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The Man From Empire (Rediscovery Book 1)
Life in the Empire has finally settled down. The last of the ston rebels have taken amnesty, and re-joined civilization - or have they? A massive terrorist attack kills millions and the trail leads the investigator straight to a remote world with no...
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A nuts and bolts guide from the author of a popular consumer website that explains real estate in a logical fashion, laying bare common fallacies and explaining where most consumers go wrong in their quest to buy their first home. Written from a point of view of helping you, the consumer, achieve a better result, make better decisions, and end up with a better property at a lower price with fewer problems.

The techniques illustrated are cumulative. Applying even a few of the easiest lessons will dramatically improve your outcome. The more you apply, the better your outcome will likely be.

I have finished a new non-fiction book "What Consumers Need to Know About Buying Real Estate: A Guide about what really happens from a Real Estate Insider"

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The fiction project I'm making the most headway on at the moment is set before the Interregnum, a story about one of the first Guardians capable of creating splinters and what happens when one becomes independent of the originating Guardian. The working title is "Splinter"

I'm continuing to work on a nonfiction project as well, a companion to What Consumers Need To Know About Mortgages, What Consumers Need to Know About Buying Real Estate

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Amazon link is here, with extensive excerpt

Preparing the Ground

This is the first in what is planned to be a series covering the developing conflict between the Empire and the fractal demons.

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It started innocently enough. I was the engineer on one of Earth's first explorations beyond the Solar System, using borrowed Imperial technology. Captured on a hostile planet, I have to make a plan to escape. And then I discovered my real mistake


It takes place starting a few months after the end of "Empire and Earth" but the major characters are completely different.

I should also mention that there are three human but not Earth-human cultures which we see in varying degrees, all of which treat certain potentially sensitive subjects in ways entirely different than we do. For this reason, I would not recommend this book to anyone of less than high school age. There's nothing explicit, but it might shock some. The main character grows considerably over the course of the story.

That said, I do believe that those who liked the Rediscovery trilogy will also like this one. Please consider buying, and if you do, please review it! Thank you to all who do!

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Tentatively titled, "Preparing the Ground," taking place beginning a couple of months after "Empire and Earth", but with an almost entirely different cast of characters. Roughly 91,000 words in current form

My first reader has it, and I'm thinking about cover ideas.

Through Saturday, the Kindle edition of the first Rediscovery novel, The Man From Empire, will be a free download. Literally, no cost and no risk.

The Man From Empire

Life in the Empire has finally settled down. The last of the ston rebels have taken amnesty, and re-joined civilization - or have they? A massive terrorist attack kills millions and the trail leads the investigator straight to a remote world with no known Imperial contact - a world known to its inhabitants as Earth


Last week, I followed the Facebook page of an author I once used to respect.

After three days where literally every post - roughly 10-12 - had lengthy screeds against those of differing political persuasion, I dropped him.

If he'd been using facts, or talking about the science of the matter, that would have been one thing. Instead, what he wrote was about how the other side was evil for disagreeing with him. Not simply wrong, evil. He also committed every single one of the basic logical fallacies at least once, some of them in literally every single post. (There are roughly thirty major fallacies, but only about ten are basic. The others are special cases of the basic fallacies)

That's not arguing science. That's preaching religion. And I will have none of it.

I fully realize that there are evil people in the world. It's fine to call them out, and make accusations - as individuals, where there is evidence.

But to presume that anyone who disagrees with you must therefore be evil is the mark of a religious extremist. An intolerant religious extremist. Furthermore, it definitely is not the act of a rational human. Rational humans realize that there are reasons why other people - people of sound moral character, rational mind, and fully informed on the issue - might well disagree. Might well disagree without being evil. Might even be closer to the objective truth than you or me.

There is only one kind of person who cannot concede that: A religious fanatic. Someone who is convinced that anyone who does not agree with their dogma must therefore be evil.

Let me let you in on another secret, as well. Someone making the argument of a religious fanatic is not arguing in good faith. Argument by sermon may be a perfectly valid argument within the faith - but it doesn't work for anyone not of your faith and it definitely is neither a rational nor a scientific argument. These arguments are profoundly anti-science and anti-rational. In conversing with those not of your faith, they are worthy of nothing but contempt. Certainly not my time or that of anyone else who is arguing in good conscience on the facts of the matter.

That includes those who conduct argument by sarcasm or belittlement or insult. Some humor is fine - but if you cannot or will not shift to making a real argument on the basis of facts and logic, you are preaching religion, and a religion of intolerance at that.

Yes, people are human. They get tired of the same arguments. It's human to slip. But if you have slipped into preaching religion and you will not return to objective facts and logic when it's pointed out, that's no different than the most adamant preacher of whatever religion you care to name calling for the subjugation of the infidel.

It simply is not relevant if you've gone over the arguments before. It doesn't even matter if you've gone over the arguments before with that person and they don't agree. If you want another person to do something you want them to do, the onus is on you to demonstrate why that other person should do so in their own judgment. Anything else is quite simply the moral equivalent of holding them at gunpoint, and in the case we are considering, it puts you on the same moral plane as burners of witches and those who committed the massacre at Beziers.

Many of those making such arguments proclaim they despise Christians - but Christianity left such things behind in 1648. I'm not Christian, but I realize that while the use of force may be necessary in a very few instances, it is not an argument of science or of rational thought.

Can your religion say the same?

This nonsense and other similar things have been going around lately.

http://www.vaccinationcouncil.org/2013/11/12/vaccines-a-peek-beneath-the-hood-by-roman-bystrianyk-and-suzanne-humphries-md/

The numbers are accurate as far as 30 seconds of research can tell, but they don't tell the story of *why* the numbers fell before vaccination. This is what is called, "telling the truth, but not all of it." In other words, one of the most effective ways to lie.

In fact, public health methods before vaccination aren't easy to find online. I can find reference to typhus, where clean sanitary water stops most of it, but not to smallpox, measles, and other airborne or easily spread by indirect contact diseases. But I can remember older relatives talking about quarantines and other methods that were in use, and toxic, caustic chemicals far worse than anything anyone has even *accused* the chemicals in vaccinations of being. Depending upon how bad an outbreak got, things sometimes got to the stage of de facto martial law, at least in matters having to do with public health.

The spikes in the chart - which are so large as to render the Ordinary Least Squares line best fitting them as meaningless - are caused by the nature of how fast the disease would spread before public health became cognizant of the issue. In fact, given increased localization in the charting instead of nationwide, the spikes would be far worse, and given the way the modern population moves around from coast to coast and internationally on jet airplanes, the spikes would be both far larger and far more common, as localized outbreaks would spread far more quickly.

So would you really rather be treated by massive infringement upon your civil liberties, large doses of toxic and caustic chemicals in your environment, and even more extreme methods in a few cases - or would you rather just go get your vaccination?

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