Putting things in perspective – Barack and Che

Late Night talk show host Seth Meyers nailed it with his take on the politics behind this week’s photo or gaffe, if you will, of Obama in front of a giant outline of Che Guevara in Havana. Who knew Obama was such a huge fan of Urban Outfitters? It could have been a whole lot worse. […]

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What’s Cook-ing with Apple’s iPhone Rebellion

Remember the first commercial for the Mac? Called “1984,” it was directed by Ridley Scott and starred the English athlete Anya Major. The concept, ‘saving humanity from conformity’, alluded to George Orwell’s novel of the same name.   This week, Apple CEO Tim Cook stoked the embers of the company’s erstwhile image by refusing FBI […]

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The Deep State Two Years Later

In early 2014 Mike Lofgren’s searing expose of the nation’s Deep State revealed a landscape where our officials, elected and otherwise, collude to protect and serve powerful, vested interests from government to commerce. Two years later, he’s expanded it into a book, which just came out a couple of weeks ago. It’s well worth reading. […]

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CH-CH-CH-CHANGES: Amazon Reviews and Verified Purchases

When you buy books online, do you read reviews? Of course you do. I look at the general star ranking, read a couple of 5-stars, then 1-stars, then 3- stars, for an overall assessment. Unfortunately, people have tried to game the system over the years, and controversies have flared about authors paying for reviews, deliberately […]

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Repeat After Me: Try Not to be Cynical… Try not to be…

Just read today’s Progress Report from Think Progress and am trying not to be cynical. For those who wonder why, here’s what they are reporting: ALEC: The Exodus Continues by CAP Action War Room Posted on March 24, 2015 at 5:28 pm Oil Giant BP Cuts Ties With Koch-Backed Lobbying Group Yesterday, Oil Giant BP […]

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AT&T — This is becoming Surreal

Thought I’d give you some updates on my situation with AT&T. There was one bright spot, but then the light was snuffed out. For those who don’t know what’s going on, my post from Feb. 24 explains it, although you are not required to read it. Update 1: By the evening of Feb. 24, an […]

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AT&T: Even Yossarian would go nuts

I am so angry and frustrated with AT&T I dont know where to begin. I have spent the better part of this week trying to fix a screw-up that THEY made. With no success. Finally, I decided to do a chat, so I would have a written transcript. I don’t expect you to read the […]

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The Cuba Files Redux: Che Guevara

As Cuba is more and more in the news these days I’m struck by how little Americans really know about Cuba. So I thought I’d re-post a few of my blogs about Cuba. I’m certainly not an expert, but I have read a lot about the island’s history and culture, and I spent ten days […]

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“These Are Not Ordinary Times” — 1968

  Robert Kennedy spoke those words when he announced he was a candidate for the Presidency in March, 1968. (Apocryphal, no?) Anyway, I just saw the “1968” exhibit at the Chicago History Museum. Here’s a bit of the posters, photos, and signage. If you’re in Chicago, go! There’s also a fabulous exhibit of Vivian Maier’s photography. Great […]

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  • About Libby

    Compulsively Readable ThrillersLibby Fischer Hellmann left a career in broadcast news in Washington, DC and moved to Chicago 35 years ago, where she, naturally, began to write gritty crime fiction. Fifteen novels and twenty-five short stories later, she claims they’ll take her out of the Windy City feet first.

    She has been nominated for many awards in the mystery and crime writing community and has even won a few.