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LIBRARY OF ARTICLES

9-11 Liberals and Salman Rushdie

Police Force "Bombing" in Iraq

Anatomy of a Screwing

Fix America Now

Iceberg Economy: How the Supply Siders are Sinking the Ship of State

Bloomberg Illustrates Dodd-Frank Regulations for Investors

DAVOS WEF Points Out Single Points of Failure in the New Global Economy

Soulless Possession of Santo Niño

What Keeps NBC's Chuck Todd Up at Night?

"King of Bain" - Documentary on Mitt Romney's Private Equity Firm Bain Capital

Robert Smigel's Lost Ode to the Evil of General Electric

Riddle This: Do Our Governmental Systems Hinder Mitigation of Harmful Influences to Our System of Government?

The Achievement Metric - Time for a New Way of Determining Public Policy and Positioning Revenue Spending

Hide Your Brains! Matthews from the Left! Gingrich from the Right! Blowhard Attack! Or, more to the point...book reviews of "JFK Elusive Hero" and "Valley Forge"

Art Sampler - An RCJ Review of Art in the Modern Period

Benicia, California Case Study in Traffic Engineering and Growth Management

Everyday Heroism - The Penn State Debacle

How to Keep Things Lousy in the USA

How Being a Socialist Became a Negative

Are You A Slave? A Brief History of the Subject Suggests "Probably"

Moses, Wall Street, Human Nature and Grover Norquist

Concepts of Resistance - The RCJ Provides a Road Map for the OWS Movement

Lance Henriksen - World's Greatest Actor in Reflective Mode

Conspiracy - A Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the New World Order

Elections 2012

What Does it Take to be President?

Rating the U.S. News Readers

The Antidote to Michelle Bachman

Ship of Fools - Why Won't We Save Ourselves?

White House Solar Bomb

What Is Happening to Us?

The Cloud - What It Is

Background on Afghanistan

Economics 101

Global Economic Risks

Islamic Definition

Middle East

Second Amendment Remedies

Sam Broussard - Republicans

Treason

Why All the Zombies?

Gun Rights

Leadership Chronicles

 

Rick Alan Rice (RAR) Literature Page

ATWOOD - "A Toiler's Weird Odyssey of Deliverance" -AVAILABLE NOW FOR KINDLE (INCLUDING KINDLE COMPUTER APPS) FROM AMAZON.COM. Use this link.

CCJ Publisher Rick Alan Rice dissects the building of America in a trilogy of novels collectively calledATWOOD. Book One explores the development of the American West through the lens of public policy, land planning, municipal development, and governance as it played out in one of the new counties of Kansas in the latter half of the 19th Century. The novel focuses on the religious and cultural traditions that imbued the American Midwest with a special character that continues to have a profound effect on American politics to this day. Book One creates an understanding about America's cultural foundations that is further explored in books two and three that further trace the historical-cultural-spiritual development of one isolated county on the Great Plains that stands as an icon in the development of a certain brand of American character. That's the serious stuff viewed from high altitude. The story itself gets down and dirty with the supernatural, which in ATWOOD - A Toiler's Weird Odyssey of Deliveranceis the outfall of misfires in human interactions, from the monumental to the sublime. The book features the epic poem "The Toiler" as well as artwork by New Mexico artist Richard Padilla.

Elmore Leonard Meets Larry McMurtry

Western Crime Novel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am offering another novel through Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing service. Cooksin is the story of a criminal syndicate that sets its sights on a ranching/farming community in Weld County, Colorado, 1950. The perpetrators of the criminal enterprise steal farm equipment, slaughter cattle, and rob the personal property of individuals whose assets have been inventoried in advance and distributed through a vast system of illegal commerce.

It is a ripping good yarn, filled with suspense and intrigue. This was designed intentionally to pay homage to the type of creative works being produced in 1950, when the story is set. Richard Padilla has done his usually brilliant work in capturing the look and feel of a certain type of crime fiction being produced in that era. The whole thing has the feel of those black & white films you see on Turner Movie Classics, and the writing will remind you a little of Elmore Leonard, whose earliest works were westerns. Use this link.

 

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Amazon is the largest, but far from the only digital publisher. You can find similar treasure troves at NOOK Press (the Barnes & Noble site), Lulu, and others.

 

 

 

AFGHANISTAN

Why Are We in Afghanistan?

Journey to the Center of the Future

The Taliban is sitting atop one of the world's few known concentrations of Rare Earth Minerals - in the case of the small village of Khan Neshin (below), cerium and neodymium - and that gives these backwards Islamic fundamentalists a big say in the future of the world's technological development. Weird, right? It may also help explain why the U.S. is in Afghanistan years after our mission there to deny Al Qaeda the support of the Taliban, and even our search for Osama Bin Laden, has ended.

Why Are We in Afghanistan?

Journey to the Center of the Future

The Taliban is sitting atop one of the world's few known concentrations of Rare Earth Minerals - in the case of the small village of Khan Neshin (below), cerium and neodymium - and that gives these backwards Islamic fundamentalists a big say in the future of the world's technological development. Weird, right? It may also help explain why the U.S. is in Afghanistan years after our mission there to deny Al Qaeda the support of the Taliban, and even our search for Osama Bin Laden, has ended.

 

By RAR

The Moon colony in the Google satellite image above is Khan Neshin, Afghanistan, in the Helmand Province (southern part of the country). This has been the tough nut to crack for the U.S. military, for the area remains largely controlled by Taliban. For reference, see this "Map of Taliban Control", published by the New York Times in December 2009, when the U.S. surged an additional 30,000 troops into the Kabul area.

While the U.S. and its allies have had little success in 10 years in terms of ridding the country of Taliban influence - there have been ongoing talks all along to determine how the Taliban could be brought into a normalized Afghanistan government - there have been militarily-secured campaigns by the U.S. Geological Survey to map the region around Khan Neshin, which Russian scientists have reported being a location of recoverable Rare Earth Minerals. The USGS study team has located a sizable area of rocks in the center of an extinct volcano containing light rare earth elements including cerium and neodymium. It has mapped 1.3 million metric tons of desirable rock, or about 10 years of supply at current demand levels. The Pentagon has estimated its value at about $7.4 billion. (Simpson, S.: Afghanistan's Buried Riches, "Scientific American", October 2011).

Rare Earth Minerals are the doorway to the future, in terms of developing a growing list of technological developments: super-strength metals that can survive high heat conditions, useful for space travel, but presently used in baseball bats, lacrosse sticks, bicycle frames, revolvers, and light bulb elements; LED displays and cancer treatments; batteries, electronic vacuum tubes, camera and telescope lenses, medications; catalytic converters in automobiles; carbon-arc lighting (motion picture industry); aircraft engines, coloring of cubic zirconias and other glass, cigarette lighters and other handheld fire-starters; the strongest magnets currently developed; nuclear batteries and beta radiation sources; lasers; screening for genetic diseases, anti-counterfeiting phosphors in bills; shielding for nuclear reactors; color television tubes, fuel cells, naval sonar systems and certain alloys; laser materials, neutron-absorbing control rods in nuclear reactors, hard disks, absorption rods in nuclear reactors, high intensity lighting; optical amplifiers, fiber optic cables, medical and dental lasers; portable x-ray devices and high temperature superconductors; stress gauges that monitor ground deformation from earthquakes or explosions; petroleum cracking and experimental uses in certain cancer treatments.

Rare Earth Minerals are oddly named, because they exist in abundance throughout the Earth's mantle. Rarely, however, do they exist in known concentrations that makes mining them economically feasible.

China currently owns the Rare Earth Minerals (REM) market, producing approximately 129,000 of the world's 132,000 metric tons of minerals extracted so far. All indications are that China is not only ramping up production of Rare Earth Minerals, which require extraordinary ore refinement processes, but are also closing down the market by halving the number of  domestic and Sino-foreign rare-earth producers and traders, thus exploiting their monopoly and setting pricing worldwide.

The REM in Afghanistan represent a powerful bargaining chip, not only for the Taliban who control the Afghanistan ore deposits, but for the U.S. government who can benefit from a source for these rare minerals outside of China and can negotiate mining operations that could help stabilize the southern part of the country.

Throughout Afghanistan's long history of civilization, it has been a crossroads for looting empires from Hannibal to the current U.S. occupation, and through its ongoing suppression it has been unable to coalesce a tribal population into anything like a whole nation. Beyond opium production, there is barely an economy in Afghanistan.

Imagine the leap that ancient country, against all odds, may be about to take into the 21st Century and beyond, almost as if they have been given a chance to skip over the 20th Century entirely to hop-scotch from pre-modern civilization to a science-fact future in a single bound of dumb luck.                                             (052612)

 

 

 

 

©Rick Alan Rice (RAR), August, 2016

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