Friends have complained, society is being controlled by the imposition of martial law. While living in western nations, under constant surveillance, I certainly understand what these friends perceive. Yet I find their definition is misfired at people who protect freedom.
Martial law is rule by military forces. Police detect crime. Politicians rule what is criminal. Politics determines what crimes, if any, have been committed and thus, police are politicians’ muscle.
In The United States the politic is supposed to be representative of the people yet politicians have militarized their police forces. Today we live under po-litical and po-lice rule, not martial law. Let me show you the contrast.
Two pictures contain soldiers. They are dressed in fatigues. The other two photos are police. Those photos bear the word police. See if you can find the photo some politicians have called terrorists. It’s unbelievable!
So what’s wrong with permitting peers to call living inside a militarized police state martial law? Simply that it’s a false label, detrimental to heroes who’ve served or sacrificed for common good, and counter-productive to the majority of people’s goal. There’s a difference between military forces and militarized police. But if I point out all the differences then actors might change their roles, police will start wearing fatigues and terrorists will start flashing peace signs, the people and their politicians start to confuse them again .
So view it this way: The line between soldiers and police are the locations they’ve slept. Cops get to sleep at home in local communities while soldiers sleep in conflict zones. Look at all four pictures again. As our own societies increase their domestic security programs don’t be fooled into thinking that’s martial law, it’s not. We’re residing in a Political Mobocracy where the powerful use police to control the powerless. So welcome to the party.
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Noodle finally escapes the solitary confinement ward. Upon escaping, he’s tracked through Airstrip One and Pharaoh in search of freedom. That journey lands the hero at the tip of the Dark Continent where he distinguishes Western developments. A state-of-the-art monorail whisks him weightlessly toward the Wonderful City. Noodle observes breathtaking countryside between cities succumbing to sub-urbanization. Fences run between roads paralleling the railway. And box homes circling round retail malls are being built row after identical row. Noodle’s intercepted by the International Intelligence Service here, too; agents from the West track him en route to remote corners of the Continent.
They trace Noodle to one of the oldest surviving societies living inside homes built of earth and mud. There, he meets people who’ve known how to build freedom all along. Nobody’s invented the word terrorism and they don’t have nuclear bombs, satellites, cables, or cameras. Basic healthcare keeps the people alive for eighty years. And, even without higher education, the people know Freedom Incorporated- it’s been outlawed. Exceptionally, the society esteems food, water, shelter, love, and knowledge and the people excel in art and philosophy. Noodle encounters intelligent life.
Everyone’s met Revolution’s daughter freedom. And Noodle discovers that freedom he’s been craving when the people proclaim, “If men wearing white-suits come with masks attached to breathing apparatus and allege you have a rare disease that nobody’s heard of, Noodle, even if they say It’s a matter of national security we’ll never let them take you again. Here, we fight to defend Independence.”
The sequel to Freedom Incorporated, Freedom Afrika by Cosmo Starlight will be release to etailers; freedom is for everyone defending her!
Church Publishing has spent the past several weeks editing the fifth edition of Freedom Incorporated for re-release. The Company produces books, we’d like to outsource our editing so we’re searching for someone who can put words into our mouth. If you know someone with a mastery of the English language we’d like to hear from them!
*Update. Visit the Coming to Church page for more details on how to become the Company’s copy-editor.
The fifth edition of Freedom Incorporated is being re-designed for readability. We’ve added ten percent to the body and taken five away, fifteen percent of the novel employs new wording. It’s such a significant change we plan on assigning a new ISBN. We’ve also added table of contents hyperlinks, new front matter, and an author bio for author Cosmo Starlight. That, plus we’ve written a dream Noodle had to highlight his motivation for driving to President’s Compound (when he was followed by Arabian Knights). We may add more deleted scenes, so to speak, but haven’t yet worked them in.
Of course, smashwords customers who’ve already purchased Freedom Incorporated will be able to access this enhanced fifth edition epbulication. After purchasing Freedom Inc. using etailers such as iBookstore and others, availability of updated versions varies by store policy. Until then, check out this alternative cover posted below. Spoiler Alert! The remainder of this post reveals plot lines. Purchase a 4th edition copy of Freedom Incorporated by Cosmo Starlight now! The 5th edition is coming soon!
Freedom Incorporated, the massive low-security work camp, began in nineteen thirty-two after wardens’ first lost control of wealth and power. So they built a state-controlled bank to manage the economic system. Subsequent generations each fought to control Freedom by laying their own bricks atop these walls that imprison us all. There was an awakening, people woke up to the prison in the sixties and human rights leaders stood against oppressive controls. Those leaders, spied on by wardens, were assassinated. It back-fired, assassination provided martyrs to lead freedom eternally. As electronic technology progressed, various wardens progressed from opening rivals’ mail to listening in on their telephone lines. Along with digital technology came more big ideas: Freedom Incorporated would work as a massive low-security prison that used computers to run cameras, record cell phone calls, read electronic mail, monitor web-browsing history and review shopping habits. Now, when prison rights leaders start leading accidents will silence their voices before the people start listening. If no one knows, then nobody will investigate foul play.
In Freedom, Noodle Church fills in a national security questionnaire to join the army. While the security clearance is being processed, Noodle receives a mysterious job offer to work at a mafia owned nightclub and as it happens, a half-dozen other security applicants from various branches of government show up too. Soon after opening, someone attempts to murder a patron. They weren’t there to investigate; management instructed employees ‘no one talks to police.’
Wardens were distracted by two international wars, domestic policy was being overrun with special interest groups, and the country was heading toward bankruptcy. After Noodle discovered a conspiracy to traffic narcotics he quit the nightclub and took it upon himself to catch the Terrorist. When nobody thanked him, after someone tried to kill him Noodle realized everyone in this fictional country is living in a massive work camp. He tried to escape and found himself running through the low security, medium-security, high-security, maximum-security, and super-max prison wards. Now he lives in solitary confinement where he’s writing you, to the people of Freedom Incorporated, using free-ink.
Starlight’s cover is a double entendre. The people of Freedom Incorporated, more affectionately known as Freedom Inc., are fighting back using Freedom Ink instead of bombs, bullets, powders or policemen.
While we witness our own, real life, countries increase domestic surveillance capability, Starlight’s novel resonates with people all over the world. Instead of making a political statement his book is meant to inspire folks who read Freedom Incorporated to declare: We won’t want to live there! It’s not the governments or militaries that we have to worry about anymore. It’s him, you, and me!
Riffle, a social media site built exclusively for readers, has finally launched. Riffle has visual appeal. A window full of covers fills the browser and, after clicking one that attracts your attention, the cover pops to fill a quarter of the screen while a brief synopsis appears beside it. Click a buttons above the description: Want to read, reading now, have read, recommend, and share or choose nothing and return to the homepage to gander another book cover.
Starting your account is simple. Log in with facebook and answer five questions then you’re good to go. Riffle then asks for genres you’re interested in which may be your most important decision because what’s chosen determines which users you follow. You’ll discover new books via network recommendations and your network is based upon what you like so pick your interests wisely. What are you reading now? What books do you like? What genres are you interested in? Welcome to Riffle!
From the homepage you can star books you’re interested in, mark the books you’re reading, check books off you’ve read, and heart books to recommend them. The Foundation Pit is a book I’ve announced to my friends that I’m interested in.
After users star recommendations you’ve made it’ll build an influence score. Hopefully this reduces the probability you’ll be sifting through hundreds of covers before finding something you think is worth reading.
This site did give me a few problems. Three of the favorite books I listed upon starting my experience never appeared in my profile and later, when searching for books, the search bar did not accept the return command. That’s a major error, and it’s not clear where Riffle pulls novels’ information from.
But the best part of this site is your profile. Twenty one questions pair books with events in your life, like What book keeps you awake at night? Otherwise the site is simply big, beautiful covers and that’s what we at Church Publishing like about it. Visual is not a term commonly attributed with literature and as technology continues to alter perception maybe the social media site will usher in a day when you really can judge a book by its cover…that is until a friend falls asleep with your favorite book under her bed lamp.
When you find yourself surrounded by books eight feet high and climb the stairs only to hit a glass ceiling you know you’re working in publishing. They’ve stuck you in a room and locked the closet door but there must be a way out. There is, Church Publishing is hiring.
After spending this week curled up on the sofa working on the fifth edition of Cosmo Starlight’s Freedom Incorporated work is still not complete and I sometimes think Church is a made up story. Books have become our foundation but I can’t see any lying around because they’re all on the computer screen. It’s almost as if our President has reallocated everything in print just to build his eHouse, sparing trees which could be more useful as his shelter. eLiterature proves reading is more economical and accessible online.
But, if only there were a way for people to see how many books Church Publishing has to choose from online, here it is!
Believe it or not, our world was built on books. Everything you see, touch, eat, smell, learn about and repeat is in a book someplace. In fact, books have been used for hundreds of years to build society.
In the future books will exist but there won’t be as many per capita print editions per title. And at the current level of technological advancement trees are better off serving as bookshelves,
or re-purposed as chairs.
It scares some to think the world will no longer look like this,
or like this,
but people aren’t turning books into trash.
Books aren’t on the chopping block.
Books are being displayed more cleanly.
They’re being preserved behind glass to last a life time.
In the future there will still be places you can find books shelved on walls so don’t freak when bookshelves aren’t traditionally constructed either.
Relax, and become an eBook person!
This week Church Publishing has been reading about Ryōtarō Shiba, a Japanese author, between re-editing one of our favorite novels, Freedom Incorporated by Cosmo Starlight, in preparation for its fifth edition release. In this novel Freedom is a massive low security work camp with no borders, it is the world. Instead of describing the prison, what it looks like, the system people work within or how it feels, Cosmo Starlight writes the story of how one prisoner realizes the place he was born into is not the same place mapped in Freedom’s charter, a document every child is forced to learn, after being followed for trying to get away from things.
In Freedom Incorporated the protaganist refuses to call the prison freedom because groups with separate agendas and secret systems of government seek to exert control over free-thinking individuals. When he refused to call the system freedom one group of wardens poison him and an opposing group locks him in jail. To secure his release the latter group attempted to coerce him into testifying that this prison is called freedom and the guards he caught chasing him were just a figment of his imagination. He refused again and they condemned him to solitary confinement.
The character doesn’t mind living in prison. He actually likes concrete rooms and mattresses without sheets. And he found a way to keep sane, turning Freedom Inc. into Freedom Ink by writing his experience down in order to lead the prison system without bombs or bullets, powders, and with fewer police men.
Ryōtarō Shiba, whose namesake memorial museum is pictured below, was born in 1923 Osaka, Japan. He studied Mongolian, traveled, and similar to Ernest Hemingway began writing historical novels after an experience in journalism. “Fukuro no Shiro,” The Castle of Owls, perhaps his most well known and widely read inside Japan, is about Ninjas and won the Naoki Prize in 1960.
Another one of his novels, “Ryōma ga Yuku,” is about following the leader. This historical novel shows Samurai were instrumental in bringing about Japan’s restoration after two hundred years of isolation and details the civil war and assassinations that resulted from calls to renew a relationship with Western culture. After realizing innovation had propelled Western societies far ahead of Japan’s, sentiments at that time were Western technological advancement could benefit citizens of the island nation. Change didn’t come cheaply and many Japanese heroes sacrificed their lives in what was called the Meiji Restoration in 1868. It’s success, however, was responsible for the emergence of Japan as a modernized nation.
Ryōtarō Shiba was a prolific author who wrote at least 39 novels and a massive series of journals about his travels across East Asia to places like Korea. His work took on a critical look into modern life and gave the men and women of Japan moral support proceeding a devastating world war.
His namesake memorial museum pictured above, designed by Tadao Ando, was built next to the house the author lived in for future generations to enjoy. It’s filled with the books Ryōtarō Shiba collected .
According to Tado Ando the objective of the architecture was to create a visualization of the inner workings of an author’s mind. Curved and partly underground, a garden, natural light moving into darker interior spaces reveals an exhibition of literature three stories high.
One window that filters light into many patterns symbolizes how humanity breaks down into individuals of all shapes, sizes, and minds. That’s what the author saw, and what he tried to reveal to the world.
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After spending some time trying to create a shopping cart below our header (some of the big publishers are lucky enough to have custom-made internship and imprint blocks) we’ve been checking out Riffle Books, a new way to discover stuff to read via a very visual social channel. In addition to attracting the eye using big pictures so that books sell themselves by cover design, it has cool tools pushing people to read along the lines of 50 titles to read before I die -or- required reading for my ideal wife to buy. As a cliché, and from a writer, you should never judge a book by its cover. But that’s not really how you’ll be introduced to new titles here – beautiful covers only entice you to tear open their jacket.Riffle Books is a social platform. Novels that pass before you are ones friends and book club buddies have run their hands through. In that sense it’s sort of like Goodreads, a service that I’m a member of and share a large network with but don’t use as often as my to-do list tells me to.
On Facebook I stare at posts capturing sights unseen instead of reading more informative textual messages. It’s a digital age, and our attention span is getting that short. Visual perception is instantaneous, Riffle Books may just be the new service that gets you to read your next book. If it does that’s great because we’re writers. Go ahead and try it out by clicking the image of Abraham Lincoln to peep their site. But before you do ‘Like’ the new Church Publishing Fan Page so we can keep in touch! -Noodle
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