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Books for Graphic Artists, February 2018

I am so excited to share this special Joss Group publication with you! We are calling it Books for Graphic Artists, and we plan to publish quarterly this year (February, May, August, and November). For years now I have been thinking about adding book announcement to the Seybold Report newsletter, but there are so many great new titles coming out we wanted to do more than run a brief announcement. In this format, we can share much more.

The theme for this launch issue is Books for Graphic Arts Professionals, and we talk about five books–give you a brief description of each title along with the basic facts (price, length, publication date, etc.) and a link to buy the title from Amazon. As we explain on the back page of this issue and below, Amazon has promised to send the Joss Group a small (very small) commission on each book purchased through the link in the issue. That’s how we get paid to do this. At least, that’s our plan.

With this objective in mind, we are not charging for this supplement, and feel free to share it on social media and via e-mail to well, just about anybody and everybody you think would like to read it.

The theme for the next issue is Books for Graphic Arts Teachers/Instructors, so please let me know if you want us to add anyone to the distribution list for that issue. We may even have the sign-up form and page for this up on the Joss Group Web site by then, so stay tuned. And, if you want to suggest a book for that issue, please get in touch.

Here is the access link to access this issue of Books for Graphic Artists:
https://gallery.mailchimp.com/8ac407c4cd09e0fa88f7ee3bc/files/86944cf8-ad91-45bc-8ef0-9264e60f0256/BFGA_February_2018_final.pdf

Thanks so much! So happy to share this with you!
Molly Joss
Principal, the Joss Group
http://www.thejossgroup.com

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The Joss Group welcomes news releases or sample copies of books related to the graphic arts. Please use the contact information on this blog to get in touch and suggest or offer book-related information or review copies.

#TrumpRussia is Interfering with America’s Real Business

One of the saddest things about #TrumpRussia beyond the obvious and very real insults and injuries of having traitors, spies, liars, crooks, demons, and delusionals in the White House and senior levels of the GOP is how having to deal with this hot mess is keeping America from attending to its real business.

The real business America needs to be attending to, but cannot because Trump is a traitor and a liar and a crook is:

  • jobs
  • education, and
  • infrastructure.

It is the same story all over America, and all sane Americans understand what I am saying in a heartbeat. These are the fundamentals we cannot address as a nation because we have to clean out the nest of traitorous vipers which has infested the White House and Congress.

America knows we need more jobs in this country: jobs that pay more than a living wage, jobs that do more than keep someone standing on their feet for 10 to 12 hours a day picking crops or pushing cash register keys. When people have jobs that move our country forward, all of America wins. When people have jobs that give them the power to move up in the world, all of America wins. When people have jobs that empower them to change the world, all of American and all of the world wins.

America needs to become the world leader in 22nd century manufacturing but needs to do it in the 21st Century. This is a lofty aspiration, to be sure, but we can do it! Together we can put people to work while at the same time using the best of what automation can offer. Not only can we do this, but we must do this.

We cannot do this with a traitor in the White House who talks about jobs, lies about jobs, and talks about how much of a entrepreneur he is but everything he sells is made in China! 

Decades ago America embraced public education for all children. It is the foundation upon which our freedoms and our opportunities for the 21st, 22nd, and 23rd centuries will be built. Without education for all, regardless of financial circumstances, without education for all which invests in all of our children, regardless of race, creed, color, or financial circumstances, without education which calls for the best in our children, our country will suffer not just in the next decade but also in the next century and beyond.

We cannot move forward by moving backward. We cannot afford to have a dabbler heading up the nation’s efforts to give every child in this country the best education possible. 

And, America also knows a different kind of fundamental system, an underpinning of a different sort, is in desperate need of attention. All over this country our roads, our bridges, tunnels, water systems, and electrical grid are crumbling, decaying, and failing. Drive down any road in America, talk to any long-haul trucker in America or any bus driver, talk to anyone in Flint, Michigan.

Estimates vary, but everyone who has studied the issue in depth says we need to invest more than $40 billion in America’s infrastructure immediately. Immediately! And this figure does not even begin to cover the amount of money we need to invest in upgrading our transportation and electrical systems.

For years the Republican-led Congress has balked at spending anywhere near that kind of money. Yet, now, suddenly, the entire Republican Party has agreed spending $20 billion dollars to build a wall at America’s southern border is not only a good idea, it is a brilliant solution. No, absolutely not! Trump’s wall is a monument to racism, a brick and mortar sign of the hate in this man’s heart. And, it is a telling sign of the depths of depravity to which the Republican Party has sunk.

So, America, we must move forward and move relentlessly to remove the traitors, the spies, the liars, the crooks, the dabblers, the destroyers from our White House and Congress. That is, clearly, Job One. We will get it done. Then, we must, as a nation, move on to the real business at hand.

 

Betsy DeVos: If You Truly Want to Help America’s Children You Should Resign Immediately

My mother had to drop out of school when she was 14 years old. Back then, only a few decades ago, really, only the well-to-do and wealthy go to go on to high school because you had to pay to attend. My grandmother and grandfather, poor working class people living in the Deep South, could not afford the fees. My mother, one of the smartest women I have ever known, deeply mourned that lack, that loss the rest of her life.

Had I not had a public school education, I could not have become a National Merit Scholar and Valedictorian of my high school class. I could not have attracted the attention of Bryn Mawr College, and the institution would not have offered me the generous scholarships and grants which allowed me to obtain a Bachelor’s degree.

Education changes lives. Education changes families. It changes neighborhoods, cities, countries, and the world. Not one penny spent on educating a child is wasted.

America embraces public education. It is the foundation upon which our freedoms and our opportunities for the 21st, 22nd, and 23rd centuries will be built. Without education for all, regardless of financial circumstances, without education for all which invests in all of our children, regardless of race, creed, color, or financial circumstances, America knows our children will always be left behind by the best and brightest of other nations.

You, Betsy DeVos, bought the job you have. All of America knows this. You are not, in any way, shape, or form fit for the job. Again, all of America knows this. I have no idea what you thought you were buying, but the real job of heading up America’s efforts to educate its children, all its children, is not a rich woman’s part-time play toy.

You are a dabbler, if you do not know what the word means, here is a good definition:

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You are no more suited to, no more qualified for, no more capable of helping America develop a world class education plan for the nation’s children than a toddler wielding a scalpel is of removing a brain tumor.

Betsy Devos, if you really want to help America’s children, then do the right thing. Resign immediately.

 

To All Politicians in the Democratic Party: Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way! America is Coming Through!

This is an open letter to all politicians who label themselves Democrats: you must lead, follow, or get out of the way because America is coming through! 

Donald Trump is a menace to the world. He is an illegitimate President who is in the White House because hate, cowardice, theft, and lies put him there. He must be removed without delay and all his fellow spies, henchmen, and crooks with him. All of them must go!

There are Democrats who get this. Representative Lewis does, for example, but Representative Maxine Waters said it best:

  • “No, I don’t trust him. I don’t believe him. I have no intentions of sitting down with him. I’m going to fight him every inch of the way.” 

The Republican Party has died. It has been replaced by the American Fascist Party in all but name. Walls, registries, lists, killing millions by taking away their insurance, Medicare, Medicaid.

And not a single Republican has stood up to Trump. Not one single one. They equivocate, they stammer, they excuse, and worst yet, they applaud! They line up to follow this would-be dictator.

But America is mighty, strong, intelligent, savvy, and unafraid. America is going to clean out the White House, the House, and the Senate. 

So, politicians who call themselves Democrats and politicians who call themselves Republicans who are not Fascists, write the words of Representative Maxine on your heart and gird for battle.

We call upon you to stand up to hate and stand up for America! You can do this by shutting down Washington:

  • Not one piece of legislation gets passed if it does not relate to finding out the details of what Trump the traitor is plotting with Putin.
  • Not one bill is to be considered which does not have to do with removing Trump and his henchmen and band of spies.
  • Not one more Cabinet hearing until he is gone!
  • Not one nod in the hallway! Who nods politely to Fascists?!
  • No appeasement.
  • No giving in. No rolling over.

This may seem like scorched earth policy to you and it is! Defend your country and go on the offensive. And Attack! Your country is worth fighting for.

As for the rest of us Americans, we are going to watch what you do and do not do very closely. Every day. Every hour. If you do not step up, if you do not defend and attack, we will know.

Do not think you are safe until the next election! You are not! If you do not immediately call for Trump’s expulsion, we will be relentless in our efforts to remove you from office.

We will, peacefully, do everything we can to make you do your patriotic duty. We will occupy your offices, we will call you, we will publicize your cowardice in every way possible through newspapers, television, and the Web. We will call upon you to resign. We will look for, find, and seek to cut off your secret funding and your corporate contributions.

So, again, here is your mantra: “No, I don’t trust him. I don’t believe him. I have no intentions of sitting down with him. I’m going to fight him every inch of the way.” 

Remember, America is coming through. If you are afraid to lead, afraid to stand up for what is right, afraid to put Country before Party, then get out of the way!

Six Easy Ways to Stop the Republican Party from Killing Millons of Americans

The Republican Party’s senior leadership (RPSL) in Washington has made it crystal clear they want to destroy the Affordable Care Act (ACA), an insurance program put into place under President Obama’s administration. Currently the plan covers more than 20 million Americans, many of whom could not get insurance in other ways or who would otherwise be forced to pay horrendously high monthly premiums to get insurance coverage. Repealing the ACA would strip away their health insurance completely. As a result, millions of Americas would die because they cannot obtain the healthcare they need.

The rank-and-file Republicans do not have anything to do with this effort. In fact, many of them have insurance through the ACA. Most are unaware they will lose their health insurance if the ACA is repealed. Not only will many be surprised if the RPSL kills the ACA, some of them be dead shortly thereafter for lack of access to basic healthcare.

Why, you may ask, would the RPSL want to kill millions of Americans, including some of the party’s own rank-and-file supporters? 

Good question!

Answer: because the RPSL wants to score one, single, solitary political point against President Barack Obama. Yep, the RPSL is playing a game of political football, and millions of Americans will die if they succeed in killing the ACA.

The RPSL took the first step in its kill campaign yesterday. But, they have to do a lot more conniving and manipulation to kill the robust program.

You, as an every day American, can help the protectors of the ACA stop the RPSL from killing millions of Americans.

HealthInsurance.org has published a detailed post about how you can do this. To read the independent organization’s post, which is full of helpful hints and useful links, please click this link: https://www.healthinsurance.org/repeal-and-replace/6-ways-you-can-resist-insta-repeal-of-obamacare/

Here, though, are the six simple and easy ways every day Americans can stop the RPSL from killing millions of Americans:

  1. Call your Senators and Congressional Representatives.
  2. Write a letter or send an e-mail to your Senators and Congressional Representatives
  3. Share your healthcare story, especially if the ACA is helping you or your family and friends stay alive.
  4. Ask friends and family to reach out to Republican Senators on your behalf.
  5. Attend a local rally or town hall, even if you don’t stand up and speak, you can hold a sign to make your opinion clear. January 15, 2017 was a key day for this kind of peaceful public protest, and more opportunities will be coming up soon.
  6. Use all of the social media channels you use to make your opinion known. Be persistent, be bold, but be polite. Do not engage with trolls you encounter online. Remember many are paid propaganda trolls paid by Russian money to harass innocent Americans online. Do not let them waste your time. Block them, and keep going.

Thank you for your time, your consideration, your humanity, and your actions.

How Did a Russian Spy Get Elected President of the United States?

Recently on Twitter we received a query from a lovely woman in Canada, let’s call her Betsy to help protect her identity. She asked, understandably, “How in the world did a Russian Spy (Donald Trump) get elected President of the United States?”

I promised Betsy an answer and here it is:

  • Donald Trump was aided and abetted by senior people in the Republican party. These people pushed legitimate, non-Spy candidates out of the way during the Republican primary in order to push Donald Trump forward. In other words, they colluded with a Russian spy against their own party: self before party.
  • Donald Trump was aided and abetted by other traitors who hold United States passports and who have served, or are currently serving, in senior government positions on the federal and state level: greed before loyalty.
  • Donald Trump was aided and abetted by Putin and his henchmen in Russia. They gave him information and money for his campaign. Plus, Russia has been involved in cyber-warfare against every day Americans, including trolling them through social media through the use of paid propaganda trolls.

All of this has been substantiated by press reports and government intelligence.

Plus, it is clear as a bell. Anyone with common sense could understand what happened and is happening. Just look at Donald Trump tweets where he idolizes Putin and demonizes anyone he thinks is against him.

Plus, since that must not have seemed enough to the Trump Cabal to defeat Hillary Clinton, they also figured out a way to hijack the vote tallies in a few big states so as to win the Electoral College vote. The Intelligence Community is still gathering facts and sorting out what happened, so stay tuned for more details. We will report on this again as more information becomes available.

So, Betsy, there you have it. Donald Trump is a traitor, and so are the United States citizens who have worked so hard to put a Russian Spy in the White House.

Putin is just doing what Putin does. He is trying to do it in other countries, including Canada. He is particularly interested in installing other puppet despots (Trump being one) at the head of European countries in an attempt to weaken NATO. He wants to weaken NATO so he can push ahead with military plans to invade European countries.