"The book calls for a higher minimum wage, protection of rights to unionize, and enforcement of existing labor and safety laws."
If you want these issues to happen, you need to start enforcing immigration laws and punishing companies that hire illegals.
I cannot agree with this commentator more. Ian Record's book is exemplary--incredible scholarship and deeply moving. As someone who lives near San Carlos Reservation and has known many of the individuals of whom Record speaks, I must say he does a great job of accurately portraying them and the enduring legacy they represent.
Thanks, Jarret and TW. The book is actually half that silly cover price at
First, as the author of Am I Boring My Dog, I'm really grateful for this thoughtful review. Of course, Tim Vanderpool is a great defender of animals -- his investigative work on the greyhound track is especially outstanding -- so it's no surprise that he really "got" my book.
I just wanted to emphasize that the methods that Millan uses are not only dangerous, but are often ineffective in the long run. And they are definitely not conducive to fostering good relationships -- based on communication, not force -- between dog and owner. For example, Kane, the Great Dane that's "cured" of his linoleum phobia in the example cited above. The technique Millan uses is called "flooding" by animal behaviorists; it's similar to putting arachnophobes into a room full of spiders. Professional trainers who look at the film of the episode note that, rather than being calmed, Kane has shut down, the canine equivalent of catatonia. There are other methods that are far less harmful (desensitizing, for example) to cure dogs of their phobias. Millan shouldn't get credit for using outdated methods -- based, incidentally, on outdated wolf pack studies -- to get results that look good on TV but are actually traumatic.
This is a wonderful article for this writing event and it is definitely something worth trying if you are one who says they want to be a writer/author. I've been participating for two years now and it is a wonderful experience. Although I am the above mentioned "pantser" type of wrimo, I've found that without the burdens of having to make everything believable and getting stuck on revision, your characters will susprise you with the way they handle situations and move the story on their own in fast paced writing. It is truly a neat experience and I plan to do it for years to come.
There is also a Script Frenzy associated with the Office of Letters and Light, the kind souls who lead us fearlessly into the fray. Gotta go now... I'm only at 21911 words on Day 21.
Gypsy Scholar, Mercenary Writer and Good Citizen
Thanks for a great article! This is my third year as a Wrimo, and I love this program. In 2007 I didn't hear about till mid-month, so I finished my novel in two weeks. I don't remember when I finished last year, but this year I finished in about two-and-a-half weeks. I use NaNoWriMo to pace myself, making sure other work is caught up and I've got a plot pretty well outlined by November. My husband cooks Thanksgiving dinner, and eating is my reward for writing 50,000+ words, and maybe even getting started on the editing process. (March is NaNoEdMo, by the way.)
Wiccan priestess and author
In order to complete my post above, John is an amazing person and thinker who has been truly affected by the end of this project which was the outcome of 30 years of thinking and previous projects to study biomes across the world. He has seen received an extraordinary external pressure and it was impossible to deal with the project and this pressure. These people have killed his dream.
When I was speaking of a Bio2 failure, of course I did not mean a failure from John Allen but a failure to impose this project to a corporate and scientific establishment that was totally against it. Nobody else than John would have been better skilled to succeed but the external pressure was too high. John is a true person with strong beliefs and he couldn't have corrupted its initial ideas to please these people.
John has been ahead of this time (and even today external forces would fight such a project, at least in the US) and I really wish that the opinion on John and Biosphere 2 will change and that this project will deserve all the glory it always deserved and trigger a new interest in biospherics all over the planet.
Eve Wood has a misandrist agenda. When she talks about "gender differences", she's really talking about "gender superiority". She uses her show on Hay House Radio as a soapbox for angry women to just tear down men. And when books like this are published and people shrug their shoulders, but if a man wrote such opposite gender bashing opinions as she has made that they would be labeled "chauvinist" and their career put in danger, shows me that this PC society needs a serious enema.
Thanks Evan, for a terrific article about Lynne. You skillfully described her life as a writer and reminded all of us about how much we lost!
ok so first things first, i just have to know... why would you take such a compelling story about someone who was a close personal friend of mine and sully it with your inability to write. i mean, do you, just, love, to use, commas?
Wonderful article celebrating what's best in life: friendship, loving, giving. Thanks Evan!
Beautifully done! Pellegrino captures the breadth and the sad early ending of Lynne's writing life as well as her friends' loving determination to fulfill her destiny.
Once you become acquainted with Ms. Gunn's protagonists and assorted side characters you'll come back again and again. Liz cut her writing teeth with Jake Hines, but hits full stride with Sarah Burke. If you're a Tucsonan, you'll enjoy how it's treated.
Once you've read one of Gunn's books, you'll want to return again and again. She cut her writing teeth with her Jake Hines' character, but has hit full stride with Sarah Burke. Enjoy meeting both protagonists, and the slew of minor characters Ms. Gunn dreams up.
Thanks for continuing to let readers know about local authors' works!
The term is "misandry," and it's pretty much everywhere you look these days.
Your glib comment about those delusional Minutemen being overgrown Boy Scouts who view Mexicans as ..."invaders with an insidious plan to take back the Gadsden Purchase through baby-making." is quite interesting. History is replete with civilizations who sit back on their heels while geopolitical forces are reshaping societies and borders.
Charles Truxillo is a professor of Chicano Studies at the University of New Mexico. He has explicitly stated and believes that the Republica del Norte (what we now know as Arizona, New Mexico, southern Colorado California and Texas) will be a reality in the near future.
Truxillo has said the new country belongs to Mexico since the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo that ceded this territory is invalid.
He has also been quoted as saying "We will one day be a majority and reclaim our birthright by any means necessary -- and we shouldn't shy away." Sounds a bit like a plan to reclaim the territory through illegal immigration and baby-making to me...
She is just another pro-illegal goon spewing her rhetoric. If she wanted to really do her homework she would know that the Minuteman Civil Defence Corp. has a Search and rescue team that saves the live of illegals left in the desert then we do whats right and call Border Patrol, not harbor and transport illegals to safe houses. The group she is giving proceeds to have been criminally charged for transporting illegals in the past. Similar groups are responsible for killing cattle and other livestock by leaving trash behind in the desert. The Minutemen I know have saved over 400 lives in the short time they have had the search and rescue team. Keep in mind these are poeple that leave the comforts of thier homes and family to save LIVES.
Do we carry guns, HELL YEA we do, with the number of groups carry drugs into our country every day you would be stupid not to.
No one in the movement is anti-immigrant, WE ARE ANTI-ILLEGAL.
I would like to see her do a story about all of the American who have been killed by the illegals, its in the ballpark of 67,000.
One more note, people like to call us racist, if that were the case, I belive we would have only "white" members. We have people from all over the world who are minutemen.
So the race card is a old tactic that doesnt stick.
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