Air

Air

Rolling and raging, invisible but not unseen.

The altar shakes, the cup tumbles, verbal commands are shouted and heard.

The engine of change is at her fingertips.

Construction, or destruction, the choices and consequences are hers to decide.

Exploration of the self or the conquest of others, a decision would be made in moments.

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I was fooled and you were fooled. You know that makes us all fools right?

Hey all thanks for stopping by the mother ship.

So if any of you have been paying attention at all this week you know that there have been two big stories…three if you count a smaller but almost more important one.

The two big stories this week have been the continued cabinet appointments of President Elect Trump and of course that every intelligence agency has come forward to express their sincere conviction that the Russian’s definitely hacked our election.

While the FBI and other agencies have stated that they do not feel comfortable ascribing motive as to why these hacks occurred, the CIA does feel comfortable.

However, while most agencies aren’t comfortable talking about motive, they all agree 100 percent that the Russians definitely hacked not only the DNC but the RNC as well.

The RNC has denied they were hacked, but I personally don’t believe it.

Now, we know the DNC was hacked because that information was in fact released.  Yet the RNC info was not leaked.

There’s a reason for that of course.  If Russia wanted to influence the election and help their man, in this case Donald Trump get elected, why would they release sensitive and possibly detrimental information about the Republicans to the public?

They wouldn’t.

Using wiki-leaks, Vladimir Putin pulled off a master stroke of 21st century espionage.

He had his dupes in place and really just did an incredible job…well his intelligence apparatus did.  But of course that apparatus is minutely overseen by Putin himself.

His two major dupes were Julian Assange and of course President Elect Donald J. Trump.

He used Julian’s hatred of not only government, but specifically of Hillary Clinton, knowing that wiki-leaks and Julian Assange would jump at the chance to go to war with a woman he despised.

A woman who wants to prosecute Julian Assange for acts of espionage against the United States.  A woman, who if you’re not too naïve, helped orchestrate the rape case against Julian Assange that has kept him locked up in the Ecuadorian Embassy for years.

Honestly I’d probably be pretty pissed off too, but Julian is a really smart guy, he should have realized he was being used.  So he either did and didn’t care, he was either more than a dupe or he simply got played by a man who used to run one of the most notorious spy agencies on the planet.

Personally I think Julian was well aware of what was going on but I don’t have proof of course, so am putting him in the dupe category.

This then brings us to the true dupe, and there is no doubt in my mind that this is what President Elect Trump is.

Some will argue that Trump knowingly worked with Russia, that he in fact is somehow a Russian operative or agent provocateur.

This is not the case.  Spy masters like Putin love dupes.  If given the choice a dupe is far easier to handle than say an actual operative or perhaps a recruited citizen.

Dupes bring one incredible quality to a covert operation in that they have no idea they are actually involved.

Dupes are wonderful, easily manipulated, not too bright targets, and President Elect Trump fits that description to a T.

Putin knew that Trumps ego was his in and played to that perfectly.  There were also people in Trumps team who had serious ties to Russia and Putin specifically.  Chief among them being former campaign head Paul Manafort.

Putin did not and still does not need Donald Trump to know he’s being used.  He simply has to do what he’s done for decades and that is to manipulate the pieces on the board to attain check mate.

Trump thinks he’s the King, but he’s simply a pawn and not a very smart one at that.  He continues to be manipulated from within and has appointed – as Secretary of State – a man with such strong ties to Russia that he received the Order of Friendship award from Russia a few years ago.

Rex Tillerson, a man with no diplomatic experience and a long record of shady dealings as head of Exxon Mobile is now our chief diplomat.

Well I say that now.  He has truly only been nominated and must go through a hearing after inauguration, but the chance of him being denied the position is incredibly slim.

The Order of Friendship is given for many reasons.  One amongst them being major contributions in terms of economic and business joint ventures that help Russia.

Considering Russia is a petro-economy it makes sense that the head of Exxon would receive this award.  And while I don’t think the award is that special in and of itself (Steven Seagal got one too) it is telling that the main diplomat who Trump has selected is tied not only into Russia, but Russia’s petro-economic machinery.

There is no doubt in my mind that Trump is being manipulated and if I had to put my finger on the person who in the end is most likely Vladimir Putin’s true proxy it’s probably Steve Bannon.

Bannon, Breitbart and the alt-right movement in general have been singing Putin’s praises for a while.  They see him as the leader in a traditionalist movement that will bring a very, socially conservative world to the forefront.

The fact that Putin is far more about money, power and control and (in my opinion) is only using the alt-right to gain victory seems to be missed by Bannon and his ilk.  Or Bannon just doesn’t really care as long as he (Bannon) achieves his goal too.

But while I think Bannon is being used by Putin, Putin is also being used by Bannon.  Both thinking they are the more clever of the two.  However, I’d put my money on Putin.

Here is a great article with tons of solid and actual news links that goes into great detail about Bannon and Breitbart’s relationship with Putin:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/11/18/1601406/-Everything-You-Need-to-Know-About-Steve-Bannon-Breitbart-Russia

I am always dubious about websites with either a left or right agenda, but in this case the Dailykos’s article is so well researched that I’m giving it a personal thumbs up.

It’s also a little terrifying.

All the Trump supporters in America can claim that this is some left wing conspiracy about Russia but let’s be honest here, intelligence agencies tend to be right leaning and conservative, they also for the most part try to and are neutral and really are simply trying to protect America.

I may disagree with a lot of their tactics but I do not question their motives.

Plus the only instance of an intelligence agency mucking up this election was the FBI’s James Comey and that was not something that helped the left.

And for all you Trump supporters, if the CIA came out and said Russia hacked the election to get Hillary Clinton elected President you’d be freaking the fuck out.

I for one am not shocked and I’d be just as upset if it was Hillary who’d been used for Russia’s ends too.

I believe as screwed up as the process is, American elections should not be the play toy of a corrupt Russian Oligarch like Putin.

This is going on pretty long so let me try and wrap things up by saying that in the end, this was never going to bother the Trump supporters.  But keep in mind that those who voted for Trump voted on the promise of change, voted on the promise of draining the swamp, voted on the promise of ending corruption.

Well kids, you got just the opposite.  Trump has appointed only insiders who have ties to everyone and everything you hate; wall street, big oil, open borders for business, tax cuts for the rich, and even George Soros.

That’s right, George Soros, the alt-right’s favorite demon is represented in the Trump cabinet.

Trump is a dupe.  He’s been used and like any true dupe he has no clue.

While he’s currently on his “Victory Tour” and tossing out hats like he’s at a NASCAR race the real operatives are whispering in his ear.  They’re telling him he doesn’t need an intelligence briefing every day.  They’re telling him to delegate the big decisions to Bannon.  They’re telling him that the people love him and will always love him and that Russia just wants to be an ally and a friend.

I should point out that I do consider Hillary Clinton to be a serious Hawk.  I also believe that if she had been elected we’d be at war with Russia within two years tops.  This would be a disaster for the world and a true, country wrecking disaster for Russia.

I do not want war with Russia and I believe Russia and specifically Putin does not want war with the United States.

But Putin does not want to live side by side singing Kumbaya M’lord.

Russia does not want to be America’s equal, they want to be America’s conqueror.  And if Putin can do that without firing a shot?

Check Mate.

Everyone who voted for Trump was fooled.

Everyone who thought Trump could never win was fooled.

Anyone who still thinks Trump is a brilliant business man with no compromised world view, well, you know what you are.

In Trumps own words from his interview regarding missing intelligence briefings….”I’m, like, really smart…”

Fuck me.

This week on the podcast the bro-host and I are again talking the far left and why they need to stop being self-entitled weenies.  We explore gender versus sex and why, no matter what they are still the same thing.  We play a game called no-noun or pro-noun in which you can hear my head explode: http://bit.ly/1KOLDsH

And as we get near Christmas why not pick up a copy of my pulpy, violent, sex and murder filled novel The Geek.  Available at Amazon.com in paperback or ebook and every other site in ebook including iTunes, google books and more.  http://amzn.to/1MwzPG6

If you live in the Los Angeles area and like supporting local writers and super cool independent book stores head on over to Skylight Books in Los Feliz and grab a paperback copy of The Geek there.

Okay thanks for stopping by everybody, more next week…probably…or it’ll just be a ridiculous list of things I want for Christmas.

Hard to say at this point.

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The Ghost of Stuff N Stuff

Hidely Hodely Space Cowboys and Cowgirls.  Thanks for cycling through the air lock and paying the old mothership a visit.

The bro-host and I are currently recording podcasts for the new show The Perilous Podcast which will begin airing in late December/early January so I appreciate the patience.

However, we have both stumbled upon a ridiculous app called Candid which has turned us both into amazing, trolling, shitlords.  We were so amused we felt the need to record a spontaneous episode of Stuff n Stuff.

This was actually recorded a few weeks ago but I’ve been so busy I spaced and forgot to upload it until today.

We say and do a lot of terrible things we don’t mean so do try to lighten up and enjoy, and make sure to check your triggering at the door.  We set out in this podcast to be as extreme as possible to simply show how ridiculously fun and offensive this app can be for letting off steam and saying things you don’t mean.

Here’s a link to the podbean site and it should be on iTunes within a day or so. http://bit.ly/1KOLDsH

I’ll probably be running a series of micro stories over the next few weeks since I get a lot of dm’s on twitter from readers who really enjoy them.

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Follow me and I’ll follow back, unless you’re a porn bot.  Seriously stop it already porn bots.

If you’re in Los Angeles or coming to Los Angeles and forgot to bring a good book to read head on over to Skylight Books at 1818 North Vermont Ave in Los Angeles (90027).  They’re a really cool independent bookstore that supports local writers like me by carrying their books.

If you like a great book, but don’t know what you’re in the mood for the staff is really knowledgeable.  They have turned me onto some really great reads over the years.

If you don’t like great books, just go in and purchase my book The Geek.

Okay more to come next week.

I hope everybody has a great rest of the week and a fun weekend.

Best,

Jonathan

 

The Order of The Phoenix FanFest

Howdy All and thanks for swinging by the mothership.

As things mellow out around here and I get more into a rhythm again the updates will become more regular, which is good…I assume.

This week however I’m running around like a crazy person getting ready for Phoenix Fan Fest in Phoenix, Arizona.

I’ll be there promoting the upcoming release of the long delayed audio version of my pulp novel The Geek as well as new releases for 2017.

I’m also looking forward to catching up and hanging out with the Two Gay Geeks themselves Ben and Keith who are two of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet and have just scary, encyclopedic knowledge of all things sci-fi, fantasy, comics and general geeky goodness.

Plus I have been told there is either a damn good Chinese or Mexican meal in my future when we hang and there are few things on this planet better than sharing a good meal with good friends.

As I continue to adjust to this new world of media platforms I’m making some big moves toward becoming my own self contained colony of product.  This includes starting my own media company for all future projects in 2017 and beyond, but more on that as we approach the new year.

I’m not innovating anything really but following in the steps and attempting to copy those whom I admire like Felicia Day, Chris Hardwick and Philip DeFranco.

Basically in order to survive (and hopefully thrive) in the new entertainment industry landscape we must all become our own media empire.

While I am nowhere near empiric I am hoping to establish the aforementioned tiny little colony of my own making that will encompass both ebook, print and audio novels, my podcast, the new youtube channel and other creative ventures that will keep me mildly relevant as the yeas go on.  Or until I can finally afford that spaceship I’ve had my eye on since I was 8 and go off to explore the galaxy.

If you see me in Phoenix come up and say hi, feel free to buy me a taco because tacos are the international symbol of love and understanding.

Or I may just buy you a taco as an attempted bribe to get you to read my novel.

Oh and that whole love and understanding crapola I mentioned too.

In the meantime why not go check out all my social media or catch up on some old podcasts.  They’re pretty half-assed and craptacular but hey I know what my audience likes.

If you’re in the Los Angeles area or coming to visit why not head down to Skylight Books in Los Feliz.  Skylight is a great independent bookstore and I’ve gotten some wonderful counter culture books there over the years.  They also happen to be very supportive of indie writers which is why they carry The Geek.

Skylight is located at 1818 North Vermont Ave in Los Angeles (90027)

What’s really cool is that if you purchase my novel and tell them that I sent you, they’ll stare at you blankly, because honestly they have no idea who I am, so that could be fun.

So head on over and pick up a paperback copy of my novel and then walk up the street to Fred 62 which is a super tasty diner with amazing milk shakes.  Fred 62 does not carry my book, but I’m letting that slide because the food is so good.

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Take care folks, have a great weekend and I’ll see you all next week.

Best,

Jonathan

The Joys of Home Ownership…at some point…I assume.

So I’ve been in the new place for about a month.  I really do love it, and having the recording studio in the house is a total game changer, but I’m still living in boxes and still haven’t really unpacked due to all of the renovations going on around the house.

We’re going to be about a week and a half over schedule but we are under budget at the moment and should end up right at the max of the budget. That includes the unforeseen disaster that was replacing both the roof on the house and the recording studio.

The crew working on my house are an amazing group of talented, honest, fun, friendly hard working guys.

But seriously, they need to get the fuck out.

I’m still working on the audio version of The Geek and it will definitely be out and available for download or ignoring by the end of October.  Just in time for the holiday buying season.  That’s right, Christmas, Chanukah and Festivus will be here sooner than you think and nothing says let’s celebrate some quasi-religious stuff like a pulp novel filled with terrible people doing terrible things, over the top violence, sex, a handful of dead hookers and a house filled with unicorns and pornography.

Yup, just like Life of Pi but less tiger sex.

If you’re in the Los Angeles area and want to pick up a paperback while supporting local indie bookstores and local writers, The Geek is available at Skylight Books at 1818 North Vermont Avenue in Los Feliz.  Lots of cool places to eat and shops to shop in down there so make a day of it.

If you’re not in Los Angeles or just don’t want to go anywhere it’s of course available on Amazon.com as a paperback or ebook and ebook all around the world on basically every conceivable site where you can buy an ebook.

And what’s this?   http://bit.ly/1XpMF4k    Oh that?  That’s nothin’.  Just a link to my goodreads page where you can check out reviews and ratings before spending your cash on something you think may suck.

You may think it sucks after you buy it too…can’t help ya there but I do hope you enjoy it.

Here’s a link to amazon with more reviews and while you’re there maybe you might wanna drop 99 cents on my tiny little collection of short stories.  I will also be doing an audio book of that sometime in November.  http://amzn.to/1MwzPG6

The last episode of Stuff N Stuff aired this past Wednesday and everybody who listens was sad to see it go (literally tens of people) however we’ll be launching a new podcast soon called The Chapel Perilous so you know, there’s that.  In the meantime if you like listening to two morons who have no idea what the hell they’re talking about all episodes are up and available to listen to or download on iTunes or here http://bit.ly/1KOLDsH

Wanna follow me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter?  Yeah me neither, but the links are up top if you’re morbidly curious.

Finally I did want to address the passing of Gene Wilder this week.  I’m a child of the seventies and Gene Wilder was a big part of that.  It really didn’t matter what movie he was in, he always made it better (like bacon).

A lot of millennial types might only know him as Willy Wonka or worse, just as that weird guy in that meme picture.  I hope people will go back and watch some of his movies so they can truly enjoy the man whose on camera personae and sincerity in every role was a joy to watch.

I’ve been digging through boxes and watching some of my favorite Gene Wilder movies the past week and I recommend the following highly…they’re listed in the order I watched them but you watch how you want:

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Stir Crazy

The Producers

Silver Streak

Blazing Saddles

Young Frankenstein (Pronounced Frahnkunshteen)

Well there you have it, I highly recommend those  and even more obscure ones like The World’s Greatest Lover.

He’s more than a meme and his movies will live on, but so will that meme and in this day and age that’s a little slice of appropriate immortality we can call a victory.

Have a great labor day to my US readers and a lovely regular weekend to everybody else.

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Micro-Story 3

DOUBT

The trail was old. At least three days.

It might even be false, it was hard to tell.

He thought of his home, the garden and the lamp post.

Had he made the right decision?

Was adventure not a young mans duty?

He thought of his soft bed, but pushed that aside.

He could find her, he would find her.

He’d made a promise and would keep it until death.

She would be returned, her captors brought to justice.

Rising, knees cracking, he shifted his weapon lower onto his hip.

He pushed on, rightly or wrongly, fate would decide his victory or defeat.

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Thanks for stopping by, have a great rest of the week.  Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you next Wednesday.

Best,

Jonathan

 

Micro-story 2

RESURRECTION

His old bones, stiff at first, felt younger with every breath.

His pack, though full, was light upon his shoulder.

The road, cracked and worn, lay before him out to the horizon.

The weapon, his weapon, rested upon his hip.

The dark, toned, chrome guard of the hilt caught the sunlight.

He was young again, adventure before him.

Smiling, he strode forward into the unknown.

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Enjoy the rest of your week.  Have a great weekend and I’ll see y’all Wednesday.