Friday, November 11, 2016

A Couple Good and A Few Bad Things about Trump's 100 Day Plan

The Good News About Herr Trump's 100 Day Plan:

1) Lobbyists.

It is no secret that I HATE lobbyists. In my opinion, they are part of the problem with our democratic system since Reagan deregulated them back in the 80s (Don't come to me and tell me how great he was as a President. More on him later).

What Herr Trump is suggesting is that lobbyists can't work as a lobbyist for 5 years if they've just completed government service (ie. worked for the government, or held office). They also can't lobby on behalf of a foreign government if they've ever held office or worked within the government, and lobbyists can't raise money for elections.

This is a good thing! Lobbyists largely work for corporations and it would be nice (for once) to have policy pushed through the House and Senate that didn't have a corporate sponsor.

2) Term limits for Senators.

It's about damned time! The bad news to this good news is that Herr Trump needs the House and Senate to approve term limits and why in the hell would they agree to put a cap on their government employment? That's just nuts. So, although this is a good thing, it's unlikely.

The Bad News About Herr Trump's 100 Day Plan:

1) Re-negotiate NAFTA. So, we've had this trade agreement for years. DECADES even. To just pull the rug out from under all our trade allies is going to piss off a lot of countries and hurt our standing internationally. Trump doesn't give a fig what other countries think of us (except Russia, obviously, *cough,cough*) so I see why he thinks this is a good idea. It's not. Although I'm not an economist so I can't explain exactly why this will hurt the global economy, it's undoing a part of what is stabilizing the global economy, so you do the math.

2) De-regulating banks and environmental restrictions.
Where to begin?

A) Herr Trump's massive tax cuts will create a false bubble of prosperity. Those of you who have been around long enough remember this bubble during the Reagan years ("Trickle Down Economics") and then again during the Bush years. Those of you who choose to remember history correctly will also note we had a large-scale economic crisis (aside from The Great Depression, obvs) right after Reagan and Bush. Reagan was directly responsible for the collapse of the 1990s, and Bush Jr. was to blame for the one in 2008.

De-regulating banks and cutting taxes will be great in the short term, but I am not being an alarmist when I state that it will create another economic collapse. Look at the history. There's a pattern.
My advice to you? Don't invest in the stock market during your temporary windfall. Don't invest in real estate either (you COULD invest in real estate in major cities. Major city real estate is always a good idea). Stock pile. Because it will all melt away once things bottom out.

B) Environmental Restrictions say bye bye. More pollution. More toxic dumping. More drilling. Less national parks and wildlife reserves. Say good-bye to endangered species on government land. Say hello to more fracking and unnatural earthquakes.

We live on a rock floating around a ball of gas in space. This rock has a limited supply of natural resources. Oil, coal, gas - there's a limited supply. You know what we've got an unlimited supply of?
Solar power.

But fuck that. All these regulations protecting this rock we're floating on prevents people from making money, so fuck the rock. Fuck the people living on the rock. WE WANT MONEY.

3) Deportations

Not getting into the whole "wall" silliness, because that's economically catastrophic and ridiculous and if you think a wall is a good idea you're a fucking moron...But let's talk about Herr Trump's plan to deport all "criminal illegal immigrants."

Basically, it states that if you get convicted of a crime (drunk driving, robbing a liquor store, jaywalking (I jest, I don't know if you'd actually be deported for jaywalking)) - sorry, but if you get convicted (not just arrested) of a crime and you cannot prove citizenship, you are deported.
Now, some of you might think this is a good idea. But I'm willing to bet that every one of you who thought, "That doesn't sound so bad to me," is probably white. Am I right? Eh? Eh? Thought so.
If we've learned anything this past year (aside from the fact that 2016 should have been numbered 666) is that the Police and people of color are at odds with one another. We've had racially related Police shootings through the ROOF. Racial riots. The abuse of the Native American protesters about the pipeline. Dude, if you don't think the Police force (as a whole) isn't biased against people of color you're blind. (I mean, LOOK at the population in prison, LOOK how white boys who rape girls get only 6 months in jail and a black woman who lied about where she lived to get her son into a better school got 6 years) - if you honestly think the Police aren't racially biased then you must be white.

News Flash: THEY ARE.

The fear of every immigrant, be them legal or not, is that the Police will consider themselves the end-all-be-all of immigration control and start going crazy with arresting any brown person who crosses against traffic. This is the fear.

So, although on the surface, "Let's deport criminals, great idea!" Remember that our justice system is NOT FAIR, then imagine your skin is brown and your parents came here illegally twenty years ago, and omg my daughter doesn't even speak Spanish...Where will we live in Mexico? Do you get the fear now? Do you get it yet?

There are multiple points I didn't address, and this post is ridiculous long, and for that I apologize.
Congrats to those of you who made it to the end! Good for you!
I hope this was helpful.
Information is power, folks.
Arm yourself.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

CARRIER on The Review Chain

Hey Bloggers and Reviewers!

My post apocalyptic romance CARRIER will be featured on The Review Chain for a month! YIPPEE!!

Here's a link to sign up >> https://goo.gl/forms/5MkXJ9kKIhI48wT33



Bloggers can offer their readers a chance to win free copies of the book and also swag! WOOT!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Baltimore Book Festival

Having recently joined the SFWA (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America) I had the opportunity to participate in the Baltimore Book Festival in September as my alter ego, Addison Gunn.

What a lovely location!




 Picture by Anne Tibbets

The Inner Harbor in Baltimore was teaming with tents from the north to the south side of the water. Complete with food and drink trucks, mobile book stores, and multiple author venues, if you were in or around Baltimore around the 24 - 26th and didn't go, you missed out!

 
Picture by Anne Tibbets


The SFWA tent was hopping! At times with standing room only. They featured panels about character development, world building, race, research, historical fantasy - you name it! Kudos to organizer Sarah Pinsker for organizing a fantastic program.

Picture by Anne Tibbets


I want to thank the SFWA for including me and thank all the authors who were so welcoming and supportive of this newcomer. I hope the Baltimore Book Festival will be a tradition I may continue to enjoy. :)

Picture by Sarah Pinsker

Monday, August 1, 2016

Book Signing Appearance!

Hey Peoples!!

Me and Paul Krueger, author of Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge, will be at BookSoup in Los Angeles on Sunday, August 7th at 4 pm.

Come by for a chat!! We would love to see you there. xoxo<3 br="">


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

EXTINCTION BIOME: INVASION has launched!!

The wait is over!
The complete paperback edition of EXTINCTION BIOME: INVASION by Addison Gunn (aka. Malcolm Cross and Anne Tibbets) is in book stores everywhere! So go get it now!

PURCHASE LINKS: HERE

A thrilling new military SF series.

Four years in the military, training for a war that never happened, left Alexander Miller disillusioned and apathetic. Now, as second in command of COBALT, a corporate bodyguard unit for the biotech giant Schaeffer-Yeager, he’s little more than a glorified chauffeur to the wealthy elite. But times change.

A threat from the ancient past has reawakened, and like a Biblical plague it threatens to consume every ecosystem on Earth. Hordes of parasite-infected humans riot against the increasingly powerless authorities as vast fungal blooms destroy crops and terrifying beasts stalk city streets.

The last time this happened, T-Rex found itself on the menu. But mankind's got more than teeth – it's got guns. Miller and the men and women of COBALT are pressed into service to fight the onslaught, but they have no idea how cut-throat their corporate masters can be...

Friday, May 13, 2016

Part Four of EXTINCTION BIOME: INVASION - Operation Sea Mink Launches!

The countdown toward the release of EXTINCTION BIOME: INVASION approaches!

Can't wait two more weeks? You're in luck!

Part Four: Operation Sea Mink launches across all e-platforms today. :)

PURCHASE LINKS HERE





While collecting a team of Schaefer-Yeager scientists from Infected territory, Alex discovers the Archaeans, a group of Infected with a degree more control over themselves, falling victim less slowly to the Archaeobiome. He also meets their leader: his ex-girlfriend, Samantha.
On returning to the Compound, they learn that the nuclear warhead Harris had sent for had arrived in the East River, but the freighter was damaged, its crew lost or incapacitated. Gray sends Miller on OPERATION SEA MINK, a mission to retrieve the warhead before an increasingly paranoid and ambitious Harris gets to it...
Extinction Biome is a new military-SF series about a world overrun by an ancient ecology, awakened from a millennia-long dormancy to destroy the human race; and about the decisions we must make to try and survive.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Author Event


Hi everybody -

If you are unable to attend the launch reception/signing for EXTINCTION BIOME: INVASION on June 4th - do not fear!

I will be signing along-side author Paul Krueger at BookSoup in Los Angeles on August 7th, at 4 pm.

Come by!
I would love to see you :)


Monday, April 25, 2016

Author Event

Come one and come all!

You are hereby invited to attend an Author Event at BookStar in Studio City, CA with Anne Tibbets and Carrie Patel.





If you would like to attend, please RSVP to: AnneTibbetsAuthor@gmail.com
(So I can let the book store know how many people to expect!)

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

EXTINCTION BIOME - Part Three - OPERATION CASPIAN TIGER - Now Live!

Have you been reading the e-installments of EXTINCTION BIOME: INVASION?
Are you ready for another?

Wait no further!

Operation Caspian Tiger has gone live!

For Purchase Links at All Vendors: GO HERE



With Stockman dead and his forces routed, the Astoria Compound’s greatest threats are diminishing food supplies and fractious refugees. The problems are mounting and there are no easy solutions. Then a bomb attack inside the Compound brings an unwelcome discovery: drug-resistant Infected, infiltrating the refugee camp. Miller and his team are co-opted for OPERATION CASPIAN TIGER, an attempt to root out the infiltrators, but is a more extreme solution needed?

Extinction Biome is a new military-SF series about a world overrun by an ancient ecology, awakened from a millennia-long dormancy to destroy the human race; and about the decisions we must make to try and survive.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Publishers Marketplace ANNOUNCEMENT!

Hey Everybody!

I am thrilled to announce that I will be working with the ever-elusive "Addison Gunn" on EXTINCTION BIOME: DISPERSAL - Book Two of the military science fiction series!