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  • Pat Bertram 10:08 pm on August 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , conspiracy theories, Executive Orders, FEMA, government control, government takeover, work brigades   

    A couple of readers told me they thought the situation in A Spark of Heavenly Fire was too harsh, that people wouldn’t be treated in a totalitarian manner if a state, such as Colorado, were quarantined to stop the spread of a virulent disease. Oh? Well, to tell the truth (and I’m not sure I want to, since I don’t want to be labeled a conspiracy theorist) I based my scenario on a number of executive orders that had been signed by various presidents, giving FEMA vast control in an emergency.

    EO 10995 authorized the suspension of freedom of speech and the commanding of all U.S. communications media.

    EO 10997 authorized the takeover of electrical systems and fuel sources.

    EO 10998 authorized the government control of food sources, including farms.

    EO 10999 authorized the control or confiscation of the nation’s transportation sources, public and private.

    EO 11000 gave the government the right to form work brigades of citizens.

    EO 11001 provides for the takeover of all health, education, and welfare functions and facilities.

    EO 11002 authorized a national registry of the population.

    EO 11003 authorized the takeover of all aircraft and airports.

    EO 11004 gave the government the mandate to move populations from one area to another.

    EO 11005 provided for the government to take over railways, waterways, and public storage facilities.

    EO 12148 authorized FEMA to take over the executive functions of the government.

    A Spark of Heavenly Fire is available from Amazon, Second Wind Publishing, and Smashwords.

  • Pat Bertram 2:20 pm on August 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , ebooks, ,   

    Second Wind — my publisher — is celebrating its first birthday, and they are giving away free ebooks. If you go here and say you would like to read More Deaths Than One, A Spark of Heavenly Fire, or Daughter Am I you might win a copy: http://wp.me/pljtd-vI

  • Pat Bertram 2:20 pm on August 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Wordpress theme   

    I started this blog because it always seemed as if I had something to say that didn’t fit with the the focus of Bertram’s Blog, which is primarily about my writing life. Turns out I don’t have as much on my mind as I thought I did! Or else, if I did, I was logged into the wrong account.

    Well, the truth of the matter is that I started this blog because I liked the looks of this WordPress theme. A bit like Twitter without all the annoying commercialism.

  • Pat Bertram 9:35 am on August 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Golden Gloves tournament, Harvey Gartley   

    In 1977, in the 47th second of the first round of a local Golden Gloves tournament, Harvey Gartley of Saginaw Michigan was declared knocked out though he hadn’t been so much as tapped by his opponent, Dennis Culette. Eyewitnesses said that Gartley had “danced himself into exhaustion and fell to the canvas.”

  • Pat Bertram 6:42 pm on August 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ,   

    On the internet, there is no past. Especially on Facebook. Recently I’ve connected with high school classmates that I never expected to see or hear from after graduation. Truly bizarre. As if all life exists at once, and we see but a part of it.

  • Pat Bertram 6:39 pm on August 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: shoelaces, shoes   

    When did shoes start outlasting shoelaces?

  • Pat Bertram 6:38 pm on August 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: breast and buttocks, Dr. Erwin O. Strassman, rise and fall of civilization   

    In the 1960s, Dr. Erwin O. Strassman made a study of the female anatomy — surveying the history of breasts and buttocks,  and correlating fashions of womanly beauty with the rise and fall of civilizations. His conclusion: The highest cultures tend to admire full-figured women, while skinny girls are preferred by societies in decline. So does this mean that in recent times the early 1960s were the height of culture?

  • Pat Bertram 11:56 pm on August 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: organic cherries, organic farming, u-pick cherries   

    I picked cherries today at a u-pick place, and I wanted the experience of eating a cherry right off the tree, so regardless of chemicals, I ate the sun-warmed fruit. Later, when I paid, I asked the woman about the chemicals and she said it was a sulphur spray, the same as the organic farmers use. “So these are organic cherries?” I asked. “We can’t call them organic,” she said, “because we have less than ten acres.”

    You can only be an organic farmer if you have more than ten acres? What numbskull thought that one up?

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