Thursday, September 20, 2018

September Organization of the Month: Banned Books Week Coalition

Cosimo is celebrating banned books this September with our Organization of the Month, The Banned Books Week Coalition!

Banned Books Week happens once a year and celebrates the freedom to read. The week is sponsored by a host of great organizations dedicated to free expression, including: American Booksellers Association, American Library Association, The Authors Guild, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Freedom to Read Foundation, Index on Censorship, National Coalition Against Censorship, National Council of Teachers of English, PEN America, and many more.

According to the Banned Books website, limiting access to controversial titles is not the answer for tough questions or broaching controversial topics. Many titles that continue to be removed from shelves, taken away from schools, or eliminated from classroom reading lists include stories about or subjects on LGBTQ, explicit content, witchcraft, swearing, suicide, and much more.

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. The 2018 celebration will be held September 23 - September 29. To find an event near you, please visit the Banned Books website.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

September Quote of the Month: The evidence is that the Negro family in the urban ghettos is crumbling

"The evidence is that the Negro family in the urban ghettos is crumbling."

— Daniel Patrick Moynihan


In honor of our Book of the Month, The Moynihan Report, we are highlighten this poignant quote from the lead author, Daniel Moynihan, this September.

Against the backdrop of President Johnson's War on Poverty and the Watts riots in Los Angeles, a young civil servant with the Office of Planning and Research O at the Department of Labor, Daniel P. Moynihan, wrote in 1965 his most controversial study The Moynihan Report - The Negro Family: The Case for National Action.

This report drew widespread attention from critics and supporters alike. It concluded that the conditions under which black children were being raised, generally in single-mother households, were the leading cause of black poverty.

As Moynihan wrote decades later: "The work began in the most orthodox setting, to establish at some level of statistical conciseness what 'everyone knew': that economic conditions determine social conditions. Whereupon, it turned out that what everyone knew was evidently not so."

Although Moynihan was a liberal politician and the report called for jobs programs and vocational training for blacks, many black and civil rights leaders found his report patronizing and that it relied on stereotypes of the black family and black men. 

The 1965 statistics, when approximately 25 percent of black babies were born out of wedlock, have not improved 50 years later, when this percentage has grown to 75 percent; with 50 percent for Hispanic babies and 29 percent for white babies. Also in other areas, such as income, employment, and incarceration, the statistics have deteriorated for blacks. The legacy of The Moynihan Report is that the debate it launched around cultural causes of black poverty is still not settled in modern day America.






Thursday, September 13, 2018

Guest Post from Paul Breiter: Imitating and Pretending - Thoughts from Retreat

We are happy to publish a guest post from Cosimo author and Buddhist Paul Breiter, entitled "Imitating and Pretending - Thoughts from Retreat." Enjoy!

All past masters have followed the path of sublime beings before them. We say in Tibetan, “In life, we imitate others; whoever is the best imitator succeeds.” Similarly, because all Buddhists imitate the Buddha, whoever imitates him best will become a Buddha.
--Lama Tharchin Rinpoche

While doing meditation retreats, I often ask myself, “Where did I go wrong?” The answer that comes is “Everywhere.” But over the years I’ve learned to recognize the patterns of drama that take place in quiet solitude. Disengaged from accustomed busyness and distraction, there is naturally a lot of ferment. During one retreat several years ago, in the first week I saw that I was responsible for the war on Iraq. In the second week I was causing spiritual masters to pass away. In the third week I felt I’d become some kind of non-human life form and worried that the person who brought my groceries would probably drop the bags and run away screaming if she caught sight of me.

And all of that passed, like everything does, and in following years it took less and less time for the dramas to play themselves out. A professional football team once had the motto, “Talk is cheap. Play the game.” I started to think, “Drama is cheap. Do the practice.” (That team went on to win a Super Bowl after printing t-shirts with those words.)

In certain quarters there is talk of the “resultant path” as opposed to a causal path, or “taking the result as the path.” As with many other Buddhist concepts, it can be seen in very practical terms. Trungpa Rinpoche said that all he could do was provide a model of sanity to follow, and that practice is in large part imitation.

Without looking for anything esoteric, just consider sila, ethical conduct. When we resist habitual ways of doing things to follow a moral code, our hearts may not be in it completely, but we imitate the behavior of enlightened beings. Specifically, the complex monastic code of discipline, the Vinaya, could be seen as taking the way of the arhat as the path. Those who follow it for some time usually will realize that rather than being something burdensome and complicated, it actually makes life simple and brings a sense of freedom.

At the other end of the spectrum, seemingly abstruse or esoteric deity practices, for example, are explained as a way to develop pure vision, which can lead to recognition of the originally pure true nature of mind and phenomena. Sometimes I think of it as “pretending that things are the way they really are” or “trying to trick yourself into seeing things as they really are.” Such practices are contrived, of course, which raises red flags for some people. And even the pure vision that can come about from deity meditation is still considered illusory (but a great improvement on our usual impure illusory vision). Actually, we are already living in a totally contrived “reality,” one that is distorted by our habitual ways of perceiving and thinking; so antidotes may well be appropriate.

The Buddha taught on the different methods and antidotes for the defilements of mind, and in the case of discursive meditations, he said that whatever the mind takes up again and again it eventually becomes inclined to. And as with any other form of practice, discursive meditations are more suitable for some types of person than for others. They run the full gamut: meditations on the qualities of the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha; on renunciation; on lovingkindness and compassion; and on emptiness, to name but a few.

Ajahn Chah said that when the mind is temporarily free of defilements, we could be said to be “temporary arhats.” Scholars of Abhidharma would quibble, but there’s a point to his statement. So when we meditate on love and compassion, we could consider ourselves temporary bodhisattvas, and visualizing ourselves as Buddha-deities, we are temporary Buddhas. Why not encourage ourselves thus? In Soto Zen, the practice of shikan taza, “just sitting,” is spoken of as sitting like a Buddha. Dogen Zenji taught about this extensively and often poetically; in Bendowa, “A Discourse on Doing One’s Utmost in Practicing the Way of the Buddhas,” he says, “Even though it may be merely for a moment, when someone, whilst sitting upright in meditation, puts the mark of the Buddha Seal upon his…body, speech, and thought, the whole physical universe and everything in it becomes and is the Buddha Seal; all of space, throughout, becomes and is enlightenment.”

I think there must have been good reason for the Buddha to have taught all these methods of meditation and guides for conduct. I once heard a talk by the Venerable Kalu Rinpoche, and in  conclusion he said, “You don’t have to worry that I’m trying to deceive you. I’m an old man now, near the end of my life, so I really have no reason to want to trick you.”

“Those who cling to things as truly existing are like animals. Those who cling to things as not existing are worse.”
--Saraha

Paul Breiter

About the Author 
Paul Breiter was born in Brooklyn in 1948. In 1970, he became ordained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, where he met Ajahn Chah and became his student. After disrobing in 1977, Breiter returned to the US and continued Buddhist study with masters in the states. Breiter's books include One Monk, Many Masters, A Still Forest Pool, Venerable Father: A Life with Ajahn Chah, Being Dharma, and Everything Arises, Everything Falls Away.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

September Book of the Month: The Moynihan Report - 50 years later

With the upcoming midterm elections, supreme court nominations, and immigration issues on everyone's mind, Cosimo would like to present The Moynihan Report: The Negro Family - The Case for National Action by Office of Policy Planning and Research of U.S. Department of Labor Daniel Moynihan as our Book of the Month for September.

Against the backdrop of President Johnson's War on Poverty and the Watts riots in Los Angeles, a young civil servant with the Office of Planning and Research O at the Department of Labor, Daniel P. Moynihan, wrote in 1965 his most controversial study The Moynihan Report - The Negro Family: The Case for National Action.

This report drew widespread attention from critics and supporters alike. It concluded that the conditions under which black children were being raised, generally in single-mother households, were the leading cause of black poverty.

As Moynihan wrote decades later: "The work began in the most orthodox setting, to establish at some level of statistical conciseness what 'everyone knew': that economic conditions determine social conditions. Whereupon, it turned out that what everyone knew was evidently not so."

Although Moynihan was a liberal politician and the report called for jobs programs and vocational training for blacks, many black and civil rights leaders found his report patronizing and that it relied on stereotypes of the black family and black men. 

The 1965 statistics, when approximately 25 percent of black babies were born out of wedlock, have not improved 50 years later, when this percentage has grown to 75 percent; with 50 percent for Hispanic babies and 29 percent for white babies. Also in other areas, such as income, employment, and incarceration, the statistics have deteriorated for blacks. The legacy of The Moynihan Report is that the debate it launched around cultural causes of black poverty is still not settled in modern day America.




Thursday, September 6, 2018

September eBook of the Month: Everything You Want to Know about TM

With the beginning of the school year upon us, now may be the best time to use some relaxation techniques or practice mindfulness. Let Cosimo help you on your journey to calmness and meditation with our September eBook of the Month, Everything You Want to Know about TM -- Including How to Do It by John White.

Wildly popular in the 1970s and 80s, Transcendental Meditation (TM) continues to be one of the most accessible forms of Eastern spiritual practice in the West. But does it live up to its hype? In this objective exploration of TM, consciousness researcher John White looks at what's billed as "a simple, natural, and effortless mental technique, practiced twenty minutes a day" and takes on its critics as well as its cheerleaders.

About the Author
John White, M.A.T., is an internationally known author, educator and lecturer in the fields of consciousness research and higher human development. He has held positions as Director of Education for The Institute of Noetic Sciences, a California-based research organization founded by Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell to study human potential for personal and planetary transformation, and as President of Alpha Logics, a Connecticut school for self-directed growth in body, mind and spirit. His writing has appeared in magazines and newspapers around the world, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Reader's Digest, Omni, Esquire and Woman's Day, and his books have been translated into ten languages. He holds a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College and a master of arts degree in teaching from Yale University.




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Please be advised that the author, John White, has not been licensed or certified by the Maharishi Vedic Education Development Corporation to teach the “Transcendental Meditation ®” or “TM ®” programs. Nor has this book been endorsed or authorized in any way by the Maharishi Vedic Education Development Corporation.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

September Series of the Month: Bibliography of Forbidden Books

In an era where some books are banned in US libraries, where the tech giants Google, Facebook and Twitter play questionable roles in suppressing certain opinions and information throughout the Western world, let alone in other less open societies, Cosimo is celebrating Banned Books Week with Bibliography of Forbidden Books by Henry Spencer Ashbee as our Series of the Month for September!

In this three-volume work that established Henry Spencer Ashbee, British book collector, travel writer and bibliographer, as England's leading authority on pornography, Ashbee describes scores of "curious, uncommon and erotic books" that were banned or otherwise prohibited from legitimate sale during the Victorian era... and some even until the 1960s. This catalog of mostly forgotten works is an invaluable (and highly entertaining) resource for bibliophiles, students of erotica, and collectors of Victoriana.

This series contains "gentlemen only" titles such as: Intrigues and Confessions of a Ballet Girl, The Pleasures of Kissing and Being Kissed, the infamous Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, the Cloisters Laid Open, Memoirs of Miss Mary-Catherine Cadiere, and Pretty Little Games for Young Ladies and Gentlemen.

About the Author
British book collector, travel writer, and bibliographer Henry Spencer Ashbee (1834-1900), aka Pisanus Fraxi, is thought by some to have authored the notorious Victorian sexual memoir My Secret Life.

About the Organization
Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. The 2018 celebration will be held September 23 - September 29. To find an event near you, please visit the Banned Books website.


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Thursday, August 30, 2018

August Quote of the Month: Ulysses S. Grant's biography is the most remarkable work of its kind

"Ulysses S. Grant's biography is the most remarkable work of its kind."
— Mark Twain

In honor of our Classic of the Month, Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant by Ulysses S. Grant, we are highlighting this famous quote from Mark Twain this August.

18th president of the United States and the Union general who led the North to victory in the Civil War. Though Grant opens with tales of his boyhood, his education at West Point, and his early military career in the Mexican-American war of the 1840s, it is Grant's intimate observations on the conduct of the Civil War, which make up the bulk of the work, that have made this required reading for history students, military strategists, and Civil War buffs alike.

This unabridged edition features all the material that was originally published in two volumes in 1885 and 1886, including maps, illustrations, and the text of Grant's July 1865 report to Washington on the state of the armies under his command.

About the AuthorUlysses S. Grant (1822-1885), 18th president of the United States and the Union general who led the North to victory in the Civil War. Though Grant opens with tales of his boyhood, his education at West Point, and his early military career in the Mexican-American war of the 1840s, it is Grant's intimate observations on the conduct of the Civil War, which make up the bulk of the work, that have made this required reading for history students, military strategists, and Civil War buffs alike.






Tuesday, August 28, 2018

August Organization of the Month: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

This August, we are very excited to present the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum as our organization of the month!

A special exhibit is now open at the museum, highlighting some of our favorite presidents and Cosimo authors: “From Illinois to the White House: Lincoln, Grant, Reagan, Obama." Celebrate these amazing men who called Illinois their home, while testing your knowledge of presidential trivia, or practice your political skills while giving White House addresses and speeches through a teleprompter.

Along with the museum, there is also The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, which boasts a large collection of documents that are essential to understanding the history of Illinois and its most famous citizen, Abraham Lincoln.

The library is open Monday through Friday, while the museum is open seven days a week. Plan your visit now by checking out their calendar, or listen to a great podcast if a road trip isn't feasible. History buffs can also read all about the 16th president of the United States by reading one of the many books by or about him that Cosimo has to offer.

The museum is located at 212 N. Sixth St., Springfield, IL 62701, stop by and say "hello!" from Cosimo!



Thursday, August 23, 2018

Save the Date - Upcoming International Cryptozoology Conference - Labor Day Weekend



Mark Your Calendars! The Third Annual International Cryptozoology Conference will be taking place over Labor Day weekend this year, once again sponsored by the International Cryptozoology Museum.

Our very own author, Loren Coleman will be speaking at the event, along with many renowned names in the world of Cryptozology such as Paul LeBlond, Joseph Citro, Hayley Eldridge, Colin Schneider, and many others!

When: Labor Day Weekend, Sept 1-2, 2018.
Where: Brick South, Thompson's Point, 8 Thompson's Point Road, Portland, ME 04102
How: Tickets are available for the weekend or just one of the two days, please see Eventbrite for more info


About Loren ColemanLoren Coleman is one of the world's leading crypozoologists. In 1960 he started his fieldwork, and after years pursuing cryptozoological mysteries, he began writing. He is the author of numerous books on cryptozoology, including Bigfoot: The True Story of Apes in America and Mothman and Other Curious Encounters. Coleman is the founder and director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine (www.cryptozoologymuseum.com). Loren Coleman can be followed on Twitter at @CryptoLoren and on his blog, www.cryptozoonews.com

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Upcoming Author Event with A.T. Mann!

The author of our August Book of the Month Astrology and the Art of Healing, has an upcoming event in the New York area! Cosimo Author A.T. Mann  is curating six summer night dialogues on Astrology, Prophecy and Divination at the Rubin Museum of Art in Manhattan. Each session will focus on a different rich tradition, including Aztec, Mayan, and Indigenous Astrology with Maestro Manuel Rufino, Tuvan Shamanic Divination and Prophecy with ChokBar, Time, Tantra and the Kalachakra with Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche, Intro to Vedic Astrology with Charlotte Benson, and a discussion on the The Future of the Feminine with Schuyler Brown.

To buy tickets or find out more about the event, please visit The Rubin.


About the AuthorA.T. Mann (B. Arch. Cornell) is an architect and worked in New York City and Rome, Italy. He designed a New York City housing project that won a Progressive Architecture magazine Design Award Citation in 1970. He lectured at the Manchester Metropolitan University Architecture School in England, the Danish Design School, and SEDA (Scottish Ecological Design Association). He has taught at the Netherlands Design Institute, the University of Cincinnati Architecture School, the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, and the National Arts Club in New York. Mann is a member of the Author's Guild, the Forum for Architecture, Culture and Spirituality, and the National Council for Geocosmic Research, where he was a board member. He writes for the very popular tarot.com website.He worked with Mystic Fire Video on the film Kalachakra Tantra Teachings with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He is a co-founder of Universal Quest, and worked on Spirituality in the Modern World with Ken Wilber and Traleg Rinpoche, and is working on The Quest for Happiness, featuring The Dalai Lama. He is also developing documentary films on his books on the sacred.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

August Book of the Month: Astrology and the Art of Healing

This month has been full of meteorites, space exploration, and touching the sun, leading many to look wonder about our great solar system. No need to jump to "infinity and beyond" just yet, learn more about the stars and its affects on all living beings with our Book of the Month: Astrology and the Art of Healing by A. T. Mann.

Conventional medicine treats symptoms with surgery and drugs rather than healing the root causes of illness. Complementary therapies attempt to address the whole self, which can raise awareness of and even counteract the imbalances that create disease. 

This book attempts to relate inner causes with our "four bodies" in order to affect healing. Astrology and the Art of Healing approaches healing and astrology in a new and revolutionary way. Physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual therapies relate to stages of your life process, from conception through birth, and from childhood to old age and death. Many horoscopes show how to understand the origins of health imbalances in your life. Correlations to appropriate therapies can support the expertise of your doctors. A free astro-chart is included.


About the Author
A.T. Mann (B. Arch. Cornell) is an architect and worked in New York City and Rome, Italy. He designed a New York City housing project that won a Progressive Architecture magazine Design Award Citation in 1970. He lectured at the Manchester Metropolitan University Architecture School in England, the Danish Design School, and SEDA (Scottish Ecological Design Association). He has taught at the Netherlands Design Institute, the University of Cincinnati Architecture School, the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, and the National Arts Club in New York. Mann is a member of the Author's Guild, the Forum for Architecture, Culture and Spirituality, and the National Council for Geocosmic Research, where he was a board member. He writes for the very popular tarot.com website.He worked with Mystic Fire Video on the film Kalachakra Tantra Teachings with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He is a co-founder of Universal Quest, and worked on Spirituality in the Modern World with Ken Wilber and Traleg Rinpoche, and is working on The Quest for Happiness, featuring The Dalai Lama. He is also developing documentary films on his books on the sacred.


Fans of A. T. Mann take note: is curating six summer night dialogues on Astrology, Prophecy and Divination at the Rubin Museum of Art in Manhattan in July & August. To buy tickets or find out more about the event, please visit The Rubin.



Tuesday, August 14, 2018

August Series of the Month: Abraham Lincoln: A History by John M. Hay

We are showcasing Abraham Lincoln: A History by John M. Hay as our Series of the Month this August in honor of the late President being in the news for his leadership skills, his use of the telegraph (instead of Twitter), and his lost loves.

Considered one of the best treatments of the presidency of Abraham Lincoln of its time, this 10-volume portrait of the man and his administration of the United States at the moment of its greatest upheaval is both intimate and scholarly.

Written by two private secretaries to the president and first published in 1890, this astonishingly in-depth work is still praised today for its clear, easy-to-read style and vitality. This new replica edition features all the original illustrations.


About the Authors 
American journalist and statesman John Milton Hay (1838-1905) was only 22 when he became a private secretary to Lincoln. A former member of the Providence literary circle when he attended Brown University in the late 1850s, he may have been the real author of Lincoln's famous "Letter to Mrs. Bixby." After Lincoln's death, Hay later served as editor of the New York Tribune and as U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom under President William McKinley.

American author John George Nicolay (1832-1901) was born in Germany and emigrated to the U.S. as a child. Before serving as Lincoln's private secretary, he worked as a newspaper editor and later as assistant to the secretary of state of Illinois.


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Thursday, August 9, 2018

August eBook of the Month: Astrology and Your Health by Jeanne Avery

With Mercury being in retrograde, a lunar eclipse, and full blood moon, we here at Cosimo are happy to present Astrology and Your Health by Jeanne Avery as our August eBook of the Month!

Hippocrates said, "A physician cannot safely administer medicine if he is unacquainted with astrology." In Astrology and Your Health, Jeanne Avery picks up where Hippocrates left off in this lively, practical, and state-of-the-art guide to the health secrets hidden in the horoscope. Avery covers the zodiac and its physical counterparts, how different zodiacal signs can manage their health, and how one's horoscope can hint at health issues before they surface.

About the Author
Jeanne Avery is a world-renowned astrologer and regression therapist who has lectured throughout the U.S., Europe, and South America. She is the author of six books on astrology and past-life regression, and she is a faculty member of the American Federation of Astrologers and a board member of the National Association for Transpersonal Psychology.


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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

August Classic of the Month: Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant

In honor of the inauguration of Grant as United States Secretary of War in August 1867, we are highlighting Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant by Ulysses S. Grant as our Classic of the Month for August.

Completed just days before his death and hailed by Mark Twain as "the most remarkable work of its kind since the Commentaries of Julius Caesar," this is the now-legendary autobiography of Ulysses Simpson Grant.

18th president of the United States and the Union general who led the North to victory in the Civil War. Though Grant opens with tales of his boyhood, his education at West Point, and his early military career in the Mexican-American war of the 1840s, it is Grant's intimate observations on the conduct of the Civil War, which make up the bulk of the work, that have made this required reading for history students, military strategists, and Civil War buffs alike.

This unabridged edition features all the material that was originally published in two volumes in 1885 and 1886, including maps, illustrations, and the text of Grant's July 1865 report to Washington on the state of the armies under his command.

About the Author
Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885), 18th president of the United States and the Union general who led the North to victory in the Civil War. Though Grant opens with tales of his boyhood, his education at West Point, and his early military career in the Mexican-American war of the 1840s, it is Grant's intimate observations on the conduct of the Civil War, which make up the bulk of the work, that have made this required reading for history students, military strategists, and Civil War buffs alike.





Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Parkland Students Awarded the Danny Schechter Global Vision Award

It was recently announced that the students involved in the Parkland, Florida school shooting and following activism, will be receiving the Danny Schechter Global Vision Award. Fourteen students and three staff members were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as a result of a shooter, and the students launched the ‘Never Again’ movement and March for Our Lives protests. In honor of these brave teenagers who will be receiving the award, we wanted to highlight further reading from our dear friend and author, the late Danny Schechter.


Danny Schechter was the author of 17 books, he released the following with Cosimo: Plunder, Investigating our Economic Calamity and the Subprime ScandalWhen South Africa Called, We Answered - How the Media and International Solidarity Helped Topple Apartheid, and Blogothon: Reflections and Revelation from the News Dissector; and Occupy: Dissecting Occupy Wall Street. He also wrote introductions to the classic The History of the Standard Oil Company by muckraker Ida Tarbell and to the U,S. government's The Financial Crisis Inquiry Report.


About Danny Schechter 
Danny Schechter was a writer, television producer, and independent filmmaker who also spoke about media and financial issues. He was the editor of Mediachannel.org and blogged daily as the News Dissector at NewsDissector.net. Schechter was the author of sixteen books and produced and directed more than thirty documentaries and television specials. His blog was named the 2009 "Blog of the Year" by the Hunter College Media Department of the City University of New York.



About The Danny Schechter Global Vision Award for Journalism
The Global Center, a non-profit educational foundation dedicated to developing informative and socially responsible media and a new type of journalism in which the reporting of events and conditions is done in conjunction with those most affected by those events, is pleased to announce the creation of an annual award honoring the life and work of the late journalist, filmmaker and “News Dissector” Danny Schechter. The Danny Schechter Global Vision Award for Journalism will be given annually to a reporter who best emulates Schechter's practice of combining journalism with social activism and/or whose work is deserving of greater recognition and wider impact.

In addition to the award itself, which will be announced and promoted each year on or about Schechter's birthday of June 27th, each recipient will receive a check in the amount of $3000 to support future reporting. Recipients will be chosen by a panel including daughter Sarah Schechter and business partner Rory O'Connor.











Thursday, July 26, 2018

July Organization of the Month: The International UFO Museum And Research Center

Cosimo is happy to present the International UFO Museum And Research Center as our Organization of the Month for July!

The museum is dedicated to the Roswell Incident and is a sure entertainment hotspot for both believers and non believers! The International UFO Museum's mission is to collect and preserve all materials and information that are related to the 1947 Roswell Incident and other unexplained phenomena related to UFO research. 

The museum is open seven days a week and helped sponsor the 2018 UFO Festival! Attractions include an alien autotopsy, meet and greets with ufologists, and an extensive collection of research and books curatoed in their library. Curious tourists can also visit the UFO themed restaurant across the street post-museum tour!  

The museum also hosts a gift shop with a fantastic selection of our books! One of our favorites includes:



Aviation /science writer Don Berliner and nuclear physicist Stanton Friedman, the original civilian investigator of the so-called Roswell incident, have delved into the controversy to find the truth. They sifted through once-classified government documents, interviewed military and civilian witnesses, pieced together evidence, considered alternative theories, and concluded that a UFO crashed near Corona -- and the U.S. government knew it and covered it up.




The museum is located at 114 N Main Street in Roswell, New Mexico, stop by and say "hello!" from Cosimo!






Tuesday, July 24, 2018

July Quote of the Month: "We believe that no flying saucers have overflown the United States."


"We believe that no flying saucers have overflown the United States."— Donald Quarles USAF Secretary (1955)

Continuing our month of all things UFOs, we are highlighting this famous quote by the secretary of the US Air Force, Donald Quarles,  stated in a 1955 press release about supposed UFO sightings and the publication of a government report "Project Blue Book Special Report No. 14."


Among the reports debunking flying saucers, are The Roswell Reports.

Colonel Richard L. Weaver and First Lieutenant James McAndrew, at the request of Congressional Representative Steven Schiff (R-NM), sifted through old reports in order to explain the events that occurred in July 1947, which became known as the Roswell Incident. Included in the report known as Fact versus Fiction are references to Air Force experiments conducted at the time of the crash landing that could account for the debris discovered and investigated.

Case Closed includes further analysis and discussion of the events. The Foreword explains, "Our objective throughout this inquiry has been simple and consistent: to find all the facts and bring them to light. If documents were classified, declassify them; where they were dispersed, bring them into a single source for public review."

These reports, originally published in 1995 and 1997 respectively, include an all-new Introduction from UFO-expert Stanton Friedman. The U.S. Air Force is the aviation branch of the United States military. The headquarters of this branch authorized several research projects on the origin and existence of UFOs and published multiple reports of their findings from the 1950s through the 1980s. It is still the subject of speculation today whether the U.S. Air Force is responsible for a large-scale cover-up of UFO and extraterrestrial evidence.







Thursday, July 19, 2018

July eBook of the Month: Looking for Orthon by Colin Bennett

Cosimo is celebrating World UFO Day with our July eBook of the Month, Looking for Orthon: The Story of George Adamski, the First Flying Saucer Contactee, and How He Changed the World by Colin Bennett.

On November 20, 1952, George Adamski first made contact with extraterrestrials—including a long-haired youth from Venus named Orthon, in the California desert—or so he claimed. He offered photographic proof. He wrote books about his encounters, including the sensational bestseller Flying Saucers Have Landed. He never stopped advocating the truth of his claims even as he came under extraordinary ridicule. And in the process, however inadvertently, Adamski invented the modern mass counterculture.

This new edition of Colin Bennett's modern classic posits, in the author's uniquely engaging style, Adamski as a kind of unwitting performance artist who "structured one of the most blatant acts of visionary cheek of the twentieth century," introducing the jittery postwar Western world to the image of the UFO, which confounded and tweaked authority while also fully embodying Cold War neuroses. Whether Adamski was telling the truth or not is almost irrelevant—though Bennett has his own ideas about Adamski's veracity. What remains compelling about Adamski's bizarre and compelling tale of alien visitations is the transformative power of stories, even if they're false, to warp our culture on a grand scale

About the AuthorEducated at Balliol College, Oxford, Colin Bennett is the author of the novels Infantryman and The Entertainment Bomb, and paranormal nonfiction including Politics of the Imagination, a biography of Charles Fort; and An American Demonology, about the head of the 1950s UFO-hunting agency Project Blue Book.


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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

July Series of the Month: Roswell Reports

Continuing our month of all things UFOs, alien aircrafts, and Corona, we are highlighting on The Roswell Reports as our Series of the Month for July!

Colonel Richard L. Weaver and First Lieutenant James McAndrew, at the request of Congressional Representative Steven Schiff (R-NM), sifted through old reports in order to explain the events that occurred in July 1947, which became known as the Roswell Incident. Included in the report are references to Air Force experiments conducted at the time of the crash landing that could account for the debris discovered and investigated.

Case Closed includes further analysis and discussion of the events. The Foreword explains, "Our objective throughout this inquiry has been simple and consistent: to find all the facts and bring them to light. If documents were classified, declassify them; where they were dispersed, bring them into a single source for public review."

These reports, originally published in 1995 and 1997 respectively, include an all-new Introduction from UFO-expert Stanton Friedman. The U.S. Air Force is the aviation branch of the United States military. The headquarters of this branch authorized several research projects on the origin and existence of UFOs and published multiple reports of their findings from the 1950s through the 1980s. It is still the subject of speculation today whether the U.S. Air Force is responsible for a large-scale cover-up of UFO and extraterrestrial evidence.

The Roswell Reports are both available in paperback at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.





Thursday, July 12, 2018

July Classic of the Month: The Report on Unidentified Flying Objects

Cosimo is excited to present the July Classic of the Month, The Report on Unidentified Flying Objects: The Original 1956 Edition by Edward J. Ruppelt with an introduction by UFO expert and investigative writer Colin Bennett in memory of The Roswell Incident.

In 1947 that the phrase "flying saucer" gained national attention when a pilot named Kenneth Arnold reported seeing nine unidentified objects flying in formation near Mount Rainier in Washington State.

The Report on Unidentified Flying Objects was the first serious, unbiased account written about UFOs by anyone connected with the official government investigations of UFO phenomena. Ruppelt, who coined the term "unidentified flying objects" and headed Project Blue Book from 1951 to 1953, includes his personal investigations and findings in his extensive research on UFOs. He discusses both well-publicized UFO sightings and lesser-known accounts, as well as the inner workings of Air Force UFO research.

About the Author
Edward J. Ruppelt (1923-1960) served at the Air Technical Intelligence Center, where he took over Project Grudge, a formal investigation by the U.S. military with the goal of debunking extraterrestrial and UFO activity. Under Ruppelt's supervision, the project, later named Blue Book, experienced its most fruitful years, when investigations were properly conducted without judgment or disdain.



Tuesday, July 10, 2018

July Book of the Month: Crash at Corona

In July of 1947, something crashed near Corona, a tiny town not far from Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947. And that crash has been dissected and debated ever since.

Cosimo is highlighting Crash at Corona: The U.S. Military Retrieval and Cover-Up of a UFO - The Definitive Study of the Roswell Incident by Don Berliner and Stanton T. Friedman in honor of the upcoming anniversary of the the Roswell Incident.

Berliner and Friedman sifted through once-classified government documents, interviewed military and civilian witnesses, pieced together evidence, considered alternative theories, and concluded that a UFO crashed near Corona-and the U.S. government knew it and covered it up.

Praise for Crash at Corona
"One of the more credible books arguing the existence of UFOs...Most arresting of all is the testimony of those who handled the debris, who had no opportunity to compare notes, yet have described the materials ...in almost identical language." -- Publishers Weekly

About the Authors
Don Berliner has written more than 300 magazine articles and 25 books on aviation history and space and was also a staff writer for the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP). He is board chairman of the non-profit Fund for UFO Research, Inc., and is a delegate to the UFO Research Coalition.

Stanton T. Friedman is a nuclear physicist and is also the author of Top Secret/Majic. He has appeared on Larry King, Unsolved Mysteries, and Nightline and was involved with the documentaries UFOs Are Real and Flying Saucers Are Real. He has given more than 700 lectures on the subject of UFOs. Friedman also wrote introductions for two other titles published by Cosimo, The Roswell Report: Fact versus Fiction in the New Mexico Desert and The Roswell Report: Case Closed. To see Friedman in person, visit his events page for all upcoming conferences, lectures, and festivals near you!






Thursday, July 5, 2018

2018 UFO Festival is this Weekend!

Cosimo's very own author Stanton Friedman will be appearing at the 2018 UFO Festival this weekend in Roswell, New Mexico!

Both UFO enthusiasts and skeptics are invited to join in the celebration of one of the most debated incidents in history. The three-day event will feature guest speakers, authors, live entertainment, a costume contest, parade, a pet costume contest, parade, family-friendly activities and more. And the majority of events are free!

This year the Festival will be held July 6-8, 2018 – for more info on speakers, events, and tickets, please visit www.ufofestivalroswell.com.

About Stanton Friedman
Stanton T. Friedman is a nuclear physicist who has worked for General Electric, General Motors, Westinghouse, and other corporations. He is the author of Crash at Corona and wrote introductions to The Roswell Report: Case Closed and The Roswell Report: Fact versus Fiction. He has appeared on Larry King, Unsolved Mysteries, and Nightline, and was involved with the documentaries UFOs Are Real and Flying Saucers Are Real. He was the final speaker at the fiftieth anniversary conference at the International UFO Museum and Research Center at Roswell, and has given more than 700 lectures on the subject of UFOs.










Monday, July 2, 2018

Cosimo Classics Author Leibniz Featured on Google Homepage!

All of us at Cosimo are so happy to see the July Google Doodle, which highlighted author and mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz!





The impact of the work of German mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) on modern science and technology is all but incalculable. His notation for infinitesimal calculus-which he developed independently of Newton-remains in use today, and his invention of binary counting is the basis for modern computing. He was a powerfully influential philosopher as well, and is still considered, alongside Descartes and Spinoza, one of the great 17th-century rationalists. Because much of Leibniz's thinking in the realm of the sciences flowed from his philosophy, understanding how he approached the natural world and humanity's place in it is vital to understanding his contributions to modern science.


 

Cosimo is proud to offer these books to our readers:


Discourse on Metaphysics and the Monadology

This edition collects two of Leibniz's foundational works, "Discourse on Metaphysics" and "The Monadology," which expound on concepts of philosophical "optimism"-that we live in the best of all possible worlds-and consequently features Leibniz's thoughts on the nature of physical matter. This classic work will intrigue all students of science and philosophy.









With no complete edition of his numerous writings on the wide range of subjects he expounded upon available even today, this 1920 collection of his early mathematical manuscripts—as well as some third-party commentary on them—continues to be essential to anyone wishing to understand Leibniz's contributions to modern science. Here students of the history of science and math lovers alike will enjoy Leibniz's thoughts on the infinitesimal calculus, including a series of manuscripts from 1675, 1676, and 1677, plus the essays "Leibniz in London" and "Leibniz and Pascal" by German scholar C.I. Gerhardt.





Theodicy

In this 1710 treatise, Gottfried Liebniz's only book-length work, he applies the idea of philosophical "optimism" — that we live in the best of all possible worlds —to the "problem of evil"— If a benevolent God exists, why do terrible things happen? He explores the possibility that humanity's happiness is not necessarily part of God's plan. Much of Leibniz's thinking in the realm of the sciences flowed from his philosophy-he believed the universe to operate under simple, intelligible, interconnected rules. Understanding how he approached the metaphysical world and humanity's place in it is vital to understanding his contributions to modern science.