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May 5, 2014

We have 25 codes good for FREE downloads of the Dramatic Audiobooks of NEBADOR Books One, Two, and Three from Audible.com. You have to have or open an account, but don't have to buy anything or use it any further. The first 25 people to ask for a code will get them! We'd appreciate reviews on Goodreads, LibraryThing.com, Facebook, or by email, of course. Good through 23 July 2014, and will only work with a high-speed internet connection.
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Published on May 05, 2014 15:26 • 7 views • Tags: audible, audiobooks, nebador

March 25, 2014

NEBADOR Book Three: Selection is now available as a Dramatic Audiobook on MP3 CD. It can be ordered from Cellini Fine Gifts in Portland, Oregon (http://www.cellinifinegifts.com) shipped anywhere. There are also a number of way to get a free copy from the author (see http://www.nebador.com/Free.html). It will also be available as a download from Audible.com, Amazon, and Apple iTunes in a month or 2.
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Published on March 25, 2014 10:49 • 10 views • Tags: audiobook, nebador

February 11, 2014

The Dramatic Audiobook of NEBADOR Book One: The Test is now on Audible.com and Audible.co.uk, but it looks like it might be a little cheaper through Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk. Book Two: Journey and Book Three: Selection should be coming soon. The download versions don't include the illustrations, but they're always available on my web site http://www.nebador.com
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Published on February 11, 2014 11:23 • 38 views • Tags: amazon, audible, audiobook, nebador

December 23, 2013

Whatever you celebrate during these dark days (northern) or bright days (southern), be it Yule, Ramadan, Christmas, New Years, or whatever, I hope they are full of good cheer!
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Published on December 23, 2013 13:59 • 23 views • Tags: holy-days

December 4, 2013

The 日本語 Japanese preview page for ネバドー 第一巻 試練 NEBADOR Book One: The Test is now at http://www.nebador.com/Book1J.html

A Japanese translator for the entire book has not yet been located. The author offers 75% of royalties for whole-book translations.
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Published on December 04, 2013 18:30 • 23 views • Tags: japanese, nebador

November 23, 2013

There's a new page at http://www.nebador.com/Gifted.html that lists ALL the different kinds if giftedness, even those that some people don't think exist.
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Published on November 23, 2013 16:34 • 27 views • Tags: gifted, nebador, young-adult, youth

October 18, 2013

The audio from the author's recent Personal Power workshop, at Silver Falls State Park in Oregon, is at his web site: http://www.nebador.com/Reviews.html
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Published on October 18, 2013 17:40 • 23 views • Tags: nebador, personal-power

September 6, 2013

There are 8 unclaimed items containing 14 books on the NEBADOR Give-Away page. Is one of them for you, or your library or school? http://www.nebador.com/Give.html
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Published on September 06, 2013 21:43 • 30 views • Tags: give-away, nebador

August 16, 2013

The following notes are collected from hundreds of articles the author has read over the last year. He avoids those that have a clear political, cultural, or religious slant.

CLIMATE CHANGE
We just reached 400 parts per million of carbon dioxide (our main greenhouse gas) in the air. The planet continues to warm, but the oceans are soaking up a lot of the extra heat right now, making it look like "global warming" has slowed or stopped if you only look at air temperature. Scientists estimate that the oceans will only do this for a few more years, then the air will "catch up."

As the oceans warm, especially around the North Pole, the polar jet stream (high in the air between the temperate and polar regions) is changing its behavior, causing unusual weather (hotter, colder, and more violent storms).

Several large sources of greenhouse gasses may reach "tipping points" in the near future, including the methane hydrates on the ocean floors, and the organic matter built up in the arctic tundra.

ENERGY SOURCES
Some difficult and expensive sources of oil (tar sands, fracking, deep-water) are making up for the slow decline if the older oil fields on land, but each new source has problems that will keep it difficult and expensive. For example, oil from hydro-fracturing ("fracking") in the USA has a decline rate of 30-40% per year, making it necessary to constantly drill new wells. The news that the USA will become "energy independent" is a marketing gimmick, not the truth.

$100 per barrel oil is not allowing any economic growth. For political reasons, most governments are twiddling the numbers to make it look like there is a little growth. The only places in the world with economic growth have their own sources of energy (such as China with its coal). Now that we are using oil from difficult sources, only a big drop in demand (because of a deep economic recession or depression) can bring the price of oil down.

UNEMPLOYMENT
Civil unrest continues in most parts of the world because of unemployment and inflation (rising prices). Most governments continue to hide it with direct payments to the people, twiddling the inflation numbers, and/or violent suppression of unrest.

For perspective, during the Great Depression of the 1930's in the USA, unemployment was calculated to be 25%. If we calculated unemployment today it the same way, it would be 23% today. This is hidden in the USA with direct payments to the people. No one knows how much longer the government can do this.

AGRICULTURE
The changes going on in the world are merely inconvenient to most people, so far, and that allows them to brush it all aside and pretend it's some conspiracy. Where and when we will really start hurting is in our agriculture. We cannot feed our 7 billion people from little backyard gardens. Climate change, expensive energy, civil unrest, fresh water shortage, phosphate shortage, and many other problems will bite us deeply when they affect our agricultural systems. At that time, the whole world will take notice.

CONCLUSION
These issues come and go from our news headlines for mostly human political reasons. Our leaders look better when everything seems to be okay. Anyone who lets down their guard at these times and ceases to think about the future, and prepare for it, is taking a great risk.
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Published on August 16, 2013 11:54 • 28 views • Tags: climate-change, future, youth

August 14, 2013

There's a free book for some lucky reader in Britain, Scotland, or Ireland: http://www.nebador.com/Give.html
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Published on August 14, 2013 12:42 • 25 views • Tags: free, giveaway, nebador

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J.Z. Colby
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