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Voter suppression test run in Georgia.

Posted by jsmolders - June 10th, 2020

Last night I watched the shameful display of another test run in Georgia (there was one last year for the rigged Kemp election) for the  vote suppressing the Republicans are planning  nationwide for the November elections: fight against mail-in voting, refuse to send mail-in ballots except to “friends”, drastically reduce  the number of voting stations in minority-and other Democratic areas,  and mess up, there, the voting machines supplied by political friends. Also make sure the personnel in those underfunded polling stations is scarce and untrained…. And that there is no or insufficient paper back-up that could prove machines “malfunctioned”.

Result yesterday in Georgia: voting in an R-dominated area was easy, or maybe you have been allowed a mail-in ballot if you live in the “right” zipcode, but in D-dominated areas waiting lines looked horrible. How long a wait? 6 hours? 8 hours? In 90 degree weather? I admire these people, young and old, who won’t let the R’s “steal” their vote.

Let’s all fight for mail-in ballots, demand them, not just for politicians’ friends. My hope is that dirty and easily noticed maneuvers are gloriously beaten back  by infuriated voters in November, as we recently saw it happen in Wisconsin. Let’s make dirty tricks backfire like hell! We don’t want a rigged election.

Antifa? The antifacsists? TRUMP’s smear machine in action

Posted by jsmolders - June 10th, 2020

Last week, Mr Gugino, 75 yr old, was brutally pushed down by Buffalo police marching Nazi-style  (why do we need those marches to control peaceful demonstrations?) in the streets of Buffalo. He ended up in Intensive care.

Trump accused  Gugino of being an Antifa operative, but the man is simply a member of the Catholic Workers Organization in Buffalo. T’s heinous smear tweet was inspired by a Russia-connected news organization. Just two Republican senators had the guts to even comment on T’s tweet. They all ran away from questioning journalists.

By the way, Antifia’s murder record is ZERO. On the other hand, white supremacists  have committed 310 MURDERS in the period of 2010-2018.  The source for this information is the ADL, the American Defamation League.

Shame on Trump and his Russian-fed smear machine.

Essential workers? Does Covid-19 make them SACRIFICIAL workers?

Posted by jsmolders - May 16th, 2020

I watched with horror how Trump’s executive order sent the meat packing workers back into their plants (in several cases without effective testing that guarantees their safety from Covid-19) and to their possible deaths. Those poor people, many of them immigrants, now have no legal recourse if they refuse to come to work without  guarantee that they will be working with healthy co-workers.

In many other industries, essential workers who keep us fed and alive, the system working, essential services provided, do not have the luxury of being able to work from home. They and the medical and emergency personnel are heroes.  Mc Connell (Trump behind him) wants a law that keeps employers shielded from legal recourse by workers who risk losing their jobs (and their health insurance) if they refuse to enter their place of employ and face the real possibility of death-by-Covid.

I trust that Mc Connell will fail, and hope that employers, despite the unrelenting pressure and drive for profits, show humanity by providing adequate testing and Covid-safe work arrangements. Short term profits might suffer, but the long term is another story: humanity and compassion shown now will pay dividends later.  I dare to hope that the good in man will prevail and that essential workers will not be forced to become sacrificial ones.

P.S. It’s ironic that senator Cornyn now advises that laid-off workers without health insurance sign up for Obamacare. Good old Obamacare! This same senator supports a Texan ruling, now at the Supreme Court, to repeal Obamacare. Which one is it, Cornyn, Obamacare or no Obamacare? Or do you think voters do not notice your doublespeak?

“It’s scary to go to work.” Dixit Kevin Hassett, top economic adviser to Trump. Oh?! Are poor meat workers scared too? Do they have a real choice?

Posted by jsmolders - May 11th, 2020

Covid-19: tragic loss of human life, horrifying economic destruction, endless, it seems. It didn’t have to be this bad. Desperate for a China trade deal, any trade deal, Trump was played like a fiddle by the Chinese. Three long months he pooh poohed Corona  as a hoax and silenced scientists lest he jeopardize his “great” deal, his ticket to reelection. Three months available  for preparation and decisive action were lost. We, and Trump, are paying dearly for it, no end in sight, his “game” continuing. Many thousands of lives were/are needlessly lost and the economy damaged beyond belief. It didn’t have to be this way. Trump is guilty of dereliction of duty.

Corona blues? “Harvest of War” comes to the rescue.

Posted by jsmolders - May 4th, 2020

For me the Corona Rules evoke images that make me relive the German occupation  of Belgium during WWII. I experienced it all as a little boy in Belgium.  Hoarding and hunger too were, already then, some of the weaknesses  of society.

My novel “Harvest of War”, selected as a finalist in the Beverly Hills Book Wards Competition, paints images that look familiar today: repression of freedom, forced behavior, but also heroism, cowardice and deceit. Life under pressure, from Nazi occupation or from Corona, is the background against which the story of “Harvest of War” unfolds. But the gripping tale is uplifting, with heroism and generosity getting the upper hand. We can overcome!

Get yourself a copy from Amazon or another website, or through you bookstore or Kindle. It may show you that not all has to be bad in this world! Even in days such as those colored by Corona.

Corona depressing you? “Harvest of War ” comes to the rescue!

Posted by jsmolders - May 4th, 2020

For me the Corona Rules evoke images that make me relive the German occupation  of Belgium during WWII. I experienced it all as a little boy in Belgium.  Hoarding and hunger too were, already then, some of the weaknesses  of society.

My novel “Harvest of War”, selected as a finalist in the Beverly Hills Book Wards Competition, paints images that look familiar today: repression of freedom, forced behavior, but also heroism, cowardice and deceit. Life under pressure, from Nazi occupation or from Corona, is the background against which the story of “Harvest of War” unfolds. But the gripping tale is uplifting, with heroism and generosity getting the upper hand. We can overcome!

Get yourself a copy from Amazon or another website, or through you bookstore or Kindle. It may show you that not all has to be bad in this world! Even in days such as those colored by Corona.

 

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Coronadagen “in je kot”? “Oogst van Oorlog” kan je helpen!

Posted by jsmolders - April 30th, 2020

De Coronamaatregelen, zoals “blijf in je kot”, roepen voor mij beelden op  die me de dagen onder Duitse bezetting tijdens de tweede wereldoorlog doen herbeleven.  Het hamsteren was toen ook al een van de zwakke punten van de maatschappij.

Mijn novelle “Oogst van Oorlog”,  die geselecteerd werd als finalist in de Beverly Hills Book Awards Competition, schildert beelden van vrijheidsbeperking, gedwongen gedrag en heldhaftigheid gepaard met lafheid die me vandaag al te bekend voorkomen. Leven onder druk, van bezetting of van Corona, is de achtergrond waartegen zich het opwindend verhaal van “Oogst van Oorlog” afspeelt. Lees eens een verhaal dat je kan opkrikken deze moeilijke dagen.

“Oogst van Oorlog” speelt zich af in de zomer van 1944 tijdens de Duitse bezetting in Ramsel. Bruno Van Dam is de enige huisarts in het dorp en behandelt iedereen, zowel verzetslui als collaborateurs. Allen weten dat ze terechtkunnen bij de gewetensvolle dokter, maar wat ze niet weten is dat hij een Joods weesjongetje en twee Engelse piloten helpt onderduiken.

De zaken worden gecompliceerd wanneer Eric, zoon van de dokter, wordt opgepakt door de bezetters en weggevoerd; naar een werkkamp veronderstelt zijn vader. Afgrijselijke behandeling en uithongering wachten de jongeman.

De dokter beslist de Gestapoleider in Ramsel om te kopen om zijn zoon vrij te krijgen. Maar dan komt plots de bevrijding door de Engelsen en wordt hij door de Ramselaars beschuldigd van verraad. Het Joodse jongetje en een Engelse piloot getuigen over de risico’s die dokter Van Dam gelopen heeft door hen maandenlang in zijn huis te verbergen; waarop het tumult wat luwt, maar niet voor lang, want hier begint pas het echte stormachtige verhaal.

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Don’t let Corona get you down! Read a good book: “BIRDS SING BEFORE SUNRISE”, Beverly Hills Book Awards winner,

Posted by jsmolders - March 26th, 2020

will keep you company as you curl up on the couch or in a quiet corner. Set in the high mountains of Peru, it leads you to and through the tricky maze of obstacles big oil creates against a pioneering couple starting a solar project at 13000 feet, where oxygen is scarce dangers real, and intrigue heavy. Go for the ride and discover an exciting part of the world where dirty play is just the same as in big oil’s high rise offices in Houston or Los Angeles. Enjoy!

Birds Sing before Sunrise WINS the Beverly Hills Book Awards Competition for political fiction!

Posted by jsmolders - November 22nd, 2019

I’m pleased proud to announce that my novel “Birds Sing before Sunrise” has won the prestigious  Political Fiction Award in the Beverly Hills Book Awards Competition.

“Birds Sing before Sunrise” is a story  about solar pioneers fighting the overwhelming power and resources of the oil and gas industry in the high Andes of Southern Peru. According to Kirkus, top reviewer of fiction novels, the dramatic setting and compelling characters make this book a believable and enjoyable read. The Beverly Hills Book Awards Competition’s jury apparently agreed.

 

 

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Fracking: its secret chemicals (medical treatment impossible) threaten within 2000ft from the well. CLONING GALINDA tells the story

Posted by jsmolders - November 2nd, 2019

A recent study by EPA in Colorado shows that dangerous chemicals threaten citizens’ health as far as 2000 ft from the well. We’re not just talking about the usual suspects, such as benzene or toluene etc, but also about unknown chemicals, secret ones shielded by a Cheney law. The oil and gas lobby in action…. Result: doctors cannot treat certain medical conditions created by the secret chemicals. Shameful.. CLONING GALINDA highlights the issues in a gripping thriller. The scene is set in Ohio’s fracking fields.

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Jan Smolders, author of Viral Games, The Convenient Fund and The Bridge of Whispers carries Belgian and USA passports, has lived in Belgium, Japan and Singapore, and resides in Florida. Read More...