Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Advice From A Veteran Protester

I hope that the recent March for Science was just the start of the protest season. We need bigger demonstrations and more of them--a relentless show of resistance to the Trump administration.

We've had bad presidents. Donald Trump is not just a bad president--he's a bad person. His greed, ignorance, and vanity have made a farce of the U.S. presidency. He has turned our government over to Wall Street predators, fascist ideologues, and religious zealots. His environmental policies are nothing less than crimes against humanity. He has to go.

Forty-four years ago, within many of our memories, We the People removed a corrupt president. We can do it again.

Previous Reports have encouraged "hitting the streets" to resist the Trump fascist takeover. Clearly, street protests should be just part of an overall resistance that includes on-going legal and legislative efforts. HOWEVER . . . When the courts and Congress fail us, and the street becomes the only path to preserving our democracy, we'll need to be prepared.

Laws are already being passed to prosecute citizens that have taken part in protests that turned violent. This ensures that government provocateurs will be present at rallies for the purpose of inciting violence--nearly every peaceful demonstration that I've seen turned into a violent riot was provoked in this manner. And for good reason.

Governments control the biggest share of one resource in any country--brute force. They can't always win a debate but, in theory, they can always win a fight. Therefore:


Understanding this is vital. Inevitably, resistance to the Trump takeover is going to generate massive public demonstrations. We need to be prepared.

Saturday, April 15, 2017


NINETEEN UNICORNS A collection of 17 short stories and 2 novellas
(272 pages) $20.00                                    
DINING with HITLER & HEMINGWAY A collection of 13 short stories
(101 pages) $15.00

The short stories in NINETEEN UNICORNS careen wildly through a sometimes humorous, sometimes frightening landscape that includes a man and his fish, a diabolical shipping clerk, haute cuisine for dogs, a modern fairy tale about motherly love, and a critical cocktail--all served with a twist.
PULP '73. "Drugs, sex, and rock 'n' roll!" George substitutes booze and jazz into the counterculture battle-cry, but he's just fine with the sex part as he battles through the 70's in his Bible Belt, Ohio home.
IXT. A young biologist's research brings him to Southeast Alaska. His unexpected entanglement with the denizens of Juneau's rowdy waterfront and the befriending of a mysterious old Indian set him off on a daring, life-altering adventure.

DINING with HITLER & HEMINGWAY takes the reader on a fast-paced excursion into a whole new world--a world where you can witness a hundred-foot-tall moose and an international food fight, or listen to an Amish blues singer. A constant theme through these meticulously crafted miniatures is an examination of ordinary things from unusual angles. Discussing Ernest Hemingway takes two old friends to a meat-packing plant. The pain of an impending death in a family is wrapped in a piece of sushi. A dinner-table argument reveals a mind-bending exploration of space and time. Visiting a fish market exposes a woman's life of quiet desperation. From the alcohol-fueled hallucinations of an Alaskan hermit to a boy's coming of age in rural Alabama, these tiny tales travel to destinations strange, heartbreaking, and funny. They contain thought-provoking and sometimes disturbing ideas, but a fresh, witty hand on the wheel keeps it a fun ride.

To order books, contact me with your name and mailing address at josephkarson@yahoo.com and click
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Monday, April 3, 2017

Lately, political zeal has lured some into presenting as fact what is really fiction. There will be no such confusion here. The Karson Report endeavors to provide its readers with only carefully researched facts. However, as many of you may know, I am also involved in the wholly separate enterprise of creating fiction.

This coming SATURDAY, APRIL 8, 2:00 pm at the TRIANGLE BAR in JUNEAU, I will be signing copies of NINETEEN UNICORNS, my new collection of short stories and novellas.
Of course there will be live music, food, and good company from all around Alaska and beyond. See you there!
Stories by Joe Karson

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Slippery Slope

As a part-time public school teacher, I'd like to thank Secretary DeVos and those members of the Alaska State Legislature who are making the effort to put Creation Theory into our science classes. It's a slippery slope. Keep Creation Theory out of science classes, and before you know it we'll be keeping Stork Theory out of sex education classes.