“Evolution of a Singer” was one of our earlier shows, meant to chronicle the life and work of Patricia Welch. This show gives the viewer a marvelous view of Patricia’s versatility and depth of performance- and her subtle power as an actress capable of fully entering into the “unique voice” of each song, meaning she fully develops and assimilates the character of the fictional and semi-fictional character created by the songwriter- so that each song is a fully developed creative work of art. Only great singers can do this but not all of them have a four-octave range that can produce the kind of intensity and diversity of each song. For Patricia, as demonstrated by her album, “Great Entertaining- Cocktails, Dinner and Desert” with Patricia, she can accept and face the challenge of doing unique cover songs of the great pop hits of the 1950’s to the 1990’s. She also accepted another challenge, though her work with myself, as lyricist, and Edgar Arens, as composer, bring ingan intensity and power into a forthcoming album and, hopefully, musical called Hadleigh’s Castle, developed in what we Edgar, Patricia and I call the Neo-Classique style. Working with us on this project required a willingness to also live at the cutting edge of unconventional style with uncharted melodic and lyrical uniqueness. Patricia continues to bring depth to a very commercially depleted musical landscape. Here’s her first interview with us.
The late Robert Goulet was one of the most beloved of our American singers. During the end of his career, he toured with Patricia Welch. Patricia toured with Robert Goulet and was the featured soloist and sang duets with Mr. Goulet in his show “The Man And His Music”. Here is a marvelous video capturing a duet with Patricia and Robert. Most music doesn’t have this kind of depth anymore. Here is “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers Anymore.”
CHECK OUT PATRICIA WELCH’S NEW, REVISED WEBSITE TO HEAR SELECTIONS FROM HER ALBUMS, LEARN ABOUT HER AWESOME HISTORY AND FIND CONTACT INFORMATION FOR BOOKING.
If you have understood the profound implications of the fact that 2/3 of our Immune/Detoxification system is made up of gut flora then these articles will not surprise you:
The Intestinal Microbiome and Estrogen Receptor–Positive Female Breast Cancer JNCI J Natl Cancer Inst (2016) djw029 doi:10.1093/jnci/djw029 First published online April 22, 2016
“The huge communities of residential microbes, including bacteria, viruses, Archaea, and Eukaryotes, that colonize humans are increasingly recognized as playing important roles in health and disease. A complex populous ecosystem, the human gastrointestinal (GI) tract harbors up to 1011 bacterial cells per gram of luminal content, whose collective genome, the gut metagenome, contains a vastly greater number of individual genes than the human genome. In health, the function of the microbiome might be considered to be in dynamic equilibrium with the host, exerting both local and distant effects. However, ‘disequilibrium’ may contribute to the emergence of disease, including malignancy. In this review, we discuss how the intestinal bacterial microbiome and in particular how an ‘estrobolome,’ the aggregate of enteric bacterial genes capable of metabolizing estrogens, might affect women’s risk of developing postmenopausal estrogen receptor–positive breast cancer. Estrobolome composition is impacted by factors that modulate its functional activity. Exploring variations in the composition and activities of the estrobolome in healthy individuals and in women with estrogen-driven breast cancer may lead to development of microbiome-based biomarkers and future targeted interventions to attenuate cancer risk.”
Eating three servings of fruit in adolescence may reduce risk of breast cancer, study suggests
TIME (5/11, Park) reports new research published in the British Medical Journal analyzed how diet during adolescence may affect cancer risk. Researchers found that nearly half of the 90,000 women who participated in a Nurses’ Health Study answered questions regarding their diets while they were teens. From this information, the researchers found that “those who reported eating nearly three servings of fruit a day on average had a 25% lower risk of developing breast cancer than those who ate half a serving of fruit.”
Conversely, HealthDay (5/11, Mozes) reports that “women who drink more alcohol over time might increase their breast cancer risk.” According to the article, “food and drink consumption was also tallied once every four years from 1991 to 2013, at which point the women were asked to recall their diets over the prior year.” Over the two decades of the study, more than “3,200 women developed invasive breast cancer.” HealthDay notes that “adolescent dietary information was available for about 1,350 of those women.”
This is one of hundreds of articles proving that our diets and a toxic environment are the reason we develop cancer. Those who continue to blame our genes ignore the implications of the emerging field of EPIGENOMICS. EPI means “above.” What is above genetics?
“Combating Environmental Causes of Cancer,” NEJM 2011;364:7991
“Nutrients and Epigenetic Regulation of Gene Expression” J. Nutr. 2009 139: 2387
LANDMARK ARTICLE WORTH HIGHLIGHT AGAIN
“Apoptosis by dietary factors,” J. Carcinogenesis 2007;28:233
“In spite of substantial progress in the development of anticancer therapies, the incidence of cancer is still increasing worldwide. Recently, chemoprevention by the use of naturally occurring dietary substances is considered as a practical approach to reduce the ever-increasing incidence of cancer.”
“By making modifications in the diet, more than 2/3 of human cancers could be prevented…. Dietary chemopreventive compounds offer great potential in the fight against cancer by inhibiting the carcinogenesis process through the regulation of cell defensive and cell death machineries.”
“Apoptosis, a form of programmed cell death, plays a fundamental role in the maintenance of tissues and organ systems by providing a controlled cell deletion to balanced cell proliferation. The last decade has witnessed an exponential increase in the number of studies investigating how different components of the diet interact at the molecular and cellular level to determine the fate of a cell. It is now apparent that many dietary chemopreventive agents with promise for human consumption can also preferentially inhibit the growth of tumor cells by targeting one or more signaling intermediates leading to induction of apoptosis.”
“The two major pathways that initiate apoptosis are extrinsic (death receptor-mediated,) and intrinsic (mitochondrial mediated.) Mitogenic and stress responsive pathways are involved in the regulation of apoptotic signaling. Noteworthy is the crosstalk between some of these pathways.”
About the Author
Hugo Rodier, MD is an integrative physician based in Draper, Utah who specializes in healing chronic disease at the cellular level by blending proper nutrition, lifestyle changes, & allopathic practices when necessary.
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TERROR ON WALL STREET – A GLIMPSE OF POTENTIAL REALITY OR PURE FANTASY?
Watching the performance of Wall Street over the last few years could be compared to watching an acrobat trying to juggle while walking a tightrope without a net. You really wonder at what point the talented, but dangerously busy multi-tasking, performer will fall off the rope? Will he land on the mounds of soft hay piled near the elephant’s circuit or will he smash into middle of the clown’s play area- and make a bloody mess out of the more fun part of the evening’s festivities? Will the Central Banks win the war to preserve the world economies- or will unexpected events knock them of their chosen mission? Many questions, Few answers, but here we are,
Here is a Threshold Radio’s preview of an interview with Ken Eade about a metafictional suspense thriller he wrote with his father called Terror on Wall Street. Click on the preview to see the complete show.
CLICK ON THE PLAYER TO HEAR AN EXCERPT FROM “TERROR ON WALL STREET.”
EXCERPT FROM THE POWERFUL METAFICTION THRILLER, “TERROR ON WALL STREET”
When traffic came to a standstill, Ike and Snookie decided to get off the highway and try to find gas. It used to be easy. Stop into a gas station, which you could find on almost any block, gas up your car, and step inside to grab some snacks in the mini market. All of that had changed. The first challenge was to find a station that had power and was open. When they finally did, there was a line. The government hadn’t even had the chance to impose rationing, yet. And the price was subject to fluctuation as you waited in line. Ike and Snookie pulled in behind a line of cars waiting two blocks ahead of a large filling station. After about an hour of waiting, the station put up a sign, Out of Gas. Then all hell broke loose. First there was an orchestra of horn honking. Then several cars screeched out of the line and peeled off down the road. It was even worse at the front of the line. There a big man, wearing a tank top which exposed huge biceps covered with tattoos, protested.
“I’ve been waiting here for over two hours. You can’t be out of gas!” He ran to the double glass doors of the station, which were locked, and furiously pounded on them. “Open up! You’ve got a whole mini market full of stuff in there!” The man banged harder on the doors and the terrified Indian clerk inside cowered behind the counter. “You god-damned sand nigger! Turn the pumps back on and open up the store!” The man’s anger was building to a crescendo. He paced back and forth in front of the store, swearing. Then he hammered on the on the window again. Finally he ran to his pickup truck, got in, fired it up, and drove it head on into the store, crashing through the glass. He jumped out of the car and Ike and Snookie heard a series of shots. Ike got out of line and accelerated away. “We’ve got to get out of here!” “Is it really worth risking your life for a tank of gas or bag of potato chips?” “I guess, if you’re hungry enough. You saw it yourself. There was a run on the markets. And when they ran out of food, the people wouldn’t accept it, so they just tore them apart.”
Eade, Kenneth; Eade, Gordon L.. Terror on Wall Street, a Financial Metafiction Novel (Kindle Locations 1378-1402). Times Square Publishing. Kindle Edition.
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THE AUTHOR RUMINATES……
KEN EADE- ALWAYS THINKING, DAYDREAMING, STRATEGIZING- -HOW TO CREATE HIS NEXT SUPER SUSPENSE THRILLER-
TRUST HIM, HE WILL NEVER STOP!!!
THRESHOLD RADIO PRESENTS PATTY GREER AND THE MYSTERY OF CROP CIRCLES
Patty Greer is a courageous explorer of the Crop Circle phenomena. This was her first appearance on Threshold Radio- on the very first Threshold Radio program. She continues to expand her awareness of the phenomena which she shares with people all over the world through a series of fabulous films that can be found at her website. She is also a wonderful and ingenious musician and songwriter. Here’s the promo. Click on it to hear the complete show, which showcases one of her memorable songs with a message we should all resonate with.
Here’s an exciting fifteen minutes from one of her famous films, “Crop Circles: Wake Up Call- Anybody Listening?”
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO PREVIEW OR ORDER OTHER FILMS, GO TO WWW.PATTYGREER.NET.HER LATEST FILMS ARE CROP CIRCLE DIARIES, PROVIDING HER VIEWERS WITH HER MOST DEVELOPED VIEW OF THE SOURCE OF THE CROP CIRCLES AND WOMEN OF TODAY, A PROFILE OF SOME OF THE EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN OF TODAY, WHOSE GOAL IS TO SERVE THEIR FRIENDS AND FAMILIES, BUT ALSO HUMANITY- WITH THEIR WISDOM, INGENUITY AND EMPATHY FOR OTHERS.
A NOVEL TRULY “BEYOND ALL RECOGNITION”
KEN EADE, MASTER OF SUSPENSE THAT THRILLS AND AWAKENS
To many, the signature reality behind Ken Eade’s new novel, “Beyond All Recognition” may be a lot too handle. I say “signature reality” because Ken Eade’s fictional creations always embody a intrinsic connection to social and political realities that Ken Eade is committed to expose- not just intellectually, but emotionally, through the power of a supercharged suspense thriller.
Perhaps this novel could be, for some, even more shocking than his others- because the subject of death squads is so inimical to the normal American conscience, however tarnished or challenged through recent obstructions to our citizen and human rights. In “Beyond All Recognition,” attorney/protagonist Brent Marks, star of the continuing Brent Marks Legal Thriller Series, takes on a case defending Captain Ryan Bennington, whose company had killed various suspected Al-Qaeda terrorists years before and is now accused of recklessly killing harmless civilians. The reality that brought these accusations is the basis of a cover-up going to some of the darkest, most opaque secrets of the military-industrial alliance that fomented the Iraq war in the first place.
THE DIRTY BUSINESS OF WAR
To understand why Ken Eade undertook this challenging topic,
you can click here to read his article “The Dirty Business of War.”
EXCERPT FROM THE NOVEL, “BEYOND ALL RECOGNITION “
Trying to find out what Captain Bennington did that would warrant his placement before a military tribunal with the severest possible charges and consequences if convicted, Brent Marks and the Brody, the JAG assigned to Bennington’s case, strongly questioned their client about the incident.
Ruan replied. “I did what every other combat officer in the field does. I studied the intel that came in, they confirmed hostiles that were targeted, and gave the order. “They gave us Level B LOAC training, but we’re not lawyers, man.”
Brody chimed in, “Law of Armed Conflict training.”
“Everything looked legit and they’re the fucking brass. This order came from all the way up, and now they’ve been caught with their pants down and they’re looking at the bottom for a goat.”
“What happened, Ryan?”
Ryan put his face in his hands, sighed, and looked up with heavy eyes.
“Man, we were set up! I’m telling you, civilians get hit all the time! If they turn out to be unarmed, Command tells us to put drop weapons on their bodies.”
“What did your Command tell you about the ROE?”
Ryan looked at Brody curiously. “What?”
“Did your Command authorize deadly force?”
“Of course, man! We were supposed to kill everybody and recover their weapons. Intelligence and combat support marked each house. We were ordered to go in at night under cover of darkness, knock down the doors and shoot any military age male who didn’t obey orders to surrender. You’ve heard of ‘one false move and you’re dead?’ That was it.”
Ryan’s head fell back down in his hands.
Brent prodded him. “Go on, Ryan.” “
Man, I went through years of therapy to get these images out of my head. Now you want me to bring them all back?”
“We can’t help you unless you tell us.”
“You can’t help me, man. This shit is bigger than all of us. There were no Al-Qaeda terrorists in that village and no weapons just like there were no WMDs in the whole fucking country. So I guess that makes everyone in boots on the ground a murderer, huh?”
Eade, Kenneth (2016-07-15). Beyond All Recognition: A Military and Legal Thriller (Brent Marks Legal Thrillers Series Book 9) (Kindle Locations 322-347). Unknown. Kindle Edition.
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KEN EADE, AUTHOR
ITS NOT JUST THE FACTS, IT’S ALSO THE FEELINGS, REAL WISDOM HAS AN EMOTIONAL BASIS…
WAKING UP IS NOT ALWAYS EASY!
WHY THE PUSH AGAINST COMPOUNDED HORMONE PRESCRIPTIONS?
If you have read my last blog, “Congress of Freedom,” the statement from the Endocrine society advising doctors not to prescribe compounded hormones may be seen in its true light: a selling out to pharmaceutical companies that make synthetic hormones. Despite the fact that 41% of women ask their doctors to prescribe themcompounded Bioidentical Hormones the Endocrine Society still dismisses the safer and more natural hormones derived from wild yams. Many women clearly expressed their preference in a survey conducted by the North American Menopause Society. If 41% of them prefer bioidentical hormones, do you think these hormones may be effective and well tolerated? To be fair, the Endocrine Society carefully avoided saying they don’t work.
There are many disreputable practitioners who prescribe bioidentical hormones while submitting patients to unnecessary and frequent testing for blood levels of these hormones. They do so to generate more dose adjustments and thus more visits. This is not in keeping with good science since levels of female hormones are quite unreliable; they vary from hour to hour and day to day.
If a significant number of women prefer bioidentical hormones because they feel better on them, these hormones should be made available to patients so that they do not end up being financially abused by rogue practitioners. All too often, these practitioners make bioidentical hormones sound like the fountain of youth, with no consequences if taken past age 60. This is also not warranted, and as dangerous as the synthetic replacement hormones the Endocrine Society prefers. Perhaps the Endocrine Society had these practitioners in mind. Let us hope so. But, let us not throw the baby out with the bath water.
Hugo Rodier, MD
Putting Humpty Dumpty back together again
From time to time we report on articles that hint to a more cellular approach to health and disease. This explains why seemingly disparate diseases seem to be linked together, which may be puzzling to doctor and patients who have been trained to “Hack at the leaves of the problem.” This is accomplished by clustering signs and symptoms into a diagnosis, which works well when it does what it’s intended to do: prescribe drug(s) as “suggested” by a canned protocol focused on treating only the symptoms of the “disease” diagnosed. It also works well in acute or emergent cases. People do feel better with this approach, but only for a while. They are also comforted by monitoring laboratory numbers that reflect “improvement” of the signs and symptoms, BUT, nothing is done at the cellular level where ALL diseases start. This is particularly true in chronic cases.
Here are three articles that address diseases as mixtures of genetics, environmental, and lifestyle impacting ALL cells:
These articles are particularly helpful when we consider that patients are seldom told these diseases are associated with neuro-endocrine toxins in the environment like pesticides. (See below) Equally neglected are the often-associated gut problems. When the Microbiome (gut bacteria) is compromised by poor diets, antibiotics, acid blocking drugs and other chemicals, detoxification and absorption of nutrients needed for healing at the cellular level is impaired. This also negatively affects the Brain-Gut connection.
More article on the Microbiome (Sorry; they keep coming out!)
“Altered intestinal microbiota as a major driving force in alcoholic steatohepatitis.” J. Gut 2016;65:728
“Intestinal microbiota contributes to individual susceptibility to alcoholic liver disease.” J. Gut 2016;65:830
Fatty Liver, a pre-diabetic condition that causes Gall Bladder (see below,) cholesterol, metabolic, and detoxification problems is driven by an imbalance of the Microbiome.
“Mechanisms Linking the Gut Microbiome and Glucose Metabolism.” JCEM 2016;101: 1445
Obesity, Pre Diabetes, Diabetes starts in the gut given bad diets full of processed sugars.
“Proton pump inhibitors affect the gut microbiome.” J. Gut 2016;65:74
Not surprisingly, acid-blocking drugs like Prilosec affect the microbiome adversely MORE than antibiotics do.
“Presence of house dust mite allergen in human gastrointestinal tract: a potential contributor to intestinal barrier dysfunction.” J. Gut2016;65:757
Environmental chemicals affect Microbiome which leads to Leaky Gut.
“Flavanol-Enriched Cocoa Powder Alters the Intestinal Microbiota, Tissue and Fluid Metabolite Profiles, and Intestinal Gene Expression in Pigs.” J. Nutr. 2016 146: 673
Do not dismiss this study because it was done in pigs. Cocoa has already been shown to be helpful in humans. This article shows that its salutary effect is through the Microbiome.
Your Gall Bladder: an endangered organ
Many people lose their Gall Bladder without being told their diets are making them pre-diabetics. Even fewer are told that a pre-diabetic liver makes thicker bile, which explains the formation of pesky Gall Bladder stones. Do you really believe that ripping out the Gall Bladder cures this problem? While some patients need surgery urgently, most patients may avoid the loss of this organ by changing their diets.
How many patients are told to replace the loss of bile salts after surgery? Without a Gall Bladder, bile drips constantly into the intestines without getting stored for the next meal. This does not seem to worry our friendly neighborhood surgeons. Now that we know the Gall Bladder is indispensable for the Microbiome to properly metabolize calories and in view of the current Obesity epidemic, the practice of removing the Gall Bladder so quickly needs to be revisited
Having lost the Gall Bladder may explain why some people find it hard to lose weight. (See below.) But, that is the least of your problems: poor digestion and absorption of micronutrients may eventually lead to ALL diseases. If you are unable to avoid Gall Bladder surgery take digestive enzymes with Bile Salts with every meal for the rest of your life.
Endocrine Disruptors and Neuro-Endocrine problems
Toxins in the environment affect every human cell in any possible way. They seem to first affect our Neurologic and Hormonal systems. The latter is especially true in women: “Female Reproductive Disorders, Diseases, and Costs of Exposure to Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in the European Union.” This explains problems like early maturing of little girls, menses problems, dropping sperm counts and even breast, and prostate cancer.
Neurologic problems include headaches, Parkinson’s, MS (as noted above) and even Attention Deficit Disorder: “Phthalate DEHP in hospital tubing linked to attention deficit disorder in pediatric ICU patients.”
So, try to avoid eating or drinking out of plastics; canned foods and dental sealants have Bisphenol A. Pesticides, heavy metals, fluorinated compounds are also Endocrine Disruptors. As noted previously, maintain healthy bowel movements (improve Microbiome,) eat a lot of cruciferous veggies; they have the micronutrients Indo-3-Carbinol and Sulpharanes which improve liver detoxification of these chemicals. Not surprisingly, Vitamin D also helps as does Curcumin and soy beans.
“Use of compounded hormone therapy in the United States: report of The North American Menopause Society Survey,” J. Menopause Epub September 25, 2015↑
J. Neurology April 5, 2016 vol. 86 no. 14 1336-1343↑
J. Neurology April 5, 2016 vol. 86 no. 14 1275-1276↑
“Vitamin D3 Inhibits Wnt/β-Catenin and mTOR Signaling Pathways in Human Uterine Fibroid Cells,” JCEM 2016;101(4), pp. 1542
“Coumestrol suppresses proliferation of ES2 human epithelial ovarian cancer cells,”
J. Curcumin increases Glutathione levels, J. Drug Metabolism 1994;22:566 ↑
About the Author
Hugo Rodier, MD is an integrative physician based in Draper, Utah who specializes in healing chronic disease at the cellular level by blending proper nutrition, lifestyle changes, & allopathic practices when necessary.
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KEN EADE’S NOVEL, “KILLER.COM,” REFLECTS THE TWO EDGES OF THE INTERNET
The Internet can be a rather wild ride when it permits anonymity and shields third party posters from defamation in the US.
The subject is painful and provokes questions about the viability of unrestrained free speech. On the other hand, even if one is sympathetic with the freedom which the Internet allows- clear thinking is needed because, for some, there have been tragic personal consequences for reputations of persons and businesses being sacrificed for this unlicensed freedom. After writing a novel, Killer.com, about the potential dangers of the Internet, Kenneth Eade reflects more about the implications of Internet freedon in an article called, “The Devil in the Dark Net.“
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BRENT MARKS, NOW AN ATTORNEY, HAD A TASTE FOR DEFENDING THE UNDERDOG SINCE HE WAS VERY YOUNG- AND THE FIRST UNDERDOG HE HAD TO DEFEND WAS HIMSELF, MAINLY BECAUSE OF HIS ORIGINAL GIVEN SURNAME, MARQUEZ, THAT MADE HIM A TARGET OF PREJUDICED BULLIES. HE STOOD MANY OF THEM DOWN, AS ILLUSTRATED BY THIS BIOGRAPHICAL FRAGMENT DESCRIBED IN THIS PROLOGUE TO KILLER.COM.
AFTER SO MANY INCIDENTS OF THIS NATURE, EVENTUALLY COMPELLING HIS FATHER TO CHANGE THEIR LAST NAME, IT EXPLAINS HOW IT BECAME ENGRAINED IN HIS NATURE TO TACKLE ISSUES OFTEN AFFECTING THE WEAK AND DEFENSELESS. EVEN THOUGH HE WAS A LAWYER, A PROFESSION OFTEN CITED FOR GREED AND SOCIALLY IRRESPONSIBLE FAVORITISM TO THE RICH, BRENT MARKS WAS NOT THAT GRAVELY TEMPTED.
ALTHOUGH NOT DENYING HIMSELF SOME OF THE BENEFITS OF HIS PROFESSION, HE ACTED AS THOUGH HE HAD TAKEN A KIND OF HIPPOCRATIC OATH, SHARING HIS TALENTS WITH CASES THAT WOULD HELP HIS CLIENTS AT THE EXPENSE OF HIS FINANCIAL WELL-BEING, INNER PEACE AND EVEN LIFE ITSELF.
The boys lined up in six squads of seven, dressed in the tomato-red shorts and bleached white shirts of their Hale Jr. High School gym uniforms. It was a bright southern California day, the sun blazing high above the field where the boys were in line. Each squad had a leader who answered to Coach Vince Nieman, who was nothing more than a grown-up boy himself: a has-been, first string high school football player who used to be good enough to land himself a spot on the bench in exchange for a college football scholarship. Now he wasn’t good enough for anything but teaching P.E. Brent’s squad leader was a C- student named Russ Carlton, a bulky, red-haired, freckle-faced bully whom, even in middle school, every one of his teachers would have voted as most likely to become a criminal – that is, except for Coach Nieman, who found his brawn useful for crowd control.
Brent hung his head down and filed in. He hated P.E. and made no secret about it.
“You’re a fag, Marquez!” Russ Carlton spouted.
“A dickless fag!” chimed in another.
“You’re a dickless fag who sucks dick!” Now there was a chorus.
“Do it, Steinman!” Russ commanded.
“That was the cue for Gary Steinman, a skinny, pathetic-looking kid with a generous brown bush of frizzy, crumpled hair, to fall in line behind Brent. With both hands he grabbed the waistband of Brent’s shorts and underwear and pulled down with all his strength, until they were dangling around Brent’s ankles. Gary’s efforts were rewarded by a cacophony of belly laughter from everyone.
As Brent pulled up his shorts and began to run away, Russ affirmed to the group: “See, I told you he was a fag!”
“Yeah, what a pussy!” exclaimed Gary.
Brent ran past Coach Nieman and into the locker room.
“Where do you think you’re going, Marquez?” asked the Coach. Brent ignored him. Then he turned to Russ. “Carlton, go get Marquez and bring him back out here.”
“Come on, Steinman,” commanded Russ as he ran after Brent into the locker room. Steinman followed him like a trained dog.
Brent spun the lock on his gym locker and opened it. The locker room smelled: a combination of the stench of armpits, sweaty balls, and dirty stale socks. He was just putting a leg into his jeans when the two arrived.
“Suit up, Marquez. Coach wants you back out there.”
Brent pretended not to hear Russ and kept putting on his street clothes.
“What are you, deaf, faggot?” asked Steinman.
“I heard you. I’m not going.”
“Get him, Steinman,” Russ said as he shoved Gary Steinman into Brent, slamming Brent’s back against the locker. Like a cobra, Brent came back at Steinman, grabbing his left arm, which he twisted behind his back, and applying pressure upward, causing Steinman to wince as he turned and smashed his nose against the locker door.
“Who’s the faggot now, Steinman?” Brent bellowed into his ear.
“Let him go, Marquez, or I’ll fuck you up,” threatened Russ Carlton. Brent ignored Carlton and kept up the pressure.
“What’s going on here?” Coach Nieman’s voice boomed through the locker room. Brent wouldn’t let go. He pushed harder on Steinman’s arm until he thought it would break and ground his face into the locker. Steinman’s wire-rimmed glasses bent at the nose, fell off, and hit the filthy locker room floor.
“No fighting, Marquez. Let him go, now!” barked Nieman. Brent let go of Steinman and gave him a push to the floor. “You two: back outside. Marquez: to the VP’s office, on the double!”
“This isn’t over, faggot!” said Russ, walking backwards and pointing at Brent threateningly.
That was the cue for Gary Steinman, a skinny, pathetic-looking kid with a generous brown bush of frizzy, crumpled hair, to fall in line behind Brent. With both hands he grabbed the waistband of Brent’s shorts and underwear and pulled down with all his strength, until they were dangling around Brent’s ankles. Gary’s efforts were rewarded by a cacophony of belly laughter from everyone. As Brent pulled up his shorts and began to run away, Russ affirmed to the group: “See, I told you he was a fag!” “Yeah, what a pussy!” exclaimed Gary.
Eade, Kenneth (2015-09-22). Legal Thriller: Killer.com: Winner of Best Legal Thriller, Beverly Hills Book Awards (Brent Marks Legal Thriller Series 5) (Kindle Locations 52-86). Times Square Publishing. Kindle Edition.
KEN EADE- ALWAYS THINKING, DAYDREAMING, STRATEGIZING- -HOW TO CREATE HIS NEXT SUPER SUSPENSE THRILLER-
TRUST HIM. HE WILL NEVER STOP!!!
NOVELIST KEN EADE TAKES ON POLICE BRUTALITY IN “UNREASONABLE FORCE”
“In ’Unreasonable Force’, Kenneth Eade manages to tackle some important topics for today’s American society: tolerance, prejudice, violence, self-defense. Readers will immediately relate to the main characters and try to find answers to the intriguing questions their actions raise. Yes, ’Unreasonable Force’, is a fast-paced, action-packed legal thriller, but it’s also much more than that. It speaks directly to the readers, drawing their attention towards what’s happening in reality, around them, each day of their life.” – NY Books Examiner
EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK, :UNREASONABLE FORCE” BY KEN EADE
William rolled down his window as one patrolman approached the driver’s side and blasted William with an assault of light, which stung his eyes. He blinked and averted his gaze.
“Look at me, sir,” commanded the Officer. He seemed to be in his 30s, although William could not tell because they all looked alike in their uniforms and matching caps.
The other cop took a position to the rear of the Escalade, on the passenger’s side, and shone his light into the vehicle, checking the interior.
“Got an open container!” he called out.
“License and registration,” demanded the first cop, steadily training the floodlight in William’s face.
“It’s in the glove box. I’m going to reach over and get it, okay?”
“Just keep your hands where I can see them,” said the officer.
William slowly and carefully withdrew his paperwork from the glove compartment and handed it to the policeman, who beamed the flashlight on his license, then back into William’s face.
“Do you have to shine that thing in my face? I’m sensitive to bright light.” The officer didn’t respond.
“Step out of the car, please.”
As William got out of the car, he could see TJ and Fenton exiting also, their hands on their heads. They were directed to the driver’s side, where the second cop put them against the car and was patting them down.
“Turn around, hands on the vehicle.”
“Wait a minute, I…”
“Turn around, hands on the vehicle. I won’t say it again.”
William turned around and put his hands on the car. He could feel the officer’s hand going up his leg. He turned his head and noticed that the cop’s right hand was on his service pistol. Great – trigger happy.
William turned around and felt the cop reaching into his pocket, taking out his wallet. He looked to see Fenton and TJ, who were sitting on the ground, handcuffed.
“Public urination is a misdemeanor offense,” said the police officer to William as he examined the contents of his wallet. “So is having an open container of alcohol.” “What open container?” “Have you been drinking?” “No, no. I’m the designated driver. Look officer, I’m not under the influence of alcohol.”
“Did I ask you for your opinion, nigger?” “Excuse me? Did you say ‘nigger’?” “I didn’t say anything. You said it. And isn’t that what you people call each other?” “Well, if we people did, that doesn’t give you the right to say it.” “You ain’t got any rights here, boy, ‘cept the right to remain silent, and I suggest you use it.” “Why? Am I under arrest?” “Stand with your legs together, head back, arms out straight. Close your eyes.” William complied.
William repeated the maneuver. The cop withdrew his baton and forced William’s legs apart with it. “You told me to stand with my legs together. I’ll do whatever you say. Just don’t hit me with that.” “Shut up. Now I want you to walk a straight line, heel to toe, until I tell you to stop and turn.” He pushed William forcefully with the baton in the back, whereupon William pushed it away with his hand.
“You don’t need to keep hitting me with that stick. I’m doing everything you…” In an instant, the cop smacked William in the knee with the baton in a rage. William felt a fire in his knee as he heard it crack, lost his balance, and fell. The cop kicked William in his balls and then his stomach, which made him heave. “You barfed on my shoe, nigger!” There was nothing after that, only bits and pieces. The only thing William could remember was the deafening pop as the gun went off, and the cop’s partner hitting the ground like a fallen bowling pin.
Eade, Kenneth (2015-07-27). Legal Thriller: Unreasonable Force, a Courtroom Drama: A Lawyer Brent Marks Legal Thriller (Brent Marks Legal Thriller Series Book 4) (Kindle Location 236-305). Times Square Publishing. Kindle Edition.
But the confrontations with police brutality and the militarization of the police are only a series of steps in a long line of attempts to dissolve citizen rights in the United States. In the following interview, Ken Eade explains the tragic degree of compromise that has already taken place.
THE BILL OF RIGHTS – HAVE WE LOST THEM ALREADY?
Ken has often been compared to attorney/novelist John Grisham. This is his take on these comments.
“John Grisham is famous for saying: ’I always try to tell a good story, one with a compelling plot that will keep the pages turning. That is my first and primary goal. Sometimes I can tackle an issue-homelessness, tobacco litigation, insurance fraud, the death penalty-and wrap a good story around it.’ That is exactly what I try to do in my books. Not only do I want to tell you a thrilling story that you will love to read, I also hope you come away with it having learned something important.”
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HIS BOOKS MAY BE NOVELS, BUT THEY ARE NEVER FANTASY
THE SUSPENSE MAY PUT YOU ON THE SEAT OF YOUR CHAIR
BUT YOU ALWAYS KNOW THE REALITY GOES WAY BEYOND FICTION
YOU ARE NEVER ENGAGED WITHOUT A REASON…
NALADE VS THE BEES & OTHER PROFOUND BEE COLONY CHALLENGES
Nalade is an insecticide that is allegedly harmless to humans unless used perhaps in close quarters- was meant to exterminate the Zika mosquito in Dorchester County, South Carolina. But this is not the only danger to bee colonies in the United States. This article claims that beekeepers have suffered horrendous losses so far in 2015-2016.
We can at least thank Honey Nut Cheerios for the sentiments in this music video.
Ken Eade’s book explains the problems we continue to confront. It will take more than one heartfelt advertising campaign to stop this problem.
In 2014, Ken Eade’s wife and photographer for his book above, was featured in her show “Beecause I Care.” with her work highlighting the need for a concern for our bee population that continues to this day.
Around the time of the “Beecause I Care” gallery exposition, Joey Pinkney hadan interview with Kenneth Eade, explaining their efforts to broadcast the pollinator crisis affecting the world’s food supply.