(Censored by Facebook) the police: And other thoughts on the latest execution.

A coherent and righteously angry analysis and indictment

The Negro Subversive

When I first read the name: Alton Sterling, I was scrolling down my Facebook feed at 11 pm after having worked an 8 hr shift. My first unbidden thought was: “Lord, why?” If this makes me sound religious, it shouldn’t, it is simply the result of cultural conditioning, itself conditioned by 400 years of being at the mercy of an unspeakably brutal power. Religious or not, one feels the urge to yell up into the sky, whether one expects an answer or not. I didn’t watch the video then, at the ripe old age of 25 I’ve finally learned to conserve my energy. I once thought I could absorb anti-Blackness with no emotional effect, I thought I could coldly contemplate, video after video, story after story. I once decided to follow-up every tale of police brutality which came across my line of sight and in barely a week I began…

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Short Story Reading: STARMAN – LIFE ON TRAPPISTONE by Dermott Hayes

This is the first of the ten Starman episodes (completed and posted today), being read in the Novel Writing Festival, Toronto


TRAP1                 https://dermotthayes.com/2016/05/05/starman-life-on-trappistone-2/

TRAP2               https://dermotthayes.com/2016/05/12/starman-life-on-trappistone-2-2/

TRAP3                https://dermotthayes.com/2016/05/20/starman-life-on-trappistone-3-obsession/

TRAP4                 https://dermotthayes.com/2016/05/26/starman-life-on-trappistone-4/

TRAP5                 https://dermotthayes.com/2016/06/02/starman-life-on-trappistone-5-inspiration/

TRAP6                 https://dermotthayes.com/2016/06/12/starmanlife-on-trappistone6-adventure/

TRAP7                 https://dermotthayes.com/2016/06/16/starman-life-on-trappistone-7-rebirth/

TRAP8                 https://dermotthayes.com/2016/06/24/starman-life-on-trappist18-happiness/

TRAP9                 https://dermotthayes.com/2016/06/30/starman-life-on-trappist1-faith/

TRAP10               https://dermotthayes.com/2016/07/06/starman-life-on-trappist1-10/

Novel Writing Festival

Watch the July 2016 Winning Short Screenplay Reading.

Story performed by actor Julian Ford


Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your Short Story about?

Suppose a person from another planet discovered they were from Earth, that their planet was colonized by aliens? And discovering this, how would it reflect on the world in which they lived? Does history repeat itself and are we always destined to repeat our mistakes

2. What genres would you say this short story is in?

Science fiction, mystery, a moral tale

3. How would you describe this story in two words?

Begin Again

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

High Noon

5. How long have you been working on this story?

1 day, for this story and 10 weeks, since, 9 new episodes.

6. Do you have an all-time favorite…

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Signs of the Time#10

I like coffee. I like it simple, but pure. That's why I buy a certain coffee bean. I grind it, myself, at home. Then I brew it in an espresso machine. Here's a collection of signs, inspired, oddly by Richard Ankers' excellent 50 word story post on Negativity https://richardankers.com/2016/07/06/50-word-stories-negativity/ to which I answered "I have…Read more Signs of the Time#10

Anti-Corbyn plots & the myth of the un-electable left

Excellent analysis of the continuing campaign to undermine and oust Jeremy Corbyn

Road To Somewhere Else

By Daniel Margrain


Corbyn speaking at the Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival and Rally in 2015


In 1978, the Australian social scientist, Alex Carey, pointed out that the twentieth century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: “the growth of democracy; the growth of corporate power; and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy.” The corporations that now dominate much of the domestic and global economies recognize the need to manipulate the public through media propaganda by manufacturing their consent in order to defend their interests against the forces of democracy. This is largely achieved as a result of coordinated mass campaigns that combine sophisticated public relations techniques.

The result is the media underplay, or even ignore, the economic and ideological motivations that drive the social policy decisions and strategies of governments’. Sharon Beder outlines the reasoning behind the coordinated political…

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Are You a Writer?

I couldn’t fault anything in this post. It speaks the truth. Writers write.

Mundus Media Ink

by M.R. Goodhew

I recently found myself exploring the idea of what makes a writer a writer, but more importantly what is a writer that doesn’t write?

A friend of mine keeps calling themselves a writer, but they never write a word. I am somewhat offended, because I am a writer.

My aim with this blog post is to inspire the would-be writer to do what they love, simply because they will so enjoy doing it.

But first let’s explore why it is that some of you might not be writing.

Here Is the Conclusion I Came To:

First of all, if you don’t write anything, then you’re not a writer, because a writer writes!

You may once have been a writer, but if your not writing, then your not producing anything and you’ve quit.

I know it sounds harsh, but that’s the reality of it.

I felt compelled to write this…

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