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Marci Savage

Marci Savage has been a journalist since 2008. She has also worked with disability advocacy organization for five years from 2006 to 2011 and prior to that worked in the financial services industry. Currently she is writing full time focusing on civil rights issues and politics.

Europe Fears Increase Likelihood of US Recession

Greece is in danger of default and the United States is on the hook for it. They have guaranteed the debt on the basis that the European Union would help Greece out of default. With the EU and the Euro in danger of extinction in the next year that is not looking likely. EU looked to China to for support and was declined sending the markets spiraling. Looking at the numbers it is not difficult to see why China would not want to become involved.

We are seeing the death throes of a dying system that can no longer sustain itself. There are only so many bubbles that can be blown up and so many people who can be fleeced before it implodes. Greece, Spain, Ireland, and other countries are quickly finding out that they have become slaves to the banks with massive debts that they cannot hope to pay with the current revenues. Increased revenues would have to come in the form of increased taxes which the people will not tolerate, or they will default on their obligations which will send markets crashing.

Since the United States has backed much of this debt that means we would be the ones being defaulted on. Also, the largest banking institutions, the ones deemed “too big to fail” have significant exposure in Europe. If Greece defaults the rest of the European Union and the Euro will continue to destabilize causing markets to crash and affect their positions.

Other factors are also contributing to the potential risk of a double dip recession. If the President and Congress fail to address these issues as they have been then the US is most certainly heading for another Recession.

Book Review: Archimedes' Claw

SciFi

Archimedes’ Claw is a SciFi adventure written by Theodore Morrison Homa MD, a former physician who describes near death experiences as “blessings in disguise because they give survivors the extra nudge needed to chase down unfulfilled goals.” For Dr. Homa this meant writing an epic novel he always dreamed of.

His story is compelling in and of itself. He recovered from cardiac arrest and a heart transplant. He used his own personal experiences as inspiration for his story.

“Like the main character, I found myself in an unexpected situation that led me on a path to self discovery,” Dr. Homa said. “The topic of time travel was very powerful to me.”

My first impressions of the book were that it was an attractive cover. I know that there is the old adage you can’t judge a book by its cover, but there is something appealing about the city skyline and the starry sky with the spiral gold and orange vortex in the center. It definitely identifies the book firmly in the SciFi genre.

They synopsis on the back was short and sweet, but gave enough information to sufficiently intrigue me to want to know more.

The Prologue was by far the best written part. It was immediately engaging and pulled me into the book immediately. It was well written, excellent description, and moved the story along well. It gave me a sense of where the direction of the book was going and I wanted to know more.

The rest of the book was not as tight as the Prologue. Overall, I think it was well edited, but there were some flow issues. I enjoyed the explanations into the science and technology tremendously, which most SciFi buffs can appreciate. It gave plausible scientific basis while at the same time allowing for the necessary suspension of belief that comes with the genre.

The flow issues are what most new authors struggle with. What is relevant and what moves the story forward? Oftentimes we are emotionally attached to certain parts of our manuscript and don’t wish to edit them out even though they should.

The other part that lacked for me was the relationships between the main character and the other main characters particularly his wife. I think it pushed to a point, but not quite far enough. It was good, but with more development it could have gone from good to great. That being said, there was still an emotional connection established with the characters, I just would have liked to have seen more.

The one last thing with the flow was too much time was spent on the beginning mystery and less on the action at the end. It was unbalanced. If it had been more evenly divided, or more evenly distributed throughout the book, I think the flow would have worked better and made a great novel.

The story concept was great. The science behind it solid, and it had sufficient twists to keep you engaged in the story. The main character is well developed and you get a sense of who he is and his inner conflict.

Overall, it was a good first outing for the Doctor, and it is worth reading.  I would give this Three and half out of five stars.

Archimedes’Claw
By Theodore Morrison Homa, MD
ISBN> 9781463438791
Approx. 260 pages
Hardback: Retail price: $32.95
E-book price: $9.99

Story Time with Rahm Emmanuel

Occupy Chicago

At the latest General Assembly, Occupy Chicago announced one of its next actions will be Monday October 31st, 2011 at 10:30am at City Hall on the 5th Floor. It is in conjunction with Librarians from various Librarian Associations around the area who support Occupy Chicago and disagree with Mayor Rahm Emmanuel’s recent actions. They are calling it, “Story Time with Rahm Emmanuel”.

Occupy Chicago has been finding it difficult to find a permanent home in Chicago. They had started occupying Grant Park when the Mayor under pressure from business interests and city council decided to remove them.  Relations between the Chicago Police Department and Occupy Chicago have been good and did not escalate to arrests until the Mayor made the order.

Here is where it gets interesting. They are enforcing curfew for Occupy Chicago, however, whenever there is a paying venue they have made exceptions to the curfew for those events. Those attending the events have been not been harassed or arrested by CPD for being in the park after curfew. So as long as you are paying a certain amount to the City it’s ok to break the rule? 

But there is more. State police have been called closing down the Thompson Center Plaza, a first. More on this story can be found here.

Something is not right in the City of Chicago and it seems the Occupy Movement has hit a nerve with both government and corporations.