Yellowstone Earthquakes Increase in Number

Yellowstone is stirring. I’m not saying it’s about to erupt but over the last month we’ve seen an uptick – over 100 – in the number of small earthquakes in and around the caldera, and over 60 in the last week alone, which appear clustered in a small area.

That’s what an earthquake swarm looks like (left, last 6 days, right, last 30 days):yellowstone1yellowstone2

What’s an earthquake swarm? Geologists look at them as signs of magma movement – molten rock that shifts its position underneath dormant volcanoes either to recharge an existing magma chamber or as a prelude to eruption. And if that’s that’s what’s happening under Yellowstone, watch out because this is a super volcano.

If Yellowstone erupts, it would change life as we know it in this country and across the world. Think mass starvation, nuclear winter, etc. By the way I’m a geologist but this doesn’t mean you should listen to me because I haven’t used my geology degree in decades. Still I know this: if Yellowstone pops, lots of people in this area will die:


Just keep an eye out for news from the USGS to see if they mention anything going on underneath America’s supervolcano. In the meantime, you can play with the Yellowstone monitoring data here.

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Tell South Carolina Politicians No to TPP – We Want to Keep Our Jobs

The Dangers of the TPP

There is nothing good in the TPP for the American worker. I wish there was. And dangers or negatives listed below are the most obvious ones so this is hardly a comprehensive list; do your own research. Start by reading this blog post as a short background on Freetrade and then go read, read, read. Or YouTube. Educate yourself. But the bottom line is this: the TPP will force the few US companies still manufacturing in America to consider moving operations overseas, while it strips Congress of its ability to defend US Sovereignty. The middle class will be crushed. Like that Boeing Plant in Charleston? How long before it shuts down and moves overseas? Same for Bridgestone in Aiken, BMW in Spartanburg, etc.

Here are some facts about the #TPP and an illustration of how SC Republicans sold us out:

  1. Thanks to our SC representatives, as of June 2015, the TPP became almost impossible to stop. Our reps sided with Obama and voted to give him “fast track” authority. This allows Obama to submit trade deals to Congress for an up-or-down vote without amendments. Negotiators (i.e., corporate lobbyists and globalists) have said that process (fast track) is crucial to completing the 12-nation trade deal with countries around the Pacific Ocean. What does this really mean? It is now impossible for Congress to amend the TPP, and virtually impossible for them to stop it.
  1. US job losses are predicted to increase. Accochart5rding to Sen. Jeff Sessions, ” thousands of loyal Americans have been laid off and forced to train the foreign workers brought in to fill their jobs—at Disney, at Southern California Edison, across the country. Does Washington rush to their defense? No, the politicians and the lobbyists rush to move legislation that would double or triple the very program responsible for replacing them.”
  1. Negotiation of the treaty is secret. We don’t even know everything that’s in it! Members of Congress must view the text in a basement room of the Capitol and cannot take notes. I have no idea if any SC representatives took the time to glance at the treaty.
  1. Corporations have had greater access to the treaty and were allowed to examine it even before Congress or the public! A list of 605 is here.

SC Representatives Sold Us Out; What Can You do?

Lindsey Graham, Tim Scott, Tom Rice, Mark Sanford, Trey Gowdy and Joe Wilson – they all voted to fast track TPP and make it easier for Obama to pass. Despite all the mill closings that we’ve experienced since 2000 (see picture, right), these men decided to millignore the will of the people and go with the K-street lobbyists, allowing Obama to have almost total control of the TPP. Only up or down votes are allowed from now on – no amendments! This is a bill written by global corporations, for global corporations, and our representatives effectively just shrugged and said “screw the people.”

We can screw back.

All these men – with the exception of Graham – have primaries in June 2016 for their re-election. Call them now!!! Write them a letter. Set up a meeting to yell at them. Email them. All their contact info is below, but I’ll give you some advice: a phonecall is better than a letter, and a letter is better than an email. These men are sacrificing our families, our lives, our jobs so that they can appease corporations and maybe hang on to their job a little longer; let’s take it from them. If they won’t work for the people, then vote them out. At the very bottom are the contact information for people running against these corrupt incumbents. Take a look and get involved.

Now get to work.

Contact Information for SC Reps Who Approved TPP Fast Track:

Congressman Joe Wilson, 2nd District SC
2229 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
phone: (202) 225-2452
fax: (202) 225-2455

Congressman Tom Rice, 7th District SC
223 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-9895
Fax: (202) 225-9690

Congressman Trey Gowdy, 4th District SC
1404 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6030
Fax: (202) 226-1177

Congressman Mark Sanford, 1st District SC
2201 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-4001
Phone: (202) 225-3176

Senator Lindsey Graham
290 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Main: (202) 224-5972
Fax: (202) 224-3808

Senator Tim Scott
520 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-6121, Toll Free: (855) 425-6324
Fax: (202) 228-5143

My Favorite Anti-Incumbent Candidates (Not necessarily anti-freetrade – still researching that!)

Jenny Horne (running against Mark Sanford)

Chris Fedalei (Democrat running against Trey Gowdy; I know, he’s a democrat. But if your primary goal is for jobs to stay in the US, this is your best chance for now)

More to come…

#TPP, #TPA, #lindseygraham, #treygowdy, #timscott, #joewilson, #tomrice, #marksanford, #freetrade, #jobs, #southcarolina, #SC, #jobless, #factory, #manufacturing, #trade, #nafta, #wto, #china, #slavelabor, #slavery, #globalists, #globalism, #nationalism, #usa, #america, #patriots

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South Carolina Went Overwhelmingly for Trump – Here’s Why

There are a few simple reasons why South Carolina went overwhelmingly for the Donald. Left wing glue snifffers will tell you it’s racism, but they either haven’t seen (or they refuse to acknowledge) the influx of minority support toward the Trump Train. Right wing “true conservatives” (i.e., the folks who believe Cruz is the second coming of Christ) claim it’s because the media gave Trump too much press coverage – that the media isn’t “fair.” Excuse me while I spit coffee and laugh at this. When has the main stream media ever been “fair?” It really pisses these people off that Trump didn’t just win South Carolina; he won SOUTH CAROLINA EVANGELICALS. “And dammit! These people were supposed to vote Cruz!” Wrong. Evangelicals in SC can see through Cruz’s smarmy facade and recognize that he’s just another version of the Bush family – albeit in a more abrasive package.

Want to know why we voted for him? Fine. Here’s my list, ranked in order of most important issue to SC voters, to least important. And if this list doesn’t agree with your polling data and/or you don’t live in South Carolina here’s my response: I live here. I breathe the air and talk with people. I’ve seen this up close and you can’t get a sense of the people’s desperation by making phone calls and hoping the people on the other end tell the truth. Here’s why SC went Trump:

  1. Trump’s anti-free trade, pro-fair trade message doesn’t just resonate in this state, it sends daily tremors of hope. South Carolina has historically been dependant on the textile industry for jobs, and in many small towns it was the sole source of employment. Just look at this picture. millSince China was admitted into the World Trade Organization and Congress forced lied signed us onto NAFTA, an already slow decline of the textile industry turned into a massive route; factories closed en masse and relocated to other countries, leaving SC decimated. Sure, Boeing and BMW placed plants here but these plants are in urban areas; they do nothing to help the rest of the state’s unemployed factory workers and the net job numbers are still at a massive loss. And let’s face reality: if BMW or Boeing decide they can get a better deal by relocating to Mexico, off they go. And they can – thanks to “Free Trade.” Just wait and see what the TPP does for us.
  2. Trump tells it like it is. I don’t think this needs more explanation. We’ve all heard his rants, and I think Milo Yiannopoulos put it best by calling it a cultural revolution. This state is on the verge of vomiting all over the PC crowd who try to control language, and the spoiled college kids who cry at the sight of “Trump 2016” in chalk. Please. He speaks off the cuff and gives you his real opinion – even to the point where he gets in trouble. This is especially evident where Trump refuses to fire his bencampaign manager because a precious snowflake of a reporter claims she got “bruised” during a press scrum. And Ben Shapiro: seriously dude; stop going on TV. You sound like a 12 year old whose testicles haven’t dropped. Trump shows us that words are just that: words. He doesn’t let anyone control his language and neither should we.
  3. SC believes in border security. We remember that part of the 9/11 Commission’s findings were a demand to secure the borders. It’s not racist to want a wall, and every time the loony left screams “racist” we just laugh and go clean our guns. SC voters understand that if we allow un-vetted refugees into our country, what happened in Brussels and Paris will start happening in New York, or Charleston. And our southern border is open. For shit’s sake: The Border Patrol just endorsed Donald Trump, SOMETHING WHICH HAS NEVER HAPPENED!
  4. Trump is the only real outsider. Cruz? Come on. This guy grew up with the Bush family and calls one of the Bush’s his ideological father – or something like that. His wife supported the concept of a North American Union!! Kasich? Yeah, nobody thinks Kasich is an outsider. Or Rubio, or Bush, etc. In fact, our Governor, Nikki Haley has seriously put her political future in jeopardy by supporting these people because it looks like she just gave the SC worker a massive middle finger. Gross miscalculation Madame Governor; if you had presidential hopes, don’t count on getting SC’s vote in future primaries.

To summarize: these are the things that matter most to the average South Carolina voter. This state is poor. Voters don’t give a shit about sticking to a conservative program that has screwed them over for decades, and they’re sick of being lied to by Haleychart, Graham, and the rest of the “you are idiots to vote Trump” crowd. We want our factories back and see leaving unfair trade deals like NAFTA as a logical step in restoring at least part of the American economy. And this brings me to my final point: the regular GOP candidates have betrayed SC for decades, so why not vote Trump? Maybe this last point is the most important of all.

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Save the A-10 Warthog

ISIS and other Islamists are guilty of shooting Muslims and Christians at mass graves. They behead them and put their heads on poles. They kidnap their children and put them into slavery. They rape children. This is all documented and is not myth, conspiracy, or a lie; this is “current history.” It’s really happening. And the A-10 is one of the few effective weapons that stands in their way and puts in them the fear of God.

But the Air Force wants to kill the A-10. DON’T LET THEM. Write your congressmen/women and let them know: they’ll lose your vote unless they protect the A-10 and its missions.



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Ebola Outbreak in West Africa Worsens

I’ve just posted a video on YouTube about the Ebola outbreak in west Africa. This is what I do when researching an idea for a novel and come across something that is totally horrific, etc.

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How to Write Fiction – Three Hard Truths

I’m involved with a new series on YouTube called “Anecdote,” where we’re putting together 5-15 minute videos about writing advice, interviews, etc. It’s a lot about “how to write fiction” but in terms of my experience in starting from the slushpile and working my way to pro.

Check out “Episode 1: How to Write Fiction – Three Hard Truths”

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Free Fiction!

KindleCoverSOMEWHEREITSNOWSMy short story, “Somewhere it Snows,” is now available as a free kindle download, but only for the next few days; act now. After one day it’s made it to the #2 spot for free literary fiction (short stories) and #3 for free literary fiction (action and adventure). After this initial trial period it will still be available for free, but only if you’re an Amazon Prime member. Sorry. But you can get it NOW! Read on, readers.

Also, I can’t wait for Andrew Liptak’s, Jaym Gates’, and Apex Books’ new anthology: War Stories. The table of contents is locked and loaded.

And lastly, John Joseph Adams selected the title for his next anthology based on a contest he ran: Operation Arcana.

Apparently, for me, this year is the year of short fiction.

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It’s Been a Year; Here’s what I’ve Been Doing…

I’ve been busy – mostly with a full time job. So let me do this by the numbers…

  1. I got a new agent! Actually multiple agents including Eddie Schneider and Joshua Bilmes, and these guys are the best. Even if I fade away and never publish another title, it’s been fantastic to work with them.
  2. I wrote a YA title that will hopefully go into submission in the next month or so. It was a long editing process and a learning experience, but it was a welcome change for me from SF.
  3. I wrote a literary novella. So far this is on hold, but once we start editing it, I’m hoping it will be my first shot at publication in one of the tier I mags (New Yorker, etc.). Hope is the key word…
  4. I wrote a short story for Andrew Liptak’s and Jaym Gates’ anthology, War Stories; mine is called Black Butterflies. The roster so far is AMAZING and I finally get to publish a story with Joe Haldemann (my idol) and author of WARCHILD (should have been a warstoriesHugo winner – further evidence of this award’s irrelevance), Karin Lowachee! Also, look at all the amazing authors on there like Ken Liu, Will McIntosh, etc. More on this in a separate post later…
  5. I wrote my first military fantasy piece, PATHFINDER, for a new anthology that I’m not sure has been announced and my story hasn’t been accepted. So no news on this yet.
  6. I’m working on a YA science fiction series with my daughter, who wants to be a writer. We’re 7k words into the first book and this is probably my favorite project yet; she’s already a better writer than me.
  7. An SF trilogy based on my short story Somewhere It Snows is on hold. The first book is at 55K and will stay there for a while. Why? The SF market is awful and I need to have a strategy discussion with my agent on what to do (YA vs. Adult).
  8. Why did I come to the decision in number 7? I totalled my car by running into a solid, immovable chunk of steel, full speed (without braking), and subsequently was in and out of consciousness for a good hour or two. I narrowly escaped serious head injury and walked away. But it makes one think about what’s really important and I decided that I’d rather spend time with my kids than with – well, you know.
  9. I’ve been fighting for first and fourth amendment rights. THIS HAS NOT BEEN A WASTE OF TIME. It has taken away from writing time but unless we have free speech, we run the risk of losing our right to define discussions – the ones all those ninnies on twitter enjoy right now. WAKE UP, EDUCATE YOURSELF AND GET INVOLVED.
  10. That is all.
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DragonCon Schedule

My DragonCon Schedule is now updated; I hope to see you there!!!

Rejectomancy: Hear tales of the best rejection letters sent or recieved; Fri 01:00 pm at the Regency V – Hyatt

Science Fiction–The Real Thing How to break into the future world of Near future, Hard, Space Opera (pick your poison) Sat 01:00 pm at Embassy D-F – Hyatt

Good War/Bad War How have recent conflicts shaped or influenced today’s sf? Sat 02:30 pm at the Greenbriar – Hyatt

Transhumanist Open Discussion Better living through technology! The directed evolution and transformation of the human race via emerging technologies – pros and cons. Mon 02:30 pm at 202 – Hilton

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Special Offer for Walmart AND Germline and Chimera Fans

You’re an early shopper for Christmas or someone’s birthday is coming up and you’re looking for the perfect gift for the science fiction fan in your life. What should you do? You know that it’s hard to find a good science fiction book these days; there are so many titles coming out that it’s difficult to decide on any one and besides: just buying him/her a book doesn’t seem like it’s “special” enough, am I right? I have an offer just for you!

Buy two (or even just one!) of my books at a significant discount, pay no shipping costs, AND they will be personally autographed at NO EXTRA CHARGE. You can even tell me what to write in the book, to make it a completely personalized gift. (We hope to have the third book, Exogene, also available soon; stay tuned!)

How? Here’s what to do:

  1. Go to Walmart and search on the title you want (Chimera or Germline)
  2. IMPORTANT STEP: On the book’s page, type in my zipcode (29803) where it says “free store pickup with sitetostore near” – Again, this is the zipcode: 29803 DO NOT ENTER YOUR ZIPCODE!
  3. Select Walmart store #514
  4. Add the book (or both books!) to your cart
  5. When you’re done shopping, go to your cart and click on “store pickup”
  6. Use your email address as the contact for this order  – not mine!
  7. Warning: there may be sales tax on these books, but you will still pay less!
  8. You will eventually get to a part where it asks “Who will pick up this order?” – enter “TC” for the first name, “McCarthy” for the last name
  9. Continue as you normally would with any online order
  10. Email me your details (when it will arrive at my Walmart, what you want inscribed, where you want it shipped, and whether or not it should be gift wrapped) at my email: tburger88 at (note: replace “at” with @ and remove the spaces!)
  11. I will send you an email to confirm I agree to do this and will take it from there; it will be shipped at no additional cost to you.

Book III in the Subterrene Trilogy: Chimera

Yes this will take a couple of extra days but it transforms an otherwise ordinary gift into something a little more unique and even if he/she hates my book(s), you will have CLEARLY put a lot of thought into this one! 🙂 Here are two links to pre-loaded searches at Walmart for these books, just to make it a little easier:

Chimera (book three of the Subterrene series)

Germline (book one of the Subterrene series)

Happy shopping.

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