruction.

The first thing Peters saw when he entered the ballroom was the photographs of 34 troops who had been killed. "Soldiers honor their dead." Of course they do. And no one disrespects American soldiers or blames them for the folly of their officers and their commander-in-chief. But the simple truth is that those 34 troops who were killed, as all the other causalities in this illegal and criminal war, would still be alive if the Bush administration had not lied to the American people and to the troops about the reasons for this unjustified aggression against the Iraqi people. Lets bring all our troops home ASAP so they can all be reunited with their loved ones and live in peace.

What about the fourth condition: racism? In this particular article Peters does not express any racist attitudes. But in other articles he has. What is to be made of the following comments. Referring to the disastrous situation in Iraq, one of the reasons he gives is "The Arab genius for screwing things up." In another place he opines that it may be the case that "Arab societies can't support democracy as we know it."

Finally, an example of the fifth propaganda trait of fascism (disregard for the truth). Peters knows perfectly well that John Kerry's flat joke about being stupid and ending up in Iraq was made with reference to President Bush, not the troops, yet he writes in his article that our soldiers re-enlist even though they know they will be going back to war zones, "And no, Senator Kerry, its not because they're too stupid to get a 'real' job like yours or because they're 'mercenaries.'"

As the ultra right becomes more desperate at the prospects of regaining power in the coming years, we can expect to see a surge in emotional, irrational fascist type propaganda. We must expose it whenever we can.

DEN said...

I just ran across this NATO study on the effects of Depleted Uranium on humans.

Originally posted here.

Good source of information about DU if anyone is interested.

Alan said...

The Iraq Effect: War Has Increased Terrorism Sevenfold Worldwide

By Peter Bergen and Paul Cruickshank
Research fellows at the Center on Law and Security at the NYU School of Law. Bergen is also a senior fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C.
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It's a long one at Mother Jones.

DEN said...

Near-blizzard, tornadoes sock central U.S.

You say Tornadoe, I say Tornado.

Reuters.

Alan said...

Oh and... FDL said the Libby jury is wearing jeans again today.
It's been pointed out that generally means more deliberations and not a decision. The rationale being that they will dress nicer when it's time to go back in the courtroom with a final decision.

DEN said...

Casual Thursday?

Alan said...

If so, then it was Casual Wednesday yesterday as well.

DEN said...

Casual jury, casually pondering the casual verdict of casually lying by a casual guy named Scooter.

Scooter? EEEWWWW!

Why not Skippy?

DEN said...

Cheney-Bush: The Absence of Morality

Bill said...

Woman Colonel Urges Troops to Refuse Orders if US Attacks Iran

Bill said...

Climate Panel Recommends Global Temperature Ceiling, Carbon Tax

Alan said...

Google News has two new stories linked... Army fires commander at Walter Reed Hospital and McCain regrets the comment he made on Letterman.

Micki said...

Alan, What comment on Letterman?

I just got this joke from a friend just back from Israel (though that has nothing to do with it, except the Jewish connection):

Dog Gone!

Morty visits Dr. Saul, the veterinarian, and says, "My dog, has a problem."

Dr. Saul, "So tell me about the dog and the problem."

"It's a Jewish dog. His name is Irving and he can talk," says Morty.

"He can talk?" the doubting doctor asks.

"Watch this!" Morty points to the dog and commands: "Irving, Fetch!"

Irving, the dog, begins to walk toward the door, then turns around and says, "So why are you talking to me like that? You always order me around like I'm nothing. And you only call me when you want something. And then you make me sleep on the floor, with my arthritis. You give me this fahkahkta food with all the salt and fat, and you tell me it's a special diet. It tastes like dreck! YOU should eat it yourself! And do you ever take me for a decent walk? NO, it's out of the house, a short pish, and right back home. Maybe if I could stretch out a little, the sciatica wouldn't kill me so much! I should roll over and play dead for real for all you care!"

Dr. Saul is amazed. "This is remarkable! What could be the problem?"

Morty says, "He has a hearing problem! I said fetch, not kvetch!"

Micki said...

Alan, nevermind, I just saw the comment. Well, IMO, bush's Iraq War of Choice is a WASTED EFFORT.

Sacrifice may have been a better choice of word, but I think this is BS to make such a big deal out of McCain's comment -- of course, the GOPers did the same thing to Obama when he used the word "wasted."

Anyway you look at it, lives, money, resources are being EXPENDED, SQUANDERED, wastefully and without moral consideration. This war is a WASTE.

Alan said...

Jon Stewart recounts the Vice President's overseas trip, while Senior Cheney Chaser John Oliver reveals that the Veep is really an army of cyborgs stationed around the globe.

LOL @ "army of cyborgs"
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Micki, I posted what McCain said earlier, but here it is again...

"Americans are very frustrated, and they have every right to be," McCain said Wednesday on CBS'"Late Show With David Letterman.""We've wasted a lot of our most precious treasure, which is American lives."

I happen to agree to that statement, but Obama was made to apologize after making a similiar one, so turnabout and 'fair and balanced' dictated he should too.

Gerald said...

Alan, Thank you!

Before you pay up front the money, please have a your book completed or nearly completed to save time. The cost will vary depending on what you want the publishing company to do with your manuscript.

I had iUniverse Publishing Co. from Lincoln, Nebraska do my book. It is the same publishing company that printed three of our son's books. I found them quite helpful.

My master's degrees are in Counseling and Guidance and Psychology.

Gerald said...

I have thought Bush and Cheney are slime balls but the slime just increases with McCain.

Are there any true Americans or are we only producing psychos to run our asylums?

Anonymous said...

Lieberman's 9/11 police state bill set for vote

Before the Presidents' Day recess, Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Israel) quickly and quietly pushed through his Senate Homeland Security Committee the "Improving America's Security by Implementing Unfinished Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007."
[OFFICIAL PDF COPY]
The 258-page bill is Lieberman's version of the police-state measure which was the first item to pass the U.S. under Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The full Senate is set to take up the measure on the floor in the next week or two. To tell your Senators to oppose and filibuster this legislation, the number for he Congressional switchboard is as always 202-225-3121.

Civil liberties experts inside Washington have pointed Total911.info to the following provisions in particular as troubling:

Section (j)(1)(a-c) of the bill would have President Bush produce a report within six months on whether it is "feasible" to continue to protect the privacy rights of Americans.

The President would recommend whether provisions of the 1975 Privacy Act which bar federal agencies from sharing information on Americans with each other willy-nilly should be "replaced" with so-called "mission-based" or "threat-based" access to information about Americans, defined basically by whether the information is wanted for an "authorized purpose", which the Executive Branch gets to define and decide for itself. If the bill were to pass in current form, we could expect a report before the end of the year recommending the destruction of the Privacy Act, the cornerstone of federal privacy protections.

Section (j)(1)(d) of the bill calls for a report that would legitimize data-mining of information about Americans by normalizing the use of "anonymized data." This may sound pro-privacy but it really only means "encrypted," which means that private information about Americans is not really "anonymous." Such data can be decrypted by numerous government agents as desired.

The so-called "Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board" would remain a joke. Title V of S.4 exacerbates the serious problems of the Privacy Board recommended by the 9-11 Commission. This arm of the Executive Office of the White House would now be authorized to review and comment on not just "regulations, executive branch policies, and procedures " -- but legislation proposed in Congress as well!

The confirmation process proposed in Lieberman's bill is a joke as well. If a nominee is denied a vote in committee or delayed in the full Senate, the nominee to continue to serve for up to a year at a time. Lieberman's plan also allows a partisan majority to be a quorum for action and allows the president to set the terms for each of the members, possibly entrenching this Bush board firmly into some or all of the next term.

Lieberman would also give the "Privacy Board" a subpoena power -- but not over privacy-violating government agencies! A majority of the Board could request that the Attorney General issue a subpoena to persons "other than departments, agencies and elements of the executive branch."

Lieberman's bill would fund so-called "fusion centers" for gathering intelligence at the state and local not just for alleged "terror" threats but, under Title I Subtitle B, any "criminal or terrorist activity." This is just a mechanism for the Department of Homeland Security to gather information on Americans through sweeping up the files of local and state law enforcement agencies.

DEN said...

Try this page for an easier way to break down elements of the bill# S.4.RS.

Micki said...

Alan -- I just watched TO IRAQ AND BACK, the ABC News special report you mentioned night before last about TBI, Traumatic Brain Injuries, as a result of war injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan. Bob Woodruff's on-going recovery is remarkable. The lack of adequate follow-up care for our military men and women who have TBIs is shocking -- deplorable.

That special report should be required viewing for EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN THE UNITED STATES HOUSE AND THE SENATE and every parent should show it to his/her son or daughter if they are thinking of joining the military. (Recruitment would tank.)

James Nicholson, Secretary of Veterans Affairs (who just happens to be the former Chairman of the Republic National Committee -- can you say POLITICAL APPOINTEE???), was squirming like a snake when Bob Woodruff asked him probing questions, especially about the REAL number of injuries from the war.

I would suggest that anyone who hasn't seen TO IRAQ AND BACK to encourage their local ABC stations to re-air it.

DEN said...

Like this little tidbit:

SEC. 1061. PRIVACY AND CIVIL LIBERTIES OVERSIGHT BOARD.

`(a) In General- There is established within the Executive Office of the President a Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (referred to in this section as the `Board').

`(b) Findings- Consistent with the report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, Congress makes the following findings:

`(1) In conducting the war on terrorism, the Government may need additional powers and may need to enhance the use of its existing powers.

`(2) This shift of power and authority to the Government calls for an enhanced system of checks and balances to protect the precious liberties that are vital to our way of life and to ensure that the Government uses its powers for the purposes for which the powers were given.

`(c) Purpose- The Board shall--

`(1) analyze and review actions the executive branch takes to protect the Nation from terrorism, ensuring that the need for such actions is balanced with the need to protect privacy and civil liberties; and

`(2) ensure that liberty concerns are appropriately considered in the development and implementation of laws, regulations, and policies related to efforts to protect the Nation against terrorism.

This Bill is a continuation of the advantage of 9/11 being taken to forward a particular agenda endowing the(at the time not as bad as he is now) President with even more Executive power.

No wonder LIEberman likes it!

Smoochie LIEberman!

DEN said...

What is REALLY hard to swallow is the sponsors on this bill.

Not like some of these things are not needed but the authors need to review it before allowing it up for a vote.

Something scwewey going on hew!

Micki said...

Walter Reed patients told to keep quiet

By Kelly Kennedy - Staff writer, Army Times
Posted : Wednesday Feb 28, 2007 20:26:13 EST

Soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center’s Medical Hold Unit say they have been told they will wake up at 6 a.m. every morning and have their rooms ready for inspection at 7 a.m., and that they must not speak to the media.

“Some soldiers believe this is a form of punishment for the trouble soldiers caused by talking to the media,” one Medical Hold Unit soldier said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

It is unusual for soldiers to have daily inspections after Basic Training.

Soldiers say their sergeant major gathered troops at 6 p.m. Monday to tell them they must follow their chain of command when asking for help with their medical evaluation paperwork, or when they spot mold, mice or other problems in their quarters.

They were also told they would be moving out of Building 18 to Building 14 within the next couple of weeks. Building 14 is a barracks that houses the administrative offices for the Medical Hold Unit and was renovated in 2006. It’s also located on the Walter Reed Campus, where reporters must be escorted by public affairs personnel. Building 18 is located just off campus and is easy to access.

The soldiers said they were also told their first sergeant has been relieved of duty, and that all of their platoon sergeants have been moved to other positions at Walter Reed. And 120 permanent-duty soldiers are expected to arrive by mid-March to take control of the Medical Hold Unit, the soldiers said.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Army public affairs did not respond to a request sent Sunday evening to verify the personnel changes.

The Pentagon also clamped down on media coverage of any and all Defense Department medical facilities, to include suspending planned projects by CNN and the Discovery Channel, saying in an e-mail to spokespeople: “It will be in most cases not appropriate to engage the media while this review takes place,” referring to an investigation of the problems at Walter Reed.

{ò,ó}arol said...

This government of ours is downright scary, the secrecy and dishonesty so blatant. How do we get the thugs out of office, how do we find a decent human being to win that office. Voting every two years to weed a few is going to take forever.

Everything is such a mess. Nothing runs right. Nothing is fair. Bad judgment and ulterior motives rule everything. The bad guys in charge of everything.

The Patriot Act, Bush deciding to wiretap, peek in our mail, libraries, email and now they are stifling the soldiers. No dissent allowed anymore. Man, this shit has to stop. When are we going to see any signs of getting our country back? Probably not in MY lifetime.

Jeanne said...

WOW!!!!!
GERALD....you did it. BRAVO!!!