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This blog has been dark for a while, because of issues I had at the beginning of the year with WordPress and YouTube.

First, YouTube wacked me with a copyright strike courtesy of Evergreen Social Media Associates:

Fair enough.  Take the video down……but the account restrictions and all the YouTube huffing & puffing about all the bad that they could and just might rain down upon my channel gave me pause.

Then, WordPress sent me the following “Happy New Year” greeting to me:

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No warning.  No explanation.  No response to my inquiries. Just a censorship death sentence for my blog.

Then, just as suddenly as it was suspended, my Owl Works blogs reappeared — again with no warning, explanation or response to my inquiries.  I’ve since started the process of moving it to my own hosting platform — another nightmare for another blog post.  Not sure if I’ll move this one, too, but rest assured it is backed up in the event that becomes necessary.

I had nodded at repeated warnings to content creators to not get too dependent upon internet gargantuans like WordPress, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc., for content hosting and marketing.  That lesson has been brought home…hard.

Be forewarned:  Sergey Brin, Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Cook and their ilk giveth, and they also taketh away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Written by M.T. Bass

May 1, 2015 at 11:35 am

In the Black: 1965-1969

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My novel, In the Black, is being released today, May Day — and, yeah, that’s kind of a friendly poke in the ribs to some of my pinker or even red friends.

The story of this story is that I was blessed to have a very special relationship with my father. He was my dad, always, but we also worked together, so he was a mentor, a boss and a colleague. Some of his friends became my friends. We all agree he was a great guy. He was an enabler for many of my passions: music, flying and telling tales. He helped me learn lessons in life and business that I later discovered myself trying to pass on to others. It is no accident that In the Black is dedicated to my dad.

I regret that he never got a chance to read this story, as he died two years ago. Even though I started writing this book in the last century — way back in the Eighties, in fact — it became clear as I raced to finish that the story would have been incomplete without the events of the intervening years between then and now. The more things change, the more they stay the same:

The United States faces existential threats from outside and within

Unpopular wars drag on
Journalism prostitutes itself
A paranoid government spies on its citizens
Technology advances at a frightening pace
Partisan acrimony paralyzes our political system
Communist revolutionaries fill American streets with violent demonstrations
Families, friends and society itself are overwhelmed and torn apart by events

But maybe things aren’t so grim, if you know anything about business and accounting . . . .

Anyway, I’ve been asked if In the Black is autobiographical (especially by siblings). I find if you pay attention and sometimes step back and spectate, life happening all around you can be quite entertaining, if not always rational and coherent. While certainly some of the characters, scenes and lunacy have been inspired by real people, real events and real lunacy, it is a work of fiction. But, remember, while victors may get to write history, novelists get to write reality.

In the Black is also available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Diesel, the iBookstore, Kobo and Scribd via the links to the right under “My Stuff.” (but the coupon is only good at Smashwords).

I wish everyone could have met my dad, so I hope you enjoy my story.

Thank you.


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The Girl, the Stearman and the Trampoline at CDBaby

Written by M.T. Bass

May 8, 2014 at 4:59 pm

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PSA: A 1-Minute Lesson in Democrat Party Heritage

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“Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”
~George Santayana

“You just can’t leave those who created the problem in charge of the solution.”
~Tyree Scott

 

 


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Written by M.T. Bass

May 6, 2014 at 4:52 pm