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DORAL, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, August 5, 2022 / — Mad Max Publishing, announced its newest bestselling author Ruben Alcoba, Esq, whose recently released book, “How to Secure Patents for NFTS, DEFI, Crypto and Smart Contracts” quick…




Neama Rahmani’s “Harvard To Hashtag” Chronicles a federal prosecutor’s frustrations with Politicians & Drug Traffickers

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Flipped portrait of President Trump by Julian Raven after January 6th coup attempt.

The disgraceful insurrection on January 6th, 2021 caused artist Julian Raven to completely rescind his support for former President Trump.

New Book 'Odious and Cerberus: An American Immigrant's Odyssey and his Free-Speech Legal War Against Smithsonian Corruption'

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Raven's gripping odyssey is graphically depicted in the free-speech trilogy.

The Return of the Raven is now, the final chapter in ‘Odious and Cerberus: An American Immigrant’s Odyssey and his Free-Speech Legal War Against Smithsonian Corruption’ By Julian Raven


…a wonderful book about his own Pilgrim’s Progress confrontation with America’s cultural and legal elite—a funny, revealing, and entertaining story of one man’s struggle against overwhelming odds.”

— Laurence Jarvik

WASHINGTON D.C., DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES, July 22, 2022 / — New York Artist Julian Raven continues his 1st Amendment free-speech crusade with the release of his new book, ‘Odious and Cerberus: An American Immigrant’s Odyssey and his Free-Speech Legal War Against Smithsonian Corruption.’ On the heels of over three years of litigation that took Raven all the way up the marble steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, his new book documents and exposes the glaring and unresolved legal enigma that the mysterious Smithsonian Institution continues to present to the Washington D.C. landscape and the American tax-payer, to the tune of 700 million dollars per year.

Raven’s giant 7×15 foot presidential portrait of Donald Trump, painted in the summer of 2015, was seen across the nation and unmistakably in Washington D.C. It was the feature article in the August 2019 Washingtonian magazine and on the front page of the Washington Times, having been odiously rejected by the National Gallery’s Director Kim Sajet. The unprecedented free-speech claims against the Smithsonian were the catalyst to uncovering an even greater Smithsonian legal dilemma; That of, what exactly is the Smithsonian Institution? What is the entity status of the Smithsonian Institution?

Raven exhaustively documents the legal schizophrenia he encountered, which is pertinently illustrated in Federal Judge Trevor McFadden’s ruling, claiming that the Smithsonian Institution is the government “through and through…the National Portrait Gallery has historically communicated messages from the government, in the sense that it compiles the artwork of third parties for display on government property” and yet Peter G. Powers, former Smithsonian’s general counsel, from another Smithsonian scandal documented in the book, said: “that virtually all Smithsonian properties, including the museums on the Mall in Washington, legally belong to the Institution and not to the federal government….” In a speech written for Chief Justice Warren Burger, he quotes Chief Justice Howard Taft in his capacity as Smithsonian Chancellor saying, “The Smithsonian is not, and never has been considered a government bureau. It is a private institution under the guardianship of the government” This legal conundrum in Raven’s case is so severe that the federal court’s ruling continues to violate the separation of powers doctrine, trampling Raven’s 1st Amendment rights. The Supreme Court rejected this unresolved issue of federal law. It will only now be resolved with a congressional amendment to the Smithsonian Act of 1846, the pursuit of which is Raven’s next chapter on his remarkable American odyssey.

Raven’s support for former president Trump came crashing down at the January 6th insurrection. Raven publicly called the former president to repent and resign in the Washington Times and the Washingtonian magazine.

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Holocaust Survivor Joe Rubinstein Passes Away at 101

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Joe Rubinstein holding a copy of the book about his life: Auschwitz #34207 The Joe Rubinstein Story (photo by Crystal Merrill 2019)

Joe Rubinstein holding a copy of the book about his life: Auschwitz #34207 The Joe Rubinstein Story (photo by Crystal Merrill 2019)

Holocaust survivor Joe Rubinstein holding photo of his beloved mother  that he had not seen since he was taken from the Radom, Poland, Ghetto in 1941

Holocaust survivor Joe Rubinstein holding photo of his beloved mother who perished in the Holocaust

“Love Life. Love God. Love each other. That’s all there is.”— Joe Rubinstein

I cannot imagine a world without Joe, but thankfully his life, legacy, and lessons will live on through the example he set for us all. Joe gave us an inspirational map on how to deal with adversity.”

— Author Nancy Sprowell Geise

CASTLE ROCK, CO, UNITED STATES, July 22, 2022 / — Holocaust survivor Joe Rubinstein passed away peacefully in Loveland, Colorado, on July 18, 2022. Joe was the believed to be the oldest known Holocaust survivor in Colorado.

Icek Jakub Rubinsztejn ”Joe Rubinstein” was born on September 16, 1920 in Radom, Poland. After Germany invaded Poland, Joe and his family were sent to the Radom Ghetto in 1941.

Two weeks later, Joe was taken from the ghetto and sent to several concentration camps. Joe never saw his family again. His widowed mother, Reska, his older brother, Dawid, Joe’s identical twin, Chaim, his younger brother, Abram, and younger sister, Laja, were all believed murdered at the Treblinka Death camp following the “liquidation” of the Radom Ghetto in 1942.

“It is my deepest prayer,” said Nancy Sprowell Geise, author of the award-winning book about his life, Auschwitz #34207 – The Joe Rubinstein Story, “that at this moment Joe is in the loving embrace of his beloved family. Although he survived decades without them, they never were far from his thoughts and heart. Even at the age of 101, Joe could not speak of them without weeping.”

Throughout his life, Joe defied the odds. He went on, not only to survive several of the most notorious Nazi concentration camps, including over two years at Auschwitz/Birkenau, but to live a long, productive, and joy-filled life. Joe and his bride, Irene, moved to the United States in 1949. Joe would become one of New York City’s leading shoe designers, working for such iconic companies as Korkease Shoes, Herbert Levine Shoes, Nina Shoes, Gelbrow Shoes, and later in California for Sbicca of California and Cherokee of California.

Joe’s philosophy of living so long: “Eat right, exercise every day and help each other. That’s what I did.”

Geise said, “For nearly 70 years Joe never told anyone about his story because he did not think anything good could come of it. After the book about his life was published, Joe was deeply touched by the many letters and feedback he got from people around the world telling him that if he found a way to live a joy-filled life after losing all he did, then they knew they could find a way to face their troubles.”

Geise is grateful that Joe finally decided to tell his story so that his family of origin will never be forgotten. “He became a voice for many who perished in the Holocaust and did not live to share their stories.”

“He was an inspiration to so many,” Geise said. “He will continue to be an inspiration for future generations about not giving in to despair and not turning to darkness. Instead, Joe saw the best in people. He lived into the idea of how we each have a choice in how we respond to adversity. Joe chose joy.”

Joe is survived by his wife, Irene, of 74 years, a son, daughter-in-law, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

On his 100th birthday, the City of Fort Collins, Colorado, declared the day “Joe Rubinstein Day.”

Geise said, “Joe told me in one of the last conversations I had with him, that every day he thanks God that he is alive, but that he is ready when God calls him home. Joe loved to remind people that life is precious and that we should never give up on it. I am grateful that he never did.”

To learn more about Joe’s remarkable life: Auschwitz #34207 – The Joe Rubinstein Story

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READING MATTERS Hailed as Illuminating Why Literature Makes a Difference

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Bestselling Author Invites Readers into Provocative Look at Great Books
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Lafarge’s Lordstown Demolition Landfill May Shut Down Soon

Hydrogen Sulfide odor can be detected as low as 8 parts per billion. Chronic exposure can lead to a wide variety of health problems.

H2S’s odor can be detected at 8 parts per billion. Chronic exposure can lead to a wide variety of health problems. Children and people with asthma and heart conditions are particularly vulnerable. Acute exposure to H2S can cause paralysis and death. Illustration in ppm

Ohio EPA has been pushing landfills to burn H2S which produces SO2 gas. SO2 causes headaches, nausea, tremors, convulsions and is hurtful to children with developing lungs. It can cause asthma, bronchitis and emphysema.

Ohio EPA allows landfills to burn H2S and produce SO2 gas but will not restrict huge waste volumes that cause the problem. SO2 causes headaches, nausea, tremors, convulsions and is especially hurtful to children. Sunny Farms is now one of Ohio’s largest air polluters.

Lafarge's Lordstown Landfill has violated the Ohio EPA's hydrogen sulfide limit more than 1,000 times and nearly 100 times in the first months of 2022.

Lafarge’s Lordstown Landfill has violated the Ohio EPA’s hydrogen sulfide limit more than 1,000 times and nearly 100 times in the first months of 2022. In May, Ohio EPA authorized Lafarge to burn Lordstown’s H2S without an air permit but no waste volume restrictions.

On-going Compliance and Toxic Gas Problems Push Closure Decision as Competitor asks Ohio EPA for Massive Tonnage Increase

If they have too many problems with 4500 tons…what do you think is going to happen here with 12,000 tons? …The C&D is out of control”

— Lori Poignon, Resident living near the Sunny Farms Landfill

CLEVELAND, OHIO, USA, July 18, 2022 / — Lafarge’s demolition and construction waste (C&D) landfill in Lordstown, Ohio may be closing years early due to on-going compliance problems, toxic gas issues and long term mismanagement. Lafarge, now known as LafargeHolcim, is one of the world’s largest cement producers.

The 130 acre Lordstown Landfill began operations in 2004 and created several complicated environmental issues. During the preparatory excavation, Lafarge deeply over-excavated the initial waste cells. The excavation exposed multiple groundwater tables which poured 30 million gallons a year into the waste from the base and sides of the landfill. Lafarge management never reported the perpetual problem.

During an Ohio EPA inspection in 2015, Lafarge was caught pumping 100,000 gallons a day of water from under the landfill into a pond. The ammonia-contaminated water discharged into a tributary of Duck Creek. This, in part, led to a consent order in 2016 which included 31 orders and a $2.8 million dollar fine which was reduced over 90% to $270,000. Unfortunately, the groundwater intrusion is irrevocable and can only be controlled by an intercepting pump system which must be operated indefinitely.

95% of the C&D waste which Lafarge receives originates from outside Ohio and is railed in by CSX via New York. C&D (which 90% is demolition) usually includes asbestos insulation, lead from paint and plumbing fixtures, arsenic from treated lumber, formaldehyde in household paneling, mercury in switches and thermostats and mold from drywall. 95% of the demolished buildings pre-date the EPA by half a century.

Also, there are very few regulations which require obsolescent structures to be cleaned out before demolition — so paints, chemicals, waste oils, pesticides, electronics, solvents and lab wastes from debilitated garages, barns, factories, medical facilities and homes are included. Moreover, garbage and other more expensive wastes can be mixed into the outbound material.

Consequently, C&D creates a wide range of poisonous gases as it decomposes in a landfill. A partial list of toxic gases includes hydrogen sulfide, carbon disulfide, carbonyl sulfide, n-propyl mercaptan, thiophene and diethyl sulfide. Several of these gases smell like rotten eggs and several can enter your body through the skin. The putrid smell led to hundreds of odor and illness complaints by Lafarge’s neighbors through the past 17 years.

More details on the nature of Lordtown’s toxic gas emerged in 2019 after dozens of shallow landfill samples were analyzed by an independent laboratory. While hydrogen sulfide’s (H2S) rotten-egg odor can be detected by most people at 10 parts per billion (ppb), Lordstown’s in-situ hydrogen sulfide gas concentrations reach a staggering 39,000,000 ppb with carbon disulfide at 90,000 ppb.

For reference, a recent Supreme Court decision in England on a case, filed by a citizen for her dying child born with lung disease, set a limit for the perpetrating C&D landfill at one (1) ppb of H2S.

For 15 years Lafarge downplayed the odor issue and never installed a toxic gas control or safety system. The Ohio EPA demanded one through a second consent order in October 2019.

Lafarge installed a low-budget gas-control system in 2020; it completely failed to stop both the gas emissions and complaints. Components of the system were destroyed by sulfuric acid created by landfill moisture reacting with the hyper-concentrated hydrogen sulfide. Massive leaks in the system exposed workers to the toxic gases; multiple people were sickened and an employee was hospitalized.

Lordstown has violated the Ohio EPA 2016 consent order’s 20 ppb level for off-site H2S more than 1,000 times and nearly 100 times in the first months of 2022.

On May 10, 2022, the Ohio EPA authorized Lafarge to install a rented landfill gas burner, without an air permit, to further study the landfill’s gaseous toxins. It will produce SO2, a priority pollutant, which causes its own health problems.

Lafarge is currently operating without a license. The Trumbull County Health Department tabled the license decision in December 2021. License application documents indicate Lordstown has approximately eight years of remaining airspace and only few waste cells left for construction.

Personnel indicate the overwhelming environmental management problems may force Lafarge to close the site. Upon closure, numerous long-term controls must be implemented per EPA regulations and consent orders. Lafarge must seal and maintain the landfill’s leaking clay cap, control the stormwater, pump and monitor the groundwater, control the toxic gas, monitor the surrounding air quality and maintain millions of dollars for post-closure funding for a minimum 25 years.

A 34-page verified complaint regarding Lordstown’s leaking clay cap was submitted to the Ohio EPA in July 2022. A verified complaint filed in June 2021 led to 14 different land and water violations in October 2021.

Sunny Farms Landfill, located near Fostoria in western Ohio, is a competitor of Lafarge’s landfill. Sunny Farms also rails 97% of its waste from the East Coast through CSX. Sunny Farms also has a long history of choking its neighbors with H2S and now emits approximately 3,000 tons a year of sulfur dioxide from burning landfill gas.

In apparent anticipation of Lordstown’s early closure, Sunny Farms has asked the Ohio EPA to increase their waste allowance by 4,500 tons per day — which equates closely to Lordstown’s average daily waste receipts. Ohio EPA’s approval would increase Sunny Farms’ intake to 12,000 tons a day making it one of the largest landfills in the multi-state area. The volume is equivalent to 1,000 curbside garbage trucks every day. Sunny Farms is also asking to operate 24 hours/day.

Upon learning of the massive out-of-state waste increase request, Lori Poignon, one leader of a large group opposing the Sunny Farms Landfill stated “If they have too many problems with 4500 tons…what do you think is going to happen here with 12,000 tons? …The C&D is out of control”

Based on the habitually poor performance of LafargeHolcim’s management team, closing the Lordstown Landfill may be in everyone’s best interest — except, of course — for those living near Fostoria, Ohio.

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APOTHEOSIS Pokes Multicultural Hornet’s Nest

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WARDING OFF EVILDOERS Delivers Critical Insights on IDing and Avoiding People Who Harm

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Award-winning Science Writer Awakens, Entertains, Informs about Behavior of Evil People

…a vivid piece of forensic psychology that explores the creation, intent, and operations of the criminal mind…WARDING OFF EVILDOERS is highly recommended.”

— Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, July 13, 2022 / — WARDING OFF EVILDOERS, just released by Armin Lear Press, is award-winning science writer Joan Arehart-Treichel’s riveting exploration of the minds and motives of evil people, as well as a guidebook to staying safe. She also makes the argument that there are evil impulses in all of us and offers informed advice about how we can keep from becoming evildoers ourselves or turning our children into one of them.

The book taps not only the knowledge, observations, and analyses of forensic experts, but also scientific study findings to see what they can tell us about who evildoers are, how they got that way, and most crucially, how we can protect ourselves and our loved ones from them.

“WARDING OFF EVILDOERS is a must-read book for anyone serious about understanding violent offenders and the origins of evil. This book is packed full of interesting details and studies and provides some great insight into the architecture of evil. Joan has a knack for writing in a very engaging and conversational tone, and the end result is a scholarly book that reads almost like a novel. Do yourself a favor and read this important book. You will be glad that you did.”
Kevin Beaver, PhD, professor of criminology
at Florida State University in Tallahassee

“WARDING OFF EVILDOERS is an expose of those who commit evil and represents a vivid piece of forensic psychology that explores the creation, intent, and operations of the criminal mind. It comes from a senior staff writer for Psychiatric News and synthesizes decades of Joan Arehart-Treichel’s interviews with psychiatrists on the subject, as well as her research into studies of criminal minds… The result is a powerful lesson in personal safety, moral and ethical choices, and better understanding the incarnation and presence of evildoers at all levels of society. While WARDING OFF EVILDOERS is highly recommended for any general-interest library, its message will ideally be profiled in mental health, safety, and awareness groups and book clubs dedicated to psychological understanding and improving members’ lives with better information.”
Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review

About the Author
Joan Arehart-Treichel is an award-winning science writer who has written four previous books for the public about scientific advances, notably Biotypes: The Critical Link Between Your Personality and Your Health. For 15 years, she worked as a senior staff writer for Psychiatric News, a newspaper published by the American Psychiatric Association for psychiatrists.

About Armin Lear Press
Armin Lear was founded with the purpose of publishing books connecting people with ideas that make our lives richer, more fulfilling, and happier. Its founders have 29 years of publishing experience. The company headquarters is near Boulder, CO with a production office in Arlington, VA and a design team near Boston, MA. Armin Lear is a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association and distributes its books worldwide in English through Ingram.

TITLE Warding Off Evildoers
AUTHOR Joan Arehart-Treichel
ISBN 978-1956450255 (PB)
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PRICE $18.95, $9.99
PUB DATE July 11, 2022

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