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Forecast Friday: Standing Up for HUMANS

I remember an old issue of OMNI magazine with a tongue-in-cheek article (it was APRIL) about a newly discovered species of GIANT FLYING VAMPIRE TOADS which were feeding on retirement community residents. This was thought to be okay, because the rare species needed to be protected. What’s a few old folks, after all?

Yes, this was an exaggeration of how some among us place less value on their fellow HUMANS than they do on NATURE, but illustrated a disturbing trend of people who have too much leisure time on their hands.

There was a recent article from MIT (it was NOT deliberate fiction – see the article HERE) which claimed that if we try to clear up some kinds of pollution (and I mean real, undisputed particulate pollution, not the bogusly vilified CO2), it may exacerbate the effects of Man Made Climate change. The start of the article claims that MILLIONS of people die because of this pollution, but that the particles actually help cool the planet. In the end, the author grudgingly says we shouldn’t NOT clean up pollution, but we need to be aware of the side effect if we do.

I know there are plenty of activists out there who think we should do anything we can to cool the planet. Forget about whether or not you even believe in Man Made Climate Change – we haven’t been warming for about 20 years. So what if people die in the process?

The production of energy has lifted the standard of life of billions of people, and will eventually bring even the least developed out of the stone age, increase their quality of life and their life expectancy. But there are TRUE BELIEVERS who would rather see those people die sooner than they need to so they don’t imperil the planet.

How can we claim to have compassion for our fellow HUMANS, but deny them the same right to climb out of the dark and into the light? And all over unproven (and often disproven) theories.

This is probably more meandering than I had intended for a Forecast Friday (and not the usual looking forward), but I’m worried about where we’re headed. If we’re going to survive as a species, we need to do everything we can to preserve as many HUMANS as possible, instead of imagining reasons for our existence to be a problem.

Just saying…

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ObsoleteCoverThe very, very, VERY short preorder campaign for “Obsolete” is now over, and the eBook has been released:

When we leave Earth, will we forget what it’s like to be human?
Mr. Omega, the last unmodified man, stands trial for unthinkingly preserving his own life over that of a superior being.

“Obsolete” is a short, speculative fiction. I was wondering – as we FINALLY try to go into space, will our ability to alter ourselves become more cost effective than creating safety devices to protect us from the perils of space travel? And what will be the value of an ORIGINAL man?
“Obsolete” is available in all the usual places, including (but not limited to):
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/653336?ref=NoTimeToThink

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01J27HVHQ

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DempseysDebutCoverThis week’s Smashword’s coupon is for “Dempsey’s Debut”:

How would you like to be abducted by alien mantises for some live entertainment, and that just because of your namesake? Jack Dempsey feels ‘boxed’ in when he’s forced to carry on the family name, and certainly doesn’t want to become part of the Krills’ warped mating ritual. It’s hard to live up to your ancestors.

An alien procures a human for entertainment at a party, and then has to deal with the demands of his guests. I intended this to be comic, and once I decided on the nature of the alien, that added to the comedy (I have a fascination with praying mantises – I’ve watched them since I was a boy, and they figure in at least one other of my stories.)
Use coupon code PC82S to get 67% off the cover price at Smashwords (that’s only 99-cents – such a deal!) – it’s good until July 30th. Here’s the link:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/483438?ref=NoTimeToThink
“Dempsey’s Debut” is also available in the collection – And Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get OUT OF MY MIND.

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Collection6eBookCoverI’m participating in Smashwords’ site-wide Summer/Winter Sale promotion – for the month of July, all of my collections are 50%-off with a coupon (the coupon is listed on the individual page for each book – it’s SSW50 in case you have trouble finding it.) The coupon applies to my seven OUT OF MY MIND collections, plus my Herc Tom Collection Cats of War I and the Detective Jimmy Delaney collection Broken Down.
All can be found on my Smashwords author page (listed below), or you can find the individual links on yesterday’s Selling Saturday posting by clicking HERE.

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William Mangieri’s writing, including his latest eBook “Mating Rituals”, can be found in many places, including:
• Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/NoTimeToThink
• His Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008O8CBDY
• Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/william-mangieri?store=book&keyword=william+mangieri
• Createspace (if you prefer physical books): https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query=william+mangieri&sitesearch_type=STORE
To CONNECT WITH HIM (and LIKE and FOLLOW), go to
• His site on WordPress: https://williammangieri.wordpress.com
• “William Mangieri’s Writing Page” on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/NoTimeToThink
• His Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6893616.William_Mangieri
• Or on twitter: @WilliaMangieri

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