In this day of almost infinite access to information, opinion and opposing points of view, it is often becoming difficult to be certain as to who is telling the truth or spreading information about which they are mistaken.
A case in point is Conrad Black’s column in the Dec 17 issue of the National Post. http://news.nationalpost.com/author/cblacknp?__lsa=68ec-bd77.
In it he asserts that a possible one centigrade degree rise in the world’s temperature in 80 years is not enough to justify environmentally friendly low emission cars, solar paneled roofs, forests of windmills, etc. Certainly if this is the case and a one degree rise has been proven to be insignificant, then who could argue with him.
But on the other hand, I recently saw an item on television purporting to show the dramatic decrease in sea ice around the North Pole which is jeopardizing the polar bears’ effort to find food and may lead to their extinction. Would a one degree centigrade temperature rise cause such a magnitude of melting or not? Both items purport to be telling the truth but one must be wrong, because they are inconsistent.
Neither of these mainstream media assertions contained links to the scientific studies that must surely back up their competing claims. This is happening more and more and so the Cynic in me and many others is asking; Who the hell are we to believe?
Our Canadian Pipeline debate is another example with environmentalists adamant that their view is sacrosanct and that they have the “social licence” to stop all progress no matter the cost, since it is their sacred duty to save mother earth and their actions are above the law. No one wants spills or dangerous overheating of the atmosphere but demanding a complete ban on fossil fuel use is irresponsible nonsense driven by a lack of trust that is being fueled by the glut of misinformation and half-truths bombarding us.
The public needs to be more demanding that all media back up their claims in order to contain this emotional backwash of suspicion and denial that serves no useful purpose, prevents us from making rational decisions and is causing dangerous rifts in our society.
I am pleased to announce that my distributor Red Tuque Books has listed Teeth, Lies & Consequences on it’s website as well as that of Book Manager, Amazon.ca and the Indigo database. The book is also available on Goodreads and the Barnes and Noble websites.
The Vancouver and District Dental Society held their annual midwinter meeting at the Hotel Vancouver on Dec 2. Several local dentists spoke on their areas of expertise while on the commercial exhibit floor, live televised dental implant procedures were presented. I had the opportunity to spend time at the Life Members Booth where I sold copies of Teeth, Lies and Consequences with 25% of the proceeds going towards the Semiahmoo Dental Outreach Society.
I was very gratified with the generous response and plan to repeat this effort at the much larger Pacific Dental Conference being held at the Vancouver Convention Centre – March 9-11, 2017. Thanks to everyone for their generous support.
I am grateful to announce that I have been profiled on bcbooklook.com, an online news service that provides electronic access to the B.C. BookWorld newspaper. This paper is published four times per year and is the hub of the publishing industry in British Columbia.
The goal of BCBookLook is to serve the B.C. publishing industry by providing as much useful information as possible, about as many B.C. books and authors as possible, to as many people as possible, on a daily basis, via the internet. Together with the ABCBookWorld reference service, which serves and promotes B.C authors, the two sites attract more than 4000 visitors per day.
Dentists and world mayhem
My daughter and cover designer along with myself will be attending the Vancouver and District Dental Society Midwinter Convention at the Hotel Vancouver on December 2. We will be introducing the novel, “Teeth, Lies & Consequences” to dentists and their staff from the lower mainland and other parts of the province. This will be our first big push to raise money and enlist volunteers for the Semiahmoo Dental Outreach Society. $5.00 from the sale of each book will going towards the tremendous humanitarian work being done by Doctor Ken Stones and his merry band of volunteers who are presently taking care of children in the Philippines.
I’m gratified by the first two five star reviews on Amazon.com and that both readers found the depth of emotion and meaning that I tried to express about religious strife and unconditional love. I’ll be looking forward to more feedback in the coming weeks.
I am pleased to announce that both my new novel, Teeth, Lies & Consequences as well as Blue Saltwater will be distributed to most libraries and major bookstores by Red Tuque Books Inc. which is operated by fellow author, David Korinetz from Penticton, BC. See www.redtuquebooks.ca for more information on their catalogue.
In the closing pages of T L & C as Frankie and Friedrich board a plane for Los Angeles, Frankie shares his plan of returning to Israel to open dental clinics in Israeli Muslim Communities and in the “third world” communities of new Jewish immigrants from Muslim countries.
His dream is to promote a third option of hope and reconciliation to the dominating themes of hate and revenge that govern the lives of both Jewish and Palestinian citizens in Israel.
Promoting Hope and Reconciliation may seem like a worn out cliché but in the Middle East these days it is a concept that is sadly lacking on both sides of the conflict. Maybe this story, in its own small way, can help to change that.
It’s been about two weeks since this new title saw the light of day on Amazon.com and Kindle. Now it is also available on Amazon.ca making it easier to access for Canadian readers. I am also working with David Korinetz, of Red Tuque Books Inc. which will be distributing the book to bookstores and libraries in Canada and the US. Hopefully by the end of the year all channels will be up and running.
I’m excited to announce that my new novel, “Teeth, Lies & Consequences”, is now available on Amazon.com and on the Kindle Store. It is the story of a dentist who takes an oath to never reveal a secret but then must go against his word to save the life of his son. More detailed information can be seen on the Amazon.com website.
I am working with a distributor to have books available in bookstores but this is still a work-in-progress and may not happen until sometime in the new year. For those of you in Vancouver, I hope to have books available for direct sale from me in December for $25.00 CDN. Due to the prohibitive cost, I cannot do mail-outs unless prepaid. According to Canada Post, envelope cost and mailing for this book is around $14.00-17.00 per copy in Canada and around $18.00 to the US. Best deal as usual is the Kindle e-book.
For the next four months, I will be donating $5.00 CDN from the purchase of each print copy and $2.50 CDN from the purchase of each Kindle copy to the Semiahmoo Dental Outreach which is directed by my classmate and old friend, Dr. Ken Stones from White Rock, BC. All the funds generated will go toward supporting his humanitarian projects in the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Peru, Tanzania and Kenya. See semiahmoodentaloutreach.org for more information.
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