Category Archives : Issues

Henry: The 419 Operator, by Adetokunbo Abiola

Adetokunbo Abiola is the author of American 419 and Other Stories.   I have been reading about Nigerian 419 operators for about twenty years. They are unique in their way of thinking. Their everyday operations have fostered widespread misery on numerous people and they never stop their activities, despite punishments. They always come back. In […]

Social Media: Everybody’s Talkin’ At Me 1

When I founded Laughing Fire Press back in 1998, the Internet was still a relatively new innovation. Websites were pretty static and people communicated with each other via email, chat rooms, and bulletin board sites. Social media in the form of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, MySpace, etc. had yet to be invented. Books were still sold […]

The Agony Continues by Adetokunbo Abiola 1

Recent reports that Boko Haram rebels in Nigeria are openly attacking more towns have continued to raise eyebrows, with inevitable comparisons to a war situation. Unfortunately, their activities will only lead to a logical conclusion, which is the creation of more maltreated children. As the Nigerian crisis continues, and the government is at loss about […]

The Business of America

“The business of America is business” – Calvin Coolidge, President of the United States of America, 1923-1929   This statement by an American president over ninety years ago seems to sum up the philosophy underlying the rationale for the creation and existence of this nation. Starting as early as the founding of the republic almost […]

Book review: Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis

This book review was written by Vanessa Rennie, Associate Editor, Laughing Fire Press.   Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis by Cynthia Barnett (Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 2911, 297 pp.) takes a long, hard look at how the United States understands, perceives, and uses water. Barnett is a journalist who specializes in examining and reporting […]

Big Brother is Getting Bigger, by Michael McGhee 1

  Recent reports that Facebook researchers secretly monitored Facebook users caused an outcry, with inevitable comparisons to George Orwell’s classic novel 1984.   Sadly, Facebook’s shenanigans are only a sideshow to the main event, which is the growing influence of corporations in our daily life. As government runs out of money to pay for vital […]

Nigerian 419 scam letter

In case you are wondering what a Nigerian 419 scam letter is like, here is one that Laughing Fire Press received this past week, It has not been edited. Dear Friend, I Am Henry James the Manager, Bills And Exchange at the Foreign Remittance department in a Bank. Actually, I have a very urgent & […]

Values, or What the Fighting is All About (Part IV: Conclusions)

I left off in Part III wondering if aggression and its consequences were an inevitable fact of human life, whether value conflicts and aggression must remain unconsciously motivated, and whether or not man’s aggression against his fellow creatures and the planet will result in disastrous consequences for the planet and its species. I think these […]