Catastrophe: The U.S. Isn’t Prepared.

It's not if. It's when.

It’s not if. It’s when.

The last eruption of Yellowstone’s volcano covered the ground with ejecta hundreds of feet deep at the source and as deep as ten feet as far away as Columbia, Missouri. This would be a catastrophe, if the eruption happens again. Imagine living in Lymon, Colorado, when Yellowstone blows. Within hours, heavy ash begins to fall. You try to drive away in your car, but the moving parts clog up after ten minutes or so and the roads become impossible to drive on. Within a day, twenty feet of ash covers the entire State of Colorado and beyond.

The air grits up and darkness covers the northern states of America at noon. Even as far away as New York City, the sky is dim and the particles in the air are hazardous to your health. Its free crystalline silicone. The stuff that causes Black Lung. Except you’re receiving a far more lethal dose than a mine worker gets even after 20 years in the mines, and you don’t have a mask sufficient enough to protect yourself.

People in the non-ash zones panic. People in the heavy ash zones are dead or dying. Then the looting begins. Frantic relatives try to reach loved ones. Heighten activity brings down the electrical grid, leaving the east coast in darkness. Worldwide planes can’t fly. Telecommunications go out. The top of the ash plume is over 22 miles high afloat over the earth. This happens on the first day of what could be months of eruptions.

Today’s headlines talk about earthquakes in Iceland predicting future volcanic eruptions. The Iceland volcanoes are terrible, but predictable and localized compared to Yellowstone. Yellowstone’s volcano sits within the bowels of the earth, waiting to vomit out destruction.

In recent years, the ground around the Yellowstone area has risen several inches. In places the roads are melting. There have been sightings of Buffalo leaving the area, not that it well help them. Another eruption is years overdue. America is not prepared, as if preparation could stop the event from occurring. But it might save the population not in immediate danger.

Once the catastrophe occurs, in the rest of the world, the panic grows. America becomes a battlefield. Illegal immigrants flood through our southern unaffected borders. But that is a topic for the next article. Rioting!

 

Yellowstone-We’re not prepared!

The Next Threat to America

The Next Threat to America

The America I see today isn’t the America I was born into. We are not prepared for any emergency. Sadly, my generation was a part of its downfall. Isis radicals give no quarter to the beliefs of others. They are terrorists who offer you these choices: Convert to radical Islam, pay us a tribute to stay, leave, or be beheaded. They commit themselves to their brand of religion. The America of my father’s would have gone to war to the death to defeat this radical ideology.

Americans of today are ostriches, heads in the sand and no stomach to fight against tyranny. Now consider an America crippled by the Yellowstone Volcano, the failure of our infrastructure, and the breakdown of moral authority. Isis, and other enemies, will leap to deal the final blow. Imagine early in the morning, a terrorist, who crossed the border from Canada without being checked, slips into what is left of the Wall Street District and explodes a dirty bomb. Another walks down Pennsylvania Avenue and explodes another bomb. American leadership and financial prowess disappears in seconds and the world mourns over the fall of the greatest country on the face of the earth.

The sad part is the Yellowstone Volcano isn’t the culprit, our lack of preparedness is. A strong nation with strong principles can survive even a catastrophe like Yellowstone. A strong nation, like America was in World War II, would rise from the ashes and become even stronger. But that nation of the 1940’s believed in God. That nation united around a single purpose. To destroy evil empires and Fascists. I see no will to stand up for our beliefs today. I see no unified beliefs to defend. If our government had some, we would not be bickering ourselves into inaction, as we are today.

Sadly, an event such as the eruption of the Yellowstone Volcano will bring America down if we do not change as a people now. Divided we do fall. Fix the infrastructure, Today! Decide what America stands for. Be as passionate about preserving the American way of life, as Isis is about establishing theirs. Or Yellowstone or not, America will fall under the weight of division, greed, and moral decline. We don’t need a Yellowstone to destroy us.

Look for my new novel about the Yellowstone eruption coming out in the Fall of 2015, and pray you are still around to read it..

Yellowstone-Social Meltdown

2015-16 Could This Be The Harbinger's Prediction?

2015-16 Could This Be The Harbinger’s Prediction?

The impact of the full force of Yellowstone’s Volcano causes a social meltdown. When the infrastructure collapses the social meltdown begins. Think Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, Self-actualization and rational behavior depend upon our basic needs being fulfilled. Without electric power, without the major sources of food supply being available, and with the danger of air and water pollution, Mankind reverts to finding water, food, shelter, and having sex.

People band together into street gangs. And the survival of the fittest occurs. Initially, looting for water, food, and shelter disrupts the social order. Then, people ambush food trucks along the highways. Roads become impassable, and the strongest stockpile what little food and water remains. The weather becomes icy cold. 70 % of the plant life in the Northern Hemisphere struggles to survive. Women become sexual captives and government can’t quell the rioting.

Europe fares better. Only because they haven’t lost a third of their landmass and population. Land travel isn’t interrupted there. But in the States, vigilante rule becomes the norm. Volcanic ejecta clogs the rivers, rerouting some and flooding massive areas. Local governments step up to provide protection, but they aren’t prepared and don’t prevail. An all out war between the haves and the have-nots causes death and destruction as the Yellowstone volcano which still spews poison into the air.

The social meltdown turns America’s eyes inward, as our position in the world falls to a third world status. Then our enemies abroad see their opportunity to exploit our weaknesses.

Today. Not next election. Not by bickering in Congress. Today, America must rebuild our infrastructure. Today, America must stockpile for crisis management. Today, we must act or tomorrow appears hopeless.

Next time: The terrorists strike and who will help.

Yellowstone’s Volcano-Overdue and Ticking

It's not if. It's when?

It’s not if. It’s when?

The last eruption of Yellowstone’s volcano covered the ground with ejecta hundreds of feet deep at the source and as deep as ten feet as far away as Columbia, Missouri. What if the eruption happens again. Imagine living in Lymon, Colorado, when Yellowstone blows. Within hours, heavy ash begins to fall. You try to drive away in your car, but the moving parts clog up after ten minutes or so and the roads become impossible to drive on. Within a day, twenty feet of ash covers the entire State of Colorado and beyond.

The air grits up and darkness covers the northern states of America at noon. Even as far away as New York City, the sky is dim and the particles in the air are hazardous to your health. Its free crystalline silicone. The stuff that causes Black Lung. Except you’re receiving a far more lethal dose than a mine worker gets even after 20 years in the mines, and you don’t have a mask sufficient enough to protect yourself.

People in the non-ash zones panic. People in the heavy ash zones are dead or dying. Then the looting begins. Frantic relatives try to reach loved ones. Heighten activity brings down the electrical grid, leaving the east coast in darkness. Worldwide planes can’t fly. Telecommunications go out. The top of the ash plume is over 22 miles high afloat over the earth. This happens on the first day of what could be months of eruptions.

Today’s headlines talk about earthquakes in Iceland predicting future volcanic eruptions. The Iceland volcanoes are terrible, but predictable and localized compared to Yellowstone. Yellowstone’s volcano sits within the bowels of the earth, waiting to vomit out destruction.

In recent years, the ground around the Yellowstone area has risen several inches. In places the roads are melting. There have been sightings of Buffalo leaving the area, not that it well help them. Another eruption is years overdue. America is not prepared, as if preparation could stop the event from occurring. But it might save the population not in immediate danger.

Once the eruption occurs, in the rest of the world, the panic grows. But that is a topic for the next article. Rioting!

For What It’s Worth.

We have faced the enemy, and they are us.

We have faced the enemy, and they are us.

For What It’s Worth

I’m 73 years-old and became a man in the sixties. Back then a song called For What It’s Worth by Buffalo Springfield became the cornerstone of my human philosophy. Now as a Christian, I see a greater message in that song, as I connect the words with the evil nature of Mankind’s heart. We were being warned about the future, but didn’t listen.

The chorus is an American statement of that decade. “It’s time we stop. Hey, what’s that sound? Everybody look what’s going down.”

I look around and see every verse of that song alive and unwell in America. But I shouldn’t be surprised. The clash of tribal, belief systems, and racial differences has destroyed every civilization since Egypt. So let’s dissect the verses.

Verse 1.

There’s something happening here. What it is ain’t exactly clear. There’s a man with a gun over there. Telling me I gotta beware. (Chorus) 

Depending on one’s point of view, the man with the gun could be a cop, a robber, a protester trying to change my mind with force. He certainly isn’t my friend. He’s telling me—be afraid. Be very afraid. Without Christ as my strength and my shield fear would consume me.

Verse 2.

There’s battle lines being drawn. Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong. Young people speaking their minds. Getting so much resistance from behind. (Chorus)

You can legislate change and protest for your rights. But you can’t change the human heart. Battle lines are being drawn all over America on so many issues I can’t name them all. With every political or legislative victory for one side, the other’s resolve to fight grows to the point where hatred embeds. The youth, like in the late sixties and early seventies, fight idealistically for equality and peace, when Mankind can’t define the words.

Humans never rid themselves of prejudices. Take away the dictator at the top, and the old rivalries from centuries ago come right back. Then people kill each other. Iraq, the Arab spring, and the conflicts in Serbia and Kosovo prove the point.

Verse 3.

What a field day for the heat. A thousand people in the street. Singing songs and carrying signs. Mostly say hooray for our side. (Chorus)

The police are people. They crack under the pressure of their jobs. The very people they try to protect shoot them out of hate. Every action they take is videotaped, cell phones record the events, and people judge them based on which side they’re on. Protestors throw rocks and rally others to their causes. Trouble shocks America daily.

Verse 4.

Paranoia runs deep. Into your life it will creep. It starts when you’re always afraid. Step out of line, the man come and take you away. (Chorus)

One day, those who aren’t politically correct will say something or do something viewed as unpopular by those in power, and be arrested for expressing their opinion by the very people crying for equality and justice. Then America will fall. God will only be patient so long, before He administers justice. Meantime, I will not fear for He is with me.

Just saying.

Marketing–For all it’s worth.

Spiritual Warfare gets Ugly.

Spiritual Warfare gets Ugly.

Amazon gives encouragement to its authors by allowing us to offer free books. Right now my ranking is #1 in Christian Futuristic free books. # 13 in free Sci-fi / Fantasy in the Kindle store. Of course, I don’t know how many book are being offered free in those categories right now.

This is the second time in three years I reached #1 on Amazon free by marketing free books. Hey, you take what you can get, right? I will never do an online giveaway on paperback. I have too great an investment. My hope is to receive honest reviews to boost the sales of not only this novel, but the two preceding it. Which brings me to this topic.  Marketing for all its worth. We all love to write. However, using technology that puts our work in front of the public make our stomachs sour. In today’s publishing atmosphere, you must spend more time on generating publicity than ever before.

I hate it. But I do it. if you want to sell books, you must do it as well.

 

A Covenant with Death – Free on Amazon July 13-17

Spiritual Warfare gets Ugly.

Spiritual Warfare gets Ugly.l

A Covenant with Death-The Peacock Trilogy Book 3 will be free on Amazon Kindle between July 13th and July 17th. If I’ve done my job correctly, you won’t have to have read the first two books to understand this one, but you’ll race to read them once you’re into it. Please write a review after reading. Reviews are important for authors to continue improving and to hear about what they do well.

The Tension: Twenty-five years in the future, at the height of its power, the Global Realm collapses from within, leaving Peacock captured by the enemy and Arthur Pendleton unable to regain the power he once held. Only a miracle can save the Earth, and none is in sight. The Pendleton children make a final stand in hopes of buying time to evacuate as many of the faithful to Mars before their enemies assume total control.

Novelist: Bill Wetterman has five published thrillers. The Fifth Step, Room 1515 – The Peacock Trilogy – Book 1, Madness – The Peacock Trilogy-Book 2, and Busted – The Odyssey of Holly Bunn – The Literary Murders. He has one non-fiction work. So You Want To Be A Published Author.

Award Winning Author: Winner of the Mystery, Suspense, Thriller Competition OWFI 2011 Top 10 in the Writers’ Digest Genre Fiction Contest 2011 (Over 11,000 entries) 2nd in the Armchair Interviews Thanksgiving Day Competition 2010 Writers’ Digest 5-Star review: Madness – The Peacock Trilogy-Book 2 Bill is a member of the Oklahoma Federation of Writers, The Lexicon Writers, and the Tulsa Nightwriters.

Teacher and Lecturer: While hard at work writing thrillers, Bill Wetterman finds time to give back to the community by speaking to groups interested in understanding the mind of a writer. Bill’s shares his experience on how he constructs novels and short stories. He can speak on a variety of topics, including: *Writing dynamic thrillers *Character development *Researching and Outlining Your Novel. *The Biggest Mistakes New Authors Make. *So You Want To Be A Published Author, and others.

Lexicon-Don’t Miss It!

Mitch Haynes - He's as handsome as he looks

Mitch Haynes – He’s as handsome as he looks

I limit my conferences to two a year, three if I’m invited as a speaker. The Lexicon Conference in Denton, Texas exceeds my expectations every year. Why? Because it encourages the sharing of information that helps other writers succeed. If I had known about Lexicon when I was starting out, I would have arrived at my goals quicker. Mitch Haynes puts on a hell of a conference. Every person attending feels like a winner, whether they’ve published or not.

Published authors, publishers, agents, and support service people mingle together sharing ideas and giving others the benefit of their experiences. The atmosphere smacks of energy and intimacy. Your learn as much walking the halls as you do in the sessions, and Mitch provides an atmosphere that’s open. No question considered stupid. No comment ignored.

Several mystery, thriller, suspense writers attend, so I talk shop on the level I’m at in my writing. Amazing people with solid knowledge roam the halls between sessions open to help me improve. A future Nora Roberts or Ken Follett attending the session can ask questions and learn. I don’t know a person going who isn’t eager to give freely of their expertise. And yes, not only at the bar after several drinks. But anytime.

My session at Lexicon will cover my journey to publishing, mistakes I made and the lessons I learned. It’s soup to nuts from the day I put a pencil to the paper–yes back that far–to today. I don’t care where you live. DFW is less than an hour away. My home conference is OWFI. I love to attend. Lexicon is my home away from home conference. I challenge you. Attend once. You’ll become a believer. July 17-19. Check out their website:  http://www.lexi-conwritersconference.com/

 

Bin Laden’s Al Qaeda and The Taliban

Is the enemy of my enemy really my friend?

Is the enemy of my enemy really my friend?

When considering the issues facing the U.S. today, it is necessary to take a strong look at the Sunni majority in Islam and the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia, a major Sunni country. Al Qaeda and the Taliban are two entirely different Sunni organizations. Let’s look at Al Qaeda first.

The Al Qaeda terrorist organization formed sometime between 1988 and 1990 by Osama Bin Laden and Mohammed Atef. Osama Bin Laden is a Saudi and Atef an Egyptian. Since then, Al Qaeda has grown into a worldwide terrorist organization. They follow the teachings of Egyptian born Sayyad Quib, who advocated for offensive jihad. Al Qaeda is responsible for 4 major attacks against America, including the bomb attack in Aden, Yemen in 1992, the World Trade Center attack and the US Embassy attack in East Africa in the late 1990’s, as well as the 911 attacks. After which, both Bin Laden and Atef show up in Afghanistan.

An interesting note to this is that the 911 hijackers were suspected of having Saudi money supplied to them before the 911 attack. Our government supports both Egypt and Saudi Arabia. But movements inside those countries do supply money to our enemies. Money which indirectly comes from vast oil profits paid by U.S. companies.

Why did Bin Laden and Atef go to Afghanistan? Because Al Qaeda and the Taliban held to similar ideologies. Large terrorist training camps were there and the area was perfect to disappear into without a trace. The Taliban formed in the mid-1990’s and gained notice by capturing Kandahar in 1994. They later went on to capture Kabul and impose Sharia Law and Pashtun Legal Codes.

The Taliban are supported by the Sunni terrorist groups in neighboring Pakistan. Hence the ease with which Bin Laden could move about and cross the border even with U.S. military forces surrounding the Taliban encampments. The Taliban wish to rule Afghanistan. They are headed by Mullah Muhammad Omar and have no political organization. They enforce Sharia Law violently and intend to rule their country and subdue the old tribal leaders who have been known for their own brand of terrorism.

With the death of Bin Laden, the Al Qaeda of today is a loose knit organization of terrorist groups. Their philosophy is still bent on offensive spread of Islam. So I ask you before discussing Syria, Iraq, Iran, and ISIS or ISIL, as some call it, what Muslim country today is a friend of the United States? What Muslim country will attack ISIS with determination and partner with us? That is the subject of my next post.

 

 

Enemies Surrounding Israel

Is the enemy of my enemy really my friend?

Is the enemy of my enemy really my friend?

Many enemies surround Israel today. All seeking its elimination. Remember Yasser Arafat. He was the leader of Fatah, the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s most popular party in his time. Since his death, Fatah and the PLO’s powers have weakened a bit under President Abbas.

The more militant group, Hamas gained popularity and control over Gaza.  Hamas accuses the PLO and Fatah of influencing the establishment of the blockade of Gaza. As much as the West feared Arafat and the PLO initially, they are moderate compared to Hamas and wished for a Palestinian State rather than the total destruction of Israel.

Hamas issued a charter in 1988 stating that they were the Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine. In it, they call for the establishment of an Islamic State of Palestine to include all the territories of Israel, the destruction of Israel, and the dismantling of the State of Israel. They say they respect all religions. So along as those religions do not interfere with Hamas’s efforts to destroy Israel. They believe they are The Truth and Israel is The Liar. The conflict is irreconcilable save through Jihad and the elimination of the Jew.

Hamas created another enemy in Hezbollah when opposed Abbas. Hezbollah viewed them as untrustworthy. So when Hamas asked Hezbollah for help against Israel, Hezbollah refused. Hezbollah has the same goals as Hamas. They want the destruction of Israel and believe in the concept of defensive Jihad to achieve this. But Hezbollah is a Shia group in Lebanon formed during the Syrian occupation of Lebanon and the subsequent Israeli occupation from the Syrian War of 1967 through the Oslo accords in 2000.

Hezbollah takes its lead from Iran. Remember, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria are predominately Shia. Hezbollah believes Hamas betrayed Abbas and the PLO by not supporting Abbas’s efforts for a united Palestine and then taking control over Gaza. So Hezbollah does not support Hamas now. If they did, Israel would be in deeper trouble than it is. The fact is: Had Hamas been a Shia led movement. Hezbollah would be firing missiles from the Lebanese side of the border into Israel today.

For Israel’s part, they understand that any agreement with Hamas or with Hezbollah can not be made, since the purpose of their existence is Israel’s complete destruction.

Next time, I’ll cover the Taliban and Al Qaeda. Their purpose and their strength.