WASHINGTON?New reports from Ayn Rand's publisher indicates that sales figures for "Atlas Shrugged" are continuing a remarkable trend.

In 2011 all English editions of "Atlas Shrugged" sold 445,000 copies.

"This is incredible," says Dr. Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute. "Since Obama was elected, 'Atlas Shrugged' has sold more than 1.5 million copies. This is unheard of in the publishing industry, for a 55-year-old novel to register sales of this magnitude. And what's even more remarkable is that this is even more than the book sold in 1957 . . . when it was a best seller!"

In addition, Penguin's new "Atlas Shrugged" iPad app recently won the Publishing Innovation Award for best app in the fiction category.

"Atlas Shrugged" is a mystery story about the disappearance of America's great thinkers, industrialists, inventors and artists. Its theme is the role of the mind in man's existence. A philosophical novel of breathtaking scope, "Atlas Shrugged" has been embraced, in recent years, by people looking for answers to the problems of an ever-expanding federal government.

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WALES, WI, February 12, 2012 ? With the addition of a new crime book and magazine exposé, the list of publications offered by Badger Wordsmith, LLC (BWS) has grown to six.

"Best of the Spingola Files, Vol. I." is a compilation of retired Milwaukee Police Department Homicide Lieutenant Steve Spingola's take on cold case homicides, organized crime figures, and crime related books.


Miles Kinard's well-researched magazine exposé, "American Stasi: Fusion Centers and Domestic Spying," examines the technologies employed by law enforcement intelligence fusion centers. Wisconsin is home to two fusion centers?one operated by the Wisconsin Department of Justice in Madison and another by the Milwaukee Police Department.


BWS is also the publisher of "The Cozen Protocol," a Milwaukee-based crime novel and Amazon.com 2010 Breakthrough Novel of the Year Award nominee.  As recently as January 26, 2012, "The Cozen Protocol" climbed to #2 on Amazon's list of criminal procedure books.

For more information, contact BWS or visit http://www.badgerwordsmith.com/books.html

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Library Lines Winter 2012 (PDF)

WHEN: 2-11-12

TIME: Noon - 2 p.m.

WHERE: Book Rack, 3937 - 41st Ave. Dr., Moline, IL 61265

WHAT: Holub, a resident of Davenport, IA, will be available to sign copies of her Juvenile Fiction book, Adventures of the Big Green Van.

When Shayla Christine and Christy Lee want to visit faraway places with their grandfather, they enlist the help of the big green van. With a little magic and a lot of love, the girls begin a journey to see the world with their grandfather in Adventures of the Big Green Van.

For more information, contact Terry Cordingley at 888-361-9473 or terry@tatepublishing.com


Cedar Rapids/Davenport, IA - January 31, 2012 - Clear Channel Media and Entertainment announced today that Mark Manuel and Steve Ketelaar will now host a new show on WOC-AM News Talk 1420 and WMT-AM 600, effective February 28, 2012. The Mark and Steve Show will air live weekdays from 5-9:00 a.m. on WMT-AM and 5:30-9:00 a.m. on WOC-AM. The new show will focus on regional and national news, entertainment and current events. Manuel and Ketelaar will continue to host the afternoon drive on KCQQ-FM Q106.5.

"This is an exciting opportunity to build on the success of these two legendary radio stations," said Jim O'Hara, Operations Manager, Clear Channel Quad Cities. "The Mark and Steve Show will bring a whole new level of entertainment, news and information to our listeners in the 380 corridor and the Quad Cities."

Manuel and Ketelaar are two radio veterans who have worked in the Eastern Iowa market since 1981. Most recently, the duo hosted the Mark and Steve Morning Show on KUUL-FM. They also previously worked in larger markets like Miami, FL, Madison, WI and Minneapolis, MN.

In addition to his career in radio broadcasting, Ketelaar has also worked on several national voicing campaign commercials for companies including McDonald's, Northwest Airlines and the Discovery Channel. He is a stand-up comedian and previously opened for notable acts like Jeff Foxworthy and Louie Anderson. Ketelaar also served as master of ceremonies for several charity events and radio-thons for the Children's Miracle Network, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and others.

Manuel grew up in Eastern Iowa and hoped to one day follow in Spike O'Dell's, former WGN personality, footsteps. He began his radio broadcasting career at Iowa State's college radio station. Manuel later worked at radio stations in Des Moines, IA Macomb, IL and Washington, D.C. He also served as the Morning Show Host on the former WHTS-FM until it was sold in 2006, when he moved to Madison to do mornings at WMAD-FM. Manuel then returned to the Quad Cities and partnered with Ketelaar on KUUL-FM.

Dan Kennedy, Program Director at WOC-AM, and Randy Lee, Program Director and on-air personality at WMT-AM, will work together to develop and produce the new morning show. Lee and Kennedy will also be heard on-air on their respective stations and will continue working with local business and community leaders to keep the stations' programming topical to their specific markets.

About Clear Channel Media and Entertainment
With 238 million monthly listeners in the U.S., Clear Channel Media and Entertainment has the largest reach of any radio or television outlet in America. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment serves 150 cities through 850 owned radio stations. The company's radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM stations, HD digital radio channels, Sirius/XM satellite, on the Internet at iHeartRadio.com and on the  ompany's radio station websites, on the iHeartRadio mobile application on iPads and smartphones, and used via navigation systems from TomTom, Garmin and others. The company's operations include radio broadcasting, online and mobile services and products, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment is a  division of CC Media Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: CCMO), a leading global media and entertainment company. More information on the company can be found at clearchannel.com, clearchanneloutdoor.com and ccmediaholdings.com.

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MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT's Community Advisory Board meets periodically to discuss station activities. These meeting are open to the public.  The upcoming Community Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 6, 2012 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm in the John Deere Room at the Western Illinois University 60th Street Campus in Moline, Illinois. The address is 3561 - 60th Street  Moline, IL.

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University located in Moline, Illinois.

In a part of the world as beautiful as it is brutal, the fate of two brothers and a nation are at the mercy of a ruthless military general, in author David Fergusson's adventurous and chilling tale of modern Africa and its continuing struggle for freedom and self-determination in the new novel Tribe of Shadows - The Hunted(http://davidfergusson.tateauthor.com/).

William Hunt is a renowned journalist living in London when his brother, Ross, who runs a photographic camp on the edge of an African game reserve, sends a desperate message as he runs for his life from a feared and powerful military leader who commands a legion of merciless guerillas.  Loosely based on actual events and the real life experiences of people who have endured civil wars and ethnic clashes in Sub-Saharan Africa, the novel explores the breathtaking violence and spiritual redemption of a struggling region of the world.

For Fergusson, who grew up in the former Rhodesia - now Zimbabwe - in its troubled transitional years, the story is personal.

"African nations are among the most beautiful, but most troubled in the world and I wanted to capture the essence of that struggle and do so in a way that allows readers all over the world to relate to the plight of the people who live there," says Fergusson, who now makes his home in Zambia.

"Tribe of Shadows delves deeply into the darkness of the lost soul, and the compassion and patience needed to draw it out of the shadows to a place of peace."

The novel undoubtedly will spark discussion of Sub-Saharan African nations who are continually struggling for self-rule, economic independence and higher standards of living for individuals who have endured centuries of colonization, military rule, crippling poverty rates and non-existent education and healthcare. Blessed with some of the world's most fantastic natural beauty, incredible wildlife and riches in natural resources, Sub-Saharan Africa remains a region uncertain of its future in a modernizing world.

Fergusson's work seeks to explore that difficult transition, following the two brothers, their friends and their family members as they are pursued by mercenaries intent on silencing a powerful secret the men hold. Their story culminates in a dramatic ending that reflects strong messages of resiliency and faith.

"If you know Africa as I know Africa, you will see its past, present and future reflected in this story," Fergusson says.

About David Fergusson

David Fergusson has turned his dramatic personal history into a riveting work of fiction in Tribe of Shadows - The Hunted. Born during a bush war in the waning days of Rhodesia, David grew up as his homeland transitioned into the nation of Zimbabwe. While most families left, Fergusson stayed to weather the difficulty for a further 26 years before finally ending up in Zambia where he currently resides.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley released the following statement regarding the Senate's Protect IP Act.

"It's critical we protect the intellectual property rights of our businesses and fight online infringement, but at the same time, we can't do harm to the internet, the Constitution, or the ability of businesses to grow and innovate.   Internet piracy is illegal, and we need to find a way that works for all sides.  The current Protect IP Act needs more due diligence, analysis, and substantial changes.  As it stands right now, I can't support the bill moving forward next week."
Washington, DC - Today, Wednesday January 18, 2012, Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) released the following statement regarding the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA):

"I strongly oppose SOPA, even though I remain concerned about the significant problem of online piracy.  Over 800 Iowans have already contacted me expressing their opposition to SOPA, telling me it threatens free speech online.  I agree.


"America's great strength has always been innovation built on the open exchange of ideas.  Every new idea is built on the shoulders of those that preceded it.


"Limiting the free exchange of information online would stifle technological progress and put the United States at a competitive disadvantage with other nations.  That's the wrong move for American innovation and advancement."


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Stop Censorship Today, Mozilla is joining the virtual strike against Internet censorship - along with others like Wikipedia and Google - to raise awareness of US Congress legislation that could fundamentally alter the Internet we know and love.

This harmful legislation, called the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate, will be voted on as early as January 24th in the Senate.

If you live in the US, there's still time to help stop these bills from becoming law. Please visit mozilla.org/sopa for information on the bill, and on ways you can reach out to your legislators.

What makes this legislation so bad? Here's how it would change the Web:
  • Communication platforms - from YouTube to Facebook to Amazon - could be shut down if a single rights holder alleges a violation.
  • It would make the Web less stable and less secure.
  • Social networking sites, like Twitter or Facebook, could be forced to track and control user behavior, stunting innovation and undermining free expression.
  • Your Internet provider could be required to inspect all of your traffic and browsing.

Visit mozilla.org/sopa right now for information - and make your voice heard before it's too late.

Please join today's strike, and help protect the Internet.


Jane & Winston

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